NBA ALL-STAR GAME.

Team LeBron 170

Team Durant 150

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Michigan State 70 #2 Michigan 64

#3 Baylor 88 #18 Texas Tech 73

#5 Iowa 77 #25 Wisconsin 73

#9 Houston 67 Memphis 64

#15 Texas 76 TCU 64

#20 Loyola Illinois 75 Drake 65

Penn State 66 Maryland 61

Oregon 80 Oregon State 67

Tennessee 65 Florida 54

Northwestern 79 Nebraska 78

Cincinnati 82 E. Carolina 69

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

#4 Stanford 75 #9 UCLA 55

#7 South Carolina 67 #16 Georgia 62

#3 North Carolina State 58 #5 Louisville 56

#1 Connecticut 84 Villanova 39

Texas 69 TCU 60

Oklahoma 90 Kansas State 81

Marquette 64 Creighton 59

Air Force 56 San Diego 48

NHL SCOREBOARD

Washington 3 Philadelphia 1

Nashville 4 Dallas 3

NY Islanders 5 Buffalo 2

Carolina 4 Florida 2

Pittsburgh 5 NY Rangers 1

Ottawa 4 Calgary 3

Tampa Bay 6 Chicago 3

New Jersey 1 Boston 0

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL – SPRING TRAINING

Pittsburgh 13 Baltimore 1

Detroit 5 Toronto 1

St. Louis 8 Houston 5

Miami 4 NY match 4

San Francisco 9 Cincinnati 4

Oakland 9 Cleveland 4

Arizona 5 Chicago Cubs 4

NY Yankees 4 Philadelphia 0

Minnesota 8 Tampa Bay 4

Atlanta 5 Boston 4

Texas 4 LA Dodgers 3

Colorado 1 Chicago White Sox 0

Kansas City 4 San Diego 3

LA Angels 6 Seattle 2

BIG 10 MEN’S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT BRACKET

Wednesday, March 10

GAME 1: #13 Minnesota vs. #12. Northwestern 6:30

GAME 2: #14 Nebraska vs. #11 Penn State 8:30

Thursday, March 11

GAME 3: #9 Michigan State vs. #8 Maryland 11:30

GAME 4: Winner Game 1 vs. #5 Ohio State 12:30

GAME 5: #10 Indiana vs. #7 Rutgers 6:30

GAME 6: Winner game 2 vs. #6 Wisconsin 8:30

Friday, March 12

GAME 7: Michigan State/Maryland winner vs. #1 Michigan 11:30

GAME 8: Game 4 winner vs. #4 Purdue 1:30

GAME 9: Game 5 winner vs. #2 Illinois 6:30

GAME 10: Game 6 winner vs. #3 Iowa 8:30

Saturday, March 13

GAME 11: Semi-Final 1:00

GAME 12: Semi-Final 3:00

Sunday, March 14

GAME 13: Championship 3:30

BIG 10 WOMEN’S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE

TUESDAY MARCH 9

1)#13 WISCONSIN VS. #12 ILLINOIS 5:00

WEDNESDAY MARCH 10

2) #9 MINNESOTA VS. #8 NEBRASKA 11:00

3) WINNER WISCONSIN/ILLINOIS VS. #5 NORTHWESTERN 2:00

4) #10 PENN STATE VS. #7 MICHIGAN STATE 6:30

5) #11 PURDUE VS. #6 IOWA 8:30

THURSDAY MARCH 11

6) WINNER GAME 2/#1 MARYLAND  11:00

7) WINNER GAME 3 VS. #4 MICHIGAN 12:30

8) WINNER GAME 4 VS. #2 INDIANA 6:30

9) WINNER GAME 5 VS. #3 RUTGERS 8:30

FRIDAY MARCH 12

10) SEMI-FINAL 2:00

11) SEMI-FINAL 4:30

SATURDAY MARCH 13

CHAMPIONSHIP GAME 2:00

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Michigan State beats No. 2 Michigan 70-64, boosts NCAA hopes

(AP) Rocket Watts scored 21 points and Aaron Henry had 18 to lead Michigan State to a 70-64 victory over No. 2 Michigan on Sunday that seems to seal coach Tom Izzo’s 23rd consecutive NCAA Tournament bid.

The Spartans (15-11, 9-11 Big Ten) have won five of their last seven games, beating No. 4 Ohio State, No. 5 Illinois and their second-ranked rivals during the late-season surge.

The Wolverines (19-3, 14-3) closed the regular season getting routed at home by the Fighting Illini, beating Michigan State handily to seal the Big Ten title and losing the rematch three days later.

And, Michigan might have lost more than that.

Senior guard Eli Brooks hurt his left ankle early in the game at the Breslin Center and did not return in what potentially could be a problem going into the Big Ten and NCAA tournaments. Brooks ranks fourth on the team with eight-plus points per game, averages nearly three assists a game and has started 51 games over two seasons.

The Wolverines wrapped up the conference championship Thursday night with a 69-50 win over the Spartans as Franz Wagner scored 19 points and Hunter Dickinson adding 14.

Michigan’s dynamic duo struggled Sunday, missing 4 of 5 shots in the first half and combining for five points. Both bounced back in the second half as Dickinson finished with 12 points while Wagner had 10 points.

Reserve Chaundee Brown scored 13 points, Mike Smith added 11 and Isaiah Livers had nine for the Wolverines, whose last lead was 21-19 early in the game.

Joey Hauser scored nine of his 11 points off the bench in the first half as Michigan State led 30-26. The Spartans pulled away and were ahead 55-44 with 5:58 remaining and made enough free throws in the final minutes to hold off the Wolverines.

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Garza gets 21 points, No. 5 Iowa tops No. 25 Wisconsin 77-73

(AP) It was Senior Day, but Luka Garza didn’t know he was going to have to give a speech.

The Iowa center also didn’t know what else was coming in the postgame ceremony.

Minutes after the 6-foot-11 star scored 21 points and had 16 rebounds to lead the fifth-ranked Hawkeyes over No. 25 Wisconsin 77-73 Sunday, Iowa athletic director Gary Barta announced Garza’s jersey No. 55 would be retired after the season.

It’s why coach Fran McCaffery pulled Garza aside to tell him in advance about the announcement.

Garza began crying.

“He did not know that was going to happen,” McCaffery said. “And I knew Mr. Barta was going to ask him to speak. So I wanted him to kind of give him an opportunity to collect his thoughts.”

Garza delivered, again.

“Honestly, I didn’t expect it at all,” he said. “I didn’t realize it was a plan. Coach telling me that was a surreal feeling. That moment will be something I remember forever. Time slowed down. It was a real honor.”

Garza is Iowa’s all-time leading career scorer with 2,201 points. He leads the Big Ten in scoring this season and ranks third in the country.

This was Garza’s 12th double-double of the season and 33rd for his career.

“Incredibly heartwarming for me to watch what he’s accomplished,” McCaffery said.

Iowa (20-7, 14-6) has won seven of its last eight games, and will be the third seed in the Big Ten tournament next week in Indianapolis.

Wisconsin (16-11, 10-10), which has lost five of six, will be the No. 6 seed.

“It was important for us to get this win, to grind it out,” Garza said.

Jordan Bohannon’s three free throws with 34.3 seconds left gave Iowa a 74-71 lead. On Wisconsin’s next possession, Wisconsin’s Brad Davison and Iowa’s Keegan Murray got tangled up under the Badgers’ basket – Murray was called for a common foul and Davison a flagrant foul for a hook-and-hold after a replay review.

The call angered Wisconsin coach Greg Gard.

“It appears to have become the `Brad Davison rule,'” Gard said. “It’s become a joke.”

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Loyola Chicago gets MVC crown over Drake, 7th NCAA berth

(AP) Cameron Krutwig and Braden Norris scored 20 points apiece to lead No. 20 Loyola Chicago to a 75-65 win over Drake in the Missouri Valley Conference championship game Sunday for a spot in the NCAA Tournament.

The Ramblers (24-4, 16-2) will be making their seventh NCAAs appearance and first since the 2018 team reached the Final Four as a No. 11 seed.

Keith Clemons added 13 points for Loyola, which has won six in a row and 17 of its past 18.

Tremell Murphy and D.J. Wilkins scored 20 points each for Drake (25-4, 15-3), a bubble team. The Bulldogs were appearing in the MVC title game for the first time since they won the tournament in 2008. Joseph Yesufu added 12 points.

Krutwig, the MVC Player of the Year, had eight rebounds. He sent Loyola Chicago on a 7-0 run with a hook shot from the lane that broke a 24-all tie.

“We wanted to be physical without fouling,” Krutwig said. “We were all over the court.”

Krutwig was a member of that 2018 team that gained nationwide attention with its improbable run to the Final Four.

He feels as if it could happen again.

“It makes you hungry and want to get back there,” Krutwig said. “We’ll enjoy this win for one or two days then it’s right back to business. Once we find out who we’re playing, we’ll get right to it. You’ve got to fall in love with the grind – especially in March.”

Loyola coach Porter Moser says his team is ready for the challenge.

“I welcome similarities,” Moser said. “I’ve been shying away from comparing them. These guys – they’re their own team. But I love the sustained success.”

Loyola used a lock-down defensive effort in the second half to seal the win.

“It’s a culture here,” said Norris, who hit five 3-pointers. “You have to play defense to play in this program.”

Loyola had held its opponents to 58 points or fewer in its previous 17 games before Sunday.

“They’re terrific defensively, they make everything hard,” Drake coach Darian DeVries. “They have great hand activity, they have toughness on the ball. They’re really connected as a group.”

Clemons hit a 3-pointer midway through the second half to push the lead to a 53-37.

Both teams had 10-0 runs in the first half.

Loyola Chicago, which hit 10 of 24 shots (63%) in the opening half, won its three tournament games by a total of 50 points.

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Teague 35 points as No. 3 Baylor beats No. 18 Texas Tech

(AP) MaCio Teague and Mark Vital had quite a senior day in a perfect ending at home for Big 12 regular champion Baylor.

Teague scored 35 points while matching a school record with 10 made 3-pointers, one after an incredible save by Vital during a key run, and the No. 3 Bears finished undefeated at home for the first time in 73 years with an 88-73 win over No. 18 Texas Tech in the regular-season finale Sunday.

“Senior nights are always nervous times for coaches, because you know it’s the last time your seniors are going to be the court and it’s their last memories, and you want to make it a great one,” Baylor coach Scott Drew said. “If you wanted to draw it up, you couldn’t draw it up any better.”

Baylor had already clinched its first Big 12 title with a win at No. 6 West Virginia on Tuesday night, and won at home over No. 17 Oklahoma State on Thursday. But the Bears (21-1, 13-1 Big 12) waited until after the home finale to cut down the nets.

While never trailing, the Bears didn’t take control for good until a 16-3 run in the second half when Teague scored 12 of those points. That spurt included the play when Vital, who finished with 10 points and 15 rebounds, leaped in the air near the Baylor bench for a loose ball. He then got it to Teague, who took a quick step behind the line in the right corner and buried the shot.

“That might have been my favorite play of the game,” Teague said.

Jared Butler scored 18 points and Davion Mitchell 17 as Baylor finished 11-0 in the Ferrell Center, the first time going undefeated at home since going 9-0 in 1947-48.

Kyler Edwards had 18 points for Texas Tech (17-9, 9-8), which was coming off three consecutive wins at home. Kevin McCullar and Terrence Shannon Jr. both had 11.

Vital and Teague got the Bears out to a 10-0 lead in the first three minutes. Vital , part of a school-record 45 Big 12 wins in his career, opened the scoring with a jumper and had another after Teague hit a pair of 3-pointers on the way to finishing 10-of-12 from long range.

“I tried to put everything left in the tank into that,” Vital said about his final home game.

Baylor, which entered the game as the national leader making 42% of its 3-pointers, finished 15 of 24 (62.5%) from long range – and shot 52.7% overall (29 of 55).

NASCAR: Kyle Larson celebrates return with 1st win since suspension

(AP) Kyle Larson wasn’t sure he’d ever race again in NASCAR, and if he could, he didn’t know who would even hire him.

It was Rick Hendrick who took the chance on a driver many believed was radioactive for sponsors. Larson’s use of a racial slur while participating in an online race last April cost him his job, his reputation and his ability to attract the corporations that fund a race team.

Hendrick said he’d pay for the car himself because he was that confident that Larson, reformed after months of self-work, could be redeemed.

On Sunday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Larson raced to his first NASCAR victory since he was reinstated from a nearly yearlong suspension. He ran just the first four races last season and was hired by Hendrick Motorsports when NASCAR said the suspension would lift at the start of this year.

“Thanks Mr. H. for believing in me,” Larson radioed to boss Rick Hendrick after crossing the finish line.

He then celebrated his first career win on an intermediate track with smoke-filled burnouts, including one on the backstretch for friends watching from a motorhome on the hillside above the track. Larson said he became emotional as he took the white flag but had composed himself by the time he finished his burnouts.

“I didn’t know if I’d ever have an opportunity to win a NASCAR race again,” said Larson, who again thanked Hendrick for taking “a massive chance on me.”

Hendrick was both thrilled and surprised by the victory in Larson’s fourth race with his new team. He figured it would take time for Larson to build a relationship with his new crew chief and find a rhythm in the No. 5 Chevrolet. There is no practice because of pandemic protocols so Larson is learning in real time.

“I didn’t really expect it to come this quick because I really thought it would take time to gel,” Hendrick said by phone after the race. “He’s a champion, really, and I am so lucky to have him.”

