NFL SCOREBOARD

Indianapolis 45 NY Jets 30

COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCOREBOARD

Louisiana 21 Georgia State 17

NBA SCOREBOARD

Philadelphia 109 Detroit 98

Utah 116 Atlanta 98

Boston 95 Miami 78

Phoenix 123 Houston 111

Oklahoma City 107 LA Lakers 104

NHL SCOREBOARD

Boston 5 Detroit 1

Toronto 2 Tampa Bay 1

NY Islanders 6 Montréal 2

Vegas 5 Ottawa 1

Florida 5 Washington 4

Pittsburgh 3 Philadelphia 2

Dallas 4 Calgary 3

Seattle 5 Buffalo 2

St. Louis 5 San Jose 3

GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL

THURSDAY SCOREBOARD

Avon52Martinsville15
Bremen52Tippecanoe Valley41
Brownsburg48Indianapolis Cathedral46OT
Caston50Argos37
Churubusco49Lakewood Park33
Clinton Prairie51Fountain Central12
Culver Academy32Culver21
Danville53Perry Meridian26
Delphi33Rossville24
Eastern Hancock62Morristown33
Evansville Reitz57Pike Central45
Forest Park56Tell City25
Franklin80Mount Vernon (Fortville)52
Frankton51Tri-Central35
Frontier67Clinton Central55
Garrett55Woodlan24
Greenwood56Greenfield-Central20
Greenwood Christian65Indianapolis Shortridge16
Hammond Central52Gary 21st Century26
Henryville36Southwestern (Hanover)30
Heritage Hills50Crawford County47
Highland43Chesterton30
LaVille39Jimtown33
McCutcheon58Faith Christian42
Mishawaka Marian62Mishawaka25
Mississinewa58Northfield53
Muncie Central58Delta35
New Palestine78Connersville29
Noblesville81Lawrence North56
North Daviess50Bloomington Lighthouse16
Northeast Dubois55Paoli43
Northview59Bloomington North49
NorthWood58South Bend Riley18
Penn63LaPorte9
Plymouth52New Prairie48
Purdue Poly Englewood75Christel House Manual10
Rensselaer Central68West Central31
Rochester49North Judson35
Shakamak35West Vigo30
Shawe Memorial30Christian Academy27OT
Shenandoah61Elwood12
South Bend Adams49Marquette Catholic37
Southport55Speedway40
Sullivan56Vincennes Lincoln50
Tri-West58Southmont37
Twin Lakes66Lewis Cass36
Valparaiso45Winamac15
Wes-Del55Anderson Prep Academy30
West Lafayette59Logansport37
West Noble63Bethany Christian36
Westview39East Noble33
Winchester67Lawrence Central63

FRIDAY SCHEDULE

AlexandriaatCowan7:30 pm
AustinatSouth Ripley7:30 pm
BatesvilleatHauser7:30 pm
Bedford North LawrenceatMooresville7:00 pm
BlackfordatDaleville7:00 pm
Blue RiveratWaldron7:30 pm
Bowman AcademyatCalumetppd.
Central ChristianatEdinburgh6:00 pm
DeKalbatLakeland7:30 pm
Eastern (Pekin)atBorden7:30 pm
Evansville HarrisonatMount Vernon (Posey)8:30 pm
Fort Wayne WayneatFort Wayne Canterbury7:30 pm
GreensburgatJac-Cen-Del7:00 pm
Liberty ChristianatLegacy Christian6:00 pm
MartinsvilleatAvon7:30 pm
MilanatUnion County7:30 pm
New CastleatRushville7:30 pm
North HarrisonatJeffersonville7:30 pm
North KnoxatWashington7:30 pm
North MontgomeryatParke Heritage6:30 pm
NortheasternatRandolph Southern7:30 pm
NorthwesternatCarroll (Flora)5:30 pm
Oak HillatPeru7:45 pm
Oregon-DavisatElkhart7:30 pm
Park TudoratCascade7:30 pm
ProvidenceatOldenburg Academy7:30 pm
Providence Cristo ReyatIndiana Math & Science6:00 pm
Rising SunatFranklin County7:30 pm
SeegeratCrawfordsville7:30 pm
South NewtonatNorth Miami7:30 pm
Southern WellsatFort Wayne Blackhawk7:30 pm
TritonatManchester7:30 pm
Vincennes LincolnatSullivan7:30 pm
WesternatEastern (Greentown)7:00 pm
WhitkoatFort Wayne North7:00 pm
Wood MemorialatPerry Central8:30 pm

SATURDAY SCHEDULE

Adams CentralatEastside7:30 pm
Bethany ChristianatArgos7:30 pm
Bloomington NorthatGreenwood1:30 pm
BlufftonatFort Wayne Canterbury7:30 pm
Bowman AcademyatWheeler7:00 pm
Brebeuf JesuitatMuncie Burris1:30 pm
Brownstown CentralatCorydon Central7:30 pm
CarmelatHomestead1:30 pm
Carroll (Fort Wayne)atColumbia City7:30 pm
CastleatJeffersonville1:30 pm
Central NobleatFort Wayne Luers7:30 pm
Clinton CentralatSouthmont1:30 pm
Covenant ChristianatBeech Grove12:30 pm
Crawford CountyatEastern (Pekin)7:30 pm
Crown PointatKankakee Valley8:00 pm
CulveratTrinity Greenlawn2:00 pm
DalevilleatAnderson Prep Academy7:30 pm
DanvilleatHamilton Heights4:30 pm
East Chicago CentralatRiver Forest3:30 pm
Eastern GreeneatSouth Knox7:30 pm
EdgewoodatGreencastle7:30 pm
Evansville HarrisonatVincennes Rivet7:30 pm
Evansville ReitzatVincennes Lincoln8:00 pm
Floyd CentralatColumbus East1:30 pm
FrankfortatFountain Central7:30 pm
FranklinatColumbus North2:30 pm
Franklin CountyatMadison7:30 pm
FranktonatMonroe Central7:30 pm
GarrettatBellmontppd.
Gary 21st CenturyatGary West8:00 pm
GoshenatLaPorte1:30 pm
Greenfield-CentralatWhiteland7:30 pm
GriffithatHammond Morton8:00 pm
Harrison (West Lafayette)atMarion2:30 pm
HighlandatLaPorteppd.
HobartatBoone Grove1:30 pm
Illiana ChristianatMorgan Twp.7:00 pm
KnightstownatShenandoah7:30 pm
KnoxatJohn Glenn7:30 pm
LakelandatNorthridge7:45 pm
Lawrence CentralatZionsville3:00 pm
Lawrence NorthatAnderson1:30 pm
LeoatFort Wayne Northrop7:30 pm
LoogooteeatTecumseh1:30 pm
LowellatNorth Newton1:30 pm
Madison-GrantatDelta2:30 pm
MartinsvilleatIndian Creek7:30 pm
MerrillvilleatSouth Bend St. Joseph1:30 pm
MitchellatLanesville7:30 pm
Mount Vernon (Fortville)atWarren Central7:30 pm
New AlbanyatEvansville Bosse8:00 pm
New CastleatBatesville1:00 pm
New HavenatFort Wayne Concordia7:30 pm
North Central (Indianapolis)atBrownsburg7:30 pm
North MiamiatNorth White6:00 pm
NorthfieldatFairfield7:30 pm
NorthWoodatPenn1:30 pm
NorwellatWarsaw7:30 pm
PaoliatSouthridge7:30 pm
PikeatBloomington South2:30 pm
Prairie HeightsatWawasee7:30 pm
Randolph SouthernatCenterville7:30 pm
Rensselaer CentralatNorth Judson8:00 pm
RochesteratCaston7:30 pm
RossvilleatFaith Christian6:30 pm
RushvilleatEastern Hancock7:30 pm
SeymouratSalem7:30 pm
Silver CreekatBrown County7:30 pm
South Bend AdamsatConcord2:30 pm
South Bend CareeratSouth Bend Riley1:00 pm
South Bend ClayatCulver Academy2:30 pm
South Central (Union Mills)atLaVille7:00 pm
South DecaturatSouthwestern (Shelbyville)7:30 pm
South PutnamatCloverdale7:30 pm
South RipleyatHauser3:30 pm
South SpenceratPrinceton2:30 pm
Southwestern (Hanover)atRising Sun6:00 pm
Springs ValleyatWood Memorial7:30 pm
Terre Haute NorthatEvansville Central4:30 pm
TriatWaldron7:30 pm
Tri-CountyatPioneer12:30 pm
Triton CentralatGreenwood Christian7:30 pm
Twin LakesatNorthwestern6:00 pm
Union CityatSouthern Wells7:30 pm
UniversityatGuerin Catholic2:30 pm
WabashatElwood7:00 pm
Washington Twp.atMunster7:00 pm
West NobleatFort Wayne Blackhawk2:30 pm
West WashingtonatLinton-Stockton7:30 pm
Western BooneatWest Lafayette1:30 pm
WestfieldatPendleton Heights1:30 pm
WestvilleatChesterton8:00 pm
Connersville Tournament
Decatur CentralatConnersville10:00 am
Indianapolis Rittervs.Southport12:00 pm
Decatur Centralvs.Southport6:00 pm
Indianapolis RitteratConnersville8:00 pm
Fishers Classic
Center GroveatFishers10:00 am
Ben Davisvs.Hamilton Southeastern12:00 pm
Center Grovevs.Hamilton Southeastern5:00 pm
Ben DavisatFishers7:00 pm
Jennings County Tournament
Lafayette JeffatJennings County10:00 amR1
Charlestownvs.Lawrenceburg12:00 pmR1
Loser Game 2vs.Loser Game 14:30 pm3rd
Winner Game 2vs.Winner Game 16:30 pm1st
Lake Central Classic
Hammond CentralatLake Central10:00 am
South Bend Washingtonvs.Portage11:30 am
Hammond Centralvs.Portage4:00 pm
South Bend WashingtonatLake Central5:30 pm
Morristown Tournament
Cascadevs.TBATBA
Henryvillevs.TBATBA
TBAatMorristownTBA
Tri-Centralvs.TBATBA
North Putnam Tournament
Eminencevs.TBATBA
Riverton Parkevs.TBATBA
Shakamakvs.TBATBA
TBAvs.North PutnamTBA
South Dearborn Tournament
Clarksvillevs.TBATBA
New Washingtonvs.TBATBA
North Decaturvs.TBATBA
TBAatSouth DearbornTBA

INDIANA STATE VOLLEYBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS

Class A State Championship

11 am ET | Lafayette Central Catholic (26-9) vs. Trinity Lutheran (30-4)

> LCC making seventh state appearance and first since 2017 title season

> Trinity making second trip in three years, chasing first state title

Class 2A State Championship

1:30 pm ET | Andrean (31-5) vs. Western Boone (27-8)

> Andrean seeking second volleyball crown in five years

> Western Boone making first state finals appearance

Class 3A State Championship

4 pm ET | Bellmont (30-5) vs. Brebeuf Jesuit (31-3)

> Bellmont playing for school’s third volleyball crown

> Brebeuf Jesuit returns to state after last year’s runner-up finish

Class 4A State Championship

6:30 pm ET | McCutcheon (29-6) vs. Castle (32-2) 

> McCutcheon making first trip back to state since 1989 runner-up season

> Castle making sixth state appearance but first since 1981

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL-SECTIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS THIS WEEK

SECTIONAL 1

Merrillville (10-0) at Lafayette Jeff (7-3)

SECTIONAL 2

Chesterton (7-3) at Penn (5-5)

SECTIONAL 3

Warsaw (7-2) at Carroll (Fort Wayne) (9-1)

SECTIONAL 4

Hamilton Southeastern (8-2) at Westfield (9-1)

SECTIONAL 5

Carmel (9-1) at Brownsburg (8-2)

SECTIONAL 6

Ben Davis (5-5) at Indianapolis Tech (6-4)

SECTIONAL 7

Lawrence North (6-3) at Lawrence Central (4-6)

SECTIONAL 8

Columbus North (6-3) at Center Grove (10-0)

SECTIONAL 9

Valparaiso (9-1) at Munster (3-7)

SECTIONAL 10

Michigan City (7-3) at Mishawaka (8-2)

SECTIONAL 11

Fort Wayne Snider (8-1) at Fort Wayne Dwenger (6-4)

SECTIONAL 12

Zionsville (6-5) at Kokomo (8-2)

SECTIONAL 13

Indianapolis Cathedral (10-1) at Decatur Central (9-1)

SECTIONAL 14

Whiteland (6-3) at New Palestine (7-3)

SECTIONAL 15

Bloomington North (7-3) at Bloomington South (7-2)

SECTIONAL 16

New Albany (7-3) at Seymour (4-5)

SECTIONAL 17

Hobart (8-3) at Lowell (8-3)

SECTIONAL 18

South Bend St. Joseph (4-7) at New Prairie (9-2)

SECTIONAL 19

Leo (11-0) at Northridge (7-4)

SECTIONAL 20

Fort Wayne Wayne (4-7) at Mississinewa (8-2)

SECTIONAL 21

Connersville (3-8) at Mount Vernon (Fortville) (10-1)

SECTIONAL 22

Indianapolis Chatard (7-4) at Indianapolis Roncalli (11-0)

SECTIONAL 23

Martinsville (7-4) at East Central (9-2)

SECTIONAL 24

Evansville Memorial (9-2) at Northview (9-1)

SECTIONAL 25

Hanover Central (10-1) at Knox (5-6)

SECTIONAL 26

Jimtown (9-2) at Mishawaka Marian (8-3)

SECTIONAL 27

Norwell (10-1) at Peru (8-2)

SECTIONAL 28

Western Boone (7-4) at Brebeuf Jesuit (9-2)

SECTIONAL 29

Tri-West (9-2) at Danville (10-1)

SECTIONAL 30

Owen Valley (9-1) at Vincennes Lincoln (3-8)

SECTIONAL 31

Brownstown Central (11-0) at Lawrenceburg (10-1)

SECTIONAL 32

Heritage Hills (9-2) at Gibson Southern (10-1)

SECTIONAL 33

Andrean (8-3) at Whiting (5-6)

SECTIONAL 34

Pioneer (9-2) at LaVille (8-2)

SECTIONAL 35

Eastside (11-0) at Fort Wayne Luers (10-1)

GAME TIME: 7 pm ET, Luers Field.

SECTIONAL 36

Eastbrook (10-0) at Tipton (10-1)

SECTIONAL 37

Lafayette Central Catholic (7-4) at Speedway (9-2)

SECTIONAL 38

Indianapolis Scecina (8-3) at Centerville (10-0)

SECTIONAL 39

Paoli (7-2) at Triton Central (7-4)

SECTIONAL 40

North Posey (9-2) at Evansville Mater Dei (9-2)

SECTIONAL 41

Culver (4-5) at North Judson (7-3)

SECTIONAL 42

Clinton Prairie (6-4) at Carroll (Flora) (8-3)

SECTIONAL 43

South Adams (9-2) at Union City (6-4)

SECTIONAL 44

Triton (4-6) at Adams Central (10-1)

SECTIONAL 45

Parke Heritage (9-2) at Riverton Parke (4-6)

SECTIONAL 46

Covenant Christian (7-4) at Indianapolis Lutheran (11-0)

SECTIONAL 47

North Decatur (6-4) at Tri (9-2)

SECTIONAL 48

North Central (Farmersburg) (5-5) at Springs Valley (9-1)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE

Friday, Nov. 5

Virginia Tech at Boston College | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN2

Utah at Stanford | 10:30 p.m. | FS1

Saturday, Nov. 6

Army at Air Force | 11:30 a.m. | CBS

Liberty at Ole Miss | 12 p.m. | SEC Network

Ohio State at Nebraska | 12 p.m. | FOX

Kansas State at Kansas | 12 p.m. | FS1

Wake Forest at North Carolina | 12 p.m. | ABC

Pitt at Duke | 12 p.m. | ACC Network

SMU at Memphis | 12 p.m. | ESPNU

Louisiana Tech at UAB | 12 p.m. | CBSSN

Illinois at Minnesota | 12 p.m. | ESPN2

Missouri at Georgia | 12:30 p.m. | ESPN

Georgia Tech at Miami | 12:30 p.m. | ESPN3

Appalachian State at Arkansas State | 2 p.m. | ESPN+

Idaho State at BYU | 3 p.m. | ESPN3

North Texas at Southern Miss | 3 p.m. | ESPN+

Temple at East Carolina | 3 p.m. | ESPN+

UL Monroe at Texas State | 3 p.m. | ESPN+

Cal at Arizona | 3 p.m. | Pac-12 Network

Tulsa at Cincinnati | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN2

Navy at Notre Dame | 3:30 p.m. | NBC

Rice at Charlotte | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+

Middle Tennessee at Western Kentucky | 3:30 p.m. | Stadium

South Alabama at Troy | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+

Rhode Island at UMass | 3:30 p.m. | FloSports

Penn State at Maryland | 3:30 p.m. | FS1

Oklahoma State at West Virginia | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN

Michigan State at Purdue | 3:30 p.m. | ABC

Baylor at TCU | 3:30 p.m. | FOX

Auburn at Texas A&M | 3:30 p.m. | CBS

Wisconsin at Rutgers | 3:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network

Colorado State at Wyoming | 3:30 p.m. | CBSSN

Mississippi State at Arkansas | 4 p.m. | SEC Network

Utah State at New Mexico State | 4 p.m. | FloSports

NC State at Florida State | 4 p.m. | ACC Network

Tulane at UCF | 4 p.m. | ESPNU

Coastal Carolina at Georgia Southern | 6 p.m. | ESPN+

Marshall at FAU | 6 p.m. | CBSSN Facebook

Tennessee at Kentucky | 7 p.m. | ESPN2

Oregon State at Colorado | 7 p.m. | Pac-12 Network

Old Dominion at Florida International | 7 p.m. | ESPN3

Boise State at Fresno State | 7 p.m. | CBSSN

LSU at Alabama | 7 p.m. | ESPN or CBS

Iowa at Northwestern | 7 p.m. | Big Ten Network

UNLV at New Mexico | 7 p.m. | Stadium

Oregon at Washington | 7:30 p.m. | ABC

Texas at Iowa State | 7:30 p.m. | FS1

Florida at South Carolina | 7:30 p.m. | SEC Network

Indiana at Michigan | 7:30 p.m. | FOX

Clemson at Louisville | 7:30 p.m. | ACC Network

Houston at South Florida | 7:30 p.m. | ESPNU

USC at Arizona State | 9:30 p.m. | ESPN

San Jose State at Nevada | 10 p.m. | FS2

UTSA at UTEP | 10:15 p.m. | ESPN2

San Diego State at Hawai’i | 11 p.m. | FS1

NFL SCHEDULE

Sunday, November 07, 2021

Minnesota Vikings at Baltimore Ravens 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

New England Patriots at Carolina Panthers 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Cleveland Browns at Cincinnati Bengals 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Denver Broncos at Dallas Cowboys 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX

Buffalo Bills at Jacksonville Jaguars 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Houston Texans at Miami Dolphins 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX

Las Vegas Raiders at New York Giants 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Los Angeles Chargers at Philadelphia Eagles 4:05p (ET) 4:05p CBS

Green Bay Packers at Kansas City Chiefs 3:25p (CT) 4:25p FOX

Arizona Cardinals at San Francisco 49ers 1:25p (PT) 4:25p FOX

Tennessee Titans at Los Angeles Rams 5:20p (PT) 8:20p NBC*

Monday, November 08, 2021

Chicago Bears at Pittsburgh Steelers (Mon) 8:15p (ET) 8:15p ESPN

TOP NATIONAL SPORTS NEWS

Taylor, ground game help Colts find easy path past Jets

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Jonathan Taylor ran with power, ran with burst, and even caught a few passes. He did it all – making life easier for his Indianapolis Colts teammates against the New York Jets.

And he became a national star Thursday night in the process.

Taylor rushed for 172 yards and two scores, Carson Wentz threw three touchdown passes and the Colts pulled away for a badly needed 45-30 victory.

Taylor, who had a game-sealing 78-yard TD run, also had two catches for 28 yards. Nyheim Hines ran for 74 yards and a score on six carries as sliced through the Jets’ defense for 260 yards on the ground.

“We had a one-play drive for 75 yards or something like that and that’s the best drive you can have,” Wentz said. “He and Nyheim, those guys played unbelievable. Those guys up front, they did a tremendous job.”

After suffering a stunning overtime loss against Tennessee on Sunday, the Colts spent their short week searching for answers.

Taylor provided most of them.

His shifty, 21-yard TD run broke a 7-7 tie in the early in the second quarter. And with Jets quarterback Mike White already out with an injured arm, the Colts (4-5) were off to the races in their first prime-time home game since December 2017.

Taylor’s longest run of the night made it 42-10 midway through the third quarter and helped Indy finish with the highest single-game rushing total in the NFL this season.

“It takes the pressure off the passing game when you run like that,” coach Frank Reich. “But you could feel it early, you could feel us really dominating the line early.”

Nothing went right for the Jets, who have lost seven straight night games.

White left in the first quarter after he said two fingers on his right hand went numb – just four days after he threw for 405 yards and three TDs in his first NFL start.

White said he couldn’t grip the ball and watched the final three quarters from the sideline after throwing a 19-yard TD pass to Elijah Moore that made it 7-7. Jets coach Robert Saleh said he was optimistic White and Zach Wilson (knee) could both practice next week.

But after White departed in this one, it was all Colts.

Jets running back Ty Johnson lost a fumble near midfield and Wentz capitalized quickly with a 1-yard shovel pass to Jack Doyle for a 21-7 lead.

The Jets answered with a short field goal late in the first half, but Wentz countered with an 11-yard TD pass to Michael Pittman to make it 28-10. Wentz followed that with a 2-yard scoring pass to offensive lineman Danny Pinter in the third quarter before Taylor struck again.

At least Josh Johnson, White’s replacement, played well. He threw for a career-high 317 yards and had a career-best three touchdown passes in the final 18 minutes – his first TD throws since Dec. 22, 2018.

“Josh, thought he did an awesome job coming in, running the offense exactly the way it’s supposed to be played – hitting the open receiver, just moving the chains,” Saleh said. “We just need to be able to match their defensive intensity.”

Wentz was 22 of 30 with 272 yards. Pittman had five receptions for 64 yards, while Hines caught four passes for 34 yards.

Johnson finished 27 of 41 with an interception that sealed the win for the Colts. Moore caught seven passes for 84 yards and two scores.

AP source: Browns excuse Beckham for 2nd straight day

BEREA, Ohio (AP) Odell Beckham Jr. remains lined up outside – way outside.

The polarizing wide receiver was excused from practice for the second straight day on Thursday as the Cleveland Browns figure out their next move with him, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on Thursday.

The team hasn’t reached a conclusion yet on what to do with Beckham, according to the person who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation.

Cleveland could waive Beckham if it doesn’t see a reconciliation or bring him back, which seems like a long shot at this point.

Beckham turns 29 on Friday. The three-time Pro Bowler is making $15.75 million this season, and the Browns would have to pay him at least half of that if he was waived and not claimed by another team.

Beckham is under contract for two more seasons but doesn’t have any guaranteed money.

Amid a major distraction, the Browns (4-4), who have fallen into last place in the AFC North, visit the Cincinnati Bengals (5-3) on Sunday.

Browns coach Kevin Stefanski doesn’t speak to the media on Thursday, when Beckham sometimes talks. While he isn’t around, his close friend and fellow wide receiver Jarvis Landry typically holds a media session on Thursday.

Beckham’s drama-filled tenure in Cleveland has probably come to an end after a disruptive few days.

On Tuesday, Beckham’s father shared a social media post highlighting plays in which his son was open and quarterback Baker Mayfield didn’t throw him the ball.

The Browns told Beckham not to report to practice and afterward Mayfield said he has not heard from his teammate. Mayfield said he was caught off guard by the video, which was released hours before the NFL trade deadline.

“I’ve had conversations with his dad before, man to man, face to face,” Mayfield said. “I was pretty surprised by the video and the intentions and the feelings behind it. I’d be lying if I said otherwise. But hurt? Nah, I’m good. I’ll be all right.”

Stefanski also said he had not heard from Beckham, who hasn’t produced as expected since coming to the Browns in a 2019 trade from the New York Giants.

Beckham has had only two 100-yard games in 2 1/2 seasons with Cleveland. When he was hurt and sidelined last year with a knee injury, Mayfield played his best, the Browns ended their playoff drought and won in the playoffs for the first time since 1994.

On Sunday, Mayfield threw just two passes toward Beckham and that seemed to be a tipping point for the 28-year-old.

Arizona QB Murray misses practice again with injured ankle

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray didn’t practice for a second straight day on Thursday because of an injured ankle, casting doubt on his status for the team’s upcoming game against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.

Murray hurt his left ankle on the final drive of Arizona’s 24-21 loss to the Green Bay Packers last Thursday, which was the team’s first loss of the season.

“Just taking it one day at a time,” Murray said on Wednesday. “Not really putting anything on it, just like I said, taking it one day at a time and seeing where it goes.”

Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury said Murray could play on Sunday even if hasn’t practiced up until that point.

Murray has been one of the league’s most exciting quarterbacks the past three years partly because of his ability to run. But the 2019 No. 1 overall pick hasn’t run as much so far this season and is on pace for about 300 yards rushing after gaining more than 800 yards on the ground last season.

“He’s a pocket passer now,” Kingsbury said. “I think he can handle it well. He’s done a great job from the pocket – great completion percentage, protecting the ball. We feel good about him being able to operate even if he can’t have his full array of weapons.”

Arizona’s backup quarterback is veteran Colt McCoy, who was signed during the offseason. The 35-year-old has started 30 games over his 11-year career, including two last season with the New York Giants.

“He (McCoy) would be great,” Kingsbury said. “He approaches it like a starter. He’s here all day, every day. Early, stays late, does all the stuff you want. He’s been a tremendous addition.

“If Kyler wasn’t able to make it, we’d have all the confidence in the world in Colt.”

Murray is one of the leading MVP candidates halfway through the season. The 24-year-old has led the Cardinals to a 7-1 record and has thrown for 2,276 yards, 17 touchdowns and seven interceptions while completing nearly 73% of his passes. He’s also run for three touchdowns.

Murray said he doesn’t necessarily need to run to make plays, but he does need to be mobile enough to escape trouble.

“If I have to, I have to, but at the same time, there’s a difference between running and protecting yourself,” Murray said. “You can’t just be a sitting duck in the pocket, so we’ll take it one day at a time.”

Murray’s injury is one of several for a banged-up Arizona offense. Star receiver DeAndre Hopkins (hamstring) also didn’t practice on Thursday and another receiver, A.J. Green, was put on the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday.

Taylor to start at QB for Texans against Dolphins on Sunday

HOUSTON (AP) Last season Tyrod Taylor started one game for the Los Angeles Chargers before being sidelined when a team doctor accidentally punctured his lung when giving a painkilling injection for a rib injury.

By the time he recovered he’d lost his job to Justin Herbert, who became the AP Offensive Rookie of the Year.

After being injured again this season with the Texans and having rookie Davis Mills take over for him for the past six games, some wondered if Taylor would suffer the same fate in Houston.

Instead, coach David Culley stuck to his word that he’d get his job back when healthy and Taylor will start Sunday against the Miami Dolphins. Culley said that Taylor gives the Texans their best chance to win.

“Coach said that I would be the starter when healthy and thankfully that he stood by that,” Taylor said. “And I’m excited to lead the guys back out this weekend.”

Taylor opened the season as Houston’s starter with Deshaun Watson sitting out amid a trade request and 22 lawsuits alleging sexual harassment or assault. Taylor led the Texans to a win in the opener against Jacksonville before injuring his hamstring on a touchdown run in the second quarter of a loss to Cleveland Sept. 19, and Mills took over after halftime.

Taylor has been through many ups and downs in his 11-year career. He said when he first was injured against the Browns the initial thought was: “not again.” But he quickly moved on from feeling bad for himself to looking ahead.

“I think this time, these six weeks has obviously made me a better player,” he said. “But it’s also made me a better person mentally, made me a better leader. So … things happen for a reason, just got to roll with the punches sometimes.”

