BOYS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL
|Christel House Academy||72||KIPP Indy Legacy||60|
|Evansville Bosse||56||South Knox||54|
|Evansville Memorial||56||Henderson County (Ky.)||46|
|Fort Wayne Northrop||47||Bellmont||46|
|Hammond Morton||54||East Chicago Central||52|
|Hammond Noll||53||Lake Station||49|
|Huntington North||64||Fort Wayne North||55|
|Indianapolis Chatard||76||Providence Cristo Rey||43|
|Indianapolis Scecina||79||Indiana Deaf||35|
|Perry Central||74||Springs Valley||53|
|Delaware County Tournament|
|Marion County Tournament|
|Lawrence North||81||Lawrence Central||67|
|Warren Central||86||Indianapolis Lutheran||36|
|Northeast Corner Conference Tournament|
GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL
|Bowman Academy||35||Gary 21st Century||26|
|Carroll (Fort Wayne)||52||Fort Wayne Concordia||41|
|Fort Wayne Snider||94||Fort Wayne North||14|
|Huntington North||61||Fort Wayne Wayne||35|
|Lewis Cass||61||North Miami||34|
|Monroe Central||36||Union (Modoc)||24|
|Norwell||70||Fort Wayne Dwenger||58|
|Springs Valley||41||Crawford County||40|
|Traders Point Christian||49||Christel House Academy||22|
|Union City||61||Union County||58||OT|
|Vincennes Lincoln||54||Evansville Central||46|
|Northeast Corner Conference Tournament|
HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLING- NCC/AREA
Daleville 54 Richmond 21
Lafayette Jeff 37 Winamac 29
Lafayette Jeff 44 Rensselaer Central 34
Milwaukee 110 Detroit 101
Dallas 104 Charlotte 93
Orlando at Boston postponed
Brooklyn 116 New York 109
Memphis 118 Minnesota 107
LA Lakers 128 Oklahoma City 99
Atlanta at Phoenix postponed
LA Clippers 111 New Orleans 106
Portland 132 Sacramento 126
MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
#18 Virginia 80 Notre Dame 68
#21 Ohio State 81 Northwestern 71
#16 Louisville 77 Wake Forest 65
#15 Texas Tech 79 #4 Texas 77
St. Bonaventure 68 Fordham 54
VCU 84 George Washington 77
Norfolk 80 North Carolina Wesleyan 58
Florida State 105 North Carolina State 73
Dayton 72 Duquesne 63
Furman 94 Citadel 88
Auburn 95 Georgia 77
Massachusetts 80 Rhode Island 78 OT
LSU 92 Arkansas 76
Chattanooga 83 Mercer 80
Wofford 80 VMI 78
Wichita State 72 Tulsa 53
Sam Houston 96 Lamar 71
Nicholls 76 Northwestern State 66
Southeast Louisiana 76 Texas A&M-CC 63
Stephen F Austin 95 Central Arkansas 69
Incarnate Word 83 McNeese State 61
Texas A&M 56 Mississippi State 55
Boise State 90 Wyoming 70
New Mexico 72 Dixie State 63
WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
#15 Ohio State 84 Iowa 82 OT
#16 S. Florida 72 Tulane 53
#19 DePaul 101 St. John’s 84
Butler 58 Georgetown 40
Cincinnati 71 Temple 65
Houston 75 Tulsa 49
Boise State 68 Wyoming 62
Buffalo 82 Bowling Green 74
Richmond 47 George Washington 42
Eastern Michigan 61 Miami Ohio 41
Toledo 61 Western Michigan 54
Central Florida 58 E. Carolina 51
Ball State 88 Ohio 85 OT
LaSalle 58 Drexel 55
VCU 60 George Mason 41
Nicholls 68 Northwestern State 38
Northern Illinois 104 Central Michigan 73
Iowa State 90 Oklahoma State 80
West Virginia 83 Texas Tech 78
Stephen F Austin 85 Central Arkansas 44
Sam Houston 83 Lamar 80 OT
Philadelphia 6 Pittsburgh 3
Toronto 5 Montréal 4
Tampa Bay 5 Chicago 1
Vancouver 5 Edmonton 3
St. Louis 4 Colorado 1
PACERS TRADE OLADIPO
The Brooklyn Nets are acquiring James Harden from the Houston Rockets, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Ramona Shelburne.
The Nets will move Caris LeVert, Rodions Kurucs, four first-round picks, and four pick swaps to Houston, with Jarrett Allen and Taurean Prince going to the Cleveland Cavaliers, according to Wojnarowski. Dante Exum will move from the Cavs to the Rockets.
The Rockets are trading LeVert to the Indiana Pacers for Victor Oladipo.
Houston will reportedly receive the Nets’ three unprotected first-round draft picks in 2022, 2024, and 2026, plus pick swaps in 2021, 2023, 2025, and 2027. Houston will also get Cleveland’s 2022 first-round pick, via the Milwaukee Bucks.
The Nets will acquire a second-round pick in 2024 from the Cavs, according to Wojnarowski.
The blockbuster deal ends Harden’s nine-year tenure in Houston and reunites him with Kevin Durant, alongside whom he started his NBA career with the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2009.
The trade came less than 12 hours after Harden publicly voiced his dissatisfaction with the Rockets, saying the team was “something that I don’t think can be fixed.”
Houston’s reported haul for the former MVP and three-time scoring champ is substantial, with the draft picks and the expiring contract of Oladipo coming their way.
NBA: DONCIC STARS, MAVS GET WIN
The dangerous duo is back in Dallas.
Luka Doncic had 34 points, 13 rebounds, nine assists and a career-high four blocks, Kristaps Porzingis scored 16 points in his return from a knee injury and the Mavericks beat the Charlotte Hornets 104-93 on Wednesday night.
“When both of those guys are out there at the same time it’s a game changer for us,” said Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle, who became the 16th coach in NBA history to reach 800 career victories. “They are two guys who can play on the inside and space the court on the outside.”
Tim Hardaway Jr. added 18 points for the Mavericks. They’ve won four straight after opening 2-4.
Terry Rozier had 18 points to lead the Hornets. They shot 38% from the field and had their four-game winning streak snapped.
Porzingis played for the first time since having knee surgery in October.
The 7-foot-3 Latvian impacted the game at both ends with his size, easily able to shoot over smaller defenders while altering shots in the paint against the smaller Hornets. Charlotte attempted to counter at times with a small ball lineup, but struggled all night with Dallas’ height and length.
“That’s the first time we’ve seen this lineup and they’re long, they’re physical,” Hornets coach James Borrego said. “Those are two special players that can play at a high level. Give Doncic credit he played a great game tonight. Porzingis’ length and his size obviously was a factor out there.”
Porzingis played 21 minutes, finishing 6 of 16 from the floor and 4 of 9 from beyond the 3-point arc. He had four rebounds.
LILLARD HAS 40 AS BLAZERS BEAT KINGS
Damian Lillard scored eight of his season-high 40 points in the final four minutes, and the Portland Trail Blazers tied a franchise record with 23 3-pointers to beat the Sacramento Kings 132-126 on Wednesday night for their fourth straight victory.
Lillard and CJ McCollum led Portland’s shooting barrage from behind the arc with six 3s apiece. Lillard added 13 assists without a turnover, while McCollum had 28 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds. Jusuf Nurkic had a season-best 18 points and 13 rebounds.
“I liked the way we kept our focus,” Blazers coach Terry Stotts said. “Sacramento was hot all night. More than anything else, I like how we fought back after things weren’t going our way in the third quarter.”
The Blazers trailed by 20 midway through the second and were down 105-100 going into the fourth before rallying to win their second consecutive game against the Kings in five days. Portland won 125-99 on Saturday.
Nurkic had 10 points in the fourth period but it was Lillard who came up big down the stretch. He made four free throws and a pair of driving layups as the Blazers outscored the Kings 16-9.
De’Aaron Fox had 29 points, six assists and six rebounds for Sacramento. Buddy Hield scored 26, and first-round draft pick Tyrese Haliburton added 17 points and nine assists.
The Kings have lost six of eight. This one was particularly painful after they blew big leads of 58-38 and 94-75.
“That’s the NBA. The elite teams find ways to finish those off and that’s what we’re building toward. We’re not there yet,” Kings coach Luke Walton said. “Down the stretch Dame and CJ hit some big shots.”
Portland tied a team record for 3s set last year in the bubble. The Blazers shot 23 for 48 from deep but missed their final four attempts at breaking the mark.
#15 TEXAS TECH RALLIES TO BEAT #4 TEXAS
Mac McClung made a long jumper with 3 seconds left and No. 15 Texas Tech rallied to beat No. 4 Texas 79-77 on Wednesday night, ending the Longhorns’ perfect start in the Big 12.
