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AP Source: Russia to no longer host Champions League final

(AP) — UEFA will no longer host the Champions League final in St. Petersburg after Russia launched a wide-ranging attack on Ukraine on Thursday, The Associated Press has learned.

An extraordinary meeting of the UEFA executive committee will be held on Friday to discuss the geopolitical crisis and when officials are set to confirm taking the May 28 showpiece game out of Russia, a person with knowledge of the process said on Thursday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss private talks.

UEFA did publicly rebuke Russia and said it was dealing with the “situation with the utmost seriousness and urgency” while confirming the meeting for 0900 GMT on Friday.

“UEFA shares the international community’s significant concern for the security situation developing in Europe and strongly condemns the ongoing Russian military invasion in Ukraine,” the governing body said in a statement.

“We remain resolute in our solidarity with the football community in Ukraine and stand ready to extend our hand to the Ukrainian people.”

The Ukrainian soccer federation issued a statement calling for the Champions League final to be moved and for all Russian club and national teams to be suspended from international competitions.

As Russia’s threats toward Ukraine had grown through the week, the British government and fan groups had already called for the final not to be play in St. Petersburg, where the stadium is sponsored by Russian state-owned energy giant Gazprom.

The company is also the main sponsor of Schalke, but the German second-division club said on Thursday that the Gazprom logo was being removed from its jerseys.

A senior Gazprom executive also quit the supervisory board of the Gelsenkirchen-based club after being a target of U.S. sanctions. Matthias Warnig is CEO of the newly built but never operated Russia-to-Germany Nord Stream 2 pipeline which is a multibillion-dollar project of Gazprom and European companies.

Critics said Schalke was used to popularize Gazprom in Germany as it pushed to construct the gas pipelines under the Baltic Sea, which bypassed Ukraine. Gazprom has been a sponsor since 2006 and provided the cash that fueled a run to the Champions League semifinals in 2011.

German newspaper Bild this week began covering the Gazprom logos on Schalke jerseys with “Freedom for Ukraine” to protest against Russia’s deepening military intervention in Ukraine.

UEFA’s sponsorship by Gazprom is also under scrutiny with its branding having a significant profile this week at Champions League round of 16 games.

UEFA’s leadership had held off making a call on the Champions League final venue until Russia on Thursday started to target cities and military bases in Ukraine with airstrikes and shelling as tanks and troops rolled across the border.

The International Olympic Committee said it “strongly condemns the breach of the Olympic Truce by the Russian government,” days after the end of the closing of the Beijing Winter Olympics.

The truce is intended to secure safe passage for athletes during the Games and, in the long term, promote the idea of working toward world peace. It runs until the end of the Paralympics, which are due to open in Beijing on March 4.

The International Paralympic Committee condemned Russia and said it held talks with sports officials in Ukraine, which still plans to compete in Beijing and requires safe passage for its athletes.

“This is a truly horrible situation, and we are greatly concerned about our National Paralympic Committee and Para athletes from Ukraine,” IPC President Andrew Parsons said. “Our top priority right now is the safety and well-being of the Ukrainian delegation, with whom we are in regular dialogue.”

Russia’s name, flag and anthem are already barred from the March 4-13 Paralympics in Beijing over previous doping disputes. Its team is due to compete as RPC, short for Russian Paralympic Committee.

Russia has violated the Olympic Truce three times in 14 years, fighting a war with Georgia over the disputed territory of South Ossetia during the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics and launching a military takeover that annexed the Crimean peninsula of Ukraine after the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics closed.

Focus is turning to Russia hosting other major sports events in the coming months.

In tennis, the men’s professional tour issued a statement announcing that the ATP Challenger tournament that was supposed to be played in Moscow next week “will not take place as scheduled,” because of “concerns over player safety and uncertainty related to international travel following the recent escalation of events between Russia and Ukraine.”

In basketball, Barcelona said its team would not fly to Russia for two games against Russian teams – Zenit St. Petersburg and CSKA Moscow – on Friday and Sunday in the Euroleague. A basketball World Cup qualifier between Spain and Ukraine was played as scheduled in Spain on Thursday despite some requests by Ukrainian players to suspend the game. The entire crowd and Spanish team loudly applauded the Ukrainians before the game.

In rugby, European organizers postponed Georgia’s match with Russia on Sunday in Tbilisi in the Rugby Europe Championship. The women’s game between Spain and Russia on Saturday in Madrid was still on.

FIFA was yet to comment on Russia’s scheduled hosting of a World Cup qualifying playoff semifinal against Poland on March 24 for the right to also host the winner of a meeting between Czech Republic and Sweden for a place in Qatar. The Polish, Czech and Swedish federations wrote to FIFA saying games should not be played in Russia, citing the “military escalation” and “lower safety.”

Formula One said it was “closely watching the very fluid developments” but made no further comment on whether its race in Sochi would be canceled in September. Four-time F1 champion Sebastian Vettel said he would not compete at the Russian Grand Prix.

“I will not go,” the German driver said. “I think it’s wrong to race in the country. I’m sorry for the innocent people that are losing their lives, that are getting killed (for) stupid reasons and a very strange and mad leadership.”

In domestic sport in Ukraine, soccer’s Ukrainian Premier League suspended operations on Thursday due to President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s decision to impose martial law. The league has been on a two-month winter break and was due to resume on Friday. It did not give any planned date to restart.

Labor talks going to another day with MLB deadline looming

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) With less than 4 1/2 days until Major League Baseball’s deadline for a labor deal to salvage opening day and a 162-game season, New York Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner, Houston pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. and Miami infielder Miguel Rojas joined negotiations Thursday.

The sides met for the fourth straight day at Roger Dean Stadium, the idle spring training home of the Marlins and the St. Louis Cardinals. The union made proposals in two small areas, narrowing the number of young players who could earn additional major league service for accomplishments and loosening the union’s proposed restrictions on high amateur draft picks in consecutive years. The latter would be an attempt to assist lower revenue teams.

They scheduled another day of talks on Friday.

Players who remained from earlier in the week included the Yankees’ Gerrit Cole and Jameson Taillon, the Mets’ Max Scherzer and Francisco Lindor, the Cardinals’ Paul Goldschmidt, the Chicago Cubs’ Ian Happ, the Brewers’ Brent Suter and free agent Andrew Miller.

Players gathered in the first base parking lot with union head Tony Clark, chief negotiator Bruce Meyer and staff before entering the ballpark just before 1 p.m. Steinbrenner, Colorado Rockies CEO Dick Monfort, and San Diego Padres vice chairman Ron Fowler were part of a management delegation that appeared to meet with the union for about 30 minutes before returning to MLB’s meeting room.

MLB told the union that it will cancel regular-season games if a contract is not agreed to by the end of Monday, then made its stance public Wednesday.

Players have not accepted Monday as a deadline and have suggested any missed games could be made up as part of doubleheaders, a method MLB said it will not agree to.

The union told MLB if games are missed and salaries are lost, clubs should not expect players to agree to management’s proposals to expand the postseason and to allow advertisements on uniforms and helmets.

Baseball’s ninth work stoppage was in its 85th day, and the sessions this week increased the total on core economic issues to just 10 since the lockout began Dec. 2.

Commissioner Rob Manfred said on Feb. 10 that a minimum of four weeks of training are needed before starting the season. A deal by Monday would allow that plus a few days for players to report to camps in Arizona and Florida.

Players and teams remain far apart on luxury tax thresholds, salary arbitration eligibility, revenue sharing and the size of a pool of money that would go to pre-arbitration players.

DeRozan continues streak with 37 points, Bulls beat Hawks

CHICAGO (AP) DeMar DeRozan made enough big shots down the stretch to keep his record run going and Chicago’s winning streak intact.

DeRozan scored 37 points while extending an NBA-record streak and the Eastern Conference-leading Bulls squeezed by the Atlanta Hawks 112-108 on Thursday night.

DeRozan pushed his league mark of scoring at least 35 points while shooting 50% or better to eight consecutive games. The five-time All-Star made 15 of 21 shots and had five points in the final minute, helping the Bulls rally from three down to win for their sixth straight victory.

“You love it and you hate it,” he said. “Of course, you don’t want to be down and have that pressure on yourself to try to pull out a game. But when you’re in those moments, you’ve got to take it on. I love the moments, I love the challenge, I love the opportunity.”

DeRozan also made it nine games in a row with 30 points or more, the longest such streak by a Bulls player since Michael Jordan did it in 10 straight from Dec. 25, 1990, to Jan. 14, 1991.

Zach LaVine scored 20 points after missing the final three games prior to the All-Star break because of his ailing left knee. The high-flying guard had platelet-rich plasma therapy, a cortisone injection and fluid drained in Los Angeles last week, hoping the treatment will help him get through the remainder of the season.

Nikola Vucevic added 12 points and 10 rebounds. Tristan Thompson provided a lift off the bench, with 11 points and six rebounds in his Bulls debut. And Chicago moved a half-game ahead of idle Miami in the East.


Atlanta’s Bogdan Bogdanovic set a season high with 27 points and matched one with five 3-pointers. Danilo Gallinari scored 26 points, and Clint Capela finished with 14 points and 17 rebounds.

Trae Young had a rough game, making just 3 of 17 shots while missing all five 3-pointers. The two-time All-Star finished with 14 points and 10 assists.

“I just felt like I couldn’t get a shot to go and I was pressing it,” Young said. “Every shot, I was really thinking about it and just not shooting it.”


The Bulls trailed 108-105 when Atlanta got called for a shot-clock violation with 58 seconds remaining. But with DeRozan leading the way, they pulled out the tight win.

“We’re witnessing history,” rookie Ayo Dosunmu said. “What we are witnessing right now is something that people are gonna remember for a long time. And it’s one of those things where it’s gonna be a record for a pretty long time.”

DeRozan hit a pull-up jumper. Dosunmu blocked Young’s driving layup as the crowd chanted “De-fense! De-fense!”

DeRozan then got fouled by Bogdanovic as he nailed a turnaround, fallaway jumper. He hit the free throw to complete the three-point play, putting Chicago on top 110-108 with 15.1 seconds remaining.

Bogdanovic missed a 3, and Javonte Green hit two free throws for the Bulls to make it a four-point game with 4.5 seconds remaining.

“Too much DeRozan,” Hawks coach Nate McMillan said.


Hawks: The Hawks struggled on 3-pointers and free throws, going 8 of 28 from beyond the arc and 18 of 27 at the foul line. … F De’Andre Hunter missed the second half because of an illness. … F John Collins (strained right foot) missed his fourth consecutive game. … G Lou Williams played just under 12 minutes after being listed as questionable because of tension in his left hamstring. … F/C Gorgui Dieng (personal reasons) missed the game.

Bulls: Thompson played 13:14 in his first game since signing with Chicago last week. The veteran center was waived by Indiana after being acquired Feb. 8 from Sacramento in the deal that sent Domantas Sabonis to the Kings. … LaVine isn’t on an minutes restrictions at least for now, though he might rest when the Bulls play on consecutive nights, coach Billy Donovan said. … Donovan said the Bulls haven’t decided if F Patrick Williams (torn ligaments in left wrist) will start of come off the bench once he is ready to return. The second-year pro was injured against the New York Knicks on Oct. 28 and had surgery. … Jordan holds the franchise record of 11 straight games with 30 points or more, from Feb. 13-March 4, 1987.


Hawks: Host Toronto on Saturday night.

Bulls: Host Memphis on Saturday night.

Tatum scores 30 as Celtics romp again in Brooklyn, 129-106

NEW YORK (AP) Jayson Tatum swooped in and slammed down a dunk for the game’s highlight, though he was hardly the only Boston player who didn’t find much resistance from the Nets’ defense on this night.

Or this month.

Tatum scored 30 points and the Celtics returned from the All-Star break with another romp in Brooklyn, beating the Nets 129-106 on Thursday night.

Jaylen Brown added 18 points and Marcus Smart had 15. The Celtics picked up where they left off before the break, when they won nine of their final 10 games. One of those was a 126-91 victory in Brooklyn on Feb. 8, when they jumped to a 28-2 lead.

This one wasn’t much closer. Boston never trailed, just as it didn’t that night, led by as much as 29 and won its sixth straight on the road.

“We feel like we found something in the past few weeks and it’s just good that after the break we came out and there was no steps back,” forward Al Horford said.

Tatum made four 3-pointers along with his dunk over two defenders.

“I’ve had my fair share of highlights and sometimes I’ve got to remind people that I can still do that,” the All-Star forward said. “I don’t do it as often, but in the right moment I can still do those things.”

Plenty of guys in green had highlights. Boston put seven players in double figures and shot 54%.

The Celtics’ strong stretch before the break moved them up to sixth place in the Eastern Conference, though just two games back of third.

Way back in eighth are the Nets, who fell to 31-29 and might need a good run just to get into playoff position without having to go through the play-in round.

Kevin Durant, Ben Simmons and Goran Dragic all watched from the bench, with Kyrie Irving unable to be in the building because he isn’t vaccinated against the coronavirus as mandated to play in New York City.

Coach Steve Nash said Durant (sprained left knee ligament) and the newly signed Dragic could be ready to play in the next three games, though perhaps not Saturday when the Nets visit Milwaukee. It’s still unknown when Simmons, who didn’t play for Philadelphia before the Nets acquired him in the deal for James Harden at the trade deadline, will be ready.

Nash said health is the “1, 2, 3 and 4” things the Nets need to fix, and swingman Bruce Brown also downplayed any concerns related to their place in the standings.

“Because our guys are going to come back and we’re going to take care of business,” he said.

Seth Curry scored 22 points and Brown had 15 for the Nets, who lost for the 13th time in 15 games. Patty Mills was 0 for 9 from the field.

The Celtics jumped to a 22-10 lead midway through the first quarter. They led 35-22 going to the second – a six-point improvement for the Nets after it was 35-16 after one in the Feb. 8 game.

Derrick White’s three-point play made it 48-26 early in the second before the Nets trimmed it to 67-52 at halftime. Tatum then lad 11 in the third as the Celtics pushed it to 98-74.


Celtics: Coach Ime Udoka said the Celtics would monitor the buyout market before March 1, but felt the Celtics may have addressed their needs through trades when they got White and Daniel Theis at the deadline. “So we checked a lot of boxes with what they bring to the group,” he said. … White scored 13 points.

Nets: Nash said the Nets usually consider a player cleared to return to game action when they have had three consecutive workouts at full capacity. He said Durant has had one and they would see how he responded Thursday. … Kessler Edwards scored 13.


