BOYS HIGH SCHOOL SECTIONAL BASKETBALL TUESDAY
1. Gary West
Hammond Morton 68, Highland 45
Portage 51, Hobart 45, OT
Valparaiso 44, Chesterton 42
Elkhart 64, Concord 52
Penn 57, Goshen 25
5. E. Noble
Carroll (Ft. Wayne) 70, Ft. Wayne Northrop 41
Ft. Wayne Snider 66, DeKalb 61, OT
6. Columbia City
Homestead 62, Huntington North 37
Kokomo 53, Logansport 48….RJ Ogelsby 19, Torian Smith 13
Lafayette Jeff 83, Marion 74…Brooks Barnhizer 27, Jacob Collicott 19, Ashton Beaver 18
Hamilton Southeastern 44, Fishers 40
Westfield 61, Zionsville 47
Anderson 46, Muncie Central 32
10. Indpls Tech
Indpls Attucks 67, Indpls Tech 61
11. Decatur Central
Indpls Pike 51, Indpls Perry Meridian 49
Southport 57, Indpls Roncalli 38
Brownsburg 60, Mooresville 48
Plainfield 54, Terre Haute North 39
Center Grove 38, Franklin Central 36
Greenwood 28, Franklin 27
Bedford N. Lawrence 52, Seymour 38
Jeffersonville 57, Jennings Co. 39
16. Evansville North
Ev. Central 50, Jasper 46
Griffith 58, Hammond Gavit 43
18. New Prairie
Hanover Central 54, Knox 53, 2OT
New Prairie 79, Wheeler 34
19. S. Bend Washington
S. Bend Washington 57, Jimtown 39
20. Twin Lakes
Peru 55, Northwestern 44
21. W. Noble
Wawasee 53, Tippecanoe Valley 48
Ft. Wayne Concordia 75, Woodlan 60
Bellmont 50, Eastern (Greentown) 38
Mississinewa 55, Oak Hill 48
24. New Castle
Delta 42, Jay Co. 26
Hamilton Hts. 66, Yorktown 53
Frankfort 96, Tri-West 75
Indpls Brebeuf 105, Indpls Manual 31
28. Beech Grove
Beech Grove 46, Indpls Washington 42, OT
Indian Creek 57, Indpls Herron 46
Silver Creek 77, Corydon 42
Sullivan 66, Washington 57
Boonville 48, Mt. Vernon (Posey) 35
Michigan City Marquette 76, Hammond Noll 47
34. N. Judson
Boone Grove 68, S. Bend Career Academy 39
Eastside 48, Fairfield 30
Whitko 56, Wabash 48
Cass 38, Winamac 22
N. Newton 55, Delphi 41
38. Fountain Central
Carroll (Flora) 44, Clinton Prairie 20
Blackford 63, Madison-Grant 53
Sheridan 53, Eastbrook 49
Wapahani 45, Winchester 38
Eastern Hancock 59, Hagerstown 41…Jacob Spaulding 24, Landon O’Neal 13
Union Co. 55, Knightstown 36
42. Heritage Christian
Covenant Christian 94, Indpls Scecina 58
Heritage Christian 62, University 45
S. Ripley 76, N. Decatur 42
45. Southwestern (Hanover)
Providence 57, Austin 55
Southwestern (Hanover) 78, Switzerland Co. 48
Eastern (Pekin) 35, Perry Central 33
S. Spencer 52, Forest Park 47
Southridge 50, Ev. Mater Dei 39
Kouts 112, Hammond Science and Tech 45
Washington Twp. 58, Covenant Christian (DeMotte) 52
Argos 61, LaCrosse 40
Triton 88, W. Central 38
51. Bethany Christian
Lakewood Park 78, Hamilton 25
Caston 53, S. Newton 43
53. N. Miami
Lakeland Christian 53, Ft. Wayne Smith Academy 23
Southwood 88, Southern Wells 39
Faith Christian 52, Clinton Central 43
N. Vermillion 44, Attica 35
Liberty Christian 73, Wes-Del 59
Tri-Central 64, Daleville 56
56. Randolph Southern
Seton Catholic 74, Randolph Southern 65….Jake Moynihan 23, Mason Harvey 20
Tri 95, Union (Modoc) 42……..Jonah Huffman 23, Holden Thomas 14
57. Clay City
White River Valley 54, Bloomington Lighthouse 30
58. Indpls Metro
Bethesda Christian 53, Indpls International 50
Indiana Math and Science Academy 38, Traders Point Christian 36
59. Indpls Lutheran
Indpls Tindley 56, Greenwood Christian 46
60. Southwestern (Shelbyville)
Morristown 42, Oldenburg 41
Christian Academy 62, Rock Creek Academy 49
Lanesville 53, New Washington 42
62. W. Washington
W. Washington 77, Madison Shawe 29
63. N. Daviess
Barr-Reeve 81, Washington Catholic 24
64. Wood Memorial
Ev. Day 47, Dubois 43
Wood Memorial 46, Cannelton 26
WEDNESDAY BOYS SECTIONAL SCHEDULE
Mount Vernon (Fortville) [14-6] vs. Richmond [10-9]
New Palestine [14-8] vs. Greenfield-Central [13-9]
Franklin County [7-13] vs. Batesville [8-14]
Greensburg [15-4] vs. Rushville [1-19]
Northeastern [18-4] vs. Centerville [8-13]
Lincoln [8-12] vs. Shenandoah [21-3]
MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
#4 Illinois 76 #2 Michigan 53
#3 Baylor 94 #6 West Virginia 89 OT
#8 Alabama 70 Auburn 58
#12 Arkansas 101 South Carolina 73
#15 Texas 81 Iowa State 67
#18 Texas Tech 69 TCU 49
#23 Purdue 73 #25 Wisconsin 69
Michigan State 64 Indiana 58
Buffalo 80 Akron 78
Central Michigan 81 Toledo 79
Pittsburgh 70 Wake Forest 57
New Mexico State 69 Texas Rio Grande 51
Ball State 100 Eastern Michigan 65
Fresno State 67 Boise State 64
Miami Ohio 84 Bowling Green 79
Cleveland State 108 Purdue Fort Wayne 104 3OT
Central Florida 73 Tulsa 69
Georgetown 72 Xavier 66
Western Michigan 73 Northern Illinois 63
Milwaukee 94 Wright State 92 OT
Oakland 87 Youngstown State 83
Northern Kentucky 70 Detroit 69
Georgia Tech 81 Duke 77 OT
LSU 83 Vanderbilt 68
Ole Miss 70 Kentucky 62
Memphis 73 S. Florida 52
WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
#13 S. Florida 65 Central Florida 62
#25 Rutgers 74 Penn State 56
Wright State 74 Northern Kentucky 56
Temple 89 Memphis 66
IUPUI 86 Oakland 64
Hofstra 63 Northeastern 60
Campbell, 65 UNC Asheville 34
Presbyterian 61 Winthrop 41
Tulane 77 E. Carolina 60
Cincinnati 65, Houston 57
Wichita State 85 Tulsa 77 OT
Utah Valley 60 Tarleton State 58
Cleveland State 69 Green Bay 63
Milwaukee 77 Youngstown State 68
Memphis 125 Washington 111…DESMOND BANE 10PTS, 2REB, 1STL
Boston 117 LA Clippers 112
Atlanta 94 Miami 80
San Antonio 119 New York 93
Denver 128 Milwaukee 97
Phoenix 114 LA Lakers 104
NY Rangers 3 Buffalo 2
Pittsburgh 5 Philadelphia 2
Columbus 4 Detroit 1
Montréal 3 Ottawa 1
NY Islanders 2 New Jersey 1
Winnipeg 5 Vancouver 2
Carolina 4 Nashville 2
Tampa Bay 2 Dallas 0
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL SCOREBOARD – SPRING TRAINING
Texas 5 Chicago White Sox 5
Chicago Cubs 3 Kansas City 2
Oakland 2 Milwaukee 1
Cleveland 6 Seattle 1
San Diego 7 Arizona 2
Cincinnati 7 LA Angels 5
LA Dodgers 1 San Francisco 1
NY Yankees 4 Baltimore 2
Boston 9 Tampa Bay 3
Atlanta 6 Minnesota 0
Detroit 6 Pittsburgh 1
St. Louis 0 Miami 0
Toronto 4 Philadelphia 2
NY Mets 2 Houston 0
INDIANA MEN’S BASKETBALL: Hoosiers Drop Road Contest to Michigan State, 64-58
– Rob Phinisee had to bring it.
Indiana’s junior guard had no choice Tuesday night. The need was great, the opportunity greater.
The Hoosiers had to beat Michigan State.
With three minutes left, it was there for the taking.
And then, it wasn’t.