Texas (10-2, 4-1) led almost the entire game and a blistering start against one of the top defensive teams in the country had the Longhorns in control before a sloppy finish and some late Texas Tech 3-pointers snatched the win for the Red Raiders (11-3, 4-2).
McClung’s shot was originally ruled a 3-pointer before a video review. Texas had a final chance, but Matt Coleman’s desperation 3-pointer never came close to the basket. Coleman also missed a shot in traffic for the lead with 17 seconds left.
“I’ve got a lot of confidence in Mac,” Texas Tech coach Chris Beard said. “He has the courage to take those shots.”
McClung finished with 22 points. Andrew Jones had 20 for Texas, but scored just two points after halftime as the Red Raiders shut him down. Jericho Sims added 16 for Texas, but was just 6 of 14 on free throws, with two key misses late.
Texas led 77-73 after Courtney Ramey’s 3-pointer with 1:40 to play. McClung then made two free throws, Sims missed two free throws for Texas before the Red Raiders tied it when Ramey got sloppy passing the ball inbounds, creating an easy tying layup for Tech’s Terrence Shannon. McClung then buried his long shot from the right wing.
“Our guys scrapped. They really did,” Beard said.
Texas Tech has roughed up the Longhorns in recent years with six wins in seven matchups, including three in a row in Austin. The latest was tense from the start. Both teams were whistled for technical fouls in the first half.
The last time these teams were supposed to play, they were pulled off the court during warmups at the 2020 Big 12 tournament in the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic. At the time, it was viewed as a pivotal game for Texas coach Shaka Smart, who was facing intense speculation that he could be fired.
Smart has the program turned around this season and the sounds of Texas Tech players celebrating their win echoed through the Frank Erwin Center, which was empty of fans because of the pandemic.
“They came in here and were two points better than us,” Smart said. “They deserve to celebrate that.”
#18/22 UVA TOO MUCH FOR IRISH IN 80-68 DEFEAT
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – It was a slow start for the Irish in John Paul Jones Arena on Wednesday, as a superior offensive performance by No. 18/22 Virginia kept the Irish in check all afternoon. The Irish fell to the Cavaliers 80-68.
Four members of the Notre Dame team contributed double-digit points in the scoring column with Cormac Ryan scoring a season-high 16. Nate Laszewski, Juwan Durham and Trey Wertz also finished in double figures for the Irish.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Notre Dame struggled against Virginia’s defensive strategy, limiting the Irish to 1-of-13 beyond the arc in the opening 20 minutes of play. Durham’s efforts led the Irish in the first half, recording 10 points and four rebounds but the Irish trailed 37-25 at the end of the half.
The Irish fought hard to cut into the deficit in the final 10 minutes of the game, coming within 10 points of the lead at 68-58 with five minutes to play but were unable to get any closer.
Despite not completing the comeback, the Irish were much better on the offensive end in the second half, scoring 43 points on 12-of-21 shooting from the floor and 15-of-16 from the free-throw line. Ryan scored all 16 of his points in the second stanza.
NOTES OF THE GAME
- The Irish made 19-of-20 (95 percent) free throws, marking the best performance from the stripe this season.
- Notre Dame committed a season-low eight fouls on Wednesday.
- The Irish recorded just seven turnovers, tying a season low.
- Ryan had a season-high 16 points
Notre Dame will play Boston College on Saturday, Jan. 16th at 4 PM EST. Catch the action on the ACC Network.
PURDUE MBB GAME MOVED TO JANUARY 19
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – In wake of recent postponements, the Big Ten Conference announced today that the Purdue vs. Ohio State contest originally scheduled for Jan. 27, has been moved to Jan. 19, tipping off at 6:30 p.m. ET, on the Big Ten Network. The game will be played at Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio.
The Jan. 5, postponement of the Nebraska at Purdue game has not been rescheduled as of this time. With the adjustment, six of Purdue’s first nine Big Ten games will be played on the road with five of them coming against nationally-ranked teams.
Purdue’s Upcoming Schedule (As of Jan. 13)
• Jan 14 — at Indiana (7 p.m.; FS1)
• Jan. 17 — Penn State (1 p.m.; BTN)
• Jan. 19 — at Ohio State (6:30 p.m.; BTN)
• Jan. 22 — Michigan (7 p.m.; FS1)
• Jan. 30 — Minnesota (TBA; BTN)
PURDUE MEN’S BASKETBALL: Boilermakers Renew Rivalry With Indiana
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – After getting a much-needed road win last Friday at No. 23-ranked Michigan State, Purdue closes out a grueling four-game road swing at rival Indiana. The Boilermakers are aiming for their eighth straight win over the Hoosiers.
Purdue defeated No. 23-ranked Michigan State on Friday night 55-54 after rallying from 17 down early in the second half. With its final road game of its four-game road swing up ahead, a win over the Hoosiers would give Purdue a 2-2 stretch in the four-game span and more importantly, keep Purdue within shouting distance of the league leaders, moving the Boilermakers to 4-3 in the league standings.
THE KEY TALKING POINTS
1) Purdue leads the all-time series with Indiana by a 122-89 margin, having won seven games in a row in the series. Purdue is the only Big Ten team with a winning record against the Hoosiers.
2) According to KenPom.com, the Big Ten’s two-least experienced teams will be playing Thursday. Purdue ranks 326th in experience (1.09 years). Indiana ranks 289th in experience (1.35 years). Northwestern is next, ranking 254th (1.50 years).
3) Seventeen of the 31 players on the teams hail from the state of Indiana (Purdue – 8; Indiana – 9).
4) Two different freshmen (Zach Edey, Mason Gillis) have earned Big Ten Freshman of the Week. In fact, only three players have won Big Ten Freshmen of the Week honors this season (Michigan’s Hunter Dickinson).
5) When Purdue returns home on Sunday to host Penn State, it will have been 24 days between home games. It marks the fourth-longest layoff in Mackey Arena history and longest since a 32-day stretch in the 1998-99 season.
6) A win on Thursday will match Wisconsin for the longest winning streak ever by one team in Assembly Hall. Wisconsin won five straight games in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2013.
7) In four Big Ten road games, Trevion Williams is shooting 61.1 percent from the field, averaging 18.8 PPG and 9.5 RPG.
8) Purdue has four of the top 15 freshmen scorers in the Big Ten this season (Newman – 2nd; Edey – 5th; Ivey – 11th; Gillis – 15th).
9) Purdue is playing four straight Big Ten road games for the first time since Feb. 6 to Feb. 20, 1960 (5 straight road games).
10) Purdue averaged 15.4 turnovers per game during the first seven games. In the last six games, Purdue has averaged just 11.0 turnovers.
11) Purdue has won 102 straight games when scoring at least 90 points, spanning over 33 years (last loss: Nov. 24, 1987, to Iowa State).
INDIANA MEN’S BASKETBALL: NOTES: Indiana Plays Host to Purdue Thursday Night
Indiana University is in its 121st season of competition in men’s basketball and opens the doors of Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall for the 50th season. The Hoosiers will host arch-rival Purdue on Thursday night. IU is coming off an 84-76 win at Nebraska on Sunday.
Thursday, Jan. 14 • 7 p.m. ET
Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall • Bloomington, Ind.
TV: FS1 (Tim Brando and Donny Marshall)
Radio: IU Radio Network (Don Fischer, Errek Suhr, Joe Smith) | Tune In
Series History: Purdue leads, 122-89
Last Meeting: at PU 57, IU 49; 2/27/20
Indiana Coach Archie Miller is in his fourth season of guiding the Cream and Crimson and is 63-48 with the Hoosiers and earned career win 200 against Penn State. He is 202-111 in nine+ years as a head coach, which includes six years at the University of Dayton. His Flyer teams made NCAA Tournament appearances in each of his last four seasons, including a trip to the Elite Eight in 2014. Purdue is led by Matt Painter who is in his 16th year in West Lafayette and has a 345-178 record
JACKSON-DAVIS LIVING UP TO EXPECTATIONS
Sophomore forward Trayce Jackson-Davis ranks among B1G leaders in scoring, rebounds, field goal percentage and blocked shots. He was named Big Ten Co-Player of the Week (2nd honor this season) on Monday after averaging 20.0 points and 12.7 rebounds in 3 games last week, all double-double efforts. His most dominant performance this season was a 25-point, 17-rebound effort at Florida State. He had a career-high 31 points in the win over Stanford in the 3rd place game at Maui. He had 22 points and 15 boards against Maryland, followed that up with 23 points and 12 boards at Wisconsin and then had 15 points and 11 boards at Nebraska. He is a Preseason All-Big Ten pick and was just named to the Wooden Award Mid-season Watch List. He has had 17 career double-doubles. The Hoosiers are 14-3 when he reaches that milestone. He is averaging 20.1 points, 9.3 rebounds while shooting 53.2% from the floor and a team-high 25 blocks this season. He is the only Hoosier in the last 25 years to have 3 games of 25 points and 15 rebounds (at Minnesota, Nebraska). He leads the nation in FTs made (79) and in attempts (111).
