“THE SCOREBOARD”

BOYS BASKETBALL MONDAY

BELIEVE CIRCLE CITY AT KIPP INDY LEGACY (0-1)

CENTRAL CHRISTIAN (0-3) AT INDIANAPOLIS TINDLEY (2-0)

INDIANAPOLIS RIVERSIDE (1-2) AT INDIANAPOLIS INTERNATIONAL (2-1)

LIGHTHOUSE CHRISTIAN (2-1) AT EMINENCE (1-2)

MEDORA (1-1) AT BROWN COUNTY (2-2)

PERRY MERIDIAN (0-4) AT INDIANAPOLIS METROPOLITAN (0-2)

YORKTOWN (0-1) AT MUNCIE BURRIS (0-1)

GIRLS BASKETBALL MONDAY

BELIEVE CIRCLE CITY AT KIPP INDY LEGACY (0-1)

BLUE RIVER (3-2) AT TRI (6-1)

CALUMET (1-6) AT BOWMAN ACADEMY (4-3)

CARROLL COUNTY (KY.) AT SWITZERLAND COUNTY (5-4)

CLINTON CHRISTIAN AT SOUTH BEND CAREER (1-6)

CROWN POINT (7-4) AT LAKE STATION (6-0)

HANCOCK COUNTY (KY.) AT CANNELTON (0-6)

ILLIANA CHRISTIAN (3-6) AT RIVER FOREST (2-5)

INDIANAPOLIS HERRON (5-0) AT PURDUE POLY NORTH (0-2)

INDIANAPOLIS RIVERSIDE (0-8) AT INDIANAPOLIS WASHINGTON (1-3)

MARQUETTE CATHOLIC (8-0) AT HAMMOND CENTRAL (7-2)

SOUTH SPENCER (3-5) AT PIKE CENTRAL (0-7)

WEST WASHINGTON (6-2) AT PERRY CENTRAL (3-5)

COLLEGE BOWL GAMES (WILL UPDATE WHEN ALL BOWL ARE COMPLETED)

SATURDAY, DEC. 16

MYRTLE BEACH BOWL
GEORGIA SOUTHERN VS. OHIO
CONWAY, SOUTH CAROLINA
11 A.M. | ESPN

CELEBRATION BOWL
FLORIDA A&M VS. HOWARD UNIVERSITY
ATLANTA, GEORGIA
12 P.M. | ABC

NEW ORLEANS BOWL
JACKSONVILLE STATE VS. LOUISIANA
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA
2:15 P.M. | ESPN

CURE BOWL
MIAMI (OHIO) VS. APP STATE
ORLANDO, FLORIDA
3:30 P.M. | ABC

NEW MEXICO BOWL
FRESNO STATE VS. NEW MEXICO STATE
ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO
5:45 P.M. | ESPN

LA BOWL
UCLA VS. BOISE STATE
INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA
7:30 P.M. | ABC

INDEPENDENCE BOWL
TEXAS TECH VS. CAL
SHREVEPORT, LOUISIANA
9:15 P.M. | ESPN

MONDAY, DEC. 18

BAHAMAS BOWL (TEMPORARILY RENAMED THE FAMOUS TOASTERY BOWL)
WESTERN KENTUCKY VS. OLD DOMINION
NASSAU, BAHAMAS (TEMPORARILY RELOCATED TO CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA)
2:30 P.M. | ESPN

TUESDAY, DEC. 19

FRISCO BOWL
MARSHALL VS. UTSA
FRISCO, TEXAS


9 P.M. | ESPN

THURSDAY, DEC. 21

BOCA RATON BOWL
USF VS. TBD


BOCA RATON, FLORIDA
8 P.M. | ESPN

FRIDAY, DEC. 22

GASPARILLA BOWL
TAMPA, FLORIDA


6:30 P.M. | ESPN

SATURDAY, DEC. 23

BIRMINGHAM BOWL
BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA
12 P.M. | ABC

CAMELLIA BOWL
ARKANSAS STATE VS. NORTHERN ILLINOIS
MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA
12 P.M. | ESPN

ARMED FORCES BOWL
AIR FORCE VS. JAMES MADISON
FORT WORTH, TEXAS
3:30 P.M. | ABC

FAMOUS IDAHO POTATO BOWL
GEORGIA STATE VS. UTAH STATE
BOISE, IDAHO
3:30 P.M. | ESPN

68 VENTURES BOWL
EASTERN MICHIGAN VS. SOUTH ALABAMA
MOBILE, ALABAMA
7 P.M. | ESPN

LAS VEGAS BOWL
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
7:30 P.M. | ABC

HAWAI’I BOWL
HONOLULU, HAWAI’I
10:30 P.M. | ESPN

TUESDAY, DEC. 26

QUICK LANE BOWL
DETROIT, MICHIGAN
2 P.M. | ESPN

FIRST RESPONDER BOWL
TEXAS STATE VS. RICE
DALLAS, TEXAS
5:30 P.M. | ESPN

GUARANTEED RATE BOWL
KANSAS VS. UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA, LAS VEGAS
PHOENIX, ARIZONA
9 P.M. | ESPN

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 27

MILITARY BOWL
TULANE VS. TBD
ANNAPOLIS, MARYLAND
2 P.M. | ESPN

DUKE’S MAYO BOWL
CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA
5:30 P.M. | ESPN

HOLIDAY BOWL
NO. 15 LOUISVILLE VS. SOUTHERN CAL
SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA
8 P.M. ET | FOX

TEXAS BOWL
NO. 20 OKLAHOMA STATE VS. TEXAS A&M
HOUSTON, TEXAS
9 P.M. | ESPN

THURSDAY, DEC. 28

FENWAY BOWL
BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS
11 A.M. | ESPN

PINSTRIPE BOWL
THE BRONX, NEW YORK
2:15 P.M. | ESPN

POP-TARTS BOWL
NO. 18 NC STATE VS. NO. 25 KANSAS STATE
ORLANDO, FLORIDA
5:45 P.M. | ESPN

ALAMO BOWL
NO. 12 OKLAHOMA VS. NO. 14 ARIZONA
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS
9:15 P.M. | ESPN

FRIDAY, DEC. 29

GATOR BOWL
NO. 22 CLEMSON VS. KENTUCKY
JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA
12 P.M. | ESPN

TONY THE TIGER SUN BOWL
NO. 19 OREGON STATE VS. TBD
EL PASO, TEXAS

2 P.M. | CBS

LIBERTY BOWL
MEMPHIS VS. TBD
MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
3:30 P.M. | ESPN

COTTON BOWL
NO. 7 OHIO ST. VS. NO. 9 MISSOURI
DALLAS, TEXAS
8 P.M. | ESPN

SATURDAY, DEC. 30

PEACH BOWL
NO. 10 PENN ST. VS. NO. 11 OLE MISS 
ATLANTA, GEORGIA
12 P.M. | ESPN

MUSIC CITY BOWL
NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE
2 P.M. | ABC

ORANGE BOWL
NO. 5 FLORIDA STATE VS. NO. 6 GEORGIA 
MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA
4 P.M. | ESPN

ARIZONA BOWL
WYOMING VS. TOLEDO
TUCSON, ARIZONA
4:30 P.M. | BARSTOOL

MONDAY, JAN. 1, 2024

RELIAQUEST BOWL
NO. 13 LSU VS. WISCONSIN
TAMPA, FLORIDA
12 P.M. | ESPN2

CITRUS BOWL
NO. 17 IOWA VS. NO. 21 TENNESSEE
ORLANDO, FLORIDA
1 P.M. | ABC

FIESTA BOWL
NO. 8 OREGON VS. NO. 23 LIBERTY
GLENDALE, ARIZONA
1 P.M. | ESPN

COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF SEMIFINAL AT THE ROSE BOWL
NO. 1 MICHIGAN VS. NO. 4 ALABAMA
PASADENA, CALIFORNIA
5 P.M. | ESPN

COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF

COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF SEMIFINAL AT THE SUGAR BOWL
NO. 2 WASHINGTON VS. NO. 3 TEXAS
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA
8:45 P.M. | ESPN

MONDAY, JAN. 8

COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
HOUSTON, TEXAS
7:30 P.M. | ESPN

WEEK 15

SATURDAY, DEC. 9

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

PLAYOFF SELECTION COMMITTEE POLL

RankSchoolPrev
1MICHIGAN (13-0)2
2WASHINGTON (13-0)3
3TEXAS (12-1)7
4ALABAMA (12-1)8
5FLORIDA STATE (13-0)4
6GEORGIA (12-1)1
7OHIO STATE (11-1)6
8OREGON (11-2)5
9MISSOURI (10-2)9
10PENN STATE (10-2)10
11OLE MISS (10-2)11
12OKLAHOMA (10-2)12
13LSU (9-3)13
14ARIZONA (9-3)15
15LOUISVILLE (10-3)14
16NOTRE DAME (9-3)17
17IOWA (10-3)16
18NORTH CAROLINA STATE (9-3)19
19OREGON STATE (8-4)20
20OKLAHOMA STATE (9-4)18
21TENNESSEE (8-4)21
22CLEMSON (8-4)23
23LIBERTY (13-0)24
24SMU (11-2)NR
25KANSAS STATE (8-4)25

ASSOCIATED PRESS COLLEGE FOOTBALL POLL

1MICHIGAN (13-0)1539 (51)2
2WASHINGTON (13-0)1499 (11)3
3TEXAS (12-1)13757
4FLORIDA STATE (13-0)13584
5ALABAMA (12-1)13298
6GEORGIA (12-1)12561
7OHIO STATE (11-1)11856
8OREGON (11-2)11195
9MISSOURI (10-2)10149
10PENN STATE (10-2)96010
11OLE MISS (10-2)94411
12OKLAHOMA (10-2)86712
13LSU (9-3)82313
14ARIZONA (9-3)74014
15NOTRE DAME (9-3)63416
16LOUISVILLE (10-3)58415
17SMU (11-2)43225
18LIBERTY (13-0)42420
19NORTH CAROLINA STATE (9-3)37721
20IOWA (10-3)35618
21OREGON STATE (8-4)30921
22OKLAHOMA STATE (9-4)25619
23TULANE (11-2)20117
24JAMES MADISON (11-1)17724
25TENNESSEE (8-4)98NR

OTHERS: CLEMSON (87) , TROY (65) , UTAH (39) , KANSAS STATE (38) , MIAMI (OH) (31) , TOLEDO (22) , KANSAS (8) , KENTUCKY (4)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL COACHES POLL

RANKSCHOOLVOTESPREV
1MICHIGAN (13-0)1535 (51)2
2WASHINGTON (13-0)1482 (8)3
3FLORIDA STATE (13-0)13584
4ALABAMA (12-1)13518
4TEXAS (12-1)13517
6GEORGIA (12-1)12751
7OHIO STATE (11-1)11876
8OREGON (11-2)10925
9MISSOURI (10-2)10239
10PENN STATE (10-2)95210
11OLE MISS (10-2)93211
12OKLAHOMA (10-2)89812
13LSU (9-3)79613
14ARIZONA (9-3)70715
15LOUISVILLE (10-3)64214
16NOTRE DAME (9-3)63316
17IOWA (10-3)42617
18NORTH CAROLINA STATE (9-3)42320
19SMU (11-2)37524
20LIBERTY (13-0)31522
21OKLAHOMA STATE (9-4)29919
22OREGON STATE (8-4)29521
23TENNESSEE (8-4)22623
24TULANE (11-2)13918
25JAMES MADISON (11-1)11425

OTHERS: CLEMSON (107) , TROY (66) , KANSAS STATE (64) , UTAH (36) , KANSAS (17) , WEST VIRGINIA (8) , MIAMI (OH) (8) , TOLEDO (7) , BOISE STATE (7) , SAN JOSE STATE (3) , NEW MEXICO STATE (1)

NFL

WEEK 13

HOUSTON 22 DENVER 17

LA CHARGERS 6 NEW ENGLAND 0

DETROIT 33 NEW ORLEANS 28

ATLANTA 13 NY JETS 8

ARIZONA 24 PITTSBURGH 10

INDIANAPOLIS 31 TENNESSEE 28 OT

MIAMI 45 WASHINGTON 15

TAMPA BAY 21 CAROLINA 18

LA RAMS 36 CLEVELAND 19

SAN FRANCISCO 42 PHILADELPHIA 19

GREEN BAY 27 KANSAS CITY 19

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

MEN’S TOP 25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCORES

#15 CREIGHTON 89 NEBRASKA 60

SOUTHERN 60 #21 MISSISSIPPI STATE 59

#22 JAMES MADISON 130 KEYSTONE 59

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL TOP 25 SCORES

#1 SOUTH CAROLINA 77 DUKE 61

#2 UCLA 81 ARKANSAS 66

GONZAGA 96 #3 STANFORD 78

#6 USC 89 SAN DIEGO 58

#10 TEXAS 80 #11 UCONN 68

#13 BAYLOR 71 OREGON 51

#15 FLORIDA STATE 76 KENT STATE 49

#16 OHIO STATE 78 #20 TENNESSEE 58

#17 INDIANA 72 STETSON 34

CHATTANOOGA 59 #21 MISSISSIPPI STATE 53

#22 LOUISVILLE 80 NORTH CAROLINA A&T 40

#23 MARQUETTE 87 PENN 52

RHODE ISLAND 60 #25 PRINCETON 58

NBA SCOREBOARD

NO GAMES SCHEDULED

NHL SCOREBOARD

MINNESOTA 4 CHICAGO 1

NY RANGERS 6 SAN JOSE 5

BOSTON 3 COLUMBUS 1

NASHVILLE 2 BUFFALO 1

LOS ANGELES 4 COLORADO 1

NATIONAL SPORTS RELEASES/HEADLINES

COLLEGE FOOTBALL NEWS

MICHIGAN VS ALABAMA, WASHINGTON VS. TEXAS IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF; UNBEATEN FLORIDA ST LEFT OUT

The final season of the four-team College Football Playoff turned out to be the most controversial with an unprecedented snub.