Bubba Wallace, NASCAR’s only Black fulltime driver, was one of the first competitors to congratulate Larson.

“It meant a lot for Bubba to come to victory lane,” Larson said. “He’s always believed in me. That was special.”

Larson’s move to Hendrick was expected to be electric.

Larson is considered one of the top talents in NASCAR but won just six times in six seasons with Chip Ganassi Racing. Paired with mighty Hendrick, everyone suspected Larson would at last reach his full potential.

“He got in a great car, he’s a great driver and he’s going to make things happen,” runner-up Brad Keselowski said. “That’s what he does. He’s a wheelman.”

Mario Andretti on Twitter called Larson’s victory the most entertaining NASCAR race he’d ever watched and praised Larson for driving “the race of his life” and Hendrick – “Ol’ Rick knew what he was doing when he hired him.”

MLB NEWS: Indians’ Ramirez, Reyes isolated after COVID-19 violations

For the third time in less than a year, the Cleveland Indians are having to isolate players because they broke COVID-19 protocols.

Third baseman Jose Ramirez and slugger Franmil Reyes are being kept away from their teammates at spring training in Arizona after they reported to the team that they went out to dinner in violation of team and Major League Baseball regulations.

Manager Terry Francona said Sunday that the two players were sent to their temporary homes as the Indians await word from the league as to when they can rejoin the team.

Francona said Reyes, who had a virus-related misstep last season, and Ramirez went out to dinner on Friday following an exhibition game in Mesa against the Chicago Cubs.

They reported to the team’s complex on Saturday and were immediately sent home. They did not have contact with any other players or team personnel.

“We’re pretty fortunate here,” Francona said on a Zoom call. “We have some medical people who are right on top of things and they came right to me and they said: `Look, this is what we’re doing. We’re informing the league.’ The players themselves actually self-reported that they had made a mistake.

“So we told them: `This is not our rules. These are the rules that the players’ association and Major League Baseball came up with. We have to enforce them.'”

Francona said he hoped to have more information about the situation later. He spoken to both players, and they they understood they could have put others in jeopardy.

“They were both upfront and honest with us about what happened,” Francona said. “We’re not trying to put guys in the penalty box. We try to talk to guys almost every day. `Hey, this is gonna happen if – it doesn’t matter if you agree with it or not. These are the protocols that are in place and you have to live by it.'”

This the second time Reyes has broken coronavirus protocols.

PGA: DeChambeau outlasts Westwood with big drives, big putts

 (AP) Bryson DeChambeau received a text message Sunday morning from Tiger Woods to keep fighting, good advice for a final round that turned out to be the toughest at Bay Hill in 41 years.

Inspiration from Arnold Palmer is everywhere, and DeChambeau was particularly drawn to the King’s motto to play boldly.

DeChambeau needed every bit of that Sunday to win the Arnold Palmer Invitational, playing the final 17 holes without a bogey, entertaining thousands with another monstrous drive over the water and delivering one last par with a 5-foot putt on the final hole for a one-shot victory over Lee Westwood.

He looked dapper in his tam o’shanter cap and red cardigan sweater that goes to the winner.

“I think this red cardigan is not only for Mr. Palmer, but I would say it’s a little bit for Tiger, as well, knowing what place he’s in right now,” DeChambeau said.

Woods, recovering from serious leg injuries from his single-car crash in Los Angeles two weeks ago, would have witnessed quite a show in blustery conditions, fast fairways and greens to quick they looked almost white.

DeChambeau closed with a 71, matching the low score of the final round in which no one broke 70 on Sunday at Bay Hill for the first time since 1980.

Westwood, who turns 48 next month, was up to the task.

Never mind that DeChambeau’s rocket over the water on the 565-yard sixth hole was 168 yards beyond Westwood. Their second shots were only 6 feet apart and both made birdie.

Westwood fought to the end. He fell out of a share of the lead with a three-putt bogey from 40 feet on the 14th. Just as critical was failing to make birdie on the par-5 16th with a wedge for his second shot from the fairway, and DeChambeau having to scramble for par.

“You can’t want for more than that. I thought we had a really good battle,” Westwood said. “It was never really more than one (shot) all day, and there were tough conditions out there. It was a day for playing sensible and hanging on.”

They were never separated by more than one shot over the final 15 holes. DeChambeau finished at 11-under 277.

The long ball came in handy for DeChambeau, as much with the putter as the driver. He holed a 40-foot birdie putt on the fourth hole to regain a share of the lead. More critical was the 50-foot par putt he made on No. 11 to stay one ahead.

“Knowing what I know now, it’s obviously the shot of the day for me,” he said.

Westwood tied him with a 30-foot birdie putt on the par-5 12th, only to give it back with a three-putt on the 14th. The tournament turned on the par-5 16th, where it was Westwood who had the advantage.

DeChambeau’s drive went up against the lip of a bunker and he had to lay up short of the water. Westwood had 158 yards and hit a poor wedge that came up short of the green. He chipped nicely, except that it rolled out 6 feet by the hole on the lightning-quick greens and he missed the birdie for a chance to tie.

DeChambeau took the one-shot lead to the 18th and hit his most important drive of the day – in the fairway. Westwood’s tee shot settled in a divot, and he did well to get it on the green and two-putt from 65 feet. DeChambeau’s birdie putt slid by some 5 feet and he shook his arms in celebration when the par putt dropped.

Westwood closed with a 73, not a bad score considering the average of 75.49 was the highest for a final round since 1980.

Corey Conners stayed in the mix until the very end. The Canadian holed a 15-foot eagle putt on the 16th to get within one shot, only to find a bunker on the par-3 17th and miss a 6-foot par putt. With a bogey on the final hole, he shot 74 to finish alone in third.

Jordan Spieth was part of a four-man race on the front nine and briefly tied for the lead with a birdie on the par-5 sixth. That turned out to be his last birdie of the day. He took bogey on three of his last four holes for a 75, dropping him into a three-way tie for fourth with Andrew Putnam (71) and Ricky Werenski (73).

For Spieth, it was his third top-five finish in his last four events.

BIG 10 WRESTLING: Iowa Claims Big Ten Wrestling Title

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – Iowa won the 2021 Big Ten Wrestling Championships title on Sunday with a team score of 159.5. The Hawkeyes earned their 37th Big Ten Championships title and second in as many years. Iowa claimed four individual titles from Spencer Lee (125), Jaydin Eierman (141), Alex Marinelli (165) and Michael Kemerer (174).

Penn State finished in second place with 124.0 points, followed by third-place Nebraska with 105.5 points. Michigan claimed fourth place with 92.0 points and Minnesota rounded out the top five with 77.5 points.
 
Iowa’s Spencer Lee was named the Big Ten Wrestler of the Year, while Hawkeye head coach Tom Brands was named Big Ten Coach of the Year for the fifth time. Minnesota’s Gable Steveson earned Outstanding Wrestler of the Championships honors and Penn State’s Carter Starocci received the Big Ten Freshman of the Year award.
 
Lee successfully defended his 125-pound title after defeating Purdue’s Devin Schroder 21-3. At 133 pounds, the Nittany Lions’ Roman Bravo-Young posted a 5-2 decision over Austin DeSanto of Iowa to win his first individual conference title.
 
Iowa’s Eierman picked up his first Big Ten title after defeating Penn State’s Nick Lee with a 6-5 decision to claim the 141-pound crown. The 149-pound title went to Ohio State’s Sammy Sasso, who earned a 5-2 decision over Nebraska’s Ridge Lovett.
 
At 157 pounds, top-ranked Ryan Deakin of Northwestern successfully defended his title with a 6-0 decision against Iowa’s Kaleb Young. Iowa’s Marinelli successfully defended his championship at 165 pounds following a 3-2 decision against Ethan Smith of Ohio State. Marinelli became the first Hawkeye since T.J. Williams (1999-2001) to win three conference titles.
 
The Hawkeyes’ Kemerer took home the 174-pound championship with an 7-2 decision over Big Ten Freshman of the Year Starocci of Penn State. At 184 pounds, Penn State’s Aaron Brooks was crowned following a 10-5 decision against Nebraska’s Taylor Venz.
 
Michigan’s Myles Amine became the first Wolverine to capture the 197-pound title since Tyrel Todd in 2009 following a 7-3 victory against Eric Schultz of Nebraska. Rounding out the group of individual Big Ten Champions was top-ranked Steveson of Minnesota, who claimed a 12-4 decision over No. 2 Mason Parris of Michigan.
 
The complete list of Big Ten individual awards and All-Big Ten honorees can be found below, while the full results are attached.
 
BIG TEN WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIPS INDIVIDUAL AWARDS
Wrestler of the Year: Spencer Lee, IOWA
Freshman of the Year: Carter Starocci, PSU
Coach of the Year: Tom Brands, IOWA
Outstanding Wrestler of the Championships: Gable Steveson, MINN

2021 ALL-BIG TEN TEAM
Jaydin Eierman, IOWA
Michael Kemerer, IOWA
Spencer Lee, IOWA
Alex Marinelli, IOWA
Myles Amine, MICH
Gable Steveson, MINN
Ryan Deakin, NU
Sammy Sasso, OSU
Roman Bravo-Young, PSU
Aaron Brooks, PSU

BIG 10 WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Indiana and Iowa Earn Big Ten Weekly Women’s Basketball Awards

Player of the Week
Mackenzie Holmes, Indiana
So. – F – Gorham, Maine – Gorham – Major: Human Development & Family Studies
• Averaged 24.0 points, 10.0 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game with an .821 field-goal percentage (23-28 FG) and a double-double to help Indiana to a pair of wins last week
• Posted her fifth double-double of the season March 3 against Iowa with 22 points (11-13 FG) and 11 rebounds
• Added a game-high 26 points (12-15 FG), nine rebounds and three blocks in Saturday’s win over Purdue
• Earns her first career Big Ten Player of the Week award
• Last Indiana Player of the Week: Ali Patberg (March 2, 2020)
 
Big Ten Women’s Basketball Weekly Honor Roll
Caitlin Clark, Fr., G, IOWA: See below
Ashley Owusu, So., G, MD: Averaged 17.0 ppg., 5.0 rpg. and 3.5 apg. in two wins that helped the Terrapins clinch their sixth Big Ten title (and fourth outright crown) in the past seven years
Arella Guirantes, Grad., G, RU: Registered 20.5 ppg., 6.5 rpg. and 5.5 apg. in last week’s two victories, leading RU to a third-place conference finish, matching its highest since joining the Big Ten in 2014-15
 
Freshman of the Week
Caitlin Clark, Iowa
G – West Des Moines, Iowa – Dowling Catholic – Major: Undeclared
• Averaged 33.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game with a .595 field-goal percentage and .588 three-point percentage in a 1-1 week for the Hawkeyes
• Scored a game-high 35 points, including 19 in the fourth quarter, and grabbed eight rebounds in Saturday night’s win over Nebraska, giving her 11 30-point games this season (the most by any NCAA Division I freshman since 2000)
• Also tallied 32 points (11-18 FG, 5-7 3FG) in a March 3 loss at No. 10/10 Indiana
• Collects the 13th Big Ten Freshman of the Week award of her career, extending her conference record in that category
• Has the most individual weekly awards in a single season (18 – 13 freshman/5 player) in Big Ten women’s basketball history, surpassing Iowa’s Megan Gustafson, who had 13 Big Ten Player of the Week honors in 2018-19 on the way to being chosen the consensus National Player of the Year
• Last Iowa Freshman of the Week: Caitlin Clark (March 1, 2021)

INDIANA WSOCCER: Brace by Freshman Jen Blitchok Leads Indiana Past Maryland, 3-2

(IU RELEASE)

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – A brace by freshman Jen Blitchok led Indiana past Maryland at Ludwig Field on Sunday afternoon in College Park, Md., 3-2.

KEY MOMENTS

• After a save in the 13th minute from Maryland’s goalkeeper Nicole Kwoczka, Blitchok stole the ball 15-yards out and fired it into the far-right side of the net to give the Hoosiers the first lead, 1-0.

• The Terrapins fired back in the 20th minute after Sydney Staier had a breakaway and a cross on the left side that sent the ball to Alyssa Poarch who fired it into the middle of the net for the equalizer, 1-1.

• A foul in the 56th minute by the Terrapins led to an IU free kick that was taken by Oliwia Wos. Wos found sophomore Alaina Kalin on the left side of the box for what looked to be a cross that was tipped by Terps goalkeeper which sent it soaring into the far-right post deep into the net. Indiana now leads, 2-1.

• While the Hoosiers held the lead for most of the second half, the game was not over as Maryland’s Alyssa Poarch sent a cross to the middle where Keyera Wynn flicked it into the back of the net for the second equalizer in the match in the 82nd minute, 2-2.

• The Hoosiers responded quickly as they earned a corner kick in the 83rd minute. Wos would earn her second assist on the afternoon as her cross found the head of Blitchok who sent it flying into near post for the gamewinner.

NOTABLES

• Indiana improves to 3-2-0 on the season while Maryland falls to 0-4-1.

• IU wins its first match against Maryland since 10/21/2018 and leads the all-time series 3-1-3. 

• Blitchok scores her first career points in a brace. She also recorded her first gamewinner.

• Blitchok is the second Hoosier this season to earn a brace. Senior Melanie Forbes also scored a pair of goals against Iowa on Feb. 28.

• Wos earned her first points of the season with two assists. She now has five assists in her career.

• Kalin scored her third career goal, her first of the season.

• The Hoosiers outshot the Terps 20-10 on the afternoon.