Udoka was an assistant with the Nets last season and the 76ers before that, so he knows the personnel involved in the swap. He said Brooklyn felt it wasn’t far off last year and knows what Harden brings to the table, but thinks the key to move was the Nets also getting Andre Drummond and Curry. He said it will come down to whether they have enough time to jell once Simmons is ready to play.

“But as far as him, he fits right in because of what he brings that others don’t,” Udoka said. “So I can’t say who won the trade, but they tightened up a lot of areas that they needed to here.”


Celtics: Visit Detroit on Saturday.

Nets: Visit Milwaukee on Saturday.

Booker has 25 points, Suns beat Thunder for 8th straight win

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Devin Booker had 25 points, 12 assists and a career-high six steals to help the NBA-leading Phoenix Suns beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 124-104 on Thursday night.

Booker played point guard with All-Star Chris Paul out with a fractured right thumb. Booker finished with a season-high assist total and helped the Suns win their eighth straight game.

“I thought Devin managed the game well,” Suns coach Monty Williams said.

Oklahoma City collapsed on big man Deandre Ayton, limiting him to six points on five shots. Cameron Johnson and Mikal Bridges each scored 21 points for the Suns, who have won 19 of 20 to improve to 49-10.

The Suns will try to turn Paul’s absence into a growing experience.

“I feel like we can only get better from this,” Suns forward Jae Crowder said. “Obviously, we’ve put ourselves in position to to have a cushion. But at the same time, we’re playing for something. We’re playing purposeful basketball each and every night.”

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander led Oklahoma City with 32 points in his return after missing 10 games because of a sprained right ankle. Rookie guard Josh Giddey, who had 15 points, nine rebounds and six assists, said he was glad to see Gilgeous-Alexander back.

“Love playing with him,” Giddey said. “I think that chemistry is getting better and better over time. I think in a few years, we’re going to be one of the best backcourts in the league. So growing with him is something I’m loving doing.”

Phoenix led 31-14 at the end of the first quarter, outscoring Oklahoma City 14-0 in fast-break points behind nine steals.

The Thunder rallied in the second behind Gilgeous-Alexander’s nine points in the period. Crowder’s layup at the buzzer gave the Suns a 48-45 halftime lead. Gilgeous-Alexander scored 15 points before the break.

The Thunder finally took the lead early in the third quarter, but the Suns regained control and led 85-77 heading into the fourth. Phoenix made 5 of 8 3-pointers in the third quarter after making 2 of 17 in the first half.

The Thunder cut it to 94-91 in the fourth quarter, but the Suns closed on a 30-13 run.

“The good thing is, we got that game out of the way,” Williams said. “I thought we had some rust in the pipes tonight, and we were able to get some of that out and get used to Book (Booker) playing some point.”


Suns: Former Thunder G Cameron Payne missed his 14th straight game with a sprained right wrist. … Crowder scored 17 points.

Thunder: Lu Dort (left shoulder strain), Ty Jerome (sore left hip), Mike Muscala (sore right ankle), Jeremiah Robinson-Earl (fractured right foot) and Kenrich Williams (sprained right knee) all sat out. … Made 1 of 12 3-pointers in the first half and 6 of 31 overall.


The Suns added point guard Aaron Holiday in a recent trade with Washington. Williams thought it was too soon to start him.

“I’m just careful of putting too much on Aaron,” Williams said. “You know, he just got here, he and Torrey (Craig). But it’s a lot tougher for Aaron to play the point guard position. And so I just thought we’d be better served having him come off the bench and just be Aaron.”


Giddey’s run of consecutive triple-doubles ended at three. He was the first rookie since Oscar Robertson in 1960-61 to have at least three straight triple-doubles.

Giddey had 11 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists on Feb. 12 against Chicago. He posted 28 points, 11 rebounds and 12 assists at New York on Feb. 14, then followed with 17 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists against the San Antonio Spurs on Feb. 16.


Aleksej Pokusevski had 13 points and seven rebounds for the Thunder in just over 19 minutes of action. He made 5 of 10 field goals.


Suns: Host New Orleans on Friday night.

Thunder: At Indiana on Friday night.

Djokovic to be replaced at No 1 by Medvedev after Dubai loss

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Novak Djokovic will fall from No. 1 in the ATP rankings and be replaced by Daniil Medvedev after losing 6-4, 7-6 (4) to Czech qualifier Jiri Vesely in the quarterfinals of the Dubai Championships on Thursday.

Djokovic’s latest stay atop the rankings began on Feb. 3, 2020, and his total of 361 weeks there are the most for any man since the tour’s computerized rankings began in 1973.

On Monday, Medvedev will move up from No. 2 for the first time and become the 27th man to reach No. 1. He won the U.S. Open last September and was the Australian Open runner-up each of the past two years.

Djokovic congratulated Medvedev on Twitter, saying the Russian was “very deserving” of the No. 1 spot.

Medvedev is the first man other than Djokovic, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal or Andy Murray to be No. 1 since Feb. 1, 2004.

“It’s great for tennis, I think, to have somebody new at world No. 1 again,” Vesely said in his on-court interview. “Tennis needs, of course, new No. 1s. A new generation is coming up. I think it’s just great.”

It was the 34-year-old Djokovic’s first tournament since being deported from Australia last month for not being vaccinated against the coronavirus, preventing him from being able to defend his Australian Open title.

Medvedev is currently playing at the Mexican Open, winning in the second round on Wednesday.

After beating Pablo Andujar, Medvedev said of getting to No. 1: “If I do it it’s going to mean a lot.”

Vesely, who is ranked No. 123, completed a second career victory over Djokovic in just under two hours to end the Serb’s hopes of winning the Dubai title for a sixth time. He beat Djokovic in 2016 in Monte Carlo the only other time they faced each other.

“I never expected to win again,” Vesely said. “He’s such a champion.”

Vesely served for the match at 5-4 in the second set but was broken by Djokovic, who was always chasing in the tiebreaker.

Vesely clinched the win on his first match point.

Falcons hire former Bears GM Ryan Pace as scouting executive

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) Former Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Pace has accepted a senior executive position on the Atlanta Falcons’ scouting staff.

Pace is reuniting with Falcons general manager Terry Fontenot. The two previously worked together in New Orleans.

The Falcons announced Pace’s hire Thursday.

Pace was fired by the Bears on Jan. 10 following seven seasons as general manager. His exit was accompanied by the firing of coach Matt Nagy following a 6-11 finish in 2021.

After Pace was hired out of the Saints’ front office in 2015 to replace Phil Emery, the Bears went 48-65 with two postseason appearances. The Bears’ highlight under Pace came in 2018, when they won 12 games.

Before moving to Chicago, Pace spent 15 years with the Saints, moving up from coaching intern to director of player personnel.

Pace joins Phil Emery and Ruston Webster as senior personnel executives on the Falcons scouting staff.

NC State reaches new contract for Doeren through 2026

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) North Carolina State has reached a new contract agreement with football coach Dave Doeren that runs through 2026 and pays $5 million per year.

The school announced the deal Thursday, as well as new deals for all 10 assistant coaches. It follows the Wolfpack’s 9-3 season, marking the fourth time in five seasons the program won at least eight games.

Doeren’s deal includes $2.5 million in salary and another $2.5 million in additional compensation annually, as well as performance bonuses. The school’s board of trustees and UNC system’s board of governors both approved the deal in recent days.

Doeren is entering his 10th season in Raleigh as the second-winningest coach in program history at 64-49, including becoming bowl eligible in seven of the past eight seasons. He is the only coach to have three nine-win seasons at a program that has reached double-digit wins only once, in 2002.

N.C. State returns quarterback Devin Leary and a veteran defense for the 2022 season.

Marshall granted restraining order in C-USA arbitration bid

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) Marshall was granted a temporary restraining order Thursday against Conference USA after the league filed a request for arbitration in the school’s bid to expedite an early move to the Sun Belt.

The order by Cabell County Circuit Judge Christopher Chiles prohibits Conference USA from proceeding with arbitration. Chiles said the order is good for 10 days but could be extended. He set another hearing for March 16.

Marshall, Old Dominion and Southern Mississippi accepted invitations to the Sun Belt during the fall. Each announced earlier this month they planned to terminate memberships in C-USA on June 30 to join their new conference. C-USA has said the three schools are contractually obligated to stay put for another year.

Marshall sued Conference USA earlier this week, claiming among other things that as an arm of the state, it was entitled to sovereign immunity under the state and federal Constitutions.

“Marshall faces immediate and irreparable injury and is likely to succeed on the merits,” Chiles wrote in his ruling.

The judge said granting the motion for the temporary restraining order “is in the public interest.”

Conference USA said in a statement while it respects the court’s decision, the league’s board of directors “stand firm in their belief that all Conference USA institutions, including Marshall, are expected to honor their contractual obligations and adhere to the agreed upon bylaws and covenants. Conference USA is fully prepared to move forward with the remainder of the legal process.”

The league last week released a football schedule for the 2022 season that included 14 teams, including Marshall, Southern Mississippi and Old Dominion. Six other C-USA schools have announced they are leaving for the American Athletic Conference, but not until 2023.

C-USA has plans to add Liberty, New Mexico State, Jacksonville State and Sam Houston State to rebuild the conference, but those schools are not scheduled to join until 2023.


Hoosiers Take Care of Maryland

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – How do you explain this, Xavier Johnson’s ability to find peaks after valleys, to own mistakes and grow from them, to stay strong when others buckle?

The quick answer — social media.

The in-depth answer — fierce resiliency.

No matter how much heat Indiana’s junior guard takes, from fans, from his coach, from his own competitive nature, he keeps coming back, keeps finding ways to make a difference.

Consider what he did against Maryland during Thursday night’s 74-64 victory under what was, in so many ways, must-win pressure.

Johnson slammed a dunk that likely still has the basket shaking. He was 7-for-8 from the line, making him 17-for-18 over the past two games. He hit all seven of his shots from the field, three from beyond the arc. He defended as if his next five meals depending on it; attacked until it hurt; passed into openings Maryland had no chance stopping.

He finished with a season-high 24 points, plus six assists and a steal, to help end IU’s five-game losing streak.

“When he plays like that,” forward Race Thompson said, “we’re hard to beat.

“When you get X going, that’s the head of the snake. You might say Trayce (Jackson-Davis) is the head, but it’s really X. We go as he goes. He gets everybody involved and everybody shots.”

Added Johnson: “I was taking smart shots and not forcing things. Trying to get downhill and get my teammates the ball.”

This is what coach Mike Woodson had envisioned when Johnson transferred after three solid years at Pitt.

“X means well. He wants to be great. He competes. That’s what he does. He’s had his ups and downs. I’m pleased with how he’s played. He’s come a long way.”

Adding to Johnson’s burden was the fact IU’s other point guards — Rob Phinisee, Khristian Lander and Trey Galloway — were sidelined with injuries.

“We needed it,” Woodson added. “Our other point guards were sitting next to me. For him to step up like he did, I couldn’t ask for a better performance.”

This was a huge turnaround from his previous two games, when Johnson was 6-for-28 from the field with nine turnovers.

Social media turned ferocious.

He noticed.

“I see a lot of what people say,” he said. “I am an emotional player. I read it. It doesn’t matter, but at the end of the day, I see it. It’s a motivator. It’s a matter of how you use it.”

Woodson would prefer Johnson — and all the Hoosiers — wouldn’t use it at all.

“All these players put pressure on themselves,” Woodson said. “Staying away from social media might be a lot better.

“I couldn’t tell you what people are saying. I don’t have time for that. My time is spent watching film and getting prepared to play. These guys should do the same. I tell them to leave social media alone and concentrate on basketball and their studies.”

Crunch time arrived at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall and Indiana (17-10 overall, 8-9 in the Big Ten) was, at last, in take-no-prisoners mode.

After blowing leads against top-25 teams Wisconsin and Ohio State in the previous nine days, it thrived behind nasty defense (converting Maryland’s 16 turnovers into 22 points), dominating play from Johnson and Thompson (19 points, nine rebounds) and a let’s-have-fun ferocity the Terrapins (13-15, 5-12) couldn’t match, highlighted by a 44-24 edge in points in the paint.

The losing streak was history. NCAA tourney hopes were restored.

“The weight is off our shoulders,” Thompson said. “We have to play with a chip. We have to keep building.

“We played well. We have been playing well. We have to play 40 minutes, not 38 or 39. We put a full 40 tonight. It feels good to get off that streak, and hopefully we can put a lot more together.”

If the Hoosiers do, they could return to the NCAA tourney for the first time since 2016.

“We want to play in the tournament,” Thompson said. “None of us have played in it. It’s a goal we’re all trying to reach as a unit.

“We know we’re right there. That gave us motivation. We showed up ready to play.”

Thompson scored the game’s first four points. In the first seven minutes, Johnson had four points, two assists, two fouls and a turnover.

The Hoosiers led 15-14.

In an unusual sequence, Jordan Geronimo smashed the ball to the floor off a missed Thompson free throw. It soared high into the air and went into the basket. IU led 20-15.

Johnson and Jackson-Davis went out with two fouls. The Hoosiers ratcheted up the defense, picked up the offense (mixing a 20-6 edge in points in the paint with an Anthony Leal three-pointer) and surged ahead 28-18.

It didn’t last.

Maryland picked up its own defense for a 9-0 run before Miller Kopp’s jumper gave Indiana a 30-27 halftime lead. Eight Hoosiers scored, led by Thompson’s seven points.

The Terrapins tied the score 20 seconds into the second half on a three-pointer.

Then Johnson went to work

He tossed a perfect alley-oop lob pass for a Jackson-Davis dunk; made a pair of free throws and slammed home a ferocious dunk. Add a Thompson layup off a Parker Stewart steal and the Hoosiers led 38-30.

After a Maryland dunk, Kopp hit a pair of free throws. Thompson scored from the paint. IU had restored its 10-point lead.

Thirty seconds later, the Terrapins had cut that lead in half. A Johnson three-pointer helped push the Hoosiers ahead 47-37.

Another Johnson three-pointer, and his assist on a fast-break Kopp dunk, held off a Maryland surge.

IU had control it never lost.

“This was a big win for our team,” Woodson said. “When you lose five straight, you’re searching, trying to figure out when are we going to stop the bleeding.

“These guys are not quitting. They’re competing every night. That’s all as coaches we can ask. They answered the bell, big time.”