Michigan, Washington, Texas

Michigan, Washington, Texas and Alabama were selected Sunday and Florida State became the first unbeaten Power Five conference champion to be excluded from the field.

Michigan will face Alabama in the Rose Bowl, Washington will play Texas in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1 and the winners will meet for the national championship Jan. 8 in Houston.

Before the CFP grows to 12 next year — an expansion that was delayed by a year because of infighting among the conference commissioners who manage the postseason system — the selection committee faced the toughest decision in the 10-year history of the format.

“Florida State is a different team than they were through the first 11 weeks,” explained Boo Corrigan, the selection committee chairman who is also the athletic director at North Carolina State, Florida State’s Atlantic Coast Conference rival.

The Seminoles (13-0) lost star quarterback Jordan Travis to a season-ending injury two weeks ago, but continued to win with a backup and then a third-string quarterback. The committee, though, is instructed to judge teams for what they are heading into the playoff and decided FSU without Travis is not among the best four in the country.

“I am disgusted and infuriated with the committee’s decision today to have what was earned on the field taken away because a small group of people decided they knew better than the results of the games. What is the point of playing games?” Florida State coach Mike Norvell said.

He added: “What happened today goes against everything that is true and right in college football. A team that overcame tremendous adversity and found a way to win doing whatever it took on the field was cheated today. It’s a sad day for college football.”

Travis is a sixth-year player whose development into one of the best quarterbacks in college football has fueled Florida State’s resurgence over the last three years.

“Devastated. heartbroken,” Travis posted on the social media platform X. “I wish my leg broke earlier in the season so y’all could see this team is much more than the quarterback. I thought results matter. 13-0 and this roster matches up across any team in those top 4 rankings. I am so sorry.”

Whichever team was left out had a good argument to get in. That created unprecedented controversy and the committee passed over FSU to pick Alabama, which upset Georgia to win the Southeastern Conference championship, and Big 12 champion Texas, which beat the Crimson Tide on the road in September.

The SEC had never missed the playoff. Alabama, which is in for the eighth time, kept that streak alive. The Crimson Tide have won the playoff three times, most recently in 2020.

Texas would have been just the second Power Five team with only one loss to be left out. Instead, the Longhorns will be making their first appearance in the CFP in their last season as a member of the Big 12. Texas moves to the SEC next year.

Texas and Alabama were ranked seventh and eighth, respectively, in the committee’s penultimate rankings and are now the first teams to jump from outside the top six in the second-to-last rankings into the playoff field. Georgia became the first team to enter championship weekend No. 1 and fail to make the field.

“We’ve never had a year with eight teams at the top as good as these are. And the five conference champions (ranked) one through five, we’ve never had it come out that way,” CFP executive director Bill Hancock said. “My feeling is it probably was the toughest (decision ever for the committee).”

Big Ten champion Michigan is making its third straight appearance in the CFP, still looking for its first playoff victory. The Wolverines, who have stayed unbeaten amid an NCAA investigation into allegations of in-person scouting and sign-stealing, are the favorites to win the national title, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

Michigan, looking for its first national title since 1997, opened as a 1 1/2-point favorite against Alabama. The Tide have won six national titles under coach Nick Saban.

“We’re not going to go in there saying, ‘Oh, this is Alabama, a team that’s won and won and won and won and won. No. We’re that team,” Michigan running back Blake Corum told reporters.

Washington is in the CFP for the second time, breaking the Pac-12’s playoff drought after six years, and doing so the year before it leaves the conference for the Big Ten. The Huskies opened as a 4 1/2-point underdog to Texas and former Washington coach Steve Sarkisian. The two played last season in the Alamo Bowl and Washington won.

Georgia’s slim hopes of trying for a third consecutive national title also came to an end. The Bulldogs (12-1) had a 29-game winning streak snapped by the Crimson Tide, but leaving them out of the CFP didn’t seem nearly as controversial as snubbing the Seminoles — even in a system ripe for criticism.

In 2014, Ohio State, playing with its third-string quarterback, vaulted over Baylor and TCU and into the playoff with a Big Ten title game blowout of Wisconsin. The Big 12 teams still haven’t gotten over it, but the Buckeyes went on to win it all. Ohio State has been on the short end a couple of times, too, winning the Big Ten in 2017 and ’18 and not getting in. But this year, the committee faced a truly vexing problem.

Florida State, which was No. 4 in the previous CFP rankings, appeared to be on the way to its second playoff appearance in mid-November when Travis suffered a serious injury in the first quarter against North Alabama and was lost for the year.

The Seminoles beat rival Florida last week with backup quarterback Tate Rodemaker, who then missed the ACC championship game against Louisville with a concussion. Florida State stayed unbeaten with a strong defensive performance, but scored only one touchdown.

“To eliminate them from a chance to compete for a national championship is an unwarranted injustice that shows complete disregard and disrespect for their performance and accomplishments. It is unforgivable,” Florida State athletic director Michael Alford said.

ACC Commissioner Jim Phillips, who was among conference leaders who helped slow down the expansion process by a year after the SEC’s plan to add Texas and Oklahoma was revealed in 2021, called leaving out the ‘Noles “unfathomable.”

“Their exclusion calls into question the selection process and whether the committee’s own guidelines were followed, including the significant importance of being an undefeated Power Five conference champion,” Phillips said.

As the ACC champion, Florida State will head to the Orange Bowl for a showdown with Georgia.

“It’s unfortunate that some good team had to get left out,” Saban said on ESPN, “but I really think that our team earned the right to be here.”

AP TOP 25: MICHIGAN IS NO. 1 FOR FIRST TIME IN 26 SEASONS, GEORGIA’S STREAK ON TOP ENDS AT 24 WEEKS

Michigan is No. 1 in The Associated Press college football poll for the first time since it won its last national championship in 1997 while Georgia slipped to No. 6 on Sunday after its 29-game winning streak was snapped by Alabama.

Michigan received 51 first-place votes. No. 2 Washington had 11 first-place votes and the Huskies were followed by Texas at No. 3 and Florida State at No. 4. All four are conference champions and all but the Longhorns are unbeaten.

Alabama moved up three spots to No. 5 after beating Georgia 27-24 in the Southeastern Conference title game on Saturday. The Bulldogs had their string of 24 straight weeks at No. 1 snapped. It is the second longest in AP poll history behind Southern California’s 33 straight from 2003-05.

The poll was released shortly before the College Football Playoff rankings, with Alabama, Texas, Florida State and Georgia vying for the final two spots.

Ohio State was seventh, with Oregon, Missouri and Penn State rounding out the top 10.

Michigan is the first No. 1 team from outside the the SEC since Clemson in 2020 and the first No. 1 from outside the South since Big Ten rival Ohio State held the top spot in 2015.

Washington has its best ranking since reaching No. 2 in 1997 and Texas its best ranking since it finished No. 2 in 2009.

NO. 10 FOOTBALL TO FACE NO. 11 OLE MISS IN CHICK-FIL-A PEACH BOWL

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – No. 10 Penn State football will make its first appearance in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl when the Nittany Lions take on SEC foe No. 11 Ole Miss on Saturday, December 30 at noon (ET) Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The game will air on ESPN.

This will be the first matchup between the Nittany Lions and the Rebels. The Nittany Lions are 25-24 all-time against current members of the SEC.

“We are thrilled to have Penn State Football heading to Atlanta,” said Penn State Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Dr. Patrick Kraft. “Our student-athletes, coaches and staff have worked tirelessly this season for an opportunity at a New Year’s Six bowl game, and to represent Penn State and the Big Ten in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl will be a great way to send our seniors off. I am confident Nittany Nation will be loud and ready in Atlanta.”

“I want to thank the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Committee for inviting Penn State to Atlanta this year,” said Penn State head coach James Franklin. “This gives our program, especially seniors, a chance to stay together for a few more weeks and close out the season in a memorable way. Our team has stuck together and played as a family all year. I am thrilled for our student-athletes, senior class and staff. We are looking forward to our passionate fans filling Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Dec. 30.”

Penn State had 29 All-Big Ten selections in 2023, including offensive tackle Olumuyiwa Fashanu being selected Rimington-Pace Offensive Lineman of the Year, becoming Penn State’s second Rimington-Pace Offensive Lineman of the Year joining A.Q Shipley (2008). Joining Fashanu as first-team honorees were linebacker Abdul Carter, defensive end Adisa Isaac and defensive end Chop Robinson.

The Penn State defense leads the country in total defense (223.2), first downs allowed (151), sacks per game (4.0) and total sacks (48), while sitting second rushing defense (69.7) and tackles for loss per game (8.4). The Nittany Lions are third in the nation in scoring defense (11.4), pass defense (153.6), total tackles for loss (101) and fumbles recovered (12). Penn State’s nation-leading 223.2 total yards allowed per game currently stands as the lowest in a single season in the FBS since Alabama’s 183.6 in 2011.

On offense, PSU ranks fourth in the country in red zone conversion percentage (95.1; 1st in the Big Ten), 12th in scoring offense (37.2; 1st), 19th in fewest sacks allowed (1.25; 2nd), 24th in rushing offense (186.7; 1st), while holding ninth in time of possession (33:02; 1st). PSU has tallied a Big Ten-best 271 first downs. The Nittany Lions posted 50+ points three times and 40+ points five times this season.

Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Game Ticket Sale Timeline

Eligible Football Season Ticket Holders and Nittany Lion Club Members: Online pre-sale requests are now available and run through Monday, Dec. 4 at 11:59 p.m.

Student Nittany Lion Club [Maximum 2 Tickets Each]: Online pre-sale runs Monday, Dec. 4 from 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Penn State Students [Maximum 2 Tickets Each]: Online sale begins Tuesday, Dec. 5 at 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Alumni Association Members: Online pre-sale requests run Wednesday Dec. 6 from 10 a.m. – 11:59 p.m., pending availability.

General Public: Sale begins Thursday, Dec. 7 at 10 a.m., pending availability.

As a benefit of membership, football season ticket holders and Nittany Lion Club (NLC) members can request Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl tickets here. All football season ticket holder and NLC ticket requests received by Monday, Dec. 4 at 11:59 p.m. will be allocated based on NLC point totals. The ability to request tickets does not guarantee fans will receive tickets from Penn State’s allotment. Penn State hopes to honor all requests, however, may fill orders with lower priced tickets, reduced quantities or unfortunately, may not be able to provide tickets at all. Football season ticket holders and NLC members will receive ticket confirmations as soon as possible.

An allotment of Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl tickets is being held for Penn State students to purchase. Student Nittany Lion Club members will have an opportunity to buy bowl tickets online only through Student Account Manager on Monday, Dec. 4 from 7 a.m.-5 p.m., or until the allotment is exhausted. Penn State students who are not Student Nittany Lion Club members will be able to purchase tickets on Tuesday, Dec. 5 from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. by clicking here. Mobile ticketing will be the exclusive delivery method for all student tickets. All student tickets will be assigned reserved seating locations once the sale closes. Sit by requests will not be accommodated. Students who purchase two tickets will have their two seats assigned together.

Should any tickets from Penn State’s bowl allotment remain available after the Nittany Lion Club, football season ticket holders, Student Nittany Lion Club and student ticket pre-sale, Penn State Alumni Association members will be sent an email with the ability to purchase bowl game tickets when their pre-sale begins on Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 8 a.m. via the link that will be sent via the Alumni Association. Should an Alumni Association sale occur, seats will be assigned according to NLC point status first, followed by Alumni Association membership. Alumni Association members will receive ticket confirmations as soon as possible.

Should any tickets from Penn State’s bowl game allotment remain available, general public can purchase tickets starting at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 7 online.

Any Nittany Lion Club members, football season ticket holders or Alumni Association members who need assistance can call Customer Relations at 1-800-NITTANY Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. or email GoLions@psu.edu.

Official Bowl Tour Packages Available for Purchase Beginning Sunday Night

Penn Staters can join the Official Penn State Bowl Tour starting Sunday, Dec. 3. Bowl tour package information is available at www.PennStateSportsTours.com.

Fans are reminded that the best way to guarantee seats in the Penn State section is to purchase those tickets through Penn State Athletics. Please note the ticket office will be closed for the holidays from Dec. 23 until Dec. 26. Additionally, starting Dec. 27 until Dec. 29 there will ticketing representatives available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

OHIO STATE, MISSOURI TO MEET IN 88TH GOODYEAR COTTON BOWL CLASSIC

COLUMBUS, Ohio – After a regular season that saw Ohio State win its first 11 games – including Top 25 (CFP) victories against Notre Dame and Penn State – the seventh-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes are headed to the 88th Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic and will face Missouri on Friday, Dec. 29 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Kickoff is slated for 8 p.m. ET with ESPN to televise to a national audience.