He is rated 2nd in the KenPom Player of the Year rankings (1.612) behind Iowa’s Luke Garza (1.949) and ahead of Illinois’ Ayo Dosunmu (1.552).
VETERAN BACKCOURT STEPPING UP
Senior guard Aljami Durham is averaging 15.8 points in the last 4 games. He is shooting 38.0 from long distance in that time frame. He had 18 points against Penn State, 17 points at Nebraska and 15 points at Wisconsin. He also has 14 assists and 7 assists in those games.
Junior guard Rob Phinisee, a Lafayette native, had a career-high 18 points at Nebraska. He has made 5 of his last 12 three-pointers (41.7) and has averaged 14.0 points in the last 2 games. He also has had 14 assists and 8 assists in the last four games.
He is the first scholarship recruit from Lafayette to play for the Hoosiers since 1948. (Bob Masters and Charlie Vaughn).
INDIANA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: No. 18 Hoosiers Head To Purdue For Thursday Afternoon Contest
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – In-state rivals meet for the first time this season as No. 18 Indiana travels to take on Purdue on Thursday afternoon. Tip is set for 4 p.m. ET on Big Ten Network.
#18/18 INDIANA (7-3, 5-1 B1G) AT PURDUE (5-4, 2-3 B1G)
Thursday, January 14, 2021 • 4 p.m. ET
Mackey Arena • West Lafayette, Ind.
Live Stats: Statbroadcast
ABOUT THE BOILERMAKERS
Purdue is looking to shake off back-to-back Big Ten losses to Michigan State and Maryland coming in to Thursday’s game. They are led by sophomore guard Kayana Traylor (16.4 ppg., 4.2 apg.) and junior guard Brooke Moore (11.1 ppg). The Boilermakers are averaging 69.6 points per game while shooting 41.6 percent from the floor.
Purdue leads 55-35
2/3/20 – W, 66-54 (West Lafayette, Ind.)
- Indiana is coming off its second-straight win in a 74-49 victory over Wisconsin on Sunday. The Hoosiers were led by senior guard Ali Patberg’s 21 points.
- They continue to be one of the nation’s leaders in turnovers per game, coming in fourth overall nationally averaging just 10.2 turnovers per game.
- IU is led by sophomore forward Mackenzie Holmes’ 17.3 points, 6.8 rebounds and 3.2 blocks per game. Junior guard Grace Berger adds 14.7 points, 6.3 rebounds and 6.1 assists per game. Junior forward Aleksa Gulbe leads the Hoosiers on the glass with 7.1 boards per game.
- Defense is usually the name of the game under head coach Teri Moren, who’s squad is limiting opponents to just 56.7 points per game this season, which ranks second in the Big Ten and 33rd in the country.
- Holmes also continues to be one of the best shot blockers in the country as she leads the Big Ten and fourth overall in total blocks with 32 this season. Her 3.2 blocks per game is 11th in NCAA Division I.
- The Hoosiers came in ranked at No. 18 in both national polls this week – up one spot in the Associated Press poll and staying put in the USA Today/WBCA Coaches poll.
IU returns home to welcome Rutgers on Monday afternoon. Tipoff on Big Ten Network is slated for 2:30 p.m. ET.
NOTRE DAME WBB: GAME 11 PREVIEW: WAKE FOREST
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NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The Notre Dame women’s basketball team (5-5, 3-3) has shown the ability to bounce back after a loss and the Irish will look to do the same with a tough matchup against Wake Forest (6-3, 3-2) on Thursday, Jan. 14. It’s an early tip inside Purcell Pavilion, with the game kicking off at 4 p.m. EST on ACC Network.
HISTORY WITH WAKE
Notre Dame will look to keep its unbeaten streak alive against Wake Forest, entering Thursday’s contest at 8-0 all-time. The series only dates back to 2010 and didn’t pick up until the Irish joined the ACC conference.
BOUNCE BACK ABILITY
So far this season, the Fighting Irish have shown resilience in bouncing back after a loss, avoiding back-to-back L’s. They are averaging 77.0 ppg in those instances, which is up from their 71.1 season average.
Mikki Vaughn is starting to heat up a little bit, recording back-to-back games in double figures. The senior shot a combined 10-of-13 from the field to total 23 points. She also totaled 12 boards and 5 steals.
Vaughn will be going for a career best 3 straight games in double figures on Thursday.
Prior to the Boston College game, Dara Mabrey had quite the week, lifting the Irish to back-to-back wins over Miami and Georgia Tech. She totaled 33 points on 12-of-20 shooting, including a 6-of-9 mark from three. She also grabbed six total boards and dished out nine total assists.
Not too often you have both a 2020 ACC Honorable Mention player and a Preseason All-ACC selection coming off your bench.
Destinee Walker has been pretty stellar off the bench over the last four games, scoring in double figures in three of them, and even leading the Irish in scoring in two.
During the four game span, Walker has averaged 13.8 ppg on a combined 18-of-46 (.391) shooting.
Walker called game against Georgia Tech (1/3), hitting the game-winner from the baseline with 20 seconds left to lift the Irish to a 69-67 victory. Walker scored seven of her 15 points in the fourth quarter. In addition, she nearly achieved a double-double at Miami (12/31), earning 17 points & eight boards.
Then there’s Sam Brunelle who is averaging 8.6 ppg, while still finding her footing this season. She played a huge factor in the wins over Virginia Tech and Miami, scoring 17 and 13 points, respectively.
TURN THE THREE AROUND
A season ago, the Irish ranked dead last in the ACC in three-point shooting percentage (.271). Fast forward to now and the Irish have recorded quite the renaissance from beyond the arc primarily thanks to the trio of Mabrey, Brunelle and Westbeld. In fact, the Irish are converting 37.8 percent from three, which ranks 2nd in the ACC and 23rd in the country. All three are shooting over 40 percent from deep.
Mabrey is knocking down 45.5 percent from three, which not only ranks 3rdin the ACC, but also 41st in the country. Meanwhile, her 2.0 three’s/game ranks 14th in the league.
Mabrey has been pretty lights out from deep since the start of ACC play, converting 11-of-19 aka 57.9 percent.
Brunelle is also shooting 45.5 percent from deep. For comparison’s sake, she shot 31.5 percent as a freshman. In addition, she has made a three-pointer in all eight games she’s played and if she wants to crack the program’s all-time top-five list, she’ll have to make that number reach 18.
Like Mabrey, Brunelle’s deep shooting is even better in ACC play, where she’s at 48.0 percent (12-of-25).
Then there’s Westbeld, who keeps you honest from three. She’s knocked down 40.7 percent with a 43.8 percent clip in conference play.
Peoples & Westbeld are 1-of-5 players in the ACC averaging at least 10 points, 6 rebounds & 1.5 steals.
Furthermore, on Peoples, she is 1-of-3 guards in the ACC with multiple double-doubles — currently with two.
GETTING HER REBOUND SWAG BACK
After an early December lull in rebounding, Peoples has bounced back with 5 straight games of five or more rebounds. Over this span, Peoples has raised her rebounding average from 5.8 to 6.5, which ranks 2nd on the team behind Westbeld. She does however lead the squad with two double-digit rebounding performances on the year.
Last season, Peoples led the Irish in rebounding with 8.1/game – which placed her third all-time on the freshmen list, ranking behind Shari Matvey (10.2) and Mary Beth Schueth (9.1).
OHIO STATE WBB: Second Half Surge Leads to OT Win in Iowa City
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IOWA CITY, Iowa – No. 15 Ohio State had trailed for all of :29 seconds in their first six victories of the season. Wednesday in Iowa City was a different story, as the Buckeyes had to fight and claw their way out of a 14-point hole and eventually came away with an 84-82 overtime victory.
The win keeps the Buckeyes undefeated on the year at 7-0 overall and 3-0 in the Big Ten. Iowa is now 8-3 (4-3) and saw its 42-game home win streak snapped.
It was a true team effort as all nine Buckeyes who played, scored at least two points and contributed in some way. Sophomore Madison Green led the team down the stretch as she scored 16 of her team-high 20 points in the second half.
Fellow sophomore Jacy Sheldon and senior Braxtin Miller each shot 7-of-15 from the floor and finished with 18 points apiece. Miller had two big buckets in the overtime period.
Forward Aaliyah Patty was the fourth Buckeye in double figures with 12 points and nine rebounds. Freshman Gabby Hutcherson finished with just five points but her three-pointer with 1:29 to play in regulation gave the Buckeyes their first lead of the second half.
Redshirt-freshman Rikki Harris came off the bench and played 10 big minutes. She grabbed three rebounds and finished with three points.
Iowa’s Caitlin Clark entered the afternoon averaging over 25 points per game. She scored 13 points in the opening quarter, but the Buckeyes did a good job slowing her down after that. She scored just 14 points the rest of the way to finish with 27.