With fellow guard Armaan Franklin out indefinitely with a foot injury, with big men Trayce Jackson-Davis, Race Thompson, Jerome Hunter and Jordan Geronimo battling foul trouble, Phinisee went to work at the Breslin Center, and delivered.
The problem – his 16 points, six rebounds, four assists and two steals weren’t enough.
With so much at stake, crunch-time big plays from freshmen Khristian Lander, Trey Galloway and Jordan Geronimo put the Hoosiers on the cusp of a huge road victory.
They weren’t enough.
Enter Michigan State’s Aaron Henry, a former Indianapolis high school standout. He went to work, and potential Cream and Crimson victory became a 64-58 defeat.
“The last four minutes they were tough to defend,” IU coach Archie Miller said. “Aaron Henry made some crucial plays late.
“We didn’t convert in the last two and a half minutes, but I’m proud of how hard we played. We gave ourselves a chance to win.”
IU fell to 12-13 overall, 7-11 in the Big Ten.
Michigan State, making a late-season push, is 14-10 and 8-10.
Jackson-Davis, who had 34 points in the first meeting, was limited to a season-low nine points on 1-for-5 shooting. The national leader in free throw attempts, he was 7-for-10 from the line.
“They did a much better job on him,” Miller said. “He didn’t have an easy time once he caught the ball with all the bodies around the basket.”
Added Phinisee: “We tried to get him the ball and get him rolling.”
Michigan State’s inside defensive emphasis gave IU three-point opportunities it couldn’t exploit. It was just 2-for-20 from beyond the arc.
“The ball didn’t go in, period,” Miller said. “With the way Michigan State plays, they will give you three-point shots. Guys have to bang them.”
Michigan State wasn’t much better at 4-for-17 from three-point range. One of those was from Henry, who finished with 22 points.
“We didn’t have a great matchup against him,” Miller said. “He’s a great driver.”
In a game that featured 10 lead changes and eight ties, 45 fouls were called and 59 free throws attempted.
“It was one of the most physical games we’ve seen,” Miller said.
Hoosier toughness was personified by Thompson, who took an inadvertent first-half elbow to a face masked because of a previously broken nose.
He left the game, but returned for the second half. He finished with eight points, four rebounds and two blocks.
Sloppy offense was everywhere you looked in the first half. After 13 minutes the teams had combined for 10 turnovers and nine baskets. IU led 18-14. Jackson-Davis had seven of those points, plus six rebounds.
Defense kept ruling. By halftime, the teams were a combined 2-for-21 from three-point range. Jackson-Davis and Thompson each had two fouls. Freshman Jordan Geronimo had three fouls.
Phinisee emerged as the key with nine points, three rebounds, two steals and an assist.
The result – a 26-26 halftime tie.
Six fouls were called in the first two and a half minutes of the second. One was on Jackson-Davis, which gave him three, which sent him to the bench for a couple of minutes.
Still, IU inched ahead 35-31. A Phinisee 3-pointer — his second of the game and just the Hoosiers’ second in 16 attempts — pushed the Hoosiers to a 38-33 lead, their biggest of the game.
Michigan State rallied behind consecutive baskets from Gabe Brown for a 42-39 advantage.
Back came the Hoosiers. Lander lasered a pass to a streaking Thompson for a basket, then added a basket of his own for a brief one-point IU lead. Geronimo and Galloway followed with baskets for more brief one-point Hoosier leads. The last one came at 49-48.
This was part of a four-minute stretch that featured six lead changes and a tie as the clock tied under five minutes.
Then Henry took over to finish the Hoosiers, just as he’d done a couple of weeks earlier at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.
“They were going to him every time,” Phinisee said. “If we had fronted the post better, it would have limited his possessions.”
Added Miller: “We played hard. We didn’t play well enough to win.”
IU ends the regular season Saturday at Purdue. Veterans Thompson and Aljami Durham have never beaten the Boilers.
“We have to bounce back against Purdue,” Phinisee said. “It would be really big for Al and Race to beat Purdue since they haven’t beaten them.
“We have to get after it in practice and go on to the next one.”
PURDUE MEN’S BASKETBALL: Boilermakers’ Streak Hits 4 With 73-69 Win Over No. 25 Wisconsin
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Zach Edey developed his closing mentality on the pitching mound. He showed Tuesday it works pretty well on the basketball court, too.
The strong, stone-faced freshman scored a career-high 21 points including nine straight during one stretch and led No. 23 Purdue to a crucial 73-69 victory over No. 25 Wisconsin.
“When the score gets close, my emotions come out and my inner competitiveness comes out,” said Edey, who was a closer for his high school baseball team. “I love to compete in situations like that when the team’s leaning on me like that.”
With the Boilermakers in second-half foul trouble, the 7-foot-4 center did more than just stand tall. He delivered time after time — going 8 of 11 from the field and grabbing seven rebounds.
And after his initial flurry helped steady Purdue (17-8, 12-6 Big Ten), the Boilermakers never trailed again. Purdue has won four straight and five of its last six and is now in position to secure a double-bye in next week’s Big Ten Tournament.
Ben Davison led the Badgers with 15 points while Micah Potter and Nate Reuvers each had 11. Wisconsin (16-10, 10-9), has lost four of five overall —- all against ranked teams — and five straight at Mackey Arena where they are 4-42 all-time.
Coach Greg Gard knew exactly what went wrong in this one.
“I thought we did a decent job on (Trevion) Williams, but Edey, obviously with his size there are some things that are harder to combat,” Gard said. “They got him in good positions and spread us out and it’s hard to get back and defend him. And then his ability to get to the free throw line, too.”
Wisconsin had no answers for Edey — especially in the second half of a topsy-turvy game.
The initial nine-point flurry allowed Purdue to play from the lead and after Ivey and Aaron Wheeler finally broke up Edey’s run, the Boilermakers finally led 61-56 with 4:44 left. Edey then scored the next two baskets to make it 65-62 and Purdue eventually closed it out at the free-throw line.
“The guy was a beast, man,” Ivey said. “He came with that mentality and that’s what we needed.”
Wisconsin: The Badgers haven’t traditionally played well at Mackey. What isn’t common — Wisconsin finishing poorly while trying to finish above .500 in league play. They need a quick turnaround to make a conference tournament run.
Purdue: The Boilermakers have held 14 consecutive opponents to 72 or fewer points and the scoring punch of the rapidly improving freshmen have been the perfect combination to build momentum. Purdue also happens to be 13-1 inside Indiana this season and will play the rest of this season in the state, too.
Wisconsin: Aleem Ford had 11 points and D’Mitrik Trice scored 10. … Tyler Wahl had seven points and 10 rebounds. … The Badgers were 7 of 29 on 3s and were outrebounded 37-27.
Purdue: Wheeler finished with 11 points and six rebounds. Williams had nine points and seven rebounds. … The Boilermakers were 5 of 14 on 3s and committed just 10 turnovers. … Purdue outscored Wisconsin 36-20 in the paint.
Purdue improved to 17-8 overall and 12-6 in the Big Ten Conference with a 73-69 win over No. 25-ranked Wisconsin at Mackey Arena on Tuesday night.
The win was Purdue’s fourth in a row, tying its longest win streak of the season.
Purdue now leads the all-time series with Wisconsin by a 111-72 margin, including a 42-4 mark at Mackey Arena. The Boilermakers have won five straight home games against the Badgers.
Purdue has won seven of the last nine games against Wisconsin.
Purdue has now held 14 straight opponents to 72 or fewer points.
Through Tuesday’s games, Purdue (18th offense, 18th defense) is one of five teams to rank in the top 20 in both offensive and defensive efficiency, according to KenPom (Gonzaga, Michigan, Illinois, Houston, Purdue).
Purdue is now 55-9 at home against Big Ten teams since the start of the 2014-15 season.
Purdue has won at least 12 Big Ten games in six of the last seven seasons, the only program that has reached 12 wins in at least six seasons.
Purdue improved to 10-1 at home this season and is tied with Michigan for the fewest home losses in the Big Ten play this season (Purdue – 7-1; Michigan 7-1).
Purdue is now 24-23 against nationally-ranked teams since the start of the 2016-17 season. The 24 wins are tied for the seventh-most nationally in that span.
Purdue’s five wins over ranked teams this year (5-4 record) are tied for the fifth most in America (Iowa, Kansas – 7; Michigan, Oklahoma State – 6). Purdue’s 10 wins over ranked teams since the start of last year are also the sixth-most nationally (Iowa – 14; Kansas, Michigan State, Ohio State, Baylor – 11).
Purdue has won at least five games against ranked teams in three straight years for the first time in school history.
Purdue has won 15 straight games when shooting a higher field goal percentage than its opponent.
