INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL REGIONALS THIS WEEK

CLASS 6A

PENN AT MERRILLVILLE

WESTFIELD AT CARROLL (FORT WAYNE)

BROWNSBURG AT BEN DAVIS

CENTER GROVE AT LAWRENCE NORTH

CLASS 5A

VALPARAISO AT MICHIGAN CITY

FW BISHOP DWENGER AT ZIONSVILLE

NEW PALESTINE VS. CATHEDRAL

BLOOMINGTON SOUTH AT NEW ALBANY

CLASS 4A

NEW PRAIRIE AT LOWELL

MISSISSINEWA AT NORTHRIDGE

RONCALLI AT MT. VERNON

EAST CENTRAL AT EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL

CLASS 3A

MISHAWAKA MARIAN AT HANOVER CENTRAL

BREBEUF JESUIT AT NORWELL

TRI-WEST AT OWEN VALLEY

LAWRENCEBURG AT GIBSON SOUTHERN

CLASS 2A

LAVILLE AT ANDREAN

EASTBROOK AT EASTSIDE 

SCECINA AT LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC

EVANSVILLE MATER DEI AT TRITON CENTRAL

CLASS A

NORTH JUDSON AT CARROLL (FLORA)

ADAMS CENTRAL AT SOUTH ADAMS

LUTHERAN AT PARKE HERITAGE

TRI AT NORTH CENTRAL (FARMERSBURG)

NFL SCOREBOARD

MIAMI 22 BALTIMORE 10

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2021

ATLANTA FALCONS AT DALLAS COWBOYS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P FOX

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS AT INDIANAPOLIS COLTS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

CLEVELAND BROWNS AT NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

BUFFALO BILLS AT NEW YORK JETS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

DETROIT LIONS AT PITTSBURGH STEELERS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS AT TENNESSEE TITANS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P CBS

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS AT WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX

CAROLINA PANTHERS AT ARIZONA CARDINALS 2:05P (MT) 4:05P FOX

MINNESOTA VIKINGS AT LOS ANGELES CHARGERS 1:05P (PT) 4:05P FOX

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES AT DENVER BRONCOS 2:25P (MT) 4:25P CBS

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS AT GREEN BAY PACKERS 3:25P (CT) 4:25P CBS

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS AT LAS VEGAS RAIDERS 5:20P (PT) 8:20P NBC*

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2021

LOS ANGELES RAMS AT SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (MON) 5:15P (PT) 8:15P ESPN

COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCOREBOARD

#21 PITTSBURGH 30 NORTH CAROLINA 23 OT

FRIDAY, NOV. 12

CINCINNATI AT SOUTH FLORIDA | 6 P.M. | ESPN2

WYOMING AT BOISE STATE | 9 P.M. | FS1

SATURDAY, NOV. 13

NEW MEXICO STATE AT ALABAMA | 12 P.M. | SEC NETWORK

OKLAHOMA AT BAYLOR | 12 P.M. | FOX

WEST VIRGINIA AT KANSAS STATE | 12 P.M. | FS1

NORTHWESTERN AT WISCONSIN | 12 P.M. | ESPN2

MISSISSIPPI STATE AT AUBURN | 12 P.M. | ESPN

MICHIGAN AT PENN STATE | 12 P.M. | ABC

RUTGERS AT INDIANA | 12 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK

SAMFORD AT FLORIDA | 12 P.M. | ESPN+/SECN+

UCONN AT CLEMSON | 12 P.M. | ACC NETWORK

SYRACUSE AT LOUISVILLE | 12 P.M. | ESPN3

UCF AT SMU | 12 P.M. | ESPNU

EAST CAROLINA AT MEMPHIS | 12 P.M. | ESPN+

HOUSTON AT TEMPLE | 12 P.M. | ESPN+

BUCKNELL AT ARMY | 12 P.M. | CBSSN

WESTERN KENTUCKY AT RICE | 2 P.M. | ESPN+

UTAH AT ARIZONA | 2 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORK

GEORGIA STATE AT COASTAL CAROLINA | 2 P.M. | ESPN+

SOUTH ALABAMA AT APPALACHIAN STATE | 2:30 P.M. | ESPN+

GEORGIA SOUTHERN AT TEXAS STATE | 3 P.M. | ESPN+

GEORGIA AT TENNESSEE | 3:30 P.M. | CBS

PURDUE AT OHIO STATE | 3:30 P.M. | ABC

USC AT CAL | 3:30 P.M. | FS1

FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL AT MIDDLE TENNESSEE | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN3

CHARLOTTE AT LOUISIANA TECH | 3:30 P.M. | STADIUM

FLORIDA ATLANTIC AT OLD DOMINION | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN+

UAB AT MARSHALL | 3:30 P.M. | CBSSN

MIAMI AT FLORIDA STATE | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN

SOUTHERN MISS AT UTSA | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN+

BOSTON COLLEGE AT GEORGIA TECH | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN3

DUKE AT VIRGINIA TECH | 3:30 P.M. | ACC NETWORK

LOUISIANA AT TROY | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN+

IOWA STATE AT TEXAS TECH | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN2

MINNESOTA AT IOWA | 3:30 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK

MARYLAND AT MICHIGAN STATE | 4 P.M. | FOX

SOUTH CAROLINA AT MISSOURI | 4 P.M. | SEC NETWORK

UTEP AT NORTH TEXAS | 4 P.M. | ESPN+

TULSA AT TULANE | 4 P.M. | ESPNU

HAWAI’I AT UNLV | 4 P.M. | SPECTRUM SPORTS

ARKANSAS STATE AT UL MONROE | 5 P.M. | ESPN+

STANFORD AT OREGON STATE | 5:30 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORK

TEXAS A&M AT OLE MISS | 7 P.M. | ESPN

KENTUCKY AT VANDERBILT | 7 P.M. | ESPN2

ARIZONA STATE AT WASHINGTON | 7 P.M. | FS1

NEW MEXICO AT FRESNO STATE | 7 P.M. | STADIUM

AIR FORCE AT COLORADO STATE | 7 P.M. | CBSSN

NOTRE DAME AT VIRGINIA | 7:30 P.M. | ABC

KANSAS AT TEXAS | 7:30 P.M. | ESPNU

NC STATE AT WAKE FOREST | 7:30 P.M. | ACC NETWORK

ARKANSAS AT LSU | 7:30 P.M. | SEC NETWORK

TCU AT OKLAHOMA STATE | 8 P.M. | FOX

COLORADO AT UCLA | 9 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORK

WASHINGTON STATE AT OREGON | 10:30 P.M. | ESPN

NEVADA AT SAN DIEGO STATE | 10:30 P.M. | CBSSN

UTAH STATE AT SAN JOSE STATE | 10:30 P.M. | FOX

INDIANA GIRLS BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD

ANDREAN52MARQUETTE CATHOLIC12 
BLOOMFIELD34SHOALS31 
BORDEN37CLARKSVILLE27 
CARROLL (FLORA)58SHERIDAN51 
CENTER GROVE38WARREN CENTRAL33 
CENTRAL NOBLE48EAST NOBLE28 
CHARLESTOWN47FLOYD CENTRAL31 
COLUMBUS EAST66BLOOMINGTON SOUTH25 
DECATUR CENTRAL26PERRY MERIDIAN25 
ELKHART71JIMTOWN21 
EVANSVILLE MATER DEI72EVANSVILLE HARRISON29 
EVANSVILLE NORTH68TECUMSEH54 
FOREST PARK55SPRINGS VALLEY31 
FORT WAYNE DWENGER53BLUFFTON29 
FORT WAYNE LUERS50FORT WAYNE SOUTH41 
FOUNTAIN CENTRAL50SOUTHMONT48 
FRANKLIN CENTRAL51WHITELAND47 
GARY WEST64BOWMAN ACADEMY19 
GRIFFITH50EAST CHICAGO CENTRAL15 
HAUSER65MILAN40 
INDIANAPOLIS ATTUCKS57PURDUE POLY ENGLEWOOD53 
INDIANAPOLIS SCECINA61CHRISTEL HOUSE MANUAL16 
JEFFERSONVILLE52JASPER38 
JENNINGS COUNTY61SALEM37 
KANKAKEE VALLEY48NORTH NEWTON32 
KNOX63MORGAN TWP.20 
KOUTS53HIGHLAND45 
LACROSSE62MICHIGAN CITY36 
LAKELAND CHRISTIAN44SOUTH BEND CAREER13 
LAKELAND64LAKEWOOD PARK42 
LAPEL48HERITAGE CHRISTIAN43 
LAWRENCE NORTH53MOORESVILLE44 
LINTON-STOCKTON40NORTH KNOX38 
LOWELL65HAMMOND MORTON26 
MISSISSINEWA47WABASH46 
MORRISTOWN53SOUTH DECATUR48 
MOUNT VERNON (POSEY)28TELL CITY18 
NORTH CENTRAL (FARMERSBURG)61WASHINGTON CATHOLIC28 
NORTH JUDSON59HEBRON19 
NORTH MONTGOMERY38FRONTIER25 
NORTH PUTNAM70COVINGTON27 
PENN79SOUTH BEND RILEY11 
PIKE50INDIANAPOLIS RONCALLI34 
RENSSELAER CENTRAL68TRI-COUNTY31 
SHAWE MEMORIAL34PROVIDENCE28 
SOUTH BEND ST. JOSEPH50NEW PRAIRIE40 
SOUTH BEND WASHINGTON65MISHAWAKA MARIAN53 
SOUTH SPENCER46EVANSVILLE CENTRAL32 
TIPTON50TRI-CENTRAL26 
TRI-WEST67CRAWFORDSVILLE23 
TRITON CENTRAL57CASCADE47 
WASHINGTON TWP.67HAMMOND CENTRAL31 
WASHINGTON46HERITAGE HILLS41 
WEST VIGO42WHITE RIVER VALLEY28 
BANKS OF WABASH TOURNAMENT
RIVERTON PARKE43NORTH VERMILLION36 
PARKE HERITAGE64SOUTH VERMILLION42 

FRIDAY GIRLS BASKETBALL SCHEDULE

ALEXANDRIAATSOUTHERN WELLS7:30 PM
ANDERSONATRICHMOND7:30 PM
ANDERSON PREP ACADEMYATCAMBRIDGE CITY LINCOLN7:30 PM
AVONATTERRE HAUTE NORTH7:30 PM
BATESVILLEATUNION COUNTY7:30 PM
BELLMONTATWOODLAN7:30 PM
BROWN COUNTYATGREENCASTLE7:30 PM
CASTONATNORTH WHITE7:30 PM
CENTERVILLEATDALEVILLE7:30 PM
COLUMBIA CITYATWHITKO7:30 PM
DEKALBATANGOLA6:30 PM
EASTERN (GREENTOWN)ATTAYLOR6:00 PM
EDGEWOODATSOUTH PUTNAM7:30 PM
EDINBURGHATSHELBYVILLE7:30 PM
ELKHART CHRISTIANATBETHANY CHRISTIAN7:30 PM
EMINENCEATCLAY CITY7:30 PM
EVANSVILLE BOSSEATPRINCETON8:00 PM
FORT WAYNE BLACKHAWKATNEW HAVEN7:30 PM
FRANKLIN COUNTYATNORTHEASTERN7:30 PM
GARY 21ST CENTURYATHAMMOND SCIENCE & TECH7:00 PM
GIBSON SOUTHERNATNORTH POSEY8:00 PM
GREENFIELD-CENTRALATGUERIN CATHOLIC7:30 PM
GREENSBURGATFRANKLIN7:30 PM
HAGERSTOWNATBLUFFTON7:30 PM
HAMILTON HEIGHTSATNOBLESVILLE7:30 PM
INDIANAPOLIS HERRONATPARK TUDOR6:00 PM
INDIANAPOLIS HOMESCHOOLATINDIANAPOLIS TINDLEY6:00 PM
INDIANAPOLIS RITTERATSPEEDWAY7:30 PM
JOHN GLENNATSOUTH BEND ADAMS7:30 PM
KOKOMOATHARRISON (WEST LAFAYETTE)6:00 PM
LAFAYETTE JEFFATINDIANAPOLIS TECH7:30 PM
MARTINSVILLEATCOLUMBUS NORTH7:30 PM
MCCUTCHEONATLOGANSPORT7:30 PM
MITCHELLATPERRY CENTRAL8:00 PM
MUNCIE CENTRALATMARION7:30 PM
MUNSTERATCHESTERTON8:00 PM
NORTH HARRISONATEASTERN (PEKIN)7:30 PM
NORTH MONTGOMERYATATTICA7:30 PM
NORTHWOODATWEST NOBLE7:30 PM
OAK HILLATNORTHFIELD7:30 PM
OLDENBURG ACADEMYATSOUTHWESTERN (HANOVER)7:30 PM
PIKE CENTRALATSOUTH KNOX7:30 PM
PLAINFIELDATDANVILLE7:30 PM
RISING SUNATSOUTH DECATUR7:30 PM
ROCK CREEK ACADEMYATCANNELTON7:30 PM
SCOTTSBURGATLAWRENCEBURG7:30 PM
SEEGERATBENTON CENTRAL7:30 PM
SEYMOURATSILVER CREEK7:30 PM
SHAWE MEMORIALATORLEANS7:30 PM
SOUTH BEND CLAYATBREMEN7:30 PM
SOUTH BEND ST. JOSEPHATLAKE STATION8:00 PM
SOUTH CENTRAL (UNION MILLS)ATTRITON7:00 PM
SOUTH NEWTONATCOVINGTON8:00 PM
SWITZERLAND COUNTYATMADISON7:30 PM
UNION (MODOC)ATLIBERTY CHRISTIAN6:00 PM
WALDRONATSOUTHWESTERN (SHELBYVILLE)7:30 PM
WARSAWATTIPPECANOE VALLEY7:45 PM
WES-DELATRANDOLPH SOUTHERN6:00 PM
WEST CENTRALATMORGAN TWP.7:30 PM
WESTERNATFRANKFORT7:30 PM
WESTVIEWATWAWASEE7:30 PM
WHEELERATILLIANA CHRISTIAN7:00 PM
WINAMACATARGOS7:30 PM
WINCHESTERATKNIGHTSTOWN7:30 PM
WOOD MEMORIALATNORTH DAVIESS8:00 PM
CORYDON CENTRAL TOURNAMENT
SOUTHRIDGEATCORYDON CENTRAL6:30 PMR1
CRAWFORD COUNTYVS.GREENWOOD CHRISTIAN6:30 PMR1
NEW ALBANYVS.BOONVILLE8:15 PMR1
EVANSVILLE REITZVS.LANESVILLE8:15 PMR1

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD

#21 MARYLAND 71 GEORGE WASHINGTON 64

EVANSVILLE 60 IUPUI 40

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD

#3 STANFORD 91 MORGAN STATE 36

#7 BAYLOR 81 TEXAS ARLINGTON 54

#9 IOWA 91 SAMFORD 54

#13 KENTUCKY 98 N. ALABAMA 56

#17 GEORGIA TECH 72 KENNESAW STATE 45

#21 S. FLORIDA 72 ALABAMA STATE 37

#23 TEXAS A&M 92 SOUTHERN 32

#24 VIRGINIA TECH 75 GEORGE WASHINGTON 38

NBA SCOREBOARD

INDIANA 111 UTAH 100

TORONTO 115 PHILADELPHIA 109

LA CLIPPERS 112 MIAMI 109

NHL SCOREBOARD

EDMONTON 5 BOSTON 3

MONTRÉAL 4 CALGARY 2

LOS ANGELES 2 OTTAWA 0

NEW JERSEY 4 NY ISLANDERS 0

PITTSBURGH 3 FLORIDA 2

WASHINGTON 2 DETROIT 0

NASHVILLE 4 ST. LOUIS 3

WINNIPEG 4 SAN JOSE 1

COLORADO 7 VANCOUVER 1

VEGAS 3 MINNESOTA 2

ANAHEIM 7 SEATTLE 4

A STUNNER: MIAMI WINS 2ND STRAIGHT, TOPS RAVENS 22-10

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) Tua Tagovailoa walked off the field, game ball in his injured left hand, and waved his arms to acknowledge the cheers.

“Tua!”

“Tua!”

“Tua!”

And then he stopped before entering the tunnel to take a bow, a rare moment of celebration for the Miami Dolphins this season.

Xavien Howard forced a fumble and returned it 49 yards for a touchdown, Tagovailoa came off the bench and capped his night with a 1-yard sneak for a score with 2:19 left and the Dolphins stunned the Baltimore Ravens 22-10 on Thursday night.

“Any win is good,” Tagovailoa said. “No rumors, no external factors of noise had anything to do with what we did tonight.”

The Dolphins (3-7) got three field goals from Jason Sanders in what became their second win in five days. Tagovailoa – who couldn’t start because of a fractured finger on his left, or throwing, hand – threw for 158 yards in relief of Jacoby Brissett, who passed for 156 yards before needing to depart in the third quarter with an injured right knee.

“I think it’s tough coming into a game, second half,” Tagovailoa said. “You’ve got to warm up, you’ve got to get your head back into the mindset of going in and playing, but that’s the NFL. You’ve got to be ready at any time.”

Baltimore’s streak of 51 regular-season games with at least 14 points – the second-longest such streak in NFL history behind a 63-game run by New England from 2009 through 2013 – came to an end.

An emphatic end, at that.

“We just played poorly and it’s because of our coaching,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. “It starts with me. I didn’t do a good job getting these guys ready.”

Miami’s defense carried an offense that had one quarterback get hurt, have an injured one take his place, and saw its only trip to the end zone in the first 57 minutes come from an offensive lineman who reached just far enough on a back flip to get the ball over the goal line – only to have it not count because he wasn’t an eligible receiver.

Didn’t matter. The offense did enough, and the defense did more than enough.

“The defense played great,” Tagovailoa said.

Lamar Jackson completed 26 of 43 passes for 238 yards and a touchdown for Baltimore (6-3). Mark Andrews had the scoring grab for the Ravens, who had dominated Miami in the teams’ most recent three meetings going into Thursday – winning by a combined 137-16 score.

Not this time. Not even close.

“We’ve got to go to work,” Harbaugh said. “We’ve got to be a lot better.”

Brissett had a 52-yard completion to Isaiah Ford late in the half on what appeared to be a busted play that turned into Miami’s longest gain of the season – to that point, anyway. Sanders connected on a chip shot, the Dolphins took a 6-3 lead into the break and, somehow, had the lead for good.

Andrews’ scoring catch got Baltimore ton 15-10, just close enough for it to seem that Miami was on the ropes. Tagovailoa found Albert Wilson for a 64-yard gain – Miami’s longest play of the season and the longest pass of Tagovailoa’s NFL career – with about three minutes left, and then the QB muscled in from the 1 to seal the win.

“We just didn’t play a good football game,” Ravens defensive end Calais Campbell said. “At the end of the day, they played better football than us today.”

The closest either offense came to the end zone for the game’s first 55 minutes was a play midway through the third quarter, when Tagovailoa completed a pass to right guard Robert Hunt. The lineman rumbled toward the goal line, got flipped over and appeared to reach the ball over the plane.

It wouldn’t have counted anyway. Hunt wasn’t an eligible receiver, the Dolphins settled for a field goal and a 9-3 lead.

And soon afterward, finally, a TD happened. Howard stripped the ball from Ravens receiver Sammy Watkins after a catch on the ensuing Baltimore possession, picked up the fumble and scored to put Miami up 15-3.

“A great play,” Dolphins coach Brian Flores said. “X, he’s done a great job for us and he showed up again, made a big play in a big moment. We needed it. Got it out, scooped and scored. Big play in the game.”

RECEIVER ODELL BECKHAM JR. AGREES TO DEAL WITH RAMS

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) When the Los Angeles Rams learned they had a chance to land Odell Beckham Jr., their veterans assembled in the locker room Thursday morning. Jalen Ramsey made a call, and the Rams took turns recruiting the veteran receiver to their West Coast home.

“Felt like college, huh?” receiver Robert Woods said with a grin.

The Rams clearly sold themselves and their Super Bowl vision quite well to the mercurial receiver.

Beckham agreed to a one-year deal with Los Angeles, choosing this burgeoning super team over several potential free-agent destinations.

The Browns released the disgruntled Beckham on Monday, midway through his third season in Cleveland. He cleared waivers Tuesday with no team willing to pick up the $7.25 million he was owed under his last contract, freeing the five-time 1,000-yard wideout to sign with any team.

After considering his options and getting the full-court press from his future teammates, Beckham elected to join NFL yards passing leader Matthew Stafford and coach Sean McVay in the league’s most productive passing offense.

“I have a lot of respect for who he is as a player,” said Stafford, who played with Beckham in a Pro Bowl. “It’s an opportunity for us as a team. It’s an opportunity for him to come in here and prove himself to us. What our room is about, the receiver room, is pretty special. I know he’ll fit right in and just continue to get better, and hopefully it will help us as a team.”

The Rams swooped in fairly late in the courtship. They closed the deal with the swashbuckling flair that’s defined their front office under general manager Les Snead, who has rarely faced a salary cap challenge he couldn’t overcome.

The three-time Pro Bowl selection will play alongside NFL receiving leader Cooper Kupp – who has 74 catches for 1,019 yards and 10 TDs, all tops in the league – and starters Robert Woods (556 yards) and second-year pro Van Jefferson (443 yards). One of those three receivers is likely to see less playing time after Beckham joins the Rams, who have run offensive sets featuring three receivers almost exclusively this season.

That’s not a concern, according to the receivers who will be affected. With Stafford and McVay calling the shots, they believe everybody can thrive and win.

“We’re all working for the same goal,” Woods said. “His thing is, I feel like, why he left – he wanted to be a part of it and contribute, and I think just coming into this offense, he wants to work and contribute. We’re all working toward the same goal: winning, grinding. I don’t think it should be anything disruptive.”

The Rams (7-2) visit the San Francisco 49ers on Monday night before their bye week.

Beckham is the second veteran NFL star in the past two weeks to join the Rams, who seem to be trying everything to emerge from a crowded NFC so they can play in February’s Super Bowl at their own SoFi Stadium in Inglewood.

Los Angeles traded for Von Miller last week, sending two high draft picks to Denver for the vaunted pass-rushing linebacker. Miller has yet to debut for LA, but he was among those recruiting Beckham by phone.

The Rams also don’t hesitate to add talent even to areas in which they’re strong: Miller joined a defense that already leads the NFL in sacks, while Beckham is joining an offense that DeSean Jackson left two weeks ago because he couldn’t get playing time in front of LA’s three starters.

Kupp and Woods emerged from their discussions confident Beckham wants to buy in.

“I think the thing about playing here is when you’re not about what we’re about, when you’re not about playing for the guys next to you, I think you can stick out like a sore thumb,” Kupp said. “We have a great culture here. Guys play for each other. They work day in and day out so that when we step on the field, you are taking care of the guy next to you.”

The Rams ardently chased Beckham before he was traded to Cleveland by the Giants in March 2019, and McVay has spoken glowingly of Beckham’s talents over the years. Beckham’s speed, athleticism and ball skills should provide a welcome option for the Rams, who are already back among the NFL’s top offensive teams after a two-year lull.

Lakers star LeBron James welcomed Beckham on Twitter shortly before the deal was announced: “Welcome to LA my brother (at)obj! It’s GO TIME!!”

CAROLINA PANTHERS AGREE TO DEAL WITH QB CAM NEWTON

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Carolina Panthers have agreed to a one-year contract to bring back quarterback Cam Newton to the franchise that drafted him No. 1 overall in 2011.

The team announced the deal Thursday.

Carolina was light on quarterbacks after starter Sam Darnold suffered an incomplete fracture of his shoulder blade in last week’s 24-6 loss to the New England Patriots.

Panthers coach Matt Rhule said Wednesday that P.J. Walker is expected to start on Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals. Matt Barkley, signed off the Tennessee Titans practice squad, is slated to be his backup.

It’s unclear if Newton’s return will change that.

Rhule said Wednesday the team would “continue to explore all options” at quarterback. When asked specifically at the time about Newton, Rhule said he “didn’t want to discuss hypotheticals” and said his focus is entirely on the players are on the roster.

Newton has struggled in recent years to get back to the playing level that earned him league MVP honors in 2015, in part due to shoulder and foot injuries. Newton is 7-16 in his last 23 career starts with 20 interceptions and 17 touchdown passes. He has run for 12 TDs during that span.

He spent nine seasons with the Panthers, throwing for 29,041 yards with 182 touchdown passes and 111 interceptions. He also set an NFL record for most career touchdowns rushing by a quarterback during his tenure in Carolina.

Newton’s best season came in 2015 when he combined for 45 touchdowns – 35 passing and 10 rushing – and helped the Panthers reach the Super Bowl after going 15-1 during the regular season. However, Newton struggled in Super Bowl 50 and the Panthers lost 24-10 Von Miller. Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos. Newton was 18 of 41 for 265 yards with no touchdowns and two turnovers in that game while being sacked six times.

He also was criticized widely for his decision not to jump on a loose ball after he’d been stripped of the football.

Newton was released prior to the 2020 season in a salary cap move after losing his final eight starts for the Panthers. Newton signed with the New England Patriots last season and started in 15 games. He continued to struggle throwing the football, with 10 interceptions with only eight TDs passing. He ran for 12 scores and was 7-8 as a starter.

COWBOYS DE GREGORY SIDELINED AS LATEST WITH CALF STRAIN

FRISCO, Texas (AP) Dallas defensive end Randy Gregory will miss multiple weeks after straining a calf in practice, making him the third Cowboys player to miss time with the injury.

Coach Mike McCarthy said Thursday no decision had been made on Gregory being placed on injured reserve, which would sideline him at least three weeks.

Dak Prescott missed one game after straining his calf, but the open week was included in the quarterback’s recovery time. Receiver Michael Gallup is expected to return against Atlanta on Sunday after missing seven games with a calf strain.

Prescott and Gallup were injured in games. McCarthy said the location of Gregory’s injury in the calf was similar to Prescott’s.

“Fatigue injuries are always at the forefront of my thinking,” McCarthy said. “You always look at the video and you see how it happened. There’s no pattern to all the strains as far as how and when they’re happening. I look at them as isolated instances.”

The Cowboys have lost their top two pass rushers to injuries in practice. DeMarcus Lawrence broke a foot the week after the opener and probably won’t play before December. Gregory’s return could be about the same time.

“You could make the argument probably one of clearly our best players on defense,” McCarthy said of Gregory, who is tied with rookie linebacker Micah Parsons for the team lead with five sacks. “Our team and our defensive players feed of his activity. He’s having a heck of a year.”

Receiver Cedrick Wilson will miss a second consecutive practice Thursday with a shoulder injury. Left tackle Tyron Smith is still sidelined by an ankle injury that probably will sideline him for a second straight game.

RUGGS LAWYERS: WITNESS SAYS FIREFIGHTING SLOW IN FATAL CRASH

LAS VEGAS (AP) A witness said firefighters were slow to extinguish a vehicle fire sparked by a deadly crash that authorities blame on former Raiders wide receiver Henry Ruggs III, his lawyers say in a court filing.

Ruggs, 22, is accused of causing the pre-dawn crash by driving drunk at speeds up to 156 mph with his girlfriend in his Corvette sports car. The team released him hours after the crash.

Raiders owner Mark Davis was seen among more than 100 people entering the Thursday funeral for the woman who died, Tina Tintor, at St. Simeon Serbian Orthodox Church in Las Vegas. A private burial followed at a Las Vegas cemetery.

Tintor family members did not plan to make public comments about her memorials, said Sarah Thornton, spokeswoman for family attorney Farhan Naqvi.

Tintor, 23, emigrated from Serbia when she was a child, graduated from a Las Vegas high school and worked at a Target store. A friend told reporters last week that Tintor wanted to become a computer programmer and was close to obtaining her U.S. citizenship. Her dog, Max, also died in the crash and fire.

“Firemen did not attempt to extinguish the fire at Ms. Tintor’s vehicle for approximately 20 minutes at which time the entire vehicle was engulfed in flames,” defense attorneys David Chesnoff and Richard Schonfeld said in a Wednesday court filing that does not identify their witness.

The attorneys seek a court order to obtain Clark County Fire Department records about the pre-dawn Nov. 2 crash and fire. A Nov. 17 court hearing was scheduled.

A county spokesman, Erik Pappa, said in a statement Thursday there were “no delays in response or in the attack on the fire.”

“The captain on the scene reported that the vehicle was fully involved in fire upon arrival and the passenger compartment was not survivable for anyone inside,” the statement said.

Chesnoff and Schonfeld declined additional comment about their Wednesday request for a subpoena for fire department records. Chesnoff called the effort part of their own crash investigation. The witness told the attorneys he was at home nearby when he heard the crash and went to look.

Firefighters were “in a position to extinguish the vehicle fire while it was in its infancy stages and failed to do so,” the court filing said.

Earlier Wednesday, prosecutors filed additional felony charges of driving under the influence causing substantial injury and misdemeanor gun possession against Ruggs, who was charged last week with DUI causing death and felony reckless driving.

Chesnoff and Schonfeld appeared in court on behalf of Ruggs. They asked the judge to block release of Ruggs’ medical records to prosecutors. Ruggs did not appear in person. A judge set a Dec. 16 preliminary hearing of evidence to determine whether he’ll face trial in state court.

Ruggs and Kiara Je’nai Kilgo-Washington, his girlfriend, were both hospitalized following the crash. Prosecutors said Ruggs suffered a leg injury and Washington underwent surgery for an arm injury.

Ruggs faces at least two years of mandatory prison time if he’s convicted. Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson said Ruggs could face more than 50 years behind bars if he’s convicted of all charges.

Ruggs has posted $150,000 bail and is on house arrest with strict conditions including four-times-a-day alcohol checks while the case proceeds.

Records show he owns a $1.1 million home not far from where the crash occurred.

He was picked 12th overall in the 2020 NFL draft after three years at Alabama during which he helped the Crimson Tide win the 2017 NCAA championship.

Ruggs had been emerging as a star wide receiver for the Raiders this season.

NFL WEEK 10 CAPSULES

ATLANTA FALCONS (4-4) AT DALLAS COWBOYS (6-2)

SUNDAY, NOV. 14, 2021 // 1:00 PM ET // AT&T STADIUM // REFEREE: CRAIG WROLSTAD

LEADER: Cowboys lead all-time series, 16-11

STREAKS: Cowboys have won past 2

LAST GAME: 9/20/20: Falcons 39 at Cowboys 40

LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/20/20

QB MATT RYAN passed for 343 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 135.8 rating & had 1st rush TD of season in Week 9. Has 73 games with 300+ pass yards, tied with PHILIP RIVERS for 4thmost all-time. Has 300+ pass yards in 3 of 4 road starts this season & aims for his 7th in row on road with 2+ TD passes. Had 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 126.3 rating in last meeting. • RB CORDARRELLE PATTERSON had 6 catches & season-high 136 scrimmage yards (126 rec., 10 rush) last week, his 2nd-career game with 100+ rec. yards. Is 1 of 2 RBs (D’ANDRE SWIFT) with 6 games with 5+ catches in 2021 & aims for his 3rd in row with 5+ receptions. Has career-high 737 scrimmage yards this season & leads all RBs with 459 rec. yards in 2021. • WR RUSSELL GAGE led team with season-high 7 catches & had 64 rec. yards last week. Had 6 catches for 46 yards & rec. TD in last meeting. Aims for his 8th in row on road with 4+ receptions. WR OLAMIDE ZACCHEAUS had 1st-career game with 2 rec. TDs last week. Rookie TE KYLE PITTS had 62 rec. yards last week. Ranks 2nd among rookies & 3rd among TEs with 546 rec. yards. • LB DEION JONES led team with 10 tackles & had 2 PD last week. Is 1 of 4 players with 6+ games (6) with 10+ tackles in 2021 & aims for his 4th in row on road with 10+ tackles. Had 7 tackles & 0.5 sacks in last meeting. LB FOYESADE OLUOKUN had 6 tackles & career-high 3 FFs in last meeting. Aims for his 5th in row on road with 9+ tackles.

QB DAK PRESCOTT passed for 2 TDs last week & aims for his 6th in row with 2+ TD passes. Has 3+ TD passes & 115+ rating in 3 of his past 4 home starts. Passed for 450 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs for 109.4 rating & had career-high 3 rush TDs in last meeting. Amis for his 4th in row vs. Atl. with rush TD. • RB EZEKIEL ELLIOTT has 13 receptions, 323 scrimmage yards (161.5 per game) & 2 rush TDs in 2 career games vs. Atl. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Atl. with 120+ scrimmage yards & rush TD. Has 447 scrimmage yards (111.8 per game) & 5 TDs (4 rush, 1 rec.) in 4 home games this season. Aims for his 8th in row with 70+ scrimmage yards. • WR AMARI COOPER had 6 catches for 100 yards in last meeting. Has rec. TD in 2 of his past 3 at home. Is 1 of 8 players all-time with 5+ rec. TDs in each of 1st 7 seasons. WR CEEDEE LAMB has 6+ catches & 100+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3. Had 6 catches for 106 yards in last meeting. TE DALTON SCHULTZ has 50+ rec. yards in 5 of his past 6 & aims for his 5th in row at home with 50+ rec. yards. Had 9 catches for 88 yards & rec. TD in last meeting. WR MALIK TURNER had 1st-career game with 2 rec. TDs last week. • LB MICAH PARSONS (rookie) had 10 tackles, 3 TFL & career-high 2.5 sacks last week. Is 1 of 3 rookies (KENDRELL BELL & NICK BOSA) with 5+ sacks (5) & 10+ TFL (10) in 1st 8 games since 2000. CB TREVON DIGGS leads NFL with 7 INTs. Has 13 PD & 5 INTs in 11 career home games & aims for his 7th in row at home with PD.

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (2-6) AT INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (4-5)

SUNDAY, NOV. 14, 2021 // 1:O0 PM ET // LUCAS OIL STADIUM // REFEREE: TONY CORRENTE

LEADER: Colts lead all-time series, 25-15

STREAKS: Jaguars have won 2 of past 3

LAST GAME: 1/3/21: Jaguars 14 at Colts 28

LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/13/20: Jaguars 27, Colts 20

QB TREVOR LAWRENCE (rookie) passed for 118 yards & 0 INTs last week. Has 774 pass yards (258 per game) in 3 road starts this season. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. division with 270+ pass yards. Ranks 2nd among rookies in completions (176), pass yards (1,851) & TD passes (8). • RB JAMES ROBINSON has 75+ scrimmage yards & rush TD in 4 of his past 5. Had 90 scrimmage yards (62 rush, 28 rec.) in only career game vs. Ind. (9/13/20). Has 663 scrimmage yards (94.7 per game) in 7 career games vs. division. RB CARLOS HYDE rushed for season-high 67 yards last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 70+ scrimmage yards. Rushed for 67 yards in his last game vs. Ind. (11/21/19 w/ Hou.). • WR MARVIN JONES has 5+ catches in 2 of past 3. Had 2 rec. TDs in his last game vs. Ind. (11/1/20 w/ Det.) & has TD catch in 2 of 3 career games vs. Ind. Has 5+ catches, 75+ rec. yards & rec. TD in 2 of his past 3 vs. AFC South. WR LAVISKA SHENAULT had 6 catches for 68 yards & career-high 2 TDs in last meeting. Aims for 3rd in row vs. Ind. with rec. TD. Aims for his 4th in row vs. division with 50+ rec. yards. TE DAN ARNOLD aims for 3rd in row with 60+ rec. yards. • DE/LB JOSH ALLEN led team with season-high 8 tackles & had sack & 1st-career INT & FR last week, 1st player in 2021 with sack, INT & FR in single game. Aims for 3rd in row with sack. DT TAVEN BRYAN had career-high 2 sacks in Week 9. S RUDY FORD had 1st-career INT last week.