The Hawkeyes made seven first-half three-pointers to build a 44-32 halftime lead. Iowa made the first bucket of the second half to extend the lead to 14 points and it took the rest of the second half for the Buckeyes to finally close the gap. An Iowa free throw with :54 seconds left evened the game and the teams would trade misses in the final 20 seconds.
Sheldon’s jumper with 1:23 to play in OT gave OSU a two-point lead and the Buckeyes lead 84-82 with :19 seconds to go. Iowa’s final shot for three didn’t fall and the Buckeyes had just its second win in Iowa City since 2008.
Ohio State remains on the road this Saturday as they travel to Nebraska for a 5 p.m. tilt with the Cornhuskers in Lincoln. The game will be televised on BTN.
U OF I MBB: UIndy, USI Face Off Twice this Week
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vs. Southern Indiana Screaming Eagles (3-2)
Thursday, Jan. 14, 7:30 p.m. ET, Nicoson Hall
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at Southern Indiana Screaming Eagles (3-2)
Saturday, Jan. 16, 4:15 p.m. ET, Evansville, IN
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The rarities and firsts continue to pop up in this unique season, as the Greyhounds will play the Screaming Eagles of Southern Indiana twice in a three-day span this week, hosting them at Nicoson Hall Thursday night, Jan. 16 before traveling to Evansville to face them once again on Saturday afternoon, Jan. 16. It marks the first-time in program history that the Hounds will compete against the same GLVC opponent in back-to-back regular-season games twice in the same week.
The scheduling quirk came together thanks to a pair of COVID-related postponements. After McKendree, UIndy’s originally-scheduled Thursday opponent, announced it was unable to safely make the trip this week, UIndy was able to fill the void with a home game versus the Eagles, a contest originally slated for Dec. 20.
ABOUT SOUTHERN INDIANA
Thursday marks the return o to Nicoson Hall of former UIndy head coach Stan Gouard. The veteran college coach guided the Greyhound program for 12 seasons before taking the head job with his alma mater this past offseason. The second-winningest coach in UIndy history, Gouard compiled a 228-117 (.661) record on the Greyhound bench from 2008-20, a run that included seven NCAA Tournament berths and a Sweet 16 appearance in 2015.
On the court, the Eagles are led by the senior tandem of Emmanuel Little and Josh Price. With both hailing from Indianapolis, the duo has combined to average 32 points and 19 rebounds per game. Little is the reigning GLVC Player of the Week after a 25-point, 14-rebound performance at Quincy last week, while Price tops the league in rebounding for the season (10.6 rpg).
As a team, USI leads the GLVC in rebounding margin (+8.4) and steals (9.8 spg) while ranking second in field goal percentage defense (.410). Conversely, it ranks 15th of 15 GLVC teams in made 3-point baskets per game (5.8).
HOUNDS vs. SCREAMING EAGLES
Heading into the week, UIndy’s 82-game history with USI is second only to its 84 all-time meetings with Lewis on the program’s list of most games against current GLVC opponents. Though the Eagles own a 58-24 lead in the series, it was the Hounds that swept last season’s two matchups, winning each by identical 12-point margins. UIndy handed the Eagles an 86-74 loss in Nicoson Hall last Jan. 9 and later an 88-76 defeat in Evansville on Leap Day. The latter contest featured a team-high 24 points from Cory Miller Jr. Both teams were ranked in the top 25 on both dates.
The Greyhounds endured a grueling schedule last week, cramming four road games in seven days. UIndy best chance for a win came at Southwest Baptist Jan. 6. UIndy led by 11 points with 10 minutes to play, but the host Bearcats rallied by scoring 24 of the final 31 points to close the night.
Redshirt-freshman Jesse Bingham delivered a pair of clutch free throws to pull the Hounds within one with 1:35 to go, but SBU immediately answered with a 3-pointer and UIndy would ultimately not score again, falling 64-58.
The Greyhounds put up a season-high point total in each of the first two games last week, but managed to set a season low in both the final two contests.
NO SOPHOMORE SLUMP
Second-year big man Kendrick Tchoua remains among the GLVC leaders in a number of statistical categories, including topping the conference in both field goal percentage (.657) and offensive rebounds (3.0 orpg) while ranking ninth in blocks (1.0 bpg)
23 & ME
UIndy has launched 23 shots from behind the arc in each of the last three games. After hitting eight triples at McKendree and Southwest Baptist – good for a respectable .348 percentage, the Hounds connected on just five 3-pointers at UMSL (.217). On the season, the Hounds currently sit at just under 30 percent from downtown as a team.
8 & UP
A number of Hounds set personal scoring highs last week of at least eight points, including a pair of first-time 20-point outbursts. Underclassmen Bingham (21 pts at SW Baptist), Tchoua (20 at McKendree), Ben Nicoson (9 at McKendree) and Matthew Ambrose (8 at SW Baptist) each set new collegiate highs of at least eight points.
UIndy-alum and Indianapolis-native Paul Corsaro was recently named the 12th head coach in program history, taking over in April after veteran head man Stan Gouard left for his alma mater Southern Indiana. A two-sport student-athlete for the Hounds, Corsaro graduated from UIndy in 2012 before spending six seasons as an assistant under Gouard, which included four NCAA tournament appearances. He went on to spend the next two seasons at Division I Purdue Fort Wayne before earning his first head coaching gig at UIndy.
Corsaro filled out his coaching staff with some well-respected names – especially in the state of Indiana – with the likes of assistants Mike Burris and Roosevelt Jones and graduate assistant Parker Chitty.
Burris, an Owensburg, Ind., native, is spent the previous 15 seasons as the head coach at Olney Central College, leading the Blue Knights to 252 wins on the way to becoming the winningest coach in school history. Jones was an All-Big East performer and 1,500-point scorer at crosstown Butler University before joining the coaching ranks, while Chitty, a Columbus, Ind., product, was a key cog in the recent success of former-GLVC-powerhouse Bellarmine University. See page 5 for complete bios.
Sophomore guard Ben Nicoson is a fourth-generation Greyhound, following in the footsteps of Angus Nicoson (his great grandfather), Dan Nicoson (his grandfather) and Brent Nicoson (father).
UIndy’s home venue, Nicoson Hall, is named after Angus, who compiled a program-record 483 wins as the Greyhound head coach from 1947-76. Dan was a football player and later an assistant coach for the Hounds and still holds the school record for longest touchdown pass (89 yards), while Brent is currently the UIndy head golf coach, leading the women’s team to national championships in both 2015 and 2018 – good the school’s first-ever NCAA team national titles.
BALL STATE WBB: Women’s Basketball Out Toughs Ohio In OT MAC Road Win
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ATHENS, Ohio – Redshirt sophomore Anna Clephane led the Cardinals charge with a career best 24-points. Clephane made some key baskets at some crucial times to give Ball State the 88-85 overtime road win at Ohio Wednesday night in the Convocation Center.
The Cardinals (5-5, 3-3 MAC) victory tonight snapped an eight-game losing streak against Ohio (5-4, 3-3 MAC) marking it the first time since the 2013-14 season that Ball State had defeated the Bobcats on their home court.
“Really proud of this team tonight,” Ball State head coach Brady Sallee said. “We showed tremendous toughness and it paid off. We have a ton of respect for Ohio University and because of that we know how big this win was for us tonight.”
Rebounds were the name of this game, Ball State out-rebounded Ohio +20 (51-31) with senior forward Oshlynn Brown leading the charge with a personal best 19 rebounds, including 15 defensive boards.
Brown also was the second highest scorer on the team with 21 points. She now has 911 rebounds for her career, 1,184 points and 38 double-doubles.
Ball State held Ohio to its third lowest shooting percentage of the season 39 percent (30-77) while the Cardinals had their second-best performance from the floor with a staggering 51 percent (30-59).
It was one of the most competitive performances of the season as both teams were neck and neck throughout the entire 45 minutes of action, with seven ties and 16 lead changes you knew the game was going to come down to the wire.
The Cardinals had a chance to end the game in regulation, but Clephane lost control of the ball which gave the Bobcats back the possession with .07 seconds on the clock. Ohio then turned the ball over immediately after the timeout to give Ball State another opportunity to seal the victory.
Unfortunately, junior Thelma Dis Agustsdottir missed the 3-pointer despite hitting three from behind the arc earlier in the night. She missed the outside deep corner shot as time expired which sent the game into overtime. Agustsdottir would end the contest with 13 points.
In the extra period, Brown scored first for Ball State, but by no surprise Ohio would quickly answer on their next possession.
Clephane then made a layup in the paint that would allow Ball State to hold onto a one-point (85-84) edge for almost two minutes before Ohio knotted the contest (85-85) for the last time at the 1:10 mark.
After that, Sophomore Sydney Freeman who ended the night with 16 points, hit three clutch free throws to put Ball State back up (88-85) with 10 seconds remaining.