Purdue’s freshman class scored 42 of its 73 points in the win over Wisconsin. It marks the seventh time this season it has accounted for at least 50.0 percent of Purdue’s scoring (5-2 record). It has happened three times in the last eight games. In Big Ten play, the class has accounted for 44.0 percent of Purdue’s points.
Zach Edey scored a career-high 21 points (8-11 FGs, 5-7 FTs) with seven rebounds and a blocked shot in only 17:31 of action. He becomes the fourth player nationally to have at least 20 and 7 in under 18 minutes of action.
Freshman Jaden Ivey scored 18 points with three rebounds, two assists and a blocked shot. Ivey is averaging 14.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.3 blocked shots over the last four games.
Aaron Wheeler scored a season-high 11 points with six rebounds, two assists and a blocked shot, making 3-of-3 from long range and 2-of-2 from the free throw line. In the last three games, Wheeler is averaging 7.7 points and 6.3 rebounds in just 17.0 minutes per game. He is 5-of-6 from long range in the last three games.
BALL STATE MEN’S BASKETBALL: Cardinals Rock Eastern On Senior Night
MUNCIE – Ishmael El-Amin said it best in the postgame press conference.
“You get the ball to K.J, in transition and get out of the way,” the senior guard said of his teammate K.J. Walton. The Ball State men’s basketball team gave the ball to everyone and Eastern Michigan got out of the way in a 100-65 Cardinals victory on Tuesday night. Walton, who went through Senior Night ceremonies before the game, exploded for a game-high 32 points with eight rebounds as Ball State cruised to the blowout win.
Miryne Thomas scored 20 points on five field goal attempts and El-Amin and Jarron Coleman each chipped in 13 points and two assists.
TURNING POINT: It was a 13-9 game early when Ball State went on a 17-3 run to put the game away in the first half. The Cards then won the final six minutes of the half 20-10 to take a 50-22 lead into halftime. BSU’s largest lead was 87-40 with 7:22 left in the game.
STRAIGHT FROM THE COACH: “Obviously a great team win. We played well from start to finish and I’m glad our seniors could go out on a high note,” head coach James Whitford said. “We’re sharing the ball and playing unselfishly together. That’s the biggest thing. Tonight we got the ball inside. Eastern was concerned with our shooting on the outside and it opened things up for us inside. I thought K.J. did a really good job of attacking.”
WALTON CAREER HIGH: Walton’s 32 points came on 13-for-21 shooting and a perfect 6-for-6 at the foul line. He also had two steals, two old fashioned 3-point plays and a thunderous dunk late in the game. His previous scoring high was 28, achieved in the first game of this season.
LIVING IN THE 90s: Ball State scored 90 against Kent State, 97 vs. Central Michigan and 100 vs. Eastern Michigan. That’s three straight conference games with 90+ points for the first time in school history.
UP NEXT: The Cardinals close the regular season Friday night at Toledo, which has clinched the regular season title. That game will be Friday at 7 p.m. on CBS Sports Network.
NOTRE DAME MBB: IRISH RETURN TO PURCELL TO FACE NC STATE
(NOTRE DAME RELEASE)
BY THE NUMBERS: IRISH vs. WOLFPACK
Assists-per-game average for junior guard Prentiss Hubb this season, which would rank ninth on the Notre Dame single-season list. Hubb has recorded five or more assists in 13 of his last 15 games played.
You would be hard-pressed to find a more improved player in the country than Nate Laszewski, in addition to increasing his scoring average by close to seven points per game entering the NC State game, he has increased his FG% from .410 a season ago to .612 and his three-point percentage fro .310 to .459.
Juwan Durham has reached double figure scoring in a team-high eight games straight. It is the longest such streak of his career and the Tampa, Florida, native has seen double figures in the box score in 11 of the last 13 contests as well.
So far this season, Notre Dame has seen eight scheduled games affected by COVID-19 safety guidelines enacted by the opposing team. Two games (at Pittsburgh Jan. 30, Syracuse, Feb. 20) were rescheduled while Notre Dame’s postponed home games with Georgia Tech (Jan. 6) and Clemson (Feb. 17) have not yet been set for a make-up date.
Notre 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. The Irish are tied with Miami (12.4) and ahead of Virginia (12.9) on the national list.
Prentiss Hubb needs 14 assists in the final two games of the ACC season to break Jerian Grant’s Notre Dame record of 125 assists in league play from the 2014-15 season.
Adjusted offensive efficiency rank (115.7) for the Irish from KenPom.com – the highest for the team since they finished the 2016 season ranked ninth. The Irish are just behind Duke (14th) and ahead of Virginia (16th) on the rankings list.
Notre Dame and NC State will be meeting for the 16th time on Wednesday evening. The Wolfpack lead the all-time series 8-7 and have won the last three meetings between the two schools. The series is even at four wins each since Notre Dame joined the ACC in 2013-14.
Wednesday night’s game will mark 17 days since Notre Dame’s last home game against Miami on Feb. 14. It is the longest streak without a conference home game for the Irish since the 2015-16 season – which also featured a 17-day home game lull from Feb. 13 through March 2.
Strength of schedule rank for the Irish according to KenPom.com – the highest in the ACC (Clemson is second at 21st).
Prentiss Hubb needs 29 more points to become the 65th Notre Dame player to reach 1,000 points in a season and the 24th of the Mike Brey era. Should he reach 1,000 points this season, he would be the sixth player of the Brey era (that played all seasons for Coach Brey) to reach that plateau in his third season of action. See page 5 for more details.
Career blocked shots for Juwan Durham, who recently surpassed current Irish assistant coach Ryan Humphrey (166) for third on the Notre Dame career list. Durham, Humphrey and LaPhonso Ellis are the only Irish players to average 2.0 blocks per game during their Notre Dame careers.
Career assists for Prentiss Hubb, which ranks 10th all-time at Notre Dame entering Wednesday night’s game. Hubb is one of just 15 active players in the NCAA with 430 assists and 170 3FGM. Of those 15 players, Hubb joins UConn’s RJ Cole as the only two players who have accumulated those numbers in three years of competition (the other 13 players are either in their fourth or fifth season of competition).
VALPO MEN’S BASKETBALL: Krikke Named to All-MVC Third Team; Edwards Garners All-Freshman Team Honors
A pair of honorees represented the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team on Tuesday as the Missouri Valley Conference revealed its 2020-21 all-league teams. Sophomore Ben Krikke (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada / Jasper Place) garnered all-MVC Third Team recognition, while Sheldon Edwards (West Palm Beach, Fla. / Palm Beach Lakes [TLAP Sports Academy]) achieved a place on the All-Freshman Team.
Krikke leads the team in scoring both overall (12.3 ppg) and in conference-only action (13.1 ppg). The lone Valpo player to start all 27 regular-season games, Krikke has made significant strides in 2020-21, boosting his scoring average by 5.6 points per game from last season. The sophomore is on pace to become a 1,000-point scorer as he enters this week’s MVC Tournament with 551 career points.
Krikke, who ranks 14th in the MVC in scoring and ninth in blocked shots, has scored in double figures 20 times this season. His top statistical output of the year came on Jan. 24 at Illinois State, when he became just the third Valpo player in the last quarter century to record a 25-point, 15-rebound performance. The 25&15 game helped the sophomore forward garner MVC Player of the Week honors on Jan. 26.
Edwards averaged 7.8 points per game over 26 regular-season contests, making 11 starts as a freshman. He has swiped 23 steals and rejected seven shots this season while knocking down a team-most 32 3-pointers. In Valley play, the rookie posted a scoring average of 8.4 ppg.
Edwards earned a place on SportsCenter’s Top 10 plays thanks to his electric dunk in Valpo’s upset victory over previously undefeated and nationally-ranked Drake on Feb. 7. That dunk came a day after the freshman guard matched a season high with 20 points in a near upset of the Bulldogs. Edwards was named the MVC Newcomer of the Week and the College Sports Madness MVC Player of the Week on Feb. 7.
This marks the third straight season Valpo has boasted a member of the MVC All-Freshman Team, and the program has had a player on either the All-Freshman or All-Newcomer Team every season since joining The Valley.
The MVC All-Bench Team and Most-Improved Team will be announced on Wednesday, while the Scholar-Athlete teams will be revealed on Thursday.
First Team Yr. Pos. Ht. Hometown
Tyreke Key, Indiana State Sr. G 6-3 Celina (Tenn.) Clay County High
Cameron Krutwig, Loyola Sr. C 6-9 Algonquin (Ill.) Jacobs High
Isiaih Mosley, Missouri State So. G 6-5 Columbia (Mo.) Rock Bridge High
Roman Penn, Drake Jr. G 6-0 Calumet City (Ill.) Bishop Noll / Siena
Gaige Prim, Missouri State Sr. F 6-8 Aurora (Colo.) Grandview High
Elijah Childs, Bradley Sr. F 6-8 Kansas City (Mo.) Lee’s Summit West
Shamar Givance, Evansville Jr. G 5-10 Toronto (Ontario) First Love Christian (Pa.)