QB CARSON WENTZ completed 22 of 30 passes (73.3 pct.) for 272 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for career-high 134.3 rating last week, his 6th game with 2+ TD passes & 0 INTs this season, tiedmost in NFL (AARON RODGERS). Aims for 3rd in row with 3+ TD passes & 7th in row with 2+ TD passes. Passed for 286 yards & 3 TDs for 119.6 rating in only career start vs. Jax. (10/28/18 w/ Phi.). Aims for his 6th start in row on road with 0 INTs. • RB JONATHAN TAYLOR had season-high 200 scrimmage yards (172 rush, 28 rec.) & rush TDs last week, his 2nd-career 200-yard game. Can become 4th player in SB era with 100+ scrimmage yards & rush TD in 7 straight games. Rushed for career-high 253 yards & had 2 rush TDs in last meeting. Leads NFL with 1,114 scrimmage yards & ranks 2nd with 821 rush yards this season. RB NYHEIM HINES had season-high 108 scrimmage yards (74 rush, 34 rec.) & rush TD last week, his 2nd-career 100-yard game. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Jax. with 50+ scrimmage yards. • WR T.Y. HILTON had TD catch in last meeting. Has 50+ rec. yards in 5 of his past 6 vs. Jax. WR MICHAEL PITTMAN led team with 5 catches for 64 yards & TD last week. Aims for 4th in row with 60+ rec. yards & TD catch. • LB DARIUS LEONARD had 7 tackles & 4th FF of season last week, tied-most in NFL. Has FF in 3 of past 4. Had 10 tackles, 2 PD & FF in last meeting. LB BOBBY OKEREKE had 11 tackles & 1st INT of season in Week 9. Aims for 3rd in row with 11+ tackles. DT TAYLOR STALLWORTH had 1st 2 sacks of season last week.

CLEVELAND BROWNS (5-4) AT NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (5-4)

SUNDAY, NOV. 14, 2021 // 1:00 PM ET // GILLETTE STADIUM // REFEREE: JOHN HUSSEY

LEADER: All-time series tied, 12-12

STREAKS: Patriots have won past 3

LAST GAME: 10/27/19: Browns 13 at Patriots 27

LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/27/19

QB BAKER MAYFIELD completed 14 of 21 passes (66.7 pct.) for 218 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for season-high 132.6 rating last week. Has 2+ TD passes & 100+ rating in 3 of his past 4. Has 109.3 rating since Week 5, 3rd-highest in NFL. Aims for his 4th in row on road with 0 INTs. • RB NICK CHUBB had 163 scrimmage yards (137 rush, 26 rec.) & 2 rush TDs last week, his 8th-career game with 2+ rush TDs. Rushed for 131 yards in last meeting. Aims for his 5th in row on road with 100+ scrimmage yards. Has rush TD in 7 of his past 8 on road. Has 120+ scrimmage yards in 3 of his past 4 vs. AFC East. Ranks 3rd in NFL with 721 rush yards in 2021. RB D’ERNEST JOHNSON has rush TD in 2 of past 3. • WR JARVIS LANDRY has 5+ catches in 2 of his past 3. Had 5 catches for 65 yards in last meeting. Aims for his 9th in row vs. NE with 5+ catches. Has 65+ rec. yards in 7 of his past 8 vs. NE. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. AFC East with TD catch. WR DONOVAN PEOPLES-JONES aims for 3rd in row with 85+ rec. yards & TD catch. TE DAVID NJOKU had rec. TD last week. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with TD catch. • DE MYLES GARRETT had 1.5 sacks last week & aims for his 6th in row with sack. Had 3 TFL & sack in last meeting. Leads NFL with 12 sacks. LB ANTHONY WALKER led team with season-high 14 tackles & had sack last week. CB DENZEL WARD had season high 3 PD & 99-yard INT-TD last week, his 2nd-career TD. Had 2 PD in last meeting. S JOHN JOHNSON had INT & FF in Week 9.

QB MAC JONES (rookie) completed 12 of 18 passes (66.7 pct.) for 139 yards & TD vs. INT last week & became 3rd rookie QB ever to win 1st 4 road starts. Has 60+ comp. pct. in 7 of 9 starts. Has 6 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 109.1 rating in his past 3 home starts. Leads all rookies with 204 completions, 68 comp. pct., 2,135 pass yards, 10 TD passes & 89.8 rating this season. • RB DAMIEN HARRIS has rush TD in 5 straight games, 2ndlongest active streak in NFL. Has 80+ rush yards in 3 of past 4. Aims for 3rd in row at home with 100+ rush yards. Rookie RB RHAMONDRE STEVENSON had career-high 106 scrimmage yards (62 rush, 44 rec.) last week. Has 60+ scrimmage yards in 2 of his past 3. RB BRANDON BOLDEN had season-high 81 scrimmage yards (54 rush, 27 rec.) in Week 9. Has 75+ scrimmage yards in 2 of past 3. • WR JAKOBI MEYERS is 1 of 4 AFC WRs with 4+ catches in 8 games this season. Aims for his 7th in row at home with 5+ catches. WR KENDRICK BOURNE aims for 5th in row at home with 50+ rec. yards. TE HUNTER HENRY had TD catch last week & has rec. TD in 5 of past 6. Had 7 catches for 81 yards in his last game vs. Cle. (12/3/17 w/ LAC). • CB J.C. JACKSON had 2 INTs, incl. 88-yard INT-TD last week, his 1st-career TD. Is 1 of 2 in NFL (XAVIER MCKINNEY) with 2 INTs in 2 games this season. LB MATT JUDON aims for 3rd in row with sack. Has TFL in 2 of his past 3 vs. Cle. Ranks tied-3rd in NFL with 9 sacks. LB JAMIE COLLINS had 1st INT of season last week.

BUFFALO BILLS (5-3) AT NEW YORK JETS (2-6)

SUNDAY, NOV. 14, 2021 // 1:O0 PM ET // METLIFE STADIUM // REFEREE: SCOTT NOVAK

LEADER: Bills lead all-time series, 64-56

STREAKS: Bills have won past 2

LAST GAME: 10/25/20: Bills 18 at Jets 10

LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/25/20

QB JOSH ALLEN completed 31 of 47 passes (66 pct.) for 264 yards & rushed for 50 yards last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 50+ rush yards. Has 2+ TD passes & 100+ rating in 5 of past 6. Had 619 pass yards (309.5 per game) & 3 TDs (2 pass, 1 rush) vs. 0 INTs for 97.5 rating in 2 starts vs. NYJ last season. Aims for his 5th in row vs. division with 2+ TD passes. • RB ZACK MOSS had 72 scrimmage yards (47 rush, 25 rec.) in last meeting. RB DEVIN SINGLETARY had 59 scrimmage yards (season-high 43 rec., 16 rush) & career-high 7 catches last week. Has 50+ scrimmage yards in 2 of 3 career games vs. NYJ. • WR STEFON DIGGS had 6 catches for team-high 85 rec. yards last week. Aims for 4th in row with 5+ catches. Has rec. TD in 2 of past 3. Has 6+ catches in each of 3 career games vs. NYJ. Aims for his 9th in row on road with 60+ rec. yards. Has 5 rec. TDs in his past 4 vs. division. WR COLE BEASLEY aims for 4th in row with 7+ catches. Had 11 catches for 112 yards in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NYJ with 50+ rec. yards. WR EMMANUEL SANDERS had 65 rec. yards in Week 9 & has 50+ rec. yards in 6 of 8 games this season. Had 9 catches for 72 yards in his last game vs. NYJ (10/7/18 w/ Den.). • CB TRE’DAVIOUS WHITE had 6 tackles, PD & 0.5 sacks last week. Aims for 3rd in row with PD. S JORDAN POYER has INT in 2 of past 3 & PD in 5 of past 6. Aims for 3rd in row with TFL. Had sack in last meeting. DE MARIO ADDISON aims for 3rd in row with sack. Has sack in 2 of his past 3 vs. NYJ.

QB ZACH WILSON (rookie) has 507 pass yards (253.5 per game) in 2 home starts this season. Aims for his 3rd start in row vs. division with 0 INTs. QB MIKE WHITE has 78.6 comp. pct. & 112.8 rating in 2 starts this season. QB JOSH JOHNSON set career highs in completions (27), pass yards (317) & TD passes (3) last week. QB JOE FLACCO has 100+ rating in 3 of 4 career starts vs. Buf. • RB MICHAEL CARTER (rookie) had 86 scrimmage yards (49 rush, 37 rec.) last week. Aims for 4th in row with 85+ scrimmage yards. Aims for 3rd in row at home with rush TD. Has 294 scrimmage yards (98 per game) in 3 home games this season. Ranks 4th among rookies with 591 scrimmage yards (328 rush, 263 rec.) in 2021. RB TY JOHNSON aims for 3rd in row with TD catch & 4th in row with 60+ scrimmage yards. • WR JAMISON CROWDER aims for 3rd in row with 5+ catches. Had 7 catches for 115 yards & TD in his last game vs. Buf. (9/13/20). Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Buf. with rec. TD. Has TD catch in 3 of his past 4 at home. Rookie WR ELIJAH MOORE had season-high 7 catches for 84 yards & 1st 2 career rec. TDs last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 6+ catches & 65+ rec. yards. • LB C.J. MOSLEY has 10+ tackles in 5 of his past 6. Had INT-TD & FR in his last game vs. Buf. (9/8/19). S ASHTYN DAVIS had 10 tackles & 1st 2 career FFs last week.Has 10+ tackles in 2 of past 3. DE JOHN FRANKLIN-MYERS had 4th sack of season in Week 9. Had FR in last meeting. Has sack in 3 of his past 4 at home.

DETROIT LIONS (0-8) AT PITTSBURGH STEELERS (5-3)

SUNDAY, NOV. 14, 2021 // 1:O0 PM ET // HEINZ FIELD // REFEREE: LAND CLARK

LEADER: Steelers lead all-time series, 17-14-1

STREAKS: Steelers have won past 5

LAST GAME: 10/29/17: Steelers 20 at Lions 15

LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/17/13: Steelers 37, Lions 27

QB JARED GOFF passed for 222 yards & had 90.6 rating in Week 8. Has 5 TDs vs. 4 INTs for 84.7 rating in 4 road starts in 2021. Is 1 of 3 NFC QBs (KYLER MURRAY & MATTHEW STAFFORD) with 8+ games (8) with 60+ comp. pct. • RB D’ANDRE SWIFT had 5 catches & 51 scrimmage yards (27 rush, 24 rec.) in Week 8. Has 75+ scrimmage yards in 5 of his past 6 on road. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with 100+ scrimmage yards & TD. Leads all RBs in receptions (47) & ranks 2nd in rec. yards (415). Aims for his 3rd in row vs. AFC North with TD. RB JAMAAL WILLIAMS aims for his 4th in row on road with 50+ rush yards. Had 135 scrimmage yards (69 rec., 64 rush) & 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) in his only career game vs. Pit. (11/26/17 w/ GB). • TE T.J. HOCKENSON led team with 10 receptions & 89 rec. yards in Week 8. Has 4 games with 8+ catches this season, most by TE. Is only NFC TE with 40+ catches (48) & 400+ rec. yards (448) in 2021. Aims for his 4th in row with 6+ catches. • LB DERRICK BARNES (rookie) had 7 tackles in Week 8 & has 5+ tackles in 3 of his past 4. LB CHARLES HARRIS has sack in 3 of his 4 road games in 2021. LB JULIAN OKWARA has sack in 2 of his past 3 & aims for his 4th in row with TFL. LB ALEX ANZALONE has 7+ tackles in 3 of his 4 road games in 2021. S TRACY WALKER had 7 tackles in Week 8. Has PD in 3 of his past 4. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with 8+ tackles. CB AMANI ORUWARIYE aims for his 3rd in row vs. AFC North with INT.

QB BEN ROETHLISBERGER completed 21 of 30 passes (70 pct.) for 205 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 111.1 rating last week. Aims for 5th in row with 0 INTs & 90+ rating. Has 70+ comp. pct. in 2 of past 3. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Det. with 315+ pass yards. Has 3+ TD passes & 115+ rating in 2 of his past 3 vs. Det. Has 5 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 106.8 rating in his past 3 at home. • RB NAJEE HARRIS (rookie) had 78 scrimmage yards (62 rush, 16 rec.) in Week 9. Aims for 8th in row with 75+ scrimmage yards & 6th in row with TD, longest active TD streak among rookies. Has 125+ scrimmage yards in 3 of his past 4 at home. Has TD in 4 of 5 home games this season. Leads rookie RBs in scrimmage yards (830), rush yards (541) & TDs (6) this season. • WR DIONTAE JOHNSON led team with 5 catches for 56 yards last week. Aims for his 7th in row with 50+ rec. yards, 3rdlongest active streak in NFL. Rookie TE PAT FREIERMUTH had 5 catches for 43 yards & season-high 2 TDs in Week 9. Aims for 3rd in row with TD catch & 4th in row with 40+ rec. yards. Ranks 2nd among all rookies with 4 rec. TDs this season. • LB T.J. WATT had 7 tackles, PD & tied career high with 3 sacks last week, his 14th-career game with 2+ sacks, most in NFL since 2017. Aims for 4th in row with 6+ tackles & 1.5+ sacks & 6th in row with TFL. Had PD in last meeting. Has sack in 7 of his past 8 at home. Ranks 2nd in NFL with 11.5 sacks. DT CAMERON HEYWARD had 2nd-career INT in Week 9. Had 2 TFL & sack in last meeting. Has PD in 2 of his past 3 at home.

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (5-3) AT TENNESSEE TITANS (7-2)

SUNDAY, NOV. 14, 2021 // 1:O0 PM ET // NISSAN STADIUM // REFEREE: JEROME BOGER

LEADER: Titans lead all-time series, 8-6-1

STREAKS: Saints have won 2 of past 3

LAST GAME: 12/22/19: Saints 38 at Titans 28

LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/22/19

QB TREVOR SIEMIAN passed for 249 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 94.5 rating in 1st start of season last week. Completed 35 of 51 atts. (68.6 pct.) for 334 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs for 93.1 rating in his only career start vs. Ten. (12/11/16 w/ Den.). • RB ALVIN KAMARA had 104 scrimmage yards (team-high 54 rec., 50 rush) & 3rd rush TD of season last week. Has 358 receptions, tied with ROGER CRAIG (358) for most by RB in 1st 5 seasons all-time. Leads NFL with 66 TDs since 2017. Had 110 scrimmage yards (80 rush, 30 rec.) & 2 rush TDs in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row on road with 115+ scrimmage yards & rec. TD. RB MARK INGRAM ranks 2nd among active players in rush yards (7,688) & 3rd in rush TDs (63). • WR MARQUES CALLAWAY had 4th rec. TD of season in Week 9. Has TD catch in 2 of his past 3 on road. WR TRE’QUAN SMITH had season-high 53 rec. yards last week. WR DEONTE HARRIS had career-high 6 receptions & 52 rec. yards in Week 9. WR KENNY STILLS had 1st rec. TD of season last week. • DE CAMERON JORDAN had 3rd sack of season in Week 9 & aims for his 4th in row with sack. Had sack in last meeting. Ranks tied-3rd in NFL with 96.5 sacks since 2012. LB DEMARIO DAVIS aims for his 3rd in row on road with sack & 5th in row on road with 8+ tackles & TFL. Had 11 tackles & sack in last meeting. CB MARSHON LATTIMORE has 8 PD in 3 road games this season & aims for his 10th in row on road with PD. S MALCOLM JENKINS aims for his 5th in row on road with 6+ tackles.

QB RYAN TANNEHILL completed 19 of 27 passes (70.4 pct.) for 143 yards & TD vs. INT & rushed for TD last week. Has 250+ pass yards 95+ rating in 2 of past 3. Passed for 272 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 133.6 rating in last meeting. Has 3+ TD passes & 105+ rating in 2 of his past 3 vs. NFC South. • RB ADRIAN PETERSON rushed for TD in season debut last week. Had rush TD in his last game vs. NO (10/4/18 w/ Det.). Ranks 5th in NFL history with 14,841 rush yards & 4th with 119 rush TDs. • WR A.J. BROWN had 5 catches for 42 yards last week. Aims for 5th in row with 5+ catches. Aims for 3rd in row at home with 7+ catches & 90+ rec. yards. Is 4th player in franchise history with 500+ rec. yards in each of 1st 3 seasons. WR JULIO JONES has 75+ rec. yards in 7 of his past 8 vs. NO. Has 1,615 rec. yards (89.7 per game) in 18 career games vs. NO. TE GEOFF SWAIM aims for 3rd in row with TD catch. • S KEVIN BYARD had 24-yard INT-TD last week, his 1st-career TD. Aims for 3rd in row with INT & has INT in 4 of past 5. Ranks tied-2nd in NFL with 5 INTs. Has 23 INTs since 2017, most among safeties. S AMANI HOOKER led team with career-high 12 tackles last week. LB DAVID LONG had 6 tackles, 2 PD & 1st-career INT in Week 9. Aims for 4th in row with PD. DT JEFFERY SIMMONS had season-high 6 tackles & career-high 3 sacks last week. DT DENICO AUTRY had 2 PD & 1.5 sacks in Week 9. Has 1.5+ sacks in 2 of past 3. Had TFL in his last game vs. NO (12/16/19 w/ Ind.).

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (6-2) AT WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM (2-6)

SUNDAY, NOV. 14, 2021 // 1:00 PM ET // FEDEXFIELD // REFEREE: BRAD ROGERS

LEADER: Washington leads all-time series, 11-10

STREAKS: Washington has won past 2

LAST GAME: 11/11/18: Washington 16 at Buccaneers 3

LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/25/15: Washington 31, Buccaneers 30

QB TOM BRADY passed for 375 yards & 4 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 112 rating in Week 8. Has 38 games with 4+ TD passes & 98 games with 3+ TD passes, both most in NFL history. Has 25+ TD passes in 16 seasons, tied-most all-time. Passed for 381 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 104.3 rating in 2020 NFC-WC meeting (1/9/21). Aims for his 6th start in row vs. Was. in reg. season with 285+ pass yards & 2+ TDs. Has 100+ rating in 8 of his past 9 road starts. • RB LEONARD FOURNETTE had 132 scrimmage yards (93 rush, 22 rec.) & rush TD in 2020 NFC-WC at Was. (1/9/21). Has rush TD in 3 of his past 4 & 90+ scrimmage yards in 4 of his past 5. • WR MIKE EVANS had 8th rec. TD of season in Week 8 & is only player with 8+ rec. TDs in each of past 4 seasons. Incl. playoffs, has 21 catches for 492 yards (164 per game) & 3 rec. TDs in 3 career games at Was. WR CHRIS GODWIN had 8 catches for 140 yards & rec. TD in Week 8 & aims for his 3rd in row with 100+ rec. yards & TD catch. Had 79 rec. yards & TD catch in 2020 NFC-WC at Was. (1/9/21). Had 103 rec. yards in last reg. season meeting. • LB LAVONTE DAVID had 9 tackles & sack in 2020 NFC-WC at Was. (1/9/21). Aims for his 5th in row in reg. season vs. Was. with 7+ tackles. LB DEVIN WHITE aims for his 3rd in row with 10+ tackles. LB SHAQUIL BARRETT has 1+ sack in 4 of his past 5. Has 8 TFL in his past 7 on road. LB JASON PIERRE-PAUL has 12.5 sacks, 17 TFL & 4 FFs in 13 reg. season games vs. Was.

QB TAYLOR HEINICKE passed for 306 yards & TD vs. INT & had 46 rush yards & rush TD in 2020 NFC-WC vs. TB (1/9/21). Aims for his 3rd in row with 265+ pass yards & TD pass. • RB ANTONIO GIBSON has 50+ scrimmage yards in 7 of his 8 games this season & aims for his 3rd in row with 50+ scrimmage yards. RB J.D. MCKISSIC had rush TD in 2020 NFC-WC vs. TB (1/9/21). Had 8 receptions & 93 scrimmage yards (83 rec. 10 rush) in Week 8. Is 1 of 3 RBs with 2+ games (2) with 8+ catches in 2021. Since 2020, ranks 2nd among RBs in receptions (113) & rec. yards (921). • WR TERRY MCLAURIN had 6 catches for 75 yards in 2020 NFCWC vs. TB (1/9/21). Aims for his 9th in row at home with 4+ catches. WR CAM SIMS had 7 catches for 104 yards in 2020 NFC-WC vs. TB (1/9/21). WR DEANDRE CARTER had 51 rec. yards & 1st-career rec. TD in Week 8. TE LOGAN THOMAS had 5 catches for 74 yards in 2020 NFC-WC vs. TB (1/9/21). Has rec. TD in 2 of his 4 games this season. • DE CHASE YOUNG aims for his 3rd in row at home with 0.5+ sacks. DT DARON PAYNE had 2 sacks & FF in 2020 NFC-WC vs. TB (1/9/21). Had 2nd sack of season in Week 8. DT JONATHAN ALLEN had sack in Week 8 & aims for his 3rd in row with sack. LB COLE HOLCOMB aims for his 6th in row at home with 6+ tackles. CB KENDALL FULLER had 2 PD in Week 8. Aims for his 4th in row at home with PD. S LANDON COLLINS had 8th-career sack in Week 8. Aims for his 8th in row with 6+ tackles.

CAROLINA PANTHERS (4-5) AT ARIZONA CARDINALS (8-1)

SUNDAY, NOV. 14, 2021 // 4:05 PM ET // STATE FARM STADIUM // REFEREE: ADRIAN HILL

LEADER: Panthers lead all-time series, 11-4

STREAKS: Panthers have won past 3

LAST GAME: 10/4/20: Cardinals 21 at Panthers 31

LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/22/19: Panthers 38, Cardinals 20

QB SAM DARNOLD has 300+ pass yards in 2 of 4 road starts this season. Has TD pass & 90+ rating in 2 of his 3 career starts vs. NFC West. • RB CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY had 106 scrimmage yards (54 rec., 52 rush) in Week 9. Has 20 career games with 50+ rush & 50+ rec. yards, most by player in 1st 5 seasons in NFL history. Since 2019, has 1,440 scrimmage yards (130.9 per game) & 12 TDs (9 rush, 3 rec.) in 11 road games. Has 340 receptions & needs 3 to surpass HOFer LADAINIAN TOMLINSON (342) for 3rd-most by RB in 1st 5 seasons. • WR DJ MOORE aims for his 5th in row on road with 50+ rec. yards. Has 5+ catches in 5 of his past 6 on road. Had 52-yard rec. TD in last road meeting. WR ROBBY ANDERSON had 8 catches for 99 yards in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NFC West with 90+ rec. yards. • LB HAASON REDDICK had sack last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with sack & 6th in row with TFL. Is 1 of 2 (MYLES GARRETT) with 8+ sacks (8.5) & 12+ TFL (12) in 2021. Set career-highs with 12.5 sacks & 15 TFL with Az. in 2020. DE BRIAN BURNS had 22ndcareer sack & 5th-career FF last week. Had sack in last road meeting. CB STEPHON GILMORE had 27th-career INT last week & aims for his 3rd in row with INT. Has 5 PD & 2 INTs in 3 career games vs. Az. S JEREMY CHINN led team with season-high 11 tackles & had 3rd-career FF in Week 9. LB SHAQ THOMPSON aims for his 3rd in row with 10+ tackles.

QB KYLER MURRAY has 70+ comp. pct. & 100+ rating in 3 of his 4 home starts this season. Is 1 of 3 NFC QBs (TOM BRADY & MATTHEW STAFFORD) with 6 games with 100+ rating in 2021. Had 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 116.7 rating in last meeting & aims for his 3rd in row vs. Car. with 2+ TD passes. • RB JAMES CONNER had 173 scrimmage yards (96 rush, 77 rec.) & career-high 3 TDs (2 rush, 1 rec.) in Week 9, his 2nd-career game with both rush & rec. TD. Is 1 of 2 (COOPER KUPP) with 4 games with 2+ TDs in 2021. Leads NFC in rush TDs (10) & NFL in scrimmage TDs (11). Aims for his 4th in row at home with rush TD. Rushed for 65 yards & TD in his only career game vs. Car. (11/8/18 w/ Pit.). • WR DEANDRE HOPKINS aims for his 4th in row vs. Car. with 5+ receptions. Has 50+ rec. yards & TD catch in 3 of his 4 home games this season. WR CHRISTIAN KIRK led team with 6 catches & 91 rec. yards in Week 9. Has 50+ rec. yards in 3 of his past 4. Had TD catch in last meeting. • LB MARKUS GOLDEN had career-high 3 sacks last week & leads NFC with 9 sacks in 2021. Has 2+ sacks in 3 of his past 4. LB CHANDLER JONES had sack last week. Had 2 sacks, 2 FF & FR in last home meeting. LB JORDAN HICKS led team with 8 tackles & had career-high 2 FRs last week. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Car. with 11+ tackles. LB ISAIAH SIMMONS had 4th-career FF last week. S BUDDA BAKER had 2nd INT of season last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with 7+ tackles.

MINNESOTA VIKINGS (3-5) AT LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (5-3)

SUNDAY, NOV. 14, 2021 // 4:05 PM ET // SOFI STADIUM // REFEREE: CLAY MARTIN

LEADER: Vikings lead all-time series, 7-6

STREAKS: Vikings have won past 2

LAST GAME: 12/15/19: Vikings 39 at Chargers 10

LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/15/19

QB KIRK COUSINS had 3 TDs (2 pass, 1 rush) vs. 0 INTs for 104.3 rating in Week 9, his 5th-career game with 2+ TD passes & rush TD. Has 1,851 pass yards (308.5 per game) & 18 TDs (16 pass, 2 rush) vs. 0 INTs for 114 rating in his past 6 on road. Aims for his 7th in row on road with 2+ TD passes & 100+ rating. • RB DALVIN COOK had 122 scrimmage yards (110 rush, 12 rec.) last week, his 18th-career game with 100+ rush yards. Since 2020, has 1,356 scrimmage yards (123.3 per game) & 12 TDs (11 rush, 1 rec.) in his past 11 road games. Aims for his 5th in row on road with 100+ scrimmage yards. • WR JUSTIN JEFFERSON had 50-yard rec. TD last week & became 2nd-fastest player (ODELL BECKHAM JR. – 21 games) to reach 2,000 rec. yards (24 games) in SB era. Has 5+ catches in 5 of his past 6 on road & aims for his 7th in row on road with 65+ rec. yards. WR ADAM THIELEN had 7th rec. TD of season last week & aims for his 4th in row with TD catch. Since 2018, is 1 of 4 WRs with 35+ rec. TDs (36). • LB ERIC KENDRICKS led team with career-high 17 tackles in Week 9. Has 11+ tackles in 3 of his 4 road games this season. DE EVERSON GRIFFEN is only player in NFL with 5+ sacks in each of past 10 seasons. LB ANTHONY BARR had 3rd-career INT last week. Aims for his 4th in row with PD. DT SHELDON RICHARDSON had 1st sacks (1.5) of season last week. Rookie S CAMRYN BYNUM had 12 tackles & 1st-career INT in Week 9. CB CAMERON DANTZLER had season-high 10 tackles last week.

QB JUSTIN HERBERT completed 32 of 38 passes (career-high 84.2 pct.) for 356 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 123.2 rating & rushed for TD last week, 2nd-highest comp. pct. ever by QB under 24 years old (min. 30 attempts). Has 12 games with 300+ pass yards, most-ever by QB in 1st 2 seasons. Aims for 4th in row at home & 3rd in row overall with 2+ TD passes. • RB AUSTIN EKELER had 82 scrimmage yards (59 rush, 23 rec.) last week. Has 80+ scrimmage yards in 6 of past 7. Had 81 scrimmage yards (62 rec., 19 rush) in last meeting. Has 503 scrimmage yards (125.8 per game) & 6 TDs (4 rush, 2 rec.) in 4 home games this season. Is only player in NFL with 5+ rush TDs (5) & 3+ rec. TDs (3) this season. • WR KEENAN ALLEN led team with season-high 12 catches for 104 yards last week, his 9th-career game with 12+ catches & 100+ rec. yards, most all-time. Aims for 7th in row with 5+ catches & 5th in row with 50+ rec. yards. Has 21 catches for 232 yards (116 per game) & 2 TDs in 2 career games vs. Min. WR MIKE WILLIAMS had 58 rec. yards in Week 9. Had 4 catches for 71 yards & TD in last meeting. TEs STEPHEN ANDERSON & DONALD PARHAM each had TD catch last week. • DE JOEY BOSA had sack in Week 9 & has sack in 2 of past 3. Had 5 tackles & TFL in last meeting. Has 7 TFL in 4 career games vs. NFC North. S DERWIN JAMES is 1 of 2 AFC DBs with 5+ tackles in 8 games this season. Has FF in 3 of past 4. Aims for 3rd in row at home with FF. Had 8 tackles in last meeting.

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (3-6) AT DENVER BRONCOS (5-4)

SUNDAY, NOV. 14, 2021 // 4:25 PM ET // EMPOWER FIELD AT MILE HIGH // REFEREE: SHAWN HOCHULI

LEADER: Eagles lead all-time series, 8-5

STREAKS: Eagles have won 2 of past 3

LAST GAME: 11/5/17: Broncos 23 at Eagles 51

LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/29/13: Broncos 52, Eagles 20

QB JALEN HURTS had TD pass vs. 0 INTs for 115.3 rating & 62 rush yards in Week 9. Is 1 of 3 QBs (LAMAR JACKSON & KYLER MURRAY) with TD pass & 60+ rush yards in 6+ games (6) since 2020. Has 30+ rush yards in each of 1st 13 career starts. Has 85+ rating in 4 of his 5 road starts this season. • RB JORDAN HOWARD had 71 rush yards & 3rd rush TD of season last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with 50+ rush yards & rush TD. RB BOSTON SCOTT has 3 rush TDs in his past 2 on road & aims for his 3rd in row on road with rush TD. Rookie RB KENNETH GAINWELL had 3rd rush TD of season last week. • WR DEVONTA SMITH (rookie) led team with 5 catches & 116 rec. yards & had his 2nd rec. TD of season in Week 9. Ranks 3rd among rookies in rec. yards (537) & 4th in receptions (38). Is 1 of 3 rookies (JA’MARR CHASE & KYLE PITTS) with 2+ games (2) with 100+ rec. yards in 2021. TE DALLAS GOEDERT aims for his 3rd in row on road with 70+ rec. yards. Is 1 of 4 NFC TEs with 400+ rec. yards (401) in 2021. • DT JAVON HARGRAVE has 5 sacks & 4 TFL in 5 road games this season. DT FLETCHER COX had TFL in last meeting. LB T.J. EDWARDS led team with 12 tackles in Week 9, his 4th-career game with 10+ tackles. Aims for his 3rd in row with 12+ tackles. LB ALEX SINGLETON has 7+ tackles in 9 of his past 10 on road. CB DARIUS SLAY had 2 PD in his last game vs. Den (12/22/19 w/ Det.) & aims for his 3rd in row vs. Den. with 5+ tackles. Leads NFL with 113 PD since 2013.

QB TEDDY BRIDGEWATER completed 19 of 28 passes (67.9 pct.) for 249 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs for 107.6 rating & rushed for 1st TD of season last week, his 5th game this season with 0 INTs & 100+ rating, tied-2nd most in NFL. Aims for 3rd in row with 0 INTs & 105+ rating. Is 7-0 as starter vs. NFC East with 8 TDs (7 pass, 1 rush) vs. 2 INTs for 96.9 rating. • RB MELVIN GORDON had 95 scrimmage yards (80 rush, 15 rec.) & rush TD last week. Aims for 4th in row with TD. Aims for his 5th in row vs. NFC East with rush TD. Has 609 scrimmage yards (101.5 per game) & 7 TDs (4 rush, 3 rec.) in his past 6 vs. NFC East. Rookie RB JAVONTE WILLIAMS had season-high 111 rush yards in Week 9, his 1st-career 100-yard game. Ranks 3rd among all rookies with 601 scrimmage yards (466 rush, 135 rec.). • WR TIM PATRICK had 4 catches for team-high 85 rec. yards & 4th TD of season last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 60+ rec. yards. Has TD catch in 2 of 3 career games vs. NFC East. WR JERRY JEUDY had 6 catches for 69 yards in Week 9. Has 6+ catches & 65+ rec. yards in 2 of 3 games this season. • S JUSTIN SIMMONS had 2 PD & TFL last week. Aims for 4th in row with PD. Has 5+ tackles in 2 of past 3. Is 1 of 3 in NFL (QUANDRE DIGGS & J.C. JACKSON) with 3+ INTs in each of past 4 seasons. S KAREEM JACKSON led team with 9 tackles & had TFL in Week 9. Rookie S CADEN STERNS had 2nd INT of season last week. Tied for lead among rookies with 2 INTs. Rookie LB JONATHON COOPER had 4 tackles & 1st 2 career sacks last week.

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (3-5) AT GREEN BAY PACKERS (7-2)

SUNDAY, NOV. 14, 2021 // 4:25 PM ET // LAMBEAU FIELD // REFEREE: BRAD ALLEN

LEADER: Packers lead all-time series, 11-8

STREAKS: Packers have won 3 of past 4

LAST GAME: 11/15/18: Packers 24 at Seahawks 27

LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/10/17: Packers 17, Seahawks 9

QB RUSSELL WILSON is expected to make his 150th career start. Has 277 pass TDs & can become 4th QB with 280+ TD passes in 1st 150 starts. Has 8 TDs (7 pass, 1 rush) vs. 0 INTs for 130.3 rating in 3 road starts this season. Aims for his 4th in row on road with 110+ rating. Passed for 225 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 110.3 rating in last meeting. • RB CHRIS CARSON had rush TD in last meeting. Has 80+ scrimmage yards in 3 of his past 4 on road. RB ALEX COLLINS aims for his 3rd in row on road with 75+ scrimmage yards & rush TD. Had rush TD in his last game vs. GB (11/19/17 w/ Bal.). • WR DK METCALF had 6 catches for 43 yards & 2 rec. TDs in Week 8 & joined ODELL BECKHAM JR. & HOFer RANDY MOSS as only WRs since 1990 with 25+ rec. TDs (25) in 1st 40 career games since 1990. Ranks tied-2nd in NFL with 8 rec. TDs & aims for his 3rd in row with TD catch. Has rec. TD in 3 of 4 road games this season. WR TYLER LOCKETT had 12 catches & 142 rec. yards in Week 8, his 6th-career game with 10+ receptions. • LB BOBBY WAGNER led team with 14 tackles in Week 8. Has 3 games with 14+ tackles in 2021, most in NFL. Aims for his 5th in row on road with 10+ tackles & 7th in row vs. GB with 8+ tackles. S JAMAL ADAMS had 10 tackles in Week 8, his 10thcareer game with 10+ tackles. Had 10 tackles in only career game vs. GB (12/23/18 w/ NYJ). S QUANDRE DIGGS is only player with 3+ INTs in each of past 5 seasons. Had INT in his last game at GB (12/30/18 w/ Det.).