Ohio’s Kaylee Bambule attempted a jump shot but missed it. Brown would then seal the OT win with the defensive rebound as time expired.
It was the Cardinals strong first quarter that paved the way to tonight’s victory outscoring Ohio, 20-15 while holding the Bobcats to 22 percent (5-22) from the field.
Ohio came back in the second and third frames to take the 64-57 advantage over Ball State heading into the final 10 minutes of regulation.
Ball State would then close out the game outscoring Ohio, 31-21, allowing the Cardinals to remain in the driver seat the rest of the way.
The Ball State women’s basketball team returns home Saturday as the Cardinals host Buffalo at 5 p.m. ET in Worthen Arena.
BUTLER WBB: Butler UWBB Defeats Georgetown 58-40
INDIANAPOLIS – Butler led from start to finish on Wednesday afternoon to record a 58-40 victory over the visiting Georgetown Hoyas. The game opened with a 13-0 BU scoring run and excellent team defense the rest of the way would move the Bulldogs into the win column.
Genesis Parker ignited the Butler offense in the first quarter. The senior guard knocked down her first two 3-point field goal attempts and would later add a layup to net eight points over the opening 10 minutes. Parker finished the contest with a game-high 15 points while adding four rebounds and two steals.
Butler had three players in double figures for the third consecutive game. Okako Adika scored 13 points, pulled down eight rebounds, and dished out a team-high five assists. Micah Scheetz was involved offensively with 11 points and the ‘Dawgs would get seven points, four assists and a team-best four steals for Upe Atosu.
Jaia Alexander rounded out the starting five unit for BU against the Hoyas. She scored five points and led the ‘Dawgs in the rebound column with nine. Off the bench, Nyamer Diew scored four points and Tenley Dowell knocked down a triple.
Butler shut down Georgetown in the early stages of the game to open up a 14-point lead. GU shot 2-for-22 from the field in the first quarter. 12 of those 22 attempts were from 3-point range. Overall, the Bulldogs shot 39 percent from the field and held Georgetown to just 23 percent.
Butler turned defense into offense on multiple occasions on Wednesday inside Hinkle Fieldhouse. 19 Georgetown turnovers would result in 19 points for the home team.
Butler will take this momentum into a Sunday matinee at Seton Hall on Jan. 17. Two days later, the Bulldogs will face #2 UConn at 6:30 PM.
PFW WBB: Purdue Fort Wayne Welcomes Green Bay This Weekend
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Purdue Fort Wayne women’s basketball will play two games against Green Bay this weekend, as the Mastodons welcome the Phoenix to the Gates Sports Center on Friday and Saturday.
Game Day Information
Series History: Green Bay leads 3-0
Last Meeting: 2/14/2004 | L, 77-54 | Green Bay, Wis.
When: Friday, January 15 | 6 p.m.
Where: Gates Sports Center | Fort Wayne, Ind.
Live Stats: Link
When: Friday, January 16 | 3 p.m.
Where: Gates Sports Center | Fort Wayne, Ind.
Live Stats: Link
Know Your Foe
Green Bay is 4-2 in the Horizon League and is riding a four-game winning streak with sweeps over Oakland and Detroit Mercy. The Phoenix are led by Preseason All-Horizon League Second Teamer Caitlyn Hibner, who is averaging 15.4 points and 7.7 rebounds per game. Both are team-high clips. GB beat Drake and lost to North Dakota State twice in their nonconference slate.
These two teams have a short history, playing just three games, all of which Green Bay has taken. The first game came in 1984 and the other two came in the 2003-04 season. The closest game has been a nine-point contest.
What’s Up Shay?
Shayla Sellers had an impressive weekend stat line against Cleveland State to start 2021. In the two-game series, the sophomore had 27 points, nine rebounds, six assists, four steals and two blocks. Her 15 points on New Year’s Day tied her career-high and her five assists in the second game were also a career-high.
Let’s Have a Block Party! (Socially Distant of Course)
Shayla Sellers is in the top five in the Horizon League in blocked shots per game at 1.30. Sellers had a season-high four blocks against SIUE, and has had at least one in seven of her 10 games.
Ring the Bell
Sierra Bell is seventh in the Horizon League in free throw attempts and sixth in made free throws. She has 44 attempts and 32 makes on the year.
I’ll Take That Basketball, Thank you!
Purdue Fort Wayne is top-30 in the country in steals with 100 this season. This ranks 26th overall and second in the Horizon League. The ‘Dons had 18 steals against SIUE and 14 at Evansville.
For Dessert I’d Like an Apple Turnover
Purdue Fort Wayne is 45th in the nation in turnovers forced this season, forcing its opponents to commit 20.10 turnovers per contest. In six of their 10 games, the ‘Dons’ foes have committed at least 20 turnovers, while nine of 10 have committed at least 15.
Hess of a Marksman
While she doesn’t get to the line all that often, Hannah Hess is excellent from the free throw line. In her first three seasons, Hess only missed three attempts for a 92.3 percent clip. This season, her free throw rate is up, as she has taken 23 percent of her career attempts this year. She is still hitting them at a near 70 percent rate.
Now That’s a First!
Purdue Fort Wayne freshman Jaida Wolfork recorded double-digit rebounds in her first two games as a Mastodon. Given available game-by-game records, she became the first freshman in program history to grab 10 boards in her first two collegiate contests. She was also the first Mastodon freshman to record 10 rebounds in back-to-back games since two players did it in the 1999-2000 season, but Wolfork is the first to do so in the Division I era.
One of the Bro(menschenkel)s
Amellia Bromenschenkel is now a member of the Purdue Fort Wayne women’s basketball team after enrolling a semester early. After scoring 1,752 points, grabbing 851 rebounds and recording 291 steals in three seasons at Mendota Township High School, she made the decision to forgo her shortened senior season and join the Mastodons in Fort Wayne. She was only 350 points away from breaking the school record, but had already broken the rebounds and steals record.
That’s a Long Name!
Amellia Bromenschenkel has the longest name in the Horizon League with 21 letters in her name. That’s it. That’s the game note.
Last Time Out
The Mastodons fell in a pair of games at Milwaukee, which is leading the Horizon League with an 8-0 record.
The Mastodons will hit the road for a pair of games at Oakland on January 22 and 23. Purdue Fort Wayne returns home for the following weekend with a pair of games against Detroit Mercy.
NOTRE DAME HOCKEY: Max Ellis Named Big Ten’s Second Star of the Week
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NOTRE DAME, Ind. — Following a four-point weekend, Notre Dame sophomore forward Max Ellis has been named the Big Ten’s Second Star of the Week (Jan. 13).
Ellis posted a pair of assists to help the Irish to a 5-3 win over Arizona State in game one of the weekend series (Jan. 9) and followed up with his first career two-goal game in game two (Jan. 10). It marked his second and third multi-point games of his career.
Ellis, a Canton, Michigan native, has skated in all 12 games for the Irish this season and has eight points on two goals and six assists.
It marks Ellis’ first career weekly Big Ten honor.
- Notre Dame hits the road for the second time this season when it heads to top-ranked Minnesota for a two-game series (Jan. 15-16).
- Game one (8 p.m. ET) will be televised by Fox Sports North Plus, while game two (6 p.m. ET) will be on Fox Sports North.
NOTRE DAME HOCKEY: Irish Hit The Road To Face #1 Minnesota
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WHO: Notre Dame (5-6-1, 3-4-1-0-1-1 B1G) at #1 Minnesota (11-1-0, 9-1-0-0-0-0 B1G)
WHEN: Friday, January 15 – 8 p.m. ET | Saturday, January 16 – 6 p.m. ET
WHERE: 3M Arena at Mariucci, Minneapolis, Minn.
WATCH: Friday – Fox Sports North+ & BTN+ | Saturday – Fox Sports North & BTN+
LISTEN: 94.3 FM | UND.com
- The Fighting Irish hit the road for just the second time this season with a weekend series at top-ranked Minnesota (Jan. 15-16).
- Notre Dame is coming off a home split with Arizona State, while the Gophers split a road series at Wisconsin, which included Minnesota’s first loss of the season (11-1-0).
- Sophomore forward Max Ellis led the Irish against the Sun Devils with a pair of assists in the game one win, followed by a pair of goals in the game two loss, marking his first career multi-goal game.
- He was named the Big Ten’s Second Star of the Week for his efforts (Jan. 13).
- Ellis became the 14th Irish player to score this season.
- Michael Graham (1-3-4) and Grant Silianoff (3-1-4) have three-game point streaks entering the weekend, while Solag Bakich (0-2-2) and Max Ellis (2-2-4) each have two-game point streaks.
- Notre Dame’s five game-winning goals this season have been scored by five players: Jesse Lansdell, Alex Steeves, Grant Silianoff, Graham Slaggert and Nick Leivermann.