• Indiana also out cornered Maryland 7-4.

• Goalkeeper Bethany Kopel grabbed three saves against the Terps to earn her third victory this season. Kopel moves into second place with 25 career victories in the Indiana women’s soccer program.

HOOSIER POINTS

GOALS: Jen Blitchok (2), Alaina Kalin (1) 

ASSISTS:  Oliwia Wos (2)

UP NEXT

• The Hoosiers will travel back to Bloomington, Ind. for a three game homestand. First up is Illinois on Saturday, March 13 at 1 p.m. at Bill Armstrong Stadium.

INDIANA SWIMMING: Capobianco, Fowler Punch NCAA Tickets in Lexington

(IU RELEASE)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Indiana University men’s and women’s diving teams collected two NCAA auto-qualifying finishes on the opening day of competition at the 2021 NCAA Zone C Championships on Sunday afternoon at the Lancaster Aquatic Center.

WOMEN’S 1-METER

Freshman Anne Fowler cruised to a victory and an NCAA qualification on the 1-meter springboard with a 12-dive final score of 610.55 points. Her set consisted of six dives tallying at least 50 points on the judges’ scorecards.

Freshman Tarrin Gilliland scored 546.05 points to finish in eighth place. She registered scores north of 40 on 11-of-12 dives during the first day of competition. Gilliland will be eligible for the NCAA Championships in the event should she post a qualifying score in one of the next two events in Lexington.

After sneaking into the finals with her last two dives totaling 94.80 points, junior Alyssa Wang finished 17th overall with a 12-dive point total of 485.35.

Sophomore Zain Smith finished 24th in the preliminary round with a score of 192.55.

MEN’S 3-METER

Redshirt junior Andrew Capobianco started with a bang, hitting an 81.60 on his first dive of the preliminary round and never looked back. He finished the day with a winning 12-dive score of 850.80, easily punching his ticket to the NCAA Championships in the event. He cleared second place by nearly 60 points.

The defending 3-meter NCAA Champion totaled three dives over 80 points on the afternoon. 

Senior Mory Gould hit 10-of-12 dives over 60 points between the preliminary rounds and the finals for a total of 714.80 and a 10th-place finish.

Junior Cole VanDevender was consistent in the prelims, scoring between 56 and 67 points on all six dives. He parlayed that into a 12th-place effort for the day and a final score of 706.85.

Both Gould and VanDevender could earn spots in the NCAA Championships with a qualifying mark in either of the remaining diving events this week.

NCAA ZONE C CHAMPIONSHIPS RESULTS

WOMEN’S 1-METER

1. Anne Fowler – 610.55 (NCAA Auto-Qualifier)

8. Tarrin Gilliland – 546.05

17. Alyssa Wang – 485.35

24. Zain Smith – 192.55

MEN’S 3-METER

1. Andrew Capobianco – 850.80 (NCAA Auto-Qualifier)

10. Mory Gould – 714.80

12. Cole VanDevender – 706.85

UP NEXT

The diving squad will be back in action tomorrow (March 8) for the second day of competition from the NCAA Zone C Championships. The women will contest the 3-meter event, while the men will handle the platform.

INDIANA WRESTLING: Washington, Rooks Finish Sixth at Big Ten Championships

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Donnell Washington and Graham Rooks finished in sixth-place in their respective weight classes on day two of the Big Ten Championships at Penn State on Sunday. 

Notes

• Graham Rooks finished in sixth-place at 149 lbs., in his second Big Ten Championships. Rooks improves from his 10th place finish at the Big Ten Championships last season.

• Rooks is now a two-time NCAA qualifier as he qualified last season as well.

• Donnell Washington finished in sixth-place at 174 lbs., in his first Big Ten Championships and he qualifies for NCAA Championships for the first time.

• Washington goes into the NCAA Championships having won nine Big Ten bouts on the season.

• Cayden Rooks won his third bout of the Big Ten Championships and second over Polanco of Minnesota. Rooks had riding time of 4:08 in his 5-2 decision.

Big Ten Championships Results (Numbers are seeds for tournament)

125

No. 5 Rayvon Foley (MSU) def. No. 12 Jacob Moran (IU) 11-1 major decision

No. 4 Patrick Mckee (MINN) def. No. 12 Jacob Moran (IU) fall 1:08

No. 13 Dylan Shawver (RUT) def. No. 12 Jacob Moran (IU) 11-7 decision

133

No. 12 Kyle Luigs (IU) def. No. 5 Jack Medley (MICH) 6-0 decision

Quarterfinal: No. 4 Chris Cannon (NU) def. No. 12 Kyle Luigs (IU) 19-6 major decision

No. 11 Jordan Hamdan (MSU) def.  No. 12 Kyle Luigs (IU) 9-3 decision

No. 13 Jackson Cockrell (UMD) def. No. 12 Kyle Luigs (IU) 19-10 major decision

141

No. 11 Cayden Rooks (IU) def. No. 6 Marcos Polanco (MINN) 5-4 decision

Quarterfinals: No. 3 Sebastian Rivera (RUT) def. No. 11 Cayden Rooks (IU) 6-1 decision

No. 13 Colin Valdiviez (NU) def. No. 11 Cayden Rooks (IU) 13-2 major decision

No. 11 Cayden Rooks (IU) def. No. 12 Matt Santos (MSU) 6-1 decision

No. 11 Cayden Rooks (IU) def. No. 6 Marcos Polanco (MINN) 5-2 decision

9th place match

No. 7 Dylan D’Emilio (OSU) def. No. 11 Cayden Rooks (IU) 4-3 decision

149

No. 7 Ridge Lovett (NEB) def. No. 10 Graham Rooks (IU) 6-1 decision

No. 10 Graham Rooks (IU) def. No. 9 Peyton Omania (MSU) 5-3 decision

No. 10 Graham Rooks (IU) def. No. 4 Yahya Thomas (NU) 3-2 decision

Consolation Semifinal

No. 6 Michael Blockhus (MINN) def. No. 10 Graham Rooks (IU) 4-3 decision

5th place match

No. 5 Kanen Storr (MICH) def. No. 10 Graham Rooks (IU) 5-3 decision

157

No. 4 Kendall Coleman (PUR) def. No. 13 Luke Baughman (IU) 12-3 major decision

No. 12 Johnny Mologousis (ILL) def. Luke Baughman (IU) 17-2 technical fall

No. 13 Luke Baughman (IU) def. No. 12 Johnny Mologousis (ILL) 3-2 decision

No. 8 Garrett Model (WIS) def. No. 13 Luke Baughman (IU) 7-5 decision

165

No. 7 Peyton Robb (NEB) def. No. 10 Nick South (IU) 10-4 decision

No. 9 Gerrit Nijenhuis (PUR) def. No. 10 Nick South (IU) 6-3 decision

No. 10 Nick South (IU) def. No. 14 Josh Otto (WIS) 2-1 decision

No. 10 Nick South (IU) def. No. 5 Andrew Sparks (MINN) forfeit

9th place match

No. 2 Dan Braunagel (ILL) def. No. 10 Nick South (IU) 6-3 decision

174

No. 5 Donnell Washington (IU) def. No. 12 Emil Soehnlen (PUR) fall 1:54

Quarterfinal: No. 4 Logan Massa (MICH) def. No. 5 Donnell Washington (IU) 9-3 decision

No. 5 Donnell Washington (IU) def. No. 11 DJ Shannon (ILL) 2-1 decision

No. 5 Donnell Washington (IU) def. No. 10 Drew Hughes (MSU) 10-7 decision

Consolation Semifnal

No. 2 Mikey Labriola (NEB) def. No. 5 Donnell Washington (IU) 8-4 decision

5th place match

No. 6 Kaleb Romero (OSU) def. No. 5 Donnell Washington (IU) 5-0 decision

184

No. 3 Layne Malczewski (MSU) def. No. 14 Santos Cantu (IU) 5-4 decision

No. 11 Kyle Cochran (UMD) def. No. 14 Santos Cantu (IU) 6-1 decision

No. 11 Kyle Cochran (UMD) def. No. 14 Santos Cantu (IU) 10-1 major decision

197

No. 4 Cameron Caffey (MSU) def. No. 13 Nick Willham (IU) 7-1 decision

No. 12 Jaron Smith (UMD) def. No. 13 Nick Willham (IU) 4-0 decision

285

No. 4 Luke Luffman (ILL) No. 13 Rudy Streck (IU) fall 5:28

No. 13 Rudy Streck (IU) def. No. 12 Dorian Keys (PUR) fall 4:11

No. 6 Trent Hillger (WIS) def. No. 13 Rudy Streck (IU) 11-2 major decision

Up Next

Up next are the NCAA Championships, March 18-20 in St. Louis, Mo.

PURDUE WRESTLING: Wrestling Finishes Sixth at B1G Championships

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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – The Purdue wrestling team wrapped up a sixth-place finish at the 2021 Big Ten Championships on Sunday, scoring 76.0 team points and placing eight individuals for the second straight year. The Boilermakers earned seven automatic qualifying spots for the national championships, and await word of an eighth qualifier on Tuesday when the NCAA announces the at-large pool.

The Boilermakers finish in the top-six for the second straight season, the first time they’ve posted back-to-back conference top-six showings since 1991 and 1992, when they took fifth each year. The second consecutive year with eight place winners matches the first time since 2003 and 2004, and marks the fifth time in program history the Boilermakers have put eight on the conference championship podium.

At-large bids for nationals will be announced Tuesday, while all of Purdue’s national qualifiers will receive their seeds and first-round matchups for NCAA’s on Wednesday at 6 p.m. ET. The Boilermakers have had eight national qualifiers in each of the last two seasons, matching their highest total in program history. An at-large bid Tuesday would mark Purdue’s sixth season all-time with eight NCAA qualifiers and the fourth under head coach Tony Ersland.

The Boilermakers struggled in the consolation semifinals to open the day, losing all four available contests. Freshman Jacob Rundell fell to No. 3 seed Lucas Byrd of Illinois, junior Parker Filius suffered a loss to No. 3 seed Sebastian Rivera of Rutgers, sophomore Kendall Coleman gave up a last-second takedown in a 3-1 loss to Chase Saldate of Michigan State and freshman Gerrit Nijenhuis dropped a decision to Nebraska’s Peyton Robb.

Filius bounced back in the fifth-place match, using a pair of first-period takedowns to take a 5-2 decision over Northwestern’s Colin Valdiviez. Filius scored early with a double-leg and snared another near the buzzer in the first period that was confirmed by review. It marks Filius’ second straight year on the podium and his second national qualification. Coleman also took fifth, accepting a forfeit from Penn State’s Brady Berge.

Nijenhuis rebounded with a dominant 10-3 decision over Michigan State’s Jake Tucker, defeating him for the second time in the tournament. The Boilermaker rookie scored right off the whistle for an early lead, posted his team-best ninth reversal of the season in the third and then took Tucker to his back for six points at the buzzer, nearly getting the fall.

Rundell settled for sixth place, falling on a riding-time point to No. 9 seed Kyle Burwick of Wisconsin 4-3. Rundell controlled the mat for much of the match, drawing a stalling point from Burwick, but gave up a takedown in the third period and saw 1:10 of riding time as the difference.

Rundell and Nijenhuis are the first true freshman for the Boilermakers to place at Big Ten Championships since Christian Brunner in 2017, and Nijenhuis is the highest for a Purdue true freshman since Chris Fleeger was third at 125 in 2002.

Purdue swept the seventh-place bouts as seniors Griffin Parriott and Max Lyon and sophomore Thomas Penola all secured wins and key team points for the Boilermakers. Parriott’s 2-1 tiebreaker win secured an automatic spot in the national field at 149 pounds, outlasting Northwestern’s Yahya Thomas with a 30-second rideout in overtime. Lyon snared a first-period takedown against No. 4 seed Owen Webster of Minnesota and went on to avenge a regular-season loss with a 3-1 decision at 184 pounds. Penola picked up a big-time bonus point for the Boilermakers at 197, rolling to a 10-1 major decision over Rutgers’ Billy Janzer. The win gives Penola another criteria for the NCAA Championship at-large pool, adding to his NCAA Coaches Ranking, his 2020 NCAA qualification and his 10-4 (.714) record on the season.

The NCAA Championships are scheduled for March 18-20 at the Enterprise Center in St. Louis. The championships will air on the ESPN family of networks.