Shanquan Hemphill, Drake Sr. F 6-6 Gary (Ind.) Michigan City / Green Bay
Jake LaRavia, Indiana St. So. F 6-9 Indianapolis (Ind.) Lawrence Central High
Lucas Williamson, Loyola Sr. G 6-4 Chicago (Ill.) Whitney Young
DJ Horne, Illinois State So. G 6-1 Raleigh (N.C.) Trinity Christian
Lance Jones, S. Illinois So. G 6-1 Evanston (Ill.) Evanston Township High
Ben Krikke, Valparaiso So. F 6-9 Edmonton (Alberta) Jasper Place
Austin Phyfe, UNI Jr. C 6-9 Waverly (Iowa) Waverly-Shell Rock
Aher Uguak, Loyola Sr. F 6-7 Edmonton (Alberta) HarryAinlay / New Mexico
Bowen Born, UNI Fr. G 5-11 Norwalk (Iowa) High
Darnell Brodie, Drake Jr. F 6-10 Newark (N.J.) Newark East Side / Seton Hall
Shanquan Hemphill, Drake Sr. F 6-6 Gary (Ind.) Michigan City / Green Bay
Braden Norris, Loyola So. G 6-0 Hilliard (Ohio) Hilliard Bradley / Oakland
Demarcus Sharp, MSU Jr. G 6-3 Charleston (Mo.) High / Colby (Kan.) CC
Bowen Born, UNI Fr. G 5-11 Norwalk (Iowa) High
Sheldon Edwards, Valparaiso Fr. G 6-4 West Palm Beach (Fla.) Palm Beach Lakes / TLAP
Kyler Filewich, S. Illinois Fr. C 6-9 Winnepeg (Canada) Orangeville Prep
Nate Heise, UNI Fr. G 6-4 Lake City (Minn.) Lincoln High
Rienk Mast, Bradley Fr. F 6-9 Groningen (Netherlands) Donar Groningen
Shanquan Hemphill, Drake Sr. F 6-6 Gary (Ind.) Michigan City / Green Bay
Gaige Prim, Missouri State Sr. F 6-8 Aurora (Colo.) Grandview High
Aher Uguak, Loyola Sr. F 6-7 Edmonton (Alberta) HarryAinlay / New Mexico
Tre Williams, Indiana State So. C 6-7 Reynoldsburg (Ohio) Woodstock Academy
Lucas Williamson, Loyola Sr. G 6-4 Chicago (Ill.) Whitney Young
All-Bench Team (selected by beat writers)
Announced Wednesday, March 3
Most-Improved Team (selected by beat writers)
Announced Wednesday, March 3
MVC MAJOR AWARDS
LARRY BIRD MVC
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Cameron Krutwig, Loyola
NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR
Shanquan Hemphill, Drake
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
Bowen Born, UNI
Lucas Williamson, Loyola
SIXTH-MAN OF THE YEAR
Joseph Yesufu, Drake
PFW MEN’S BB: Purdue Fort Wayne MBB Falls in Triple OT to Cleveland State
CLEVELAND – The fifth meeting between the No. 10 Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons and the No. 1 Cleveland State Vikings in the 2020-21 season was as entertaining as anyone could have hoped, but it was not the result that Mastodon fans would have wanted.
Forty minutes of basketball wasn’t enough to determine a winner. Nor was 45. 50? Nope. It took 55 minutes to decide who would move on to the Horizon League semifinal, and after triple-overtime, Cleveland State took the 108-104 win over the Mastodons.
This was the first triple-overtime game for Purdue Fort Wayne since 2012 against UTRGV.
With under two minutes left in regulation, Johnathan DeJurnett grabbed a defensive board that led to a flagrant foul by Algevon Eichelberger on Jarred Godfrey. He converted the pair to cut the lead to two. Ra Kpedi got another offensive board shortly after, was fouled and made both free throws to tie it. Torrey Patton converted on the other end for Cleveland State, only to see Godfrey tie the game up on a layup with six seconds left and force overtime tied at 67.
Godfrey hit a triple from the top of the key with 4:07 left in the first overtime to go up 70-68. Then he found Kpedi under the basket for an easy dunk and his 10th assist. Demetric Horton made a layup on a fastbreak to extend the lead to five, but CSU’s Patton made a late layup that would send it to the second overtime.
Horton shimmied his defender away to get wide open for a triple to open the second overtime. Horton scored again a little over a minute later driving all the way to the basket from the other end. Godfrey hit a triple from the top of the key to extend the lead to five. Godfrey made a 3-pointer with 32 second left that looked like might be the game winner but Eichelberger answered with a triple of his own to send it to a third extra period. Eichelberger’s shot banked off the glass and in. It was a bounce Mastodon fans didn’t appreciate as much as last week with Jalon Pipkins’ three at the end of the first overtime banked in.
The Vikings never trailed in the final OT of the night but it was just as close of a period as the rest of the game. Horton cut the Vikings lead to one on a 3-pointer with 34 seconds left, and DeJurnett did the same with an offensive board and put-back with 15 left, but Cleveland State made its free throws down the stretch to hold on.
Both teams only had one turnover each in the three overtime periods. In 55 minutes of basketball, the ‘Dons had just 13 turnovers.
In regulation, it took the two squads a while to find offensive rhythm. Neither team hit the 30-point mark by halftime with the ‘Dons leading 28-27.
The second half saw Cleveland State make seven of eight shots over a five-minute stretch that led into the under-12 media timeout, giving the Vikings an eight-point lead. This lead would not hold, however. Kpedi grabbed three of his team-high nine rebounds in a 43-second span that also saw him get a put-back off an offensive board. Later on, Bobby Planutis used active hands to grab a steal that led to a 3-pointer from Pipkins from the top of the key that cut the CSU lead to three. Godfrey got his ninth assist after breaking the press to get across the timeline and find Planutis on the left wing for a trey. Planutis took his turn sharing the sugar when he found Pipkins on the right side for a triple that rattled in to go up 61-60 with 4:10 left. This gave the Mastodons their first lead since 37-36.
All told, the Mastodons had five players reach double-figures: Godfrey (23), Pipkins (19), Planutis (17), Horton (15) and Deonte Billups (11). Godfrey finished with a double-double with 12 assists.
The ‘Dons shot 50 percent from the floor (38-of-76) and 44.4 percent from 3-point range (16-of-36).
Cleveland State (17-7) moves on to face Milwaukee in the Horizon League Championship semifinal. Purdue Fort Wayne falls to 8-15 to conclude its first season in the Horizon League.
BONUS ‘DONS AND ENDS
– The last time the ‘Dons scored 100 points was Jan. 3, 2019 in a 104-88 regulation win over South Dakota State.
– Ra Kpedi had a career-high nine rebounds.
– The 15 minutes of overtime saw a combined 78 points scored.
– Jarred Godfrey had 12 points in the overtime sessions. Demetric Horton totaled 10.
– The Mastodons have now played back-to-back overtime games in the Horizon League Championship after never playing in an overtime game in the Summit League Tournament.
– Johnathan DeJurnett played 22 minutes in the game after playing 26 minutes all season.
– Johnathan DeJurnett finished with four points, four rebounds and three blocks in the game. He entered the game with eight points, six rebounds and one block all season.
– It is the first time the ‘Dons had five players reach double-figures since a win over Manchester on Nov. 7, 2019.
– It is the first time the ‘Dons have lost a game during the Division I era when scoring 100 points.
– The last time the ‘Dons fell when scoring 100 points was a 110-108 loss at home to No. 2 in the nation Southern Indiana on Feb. 3, 2001. You can see the video of this game at this link.
– Jarred Godfrey played 54 minutes.
– Jarred Godfrey’s 12 assists marked a career high.
– Tuesday was the second straight game the ‘Dons earned their largest lead of the game in overtime.
– It was the first 3 OT game since a 97-84 win on Nov. 16, 2012 over UTRGV. A sign of how long it has been? Both schools have changed their name since the game. UTRGV was UTPA at the time.
MIAMI MEN’S BASKETBALL: Miami Captures Thrilling 84-79 Overtime Win at Bowling Green
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio—After a frantic end to regulation, the Miami University men’s basketball team powered through overtime to seize an 84-79 win at Bowling Green on Tuesday evening. Senior forward Dalonte Brown poured in a career-high 29 points to lead all players and hauled in 14 rebounds to lift the RedHawks (12-10; 9-8 Mid-American Conference) to their fourth-straight road win. It snapped a four-game win streak for the Falcons (14-10; 10-8 MAC).