- This weekend’s series has the potential to feature a combined 23 NHL draft picks (nine on Notre Dame, 14 for Minnesota).
- Landon Slaggert returned from winning gold with Team USA at the IIHF World Junior Championship (Jan. 5) to score a pair of goals in Notre Dame’s 5-3 win over Arizona State (Jan. 9) in his first game back.
- Slaggert skated with Minnesota’s Brock Faber, Ryan Johnson and Jackson LaCombe on Team USA.
THE NOTRE DAME-MINNESOTA SERIES
- Minnesota leads the all-time series 33-22-5 dating back to 1924-25 when the Irish lost 2-1 in overtime in the first meeting.
- Notre Dame recognizes its first win over Minnesota in 1926-27 when the Irish shutout their opponent, 2-0, in Minneapolis.
- Twenty-seven contests between the two teams have been decided by a single goal, with the Irish narrowly leading that category 14-13.
- This will mark the ninth consecutive season the teams have played.
- Before the Irish joined the Big Ten, those meetings largely overlapped with Mario Lucia’s time at Notre Dame from 2012-16 (Mario is the son of former Minnesota head coach Don Lucia – a 1981 Notre Dame graduate/former defenseman).
- Last season during the regular season, the Irish went 1-1-2 against Minnesota, including a 1-0-1 mark in Minneapolis (Nov. 1-2).
- That road series at Minnesota included a game one, 2-2 tie (Minnesota won the 3-on-3 ot) and a game two, 5-3 victory.
- In the game two victory, Nick Leivermann notched his first career multi-point game with a pair of goals, while Charlie Raith scored his first career goal.
- Last season in the playoffs, the Gophers eliminated the Irish, two games to one on March 6-8.
- The teams have eliminated each other from the postseason each of the past two years with the Irish were posting a 2-1 Big Ten Tournament semifinal win in overtime on March 16, 2019 en route to ultimately claiming a second consecutive Big Ten Tournament Championship.
- Notre Dame’s active career leaders against the Gophers include Colin Theisen (16 GP; 3-3-6), Nick Leivermann (11 GP; 5-0-5), Alex Steeves (12 GP; 2-3-5), Trevor Janicke (7 GP; 3-1-4), Spencer Stastney (12 GP; 1-3-4), Matt Hellickson (16 GP; 0-4-4) and Michael Graham (10 GP; 1-2-3).
- Five of Nick Leivermann’s eight career goals have come against the Gophers.
COLLEGE HOCKEY: Michigan, Notre Dame and Penn State Earn Three Stars Honors
Johnson tallied five points in a single outing for the Wolverines to earn First Star accolades
Kent Johnson, Michigan
F – Fr. – Port Moody, B.C.
- Tallied five points in Friday night’s win against Michigan State to become the first Wolverine to collect five points in a single performance since J.T. Compher (vs. Penn State on March 18, 2016)
- Posted four assists on Friday, leading the conference for the entire weekend, as No. 9/9 Michigan won 9-0
- Added a power-play goal in the third period
- Earns his second career weekly award
- Last Michigan honoree: Thomas Bordeleau (Third Star) on Nov. 25, 2020
- Last Michigan First Star: Strauss Mann on Nov. 17, 2020
Max Ellis, Notre Dame
F – So. – Canton, Michigan
- Recorded four points on the weekend as No. 18/- Notre Dame split the weekend against Arizona State
- Tallied two assists on Saturday night in the Fighting Irish’s’ 5-4 win
- Led Notre Dame on Sunday with two goals in the 5-3 loss against the Sun Devils
- Claims his first career weekly honor
- Last Notre Dame honoree: Ryan Bischel (First Star) on Dec. 1, 2020
Kevin Wall, Penn State
F – So. – Penfield, N.Y.
- Collected a pair of multi-point games as Penn State split the series with Ohio State
- Had two helpers in the Nittany Lions’ 6-3 Friday loss
- Posted two goals and had a +3 rating during Saturday’s 5-2 win
- Claims his first career weekly honor
- Last Penn State honoree: Oskar Autio (Third Star) on Jan. 5, 2021
BIG 10 GYMNASTICS: Michigan Tops 2021 Big Ten Women’s Gymnastics Preseason Poll
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ROSEMONT, Ill. – Michigan is the preseason choice to win the 2021 Big Ten Conference women’s gymnastics championship, according to a poll of the 10 Big Ten coaches released Wednesday.
The Wolverines, who have won 26 conference titles including the past six Big Ten Championships and the past four regular-season crowns, were followed by Minnesota, which has been the Big Ten regular-season runner-up the past two years. Nebraska was chosen third, with Iowa and Illinois rounding out the top five in the team balloting.
All 10 Big Ten programs were ranked or receiving votes in the preseason Women’s Collegiate Gymnastics Association (WCGA) Top 35 poll, led by No. 5 Michigan. Minnesota was next at No. 11, followed by No. 20 Nebraska, No. 22 Illinois and No. 25 Iowa. Penn State was ranked 27th, Maryland was 28th and Ohio State was 29th, with Michigan State at No. 34 and Rutgers receiving votes.
Also on Wednesday, the conference unveiled the 2021 Big Ten Gymnasts to Watch List, as selected by the conference coaches. Half (10) of the 20 student-athletes on the Gymnasts to Watch List are returning All-Big Ten selections, including two-time reigning Big Ten Gymnast of the Year Lexy Ramler of Minnesota and the last three Big Ten Freshman of the Year honorees in Ramler (2018) and the Michigan duo of Natalie Wojcik (2019) and Sierra Brooks (2020).
In addition, seven of this year’s Big Ten Gymnasts to Watch have earned Academic All-Big Ten honors (six of them are two-time selections), highlighted by four Big Ten Distinguished Scholars, including two-time honoree Belle Huang of Rutgers.
The 2021 Big Ten women’s gymnastics season starts this weekend with eight conference schools competing in non-conference meets. On Friday, No. 25 Iowa travels to No. 11 Minnesota for a 4:30 p.m. (ET) meet that will be televised live nationally on BTN, while No. 22 Illinois visits No. 20 Nebraska at 5 p.m. (ET) and that matchup will be streamed on Big Ten Network+. Fifth-ranked Michigan plays host to No. 29 Ohio State at 4 p.m. (ET) Saturday, also on Big Ten Network+, while No. 27 Penn State welcomes No. 28 Maryland at 5 p.m. (ET) Sunday for another BTN broadcast.
Here’s a look at the complete 2021 Big Ten Women’s Gymnastics Preseason Poll and Gymnasts to Watch List:
2021 BIG TEN WOMEN’S GYMNASTICS PRESEASON POLL
6. Penn State
8. Ohio State
9. Michigan State
2021 BIG TEN WOMEN’S GYMNASTS TO WATCH
Nicole Biondi, Sr., Illinois
Mia Takekawa, So., Illinois
JerQuavia Henderson, So., Iowa
Adeline Kenlin, Fr., Iowa
Audrey Barber, Sr., Maryland
Emma Silberman, So., Maryland
Sierra Brooks, So., Michigan
Natalie Wojcik, Jr., Michigan
Baleigh Garcia, Fr., Michigan State
Nyah Smith, So., Michigan State
Ona Loper, Sr., Minnesota
Lexy Ramler, Sr., Minnesota
Kinsey Davis, Fr., Nebraska
Kynsee Roby, Sr., Nebraska
Elexis Edwards, So., Ohio State
Emma Pritchard, Fr., Ohio State
Alissa Bonsall, Sr., Penn State
Cassidy Rushlow, So., Penn State
Belle Huang, Sr., Rutgers
Hannah Joyner, So., Rutgers
PURDUE MEN’S GOLF
Bradley Announces 2021 Spring Schedule
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue men’s golf head coach Rob Bradley has announced that the Boilermakers will appear in seven regular-season events for the 2021 campaign.
The Boilermakers will open the season in 12 days, traveling to Jacksonville, Florida, for the Timuquana Collegiate Invitational on Jan. 25 and 26, hosted by the University of North Florida.
On Feb. 5 and 6, Purdue will look for its second Big Ten Match Play Championship at the Hammock Beach Resort in Palm Coast, Florida. The Boilermakers won the title in 2018, and have posted a strong 15-5-5 record in the event under Bradley.
Nine days later, the Boilermakers head to one of America’s premier golf destinations for the Kiawah Island Invitational outside of Charleston, S.C., on Feb. 14 to 16. The Ocean Course at Kiawah hosted the 1991 Ryder Cup and the 2012 PGA Championship, as well as hosting the 2021 PGA Championship in May.
The Boilermakers will then take over a month off before traveling back to Charleston for the Hootie at Bulls Bay event on March 28 to 30, hosted by Hootie and the Blowfish singer Darius Rucker.