QB AARON RODGERS has 10 TDs (9 pass, 1 rush) vs. 0 INTs for 124.4 rating in 3 home starts this season. Aims for his 8th in row with 2+ TD passes & 90+ rating. Passed for 332 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 128.8 rating in last meeting. Has 7 TDs vs. INT for 111 rating in 4 career home starts vs. Sea. Has 111 games with 100+ rating & can tie HOFer PEYTON MANNING (112) for 3rdmost in NFL history. QB JORDAN LOVE passed for 190 yards & TD vs. INT in his 1st career start last week. • RB AARON JONES has 90+ scrimmage yards in 9 of his past 10 at home. Has 29 TDs (23 rush, 6 rec.) in 29 career home games. Had 103 scrimmage yards (63 rec., 40 rush) & 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) in last meeting. Is 1 of 2 active players (ALVIN KAMARA) with 40+ rush TDs (40) & 10+ rec. TDs (10) since 2017. • WR DAVANTE ADAMS has 11 rec. TDs in his past 9 at home. Aims for his 10th in row at home with 6+ receptions. Had 10 receptions for 166 yards in last meeting. Since 2016, leads NFL in rec. TDs (61), ranks 3rd in receptions (516) & 5th in rec. yards (6,425). WR ALLEN LAZARD had 9th-career rec. TD last week & aims for his 4th in row with TD catch. • LB DE’VONDRE CAMPBELL is only player with 80+ tackles (82) & 2+ INTs (2) in 2021. Aims for his 4th in row at home with 9+ tackles. LB RASHAN GARY had sack last week & aims for his 3rd in row at home with sack. S DARNELL SAVAGE has 4 PD in his past 4. S ADRIAN AMOS aims for his 6th in row at home with 5+ tackles.

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (5-4) AT LAS VEGAS RAIDERS (5-3)

SUNDAY, NOV. 14, 2021 // 8:20 PM ET // ALLEGIANT STADIUM // REFEREE: BILL VINOVICH

LEADER: Chiefs lead all-time series, 66-53-2

STREAKS: Chiefs have won 6 of past 7

LAST GAME: 11/22/20: Chiefs 35 at Raiders 31

LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/22/20

QB PATRICK MAHOMES passed for 166 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs last week. Completed 34 of 45 passes (75.6 pct.) for 348 yards & 2 TDs vs. INT for 102.8 rating in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. LV with 340+ pass yards. Has 1,882 pass yards (313.7 per game) & 17 TDs (15 pass, 2 rush) vs. 3 INTs for 105.6 rating in 6 career starts vs. Raiders. Has 95.4 rating in his past 4 vs. division. Has 90+ rating in 8 of 9 career starts on SNF. • RB DARREL WILLIAMS rushed for career-high 70 yards last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 75+ scrimmage yards. Has rush TD in 3 of 4 road games this season. • TE TRAVIS KELCE led team with 5 catches for 68 yards & TD in Week 9. Has 5+ catches & 50+ rec. yards in 4 of past 5. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. LV with 8+ catches, 100+ rec. yards & rec. TD. Has 432 rec. yards (108 per game) in his past 4 vs. Raiders. Aims for his 4th in row vs. division with 100+ rec. yards. Aims for his 7th in row on SNF with TD catch. WR TYREEK HILL has 5+ catches in 6 of past 7. Had 11 catches for 102 yards & TD in last meeting. Aims for his 5th in row vs. Raiders with 50+ rec. yards. Is 1 of 2 with 750+ rec. yards in each of past 5 seasons. • S TYRANN MATHIEU had 6 tackles & 1st sack of season last week. Aims for his 5th in row on road with 5+ tackles. Has 4 INTs in his past 3 on SNF. CB L’JARIUS SNEED had 6 tackles, 2 PD & 1st INT of season in Week 9. Aims for 4th in row with 6+ tackles. Rookie LB NICK BOLTON aims for 6th in row with 5+ tackles. Leads all rookies with 71 tackles & ranks 2nd with 9 TFL.

QB DEREK CARR completed 30 of 46 passes (65.2 comp. pct.) for 296 yards & TD vs. 2 INTs last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 30+ completions & 295+ pass yards. Has 315+ pass yards & 110+ rating in 2 of past 3. Aims for 3rd in row vs. KC with 70+ comp. pct., 275+ pass yards, 3+ TD passes & 115+ rating. Aims for his 4th in row vs. division with 2+ TD passes. • RB JOSH JACOBS had season-high 95 scrimmage yards (76 rush, 19 rec.) last week. Has rush TD in 3 of past 4. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. KC with rush TD. Has rush TD in 7 of his past 8 vs. division. Is 1 of 4 in NFL with 5+ rush TDs in each of past 3 seasons. RB KENYAN DRAKE had season-high 100 scrimmage yards (70 rec., 30 rush) & 6 catches last week. Aims for 4th in row with 70+ scrimmage yards. • TE DARREN WALLER led team with 7 catches for 92 yards last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 5+ catches & 50+ rec. yards. Has 50+ rec. yards in 6 of his 7 games this season. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. KC with TD catch. Has rec. TD in 4 of his past 5 vs. division. WR HUNTER RENFROW had 7 catches for 49 yards & TD in Week 9. Aims for 3rd in row with 7+ catches. Aims for his 5th in row at home with 5+ catches & 50+ rec. yards. • DE YANNICK NGAKOUE aims for 3rd in row with 2+ sacks. Has 2 sacks in 3 of past 4. DE MAXX CROSBY had TFL last week. Aims for his 4th in row vs. KC with TFL. Has 4 sacks in his past 3 vs. division. LB DENZEL PERRYMAN had 10 tackles & PD last week. Ranks 3rd in NFL with career-high 91 tackles this season.

LOS ANGELES RAMS (7-2) AT SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (3-5)

MONDAY, NOV. 15, 2021 // 8:15 PM ET // LEVI’S STADIUM // REFEREE: SHAWN SMITH

LEADER: 49ers lead all-time series, 72-67-3

STREAKS: 49ers have won past 4

LAST GAME: 11/29/20: 49ers 23 at Rams 20

LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/18/20: 49ers 24, Rams 16

QB MATTHEW STAFFORD is only QB with 250+ pass yards in 9 games in 2021. Passed for 347 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 101.7 rating in his last start at SF (9/16/18 w/ Det.) & aims for his 3rd in row vs. SF with 300+ pass yards, 2+ TD passes & 100+ rating. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with 3+ TD passes & 125+ rating. Leads NFL in pass yards (2,771) & ranks 2nd in TD passes (23). • RB DARRELL HENDERSON is 1 of 2 NFC RBS (CORDARRELLE PATTERSON) with 8 games with 50+ scrimmage yards in 2021. Rushed for 88 yards in last road meeting. Has 381 scrimmage yards (95.3 per game) & 6 TDs (4 rush, 2 rec.) in 4 road games this season & aims for his 5th in row on road with TD. • WR COOPER KUPP leads NFL in receptions (74), rec. yards (1,019) & rec. TDs (10) & became 2nd player in SB era (JERRY RICE – 1990) with 1,000+ rec. yards & 10+ rec. TDs in his team’s 1st 9 games of season. Has 5+ receptions in 13 consecutive games, longest active streak in NFL. WR ROBERT WOODS had 2nd game in 2021 with 100+ scrimmage yards (104) last week. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with TD. • DL AARON DONALD has 12.5 sacks & 15 TFL in 13 career games vs. SF. Has 6 sacks in 2021 & can become 4th player since 1982 with 8+ sacks in each of 1st 8 seasons. LB LEONARD FLOYD has team-high 7.5 sacks & aims for his 3rd in row with sack. LB VON MILLER can make LAR debut. Leads active players with 110.5 career sacks. CB JALEN RAMSEY had 3rd INT of season last week & aims for his 4th in row with PD.

QB JIMMY GAROPPOLO passed for 326 yards & 2 TDs vs. INT for 100.6 rating in Week 9. Aims for his 3rd in row with 300+ pass yards & 100+ rating. Passed for 268 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 124.3 rating in last home meeting. Has 2+ TD passes & 100+ rating in 3 of his past 4 home starts vs. NFC West. • RB ELIJAH MITCHELL (rookie) had career-high 5 receptions & 79 scrimmage yards (career-high 43 rec., 36 rush) in Week 9. Is 1 of 3 rookie RBs (MICHAEL CARTER & NAJEE HARRIS) with 4+ games (4) with 75+ scrimmage yards. • TE GEORGE KITTLE had 6 catches for season-high 101 rec. yards & 1st TD catch of season last week. Is 1 of 3 TEs (TRAVIS KELCE & DARREN WALLER) with 10+ games (11) with 100+ rec. yards since 2017. Has 38 catches for 638 yards (106.3 per game) & 4 rec. TDs in his past 6 vs. LAR. Aims for his 6th in row vs. LAR with 5+ catches & 75+ rec. yards. WR DEEBO SAMUEL ranks 2nd in NFL with career-high 882 rec. yards. Aims for his 5th in row at home in 2021 with 5+ catches & 50+ rec. yards. Had 11 catches for 133 yards in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row at home vs. LAR with TD. WR BRANDON AIYUK had 89 rec. yards & TD catch last week. Had 1st-career rec. TD in last home meeting. • DL NICK BOSA had 4th-career FF last week. Ties for NFL-lead with 12 TFL in 2021. LB FRED WARNER led team with 14 tackles last week. Aims for his 7th in row vs. LAR with 6+ tackles. DL ARIK ARMSTEAD had career-high 10 tackles & 2nd sack of season in Week 9. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with TFL.

NFL WEEK 10: WHAT TO LOOK FOR

REMEMBER THESE TITANS: The TENNESSEE TITANS (7-2) enter Week 10 with the best record in the AFC and the longest active win streak in the league (five games). Each of their past four wins have come against 2020 playoff teams, with victories over the Buffalo Bills (Week 6), Kansas City Chiefs (Week 7), Indianapolis Colts (Week 8) and Los Angeles Rams (Week 9).

Each of the previous three teams to win four consecutive games with each win coming against a team that made the postseason the year before all made it to the Super Bowl that season: NEW ENGLAND in 2011, GREEN BAY in 2010 and NEW ORLEANS in 2009.

In Week 10, the Titans host the New Orleans Saints, who won the NFC South last season. With a win on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, CBS), Tennessee can become the second team ever to win five consecutive games with each win coming against a team that made the playoffs the previous season, joining PHILADELPHIA (Weeks 7-11)in 2003.

The 2021 Tennessee Titans’ Weeks 6-10 results:

WEEKOPPONENTOPPONENT’S PRIOR SEASON RESULTGAME RESULT
Week 6vs. BuffaloAdvanced to Championship GameW, 34-31
Week 7vs. Kansas CityAdvanced to Super BowlW, 27-3
Week 8at IndianapolisAdvanced to Wild CardW, 34-31 (OT)
Week 9at L.A. RamsAdvanced to Divisional RoundW, 28-16
Week 10vs. New OrleansAdvanced to Divisional Round???

The 2003 Philadelphia Eagles’ Weeks 7-11 results:

WEEKOPPONENTOPPONENT’S PRIOR SEASON RESULTGAME RESULT
Week 7at N.Y. GiantsAdvanced to Wild CardW, 14-10
Week 8vs. N.Y. JetsAdvanced to Divisional RoundW, 24-17
Week 9at AtlantaAdvanced to Divisional RoundW, 23-16
Week 10at Green BayAdvanced to Wild CardW, 17-14
Week 11vs. N.Y. GiantsAdvanced to Wild CardW, 28-10

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RUSS RETURNS FOR 150: Seattle quarterback RUSSELL WILSON is expected to make his 150th career start on Sunday. He enters the game with 277 touchdown passes in his career and has won 100 of his 149 starts. Entering this season, Wilson has the most wins (98) and the second-most touchdown passes (267) by a quarterback through his first nine seasons in NFL history. 

With at least three touchdown passes at Green Bay on Sunday (4:25 PM ET, FOX), Wilson would surpass TOM BRADY (279 touchdown passes) for the fourth-most touchdown passes by a player in his first 150 starts. With a win, he would surpass BEN ROETHLISBERGER (100 wins) for the fourth-most wins by quarterback in his first 150 starts.

The quarterbacks with the most touchdown passes in their first 150 career starts in NFL history:

PLAYERTEAMTOUCHDOWN PASSES
Aaron RodgersGreen Bay327
Dan MarinoHOFMiami290
Peyton ManningHOFIndianapolis286
Tom BradyNew England279
Russell WilsonSeattle277*
*Making 150th start on Sunday 

The quarterbacks with the most wins in their first 150 career starts in NFL history:

PLAYERTEAMWINS 
Tom BradyNew England116 
Joe MontanaHOFSan Francisco108 
Terry BradshawHOFPittsburgh102 
Ben RoethlisbergerPittsburgh100 
Russell WilsonSeattle100* 
*Making 150th start on Sunday

With four touchdown passes on Sunday Wilson, can tie Pro Football Hall of Famers DAN MARINO (17 games) and PEYTON MANNING (17) for the most games with at least four touchdown passes in a player’s first 10 seasons in NFL history.

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HOME ON THE ROAD: In four road games this season, Minnesota quarterback KIRK COUSINS has totaled 11 touchdowns (10 passing, one rushing) with no interceptions and a 111.3 rating. Dating back to Week 16 of the 2020 season, Cousins has passed for at least two touchdowns with a rating of 100-or-higher in each of his past six road starts.

With two touchdown passes and a rating of 100-or-higher at SoFi Stadium against the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday (4:05 PM ET, FOX), Cousins will become the sixth player ever to accomplish the feat in seven consecutive road games.

The players with at least two touchdown passes and a rating of 100-or-higher in the most consecutive road games in NFL history:

PLAYERTEAMSEASON(S)GAMES
Carson PalmerCincinnati2004-058
Patrick MahomesKansas City2018-197
Tony RomoDallas20147
Tom BradyNew England2011-127
Aaron RodgersGreen Bay20117
    
Kirk CousinsMinnesota2020-216*
*Active streak

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STREAKING BACKS: Indianapolis running back JONATHAN TAYLOR enters Week 10 leading the league with 1,114 scrimmage yards (821 rushing, 293 receiving) and ranks third with eight rushing touchdowns. The second-year back has rushed for a touchdown and eclipsed 100 scrimmage yards in each of his past six games, including two rushing touchdowns with a season-high 200 scrimmage yards in Week 9.   

With at least 100 scrimmage yards and a rushing touchdown against Jacksonville on Sunday (1:00 PM, ET), Taylor will become the fourth player ever to do so in seven consecutive games, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer LADAINIAN TOMLINSON (eight consecutive games in 2006), LYDELL MITCHELL (eight in 1975-76) and LARRY JOHNSON (seven in 2005).

The players with at least 100 scrimmage yards and a rushing touchdown in the most consecutive games in NFL history:

PLAYERTEAMSEASON(S)GAMES
LaDainian TomlinsonHOFSan Diego Chargers20068
Lydell MitchellBaltimore Colts1975-768
Larry JohnsonKansas City20057
    
Jonathan TaylorIndianapolis20216*
*Active streak

Pittsburgh’s NAJEE HARRIS leads all rookie running backs with 830 scrimmage yards (541 rushing, 289 receiving) and six touchdowns (four rushing, two receiving) this season. He enters Week 10 having scored a touchdown and eclipsed at least 75 scrimmage yards in each of his past five games.

With at least 75 scrimmage yards and a touchdown against Detroit on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, FOX), Harris will become the sixth rookie to accomplish the feat in six consecutive games since 1950.

The rookies with at least 75 scrimmage yards and a touchdown in the most consecutive games since 1950:

PLAYERTEAMSEASONGAMES
Eric DickersonHOFL.A. Rams198310
Fred TaylorJacksonville19988
Alvin KamaraNew Orleans20176
Franco HarrisHOFPittsburgh19726
Gale SayersHOFChicago19656
    
Najee HarrisPittsburgh20215*
*Active streak

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BEST RECEIVERS OUT WEST: Entering Week 10, Los Angeles Rams wide receiver COOPER KUPP leads the league with 1,019 receiving yards and 10 touchdown receptions and is the fifth player ever with at least 1,000 receiving yards and 10 touchdown receptions in his team’s first nine games of a season.

San Francisco wide receiver DEEBO SAMUEL ranks second in the league with 882 receiving yards and has eclipsed 150 receiving yards in three games this season, the most in the NFL.

When the 49ers host the Rams on Monday Night Football (8:15 PM ET, ESPN) it will mark the fourth game since 2012 featuring the league’s top-two leaders in receiving yards entering Week 10 or later.

The games featuring the league’s top-two leaders in receiving yards entering Week 10 or later since 2012:

WEEK, SEASONLEADING RECEIVER  SECOND-LEADING RECEIVERRESULT
Week 10, 2021Cooper Kupp (1,019)  Deebo Samuel (882)???
Week 11, 2019Michael Thomas (1,027)  Mike Evans (924)NO 34, TB 17
Week 10, 2017Antonio Brown (835)  T.Y. Hilton (702)PIT 20, IND 17
Week 17, 2012Calvin JohnsonHOF (1,892)  Brandon Marshall (1,466)CHI 26, DET 24

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WATT A START: Last week, Pittsburgh linebacker T.J. WATT recorded a season-high three sacks, his 14th career game (fourth this season) with at least two sacks, the most in the NFL since he entered the league in 2017. In 69 career games, he has a total of 61 sacks, the second-most in the NFL since 2017.

With a sack against Detroit on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, FOX), Watt will surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer DERRICK THOMAS (61 sacks) and his brother, J.J. WATT (61), for the second-most by a player in his first 70 career games since 1982, when the individual sack became an official statistic.

The players with the most sacks in their first 70 career games since 1982:

PLAYERTEAMSACKS
Reggie WhiteHOFPhiladelphia79
Derrick ThomasHOFKansas City61
J.J. WattHouston61
T.J. WattPittsburgh61*
*In 69 games

Watt enters Week 10 ranking second in the league with 11.5 sacks this season. With at least 1.5 sacks on Sunday, he will become the second player since 1982 to record at least 13 sacks in four consecutive seasons, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer REGGIE WHITE (1985-88; 1990-93).

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SACK ATTACK: Cleveland defensive end MYLES GARRETT enters Week 10 leading the league with 12 sacks. Pittsburgh linebacker T.J. WATT ranks second with 11.5, while Arizona linebacker MARKUS GOLDEN, New England linebacker MATT JUDON and Tennessee linebacker HAROLD LANDRY are tied for third with nine sacks each.

The 2021 season has a chance to become the fourth season since 1990 and first since 2000 with five players each having at least 10 sacks through Week 10.

The seasons with the most players with at least 10 sacks through Week 10 since 1990:

SEASONPLAYERS WITH 10+ SACKS
19987
20005
19905

PICKETT, NO. 25 PITT ESCAPE HOWELL, UNC 30-23 IN OT

PITTSBURGH (AP) A rare mistake by Kenny Pickett nearly cost No. 25 Pittsburgh.

The senior quarterback turned darkhorse Heisman Trophy candidate made up for it by doing what he’s done so often during his record-breaking season: make something incredibly difficult look incredibly easy.

Pickett atoned for a late interception that allowed North Carolina to force overtime by firing a strike through a downpour at soggy Heinz Field to tight end Lucas Krull during the first possession of overtime for an 11-yard score that put the Panthers back in front.

Pitt’s defense did the rest, harassing Tar Heels star Sam Howell into a desperation fourth-down heave that landed in the outstretched arms of Panthers defensive back M.J. Devonshire to finish off a 30-23 victory.

“Listen, everyone’s talking about offense,” Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi said. “You win championships with defense. And that was a championship-level performance.”

One that kept the Panthers (8-2, 5-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) in control of the Coastal Division with two games to go. Pitt will earn its second trip to the ACC title game in four years if it wins out or if it beats Virginia next week and Miami drops any of its final three games.

Pickett’s 32nd touchdown of the season to Krull finished off a 346-yard performance in which he became the school’s all-time leader in yards passing. Pickett slipped past Alex Van Pelt’s mark of 11,267 career yards in the first quarter, the latest in a series of records that have fallen during his breakout season.

“It’s awesome but all the records, awards, accolades, it’s really a team effort,” Pickett said. “I want to thank my teammates, coaches. It’s been a heck of a run, but we’re not done yet.”

Maybe not, but Pitt flirted with the idea while letting a 16-point halftime lead slip away. Howell threw for a touchdown and ran for another to get the Tar Heels (5-5, 3-4) within 23-20 with 5:34 to go.

Pitt opted to stay aggressive. Maybe too aggressive. Pickett’s pass on the first snap of the Panthers’ next drive bounced off two pairs of hands before North Carolina linebacker Jeremiah Gemmel grabbed it at the Pitt 35.

The Tar Heels drove to the Pitt 3 before settling for a game-tying 21-yard field goal by Grayson Atkins on fourth down instead of going for the win in regulation.

It’s a decision that will eat at North Carolina coach Mack Brown for a while. He initially wanted to keep Howell and the offense on the field before changing his mind.

“It’s easy to sit here and second guess myself but if I knew it was going to pour the rain, it would have been more fair to take the one shot,” Brown said.

Brown cited his team’s solid second-half defense and the momentum Howell generated late as reasons he chose to kick. Then the rain came and North Carolina’s shot at a second upset of a ranked team in five days washed away.

Playing on offense first, it took Pitt all of four plays to reclaim the lead when Pickett hit the 6-foot-6 Krull just across the goal line.

Needing to respond, North Carolina went backward. Three plays lost a yard and on 4th-and-11 Howell found himself running near midfield while being chased before launching a rainbow into a sea of players in Pitt jerseys that Devonshire grabbed to set off a giddy – if wet – celebration.

NO. 20 BADGERS LOSE RB MELLUSI TO SEASON-ENDING KNEE INJURY

MADISON, Wis. (AP) Wisconsin running back Chez Mellusi will miss the rest of the season with an injured left knee, leaving the 20th-ranked Badgers without their leading rusher.

Mellusi, a Clemson transfer, suffered the injury in the third quarter of Wisconsin’s 52-3 victory at Rutgers on Saturday. Coach Paul Chryst said Thursday that Mellusi won’t play again this season and likely wouldn’t be available for spring practice either.

“I thought he gave a ton to this team certainly in production but a lot of other areas,” Chryst said “I’m sad about that. He’s competitive and he’ll come back.”

Chryst said it’s too early for him to speculate on exactly when Mellusi might return to action but added that “I think it’s certainly going to be one of those where it won’t be spring ball.”

Mellusi had rushed for 815 yards this season to rank fifth in the Big Ten. He had 173 carries to rank second in the Big Ten and 13th among all Football Bowl Subdivision players.

During Wisconsin’s five-game winning streak, Mellusi had formed a dynamic running-back tandem with freshman Braelon Allen, who has rushed for over 100 yards in each of the Badgers’ last five games.

Wisconsin’s ground attack remains in capable hands with Allen leading the way, but someone will have to step up to fill complementary roles in the backfield. Wisconsin’s depth at running back had taken plenty of hits already this season before Mellusi’s injury.

Loyal Crawford was dismissed from the team before the season. Jalen Berger – the Badgers’ leading rusher in 2020 – was removed from the team a month ago. Antwan Roberts, who was suspended the same day Crawford got dismissed, later entered the transfer portal. Fullback Quan Easterling entered the transfer portal two weeks ago.

Mellusi’s injury could result in more carries for Julius Davis, who got his first seven carries of the season against Rutgers and rushed for 32 yards. Brady Schipper has 19 carries for 83 yards this season. Jackson Acker had his first three career rushing attempts at Rutgers and ran for 24 yards and a touchdown.

Wisconsin (6-3, 4-2 Big Ten, No. 18 College Football Playoff ) hosts Northwestern (3-6, 1-4) on Saturday. The Badgers are in a four-way tie for first place in the Big Ten West Division with Minnesota (6-3, 4-2), Purdue (6-3, 4-2) and No. 19 Iowa (7-2, 4-2).

UCONN HIRES FORMER UCLA COACH JIM MORA TO LEAD HUSKIES

(AP) — UConn on Thursday hired former UCLA coach Jim Mora, who also coached two NFL teams, to lead the Huskies.

The 59-year-old Mora has been out of coaching and working as a television analyst after spending six seasons (2012-17) leading UCLA to a 46-30 record.

“Jim is a proven winner, a man of integrity and he possesses the experience and energy to lead our football program back to success,” UConn athletic director David Benedict said in a statement.

Mora coached four seasons in the NFL, three with the Atlanta Falcons and one with the Seattle Seahawks, going 31-33. He was also a defensive coordinator with the San Francisco 49ers for five years before taking over the Falcons.

UConn has been searching for a head coach since Randy Edsall stepped down in September.

Mora and UConn agreed to a five-year deal that runs through the 2026 season, with a first-year salary of $1.5 million, according to the school’s announcement.

He will be added to the UConn staff immediately as an assistant coach, allowing him the ability to do some coaching in practice with the current players and, most importantly, to have full privileges in recruiting.

“This program is loaded with potential, and I look forward to getting to know the student-athletes on the team and am eager to get to work,” Mora said in a statement.

Mora’s father, also named Jim, was a head coach in the NFL with the New Orleans Saints and Indianapolis Colts.

The Huskies are 1-8 in the their first season playing as an independent in football. After starting the season 0-2, Edsall, who was in his second stint leading the program, announced he would retire after this season.

A day later, it was announced Edsall would step down immediately and Lou Spanos took over as interim coach.

The Huskies football program has not had a winning season since 2010, reaching just one bowl game. The collapse of Big East football left UConn as a member of the American Athletic Conference and the football program was never able to find its footing in the AAC.

UConn made the decision to leave the AAC and return to the basketball-centric Big East in 2020, turning the football program into one of the few FBS independents.

Last year would have been UConn’s first season as an independent, but with the program in transition, the school canceled the season because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Huskies’ only victory this season has come against Yale from the Ivy League. UConn plays at Clemson this Saturday.

CLIPPERS RALLY TO BEAT HEAT 112-109, WIN 6TH IN A ROW

LOS ANGELES (AP) Paul George scored 27 points, Reggie Jackson added all of his 22 points in the second half and the streaking Los Angeles Clippers hung on to beat the Miami Heat 112-109 Thursday night for their sixth straight win.

Eric Bledsoe had 21 points and Ivica Zubac finished with 18 points and 11 rebounds for the Clippers, who trailed by 17 points in the first quarter when Miami’s Bam Adebayo scored 19 points.

Adebayo had a season-high 30 points and 11 rebounds. Kyle Lowry scored 22 of his 25 points in the fourth, when Miami outscored the Clippers 9-4 over the final 1:36. Tyler Herro added 23 points while missing all of his six 3-pointers.

Miami dropped its third in a row and fourth of five.

Jackson made two free throws with 3.9 seconds to go for a three-point lead. P.J. Tucker turned the ball over when Nicolas Batum batted away the inbounds pass to Terance Mann.

Jackson’s 3-pointer gave the Clippers their first lead of the game early in the third after he scored his first points of the game on their previous possession. He finished with 15 in the period, with the Clippers closing on a 21-12 run to lead 86-78 going into the fourth.

Adebayo’s dunk provided the Heat’s only lead in the third, 66-65. Jackson and Bledsoe keyed LA’s big run, combining for 19 points. Zubac’s dunk off Bledsoe’s pass was the only time Jackson and Bledsoe didn’t score during the spurt.

The Clippers erased all of their 17-point deficit in the second and trailed 58-56 at halftime.

Bledsoe kept it up in the fourth, scoring seven straight, capped by a 3-pointer that pushed the Clippers’ lead to 93-82.

It was Adebayo’s show in the first quarter, when he scored nearly half of the Heat’s 40 points and they led by 17. Even when he sat in the last couple minutes, Max Strus hit back-to-back 3-pointers to preserve Miami’s comfortable lead. Buoyed by Adebayo’s offense, the Heat shot 68% and dominated the paint, 22-8.

VANVLEET, TRENT HIT LATE 3S AS RAPTORS PAST 76ERS, 115-109

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Kyle Lowry’s mom was in the house, repping the Raptors in a sweatshirt even though her son has moved on to Miami. But the competitive spirit Lowry left behind in turning Toronto into a champion has rubbed off on this year’s team.

Gary Trent Jr. and Fred VanVleet hit back-to-back 3-pointers over the final 1:10 to lift the Raptors past the undermanned Philadelphia 76ers, 115-109 on Thursday night.

VanVleet hit six 3s and scored 32 points, and Trent added 20. The Raptors lost to Boston on the front end of a back-to-back but the late 3s rallied them to a needed road victory.

The Raptors played hard until the end, a trait that can work wonders for a team trying to surprise this season.

“It’s been in the culture with the Raptors for a while,” coach Nick Nurse said. “We just believe in it, talk about it, drill it. We hold guys accountable. I think the biggest metric is your heart and your toughness and your desire to want to do it. Fortunately, our guys most nights will do that.”

Joel Embiid, Isaiah Joe, and Matisse Thybulle are still in the NBA’s health and safety protocols and sat out again. Seth Curry did return from a foot injury and Tobias Harris scored 19 points in his return from a six-game absence after testing positive for COVID-19.

“We just need bodies. He’s a warm body. The fact that he’s one of our better players helps,” coach Doc Rivers said.

The Sixers need more reinforcements and have lost three straight games. Tyrese Maxey did score 33 points for the Sixers.

Andre Drummond had put the Sixers ahead 109-107 with 1:44 left and then followed with a blocked shot on the next possession that sent the crowd into a frenzy.

Trent, though, hit the 3 with 1:10 left that put the Raptors ahead.

The Raptors led most of the fourth quarter until the Sixers went on a late run. Shake Milton hit a 3 and his baseline drive cut it to 92-89 before Harris scored to bring the Sixers within one. VanVleet and Svi Mykhailiuk, though, each buried 3-pointers that stretched the lead and OG Anunoby dunked off a turnover.

Anunoby then hit a 3, one of 14 for the Raptors.

“He’s always been a great all-around talent,” Trent said. “This year, I’ve seen him lead in certain situation situations, find certain guys. He’s just being that ultimate team player, that ultimate winner.”

QUICK STOPS 32 SHOTS, KINGS BEAT SENS 2-0 FOR 7TH WIN A ROW

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) Jonathan Quick made 34 saves for his 55th NHL shutout and the Los Angeles Kings beat the short-handed Ottawa Senators 2-0 on Thursday night to extend their winning streak to seven games.

Ottawa has nine players and an assistant coach in the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol.

“There’s not a guy that I can say didn’t give everything he had,” Senators coach D.J. Smith said. “Jonathan Quick is the difference … it’s unfortunate when we’re this short-handed, but I thought our guys couldn’t play much harder.”

On Thursday, goalie Matt Murray, defenseman Nikita Zaitsev and winger Alex Formenton were placed in the protocol. They joined defensemen Josh Brown, Victor Mete and Nick Holden, as well as forwards Austin Watson, Connor Brown and Dylan Gambrell, and associate coach Jack Capuano.

Anze Kopitar and Andreas Athanasiou scored for the Kings. They improved to 8-5-1.

“Tough night, they gave us everything we could handle for a short-staffed team,” Kings coach Todd McLellan said. “We expected that from them and they gave us everything we could handle. They checked, they did a lot of good things, but we were patient.”

Filip Gustavsson stopped 32 shots for Ottawa. The Senators have lost six straight games at home and are 0-5-1 overall in their last six.

The undermanned Senators also lost defenseman Artem Zub to an upper-body injury midway through the first period.

“It’s not a fun situation,” said Thomas Chabot, who played almost 32 minutes. “We already knew we were missing a lot of players and then you start the game and you lose another defenseman.”

Defenseman Lassi Thompson made his NHL debut for Ottawa and Dilon Heatherington and forward Andrew Agozzino also were recalled from Belleville of the American Hockey League.

Kopitar opened the scoring on a power play with 4:32 left in the second. Athanasiou made it 2-0 with just over three minutes remaining, tipping a point shot.

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INDIANA PACERS BASKETBALL: GAME REWIND: PACERS 111, JAZZ 100

Game Recap

Facing a hostile environment in Utah just 24 hours after playing in Denver, the Pacers (5-8) knocked off the Utah Jazz (8-4), 111-100 to cap off their Western Conference road trip in a positive fashion.

It was an all-around impressive performance for the squad. Indiana led after every quarter and out-rebounded the Jazz, 53-37. They scratched and clawed through a fourth quarter that featured four ejections, including heavyweights Rudy Gobert and Myles Turner, after Turner blocked his layup attempt. After all was said and done, Utah (8-4) was left with its first home loss of the season at the hands of the Blue & Gold.

“(This win) showed us the character we have in this locker room,” T.J. McConnell said. “(It showed) the fight we have in this locker room and how well-coached we are. I think the list goes on.”

In his second game back from a nasty non-COVID illness, Malcolm Brogdon dropped 30 points and hauled in nine boards to lead the squad. McConnell polished off his incredible road trip with 21 points on 10-of-14 shooting, eight rebounds, and five assists. To add, former Butler star Kelan Martin recorded a season-high 14 off the bench, including nine clutch points in the fourth.

“It gives me a lot of confidence in my game,” Martin said of his increased minutes. “Coach (Carlisle) is just trusting me out there, especially late-game with the ball in my hands.”

For the seventh time this season, the Pacers hit the 30-point mark in the first quarter. After each side started with two treys apiece, Indiana used transition buckets and a balanced effort to connect on six of its first 11 shots. However, the difference early on was the long-range efforts of Donovan Mitchell. Coming into tonight, the guard was averaging just 32 percent shooting from beyond the arc. He started this game 3-of-3 from deep, including a 31-foot pull-up triple at the 7:05 mark to give Utah an 18-14 lead.

The teams traded shots over the next few minutes before Indiana responded from long range. Trailing 22-18, McConnell and Martin drilled consecutive threes to grab a two-point Pacers lead with 3:15 to play in the frame.

The reserves’ buckets started a run of 10 unanswered Pacers points. The lead climbed to 28-22 before Joe Ingles knocked in a three with 1:45 to go. Nonetheless, the Blue & Gold managed to hold on to a 32-30 advantage as time expired.

Indiana held on to a slim lead over the first four minutes of the second quarter behind a pair of buckets from Chris Duarte. It was a good sign for the rookie, who struggled against the Denver Nuggets in his last outing.

However, with the Pacers ahead 38-35, the hosts mounted a 7-0 run to snag a 42-38 lead with 6:48 to play. Former Pacer Bojan Bogdanovic showed off his driving skills, flying by his defender for an easy layup.

