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CLASS A: GARY 21ST CENTURY (23-4) VS. LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC (19-9), 1 P.M.

CLASS 4A: CHESTERTON (28-0) VS. KOKOMO (19-7), 3 P.M.

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CLASS 2A: CENTRAL NOBLE (27-2) VS. CARROLL (FLORA) (24-1), 4 P.M.

CLASS 3A: MISHAWAKA MARIAN (23-3) VS. LEO (21-5), 6 P.M.

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CLASS 3A: BEECH GROVE (20-6) VS. SULLIVAN (25-2), 1 P.M. 

CLASS 4A: CATHEDRAL (24-6) VS. BLOOMINGTON NORTH (24-3), 3 P.M.

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CLASS A: JAC-CEN-DEL (22-5) VS. NORTH DAVIESS (25-3), 4 P.M.

CLASS 2A: EASTERN HANCOCK (22-5) VS. PROVIDENCE (19-6) | 6 P.M.

MEN’S NCAA TOURNAMENT

MICHIGAN 75 COLORADO STATE 63

PROVIDENCE 66 SOTUH DAKOTA STATE 57

MEMPHIS 64 BOISE STATE 53

BAYLOR 85 NORFOLK STATE 49

TENNESSEE 88 LONGWOOD 56

RICHMOND 67 IOWA 63

GONZAGA 93 GEORGIA STATE 72

NORTH CAROLINA 95 MARQUETTE 63

NEW MEXICO STATE 70 UCONN 63

ST. PETER’S 85 KENTUCKY 79 OT

ST. MARY’S 82 INDIANA 53

CREIGHTON 72 SAN DIEGO STATE 69 OT

ARKANSAS 75 VERMONT 71

KANSAS 83 TEXAS SOUTHERN 56

UCLA 57 AKRON 53

MURRAY STATE 92 SAN FRANCISCO 87 OT

FRIDAY’S GAMES

NO. 7 OHIO STATE VS. NO. 10 LOYOLA-CHICAGO – 12:15 P.M.; CBS

NO. 2 AUBURN VS. NO. 15 JACKSONVILLE STATE – 12:40 P.M.; TRUTV, SLING TV

NO. 3 TEXAS TECH VS. NO. 14 MONTANA STATE – 1:45 P.M.; TNT, SLING TV

NO. 3 PURDUE VS. NO. 14 YALE – 2 P.M.; TBS, SLING TV

NO. 2 VILLANOVA VS. NO. 15 DELAWARE – 2:45 P.M.; CBS

NO. 7 USC VS. NO. 10 MIAMI – 3:10 P.M.; TRUTV, SLING TV

NO. 6 ALABAMA VS. NO. 11 NOTRE DAME – 4:15 P.M.; TNT, SLING TV

NO. 6 TEXAS VS. NO. 11 VIRGINIA TECH – 4:30 P.M.; TBS, SLING TV

NO. 4 ILLINOIS VS. NO. 13 CHATTANOOGA – 6:50 P.M.; TNT, SLING TV

NO. 2 DUKE VS. NO. 15 CAL STATE FULLERTON – 7:10 P.M.; CBS

NO. 6 LSU VS. NO. 11 IOWA STATE – 7:20 P.M.; TBS, SLING TV

NO. 1 ARIZONA VS. NO. 16 WRIGHT STATE -7:27 P.M.; TRUTV, SLING TV

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL –CIT

FRESNO STATE 83 EASTERN WASHINGTON 74

WOMEN’S NCAA TOURNAMENT

LONGWOOD 74 MOUNT ST. MARY’S 70

MISSOURI STATE 61 FLORIDA STATE 50

NBA SCOREBOARD

DETROIT 134 ORLANDO 120

NHL SCOREBOARD

TORONTO 3 CAROLINA 2

DALLAS 4 MONTRÉAL 3

PHILADELPHIA 5 NASHVILLE 4

WASHINGTON 7 COLUMBUS 2

NY ISLANDERS 2 NY RANGERS 1

EDMONTON 6 BUFFALO 1

DETROIT 1 VANCOUVER 0

LOS ANGELES 3 SAN JOSE 0

VEGAS 5 FLORIDA 3

MLB SPRING TRAINING

CHICAGO WHITE SOX 5 CHICAGO CUBS 2

CHICAGO WHITE SOX 4 CHICAGO CUBS 3

COLORADO 5 ARIZONA 3

BOSTON 14 MINNESOTA 1

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Saint Peter’s shocks No. 2 seed Kentucky 85-79 in OT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Saint Peter’s acted like it had been there before.

After the 15th-seeded Peacocks bounced storied Kentucky from the NCAA Tournament on Thursday night, they calmly exchanged handshakes with the Wildcats before heading over to the opposite sideline to celebrate with a small contingent of true believers.

The tiny Jesuit school from Jersey City, New Jersey, got 27 points from Daryl Banks III as it took down basketball royalty, beating second-seeded Kentucky 85-79 in overtime and sending countless brackets into the digital wastebasket.

“It was an amazing feeling,” Banks said. “You grow up you watching March Madness, the tournament, so to let that sink in – knowing the game was over – it felt really good.”

The Peacocks became the 10th No. 15 seed to win a first-round game since the tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985 and handed Kentucky its first opening-round loss under coach John Calipari.

“At the end of the day, every team that made it to the NCAA Tournament deserves to be here. Every team that made it to the NCAA Tournament believes they can advance. It’s about this night,” Saint Peter’s coach Shaheen Holloway said.

Saint Peter’s, the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference champion, kept it close throughout and Banks’ two free throws with 1:45 left in overtime gave the Peacocks the lead for good. Doug Edert’s layup with 24 seconds left in regulation sent the game to overtime. He also made the final two game-sealing free throws for the Peacocks and finished with 20 points.

Saint Peter’s (20-11) moves on to face either Murray State or San Francisco in Saturday’s second round in the East Region.

Not bad for a school with an enrollment of about 3,500 that’s made half as many NCAA Tournament appearances (four) as Kentucky has national titles (eight). Kentucky had nearly 31,800 students enrolled on its 900-acre campus as of last fall and has the second highest-paid coach in college hoops in Calipari (more than $8 million per year).

“It’s huge,” Banks said. “We’re putting Jersey City on the map. We come from Jersey, a small school, probably a lot of people don’t even know who we are.”

Oscar Tshiebwe had 30 points and 16 rebounds for Kentucky (26-8) but his pair of missed free throws early in overtime was costly, and the Wildcats lacked a reliable secondary scorer. TyTy Washington Jr. was held to five points on 2-of-10 shooting.

The game featured 16 ties and 13 lead changes. Kentucky went ahead 68-62 on Sahvir Wheeler’s driving layup with 4:12 remaining. Saint Peter’s followed with seven unanswered points, capped by Edert’s go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:25 remaining. Kellan Grady put Kentucky back ahead before Edert forced OT.

The Wildcats had their eyes set on a ninth title behind Tshiebwe, the 6-foot-9 forward who is a candidate for national player of the year honors. And Kentucky was playing in front of a predominantly blue-clad crowd at Gainbridge Fieldhouse, a 2 1/2 hour drive from Lexington.

“It is sad because I’ve been wanting this moment for a long time,” Tshiebwe said.

Banks set the tone throughout, making all four 3s for 16 first-half points. He finished 9 of 19 from the field and 5 of 8 from deep, with a loud reaction following most every big shot. Teammates followed suit.

Edert made 5 of 7 shots including both of his 3-point tries. Saint Peter’s finished 9 of 17 overall from 3 and shot 29 of 57 overall (50.9%). The Peacocks also stayed close on the boards (35 to Kentucky’s 36) and made 18 of 21 from the line.

“It feels amazing, truly it feels amazing,” Edert said. “They had a great crowd, a lot of people. I don’t know if you saw it, but we had our own little section over there, too.”

Kentucky was 26 of 61 (43%) overall and 23 of 35 from the line. The Wildcats were tentative at times with the ball, hesitation that ended with forced shots. And it led to a second consecutive loss to close the season.

“My whole thing this week, because I knew they had never played in this stuff, was to get them free and loose and we never got to that point,” Calipari said. “Even during timeouts, I was trying to do that. … As a coach it’s your job to figure out how to finish the game and we didn’t do that.”

TURNING POINT

After Banks’ go-ahead free throws, Kentucky had two empty possessions. Wheeler’s turnover led to a layup by Drane. Then KC Ndefo blocked Keion Brooks Jr.’s layup attempt, and Banks made two more free throws.

Washington sank a 3 to get Kentucky within 81-79 before Lee and Edert sealed it at the line.

BITTERSWEET MEMORIES

Before taking over at Saint Peter’s, Holloway spent eight years as an assistant at his alma mater, Seton Hall. He played four years for the Pirates and experienced the highs and lows of the NCAA Tournament as a senior in 2000.

Holloway scored 27 points and made the go-ahead basket with 1.9 seconds left in a first-round win over Oregon, but he was injured and played only eight minutes in a second-round win over Temple. He did not play when Seton Hall was eliminated in the Sweet 16 by Oklahoma State.

BIG PICTURE

Saint Peter’s: The Peacocks didn’t flinch against their more talented foe, keeping up with and sometimes dictating the pace. Banks’ perimeter shooting was huge in the first half before he came up late in the game and in OT.

Kentucky: The Wildcats had to work for nearly every basket but succeeded at getting to the line. But they struggled moving the ball and missed several key shots that could have won the game. Instead, they’re going home early a year after missing the tournament altogether.

UP NEXT

Saint Peter’s hopes to repeat Oral Roberts’ run to the Sweet 16 as a No. 15 seed last year.

Teddy Buckets: New Mexico State upsets UConn 70-63 in NCAA

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) New Mexico State coach Chris Jans was in the hallway of KeyBank Center preparing his pregame speech as Richmond celebrated the day’s first victory by a No. 12 seed in a nearby locker room.

“I stopped and watched them. It gave me chills to think about what that would feel like for us,” he said. “Was really, really hoping we’d get to feel that as well.”

The Aggies did just that.

Teddy Allen scored 37 points and New Mexico State won an NCAA Tournament game for the first time almost three decades, upsetting fifth-seeded Connecticut 70-63 Thursday night to become the second No. 12 seed to advance out of the first round.

The Aggies (27-6) will face fourth-seeded Arkansas on Saturday in the West Region. In their 23rd NCAA appearance, the Aggies won for the first time since beating Syracuse in the first round in 1993.

“I know our fanbase has not been hungry for it,” said Jans, who is in his fifth season at the Las Cruces school. “They’ve been starving for it.”

New Mexico State had not been back to Upstate New York since beating Syracuse in the Carrier Dome. In Buffalo, Allen and the Aggies made another memory.

Allen hit a rainbow 3 off the dribble with 1:40 left in the second half to put New Mexico State up 61-58.

“I don’t really need to feel like I’m in no zone,” Allen said. “That’s just how I play.”

He wasn’t done. After R.J. Cole (20 points) cut the lead to one for UConn (23-10), Allen went back to work.

“I’m a hooper, and right now at the level I’m at, this is the biggest stage, and this will be the worst time to fold,” Allen said.

The 6-foot-6 junior drove hard to the basket and scooped it home while drawing a foul. He popped off the floor and ran over to the sideline to flex for the Aggies’ fans before completing the three-point play for a 66-60 lead with 27 seconds left.

“The types of shots that he hits, some of them were unguardable,” UConn coach Dan Hurley said.

The Western Athletic Conference champions followed the tournament’s first 5-12 upset onto the floor. After Richmond eliminated Big Ten champion Iowa, New Mexico State asserted itself against the Huskies from the Big East.

Hurley called Allen “a bucket” the day before his team faced the well-traveled scorer.

The West Virginia (and Wichita State, Nebraska and junior college) transfer made a bunch of them against UConn after starting the game 0 for 6.

Allen made his next five to lead a closing 12-2 run that put the Aggies up 32-22 at halftime. He ended up taking almost half of New Mexico State’s 50 shots (24).

“He’s a bad shot-taker and he’s a bad shot-maker,” Jans said.

The Aggies upped the lead to as many as 14 early in the second half. UConn slowly clawed back and tied it 52 with 5:08 remaining. But the Huskies never led in the second half.

“We knew it was going to be a really, really hard game,” Hurley said. “They obviously got a performance from Teddy Allen today that sent us home.”

Allen finished 4 for 7 from 3 and 13 for 13 on free throws.

“The man is a bucket,” Aggies forward Jimmy McCants said.

BIG PICTURE

New Mexico State: The Aggies more than held their own against UConn on the glass, outrebounding the Huskies 26-25.

Allen said Jans told the team this game would prove whether the Aggies were a soft team.

“I just wanted to come out and prove we ain’t soft,” said Allen, who also had six rebounds.

UConn: Adama Sanogo, the Huskies’ second-leading scorer, never did get going inside. He finished with 10 points and eight rebounds on 4-of-9 shooting.

12 STRONG

This is the sixth time in the last 12 NCAA Tournaments more than one No. 12 seed advanced out of the first round.

UP NEXT

New Mexico State will try to win two games in an NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1970.

Collins provides spark, Michigan beats Colorado State 75-63

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Freshman Frankie Collins provided the spark Michigan needed in a turbulent year for the Wolverines and coach Juwan Howard, helping the 11th-seeded Wolverines rally from a 15-point deficit to beat sixth-seeded Colorado State 75-63 on Thursday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Collins, pressed into the starting lineup because starting point guard DeVante’ Jones was out with a concussion, had season highs of 14 points, six rebounds and 31 minutes. He came in averaging less than 10 minutes per game.

Big man Hunter Dickinson led Michigan with 21 points on 8-of-10 shooting. Eli Brooks had 16 points and Caleb Houstan added 13 for the Wolverines (18-14), who will face either third-seeded Tennessee or 14th-seeded Longwood in the second round of the South Region on Saturday.

The Wolverines, highly touted at the beginning of the season, squeaked into the tournament thanks largely to their stout schedule. Howard was suspended for five games down the stretch for hitting a Wisconsin assistant in the face during a postgame handshake line, and Michigan hasn’t won two straight games in more than a month.

Dischon Thomas scored 15 points on 5-of-7 3-point shooting for Colorado State (25-6), and Mountain West Conference player of the year David Roddy had 13 points and six rebounds.

But the Rams could not take advantage of the highest seed in school history, the momentum from nine wins in their previous 11 games or the big, early lead.

Michigan turned the ball over nine times in the first 12 1/2 minutes to fall behind 28-13, but things turned around when Howard reinserted Collins. He finished six of seven from the field and had just one turnover.

Collins scored seven straight points to cut the deficit to eight and Michigan closed within 36-29 at halftime.

He continued the charge early in the second half, capping a 6-0 spurt with a steal and dunk to make it 38-35. And when Houston made back-to-back 3s midway through the second half, Michigan led 53-49.

The Wolverines never trailed again, closing it out at the free-throw line.

BIG PICTURE

Michigan: A year ago, the Wolverines won the Big Ten regular-season crown and came within one win of reaching the Final Four. Most of those players opted to return to chase Michigan’s second national title. After teetering early, the Wolverines gave themselves a chance – especially if Jones returns this weekend.

Colorado State: The Rams had all five starters return from last season’s third-place NIT squad. They’re not likely to be as fortunate again next fall. While this was likely Niko Medved’s best coaching job, it wasn’t the way the Rams anticipated heading home.

UP NEXT

Michigan: Moves within one win of a fifth straight Sweet 16 appearance.

Colorado State: Will use this offseason to regroup and reload.

Richmond ousts 5th-seeded Iowa with 67-63 1st-round win

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Jacob Gilyard had an inkling a week ago – well before Richmond had even qualified for the NCAA Tournament – that the Spiders were capable of a first-round upset.

“Probably last Thursday,” the fifth-year guard said, referring to the day Richmond began a four-win run to the Atlantic 10 Tournament title. “We’re a fairly confident group and I think last weekend showed that.”

Spiders coach Chris Mooney had a feeling long before then, he said in the wake of the 12th-seeded Spiders’ 67-63 first-round win over Big Ten champion Iowa on Thursday.

Mooney reflected on how Richmond’s chances to qualify for the 2020 tournament with a 24-7 record were canceled because of the pandemic. Richmond went 14-9 last season, and Mooney credited the commitment six of his seniors showed when they chose to return for their extra year of COVID-19 eligibility.

“I told them it wasn’t going to be all perfect, like their careers haven’t been perfect. And I said, `The reason you came back was to handle adversity,'” Mooney said. “And these guys have done that in a great way all season.”

Gilyard scored 24 points, Tyler Burton added 18 points and 11 rebounds, and the Spiders improved their NCAA tourney record against fifth-seeded teams to 4-0. The Spiders (24-12) will face the Midwest Region’s No. 4 seed, Providence, which defeated South Dakota State.

Keegan Murray scored 21 points and Patrick McCaffery added 18 for the Hawkeyes (26-10), who were unable to carry over the momentum of winning four times in four days at the Big Ten tournament last weekend. Iowa set conference tournament records with 123 field goals and 351 points, finishing with a 75-66 win over Purdue on Sunday.

The Hawkeyes’ fourth-best offense nationally (83.8 points per game) was held to its third-lowest total of the year and worst production since a 48-46 loss at Rutgers on Jan. 19.

“This game is probably the worst game we played all year, and I don’t think it’s close so it’s definitely not a good feeling in our stomachs right now,” Connor McCaffery said.

Sixth-year Iowa guard Jordon Bohannon was unable to contain his emotions after playing his NCAA-record 179th and final game.

“Just thanks for giving me a chance. It’s been some of the best years of my life,” Bohannon said, his voice cracking on several occasions. “I faced a lot of adversity coming back, you know, a couple of hip surgeries, dealt with a lot of injuries. And I can honestly say this last year, I put my heart and soul into this team, and hopefully I left this jersey in a better place than where I found it.”

The Spiders are making their 10th tournament appearance and first since 2011, when they reached the Sweet 16 as – you guessed it – the No. 12 seed before losing to Kansas.

Led by sixth-year senior Grant Golden, Richmond’s 20-player roster is made up of five fifth-year graduate seniors – Gilyard is one of them – and three fourth-year seniors. That experience showed down the stretch, when Gilyard sealed the win by hitting all four of his free-throw attempts in the final 16 seconds.

The teams traded the lead seven times. Golden laid in an inbounds pass from Gilyard to put Richmond ahead 40-39 with 14:33 remaining, and the Spiders led the rest of the way. It was Golden’s first basket after missing his first nine attempts.

NO CALL?

Iowa took issue with the lack of a call when Richmond’s Matt Grace appeared to foul Kris Murray on a 3-point attempt with about a minute remaining and the Spiders up 60-57. Grace was credited with a block on the play, but replays showed he hit Murray’s elbow. Nathan Cayo then completed a three-point play at the other end.

CHILLY FIRST HALF

Iowa went 1 of 13 from 3-point range in a cold-shooting first half in which the teams combined to go 3 of 22; the Hawks finished 6 of 29 from beyond the arc. The first half featured six lead changes with neither team leading by more than four.

BIG PICTURE

Iowa has had some rough experiences in the NCAA Tournament. The Hawkeyes, the fourth team to win four games in four days at the Big Ten tourney, were the No. 2 seed last year and had national player of the year Luka Garza but were eliminated by Oregon in the second round.

Richmond improved its tournament record to 9-9, with all the wins coming when the Spiders were seeded 12th or lower. In 1991, Richmond became the tournament’s first 15-seed to defeat a No. 2 seed with a 73-69 win over Syracuse.

UP NEXT

Richmond faces Providence on Saturday.

No. 1 Gonzaga comes alive late to race past Georgia St 93-72

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Gonzaga coach Mark Few has seen plenty of No. 16 seeds in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. When he watched video of Georgia State, the longtime Bulldogs’ coach didn’t see a team that fit that profile.

Few turned to be correct. Gonzaga spent 30 minutes struggling to create any separation against the 16th-seeded Panthers before pulling away late for a 93-72 win on Thursday.

“Once we started really breaking them down, I kept telling people that’s not a 16 seed,” Few said after Gonzaga won its 13th straight first-round game in the NCAAs. “I think they showed it tonight. Georgia State gave us quite a fight.”

The Bulldogs eventually had too much size and skill for the Panthers. Drew Timme scored 22 of his 32 points in the second half, making up for a sluggish start by the Zags and a long stretch of the first half when the tournament’s No. 1 overall seed couldn’t make a basket.

Even when Gonzaga’s offense kicked into gear after halftime, the Panthers didn’t fold.

The eventual overwhelming surge from the Bulldogs finally arrived with about 10 minutes to go. Gonzaga went on a 24-1 run, turning a four-point game into the blowout that was expected. The Zags will face the West Region’s No. 9 seed, Memphis, in the second round on Saturday.

Timme was the catalyst, topping 30 points for the fifth time in his career while also grabbing 13 rebounds. Chet Holmgren, the Zags’ 7-foot freshman, added 19 points, 17 rebounds and seven blocks.

“My guys had my back and the coaches believed in me. I just had confidence from them,” said Timme, who was 3 of 7 shooting and 4 of 9 at the foul line in the first half. “It’s really reassuring. It really can help give you a boost when you get a little down on yourself.”

Corey Allen led Georgia State (18-11) with 16 points, and Jalen Thomas and Kane Williams both added 12. The Panthers trailed by two at halftime despite shooting 29% and were down 62-58 with 10 1/2 minutes left. From there, they watched Gonzaga put together the kind of spurt that’s made it the favorite to win its first national title.

Georgia State, the Sun Belt Conference champion, came in with a 10-game winning streak and one loss since Jan. 27.

“I hate for these guys that the score really isn’t indicative of how the game was really played,” Georgia State coach Rob Lanier said. “I’m really proud of these guys, not just for the effort tonight, just for their overall contributions to our program.”

Gonzaga led 64-58 when Holmgren scored on a putback and Nolan Hickman blocked a shot and scored in transition. Six points from Timme quickly pushed the lead to 16.

By the time Georgia State scored again with five minutes left, the Panthers trailed by 22 and the dream of the second 16-over-1 upset in tournament history had fizzled.

“We just needed to come back and be who we are in the second half, and I think they did a great job with that,” Few said.

Even when Timme scored 10 points in the first six minutes of the second half, the Panthers hung around thanks to the shooting of Justin Roberts, Williams and Allen.

Eventually, the Panthers started missing and Gonzaga’s stars kept scoring. Foul trouble also caught up with Georgia State as Kaleb Scott committed his fifth foul with 10:26 left, one of three interior players to foul out for the Panthers.

“We gave them a lot of easy buckets in the paint and a lot of fouls,” Williams said. “Those fouls kind of bit us. We just couldn’t overcome after that.”

BIG PICTURE

Georgia State: Making their fifth NCAA Tournament appearance, the Panthers simply didn’t have the interior bodies to match the Bulldogs. It didn’t help when forward Eliel Nsoseme went down clutching his left knee in the latter portion of the first half. Nsoseme was down on the court for several minutes slapping the floor and yelling in discomfort before eventually walking to the locker room. Lanier said he didn’t know how serious the injury but was told there was no chance Nsoseme could have returned.

Gonzaga: Foul shooting will be something to watch for the Bulldogs. Gonzaga was 9 of 19 in the first half and 16 of 30 for the game. The Zags had been solid for most of the season, shooting 73% as a team.

UP NEXT

Gonzaga will face a dangerous Memphis team that bounced back from a rough start to the season.

Providence snaps South Dakota State’s streak at 21 in NCAA

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Al Durham had 13 points, eight rebounds and six assists and Jared Bynum made three big free throws with 29.9 seconds left as Providence snapped the longest winning streak in college basketball by beating South Dakota State 66-57 Thursday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

The fourth-seeded Friars (26-5) advanced to face Iowa or Richmond in the Midwest Region on Saturday.

It was a typical grind for the Big East regular-season champions. The Friars’ turnaround season after going 13-13 in 2020-21 now includes 16 victories by single-digits.

The Jackrabbits (30-6) came in on a 21-game winning streak and were a popular pick to spring the tournament’s first upset.

So popular that it really wouldn’t have been much of an upset. The Friars were only a two-point favorite, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

All those close games have led to some calling Providence the luckiest team in America. The Friars like to think of themselves as a gritty team that makes winning plays late in close games – as they did Thursday.

The Friars were up three in the final minute and Bynum let loose a 3-pointer with 3 seconds left on the shot clock. The shot missed, but Douglas Wilson was whistled for a foul. Bynum released the ball before contact, but Wilson appeared to hit the shooter’s arm and bump him before he landed.

SDSU coach Eric Henderson put his head in his hands in frustration and then argued the call after watching it on the big screen.

Bynum knocked down all three shots to give Providence a six-point lead. Bynum finished with 12 points and Noah Horchler had 13 for the Providence.

Baylor Scheierman led the Jackrabbits with 18 points and 10 rebounds and Wilson scored 13.

Thursday marked 92 days since the Jackrabbits’ previous loss, but the second-highest scoring team in the country (86.7) struggled to do what it does best: Make 3s.

South Dakota State came into the game shooting nearly 45% from long range, best in Division I in 28 years. The Jackrabbits were 7 for 23 on 3s.

The Friars made 8 of 22 3-pointers, including Horchler’s jumper from the wing with 15:58 left in the second half that put Providence up 43-29. The largest lead of the game to that point had the Friars dancing on the bench and Henderson calling timeout to try to regroup.

The Jackrabbits responded with an 8-0 run and Providence was in yet another tight one the rest of the way.

The Jackrabbits were running early, with Wilson slamming home a couple of alley-oop passes and converting a behind-the-back-bounce pass from Scheierman into a layup.

The teams went almost nine minutes from the start of the game without a stoppage in play and South Dakota State led 17-15.

As things slowed a bit, Providence gained control. Durham, a graduate transfer from Indiana, finished the half with a driving layup and a turnaround jumper to cap a 7-0 run that put the Friars up 31-23 at half.

BIG PICTURE

South Dakota State: The Jackrabbits were making their sixth NCA Tournament appearance in just 13 years as a Division I school, but they are still looking for win No. 1.

Providence: The Friars got 15 productive minutes off the bench from 245-pound Ed Croswell, who had nine rebounds and four steals.

UP NEXT

Providence advanced to the second round of the tournament for the first time since 2016.

Carolina routs Marquette 95-63 in Davis’ NCAA coaching debut

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) Hubert Davis was quick to point out the first NCAA Tournament victory for Caleb Love and other North Carolina players.

The Tar Heels coach was less interested in what it meant to win his tournament debut for a storied program that also is his alma mater.

Brady Manek scored 28 points and Love needed just 19 minutes to tie Carolina’s single-game tournament record of six 3-pointers in a 95-63 rout of Marquette on Thursday, the biggest blowout in a matchup of 8-9 seeds in tournament history.

Love scored 21 of his 23 points before halftime as the eighth-seeded Tar Heels (25-9) built a 28-point lead. They play defending national champion Baylor on Saturday.

The win was in stark contrast to last year, when the Tar Heels sent Roy Williams into retirement with his only opening-round loss in 30 NCAA appearances.

“Honestly, it really doesn’t mean anything to me personally,” said Davis, a player from 1988-92. “When I see Caleb and Brady and Armando (Bacot) playing well like they did today, I know all the hard work that was put in during the summer and late nights, early in the mornings. It’s almost like a father. I’ve got three kids, and it’s a feeling of just being proud.”

Shaka Smart’s return to Texas was a dud a year after he took the Marquette job amid questions about his future as coach of the Texas Longhorns following a shocking first-round loss to Abilene Christian.

Olivier-Maxence Prosper scored 16 points for the No. 9 seed Golden Eagles (19-13), who lost their third consecutive first-round game.

“I told the guys in the locker room after the game, we’re not going to evaluate the entirety of our season based on one game,” Smart said. “We’re obviously really, really disappointed and upset with how today’s game went. It’s not up to standard that we set.”

