BOYS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL

TUESDAY’ S GAMES
Benton Central70Portage51 
Brownsburg61Muncie Central16 
Connersville50McCutcheon28 
Evansville Bosse71Jeffersonville67 
Evansville Day74Salem52 
Fishers59Greensburg41 
Fort Wayne Luers72Tippecanoe Valley53 
Guerin Catholic62Kokomo51 
Homestead92Marion77 
Indianapolis Attucks89Indianapolis Shortridge59 
Indianapolis Chatard52Central Christian45 
Indianapolis Roncalli66Shelbyville42 
Lafayette Jeff95Bowman Academy70 
Lawrence Central72Columbus North63 
Lawrence North84Indianapolis Tindley49 
Liberty Christian86Anderson Prep Academy54 
Merrillville69South Bend Riley68 
New Albany43Seymour38OT
North Putnam78Tipton67 
NorthWood54Columbia City37 
Pioneer42LaCrosse30 
Plainfield45Southport39 
Sheridan39North Montgomery33 
South Adams52Bellmont45 
Victory Christian71Hammond Noll50 
Wapahani61Knightstown27 
Winchester67Seton Catholic: Moynihan 26p, 13reb56 
Bi County Tournament
Fountain Central52Attica28 
Chesterton Classic
Chesterton56Northridge47 
Lake Central61Rensselaer Central50 
Northridge59Lake Central54 
Chesterton70Rensselaer Central42 
Clinton Central Tournament
Carroll (Flora)49Clinton Prairie39 
Tri-Central65Clinton Central58 
East Noble Tournament
East Noble73Prairie Heights37 
John Glenn72Heritage52 
Heritage90Prairie Heights75 
John Glenn51East Noble46OT
Edinburgh Tournament
South Putnam54Hauser46 
Jac-Cen-Del59North White42 
Edinburgh75Hagerstown69 
Indianapolis Lutheran55South Decatur53 
Forest Park Tournament
Evansville Harrison67Forest Park62 
North Knox70Borden66 
Northeast Dubois38Vincennes Lincoln37 
Evansville North52Christian Academy33 
Christian Academy48Vincennes Lincoln46 
Evansville North59Northeast Dubois40 
Forest Park63Borden48 
Evansville Harrison57North Knox51 
Grant 4 Tournament
Madison-Grant51Oak Hill35 
Mississinewa48Madison-Grant45 
Hebron-Boone Grove Tournament
Hebron52Tri-County39 
River Forest87South Bend Career59 
Boone Grove65Lake Station46 
Marquette Catholic55Winamac37 
Tri-County65South Bend Career52 
Lake Station65Winamac57 
Hebron50River Forest37 
Marquette Catholic58Boone Grove56 
Highland Tournament
Hanover Central54Hammond Morton16 
Highland56Hammond Gavit36 
Hammond Morton86Hammond Gavit55 
Hanover Central56Highland44 
Jefferson County Invitational
Danville84Switzerland County32 
Madison92Indiana Math & Science45 
Southwestern (Hanover)70Indianapolis HomeSchool65 
East Central71Purdue Poly Englewood42 
Danville87Madison79 
Southwestern (Hanover)83East Central75OT
King’s Academy Classic
Living Water HomeSchool50Bloomington Lighthouse47 
Madison Christian73King’s Academy41 
Madison Christian51Bloomington Lighthouse46 
Lakeland Christian Tournament
Granger Christian61Clinton Christian55 
Lakeland Christian48Covenant Christian (DeMotte)40 
Adams Central48Bethany Christian33 
LaPorte Classic
Twin Lakes55LaPorte53 
South Bend St. Joseph60Logansport47 
South Bend St. Joseph98Twin Lakes61 
Logansport54LaPorte51 
Lebanon Tournament
Perry Meridian73Lowell50 
Lebanon44Gary 21st Century42 
Western75Indianapolis Metropolitan51 
Pike55Mooresville43 
Miami County Invitational
Caston49North Miami35 
Peru75Maconaquah67 
Mishawaka Marian Classic
Mishawaka Marian54North Judson26 
Fort Wayne South74Lighthouse CPA38 
North Judson70Lighthouse CPA57 
Mishawaka Marian47Fort Wayne South46 
Morristown Tournament
Morristown59Randolph Southern34 
South Dearborn52New Washington45 
Lawrenceburg53Waldron38 
Covenant Christian69South Ripley52 
Randolph Southern66New Washington58 
South Dearborn54Morristown52 
South Ripley72Waldron35 
Covenant Christian85Lawrenceburg58 
North Central (Indianapolis) Classic
Park Tudor54North Central (Indianapolis)50 
Hammond77Avon68 
North Daviess Tournament
North Daviess42South Knox36 
Loogootee67Rushville30 
Brownstown Central64Rock Creek Academy44 
Southridge46Shoals38 
Perry-Spencer Classic
Perry Central66Corydon Central55 
Tell City40Salem36 
North Harrison56South Spencer50 
Preble Shawnee Tournament
Union County52Twin Valley South (Ohio)42 
Silver Creek Tournament
Silver Creek62Providence41 
Clarksville75Charlestown61 
Tecumseh Classic
Tecumseh52Evansville Christian49 
North Posey50White River Valley35 
North Posey75Evansville Christian59 
Tecumseh66White River Valley63 
Wabash County Tournament
Manchester68Northfield45 
Wabash64Southwood57 
Wabash Valley Tournament
Kouts68Cloverdale50 
Linton-Stockton68North Central (Farmersburg)52 
Northview80South Vermillion52 
Parke Heritage49West Vigo45 
Bloomington South46Sullivan43 
Greencastle55Edgewood46 

GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL

TUESDAY’ S GAMES
Beech Grove40Indianapolis Scecina34 
Borden36Milan30 
Bremen46Fremont32 
Brownstown Central57South Knox42 
Carmel73Lawrence Central26 
Columbus East48Madison42 
Eastern Greene44Cloverdale30 
Eastside45Bellmont37 
Elwood66Frankfort58 
Evansville Central54Southridge45 
Goshen46Columbia City36 
Harrison (West Lafayette)58Anderson48 
Jay County54Yorktown44 
Jeffersonville67Corydon Central612OT
Lawrence North52Indianapolis Roncalli51 
Liberty Christian53Anderson Prep Academy16 
North White44Rochester42 
Northeast Dubois62Clay City37 
Northeastern40Union County24 
Plainfield58Whiteland41 
Prairie Heights65Whitko31 
Randolph Southern46Cambridge City Lincoln36 
Rushville56South Ripley31 
Southwestern (Hanover)39Oldenburg Academy17 
Washington49Heritage Hills33 
Winchester70Eastern Hancock60 
Zionsville68Mooresville46 
Bi County Tournament
Fountain Central56Attica33 
Seeger63Covington24 
Evansville North Classic
Evansville North46Gibson Southern45 
Gibson Southern43Evansville Mater Dei37 
Evansville Mater Dei56Evansville North24 
Greencastle Classic
Rensselaer Central61Greencastle40 
Sullivan45Greencastle31 
Hall of Fame Tournament
Mount Vernon (Fortville)61Norwell50 
Evansville Memorial46Fishers41 
Fishers75Norwell70 
Evansville Memorial69Mount Vernon (Fortville)38 
Hanover Central Classic
Hanover Central66Hammond Gavit20 
Wheeler54Bowman Academy28 
East Chicago Central47Calumet43 
Hanover Central68Bowman Academy22 
Wheeler42East Chicago Central34 
Calumet60Hammond Gavit45 
Lake-Central Tournament
Lake Central50LaPorte39 
Mishawaka Marian69Munster46 
McCutcheon50LaPorte44 
Mishawaka Marian54Portage44 
Lake Central48McCutcheon44 
Portage46Munster40 
Lakeland Christian Tournament
Lakeland Christian52Central Christian7 
Granger Christian55Clinton Christian37 
Bethany Christian58Covenant Christian (DeMotte)16 
Lebanon Tournament
Franklin County57Lafayette Jeff46 
Lebanon45Western31 
Lafayette Jeff52Decatur Central50 
Perry Meridian55Franklin County36 
Western49Lowell21 
Hamilton Heights43Lebanon34 
Miami County Invitational
Maconaquah58Peru25 
Caston54North Miami35 
Michigan City Tournament
New Prairie65Marquette Catholic53 
Lake Station60Michigan City44 
North Central (Indianapolis) Classic
Westfield55Springboro (Ohio)51 
North Central (Indianapolis)44Silver Creek34 
Northridge Tournament
Northridge52Knox47 
South Bend St. Joseph59Fort Wayne Dwenger30 
South Bend Washington60Fort Wayne Snider50 
Carroll (Fort Wayne)61East Noble32 
Northridge51Fort Wayne Dwenger40 
Knox69South Bend St. Joseph44 
South Bend Washington67East Noble22 
Carroll (Fort Wayne)80Fort Wayne Snider52 
Park Tudor Tournament
Park Tudor53Indianapolis Tech15 
Lapel53Brebeuf Jesuit36 
Brebeuf Jesuit45Indianapolis Tech16 
Lapel45Park Tudor39 
Scottsburg Classic
Jennings County54Charlestown47 
Greenwood Christian67Scottsburg58 
Jennings County48Lawrenceburg45 
East Central60Greenwood Christian51 
Charlestown47Lawrenceburg35 
East Central56Scottsburg42 
Martinsville Tabernacle Classic
Bethesda Christian61Martinsville Tabernacle32 
Tipton Tournament
Tipton67Clinton Central53 
Carroll (Flora)75Southwestern (Shelbyville)55 
Clinton Central49Western Boone34 
Tipton76Western Boone27 
Wabash County Tournament
Northfield55Manchester47 
Wabash44Southwood30 
Waldron Tournament
Waldron76Indianapolis Herron21 
Blackford51Barr-Reeve34 
Barr-Reeve59Indianapolis Herron10 
Waldron60Blackford41 

INDIANA BOYS HS BASKETBALL POLLS

Class 4A

1. Lawrence North (5)       5-0   178  1

2. Carmel (2)                     7-0   162  2

3. Homestead (2)              9-0   152  3

4. Lafayette Jeff                8-0   114  4

5. Westfield                       6-0   106  5

6. Cathedral                       8-1   97   6

7. Crispus Attucks              8-1   82   7

8. South Bend Adams        7-0   66   T10

9. South Bend Riley            6-1   32   T10

(tie) Zionsville                    5-2   32   9

Others receiving votes: Columbus North 24. DeKalb 20. Crown Point 18. Gary West 17. Concord 16. E. Central 14. Highland 12. Hobart 10. Hammond Morton 9. Plainfield 8. New Albany 7. Warren Central 6. Munster 6. Greenwood 6. Bloomington North 6.

