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BARR-REEVE37PIKE CENTRAL10 
BEECH GROVE52INDIANAPOLIS SHORTRIDGE29 
BETHANY CHRISTIAN60PRAIRIE HEIGHTS34 
BLACKFORD41BLUFFTON33 
BLOOMINGTON SOUTH51TERRE HAUTE NORTH21 
BORDEN58NEW WASHINGTON33 
BREBEUF JESUIT44SPEEDWAY27 
BREMEN59JIMTOWN54 
BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL40SEYMOUR35 
CASTLE53JASPER42 
CENTER GROVE53INDIANAPOLIS CATHEDRAL37 
CLAY CITY46RIVERTON PARKE41 
CONNERSVILLE48MOUNT VERNON (FORTVILLE)43 
COVENANT CHRISTIAN49INDIANAPOLIS RITTER28 
COWAN48HAGERSTOWN37 
CRAWFORD COUNTY49PERRY CENTRAL28 
DELPHI54FRANKFORT21 
EAST CENTRAL43MADISON42 
ELKHART36JOHN GLENN31 
EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL69SOUTH SPENCER47 
FORT WAYNE BLACKHAWK49WAYNE TRACE (OHIO)34 
FORT WAYNE LUERS48LAKEWOOD PARK42 
GREENSBURG75SOUTH DECATUR25 
HANOVER CENTRAL46ILLIANA CHRISTIAN30 
HERITAGE HILLS75TECUMSEH46 
INDIANAPOLIS LUTHERAN46HAUSER45OT
INDIANAPOLIS RONCALLI54HERITAGE CHRISTIAN34 
LAKE STATION62GRIFFITH24 
LANESVILLE71HENRYVILLE33 
LAPEL50GREENFIELD-CENTRAL44 
LEO30GARRETT20 
LINTON-STOCKTON39EASTERN GREENE33 
MEDORA54CHRISTIAN ACADEMY MADISON32 
MISHAWAKA MARIAN38SOUTH BEND RILEY28 
NORTH DECATUR51OLDENBURG ACADEMY45 
NORTH HARRISON60NEW ALBANY43 
NORTH JUDSON60ARGOS54 
NORTH MONTGOMERY53COVINGTON44 
NORTH POSEY40EVANSVILLE HARRISON32 
NORTHEAST DUBOIS44SPRINGS VALLEY38 
PAOLI39SALEM29 
PARKE HERITAGE73CASCADE60 
PRINCETON57FOREST PARK50 
PROVIDENCE54EASTERN (PEKIN)15 
RENSSELAER CENTRAL60WINAMAC24 
ROSSVILLE37NORTH WHITE23 
SCOTTSBURG63CORYDON CENTRAL43 
SEEGER42FRONTIER27 
SEVEN OAKS53MOORESVILLE CHRISTIAN37 
SHAKAMAK45NORTH CENTRAL (FARMERSBURG)40 
SOUTH BEND ADAMS59SOUTH BEND ST. JOSEPH54 
SOUTH BEND CLAY54TRINITY GREENLAWN22 
SOUTH BEND WASHINGTON62NEW PRAIRIE39 
SOUTH CENTRAL (UNION MILLS)54KOUTS45 
SOUTH DEARBORN49LUDLOW (KY.)43 
SOUTHMONT57ATTICA23 
SOUTHRIDGE41TELL CITY37 
SWITZERLAND COUNTY61GALLATIN COUNTY (KY.)32 
TERRE HAUTE SOUTH44SOUTH VERMILLION16 
TIPPECANOE VALLEY47PLYMOUTH33 
TRINITY LUTHERAN58EDINBURGH31 
UNIVERSITY58ANDERSON PREP39 
VINCENNES RIVET43BLOOMFIELD40 
WAPAHANI53CAMBRIDGE CITY LINCOLN18 
WAWASEE51ELKHART CHRISTIAN18 
WEST CENTRAL70OREGON-DAVIS28 
WEST NOBLE44WESTVIEW31 
WEST WASHINGTON54MITCHELL27 
WESTERN56CARROLL (FLORA)41 
WOOD MEMORIAL67WASHINGTON CATHOLIC3 
WOODLAN50HICKSVILLE (OHIO)16 

BOYS BASKETBALL SCORES

BREMEN52LAVILLE45 
CENTERVILLE78NORTHEASTERN69OT
CHRISTEL HOUSE87VICTORY COLLEGE PREP33 
EMINENCE36PROVIDENCE CRISTO REY35 
GEO NEXT GENERATION61FORTUNE ACADEMY17 
INDIANAPOLIS TINDLEY84INDIANAPOLIS HERRON21 
LAPORTE74PLYMOUTH59 
LAKE CENTRAL60ANDREAN46 
MTI KNOWLEDGE53BELIEVE CIRCLE CITY32 
MOORESVILLE CHRISTIAN66SEVEN OAKS15 
MOUNT VERNON (POSEY)66ELDORADO (ILL.)22 
NORTH JUDSON59OREGON-DAVIS33 
OBLONG-PALESTINE-HUTSONVILLE (ILL.)70DUGGER UNION37 
PURDUE POLY ENGLEWOOD87IRVINGTON PREP53 
TRITON CENTRAL63WALDRON53 

WRESTLING SCORES

DELTA 55 S. ADAMS 17

GOSHEN 45 WARSAW 27

LAWRENCE CENTRAL 42 PIKE 30

FRANKLIN 54 SOUTHPORT 30

EAST NOBLE 45 WAWASEE 24

NEW HAVEN 50 OAK HILL 20

BEN DAVIS 60 DANVILLE 24

FRANKLIN COUNTY 45 E. CENTRAL 23

LEBANON 56 CLINTON CENTRAL 22

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WEEK 14

FRIDAY, DEC. 1

NEW MEXICO STATE AT LIBERTY (CUSA CHAMPIONSHIP GAME) | 7 P.M. | CBSSN

PAC-12 CHAMPIONSHIP GAME IN LAS VEGAS | 8 P.M. | ABC

SATURDAY, DEC. 2

BIG 12 CHAMPIONSHIP GAME IN ARLINGTON, TEXAS | 12 P.M. | ABC

MIAMI (OHIO) VS. TOLEDO (MAC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME IN DETROIT) | 12 P.M. | ESPN

MOUNTAIN WEST CHAMPIONSHIP GAME | 3 P.M. | FOX

GEORGIA VS. ALABAMA (SEC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME IN ATLANTA) | 4 P.M. | CBS

AAC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME | 4 P.M.

SUN BELT CHAMPIONSHIP GAME | 4 P.M.

SWAC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME | 4 P.M. | ESPN2

ACC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME IN CHARLOTTE | 8 P.M. | ABC

BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIP GAME IN INDIANAPOLIS | 8 P.M. | FOX

WEEK 15

SATURDAY, DEC. 9

ARMY VS. NAVY (FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS) | 3 P.M. | CBS

NFL

WEEK 13 SCHEDULE/SCORES

DALLAS 41 SEATTLE 35

LOS ANGELES CHARGERS AT NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

DETROIT LIONS AT NEW ORLEANS SAINTS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P FOX

ATLANTA FALCONS AT NEW YORK JETS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX

ARIZONA CARDINALS AT PITTSBURGH STEELERS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

CAROLINA PANTHERS AT TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS AT TENNESSEE TITANS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P CBS

MIAMI DOLPHINS AT WASHINGTON COMMANDERS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX

DENVER BRONCOS AT HOUSTON TEXANS 3:05P (CT) 4:05P CBS

CLEVELAND BROWNS AT LOS ANGELES RAMS 1:25P (PT) 4:25P FOX

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS AT PHILADELPHIA EAGLES 4:25P (ET) 4:25P FOX

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS AT GREEN BAY PACKERS 7:20P (CT) 8:20P NBC*

CINCINNATI BENGALS AT JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (MON) 8:15P (ET) 8:15P ESPN*

MEN’S TOP 25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCORES

#13 FLORIDA ATLANTIC 83 LIBERTY 58

#15 CREIGHTON 79 OKLAHOMA STATE 65

#16 TEXAS 77 TEXAS STATE 58

#25 OKLAHOMA 107 ARKANSAS PINE BLUFF 86

ALSO

BUTLER 103 TEXAS TECH 95 OT

MINNESOTA 97 NEW ORLEANS 64

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL TOP 25 SCOREBOARD

#1 SOUTH CAROLINA 65 #24 NORTH CAROLINA 58

#7 LSU 82 #9 VIRGINIA TECH 64

#13 BAYLOR 85 SMU 61

ARKANSAS 71 #15 FLORIDA STATE 58

#17 INDIANA 67 MAINE 59

ALSO

MICHIGAN STATE 102 DEPAUL 64

PURDUE FORT WAYNE 84 OAKLAND 66

WRIGHT STATE 79 IUPUI 67

NBA SCOREBOARD

PORTLAND 103 CLEVELAND 95

MIAMI 142 INDIANA 132

CHARLOTTE 129 BROOKLYN 128

NEW YORK 118 DETROIT 112

CHICAGO 120 MILWAUKEE 113 OT

MINNESOTA 101 UTAH 90

ATLANTA 137 SAN ANTONIO 135

OKLAHOMA CITY 133 LA LAKERS 110

GOLDEN STATE 120 LA CLIPPERS 114

NHL SCOREBOARD

BOSTON 3 SAN JOSE 0

DETROIT 5 CHICAGO 1

FLORIDA 5 MONTRÉAL 1

NEW JERSEY 4 PHILADELPHIA 3 OT

PITTSBURGH 4 TAMPA BAY 2

TORONTO 4 SEATTLE 3

NY ISLANDERS 5 CAROLINA 4

MINNESOTA 6 NASHVILLE 1

ST. LOUIS 6 BUFFALO 4

EDMONTON 3 WINNIPEG 1

ARIZONA 4 COLORADO 3 OT

CALGARY 4 DALLAS 3 OT

WASHINGTON 5 ANAHEIM 4

VEGAS 4 VANCOUVER 1

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PLAYOFF SPOT ON THE LINE WHEN OREGON AND WASHINGTON MEET IN PAC-12 CHAMPIONSHIP

No. 5 Oregon (11-1) vs. No. 3 Washington (12-0) in the Pac-12 Championship in Las Vegas, 8 p.m. EST Friday (ABC)

Line: Oregon by 9½, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

Series record: Washington 62-48-5

WHAT’S AT STAKE?

An almost certain spot in the College Football Playoff. There also a chance the Huskies could lose and both teams get into the four-team postseason field given the two teams would have split their head-to-head meetings and beaten everyone else. Either way, the Pac-12 is almost assured of placing a team in the playoffs for the first time since Washington in the 2016 season.

KEY MATCHUP

Washington WR Rome Odunze vs. Oregon’s secondary. Odunze is one of three finalists for the Biletnikoff Award, which goes to the nation’s top receiver. He broke 100 yards eight times this season, including against the Ducks when Odunze caught eight passes for 128 yards and two touchdowns. Oregon’s defense otherwise has been lights out. The Ducks are tops in the Pac-12 in passing and scoring defense.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Oregon: QB Bo Nix emerged late in the season to become the leading contender for the Heisman Trophy, according to FanDuel. He is completing 78.6% of his passes for 3,906 yards and a touchdown-to-interception ratio of 37-2.

Washington: QB Michael Penix Jr. looked at one point as if he might win the Heisman. His production tailed off toward the end of the season, but Penix is still capable of putting up big numbers. He has completed 65.6% of his passes for 3,899 yards with 32 TDs and eight interceptions.

FACTS & FIGURES

Washington beat Oregon 36-33 in their regular-season meeting in Seattle. … The Ducks have won six consecutive games since that loss. … This is the second time both teams have been ranked in the top 10 when they have played each other. The other time was the first meeting this season. … Oregon is 4-1 in Pac-12 Championship games, winning four in a row before losing in its most recent appearance, 38-10 to Utah in 2021. … Washington is 2-0 in title games, most recently defeating Utah 10-3 in 2018. … Both teams will play in the Big Ten Conference next season. They are scheduled to meet each other in the season finale Nov. 30 in Eugene, Oregon.

NO. 16 IOWA EMBRACES UNDERDOG ROLE AS IT TAKES ON NO. 2 MICHIGAN IN BIG TEN TITLE GAME

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Iowa defensive end Joe Evans spent six years defying the odds.

After one season

After one season as a walk-on linebacker, he switched positions, earned a scholarship in 2020, shared the team lead for sacks in 2021 and 2022, returned this year as a team captain and wound up earning third-team all-conference honors.

It’s been quite a ride for the Hawkeyes vocal leader, and Evans believes he can help No. 16 Iowa exceed expectations once more Saturday when his team plays No. 2 Michigan for the Big Ten championship.

“We love that narrative of being the underdog,” Evans said. “I don’t think anybody thought we were going to be in this situation after we lost 31-0 at Penn State. I said, ‘You know, we still have all of our goals in front of us. We can still win the Big Ten West and we can win the Big Ten championship.’ I know a lot of people kind of laughed at that, so we love being the underdog.”

The Hawkeyes (10-2, No. 16 CFP) certainly fit the model this week, winning the Big Ten West despite losing their starting quarterback against Penn State, changing kickers in their regular-season finale and unable to top the 20-point mark six times in their final eight games.

Michigan (12-0, No. 2 CFP), on the other hand, looks virtually unbeatable.

Two weeks after celebrating the program’s 1,000th win and one week after beating rival Ohio State for the third straight time, the Wolverines are chasing a school first — their third straight outright league title — and a second straight playoff bid.

How good are the Wolverines? They’ve won a school record 24 consecutive conference games, lead the nation in scoring defense (10.3) and have J.J. McCarthy and Blake Corum, the Big Ten’s quarterback and running back of the year.

The result: Michigan enters the game in Indianapolis as a 22 1/2-point favorite in a contest where the over-under is 34 1/2 points, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

Still, the Wolverines will take nothing for granted, even as coach Jim Harbaugh returns to the sideline following his second three-game suspension of this season, this one for allegedly stealing signs.

“It gets the hair sticking up on my arms, gets me ready to run through a wall,” Corum said, referring to Harbaugh’s presence. “I’ve definitely missed hearing that.”

Two years ago, the Hawkeyes faced a similar predicament when they last met the heavily-favored Wolverines in Indianapolis. Michigan won that title game 42-3 and Evans hasn’t forgotten anything about that game.

It’s an experience he and his teammates don’t want to relive this weekend, even if nobody else believes in the Hawkeyes.

“We all remember at the facility how we much we lost that game by,” Evans said. “Being the captain, it’s my duty and my job to let the guys know what that felt like, coming off the field losing by 39 points. And another thing is to make sure the guys understand we’re there to win a football game.”

HAPPY RETURNS

Last season, an injured Corum watched the Wolverines capture the league crown from a California hotel room following knee surgery. This year, he’ll play a key role and Corum can’t wait.

“I wanted to be there so bad, but everything happens for a reason and look at me now,” the senior said.

Corum leads the FBS with a single-season school-record 22 rushing TDs and his 53 career scoring runs are two short of Anthony Thomas’ school record (1997-2000).

MISSING McNAMARA

Two years ago, Cade McNamara led Michigan to its first Big Ten title since 2004. On Saturday, he’ll be watching from the other sideline as part of the Hawkeyes.

McNamara transferred after McCarthy took over as the Wolverines’ starter last season. But the Iowa quarterback suffered a season-ending knee injury in Week 5. Former Wisconsin quarterback Deacon Hill replaced McNamara, who has some inside information about his former team — even if coach Kirk Ferentz won’t listen.

“I don’t even want to know because all it does is clutter your mind,” Ferentz said. “All that does is screw up my thought process. Quite frankly, I’d rather just look at the film.”

NEXT MAN UP

Michigan will be missing one key player, all-conference guard Zak Zinter, who had surgery last Saturday after breaking his leg in two places against Ohio State. Trente Jones is expected to replace Zinter. Jones made nine starts in five seasons as an extra offensive lineman.

“What an opportunity for Trente to show what he can do,” Harbaugh said.

DIVISIONAL END

This is the final meeting of Big Ten division champs for the conference title. Divisional play is being scrapped next season when four Pac-12 teams join the league and the top two teams will meet in the championship.

Wisconsin won the first two games, representing the Leaders Division, and Michigan State gave the Legends Division its first title in 2013. If Michigan wins Saturday, the East Division champ will be 10-0 since the conference went to its current East-West format.

NO. 2 MICHIGAN IS A BIG FAVORITE IN BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIP GAME. THIRD STRAIGHT CFP BID IS IN SIGHT

No. 2 Michigan (12-0, 9-0 Big Ten, No. 2 CFP) vs. No. 18 Iowa (10-2, 7-2, No. 16), Saturday, 8 p.m. EST, in Indianapolis (Fox)

Line: Michigan by 22½, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

Series record: Michigan leads 44-15-4.

Iowa’s rushing offense vs. Michigan’s rushing defense. The Hawkeyes will try to play the field-position game like they also do, but time of possession could loom large. Iowa leads the nation in three-and-outs, according to Sportradar, and will need its rotating crew of running backs to dent a defense allowing just 3.0 yards per carry. Leshon Williams regained his stride against Nebraska last week, finishing with 111 yards and breaking a long one to set up the winning field goal.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Michigan: RB Blake Corum. He has run for a single-season, school-record 22 touchdowns. A year ago, he watched the Wolverines play in the Big Ten championship game from a California hotel room after having knee surgery.

Iowa: QB Deacon Hill. He completed better than 60% of his passes in the three games before he went 11 for 28 in last week’s win at Nebraska. That won’t do if the Hawkeyes hope to be competitive.

FACTS & FIGURES

The East representative is 9-0 in the championship game since the Big Ten went to its current divisional alignment in 2014. There will be no divisions beginning next year when the league expands to 18 teams. … Michigan is a victory away from a Big Ten-high 45th conference championship, and a third straight title for the first time since winning five straight from 1988 to 1992. … Iowa is in the title game for the third time since 2015. … The Wolverines are giving up a FBS-low 10.25 points per game and rank 13th with 37.6 points per game. … QB J.J. McCarthy is 24-1 as a starter. … Iowa’s 216 points this season are fewest by a 10-win team since at least 2000, according to Sportradar.

NO. 4 FSU LOOKS TO MAKE ITS CLOSING PLAYOFF ARGUMENT AGAINST NO. 15 LOUISVILLE IN ACC TITLE GAME

No. 15 Louisville (10-2, 7-1 Atlantic Coast Conference, No. 14 CFP) vs. No. 4 Florida State (12-0, 8-0, No. 4), Saturday, 8 p.m. EST (ABC)

Line: FSU by 2 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

Series record: FSU leads 17-6.

WHAT’S AT STAKE?

The focus is on the Seminoles, who are positioned to return to the College Football Playoff for the first time since the inaugural edition for the 2014 season. Staying unbeaten and claiming their first ACC title since that same year is the final step in getting there. For the Cardinals, former program quarterback Jeff Brohm has the Cardinals playing in the ACC title game for the first time.

KEY MATCHUP

FSU QB Tate Rodemaker vs. Louisville’s defense. Rodemaker has been pressed into the starting job after the loss of star Jordan Travis to a season-ending injury. In his first start since taking over, Rodemaker threw for 134 yards while the Seminoles matched their season-low scoring output (24 points) in a win against Florida. The Seminoles will face a Louisville defense that gives up an average of 314.7 yards (19th in Bowl Subdivision) and 20.0 points (24th in FBS).

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Louisville: RB Jawhar Jordan. He is the ACC’s No. 2 rusher at 89.7 yards per game, while he ranks among the national leaders with 13 rushing scores. Jordan has managed five 100-yards rushing performances.

FSU: WR Keon Coleman. The Michigan State transfer has been one of the nation’s top receiving threats. He ranks inside the top 10 nationally with 11 touchdown catches, including three multi-score games. But he had just one catch for 24 yards in the Florida win.

FACTS & FIGURES

This is the fourth time FSU has reached 12-0. … This is the Seminoles’ sixth appearance in the ACC title game. … Florida State has won 18 straight games dating to last season. … Louisville’s 7-1 record is its best since joining the ACC in 2014. … Brohm is the first coach in NCAA history to take different teams to league title games in back-to-back season going back to Purdue’s trip to the Big Ten title game last year. … Louisville has held 16 straight opponents without a score on its opening drive. … This is the seventh time that Louisville has won 10 games, most recently in 2013. The Cardinals’ last 11-win season came in 2012. … The Seminoles have won five of nine meetings in ACC play. … Florida State has held every opponent to fewer than 30 points. … FSU leads the ACC in scoring offense (38.8) and scoring defense (16.8). … Louisville has scored in 299 straight games since being shut out by FSU in 2000. … Florida State is 22-3 in the past two seasons. … The winner of the league title game has gone on to reach the playoff in eight of the last 10 seasons.

NO. 7 TEXAS SEEKS A BOOKEND TITLE AND CFP CHANCE IN BIG 12 FAREWELL AGAINST NO. 19 OKLAHOMA STATE

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Texas won the championship game in the Big 12’s inaugural 1996 season and now will try to bid farewell to the conference with a bookend title.

On the way out, the seventh-ranked Longhorns (11-1, No. 7 CFP) are the league’s last hope for the four-team College Football Playoff. Even with a win over No. 19 Oklahoma State (9-3) in the Big 12 championship game Saturday, SEC-bound Texas would still need a lot of help to make the playoff.

“We’ll talk more about that after the game. We’re in a great position. But I also know we have to take care of business,” third-year Texas coach Steve Sarkisian said. “There is no College Football Playoff talk if we don’t play really good Saturday and try to find a way to win that game.”

The last time the Longhorns won the Big 12 was 2009 to make the BCS national championship game, and their only other title was as the league’s last national champion during the 2005 season.

Oklahoma State won seven of its last eight games during sophomore running back Ollie Gordon’s breakout as the nation’s leading rusher and is in the Big 12 title game for the second time in three seasons.

“He’s a guy that’s a leader,” Cowboys senior guard Preston Wilson said. “He’s very selfless even though he might be in the spotlight all the time. … Behind closed scenes he always comes up and lets us know how much he cares about his teammates and how much that it’s an about-us thing and not about just him.”

Gordon has averaged 163 yards rushing per game since conference play began, after 109 yards combined the three games before that. Texas is the Big 12’s top rushing defense, giving up only 85 yards a game on the ground.

“Tough on guys rushing the football against them,” Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said. “More of a traditional defense, they can play gaps and play coverage. …. Most people have struggled in a big way blocking their down guys and their backers, so they don’t have to overload the box for the rush.”

RUNNING TEXAS

After Bijan Robinson and Roschon Johnson were NFL draft picks last spring, running back was a big question for Texas going into the season, and became one again when 1,000-yard rusher Jonathon Brooks went down with a knee injury three weeks ago. But true freshman C.J. Baxter then ran for 117 against Iowa State, and Jaydon Blue had 121 against Texas Tech last week, when Savion Red averaged 8.0 yards on nine carries.

“You don’t know until you know and there’s live bullets,” Sarkisian said. “There’s a physical brand of football those guys play with.”

THE QBS

Alan Bowman, the quarterback who previously played for Texas Tech and Michigan, has started Oklahoma State’s last 11 games after Gundy began the season with a three-QB rotation. Bowman is third in the Big 12 averaging 234 yards passing per game, though he has more interceptions (11) than touchdowns (10). Quinn Ewers, the Texas native in his second season with the Longhorns after a year at Ohio State, is averaging 271 yards passing per game with 17 TDs and and five interceptions in his 10 games.

TOUGH DEFENSE

Sarkisian calls defensive tackles T’Vondre Sweat, an Outland Trophy finalist, and Byron Murphy II the best interior linemen tandem in the country and the anchor for a defense that leads the nation in third-down efficiency and red zone defense. Texas has held its last five opponents under 100 yards rushing.

“I’m fired up for our defense and a lot of that starts with what we do up front, and it starts with Sweat and Murphy,” Sarkisian said.

NO REMATCH

Oklahoma State advanced to Arlington because of its Bedlam win over Oklahoma, preventing Texas from an opportunity to avenge its only loss. The Longhorns have a six-game winning streak since the 34-30 Red River rivalry loss to the Sooners, who are also going with to the SEC next season. The Longhorns and Cowboys didn’t play during the regular season this year, when the league expanded to 14 teams and ended the round-robin schedule.

“With us leaving the Big 12 and some of the great matchups over the years, for us to get to play (Oklahoma State) in the championship game is kind of fitting, knowing we’re going to be playing OU every year going forward,” said Sarkisian, who is 0-2 against the Cowboys

The Cowboys have won nine of the last 13 matchups, the last six decided by an average margin of less than seven points. Before that, Texas won 12 in a row in the series.

SO CLOSE

Oklahoma State went into its only other Big 12 title game two years ago fifth in the CFP rankings. The Cowboys lost 21-16 to Baylor when running back Dezmon Jackson was knocked out of bounds inches short of the end zone on a desperate, fourth-down dive with 24 seconds left. The Cowboys’ lone Big 12 title came in 2011, when there wasn’t a league championship game.

CLEMSON WR BEAUX COLLINS INTENDS TO ENTER TRANSFER PORTAL

Clemson receiver Beaux Collins plans to enter the transfer portal.

Collins, who was third on the team with 38 catches for 510 yards and three touchdowns this season, announced his intentions on social media Thursday.

Collins thanked his family, friends, teammates and coaches for his three years at Clemson.

“After deep thought and consideration, I have plans to enter the transfer portal,” he wrote on X, formerly known as Twitter.