Cotton Bowl Tickets Availability

Public ticket sales through the Ohio State Ticket Office are available now. Prices start at $150, including fees. Fans will be assigned seats in the Ohio State sections based on when orders are received and after all priority season ticket holder requests have been assigned. All tickets will be mobile only. Fans can visit https://www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com/ for more information on dates, times and to submit their requests.

Priority ordering for donor groups and season ticket holders is open now, and will conclude Friday, December 8 at 4 p.m.  Detailed instructions for submitting priority ticket requests, including information regarding Ohio State Student ticket ordering process will be emailed to eligible ticket holders this afternoon.

Ohio State holds a 10-1-1 advantage in the all-time series against Missouri with the most recent meeting coming in 1998, a 35-14 win by the Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium. The two teams have never played in a postseason bowl game.

The Buckeyes’ Cotton Bowl history includes two previous meetings: in 2017, Ohio State defeated USC, 24-7, and topped Texas A&M, 28-12, on Jan. 1, 1987.

The 2023 Buckeyes have been powered by one of the nation’s top defenses and an offense that features the Big Ten’s top wide receiver and tight end. Ohio State has national rankings of No. 3 in total defense (259.9 yards/game), No. 1 in passing defense (147.4 yards/game) and No. 2 in scoring defense (11.0 points/game).

Offensively, Marvin Harrison Jr., the two-time Big Ten Wide Receiver of the Year as well as the conference’s offensive player of the year in 2023, is tied for second nationally with 15 receiving TDs. His 1,211 receiving yards leads the Big Ten, as does his average of 18.1 yards per catch. Cade Stover earned Big Ten Tight End of the Year honors for his 41-catch, 579-yard season this fall.

Missouri comes into the Cotton Bowl with a 10-2 record and a No. 9 ranking in the final College Football Playoff ranking. The Tigers have the nation’s No. 25 scoring offense, average 34.1 points per game. They rebounded from a loss to than-No. 1 Georgia on Nov. 4 to win its final three games over Tennessee, Florida and Arkansas.

TAGOVAILOA AND BIG TEN’S MARYLAND TO FACE SEC’S AUBURN IN MUSIC CITY BOWL ON DEC. 30

Maryland (7-5, ACC) vs Auburn (6-6, SEC), Dec. 30, 2 p.m. ET

LOCATION: Nashville, Tennessee

TOP PLAYERS

Maryland: QB Taulia Tagovailoa, 3,377 yards, 25 touchdowns, 11 interceptions, Big Ten record 11,256 career passing yards.

Auburn: DT Marcus Harris, 40 tackles, seven sacks, 11 tackles for loss.

NOTABLE

Maryland: Seeking three bowl wins in three years for first time in program history. Facing its first SEC bowl opponent since 2002. Ranks second in the Big Ten in total offense (393.8 points per game) and leads the league in passing yards per game with 284.8.

Auburn: Tigers finished coach Hugh Freeze’s first season with a loss to playoff-bound Alabama on a last-minute, fourth-and-31 touchdown pass.

LAST TIME

No. 3 Auburn 35, No. 7 Maryland 23 (Nov. 6, 1983)

BOWL HISTORY

Maryland: First Music City Bowl appearance and 30th bowl game overall.

Auburn: Making its 47th bowl appearance and third in the Music City Bowl, seeking first bowl win since beating Purdue 63-14 in the 2018 game in Nashville. Lost three straight bowls.

NO. 20 IOWA AND NO. 25 TENNESSEE WILL MEET IN THE CITRUS BOWL ON NEW YEAR’S DAY

No. 20 Iowa (10-3, Big Ten) vs No. 25 Tennessee (8-4, SEC), Jan. 1, 1 p.m. ET

LOCATION: Orlando, Florida

TOP PLAYERS

Iowa: LB Jay Higgins, third in the Bowl Subdivision by averaging 11.9 tackles per game, including 14 in the Big Ten title game loss to top-ranked Michigan.

Tennessee: QB Joe Milton III, 2,430 yards passing with 16 touchdowns to go with five rushing TDs.

NOTABLE

Iowa: The Hawkeyes are ranked 130th out of 133 Bowl Subdivision teams in scoring offense at 16.6 points per game and last in total offense at 238.8 yards per game. Iowa failed to score more than 10 points four times and twice lost in shutouts.

Tennessee: Three of the Volunteers’ four losses came against teams ranked inside the top 10 of the AP Top 25 released Sunday: fifth-ranked and College Football Playoff-bound Alabama, sixth-ranked Georgia and ninth-ranked Missouri.

LAST TIME

Tennessee 45, Iowa 28 (Jan. 2, 2015 in the Gator Bowl)

BOWL HISTORY

Iowa: This is Iowa’s 36th bowl appearance and third in the Citrus Bowl. The Hawkeyes had split the previous two trips there, beating LSU in 2005 and losing to Kentucky in 2022. Iowa has won four of its last five bowl games.

Tennessee: This is Tennessee’s 56th bowl appearance, including a win in the 2020 Gator Bowl that was later vacated due to NCAA sanctions. This is the Volunteers’ first trip to the Citrus Bowl since beating Michigan to cap the 2001 season with 11 wins, and the Vols have won four of their five previous appearances to this bowl game.

NFL NEWS

NFL ROUNDUP: COLTS SHED OT DEFICIT, SINK TITANS

Gardner Minshew hit Michael Pittman with a 4-yard touchdown pass with 2:31 left in overtime as the Indianapolis Colts outlasted the Tennessee Titans 31-28 on Sunday in Nashville, Tenn.

Minshew, who was 26 of 42 for 312 yards with two scores, found Alec Pierce for a 55-yard gain to the Titans 4 on Indianapolis’ only possession of the extra period. Two plays later, Pittman caught his 11th pass of the day to keep the Colts (7-5) in playoff position in the AFC.

Tennessee rookie quarterback Will Levis completed 16 of 33 passes for 224 yards and a touchdown, while Derrick Henry rushed 21 times for 102 yards and two scores before leaving with a possible concussion in the fourth quarter.

Tennessee forced overtime when Levis found DeAndre Hopkins for a 3-yard touchdown with 5:26 left in the fourth quarter to tie the game at 25. But Nick Folk missed the extra point wide left, preventing the Titans (4-8) from winning in regulation.

Folk gave Tennessee a 28-25 edge with 4:19 remaining in overtime when he drilled a 46-yard field goal, capping a drive that lasted nearly six minutes.

49ers 42, Eagles 19

Brock Purdy threw for 314 yards and four touchdowns and San Francisco overcame a shaky first quarter to pound host Philadelphia in a rematch of last season’s NFC Championship Game.

Deebo Samuel caught four passes for 116 yards and accounted for three touchdowns (two receiving, one rushing) for the 49ers (9-3), who put together consecutive touchdown drives of 85, 90, 75, 77, 75 and 48 yards in a dominating performance.

Jalen Hurts completed 26 of 45 passes for 298 yards and one touchdown and also rushed for a score for the Eagles (10-2). DeVonta Smith (nine receptions, 96 yards) caught a touchdown pass and A.J. Brown had eight catches for 114 yards for Philadelphia, which had its five-game winning streak halted.

Texans, 22, Broncos 17

Jimmie Ward picked off Russell Wilson in the end zone with nine seconds remaining and host Houston escaped with a victory over Denver, though the Texans did lose a key part of their offense.

Nico Collins posted nine receptions for a career-high 191 yards and a touchdown for Houston (7-5). But receiver Tank Dell suffered what is reported to be a season-ending broken leg while blocking on a Dameon Pierce touchdown run.

Wilson was intercepted three times as Denver (6-6) had its five-game winning streak snapped.

Chargers 6, Patriots 0

Khalil Mack had a pair of sacks to headline a sparkling defensive performance by Los Angeles, which blanked New England in Foxborough, Mass.

The Chargers (5-7) totaled five sacks, two of which extinguished a potential fourth-quarter rally by New England. With the Patriots facing third-and-3 late in the fourth, Eric Kendricks got to quarterback Bailey Zappe for a 2-yard loss. New England opted to go for it on the ensuing fourth-and-5, but its offensive line faltered once again, letting Derwin James Jr. sack Zappe for a loss of 8.

Neither quarterback could find their footing due to rainy, cold conditions. Los Angeles’ Justin Herbert completed 22 of 37 passes for 212 yards, while Zappe finished with 141 yards on 13-for-25 passing. Cameron Dicker kicked a pair of 38-yard field goals in the second quarter to provide the Chargers with all the offense they would need to snap a three-game skid.

Lions 33, Saints 28

Jared Goff threw two touchdown passes and visiting Detroit held off New Orleans.

Goff completed 16 of 25 passes for 213 yards and Sam LaPorta caught nine passes for 140 yards and a touchdown for the Lions (9-3), who jumped out to a 21-0 lead midway through the first quarter and led the rest of the way.

Derek Carr passed for 226 yards with a touchdown and an interception for the Saints (5-7), who lost their third straight game. Carr left the game early in the fourth quarter with shoulder and back injuries in addition to entering concussion protocol. Taysom Hill and Jameis Winston shared the remaining quarterback snaps.

Falcons 13, Jets 8

Desmond Ridder completed 12 of 27 passes for 121 yards and the game’s only touchdown to lead Atlanta past hapless New York in rainy East Rutherford, N.J.

The Falcons (6-6) moved to .500 with their second straight victory and continued to hold onto first place in the NFC South.

The Jets (4-8), meanwhile, benched a quarterback for the second time in three weeks as they lost their fifth game in a row. Tim Boyle went 14-of-25 passing for 148 yards and one interception before being replaced early in the fourth quarter by journeyman backup Trevor Siemian.

Cardinals 24, Steelers 10

James Conner rushed for 105 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries to lead Arizona to a win over host Pittsburgh.

Kyler Murray went 13-of-23 passing for 145 yards and a touchdown to flank Conner for the Cardinals (3-10). Steelers starting quarterback Kenny Pickett suffered an ankle injury during the second quarter and did not return. Mitch Trubisky replaced him and went 11-of-17 passing for 117 yards and a touchdown in defeat for Pittsburgh (7-5).

The contest was marred by two severe weather delays, which caused the game to end at about 5:20 p.m. ET.

Dolphins 45, Commanders 14

Tyreek Hill caught five passes for 157 yards and two touchdowns and Miami pulled away for an easy win over Washington in Landover, Md.

Tua Tagovailoa completed 18 of 24 passes for 280 yards and a pair of touchdowns for Miami (9-3), which won its third straight game. De’Von Achane scored two rushing touchdowns and Raheem Mostert added one.

Sam Howell completed 12 of 23 passes for 127 yards and an interception for Washington (4-9). Howell rushed for two touchdowns as the Commanders lost their fourth game in a row.

Buccaneers 21, Panthers 18

Mike Evans racked up 162 receiving yards and a touchdown on seven catches to help quarterback Baker Mayfield earn a victory against one of his former teams as Tampa Bay beat visiting Carolina.

The Panthers (1-11), playing their first game under interim coach Chris Tabor after the firing of Frank Reich, held the lead for all of 10 seconds in the third quarter. That’s when Evans struck for a long touchdown, and the Buccaneers (5-7) led the rest of the way.

Mayfield was 14-for-29 for 202 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Running back Rachaad White gained 84 rushing yards on 20 carries for Tampa Bay. Evans has now gone over 1,000 receiving yards in each of his first 10 NFL seasons.

Rams 36, Browns 19

Matthew Stafford passed for 279 yards and three touchdowns and Lucas Havrisik kicked two field goals as Los Angeles defeated Cleveland in Inglewood, Calif., to extend its winning streak to three games.

Puka Nacua had 139 yards of total offense and a receiving touchdown for the Rams (6-6). Kyren Williams rushed for 88 yards and a score for Los Angeles, which remained in the thick of the NFC wild-card hunt.

AFC playoff hopeful Cleveland (7-5) lost for the second straight week, but Joe Flacco played effectively in his first start at quarterback for the team with 254 yards passing and two scores.

SEVEN FROM SUNDAY – WEEK 13

  • With two games remaining in Week 13, eight of 11 games (72.7 percent) have been within one score (eight points) in the fourth quarter, with seven games having been decided by one score.

    This season, 71 percent of all games (135 of 191) have been within one score (eight points) in the fourth quarter.

    The INDIANAPOLIS COLTS overcame a 10-point deficit to defeat Tennessee, 31-28, in overtime to improve to 7-5 this season. The Colts have won four consecutive games, the longest active win streak in the AFC.

  • San Francisco quarterback BROCK PURDY passed for 314 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions for a 148.8 rating, running back CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY had 133 scrimmage yards (93 rushing, 40 receiving) and one rushing touchdown and wide receiver DEEBO SAMUEL had 138 scrimmage yards (116 receiving, 22 rushing) and three touchdowns (two receiving, one rushing) in the 49ers’ 42-19 win over Philadelphia.

    Purdy has four games with at least three touchdown passes and a passer rating of 140-or higher this season, tied with TOM BRADY (2007) and AARON RODGERS (2011) for the most such games by a quarterback in a season in NFL history.