The Texans have struggled with Mills under center and have lost seven games in a row. It’s their longest skid since dropping the final 14 games of the 2013 season.

Taylor returned to practice last week, but wasn’t quite ready to return. Culley said the veteran has had no setbacks since getting back to practice and now that he’s healthy there was no question that he would start this weekend.

Taylor often talks about how he’s loved football since he first began playing at age 5 and said every time the chance to play is taken away from him, he appreciates it even more when he gets back on the field.

One of Houston’s trainers read the numbers from the tracking device he wears during practice yesterday and noticed the numbers were a bit higher than they had been in the past.

“(He) was like: `you must have been excited yesterday just to be back out there,'” Taylor recalled. “Yeah, I felt like a little kid running around and being able to just be myself. So you definitely miss it when you’re not out there.”

Georgia’s Anderson investigated for alleged rape, suspended

ATLANTA (AP) Georgia linebacker Adam Anderson’s senior season is on hold while he is being investigated by Athens police on a rape allegation.

No charges have been filed, but Anderson has been suspended and will not play in No. 1 Georgia’s game against Missouri on Saturday, according to his attorney, Steve Sadow.

Sadow told The Associated Press that Anderson was suspended by Georgia “pending the investigation.”

According to an Athens-Clarke County Police incident report obtained by The Associated Press, a 21-year-old woman reported the alleged rape Oct. 29.

According to the incident report, she told police she went to an Athens residence on Oct. 29 after having some drinks and woke up on a bed while Anderson was having sexual intercourse with her.

The woman told officers the sex was not consensual and that she was able to leave the residence.

Athens-Clarke County Police Lt. Shaun Barnett told the AP: “The investigation is still ongoing.”

The day after the alleged incident, Anderson had seven tackles in Georgia’s 34-7 win over Florida in Jacksonville, Florida.

Sadow, said Anderson denies the allegation.

“Adam denies in the strongest terms possible the unfounded and unsupported allegations of sexual misconduct,” Sadow said in a statement released to the AP.

Added Sadow: “In the interest of justice and fairness, Adam hopes and prays the UGA community and the public keep an open mind and not prejudge him based on inconsistent, unsubstantiated and baseless accusations.”

Georgia coach Kirby Smart said in a statement released on Thursday: “We are aware of the report and we don’t comment on law enforcement matters, but I’ve been clear about the high standards we have for our student-athletes on and off the field. I will be working closely with our administration to ensure we cooperate fully with all law enforcement and campus protocols.”

Georgia officials would not confirm Anderson has been suspended indefinitely.

Anderson, a senior, leads the Bulldogs with five sacks. He ranks fifth on the team with 32 tackles.

Anderson is a key starter for a defense which leads the nation with its average of only 6.6 points allowed. His absence could impact the Bulldogs’ hopes of winning their first national championship since 1980.

Georgia claimed the top spot in this week’s first College Football Playoff ranking. It already has clinched a berth in the Southeastern Conference championship game on Dec. 4 in Atlanta.

Tennessee probe done, won’t self-impose postseason bowl ban

(AP) — Tennessee will not self-impose a postseason bowl ban after wrapping up its investigation into the recruiting issues that led to the firing of coach Jeremy Pruitt and nine others in January.

“We will hold ourselves accountable considering the nature of the violations, our prompt investigation and corrective personnel actions, the new recruiting environment and other factors,” the university said in a statement Thursday. “In the interest of protecting the rights of innocent student-athletes, the university will not impose a postseason bowl ban.”

Tennessee started the internal investigation after receiving a tip on Nov. 13, 2020, about alleged recruiting violations. The university cited NCAA bylaws for preventing it from sharing details of what it found.

Chancellor Donde Plowman called the issues “serious violations of NCAA rules” that “warrant immediate action” on Jan. 18 at a news conference announcing the firing of Pruitt, two assistant coaches and seven members of the recruiting and support staff.

The chancellor said then that the potential NCAA issues involved Level I and II violations with a number of people and incidents. NCAA investigators opened a case in December.

Pruitt, who went 3-7, hired an attorney after Tennessee refused to pay his $12.6 million buyout. He went 16-19 in his three seasons.

Tennessee said in the statement that university officials are focused on rebuilding the football program and supporting its athletes.

“We will now work to finalize a fair and efficient resolution through the applicable process while navigating a rapidly changing landscape in intercollegiate athletics that includes transformative change for the NCAA, the Alston decision and significant new name, image and likeness rights for our student-athletes,” the statement said.

First-year coach Josh Heupel already has improved on Pruitt’s last season with a 4-4 record with four games remaining. With South Alabama and Vanderbilt the final games at home, Tennessee could become bowl eligible with six wins. The Vols visit No. 18 Kentucky on Saturday night in their final road game this season.

Akron fires coach Tom Arth after 2-plus seasons, 3-24 record

AKRON, Ohio (AP) Akron fired coach Tom Arth on Thursday, two days after the Zips fell to 2-7 to clinch another losing season.

Arth was 3-24 at the Mid-American Conference school since taking over in 2019.

Athletic director Charles Guthrie said in a statement that associate head coach Oscar Rodriguez Jr. would take over as interim coach.

The 40-year-old Arth came to Akron after a two-year stint at Tennessee-Chattanooga that followed a successful four-year run at Division III John Carroll in northeast Ohio.

Akron hired Arth to replace Terry Bowden, who spent seven seasons at the school and twice took the Zips to bowl games.

The Zips went winless in Arth’s first season and 1-5 in last season’s pandemic-abbreviated season.

Akron beat FCS Bryant and Bowling Green earlier this season but have lost three straight since. The Zips fell 31-25 to Ball State on Tuesday.

Curry, Maxey lead 76ers past Pistons, 109-98

DETROIT (AP) Seth Curry scored 23 points, Tyrese Maxey added 20 and the short-handed Philadelphia 76ers beat the Detroit Pistons 109-98 on Thursday night for their fifth straight win.

Joel Embiid had 19 points and nine rebounds for Philadelphia. Shake Milton scored 16 points and Georges Niang added 14 off the bench.

“This group is really close, they don’t have any distractions, and they play hard,” Sixers coach Doc Rivers said.

The Sixers, playing for the second straight night, only used eight players. Furkan Korkmaz (wrist) sat out, while former Pistons forward Tobias Harris remained sidelined due to COVID-19 protocols.

They weren’t able to have a walkthrough on Thursday morning after Isaiah Joe’s entry into the COVID-19 protocols required the entire team to be tested.

“We have gritty guys who are just here to win basketball games,” Niang said. “We came in here on the second half of a back-to-back after a tough win against Chicago plus everything this morning and got a win. This is a big team effort.”

Jeremi Grant scored 27 for the Pistons, but only five in the second half.

“In the first half, we ran our offense and the ball got to Jeremi for some good shots,” Pistons coach Dwane Casey said. “In the second half, everyone came out and waited for Jeremi to do his thing. We can’t play like that and expect to win.”

Cade Cunningham had 18 points and 11 rebounds but missed 13 of his 17 field-goal attempts. Cunningham, the No. 1 overall pick this summer, is shooting 17.9% (7 for 39) in his first three games, including 1 for 21 on 3-pointers.

“I feel a lot more comfortable with the ball, but I obviously haven’t been efficient shooting in my first three games,” said Cunningham, who missed the preseason and the start of the regular season with a sprained ankle. “I didn’t have a training camp, but the guys are supporting me and they keep getting me the ball.”

Detroit got 22 points from Grant on its way to a 66-63 halftime lead. Curry had 18.

Thunder roar back to beat Lakers again, 107-104

LOS ANGELES (AP) Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 11 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter, and the Oklahoma City Thunder rallied from a 19-point deficit to beat the Los Angeles Lakers for the second time this season, 107-104 on Thursday night.

Kenrich Williams scored nine of his 13 points in the final period for the Thunder, who haven’t beaten anybody in their eight games this season except the vaunted Lakers – both times while rallying from enormous deficits, and both times with LeBron James sidelined. James sat out the rematch with an abdominal strain.

Anthony Davis had 29 points and 18 rebounds despite spraining his right thumb near halftime for the Lakers, whose three-game winning streak ended with just their second loss in seven games. Carmelo Anthony had another big game off the bench, scoring 21 points with five 3-pointers – including two in the final minute while LA’s rally fell short.

Russell Westbrook scored 27 points for the Lakers, but the veteran guard made a comical turnover against his former team with 21 seconds left and a chance to tie the game.

After rallying from a 26-point deficit last week in Oklahoma City, the Thunder came all the way back again at Staples Center before surviving a tough fourth quarter.

Oklahoma City took its first lead of the night on Williams’ driving dunk with 5:27 to play during a 12-0 run. Davis’ jumper put the Lakers back ahead with 2:23 remaining, but Williams hit a 3-pointer before Gilgeous-Alexander added a 29-footer with 1:18 to go.

After Anthony hit a 3-pointer with 39 seconds left to trim Oklahoma City’s lead to two, Westbrook accidentally flung the ball into the seats while driving to the lane. After a shoving match broke out between the teams before the ensuing inbounds pass, Lu Dort got free for an uncontested dunk with 17 seconds left.

Anthony hit his fifth 3-pointer to trim the lead to 105-104, but Dort hit two free throws before Westbrook missed a 3-pointer that would have tied it.

Clarkson scores 30, Mitchell-less Jazz rout Hawks 116-98

ATLANTA (AP) Jordan Clarkson was coming off one of his worst games.

His teammates told him to keep shooting.

That confidence sure paid off on a night when the Utah Jazz didn’t have their leading scorer.

Clarkson scored 30 points and the Jazz blew away the Atlanta Hawks in the fourth quarter for a 116-98 victory Thursday night despite the absence of Donovan Mitchell.

“Everybody just coming up to me and saying, `J.C., keep shooting, keep shooting. It’s gonna happen,'” Clarkson said. “That’s why I love this team. I love my teammates, I love the coaching staff, I love this organization. They believe in me and believe in what I can do. It’s beautiful.”

Mitchell did not dress because of a sprained right ankle, but last season’s NBA Sixth Man of the Year winner got hot at just the right time to give the Jazz their eighth victory in nine games.

It was tight through the first three quarters, with the Jazz heading to the final period up 75-74. But Utah blew away the home team in the final 12 minutes, knocking down eight 3-pointers while hitting 13 of their final 22 shots.

Clarkson was coming off a miserable game Tuesday night, going 0 for 11 from 3-point range and 1 of 13 overall to finish with just two points in a victory over Sacramento.

It was his second straight game without a 3 after making at least one from long range in 99 consecutive games.

It took another half to finally break out of his slump. Clarkson missed five more 3-pointers over the first two quarters, stretching his drought beyond the arc to 23 consecutive shots.

Finally, just past the midway point of the third period, Clarkson pulled up from 27 feet and got one to drop. He kept right on firing and made three more 3-pointers, finishing with a season high in points on 10-of-19 shooting.

“We know how aggressive he is coming off the bench,” said Joe Ingles, who started in place of Mitchell. “We expect him to do that every night.”

Celtics crank up defense again, roll past Heat 95-78

MIAMI (AP) Whatever the Boston Celtics said at that team dinner a few days ago clearly worked.

Especially on the defensive end.

Jaylen Brown scored 17 points to lead six Boston players in double figures, and the Celtics played airtight defense for a second consecutive night on the way to easily beating the Miami Heat 95-78 on Thursday.

The Celtics became the first team since Toronto in April 2018 to hold consecutive opponents under 80 points, and Miami had its worst scoring night since managing only 74 at Oklahoma City on Jan. 17, 2016.

“I wouldn’t say that’s the prototype for us offensively,” Celtics coach Ime Udoka said. “Defensively, that’s exactly what we want it to look like.”

Dennis Schroder scored 14, Aaron Nesmith had 13 and Romeo Langford scored 12 for Boston, which swept a back-to-back in Orlando and Miami by giving up an average of 78.5 points on 33% shooting. The Celtics topped the Magic 92-79 on Wednesday.

Boston’s week started by giving up 128 points at home to Chicago on Monday. Then came a team dinner on Tuesday, and the Celtics’ defense has been feasting since.

“Everyone’s locked in one through five,” Langford said. “We guard through the whole possession. We limited those guys on second-chance points and guarded them individually.”

Jimmy Butler scored 20 points for Miami, which lost point guard Kyle Lowry to a sprained left ankle in the third quarter as part of an utterly forgettable night. The Heat shot 35%, 9 for 41 from 3-point range and managed a total of 54 points in the final three quarters. Lowry will be re-evaluated Friday, the Heat said.

Duncan Robinson had 16 points on 5-for-17 shooting – all of it from 3-point range – for the Heat, and Bam Adebayo scored 13.

NBA: Firm will probe Suns after report of racism, misogyny

PHOENIX (AP) The NBA has asked a law firm to investigate the Phoenix Suns after a published report on Thursday detailed allegations that owner Robert Sarver has a history of racist, misogynistic and hostile incidents during his 17-year tenure in charge of the franchise.

ESPN said it talked to dozens of current and former team employees for the story, including some who detailed inappropriate behavior by Sarver. Most of the allegations are from anonymous sources but a few are on the record.

In ESPN’s report, Sarver denied or disputed most of the allegations through his legal team. The Suns also strongly denied the report in a lengthy statement released Thursday.

“I would entirely welcome an impartial NBA investigation which may prove our only outlet for clearing my name and the reputation of an organization of which I’m so very proud,” Sarver said.

Sarver will get his wish. The NBA released its own statement from executive vice president of communications Mike Bass saying the allegations were “extremely serious” and that the league has asked the Wachtell Lipton law firm to “commence a comprehensive investigation.”

“The NBA and WNBA remain committed to providing a respectful and inclusive workplace for all employees,” Bass said. “Once the investigation is completed, its findings will provide the basis for any league action.”

Among the allegations: Former Suns coach Earl Watson said the Sarver was upset that Golden State forward Draymond Green used the N-word during a game in 2016 and that the owner repeated the N-word several times when voicing his displeasure. Watson said he told Sarver that he can’t use that word.

Watson was the Suns’ coach for all or part of three seasons before being fired three games into the 2017-18 season.

Sarver said in his statement that Watson was “clearly not a credible source.”

“While there is so much that is inaccurate and misleading in this story that I hardly know where to begin, let me be clear: The n-word is not part of my vocabulary,” Sarver said. “I have never called anyone or any group of people the n-word, or referred to anyone or any group of people by that word, either verbally or in writing. I don’t use that word.”

Watson released his own statement through the Toronto Raptors, where he is now an assistant coach.

“I am not interested in engaging in an ongoing battle of fact,” Watson said. “Instead, I want to applaud the courage of the numerous players, executives, and staffers for fighting toxic environments of racial insensitivity, sexual harassment, and micro-aggressions with their truth.

“Basketball and 17 years in the NBA has allowed me the financial privilege to speak my truth, but we can’t forget about those who must remain silent for fear of losing their jobs.”

The report also details a story about how Sarver passed around a picture of his wife in a Suns bikini to employees. The report says more than a dozen employees also said Sarver had a history of “making lewd comments in all-staff meetings.”

In ESPN’s story, Bass said the NBA had not “received a complaint of misconduct at the Suns organization through any of our processes, including our confidential workplace misconduct hotline or other correspondence.”

Sarver has owned the Suns since 2004. The 59-year-old Phoenix businessman also owns the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury.

The Suns are coming off one of the most successful seasons in their history, making the NBA Finals with stars Devin Booker, Chris Paul and Deandre Ayton before losing in six games to the Milwaukee Bucks. The Suns have made the Finals three times, in 1976, 1993 and 2021, but have never won a championship.

THIS WEEK IN BIG 10 FOOTBALL

• Five Big Ten teams appear in the Associated Press Poll this week, highlighted by three of the top 10 teams in the country. Michigan State leads the conference at No. 5, followed by No. 6 Ohio State, No. 9 Michigan, No. 19 Iowa, and No. 22 Penn State. 

• The Big Ten (three teams) is the only conference with more than two teams ranked in the top-10 of the AP Poll. The only other conference with multiple teams ranked in the top-10 is the SEC (two teams). 

• No. 5 Michigan State (8-0) defeated then-No. 6 Michigan, 37-33, and is now one of just six undefeated teams remaining in the FBS. The Spartans are 8-0 for the first time since 2015 and for just the seventh time ever in program history. The win over Michigan marked Michigan State’s first win over an AP Top 10 team since they defeated No. 8 Penn State on Oct. 13, 2018, and the Spartans’ highest-ranked win since they defeated No. 4 Iowa in the 2015 Big Ten Football Championship Game. 

• Michigan State junior RB Kenneth Walker III was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week after rushing for 197 yards and five touchdowns on 23 carries (8.57 avg.) in the win vs. Michigan. Walker scored all five of Michigan State’s touchdowns, becoming just the second FBS player to record five rushing touchdowns in a game this season. Walker leads the FBS is rushing yards per game (149.2), is tied for third in the FBS in rushing touchdowns (14) and total touchdowns (15), and ranks fifth in all-purpose yards per game (153.75).

• No. 6 Ohio State improved to 7-1 on the season and 5-0 in the Big Ten with a 33-24 win over then-No. 20 Penn State on Saturday. The Buckeyes lead the nation in scoring offense (47.2 ppg), rank second in total offense (548.1) and third in team passing efficiency (183.34). The Buckeyes are one of just two teams in the nation to average more than 45 points per game this season along with the No. 2 scoring offense, Alabama (45.9). 

• Defensively, Ohio State held Penn State to 33 yards rushing. Dating back to Week 3, the Buckeyes are surrendering just 66.2 rushing yards per game and in their last three wins they are allowing just 45.7 yards per game on the ground. 

• Minnesota defeated Northwestern on the road, 41-14, to win its fourth game in a row and move into first place in the Big Ten West. With the victory, the Gophers became bowl-eligible for the third time under head coach P.J. Fleck. The Gophers are now 3-0 on the road this season and have an unblemished road record through three games for just the fourth time since 1961.

• The Gophers finished with 442 yards of total offense, including 308 rushing yards. The ground game was powered by freshmen RBs Mar’Keise Irving (110 yards) and Ky Thomas (106 yards), who each compiled more than 100 yards rushing for the second straight week. Irving and Thomas are the first pair of Minnesota running backs to record back-to-back 100-yard games since Laurence Maroney and Gary Russell in 2005.

• Wisconsin earned its fourth straight win, and its third straight conference win, with a 27-7 victory over then-No. 9 Iowa. The victory marked Wisconsin’s second consecutive victory over an AP Top 25 team and their first against a top-10 team since they defeated No. 9 Minnesota on Nov. 30, 2019. The last time that Wisconsin defeated ranked opponents in back-to-back weeks was in 2017. 

• The Badgers rank No. 1 in the nation in total defense (214.6 ypg) and rushing defense (49.6 ypg). The Wisconsin run defense leads the No. 2-ranked run defense (Georgia, 75.6 ypg) by 26 yards per game. Wisconsin is surrendering just 7.5 points and 180.3 yards per game during their four-game win streak. After holding Purdue to -13 rushing yards in their Week 8 win over the Boilermakers, the Badgers limited the Hawkeyes to a season-low 24 yards rushing. 

• Purdue defeated Nebraska 28-23 to improve to 3-2 in the Big Ten. The Boilermakers defense notched four interceptions, marking the second time in three games that Purdue has registered four interceptions. Junior LB/S Jalen Graham was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week after snagging two interceptions, including a 45-yard pick-six. Graham became the second Purdue defender to record two interceptions in a game this season, joining junior safety Cam Allen. Graham is just the 12th Purdue defender to record a multi-interception game since 2000.

• Maryland topped Indiana, 38-35, and is now 5-3 on the season. Sophomore QB Taulia Tagovailoa threw for a career-high 419 yards and two touchdowns in the game, marking the first 400-yard passing performance by a Maryland quarterback since Danny O’Brien threw for 417 yards against NC State on Nov. 27, 2010. Tagovailoa’s 419 yards are the third-most in a single game in Maryland history, trailing only Scott Milanovich’s 498 vs. Virginia Tech and 451 vs. West Virginia in 1993.

• Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano earned his 75th win as head coach of the Scarlet Knights with a 20-14 victory at Illinois. Schiano needs just four wins to pass Frank Burns (78) for the most wins by a head coach in Rutgers history. The Scarlet Knights defense allowed just 10 total first downs, tying Rutgers’ program record in Big Ten play (also allowed 10 first downs vs. Illinois in 2016).

• Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota and Ohio State have all secured bowl eligibility by reaching six wins this season, while Maryland, Penn State, Purdue and Wisconsin need just one more win to become eligible. The Big Ten will continue to feature the largest bowl lineup in conference history.

• The Big Ten boasts five teams who rank among the top 10 in the nation in scoring defense: Iowa (t-4th, 16.1 ppg), Penn State (t-8th, 17.0), Wisconsin (t-8th, 17.0). Michigan (t-10th, 17.1) and Purdue (t-10th, 17.1). The conference has two teams in the top 10 in terms of rushing defense (No. 1 Wisconsin at 49.6 ypg, and No. 8 Minnesota at 92.9 ypg) and four teams in the top 10 in terms of defensive passing efficiency: Iowa (3rd, 101.97), Penn State (6th, 103.56), Purdue (8th, 106.42) and Wisconsin (10th, 110.30).

• In 2021, the Big Ten has seen top-five single-game FBS rushing-yard performances from Ohio State’s TreVeyon Henderson (2nd, 270 vs. Tulsa), Michigan State’s Kenneth Walker III (4th, 264 at Northwestern) and Illinois’ Chase Brown (5th, 257 vs. Charlotte). The Big Ten has three additional 200-plus yard rushing performances this season: Walker III’s 233 yards at Rutgers on Oct. 9, Brown’s 223 yards at Penn State on Oct. 23, and Northwestern’s Evan Hull’s 216 yards vs. Ohio on Sept. 25.

• Additional top-five single-game FBS performances in the Big Ten include: Ohio State’s C.J. Stroud (5th, 266.174 passing efficiency), Purdue’s David Bell (2nd, 240 receiving yards at Iowa), Northwestern’s Brandon Joseph (4th, 111 punt return yards vs. Indiana State), Nebraska’s Luke Reimer (2nd, 19 tackles), and Wisconsin’s Leo Chenal (2nd, 5.5 tackles for loss).

• On October 10, for the first time in the history of the Associated Press college football poll (established in 1936), the Big Ten has five teams ranked in the top 10. Iowa leads the conference at No. 2, followed by No. 6 Ohio State, No. 7 Penn State, No. 8 Michigan, and No. 10 Michigan State.      

• The 2021 Big Ten Football Championship Game will be played at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, Dec. 4, at Indianapolis’ Lucas Oil Stadium and will be televised nationally on FOX. The winner will earn the Amos Alonzo Stagg Championship Trophy and a chance to play in one of the six bowls that comprise the College Football Playoff, including the Rose Bowl Game.

Reds’ Castellanos opts out of contract, becomes free agent

CINCINNATI (AP) Cincinnati Reds star outfielder Nick Castellanos exercised the opt-out clause in his contract and is a free agent, the team said Friday.

The Reds right fielder opted out of the final two years and $34 million remaining on his deal after having the best season of his nine-year career.

The team’s announcement came one day after veteran catcher Tucker Barnhart was traded to the Detroit Tigers for an infield prospect.

The 29-year-old Castellanos was a first-time All-Star in 2021. He batted .309 with 34 home runs and led the Reds with 100 RBIs. He is a career .278 hitter with 168 homers in parts of nine seasons with the Reds, Tigers and Cubs.

He had signed a $64 million, four-year deal.

Castellanos entered a crowded free agent pool that includes former MVPs Freddie Freeman and Kris Bryant.

Buster Posey ready to move on from baseball, says farewell

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Initially, as a young player more than a decade ago, Buster Posey had a tough time understanding how the San Francisco Giants strive to humanize their players, to connect them with a fan base that wants nothing more than to get to know the star athletes they support.

He certainly gets it now. He appreciates his place in leaving lasting memories for families to cherish and pass down, and what he means to connecting a community – and even all those Bay Area dogs out there named Buster and Posey.

Posey offered a heartfelt goodbye to baseball on Thursday following a decorated 12-year career with the Giants during which he won three World Series championships and guided a long list of star pitchers, but also an equally impressive career off the field such as his tireless commitment to pediatric cancer and helping others.

Part of the reason he is walking away now at age 34 after one of his best seasons yet is to spend more time with his four children. And no doubt he will be busy. Posey opted out of the coronavirus-shortened 2020 season after he and wife Kristen adopted prematurely born baby girls to join older twins Addison and Lee.

“I think the year off probably did play into the decision a little bit,” Posey said. “I didn’t approach the season and say this is definitely it. … I can honestly say no, playing the way I did didn’t sway me, and I think that’s part of the reason that I do feel at peace with my decision.”

The Giants had been prepared to exercise Posey’s $22 million club option for 2022 if he wanted to play, but he had an inkling before this record-setting, 107-win Giants season started this could be it.

“I kind of went into this last season feeling like it might be my last,” Posey said. “Just gave myself some space in my mind to be OK with deciding otherwise if I wanted to keep playing and I really just never wavered.”

Now, the Giants must ponder life without Posey behind the plate.

“Is this like a definite, for sure thing?” president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi quipped. “I just had to ask.”

Sabres end 8-month stalemate by trading Jack Eichel to Vegas

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) The Jack Eichel era in Buffalo is over, with a nasty public eight-month feud reaching a conclusion on Thursday when the Sabres traded their former captain and face of the franchise to the Vegas Golden Knights.

The trade ends a stalemate between Eichel and Buffalo over how to repair his herniated disk, which has sidelined him since March. The dispute revolved around the NHL’s collective bargaining agreement giving teams the final say over the treatment of injuries.

Though Eichel remains sidelined, the Golden Knights addressed their biggest long-term need, landing a top-line center, by trading forward Alex Tuch, rookie center Peyton Krebs and two draft picks to the Sabres.

Eichel is expected to have the disk replacement surgery he preferred, though the recovery timetable means he’ll likely miss most, if not all, of the remainder of the season. The length of the dispute also essentially eliminates Eichel’s chance to represent the United States at the Winter Olympics, which will be held in Beijing in February.

Sabres doctors favored Eichel having fusion surgery and opposed the disk replacement procedure because it has never been conducted on an NHL player.

Eichel was the Sabres’ highest-paid player and is in the fourth year of an eight-year, $80 million contract. He topped 20 goals in each of his first five seasons and enjoyed a breakout year in 2019-20, when he had a career-best 36 goals in 68 games before the season was abruptly canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Overall, he finishes with 139 goals and 355 points in 375 career games with Buffalo.

Buffalo acquired a top-10 protected first-round pick in the 2022 draft and a 2023 second-round selection. Vegas also acquired a 2023 third-round pick.

The feud became public in May, when Eichel revealed what he called “a disconnect” with the team over treating the injury, and he questioned his future with a franchise that once regarded him as a key building block after selecting him with the No. 2 pick in the 2015 draft.

The dispute escalated over the summer, with Eichel changing agents in August in a bid to spur a trade. In September, the Sabres stripped Eichel of his captaincy before the start of training camp.

In recent weeks, Eichel’s camp began threatening to file a grievance through the NHL Players’ Association, questioning whether Sabres doctors followed the collective bargaining agreement in giving his option of surgery serious consideration.

The standoff drew the attention of the highest levels of the league, with NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman calling it “a terrible situation,” without fixing blame on either side.

Eichel joins a Golden Knights team off to a 4-5 start and already depleted by injuries, with five players on injured reserve, not including William Karlsson, who is out indefinitely with a broken foot.

While the Golden Knights are one of the NHL’s most successful expansion franchises, reaching the playoffs in each of their first four seasons, their one weakness has been at center to drive scoring. That was the case last season, when the Golden Knights scored just 13 goals in losing a six-game series to Montreal in the semifinals.

The Golden Knights currently have the room under their salary cap for Eichel because players on long-term injured reserve don’t count against their active payroll. They will, however, have to get creative once their roster gets healthier, unless Eichel is unable to return until the playoffs, when the salary cap no longer counts.