Collins is a 6-foot-3, 210-pound junior from Los Angeles who has started the past 21 games he’s played in with the Tigers. He ends his Clemson career with 91 catches for 1,290 yards and 11 touchdowns the past three seasons.

He was injured early in a 31-20 win over then-No. 20 North Carolina with a plantar fascia tear on Nov. 18 and did not play in the team’s final regular-season game at South Carolina this past Saturday.

NC STATE QB MJ MORRIS ENTERING TRANSFER PORTAL

Quarterback MJ Morris became the latest NC State player to announce plans to enter the transfer portal Thursday.

The 19th-ranked Wolfpack (9-3, 6-2 ACC) have already had 12 players enter or announce plans to enter the portal, including starting defensive tackle C.J. Clark.

Morris began the year as the backup to Brennan Armstrong and planned to redshirt. However, coach Dave Doeren called his number due to Armstrong’s struggles.

Morris told the coaching staff he would give up his redshirt season and started the next four games. But he then changed his mind and opted out to preserve his redshirt, giving him three years of remaining eligibility.

In 2022, Morris filled in as a true freshman after Devin Leary suffered a season-ending injury in November.

In nine games over two seasons, Morris completed 57.8 percent of his passes for 1,367 yards with 14 touchdowns and six interceptions.

DUKE QB LEONARD ENTERING TRANSFER PORTAL, NOTRE DAME REPORTEDLY INTERESTED

Duke quarterback Riley Leonard has entered the transfer portal, the junior announced Wednesday. The decision comes days after head coach Mike Elko left Duke for Texas A&M. Elko and his coaching staff improved a Blue Devils team that struggled mightily before his arrival. Duke posted a 16-9 record in the last two seasons after winning just three games in 2021.

Leonard entered the 2023 season as one of the nation’s best quarterbacks after accounting for 33 touchdowns in 2022. However, he battled multiple injuries this year and finished the regular season with only three TD passes and three interceptions in seven appearances. Freshman Grayson Loftis finished the campaign as Duke’s starter.

Known for his strong arm and mobility, Leonard will be one of the top players available in the upcoming offseason. Notre Dame is expected to target the junior passer, reports ESPN’s Pete Thamel.

Senior quarterback Sam Hartman started all 12 games for the Fighting Irish in 2023.

REPORT: OREGON STATE’S UIAGALELEI TO ENTER TRANSFER PORTAL

Oregon State quarterback DJ Uiagalelei is set to enter the transfer portal, a source told On3’s Pete Nakos.

Uiagalelei, 22, will explore his options for a second straight offseason after transferring from Clemson to join the Beavers last winter.

The California native is deciding between entering the 2024 NFL Draft and finding a new home for his final year of eligibility in the coming weeks, sources told ESPN’s Pete Thamel.

The 6-foot-4, 252-pound signal-caller passed for 2,638 yards, 21 touchdowns, and seven interceptions with a 145.05 QB rating in his lone season at Oregon State.

Uiagalelei initially committed to playing for Clemson to begin his collegiate career. Considered one of the top-rated passers in the 2020 recruiting cycle, Uiagalelei spent three seasons with the Tigers. He threw for 5,681 yards and 36 touchdowns during his tenure.

Aidan Chiles and Ben Gulbranson are among the options to replace Uiagalelei ahead of the postseason and moving forward.

Oregon State has now lost its starting quarterback and head coach in successive weeks after Jonathan Smith left to fill the head coaching vacancy at Michigan State. Defensive coordinator Trent Bray was promoted to head coach after Smith’s departure.

MIAMI FLIPS 5-STAR DT JUSTIN SCOTT FROM OHIO STATE

Five-star defensive tackle Justin Scott has flipped his commitment to Miami from Ohio State in a move with significant implications for both programs.

Scott, who plays for St. Ignatius College Prep in Chicago, is the No. 3-ranked defensive lineman and 12th overall recruit in the country by 247Sports Composite rankings for 2024. He committed to the Buckeyes in July, but said that South Florida had remained on his mind.

“From the first time they offered me to now, they have never changed. Even when I committed they still recruited me and emphasized the need for my position there,” Scott told On3. “I’ve built so many strong relationships there as well with everybody on the staff.”

Ohio State and Miami were among Scott’s initial finalists along with Michigan, while he was also receiving interested from the likes of Alabama and Georgia. Scott committed to the Buckeyes, but said South Florida remained on his mind due to strong connections with Hurricanes coach Mario Cristobal and defensive line coach Joe Salave’a.

It also helps that Scott’s close friend, Marquise Lightfoot, has also committed to Miami. The pair are now part of one of the nation’s top-rated recruiting classes.

“I have been down there three times and I always loved it,” he said. “It always felt like family, and it is a place I wanted to stay each time I visited because of how I felt around the staff. And they have shown that young guys have great opportunities to make big impacts. Coach Mario Cristobal plays young players, and that stands out to me because I will go in and have a chance to make an early impact.”

Meanwhile, Scott’s departure serves a significant blow to Ohio State’s recruiting class, which had been rated as high as No. 2 in the nation. Buckeyes coach Ryan Day still has commitments from three other five-star prospects, including wide receiver Jeremiah Smith out of Chaminade-Madonna Prep in Hollywood, Fla.

Ohio State does have commitments from defensive linemen Eddrick Houston and Eric Mensah and is scheduled to host four-star D-lineman Ernest Willor Jr. in December, according to On3.

NO. 1 GEORGIA GOES FOR 30TH STRAIGHT WIN, FACES NO. 8 ALABAMA IN SEC TITLE GAME

No. 1 Georgia (12-0, 8-0 SEC, No. 1 CFP) vs. No. 8 Alabama (11-1, 8-0, No. 8 CFP), Saturday, 4 p.m. EST, in Atlanta (CBS)

Line: Georgia by 6½, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

Series record: Alabama leads 42-26-4.

KEY MATCHUP

Georgia’s rushing offense vs. Alabama’s rushing defense. The Bulldogs have quite a 1-2 punch with Daijun Edwards and Kendall Milton. Edwards leads the team with 781 yards rushing and 11 touchdowns, while Milton has gone into Beast Mode the last three weeks with 349 yards, five touchdowns and 8.5 yards per carry. They’re facing an Alabama defense that surrendered a whopping 244 yards on the ground to a one-dimensional Auburn offense last week. The Tide won’t be able to stack the line against a well-rounded Georgia attack led by one of the nation’s best quarterbacks. Carson Beck has completed more than 72% of his throws for 3,495 yards and 22 touchdowns.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Alabama: QB Jalen Milroe. Benched early in the season, he has blossomed into one of the nation’s most dynamic players. Milroe is a threat with both his arm and his legs. He’s thrown for 2,526 yards and 21 touchdowns, to go along with 439 yards rushing and 12 TDs. He’ll long be remembered for the “Milroe Miracle” — his 31-yard touchdown pass to Isaiah Bond on fourth-and-goal to pull out an improbable 27-24 win over Auburn in the final minute last weekend.

Georgia: TE Brock Bowers. A weapon all over the field when healthy, Bowers has been slowed by an ankle injury that required surgery. He missed three games after the procedure, returned to catch 10 passes with two TDs in dominating wins over Ole Miss and Tennessee, then sat out last week’s victory over Georgia Tech with lingering soreness. Despite missing four games, Bowers still leads the Bulldogs with 51 receptions for 661 yards and six touchdowns.

FACTS & FIGURES

Georgia is trying to become only the ninth FBS school to win 30 consecutive games. The longest streak in NCAA history is Oklahoma’s run of 47 straight victories from 1953-57. … Alabama has 10 wins against teams ranked No. 1 by The Associated Press, more than any other school. … Crimson Tide K Will Reichard is one successful kick away from becoming the NCAA’s career scoring leader all by himself. He has 530 points, tied with former Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds (2012-15). … Georgia’s last loss was a 41-24 setback to Alabama in the 2021 SEC championship game. … The Bulldogs haven’t beaten Alabama in Atlanta since 1942. Beginning in 2012, the Crimson Tide has won four straight over Georgia in the A-T-L — three of those for the SEC title, the other in the national championship game.

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DAK PRESCOTT THROWS FOR 3 TDS, COWBOYS EXTEND HOME WIN STREAK TO 14 WITH 41-35 WIN OVER SEAHAWKS

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Trailing Seattle in the fourth quarter, Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys knew there was no way they could extend their NFL record of five consecutive 20-point wins at home to start the season.

They kept alive the bigger streak at AT&T Stadium.

Prescott threw three touchdown passes and the Cowboys won their 14th consecutive home game, rallying to beat the Seahawks 41-35 on Thursday night.

Prescott’s 12-yard pass to Jake Ferguson put Dallas in front with 4 1/2 minutes remaining as the Cowboys (9-3) set up a rematch with NFC East rival Philadelphia by escaping for a fourth consecutive victory since falling to the Eagles 28-23 to start November.

“I told the team after the game we need games like this,” coach Mike McCarthy said. “To get to where you want to go, you have to win these kind of games.”

Geno Smith threw three touchdown passes to D.K. Metcalf, including a 73-yarder, as the Seahawks (6-6) got their offense going. But Seattle couldn’t avoid a third consecutive loss to drop to .500 for the first time since splitting its first two games of the season.

“There’s no concession to losing, but we will definitely build on this,” coach Pete Carroll said. “The story is not told what’s going to happen.”

Dallas’ Brandon Aubrey kicked four field goals to extend the 28-year-old rookie’s NFL record to 26 consecutive makes to start a career.

Neither team punted, the fifth time in NFL history that’s happened. But the Dallas defense, ranked third in the league coming in, got fourth-down stops on the Seahawks’ final three possessions. And DaRon Bland made his NFL-leading eighth interception late in the third quarter after he was burned several times earlier in the game.

The Cowboys kept alive their best home winning streak since an 18-game run at old Texas Stadium from 1979-81.

Dallas trailed 35-30 when Zach Charbonnet was stopped on fourth-and-1 near midfield. Seven plays later, Ferguson scored, and Prescott hit Brandin Cooks for the 2-point conversion. Cooks also had a TD catch in the second quarter.

CeeDee Lamb had the other touchdown catch while finishing with 12 catches for 116 yards, and his 24-yard run on a jet sweep helped set up Aubrey’s final field goal to put Dallas ahead by six. That came after Smith threw incomplete on fourth down near midfield with 3:11 to go.

Dallas had a double-digit lead entering the fourth quarter in each of the first five breezy home victories. This time, it trailed for the first 25-plus minutes after halftime before beating a team with a winning record for the first time this season.

“This was a big one to get,” Prescott said. “The first one with a winning record, but more importantly in the fashion that we did. Tough game, down at halftime, down in the fourth quarter. The guys and the team just making plays when plays were needed.”

The Seahawks reached midfield with 1:11 left, but Micah Parsons’ pressure on fourth down forced Smith to throw the ball into the ground, sealing the victory.

Metcalf had a season-high 134 yards on six catches in his second career three-TD game as the Seahawks scored touchdowns on five of their first seven drives after coming in with 20 consecutive possessions without an offensive TD.

Smith also ran for a score while throwing for 334 yards with an interception.

Seattle’s stretch without an offensive TD ended on its third play – and longest on offense this season – when Metcalf beat Bland a week after the Dallas cornerback set an NFL record with his fifth interception return for a touchdown this season.

Bland cut in front of Metcalf to try to break up the slant as safety Donovan Wilson closed in, leaving Metcalf free up the middle of the field to reach 22.23 mph, the fastest for a ball-carrier since early in the 2020 season, on the way to a 7-3 lead and the Cowboys’ first deficit at home this season.

Jaxon Smith-Njigba set up two touchdowns by drawing pass interference penalties in the end zone. On the second, officials ruled Smith-Njigba made a 30-yard TD catch over Bland. But the call on Smith-Njigba’s catch was overturned on review.

With 7 seconds remaining before halftime and no timeouts, Smith threw a 1-yard scoring pass before officials said Dallas had called timeout, then threw a 1-yarder to Metcalf that counted. That gave the Seahawks a 21-20 lead at the break.

Seattle scored again to start the second half on Smith’s 5-yard run, but the Cowboys answered with Tony Pollard’s 6-yard score as the teams combined for 58 first downs (33 for Dallas, 25 for Seattle) while converting 17 of 28 third downs (9 of 14 for the Seahawks, 8 of 14 for the Cowboys).

“I thought we played a tough four quarters going back and forth,” Seattle safety Julian Love said. “Didn’t finish it.”

INJURIES

Seahawks: LB Jordyn Brooks injured an ankle and didn’t return. … RB Kenneth Walker III missed a second consecutive game with an oblique injury.

UP NEXT

Both teams get the mini-break after consecutive Thursday games, and both have rematches Dec. 10 with division-leading rivals. Seattle visits San Francisco in just its second game since the Niners solidified their NFC West lead with a 31-13 victory at the Seahawks. Dallas’ rematch with Philadelphia comes a month after the Eagles took control of the NFC East.

AFC WEST-LEADING CHIEFS VISIT GREEN BAY AS PACKERS SEEK 3RD STRAIGHT WIN

KANSAS CITY (8-3) at GREEN BAY (5-6)

Sunday, 8:20 p.m. EST, NBC

OPENING LINE: Chiefs by 6, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

AGAINST THE SPREAD: Chiefs 7-4; Packers 6-5

SERIES RECORD: Chiefs lead 8-5-1

LAST MEETING: Chiefs beat Packers 13-7, in Kansas City on Nov. 7, 2021.

LAST WEEK: Chiefs won 31-17 at Las Vegas; Packers won 29-22 at Detroit

CHIEFS OFFENSE: OVERALL (8), RUSH (17), PASS (7), SCORING (11)

CHIEFS DEFENSE: OVERALL (4), RUSH (19), PASS (4), SCORING (3)

PACKERS OFFENSE: OVERALL (18), RUSH (21), PASS (16), SCORING (17)

PACKERS DEFENSE: OVERALL (18), RUSH (27), PASS (9), SCORING (10-T)

TURNOVER DIFFERENTIAL: Chiefs minus-5; Packers even

CHIEFS PLAYER TO WATCH: WR Rashee Rice caught eight passes for 107 yards — both career highs — and scored a touchdown in the Chiefs’ victory at Las Vegas. The rookie second-round pick from SMU has caught at least four passes in six of his past seven games and he has scored in two of his past three outings.

PACKERS PLAYER TO WATCH: OLB Rashan Gary is coming off a three-sack performance against the Lions. That marked the second game this season in which Gary has had three sacks.

KEY MATCHUP: Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes vs. Packers pass defense: Mahomes was the AFC offensive player of the week after going 27 of 34 for 298 yards with two touchdown passes against the Raiders. The Packers have withstood multiple injuries to their secondary and have played solid pass defense this season. Gary has provided the pass rush, while rookie seventh-round pick Carrington Valentine has emerged as a quality cornerback.

KEY INJURIES: Chiefs RB Jerick McKinnon (groin) didn’t play against the Raiders. … Chiefs LB Nick Bolton (wrist) has missed four straight games but was practicing on a limited basis this week. … Chiefs WR Mecole Hardman (thumb) went on injured reserve last week. … Packers RB Aaron Jones (knee) missed the Lions game and hasn’t been practicing this week. … Packers CB Jaire Alexander (shoulder) has missed three straight games but is practicing on a limited basis this week. … Packers S Darnell Savage (calf) is expected to return Sunday after missing five straight games. … Packers S Rudy Ford (biceps) has missed two straight games. … Packers TE Josiah Deguara (hip) missed the Lions game. … Packers TE Luke Musgrave (abdomen) went on injured reserve last week.

SERIES NOTES: The previous matchup between these two teams was Packers QB Jordan Love’s first career start. Love started the Packers’ 13-7 loss at Kansas City in 2021 because a positive COVID-19 test had sidelined Aaron Rodgers. … This represents the Chiefs’ first regular-season game at Lambeau Field since 2015, when they lost 38-28. That was the Packers’ first regular-season home victory over the Chiefs, who have a 3-1-1 record at Lambeau Field. … Packers coach Matt LaFleur has a 1-1 record against Chiefs coach Andy Reid.

STATS AND STUFF: The Chiefs haven’t allowed more than 24 points in a game all season. … Mahomes and TE Travis Kelce have connected on 51 touchdowns. That puts them in a tie for third place among all NFL quarterback/tight end combinations with former New Orleans teammates Drew Brees and Jimmy Graham. … Chiefs K Harrison Butker is 20 of 20 on field goals and 28 of 28 on extra-point attempts this season. He has made 21 straight field-goal attempts overall, going back to last season. … The Packers have a 15-0 December record during LaFleur’s coaching tenure. That’s the second-longest December winning streak in NFL history, behind the San Diego Chargers’ 18 straight December victories from 2006-09. … The Chiefs outscored the Raiders 17-3 in the second half to end a string of three straight games in which they failed to score after halftime. … Packers rookies have played a combined 136 games this season to lead all NFL teams. … Packers CB/KR Keisean Nixon has an NFL-leading 26.8 yards per kickoff return. … Packers QB Jordan Love has an NFL-leading 19 completions of 30-plus yards this season. Love has thrown for 590 yards with five touchdown passes and no interceptions during the Packers’ two-game win streak. … Packers S Jonathan Owens had 12 tackles and scored his first career touchdown on a 27-yard fumble return against the Lions. … Packers K Anders Carlson has missed an extra-point attempt in three straight games, including one kick that got blocked. … Packers WR Romeo Doubs has seven touchdown catches, putting him in a tie for fifth place in the NFL.

FANTASY TIP: If Rice is still available in your fantasy leagues, pick him up. If you’ve had him stashed on your bench, it’s time to put him in your starting lineup. Rice’s performance against the Raiders suggests he just might be developing into the No. 1 wideout the Chiefs have been lacking.

EAGLES HOST 49ERS IN MATCHUP OF TWO OF NFC’S TOP TEAMS

SAN FRANCISCO (8-3) at PHILADELPHIA (10-1)

Sunday, 4:25 p.m., FOX

OPENING LINE: 49ers by 2 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

AGAINST THE SPREAD: San Francisco 6-5; Philadelphia 6-2-3

SERIES RECORD: San Francisco leads 19-14-1

LAST MEETING: On Jan. 29, 2023, the Eagles won 31-7 over the 49ers in the NFC championship game.

LAST WEEK: Niners won at Seattle 31-13; Eagles beat Bills 37-34 in overtime.

EAGLES OFFENSE: OVERALL (9), RUSH (8), PASS (13), SCORING (T-3).

EAGLES DEFENSE: OVERALL (19), RUSH (3), PASS (29), SCORING (20).

49ERS OFFENSE: OVERALL (3), RUSH (7), PASS (8), SCORING (T-3).

49ERS DEFENSE: OVERALL (5), RUSH (2), PASS (12), SCORING (1).

TURNOVER DIFFERENTIAL: 49ers plus-11; Eagles minus-2.

EAGLES PLAYER TO WATCH: QB Jalen Hurts just keeps on winning and is part of the conversation for the AP NFL MVP award. The Eagles are 27-2 in Hurts’ past 29 regular-season games, and Philadelphia’s quarterback has 14 consecutive victories over teams with winning records. Against the Bills last week, he combined for five touchdowns through the air and on the ground. The 49ers defense will have their hands full trying to contain Hurts’ dual threat passing and running attack.

49ERS PLAYER TO WATCH: WR Deebo Samuel. The talented 49ers receiver had critical comments for Philadelphia CB James Bradberry, calling him “trash.” Earlier this week, Samuel said he doesn’t regret anything he has said. In nine games this season, the star wideout has just one TD reception. Samuel would love to find the end zone against Bradberry and the Eagles.

KEY MATCHUP: Offensive lines vs. defensive lines. Both the Eagles and 49ers have a supremely talented defensive front. San Francisco had a season-high six sacks against Seattle last Thursday and has 15 sacks in three games since acquiring defensive lineman Chase Young from Washington. The Eagles also present problems on the defensive line, and 49ers RT Colton McKivitz and RG Jon Felciano will need to perform better on Sunday than they did when allowing seven pressures, according to Pro Football Focus, against the Seahawks.

KEY INJURIES: The 49ers already were thin at safety when they placed George Odum (torn biceps) on injured reserve after his injury on Thursday. … Neither the Eagles’ Dallas Goedert (forearm) nor Lane Johnson (groin) played against the Bills, but they could play against the 49ers.

SERIES NOTES: The Eagles knocked both San Francisco quarterbacks out of the NFC championship game last season, leading to a rules change in the NFL that now allows teams to dress a third QB for emergency situations. Haason Reddick’s hit on Brock Purdy caused an elbow injury that limited the 49ers QB’s ability to throw. Josh Johnson sustained a concussion, and San Francisco had no functioning QB for most of the second half.

STATS AND STUFF: San Francisco leads the NFC West by two games. … After running for two scores against Seattle, RB Christian McCaffrey has rushed for a franchise-record 11 TDs. … Defensive lineman Javon Hargrave has six sacks this season after finishing with 11 for the Eagles in 2022 in his third year with the club. … The 49ers have a league-best plus-11 turnover margin. … Philadelphia has trailed at halftime in four consecutive games. … WR A.J. Brown, who has been dealing with a thigh injury, has just 45 yards and six catches in his past two games. ….Philadelphia is 5-0 at home. … The Eagles are first (76.5%) in fourth down conversions and third (47.3%) in third down conversions.

FANTASY TIP: Brown is due for a breakout game. His past two subpar performances have caused the star wideout to slip to fourth in receiving yards (1,050) in the NFL. Earlier this season, he caught passes for at least 125 yards in six games in a row.

BILLS LINEBACKER VON MILLER FACING ARREST FOR ASSAULTING A PREGNANT PERSON, DALLAS POLICE SAY

DALLAS (AP) — Police in Dallas have issued an arrest warrant for Buffalo Bills linebacker Von Miller for allegedly assaulting a pregnant person.

According to police, a preliminary investigation of a “major disturbance” at a home on Wednesday determined that Miller, 34, and the victim got into a verbal argument and the suspect assaulted the victim, who is pregnant. They said Miller left the scene before they arrived.

The victim was treated for minor injuries and an arrest warrant was issued for Miller.

The Bills, who have a bye this week, issued a statement Thursday acknowledging that they are aware of the incident and “are in the process of gathering more information.”

The team said it would have no further comment at this point.

Miller, selected No. 2 overall by the Denver Broncos in the 2011 NFL draft, is an eight-time Pro Bowl selection and three-time first-team All-Pro selection.

Miller, who starred at Texas A&M and was a two-time first-team All-American, has played on two Super Bowl winners and was the MVP of the 2015 game with the Broncos. He won a second title in 2021 as a member of the Los Angeles Rams.

When he was traded by the Broncos, he held the franchise record for career sacks with 110.5.

TE ZACH ERTZ GRANTED REQUEST FOR RELEASE BY CARDINALS

The Arizona Cardinals released tight end Zach Ertz on Thursday.

The decision to part ways was said to be mutual, per Ertz’s former teammate, J.J. Watt.

The Cardinals will move on with tight end Trey McBride while Ertz will head to waivers.

Ertz, 33, was placed on injured reserve on Oct. 24 due to a quad strain. He sustained the injury two days earlier in Arizona’s 20-10 loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

A three-time Pro Bowl selection, Ertz has 27 catches for 187 yards and a touchdown in seven games this season.

This is the second straight season that Ertz has landed on IR. Last season, he tore his ACL and MCL in a Week 10 game against the Los Angeles Rams.

A Super Bowl champion with Philadelphia, Ertz has caught 709 passes for 7,434 yards and 46 touchdowns in 151 career games with the Eagles (2013-21) and Cardinals.

McBride, 24, trails only wideout Marquise Brown for the team lead in catches (48) and receiving yards (521). He also has one touchdown reception. Brown has 51 receptions and 574 receiving yards to go along with four scores.

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TOP 25 ROUNDUP: NO. 15 CREIGHTON TAKES DOWN OKLAHOMA STATE

Baylor Scheierman had 21 points and eight rebounds and Trey Alexander recorded 20 points and seven rebounds to help No. 15 Creighton notch a 79-65 victory over Oklahoma State on Thursday night in the Big East-Big 12 Battle in Stillwater, Okla.

Steven Ashworth added 17 points and Ryan Kalkbrenner had 16 points and 12 rebounds as the Bluejays (6-1) bounced back from a 69-48 whipping from Colorado State on Nov. 23.

The victory was Creighton’s first in Stillwater since 1943. The school had dropped its past five visits.

Javon Small scored 24 points and Eric Dailey Jr. added 13 points and 11 rebounds for Oklahoma State (3-4).

No. 13 Florida Atlantic 83, Liberty 58

Alijah Martin scored 20 points and Vladislav Goldin added 18 as the Owls earned an easy victory, while handing the visiting Flames their first loss of the season, in the Field of 68 Classic at Boca Raton, Fla.

Bryan Greenlee scored 12 points for Florida Atlantic (6-1), which was never threatened while winning its first game since taking the title at the ESPN Events Invitational in Kissimmee, Fla. It was also the Owls’ first game on its home court since a 61-53 loss to Bryant on Nov. 18. Florida Atlantic’s second-leading scorer, Johnell Davis, who entered with 13.8 points per game, scored just two points while shooting 0 of 7 from the field.

Colin Porter scored 16 points and Kaden Metheny added 10 for Liberty (6-1), which finally met its match after reeling off six consecutive victories to start the season. The Flames had 13 offensive rebounds to 12 for the Owls, but otherwise were outclassed in most other categories.

No. 16 Texas 77, Texas State 58

Max Abmas poured in a season-high 26 points and keyed the game-winning run in the middle of the second half as the Longhorns turned it on late for a win over the visiting Bobcats in Austin, Texas.