    Purdy has five career games with a passer rating of 140-or-higher, the most such games by a player in his first two seasons in NFL history.

    McCaffrey has 50 rushing touchdowns and 27 touchdown receptions in his career and joined Pro Football Hall of Famers MARSHALL FAULK (100 rushing touchdowns, 36 touchdown receptions) and LENNY MOORE (63 rushing touchdowns, 48 touchdown receptions) as the only players in NFL history with at least 50 rushing touchdowns and 25 touchdown receptions.

    Samuel is the fourth wide receiver since 2000 with at least 100 receiving yards, two touchdown receptions and one rushing touchdown in a game, joining CHASE CLAYPOOL (Oct. 11, 2020), DAVID PATTEN (Oct. 21, 2001) and JAVON WALKER (Nov. 5, 2006).

  • The MIAMI DOLPHINS improved to 9-3 this season with a 45-15 win over Washington as wide receiver TYREEK HILL recorded 157 receiving yards, including touchdowns of 78 and 60 yards, and rookie running back DE’VON ACHANE rushed for two touchdowns.

    Miami has 25 touchdown passes and 22 rushing touchdowns this season and is the third team since 1970 with at least 25 touchdown passes and 22 rushing touchdowns in its first 12 games of a season, joining the 1998 DENVER BRONCOS (26 passing, 22 rushing) and 1975 BUFFALO BILLS (25 passing, 22 rushing).

    Hill has 1,481 receiving yards this season, the most receiving yards by a player in his team’s first 12 games of a season in the Super Bowl era and is the fifth player in NFL history with at least 1,400 receiving yards in his team’s first 12 games of a season, joining CHARLIE HENNIGAN (1,541 receiving yards in 1961) and Pro Football Hall of Famers ELROY “CRAZY LEGS” HIRSCH (1,495 in 1951), LANCE ALWORTH (1,428 in 1965) and CALVIN JOHNSON (1,428 in 2012).

    Hill has 16 career games with at least 150 receiving yards, tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer JERRY RICE (16 games) for the second-most such games by a player in his first eight seasons in NFL history. Only Pro Football Hall of Famer LANCE ALWORTH (17 games) has more.

    Hill is the fifth player in NFL history with five games of 150-or-more receiving yards in a season, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers TIM BROWN (1997) and JERRY RICE (1995) as well as ANTONIO BROWN (2017) and ROY GREEN (1984).

    Hill has 11 career touchdowns of at least 75 yards, tied with DANTE HALL (11 touchdowns) for the fourth-most touchdowns of 75-or-more yards in NFL history. Only DEVIN HESTER (14) and Pro Football Hall of Famers OLLIE MATSON (13) and BOBBY MITCHELL (12) have more.

    Hill has 21 career touchdowns of at least 60 yards tied with DEVIN HESTER (21 touchdowns) for the third-most touchdowns of 60-or-more yards in NFL history. Only DESEAN JACKSON (26) and Pro Football Hall of Famer JERRY RICE (23) have more.

    Achane has nine touchdowns (seven rushing, two receiving) this season, tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer GALE SAYERS (nine touchdowns) for the second-most touchdowns by a player in his first six career games in NFL history. Only Pro Football Hall of Famer ERIC DICKERSON (10 touchdowns) had more.

    Achane is the fifth player in NFL history with multiple rushing touchdowns in three of his first six career games, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer ERIC DICKERSONBILLY KILMERBILL PASCHAL and CURT WARNER.

  • Tampa Bay wide receiver MIKE EVANS had seven receptions for 162 yards and one touchdown in the Buccaneers’ 21-18 win over Carolina.

    Evans has 61 receptions this season and is the first player in NFL history with at least 60 receptions in each of his first 10 seasons.

    Evans has 1,012 receiving yards this season and is the first player in NFL history with at least 1,000 receiving yards in each of his first 10 career seasons.

    Evans joined Pro Football Hall of Famer JERRY RICE (11 consecutive seasons from 1986-96) as the only players in NFL history with at least 1,000 receiving yards in 10 consecutive seasons.

    Evans has 11 career games with at least 150 receiving yards and one receiving touchdown, tied with TORRY HOLT (11 games) and Pro Football Hall of Famer RANDY MOSS (11) for the fourth-most such games by a player in his first 10 seasons in NFL history. Only Pro Football Hall of Famers JERRY RICE (19 games) and CALVIN JOHNSON (13) as well as TYREEK HILL (13, in his eighth season) have more.

  • Houston rookie quarterback C.J. STROUD passed for 274 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions for a 106.1 rating in the Texans’ 22-17 win over Denver.

    Stroud has 3,540 passing yards this season and surpassed JUSTIN HERBERT (3,467 passing yards) for the third-most passing yards by a player in his first 12 career games in NFL history. Only PATRICK MAHOMES (3,912) and ANDREW LUCK (3,596) had more.

    Stroud has eight games with at least 250 passing yards this season, tied with ANDREW LUCK (eight games in 2012) for the second-most such games by a rookie quarterback in NFL history. Only JUSTIN HERBERT (12 games in 2020) has more.

  • Detroit rookie tight end SAM LAPORTA recorded nine receptions for 140 yards and one touchdown in the Lions’ 33-28 win over New Orleans.

    LaPorta is the fourth rookie tight end in NFL history with at least nine receptions, 140 receiving yards and a touchdown reception in a game, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers MIKE DITKA (Nov. 12, 1961) and JACKIE SMITH (Oct. 13, 1963) as well as PETE MITCHELL (Nov. 19, 1995).

  • Tennessee running back DERRICK HENRY rushed for 102 yards and two touchdowns and wide receiver DEANDRE HOPKINS had five receptions for 75 yards and one touchdown on Sunday.

    Henry has 18 career games with at least 100 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns, tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer EMMITT SMITH (18 games) for the fourth-most such games by a player in his first eight seasons in NFL history. Only Pro Football Hall of Famers LADAINIAN TOMLINSON (24 games) and JIM BROWN (21) as well as SHAUN ALEXANDER (19) have more.

    Henry has 86 career rushing touchdowns, tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer ERIC DICKERSON (86 rushing touchdowns) and ADRIAN PETERSON (86) for the fifth-most by a player in his first eight career seasons in NFL history. Only Pro Football Hall of Famers LADAINIAN TOMLINSON (126 rushing touchdowns), EMMITT SMITH (112) and JIM BROWN (89) as well as SHAUN ALEXANDER (100) have more.

    Henry has eight rushing touchdowns this season and is the sixth player in NFL history with at least eight rushing touchdowns in six consecutive seasons, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers LADAINIAN TOMLINSON (nine seasons), JIM BROWN (seven) and EMMITT SMITH (seven) as well as ADRIAN PETERSON (seven) and MELVIN GORDON (six).

    Hopkins, who is 31 years and 180 days old, has 12,072 career receiving yards and became the fourth-youngest player in NFL history to reach 12,000 career receiving yards, trailing only Pro Football Hall of Famer RANDY MOSS (30 years and 306 days), JULIO JONES (30 years and 317 days) and LARRY FITZGERALD (31 years and 77 days).

    Hopkins has 903 receptions in 157 career games and tied BRANDON MARSHALL (157 games) as the fifth-fastest player to reach 900 career receptions in NFL history. Only ANTONIO BROWN (143 games), Pro Football Hall of Famer MARVIN HARRISON (149), ANDRE JOHNSON (150) and JULIO JONES (153) reached the mark in fewer games.

  • Additional notes from Sunday include:

    • Philadelphia quarterback JALEN HURTS had passed for 298 yards and had two touchdowns (one passing, one rushing) in Week 13.

      Hurts has 38 career rushing touchdowns, trailing only CAM NEWTON (75), JOSH ALLEN (47), Pro Football Hall of Famer STEVE YOUNG (43) and JACK KEMP (40) for the most rushing touchdowns by a quarterback in NFL history.

      Hurts has 16 career games with both a touchdown pass and a rushing touchdown, tied with DAUNTE CULPEPPER (16 games) and KYLER MURRAY (16) for the third-most by a player in his first four seasons in NFL history. Only CAM NEWTON (24) and JOSH ALLEN (20) have more.

    • Los Angeles Rams rookie wide receiver PUKA NACUA had four receptions for 105 yards and one touchdown in the team’s 36-19 win over Cleveland.

      Nacua has 1,029 receiving yards this season and is the sixth player in the Super Bowl era with at least 1,000 receiving yards in his first 12 career games, joining ODELL BECKHAM JR. (1,305 receiving yards in 2014), JUSTIN JEFFERSON (1,039 in 2020), ANQUAN BOLDIN (1,032 in 2003), Pro Football Hall of Famer RANDY MOSS (1,014 in 1998) and MARQUES COLSTON (1,001 in 2006).

      Nacua has 77 receptions this season and is the third player with at least 75 receptions in his first 12 career games in NFL history, joining ODELL BECKHAM JR. (91 receptions in 2014) and JAYLEN WADDLE (77 in 2021).

    • Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver KEENAN ALLEN had five receptions for 58 yards in Week 13.

      Allen has 102 receptions this season, tied with JULIO JONES (102 receptions in 2015) for the third-most receptions by a player in his team’s first 12 games of a season in NFL history. Only MICHAEL THOMAS (110 receptions in 2019) and Pro Football Hall of Famer MARVIN HARRISON (109 in 2002) had more.

      Allen is the sixth player in NFL history with five career seasons of 100-or-more receptions, joining ANTONIO BROWN (six seasons), BRANDON MARSHALL (six), LARRY FITZGERALD (five), ANDRE JOHNSON (five) and WES WELKER (five).

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TOP 25 ROUNDUP: SOUTHERN STUNS NO. 21 MISSISSIPPI STATE

Tai’Reon Joseph scored 27 points and Bandon Davis had five of his 12 points during a closing 12-0 run as Southern stunned No. 21 Mississippi State 60-59 on Sunday in Starkville, Miss.

Mississippi State seemed

Mississippi State seemed to take control with a 59-48 lead on a dunk by D.J. Jeffries with 4:28 remaining, but the Bulldogs didn’t score again, missing their last six shots while the Jaguars (2-6) made four of their last five.

Davis’ layup gave the Jaguars a one-point lead with 23 seconds remaining. The Bulldogs (6-2) missed a shot but got an offensive rebound and called timeout with nine seconds left. Joseph then blocked Josh Hubbard’s field-goal attempt.

Hubbard scored 14 points and Cameron Matthews added 12 for the Bulldogs, who lost their second straight, the first a 67-59 loss to Georgia Tech in the ACC/SEC Challenge on Tuesday night in Atlanta.

No. 15 Creighton 89, Nebraska 60

Baylor Scheierman had 20 of his 24 points in the first half and the Bluejays handed the host Cornhuskers their first loss of the season in a nonconference rivalry game in Lincoln, Neb.

Creighton (7-1) hit 14 3-pointers, making 10 in the first half, with Scheierman making six of those. The fifth-year senior guard was 8-of-22 from the field and added 10 rebounds. Crieghton center Ryan Kalkbrenner had 13 points and 12 rebounds, and Trey Alexander and Steven Ashworth each added 13 points.

Nebraska (7-1) got 20 points from Keisei Tominaga — 16 in the first half — but shot only 33.8 percent, including 2-of-22 from 3 (9.1 percent). The Cornhuskers were off to their best start since 1992-93 and had won every game by double digits.

No. 22 James Madison 130, Keyston 59

Michael Green III pumped in a season-high 21 points and the host Dukes had seven scorers reach double figures in a blowout of the Division III Giants in Harrisonburg, Va.

Terrence Edwards and Jaylen Carey both posted 16 points, Noah Freidel and T.J. Bickerstaff each supplied 12, Xavier Brown had 11 and Jerrell Roberson added 10 as the Dukes (8-0) improved to 4-0 in home games.

The Dukes reached the 100-point mark on Brown’s 3-pointer with nearly 11 minutes remaining. All 15 James Madison players scored in the rout. DaShaun Johnson’s 12 points led Keystone (1-7), which was coming off a one-point victory a day earlier at Wilson College.

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WOMEN’S TOP 25 ROUNDUP: NO. 1 SOUTH CAROLINA BEATS DUKE ON ROAD

Kamilla Cardoso put up 15 points and 14 rebounds as all five starters scored in double figures for No. 1 South Carolina in a 77-61 win over host Duke on Sunday in Durham, N.C.

Chloe Kitts tallied 14 points, Bree Hall 13, Te-Hina Paopao 12 and Raven Johnson 11 for the Gamecocks (7-0).

Duke (5-3) trailed 35-29 at halftime and halved the deficit with Reigan Richardson’ 3-pointer in the early moments of the second half. South Carolina answered with a 12-0 run for some separation, but the Blue Devils got within 55-52 by the end of the third quarter.

Richardson made another 3-pointer with 7:46 left to play to tie the game, but the Gamecocks locked in and scored 22 of the game’s final 28 points. Richardson had a game-high 17 points and Delaney Thomas scored 13 for Duke.

No. 2 UCLA 81, Arkansas 66

Lauren Betts posted 20 points and 10 rebounds as the Bruins handled the host Razorbacks in Fayetteville, Ark.