Class 3A

1. Heritage Hills (7)        5-0   164  1

2. Hammond (2)             3-1   150  2

3. Silver Creek                4-2   140  3

4. Ev. Bosse                    3-0   134  4

5. Greensburg                  4-0   118  5

6. Sullivan                        5-0   88   7

7. Mishawaka Marian       4-1   76   6

8. Danville                        1-0   61   9

9. Leo                               6-0   54   NR

10. SB St. Joseph’s            4-2   47   8

Others receiving votes: Delta 20. Tri-West 13. Beech Grove 9. Greencastle 6.

Class 2A

1. FW Blackhawk (9)             6-0   180  1

2. Blackford                           6-0   152  3

3. S. Spencer                        8-0   134  4

4. Linton-Stockton                 8-1   124  2

5. Shenandoah                      6-1   100  5

6. Westview                           5-1   89   6

7. Covenant Christian           4-0   69   7

8. Parke Heritage                  6-1   65   8

9. Central Noble                    6-1   46   9

10. Andrean                           4-1   44   10

Others receiving votes: S. Ripley 28. Madison-Grant 22. Ev. Mater Dei 8. Southwestern (Jefferson) 7. Churubusco 6. Northeastern 6.

Class A

1. Barr-Reeve (8)             6-1   176  1

2. Kouts                           7-1   152  2

3. Bloomfield (1)               3-0   142  3

4. N. Daviess                    6-0   121  5

5. Loogootee                     5-2   115  4

6. Morristown                    3-1   82   7

7. Edinburgh                     7-2   76   6

8. Covington                      2-2   61   8

8. Tindley                           5-2   61   10

10. Ev. Christian                5-1   33   NR

Others receiving votes: Jac-Cen-Del 29. Lafayette Catholic 20. Gary 21st Century 6. Triton 6.

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

#9 West Virginia 73 Northeastern 51

#24 Virginia Tech 80 Miami, Florida 78

#2 Baylor 93 Central Arkansas 56

Clemson 77#18 Florida State 67

#13 Texas Tech 79 Incarnate Word 51

#10 Iowa 87 #19 Northwestern 72

#14 Rutgers 81, Purdue 76

Tulsa 65 #5 Houston 64

#1 Gonzaga 112 Dixie State 67

LSU 77 Texas A&M 54

Wofford 78 Mercer 65

Central Michigan 87 Eastern Michigan 60

USC 86 Santa Clara 63

Memphis 58 S. Florida 57

McNeese State 94 Champion Christian 36

Sam Houston State 101 Mary Hard Bay 59

Lamar 74 SE. Louisiana 64

Lipscomb 93 Freed-Hardeman 72

Kansas State 60 Omaha 58

Abilene Christian 82 Dallas Christian 44

Alabama 82 Ole Miss 64

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

#19 Texas 77 Lamar 49

#4 Connecticut 75 #18 DePaul 52

Kansas 78 New Mexico State 59

Chattanooga 77 N. Alabama 64

Hartford 64 New Hampshire 57

Texas Tech 100 Incarnate Word 47

Houston Baptist 61 Prairie View A&M 62

Evansville 72 Bellarmine 62

Mercer 87 North Carolina Wilmington 51

Oklahoma 107 Arkansas Pine Bluff 64

Long Beach State 71 Riverside 66

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

#21 Oklahoma State 37 #18 Miami, Florida 34

#20 Texas 55 Colorado 23

NBA SCOREBOARD

Boston 116 Indiana 111

Golden State 116 Detroit 106

Philadelphia 100 Toronto 93

Chicago 115 Washington 107

New York 95 Cleveland 86

Milwaukee 144 Miami 97

Phoenix 111 New Orleans 86

Orlando 118 Oklahoma City 107

LA Clippers 124 Minnesota 101

Sacramento 125 Denver 115

WEEK 17 NFL SCHEDULE: SUNDAY, JANUARY 3

(All times Eastern)

Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills1:00 PMCBS
Baltimore Ravens at Cincinnati Bengals1:00 PMCBS
Pittsburgh Steelers at Cleveland Browns1:00 PMCBS
Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions1:00 PMFOX
New York Jets at New England Patriots1:00 PMCBS
Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants1:00 PMFOX
Atlanta Falcons at Tampa Bay Buccaneers1:00 PMFOX
   
New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers4:25 PMFOX
Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears4:25 PMFOX
Las Vegas Raiders at Denver Broncos4:25 PMCBS
Tennessee Titans at Houston Texans4:25 PMCBS
Jacksonville Jaguars at Indianapolis Colts4:25 PMCBS
Los Angeles Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs4:25 PMFOX
Arizona Cardinals at Los Angeles Rams4:25 PMCBS
Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers*4:25 PMFOX
   
Washington Football Team at Philadelphia Eagles8:20 PMNBC

PURDUE LOSES BIG 10 CONTEST AT RUTGERS

(PURDUE RELEASE)

PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Trevion Williams scored 21 points with 12 rebounds and Isaiah Thompson scored 17 points off the bench, but No. 14-ranked Rutgers made 11-of-21 3-point tries to hand the Boilermakers an 81-76 setback.

Purdue (7-4, 2-2 Big Ten) punished Rutgers in the paint, led by Trevion Williams’ 21 points and 12 rebounds. The Boilermakers had 42 points in the paint to the Scarlet Knights’ 28. Purdue held the rebounding edge 33-31.

Isaiah Thompson had 17 points for Purdue, and his layup with 15:19 left gave the Boilermakers their first lead, 46-44, since midway through the first half. Rutgers coach Steve Pikiell promptly called a timeout to Purdue’s 23-6 run.

Rutgers trailed by five before rallying to tie it at 53 on Paul Mulcahy’s 3-pointer and Baker’s transition layup.

The teams exchanged leads before Mulcahy hit 3-pointer to put Rutgers up 61-59 at the 7:52 mark. The Scarlet Knights led the rest of the way.

After Purdue jumped to an 11-6 lead, Rutgers rallied to lead by as many as 15 before taking a 40-34 lead into halftime.

Sasha Stefanovic added 14 points for Purdue.

(GAME NOTES)

Purdue fell to 7-4 overall and 2-2 in the Big Ten with an 81-76 loss to No. 14-ranked Rutgers.

Purdue was looking for its first win over a top-15 foe on the road since Feb. 25, 2011, at Michigan.

After Purdue won 12 of the first 13 meetings all-time against Rutgers, the Scarlet Knights have won three in a row against the Boilermakers, the second-longest winning streak by a Big Ten team against Purdue (Michigan – 4).

Purdue recorded just eight turnovers, its second-lowest total of the season (Notre Dame – 6).

Purdue outscored Rutgers in the paint, 42-28, but had just four points off turnovers.

Purdue lost for just the second time since the start of the 2017-18 season when shooting at least 48.0 percent from the field. Now 45-2, the Boilermakers’ other loss came to Virginia in the 2019 Elite Eight. Purdue shot 49.2 percent from the field, including 22-of-33 (.667) from inside the arc.

Over the last four games, opponents are now 49-of-124 (.395) from 3-point range.

Trevion Williams recorded his third double-double of the season with a 21-point, 12-rebound effort. He went 10-of-12 from the field.

Isaiah Thompson tied a career high with 17 points. He made three consecutive 3-pointers late in the first half to cut a 15-point deficit to six at the break.

INDIANA HOSTS PENN STATE WEDNESDAY

(INDIANA SI)

OPENING TIP

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 Penn State as the Hoosiers look to snap a 2-game skid. IU is coming off a 69-60 loss at Illinois.

GAME INFORMATION

Wednesday, Dec. 30 •  8:30 p.m. ET

Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall • Bloomington, Ind.

TV: BTN (Kevin Kugler and Robbie Hummel)

Radio: IU Radio Network  (Don Fischer, Errek Suhr,  Joe Smith) | TuneIn

Series History: Indiana leads, 40-12

Last Meeting: at IU 68, PSU 60; 2/23/20

THE COACHES

Indiana Coach Archie Miller is in his fourth season of guiding the Cream and Crimson and is 60-47 with the Hoosiers.  He is 199-110 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.   Penn State is led by interim head coach Jim Ferry.

ARMAAN ON A ROLL

In the last 4 games, sophomore Armaan Franklin is averaging 19.5 points, shooting 54.7% from field and 65.4% from 3FG  He has established career-high scoring efforts in 3 of his last 4 games.  He had 23 points and made 5 of 6 3FG at Illinois.  He followed up his first career-high 19-point performance against North Alabama with a 20-point effort against Butler.  He hit 5 of 7 3-pointers and added 3 assists and two steals.  He had 16 against Northwestern.  He leads the league and nation in the last 2 weeks with 17 made 3’s.  Franklin has the second highest increase in points scored per game in the B1G at +9.9.  Only Rutgers’ Ron Harper (12.2) is higher.