Ithiel Horton added 12 points for Texas (6-1) while Dillon Mitchell and Kadin Shedrick each scored 11 points and grabbed 11 rebounds and Tyrese Hunter also had 11 points.

Dylan Dawson led the Bobcats (3-5) with 15 points. Brandon Love had 14 and Jordan Mason scored 10 for Texas State.

No. 25 Oklahoma 107, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 86

Otega Oweh scored a team-high 20 points on 9-for-11 shooting from the field to help lead the Sooners to a rout of the Golden Lions in Norman, Okla.

Jalon Moore added 19 for the Sooners (7-0), who played at McCasland Field House — Oklahoma’s volleyball arena — in a “student-only” game. John Hugley IV poured in 15 points and added 10 rebounds for Oklahoma, which connected on 40 of its 70 field-goal attempts (57.1 percent) and 13 of its 30 3-point tries (43.3 percent). Javian McCollum scored 15 and Le’Tre Darthard put up 14 points.

Kylen Milton led Arkansas-Pine Bluff (4-5) with 24 points on 8-for-13 shooting from the floor. Rashad Williams added 20 points for the Golden Lions. Joe French scored 14 points and Lonnell Martin Jr. had 13. Arkansas-Pine Bluff shot 43.1 percent (28 of 65) from the field and 8 of 23 (34.8 percent) from 3-point range.

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WOMEN’S TOP 25 ROUNDUP: ANGEL REESE RETURNS IN NO. 7 LSU’S WIN

In a rematch of a game in last season’s Final Four, LSU got past Virginia Tech again on Thursday in an ACC/SEC Challenge game at Baton Rouge, La., as Tigers star Angel Reese returned to action.

Behind 19 points and 15 rebounds from Aneesah Morrow, the seventh-ranked Tigers beat the ninth-ranked Hokies 82-64. In her return from a four-game absence, All-America forward Angel Reese added 19 points and nine boards for LSU (8-1), while Mikaylah Williams had 20 points and five assists. LSU coach Kim Mulkey never explained the reason why Reese was away from the team.

Virginia Tech (5-2) was powered by Georgia Amoore’s 25 points, while Elizabeth Kitley added 16 points and 11 rebounds and Matilda Ekh put up 11 points.

Virginia Tech led by as much as nine points in the first quarter, but then LSU outscored the Hokies 22-9 in the second frame to take a six-point lead into the break. The Tigers went on to lead by as much as 22 points in the second half as they shot 50 percent from the floor and won the rebounding battle by 14.

Back on March 31 in a national semifinal game at Dallas, LSU beat Virginia Tech 79-72 en route to winning the championship.

No. 1 South Carolina 65, No. 24 North Carolina 58

Bree Hall scored 15 points as the Gamecocks erased an 11-point deficit to top the Tar Heels in front of a sold-out crowd at Carmichael Arena in Chapel Hill, N.C. The contest was part of the ACC/SEC Challenge.

Hall’s 3-pointer with 2:08 remaining pushed the lead to eight points for the Gamecocks (6-0). The Tar Heels (5-3) trimmed the deficit to three points with 26 seconds remaining but never got any closer.

“These guys stuck to the defensive gameplan as much as I could’ve asked,” North Carolina coach Courtney Banghart said. “We fought. On the glass we were really good. South Carolina is a great team. They’re big, and this was just a good college basketball game for all the fans.”

Kamilla Cardoso scored just six points for South Carolina, but she had a game-high 16 rebounds and four blocks. Te-Hina Paopao added 14 points and four assists for the Gamecocks.

Deja Kelly had 20 points for North Carolina while Alyssa Ustby contributed 18 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks. The Tar Heels got no points from their bench and shot just 4-of-21 from 3-point range.

Despite that, North Carolina built an 11-point lead after Ustby sank a pull-up jumper from the elbow to start the second quarter. South Carolina chipped away at the deficit and wound up making 15 of 22 free throws and 6 of 11 3-point attempts. The Tar Heels were 12 of 17 at the foul line.

The Gamecocks will remain in North Carolina’s Research Triangle and play at Duke on Sunday.

Arkansas 71, No. 15 Florida State 58

Taliah Scott scored 24 points as the Razorbacks took down the Seminoles in an ACC/SEC Challenge game at Tallahassee, Fla.

Also crucial for Arkansas (7-1) was the presence of Saylor Poffenbarger, who grabbed a school-record 23 rebounds to go along with 13 points. Samara Spencer added 15 points and six assists for the Razorbacks.

Makayla Timpson powered Florida State (5-2) with 12 points and 12 rebounds, while Taniya Latson added 14 points, six rebounds and five assists, and O’Mariah Gordon chipped in 16 points.

Arkansas led 28-26 at halftime, then really pulled away by outscoring Florida State 24-6 in the third quarter. The Razorbacks connected on 13 3-point shots overall.

The Razorbacks have another challenge on Sunday when they host No. 2 UCLA.

No. 17 Indiana 67, Maine 59

Anne Simon’s 34 points, 11 rebounds and five steals weren’t quite enough as the Black Bears fell short of upsetting the Hoosiers in Bangor, Maine.

Key for Indiana (6-1) in the tough road game was the play of All-America forward — and Maine native — Mackenzie Holmes, who had 22 points and seven rebounds. Sydney Parrish added 17 points and 10 rebounds, while Sara Scalia chipped in 10 points.

Maine (4-4) got 14 points and 13 rebounds from Adrianna Smith. The Black Bears led 37-29 at halftime, but the Hoosiers outscored them 38-22 in the second half to take the lead and pull away. Indiana had 21 assists on 25 made field goals.

No. 13 Baylor 85, SMU 61

Dariana Littlepage-Buggs had 24 points and 11 rebounds as the Bears remained unbeaten by downing the Mustangs in Dallas.

Baylor (6-0) also got a double-double of 10 points and 11 rebounds from Dre’Una Edwards, plus 17 points from Bella Fontleroy. Tamia Jones led SMU (3-4) with 17 points, while Tiara Young added 16 points and nine boards.

SMU led by four points early, but then Baylor ended the first quarter on a 14-6 run and closed the second frame on a 9-0 run to take a double-digit lead into halftime. The Bears shot 45.8 percent from the field overall and led by as much as 29 points.

NBA NEWS

NBA ROUNDUP: HAWKS’ TRAE YOUNG PUTS UP 45 VS. SPURS

Trae Young poured in a season-high 45 points and dished out 14 assists and Dejounte Murray added 24 points as the visiting Atlanta Hawks rallied for a 137-135 victory over the reeling San Antonio Spurs on Thursday.

Bogdan Bogdanovic added 14 points off the bench for the Hawks, with Saddiq Bey scoring 13 and De’Andre Hunter and Clint Capela tallying 12 each.

Jeremy Sochan scored a career-high 33 points for the Spurs, who have dropped 13 straight games and finished 1-13 in November. Vassell hit for 25, Keldon Johnson added 22 points and 11 rebounds and Victor Wembanyama racked up 21 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks for San Antonio.

The Spurs led by 15 points in the first quarter, by 12 in the third and by eight in the fourth. The Hawks took the lead for good on two Young free throws with 3:22 to go.

Timberwolves 101, Jazz 90

Karl-Anthony Towns scored 32 points and grabbed 11 rebounds and Minnesota pulled away to beat Utah in Minneapolis.

Nickeil Alexander-Walker finished with 20 points on 8-for-16 shooting for Minnesota, which played without top scorer Anthony Edwards as he recovers from a hip pointer injury. Rudy Gobert posted a double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds.

Simone Fontecchio scored 16 points to lead Utah, which did not have Lauri Markkanen because of a hamstring strain. Collin Sexton scored 14 points and Ochai Agbaji had 13. Utah has lost two straight games and six of its past eight.

Hornets 129, Nets 128

Terry Rozier scored a season-high 37 points and hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 2:38 remaining to lift visiting Charlotte over Brooklyn in New York.

Missing LaMelo Ball and Brandon Miller due to sprained ankles, the Hornets had their highest point total this season and hit a season-high 21 3-pointers. Rozier hit seven of those 3s, including two clutch triples in the final three-plus minutes. Miles Bridges added 23 points, and Gordon Hayward contributed 22.

Cam Thomas scored 26 points in his return from missing eight games with an ankle sprain, but the Nets’ three-game winning streak was stopped. Bridges added 22 points and Nic Claxton collected 20 points and 14 rebounds.

Knicks 118, Pistons 112

Jalen Brunson scored 42 points, Julius Randle finished with 29 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists and New York recovered after giving up a 16-point lead to hand visiting Detroit a 16th consecutive loss.

RJ Barrett scored 15 points in the win despite a 1-of-6 shooting performance from 3-point range.

Cade Cunningham scored 18 of his 31 points in the first half for Detroit, and Killian Hayes added 23 points. Marcus Sasser scored 17.

Heat 142, Pacers 132

Jimmy Butler tied his season high with 36 points as host Miami rallied past Indiana.

The Heat lost two-time All-Star center Bam Adebayo in the second quarter due to an aggravated hip injury. Butler drew a season-high 12 fouls and made 18 of 20 free throws. He also sank 9 of 18 from the floor as the Heat snapped a three-game losing streak. Miami also got 24 points from rookie Jaime Jaquez Jr.

Indiana lost despite a career-high 44 points from Tyrese Haliburton, who also had 10 assists, three steals, one block and just two turnovers. Obi Toppin scored 25 points on 10-of-15 shooting.

Warriors 120, Clippers 114

Stephen Curry had a team-high 26 points, Jonathan Kuminga led a difference-making bench performance with 17 and short-handed Golden State topped Los Angeles in San Francisco.

Playing without injured Chris Paul, Andrew Wiggins and Gary Payton II, the Warriors rode a balanced attack to a third straight home win. Klay Thompson scored 22 points, and Curry added eight assists and seven rebounds.

Kawhi Leonard scored 23 points, Ivica Zubac posted 18 points and 13 rebounds and James Harden also had 18 points for the Clippers, who won the previous night at Sacramento.

Trail Blazers 103, Cavaliers 95

Shaedon Sharpe recorded his first double-double with 29 points and 10 rebounds as visiting Portland rallied from a 16-point, first-half deficit to beat Cleveland.

Jerami Grant and Duop Reath scored 13 points apiece for the Trail Blazers, who have won three of their past four games.

Donovan Mitchell led Cleveland with 23 points. Evan Mobley added 20 points, Darius Garland scored 15 points and Jarrett Allen had 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Bulls 120, Bucks 113 (OT)

Nikola Vucevic had 29 points and 10 rebounds and Coby White scored 23 points to help short-handed Chicago beat visiting Milwaukee in overtime to stop a five-game losing streak.

DeMar DeRozan (ankle) and Zach LaVine (foot), the Bulls’ top two scorers, missed the game. Still, Chicago stuck around behind eight double-figure scorers. Andre Drummond finished with 10 points and 14 rebounds.

Giannis Antetokounmpo notched 26 points and 14 boards for the Bucks, while Brook Lopez followed with 20 points. Damian Lillard scored 18, but he had only one point after halftime.

Thunder 133, Lakers 110

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 33 points to lead host Oklahoma City to a win over Los Angeles.

Gilgeous-Alexander was 11 of 18 from the floor and made all 10 of his free throws as the Thunder finished 53.2 percent from the floor. Jalen Williams added 21 points for the Thunder while Chet Holmgren scored 18. Anthony Davis led the Lakers with 31 points on 11-of-18 shooting while LeBron James added 21.

The win snapped a two-game losing streak for Oklahoma City, which has won seven of nine overall. The loss was the third in five games for the Lakers, who have given up at least 130 points in two of their past three outings.

NHL NEWS

NHL ROUNDUP: G TRISTAN JARRY SCORES, PENS TOP LIGHTNING

Goaltender Tristan Jarry had 39 saves and made Pittsburgh history by scoring a goal as the Penguins won at Tampa Bay for the fourth straight time, beating the Lightning 4-2 on Thursday night.

Sixteen minutes after Jeff Carter scored the tiebreaking goal — his first this season — on a give-and-go with Matt Nieto at 2:49 in the third period, Jarry lifted the puck with his goalie stick and lofted a long shot toward the Lightning’s empty net. The puck went in at 18:52 for the first tally by a netminder in franchise history.

Sidney Crosby and Drew O’Connor closed out Pittsburgh’s two-game road trip (1-0-1) with goals, as the Metropolitan Division club scored four unanswered in winning for the fifth straight time overall against Tampa Bay. The Penguins finished November with an 8-4-1 mark.

Steven Stamkos and Tanner Jeannot scored goals for the Lightning. Top-line right winger Nikita Kucherov notched two assists to bring his NHL-leading points total to 39. Backstop Andrei Vasilevskiy had 25 saves in his first home game of the season.

Capitals 5, Ducks 4

Tom Wilson celebrated his 700th NHL game with his first career hat trick to lead visiting Washington over Anaheim.

It was the 12th multi-goal game of Wilson’s career and his first since March 1, 2023, also at Anaheim. Anthony Mantha and Nic Dowd each added a goal for Washington, which won its second straight game and prevailed for the seventh time in nine games. Alex Ovechkin and John Carlson logged two assists apiece for the Capitals, and Darcy Kuemper made 28 saves.

Brett Leason and Tristan Luneau each had a goal and an assist while Brock McGinn and Frank Vatrano also scored for Anaheim, which lost its eighth consecutive game. John Gibson finished with 21 saves in his 447th career game in goal for the Ducks, tying Jean-Sebastien Giguere’s team record.

Wild 6, Predators 1

Connor Dewar recorded his first career hat trick and four-point performance to fuel visiting Minnesota to a victory over Nashville.

Dewar tapped home a loose puck to open the scoring at 6:08 of the first period. He scored with a sharp wrist shot to give Minnesota a 5-0 lead at 11:12 of the second and converted from the doorstep to cap the hat trick at 9:47 of the third.

Jake Middleton and Kirill Kaprizov scored 31 seconds apart to highlight Minnesota’s three-goal first period. Pat Maroon also tallied, Kaprizov added an assist and Filip Gustavsson made 26 saves to help the Wild win their second straight game since John Hynes replaced Dean Evason as the team’s coach. Nashville’s Juuso Parssinen deflected Ryan McDonagh’s shot to spoil Gustavsson’s shutout bid at 2:37 of the third.

Maple Leafs 4, Kraken 3 (SO)

Mitchell Marner scored three goals in regulation and added the decisive goal in a shootout and Toronto defeated visiting Seattle.

It was the second career hat trick for Marner. Auston Matthews added two assists and also scored in the shootout for the Maple Leafs, who have won two in a row and are 6-1-1 in their past eight games. Joseph Woll made 37 saves for the Maple Leafs in the second game of a three-game homestand.

Jared McCann scored two goals and Eeli Tolvanen scored once for the Kraken, who have lost three in a row (0-2-1). Philipp Grubauer stopped 25 shots for the Kraken in the second game of their four-game road trip.

Flames 4, Stars 3 (OT)

Nazem Kadri’s overtime goal gave host Calgary a comeback victory over Dallas.

Defensemen Chris Tanev, Noah Hanifin and MacKenzie Weegar also scored for the Flames, and goalie Jacob Markstrom made 13 saves, including a crucial pair on Matt Duchene with his team down by one goal halfway through the third. Markstrom also collected an assist on the winner. Jonathan Huberdeau posted two assists.

Mason Marchment scored twice, one on a penalty shot, and Thomas Harley added a single for the Stars, who have an 8-1-2 road mark. Dallas goalie Scott Wedgewood stopped 32 shots and forward Joe Pavelski collected one assist to boost his points streak to eight games, in which he has netted five goals and nine points.

Devils 4, Flyers 3 (OT)

Luke Hughes scored 28 seconds into overtime to lift New Jersey past host Philadelphia.

Jack Hughes had one goal and two assists and Tyler Toffoli contributed one goal and one assist. Alexander Holtz also chipped in with one goal for the Devils, who won their third in a row. Nico Hischier was credited with two assists. Devils goaltender Akira Schmid made 44 saves.

Morgan Frost, Sean Walker and Tyson Foerster each scored one goal for the Flyers, who have lost four of their last five games. Travis Konecny had two assists. Carter Hart stopped 31 shots.

Coyotes 4, Avalanche 3 (OT)

Nick Bjugstad scored with 21 seconds remaining in overtime to lift Arizona to a win against Colorado in Tempe, Ariz.

Bjugstad knocked in his own rebound shortly after a Coyotes power play expired. Connor Ingram made 28 saves for Arizona, which has its first three-game winning streak of the season. The Coyotes’ Michael Carcone scored his third goal in his past two games, and Travis Boyd and Nick Schmaltz added a goal apiece.

Cole Makar recorded a goal and an assist for the Avalanche, who had won four straight. Miles Wood and Nathan MacKinnon also scored, Mikko Rantanen had two assists and Alexandar Georgiev stopped 29 shots.

Islanders 5, Hurricanes 4 (OT)

Mathew Barzal scored 2:46 into overtime as New York finally put away host Carolina in Raleigh, N.C.

Bo Horvat, Simon Holmstrom, Pierre Engvall and Kyle Palmieri scored earlier goals for the Islanders. Barzal and Noah Dobson each had three assists.

Sebastian Aho of the Hurricanes sent the game to overtime by scoring with 2.5 seconds left after Carolina pulled its goalie. Jalen Chatfield, Jack Drury and Jordan Staal also scored for the Hurricanes, who never trailed until the third period. Pyotr Kochetkov made 11 saves.

Golden Knights 4, Canucks 1

Jack Eichel finished with a goal and two assists and Ivan Barbashev had a goal and an assist as Vegas won the battle for first place in the Pacific Division, routing host Vancouver.

William Karlsson and Brett Howden also scored for the Golden Knights, who snapped a three-game skid (0-1-2). Adin Hill was superb in goal in the first two periods, stopping all 16 shots he faced. He was replaced at the start of the third by Logan Thompson, who finished with five saves. The Golden Knights announced that Hill exited “for precautionary measures” without elaborating.

Andrei Kuzmenko scored and goalie Thatcher Demko stopped 40 of 44 shots for the Canucks, who lost for just the second time in regulation at home this season, where they are 8-2-1.

Oilers 3, Jets 1

Leon Draisaitl scored a tiebreaking, power-play goal with 2:13 remaining and visiting Edmonton rallied for three third-period goals to win its season-high fourth straight, defeating Winnipeg.

After Winnipeg’s Gabriel Vilardi was whistled for holding Connor McDavid’s stick with 3:24 left, the Oilers made the hosts pay. Edmonton pressured, and with 2:13 to play, Draisaitl converted his 10th goal and the team’s eighth power-play tally in the last five games to go ahead. Ryan McLeod added an empty-netter with 20 seconds left for the Oilers, who are playing the best hockey amid a disappointing start by winning for the seventh time in 10 games.

The Oilers also sent the Jets to a season-high fourth consecutive defeat. Cole Perfetti scored the Jets’ only goal with 1:33 remaining before the first intermission on the power play.

Bruins 3, Sharks 0

Jeremy Swayman produced a 26-save shutout and Boston scored twice in the second period as the Bruins beat the Sharks for the 13th straight time.

Boston’s streak against San Jose is tied for the longest active win streak by one team against another franchise. The Minnesota Wild have won 13 in a row against the Anaheim Ducks. Swayman made 11 stops in the third period to finish off his 11th career shutout and his second this season. It was his 100th career NHL game. Pavel Zacha registered a goal and an assist while Danton Heinen and Jake DeBrusk each scored for the Bruins.

The Sharks, who have now been shut out four times this season, had won back-to-back games and taken points from three straight. Mackenzie Blackwood stopped 33 shots in the San Jose net.

Panthers 5, Canadiens 1

Aleksander Barkov, Evan Rodrigues and Carter Verhaeghe each had a goal and an assist as Florida beat host Montreal.

Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 21 of 22 shots to earn his 11th win. The veteran goalie has an impressive .912 save percentage over 18 games. Sam Bennett and Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored Florida’s other goals, with Ekman-Larsson’s marker coming with only 11 seconds left in the third period.

Johnathan Kovacevic scored the Canadiens’ only goal, spoiling Bobrovsky’s shutout bid at 9:30 of the third period. Montreal netminder Cayden Primeau stopped 24 of 29 shots.

Red Wings 5, Blackhawks 1

Robby Fabbri and J.T. Compher scored two goals apiece as Detroit defeated visiting Chicago.

Fabbri has scored five goals in the last five games. Ben Chiarot also scored for the Red Wings, who have won four of their last five games. Lucas Raymond and Jake Walman contributed two assists apiece and Alex Lyon made 34 saves.

Lucas Reichel scored Chicago’s lone goal. Petr Mrazek was credited with 24 saves for the Blackhawks, who have lost seven of their last nine games.

Blues 6, Sabres 4

Brayden Schenn had two goals and an assist and Jake Neighbours scored twice to lead St. Louis past visiting Buffalo.

Kevin Hayes had a goal and an assist, Jordan Kyrou and Pavel Buchnevich had two assists, and Brandon Saad also scored for the Blues, who won for the fourth time in six games. The Sabres outshot the Blues 46-20, but St. Louis goaltender Jordan Binnington made 42 saves.

Rasmus Dahlin, Peyton Krebs and Zach Benson had a goal and an assist for the Sabres, who lost for the sixth time in nine games. JJ Peterka also scored, Dylan Cozens had two assists and Ukko-Pekka Lukkonen allowed all six goals.

BASEBALL NEWS

REPORTS: REDS SET TO SIGN RHP NICK MARTINEZ TO 2-YEAR, $26M DEAL

The Cincinnati Reds and right-hander Nick Martinez are close to a two-year, $26 million contract agreement, per reports.

The deal is pending the result of a physical and includes an opt-out after 2024, ESPN reported on Thursday.

Martinez, 33, opted out of the final two seasons on his contract with San Diego to enter free agency.

Martinez finished 6-4 with a 3.43 ERA and one save in 63 games (nine starts) for the Padres in 2023.

He is expected to join the Cincinnati rotation. As a starter last season, he posted a 2.32 ERA and 1.078 WHIP.

He is 27-38 with a 4.31 ERA and nine saves in 198 games (87 starts) with the Texas Rangers (2014-17) and Padres (2022-23). Martinez pitched in Japan from 2018-21.

REPORT: BREWERS NEARING RECORD DEAL WITH TOP OF PROSPECT

The Milwaukee Brewers are set to announce a record-setting contract with 19-year-old outfield prospect Jackson Chourio, MLB Network reported Thursday.

The deal is expected to be for about $80 million over eight guaranteed years, making it the richest contract ever for a player who has yet to reach the big leagues. The agreement includes two team options, per the report.

The previous largest deal for a player yet to make the majors was the six-year, $50 million contact Luis Robert signed with the White Sox in January 2020.

Chourio spent most of the 2023 season at Double-A Biloxi and batted .280/.336/.467 with 22 homers, 89 RBIs and 43 stolen bases in 122 games.

The Venezuela native is currently ranked No. 2 overall in the MLB Pipeline prospect rankings behind Baltimore Orioles middle infielder Jackson Holliday.

Over three seasons in Milwaukee’s minor league system, Chourio has batted .286 with 47 home runs, 191 RBIs and 68 steals in 272 games.

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COLTS FOOTBALL

COLTS GROW ROLE OF ZACK MOSS IN CLASH VS. TITANS

For Jonathan Taylor, it’s thumbs down in Week 13.

If the Indianapolis Colts are to maintain their current wild-card playoff position, it will have to be thumbs up for Zack Moss, starting with Sunday’s game against the host Tennessee Titans in Nashville, Tenn.

Taylor, the 2021 NFL rushing champion whose last two years have been interrupted by injuries and contract standoffs, underwent thumb surgery Wednesday in Los Angeles. He’s expected to miss two or three games but isn’t likely to land on injured reserve.

Taylor is coming off a 91-yard, two-touchdown performance in last week’s 27-20 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers that stretched Indianapolis’ winning streak to three games. At 6-5, the Colts presently occupy the seventh and final playoff spot in the AFC.

Part of the reason they do was the early-season play of Moss, who has rushed for a team-high 672 yards and five touchdowns on 141 carries – all career highs. His best game came in a 23-16 win against Tennessee on Oct. 8 as after gashing the Titans for 165 yards and two scores on 23 attempts.

Indianapolis offensive coordinator

Indianapolis offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter isn’t worried about a dropoff in production with Taylor on the shelf again.

“Zack’s been a good player in this league for a while,” Cooter said. “Zack’s done a really nice job with the ball in his hands, in protection, some of the route-running things, catching the ball out of the backfield. Zack’s shown this year he can do a lot of different things. He’s somebody we depend on, rely on.”

Moss’ contributions have been integral in the team surviving a wave of injuries that’s cost them Taylor twice as well as rookie quarterback Anthony Richardson. It’s also helped that veteran Gardner Minshew has filled in decently for Richardson, throwing for 1,972 yards with eight touchdowns.

Meanwhile, Tennessee (4-7) remains mathematically alive for a wild-card spot but probably needs to win out and hope for plenty of help. The Titans were able to snap a three-game skid last week, edging Carolina 17-10 as Derrick Henry ran for two touchdowns.

Tennessee also has endured upheaval at quarterback. Unlike the Colts, they have gone from a veteran to a rookie, installing Will Levis five games ago. Despite a shaky offensive line and a lack of reliable options at receiver aside from veteran DeAndre Hopkins, Levis has displayed a strong arm and enough poise to give the organization hope that it has found a long-term solution under center.