UCLA (7-0) got another double-double from Gabriela Jaquez (10 points, 11 rebounds) and 12 points apiece from Kiki Rice and Londynn Jones. The Bruins led by as many as 30 points late in the third quarter before Arkansas used a 22-9 fourth period to make the scoreline more respectable.

Taliah Scott of Arkansas (7-2) led all scorers with 23 points but shot just 6-for-21 from the field. Maryam Dauda scored 14 points, Saylor Poffenbarger had 12 and Makayla Daniels added 10 for the Razorbacks.

No. 5 NC State 79, Illinois State 61

Aziaha James led a balanced attack with 16 points as the host Wolfpack defeated the Redbirds in Raleigh, N.C.

NC State (9-0) turned 17 Illinois State turnovers into 24 points and earned a 37-29 advantage on the glass. River Baldwin provided 14 points and a team-high seven rebounds and Mimi Collins scored 13 points for the Wolfpack.

Caroline Waite put up 23 points for the Redbirds (6-2), who had won five straight.

No. 10 Texas 80, No. 11 UConn 68

Rori Harmon racked up 27 points and 13 assists and freshman Madison Booker scored 20 points as the Longhorns held off the visiting Huskies in Austin, Texas.

Texas (9-0) jumped out to a 41-27 halftime lead and held a 60-43 advantage through three quarters. Nika Muhl’s 3-pointer 10 seconds into the fourth quarter sparked a UConn comeback attempt, but after the Huskies got within six points at the 1:42 mark, they would not score again.

Aaliyah Edwards scored 22 points and Paige Bueckers had 13 to lead UConn (4-3). Texas got 15 points and eight rebounds from Amina Muhammad and 10 points from Shaylee Gonzales.

No. 13 Baylor 71, Oregon 51

Darianna Littlepage-Buggs tallied a game-high 18 points and grabbed six rebounds as the host Bears blew by the Ducks in Waco, Texas.

Dre’una Edwards had 14 points and seven rebounds and Aijha Blackwell added 10 points and 12 rebounds for Baylor (7-0), which owned the boards to the tune of 44-28. The Bears had 18 offensive rebounds and 15 second-chance points.

Phillipina Kyei led Oregon (4-3) with 15 points and 12 rebounds. Grace VanSlooten scored 14 points and Chance Gray had 10.

No. 15 Florida State 76, Kent State 49

Ta’Niya Latson had a game-high 15 points to go with five assists as the host Seminoles rolled past the Golden Flashes in Tallahassee, Fla.

Sara Bejedi and Makayla Timpson each scored 14 points for Florida State (6-2), with Timpson adding eight rebounds. O’Mariah Gordon had 11 points and nine boards while Amaya Bonner scored 12 points.

Jenna Batsch scored seven of her team-high 13 points in the first quarter to help Kent State (4-3) take a 14-11 lead into the first break. Corynne Hauser scored 10 for the Golden Flashes, but Florida State pulled away as Kent State shot just 24.7 percent as a team.

No. 17 Indiana 72, Stetson 34

Mackenzie Holmes led all scorers with 17 points and Yarden Garzon added 14 as the Hoosiers had little trouble with the visiting Hatters in Bloomington, Ind.

Sara Scalia scored 10 points and Sydney Parrish posted eight points and 10 rebounds for Indiana (7-1), which led 24-9 after one quarter and went up by as many as 41 points.

Jamiya Turner had a team-high 11 points for Stetson (2-7).

Chattanooga 59, No. 21 Mississippi State 53

Karsen Murphy, Hannah Kohn and Jada Guinn made jumpers in a quick 7-2 run to guide the host Mocs to a come-from-behind upset of the Bulldogs.

The trio’s run flipped a 48-46 deficit into a 53-50 lead for Chattanooga (8-1), which held the Bulldogs to just eight points in the final frame. Guinn and Raven Thompson each scored 14 points and Kohn had 12 for the Mocs.

JerKaila Jordan put up 19 points and 10 rebounds to pace Mississippi State (8-2). Lauren Park-Lane added 14 points.

No. 22 Louisville 80, North Carolina A&T 40

Jayda Curry led five players in double figures with 12 points as the Cardinals doubled up the visiting Aggies.

Curry, Merissah Russell (11 points) and Eylia Love (10 points) all provided scoring off the bench for Louisville (8-1). Love made it a double-double with 10 rebounds. Kiki Jefferson added 11 points and Olivia Cochran had 10.

Maleia Bracone had 11 points to lead North Carolina A&T (3-4), which committed 31 turnovers.

No. 23 Marquette 87, Penn 52

Frannie Hottinger recorded 20 points and eight rebounds as the Golden Eagles stayed undefeated with an easy win over the visiting Quakers in Milwaukee.

Mackenzie Hare and Jordan King added 19 and 17 points, respectively, as Marquette (8-0) shot 57.9 percent from the field and 8-of-16 from the 3-point arc.

Mataya Gayle had 23 points and Jordan Obi added 17 for Penn (5-3).

Rhode Island 60, No. 25 Princeton 58

Dee Dee Davis had 21 points and Teisha Hyman made a key jumper late in the game for the Rams to upset the visiting Tigers in Kingston, R.I.

Hyman broke a 56-56 tie with her shot with 32 seconds left, and a steal and two free throws put Rhode Island (6-3) in the clear. Hyman finished with 11 points while Sophie Phillips had 13.

Madison St. Rose scored 17 points and Parker Hill had 11 points, seven rebounds and four blocks for Princeton (5-3).

NHL NEWS

NHL ROUNDUP: BRAD MARCHAND’S HAT TRICK RALLIES BRUINS PAST JACKETS

Brad Marchand scored a natural hat trick in the third period as the Boston Bruins came from behind to defeat the visiting Columbus Blue Jackets 3-1 on Sunday night.

The Bruins captain erased his team’s 1-0 deficit after two periods by himself, netting three straight goals — including two on power plays — across a span of 5:50. Four of Marchand’s 11 goals this season have come over the past two games following an eight-game goal-scoring drought. The hat trick was the sixth of his career.

Charlie McAvoy assisted on each of Marchand’s last two goals in his 400th career NHL game. Jeremy Swayman made 24 saves for the Bruins, who have won three straight games since losing on Monday in Columbus.

Boone Jenner scored the Blue Jackets’ lone goal, and Spencer Martin stopped 25 shots as Columbus took its third loss in five games.

Rangers 6, Sharks 5

Artemi Panarin recorded his fifth career hat trick and collected a season-high four points as host New York held on for a wild victory over San Jose.

Panarin scored New York’s first two goals and then got the hat trick 4:41 into the third to give the Rangers a 5-3 lead. He capped his big night by setting up K’Andre Miller’s tally that made it 6-3. It was Panarin’s 19th career four-point game and 12th with the Rangers.

Anthony Duclair, Ryan Carpenter and Jacob MacDonald scored the Sharks’ first three goals. Fabian Zetterlund and Alexander Barabanov tallied 72 seconds apart in the third when the Sharks made it a one-goal contest with about four minutes left.

Wild 4, Blackhawks 1

Marco Rossi scored a pair of goals and Minnesota pulled away for a win over Chicago in Saint Paul, Minn.

Mats Zuccarello added a goal and two assists for the Wild, who improved to 3-0 since the team dismissed coach Dean Evason and replaced him with John Hynes. Taylor Raddysh scored the lone goal for Chicago, which lost its third game in a row.

Wild goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 28 of 29 shots to earn the win. It marked the 548th victory of his career, moving him within three victories of matching Patrick Roy for second place on the all-time list.

Predators 2, Sabres 1

Juuse Saros made 34 saves and visiting Nashville defeated Buffalo.

Filip Forsberg and Yakov Trenin scored for the Predators, who had lost two straight games after winning six in a row. Saros made 12 saves in the third period as Nashville protected its 2-1 lead.

Victor Olofsson scored for the Sabres, who have lost three straight games to match their longest losing streak of the season. Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen made 27 saves. Olofsson’s goal came on a penalty shot.

Kings 4, Avalanche 1

Quinton Byfield scored two goals for Los Angeles, which beat visiting Colorado.

Trevor Moore and Drew Doughty also scored, Adrian Kempe had two assists and Cam Talbot made 20 saves for the Kings, who have won six of their past seven games.

Josh Manson scored and Alexandar Georgiev made 34 saves for the Avalanche, who have lost three games in a row (0-1-2) and were playing without star defenseman Cale Makar, who sat out with a lower-body injury.

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

MARINERS SEND JARRED KELENIC TO BRAVES IN 5-PLAYER DEAL

With Major League Baseball’s winter meetings underway in Nashville, the Mariners and Braves announced a five-player trade late Sunday night that sends three players to Atlanta and a pair of prospects to Seattle.

Outfielder Jarred Kelenic, infielder Evan White and left-handed pitcher Marco Gonzales are going to Atlanta, with righties Jackson Kowar and Cole Phillips headed to Seattle. The Braves are also receiving cash from the Mariners.

Kelenic, 24, finally showed promise in 2023, his third major league season. The sixth overall pick by the New York Mets in 2018, Kelenic hit .253 in 105 games last season, setting career highs in all three slash lines (.253/.327/.419), as well as RBIs (49), stolen bases (13), runs (44) and hits (94). His 11 home runs were three off his career high.

He missed almost two months in the middle of the season after breaking his foot kicking a water cooler. He is a career .204 hitter with 32 homers and 109 RBIs in 252 games.

Gonzales, 31, was 4-1 with a 5.22 ERA in 10 starts in 2023. Forearm surgery ended his season in August, and he hadn’t pitched since May.

For his career, Gonzales is 65-49 with a 4.14 ERA and three complete games over 163 appearances (155 starts).

White, 27, last played in the majors in 2021. Over two seasons with the Mariners, the first baseman had a .165 batting average with 10 home runs and 35 RBIs in 84 games. He won a Gold Glove as a rookie in 2020.

Kowar, 27, has played in parts of three seasons with the Kansas City Royals. He has gone 2-6 in 39 appearances (eight starts), sporting a 9.12 ERA. Last season, Kowar went 2-0 with a career-best 6.43 ERA in 23 appearances out of the bullpen.

The Braves selected Phillips, 20, in the second round (57th overall) of the 2022 draft. He underwent Tommy John surgery prior to that draft and has yet to pitch professionally.

TOP INDIANA SPORTS RELEASES/ NEWS

COLTS FOOTBALL

MINSHEW THROWS FOR TD IN OT AS THE COLTS WIN 4TH STRAIGHT, DOWN TITANS 31-28

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Indianapolis Colts may start slow.

They sure know how to finish.

Gardner Minshew threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Michael Pittman with 2:31 left in overtime and the Colts beat the Tennessee Titans 31-28 Sunday for their fourth straight victory to keep pace in the playoff race in the AFC.

“It’s awesome to see our guys fight every single week and just keep finding ways to win,” first-year Colts coach Shane Steichen said.

The Colts (7-5) had to score a touchdown after Nick Folk made a 46-yard field goal with 4:19 left in overtime to put Tennessee up 28-25.

Indianapolis came in holding the seventh and last spot in the AFC. The Colts leave town having swept their AFC South rival for the first time since 2018.

“It really feels good to beat them back to back because they beat us back to back, and we’ve been trading off,” Pittman said of sweeping the Titans. “So it feels good to give it back to them.”

Tennessee (4-8) lost its first true home game this season and has yet to win consecutive games overall.

The Titans not only blew a 17-7 lead, but Folk missed his first extra point this season with 5:26 left in regulation that could have put Tennessee up 26-25.

Backup quarterback Ryan Tannehill had to fill in on the missed PAT with usual holder and punter Ryan Stonehouse knocked out of the game early in the fourth quarter with an injured left leg. Stonehouse was seen leaving the stadium on crutches with his leg in a full brace.

“Proud of the way that we fought, and we lost,” Titans coach Mike Vrabel said.

He also noted the Titans have to protect their punter.

Special teams helped the Colts score 10 points off Nick Cross’ blocked punt that Grant Stuard returned 18 yards for a TD late in the third quarter. Then Tony Brown forced a fumble on Stonehouse’s next punt attempt, running into his left leg.

Colts linebacker Zaire Franklin noted special teams actually helped impact 11 total points.

“You knock the punter out of the game, they can’t kick the extra point,” Franklin said. “That’s how this game gets to overtime. I told all the young guys, I said ‘Look, that’s how you know your special teams is really making plays, when they’re affecting the outcome of the game.’ They stood tall today, for sure.”

Minshew threw for 312 yards and two touchdowns as he won his fourth straight game for the first time in his five NFL seasons. Pittman finished with 11 catches for 105 yards with the game-winning TD, and Alec Pierce had three receptions for 100 yards and a TD.

The Colts sacked rookie Will Levis six times despite being outgained 381-355. Tennessee held the ball for more than 38 minutes.

Indianapolis easily could’ve turned this into a rout except for the Colts’ struggles inside the Titans 10.

The Colts had first-and-goal four times in regulation only to settle for three of Matt Gay’s four field goals. They lost a fumble on another trip.

Gay’s fourth field goal, a 28-yarder, came with 11:34 left off Brown’s forced fumble on Stonehouse’s punt attempt.

“We probably should’ve won by more points actually, but they are a very well-coached team and it’s never easy,” Pittman said of playing the Titans.