2021 Big Ten Championships

Bryce Jordan Center – Penn State University

Team Standings

1: Iowa – 159.5

2: Penn State – 124.0

3: Nebraska – 105.5

4: Michigan – 92.0

5: Minnesota – 77.5

6: Purdue – 76.0

7: Northwestern – 74.0

8: Michigan State – 73.5

9: Ohio State – 69.5

10: Rutgers – 52.0

11: Illinois – 32.0

12: Wisconsin – 30.5

13: Indiana – 22.0

14: Maryland – 2.0

125 – #7 Devin Schroder (R-Senior) – SECOND PLACE

First Round: #10 Justin Cardani (Illinois) – W, D 2-0

Quarterfinals: #2 Liam Cronin (Nebraska) – W, SV 3-1

Semifinals: #3 Malik Heinselman (Ohio State) – W, MD 10-0

Finals: #1 Spencer Lee (Iowa) – L, TF 21-3 (4:30)

133: #8 Jacob Rundell (Freshman) – SIXTH PLACE

First Round: #9 Kyle Burwick (Wisconsin) – W, 3-2

Quarterfinals: #1 Roman Bravo-Young (Penn State) – L, D 9-3

Conso. Second Round: #7 Jordan Decatur (Ohio State) – W, Forfeit

Conso. Quarterfinals: #11 Jordan Hamden (Michigan State) – W, D 6-2

Conso. Semifinals: #3 Lucas Byrd (Illinois) – L, MD 8-0

Fifth-Place Match: #9 Kyle Burwick (Wisconsin) – L, D 4-3

141: #9 Parker Filius (R-Junior) – FIFTH PLACE

First Round: #8 Drew Mattin (Michigan) – W, D 4-3

Quarterfinals: #1 Jaydin Eierman (Iowa) – L, Fall 3:58

Conso. Second Round: #10 Danny Bertoni (Maryland) – W, D 6-2

Conso. Quarterfinals: #5 Dylan Duncan (Illinois) – W, D 11-7

Conso. Semifinals: #3 Sebastian Rivera (Rutgers) – L, TF 22-6 (5:28)

Fifth-Place Match: #13 Colin Valdiviez (Northwestern) – W, D 5-2

149: #3 Griffin Parriott (R-Senior) – SEVENTH PLACE

First Round: #14 Michael North (Maryland) – W, D 4-0

Quarterfinals: #6 Michael Blockhaus (Minnesota) – L, D 4-1

Conso. Second Round: #12 Drew Scharenbrock (Wisconsin) – W, D 7-5

Conso. Quarterfinals: #8 Mike Van Brill (Rutgers) – L, TB1 7-2

Seventh-Place Match: #4 Yahya Thomas (Northwestern) – W, TB1 2-1

157: #4 Kendall Coleman (R-Sophomore) – FIFTH PLACE

First Round: #13 Luke Baughman (Indiana) – W, MD 12-3

Quarterfinals: #5 Brady Berge (Penn State) – W, D 3-2

Semifinals: #1 Ryan Deakin (Northwestern) – L, MD 14-1

Conso. Semifinals: #7 Chase Saldate (Michigan State) – L, D 3-1

Fifth-Place Match: #5 Brady Berge (Penn State) – W, Medical Forfeit

165: #9 Gerrit Nijenhuis (Freshman) – FIFTH PLACE

First Round: #8 Jake Tucker (Michigan State) – W, D 3-2

Quarterfinals: #1 Alex Marinelli (Iowa) – L, D 8-2

Conso. Second Round: #10 Nick South (Indiana) – W, D 6-3

Conso. Quarterfinals: #6 Joe Lee (Penn State) – W, Fall 4:29

Conso. Semifinals: #7 Peyton Robb (Nebraska) – L, D 6-3

Fifth-Place Match: #8 Jake Tucker (Michigan State) – W, D 10-3

174: #12 Emil Soehnlen (R-Freshman)

First Round: #5 Donnell Washington (Indiana) – L, Fall 1:53

Conso. First Round: #13 Troy Fisher (Northwestern) – W, D 4-3

Conso. Second Round: #6 Kaleb Romero (Ohio State) – L, D 4-0

Ninth-Place Bracket First Round: #13 Troy Fisher (Northwestern) – W, D 3-2*

Ninth-Place Bracket Semifinals: #8 Jared Krattinger (Wisconsin) – W, Forfeit*

Ninth-Place Match: #7 Jackson Turley (Rutgers) – L, D 6-2*

184: #7 Max Lyon (Senior) – SEVENTH PLACE

First Round: #10 Rocky Jordan (Ohio State) – W, D 3-2

Quarterfinals: #2 Chris Weiler (Wisconsin) – L, D 9-4

Conso. Second Round: #8 Zach Braunagel (Illinois) – W, SV 7-5

Conso. Quarterfinals: #3 Layne Malczewski (Michigan State) – L, D 9-8

Seventh-Place Match: #4 Owen Webster (Minnesota) – W, D 3-1

197: #6 Thomas Penola (R-Sophomore) – SEVENTH PLACE

First Round: #11 Garrett Joles (Minnesota) – W, D 8-3

Quarterfinals: #3 Jacob Warner (Iowa) – L, D 4-0

Conso. Second Round: #12 Jaron Smith (Maryland) – W, D 7-3

Conso. Quarterfinals: #7 Michael Beard (Penn State) – L, D 6-5

Seventh-Place Match: #10 Billy Janzer (Rutgers) – W, MD 10-1

285: #12 Dorian Keys (Freshman)

First Round: #5 Christian Lance (Nebraska) – L, 4-0

Conso. First Round: #13 Rudy Streck (Indiana) – L, Fall 4:11

Numbers represent Big Ten Tournament seedings

* – Matches for ninth place do not count towards team scoring

PURDUE BASEBALL: Purdue Racks Up 16 Ks in 4-0 Loss to Nebraska

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Led by 10 strikeouts from starter Jett Jackson, Purdue baseball racked up 16 Ks on the mound but was unable to generate any offense for the second game in a row, losing to Nebraska 4-0 Sunday in the finale of a four-game series.

The Boilermakers enjoyed a 7-4 edge in the hit column, but had four potential rallies go by the board via two inning-ending double plays and two inning-ending strikeouts with the bases loaded.

Jackson struck out 10 of the 20 batters he faced over 4 1/3 innings of three-hit ball. He posted the first double-figure strikeout performance by a Purdue pitcher since Trent Johnson’s rare 10-K relief outing in March 2019 at Northwestern. In his team debut, Nolan Daniel struck out four of the six batters he faced he faced over two hitless innings of relief.

Nebraska scored three of its four runs on home runs to left field and enjoyed a 5-0 edge in homers for the series.

Batting in the 8-hole for the Huskers, Jack Steil delivered a two-out RBI double in the second inning and a two-run homer in the top of the ninth.

The Boilermakers hit into inning-ending twin killings with two men aboard in the sixth and eighth. A Purdue hitter also struck out with the bases loaded to end the second and seventh. For the series, the Boilermakers were 4-for-30 with runners in scoring position and 0-for-4 with the bases loaded.

SUNDAY NOTABLES

• Purdue racked up 46 strikeouts over 32 innings in the series, a total believed to be a team record for a four-game set. The 16 Ks Sunday matched the third highest total in program history. In Friday’s walk-off win, the Boilermakers fanned 15 batters.

• Miles Simington (5-for-11) and Zac Fascia (4-for-12) hit safely in all four games of the series. Simington reached base safely a team-high eight times for the weekend. Skyler Hunter (3-for-14, 3 BB) and Mason Gavre (2-for-11, 2 BB) also reached base safely in all four games.

• For the second time in the series Sunday, redshirt freshman Jack Firestone drew a walk as a pinch hitter late in a close game. On this day, he worked a walk in the seventh inning to give Purdue two men aboard with one out, leading to a pitching change.

• Jett Jackson has only surrendered 15 hits in 23 1/3 innings over five career appearances as a Boilermaker, all starts. Meanwhile, his 10 Ks Sunday were just three shy of his season total in 19 innings last season.

• Purdue lost a four-game series after winning the opener for the first time since April 2008 at Indiana. Admittedly, four-game series have been somewhat rare since the Big Ten went to a 24-game conference schedule, and traditional three-game weekend series, in 2009.

• The Boilermakers were shutout in consecutive games for the first time since March 2019 at Jacksonville State and Ball State. They were blanked in back-to-back contests by the same opponent for the first time since February 2017 at Arkansas-Little Rock.

Ben Nisle made his second diving catch of the series in left field, taking away a hit with a runner on second base and one out in the second inning. It potentially saved Purdue a run because Steil’s RBI double and a walk followed.

Jackson struck out the side in order vs. Nebraska’s 2-3-4 hitters in the third inning. He also registered three strikeouts in the following frame, but the first batter of the three reached base safely on a wild pitch.

Purdue returns to action Friday when it begins a four-game series vs. Michigan at Fluor Field in Greenville, South Carolina. The Boilermakers and Wolverines have not played since May 2018 when they squared off four times in a stretch of five games late in the season. Purdue won all four meetings, including a walk-off victory on day 2 of the Big Ten Tournament.

PURDUE MBB: Purdue Earns Double-Bye in 2021 Big Ten Tournament

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Riding a league-best five-game winning streak, the Purdue men’s basketball team earned a double-bye and the No. 4 seed in this week’s Big Ten Tournament held at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

The Boilermakers will be the No. 4 seed, taking on either Ohio State, Northwestern or Minnesota in Friday’s quarterfinals at approximately 2 p.m. ET.

The Boilermakers will head to Indianapolis with an 18-8 overall record and a 13-6 mark in the Big Ten standings. Purdue will not make up its game with Nebraska that was originally postponed Jan. 5, so the Boilermakers will finish in fourth place a half-game out of third. It will be Purdue’s 11th top-4 finish in the last 15 years under head coach Matt Painter.

Purdue started the Big Ten season with a 2-3 league record, but won 11 of its last 14 games to surge to its double-bye. Two of the losses came on the road by one (Maryland) and three (Minnesota) points and the Boilermakers became the first team since Illinois in 1989, to record regular-season, two-game sweeps of Ohio State, Michigan State and Indiana in the same season.

Leading the surge was All-Big Ten candidate Trevion Williams, who averaged 15.8 points, 8.4 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game while shooting 53.9 percent from the field in league play.

Helping the cause has been an outstanding freshman class that scored 593 combined points in Big Ten play, accounting for 45.2 percent of Purdue’s scoring in league play. During the five-game winning streak, the group accounted for 181 of Purdue’s 363 points (49.9 percent). The group has been named Big Ten Freshman of the Week a combined six times (out of 14 possible weeks) and is the first program in Big Ten history to have four different players named Big Ten Freshman of the Week.

Purdue is looking for its first Big Ten Tournament title since the 2009 season.

BUTLER MBB: Harris Selected as Unanimous Choice for BIG EAST All-Freshman Team

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Butler’s Chuck Harris was a unanimous selection to the BIG EAST All-Freshman Team, which was announced by the league office Sunday, March 7. The conference released the All-BIG EAST First and Second Teams, Honorable Mention and All-Freshman Team. The league’s head coaches choose the all-conference squads and are not permitted to vote for their own players.

Averaging 12.8 points per game, Harris leads the Bulldogs and is 16th in the BIG EAST in scoring. Among freshmen, only Marquette’s Dawson Garcia (13.2) has a higher scoring average. Harris is also third in the conference in free throw percentage (.836), tenth in three-pointers made (2.0 per game), and 11th in three-point shooting (.393). He has five 20-point games so far during his rookie campaign, including a career-high 29 points at Creighton Saturday in the regular season finale.

Harris was one of three unanimous picks for the All-BIG EAST Freshman Team, joining Posh Alexander of St. John’s and Marquette’s Garcia. The other All-Freshman Team selections are Adama Sanogo of Connecticut and Colby Jones of Xavier. The BIG EAST Freshman of the Year, which will be announced Wednesday in New York City, will come from the All-Freshman Team.

Seton Hall forward Sandro Mamukelashvili and Villanova forward Jeremiah Robinson-Earl are unanimous selections to the 2020-21 All-BIG EAST First Team. The four other All-BIG EAST First Team honorees are James Bouknight of Connecticut, Marcus Zegarowski of Creighton, Julian Champagnie of St. John’s, and Collin Gillespie of Villanova.

The BIG EAST Player of the Year will come from the All-BIG EAST First Team.  The conference will announce Player of the Year, Coach of the Year, Freshman of the Year, and Scholar-Athlete of the Year on Wednesday, March 10.  Other league individual awards, including BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year, Most Improved Player, Sixth Man Award and Sportsmanship Award will be announced Monday, March 8.

Harris earned BIG EAST Freshman of the Week honors twice throughout the regular season (Dec. 28, 2020; March 1, 2021).

Harris becomes the third Bulldog to earn a spot on the BIG EAST All-Freshman Team since Butler joined the BIG EAST prior to the 2013-14 season. Kamar Baldwin was also a unanimous selection in 2016-17 and Andrew Chrabascz earned a spot on the 2013-14 team.

The Bulldogs open the 2021 BIG EAST Tournament as the No. 10 seed on Wednesday, matching up with Xavier in a first round game at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

ALL-BIG EAST FIRST TEAM+

Marcus Zegarowski, Creighton, G, Jr., 6-2, 180, Hamilton, Mass.

James Bouknight, Connecticut, G, So., 6-5, 190, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Julian Champagnie, St. John’s, G-F, So., 6-8, 220, Brooklyn, N.Y.

*Sandro Mamukelashvili, Seton Hall, F, Sr., 6-11, 240, Tbilisi, Georgia

*Jeremiah Robinson-Earl, Villanova, F, So., 6-9, 230, Kansas City, Kan.

Collin Gillespie, Villanova, G, Sr., 6-3, 190, Huntingdon Valley, Pa.

ALL-BIG EAST SECOND TEAM

Damien Jefferson, Creighton, F, Sr., 6-5, 220, East Chicago, Ind.

David Duke, Providence, G, Jr., 6-7, 210, New York, N.Y.

Nate Watson, Providence, F, Sr., 6-10, 260, Portsmouth, Va.

Zach Freemantle, Xavier, F, So.,6-9, 225, Teaneck, N.J.

Paul Scruggs, Xavier, F, Sr., 6-4, 196, Indianapolis, Ind.

ALL-BIG EAST HONORABLE MENTION

Denzel Mahoney, Creighton, G-F, Sr., 6-5, 220, Oviedo, Fla.

Jahvon Blair, Georgetown, G, Sr., 6-4, 190, Brampton, Ont.