HOW IT HAPPENED:
Powered by four triples, two coming from sophomore guard Dae Dae Grant, Miami used a 16-3 flurry to take a 16-7 lead at the 16:38 mark.
The Falcons went on a 12-0 run to notch a 23-20 advantage by the 10:25 mark. Miami closed within 33-30 with 6:02 to go in the opening half off a pair of redshirt sophomore guard Myja White free throws, but the Falcons finished the half outscoring Miami 10-4 to take a 43-34 lead into the break.
Miami charged out of the gates in the second half, using a 19-2 surge to push ahead 53-45 by the 14:08 mark. Senior forward Dalonte Brown contributed eight points during the run.
The Falcons were held without a field goal in the second half until the 13:44 mark, but were able to close within one with 8:25 to go, 57-56, after back-to-back three-pointers.
The teams traded punches through the remainder of regulation. Bowling Green took its first lead since early in the second half off a pair of free throws with 15 seconds to go. Junior guard Mekhi Lairy put Miami back on top with a layup with 10 seconds to play, 74-74, which eventually sent the game into overtime.
Miami opened up an 80-75 lead mid-way through overtime. Bowling Green shrunk the gap to one with just over a minute to go, but the RedHawks sunk all four of their free throws down the stretch to claim the 84-79 win.
Brown finished with a career high with 29 points, his third 20-point scoring effort all coming over a three-week stretch. He sunk 10 field goals, including five three-pointers, while going 4-for-4 from the free-throw line.
Brown’s 29-point, 14-rebound effort was his sixth double-double of the season.
It is the seventh time in Miami’s last eight games the RedHawks have had a player score 20 or more points.
Lairy and Grant were the other two RedHawks to score in double figures with 19 and 18 points, respectively.
It was the RedHawks’ first overtime game since an 84-79 overtime loss at Western Michigan on Feb. 16, 2019. Miami moves to 76-52 in overtime games.
The RedHawks’ four-straight road wins are their most consecutive road triumphs since winning four straight on the road during the 2008-09 season.
The RedHawks round out the regular season, traveling to Akron for a 7 p.m. game on Friday, Mar. 5.
WRIGHT STATE MBB: Basile’s career-high not enough as Raiders fall Tuesday
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Grant Basile turned in a new career-high 35 points and 14 rebounds, but it was not enough as the Wright State men’s basketball team fell to Milwaukee 94-92 in overtime in the quarterfinals of the 2021 Horizon League Championship on Tuesday night.
Basile’s 35 points were the most by a Raider player this season, and bettered his previous high of 29 points against Robert Morris in late January. He finished the night shooting 11-of-18 from the floor and was 12-of-15 from the free throw stipe. His 14 rebounds tied his career-best in that category.
Four other Wright State players finished in double figures scoring, with Tanner Holden also notching a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Loudon Love tallied 14 with six rebounds, while both Tim Finke and Jaylon Hall each had 10 points.
Leading 44-26 at the break, the Raiders built their largest lead of the night at 72-48 with 6:26 remaining after a Basile jumper, but Milwaukee would mount its comeback. The Panthers closed regulation on a 33-11 run and forced overtime on a DeAndre Gholston three-pointer in the closing seconds.
Wright State scored six of the first eight points of overtime before Milwaukee used a 7-2 run to take its first lead since two Gholston free throws with 38 seconds remaining at 90-89. Gholston hit two more sets of free throws to push the Panther advantage to five with eight seconds remaining. After a Finke three cut the margin to two, Milwaukee’s Te’Jon Lucas missed back-to-back free throws, but the Raiders’ three-quarter length shot could not find the mark as time expired.
The Raiders finished the night shooting 48 percent overall (29-of-61) after connecting at a 56 percent rate in the first 20 minutes. Milwaukee was a mirror image, finishing the night shooting 43 percent overall after connecting at a 53 percent clip in the second half following a 36 percent mark in the first half.
Milwaukee was 11-of-29 (38 percent) from three-point range, while Wright State was 6-of-19 (32 percent), with four threes coming in the first half. The Raiders shot 80 percent (28-of-35) from the free throw line and Milwaukee was 9-of-24 (79 percent).
Wright State outrebounded the Panthers 47-35 overall and had 36 defensive boards. The Raiders committed 20 turnovers that led to 16 Milwaukee points.
MARIAN MEN’S BASKETBALL: MARIAN WINS CROSSROADS LEAGUE TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIP CHRISTIAN HARVEY HAS 17
INDIANAPOLIS – The Marian men’s basketball team completed the Crossroads League Tournament in style, defeating St. Francis (Ind.) 86-71 in the championship game on Monday night to win their first tournament title since the 2000-01 season. The Knights used a commanding 15-4 run to open the door in the second half, putting the game at ease early. Marian’s record improves to 22-4 after winning the program’s third overall tournament championship, and first in 20 seasons.
The championship game started with physical defense from both sides, as the game was scoreless through the opening two and a half minutes. St. Francis put up the first points of the game, but Marian responded with a Christian Harvey three, opening the lid on both sides. Cameron Wolter gave Marian the lead at the meida timeout, and within a minute of the stoppage Wolter and Harvey increased Marian’s lead to 9-4.
The Knights continued to score as Harvey and Wolter engineered the offense, combining for Marian’s first 16 points to increase the lead to double figures. A three from Christian Stewart pushed Marian’s lead to 13 with 12:02 remaining, but the Cougars answered with a run of their own, ending the Knights’ 16-2 run. The Cougars’ Brayton Bailey was the catalyst of the visitor’s run, draining a pair from deep and finishing a three-point play to cut the lead down five. St. Francis soon cut the gap to three at the second media timeout, and following a stoppage scored six unasnwered to lead 24-23. Marian responded with a five-point swing from Tyrie Johnson, putting Marian back in the lead.
Marian finished the first half on a 13-6 advantage, with a pair of Malek Edmonds three-pointers fueling the run. Marian led 41-30 at halftime, with Harvey, Wolter, Johnson, Stewart, and Edmonds making up each of the Knights’ 41 points.
Wolter opened the second half scoring with a post finish 12 seconds into the half, beginning a 15-4 charge for the Knights in the first three minutes of the period. St. Francis snapped the run with a pair of buckets from Jalan Mull and Antwaan Cushingberry, but Marian was able to recapture their 20-point lead after a trey from Stewart. Marian continued to hold their lead at 18 points or more, scoring on over half of their possessions in the first 10 minutes of the half.
Marian built a 21-point, 68-47 lead with 10:07 remaining, and never looked back as they continued to attack the basket. The lead shot up to 25 points following baskets from Edmonds and Wolter with over six minutes to play, as the Cougars couldn’t do anything to defend the Knights’ effective offense. A stepback three from Stewart with over four minutes to took the life out of any St. Francis comeback attempt, putting Marian on top by 26.
With the game in check, the Knights rotated in their bench over the final four minutes of the game, and cruised to their first Crossroads League Tournament Championship in 20 seasons with an 86-71 victory of St. Francis.
Marian shot 51 percent from the floor in their tournament win, and were led by Wolter and Harvey who each scored 17 points. Wolter snagged 10 rebounds to secure a double-double, while Harvey had seven. Stewart and Johnson both finished in double figures with 14 and 13, respectively, while Edmonds scored 13 off the bench.
Marian has clinched one of the two bids from the Crossroads League for the NAIA National Tournament, and will await their NAIA Opening Round pairings. The NAIA Selection Show is Thursday night at 8:00 p.m. EST.
NOTRE DAME WBB: WESTBELD WINS ACC ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
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NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Welcome to an elite club in Notre Dame women’s basketball history, Maddy Westbeld. The freshman forward out of Kettering, Ohio, won the ACC Rookie of the Year Award, as voted upon by the head coaches.
She becomes just the second player in program history to win Rookie of the Year in the ACC, joining Brianna Turner, who did so in 2015. She also is just the sixth overall Notre Dame player to win Rookie of the Year in any conference since the program’s birth in 1977.
Westbeld’s awards haul didn’t stop there. Notre Dame’s leading scorer and rebounder also collected First Team All-ACC honors as voted upon by the Blue-Ribbon media panel and a Second-Team nod from the Head Coaches Panel. Westbeld also naturally landed on the ACC All-Freshman list.
Amongst ACC freshmen, Westbeld ranked first in scoring, second in rebounding, second in steals, fourth in assists and fourth in blocks. No other freshman in the league ranked in the top-four in all the above-mentioned categories.
Not only does Westbeld’s 14.9 points per game top all ACC rookies and leads the Irish, but also ranks 12th among all Division-I freshmen. In addition, her scoring average would rank third all-time amongst freshmen in Notre Dame history. The two ND greats in front of her being Shari Matvey (17.6 ppg) and Beth (Morgan) Cunningham (17.9 ppg).