On April 4, Purdue will compete in the Calusa Pines Invitational in Naples, Florida, before hosting the Boilermaker Invitational on April 10 and 11, at the Kampen Course. The regular season will conclude on April 24, at the Robert Kepler Intercollegiate.
The Big Ten Championships will be held at Crooked Stick in Carmel, Indiana, on April 30 to May 2.
The 2021 NCAA Golf Regionals will be held May 17-19, at six regional sites (hosted by New Mexico, Vanderbilt, Oklahoma State, Washington, Ball State and Florida State), while the NCAA National Championships will be May 28 to June 2, at the Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona. Purdue has reached the National Championships three times in Bradley’s seven years at Purdue.
EVANSVILLE GOLF: UE golf teams announce spring schedules
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Entering his first season at the helm of the University of Evansville men’s and women’s golf teams, head coach John Andrews has announced the 2021 spring schedules for both squads.
“I really look forward for the student-athletes on both of our teams to be able to have the opportunity to compete in the spring,” Andrews stated. “It feels like a long time since they have had the chance to play in a competitive match. We are all very excited to get back on the course.”
Evansville’s men will be the first to take the course on February 8 with a trip to Dade City, Fla. For the Earl Yestingsmeier Match Play. They will have four weeks off before returning to Florida on March 8-9 for the Benbow Invitational in Jacksonville Beach. Their second March tournament takes them to Sevierville, Tenn. For the Bobby Nichols Intercollegiate from the 14th through the 16th.
Next up is the Murray State Invitational on April 5-6 before the regular season wraps up with a tournament hosted by Tennessee State on April 12-13 in Nashville. Loyola is slated to host the Missouri Valley Conference Championship on April 26-27 in Chicago.
The ladies open play a week after the men with a trip to Amelia Island, Fla. For the Amelia Island Collegiate on Feb. 15-16. Following a 3-week layoff, the Aces join the men in Jacksonville Beach for the Benbow Invitational from March 8-9.
UE wraps up its season with a busy stretch that includes four events over the course of 23 days. It begins at one of the most prestigious courses in the country as the Aces travel to the Pinehurst Women’s Intercollegiate in Pinehurst, N.C. It is the program’s first trip to the event, which is set for March 29-30. A quick turnaround will see the Aces travel to the Indiana State Spring Invite on April 4-5 in Terre Haute before taking part in the Jen Weaver Invitational on the 9th and 10th of April. Murray State is the host for the event.
Following the completion of the regular season, UE heads to the MVC Championship. Southern Illinois will host the tournament in St. Charles, Mo. on April 19 and 20.
KANSAS CITY’S EDWARDS-HELAIRE AND HILL BACK AT PRACTICE
Chiefs running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire practiced Wednesday for the first time since getting hurt against New Orleans in Week 15, raising hopes the first-round pick can play in the divisional round of the playoffs against Cleveland on Sunday.
Edwards-Helaire had been out with a high-ankle sprain, causing him to miss the Chiefs’ final two regular-season games. He also missed a game earlier in the season but still finished fourth among rookies with 1,100 yards from scrimmage.
“Normally the trainers have a pretty good feel for what you can do and can’t do and you surprise yourself, but this kid went right at it. He was fearless with it,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. “And as I result, I would tell you he’s probably a little ahead, and we’re going to evaluate it. We’re not going to do anything to jeopardize him or his career.”
The only players to miss practice Wednesday were wide receiver Sammy Watkins, who missed the final game of the regular-season with a calf injury; rookie linebacker Willie Gay Jr., who has been dealing with an ankle injury; and cornerback Rashad Fenton, who hurt both of his ankles in the Chiefs’ meaningless Week 17 loss to the Chargers.
That means wide receiver Tyreek Hill and linebacker Ben Niemann were back from hamstring injuries that hobbled them late in the season, along with linebacker Anthony Hitchens (COVID-19) and offensive tackle Mike Remmers (back).
Hill first tweaked his hamstring against the Saints on Dec. 20, the same game in which Edwards-Helaire got hurt. But he was able to play the following week against Atlanta, when the Chiefs clinched the AFC’s top seed and lone first-round bye, before joining Patrick Mahomes and a handful of other starters in getting the regular-season finale off.
“Right now I’m doing great,” said Hill, who got the go-ahead from Chiefs trainers to work out with his personal trainer, Luther Glover, at his facility in the Kansas City suburb of Lenexa. “I feel like our medical team here does a tremendous job of allowing us to go work out with our off-field trainers, so I had a chance to work out with Luther, go to his other place and get some work outside the facility. So I’m feeling good. I’m ready.”
CLEVELAND GETS DB DENZEL WARD BACK
Browns top cornerback Denzel Ward is back with the team after missing Cleveland’s past two games – one of them a playoff win – with COVID-19.
Ward was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list on Wednesday along with cornerback Kevin Johnson as the Browns (12-5), who have dealt with numerous virus-related issues over the last month, began practicing for Sunday’s playoff game at Kansas City against the top-seeded Chiefs.
If he can play, Ward would give Cleveland’s secondary a major boost as it faces Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes and his numerous offensive weapons. Ward typically is assigned to the other team’s top wide receiver.
Johnson, who has made six starts this season, will help as well.
The Browns gave up 501 yards passing on Sunday to Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who picked on Cleveland’s backups.
Ward’s return could be followed by coach Kevin Stefanski’s. The first-year coach also missed Sunday’s shocking wild-card win at Pittsburgh after testing positive for COVID-19 last week. Stefanski is on track to be back at the team’s facility on Thursday.
Pro Bowl left guard Joel Bitonio could be joining him. He missed last week’s game as well with coronavirus, along with Ward, Johnson, wide receiver KhaDarel Hodge and four assistant coaches.
BEARS PLAN TO KEEP NAGY
Chairman George McCaskey insisted the Chicago Bears have the right culture to become a winning franchise. So the team is sticking with general manager Ryan Pace and coach Matt Nagy for at least another season.
What helped convince him to stay the course rather than make sweeping changes? A six-game losing streak – and how the team responded to it.
“The leadership, the collaboration, the adaptability, the ability to handle adversity,” McCaskey said. “Listen, we all want things to get better, and a lot of times you have to go through tough times before they get better. The way they handled success in 2018 and the way they’ve handled adversity the last two seasons lead us to the conclusion that they’re the best people to lead us in 2021.”
The decision might not be popular in Chicago, where the Bears are coming off back-to-back 8-8 seasons after winning the NFC North at 12-4 in 2018.
They bounced back from that six-game losing streak – their worst since 2002 – to make the playoffs for the second time in three years, albeit as the seventh and final seed in an expanded field. The Bears then got knocked out by New Orleans in their wild-card matchup on Sunday, giving them eight losses in their final 11 games, counting the postseason.
“The popular opinion is to make a change because we hit adversity,” team president Ted Phillips said. “I get it. But holding people accountable is much more than just starting over. Other teams looking for new football leadership, they point to the ability to overcome adversity, the need to adapt to challenges, the need to have a collaborative working environment between the head coach and the general manager.”
He said the Bears have the sort of “football culture all teams strive for.” But they also have a 42-54 regular-season record with two playoff appearances and no postseason wins in Pace’s six years. Nagy is 28-20 in three seasons.
“I get the frustration,” Pace said. “Trust me, I understand. I get it – 8-8, it’s not good enough.”
NFL: JETS CLOSE TO SIGNING SALEH AS NEXT COACH
The New York Jets may be closing in on their next head coach.
New York is focused on Robert Saleh, and the San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator is considered the frontrunner to land the job, ESPN’s Rich Cimini reports.
Saleh is set to meet with the Jets’ brass for a second time on Wednesday, and the club could try to pounce on the 49ers assistant soon since his services are in demand from other teams, Cimini adds.
Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Arthur Smith and Buffalo Bills OC Brian Daboll are two other candidates the franchise is considering. Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson appears to be a fallback option at this point, according to Cimini.
New York fired Adam Gase following a disappointing 2020 campaign and has since interviewed several candidates for the position.
Saleh has led San Francisco’s defense for the last four seasons, consistently fielding strong units. The 41-year-old was a key part of the Niners’ Super Bowl run last year.
NFL: BEARS LOOK TO UPGRADE AT QB
The Chicago Bears acknowledged Wednesday their quarterback room could undergo an overhaul during the upcoming offseason.
“We definitely need more out of that position, we know that,” general manager Ryan Pace told reporters. “What does that entail? That’s what this whole offseason is about.”
The Bears had Mitchell Trubisky and Nick Foles split starts in 2020, with neither making much of an impression. While Chicago made the playoffs for the second time in three years, its offense ranked 26th in yards and 22nd in points.
Inconsistent quarterback play contributed to a six-game losing streak in the middle of the season. The Bears were eventually trounced by the New Orleans Saints in the wild-card round.
“It’s pretty clear we need better production from the quarterback position in order to be successful,” said chairman George McKaskey, who confirmed that Pace and head coach Matt Nagy will return in 2021.