Levis landed on the injury report this week with an ankle problem and was limited in practice last week but didn’t miss game action. He was 18 of 28 for 185 yards last week, spraying his completions among eight different receivers.

The Titans are playing back-to-back home games for the first time this year. They are 4-0 at Nissan Stadium but haven’t beaten a winning team yet.

“We got to focus on this week,” Tennessee coach Mike Vrabel said. “We got to focus on health here, recovery, improvement, you know, these little details. These techniques that I know we can be better at.”

Joining Taylor in failing to participate in practice on Wednesday were cornerback JuJu Brents (quad) and wide receiver Isaiah McKenzie (toe).

Tennessee saw wide receiver Treylon Burks (concussion), linebacker Luke Gifford (shin) and guard Daniel Brunskill (knee) join Levis in being limited in practice on Wednesday.

COLTS’ WEEK 15 GAME VS. PITTSBURGH STEELERS TO KICK OFF AT 4:30 P.M. ON SATURDAY, DECEMBER 16

The NFL on Thursday announced the Colts’ Week 15 home game against the Pittsburgh Steelers will kick off at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 16.

The game date and time had previously been listed as TBD, with the option for it to be played in a standalone TV window on Saturday based on the importance of the game. And the Colts’ date with the Steelers likely will carry plenty of implications on the AFC playoff picture.

At 6-5, the Colts enter Week 13 holding the AFC’s No. 7 seed, while the 7-4 Steelers currently hold the No. 5 playoff seed in the conference. Without taking any other results into account, a win over the Steelers would increase the Colts’ playoff odds to 58 percent, according to the New York Times.

The game will be televised on NFL Network and locally on CBS 4.

The Colts will face the Steelers after back-to-back road games against the Tennessee Titans (Week 13) and Cincinnati Bengals (Week 14), while Pittsburgh will hit the road following consecutive home games against the Arizona Cardinals (Week 13) and New England Patriots (Week 14).

For the Colts, Week 15 will be their second game in a standalone TV window this season and first in a p.m. time slot. The Colts in Week 10 topped the Patriots in Frankfurt, Germany, in a game that kicked off at 9:30 a.m. ET.

INDIANA PACERS

GAME REWIND: PACERS 132, HEAT 142

Despite owning their first lead at a halftime break in six games, the Indiana Pacers (9-8) dropped a 142-132 loss to the Miami Heat (11-8) on Thursday night in the first of two consecutive games between the two teams in Miami.

Through three quarters of play, the matchup seemed as if it would end in a wire-to-wire victory for the Pacers. However, a 28-9 fourth-quarter scoring run gave Miami not only the lead but a 16-point advantage on one occasion as they sped ahead to 45 fourth-quarter points and a season-high offensive output of 142.

Despite the loss, Tyrese Haliburton had a career-high 44 points on 15-of-28 shooting from the floor, including six 3-pointers. Haliburton also recorded his highest-scoring first half of his career as he notched 28 points in the first 24 minutes of play. He also contributed his 13th double-double of the season with 10 assists.

In addition, Obi Toppin added 25 points on 10-of-15 shooting from the floor.

It was the Indiana Pacers that were the ones on fire to open the matchup against the Heat. Right from the jump, Indiana got off to a hot start as they took a 13-point lead roughly five minutes into the game. The Blue and Gold’s 20-7 scoring run that earned them the quick advantage was fueled by eight points from Toppin and six points from Haliburton.

Though Miami cut the deficit in half with a 7-0 scoring run a minute and a half later, Indiana maintained their lead and did not allow the advantage to become less than five points for the remainder of the quarter.

Myles Turner, who contributed seven points in the first frame, capped off the quarter for Indiana’s offense with a successful three-point play after being fouled on a layup with roughly a minute left in the frame. A 3-pointer from Duncan Robinson and a jump shot from Bam Adebayo in Miami’s next two possessions allowed the Heat to chip at the Indiana lead and bring it within five-points.

Indiana never trailed in the first quarter as they closed out the frame ahead, 38-33. The Blue and Gold controlled the quarter by shooting 71.4 percent (15-of-21) from the floor and outrebounding Miami, 10-4.

Haliburton led the Pacers in the first frame by recording 13 points and dishing out three assists. Toppin ended the first frame with 10 points on a perfect 4-of-4 shooting clip.

Indiana opened the second quarter 3-of-6 from the floor but were then held scoreless as they made only one of their next six attempts. During Indiana’s cold spell, Miami went on a 13-4 scoring run that was capped off with two completed free-throws from Josh Richardson with roughly five minutes remaining in the half. The comeback effort brought the Heat within two points of the Indiana lead, which was the Pacers’ smallest advantage since the 10:51 minute mark of the first quarter.

The Pacers were quick to respond with seven completed field goals on nine attempts in the next five minutes, allowing them to break away with an 11-point lead on one occasion. Indiana held out a nine-point lead going into the locker room.

Haliburton shined once again as he racked up 15 points in the second quarter on 5-of-8 shooting from the floor, including recording Indiana’s only three 3-pointers of the frame. Haliburton scored 28 points in the first half.

In addition, Aaron Nesmith added seven points in the second frame on a perfect 3-of-3 shooting clip.

Right out of the intermission, Kyle Lowry got the Heat going on the offensive end of the floor when he scored their first three buckets of the second half on three attempts. Following an Indiana timeout, Jimmy Butler kept the tempo going when he went 2-of-2 from the floor, while Thomas Bryant added a bucket of his own.

Indiana responded to Miami’s comeback effort with a 10-2 scoring run of their own that cruised them to a 10-point lead.

Toppin helped the Pacers maintain their advantage by leading Indiana with 11 points in the third quarter on 4-of-6 shooting from the floor. Indiana shot 11-of-22 in the quarter, but only recorded one 3-pointer on 10 attempts.

Two free throws from Butler brought Miami within three-points with 35.2 seconds remaining in the third frame. After a missed 3-pointer from Turner, Miami also failed to convert in their final possession of the quarter.

The Pacers continued to lead the way, 100-97, going into the fourth quarter. Miami outscored Indiana for the first time in the matchup, 33-27, with the help of Butler who contributed 16 points to the comeback effort.

Buddy Hield opened the final frame for the Pacers with his first 3-pointer of the game to give Indiana a six-point lead. However, Indiana’s reign would soon come to an end.

It was a completed layup from Jaime Jaquez Jr. at the 10:07 mark that allowed Miami to take their first lead of the matchup. This layup sparked an inextinguishable Heat who proceeded to take as much as a 16-point lead with the help of a 22-5 scoring run.

Indiana did manage to come close to cutting the deficit on two occasions when they came six-points between themselves and the Heat but were ultimately unable to overcome Miami’s dominant quarter.

For Miami, the Heat were led by Butler’s 36 points on 9-of-18 shooting. Miami’s bench, led by Jaquez Jr.’s 24 points, outscored Indiana’s reserves, 66-23.

Inside the Numbers

Tyrese Haliburton racked up a career-high 45 points on 15-of-28 shooting from the floor in the loss. He also recorded his 13th double-double of the season by dishing out 10 assists.

Obi Toppin recorded his third 20+ point game of the season with 25 points on 66.6 percent shooting (10-of-15) from the floor.

Four other Pacers ended the night in double-figure scoring: Bruce Brown (15), Myles Turner (13), Buddy Hield (12) and Bennedict Mathurin (12).

Miami outrebounded Indiana, 47-34.

The Pacers recorded 11 steals, while Miami only recorded four.

Kyle Lowry recorded Miami’s sole block in the matchup.

Indiana took 43 3-point field goal attempts and only completed 11 of them.

The Pacers shot 65.6 percent (21-of-32) from the free throw line, while Miami shot 84.4 percent (38-of-45).

You Can Quote Me On That

“Fourth quarter was obviously very rough. And a lot of it was our fouling to extend the game. But we gotta play better overall. We gotta make more shots, we gotta defend situations better.” – Head Coach Rick Carlisle on the loss

“I just wanna win. So, it’s frustrating right now. I think we’re just in a frustrating place in the season right now. But we gotta figure it out. We gotta come together. This is the time where you know, you can split or you can come together and figure it out, and I think we’ll do the latter. I believe in this group.” – Tyrese Haliburton on the loss

“We just missed shots that we usually make. Tough night. But we did score a lot of points, we just gotta defend.” – Bruce Brown on the loss

“I just felt like we came out with a lot of energy, we were playing our basketball, how we play. Doing all the right things. In the second half, we kind of slacked a bit defensively. Started missing shots, which is part of the game.” – Obi Toppin on Indiana’s starting momentum

“He could become a face of a franchise and you could build around him… he [has a] winning personality. He had a similar impact on the USA team this summer.” – Miami Head Coach Erik Spoelstra on Haliburton

“We’ve got another shot at these guys on Saturday. It’s a tough place to play, they’re a hard-playing team.” – Carlisle on Saturday’s matchup

“I think it’s great that we get another chance at them. Obviously, we’ll be a little mad that we lost tonight, so we’ll try to get them on Saturday.” – Brown on Saturday’s matchup

“I’m just going out there, playing my basketball and doing whatever I can do help the team win. Got great guys around me. Everybody who is on the court is doing their job to not only help themselves but help everybody else.” – Toppin on his recent performances

“We were a little helter skelter offensively there in the late third and the whole fourth. I gotta do a better job putting guys in the right position to succeed, so I’ll take that.” – Haliburton on his leadership

“Look, we just gotta play better. It’s a 48 minute game, not a 36 minute game. We’ll look at it. There’s no excuses. I do know there were a lot of small defensive mistakes that lead to baskets for them. And that kills momentum. It takes us out of transition” – Carlisle on the loss

Stat of the Night

Tyrese Haliburton dropped a career-high 44 points in the loss on 15-of-28 shooting from the floor. After draining five 3-pointers and converting nine of 14 field goal attempts in the first half, the All-Star guard recorded 28 points– also a career-high for points in a half– within the first 24 minutes of play. In addition, Haliburton recorded 10 assists in his 13th double-double of the season, making him the sole owner of the two 40+ point and 10+ assist games in franchise history.

Noteworthy

Pacers forward Jalen Smith, who did not return to Monday’s game after suffering a left heel contusion in the third quarter, did not make the trip to Miami.

Heat starting center Bam Adebayo did not return to the game after being hit in the hip in the first half.

Up Next

The Pacers and Heat will square off again in Miami on Saturday, Dec. 2 at 8:00 PM ET.

GAME PREVIEW: PACERS AT HEAT

The Indiana Pacers will get a second straight crack at the reigning Eastern Conference Champions after a disappointing finish in South Florida on Thursday night.

On Saturday, the Miami Heat (11-8) will host Indiana (9-8) for the second time in three days at Kaseya Center.

The Heat scored a season high in points Thursday, logging a 142-132 win over the Blue & Gold to snap a three-game losing streak. The Pacers led each of the first three quarters before the Heat dropped 45 points in the final frame.

Point guard Tyrese Haliburton made a heroic effort for Indiana, scoring a career-high 44 points on 15-for-28 shooting (6-for-16 3-point range) to go along with 10 assists, while first-year Pacer Obi Toppin put up 25 points.

Haliburton has been on an absolute tear over his last five games, averaging 34.6 points on 53.7 percent shooting, 12.2 assists and 1.2 steals per game. As of Thursday night, he still had the most assists in the league (189 total, 11.8 per game).

For the Heat, All-Star forward Jimmy Butler dropped 36 points on 9-for-18 shooting (18-for-20 free throws), while rookie Jaime Jaquez Jr. had a career-high 24 points – including 14 points in the fourth quarter – off the bench.

During Thursday’s game, Miami All-Star center Bam Adebayo injured his hip in the first half and didn’t play the rest of the game. The team will update his status for Saturday’s game.

In game two, two key metrics will be worth monitoring.

Indiana, which ranks eighth in the league in free throw percentage at 79.9 percent, shot a poor 21-for-32 from the charity stripe while the Heat made 38 of 45 attempts from the line on Thursday.

Also, the Pacers bench – which leads the league in scoring – was outscored 66-23 in the first game. In games where the Pacers reserves are outscored, the team is 0-3 this season.

Miami has experienced a rollercoaster start to its season. After starting 1-4, the Heat won seven straight games from Nov. 3 to Nov. 16. Miami then won two of the next three games before dropping three straight before Thursday’s matchup with the Pacers.

As of Thursday night, the Heat and Pacers sat in the sixth and seventh positions in the East.

Both teams know they will be without key rotational players this weekend.

Due to injuries, Miami has rolled out a different starting five in each of its last five games.

On Thursday, the Heat had seven players on its injury report, with three listed as out – including 2022 Sixth Man of the Year Tyler Herro, who has been sidelined with an ankle injury since Nov. 8.

Indiana is without backup center Jalen Smith on the current road trip, who didn’t travel with the team due to a left knee bone bruise and a heel contusion. In his place, Pacers rookie Oscar Tshiebwe has been called up from the G League.

After taking on the Heat over the weekend, the Pacers will return to the Circle City and get a day’s rest before hosting the Boston Celtics in the Quarterfinals of the In-Season Tournament. Get your tickets today to be a part of Monday’s historic matchup.

Projected Starters

Pacers: G – Tyrese Haliburton, G – Buddy Hield, F – Bruce Brown, F – Obi Toppin, C – Myles Turner

Heat: G – Kyle Lowry, G – Duncan Robinson, F – Jimmy Butler, F – Haywood Highsmith, C – Bam Adebayo

Injury Report

Pacers: Jalen Smith – out (left knee bone bruise/left heel contusion)

Heat: Bam Adebayo – questionable (left hip contusion), R.J. Hampton – out (right knee sprain), Tyler Herro – out (right ankle sprain), Dru Smith – (right knee ACL 3rd degree sprain)

Last Meeting

Nov. 30, 2023: Despite a red-hot start, the Indiana Pacers couldn’t beat the Miami Heat on Thursday night in the Magic City.

The Pacers led the Heat through each of the first three quarters but were outscored 45-32 in the final frame, as the Blue & Gold dropped a second straight game.

Thanks to an impressive start by Tyrese Haliburton, Indiana jumped to a 13-point lead early in the first quarter and stayed ahead the rest of the opening half. At intermission, the Blue & Gold led 73-64.

Haliburton was masterful in the opening 24 minutes, recording 28 points on 9-for-14 shooting (5-for-9 3-point range) with four assists, two steals and two rebounds across 18 minutes. He would finish with a career-high 44 points and 10 assists for his 13th double-double.

Miami climbed back in the second half, narrowing the deficit to three points by the end of the third quarter before using a 28-9 run to lead 125-109 with four minutes left in the game. The Pacers chipped away, making it a six-point game with a minute left, but the Heat never relented.

Jimmy Butler led the Heat with 36 points, making 18 of 20 free throw attempts, to go with 10 rebounds. Down the final stretch, Heat rookie Jaime Jaquez Jr. took over for his team, scoring 14 of his career-best 24 points in the fourth quarter.

Heat All-Star forward Bam Adebayo exited the game in the first half with a hip injury and didn’t play in the second half.

The Heat outrebounded the Pacers 48-34 but were outscored 74-70 in the paint and 22-15 in fast-break points.

There was just one lead change in the game, and both teams had six players scoring in double digits.

Noteworthy

With a victory over the Heat on Saturday, Rick Carlisle would earn his 251st win with the Blue and Gold and surpass Frank Vogel (250) for most head coaching wins in Pacers NBA franchise history.

Saturday’s game is the second time the Pacers are playing an opponent in two straight games on the road this season. Indiana played at Philadelphia on Nov. 12 and Nov. 14, going 1-1 with the 76ers during the stretch — winning the second game.

Indiana has not won a regular season series against the Heat since its 2020-2021 campaign. Last year, the teams split the series 2-2. The teams will play their third and final game on April 7.

Broadcast Information (TV and Radio Listings >>)

TV: Bally Sports Indiana – Chris Denari (play-by-play), Quinn Buckner (analyst), Jeremiah Johnson (sideline reporter/host)

Radio: 93.5/107.5 The Fan – Mark Boyle (play-by-play), Eddie Gill (analyst), Pat Boylan (studio host)

Tickets

The Pacers will host the Boston Celtics at Gainbridge Fieldhouse for the first-ever In-Season Tournament Quarterfinal game on Monday, Dec. 4 at 7:30 PM ET.

INDIANA FOOTBALL

CIGNETTI NAMED 30TH HEAD FOOTBALL COACH AT INDIANA UNIVERSITY

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana University Vice President and Director of Athletics Scott Dolson named Curt Cignetti the 30th head football coach in program history.

Cignetti posted an 11-1 record in 2023, his fifth season as James Madison head coach. He had an overall mark of 52-9 (.853), including a 19-4 run over 2022 and 2023, JMU’s first two years as an FBS program.

“I am very excited to welcome Curt Cignetti as the head football coach at Indiana University,” Dolson said. “We had a very talented and deep pool of candidates, and Curt stood out thanks to an incredible track record of success over more than four decades in college football. As a head coach he’s succeeded everywhere he’s been, and as an assistant he has been a part of championship cultures while working alongside some of the game’s best coaches. I appreciate the tremendous support throughout this process of Chair Quinn Buckner and the IU Board of Trustees and President Pam Whitten, all of whom were critical in making this day a reality.”

Cignetti, the 2023 Sun Belt Coach of the Year, has worked his way up the coaching ranks during a 41-year career, highlighted by a 119-35 (.773) record in 13 seasons as a head coach at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (2011-16), Elon (2017-18), and James Madison (2019-23). His teams reached the postseason on nine occasions and finished in the Top 25 nine times.

“I am excited to lead this program forward and change the culture, mindset, and expectation level of Hoosier football,” Cignetti said. “I want to thank Director of Athletics Scott Dolson and President Pam Whitten, and I look forward to working with both in building something special at IU. Both share my vision and belief that big things are ahead for the IU program.”

James Madison went 31-4 (.886) in conference play between the Sun Belt Conference (2022-23) and the Colonial Athletic Association (2019-21). The Dukes clinched three-consecutive CAA championships and playoff appearances, a berth in the 2019 FCS national championship game, and FCS semifinal appearances in 2020 and 2021.

Cignetti became the first coach to lead his team into the Top 25 during a program’s first year of transition from FCS to FBS. In 2023, JMU clinched the school’s first bowl bid, back-to-back Sun Belt East titles, and a Top-25 ranking for six-straight weeks.

A 2019 Eddie Robinson Award finalist, Cignetti mentored 27 Dukes to All-America status. At the conference level, he tutored one Player of the Year, three Offensive Players of the Year, two Defensive Players of the Year, and one Special Teams Player of the Year.

James Madison totaled 72 all-conference honorees, including 2023 Sun Belt Player of the Year quarterback Jordan McCloud and 2023 Defensive Player of the Year defensive lineman Jalen Green. Additionally, 17 Dukes carded spots on the All-Sun Belt team.

JMU went 8-3 overall with a 6-2 mark in conference play to finish tied for first in the Sun Belt East Division in 2022. The Dukes opened with a 5-0 record, earning its Top-25 nod for the first time. Wide receiver Kris Thornton and defensive lineman Isaac Ukwu collected honorable mention All-America recognition.

Cignetti led James Madison to a 14-2 record and the national title appearance in his first campaign in Harrisonburg in 2019. JMU reeled off 14 consecutive wins, went 8-0 in league play, and notched eight nationally-ranked wins, with three inside the Top 10.

A total of 10 players secured All-America status, including Ron’Dell Carter who was runner-up for the Buck Buchanan Award (most outstanding defensive player in FCS).

The Dukes went 7-1 and reached the FCS semifinals in 2020, and finished 12-2 with a conference championship and semifinal appearance in their final FCS season in 2021. James Madison produced 10 All-Americans for the second time in three years and 14 all-conference honorees.

Cole Johnson took fourth in the Walter Payton Award voting after throwing for JMU records in passing yardage (3,779) and passing touchdowns (41), while Ethan Ratke broke NCAA all-division records for career field goals (101) and scoring by a kicker (542) after making a school-best 29 kicks in 2021.

Prior to his stint at James Madison, Cignetti amassed a 14-9 record in two years at Elon, a program that went 12-45 in the previous five campaigns. The Phoenix qualified for the FCS Playoffs in both seasons, just the second and third playoff berths in program history (2009).

Cignetti led Elon to a six-win improvement in 2017, going 8-4 and finishing second in the CAA at 6-2. He was named Colonial Athletic Association Coach of the Year as the Phoenix reached the postseason and finished 20th in the national rankings.

Elon secured a second-straight playoff appearance in 2018, with the ninth-ranked Phoenix knocking off No. 2 James Madison for the program’s first-ever win over an FCS Top-5 opponent. The victory also snapped the Dukes’ 22-game conference winning streak.

Cignetti’s inaugural head-coaching opportunity came at IUP, where his father, Frank Cignetti Sr., patrolled the sidelines for 20 years. He went 53-17 with three playoff appearances and four Top 25s in six campaigns.

The Crimson Hawks touted a 33-11 ledger in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference after a 4-10 two-year stretch prior to his arrival. Cignetti was 4-3 in the playoffs and had a final ranking as high as 12th (2016).

Cignetti’s 27-year tenure as an FBS assistant coach featured a spot on Nick Saban’s first coaching staff at Alabama. He served as wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator (2007-10).

The Crimson Tide went 12-2 in 2008, the same year Cignetti helped corral the nation’s No. 1 recruiting class. Alabama followed with an undefeated national championship season in 2009, and a 10-win campaign in 2010.

He joined the Crimson Tide after a seven-year stint as recruiting coordinator (2000-06), tight ends coach (2000-02), and quarterbacks coach (2003-04) at North Carolina State. The Wolfpack reached five bowl games, including the 2002 Gator Bowl squad that set a program record with 11 victories.

His first run as a recruiting coordinator came at Pitt from (1993-99), where he also coached tight ends and quarterbacks at various times under College Football Hall of Fame head coach Johnny Majors.

Cignetti started his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Pitt (1983-84) and was part of its Fiesta Bowl team his first year. He mentored quarterbacks and receivers at Davidson in 1985, and he oversaw the quarterbacks at Rice (1986-88) and Temple (1989-92).

Cignetti graduated from West Virginia in 1982, where he lettered as a quarterback and earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration.

He is married to the former Manette Lawer. Curt and Manette have three children: Curtis John, Carly Ann, and Natalie Elise, who was an honorable mention All-American in volleyball at IUP.

His father, Frank, is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame after playing at IUP and compiling a coaching record of 199-77-1 at West Virginia (1976-79) and IUP (1986-2005). The field at IUP is named in his honor (Frank Cignetti Field @ George P. Miller Stadium).

Saban coached under Frank before later employing Curt. Curt’s younger brother, Frank Jr., is a veteran college and NFL coach.

COACHING EXPERIENCE

James Madison University

2019-23: Head Coach

Elon University

2017-18: Head Coach

Indiana University of Pennsylvania

2011-16: Head Coach

University of Alabama

2007-10: Recruiting Coordinator/Wide Receivers

North Carolina State University

2000-06: Recruiting Coordinator/Quarterbacks/Tight Ends

University of Pittsburgh

1993-99: Quarterbacks/Tight Ends

Temple University

1989-92: Quarterbacks

Rice University

1986-88: Quarterbacks

Davidson College

1985: Quarterbacks/Wide Receivers

University of Pittsburgh

1983-84: Graduate Assistant

INDIANA VOLLEYBALL

HAWORTH NAMED UNANIMOUS ALL-BIG TEN SELECTION, FOUR HOOSIERS EARN POSTSEASON HONORS

ROSEMONT, Ill. –  Following an outstanding 2023 campaign, which saw the Indiana volleyball team match a program record with 21 regular season wins, four Hoosiers were awarded Big Ten postseason honors, as announced by the conference office on Thursday (November 30th).

Junior setter Camryn Haworth, freshman libero Ramsey Gary, graduate student middle blocker Kaley Rammelsberg and sophomore outside hitter Candela Alonso-Corcelles helped total five Big Ten honors in 2023. Three of the four players are set to return in 2024.

Perhaps the best all-around player in the conference, Haworth capped off an incredible junior season by being named one of seven unanimous First Team All-Big Ten selections. One of three setters to earn First Team All-Big Ten honors, and the only unanimous selection, Haworth led the conference with 1,247 assists and 73 aces while finishing third with 10.22 assists per set.

The Fishers, Ind. native also led the NCAA in aces (73) and moved into eighth in program history with 2,862 career assists. Her 1,247 assists in 2023 were the most a player at IU since 2007. She finished fifth, following the regular season, in the NCAA in assists.

One of three Big Ten setters to average over 10 assists per set, Haworth also finished over 30 aces better than the next best conference setter and tied Northwestern’s Alexa Rousseau for the most kills among Big Ten setters (110). She was the only power five player with multiple triple-doubles in 2023 and helped run an offense that hit a collective .237 on the year (No. 4 in program history).

Haworth is the first IU player to be named First Team All-Big Ten in back-to-back years since Ashley Benson in 2009 and 2010. She’s just the third player in program history (Benson, Anne Eastman) with multiple First Team All-Big Ten accolades.

Gary, fresh off perhaps the best freshman season in program history, earned a pair of Big Ten honors on Thursday. She was named to the All-Big Ten Second Team and the All-Freshman team after a campaign that saw her break the freshman single-season digs record and IU’s all-time single season digs record (530).

The Pendleton, Ind. native is the first player since 2009 (Jordan Haverly) and just the sixth Hoosier in program history to be named to the Big Ten All-Freshman team. She is the first libero in IU history to be named to an All-Big Ten team.