Baseball Gameday: Round Rock Classic

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The second weekend of the season will take the Indiana baseball program to Round Rock, Texas for the Karbach Round Rock Classic at Dell Diamond, home of the Texas Rangers’ Triple A affiliate Round Rock Express. The Hoosiers will take on No. 2 Arkansas to kick off the event on Friday (Feb. 25) at 5 p.m. ET.

Gameday Info

Friday, February 25 (5 p.m. ET)

Probable Starters

IU: John-Biagio Modugno, RHP, Jr.

UA: UA: Connor Noland, RHP, Sr.

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Saturday, February 26 (Noon)

Probable Starters

IU: Jack Perkins, RHP, R-Jr.

ULL: Peyton Havard, RHP, So.

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Sunday, February 27 (Noon ET)

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SU: Drew Dowd, LHP, So.

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Quick Hitters

Indiana will add one opponent to the all-time ledger this weekend, as it will meet Louisiana Lafayette for the first time in program history.


The newcomers provided all three longballs over the weekend, while a returning reserve provided the spark for the IU offense on the opening weekend at Clemson.


Head coach Jeff Mercer owns 72 victories as the Indiana frontman and is poised to become the eighth IU skipper to reach 100 victories in the cream and crimson.


Indiana matched a school standard with four student-athletes selected in the first 10 rounds of the Major League Baseball Draft in 2021.


Indiana returns just two players that started at least 22 games (50 percent of the season) during the 2021 Big Ten-only campaign.


Scouting the Opponent

Arkansas opened the season at home and took two of three games from Illinois State. The Razorbacks dropped the season opener, before taking the final two games.

Senior Brady Slavens is hitting .400 with one RBI, while Junior Robert Moore leads the team with three RBIs, three runs scored and four extra base hits (3 2B, 1 HR).

Louisiana-Lafayette won two of three games from UC Irvine on the opening weekend and walked off Southeastern Louisiana for a midweek win to enter the weekend at 3-1.

Junior CJ Willis delivered the extra-inning walk-off RBI in the midweek contest. Senior Connor Kimple leads the team in hits (6), home runs (3) and is tied for the lead in RBIs (6).

Stanford took two of three games in its season-opening series against Cal State Fullerton, before blanking Santa Clara in a midweek to enter the Round Rock Classic 3-1.

Freshman Braden Montgomery leads the team with a .500 average and seven RBIs in two starts, while sophomore Eddie Park has a team-best six hits in four starts.

Series Notes

Indiana has met two of its three opponents at the Karbach Round Rock Classic, with Arkansas and Stanford already on the all-time ledger.

Arkansas will appear on the IU schedule for the first time since 1982 and the second time overall. IU won a neutral site meeting in 1967, 13-3, before the Razorbacks won 5-3 in Fayetteville during the ’82 campaign.

Stanford appeared on the schedule in both the 2014 and 2015 seasons with the two teams splitting six meetings.

The Cardinal won the 2014 NCAA Bloomington Regional, before IU opened the 2015 season in Palo Alto, California, winning two of three games in the series.

IU will meet its ninth of 12 teams in the current alignment of the Sun Belt in Louisiana-Lafayette. The Hoosiers own a 24-8 mark against the conference in 32 total games played.

The most played opponent is Arkansas State at nine meetings (IU leads 9-0), while the most recent meeting is at South Alabama in 2020.

Regular Season Ends For No. 10 IU at No. 13 Maryland

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The final game of the regular season will take place on the road as No. 10 Indiana meets No. 13 Maryland on Friday night in College Park. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m. ET on Big Ten Network.

#10/10 INDIANA (19-6, 11-4 B1G) AT #13/13 MARYLAND (20-7, 12-4 B1G)

Friday, February 25, 2022 • 8 p.m. ET

Xfinity Center • College Park, Md.


Maryland is coming off a 71-59 setback at league-leading Michigan on Sunday afternoon after winning its previous eight games. They are led by sophomore guard/forward Angel Reese who averages 17.6 points and 105. Rebounds per game. The Terps average 79.5 points per game this season and shoot 43.9 percent from the floor.


Maryland leads 11-1


1/2/22 – W, 70-63 (OT) (Bloomington, Ind.)


The Hoosiers will look to close the season on a high note after dropping a series of games to No. 22 Iowa last week. They Faced the Hawkeyes twice in three days and are coming off a stretch of seven games in 15 days in the month of February.

Junior forward Mackenzie Holmes and senior guard Grace Berger and lead the way for Indiana, averaging 16.6 and 16.2 points, respectively. 

Senior forward Aleksa Gulbe adds 13.1 points per game, as she’s elevated her play in the last eight games. She has scored in double figures in seven of those contests, adding 16.0 points and 6.5 rebounds per game while shooting 44.8 percent from the floor and 78.0 percent at the free throw line.

On the heels of its 20th win of the season, Indiana needs one more victory to notch its 11th 20-win season in school history. It would be the seventh-straight season with 20 wins or more, the longest streak in program history.

Indiana has three players up for national awards that fans can vote on. Berger and Holmes are you for positional awards from the Basketball Hall of Fame and WBCA, Cheryl Miller and Lisa Leslie Awards, respectively. Fans can visit to vote daily for the Hoosier duo. Ali Patberg is one of 10 finalists for the Senior CLASS Award, an acronym for Community, Classroom, Character, Competition. Fans can also vote daily at


The Big Ten Tournament will take place March 2-6 at Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. The complete tournament bracket will be announced following the conclusion of games on Sunday, Feb. 27.

Colvin to Attend U.S. Open Program

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Freshman middle blocker Raven Colvin is set to attend the invitation-only Women’s National Team Open Program, formerly known as Open Tryout, which will take place February 25-27. The three-day event is part of the selection process for the Women’s National Team, their NCAA Elite Athlete List and the 2022 Collegiate National Team and is open to current and recently graduated college-age athletes.

Colvin was selected to the Big Ten All-Freshmen team, where she posted 2.41 points per set during the regular season, including 1.23 blocks per set and a .331 attack efficiency. The middle blocker went errorless in two matches this season, including a perfect 5-0-5 vs. Jacksonville St. and a .900 attack % (9-0-10) in the following match vs. Purdue Fort Wayne. Just the third freshman since 2009 to post double-digit blocks in a match, Colvin notched 11 total blocks (1-10) in the victory vs. No. 3 Wisconsin on Halloween.

The Indianapolis native concluded the season with a career-best 11 kills in the comeback victory over BYU to advance to the Regional Finals, where she averaged a .444 hitting %.

The Open Program will take place at the Olympic & Paralympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.

10-Day Carolina Trip Begins with Princeton Series


Princeton (0-0) at Purdue (4-0)

4-Game Series / Friday to Sunday, Feb. 25 to 27

Ting Stadium / Holly Springs, North Carolina / Free Admission

Doubleheader: Friday, Feb. 25 at 1 p.m. ET

Game 3: Saturday, Feb. 26 at 2 p.m. ET

Series Finale: Sunday, Feb. 27 at 1 p.m. ET


All-Time: Princeton Leads 2-0

Previous Meetings: Princeton Won 21-14 & 3-2 – March 15-16, 1999 in Boca Raton, Florida


Friday Game 1: Jackson Smeltz (R-Jr, LHP) vs. Princeton’s Jackson Emus (Jr, RHP)

Friday Game 2: Wyatt Wendell (R-Jr, RHP) vs. Princeton’s Reece Rabin (Jr, LHP)

Saturday: Troy Wansing (Fr, LHP) vs. Princeton’s Tom Chmielewski (So, LHP)

Sunday: TBA for Purdue vs. Princeton’s Andrew D’Alessio (Fr, RHP)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue baseball’s season-opening stretch of three consecutive neutral-site series continues with another four-game set, squaring off against a Princeton team that is set to take the field for the first time since the shutdown in March 2020.

The Boilermakers are slated to play at Ting Stadium in Holly Springs, North Carolina, each of the next two weekends. Located about 20 miles southwest of Raleigh, Ting Stadium is home of the Holly Springs Salamanders of the Coastal Plain League, which is one of the premier wood bat summer leagues in the southeast. Purdue will be the home team against both Princeton and Longwood (March 4-6). There’s also a March 2 midweek date at Charlotte on the 10-day road trip to North Carolina.

The Boilermakers are off their first 4-0 start since 2018. The 1991 and 2018 teams both opened their seasons 5-0.

Led by longtime head coach Scott Bradley, whose son Scotty played at Indiana from 2016 to 2019, Princeton is opening its season with Friday’s 1 p.m. ET doubleheader. The Tigers’ last game was March 8, 2020 at Ole Miss. The Ivy League opted to cancel its spring sports season while opting out of competing in intercollegiate athletics during the 2020-21 school year. Princeton also opened its 2020 campaign with a four-game series in North Carolina vs. a Big Ten opponent, Penn State.


• Purdue played an Ivy League opponent: Lost to Columbia & Princeton (Boca Raton) on 1999 Spring Break Trip

• Purdue played in North Carolina: Won Campbell Invitational (Buies Creek) in February 2020

• Purdue played consecutive weekend series in the same state besides Indiana: California on 2017 Spring Break Trip

• Purdue played consecutive four-game weekends to begin a season: 2013

Paul Toetz enjoyed a memorable Purdue debut weekend in Texas. He connected for a home run in each of the first two games, reached base safely in nine of his 17 plate appearances and led the team with 11 defensive assists while starting games at both shortstop and second base. Since 2001, he joined Jacson McGowan (2018) as the only Boilermakers to homer in each of the first two games of the season. He also became the sixth newcomer in that span to account for Purdue’s first home run of the season – all since 2010.


• Cameron Perkins – 2010 (Game 1)

• Conner Hudnall – 2013 (Game 1)

• Justin Gubser – 2015 (Game 2)

• Mike Madej – 2017 (Game 2)

• Ben Nisle – 2018 (Game 1)

• Paul Toetz – 2022 (Game 1)

Toetz was a big reason why the Boilermakers went deep in each of the first four games of a season for the first time (data since 2001). Cam Thompson hit a three-run homer in game 3 of the South Dakota Series en route to a nine-RBI weekend. Thompson has 23 RBI in 32 career games as a Boilermaker. Thanks in part to a grand slam and now a pair of three-run homers, 22 of his 23 RBI have come as part of multi-RBI games. Coincidentally, his lone single-RBI game happened as part of his first collegiate hit and RBI (on the same play) in Purdue’s March 20 win at Indiana last season.


• Starters: 10 2/3 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 9 BB, 14 K, 4.22 ERA, 7.59 H/9

• Relievers: 25 1/3 IP, 16 H, 9 R, 8 ER, 13 BB, 30 K, 2.84 ERA, 5.68 H/9

• Total: 36 IP, 25 H, 15 R, 13 ER, 22 BB, 44 K, 3.25 ERA, 6.25 H/9

• Purdue recorded 10-plus strikeouts in the first three games of a season for the first time (data since 2001). It marked the first time the Boilermakers accomplished the feat at any point since doing so in four straight in April 2019.

• Purdue also did a fine job of playing clean baseball vs. South Dakota State. In their 36 innings in the field, Purdue committed only four errors (all in Sunday’s win) to go along with limited unforced errors – one wild pitch, one passed ball, one balk and two hit batters. They did it despite having limited practice time outdoors prior to arriving in Texas on Wednesday afternoon of last week.

• Going off data going back to 2001, it marked the first time Purdue was not charged with an error in each of its first three games of a season.

Big Ten Earns 88 NCAA Wrestling Championship Bids

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The NCAA announced automatic qualifier allocations for the 2022 conference championship tournaments Thursday, unveiling the combined 88 bids earned by the Big Ten. Based on a formula that includes the NCAA Coaches Panel Rankings and the Ratings Percentage Indez (RPI), the Boilermakers had seven individuals earn a top-33 spot from the coaches and eight wrestlers secure a top-33 RPI mark.

The Big Ten secured at least seven spots at every weight, including 12 automatic bids at 184 pounds, 11 at 197 pounds and 10 each at 125 and 133. The conference will account for at least 30.6 percent of the NCAA Championship field, and could increase this total based on the 43 at-large allocations that will be left after the conference tournaments.

The Boilermakers will take their shot at national championship qualifications at next weekend’s Big Ten Championships, hosted by Nebraska at Pinnacle Bank Arena on March 5-6. Purdue has placed in the top-six in each of the last two seasons, qualifying a program-record eight individuals for the national tournament at each event.

Butler Baseball to End February with Games at Jackson State

INDIANAPOLIS – The Butler baseball team will return to action this weekend with games against Jackson State and Prairie View. The Bulldogs will play Jackson State on Friday at 2 PM. Saturday will feature a doubleheader with Butler playing Prairie View at 12 PM and Jackson State after at 4 PM.

Weekend Schedule

Friday, Feb. 25 – 2 PM

Saturday, Feb. 26 – 12 PM

Saturday, Feb. 26 – 4 PM

*All games played at Braddy Field

Scouting Jackson State

The Tigers are 3-2 overall heading into the weekend. They opened the 2022 campaign by playing in the MLB Andre Dawson Classic against Grambling State, Southern and Prairie View in New Orleans. Two losses were followed by three-straight wins. After leaving the Big Easy, Jackson State hosted a doubleheader against Tougaloo College and swept the Bulldogs 10-0 and 10-3.

Chenar Brown, El’Rico Riley and Jatavis Melton were the biggest bats in the Jackson State order over the opening days of the season. Brown holds a .438 average with seven hits in 16 at-bats. He has three doubles, one triple and four RBI. Riley already has two home runs this year for a team-best five RBI. Melton is another home run hitter with a .385 average.

On the mound, Juan Marulanda is the team leader in innings pitched and strikeouts. He has a 4.70 ERA and is 1-0 on the mound. Austin Campbell and Steven Davila also have wins on the mound. Davila is second on the team with eight strikeouts.

Scouting Prairie View

The Panthers were also part of the Andre Dawson Classic tournament field. They left opening weekend with a 1-2 record, posting a 15-7 win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Saturday. Multiple Prairie View starters are batting over .400 early in the season and Blake Redman is off to a hot start with three doubles and three RBIs. Dominic Cox and Paul Castro each have four hits in eight at-bats.  Cox added a homer to his stat line while Castro posted a double and triple.

On the mound, Victor Mendoza is 1-0 with a 16.87 ERA. Joshua Larzabal has a team-best seven strikeouts in 6.1 innings of action. Prairie View could start Roberto Maldonado against Butler. He pitched three innings in his first appearance of 2022 with five strikeouts.

BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll

Cory Bosecker earned the opening day start against Murray State and helped give the Bulldogs an early 4-1 lead before exiting early in the sixth inning. Overall, he posted six strikeouts with just two earned runs allowed.

Reached Base Streak

Aaron Steinhart, Travis Holt and James Gargano have reached base safely in all three games this year.

Heavy Hitters

Aaron Steinhart and James Gargano are each on a three-game hitting streak.

Top of the Order

Over the first three games of the season, Travis Holt has led-off; AJ Poynter has hit second; Aaron Steinhart is in the three-hole; James Gargano has been cleanup.

On the Move

Butler stole five bases over opening weekend. Four different players swiped a bag for the Bulldogs.

Hey There Holt

Travis Holt is leading the team with a .400 BA over the first three games of the season.

Get on Base

Ryan O’Halloran leads the team with a .583 on-base percentage. He has three hits, has walked twice and has been hit by a pitch twice.

Going, Going, Gone

James Gargano and Billy Wurch are the home run leaders on the team. Gargano hit the first BU home run of the year in the top of the fifth inning in Sunday’s getaway game at Murray State. The ball cleared the fence to left centerfield. Wurch went yard in the top of the seventh after entering the game as a pinch-hitter. His grand slam came with Holt, Van Liere and Jones on board.

Team Highs

Runs – 12

Hits – 12

RBIs – 12

Total Bases – 20

Up Next

The first midweek games of the 2022 schedule will be up next for the Bulldogs. Butler will play at Northern Kentucky on Tuesday, March 1. The home opener will follow on Wednesday with Butler hosting Manchester at 3 PM.

Butler WBB Regular Season Wraps Up with Home Games vs. Villanova and Georgetown

INDIANAPOLIS – The final weekend of the regular season is upon us as the Bulldogs prepare for home games against Villanova and Georgetown. Friday night is the annual “Think Pink” game for Butler. All those in attendance are encourage to wear pink to the game. On Sunday, Butler will recognize the 2022 Senior Class before tip-off.  Friday’s tip will go up at 7:08 PM and Sunday’s start is slated for 2:03 PM.

Bulldog Bits

– Celena Taborn leads the NCAA in field goal percentage (69.2). She is shooting 67.5% in BIG EAST action.

– Taborn ranks 14th in the BIG EAST in both points (13.3) and rebounds (5.5).

– Taborn posted 21 points vs. Georgetown on Jan. 30.

– Butler crushed Villanova on the glass in the first meeting 45-32.

Scouting Villanova                                                                                 

The Wildcats would play as the No. 3 seed in the BIG EAST Tournament if the action were to start this weekend. They are 19-7 overall with a 13-4 mark against conference competition. Junior Maddy Siegrist has a shot at being named BIG EAST Player of the Year next week. The 6-1 wing leads the conference with a 26.3 scoring average. She scored 23 against Butler in the first meeting and erupted for a conference-best 42 points against Marquette on Feb. 11. Lior Garzon and Brianna Herlihy are two other players to keep an eye on. Garzon averages 13.8 ppg and scored eight vs. Butler back on Jan. 28. Herlihy nearly averages a double-double with 10.8 points and 8.2 rebounds per game.

All-Time Series vs. Villanova                                                               

Villanova is leading the all-time series against Butler 12-6. Nova swept Butler in 2020-21, but the Bulldogs swept the Wildcats in 2019-20. The first signature win of Coach Godlevske’s tenure at Butler came against the Wildcats on Jan. 2 of 2018. Butler went to #21 Villanova and won significantly 76-53. It was Coach G’s first win over a nationally-ranked program.

Last Meeting vs. Villanova                                                                  

Maddy Siegrist scored a game-high 23 points to lead Villanova to its ninth win in its last 10 games Friday afternoon at Finneran Pavilion. The Wildcats limited Butler to four second-quarter points to build up a double-digit lead. The Bulldogs were led by Trinity White’s 10 points, while Celena Taborn totaled eight points and eight rebounds. Lucy Olsen joined Siegrist in double figures with 10 points off 4-of-8 shooting. Villanova finished with a .397 shooting clip while holding Butler to a .288 mark.

Scouting Georgetown                                                                          

The Hoyas have lost eight-straight games heading into the weekend, pushing their overall record to 7-18. Their first conference win of the season came 55-47 at Providence and their most recent victory was a 78-62 decision vs. Butler. Head Coach James Howard has the Hoyas playing better basketball over recent weeks. They took DePaul into double overtime before falling 105-104, hung around with Marquette 64-57 and recently took a 73-61 setback to Villanova. Milan Bolden-Morris and Kelsey Ransom are two of the top talents on the roster. Bolden-Morris scored 14 points against Butler in the first meeting, but Ransom was inactive. The Bulldogs will make other adjustments in an effort to slow down Mary Clougherty and Kaylin West. Clougherty was awesome in D.C. scoring 24 points on 9-of-16 shooting. West dished out 13 assists and came up with four steals.

All-Time Series vs. Georgetown                                                         

Butler leads the all-time series against Georgetown 9-8. Their first win of the 2020-21 season came at home against the Hoyas (58-40). The two teams split that season as Georgetown posted a 56-45 victory in their gym.

Last Meeting vs. Georgetown                                                            

The Hoyas picked up their second BIG EAST win of the season as Mary Clougherty shined in her first start for Georgetown. Clougherty matched her career-high with 24 points, including four triples, while Brianna Scott scored a career-best 15 points to go along with nine rebounds. Butler saw three finish in double figures, with Celena Taborn tallying a team-best 21 points off 9-of-13 shooting. Both squads shot north of 40-percent, with GU finishing with a .444 clip to Butler’s .418 mark.

Tournament Talk                                                                                                 

Butler is in line to be the No. 11 seed in the BIG EAST Tournament. Under the 2022 format, the Bulldogs would play No. 6 seed Seton Hall in the First Round. That game would be played on March 4 at 4 PM on BEDN. Other possible BIG EAST matchups on Day One would include No. 8 seed Providence playing No. 9 seed Xavier at 11 AM. No. 7 seed St. John’s would be in action against No. 10 seed Georgetown. That tip would go up at 1:30 PM.

Taborn For Two!                                                                                                 

Celena Taborn is on pace to break the Butler single-season field goal percentage record. The Furman transfer has made 119 of her 172 attempts (69.2%). The current record is 65.5% held by Liesl Schultz. Schultz has her name listed three total times in the top ten. She shot 65.5 percent (55-84) in the 1991-92 season. She shot 60.4% (142-235) in the 1993-94 campaign and 59.6% (165-227) in 1994-95.

Get the Board                                                                                        

Tenley Dowell or Celena Taborn have led BU in the rebound column in 20 of the team’s 25 games this year. Each student-athlete has led BU 10 times this season. Taborn pulled down a team-best six boards at Seton Hall on Tuesday.

Run the Point                                                                                         

Zoe Jackson has twice as many assists this season than any other player on the roster. The true freshman has dished out 70 assists this year to average 2.8 per contest. She has led Butler in assists 12 times this year.

Starting Five Shuffle                                                                              

Butler has used 15 different starting lineups over 25 games this season. Butler rolled out Ross, Jaynes, Jackson, Dowell and Sexton at Seton Hall. Taborn’s streak of 19-straight starts was snapped in South Orange. Dowell now has the longest streak on the team with 13-straight starts.

Fantastic Freshmen                                                                              

Butler freshmen have scored 794 of the 1,433 Bulldog points this season (55.4%). BU first-year players scored 25 of the team’s 55 points at Seton Hall. A freshman has led BU in scoring 10 times this year, including last Sunday with Sydney Jaynes scoring 12 points against the Musketeers.

BIG East Tournament                                                                           

The Bulldogs will compete in the first round of the BIG EAST Tournament on March 4. Action in Uncasville, Conn. will unfold at Mohegan Sun Arena.

Butler Softball Bound for Tennessee and Frost Classic

The Butler softball team will play five contests this coming weekend in the Frost Classic in Chattanooga, Tenn. The Bulldogs are scheduled to play Northern Illinois (2x), Eastern Kentucky, UT-Chattanooga, and Southern Illinois. The team is coming off a 3-2 showing at the Spring Games near Orlando, Fla.

Bulldog Bits

Bri Avery ranks 16th nationally and second in the BIG EAST with seven stolen bases.

Karli Ricketts ranks 39th nationally and second in the BIG EAST with 35 strikeouts from the pitching circle. Her four wins rank 11th nationally and first in the BIG EAST.

Through eleven games, Butler is outperforming its opponents in several categories that include: runs (45-27), hits (89-59), RBIs (40-18), and stolen bases (18-8).

Since 2010, the only seasons in which Butler has won seven or more of its first ten games are 2020 (8/10) and 2022 (7/10).

Alyssa Graves, with 28 career wins, has moved into a tie for eighth on Butler’s all-time list.

Karli Ricketts, with 355 career strikeouts, has now moved into seventh on Butler’s all-time list.

Coach Scott Hall is in his 12th season at the helm of Bulldogs Softball. He currently sits at 253-281-1 as head of the program, and, with 11 additional victories, could become the all-time winningest coach at Butler. Barb Greenburg, who coached from 1981 through 1994, was the program’s first coach and attained a career record of 263-226-4.

Scouting the Opponents

SCOUTING NORTHERN ILLINOIS- Mid-American  (series record: Northern Illinois leads, 11-1)

The Huskies are 1-3 in 2022 with a 14-3 win over Indiana and losses to Ohio State and Bethune-Cookman. Leaders at the plate include Kara Apato (.462) and Avery Carnahan (.444), while Emily Dato (11.0 IP, 3.18 ERA, 2 K) and Delaney Ostrowski (7.0 IP, 4.00 ERA, 5 K) are key pitchers.

SCOUTING EASTERN KENTUCKY- ASUN  (series record: Eastern Kentucky leads, 4-1)

The Colonels are 1-9 this season with a win over Nicholls and a 4-0 loss to #23 Northwestern. Offensive leaders include Samantha Reynoso (.300) and Sammi Miller (.261). Reynoso (26.1 IP, 5.13 ERA, 11 K) and Bethany Todd (23.1 IP, 10.80 ERA, 12 K) have spent the most time in the circle.

SCOUTING CHATTANOOGA- Southern  (series record: Chattanooga leads, 3-2)

The Mocs are 5-5 to start the 2022 season. Leading batters include Olivia Lipari (.375) and Kailey Snell (.333). Brooke Parrott (29.2 IP, 0.71 ERA, 22 K) has logged the most innings at the rubber.

SCOUTING SOUTHERN ILLINOIS- Missouri Valley  (series record: SIU leads, 8-2)

The Salukis are 4-4 this season with a 4-3 win over Mississippi State. Batting leaders include Jenny Jansen (.346) and Ashley Wood (.346). In the circle, Sarah Harness (28.0 IP, 3.50 ERA, 26 K) and Madi Eberle (21.1 IP, 1.97


SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The 2nd-ranked Notre Dame baseball team (2-1) continues its early season road swing as the Irish travel to Greenville, South Carolina this weekend. Notre Dame will face Marist and Monmouth twice over the course of the weekend from Fluor Field, home of the Greenville Drive, the High Single-A Affiliate of the Boston Red Sox. The Irish open the weekend on Friday with the first matchup against Marist at 4 p.m. ET and all four games this weekend will be broadcast on the Greenville Drive Youtube Channel.

Irish Take On Marist & Monmouth in Greenville

The Irish will continue the 2022 campaign in Greenville, South Carolina with two games against both Marist and Monmouth.

It will be the first all-time meeting between the Irish and Red Foxes and just the second all-time meeting between the Irish and the Hawks.

Marist enters the weekend matchups with a 3-0 record after sweeping the opening weekend series with Norfolk State.

In 2021, Marist went 18-11 overall and was 17-9 in MAAC play. They fell in the quarterfinals of the conference tournament to Canisius.

Monmouth is 3-1 this season after defeating Penn State and LIU and going 1-1 against Northeastern in Cary, NC.

Last season for the Hawks, they went 24-13 overall and 22-10 in MAAC play. They fell in an elimination game in the conference tournament to top-seeded Fairfield.

The Irish and Hawks previously met on March 5, 2017 in Cary, North Carolina and the Irish won 4-0. Brad Bass struck out nine in seven innings pitched and Daniel Jung hit two home runs in the win.

Prior to coming to Notre Dame, pitching coach Chuck Ristano spent four years (2007-10) as the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator at Monmouth. He helped the Hawks to Northeast Conference titles and NCAA regional bids in 2007 and 2009

Bats Power Irish to Season-Opening Win over Manhattan

Notre Dame opened the 2022 season with a bang in the 17-2 win over Manhattan.

It was the most runs scored in a season opener for the Irish since 2005 when they scored 18 against Florida A&M.

The Irish tallied three triples in the game, including two in the first inning. It was the first time since April 3, 2016 against Wake Forest that the Irish had three triples in the same game.

Brooks Coetzee III recorded his first multi-home run game in the win and set a career high with four hits.

Coetzee III and Jack Brannigan both recorded 4 RBI in the win, the first time two players had 4 or more RBI in the same game since June 5, 2021 against UConn when Niko Kavadas tallied 8 and Ryan Cole had 6.

The Irish totaled 19 hits in the win, the most since the UConn game when they had 21 during the South Bend Super Regional.

LHP Aidan Tyrell got the win and tied a career high with six strikeouts. It was the second-straight start dating back to last season that Tyrell totaled six punchouts.

Six different players made their Irish debuts in the win including DM Jefferson, Joey Spence, Jack Penney, Brady Gumpf, Nick DeMarco and Gerry Peacock.

Bertrand, McLinskey Too Much for Stetson

In front of a sellout crowd in the second game of the Hatter Classic, the pitching duo of John Michael Bertrand and Ryan McLinskey shut down the hosts Stetson in the 5-3 Irish win.

Bertrand picked up right where he left off in 2021 with a quality start to open the season.

He pitched six innings without allowing an earned run and did not walk anybody.

Bertrand struck out eight batters, one shy of his career high.

David LaManna led the Irish at the plate with two hits and two RBI. His two-RBI single in the fourth inning extended the Irish lead.

Following Bertrand on the mound, graduate transfer Ryan McLinskey made his Irish debut in the seventh inning.

He pitched the final three innings without allowing an earned run or a walk and struckout six to earn the save.

The Irish did not walk a batter in the win, the second-straight season the Irish had a game without allowing a walk.