This was a costly loss for Tennessee.

Derrick Henry ran for 102 yards and two touchdowns before leaving early in the fourth quarter to be evaluated for a concussion. He went to the locker room and never returned.

The Titans also lost two-time Pro Bowl defensive lineman Jeffery Simmons to an injured right knee, and Folk had to punt once Stonehouse was knocked out of the game.

HENRY’S DAY

The two-time NFL rushing champ tied Marshawn Lynch with his first TD run of the game. Then he tied Priest Holmes with his second, a 5-yarder early in the second quarter, at No. 15 all time with the 86th rushing TD of his career.

CRAZY GAME

Going to overtime was only the capper on a wild day. The Colts tried a 2-point conversion after Stuard’s TD off the blocked punt. Minshew’s pass was intercepted by Amani Hooker who went the distance giving Tennessee two points.

Levis fumbled early trying to pass, and the Titans rookie quarterback recovered after Colts safety Julian Blackmon couldn’t hold onto the ball.

Folk had to punt twice and averaged 39 yards. The 39-year-old veteran said this was his first punt in the NFL since his college days at Arizona, “I did it in the Pac-10 a long time ago.”

INJURIES

Colts RT Braden Smith hurt a knee on their opening drive and didn’t return. He was on the injury report coming into this game after being given Friday off for rest. Rookie Blake Freeland replaced him.

The Titans lost Simmons midway through the third quarter. Tight end Josh Whyle also was knocked out of the game with an injured knee. Cornerback Kristian Fulton also was hurt.

UP NEXT

The Colts visit Cincinnati to wrap up a two-game road swing.

The Titans hit the road with a prime-time game Dec. 11 at Miami.

INDIANA PACERS

GAME PREVIEW: PACERS VS CELTICS (IN-SEASON TOURNAMENT QUARTERFINAL)

The Pacers were the first team in NBA history to win an In-Season Tournament game. They were the first team ever to advance to the Knockout Rounds. Now, they’re hoping to be the first team to win a Knockout Round game and advance to Las Vegas for the IST Semifinals.

Indiana (10-8) gets to host a Quarterfinal game at Gainbridge Fieldhouse on Monday thanks to a 4-0 record in Group Play. But the Blue & Gold don’t have an easy draw, as they have to beat the Boston Celtics — owners of the NBA’s best record at 15-4 — to move on to Vegas.

The Celtics beat the Pacers handily in the two teams’ only previous meeting this season, rolling to a 155-104 victory on Nov. 1 in Boston in a game that Pacers All-Star guard Tyrese Haliburton missed due to injury.

That was the only game Haliburton had missed until Saturday, when he sat out Indiana’s second game in Miami due to an upper respiratory infection. The Pacers fared much better without Haliburton this time around, getting an all-around team effort in a 144-129 win over the Heat.

The Pacers dropped 79 points over the final two quarters in Miami to pull away from the Heat and split a two-game series in south Florida. Bruce Brown scored a season-high 30 points on Saturday and three other Pacers topped the 20-point plateau. T.J. McConnell recorded his first double-double of the season with 20 points and 11 assists, while fellow point guard Andrew Nembhard also dished out 11 assists to help pick up the slack in Haliburton’s absence.

The Blue & Gold are hoping to have Haliburton back for Monday’s showdown with the Celtics. He is coming off an outstanding performance himself, scoring a career-high 44 points on Thursday in Miami in his last game on the court.

Haliburton has been brilliant to start the season, earning legitimate buzz in the early-season MVP discussion. The 23-year-old guard leads the NBA in assists (11.8 per game) and is 11th in the league in scoring (27 points per game) while shooting 51.9 percent from the field and 44.7 percent from 3-point range.

Haliburton is right behind Celtics forward Jayson Tatum on the list of the NBA’s scoring leaders. Tatum, who has been a All-NBA First Team selection each of the past two seasons, is having another outstanding year, averaging 27.4 points, 8.7 rebounds, and 4.1 assists per game.

The stakes are high for Monday’s game. The Pacers have embraced the In-Season Tournament as an opportunity to play games with real stakes early in a season when they hope to take the franchise back to the playoffs for the first time since 2019-20. Winning their group was already a significant achievement for a young team that features many players that have limited or no playoff experience, but they now have their sights set on advancing to Las Vegas. There is considerable buzz in Indianapolis around Monday’s game, with fans expected to pack Gainbridge Fieldhouse and create an electric environment.

The winner of Monday’s Quarterfinal will face the winner of Tuesday’s other Eastern Conference Quarterfinal between Milwaukee and New York in Las Vegas on Thursday. The In-Season Tournament championship game is scheduled for Saturday. The loser of Monday’s game will play a regular season game against the Bucks-Knicks loser on either Wednesday or Friday.

Projected Starters

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

Celtics: G – Jrue Holiday, G – Derrick White, F – Jalen Brown, F – Jayson Tatum, C – Al Horford

Injury Report

Pacers: Tyrese Haliburton – questionable (upper respiratory infection), Obi Toppin – Jalen Smith – out (left knee bone bruise/left heel contusion)

Celtics: Kristaps Porzingis – out (left calf strain), Jordan Walsh – out (G League assignment)

Last Meeting

Nov. 1, 2023: The Celtics dominated from start to finish in a 155-104 win over the Pacers in Boston. The hosts won the first quarter 44-27 and continued to increase their lead all the way up until the final buzzer. The 51-point margin of defeat was the Pacers’ second-worst loss in franchise history, trailing only a 59-point loss at Golden State in 1977.

Boston outscored Indiana got 45 points from 3-point range alone. The Celtics went 20-for-37 (57.1 percent) from beyond the arc, while the Pacers were just 5-for-37 (13.5 percent).

The Pacers were without Tyrese Haliburton due to sprained right ankle. Only three players reached double figures for Indiana, with T.J. McConnell scoring a team-high 18 points off the bench to go along with seven rebounds and five assists. Andrew Nembhard added 14 points and Obi Toppin scored 11.

Jayson Tatum led eight Celtics in double figures, finishing with 30 points, 12 rebounds, and four assists. Derrick White added 18 points on 4-of-7 3-point shooting, while Sam Hauser scored 17 off the bench while going 5-for-6 from distance.

Noteworthy

The Pacers and Celtics have met six times in the playoffs, with Boston prevailing in four of those series, including their most recent postseason meeting in 2019. They have played two winner-take-all games, with Celtics winning Game 5 of a best-of-five first round series in 1991 and the Pacers won Game 7 of a best-of-seven first round series in 2005.

Pacers head coach Rick Carlisle registered his 251st win with the franchise on Saturday, moving him past Frank Vogel into second place in franchise history. Hall of Famer Slick Leonard holds the franchise record with 529 career wins across the ABA and NBA.

Pacers guard Buddy Hield needs three 3-pointers to move past Peja Stojakovic (1,760 career threes) for 26th place on the NBA’s all-time 3-point list.

The Pacers acquired forward Aaron Nesmith in a trade with the Celtics in the summer of 2022. Boston originally drafted the 6-5 forward out of Vanderbilt with the 14th pick in the 2020 NBA Draft.

Celtics forward Oshae Brissett signed with Boston this summer after playing for the Pacers from 2021-23.

Broadcast Information (TV and Radio Listings >>)

TV: TNT – Commentators TBA

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

truTV/Max (NBA on TNT BetCast) – Jordan Cornette (host), Tim Doyle (analyst), Chandler Parsons (analyst)

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

Tickets

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

INDIANA WRESTLING

NO. 27 INDIANA WINS AT PRINCETON IN TIGHT DUAL

PRINCETON, N.J. ––– Indiana Wrestling picked up a close dual victory on the road at Princeton on Sunday afternoon.

Bonus points were the difference in Indiana’s 18-15 win. The Hoosiers and Tigers split with each team taking five bouts in the match, but Indiana had a win by tech fall and major decision to separate.

New Jersey native and No. 28-ranked Dan Fongaro (141) won by major decision in the match’s final bout and pushed Indiana ahead to defeat Princeton.

With the win, Indiana moves to 2-0 in dual competition this season.

KEY MOMENTS

• No. 17 Brayton Lee (157) picked up a 3-2 decision victory Rocco Camillaci to tie the match at 3-3 early.

• No. 11 Derek Gilcher (165) didn’t give up a takedown in his win over Blaine Bergey, an 8-1 decision.

• No. 9 DJ Washington (174) needed just a period and a half to post a tech fall victory, 19-3 (3:59) over Mikey Squires. His win put Indiana up 11-3 through four matches.

• With the team trailing 15-11, Cayden Rooks (133) shot for a decisive pair of takedowns to put together an 8-3 decision victory against Sean Pierson and closed the gap on the team score.

• Back in his home state, No. 28 Dan Fongaro (141) dominated to finish the dual with a 15-2 major decision against Tyler Vazquez and give the Hoosiers a team victory.

NOTABLES

• Lee made his first appearance as a Hoosier and wrestled in his first competition since his injury at Minnesota in the 2022-23 season.

• Indiana has defeated Princeton two years in a row and now leads the all-time series, 2-1.

• Gilcher improves his season record to 6-0.

• Both of Washington’s this year are by tech fall.

• Blaine Frazier (125) made his first collegiate dual appearance.

UP NEXT

• Indiana Wrestling will be back in action on Saturday, Dec. 9 for a home dual against Central Michigan at 2 p.m. in Wilkinson Hall.

FULL RESULTS

149: Eligh Rivera (PU) def. No. 8 Graham Rooks (IU)                    | SV-1, 7-4 |                   Score: PU up 3-0

157: No. 17 Brayton Lee (IU) def. Rocco Camillaci (PU)                | Dec. 3-2 |                 Score: Tied up 3-3

165: No. 11 Derek Gilcher def. Blaine Bergey (PU)                          | Dec. 8-1 |                 Score: IU up 6-3

174: No. 9 DJ Washington (IU) def. Michael Squires (PU)             | TF, 19-3 (3:59) |       Score: IU up 11-3

184: No. 28 Nate Dugan (PU) def. Roman Rogotzke (IU)                 | Dec. 15-10 |              Score: IU up 11-6

197: No. 11 Luke Stout (PU) def. Gabe Sollars (IU)                      | Dec. 3-1 |                  Score: IU up 11-9

285: Matt Cover (PU) def. Nick Willham (IU)                               |Dec. 5-4 |                  Score: PU up 12-11

125: Drew Heethuis (PU) def. Blaine Frazier (IU)                         | Dec. 10-8 |              Score: PU up 15-11

133: Cayden Rooks (IU) def. Sean Pierson (PU)                           | Dec. 8-3 |                Score: PU up 15-14

141: No. 28 Dan Fongaro (IU) def. Tyler Vazquez (PU)                 |MD, 15-2 |                Score: IU up 18-15

FINAL TEAM SCORE:  NO. 27 INDIANA 18, PRINCETON 15

INDIANA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

NO. 17 IU TOPS HATTERS, 72-34

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Graduate student forward Mackenzie Holmes and sophomore guard Yarden Garzon combined for 41 points as No. 17 Indiana defeated Stetson, 72-34, on Sunday afternoon inside Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.

KEY MOMENTS

Indiana (7-1) came out with a strong 24-9 lead, with four Hoosiers scoring 5 points each. Senior guards Chloe Moore-McNeil and Sydney Parrish made the defensive difference putting up three rebounds each.

The Hoosiers’ lead was stretched to 41-20 at the half with graduate student forward Mackenzie Holmes going 2-for-2 to add four points.

Three Hoosiers moved into double digits in the third quarter, with sophomore guard Yarden Garzon leading the way with 14.

Holmes starts the fourth with four quick points pushing her total to 17 points. Parrish matched her career-high 10 rebounds, assisting the team to a 72-34 win.

NOTABLE

Eight different Hoosiers contributed to the 41 first half points. 24 of those points came in the first half. 

The Indiana Hoosiers defense held the Stetson Hatters to an opponent season low, 19.4 percent.  

Moore-McNeil’s six assists and three steals marked the fourth time she has accomplished these feats this season. She also tied her season high rebounds with five. 

Senior guard Sara Scalia recorded a season high three steals and was the third player in double figures 10 points and hit a pair of 3-point. 

Parrish led IU on the boards with 10, marking back-to-back games with 10 rebounds. Indiana

Sophomore forward Lilly Meister set a season-high in blocks (2) and rebounds (7).

Sophomore guard Lexus Bargesser dished out four assists, tying her season-high.

Freshman Julianna LaMendola had both a steal and a block in 16 minutes played. 

Sophomore guard Henna Sandvik tied her season-high in rebounds.

QUOTABLE

Indiana head coach Teri Moren

“Great first half, not so much in the second half. I thought we got off to the start we wanted to in the second half. I thought we took some really early quick shots that didn’t go down. We got to the media time out and just talked a lot about what a good shot looks like for us, and that’s you know I have to do a better job of helping Chloe (Moore-McNeil) and Lexi (Bargesser) in those moments. When you know we come down take a shot, miss a shot, and come down take a shot, miss a shot and it’s three or four possessions of that and just having a better understanding of the rhythm of the game anda feel for it and what shot we need to get some points up on the board. I’m a little bit frustrated by that. We didn’t shoot well from the free throw line. I thought again, from the first half perspective, we really shot it well didn’t have a whole lot of complaining to do, although you know on the defensive side we still felt like they were opportunities to get the gaps, get some steals, help each other out better. I thought we improved in the second half with that but I thought our offense left us in that second half. It’s a good afternoon where we  could play a lot of kids. My goal for them going in was a defensive goal; they average right around 59 was to keep them under 59, we certainly achieved that. But the more important goal for us was offensively that I gave them was for us to get more transition points. The goal I gave them was between 10 and 122 points and you can see we had 26 points fast break points, so they achieved that in a big way and it was good to see. Several of the goals I gave them was certainly need to manufacture points in the open floor by playing fast and I thought they did a good job of that too.”