The Sabres added pieces to a young, rebuilding team that is off to a far better start than expected. Buffalo is 5-3-1 under first-year coach Don Granato and despite a piecemeal roster of youngsters and journeymen.

Tuch is sidelined until January after having shoulder surgery this offseason. The dependable hard-hitting winger from Syracuse, New York, has 61 goals and 78 assists for 139 points in 249 career gams. Krebs is a 2019 first-round pick who has one assist in 13 career NHL games.

Though failing to trade Eichel this summer, second-year GM Kevyn Adams began his purge of players unhappy to be in Buffalo. Adams placed an emphasis on rebuilding around a young core by trading forward Sam Reinhart to Florida and stalwart defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen to Philadelphia.

Expectations entering the season were low for a team coming off a season in which it finished last in the standings for a fourth time in eight years and in the midst of a 10-season playoff drought, which matches an NHL record.

Though Eichel was injured while being checked into the end boards by Casey Cizikas in the third period of a 5-2 loss at the New York Islanders on March 7, his days in Buffalo already seemed numbered.

Eichel had previously expressed frustration over the Sabres’ losing record, while Adams began entertaining trade discussions for the player months after taking over in June 2020.

Eichel is a talented center, capable of leading his team for long stretches, but also someone who had difficulty developing into a team leader and carrying the weight of being the franchise’s so-called savior.

He was initially moody in public, even acknowledging he had to do better in controlling his emotions after losses. Eichel also had to overcome an outside perception that he had too much of a say in management decisions, such as when his agent publicly issued a statement denying Eichel played a role in coach Dan Bylsma being fired following the 2016-17 season.

Pulisic returns, Dest out, Scally called up for US-Mexico

CHICAGO (AP) Christian Pulisic is back on the roster for the United States’ World Cup qualifier against Mexico next week after recovering from a sprained ankle, and defender Sergino Dest will miss the match because of a back injury.

Joe Scally, an 18-year-old defender who has become a starter for Borussia Monchengladbach this season, was the lone first-time callup on the 25-man roster for qualifiers against Mexico on Nov. 12 at Cincinnati and at Jamaica four days later.

Antwerp Defender Sam Vines returns to the team for the first time since the CONCACAF Gold Cup after returning from a broken collarbone, and Boavista defender Reggie Cannon also is back for the first time since the Gold Cup. Forward Jesus Ferreira is back for the first time since a January exhibition.

Defenders George Bello and Shaq Moore were dropped, along with midfielder Luca de La Torre and forward Matthew Hoppe.

Defenders John Brooks and Tim Ream were not selected. Midfielder Gio Reyna remains sidelined by a hamstring injury sustained Sept. 2 at El Salvador, and forward Gysasi Zardes is out with a knee injury.

The roster:

Goalkeepers: Sean Johnson (New York City), Zack Steffen (Manchester City, England), Matt Turner (New England)

Defenders: Reggie Cannon (Boavista, Portugal), Mark McKenzie (Philadelphia), Chris Richards (Hoffenheim, Germany), Antonee Robinson (Fulham, England), Miles Robinson (Atlanta), Joe Scally (Borussia Monchengladbach, Germany), Sam Vines (Antwerp, Belgium), DeAndre Yedlin (Galatasaray, Turkey), Walker Zimmerman (Nashville)

Midfielders: Kellyn Acosta (Colorado), Tyler Adams (Leipzig, Germany), Gianluca Busio (Venezia, Italy), Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy), Weston McKennie (Juventus, Italy), Yunus Musah (Valencia, Spain), Cristian Roldan (Seattle)

Forwards: Brenden Aaronson (Salzburg, Austria), Paul Arriola (D.C.), Jesus Ferreira (Dallas), Ricardo Pepi (Dallas), Christian Pulisic (Chelsea, England), Tim Weah (Lille, France)

INDIANA SPORTS NEWS AND RELEASES

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS FOOTBALL

Midway through the first quarter of Thursday night’s primetime matchup against the New York Jets, Nyheim Hines took the handoff from Carson Wentz and found the hole to his right. With traffic closing in on him, but with a couple key blocks secured down the field, Hines suddenly darted to his left and outran three Jets defenders to the end zone to complete a sensational 34-yard rushing touchdown.

That play, which ended with a patented Hines back flip in the end zone, was just a little taste of what was to come the rest of the game.

Unleashing their two-headed monster at running back in Hines and Jonathan Taylor throughout the night, the Colts put in a historic effort on the ground in front of the home fans, running 30 times in all for 260 yards for a single-game franchise record 8.7 yards-per-carry average in their 45-30 victory over Jets.

The 260 rushing yards are the eighth most in a single game for the Colts since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger, and the third most of the Frank Reich era (273 rushing yards Week 17 in 2020 and 264 rushing yards Week 11 of 2019).

“I mean, it takes a lot of pressure off the pass game when you can run like that,” Reich told reporters after the game. “You could just feel it early. You could feel us dominating at the line of scrimmage early — I could feel that.”

The Jets (2-6) actually came into Thursday night’s game limiting opposing running backs to just 4.0 yards per carry, ranking seventh in the NFL in that category. The Colts (4-5) bucked that trend, however, earning big play after big play on the ground. In all, Indy had five running plays of 20 yards or more, including 78- and 21-yard rushing touchdowns by Taylor, and the aforementioned 34-yard score by Hines.

“Those chunk runs are huge,” said Wentz, who completed 22-of-30 passes for 272 yards with three touchdowns to no interceptions on Thursday. “It’s tough on a defense. They want to come out and play their soft zone coverage, make it hard for us in the passing game to get chunk plays, and so when you can get chunk plays on the ground, that’s huge for us.”

Taylor, who on Thursday was named the AFC’s Offensive Player of the Month for October, certainly started his campaign for November Offensive Player of the Month off on the right foot. He had 19 rushing attempts in all for 172 yards and two touchdowns; his 172 rushing yards and 9.1 yards-per-carry average are both the second-best single-game figures in his young career, while his two rushing scores ties a single-game career best.

Taylor, who has been a home run threat the entire season, also showed off his wheels on his 78-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, reaching 22.05 mph, which is, according to NFL Next Gen Stats, the fastest speed by a ball carrier in the NFL this season.

“When (Taylor) gets to the second level, I feel like it’s going to the house,” Reich said. “I mean, he’s just fast, strong and elusive. So he’s playing really good. And our receivers really work hard down the field, so they’re going to give him all the help he can have down there.”

Not to be forgotten is the jack-of-all-trades Hines, who had 108 total yards of offense on the night, including six rushing attempts for 74 yards and a touchdown and four receptions for 34 yards, averaging better than a first down every time he touched the ball.

Just for good measure, Hines also added one punt return for 10 yards and a kickoff return for 15 yards.

“It’s fun when you’re going out there doing what you love and having fun,” Hines said. “Every week we’re all about setting the tone, so I’m happy this week I could set the tone and give some momentum.”

After taking care of business in the short week, the Colts get a little extra time to rest up before their next contest, a Week 10 matchup at home against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Nov. 14.

For those wondering, the Jaguars, who hold a 1-6 record heading into this Sunday’s matchup against the Buffalo Bills, are currently allowing just 3.7 yards per carry on the ground, third-best in the NFL.

At this rate, perhaps the Colts will be bucking that trend, too.

INDY ELEVEN SOCCER: Indy Eleven to Compete in Inaugural USL Academy League Playoffs in December

TAMPA/INDIANAPOLIS (Thursday, November 4, 2021) – The United Soccer League (USL) today announced the eight-team field that will compete for the title of 2021 USL Academy League Champions during the league’s playoffs to be held from Dec. 2-5 in the Tampa area. That list of competitors includes the Indy Eleven squad that captured the East Central Region’s regular season title during the USL Academy League’s inaugural 2021 season. The Indy Eleven team containing players from the U-15 through U-19 ranks captured the East Central race by ending the season with a 6W-3L-0D record, its 18 points allowing the squad to finish three points clear of second-place Louisville City FC. Joined by Indy Eleven at the USL Academy Playoffs is Queensboro FC (Northeast), Southern Soccer Academy (Southeast), New Mexico United (Southwest), Charlotte Independence (Atlantic), Weston FC (Florida), San Antonio FC (South Central) and AC Connecticut (Wildcard). Seven earned berths by winning their respective regional division; AC Connecticut qualified as the team with the best points per game among all second-place finishers. “The entire Indy Eleven organization congratulates the young men who have represented our club in impressive fashion throughout our first season of USL Academy play. We wish them continued success and invite our fans to join in supporting this promising group of Boys in Blue during the playoffs in Tampa next month,” said Indy Eleven President & CEO Greg Stremlaw. The international-style tournament features two groups of four, with each team playing three group phase matches December 2-4 at the Waters Sports Complex, home to USL League Two’s Tampa Bay United.
2021 USL Academy League Playoffs – Competing Teams Group A Group B New Mexico United (Southwest) AC Connecticut (Wildcard) Southern Soccer Academy (Southeast) Charlotte Independence (Atlantic) Queensboro FC (Northeast) Indy Eleven (East Central) Weston FC (Florida) San Antonio FC (South Central)
The winning teams from Group A and Group B will square off in the USL Academy League Final on Sunday, December 5 at 6:30 p.m. ET at Al Lang Stadium in Saint Petersburg, home of USL Championship’s Tampa Bay Rowdies. Streaming information will be shared at a later date. The six teams that do not advance to the Final will play a fourth match on Dec. 5, with the seventh place and fifth place games taking place at 11:00 a.m. ET at the Waters Sports Complex, while the third-place game will kick off at 3:30pm ET at Al Lang Stadium as a prelude to the USL Academy Final. For a breakdown of the full schedule and results, please visit www.usl-academy.com/playoffs. Indy Eleven established a high bar for success in USL Academy action this past May, when the club’s U-13 and U-17 Boys entries qualified for their respective age groups’ finals during the USL Academy Cup, also held in the Tampa area. For all USL Academy competitions in 2021, Indy Eleven has partnered with the acclaimed Indiana Fire Academy (IFA) program based out of Westfield to establish the squads representing Indiana’s Team at the youth levels.         INDY ELEVEN SOCCER: Goalkeeper Jordan Farr to Represent San Antonio FC During Emergency Loan Stint TAMPA/INDIANAPOLIS (Thursday, November 4, 2021) – Indy Eleven and San Antonio FC today announced that Indy goalkeeper Jordan Farr has been acquired by SAFC via a temporary emergency loan. Farr has joined the Texan side ahead of its game against San Diego Loyal SC tomorrow, Friday, Nov. 5, at Toyota Field in the Western Conference Quarterfinals of the 2021 USL Championship Playoffs.   San Antonio will host SD Loyal on Friday night at Toyota Field at 9:00 p.m. ET, with the game available live on ESPN+ and SiriusXM FC.   The emergency loan followed an injury to San Antonio’s Matt Cardone in its final game of the regular season this past Saturday night. San Antonio FC formally petitioned the league to register an emergency goalkeeper pursuant to the league’s Emergency Goalkeeper Exemption for the playoffs. This petition was approved by the league’s Compliance and Registration Departments.   Under league rules, after the Roster Freeze date, if a club is reduced to a single available and healthy goalkeeper, that club may petition the league to register an emergency goalkeeper. The subsequent registration will be permitted until such time as one or more of the originally rostered goalkeepers becomes available and healthy.   “In the spirit of competition, Indy Eleven is glad to work with the USL Championship, San Antonio FC, and Jordan Farr in facilitating this unique short-term loan. As we have done in similar circumstances with Evan Newton and Kristian Nicht in past seasons, Indy Eleven is proud to provide such opportunities for our players to rise to the occasion, and we look forward to seeing Jordan do just that should he be called upon,” explained Greg Stremlaw, Indy Eleven President & CEO.   Farr recorded 72 saves, five shutouts and a goals-against average of 1.33 during his 21 appearances across Indy Eleven’s recently concluded 2021 USL Championship regular season. After missing two months due to a wrist injury during the middle of the season, Farr enjoyed some of his best performances in the closing weeks of the campaign, highlighted by his first career appearance on the USL Championship Team of the Week presented by Cleer Audio for Week 26 following a five-save effort in a 1-0 win over Louisville City FC on Oct. 16.   The Salem, Ore.-native also earned back-to-back Championship Save of the Week nods for impressive reaction stops during the afore-mentioned win over LouCity and a 1-1 draw with FC Tulsa in Week 27 play.   The fourth-year professional has spent his entire pro career up to this point with Indiana’s Team, collecting 34 appearances across regular season and postseason action overall while recording 10 shutouts. Farr is no stranger to the postseason, having collected a 2W-1L-0D record and 1.00 goals against average during three appearances in the Eleven’s run to the Eastern Conference Final of the 2019 USL Championship Playoffs.

No. 8/7 Indiana Plays UIndy In Exhibition On Friday Night 

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – No. 8/7 Indiana will host its only public exhibition of the season when it hosts UIndy on Friday night inside Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall. Game time is set for 7 p.m. ET with free admission and fans encouraged to wear red to honor ALS Awareness.

#8/7 INDIANA (0-0) VS. UINDY (0-0) • EXHIBITION • ALS AWARENESS

Friday, November 5, 2021 • 7 p.m. ET

Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall • Bloomington, Ind.

Broadcast: None

Radio: WHCC 105.1 FM (Austin Render)

ABOUT THE GREYHOUNDS

Indianapolis finished 11-11 in 2020-21 as it played a Great Lakes Valley Conference schedule only due to COVID-19 restrictions. It returns its top five scorers from a season ago led by senior guard Taylor Drury who averaged 16.7 points per game and shot 45.8 percent from the floor. Senior guard Mickey Sasson started all 22 games last season and added 11.8 points, a team-high 6.9 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game. They were picked to finish third in the 2021-22 GLVC East preseason poll.

NOTES

This will be the lone public exhibition for the Hoosiers this season, with regular season play set to begin on Wednesday, Nov. 10 at Butler.

Indiana begins the season ranked a program-high in both national polls, coming in at No. 7 in the USA Today/WBCA coaches poll and No. 8 in the Associated Press poll. It was picked to finish second in the annual preseason Big Ten poll and senior guard Grace Berger and junior forward Mackenzie Holmes each earning a spot on the preseason All-Big Ten team.

It’s on the heels of a historic season for the Cream and Crimson, who advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight in 2020-21, recorded is sixth-consecutive 20-win season and set a new record with 16 Big Ten wins.

Returning are all five of the program’s starters from that campaign including All-Americans and All-Big Ten first team selections in Berger and Holmes. Graduate student guard Ali Patberg returns for her seventh and final season of eligibility as she’s coming off All-Big Ten second team honors. Senior forward Aleksa Gulbe was selected as an All-Big Ten honorable mention as she and senior guard Nicole Cardaño-Hillary round out the top returners.

The Hoosiers will host their annual ALS Awareness game on Friday night. It holds special meaning to head coach Teri Moren, who lost her mother, Barbara, to the disease in 2014.

UP NEXT

The regular season opens on Wednesday when Indiana travels to Butler. Tip at Hinkle Fieldhouse is set for 7 p.m. ET.

Preseason Watch List Announced for NABC Division I Player of the Year

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) on Thursday announced the preseason watch list for the 2022 NABC Division I Player of the Year award and Indiana Junior/Sophomore forward Trayce Jackson-Davis is among the 20 candidates.

The 2022 NABC Division I Player of the Year will be announced during the week of the 2022 Final Four in New Orleans. Iowa’s Luka Garza captured the award last season.

Jackson-Davis, the leading returning scorer in the Big Ten, has also been named 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 Karl Malone Watch List.

He started all 27 games last season and was the only high major player to average at least 19.0 points and 9.0 rebounds during last season. 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). In league games only, he finished third in scoring (18.4), second in rebounding (9.2), fourth in field goal percentage (50.6%) and blocked shots (1.4) and third in minutes played (34.2). He is the first returning first, second, or third team All- American for the Hoosiers since Calbert Cheaney in 1993.

2022 NABC Division I Player of the Year – Preseason Watch List

Max Abmas, Oral Roberts (Jr. – G)

Ochai Agbaji, Kansas (Sr. – G)

Paolo Banchero, Duke (Fr. – F)

Buddy Boeheim, Syracuse (Sr. – G)

Marcus Carr, Texas (Sr. – G)

Julian Champagnie, St. John’s (Jr. – G/F)

Kofi Cockburn, Illinois (Jr. – C)

Hunter Dickinson, Michigan (So. – C)

Collin Gillespie, Villanova (Grad. – G)

Chet Holmgren, Gonzaga (Fr. – C)

Jaden Ivey, Purdue (So. – G)

TRAYCE JACKSON-DAVIS, INDIANA (Jr. – F)

Jaime Jaquez Jr., UCLA (Jr. – G/F)

Johnny Juzang, UCLA (Jr. – G)

E.J. Liddell, Ohio State (Jr. – F)

Remy Martin, Kansas (Sr. – G)

Scotty Pippen Jr., Vanderbilt (Jr. – G)

Jahvon Quinerly, Alabama (Jr. – G)

Drew Timme, Gonzaga (Jr. – F)

Trevion Williams, Purdue (Sr. – F)

IUVB Hits The Road For Two Matches This Weekend

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana Volleyball (9-15, 3-9 Big Ten) hits the road for two matches starting with Iowa (3-19, 1-11 Big Ten) on Friday, November 5 at 8 p.m. ET. The Hoosiers will then clash with Northwestern (10-13, 5-7 Big Ten) on Sunday, November 7 and is slated for a 1 p.m. ET first serve.

Indiana at Iowa

Iowa City, Iowa | Xtream Arena

Friday, November 5 | 8:00 p.m. ET

Video (B1G+) | Live Stats | Match Notes

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Indiana at Northwestern

Evanston, Ill. | Welsh-Ryan Arena

Sunday, November 7 | 1:00 p.m. ET

Video (B1G+) | Live Stats | Match Notes

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The Opening Serve

• The Hoosiers were last in action on Saturday, October 30 where they took on Northwestern inside Wilkinson Hall. Despite tying the match at 1-1, Indiana dropped the Big Ten contest 3-1 (13-25, 25-23, 25-10, 19-25).

• Freshman setter Camryn Haworth has been dealing aces all season, recording 31 in 2021. The number is ranked No. 5 in the Big Ten

• Junior defensive specialist Paula Cerame continues her success in the Big Ten and has tallied 386 digs so far this season which is sixth best in the conference.

• Junior middle blocker Kaley Rammelsberg is tenth in the Big Ten in hitting percentage with .334 and 157 kills.

All-Time Series

• Indiana holds a slight 38-36 advantage over Northwestern in the all-times series between the two programs. The Hoosiers and Wildcats last played this past Saturday where Indiana dropped the match, 3-1 (13-25, 25-23, 25-10, 19-25).

•  In the all-time series with Iowa, the Hoosiers have the lead over the Hawkeyes, 41-37. The last time the two programs met was in 2021 for two matches. Iowa took the first match, 3-1 (25-20, 15-25, 24-26, 17-25) before Indiana won the second matchup, 3-2 (28-30, 25-14, 25-18, 23-25, 15-13).

Checking Out the Competition

• IOWA: Vicki Brown is the head coach of the Iowa Volleyball program and is in her third season. The Hawkeyes have a 3-19 record overall and are 1-11 in the Big Ten Conference. Senior right side hitter Courtney Buzzerio leads the Iowa attack with 314 kills for a hitting percentage of .205. Her 314 kills are No. 3 in the conference. Buzzerio has put up 24 blocks on defense. Senior middle blocker Hannah Clayton has recorded a team-leading 64 blocks while also tallying 150 kills. Sophomore Bailey Ortega is their main setter who has put up 602 assists. Senior middle blocker Amiya Jones is No. 10 in the conference in aces, severing up 23 in 2021. As a unit, the Hawkeyes are allowing their opponent to record 12.93 digs per set which is fourth in the Big Ten.

• NORTHWESTERN: Shane Davis is in his fifth season at the helm of the Northwestern Volleyball program. The Wildcats have compiled a record of 10-13 overall with a 5-7 record in the Big Ten. Sophomore middle blocker Leilani Dodson leads their attack with a hitting percentage of .341 on 201 kills. Dodson’s percentage ranks No. 9 in the Big Ten.  On the block, Dodson has a team-leading 61 blocks including 13 solo blocks.  Junior outside hitter Temi Thomas-Ailara continues to have a strong season with 350 kills and a hitting percentage of .216. Thomas-Ailara sit at No. 2 in points (422.5) and No. 6 in kills in the conference so far this season. She is also a threat from behind the service line, dealing 36 aces which is the sixth best in the Big Ten. Sophomore Alexa Rousseau does the setting for Wildcats, recording 862 assists which is for No. 10 in the conference. As a team, the Wildcats lead the Big Ten in opponent digs, allowing just 12.32 per set. Northwestern is also out hitting their opponents, .224 compared to the .214 by their opposition.

Last Time Out

• The Hoosiers were last in action against Northwestern on Saturday, October 30. After dropping the first set, Indiana evened the score at 1-1 but the Wildcats proved to be too much and the Hoosiers stumbled, 3-1 (13-25, 25-23, 10-25, 19-25). Breana Edwards led the attack with 13 kills while Savannah Kjolhede had a team-leading two blocks. Camryn Haworth led the Hoosiers in assists with 27 and in digs with 13.

News & Notes

• Senior outside hitter Breana Edwards leads the Hoosiers in kills with 294 in 2021. She has tallied double-digit kills in two-straight matches. Edwards recorded the 1000th kill of her career in the match at Georgia Tech on Sept. 10.

• Junior middle blocker Kaley Rammelsberg is the team leader in hitting percentage with .334 on 157 kills. She has the tenth best percentage in the Big Ten.

• Graduate student setter Brooke Westbeld has a team-leading 439 assists. She has also put up 31 blocks and 23 kills.

• Sophomore middle blocker Savannah Kjolhede leads the Indiana defense with 70 blocks which includes 15 solo blocks. The sophomore has also tallied 128 kills.

• As the Hoosiers starting libero, junior Paula Cerame has recorded a squad-leading 386 digs. The number is currently No. 6 in the conference.

• In the match at Minnesota on October 17, sophomore outside hitter Morgan Geddes tallied a career-high 10 kills. She then matched that career high in the victory over Rutgers on October 24.

INDIANA FB: Game Notes: at Michigan

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The fifth primetime kickoff of the season is set for Saturday (November 6) inside Michigan Stadium for the Indiana football program. The Hoosiers (2-6, 0-5 B1G) take on No. 9/10 Michigan (7-1, 4-1 B1G) at 7:30 p.m. on FOX.

INDIANA (2-6, 0-5 Big Ten) at No. 9/10 Michigan (7-1, 4-1 Big Ten)

Michigan Stadium

Saturday, Nov. 6 | 7:30 p.m. ET

TV: FOX  |  RADIO: Indiana Hoosiers Sports Network

Setting The Scene

• Indiana (2-6, 0-5 B1G East) wraps up its two-game road trip at No. 9/10 Michigan (7-1, 4-1 B1G East) on Saturday, Nov. 6. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. ET at Michigan Stadium (107,601; FieldTurf) on FOX.

• The Hoosiers defeated the Wolverines, 38-21, in Bloomington last season (Nov. 7).

• It marked IU’s first victory over U-M since Oct. 24, 1987.

• Indiana is 7-4 over its last 11 road games.

• The Hoosiers have faced five ranked opponents, each of which has entered the Top 10 in 2021, with a combined record of 34-6.

• Peyton Hendershot is IU’s tight ends receptions (125) and yardage (1,383) leader. His 14 touchdowns only trail Ted Bolser’s 15 from 2010-13.

• Linebacker Micah McFadden leads the Big Ten and shares second nationally with 14 tackles for loss, and he has at least one TFL in 13-straight games.

• Donaven McCulley threw for 242 yards at Maryland last weekend, an Indiana true freshman record.

The Coaches

• The 2020 American Football Coaches Association National Coach of the Year, Tom Allen is 26-28 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)

• Jim Harbaugh is 56-23 (.709) in his seventh season at Michigan. He owns a 114-50 (.695) overall record with stints at Stanford (2007-10) and San Diego (2004-06). Harbaugh also coached the San Francisco 49ers (2011-14).

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 WSOCCER: Boilermakers Fall in Top-20 Big Ten Semifinal Matchup

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – The No. 19-ranked and second-seeded Purdue soccer team was bested by No. 13-ranked and third-seeded Michigan in the Big Ten Tournament Semifinal, 4-1, on Thursday afternoon at Yurcak Field in Piscataway, New Jersey.

The Boilermakers (14-4-2), who had won six of their last seven going into the semifinal, saw their three-game win streak come to an end with the defeat. As Purdue awaits the NCAA Selections Show on Monday, its record remains its best since 2007.

Sophomore forward Callie Ingram scored her first career goal in the 84th minute, but the Wolverines (14-3-3) had a 2-0 lead at halftime and led 4-0 in the 58th minute.

“When you play a team with as much attacking talent as Michigan, you have to really be ready to have your best day defensively, from an individual standpoint and from a collective standpoint,” Purdue coach Drew Roff said. “Unfortunately today we were a little bit off the pace in a couple key moments that changed the game early on. I liked our team’s fight, I liked how we competed, but we just needed our best performance today in order to beat a team as talented as Michigan. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to come up with that.”

In its 12th Big Ten Tournament, Purdue advanced to the semifinal for the seventh time in program history. It was the Boilermakers’ second semifinal appearance in three years after a 10-year hiatus. The Old Gold and Black are now 9-9-2 all-time in the tournament and 1-5-1 in the semifinal.

Purdue was out-shot 24-7 and had six shots on goal to Michigan’s eight. No Boilermaker had more than one shot in the contest. Senior goalkeeper Marisa Bova made four saves, and her UM counterpart stopped five shots.

Ingram’s goal came at 83:10, as she found the back of the net on her third career shot. From just inside the near corner of the penalty box, senior midfielder Aly Mielke fired a shot that hit the crossbar. The ball ricocheted down to senior forward Ally Mussallem, who deflected it in the air to Ingram. From five yards away near the top of the goal box, Ingram scored with her left foot to the right of a diving UM keeper.

Mussallem earned the assist on Ingram’s first goal, her second helper of the season and fifth of her career.

Senior midfielder Teagan Jones had the first shot of the game in the fifth minute, which was blocked, and Bova made her first save in the 17th minute. Two Michigan shots were forced wide and one off the post followed before the Wolverines took a 1-0 lead at 26:18 on a goal by Meredith Haakenson.

Bova made another save less than a minute later, and senior forward Sarah Griffith had a great chance that was saved in the 32nd minute. On the ensuing corner, Mussallem nearly found the equalizer, but it was saved.

The Wolverines extended their advantage to 2-0 at 40:52 thanks to Hannah Blake, and freshman midfielder Sydney Boudreau had a shot saved in the 43rd minute, the last chance for either team before halftime.

A Bova save in the 53rd minute opened the second half before a yellow card was issued inside the box three minutes later. At 55:08, Danielle Wolfe converted on the penalty kick to make it 3-0. Nicki Hernandez scored just under three minutes later, at 57:56, to give Michigan a 4-0 lead.

Seven UM shots followed, six that were forced wide and one blocked. Then came Mielke’s shot off the crossbar, and Ingram’s goal in the 84th minute.

Bova made one more save, in the 88th minute, on the game’s final shot.

Up next for Purdue is the NCAA Tournament Selection Show, which is set for Monday, November 8, at 4:30 p.m. ET. The show will be broadcast on NCAA.com.

PURDUE VOLLEYBALL: Boilermakers Begin 4 Match Road Stretch

Friday, November 5 | 7 p.m. ET

#8 Purdue at Maryland

WSHY 104.3 FM or Listen Online | B1G+

Sunday, November 7 | 1 p.m. ET

#8 Purdue at Rutgers

WSHY 104.3 FM or Listen Online | B1G+

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The No. 8 Purdue Boilermakers are set to begin a four-match road stretch, beginning with a Friday/Sunday matchup at Maryland and Rutgers.

Purdue will take on Maryland at 7 p.m. ET on Friday, followed by Rutgers at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday. Both matches will be available to stream on B1G+.