Among the Nation’s Best

Since the start of the 2020, the Irish have been one of the most consistent teams over the past three seasons.

Notre Dame is 47-16, good for a .746 winning percentage over that period.

That ranks fourth overall in the NCAA, trailing only Tennessee, Texas and Arkansas.

Road Warriors

The Irish have been known to be a tough out under head coach Link Jarrett.

Notre Dame is a combined 26-7 on the road and have won every regular season road series since Jarrett came to South Bend in 2020.

In Jarrett’s tenure, the Irish have won all seven ACC road series, while also winning non-conference road series against UAB and Presbyterian in the 2020 season.

The Irish have won seven-straight ACC road series over the past two seasons to set a program record since joining the ACC in 2014.

It is just the second time in program history that Notre Dame has won seven-straight conference road series.

The streak ties the mark set by the 1991-93 squads that won seven-consecutive conference series while in the Mid-Western Collegiate Conference.

2022 Team Captains

Jared Miller, Carter Putz, David LaManna, Aidan Tyrell and John Michael Bertrand were voted captains by their teammates for the upcoming season.

Miller is a graduate student and is a two-time team captain after being voted a captain ahead of the 2021 season. He played in 138 games heading into the season in his Irish career. Miller set career highs in 2021 in batting average (.257), home runs (4) and RBI (24).

Putz is a senior that has played in 110 games in his career heading into the season. He played and started all 47 games last season and tied for the team lead with 57 hits and was second on the team in batting average (.305). He earned second team All-ACC accolades after the regular season and was one of six Irish named to the South Bend Regional All-Tournament Team.

LaManna is a graduate student who has played in 149 games heading into the season. In 2021, he played in 44 games, made 39 starts and set career-best marks with five home runs, 29 RBI and 21 runs scored. LaManna also finished with a career-best fielding percentage of .997 after committing just two errors in 329 chances.

Tyrell is a senior who has played in 31 games and made nine starts heading into the season. He finished the 2021 season with career-best numbers across the board in ERA (2.70), wins (5), innings pitched (60.0) and strikeouts (43). His two best starts came in the postseason when he set a career high with 8.0 innings pitched in the regional-clinching win over Central Michigan. Then, he tied a career high with six strikeouts to extend the Irish season in the 9-1 win over Mississippi State.

Bertrand is a graduate student who has played in 50 career games and made 38 starts heading into the season. He set career-highs in innings pitched (92.2), strikeouts (68) and wins (8) during the 2021 campaign. He led the Irish in all three categories and was named first team All-ACC. Heading into this season, Bertrand was named a third team All-American by Perfect Game and NCBWA.


SOUTH BEND – The mission was clear for the No. 14 Notre Dame women’s basketball team on Thursday – defeat Clemson at home and receive a double-bye in the ACC Tournament. Well, they understood the assignment, as the Fighting Irish (21-6, 13-4) soared to a 77-56 victory over the visiting Tigers (9-19, 3-14).

With the win, the Irish also remained undefeated at home, improving to 13-0, and will look to complete the gauntlet against No. 4 Louisville on Sunday, Feb. 27.

Sonia Citron produced her second highest scoring total of the season, pouring in 23 points tonight. The New York native produced her fifth double-double on the year and second straight, reeling in a season high 13 boards. She also dished out a season best eight assists.

Maya Dodson recorded her sixth game with 20-plus points with 20 tonight on an efficient 9-of-11 shooting. She also notched nine rebounds and five blocks. Olivia Miles also almost secured a double-double with 11 points and nine assists.

Notre Dame recorded 26 assists on 31 made baskets, shooting 50 percent tonight. The Irish scored 25 points off of 17 Clemson turnovers.

How It Happened

All five starters plus Brunelle got on the scoresheet in the first quarter. Mabrey hit two three-pointers early, while Citron and Dodson ended the quarter on a combined 7-0 run to establish an 18-11 lead.

That extended into a 23-2 scoring run into the second quarter, as Citron had 10 of the 23 points. In fact by halftime, Citron nearly had a double-double with 12 points and nine rebounds.

By half, the Irish led 38-20, holding their opponent to 20 points or less for the second straight contest. Notre Dame caused 11 Clemson turnovers in the first half in which they converted to 18 points. In addition, the Irish shot over 40 percent in each of the first two quarters.

Clemson found a little rhythm to start the third, out-scoring Notre Dame 12-5 to pull within 11 points at 5:58. However, over the final 3:46 of the quarter, Notre Dame settled in and outpaced Clemson 11-6 to extend its lead to 56-40. Dodson scored five straight points during that stretch while Citron finally got her double-double.

Dodson scored eight of the team’s first 12 points in the fourth as the Irish never looked back, cruising to the 77-56 final. Dodson and Miles each flirted with their respective double-doubles while Citron was two assists shy of a triple-double.

Up Next

One regular season game left and it’s the conference rival. No. 4 Louisville comes to town on Sunday and puts the undefeated home record to the test. That matchup tips off at Noon ET on ESPN2.

Sycamores ready for second weekend in Florida

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State remains in the Sunshine State this weekend as the Sycamores take on Merrimack and Minnesota in Port Charlotte and Fort Myers.

The Sycamores will take on Merrimack on Friday morning at Centennial Park in Port Charlotte with first pitch set for 11 a.m. From there, ISU will make the short trek over to Fort Myers and Hammond Field to take on Minnesota for a pair of games on Saturday and Sunday with first pitch set for 1 p.m.

Friday’s game will be carried live via FloBaseball ($), while live stats will be provided via Minnesota will provide coverage for both games over the weekend at Hammond Field.

Weekend Recap

Indiana State went 2-2 over the opening weekend with wins over BYU and Marshall, while falling in both contests against Ohio State. The Sycamores were aided by top performances over the weekend by Jordan Schaffer Josue Urdaneta, Diego Gines, and Mike Sears, while Matt Jachec, Luke Patzner and Connor Fenlong stood out on the mound at the Snowbird Baseball Classic.

Friday’s opener against BYU saw an early Luis Hernandez two-run single give the Sycamores the early lead, while strong pitching from Jachec and Fenlong shut the door on the Cougars in the 3-2 opener win. Hernandez’s two-out single in the bottom of the first scored Miguel Rivera and Diego Gines, while Jachec struck out five of the first nine BYU hitters in his first win of the season. Fenlong went the final 2.2 innings in scoreless relief for his first save.

The Sycamores were unable to keep pace with a quick Ohio State start in the second game of the weekend as Indiana State fell 9-3. The Sycamores jumped ahead early on a Rivera RBI single, but the Buckeyes responded with three runs in the first and added a trio of two-run frames late in the game to take the contest.

Indiana State utilized a six-run rally late in the first game of Sunday’s doubleheader as the Sycamores topped Marshall, 9-7. The Sycamores trailed 7-3 heading into the seventh inning before Mike Sears connected on a two-run home run over the left field fence to jumpstart the Indiana State rally. Aaron Beck drew a bases-loaded walk to tie the game in the eighth, before Randall Diaz’s pinch-hit two-run single in the win over the Herd.

Ohio State rallied back in the final game of the weekend as the Buckeyes utilized a five-run top of the eighth to take the win. Indiana State put together an 8-0 lead in the first four innings behind a pair of Tyler Nelson RBI hits and another Sears home run, but the Buckeyes rallied back to take the win at Centennial Park.

Scouting Merrimack

Merrimack returns several key players to the field following a 19-22 season in 2021 with signature wins over Holy Cross and Boston College. The Warriors return outfielder and leading hitter Michael Golankiewicz (.262 batting average) to the field, while adding 33 hits and six doubles on the year. He added 13 RBI and 21 runs scored, while finishing second on the team with eight stolen bases. Senior right-hander Vin Zappulla returns to the mound after finishing second on the team in both wins (4) and strikeouts (48), while Justin Butera added a team-high four saves on the year.

Top Player

Senior Michael Golankiewicz is the top returning hitter for the Warriors heading into their first weekend of the 2021 season. The former NE10 All-Rookie Team has been among the team’s hitting leaders since stepping on the field back in 2019. He returns as the team’s leader with a .262 batting average, while finishing fourth on the team with 33 hits. The Hillsborough, N.J. native posted a late-season 11-game hitting streak to wrap up the year.

Opponent History

Friday marks the first time the Sycamores and the Warriors have faced off in their respective programs histories.

Scouting Minnesota

Minnesota went 1-3 overall over the opening weekend of the 2022 season as the Golden Gophers took the opener against Florida Atlantic, before falling over the final three games against the Owls. Jack Kelly (.625) led Minnesota’s hitting efforts over the opening weekend, while Easton Bertrand (2) and Chase Stanke (3) combined to hit five of the Golden Gophers’ seven home runs over the four games.

Minnesota is looking to bounce back from a 6-31 record and addressed some of their concerns with 14 newcomers, including five Division I transfers. Key returners to the squad include second baseman Zach Raabe and Jack Wassel, while first baseman Ronnie Sweeny was named to the 2022 Bobby Bragan Collegiate Slugger Award Watch List.

Top Player

Ronnie Sweeny is the player to watch for the Golden Gophers as the redshirt senior returns as the team’s leading slugger. Named to the Bobby Bragan Collegiate Slugger Award Watch List, Sweeny struggled over the opening weekend hitting .125 over his 16 at-bats. The left-handed slugger drilled a solo home run in the series finale against Florida Atlantic.

Opponent History

Indiana State and Minnesota have lined up four times dating back to the inaugural matchup on March 30, 1985. The Sycamores took the first contest, 9-4, at the Metrodome Tournament in 1985 and followed up with wins in two of the three contests in a three-game series at Minnesota in 2013.

Mike Sears Powering Up

Mike Sears provided the power bat in the middle of the Indiana State lineup as the redshirt junior homered in each of the final two games of the opening weekend of the 2022 Snowbird Baseball Classic. The Cincinnati, Ohio native hit safely in all four games, but did his damage over the final day’s doubleheader against both Marshall and Ohio State. Sears’ two-run shot in the bottom of the seventh inning against Marshall started the six-run Indiana State rally over the final two innings in the Sycamores’ come-from-behind 9-7 win. His two-run shot in the fourth against Ohio State staked Indiana State to the 8-0 lead in the fourth. Sears returned as one of the leading power bats in the Sycamores lineup this season and currently paces Indiana State with a 1.100 slugging percentage on the year.

Dodging Baseballs

Jordan Schaffer was not able to get out the path of the baseball this weekend as the redshirt senior shortstop was plunked three times in Saturday’s game against Ohio State, while getting hit two more times on Saturday against Marshall and the second contest against Ohio State. Schaffer leads the Missouri Valley with five hit-by-pitches through the first four games of the season and is on pace for nearly 60 HBPs according to Indiana State’s current 49-game schedule. Schaffer’s three HBP against Ohio State marked the first time a Sycamore had been hit by a pitch since Dominic Cusumano was hit three times against Dallas Baptist back at the end of the 2021 season.

Starting the Season on a Hitting Streak

Josue Urdaneta was one of four separate Indiana State players to leave the weekend with hits in all four games as the redshirt sophomore connected on a team-high seven hits over his 18 at-bats. Urdaneta’s .389 batting average was third on the Sycamores for the weekend as the Maracaibo, Venezuela opened up the year with back-to-back multi-hit games. Urdaneta sits tied for second overall in the Missouri Valley in overall hits, while adding a stolen base to his name on the year. He has 15 multi-hit games over his Indiana State career and will be looking for more this weekend.

Doubling It Up

Diego Gines has been one of the top hitters in the Missouri Valley Conference through the first weekend as the redshirt sophomore slugged his way to a .385 batting average over the four-game set in Port Charlotte. The Canovanas, Puerto Rico native hit safely in all four games and paced the Sycamores with a trio of doubles on the opening weekend with two-baggers coming against BYU, Marshall, and Ohio State. Gines scored three times in the Sycamores’ 9-7 win over Marshall and added his lone RBI of the weekend against the Herd. Gines is currently locked in a three-way tie for the conference doubles’ lead.

New Faces in the Outfield

Indiana State turned to a few new faces in the outfield over the final day of the weekend and it paid off as both Tyler Nelson and Parker Stinson combined for four hits, three runs, and three RBI against Marshall and Ohio State. After going hitless through the first game, Nelson went 2-for-3 with a double, two runs, and two RBI as the Sycamores jumped to the early 8-0 lead against Ohio State. Stinson hit safely in both contests with a RBI against Marshall, while adding a double and run scored against Ohio State. As the Sycamores continue working their way through the lineups, expect to see both players see extended time on the field this season.

Friday Night Starts

Redshirt sophomore Matt Jachec made his Sycamore starting debut on Friday night against Brigham Young. The Hampshire, Ill. native went 6.1 innings, allowing six hits and two runs, while striking out seven in the season-opening win against the Cougars. He allowed just one extra-base hit over the 24 batters faced before turning the ball over to the bullpen. The right-hander struck out five of the first nine and six of the first 11 batters in his first collegiate start. He will likely draw the nod again this weekend against Merrimack in leading the Sycamores rotation.

Tops in the Bullpen

Four games into the season and redshirt junior Connor Fenlong has already made three appearances on the mound to lead the Sycamores bullpen. The Sycamores’ relief ace and a 2021 Missouri Valley Conference First Team selection, Fenlong picked up his first two saves of the year in his first two trips to the mound. He went 2.2 innings allowing just one hit while striking out one in the opener against BYU. Saturday against Marshall, he closed out the 9-7 win over the Herd with a 1-2-3 frame. Fenlong’s third appearance came in the loss against Ohio State as the Gouverneur, N.Y. native was unable to close out the contest against the Buckeyes. Fenlong enters the second weekend with a 2.25 ERA and a .231 opponent batting average while posting two strikeouts.

Standout Sophomore Hurler

Luke Patzner made the most of his starting debut on Sunday afternoon as the redshirt sophomore went 5.0 solid innings in the second game against Ohio State. Patzner scattered five hits, allowing three runs (one earned), while striking out five in the no-decision against the Buckeyes. The Urbandale, Iowa native faced 23 batters over 89 pitches and limited the OSU offense early as Indiana State built an 8-1 lead. The Heartland Community College transfer saw action in two games at HCC in the 2021 season and posted a 12:2 strikeout-to-walk ratio with a 4.91 ERA.

First Times in the Indiana State Uniform

Multiple Indiana State baseball players made their Sycamore debuts over the past weekend as Randall Diaz, Luis Hernandez, Isaiah Thompson, Matt Gauer, Luke Patzner, Jack Parisi, Jared Spencer, Brennyn Cutts, and Will Goebel all saw action the field. The Sycamores list 15 newcomers on the 2022 roster and expect to see more making their way onto the field in the coming weeks as the season progresses.