You can also dub Maddy Miss Do It All because she’s the only freshman in the country averaging at least 14.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists & 1.4 steals. Overall, she’s just 1-of-9 Division-I players achieving the feat, and the only one from a Power-Five school.
IUPUI WBB: JAGS CRUISE IN TO #HLWBB SEMIFINALS WITH 86-64 WIN AT NO. 4 OAKLAND
ROCHESTER, Mich. – The No. 5 seed IUPUI Jaguars blew by the No. 4 seed Oakland Golden Grizzlies in the quarterfinals of the Horizon League Women’s Basketball Championship, 86-64 on Tuesday (March 2).
The Jags shot over 49 percent from the floor and over 54 percent from three as the league’s top offense propelled IUPUI in to the semifinals. Macee Williams led all scorers with 28 points, going 12-for-20 from the field. Three other Jaguars joined Williams in double figures with Katelyn O’Reilly (15), Rachel McLimore (14) and Destiny Perkins (12) all finishing with more than 10 points. Natalie Andersen led all bench players with eight points, hitting all three shots, including both threes.
Perkins pulled down a career-high 11 rebounds to lead IUPUI and added five of the Jags 19 assists. McLimore led the Jags with six assists.
“I am really proud of our squad playing so well with such a long break in between games,” said head coach Austin Parkinson. “Macee played like the best player in the league and Katelyn had one of her best games of the year. We look forward to competing in Indy next week.”
IUPUI led wire-to-wire, jumping out to an 8-2 lead after Williams hit her second basket of the day. After Oakland cut the lead to three, Williams responded with two buckets and Perkins and O’Reilly each scored to push the lead to 18-7. A Natalie Andersen three with 2:51 in the quarter gave IUPUI a 25-9 lead.
As was a theme for the whole game, IUPUI worked the ball inside. The Jags finished with 18 points in the paint in the first quarter and when they did not score in the paint they got to the free throw line. The Jags were 6-for-8 from the stripe in the quarter. For the game, IUPUI outscored Oakland 46-26 in the paint and held a 20-11 advantage at the free throw line.
Up 12 to start the second quarter, Perkins hit a three but Oakland did not let IUPUI run away with things. The Golden Grizzlies managed to get the score back in single digits multiple times in the quarter but IUPUI always had an answer, usually in the form of Perkins, Williams or O’Reilly. Two O’Reilly free throws with under ten seconds to go in the quarter put IUPUI up 11 at the break.
Early in the third quarter, Williams hit a layup after an offensive rebound by O’Reilly and McLimore added a three-point play to push the lead back up to 13. With 5:53 in the third, Oakland cut IUPUI’s lead to seven but Williams responded for IUPUI with a free throw and a layup to possessions later to get the lead back to 10.
To start the fourth, it was back to the three-time Horizon League Player of the Year as Williams hit two free throws, and two layups to end her day with 28 points and put the Jags back in control. After two free throws made the score 69-56, McLimore earned a three-point play and Sydney Roule hit her first three of the game to put IUPUI up 19. The Jags lead hit 25 just a minute later as Roule and Andersen hit back-to-back triples. Agatha Beier’s free throw with one minute left on the clock gave IUPUI a season-high 86 points.
While the offense shined, the defense fared just as well. The Jags held Oakland to just 36 percent from the floor and 28 percent from deep. IUPUI’s defense held All-Horizon League First Team member and the league’s fourth leading scorer Kahlaijah Dean to just 13 points on 3-for-14 shooting, including 1-for-6 from three point range. The 13 points were the fewest for Dean in her last seven games.
The Jags dominated on the glass, outrebounding the Golden Grizzlies 50-30. Behind Perkins, Williams added nine rebounds and O’Reilly finished with eight.
IUPUI will now wait until the rest of the quarterfinals are finished to see who its opponent will be in the Horizon League Semifinals on Monday (March 8).
INDY FUEL HOCKEY: KOMETS HAND INDY BACK TO BACK LOSSES
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NDIANAPOLIS – Playing their eighth game in 12 days and third straight against the Fort Wayne Komets, the Fuel were looking to get back on the winning track after losing 8-1 on Saturday night. Giving up a goal in the first period and two in the second, the Fuel were eventually handed back-to-back losses by Fort Wayne to close out the weekend.
Taking the lead early in the first period, Fort Wayne’s Anthony Nellis got behind the Fuel defense and beat Fuel goaltender Billy Christopoulos on a small breakaway. Through the remainder of the opening period, Indy would be outshot 13-6 by the Komets, sending the team into the locker room down by a goal.
Justin Vaive would give the Komets a 2-0 lead early in the second period when he jumped on a Fuel turnover and fired a wrist shot past Christopoulos. Outshot by the Komets 4-1 through the first half of the second period, Indy struggled to get anything going. Fort Wayne would score their third goal of the game on the rush when Jackson Leef wristed a puck past Christopoulos. The Komets would hold on to that lead for the remainder of the period, going into the locker room leading 3-0.
Although earning a short power play midway through the third period, Indy wouldn’t be able to score on their pair of shots on Louis-Phillip Guindon. Indy would be tasked with killing off multiple penalties at the end of the third period, causing them to eventually fall 3-0 to the Komets on Sunday afternoon.
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INDY ELEVEN: USL CHAMPIONSHIP UNVEILS 2021 LEAGUE ALIGNMENT
TAMPA/INDIANAPOLIS – The USL Championship today announced its league alignment for the 2021 regular season. The league will feature 31 teams across four divisions and two conferences in the upcoming season, with the clubs set to embark on a 32-game regular-season schedule that will be conducted over 27 weeks.
The four divisions are aligned across the country producing the Atlantic, Central, Mountain and Pacific Divisions. The Atlantic and Central Division will make up the Eastern Conference, while the Mountain and Pacific Divisions will make up the Western Conference.
Indy Eleven has been drawn into the eight-team Central Division, where it will be joined by archrival Louisville City FC and the trio of Atlanta United 2, Birmingham Legion FC, and Memphis 901 FC. Oklahoma rivals FC Tulsa and OKC Energy FC also join the Central Division, which is completed by Sporting Kansas City II.
During the regular season, each team will play its division opponents four times – twice home, twice away. In the Atlantic, Central and Pacific Divisions, the four remaining games will be played against regional or cross-conference opponents. In the Mountain Division, the remaining eight games will be played against regional or cross-conference opponents.
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As previously announced, the Championship’s regular season will begin on or about May 1st, while employing a flexible start date that allows clubs to begin play anywhere between April 24th and May 15th.
The defending Eastern Conference Title-holder Tampa Bay Rowdies will enter the new season in the Atlantic Division, where they are joined by in-state rival Miami FC, 2020 Championship Playoffs clubs the Charleston Battery, Charlotte Independence, Hartford Athletic and Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC, and Loudoun United FC and the New York Red Bulls II.
Back-to-back Western Conference Finalist El Paso Locomotive FC leads the quartet of Texas clubs in the Mountain Division, with Austin Bold FC, Rio Grande Valley FC and San Antonio FC set to compete for the Copa Tejas throughout the campaign. The lone seven-team division is completed by Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC, New Mexico United and Real Monarchs SLC.
Defending Western Conference Title-holder Phoenix Rising FC enters the campaign as part of the Pacific Division, where it will square off with the Championship’s five California-based clubs – the LA Galaxy II, newcomer Oakland Roots SC, Orange County SC, Sacramento Republic FC and San Diego Loyal SC. Las Vegas Lights FC and Tacoma Defiance complete the Pacific Division lineup.
Stay tuned in the coming weeks for competition-related announcements on home openers for the 2021 USL Championship season, the 2021 ESPN national broadcast schedule, and the full 2021 regular season schedule.
NBA NEWS: Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James out for Wednesday’s game vs. Sacramento Kings
LeBron James will miss his first game of the season when the Los Angeles Lakers play a road game against the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday in their final outing before the NBA All-Star break, the Lakers said.
James did not accompany the team on its flight to Sacramento following a 114-104 home loss to the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday night, according to a team spokesperson.
Heading into the Suns game, James was listed as probable with a left ankle sprain, which he suffered earlier in the season. He will receive treatment while he is in L.A., according to the team.
James, 36, had played in all 36 games for the defending champs this season, averaging 25.8 points, 8.0 rebounds and 7.8 assists while leading L.A. to a 24-12 record — third best in the Western Conference.
He will still report to Atlanta this weekend to participate in his 17th straight All-Star Game, according to The Athletic.
L.A. could be very short-handed for the second night of its back-to-back in Sacramento, as Anthony Davis (right leg) is also ruled out, while Marc Gasol (health and safety protocols), Kyle Kuzma (bruised right heel) and Alex Caruso (neck spasms) were all on the injury report after the Suns game.