Manek, the Oklahoma transfer who had a pair of first-round wins with the Sooners, finished with five 3s as he and Love combined to go 11 of 23 from long range.

Bacot matched Manek’s double-double while grabbing 10 rebounds on his way to the school season record (422). He scored 17 points. RJ Davis had a career-high 12 assists.

Smart, who lost all three of his first-round games in six seasons with the Longhorns, had one of three Marquette technical fouls in a span of 90 seconds late in the first half when he complained about a no-call. Kur Kuath got one for hanging on the rim after a dunk. Darryl Morsell was penalized on review after a scramble for a loose ball.

Just before the tech spree, Morsell ended up nose-to-nose with Love after trying to take the ball out of his hands when Love was called for stepping on the midcourt line while trying to dribble around the stocky Marquette guard.

“We knew it was going to be a dogfight,” Love said. “We don’t back down from anything. Just my competitive nature and my team’s competitive nature, just came out and, you know, we played it smart.”

The Tar Heels were already up 18 when players from both teams had to be separated. It quickly got worse from there.

Carolina finished the first half on a 16-4 run for a 53-25 lead, and Manek made it a 34-point game (67-33) with consecutive 3s early in the second half. The biggest lead for the Tar Heels was 35.

BIG PICTURE

North Carolina: The last time Carolina played Marquette in the NCAA Tournament, in 2011, the Tar Heels had 25 points at halftime. They bounced back to win that game 81-63.

Marquette: A solid shooting team most of the season, the Golden Eagles struggled badly from the field early. They were shooting 22% after three misses at the rim in the same sequence. They finished at 36%.

NO BACKING DOWN

After the Love-Morsell standoff, Davis turned to his bench with emphatic words of encouragement.

“I’ve been clear and definitive to the guys about what we need to do out there on the floor,” Davis said. “There’s been a number of times where teams have tried to push us around. And the only way that you can change that narrative of people thinking they can do that is if you swing back and be the first one to swing.”

Memphis holds off Boise State rally for 64-53 1st-round win

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Lessons from a tough start to the season helped Memphis weather a second-half challenge by Boise State on Thursday.

DeAndre Williams had 14 points, Jalen Duren made a crucial basket down the stretch and the ninth-seeded Tigers survived their first-round game against the Broncos with a 64-53 victory in the NCAA Tournament.

The Tigers (22-10), whose poor start to the season had coach Penny Hardaway dropping expletives in a press conference, are into the second round in the West Region and will play top-seeded Gonzaga on Saturday. The Bulldogs downed No. 16 seed Georgia State, 93-72.

“I just felt like (Hardaway) did a great job of preparing us for that moment. Just throughout my past and my history, I’ve always been in games where I could be up 20 or down 20, and the game is never over,” Duren said. “Coach Penny put us in the right spots, that always help us get through every time.”

Duren finished with 10 points and 11 rebounds for the Tigers, who were 9-8 after 17 games but went on a late-season charge to reach the tournament for the first time since 2014. The Tigers have now won 13 of their past 15 games.

Abu Kigab had 20 points to lead the eighth-seeded Broncos (27-8), the Mountain West regular-season and tournament champs, who were making their first appearance in the tournament since 2015.

Boise State trailed by 19 at the half but, taking advantage of a cold snap by the Tigers, narrowed the gap to 42-35 with 9:45 left. The Tigers had scored just four second-half points before Williams’ dunk with 9:18 left got them going again.

Kigab hit a 3-pointer and a short jumper to get Boise State within 49-43 with 5:55 remaining, but Williams answered again with a 3-pointer for the Tigers. And when the Broncos closed to 56-51 with 1:26 left on Naje Smith’s layup, and the teams traded foul shots, Duren’s layup pushed the margin to 60-53 to give Memphis some breathing room.

Alex Lomax, hobbled in the first half by an ankle injury, added some clinching free throws for the Tigers.

It was a disappointing finish to a dream season for longtime coach Leon Rice, whose Boise State teams had been dumped from the NCAA Tournament in First Four games their past two trips. The Broncos beat San Diego State to win the Mountain West tourney title and their 27 wins set the school record for a single season.

“That’s a team that’s putting it together,” Rice said of the Tigers. “I know they had a rough stretch and I know they started out in top 10 in the nation, and you see why. But they worked through some stuff throughout the year and they’ve turned it on right now and they’ve got it going.”

Memphis had the nation’s top recruiting classes, led by Duren and fellow five-star talent Emoni Bates, but Hardaway struggled to find a solid lineup until January – Bates had not played since Jan. 27 because of a back injury.

The Tigers have hit their stride down the stretch, though, reaching the title game of the American Athletic Conference tourney before losing to Houston. And they kept that momentum going into Thursday’s first-round game, going on an 8-0 run early to take a 27-17 lead when Bates hit a 3-pointer with 4:26 left in the half.

Lomax hit a 3 a few minutes later that gave Memphis a 38-19 lead at the break, but he came down hard and appeared to injure his left ankle. He was limping as he headed for the Tigers’ bench but returned to start the second half.

BATES IS BACK

Bates, who reclassified as a freshman, traveled to Portland with the team but it wasn’t certain he would play until the moment he stepped on the court. He warmed up before tipoff and was in uniform for the game, finally checking in with 5:57 left in the first half. His 3-pointer was his only points of the game.

Bates finished with three points in about 3 1/2 minutes. Hardaway said he decided not to play him more down the stretch as the game got tense.

“He did fantastic today, stayed positive, watched the game, learned a lot today,” Hardaway said. “Getting on the floor, getting his juices flowing again, he’s a tough competitor.”

BIG PICTURE

Memphis, which beat Boise State in last year’s NIT, had a big advantage on the boards (39-30) to overcome 15 turnovers and pull away down the stretch. But it will take a better performance on the offense end if the Tigers want to beat their likely second-round opponent Gonzaga, the national runner-up a year ago.

Boise State, which ranked 17th in the nation for defensive efficiency, had not trailed by more than seven points at halftime before Thursday. The Broncos nearly overcame the deficit but it proved to be simply too much.

UP NEXT

Memphis faces Gonzaga on Saturday for a spot in the Sweet 16.

Defending champ Baylor opens with 85-49 win over Norfolk St

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) Matthew Mayer just knew it was a perfect pass he turned into a half-ending breakaway dunk for defending national champion Baylor. He wasn’t really sure what happened before he got the ball.

“I thought it was like a rebound or something, and then all of sudden the ball was just right in front of me,” Mayer said. “I was like, `Wow, that was great.'”

Mayer scored a career-high 22 points, including that punctuating half-ending dunk with a salute, as the top-seeded Bears opened the NCAA Tournament with an 85-49 victory over Norfolk State on Thursday.

Jeremy Sochan did grab a rebound to start the play, and got credited with an assist on Mayer’s dunk.

“I didn’t really pass it to him, but I’ll take it. I’ll take it,” the pink-haired Sochan said with a chuckle.

After Joe Bryant tumbled to the floor when missing a layup, Sochan took a couple of dribbles while still in the lane. Norfolk State’s Tyrese Jenkins then reached from behind and swatted the ball out of his hands – into the air past midcourt, where it bounced once to a breaking Mayer, who got past Terrance Jones for the dunk.

“First, I should have dumped it off to my big man, who was wide open. I fell, so I couldn’t really see what happened,” said Bryant, the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference player of the year who had 15 points.

Freshman standout Sochan had 15 points and seven rebounds for the Bears (27-6), who had to travel less than 100 miles from their Waco campus for the East Region opener and first NCAA tourney game at Dickies Arena. They will play the North Carolina-Marquette winner in the second round Saturday.

Mayer, who finished 8-of-12 shooting with four 3s, directed a salute with his left hand toward the Spartans’ pep band after the dunk with the Bears up 43-27 at halftime.

“A big play, a big play, to end the first half,” Norfolk State coach Robert Jones said.

Jenkins hit a 3-pointer to start the scoring in the second half, but Norfolk State never got closer.

The 16th-seeded Spartans (24-7) were playing 10 years and a day after pulling off one of the biggest upsets in NCAA Tournament history. They were a No. 15 seed and 21 1/2-point underdog when they beat Missouri 86-84.

Norfolk State was one of the biggest underdogs in first-round games this year, at 20 1/2 points, according to FanDuel Sportsbook, and never came close this time.

“At some stretches, I think we let the moment get away from us a little bit,” Jones said.

Flo Thamba scored 14 points and Adam Flagler had 11 points for the Bears. James Akinjo, the graduate transfer from Arizona who also previously played at Georgetown, had 10 points and 10 assists in his first-ever NCAA tourney game.

Baylor, which shot 57% from the field and made 11 3-pointers, led throughout. Flagler hit a 3 and made a nifty floater in the lane to make it 5-0.

“It was fun to watch. Not many things to complain about this game for sure,” said coach Scott Drew, a week after Baylor lost in the Big 12 tournament quarterfinals. “I think that was a conscious effort of everybody to come out and be a lot more aggressive in both halves. And we did that, and set the tone early.”

BIG PICTURE

Norfolk State: Senior guard Jalen Hawkins, the team’s second-leading scorer at 13.4 points a game, didn’t play the first half because of a violation of team rules. “Integrity first,” Jones said when asked about what led to Hawkins being penalized. The guard didn’t enter the game until 16:45 remained and the Spartans were down 56-35 by time he took his first shot two minutes later – an airball on a long 3-pointer. He then came out of the game, and never returned.

Baylor: Mayer has been inconsistent at times this season as a full-time starter after no starts his first three seasons. But the 6-foot-9 senior is a high-energy player on both ends of the floor who can score in bunches. He could have a huge impact in the tourney with the Bears missing their big man known as “Everyday Jon.” Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua suffered a season-ending left knee injury Feb. 12.

FLO’S FAMILY

Thamba’s French-speaking parents saw him play a college game in person for the first time. Earlier this month, he saw his sister for the first time in 10 years when she came from England for his senior day.

“After the game, after the buzzer came off and it went off and then just walking on the side, seeing them smiling and cheering, it meant a lot to me. It was special,” said Thamba, who is originally from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, grew up in South Africa and also lived in England and France before coming to the United States.

UP NEXT

Baylor: The Bears have advanced past the first round in five consecutive NCAA appearances since opening-round losses to 14th-seeded Georgia State in 2015 and 12th-seeded Yale the following year.

Tennessee uses balanced offense to beat Longwood 88-56

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Tennessee used its stout defense to win the Southeastern Conference Tournament.

If the Volunteers shoot as well as they did Thursday in Indianapolis, they could be headed toward an even bigger celebration.

Santiago Vescovi scored 18 points on six 3-pointers, and Tennessee pounded Longwood 88-56 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, showing exactly why it felt it deserved better than a No. 3 seed.

The Volunteers (27-7) shot 60% from the field and had four players score in double figures. Josiah-Jordan James had 17 points, and John Fulkerson finished with 15 on 7-for-8 shooting. Kennedy Chandler scored 13 and Zakai Ziegler finished with 10.

Next up for the Vols is 11th-seeded Michigan on Saturday. The Wolverines beat sixth-seeded Colorado State 75-63 in Thursday’s first game in Indianapolis.

“It’s really fun to play this way when you know everybody on the team is just focused on winning,” said Vescovi, who went 6 for 8 from deep and finished with seven assists. “It’s really fun when we start moving and everybody starts moving off the ball and on offense, too. That’s when we’re playing our best basketball.”

This one will be hard to top.

Tennessee wanted to show the NCAA Tournament selection committee it made a mistake by putting the Vols on the No. 3 line – even after snapping a 43-year conference tourney title drought.

Playing a first-time NCAA tourney team in front of a crowd largely dressed in bright orange, the Volunteers used their depth and defense to avoid a repeat of last year’s first-round exit against Oregon State in the very same venue.

Led by Vescovi, they shot 14 for 24 from deep while producing the program’s top regulation scoring total in NCAA play since a 121-86 victory over Long Beach State in 2007.

Longwood (26-7) never really had a chance to make it interesting.

“They’re very talented and they move so well without the ball,” said Lancers guard DeShaun Wade, who had 10 points. “For a defense like us, where we try to switch everything, that was very difficult. But then you’ve also got to really fight for rebounds and on top of that they play pretty good defense. So it’s a pretty good team, all around.”

The Big South champs, from the tiny town of Farmville, Virginia, were led by Justin Hill with 13 points. But the nation’s fifth-longest winning streak ended at eight.

With 11:15 left in the first half, Tennessee only led 17-15. That’s when coach Rick Barnes tweaked the SEC’s top scoring defense, asking the Vols to switch more often.

It worked, and Barnes’ team picked up its play offensively, too.

With 11:15 left in the first half, Tennessee only led 17-15. That’s when coach Rick Barnes asked the SEC’s top scoring defense to make an adjustment. It worked and offensively, Vols also flipped a switch, completely change the game.

Tennessee used a 10-2 run to break it open and scored the final 13 points of the half to take a 54-29 lead. Longwood never made it close in the second half, and Tennessee’s starters got some extra rest.

“We were one of those teams (last year) who just thought things were going to happen. We weren’t really playing desperate,” James said. “We just talked this week, leading up to the game, about being the more desperate team and knowing that every team in this tournament is a championship team so you can’t take anything for granted.”

BIG PICTURE

Longwood: Coach Griff Aldrich and his players weren’t awestruck by the prospect of facing the SEC’s top team. But on the court, they couldn’t make it close. Clearly, Aldrich has this program heading in the right direction – especially if they build on this historic run.

Tennessee: The Volunteers have reached the second weekend of tourney play in five of their last nine tourney appearances. Another regional semifinal trip won’t suffice, though. Tennessee has only reached the Elite Eight once in school history, and it hopes to change that just as quickly as it did with the conference tourney title drought.

STAT PACK

Longwood: The Lancers had gone 18-1 in their previous 19 games. … Jordan Perkins had a team-best four rebounds. … Longwood was 7 of 22 from beyond the arc.

Tennessee: Chandler also had five rebounds and five assists, and Ziegler finished with six assists. … James also had nine rebounds. .. The Vols recorded 29 assists on 33 baskets.

UP NEXT

Tennessee needs a win over the Wolverines to reach the South Region semis in San Antonio, Texas.

Creighton rallies, gets 72-69 OT victory over San Diego St

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) Trey Alexander still being in the game late in regulation and overtime was improbable enough for Creighton.

Never mind the freshman making the tying and winning plays while playing with four fouls since early in the second half.

Alexander converted a go-ahead, three-point play late in overtime, and the Bluejays rallied for a 72-69 victory over San Diego State in an NCAA Tournament opener Thursday night.

Creighton hadn’t led since the first five minutes of the game when Alexander, who also had the tying bucket late in regulation, drove right and was fouled on the layup. The free throw put Creighton ahead 71-69 with 1:08 remaining.

Alexander’s role has increased since Ryan Nembhard, the Big East freshman of the year, injured his wrist Feb. 23 and required season-ending surgery. Alexander took over as the starting point guard.

“He’s been put into a very difficult role at midseason and what we’re asking him to do and what teams are trying to do to take him out of play,” coach Greg McDermott said. “And he’s handled it not like a freshman. He’s handled it like a veteran.”

Down by two, the Aztecs had the ball with 4.3 seconds left when Matt Bradley inbounded to Aguek Arop, then ran around him for the handoff. Bradley lost control of the ball before getting a shot off, and Creighton secured it with 0.8 to go.

Ryan Kalkbrenner had 16 points and 10 rebounds before leaving with an apparent left leg injury in overtime. Alexander scored 18 points with five assists and had the ball in his hands plenty in crunch time as the Bluejays scored the last nine points of regulation and the last six of OT.

“I think it has a lot to do with first off (McDermott) trusting in me and then also my teammates,” Alexander said. “What you do every day after practice, before practice, whatever you want to say, the extra work that you put in, I feel like it just takes over in the late moments and it’s not really you thinking about it. It just happens.”

The ninth-seeded Bluejays (23-11) will play Saturday against the winner between Kansas, the top seed in the Midwest Region, and Texas Southern. Creighton reached the Sweet 16 last year.

Chad Baker-Mazara scored 15 of his 17 points in the first half for the Aztecs (23-9), who were in position for their first tournament win since 2015. Bradley added 15.

Bradley had a chance to give San Diego State the lead on free throws with 6.4 seconds left in regulation when Alex O’Connell fouled him on a drive. Bradley missed the front end of a one-and-one, and Arthur Kaluma dribbled the length of the court before lofting an air ball from the baseline as time expired.

“It’s the agony and ecstasy of March,” San Diego State coach Brian Dutcher said. “I thought we competed at a high level, put ourselves in position to win. To Creighton’s credit, they closed the game and beat us.”

The Aztecs, whose last three losses before the tournament were by a point each, had led by at least five points since the middle of the first half when O’Connell, who scored 15 points, hit just the second 3-pointer of the game for Creighton to get the Bluejays within four just inside the two-minute mark.

After a steal led to a layup from Kalkbrenner, Creighton forced another turnover before getting two shots blocked at the other end. The Bluejays thought they had the tying basket on another steal after the second block, but an official ruled San Diego State called timeout.

That ruling was reversed on replay, giving Creighton possession. Alexander hit the tying layup with 11 seconds to go.

BIG PICTURE

Creighton: The Bluejays missed their first 10 3-point tries before Arthur Kaluma hit one to get them within five with 4:33 remaining. Creighton finished 2 of 14 from deep after coming in ranked 313th out of 350 teams beyond the arc. Both of the makes were big, though.

San Diego State: Nathan Mensah, the defensive player of the year in the Mountain West Conference, wasn’t much of a factor because of foul trouble. He picked up his fourth early in the second half, then his fifth just 34 seconds after re-entering the game.

BIG MAN GOES DOWN

Kalkbrenner went down and grimaced after a posting up Arop as they made contact with each other early in overtime. The 7-foot-1 sophomore got up, tried to take a couple of steps and went back down, holding his left knee. After several minutes, Kalkbrenner was helped off the floor without putting weight on his left leg.

“We had a devastating loss with Kalkbrenner going down, so this is a little bittersweet because of what he’s meant this team this year, he’s meant to the run we went on in February to get us here,” McDermott said. “He’s been a key component of that, and it’s unlikely that we’re going to have him on Saturday.”

MOUNTAIN WEST FLOP

San Diego State’s loss finished off the Mountain West at 0-4 in the tournament. Wyoming lost to Indiana in a First Four game. The other first-round losers were sixth-seeded Colorado State to Michigan and No. 8 seed Boise State, the conference tournament champion, against Memphis.

Arkansas hangs on for 75-71 win over 13th-seeded Vermont

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Stanley Umude had 21 points, JD Notae scored all 17 of his in the second half, and No. 4 seed Arkansas hung on for a 75-71 victory over 13th-seeded Vermont in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday night.

Jaylin Williams had 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Razorbacks (26-8), who a year ago reached the Elite Eight before losing to eventual champion Baylor. Arkansas advanced to face the West Region’s No. 12 seed, New Mexico State, which knocked off Connecticut.

Two-time America East player of the year Ryan Davis and Ben Shungu scored 20 points each for the Catamounts (28-6).

Coach Eric Musselman said it’s not unusual for Notae, the team’s leading scorer, to score most of his points in the second half, especially in games he picks up two fouls in the first half and sits, as happened against Vermont.

“I just believe the last 10 minutes of the game are so important that I want to have my best players available,” Musselman said. “I told him at halftime, `My man, I’m going to you. We’re running all the sets for you that we hadn’t run the first maybe 31 minutes of the game.`”

Notae responded by scoring Arkansas’ opening basket of the second half, and then bookending the final 20 minutes by sinking two free throws to seal the win with nine seconds remaining. Vermont’s final possession ended with Finn Sullivan missing a 3-point attempt, allowing Arkansas to run out the clock.

“Just got to be more aggressive. I feel like I settled too much in the first half,” Notae said. “Second half, I got downhill a little more, made plays for my teammates.”

Give credit to backup Davonte Davis, who scored 10 of his 14 points in the first half mostly playing in place of Notae.

After trading the lead seven times overall and six times through the opening 10:13 of the second half, Arkansas never relinquished the lead after Umude hit two free throws to put the Razorbacks ahead 52-51 with 9:34 remaining.

Arkansas’ largest lead was 67-58 when Notae completed a hard drive into the paint with 4:26 remaining. But the game eventually came down to free throws.

Vermont made 7 of 13 in the second half and missed seven overall. The Razorbacks hit 16 of 18 attempts in the second half and finished 20 of 25.

“Disappointing with our season ending, but I couldn’t be more proud of my team,” Vermont coach John Becker said. “We wish we could have shot free throws better. We wish we could have rebounded a little bit better at the end, but these guys left it all out on the court against a really, really good Arkansas team.”

The Mountaineers, who won three games in the America East Tournament by a combined margin of a whopping 110 points, came up against a far more defensive-minded opponent in the Razorbacks.

Arkansas limited its opponents to 64.6 points per outing and shooting 38.7% from the field as it entered the tournament winning 15 of 18 games.

CALL REVERSED

Trailing 73-71, the Catamounts appeared to have life when Isaiah Powell and Finn Sullivan surrounded Notae on an inbounds pass and appeared to force a turnover with the ball bouncing out of bounds with 9 seconds left. Officials, however, reversed the call by awarding the ball to Arkansas.

“You obviously want it to go your way. It was overturned, and that was it,” Shungu said.

BUFFALO ROAMING

Arkansas coach Eric Musselman made himself at home in Buffalo by wearing Bills, Sabres and Triple-A Bisons shirts this past week. The former NBA coach’s fascination with Buffalo began with the Marv Levy-coached Bills, who lost four straight Super Bowls in the early 1990s.

It was during the pandemic when Musselman said he began contacting teams – including the Bills – to send their clothing, which he wore during practices. He decided to pack the clothes upon learning the Razorbacks were heading to Buffalo.

BIG PICTURE

Vermont heads home after entering the tournament winning 22 of 23 and eight straight since a 75-74 overtime loss at Hartford on Feb. 14. The Catamounts’ tournament record dropped to 2-8.

Arkansas overcame Notae missing all four field-goal attempts and two free-throw attempts in the first half. Notae entered leading the team in scoring at 18.4 points per game.

UP NEXT

Arkansas meets New Mexico State on Saturday.

Top seed Kansas opens 50th NCAA with 83-56 win over TSU

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) Top-seeded Kansas opened its 50th NCAA Tournament the way it has so many times in the past, with a lopsided victory.

Remy Martin had 15 points and Christian Braun 14 to pace five Jayhawks scoring in double figures in an 83-56 victory over Texas Southern on Thursday night.

“It was a good team win, certainly one that I’m glad we got, especially in this crazy tournament and this crazy day,” said Kansas coach Bill Self after one of the last of games to finish on a wild opening tourney day when a No. 11 seed, two No. 12s and a No. 15 won games.

Southwestern Athletic Conference champion Texas Southern (19-13), the No. 16 seed which won a First Four game two nights earlier, had its only lead against the Big 12 champs after Bryson Etienne made its first shot of the game.

Once the Jayhawks finally got on the board on a tying layup by Dajuan Harris after missing their first three shots, they got on a roll. They made their next six shots, and soon after that had a stretch of seven makes in a row. There were several highlight dunks throughout the game, and Kansas made 11 3-pointers.

“The first four minutes, everybody was a little nervous, little tight. We loosened up a little bit and started playing well,” Braun said.

“We did a lot of really good things in the first half,” Self said. “I thought we shared it, defended, rebounded the ball pretty well, and after we kind calmed our nerves down a little bit, we were very efficient first half.”

Kansas (29-6) plays its second-round Midwest Regional game Saturday against ninth-seeded Creighton, which opened with a 72-69 overtime victory over San Diego State and will try to get to the Sweet 16 for the second year in a row.

John Walker III had 13 points for the Tigers.

Big 12 player of the year Ochai Agbagi had a relatively quiet night with 11 points for Kansas, but he had a short scoring outburst in the first half and his last points were a highlight play, scoring on an alley-oop pass from Harris, who finished with 12 points. Jalen Wilson had 11 points.

The Jayhawks led 47-19 after scoring five points in the final 4 seconds of the first half. It was their largest halftime lead in an NCAA Tournament game since they led by 29 over Marquette in the 2003 national semifinals.

“I didn’t think we played well there in the first half, but I thought in the second half we played, continued to fight and made some plays and looked more resembling the type of team that we had most of the time throughout the year,” Tigers coach Johnny Jones said. “Unfortunately, we ran into a team that’s very efficient, coached extremely well.

After Texas Southern got a putback layup from Joirdon Karl Nicholas with 15 seconds left in the half, Self called timeout.

Joseph Yesufu passed to true freshman Zach Clemence, who split through two defenders for a layup while being fouled with 4 seconds left. Clemence missed the free throw, but Jalen Coleman-Lands got the rebound and hit a half-ending 3-pointer from the right corner.

Agbaji had all seven of his first-half points by making three shots in row in a span of less than two minutes. He had a jumper, 3-pointer and then a layup that made it 14-7 before Braun’s 3-pointer for the first double-digit lead with 12:43 left in the half.

The Jayhawks later had an 18-2 run in which Martin scored nine points, including a steal and breakaway dunk.

“I didn’t know Remy could dunk a basketball, so that was a big moment,” Self said. “The pass that he gave David in transition was pretty special.”

Martin had ignited that spurt with an emphatic bounce pass to David McCormack for a thunderous one-handed slam dunk and a 21-12 lead.

“Scoring is not what I came here for. Came here to change pace and help my teammates,” Martin said. “If I have an open look, I’m there to take it. If not, find these guys.”

BIG PICTURE

Texas Southern: It was the second consecutive March and the third NCAA Tournament appearance in a row in which the Tigers won a First Four game before falling in the next game – they beat Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 76-67 on Tuesday. Texas Southern has made six of the last nine NCAA tourneys.

Kansas: The Jayhawks are in their record 32nd NCAA tourney in a row. The three-time national champions are 110-48 overall in NCAA games and have won their last 15 tourney openers since losing to Bradley in 2006. They also fell to Bucknell in their 2005 opener, but those are the only first-round losses in their 32 straight appearances.

UP NEXT

Kansas and Creighton have played in the NCAA Tournament only once, when the Jayhawks won 55-54 in 1974. Their only meeting since was another one-point victory for Kansas on Dec. 8, 2020.

UCLA avoids upset with late surge, holds off Akron 57-53

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Tyger Campbell rescued UCLA from a potential upset, scoring eight straight points late in the second half, and the fourth-seeded Bruins rallied for a 57-53 win over No. 13 seed Akron in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday night.

With the Bruins down 51-47 with 3 1/2 minutes left, Campbell took control and helped his team avoid getting bounced on the opening day of the tournament. Campbell hit a corner 3-pointer to pull UCLA within one, knocked down a 15-footer for the lead and added a 25-footer as the shot clock was expiring to put the Bruins ahead 55-51 with 1:17 left.

“My teammates just kept finding me and I just was wanting to make a play,” Campbell said. “I knew down the stretch, coach made some adjustments, and I just wanted to execute on them and the shots went in.”

Even with Campbell’s streak, the Bruins (26-7) still had to sweat the final moments after a missed free throw and Jamie Jacquez Jr. missing a jumper with 15 seconds left. Akron’s Ali Ali drove to the basket but didn’t have a clean look and was blocked by Cody Riley.

Johnny Juzang knocked down a pair of free throws, and the Bruins moved on to face No. 5 seed Saint Mary’s on Saturday.

“This reminds me of my Big East days. You’re going to win a rock fight, you’ve got to put your hardhat on and you’ve got to take care of the ball, get some extra possessions,” UCLA coach Mick Cronin said. “And the offensive rebounding was huge, and we didn’t turn it over. We were able to finally get some – hang in there and get some stops and get a few shots to go down.”

Campbell finished with 16 points and Jaquez added 15. Jules Bernard, who hit a 3 to start UCLA’s run when it trailed 47-39, added 10 points.