But Indiana kept on charging. The Blue & Gold responded with an 11-2 run, featuring six from Brogdon, over a 2:28 span to take a 49-44 edge with 4:20 remaining.

From there, the Blue & Gold continued to play solid basketball to close the half. Leading 54-51, Indiana tallied the final six points of the frame to take a nine-point edge into halftime. Duarte had a massive block in transition, while McConnell provided the offense in the final 34.8 seconds. After making a jumper, he collected an offensive rebound with 1.4 seconds remaining and notched another layup just before time expired.

The Pacers stretched their lead to double digits early in the third with the help of Myles Turner on two separate occasions. With 10:04 to play, Turner rose and swatted away Gobert’s layup attempt. Frustrated afterward, Gobert was assessed a technical foul. Brogdon hit the free throw to give Indiana the 10-point edge. At the 7:35 mark, Turner extended Indiana’s lead to 69-57 after drilling a triple from the right wing.

With Turner resting and Indiana leading 72-62, the Jazz mounted a 7-0 run to cut the Pacers’ advantage to five with 3:55 to play. Despite a timeout, Utah continued the surge, finding Gobert for a cutting flush to trim the gap to three with 2:46 to play.

However, after checking back in, Turner nailed a trey from the right side again to extend Indiana’s lead back to 77-71 with 2:25 remaining. 58 seconds later, he did it again to push the lead to 83-74.

From there, the Blue & Gold closed out the quarter strong. With 25.5 seconds to play, Brogdon added another bucket, a tough 18-foot jumper off a dish from McConnell. They led 85-77 entering the final frame. Turner tallied nine points in the frame. Brogdon added 13.

Then, the Pacers got big minutes from Martin early in the fourth. He began with five quick points, including a tough baseline triple while falling, to help Indiana maintain a 92-83 lead with 9:39 to play. When two quick dunks by Eric Paschall threatened the lead, he added two more jumpers to extend Indiana’s lead back to 96-87 with 7:30 remaining.

With Indiana leading 102-92 at the 4:07 mark, Gobert went up for a layup attempt, but was blocked by Turner and fell to the ground. Frustrated, Gobert tugged at Turner’s shorts to bring him down as well. A scrum ensued and NBA officials went to check the replay. After a lengthy review, Turner and Gobert were ejected, along with Mitchell and Joe Ingles for trying to escalate the situation further. Brogdon hit 1-of-2 technical free throws and play resumed.

Muscling through a heightened hostile crowd, the Pacers continued to fight on. Leading 106-96, Duarte hit a clutch 3-pointer from the top of the key to stretch Indiana’s lead to 13 with 2:25 left. 0:17 later, Martin added two free throws, extending the Pacers’ lead to 111-96.

“(That was) the biggest shot of the game to me,” Carlisle said of Duarte’s three. “That was a huge play.”

From there, the group on the floor closed out the game without any major interference. It was a spirited win for the Blue & Gold, who fought through a back-to-back at high altitude to split the set of games.

Indiana finally returns home to host the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday night.

Inside the Numbers

After Utah started 4-of-5 from deep, the Pacers’ defense held them to just 5-of-27 shooting for the rest of the game.

Myles Turner tallied 13 points, nine boards, and three blocked shots. Tonight, he eclipsed Dale Davis to move into fifth place for career blocks in Pacers franchise history.

Utah was limited to fewer than 110 points for just the fifth time this season.

You Can Quote Me On That

“He’s a fighter. He’s a competitor. He’s got an edge. He plays with an edge. He gets on the floor. He hits people. If you were in a street fight, I’d want that guy on my side every day of the week.” –Carlisle on turning to Martin in crunch time

“This is a great challenge. This is something that we talked about at the beginning of the year – that was something that was going to need to galvanize our team – with the level of difficulty that we faced early on. You saw some signs of that tonight. And we’ve got to continue in that vein.” –Carlisle on the heavy road-game schedule to start the season

“It’s huge for me. I think it’s a confidence boost more than anything. I’ve been here for seven years now. I want to leave my mark here on this organization. I’m still climbing. I still got a way to go.” –Turner on taking over the fifth spot in career blocked shots in Pacers franchise history

Stat of the Night

Martin and McConnell finished with 35 of the Pacers’ 45 bench points. The duo scored two fewer points than the entire Jazz bench combined.

Noteworthy

Indiana improves to 4-5 this season when out-rebounding its opponent.

The Pacers are not out of their road gauntlet yet. They still will be traveling for three of their next four games

Caris LeVert sat out for the second consecutive game due to lower back soreness.

Up Next

After a four-game Western Conference road trip, the Pacers return to Gainbridge Fieldhouse to host the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday, Nov. 13 at 7:00 PM ET.

INDY FUEL: ROCKFORD ASSIGNS CLIFF WATSON TO INDY

INDIANAPOLIS – The Rockford IceHogs, American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate of the ECHL’s Indy Fuel, announced Thursday that they have assigned defenseman Cliff Watson to the Fuel

Assigned to the Fuel on October 27, Cliff Watson has played two games for the Fuel, earning two assists. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound defenseman signed a 2-way contract with the IceHogs this season after splitting last year between Indy and Rockford. Skating in four games for the IceHogs this season, Watson has tallied one assist.

Watson joins the Fuel ahead of three games in three days against Central Division opponents. The Fuel will face Iowa on Friday, Kalamazoo on Saturday and Toledo on Sunday before returning home on Wednesday.

Various ticket options are now on sale for the Fuel’s 8th season at Indiana Farmers Coliseum! Lock up your seat for every second of the action at Indiana Farmers Coliseum with a Fuel Ticket Plan – grab yours by heading to IndyFuelHockey.com or by calling the Fuel front office at 317-925-FUEL. Don’t forget to follow the Fuel on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (IndyFuel) for news, updates, contests and much more throughout the 2021-22 season.

INDIANA MEN’S BASKETBALL NOTES: INDIANA HOSTS NORTHERN ILLINOIS FRIDAY NIGHT

OPENING TIP

Indiana University begins its 122nd of competition in men’s basketball and will begin the season in Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall against a second MAC foe Northern Illinois. The Hoosiers are coming off a 68-62 win over Eastern Michigan, while NIU won at Washington, 71-64 on Tuesday. IU has a 75-12 record against the MAC.

GAME INFORMATION

RV/RV Indiana (1-0) vs. Northern Illinois (1-0)

Friday, Nov. 12 • 7 p.m. ET

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

TV: B1G+

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

Series History: Indiana leads, 3-1

Last Meeting: Northern Illinois 85, Indiana 71; January 4, 1972

ON THE SIDELINES

IU Hall of Famer, All-American, Big Ten MVP and Indiana native Mike Woodson is the first Hoosier graduate to lead the program at the start of the season since Lou Watson in 1965. Dan Dakich served as interim coach for seven games at the end of the 2008 season. Woodson brings nine years of NBA head coaching experience back to his alma mater and worked for seven franchises as an assistant coach and won an NBA title in 2004 with the Detroit Pistons. He played 11 seasons in the NBA as a player and is the fifth all-time leading scorer in program history with 2,061 points. His 19.8 ppg. average is tied for second among players who spent four years in Bloomington.

Coach Rashon Bruno is in his first year at Northern Illinois after spending the last six as Associate Head Coach at Arizona State.

JACKSON-DAVIS IS CONSENSUS PRESEASON ALL-AMERICAN

Junior/sophomore forward Trayce Jackson-Davis, the leading returning scorer in the Big Ten, has been named a first-team 2021-22 Preseason All-American by the Associated Press, noted analyst Dick Vitale and ESPN.com, and by Athlon’s Magazine and second team by the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook and The Sporting News. The Center Grove standout was also selected to the watch list for the Karl Malone Watch, the NABC Player of the Year, Wooden Award and Naismith Award. He was a third-team All-American (Sporting News) last season. He started all 27 games in 2020-21 and was the only high major player to average at least 19.0 points and 9.0 rebounds. He was fourth in the Big Ten in scoring (19.1), second in rebounding (9.0), fifth in field goal percentage (51.7%) and blocked shots (1.4) and was third in minutes played (34.2). He led the Hoosiers with 21 points, 14 boards and 3 blocked shots against EMU. This was Jackson-Davis 23rd career double-double. IU is now 18-5 when Jackson-Davis records a double-double in his career. He also moved into 55th all-time in career points at IU with 970 points surpassing Isiah Thomas.

WHAT CLASS ARE THEY IN?

Indiana Basketball is listing a player’s academic standing and year in eligibility within most publications. However you’ve decided to do so after last year’s COVID-19 season is up to you.

ODDS AND TRENDS

IU’s starting lineup of Jackson-Davis (60), Sr./Jr’s. Xavier Johnson (82), Miller Kopp (75), Parker Stewart (75) and Race Thompson (28) have combined for 320 career Division I starts. Off the bench, Sr./Jr’s. Michael Durr (85) and Rob Phinisee have started 154 games. The Hoosiers are just outside the Top-25, receiving the 27th most votes in the AP Poll and 30th most votes in the coaches poll.

INDIANA VOLLEYBALL: NO. 25 ILLINOIS AND NO. 11 NEBRASKA DUE UP FOR INDIANA VOLLEYBALL

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana Volleyball (9-17, 3-11 Big Ten) will split the next two matches starting with No. 25 Illinois (19-9, 8-6 Big Ten) on the road on Friday, November 12 followed by a home match against No. 11 Nebraska (17-6, 11-3 Big Ten) on Sunday, November 14. The match against the Illini will begin at 7 p.m. ET while the Hoosiers will face the Huskers at 2 p.m. ET.

Indiana at No. 25 Illinois

Champaign, Ill. | Huff Hall

Friday, November 12 | 7:00 p.m. ET

Video (B1G+) | Live Stats | Match Notes

Social Media: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Indiana vs. No. 11 Nebraska

Bloomington, Ind. | Wilkinson Hall

Sunday, November 14 | 2:00 p.m. ET

Video (B1G+) | Live Stats | Match Notes | Tickets

Social Media: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

The Opening Serve

• The Hoosiers are coming off a two-game road swing at Iowa and Northwestern. They dropped the matches against both the Hawkeyes and Wildcats, 3-1.

• Freshman setter Camryn Haworth tallied a pair of aces this past weekend to improve to 33 on the season. She is currently ranked No. 5 in aces among the Big Ten Conference.

• Junior defensive specialist Paula Cerame continues to be among the best in the conference in digs 409. She currently has the sixth best total.

• Junior middle blocker Kaley Rammelsberg moved up a spot to No. 9 in hitting percentage this past week. The junior is currently hitting .343 sign 177 kills.

All-Time Series

• The Hoosiers are 17-72-1 in the all-time series against Illinois. The last time the two schools met was in the spring of 2021 where the Illini took both matches, one in three sets and one in four sets. Indiana’s last win in the series came in 2010 where the Hoosiers picked off Illinois, 3-1 (25-20, 22-25, 25-20, 25-22).

•  Nebraska holds the lead in the all-times series, 20-1. The two programs have already met in 2021 and the Huskers got the win, 3-0 (13-25, 15-25, 15-25). Indiana’s lone win was in 1978 where they got the victory on a neutral court.

Checking Out the Competition

• ILLINOIS: Chris Tamas is in his fifth season at the helm of the Illinois Volleyball program. They have posted a record of 16-9 overall, 8-6 in the Big Ten, and are currently ranked No. 25 in the country. Junior middle blocker Kennedy Collins leads the Illini attack with 234 kills and a hitting percentage of .330. She also leads the team in blocks with 107. Senior defensive specialist Taylor Kuper has recorded a team-leading 424 digs and tallied 38 aces. Her 38 aces are the sixth best in the Big Ten. Sophomore outside hitter Raina Terry leads the squad in aces with 43 which is good for third in the conference. Redshirt junior Diana Brown is their main setter and has put up 968 assists so far this season. Her assist total is No. 8 in the Big Ten. As a team, Illinois is hitting .215 and has allowed their opponent to hit just .198. The Illini lead the conference is aces with a total of 174 and are averaging 1.89 per set.

• NEBRASKA: John Cook is the head coach of the Huskers Volleyball program and is in his 21st season. They are currently No. 11 in the country and have a record of 17-6 overall and 11-3 in the Big Ten. Junior outside hitter Madi Kubik leads the lethal Nebraska attack with a hitting percentage of  .236 on 269 kills. Senior middle blocker Kayla Caffey is their lead blocker, totaling 78 block so far this season.  Caffey owns the sixth best hitting percentage among the conference at .381 on 162 kills. Senior Nicklin Hammes does the setting for the Huskers and has raked up 777 assists. Hammes is No. 5 in the Big Ten in assists, averaging 10.50 per set. As a unit, Nebraska is hitting .228 while the opposing team is hitting .156. They have seen 116 aces compared to the opponents 70. The Huskers are third in the conference in opponent kills and service aces.

Last Time Out

• The Hoosiers kicked off last weekend with a trip to Iowa where they stumbled against the Hawkeyes, 3-1 (18-25, 25-17, 20-25, 23-25). Breana Edwards led the squad with 19 kills and a hitting percentage of .368. Haley Armstrong, Savannah Kjolhede, and Mady Saris all tallied aces in the match.

• Indiana closed out the weekend at Northwestern and dropped the Sunday match, 3-1 (20-25, 25-21, 19-25, 22-25). Grae Gosnell recorded a new career high 11 kills which led the Hoosiers attack. Breana Edwards served up three straight aces in set two and Savannah Kjolhede led the team in blocking with three.

News & Notes

• Senior outside hitter Breana Edwards leads the Hoosiers in kills with 320 in 2021. Edwards recorded the 1000th kill of her career in the match at Georgia Tech on Sept. 10.

• Junior middle blocker Kaley Rammelsberg continues to lead the Hoosiers in hitting percentage at .346 on 177 kills. Her percentage is ninth best among the Big Ten.

• Graduate student setter Brooke Westbeld comes off the bench and has totaled a team-high 468 assists.

• Sophomore middle blocker Savannah Kjolhede has put up 74 blocks which leads the Hoosiers defense.

• As the Hoosiers starting libero, junior Paula Cerame is No. 6 in the Big Ten in digs, totaling 409 so far this season.

• In the match against Northwestern on November 7, sophomore outside hitter Grae Gosnell raked in a career and team-high 11 kills.  She also saw a hitting percentage of .333 and four digs.

Freshman Coming in Hot

• Setter Camryn Haworth has had a strong first campaign with the Hoosiers as she is No. 5 in the conference in aces with 33 which is a squad high. She also does most of the setting for Indiana, recording 420 assists so far this season.

• Outside hitter Mady Saris has tallied 240 kills and 38 blocks. She also has recorded three double-double in her career.

INDIANA FOOTBALL VS. RUTGERS

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Indiana football program returns home for two straight games, starting with a Saturday (November 13) tilt against Rutgers inside Memorial Stadium. The Hoosiers (2-7, 0-6 B1G) take on the Scarlet Knights (4-5, 1-5 B1G) at Noon on the Big Ten Network.

INDIANA (2-7, 0-6 Big Ten) at Rutgers (4-5, 1-5 Big Ten)

Memorial Stadium

Saturday, Nov. 13 | Noon ET

TV: Big Ten Network  |  RADIO: Indiana Hoosiers Sports Network

Setting The Scene

• Indiana (2-7, 0-6 B1G East) opens a two-game homestand against Rutgers (4-5, 1-5 B1G East) on Saturday, Nov. 13. Kickoff is set for noon ET at Memorial Stadium (52,656; FieldTurf) on BTN.

• The Hoosiers are 5-2 overall against the Scarlet Knights and 2-1 in Bloomington.

• IU has won the last five games in the series: on Nov. 5, 2016 (33-27, A), on Nov. 18, 2017 (41-0, H), on Sept.

29, 2018 (24-17, A), on Oct. 12, 2019 (35-0, H), and on Oct. 31, 2020 (37-21, A).

• Indiana has faced six ranked opponents, each of which has entered the Top 10 in 2021, with a combined record of 39-7.

• Linebacker Micah McFadden leads the Big Ten and shares third nationally with 15 tackles for loss, and he has at least one TFL in 14-straight games.

• Peyton Hendershot is the Hoosiers tight ends receptions (128) and yardage (1,417) leader. His 14 touchdowns only trail Ted Bolser’s 15 from 2010-13.

• Saturday is IU’s “Salute to Service” in conjunction with Veterans Day.

The Coaches

• The 2020 American Football Coaches Association National Coach of the Year, Tom Allen is 26-29 in his fifth season as Indiana head football coach. His 24 wins over his first four years are the most for an IU head coach during that span. Allen was also named the 2020 Hayes-Schembechler Coach of the Year (Big Ten coaches vote) and the Dave McClain Coach of the Year (Big Ten media vote). (full bio on page 15)

• Greg Schiano is 7-11 in his second stint as Rutgers head coach. He posted a 68-67 record with the Scarlet Knights from 2001-11 before taking over as Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach from 2012-13.

News & Notes

• The team voted WR Ty Fryfogle, TE Peyton Hendershot, LB Cam Jones, DB Marcelino McCrary-Ball, LB Micah McFadden, and QB Michael Penix Jr. season captains.

• Jones, McCrary-Ball, McFadden, and Penix were also 2020 captains.

• The Hoosiers (6-2, 6-1 Big Ten) finished the 2020 season with a No. 12 final rating from the Associated Press, their highest final ranking since 1967 (No. 4).

• IU’s 11 B1G wins over 2019-20 tied for the most in school history over a two-year span (1987-88).

• Indiana has played in consecutive January bowl games (2020 TaxSlayer Gator Bowl and 2021 Outback Bowl) for the first time in school history.

• Tom Allen reached win No. 25 in his 48th career game to become the third-fastest in program history to 25 victories behind James M. Sheldon (40 games) and James H. Horne (46 games).

PURDUE MEN’S BASKETBALL: NO. 7-RANKED PURDUE HOSTS INDIANA STATE FOR IN-STATE SHOWDOWN

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The No. 7-ranked Boilermakers look to move to 2-0 on the young season when in-state rival Indiana State visits Mackey Arena for an 8:30 p.m. tipoff. It marks the second straight season that the Sycamores will visit Mackey Arena, after Purdue topped ISU 80-68 a year ago.

The Boilermakers improved to 103-21 (.831) all-time in season openers, including 16-1 under head coach Matt Painter, with an 96-67 win over Bellarmine on Tuesday night. Indiana State is 1-0 following a come-from-behind 81-77 victory at Green Bay.

The contest will be televised by the Big Ten Network with Jeff Levering and Rapheal Davis on the call. On the radio waves, Rob Blackman and Bobby Riddell will be courtside (Wes Scott producing) on the 22-station Purdue Radio Network and online on the Varsity Sports Network (app). Live stats will be provided on PurdueStats.com and updates will be provided on Purdue’s official Twitter account (@BoilerBall).

THE NOTES TO KNOW

1) Purdue owns a 30-4 all-time record against Indiana State, including a 26-2 margin in West Lafayette. The Boilermakers are 51-3 all-time in games played against Missouri Valley Conference teams in West Lafayette.

2) Friday’s contest marks the 26th straight sellout, dating to Jan. 15, 2019, vs. Rutgers.

3) Since the start of the 2016-17 season, Purdue is 17-2 against in-state opponents (Notre Dame – Dec. 2018; Butler – Dec. 2019). 

4) Purdue is looking for its first 2-0 start since the 2018-19 season (2019-20 – loss to Texas; 2020-21 – loss to Clemson).

5) Purdue’s preseason AP ranking of No. 7 matches the highest preseason rank of the Painter era (2009-10; 7th).

6) Purdue’s two preseason All-Americans of Trevion Williams and Jaden Ivey combined for 15 points in the season-opening win over Bellarmine. The Boilermaker still managed 96 points and a 1.43 points / possession.

7) Purdue’s 16 3-pointers made against Bellarmine were the most in a season opener in school history.

8) Purdue is 51-3 at home during the month of November during the Matt Painter era, with losses coming to Bucknell (2012), Villanova (2016) and Texas (2019).

9) Purdue has finished in the top four of the Big Ten standings in 10 of the last 14 seasons under Coach Painter.

10) Matt Painter needs two wins in Big Ten play to tie Jud Heathcote for seventh on the Big Ten’s all-time wins list (182).

11) Purdue has won 991 Big Ten games in school history, needing nine league wins to become the first school with 1,000 Big Ten victories.

PURDUE FOOTBALL NOTES VS. OHIO STATE

WEST LAFAYETTE – Newly-ranked Purdue Football (6-3, 4-2) has won back-to-back Big Ten Conference games and will ride the momentum of its outstanding victory over No. 5-ranked Michigan State into its game at No. 4 Ohio State on Saturday, Nov. 13. Head coach Jeff Brohm’s 19th-ranked Boilermakers kick off against the Buckeyes at 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC, looking for a possible fifth league win for the first time since 2018 and just the fifth time since the 2000 season.

With its sixth win, Purdue is bowl eligible for first time since 2018 and the third time of the Brohm era. The Boilermakers are also hunting for a possible fourth away game victory. To find the last Purdue team to win four road games, one must dig back in the record book to 1943, when Elmer Burnham’s band of Boilermakers went 9-0 on the season with a 5-0 away record.

FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 1960

• Purdue has beaten two AP Top-5 teams for the first time since 1960, when it beat No. 3 Ohio State and No. 1 Minnesota.

• Former head coach Jack Mollenkopf’s Boilers defeated the Buckeyes by a score of 24-21 (Oct. 15, 1960) and went on the road to top the top-ranked Gophers, 23-14 (Nov. 12, 1960).

LINE THEM UP, KNOCK THEM DOWN

• The last season Purdue beat two or more Top-25 teams in a season was 2018, with three, and the last time Purdue upended two top-10 teams was in 1984 (No. 8 Notre Dame, 23-21 and No. 2 Ohio State 28-23).

• Purdue has 17 wins against AP Top-5 foes as an unranked team, which is the most in the country by six, ahead of Illinois and USC’s 11 and Michigan State’s 10.

PURDUE – OHIO STATE SERIES HISTORY

• Purdue has not faced Ohio State since 2018, and Boilermaker fans everywhere remember that game. And probably Buckeyes fans, too. Head coach Jeff Brohm’s team, unranked, dispatched the No. 2-ranked visitors by a score of 49-20 (Oct. 20, 2018).

• Purdue trails in the all-time series vs. Ohio State, 15-40-2, but has carved out a more successful stretch as of late, winning three of the last six matchups since 2009.

LAST TIME AGAINST THE BUCKEYES

• In case you missed it, the Boilermakers are looking for a second-straight win against the Buckeyes, with the post-game scenes of that eventful and emotional night on Oct. 20, 2018, still resonating in West Lafayette.

• The late Tyler Trent was in attendance, cheering on his favorite team to victory, a 49-20 win. The game has become an iconic moment in Purdue history and amongst the legendary stories of college football, as a whole.

• Former QB David Blough passed for 378 yards and three touchdowns, while former RB and current graduate assistant D.J. Knox rumbled for 128 rushing yards and three scores of his own. • Currently starring for the Arizona Cardinals in his rookie NFL season, then-freshman WR Rondale Moore electrified Ross-Ade Stadium with 12 catches for 170 receiving yards and two scores.

• In his second season with the Cincinnati Bengals, former LB Markus Bailey had 15 tackles and a remarkable 41-yard interception return for touchdown late in the fourth quarter to seal the win.

A WHOLE NEW (CFP) ERA

• Purdue Football has entered the College Football Playoff rankings at No. 19, it was announced on ESPN on Tuesday, Nov. 9. The ranking is the first-ever in the CFP era for the Boilermakers.

• Head coach Jeff Brohm’s squad (6-3, 4-2) earned an Associated Press Top 25 ranking earlier this season after the upset win over No. 2-ranked Iowa (Oct. 16) to improve to 4-2 (2-1). Following the Boilermakers’ latest big win over No. 3-ranked Michigan State (Nov. 6), Purdue has ascended into the latest set of CFP rankings.

DEFENSE IS TRENDING UP

• The Boilermakers have at least two takeaways in four consecutive games and 12 in the last four games after recording a total of two in the first five games.

• Purdue also stands out as one of just 16 teams nationally to have recorded both a fumble return and interception return for touchdown this season. For Purdue, both types of defensive scores had not occurred since 2011, per Sports-Reference.com.

RING THE BELL

• If you hadn’t heard of junior WR David Bell before the Iowa game (Oct. 16) or the Michigan State game (Nov. 6), now you have. The junior from Indianapolis (Warren Central HS) torched the No. 2 Hawkeyes for 240 receiving yards (11 catches), the second-highest yardage total in team history, behind only Chris Daniels’ 301 vs. Michigan State (October 16, 1999).

• Bell led the team with 217 receiving yards on 11 catches with a TD in the victory over No. 5/3 Michigan State (Nov. 6), with those 217 receiving yards standing as the fifth-most in school history.

• With the Iowa and MSU efforts, Bell is the second player in program history with multiple 200-plus-yard receiving games, along with Brian Alford (215 and 209, both in 2017).

• Bell has surpassed 100 receiving yards in 15 of his 26 career games at Purdue. When Bell passed the 100-yard mark vs. the Spartans, he broke the school record with his 15th career 100-yard game.

• Also within the Iowa game was a season-long 60-yard snag for Bell, which is the longest play from scrimmage for the Boilermakers in 2021. His longest is an 89-yard touchdown reception vs. Nebraska during the 2020 season (Dec. 5).

• Bell started his 2021 campaign with a 134-yard, eight-catch effort vs. Oregon State (Sept. 4) and a 121-yard, six-catch, three-touchdown outing at UConn (Sept. 11).

• Bell missed the Illinois (Sept. 25) game due to being in concussion protocol after the Notre Dame (Sept. 18) game.

• The Boilermaker star ranks fourth nationally in receiving yards per game (125.4), and first in the Big Ten Conference.

• For his career, Bell is averaging an FBS-leading 102.4 receiving yards per game. His 7.8 receptions per game is currently the 2nd-most for an active NCAA career.

• The three-TD game for Bell at UConn matched his career-high he set against Iowa last season (Oct. 24, 2020). He is just the second Purdue WR in school history with multiple three-TD reception games, joining Taylor Stubblefield (2001-04).

BUTLER MEN’S SOCCER: UNABLE TO CAPITALIZE AGAINST NO. 18 PROVIDENCE IN BIG EAST TOURNAMENT SEMIFINAL

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Butler men’s soccer team held its own through one half of play but ultimately succumbed to 18th-ranked Providence by a final score of 2-0. The No. 6 seed Bulldogs (7-9-3) failed to convert a penalty attempt in the 57th minute, and the No. 2 seed Friars (10-3-4) took advantage, scoring two goals within a one-minute span to move on to the BIG EAST Tournament championship match.

Key Moments

14′ | Griffin DeBolt clears a dangerous ball passed into the goalie box, leading to a Providence corner kick.

16′ | Rhys Myers uses his head to clear a threatening, on-target ball.

21′ | Gabriel Gjergji comes off his line to challenge a charging Friar, forcing the left-footed shot to go just outside of the right post.

29′ | Gjergji extends and gets a glove on a hard shot the deflects off the crossbar and back into play. The ball is then cleared.

39′ | The Friars get a great look from 18 yards, but the shot goes just outside of the left post.

HALFTIME

54′ | Hemi Nasser hits a shot from deep, forcing a save by the Providence keeper.

57′ | A foul on Wilmer Cabrera, Jr. leads to a penalty kick. Griffin DeBolt strikes it low and to the left corner, but the Providence keeper anticipates and makes a diving save.

65′ | A Providence corner kick leads to a header goal for the Friars, who take a 1-0 lead.

66′ | The Friars counter attack and are able to get around Gjergji, finding the back off net to pull ahead, 2-0.

83′ | Jack Haywood takes a long shot from deep that sails just inches over the crossbar.

89′ | Wilmer Cabrera, Jr. is one-on-one with the Providence keeper, but the hard shot is deflected away from the goal.

Butler Points Summary

GOALS: (none)

ASSISTS: (none)

Bulldog Bits

The Bulldogs offensive attack was led by Wilmer Cabrera, Jr., who tallied three shots, and Hemi Nasser who had a pair. Each put one on frame.

Goalkeeper Gabriel Gjergji made two saves in the match.

Providence outshot Butler, 9-8. The Friars put four on frame, while the Bulldogs had three.

The Bulldogs earned five corner kicks in the match, compared to three for Providence.

Butler compiled a 3-4-1 record against ranked opponents this season.

The Bulldogs defeated No. 18 Lipscomb (3-1), No. 20 Providence (2-1), and No. 24 St. John’s (1-0)

The 0-0 draw also came against No. 24 St. John’s.

Butler lost to No. 1 Indiana (0-1), No. 1 Georgetown (0-1), No. 5 Marshall (0-2), and No. 18 Providence (0-2).

BUTLER WOMEN’S SOCCER: SET TO FACE WISCONSIN IN ROUND ONE OF NCAA TOURNAMENT

Matchday Information – Butler at Wisconsin

DATE:                         Friday, November 12 / 6pm CT (7pm ET)

LOCATION:                Madison, Wis. / McClimon Soccer Complex

LIVE STATS:              ncaa.com

LIVE VIDEO:               BTN+

SERIES RECORD:     Wisconsin leads, 4-0-0

LAST MEETING:        September 1, 2019 – Madison, Wis. – #15 Wisconsin 2, Butler 1 (OT)

The Butler women’s soccer team is headed to the NCAA tournament for the third time in program history and will be traveling to face Wisconsin on Friday, November 12, in Madison, Wis. Kickoff is set for 6 pm central (7 pm eastern). The Bulldogs are coming off a 1-2 loss to Georgetown in the BIG EAST Tournament semifinals, while the Badgers most recently lost to Rutgers, 1-0, in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals.

Bulldog Bits

(through games 11/07/2021)

Abigail Isger is 15th nationally with five game-winning goals and tied for first in the BIG EAST.

Katie Soderstrom is 26th nationally, with 12 goals, and 22nd with 31 total points. She is second in the BIG EAST in both categories.

Alli Leonard and Soderstrom are fifth in the BIG EAST with seven assists each. Isgar, with six, is eighth.

Emma Martin’s nine shutouts place her 11th nationally, and third in the BIG EAST. Her GAA (.661) ranks 21st overall and third in the conference.

This is the second NCAA at-large bid for Butler in program history and the third overall trip to the NCAA Tournament. Butler’s first appearance came in 2015 when the Bulldogs defeated Providence 1-0 in the BIG EAST championship match to earn the conference’s automatic bid. The second trip came two years later, in 2017, when Butler received its first at-large bid.

Wisconsin will be the third Big Ten opponent the Bulldogs have faced in the NCAA Tournament. In 2015, Butler lost to Ohio State (1-2) in double-overtime. In 2017, the Bulldogs battled Northwestern through two overtime periods to a 0-0 draw, but the Wildcats advanced to round two on PKs, 3-2.

The Bulldogs have scored 40 goals in 20 matches this season (2.00 goals/match) while giving up 17 goals (0.850 goals allowed/match).

Twelve different players have scored at least one goal in 20 matches this season, and twelve have also produced an assist.

The Matchup

Butler and Wisconsin have played four times, with the Badgers winning all four.

The teams played in three consecutive seasons, from 1993-1995, with Wisconsin winning by scores of 4-0, 1-0, and 2-1.

Common Opponents- 2021

                                              Butler (3-1-0)                       Wisconsin (2-0-2)

Providence                            W, 1-0 (OT)                           W, 3-2 (OT)

Michigan                                L, 0-5                                    T, 0-0

Illinois                                    W, 3-1                                   T, 1-1 (2OT)

Northwestern                        W, 3-1                                    W, 1-0 (OT)

Scouting Wisconsin

Previous match: Rutgers L, 0-1

Wisconsin has scored 24 goals this season and allowed fourteen goals.

Eight players have scored a goal for the Badgers, and seven have produced an assist.

Current offensive standouts for Wisconsin include:

        #2 Emma Jaskaniec (8g, 3a)

        #13 Natalie Viggiano (5g, 3a)

        #34 Claire Odmark (4g, 1a)

        #25 Cammie Murtha (1g, 5a)

        #9 Lauren Rice (2g, 2a)

Jordyn Bloomer (8-5-6) has started all 19 matches in goal. She has 67 saves (.827) and has allowed 14 goals, producing a 0.69 GAA. She has eight solo shutouts along with one combined.

BUTLER VOLLEYBALL: RETURNS HOME FOR CRUCIAL BIG EAST WEEKEND

INDIANAPOLIS – The Butler volleyball team returns home to Hinkle Fieldhouse for a pair of BIG EAST matches this weekend. The Bulldogs (14-13, 8-6 BIG EAST) square off with DePaul (15-11, 8-6) on Friday morning at 11 a.m. before meeting up with Marquette (21-4, 12-2) Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. The matchup with the Blue Demons is particularly crucial in relation to the conference tournament, where only the top four teams will make it. Butler and DePaul are tied for fourth in the BIG EAST standings, with the winner putting itself in good position to make the playoffs.

Bulldog Bites

– Jaymeson Kinley was named the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week for her strong play over the weekend when she led the conference in dig/set (6.14) on 43 total digs.

– The conference leader in total digs (512) and digs per set (5.33) received the honor for the first time this season following four earlier appearances on the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll.

– Melody Davidson ranks in the Top 5 in the BIG EAST with 390.5 points (second), 114 blocks (fourth) and 323 kills (fifth).

– Davidson has earned recognition on the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll twice this season in addition to being named the conference’s Defensive Player of the Week on Oct. 25.

– The Bulldogs lead the BIG EAST in total attacks (3,706) and attacks per set (38.6) and rank second in both total digs (1,615) and digs per set (16.82).

– The Bulldog defense has stepped up in recent weeks to now rank third in the conference in opponent hitting percentage (.192) this season.

– The sweep over Providence also gave Butler a season sweep over the Friars, having previously won at home in late September.

– The Bulldogs have also won two matches over both Georgetown and St. John’s, with one more opportunity left on the schedule (Xavier on Nov. 21) to win two matches over the same opponent.

– Butler (.193) and its opponents (.192) have similar hitting percentages on the season.

– The Bulldogs had their second-best hitting percentage of the season (.317) in the match at Providence while tying a season-low for attack errors with nine.

SCOUTING DEPAUL: The Blue Demons check in with a 15-11 record (8-6 BIG EAST) following last weekend’s roadtrip where they won in four sets at St. John’s then in five sets at Seton Hall. This will be the first meeting of the season between the two teams and will come with major conference tournament implications, as they are tied for fourth in the BIG EAST standings with the winner likely on the fast track to make the playoffs. DePaul ranks third in the conference in kills/set (13.4), while sophomore OH Jill Pressly ranks fourth with 3.52 kills/set. Sophomore L Rachel Krasowski was named the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week on Aug. 30  and ranks third in the conference in digs/set (4.59).

Butler leads the all-time series 20-11 after dropping the two matches at DePaul during the Spring 2021 season.