Gary led the Big Ten in digs (530) and finished the season with 4.34 digs per set, 109 assists and 22 service aces. She broke program records for most 10+ dig matches (31) and most 20+ dig matches (10) in a single season and matched IU’s single-game freshman digs record (26) in a win over Ohio State.

Rammelsberg, using her COVID-19 waiver to play her fifth and final year of college, was named Second Team All-Big Ten following an outstanding offensive year for the Hoosiers. She finished fifth in the Big Ten, hitting .365 with 281 kills on 608 attempts.

Her .365 offensive clip is second in a single season in program history and her .329 hitting percentage in three seasons with the Hoosiers is No. 2 all-time in program history. Among conference players hitting .350 or better, Rammelsberg had the most kills and attempts (281-59-608).

Alonso-Corcelles was named as IU’s Sportsmanship Honoree. The sophomore played in 32 matches and tallied 344 kills as a six-rotation hitter. She finished the season on a streak of 16-straight matches with 10+ kills.

IU’s three All-Big Ten honorees are the most since 1995. IU was one of three programs (Nebraska and Purdue) with a unanimous selection to both the First Team All-Big Ten (Haworth) and All-Freshman Team (Gary).

INDIANA MEN’S BASKETBALL

INDIANA BASKETBALL GAME NOTES – GAME 7 VS. MARYLAND

Opening Tip

• Indiana University opens the Big Ten home slate of its 124th season of competition in men’s basketball with a Friday feature against Maryland. Tip is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET on Dec. 1 at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall on BTN.

• The Terrapins enter the contest with a 4-3 record including three-straight wins against UMBC (92-68), South Alabama (68-55), and Rider (103-76).

• Senior forward Jordan Geronimo played his first three collegiate seasons with the Hoosiers and averaged 3,8 points and 2.7 rebounds per contest across 82 games. He is averaging 7.1 points and 4.1 over his first seven games with the Terps and has made five starts.

• Maryland head coach Kevin Willard is in his second season in College Park. He holds a record of 26-16 at Maryland.

Game Information

Friday, Dec. 1, 2023 • 7 PM ET

Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall (17,222) • Bloomington, Ind.

TV: BTN (Brandon Gaudin, LaPhonso Ellis)

Radio: IU Radio Network (Don Fischer, Errek Suhr, John Herrick)

Series History: Indiana leads, 12-9

Last Meeting: IU 70, UMD 60 on March 10, 2023, in Chicago

Series History

• The Hoosiers have won four of the last five matchups in the series and hold a 12-9 advantage overall. The two programs split last season with Maryland taking the lone regular season matchup by a score of 66-55 in College Park.

• Indiana, behind 24 points, nine rebounds, seven assists, and four blocks from forward Trayce Jackson-Davis, bounced back to take down Maryland by a final tally of 70-60 in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament in Chicago.

• The two sides met in the 2002 NCAA Championship game, a matchup that Maryland won by a score of 64-52 behind 18 points and five steals from tournament Most Outstanding Player Juan Dixon.

Last Time Out

• Indiana topped Harvard, 89-76, at Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis on Nov. 26. The starting frontcourt of sophomore forward Malik Reneau (17 points), freshman forward Mackenzie Mgbako (18), and sophomore center Kel’el Ware (28) combined for 63 points on 27-of-40 shooting from the floor.

• The victory gave the Hoosiers 85 while playing in Indianapolis. IU has earned a win in the Circle City in seven-straight seasons.

• Indiana scored 50 points in the paint, shot 57.1% from the floor, and dished out 20 assists on 36 made field goals.

B1G Home Openers

• Indiana head coach Mike Woodson is 2-0 during his tenure in Big Ten Conference home openers. The Hoosiers defeated Nebraska in both 2021 (68-55) and 2022 (81-65) to open the 10-game home league slate.

• The Dec. 1 tipoff marks the earliest in calendar the Hoosiers have opened Big Ten play since defeating Northwestern (68-66) on Dec. 1, 2018. IU has never played a league game in the month of November.

Big Man Transformation

• Sophomore center Kel’el Ware, a transfer from Oregon, has upped his scoring (from 6.6 points to 17.7), rebounds (4.1 to 8.8), assists (0.5 to 2.0), blocks (1.3 to 1.7), and field goal percentage (45.7% to 63.9%) in his second season. He leads the Hoosiers in points per game, rebounds, and blocks (1.7) in 32 minutes per game.

• Ware has scored at least 10 points in all six games this season after producing just eight such games as a rookie.

• Ware tallied a career-high 28 points on 12-of-13 shooting from the floor in an 89-76 win over Harvard (Nov. 26) in Indianapolis. The 92.3% shooting split marked the highest by a Hoosier with at least 10 made field goals this century.

• The North Little Rock, Ark., native posted his first career double-double (13p, 12r) in his Indiana debut against Florida Gulf Coast (Nov. 7). His second-career double-double came against Wright State (Nov. 16) with 22 points and 12 boards.

Sophomore Jump for Reneau

• Sophomore forward Malik Reneau has posted double digits in the scoring column in all six games this season, including five efforts of at least 14 points. He notched a career-high 18 points against No. 5/4 UConn (Nov. 19).

• The Miami, Fla., native scored in double figures in seven games during his freshman campaign, while hitting 14 points or more just twice.

• Reneau is averaging 15.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, a team-high 3.3 assists, and 1.2 blocks in 28 minutes per game.

Paint Production

• Indiana averages 39.3 points per game in the paint and shoots 60.2% (139-of-231) from inside the arc. The Hoosiers hold opponents to 25.0 points per night in the key.

• IU scored a season-best 56 points in the paint against Wright State (Nov. 16). The Hoosiers also tallied 50 paint points against Harvard (Nov. 26).

INDIANA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

NO. 17 HOOSIERS GUT OUT WIN OVER MAINE

PORTLAND, Maine – Graduate student forward Mackenzie Holmes scored a team-high 22 points in her return to her homestate and senior guard Sydney Parrish had a double-double as No. 17 Indiana fought for a 67-59 win over Maine at Cross Insurance Arena on Thursday night.

KEY MOMENTS

Maine outscored the Hoosiers in the first three quarters, as guard Anne Simon scored 30 of her 34 points in the first three frames.

Indiana (7-1) trailed by as many as 10 with under a minute to play in the second quarter as it trailed at the break, 37-29.

Parrish fueled the Hoosiers in the third as her conventional 3-point play and triple cut the deficit to two, with five minutes left in third quarter. The Black Bears (4-4) continued to provide answers as it pushed the game back to a two-possession game with 1:44 remaining. Indiana would come within three on another Parrish bucket, 48-45, heading to the final quarter of action.

That’s where Indiana turned on the jets, outscoring Maine, 22-11. Parrish’s and-1 opportunity gave Indiana the lead for the first time since the early minutes of the first quarter, 57-54.

They would build a lead on a jumper and 3-pointer from senior guard Chloe Moore-McNeil as Maine took a time out with 2:55 left to play.

They would use a IU turnover to score a fast break with 1:01 remaining but the Hoosiers would capitalize at the free throw line down the stretch in the bonus. 

NOTABLE

Holmes finished 9-for-11 from the floor for 22 points – her fourth 20-point game of the season. The Gorham, Maine native added two blocks and seven boards in the win.

Parrish notched her first double-double this season with 17 points and 10 rebound along with four assists and two steals.

Indiana shot 43.1 percent from the floor and dished out 21 assists on 25 made field goals.

Moore-McNeil dished out a team-high six assists, her fourth five-plus assists outing this season. She also had two steals.

It was a sold-out crowd at Cross Insurance Arena for the matchup of 5,979, the second-largest women’s college basketball game attended in the state of Maine.

QUOTABLE

Indiana head coach Teri Moren

“Well, I’m really proud of our group. First of all, what a great crowd. I know half of them were from Maine and half were for Mackenzie. It was a great environment for women’s basketball. I was so pleased to see that tonight. A lot of people came out to watch two teams that really battled hard. It’s one of those games, where I said to the team, we had to grind it out. You’re going to have those games. That’s what sport is, especially our sport. We have nights where maybe some of your shots aren’t falling or teams make different runs. I thought we were much better in the second half. The pace of the game was so slow, it felt like a bad game. But then I look at the stat sheet. We had 21 assists to turnovers and win the rebounds by one. It feels like we were so bad, but were we actually that bad? We missed shots and I think we still have ways to go on defense. These guys will tell you that that performance in the first half is not what we are about. We found a way to win. Like I said, sometimes you have to grind it out and give credit to our kids for playing a much better second half.”

UP NEXT

The Hoosiers host Stetson for the annual ALS Awareness game on Sunday, December 3 at 2 p.m. ET.

INDIANA WRESTLING

INDIANA WRESTLING HEADS EAST TO FACE PRINCETON

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. ––––– The Indiana Wrestling team will take part in their second dual of the season, and the first on the road Sunday, Dec. 3 at Princeton.

The dual will be a rematch after the Hoosiers hosted and defeated Princeton last season, 22-13.

PRINCETON PREVIEW:

-The Hoosiers and Tigers are set for what is sure to be another intriguing dual on Sunday.

-Princeton lost 2023 NCAA Champion Pat Glory (125) and three-time All-American Quincy Monday (157/165) to graduation, but they still sport a strong squad.

-While Monday may be out of eligibility, he is still in the room with the team as he was hired as an assistant coach over the summer.

-The Tigers have yet to compete in dual competition this year. The team has only competed in the Princeton Open and the Navy Classic tournaments thus far.

-Both tournaments featured the Tigers landing one champion on the podium. In the Princeton Open, Nate Dugan won the title at 184 lbs. while Luke Stout won the title at 197 lbs. in the Navy Classic.

-Dugan is currently ranked at No. 28 at 184 lbs. with a 6-1 record. His only loss this season came to No. 7 Lenny Pinto of Nebraska at the Navy Classic.

-Stout has shot up to No. 11 in the rankings at 197 lbs. with a 9-1 mark. Stout has had an impressive season, but he really caught attention with his Navy Classic championship win over defending Big Ten champion and No. 12 Silas Allred of Nebraska.

READY FOR A REMATCH:

-In the 2022-23 season, Indiana opened dual competition with a matchup versus No. 23 Princeton at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall. It was the first dual match held in Assembly Hall since 2010.

-The Hoosiers won an exciting match, 22-13, by taking six of the ten bouts.

-The dual was close at the end with Indiana up 19-13 going into the heavyweight bout. An Indiana 3-1 decision victory closed it out to secure the win.

INDIANA CONNECTION:

-There will be a lot of Indiana program history and prestige on the benches of both teams at Sunday’s dual.

-Joe Dubuque was recently elevated to head coach of Princeton’s program after serving on the Princeton staff since 2012.

-Dubuque wrestled at Indiana for his collegiate career and boasts one of the best careers in program history as a two-time National Champion at 125 lbs. (2005, 2006) and three-time All-American. Later on, he also coached as an assistant for two seasons at Indiana.

-He is only one of two Indiana wrestlers to finish first at NCAAs twice, with the other being Charlie McDaniel (1935, 1938).

-Dubuque and Indiana head coach Angel Escobedo were teammates for a year in Bloomington in 2005-06, when Dubuque was a senior and Escobedo redshirted.

-After Dubuque graduated in 2006, Escobedo took the starting role at 125 lbs. and would become the school’s only four-time All-American. He won an NCAA title in 2008.

KEYSTONE CLASSIC REWIND:

-Indiana accumulated 80 points and a sixth-place finish at the Keystone Classic on Sunday, Nov. 19.

-The Hoosiers had 12 wrestlers compete in the tournament with nine of them placing.

-No. 11 Derek Gilcher took the title at 165 lbs., defeating teammate Tyler Lillard in the final. No. 28 Dan Fongaro finished in second at 141, falling just short to No. 12 CJ Composto (Penn) in a 4-2 decision.

PURDUE VOLLEYBALL

BOILERMAKERS RECEIVE PROGRAM-RECORD-TYING 6 BIG TEN POSTSEASON HONORS

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Tying a program record set in 2021, the Purdue Boilermakers were awarded six honors in the Big Ten postseason awards, announced today by the conference office and Big Ten Network. The honorees include three All-Big Ten First Team selections, an All-Big Ten Second Team and two All-Freshman Team nods.

Sophomore outside hitter Eva Hudson earned unanimous First Team honors and was joined by junior middle blocker Raven Colvin and freshman outside hitter Chloe Chicoine. Meanwhile, graduate student libero Maddie Schermerhorn took home Second Team honors and Chicoine and setter Taylor Anderson received All-Freshman Team. Chicoine was a unanimous vote.

It is the first time since 2005 two players have earned All-Freshman Team honors.

Hudson, a six-rotation player, received her second straight First Team nod. The Boilermaker ranks 10th in the nation and third in the league in kills (505). Only getting better as the season has progressed, Hudson has risen to the occasion during Big Ten play, upping her production in virtually every category. Averaging 4.77 kills per set during Big Ten play, she checks in at fourth in the league in kills per set (4.39). The fastest Boilermaker to reach 1,000 career kills in Purdue rally-scoring era history has posted 10 double-doubles this season, set a career-high 30 kills in the takedown vs. #3 Wisconsin and ended the regular season with a career-high-tying .500 attack % (21-1-40) at Michigan State. Reaching double-digit kills in every match this season, Hudson enters the NCAA tournament averaging 5.08 kills per set, 2.34 digs per set and a .258 hitting % over the last 10 matches.

Chicoine, another six-rotation outside hitter, was selected as a First Team All-Big Ten and unanimous All-Freshman Team honoree. The Boilermaker ranked fifth overall in the conference in both kills (438) and points per set (488), which also led all freshmen. Chicoine produces in the biggest matches of the season, seen with her .359 attack % vs. #2 Nebraska (18-4-39), a Big Ten season-high 20 kills on a .405 clip at #11 Penn State and a career-high 23 digs vs. #3 Wisconsin. Meanwhile, her 27 kills vs. Penn State was the most by a Purdue freshman in recent history. Chicoine tallied 10 double-doubles in her first year and racked up 31 errorless sets. She was named Big Ten Player of the Week once and Freshman of the Week five times. It is the second straight year a Purdue freshman has earned First Team honors.

Colvin, who received Second Team honors a year ago, was voted to First Team after leading the league with 157 total blocks. Despite her junior status, she ranks fifth in the Purdue career top-10 list with 397 block assists and will enter the Purdue single-season record books for the second straight year, ranking sixth in block assists (141) heading into postseason. Colvin hit .400% or better on six occasions, including .519% at Minnesota, and registered 15 matches with at least six total blocks this season. The Boilermaker had her best offensive performance of Big Ten play when she went nearly errorless with 14 kills and one error on 22 swings (.591%) while also totaling a season-high 11 blocks vs. Indiana.

Schermerhorn, the Big Ten leader with 4.49 digs per set this season, was selected to the Second Team following a career-best 516 total digs this season. The Boilermaker posted 12 20-plus dig matches this season, including a season-high 27 digs vs. #16 Penn State to complete Purdue’s series sweep over the Nittany Lions. One of the best back row players in Purdue history, Schermerhorn enters the program’s single-season history for the second straight year, ranking eighth in total digs and fifth in digs per set (4.49). In under 24 hours, she posted 37 digs as Purdue took down a pair of top-25 opponents in Lawrence, Kansas, and followed it up with a 40-dig showing as Purdue beat #3 Wisconsin and Maryland within a 24 hour span. Schermerhorn will close out her collegiate career a two-time All-Big Ten Second Team honoree.

Anderson secured All-Freshman Team honors after starting every Big Ten match. One of the best freshman setters in program history, the San Antonio, Texas, product led all Big Ten setters in assists per set on five separate weeks, closed out the regular season with 995 total assists (9.75 per set), 91 total blocks and 194 digs. The most productive blocker among all Big Ten setters (.89 blocks per set) has produced 10 matches with 40 or more assists and five matches with at least 50 assists. Not only has she guided Purdue to a pair of its best offensive productions in the last five years, both of which came against Big Ten opponents (69 kills vs. #16 Penn State and vs. #3 Wisconsin and 66 kills at Ohio State). Anderson has seven double-doubles under her belt, including a career-high 57 assists (the most by a Boilermaker since 2019) and 12 digs.

Purdue begins its 25th NCAA tournament journey today in Holloway Gymnasium, with a First Round matchup vs. Fairfield at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN+.

EFFICIENT OFFENSE GUIDES PURDUE TO FIRST ROUND SWEEP

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Behind Purdue’s most efficient offensive performance in an NCAA match, the No. 3 seeded Boilermaker volleyball team swept Fairfield, 3-0 (25-18, 25-13, 25-12) in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament.

Purdue (22-8, 15-5 Big Ten) advances to the Second Round, where it will face the No. 6 seed Marquette (21-10, 16-2 Big East) at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN+. The teams faced earlier this season in Lawrence, Kansas, in a thrilling five-set victory for Purdue and will meet in Holloway for the NCAA Second Round for the first time since 2019 (W, 3-1).

Not only was the team’s .478 hitting clip vs. Fairfield a program record in an NCAA match, it set a season-high and marked the most efficient match for Purdue since 2019.

After matching a career-high .500 attack % at Michigan State last week, Eva Hudson picked up where she left off, besting her career-high with a .556 attack % with 16 kills and one error on 27 swings. It was the second straight match the unanimous All-Big Ten First Team honoree committed just one error in the match.

QUICK HITS

The last time Purdue hit as efficiently was in 2019, when the team posted the second-highest hitting % in program history with a .548% clip vs. A&M Corpus Christi

Purdue has won the last 12 consecutive sets and have won 18 sets and dropped just three over the last six matches.

Chloe Chicoine came just shy of setting a career-high attack % and reaching a double-double, ending the night with a .448 clip (15-2-29), nine digs and two aces.

Maddie Schermerhorn totaled 13 digs in the match to lead the team and added six assists and an ace.

Freshmen Kenna Wollard and Lizzie Carr set career-highs after errorless performances led to a .556 attack % (5-0-9) for Wollard and a .500 attack % for Carr (3-0-6).

Purdue improved their hitting % and sideout in every set, ending the match with an 84% sideout and a .545 hitting % in Set 3.

Fairfield stayed within striking distance for the first half of the set, until Purdue went on a 8-2 run to close out the first set and never looked back.

The first set included an errorless seven kills by Chloe Chicoine (.571%) and five by Eva Hudson (.478%).

PURDUE MEN’S BASKETBALL

#1 PURDUE HITS ROAD FOR BIG TEN OPENER

GAMEDAY INFORMATION — GAME 08

[1] Purdue (7-0 / 0-0 Big Ten) vs. Northwestern (5-1 / 0-0 Big Ten)

9:00 p.m. ET | Evanston, Illinois

Welsh-Ryan Arena | 7,183

TELEVISION: BTN (Kevin Kugler, Robbie Hummel, Andy Katz)

RADIO: Purdue Global Radio Network (Rob Blackman, Bobby Riddell)

THE NOTES TO KNOW

• The No. 1-ranked Boilermakers will open Big Ten play Friday night at the place that handed Purdue its last loss as the top-ranked team when the Boilermakers held to Evanston, Illinois, to face Northwestern. This marks the first of two meetings in the 2023-24 season as the Wildcats will visit Mackey Arena on Jan. 31, 2024.

• Purdue owns an 11-4 overall record as the No. 1 team in the country after defeating Texas Southern 99-67 on Tuesday night. One of the losses came a year ago on Super Bowl Sunday when the Wildcats rallied for a physical, 64-58 victory over Purdue. The Boilermakers are looking to avenge that loss and start 1-0 in Big Ten play, while winning their sixth game in their last seven trips to Welsh-Ryan Arena.

• Purdue owns a 13-5 record in Big Ten openers under Matt Painter, including a 58-44 win over Northwestern in the 2019-20 opener. Purdue has won four straight league openers and is 5-1 in its last six conference openers on the road.

• Purdue’s 65 wins since the start of the 2021-22 season are the fourth most in the country (Houston – 72, Kansas – 68, Arizona – 67, Purdue – 65, Duke – 64, Gonzaga – 64, UCLA – 62). Among Big Ten teams, Iowa (50) and Wisconsin (50) are next on the list.

• Purdue was voted No. 1 in the AP Top 25 poll on Monday, the third straight year that the Boilermakers have been ranked No. 1. Prior to the 2021-22 season, Purdue had never been ranked No. 1. Purdue is the first Big Ten program to be ranked No. 1 in three straight seasons.

• Since the start of the 2021-22 season, Purdue has spent nine weeks ranked at No. 1, tied for the most in the country with Gonzaga.

• With its No. 1 ranking this week, Purdue has been ranked in the top 5 of the AP poll for 20 straight weeks, the longest-active streak in America by 11 weeks (Kansas – 9). It has been ranked in the top 3 in 15 of those 20 weeks.

• Matt Painter ranks fifth on the Big Ten’s list for career wins with 420, needing just one victory to tie Illinois legend Lou Henson for fourth (421). On the Big Ten games-only chart, Painter is seventh (209 wins), needing one win to tie Indiana’s Branch McCracken (210).

• Zach Edey was named the Big Ten Player of the Week on Monday for the seventh time in his career. It ties a school record set by Glenn Robinson and now trails just Ohio State’s Evan Turner (10) and Michigan State’s Cassius Winston (8) on the career list.

• Lance Jones will return home to play a game in Evanston for the first time since his high school days. The grad transfer from Southern Illinois is enjoying a big season (10.3 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 2.9 APG). He expects to have at least 30 family and friends in attendance Friday.

• Braden Smith is off to an outstanding start and has firmly planted himself in early All-America discussions. Smith dished out his 200th career assist (in just 42 games) on Tuesday and leads the nation’s sophomores (or younger) in career assists. He has flirted with a pair of triple-doubles and is the nation’s only underclassman (soph. or younger) to average at least 13.0 PPG, 6.0 APG and 5.0 RPG.

• Over the last two games, Purdue is 23-of-46 (.500) from 3-point range and now ranks fourth nationally in 3-point percentage (.428).

• Purdue has outscored its opponents by 73 points at the free throw line, the second-highest margin in the country (Weber State; +75). A year ago, Purdue led the country in free throw margin (+249) by 58 points (Texas A&M; +191).

• A year ago, Purdue became the first team since Wisconsin in 2015 to win an outright Big Ten regular-season title and the Big Ten Tournament title in the same season. Purdue became the first team in Big Ten history to win the regular-season title by at least three games and win the Big Ten Tournament in the same season. No team since Michigan State (1999, 2000) has won consecutive Big Ten Tournament and outright regular-season championships.

• Purdue is in search for its 26th Big Ten Championship, already owning the most Big Ten titles in league history. Should Purdue win the Big Ten title in 2024, it will mark its fourth title in the last eight seasons and back-to-back titles for the first time since 1994-95-96.

PURDUE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

PURDUE OPENS DECEMBER AT DAYTON ON FRIDAY NIGHT

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind.  – The Purdue women’s basketball team is set to play two games in three days starting Friday when the team travels to Dayton for a 7 p.m. tip on ESPN+.

Tim Newton will call his 995th career game for the Boilermakers. Due to the Purdue Volleyball team in the NCAA Tournament, Newton’s radio call will only be heard on Purdue Stretch Internet.

GAME INFORMATION 

Purdue (3-3) at Dayton (4-3)

Friday, Dec. 1

Time: 7 PM 

TV/Stream: ESPN+

Radio: Purdue Stretch Internet

Live Stats: Purduestats.com

LAST TIME OUT

The Boilermakers rolled to a 95-57 win over Southern Indiana in Mackey Arena to improve to 3-0 at home this season. The Boilermakers put four players in double figures led by Abbey Ellis’ game-high 19 points. Freshmen Mary Ashley Stevenson and Rashunda Jones led the way for the rookies with 12 and 16 points, respectively. The freshman class finished with a season-high 38 points, 15 rebounds, six assists and four steals.

NOTES

• Dayton leads the all-time series with Purdue 8-5.

• The Purdue women’s basketball team rolls into Dayton on Friday night for their second true road game of the season.

• Late in the game against Southern Indiana, the Boilermakers put all five active true freshmen on the court together. It marked the first time Purdue had five true freshmen on the floor since Nov. 26, 2004, at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.

• Purdue’s freshman class is averaging 21.6 points per game which ranks second in the Big Ten behind Nebraska at 22 points.

• Rashunda Jones and Mary Ashley Stevenson have made instant impacts as with 9.7 and 8.7 points per game, respectively. The duo ranks fourth and fifth among Big Ten rookies in scoring.

• Abbey Ellis has finished in double figures in every game this season. Her 14.7 points per game ranks 16th in the Big Ten. Ellis has scored 10 or more points in 42 games, the most by any Boilermaker during that stretch. She is 10 games shy of Purdue’s top-30 chart of career double figure games.

• Jeanae Terry notched her third game of the year with more than five points, rebounds and assists, good for seventh nationally. Since 2021-22, Terry has 32 games over five points, rebounds and assists, second nationally to Iowa’s Caitlin Clark.

• Madison Layden has made a team-high 13 3-pointers. The Kokomo, Ind., native hit a quartet of triples in three games this year. Layden ranks fourth in the Big Ten in 3-point percentage at a 48.1% clip.

• Purdue jumped out to a fast start with 35 points in the first quarter. It set Purdue’s record for most points in a first quarter and the second highest quarter overall total in program history.

• The Boilermakers are 20-2 under head coach Katie Gearlds when holding an opponent to 60 points or fewer, which includes four of their last five games.