NBA NEWS: Denver Nuggets’ Nikola Jokic joins Wilt Chamberlain as only centers with 50 triple-doubles
Nikola Jokic continues to build an MVP case by doing things that no center has done since Wilt Chamberlain.
On Tuesday, Jokic collected the 50th triple-double of his career with 37 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds to help the Denver Nuggets rout the Bucks 128-97 at Milwaukee’s Fiserv Forum.
Jokic’s latest milestone put him in rarefied company for big men. He became only the second center ever to reach 50 career triple-doubles, according to ESPN Stats & Information research, joining Chamberlain, who had 78. Jokic is also just the ninth player in history to record 50 triple-doubles, and only Magic Johnson and Oscar Robertson did it faster than him, according to Elias Sports Bureau research.
“It’s nice, of course,” Jokic said of doing something only Chamberlain has done among centers in the history of the game. “It is something that [for] my legacy to put behind me. It’s cool just to be in that group of guys, especially with one of the best players to ever play the game. Just a nice accomplishment.”
Jokic entered the game averaging career highs in points (27.1), rebounds (11.0), assists (8.5), 3-point shooting (41.1%) and free throw shooting (88.2%) this season.
He has nine triple-doubles this campaign and has missed another six triple-doubles by either one assist or one rebound.
“He’s only 25 years old, which is amazing,” Denver coach Michael Malone said. “Nikola has 50 career triple-doubles, but he also has 20 games [in his career] where he missed a triple-double by either one rebound or one assist. It just speaks to his greatness. The guy doesn’t get fatigued; he doesn’t get tired.”
Jokic made 15 of 23 shots to help snap Milwaukee’s five-game winning streak. Besides reaching the triple-doubles milestone, Jokic’s average of 8.5 assists is something no center has done in a season since Chamberlain, who is the only center to have ever led the league in total assists.
NBA NEWS: Suns overcome Booker’s ejection, hold off Lakers 114-104
Dario Šarić scored 10 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter, Mikal Bridges added 19 and the Phoenix Suns overcame Devin Booker’s ejection for a 114-104 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night.
Booker scored 17 points before getting ejected for arguing with 7:10 left in the third quarter, but the Suns (23-11) still took charge down the stretch and cruised to their 15th victory in 18 games. Phoenix also moved past the defending NBA champions (24-12) into second place in the Western Conference by winning percentage after completing an unbeaten three-game road trip.
“You gain confidence when a guy like Book doesn’t play or gets tossed, and you’re able to pull a game out on the road at the end of a trip,” Phoenix coach Monty Williams said. “That’s a recipe for mailing it in … but that was a big-time character win. We got better. I think we played good tonight, but we probably got more confidence that we can pull a game out without Devin or Chris (Paul) saving the day.”
Booker was whistled for two technical fouls in remarkably rapid succession, resulting in the All-Star’s second ejection in just over five weeks.
“We weren’t nervous,” Bridges said of Booker’s sudden departure. “We knew we had to go out there and do what we do. We had to lock in for the rest of the game and do it for our teammates. … Our best player goes out, and we just kept staying the course and fighting all the way to the end. I feel it was a great road trip.”
LeBron James scored 38 points for Los Angeles, which has lost five of seven with mounting injury problems. Dennis Schröder added 17 points, but the Lakers couldn’t keep up without regulars Anthony Davis, Kyle Kuzma and Marc Gasol.
Kuzma was a late scratch with a bruised right heel, while Gasol missed his first game under the NBA’s health and safety protocols. The Lakers dropped to 3-6 since Davis was injured during a loss to Denver on Valentine’s Day.
“We play so well the last two games, we get back into a rhythm, and then we find out today that two of our big guns were out,” James said. “It’s definitely deflating, especially when you were playing poorly and then you get in a good rhythm.”
Moments before Booker’s ejection, James and Lakers coach Frank Vogel got simultaneous technicals for arguing a no-call on Paul.
“I’m happy with how we’re competing,” Vogel said. “Our guys are giving great effort and great hustle and great fight. You understand there’s a big picture here, and guys are keeping the big-picture mindset.”
NBA NEWS: NBA reveals All-Star skills, 3-point, dunk participants
Golden State’s Stephen Curry and Phoenix’s Devin Booker have been 3-point champions at All-Star weekend before, and they’ll try to win that trophy again Sunday.
The NBA revealed the 15 players Tuesday who will be taking part in the other on-court events besides the All-Star Game in Atlanta, with the overwhelming majority of them pulling double-duty between those competitions and the game itself.
Curry, Booker, the Boston duo of Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum, Chicago’s Zach LaVine and Utah’s Donovan Mitchell – all of them All-Stars – will be the six competitors in the 3-point contest.
All-Stars Luka Doncic of Dallas, Domantas Sabonis of Indiana, Julius Randle of New York, Nikola Vucevic of Orlando and Chris Paul of Phoenix will be five of the six entrants in the skills competition. They’ll be joined by Portland’s Robert Covington, the only current NBA player who is a graduate of a historically Black college and university.
Covington went to Tennessee State. HBCUs will be a major part of All-Star night, and the league has previously announced that scholarship funds that will support Black students will receive an influx of at least $2.5 million from the events in Atlanta.
The only event that won’t include any All-Stars is the dunk contest, which will feature first-time participants Anfernee Simons of Portland, Cassius Stanley of Indiana and Obi Toppin of New York.
The dunk contest will be two rounds and judged by five former champions: Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins, Dee Brown, Jason Richardson, Josh Smith and Spud Webb. It will be held at halftime of the All-Star Game, while the skills competition and 3-point contest will occur pregame.
Only 18 teams will have on-court representation at All-Star night, the number much lower than usual because of reasons such as the pandemic, the one-night nature of this event and the elimination of the Rising Stars game this season.
None of last season’s individual event winners – dunk champion Derrick Jones Jr., who was with Miami then and with Portland now, skills champion Bam Adebayo of Miami and 3-point champion Buddy Hield of Sacramento – are returning to defend titles this season.
Atlanta, Charlotte, Cleveland, Detroit, Houston, Memphis, Miami, Minnesota, Oklahoma City, Sacramento, San Antonio and Toronto have no one participating in All-Star night events.
MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Intense No. 4 Illinois makes statement, drubs No. 2 Michigan
Trent Frazier, Andre Curbelo and No. 4 Illinois arrived at Crisler Center ready to make a point.
“We’re the hardest-playing team in the country. That’s our statement,” Frazier said. “Even without our best player, we’ve got a lot of guys on this team.”
Frazier led the way with 22 points, Curbelo scored 11 of his 17 in the first half, and the Illini dismantled No. 2 Michigan with a smothering defensive performance, routing the Wolverines 76-53 on Tuesday night.
Kofi Cockburn added 12 points for Illinois. Playing again without injured star Ayo Dosunmu, the Illini (19-6, 15-4 Big Ten) kept Michigan from clinching the conference title and boosted their own chances at a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
“I would be challenged to find a better win in college basketball this year – a better road win anyway. I mean, in all the analytics, they’re up there,” Illinois coach Brad Underwood said. “So I think it’s got to make a pretty solid statement.”
Eli Brooks scored 11 points and was the only player in double figures for Michigan. The Wolverines (18-2, 13-2) looked physically overwhelmed for much of the night, unable to create good shots and unable to keep the Illini off the boards. It was an eye-opening blowout – especially since Michigan has rolled to similar margins of victory against other good teams this season.
Both teams had a hard time scoring in the first half, but Curbelo’s ability to drive to the basket helped Illinois to a 33-22 lead at the break. Then the Illini kept pouring it on.
“They played with great activity from the jump of the ball. They hit us first. We weren’t prepared,” Michigan’s Isaiah Livers said. “It felt like they were on a run the whole game.”
Illinois outscored Michigan 22-5 in second-chance points and held the Wolverines to 35% shooting from the field.
The Big Ten confirmed before the game that it will use winning percentage to determine the league champion. Michigan can still wrap that up with a win in either of its last two regular-season games – or if Illinois loses its last game this weekend.
MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL: No. 3 Baylor clinches B12 title in OT, 94-89 over No. 6 WVU
Coach Scott Drew jumped on Mark Vital’s back after Baylor clinched the Big 12 championship, pointed a finger to the sky, then raced off the court ahead of his players to prepare for an even more raucous celebration.
“I was able to beat them into the locker room, get the water ready and get them,” Drew said. “And I got the COLD water ready for them, too.”
Jared Butler scored 25 points before fouling out, Davion Mitchell hit the go-ahead basket in overtime and the third-ranked Bears beat No. 6 West Virginia 94-89 Tuesday for the Bears’ first Big 12 regular-season title.