JACKSON-DAVIS STARTS SEASON STRONG

Sophomore forward Trayce Jackson-Davis ranks among B1G leaders in scoring, rebounds, field goal percentage and blocked shots.  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 was named Big Ten Player of the Week and All-Tournament for his efforts at the Maui Invitational.  He is a Preseason All-Big Ten pick and has been named to several Preseason All-American teams and is on the watch lists for the Wooden, Naismith and Malone Awards.  He has had 14 career double-doubles. The Hoosiers are 12-2 when he reaches that milestone.  He is averaging 20.0 points, 8.6 rebounds while shooting 52.6% from the floor and a team-high 19 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 is 2nd in the nation in FTs made (58) and 1st in attempts (80).  He had 21 points, 8 boards and a career-high 5 blocks against Butler and 22 points and 9 caroms against Northwestern.

QUICK HITS

IU is shooting 40.0% from long range (32 for 80) and averaging 8 triples per game in the last 4 games. 

BUTLER TRAVELS TO PROVIDENCE FOR SECOND MEETING

(BUTLER SI)

GAME 6:  Butler (2-3, 1-1 BIG EAST) at Providence (6-3, 2-1 BIG EAST)
Wednesday, Dec. 30;  5PM  
Alumni Hall;  Providence, R.I.
TV:  FS1 – @BrandonGaudin & @NickBahe
Radio:  107.5FM, 93.5FM, 1070AM – @MarkMinner & Nick Gardner (@n_gardner)
TuneIn Radio App, XM 389, SiriusXM Internet 979 
 

For Butler, it is a Wednesday match-up with Providence for the second consecutive week. This game is in Rhode Island after the Bulldogs came away with a 70-64 win at Hinkle Fieldhouse a week ago. The Bulldogs took a few days for the holidays in between the two contests, while the Friars posted a double-overtime home win over DePaul Sunday.  

Butler is 2-3 on the young season and 1-1 in conference play. Providence is 6-3 and 2-1 (BIG EAST).

• Providence is Butler’s opponent for the second straight game; the Bulldogs beat the Friars, 70-64, Wednesday at Hinkle.
• Aaron Thompson has missed three straight games with a sprained ligament in his right knee. He is questionable for the PC game.
• Chuck Harris is the current BIG EAST Freshman of the Week. 
• Butler put five players in double figures against the Friars Wednesday. 
• Freshman Myles Tate had eight rebounds and seven assists (both career-highs) against Providence.
• Freshman JaKobe Coles led the Bulldogs with a career-high 14 points vs. PC, his first time leading the team in scoring.
• Butler limited PC to 41-percent shooting, including 4-of-26 from three-point range.
• Butler’s 10 turnovers vs. PC were the second-fewest total of the season.
• Four different Bulldogs have led the team in scoring in Butler’s five games. 
• Freshman Myles Wilmoth is perfect from the field in BIG EAST play (6-of-6). 
• Harris posted career-highs of 22 points and six assists vs. Southern Illinois Dec. 21.
• Bryce Nze had his first double-double of the season (and 11th of his career) with 14 points and 11 rebounds vs. SIU.
• Nze ranks ninth in the BIG EAST at 7.4 rebounds per game.
• Bryce Golden scored 17 points and matched a career-high with nine rebounds vs. SIU.
• Jair Bolden hit a career-best six three-pointers against Indiana Dec. 19, posting 20 points. 
• Bolden’s 3.0 made three-pointers per game is third in the BIG EAST.
• All 66 of Butler’s points at Villanova Dec. 16 were either scored by seniors (41) or freshmen (25)
• Thompson scored a career-high 21 points to lead Butler to a season-opening win over Western Michigan Nov. 25.
• Thompson has 396 career assists, which is already seventh in Butler history.
• Nze earned preseason All-BIG EAST second team recognition by the league’s head coaches.

THE SERIES: Providence Leads, 12-5
Streak: Butler, W1
At Providence: PC Leads, 5-2
LaVall Jordan (at BU) vs. PC: 3-5
First Meeting: PC, 65-56; 1/21/14 (at PC)
Last Meeting: Butler, 70-64, 12/23/20 (at Hinkle)

THE SERIES: Butler and Providence have met 17 times, all since the Bulldogs joined the BIG EAST prior to the 2013-14 season. In addition to the Bulldogs winning a week ago, the teams split two match-ups last season with each winning on the road. Butler used a 44-26 rebounding edge and limited PC to 32-percent shooting in a 70-58 win Jan. 10 in the last meeting between the two teams in Providence. In a similar scheduling quirk, Butler and Providence played three times in a 16-day span near the end of the 2018-19 season. 

ROOKIE ACCOLADES: Chuck Harris has been named BIG EAST Freshman of the Week, as announced by the conference office Dec. 28. Harris averaged 16.0 points per game as the Bulldogs recorded a 1-1 week. He posted a career-best 22 points against Southern Illinois Dec. 21 to highlight his week. In the team’s two games, which included a win over Providence, Harris shot 52 percent from the field and 5-of-7 from three-point range.
 
Harris is the third Bulldog to earn Freshman of the Week honors since the Bulldogs joined the BIG EAST prior to the 2013-14 season. He joins Kelan Martin (final week of the 2014-15 regular season) and Kamar Baldwin (twice during the 2016-17 season) on that list.

For the season, Harris is third among the Bulldogs with an average of 11.4 points per game. Among true freshmen in the BIG EAST, only Marquette’s Dawson Garcia (at 12.7 points per game) is averaging more. 

BALANCED ATTACK: In Wednesday’s win over Providence, the Bulldogs put five players in double figures, led by freshman JaKobe Coles with 14 points. It was only the third time in more than two calendar years that Butler has had five players score 10 or more in the same game (win vs. St. John’s, 3/4/20; loss vs. Providence, 2/1/20). Prior to that, Butler had five in double figures in a Dec. 8, 2018 win over Northern Illinois. 

LAST TIME OUT: Butler went into the holiday break with a win, knocking off Providence, 70-64, Wednesday night at Hinkle Fieldhouse. Five Bulldogs scored in double figures, but the line of the night belonged to freshman Myles Tate, who led the team with eight rebounds and seven assists (both career-highs) to go along with eight points. Thirty-eight of Butler’s points came in the paint and the Bulldogs had a 37-32 rebounding advantage. The Bulldogs shot 46 percent from the field, but connected on only five three-pointers and 13-of-23 at the free throw line. The defensive effort by the Bulldogs won the game, as Providence was limited to 41-percent shooting, including a 4-of-26 performance from behind the arc.

PROTECT THE ROCK: Butler turned the ball over only 10 times in the win over Providence, which is its second-best mark of the young season (six turnovers against Western Michigan Nov. 25). This continues a strong trend from last season. Butler had 14 games last season with 10 or fewer turnovers. Butler’s four guards each have an assist/turnover ratio of better than 1.50, led by Aaron Thompson at 3.33. Jair Bolden has committed only three turnovers this season in 174 minutes of action. 

YOUTH MOVEMENT: The highest-rated recruiting class in Butler history has lived up to the billing so far. Four true freshmen are among the top seven Bulldogs in terms of minutes played through Butler’s first five games. Chuck Harris, Myles Tate and JaKobe Coles have each scored in double figures in multiple games so far this season. Both Harris and Coles have led the team in scoring in a game so far this season. In a six-point game midway through the second half at No. 7 Villanova Dec. 16, coach LaVall Jordan employed a line-up of his four freshmen alongside John-Michael Mulloy, who played a total of 76 minutes as a freshman last season. 

This is only the third season since 2008-09 that three true freshmen have started a game for Butler: 2020-21 (Tate, Harris, Coles); 2011-12 (Roosevelt Jones, Kameron Woods, Jackson Aldridge); and 2008-09 (Gordon Hayward, Shelvin Mack, Ron Nored). 

THE ‘FIRM LAW’ OF BRYCE AND BRYCE: Bryce Nze and Bryce Golden combined to go 12-of-18 from the field against Southern Illinois Dec. 21, one game after going a combined 6-of-24 against Indiana. Nze (14 points and 11 rebounds) posted his first double-double of the season, while Golden narrowly missed the first of his career (17 points and nine rebounds). The 17 points were one shy of his career-high, while he tied his high mark in rebounds (which was originally set at Providence, Jan. 10, 2020). 

THE VETERAN: Graduate transfer Jair Bolden is off to a hot start in his Butler career. Bolden’s average of 3.0 three-pointers per game is third in the BIG EAST, while his three-point percentage of 41.7 percent is 14th in the BIG EAST. Bolden is second on the team at 14.0 points per game. 

Bolden’s production from behind the arc has been increasingly important as the Bulldogs only return players who made 21 of the team’s 212 three-pointers in 2019-20. 

CAREER NIGHT: Butler senior point guard Aaron Thompson had a career-best 21 points, going 6-of-9 from the field and 8-of-11 from the free throw stripe, as the Bulldogs posted a win over Western Michigan in the season opener. 