• As a team, Purdue leads the Big Ten and ranks 10th nationally with an 81.4% mark at the free throw line. After ranking third in the country last year, Abbey Ellis is 29th this year with a 91.7% free throw mark.

The 2023-24 Purdue women’s basketball season is presented by Purdue Global, Purdue University’s online educational solution for working adults.

PURDUE WRESTLING

#19 PURDUE SET FOR ANNUAL TRIP TO CLIFF KEEN INVITE

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The No. 19 Purdue Wrestling team is ready for their annual road trip west to the 41st Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational on Dec. 1-2, held this year in the Westgate Paradise Event Center. One of wrestling’s premier regular season events, the tournament will play host to 15 of the top-25 programs in the country this weekend.

SCHEDULE AND INFO

Friday

Round 1 – 12:00 PM ET – Round of 32 & 16

Round 2 – 9:00 PM ET – Quarterfinals

Saturday

Round 3 – 1:00 PM ET – Semifinals

Round 4 – 6:00 PM ET – Finals

Streaming for all matches will be on FloWrestling.

PURDUE PREVIEW

The Boilermakers will take 10 student-athletes, one for each weight class, into the competition in Vegas. Four of head coach Tony Ersland’s men earned pre-seeds with Matt Ramos coming in at No. 1 in the 125-pound bracket followed by Joey Blaze (No. 9 at 157), Brody Baumann (No. 12 at 174) and Stoney Buell (No. 14 at 165).

Cole Solomey, Marcos Polanco, Baumann, and James Rowley will be making their first Cliff Keen appearances.

PROJECTED LINEUP

125        #2 Matt Ramos (7-2)

133        Dustin Norris (2-2)

141        Cole Solomey (3-1)

149        Marcos Polanco (5-5)

157        #15 Joey Blaze (8-1)

165        #30 Stoney Buell (5-1)

174        #33 Brody Baumann (6-2)

184        James Rowley (4-7)

197        Ben Vanadia (6-5)

285        Tristan Ruhlman (2-8)

BOILERS IN THE CKLV

• Purdue is making its 17th appearance in the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational.

• The team has eight top-10 finishes, including three of the last four trips.

• 48 Boilermakers have placed in the tournament. Ramos is looking to become Purdue’s seventh three-time placewinner after Kendall Coleman became the sixth last year.

• Last season the Boilers finished in 12th and put three on the podium, highlighted by runner-up runs from Ramos and Coleman.

SCOUTING THE FIELD

• 15 of the top-25 teams in Intermat’s Team Tournament rankings make up the field at the 2023 Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational, including seven of the top-10.

• Five weights have a wrestler ranked either number one or two nationally, including our own Matt Ramos at No. 2.

• 158 ranked wrestlers are projected to be in the pool.

LAST TIME OUT

Purdue hosted its annual Boilermaker Duals on Sunday, Nov. 19 and came away undefeated with a 44-0 win over Indianapolis and a 22-13 win over Northern Illinois.

The Boilermakers (3-1, 0-0 B1G) got to 2-0 on the day on the back of nine bonus point wins across both matchups. Three pins, three tech falls and three major decisions helped head coach Tony Ersland’s team to a pair of comfortable wins.

Ersland wrestled an almost exclusively underclassman lineup as one of the youngest teams in the Big Ten continues to rely heavily on their youth. Of the 13 different wrestlers who saw the mat today for Purdue, only two were upperclassmen. The young bucks combined to go 14-3 with seven bonus point wins.

MAJOR WIN FOR RAMOS

Matt Ramos earned a 10-2 major decision over No. 1 Anthony Noto of Lock Haven at the NWCA All-Star Classic on Nov. 22, marking his second victory over a top-ranked wrestler in 2023.

After a scoreless first, Ramos finished off a double-leg through a strong Noto defense to put the first takedown on the board and lead 3-1 in the second. The advantage allowed him to choose his preferred neutral position to start the third period and he made the most of it. With 20 seconds left in the match, a desperate Noto shot in looking for points and Ramos punished him for it. He flipped the Lock Haven man onto his back for a six-point move as time expired to take his 10-2 major decision.

Ever the trailblazer, Ramos was the fourth Boilermaker to wrestle in the All-Star Classic, but the first to win his match. He was also head coach Tony Ersland’s first representative in the competition.

NEWS & NOTES

• Head coach Tony Ersland is entering his 10th season at the helm of Purdue Wrestling and holds a 77-67 dual record.

• In his 10 seasons, the Boilermakers have brought their best stuff at tournament time. He has seen 195 wrestlers climb a podium in 45 different tournaments for an average of 4.3 per competition.

• In 2023 Matt Ramos finished with a 35-5 record which put him in a tie for 12th for wins and a tie for 10th for win percentage in a single season in program history.

• His career record of 63-17 (0.788) already has him sitting in eighth for best career winning percentage.

• Joey Blaze’s upset of No. 5 Ed Scott from N.C. State was the first win by an unranked Boilermaker over a top-10 opponent since December of 2019 when a young Thomas Penola pinned No. 9 Quinn Miller of Virginia.

NOTRE DAME MEN’S BASKETBALL

WELCOME TO MIAMI

MIAMI – The first ACC game is already here as Notre Dame men’s basketball kicks off league play on the road against a top-10 opponent. It’ll be another tough environment for this young core of Fighting Irish (3-3), traveling to the Watsco Center to try to take down No. 8/8 Miami (5-1). The two will tip off at Noon ET on The CW.

NOTRE DAME vs MIAMI

A series that has gone back and forth over the years and is completely even heading into Saturday’s matchup. The two sides are tied 13-13 all-time; split evenly at home (6-6), away (6-6) and neutral (1-1). Though, the Irish are 7-6 against Miami since joining the ACC.

In fact, over the last 13 games, the average margin of victory for either side has been 9.5 points.

The last encounter -> a 76-65 loss in South Bend. The Irish were up by one at the half and only trailed 51-49 with 12 minutes remaining before succumbing to the final score.

The last time in Miami -> a 68-64 ND victory. The Irish got a big 23-point, 11-rebound performance from Paul Atkinson Jr. and utilized a key 22-6 scoring run in the second half.

10 YEARS IN THE ACC

Saturday not only marks the first ACC game of the season but also the 10-year anniversary of Notre Dame hoops joining the league.

In 2015, Notre Dame produced a program record 32-6 and defeated Miami, Duke and North Carolina in Greensboro to claim the 2015 ACC Tournament championship. Since then, the Irish made an ACC Tournament semifinal appearance in 2016 and a title-game appearance in 2017.

HITTING THE MARK(US)

Everyone is starting to take notice of freshman point guard Markus Burton. To help you get more acquainted, read up on the following stats:

His 16.3 ppg leads all ACC freshmen and ranks 5th nationally amongst DI freshmen.

Overall his scoring average ranks 15th in the ACC.

Burton started his career with five straight games in double figures before the streak ended with 8 points at South Carolina.

Burton picked up his second game of 20 or more points against Oklahoma St on Nov. 17. The following is a list of the most 20-point games by an Irish freshman: Adrian Dantley (13 in ‘73-74), Troy Murphy (10 in ‘98-99) and David Rivers (10 in ‘84-85).

THAT’S IRISH BASKETBALL

There was a lot to be happy with after the 75-55 win over UMES on Nov. 22. For starters, the ball was moving quickly and efficiently on the offensive end as Notre Dame posted a season best 18 assists on 28 made field goals.

The ball movement then directly led to better looks from three, as the Irish hit double-digit treys for the first time this season – 13 to be exact. What was also great to see was nine different Irish recorded a made three.

“We’ve put a huge emphasis on it,” Shrewsberry said. “Guys are doing it. I thought we passed up average or OK shots for great shots. We need to be this kind of team.”

Next, the defense was stifling, allowing just 55 points – a season best for ND.

Burton continued to impress with season highs in rebounds (6), assists (5) and steals (3). He recorded his first 5-5-5 stat-sheet stuffer game after earning 12 points as well.

Lastly, welcome to the lineup Kebba Njie. The sophomore returned from injury and made his Irish debut with a solid seven points and four rebounds.

“Every little thing that happens is just more and more belief,” Shrewsberry said. “More and more belief in what we’re doing, how we’re playing, what we’re talking about.”  

Quotables from South Carolina

“Who is going to be our go-to guy? Who’s the guy we can turn to to get a bucket when tough times happen? That’s what we’re searching for. Until we find that, things will keep happening like this. When things get tough, we have to trust the system and stay with it.”

“We are only going to get better and better. I still believe in our guys. I will roll with them anywhere. We are mainly rolling with freshmen and sophomores. We gave ourselves a chance and let off the rope for a bit in the 2nd half.”

“These trips are only going to help us. Going here, to Miami and to Marquette. They are going to make us tough and you are going to hate to see us on your schedule towards the end of the season.”

ROPED INTO A (SCORING) SITUATION

Julian Roper II has started all six games and averaging the third most points with 8.5 per game. He leads the team in rebounds (5.3) and steals (1.0). Over the last three games he’s 5-for-9 from three and averaging 9.3 points. He has tied his career high of 12 points twice this season, with the most recent one being in the win over Oklahoma State.

BUTLER MEN’S BASKETBALL

BUTLER OUT-SHOOTS TEXAS TECH IN 101-93 OVERTIME BIG EAST-BIG 12 BATTLE

Jahmyl Telfort and DJ Davis combined for 51 points and Posh Alexander added a triple-double as Butler claimed a 103-95 overtime win over Texas Tech Thursday night at Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

The match-up was part of the annual BIG EAST-Big 12 Battle and the win moves the Bulldogs to 6-2 on the season. The Red Raiders are now 5-2.

COACH THAD MATTA: “That was a high, high-level college basketball game, especially for November 30. Fortunately, we were able to get out with the win. We got down six or seven points there in the second half, but our guys showed a lot of resiliency. They never wavered in the huddles. That’s a big win for our program, and our crowd was great tonight. Hinkle was rocking.”

OF NOTE:

Telfort led Butler with 26 points, which matched the season-high for a Bulldog. His three-pointer with 30 seconds remaining in regulation gave the Bulldogs an 83-81 lead before Pop Isaacs hit a runner with four seconds to play to send the game to overtime.

Davis scored a season-best 25 points. He was a perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line with eight of those makes coming in the overtime session to ice the game.

Alexander’s triple-double included 10 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds. The 10 rebounds matched his career-high. It is the first triple-double of his career, and the first by a Butler player since Roosevelt Jones achieved the feat at St. John’s Feb. 6, 2016.

The Bulldogs last scored 100 points in a game Dec. 30, 2017 when Butler defeated No. 1 Villanova, 101-93, at Hinkle Fieldhouse.

Both teams shot better than 50 percent as the Bulldogs registered a 54.5-percent clip. It’s the fourth consecutive game shooting 50 percent or better. Butler has made at least half of its attempts in five of the first eight games of the season.

Butler out-rebounded Texas Tech, 40-24.

Texas Tech went 13-for-26 from three-point range, but the Red Raiders’ final made three-pointer of the game came with 4:51 remaining in regulation. That bucket gave Texas Tech its largest lead of the game at 73-67 following a 15-2 run. Just moments earlier, Texas Tech had taken a 68-67 lead, which was their first since an 11-9 advantage less than five minutes into the game.

Butler went 12-for-27 from behind the arc. Davis, Telfort and Pierre Brooks II each had three makes from long range. Brooks had 18 points on 7-for-11 shooting.

Both teams had five players in double figures. Butler’s balanced attack has seen at least five players score in double figures in five of the team’s eight games to start the season.

Andre Screen was the fifth Bulldog to hit the mark, finishing with 14 points on 7-for-8 shooting. He has made 27 of 35 attempts from the field to begin his Butler career (77 percent).

Texas Tech was led by 24 points from Chance McMillian, who went 8-for-10 from three-point range. Joe Toussaint had 18 points and 12 assists.

Texas Tech only turned the ball over seven times, while converting 12 Butler turnovers into 19 points.

Butler went 19-for-25 from the free throw line, led by Davis’s 10-for-10 night. The Bulldogs entered the night ranked 21st nationally in free throw percentage, while Davis was 13th individually in the NCAA.

Butler is now 3-0 all-time against Texas Tech and improves to 3-1 in the BIG EAST-Big 12 Battle.

Butler is 74-2 over its last 76 non-conference home games; Butler has won 12 straight non-conference home games.

Butler has scored at least 80 points in six of its eight games to start the season; the Bulldogs only hit the 80-point mark six times total a season ago.

UP NEXT: Butler hosts Buffalo in the team’s second contest of a five-game homestand at Hinkle Fieldhouse. The tip with Buffalo is slated for Tuesday night at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are still available for the game, which will also air on FS1. The Bulldogs will be at home through the team’s BIG EAST opener vs. Georgetown Dec. 19.

IUPUI WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

LEWIS RECORDS DOUBLE-DOUBLE IN JAGUAR LOSS AT WRIGHT STATE

DAYTON, Ohio – The IUPUI women’s basketball team fell in their Horizon League season opener against the Wright State Raiders on Thursday night, 79-67. Junior Logan Lewis recorded her first career double-double while Faith Stinson also recorded a career-high 14 points.

IUPUI scored the first two points of the game with Abby Wolterman laying in two points. After a jumper from the Raiders, Faith Stinson extended the lead with a three at 5-2 but the lead didn’t last long as Wright State went on a 6-0 run. IUPUI fell behind by nine before the quarter break at 18-9.

The Jags tried to close the gap in the second quarter shooting 42.1 percent from the field. Freshman Alexa Hocevar got involved with a layup to end the second quarter, 37-31. IUPUI and Wright State went basket-for-basket in the third quarter as the Raiders kept the lead at 58-52.

After falling behind by ten points, the Jags fought back to bring the score within one. Camron Blank came up with a huge three-pointer to cut the lead to one at 60-59. The final effort wasn’t enough as the Raiders closed out the game on a 8-2 run to extend the lead to 79-67.

IUPUI finished the night shooting 38.1 percent from the field, including a 35.7 percent from three. Wright State shot a team percentage of 42.0 from the field and 46.7 from behind the arc.

Katie Davidson scored a team high 16 points with two rebounds and five steals while Davidson totaled a career-high 14 points and nine rebounds. Lewis earned her first career double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Abby Wolterman also added nine points and four rebounds.

The Jags fall to 1-6 on the season and 0-1 in Horizon League play. They will return to the Jungle on Sunday, December 3 when they host the Milwaukee Panthers for a 2:00 PM tip.

BALL STATE VOLLEYBALL

MOVING ON: VOLLEYBALL TOPS MIDDLE TENNESSEE IN NIVC OPENER

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – – The Ball State women’s volleyball team beat one of the nation’s best at its own game Thursday night, hitting a blistering .421 to earn a 3-1 (25-23, 25-17, 20-25, 30-28) victory over Middle Tennessee in the opening round of the National Invitational Volleyball Championship (NIVC) at Alumni Memorial Gym.

It was the 11th-best single match attack percentage in program history and helped the Cardinals (17-14) pick up the first NIVC victory in program history. The Blue Raiders (20-10), who entered the match ranked fourth among all NCAA Division I programs with a .305 hitting percentage, finished the night hitting .266 after a strong final two sets.

“What a match,” head coach

Kelli Miller Phillips

Kelli Miller Phillips said. “I felt like both teams played at a high level with a lot of intensity. MTSU provided a great atmosphere that really enhanced the postseason experience. I felt like it was a great match by both teams and I’m proud of our group for being able to find a way to finish things off in the set forth.”

With the win, Ball State advances to Friday’s second round of the NIVC and will battle Clemson at 7 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. CT back at MTSU’s Alumni Memorial Gym.

Leading the way on offense for the Cardinals was freshman outside Kendall Barnes who not only registered a career-high 17 kills but hit a match-best .522 (17-1-29) in the process. She also served up a crucial ace in the fourth set, giving Ball State the 30-28 set and 3-1 match win. It was just the third ace of her collegiate career and sent BSU dancing into the second round of the NIVC.

Going back to the beginning of Thursday’s first round showdown, the Cardinals scored the first two points on its way to an early 17-13 lead in set one. The Blue Raiders would chip away at the advantage, however, briefly claiming a 20-19 edge. However, back-to-back kill from redshirt freshman outside Aniya Kennedy shifted the momentum back to Ball State.

After the teams traded service errors, a block from freshman middle Camryn Wise and sophomore opposite Madison Buckley extended the lead to 23-21, while a kill from Barnes gave BSU three set points. MTSU then scored the next two points before Barnes ended the set at 25-23 with another blast.

Ball State carried over the momentum into the second stanza, scoring the first four points and playing to a 9-1 edge with Middle Tennessee calling both its timeouts during the run. BSU would pull ahead by as many as 11, on its way to winning the set 25-17 on one of Kennedy’s 17 kills on the night.

MTSU scored the first two points of the third set and maintained a one-point lead at the 10-9 mark. However, a blast from Kennedy and three straight service aces by junior setter Megan Wielonski pushed the Cardinals ahead 13-10. Unfortunately, the Blue Raiders followed with the next five points to reclaim the lead and force a BSU timeout.

Kills from Barnes and Buckley, surrounding an ace from senior defensive specialist Kate Vinson, helped Ball State answer with a three-point run and pull back ahead at 16-15. It was BSU’s last lead of the set, however, as MTSU scored four of the next five on the way to winning 25-20.

Middle Tennessee pulled out to a 15-11 lead in the fourth set, only to see the Cardinals battle back within one at 17-16 thanks to a block from Buckley and fifth-year middle Marie Plitt. MTSU would get the next two points, only to see Ball State respond with three straight to even the score at 19 on the 16th of Barnes’ career-high 17 kills.

Following a timeout, the Blue Raiders looked to regain control with three straight kills from Kayla Henley. BSU would not go away, however, using a block from Kennedy and Wise to help even the score at 23. MTSU would go on to reach set point, at 24-23, only to see a Kennedy kill keep the frame alive.

BSU would survive two more set points before flipping the script thanks to Buckley’s eighth kill of the night at 27-26. Kills from Barnes and Plitt gave Ball State two more match point attempts, before Barnes ended the night with a clutch service ace in her first collegiate match in her home state of Tennessee.

Looking at some of the numbers, Kennedy added three total blocks to her 17 kills while also hitting .371 (17-4-35). Plitt smashed eight kills, registered three blocks and hit .467 (8-1-15).

In the backcourt, fifth-year libero Havyn Gates collected a team-high 12 digs, while Wielonski added 10 digs to her 46 assists for her 16th assist/dig double-double of the season. With her first dig of the night, Wielonski became the 21st player in program history to reach 1,000 career digs. She also served up four of BSU’s six aces.

Buckley and Wise would pace the Cardinals at the net with four total blocks, helping slowdown the potent MTSU offense.

On the Blue Raiders side of the net, Adri Rhoda led all players with 25 kills, while Henley added 17 and Laure Jansen scored 16. Erin Eisenhart had a team-high 10 digs, while six MTSU servers had at least one ace.

INDIANA STATE SWIMMING

PARSONS, KELLEY SHATTER ISU RECORDS, SMITH WINS 3M DIVING TO HIGHLIGHT OPENING DAY AT MIAMI INVITATIONAL

OXFORD, Ohio – Claire Parsons set the 500-yard Freestyle record in Thursday morning’s preliminaries, and then followed up by setting the standard again in the evening finals to highlight Indiana State’s opening day at the 2023 Miami Invitational.

Indiana State sits third overall in the team standings through the opening day with a score of 217.5. The Sycamores trail host Miami (318) and Dartmouth (232.5) through the first events of the weekend.

Parsons set a new mark of 4:51.86 on Thursday night’s finals in the 500-yard Freestyle event to shatter the previous mark set by ISU alum Andrea Putrimas (4:54.48) set last year at the Kansas Classic. Her time is also the best in the MVC to date this season.

Kaleigh Kelley also set a new ISU record in the 100-yard IM with a time of 57.36 breaking the mark set by Kaimi Matsumoto (57.93) at the 2022 CSCAA National Invitational Championships.

Zoe Smith posted Indiana State’s first win of the weekend as the junior led the field in the 3M Diving event with a score of 285.20.

Thursday Night Finals

Indiana State started off the evening’s finals with the top team finishing fourth overall in the field in the 200-yard Freestyle Relay. The quartet of Chloe Farro, Kaleigh Kelley, Kaimi Matsumoto, and Alexa Szadorski posted a time of 1:32.99 to lead ISU in the event, while the team of Erin Cummins, Raine Boles, Allie Barasch, and Peyton Heagy finished 10th in 1:35.05. Jordan Gruce, Ash Saple, Ali Pearson, and Kalli Agapios finished 12th in 1:36.07, while Claire Parsons, Becca Shaffer, Raz Harel, and Kate Reeves rounded out the groupings in the field with a time of 1:38.61 to place 17th.

Claire Parsons made history again for the Sycamores as the freshman set a new ISU mark in the 500-yard Freestyle to place third overall in the event finals. Parsons touched the wall in 4:51.86 to break her own mark set earlier in the day (4:52.69). Haley Halsall (4:59.18, 6th) and Erin Cummins (4:59.92, 7th) both added top-eight finishes for ISU, while Rose Parsons (5:05.42) and Trista Bullock (5:07.74) also scored in the event. Kamila Nowak finished 24th in the field in 5:07.97.

Dorotea Bukvic (2:02.93, 3rd) and Alexandria Cotter (2:03.46, 4th) paced the Sycamores in the 200-yard IM on Thursday night with a pair of top-five finishes. Ali Pearson (2:06.86, 14th) was also in the top-15, while Alexa Szadorski placed 19th in 2:07.10.

Farro was just off ISU record-setting pace in the 50-yard Freestyle as the junior sprinter finished third overall in the event finals with a time of 23.17. Kelley added a top-eight finish in 23.75, while Kaimi Matsumoto (23.91, 13th) and Peyton Heagy (23.97, 15th) were also in the top-15. Allie Barasch (24.08), Erin Cummins (24.21), and Raine Boles (24.30) were also in the top 24 event finals.

Zoe Smith continued to rack up the wins in the 3M Diving event as the senior topped the final in the event finals. Smith’s score of 285.20 put her ahead of Miami’s Sydney Rice (282.80) to continue an impressive start to the season for the Raleigh, N.C. native.

The Sycamores capped the first day with a fourth-place finish in the 400-yard Medley Relay. The team of Olivia DiRuzza, Ali Pearson, Kaleigh Kelley, and Chloe Farro finished in 3:45.60 to take nearly six seconds off their previous season-best. Alexandria Cotter, Kaimi Matsumoto, Raine Boles, and Alexa Szadorski placed 13th in 3:49.09, while Kate Reeves, Dorotea Bukvic, Raz Harel, and Peyton Heagy placed 14th in 3:49.60. The final pairing in the field of Kalli Agapios, Kamila Nowak, Allie Barasch, and Jordan Gruce placed 19th in 3:56.42.

Top ISU Performers in Each Event

200-yard Freestyle Relay: Chloe Farro, Kaleigh Kelley, Kaimi Matsumoto, Alexa Szadorski (1:32.99, 4th)

500-yard Freestyle: Claire Parsons (4:51.86, 3rd – New School Record, Top Time in the Valley this season)

200-yard IM: Dorotea Bukvic (2:02.93, 3rd)

50-yard Freestyle: Chloe Farro (23.17, 3rd)

3M Diving: Zoe Smith (285.20, 1st)

400-yard Medley Relay: Olivia DiRuzza, Ali Pearson, Kaleigh Kelley, Chloe Farro (3:45.60, 4th)

Thursday Morning Preliminaries

Claire Parsons set a new Indiana State school record and established a new Valley-best time in the opening 500-yard Freestyle event on Thursday morning. The Sycamore freshman touched the wall in 4:52.69 to finish third in the preliminary event, shattering ISU’s previous mark of 4:54.48 set by Andrea Putrimas last season at the Kansas Classic. Her time also surpassed the previous best time in the conference set by Missouri State’s Lily Despain (4:53.42) at the Purdue Invitational.

Additional Sycamores set new marks and established themselves on ISU’s Performance List in the event with Erin Cummins (4:56.33, 5th) and Haley Halsall (4:56.47, 6th) both finishing in the top-eight in the field. Esther Rydbeck Norden (4:59.58) finished 10th overall, while Rose Parsons (5:01.28, 13th) and Trista Bullock (5:02.90, 14th) were both in the top-15. Kamila Nowak rounded out the Sycamores in the field finishing 21st overall in 5:06.15.

Alexandria Cotter (2:03.70, 4th) and Dorotea Bukvic (2:04.89, 5th) both finished in the top-eight in the field in the 200-yard IM preliminaries on Thursday morning. Ali Pearson (2:07.17) finished 15th overall in the field, while Alexa Szadorski (2:07.49) added a top-20 finish. Olivia DiRuzza (2:08.31), Raz Harel (2:09.68), Becca Shaffer (2:11.10), and Makayla Sura (2:13.77) also took on the field in the morning preliminary event.

Chloe Farro set a new personal-best in the 50-yard Freestyle, while Kaleigh Kelley made her debut on the Performance List following the morning’s preliminary event. Farro finished fourth overall in the field with a time of 23.39, while Kelley was fifth to touch the wall in 23.55. Kaimi Matsumoto (23.80), Peyton Heagy (23.90), Raine Boles (24.02), and Erin Cummins (24.05) all posted top-20 results on the day, while Allie Barasch (24.14) and Ash Saple (24.24) were inside the top-25. Additional athletes in the field included Kalli Agapios (24.47), Jordan Gruce (24.71), Claire Parsons (24.77), and Kate Reeves (25.46).