Up Next

Indiana State remains on the road on March 4-6 for the LeClair Classic in Greenville, N.C. hosted by East Carolina University. The Sycamores will take on host East Carolina, Maryland, and Michigan over the three-game weekend at Lewis Field at Clark-LeClair Stadium.


INDIANAPOLIS – With the Horizon League regular season championship on the line, the IUPUI women’s basketball team earned a demanding win over Youngstown State, 68-45. With the win, the Jaguars are now tied at the top of the Horizon League.

Graduate student Macee Williams led the Jags just short of a double-double with 18 points and eight rebounds. She also added three assists while senior Morgan Allen totaled a season-high 12 points with seven rebounds and one assist.

“Morgan Allen should be really proud of herself after her performance. Having seniors step up like that in key moments are special.”

Rachel McLimore added 10 points and three assists. While three Jags scored in double-digits, the IUPUI defense was hard to break through. IUPUI held Youngstown State to just 45 points, which is over 20 points short of their average per game of 67.1 points.

“I thought our defensive energy was outstanding tonight and we guarded the three-point line with purpose.”

When it came down to the final quarter, IUPUI held the Penguins to just 12.5 percent (1-of-8) from behind the arc. The Jaguar defense forced 14 Youngstown State turnovers and collected five blocks while totaling 27 defensive boards.

Sophomore Rachel Kent added nine points, Madison Wise totaled seven points and three rebounds while Destiny Perkins collected three points. Anna Mortag, Jaci Jones and Logan Lewis all scored points for the Jags off the bench. Natalie Andersen grabbed four rebounds in the win.

IUPUI is currently tied for first in the Horizon League with Youngstown State as both the Jags and the Penguins are now 17-4. If the Jags win on Saturday while Youngstown State loses, then the Jags will be the sole Horizon League regular season champs due to win percentage. If both IUPUI and Youngstown State wins then they will share the title, but IUPUI will earn the top seed in the #HLWBB Tournament due to the Jaguar’s regular season sweep of the Penguins.

The Jaguars will play for the title on Saturday vs. Robert Morris with tip off at 2:00 pm on ESPN+. IUPUI will honor their seniors before the game.


BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The IUPUI softball team travels to Birmingham, Alabama for the Blazer Invite this weekend, hosted by UAB, after going 2-3 last weekend in Nashville. The Jags are 2-8 overall and look to improve their record this weekend.

Head coach Elisabeth Beirne and the IUPUI softball team started the season 0-5 at Elon then came out strong with two wins to start the Roar City Invitational in Nashville. Madison Bryant threw a complete game shutout against Tennessee State with seven strikeouts.

Junior Jordan Barnes leads the Jags batting .368 (7-for-19) with one RBI. Senior Jaida Speth follows with a batting average of .333 (6-for-18) while Kendal Calvert and Rachael Gregory each add two RBI. Maicey Bedrick leads the Jags with four RBI.

IUPUI will start the weekend with two games on Friday (Feb. 25). Game one starts at 11:00 am against Austin Peay. The Governors enter the weekend 7-3 after wins over Memphis and Florida Gulf Coast this past weekend. Senior Lexi Osowski leads Austin Peay batting .531 (17-for-32) with four doubles, one triple and eight RBI. Freshman Kylie Campbell follows with a .423 batting average (11-for-26) with two home runs and 11 RBI. Sophomore Mea Clark also adds two doubles, two home runs and 11 RBI. Jordan Benefiel leads the Governors on the mound with a 1.63 ERA and 35 strikeouts in eight appearances.

Game two on Friday starts at 4:00 pm against host school, UAB. The Blazers are 4-7 with wins over Tulsa, Toledo and North Dakota. Senior Tyler Aristead leads UAB with a .364 batting average (12-for-33) and three RBI with one home run. Sophomore Lilly Crowe leads the team in RBI with seven and home runs with two. Sophomore Sarah Cespedes leads the Blazers pitching with three wins and an ERA of 2.36 and 18 strikeouts.

The Jags continue the weekend with two games on Saturday (Feb. 26) with the first at 11:00 am against North Alabama. The Lions enter the weekend 8-2 with wins over Samford, Southern Mississippi, Saint Louis, Alabama A&M, Jackson State and Alcorn State. Sophomore Emma Broadfoot leads the Lions batting .455 (15-for-33) with four doubles, one home run and 13 RBI. Harley Stokes adds eight RBI. Senior Sidney Revels posts a 1.19 ERA with 14 strikeouts in 17.2 innings of work.

IUPUI will face UAB in game two on Saturday and close out the weekend against North Alabama on Sunday (Feb. 27) at 11:00 am.


INDIANAPOLIS – The IUPUI Athletics Department and head women’s soccer coach Chris Johnson announced the additions of two student-athletes for the 2022 campaign on Thursday (Feb. 24). The additions brings IUPUI’s recruiting class to six newcomers for the Fall 2022 season.

Johnson added a highly touted, 5-foot-4 forward in Sarah Henson (Taylor Mill, Ky./Notre Dame Academy) and in-state goalkeeper Arissa North (Bloomington, Ind./Bloomington South).

Below is additional information on both of the signees.

Sarah Henson – F – Taylor Mill, Ky./Notre Dame Academy

-Helped Notre Dame Academy to the 2021 KHSAA State title, breaking the state record with 28 wins

-Pandas set a new state record with 25 shutouts in 29 games, allowing just four goals all season

-Also starred with Kings Hammer Soccer Club

-Earned Academic first honors every year of her high school career

Arissa North – GK – Bloomington, Ind./Bloomington High School South

-Four-year letterwinner in soccer at Bloomington High School South

-Earned First Team All-District, All-Conference and honorable mention All-State honors as a senior

-Set a new school record with just seven goals allowed her senior year and tied the school record for shutouts with 16

-Honor roll member, National Honor Society honoree and will graduate with an Academic Honors Diploma

2022 IUPUI Women’s Signing Class (as of 2/24/2022)

Name    Ht.          Pos.       Hometown         High School

Emma Frey         5-3          MF         Cincinnati, Ohio Mount Notre Dame

Sarah Henson    5-4          F              Taylor Mill, Ky.  Notre Dame Academy

Cailynn Junk       5-10       GK          Saint Joseph, Mich.         St. Joseph

Arissa North       5-7          GK          Bloomington, Ind.            Bloomington High School South

Kailyn Smith       5-10       D             Valparaiso, Ind. Valparaiso

Sophia White     5-5          D             Fort Wayne, Ind.              Homestead

Will Fleming Named Valpo Offensive Coordinator

The Valparaiso University football program and head coach Landon Fox have announced the hiring of Will Fleming as the team’s offensive coordinator.

Fleming comes to Valpo after serving on the Boston College coaching staff for the past two seasons, most recently as an assistant quarterbacks coach. Prior to his stint at BC, Fleming held the positions of offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at the University of Rhode Island from 2014-2019.

“I’m excited to have Will as part of our program,” Fox said. “When you talk about a successful program, you talk about good people. He’s a good person who is also very smart, and we want smart people in our program. He was very successful leading an offense during his time at Rhode Island and was able to grow and learn for the last few years at Boston College. He understands how to be productive offensively against good teams. We are especially excited about the success he’s had throwing the football and believe he’ll contribute to our efficiency at the quarterback position.”

In 2019, Fleming’s Rhode Island offense ranked 13th nationally in passing (3,555) and was one of two programs in FCS football to produce two players with over 1,000 receiving yards that season. In 2018, the Rams ranked 13th nationally in passing efficiency (151.72), 34th in red zone offense (0.846) and 37th in scoring offense (30.1 points per game). Under Fleming’s direction, Rhode Island’s quarterback set a program record for single-season completion percentage and earned second team all-conference honors.

“I came to Valpo because I believe in Coach Fox and his vision for this football program,” Fleming said. “He is a leader of men with high character and family values. My philosophy in regard to building an offense aligned with the brand of football Coach Fox wants to play here at Valpo. I am blessed and grateful for this opportunity to fulfill my passion of coaching football and developing young men to reach their full potential. I’m very excited for my family and me to join the Valpo community, and I will give my all to help put a product on the field that this University and community will be proud of.”

In addition to the aforementioned team successes, Fleming has a track record of aiding players in their football development. Under his watch at Rhode Island, the Rams produced a trio of student-athletes who went on to compete in the National Football League – Aaron Parker (Carolina Panthers), Isaiah Coulter (Chicago Bears) and Kyle Murphy (New York Giants).

Against FCS competition (Virginia Tech, UConn, Ohio and Central Michigan), Fleming’s Rhode Island offense averaged 28.2 points per game, 406.7 yards per game and 303 passing yards per game.

Prior to his coaching days, Fleming started his collegiate playing career as a three-year letter winner at the University of Akron from 2008-2012. He earned his bachelor’s in sport management in 2013 after playing linebacker, tight end, full back and special teams during his time with the Zips. After Akron, Fleming graduate transferred to Towson for the 2013 season, but was injured during the preseason and transitioned into a graduate assistant coaching role. He was part of a team that made an FCS national championship game appearance.

What They’re Saying About Coach Fleming

Jeff Hafley, Boston College Head Coach: “Will Fleming is a bright young coach with a huge future ahead. He started as part of BC football on the defensive side, then worked his way into the QB room. He builds great relationships with the players and staff and will be an excellent recruiter. I am excited to see him get back in the coordinator role, and I expect great success.”

Frank Cignetti, Pittsburgh Offensive Coordinator: “Will Fleming is a detailed coach. He knows how to prepare his players and teach the fundamentals and schemes to lead them to success.”

Rob Ambrose, Towson Head Coach: “Will is smart and talented with a great football mind. What stands out to me the most is his ability to relate to his players and get the best out of them.” 

Eight is Great as ‘Dons Clinch Top Four Seed and a Bye

ROCHESTER, Mich. – Purdue Fort Wayne clinched a bye in the first round of the Keeps 2022 Horizon League Men’s Basketball Championship after defeating Oakland 81-70 on Thursday (Feb. 24) evening.

The win is the Mastodons’ eighth consecutive victory. The ‘Dons now know they’ll be home for the opening round of the postseason and play on Thursday, March 3 in the quarterfinals. The game will be played at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in a 7 p.m. tip.

However the ‘Dons still have some work to do before the postseason. First up is a game on Saturday (Feb. 26) at Detroit Mercy to close out the regular season. A win combined with a Cleveland State loss at Oakland on Saturday would give the ‘Dons a share of the 2021-22 Horizon League regular season championship with Cleveland State.

The ‘Dons picked up the win on Thursday thanks to a 16-of-34 performance from three. The ‘Dons opened the second half making their first five attempts. Bobby Planutis had the fifth 3-pointer to put the ‘Dons up 55-42 with 14:52 remaining in the game.

Planutis finished with 18 points thanks to a career-high six 3-pointers.

While the ‘Dons ended up cruising to the victory, it didn’t start out like that. With seven minutes left in the first half the ‘Dons had eight turnovers to Oakland’s none. But it was only a 24-21 Oakland lead. When the turnovers ceased the 3-pointers continued to go in.

Damian Chong Qui finished with 18 points on four 3-pointers with six assists. Jarred Godfrey came just short of a triple double with 11 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists.

The Mastodons had 22 assists, tying a season-high against a Division I opponent. The ‘Dons shot 54.2 percent (32-of-59).

Oakland finished at 44.8 percent (26-of-58). Jalen Moore led Oakland with a game-high 19 points but finished with only six assists. He entered the game averaging more than 10 assists per contest in home games this season.

Oakland falls to 18-11 (11-7 Horizon League).

Purdue Fort Wayne improves to 19-10 (14-6 Horizon League). Tip at Detroit Mercy on Saturday is set for 1 p.m. A win would also give the ‘Dons their fourth 20th win season as a Division I member.

Mastodon Baseball Heads West For Series at California Baptist

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The ‘Dons play California Baptist for the first time in program history this weekend.

Game Day Information

When: Friday, February 25 | 9 p.m. ET

Saturday, February 26 | 5 p.m. ET | doubleheader

Sunday, February 27 | 3 p.m. ET

Where: Totman Stadium | Riverside, Calif.

Video: ESPN+ Friday and Sunday, WAC Digital Network Saturday

Live Stats: GM 1 | GM 2 | GM 3 | GM 4

Series History: First meeting

Weather: Clear, high of 66 Friday, 70 Saturday and 73 Sunday.

Purdue Fort Wayne:

GM 1: LHP Justin Miller (10.80, 0-1)

GM 2: RHP JD Deany (9.00, 0-1)

GM 3: RHP Mitchell Spencer (1.80, 0-0)


California Baptist:

GM 1: RHP CJ Culpepper (0.00, 1-0)

GM 2: RHP Spencer Bengard (3.00, 0-0)

GM 3: RHP Brandon Downer (11.57, 0-0)

GM 4: RHP Anthony Silvas (0.00, 0-0)

Scouting the Lancers: The Lancers defeated Coppin State 8-1, 6-5, 9-4 last weekend to open the season. Chad Castillo was named the WAC Hitter of the Week after batting .615 and slugging 1.154 in the series. Last season California Baptist went 40-16 overall and 29-7 in WAC play to earn a share of the league regular season crown.

The First Ever: This will be the first time in program history the ‘Dons compete in the state of California. However, they do have a March 10, 1992 game against California University of Pennsylvania which wasn’t even played in California, Pennsylvania. It was played in Florida. The ‘Dons lost that one 7-2.

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

Easy as 1-2-3: Three Mastodons finished the season-opening series at Georgia State batting over .300. Jack Lang hit a team-best .357 with nine total bases and an on-base percentage of .471. Alex Evenson hit .333 with four hits and three walks for an OBP of .467. Cade Nelis had three hits in nine at-bats.

Save That Baseball: Cade Nelis, Cade Fitzpatrick, Dalton Madsen, Braedon Blackford, Jarrett Bickel, Ben Higgins, Isaiah Hart and Brian Erbe each picked up their first hit in a Mastodon uniform last week at Georgia State. Hart’s was a home run in game three.

Call It A Career: Jack Lang returns for 2022 after starting all 46 games last year. He has played in 156 games with 144 starts in his career. Should he hold down a starting spot for every scheduled game, he would finish with 208 games played and 196 starts. Both totals would rank second in program history. Only Shane Trevino (2012-16) would own more games played (234) and started (228) as a Mastodon.