Jermaine Samuels, Villanova, F, Sr., 6-7, 230, Franklin, Mass.

BIG EAST ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM

*Chuck Harris, Butler, G, 6-2, 190, Ashburn, Va.

Adama Sanogo, Connecticut, F, 6-9, 240, Bamako, Mali

*Dawson Garcia, Marquette, F, 6-11, 235, Prior Lake, Minn.

*Posh Alexander, St. John’s, F, 6-0, 190, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Colby Jones, Xavier, G, 6-5, 195, Birmingham, Ala.

*Denotes unanimous selection

+Due to a tie in the voting, an additional position was added

BALL STATE BASEBALL: Cardinals Take 2 Of 3 Over Kentucky

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LEXINGTON, Ky. – A series split with Arizona and a series win over Kentucky. The Ball State baseball team collected another big win on Sunday, outlasting Kentucky 4-3 to take two of three over the weekend.

The Cards (6-4) struck with a four-run 6th inning and dominant pitching by winner Lukas Jaksich and John Baker did the rest. Jaksich pitched 5.0 innings of one-run ball before Baker took over in the 6th.

“We continued to show grit in winning the series against a really strong SEC opponent in Kentucky,” head coach Rich Maloney said. “A lot of players contributed behind standout pitching from Luke and Johnny Baker. These were two excellent team wins for our program.”

With Kentucky leading 1-0, BSU got a walk and two batters hit by a pitch to start a rally. Chase Sebby had an RBI HBP and Nick Powell drove in a run with a walk. Ryan Peltier then delivered a two-run single to put the exclamation point on the four-run inning. Kentucky scored two runs late to make it interesting but ran out of chances against Baker, who earned the four-inning save and has a 1.45 ERA on the year.

Maloney also mentioned the stellar defense at shortstop by Justin Conant, who with Noah Navarro turned two double plays early in the game.

NOTRE DAME BASEBALL: IRISH OUTLAST CLEMSON TO CLINCH THE SERIES

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CLEMSON, S.C. — Heading into its second rubber match game of the early season, the Notre Dame baseball team shut down the hot Clemson bats for the second straight game to clinch the series with a 3-2 win Sunday afternoon at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.

“Can’t say enough about the grit of our guys,” said head coach Link Jarrett. “(Joe) Sheridan pitched a great three innings to hold the game in check. I was very proud of the way we defended. Dave (LaManna) made a huge block with runners on second and third, (Brooks) Coetzee played the ball in the corner well, and our infield defense was sound.”

The Irish (4-2, 4-2 ACC) went to the bullpen early but Joe Sheridan and Liam Simon were able to stymie the Clemson (5-4, 1-2 ACC) batters at the plate. The pair combined for seven innings of relief and allowed just one run and four hits into the ninth inning.

“Liam (Simon) was outstanding and was a nice compliment after Sheridan in an extended performance, and Liam had many key strikeouts,” said Jarrett. “(Jack) Brannigan helped end the game with the pop up to short. I told our team base-running would be a huge factor and I was proud of some, but not all, of our reads. (Jared) Miller stealing third forcing the infield in was a key momentum swing, and Dave was a tough out all day. (Carter) Putz had a huge two-strike at-bat, double that pushed us ahead to stay.”

The Irish tied the game in the fifth after a David LaManna single and took the lead in the sixth. After being a thorn in Clemson pitcher’s sides all weekend, Carter Putz roped a two-RBI double to left field. With the tying run just 90 feet away and two outs in the ninth, Jack Brannigan took to the mound to secure the final out and clinch the series for the Irish.

“Can’t say enough about the toughness of the team, especially after Friday’s ballgame,” stated Jarrett. “They have worked very hard for their opportunities to play these games, and the in-game grit has shown.”

HOW IT HAPPENED

Clemson jumped out in front in the second inning after loading the bases with nobody out. The Irish got a timely double play to get two quick outs and limit the damage. Sheridan came in from the pen and got a line out to end the inning and the Tigers only got one run on the board.

The Irish offense took a little bit to get going on Sunday but got the wheels turning in the fifth. Miller had a leadoff single, advanced to second on a wild pitch and then proceeded to steal third. On the next pitch after the steal, LaManna singled to left field to score Miller and tie the game.

The very next inning, Notre Dame took its first lead of the game. Zack Prajzner led the inning off and reached after getting hit by a pitch. He made it over to third base after a Spencer Myers single and Putz came to the plate. After battling to a 2-2 count, Putz got a hold of a ball to left field that went off the wall to score both Prajzner and Myers. It was Putz’s sixth hit of the series and the Irish held a 3-1 lead.

On the mound, Sheridan came on in the second and tossed three innings of scoreless relief. He surrendered just two hits and handed the ball over to Simon in the fifth. Simon allowed two hits and one run over a career-high four innings while striking out a career-high seven.

In the ninth, Clemson got runners on the corners with two away and Brannigan moved from third to the mound. He got Ingle to pop up to Prajzner to end the game and win the third-straight ACC series for the Irish dating back to last year.

STATS OF THE GAME

Notre Dame has won its third straight ACC road series dating back to last season.

The Irish have won six of their last eight ACC road series back to the 2019 season.

Liam Simon tallied career-highs with four innings pitched and seven strikeouts.

Jack Brannigan recorded his first career save when he came on for the final out

UP NEXT

The Irish will finish off the early season road swing with a three-game set with Virginia in Charlottesville. The series kicks off Friday afternoon at 3 p.m. ET and all three games will be broadcast on the ACC Network Extra.

NOTRE DAME VOLLEYBALL: #14 IRISH BLOCK CANES IN STRAIGHT SETS

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NOTRE DAME, Ind. — #14 Notre Dame earned its second sweep of the weekend with a straight-set triumph over Miami (25-18, 25-19, 25-15) on Sunday afternoon inside Purcell Pavilion.

With the win, Notre Dame’s fifth sweep of the 2020-21 campaign, the Irish improve to 9-1 (8-1 ACC) while Miami falls to 6-4 (6-4 ACC).

Hannah Thompson led all players with 10 blocks and became the first Notre Dame player to reach the 10-block mark since Kristin Baer did so on September 14, 2019 in a four-set win over Northern Kentucky. Caroline Meuth added six block assists while Zoe Nunez and Lindsey Miller each notched five.

As a team, the Irish matched their season-high with 16 total blocks, a mark which they hit in a five-set victory over Pitt on October 16, 2020.

The Notre Dame defense limited the Hurricanes to just a .055 hitting percentage with Nunez collecting a team-high 15 digs.

Charley Niego paced the Irish attack with 12 kills and Nunez earned 23 assists in the three sets of play.

HOW IT HAPPENED

First Set

Miami earned a 9-5 lead to open the first set before the irish used a 5-1 run to even the score at 10-all. After the sides worked to a 16-16 tie, Notre Dame took control of the set with five straight points, including three kills by Thompson, to go up 21-16. A block by Miller and Aubrey Hamilton clinched a 25-18 win for Notre Dame and gave the hosts a 1-0 lead.

Thompson led the Irish with four kills in the frame while Miller added four blocks.

Second Set

Thompson and Nunez combined for back-to-back blocks to open the second set and spurred the Irish to a 9-3 lead to open the stanza. From there, Notre Dame held at least a four-point advantage the rest of the way and took the second set, 25-19.

A whopping seven of Thompson’s 10 blocks came in the second set and the Irish racked up 10 total team blocks in the frame. Nunez added six digs in the stanza as Notre Dame limited Miami to just a .021 hitting percentage in the set.

Third Set

Two kills by Niego helped the Irish earn a 6-1 lead to open the third frame before an Irish 5-1 run stretched the hosts’ lead to 14-5.

Charity McDowell made her Irish debut late in the frame and notched a pair of kills to keep Notre Dame in control after a 5-0 Miami run. McDowell’s second kill pushed the Irish to match point before a Hurricanes’ attack error clinched the 25-15 set win for Notre Dame.

Up Next

#14 Notre Dame hits the road next weekend to meet Florida State and Virginia Tech in Tallahassee.

First serve between the Irish and Seminoles is set for 5 p.m. ET on Friday (March 12) before Notre Dame meets the Hokies at 3 p.m. ET on Saturday (March 13).

NOTRE DAME MSOCCER: #11 IRISH SUFFER OT DEFEAT AT VIRGINIA, 1-0

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — No. 11 Notre Dame dropped a heartbreaking overtime loss to Virginia on Sunday afternoon by a final score of 1-0 at Klockner Stadium.

HOW IT HAPPENED

Chances were limited for both the Irish and Cavaliers in the opening 45 minutes of play. Keagan McLaughlin came up big for Notre Dame in the seventh minute, making a big save after a Virginia forward was in on goal to keep the contest scoreless.

Notre Dame’s best scoring opportunity of the first half came in the 27th minute. Solid buildup play led to Jack Lynn firing a shot from the six-yard box but a Virginia defender made a perfectly timed last ditch block to keep the match level.

The Irish began the second half on the front foot and their best chance of the stanza came in the 50th minute, as Paddy Burns connected with Aiden McFadden, who fired a ball across the goal but a Cavalier defender deflected it out for a corner. After that the defenses of both teams locked down any threats to send the match to overtime at 0-0.

Just over four minutes into the first overtime period the Cavaliers found the back of the net off a free kick to take all three points in the victory.

HEAD COACH CHAD RILEY’S TAKE

“Firstly, I am proud of the team’s effort. I thought we had some very good moments in the game. Coming to UVA is always a tough game and credit to them, they found a way in OT. Now it’s time to learn and move on to prep for Duke.”

UP NEXT

The Irish play its third straight road match to begin the spring with an ACC clash at Duke at 7 p.m. ET on Friday, March 12 at Koskinen Stadium. The game will air on ACCNX.

NOTRE DAME MEN’S BASKETBALL: IRISH AND DEMON DEACONS MEET IN GREENSBORO TUESDAY NIGHT

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IRISH HAVE SHORT BUT STRONG HISTORY IN THE ACC TOURNAMENT

Notre Dame is finishing its eighth season as a member of the ACC and has already compiled a distinguished resume at the league tournament. The Irish are 10-5 all-time in the championship competition, including the 2015 title (defeating both Duke and North Carolina in Greensboro, North Carolina) while also advancing to the 2017 championship game against Duke. Only Duke (12), Virginia (11) and North Carolina (12) have more wins in ACC tournament play since Notre Dame joined the league in 2013-14.

BY THE NUMBERS: IRISH IN GREENSBORO

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Notre Dame is 4-1 all-time – and on a four-game win streak – in the Greensboro Coliseum during ACC Tournament play. Tuesday night’s game is a repeat of the first-ever Notre Dame ACC tournament game, a 2014 setback to Wake Forest.

Since that game, the Irish are 4-0 in the building during tournament play – victories over Miami, Duke and North Carolina to claim the 2015 tourney title and last season’s round two win over Boston College before the rest of the tournament was cancelled.

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Rebounds-per-game average for junior guard Dane Goodwin this season, an increase from 3.8 in 2019-20. Goodwin has been among Notre Dame’s most steady players this season, scoring in double figures 15 times and shooting .862 from the free throw line.

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Points-per-game improvement this season for junior forward Nate Laszewski (from 7.4 in 2019-20 to 13.8 in 2020-21). Laszewski has seen an increase in all of his numbers across the board –

MP + 10.5 • FG% + 19% • 3FG% +15% • REB/G + 3.0

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Rebounds-per-game average over the last four games for junior guard Cormac Ryan, including a career-high nine against NC State on March 3.

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

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Entering post season play, junior guard Prentiss Hubb is 10th in the country in total assists (145) and 14th in assists per game (6.0).

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Notre Dame has won its first game of conference tournament action in 11 of the last 12 seasons, with a 2014 ACC first-round setback to Wake Forest the lone blemish in that run. In the 20 years of conference tournament play under Glenn and Stacey Murphy Head Men’s Basketball Coach Mike Brey, Notre Dame has failed to win its first game (that did not include a first-round bye) just four times.

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Notre Dame and Wake Forest will be meeting for the 13th time on Tuesday evening, with the Irish holding a 7-5 advantage in the series. Notre Dame earned a 79-58 victory over the Demon Deacons on February 2, 2021, in the two team’s only meeting this season (see page 2 for a recap of the game, page 27 for a box score).

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Points scored by graduate student forward Juwan Durham in the regular-season matchup with Wake Forest earlier this season. The game marked perhaps Durham’s most effective game of the year with 18 points, seven-of-nine shooting, nine rebounds, four blocks and two assists.

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Games played by junior guard Trey Wertz this season – who was expected to sit out the year after transferring from Santa Clara during the offseason. Wertz, along with all other first-time transfers, were granted a blanket waiver to compete this season on Dec. 16, 2020, to help teams stay active through the myriad of safety challenges from COVID-19. Wertz is shooting a career-best .412 from three-point range this season.

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Assists in ACC play this season for Prentiss Hubb which is tied for the eight-most in a single ACC season since 1996-97. Hubb was one of just five major conference players to eclipse 100 assists in league play in 2020-21.

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Career points for Prentiss Hubb who became the 65th Notre Dame player to reach the 1,000-point plateau in program history. He is the 24th player of the Mike Brey era to score 1,000 points and the sixth to do so in three years or less. Since 2000-01 (first year of the Brey era), Notre Dame is second among all Division I teams with 1,000-point scorers (Villanova is first with 26).