SCOUTING MARQUETTE: The Golden Eagles tout a 21-4 record (12-2 BIG EAST) after winning at Seton Hall in four sets before taking a five-set match at St. John’s last weekend. Like DePaul, Marquette is a single-play opponent on this season’s conference schedule. The Golden Eagles are led by the versatile graduate student Taylor Wolf, who sees time at right-side hitter and setter and has been named BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week three times this season. She has six triple-doubles on the season, which is tied for first nationally.

The Golden Eagles lead the all-time series over the Bulldogs 16-9. Butler split the Spring 2021 series, winning the first match in five sets on March 5.

DOUBLE-DOUBLES: Mariah Grunze (eight), Madison Friebel (eight) and Marissa McKelvey (four) have each recorded multiple double-doubles in the first 25 contests of the season. Grunze averages 9.5 kills and 7.8 digs, while Friebel has averaged 28.9 assists and 8.5 digs per match.

McKelvey averages 23.6 assists and 7.3 digs in BIG EAST matches this season.

KINLEY PLAYING WITH CONFIDENCE: Libero Jaymeson Kinley recorded 13 digs at Providence and 30 at Creighton to average 6.14/set last week. The 30 digs is tied for the second-most in a conference match for any BIG EAST player this season. She has now recorded double-digit digs in every match but two so far while averaging 5.33 per set.

Kinley has reached the 20-dig mark in 13 matches this season.

DAVIDSON DOMINATES: Melody Davidson posted a season-best three digs in both matches last weekend, and has now gone for at least five kills and seven points in every match this season.

Davidson has tallied double-digit kills in 16 of 27 matches and double-digit points in all but five. She is hitting .329 on the season (sixth in the BIG EAST) and on pace to have the third-best hitting percentage in a season in Butler volleyball history.

CAN YOU DIG IT: Butler’s defense features five players averaging at least two digs per set, with Kinley (5.33), Friebel (2.39), Grunze (2.22), Caroline Cleveland (2.07) and McKelvey (2.00).

In addition to Kinley, Friebel, Grunze, Cleveland and McKelvey, Bulldogs with double-digit digs in a match this season include Hannah Kelly, Brittany Robinson and Jillian Ziemba.

STEADY SCORING: Robinson (188 kills) and Amina Shackelford (174) have been consistent contributors for the Butler offense. Robinson averages 2.71 points per set, while Shackelford has scored 2.47 per set.

Robinson scored 11 points in both matches over the weekend and has tallied double-digit points in 8 of 14 conference matches and double-digit kills in five.

STEPPING UP: Megan Sheridan has provided steady offense in recent weeks for the Bulldogs. Sheridan has posted 71 kills (2.22/set) since the beginning of BIG EAST play.

Sheridan hits at a .259 efficiency in conference matches.

UP NEXT: Butler concludes the regular season with matches at UConn on Thursday and at home vs. Xavier on Sunday.

UConn won the first-ever matchup between the Bulldogs and Huskies earlier in the year in a match played on Halloween at Hinkle Fieldhouse. The Musketeers lead the all-time series with Butler 23-17, but the Bulldogs won 3-0 in late October in Cincinnati.

BALL STATE VOLLEYBALL: HEADS TO EMU FOR PAIR OF WEEKEND MATCHES

Match 28: Ball State (24-3; 14-1 MAC) at Eastern Michigan (9-17; 4-11 MAC)

   Friday, Nov. 12 at 2 p.m. ET – Convocation Center

Match 29: Ball State (24-3; 14-1 MAC) at Eastern Michigan (9-17; 4-11 MAC)

   Saturday, Nov. 13 at 2 p.m. ET – Convocation Center

MUNCIE, Ind. – – The Ball State women’s volleyball team opens a three-match road swing to close the 2021 regular season this weekend with a pair of contests at Eastern Michigan. The Cardinals and the Eagles will battle Friday and Saturday at 2 p.m. in EMU’s Convocation Center.

It is an important series for Ball State which enters the weekend with a 24-3 overall record, including a 14-1 mark in MAC play. The Cardinals currently hold the top spot in the league standings thanks to a sweep of Bowling Green (14-1 MAC) on Oct. 29. That win gives BSU the tiebreaker for the No. 1 seed and hosting rights for the 2021 MAC Volleyball Championships.

Were the Cardinals to host the championships, the schedule would be as follows:

Quarterfinals: Sunday, Nov. 21 – 4:30 p.m. & 7 p.m.

Semifinals: Monday, Nov. 22 – 4:30 p.m. & 7 p.m.

Championship: Wednesday, Nov. 24 – 4:30 p.m.

Ball State enters Friday’s contest at EMU on a 14-match winning streak which is tied with Morehead State as the fifth-longest active streak in the nation. Only Louisville (23), Western Kentucky (17), BYU (16), and Dayton (16) have longer active winning streaks as of matches played through Nov. 10.

The Cardinals also climbed to 35th in the latest NCAA RPI rankings released Monday, which is the program’s highest ranking since it was 34th in the NCAA selection release of 2011. BSU climbed as high as 30th that season, in the Oct. 23 release, for the highest ranking with current head coach Kelli Miller Phillips on staff. Phillips was an assistant under then-head coach Steve Shondell at the time.

Ball State has been ranked as high as 22nd in the final 2002 NCAA RPI, while it also reached 30th in the 2000 NCAA tournament selection rankings.

The Cardinals maintained its spot atop the MAC standings with a pair of four-set wins over Central Michigan last week, which helped Ball State’s student-athletes sweep the MAC West Division Weekly awards for the first time this season.

For the fourth consecutive week, Cardinals setter Megan Wielonski was named the MAC West Division Setter of the Week. In addition, libero Maggie Huber claimed defensive player of the week honors, while outside hitter Jaclyn Bulmahn earned offensive player of the week.

As a whole, the Ball State offense connected for a .289 rate of success in the CMU series with Wielonski dishing out 13.13 assists per set. Bulmahn led BSU’s attack with 3.88 kills per set, while Huber paced the defense at 6.00 digs per set.

Thanks to its .289 rate of success versus CMU, Ball State raised its season attacking mark to .275 which is 17th nationally. The current program record for hitting percentage in a season is .262 set by the 1998 squad. Overall, the Cardinals have hit .200-or-above in 26 of its 27 matches this season, including above .300 marks nine times.

That has been a big key to the Cardinals’ success this season, as BSU has successfully been able to spread out its offense and keep opponents guessing on every swing. Five different Ball State players enter the weekend averaging at least 2.00 kills per set, while six are smashing at least 1.77 kills per set.

Bulmahn leads the club with a 2.94 kills-per-set average, while opposite Natalie Mitchem is not far behind at 2.91. Rounding out Ball State’s top attackers are outside Emily Hollowell (2.41), middle Marie Plitt (2.35), middle Lauren Gilliland (2.01), and outside Cait Snyder (1.77).

Playing a large role in guiding the offense has been Wielonski who is third in the MAC with a 10.73 assist-per-set average. In fact, Wielonski set Ball State to a .476 attack percentage in the sweep of St. Thomas (Aug. 27), which ranks as the third-best single match team performance in program history.

Current libero Huber leads the Ball State defense with a 3.58 digs-per-set average, while Natalie Risi has a team-best 279 digs and Wielonski is second on the squad with 271 total digs. At the net, Gilliland leads the squad at 0.89 blocks per set, while Plitt and Mitchem are not far behind at 0.80 and 0.68, respectively.

As a team, the Cardinals are limiting opponents to a .207 attack percentage, which ranks as the fourth-best defense in the MAC. BSU also ranks fifth in the MAC at 2.06 blocks per set and sixth in the league at 15.59 digs per set.

BALL STATE VOLLEYBALL QUICK HITS:

The first MAC team to reach 20 wins this season, thanks to its 3-0 sweep at Western Michigan (Oct. 23), Ball State enters the weekend tied with Creighton and Western Kentucky for the NCAA Division I lead with 24 total victories. In addition, Ball State’s .889 (24-3) winning percentage is tied for seventh with Creighton (.889 / 24-3) … The duo trail only Louisville (1.000 / 23-0), Western Kentucky (.960 / 24-1), BYU (.958 / 23-1), Texas (.974 / 18-1), Pittsburgh (.920 / 23-2) and Wisconsin (.909 / 20-2)

The Oct. 30 sweep of Miami was a special one for head coach Kelli Miller Phillips, as she earned her 100th career victory … Phillips enters this weekend’s series versus Eastern Michigan with a 102-63 (.618) career record in six seasons … During the 2020-21 spring season, Phillips was credited with a 4-9 overall record after missing the early portion of the year while on maternity leave … Assistant coach Fritz Rosenberg was elevated to acting head coach for those contests and was credited with a 5-3 record.

In addition to leading the MAC and ranking 17th nationally with a .275 team hitting percentage, Ball State features three of the top seven attackers in the league based on attack percentage … Middle Lauren Gilliland ranks first in the conference and is 43rd nationally at .376 … Middle Marie Plitt is second in the MAC and 56th nationally at .361, while opposite Natalie Mitchem is seventh in the MAC and 130th nationally at .324.

Setter Megan Wielonski enters the EMU series ranked fourth nationally with her 1,073 total assists, while her 10.73 assists-per-set average is 24th … Wielonski is also putting up big numbers in the backcourt with 15 assist/dig double-doubles this season … In fact, her 271 total digs, including a career-high 21 at Wright State (Sept 3), are second on the squad.

In addition to being one of the top setters in the MAC, Megan Wielonski has also proven to be the league’s top server ranking first at 0.45 aces per set … In fact, Wielonski’s 45 service aces, including a career-high seven vs. Ohio (Sept. 30), are first in the league and rank ninth among all NCAA Division I players nationwide.

Already off to a strong start to open the 2021 season, opposite Natalie Mitchem has really picked up her game the last three weeks … Over the last six matches, Mitchem leads the team with a 3.45 kills-per-set average and has hit an impressive .375 (69-12-152) … In fact, she has gone errorless in three of the last six matches, including a her .714 (15-0-21) effort in the win over Miami (Oct. 30).

Overall, opposite Natalie Mitchem has smashed double-digit kills in 17 of BSU’s 27 matches, including tying her career high with 21 in the win over Toledo (Oct. 19) … Percentage wise, she has hit .400-or-better nine times, including five of the last nine matches … She has also turned in a strong effort at the net this season, averaging 0.68 blocks per set with at least one block in 24 matches, including tying her career high with seven blocks versus Northern Illinois (Oct. 15).

Outside Jaclyn Bulmahn has made her presence felt in the Ball State lineup, ranking first on the squad with a 2.94 kills-per-set average … A First Team All-Missouri Valley Conference selection at Valparaiso last season, Bulmahn has reached double digits in 17 matches so far this season, including a season-high 19 kills in the Sept. 25 sweep at Kent State … The 19 kills tie as the second-most in a three-set match in the MAC this season and are four shy of her career-high 23 set versus Southern Illinois (Feb. 14, 2021) during her 2021 spring season at Valpo.

Jaclyn Bulmahn enters Friday’s match vs. Eastern Michigan with 941 career kills, including 282 so far in her first season at Ball State … The 282 kills top her previous season-best of 277 set her junior year at Valpo … She averaged a career-best 3.05 kills per set for the Beacons last season.

So far this season, the Cardinals have turned to three different liberos, most recently having Maggie Huber suit up in the off-colored jersey for the last nine matches … Huber has done a solid job in the role, averaging 5.37 digs per set … Defensive specialist Kate Vinson was BSU’s libero for the first 10 matches of the season and currently ranks second on the team with a 3.05 digs-per-set average … Natalie Risi took over the role for the next eight matches, and leads the squad with 279 total digs … Risi averages 2.79 digs per set.

Natalie Risi move back to the left side for the Northern Illinois series and did not disappointed … She set the tone for the Ball State block in the series-opening win over the Huskies (Oct. 15), registering solo blocks on two of the first five points … She tallied three total solo blocks in the match and added another late in the third set of the Oct. 16 sweep to help the Cardinals stomp out an NIU rally attempt … Risi has also been a solid attacking option for BSU over the last nine matches, ranking third on the team at 2.80 kills per set … She has logged double-digit kills in four of the last five matches, including a season-high 14 in last Friday’s win over CMU.

Ball State enters Friday’s match at Eastern Michigan with a 965-623-2 (.608) all-time record in women’s volleyball in its 50th season of play … In addition, the Cardinals are tied with Western Michigan for the all-time best record in Mid-American Conference play at 415-212 (.662) … Eastern Michigan is eighth based on winning percentage at .436 (273-353).

With an 11-0 record at home during the 2021 regular season, the Cardinals own a 292-93 (.758) all-time record in Worthen Arena … BSU is even more dominate in Worthen Arena versus MAC foes, with a 214-57 (.790) mark.

Ball State holds a 58-28 lead in the all-time series versus Eastern Michigan after the teams split a two-match series at the Convocation Center during the 2020-21 spring season … BSU won the opening match 3-0 (25-18, 25-18, 25-16) on March 26, while EMU handed the Cardinals a 3-2 (25-21, 25-23, 23-25, 19-25, 15-13) setback in the season finale March 27 … Overall, Ball State is 22-18 in matches played in Ypsilanti, including a 6-4 record in its last 10 matches inside the Convocation Center.

BALL STATE WBB: REMAINS AT HOME FRIDAY AGAINST PURDUE FORT WAYNE

Game 2 | Ball State vs. Purdue Fort Wayne

Muncie, Ind. | Worthen Arena | 6:30 p.m. ET

Watch: ESPN3 | Listen: Muncie Sports Station (102.9 FM/1340 AM) | Live Stats

Opening Tip:

– Today’s contest is the second-straight school the Cardinals have faced from the Horizon League. Ball State welcomes Purdue Fort Wayne to Worthen Arena for the first time since the 2012-13 season. In fact, that contest on Nov. 19, 2012 would entail be Ball State 10th-year head coach Brady Sallee’s first win at the helm of the Cardinals after BSU defeated the Mastodons by a score of 53-46.

– Ball State and Purdue Fort Wayne have met six times, with the Cardinals leading the all-time series record, 6-0. The Cardinals and the Mastodons last met in 2019 in Fort Wayne resulting in a 83-52 victory for Ball State.

– In its annual Field Trip Day on Nov. 9, the Ball State women’s basketball team put on quite the show for the fans in its season-opener, defeating Milwaukee by a score of 84-75 in an overtime thriller Tuesday afternoon in Worthen Arena. With the win, Cardinals (1-0) 10th-year head coach Brady Sallee notched his 300th career victory, with 164 coming at BSU.

– Freshman Ally Becki led the Cardinals against Milwaukee in their season opener on Nov. 9 in Worthen Arena after a 17-point performance. Becki went 7-of-9 (.777) from the field and 3-of-5 (.600) from behind the arc. The last time the Cardinals had a true freshman lead Ball State in scoring in its season opener was in 2012 when Nathalie Fontaine scored 14 points against Evansville.

– Purdue Fort Wayne will be the third school from the stateof Indiana that the Cardinals will face this season. Ball State will also play at Butler (Nov. 16) and at IUPUI (Dec. 8).

Consistent Clephane:

– Redshirt junior Anna Clephane has picked up right where she has left off from last season. Clephane in the past has had scored some key baskets to put the Cardinals in a winning position and Tuesday’s contest was no different. Milwaukee had a three-point advantage (71-68) with 15 seconds left in the fourth quarter on Tuesday. Sallee and his squad then outplayed the Panthers calling some strategic timeouts along with some forced fouls which would eventually put the ball in the hands of redshirt junior Anna Clephane as time was winding down. Clephane’s driving layup as time expired tied the game at 72-72 to send the contest into the extra period.

Backs, Crashers, Keys:

– This year, the Cardinals are forgoing “traditional” positions and using their own such as backs, crashers, and keys, to bring a sense of team unity. That system proved to be the lift Ball State needed, especially with so many new faces on the court against Milwaukee on Tuesday. In fact, all 11 Cardinals that played against the Panthers either scored or had a rebound, with three reaching double figures in scoring.

Here We Go Again:

– Here we go again, the Cardinals are off to a good start with one of head coach Brady Sallee’s favorite statistical category on the box score. What is that you might ask? well it is points in the paint. Over the course of Sallee’s ten years at Ball State this category is one of his all time favorites. Ball State won that category over Milwaukee on Tuesday 40-38.

So Far … A lot of Depth:

– 11 Cardinals saw action in Tuesday’s season opener while the starters combined for 58 of Ball State’s 84 points, the Cardinals also got 26 points from their bench and 16 rebounds.

Next Game:

– After tonight’s contest, the Cardinals will face their second-straight school from the state on Indiana when Ball State travels to Butler on Tuesday, Nov. 16 for a 7 p.m. ET tip-off in Hinkle Fieldhouse. Tuesday’s game marks the 26th all-time meeting between Ball State and Butler in women’s basketball. In 2019 the Bulldogs and the Cardinals played in Worthen Arena with Ball State earning the 74-70 victory over the Bulldogs. The Cardinals last played at Hinkle Field House in 2018 with Butler earning a 64-47 victory. Butler leads the all-time series, 15-11.

Series Record:

2001-2002:  Ball State 94, Purdue Fort Wayne 50 (Muncie, Ind.)

2003-2004:  Ball State 93, Purdue Fort Wayne 75 (Fort Wayne, Ind.)

2006-2007:  Ball State 73, Purdue Fort Wayne 62 (Muncie, Ind.)

2012-2013:  Ball State 53, Purdue Fort Wayne 46 (Muncie, Ind.)

2013-2014:  Ball State 83, Purdue Fort Wayne 75 (Fort Wayne, Ind.)

2019-2020:  Ball State 83, Purdue Fort Wayne 52 (Fort Wayne, Ind.)

NOTRE DAME MEN’S SOCCER: IRISH HEADED TO ACC CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL WITH 2-0 WIN OVER #5 PITT

The No. 20 Fighting Irish men’s soccer team scored twice in the span of 12 seconds to defeat top-seeded Pitt and head to the ACC Championship final on Sunday in Cary, North Carolina. The win snaps Pitt’s 19-match home winning streak, dating back to the 2019 season.

The Irish goals came from Jack Lynn and Daniel Russo, both coming in the 77th minute. Tyler Shea set up Lynn’s opener and then Lynn assisted on the goal from Russo to seal the win.

HOW IT HAPPENED 

The Irish soaked up pressure in the opening 45 minutes of play and then sprung counters when presented the opportunity. Notre Dame had two great scoring chances, the first coming in the 26th minute. Ethan O’Brien played a through ball into space that Jack Lynn ran onto. Lynn then beat his defender but the Pitt keeper came off his line and made a sliding save.

Twelve minutes later the Irish counter nearly found the opener. Dawson McCartney found Daniel Russo on the left flank and the sophomore cut inside and fired a shot on target but the keeper was up to the task and made the save.

The Irish came out of the halftime break and continued to defend at a high level, not allowing the Panthers clean looks at goal.

In the 77th minute the Irish caused a turnover at midfield and Tyler Shea played a perfect ball into Lynn, who fired into the net for the opening goal. Just 12 seconds later Notre Dame struck again. The Irish caused a turnover and then Lynn played a great pass to Russo, who slotted home to double the lead at 2-0.

The Irish then locked down on defense over the final 13 minutes to secure the spot in the ACC title match on Sunday.

McFARLAND FAMILY MEN’S HEAD SOCCER COACH CHAD RILEY’S TAKE

On the performance…

“Very impressed with the team’s performance. They did what we needed to do. They were tough, stuck together and did all of the intangibles that we pride ourselves on. Then we executed two executed two great goals and showed wonderful composure to close out the game and get another shutout against a top team. Not a bad result for the last place team in the ACC preseason poll.”

On the clean sheet…

“I think three straight clean sheets in the ACC Tournament says everything about the defending from the strikers all the way back to the goalkeeper. The backline is always keeping us organized and communicating well but I think it really says a lot about the team and the commitment to be really tough to score on.”

On the counterattack…

“We created turnovers in the midfield and when you do that it usually leads to good chances off of them. Then the guys showed great composure to finish the goals off.”

ND NOTES

The Irish advance to their second ACC Championship final in nine seasons in the league with the win.

ND is now 12-6-3 in ACC Championship history over its nine years in the league.

The Irish snapped Pitt’s 19-game home win streak which dated back to the 2019 season.

Notre Dame is now 20-7-3 against Pitt in the all-time matchup, winning both matches this season.

The cleans sheet is Notre Dame’s 10th of the season.

The Irish haven’t given up a goal in any of the three ACC Championship matches.

Lynn scored his eighth goal of the season, leading the Irish on the season, and now has 29 in his career.

Russo’s goal marks his third of the 2021 campaign and his fourth of his career.

UP NEXT

The Irish advance to the ACC Championship final to take on the winner of Clemson and Duke at 2 p.m. ET on Sunday, Nov. 14 in Cary, North Carolina. The title match will air on ESPNU.

NOTRE DAME WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: IRISH POWERED BY PAIR OF DOUBLE-DOUBLES, DOWN WESTERN ILLINOIS, 76-50

NOTRE DAME, Ind.  — The Notre Dame women’s basketball team (2-0) maintained its early season momentum by rolling to a 76-50 victory over the visiting Western Illinois Leathernecks (0-1). It was a night of new career highs, including Maddy Westbeld tying the Purcell Pavilion rebounding record. 

The Irish were powered by two double-double performances from Maddy Westbeld and Olivia Miles. Westbeld reeled in a career best 18 rebounds to go with her 15 points. Westbeld’s 18 boards tied a Purcell Pavilion record last achieved by Devereaux Peters, who just so happened to be watching courtside.

Meanwhile, Miles earned double-double No. 1 with career highs in points and boards with 16 and 11, respectively. Tonight marked the first time two Irish players secured double-doubles in the same game since Jessica Shepard and Brianna Turner in the 2019 national championship game.

“I thought our energy started a little low but we picked it up in the second half and that’s a credit to Abby Prohaska, who gave us a lot of energy,” Karen & Kevin Keyes Family Notre Dame head coach Niele Ivey said. “Also credit to Maddy’s 18 boards and Olivia’s first double-double. Those two keep us going, especially with Olivia’s ability to run this team. This group will continue to grow and learn each night.”

Maya Dodson was close to making it three players with double-doubles, finishing with 14 points and eight rebounds. Dodson and Westbeld got it done defensively, each picking up three blocks.

How It Happened

Westbeld scored seven of the team’s first 14 points to get the Irish offense humming. She was also active on the glass early, collecting five boards by the end of the first period. Ultimately, Notre Dame recorded a 10-0 run from 9:00-5:58 to jump out to a 10-2 lead and finished the quarter up 22-10.

The Irish shooting cooled a bit in the second where they shot just 29.2 percent. However, Notre Dame continued to crash the boards, boasting a 36-17 rebounding advantage by halftime. Speaking of rebounds, Westbeld was up to 13 at the midway point – already a career high. She also was one point shy of a double-double by halftime.

At the half, Miles was in double figures with 10 points to go along with her six rebounds and three assists. Dodson supplied some fire power of her own in the first half with eight points and six rebounds.

Notre Dame started the second half up 37-26. By 5:23 in the third Westbeld had finally secured her double-double. In addition, from 7:33-5:00, the Irish connected on six straight buckets, courtesy of Mabrey, Dodson and Westbeld, building a lead of 16 (49-33) at the 4:44 media timeout.  

The Fighting Irish shot 11-of-17 in the third (.647), rolling into the final period up 59-36. Abby Prohaska provided a spark off the bench in the fourth, scoring all seven of her points in the period. She also finished with four rebounds, three assists and one block.

Up Next

In a unique situation just for the 2021-22 season, the Irish will be playing a conference game in November. On Sunday, Nov. 14, Notre Dame will travel to Syracuse for an early ACC bout, airing live on ACC Network. Tip is set for Noon ET inside the Carrier Dome.

INDIANA STATE FOOTBALL: FB PREVIEW | SYCAMORES HOST SENIOR DAY CLASH AGAINST SOUTHERN ILLINOIS

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State welcomes ##/## Southern Illinois to Memorial Stadium for a Senior Day matchup on Saturday, November 13. The MVFC contest between the Sycamores and the Salukis will be carried live on ESPN3 and 105.5 The Legend with kickoff set for 1 p.m.

Game Day Information and Activities

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Updated Tailgating and Clear Bag Policies

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Weekly Notes

Senior Day Is Here

Indiana State will be recognizing 26 seniors this upcoming weekend in a pregame ceremony as the Sycamores host their final home game of the 2021 regular season. The senior class features a blend of athletes who have lined up at Memorial Stadium over the last five seasons and will include the newcomers who have exhausted their final year of eligibility. The Sycamores have already assured the senior class a winning record at Memorial Stadium this season with Indiana State entering competition with a 3-1 mark at home this year.

Off the Bye Week

The Sycamores head into the Southern Illinois game freshly rested following their late-season bye week. Indiana State has been off since returning from Fargo, N.D. on October 30 after eight consecutive weeks of competition on the gridiron. It marks Indiana State’s second bye week of the season as ISU was also off on the official first week of the NCAA season following their Week 0 matchup against Eastern Illinois in late August. ISU fell in their previous contest coming off the bye as the Sycamores dropped a 24-6 decision at Northwestern.

Final Stretch

With the Sycamores likely not to advance to the FCS postseason, the next two weeks will mark the conclusion of the 2021 Indiana State football season. It’s still a difficult stretch for the Sycamores as ISU will look to play the spoiler against a Southern Illinois team that had been in the running for a potential national seed as little as two weeks ago. Indiana State will also battle against an Illinois State roster that has struggled as of late, but picked up a win over then-No. 15 South Dakota on the road.

Series Matchup

Southern Illinois leads the all-time matchup between the two teams dating back to the inaugural contest in 1944. The Sycamores won the inaugural contest in the competition, 55-6, and took three of the first four games against the Salukis to open the series. Indiana State’s longest winning streak in the series ran from 1994-2002 when the Sycamores rattled off nine consecutive wins over Southern Illinois in the stretch. ISU has also had the recent edge over the Salukis with wins in five of the last eight games.

First Three

1944 – vs. Southern Illinois, W, 55-6

1947 – vs. Southern Illinois, W, 21-6

1948 – at Southern Illinois, L, 20-6

Last Three

October 21, 2017 – vs. Southern Illinois, L, 45-24

October 20, 2018 – at Southern Illinois, W, 24-21

November 2, 2019 – vs. Southern Illinois, L, 23-14

On This Date

Indiana State has played in eight games on November 13 in program history and has posted an even 4-4 overall record on the date. The Sycamores have lined up once against Southern Illinois on the date, a 2004 matchup at SIU where the Salukis took the 59-10 victory.

On This Date

1954 – at Hanover – W, 33-13

1971 – vs. Drake – L, 27-15

1976 – at Wichita State – W, 20-17

1982 – at Tulsa – L, 48-14

1993 – vs. West Virginia Tech – W, 49-6

1999 – vs. Western Kentucky – L, 34-30

2004 – at Southern Illinois – L, 59-10

2010 – at Youngstown State – W, 30-24

Scouting the Opponent

Southern Illinois was selected fourth overall in the MVFC Preseason Poll as voted on by the conference’s head coaches, SID, and select media members. The Salukis finished with 345 total points overall after a spring season that saw SIU post a 6-4 overall record and advancing to the second round of the FCS Postseason.

The Salukis led the Missouri Valley Football Conference with a league-best 13 players selected to the preseason All-Conference squad. Six players were selected to the MVFC First Team including three players on the defensive side of the ball (Jordan Berner – DL, Qua Brown – DB, James Ceasar – DB), while Javon Williams Jr. was named to the first team as an all-purpose athlete.

Stone Labanowitz was named the MVFC Preseason Second Team quarterback this fall, but it’s been all sophomore quarterback Nick Baker on the field since the opening snap of the 2021 fall season. Baker has hit at least 175 passing yards in all nine games of the season and has eclipsed the 300-yard mark three times, including a 460-yard, four-touchdown game against SE Missouri. He’s also posted five games with at least three touchdowns.

The Salukis enter the weekend with one of the top passing attacks in the country and SIU is aided by two receivers sitting in the top-six in the MVFC in receiving yards per game. Lenoir Landon is second in the conference averaging 91.1 receiving yards per game and leads the MVFC with nine receiving touchdowns on the year. Avante Cox is currently sixth in the league with 73.3 yards per game, including a career-high 99-yard catch early in the season against Southeast Missouri.

It’s a balanced rushing attack for the Salukis on the season with Donnavan Spencer (67 carries, 351 yards), Javon Williams Jr. (64 carries, 324 yards), and Justin Strong (59 carries, 316 yards) all spreading the wealth on the ground. The SIU trio has combined for 13 rushing touchdowns on the season.

Defensively, Bryce Notree has been the team’s tackling leader with 64 stops in the 2021 season while adding 7.5 tackles for loss and 4.0 sacks. Anthony Knighton is the team’s leader with 10.0 tackles for loss, while Kevin Glajchen (5.0) is the sack leader.

Kerlegrand Keeps Rumbling

There has been no slowing down Peterson Kerlegrand over the last few weeks as the senior running back continues to put up impressive numbers against conference competition in the 2021 season. The Fort Wayne, Ind. native has been held under 65 rushing yards just once in conference play this year (24 vs. South Dakota), while posting at least 80 rushing yards on three separate occasions. Kerlegrand set a season-high with 178 yards on 17 carries with a pair of touchdowns against Western Illinois. He added a 151 yard effort with two more scores against Youngstown State. More recently, Kerlegrand posted 125 total offensive yards (89 rushing) in an impressive performance against North Dakota State with his rushing total marking the most by a back against the Bison this season. Kerlegrand is averaging 4.8 yards per carry on the season and 79.2 rushing yards per game to sit among the MVFC leaders in both categories.

He’s Just Not Coverable

All Dante Hendrix has done since returning from an early season injury is dominate the opposing team’s secondary. The Florence, Ky. native returned from the I.R. with a vengeance and has posted 22 catches for 257 yards and a touchdown over the last three games, including a 10-catches, 121-yard performance against Missouri State in his return to the field. In his last action against North Dakota State, Hendrix nearly hit the century mark for the second time in the 2021 season with a nine-catch, 87-yard game against the Bison as he consistently worked the underneath routes in the loss. Hendrix has been nigh unstoppable since strapping on the Sycamore Blue & White and enters Saturday’s game on a school-record 25-game reception streak dating back to early in the 2018 season.

Morgan Back in Action

One of the more scarier situations in the 2021 season happened mid-October against Missouri State as Rontrez Morgan came off the field late in the first half due to an injury on a kickoff return. Morgan was released from the hospital in Springfield, Mo. later that evening and was back with the team over the weekend, but has yet to make his appearance back on the field. He looks to end that streak this weekend as Morgan will look to continue his 12-game reception streak against the Salukis. The senior wide receiver was the team’s top threat through the air over the first seven games of the 2021 season. Morgan has recorded at least four catches in five of the seven games and leads the Sycamores with 33 catches overall on the year.

Larkin Streak Continues

Another streak continued when the Sycamores hit the field against North Dakota State as redshirt senior tight end Zach Larkin added to his stretch of success this season. Larkin is the lone Sycamore to record a reception in all nine games in the 2021 season and his 15-game streak runs back to the middle of the 2019 slate. Currently Larkin, Morgan, and Hendrix all boast double-digit consecutive game receiving streaks heading into the Saturday contest against Southern Indiana in what will likely be Larkin’s last game dressing out in Memorial Stadium. The Hamilton, Ohio native already boasts a trio of five-catch games on the season and is tied for the team lead with three touchdown receptions. Larkin also doubles up as the Sycamores ‘Wildcat’ quarterback and has been among the team’s rushing leaders on the season, while also showing off his throwing chops earlier this season with a 30-yard pass against South Dakota. Expect him to be targeted earlier and often as the Sycamores spread the ball out the playmakers on Saturday.

Thompson Back in Action

Redshirt senior quarterback Anthony Thompson has settled into a groove over the last few weeks as the Chicago, Ill. native continues to spread the ball around while also picking his spots to tuck it and run. Thompson has completed double-digit passes in four of the last five games and was on the way to make it five in a row when he was knocked out of the contest against North Dakota State in the first half after going 7-of-11 for 60 yards. Thompson has posted six games with at least 100 passing yards and has added at least six carries in five games in the 2021 season since taking the reins over in the program following the contest against South Dakota State. The 6-1 left-hander should have all of his favorite targets back this weekend in the Sycamores final home game of 2021.

No Stopping Nokes

When Indiana State entered the bye week, Inoke Moala was firmly entrenched as the conference leader in both sacks (8.0) and tackles for loss (12.5). One week later, Moala can still spot his name atop the conference leaderboard as the Mishawaka, Ind. native continues to pace the Missouri Valley in both major defensive statistical category. The Salukis like to sling the ball around the field and abundant opportunities are expected for Moala and company to get into the backfield against a SIU offensive line that has surrendered 26.0 sacks over nine games in the 2021 season. Moala has done a majority of the damage in the conference season with 5.5 sacks and 7.0 tackles for loss coming in MVFC play, including a 3.5 sack effort with a forced fumble against Western Illinois.

Interceptions Keep Coming

It was another game, another interception for the Indiana State defense in their last contest against North Dakota State as the Sycamores recorded their 10th pick of the 2021 season when Dwayne Thompson II hauled in the pass just before the half in the Fargodome. The Sycamores have recorded at least one interception in four consecutive games and are two games removed from a four-interception contest against Youngstown State in their last game inside Memorial Stadium. Seven different players have recorded at least one interception and no one on the roster has more than two picks as it has been a balanced defensive effort throughout the season. The Sycamores will look to stay opportunistic against a SIU offense that has surrendered 10 interceptions throughout the season.

Henderson/Edwards Shutting Them Down

The Sycamores recent wins have featured a shutdown defense in the passing game and it starts with the cornerback bookends of JJ Henderson and Johnathan Edwards. Henderson earned October 24 Missouri Valley Football Defensive Player of the Week honors following his two-interception game in the win over Youngstown State and he sits tied for the team lead with seven pass breakups on the year. Edwards, his counterpart on the opposite side, is still looking for his first interception, but he’s equaled Henderson with seven deflections on the year while adding 30 tackles in his freshman year. The Sycamores will look to rely on their defensive duo to continue to limit the opposition on the outside over the final two weeks of the season.

Hoover Cleaning Up

Wherever the football has been on the field the last month, that’s where you’d find redshirt freshman safety Ethan Hoover as the Fort Wayne, Ind. native has quietly put together one of the better statistical seasons on the Indiana State defense this year. Hoover has recorded at least six tackles in four of the last five games and is two games removed from his first collegiate interception in the fourth quarter against Youngstown State. Hoover made his starting debut against South Dakota State and has not left the field since his five-tackle, one pass breakup contest against the Jackrabbits. In addition to lining up in the secondary, Hoover has also seen time on the team’s kickoff return unit with a pair of returns for 43 yards against Western Illinois. He has teamed up with fellow freshman Rylan Cole in the Sycamores secondary over the last three weeks and the duo are expected to be back in the middle of the fray this weekend against Southern Illinois.