SCHEDULE NOTES

With the latest AVCA coaches poll, Purdue is slated to play(ed) 17 top-25 matchups. According to the most recent poll, six of those opponents are top-15 teams and four are top-10.

Five of Purdue’s nine non-conference opponents were recognized in the AVCA preseason poll, including then-#25 Washington State, #10 Louisville, #22 Tennessee and UNLV, which was receiving votes.

Purdue has taken down two #3 opponents this season in Holloway: #3 Ohio State (9/24), which marked the first victory over a top-3 opponent in Holloway since 2015 (vs. #3 Minnesota, W 3-2, 11/21/15) and #3 Wisconsin (10/31).

Five of Purdue’s eight matches in November will come hostile environments. Of those five matches, three are ranked or receiving votes in the latest AVCA poll and two feature top-10 matches in three days.

Four of the team’s last six battles were vs. top-15 teams.

RAVEN COLVIN: BIG TEN DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK & FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK

Colvin set a career-best 11 total blocks, including 10 assisted in the win vs. #3 Wisconsin. Her 10 block assists rank as the third-most by a Boilermaker in a four set match in program history. This comes on the heels of setting a pair of career-bests at No. 9 Nebraska (9 TB: 2-7).

As the first freshman since Faye Adelaja (2013) to earn both Defensive Player of the Week and Freshman of the Week, Colvin averaged 2.57 stuffs per set, the most in the league.

Colvin is the third freshmen since 2009 to post double-digit kills, joining teammate Taylor Trammell (12) and Anna Drewry (11).

Set the tone in the win vs. #3 Wisconsin by contributing on Purdue’s first three points (one kill, one block assist and a solo block) and was on all five of the team’s blocks in the set.

Added a .583 attack % vs. Northwestern (8-1-12) for her ninth match this year with one or fewer errors.

Colvin is a Purdue legacy, as the daughter of Rosevelt Colvin, Purdue football all-time great and two-time Super Bowl champion.

CAITLYN NEWTON: RISING TO THE OCCASION

Dave Shondell quote in the latest episode of Purdue’s Dig City podcast: “Caitlyn Newton has gone to a level I have never seen before… She’s having the best year of her career – and by a significant margin.”

Newton’s efficiency is the best of her career, averaging a .223 hitting % this year. As 2020 AVCA Third Team All-America honoree, Newton hit a .169 attack %.

Newton posted 17 kills vs. #3 Wisconsin, the most by either team, with just nine kills on a season-high 65 swings.

While Caitlyn Newton has recorded more than 60 attempts nine times in her career, none were nearly as efficient as her performance vs. #15 Penn State (10/17/21). She recorded 26 kills on 63 swings with just four errors for a .349 average. Her 26 kills are a season-high.

Newton has hit double-digit kills on 16 occasions this season, including three 20+ kill matches.

Capturing three double doubles this season, the Terre Haute native has come within one of her career-high in digs twice this season (vs. Ohio State, 9/24 and vs. Illinois, 10/1).

Newton averages a team-best 4.31 points per set.

MARYLAND TERRAPINS

Series History: 9-1 (PUR Leads) | Last Meeting: Nov. 16, 2019 (W, 3-0 at PUR)

The Terrapins join Purdue as the only two teams to beat #4 Wisconsin, as Maryland started off the Big Ten schedule with a 3-2 win over Wisconsin at home.

Purdue and Maryland are two of the best blocking teams in the nation. Maryland currently leads the nation with 3.19 per set, while Purdue has steadily rose in the rankings and check in at 7th nationally and 3rd in the league with 2.84 per set.

Maryland’s defense is led by Rainelle Jones, who leads the nation with 1.82 blocks per set and has 144 total blocks.

Sydney Dowler is 6th in the Big Ten in assists with 840 and in assists/set with an average of 10.12.

After splitting last weekend at #13 Penn State (L, 3-0) and at Rutgers (W, 3-0), Maryland will be at home vs. Purdue then Michigan on 11/7.

RUTGERS SCARLET KNIGHTS

Series History: 15-0 (PUR Leads) | Last Meeting: Oct. 2, 2021 (W, 3-0 at PUR)

The Scarlet Knights are looking for their first win in school history against the Boilers.

The Rutgers attack is led by fifth year Beka Kojadinovic, who averages 2.83 kills per set and 3.43 points per set.

Rutgers setter Ina Balyko is averaging 5.53 assists per set.

As a team, Rutgers averages 2.09 blocks per set. The effort is led by middle blocker Shealyn McNamara with 1.16 per set.

Leading the back row is Madyson Chitty, a sophomore, who averages 3.64 digs per set and has set a season-high 23 digs in the win vs. Central Connecticut State (9/3).

PURDUE MBB: No. 7 Purdue Eases Past UIndy in Exhibition Tuneup

[7] Purdue 86, UIndy 64 (Postgame Notes)

Purdue defeated UIndy 86-64 in its lone exhibition game in front of a sell-out crowd of 14,804 in Mackey Arena. It marked the first game in front of fans for 10 players on the roster.

Purdue won its 32nd straight exhibition game, including a 27-0 mark under Matt Painter.

In years that Purdue won its exhibition opener by at least 19 points in the Painter era, Purdue eventually reached the NCAA Tournament.

Purdue’s six turnovers were its fewest in an exhibition game during the Painter era.

Purdue started the game 3-of-11 from the free throw line, but finished the game by making 11 of its last 12 attempts (14-of-23 overall).

Zach Edey scored 20 points in 20 minutes of action. He scored 12 straight Purdue points during the second half.

Purdue’s sophomore class scored 45 of Purdue’s 86 points and went 16-of-27 (.593) from the field and 6-of-12 from long range. Jaden Ivey went 3-of-4 from long distance.

Caleb Furst became the first true freshman to start an exhibition game since Caleb Swanigan on Nov. 8, 2015.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Zach Edey scored 20 points and Trevion Williams added 10 points, six rebounds and four assists to lead No. 7-ranked Purdue past UIndy 86-64, in front of a sellout crowd of 14,804 at Mackey Arena.

The win improved Purdue to 27-0 in exhibition games under Matt Painter, having won 20 of the games by 20 or more points. The Boilermakers went 12-27 for 3-pointers in tonight’s start of the 124th season.

The Boilermakers trailed early 11-2, but used a 13-0 run to take a 15-11 lead with 12:49 to play in the first half. Purdue would lead 45-37 at halftime and held a double-digit lead for the final 17-plus minutes of the contest.

The 22-point victory was Purdue’s 10th straight exhibition victory by at least 19 points.

Purdue shot 30-of-55 (.545) from the field, 12-of-27 (.444) from long distance and 14-of-23 (.609) from the free throw line. The Boilermakers outrebounded the Greyhounds 32-23 and were plus-6 in turnover margin.

Jaden Ivey added 12 points and freshman Caleb Furst and sophomore Brandon Newman contributed 11 points.

The Boilermakers will open the regular season on Tuesday, Nov. 9, against Bellarmine at 7 p.m. ET, at Mackey Arena.

PURDUE MEN’S BASKETBALL: Ivey, Williams Named to NABC Player of the Year Watch List

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) has announced that Jaden Ivey and Trevion Williams have been named to the preseason NABC Player of the Year watch list.

The tandem is two of just 20 players named and the Boilermakers join Gonzaga and UCLA as the only program to have two players named to the watch list.
  
Ivey, a 6-foot, 4-inch sophomore guard from South Bend, Indiana, had an outstanding freshman campaign, being named to the Big Ten All-Freshman team after averaging 11.1 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game. However, over the last six contests a year ago, Ivey averaged 18.2 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game while shooting 37-of-79 (.468) from the field in that span. He scored 26 points against North Texas, the second-most ever by a Big Ten freshman in an NCAA Tournament debut.
 
Ivey then excelled this past summer on the international scene, being named to the FIBA U19 World Cup All-Star 5 Team after leading Team USA to the Gold Medal and averaging 12.3 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.6 steals and 0.7 blocks in just 16.5 minutes per game. Ivey played a major role in the Gold Medal game against France, sparking an American comeback in the second half.
 
Williams, a 6-foot, 10-inch senior forward from Chicago, was named to the list after being a first-team All-Big Ten selection and being one of five finalists for the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award given to the nation’s top center after averaging 15.5 points, 9.1 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game a year ago. He owned 11 double-doubles and his six 20-10 games were the third-most nationally for a major-college player. He also became just the ninth Big Ten player in the last 30 years to average at least 15 points, nine rebounds and two assists per game and was one of six players nationally a year ago to reach those marks.
 
Williams enters the season with 967 career points, 630 rebounds and 126 assists, being one of three active players to have at least 950 points, 625 rebounds and 125 assists.
 
Ivey and Williams have been named to almost every preseason All-Big Ten and All-American list.

No. 7-ranked Purdue opens its regular season next Tuesday, Nov. 9, when it hosts Bellarmine at Mackey Arena. Limited tickets remain.

No. 21 Purdue Wrestling Opens Season at Drexel, Rider

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The 21st-ranked Purdue wrestling squad opens the 2021-22 season Saturday, traveling east for duals at Drexel University and Rider University. The Boilermakers and Dragons will square off at 1 p.m. ET at Daskalakis Athletic Center in Philadelphia, live on FloWrestling, while Purdue meets Rider at 8 p.m. at Alumni Gymnasium in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, live on ESPN+.

PURDUE LINEUP & RANKINGS

The Boilermakers open the season ranked No. 21 in the NWCA Coaches Poll, in addition to top-25 team rankings from FloWrestling and InterMat as well. Purdue has seven individuals holding preseason rankings, marking the fourth consecutive year with at least six nationally ranked wrestlers in the polls to start the season. Four Boilermakers have top-15 marks at their respective weights, headlined by Kendall Coleman, who ranks in the top-10 in all four polls.

LAST TIME OUT

Purdue wrapped up the 2021 NCAA Championships tied for 26th place, seeing each of their eight national qualifiers score team points and amassing 15.5 points on the board. Devin Schroder and Thomas Penola advanced to the blood round, while Max Lyon, Parker Filius and Gerrit Nijenhuis each posted a pair of wins. The Boilermakers finished 4-5 in a Big Ten only dual schedule in 2021, marking the first back-to-back seasons with at least four conference wins since 1992 and 1993.

PURDUE NOTES

• The Boilermakers have made the doubleheader trek to Drexel and Rider before, competing at both schools on the same date in 2008.

• Purdue is 3-0 all-time against Drexel, last facing the Dragons at the 2018 Journeymen Duals in Troy, New York, where the Boilermakers earned a 25-14 win.

• Two of the three all-time meetings between Purdue and Drexel have come in Philadelphia: a 29-9 win in 2003 and a 35-6 win in 2008.

• Purdue is 1-1 in its all-time meetings with Rider, posting a 24-18 win over the Broncs at Alumni Gymnasium in 2008, and falling by a score of 25-10 at the Old Dominion Duals in 2010.

• Head coach Tony Ersland is in his eighth season at Purdue and is 60-50 in dual competition with the Boilermakers.

• Ersland wrestled for the University of Iowa from 1992-97, qualifying for the NCAA Tournament at 177, and competing on the highest scoring team at the NCAA Championships in history (170).

• The Boilermakers won their last two duals of 2021, earning a 21-12 win at Michigan State and posting a 38-3 win over Indiana, and carry that streak into this year’s dual season.

• Devin Schroder and Max Lyon capitalized on the NCAA’s COVID extension waiver, returning for an extra year of eligibility in 2021-22.

• Schroder enters the season ranked second in program history in back points, collecting 432 to date, and ranked 20th all-time at Purdue with a .731 win percentage (77-31).

• 40 of Schroder’s 77 career wins have come with bonus points, including 21 technical falls, while 31 of his career victories are shutouts.

• Matt Ramos won the 2018 Cadet Freestyle World Championship for the U.S., capturing the 51 kg title in Zagreb, Croatia.

• Parker Filius took fifth at the 2021 Big Ten Championships as the No. 9 seed, including an 11-7 win over All-American Dylan Duncan.

• Kendall Coleman has racked up 142 takedowns in 53 career matches at Purdue, good for 2.7 per match, and has averaged 7.2 points per match through two seasons.

• Emil Soehnlen and Gerrit Nijenhuis will flip weights to start the 2021 season, with Soehnlen returning to 165 pounds and Nijenhuis bumping up from 165.

• Nijenhuis was 11-7 as a true freshman in 2021, and finished fifth at the Big Ten Championships, the best individual finish by a Purdue freshman since 1987.

• Thomas Penola was 13-6 last season at 197 pounds, including a 7-2 mark in Big Ten Duals, finishing second on the team with 42 takedowns, and scoring a team-most 126 points on the year.

• Michael Woulfe will start his first career dual for the Boilermakers and compete in his first collegiate match since 2016, after serving in the United States Navy for the last five years.

OPPONENTS

Drexel

125: Antonio Mininno (Sr.)

or Kyle Waterman (So.)

133: Jaxon Maroney (So.)

or Deon Pleasant (Fr.)

141: Tyler Williams (Jr.)

149: Luke Nichter (So.)

157: No. 29 Parker Kropman (Gr.)

or Connor Trowbridge (R-So.)

165: Evan Barczak (Gr.)

174: No. 16 Mickey O’Malley (R-Jr.)

184: No. 29 Bryan McLaughlin (R-Sr.)

or Josh Stillings (R-Jr.)

197: Sean O’Malley (R-Sr.)

285: Eli Anthony (Fr.)

Rider

125: Tyler Klinsky (So.)

133: No. 24 Richie Koehler (R-Jr.)

141: No. 22 Quinn Kinner (R-So.)

149: Cole McComas (So.)

157: No. 31 Jake Silverstein (R-Jr.)

165: Joe Casey (R-Jr.)

or Michael Wilson (Jr.)

174: Shane Reitsma (So.)

184: George Walton (R-Sr.)

197: No. 26 Matt Correnti (Gr.)

or Evan Vazquez (Jr.)

285: David Szuba (Fr.)

Rankings listed InterMat

PURDUE FOOTBALL: Boilermakers Ready for Spartan Visit on Saturday

Purdue Football (5-3, 3-2) heads into the month of November with five victories on its record for the first time since the 2007 season as the Boilermakers play hosts to No. 5/3 Michigan State (8-0, 5-0) on Saturday, Nov. 6. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC.

Head coach Jeff Brohm and his squad are on the hunt for a fourth Big Ten Conference victory for this 2021 campaign, a threshold that Brohm has been able to lead Purdue past twice thus far in his tenure (2017, 4-5; 2018, 5-4). Since the 2010 season, Purdue has claimed four or more Big Ten wins just three times.

A NOTEWORTHY NEBRASKA WIN

• The 28-23 win at Nebraska (Oct. 30) stands as Purdue’s third win in the last four matchups against the Cornhuskers. It was also the second-straight win for the Boilermakers in Memorial Stadium.

• Head coach Jeff Brohm improved to 3-2 against Nebraska with the result, and the series record is now knotted up at 5-5-0. 

• The victory was also Purdue’s third road win of 2021. Since the 2000 season, Purdue has won three away contests just five times, with three of those instances by Joe Tiller-led squads (2003, 2004, 2006) and twice now by Brohm-led teams (2018, 2021).

• 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.

PURDUE – MSU SERIES HISTORY

• Purdue and Michigan State cross paths more seldom than most Big Ten Conference colleagues, with just five matchups against each other since 2010. Saturday’s game will be the first Boilermaker-Spartan contest since 2018.

• Purdue trails in the all-time series, 28-36-3, but has the advantage in games played at home (16-14-3).

LAST TIME AGAINST THE SPARTANS

• Purdue’s last contest against Michigan State (Oct. 27, 2018) came after the famous Boiler win over No. 2 Ohio State (Oct. 20, 2018), with Purdue yielding a 23-13 result to the Spartans in East Lansing.

• Then-freshman LB Jaylan Alexander recorded three tackles in that game, and redshirt sophomore WR Jackson Anthrop returned one kickoff for 14 yards.

WELCOME TO THE PURDUE PICK PARTY

• Purdue has now had four interceptions in two of the last three games after not recording a four-INT game since the 2018 season. Prior to the four interceptions by Purdue’s defense at No. 2 Iowa (Oct. 16) and the most recent effort at Nebraska (Oct. 30), the Boilermakers last had four interceptions vs. Boston College on Sept. 22, 2018.

• The Boilermakers have accomplished a four-interception game eight times in the last 21 seasons of football, but 2021 stands as the first season since 1999 with two instances in the same campaign.

DEFENSE IS TRENDING UP

• The Boilermakers have 10 takeaways in the last three 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.

MANY HAPPY RETURNS

• Junior LB Jalen Graham’s second-quarter interception at Nebraska (Oct. 30) was returned 45 yards for a touchdown, becoming the first Purdue pick-six since Cory Trice’s 37-yard return on October 12, 2019, vs. Maryland.

• Graham’s performance at Nebraska, which included two interceptions, helped him earn Big Ten Conference Defensive Player of the Week, announced on Monday, Nov. 1

• Junior DE George Karlaftis’ fumble return for a touchdown in the second half vs. Wisconsin (Oct. 23) was the first by a Boilermaker since Graham on October 31, 2020, at Illinois.

• With Karlaftis’ play, Purdue has now had a fumble or interception returned for score by its defense for eight consecutive seasons.

    Defensive Touchdowns in the Last EIGHT Years

    2014    Frankie Williams vs. 39 yards vs. Iowa (INT)

    2015    Danny Ezechukwu 90 yards vs. Virginia Tech (FUM)

    2016     Gelen Robinson 78 yards vs. Eastern Kentucky (INT)

    2017     Ja’Whaun Bentley 76 yards vs. Minnesota (INT)

    2018     Markus Bailey 41 yards vs. Ohio State (INT)

    2019     Cory Trice 37 yards vs. Maryland (INT)

    2020    Jalen Graham 0 yards at Illinois (FUM)

    2021    George Karlaftis 56 yards vs. Wisconsin (FUM)

    2021    Jalen Graham 45 yards at Nebraska (INT)

BEDNARIK SEMIFINALIST FOR GEORGE

• Junior DE George Karlaftis was named a semifinalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award on Monday, Nov. 1, an honor annually bestowed upon the college football defensive player of the year.

• Prior to the season, Karlaftis was named to watch lists for the Lott Trophy, Bednarik Award and Nagurski Trophy. In 23 career collegiate games, Karlaftis has 25.5 tackles-for-loss and 12.5 sacks.

RING THE BELL

• If you hadn’t heard of junior WR David Bell before the Iowa game (Oct. 16), 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’s effort against Iowa sets him as the eighth Boilermaker to have 200-plus receiving yards in a game and the first since Rondale Moore had 220 vs. Vanderbilt (September 7, 2019).

• 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 has surpassed 100 receiving yards in 14 of his 25 career games at Purdue, which ties the program record previously held  solely by John Standeford.

• 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 seventh nationally in receiving yards per game (112.3), and first in the Big Ten Conference.

• For his career, Bell is averaging 7.7 catches per game and 97.8 yards per game. His 97.8 receiving yards per game is No. 1 in the NCAA FBS for active careers. His 7.7 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).

JAYLAN’S JURISDICTION

• Since the 2000 season, just five Boilermakers have accumulated 15 or more tackles in a game. With his effort against Wisconsin (Oct. 23), senior LB Jaylan Alexander became the latest to accomplish the feat (11 solo, 4 assisted, 1.0 TFL).

• In recent memory, former LBs Ben Holt and Markus Bailey make the list provided by Sports-Reference.com. Holt recorded 17 tackles in 2019 against TCU (Sept. 14, 2019), while Bailey posted 15 stops in 2018 in the win against No. 2 Ohio State (Oct. 20, 2018).

• Alexander is tied for 16th in the Big Ten Conference, currently, with his 58 total tackles (7.3 per game).

GOODBYE, NUMBER TWO

• With the win against No. 2 Iowa (Oct. 16), Purdue improved to 6-10 all-time against teams ranked No. 2 in the AP poll, and the Boilermakers have won two in a row, including the 49-20 win against second-ranked Ohio State on October 20, 2018

• The Boilermakers have 16 wins over top-five opponents when they are unranked, the most in the country.

• The Iowa win is Purdue’s first against a top-2 foe on the road since a 31-20 victory at Notre Dame on September 28, 1974.

BUTLER MEN’S SOCCER: Bracket Set for 2021 BIG EAST Men’s Soccer Championship Presented by JEEP

NEW YORK –  The bracket for the 2021 BIG EAST Men’s Soccer Championship presented by Jeep was solidified on Wednesday, the final play date of the regular season. Entering the day, No. 4 Georgetown, No. 16 Providence and No. 24 St. John’s knew they were postseason bound; however, all six seeds were left to be accounted for.

The top seed was claimed early, as Georgetown won its third-straight BIG EAST regular-season title outright with a 1-0 home triumph over UConn. Shortly after the final whistle blew in the nation’s capital, Villanova locked up a postseason bid following a late goal to defeat Seton Hall, 1-0, on the Main Line. The Hoyas not only clinched the No. 1 seed in the BIG EAST Championship, but will serve as host of the Semifinals on Nov. 11 and final on Nov. 14.

In the latter portion of Wednesday’s regular-season finale, three matches remained with two berths and five seeds to be determined.

First, DePaul rebounded from a one-goal halftime deficit with a late second-half equalizer, however the Blue Demons were not able to pull ahead at Xavier resulting in a 1-1 draw. Overall, DePaul was eliminated from tournament contention, capping the regular season with 12 points in the BIG EAST standings, while Xavier finished a position behind in ninth with 10 points.

In the fourth match to conclude, Butler and St. John’s needed an extra four minutes to determine a winner in Queens. Requiring a win to solidify a berth in the tournament, the Bulldogs garnered the golden goal 3:43 into the first overtime period to lock up a top-six seed with a 5-4-1 conference mark. Meanwhile, St. John’s got locked into the third seed following the defeat and earned a rematch with Butler at Belson Stadium Saturday at 5 p.m. ET.

Wrapping up the 2021 BIG EAST regular season, Creighton edged Providence, 2-1, on its home turf to lock up the final spot in the BIG EAST Championship. Finishing the year in a three-way tie for fourth with Butler and Villanova, the Bluejays overcame their 0-4-0 start to conference play to lock up the fourth seed and host Saturday’s first round with a 5-4-1 BIG EAST mark.

Creighton will face fifth-seeded Villanova at 7 p.m. in the opening round, with the winner set to face top-seeded Georgetown in the Semifinals on Nov. 11 at 11:30 a.m.

Both matches on Saturday will be produced by the BIG EAST Digital Network (BEDN) Presented by SoFi on FloSports.

The second semifinal will be played against No. 2 seed Providence at 2 p.m. The winner of the Butler-St. John’s game will travel to Shaw Field on Nov. 11 to face the Friars, who finished the year with a 5-2-3 league record.

Semifinal winners will meet on Nov. 14 to decide the conference champion and earn the league’s automatic bid into the 2021 NCAA Championship. The BIG EAST final will air live on FS2 at noon.

2021 BIG EAST Men’s Soccer Championship

Presented By Jeep

First Round – Nov. 6 – BEDN

No. 6 seed Butler at No. 3 seed St. John’s, 5 p.m.

No. 5 seed Villanova at No. 4 seed Creighton, 7 p.m.

Semifinals – Nov. 11 – BEDN

No. 4/5 winner vs. No. 1 seed Georgetown, 11:30 a.m.                                                                      

No. 3/6 winner vs. No. 2 seed Providence, 2 p.m.

Final – Nov. 14 – FS2

Semifinal Winners, 12 p.m.

All times Eastern – Semifinals and Finals to be hosted by Georgetown

BUTLER WSOCCER: Comeback from No. 3 seed @ButlerUWSoccer Falls Short Against No. 2 seed Georgetown in BIG EAST Semifinal

CINCINNATI – The Butler women’s soccer team was unable to overcome Georgetown in its quest to qualify for its fifth BIG EAST championship match in the past seven years. The No. 2 seed Hoyas (12-1-6) scored twice, early in the second half of the semifinal match. The No. 3 seed Bulldogs (15-4-1) fought back, scoring one with eight minutes remaining and just missing on an attempt to level the score two minutes later.

Key Moments

4′ | A low, Georgetown shot from the right side is easily collected by Emma Martin.

17′ | A Hoyas header off a corner kick hits the crossbar.

28′ | Amanda Kowalski has the ball at the top of the penalty area. She finds Abigail Isger in the center who drives a hard shot from 15 yards that sails just inches over the crossbar.

37′ | Katie Soderstrom hits a hard cross from the left side across the front of the goal. Anastasia Savich heads the ball, but it flies well over the goal.

43′ | Butler earns a corner kick. Amanda Kowalski sends the ball into a crowd right in front of the goal, but it is cleared.

HALFTIME

60′ | Georgetown carries into the right side of the box and hits a ball to the far post. Emma Martin gets a glove on it, but it deflects behind her. A second Hoya is able to tap it in, giving Georgetown a 1-0 lead.

62′ | Martin goes to the ground and saves a hard, low shot.

66′ | A deflected ball in the box is collected by Georgetown. The shot itself is deflected again and finds the back of the net. The Hoyas lead, 2-0.

82′ | Anastasia Savich takes a pass in the center of the field and passes to Katie Soderstrom. Soderstrom strikes a shot from the right side of the box that finds the upper left 90. Bulldogs within one, 1-2.

84′ | Savich gets a great look from the left side of the box, but the hard shot sails just over the crossbar.

Butler Points Summary

GOALS: Katie Soderstrom

ASSISTS: Anastasia Savich

Bulldog Bits

Katie Soderstrom’s goal was her 12th of the season and 28th of her career. She has now moved into fourth on Butler’s all-time list for goals in a season and sixth for career goals.

The assist from Anastasia Savich was her fifth of the season.

Emma Martin (15-3-1) made three saves in the match.

Georgetown outshot Butler 14-7 overall. The Hoyas put five shots on frame while the Bulldogs had only one.

Georgetown produced five corner kicks compared to two for Butler.

Up Next

The NCAA tournament selection show takes place on Monday, November 8, at 4:30 pm, and the Bulldogs will await word on a possible tournament berth.

BUTLER VOLLEYBALL: Hits the Road for Matches at Providence and Creighton

The Butler volleyball team returns to BIG EAST conference play this weekend with road matches at Providence on Friday night at 6 p.m. and No. 24 Creighton on Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. This is an important roadtrip for the fourth-place Bulldogs (13-12, 7-5) who need to stay in the top four of the conference standings to qualify for the BIG EAST tournament at the end of the month. Butler fell to Creighton (ranked No. 16 at the time) in four sets at home in late September a day before sweeping Providence at Hinkle Fieldhouse.

– Melody Davidson was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll for the second time this season after leading the conference in blocks/set (2.67) for the second straight week.

– Davidson has posted 35 blocks over the last four matches combined to rise to third in the conference standings with 107 total blocks (No. 23 nationally).

– Davidson also excels on offense where she is the only player to rank in the BIG EAST Top 10 in both hitting percentage (.332) and kills/set (3.51).

– Jaymeson Kinley leads the BIG EAST in total digs (469) and digs per set (5.27), ranking No. 11 and No. 13 nationally in those categories, respectively.

– Butler capped off a season-best four-match winning streak with the win at Xavier, dropping only one set during that stretch.

– The Bulldogs lead the BIG EAST in total attacks (3,425) and rank second in both total digs (1,486) and digs per set (16.70).

– Butler’s .800 winning percentage (4-1 record) in conference road matches ranks behind only Marquette (.833) in the BIG EAST. The four wins are tied with UConn for the third-most BIG EAST road wins this season.

– The Bulldog defense has stepped up in recent weeks to now rank fourth in the conference in opponent hitting percentage (.196) this season.

– Butler has two setters, Madison Friebel (8.49) and Marissa McKelvey (6.12), ranking in the BIG EAST Top 10 in assists/set. 

– Closest to Home: Hannah Kelly’s hometown of Powell, Ohio is 619 miles (straight-line distance) from Providence, while Brittany Robinson’s hometown of Peoria, Ill., is 333 miles from Omaha.