INDIANA STATE BASEBALL: Sycamores Sweep Sunday Doubleheader and Series with FIU

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MIAMI – Indiana State took both games of a doubleheader against Florida International Sunday afternoon at FIU Baseball Stadium in Miami. The Sycamores claimed the series with a 9-4 victory in the opener before taking game three, 7-2. ISU improved to 6-4 on the season while FIU fell to 4-6.

Redshirt senior Max Wright was dominant at the plate in both games, finishing the day with a .600 average (3-for-5) with a home run, five walks, three runs scored, an RBI and a hit-by-pitch. The Ontario native also led the team with a 1.200 slugging percentage and a .818 on-base percent.

Outfielder Sean Ross tallied three base hits in the two games while reaching base on a walk and a pair of hit-by-pitches.

As a team, Indiana State outhit FIU Sunday 20-15 and did not have an error while FIU committed five miscues in the field.

Game One | Indiana State 9, Florida International 4

On a windy day, the long ball powered Indiana State to a game one victory as Dominic Cusumano homered in his first two at bats and Max Wright sent his third homer of the season out in the third.

To go along with the offensive output, right-hander Javin Drake (1-1) put together another solid outing. The Western Illinois graduate transfer went seven complete innings and allowed just three earned runs while striking out five.

Cusumano took a 1-1 pitch over the right field wall in the second before blasting a two-run bomb in the third. ISU put together a four-run third inning. Following Cusumano’s homer, Sean Ross singled in Miguel Rivera with a ball to left field. ISU added two more runs in the fourth on a pair of bases-loaded walks to Cusumano and Fuentes.

Indiana State took a seven-run lead into the sixth before FIU got a two-run home run to get on the scoreboard. ISU got those runs back in the seventh as Rivera scored on a wild pitch and Jordan Schaffer plated a run on a sacrifice fly.

Redshirt senior Austin Cross tossed the final two innings of action for the Sycamores, striking out one and allowing one walk.

Wright, Cusumano, Fuentes and Ross each went for a pair of hits in the game while ISU outhit the Panthers 10-7.

Matt Fernandez (1-1) was charged with the loss for FIU after allowing five earned runs and six hits in 2.2 innings. Seven FIU pitchers saw the mound in the opener of the doubleheader.

Game Two | Indiana State 7, Florida International 2

The Sycamores jumped out to an early lead in the second inning when FIU committed one of their four errors of the game, allowing a run to come home on a sacrifice bunt. ISU added a run in the third when Schaffer scampered home on a passed ball.

Grant Magill and Schaffer each drove in runs in the third and fourth innings. Magill’s single to right brought home Diego Gines and Schaffer’s double scored Ellison Hanna II.

The big inning for the Sycamores came in the sixth when yet another error proved costly for FIU. With the bases loaded, Brian Fuentes pushed a ball to third base and the ensuing throw was errant, allowing all three runs to come home and make it a 7-2 game in favor of Indiana State.

Connor Cline (2-0) made his third start of the season for the Sycamores and was solid throughout his four innings of work. The right-hander allowed five base hits and gave up two earned runs while striking out four of the 17 batters he faced en route to the win.

Will Buraconak, Connor Fenlong and Tyler Grauer each saw relief work in the win. Buraconak went two innings and did not allow a run while retiring two on strikeouts. Fenlong finished with one strikeout while not allowing a baserunner in the seventh and eighth innings. Grauer pitched a scoreless ninth and struck out one.

Schaffer led all Sycamores with a 3-for-5 day at the plate in the nightcap. The Terre Haute native scored two runs, drove in one and recorded a double. Gines also tallied multiple hits with a 2-for-5 game.

The Sycamores will be back in action on Tuesday when the team takes on Florida Gulf Coast in midweek action beginning at 6:30 p.m.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE BASEBALL: Mastodons Use Myer’s Gem to Earn Split With Youngstown State

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DEFIANCE, Ohio – Jacob Myer threw a complete game shutout in game one on Sunday (March 7) to lift the Purdue Fort Wayne baseball team to a split with Youngstown State. The ‘Dons won 1-0 in walk-off fashion in the opener and lost the second game 13-8.

Game One – Mastodons 1, Penguins 0

Myer finished the contest allowing three hits and one walk while notching five strikeouts. The game was scheduled for seven innings and he went the distance for the shutout. He is 1-0 after earning the win. It is the first complete game shutout for a Mastodon pitcher since Damian Helm threw 7.0 shutout innings in an 11-0 win over Omaha on April 20, 2018.

Myer came up big when it mattered the most, stranding a runner in each of the final five innings. The sophomore from Milwaukee, Wisconsin had to be on point because his counterpoint was also dealing. YSU starter Jon Snyder tossed 6.0 innings of no-hit ball and fanned 12 in the process. The ‘Dons did hang four walks on Snyder, and that helped chase Snyder before the start of the seventh. With Snyder out, the ‘Dons opened the inning with back-to-back walks. Jack Lang delivered a sacrifice and moved the runners to second and third with one out. The ‘Dons were now in a position to win the game without the benefit of a hit. Trenton Stoner had the first chance, but his ground ball turned into an out at the plate for the second out. Andrew Lawvere followed with a walk to load the bases. Aaron Chapman decided that one hit was all the ‘Dons needed to get the win when he lined an 0-1 pitch to right center field for the game winning single.

Chad Coles took the loss for Youngstown State. He is 0-1. Snyder picked up a no-decision.

Game Two – Penguins 13, Mastodons 8

After game one nearly went to extras scoreless, game two had plenty of offense. However, it was Youngstown State benefiting early. The Penguins scored five in the second and three in the sixth to go up 8-1 after six innings. The final three innings saw 12 combined runs scored.

Robert Young III delivered a pinch-hit two-RBI single in the eighth to advance the ‘Dons within a grand slam at 12-8. Youngstown State added one more in the ninth on a home run by Braeden O’Shaughnessy.

Trenton Stoner finished with a hit, walk, RBI and two runs scored off the bench. Justin Greene and Chapman each had two hits in the final game.

Michael Madura took the loss after allowing six runs (five earned) in 5.1 innings. He is now 0-2. Nick Perez started for YSU is now 1-0 after throwing six innings.

Jeff Wehler had three RBIs on three hits including a home run in the sixth inning. O’Shaughnessy finished with four hits.

Youngstown State is now 5-7 (3-1 Horizon). The ‘Dons fall to 2-6 (1-3 Horizon). The Mastodons travel to Butler in non-league play this upcoming weekend.

IUPUI WBB: WOMEN’S BASKETBALL TAKES ON MILWAUKEE IN #HLWBB SEMIS ON MONDAY

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INDIANAPOLIS – IUPUI women’s basketball is set to take on Milwaukee in the semifinals of the Horizon League Women’s Basketball Championship on Monday, March 8 at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum. The game is set to tip off at 2 p.m. and will be streamed on ESPN+.

With a spot in the Horizon League Finals up for grabs and IUPUI looking for back-to-back championships, the Jaguars are going to face a tough test in a Milwaukee team that has beaten them twice already this season, including a thrilling double overtime contest the last time the two teams met.

IUPUI boasts the league’s top scoring offense at 72.5 points per game and while Milwaukee sits in the middle of the pack on offense, this game features two of the best defenses the Horizon League has to offer. Milwaukee holds the No. 2 scoring defense at 55.9 points per game, while IUPUI is allowing just 58.1 points per game, good for third in the league.

The Panthers bring in the best field goal percentage defense, allowing opposing teams to shoot just 35.4 percent from the field. IUPUI is the best shooting team in the league, hitting 46.5 percent of its shots. Neither team surrenders threes easily as IUPUI is tops in the league allowing teams to shoot 26.5 percent from deep and Milwaukee is second at 27.6% from deep. IUPUI is the top three point shooting team in the league at 38.2 percent.

In the first two meetings this season, IUPUI hit 50 percent from three in the first meeting but just 17 percent in the second game.

If the game comes down to free throws, Milwaukee brings a big advantage in to the game. As a team, Milwaukee is hitting 83.6 percent from the stripe to lead the Horizon League. IUPUI sits at seventh at 69 percent. In the two games this season, IUPUI was 38-for-57 from the line while Milwaukee was 38-for-45.

ABOUT IUPUI

– IUPUI enters the game on a six-game win streak after beating Oakland in the Horizon League Quarterfinals. The Jags are led by three-time Horizon League Player of the Year Macee Williams, who averaged career-highs in points per game (17.9), rebounds per game (9.3) and assists per game (2.2) during the regular season. Williams .530 field goal percentage is currently the highest FG% by a senior in school history.

– Rachel McLimore was named Second Team All-Horizon and to the Horizon League All-Defensive Team in her second year as a Jaguar. McLimore is second on the team with 14.0 points per game and 2.8 assists per game. She also averaged 1.5 steals per contest.

– Destiny Perkins has had a smooth transition to the point guard role, scoring 8.2 points per game, pulling down 4.0 rebounds per game, handing out 2.6 assists per game and averaging 2.1 steals per game. Perkins had a career-high 11 rebounds in the quarterfinal round.

– Sydney Roule has been on fire from three this year, scoring a career-high 7.1 points per game and shooting 46.2% from behind the arc to lead the Jags. Roule’s 3FG% woud  be the second-highest in a season by a Jaguar and the highest for a senior. The senior has hit a three in all but three games this season and made four threes in five different games. Roule currently leads the Horizon League and is 8th in the NCAA in 3FG%.

– Natalie Andersen has been a spark of the bench for head coach Austin Parkinson, scoring 6.3 points per game to lead all bench scorers. Andersen averages 3.1 rebounds per game and is shooting over 40 percent from both the field and three-point range.

– Katelyn O’Reilly has picked up her game as the postseason has arrived. The senior scored a season-high 15 points and has scored in double-figures in three of her last seven games. O’Reilly has pulled down eight rebounds in each of the last two games.

– With a win over Milwaukee, head coach Austin Parkinson would record his 200th career win, all coming at IUPUI.

– Williams has been unstoppable for IUPUI in the last eight games, scoring at least 13 points in each game and having three games of 20+ points. During that streak, Williams has four double-doubles and has had four games of five assists. Williams has shot over 50 percent in each of the last six games.

– McLimore is riding a string of nine-straight games scoring in double-figures. During the run, McLimore has three games of at least 20 points, including a 30-point effort in the Jags’ double overtime loss against Milwaukee.

SCOUTING MILWAUKEE

Milwaukee has won four-straight games after an overtime loss to Oakland on Feb. 12. The Panthers dispatched of No. 7 seed Youngtown State 77-68 in the quarterfinal round. Mckaela Schmelzer led the Panthers with 24 points and two other Panthers finished in double figures.

Megan Walstad (All-League First Team) and Brandi Bisping (All-League Second Team) lead the Panthers on offense at 12.5 and 11.4 points per game respectively. Walstad pulls down 8.9 rebounds per game, while Bisping is right behind at 8.6.

MIAMI BASEBALL: Miami Earns 11-3 Victory over Davidson

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CONWAY, S.C. — Closing out the Baseball at the Beach Tournament, the Miami University baseball team (6-5) defeated Davidson College (5-5) on Sunday, 11-3. The RedHawks scored two in the first, three in the second, and five in the third to give them a commanding lead early on en route to the win against the Wildcats.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

In the bottom of the first inning, the RedHawks got out to a two-run lead by way of a redshirt freshman Nate Stone sacrifice fly that drove in freshman Dalton Back. Two at-bats later, senior Nate Stolze doubled to left field, driving home graduate student Will Vogelgesang. They finished the first up 2-0.

The RedHawks added three more runs to their lead, making it a 5-0 ballgame. A single from redshirt freshman Benji Brokemond drove in senior Tyler Wardwell, who had singled earlier in the inning. Back grounded out to third, allowing senior Michael Morissette to score. Capping off the rally in the second inning was Stone, who collected another RBI, this time on a single to center field that drove home Brokemond.

In the bottom of the third, the RedHawks extended their lead even further. A bases-loaded walk to Morissette started things off, making it a 6-0 ballgame. After a pitching change, Brokemond delivered a two-run single, increasing the lead once more. Back had a sacrifice fly to centerfield, allowing Morissette to score, making things 9-0. Vogelgesang singled to centerfield, allowing Brokemond to score, giving the RedHawks a 10-run lead.

In the top of the sixth inning, the RedHawks surrendered three runs to Davidson, making it a 10-3 ballgame. This came after a masterful pitching performance by junior starting pitcher Tyler Bosma who gave way to the bullpen. The Wildcats scored three runs on three hits and a walk.

As an exclamation point on the win, the RedHawks added one more run in the bottom of the seventh inning after a Morissette double to score junior Nick Neibauer, who had a pinch-hit earlier in the game.

GAME NOTES:

Brokemond was 2-for-4 on the day with a double and three RBI for the RedHawks.

Stone continued his hot streak going 1-for-2 with two walks and two RBI on the day.

Morissette and Stolze both went 1-for-2 with doubles, respectively.

Bosma threw five innings, collecting nine strikeouts while allowing just two hits and only walking two opposing hitters.

WHAT’S NEXT:

The RedHawks are off until Friday, March 12 when they travel to Memphis, Tennessee, to take on the University of Memphis for a three-game set. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m. in Memphis.

WRIGHT STATE BASEBALL: Early offense, Cline’s 12 Ks lead Raidergang to weekend sweep

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The Wright State baseball team scored eight runs over the first two innings and had its starting pitcher tally double-digit strikeouts for the third time this weekend in Sunday’s 13-1 victory over Northern Kentucky to complete the four-game weekend sweep to begin Horizon League play.