Thompson II All Over the Field

It feels like any time the Sycamore defense has had a game-defining play this year, Dwayne Thompson II has been in the middle of it. The junior defensive back has lined up all over the field for the Sycamores this season as the versatile athlete has posted 2.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks on the year to go with his 20 tackles. Additionally, he’s added three quarterback hurries and four pass breakups as he continues to showcase his ability to get into the backfield as well as drop back in coverage. His late first-half interception against North Dakota State allowed the Sycamores to mount the final plays in the opening half against the Bison. He’s also added key plays on special teams this year as the Farmington Hills, Mich. native forced the fumble that led to ISU’s punt touchdown against Eastern Kentucky.

Reiner Pinning In the 20

Redshirt senior punter Travis Reiner has made a career out of pinning the opponent inside the 20-yard line. Heading into the 2021 season, the Canyon Country, Calif, native recorded 38 punts downed inside the opponents’ 20 while forcing 32 fair catches. This season Reiner has taken it to the next level with 20 punts going inside the opponents’ 20, while posting 21 fair catches on the year. Reiner is averaging 40.6 yards per punt in the 2021 season and has been a weapon for the Sycamores special teams this year with his accurate right leg pacing the conference with 58 punts on the year. More impressively, out of his 58 punts, just four have rolled into the end zone for touchbacks on the year.

Lunsford Back on Special Teams

Hunter Lunsford is second on the Sycamores this season in special teams scoring as the redshirt senior defensive back added to his list in Indiana State’s last game against North Dakota State. The Elk Grove, Calif. native blocked a NDSU punt in the fourth quarter against the Bison and the ball sailed over the goal-line and through the uprights for a touchback to put the Sycamores on the scoreboard in the loss. He previously found the end zone earlier in the year with a scoop-and-score on a muffed punt against Eastern Kentucky that contributed to Indiana State’s 26-21 win over the Colonels. He will look to be back in the mix for the special teams this weekend against the Salukis as Indiana State will look to play the spoiler against SIU over the final two weeks of the season.

INDIANA STATE VOLLEYBALL: SYCAMORE VOLLEYBALL HOSTS UNI AND DRAKE IN FINAL HOME MATCHES

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State volleyball is back home this weekend to continue Missouri Valley Conference action with a pair of matches at ISU Arena. The action begins on Friday at 6 p.m. with a matchup against Northern Iowa. Drake comes to town for a 6 p.m. start on Saturday night to finish the homestand. Friday’s match will air on The Valley On ESPN on ESPN Plus.

ISU will honor two seniors on Saturday in Madeline Williams and Devynn Merriman following the match.

» The Sycamores come into the homestand after a weekend split in Illinois. The Trees fell 3-0 to Bradley but bounced back the next day and took down Illinois State in five sets. Overall, ISU sits at 14-10 on the season and 6-8 in the Missouri Valley Conference.  The latest edition of the NCAA RPI report (Nov. 7) has three MVC teams featured in the top-100. Loyola leads the League at No. 56, while Valparaiso (No. 69) and Illinois State (No. 92) are also among the nation’s top-100. Five other teams rank in the Top 145 (Missouri State, Indiana State, Evansville, Bradley and UNI). The Valley ranks 8th as a league in RPI.

» Melina Tedrow continues to climb the Indiana State record book — now in fifth place in program history with 1,601 career digs. Tedrow sits behind Stephanie Bindernagel (1,677), Kiya James (1,706) and Cheryl Berg (1,713). Kristy Cox (2005-08) sits as the all-time leader in digs with 1,841 over her career.

» Indiana State continues to hold strong in digs per set nationally — ranking 50th overall and fourth in the MVC with 16.33 digs per set. Libero Melina Tedrow ranks third in the MVC with 4.69 digs per set which puts her at 51st nationally.

» Freshman Storm Suhre stepped up for the Trees on in their win over Illinois State. The Edwardsville, Illinois native picked up her fourth double-digit kill performance of the season with a team-high 13 in the win over the Redbirds. She also made her presence felt on the defensive end, picking up five blocks.

» Indiana State ranks fourth in the MVC as a team, hitting .210 while on the flip side holding opponents to a .182 hitting percentage which ranks third in the League. The Sycamores have three players within the top 25 in the conference in kills. Kaitlyn Hamilton (216 K), Mallory Keller (215 K) and Karinna Gall (215 K) rank 23rd, 24th and 25th, respectively.

» Chloe Mason ranks second in the MVC and 46th nationally with .42 aces per set. She has totaled 32 aces in 78 sets overall and has recorded at least one ace in all but three matches this season. The setter has put up a season-high four aces on two separate occasions this fall with the last happening during a 3-1 victory over Southern Illinois (10/11).

» Chloe Mason and Emma Kaelin both rank in the top 15 in the MVC in assists per set. Mason is averaging 5.56 with Kaelin right behind her at 5.16. Mason has picked up 20 or more assists in 11 matches, including three 32 assist matches. Kaelin has recorded 474 assists overall and has 17 matches with 15 or more assists. She picked up a season-high 42 assists in a win at Belmont (9/4).

» Indiana State’s win over Illinois State snapped the Redbirds eight-match winning streak. The five-set win also marked the first Sycamore win in Normal in 44 years.  Three Sycamores finished the match with double-digit kills, led by Storm Suhre who had 13. Madeline Williams (11) and Mallory Keller (10) also helped pace the ISU attack. The Trees now rank 28th nationally in attacks per set.

» With an undefeated weekend at the Music City Invitational, Sycamore volleyball earned their 500th victory in program history. Indiana State clinched victory 500 on Saturday evening, defeating Belmont, 3-1, on the Bruins home court. The Sycamores’ first official year of volleyball was 1977.

» Indiana State will host their final two home matches this weekend with Northern Iowa and Drake heading to ISU Arena to battle for a chance to play in the MVC Tournament.

» UNI leads the series with Indiana State, 66-5. The two squads met earlier this season in Cedar Falls with the Panthers winning the match 3-2. ISU last defeated UNI in the 2021 spring season when the Sycamores won 3-2 on the road. 

» Drake leads the all-time series with Indiana State 42-29. The Trees took down the Bulldogs 3-1 in Des Moines earlier this season. ISU will try to win consecutive matches over Drake for the first time since 2014.

INDIANA STATE MEN’S BASKETBALL: SYCAMORES MATCHUP WITH NO. 7 PURDUE FRIDAY NIGHT AT MACKEY ARENA

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State travels to West Lafayette Friday night for a matchup with the seventh-ranked Purdue Boilermakers at 8:30 p.m. ET. The game will air on Big Ten Network as well as on the radio on 105.5 The Legend in the Wabash Valley and on GoSycamores.com/Listen worldwide free-of-charge.

» For the first time in 12 years, the Indiana State basketball team will open the year under new leadership as first-year head coach Josh Schertz takes over the reins of the program. Schertz takes over after a 13-year run at NCAA Division II Lincoln Memorial University where he had a career record of 337-69 (.831) en route to four national coach of the year honors. Schertz led the Railsplitters to 10 NCAA Division II Tournament appearances, won 14 total conference championships and three Southeast Regional titles, and had five seasons of 30-or-more victories.

» Schertz announced prior to the opener that senior guard Tyreke Key will miss the 2021-22 season due to season-ending shoulder surgery. Key is a three-time All-MVC award winner and was named First Team All-MVC in the preseason.

» ISU is 14-46 against ranked opponents since the 1977 season. The Trees last win over a ranked foe came in 2016 against #15 Butler in Hulman Center. ISU’s last road win over a ranked team came in 2013 against #21 Notre Dame.

» Friday’s game against the Boilermakers will mark the 35th meeting all-time between the programs with Purdue owning a 30-4 advantage in the series which dates to 1902. It will mark the second consecutive season that the programs have met after the Sycamores fell 80-68 to Purdue in 2020. It will also mark the third time in the last four meetings that Purdue has been nationally ranked during the matchup. The last win for the Sycamores in the series came in 2006 when ISU defeated Purdue, 89-70. Indiana State also won back-to-back games in 1977 and 1978.

» Xavier Bledson made his Division I debut at Green Bay after transferring to Indiana State from Lincoln Memorial. The guard played all 40 minutes for the Sycamores after averaging just over 19 minutes a game at LMU a year ago. He was one of just seven players to play 40 or more minutes during opening night of college basketball. Bledson filled up the stats sheet with 15 points, five rebounds, two assists and a steal in his debut.

» Indiana State is coming off an 81-77 victory on the road at Green Bay. Four Sycamores scored in double-figures while Kailex Stephens led the way with 16 points and 13 rebounds in his first action as a Sycamore. Six of the eight that saw action made their ISU debut.

» ISU recently announced a $2 million a video board project at the Hulman Center. The project has been made possible entirely through private funding thanks to the Hulman-George family.

IUPUI MEN’S BASKETBALL:JAGUARS UNABLE TO OVERCOME OFFENSIVE WOES AT EVANSVILLE

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The IUPUI basketball team was unable to overcome a sluggish offensive performance as the Jaguars fell on the road to Evansville inside Ford Center on Thursday night (Nov. 11), 60-40. The Jaguars shot just 33.3 percent from the floor and committed 15 turnovers as the Purple Aces captured a wire-to-wire home victory.

Shamar Givance led Evansville with 16 points, seven boards and three steals and Evan Kuhlman tossed in 13, including three threes. B.J. Maxwell paced the Jaguars with eight points and four boards and Jonah Carrasco tallied a career-high seven points on 3-of-4 shooting. Sophomore Bakari LaStrap closed with six points, all before halftime. IUPUI’s 15 turnovers led to Evansville’s 16-8 advantage in points off turnovers.

And while the IUPUI (0-2) defense was stingy for a second straight game to open the season, the offense was unable to match at the other end.

“(Defense) is an area we focused on in the offseason,” head coach Matt Crenshaw said. “We’re trying to lay the foundation to win championships and to do that, we have to be great defensively. That’s where we want to hang our hat.

“Obviously, we have some offensive struggles right now and I think some of it is some early game jitters. If you look at our team, we’re young. Even though we’ve got a lot of seniors, the only one that’s really played a lot of Division I basketball is Mike DePersia. Mike DePersia has played more Division I basketball than the rest of the team combined. That’s hard because the only way you get experience is by playing and getting that experience.”

The Jaguars’ relative lack of experience played a role in the the offense getting off to a second straight sluggish start. Despite a mountain of turnovers, the defense allowed the Jags to stay in contact.

The overall look was a stark contrast from the Butler game as IUPUI kept the driver in the bag and opted for the short game for much of the first half. LaStrap found success knifing through mismatches while Carrasco got free inside for an early layup off a DePersia feed and a dunk thanks to LaStrap’s find.

The Jags got within three when Nathan McClure splashed an open trey after Maxwell blocked a shot and IUPUI had 5-on-4 in transition. Evansville pushed the lead to 23-19 by halftime.

IUPUI still had a glimmer of hope after Carrasco thundered home an emphatic three-point play, but Evansville fired back with a decisive 11-0 run to take a 42-26 lead with 12:13 left. Givance started and capped the run with layups as part of his 5-of-11 shooting performance. Once down double-digits, the Jags were never able to sustain much of a threat as IUPUI shot under 26 percent overall after halftime and saw the hosts heat up to 65 percent.

Evansville closed the game at 47 percent overall and 6-of-19 from three. The Jaguars’ shooting woes extended to the foul line as they made just 5-of-10 attempts. Conversely, the hosts made 18-of-24 free throws and drew 19 fouls while being called for just 10 infractions.

DePersia closed with three assists before fouling out in just 19 minutes off the bench.

“Honestly, I think we’re in a situation where on most teams, they have a guy that is their go-to guy,” Crenshaw said. “Givance was their guy. He’s going to make plays, he’s going to get to the rim and he’s going to draw the shot blocker and find the open man.

“We don’t have that – it’s by committee. It’s going to be game-by-game and different guys are going to step up at different times. We just have to be more consistent and find some consistency from some guys.”

Maxwell, who had a team-high 14 points in the opener, was held to eight on just 3-of-13 shooting in 31 minutes.

IUPUI will be back in action on Monday, Nov. 15 when the Jaguars take on Denver in the first of three games at the UTSA Tournament in San Antonio. That contest will tip-off at 6:00 p.m. Eastern and will not be broadcast.

IUPUI WBB: WOMEN’S BASKETBALL SIGNS THREE STANDOUTS FOR 2022-23

INDIANAPOLIS – The IUPUI women’s basketball team began the 2021-22 season Tuesday night and while they continue to drive towards the Horizon League championship, Head coach Austin Parkinson is eager to continue that championship drive in the future with the signing of three top recruits to a National Letter of Intent.

The Jags added Teresa Maggio, Brianna Wooldridge and Jessica Carrothers, who was named the Gatorade Indiana Girls Basketball Player of the Year in 2021 after leading the Crown Point Bulldogs to an IHSAA 4A State Championship title during her junior season.

“Jess can be defined in one word. Winner!” said Coach Parkinson. “She was the best player in the state last year and carried her team to a state championship. Her ability to create her own shot and at the same time create for others is one of the reasons she is such a special player and will have such an impact at IUPUI.”

Carrothers is a 5’8″ guard out of Crown Point, Ind. and is currently the favorite for Indiana Miss Basketball for the 2021-22 season. Along with the Gatorade Player of the Year honor, she has earned Indiana Junior All-Star, Indiana Basketball Coaches Association Supreme 15 and Academic Honors. She will be a key piece in the future for the Jags.

Joining the Jags from Lafayette, Ind. is Teresa Maggio, a 5’5″ guard for the McCutcheon High School Mavericks. Maggio averaged 21.4 points, 4.9 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 4.7 steals per game during her junior season in 2020-21.

“Teresa is a tough, feisty guard who competes at both ends of the floor,” said Coach Parkinson. “She can stretch the defense from the three-point line as well as finish at the rim in traffic. Defensively she anticipates well and likes to get out in passing lanes leading to transition baskets.”

Maggio earned 2021 Underclass Large School All State, J&C Big School All-Area Player of the Year, 2021 NCC All Conference First Team and IBCA Top 100 Underclass Showcase Nominee honors. She shows excellence on the court and off the court with a 4.0 GPA.

Joining Carrothers and Maggio is an out of state recruit, Brianna Wooldridge. Wooldridge, a 6’2″ center out of Schaumburg, Ill., is currently ranked the #6 player in Illinois by Prep Girls Hoops.

“Bri is a versatile post player who has the unique ability to score in a number of different ways,” said Coach Parkinson. “She has the quickness to take you off the dribble, strength to seal down low and the shooting touch from the three-point line. She is someone who knows how to win taking her team to state.”

 Wooldridge was named a IBCA 3rd team All Star and earned Southwest Suburban Red All Conference this past season as a junior and will look to bring strength under the basket for the Jags.

Carrothers, Maggio and Wooldridge will join Coach Parkinson’s Horizon League Championship contender team during the 2022-23 season. 

IUPUI MEN’S BASKETBALL: JAGUARS UNABLE TO OVERCOME OFFENSIVE WOES AT EVANSVILLE

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The IUPUI basketball team was unable to overcome a sluggish offensive performance as the Jaguars fell on the road to Evansville inside Ford Center on Thursday night (Nov. 11), 60-40. The Jaguars shot just 33.3 percent from the floor and committed 15 turnovers as the Purple Aces captured a wire-to-wire home victory.

Shamar Givance led Evansville with 16 points, seven boards and three steals and Evan Kuhlman tossed in 13, including three threes. B.J. Maxwell paced the Jaguars with eight points and four boards and Jonah Carrasco tallied a career-high seven points on 3-of-4 shooting. Sophomore Bakari LaStrap closed with six points, all before halftime. IUPUI’s 15 turnovers led to Evansville’s 16-8 advantage in points off turnovers.

And while the IUPUI (0-2) defense was stingy for a second straight game to open the season, the offense was unable to match at the other end.

“(Defense) is an area we focused on in the offseason,” head coach Matt Crenshaw said. “We’re trying to lay the foundation to win championships and to do that, we have to be great defensively. That’s where we want to hang our hat.

“Obviously, we have some offensive struggles right now and I think some of it is some early game jitters. If you look at our team, we’re young. Even though we’ve got a lot of seniors, the only one that’s really played a lot of Division I basketball is Mike DePersia. Mike DePersia has played more Division I basketball than the rest of the team combined. That’s hard because the only way you get experience is by playing and getting that experience.”

The Jaguars’ relative lack of experience played a role in the the offense getting off to a second straight sluggish start. Despite a mountain of turnovers, the defense allowed the Jags to stay in contact.

The overall look was a stark contrast from the Butler game as IUPUI kept the driver in the bag and opted for the short game for much of the first half. LaStrap found success knifing through mismatches while Carrasco got free inside for an early layup off a DePersia feed and a dunk thanks to LaStrap’s find.

The Jags got within three when Nathan McClure splashed an open trey after Maxwell blocked a shot and IUPUI had 5-on-4 in transition. Evansville pushed the lead to 23-19 by halftime.

IUPUI still had a glimmer of hope after Carrasco thundered home an emphatic three-point play, but Evansville fired back with a decisive 11-0 run to take a 42-26 lead with 12:13 left. Givance started and capped the run with layups as part of his 5-of-11 shooting performance. Once down double-digits, the Jags were never able to sustain much of a threat as IUPUI shot under 26 percent overall after halftime and saw the hosts heat up to 65 percent.

Evansville closed the game at 47 percent overall and 6-of-19 from three. The Jaguars’ shooting woes extended to the foul line as they made just 5-of-10 attempts. Conversely, the hosts made 18-of-24 free throws and drew 19 fouls while being called for just 10 infractions.

DePersia closed with three assists before fouling out in just 19 minutes off the bench.

“Honestly, I think we’re in a situation where on most teams, they have a guy that is their go-to guy,” Crenshaw said. “Givance was their guy. He’s going to make plays, he’s going to get to the rim and he’s going to draw the shot blocker and find the open man.

“We don’t have that – it’s by committee. It’s going to be game-by-game and different guys are going to step up at different times. We just have to be more consistent and find some consistency from some guys.”

Maxwell, who had a team-high 14 points in the opener, was held to eight on just 3-of-13 shooting in 31 minutes.

IUPUI will be back in action on Monday, Nov. 15 when the Jaguars take on Denver in the first of three games at the UTSA Tournament in San Antonio. That contest will tip-off at 6:00 p.m. Eastern and will not be broadcast.

IUPUI MBB: MEN’S BASKETBALL INKS FOUR SIGNEES FOR 2022-2023 CAMPAIGN

INDIANAPOLIS – The IUPUI Athletics Department and head basketball coach Matt Crenshaw announced the signings of four newcomers for next season on Thursday (Nov. 11). Crenshaw inked a pair of junior college guards in 6-foot-6 Cooper Dewitt (Pasco, Wash./North Idaho College) and 6-foot-3 Daylan Hamilton (Houston, Texas/Triton College). Crenshaw also signed a pair of in-state guards in local twins 6-foot-5 Ahmad Jarrard (Indianapolis, Ind./Mt. Vernon) and 6-foot-3 Armon Jarrard (Indianapolis, Ind./Mt. Vernon).

“We’re excited about all four of these young men,” Crenshaw said. “They’re tough, they’re versatile and they’re all going to fit in well with what we’re trying to do. They’re all really excited to be part of what we’re building and are going to bring a new excitement to the program. As a staff, we’re really excited about what’s to come with these guys playing a vital role in our success.”

Cooper Dewitt // 6-foot-6 // G // Pasco, Wash. // Chiawana H.S. // North Idaho College

-Earned Mid-Columbia Conference Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year as a senior at Chiawana (Wash.) High School

-Also collected All-State honors after averaging 14 points and 6 assists per game

-Averaged 8.8 points, 4.5 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game as a freshman at North Idaho College last season while shooting 50 percent from the floor and 41.2 percent from three

“Cooper is a really tough kid who’s going to bring the ability to score from all three levels and can really knock down open shots. He plays really hard at both ends of the floor and leads by example,” Crenshaw said. “And, he’s intriguing in that he has great court vision and playmaking skills and is a legitimate 6-foot-6.”

Daylan Hamilton // 6-foot-3 // G // Houston, Texas // Klein Forest H.S. // Triton College

-Played the 2020-2021 season at Western Michigan where he averaged 3.0 points and 0.9 rebounds per game in 15 appearances off the bench

-Tallied a season-high eight points against Akron on Jan. 23

-Averaged 26 points per game as a senior at Klein Forest, earning Texas Association of Basketball Coaches’ Class 6A First Team All-State honors

-Named the District 15-6A Most Valuable Player and All-Region honoree

-Had 12 points, seven assists and four steals in Triton’s season opener this season against College of Lake County

“Daylan brings us multiple level scoring and is an elite defender. He plays the passing lanes and does a good job of just getting in a stance and locking down his guy,” Crenshaw said. “He’s an incredible athlete with great vision and a great feel for the game.”

Amhad Jarrard // 6-foot-5 // G // Indianapolis, Ind./Mt. Vernon H.S.

-2021 Hancock County Player of the Year and two-time Hoosier Heritage Conference honoree

-Honorable mention underclass All-State selection

-Averaged 12.9 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game while shooting 55 percent as a junior, helping Mt. Vernon to a 17-7 mark and a sectional crown

-Averaged 10.7 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game as a sophomore

“Amhad is off the charts athletically. He’s flat out explosive. He brings toughness and playmaking ability and a certain swagger with him,” Crenshaw said. “He’s a tough, hard-nosed defender and being an Indiana kid, he’s the kind of homegrown kid that we’re looking to bring into the program.”

Armon Jarrard // 6-foot-3 // G // Indianapolis, Ind./Mt. Vernon H.S.

-Named First Team All-Hancock County this past season and underclass All-State

-Averaged 12.8 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.2 steals per game as a junior while shooting 42 percent from three-point range

-Helped Mt. Vernon to a 17-7 record last season and a sectional title

“Armon is a knockdown shooter who plays with an edge and a toughness to his game. He’s got a smooth stroke, but isn’t just a shooter because he’s a playmaker from either guard spot,” Crenshaw said. “He’s another example of a homegrown, Indy kid that we want to build our program around.”

EVANSVILLE MEN’S BASKETBALL: DEFENSE SHINES IN 60-40 WIN OVER IUPUI

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – For the 10th time in 11 seasons, the University of Evansville men’s basketball team opened their Ford Center schedule with a victory, taking down IUPUI by a final of 60-40 on Thursday evening.

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Four Purple Aces (1-1) finished in double figures with Shamar Givance leading the way with 16 points along with a game-high 7 rebounds.  Evan Kuhlman was 4-for-7 from the field and 3-of-5 from outside on his way to 13 points while Jawaun Newton and Blaise Beauchamp recorded 12 points apiece.  Kuhlman and Newton added two assists apiece while Givance had three steals.  IUPUI (0-2) was led by B.J. Maxwell’s 8 points.

The defensive effort for UE was stellar, holding an opponent to 40 points or fewer for the first time since an 83-39 win over Wabash on Nov. 30, 2016.  It was the first time holding a Division I opponent to 40 or fewer since a 67-35 triumph over Bradley on January 9, 2016.

“It was a struggle in the first half on both ends but we kept guarding and I thought we rebounded very well,” UE head coach Todd Lickliter said following the win.  “We had better ball and player movement (in the second half) and those are things you have to learn and that is what we are doing.”

Evan Kuhlman knocked down the first basket of the evening, hitting a triple on a feed from Jawaun Newton.  Shamar Givance added a layup that pushed the lead to 5-0.  After missing their first four shots of the game, IUPUI scored the next four points.  UE wrestled away an 11-6 edge before a 5-minute scoreless drought saw the Jaguars get back within one at 11-10 just past the halfway point of the period.

It was Newton who got the Aces back on track, drilling a three before Blaise Beauchamp scored four points in a row to push the lead to 18-12.  The game remained within two possessions as the half wound down with the Aces taking a 23-19 lead into halftime.  The Jaguars shot 42.9% in the period but UE had three triples and six free throws to cement the lead.

Out of the break, IUPUI scored the first basket to make it a 2-point game once again, but on the Aces end, it was Iyen Enaruna stepping up.  After hitting a layup to make it a 25-21 game, Enaruna put an inbound pass into the basket to expand the lead.  Newton added a basket of his own to push the lead to 29-21, the largest edge to that point.

The Jaguars closed back within five tallies with a 3-pointer before Evansville took full control.  Up 31-26, the Aces scored 11 points in a row to take a 42-26 advantage with 12:13 remaining.  Kuhlman got things rolling with a triple before two free throws by Newton gave UE its first double digit advantage at 37-26.  Another triple by Kuhlman was followed by a Givance layup that capped off the run.

Evansville kept the intensity over the remainder of the contest, leading by as many as 22 in the final minute before finishing with the 60-40 victory.  UE’s defense held the Jaguars to a final shooting tally of 33.3%.  On the offensive end, the Aces hit 11 out of 17 shots (64.7%) in the final 20 minutes on their way to a final of 47.4%.  The Aces also completed the game with a 33-26 edge on the glass.

Another quick turnaround will see the Aces in action on Saturday with a 4 p.m. CT contest at Belmont.

EVANSVILLE MEN’S SOCCER: SEMIFINAL MATCHUP WITH LOYOLA CHICAGO AHEAD FOR ACES IN MVC CHAMPIONSHIP RUN

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Looking to continue its strong run of form over the last month, the University of Evansville men’s soccer team takes on No. 2 seed Loyola Chicago in the semifinals of the MVC Championship at 3 PM on Friday in Springfield, Mo.

Previewing the Matchup

Meeting for the third time this season and the 30th time in series history, Evansville holds a 19-8-2 advantage in the all-time series with the Ramblers.

The two sides battled to a scoreless draw in the first meeting this season on Sept. 18, before the Ramblers earned a 5-1 win over the Aces in the most recent meeting on Oct. 16.

Evansville’s 4-2 win over fifth-seeded Drake represented the Aces first tournament victory since defeating Loyola, 1-0, in the quarterfinals of the 2017 MVC Championship.

A win would hand UE its first appearance in the MVC Championship Match since facing Drake in the 2009 finale.

Junior Nkosi Graham exploded offensively on Tuesday, scoring twice and in position to score a third, en route to a 4-2 win. Graham entered the match having scored once previously.

Evansville’s four goals in its 4-2 win over Drake were the most goals it had scored since capturing a 4-0 win over Tulsa in the 1995 MVC semifinals.

Last Match: Evansville 4, Drake 2

Hosting its first MVC Tournament match since 2018, the University of Evansville men’s soccer team turned-up the attack in the second half, cruising to a 4-2 win over Drake in the quarterfinals on Tuesday at Arad McCutchan Stadium in Evansville, Ind.

“One game at a time. Great showing from the guys and a great response to going down a goal,” said Aces head men’s soccer coach Marshall Ray. “I thought we came out in the second half and executed our game plan and were able to open them up and create some opportunities. Fortunate to be up a man, but still had to make sure we got the chances and put them in the back of the net. Big day for Nkosi. A big thank you to all the students and the community that came out and support us today. Now we’ll rest and get prepared for our next opponent on Friday. We look forward to heading to Springfield to compete in the semis of the Missouri Valley Conference Championship.”

Junior Nkosi Graham stole the show on Tuesday afternoon, scoring twice and nearly adding a third in the postseason win, while freshman Edward Mendy found the back of the net for the first time in his collegiate career. In goal, redshirt junior Jacob Madden secured his fourth win of the season, making three saves on the day.

After an early chance for redshirt junior Jakub Hall, it was Drake who got off on the front foot in the match. Inside the first 10 minutes, the Bulldogs recorded four shots, including a pair on goal, but Madden made two saves to keep the match scoreless. A back-and-forth match in the early going, Evansville recorded a trio of shots just minutes later as the pressure increased from the Aces.

In the 23rd minute, a Drake player received a red card, leading to the Bulldogs playing with 10 men for the final 67 minutes in the match. Despite the disadvantage, it was the Bulldogs who scored first. In the 30th minute, the Bulldogs scored as a cross along the endline from Louis Yuill was clipped in by Juan Louis to give Drake the lead a third of the way through.

The Bulldogs’ lead would last for just over 10 minutes before a tremendous run by Nkosi Graham resulted in a goal. Graham broke free of a defender down the right side and crossed a ball into the box that found freshman Jose Vivas. Vivas quickly put a shot towards goal that was blocked, but bounced free and Edward Mendy pushed the ball towards goal and found the back of the net to equalize the match at one at the half.

After an evenly played opening 45 minutes, the Aces took full control in the second half. 10 minutes into the second period, Evansville took the lead. Senior Raphaello Perez Colasito dribbled into the box and looked to send a cross to Graham, but a Drake defender slid in, flipping the ball towards goal and off the crossbar and in. From that point, the Aces were in full control. In the 64th minute, Graham scored his first of the game, taking advantage of a misplay by Drake’s backline and finishing past the keeper to boos the Aces lead to two goals.

Just eight minutes later, it was Graham again who bolstered Evansville’s advantage, scoring off an assist from sophomore Pablo Guillen for his second goal of the day. As the minutes waned, Drake pushed back within two with a late goal, but the Aces closed-out the match, earning the 4-2 win.

The four goals scored by the Aces were the most by Evansville in an MVC Tournament match since a 4-0 win over Tulsa in the MVC Tournament semifinals in 1995.

Making Three Semifinals

With the win over Drake on Tuesday, head coach Marshall Ray reached rare air.

The win advances Evansville to its third MVC Championship semifinal since Ray took over the program.

The only other coach to reach the feat was UE Hall of Famer Fred Schmalz in 1995, 1996, and 199.

VALPO VOLLEYBALL: SIGNS PAIR OF INCOMING FRESHMEN

Valpo volleyball head coach Carin Avery announced today that Claire Campbell and Emma Hickey have signed National Letters of Intent and will join the volleyball program as freshmen for the 2022 season.

Claire Campbell – 6’2” – MH – Warrensburg, Ill. – Warrensburg-Latham H.S. – Illini Elite

A four-year letterwinner for the Cardinals, Campbell was a First Team All-Conference selection each of the last two seasons. She has also received All-County recognition as well. Campbell led the Cardinals in kills each of the last three seasons and also paced the squad in blocks this season as a senior. On the club level, Campbell’s Illini Elite team was 17 Open Champions at Triple Crown in 2020 and also won the President’s Day Classic that year. Previously, in 2018, her Illini Elite team finished in third place at AAU Nationals.

Avery on Campbell: “Claire was a great get for us. She has been trained and has played at a high level in club, which has prepared her for life in the Valley. We have seen Claire make big strides over the past year. She moves extremely well along the net and has a high IQ with her attack. She will add quality depth in the middle hitter spot for us. We are so excited to see what Claire will do here in the next four years.”

Emma Hickey – 5’8” – OH/L – Granger, Ind. – Penn H.S. – NIVA Jrs

Hickey is the first recruit in program history to earn a spot on one of the AVCA’s three High School All-American teams, as she was named a Second Team All-American earlier this week. Playing for a Penn team which reached the #1 ranking in the state this year, Hickey was also an AVCA All-Region selection and earned First Team All-State accolades after earning Second Team All-State honors earlier in her career. A three-time First Team All-Conference selection, Hickey has stood out in club play as well. She was named an All-American at 18s Nationals in the American division and was an All-American at 17s Nationals in the Premier division. Hickey was also named MVP of the 17 open Beast of the Southeast tournament.

Avery on Hickey: “Emma has played both outside hitter and libero at a high level and she competes like crazy. She is a player who knows what it takes to win. She has great ball control and an unbelievably high volleyball IQ. Even though Emma is undersized for an outside hitter, her ability to read the defense and her hand to ball contact is amazing. Her passing and defending abilities make her a huge asset in the backcourt for us also.”

VALPO MEN’S BASKETBALL: MEN’S BASKETBALL TO CLOSE HOMESTAND ON SATURDAY VS. UIC

UIC (0-1, 0-0 Horizon)

at Valparaiso (0-1, 0-0 MVC)

Game No. 2 – Saturday, Nov. 13, Noon

Athletics-Recreation Center (5,000) – Valparaiso, Ind.

Next Up in Valpo Basketball: The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team will close out a four-game home stretch (two exhibitions, two regular-season contests) by hosting former league foe UIC on Saturday. This will mark the first time a Horizon League team has played a regular-season game at the Athletics-Recreation Center since Valpo departed the league to join the Missouri Valley Conference prior to the 2017-2018 season. Valpo last started a season with back-to-back home games in 2017-18 and last began with a pair of Division-I home contests in 2015-16. It will be Beach Day at the ARC with sunglasses being given away to early-arriving students.

Last Time Out: Valpo erased a 10-point deficit to take a 61-60 lead on a traditional 3-point play by Trevor Anderson with 3:32 remaining, but visiting Toledo scored the game’s final nine points to prevail 69-61 in Tuesday’s season opener at the ARC. A quartet of Beacons finished in double figures with newcomers accounting for the team’s top three scorers – Thomas Kithier (16), Kevion Taylor (12) and Trevor Anderson (11). Anderson dished out five assists and shared the team lead with five rebounds while connecting on five of his eight field-goal attempts. Kithier squeezed five boards to go along with his efficient 8-of-11 shooting performance. Shooting from the perimeter was a bugaboo, as Valpo hit 3s at a 21.7 percent clip (5-of-23). Toledo’s JT Shumate had 20 points and nine boards.

Following the Beacons: Streaming – ESPN3 – Brian Jennings (play-by-play) and Jamie Stangel (analyst)

Valpo Radio – Online Only, WVUR YouTube Stream – Garrett Willis (play-by-play) and Zach Collins (analyst) (Game will not air on 95.1 FM Valparaiso or TuneIn app due to football overlap)

Twitter updates – @ValpoBasketball

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

Head Coach Matt Lottich: Matt Lottich (83-79) 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.

Getting Started

Valpo saw its streak of 16 straight victories in home openers come to an end with Toledo’s 69-61 triumph on Nov. 9.

That marked the first time Valpo started the home slate with a loss since Nov. 27, 2004, an 85-71 defeat to Charlotte.

Valpo is hoping to avoid starting 0-2 at home for the first time since the 2003-2004 campaign by beating UIC on Saturday. However, it should be noted that the Homer Drew led 2003-2004 squad recovered from the 0-2 home start and eventually won the Mid-Continent Conference title and reached the NCAA Tournament.

Series Notes

This marks the second straight season these two teams square off in the season’s second game. Valpo fell 66-50 at UIC last year in the program’s first matchup with a Horizon League foe since departing the league.

Last year’s setback snapped Valpo’s 17-game head-to-head winning streak against the Flames.

Despite that long stretch of Valpo dominance, UIC owns a 30-27 edge in the all-time series.

The Beacons have captured nine straight home matchups with the Flames dating back to UIC’s 83-76 victory on Feb. 15, 2009.

Inside the Flames

Coming off a 64-54 loss at Dayton on Tuesday in which they ended the first half on a 19-2 spurt to take a seven-point lead into halftime. The Flames were up nine with 11:33 to play, but Dayton’s 19-0 run allowed the Flyers to pull away.

Zion Griffin scored a game-high 17 points in the season opener.

Under the direction of second-year head coach Luke Yaklich, who played in the Missouri Valley Conference at Illinois State and later served as an assistant coach for his alma mater.