SCOUTING PROVIDENCE: The Friars check in with a 15-10 record (3-9 BIG EAST) following last weekend’s roadtrip where they lost at DePaul and Marquette. Butler swept Providence in the first match of the season between the two teams at Hinkle Fieldhouse on Sept. 25. The Friars lead the BIG EAST in aces with 166 on the season. Freshman OH Shaliyah Rhoden leads Providence with 301 kills, which ranks fifth in the conference (3.31 per set is seventh). The Friars have four players with at least 28 aces each this season.

Butler leads the all-time series 14-0 after the win at home earlier this season.

SCOUTING CREIGHTON: The Bluejays tout  a 22-3 record (10-2 BIG EAST) after winning at Marquette in four sets before sweeping DePaul in last week’s action. Butler took a set from No. 16 Creighton at home on Sept. 24, but the Bluejays won in four. Creighton showcases two outstanding freshmen in S Kendra Wait and OH Norah Sis, who have won BIG EAST Freshman of the Week five and four times so far, respectively. Senior DS Abby Bottomley has earned the conference’s Defensive Player of the Week honor three times while senior OH Jaela Zimmerman has been named Offensive Player of the Week twice this season.

The Bluejay lead the all-time series with the Bulldogs 16-1 after the win earlier this fall.

DOUBLE-DOUBLES: Mariah Grunze (seven), Madison Friebel (seven) 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 30.3 assists and 8.4 digs per match.

McKelvey averages 23.9 assists and 7.6 digs in BIG EAST matches this season.

KINLEY PLAYING WITH CONFIDENCE: Libero Jaymeson Kinley recorded 21 digs at Xavier and 17 vs. UConn to average 6.33/set last week. She has now recorded double-digit digs in every match but two so far while averaging 5.27 per set, which is within striking distance of breaking Megan Knightly’s single-season program record set in 2005 of 5.29 digs/set.

Kinley has reached the 20-dig mark in 12 matches this season.

DAVIDSON DOMINATES: Melody Davidson posted 16 kills and 16 blocks (three solo, 13 assist) combined last weekend to earn recognition on the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll for the second time this season.

Davidson has tallied double-digit kills in 16 of 25 matches this season and double-digit points in all but three. She is hitting .332 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 (5.27), Friebel (2.36), Grunze (2.22),  McKelvey (2.06) and Caroline Cleveland (2.04).Jillian Ziemba (1.95) averages just below two digs per set.

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

STEADY SCORING: Robinson (169 kills) and Amina Shackelford (160) have been consistent contributors for the Butler offense. Robinson averages 2.67 points per set, while Shackelford has scored 2.48 per set.

Shackelford posted double-digit kills recently in  back-to-back matches at St. John’s (11) and Xavier (10). She has put down at least a half-dozen kills in seven straight matches.

STEPPING UP: Megan Sheridan has provided steady offense in recent weeks for the Bulldogs. Sheridan has posted 55 kills (2.2/set) since the beginning of BIG EAST play.

Sheridan hits at a .255 efficiency in conference matches.

MOVING ON UP: With the recent four-match winning streak, Butler has improved its position in the conference standings to fourth place.

The top four in the conference standings travel to Milwaukee in late November for the BIG EAST Tournament.

UP NEXT: Butler will return home for matches with DePaul on Friday morning and Marquette on Sunday afternoon.

The Bulldogs have a 20-11 record against the Blue Demons after dropping both matches to them in the Spring 2021 season. The Golden Eagles lead the all-time series with Butler 16-9. The Bulldogs pulled off an upset win vs. Marquette in five sets at Hinkle Fieldhouse on March 5, 2021.

BUTLER MBB: Hosts UIndy Friday in Final Exhibition Contest

2021-22 EXHIBITION: BUTLER VS. THE UNIVERSITY OF INDIANAPOLIS

DATE: Friday, Nov. 5; 7PM

RADIO: WXNT 1430AM — @MarkMinner and Nick Gardner (@n_gardner)

AUDIO: Varsity Network App

TV: None

LIVE STATS: ButlerSports.com

2020-21 Season: 10-15 Overall, 8-12 BIG EAST

• Friday’s contest is Butler’s second and final exhibition leading into the 2021-22 regular season.

• The Bulldogs defeated Tiffin, 94-84, in the team’s first exhibition outing.

• Butler alum Roosevelt Jones is a member of the UIndy coaching staff.

• Butler was picked to finish sixth in the BIG EAST Preseason Poll by the conference’s head coaches.

• Sophomore Chuck Harris was an honorable mention selection to the Preseason All-BIG EAST team by the conference’s head coaches.

• Butler’s roster returns 97.2 percent of its scoring and 96.2 percent of its minutes played from last season.

• Butler adds graduate transfer Ty Groce to the roster; Groce led Eastern Michigan in both scoring and rebounding in 2020-21.

• Butler’s 2021-22 roster includes six players who are entering their fifth or sixth season of college basketball.

• The Bulldogs return 10 of their 11 top scorers from a season ago.

• Butler had nine players miss at least one game last season due to a non-COVID injury.

• Butler and Creighton were the only two BIG EAST teams to play all 20 conference games during the 2020-21 season.

• Butler overcame a 19-point deficit to beat Xavier in the BIG EAST Tournament, the largest comeback in a win for the Bulldogs since erasing a 20-point deficit at Georgetown Dec. 27, 2017.

• Five of Butler’s 10 wins in 2020-21 included double-digit comebacks.

• Harris was the first freshman to lead Butler in scoring since 1979-80 season.

• Harris was a unanimous selection to the 2020-21 BIG EAST All-Freshman Team.

• Butler is 59-1 over its last 60 non-conference home games.

• Eight different Bulldogs led the team in scoring last season; six different Bulldogs posted 20-point games.

• Freshmen scored 35 percent of Butler’s points during the 2020-21 season.

• Butler committed single-digit turnovers in nine games last season.

• Butler picked up top 10 wins over Creighton and Villanova last season.

• Butler went 8-4 at Hinkle Fieldhouse during the 2020-21 season.

• Bryce Nze finished fourth in the BIG EAST in rebounding (7.7 per game)

• Nze posted five double-doubles during the 2020-21 season and eight games with double-digit rebounds.

The Bulldogs finish off the exhibition portion of the 2021-22 season by hosting the University of Indianapolis Friday night at Hinkle Fieldhouse.

The Greyhounds return a familiar face to Hinkle Fieldhouse in UIndy assistant coach Roosevelt Jones. Jones helped the Bulldogs to three NCAA Tournament appearances during his time at Butler, twice earning All-BIG EAST second team honors. He was part of 94 wins in his four seasons of action. Jones ranks among Butler’s leaders in career assists (464, fourth), rebounds (814, fifth), and points (1,533; 13th).

DRESS REHEARSAL: The Bulldogs opened the season with a 94-84 exhibition win over Tiffin Saturday afternoon at Hinkle. Freshman Jayden Taylor led the Bulldogs with 25 points on 8-of-11 shooting. Both Bryce Nze (23 points, 10 rebounds) and Aaron Thompson (11 points, 10 assists) posted double-doubles. The Bulldogs shot 58 percent for the contest and held strong advantages in rebounding (37-23) and points in the paint (50-28). Tiffin stayed in the contest by shooting 15-of-29 from three-point range.

TOUGH SLATE: In addition to a true round-robin format that has Butler playing all 10 BIG EAST foes both on the road and at home, the Bulldogs will challenge themselves significantly with this season’s non-conference schedule. Butler will host Michigan State Nov. 17 in the annual Gavitt Games. The Maui Invitational (now being played in Las Vegas) features an opening-round match-up with 2021 Final Four team Houston. The Bulldogs travel to Oklahoma Dec. 7 in the annual BIG EAST-Big 12 Battle. Butler and Purdue, which is No. 7 in the AP preseason poll, will meet Dec. 18 in the Crossroads Classic.

HAPPY RETURNS: Butler returns 10 of its top 11 scorers from last season. In all, Butler’s roster returns 97.2 percent of its scoring and 96.2 percent of minutes played from the 2020-21 season. Butler returns five double-digit scorers from a season ago and adds Ty Groce, a graduate transfer from Eastern Michigan. Groce led the Eagles in scoring last season, the sixth player on the Butler roster to average double figures in 2020-21. Butler has six players who will play their fifth season of college basketball during the upcoming campaign — Aaron Thompson, Bryce Nze, Jair Bolden, Christian David, Bo Hodges, and Ty Groce. Of that group, Nze, Bolden and Groce are in their sixth year of college after previously redshirting and now taking advantage of the additional season of eligibility due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

PRESEASON PICKS: The BIG EAST head coaches picked the Bulldogs to finish sixth in the league standings in the preseason poll that was announced as part of BIG EAST Media Day in New York City in October.

WHAT WILL HE DO FOR AN ENCORE?: Butler’s Chuck Harris was recognized as an honorable mention selection to the 2021-22 All-BIG EAST preseason team. Harris was one of three unanimous picks on the 2020-21 All-BIG EAST Freshman Team, joining Posh Alexander of St. John’s and Marquette’s Dawson Garcia (Garcia has since transferred to North Carolina). Harris led the Bulldogs in scoring during the 2020-21 season, becoming the first freshman to lead the team in scoring since the 1979-80 season (Tony Warren). Harris led the team in scoring in 17 of his 24 games played, scoring 20 or more points six times.

Harris became the third Bulldog to earn a spot on the BIG EAST All-Freshman Team since Butler joined the BIG EAST prior to the 2013-14 season. Kamar Baldwin was also a unanimous selection in 2016-17 and Andrew Chrabascz earned a spot on the 2013-14 team.

TOP 10 WINS: Butler defeated No. 8 Villanova, 73-61, Feb. 28 at Hinkle Fieldhouse in the Bulldogs’ Senior Day. It was Butler’s second Top 10 win of the season; the Bulldogs also defeated No. 8/6 Creighton on Jan. 16.

HOME SWEET HINKLE: Butler is 48-14 at Hinkle Fieldhouse in LaVall Jordan’s four seasons as head coach of the Bulldogs.

CALL IT A COMEBACK: Five of Butler’s 10 wins during the 2020-21 season included a double-digit comeback. The Bulldogs overcame a 19-point deficit in the BIG EAST Tournament win over Xavier, which was Butler’s biggest comeback since erasing a 20-point deficit at Georgetown Dec. 27, 2017, taking a 91-89 double-overtime win.

Other comebacks included a Feb. 9 16-point comeback against St. John’s as well as 12 vs. DePaul, Feb. 6; 13 vs. Creighton, Jan. 16; and 11 vs. Georgetown, Jan. 6.

BUTLER WBB: Defeats Trine in Exhibition Action 68-61

INDIANAPOLIS – The Butler women’s basketball team defeated the Trine Thunder on Thursday night in exhibition play by the final score of 68-61. BU opened up a 13-point lead at the half and would knock down nine three-pointers to help them find the win column.

Genesis Parker and Emilia Sexton led Butler from behind the arc. Each player ended the game in double figures.

Butler forced 19 Trine turnovers and would quickly turn those miscues into 22 points. The Bulldogs also came out on top in second chance points, points in the paint and fast break points.

Every active player on the roster saw at least three minutes of playing time and nine different ‘Dawgs made a field goal in the victory.

Butler will host #8 Indiana in the 2021-22 season opener next week. The in-state rivals will meet inside Hinkle Fieldhouse on Wednesday, Nov. 10 with a 7 PM tip. Action can be streamed live on BEDN.

BALL STATE WSOCCER: Cardinals Land Three on All-Conference Teams

CLEVELAND – The Mid-American Conference announced its annual soccer all-conference teams and the yearly superlatives on Thursday. Nicky Potts and Emily Simmons were named to the All-MAC Second Team, while Lexi Fraley earned All-Freshman Team status to represent the Ball State soccer program.

Potts earned her third all-conference honor as a midfielder. She finished third on the team with six points on two goals and two assists. During the season, Potts was a vital key in the Cardinals transition from defense to offense. She appeared in 16 matches and started 15 of them.

Head Coach Josh Rife on Nicky

“This is a well-deserved honor for Nicky. She has persevered through her college career to position herself as a threat both as a goal scorer and as a facilitator. We will definitely miss her moving forward.”

Simmons collected her third all-conference designation as a defender. She was a crucial cog in the Ball State defense on the back line. She played in 13 matches and made 12 starts. She earned two points on the year, including a game-winning goal against Valparaiso.

Coach Rife on Emily

“Emily has been a staple in the back line since her arrival at Ball State. She has continued to grow as a player every year and this is a great honor for her as she closes out this chapter in her playing career.”

In just her first season, Fraley played a critical role in the Cardinal attack and was rewarded with a freshman team nod. She finished with eight points coming on four goals. Her four goals led all freshmen in the MAC. She appeared in 16 matches for BSU.

Coach Rife on Lexi

“I am excited for Lexi to receive this honor. She worked tirelessly all season long and it’s great to see her being rewarded for her efforts. She has a bright future ahead of her and we are excited for what comes next.”

2021 MAC Women’s Soccer All-MAC Teams & Specialty Award Winners

Coach of the Year

Aaron Rodgers, Ohio

Offensive Player of the Year

Madi Wolfbauer, F, Bowling Green

Defensive Player of the Year

Tianna Harris, D, Kent State

Freshman of the Year

McKenna Schultz, D, Toledo

All-MAC First Team

F – Madi Wolfbauer, Bowling Green

F – Cameron Shendenhelm, Kent State

F – Karly Hellstrom, Kent State

MF – Nikki Cox, Bowling Green

MF – Marcy Barberic, Buffalo

MF – Bailey Korhorn, Western Michigan

D – Audrey Shea, Bowling Green

D – Payton Robertson, Buffalo

D – Tianna Harris, Kent State

D – Olivia Sensky, Ohio

GK – Sam Wexell, Ohio

All-MAC Second Team

F – Kristina DeMarco, Miami

F – Ellie Pool, Toledo

F – Abby Townsend, Ohio

F – Morgan Otteson, Western Michigan

MF – Nicky Potts, Ball State

MF – Olivia Dault, Toledo

MF – Camber Hayes, Miami

MF – Haley Miller, Ohio

D – Emily Simmons, Ball State

D – Megan Logue, Central Michigan

D – McKenna Schultz, Toledo

D – Maria Kaschalk, Central Michigan

GK – Lili Berg, Bowling Green

All-Freshman Team

Lexi Fraley, Ball State

Alya Ruken, Buffalo

Arianna Zumpano, Buffalo

Siena Stambolich, Kent State

Alisa Arthur, Kent State

Grace Barresi, Kent State

Kylee Beinecke, Miami

Makenna Morrison, Miami

Olivia Dault, Toledo

McKenna Schultz, Toledo

Mary Dziuba, Western Michigan

BALL STATE WBB: Earns Votes To Win Regular Season & Tournament in Preseason Poll

CLEVELAND – – The Ball State women’s basketball team earned one vote to win the regular season title and one vote to claim the conference tournament championship in the 2021-22 Mid-American Conference Women’s Basketball Preseason Coaches’ Poll.

Overall, it was a very balanced preseason poll with the league’s 12 head coaches split between five different teams to win both titles. Ohio enters the year as the favorite to regular season title with 132 points and four first-place votes, while Buffalo is the favorite to claim the tournament title with five votes.

Ball State, which was selected ninth overall in this year’s preseason poll, finished the 2020-21 COVID-19 adjusted season sixth in the final league standings with a 12-8 MAC record. However, BSU was one of only three teams to play all 20 conference games, with its 12 wins ranking third in the MAC.

After picking up a 122-26 victory over Oakland City in Wednesday’s exhibition game, the Cardinals officially open the 2021-22 season Tuesday (Nov. 9) with a 11:30 a.m. tip off versus Milwaukee for Field Trip Day in Worthen Arena.

2021-22 MAC Women’s Basketball Preseason Coaches’ Poll (First Place Votes)

1. Ohio – 132 points (4 first place votes)

2. Bowling Green – 124 points (3)

3. Buffalo – 123 points (3)

4. Kent State – 102 points

5. Eastern Michigan – 83 points (1)

6. Central Michigan – 80 points

7. Northern Illinois – 79 points

8. Toledo – 67 points

9. Ball State – 65 points (1)

10. Western Michigan – 31 points

11. Miami – 27 points

12. Akron – 23 points

MAC Tournament Champion: Buffalo (5), Ohio (3), BGSU (2), Ball State (1), EMU (1)

Preseason All-MAC First Team

Dyaisha Fair, Buffalo, Junior, Guard

Molly Davis, Central Michigan, Junior, Guard

Areanna Combs, Eastern Michigan, R-Senior, Guard

Cierra (CeCe) Hooks, Ohio, Senior, Guard

Erica Johnson, Ohio, R-Junior, Guard

Preseason All-MAC Second Team

Lexi Fleming, Bowling Green, Sophomore, Guard

Nila Blackford, Kent State, Junior, Forward

Peyton Scott, Miami, Junior, Guard

Chelby Koker, Northern Illinois, Junior, Guard

Quinesha Lockett, Toledo, Junior, Guard/Forward

BALL STATE VB: Volleyball Tops CMU 3-1 in Series Opener

MUNCIE, Ind. – – Libero Maggie Huber was all over the court Thursday night, collecting a season-high 26 digs to help the Ball State women’s volleyball team extend its current winning streak to 13 matches with a 3-1 (25-21, 25-20, 21-25, 25-22) victory over Central Michigan.

“Maggie was spectacular tonight,” head coach Kelli Miller Phillips said after the win. “She was really focused, locked in, and made some unbelievable one-handed digs on some hard-hit swings. She was a spark for us at a lot of different moments. I can’t say enough about her effort tonight. She was the linchpin to us staying the course and winning a tough match.”

With the victory, the Cardinals improve to 23-3 on the year, including a 13-1 mark in Mid-American Conference play. BSU is also 10-0 in matches in Worthen Arena heading into tomorrow night’s regular season home finale and senior night.

Ball State started the match strong, jumping out to a 10-3 lead early in the opening set on a dump kill from setter Megan Wielonski. While the Chippewas (11-15; 5-9 MAC) were able to battle back within two, at 20-18, the Cardinals rallied off the next four points thanks in part to a solo block and back-to-back kills from middle Marie Plitt. Outside Jaclyn Bulmahn closed the set with a kill of her own at 25-21.

The second set was tight early, with the teams battling to an 8-8 stalemate. However, the Cardinals put together a 7-2 run and were up 15-11 at the media timeout following a kill from opposite Natalie Mitchem. Again, CMU would pull within two at 20-18, only to have the Cardinals power through at the end to win the set 25-20 on a block from middle Lauren Gilliland and outside Natalie Risi.

Unfortunately, Ball State was unable to earn a fifth consecutive sweep as CMU took the third frame. The score was tied at 10-10 before a five-point run gave the guests a 15-10 edge at the media timeout. Ball State would get no closer than three the rest of the way.

The Cardinals bounced back in the fourth, however, surging out to a 12-4 advantage. Three of the final four points of the run came off the arm of Risi. CMU would battle back within one, at 17-16, but after losing a challenge on the play, the Cardinals would get the next two points courtesy of back-to-back Plitt kills to force a timeout.

Defensive specialist Cathryn Starck would get a huge ace out of the break, and the Cardinals would hold even from there, winning the set 25-22 on a monster block from Gilliland and Mitchem.

In addition to the spectacular defensive play from Huber in the backcourt, Ball State was able to win the fight at the net with nine total blocks. The defense slowed down CMU’s attack just enough to limit it to a .252 (62-21-163) hitting mark to earn the match victory.

On offense, BSU once again turned in a solid all-around effort, hitting above its season average at .281 (60-17-153). Four players logged double-digit kills in the match, led by 15 from Bulmahn. Plitt and Risi added 13 apiece, while Mitchem finished the night with 11.

“Us having the versatility to spread the ball around and not rely on just one attacker was key tonight,” Phillips said. “Central Michigan is #1 in the MAC in backcourt defense for a reason. They dig a ton of balls and make a lot of great defensive plays. We battled hard, did not get discouraged, and ultimately relied on our balance which allowed us to be successful in the end.”

Wielonski added 14 digs to her 49 assists for her 15th double-double of the season. She also served up two more aces, raising her MAC-leading total to 44 on the year, which is also in the top 10 nationally. Joining Huber and Wielonski in double figures in the backcourt was defensive specialist Havyn Gates with 10.

Savannah Thompson led the Central Michigan attack with 14 kills, while Anna Erickson added 13 and Linnea Willer scored 12. CMU libero Aly Gurtiza was credited with a team-high 19 digs.

The two teams will battle again tomorrow night in a 6:30 p.m. first serve at Worthen Arena. Following the match, the Cardinals will honor its four seniors: Bulmahn, Grussing, Starck and manager Elizabeth Wessel.

NOTRE DAME BASKETBALL: IRISH FACE ST. NORBERT IN FINAL EXHIBITION MATCH

2021-22 FIGHTING IRISH – WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

The University of Notre Dame men’s basketball team welcomes St. Norbert back to campus for the first time since 1967 in an exhibition contest on Friday night • St. Norbert is located in De Pere, Wisconsin, and competes in NCAA Division III for the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference • the Green Knights were selected second in the NACC preseason poll and will be returning to competition after experiencing a total cancellation of their 2019-20 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic • St. Norbert has made nine NCAA Division III tournament appearances • the Green Knights also claimed 11 conference titles as members of the Midwest Conference from 1984-2019.

BACKCOURT

PRENTISS HUBB – 12 pts, 7 ast in exhibition opener vs. Nazareth • preseason All-ACC Second Team • leads all returning ACC players in career assists (445) • the 445 career assists are the fifth-most for any active NCAA player entering their fourth season of action • led the Irish in  scoring (14.6) and three-point field goals made (65) last season • one of five major conference players to reach 100 assists in league play last season.

CORMAC RYAN – led the team with 16 pts while adding 6 reb and 4 ast vs. Nazareth • started 16 of 25 games in his first year with the Irish last season • scored 21 points in the first half in the victory at Duke last year, eventually scoring career-best 28 points • shot .344 from 3FG range last season.

DANE GOODWIN – tied for second on the team with eight rebounds, added 13 pts vs. Nazareth • has seen action in 91 career games, making 30 starts • posted career highs of 11.8 ppg and 5.2 rpg in 2020-21 • one of the best free throw shooters on the team, boasting a .821 career average from the stripe.

TREY WERTZ – Missed exhibition opener with Nazareth due to sprained ankle, fully available against St. Norbert • planned to sit out 2020-21 season after transferring from Santa Clara until all underclassmen transfers were given immediate eligibility in December of 2020 • appeared in 21 games making 14 starts, shooting .429 from three-point range • hit the game-winning 3FG at the buzzer vs. WF in 2021 ACC tournament.

BLAKE WESLEY – Played 21 minutes with 11 pts, 4 reb and a steal in first action in an Irish uniform vs. Nazareth • first South Bend, IN, public school MBB prospect to sign with Notre Dame since 1985 • consensus four-star prospect • athletic backcourt player expected to be an immediate key contributor.

J.R. KONIECZNY – (pronounced Ko-NEZZ-knee) Played 18 minutes with 3 reb and 4 pts vs. Nazareth • all-time leading scorer in St. Joseph County history (1,996) • joins classmate Blake Wesley as the first Northern Indiana Conference players to sign with Notre Dame since 2012 (D. Jackson, A. Torres).

TONY SANDERS JR. – Played five minutes in exhibition opener against Nazareth • athletic wing player who saw action in 14 games during his rookie season.

ROBBY CARMODY – Has suffered season-ending injuries in his first three seasons on the Irish roster • continues to push through rehab with no set date to return to the court • started his first two career games at ND before injuries.

ELIJAH MORGAN – Walk on member of the program has earned the staff’s trust to be inserted into the lineup at any time • has played in 22 career games with one start.

ALEX WADE – Saw first action at ND vs. Nazareth, two minutes with a steal • first-year walk on joined the Irish in the summer of 2021 • four-year varsity captain at Cathedral Catholic.

FRONT COURT

NATE LASZEWSKI – Had 11 pts, 8 reb and 2 blks in 27 minutes against Nazareth • posted 12 games with nine or more rebounds in 2020-21 • improved FG% 19 percent, 3FG% 11% and RPG by 3.1 last season • scored over 20 points four times last season and has five 20-point games in his career.

PAUL ATKINSON, JR. – Saw first action in over 600 days against Nazareth, finished with 15 pts, 10 reb and 2 ast • 2019-20 Ivy League Player of the Year at Yale • did not participate in 2020-21, as the Ivy League cancelled all intercollegiate athletics • ranked by ESPN+ as the fourth-best transfer prospect in  2020-21 • boasts a .661 career field goal percentage – top for any returning NCAA Division I player this year – and led Ivy League in FG% all three seasons in which he competed.

MATT ZONA – Logged five minutes vs. Nazareth and grabbed three offensive rebounds • saw action in 14 games last season • developing into a key rebounder, screener on the Irish front line.

ELIJAH TAYLOR – Active in first career appearance vs. Nazareth with 7 reb in 10 minutes of action • missed 2020-21 while recovering from ankle surgery • athletic front court player will provide depth on the Irish front line.

IRISH ITEMS – BY THE NUMBERS

1

Since 2000-01 (first year of the Mike Brey era), Notre Dame has led the NCAA in assist/turnover ratio (1.44).

7

Notre Dame will confer an NCAA Division I men’s basketball-best seven degrees in the spring of 2022 – undergraduate degrees to R. Carmody, D. Goodwin, P. Hubb, N. Laszewski, C. Ryan and T. Wertz, along with a graduate degree to P. Atkinson Jr.

30

Notre Dame single-game record for rebounds pulled down by Purcell Pavilion Ring of Honor legend Bob Whitmore against St. Norbert on Dec. 14, 1967 – a 102-70 Irish victory.

37

Least amount of points given up by Notre Dame in any exhibition game in school history, as the Irish defeated Nazareth College 87-37 last Friday. Notre Dame has played 71 exhibition games since 1975 and 41 during the Mike Brey era. The previous record was a 40-point total by Lewis on Nov. 3, 2005.

41

Notre Dame has won all 41 exhibition games in which they have competed during the Mike Brey era.

66

Or .661 to be precise – graduate student Paul Atkinson Jr.’s career field goal percentage – which leads all returning NCAA Division I players this year. The 2019-20 Ivy League Player of the Year graduate transferred to Notre Dame during the offseason. Atkinson was 7-for-11 in the first exhibition victory vs. Nazareth.

73

Notre Dame’s free throw percentage during the Mike Brey era, the best in the ACC and third-best of any power conference program.

255

Games won by Notre Dame with Mike Brey and Associate Head Coach Anthony Solomon on the coaching staff. Solomon returns for his third stint with the Irish this season and with him on the sidelines, Mike Brey has won .676 percent of the games he has coached at Notre Dame.

445

Career assists for senior Prentiss Hubb, the most for any returning ACC player and the fifth-most that any active NCAA player has compiled in three season of action.

448

Wins at Notre Dame for Mike Brey, the most in school history and the ninth-most for any NCAA coach at his current school.

5294

The 2021-22 team will be the most experienced, statistical-wise, of the Mike Brey era (2000-01 – current), with the most returning GS, MP, FGM, 3FGM, FTM, AST and points (5294).

HUBB AMONG NATIONAL LEADERS IN CAREER ASSISTS

Prentiss Hubb’s 445 career assists are noteworthy without any qualifiers, but a further look at the numbers shows that the Upper Marlboro, MD, native is among the national leaders. He is sixth among all active Division I players in career assists who have playe three seasons or less (see below) and enters the season tied for 21st in career assists for all active players.

NOTRE DAME MSOCCER: IRISH BLANK WOLFPACK TO ADVANCE TO ACC QUARTERFINALS, 1-0

OUTH BEND, Ind. — The No. 23 Fighting Irish men’s soccer team advanced to the ACC Championship Quarterfinals on Wednesday evening at Alumni Stadium, shutting out NC State in a 1-0 win.

The match’s only goal came from the spot, as Dawson McCartney made no mistake on his penalty after Tyler Shea was brought down in the box in the 53rd minute.