The Raiders (4-5, 4-0 HL) saw five players drive in two runs each, while Quincy Hamilton belted his third homer of the weekend to get the scoring going in the first inning.

Wright State sent nine men to the plate in the bottom of the first, tallying four runs and chasing Northern Kentucky (2-9, 0-4 HL) starter Bryson Lonsbury after he recorded just one out while giving up four runs.

A Damon Dues single began the first before Hamilton stepped in and delivered a two-run shot to right field to give the Raiders the lead for good two batters into the afternoon. Wright State added on with a Zane Harris RBI single and a two-run double from Alex Alders.

The Raiders added on in the second, first on a two-run single from Tyler Black before Harris connected on an RBI triple and then scored moments later on a wild pitch. In the sixth, it was Gehrig Anglin’s turn for a triple, driving home two runs, before an RBI single from Alec Sayre and a two-run single from Justin McConnell later in the frame gave Wright State its final tally.

Black finished with three hits and Harris added two of his own as the Raiders finished with 13 hits on the afternoon, adding nine walks, with 10 different players collecting hits in the win.

Austin Cline struck out 12 NKU batters over six innings in his first home start at The Nisch, allowing three hits and one run. Cline struck out the side in the fourth and sixth, with two strikeouts in three additional innings. He struck out nine of his final 10 batters faced, allowing only a groundout in the fifth to break the streak.

Wright State continues Horizon League play at home next weekend, welcoming Youngstown State to Nischwitz Stadium for a four-game set beginning Friday afternoon.

DAYTON BASEBALL: Baseball Walks Off Sunday With A 7-6 Victory Over Oakland

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DAYTON – The University of Dayton baseball team got a walk-off single from graduate student Alex Brickman to defeat Oakland on Sunday afternoon 7-6.

The Flyers improve to 3-7 and split the four-game series with the Golden Grizzlies after facing a 6-5 deficit entering the bottom of the ninth inning. Juniors Marcos Pujols and Benjamin Blackwell each picked up two hits and an RBI for UD. Graduate student Tyler Jones picked up the win on the mound, not allowing a hit in his two innings on the mound to end it for Dayton.

On the Mound

Junior Dylan Keller got the ball to start the game, going 4.2 innings and allowing three runs, two earned, on three hits. Keller struck out six in his time on the mound. He gave way to junior Jake Silverstein who allowed just one earned run over 1.2 innings with two strikeouts.

Senior Jared Howell entered for Silverstein in the seventh inning, facing just two batters before senior Cole Pletka relieved him. Pletka walked the only two batters he faced and was replaced by freshman Parker Bard who ended the seventh, getting out of a bases loaded jam thanks to graduate student left fielder Chris Cabrera, who hung on to make a catch after colliding with the left field wall to end the inning.

Jones entered in the eighth inning and took the Flyers the rest of the way on the mound, earning his first win of the season.

Scoring Plays

Top 1: (1-0 Golden Grizzlies)

Dylan Keller’s first pitch of the game ended in a home run for Oakland, who took a 1-0 lead after that point.

Bottom 4: (1-1 Tie)

Senior Riley Tirotta led off the inning with a single to right field. Pujols followed that with a single of his own and a passed ball moved both runners into scoring position. Cabrera drove in the first run of the game with an RBI single to the shortstop, bringing Tirotta home and tying the game at one.

Top 5: (3-1 Golden Grizzlies)

Oakland started the inning with a bunt single. A sacrifice bunt moved the runner to second. OU followed that with a ground out and a hit by pitch before a single to center field scored the run from second. The runner advanced to second after the Flyers had trouble getting the ball back into the infield, putting runners on second and third with two outs. A pitch from Keller got past junior Jay Curtis, allowing another run to score and making it 3-1 OU.

Bottom 6: (3-3 Tie)

Cabrera reached again on an error by the Oakland first baseman. Graduate student Eddie Pursinger then got hit by a pitch to put two on with one out. Two batters later, Blackwell singled down the right field line to score Cabrera with Pursinger advancing to third for Curtis. Pursinger scored on a passed ball to tie the game once again.

Top 7: (6-3 Golden Grizzlies)

Oakland started off the inning reaching on an error and moved the runner to second on a wild pitch. A single up the middle scored the run and gave the Golden Grizzlies the lead. Two batters later a hit and run into center field followed by the ball getting away in the infield put both runners in scoring position. A sacrifice fly scored one and put another runner on third, and another passed ball made it 6-3 Oakland.

Bottom 7 (6-5 Golden Grizzlies)

Senior Michael Cleary led off the inning with a walk, followed by a double by senior Mariano Ricciardi. Tirotta brought Cleary home with a sacrifice fly, moving Ricciardi to third as well and Pujols brought the Dayton second baseman home with a single to right field to close the gap.

Bottom 9 (7-6 Flyers)

Pujols was hit by a pitch with one out in the last inning to put the tying run on first. Freshman Anthony Steinhardt entered as a pinch runner and senior Nolan Watson was also hit by a pitch to put the winning run on as well. A passed ball put both of them into scoring position which moved Oakland to intentionally walk Pursinger to load the bases with one out. Steinhardt scored the tying run on a wild pitch, which also advanced Watson and Pursinger. With the infield in, Brickman hit a ground ball to Oakland’s shortstop, who could not get Watson in time, giving the Flyers a 7-6 victory.

Up Next:

The Flyers will return to Woerner Field Friday, March 12 to begin a four-game series against North Dakota State. First pitch on Friday is scheduled for 3 p.m.

CINCINNATI BASEBALL: Baseball Falls 9-8 On UNCW Walk-Off Homer

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WILMINGTON, N.C. – The University of Cincinnati baseball team lost and early lead and dropped the series finale to UNCW on a walk-off home run Sunday in a 9-8 decision at Brooks Field.

The Bearcats (3-7) scored eight runs over the first three innings but succumbed to a late comeback from the Seahawks (7-3). Each team took two wins in the series which featured a lot of offense as UC hit 10 home runs over the four games.

UNCW’s Trevor Marsh capped an eight-run rally with his game-winner in the ninth. The Seahawks got three off the Bearcats bullpen in the seventh and loaded the bases on three consecutive walks in the eighth ahead of Noah Bridges grand-slam which knotted things up at 8-8 and set the stage for the ninth.

UC built an 8-0 lead in the first three innings, hitting lead-off homers in each frame. Eric Santiago hit the first pitch of the game over the wall in left field, Joe Powell homered to left center to lead off the second and Cole Harting popped one over the left-center fence to start the third.

The Bearcats totaled nine hits but stranded nine on the bags. Wyatt Stapp led the way with four hits while Jake Murray and Harting picked up two apiece.

Bearcats LHP Garrett Schoenle went five innings, allowing a run on two hits, fanning 11 and walking two. He did not factor in the decision. Zach Segal (0-2) took the loss for UC while UNCW’s Adam Smith (2-0) got the win.

SERIES NOTABLES

• UC slugged 10 home runs and tied its 2020 total of 12 long balls 10 games into the 2021 campaign.

• Stapp hit .444 for the series with eight hits, three doubles, eight RBI and two runs scored.

• Harting had six hits and two home runs, slugging at a .867 clip over the four games.

• Powell had three homers, four RBI and 12 total bases, hitting .300 for the weekend.

UP NEXT

UC will open up the home schedule next weekend against Western Michigan at UC Baseball Stadium. The Bearcats and Broncos will square off at 4 p.m. ET Friday, 3 p.m. ET Saturday and wrap up the set on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET. The series will be televised on ESPN+ with live stats also available.

SEASON TICKETS ON SALE NOW

Baseball season-ticket packages for 2021 are on sale now, priced at $50 for adults and $30 for youths (aged 4-12), seniors (age 65 and up), UC faculty and staff and members of the military. Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, 1,000 fans will be allowed in UC Baseball Stadium for game days. Get your season tickets now to lock in your seats! Make your purchase online.

CINCINNATI MEN’S BASKETBALL: Men’s Basketball Earns No. 5 Seed in AAC Championship

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CINCINNATI – The University of Cincinnati men’s basketball team has earned the No. 5 seed in the 2021 American Championship and will face No. 4 seed SMU in quarterfinals action Friday, Mar. 12, at Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, Texas. Tipoff is 3 p.m. ET on ESPN2.

UC (10-10, 8-6 American) is coming off an 82-69 road win at East Carolina on Sunday. Mason Madsen and Jeremiah Davenport scored 19 points each and Keith Williams added 16 points, seven rebounds and five assists.

SMU (11-4, 7-4) hasn’t played since a 71-56 road win at East Carolina on Feb. 8 after its last eight games of the season were canceled due to COVID-19 issues within the Mustangs’ program. Kendric Davis led SMU against the Pirates with 25 points on 9-of-17 shooting with eight assists.

SMU SERIES

Friday’s matchup will mark the 21st meeting between UC and SMU. UC owns a 15-5 lead overall but the series is tied 2-2 at neutral sites. The Bearcats pushed their win streak in the series to eight consecutive games by defeating the Mustangs 76-69 earlier this season in Dallas (Jan. 7). Five Bearcats scored in double figures at SMU led by Jeremiah Davenport’s 18 points and 10 rebounds. The return game in Cincinnati, scheduled for Mar. 4, was canceled due to COVID-19 issues within SMU’s program.

UC and SMU have faced off in each of the last three AAC Championship events with the victor going on the win the tournament crown. SMU topped UC in the championship game in 2017, 71-56, at the XL Center in Hartford, Connecticut. UC claimed a pair of quarterfinal wins over SMU in 2018 (61-51 at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida) and in 2019 (82-74 at the FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tennessee).

TOURNAMENT SUCCESS

UC has won six consecutive games and eight of its last nine contests at the AAC Championship, having won each of the last two tournament titles. The Bearcats cut down the nets after defeating Houston in 2018 (56-55 at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida) and again in 2019 (69-57 at the FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tennessee). The 2020 event was canceled due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

In all, UC has won two AAC Tournament titles, played in three tournament championship games and advanced to the semifinals four times in the six-year history of the event.

Cincinnati owns a 9-4 record all-time at the AAC Championship, having won six in a row. UC opponents at the event have included UCF (1-0), UConn (1-3), Houston (2-0), Memphis (1-0), SMU (2-1), Tulsa (1-0) and Wichita State (1-0).

The school record for most consecutive league tournament titles is five when the Bearcats won the Great Midwest Conference tournament crown during all four years of the league (1992-95) before winning the 1996 Conference USA tournament title during their first year in the league.

UC has won 12 league tournament titles in school history: Metro Conference (two: 1976-77); Great Midwest Conference (four: 1992-95); Conference USA (four: 1996, 1998, 2002, 2004) and AAC (two: 2018-19).

OHIO STATE BASEBALL: Ohio State Drops G4, But Wins Series with Illinois, 3-1

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Ohio State opened its season with four games in Greenville, S.C., against Illinois

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State dropped the fourth and final game of a Big Ten Conference series against Illinois in Greenville, S.C., Sunday morning, 8-0, as the Illini pitchers combined on a three-hit shutout. The Buckeyes were victorious in the series, though, with two extra-inning victories plus a third to leave the sunny, albeit chilly, south with a 3-1 record after the first weekend of competition.

“We showed some perseverance and some resiliency this weekend,” Ohio State coach Greg Beals said. “We got in some tough spots this weekend. Today, we weren’t able to get things done, but the first three games of this series we did.”

Ohio State won Game 1 on Friday, 6-3, in 13 innings, a game in which the bullpen allowed just one run in seven innings after starter Garrett Burhenn went a solid 6.0 innings. Game 2 also was an extra inning win, 6-5, in nine innings in what was a scheduled 7-inning game. Game 3 was a 12-6 victory.

Today, the Illini scored three runs in the first, two in the third and three more in the eighth to back a quartet of pitchers that recorded 12 strikeouts and five walks in addition to allowing just the three hits. Sophomore Cole Kirschsieper started, allowed one hit in five innings and got his initial decision of the season.

The Buckeyes countered with Will Pfenning, who went 2.2 innings and gave up five earned runs. Three different pitchers came into the game in relief with the positive takeaway today the pitching of Wyatt Loncar. The sophomore from Pacific Palisades, Calif., pitched 4.0 innings of scoreless baseball to keep the Buckeyes in it until the penultimate inning of the game when Illinois put it away with its final three runs. Loncar allowed just two hits, struck out four and didn’t walk a batter. He coaxed two double plays and struck out the side in the seventh, his final inning.

Ohio State continues its 44-game season – all Big Ten contests – with a trip to Minneapolis, Minn., next weekend to play four games, but none against the Golden Gophers. Ohio State will play Nebraska two times and Iowa two times between Friday and Sunday.

The schedule is the schedule in this pandemic, but the good thing is the teams are playing baseball and the Buckeyes have started off well and appear to have plenty of depth.

“We showed this weekend that we are capable of playing at a high level,” junior Zach Dezenzo said. “We got contributions from a lot of guys all over the field. We also learned we’re resilient. We overcame adversity and responded in those situations and ultimately came out with a series win.”

OHIO STATE WOMEN’S HOCKEY: OHIO STATE SELECTED AS NO. 3 OVERALL SEED IN 2021 NCAA TOURNAMENT

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s hockey season will continue in the NCAA Tournament, as the Buckeyes earned an at-large bid and will be the tournament’s No. 3 overall seed. Ohio State will face sixth-seeded Boston College in the quarterfinals on Tuesday, March 16 at 7 p.m. in Erie, Pa.