UP NEXT

Indiana travels to Rutgers to open Big Ten play on Saturday, December 9 at 4 p.m. ET.

PURDUE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

BOILERS DOMINATE IN SECOND HALF TO BEAT VALPO

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue women’s basketball team scored 50 points and shot 61.3% from the field in the second half to pull away to an 83-56 win over Valparaiso at Mackey Arena on Sunday afternoon. The Boilermakers extended their winning streak to three in a row and moved to 5-3 on the year.

After leading by eight at halftime, Purdue used two separate 11-point runs in the third and fourth to maintain a perfect 4-0 record at Mackey Arena this season.

The freshman duo of Mary Ashley Stevenson and Rashunda Jones led the Boilermakers in scoring and on the glass. Stevenson posted her first career double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds on 5-of-8 shooting in 26 minutes on the floor. Jones topped 20 points for the second time this season, finishing with 22 points on 6-of-9 from the field and a perfect 8-of-8 at the line.

Jones’ teammate from South Bend Mila Reynolds had a career day off the bench. Reynolds tallied a career-high six points and five rebounds in 16 minutes of work.

Abbey Ellis extended her streak of games in double figures to eight with an 11-point outing, while Madison Layden hit a pair of 3-pointers to finish with 10 points.

The Boilermakers shot 8-of-24 from behind the arc with a 6-of-13 mark in the second half. Purdue drew 22 points and was an effective 19-of-24 on free throws. Jeanae Terry and Jones evenly split eight assists, as Purdue recorded 20 helpers on 28 made field goals. Freshman Emily Monson also dished out a career-best four assists.

The Boilermakers had to work through some shooting struggles over the opening 20 minutes, going 9-of-26 from the field and just 2-of-11 from distance.

After a slow start on the offensive end, Purdue made the most of its trips to the line in the opening 10 minutes. The Boilermakers went 9-of-10 in the frame and closed the quarter on a 12-2 run with eight points coming at the stripe. Reynold scored all six of her points in the first.

Jones gave the Boilermakers a spark in the second with seven points. After Valparaiso closed to within three midway through the period, Jones tallied seven of Purdue’s final 10 points, including the team’s first triple of the game.

Purdue quickly extended the lead to double figures with an 11-0 stretch early in the third. Stevenson and Jones accounted for nine points during the run. The Boilermakers generated nine points off six Valpo turnovers. The Beacons managed to make just four field goals, as Purdue won the frame 21-13.

The offense carried the momentum into the fourth. Purdue was 12-of-18 and made five 3-pointers to record 29 points. Freshmen Sophie Swanson and Emily Monson combined for 11 points in the period.

FRESHMAN NOTABLES

• The freshman class set a season high with a combined 47 points.

• Stevenson’s double-double was the first by a Purdue rookie since Karissa McLaughlin’s 10 points and 11 assists against Penn State on Jan. 28, 2018.

• Stevenson had Purdue’s first points-rebounds double-double by a freshman since Sam Ostarello’s 17 points, 14 rebounds against Evanson on Dec. 19, 2009.

• Jones’ 22 points were the most by a freshman at Purdue since Dominque McBride scored 22 against Minnesota on Jan. 14, 2016.

• Jones is the first Purdue freshman to reach 20 points twice since Karissa McLaughlin in 2017-18.

• Jones is the first Purdue freshman to finish perfect at the free throw line with at least eight attempts since KK Houser was 13-of-13 against Penn State on Jan. 28, 2010.

• Sophie Swanson connected on a pair of 3-pointers to finish with eight points and hauled down three rebounds in eight minutes of playing time.

• Emily Monson hit her second triple of the season.

• McKenna Layden finished with a plus-minus of 13 after playing 18 minutes with three rebounds and an assist.

NOTES

• Purdue leads the all-time series with Valpo 12-2.

• Ten of Purdue’s 11 players recorded an assist.

• Purdue held its sixth opponent to 60 points or less this season.

• The Boilermakers won the rebounding battle 46-25. The plus-21 margin was the largest by Purdue since its overtime win at Michigan State last season.

• Purdue did not surrender a second chance point.

• The Boilermakers improved to 27-9 under head coach Katie Gearlds when scoring 30 or more points in the paint, recording 32 on Sunday.

UP NEXT

Purdue will face Southeast Missouri State on Wednesday night at Mackey Arena. The 7 p.m. tip will be Boilermakers’ final non-conference test before heading to Minnesota next Sunday for the Big Ten opener.

PURDUE MEN’S BASKETBALL

NO. 1 PURDUE LOOKS TO BOUNCE BACK MONDAY IN MACKEY ARENA AGAINST IOWA

GAMEDAY INFORMATION — GAME 09

[1] Purdue (7-1 / 0-1) vs. Iowa (5-2 / 0-0)

7:00 p.m. ET | West Lafayette, Ind.

Mackey Arena | 14,876

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

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

THE NOTES TO KNOW

• The Boilermakers return home on Monday night to close out their opening weekend of Big Ten play when the Iowa Hawkeyes visit for a 7 p.m. ET, tipoff. Purdue is looking to bounce back from its first loss of the season, while Iowa enters the contest having won two straight games by a combined 38 points over Seton Hall and North Florida.

• Purdue has won 12 of its last 13 games in Mackey Arena against Iowa and is 12-2 under Matt Painter against the Hawkeyes in Mackey Arena. Four of the last five wins in Mackey Arena have come by at least 14 points.

• Purdue is 73-12 (.859) at Mackey Arena against Big Ten opposition since the start of the 2014-15 season. Michigan State has the next-best record at 67-18 (.788). Under Matt Painter, Purdue is 97-12 (.890) against unranked Big Ten teams in Mackey Arena. With The Paint Crew in attendance, Purdue is 61-6 (.910) against Big Ten teams in Mackey Arena since the 2014-15 season.

• Zach Edey’s 35 points against Northwestern were the most for a Purdue player in a Big Ten opener since Kyle Macy had 38 against Minnesota on Jan. 3, 1976. In the last two Big Ten openers, Edey has averaged 33.0 PPG and 18.0 RPG (31 & 22 vs. Minnesota a year ago).

• Purdue has attempted 111 more free throws than its opponent, the second-largest difference in the country (Denver +112). It has outscored its opponents by 84 points at the free throw line, also just behind Denver (+86) and just ahead of North Carolina (+82). A year ago, Purdue led the country in free throw margin (+249) by 58 points (Texas A&M; +191).

• Purdue’s 65 wins since the start of the 2021-22 season are the fourth most in the country (Houston – 73, Kansas – 69, Arizona – 68, Purdue – 65, Gonzaga – 65, Duke – 64, UCLA – 63). Among Big Ten teams, Wisconsin (51) and Iowa (50) are next on the list.

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

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

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

• Matt Painter ranks seventh on the Big Ten’s list for conference wins at 209, needing just one victory to tie Indiana’s Branch McCracken (210) for sixth on the Big Ten Conference-games only wins list.

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

• Braden Smith is off to an outstanding start and has firmly planted himself in early All-America discussions. Smith dished out his 200th career assist (in just 42 games) last Tuesday and leads the nation’s sophomores (or younger) in career assists. He has flirted with a pair of triple-doubles and is the nation’s only player to average at least 12.0 PPG, 7.0 APG and 6.0 RPG.

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

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

NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL

IRISH TO FACE OREGON STATE IN SUN BOWL

The University of Notre Dame football team (9-3) will conclude the 2023 season in the Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl against Oregon State (8-4) in El Paso, Texas, on Friday, December 29 at 2 p.m. ET and the game will be broadcast on CBS.

The game will mark the 42nd bowl appearance in program history and the Irish have compiled a 20-21 overall record in postseason games. Notre Dame and Oregon State will be meeting for the third time – with the previous two meetings also coming in bowl games. The Beavers earned wins over the Irish in the 2001 Fiesta Bowl and 2004 Insight Bowl.

Notre Dame finished the season ranked 15th by the Associated Press, 16th in the coaches poll and 16th in the final College Football Playoff ranking. Oregon State is 21st in the AP, 22nd in the coaches poll and 19th in the playoff ranking.

Notre Dame will be competing in the Sun Bowl for the second time. The Irish defeated Miami FL 33-17 on December 31, 2010, in their previous appearance.  Of note, that matchup against the Hurricanes set the Sun Bowl attendance record at 54,021.

DEFENSE LEADS BUTLER TO VICTORY AT WISCONSIN 59-51

MADISON – The Butler Bulldogs are 6-2 overall after claiming a 59-51 road win at Wisconsin on Sunday. Rachel Kent led all players with a game-high 25 points and Caroline Strande would ice the victory from the free throw line to help score 17. Butler has now won six of their last seven games and improve to 3-2 all-time against Wisconsin.

Butler opened the game on a 7-0 scoring run forcing Wisconsin to call a timeout just three minutes into the contest. Butler doubled the post and rotated on defense to cause three turnovers and disrupt the Wisconsin offense. Rachel Kent got the ‘Dawgs going with a corner 3-pointer in front of the Badger bench. Caroline Strande and Sydney Jaynes would add buckets to increase the lead.

Wisconsin moved to a zone defense after the stoppage and the adjustment slowed down the Bulldog attack. The Badger offense also got going and an 8-0 scoring run would get the home team in front by a point (12-11) at the end of the first quarter.

Neither team scored a point over the first four minutes of the second frame. Wisconsin broke the scoreless streak with a layup, but BU responded with a Jordan Meulemans 3-pointer. Her second triple of the game tied the score at 14-14.

The end of the first half was highlighted by Rachel Kent. She hit three 3-pointers over the last two minutes of action to give BU a 26-22 halftime lead. Kent led all players with 15 points at the break. She shot 5-for-9 from the field and 4-for-6 from 3.

Butler opened the third quarter on a 6-0 run to push their lead to 10 at 32-22. The Badgers responded by getting the ball to Serah Williams. The 6-4 sophomore sparked an 8-0 run to get Wisconsin back within two points at 36-34. BU didn’t give up their lead and were able to add two Caroline Strande field goals late in the third to give them a 40-34 advantage heading to the fourth.

BU scored the first four points of the fourth which led to Wisconsin calling a timeout with 8:49 to play. The run pushed the lead back to 10 points.

Jaynes hit a big 3-pointer from the top of the key near the midway point of the fourth, but the Badgers used a 7-0 scoring run to get back within two with four to play.

Williams picked up her fourth personal foul going for an offensive rebound and Jaynes went at her in the post right after to give BU back-to-back buckets. Butler’s defense was the difference in this match-up from start to finish. Getting stops and great free throw shooting in crunch time led to the eight-point road victory.

Inside the Box Score

– Butler played their first game at the Kohl Center since Nov. 20, 2016

– Butler has won six of their last seven games

– The victory was Butler’s first against a Big Ten opponent since Dec. 20, 2018

– BU is now 3-2 all-time against Wisconsin; they have won the last two meetings

– Rachel Kent finished the game with 25 points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals

– Caroline Strande just missed a double-double with 17 points and nine rebounds

– Sydney Jaynes had nine points, five rebounds and two assists in the win

– Ari Wiggins had five assists and just one turnover in 29 minutes of playing time

– Butler led for 30 minutes on Sunday

– Six of Butler’s nine made shots in the first half were 3-pointers

– Butler ended the game going 7-for-25 from behind the arc

– BU had nine assists on nine made field goals in the first half

– Serah Williams led Wisconsin with 22 points and 14 rebounds

Up Next

Butler will play two home games next week against Vanderbilt and Chicago State. The Commodores will come to Indianapolis for the first time on Dec. 7 for a Thursday night tip at 7 PM. The Cougars will be at Hinkle Fieldhouse on Sunday for a 2 PM tip. Each game will stream on FloHoops.com.

IUPUI WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

IUPUI FALLS IN #HLWBB MATCHUP AGAINST MILWAUKEE, 70-59

INDIANAPOLIS – Junior Kate Davidson totaled 20 points in the Jaguars’ loss to Horizon League foe Milwaukee on Sunday afternoon, 70-59. Injury continues to hinder the Jags as IUPUI had just eight healthy bodies on the court today.

The Jags have lost their last seven games but throughout injury and adversity, IUPUI has continued to fight late in games. With just eight players dressed today, the Jags fought to bring the game within four in the final quarter.

Milwaukee came out strong taking an 9-2 lead, forcing the Jags to call a time out. IUPUI then went on an 12-2 run to take the lead at 14-11 but it was the last time the Jags would hold the lead as the Panthers finished the first quarter on a 10-0 run.

The Jags shot just 12.5 percent from the field in the second quarter while the Panthers shot 30.8 percent to maintain the lead at 35-24. IUPUI got off to a slow start in the third quarter but finished strong the last eight points to cut the lead to 54-41.