NOTRE DAME MBB HOSTS VIRGINIA WEDNESDAY

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BY THE NUMBERS: IRISH vs. CAVALIERS

1Notre Dame and Virginia are meeting for the 17th time on Wednesday evening, with the Irish looking to post their first victory over the Cavaliers in regular-season ACC play. Notre Dame’s two victories in the series came in 1981, a 57-56 win over top-ranked Virginia at the Rosemont Horizon, and a 71-58 victory in the 2017 ACC tournament in The Barclays Center.   
5The Irish are fifth in the country in free throw percentage at .822. Trim the national list to teams that have played at least five games and Notre Dame is third in the country. The Irish are just head of Virginia (.809) for the ACC lead in free throw percentage.
7Successful field goal attempts without a miss vs. Bellarmine for junior forward Nate Laszewski, as he connected on five two-point field goals and two three-point field goals. He is the 11th Notre Dame player to finish a game perfect from the field with at least seven field goal attempts and the first to do it since V.J. Beachem went 7-for-7 against Michigan in the 2016 NCAA tournament. Laszewski ended the game with 16 points and eight rebounds.
9Junior guard Prentiss Hubb is ninth in the country in minutes played per at 37.4, followed by classmate Dane Goodwin in 12th place at 37.3.
12.9Notre Dame’s NCAA-leading fouls per game number, as the Irish continue their tradition of not fouling the opponent to allow easy points late in a contest. Notre Dame’s 12.9 leads the country for teams who have played multiple games (CS Fullerton has played one game and committed 11 fouls) and puts the Irish on pace to lead the country in least amount of fouls committed for the fifth consecutive season.
16Notre Dame is 16th in country in three-point field goal percentage at .409 and is the only team in the ACC shooting over .400 from deep this season (Wake Forest is second at .392).
23A recent project by CBSSports.com ranked the ‘Greatest College Basketball Programs Ever’ with Notre Dame placing 23rd on the list and sixth in the ACC. Notre Dame will face eight of the teams ranked above them this year a total of nine times: No. 19 NC State, No. 14 Michigan State (0-1), No. 12 Ohio State (0-1), No. 11 Syracuse, No. 6 Louisville, No. 3 Duke (0-1, twice), No. 2 North Carolina, No. 1 Kentucky (1-0).
52Points scored in Notre Dame’s last two home games by Dane Goodwin. Against Duke on Dec. 16, Goodwin scored 25 points on 10-of-12 shooting, then ended up 8-10 against Bellarmine on Dec. 23 to finish with a team-high and career-high-matching 27 points. Goodwin is 18-22 (.818) from the floor in the last two Irish home games.
76Nate Laszewski is fifth in the country in effective field goal percentage (.759), shooting 35-54 from two-point range (.648) and 12 for 21 (.571) from three-point range.
201Career blocked shots by ACC Network analyst Jordan Cornette (ND ‘05) who will be on the call Wednesday night with fellow Notre Dame alum Mike Monaco (ND ‘15). The uncertainty of the 2020-21 season and how many games will be played will likely keep Cornette at the top of the ND blocked shots career list. Graduate student Juwan Durham has 144 (2.18 per game) and is on pace to add 38 more to that total this season.
1907Total victories in the history of Notre Dame men’s basketball, as the Irish became the eighth program to reach 1,900 victories in 2019-20 (Kentucky, Kansas, North Carolina, Duke, Temple, Syracuse and UCLA have all reached that plateau). The Irish were 12th all-time in college basketball victories when Mike Brey took over the program in 2000-01 –  they have since passed Oregon State, Pennsylvania, St. John’s and Indiana on the all-time wins list into eighth place.

NOTRE DAME WOMEN TRAVEL TO MIAMI

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CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The Notre Dame women’s basketball team (3-4, 1-2) will look to get back to .500 and say goodbye to 2020 when the Fighting Irish travel to Coral Gables to take on the Miami Hurricanes (4-2, 1-2) on New Year’s Eve. Tip is set for 1 p.m. EST, airing live on the ACC Network.

HISTORY WITH THE HURRICANES

The Irish lead the all-time series against the Hurricanes, 21-5, with an 8-3 mark at Miami. However, the last time the Irish visited Coral Gables, the Hurricanes upset the Irish, 72-65, on Feb. 7, 2019.

Now, the Irish have won six of the last seven. The last encounter, which occurred Jan. 19, 2020, at Notre Dame, resulted in a 76-53 Irish victory.

Sam Brunelle scored 20 of her 25 points in the second half, while Destinee Walker finished with 21 points. The duo went a combined 7-of-10 from three-point range. Mikki Vaughn added 16 points and eight boards, while Katlyn Gilbert poured in 10 of her 12 points in the second half to go with her seven assists.

FASTEST TO 100

Before last season, Notre Dame had been nothing short of dominant since entering the ACC for the 2013-14 season. A 91-5 record in league play and 58 straight conference wins at home, which dated back to 2012 in the Big East. The Irish had won six straight ACC regular-season titles (eight straight when counting the final two years in the Big East) and had won five ACC Tournament crowns.

Even with last year’s 8-10 mark in conference play, the Irish still unlocked an achievement in the win over Virginia Tech on Dec. 17 – becoming the fastest program to reach 100 ACC wins. The Irish accomplished the feat in 116 games – NC State held the record prior at 132.

WESTBELD MAKING IMMEDIATE IMPACT

Maddy’s 17.1 ppg not only leads the team, but also ranks fifth in the ACC. Not to mention, her scoring average tops all ACC freshmen and ranks 10th among all freshmen in the country.

Westbeld is 1-of-3 freshmen in the country averaging at least 17 points, 7 rebounds & 1.5 steals. In terms all of classes, she’s 1-of-23 players in the country doing so.

She fired off three straight games with 20+ points from Dec. 6-17. Her three games of 20 or more ranks second in the ACC behind Louisville’s Dana Evans (4).

How dominant has Westbeld been? Well, the freshman ranks in the top-15 in the ACC in seven different statistical categories: 5th in scoring (17.1), 13th in rebounding (7.6), 13th in FG% (.467), 10th in steals (1.7), 12th in blocks (1.0), 15th in offensive rebounds (2.7) and 12th in defensive rebounds (4.9).

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 three-point shooting by the trio of Mabrey, Westbeld and Brunelle. In fact, the Irish are converting 36.7 percent from three, which ranks 3rd in the ACC and 51st in the country.

All three are shooting over 40 percent from deep, with Mabrey leading the group at 43.8 percent – which ranks 8th in the ACC.

COMPLETE WIN AGAINST VIRGINIA TECH

Trailing by as much as 11 in the second quarter, the Irish fired off a 19-3 scoring run, forcing eight Virginia Tech turnovers in that span, to take a 43-38 halftime lead. The Irish then rallied once more in the fourth, this time down 70-64 with 8:14 remaining. Brunelle had two big three-pointers, but it was Peoples who brought it home. The sophomore scored 13 of her 15 points in the second half, including the go-ahead basket with 1:19 on the clock, then the insurance driving layup with 31 seconds left.

SUBBING SOLUTIONS

Brunelle was the Super-Sub against Virginia Tech, knocking down 5-of-9 from three-point range to total 17 points on the game. However, she wasn’t the only spark off the bench that day.

Abby Prohaska provided the best plus/minus of any Irish player that day at +11. A defensive spark, Prohaska helped seal the win with a steal with 20 seconds left. She finished with four points, tw0 steals and three rebounds.

Next, Alasia Hayes helped turn the tide in the second quarter, where she tallied six points to help ignite a 19-3 scoring run. Hayes boasted the 3rd best plus/minus on the game at +7.

“She’s growing every game. I thought she managed the game very well. Her speed was a difference-maker with on-ball pressure. It’s always hard for a freshman to run point guard but she’s starting to understand everything.” – Coach Ivey on Hayes after VT win.

THE PEOPLES CHAMP

Peoples has recorded double-figure points in all but two games this season, as her 11.4 ppg ranks third on the team. In fact, she tied her career-high streak of four straight games in double figures to start the season.

All-in-all, Peoples & Westbeld are 1-of-6 players in the ACC averaging at least 11 points, 6 rebounds & 1.5 steals.

Peoples is just 1-of-2 guards in the ACC with multiple double-doubles. Looking at the bigger pictures, she’s 1-of-15 guards at a Power-Five school.

GETTING HER REBOUND SWAG BACK

After an early December lull in rebounding, Peoples has bounced back with games of eight & seven rebounds, respectively. Her 6.3 rebounds/game ranks 2nd on the team behind Westbeld. She boasts two double-digit rebounding performances on the year. In addition, her 5.0 defensive rebounds/game ranks 9th in the ACC.

Last year, 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).

INDIANA FOOTBALL GAME NOTES VS. OLE MISS

Setting The Scene

• No. 7 Indiana (6-1, 6-1 B1G East) faces Ole Miss (4-5, 4-5 SEC West) in the 35th Outback Bowl on Saturday, Jan. 2. Kickoff is set for 12:30 p.m. EST at Raymond James Stadium (Tifway 419 Bermuda Grass) on ABC.

• IU is playing in consecutive January bowls for the first time in school history.

• The Hoosiers are in their first Outback Bowl and their second bowl in the state of Florida (2020 TaxSlayer Gator Bowl).

• Indiana is making its 13th bowl appearance and its fourth in the last six seasons. (more on page 59)

• IU is ranked for a program record ninth-consecutive week, coming in at No. 7 in the Associated Press Top 25 and at No. 8 in the Amway Coaches Poll presented by USA Today Sports.

• The Hoosiers have been ranked in the Top 10 six times in 2020, the second-most in school history (9 weeks in 1945).

• Indiana collected its first Top-10 ranking in the Nov. 8 AP Poll (No. 10) since Sept. 22, 1969 (No. 10).

• IU’s No. 7 rating is its best in the AP Poll since Nov. 27, 1967 (No. 4).

• The Hoosiers three Top-25 victories are tied for the second-most in the country behind Alabama’s four.

• Their three Top-25 wins also matched the 1945 team’s program record.

• Indiana’s 6-1 record is its best start since 1993 (7-1).

• IU is 14-6 overall and 11-5 in league play since the beginning of the 2019 campaign. Its 14 victories share fourth and its 11 Big Ten wins share third among all B1G teams during that span.

• With their victory over Maryland, the Hoosiers clinched a winning league record in consecutive seasons for the first time since 1987-88 and for the sixth time overall (1967-68, 1944-46 and 1936-37).

• Indiana’s six conference wins are tied for the most in school history (1967, 1987).

• IU’s 11 Big Ten victories are tied for the most in program history over a two-year span (1987-88).

• The Hoosiers collected their first win over No. 16 Wisconsin (14-6) since defeating the Badgers in back-to-back seasons on Oct. 6, 2001 (63-32) and on Oct. 12, 2002 (32-29), the former coming at Camp Randall Stadium.

• Indiana recorded its first road victory over a ranked opponent since No. 18 Missouri on Sept. 20, 2014 (31-27), and its first B1G road win over a ranked opponent since No. 22 Michigan State on Nov. 10, 2001 (37-28).

• Wisconsin’s six points marked its lowest total against IU since Oct. 24, 1992 (3), and it was U-W’s first game without a touchdown since Oct. 3, 2015, against Iowa.

THE GAME

•             Indiana and Ole Miss will meet for the first time on Saturday.