Xavier Castaneda led Akron (24-10) with 18 points and Enrique Freeman added 14 before fouling out with 2:26 remaining on an illegal screen. Ali, the Zips’ leading scorer, was held to five points after averaging nearly 15 per game.

“We had our chances,” Akron coach John Groce said. “Defensively I thought we were spectacular, quite frankly, and then offensively we had some empty possessions here and there that we’ll probably take a look at at some point in time and wish we could have back. That’s the way it works.”

A year after an unexpected run to the Final Four, the Bruins entered the tournament a trendy selection to make a run in the wide-open East. They nearly became another upset victim for Groce, who lost in the opening round of the tournament for the first time after going 3-0 in his previous NCAA trips as the coach at Ohio and Illinois. Akron was a 13 1/2-point underdog, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

The Zips had their chances, especially after building an eight-point lead. Castaneda connected on consecutive 3s after UCLA took a 39-38 lead, and Greg Tribble scored on a baseline reverse, falling down as he was fouled, to push the Zips’ lead to 47-39 with 7:54 left.

But UCLA closed the game on an 18-6 run.

“I think we didn’t panic, and like I said, we’ve been in those positions before last year in the tournament, also throughout our season,” Bernard said. “So we know what that feeling is like, and we just try to stay composed as best as possible and know that our effort and toughness would pull us through.”

OFFICIAL HISTORY

Amy Bonner was one of three officials for the nightcap in Portland, becoming the second woman to officiate an NCAA Tournament game. Melanie Davis worked a game between Illinois and San Diego State in 2002.

Bonner has worked in several conferences and was hired to work in the Big 12 a couple of seasons ago.

CRONIN’S CONTRACT

Earlier Thursday, UCLA announced a new six-year contract for coach Mick Cronin that runs through the 2027-28 season. Cronin was hired in April 2019.

BIG PICTURE

Akron: The Zips entered having won eight straight, including a sweep of the MAC Tournament and a 75-55 rout of rival Kent State in the championship game. It was the fifth NCAA bid for the Zips and their first since 2013. They’re still seeking their first win.

UCLA: The Bruins won despite a quiet night from Juzang, who finished with nine points on 3-of-11 shooting. It was the fourth time in six games Juzang failed to reach double figures.

UP NEXT

The Bruins will face the Gaels in the second round on Saturday.

Murray State edges San Francisco 92-87 in overtime

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) KJ Williams scored six of his 18 points in overtime after Murray State blew an eight-point lead late in regulation, and the seventh-seeded Racers extended their winning streak to 21 games with a 92-87 victory over San Francisco in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday night.

The Racers (31-2) tied South Dakota State for the longest winning streak in the nation this season. With SDSU’s loss to Providence earlier Thursday, Murray State can edge ahead in Saturday’s East Region second-round game against Saint Peter’s. The 15th-seeded Peacocks toppled Kentucky 85-79 in OT.

The nightcap in Indianapolis was just as tight, with 18 lead changes and 14 ties. Murray State ultimately took control with Williams’ clutch baskets and Jordan Skipper-Brown’s timely plays in the extra session.

Jamaree Bouyea scored 36 points for USF (24-10), which made its first NCAA appearance since 1998.

Williams made a go-ahead layup with 1:15 remaining before Skipper-Brown’s layup made it 89-85 with 30 seconds left. Zane Meeks’ putback got USF within a basket, but he missed a free throw. Skipper-Brown made two free throws with 13.7 seconds left before adding another with 1.7 seconds remaining to seal the win.

The Racers led 73-65 with 1:58 remaining in regulation, but Khalil Shabazz made a 3-pointer and Bouyea followed with five straight points.

Trae Hannibal also had 18 points for Murray State before fouling out late in regulation. Brown added 17, Justice Hill scored 15 and Skipper-Brown had 12 points and 10 rebounds, all of which the Racers needed to gut out their latest win.

BIG PICTURE

San Francisco owned the paint 40-36 but was outrebounded 43-35, and that made the difference.

Murray State got the balance it wanted and needed to outlast the Dons.

UCLA’s Mick Cronin signs 6-year contract extension

LOS ANGELES (AP) Mick Cronin has signed a six-year contract extension as UCLA basketball coach that will keep him in Westwood through the 2027-28 season.

Athletic director Martin Jarmond announced the deal Thursday, hours before the fourth-seeded Bruins opened play in the NCAA Tournament against 13th-seeded Akron in Portland, Oregon.

Cronin has a record of 66-29 in his first three seasons at the helm. Last year, he guided the Bruins to their first Final Four appearance since 2008.

“Mick is the right leader for our program because he knows what it means to represent the four letters, he won’t settle for less than being an elite program, and he wins with integrity,” Jarmond said in a statement. “He has done a tremendous job of developing young men, and his players respect him.”

Cronin was hired in April 2019 by Jarmond’s predecessor, Dan Guerrero.

The 11th-ranked Bruins were 25-7 this season. They finished second in the Pac-12 at 15-5 and lost in the title game of the league’s tournament. UCLA led the league in scoring defense at 64.8 points per game and its 9.2 turnovers were the fewest per game.

“I am totally committed to seeing this process through with the goal of becoming national champions and one of the elite programs in college basketball,” Cronin said in a statement.

Bey scores career-high 51 points, Pistons beat Magic 134-120

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Saddiq Bey scored a career-high 51 points and the Detroit Pistons beat the Orlando Magic 134-120 on Thursday night to end a four-game losing streak.

Bey tied the franchise record with 10 3-pointers in 14 attempts. He was 17 for 27 overall.

Two nights after being torched for 16 points in the first quarter by Brooklyn’s Kyrie Irving on his way to a 60-point game, the Magic gave up 21 points in the first quarter to Bey.

“I saw those highlights and it was just very efficient. It was within the flow of the game,” Bey said. “That was a great performance to watch, and I think just throughout the NBA there’s been a lot of great performances in the past two weeks. I’m just grateful to be in this league to have the opportunity.”

Marvin Bagley III added 20 points and 11 rebounds for Detroit in the matchup of the bottom two teams in the Eastern Conference. Franz Wagner led Orlando with 26 points.

“Rebuilding is always ugly,” Detroit coach Dwane Casey said, “but there’s a lot of beautiful moments like tonight.”

Bey finished the first half in spectacular fashion, scoring five points in less than five seconds. He hit a 20-footer while falling out of bounds with 8.8 seconds left, came up with a back-court steal and made a 3-pointer with 3.9 seconds left, leaving the Pistons with a 73-62 lead.

“He had 30 points at half so we were definitely expecting 50,” said Pistons center Isaiah Stewart, who had 16 points and 10 rebounds.

The Magic scored the first nine points of the game, but that lead was quickly erased by Bey. The Pistons moved ahead for keeps on a dunk by Stewart that broke a 50-50 tie midway through the second quarter.

“I think it was just the flow of the game,” Bey said. “I didn’t come into the game saying this is what I’m going to do, but you catch a rhythm and you get in a zone. My teammates did a great job of finding me and just encouraging me to stay aggressive.”

The Pistons shot 50 percent and their 134 points was also a season high.

“(Bey) got going early and he hit some really tough shots, but we’ve got to do a better job – I’ve got to do a better job – of not letting him do what he wants to do,” Wagner said. “He shot 14 3s and we knew before the game we didn’t want him shooting 3s.”

TIP-INS

Pistons: G Cade Cunningham missed his second straight game because of a non-COVID illness. . . . F Jerami Grant sat out the game because of right knee inflammation. . . . All 10 Pistons who played had at least one assist, and Bey had four of the team’s 34.. . . . Detroit won the season series 3-1.

Magic: Cole Anthony missed his first 10 shots. . . . F Wendell Carter Jr. did not play due to a sprained left ankle. . . . G Jalen Suggs missed his fourth game with a bruised right ankle. . . . F Chuma Okeke missed his first game since Jan. 3 with a left knee contusion.

UP NEXT:

Pistons: At Cleveland on Saturday night.

Magic: Host Oklahoma City on Sunday night.

Russian media: Arrest of WNBA star Griner extended to May 19

(AP) — A court near Moscow has extended the detention of WNBA star Brittney Griner until May 19, according to the Russian state news agency Tass.

Griner was detained at a Moscow airport, reportedly in mid-February, after Russian authorities said a search of her luggage revealed vape cartridges allegedly containing oil derived from cannabis, which could carry a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.

The case of the 31-year-old Griner, one of the most recognizable players in women’s basketball, comes amid heightened tensions between Washington and Moscow over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

“The court granted the request of the investigation and extended the period of detention of the U.S. citizen Griner until May 19,” the court said, according to Tass.

The U.S. Embassy in Moscow did not immediately return calls from The Associated Press seeking comment.

The U.S. State Department has been “doing everything we can to support Brittney Griner to support her family, and to work with them to do everything we can, to see that she is treated appropriately and to seek her release,” spokesman Ned Price said Tuesday at a briefing. He cited privacy considerations in not giving out more details.

Ekaterina Kalugina of the regional Public Monitoring Commission, a state-backed panel in Russia that monitors prisoners’ conditions, told Tass that Griner was sharing a cell with two other female detainees accused of narcotics offenses.

Griner’s cellmates spoke English and were helping her to communicate with staff at the pre-trial detention facility and to obtain books, Kalugina said.

“The only objective problem has turned out to be the basketball player’s height,” Tass quoted Kalugina as saying of the 6-foot-9 Griner. “The beds in the cell are clearly intended for a person of lesser height.”

Griner has won two Olympic gold medals with the U.S., a WNBA championship with the Phoenix Mercury and a national championship at Baylor. She is a seven-time All-Star. The WNBA season opens May 6.

She was one of a dozen WNBA players who played in Russia or Ukraine this past season. All except Griner have left since Russia invaded Ukraine.

Griner has played in Russia for the last seven years in the winter, earning over $1 million per season – more than quadruple her WNBA salary. She last played for her Russian team UMMC Ekaterinburg on Jan. 29 before the league took a two-week break in early February for the FIBA World Cup qualifying tournaments. She was arrested in Moscow upon returning to Russia.

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton joined a growing contingent of family, friends and officials calling for her release with a “Free Brittney” tweet Wednesday.

It’s unclear how much progress was being made in the case because Griner’s group has been trying to work quietly for her release and declining to talk publicly since her arrest was made public earlier this month.

Griner’s wife, Cherelle, thanked everyone for their support but also has said little else on social media.

“Everyone’s getting the strategy of say less and push more privately behind the scenes,” WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert told the AP on Wednesday. “It’s the strategy you get from the State Department and administration. It’s our No. 1 priority in talking with her agent and strategists.”

Wentz: Colts ending ‘tough to swallow’

Former Indianapolis Colts quarterback Carson Wentz admitted Thursday the team’s poor finish to the 2021 regular season was a shock.

In his inaugural press conference with the Washington Commanders, the 29-year-old signal-caller also said he was “definitely surprised” by how his tenure in Indianapolis concluded, according to Nicki Jhabvala of the Washington Post.

Indianapolis dealt Wentz just a year after acquiring him from the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for multiple draft picks. The Colts missed the playoffs in 2021 after ending the regular season with two losses in which Wentz threw just two touchdowns to one interception.

The Commanders acquired the veteran signal-caller when the teams swapped 2022 second-round picks, and Washington also gave up a third this year and a conditional third in 2023.

“I think it was a year that had highs and lows, ups and downs, Wentz said. “But the way we finished, the way I finished, was horrible. It was horrible. It was tough to swallow.”

The veteran passer led the Colts to a 9-8 record as a starter after throwing for 3,563 yards, 27 touchdowns, and seven interceptions.

Wentz also brushed off a report that his lack of leadership – among other qualities – led to his departure from Indianapolis.

“There (is) truth in some things, but if we try to combat every report, we run out of things to say,” Wentz said. “I just try to be myself. …I strongly feel I had amazing relationships with people in Philly and in Indy.”

The No. 2 pick in the 2016 NFL Draft is focused on a fresh start in a new environment for a second consecutive season. Donning burgundy and gold colors for Thursday’s presser, Wentz said he feels healthy and is excited to begin working with Washington’s stars, including Terry McLaurin.

Washington explored many different options in a quest to find a franchise arm. The club inquired about the availability of Aaron Rodgers and reportedly offered multiple first-round picks in an attempt to acquire Russell Wilson. It also did its homework on the Houston Texans’ Deshaun Watson.

The Commanders will aim to record their first winning season since 2016.

AP source: Raiders acquiring Davante Adams from Packers

(AP) — The Las Vegas Raiders have made a blockbuster move to keep up in the AFC West, acquiring All-Pro receiver Davante Adams from the Green Bay Packers.

A person familiar with the move said Thursday the Raiders are sending the No. 22 overall pick in the April draft and additional compensation to the Packers to reunite Adams with his college quarterback, Derek Carr. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal hadn’t been announced.

NFL Network reported that Adams has agreed to a new five-year deal with the Raiders that will pay him $141.25 million in the richest deal ever for a wide receiver.

This was an aggressive move by the Raiders new regime led by coach Josh McDaniels and general manager Dave Ziegler and the latest in an AFC West arms race as teams try to catch Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs. Denver traded for quarterback Russell Wilson and the Chargers acquired edge rusher Khalil Mack.

Now the Raiders are trying to keep pace and build on a 10-win season that sent them to the playoffs for the second time in the past 19 seasons.

Las Vegas potentially has one of the league’s most dynamic offense with Carr having his best set of playmakers with Adams teaming with Pro Bowl slot receiver Hunter Renfrow, star tight end Darren Waller and running back Josh Jacobs.

Carr has a strong history with Adams, playing two seasons together in college at Fresno State. In their final year together in 2013, Adams had 131 catches for 1,719 yards and 24 TDs.

Now the next big move for the Raiders will likely be extending Carr’s contract. He is playing on the final year of a five-year, $125 million deal and is in line for a lucrative extension now that the Raiders appear to be going all-in.

Adams has been one of the most productive receivers in the NFL in recent years. His 432 catches, 5,310 yards receiving and 47 TD receptions lead the NFL over the past four seasons.

He had 123 catches for 1,553 yards and 11 TDs last season when he made his second straight All-Pro team.

This trade comes less than two weeks after the Packers placed the franchise tag on Adams, a move that meant he would have been due to receive just over $20 million for the 2022 season if the two sides didn’t work out an extension before July 15.

Adams, who has said he wants to be the game’s highest-paid receiver, was asked late in the season about the prospect of getting the franchise tag.

“I’m not sure how to answer that safely right now,” Adams said then. “So, we’ll just cross that bridge when we get to it. I’ll just say that. I like to be professional on here.”

The 29-year-old Adams is the only player in NFL history to have at least 110 catches, 1,350 yards receiving and 11 touchdown receptions in three separate seasons.

Adams has joined Marvin Harrison and Larry Fitzgerald as the only players to have 600 catches, 8,000 yards receiving and 70 touchdown receptions over their first eight seasons.

Without Adams in the fold, the Packers have all sorts of questions at receiver.

The Packers return veteran Randall Cobb but aren’t certain to bring back any of their other proven wideouts.

Allen Lazard is an unrestricted free agent who received a second-round tender this week. Marquez Valdes-Scantling, the team’s top deep threat, is an unrestricted free agent. Tight end Robert Tonyan also is an unrestricted free agent.

Cowboys release OL La’el Collins for more salary cap relief

(AP) — The Dallas Cowboys released right tackle La’el Collins on Thursday in the second cost-cutting move involving one of their starters on offense.

Collins is being designated as a post-June 1 cut to save more money under the salary cap this year. Dallas gets $10 million in cap space this season.

The release of the 29-year-old Collins comes five days after the Cowboys traded receiver Amari Cooper to Cleveland for cap relief. Dallas is moving on from three offensive starters after not re-signing left guard Connor Williams, who is headed to Miami.

Collins became a starter during his rookie season in 2015 after signing with the Cowboys as an undrafted free agent. The former LSU player was expected to be a high pick, but his name surfaced just before the draft in the police investigation of a woman’s death. Collins was quickly cleared.

The final two seasons in Dallas for Collins were rough. He didn’t play at all in 2020 because of hip surgery. Last year, he got a five-game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy.

Collins sued the league with two games remaining on the suspension, and court documents in the lawsuit revealed that the NFL accused him of bribing a drug-testing official. Collins’ agent strongly denied the allegations.

After serving the entire suspension, Collins didn’t immediately get his job back. The Cowboys stayed with another undrafted player in Terence Steele, although Collins eventually did start again. Steele is expected to replace him again.

Collins had three years left on a $50 million, five-year extension signed in 2019. It was his third contract with the Cowboys. Collins started 71 of 74 games for Dallas, including 47 of 48 regular-season games from 2017-19 before hip surgery.

Champion LA Rams agree to 3-year deal with WR Allen Robinson

(AP) — The Los Angeles Rams agreed to terms Thursday on a three-year contract for receiver Allen Robinson, one of the NFL’s most dependable veteran pass-catchers during his eight seasons in the league.

Robinson has three 1,000-yard seasons during a productive career split between Jacksonville and Chicago. He caught 38 passes for 410 yards while limited to just 12 games by injuries for the Bears, but he racked up 2,397 yards and 13 TDs in his previous two seasons combined in Chicago.

Robinson is the latest big-name receiver to join the Rams, who have had one of the NFL’s deepest groups at the position for much of coach Sean McVay’s half-decade in charge. Robinson also is the first outside free agent signed this month by the Rams, who have lost several key players to free agency and retirement over the past week.

Robinson has never played with a quarterback of Matthew Stafford’s caliber, but he will be a key component of Los Angeles’ offense for its title defense.

Cooper Kupp led the NFL in all three major receiving categories last season before winning the Super Bowl MVP award, while Odell Beckham Jr. revitalized his career as a midseason addition.

Van Jefferson is a dependable third starter, while sturdy veteran Robert Woods is expected to return for the 2022 season after tearing a ligament in his knee last year and missing the second half of the season and the playoffs.

Beckham is an unrestricted free agent, and the Rams have expressed interest in re-signing him. But the knee injury incurred by Beckham during the Super Bowl will sideline him until at least the midway point of the upcoming season, and possibly longer.

The Rams also used a second-round pick last season on speedy receiver Tutu Atwell, who was lost early in the regular season to injury.

Los Angeles has employed Sammy Watkins, Brandin Cooks and Josh Reynolds as receivers earlier in McVay’s tenure, but Kupp and Woods have been constants since 2017.

Report: Browns out of running for Watson, view Mayfield as their QB

The Cleveland Browns have been informed they are out of the running for Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson, a source told NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo.

The Browns reportedly view Baker Mayfield as their quarterback moving forward, having told his camp at the NFL combine that they’d only explore top-tier options.

The New Orleans Saints, Atlanta Falcons, and Carolina Panthers are Watson’s remaining suitors. The Saints appear to be in the driver’s seat after reportedly meeting with the Texans signal-caller for a second time Wednesday night.

Mayfield fueled speculation about his future by posting a message thanking Browns fans Tuesday, the same day Cleveland brass apparently met with Watson.

“I have no clue what happens next, which is the meaning behind the silence I have had during the duration of this process,” wrote Mayfield. “I can only control what I can, which is trusting in God’s plan throughout this process. I have given this franchise everything I have.”

Reports Wednesday suggested Cleveland could move on from Mayfield regardless of the outcome of its Watson pursuit. ESPN’s Chris Mortensen said the Browns want “an adult” at quarterback and could be eyeing a move for San Francisco 49ers passer Jimmy Garoppolo.

Cleveland had publicly emphasized that Mayfield – who’s entering the final year of his rookie contract – will be its quarterback in 2022 following the conclusion of the team’s disappointing 2021 campaign.

The 2018 No. 1 pick played through a shoulder injury for most of last season as the Browns missed the playoffs and finished with an 8-9 record. Mayfield’s QBR of 35.1 ranked 27th among starters and was his lowest career mark.

Bills cut receiver Cole Beasley day after signing Von Miller

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) Cole Beasley can forget trying to negotiate a trade out of Buffalo now that he’s a free agent after being cut by the Bills on Thursday.

The Bills made the move to cut their top slot receiver to free up salary cap space a day after making a huge splash in free agency by signing two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year Von Miller to a six-year contract.

Beasley’s tenure in Buffalo was already in question with his release coming two weeks after the Bills granted the 10th-year player permission to negotiate a trade. Beasley had one year left on a four-year contract he signed with Buffalo as one of the team’s key free-agent additions in 2019 after spending his first seven seasons in Dallas.

His departure further drains Buffalo’s depth at receiver behind Stefon Diggs, with Emmanuel Sanders entering free agency and having yet to determine whether he’ll retire. Gabriel Davis returns for a third season and Buffalo re-signed Isaiah McKenzie to a two-year contract on Monday.

Though Beasley finished the season with a career-best-matching 82 catches for a second consecutive year, his production dropped from 967 yards receiving and four touchdowns in 2020 to 693 yards and one TD this past season.

He also missed a key game, a 33-21 win over AFC East rival New England on Dec. 26, after being placed on the COVID-19 list.

Beasley’s final season with Buffalo will also be remembered for him being one of the league’s most vocal anti-vaccination critics last summer. He most notably threatened to retire in June after questioning the NFL and NFLPA jointly adopting rules requiring unvaccinated players to stay clear of people.

Flaherty to seek 2nd medical opinion on ailing shoulder

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Jack Flaherty will seek a second medical opinion on his ailing pitching shoulder.

Flaherty underwent imaging tests on his right shoulder Tuesday. He has not thrown off a mound since spring training opened.

“It would be nice to know what’s going on with him and what the plan will be with him moving forward,” manager Oliver Marmol said Thursday. “Our hope is we get it here pretty soon.”

Flaherty, 26, was 11-8 with a 2.75 ERA in 2019, went 4-3 with a 4.91 during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season and 9-2 with a 3.22 in 17 starts last year, when he was slowed by an oblique injury.

Potential rotation replacements include right-handers Johan Oviedo, Jake Woodford and Drew VerHagen.

Reliever Giovanny Gallegos was expected to start workouts Friday after a late arrival.

Bauer leave extended through April 16 by MLB, players’ union

NEW YORK (AP) Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer will miss the start of the season after his administrative leave was extended through April 16 on Thursday by Major League Baseball and the players’ association.

He was placed on seven days’ paid leave last July 2 under the union and MLB’s joint domestic violence and sexual assault policy after a Southern California woman said he choked her into unconsciousness, punched her repeatedly and had anal sex with her without her consent during two sexual encounters earlier last year.

MLB and the union have since agreed to several extensions.

“Mr. Bauer is cooperating with the MLB investigation and looks forward to resolving this matter. He continues to prepare for the 2022 MLB season,” Bauer’s agents, Jon Fetterolf and Rachel Luba, said in an emailed statement.

“Administrative leave is not a disciplinary action nor does it in any way reflect a finding in the league’s investigation.”

Bauer did not pitch after June 29. He had a record of 8-2 and a 2.59 ERA in 17 appearances in his first season with the Dodgers. He was paid his $28 million salary last year.

Los Angeles prosecutors last month decided not to charge Bauer for allegedly beating and sexually abusing the San Diego woman he met through social media.

Prosecutors were unable to prove the woman’s accusations beyond a reasonable doubt, the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office said in a document concluding their investigation.

After the prosecutors’ decision, Bauer vehemently denied in a seven-minute video posted on YouTube that he abused the woman. He said the two engaged in rough sex at her suggestion and followed guidelines they agreed to in advance. Each encounter ended with them joking and her spending the night.

The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they have been victims of sexual assault.

After winning his first Cy Young Award with the Cincinnati Reds in 2020, Bauer agreed to a $102 million, three-year contract to join his hometown Dodgers.

NTSB: 13-year-old drove pickup in Texas crash that killed 9

HOBBS, N.M. (AP) A 13-year-old was driving the pickup truck that struck a van in West Texas in a fiery collision that killed nine people, including six members of a college golf team and their coach, a National Transportation Safety Board official said Thursday.

The child and a man traveling in the truck also died.

The truck’s left front tire, which was a spare tire, also blew out before impact, said NTSB Vice Chairman Bruce Landsberg.

Although it was unclear how fast the two vehicles were traveling, “this was clearly a high-speed collision,” Landsberg said.

One must be 14 in Texas to start taking classroom courses for a learner’s license and 15 to receive that provisional license to drive with an instructor or licensed adult in the vehicle. Department of Public Safety Sgt. Victor Taylor said a 13-year-old driving would be breaking the law.

The pickup truck crossed into the opposite lane on a darkened, two-lane highway before colliding head-on with a van, killing the boy, a man traveling with him, six New Mexico college students and a golf coach.

The University of the Southwest students, including one from Portugal and one from Mexico, and the coach were returning from a golf tournament when the vehicles collided Tuesday night. Two Canadian students were hospitalized in critical condition.

The NTSB sent an investigative team to the crash site in Texas’ Andrews County, about 30 miles (50 kilometers) east of the New Mexico state line. While the area is rural, its roads can often be busy with traffic related to agriculture and oil and gas development.

University of the Southwest spokeswoman Maria Duarte declined to comment on the NTSB’s announcement about the young driver, citing the ongoing investigation.

The golf teams were traveling in a 2017 Ford Transit van that was towing a box trailer when it collided with the truck, and both vehicles burst into flames, according to NTSB spokesman Eric Weiss.

He said the vehicles crashed on a two-lane asphalt highway where the speed limit is 75 mph (120 kph), though investigators have not yet determined how fast either vehicle was traveling.

The Texas Department of Public Safety identified the deceased as: Golf coach Tyler James, 26, of Hobbs, New Mexico; and players Mauricio Sanchez, 19, of Mexico; Travis Garcia, 19, of Pleasanton, Texas; Jackson Zinn, 22, of Westminster, Colorado; Karisa Raines, 21, of Fort Stockton, Texas; Laci Stone, 18, of Nocona, Texas; and Tiago Sousa, 18, of Portugal.

Also killed were Henrich Siemens, 38, of Seminole County, Texas, and the unidentified 13-year-old boy who were in the 2007 Dodge 2500 pickup.

Critically injured aboard the van were Canadian students Dayton Price, 19, of Mississauga, Ontario, and Hayden Underhill, 20, of Amherstview, Ontario. Both were taken by helicopter to the University Medical Center in Lubbock, about 110 miles (180 kilometers) to the northeast.

“They are both stable and recovering and every day making more and more progress,” University of the Southwest Provost Ryan Tipton said Thursday of the two injured students.

“One of the students is eating chicken soup,” said Tipton, calling their recovery “a game of inches.”

Tipton said University President Quint Thurman visited the students’ parents at the hospital, illustrating the close community at the college with only about 350 on-campus students.

Underhill’s brother Drew said their parents, Ken and Wendy, flew to Texas.

“Hockey was a big part of life for a while, but his true passion is golf,” Drew Underhill said.

The Mexican Federation of Golf posted an online note of condolence to the loved ones of Mauricio Sanchez.

Sousa was from Portugal’s southern coast, where he graduated from high school last summer before heading to college in the U.S., said Renata Afonso, head of the Escola Secundaria de Loule.

“Any school would be delighted to have had him as a student,” she said.

Stone’s mother wrote of her loss on Facebook on Wednesday, calling the teen “an absolute ray of sunshine during this short time on earth.”

Team member Jasmin Collum had been scheduled to play but at the last minute decided instead to visit her parents in Houston, her mother said.

“We knew all those people on board,” Tonya Collum said. “Basically the whole team is gone or in the hospital.”

The University of the Southwest is a private, Christian college located in Hobbs, New Mexico, near the state line with Texas.

A memorial was set up Wednesday at the course near campus where the team practices. There were flowers, golf balls and a handmade sign with a cross and the initials USW.

“It’s the very least we could to for the players, and of course Coach James,” said Rockwind Community Links Manager Ben Kirkes.