Bryan Dowd made three saves in goal for Notre Dame, including an impressive stop in the 60th minute to keep the clean sheet intact.

With the victory the Irish will play at Louisville in the quarterfinal matchup at 6 p.m. ET on Sunday, Nov. 7. The match will air on ACCN.

HOW IT HAPPENED

The Irish and Wolfpack played to a scoreless standstill after the first 45 minutes of play. The best scoring chances came from the Irish in a span of a few minutes. Lynn played McCartney into acres of space on the left flank and the midfielder whipped in a dangerous ball that NC State managed to scramble out for a corner.

Just minutes later a ball fell to Ben Giacobello, who cleanly connected with a half volley but the effort went just wide of the far post, keeping the match at 0-0 heading into the halftime break.

Notre Dame wasted little time getting its attack going in the second half, scoring what turned out to be the winner in the 53rd minute. Shea made a run into the box and was taken down by a Wolfpack defender to set up a penalty. McCartney stepped up to the spot and unleashed a low drive just past the outstretched keeper into the bottom right corner to put the Irish on top 1-0.

The Irish nearly doubled their lead on two occasions in the 74th and 75th minutes. McCartney nearly scored his second, blazing a shot from just outside the box barely past the far post. One minute later Kyle Genenbacher played a great ball in from the right and Mo Omar’s initial shot and follow-up attempt were both saved from point-blank range.

Notre Dame’s defense made enough plays down the stretch to keep the visitors off the board and secure the 1-0 clean sheet victory.

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

On the performance…

“Overall we are pleased. NC State is a very good team and they have had some unlucky bounces throughout the season. We knew it would take a really good effort and I am really proud with the way the group handled it. We would have liked to put away a couple more of our chances to get the cushion but the guys held strong and did a great job to get the shutout and the victory.”

On starting postseason play with a clean sheet…

“It is everything this time of year. You want one more goal than the other team but at the end of the day the teams that make runs are picking up clean sheets. That was a big goal of ours today.”

On carrying the performance to Louisville on Sunday…

“You take the experience of playing in the postseason and knowing that it is a knockout competition. There are some things we will learn from that you can’t really learn unless you are in knockout play. We will be very excited to play Louisville on Sunday.”

NOTRE DAME WSOCCER: THREE IRISH NAMED ALL-ACC

NOTRE DAME, Ind. –  A top-four finish in the No. 1 RPI ranked Atlantic Coast Conference means postseason accolades were on the way for Notre Dame women’s soccer. On Thursday afternoon, that came to fruition, as three Irish were named All-ACC selections.

Grad student Sammi Fisher earned First Team honors and became the first First Team selection since Sandru Yu in 2017. Fisher is now a three-time All-ACC honoree, with Third Team honors in 2019 and a Second Team nod in 2020.

Next, the Irish landed two on the Third Team list as Olivia Wingate and Korbin Albert earned their first ACC awards. In addition, Albert landed a coveted spot on the ACC All-Freshman Team.

Fisher saved her best season for last, exploding with 12 goals, doubling her previous season best. Fisher’s 12 goals rank second in the ACC and rank 19th in the nation, and of her 12, four were game-winners.

Fisher is also tied for the team lead in assists with five, bring her points total to 29, which ranks third in the ACC and 24th in the country.

Then there’s Fisher’s fellow forward and partner in crime, Olivia Wingate. The senior out of Massachusetts owns five goals and five assists on the season, also career best marks. Wingate’s year includes a game-winner against Purdue, a brace at Miami and a great finish of a goal at No. 7 UNC.

Next, there’s super freshman Korbin Albert. The Illinois native has made an immediate impact, boasting the second most goals on the squad with nine, along with three assists.

Albert has even shown off in tough environments, scoring four of her nine goals on the road: Wisconsin, Mizzou, NC State and Virginia. Albert also placed her name in the Notre Dame record book after scoring a goal against Louisville in the first 37 seconds, marking the third fastest in program history.

Lastly, four of Albert’s goals have come over the last eight games.

Up Next

The Irish await their NCAA Tournament seeding as the Selection Show takes place Monday, Nov. 8, at 4:30 p.m. ET.

Notre Dame Hockey: Irish Skate Past Holy Cross In Game One 5-2

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Max Ellis scored just 31 seconds into the contest and Jake Boltmann and Graham Slaggert added additional first period tallies as Notre Dame built a 3-0 lead over Holy Cross en route to an eventual 5-2 win on Thursday night at the Compton Family Ice Arena (2,480).

Slaggert finished with a career-high two goals for Notre Dame (5-3-0), Jake Boltmann scored his first career goal and added an assist, while Max Ellis and Jesse Lansdell each registered a goal and an assist.

In net, Matthew Galajda made 20 saves to earn the win, which was the 64th of his career and fourth of the season. Holy Cross (1-6-1) goaltender Matt Radomsky finished with 22 saves.

How It Happened

Max Ellis gave the Irish a 1-0 lead just 31 seconds into the game when he wristed home a rebound he gathered at the far post for his fourth goal of the season, with the assists going to Jake Boltmann and Jesse Lansdell.

Justin Janicke kept a puck alive in front following a Hunter Strand drive to the net and then Spencer Stastney picked it up in the low slot. With Holy Cross goaltender Matt Radomsky down and out, Stastney slid it over to Jake Boltmann who found the back of the net for his first career goal at 9:16 of the first.

At the back post, Graham Slaggert redirected a Chase Blackmun feed into an open net for his third goal of the season at 17:16 of the first period. Nick Leiveramann also assisted on the play as the Irish held the 3-0 lead after 20 minutes.

Notre Dame finished off the final 1:00 of a penalty kill to start the second period – ist 30th straight penalty kill to start the year.

Holy Cross’ Mike Higgins flipped a shot past Galajda just as a Notre Dame penalty was set to expire to make it a 3-1 game at 6:07 of the second and snap the penalty kill streak at 30.

Just 1:15 into the third, Graham Slaggert tipped in his second goal of the game, with the assists going to Landon Slaggert and Trevor Janicke.

Jesse Lansdell scored an empty-netter at 17:23 to secure the Irish victory. The junior picked up his first goal of the 2021-22 campaign off assists from Ellis and Solag Bakich.

Notes

Notre Dame killed off the two three Holy Cross power plays of the night to move to before the Crusaders were able to score with one second left on a power-play chance to snap that Irish streak at 30..

Jake Boltmann scored his first career goal and added an assist for his first career multipoint game.

With two goals tonight, Graham Slaggert earned his first career multi-goal game and his eighth career multi-point game.

Next Up

The Irish and Crusaders close out their two-game series at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 5 at the Compton Family Ice Arena (tickets).

Friday’s game will be available via NBCSports.com, NBC Sports app, NBC Sports Chicago Plus and NBC Sports Philadelphia Plus.

Next weekend, Notre Dame plays its first home Big Ten games of the season, welcoming Wisconsin on Nov. 12 (7:30 p.m.) and Nov. 13 (6 p.m.).

Friday’s game against the Badgers will be on NBCSN, while Saturday’s contest will be on NBC Sports Chicago (both games will be available on the NBC Sports App/NBCSports.com).

IUPUI WBB: WOMEN’S BASKETBALL BREEZES PAST IU NORTHWEST IN LONE EXHIBITION

INDIANAPOLIS – The IUPUI Lady Jags began their journey to the Horizon League Tournament with a convincing 98-50 home exhibition win over the IU Northwest RedHawks. Rachel McLimore led all players with 17 points and three triples, while three-time Horizon League Player of the Year Macee Williams added 10 points and five boards. Sophomore Anna Mortag also played well, contributing 15 points and six rebounds.

“It was just a good game to get back into uniform with fans,” head coach Austin Parkinson said. “Everybody played. It was just nice to get back and play in front of fans.”

IU Northwest, an NAIA team, was ill-equipped to take on the Jaguars in a game that was never close. IUPUI outscored the visitors 28-10 in the first quarter, controlling play with four 3-pointers and eight forced turnovers in that period alone.

The RedHawks tried to fight back in the second frame, scoring 17 to IUPUI’s 20. Parkinson was not always thrilled with the Jaguars’ inconsistent offensive rebounding, but that did not affect the end result. IUPUI held IU Northwest’s five starters to a combined 20 points throughout the one-sided contest.

“I feel like we showed we have a lot of depth to our team,” said McLimore. “We kind of have some things we can still fix even though the score was by a lot, but I feel like we have a lot of potential for the season.”

Parkinson deployed his bench in the fourth quarter, giving valuable reps to IUPUI’s crop of freshmen and depth players. They rewarded him with hard, consistent play at both ends of the court despite the already-lopsided score. First-year center Jacquel Bronaugh made a field goal attempt and grabbed three rebounds, while forward Nakaih Hunter led all freshmen with seven points on 3-for-3 from the floor.

“They’ve earned it in practice and they’re talented players,” said Parkinson about his first-years. “Honestly, the player I was most proud of was [Bronaugh]. She did a great job of sealing and playing hard, both ends of the floor. We’ve had some years when in a fourth quarter like that, maybe things drop off, and it didn’t [tonight].”

IUPUI finished the game at 49 percent from the floor and 11-of-31 (35.5 percent) from three while holding IUN to just 34.5 percent. IUPUI also delivered 22 assists on 37 buckets and scored 24 fast break points.

The Jaguars will face a much stiffer test on the road next Tuesday against the Michigan Wolverines, currently No. 11 in the AP Top 25 poll. Tip-off will be at 7 PM Eastern on the Big Ten Network.

Mastodon WVB Welcomes Wright State and Northern Kentucky

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne women’s volleyball team will welcome Wright State and Northern Kentucky to the Arnie Ball Court this weekend (Nov. 5-6).

Game Day Information

Who: Wright State | Northern Kentucky

When: Friday, November 5 | Saturday, November 6

Where: Fort Wayne, Ind. | Gates Sports Center

Live Stats: Link

Watch: Wright State | Northern Kentucky

Series History

Wright State has a 13-10 edge over the Mastodons, having won the last four matches. Prior to that, the Mastodons won eight in a row from 2004-12. The ‘Dons have a 23-21 advantage over the Norse of NKU, but NKU has three-straight wins.

Know Your Foe

• Wright State is 18-7, 10-3 in the Horizon League and has won six of its seven matches since meeting the Mastodons on October 9. The only loss for the Raiders since then came in five sets to UIC. Megan Alders is leading Wright State at 2.59 kills per set. Reigning Horizon League Defensive Player of the Year Jenna Story is averaging 5.68 digs per set.

• Northern Kentucky is 15-7, 11-2 Horizon League with seven wins since meeting the ‘Dons eight matches ago. Their two league losses came to Wright State and Milwaukee. Anna Brinkmann is averaging 3.71

That’s a Good Weekend

Madelyn Wurster’s weekend against Robert Morris and Youngstown State was her best of the season. She finished with 34 kills and a .321 hitting percentage.

No One Has Played More

No Division I institution has played more volleyball than Purdue Fort Wayne this season. The Mastodons have played 108 sets this season. Eastern Kentucky is second, having played 105 sets.

Nearing 100

Head coach Steve Florio is nearing 100 wins in his career. He is currently sitting at 98 wins since taking over the head coaching duties of the program in 2014.

Saturday Night Five

The Mastodons have played seven five-set matches this season (SIUE, Kent State, Liberty, Green Bay, UIC, Oakland and at UIC). Purdue Fort Wayne opened Horizon League play with three five-set matches in its first four games.

That Tends to Happen When You’re Around Forever!

Katie Crowe ranks 21st among active Division I players in career kills with 1,562, 12th in the country in career sets played with 513, and 18th in matches played at 139.

Last Time Out

Purdue Fort Wayne split last weekend with a 3-1 win over Robert Morris and a 3-1 loss to Youngstown State. Madelyn Wurster had 34 kills to lead the Mastodons with a .321 hitting percentage. She also had nine blocks and eight digs.

Coming Up

The Mastodons will end the season with a Friday night (Nov. 12) match against IUPUI. This will be the Mastodons’ Senior Night for Madison Gates, Katie Crowe, Kendyll Gebert and Maddi Nell.

Heavy Hitter

Ramei Jackson is in the top-10 in program history in career hitting percentage.

8. Hailie Ripley (.281, 2011-14)

9. Natalie Seiler (.275, 2014-17)

10. Ramei Jackson (.270, 2020-present)

11. Chrissy Miller (.266, 2001)

12. Julie Hefty (.259, 1984-87)

Diggin’ Up Everything

Rachael Crucis is in the top-five in program history in digs per set and top-15 in career digs.

Digs Per Set

1. Tessa McGill (4.77, 2009-12)

2. Peachy Jankowski (4.67, 2004-07)

3. Rachael Crucis (4.30, 2019-present)

4. Olivia Hahn (3.93, 2013-16)

5. Katie Bruening (3.58, 1997-98)

Digs

9. Olivia Hahn (1,398, 2013-16)

10. Jen Milligan (1,354, 2010-13)

11. Nicole Rightnowar (1,348, 2015-18)

12. Sarah Leffers (1,290, 2000-03)

13. Rachael Crucis (1,260, 2019-present)

Dishing ’em Out

Madison Gates is in the program’s top-10 in career assists.

6. Kris Wilder (3,818, 1987-90)

7. Jessica Dominiak (3,326, 2005-08)

8. Jill Lyon (2,975, 1990-93)

9. Madison Spence (2,168, 2011-14)

10. Madison Gates (1,053, 2018-present)

Moving Up the Career Charts

Katie Crowe is in the top-10 in program history in kills, digs, aces, sets played and matches played.

Kills

1. Fabiana Souza (2,305, 2002-05)

2. Emily Spencer (2,106, 2011-14)

3. Laura Douglas (1,904, 1997-00)

4. Nicole Rightnowar (1,584, 2015-18)

5. Katie Crowe (1,562, 2017-present)

Digs

1. Tessa McGill (2,324, 2009-12)

2.  Peachy Jankowski (2,253, 2004-07)

3. Laura Douglas (1,623, 1997-00)

4. Jamie Schwartz (1,461, 2011-14)

5. Katie Crowe (1,460, 2017-present)

Aces

6. Deanna Brown (144, 1998-01)

7. Janna Plummer (138, 1988-91)

8. Lisa Zehr (135, 1985-88)

9. Amy Luben (133, 1994-97)

10. Katie Crowe (130, 2017-present)

Sets Played

1. Katie Crowe (513, 2017-present)

2. Andi Reichhart (488, 1994-97)

3. Tessa McGill (487, 2009-12)

4. Emily Spencer (484, 2011-14)

5. Peachy Jankowski (482, 2004-07)

Matches Played

1. Andi Reichhart (143, 1994-97)

2. Katie Crowe (139, 2017-present)

3. Julie Huber (135, 1989-92)

4. Laura Douglas (134, 1997-00)

5. Peachy Jankowski (132, 2004-07)

INDIANA STATE VOLLEYBALL: Sycamores Set for Roadtrip to Illinois State and Bradley Starting Friday

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State volleyball hits the road this weekend to continue Missouri Valley Conference action with two matches in the state of Illinois. The Sycamores begin at Bradley on Friday at 7 p.m. and then head to Normal to finish the road trip against Illinois State with a 7 p.m. start on Saturday night. Both matches will air on The Valley On ESPN with Friday on ESPN Plus and Saturday’s match on ESPN3.

» The Sycamores enter the weekend on a two-match winning streak after taking down Valparaiso and Missouri State. Indiana State’s 3-0 sweep of the Bears was just the fourth win over MSU in program history. Overall, ISU sits at 13-9 on the season and 5-7 in the Missouri Valley Conference.  The latest edition of the NCAA RPI report (Oct. 31) has four MVC teams featured in the top-100. Loyola leads the League at No. 51, while Valparaiso (No. 83), Evansville (No. 86) and Illinois State (No. 97) are also among the nation’s top-100. Four other teams rank in the Top 160 (Missouri State, Indiana State, 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 1,565 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 has held steady in digs per set nationally — ranking 35th overall and second in the MVC with 16.43 digs per set. Libero Melina Tedrow ranks second in the MVC with 4.71 digs per set which puts her at 51st nationally.

» Sophomore Kaitlyn Hamilton has been a consistent force for the Sycamores this season, finishing with eight or more kills in 17 of 22 matches played. The Lawrence, Kansas native has had double-digit kills in eight matches, including a season-high 16 kills in a win over Drake. The outside hitter has also made her presence known on defense with 43 blocks on the season.

» Indiana State ranks fourth in the MVC as a team, hitting .217 while on the flip side holding opponents to a .177 hitting percentage which ranks second in the League. Kaitlyn Hamilton (209 K) and Karinna Gall (207 K) rank 20th and 23rd, respectively in the MVC.

» Chloe Mason ranks third in the MVC and 45th nationally with .41 aces per set. She has totaled 29 aces in 70 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 5.59 with Kaelin right behind her at 5.38. Mason has picked up 20 or more assists in ten matches, including three 32 assist matches. Kaelin has recorded 451 assists overall and has 16 matches with 15 or more assists. She picked up a season-high 42 assists in a win at Belmont (9/4).

INDIANA STATE MBB: Sycamores Defeat Rose-Hulman 82-60 in Exhibition Tune Up

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State basketball opened its 2021-22 season with an 82-60 exhibition win over Rose-Hulman Thursday night inside renovated Hulman Center.

Five Sycamores scored in double-digits led by Cooper Neese who dropped in 16 points to go with seven rebounds and four assists. Newcomer Xavier Bledson fell an assist short of a double-double with a 15 point and nine dime performance.

Forwards Kailex Stephens and Dearon Tucker chipped in 12 points each while true freshman Cameron Crawford added 10 points on 4-of-8 shooting in his first start.

A back-and-forth contest early on, Indiana State was able to reel off an 11-0 run to extend its lead to 23-13 eight minutes in and never looked back.

At halftime, ISU had assisted on 14 of its 15 field goals before finishing the game with 20 assists on 27 made baskets. Indiana State was able to connect on 12 shots from behind the arc as Stephens paced ISU with a 3-for-4 night from downtown.

ISU took advantage of its size by drawing fouls and converting 16-of-20 free throws. The Trees were also able to capitalize on turnovers, converting 15 Rose-Hulman miscues into 17 points. ISU also won the fast break battle 15-7.

Rose-Hulman was led by forward Dillon Duff who tallied a team-high 13 points on 6-of-11 shooting. The Fightin’ Engineers shot 46.7 percent (24-of-55) in the game while knocking down four triples and converting 8-of-9 attempts at the free throw line.

The Sycamores open the regular season Tuesday, November 9 at Green Bay. Tipoff with the Phoenix is set for 8 p.m. ET from the Kress Center with the game airing on ESPN Plus.

INDIANA STATE WSOCCER: Sycamore Soccer Lands Five on MVC All-Conference Teams

ST. LOUIS – Indiana State women’s soccer had five players earn All-Missouri Valley Conference honors, the Valley announced Thursday night.

CeCe Wahlberg was named to the All-MVC First Team for the second straight season. Wahlberg sits at third in the MVC in points (15), goals (6) and shots (55). She is second in the league with 34 shots on goal. During MVC play, she led the conference with 13 points. Her .618 shooting percentage is tied for 30th in the nation. The junior also finished tied for the team lead in assists with three. The 2021 fall season saw Wahlberg move up the program record books in multiple categories. She now ranks second all-time in shots on goal (70), third in total shots (146) and ninth in total points (32).

The duo of Maddie Alexander and Katie Yankey were named to the All-MVC Second Team.

Alexander finished the season with 81 saves, with 56 of them coming during MVC action which is tied for the most in the conference. She averaged seven saves a game during conference play which is tied for first while her .862 save percentage is second best. She recorded at least six saves in seven different matches including a career-high 10 against Illinois State. Her 132 career saves rank sixth all-time in Sycamore history.

Yankey played in all 17 matches for the Sycamores while starting in 16 of them, logging 1585 minutes of action. Her three assists were tied for the team lead while scoring one goal. She scored the opening goal of the season for Indiana State in their 3-1 win at Eastern Illinois on August 19. She finished the season with 12 shots including a career-high five against Illinois State.

Rounding out the honorees for the Sycamores, Sasha Thompson and Mackenzie Kent earned Honorable Mention All-MVC honors. Kent was also named to the All-Freshman team.

Thompson appeared in all 17 matches, making 12 starts. She is currently tied for fourth in the conference with five goals and ranks sixth in points with 13. Her five goals came on just 10 shot attempts. She finished tied for the team lead in assists with three. She scored twice in the Sycamores 3-1 win at UNI.

Kent started all 17 matches this season, finishing with 12 points including five goals and two assists. She recorded 29 shots with 15 on goal. Her five goals are tied with Thompson for second most on the team and fourth in the conference. She brought home Freshman of the Week honors twice during the regular season. She scored twice in the Sycamores 4-1 win over Evansville.

EVANSVILLE VOLLEYBALL: Aces travel to Illinois State and Bradley

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – A pivotal road trip awaits the University of Evansville volleyball team this weekend when the Purple Aces travel to Illinois State and Bradley.  UE opens on Friday evening against the Redbirds at 6 p.m. before traveling to Peoria to take on the Braves at 5 p.m. on Saturday.

Last Time Out
– Giulia Cardona recorded 18 kills, 13 digs and 5 service aces to lead the Aces to a 3-1 win over SIU on Monday evening
– UE took the first two sets before a tenacious Saluki squad pulled away in the third frame to take their first set of the night…in the fourth, the Aces clinched the match with a 25-16 decision
– Melanie Feliciano had 15 kills while Alondra Vazquez recorded a double-double with 10 kills and 15 digs
– A stellar outing saw Taya Haffner set career marks with 4 kills and 4 blocks while adding 37 assists and a pair of aces
 
Top Freshman
– After adding five service aces to her season tally against SIU, Giulia Cardona moved into the top ten in the nation in that statistic
– With a conference-leading 0.52 aces per set, Cardona now ranks 9th in the nation and is the top freshman in the country with her average
– Cardona won three consecutive MVC Freshman of the Week honors between Oct. 11 and 25 and was the first player to win three freshman awards in a row was Illinois State’s Stef Jankiewicz in 2017
 
Contributing in all Facets
– Monday’s win over Southern Illinois saw freshman Taya Haffner set career marks in a pair of categories – kills and blocks
– She posted 4 kills and 4 block assists – her top season tally in both
– Her assist numbers continue to add up as she continues to pace the league with 11.00 per set while sitting 14th nationally
– After reaching 50 helpers for the first time in the contest at Drake, Haffner reset her career high with 56 in the home match versus Loyola
– Averaging 10+ assists on 15 occasions this fall, Haffner has recorded at least 37 helpers in 10 consecutive matches
 
Moving On Up
– Madisyn Steele continues to rack up assists at an impressive level, totaling a solo block and 9 block assists over the last two matches
– Steele’s season average has jumped to 0.86 per set, which is second on the team
– Over her previous 59 sets of work, Steele has registered 4 solo blocks and 51 block assists

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CHICAGO, Ill. – The University of Evansville women’s soccer team brought home four postseason honors, it was announced at the Missouri Valley Conference Awards Banquet in Chicago, Ill. on Thursday night.

Leading Evansville on the attack, senior forward Emily Ormson garnered all-MVC First Team honors for the first time in her career. Ormson led the Aces with six goals on the season, adding an assist, and topping the team stat sheet with 45 shots. The Folscom, Cali. native is the first Ace to win first-team honors since three Evansville players were named to the first team in 2016 and is the first UE forward to make the top team since Abby Springer in 2012.

Joining Ormson with all-conference honors for the Aces were junior defender Emilie Hill and sophomore defender Rachel Rosborough who both patrolled the backline for the Aces. Helping Evansville to six shutouts on the season, the two defenders certainly locked-down opposing attacks, but also got involved on the Aces attack. Hill scored three goals on the year, second-best on the team behind Ormson, while Rosborough scored her first career goal to tie Sunday’s MVC Championship quarterfinal match against Indiana State. The honor is the second for Hill, who was an honorable mention selection last season, and the first for Rosborough, who was named to the MVC’s all-freshman team a year ago.

In her first season with Evansville, freshman Hailey Autenrieb receives well-earned recognition from the MVC. Autenrieb was selected to the Conference’s all-freshman team after playing in all 17 matches, earning a pair of starts, while recording an assists and 12 shots.

Evansville continues its action in the MVC Championship with a semifinal match against second-seeded Valparaiso at 3 PM on Friday in Chicago, Ill.

EVANSVILLE WSOCCER: Aces bring momentum into Friday’s MVC Championship semifinal match

CHICAGO, Ill. – After a thrilling upset in penalties against Indiana State, the University of Evansville rides a wave of momentum into a Missouri Valley Conference Championship semifinal match with No. 2 seed Valparaiso on Friday afternoon at 3 PM at Loyola Soccer Park in Chicago, Ill.

Last Match: Evansville 1, Indiana State 1 (2OT) (Evansville advances 5-3 on PKs)

Turning-in a complete performance, the University of Evansville women’s soccer team overcame an early deficit, forcing penalty kicks before finishing with a 5-3 advantage over Indiana State to advance in the MVC Championship on Sunday afternoon in Terre Haute, Ind.

In goal, redshirt senior Michaela Till was stellar again, making nine saves and allowing one goal in the draw. On the attack for Evansville, sophomore Rachel Rosborough picked the best time to score her first career goal, finding the back of the net to equalize the match.

After going back-and-forth for the first minutes of the match, Indiana State jumped in front first. In the 15th minute, the Sycamores’ Anna Holcombe recorded a shot from the top of the box that skipped across the turf and deflected off the post and in to give ISU a 1-0 lead, an advantage it would hold at the half.

Despite trailing at the break, Evansville wasted little time equalizing the match in the second half. In the 47th minute, fifth-year senior Jayme-Lee Hunter slipped a ball to Rosborough, who went to the far post, past a diving Sycamore keeper to tie the match at one. Over the rest of the second half, Evansville was tasked with holding-off a surging Sycamore attack. In all, Indiana State recorded 17 shots in the second 45-minute period, but the Aces were up to it. The best chance of the half for ISU came in the final minutes of regulation. With less than two minutes remaining, a ball was deflected into the 18-yard box that Till chased after, once the ball hit, it spun back towards the Indiana State forward, forcing Till to make a tough play, subsequently colliding with the Sycamores forward in the process, earning ISU a penalty. On the penalty, Indiana State’s CeCe Wahlberg went to Till’s right, but the Avon, Ind. native was not fooled, picking correctly and punching the attempt away to preserve the tie and force overtime.

Another 20 minutes was not enough as the Aces allowed just one shot on-goal, coming in the second OT, that Till saved, sending the match into PKs.

In the first round of penalties, Evansville’s Abby Phelps converted and the Sycamores’ Maddie Alexander answered. In the second round, Emily Ormson converted and then Till showed up when it counted most again. As Isabella Hunter attempted her try, Till again made a save on a PK, giving Evansville the advantage. Down the stretch, Evansville was true again and again. Following conversions by Emilie Hill and Morgan Blair, the pressure fell on the shoulders of Jayme-Lee Hunter. The New Zealand native approached the ball and perfectly placed it into the top left corner, ending the match and sending the Aces to the MVC Championship semifinals.

Previewing the Matchup

Friday’s matchup marks the 19th all-time meeting between the two sides with Evansville owning a 10-4-4 advantage in the series. The Aces and Beacons met less than two weeks ago in Valparaiso, Ind. with Valpo grabbing a 2-1 win.

This will mark just the second time the two teams have met in the postseason, last meeting in the quarterfinals of the 2020-211 MVC Championship with the Beacons advancing on PKs.

The Aces win over Indiana State was the fifth time since 2013 that Evansville advanced on PKs in the MVC Championship.

In five of its last seven MVC Championship appearances, Evansville has advanced past its opening match.

Goalkeeper Michaela Till continued to increase her program record save count, adding nine saves against Indiana State, to bring her career total to 370. Till is currently tied for sixth all-time in MVC history.

Over the last three seasons, fifth-year senior defender Morgan Blair has missed just 52 minutes over 3,936 minutes of match time, including just 22 minutes this season.