•             This marks IU’s fifth bowl game against an SEC opponent: 1988 Peach Bowl (27-22 loss to Tennessee on Jan. 2), 1988

Liberty Bowl (34-10 win over South Carolina on Dec. 28), 1990 Peach Bowl (27-23 loss to Auburn on Dec. 30), 2020 TaxSlayer

Gator Bowl (23-22 loss to Tennessee on Jan. 2).

• The Hoosiers hold a 27-22-1 (.550) all-time record against SEC opponents.

•             Indiana is looking for its first bowl victory since a 24-0 whitewashing of Baylor in the 1991 Copper Bowl on Dec. 31.

•             IU is playing its first non-conference game of the year.

• The Hoosiers have won nine of their last 10 out-of-conference contests.

• The Hoosiers matched a school record with five-straight league victories (1967) before losing at No. 3 Ohio State and have won 11 of their last 14, their most successful stretch in conference games in program history.

• Indiana defeated Michigan State, 24-0, to reclaim the Old Brass Spittoon for the first time since 2016 and earn its first win in East Lansing since 2001.

• IU’s 38-21 victory over No. 23 Michigan was its first over the Wolverines since Oct. 24, 1987 (14-10).

• The Hoosiers 36-35, overtime win against No. 8 Penn State in the season opener was the sixth against a Top-10 opponent in school history, with the last coming at No. 9 Ohio State (31-10) on Oct. 10, 1987.

• It marked Indiana’s first Top-10 victory at Memorial Stadium since Nov. 25, 1967 (No. 3 Purdue, 19-14).

• IU has defeated PSU, U-M, MSU and UW in the same season for the first time in program history and beaten the Wolverines and Spartans in the same year for the first time since 1967.

• Senior WR Ty Fryfogle and junior LB Micah McFadden earned third-team Associated Press Al-America honors.

THIS WEEK IN BIG 10 WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

After a week-long break for the Christmas holiday, Big Ten women’s basketball returns to action Thursday afternoon with five conference games on the schedule. Highlighting the New Year’s Eve slate is a doubleheader on BTN and the FOX Sports app with No. 14/14 Maryland visiting Penn State (noon ET) and No. 15/16 Northwestern traveling to Nebraska (2 p.m. ET).

For the second week in a row, the Big Ten has six Top 25 teams in the Associated Press poll and five in the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA)/USA Today poll, plus others receiving votes, leading all conferences in both polls. This is the first time in Big Ten women’s basketball history the conference has had six AP Top 25 teams for multiple weeks in the same season, let alone consecutive weeks (the Big Ten had six in the AP Top 25 for single weeks on Nov. 17, 2014 and Jan. 14, 2019).

Iowa’s Caitlin Clark and Rutgers’ Arella Guirantes recorded triple-doubles on consecutive days last week, with Clark doing so on Dec. 22 against Western Illinois (13 points/13 rebounds/10 assists) and Guirantes on Dec. 23 against Manhattan (17 points/10 rebounds/11 assists). It marked the first time in Big Ten women’s basketball history that triple-doubles were registered on back-to-back days.

This season, there have been five triple-doubles in NCAA Division I women’s basketball, with three of those posted by Big Ten student-athletes (Clark and Guirantes, along with Indiana’s Grace Berger on Nov. 25 against Eastern Kentucky). It’s the first time in Big Ten women’s basketball history three different student-athletes have recorded a triple-double in the same season, and the third time Big Ten student-athletes have had at least three triple-doubles in a season (in both 2013-14 and 2014-15, Iowa’s Samantha Logic and Minnesota’s Amanda Zahui B. combined for four triple-doubles).

Clark is the first Big Ten freshman to post a triple-double since Dec. 19, 2017, when Nebraska’s Kate Cain had 22 points, 14 rebounds and 11 blocks in a win over Florida Atlantic. Her triple-double also was the 10th by an Iowa player, tying the Hawkeyes for second-most in NCAA Division I history (Oregon-26).

Guirantes posted the third triple-double ever by a Rutgers women’s basketball player and first since Feb. 8, 2011, when Khadijah Rushdan did so in a win over Pittsburgh.

Clark and Guirantes shared Monday’s Big Ten Player of the Week honors, with Clark also earning the Big Ten Freshman of the Week award. Clark is the second freshman in conference history to be a three-time Big Ten Player of the Week, joining Minnesota’s Amanda Zahui B., who received the honor four times in 2013-14.

According to Tuesday’s NCAA statistical report, the Big Ten leads all Division I conferences in scoring offense (80.0 ppg.) and field-goal percentage (.461), while ranking second in three-point percentage (.338), free-throw percentage (.726) and third in rebounding (41.0 rpg.).

Five Big Ten teams currently rank among the top 20 in the country (and three in the top 10) in scoring offense. Maryland is No. 2 at 97.5 points per game, followed by Ohio State (3rd – 96.2), Iowa (7th – 90.0), Michigan (14th – 87.8) and Rutgers (17th – 86.0). No other conference has more than four teams among the top 20 (and one in the top 10) in scoring offense, as of Tuesday.

Rutgers’ success on offense is particularly noteworthy, as the Scarlet Knights are on pace to challenge their school record for scoring offense (86.2 ppg. in 1978-79). RU has also scored at least 80 points in its last four games, something the Scarlet Knights most recently did with a five-game stretch from Jan. 3-17, 1991, five seasons before current Hall of Fame coach C. Vivian Stringer arrived in Piscataway.

The Big Ten features four of the nation’s top 20 individual scorers from four different conference programs. Iowa’s Caitlin Clark is fourth in the country in scoring at 27.0 points per game, with Michigan’s Naz Hillmon ranking 11th at 24.8 ppg., and Rutgers’ Arella Guirantes and Wisconsin’s Sydney Hilliard tied at No. 16 (23.0 ppg.). No other conference currently has more than three student-athletes among the top 20 in the country in scoring.

The Big Ten has six programs among the nation’s top 25 (including five in the top 15) in field-goal percentage. Ohio State is No. 2 (.556), followed by Michigan (4th – .531) and Maryland (9th – .500). Rutgers (12th – .495), Iowa (13th – .494) and Michigan State (22nd – .481) are also in the top 25 in field-goal percentage. No other conference currently has more than four schools in the top 25 nationally (and one in the top 15) in field-goal percentage.

Three Big Ten schools lead the nation in various NCAA statistical categories. Ohio State is tops in assist/turnover ratio (1.85), Rutgers leads the way in steals (16.3 spg.) and Northwestern is first in turnover margin (+14.25). Maryland is second in the land in scoring offense (97.5 ppg.), Northwestern is second in turnovers forced (26.25 per game), while Ohio State is second in three other categories — field-goal percentage (.556), scoring margin (+40.8 ppg.) and fewest turnovers (10.2 per game).

The Big Ten women’s basketball television schedule has been updated to include eight appearances on the ESPN family of networks during the remainder of the regular season. The most current schedule of Big Ten women’s basketball games on TV may be found online at bigten.org/B1GWBBTV.

Michigan State is 7-0 for the first time since the 2012-13 season after a 94-56 win over Oakland on Dec. 22. The Spartans shot .650 from the floor (the best by a Big Ten team and third-best among Division I programs this season) on the way to their largest margin of victory and highest point total this year.

For just the second time, both of the Big Ten’s Michigan schools are off to 5-0 starts in the same season. The only other time the Wolverines and Spartans both opened their seasons with at least five consecutive wins was 1999-2000, when they each opened 7-0 — Michigan would go on to finish second in the Big Ten and reach the NCAA Tournament, while Michigan State tied for fifth in the conference race and advanced to the WNIT quarterfinals.

With its Dec. 22 victory over Western Illinois, Iowa extended its home winning streak to 40 games, the second-longest active string in the nation behind Baylor (61). The Hawkeyes’ run began on Feb. 4, 2018, with a 92-84 win over Minnesota.

The Big Ten is one of only four Division I conferences with a non-conference winning percentage (against D-I opponents) of better than .800 this season, posting an .846 (44-8) mark to date. That includes three wins over Top 25 teams — Maryland 115-96 over No. 14 Arkansas on Nov. 29 (a Big Ten record for points against a ranked team); Michigan 76-66 at No. RV/23 Notre Dame on Dec. 3; Iowa 82-80 over No. RV/24 Iowa State on Dec. 9.

On Nov. 23, the Big Ten released its 2020-21 conference schedule, which will see schools play 20 Big Ten games, up two from the previous two seasons. Schools will play seven opponents twice (home and away) and the other six once (three at home and three on the road). To account for the additional games and preserve flexibility in the schedule, the Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament has been moved to March 9-13 and will continue to be played at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

On Oct. 23, the Big Ten Conference announced the launch of the ‘United As One’ social justice campaign. ‘United As One’ is among several conference-wide Equality Coalition initiatives dedicated to constructively and collectively recognizing and eliminating racism and hate in our society by creating resources for inclusion, empowerment and accountability.

The Big Ten Conference established the Equality Coalition in 2020 with 227 members including presidents and chancellors, directors of athletics, coaches, student-athletes, conference and school administrators, alumni, families and friends representing all 14 institutions.

BOSTON GETS REVENGE ON INDIANA

Jayson Tatum scored 27 points and the Boston Celtics rallied from 17 points down in the third quarter and beat the Indiana Pacers 116-111 on Tuesday night.

Jaylen Brown scored 20 for the Celtics, who had a 33-18 scoring edge in the final quarter.

The Pacers led 88-71 in the third quarter and were still ahead by 11 entering the fourth, when Tatum scored 14 points and the Celtics surged to a 109-100 lead.

The game was similar to when the teams met on Sunday. In that game, the Pacers had a huge third quarter before the Celtics rallied to take the lead. However, the Pacers won 108-107 on Domantas Sabonis’ layup with 8.4 seconds remaining.

Victor Oladipo, who sat out the previous game after scoring 22 points in each of his other starts, had 20 of his 24 through three quarters for the Pacers. T.J. Warren scored 15 of his 17 points in the third quarter.