The university said on Twitter that counseling and religious services would be available on campus.

The teams had been taking part in a golf tournament at Midland College, about 315 miles (505 kilometers) west of Dallas. Midland College canceled Wednesday’s play because of the crash.

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Indiana’s Season Ends in NCAA Second Round

PORTLAND, Ore. – This was not what any Hoosier wanted, not like this, nothing like this.

Forty NCAA tourney appearances, with five national championships and plenty of highlights, had never produced such a lopsided defeat.

Thursday night’s 82-53 first-round loss to No. 5 seed Saint Mary’s surpassed a 25-point NCAA tourney defeat to St. John’s in 1999.

But through the disappointment came this Hoosier thought — this is a beginning and not an ending.

“This is a learning experience,” IU assistant coach Kenya Hunter told Voice of the Hoosiers Don Fischer during the postgame radio show.

“We set out to get to the tournament, and we were able to accomplish that. As we regroup, we learn from this. That’s what we’re excited about — who we have coming back, who we are adding. We continue to work.”

Work centers on one key area, coach Mike Woodson said:

Shooting.

The Hoosiers were 4-for-23 beyond the arc in two NCAA tourney games, which reflected a season of outside-shooting struggles.

“We have to get better in that area,” Woodson said. “I’d be foolish to say otherwise.”

IU (21-14) went 1-1 in its first NCAA tourney experience since a 2016 Sweet 16 run.

“This is a special team,” Hunter told Fischer. “It’s the first Indiana team in six years to get back to the NCAA tournament. Now we move forward and try to go further in the tournament.”

Or, as Woodson put it, “It’s a long summer. Now these guys have a feel. They can work on things that make them better as players and make us better as a team.”

The end came, not swiftly, but basket by Saint Mary’s basket, by turnovers and missed shots that built insurmountable force.

Drained by a brutal travel schedule — five games in eight days, plus a cross-country plane trip from Dayton to Portland that took most of the night — IU was no match for a ruthlessly efficient Saint Mary’s team (26-7).

A barrage of Gaels layups (13) and three-pointers (13) shredded the Big Ten’s best defense. They shot 51.7 percent against a defense that held opponents under 40 percent.

“They dictated to us,” forward Trayce Jackson-Davis said. “We didn’t punch back.”

Added Hunter to Fischer: “We just weren’t ourselves defensively. Give a lot of credit to Saint Mary’s. That’s a hell of a team. They’re an older team, a veteran team and it showed.”

The offense wasn’t any better. Indiana shot just 34 percent from the field. Its 13 turnovers were converted into 26 Saint Mary’s points.

As for the fatigue factor, the Hoosiers refused to go there.

“It was a tough go,” Hunter told Fischer, “but we can’t use that as an excuse. We always say, young legs. It’s about being able to bounce back and get up for a game like this.

“They took advantage of us.”

Added Woodson: “We’re a much better team that we showed tonight, and that’s on me.

“Traveling had nothing to do with it. We’re happy to be in the Big Dance and get this opportunity.”

While the Hoosiers wouldn’t focus on fatigue, Saint Mary’s coach Randy Bennett did.

“The situation they had was tough. They didn’t really have a chance to prepare for us. We played well, but these teams are more even than that.”

Jackson-Davis, so dominant in his previous four games (averages of 26.3 points and 8.5 rebounds), was limited to 12 points (just two in the second half) and five rebounds. Guard Xavier Johnson had 11 points, five assists and five turnovers.

“Overall they were a sharper team than us,” Jackson-Davis said. “They hit their shots and ran their offense. They were a better team.”

Johnson opened with four points and three assists. Jordan Geronimo came in for Race Thompson, hit his ninth three-pointer of the season, then added a short basket. That was five points in two minutes. The Hoosiers led 18-14, and then 21-17.

Seeking to ensure the Hoosiers would be second-half fresh, Woodson went to his bench. Saint Mary’s capitalized with nine straight points for a 26-21 lead. Jackson-Davis returned and quickly scored. Johnson had a three-point play. Indiana closed within two points.

The Gaels hit 5-of-9 three-pointers to surge ahead 33-26, then kept surging. They scored on 12 of their last 16 possessions for a 40-28 halftime lead.

IU didn’t score in the last 3:22.

Second-half Hoosier keys — get Jackson-Davis more touches (he had 10 points on 4-for-7 shooting in the first half), defend better (Saint Mary’s shot 47 percent from the field, 50 percent on three-pointers, made 7-of-8 free throws), and find the energy to rally against a fresher team that came in with nine days of rest.

One other thing — find the magic that rallied them from a 17-point, second-half deficit against Michigan in last week’s Big Ten tourney.

It didn’t happen.

Saint Mary’s kept working over IU’s defense with ruthlessly efficient offense. The Hoosier offense endured three early turnovers and 11 straight missed shots.

The deficit swelled to 20, then 30, then 34.

In the aftermath, Woodson said, “I’m going to have every player watch every game that we played. That’s how you get better.”

Jackson-Davis wouldn’t commit to returning for his senior season, but did find perspective.

“It’s not the way I wanted to go out, but I’m proud of our guys for always fighting.”

Baseball Falls in Series Opener to Xavier

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Indiana baseball program rallied from deficits on two occasions Thursday (March 17) night against Xavier, but three runs over the final two innings was too much in a 9-7 loss at Bart Kaufman Field.

Xavier (6-12) scored the first run of the game in the third inning and Indiana (7-10) plated one run in the fourth to tie the game. After a run in the top of the sixth for the Musketeers, freshman Josh Pyne hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the inning to give IU a short-lived lead. Xavier would score four in the top of the seventh and Indiana answered with three in the bottom of the frame to make it a 6-6 game after seven. XU scored twice in the eight and once in the ninth to make it 9-6. The Hoosiers put runners on base in the ninth inning and scratched across a run before the Musketeers recorded the final out.

The third straight quality start by redshirt-junior Jack Perkins (2-2) featured a career-high nine strikeouts, but two of his three walks came in to score. He allowed three runs – two earned – on two hits in the no decision.

Offensively, Pyne drove in four of IU’s seven runs in a 1-for-4 effort at the plate. Redshirt-sophomore Bobby Whalen was on base three times and scored three runs in the game to go along with one RBI. Whalen walked twice and reached on an error, and also stole two bases in the game. Redshirt-sophomore Morgan Colopy collected two hits in the game, while graduate student Tyler Doanes was on base three times with a single and two walks.

Redshirt-sophomore Reese Sharp (0-4) allowed five runs on five hits in 1 2/3 innings of work and was saddled with the loss, while junior John-Biagio Modugno gave up one run on two hits in 1 1/3 innings of work to close out the game.

Jerry Huntzinger did a little bit of everything for the Musketeers, going 1-for-4 at the plate with two runs scored and three RBIs, and collected the final four outs for his second save of the season. Seven different Xavier hitters collected hits in the game and each of them scored at least one run.

Scoring Recap

Top Third

Garrett Schultz walked to lead off the inning and moved to third thanks to a failed pickoff and wild pitch. A sacrifice fly from Jared Cushing plated the first run of the game.

Xavier 1, Indiana 0

Bottom Fourth

Xavier starting pitcher Miles Halligan walked the bases load and Josh Pyne worked the fifth walk to the inning to register the RBI.

Indiana 1, Xavier 1

Top Sixth

Jerry Huntzinger walked with one out and moved to third on a Jack Housinger single. A wild pitch brought him in to score.

Xavier 2, Indiana 1

Bottom Sixth

Bobby Whalen reached on an error with two outs and Pyne delivered again with a two-run home run to left field.

Indiana 3, Xavier 2

Top Seventh

A Tyler DeMartino doubled ended the night for IU starting pitcher Jack Perkins. Reliever Reese Sharp came on and retired the first batter he faced. A Schultz double tied the game and Matthew DuPrey singled to put two runners on base. After a sacrifice bunt, Huntzinger hit a three-run home run to left field.

Xavier 6, Indiana 3

Bottom Seventh

The first five batters of the inning reached base as Whalen plated the first run of the inning on a fielder’s choice. Matthew Ellis followed with an RBI single up the middle and the third run of the inning scored on a passed ball.

Indiana 6, Xavier 6

Top Eighth

Luke Franzoni and Andrew Walker singled to start the frame and a sacrifice bunt moved them to second and third with one out. A ground scored the first run, and a wild pitch allowed a second to cross the plate.

Xavier 8, Indiana 6

Top Ninth

Housinger hit a solo home run with one out.

Xavier 9, Indiana 6

Bottom Ninth

Whalen walked, stole second and moved to third on a ground out. After Brock Tibbitts walked, Pyne grounded into a fielder’s choice to plate one run.

Xavier 9, Indiana 7

Up Next

Indiana and Xavier will bypass a game on Friday due to wet weather projected in the area for most of the day. The series will pick back up on Saturday (March 18) at Noon. The series will conclude with a doubleheader on Sunday (March 20) starting at Noon.

Indiana Set To Face Charlotte In NCAA First Round In Bloomington

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – 3-seed Indiana will open NCAA Tournament action on Saturday afternoon when it faces 14-seed Charlotte inside Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.

3-SEED INDIANA (22-8) VS. 14-SEED CHARLOTTE (22-9)

Saturday, March 19, 2022 • 1:30 p.m. ET

Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall • Bloomington, Ind.

Broadcast: ESPN2

ABOUT THE 49ERS

Charlotte arrives as the 2022 C-USA regular season and tournament champions with a 22-9 overall record and 15-3 mark in conference play. Fifth year guard Octavia Jett-Wilson leads the way for the 49ers with 19.1 points per game. Fifth year forward Keke McKinney leads on the glass with 8.1 boards per game while redshirt senior guard Mikayla Boykin also averages double figures with 13.3 points per game. They are No. 90 in the NET rankings and went 9-4 away from home.

SERIES HISTORY

Indiana leads 1-0

LAST MEETING

11/27/09 – W, 72-61 (Bimini, Bahamas)

NOTES

The Hoosiers are making their eighth NCAA Tournament and third-consecutive appearance. IU holds a 6-7 record all-time and are most recently coming off an Elite Eight appearance in the 2021 NCAA Tournament.

This will be the first time the women’s tournament will hold first and second round games inside Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall. The winner of Indiana vs. Charlotte will face off against the winner of 6-seed Kentucky and 11-seed Princeton.

Indiana advanced to the Big Ten Tournament championship game for the first time in 20 years last week as the No. 5 seed. Along the way, it defeated Rutgers, Maryland and top-seed Ohio State. Graduate student guard Nicole Cardaño-Hillary and senior guard Grace Berger each earned a spot on the all-tournament team.

Berger earned a pair of All-American honors this week from the Associated Press and USBWA. She earned spots on the honorable mention teams and has now earned four All-American honors in her IU career.

The two programs have met just once in the all-time series. Indiana won the lone meeting at the Junkaroo Jam in Bimini, Bahamas on Nov. 27, 2009, 72-61.

UP NEXT

Saturday’s winner advances to the second round to face the winner of 6-seed Kentucky and 11-seed Princeton on Monday. Time and TV designations are TBD.

No. 3 Seed Purdue Begins NCAA Quest Friday vs. Yale

GAMEDAY INFORMATION – NCAA FIRST ROUND

[3] Purdue (27-7) vs. [14] Yale (19-11)

Friday, March 18 | 2 p.m. ET | Fiserv Forum

TBS (Spero Dedes, Debbie Antonelli, A.J. Ross)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The No. 3-seed Purdue Boilermakers begin their March Madness journey on Friday in Milwaukee, when it battles the Ivy League champion and No. 14-seed Yale at the Fiserv Forum, beginning at 2 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. CT on TBS. The Boilermakers are looking to win a first-round game for the fourth time in their last five tournaments, while Yale will look to replicate its magic from 2016, when it knocked off Baylor in the first round.

Purdue is 27-7 overall with a 14-7 quad-1 and 2 record. Yale is 19-11 with a 1-5 quad-1 and 2 record, with its best win over Princeton (NET 102).

The contest will be televised on TBS with Spero Dedes, Debbie Antonelli and A.J. Ross on the call. On the radio waves, Rob Blackman and Bobby Riddell will be courtside on the 22-station Purdue Radio Network and online on the Varsity Sports Network (app). Jason Benetti and Will Perdue will handle the Westwood One broadcast. Social updates will be provided on Purdue’s official Twitter account (@BoilerBall).

THE NOTES TO KNOW

1) Purdue is making its seventh straight NCAA Tournament appearance, the sixth-longest streak in the country.

2) Matt Painter’s 13 NCAA Tournaments while at Purdue are the fifth most by a Big Ten coach in league history, behind Bob Knight, Tom Izzo, Gene Keady and Bo Ryan. His 15 NCAA Tournament wins are seventh in league history.

3) Jaden Ivey has been named an All-American, giving Purdue four All-American honors in the last six years — the sixth most in the country.

4) Purdue owns a 12-7 record against the NCAA Tournament field and is tied with Wisconsin for the most wins in the country against the NCAA Tournament field having played 11 teams. Every loss for Purdue this season has been to a team in the NCAA Tournament field.

5) Purdue is one of five teams nationally whose only losses this year were to NCAA Tournament teams (Gonzaga, Kentucky, Tennessee, Villanova).

6) Purdue has made three of the last four Sweet 16s, one of six schools that can say that (Gonzaga, Michigan, Florida State, Kentucky, Oregon).

7) Purdue and Kansas are the only schools in America to have a top-five seed in each of the last six NCAA Tournaments.

8) Purdue spent the entire season ranked inside the AP top 10, for just the second time in school history (1986-87 season).

9) Purdue has won nine more games this season than last year, the seventh-best improvement in school history and the best since 2006 to 2007.

10) Purdue is 24-0 in games it scores 70 or more points. In games held under 70 points, Purdue is 3-7.

11) Jaden Ivey, Trevion Williams and Zach Edey are averaging a combined 43.1 points per game, accounting for 54.1 percent of Purdue’s points. The trio has each scored in double-figures in 15 of the 34 games.

PURDUE’S NCAA TOURNAMENT HISTORY

• This is Purdue’s 33rd NCAA Tournament in school history, ranking 17th all-time among Division I schools in both apperances and wins (42).

• Purdue has reached the Elite Eight four times and has advanced to two Final Fours, coming in 1969 and 1980.

• Purdue’s seven straight appearances mark the second-longest streak of consecutive NCAA appearances in school history (8 – 1993 to 2000; 7 – 2015 to 2022).

SERIES HISTORY

• This will be just the third meeting between the two teams, with Purdue owning a 2-0 series advantage.

• This will be the first meeting in almost 60 years between the two teams. No one in the world was alive the first time Purdue and Yale played (1902).

• The Bulldogs and Boilermakers were scheduled to play a game in Mackey Arena around Christmas in 2020, but the Covid-19 pandemic canceled that game and it has not been rescheduled for the foreseeable future.

MORE ABOUT THE SERIES

• Yale and Purdue have no common opponents this season. This will be Purdue’s first game against an Ivy League opponent during the Matt Painter era, last playing an Ivy League opponent on Dec. 6, 1996, against Cornell, a 69-55 victory. Yale last played a Big Ten team on Nov. 23, 2019, a 58-56 loss to Penn State.

CONNECTIONS BETWEEN THE SCHOOLS

• Yale senior Jameel Alausa and Purdue senior Trevion Williams are both from Chicago, but it’s a big city and they didn’t know each other.

• Purdue head coach Matt Painter and Yale head coach James Jones have both been active in USA Basketball.

• Purdue had an Ivy League transfer in the 2019 and 2020 seasons, as former Ivy League Rookie of the Year Evan Boudreaux played at Purdue for two seasons.

• Purdue has an IVEY (Jaden Ivey), while Yale plays in the IVY LEAGUE.

MISCELLANEOUS NCAA TOURNAMENT NOTES

• This marks Purdue’s sixth tournament as the No. 3 seed. Purdue last was a No. 3 seed in 2019, when it reached the Elite Eight.

• Purdue’s last apperance in the East Region, came in 2018 when it reached the Sweet 16 in Boston.

Ivey Nabs Consensus All-America Accolades

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue sophomore guard Jaden Ivey has earned consensus second-team All-American honors after being voted to the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) second team, the organization announced this morning.

The USBWA is one of four entities that make up the All-American awards, joined by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), the Associated Press and the Sporting News. He was named a first-team honoree by NABC and second-team mentions by the Sporting News and Associated Press. A player is considered a consensus All-American if named to all four lists.

Ivey becomes the fourth consensus All-American under head coach Matt Painter (JaJuan Johnson, Caleb Swaningan, Carsen Edwards) and is just the second underclassmen (freshman or sophomore; Swanigan) to be named a first-team All-American in any of the four major services in the last 92 years (John Wooden was consensus All-American as a sophomore in 1930).

Purdue shooting guards (Edwards, Ivey) have been named consensus All-Americans in two of the last four seasons. Purdue is the only school in America with two shooting guards to be named consensus All-Americans in the last four seasons.

Ivey has led the Boilermakers to a 27-7 record and a No. 3 seed in this week’s NCAA Tournament. The 6-foot, 4-inch South Bend, Indiana, native is averaging 17.4 points, 4.9 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game while also adding 31 steals and 19 blocked shots. He is one of just two players nationally (Duke’s Paolo Banchero) with 575 points, 150 rebounds, 100 assists, 30 steals and 15 blocked shots.

He was named a finalist for the Jerry West Award and named to the Big Ten All-Tournament Team after averaging 19.7 points, 6.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game in Indianapolis.

Ivey has played his best against ranked teams, averaging 19.3 points, 5.4 rebounds and 4.6 assists in eight games. He was outstanding in a win over No. 18 North Carolina with 22 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists, then added 10 points, seven rebounds and seven assists against No. 5 Villanova.

He then had one of the signature moments of the college basketball season in an 81-78 win over No. 16 Ohio State, hitting a fadeaway 25-footer as the clock expired for the buzzer-beating victory. Three games later, he tallied 26 points with six assists and four rebounds to finish a season sweep of Illinois. He also had 25 points with four assists in a big win over a Rutgers team that had won four straight games against nationally-ranked teams.

Ivey tied a school record for most 3-pointers made without a miss with a 6-of-6 performance against Butler in the final edition of the Crossroads Classic.

Ivey has scored in double-figures in 31 of his 33 games played (missed one game with an injury) and has a team-best 13 games of 20 or more points, including double-doubles against North Carolina (22 points, 10 rebounds) and Minnesota (21 points, 10 rebounds).

The Boilermakers will face Yale in Friday’s NCAA Tournament first-round contest in Milwaukee.

Purdue’s 1st Loss Comes in 11-Inning Thriller at ISU

NORMAL, Ill. – No. 19 Purdue baseball scored twice in the ninth inning to extend the game, but Illinois State scored on a two-out wild pitch in the 11th to hand the Boilermakers their first loss of the season in a 4-3 final Thursday.

As the final team in the nation to lose this season, Purdue’s program-record 16-game win streak came to an end. It matched the 16-game streak the program enjoyed from May 1908 through May 1909. The 15 consecutive victories to begin the season was the longest single-season run in team history.

The Boilermakers (15-1) were held hitless until the seventh inning and managed to score their three runs on just three hits. Evan Albrecht’s leadoff double ignited a two-run rally in the top of the ninth. Cam Thompson plated the game-tying run with a fielder’s choice ground ball, extending his RBI streak to nine consecutive games.

Along with its four walk-off wins, Purdue has rallied in its final at-bat to extend the game three times this season. The Boilermakers have now scored 10 runs in the ninth inning despite batting in the frame just six times in their first 16 games.

With the bases loaded in the 11th inning, Luke Cheng scored the game-winning run on a pitch to the backstop, the first offering delivered by Khal Stephen to JP Gauthier. Stephen retired the first seven batters he faced over 2 2/3 innings of one-hit relief, his longest outing of the season.

Jackson Smeltz struck out six over six innings of two-run ball, registering his second quality start of the season. His counterpart Derek Salata allowed only four baserunners over seven innings. Purdue had its leadoff man reach safely to begin the second and third innings, but Salata induced a ground ball double from the next batter in both frames.

Curtis Washington Jr. singled twice and drew a walk in the 11th inning. He broke up Salata’s no-hit bid with a leadoff single in the seventh inning and scored Purdue’s first run on a unique play. After swiping second base for his 10th steal and taking third when the throw went into center field, Washington was initially held on a fly ball into short right field. But the quality throw home skipped through the catcher’s legs and allowed Washington to score easily.

With Albrecht and Mike Bolton Jr. aboard in the ninth inning, Washington executed a perfect bunt down the third base line that didn’t even draw a throw to first. CJ Valdez drew a bases-loaded walk to force home a run. With a 2-2 count, Thompson put the ball in play. ISU third baseman Nick Gile initially wanted to throw home but couldn’t find the ears on it and had to settle for stepping on third base as Bolton scored the tying run.

Bolton and Washington reached safely to open the 11th inning, but the Redbirds (7-6) escaped the jam while going through the 3-4-5 portion of the Purdue lineup, surviving a dropped foul ball along the way.

Smeltz struck out the side around a two-out walk in the first inning. He also pitched over a leadoff double in the fourth inning. But ISU scored twice on three hits in the bottom of the third.

Bolton and Thompson have reached base safely in all 16 games this season. Valdez extended his on-base streak to 13 consecutive games.

Purdue’s last defeat in a road game was also in walk-off fashion, in the finale of a May 2021 series at Minnesota. The Boilermakers had not lost a road game in extra innings since falling in 12 in May 2019 at Illinois.

The four-game split-site series continues Friday with a 3 p.m. ET game in Normal. The series moves to West Lafayette on Saturday.

Wrestling Pushes Through Tough NCAA Session 2

DETROIT, Mich. – The Purdue wrestling team battled through a tough second session at the 2022 NCAA Championships on Thursday, finishing the first day with 8.0 team points and advancing five wrestlers to Day Two of competition. All five Boilermakers are in competition in the consolation bracket, needing to win three matches tomorrow to reach the placing rounds and secure All-America status.

Senior Max Lyon earned the only two wins of Session 2, securing decisions in the consolation pigtail round and the consolation first round to remain alive in the tournament. The No. 30 seed at 184 pounds, Lyon took care of business with a 5-0 decision over Northwestern’s Jack Jessen in the pigtail, scoring takedowns in the second and third periods to advance. He backed up that performance with a 6-4 decision over 14th-seeded Gavin Kane of North Carolina. Lyon was able to get to the Tarheel’s legs early and often, finishing a single-leg score in the first period, and repeating the score in the second and riding Kane out for a 4-2 lead. Kane cut Lyon to start the third, making it 5-2, and Kane’s last-second takedown was not enough as Lyon advances to face No. 13 Kyle Cochran of Maryland on Friday.

All four Boilermakers in the championship second round suffered losses Thursday night, with three of the four coming by the slimmest of margins. Freshman Matt Ramos came incredibly close to several takedowns against No. 10 seed Chris Cannon of Northwestern, but couldn’t convert in a 1-0 loss. Sophomore Gerrit Nijenhuis suffered a similar fate at 174 pounds, surrendering a second-period takedown to No. 9 seed Michael Labriola of Nebraska and falling 3-2, and junior Thomas Penola was edged at 197 pounds by No. 6 seed Jacob Warner of Iowa, 3-1.

Purdue’s fourth championship competitor Thursday was senior Parker Filius, who fell to Stanford’s No. 4 seed Real Woods by major decision, 8-0. Woods got on top and worked a turn early, and Filius couldn’t climb out of the hole late.

Ramos will face a familiar foe in No. 8 seed Rayvon Foley of Michigan State, meeting for the third time this season, while Nijenhuis meets seventh-seeded Ethan Smith of Ohio State. Penola has a date with No. 12 seed Tanner Sloan of South Dakota State in Friday’s morning round, while Filius will square off with No. 14 seed Dresden Simon of Central Michigan.

The tournament ended for senior Devin Schroder and junior Kendall Coleman on Thursday, as Schroder fell to No. 8 seed Patrick McKee, while Coleman suffered a narrow loss to Cornell’s Hunter Richard. Schroder finishes his career ranked among Purdue’s all-time leaders in wins (96), back points (522) and win percentage (.722), in addition to being a two-time finalist at both the Big Ten Championships and Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational. Coleman wraps the year at 15-10, eclipsing the 200-career takedown mark and holding a spot on Purdue’s career win percentage list.

Friday’s action begins at 11 a.m. ET and will have live coverage via ESPNU and ESPN3. The round consists of a pair of consolation rounds and the championship quarterfinals. 

Event Schedule

Friday, March 18

11 a.m.: Session 3 (Quarterfinals, Consolation Second and Third Round)

8 p.m.: Session 4 (Semifinals, Round of 12, Consolation Quarterfinals)

Saturday, March 19

11 a.m.: Session 5 (Consolation Semifinals, Third, Fifth and Seventh-Place Matches)

7 p.m.: Session 6 (Finals)

2022 NCAA Championships

Detroit, Michigan * Little Caesars Arena

20th Place * 8.0 team points

125: #9 Devin Schroder (R-Senior)

First Round: #24 Sam Latona (Virginia Tech) – L, D 4-1

Conso. First Round: #8 Patrick McKee (Minnesota) – L, MD 11-0

133: #26 Matt Ramos (R-Freshman)

First Round: #7 Lucas Byrd (Illinois) – W, Fall 2:27

Second Round: #10 Chris Cannon (Northwestern) – L, D 1-0

Conso. Second Round: #8 Rayvon Foley (Michigan State)

141: #20 Parker Filius (R-Senior)

First Round: #13 Ian Parker (Iowa State) – W, MD 13-5

Second Round: #4 Real Woods (Stanford) – L, MD 8-0

Conso. Second Round: #14 Dresden Simon (Central Michigan)

157: #19 Kendall Coleman (R-Junior)

First Round: #14 Jake Keating (Virginia) – L, D 6-2

Conso. First Round: #30 Hunter Richard (Cornell) – L, D 3-2

174: #25 Gerrit Nijenhuis (Sophomore)

First Round: #8 Michael O’Malley (Drexel) – W, SV 6-4

Second Round: #9 Michael Labriola (Nebraska) – L, D 3-2

Conso. Second Round: #7 Ethan Smith (Ohio State)

184: #30 Max Lyon (R-Senior)

First Round: #3 Trent Hidlay (North Carolina State) – L, MD 12-3

Conso. Pigtail: #33 Jack Jessen (Northwestern) – W, 5-0

Conso. First Round: #14 Gavin Kane (North Carolina) – W, D 6-4

Conso. Second Round: #13 Kyle Cochran (Maryland)

197: #11 Thomas Penola (R-Junior)

First Round: #22 Owen Pentz (North Dakota State) – W, D 5-2

Second Round: #6 Jacob Warner (Iowa) – L, D 3-1

Conso. Second Round: #12 Tanner Sloan (South Dakota State)

Numbers represent national seeds

Softball Blanks #22 USF, 1-0

TAMPA, Fla. – The Purdue softball team (15-14) earned its first top-25 victory since 2016 and first for head coach Boo De Oliveira with its 1-0 shutout at No. 22 South Florida (24-5). The victory marked just the third time a Purdue team has shut out a ranked opponent since 2009.

Senior catcher Kaeley Hallada secured the game-winning run in home run fashion, coming against the national ERA leader Georgina Corrick’s first pitch of the night.

Meanwhile Alex Echazarreta (7-2) recorded her third complete game shutout of the season in the victory, on her birthday no less. In total, Echazarreta allowed just two hits over the seven innings and a key three strikeouts.

The Boilermaker defense put in the work, totaling 21 putouts and 13 assists, a season-best. Moreover, in the fifth and sixth innings, the defense came through when needed the most, silencing the Bulls despite bases being loaded in each of the frames.