Kelley set a new ISU mark in the 100-yard IM in a time trial on Thursday morning. The freshman touched the wall in 57.36 to surpass the previous Sycamore mark of 57.93 set by Kaimi Matsumoto at the 2022 CSCAA National Invitational Championship. Her time is also the best in the Valley this season by a full second ahead of Little Rock’s Olivia Elgin (59.36).

Top ISU Performers in Each Event

500-yard Freestyle: Claire Parsons (4:52.58, 3rd – School Record, Top time in the Valley)

200-yard IM: Alexandria Cotter (2:03.70, 4th)

50-yard Freestyle: Chloe Farro (23.39, 4th – New Personal-Best)

Up Next

Indiana State continues the weekend on Friday for day two of the Miami Invitational. The schedule for the day is as follows:

Friday, December 1 Schedule (Preliminaries/Finals)

100-yard Fly (9 a.m., 5 p.m.)

400-yard IM (9 a.m., 5 p.m.)

200-yard Freestyle (9 a.m., 5 p.m.)

100-yard Breast (9 a.m., 5 p.m.)

100-yard Back (9 a.m., 5 p.m.)

200-yard Medley Relay (5 p.m.)

800-yard Freestyle Relay (5 p.m.)

1-Meter Springboard Diving

PURDUE FT. WAYNE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

3-POINT BARRAGE TARNISHES GOLDEN GRIZZLIES, ‘DONS WIN 84-66

ROCHESTER, Mich. – The 3-ball continues to be a strength for Purdue Fort Wayne women’s basketball. The Mastodons got 14 triples to fall in their 84-66 win over Oakland on the road on Thursday (Nov. 30).

Through seven games, the Mastodons are shooting 42.5 percent from 3-point range, a mark good for sixth in the nation.

Ryin Ott had the best game of her career on Thursday, scoring a career-high 21 points behind a career-best five 3-pointers.

Audra Emmerson had her second game in a row on triple-double watch. She finished with 16 points, seven rebounds and five assists.

Five ‘Dons finished in double-figures: Ott (21), Emmerson (16), Amellia Bromenschenkel (14), Destinee Marshall (10) and Renna Schwieterman (10).

It was the third quarter where the Mastodons were at their best. The Mastodons out-scored the Golden Grizzlies 23-12 thanks to hitting six of their eight 3-pointers. Emmerson had 10 of her 16, including triples to bookend the period. This opened up a 14-point lead that the Mastodons were able to hold for the duration.

The Mastodons jumped out to a 13-8 lead in the opening minutes, which saw the ‘Dons hit three 3-pointers before the first media timeout. Oakland out-scored the Mastodons 23-11 over the next 10 minutes before Ott sparked a 7-0 run. Ott scored four points with a layup and a pair of free throws.

Bromenschenkel finished with nine rebounds, just one board short of a double-double. Shayla Sellers had six points, five assists and three boards. Sydney Graber chipped in six points and four rebounds.

The Mastodons held 2023 Horizon League Freshman of the Year Brooke Quarles-Daniels without a field goal for the first 38 minutes of the game. She was 0-for-12 before making her first bucket with less than two minutes to go. Oakland got the bulk of its scoring from Markyia McCormick, who netted 26.

Purdue Fort Wayne improves to 5-3 and 1-0 in the Horizon League. Oakland falls to 3-3, 0-1. The Mastodons will welcome Wright State to the Gates Sports Center on Sunday (Dec. 3) for a 2 p.m. start.

SOUTHERN INDIANA VOLLEYBALL

USI VOLLEYBALL ADDS TWO FOR 2024

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Volleyball has announced the signing of two freshmen to the 2024 roster. The Screaming Eagles are losing four athletes from the 2023 season due to graduation.

“I am excited to welcome Kerigan and Layla to the USI family,” says USI Volleyball Head Coach, Jeffrey Aucoin. “They are extremely talented individuals who have proven to be successful leaders for their teams on the court and excel in the classroom. Even more exciting for our program, Kerigan and Layla are both fierce competitors that are genuinely excited about the vision of USI Volleyball and helping achieve our future championship goals.”

Kerigan Fehr | 5’4″ | Libero/Defensive Specialist | Fairbury, Illinois

The Prairie Central High School product comes to USI after posting a successful four-year career with the Hawks. Fehr brought home two All-Illini Prairie Conference honors and was on the AVCA All-American watch list for 2023. The News Gazette All-State honorable mention holds the PCHS record for most digs, kills, and aces and reached the 1,000-dig plateau. Fehr also played club at Illini Elite in Bloomington, Illinois where she was Illinois Prep Volleyball All-State honorable mention.

Layla Gonzales | 5’4″ | Libero/Defensive Specialist | Muncie, Indiana

Gonzales travels to Southern Indiana after a three-year stint at Burris Laboratory School in Muncie, Indiana. During her tenure as an Owl, Gonzales collected two All-Pioneer Academic Athletic Conference honors after leading her team to two conference championships and a 2023 IHSAA 2A State Championship. In three seasons, Gonzales has accumulated 840 digs and 3.16 digs per set average. She also is a member of the Munciana Club Volleyball team.

The Eagles completed a successful season last week by making their first Ohio Valley Conference Championship berth and earning their first tournament victory while going 15-16 overall and 10-8 in conference play.

VALPO VOLLEYBALL

VOLLEYBALL DROPS DECISION TO NORTHERN COLORADO IN OPENING ROUND OF NIVC

Making its third consecutive postseason appearance and fourth in the last six years, the Valpo volleyball team fell in opening-round action of the 2023 NIVC Thursday evening in Greeley, Colo. to host Northern Colorado, 3-0 (26-24, 25-22, 25-14).

How It Happened

Valpo used a 10-2 run early in the first set, a run which included five consecutive points on the serve of Elise Swistek (LaPorte, Ind./New Prairie), to pull out to a 13-5 lead.

UNC rallied to within three at 18-15, but back-to-back kills by Mallory Januski (Bourbonnais, Ill./Bradley-Bourbonnais) and Miranda Strongman (Wolverine Lake, Mich./Walled Lake Central [LIU]) pushed the lead back out to five points. The edge was still four at 23-19 following a kill from Bella Ravotto (Mishawaka, Ind./Marian).

But the Bears reeled off five points in a row to storm back to take a 24-23 lead. A service error briefly returned the serve to Valpo, forcing extra points, but back-to-back kills for the Bears closed the opener in their favor.

It was all Beacons to start the second set, as Strongman had three quick kills and Ravotto notched a service ace as part of a 5-0 start to the frame.

Valpo’s edge was still four points at 10-6 before UNC went on a 10-0 run to turn it into a six-point deficit for the Beacons. The Beacons rallied to within two points four times late in the frame, but were never able to string together consecutive points to get any closer.

A 10-0 run for the Bears early in set three gave them control as they went on to the sweep.

Inside the Match

Valpo’s attack had the Beacons right in the first two sets, as they hit .313 and .419 in the opening two frames. But the Beacons were unable to slow the UNC attack, as the Bears hit .353 or better in all three sets.

Strongman led Valpo in the final match of her collegiate career, posting 12 kills on .526 hitting.

Januski added six kills on .417 hitting as well.

All 16 active Beacons saw action in Thursday night’s match.

Inside the Season

Valpo finishes the season with an 18-15 overall record. It is the 20th winning season in 22 campaigns under head coach Carin Avery.

The Beacons finished in a tie for fifth place in the MVC regular season standings, as Valpo has posted top-half conference finishes in each of its seven years in the Valley — the only MVC team to accomplish that feat.

Januski finished the season hitting at a .318 clip, second-best in program history in the 25-point era and third-best overall. She also totaled 116 blocks (0.99/set), tied for eighth in both total blocks and in blocks per set at Valpo in the 25-point era.

Strongman wasn’t far behind Januski in terms of hitting percentage, swinging at a .309 clip in 2023 — third-best in the 25-point era and fifth-best overall.

Hickey ranks 10th in program history in the 25-point era in both total digs (628) and digs/set (5.19)

Inside the Careers

Ravotto racked up 1,643 digs over her five seasons at Valpo — eighth-most in program history — and also recorded 894 kills.

Strongman totaled 798 kills and 316 blocks over her five collegiate seasons, including 426 kills and 180 blocks in her two seasons with the Beacons. Her .309 hitting percentage over the last two years ranks second in a career in program history.

Laura Ilizastigui (Bogota, Colombia/Integrado de Fontibón [Chicago State]) concluded her collegiate career by taking her fifth year this season with the Beacons, tallying a kill in third-set action on Thursday.

Three other Valpo true seniors were honored on Senior Night as well.

Victoria Bulmahn (McCordsville, Ind./Mt. Vernon) registered 2,744 assists in her four years at Valpo — ninth-most in program history — and joined the program’s 1,000-dig club last month, finishing up with 1,060 digs.

Januski posted two of the top-three hitting percentage seasons in program history over the last two years and is Valpo’s all-time leader in career hitting percentage at .329. She picked up 504 kills and 247 digs in her four seasons at Valpo.

Olivia Blackketter (Bloomington, Ind./Bloomington South [Winthrop]), an All-Tournament Team honoree at the Popcorn Classic earlier this season, recorded 132 kills and 74 blocks in two seasons as a Beacon.

VALPO MEN’S BASKETBALL

VALPO TO START STRETCH OF THREE STRAIGHT ON THE ROAD

Valparaiso (4-3, 0-1 MVC)

at Belmont (5-3, 1-0 MVC)

Game No. 8 – Saturday, Dec. 2, 1 p.m. CT

Curb Event Center (5,000) – Nashville, Tenn.

Next Up in Valpo Basketball: After starting the season with six of its first seven games within the confines of the Athletics-Recreation Center, the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team will keep the travel bags handy for an upcoming nine-day stretch that features three games away from home on three separate trips to three different states. The Beacons will start that stretch with their first road Missouri Valley Conference game of the season on Saturday at Belmont before stepping outside of league play for the final five nonconference games including two on the road next week. 

Last Time Out: Valpo took the lead on MVC preseason favorite and defending conference champion Drake with 16:29 left in the first half and held that advantage all the way until the final 2:07 of the half with the cushion peaking at nine. The Beacons also led early in the second half before a 10-0 run by the Bulldogs served as a turning point in an 83-65 win for the guests in Wednesday’s league lidlifter. The game was closer than the final score would indicate as Valpo led for 17:25 compared to 18:03 with Drake in front. Isaiah Stafford scored a team-high 20 points while Darius DeAveiro matched a personal best with 11 and Cooper Schwieger contributed 13.

Following the Beacons: Streaming – ESPN+ – Steve Layman (play-by-play), Greg Sage (analyst) and Caroline Fenton (sideline)

Radio – 95.1 FM, WVUR, ValpoAthletics.com, TuneIn Radio App – Todd Ickow (play-by-play) and Brandon Vickrey (analyst)

Twitter updates – @ValpoBasketball

Links for video, audio and live stats will be available at ValpoAthletics.com.

Head Coach Roger Powell Jr.: Roger Powell Jr. (4-3) is in his first season as the head coach of the Valpo men’s basketball program. After helping guide Gonzaga to a 121-13 record during his four seasons as an assistant coach, Powell returned to Valpo, where he was part of head coach Bryce Drew’s staff from 2011-2016 and led the team to 124 wins in five seasons, including a program-record 30 victories and a National Invitation Tournament (NIT) title game appearance in 2015-16. He was part of head coach Mark Few’s Gonzaga staff as the Bulldogs reached the 2021 national championship game after winning their first 31 games of the season. During Powell’s first season on staff in 2019-20, Gonzaga was 31-2 at the time the NCAA college basketball season was halted due to COVID-19. The Bulldogs reached the Sweet Sixteen in each of his final three seasons on staff, including two Elite Eight appearances and the aforementioned trip to the 2021 national title game. Prior to his arrival at Gonzaga, Powell served as the associate head coach at Vanderbilt University under Bryce Drew from 2016-2019. During his stint as an assistant at Valpo, he was part of four Horizon League regular-season championships in a five-year period while also leading the 2012-13 and 2014-15 squads to Horizon League tournament titles and NCAA Tournament appearances. A product of Joliet West High School and a native of Joliet, Ill., Powell capped a prolific collegiate playing career at Illinois with a national title game appearance in 2005 before going on to a successful professional playing career.

Series Notes: Valpo leads 9-4 in an all-time series that began in 1997-98, a season that concluded with a Sweet Sixteen appearance for the Brown & Gold. Belmont won both matchups in its first season in the Missouri Valley Conference last year, besting the Beacons 76-64 on Dec. 1 in Nashville and 74-59 on Jan. 10 in Northwest Indiana. Valpo has dropped three straight dating back to Dec. 3, 2015 and has lost three straight when visiting Belmont with the most recent head-to-head win in Nashville coming 86-60 on Feb. 7, 2000.

Opening League Action

Wednesday’s game vs. Drake marked the first time Valpo has played a conference game in the month of November since joining Division-I in 1978-79.

Valpo fell to 1-6 in league openers since joining The Valley. The Beacons have dropped the last five MVC openers after a half-court buzzer-beater by Markus Golder helped Valpo start the 2018-19 conference campaign with a 58-56 home win over Illinois State.

This marks the second straight season that Valpo’s first MVC road game has occurred at Belmont.

Valpo is 3-3 in its first MVC road game of the season since joining the league.

A Scoring Surge

Entering the Nov. 21 game vs. Western Illinois, junior Darius DeAveiro had played 58 career games and owned a career high of eight points, achieved twice (Jan. 15, 2022 vs. Missouri State and Nov. 13, 2022 vs. Western Michigan). Since then, he has scored at least eight points in each of his last three games including a personal-best 11 on Nov. 21 vs. Western Illinois and Nov. 29 vs. Drake.

DeAveiro made three 3-poiners on Nov. 29 vs. Drake after having entered the game with no more than one 3-point make in any of his first 60 career games. For further comparison, he made three 3s all of last season in 25 games.

Valpo’s starting point guard entered this season with seven career made 3s over 54 games and has five 3s in the first seven contests this year.

DeAveiro busted out of a shooting slump as he entered the Nov. 21 game against the Leathernecks having gone 0-for-10 from the field over his previous three games and 2-for-17 shooting for the season. He had scored seven total points over his first four games this season before scoring 30 points over his last three contests.

Valpo’s starting point guard has also thrived in the assist department during this recent surge, giving out five or more helpers in each of the last three games. He’s tallied five or more assists on five occasions this season, including a season-best seven on Nov. 21 vs. Western Illinois.

DeAveiro became just the third Valpo player in the last decade to shoot 80 percent or better from the field (minimum five attempts) while handing out at least seven assists in the game against the Leathernecks. He was the first to do it since Max Joseph on Jan. 10, 2018 vs. Drake. Before that, the most recent was Erik Buggs on March 2, 2013 against Green Bay.

Welcome to The Valley

Valpo newcomers have achieved Missouri Valley Conference recognition in back-to-back weeks as Isaiah Stafford was tabbed MVC Newcomer of the Week on Nov. 20 before Cooper Schwieger earned MVC Freshman of the Week on Nov. 27.

Valpo has already won two MVC weekly awards in the first three weeks this season, one away from the team’s season total from last year and already only two away from the team’s highest total number of weekly awards in a season since joining The Valley.

Schwieger’s honor came after he averaged 15.0 points and 5.0 rebounds per game, going 4-of-6 from 3-point range in a pair of wins over Western Illinois and Southern.

Stafford averaged 24.0 points per game during the week of his award, tallying 18 in a home win over Green Bay before exploding for 30 at No. 23 Illinois.

Freshman on Fire

Schwieger has scored 12 points or more in four consecutive games and in five of his seven games this season. He’s tallied at least eight points in each of his first seven collegiate contests.

Schwieger has shot at least 45 percent in each of his last four games, boasting five made field goals or more in each of those contests.

The rookie has pulled down six or more rebounds in five of his first seven games.

Schwieger has blocked at least one shot in six of his seven games.

The Overland Park, Kan. native ranks second in the Missouri Valley Conference in scoring average among freshmen at 12.0 points per game. He is one of three rookies averaging double figures, joining Drake’s Kevin Overton (14.0 ppg) and Evansville’s Chuck Bailey III (11.0 ppg).

Schwieger ranks second among MVC freshmen with 1.3 blocks per game and leads all MVC rookies with 5.6 rebounds per game.

Stafford’s Steady Scoring

Isaiah Stafford has scored 17 points or more in five of his seven games this season, most recently turning in his third performance of 20+ points with 20 exactly on Nov. 29 vs. Drake.

The junior college transfer has led the team in scoring (outright or tied) in five of the seven games this season.

His rebounding has seen an uptick over the last three games as he has pulled down seven rebounds or more in three straight contests after a stretch of three straight games where he had three or fewer boards.

Stafford, who ranks sixth in the MVC in scoring at 17.9 points per game, made three 3s in the conference opener against the Bulldogs, his third game this season with at least a trio of triples. He also swiped three steals against Drake, his fourth multi-steal game.

Home-Heavy Start

Valpo closed out a stretch of three straight home games and six of its first seven at the ARC on Nov. 29 vs. Drake.

Now, the Beacons will hit the road for three straight.

Valpo started the season with three straight home games, the first time it has done so since 2016-17.

This marked the most home games (six) that Valpo has had in the first seven games of a season since the 1969-70 season, when the Beacons traveled to Air Force and had home games against Saint Procopius, No. 10 Notre Dame, Whittier, Pacific Lutheran, Gustavus Adolphus and South Alabama over the first seven contests.

Valpo has owned a record of .500 or better at home in 31 straight seasons.

Team Trends

Valpo has held its opponents to 33 percent or lower from 3-point range in all seven games this season. Overall, the Beacons are holding opponents to 26.5 percent from 3, ranking 22nd nationally in 3-point defense.

The Beacons have had 15 or more free-throw attempts in each of their seven games.

Valpo has won the turnover battle in five of the team’s seven games this season including each of the team’s four victories.

Valpo ranks third in the conference in fewest turnovers committed per game at 10.6 and fourth in turnover margin at +3.0 per game.

The Beacons rank second in the league and 47th nationally in blocks per game at 5.0.

Valpo has had the same starting lineup in all seven games this year – Jerome Palm, Cooper Schwieger, Jaxon Edwards, Darius DeAveiro and Isaiah Stafford.

More Individual Beacon Bits

Jerome Palm has scored 48 points in the first seven games this season. During the Nov. 29 game vs. Drake, he surpassed his 2022-23 season point total of 44.

Jaxon Edwards has scored 60 points in seven games for Valpo this season. This is 10 times his scoring total of six points in 11 games while playing at Murray State a year ago.

Ola Ajiboye has over doubled his scoring production from last season despite seeing fewer minutes. He is averaging 6.3 points per game in 18.2 minutes per game after tallying 3.0 points per game in 19.2 minutes per game last year at Central Michigan.

Sherman Weatherspoon IV had season highs in points (eight) and rebounds (six) on Nov. 25 vs. Southern. He had three total rebounds for the season in his first five games and none over his previous three before tallying six against the Jaguars. He entered the game 2-for-14 from 3-point range but went 2-for-4 against Southern.

Additional Notes Wrapping Up Nov. 29: Drake 83, Valpo 65

Free-throw shooting played a big role as Valpo went just 8-of-17 (47.1 percent) and Drake was 19-of-26 (73.1 percent). Foul trouble plagued the Beacons as Jaxon Edwards, Cooper Schwieger and Ola Ajiboye were tagged with four fouls apiece.

Drake was held to just 26.1 percent from 3-point territory, missing 17 of 23 attempts.

Isaiah Stafford (20), Cooper Schwieger (13) and Darius DeAveiro (11) were three Beacons in double figures. Jaxon Edwards chipped in eight points to go along with seven rebounds, sharing the lead on the boards with Stafford, who also swiped three steals.

Scouting the Bruins

Picked to finish fifth in the Missouri Valley Conference preseason poll.

Went 21-11 overall and 14-6 in The Valley last season including an overall home mark of 12-2.

Lost last season’s star player Ben Sheppard, who was selected by the Indiana Pacers with the 26th overall pick in the 2023 NBA Draft.

Put together a 90-70 blowout victory at UNI, the team picked second in the preseason poll, to open league play on Wednesday.

Have won three straight games but do have losses to Furman, Arizona and Monmouth.

UINDY MEN’S SOCCER

MEN’S SOCCER TO HOST REGIONAL FINALS FRIDAY, SUNDAY

vs. Lewis (11-3-6)

Friday | December 1 | 3 p.m. ET

The UIndy men’s soccer will play GLVC rival Lewis on Friday in the NCAA Tournament third round. The Greyhounds will host the Super Region 3 semifinalsand final at Key Stadium. The winner of this contest will play the winner of the Maryville vs. McKendree game on Sunday at 2:30 p.m., with the ultimate victor moving on to the Final Four on Dec. 7.

UIndy heads into the match off of a win over Lake Erie in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The Greyhounds defeated the Storm, 1-0, with the lone goal was scored by Bobby Turner in the 75th minute. The UIndy defense has also not allowed a goal in more than 317 minutes of play, with the last coming in the GLVC semifinal versus Truman.

UINDY FOOTBALL

ALEXIS, MAVUNGU TABBED ALL-REGION

ARKADELPHIA, Ark.—UIndy football standouts Kednal Alexis and Landry Mavungu were voted to the D2CCA All-Super Region 3 Team, announced Thursday.  Both Greyhounds earned second-team recognition after leading UIndy to a nine-win season, a GLVC championship and an NCAA DII playoff berth.

A three-time All-GLVC First Team, Alexis garnered his second consecutive inclusion on the all-region list. The team captain led a unit that ranked seventh in DII in team passing efficiency and 20th in total offense.

Alexis was a 2023 CFB Network Preseason All-America Third Team honoree and is currently up for the Gene Upshaw Award, given annually to the top lineman in Division II. He finished his college career with 36 consecutive starts on the UIndy o-line.

Also a three-time all-conference first teamer, Mavungu made the region’s second-team cut on the defensive side of the ball.  The shutout corner was recently voted the GLVC Defensive Player of the Year, becoming the first-ever cornerback named the league’s top defender.

Mavungu amassed two interceptions and six pass break-ups on the season while leading the team’s non-linebackers with 51 tackles. He also has an 82-yard touchdown return to his credit (blocked field goal) as well as a GLVC Special Teams Player of the Week award.

Overall, UIndy was the only GLVC school with multiple all-region honorees. Upper Iowa and Southwest Baptist had one second teamer apiece. The yearly honors were voted on by the region’s college sports communicators.

UINDY MEN’S BASKETBALL

ZILINSKAS, GREYHOUNDS CAPTURE CONFERENCE-OPENING WIN

INDIANAPOLIS – The UIndy men’s basketball team kicked off GLVC action the right way on Thursday, earning a 67-50 victory over Southwest Baptist from Nicoson Hall.

Paul Zilinskas was instrumental in the comeback win, scoring 15 of his 19 points in the second half.

INS & OUTS

The UIndy defense was as good as it has been all season on Thursday, with a dominating run in the second half proving to be the difference. During a commanding 20-2 stretch from 14:24 to 5:13, the Greyhounds forced seven Bearcat turnovers, while committing three thefts.

Zilinskas scored nine of his points in that time frame, while David Ejah added one of his three triples to highlight the action.

The Hounds clamped down on defense after the break, limiting the Bearcats to just seven points the first 15 minutes of the second half. SBU shot 23.1 percent from the floor in the final 20 minutes, while UIndy went 11-for-21 to pull away and secure the win.

Kendrick Tchoua and Jarvis Walker complemented Zilinskas’ leading offensive effort, combining for 18 points on six field goals.

INSIDE THE BOX

INSIDE THE BOX

– The Bearcats’ 50 points is the lowest the Hounds have allowed since a 75-50 win over McKendree on Jan. 21, 2023.

– Jesse Bingham scored all eight of his points in the first half, while adding a pair of blocks and steals to his line.

– Four of Tchoua’s six boards came on the offensive glass, upping his season total to a GLVC-best 21.

–  Ejah led the team with four assists, while Zac Szul dished out two helpers.

MORE NOTES

UIndy now leads the all-time series, 6-4 … the Greyhounds went to the charity stripe 22 times in the win, marking the third time this season the team has attempted at least 20 free throws.

HOUND BYTES

Associate Head Coach Mike Burris on the win…

“Our two big keys were transition defense and rebounding and I thought we addressed those needs in the second half.”

On Zilinskas’ performance…

“Paul stepped up and made some plays. It was good to see him get on track offensively.”

UP NEXT

The Hounds host Drury for a Saturday tip scheduled for 3 p.m. in Nicoson Hall. At the time of this release, Lewis was defeating Drury, 45-22, at halftime.

UIndy has won 10 of 19 meetings with Drury in the programs’ 17-year history.

UNINDY WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

HOUNDS EXTEND STREAK TO FIVE WITH THURSDAY NIGHT WIN

INDIANAPOLIS – The UIndy women’s basketball team defeated Southwest Baptist, 77-68, on Thursday night. This is the first time since the 2013-14 season that the Greyhounds have started conference play 3-0.

Liv Becker scored 17 points for the Hounds. Becker was 6-of-12 from the field and 3-for-7 beyond the arc.

INS & OUTS

UIndy took control of the game in the second quarter. The Greyhounds went on 14-5 run in the final 3:40 minutes of the half. Six of those points came from Jada Haines, both being three-pointers.

Caroline Jakaitis earned two blocks during the first half helping the Hounds lead SBU 41-27 at the end of the half.