Just Get On Base: Jack Lang and Garett Lake got on base in all four games in Atlanta.

Look At Me, I Can Be…: Garett Lake was the only Mastodon to play all four games in Atlanta at the same position. He held down center field for the ‘Dons.

Miller Time: Justin Miller owns 131 career strikeouts. He will need to reach 137 to get into the top 10 in program history and pass Jake Weber who recorded 136 strikeouts from 2015-17.

Miller Time X2: Justin Miller owns a career 10.2 strikeouts per nine average, best in program history for a Mastodon who played multiple seasons.

Smart Mastodon: Garett Lake was named to the 2021 Horizon League All-Academic Team last season thanks to a 3.83 GPA. He played in 44 games with 43 starts in center field in 2021. He led the Mastodons in OPS (.911), slugging percentage (.503), triples (3), home runs (7), walks (23) and hit by pitch (8). He also had a perfect fielding percentage with 109 putouts and an assist.

Put HOF On The Signature: Former Mastodon Brad Smock was inducted into the Mastodon Hall of Fame earlier this month. Smock was a Mastodon mainstay for the ‘Dons in their final years of Division II. The former catcher ranks fourth in program history in runs scored (124), fifth in hits (191), fifth in total bases (273) and sixth in at-bats (626).

Up Next: The ‘Dons will head to Tennessee Tech next week for a three game series.

Steve Florio Selected to Assist at the 2022 Women’s National Team Open Program

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Volleyball announced its coaching staff for the 2022 Women’s National Team Open Program on Feb. 25-27 at the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, and Purdue Fort Wayne women’s volleyball head coach Steve Florio was selected as one of the nearly 50 coaches assisting with the program.

Florio is the only Horizon League coach selected to assist with the program.

The staff will be led by U.S. Women’s Head Coach Karch Kiraly, who led his team to the gold medal at the 2020 Olympic Games. His assistants Erin Virtue, Tama Miyashiro and Alfee Reft will help oversee the program along with Brian Hurler and Nate Ngo, who are performance analysts for the Women’s and Men’s national teams.

The Open Program will offer professional development opportunities for attending coaches through classroom sessions with the National Team staff. Throughout the program, coaches will help facilitate court activity, evaluate athletes and collect performance analytics.

“We are so grateful to have this wonderful lineup of coaches to help run our 2022 Open Program,” Kiraly said. “As good as this event has been in the past, we’re aiming to make 2022 the best one yet, and the skills and enthusiasm these coaches bring is critical to that effort.”

Opposite Jordan Thompson, who won a gold medal with the U.S. Women at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo and participated in the 2019 Women’s Open Tryout (now the Open Program), will also help at the program.

Becca Acevedo (Maryland)
Jason Allen (Northern Iowa)
Jessica Aschenbrenner (Santa Clara)
Ben Bahr (Baylor)
Noel Carpio (Oral Roberts)
OJ Catalan (Florida)
Katie Cawley (Penn State)
Todd Chamberlain (Louisville)
Fred Chao (Old Dominion)
Michelle Chatman-Smith
Julie Dennis (Mississippi State)
Lindsey Devine
Macey Donathan (Arkansas)
Brittnay Estes (Lipscomb)
Taylor Filzen (Dayton)
Steve Florio (Purdue Fort Wayne)
Ray Gooden (NIU)
Jen Greeny (Washington State)
Jeff Grove (Kansas State)
Andy Halaz (Missouri S&T)
Annemarie Hickey (Wisconsin)
Jeffery Hicks (USA Sitting)
Tom Hogan (Denver)
Jennifer Houk (Minnesota)
Cullen Irons
Trent Kersten (San Jose State)
Beth Launiere (Utah)
Beau Lawler
Cursty Le Roux (Long Beach State)
Cody Liner (NTDP Staff/Tampa)
Jeff Liu (Grand Canyon)
Skylar Lopas (Florida)
Brian Magbitang (Nebraska)
Jason Mansfield (Washington)
Jon Newman Gonchar (New Mexico)
Steve Pike (Brockport)
TJ Read (UCF)
Salima Rockwell (Notre Dame)
April Sanchez (New Mexico)
Luka Slabe (NC State)
Andrew Strick (Tennessee)
Jason Williams (TCU)
Jon Wong (Texas Tech)
Peter Wong (Halton VC)
Brian Wright (Ohio State)

Hub City Challenge up next for Aces softball

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Week three of the season will see the University of Evansville softball team travel to Hattiesburg, Mississippi for the Hub City Challenge.  A revised schedule will see the Purple Aces take on Alcorn State in its first two games before taking on Southern Mississippi in the final two contests.  CUSA.TV will have a live stream of all games this weekend with live stats also being available.

Last Time Out

– Three games against top 10 opponents highlighted Evansville’s trip to the Easton Bama Bash last weekend

– UE took on #2 Alabama on Friday before facing #8 Virginia Tech in a single game on Saturday and Sunday; the Aces hung tough against the competition throughout the entire weekend

– Jessica Fehr led the team with a .467 average on the trip – she recorded seven hits in 15 at-bats while walking three times

– Alexa Davis hit .286 with four hits and two triples – she scored the winning run versus Middle Tennessee State after hitting a 2-out triple in the 9th

– Jenna Nink had the game-winning hit on Saturday against MTSU, bringing in Davis

Week Two Rebound

– Jessica Fehr led the Aces with a .467 average in the Easton Bama Bash, registering seven hits, two doubles, three walks and a pair of RBI

– Her on-base tally of .556 was also the team-high in Tuscaloosa

– Last spring, Fehr recorded a hit in 15 of the final 19 games on her way to a final season average of .318, which was second on the team

– She added 18 runs, 18 RBI and three home runs and was named to the All-MVC Second Team

– Fehr completed the season with 22 hits in her final 59 at-bats

Clutch Performances

– After picking up two game-winning hits in the opening weekend, Alexa Davis scored the game-winning run on Feb. 19 versus MTSU

– Hitting a 2-out triple in the 9th, Davis scored on a hit by Jenna Nink

– Davis batted .750 in the opening weekend of play and currently has a .455 average

– Davis broke a scoreless tie against Morehead State on Feb. 11, hitting an RBI double in the 9th inning of a 4-0 win before coming through a day later against Southern

– With the score tied at 8-8 in the bottom of the 7th, Davis hit a walk-off single

– Davis has scored six times while picking up five RBI.

Valpo Basketball to Close Regular Season in Peoria

Valparaiso (13-16, 6-11 MVC)

at Bradley (16-13, 10-7 MVC)

Game No. 30 – Saturday, Feb. 26, 7 p.m.

Carver Arena (11,060) – Peoria, Ill.

Next Up in Valpo Basketball: The 2021-2022 regular season will come to an end on Saturday night for the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team. The Beacons visit Bradley to round out the regular year in a final tune-up prior to Arch Madness, the State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Tournament, which begins on Thursday, March 3. Regardless of Saturday’s results, Valpo is guaranteed to occupy the seven seed in St. Louis and face off with 10th-seeded Evansville in the opening round on Thursday, March 3 at 8:30 p.m.

Last Time Out: Valpo celebrated seniors Eron Gordon, Kevion Taylor and Trevor Anderson on Senior Night at the Athletics-Recreation Center, a 71-65 setback to Drake on Wednesday. Playing without a pair of starters as Thomas Kithier (back) and Preston Ruedinger (ankle) were sidelined, Valpo was led in scoring by Kevion Taylor with 20 points. Taylor, who surpassed the 2,000-point milestone for his collegiate career during the game, was joined in double figures by Ben Krikke (16) and Kobe King (13). Valpo limited Drake to just 1-of-10 from 3-point territory, but the Bulldogs scored 40 points in the paint.

Following the Beacons: Streaming –ESPN+ –

Valpo Radio – 95.1 FM, WVUR,, 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

Head Coach Matt Lottich: Matt Lottich (96-94) is in his ninth season overall at Valparaiso University and sixth as the head coach of the men’s basketball program in 2021-2022. The 2020-2021 season saw Valpo improve its Arch Madness seeding for the fourth straight year as the program continued to make positive strides in each season as a Missouri Valley Conference member. The team earned a first-round bye in the State Farm MVC Tournament for the first time since joining the prestigious league. Valpo upset previously-undefeated Drake, the nation’s No. 25 team, 74-57 on Feb. 7, 2021 at the ARC, the fourth win over an AP Top 25 team in program history and second under Lottich. The Bulldogs were one of three undefeated teams in the nation prior to that setback, joining Gonzaga and Baylor. Just two years removed from finishing in last place and being knocked out in the first round of the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament as a first-year Valley member, Lottich’s team did more than hold its own in 2019-2020, ascending into a tie for sixth in the league standings before finishing as the conference tournament runner-up. Valpo became the first team in the history of Arch Madness to reach the title game after playing in the opening round. Lottich, hired as the 22nd head coach of the Valpo men’s basketball program in April 2016, graduated from Stanford University in 2004 and New Trier High School (Illinois) in 2000.

Series Notes: Bradley owns a 6-4 edge in games played since Valpo joined the Missouri Valley Conference prior to the 2017-18 season. Prior to this season, the two teams have split the regular season series each year and Bradley prevailed in the 2020 MVC title game. The Braves hold an 8-5 advantage in a baker’s dozen all-time matchups, a series that dates back to 1980. Valpo has not faired particularly well when visiting Peoria as the Beacons are seeking their first-ever win at Bradley with the Braves owning an average margin of victory of 21.8 points per game in home games against Valpo. 

Jan. 26: Bradley 71, Valpo 56: Valpo played Bradley even in the second half in the first matchup of the season at the Athletics-Recreation Center with each team scoring 34 points, but the Beacons couldn’t take a bite out of a 15-point halftime hole as the Braves prevailed 71-56. Ben Krikke was a Valpo bright spot with a balanced stat line of 18 points, six rebounds, five assists and no turnovers. He was joined in double figures by Kobe King (11), who also swiped three steals. The Beacons were plagued by a tough shooting night as they converted just 21.1 percent of their 3-point attempts (4-of-19). It was Valpo’s roughest 3-point shooting showing since going 3-of-22 (13.6 percent) on Feb. 26 of last season vs. Indiana State. The Beacons committed a season-low eight fouls, the team’s cleanest game as far as fewest fouls committed since Feb. 22, 2020, also against Bradley (8).

Glancing Ahead to the Arch: Valpo’s first-round opponent (Evansville) is etched in stone, but Saturday’s Missouri Valley Conference games will dictate who the winner of the Beacons and Purple Aces will face in Friday’s quarterfinal round. Should Valpo continue to advance after opening the tournament at 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, game times would be 6 p.m. on Friday, 5 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday. The Valpo/Evansville winner will play the No. 2 seed in Friday’s quarterfinal round. That could be UNI, Loyola, Missouri State or Drake.

The 2,000 Club

Kevion Taylor achieved a noteworthy milestone on Feb. 23 vs. Drake as he surpassed the 2,000-point threshold for his collegiate career. That includes 1,635 points over his four seasons at Winona State before joining Valpo prior to this season as a graduate transfer.

In the game against the Bulldogs, he scored 20 points and made four of his six 3-point tries, finishing with his fifth 20-point output of the season and 41st of his collegiate career.

Taylor became just the third player in program history to score his 2,000th collegiate point while playing for Valpo, joining program legends Alec Peters and Bryce Drew.

He became the 27th active player at all levels of NCAA basketball to reach that milestone.

Entering Feb. 26 at Bradley, Taylor has reached double figures 17 times in 29 games this season including 13 performances featuring 15 points or more.

Taylor also reached a milestone on Feb. 12 at Missouri State, when he secured six rebounds to push his career total over 700. Taylor became just the 14th active player nationally with over 1,900 points and over 700 rebounds.

Notes Wrapping Up Feb. 23: Drake 71, Valpo 65

Valpo limited Drake to just 1-of-10 from 3-point territory, the worst clip by a Valpo opponent in conference play this season. This marked the second time Valpo contained an opponent to one made triple this year, joining Dec. 20 vs. Eastern Michigan.

Valpo held Drake to its second-worst 3-point shooting day of the season (1-16, Jan. 2 vs. Missouri State).

This marked the first time Valpo held an opponent to one made 3 or fewer in a conference game since Feb. 21, 2015 vs. Wright State.

Valpo outscored the Bulldogs by 21 points from the 3-point arc (eight made 3s to one), but Drake owned a 40-22 advantage in terms of points in the paint.

The Beacons had just seven turnovers, their 15th time this season with 10 or fewer.

Drake shot 61.5 percent in the second half, attempting 24 of 26 shots from 2-point territory. They finished at 53.4 percent for the game.

Scouting the Braves

Coming off an 83-67 loss at Missouri State on Wednesday.

Have dropped two of their last three games after a three-game winning streak that was highlighted by wins over Loyola and Drake.

Positioned to be the No. 5 seed at the State Farm MVC Tournament.

Picked to finish sixth in the MVC preseason poll.

Led in scoring by Terry Roberts at 14.8 points per game. Rienk Mast is the team’s top rebounder at 8.2 boards per contest while also scoring 11.3 ppg. Ja’Shon Henry (10.4 ppg) and Malevy Leons (10.3 ppg) are also averaging in double figures.

Hold an 11-2 home record and have won six consecutive home games.

#10 Wrestling heads to Super Region 4 Tournament Saturday

INDIANAPOLIS- The path to the 2022 NCAA Division II National Championships starts at Lindenwood Saturday, with #10 UIndy heading to St. Charles, Mo., for the Super Region Four Tournament.

WHO WE WILL SEND OUT: The UIndy starters that will put it on the line for a trip to Nationals this weekend:

125: Noah Cantu (10-14)

133: Breyden Bailey (15-4)

141: Ray Rioux (12-9)

149: #12 Logan Bailey (31-4)

157: #8 Dawson Combest (7-2)

165: Jack Eiteljorge (17-7)

174: #4 Andrew Sams (25-4)

184: Gleason Mappes (13-6)

197: #4 Derek Blubaugh (24-5)

285: Cale Gray (18-7)

NEW GUYS IN TOWN: The Greyhounds will be making their first appearance in Super Regional 4, after being in Super Region 3 previously. The opponents in this new region are familiar, however, as most of the Great Lakes Valley Conference competes as a part of SR4. The teams UIndy is up against this weekend include:

#T22 Central Missouri

#1 Central Oklahoma


Kentucky Wesleyan

#T12 Lindenwood


#5 McKendree


Ouachita Baptist

William Jewell

The new region features five teams, including the Greyhounds, that are ranked in the NWCA Coaches Rankings Top 25, and 26 individual wrestlers ranked in the top 12 at their respective weight class.