Echazarreta came up big in the fifth inning, with the bases loaded and one out on the board, Corrick entered to pinch hit. In the battle of pitchers, Echazarreta came out on top, sending the No. 1 pitcher in the nation back to the dugout swinging before the infield scooped up a grounder for the third out.

The victory marked the third shutout of the season for Purdue and is the seventh win in the last eight games.

Earlier in the day, Purdue fell to Lehigh in a 8-5 heartbreaker, after Lehigh’s five runs in the bottom of the seventh overtook the Boilermaker lead. Rachel Becker led the game with two runs on three hits and an RBI in the outing.

Purdue will face No. 22 USF again on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. ET on ESPN+. Before the Boilermakers face USF once more, they will go through Canisius and St. Thomas (Mn.) on Friday at 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. ET, respectively.

Butler Baseball to Host Eastern Michigan at Bulldog Park

INDIANAPOLIS – The Bulldogs will host the Eastern Michigan Eagles this weekend for a three-game series. The two teams will attempt to play game one Friday afternoon at 3 PM. Rain is in the forecast for both Friday and Saturday. If there are any adjustments to the schedule, those changes will be made on ButlerSports.com and on the @ButlerUBaseball twitter page.

Weekend Schedule

Friday, March 18 – 3 PM

Saturday, March 19 – 2 PM

Sunday, March 20 – 1 PM

All games to be played at Bulldog Park

Schedule Change

Friday’s game was moved up to 3 PM in an attempt to miss the rain forecasted in the Indianapolis area for March 18.

Projected Starters

LHP Cory Bosecker vs. RHP Zach Fruit

RHP Aaron Barokas vs. RHP Thomas House

LHP Cole McDaniel vs. RHP Adam Falinski

Scouting Eastern Michigan

The Eagles are off to a 3-10 start to the 2022 season. Their first win came in the finale at Winthrop over opening weekend. The month of March opened with a 6-4 win at Morehead State, and their most recent victory was a 4-2 decision at Ball State.

The top player in the EMU batting order is outfielder Matt Kirk. The left-hander from Milford, Ohio is batting .451 with six doubles and five home runs for a team-best 13 RBI. BU arms will also need to use caution around Gabe Denton and Shane Easter. Denton has a team-best six home runs and Easter is an everyday starter with a .292 BA.

Weekend arms for the Eagles include Adam Falinski, Zach Fruit and Thomas House. Each student-athlete has four starts under their belt and have tossed over 14 innings in 2022. Falinski is 2-2 on the hill with a 3.38 ERA. He leads EMU with 24.0 IP and 18 strikeouts. Falinski and Fruit have each pitched a complete game this season. Fruit however is 0-2 on the mound with a 5.82 ERA. House is also 0-2 with an 8.79 ERA.

Out of the bullpen, EMU will throw Zach Gillig and Dom Anderson. Gillig leads the team with six total appearances and Anderson has the lone save of the season.

Against Eastern Michigan

The last meeting between Butler and Eastern Michigan came in Ypsilanti during the 2018 season. The Bulldogs defeated the Eagles 11-6. These two clubs split a pair of games in Chicago in 2017 and again in Highland Heights in 2013. This weekend will be the first three-game series between the clubs, hosted by the Bulldogs.

Undefeated at Home

The Bulldogs are 4-0 at home this season. They defeated Manchester in the home opener and swept Western Illinois in their first home weekend series.

Holt Keeps Hitting

Travis Holt’s current seven-game hitting streak is the longest of the season for any Bulldog. He has led-off in every game at Butler this season and ranks third in the league in total hits (24).

16-for-16

Ryan O’Halloran, James Gargano and Travis Holt have started in every game this season. O’Halloran and Holt make up the left side of the infield with Gargano playing behind them in leftfield.

Reached Base Streak

Aaron Steinhart reached base safely for Butler in the first 15 games of the season, but that streak was snapped on Tuesday at Illinois. James Gargano now has the longest active streak at 12 games.

It’s Gone

Butler hit a season-high three home runs at Illinois at Tuesday evening. Travis Holt, Lukas Galdoni and Jonathan Shoop each homered in the midweek matchup. Both Holt and Galdoni now have two home runs on the year and Shoop made his first hit of 2022 memorable with a pinch-hit home run for BU in the ninth inning.

On the Move

Butler has recorded at least one steal in seven-straight games. James Gargano swiped a bag on Tuesday night to move the team total to 40. Travis Holt leads the team with 11 steals; Scott Jones has seven and Gargano now has six. As a team, BU leads the BIG EAST and ranks 10th in the NCAA with 40 steals.

Up Next

Butler will play #7 Tennessee in Knoxville next week. The Tuesday tilt will stream on WatchESPN at 6:30 PM.

IRISH FACE ALABAMA IN NCAA FIRST ROUND OUT IN SAN DIEGO

The University of Notre Dame men’s basketball team returns, fresh off a double overtime victory over Rutgers in the First Four, heads across country to take on No. 6 seed Alabama in the First Round of the 2022 NCAA Tournament at Viejas Arena in San Diego, California, on Friday, March 18 (4:15 p.m. ET).  

NOTRE DAME – NCAA TOURNAMENT HISTORY

Overall Appearances: 37, 10th all-time

Overall Record: 40-40

Appearances in Mike Brey era: 13

Record in Mike Brey era: 14-12

NOTRE DAME – ALABAMA SERIES HISTORY

Overall: ND leads 3-2

Mike Brey Era (2000-01-current): Series tied 2-2

Streak: Alabama 1-0, 74-73 in the 11/29/15 in the Advocare Invitational at HP Fieldhouse in Disney World

Mike Brey vs. Nate Oats: First meeting

IRISH ITEMS – BY THE NUMBERS

1

Freshman Blake Wesley is the first rookie in the country this season to reach 450 points, 100 rebounds, 75 assists, 50 3FGM, and 40 steals.  See page 5 for more details.

3

Irish players received postseason honors from the ACC – Blake Wesley (All-ACC 2nd Team, All-Rookie Team), Dane Goodwin (All-ACC 3rd Team) and Paul Atkinson Jr. (All-ACC Honorable Mention).

4.40

Prentiss Hubb’s assist/turnover ratio throughout his career in ACC competition. It is second among all active major conference players (Iowa’s Connor McCaffery is 1st at 4.46).

7

Notre Dame will confer an NCAA men’s basketball best seven degrees in May, as seniors Robby Carmody, Dane Goodwin, Prentiss Hubb, Nate Laszewski, Cormac Ryan and Trey Wertz all will earn their undergraduate degree while graduate student Paul Atkinson Jr. has finished his work on a Master’s degree.

10

Associate head coach Anthony Solomon returned to the staff this season for his third stint with Mike Brey. In his 12 full seasons on the Irish coaching staff, Solomon has helped Brey’s team make the NCAA tournament 10 times.

12.3

Points-per-game average for senior Cormac Ryan since joining the starting lineup on Feb. 9, 2022 (10 games). During that 10-game run, he is shooting .545 from the field. .476 from 3FG range and pulling down 5.1 rebounds per game.

15

The Irish have connected on 10-or-more 3FGs 15 times this season (and are 14-1 in those contests). The 2016-17 team had 16 such games, while the 2019-20 quad owns the program record at 17.

26

Points scored by Paul Atkinson Jr. in the First Four win over Rutgers on Wednesday – the most for an Irish player in their NCAA tournament debut for the program.

471

Wins at Notre Dame for Mike Brey – the most for any men’s basketball coach in school history and the ninth-most for any NCAA DI coach at his current institution.

SERIES PREVIEW: LOUISVILLE

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The top-ranked Notre Dame baseball team heads back on the road this weekend for another ACC series. The Irish (12-1, 2-0 ACC) are set to square off with Louisville (13-4, 0-0 ACC) this weekend at Jim Patterson Stadium starting Friday night. The first game of the series will be broadcast nationally on the ACC Network and will start at 7 p.m. ET. The final two games of the series will be aired on the ACC Network Extra. The Irish are riding a 10-game winning streak and a seven-game road winning streak going into the series. 

BY THE NUMBERS

.781        The Irish are 57-16 (.781) since the start of the 2020 season. That winning percentage ranks second in the NCAA over the past three seasons and trails only Tennessee (.794).

.923        The Irish are 12-1 (.923) to begin the 2022 season. It is the best start to a season for the Irish since 2004 when they also started 12-1 (.923).

0.94        Notre Dame is second in the NCAA with a 0.94 WHIP this season. They have surrendered 74 hits and 38 walks in 119.1 innings pitched.

.992        Notre Dame leads the NCAA in fielding percentage with a .992 mark this season. The Irish have committed only four errors in 358 putout opportunities this season.

1              The Irish allowed only one hit in the 3-1 win over Minnesota on March 6. It is the fewest hits allowed in a game since April 18, 2007, when the Irish surrendered one hit in a 1-0 win over Purdue in 10-innings.

1.66        The Irish rank second in the NCAA in team ERA with a 1.66 through 13 games. The Irish pitching staff has allowed four runs or less in 12 of the 13 games this season.

5.58        The Irish also lead the NCAA with 5.58 hits allowed per nine innings. They have given up 74 hits in 119.1 innings pitched this season.

7              With the 11-4 win over #17 NC State on Mar. 13, the Irish have won seven-consecutive ACC road games dating back to Apr. 23, 2021.

8              The Irish have won their last eight ACC road series dating back to the 2020 season. It sets the program record for most consecutive conference road series wins.

8              The Irish scored eight unanswered runs in the 8-4 comeback win over #17 NC State on March 11. It was the most unanswered runs in a game since Game 2 of the Super Regional when the Irish scored nine unanswered runs to beat #7 Mississippi State.

10           The Irish have won 10 games in a row dating back to Feb. 20. It is the longest win streak under head coach Link Jarrett and the longest win streak for the Irish since 2015 when they won 10 in a row from Feb. 14 to Mar. 6.

10           The Irish are 10-0 in road series under head coach Link Jarrett’s tenure. The Irish have won all eight ACC series in Jarrett’s three seasons and two non-conference road series against UAB and Presbyterian back in 2020.

15           In the 20-2 win over Marist, 15 different Irish players recorded a hit. It is the most players with a hit in a game for the Irish over the past 16 years. The previous record was 13 against Georgetown in 2008.

56           Outfielder Spencer Myers has 56 steals in his Irish career and ranks eighth all-time in program history for most career steals. He trails AJ Pollock by four for seventh place in program history.

73           Head coach Link Jarrett has coached 73 games with the Irish since the start of the 2020 season and has not lost back-to-back games during that span.

Irish Head South for Matchup with Louisville

The Irish head back on the road for a three-game series with Louisville from Jim Patterson Stadium.

Notre Dame has won eight-straight ACC road series dating back to the 2020 season, setting a program record.

Head coach Link Jarrett is 10-0 all-time in regular season road series during his time at Notre Dame.

The Irish have won seven-straight ACC road games dating back to April 23, 2021.

Notre Dame is 12-1 (.923) on the season and 2-0 in ACC play. It is the best start to a season since 2004 when the Irish also started 12-1 to begin the campaign.

The Irish are one of the best pitching and fielding teams in the nation as they ranked first nationally in fielding percentage (.992) and hits per nine innings (5.58) and they rank second nationally in ERA (1.66) and WHIP (0.94).

Louisville enters the matchup with a 13-4 record and this will be their first conference weekend of the season.

They are 4-1 in their last five games after winning two-of-three from Michigan last weekend and won both midweek matchups against Northern Kentucky and Bellarmine.

The Cardinals are one of the most potent lineups in the conference as they lead the ACC in batting average (.336) and slugging percentage (.593).

The Cardinals lead the all-time series 33-9 and 15-5 in games played in Louisville.

This will be Notre Dame’s first trip to Jim Patterson Stadium since 2018 after the series was cancelled due to COVID-19 in 2020.

When the two teams met last season, they split two games at Frank Eck Stadium. The Cardinals won the first game 7-4 and the Irish won the second game, 5-3, after Ryan Cole hit a walk-off two-run homer for his second walk-off in as many weeks.

GAME 5 PREVIEW: #17/19 MICHIGAN

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – No. 15/16 Notre Dame returns to Arlotta for its fourth straight ranked matchup, welcoming No. 17/19 Michigan for a noon tilt on Saturday, March 19 at Arlotta Stadium. The game will be broadcast live on ACCN.

GAME DETAILS

Location: South Bend, Indiana | Arlotta Stadium

Schedule: March 19 — Noon ET

TV: ACCN

Live Stats: UND.com

Twitter Updates: @NDlacrosse

For a more in-depth look at the matchup – Game Notes: Notre Dame

THE MICHIGAN SERIES

• Tuesday will be the fifth meeting all-time between Notre Dame and Michigan. The Irish lead the series 3-1.

• The two teams last met during the 2019 season, with the Irish winning in Ann Arbor by a final score of 12-9.

• In the win Quinn McCahon scored two goals, while Wheaton Jackoboice scored a goal and added two assists. Other current players on the 2022 roster that scored in the game were John Hallenbeck and Griffin Westlin.

• Notre Dame has scored at least 12 goals in every meeting with Michigan in the series and only allowed the Wolverines to reach double digits once.

THE KAVANAGH BROTHERS

• Pat Kavanagh became the fourth Tewaaraton Finalist in program history in 2021 and his brother Chris joined the 2022 squad as an attackman.

• Pat currently leads the team in points (17) with 9G and 8A while Chris is tied for second in points (10) with 8G and 2A.

• The brothers have linked up on six goals this season, with one assisting the other’s goal.

• In the 2022 season opener, Pat and Chris combined for 14 points off eight goals and six assists, despite each playing less than a half.

• Pat was named the ACC Offensive Player of the Week following the four-goal, four-assist outing.

• Pat produced a team-high 64 points on the season off 38 assists and 26 goals.

• In just 12 games Pat became the all-time single-season ND assist record holder, passing older brother Matt (33) for the record. Matt’s 33-assist season came in an 18-game 2014 season.

• Of the five Tewaaraton Finalists, Pat led the group in assists per game (3.17), ground balls (35) and caused turnovers (9).

• Pat’s 38 assists over 12 games ranked third in the NCAA and led the ACC in assists per game with an average of 3.17.

• In the final game of the 2021 regular season Pat broke the program record for points in a game with a 10-point showing off five goals and five assists in the blowout win over No. 9 Syracuse.

CAUSING HAVOC

• The Irish lead the ACC and rank fourth in the country in caused turnovers per game, averaging 11 per game.

• The Irish defense has caused double-digit turnovers in three of its four outings and have registered at least nine in each game.

• Notre Dame recorded a season-high 14 caused turnovers  against Georgetown on Feb. 26.

• Grad student Jason Reynolds leads the team with six caused turnovers on the year, recording a season-high three against the Hoyas.

• Carson Cochran has forced five turnovers while Arden Cohen has caused three to give the close defense unit 14 on the year.

• The Irish attackmen have also caused chaos this season on the ride, as Pat Kavanagh has five caused turnovers and Chris Kavanagh has added four.

CASHING IN ON THE EMO

• Notre Dame enters the weekend ranked third in the country in man-up offense this season and leads the ACC in EMO efficiency.

• The Irish EMO unit has cashed in on 7-of-10 chances (.700) this season.

• Six players have combined to score the seven goals, with Pat Kavanagh being the only player with multiple goals.

CHALLENGING SLATE

• Notre Dame has never shied away from putting together a challenging schedule and the 2022 slate is no different.

• Of Notre Dame’s 12 regular-season opponents, 10 are currently ranked in the top 20 in either the USILA or Inside Lacrosse polls.

• The Irish have five matchups on the schedule against teams currently ranked in the top ten in the polls.

• All three of Notre Dame’s losses have come against teams currently ranked in the top 10 in this week’s polls.

ALL CLEAR

• The Irish have been exceptional at clearing the ball this season, ranking second in the country with a 91.3 percentage.

• Notre Dame went 25-for-25 on clears against Maryland, 19-for-21 against Georgetown and 24-for-25 in the win over Cleveland State.

• On the other side the Irish ride has held opponents to clearing at just a 75.6 percent clip, ranking fifth in the country.

THE ATTACK IS BACK

• The Irish returned 74.0 percent of their goals from last season (125 of 169).

• Seven of ND’s top eight scorers from 2021 are on the 2022 roster, including six that finished in double figures.

• Five of six attacking starters from the 2020 squad are back in 2021, as Pat Kavanagh, Griffin Westlin, Wheaton Jackoboice, Quinn McCahon and Eric Dobson return to the field.

CORRIGAN ALL-TIME DI PROGRAM WINS LEADER

• With the win over No. 1 Duke on April 10, 2021, Baumer Family Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach Kevin Corrigan broke the NCAA record for most wins at a DI program with 311, passing Bob Shillinglaw (Delaware).

• Corrigan became just the third coach in NCAA Division I men’s lacrosse history to reach the 300-win mark at a single school with the win over Marquette on April 10, 2019.

• Corrigan is one of just four active Division I coaches to reach the 300-win mark in his career.

• Corrigan has an overall record of 324-171 in his 36 seasons of coaching.

• The head coach is 314-156 in his 34 seasons at Notre Dame.

• Corrigan is the longest tenured men’s lacrosse coach at the DI level.

Softball Closes Pre-MAC Slate at Mizzou Classic

MUNCIE, Ind. – – Another big test awaits the Ball State softball team, which will battle three of the nation’s top teams this weekend at the Mizzou Classic.

Action in the three-day event is slated to start Friday, weather dependent, with the Cardinals slated to battle No. 14 Northwestern (12:30 p.m. ET / 11:30 a.m. CT) and No. 18 Missouri (5:30 p.m. ET / 4:30 p.m. CT).

Saturday, Ball State is scheduled for its third meeting this season versus the nationally ranked Wildcats (11 a.m. ET / 10 a.m. CT) and will also face Stanford (1:30 p.m. ET / 12:30 p.m. CT) who is the first team outside the NFCA Top 25 in the latest poll.

The Cardinals end play in the event Sunday with a second matchup versus the host Tigers, this one set for a 1:30 p.m. ET / 12:30 p.m. CT first pitch.

SEASON SO FAR:

The Cardinals enter the Mizzou Classic with a 6-13 overall record, after going 2-7 versus a tough Spring Break schedule. Six of the seven losses came versus squads with at least 10 wins, including a pair of ranked opponents in then-No. 17 Northwestern (15-4) and then-No. 23 Arizona State (19-5).

Despite the talented competition, the Cardinals still managed to get some work done at the plate, earning a .254 batting average over the nine Spring Break games.

Redshirt freshman first baseman / catcher McKayla Timmons led the way with a .409 mark over Spring Break, playing in eight of the nine games, reaching base safely in six of the contests, including each of the last four.

The Cardinals also won the battle of the long ball over Spring Break, blasting seven on offense while surrendering just five. Senior left fielder Faith Hensley led the way with three bombs, while Timmons added two. Junior third baseman Haley Wynn and senior catcher Delanie Johnson each tallied one home run.

Ball State’s ability to double teams up has been a bright spot for the defense so far this season, as the Cardinals rank 10th nationally with 12 double plays so far this season. Overall, BSU’s 0.63 double plays per game average is fifth nationally.

The Cardinals have also been making moves on the base paths, tying for second among Mid-American Conference programs with 24 stolen bases. Leading the way is sophomore transfer Remington Ross, who is a perfect 9-for-9 so far this season.

SCOUTING THIS WEEKEND’S OPPONENTS

NO. 14 NORTHWESTERN: The Wildcats enter the week with a 15-4 record and ranked 17th in the latest USA Today / NFCA Coaches Poll … Northwestern has not played since Sunday, March 6, when it scored a 10-4 win over Ball State and a 7-2 victory over Northern Kentucky at the Coach B Classic hosted by SIU … Nikki Cuchran leads the team with a .356 batting average and is second on the squad with 15 RBI … Danielle Williams, who has already earned national pitcher of the week honors this season, holds a 0.96 ERA and a 9-1 record over 73.0 innings of work, while holding opponents to a .146 batting average … Overall, the Wildcats are batting .269 as a team, with a 1.83 team ERA.

NO. 18 MISSOURI: The Tigers enter the week with an 18-6 record and ranked 18th in the latest USA Today / NFCA Coaches Poll … Mizzou enters the tournament fresh off a Wednesday doubleheader sweep at Illinois, topping a squad coached by former Ball State head coach Tyra Perry by scores of 7-6 (8) and 10-2 (5) … Casidy Chaumont leads at talented Tigers offense with a .423 batting average which includes five doubles, a triple, and four home runs … Kimberly Wert has a team-leading 25 RBI, while six regulars in the lineup have scored at least 11 runs … Laurin Krings has thrown a team-high 64.0 innings, owning a team-best 8-3 record and a 2.41 ERA … She has also struck out 85 total batters … As a team, Mizzou has a .314 batting average and a .260 ERA.

STANFORD: The first team just outside the top 25 in the latest USA Today / NFCA Coaches Poll, the Cardinal enter the weekend with an 18-4 overall record after going 3-2 at least weekend’s OSU/Tulsa Invitational … Stanford closed the event with a 1-0 win at Tulsa and an 11-3 (6) victory over Minnesota … Taylor Gindlesperger leads another talented offense with a .481 average in 17 games of action, while Sydnee Huff has a .400 average over all 22 games and scored a team-leading 21 runs … Emily Young has a team-best 25 RBI … Alana Vawter leads the squad in the circle with a 10-2 record and a 1.41 ERA over a team-high 69.2 innings of work … She has also struck out 64 batters … As a team, Stanford owns a .321 average and a 1.37 ERA.

THE ALL-TIME SERIES:

The Cardinals are a combined 3-17 versus teams it will face in the Mizzou Classic

Ball State is 2-10 all-time versus Northwestern, with the Wildcats winning the last four meetings … The teams meet earlier this season at the Coach B Classic hosted by SIU, with Northwestern earning a 10-4 victory on March 6.

Ball State is 1-7 all-time versus Missouri, with the Tigers earning an 11-3 (6) victory at the Mizzou Softball Stadium on March 21, 2014 … Ball State’s lone win in the series was a 2-1 victory over a then-No. 3 Tigers Squad at the Demarini Invitational hosted by the Tigers … The win snapped a 17-game Mizzou winning streak, which was the third-longest in program history at the time.

Ball State and Stanford will be meeting in softball for the first time.

BALL STATE NOTES:

Senior outfielder Faith Hensley has picked up right where she left off last season, leading the Ball State offense with a .393 batting average this season … She has reached base safely in 18 of BSU’s 19 games, including via a hit in 14 of the 19 contests … She also leads the team with nine RBI, including five in the Feb. 19 come-from-behind win over Western Carolina.

A 2021 NFCA All-Great Lakes Region First Team selection last season, Faith Hensley enters the week ranked third in program history (minimum 150 at bats) with a .379 career batting average … She is also currently fourth in career slugging percentage (.659), based on the strength of her 19 career doubles, 14 career home runs and two career triples.

Sophomore shortstop Kayla Lissy registered BSU’s first triple of the season in the 3-2 (8) victory over Towson (Feb. 18) … Last season, Lissy tied for the NCAA Division I lead with nine triples and added an inside-the-park home run for good measure.

Kayla Lissy is also off to a strong start on the base paths, ranking second on the squad with five stolen bases … As a freshman, Lissy ranked fifth in the MAC with 18 stolen bases … Her 23 career stolen bases are already just three shy of breaking into the top 20 in program history, while her .852 (23-for-27) stolen base percentage is 10th on BSU’s career charts.

Ball State’s sluggers have blasted 19 total home runs so far this season, with nine different players getting into the action … Faith Henley leads the way with six, while redshirt freshman first baseman / catcher McKayla Timmons is second with three … Three other players have a pair of home runs, while four have one … Overall, 10 different players on the active roster have at least one career home run for the Cardinals.

Junior third baseman Haley Wynn enters the week ranked second on the squad with a .338 batting average and is riding a team-high 14 game streak of reaching base safely … She has had at least one hit in 12 of those 14 games, including a perfect 4-for-4 effort versus UAlbany (Feb. 19) for her first career four-hit game … She is also tied for the team lead with five doubles this season.

Ball State enters the Mizzou Classic tied for second in the with 24 stolen bases this season, with Remington Ross’ nine stolen bases ranking third in the conference and 86th nationally … Last season, the Cardinals registered 62 stolen bases which was the 13th-highest single-season total in program history.

Junior pitcher Deborah Jones enters the weekend with 175 career strike outs to rank 18th in program history … She needs 25 more strikeouts to become just the 15th pitcher in program history to reach 200 career strikeouts … Jones has a team-leading 41 strikeouts over 36.0 innings of work this season.

Deborah Jones earned her 20th career victory versus Northern Kentucky on March 5, allowing just one run and four hits, while striking out a career-high 12 batters in the 2-1 victory … It was her first win of the 2022 season, to go along with her seven wins as a freshman in 2020 and 12 last season … Jones is also two wins shy of breaking into the top 20 in program history.

Freshman pitcher Angelina Russo has been at the top of her game in her last two appearances, earning the complete game victory in the 5-1 win at Grand Canyon (March 12), while holding a talented No. 23 Arizona State (March 13) offense off the board in her first four innings of work … Russo has earned three of the team’s six wins in the circle this season, pitching a team-high 44.2 innings.

Purdue Fort Wayne Softball Meets Cleveland State This Weekend

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne softball team will put its perfect start to Horizon League play on the line on Friday and Saturday (March 18-19) when the Mastodons visit fellow Cleveland State, which also has an unblemished league record.

NOTE: The schedule of games has shifted from its original schedule due to potential inclement weather in the Cleveland area.

Game Day Information

Who: Purdue Fort Wayne (3-14, 2-0 HL) at Cleveland State (7-14, 3-0 HL)

When: March 18-19

Where: Cleveland, Ohio

Live Stats: Game 1 | Game 2 | Game 3

Watch: TBD

Schedule of Games

Friday, March 18: DH at Noon

Saturday, March 19: TBD

Series History

Cleveland State owns a 9-6 advantage over the Mastodons in the all-time series, but the two squads are even with two wins each as Horizon League foes. The ‘Dons and Vikings split last year’s four-game series, with Purdue Fort Wayne taking the middle two 11-1 and 8-5. CSU took the opening and closing games 4-3 and 10-7. Cleveland State won the first three meetings, which came in 2004-05.

Know Your Foe

Cleveland State is 7-14, 3-0 Horizon League, with three wins at IUPUI on Sunday and Monday. Prior to the start of league play, CSU had lost 13 in a row after opening the season winning four of their first five. Melissa Holzopfel is leading the team with a .310 batting average with 22 hits and 11 runs. She also has the most games of record from the circle, going 4-9 in 71.0 innings pitched with a 3.94 ERA. The team has a 4.39 ERA.

The Player of the Week

Alise Hale was named the Horizon League Player of the Week on March 15 after a 3-for-4 performance with a 2.500 slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .833 in two games against UIC. She was the first position player for the Mastodons to be named Player of the Week since Demitra Burns was the Summit League Offensive Player of the Week in 2018.

Taryn It Up

Taryn Jenkins is leading the Mastodons with a .276 batting average. Brooke Wintlend has the team’s best slugging percentage of .769.

Let’s Look at the Lineup

>> Emma McMillan, Thais Uyema and Alise Hale have started all 17 games

>> Alise Hale has started all 17 games at second base

>> Alise Hale has batted third in the lineup 10 times

>> Taryn Jenkins has batted leadoff the most times this season with seven

>> Gracie Brinkerhoff has the most starts in the circle with seven

>> Brooke Wintlend has 11 starts at first base

Streaky ‘Dons

The following Mastodons have an active streak of games where they get on base

>> Alise Hale – 5

>> Taryn Jenkins – 3

>> Sonia Solis – 3

>> Emma McMillan – 2

>> Brooke Wintlend – 2

>> Alyson Quinlan – 2

Smarty Pants

Five current Mastodons were named NFCA All-America Scholar Athletes in 2021: Shaina Eyre, Ashley Haas, Alise Hale, Jadelyn Johnson and Emma McMillan. Hale is a two-time honoree. All five student-athletes were required to maintain a 3.5 cumulative GPA or better over the year to earn the award.