An intimidating force at any time of the season, Michaela Till has put in her best performances when they matter the most. In her career, Till has a 1.42 goals-against average. In five postseason matches, Till’s goals-against average drops to an incredible .52, allowing just four goals in 522 minutes between the posts.

In matches that have gone to PKs, Jayme-Lee Hunter is 2-for-2 in coverting heer attempts, including the match winner on Sunday at Indiana State.

Using its Defense

Evansville’s goal against the Sycamores on Sunday was the first goal the Aces scored in the MVC Championship since a 2-1 loss to Illinois State on Nov. 6, 2016.

Despite the lack of scoring, Evansville still held a 1-3 record over that span, advancing on PKs against UNI on Oct. 28, 2018 and limiting its opponents to one goal or less in all four matches.

Purdue Fort Wayne Announces Men’s and Women’s Golf Spring Schedules

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Purdue Fort Wayne men’s and women’s golf head coach Billy King announced his programs’ schedules on Thursday (Nov. 4).

The women’s team will open the spring on February 5 at the Motor City Cup in Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida, playing at the Mission Inn Resort. This is the same course as the Horizon League Championship. The men open their spring season at the same course for the Orlando Invitational on February 27.

Both teams will play at the Benbow Collegiate on March 7 in Jacksonville, Florida and at the Sacred Heart Invitational in Daytona Beach, Florida three days later. The women will finish March with the Nevel Meade Collegiate on March 20 in Prospect, Kentucky. The men will play in the Butler Invitational on March 27.

In April, the women will go to Murray, Kentucky to play in the Murray State Jan Weaver Invitational (April 7). The men then go to the Wright State Invitational on April 16.

The Mastodons will travel back to Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida to compete for the Horizon League Championship on April 24.

IUPUI VOLLEYBALL: VOLLEYBALL TEAM TO HOST NKU AND WRIGHT STATE THIS WEEK

Northern Kentucky (Friday, Nov. 5)

Wright State (Saturday, Nov. 6)

INDIANAPOLIS – Coming off back-to-back home wins, the IUPUI volleyball team will cap its home season this weekend when the Jaguars host Northern Kentucky on Friday (Nov. 5) and Wright State on Saturday (Nov. 6) inside the Jungle. IUPUI will honor seniors Shakana Norfleet and Rhiannon Schuenemann this weekend over the course of the two days.

Tickets are available by contacting the IUPUI ticket office or will be on sale at the main entrance one hour prior to first serve. 

On the court, IUPUI is coming off back-to-back victories, having defeated Youngstown State and Robert Morris by identical 3-1 scores last week. Freshman Briana Brown fueled the attack, averaging 4.75 kills per set while hitting .442 in the two matches to earn #HLVB Player of the Week honors. She had 19 kills in both matches and hit an incredible .545 in the win over YSU.

That said, it was far from a one-person show as Emily Alan had 12 kills and hit .417 against YSU and Maddie Haines put down 10 kills. Schuenemann collected 19 digs and Brooke Phillips handed out 37 assists and had four of the team’s 12 aces. The following day, Alan had 11 kills and hit .350 and Schuenemann collected 14 digs. Phillips continued her hot play with 45 assists and three aces in that victory.

It marked the first time IUPUI won back-to-back matches since Sept. 27-28, 2019.

In league play, Phillips ranks sixth in the league at 8.56 assists per set while Brown is eighth in the league with 3.43 kills per set. The Jags also have three players ranked among the league’s top-10 in service aces in Addie Evans (0.37/set), Phillips (0.36/set) and Schuenemann (0.35/set). Evans is ninth in the league in digs per set at 3.61.

SCOUTING NORTHERN KENTUCKY (15-7, 11-2 HL)

Northern Kentucky comes in having won 10 of its last 11 matches with seven of those wins coming in straight sets. Anna Brinkmann leads NKU at 3.71 kills per set and NKU comes in hitting .241 as a team on the year. Reilly Briggs puts down 3.04 kills per set and is hitting .294 on the year. The setting duo of Katy Yopko and Miranda Wucherer combine to deliver 11 assists per set. Defensively, Anna Burke leads the Norse with 4.60 digs per set and Abby Kanakry has a team-high 79.0 blocks.

SCOUTING WRIGHT STATE (18-7, 10-3 HL)

Wright State has won 10 of its last 11 matches and sits No. 3 in the Horizon League standings. Megan Alders leads the Raiders at 2.59 kills per set and their balanced attack also includes Sam Ott (2.44), Celia Powers (2.40) and Callie Martin (2.26). Lainey Stephenson is the team’s primary setter at 9.59 assists per set. Jenna Story leads the defense at 5.68 digs per set and Nyssa Baker ranks atop the team with 102.0 blocks, including 12 solos.

SERIES HISTORY

IUPUI is 2-8 all-time against NKU and 1-3 in four meetings in Indy. (Series History)

IUPUI is 8-11 all-time against WSU and 2-6 in eight meetings in Indianapolis. (Series History)

UP NEXT

IUPUI will close out the regular season next Friday (Nov. 12) with a road match at Purdue Fort Wayne at 7:00 p.m.. That contest will be broadcast on ESPN+.

VALPO MBB: Flagler Edges Valpo in Exhibition Finale

The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team erased a 13-point second-half deficit to take the lead midway through the period, but visiting Flagler broke a 67-all tie on an old-fashioned 3-point play with 0.9 seconds remaining to earn a 70-67 victory in exhibition action on Thursday night at the Athletics-Recreation Center.

Flagler, under the direction of former Valpo coaching staff member Chad Warner, is ranked No. 2 nationally in the NCAA Division-II preseason poll and has made a habit of knocking off Division-I teams, downing Central Michigan and topping North Florida last season.

How It Happened

Valpo held an early 9-8 edge, before Flagler used a seven-point run capped by a Tyler Collier triple at the 10:38 mark to go ahead 15-9. Sophomore Sheldon Edwards (West Palm Beach, Fla. / Palm Beach Lakes [TLAP Sports Academy]) responded with a 3 of his own to slice the deficit in half, but the Saints scored the next six to make it 21-12 after a 13-3 burst.

Valpo chipped away for the remainder of the half, and another Edwards triple got the Beacons back to within three at 29-26 with 1:28 to play until the break. The Saints led 34-30 when the halftime horn sounded.

Flagler went on its biggest run of the day early in the second half. After an Edwards jumper made it 35-32 at the 18:53 mark, the Saints scored 10 straight points in a three-minute span to up the advantage to 13 at 45-32 with 15:54 to play.

Fifth-year senior Kevion Taylor (Milwaukee, Wis. / Whitnall [Winona State]) stemmed the tide with a triple, then Preston Ruedinger (Oshkosh, Wis. / Lourdes Academy) buried one from long range to slim the lead to seven.

The Beacons scored eight straight points to get even in the middle part of the second half. A pair of Edwards 3s were sandwiched around a layup by Emil Freese-Vilien (Copenhagen, Denmark / Falkonergardens Gymnasium) to account for the largest Valpo run of the evening. The second Edwards trey leveled the score at 46 with 11:17 to play.

Senior Thomas Kithier (Macomb, Mich. / Clarkston [Michigan State]) drained a go-ahead triple at the 10:26 mark, and the lead continued to seesaw for much of the half’s duration. Taylor had two 3s within a minute of one another, the second of which gave Valpo its largest lead at 61-54 with 5:18 remaining.

Flagler’s Jaizec Lottie made a go-ahead 3 with 1:39 to go, then Edwards responded with a game-tying basket to create a 67-all deadlock with 33 seconds on the clock.

An offensive rebound extended the ensuing Flagler possession, setting up a putback by Kohl Roberts with 0.9 on the clock. He was also fouled on the shot, and completed the 3-point-play to account for the final three-point margin.

Inside the Game

Edwards led the team in scoring for the second straight exhibition, pouring in 19 points to pace four Beacons in double figures. He was joined by Taylor (15), Trevor Anderson (10) (Stevens Point, Wis. / SPASH [Wisconsin]) and Kithier (10).

Kithier squeezed a game-high 16 rebounds to secure his second-straight exhibition double-double. Five of his boards came on the offensive glass.

The majority of Valpo’s damage from the field came from long range, as 31 of the team’s 48 field-goal attempts were from distance. The Beacons made 11 3s and eight 2s in the game, while shooting 85.7 percent (18-of-21) at the free-throw line.

Ruedinger led the team in plus-minus for the second straight exhibition as the Beacons outscored the Saints by nine when the freshman was on the court.

Up Next

Valpo will tip off the regular season on Tuesday, Nov. 9 vs. Toledo at 6 p.m. at the Athletics-Recreation Center. For ticket information, visit valpoathletics.com/tickets. The game will be broadcast on ESPN+ with Todd Ickow and Jamie Stangel on the call. In addition, the radio call can be heard on 95.1 FM Valparaiso, WVUR and the TuneIn Radio app.

VALPO VOLLEYBALL: Coryell Repeats as MVC Goalkeeper of the Year; Eight Beacons Earn Postseason Honors

Valpo soccer sophomore goalkeeper Nikki Coryell (Aurora, Ill./Metea Valley) earned Missouri Valley Conference Goalkeeper of the Year honors for the second time in as many seasons and was joined on the First Team All-MVC by sophomore forward Kelsie James (Carmel, Ind./Carmel), highlighting a total of seven Beacons who raked in postseason honors Thursday evening as the MVC announced the awards.

Valpo placed a trio of players on the Second Team All-MVC: junior forward Kiley Dugan (Irwin, Pa./Penn-Trafford), sophomore forward Lindsey DuSatko (Plainfield, Ill./North) and junior defender Nicole Norfolk (Menomonee Falls, Wis./Divine Savior Holy Angels). Junior midfielder/defender Natalie Graf (Williamsburg, Mich./St. Francis) earned Honorable Mention All-MVC notice, while rookies Dana Fish (Sheboygan, Wis./Sheboygan) and Abby White (Commerce Township, Mich./Walled Lake Central) represented Valpo on the All-Freshman Team.

Coryell posted an MVC-best .865 save percentage within conference matches and tied for the MVC lead with five clean sheets in conference play. She surrendered just two goals over Valpo’s first seven matches of the MVC slate to help the Beacons secure the top-two spot and the corresponding bye to the tournament semifinals. Overall this season, Coryell boasts a GAA of 1.11 and a save percentage of .830, both marks on pace to be among the best in program history, while her career GAA of 0.82 is fourth-best in MVC history.

The only goalkeeper in program history to earn a league Goalkeeper of the Year award, Coryell is also the first player in program history to earn a conference postseason major award multiple times. She is the first Valpo player to earn First Team All-Conference honors in each of her first two seasons since Jackie Thomas did so in the Mid-Continent Conference in 2005 and 2006.

James earns First Team All-MVC accolades this season after receiving an Honorable Mention nod in the spring as a freshman. She leads the Valley in both goals (9) and points (21), marks which are both tied for seventh-best in a single season in program history. James scored match-winning goals in conference play against Missouri State, Drake and Evansville, making her the only MVC player with three match-winners within conference play. Two of her three assists this year came on match-winning goals as well, including the winner against Illinois State.

This is the second straight season Dugan has been an All-Conference honoree, claiming a Second Team All-MVC honor this season to go with her First Team selection in the spring. Dugan has played 1,154 minutes this year, the most of any Valpo forward. A key connecting piece up front for the Beacons, Dugan owns a pair of assists this season, including an assist on the match-winning goal versus Evansville.

DuSatko receives Second Team All-MVC recognition despite missing three of Valpo’s eight conference fixtures. She ranks second on the team in both goals (3) and points (8). Two of Dusatko’s three goals came in conference play — the match-winner in extra time at Indiana State and the opening goal in Valpo’s win at Missouri State.

Norfolk makes it three Second Team All-MVC honorees for Valpo for her steady presence at center back. She broke Valpo’s record for consecutive minutes played by a field player early this season, started all 17 matches this season and went the distance in 15 of the 17 contests. Norfolk anchors a defensive unit which has posted eight clean sheets this fall, five of which have come in MVC play. Offensively, she registered an assist on Valpo’s match-winning goal at Indiana State.

Coryell and James were the only two underclassmen to earn First Team All-MVC honors, while Valpo led the conference with five honorees between the first team and the second team. The last time Valpo had five players earn first or second team honors in the same season came back in 2005 in the Mid-Con.

Graf picks up Honorable Mention All-MVC recognition for her defensive work this season. She has appeared in all 17 matches, starting 15 times, and has played 1,314 minutes — third-most among Valpo field players. She started the season as a defensive midfielder before moving back to center back Sept. 24 at Indiana State. The Beacons have gone 5-1-1 with Graf starting at center back, including four shutouts.

Fish grabbed an opportunity early in the season and ran with it all the way to MVC All-Freshman Team accolades. Fish netted three goals in a four-match stretch in September, including match-winners in MVC play against Illinois State and Southern Illinois. That stretch also saw her record an assist on Valpo’s golden goal at Indiana State as well. Fish is just one of four players in the conference who scored multiple match-winners within MVC play.

White made an immediate impact this year en route to earning a spot on the MVC All-Freshman Team. Slotted in at left back from the very start of the season, she has played 1,339 minutes this year — second-most among Valpo field players — for a defense which has posted eight clean sheets. White has shown the ability to get forward as well and scored a match-winning goal earlier this season at Robert Morris.

INDIANAPOLIS MBB: Men’s Basketball Battles #7 Purdue in Mackey

WEST LAFAYETTE, IN – In their second exhibition game of the week, the University of Indianapolis men’s basketball team went toe-to-toe with No. 7 Purdue University on Thursday night.  The Hounds trailed by eight at the half and eventually fell 84-61 inside historic Mackey Arena.

HOW IT HAPPENED

The Hounds were unfazed off the bat, scoring the first three baskets of the game.  Cory Miller notched a lay up before back-to-back three’s from Josiah Tynes and Jakobie Robinson.  The Boilermakers responded with a lay up before Ben Nicoson put back a three to extend UIndy’s lead to 11-2.

UIndy led for the first 6:48 of the game before a quick run from Purdue.  Tynes ended a nearly four minute scoring drought for the Hounds, tallying a lay up and pulling the Hounds back within one.

At the 11:24 mark Robinson found Kendrick Tchoua down low for a basket that put the Hounds back on top at 16-15.  Minutes later Tynes connected with Cory Miller Jr. for a lay up that gave UIndy a 20-17 midway thru the first.

The Boilermakers jumped out to a 15-point lead five minutes into the second half and never looked back.  UIndy fought hard til the end, trailing by ten with 7:30 remaining but a quick three from the Boilermakers halted UIndy’s momentum.  Purdue shot 57.1% from the floor in the second half en route to the win.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

– For the second straight game Cory Miller Jr. led the Hounds in scoring, tonight with 14 points.  Miller also paced the Hounds with five assists.

– Jakobie Robinson flirted with his first double-double of the season, scoring 12 points and grabbing seven rebounds, all of which were defensive.  Robinson tallied a team-best three steals and recorded the lone block for the Hounds.

– UIndy drastically cut back their turnovers on Thursday, committing just 10 compared to Monday’s 19.

UP NEXT

The Hounds have a quick turnaround for their third game in five days.  UIndy closes out their exhibition slate at Butler on Friday with tip off set for 7 ET.  A livestream of the game will not be available.

INDIANAPOLIS FOOTBALL: Senior Day, Final Home Game on Tap for UIndy Football

BACK AT KEY Coming off of two consecutive road trips, the Greyhounds celebrate Senior Day by welcoming the Cardinals of William Jewell to Key Stadium for the final home game of the season. THANK YOU, SENIORS UIndy will honor a total of 18 seniors prior to kickoff. Gavin Bane, Charlie Bernhardt, Paul Buisman, Gabe Collins-Green, Bryce Edwards, Chris Ford, Clay Hadley, Sean Jackson, Cory Klem, Dan McDonald, Tyson Magee, Levi McKinney, Will Loggan, Alec Patch, Tyler Selm, Tarnjeet Singh, Bryce Stancombe and Jayme Taylor will all be recognized for their hard work and dedication to the program. Ranging from four-year players to the rare seventh-year senior in Stancombe, this group has helped the Greyhounds to a combined 54 wins, four GLVC titles and four NCAA playoff appearance. Eleven studentathletes on the list are wrapping up their fifth season on the team, compiling a .809 win percentage to date since first stepping onto campus in 2017. ABOUT WILLIAM JEWELL One of only 11 winless teams in Division II, it has been a long season for the Cardinals. In fact, Jewell is in the midst of a 22-game losing streak, with its last win coming versus Southwest Baptist in the 2019 season opener. Among the 163 DII football teams nationwide, the Cardinals rank 151st in scoring offense (12.9 ppg), 155th in scoring defense (42.8 ppg) and dead last in passing defense (327 ypg). However, they do rank seventh in DII in fewest penalties per game (4.2) and are tied for fifth with three blocked punts thus far. HOUNDS vs. CARDINALS UIndy has come out on top in seven of the eight all-time meetings with Jewell. Since the lone defeat in 2014, UIndy has won the last five contests by an average of 34 points. The teams last met in 2019, with UIndy earning a dominating 59-7 victory in Liberty. The Hounds needed just eight-and-a-half minutes to score three touchdowns. That lead that would quickly balloon to 42-0 late in the second quarter before the Cardinals earned their first and only score on the final drive of the first half. The Hounds went on to out-gain their hosts 592-174 on the day, including a paltry minus-22 rushing yards by the Cardinals. LAST TIME OUT The Hounds endured a 31-28 loss at Missouri S&T last week. Already short on wide receivers heading into game, UIndy lost running backs Toriano Clinton and Lenny Bennett to injury in the first half. The offense struggled to find a rhythm from that point, while the Miners managed 17 points in the fourth quarter to earn the comeback win—their first-ever against the Hounds.

INJURY WOES With Clinton and Bennett combining for just eight carries before succumbing to injury, the UIndy offense, which has thrice surpassed 400 yards rushing this year, shifted more focus to the passing game then it has all season. The result netted some statistical oddities for the Greyhounds. First, the Hounds threw the ball a season-high 46 times, surpassing 40 pass attempts for the first time since 2016 at Quincy. Also, UIndy’s rushing total of 47 yards on the day broke a streak of 45 consecutive games with at least 100 rushing yards, a streak that began in week 3 of 2017. Additionally, the Hounds and Miners punted a combined 20 times for 756 yards, with the latter number surpassing the sum of their combined total offense (705). THE CLINTON ADMINISTRATION His limited chances at Missouri S&T aside, Clinton has already etched his name at the top of the UIndy single-season rushing list. The fourth-year running back needed just eight games to get there, compiling 1,521 rushing yards through eight weeks before tacking on four more at S&T. He supplants former Greyhound great Klay Fiechter and his total of 1,475 from 2012 campaign. Clinton has twice broken the UIndy single-game rushing record this fall, first with 270 yards at Hillsdale in week 2 and again with 287 yards versus McKendree in week 6. Prior to the Hillsdale game, UIndy’s singlegame rushing record of 254 yards had stood for 56 years, set by Jack Schuck in 1965. A third notable game saw Clinton add a national record to his resume. At Southwest Baptist in week 5, Clinton broke the Division II mark for most rushing yards in a single quarter, racking up 197 first-quarter yards on just 10 attempts in a lopsided victory. Clinton is currently just 273 yards shy of the UIndy career rushing mark of 3,809, attained by Fiechter from 2010- 13. Additionally, Clinton’s 17 rushing TDs are three shy of matching the UIndy single-season benchmark of 20 (Andrew Walker, 2015). On the season, Clinton continues to top all Division II student-athletes in both rushing yards (1,524) and allpurpose yards (1,661) on the season while ranking third in rushing touchdowns (17) and sixth in yards per carry (7.4).

MARIAN UNIVERSITY SELECTED AS 2021 NAIA WOMEN’S SOCCER OPENING ROUND HOST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced on Thursday morning the group of hosts for the 2021 NAIA Women’s Soccer National Championship Opening Rounds. Selections of each site were made in part by the NAIA Women’s Soccer National Championship Selection Committee. The committee is comprised of head coaches and administrators from around the nation. Selections take into account geography, facilities and host qualification.

For the third consecutive season, Marian University and the Marian women’s soccer team has been selected as a host for the Women’s Soccer NAIA Opening Round. This season also marks the fourth time in five seasons that Marian has been selected as a host since earning facility approval in 2017.

Each of the 10 opening round sites will feature four teams. Play will be from November 18-20 and will have a single day of rest between the first game and the championship. The winner of each will advance to the final site in Orange Beach, Ala., beginning on November 30, 2021.

As was the case in 2020, Marian was one of three Crossroads League schools selected to host, joining fellow top-10 programs Indiana Wesleyan and Spring Arbor as 2021 hosts.

Teams, opponents, and schedules for the Opening Round will be reveiled on Monday November 15. Game one of the NAIA Opening Round will be held at St. Vincent Field on Thursday November 18.

IU EAST VOLLEYBALL: WEEKEND PREVIEW

The Indiana University East volleyball team concludes the regular season this weekend with home matches on Lingle Court against the River States Conference’s two Pittsburgh-based schools.

First up is a showdown against Point Park University on Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. in a matchup of the two teams at the top of the RSC East Division standings.

IU East’s final match of the regular season is Nov. 6 at noon against Carlow.

FOLLOW THE MATCHES

General admission for IU East volleyball is $7. IU East students, faculty and staff are admitted free with their university ID.

With guidance from the university’s medical and public health leaders as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Indiana Department of Health, all students, faculty, staff and visitors on all IU campuses are instructed to wear a mask indoors, including at IU East volleyball home matches on Lingle Court. This guidance will allow IU campuses to keep in-person classes, events and activities while also maintaining health and safety.

The GPS address for Lingle Court is 2325 Chester Boulevard in Richmond.

Live video, produced by Whitewater Education Television (WETV), Comcast Channel 20, is scheduled to be available.

Live stats also are scheduled to be available.

Monitor iueredwolves.com for the game recaps and results.

YOU OUGHT TO KNOW

* The IU East-Point Park match will go a long way toward deciding the RSC East Division title. IU East clinches the top seed from the RSC East Division with a win. Point Park clinches the top seed from the RSC East Division with a three-set win or four-set win. If Point Park wins in five sets, the division could be decided by a tiebreaker depending on IU East’s results against Carlow on Nov. 6.

* IU East won at Point Park in five sets in September. The Red Wolves lead the all-time series 11-6, with wins in the last three meetings.

* IU East has won three in a row, most recently a five-set win at WVU Tech on Nov. 2. Reigning RSC Attacker of the Week Jessica Swimm put away 31 kills to break her own single-match school record. Jenna Mitchell served up two aces to boost her season total to 58, breaking the previous single-season school record of 57.

* IU East is 14-1 when it posts a hitting average of .145 or better.

* IU East has qualified for the RSC Championship tournament, which will be played at Indiana University Kokomo on Nov. 12 and Nov. 13.

IU EAST WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: FIRST BANK RICHMOND CLASSIC PREVIEW

The Indiana University East women’s basketball team brings an unbeaten record into its own First Bank Richmond Classic this weekend on Lingle Court.

TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE

Friday, November 5

2 p.m. – Northwestern Ohio (0-0) at IU EAST (2-0)

4 p.m. – Michigan-Dearborn (0-3) vs. IU Southeast (1-1)

Saturday, November 6

3 p.m. – Northwestern Ohio vs. IU Southeast

5 p.m. – Michigan-Dearborn vs. IU EAST

FOLLOW THE GAMES

General admission for IU East basketball is $7. IU East students, faculty and staff are admitted free with their university ID.

With guidance from the university’s medical and public health leaders as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Indiana Department of Health, all students, faculty, staff and visitors on all IU campuses are instructed to wear a mask indoors, including at IU East basketball home games on Lingle Court. This guidance will allow IU campuses to keep in-person classes, events and activities while also maintaining health and safety.

The GPS address for Lingle Court is 2325 Chester Boulevard in Richmond.

Live video, produced by Whitewater Education Television (WETV), Comcast Channel 20, is scheduled to be available.

Live stats also are scheduled to be available.

Monitor iueredwolves.com for the game recaps and results.

YOU OUGHT TO KNOW

* These are the first home games of the season of IU East.

* The Red Wolves are 2-0 for the first time since the 2017-18 season after starting the year with double-digit wins against Lawrence Tech and Milligan this past weekend at the Rio Grande RedStorm Classic.

* IU East is 6-4 all-time at its home tournament, with a 1-1 record in each of the past two years.

* This is the Red Wolves’ first meeting against Northwestern Ohio since 2014, when the Red Wolves won by a 91-81 score on the Racers’ home floor.

* IU East only previous meeting against Michigan-Dearborn was in 2019, when the Wolverines beat the Red Wolves at a Tennessee tournament.

* IU East is limiting opponents to a .105 shooting percentage from 3-point range, the fourth-stingiest percentage in the nation.

* Five IU East players are averaging double digits in scoring, including Addie Brown and Bethany Mackin with 15.5 points per game apiece.

* Addie Brown and Tia Tolbert (6.5 rebounds per game), Bethany Mackin (4.0 assists per game), Marissa Quiroz (1.5 blocks per game) and Paige Gregory (4.0 steals per game) are IU East’s leaders in the other standard statistical categories.

IU EAST MEN’S BASKETBALL: IU EAST AT IWU CALEB DIMMICH CLASSIC PREVIEW

The Indiana University East men’s basketball team hits the road for the first time this season with a trip to Indiana Wesleyan University’s Caleb Dimmich Memorial Classic.

IU East (0-2) faces Lincoln College (0-2) on Nov. 5 at 8 p.m.

The Red Wolves return to the court Nov. 6 to face Briar Cliff University (1-1) at 3 p.m.

FOLLOW THE TOURNAMENT

Indiana Wesleyan’s Luckey Arena is located on the IWU campus at 4201 South Washington Street in Marion.

Live video and live stats, produced by Indiana Wesleyan, are scheduled to be available.

Monitor iueredwolves.com for the game recap and box score.

YOU OUGHT TO KNOW

* This event tips off a month worth of road trips for IU East. The Red Wolves will play their next eight games away from home.

* IU East is 5-3 in three previous appearances at Indiana Wesleyan’s Caleb Dimmich Memorial Classic, including a split of two games in November of 2019.

* IU East dropped its only previous meeting against Lincoln in what was the 2019-20 season opener.

* IU East is 2-0 all-time against Briar Cliff. Both meetings – in 2016 and 2018 – took place in the Round of 8 at the NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball National Championship.

* Justin Williams averages 10.0 points per game for IU East. Jehu Lafeuillee (10.0 rebounds per game and 2.5 blocks per game), Garrett Silcott (3.5 assists per game) and Jamisen Smith and Kobe Ward (2.0 steals per game) are IU East’s leaders in the other standard statistical categories.

INDIANA WESLEYAN WBB: WOMEN’S BASKETBALL VICTORIOUS ON ROAD TRIP

COLUMBIA, MO. – No. 11 Indiana Wesleyan women’s basketball team defeated RV Columbia College 77-69 in Missouri this evening. This win moves Wildcats to 3-0 on the young season. This was the first matchup in school history between these two historic programs.

GAME HIGHLIGHTS

Right out of the gate, Kelli Damman connected on a 3-point basket to put the Wildcats ahead. The rest of the quarter both teams continued to exchange baskets point by point. Wildcats were in for a battle leading 16-15 after the first quarter.

Second quarter was led by Jordan Reid and Lilli Frasure who each posted six points. The battle continued as Wildcats led 34-32 at the break.

A minute into the second half, Columbia tied the game 36-36 and IWU went on a run. A thread of plays starting with a layup made by Maddie Lawrence, block by Adrianna Trexler which led to a Reid layup on the other end of the floor, and a Frasure three-pointer put the Wildcats up seven. Wildcats led Cougars 54-50 going into the final stanza.

Wildcats weren’t going to let down in the fourth. For the second game in a row, Frasure shinned in the final quarter of play scoring ten points.  She went 8-10 from the free throw line down the final stretch. Wildcats walked away with a 77-69 victory.

INSIDE THE BOX

Wildcats dominated the boards 40-32. They posted 16 offensive rebounds to Cougars four.