The Celtics had four scorers with nine or more points for a 58-57 halftime lead.

TIP-INSCeltics: Reserve guard Jeff Teague sank a 3-pointer in the second quarter to snap a streak of 15 consecutive missed shots dating back to the season opener. The Indianapolis native played one season for his hometown Pacers in 2016-17.

Pacers: The last time this team started 4-0 was in 2013-14, when Indiana opened 9-0. … Sabonis was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week for Week 1 after he averaged 24.3 points, 11 rebounds, and seven assists in three victories.

MORANT TO MISS 3-5 WEEKS

Memphis Grizzlies star Ja Morant is expected to be out for three-to-five weeks after an MRI revealed a Grade 2 ankle sprain, the team announced.

Morant suffered the injury during the second quarter of Monday’s contest against the Brooklyn Nets. The 21-year-old fell awkwardly on Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot’s foot after attempting to block his shot.

Upon landing, the Grizzlies guard immediately appeared in considerable discomfort and was later taken to the locker room in a wheelchair.

Despite his early exit, the Grizzlies held on to defeat the Nets, 116-111. However, the team will have to navigate not just Morant’s injury but also the absence of rising forward Jaren Jackson Jr., who has yet to play this season while recovering from a torn meniscus.

The Grizzlies are also without Justise Winslow because of a hip issue, and De’Anthony Melton missed Monday’s game in accordance with the NBA’s health and safety protocols.

Morant is averaging 26.3 points, 6.3 assists, and 2.3 rebounds over three games this season.

BUCKS SET THREE POINT RECORD

The Milwaukee Bucks set a new NBA single-game record for triples during Tuesday’s 144-97 blowout win over the Miami Heat.

Sam Merrill’s 3-pointer midway through the fourth quarter pushed Milwaukee past the Houston Rockets’ previous mark of 27 set in April 2019.

The team’s 16 triples during the first 24 minutes of play was a franchise record for a single half.

All-Star guard Jrue Holiday led all Bucks players with six 3-pointers, and the club finished 29-of-51 from deep.

PADRES GET STONGER WITH ANOTHER TRADE

The San Diego Padres completed another blockbuster trade Tuesday, acquiring ace right-hander Yu Darvish, catcher Victor Caratini, and cash considerations from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for a five-player package that includes right-hander Zach Davies and four prospects, the team announced.

The four prospects heading to Chicago are shortstops Reginald Preciado and Yeison Santana, and outfielders Owen Caissie and Ismael Mena.

Chicago is sending $3 million to the Padres as part of the trade, according to Gordon Wittenmyer of NBC Sports Chicago. That amount covers a small part of the $59 million remaining on Darvish’s contract.

San Diego didn’t surrender any of its top-five prospects in the trade, according to MLB Pipeline, although all four are among the team’s top 30. Preciado is the highest-ranked of the four, coming in at No. 11 on the club’s list before the trade.

Darvish finished second in NL Cy Young voting in 2020 after going 8-3 with a 2.01 ERA, 2.23 FIP, and 0.96 WHIP across 76 innings. The pandemic-shortened season was one of his finest big-league campaigns.

A four-time All-Star, Darvish has averaged 11.1 strikeouts per nine innings during his eight-year major-league career. The 34-year-old signed a six-year deal with the Cubs in 2018.

In San Diego, Darvish will sit atop a revamped rotation alongside 2018 Cy Young winner Blake Snell, who the Padres acquired from the Tampa Bay Rays earlier Tuesday. He’ll help the team withstand losing Mike Clevinger, the star trade-deadline acquisition who will miss the 2021 season after undergoing elbow surgery.

PHILLIES ACQUIRE ALVARADO

The Tampa Bay Rays traded left-hander Jose Alvarado to the Philadelphia Phillies in a three-team deal that also involved the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Rays announced Tuesday.

Tampa Bay acquired first baseman Dillon Paulson and a player to be named later from the Dodgers, while the Phillies dealt left-hander Garrett Cleavinger to Los Angeles.

Alvarado made just nine relief appearances in 2020 due to injuries. However, the 25-year-old owns a 3.46 ERA and 10.9 K/9 across four seasons with the Rays. He’s also entering his first arbitration-eligible campaign in 2021.

The trade comes two days after Tampa Bay reportedly moved ace Blake Snell to the San Diego Padres in a multi-player blockbuster.

Meanwile, Paulson accrued a .798 OPS with 16 home runs over 117 games between two levels in the Dodgers’ minor-league system in 2019. The 23-year-old has yet to play a contest above Single-A.

With Cleavinger, Los Angeles gets a rookie reliever who made one appearance for the Phillies in 2020. The 26-year-old owns a 4.08 ERA in the minors.

BAUER SEEKING 5 OR 6 YEAR DEAL

Trevor Bauer is looking for the bag in free agency.

The reigning NL Cy Young Award winner wants a five- or six-year contract with an average annual value between $36 million and $40 million, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports. A deal in that range would likely total around $200 million in guaranteed money.

Last offseason, Gerrit Cole’s $36-million annual figure set a record for starting pitchers.

Bauer’s agent, Rachel Luba, declined to comment on her client’s reported asking price, according to Heyman.

Bauer won the Cy Young after a stellar season for the Cincinnati Reds, posting an NL-leading 1.73 ERA and 0.79 WHIP along with 100 strikeouts and a 2.88 FIP. The 29-year-old rejected Cincinnati’s $18.9-million qualifying offer in November, and the team has since indicated it hasn’t held talks of significance with the right-hander.

Earlier this month, it was reported that Bauer’s asking price was too high for the Reds, though the hurler called that “fake news” on Twitter.

The New York Mets and Toronto Blue Jays are among multiple teams that have been connected to Bauer this offseason.

ARIZONA ANNOUNCES SELF-IMPOSED ONE YEAR BAN

Arizona imposed a one-year postseason ban on its basketball team in response to the NCAA’s ongoing investigation into the program, the school announced Tuesday.

“The decision is an acknowledgment that the NCAA’s investigation revealed that certain former members of the MBB staff displayed serious lapses in judgment and a departure from the University’s expectation of honest and ethical behavior,” the school said in a statement.

Arizona received a notice of allegations – which reportedly included five Level I violations – from the NCAA following a federal investigation into the program’s unethical recruiting practices in 2017.

Former assistant coach Emanuel Richardson, who admitted to accepting $20,000 in bribes, was one of numerous people arrested for their roles in the college basketball corruption scandal. Arizona head coach Sean Miller also faced allegations in two separate federal trials related to the FBI investigation, which focused on recruiting corruption, bribery, and fraud within college basketball.

“I understand and fully support the University’s decision to self-impose a one-year postseason ban on our Men’s Basketball program,” Miller said through the school’s release. “Our team will remain united and aggressively compete to win a PAC-12 championship.”

MIAMI QB KING SUFFERS KNEE INJURY

Miami quarterback D’Eriq King left Tuesday’s Cheez-It Bowl against Oklahoma State in the second quarter due to an apparent right knee injury.

King wasn’t able to walk on his own power while leaving the field and was helped to the locker room.

He was eventually ruled out for the remainder of the 37-34 loss, with the team describing his ailment as a “right leg injury,” according to David Furones of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

King will be evaluated Wednesday, head coach Manny Diaz said postgame, according to Christy Chirinos of MiamiHurricanes.com.

The senior quarterback, who completed 10 of 13 pass attempts for 113 yards and one touchdown before being sidelined, suffered the injury on a 5-yard run that ended at Oklahoma State’s 9-yard line. Junior N’Kosi Perry took over under center with Miami trailing 21-7.

King recently announced he’s going to stay at Miami for the 2021 season. He’s completed 63.5% of his pass attempts for 2,570 yards and 22 touchdowns against five interceptions through 10 games this year while rushing for 520 yards and four scores.

The signal-caller joined the Hurricanes in the offseason after spending the previous four campaigns at Houston.

King previously had a torn meniscus in his right knee with the Cougars in 2018.

ALABAMA WR DeVONTA SMITH WINS AP PLAYER OF YEAR AWARD

DeVonta Smith of Alabama is The Associated Press college football player of the year and the first wide receiver to win the award since it was established in 1998.

In what could be a preview of the Heisman Trophy voting, Smith received 26 first-place votes and 114 points to finish comfortably ahead of his teammate and quarterback, Mac Jones.

Jones received nine first-place votes and 67 points as he and Smith became the first teammates to finish 1-2 in the voting for AP player of the year.

Smith is also the first Alabama player to win the award.

“Probably one of the most selfless guys that I’ve ever had the opportunity to coach in terms of whatever he can do to help the team he wants to do,” Tide coach NIck Saban said. “The guy is one of the most popular guys on the team and also one of the leaders of the team that everybody looks up to because of the example that he sets every day and how he goes about his work.”

Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence finished third with nine first-place votes and 49 points and Florida quarterback Kyle Trask was fourth with three first-place votes and 44 points.

Smith, Jones, Lawrence and Trask are the Heisman Trophy finalists. The trophy will be presented Jan. 5.

The AP player of the year has gone to the Heisman winner 17 of 22 times previously. The two most recent times when the AP player of the year and the Heisman went to different players involved Alabama’s Heisman winners.

TEXAS ROUTS COLORADO

Casey Thompson passed for 170 yards and four touchdowns and No. 20 Texas overcame an injury to senior quarterback Sam Ehlinger and beat Colorado 55-23 in the Valero Alamo Bowl on Tuesday night.

Freshman running back Bijan Robinson had 183 yards on 10 carries with a TD for Texas (7-3).

The Longhorns are undefeated in five bowl games under Tom Herman.

Ehlinger missed the second half after sustaining a shoulder injury in second quarter. He returned to the field in the third quarter in warmups, with his right arm in a sling. There was no immediate word on the extent of Ehlinger’s injury.

Ehlinger played the entire first half, completing 10 of 16 passes for 160 yards and a score.