Breath of Fresh Eyre

Shaina Eyre is in the top-10 in program history in wins with 18. Next on the list are Kerrie Quickery and Missy Czaja, who both had 19 wins in the pre-Division I era. Eyre is also fourth in program history and 42nd in the NCAA among active players in career pitching appearances with 98.

Our New Hall of Famer

On February 13, Courtney Cronin (2009-12) was inducted in the Mastodon Athletics Hall of Fame. Cronin was a game changer in the circle and at the plate. The 2010 Summit League Pitcher of the Year led the ‘Dons to a pair of second-place finishes in the Summit League regular season. She paced the Mastodons to its best record in program history in 2012, as the Mastodons went 45-14, and won 17 games in league play. Cronin’s awards were numerous, including eight Pitcher of the Week awards, one Offensive Player of the Week award, four All-League honors, and two Academic All-District First Team selections. Her nine Player of the Week honors stand as the second-most in Summit League history. Her 63 career wins is eighth most in Summit League history while her 1.81 career ERA ranks 15th in league history. At the plate, she finished fifth in program history with 98 RBIs and sixth in home runs (21). 

Last Time Out

Purdue Fort Wayne went 2-0 against UIC to open Horizon League play. The Mastodons had a grand slam in each game, including the come-from-behind go-ahead grand slam in the sixth inning of the second game.

Next Time Up

The Mastodons will continue Horizon League play on Friday-Saturday (March 25-26) with a trip to Green Bay for three games.

Friday’s Start Time Moved up as Baseball Hosts Youngstown State

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Purdue Fort Wayne will open Horizon League play this weekend with Youngstown State. The start of Friday’s game has been moved up to 11 a.m. due to predicted rain later in the day.

Game Day Information

What: Purdue Fort Wayne (1-15, 0-0 Horizon) vs. Youngstown State (6-10, 0-0 Horizon)

When: Friday, March 18 | 11 a.m. (moved up from original 3 p.m. start)

Saturday, March 19 | 2 p.m.

Sunday, March 20 | 1 p.m.

Where: Mastodon Field | Fort Wayne, Ind.

Live Stats: Link

Weather: Rain possible, Sunday clear

Series History: Penguins lead 10-4

Scouting the Penguins: Youngstown State owns wins over Bethune Cookman, UT Rio Grande Valley, New Orleans and Pittsburgh. The Penguins are led offensively by Braeden O’Shaughnessy’s 19 hits and 10 runs. He has claimed 30 total bases on the season. Starting pitcher Matt Brosky has a 0.93 ERA in 29 innings with 33 strikeouts.

Probable Starters:

Purdue Fort Wayne:

Game One: RHP Rex Stills (4.70 ERA, 0-1)

Game Two: RHP Mitchell Spencer (3.68 ERA, 1-1)

Game Three: LHP Justin Miller (7.78 ERA, 0-4)

Youngstown State:

Game One: TBD

Game Two: TBD

Game Three: TBD

Season-High: The ‘Dons recorded a season-high 12 hits on Wednesday vs. Dayton.

You Can Call Me Al: Alex Evenson is 6-of-12 over the last three games.

Streak Time: Jarrett Bickel enters the Youngstown State game on an eight-game on-base streak and a seven-game hitting streak. He had two hits on Wednesday against Dayton.

Anywhere In The Field: Jarrett Bickel and Jack Lang have both started games at three different defensive positions this season. Bickel has started 12 games at short, two at third and one at second. Lang owns 13 games at third, two in left field and one in right field.

New Faces: The 2022 Mastodon roster features 15 returners from last season and 18 newcomers.

Have A Day!: Braedon Blackford hit three home runs in a doubleheader against California Baptist (Feb. 26).

We Play The Hits: Jack Lang and Alex Evenson are tied for sixth in the Horizon League in hits with 16.

Mitchell!: Mitchell Spencer is fourth in the Horizon League in ERA at 3.68. He is third in innings pitched at 22.0

Homer Time: Seven different Mastodons have a home run this season. This total includes five Mastodons who are in their first season with the ‘Dons: Braedon Blackford (3), Jarrett Bickel (2), Cade Fitzpatrick (1), Ben Higgins (1) and Isaiah Hart (1).

Homer Time X2: The ‘Dons have 11 home runs on the season, tied for third most in the Horizon League.

Look At Me, I Can Be…: Garett Lake is the only Mastodon to play every game at the same position for the ‘Dons. He has started in center in every game for the ‘Dons this year.

Miller Time: Justin Miller owns 146 career strikeouts, ninth best in program history.

Up Next: The ‘Dons travel to Michigan State on Wednesday, March 23.

Baseball to Visit Future Conference Foe Murray State

Valparaiso (5-7, 0-0 MVC)

at Murray State (11-4, 0-0 OVC)

Johnny Reagan Field | Murray, Ky.

Friday, March 18, 3 p.m.  – Trent Turzenski (R)

Saturday, March 19, Noon (Game 1) – Colin Fields (R)

Saturday, March 19, To Follow (Game 2) – TBD

Sunday, March 20, 1 p.m. – Jake Miller (L)

Next Up in Valpo Baseball: A week after taking on the team projected to win the Ohio Valley Conference, the Valparaiso University baseball team will battle the squad picked second in the OVC this weekend as the Beacons make their way to Murray, Ky. to take on Murray State. This nonconference series will serve as a preview of future Missouri Valley Conference showdowns as Murray State will join the MVC, effective July 1. 

Last Time Out: Valpo’s last four games have come against high quality competition, as the Beacons dropped all three in a weekend series at SEMO, a team projected to win the Ohio Valley Conference for the second straight year, before falling 12-1 at No. 6 Notre Dame, a team ranked as high as No. 1 nationally by Baseball America and Perfect Game. Kyle Schmack had two hits including a home run, while Connor Lockwood and Grant Jablonski had solid showings out of the Beacon bullpen. Jablonski was a bright spot, working two scoreless innings of one-hit ball against the Fighting Irish.

Following the Beacons: The games this weekend at Murray State are slated to air on ESPN+. Links to live video and stats will be available on ValpoAthletics.com. 

Head Coach Brian Schmack: Brian Schmack (157-242), the 17th head baseball coach in Valparaiso University history, is in his ninth season in charge of the program. Entering the 2022 campaign, he has served as the head coach for 387 games at Valpo, the fourth-most in program history with Tracy Woodson third at 397. This year, he moves into sole possession of third in program history for number of seasons coached with nine, surpassing Donald Warnke (1946-1953). Entering the season, Schmack’s win total of 152 ranks fourth in program history after he surpassed Rick Ferchen (1982-1987, 147) during the 2021 campaign. Also in 2021, Schmack joined Paul Twenge (1988-2006), Emory G. Bauer (1954-1981) and Tracy Woodson (2007-2013) as the only head coaches to reach the 150-win threshold. The former big-league pitcher led Valpo to 25 wins in his inaugural campaign in 2014, a school record for victories by a first-year skipper. Schmack, a member of the 2003 Detroit Tigers, served as pitching coach/associate head coach at Valpo for seven seasons prior to his promotion.

Talking Schmack: Head coach Brian Schmack moved into third in program history in career games coached on March 13 at SEMO. He enters the series opener at Murray State having skippered 399 Valpo games. Schmack’s predecessor, Tracy Woodson, was at the helm for 397 contests. During the first game of this weekend’s series, Schmack will become the third head coach in program history to work 400 games, joining Paul Twenge (1988-2006, 1011) and Emory G. Bauer (1954-1981, 606).

Series Notes: Valpo and Murray State have faced off four times prior to this weekend with the two teams splitting those matchups. Valpo went to the state of Kentucky and won two of three to begin the 2012 season in a series where all three games were decided by three runs or fewer. That started a season that culminated with a Horizon League title and NCAA Regional appearance. The only other meeting occurred in 1994, a 5-3 loss for Valpo as part of the Derby City Classic in Louisville, Ky.

Hannahs Starts Hot: Hannahs has produced multiple hits in seven of his first 12 games this season. In addition, he has already racked up four three-hit contests, two of which came as part of a six-hit doubleheader on March 13 at SEMO. The sophomore third baseman ranks third in the Missouri Valley Conference in batting average at .422 and second in on-base percentage at .509 while also ranking second in slugging percentage at .756. He has drilled four home runs in 11 games this season, surpassing his season total of three from his entire rookie campaign (51 games). Prior to a rare hitless game on March 15 at No. 6 Notre Dame, Hannahs had reached base safely in 10 consecutive games.

Sophomore Jump: Hannahs isn’t the only Beacon who has avoided the sophomore slump, as Alex Thurston is off to a stellar start to his sophomore season. Thurston’s year has featured a jump rather than a slump as he has boosted a .158 batting average from last season to .375 in 2022 (currently seventh in the MVC). Thurston is reaching base at a .432 clip after he finished his freshman season with a .284 OBP. Entering Friday at Murray State, Thurston possesses a 10-game hitting streak. On March 15 at No. 6 Notre Dame, he became the first Valpo player with a double-figure hitting streak this season after two did so a year ago (Kyle Schmack and Kaleb Hannahs).

Strikeout Success: Colin Fields struck out eight in just 3 1/3 innings in the second game of the March 13 doubleheader at SEMO, lifting his season total to 33 and his career total to 183. He has struck out seven or more in all four of his starts this season. Fields leads the MVC in strikeouts this year. He is just 17 away from becoming the 12th pitcher in program history to reach 200.

Close Calls Continuing: Last season, Valpo competed in 15 one-run games, posting a 7-8 mark in such contests. The team had 10 affairs decided by the slimmest of margins in Missouri Valley Conference play alone. This year, the trend of close games has continued. Half of Valpo’s first 12 games have been decided by two runs or fewer, with the Beacons holding a 4-2 mark in those outings.

Strong Start: The start of the season is never easy for Valpo, a cold-weather team that begins the calendar each year with a lengthy string of road games, mostly against warm-weather competition. This year, Valpo withstood those early-season challenges to put together the program’s best record through eight games since 1999. That season, Valpo also started 5-3, but had the benefit of starting the season with five neutral-site games in Florida. This year, the Beacons have played exclusively true road games. Prior to dropping all three March 12-13 at Ohio Valley Conference preseason favorite SEMO, Valpo had won five of its previous six games, a stretch that included the program’s first four-game winning streak since late in the 2019 season against Southern Illinois and Chicago State. This year’s four-game winning streak was the program’s longest that came in all true road games since March 2014 (two at Texas A&M CC, one at Chicago State, one at UIC).

In the Other Dugout: Murray State 

Picked second in the Ohio Valley Conference preseason poll.

Swept two games from Missouri Valley Conference member Illinois State last week, including a 7-6, 16-inning win in the series opener.

Won 33 games (the fifth most in program history) last season, advancing to the championship round of the OVC Tournament for the first time since 2003.

Outfielder Jake Slunder and reliever Jacob Pennington were preseason All-OVC selections.

Started the season 8-0 including series sweeps of Butler and Northern Illinois.

Softball Ready For Start of MVC Play This Weekend

Valparaiso (8-9, 0-0 MVC)

March 19 – at Indiana State (12-10, 0-0 MVC) – 2 p.m. CT

March 20 – at Indiana State – 11 a.m. CT DH

Next Up in Valpo Softball: Missouri Valley Conference action gets underway for the Valpo softball team this weekend, as the Beacons make their way downstate to open the conference slate with a three-game series at Indiana State.

Previously: Valpo posted a 1-3 record last weekend at the Bluegrass Challenge in its final pre-conference tuneups, beating Central Michigan and falling to Louisville, Eastern Kentucky and #9/12 Kentucky. Valpo’s weekend finale against Buffalo was canceled due to cold.

Looking Ahead: Valpo will briefly step back from conference action mid-week next week with a non-conference game Wednesday afternoon at Western Michigan. The Beacons then return to MVC play next weekend at Missouri State.

Following Valpo Softball: All three of this weekend’s games will have live stats available via ValpoAthletics.com.

Head Coach Amanda Eberhart: Amanda Eberhart was hired as head coach of the Valpo softball program in July of 2021. She brings seven years of head coaching experience at the Division I level, most recently spending the last three years as the head coach at Omaha and previously leading the IUPUI program for four seasons. Eberhart, who owns 139 career victories as a head coach, also has eight seasons of experience on staffs at Big Ten programs.

Series History: Indiana State holds a 16-5 advantage in the all-time series, including wins in all four meetings last season – three in the regular season and one in the MVC Tournament. Since Valpo joined the Valley, the Sycamores have won eight of 10 matchups. The meeting in the MVC Tournament last season, a 9-5 ISU win, featured Regi Hecker’s first collegiate home run.

Scouting the Opposition: The Sycamores enter MVC play with a 12-10 record, most recently splitting four games last weekend at the Golden Eagle Classic as they beat Quinnipiac twice and lost to Bellarmine and to Tennessee Tech. Lexi Benko, who no-hit Quinnipiac in one of the wins last weekend, leads ISU in the circle with a 6-5 record and a 2.75 ERA. At the plate, Bella Peterson paces the Sycamores in numerous categories, hitting .351 with 16 runs scored.

What’s Back: Valpo returns 14 of 19 letterwinners from last season’s squad for the 2022 campaign. In all, 77.6% of Valpo’s plate appearances are back for this season and 89.8% of last season’s inning pitched return as well.

Who’s New: After redshirting due to injury last season, Kylie Millhorn looks for her first collegiate action this spring. In addition, four true freshmen – Addi Weaver, Cheyenne Nietz, Kaiah Fenters and Lauren Sena – round out Valpo’s 19-player roster.

The Long and Winding Road: This weekend’s games continue a long and winding road for the Beacons before they finally get the chance to play at the Valpo Softball Complex. After playing four weekends away from home in the pre-conference, Valpo’s first two weekends of MVC play are on the road as well, with a non-conference game at Western Michigan thrown in there too. All told, Valpo’s first 24 games of the year are scheduled away from home, as the home opener comes on April 2 – matching last year for the latest home opener since the 2003 season.

Conference Openers: Valpo will look to reverse its recent history in the opening series of conference play this weekend at Indiana State. In its first three seasons of MVC play, Valpo has posted a 2-7 record on the opening weekend of the Valley slate. That includes falling three times at Indiana State to open the 2018 conference schedule.

Putting the Ball in Play: Valpo enters MVC play with easily the fewest strikeouts at the plate of any Valley team. The Beacons have struck out just 70 times through the season’s first 17 games, bettering Indiana State’s total of 93 strikeouts, the second-fewest so far this year by an MVC team. Valpo is averaging just 4.1 strikeouts/game at the plate this year after striking out 5.9 times/game last season. On the flip side, the Beacons have only 37 combined walks/hit by pitches this year, also a conference low.

Running Wild: This year’s team has stolen 22 bases in 24 attempts through the season’s first 17 games, already matching last year’s team total for stolen bases. Four different Beacons have swiped four or more bags, led by Jaina Westphal and Kayla Skapyak, who have each stolen five bases apiece without being caught.

Slowing Down the Opposition: While Valpo has been super-efficient when it comes to stealing bases, it has turned the tables on the opposition when they attempt to run. The Beacons’ opponents this year are just 16-for-26 attempting to steal bases, compared to last year, when opponents were 66-for-80 on the basepaths. Valpo currently ranks third in the conference in caught stealing percentage as a team, led by Addi Weaver, who has thrown out six of 13 runners attempting to steal on her.

Slugging Away: Junior Ryan Milkowski has been the Beacons’ biggest power threat at the plate through four weekends of play this season. Milkowski is hitting .302, with seven of her 13 hits going for extra bases. She ranks in the top-10 in the Valley entering conference play in slugging percentage (.581, 8th), OPS (.985, 9th) and RBIs (12, 10th).

Seib Stands Out: Junior Easton Seib had another big effort in Valpo’s opener last weekend at the Bluegrass Challenge, tossing a three-hit shutout as the Beacons beat Central Michigan, 5-0. It was Seib’s second complete-game shutout of the year, and also featured nine strikeouts from the junior – easily a new career best in the category. With five wins in the circle so far this year, Seib is tied for fourth among MVC pitchers.

Reeling Off Wins: Valpo won each of its first four games at the Charleston Invitational en route to posting the tournament’s best record. Combined with the tournament-closing win over Western Michigan on opening weekend, the Beacons won five in a row – the program’s longest winning streak since a six-game winning streak late in the 2018 season. Valpo’s first three wins at Charleston were all by a single run, the first time since late 2013 the program has won three in a row, all by one run.

Sycamores welcome Kansas for nonconference weekend

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State continues the home stand on Friday afternoon as the Sycamores start a three-game series against Kansas University at Bob Warn Field over the March 18-20 weekend.

Friday’s opener is set for a 3 p.m. first pitch, Saturday at 2 p.m., while Sunday’s series finale is set for 1 p.m. All three games are scheduled to be streamed live via ESPN+, while live stats for all three contests will be provided on GoSycamores.com.

SEMO Recap

Indiana State bounced back from a 1-2 weekend at Wright State this past weekend as the Sycamores opened the home portion of the 2022 schedule on Tuesday and Wednesday against Southeast Missouri State. Indiana State snapped SEMO’s 11-game winning streak with a pair of wins at Bob Warn Field as the Sycamores improved to 9-6 overall following the two-game sweep of the Redhawks.

Diego Gines and Josue Urdaneta both homered in support of strong pitching performances by Jake Ridgway and Luke Patzner as Indiana State topped Southeast Missouri State in the Sycamores 2022 home opener on Tuesday afternoon, 10-1. Gines connected on his first grand slam of the season to stake ISU to the early 5-0 lead, while Urdaneta added a pair of two-run home runs late in the contest to highlight the Sycamores’ offense in the game.

Jake Ridgway (1-0) went five one-hit innings in his third start of the season to shut down the high-powered SEMO offense, while Luke Patzner struck out seven Redhawks over the final four innings to pick up his first save of the year. Ridgway carried a perfect game into the fifth-inning while posting a season-high seven strikeouts.

Wednesday’s final game of the two-game series featured an Urdaneta walk-off single as the redshirt sophomore saved his lone hit of the day for when it mattered. Indiana State took advantage of a pair of SEMO errors in the bottom of the ninth to put runners on the corners in the 4-4 ballgame. Jackson Taylor drew a pinch-hit walk to load the bases, before Urdaneta drilled a 2-1 pitch down the right field line scoring Daunte Majors and setting off an Indiana State celebration near second base following the 5-4 win.

Joey Hurt (2-1) picked up his second win of the season going 2.1 innings in relief. The sophomore retired all seven batters he faced while striking out three in the win. Jose Cabrera worked the first 3.2 innings in his first start on the mound, while Brennyn Cutts added five strikeouts in the relief effort.

Scouting Kansas

Kansas enters the weekend series with a 7-8 overall record as the Jayhawks continue nonconference play prior to next weekend’s start in Big 12 play. The Jayhawks have been a road warrior with 14 games over their first 15 coming on the road, while losing in their lone home contest against Missouri State on March 2.

Kansas opened the year taking two of three from Illinois, but fell twice the following weekend against New Orleans. After falling in a midweek to Missouri State, the Jayhawks dropped contests against Michigan State and Minnesota at the Cambria College Classic, before taking the finale against Illinois. The Jayhawks righted the ship with a pair of midweek wins over Charleston Southern and added a win over Michigan State to their name. KU fell in their most recent midweek contest in a rematch at Missouri State, 16-1.

The Jayhawks were picked ninth overall in the Big 12 preseason poll as voted on by the conference’s head coaches. Kansas received 10 votes overall back on the poll in late January. Highlighting the Jayhawks’ returning roster includes preseason All-American right-handed pitcher Jonah Ulane, while senior catcher Nolan Metcalf recently was named to the Buster Posey National Collegiate Catcher of the Year Watch List.

Sophomore infielder Maui Ahuna has been the team’s hitting leader in the 2022 season as the Hilo, Hawaii native leads the Jayhawks’ roster with a .483 batting average with 28 hits, including six doubles, three triples, and three home runs. Casey Burnham has also been among the team’s hitting leaders with a .350 batting average, while Tavian Josenberger is also among the team’s hitting leaders with 11 RBI on the year.

Among the weekend’s projected starters on the Jayhawks lineup includes right-handers Cole Larsen and Ryan Vanderhei. Vanderhei (3-1) has been the team’s primarily ace on the mound with a 4.03 ERA with a 26:11 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Larsen has also added four starts on the year with a 5.48 ERA over a team-high 23.0 innings’ pitched. Sam Brady has also seen multiple starts on the season over 11.2 innings.

Kansas Top Player

Kansas’ relief ace Jonah Ulane has been one of the best in the nation at ending a game as the redshirt senior was named a preseason Second Team All-American by the NCBWA. He posted 11 saves last season with a 1.44 ERA over 22 appearances in 2021. This season, he’s been nearly perfect over four outings with a 0.00 ERA and three saves over four appearances. If the game gets close, expect Kansas to turn to their right-hander late in the contest.

Opponent History

Indiana State is 3-2 all-time against Kansas dating back to their first contest in the 1983 season. The Sycamores fell in the inaugural contest back on March 11, 1983, as ISU dropped the 6-2 decision in a weekend tournament at Oral Roberts. It took nearly three decades before the teams took the field again on March 15, 2012 with ISU topping the Jayhawks, 2-1, at the Irish Classic in San Antonio, Texas. The teams last took the field against each other in 2022 prior to the COVID-shutdown with the Sycamores topping the Jayhawks in two of the three games held in Lawrence over March 6-8.

GAMEDAY GUIDE: MARIAN TAKES ON CLARKE IN NAIA ROUND OF 16

INDIANAPOLIS – The Marian women’s basketball team will continue their NAIA Tournament run on Friday afternoon in Sioux City, Iowa, as the Knights take on Clarke University in the NAIA Round of 16. Marian has reached the NAIA Final Site at the Tyson Events Center eight consecutive years, and are playing in the Round of 16 for the seventh straight season.

THE GAME

Marian is the No. 2 seed in the Liston Quadrant, and will take on the No. 3 seed Clarke University. Marian heads to the final site with a 29-4 record, defeating Rio Grande 99-78 in the Indianapolis Bracket NAIA Opening Round Championship game. The Pride enter with a 31-4 record. and defeated Mid-American Chrsitian 84-77 playing in the Wichita Bracket of the NAIA Opening Round.

THE SERIES

This will be the second meeting in program history between the two schools. The two previously met on November 9, 2013, with the Knights losing 77-55 in a neutral court meeting.

WHERE TO WATCH

Fans can watch each game live here and follow live stats here. Twitter and Instagram updates will be posted to @MUKnights as well. The live stream comes with a fee and is run by the NAIA.

WHAT’S AT STAKE

The winner of Friday’s game will advance to the NAIA Quarterfinals, taking on the winner of No. 1 Westmont and No. 4 Central Methodist.

Marian and Clake will tip off at 4 p.m. ET Friday, March 18, in the Tyson Events Center in Sioux City, Iowa.

MARIAN SPLITS AT BETHEL IN CL PLAY

Mishawaka, Ind. – The Marian softball team split their Thursday doubleheader with Bethel University, winning the opening game 7-0 before losing game two 5-2. Marian is now 11-2 overall on the year and 3-1 in Crossroads League play following the split.

Game 1 | Marian 7-0 Bethel

The Knights picked up a quick run to start off the game, as Jenna Minnix scored in the top of the first inning to give her team a lead. After singling and stealing second, Minnix took third on Shelbie Stotts’ infield single, but over-ran third, catching a break as she scored with Bethel over-throwing the catcher. Carrying the 1-0 lead into the home side of the Sydney Wilson got into a spell of trouble allowing two singles and a fielder’s choice to reach base, but stood tall to strikeout the side and leave the bases loaded.

Marian had a chance to score in the top of the second as the Pilots committed a pair of errors, but the Knights came up empty leaving two runners on. After a perfect inning from Wilson, Stotts doubled the lead with a solo home run in the top of the third. Stotts’ first homer of the season was followed up in the fourth inning with a solo home run from Savannah Harweger, as the shortstop hammered one out over the right field fence. The Knights continued their slugfest in the top of the fifth inning, taking a 5-0 lead in the game as Raegan Hiatt belted a towering fly ball out and over the center field wall.

Three straight innings with home runs solidified the lead for Wilson, as the senior got better and better as the game went on. Wilson was perfect in the third and fourth innings, and in the fifth picked up a strikeout as she stranded a hit batter at second base. Marian’s southpaw breezed through the sixth after Stotts extended the lead with a two-RBI double, stranding a single in her final inning of work. Emma Maple finished the game allowing one hit in the seventh, completing the 7-0 shutout.

Stotts led Marian at the plate going 4-4 with three RBI and two extra base hits, posting her first long ball of the year. Minnix had a pair of hits, and Hiatt went deep for the first time this season. Wilson earned the win in the circle allowing three hits in six innings of work, improving to 5-1 on the season. The senior had a season-high eight strikeouts, posting two-thirds of her season totals entering the game against Bethel.

Game 2 | Marian 2-5 Bethel

Game two started out with near identical first innings for the two squads, as the Knights got a triple from Stotts but were unable to score, while the Pilots’ Quinn Slattman doubled off Jaylah Guilliam, but the sophomore stranded the runner with a punchout. Guilliam kept the game scoreless after getting a pair of strikeouts in the bottom of the second, and in the top of the next inning her offense provided the first runs of the contest. A Caitlyn Phillips single led Marian’s inning, and after loading the bases Sierra Norman pushed two runs across the plate with an RBI single.

Marian took a 2-0 lead into the bottom of the third, however the margin wouldn’t last into the fourth as Bethel began to rip multiple base hits off Guilliam. Bethel’s fourth hit of the inning pushed in the tying run, and one batter later the Knights pitcher gave up a three-run home run to her counterpart Hannah Frady, as Bethel pushed back in front 5-2.

The Knights were able to get out of the inning down three, but couldn’t answer in the fourth as Phillips single was stranded. Olivia Stunkel came on in the bottom of the fourth and kept Bethel off the board getting a pair of strikeouts, and repeated the formula in the fifth keeping it a three-run game. After Stunkel struckout the side in the bottom of the sixth, Marian began a rally in the seventh with Harweger tagging a one-out single, with Marian loading the bases as Stotts walked and Norman singled. Down to their last out with the bags juiced, Marian came up empty as Hiatt grounded out to the right side, sending Marian to a game two defeat.

Marian had seven hits in the loss and left nine runners on base, with Norman and Phillips each record a pair of base knocks. Harweger recorded a stolen base in the loss, and Stotts extended her career record for triples with her 12th three-base hit in her four seasons at Marian. Guilliam suffered the loss giving up seven hits and five runs in 3+ innings, and Stunkel did not factor into the decision going three innings of hitless ball with seven strikeouts.

Marian will return home to host Spring Arbor on Saturday at 1 p.m. from the Marian softball diamond.

2022 NCAA DIII Men’s Basketball Semifinal and Championship Game Information

Wabash and Elmhurst meet in the second semifinal game of the 2022 NCAA Division III Men’s Basketball Tournament Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

The Little Giants advance through their tournament bracket with wins over Berry (91-79), Emory (87-86), Williams (73-59), and Illinois Wesleyan (81-75). The Little Giants are on a school-record 24-game winning streak, eclipsing the mark of 19 consecutive victories by the 1981-82 Wabash basketball team. That 19-game streak ended with the Little Giants claiming the 1982 NCAA DIII national championship.

Wabash (28-3) scores an average of 89.8 points per game, fifth-best among Division III programs. The Little Giants’ 51.6 field goal shooting percentage is second only to Yeshiva’s 53 percent. Wabash is third in the nation in three-point field goal shooting, hitting 40.3 percent of its attempts from beyond the arc.