SBU had a resurgence in the third quarter, outscoring UIndy 25-19. The Greyhounds maintained the lead throughout, keeping it for 77.1 percent (30:39 minutes) of the contest.

INSIDE THE BOX

– This is the Greyhounds’ fifth win in a row.

– Four Hounds reached double-digit points during the contest, including Elana Wells with 15.

– Patricia Chikamba led the Greyhounds with nine rebounds on the day. The team finished with 39 in total.

– UIndy struggled with turnovers, committing 19 during the contest while SBU had 13.

MORE NOTES

UIndy continues to lead the all-time series, 5-2, over SBU … Tori Hamilton of Southwest Baptist scored 15 points with eight rebounds in only 19 minutes of play before fouling out.

UP NEXT

The UIndy women’s basketball team will continue their home stand with a contest against No. 6 Drury on Saturday. Tip-off is slated for 12:30 p.m. in Nicoson Hall.

MARIAN VOLLEYBALL

EMMA LYONS AND GABBY FISH NAMED TO AVCA MIDCENTRAL REGION TEAM

Lexington, Ky. – On Thursday November 30, the American Volleyball Coaches’ Association (AVCA) announced the women’s volleyball all-region teams for the 2023 NAIA Women’s Volleyball season, as chosen by the NAIA Selection Committee. Each of the 10 regions named 14 student-athletes to the All-Region team, and eight players earned honorable mention honors.

For the 2023 season the Marian volleyball team earned two AVCA regional honors, with Emma Lyons earning Midcentral Region First Team honors, while Gabby Fish was named to the AVCA Midcentral Honorable Mention Team.

Emma Lyons had a dominant season for the Knights as a first-year starter, as the team’s libero earned her first career AVCA regional honor. Lyons was the Crossroads League Libero of the Year, and also earned NAIA Scholar-Athlete honors for the first time in her career as a sophomore. Lyons led the Knights in digs on the year with 517, averaging 5.12 digs per set on the season. The libero held a serve-receive percentage of .978 on 499 attempts, while offensively she scored three kills and had 112 assists. Lyons led the Knights and the Crossroads League with 5.02 digs per set in CL matches, while additionally leading all liberos in the Crossroads League in total assists.

Gabby Fish was named to the AVCA Midcentral Honorable Mention Team, and had a strong season as she earned First Team All-Crossroads League honors. An NAIA Scholar-Athlete, Fish held a .244 hitting percentage on the season, and was one of the top offensive players on the team posting the third-most kills with 254 on the campaign.

Marian finished the 2023 campaign with a 20-11 record, reaching the NAIA Tournament Opening Round.

SMALL COLLEGE ATHLETICS

INDIANA WESLEYAN ATHLETICS: https://iwuwildcats.com/

EARLHAM ATHLETICS: https://goearlham.com/

WABASH ATHLETICS: https://sports.wabash.edu/

FRANKLIN ATHLETICS: https://franklingrizzlies.com/

ROSE-HULMAN ATHLETICS: https://athletics.rose-hulman.edu/

ANDERSON ATHLETICS: https://athletics.anderson.edu/landing/index

TRINE ATHLETICS: https://trinethunder.com/landing/index

BETHEL ATHLETICS: https://bupilots.com/

DEPAUW ATHLETICS: https://depauwtigers.com/

HANOVER ATHLETICS: https://athletics.hanover.edu/

MANCHESTER ATHLETICS: https://muspartans.com/

HUNTINGTON ATHLETICS: https://www.huathletics.com/

OAKLAND CITY ATHLETICS: https://gomightyoaks.com/index.aspx

ST. FRANCIS ATHLETICS: https://www.saintfranciscougars.com/landing/index

IU KOKOMO ATHLETICS: https://iukcougars.com/

IU EAST ATHLETICS: https://www.iueredwolves.com/

IU SOUTH BEND ATHLETICS: https://iusbtitans.com/

PURDUE NORTHWEST ATHLETICS: https://pnwathletics.com/

INDIANA TECH ATHLETICS: https://indianatechwarriors.com/index.aspx

GRACE COLLEGE ATHLETICS: https://gclancers.com/

ST. MARY OF THE WOODS ATHLETICS: https://smwcathletics.com/

GOSHEN COLLEGE ATHLETICS: https://goleafs.net/

HOLY CROSS ATHLETICS: https://www.hcsaints.com/index.php

TAYLOR ATHLETICS: https://www.taylortrojans.com/

VINCENNES ATHLETICS: https://govutrailblazers.com/landing/index

NBA STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
Atlantic Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Boston144.7788-06-47-113-38-22 W
Philadelphia126.6672.07-35-34-18-45-51 L
New York117.6113.06-35-40-29-47-32 W
Brooklyn99.5005.06-53-41-38-85-51 L
Toronto910.4745.56-43-60-55-95-51 W
 
Central Divison
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Milwaukee136.6848-15-52-211-68-21 L
Indiana98.5293.06-53-34-17-75-52 L
Cleveland109.5263.05-65-31-26-46-41 L
Chicago614.3007.55-61-83-25-92-81 W
Detroit217.10511.01-81-91-42-100-1016 L
 
Southeast Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Orlando135.7228-25-32-18-29-18 W
Miami118.5792.55-26-63-08-76-41 W
Atlanta99.5004.03-56-43-26-84-61 W
Charlotte611.3536.53-63-53-36-94-61 W
Washington315.16710.01-62-91-62-141-91 L
 
Western Conference
Northwest Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Minnesota144.7789-15-34-010-28-23 W
Denver136.6841.59-04-62-111-45-53 W
Oklahoma City126.6672.06-46-21-26-57-31 W
Portland612.3338.02-54-71-22-83-72 W
Utah613.3168.55-41-91-46-104-62 L
 
Pacific Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Phoenix117.6114-47-32-28-57-31 L
Sacramento107.5880.55-25-53-39-77-31 L
LA Lakers119.5501.07-24-73-28-66-41 L
Golden State910.4742.54-65-43-38-83-71 W
LA Clippers810.4443.05-33-71-27-85-51 L
 
Southwest Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Dallas116.6475-26-44-16-45-51 W
New Orleans109.5262.07-43-52-27-86-41 W
Houston88.5002.58-10-72-27-75-52 L
Memphis413.2357.01-83-51-34-103-71 W
San Antonio315.1678.51-92-61-23-100-1013 L

NFL STANDINGS

American Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Miami Dolphins830.7270.03392515-0-03-3-06-2-03-1-02 W
Buffalo Bills660.5002.53282275-2-01-4-03-5-02-2-01 L
New York Jets470.3644.01632382-4-02-3-02-6-01-3-04 L
New England Patriots290.1826.01482481-5-01-4-02-4-02-2-04 L
 
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Kansas City Chiefs830.7270.02561814-2-04-1-06-1-03-1-01 W
Denver Broncos650.5452.02462804-3-02-2-03-4-01-2-05 W
Las Vegas Raiders570.4173.52022564-2-01-5-03-5-01-2-02 L
Los Angeles Chargers470.3644.02692582-4-02-3-02-4-01-1-03 L
 
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Baltimore Ravens930.7500.03241874-2-05-1-06-3-03-2-02 W
Pittsburgh Steelers740.6361.51822054-2-03-2-05-3-03-1-01 W
Cleveland Browns740.6361.52392095-1-02-3-05-3-03-2-01 L
Cincinnati Bengals560.4553.52122423-3-02-3-01-6-00-4-03 L
 
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Jacksonville Jaguars830.7270.02542253-3-05-0-06-2-04-1-02 W
Indianapolis Colts650.5452.02692682-4-04-1-04-3-02-2-03 W
Houston Texans650.5452.02592324-2-02-3-03-3-01-2-01 L
Tennessee Titans470.3644.01852244-1-00-6-02-5-00-2-01 W
 
National Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Philadelphia Eagles1010.9090.03102465-0-05-1-06-0-03-0-05 W
Dallas Cowboys930.7501.53882206-0-03-3-06-3-03-1-04 W
New York Giants480.3336.51592922-3-02-5-03-4-02-2-02 W
Washington Commanders480.3336.52463501-4-03-4-02-7-00-5-03 L
 
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
San Francisco 49ers830.7270.03101704-1-04-2-06-1-03-0-03 W
Seattle Seahawks660.5002.52642904-2-02-4-05-4-01-3-03 L
Los Angeles Rams560.4553.02322342-3-03-3-04-4-04-1-02 W
Arizona Cardinals2100.1676.52063212-4-00-6-02-6-00-4-02 L
 
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Detroit Lions830.7270.02942584-2-04-1-05-2-02-1-01 L
Minnesota Vikings660.5002.52632422-4-04-2-06-3-02-1-02 L
Green Bay Packers560.4553.02312243-2-02-4-04-3-02-2-02 W
Chicago Bears480.3334.52422962-3-02-5-03-5-01-3-01 W
 
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Atlanta Falcons560.4550.02132324-2-01-4-04-4-03-0-01 W
New Orleans Saints560.4550.02292222-2-03-4-02-4-01-2-02 L
Tampa Bay Buccaneers470.3641.02122272-3-02-4-03-4-01-1-02 L
Carolina Panthers1100.0914.01732921-4-00-6-00-7-00-2-04 L

NHL STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
Atlantic Division
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Boston Bruins221543331474558-1-17-3-25-3-2
Florida Panthers231472301469587-3-07-4-26-3-1
Toronto Maple Leafs21126327873707-4-05-2-37-2-1
Detroit Red Wings221273271281648-3-24-4-15-3-2
Tampa Bay Lightning241095251082856-3-34-6-24-5-1
Buffalo Sabres2310112221068775-5-05-6-24-5-1
Montreal Canadiens231011222864825-7-05-4-24-6-0
Ottawa Senators1789016760596-7-02-2-05-5-0
 
Metropolitan Division
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
New York Rangers211641331570527-2-09-2-18-2-0
Carolina Hurricanes221381271275737-2-16-6-06-3-1
Washington Capitals201262261051557-4-15-2-17-2-1
New York Islanders2297624861714-3-45-4-24-3-3
Philadelphia Flyers2311102241068665-6-16-4-16-3-1
New Jersey Devils211191231176775-5-16-4-04-6-0
Pittsburgh Penguins2211101231169575-6-06-4-15-4-1
Columbus Blue Jackets24713418769835-7-12-6-33-6-1
 
Western Conference
Central Division
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Colorado Avalanche221561311483638-2-07-4-17-2-1
Dallas Stars211353291271615-4-18-1-26-2-2
Winnipeg Jets221282261272646-5-16-3-16-4-0
St. Louis Blues221291251167697-3-05-6-16-4-0
Arizona Coyotes22119224972676-4-05-5-25-4-1
Nashville Predators2211110221171728-5-03-6-06-4-0
Minnesota Wild21710418666794-4-23-6-23-5-2
Chicago Blackhawks21714014754783-6-04-8-03-7-0
 
Pacific Division
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Vegas Golden Knights241554341278588-2-17-3-34-3-3
Vancouver Canucks241581311592618-2-17-6-05-5-0
Los Angeles Kings201343291377494-4-39-0-07-2-1
Calgary Flames2310103231068785-3-15-7-26-3-1
Seattle Kraken24810622768864-6-14-4-53-4-3
Edmonton Oilers22912119874795-4-14-8-07-3-0
Anaheim Ducks23914018963814-9-05-5-02-8-0
San Jose Sharks23516212536935-6-20-10-03-6-1

FOOTBALL HISTORY

Heisman winners

December 1, 1936 – The 2nd Heisman Trophy ever awarded went to Yale’s brilliant End Larry Kelley. Actually according to Heisman.com the trophy given to Kelley was the first one to bear the name of the Heisman Memorial Trophy. The initial 1935 award was called the Downtown Athletic Club Trophy. Another first in this case was that Larry Kelley was the first time the award went to a pass catching end. The 1936 season for the 6’-1” end was remarkable as he caught 17 passes for 372 yards and 15 scores, while on defense he had one interception. https://www.heisman.com/heisman-winners/larry-kelley/

December 1, 1951 – The 17th Heisman Trophy Award went to Dick Kazmaier, Princeton halfback. Dick led all players in the nation in total offense in 1951 with his gaudy 827 yards, 22 TDs  and incredible .626 passing percentage. After the incredible 1951 season the United Press named him Player of the Year and Kazmaier also won the Maxwell Trophy. Dick Kazmaier was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1966.

December 1, 1956 – Legion Field, Birmingham – At the 21st Iron Bowl Classic it was those Auburn Tigers who won as they outscored the Crimson Tide of  Alabama 34-7 per bhamwiki.com.

December 1, 1956 – Oklahoma Memorial Stadium- Norman, Oklahoma – Powered by the running Oklahoma’s star halfback Tommy McDonald the Sooners blanked their rival Oklahoma State 53-0 to finish a perfect season. They did not accept a bowl game bid but did win the National title. They finished 10-0 for their 3rd straight year, continuing what ended up being an NCAA record 47 game unbeaten streak.

December 1, 1959 – The 25th Heisman Trophy Award belonged to halfback Billy Cannon of LSU. If the name rings a bell it’s because we just talked about him yesterday on November 30 History Headlines when he was the first pick in the 1959 NFL Draft. What a two day span that was in his young life! Heisman.com informs us that Billy had rare size and speed. He could consistently run a 100-yard dash  in 9.5 seconds and, at 6-1, 210 pounds, he had the size to run over defenders as well as run past them. Cannon was a big part of the 1959 National Champion LSU Tigers success. Bill ended up playing professionally in the AFL with the Oilers and Raiders and in the NFL with the Chiefs. 

Iron & Grey

December 1, 1962 – Legion Field, Birmingham – The 27th Iron Bowl took place and this time once again it was the Alabama eleven that blanked Auburn 38-0 for their fourth straight shutout of the Tigers in the series according to onthisday.com.

December 1, 1962 – Exhibition Stadium, Toronto – The Fog Bowl – The 50th Grey Cup game was played on this date and featured the Winnipeg Blue Bombers coached by a guy by the name of Bud Grant, who later led the Minnesota Vikings to many big seasons versus the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Check out Davis of TrulytheGOATs podcast presenting this great Grey Cup game on today’s podcast above. Also see our accompanying December 1 post by Ninety-nine Yards.com when he tells of the other great Grey Cup matchups on this date.

Iron Bowls and Heisman winners galore!

December 1, 1973 – Per onthisday.com the 38th Iron Bowl might sound like a broken record but the fact is that Alabama beat Auburn with another shutout victory, this time 35-0 in Birmingham. 

December 1, 1979 – We had a great matchup in the 44th Iron Bowl.  Alabama’s Crimson Tide outlasted the Tigers of Auburn 25-18 at old Legion Field in Birmingham.

December 1, 1980 – The website Heisman.com informs us the 1980 award of the 46th Heisman Memorial Trophy belonged to South Carolina’s George Rogers. The big running back had a remarkable season as he ran for a nation’s-best 1,781 yards while punching in 14 touchdowns. In the 1981 NFL Draft he was the top overall pick of the draft by the New Orleans Saints. He also played with the Washington Redskins in the NFL and even won a Super Bowl with them.

December 1, 1984 – Boston College Quarterback Doug Flutie was announced as the Heisman Memorial Trophy winner for the 1984 season per Heisman.com. Some say he was undersized to be successful but he proved them all wrong as he not only won the coveted award but became the first career college passer to eclipse the 10,000 yard mark! As a matter of fact the season prior in 1983 Flutie was third in the voting to win the Heisman. His senior season though he would not be denied the award as he passed for 3,454 yards and 27 touchdowns. Doug Flutie went on to have a great professional career in both the CFL and the NFL for multiple teams. 

December 1, 1984 – Legion Field, Birmingham – 49th Iron Bowl will  unfortunately always be remembered for a snafu from one of the game’s star players as much as it was for the great sports spectacle that it was.  In the 1982 Iron Bowl Bo Jackson was the hero as he went over the top for the winning score. Bo in 1984 was not so much the game’s hero.  According to AL.com with 3:27 to play and Auburn trailing 17-15, the ball went to  running back Brent Fullwood on that fourth-and-goal play from the 1. Jackson, who misheard the call, ran left while the play went right, without a lead blocker, Fullwood was run out of bounds by an Alabama defender short of the goal line. The Tide held on as the final score was Alabama 17 Auburn 15 and the game has been remembered as “Wrong Way Bo.”

December 1, 1990 – The 56th winner of the Heisman Trophy Award was Ty Detmer the great quarterback from Brigham Young University. His 15,031 career passing yards and 121 touchdowns show he was one of the best college QBs ever. As a matter of fact he is one of the most decorated quarterbacks in college football history. The website bio from footbalfoundation.org states that he won a Heisman Trophy, a Maxwell Award, two Davey O’Brien Awards and at one time held 59 NCAA records! The National Football Foundation selected Ty Detmer to enter into their College Football Hall of Fame in 2012. Ty was a late selection of the 1992 NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers and in the NFL he played for a total of 14 seasons with the Packers, Philadelphia Eagles, San Francisco 49ers, Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions and Atlanta Falcons.

December 1, 1990 – Legion Field, Birmingham – The 55th Iron Bowl was one of the more memorable ones. The Tigers had entered this game claiming victory in the four previous contests against Alabama on the gridiron. Top moments in this game according to si.com were Tide kicker Phillip Doyle booting three field goals and the Alabama offense rolling the dice and going for a fourth and one from midfield. It was a tight game so those plays mattered when both defenses were playing so well.  Alabama outlasted Auburn 16-7 for end the Tigers winning streak against them. 

Marino sets another record

December 1, 1991 – Joe Robbie Stadium, Miami, Florida – Dolphins legendary Quarterback Dan Marino set an NFL record when he made it to 3,000 yards passing in a season for the 8th time in his career during Dolphin’s 33-14 win over the visiting Tampa Bay Buccaneers per MiamiDolphins.com.

Voice of Officiating

December 1, 2000 – The National Football League selected veteran official Mike Pereira as the Director of Officiating of the League. Mike stepped down from his duties at NFL Headquarters in 2010 and since then he has been the NFL on Fox expert on all things officiating. 

SEC Championship 2007

December 1, 2007 – 16th SEC Championship Game #5 LSU versus #14 Tennessee. This was a great matchup of ranked teams in the country playing for the SEC title, who could have asked for more? ESPN.com has a great story on the game and describes the turning point for LSU was when Jonathan Zenon picked off a pass and took it 18-yards for a touchdown with 9:54 left in the game to rally LSU from a 14-13 deficit.  That play was the difference as the Tigers knocked off the Vols 21-14.

2007 ACC Championship

December 1, 2007 – 3rd ACC Championship Game was another great game on the bill as #6 Virginia Tech faced #12 Boston College. The American Football Database gives us the insight that at the half, the two teams battled to a 16–16 tie. The halftime adjustments were just what the Hokies needed as they came out of the locker room and not only shut down the Eagles offense but put two additional scores of their own on the board. Final score was 30-16 in favor of Virginia Tech.

2007 Big 12 Championship

December 1, 2007 – The 12th Big 12 Championship Game was the top billed game of the day of conference championships as  #9 Oklahoma took on #1 in the nation Missouri. Rockmnation.com has the details on the game that had The Sooners upsetting Mizzou 38-17. 

2012 SEC Championship

December 1, 2012 – #2 Alabama faced off against #3 Georgia in the 2012 SEC Championship Game, which the 21st one held for the conference. According to SBNation.com the game came down to the last seconds as the Bulldogs caught a tipped pass in bounds at about the five yard line but couldn’t stop the clock. Had the receiver not caught the pass they probably could have had one more play. Hindsight is always 20-20 and heck when a wide out see a catchable ball he tries to catch it.  The Tide rolled 32-28 for a chance at the National Championship.  And that they did as Alabama blanked their long-time rivals LSU 21-0 to win it all a few weeks after getting past the late Georgia scare.

Hall of Fame Birthday for December 1

December 1, 1902 – Ordiliia, Washington – Morris “Red” Badgro the legendary USC end arrived on scene of life.  First stop was in football as Red Badgro played with Red Grange on the NY Yankees football team. After one season on the gridiron he played a couple years on the diamond with baseball’s  St. Louis Browns. His love for football was too much though as 1930 saw him back in pads playing for the New York Giants. The Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrined Red Badgro in 1991.

December 1, 1931 – Sheffield, Pennsylvania – Steve Eisenhauer the great tackle/guard for the U.S. Naval Academy was born. The Bio on this great player on footballfoundation.org tells us that the National Football Foundation selected Steve Eisenhauer to enter into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1994.

December 1, 1938 – Washington D.C. –  Legendary Duke University guard Mike McGee came into this life. The voters of the NFF selected Mike McGee to be inducted into their College Football Hall of Fame in 1990.

December 1, 1971 – Atlanta, Georgia – Rob Waldrop the defensive tackle from the University of Arizona was born. The National Football Foundation selected Rob Waldrop to enter into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2011.

NUMBERS IN SPORTS

19 – 42 – 6 – 4 – 25 – 20 – 13 – 38 – 33 – 14 – 22 – 33 – 99 – 10 – 9 – 23

December 1, 1924 – The Boston Bruins beat fellow expansion Montreal Maroons, 2-1 at Boston Arena; first NHL game to be played in the United States

December 1, 1928 – National League President John Heydler first to propose a baseball rule change calling for a 10th man, or ‘designated hitter’, to bat in place of the pitcher; ironically, the NL vote in favour of proposal, but the American League turn it down

December 1, 1936 – 2nd Heisman Trophy Award went to Yale end, Number 19, Larry Kelley.

December 1, 1940 – Four sets of brothers play in one NHL game when Chicago Blackhawks beat NY Rangers, 4-1. Rangers players : Lynn Patrick and Muzz Patrick, and Neil Colville & Mac Colville as well as Blackhawk bros Max Bentley and Doug Bentley along with Bob Carse and Bill Carse.

December 1, 1951 – 17th Heisman Trophy Award was given to Princeton halfback, Number 42, Dick Kazmaier. Princeton University sometime later officially retired the football Number 42 in Kazmaier’s (and Bill Bradley’s) honor.

December 1, 1956 – Led by future Basketball Hall of Famers Bill Russell and K C Jones, the US wins it’s 4th consecutive Olympic gold medal with an 89-55 victory over the Soviet Union at the Melbourne Games. Russell wore Number 6 for the Stars and Stripes in the Olympics, the same number he wore as a Boston Celtic. Jones wore Number 4 as an Olympian in ’56 but wore Number 25 as a Celtic. The Boston NBA franchise retired both 6 and 25 in honor of these two fantastic players.

December 1, 1959 – 25th Heisman Trophy Award went to LSU halfback, Number 20, Billy Cannon.

December 1, 1964 – After just 3 seasons in MLB the Houston Colt .45s change name of the team to Astros; owners say move signals a step into the future for the franchise and the city of Houston

December 1, 1967 – Philadelphia center, Number 13, Wilt Chamberlain scores 52 points in 76ers’ 133-109 win over Seattle SuperSonics; sets NBA record for 22 free throw misses

December 1, 1980 – 46th Heisman Trophy Award was given to South Carolina running back, Number 38, George Rogers. As a matter of fact, Rogers had his Number 38 jersey retired during halftime ceremonies at South Carolina’s final 1980 home game

December 1, 1981 – LA Laker center, Number 33, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar passed long time Number 14, Oscar Robertson (26,710) to become the NBA’s second all-time leading scorer behind legendary Number 13, Wilt Chamberlain; scores 14 points in 117-86 Lakers’ win over Utah Jazz in Los Angeles

December 1, 1984 – 50th Heisman Trophy Award was given to Boston College Quarterback, Number 22, Doug Flutie.

December 1, 1990 – 56th Heisman Trophy Award was won by BYU Quarterback, Number 14, Ty Detmer.

December 1, 1990 – New York Knicks center, Number 33,  Patrick Ewing scores career high 22 field goals in his 50 point haul in 113-96 win v Charlotte at Madison Square Garden

December 1, 1991 – Miami quarterback, Number 13, Dan Marino set an NFL record when he reaches 3,000 yards passing for the 8th time in his career during Dolphin’s 33-14 win over Tampa Bay at Joe Robbie Stadium

December 1, 1996 – New York Rangers skater, Number 99, Wayne Gretzky became the first and only player in NHL history to reach 3,000-point plateau (including playoffs); records an assist in NY Rangers’ 6-2 win over Montreal Canadiens at Madison Square Garden

December 1, 1997 – In their 81st season, Montreal Canadiens become first team in history to play 5,000 NHL games; host the Penguins but lose, 1-0; franchise record 2,625-1,603-772 with .620 winning percentage

December 1, 2009 – Ballon d’Or: FC Barcelona forward Number 10, Lionel Messi was named best football player in the world; wins award by a then record margin, 240 points ahead of Number 9,  Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid with Barcelona midfielder Xavi 3rd

December 1, 2012 – Ex-England soccer captain midfielder, Number 23, David Beckham left the LA Galaxy triumphantly with a second MLS Cup winner’s medal after a 3-1 win over Houston Dynamo in Carson, CA; final game of a 6-year stint in US

December 1, 2012 – FC Barcelona with 13 wins and a draw sets new La Liga start to Spanish football season record; Number 10, Lionel Messi scored twice in 5-1 win over Athletic Bilbao; pass Real Madrid’s 1991-92 season mark

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Next Gen Finals Semifinals11:00amTENNIS
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Florida A&M vs Sam Houston12:00pmESPN+
Charleston vs Coastal Carolina1:00pmESPN+
Tennessee State vs Cincinnati6:00pmESPN+
Xavier vs Temple6:00pm
Saint Louis vs Wichita State7:00pmESPN+
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