Went 9-13 overall and 6-10 in Horizon League action last season.

Picked to finish eighth of 12 in the Horizon League preseason poll.

Notes Wrapping up Nov. 9: Toledo 69, Valpo 61

Thomas Kithier scored 16 points in his Valpo debut to achieve a collegiate career high. He did it on 8-of-11 shooting and chipped in five rebounds. Kithier’s previous career high came on Nov. 10, 2019, when he scored 10 points in a Michigan State game against Binghamton.

Trevor Anderson hit double figures for the 13th time in his collegiate career (11 points) while reaching the five-assist threshold, pulling down five rebounds and committing no turnovers.

Kevion Taylor tallied double figures for the 82nd time in his collegiate career with his 12-point showing, while Sheldon Edwards scored 10 points for his 10th career double-figure game.

Valpo played without Preseason Second Team All-MVC choice Ben Krikke, who missed the game due to an injury.

Six of the nine Beacons who saw action were newcomers.

Eron Gordon made his 32nd collegiate start (31st at Valpo) while playing in his 112th college game.

Forward Trajectory

Valpo has improved its conference tournament seeding in each of its four Missouri Valley Conference seasons.

The team entered Arch Madness as a No. 10 seed in 2017-18, a No. 9 seed in 2018-19, a No. 7 in 2019-20 and a No. 6 in 2020-21.

With Year 4 in The Valley now in the books, Valpo has surpassed Loyola’s conference win total over its first four seasons in the league. Valpo garnered its 29th MVC victory in the 2020-21 regular-season finale vs. Indiana State.

The Ramblers went 27-45 over their first four seasons before going 57-16 over the following four seasons.

Valpo has improved its conference finish in each season during the four-year transitional period after elevating to the prestigious and competitive conference.

More on 2020-21

The 2020-21 season was highlighted by an upset victory over previously-undefeated Drake, the nation’s No. 25 team, 74-57 on Feb. 7, 2021 at the Athletics-Recreation Center, 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.

Valpo came close to two other victories over ranked foes, falling 80-77 vs. No. 25 Drake on Feb. 6 and 54-52 at No. 22 Loyola on Feb. 17.

Valpo closed the regular season with a stretch of 16 Missouri Valley Conference games in a 39-day span. By comparison, Valpo had played three games over the previous 31 days before beginning the stretch of seemingly nonstop competition. Six of Valpo’s first eight MVC games were postponed due to COVID-19, causing the backlog of makeup games during the busy stretch.

2021-22 Preseason Picks

Ben Krikke was named to the Preseason All-MVC Second Team.

Valpo was picked seventh in the 10-team league based on a preseason survey of the conference’s head coaches, media members and sports information directors.

Drake was tabbed the preseason favorite to win the league, while UNI’s AJ Green earned Preseason Player of the Year accolades.

Sustained Home Success

The Athletics-Recreation Center has provided a distinct homecourt advantage over the years as Valpo has not finished with a losing mark at the ARC since 1991-92.

Thanks to a victory in the 2020-21 home finale vs. Indiana State, the program finished with a record of .500 or better at home for the 29th consecutive season.

Valpo enjoyed double-figure home win totals in nine of 10 seasons prior to the unusual, pandemic-altered 2020-21 season. Due to health and safety regulations, fans were unable to pack the ARC as they have in years past.

The ARC is back open to spectators without any capacity restrictions during the 2021-22 season, restoring the home court advantage Valpo has come to expect over the years.

Home-Heavy Schedule

The historic home success is good news for Valpo this season, as the team will play 17 home games.

The nonconference slate will be comprised of eight home dates, two road games and three neutral-site contests.

Valpo most recently played 17 home games during the 2016-17 season. This will mark the team’s busiest home calendar since joining the Missouri Valley Conference.

Big Ten U

Prior to this season, Valpo had just a pair of Big Ten transfers join the program over the last two decades (Bakari Evelyn and Bobby Capobiano).

This year, the program has been bolstered by four additions from the Big Ten Conference. Trevor Anderson, Joe Hedstrom and Kobe King have all come in from Wisconsin, while Thomas Kithier joins the fold after beginning his career with three seasons at Michigan State.

Four of the five transfers that have come in join the team from the Big Ten, while a fifth impact transfer began his career with four seasons at Division-II Winona State. Kevion Taylor was a three-time all-conference performer and was his conference’s preseason player of the year in 2020-21.

King started all 19 games he played at Wisconsin in 2019-20, Anderson appeared in 60 of Wisconsin’s 62 games over the last two seasons and Kithier appeared in 86 games and made 19 starts for Tom Izzo’s team over his three seasons in East Lansing.

Who’s Back

Although the team features five freshmen and the five aforementioned transfers, five scholarship players do return from last season.

The squad brings back 47.9 percent of its scoring and 42.4 percent of its rebounding.

Four of the team’s top six scorers are back.

A pair of MVC postseason award winners remain in the fold for the Beacons as Sheldon Edwards was a member of the 2020-21 MVC All-Freshman Team, while Ben Krikke earned All-MVC Third Team, MVC Most-Improved Team and MVC Scholar-Athlete First Team, the lone player in the league to receive all three honors.

Seven letter winners are back from last year’s team, while nine have departed. Three starters return and three left. (Note: Starters based on top five players in number of games started. Six players were considered starters due to a tie for fifth).

Staff Sidebars

Associate head coach Luke Gore is in his 20th year on staff and has served under four different head coaches. The Valpo veteran has helped the team to eight postseason berths in the last 11 years and was on staff for the three winningest seasons in program history. He serves as the team’s defensive coordinator in addition to leading Valpo’s scheduling and scouting efforts.

Assistant coach Matt Bowen returned to Valpo’s staff in 2018-19 after previously spending four seasons with the Brown & Gold from 2002-2006. He was the head coach at the University of Minnesota Duluth from 2012-2018. Bowen coordinates the team’s offense.

Assistant coach Rob Holloway is back for his fourth season after spending the previous two years on staff at Eastern Illinois, his alma mater. He serves as the “special teams” coordinator, which includes presses, press breaks and out-of-bounds plays.

Director of Basketball Operations Peter Funk is in his first season in that role after spending the previous two years as a graduate assistant and the three years prior to that as a student manager.

Bob Brooks is in his 18th year as Valpo Director of Strength & Conditioning at Valpo and returned to oversight of men’s basketball strength & conditioning in 2020-21. He has worked with Valpo teams since 1994.

Athletic trainer Ken DeAngelis is in his third season full-time at Valpo after previously earning his master’s degree from the University in 2012 while spending two years as a graduate assistant athletic trainer.

Tradition of Excellence

Valpo has 14 NCAA Tournament appearances and four NIT berths in the program’s proud history, with the team’s postseason success highlighted by a Sweet Sixteen run in 1998.

The program has produced nine All-Americans, won 18 regular season conference championships and 10 conference tournament crowns.

Valpo also boasts eight NBA players, 10 conference players of the year and 20 20-win seasons.

Nine of the team’s NCAA appearances have come since 1996.

Valpo has qualified for the postseason eight times in the last 11 years, including 2019-20 where Valpo accepted a postseason berth but the tournament was not played due to COVID-19.

Valpo has developed a myriad of professional basketball players over the last quarter century, most notably a pair of NBA players in the last four years. Ryan Broekhoff (class of 2013) signed a contract with the Dallas Mavericks in the summer of 2018 after spending five seasons playing internationally in Russia and Turkey. Alec Peters (class of 2017) was the 54th pick in the 2017 NBA Draft by the Phoenix Suns. Peters appeared in 20 games for the Suns in 2017-18, highlighted by a 36-point performance in the season finale against Dallas – a new single-game high by a Valpo alum in the NBA. He has gone on to a successful career overseas with CSKA Moscow (2018-2019), Anadolu Efes (2019-2020) and Kirolbet Baskonia (2020-present).

Valpo has produced over 50 professional players in the last 25 years.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE WSOCCER: ANNOUNCES THREE ATHLETES SIGN TO 2022 CLASS

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Purdue Fort Wayne head coach Jason Burr announced three student-athletes have signed with the women’s soccer program for the 2022 class on Thursday, Nov. 11.


“Although this is one of the smallest recruiting classes we have had in our time at Purdue Fort Wayne, their impact is going to be fantastic. We have 3 players that all add something unique to our team. That is always a key factor for us when making additions to a team that has been getting better each season over the last five years. However, as a group, the biggest things these players will add for us is their determination and competitiveness which has been something we have been building over the last few years. There is no doubt their contributions in the future will help us continue to grow in the Horizon League and throughout the region,” head coach Jason Burr said.

Lauryn Brucchieri – Defender
Brucchieri comes from Brunswick, Ohio. and competed at Brunswick High School, which is the same high school current Mastodon Gigi Ricciardi went to. During her time with the Blue Devils, Brucchieri tallied two goals and six assists. The defender was a three time All-Conference Honorable Mention honoree.

Brucchieri also played her club soccer with the Cleveland Futbol Club and FC Evolution. As a student, she was a three time Summa Cum Laude Recipient and ranked 13th out of 638 students in her high school class.

Lauren Klusek – Forward
Lauren Klusek comes from Macomb, Mich. and competed at Dakota High School. The forward also played for the National Girls Academy club team. While she was a member of the National Girls Academy, she was a top 10 goal scorer in the U.S. Development Academic in 2018-2019 season, a Michigan ODP and U.S. Training Center Selection, and was a member of the Inaugural U.S. Development Academy Team.

Chloe Mariotti – Defender
Mariotti comes from Yorktown, Ind. and competed at Yorktown High School where she was a four time letter winner for the Tigers. During her time at Yorktown, she received second team All-District honors and was a two time All-Conference athlete in 2020 and 2021.

The defender also played her club soccer with Carmel United and the Indiana Fire in the Elite Club National League.

Her sister, Hailey Mariotti, played for the Mastodons under Burr in 2013. Her brother, Brody Mariotti, currently plays for first base for Concordia University in River Forrest, Ill.  

PURDUE FT. WAYNE CC: CROSS COUNTRY PREPARES FOR GREAT LAKES REGIONAL MEET

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne cross country teams travel to Evansville, Ind. to compete in the NCAA Great Lakes Regional meet on Friday, Nov. 12. The women’s race will be a 6K. The men’s race will be a 10K. 

The NCAA regional meet determines who will compete at the NCAA Cross Country National Championships on Saturday, Nov. 20 in Tallahassee, Fla.

Thirty-one teams will get to compete in the cross country national championships. The top two scoring teams from each of the nine regions get an automatic bid into the championships, while 13 at-large teams will also be granted entry.

After the teams have been determined, an additional 38 individuals per gender will compete at the individual national championships. Among individuals not selected as members of qualifying teams in the process above, the top four finishers at each regional meet are automatically selected. Each must have finished within the top 25 of the region. An additional two athletes will be selected among the nations pool.

This will be the Mastodons’ second meet at the Angel Mounds Cross Country Course this season. Both Mastodon teams won on Oct. 16 at the Evansville Invitational. 

The last time the Mastodons competed was back on Oct. 30th at the Horizon League Cross Country championships. The men placed seventh out of 11 teams and the women placed ninth out of 12 teams.

Leading the way for the men’s team was Andrew Whitinger, who placed seventh overall. Madison King led the way for the women’s team, and finished in fifth place. Both Whitinger and King received First Team All-Horizon League honors.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE WBB: PURDUE FORT WAYNE WBB HEADS TO BALL STATE FRIDAY

ORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne women’s basketball team will head south on Friday (Nov. 12) for a 6:30 p.m. game at Ball State in Worthen Arena.

Head coach Maria Marchesano will not coach on Friday due to breakthrough COVID-19 cases among the Purdue Fort Wayne women’s basketball coaching staff. There have been no cases among women’s basketball student-athletes following multiple tests. In consultation with medical teams from both universities, Friday’s game will be played as scheduled. Assistant coach Steven Asher will serve as the acting head coach for the Mastodons.

Game Day Information
Who: Ball State Cardinals
When: Friday, November 12 | 6:30 p.m.
Where: Muncie, Ind. | Worthen Arena
Live Stats: Link
Watch: ESPN3

Know Your Foe
Ball State is 1-0 on the young season with an 84-75 win over Horizon League member Milwaukee on Tuesday. Ally Becki, a freshman for the Cardinals, led BSU with 17 points on 7-of-9 shooting. Senior Thelma Dis Agustsdottir and redshirt-junior Anna Clephane were also in double-figures. Ball State was 14-11 last season.

The Series
Ball State has won all six meetings with the Mastodons, all coming since the Mastodons moved Division I in 2001. The two squads most recently met in 2019, which was a 83-52 win for Ball State.

Season Opener Fun
Purdue Fort Wayne’s 102-35 win over Manchester put several single-game statistics into the Mastodon record book.
5 Turnovers: 1st
67-Point Margin of Victory: 2nd
16 3-Pointers: 3rd
24 Steals: 3rd
27 Assists: 4th
102 Points: 8th

Welcome Home Sylare
In her first game as a Mastodon, Detroit Mercy transfer Sylare Starks had a career-high 21 points against Manchester in the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. The Fort Wayne native spent was 8-of-13 (61.5 percent) from the floor and 5-of-6  (83.3 percent) from 3-point range.

The Coaching File
Purdue Fort Wayne has two former conference Coach of the Year award winners on its coaching staff: Maria Marchesano and Lauren Macer. Marchesano was the Northeast Conference Coach of the Year in 2021 while at Mount St. Mary’s and Division II Independent Coach of the Year in 2012 while at Urbana. Macer was the 2020 Mountain East Conference Coach of the Year after leading Notre Dame College to regular season and tournament championships.

Day 1 Stats!
There were 248 Division I teams that played a game on opening day (Nov. 9). Here’s how the Mastodons’ stats from opening day ranked among those 248:
5.40 Assist/Turnover Ratio: 1st
6 Fouls: 1st
5 Turnovers: 2nd
29 Turnover Margin: 2nd
24 Steals: 3rd
16 3-Pointers: 4th
67 Points Scoring Margin: 6th
34 Turnovers Forced: 9th
27 Assists: 9th
55.2 3-Point Percentage: 10th
35 Points Allowed: 11th
102 Points: 14th
85.7 Free Throw Percentage: 28th
51.4 Field Goal Percentage: 34th

Last Time Out
The Mastodons opened 2021-22 with a 102-35 win over Manchester on Tuesday, which was the largest margin of victory by a Mastodon team since 1995.

Coming Up
Purdue Fort Wayne will return home to open Horizon League play on Thursday (Nov. 18) when UIC comes to the Summit City. UIC opened the season with a loss at Northwestern and will not play before coming to Fort Wayne.

INDIANAPOLIS MEN’S BASKETBALL: HOUNDS GEAR UP FOR OPENING WEEKEND IN NICOSON

INDIANAPOLIS – The University of Indianapolis kicks off the 2021-22 season this weekend with a pair of games inside Nicoson Hall.  The Hounds host Lake Erie on Friday night followed by Grand Valley on Sunday afternoon.

FRIDAY vs. LAKE ERIE | 7 ET

SCOUTING THE STORM

Lake Erie was picked ninth in the G-MAC preseason poll with Hillsdale as the league favorite. The Storm finished the 2020-21 season with a 4-14 record with only G-MAC games on the schedule. Transfer guards D.J. Dial and Jordan Burton will add experience to the backcourt alongside returning scoring leader Jacob Plantz. Up front, transfer forward James Anderson and senior forward Jackson Burdyshaw are expected to fill major roles this season. Friday marks the first game of the season for the Storm after a pair of exhibition losses at Northern Kentucky (75-64)

and Wright State (86-53).

SERIES HISTORY vs. LAKE ERIE

The Hounds are 3-1 all time against the Storm including 2-0 inside Nicoson Hall. The last meeting came on Nov. 13, 2016 with the Hounds posting an 81-73 victory. Four of UIndy’s five starters

scored in double figures in the win.

SUNDAY vs. GRAND VALLEY | 3 ET

SCOUTING THE LAKERS

Grand Valley was the South Division favorite in the GLIAC’s preseason poll. The Lakers garnered nine of the eleven first place votes to claim the top spot. They return a pair of All-Conference honorees from last season in Christian Negron and Jake Van Tubbergen. Their roster does not lack senior leadership with five senior choosing to use their extra year of eligibility due to COVID-19 (Brown, Gassman, Harris, Negron, Van Tubbergen). Sunday will mark their season opener after an exhibition loss at Michigan State (83-60).

SERIES HISTORY vs. GRAND VALLEY

This will mark the 10th meeting all time between the two teams with Grand Valley edging the Hounds 5-4 in the series. The Hounds have been victorious in the last two meetings while the Lakers haven’t won inside Nicoson since 2007.

INDIANAPOLIS MEN’S SOCCER: HOUNDS PREPARE FOR GLVC TOURNAMENT SEMIFINALS ON FRIDAY

INDIANAPOLIS – The University of Indianapolis men’s soccer team is gearing up for its Great Lakes Valley Conference Championship Tournament semifinal match against Drury this Friday, which is set to begin at 7:30 p.m. With the Greyhounds being the No. 1 seed, semifinal and championship action is slated to take place at Key Stadium on Friday and Sunday.

Earlier this season on Oct. 24, UIndy took down Drury by a final of 2-0 at Key Stadium. The Hounds dominated on the offensive side of the ball, firing a total of 22 shots in 90 minutes of action while the Panthers managed just six in return.

The winner of this semifinal match is set to face either Maryville or Illinois Springfield in the championship match on Sunday beginning at 2:30 p.m.

ON TAP

Fresh off a 2-0 quarterfinal win over Lindenwood, top-seeded UIndy prepares to battle No. 5-seed Drury

in a GLVC Tournament semifinal matchup. The winner will take on either Illinois Springfield or Maryville in

the championship on Sunday at Key Stadium beginning at 2:30 p.m. ET.

HOUNDS vs. PANTHERS

UIndy collected a clean 2-0 home victory over Drury in the regular season meeting back on Oct. 24. Most

notably, the Greyhounds offense was in full force as the team fired off a game-high 22 total shots (10 on

goal). On the other side, the Panthers managed just six total shots (two on goal) in 90 minutes of action.

Overall, UIndy head coach John Higgins has gained the upper hand on Drury head man Ben Taylor, collecting a 4-1 mark in their head-to-head matches. The only time Taylor has led his team to a victory over

a Higgins -led club was in his first season at the helm of the Panthers in 2017.

OFFENSIVE FIREPOWER

So far this season, the Greyhounds are averaging 20 shots per game, which is the most of any program

in the NCAA Division II. UIndy also ranks inside the DII top 10 in shots on goal per game (8th, 8.19

per) and corner kicks per game (9th, 6.75). Along with the national rankings, the squad has collected

a conference-high 41 total goals scored, led by star forward Alejandro Steinwascher, who has added a

GLVC-best 11 goals to his season total.

ALL-LEAGUE ACCOLADES

The Greyhounds made their presence know in the recent All-GLVC release by notching four first team,

one second team and three third team honorees. Most notably, for a second straight season, Alejandro

Steinwascher (Offensive Player of the Year), Makel Rasheed (Defensive Player of the Year), and John Higgins (Coach of the Year) helped UIndy hoard three of the four major conference awards.

DIMI ON DUTY

Greyhound goalkeeper Dimitrios Karousos has solidified himself as one of the best keepers in the conference this season. Entering the match against Drury, Karousos ranks atop the GLVC in goals against

average (0.734) and shutouts (7). The Athens, Greece native and former Ashland Eagle was also tabbed

as an All-GLVC First Team selection for the second season in a row.

STEINWASCHER EXCELLENCE

Steinwascher has been the offensive staple this season for the Greyhounds, leading the team in goals

(11), assists (6), points (28), shots (57), shots on goal (25), and game-winning goals (3). For five straight

seasons, either Alejandro or his older brother Javier, who graduated from the program in 2019, have led

the Hounds in goals scored in that specific year.

SNAPPED STREAK

The GLVC regular season loss to Maryville back on Oct. 31 snapped a streak the Greyhounds had been

building up since the 2019 campaign. Beginning Nov. 1, 2019, UIndy had gone 28 consecutive GLVC

matches without a loss, managing a staggering 23-0-5 mark in the time span.

LOOKING FOR REVENGE

Much like this season, the Hounds earned the No. 1 seed in the GLVC Championship Tournament during the shortened 2020-21 season after an undefeated 11-0-3 regular season mark. A pair of wins over

Illinois Springfield and Lewis sent UIndy into the championship match, where the squad took a tie into

penalty kicks and eventually fell 5-3 in PKs at the hands of Maryville.

DURABILITY

A key component this season to the Hounds’ success has been the ability to play and keep a bulk of

players on the roster in the gameday rotation. In total, 12 different players have made an appearance in

all 16 matches. Nine of those 16 having recorded at least one goal or assist for the Hounds.

TURNING THE TIDE

John Higgins began his tenure as head coach of the Hounds in 2010, and has done nothing but succeed

in the process. In his 12 seasons at the helm, he has guided UIndy to 10 or more wins in 11 of those

campaigns while earning two GLVC championships (2014, 2017) and four NCAA Regional appearances

(2013, 2015, 2017, 2019).

FINAL FOUR RUN

The 2019 season was a magical one for Higgins and the Hounds, who ran the table and won the Super

Region 3 for a spot in the National Semifinal. What made this run more impressive is the fact it marked

the first time in program history the Greyhounds had won an NCAA DII Tournament match. The road

to Pittsburg was far from easy, as the team earned just the fourth seed in the GLVC tournament that

season and eventually lost to Southern Indiana in the quarterfinal match at home. Sliding into the Super

Region as a No. 9 seed, the Hounds rolled out an improbable stretch of wins over Fort Hays State, Lake

Erie, Ohio Valley, and Maryville before falling to Cal State LA, one match away from playing for a national

championship. Since that loss to the Golden Eagles, UIndy has continued its ride as a powerhouse in DII

by compiling a ridiculous 26-1-6 overall record so far in two seasons.

INDIANAPOLIS FOOTBALL: REGULAR SEASON FINALE ON TAP FOR UINDY FOOTBALL

WEEK 11

at Truman Bulldogs (8-2, 4-2 GLVC)

Saturday | November 13 | 1 p.m. ET

The Greyhounds wrap up the regular season with a road trip to Kirksville, Mo., for a clash with the Bulldogs of Truman State University. The rivals head into the week tied for second place in the GLVC standings, sporting matching 4-2 conference records.

UIndy owns a 7-1 all-time record versus Truman. The two first hooked up in 2013, and since the Bulldogs escaped with a 24-17 win at home in  October of 2016, the Hounds have earned four consecutive wins by an average 18 points. Last spring, they went head-to-head in the first-ever GLVC Championship Game, with the Greyhounds coming out on top, 46-29. Trailing by a touchdown midway through the second quarter, UIndy ran off 25 unanswered points to take control. Toriano Clinton finished with a monster rushing total of 235 yards, while Bryce Stancombe threw for 292 yards, two TDs and zero interceptions.

INDIANAPOLIS SWIMMING AND DIVING: BOTH SWIMMING & DIVING PROGRAMS REMAIN #1 IN DII TOP 25

NORFOLK, Va. – The University of Indianapolis swimming & diving programs have stayed ahead of the field once again in the recent edition of the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Division II Top 25 Poll, officials released on Thursday.

The women’s squad collected 149 points to sit in front of No. 2 Wingate (140 points). The men’s team tallied 175 points to ride in front of Queens (N.C.) (162 points).

UIndy is joined by a handful of company from the Great Lakes Valley Conference on both sides. For the women, Drury (No. 3), Lindenwood (No. 11), McKendree (No. 19), and Truman (No. 21) all earned a spot in the rankings. Over in the men’s poll, Drury (No. 3), McKendree (No. 7), Lindenwood (No. 10), Missouri S&T (No. 12), Missouri-St. Louis (No. 24), and Lewis (recieving votes) all earned recognition.

With another No. 1 ranking in control, the Greyhounds are gearing up for the House of Champions meet from Nov. 18-20 that will take place here in Indianapolis.

MARIAN BASKETBALL: MODIFIES SCHEDULE FOR CROSSROADS LEAGUE OPENER AGAINST INDIANA WESLEYAN

INDIANAPOLIS – With the Marian athletics department preparing to host three NAIA postseason competitions on Saturday November 20, both Marian, Indiana Wesleyan, and the Crossroads League have agreed to modify the doubleheader scheduled between the Knights and Wildcats on November 20.

In lieu of a doubleheader on Saturday, Marian and Indiana Wesleyan will now play on both Friday November 19 and Saturday November 20, with the men’s basketball game moving to Friday night at 7 PM. The women’s game will remain on Saturday, with the contest now slated to begin at 12 PM instead of the previously scheduled 1 PM. Both contests will air on the ISC Sports Network on Friday night and Saturday afternoon.

Both Marian and Indiana Wesleyan are hosting the NAIA Women’s Soccer Opening Round Championship that Saturday, and are also in line to host both the NAIA Women’s Volleyball Opening Round as well as the First Round of the NAIA Football Championship Series.

NDIANAPOLIS – With the Marian athletics department preparing to host three NAIA postseason competitions on Saturday November 20, both Marian, Indiana Wesleyan, and the Crossroads League have agreed to modify the doubleheader scheduled between the Knights and Wildcats on November 20.

In lieu of a doubleheader on Saturday, Marian and Indiana Wesleyan will now play on both Friday November 19 and Saturday November 20, with the men’s basketball game moving to Friday night at 7 PM. The women’s game will remain on Saturday, with the game now slated to begin at 12 PM instead of the previously scheduled 1 PM. Both contests will air on the ISC Sports Network on Friday night and Saturday afternoon.

Both Marian and Indiana Wesleyan are hosting the NAIA Women’s Soccer Opening Round Championship that Saturday afternoon, and are also in line to host both the NAIA Women’s Volleyball Opening Round as well as the First Round of the NAIA Football Championship Series.

IU EAST VOLLEYBALL: IU EAST AT RSC CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW

The Indiana University East volleyball team looks to add to its winning history at the River States Conference Championship tournament this weekend.

The Red Wolves enter the tournament as the No. 1 seed from the East Division. IU East (19-11) will face RSC West Division No. 4 seed Oakland City University (11-15) in the quarterfinal round Nov. 12 at noon.

The entire two-day event will be played at Indiana University Kokomo. IU East aims for its first RSC Championship title since 2017.

The tournament champion earns a spot in the NAIA Women’s Volleyball National Championship. If regular-season champion IU Kokomo also wins the tournament, the RSC Championship tournament runner-up receives a national tournament bid.

TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE

All matches at IU Kokomo

Nov. 12

9 a.m. – W1 IU Kokomo (25-8) vs. E4 Rio Grande (12-14)

Noon – E1 IU EAST (19-11) vs. W4 Oakland City (11-15)

4 p.m. – W2 Midway (22-3) vs. E3 WVU Tech (15-17)

7 p.m. – E2 Point Park (17-10) vs. W3 IU Southeast (17-11)

Nov. 13

10 a.m. – IU Kokomo/Rio Grande winner vs. Point Park/IU Southeast winner

12:30 p.m. – IU EAST/Oakland City winner vs. Midway/WVU Tech winner

7 p.m. – Championship

FOLLOW THE TOURNAMENT

IU Kokomo’s Student Activities and Events Center is located at 2300 South Washington Avenue in Kokomo, Ind.

Admission is $10 per day (ages 12 and under free). All spectators and non-competing team personnel are required to wear a mask at all times in all Indiana University facilities.

Per conference requirement, all games of the RSC Volleyball Championship will be streamed at the RSC Game Central presented by Stretch Internet. Subscriptions will be $7.95 per single match, $19.99 for the entire championship (7 matches) or $49.99 for all-access of all sports throughout the year. Subscribe at portal.stretchinternet.com/rsc.

Live stats will also be provided.

Monitor iueredwolves.com for match recaps and box scores.

YOU OUGHT TO KNOW

* IU East brings a five-match winning streak into the conference tournament.

* The Red Wolves won the RSC East Division title for the fourth time in the past five years.

* IU East is 20-8 all-time in River States Conference Championship matches, including four consecutive tournament championships from 2009-2012 and fifth title in 2017. The Red Wolves were runner-up in the 2020 event to IU Kokomo, which has won the last three RSC Championship titles.

* The Red Wolves are 8-5 in quarterfinal matches at the conference tournament.

* IU East won at Oakland City in three sets in late October in the first NAIA volleyball meeting between the schools.

* IU East is 16-1 when it posts a hitting average of .145 or better.

* RSC total kills leader Jessica Swimm is the reigning RSC Attacker of the Week. League assists leader Reece Shirley is the reigning RSC Setter of the Week.

* Jenna Mitchell leads the conference with .57 aces per set.

* Teah Barrett Matthews (.312 hitting average), Sammei Fulkerson-Bird (3.53 digs per set) and Sheridan Phillips (.79 blocks per set) are IU East’s leaders in the other standard statistical categories.

IU EAST WBB: IU EAST AT GRACE PREVIEW

The unbeaten Indiana University East women’s basketball team starts a stretch of three road games spread over three weeks with a visit to Grace College on Nov. 12.

Tipoff between the Red Wolves (5-0) and the Lancers (4-1) is at 6 p.m. as part of Grace’s “Hoops For Hope” Classic.

IU East originally was scheduled to play two games this weekend at Grace, but the opponent for the Red Wolves’ scheduled Nov. 13 contest withdrew from the event.

FOLLOW THE GAME

Grace’s Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center is located at 610 Wooster Road in Winona Lake, Ind.

“Hoops for Hope” raises funds for the Kosciusko County Cancer Care Fund (KCCCF). Admission to watch the games is $7 per day, and all proceeds will go to the KCCCF. Any cancer survivor is welcome to attend the tournament free of charge.

Live video and live stats, produced by Grace, are scheduled to be available.

Monitor iueredwolves.com for the game recap and box score.

YOU OUGHT TO KNOW

* IU East has matched the best start in program history. The 2017-18 Red Wolves also started 5-0.

* The Red Wolves completed a three-game homestead with a 95-86 win against previously unbeaten University of the Cumberlands on Nov. 9. IU East finished the game with a 13-4 run in the last three-plus minutes after the game was tied at 82.

* IU East’s Addie Brown (16.8 points per game), Kami McEldowney (15.4) and Bethany Mackin (15.2) are averaging double digits in scoring, with Kennedy Griffin adding 9.4 points per game.

* Tia Tolbert (7.0 rebounds per game), Bethany Mackin (3.4 assists per game), Paige Gregory (2.6 steals per game) and Marissa Quiroz (1.0 blocks per game) are IU East’s leaders in the other standard statistical categories.

* IU East’s first meeting against Grace was last year. The Lancers won 88-59 in December on Lingle Court.

IU EAST MBB: IU EAST AT MOUNT VERNON NAZARENE PREVIEW

The Indiana University East men’s basketball team hopes to play spoiler when it visits unbeaten Mount Vernon Nazarene University on Nov. 12 in the Cougars’ Homecoming game.

Tipoff between the Red Wolves (1-3) and MVNU (6-0) is at 7:30 p.m.

FOLLOW THE GAME

The Cougars’ Ariel Arena is located on the southeast section of the Mount Vernon Nazarene campus at 800 Martinsburg Road, in Mount Vernon, Ohio.

Live video and live stats are scheduled to be available.

Monitor iueredwolves.com for the game recap and box scores.

YOU OUGHT TO KNOW

* IU East is coming off of a split of its games at Indiana Wesleyan University’s Caleb Dimmich Memorial Classic this past weekend. The Red Wolves beat Lincoln College by a 76-68 score, but fell 75-68 against Briar Cliff University.

* Justin Williams scored 54 total points in IU East’s two games at Indiana Wesleyan and leads the Red Wolves in scoring for the season with 18.5 points per game.

* Jehu Lafeuillee adds 9.8 points and a team-best 8.5 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game.

* Garrett Silcott contributes 9.0 points and a team-best 2.8 assists per game.

* IU East is 3-1 in NAIA meetings against Mount Vernon Nazarene. The Cougars rallied for a 81-75 win in the most recent matchup in November 2019.

EARLHAM VOLLEYBALL: YOUNG LANDS ON ALL-REGION TEAM

On Thursday, the American Volleyball Coaches Association announced all-region teams and honors for the 2021 season. Earlham College sophomore Maria Young was selected as one of the 14 players on the All-Midwest Region team.

Young led the Quakers offensively this season with 338 kills and a .275 attack percentage. She was named Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Year last week. Young also recorded 24 service aces and 44 blocks during the historic season for the Quakers.

Earlham ended its season with a mark of 20-6 after falling to Transylvania in the HCAC finals match. The Quakers entered the tournament after winning the program’s first ever HCAC regular-season title.

WABASH MEN’S SOCCER: WABASH LANDS FOUR ON ALL-CONFERENCE SOCCER TEAM

Four members of the Wabash College soccer team were honored as members of the 2021 North Coast Athletic Conference Men’s Soccer Team announced on Thursday.

Coledon Johnson and Cristian Aleman both received First Team All-NCAC recognition. Alexis Delgado was named to the All-NCAC Second Team. Jerry Little II earned up Honorable Mention All-NCAC recognition.

Johnson led the conference in scoring with 12 goals while starting all 19 games for Wabash. The junior forward produced three game-winning goals for the Little Giants and also handed out five assists for a total of 29 points for the season. Johnson’s game winners came against Principia and Anderson University.

Aleman, a senior defender, played in 16 games for the Little Giants and scored one game-winning goal against Hiram. He played in a total of 55 games in his career and scored four goals with two assists. Aleman was an Honorable Mention All-NCAC selection in 2018.

Delgado, a junior midfielder, started all 19 games for the Little Giants and scored five goals to go with three assists. He tallied game-winning shots against Fontbonne, Mount St. Joseph, and Allegheny. His three game-winning goals tied for the second-most in a single season by a Little Giant player.

Little scored one goal and dished out three assists as a sophomore midfielder for Wabash. He started 18 games for the season. His goal at Wittenberg provided the game-winning score for the Little Giants. Seven of his eight shots were on goal for an .875 shots-on-goal percentage for the season.

Wabash finished the 2021 fall campaign with an overall record of 11-6-2 with a 4-3-2 record in NCAC matches. The Little Giants earned a berth in the conference tournament for the fourth consecutive season.

FRANKLIN FOOTBALL: WEEK 11 PREVIEW | GRIZZLIES, PANTHERS SET TO MEET IN 91ST VICTORY BELL GAME

The Opening Kick

The regular season comes to a close on Saturday afternoon at Alumni Field in Hanover with the 91st installment of the annual Victory Bell Game between Franklin and Hanover.

Last Time Out

Franklin welcome league-leading Rose-Hulman to Faught Stadium last Saturday for their final home game of the regular season. The Grizzlies jumped out to an early lead with a touchdown on their first drive of the game, but couldn’t sustain momentum in a 38-14 loss to the Engineers. Freshman quarterback Kai Ross threw for a career-high 245 yards for the Grizzlies in defeat.