Jack Davidson, recently named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches All-America Team and the CoSIDA Academic All-America First Team, leads Wabash and ranks third in the nation with a 25.7 points per game scoring average. The all-time leading scorer in Wabash basketball history with 2,433 points brings a complete game to court with 5.9 rebounds- and four assists-per-game averages. He leads the nation in three-point field goal percentage (49.0 percent), free throws made (200), and total three-point field goals made (122).

Tyler Watson adds a 16 points-per-game average to the offensive mix for Wabash. He averages 5.4 assists and rebounds per game for the Little Giants. Watson earned D3hoops.com All-Region 7 honors and was also a CoSIDA Academic All-America selection. He set a Wabash single-game record earlier this year by handing out 14 assists in a win over Hiram.  Kellen Schreiber shoots 68.7 percent from the field, the fifth-best shooting percentage among Division III men’s basketball players this season. Schreiber averages 15.2 points and 5.3 rebounds a game.

Junior Ahmoni Jones is the fourth starter with a double-figures scoring average for Wabash at 14 points per game. He is the leading rebounder for the Little Giants, snaring 6.2 carroms per contest. Jones shoots 46 percent from the field and 38.4 percent from three-point range.

Elmhurst (26-6) won the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin tournament to earn the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The Bluejays defeated Washington and Jefferson (95-70), Pomona-Pitzer (76-70), Calvin (79-77), and Mary Hardin-Baylor (87-84 in overtime) to advance to Friday’s semifinal game against Wabash. Elmhurst is led by D3hoops.com and NABC First Team All-Region selection Jake Rhode. The senior guard averages 17.6 points a game. He owns the Bluejays’ all-time assists record with 505 and has scored 2,098 points in his career.

Lavon Thomas averages 12.2 points a contest. Wesley Hooker adds an 11.5 points-per-game scoring average to the offensive mix. Hooker and Jonathan Zapinski share top-rebounding honors with each player averaging 5.4 boards a game.

The winner of Friday’s second semifinal will play the winner of the first semifinal contest between Randolph-Macon and Marietta at 5 p.m. in Saturday’s NCAA DIII Championship Game.

Tickets and Game Information

Tickets and information regarding the 2022 NCAA DIII Men’s Basketball Tournament semifinal and championship games are available at https://www.memorialcoliseum.com/event-calendar/event-details?EventID=14868&utm_source=D3Playbook&utm_campaign=9486ee1ad0-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2022_03_17_10_12&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_f4649c1bfa-9486ee1ad0-378898085.

Wabash Pre-Game Gathering

Wabash fans can gather at Flashback Live in Fort Wayne beginning at 2 p.m. on Friday prior to the semifinal games. The location is family-friendly and welcomes children and adults.

Location:

Flashback Live

4201 N Wells St

Fort Wayne, IN 46808

(Less than two miles from the Coliseum)

Two Named AHCA All-Americans for Women’s Hockey

ANGOLA, Ind. – The NCAA Division III women’s hockey head coaches have recognized the top 25 players in the division selecting them as CCM Hockey/AHCA All-Americans for 2021-22 and a pair of Trine University student-athletes among those named. Seniors Brandi Wilson (Fenton, Mich.) and Kirsten Vandenheuvel (Denfield, Ontario) become the first members of the program to earn the award.

“We are very proud of Brandi and Kirsten. Being named to the CCM/AHCA All-American team is a great reward for the dedication each of these two individuals have shown for hockey at Trine,” said head coach Tom Hofman, “For Trine to have two of the top 25 players in the division speaks volumes on how we develop players and the bright future of our program.”

Wilson continues to rack up the awards following the newest honor, earlier this month she was named the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association (NCHA) Player of the Year and to the All-Conference team.

The multitude of awards comes on the back of a spectacular season for Wislon. She finished the year with 40 points including 21 goals and 19 assists, all three becoming new program single-season records. She also averaged 1.43 points per game, another record. Wilson led the NCHA in points and goals while coming in second in assists.

Vanenheuvel joined Wilson on the All-American and All-Conference teams mainly for her solid defensive play. She is finished tied for first among defenders in NCHA play with 14 points including four goals and 10 assists. Earlier this season she became one of two student-athletes to record their 100th game for the Thunder.

NO. 7 MEN’S BASKETBALL SEASON COMES TO AN END IN NAIA ROUND OF 16

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The 2022 men’s basketball season came to a close in the NAIA Round of 16 Thursday, as No. 7 Indiana Wesleyan men’s basketball fell 88-84 to No. 3 William Jessup. The Warriors buried IWU with a 21-point hole at the break, behind 51% shooting from the floor and 10 made triples. Despite the hole, IWU would battle in the second half, going on an 18-4 run, knocking down eight second-half triples.

The Wildcats concluded their season with a record of 28-7, marking the 14th season in the Greg Tonagel era, IWU has won at least 25 games.

WJU blitzed IWU early, jumping out to a quick 8-0 lead forcing a quick IWU timeout. WJU would push their lead to 22 points with 8:56 left in quarter one.

IWU opened the game shooting 26% on 5-of-19 shooting while WJU shot 63%, putting IWU in a 21-point hole at the half.

The Wildcats didn’t go away quietly, starting the second half on a 16-0 run, shrinking the William Jessup lead from 21 to 5.

Griffin Kliewer – 18 points, 3 rebounds

Spencer Piercefield – 14 points, 7 assists

Dan Largey – 19 points, 6 rebounds

Seth Maxwell – 10 points, 9 rebounds

BASEBALL SPLITS DOUBLEHEADER WITH COUGARS

MOUNT VERNON, OHIO – Indiana Wesleyan baseball split in the first doubleheader of the series. Wildcats defeated Mount Vernon Nazarene 14-2 and dropped with a 11-0 decision in game two.

Wildcats dominated the offense collecting 12 hits to Cougars 5.

Zach Rabe blazed four of the team’s 10 RBIs on two hits.

Evan Salmon and MJ Stavola each posted three of the team’s 14 runs.

Brennan Morehead and Jake Engelkes combined for six strikeouts.

Wildcat’s second doubleheader of the series has been moved to Monday, March 21 due to weather. First pitch is scheduled for 1pm.

LANGS ELEVATES BEYER TO DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR, NAMES TAYLOR AS DEFENSIVE LINE COACH

MARION, Ind. – Indiana Wesleyan Football is excited to announce the promotion of Kyle Beyer and the hiring of Austin Taylor. With the departures, of J.J. Clark and Josh Aldrin, Kyle Beyer will take over the Defensive Coordinator duties left vacant by the Clark’s departure, and Taylor will handle the day-to-day of the Wildcat defensive line.

Our defense has developed into the one of the best units in the country and Coach Beyer has played a large part in that,” said Head Coach Jordan Langs. “He has done a great job of earning the trust of the players and coaches and we are happy to see him step into this role. We are excited for Austin to join our staff and continue to drive excellence in our Defensive Live. He is a great fit for our culture and we are thankful that he is joining our program.”

Coach Beyer who previously found success coaching the linebackers and special teams, Beyer led First-Team All-MSFA kicker, Ben VonGunten, and Linebacker Ismael Avila Honorable Mention All-MFSA in the programs most successful season in 2021. Beyer takes over a defense who was ranked Top-20 in sacks at 29 last season and picked off 13 interceptions. IWU defense collected five All-MFSA recognitions last season.

Beyer has also served in the Academic Coordinator role, that has seen 29 MSFA All-Academic honors this past season and a 3.05 GPA the last season, ranking 12th best in the NAIA.

Coach Taylor comes to IWU from Butler University, where he was Tight Ends Coach for one season. Prior to Butler, Taylor coached the defensive line unit at DePauw University for two seasons. During a full season in 2019, DePauw recorded 21 sacks. DePauw only had two games during 2020 due to covid. Taylor coached a nose tackle to All-NCAC second team honors. Taylor started his college coaching career as the coach’s assistant at Ball State University in 2016.

Before jumping into the college ranks, Taylor coached high school football at Pike, Hamilton Southeastern, and Zionsville. In 2018, Taylor was selected as the Region 7 Indiana Football Coaches Association Minority Representative. Staying close to home, Taylor earned his Bachelors in Sport and Fitness Administration/Management in 2016 from Ball State University.

Thunder Wrap Up Historic Season with 28-4 Record and National Championship Semifinal Appearance

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – The Trine University women’s basketball team was defeated by Hope College on Thursday night in the National Championship Seminfinal Round by a score of 57-52. The Thunder will end their season with a 28-4 record, the most wins in a season in school history.

The senior class of Kaylee Argyle [Freeland, Mich. / Freeland], Tara Bieniewicz [Chesterfield, Mich. / Dakota], Natalee Kunse [Clare, Mich. / Clare], Rachel Stewart [Pekin, Ind. / Eastern], Kelsy Taylor [Louisville, Ky. / New Albany] and Kayla Wildman [Rockford, Mich. / Rockford] leave a lasting legacy on the program on the national stage as well as a school record for lowest three-point field goal percentage defense (22.1%).

“I’m really proud of our team and how well we battled,” head coach Andy Rang said postgame. “That first half looked like two teams that knew each other pretty well.”

It was a rough start for the Thunder as Hope went on an 8-0 run on the first four possessions of the game. The Flying Dutch forced two turnovers and a missed shot en route to the scoring spree.

A timeout by head coach Andy Rang swung the momentum just as quickly as Trine scored the next seven points. Kaylee Argyle connected on an and-one and hits a lay-up in traffic as well. Stewart got on the scoreboard for the sixth and seventh points to get to within one, 8-7, with 4:11 to go.

Hope netted the final four points of the period to take a 12-7 lead into the quarter break. The Thunder wrapped up the first with an uncharacteristic six turnovers, five of them live ball turnovers.

“We knew how frustrated we were not scoring in the first quarter,” the senior Argyle said in the press conference. “If we can dive deep defensively and make them feel frustrated. When we get those stops, it motivates us and gets our offense going.”

Stewart made a pair of field goals in the second quarter to prevent the Thunder from going down double digits, however the first of her makes was to end a scoring drought of almost seven minutes. Sam Underhill [Grand Rapids, Mich. / Northview] and Wildman each scored before the end of the half, as well as a pair of free throws from Kaylee Argyle to give her seven first half points, as Hope maintained a 24-16 advantage at recess.

Trine was held to just 6-for-26 (23.1%) from the field overall and the teams combined for 0-of-15 from long range.

Taylor got in the scoring column early in the third quarter with a lay-up in the paint, but Hope ballooned the lead to 12 before the Thunder called for time with 7:59 to go in the period. Taylor had five points in the quarter alone, all of which coming in the first four minutes. Katie Sloneker [Monroe, Ohio / Monroe] found Taylor on a post-to-post back cut to give Taylor her second field goal of the frame.

The first three-point field goal of the game for either squad came at the 4:51 mark to put Hope up 16, 39-23. Coming out of a timeout, the Flying Dutch took their largest lead of the game 41-23. Alyssa Argyle [Freeland, Mich. / Freeland] knocked down a three with 3:21 left in the third, the first of the game.

Stewart was the catalyst for the Trine offense with the final seven points, highlighted by an and-one. Hope led going into the final 10 minutes of action, 47-36.

Bieniewicz scored her first points of the night early in the fourth with a make from distance to make it a single-digit game for the first time since the start of the second stanza. Wildman connected from long range as well a few moments later to get to within four, 48-44.

Stewart commented by saying, “When we saw Tara, our shooter, make her first three and seeing her get hype, I think that’s where we started to pick up our energy and get back in to the game.”

Underhill came out of the media timeout with five points, including an and-one to make it a one-possession game, 50-47, with 4:20 to go. Wildman, who was credited on the assist to Underhill, converted from deep to dig all the way out of the hole and back to an even 52-all at 3:35 left in the fourth.

“Sometimes I think when teams are down that much, they hang their heads and give up, but I remember I went to the bench and my teammates were like, “There’s still 15 minutes left, we got this!”” Wildman mentioned postgame.

The next possession saw Hope reclaim the lead at 54-52 with a jump shot in the paint. The teams saved their timeouts for late in a close game, as both teams stepped up defensively out of the stoppages. On the third however, the Flying Dutch would use the shot clock and score with 26 seconds remaining to make it a two-possession game.

A turnover on the other end forced the Thunder to start fouling, but to no avail as Hope hit one more free throw to seal the 57-52 victory and advance to the NCAA DIII National Championship game versus the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

Stewart was the leading scorer with 16 points and four blocked shots, as well as tied for the team-lead in rebounds Underhill at six. The bench contributed 35 of the team’s 52 total.

PILOTS SWEPT BY TAYLOR IN SERIES OPENING DOUBLEHEADER

UPLAND, Ind. – Bethel Baseball lost a pair of games in the series-opening doubleheader to (RV) Taylor on Thursday, falling in game one 12-0 before being walked off in game two 6-5. Corbin Greenslade belted his first career home run as a Pilot, while Jeremy Wiersema added three hits and two stolen bases to his credit on the day.

GAME VITALS

Game 1 Score: Taylor def. Bethel 12-0

Game 2 Score: Taylor def. Bethel 6-5

Records: Bethel (9-17, 3-7) | Taylor (17-9, 7-3)

NAIA Top 25 Coaches’ Poll:  Bethel – NR | Taylor – RV

Location: Winterholter Field | Taylor University | Upland, Ind.

GAME 1 STAT TRACKER

Jeremy Wiersema: 2-3, 2B

Coooper Tolson: 2-3

Corbin Greenslade: 1-3

GAME 2 STAT TRACKER

Corbin Greenslade: 1-2, HR, RBI, R, BB

Cooper Tolson: 2-4, RBI, R

Jeremy Wiersema: 1-2, 2 RBI, R, 2 SB

Thomas Dolan: 1-2, 2B, R

INSIDE THE BOXSCORES

The Pilots took a game two of 5-4 in the top of the sixth before allowing a bases-loaded two-run walk-off single with one out in the bottom of the seventh to fall 6-5. It’s their second straight series being walked off with at most two outs before a victory of their own.

Jeremy Wiersema added to his team-leading stolen base total with a pair on the day to up his season total to 14.

NEXT TIME OUT

The Pilots finish their series in Upland with a doubleheader on Saturday.

PILOTS SCORE MARCH UPSET OF #16 MARIAN IN SPLIT

MISHAWAKA – Bethel Softball opened Gardner Field on Thursday with a doubleheader split against No. 16 Marian, losing game one 7-0 before rallying in game two to earn the 5-2 upset win. Hannah Frady was the hero in game two, earning the win on the mound opposite of Crossroads League-leading ERA pitcher Jaylah Guilliam and belting the go-ahead 3-run home run at the plate in a five-run third inning.

DOUBLEHEADER VITALS

Game 1 Score: Marian def. Bethel 7-0

Game 2 Score: Bethel def. Marian 5-2

Records: Bethel (2-10, 1-3) | Marian (11-2, 3-1)

NAIA Top 25 Coaches’ Poll:  Bethel – NR | Marian – No. 16

Location: Gardner Field | Mishawaka, Ind. | Mishawaka, Ind.

GAME 1 STAT TRACKER

Emmie Pugh: 1-3

Quinn Slattman: 1-3

Haley Ragonesi: 1-3

Hannah Frady: 1-1

GAME 2 STAT TRACKER

Hannah Frady: 7.0 IP, CG, W, 7 H, 2 ER, 3 K; 1-3 HR, 3 RBI, R

Quinn Slattman: 1-3, 2B

Bella Rose: 1-3, RBI, R

Haley Ragonesi: 1-3, RBI, R

INSIDE THE BOXSCORES

The Pilots have held leads in eight of 12 games this season.

Despite the game one loss, the Pilot defense got out of situations with runners in scoring position and less than two outs in the first, second, and third innings without allowing more than one run each.

After allowing Marian to take a 2-0 lead in the third inning of game two, the Pilots rallied with three straight run-producing hits with two outs, capped by the go-ahead bomb by Frady—her second round-tripper in as many doubleheaders.

The Pilots shut down the Knights the rest of the way, allowing just five baserunners across the last four innings.

NEXT TIME OUT

The Pilots travel to No. 8 Indiana Wesleyan on Monday for a doubleheader beginning at 5:00 pm.

FRAME NOTCHES 900TH WIN IN OPENER AGAINST GRACE

HUNTINGTON, Ind. – Thursday afternoon’s 4-2 win at Forest Glen over Grace marked a significant milestone for Coach Mike Frame as it proved the 900th win of his coaching career. The victory was the first of two for the Huntington baseball team as they shutout their visitors 7-0 in the nightcap.

Coach Frame headed into this season ranked tenth in total wins among all active NAIA baseball coaches.

The opener saw Matt Wolff go long in the second to kick off the day’s scoring only to have the Lancers (10-13, 4-6) knot things up in their next at bat. HU was quick to respond in their half of the inning. Daniel Lichty doubled in a run and then made his way home on a three-bagger by Langston Ginder for a 3-1 HU lead.

Things went quiet the next few frames until Grace pushed a run across in the seventh but a little small ball by the hosts in the eighth bumped their lead back to two to make for the 4-2 final. After Lichty singled up the middle, was bunted to second and scampered to third on a passed ball, he eventually snuck home when the Lancers unsuccessfully tried to throw out Ginder stealing second.

Camden Dice threw the first seven innings, giving up eight hits, two runs and a walk while striking out one, to earn the win on the bump. After reliever Graham Kollen threw the next 1.2 frames, Isaac Horton struck out Isaiah Herbster for the final out to earn his third save of the year.

Pitching continued to be HU’s strong suit in the nightcap with Tyler Papenbrock tossing a dandy to notch the complete-game shutout. In seven innings of work, the rookie southpaw needed just 89 pitches to get the job done. He struck out six, didn’t give up a walk and surrendered just four hits. 

The Foresters tapped into three of their nine hits in the third to jump out to a 4-0 lead. With bases loaded, Ginder was hit by a pitch to push HU’s first run across home plate. In the process of Satchell Wilson drawing a base on balls, Huntington scored again on a wild pitch. The next two runs came by more honestly on a run-scoring single by Jarret Gray and fielder’s choice by Dice.

Dice was at it again in the fifth, driving in another run compliments of a double to right. Frame’s crew added a second run in the inning before Gray put the finishing touches on the night with an RBI-single in the sixth. He finished with three hits and two RBI. Dice also racked up two RBI while Noah Comstock finished with a pair of hits.

With these wins, Huntington improves to 8-10 overall, 6-4 in league play. HU wraps up their series with Grace on Saturday with opening pitch slated for 1:00 p.m.

FORESTERS PICK UP FIRST LEAGUE WIN AGAINST SPRING ARBOR

HUNTINGTON, Ind. – The HU softball team celebrated their first conference win, a 6-1 decision over Spring Arbor, Thursday afternoon before the Cougars returned the favor by handing their hosts a 4-1 loss in the nightcap.

The split moves Ehler and crew to 3-10 on the year which includes a 1-3 league record.

Adelyn Harsh had an impressive outing in the circle to pick up the complete-game win in the opener. The sophomore hurler surrendered a mere two hits, one run and five walks while striking out three for her second win of the season.

Harsh’s teammates made sure they did their part at the plate by finding home five times in the third. The excitement didn’t start until HU was sitting on two outs with only Jocelyn Winebrenner on base after a single to left center. Following Courtney Mason’s base poke, Abigail Reed doubled in both teammates and then came around to score on Jenessa Hasty’s two-bagger. Cali Humphries kept things going with an RBI-single after which MacKyndsea Burke wrapped things up by knocking her in with a blooper to right.   

Kiera Stacy got in on the action in the fifth with her second double of the day to drive in Hasty who singled her way on base a few batters prior. The Lancers finally got on the board in the sixth to make for the final 6-1 margin of victory.

The Cougars got their revenge in game two by scoring in four of the last five frames to slowly pull away from their hosts whose only run came in the fifth on Burke’s RBI-single up the middle.

Karlee Franklin spent the entire game on the hump to be charged with the loss after giving up eight hits, four runs and a walk white striking out four.

The Foresters hit the road Tuesday to take on Taylor at 4:00 p.m.

Cougars Fight Back but Drop First Two to Open Against Spring Arbor

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The University of Saint Francis Cougars (17-8; 6-4 Crossroads) traveled to Spring Arbor, Michigan Thursday afternoon to begin a four-game series against the Spring Arbor University Cougars (11-7-1; 6-4 Crossroads) in a doubleheader and lost both games each by one run by scores of 6-5 in 11 innings, and 5-4 in the finale.

Sophomore pitcher Hunter Frost took the mound to start the opener for the Cougars and shut down Spring Arbor through the first two innings.

Then in the top of the third, the Cougars went to work with the bats as outfielders Xavier Nolan and Alec Brunson worked back-to-back walks to open the inning and then scored the first two runs of the game off three hits and an error by Spring Arbor.

Frost continued to mow down the opposition through five innings, but come the sixth, Spring Arbor got their offense started.

A long inning resulting in four runs, three hits, and a couple walks suddenly put Spring Arbor ahead 4-2 and they added an insurance run to take a 5-2 lead into the ninth.

But then the Cougars showed their resilience and fight down to their last breath. Second baseman Jose Valdes-Sandoval reached on an error to open the frame, and then another error loaded the bases for first baseman Tyler Prince. Then with one out, a bases-clearing double by the Cougars first baseman plated three runs tying the game at five.

Then the game went to extra innings as the Cougars bullpen stayed strong. The Cougars went in order though in the 10th and 11th innings and escaped a 10th inning jam to keep the game alive.

Come the bottom of the 11th, a leadoff walk put the winning run on base for Spring Arbor, and then a two-out single up the middle ended the Cougars’ winning streak at six games.

In the second game, freshman pitcher Deron Swanson started for the Cougars and was given an early 1-0 lead when Tyler Prince singled home Alec Brunson in the top of the first. Saint Francis then doubled the lead when center fielder Collin Landrum hit a two-out double to score Kaden Sullivan.

But then in the bottom of the fourth, Spring Arbor got to Swanson. Five hits, two errors by the Cougars, and four runs in the frame put Spring Arbor ahead 4-2.

The Cougars got a run back in the top of the fifth, but Spring Arbor got that run back in the bottom of the sixth to take a two-run lead into the top of the seventh.

In the final frame, the Cougars put up one last fight as they did in the opener when designated hitter David Miller singled home Xavier Nolan to close the gap to within one run, but that’s all Saint Francis got as they suffered the sweep to open the series.

Deron Swanson took the loss despite only allowing one earned run through five and a thirds innings pitched while striking out eight.

The Cougars and Spring Arbor will wrap up their four-game series with a doubleheader Friday in Spring Arbor at 1:00 pm.

Pride bats get hot in sweep over Saint Michael’s & Pace

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. – Purdue Northwest swept both games of Thursday’s Saint Patrick’s Day doubleheader at The Spring Games with non-conference wins over Saint Michael’s College (VT) and Pace University (NY).

PNW improved to 8-4 following the pair of victories and the Pride have a quick turnaround with two early games on Friday morning to close out the Florida trip.

GAME 1: PURDUE NORTHWEST 7, ST. MICHAEL’S 6

Selena Michko’s (Dyer, Ind./Lake Central) grand slam got things rolling in the first inning to give PNW an early 4-0 lead.

But, the Pride let SMC hang around after failing to move runners across. PNW left the bases loaded in the second and the fifth innings, and stranded a pair in the fourth.

The Purple Knights made it a one-run game in the fourth when DP Hannah Arruda homered to left field. The Pride needed three outs in the seventh to hold on for the win, but SMC strung together four consecutive singles to take its first lead of the contest.

However, the Pride wouldn’t go down without a fight as Michko ignited the rally with a leadoff double in the bottom of the seventh. Amanda Noblett (Schererville, Ind./Lake Central) doubled two batters later and then a throwing error allowed a run to score. Myah Stuckey (Noblesville, Ind./Noblesville) delivered the game-tying run on a single through the left side. Then with one out and the bases loaded, Allison Arnold (Tucson, Ariz./Naperville North) produced the clutch game-winning hit on a line-drive single to center.

Emma Hill (Holmes Beach, Fla./Cary-Grove (IL)) tossed six innings and struck out five with four earned runs on six hits allowed. Michko (1-0) was credited with the win after coming on in the seventh.

Arnold (3 for 5), Noblett (3 for 4), Michko (2 for 3) and Stuckey (2 for 3) combined for all 10 of PNW’s hits in the first game.

The win marked the fourth one-run victory in 12 games for the Pride, and also the squad’s third walk-off win this season.

GAME 2: PURDUE NORTHWEST 7, PACE 1

PNW’s bats were hot under the lights as the Pride piled up a season-high 12 hits in the nightcap.

Starter Maddison Roop (Hudson, Ill./University) also caught fire and tossed a four-hitter to lead the way in the circle. The sophomore finished with five strikeouts and sat down 19 of 21 batters to register her second win of the season.

Pace led 1-0 after three innings, until the Pride scored runs in each of the final four frames.

Kelsi Dillon (Braidwood, Ill./Reed-Custer (Georgian Court)) tied the game with an RBI double in the fourth, and Noblett put the Pride in the lead for good with an RBI single in the next at-bat.

Three more runs came across on RBI knocks from Jocey Gault (West Lafayette, Ind./Harrison) and Michko to extend the lead to 5-1 in the fifth. Then, a run in each of the sixth and seventh innings were pushed across on Pace defensive miscues.

Michko (3 for 4) led the way with three hits while Noblett (2 for 3) and Dillon (2 for 4) also posted multi-hit efforts at the dish. Five others logged a base hit including a double from Madison Schultz (Lafayette, Ind./Faith Christian).

UP NEXT

PNW goes up against Minot State and Southern Connecticut State on Friday morning. First pitch in the opener against the Beavers is slated for 8 a.m. CDT in Winter Haven.

Grace’s NAIA run ends in Kansas City

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The storybook postseason run for Grace’s men’s basketball team found its final chapter on Thursday.

The No. 7 seed Lancers fell 71-66 to the College of Idaho in the Round of 16 in the NAIA National Championships.

The Lancers end a memorable season with a 27-9 record. Grace won the 2022 Crossroads League Tournament championship and won the NAIA Opening Round pod at Olivet Nazarene to clinch a “Sweet Sixteen” berth in Kansas City.

Grace’s 27 wins are the most in a single season since 1991-92. Only two other campaigns (1991-92, 1987-88) saw the Lancers win more games in a season.

Grace played well defensively, holding Idaho to 37-percent shooting for the game.

But the Lancers hurt their own cause dramatically. Grace shot 47 percent as a team from the floor but turned the ball over 18 times. The Lancers also shot just 12 of 25 (48 percent) on free throws.

The Lancers got on the scoreboard when Eddie Gill IV scored on the opening possession.

The teams traded buckets in the early stages; the Yotes (32-4) were on the mark from deep, hitting a trio of 3-pointers in the early going.

The Yotes tried to pull away with a 20-12 lead, but Ian Scott scored back-to-back buckets to keep Grace within range.

But Grace hit a slow stretch offensively. Grace scored just three points during a seven-minute stretch, and the Yotes managed to earn a 10-point lead at 27-17.

Elijah Malone was Grace’s best offensive force in the half, scoring against a variety of defensive looks in the paint.

The Lancers closed the gap slightly before halftime and trailed 35-28 as the teams entered the intermission.

Grace shot much better than Idaho in the first half, making 48 percent from the floor compared to the Yotes’ 40 percent.

The Lancers struggled mightily from the free throw line, however, shooting just 3 of 11 (27 percent). Grace also lost the turnover battle 9-2.

Malone tied for most points in the half with eight points, and Scott had six points and four boards.

The Lancers charged out of the locker room with five quick points, including a triple by Jakob Gibbs and an acrobatic layup by Jake Wadding. Wadding’s reverse layup trimmed Grace’s deficit to four, forcing the Yotes to burn a quick timeout.