Frasure recorded her career-high 25 points scoring in a variety of ways.

Reid posted her third double-double in her career with 18 points and 12 rebounds.

Lawrence was just shy of a double-double with 12 points and nine rebounds.

Wildcats kept control of the ball with a season-low ten turnovers.

WHALEY PERSPECTIVE

“I loved the effort and intensity tonight. I thought this was the hardest we’ve played and the most connected we’ve played so far. There were a lot of highs and a lot of lows throughout the game but we kept our composure

NEXT TIME OUT

Wildcats remain in Missouri and finish out their trip tomorrow, November 5 with No. 17 Central Methodist at 1pm EST.

WABASH WRESTLING: Little Giants Start 2021-22 Season Ranked Second In Preseason Poll

The Wabash College wrestling team returns to the mats for the first time since February 29, 2020, when the Little Giants produced four national qualifiers at the NCAA Division III Central Regional. The 2020 National Championship Tournament along with the entire 2020-2021 season was canceled.

Now Wabash is set to compete at the same location as the 2020 regional tournament when the Little Giants head to Michigan and the Adrian College Invitational. Wabash will compete as the number-two ranked team in the country in the first Division III Coaches’ Top-Ten Tournament poll. The Little Giants received 48 total points and trailed on top-ranked Wartburg with 60 points. Loras (44 points), Coe (38 points), John Carroll (29 points), Stevens Institute (28 points), North Central (23 points), and Augsburg (21 points) hold spots three through eight. Mount St. Joseph and Millikin tied for ninth in the rankings with 20 points each.

Four Wabash wrestlers start the season ranked the preseason individual National Wrestling Coaches Association polls. Kyle Hatch and Maxwell Bishop are both ranked number one in their individual weight classes. Hatch is the top wrestler at 165 pounds. Hatch went 33-0 in 2019-2020 and earned a national tournament berth for the third time in his career after winning the Central Regional title. The three-time All-American finished sixth at the 2019 championship tournament after placing eighth in 2018.

Bishop earned a number-four seed at the 2020 national tournament after finishing second at the regional. He received First Team All-America honors and posted a 29-4 record for the season.

Senior Alex Barr starts the season ranked fourth at 149 pounds. A 2020 national tournament qualifier after finishing third at the regional. He won four consecutive regional matches to qualify for the championship tournament after losing in the opening round to the top-seeded wrestler at the regional. Barr finished the 2019-20 season with a record of 26-11.

Carlos Champagne, another senior wrestler, is ranked fifth at 133 pounds. An All-American in 2019 with a seventh-place finish at the national tournament, Champagne finished 16-2 in 2019-2020 and narrowly missed a berth at the national tournament after finishing fourth in the regional.

Junior Jack Heldt also returns as an experience regional wrestler. He finished seventh in the 197-pound weight class at the 2020 regional and won 18 matches overall.

We have a very solid team again this year, so expectations for individuals and the program are high,” Wabash head coach Brian Anderson said. “After not being able to compete at the past two national championships due to COVID, I think everyone is hungry for this season. Heading into the 2020 championships Wabash was ranked fourth, in 2021 we were preseason ranked number one. We open this season ranked preseason number two.

“I think the coaching staff and the entire program feel cheated and know the past two seasons we would have been in the running for team trophies at the national championships. My expectation for the team is to do things right each week, bring a positive attitude, have a high effort level, and to live a championship lifestyle on and off the mat. If those things happen, the 2021-22 team will be in a great position for the two very important days in March 2022.”

Thirty freshmen and sophomores make up the bulk of the 2021-2022 Wabash College roster and will compete at the collegiate level for the first time. Top wrestlers to watch during the coming season are:

Jaden Bird (Three-time Wisconsin state place winner)

Reece Chapman (Two-time Ohio state qualifier)

Gavinn Alstott (Three-time Indiana state qualifier; Indiana state placer)

Blake McGee (Two-time Illinois state qualifier)

Andrew Sinkovics (USAW Folkstyle All-American)

Joey Miller (Illinois state qualifier)

Mawuli Nevis (Ohio state qualifier)

Jake Graden – (Indiana state qualifier)

Spencer Phillips (Indiana state qualifier)

Ray Arebalo (Illinois state placer)

Chase Baczek – (Illinois state finalist)

Nick Casad – (Fargo All-American)

Matt Lepper (Two-time Indiana state qualifier)

Colin Baker (Illinois state placer)

TJ Driessens (two-time Illinois state qualifier)

Daniel Uribe (Illinois state qualifier)

Tyson Nisley (Indiana state qualifier)

Bradley Harrington (Indiana state placer)

Eero Gross (Michigan two-time state placer)

Caden Friedt (Indiana state placer)

The Little Giants will open the home portion of their schedule next Friday when they host Manchester College at 7 p.m. at Chadwick Court. Wabash will also serve as the host institution for the annual Indiana Little State Tournament scheduled for December 4 in the Knowling Fieldhouse.

“Everyone understands the importance of competing this year,” Anderson said. “Again, we have been without a very big part of what these guys came to Wabash for. It truly means a lot to get our program competing again and getting back to what we do. I am beyond excited for this weekend. It’s time to cut the guys loose and compete. It will be exciting for our freshman and sophomores to suit up in a Wabash College singlet for the first time in their careers.”

FRANKLIN FOOTBALL: WEEK 10 PREVIEW | Franklin to Host Rose-Hulman on Senior Day Saturday Afternoon

The Opening Kick

The Franklin Grizzlies bring a three-game winning streak into their home final on Saturday afternoon, where the Griz will welcome the lone remaining unbeaten team in the league, the Rose-Hulman Fightin’ Engineers.

Last Time Out

The Grizzlies closed out a two-game road trip last Saturday afternoon, battling back from an early deficit for a 13-7 win over Defiance in another dominant showing by the FC defense. Franklin held their third straight opponent to seven points or less and took the lead for good in the third quarter on a Garrett Cora rushing touchdown. A full recap can be found on page 14 of the notes.

About the Engineers

Under 11th year head coach Jeff Sokol, the Engineers enter Saturday afternoon as the last remaining unbeaten team in HCAC play at 5-0 after last Saturday’s 48-12 win over Bluffton. The Engineers boast the league’s top offense, averaging 52.2 points per game in conference play.

Fifth-year quarterback Andrew Dion has had an outstanding year under center for Rose and leads the HCAC with 280.1 yards per game passing and 23 touchdowns through the air. Dion’s 63% completion percentage ranks second in the conference to Hanover’s Matthew Weimer.

Three Engineer pass catchers have hauled in more than 30 balls this year with Noah Thomas (39 rec, 747 yds), Daniel Huery (37 rec, 512 yds) and Adam Tice-Saliu (33 rec, 416 yds) all giving defenses fits. Add in Jailen Hobbs’ 29 grabs for 390 yards and the Engineers boast four big-play threats in the passing game. On the ground, Shane Welshans anchors the run game and has racked up 494 yards and eight scores this year.

Defensively, Michael Stevens tops the team with 65 tackles and Deven Cobb’s 3.5 sacks are a team-high. Tyce Miller has picked off an HCAC-best five passes.

Last Time They Met

The two teams last battled on Apr. 3, with the Engineers winning 34-14 in Terre Haute. Saturday’s matchup will be the first between the two in Franklin since 2018, where Franklin won a thriller 42-39.

Griz and Engineers All-Time

The two in-state rivals have been battling since 1902 and Franklin enters the day with a 43-25-2 lead in the all-time series. The Grizzlies have claimed 11 of the last 14 matchups with the most recent Rose victory at Faught Stadium coming in 2016.

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 broadcast starts at 1:15 and is the first of two straight weeks the Grizzlies will be in the featured broadcast.

Thank You, Seniors

Before the game, the Franklin football program will say “thank you” to its senior class before their final home contest. This year’s senior class is: WR Ryan Poole, S Nick Winders, CB Wyatt Carmack, CB Michael Heading, S Evan Stambaugh, K Casey Smith, K Carter Brown, WR Bobby Scaggs, RB Ian Seim, DL Noah Ryan, DL Dante Darden, LB Jason Pigg, OL Evan Hosea, OL Thomas Witham, OL Ethan McClain, WR Devon Mueller and DL John Svinarich.

Sack Master

Sophomore defensive end Jireh Ojata has been a nightmare for opposing quarterbacks this year. The Carmel, Ind.-native leads Division III with 12.5 sacks and has found his way to the QB in each of the last six games.

Bully Ball

The Franklin defense has been giving teams fits during their winning streak, surrendering just 13 points over the last three games to Bluffton, Anderson and Defiance. The last time an FC defense held three different opponents to under 10 points in a game was back in 2015.

The Grizzlies currently rank third in the HCAC in scoring defense at 20.5 points per game allowed. That number is the lowest total for an FC defense since 2015, when the Grizzlies ended the year allowed just 20 points per game.

Catch Him if You Can

Junior wideout Jarrett Gibson continued his stellar season with nine grabs for 148 yards last week. The Angola, Ind.-native sits in second place in the league in catches (47) and yards (661) and moved back into first place in all-purpose yards with 983 on the year.

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 39.8 yards per attempt and ranks second in the league with 17 punts inside the 20, one behind Manchester’s Andrew Kiber on 17 fewer attempts.

Around the HCAC

League play resumes on Saturday and will feature three other games in conjunction with the Grizzlies and Engineers. The rest of the slate is as follows:

Hanover at Mount St. Joseph, 1:30 PM

Manchester at Bluffton, 1:30 PM

Defiance at Anderson, 1:30 PM

Wabash Picked Second In NCAC Basketball Coach’s Poll

Wabash received half of the first-place votes and was picked to finish second in the North Coast Athletic Conference in the men’s basketball coach’s preseason poll.

The Little Giants received a total of 91 points and trailed only Wittenberg in the poll. Wittenberg received the remaining five first-place votes and a total of 93 points. Wooster was picked to finish third by receiving 82 votes. DePauw placed fourth in the poll with 59 points. Denison (58 points), Ohio Wesleyan (57 points), Allegheny (36 points), Oberlin (31 points), Kenyon (23 points), and Hiram (20 points) complete the rankings.

After an abbreviated season last year, Wabash is ready to welcome back a full slate of games in 2021-22. The Little Giants finished 6-6 last year with Tyler Watson and Kellen Schreiber leading the team in scoring. Watson averaged 21.5 points and 4 assists a game to earn Great Lakes All-Region recognition. Schreiber added 19.6 points and 6.3 rebounds per contest.

Wabash also welcomes back three-time All-NCAC guard Jack Davidson, who opted out of the 2020-21 season. Davidson averaged 20.1 points a game as a junior. He owns a 21.1 ppg average and 43.9 shooting percentage for his career. Davidson has 252 career assists and ranks seventh in Wabash history in that category. His 1,647 career points are sixth on all-time scoring for the Little Giants.

Junior forward Reis Thomas and sophomore guard Avery Beaver both started 12 games for the Little Giants last year. Beaver averaged 8.8 points a game as a first-year player. Thomas chipped in 8.4 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. Junior Ahmoni Jones came off the bench in nine contests to average 9 points and 3.6 rebounds.

Eight freshmen are on the 2021-2022 roster. Local product Jesse Hall, who graduated from Crawfordsville High School, and Vinny Buccilla from Hamilton Southeastern have seen significant playing time in two preseason scrimmages for Wabash.

“We are very excited about the upcoming season,” Wabash head basketball coach Kyle Brumett said. “This is the most veteran team I have had in my time at Wabash. The senior class has a lot of basketball experience and talent. They have helped move our program back to a place where we can compete for championships.

“Jack Davidson is a prolific scorer and has to be the Player of the Year in our league and an All-Amdoan. His passing and playmaking does not get enough recognition. He will have the attention of our opponent’s defenses, but Tyler Watson and Kellen Schreiber are both coming off seasons where they averaged 20 ppg, and will be all-conference type players themselves. Ahmoni Jones and Reis Thomas will round out our starting lineup, and bring a very physical style to our team.”

Wabash opens the 2021-2022 season Saturday at Centre College. After playing the home opener against Hanover on November 10, the Little Giants will compete in the 2021 Great Lakes Invitational at Marietta College. Wabash will play third-ranked Marietta on Friday, November 21. The Little Giants will play 13th-ranked Emory on Saturday, November 22. Wabash opens conference play at home on Sunday, November 28 against Denison University.

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | 25th-Ranked Trojans Set to Open Crossroads League Tournament

UPLAND, Ind. – The No. 25 Taylor volleyball team will begin play in the 2021 Crossroads League Tournament on Saturday, November 6, when it hosts Spring Arbor for a quarterfinal clash inside Odle Arena at 5:00 pm.

Taylor piled up its highest win total since 2014 with a 26-6 overall record during the regular season and tied for second in the CL standings with a 14-4 league clip, its best record in league play since 2011.

The Trojans took the third-seed in the tournament due to a tie-breaker with No. 21 Indiana Wesleyan and drew sixth-seeded and unranked Spring Arbor (14-17, 7-11 CL) for the opening round.

Taylor split the head-to-head series with Spring Arbor this season, with each team defending its home court. TU took a 15-25, 25-12, 25-19, 25-14 win over SAU in Upland back on September 17, before suffering a 25-20, 20-25, 25-23, 23-25, 15-10 defeat at Spring Arbor on October 16.

Ryan Czerniak paced a diverse attack for TU against the Cougars in the head-to-head play with 14.5 kills per set on a .295 percentage. Claudia Ellis countered for SAU with 11.5 kills and 7.5 blocks per set against the Trojans.

On the season, Taylor has posted a team hitting percentage of .223 for its best mark since 2011 and rates 14th in the NAIA with 13.7 kills per set and 12th with 12.8 assists per set. The trio of Amanda Adams, Kacy Bragg and Stephaney Fifield have paced the Purple and Gold all year with Adams ranking 16th in the NAIA with 388 kills, Bragg ranking third with 1,195 assists and Fifield sitting sixth with 677 digs.

Spring Arbor closed the year strong with a 5-4 clip in the second round of league play and posted a .166 percentage as a team with 11.7 kills and 10.9 assists per set during the regular season. The Cougars have been led offensively with a combined 20.3 kills per match from McKenna Peters and Alison Ford, while Ellis has led the squad with 3.2 blocks per outing.

The winner of Saturday’s CL Tournament Quarterfinal meeting will advance to take on the winner of No. 21 and second-seeded Indiana Wesleyan (20-4, 14-4 CL) and sixth-seeded Grace (13-17, 6-12 CL) on Wednesday, November 10 at the site of the best remaining seed.

On the other side of the bracket, No. 6 and top-seeded Marian (29-1, 17-1 CL) will host eighth-seeded Huntington (14-20, 5-13 CL), with fourth-seeded Bethel (27-7, 12-6 CL) hosting RV and fifth-seeded Mount Vernon Nazarene (27-8, 11-7 CL).

The CL Tournament Championship will be on Saturday, November 13 with the league’s second automatic bid into the NAIA National Tournament up for grabs.

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | No. 4 Taylor Women Look to Stretch Crossroads League Streak

UPLAND, Ind. – The reigning Crossroads League Champions will look to stretch their streak from eight to nine as the No. 4-ranked Taylor University women’s cross country team will attempt to defend its Crossroads League crown on Saturday, November 6 at 11:45 am. The meet will be hosted at Huntington University.

The dominant Trojans have won eight-straight Crossroads League titles and 10 total in program history. This year’s championship race will be competitive as usual, as six Crossroads League teams are ranked or receiving votes. TU will compete against No. 15 Grace, No. 17 Saint Francis (Ind.), No. 18 Huntington, No. 23 Indiana Wesleyan and RV Mount Vernon.

“To participate in such a competitive league is a privilege,” commented coach Quinn White. “We are excited for this opportunity to battle for another title.”

No. 4 Taylor is in the midst of a strong 2021 campaign. The Purple and Gold own an overall record of 56-41 through four races, with their only NAIA losses to No. 1 St. Francis (Ill.) and No. 3 Cornerstone. The Taylor women took first place at the IWU Twilight Invite, third place at the Ray Bullock Invite and third at the Great Lakes Challenge where they logged the second-fastest team time in program history. Eleven-of-13 Trojans have set career-best times this season and nine women have recorded sub-19:00 marks. TU has also been ranked inside the top-five in the NAIA Coaches’ Top-25 Poll all year.

Abbey Brennan will look to collect her first All-Crossroads League honor as the senior has led the Trojans in her outstanding final season. Brennan entered the 2021 campaign with a PR of 19:31.9 and has since blasted that best by running 17:54.8 at the Great Lakes Challenge, claiming TU’s fourth-fastest time in program history. Brennan has three top-10 finishes this season, ending fifth at the IWU Invite, ninth at the Bullock Invite and ninth at the Great Lakes Challenge.

Standout sophomores Ahna VanderWall and Mollie Gamble have also been consistent leaders all season and will look to claim their first All-Crossroads League award. VanderWall led the Trojans at the Louisville Classic while Gamble finished first for Taylor at the Bullock Invite.

Seniors Giovanna Domene and Corinne O’Leary have both been two-time all-league recipients and will seek their third All-Crossroads League honor on Saturday. Brooke Studnicki, Madeline Purdom, Audrey Brinkruff, Lynae Ackley and Elayna Kitt have all landed inside TU’s top-eight this season and provide immense depth to the Purple and Gold roster.

The winner of Saturday’s league championship will secure an automatic bid to the NAIA National Championships on November 19 in Vancouver, Washington. Taylor has competed in the NAIA National Championships the past eight seasons and turned in a third-place finish on the podium in 2020.  

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | No. 5 TU Men Excited to Race in Crossroads League Championships

UPLAND, Ind. – The fifth-ranked Taylor University men’s cross country team is set to compete in the Crossroads League Championships on Saturday, November 6 at 10:30 am. The meet will be hosted at Huntington University. 

Taylor has finished in second place at the Crossroads League Championships seven of the last eight years and has not won a league title since 1999. As the Trojans look to battle for the crown this year, they will compete against top-ranked opponents including No. 3 Indiana Wesleyan, No. 10 Huntington, No. 22 Grace, No. 25 Marian and RV Goshen.

“With six teams having a shot for a national bid, this will be an extremely competitive meet,” stated head coach Quinn White. “We are excited to race in such a high caliber league championship.”

The No. 5-ranked Trojans (62-24) are in the midst of a sucessful campaign, receiving a top-five ranking for every NAIA Coaches’ Top-25 poll this season. Through four races, the Purple and Gold have had 15 athletes set career personal-bests. The Trojans took first place at the Ray Bullock Invite, second at the IWU Invite and fourth at the Great Lakes Challenge. TU’s only NAIA losses are to No. 1 Saint Francis (Ill.), No. 2 St. Mary and No. 3 Indiana Wesleyan. 

Three experienced seniors will look to pace the Trojans on Saturday as they have done all season. Two-time All-American and three-time All-Crossroads League performer, Daniel Gerber, posted a lifetime-best mark of 24:04.7 at the Louisville Classic, claiming TU’s second-fastest time in program history. Gerber finished first at the IWU Invite, second at the Bullock Invite and second at the Great Lakes Challenge. Alex Helmuth, a former All-American and two-time all-league performer, clocked the third-fastest time in TU history at this year’s Louisville Classic with a mark of 24:13.1. Derek Van Prooyen, also a former All-American and all-league recipient, ran Taylor’s seventh-best 8k time of 24:36.8 at the Louisville Classic and took first place at the Bullock Invite.

Connor White, Josh Harden, Ben Eiffert, Nathan Streitmatter and Zach Hoekstra have all landed in TU’s top-seven this season and provide talent to the Purple and Gold roster.

The Crossroads League Champion on Saturday will receive an automatic bid to the NAIA National Championships on November 19 in Vancouver, Washington. Taylor has competed in the NAIA National Championships the past seven seasons, ending as the runner-up in 2019 and claiming Taylor’s first-ever National Championship in 2020.  

NFL STANDINGS

American Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Buffalo Bills520.7140.02291093-1-02-1-04-2-02-0-01 W
New England Patriots440.5001.52061641-4-03-0-04-1-02-1-02 W
New York Jets260.2503.51442512-1-00-5-02-4-00-2-01 L
Miami Dolphins170.1254.51382330-3-01-4-01-5-01-2-07 L
 
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Las Vegas Raiders520.7140.01801663-1-02-1-04-1-01-1-02 W
Los Angeles Chargers430.5711.01721772-2-02-1-03-2-02-0-02 L
Kansas City Chiefs440.5001.52082202-2-02-2-01-4-00-1-01 W
Denver Broncos440.5001.51571372-2-02-2-02-4-00-1-01 W
 
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Baltimore Ravens520.7140.01871643-1-02-1-04-2-00-1-01 L
Cincinnati Bengals530.6250.52201622-1-03-2-03-1-02-0-01 L
Pittsburgh Steelers430.5711.01321422-2-02-1-03-2-01-1-03 W
Cleveland Browns440.5001.51831803-2-01-2-02-3-00-1-01 L
 
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Tennessee Titans620.7500.02271953-1-03-1-05-1-03-0-04 W
Indianapolis Colts450.4442.52452132-3-02-2-03-3-01-2-01 W
Jacksonville Jaguars160.1434.51232031-3-00-3-01-4-00-2-01 L
Houston Texans170.1255.01192411-3-00-4-01-4-01-1-07 L
 
National Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Dallas Cowboys610.8570.02251623-0-03-1-04-1-02-0-06 W
Philadelphia Eagles350.3753.52031910-3-03-2-03-3-00-1-01 W
Washington Football Team260.2504.51562271-3-01-3-02-2-01-0-04 L
New York Giants260.2504.51562001-3-01-3-02-4-00-2-01 L
 
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Arizona Cardinals710.8750.02461383-1-04-0-03-1-02-0-01 L
Los Angeles Rams710.8750.02451683-1-04-0-05-1-01-1-04 W
San Francisco 49ers340.4293.51681710-3-03-1-03-3-00-2-01 W
Seattle Seahawks350.3754.01811691-3-02-2-01-3-01-1-01 W
 
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Green Bay Packers710.8750.01921673-0-04-1-05-1-02-0-07 W
Minnesota Vikings340.4293.51631572-2-01-2-03-2-01-0-01 L
Chicago Bears350.3754.01231952-2-01-3-01-4-01-1-03 L
Detroit Lions080.0007.01342440-4-00-4-00-6-00-3-08 L
 
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Tampa Bay Buccaneers620.7500.02601834-0-02-2-04-2-01-1-01 L
New Orleans Saints520.7140.51761282-1-03-1-04-2-01-1-03 W
Carolina Panthers440.5002.01651592-2-02-2-02-4-02-0-01 W
Atlanta Falcons340.4292.51481951-3-02-1-01-4-00-2-01 L

NBA STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
Atlantic Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Philadelphia72.7784-13-10-24-27-25 W
Toronto63.6671.02-34-02-06-26-35 W
Brooklyn53.6251.54-21-11-05-35-33 W
New York53.6251.52-23-12-14-35-32 L
Boston45.4443.00-34-20-23-54-52 W
 
Central Divison
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Chicago62.7503-13-12-04-26-21 L
Cleveland54.5561.52-13-32-15-42 W
Milwaukee44.5002.01-33-12-03-14-41 W
Indiana36.3333.53-20-40-12-63-62 W
Detroit17.1255.01-30-40-31-71-73 L
 
Southeast Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Miami62.7503-13-12-04-26-21 L
Washington53.6251.03-12-21-15-35-32 L
Charlotte54.5561.52-23-21-14-35-42 L
Atlanta45.4442.53-11-41-12-44-52 L
Orlando27.2224.50-32-40-21-62-71 L
 
Western Conference
Northwest Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Utah71.8753-04-12-05-07-13 W
Denver44.5003.02-12-31-14-34-42 L
Minnesota34.4293.52-41-00-12-33-43 L
Portland35.3754.03-10-43-23-53 L
Oklahoma City26.2505.01-21-40-12-52-61 W
 
Pacific Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Golden State61.8573-13-03-05-16-12 W
Phoenix43.5712.03-21-11-13-34-33 W
LA Lakers54.5562.04-31-10-24-45-41 L
Sacramento44.5002.51-23-21-14-44-41 W
LA Clippers34.4293.02-21-20-13-33-42 W
 
Southwest Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Dallas53.6253-12-23-04-15-31 W
Memphis53.6253-12-24-25-32 W
San Antonio26.2503.01-31-30-20-42-62 L
Houston17.1254.01-20-50-11-61-76 L
New Orleans18.1114.50-41-41-41-85 L

NHL STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Florida Panthers1090119941226-0-03-0-19-0-1
Carolina Hurricanes990018937155-0-04-0-09-0-0
New York Rangers1062214624221-1-15-1-16-2-2
Washington Capitals1051414536273-0-32-1-15-1-4
Toronto Maple Leafs1164113627305-1-11-3-05-4-1
Tampa Bay Lightning1053212530322-2-13-1-15-3-2
Philadelphia Flyers952212530243-1-12-1-15-2-2
Columbus Blue Jackets963012528264-1-02-2-06-3-0
Buffalo Sabres1054111430274-1-01-3-15-4-1
10 New York Islanders842210423204-2-24-2-2
11 Boston Bruins853010423214-0-01-3-05-3-0
12 Pittsburgh Penguins943210429273-3-11-0-14-3-2
13 Detroit Red Wings1145210430392-1-22-4-04-5-1
14 New Jersey Devils84319421253-2-11-1-04-3-1
15 Ottawa Senators103617325352-4-01-2-13-6-1
16 Montreal Canadiens123906324402-4-01-5-03-7-0
 
Western Conference
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Edmonton Oilers981016739235-1-03-0-08-1-0
St. Louis Blues971115736213-1-04-0-17-1-1
Calgary Flames1061315634221-0-35-1-06-1-3
San Jose Sharks1064012630273-2-03-2-06-4-0
Winnipeg Jets952212432293-0-02-2-25-2-2
Minnesota Wild963012627303-1-03-2-06-3-0
Anaheim Ducks1144311435353-2-11-2-23-4-3
Nashville Predators1055010428293-3-02-2-05-5-0
Vegas Golden Knights1055010426312-3-03-2-05-5-0
10 Dallas Stars1044210322291-1-13-3-14-4-2
11 Seattle Kraken114619430353-2-01-4-14-5-1
12 Colorado Avalanche94419328322-2-12-2-04-4-1
13 Los Angeles Kings104519327294-2-00-3-14-5-1
14 Vancouver Canucks104519325271-3-03-2-14-5-1
15 Chicago Blackhawks111824125421-4-10-4-11-7-2
16 Arizona Coyotes100911013420-3-00-6-10-9-1

MLS STANDINGS

Eastern
TeamGPWDLGFGAGDHomeAwayPTS
New England33227465402512-3-110-4-373
x – Philadelphia331411847341311-3-33-8-553
x – Nashville SC33121745432228-8-04-9-453
x – New York City FC331481155352010-3-34-5-850
Atlanta3312129433679-5-33-7-648
Orlando City SC3312129484808-7-24-5-748
New York3313812383268-6-35-2-947
CF Montreal33121011464249-4-33-6-846
D.C.33135155353011-1-52-4-1044
Columbus33128134445-19-3-43-5-944
Inter Miami CF33115173553-187-2-84-3-938
Chicago3397173652-167-5-52-2-1234
Toronto FC33610173863-254-7-52-3-1228
FC Cincinnati3348213672-361-5-103-3-1120
Western
TeamGPWDLGFGAGDHomeAwayPTS
x – Seattle3317885232208-5-49-3-459
x – Sporting KC3317795839199-5-28-2-758
x – Colorado33161074633138-7-18-3-658
x – Portland33164135352110-2-46-2-952
Minnesota33139113941-210-3-43-6-748
Vancouver33121294444010-2-42-10-548
Los Angeles33138124751-48-4-45-4-847
Real Salt Lake3313614545409-4-44-2-1045
Los Angeles FC3312912514658-6-34-3-945
San Jose331010134553-85-4-75-6-640
FC Dallas33711154655-95-7-52-4-1032
Austin3394203553-187-2-82-2-1231
Houston34612163654-186-6-50-6-1130