Colorado was playing its sixth game of the season due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Pac-12 initially canceled its season only to reverse the decision and delay the start until Nov. 7.

The Buffaloes (4-2) had two games canceled due to virus issues, but competed in the Alamo Bowl despite failing to reach the traditional six win threshold required for the postseason due to this season’s unusual circumstances.

BIG BEN WILL REST THIS WEEKEND

The Pittsburgh Steelers will start Mason Rudolph at quarterback versus the Cleveland Browns in Week 17 while Ben Roethlisberger rests up for the playoffs.

Pittsburgh is still in play for the AFC’s No. 2 seed but can’t get a bye through Wild Card Weekend with the NFL’s new and expanded playoff format.

“Given an opportunity to airmail a player or two into the postseason, we’ll do that,” head coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday, according to NFL Network’s Aditi Kinkhabwala.

Roethlisberger labored through the last quarter of the schedule, though he tossed three second-half touchdowns Sunday to lead Pittsburgh to a 28-24 comeback over the Indianapolis Colts. He’ll finish the regular season with 3,804 yards, 33 touchdowns, 10 interceptions, and a 94.1 passer rating.

Rudolph, meanwhile, will face the same Browns team he was involved in a brawl with last season when Myles Garrett ripped off his helmet and bashed him over the head.

Tomlin added he could reduce snap counts for other veterans in the finale but doesn’t plan to sit them completely.

“Our job is winning,” Tomlin said. “We intend to do our job. We intend to prepare with that mindset.”

The Browns can punch their ticket to the postseason for the first time since 2002 if they defeat the Steelers. Pittsburgh coasted to a 38-7 win in the teams’ first meeting this season.

NFL NEWS: WEEK 17 NFL PREVIEW

The NFL concludes its 101st regular season on Sunday and for the 11th consecutive year, all games on the season-ending docket are division contests. Playoff ramifications are aplenty.

In 2020, the NFL expanded the playoffs by two teams, adding one Wild Card berth to each conference. The change has only added to the excitement.

Seven playoff berths are still to be claimed. That’s the most available playoff berths entering the season’s final weekend in 31 years, since there also were seven in 1989.

A total of 18 teams – more than half of the league – remain in contention for Super Bowl LV in Tampa. The NFL hasn’t had more than 18 teams in contention entering the final week since there were 20 in 2006.

WIN AND IN, AFC: Five teams in the AFC are battling for the conference’s final four playoff berths.

  • The BALTIMORE RAVENS (10-5) with a win at Cincinnati (4-10-1) on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, CBS) will nail down their third consecutive trip to the playoffs.
  • The CLEVELAND BROWNS (10-5) with a home victory over Pittsburgh (12-3) on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, CBS) will have their first playoff berth since 2002.
  • The MIAMI DOLPHINS (10-5) with a win at Buffalo (12-3) on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, CBS) will clinch a playoff berth for the first time since 2016.
  • The TENNESSEE TITANS (10-5) with a win at Houston (4-11) on Sunday (4:25 PM ET, CBS) will cement their first division title since 2008.

Meanwhile, the INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (10-5), who host Jacksonville (1-14) on Sunday (4:25 PM ET, CBS), can still win their division with a win and a Titans loss or tie, which would lock up their first AFC South title since 2014. They also can make the playoffs as a Wild Card team with a win and a loss or tie by either Baltimore, Cleveland or Miami.

WIN AND IN, NFC: Six teams in the NFC are battling for the conference’s final three playoff berths.

  • When the ARIZONA CARDINALS (8-7) travel to meet the LOS ANGELES RAMS (9-6) on Sunday (4:25 PM ET, CBS), the winning team will be rewarded with a Wild Card berth.
  • The CHICAGO BEARS (8-7) can return to the playoffs with a home win over Green Bay (12-3) on Sunday (4:25 PM ET, FOX).
  • The WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM (6-9) needs a win at Philadelphia (4-10-1) on Sunday Night Football (8:20 PM ET, NBC) to clinch its first playoff berth and division title since 2015.

When the DALLAS COWBOYS (6-9) and NEW YORK GIANTS (5-10) meet at MetLife Stadium on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, FOX), the winning team will keep its playoff hopes alive. The Cowboys-Giants winner would need a Washington loss Sunday night to clinch the NFC East and the No. 4 seed in the NFC playoffs. The Cowboys are seeking their second division title in three years while the Giants would have their first playoff berth since 2016 and first division crown since 2011.

Three teams in the NFC – the GREEN BAY PACKERS (12-3), NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (11-4) and SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (11-4) – can nail down the No. 1 seed as the conference’s only first-round bye this weekend. Green Bay has the inside track at the coveted position, needing only a win at Chicago (8-7) on Sunday (4:25 PM ET, FOX).

PLAYOFF BERTHS LOCKED IN: Last week, the KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (14-1) clinched the AFC’s lone first-round bye and homefield advantage throughout the playoffs, securing the No. 1 seed in the AFC for the second time in the past three seasons (2018). With a win against the Los Angeles Chargers (6-9) on Sunday (4:25 PM ET, FOX), the Chiefs will tie the 2011 Packers (15-1, .938) for the best regular-season record by a defending Super Bowl champion in NFL history.

  • The BUFFALO BILLS (12-3) clinched the AFC East division title for the first time since 1995.
  • The GREEN BAY PACKERS (12-3) clinched the NFC North division title for the second-consecutive season.
  • The PITTSBURGH STEELERS (12-3) last week overcame a 17-point deficit to win and clinch the AFC North division title for the first time since 2017. Pittsburgh won the AFC North after missing the postseason in 2019. In each of the past 43 seasons (1977-2020, excluding 1982, when divisional play did not occur), at least one team has won its division the season after missing the playoffs. T
  • The NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (11-4) clinched the NFC South division title for the fourth-consecutive season.
  • The SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (11-4) clinched the NFC West division title for the first time since 2016.
  • The TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (10-5) clinched their first playoff berth since 2007.

TWO LONGEST DROUGHTS COULD BE HISTORY: After the TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (10-5) clinched their first playoff appearance since 2007, the CLEVELAND BROWNS (10-5) now can return to the postseason for the first time since 2002. If that happens, the NFL would see its two longest active playoff droughts end in the same season for only the fourth time since the league merger in 1970. It also happened in 1999 (Seattle and the St. Louis Rams), 1988 (Buffalo and Philadelphia) and 1987 (New Orleans and Indianapolis). The 1999 ST. LOUIS RAMS went on to win Super Bowl XXXIV.

COMEBACK NATION: This season, there have been 42 games in which a team has overcome a deficit of at least 10 points to win, the most through Week 16 in NFL history. The single-season NFL record is 43, in both 2013 and 2014.

There also have been nine games in a which a team has overcome a deficit of at least 17 points to win, trailing only the 2011 season (11 games) for the most ever in a single season.

SINGLE-SEASON NFL RECORDS: Two significant NFL records fell last week and at least two more are likely to fall in Week 17.

  • Buffalo wide receiver STEFON DIGGS caught an 18-yard touchdown pass from JOSH ALLEN last week to give the NFL 1,372 touchdowns this season and break the single-season league record (1,371 touchdowns in 2018). Diggs leads the NFL in both receptions (120) and receiving yards (1,459). The total number of NFL touchdowns this season is 1,373 entering Week 17.
  • Also last week, New Orleans running back ALVIN KAMARA kicked off the weekend by tying an NFL single-game record with six rushing touchdowns. NFL teams went on to break the 41-year-old league record for rushing touchdowns in a season. The total is 494 entering Week 17. The single-season league record was 487 in 1979.
  • NFL teams have scored 11,854 points through 16 weeks. The single-season league record is 11,985 points in 2013.
  • NFL teams have scored 812 passing touchdowns through 16 weeks. The single-season league record is 847 in 2018.​

PASSER RATING: Green Bay quarterback AARON RODGERS leads all qualified players with a 119.4 passer rating. When the Packers play at Chicago on Sunday (4:25 PM ET, FOX), he has an opportunity to finish the season with one of the top three single-season passer ratings in NFL history among qualified players.

The highest single-season passer ratings among qualified players in NFL history:

PLAYERTEAMSEASONRATING
Aaron RodgersGreen Bay2011122.5
Peyton ManningIndianapolis2004121.1
Nick FolesPhiladelphia2013119.2
    
Aaron RodgersGreen Bay2020119.4*
*Entering Week 17

ROOKIE RECEIVING YARDS: Minnesota wide receiver JUSTIN JEFFERSON, who ranks eighth in the NFL with 1,267 receiving yards, has an opportunity this week to total one of the top three receiving-yards marks in history by a rookie. The Vikings play at Detroit on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, FOX).

The most receiving yards by a rookie in league history:

PLAYERTEAMSEASONYARDS
Bill GromanHouston Oilers19601,473
Anquan BoldinArizona20031,377
Randy MossHOFMinnesota19981,313

CONSECUTIVE RUSHING TITLES FOR HENRY: Tennessee running back DERRICK HENRY, who leads the NFL with 1,777 rushing yards this season,is bidding to become the first player since Pro Football Hall of Famer LADAINIAN TOMLINSON (2006-07) to lead the league in rushing yards in consecutive seasons. Henry, who has 3,317 combined rushing yards from 2019-20, also has an opportunity this week to register one of the top consecutive-season rushing totals in NFL history.