Gill made another crafty layup, and Malone laid in a basket on a fastbreak to tie the score at 37-37.

The Lancers continued to score at will. Gill and Frankie Davidson scored on consecutive plays, pushing Grace on top 41-39 with 16 minutes remaining.

A minute later, Malone threw down a thunderous one-handed slam to maintain Grace’s lead.

The Yotes calmly responded, however, scoring nine unanswered to regain the lead at 50-43 with 12 minutes on the clock.

The Lancers struggled to puncture Idaho’s cushion and faced a 63-53 deficit with 3:20 remaining.

Grace’s defense locked up the Yotes down the stretch, allowing the Lancers to get in striking distance. The Yotes came up empty on four straight possessions, and Grace edged to within five after a layup from Malone with 1:11 left to play.

But Grace’s free throw woes showed up again as the Lancers missed three more foul shots over the final 49 seconds.

Malone finished with a game-high 18 points to go along with 9 rebounds and 3 blocked shots. Wadding had 10 points and five boards, and Davidson and Gill each scored nine. Gill had six assists, and Davidson grabbed six rebounds. Gibbs scored seven with a pair of 3-pointers.

Grace ties program record with win

WINONA LAKE, Ind. – Grace’s women’s basketball team picked up a 68-54 win over Columbia International on Thursday afternoon.

The win was the Lady Lancers 20th on the season, which matches the most in program history for a single season.

Grace boasted a well balanced offensive attack, with 10 players getting in the scoring column. Karlee Felman led all players with 18 points.

The Lady Lancers will go for a program record 21st win on Friday night at 7 p.m. when they play the No. 1 seeded College of the Ozarks in the fifth-place game.

The Lady Lancers led from the opening tip. Feldman and Kiersten Poor combined to score Grace’s first nine points and put the Lady Lancers ahead of the Rams 9-2 just three minutes into play.

A pair of trifectas from CIU cut Grace’s advantage down to four, but Kenzie McMahon answered with a strong driving layup that resulted in an old-fashioned 3-point play.

Sally Mortensen checked in and immediately scored after Feldman made a clever pass that found the freshman guard wide open under the hoop.

The Rams couldn’t contain Feldman early on as she dominated CIU in the paint on nearly every possession.

Peyton Murphy and Feldman each scored late in the quarter to send the game to its first break with the Lady Lancers leading 25-12.

Grace shot 76 percent from the floor in the first quarter compared to CIU’s 33 percent.

Poor and Maddie Ryman started the second stanza with back-to-back 3-point shots to strengthen Grace’s lead.

The Lady Lancers’ lead topped 20 points after Maddie Ryman converted two tries at the charity stripe.

The Lady Lancers’ red-hot offense cooled in the second quarter, but their defense held CIU to just 4 of 15 from the floor to maintain a 39-22 lead as the game entered the half.

Grace was 53 percent from the field after 20 minutes and was a perfect 5 of 5 from the charity stripe. The Rams were held to just 29 percent from the floor.

Feldman had an impressive stat line in the first half, recording 14 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists to go along with 2 steals and 1 block.

The Lady Lancers saw their lead dwindle to 15 early in the second half, but quickly found an offensive response.

After McMahon rattled off four straight for Grace, Kaylee Patton scored to give Grace a 22-point lead.

McMahon tacked on a pair of free throws late to send Grace to the final frame leading 56-34.

Olivia Pearson assisted on a Feldman layup that pushed Grace’s advantage to 25, the biggest of the game.

With the game well in hand Grace began to sub liberally, holding on for the 68-54 win.

Grace finished the game 44 percent from the floor. The Lady Lancers dominated the battle inside, outsourcing the Rams 34-18 in the paint and out rebounding them 39-30.

McMahon had an impressive outing, narrowly missing a double-double with 13 points and nine rebounds. Poor also added 10 points.

Trojans take pair from Grace

UPLAND, Ind. – Grace’s softball team came up short in a doubleheader at Taylor on Thursday.

The Trojans won 5-2 and 9-0, handing the Lady Lancers (7-10, 4-2 CL) their first losses of the Crossroads League season.

Grace’s offense was quiet in the opener until the final inning. The Trojans built a five-run lead after six innings, putting Grace into a late hole.

The Lady Lancers showed fight until the end, however. The team began the seventh inning with a walk and a double from Cassandra Hayes. Bree Gardinier followed that up with an RBI single, and Tia O’Connor also drove in a run on the next at-bat.

But the Lady Lancers’ potential rally was snuffed out on the next play with a game-ending double play in the infield.

Jeri Ellis pitched the entire game, giving up two earned runs on nine hits. She also had 1 hit, 1 run and 1 walk at the plate to continue her strong play on the season.

The Lady Lancers were unable to score in the finale. Grace walked four times, but the team struggled to find a run-producing hit. The Trojans managed to end the game early thanks to a six-run outburst in the first inning.

O’Connor hit 1 for 2, Jessica Kaurich was 1 for 1 with a walk, and Bethany Gardner hit 1 for 3.

The Lady Lancers will continue league play next week with a doubleheader on Tuesday at Goshen.

Lancers trimmed by Foresters

HUNTINGTON, Ind. – Grace’s baseball team came up short to start its four-game series at Huntington.

The Lancers lost the first doubleheader on Friday, falling 4-2 and 7-0. The series is scheduled to wrap up on Saturday beginning at 1 p.m.

The first game of the day was a low-scoring, nine-inning affair. Grace was limited to one run in the first six innings when Jeff Pawlik singled in Patrick Danforth during the third.

Huntington was largely held in check as well thanks to the sharp pitching of Kameron Koch.

But the Foresters used the long ball to score in an efficient manner. Huntington scored three early runs thanks to a home run, double and a triple.

The Lancers had little trouble putting runners on base, but Grace struggled to manufacture runs.

In the seventh, Grace used a two-out single from Alex Rich to score Chris Griffin for Grace’s second run, but the Lancers still found themselves trailing.

Huntington created a run in the eighth, using one hit in the inning to go ahead 4-2.

The Lancers threatened to rally in the top of the ninth, loading the bases with two walks and a hit by pitch. But Grace’s final batter struck out to conclude the game.

Despite the loss, Grace outhit HU 9-5. The Lancers stranded 16 runners in the game compared to just four for Huntington.

Koch struck out eight hitters in his seven innings from the mound, allowing four hits and three runs.

Austin Carr finished 2 for 3 with a walk, Griffin was 2 for 5 with a run and a steal, and Josh Cosme reached base three times.

In the second game, Grace was shut out 7-0 after tallying four hits. Cal Curiel had two of Grace’s hits, and Pawlik and Cosme had the other two.

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Exciting Finish Grants Trojans Day-One Sweep of Pilots

UPLAND, Ind. – On a wonderfully warm afternoon in Upland, the Taylor baseball team took two against Crossroads-foe Bethel (9-17, 3-7), winning game one 12-0 before walking off with a 6-5 victory in the night cap.

Trojan pitcher, Luke Shively (6-0), was magical yet again, tossing his second-consecutive complete-game shutout in Taylor’s seven-inning run-rule victory in game one. The NAIA’s most-recent National Pitcher of the Week interspersed seven hits throughout seven scoreless innings of work, racking up six strikeouts along the way.

Shively has now worked his season-ERA down to 1.29, which shares the top spot in the league with Mount Vernon Nazarene pitcher, Logan Fox. Meanwhile, the Mishawaka, Indiana, native continues to lead the league with 52 strikeouts and now shares the national-lead with six wins thus far in the 2022 season.

Freshman, Kaleb Kolpien, and catcher, Ben Kalbaugh, provided much of the offensive support for Shively throughout the game, Kolpien pulling in three hits while Kalbaugh drove in a career-high five runs.

Kalbaugh’s career-day began to surface early, as the junior catcher smacked a three-run home run to left field to break a scoreless tie.

Taylor, then, added a run in the fourth, before unleashing a five-run effort in the fifth. Manchester-transfer, Michael Pinarski, catalyzed the fifth-inning action with a single through the left side of the infield, after which Camden Knepp drew a walk to place two runners on base for the league’s leader in runs-batted-in, TJ Bass.

Bass worked the opposite field, smacking a double down the right-field line to bring Pinarski home, setting up Kolpien for an RBI-knock to right of his own. Jacob Morris prolonged the rally with another RBI-single, before Kalbaugh put an exclamation mark on the inning with a two-run single that made it a 9-0 game heading into the sixth.

Shively remained steadfast on the bump, keeping the Pilots at bay as the Trojan bats worked a 12-run edge with a three-run sixth to take game one in seven innings.

Game two did not offer such a comfortable lead for the Trojans, who found themselves down 5-4 while preparing for their final at-bat of the game.

Noah Huseman (2-2) got the nod for Taylor and scattered eight hits and four runs throughout five innings of work, accruing five strikeouts by his outing’s end.

Taylor’s starter exited in a tied game, after which Kolpien came in relief to start the sixth. The freshman lefty surrendered the go-ahead run in his first inning of work but managed to work a scoreless seventh, setting up the Trojan bats to have the final say.

Bass ignited the seventh with a single up the middle, planting himself on first base where Drew Loy came on to run. Kolpien, then, pulled a single through the right side, pushing Loy to second. With two runners on and nobody out, Kade Vander Molen then enacted a sacrifice bunt that worked out ever so fortunately as Loy beat the throw to third, loading the bases while down just one.

After a fly out that set up the potential for a game-ending double play, Conner Crawford stepped into the box with the game-winning run 180 feet away. The senior native of Ohio put a charge into a Pilot pitch, driving the center fielder back to the fence where the ball passed by his mitt, ending the game with a 6-5 walk-off Trojan win, earning Kolpien the first win of his collegiate-career.

Crawford finished the game with a team-high four RBI, while Bass led the way in the hit-category with three.

Taylor now shares first place in the Crossroads League with Mount Vernon Nazarene, two games ahead of Saint Francis, Spring Arbor, and RV Indiana Wesleyan, who each share the third-spot in the league.

The Trojans (17-9, 7-3) are slated to return to play on Saturday, March 19th, when they host Bethel for day-two of their four-game series with the Pilots. Stayed tuned to TaylorTrojans.com for any updates regarding the date and time for the day-two doubleheader.

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Hot Bats Lead Trojans to Crossroads League Sweep

UPLAND, Ind. – The Trojans used their hot bats to outscore Grace 14-2 over a two-game sweep in Crossroads League action. Jersey Tannehill led the offense throughout the day, collecting four hits, two runs, and two runs-batted-in.

Taylor jumped out to an early lead in game one. Emma West and Alexi Clay started the inning with singles, after which West scored on a sacrifice fly to right field by Caitlyn Grim.

Taylor, then, capitalized on a defensive miscue in the second to extend the lead. Prior to the error, Kristin Mihalic got the action rolling with a walk, and Nicole Brindle ran for her. Jersey Tannehill singled with one out, advancing Brindle to third. Lexi Abruzzo entered the box and kept the inning moving by driving in Brindle on a single to center field. With two outs and two runners on, an error by the shortstop led to two additional runs for the Trojans, crafting a 4-0 lead.

The early run support was more than enough for Maddi Evans (4-3), who was stellar again in the circle. Evans started the game by retiring the first nine hitters in order, entering the fourth with a perfect game. The Lancers threatened in the fourth, before Evans shut the door with a strikeout to end the inning. Evans completed the day with five shutout innings, allowing only three hits and no walks to earn the victory.

Cassy Lewis pitched the final two frames in game one, protecting the lead in her second outing of the season.

Grace threatened again in the seventh, this time plating two runs but falling short and losing game one 5-2.

Taylor used an early surge in the first inning to ease its way toward a game-two victory.

After West and Clay set the table with free passes, Taylor went on to collect five-consecutive hits, posting six runs in the first. The three-through-seven batters each roped a hit, culminating in a double by Tannehill collecting two RBI.

MacKenzie Noah (2-5) started in the circle and relentlessly protected Taylor’s 6-0 lead. Noah pitched four scoreless innings, working her way out of a bases-loaded jam in both the second and fourth innings.

Taylor’s comfortable lead allowed more players to get involved, including Camryn Arlotto who secured her first-career extra-base-hit in the fourth with a double, after which she scored her first-career run.

Lindsey Nolt got to shine in the circle as well, hurling a scoreless inning in her second appearance of the season.

The game came to an early end with Taylor recording a run-rule victory, while leading 9-0 after five innings.

Taylor will take the field again on Saturday, weather permitting. The Trojans (6-9, 3-1 CL) are scheduled to take on Saint Francis (8-4, 0-0 CL) at Gundakunst field with the first pitch coming at 1:00 pm ET.

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1937       Ending his holdout, Lou Gehrig, who had initially asked for $50,000, agrees to sign with the Yankees for $36,000 and a $750 signing bonus. The new deal for the Bronx Bombers’ first baseman, last season’s American League MVP, makes him baseball’s highest-paid player.

1942       During spring training, Jackie Robinson and Nate Moreland work out with the White Sox in Pasadena, California. Manager Jimmie Dykes, who reluctantly granted their request for a walk-on tryout, dismisses the black players without making an offer for their services.

1943       Due to wartime travel restrictions, spring training camps begin opening in northern locations. Some of the locales include Bear Mountain, NY (Dodgers), French Lick Springs, IN (Cubs and White Sox), Asbury Park, NJ (Yankees), Medford, MA (Red Sox), and Wallingford, CT (Braves).

1953       “Braves Win Last Game for Boston, Milwaukee Loses It.” – BOSTON GLOBE, headline lamenting the city’s National League franchise move to Milwaukee.

When the Braves’ move from Boston is officially approved unanimously by the National League owners, the team is on the field, beating the Yankees in the fifth inning, 3–0. The club now representing Milwaukee, as of 2:33 PM, blows the lead, dropping a 5-3 decision to the Yankees in the Bradenton, Florida exhibition game.

1953       The Braves end their 77-year-old association with Boston, becoming the first major league club to move since Baltimore shifted to New York in 1903. After listening to Lou Perini’s hour-long impassioned plea, the National League owners unanimously approved the franchise’s change of venue to Milwaukee, where the club will stay for dozen seasons, setting attendance records before moving again in 1966 to Atlanta.

1957       Indian general manager Hank Greenberg turns down the Red Sox’ million-dollar offer for pitcher Herb Score. The former slugger says the Tribe is building for the future and not into selling its premier players.

1958       The Dodgers, playing their first season in LA, do not renew the contract of Emmett Kelly, the team’s resident ‘tramp’ in Brooklyn. The veteran circus performer believes the size of the Coliseum, the club’s new venue on the West Coast, is just “too big for one clown.”

Brooklyn Dodger pennant

1981       After being declared a free agent because the Red Sox mailed his contract one day past the contractual deadline, Carlton Fisk signs a $3.5 million deal with the White Sox. On Opening Day, the 33 year-old catcher will hit an eighth-inning three-run home run to tie the score, 3-3, which proves to be the difference in Chicago’s eventual 5-3 victory over his old team at Fenway Park.

1985       Commissioner Peter Ueberroth reinstates Hall of Famers Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays. Major League Baseball banned the two Hall of Famers from associating due to their employment with Atlantic City casinos.

1990       The players and owners reach an agreement on a four-year contract after a 32-day lockout. Although the season will start a week later, teams plan to play a complete schedule, including the 78 games canceled by the work stoppage.

2000       Construction workers install a 15-foot-high and 56-foot-long replica of an 1862 steam locomotive ninety feet above the field onto the rails that run alongside the moveable roof at Enron Field, Houston’s new downtown, which is home partially located on the former home of the city’s Union Station. The 60,000-pound train, with its cargo of oranges, makes a 40-second trip back and forth on its track every time an Astro player hits a home run.

2000       After reacquiring Jesse Orosco from the Orioles in December, the Mets send the veteran left-hander to the Cardinals for utility player Joe McEwing. In 1978, the eventual four-decade hurler (1979-2003) was the player to be named later in the trade when New York dealt veteran southpaw Jerry Koosman to Minnesota.

2005       After Mark McGwire, who had previously denied using steroids, refuses to answer the questions concerning his involvement during the congressional hearings, U.S. Representative William Lacy Clay (D-MO) wants to remove the slugger’s name given to a stretch of highway in his state. The legislators officially renamed a five-mile segment, a distance approximately as long traveled by the 70 home runs, of Interstate-70 the Mark McGwire Highway as a tribute to ‘Big Mac’ hitting a record 70 home runs in 1998.

2008       The possibility of collusion by the major league owners against Barry Bonds, who has pleaded innocent to four counts of perjury and one count of obstruction of justice, will be examined by the Players Association. The San Francisco slugger, who hit .276 last year with 28 home runs, has not been offered a contract by any major league team.

2008      

In an attempt to be part of a healing process on the campus where 32 students and staff became victims of a deadly shooting spree last April, the Yankees play the Hokies at Virginia Tech’s English Field. George Steinbrenner, moved by coverage of the massacre last spring, donated $1 million to a memorial fund and made arrangements for his team to participate in an exhibition game at the school.

2009       The Cubs announce the team will retire its fifth number when 31 will be set aside on May 3rd in honor of both Fergie Jenkins (1966-73, 1982-83) and Greg Maddux (1986-92, 2004-06). The hurlers will join Ron Santo (#10), Ernie Banks (#14), Ryne Sandberg (#23), and Billy Williams (#26) as honorees chosen by the Chicago club.

2010       Free-swinging slugger Mark Reynolds (.260, 44, 102) and the Diamondbacks agree to a new three-year, $14.5 million contract. The deal covers the 26-year-old third baseman’s first two arbitration years.

2011       The Mets make a symbolic but expensive roster move when they release their second baseman, Luis Castillo. The oft-injured embattled 35 year-old, best remembered by New York fans for the dropped popup in a 2009 Subway Series game at Yankee Stadium, is still owed the remaining $6 million on the four-year, $25 million contract he signed before the 2008 season.

2014       In a Cactus League game, all nine batters Jose Quintana faces reach base and eventually score in the White Sox’s 16-6 loss to the A’s at Camelback Ranch. The southpaw starter gives up seven hits, including a homer by Jed Lowrie and a triple by Sam Fuld, and issues two walks before exiting the game without retiring a batter.

TV FRIDAY

COLLEGE BASKETBALL – MENTIME ETTV
(10)LOYOLA CHICAGO VS (7)OHIO STATE12:15PMCBS
(15)JACKSONVILLE STATE VS (2)AUBURN12:40PMTRUTV
(14)MONTANA STATE VS (3)TEXAS TECH1:45PMTNT
(14)YALE VS (3)PURDUE2:00PMTBS
(15)DELAWARE VS (2)VILLANOVA2:45PMCBS
(10)MIAMI VS (7)USC3:10PMTRUTV
TBA VS (6)ALABAMA4:15PMTNT
(11)VIRGINIA TECH VS (6)TEXAS4:30PMTBS
(13)CHATTANOOGA VS (4)ILLINOIS6:50PMTNT
(15)CSU FULLERTON VS (2)DUKE7:10PMCBS
(11)IOWA STATE VS (6)LSU7:20PMTBS
TBA VS (1)ARIZONA7:27PMTRUTV
(12)UAB VS (5)HOUSTON9:20PMTNT
(10)DAVIDSON VS (7)MICHIGAN STATE9:40PMCBS
(14)COLGATE VS (3)WISCONSIN9:50PMTBS
(9)TCU VS (8)SETON HALL9:57PMTRUTV
COLLEGE BASKETBALL – WOMENTIME ETTV
SOUTH FLORIDA VS. MIAMI11:30AMESPN2
CREIGHTON VS. COLORADO1:30PMESPNEWS
SOUTH DAKOTA VS. MISSISSIPPI1:30PMESPN2
TBA AT SOUTH CAROLINA2:00PMESPN
FGCU VS. VIRGINIA TECH2:30PMESPNU
GONZAGA VS. NEBRASKA3:30PMESPNEWS
ILLINOIS ST. AT IOWA4:00PMESPN
HAWAII AT BAYLOR4:00PMESPN2
DELAWARE AT MARYLAND5:00PMESPNU
ARKANSAS VS. UTAH5:30PMESPNEWS
ALBANY AT LOUISVILLE6:00PMESPN2
TBA VS. GEORGIA7:30PMESPNEWS
GEORGIA TECH VS. KANSAS7:30PMESPNU
FAIRFIELD AT TEXAS8:00PMESPN2
MONTANA ST. AT STANFORD10:00PMESPN2
UT ARLINGTON AT IOWA STATE10:00PMESPNU
COLLEGE WRESTLINGTIME ETTV
NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS11:00AMESPNU
GOLFTIME ETTV
PGA TOUR: VALSPAR CHAMPIONSHIP1:00PMGOLF
NBATIME ETTV
DALLAS AT PHILADELPHIA7:00PMNBCS-PHI
BALLY SPORTS
MEMPHIS AT ATLANTA7:30PMNBATV
BALLY SPORTS
PORTLAND AT BROOKLYN7:30PMROOT SPORTS
YES
DENVER AT CLEVELAND7:30PMBALLY SPORTS
ALT
LA LAKERS AT TORONTO7:30PMSPORTSNET
WASHINGTON AT NEW YORK7:30PMNBCS-WSH
MSG
INDIANA AT HOUSTON8:00PMBALLY SPORTS
ATTSN-SW
OKLAHOMA CITY AT MIAMI8:00PMBALLY SPORTS
NEW ORLEANS AT SAN ANTONIO8:30PMBALLY SPORTS
LA CLIPPERS AT UTAH9:00PMBALLY SPORTS
ATTSN-RM
CHICAGO AT PHOENIX10:00PMNBATV
BALLY SPORTS
NBCS-CHI
BOSTON AT SACRAMENTO10:00PMNBCS-BOS
NBCS-CA
NHLTIME ETTV
PHILADELPHIA AT OTTAWA7:00PMNBCS-PHI
SPORTSNET
WASHINGTON AT CAROLINA7:00PMNHLN
BALLY SPORTS
NBCS-WSH
BOSTON AT WINNIPEG8:00PMNESN
SPORTSNET
BUFFALO AT CALGARY9:00PMMSG-BUF
SPORTSNET
FLORIDA AT ANAHEIM10:00PMBALLY SPORTS
COLORADO AT SAN JOSE10:30PMALT
NBCS-CA

NBA STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
 WLPCTCONF GBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
MIAMI4624.65725-921-1511-230-137-31 W
MILWAUKEE4426.6292.024-1220-149-326-188-22 W
PHILADELPHIA4226.6183.019-1523-116-826-167-31 W
BOSTON4228.6004.024-1218-169-630-168-21 W
CHICAGO4128.5944.525-1016-189-426-173-72 L
CLEVELAND3930.5656.521-1218-188-523-194-61 L
TORONTO3930.5656.517-1522-157-523-197-35 W
BROOKLYN3634.51410.014-1922-159-626-185-51 L
CHARLOTTE3535.50011.017-1718-186-722-226-43 W
10 ATLANTA3435.49311.522-1312-228-621-236-41 L
11 WASHINGTON2939.42616.017-1812-216-722-212-85 L
12 NEW YORK2940.42016.514-1915-214-1014-264-61 W
13 INDIANA2347.32923.015-208-272-1311-343-72 L
14 DETROIT1951.27127.011-238-285-815-285-51 W
15 ORLANDO1853.25428.58-2610-272-1110-354-63 L
 
WESTERN CONFERENCE
 WLPCTCONF GBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
1 X-PHOENIX5614.80029-827-67-433-97-33 W
MEMPHIS4822.6868.024-1024-128-531-147-34 W
GOLDEN STATE4723.6719.029-818-1510-328-164-61 L
UTAH4326.62312.525-1118-1513-128-156-41 W
DALLAS4326.62312.523-1220-1412-230-158-23 W
DENVER4228.60014.020-1322-155-925-197-32 W
MINNESOTA4130.57715.523-1218-1811-428-189-13 W
LA CLIPPERS3636.50021.020-1516-217-721-245-52 L
LA LAKERS2940.42026.520-179-233-1116-272-83 L
10 NEW ORLEANS2841.40627.516-2012-215-819-235-51 L
11 SAN ANTONIO2743.38629.014-2213-214-717-233-71 W
12 PORTLAND2642.38229.017-189-241-1211-302-82 L
13 SACRAMENTO2546.35231.516-219-255-717-283-71 L
14 OKLAHOMA CITY2049.29035.59-2611-234-814-312-87 L
15 HOUSTON1752.24638.510-237-293-109-352-83 L
 

EIGHT TEAMS IN EACH CONFERENCE QUALIFY FOR THE PLAYOFFS. 

X – CLINCHED PLAYOFF SPOT,  Y – CLINCHED DIVISION,  Z – CLINCHED CONFERENCE

NHL STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
 GPWLOTLPTSROWGFGAHOMEROADL10
FLORIDA PANTHERS6141146883925118026-6-015-8-66-3-1
CAROLINA HURRICANES6041145874020014223-4-218-10-36-3-1
TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING6039156843720417219-5-420-10-26-4-0
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS6139175833722618322-7-217-10-36-3-1
PITTSBURGH PENGUINS6237169833420116617-9-520-7-46-3-1
NEW YORK RANGERS6138185813418515920-6-318-12-25-5-0
BOSTON BRUINS6137195793518416518-10-219-9-37-2-1
WASHINGTON CAPITALS62341810783120817415-11-519-7-56-3-1
COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS6231283652720523017-13-314-15-04-4-2
10 NEW YORK ISLANDERS5825249592415716214-12-411-12-56-3-1
11 DETROIT RED WINGS6125297572217622816-12-49-17-32-7-1
12 PHILADELPHIA FLYERS60193011491915321012-15-67-15-54-5-1
13 NEW JERSEY DEVILS6122345492018522014-14-38-20-24-6-0
14 BUFFALO SABRES6120338481816321811-16-49-17-44-6-0
15 OTTAWA SENATORS6021345472015819811-19-210-15-32-8-0
16 MONTREAL CANADIENS611636941141532348-18-38-18-65-3-2
 
WESTERN CONFERENCE
 GPWLOTLPTSROWGFGAHOMEROADL10
COLORADO AVALANCHE6143135914023617024-3-319-10-26-3-1
CALGARY FLAMES6037167813521014619-5-518-11-27-2-1
ST. LOUIS BLUES6034179773221316820-7-414-10-54-3-3
LOS ANGELES KINGS6334218763118117616-13-318-8-55-4-1
MINNESOTA WILD5935204743022219518-7-117-13-34-5-1
EDMONTON OILERS6134234723120619318-12-016-11-46-3-1
NASHVILLE PREDATORS6135224743319817218-11-017-11-46-4-0
VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS6333264702920019317-13-316-13-14-6-0
DALLAS STARS5933233693017417620-8-113-15-26-3-1
10 VANCOUVER CANUCKS6230257672717917814-12-416-13-36-3-1
11 WINNIPEG JETS61282310662718919016-11-212-12-86-3-1
12 ANAHEIM DUCKS63272511652318320116-11-411-14-72-6-2
13 SAN JOSE SHARKS6026268602415618814-13-412-13-44-4-2
14 CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS6122309531916221011-15-511-15-44-5-1
15 ARIZONA COYOTES602036444191592169-20-111-16-37-3-0
16 SEATTLE KRAKEN6218386421616022410-18-38-20-32-6-2
 

EIGHT TEAMS IN EACH CONFERENCE QUALIFY FOR THE DIVISIONAL PLAYOFF FORMAT.  THE TOP THREE TEAMS FROM EACH DIVISION MAKE UP THE FIRST SIX SPOTS.   THE TWO REMAINING TEAMS WITH THE HIGHEST POINTS, REGARDLESS OF DIVISION, QUALIFY FOR THE FINAL TWO WILD CARD SPOTS.  

X – CLINCHED PLAYOFF SPOT, Y – CLINCHED DIVISION, Z – CLINCHED CONFERENCE