The Bears have Foles, who they acquired from the Jacksonville Jaguars for a fourth-round pick last offseason, under contract for two more years. Trubisky is set to become a free agent after four underwhelming seasons. Pace famously traded up to No. 2 in the 2017 draft to select Trubisky ahead of Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson.
“Everything’s on the table right now,” Pace said of Trubisky’s future in the Windy City. “The first step is, everyone take a deep breath. We got evaluations coming in from our own coaches and scouts on all our players.”
The Bears, who have spent decades searching for a legitimate franchise quarterback, went 8-8 in 2020 for the second consecutive season.
NFL: TOMLIN SAYS BIG BEN MAY RETURN IN 2021
Mike Tomlin has yet to make any decisions regarding his 2021 quarterback room.
The Pittsburgh Steelers head coach addressed Ben Roethlisberger’s future with the organization Wednesday during his season-ending press conference and lauded the veteran’s ability to return from the major injury he suffered in 2019.
“I don’t have a clear assessment of the overall depth of the cap ramifications, but I think it’s reasonable to assume there’s a chance (Roethlisberger will) be back, certainly,” Tomlin told reporters, according to ESPN’s Brooke Pryor.
He added: “We haven’t made any decisions about any (of) our personnel along those lines,” per NFL Network’s Andrew Siciliano.
Entering the final year of his current contract, Roethlisberger has a $41.25-million cap hit in 2021, but Pittsburgh would incur $22.25 million in dead money if it moved on from the quarterback this offseason.
Tomlin acknowledged that certain adjustments, whether on his roster or staff, are necessary for the Steelers to compete.
“I understand we better make some changes in what we do – schematics, personnel,” the head coach said, according to Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “I’m committed to doing it.”
“I’m not going to maintain the status quo and hope it changes,” he added. “That’s the definition of insanity.”
The Steelers started 11-0 before dropping five of their last six games to end the campaign, including a wild-card loss to the Cleveland Browns.
Roethlisberger, who turns 39 in March, completed 65.6% of his passes for 33 touchdowns and 10 interceptions in 2020 but averaged a career-low 6.3 yards per attempt.
NFL: BRONCOS NAME PATON AS GM
The Denver Broncos hired George Paton as their new general manager, the team announced Wednesday.
The former Minnesota Vikings assistant general manager agreed to a six-year deal, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Paton spent 14 years with the Vikings working closely alongside general manager Rick Spielman. He had been offered other GM positions over the years, but Denver stood out, Schefter adds. As part of the interview process, Paton reportedly also met with Broncos vice president of strategic initiatives Brittany Bowlen.
“I feel like this team is a sleeping giant,” said Paton. “For me, it is the right place and the right time for this opportunity.”
Paton was key in helping Minnesota draft future Pro Bowlers Harrison Smith, Eric Kendricks, Dalvin Cook, and, more recently, Justin Jefferson.
The Denver job became available after John Elway gave up the position and final say on roster management a week ago. The Broncos legend spent the past 10 seasons as the team’s GM.
With the role filled, the Broncos can begin to address some key offseason issues, such as whether to exercise the team option on star linebacker Von Miller and their plan at quarterback.
MLB: JAYS ANNOUNCE EXTENSION WITH CEO
The Toronto Blue Jays agreed to a five-year contract extension with president and chief executive officer Mark Shapiro, ownership announced Wednesday.
“Mark’s leadership and commitment to excellence over the last five years have been critical to the team’s growth and development.
“We’re extremely pleased that Mark will continue to lead the Toronto Blue Jays and build on the team’s progress as we work towards our goal of bringing a World Series championship back to Canada,” Edward Rogers, chairman of Rogers Communications and the Blue Jays, said in a statement.
Shapiro joined the Blue Jays as president and CEO at the end of the 2015 season, succeeding Paul Beeston.
The two-time Sporting News Executive of the Year helped guide Toronto through a full rebuild, with the team making the playoffs last season for the first time since 2016.
“From a personal and professional standpoint, I am thrilled to continue being a Toronto Blue Jay,” Shapiro wrote in a statement, according to Sportsnet’s Ben Nicholson-Smith. “I am fortunate to work with exceptional people and am proud of the progress we have made together, to build a community, clubhouse that our incredible fans can cheer on.
“Living in Toronto and Canada has been life-changing for me and my family and I am excited to experience the feeling of winning a championship with this city and country. I would like to thank Edward Rogers, the Rogers family, and the Rogers executive leadership team for their support and commitment over the past five years and in the years to come.”
MLB: KLUBER IMPRESSES AT SHOWCASE
Free-agent right-hander Corey Kluber is expected to have a strong market after impressing during a pitching showcase in front of roughly 25 teams Wednesday, reports ESPN’s Jeff Passan.
The two-time American League Cy Young winner threw 30 pitches, including his off-speed stuff. His fastball sat between 88 and 90 mph, and he’s expected to increase his velocity as he builds toward spring training. Kluber’s fastball averaged 92 mph during his last full season in 2018.
The Arizona Diamondbacks, Boston Red Sox, Cincinnati Reds, Detroit Tigers, Miami Marlins, Minnesota Twins, New York Mets, New York Yankees, Pittsburgh Pirates, Tampa Bay Rays, and Washington Nationals were among the franchises in attendance, according to various reports.
Kluber, who has only appeared in eight games over the past two seasons because of injuries, recently said his plan was to show teams he’s healthy and not to “prove” himself to anyone.
The 34-year-old was one of baseball’s top pitchers before a fractured arm, injured oblique, and shoulder strain derailed his 2019 and 2020 seasons. From 2014-2018, Kluber ranked second in wins and innings pitched and was worth the third-most WAR among starters, according to FanGraphs.
MLB: SAN FRANCISCO INTERESTED IN HAMELS
The San Francisco Giants are among teams showing interest in signing veteran left-hander Cole Hamels, reports Jon Morosi of MLB Network.
Hamels, 37, is not planning on retiring after a mostly lost 2020 season due to shoulder and triceps injuries. He made one start with the Atlanta Braves when he allowed three earned runs over 3 1/3 innings of work.
The Giants are looking to add a left-handed starter, general manager Scott Harris told Morosi on Tuesday. The club currently projects to have five righties – Johnny Cueto, Kevin Gausman, Anthony DeSclafani, Logan Webb, and Shaun Anderson – in the rotation.
Before joining the Braves on a one-year deal last offseason, the four-time All-Star made 39 starts with the Chicago Cubs. He went 11-10 with a 3.30 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, and 9.0 K/9 during his Cubs tenure.
MLB: REPORT SAYS RED SOX TO MAKE SEVERAL MOVES BEFORE SPRING TRAINING
It’s been a slow offseason for the Boston Red Sox, but it looks like business is about to pick up.
The Red Sox have talked about a ton of possibilities, and there is a sense they are preparing to make a series of moves before spring training, industry sources told ESPN’s Buster Olney.
Names weren’t mentioned, but Boston plans to make moves to upgrade the 2021 squad, Olney adds.
Multiple clubs have checked in with the Red Sox about outfielder Andrew Benintendi, with one rival executive admitting to MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand they would be “shocked” if Boston didn’t trade the 26-year-old before the end of the weekend.
In addition to shopping Benintendi, the Red Sox have remained engaged with outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. about a potential return, are linked to free-agent starter Jake Odorizzi, and will attend Corey Kluber’s pitching showcase on Wednesday.
Boston has signed right-hander Matt Andriese and outfielder Hunter Renfroe to major-league deals so far this offseason.
NHL: FLYERS BEAT PENS 6-3
Nolan Patrick missed last season with debilitating migraines and Oskar Lindblom had his shortened in his fight with a rare bone cancer. The only cheers they heard in their comeback games came in the locker room before faceoff in the form of rousing approval from the Philadelphia Flyers, grateful their teammates could play.
Flyers coach Alain Vigneault wished a packed arena – that last season had fans holding (hash)OskarStrong signs – had a chance to show their appreciation.
“My one disappointment is that Oskar played his first game in Philadelphia since December 2019 and he didn’t get a chance to play it in front of Flyers fans giving him the great cheer and love that he deserved from coming back and battling cancer,” Vigneault said.
With Gritty thrusting his bulbous belly from his sofa, the Flyers turned Patrick and Lindblom’s homecoming into a meaningful victory.
Patrick and Linblom both scored goals, Joel Farabee had a goal and three assists, and Michael Raffl, James and van Riemsdyk also scored to lead the Flyers to a 6-3 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday.
The 22-year-old Patrick, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2017 draft, scored in his first game since April 2, 2019. Lindblom, who returned to play in the NHL restart bubble, scored a goal on a true heads-up play – Travis Konecny’s shot appeared to bounce of Lindblom’s helmet for the goal.
“That is better than me getting one,” Konecny said.
Lindblom also led the Flyers with three blocked shots.