About the Panthers

Former Franklin College assistant coach Matt Theobald is in his sixth year at the helm of his alma mater and has led Hanover to HCAC titles in each of the last three seasons. Hanover’s bid for a fourth straight league title was ended a week ago in a 23-6 loss to Mount St. Joseph.

The Panthers possess the league’s top scoring defense, surrendering 17.6 points per game with a league-leading three shutouts on the year. Senior linebacker Kyle Treber is the team’s leading tackler with 76 stops, a number that ranks third among all HCAC defenders. Hanover’s pass rush is anchored by Devonte Hardiman and Jamey Deckard, who rank second and third in the league with 8.5 and six sacks, respectively.

On offense, the Panthers boast the league’s top rushing attack that is averaging 216.8 yards per game. Franklin’s rush defense ranks first in the conference, holding opponents to 107.2 yards per contest on the ground. Shawn Coane leads the HCAC with 798 rushing yards and fellow backfield mate Walt Ballinger ranks fifth in the conference with 518 yards on the ground.

Senior quarterback Matthew Weimer leads a passing attack that sits second in the league with 234.4 yards per game. Jared Frank is the team’s top pass-catching target with 35 grabs for 636 yards entering play Saturday.

Last Time They Met

The two long-time rivals had their last matchup back on Apr. 10 in Franklin, with Hanover winning 56-21. It marked the third straight victory in the series for Hanover.

For Whom the Bell Tolls

The all-time series between the two Indiana football staples is 45-42-3 in Hanover’s favor with the battle for the Victory Bell sitting at 38-26 with the edge to Hanover since the trophy’s induction into the rivalry back in 1938. Franklin’s longest winning streak in the series is at 13 from 2005-17 while Hanover’s longest streak in the series is at 14, lasting from 1942-58.

HCAC Game of the Week

Saturday’s game has been tabbed by Indiana SRN as the HCAC Game of the Week, and will be shown live through the Indiana SRN website. The link to watch the game live can be found at the top of the page.

Sack Master

Sophomore defensive end Jireh Ojata has been a nightmare for opposing quarterbacks this year. The Carmel, Ind.-native leads the HCAC with 13 sacks and has found his way to the QB in each of the last seven games. That number also ranks tied for second in all of Division III. Franklin leads the HCAC with 29 total QB sacks.

Bully Ball

The Grizzlies currently rank fourth in the HCAC in scoring defense at 22.2 points per game allowed. That number is the lowest total for an FC defense since 2015, when the Grizzlies ended the year allowing just 20 points per game.

Catch Him if You Can

Junior wideout Jarrett Gibson continued his stellar season with nine grabs for 114 yards last week. Despite missing two games this year, Gibson sits in second place in the league in catches (56) and yards (755) and moved back into first place in the HCAC in all-purpose yards with 1,101 on the year.

Rookie Runner

Freshman tailback Garrett Cora has emerged as one of the league’s top ball carriers throughout the year, ranking second in the HCAC with 620 rushing yards and leading the league with 11 total touchdowns. Cora seven rushing scores rank fourth in the league and he has added four touchdowns in the passing game.

Special Teams Weapon

Junior punter Dylan Boswell has had an outstanding year and has been a key member of the winning streak with his effort on special teams. Boswell leads the HCAC with 39.2 yards per attempt and ranks second in the league with 17 punts inside the 20, four behind Manchester’s Andrew Kiber on 14 fewer attempts.

Around the HCAC

League play concludes on Saturday and will feature three other rivalry games in conjunction with the Grizzlies and Panthers. The rest of the slate is as follows:

Anderson at Manchester, 1:30 PM

Bluffton at Defiance, 1:30 PM

Mount St. Joseph at Rose-Hulman, 1:30 PM

ANDERSON MBB: ANDERSON KICKS OFF SEASON WITH ADRIAN/KALAMAZOO

The Anderson University men’s basketball team kicks off the season with matchups against Adrian College and Kalamazoo College.

SETTING THE SCENE

Anderson battles Adrian College (0-1) on Friday at 7:30 p.m. in Adrian, Mich. The Ravens then face off with Kalamazoo College (0-1) on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. in Kalamazoo, Mich.

HCAC PRESEASON POLL

Anderson tied for first in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) preseason poll with Hanover College. The Ravens led the conference with four first-place votes. In a competitive HCAC race, five teams received first-place votes in the preseason poll. Franklin College looks to defend its 2020-21 title.

Anderson – 81 (4)

Hanover – 81 (1)

Transylvania – 78 (2)

Rose-Hulman – 75 (2)

Franklin – 67 (1)

Bluffton – 46

Manchester – 41

Mount St. Joseph – 36

Earlham – 26

Defiance – 19

A LOOK AT THE RAVENS

The Ravens went 8-6 during the 2020-21 season, which included a 6-1 home record. In addition to returning 72.9 percent of its minutes from last season, Anderson brings back an additional two starters and three total veterans from the 2019-20 season.

“We have a chance to be really good, if we will defend and rebound to our capability for 40 minutes or more each time we play,” Coach Owen Handy said. “We have players who have a reasonable expectation of earning playing time, who might not get the minutes that they want or feel they have earned. They are welcome to disagree with my decisions, but they have to be great teammates regardless of the choices I make about who plays and how much.”

Another point of emphasis for the Ravens this year is to complement their success at home with some key wins on the road in HCAC play.

Senior Maurice Knight (Frankton, Ind. / Frankton) returns after being tabbed the 2019-20 HCAC Defensive Player of the Year and earning first-team all-HCAC honors. Knight along with several players bring experience and physicality to this Raven squad.

“This is as big, physical, and deep of a team as we have had in my ten years here. We have an all-America candidate in Maurice Knight, and a plethora of proven college players.”

RAVENS ON THE RISE

“I believe Avery Paddock and Brayton Cain have already had a major impact on our team with their maturity, practice habits, and team-first attitude. Josh Durham walks in the door as one of the best on-ball defenders we’ve had as a freshman. Tate Ivanyo would be playing minutes immediately for every team I have coached here except this one.”

A LOOK AT ADRIAN

2020-21 Record: 3-13; Picked 5th in MIAA Preseason Poll

Kendall Bellamy – 2020-21 Second-Team All-MIAA selection, 2020-21 Stats: 16.5 points per game (8th in the MIAA), 1.0 blocks per game (T-5 in MIAA), made 40-of-57 (70.2 percent) shots from the free-throw line (7th in MIAA), 5.8 rebounds per game

Robert Warrick – 2020-21 Stats: 12.5 points per game, 1.0 blocks per game (T-5 in MIAA), 1.4 steals per game (T-6 in MIAA), hit 57-of-107 (53.3 percent) shots from the field (7th in MIAA), drained 16-of-39 (41.0 percent) attempts from 3-point range, 2.8 steals per game

Connor Pelham – 2020-21 Stats: 12.3 points per game, knocked down 30-of-39 (76.9 percent) shots from the charity stripe (6th in MIAA), made 57-of-116 (49.1 percent) shots from the floor, 4.7 rebounds per game

Nolan Ansara – 2020-21 Stats: 6.9 points per game

Michael Williams – 2020-21 Stats: 2.2 points per game

A LOOK AT KALAMAZOO

2020-21 Record: 3-5; Picked 8th in MIAA Preseason Poll

Bobby Samples – 2020-21 Stats: 5.4 points per game, 3.4 assists per game (4th in MIAA), 1.3 steals per game, 1.6 assist-turnover ratio

Ty Horky – 2020-21 Stats: 6.5 points per game

HUNTINGTON HALL OF FAME: HU ANNOUNCES 2021 HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES

HUNTINGTON, Ind. – On Saturday, November 6, Huntington University inducted Peter Kitchen, Molly Long and Brett Snodgrass into the Forester Athletic Hall of Fame.

Peter Kitchen (’95) was honored for his contributions to the Huntington University men’s tennis program during the years of 1991-1995.

After completing a stellar high school career at Battle Creek Central in Michigan, Peter chose to continue his athletic career at Huntington where his contributions were immediate. He is one of just five players in program history to earn four All-Conference honors.

Peter camped out at #2 singles the majority of his time at Huntington where he accumulated 90 wins against just 27 losses. He wrapped up his career with a total of 109 wins in singles play which still stands as a program record for wins in a season.

In doubles action, he split time at the No. 1 and No. 2 spot where he also shined throughout his time in a Forester jersey. Over the course of his four years, he boasted a 101-32 record which is the second most career doubles wins in school history.

As a senior, Peter was ranked 48th in the nation and brought home the conference doubles title. He helped guide his team to four conference championships. He was also a staple at the NAIA national tournament each year and was tabbed All-District three times.

Molly Long (’12) was honored for her significant contribution to the Huntington University softball program during the years of 2008-2012.

A standout pitcher from Logansport High School, Molly’s impact on the mound at Huntington was instant. As a rookie, Molly racked up 13 wins and gave up 107 hits and just 32 earned runs while striking out 153 batters. She finished the year ranked 18th nationally in batters struck out per 9 (11.35).

Molly added 18 more wins to her total as a sophomore and earned her first All-Conference badge. She finished the year with an ERA of 1.96 having faced 747 batters and given up just 151 hits, 55 earned runs and 29 walks while piling up 192 strikeouts.

As a junior, Molly was a force to be reckoned with as evidenced by being tabbed the Mid-Central Conference Pitcher of Year. She dominated the competition, limiting batters to a .200 batting average. She posted a 1.22 ERA, the lowest of her career and a single-season school record, to rank 12th among her peers around the country. She finished with 16 wins on the year.

Molly added 16 more wins to her total as a senior in addition to earning her third consecutive All-Conference accolade. With an off-speed pitch that made batters look silly, the Logansport native collected another 155 strikeouts to raise her career total to a program-best 654 Ks.

When all was said and done, Molly finished her career in Forester green with 63 wins, a program record that still stands. She also holds the school record for career starts with 90 and career appearances with 117. She faced 2,357 batters and gave up only 511 hits, 105 walks and 179 earned runs.

Brett Snodgrass (’03) was honored for his significant contributions to the Huntington University men’s basketball program during the years of 1999-2003.

Brett played for Coach Steve Platt during some of the Foresters’ most successful seasons and is arguably one of the best shooters to go through the program. The sharp-shooter finished his HU career with 323 from deep which included knocking down 108 at a clip of 45.4 percent his junior year.

From day one, Brett was a staple in the Foresters’ starting line-up to help lead his team to the national tournament all but one year in addition to collecting three conference tournament championships.

As a rookie, Brett and company logged a program-best 34 wins highlighted by making it to the Final Four of the national tourney. After pouring in 8.7 points per night as a freshman and 12.8 points as a sophomore, the 6-1 guard posted his biggest numbers as a junior by tossing in 16.9 points in addition to posting 3.2 rebounds and 1.8 assists. 

The Foresters enjoyed a Sweet 16 finish that year with Brett’s contributions earning him Second Team All-Conference honors as well as being tabbed an Honorable Mention All-American. As a senior, he tallied 12.8 points per outing to help lead Huntington to an Elite Eight finish at nationals.

Brett completed his career as a Forester with 1,860 points placing him 8th on Huntington’s all-time scorer’s list. He also collected 892 rebounds and 542 assists while donning green and white. During his tenure, the Foresters collected 105 wins against 42 losses.

The Huntington University Foresters compete in 17 intercollegiate sports for men and women. In the past decade, Huntington has produced 106 NAIA All-America honors and 421 All-America Scholar Athlete honors. Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S. News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest.

INDIANA SOUTH BEND VOLLEYBALL: TITANS CLINCH NAIA BID, ADVANCE TO CCAC TOURNEY FINALS

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – In the season’s rubber match between IU South Bend and Olivet Nazarene, the Titans secured a spot in Saturday’s CCAC Tournament Final as well as a berth into the 2021 NAIA Women’s Volleyball National Championship by defeating the Tigers in four sets on Thursday night.

The Titans (22-6) fought through four close sets in front of a raucous crowd inside the Student Activities Center, taking the CCAC Semifinal matchup by scores of 25-20, 23-25, 25-23, and 25-19. Senior Hannah Marchand nearly set a number of program records, leading the attack with 23 kills, the third-highest total in a four-set match in program history. Marchand also collected nine total blocks, second-most ever among four-set matches for the Titans.

Setter McKenzie Powell collected another double-double, with 47 assists and 20 digs, while Julie Brown tallied 18 kills and nine digs in the win.

A tight opening set saw neither team take more than a two-point lead until late in the game; tied 17-17, IUSB scored six straight to claim a 23-17 highlighted by two kills apiece from Marchand and Amber Jacobs. Set point would come on Jacobs’ kill at 24-19, and two plays later the Titans would take the early lead in the match.

The Tigers (19-10) responded in game two, another close battle until a late rally from the visitors made the difference. Trailing 14-13, Olivet Nazarene would take seven of the next nine points and claim a 20-16 advantage. IU South Bend would withstand three set points before finally dropping the game, 25-23.

Game three saw the Titans jump out to a huge 12-1 lead to start, and the Tigers slowly claw back into the game. After falling behind 13-2, Olivet Nazarene went on a 9-3 run, closing the gap to five, 16-11. Another rally from the visitors later in the set made it a one-point score, with the Titans holding on to a 22-21 advantage. Kills from Brown and Powell got the Titans to set point, 24-22, and an Olivet service error secured the set, 25-23.

The Tigers would hold a narrow 5-3 lead to start game four, before a pair of errors and a kill from Brown started a 9-2 run for the Titans, giving the home team a 12-7 lead. IU South Bend would remain in front the rest of the way, closing out the night with three in a row to secure the win.

With the win, the Titans advance to Saturday’s CCAC Tournament Final, where they will face top-seeded Saint Xavier. Both teams have officially earned the conference’s two automatic berths into the NAIA Tournament, as the Titans will make their third-ever appearance in the event.

IUSB will go for their first-ever CCAC title, when they take on the Cougars in Chicago at 1:00 p.m. Eastern on November 13. The Titans will learn where they are headed for the NAIA’s Opening Round match when the full 48-team field is revealed during the NAIA Women’s Volleyball Live National Championship Qualifier Reveal show on Monday, November 15 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern, streaming on the NAIA Facebook page.

PURDUE NORTHWEST MEN’S BASKETBALL: MEN’S HOOPS SET FOR OPENING WEEKEND IN KANSAS CITY

HAMMOND, Ind. – The Purdue Northwest men’s basketball team returns to the hardwood this weekend in a pair of non-conference matchups in Kansas City. PNW will play William Jewell at 5 p.m. CT Friday afternoon, before battling Rockhurst Saturday at 3 p.m. CT. Both games will be played at RU’s Mason-Halpin Field House.

HOW TO WATCH

Both games this weekend will be streamed live on the GLVC Sports Network HERE. Fans can also follow live stats during both games, courtesy of McKendree Sports Information.

HEAD COACH BOOMER ROBERTS:

… on entering fourth season on the PNW sideline:

“It’s been a fun adventure, and we’ve grown a lot as a program. We’ve had our fair share of challenges, but we knew that was going to be the case when we got here four years ago. Each year, our program has continued to progress on the court and in the classroom. As we’ve elevated our recruiting, the competitive level has risen with it, and we feel like we’re about to take another step forward this season.”

… on the level of experienced players and what impact that brings to this year’s team:

“Having a veteran team is something every coach hopes for, and this is the first time we’ve had multiple vets return who have played significant minutes in the GLIAC. However, because of the extra Covid year, all of our opponents also return really good players, so I anticipate this will be the strongest year in the GLIAC from top to bottom.

So many games in the GLIAC come down to the last five minutes, and that is where experience shines brightest. With so many guys who have played in those moments, our hope is that we come out on the winning end of those games.”

… on the strengths of this year’s team:

“When we’re healthy, we should have really good guard play. Kell and Tripps are returning starters, and Logan, Z, and Ant were rotation guys last season as freshmen. Then you add in Ralph, Jonte, and Kai, three talented transfers, and we’ve got the most backcourt depth we’ve ever had.

I also really like our group of mediums. AB, Z, Logan, Sangolay, and Stone are versatile 6-foot-7 guys who can guard multiple positions, play on the perimeter or in the post, and be secondary playmakers or finishers. That versatility should give us mismatches on the floor, if we utilize them well.”

… on one area of focus for this season:

“The GLIAC is a very physical league, and our physicality will be tested. We were a top-2 rebounding team last year, but we’ll have a different look this season. We’ll have more spacing, but we won’t be as physical and big, so we’ll need to be nasty defensively and, on the glass, which is always going to be a deciding factor in this conference.”

… on what he’s looking forward to the most for this season:

“I’m really looking forward to the guys getting a legit college basketball experience again. Complete with fans, regular travel, non-conference games, and things that come with that. We put an incredible emphasis on being the tightest family, and we have guys who love each other, so the most fun moments are in the locker room, road trips, and lacing our shoes up and competing together. These memories and relationships will outlive any outcome in games, so we are going to cherish having our families and fans join the adventure with us again.

Obviously, we have big goals that we keep in house. But we’re going to compete at a high level with love, joy, and toughness every night, and then let the chips fall where they may.”

SERIES HISTORY

PNW has played both William Jewell and Rockhurst in three of the past four seasons on opening weekend.

Purdue Northwest vs. William Jewell; WJC leads 3-0

11/8/19, 96-77 WJC (neutral)

11/10/18, 99-83 WJC (neutral)

11/11/17, 113-72 WJC (home)

Purdue Northwest vs. Rockhurst; RU leads 2-1

11/9/19, 71-67 PNW (neutral)

11/9/18, 103-73 RU (neutral)

11/10/17, 88-78 RU (home)

PNW IN SEASON OPENERS

PNW carries a 1-4 record in season openers and will look to snap a streak of four consecutive defeats in the opening contest. The Pride last claimed a season-opening win in 2016-17 when they defeated Cornerstone 58-43 at the Westville Campus.

PURDUE NORTHWEST WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: WOMEN’S BASKETBALL OPENS THE SEASON AT MIDWEST REGION CROSSOVER

HAMMOND, Ind. – The Purdue Northwest women’s basketball team is set to open the 2021-22 campaign this weekend against familiar non-conference foes at the Midwest Region Crossover, hosted at the Melvin Price Convocation Center in Lebanon, Ill. PNW will open against Illinois-Springfield Friday at 3 p.m., before matching up against host McKendree at 1 p.m. Saturday.

HOW TO WATCH

Both games this weekend will be streamed live on the GLVC Sports Network HERE. Fans can also follow live stats during both games, courtesy of McKendree Sports Information.

THE RUNDOWN

PNW is coming off a shortened season where it finished 4-15 overall. Head Coach/Senior Woman Administrator Courtney Locke, officially in her third season but only entering her second campaign with a full slate of games, believes the foundation is in place for making a leap forward as a program this year.

“I’m so excited to compete and see this team grow this season,” Locke said. “I can’t believe this is year three, time has flown by. I’m so thankful we were able to compete last year but this truly feels like my second year with a full preseason and competing against non-conference opponents.”

Under Locke, the Pride return five upperclassmen that have all held starting roles over the past two seasons. The group is experienced and has played a lot of minutes together. All-GLIAC performer Savaya Brockington leads the way for the Pride after averaging 15.0 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.3 assists last season. The junior has started every game as a member of the Pride women’s basketball program.

“They know our culture and how we want to do things, on and off the court,” Locke mentioned when discussing the returners. “It helps tremendously. We had a lot of close games last year and I think the experience will come into play when we get into those late-game moments, this season.

We also added six newcomers, including three transfers, that should contribute to our success right way. Our strength this year is our competitiveness and roster depth. I’m really looking forward to working with this group and getting the season underway.”

SERIES HISTORY

PNW played both upcoming opponents to begin the 2019-20 and 2018-19 seasons. The Pride are 2-4 in all-time meetings against UIS and 0-2 against McKendree.

Purdue Northwest vs. Illinois Springfield; UIS leads 4-2

11/23/19, 68-59 UIS (home)

11/9/19, 65-52 UIS (away)

11/24/18, 72-61 PNW (away)

11/10/18, 71-70 PNW (home)

11/25/17, 80-72 UIS (home)

11/10/17, 79-72 UIS (neutral)

Purdue Northwest vs. McKendree; MU leads 2-0

11/8/19, 60-46 MU (neutral)

11/9/18, 75-69 MU (home)

PNW IN SEASON OPENERS

PNW carries a 1-4 record in season openers and will look to snap a streak of four consecutive defeats in the opening contest. The Pride last claimed a season-opening win in 2016-17 when they defeated Cornerstone 58-43 at the Westville Campus.

WEEKEND SCHEDULE

Here is the complete Midwest Region Crossover schedule for this weekend:

Friday, November 12

1 p.m. – Tiffin vs. McKendree

3 p.m. – Illinois-Springfield vs. Purdue Northwest

Saturday, November 13

11 a.m. – Illinois-Springfield vs. Tiffin

1 p.m. – McKendree vs. Purdue Northwest

INDIANA TECH VOLLEYBALL: WILSON NAMED WHAC COACH OF THE YEAR, FOUR WARRIORS COLLECT ALL-CONFERENCE HONORS

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Indiana Tech women’s volleyball team was well represented on the list of award winners from the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) as the conference office released the official list of honorees Thursday.

10th-year head coach Kourtney Wilson was tabbed as the WHAC Coach of the Year by her colleagues after guiding the Warriors to a 23-12 record during the regular season and a 15-5 mark in conference play and finishing third in the WHAC standings. It’s the first time that Wilson has garnered the top coaching honor from the WHAC.

Graduate student Madelyn Omo was tabbed to the All-Conference First-Team after recording 257 kills, a .308 attack percentage and 126 total blocks (32 solo, 94 assist) on the season. She led the Warriors in attack percentage and blocks while ranking third in the WHAC in blocks. It’s her first time being named to the All-Conference First-Team and second career All-Conference honor.

Junior Jacey Blust, junior Emma Westra and sophomore Taylor Paul were all named Second-Team All-Conference while freshman Noelle VanOort garnered a spot on the WHAC All-Newcomer Team. Blust led the team in digs (620) while sporting a .913 reception percentage and recording 96 assists and 22 service aces. Westra led the team in kills (325) and was third in blocks (5 solo, 56 assist, 61 total) while hitting .181 on the season. Paul was second on the team in kills (324) while hitting .172 to go along with 46 total blocks. VanOort was led the team in services aces (60) was second in digs (306) and reception percentage (.947) and third in kills (323). It’s the second career honor for Blust, the 2020 WHAC Libero of the Year, as well as Paul, who was a Second-Team All-Conference honoree as a freshman, while it’s Westra’s first time making the All-Conference squad.

Sophomore Nyiah Penny was tabbed as the team’s representative on the WHAC Champions of Character Team while the team’s had a league-best 11 student-athletes, Amaya Anderson, Blust, Havilyn Cummings, Emily Eppert, Olivia Gessner, Mallory Green, Marley Jackson, Genna Karbowski, Omo, Kelsey Schaldenbrand and Emma Westra, named to the WHAC All-Academic Team.

All-Academic included juniors or above in academic standing with a cumulative 3.25 GPA or higher and in attendance at the nominating school for one full year. The Champions of Character Team included one member from each school who best represents the five core character values of integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship, and servant leadership.

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | WESTGATE UPS CAREER-HIGH AS TROJANS WIN BY 22 IN HOME-OPENER

UPLAND, Ind. – The Taylor University women’s basketball team defeated Brescia (1-4) by a score of 83-61, as Taylor Westgate posted a career-high 25 points and 11 rebounds in Taylor’s 2021-2022 home-opener on Veterans Day.

The Trojans have struggled with turnovers thus far in the season, but tonight marked a hopeful move in a better direction as Taylor limited its turnovers to 14 while scoring 25 points off of Brescia miscues.

Not only was the Trojan ball-security sharp tonight, but the Taylor ball-movement was also, scoring 31 total buckets on 21 assists. Lauren James led the way for Taylor in that regard, dishing out eight assists in addition to her 17 points.

James sparked the Trojan offense in the opening frame of the game, scoring six points while setting up Ariel Dale for six points of her own from the three-point line.

The Trojans only coughed the ball up twice in the first quarter, while forcing six Bearcat turnovers en route to a 19-13 lead heading into the second frame.

Taylor posted 28 points in the second quarter on 50-percent shooting from the floor and a perfect 100 percent from the charity stripe thanks to six made free-throws by James. Westgate contributed six points of her own in the second quarter, giving her eight at the half before a monster 17-point second half.

Three-pointers and turnovers framed the first-half narrative, as Taylor shot 8-19 from deep with only six turnovers while Brescia shot a mere 2-11 from three with 11 turnovers in the first 20 minutes of the game.

The Trojans led 47-33 at half.

Brescia and Taylor each scored 18 points in the third quarter, maintaining the 14-point Taylor lead heading into the fourth. Westgate knocked in an additional six points, while Gretchen Moll added four off the bench.

The Trojan offense slowed in the third quarter, mostly due to a lull in shooting efficiency as Taylor shot a mere 20 percent from both three-point land and the free-throw line. Still, the lead remained at 14.

Westgate took over in the final frame, scoring 11 points while collecting seven rebounds. Dale hit another three, her fourth of the game, while the Bearcats shot 0-3 from deep as the Trojans finished the game with an 83-61 victory.

All in all, Westgate posted a career-high 25 points, 11 rebounds, and three steals on 11-19 shooting. James followed the sophomore forward with 17 points, 15 of which were scored in the first half.

Dale scored the team’s third-highest mark with 12 points on four three-pointers, a new career-high for both points and made three-pointers in a single game.

Westgate, James, and Dale will look to build on their performance as Taylor returns to action tomorrow evening, November 12th, when the Trojans take on Miami-Middletown (0-2) at 6:00 pm inside Odle Arena.

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | QUINN WHITE HONORED AS GREAT LAKES REGION MEN’S COACH OF THE YEAR 

NEW ORLEANS. – In his third year at the helm as Taylor’s men’s head cross country coach, Quinn White has been named the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association’s NAIA Great Lakes Region Men’s Cross Country Coach of the Year.

White led the TU men through an impressive 2021 campaign, maintaining a top-five ranking all season in the NAIA Top-25 Poll. The Trojans secured their first Crossroads League Championship since 1999, winning the title by 10 points and putting four runners in the top-15 to earn All-Crossroads League honors. White was named the Crossroads League Men’s Coach of the Year after his team won the title. The Trojans also claimed a victory on their home course, winning the Ray Bullock Invite on September 17. White coached Taylor to a regular season record of 71-24, losing only to three NAIA programs ranked inside the top-five.

Under the guidance of White, the TU men have shown improved performances during the 2021 cross country season. He has helped 15-of-20 men set career-best times this year, including seniors Daniel Gerber who claimed the second-fastest 8k time in TU history, Alex Helmuth who ran the third-best time and Derek Van Prooyen who is now the sixth-fastest 8k runner in program history after their historic performances at the Louisville Classic.

White was honored as the USTFCCCA National Men’s Coach of the Year in 2020, the USTFCCCA Great Lakes Region Women’s Cross Country Coach of the Year in 2020 and 2018 and received the USTFCCCA Great Lakes Region Men’s Assistant Track and Field Coach of the Year award during 2021 indoor track and field season. 

White will lead the No. 4 Trojans to their seventh-straight appearance at the NAIA Cross Country National Championships, as they compete in Vancouver, Washington on Friday, November 19.

NFL STANDINGS

AMERICAN FOOTBALL CONFERENCE
EAST DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
BUFFALO BILLS530.6250.02351183-1-02-2-04-3-02-0-01 L
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS540.5560.52301701-4-04-0-04-1-02-1-03 W
MIAMI DOLPHINS370.3003.01772522-3-01-4-03-5-01-2-02 W
NEW YORK JETS260.2503.01442512-1-00-5-02-4-00-2-01 L
 
WEST DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
LOS ANGELES CHARGERS530.6250.01992012-2-03-1-03-2-02-0-01 W
LAS VEGAS RAIDERS530.6250.01961893-1-02-2-04-1-01-1-01 L
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS540.5560.52212273-2-02-2-01-4-00-1-02 W
DENVER BRONCOS540.5560.51871532-2-03-2-02-4-00-1-02 W
 
NORTH DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
BALTIMORE RAVENS630.6670.02312174-1-02-2-04-3-00-1-01 L
PITTSBURGH STEELERS530.6250.51611693-2-02-1-03-2-01-1-04 W
CLEVELAND BROWNS540.5561.02241963-2-02-2-03-3-01-1-01 W
CINCINNATI BENGALS540.5561.02362032-2-03-2-03-2-02-1-02 L
 
SOUTH DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
TENNESSEE TITANS720.7780.02552113-1-04-1-05-1-03-0-05 W
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS450.4443.02452132-3-02-2-03-3-01-2-01 W
JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS260.2504.51322092-3-00-3-02-4-00-2-01 W
HOUSTON TEXANS180.1116.01282581-3-00-5-01-5-01-1-08 L
 
NATIONAL FOOTBALL CONFERENCE
EAST DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
DALLAS COWBOYS620.7500.02411923-1-03-1-04-1-02-0-01 L
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES360.3333.52272180-4-03-2-03-3-00-1-01 L
NEW YORK GIANTS360.3333.51792162-3-01-3-02-4-00-2-01 W
WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM260.2504.01562271-3-01-3-02-2-01-0-04 L
 
WEST DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
ARIZONA CARDINALS810.8890.02771553-1-05-0-04-1-03-0-01 W
LOS ANGELES RAMS720.7781.02611963-2-04-0-05-1-01-1-01 L
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS350.3754.51811691-3-02-2-01-3-01-1-01 W
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS350.3754.51852020-4-03-1-03-4-00-3-01 L
 
NORTH DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
GREEN BAY PACKERS720.7780.01991803-0-04-2-05-1-02-0-01 L
MINNESOTA VIKINGS350.3753.51941912-2-01-3-03-2-01-0-02 L
CHICAGO BEARS360.3334.01502242-2-01-4-01-4-01-1-04 L
DETROIT LIONS080.0006.51342440-4-00-4-00-6-00-3-08 L
 
SOUTH DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS620.7500.02601834-0-02-2-04-2-01-1-01 L
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS530.6251.02011552-2-03-1-04-3-01-2-01 L
ATLANTA FALCONS440.5002.01752201-3-03-1-02-4-01-2-01 W
CAROLINA PANTHERS450.4442.51711832-3-02-2-02-4-02-0-01 L

NBA STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
ATLANTIC DIVISION
 WLPCTGBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
BROOKLYN84.6674-24-22-08-47-31 W
PHILADELPHIA85.6150.54-44-10-45-56-43 L
NEW YORK75.5831.02-45-13-16-55-51 L
TORONTO76.5381.52-55-13-27-56-41 W
BOSTON56.4552.51-34-31-24-55-51 W
 
CENTRAL DIVISON
 WLPCTGBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
CHICAGO83.7275-23-12-05-37-32 W
CLEVELAND75.5831.52-25-34-27-31 L
MILWAUKEE66.5002.51-45-22-05-35-52 W
INDIANA58.3854.03-22-60-12-64-61 W
DETROIT28.2005.51-41-40-31-82-81 W
 
SOUTHEAST DIVISION
 WLPCTGBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
WASHINGTON83.7275-13-21-17-37-33 W
MIAMI75.5831.54-13-42-04-26-43 L
CHARLOTTE67.4623.02-24-51-14-33-71 W
ATLANTA48.3334.53-11-71-12-43-75 L
ORLANDO39.2505.51-52-40-21-73-71 L
 
WESTERN CONFERENCE
NORTHWEST DIVISION
 WLPCTGBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
UTAH84.6674-14-32-05-06-41 L
DENVER74.6360.55-12-31-15-36-43 W
PORTLAND57.4173.05-10-64-44-62 L
OKLAHOMA CITY46.4003.02-22-40-14-54-63 W
MINNESOTA37.3004.02-51-20-12-63-76 L
 
PACIFIC DIVISION
 WLPCTGBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
GOLDEN STATE101.9097-13-03-08-19-16 W
PHOENIX73.7002.55-22-12-15-37-36 W
LA CLIPPERS74.6363.05-22-20-15-37-36 W
LA LAKERS75.5833.56-31-20-24-57-32 W
SACRAMENTO57.4175.52-43-31-24-64-63 L
 
SOUTHWEST DIVISION
 WLPCTGBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
DALLAS74.6365-12-34-05-17-31 L
MEMPHIS65.5451.04-22-35-25-51 L
SAN ANTONIO47.3643.02-32-40-21-53-71 W
HOUSTON110.0916.01-30-70-11-81-99 L
NEW ORLEANS111.0836.50-51-60-11-71-98 L

NHL STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
ATLANTIC DIVISION
 GPWLOTLPTSROWGFGAHOMEROADL10
FLORIDA PANTHERS141022221054387-0-03-2-26-2-2
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS1485117836376-2-12-3-06-4-0
DETROIT RED WINGS1576216743484-2-23-4-05-4-1
TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING1263315636372-2-24-1-15-2-3
BOSTON BRUINS1165012531335-1-01-4-05-5-0
BUFFALO SABRES1255212436364-1-11-4-13-5-2
MONTREAL CANADIENS1541019432503-5-11-5-04-5-1
OTTAWA SENATORS133917330452-6-01-3-11-8-1
 
METROPOLITAN DIVISION
 GPWLOTLPTSROWGFGAHOMEROADL10
CAROLINA HURRICANES111010201041215-0-05-1-09-1-0
WASHINGTON CAPITALS1372418744324-1-33-1-15-2-3
NEW YORK RANGERS1373317733372-1-15-2-26-2-2
NEW JERSEY DEVILS1273216637335-2-12-1-15-3-2
COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS1073014632285-1-02-2-07-3-0
PHILADELPHIA FLYERS1163214632283-2-13-1-16-3-1
PITTSBURGH PENGUINS1253414438374-3-21-0-24-3-3
NEW YORK ISLANDERS1154212527295-4-25-3-2
 
WESTERN CONFERENCE
CENTRAL DIVISION
 GPWLOTLPTSROWGFGAHOMEROADL10
ST. LOUIS BLUES1282218743313-1-15-1-16-2-2
MINNESOTA WILD1394018844414-1-05-3-06-4-0
WINNIPEG JETS1373317643365-1-12-2-27-1-2
NASHVILLE PREDATORS1485117740383-3-05-2-17-2-1
COLORADO AVALANCHE1155111437373-2-12-3-04-5-1
DALLAS STARS1246210327391-2-13-4-13-5-2
CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS143928231503-4-10-5-13-6-1
ARIZONA COYOTES1311113121541-4-00-7-11-9-0
 
PACIFIC DIVISION
 GPWLOTLPTSROWGFGAHOMEROADL10
EDMONTON OILERS12102020952356-1-04-1-08-2-0
ANAHEIM DUCKS1584319852435-2-13-2-26-1-3
CALGARY FLAMES1373317743302-1-35-2-06-2-2
LOS ANGELES KINGS1485117740345-2-03-3-17-3-0
VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS1486016740424-3-04-3-07-3-0
SAN JOSE SHARKS1375115737353-2-14-3-04-5-1
VANCOUVER CANUCKS1457212436432-4-13-3-14-5-1
SEATTLE KRAKEN144919440513-3-01-6-13-7-0