HOUNDS IN THE RANKINGS: UIndy’s #10 team ranking comes by virtue of four ranked individuals. Both Andrew Sams (174) and Derek Blubaugh (197) head into Regionals ranked #4, while Dawson Combest is #8 at 157 and Logan Bailey is #12 at 149.

THEY’VE BEEN HERE BEFORE: Seven of the 10 Greyhounds have represented UIndy at Regionals before, with five of those seven coming into this season’s event with prior National Qualifier experience. Noah Cantu (125), Ray Rioux (141) and Cale Gray (285) will all be rookies to the Super Regional experience this Saturday, while the following Hounds have previously qualified for Nationals through the Regional:

149: Logan Bailey (2021)

157: Dawson Combest (2020, 2021)

165: Jack Eiteljorge (2020)

174: Andrew Sams (2021)

184: Gleason Mappes (2020, 2021)

AA STATUS: In addition to having previously qualified, three Hounds come into this postseason with prior All-American finishes. Dawson Combest is a two-time All-American, while both Jack Eiteljorge and Andrew Sams are one-time All-Americans. Combest finished fourth at 157 a season ago, while Sams was fifth at 174 last season.

Action starts at 10 a.m. CST/11 a.m. EST on three mats from Lindenwood’s Hyland Arena Saturday. The top three placers at each weight will advance to the 2022 NCAA Division II National Championships March 11-12 at Saint Louis University’s Chaifetz Arena.


Kansas City, Mo. – The NAIA announced their 2022 Women’s Basketball Opening Round hosts on Thursday afternoon, and for the second consecutive season the Marian women’s basketball team has been named as one of the host sites. Marian University will be one of 16 hosts for the 64-team tournament, which is set to begin on March 11 and 12.

Selections of each site were made in part by the NAIA Women’s Basketball National Championship Selection Committee. The committee is comprised of head coaches and administrators from around the nation. Selections take into account geography, facilities and host qualification.

The NAIA Tournament field will be announced on March 3 at 7 p.m. ET, along with the brackets for each NAIA Opening Round site. Three teams will join Marian for the tournament, with games set to begin at 5 p.m. on March 11. The winner of the Indianapolis Opening Round will advance to join the additional 15 teams in the tournament at the Tyson Events Center in Sioux City, Iowa.

Tickets for the opening round will cost $10 for all fans. The ISC Sports Network will be the official streaming provider for the Indianapolis Bracket, with each game being aired pay per view for $9.99.

Additional details will be released at the announcement of the tournament field.

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Taylor Set to Duel with No. 4 Knights in CL Semifinal Game

UPLAND, Ind. – After cruising past fifth-seeded Mount Vernon Nazarene in the Crossroads League Tournament Quarterfinals, the Trojan women’s basketball is set to play top-seeded and No. 4 Marian (26-3) in a semifinal matchup on Friday, February 25th, at 7:00 pm.

The Trojans led for all but 90 seconds in their 82-70 quarterfinal win over the Cougars inside Odle Arena but now take to the road, heading southwest to take on the nation’s No. 4 team.

Taylor dropped both games against Marian in the 2021-2022 Crossroads League season, only losing by a total of 11 points combined in the two games, however, which is noteworthy in comparison to Marian’s average winning-margin of 20.3 points-per-game throughout league play.

In game one, Taylor battled back from an eight-point halftime deficit to draw within one point with three minutes to play in regulation. Marian responded with five unanswered points, though, en route to a 60-56 win. Seniors, Lauren James and Kayla Kirtley, led the way on offense in that game, scoring 30 of Taylor’s 56 points, including a perfect 13-13 from the free-throw line.

In the season’s second matchup with Marian, Taylor nurtured a nine-point lead late in the third quarter, only to be met with a fourth quarter in which the Knights outscored the Trojans 24-10, as Marion came away with a seven-point win in Upland. Throughout the first three quarters of play, Taylor limited Marion to 34.0-percent shooting on 44 shots taken from the floor. The defensive pressure could not hold throughout the final frame, though, as Marion exploded for a 71.4-percent clip in the fourth.

In the other Crossroads League semifinal game, second-seeded and No. 12 Indiana Wesleyan will host sixth-seeded Grace, who upset the league’s third-seeded team, St. Francis, in the quarterfinals by a score of 68-62.

The winners of the two semifinal matchups will advance to the Crossroads League Championship, set to take place on Monday, February 28th, at 7:00 pm with two automatic bids to the National Tournament on the line.

Davis and Jackson’s double-doubles not enough as VU falls to Henry Ford

VINCENNES, Ind. – Vincennes freshmen Darrius Davis (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and Shilo Jackson (Indianapolis, Ind.) each recorded double-doubles in the Trailblazers regular season finale Thursday night with Davis ending with 15 points and 14 rebounds and Jackson’s 13 points and 11 rebounds.

The Trailblazers fell 77-68 to the NJCAA Division II No. 15-ranked Henry Ford Hawks despite the two double-doubles.

Henry Ford set the tone early, hitting early and often from long-range. The Hawks quickly built a 10-point lead at 17-7.

Vincennes battled back to cut the deficit to one point at 26-25, before the Hawks used a 16-2 scoring run to build their largest lead of the half at 42-27.

Vincennes answered back to close out the first half with a 10-2 scoring run of their own, but Henry Ford still led 44-37 at the break.

The Hawks built their lead from behind the three-point line, hitting 13 three’s in the first half and shooting 54-percent in the opening period.

The Blazers continued to battle in the second half and cut the lead down to two points early in the final period of play.

The Henry Ford lead stayed within one to three possessions for most of the second half, with the Blazers getting several chances to tie or take the lead.

The opportunities never came through as the Hawks finished the game at the free throw line to close out the 77-68 win over the Blazers.

“We just didn’t get over the hump tonight,” VU Hall of Fame Head Coach Todd Franklin said. “I think it was there. I think we had a pretty good idea of what each individual guy was going to try to do. They had one guard that went left almost every time and they had one guard that goes right. When we sat on that and defended it correctly we were able to get stops. Once we got settled in, we had it to a two-point game several times with opportunities and we didn’t hunker down enough to defend it.”

“I’d like to say it was something else, but it really wasn’t,” Franklin added. “During the ‘winning’ part of the game tonight, we knew and I knew. I let them know before the game but they had three three’s on that in the first half. In the second half it just comes down to locking down individually. They weren’t running any actions that got us tonight and I didn’t think they were impossible to guard. But we got beat back door, we got beat sprinting down the floor. Their guy went at a winning speed and we went at a ‘I’m trying, Coach’ speed.”

“I’ve had this look from our guy all year of ‘I’m trying Coach’ but we’re not going at that winning speed or with winning intensity and that was on display down the stretch of the game tonight. The game was there, but we had to go at winning speed and we were only giving ‘I’m trying Coach’. For that, I’m labeled as negative. I’m trying to rectify it. I don’t know if that’s considered negative, but I’m trying to get it changed. I don’t know what else to do when they look at me and say that’s the best they can give, when I don’t think it is. But maybe it is and if it is then we’re going to lose.”

“That’s what it comes down to. I think offensively we were able to get pretty much what we wanted. Either in the post or on inside-outs. When we come off of screens, if we turned the corner hard I thought we could get some advantages. I thought on our inbounds plays if we just ran them hard we could get things. We weren’t turning the ball over except for when we would let them come and take it from us during two or three key times and they were able to get points off of it. But at the end of the game, I told our guys that we scored 68 points against a team that was allowing you to and we are at the end of the year and they were looking at me like I’m asking too much.”

“Scoring 68 points tonight was not enough. We should have scored more. The opportunity to score more points was there and they really couldn’t guard us in the post, we guarded ourselves when we got stopped. That’s not a knock on Henry Ford, I think they’ve got a good team, but it’s the standard. These guys look at me like my standard is too high. But the standards that they want to go at won’t get it done. I think they have more in them but they have to click in with some tenacity. That’s just where it is. I don’t know if it’s positive, negative or whatever but tonight’s game strictly came down to that.”

“They look at me with the ‘I’m trying Coach’ look but there needs to be an ‘I’m fighting to win Coach’ look. That’s where the frustration comes in. Are they trying? Yeah, I think they are trying. But are they going at a gear of, ‘I’ve got to get it done, I’m going to win right here’? No, I don’t think we’ve ever crossed that threshold and we have crossed that threshold forever here. But tonight, against a good team, Henry Ford is a good team and they shot the leather off the ball in the first half. But we had an opportunity to go into the locked-in ‘I’m going to win’ mode and they just looked at me like ‘what am I supposed to do’ and that’s not the right reaction. I’ve been saying that for 30 games and I’ve been saying that since the first practices and we are right there. Like tonight, if we fight through and win, it would be a solid win against a good team that shot it really well. I thought it was the same thing at Wabash last week and the same thing against Olney in here Saturday. I just try to get them to give a determined, locked-in, competing to win type of vibe and they want to look at me like that’s too much. I don’t usually try to ask for something that I know they can’t do. But that’s when it becomes a problem. I’m asking them to do something I really think they can do, but I’m not sure that they do.”

The Blazers were led offensively by freshman Thow James Biel (Calgary, Alberta) who came off the bench to add 17 points and seven rebounds.

Darrius Davis recorded his third double-double of the season with a 15-point, 14 rebound outing. Davis got after it early and had 10 points and 10 rebounds at halftime for VU.

Shilo Jackson finished off his 15th double-double on the year with 13 points and 11 rebounds.

Freshman Ketaan Wyatt (Toledo, Ohio) finished his night with nine points, while also adding three rebounds and three assists.

Freshman Brevin Jefferson (Indianapolis, Ind.) distributed the ball well from the point guard position, ending with a team-high eight assists.

“I thought that Thow played harder tonight,” Franklin said. “I thought he was more competitive. There were still some mental breakdowns and some shots that he just has to get in here until he can make. We got him about three wide open looks and we need him to bust one or two of those. He’s trying but he needs to try every day in this gym, so when it’s gametime you are going to nail at least one or two of those. Because those were really quality looks. But he was trying. He gave an effort tonight.”

“I thought Darrius gave us an effort for a while,” Franklin added. “But then we put him on a defensive assignment and he just gives me one of those looks like ‘I’m not going to do it’. But it was just that look and that shrug and I can’t tolerate that anymore. I thought before that he was trying.”

“I thought Ketaan tried. He gave an effort, he just has freshman skills in the weaponry of what he needs to get it done. But I thought he was trying to get it done. Shilo, maybe we’re asking too much of him. He could have scored all night in the post against that kid. Henry Ford’s guy just stood there with his hands up trying not to foul and we just can’t get him to turn and score. When he did he scored. I have certain expectations for him. I can see where certain things can be done and I try to get that across to them. Sometimes they can cross that threshold and thrive and sometimes they just tell me ‘that’s too hard Coach’. We’ve been searching for someone to take it on and I think they can, but I’m not sure if they believe they can.”

Vincennes will begin their postseason play at the Region 24 tournament hosted by Rend Lake College in Ina, Ill. First round game will be played on Monday, Feb. 28 at 6 p.m. eastern.

Semi-finals of the tournament will take place Wednesday, March 2, with the Finals taking place Friday, March 4. All games will be played at Rend Lake College.

“We’ve come a ways since the start of the year,’ Franklin said. “We are a better basketball team than we were. We played a good team tonight. We’ve played good teams down the stretch of the season and we’ve won some and we’ve lost some. We’ve been in a position to win most all of them and every game is highly competitive games that we have a chance to win against quality teams.”

“That’s what it will be next week,” Franklin added. “We’ll play quality teams, but I don’t think we’ll play a great team. I don’t think there is a great team there that we have to beat. I think everybody is quality and I think we can get to the quality level to beat them. But at some point you have to go at the ‘I’m winning’ speed instead of the ‘I’m trying’. Maybe all they can give me is ‘I’m trying’ but I think there is another gear in there that we’ve always been able to get guys to go to and we just haven’t yet this season.”

“I think that just comes down the expectations. What do you expect from yourself? Because I expect that they can do it. I know what their physical limitations are, so we try not to ask them past that, but they just keep telling me, ‘Coach, that’s too much’. Unfortunately, what they tell me is too much, is below the level of winning. We can get right up to it, but we just won’t go into that next gear to get over it. I think they are trying but that determination to win and the determination to lock into the job is what we have missed. Even when we’ve gotten to the point where we can be here against anybody. We can compete against anybody, from Logan on down, it doesn’t make any difference. We have a chance to compete. That’s where it is and that’s where it will be next week. They get one last chance to cross that threshold and we’ll see if they do it.”


KANSAS CITY – The road to Sioux City, Iowa and Kansas City, Missouri must go through Marion, Indiana first, as No. 7 Men’s Basketball and No. 12 Women’s Basketball has been chosen to host the 2022 NAIA Basketball National Championship Opening Round. Taking place on March 11-12, 2022, six other teams from across the country will travel to Marion, looking to punch their ticket to the final 16 at their respective Championship site.

Each opening round site will feature four teams and will play single elimination on Friday and Saturday, March 11-12. The winner of the final game will go to the NAIA National Championship Final Site in either Sioux City, Iowa (women) or Kansas City, Mo. (men).

The official schedule, game times, and information to purchase tickets will be released on Friday, March 4.

Anderson 2022 NCAA Diving Regional Preview

Anderson University women’s diving junior Halle Strege and Anderson men’s diving sophomore Matthew Hayward have each qualified for the NCAA D-III Central Diving Regional in the 1-meter diving event, which takes place this weekend in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Strege is set to compete in her event on Friday at 7:45 p.m. while Hayward is scheduled to compete on Saturday at 12 p.m.

Strege set the women’s school record in the 11-dive 1-meter diving event with a score of 438.55 points and an average of 39.87 points per dive. has been named Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) Diver of the Week four times this season. Strege took second in the HCAC Championships with a 11-dive 1-meter diving score of 413.80 points and an average of 37.62 points per dive.

Hayward set the men’s school record in the 11-dive 1-meter diving event with a score of 514.75 points and an average of 46.80 points per dive. He has been selected as HCAC Diver of the Week three times this season. Hayward finished second in the 11-dive 1-meter diving event with a score of 433.30 points and an average of 39.39 points per dive.






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