Baylor (19-1, 11-1 Big 12) bounced back in a big way from its only loss of the season at No. 13 Kansas on Saturday. The Bears struggled in their two previous games coming off a three-week layoff because of COVID-19 issues in the program.
After managing just 58 points against the Jayhawks, Baylor maintained its energy and scoring touch until the very end against the Mountaineers (17-7, 10-5).
“Probably the number one moment ever at Baylor,” said Butler, who had fouled out in overtime only to run back onto the court after it was over to hug every teammate in sight.
Drew, whose 18 seasons at Baylor have been spent watching other teams, mostly Kansas, take home the title, joked that he jumped on fifth-year senior Vital’s back because “Mark’s the only one that’s been at Baylor longer than me.”
Butler finished with 25 points. Mitchell scored four of Baylor’s 13 points in overtime and finished with 20. Matthew Mayer had a season-high 18 points for the Bears.
Taz Sherman came off the bench to score a career-high 26 points for the Mountaineers. Miles McBride added 19 points and Sean McNeil scored 18, including 15 after halftime.
West Virginia managed just one field goal in overtime.
“At the end of the day, they just did more of the little stuff at the end to win the game,” West Virginia coach Bob Huggins said. “When you’re playing top teams in the nation, every little thing is going to matter.
“Everybody knew this was going to be a great game.”
Baylor jumped out to a quick double-digit lead and for a time the game was looking like a rout. But the Bears went scoreless for nearly six minutes before halftime, allowing West Virginia to keep it close the rest of the game.
“It was a grinder, I’m not going to lie,” Butler said. “We’re still kind of rusty a little bit. We’re still out of shape a little bit, especially me. But we fought through it. We knew it was going to be a tough one. We knew West Virginia was going to give us their best shot.”
MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL NEWS: Creighton coach McDermott apologizes for ‘plantation’ remark
Creighton coach Greg McDermott apologized Tuesday for urging his players to “stay on the plantation” in a postgame locker room talk following a loss over the weekend.
In a statement posted on Twitter, McDermott said he used a “terribly inappropriate analogy in making a point about staying together as a team despite the loss.”
McDermott, who is white, acknowledged saying: “Guys, we got to stick together. We need both feet in. I need everybody to stay on the plantation. I can’t have anybody leave the plantation.”
The comments came after the 14th-ranked Bluejays’ 77-69 loss to Xavier in Cincinnati. McDermott said he immediately recognized he had made an “egregious mistake” and addressed with his team his use of a term evocative of slavery and the antebellum South.
Creighton has a racially diverse roster that includes several Black players.
“I have never used that analogy and it is not indicative of who I am as a person or as a coach,” McDermott said in his post. “I am deeply sorry. I have apologized to our student-athletes and to our staff.”
The coach added that he apologized directly to Creighton’s president, the Rev. Daniel Hendrickson, and athletic director Bruce Rasmussen.
Creighton assistant coach Terrence Rencher, who is Black, tweeted that he was “deeply hurt” by McDermott’s words.
“While my relationship with Coach has been positive and I have never witnessed any racist energy from him,” Rencher said, “what he said was wrong and insensitive. `Plantation’ has a dark and hurtful history in my community and cannot be overlooked. Right now my focus is on the players and supporting them in any way that they need my support.”
Rencher added, “The players have decided that they want to continue to chase their goals on the court this season with Coach McDermott and I support their wishes and will continue to pour my heart into coaching them and helping them deal with larger issues.”
Creighton spokesman Rob Anderson declined to comment on whether players or staff complained to administrators about the remark or why the apology was made public.
In a statement, the university called McDermott’s language “deplorable” and said it was inconsistent with the private Jesuit school’s values and commitment to creating a welcoming environment.
NFL NEWS: Minnesota Vikings release TE Kyle Rudolph after 10 seasons
MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Vikings have released veteran tight end Kyle Rudolph after 10 seasons, the team announced on Tuesday.
The move saves Minnesota $5.1 million against the salary cap for 2021. Rudolph, 31, will become a free agent for the first time in his NFL career.
The former second-round draft pick of the Vikings in 2011 issued a heartfelt goodbye in a story published by The Players’ Tribune reflecting on his 10 seasons in Minnesota.
“I got so lucky, because — I didn’t just get drafted by some team who ‘had a need at tight end,’ Rudolph wrote. “I didn’t just get drafted as, like, the nameless, faceless ‘#1 tight end on the board.’ I got drafted by a team that was all set in terms of need … but then drafted me anyway.
“I’ll always remember that: how the Minnesota Vikings wanted me — and wanted to bet on my potential.”
Vikings general manager Rick Spielman weighed in on Rudolph’s release in a statement, calling him “one of the premier tight ends in the NFL and most influential and positive leaders I’ve ever been around.”
“Kyle and [his wife] Jordan have made such an immeasurable impact on our team and community that may never be matched,” Spielman said. “The energy they have invested in the community, most notably through the End Zone at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital, is truly remarkable. I admire Kyle and we will miss him and his family. We sincerely wish them the best.”
Rudolph had three years remaining on the contract he signed in June 2019 after the Vikings approached him to restructure his deal via an extension. He was in danger of being a cap casualty this offseason with a $9.45 million cap hit and a role that has decreased considerably in the Vikings’ offense over the past two seasons.
Rudolph spoke earlier this offseason about his desire for a bigger role in Minnesota’s offense or elsewhere and said he would not be open to a restructure if the team approached him about taking a pay cut.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL NEWS: Trevor Lawrence happy with shoulder progress two weeks after surgery
Trevor Lawrence, the former star Clemson quarterback and projected No. 1 overall pick in this year’s NFL draft, says rehab from surgery last month on his left (non-throwing) shoulder is going better than he expected.
“As you know, this is really the first serious thing that I’ve dealt with, but I’m doing great,” Lawrence told ESPN’s Stephania Bell on Tuesday. “I actually feel way better than I thought I would at this point.”
Lawrence had surgery Feb. 16 to repair damage to the labrum in his left shoulder. The procedure was performed by renowned surgeon Dr. Neal ElAttrache.
Lawrence has remained in California since the surgery, rehabbing the shoulder at MOTUS Specialists Physical Therapy in Orange County.
His physical therapist, Drew Morcos, told Bell that the focus of Lawrence’s rehab right now is working within pain-free ranges of motion and strengthening the scapular (shoulder blade) muscles along with the core.
According to Morcos, the star QB is expected to remain in a brace for about two more weeks and if the rehab goes as planned, to begin throwing in about six to eight weeks, likely with a modified version, such as throwing from his knees.
The Jaguars have the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL draft on April 29, and both Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay of ESPN project Jacksonville as taking Lawrence with the top selection.
Lawrence threw for NFL teams last month, moving up his pro day because of the surgery. He measured 6-foot-5 5/8 and 213 pounds with 10-inch hands, 34½-inch arms, and a 78¼-inch wingspan.
MLB NEWS: Indians’ Francona says team didn’t cover up for Callaway
Responding to claims the team protected Mickey Callaway, Indians manager Terry Francona said no one in the Cleveland organization “covered up” for the former pitching coach who’s under investigation by Major League Baseball following allegations of sexual harassment.
Callaway is currently suspended as the Los Angeles Angels pitching coach, pending the MLB inquiry.
The Athletic reported Tuesday that 12 current and former Indians employees came forward in the last month to say Callaway’s actions were so obvious inside the team that “it would have been difficult for top officials to not be aware of his behavior.”
Callaway’s alleged lewd behavior while he was with the Indians from 2013-17 included sending inappropriate photos, requesting nude photos in return and making women “feel uncomfortable.”
“Nobody’s ever deliberately covered up for anybody, I can tell you that,” Francona said on a Zoom call from the team’s spring training complex in Goodyear, Arizona.
The Indians followed with a statement a few hours later.
“Our organization continues to actively cooperate with MLB on their investigation into Mickey Callaway,” it said. “It is important we honor the confidentiality and integrity of that investigation. While we don’t believe the reporting to date reflects who we are as an organization, we will not comment further on the specifics of this matter.”
“We remain committed to creating an inclusive work environment where everyone, regardless of gender, can feel safe and comfortable at all times. We will let our actions – not just our words – reflect our commitment.”
Shortly before Francona spoke to the media, his son, Nick, posted on Twitter that he had read the new story on Callaway and confronted his father. The younger Francona said the Indians “are clearly in the wrong.”
“Their behavior is unacceptable, and even worse, it’s hard to have faith in them to improve and learn when they seem more concerned about covering up wrongdoings that addressing them honestly,” Nick Francona wrote.
The 61-year-old Francona, who managed only 14 games last season because of health issues, said his son’s comments were painful.
“I love all my children unconditionally,” he said. “As you can imagine, that’s a very difficult thing to see. So to deal with it publicly is hurtful.”
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