Three teams from the WCHA made the eight-team field: No. 2 seed Wisconsin, No. 3 Ohio State and No. 5 Minnesota Duluth. The 2021 championship will run from March 15-20 at Erie Insurance Arena in Erie, Pa. Quarterfinal games will be played on March 15-16 followed by the semifinals on March 18 and the national title game on March 20. No. 1 Northwestern faces No. 8 Robert Morris while No. 5 Minnesota Duluth meets No. 4 Colgate in the first two quarterfinals on March 15. On March 16, the Buckeyes take on Boston College while Wisconsin meets seventh-seeded Providence.

The Buckeyes have now been selected for the NCAA Tournament in three of the past four seasons. In 2018, Ohio State defeated Boston College, 2-0, in the first round to advance to the Frozen Four where they fell to Clarkson 1-0 in the tournament semifinal. Last year, as the WCHA Final Faceoff champions, they earned the league’s automatic bid and was the tournament’s No. 5 overall seed. The COVID-19 pandemic, however, canceled the tournament before it started.

Ohio State is 12-6-0 this season and has been ranked in the top five of the US College Hockey Online (USCHO) Poll each week of the season. It rose to No. 2 on Feb. 16 following a sweep of Minnesota, its highest ranking in program history. Fourteen of its 18 games to this point in the season have come against teams that are ranked inside of the top five in the USCHO poll. The Buckeyes are 8-6 in those contests.

The Buckeyes feature one of the nation’s most balanced offenses. Six players have 10 or more points, led by senior Tatum Skaggs (eight goals, eight assists, 16 points) and Patty Kazmaier Top 10 Finalist Emma Maltais (five goals, 10 assists, 15 points). Ten different players have multiple goals while nine have between nine and 16 points. Ohio State also possesses one of the nation’s best penalty kill units, holding opponents with a goal on 45 of 47 opportunities.

Ohio State’s run over the last two days at the WCHA Final Faceoff included a 7-2 win over No. 5 Minnesota Duluth. The Buckeyes broke the game open with a five-goal second period, which tied the program record for goals in a single period. Maltais and Sophie Jaques were named to the All-Tournament Team.

OHIO STATE MSOCCER: Buckeyes Rally to Down Wildcats 4-2

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Parker Grinstead leads Ohio State with pair of goals

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Parker Grinstead, a freshman midfielder from West Chester, Ohio, scored his first two career goals to earn the Buckeyes (3-0-1, 3-0-1 B1G) a 4-2 win over Northwestern (2-2-0, 2-2-0) Sunday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.

The Wildcats scored first in the 11th minute and led for most of the first half before Grinstead found the back of the net in the 40th minute from an assist by freshman Deylen Vellios (Vancouver, BC).

Sean Ryan, a redshirt freshman from Chatham, N.J., put the Buckeyes on top 2-1 with a goal in the 62nd minute. Brayden Durbin, a sophomore from Pickerington, Ohio, was credited with the assist.

The Buckeyes increased the lead to 3-1 on a Luke Kiley (Jr., Dublin, Ohio) goal in the 80th minute with Durbin again earning the assist, before Grinstead rounded out the scoring on a penalty kick in the 88th minute.

The 3-1 start in Big Ten Conference play is the best since the 2017 team also started 3-1.

Northwestern added a late goal just before time expired for the 4-2 final.

The Buckeyes return to action at 3 p.m. March 15 against Michigan at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.

NBA: Still perfect: Team LeBron wins NBA All-Star Game 170-150

(AP) In the midst of a pandemic, this was assured of being an NBA All-Star Game like no other.

The stands were mostly empty. The crowd noise was largely piped in. There were no A-list celebrities sitting courtside. Two players had to sit out after getting haircuts.

But in the end, it had a familiar feel.

Team LeBron won again.

Knocking down shots from all over the court, LeBron James’ powerhouse squad closed the first half with a dominating run to set up a 170-150 romp over Team Durant in the league’s 70th midseason showcase Sunday night.

The top vote-getters in each conference have picked the teams the last four years, a duty that James has earned every season.

He’s now 4-0, having defeated Stephen Curry’s squad in 2018 and teams selected by Milwaukee’s two-time reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo the previous two years.

This time, James drafted his two former adversaries and blew away Kevin Durant’s team.

“I think he’s got a future as a GM,” said Damian Lillard, another of James’ inspired selections. “He always gets it right.”

Antetokounmpo was the game’s MVP after shooting 16 of 16 for 35 points, even making all three of his attempts beyond the 3-point stripe. It was the most baskets without a miss in All-Star Game history.

“I’m just having fun,” the Greek star said. “Sometimes when you’re having fun and not thinking about the outcome, you just let your instincts take over.”

Curry chipped in with 28 points, while Lillard had 32.

James spent most of the night admiring his drafting skill from the bench. He played less than 13 minutes, scored just four points, and didn’t return to the court in the second half.

Instead, he munched a snack on the bench.

“I know he was managing his minutes tonight,” Curry said. “We had a great time, representing him as captain. It was a memorable night for sure.”

It sure was for Curry, who won the 3-point competition beforehand, then went 8 of 16 from beyond the arc in the game.

Lillard matched him, also making 8 of 16 from 3-point range.

This All-Star Game sure was different than the previous 69.

NBA NEWS: Kyrie Irving could face more punishment for skipping out on All-Star media session

A pawn at All-Star Weekend is apparently still a pawn in Kyrie Irving’s eyes.

The Brooklyn Nets star skipped out on his scheduled All-Star media session on Sunday. Marc Berman of the New York Post notes that Irving could face punishment from the NBA for the no-show. All 24 All-Stars were required to speak with the media in the late morning or the early afternoon on Sunday since they were permitted to arrive on Saturday night instead of on Friday.

The seven-time All-Star Irving has made a big stink this season about his disdain for speaking with reporters. He briefly boycotted the media outright in December, leading to a $25,000 fine from the NBA. Irving also drew a separate $50,000 fine from the league in January for violating health and safety protocols while on a midseason sabbatical from the Nets.

Those still champing at the bit to hear what Irving has to say need not fear however. The 28-year-old remains plenty outspoken on social media.

GOLF NEWS: Payne Stewart’s family selling items from late golfer’s collection

Tracey Stewart, the widow of PGA Tour golfer Payne Stewart, is selling more than 200 items from her late husband’s personal collection with The Golf Auction, available now through March 14.

Stewart died in a plane crash in 1999 at the age of 42. He was survived by Tracey and their two children, Aaron and Chelsea, and the family is now sharing some golf artifacts they have been holding onto since Stewart’s death.

“Over the years so many people have reached out to share how much Payne impacted their lives or the lived of their loved ones,” Tracey said in a statement. “I am pleased to share these items as a reminder of how much Payne enjoyed golf, but even more, how much he enjoyed people. I hope these will become treasured mementos that will inspire and encourage people in the same way Payne lived his life.”

Some of the items for sale include Stewart’s player’s badge from the 1999 U.S. Open at Pinehurst, where Stewart famously made a 15-foot putt on the 18th hole on Sunday to win the tournament. His celebration pose is enshrined at Pinehurst with a life-size bronze statue on property.

Other tournament badges are for sale as well as commemorative plates and crystal glasses from The Masters representing various accomplishments, including eagles in the 1983 and 1993 tournaments. His personal golf clubs, cufflinks and shoes are also available to purchase.

Stewart was well known for his personal style, wearing knickers, high socks and a driving hat in most tournaments. His full outfits from various outings are also available in the auction, and each item purchased will come with a letter from Tracey.

“Seldom does an auction house have the opportunity to present an intact collection from one of golf’s historic players like Payne Stewart,” Brad Roberts, V.P. of sales, marketing and consignment for The Golf Auction said.

Stewart won the 1989 PGA Championship, the 1991 and 1999 U.S. Open, was a member of five Ryder Cup teams and had 11 PGA Tour wins in his Hall of Fame career.

NBA NEWS: Former NBA All-Star forward Blake Griffin agrees to deal with Brooklyn Nets

Six-time All-Star forward Blake Griffin has agreed to a deal to join the Brooklyn Nets for the rest of the season, his agent, Sam Goldfeder of Excel Sports, told ESPN on Sunday night.

The Nets are using one of their veteran-minimum-contract slots to sign Griffin, sources said.

Griffin informed Nets general manager Sean Marks of his decision to join Brooklyn’s championship chase on Sunday evening, a reunion of sorts with his former Los Angeles Clippers teammate DeAndre Jordan.

Griffin had interest from most of the NBA’s top playoff contenders and cleared waivers on Sunday night after agreeing to a buyout on the remaining $56.5 million left on his contract with the Detroit Pistons on Friday.

The Nets imagine Griffin, 31, as a small-ball center alternative off its bench.

Brooklyn has solidified itself as a championship contender with the addition of James Harden to a roster that includes Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving.

Because Brooklyn will be in the luxury tax next season, the most they could offer Griffin as a free agent is the $5.9 million taxpayer mid-level exception, according to reporting by ESPN’s Bobby Marks. However, Griffin will earn $29.8 million from Detroit next year and has $255 million in career earnings.

Detroit has entered a full-fledged rebuild under the first-year general manager Troy Weaver and the opportunity to play the franchise’s younger players has taken precedent for the Pistons.

Griffin was traded less than a season into a five-year, $171 million max deal with the Los Angeles Clippers, arriving in Detroit in late-January 2018.

Injuries have dramatically altered Griffin’s game, eliminating the high-flying rim attacks that marked his All-Star career. He now leans heavily on the 3-point shot and his ability to make plays for others.

Griffin averaged 12.3 points, 5.2 rebounds and 3.9 assists in 20 games for Detroit this season.

NBA STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
Atlantic Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Philadelphia2412.66716-38-96-218-66-42 W
Brooklyn2413.6490.513-611-73-211-99-12 W
Boston1917.5285.012-57-123-414-106-44 W
New York1918.5145.511-78-111-313-107-31 W
Toronto1719.4727.08-89-113-512-115-52 L
 
Central Divison
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Milwaukee2214.61114-58-98-012-76-41 W
Chicago1618.4715.07-119-72-27-86-41 W
Indiana1619.4575.57-119-84-210-114-61 L
Cleveland1422.3898.09-105-122-510-104-61 L
Detroit1026.27812.06-104-160-77-153-71 L
 
Southeast Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Miami1818.50010-88-103-49-127-31 W
Charlotte1718.4860.59-88-105-19-95-51 W
Atlanta1620.4442.08-98-113-311-125-52 W
Washington1420.4123.07-107-101-65-147-31 W
Orlando1323.3615.08-125-114-29-134-65 L
 
Western Conference
Northwest Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Utah279.75015-212-73-212-56-42 L
Portland2114.6005.511-610-82-311-96-43 W
Denver2115.5836.09-712-87-113-96-44 W
Oklahoma City1521.41712.06-119-102-67-164-61 W
Minnesota729.19420.04-133-162-44-151-99 L
 
Pacific Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Phoenix2411.68612-612-54-215-78-24 W
LA Lakers2413.6491.011-813-51-417-83-72 L
LA Clippers2414.6321.512-612-85-214-74-63 L
Golden State1918.5146.012-67-123-49-105-53 L
Sacramento1422.38910.58-126-103-47-112-81 L
 
Southwest Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
San Antonio1814.5639-109-44-512-136-41 L
Dallas1816.5291.09-89-84-19-108-23 W
Memphis1616.5002.07-119-53-58-105-51 L
New Orleans1521.4175.010-95-124-38-134-62 L
Houston1123.3248.05-106-134-58-110-1013 L

NHL STANDINGS

GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
New York Islanders2515643415735610-0-25-6-27-2-1
Washington Capitals241464321279767-3-27-3-27-2-1
Boston Bruins221363291165546-2-17-4-24-5-1
Pittsburgh Penguins2414912911777510-2-04-7-17-3-0
Philadelphia Flyers221273271271696-3-26-4-15-4-1
New York Rangers231010323966635-6-25-4-16-4-0
New Jersey Devils21811218851662-9-16-2-12-8-0
Buffalo Sabres23614315452752-7-24-7-12-7-1
 
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Vegas Golden Knights2116413316704510-2-16-2-08-2-0
St. Louis Blues251483311381794-6-210-2-15-4-1
Colorado Avalanche221372281368556-3-17-4-16-3-1
Minnesota Wild221381271369605-3-08-5-17-2-1
Los Angeles Kings23108525968654-3-46-5-16-2-2
Arizona Coyotes241110325965737-7-34-3-05-4-1
Anaheim Ducks25712620655763-7-34-5-31-6-3
San Jose Sharks22811319463862-5-16-6-23-5-2
 
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Toronto Maple Leafs261862381890639-3-19-3-17-3-0
Winnipeg Jets241581311579699-4-16-4-07-3-0
Edmonton Oilers2615110301583807-8-08-3-06-4-0
Montreal Canadiens231166281178665-5-16-1-53-3-4
Calgary Flames2611123251071805-4-16-8-23-5-2
Vancouver Canucks2811152241081937-6-24-9-04-4-2
Ottawa Senators279171197741055-6-14-11-05-5-0
 
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Tampa Bay Lightning231742361783489-1-08-3-27-2-1
Carolina Hurricanes241761351385648-1-19-5-07-3-0
Florida Panthers241554341480707-3-38-2-15-3-2
Chicago Blackhawks261385311182807-4-26-4-36-3-1
Columbus Blue Jackets261011525969856-4-34-7-23-6-1
Nashville Predators251114022961827-7-04-7-05-5-0
Dallas Stars2078519756545-3-42-5-12-6-2
Detroit Red Wings26716317754874-6-23-10-13-6-1