The most rushing yards in consecutive seasons in NFL history:

PLAYERSEASONSRUSHING YARDSPLAYERSEASONSRUSHING YARDS
Eric DickersonHOF1983-843,913Barry SandersHOF1997-983,544
Terrell DavisHOF1997-983,758Larry Johnson2005-063,539
Earl CampbellHOF1979-803,631Tiki Barber2005-063,522
Barry SandersHOF1996-973,606Jamal Lewis2002-033,393
Shaun Alexander2004-053,576Barry SandersHOF1994-953,383

WEEK 17 NFL SCHEDULE

SUNDAY, JANUARY 3

(All times Eastern)

Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills1:00 PMCBS
Baltimore Ravens at Cincinnati Bengals1:00 PMCBS
Pittsburgh Steelers at Cleveland Browns1:00 PMCBS
Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions1:00 PMFOX
New York Jets at New England Patriots1:00 PMCBS
Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants1:00 PMFOX
Atlanta Falcons at Tampa Bay Buccaneers1:00 PMFOX
   
New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers4:25 PMFOX
Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears4:25 PMFOX
Las Vegas Raiders at Denver Broncos4:25 PMCBS
Tennessee Titans at Houston Texans4:25 PMCBS
Jacksonville Jaguars at Indianapolis Colts4:25 PMCBS
Los Angeles Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs4:25 PMFOX
Arizona Cardinals at Los Angeles Rams4:25 PMCBS
Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers*4:25 PMFOX
   
Washington Football Team at Philadelphia Eagles8:20 PMNBC

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: 2020 NFF In Memoriam

The National Football Foundation remembers those who paved the way in college football.

IRVING, Texas (Dec. 29, 2020) – The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame remembered today those who passed away since December 2019 and played a role in improving the game of college football for future generations.

“It is always important at this time of year to reflect on those who have left us,” said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell. “Part of the mission of the National Football Foundation is to shine a light on the good in the game and to preserve its history. We lost some great ones in 2020, and our thoughts and prayers are with their families, friends and universities. We will work hard to ensure that their contributions are not forgotten.

“We would be remiss if we did not pay special tribute to former NFF Board Members Jesse Arnelle and Gene Corrigan, who for nearly a quarter of a century served as chairman of the NFF Honors Court, which annually selects the College Football Hall of Fame Class. We also want to remember Jimmie McDowell, the longtime NFF Executive Director who served the organization for more than 25 years. They all left the NFF and the world a better place, and they will truly be missed.”

Fred Akers

Head Football Coach

Wyoming, Texas, Purdue

March 17, 1938 – Dec. 7, 2020

LaDell Andersen

Athletics Director

Utah State University

Oct. 25, 1929 – Dec. 29, 2019

H. Jesse Arnelle

NFF Board Member

Prominent Attorney

Penn State University

Dec. 30, 1933 – Oct. 21, 2020

Edward Aschoff

ESPN College Football Reporter

Dec. 24, 1985 – Dec. 24, 2019

Jim Bartko

Athletics Director

Fresno State

May 13, 1965 – March 16, 2020

Bill Belknap

Athletics Director – Idaho, Wichita State

Commissioner – Southland Conference

March 18, 1939 – July 17, 2020

Ed Biles

Head Football Coach

Xavier University

Oct. 18, 1931 – April 5, 2020

John Blake

Head Football Coach

University of Oklahoma

March 6, 1961 – July 23, 2020

Morgan Burke

Athletics Director

Purdue University

Dec. 17, 1951 – June 15, 2020

* Marino Casem

2003 College Football Hall of Fame Inductee

1998 NFF Outstanding Contribution to Amateur Football Award

Head Football Coach – Alabama State, Alcorn State, Southern

Athletics Director – Alcorn State, Southern

June 23, 1934 – April 25, 2020

* Gene Corrigan

NFF Board Member

NFF Honors Court Chairman

1996 NFF Gold Medal

NCAA President

ACC Commissioner

Athletics Director – Washington and Lee (VA), Virginia, Notre Dame

April 14, 1928 – Jan. 24, 2020

Dick Coury

Head Football Coach

Cal State Fullerton

Sept. 29, 1929 – Aug. 15, 2020

* Fred Dean

2009 College Football Hall of Fame Inductee

Louisiana Tech University

Feb. 24, 1952 – Oct. 14, 2020

* Arthur J. Decio

2000 NFF Distinguished American Award

Skyline Corporation Chairman

DePaul University

Oct. 19, 1930 – Nov. 6, 2020

King Dixon

Athletics Director

University of South Carolina

Dec. 28, 1936 – July 6, 2020

* Rickey Dixon

2019 College Football Hall of Fame Inductee

University of Oklahoma

Dec. 26, 1966 – Aug. 1, 2020

Chris Dufresne

Los Angeles Times Sports Writer

California State University, Fullerton

April 11, 1958 – May 25, 2020

* Pat Dye

2005 College Football Hall of Fame Inductee

Head Football Coach – East Carolina, Wyoming, Auburn

Athletics Director – Auburn

Nov. 6, 1939 – June 1, 2020

* Hayden Fry

2003 College Football Hall of Fame Inductee

Head Football Coach – Southern Methodist, North Texas, Iowa

Athletics Director – Southern Methodist, North Texas

Feb. 28, 1929 – Dec. 17, 2019

Phyllis George

Sports Television Pioneer

June 25, 1949 – May 14, 2020

Glenna Goodacre

Renowned Sculptor

Aug. 28, 1939 – April 13, 2020

* W. C. Gorden

2008 College Football Hall of Fame Inductee

Head Football Coach, Athletics Director

Jackson State University

June 30, 1930 – Oct. 23, 2020

Lee Grosscup

Longtime ABC Sports College Football Broadcaster

Former Utah Football Player

Dec. 27, 1936 – June 1, 2020

Sid Hartman

Legendary Sports Journalist

March 15, 1920 – Oct. 18, 2020

* Paul Hornung

1985 College Football Hall of Fame Inductee

University of Notre Dame

Dec. 23, 1935 – Nov. 13, 2020

* Tom Jernstedt

2010 NFF Legacy Award

NCAA Executive

Nov. 24, 1944 – Sept. 5, 2020

Jim Jones

Athletics Director

Ohio State University

June 23, 1936 – April 22, 2020

T. Jones

Athletics Director

Texas Tech University

Jan. 10, 1931 – Sept. 15, 2020

John Kasser

Athletics Director

California, UC Santa Barbara, Long Beach State

c. 1937 – April 30, 2020

Phil Krueger

Head Football Coach

Fresno State, Utah State

Oct. 6, 1929 – June 22, 2020

Jim Lambright

Head Football Coach

University of Washington

April 26, 1942 – March 29, 2020

Roy Lester

Head Football Coach

University of Maryland

Oct. 3, 1923 – May 3, 2020

* Johnny Majors

1987 College Football Hall of Fame Inductee – University of Tennessee

Head Football Coach – Iowa State, Pittsburgh, Tennessee

May 21, 1935 – June 3, 2020

Frank Maloney

Head Football Coach

Syracuse University

Sept. 26, 1940 – March 30, 2020

Jimmie McDowell

Former NFF Executive Director

Sports Writer

2000 FWAA Bert McGrane Award

March 26, 1926 – March 5, 2020

Charlie Moore

Athletics Director

Cornell University

Aug. 12, 1929 – Oct. 8, 2020

Merritt Norvell

Athletics Director

Michigan State University

c. 1941 – Oct. 19, 2020

Murray Olderman

Sports Cartoonist and Writer

1991 FWAA Bert McGrane Award

March 27, 1922 – June 10, 2020

* Herb Orvis

2016 College Football Hall of Fame Inductee

University of Colorado

October 17, 1946 – August 14, 2020

Ray Perkins

Head Football Coach

Alabama, Arkansas State

Dec. 6, 1941 – Dec. 9, 2020

George Perles

Head Football Coach, Athletics Director

Michigan State University

July 16, 1934 – Jan. 7, 2020

Seaver Peters

Athletics Director

Dartmouth College

Aug. 10, 1932 – Feb. 23, 2020

* Loyd Phillips

1992 College Football Hall of Fame Inductee

University of Arkansas

May 2, 1945 – Dec. 27, 2020

* Bob Reade

1998 College Football Hall of Fame Inductee

Head Football Coach

Augustana College (IL)

July 22, 1932 – July 5, 2020

Ken Riley

Head Football Coach, Athletics Director

Florida A&M University

Aug. 6, 1947 – June 7, 2020

Joe Roberson

Athletics Director

University of Michigan

Sept. 22, 1935 – Jan. 13, 2020

* Bob Robertson

2004 NFF Schenkel Award

Voice of the Washington State Cougars

March 14, 1929 – Sept. 6, 2020

Pepper Rodgers

Head Football Coach

Kansas, UCLA, Georgia Tech

Oct. 8, 1931 – May 14, 2020

* Gale Sayers

1977 College Football Hall of Fame Inductee – University of Kansas

Athletics Director – Southern Illinois, Tennessee State

May 30, 1943 – Sept. 23, 2020

* Jack Scarbath

1983 College Football Hall of Fame Inductee

University of Maryland

Aug. 12, 1930 – Dec. 6, 2020

* Jake Scott

2011 College Football Hall of Fame Inductee

University of Georgia

July 20, 1945 – Nov. 19, 2020

Chuck Shelton

Head Football Coach

Drake, Utah State, Pacific (CA)

Aug. 16, 1935 – Feb. 13, 2020

Don Shula

Legendary NFL Coach

John Carroll University (OH)

Jan. 4, 1930 – May 4, 2020

Dick Tamburo

Athletics Director

Texas Tech, Arizona State, Missouri

Feb. 6, 1930 – Feb. 24, 2020

Dick Trachok

Head Football Coach, Athletics Director

University of Nevada

Dec. 27, 1925 – Aug. 2, 2020

David Walker

Athletics Director

University of Louisiana

Sept. 3, 1950 – Dec. 31, 2019

Woody Widenhofer

Head Football Coach

Missouri, Vanderbilt

Jan. 20, 1943 – March 22, 2020

* Gov. William Winter

1983 NFF Outstanding Contribution to Amateur Football Award

58th Governor of Mississippi

NFF Central Mississippi Chapter President

Feb. 21, 1923 – Dec. 18, 2020

Sam Wyche

Head Football Coach

Indiana University

Jan. 5, 1945 – Jan. 2, 2020

* Bill Yeoman

2001 College Football Hall of Fame Inductee

Head Football Coach

University of Houston

Dec. 26, 1927 – Aug. 12, 2020

* College Football Hall of Fame inductee or NFF Award recipient