Down 13 heading into the fourth quarter, the Jags cut the lead to six with four minutes to go with a three from Camron Blank. IUPUI couldn’t continue to get their shots to sink and ultimately fell, 70-59.

Junior Davidson led the offense with 20 points shooting a perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line. She also added four assists and three rebounds. Jaela Johnson totaled 12 points, four assists and three points while Abby Wolterman collected a team-high six rebounds. Blank had her best game of the season with eight points, four rebounds and a team-high three steals.

The Jags shot 32.1 percent from the field but earned a 94.4 percent from the free throw line while holding the Panthers to 30.0 percent from three. The Jaguars defense also forced 22 turnovers from Milwaukee.

IUPUI is now 0-2 in Horizon League play and will take a break from conference play as they travel to Evansville on Wednesday, December 6. The Jags and Aces will tipoff at 7:00 PM.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

SHAYLA SELLERS HITS 1,000 CAREER POINTS AS ‘DONS IMPROVE TO 6-2

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Shayla Sellers became the 21st Mastodon in Purdue Fort Wayne women’s basketball history to reach the 1,000-point mark on Sunday (Dec. 3). Needing six to reach the milestone, Sellers scored nine as she helped the Mastodons beat Wright State 71-60.

Purdue Fort Wayne improves to 6-2 and 2-0 to start the Horizon League. This is the program’s best start through eight games in the Division I era.

In a matchup of two nationally top-30 3-point shooting teams, both teams struggled finding success from beyond the arc. Both hit five triples, with Wright State shooting 20 percent and the Mastodons shooting 25 percent. Purdue Fort Wayne found other ways to win, scoring 38 points in the paint and 20 points off turnovers. They found 16 points at the charity stripe as well. The Mastodons forced the Raiders into 19 turnovers.

Sixty points is the second-fewest points Wright State has scored this season. The only game with fewer was the Raiders’ 99-55 loss at Michigan State.

Wright State came out hot, hitting four of their five triples in the first quarter. The ‘Dons held them to just 1-of-17 over the final 30 minutes. After the Raiders led 24-18 through one quarter, the Mastodons out-scored them 53-36 the rest of the way.

The Mastodons took the lead for good with 4:44 left in the second quarter when Destinee Marshall drove in off a screen from Sydney Graber to hit a mid-range floater. Wright State hung around for about 10 more minutes until the Mastodons went on an 8-0 run in a three-minute stretch to go up 13. This came shortly after a 7-0 run that was sparked by Sellers recording her 1,000th point. She faked out her defender in the paint and got a four-footer to fall.

The Raiders responded with an 8-0 run of their own to bring it back within three midway through the fourth quarter. Up four, Sellers had the biggest bucket of the game, collecting an offensive rebound off a miss from Renna Schwieterman and dropped in a layup to push the lead to six. Schwieterman scored four of the team’s final six points to help solidify the win. She finished with a team-high 14 points and a career-high six boards.

Ryin Ott pitched in 12 points, four rebounds and three steals off the bench. Marshall had 10 points. Sellers had nine points and seven rebounds while Amellia Bromenschenkel had nine points and eight boards. Graber had six points and five boards off the bench.

Purdue Fort Wayne was 20-of-40 (50 percent) inside the arc.

There were 10 ties and four lead changes.

Wright State falls to 5-3, 1-1.

The Mastodons will be back on Wednesday (Dec. 6) at former GLVC rival Bellarmine at 6:30 p.m.

VALPO WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

SIMS NETS CAREER HIGH; WOMEN’S BASKETBALL FALLS AT PURDUE

Valpo women’s basketball junior Olivia Sims (Toledo, Ohio/Notre Dame Academy [Oakland]) surpassed her career best with a 14-point outing Sunday, tying for team-high honors as the Beacons fell at Purdue by an 83-56 final.

How It Happened

The Beacons led past the midway point of the opening quarter, 10-5, as they scored eight points in a three-possession stretch — capped by back-to-back triples by senior Leah Earnest (Stevens Point, Wis./SPASH).

Valpo still held a 12-11 lead with 2:33 to play in the first period after a driving layup by Sims, but Purdue closed the quarter with six straight points to lead 17-12 at the end of one.

The Boilermakers led by as many as seven early in the second quarter, but Valpo stayed with striking distance and cut the deficit to one possession multiple times in the period — the latest coming on a 3-pointer by Sims with 2:34 to play in the half. Purdue scored the final five points of the quarter, however, as Valpo trailed 33-25 at intermission.

A basket 49 seconds into the third quarter by Earnest cut the margin to six points before the Boilermakers went on an 11-0 run over the next four minutes to gain separation.

Purdue’s lead was 54-38 at the end of the third period, and the Beacons were unable to get any closer than 14 points in the fourth quarter.

Inside the Game

Sunday’s game capped a stretch of four consecutive true road games for the Beacons.

Valpo has played at least one Big Ten team in nonconference action in each of head coach Mary Evans’ six years at the helm of the program.

Sims came off the bench to surpass her previous career high of 12 points with a 14-point afternoon. She also tied her career best with five field goals made.

Sims shared team-high

Sims shared team-high scoring honors with Earnest, who tallied 14 points of her own, including a 3-for-4 game from the 3-point line.

Earnest has scored in double figures in each of the season’s first six games.

Fifth-year Olivia Brown (East Grand Rapids, Mich./East Grand Rapids [St. Bonaventure]) rounded out the trio of Beacons in double figures in the scoring column with 10 points, including a pair of 3-pointers.

For the fourth time this year, the Beacons reached double figures as a team in steals, racking up 13 thefts Sunday. Freshman Raeven Raye-Redmond (Trotwood, Ohio/Trotwood Madison) led the way with a game-high four steals, while senior Ava Interrante (McHenry, Ill./McHenry) posted a season-best three steals.

Valpo shot just 34.5% (19-of-55) from the field Sunday, while the Boilermakers hit at a 49.1% (28-of-57) clip. Both teams connected on eight 3-pointers.

Thoughts From Coach Evans

“I thought the difference between our first-half performance and our second-half performance today was our offensive and defensive discipline. In the first half, we guarded defensively the way that we needed to guard and ran our offense pretty well. We focused coming into the game on getting multiple drives in a possession — in the first half, we had 13 possessions with multiple drives, but only four in the second half. Defensively in the second half, we got away from guarding the way we had talked about and played more individualistic defense.”

“Getting 13 steals and forcing 21 turnovers against a Big Ten opponent was good to see — it’s exciting to see the chaos we can cause with the way we can fly around on the defensive end. But the thing is then we’ve got to take care of the basketball ourselves. The turnover margin (+1 on Sunday) has to be higher — we need those extra possessions instead of creating self-inflicted wounds and not taking care of the things we are 100% in control of.”

“It was great to see Sims have the game she had today. She has been putting in a ton of extra work and the results in-game just hadn’t come yet — our message to her has been to just trust the process and things will start clicking for her. We saw that today with her game on the offensive side of the ball — if we can get her going like that on a consistent basis, it’ll help take some of the scoring pressure off Leah and Liv Brown.”

Next Up

Valpo (0-6) will be in action twice at the ARC this week as the Beacons return home, starting with a Thursday evening exhibition game against IU Northwest. Tipoff is slated for 6 p.m. and the game can be seen live on ESPN+.

VALPO MEN’S BASKETBALL

ROAD-HEAVY STRETCH CONTINUES WEDNESDAY AT CENTRAL MICHIGAN

Valparaiso (4-4, 0-2 MVC)

at Central Michigan (2-5, 0-0 MAC)

Game No. 9 – Wednesday, Dec. 6, 6 p.m. CT

McGuirk Arena (5,300) – Mount Pleasant, Mich.

Next Up in Valpo Basketball: The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team will continue a stretch of three straight games away from the Athletics-Recreation Center on Wednesday night as the middle game of the road-heavy stretch takes the Beacons to Mount Pleasant, Mich. for a matchup with Central Michigan. After playing the first two Missouri Valley Conference contests of 2023-24 last week, the Beacons will step outside of league play for the last five nonconference games of the season to close out the calendar year.

Last Time Out: Valpo faced a quick 9-0 deficit 90 seconds into the game as Belmont came out of the gate knocking down three 3s. The two teams played even for the final 38:30, but the early 3-point barrage stood as the difference as the Bruins prevailed 77-68. Isaiah Stafford led all scorers with 21 points, while Cooper Schwieger established a new personal best with 18. Valpo used a 10-0 run in the first half to trim a 12-point deficit to two, but the Bruins rattled off nine straight of their own to boost the gap back to 11.

Following the Beacons: Streaming – ESPN+ – Adam Jaksa (play-by-play) and Matt DeVries (analyst)

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

Twitter updates – @ValpoBasketball

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

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

Series Notes: Central Michigan holds a slim 5-4 edge in an all-time series that started way back in 1925-26. The two teams most recently clashed on Dec. 12, 2020, an 84-79 loss in Mount Pleasant that closed out a home-and-home series that began the previous season with Valpo winning 77-55 at the ARC. Before 2019, these two foes had not faced off since Nov. 23, 2004. Valpo is 0-4 all-time in games played at Central Michigan.

The Uncharitable Stripe

The charity stripe was anything but charitable to the Beacons on Dec. 2 at Belmont. Valpo had just two free-throw attempts in the contest.

Valpo became just the fourth Division-I team nationally with two or fewer charity tosses in a game this season, joining Idaho (Nov. 29 vs. Denver), Manhattan (Nov. 24 at UConn) and Texas A&M Commerce (Nov. 8 at Texas Tech).

Last season, Valpo had a game where it did not have any free-throw attempts on Nov. 25, 2022 vs. South Dakota State in Savannah, Ga. Before that, you have to go back to Nov. 25, 2011 at Ohio State for the last time Valpo had two or fewer free-throw attempts.

The last 12 times nationally that a team has attempted two or fewer free throws, it has been in a loss.

Freshman on Fire

Cooper Schwieger is averaging 12.8 points per game and 5.4 rebounds per game this season. The last Valpo freshman to finish a season with over 10.0 ppg and 5.0 rpg was current Valpo Director of Recruiting & Player Development Lubos Barton in 1998-99 (13.8 ppg, 5.6 rpg).

Missouri Valley Conference freshmen to average above 10 ppg and 5 rpg since 2005 are as follows: Doug McDermott (Creighton, 2010-11), Cameron Krutwig (Loyola, 2017-18) and Marcus Domask (Southern Illinois, 2019-20).

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

Most recently, the rookie achieved a season-best 18 points on Dec. 2 at Belmont.

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

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

The Overland Park, Kan. native ranks second in the Missouri Valley Conference in scoring average among freshmen at 12.8 points per game. He is one of three rookies averaging double figures, joining Drake’s Kevin Overton (13.6 ppg) and Evansville’s Chuck Bailey III (10.4 ppg).

Schwieger ranks second among MVC freshmen with 1.4 blocks per game and leads all MVC rookies with 5.4 rebounds per game.

He has made multiple 3s in three of his last four games.

Stafford’s Steady Scoring

Isaiah Stafford has scored 17 points or more in six of his eight games this season, most recently turning in back-to-back performances of 20 points or more – Nov. 29 vs. Drake (20) and Dec. 2 at Belmont (21).

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

Stafford, who ranks fifth in the MVC in scoring at 18.3 points per game, made three 3s in the conference opener against the Bulldogs, his third game this season with at least a trio of triples. He also swiped three steals against Drake, his fourth multi-steal game.

Stafford has scored 17 or more points in three straight games and has four performances of 20+ points this season.

Scouting the Chippewas

Coming off an 88-61 loss at Ohio State on Nov. 29.

Own victories over Siena (70-56) and South Florida (68-63).

Picked 12th of 12 in the Mid-American Conference preseason poll.

Went 10-21 overall and 5-13 in the MAC last season.

This will mark a returning to an old stomping grounds for Valpo’s Ola Ajiboye, who played for Central Michigan last season.

Opening League Action

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

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

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

Valpo fell to 3-4 in its first MVC road game of the season since joining the league.

A Scoring Surge

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

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

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

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

Valpo’s starting point guard has also thrived in the assist department during this recent surge, giving out five or more helpers in each of the last four games, including five on Dec. 2 at Belmont. He’s tallied five or more assists on six occasions this season, including a season-best seven on Nov. 21 vs. Western Illinois.

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

Team Trends

Valpo has held its opponents to 33 percent or lower from 3-point range in each of its first seven games before allowing Belmont to shoot 36.4 percent, a mark that was carried by a hot shooting start. Overall, the Beacons are holding opponents to 27.8 percent from 3, ranking 35th nationally in 3-point defense.

The Beacons had 15 or more free-throw attempts in each of their seven games before having just two on Dec. 2 at Belmont.

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

Valpo ranks third in the conference in fewest turnovers committed per game at 10.6, third in turnovers forced per game at 14.25 and third in turnover margin at +3.6 per game. The team ranks top-50 nationally in turnover margin (49th).

The Beacons rank second in the league and 62nd nationally in blocks per game at 4.8.

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

More Individual Beacon Bits

Jerome Palm has scored 50 points in the first eight games this season. During the seventh game of the season on Nov. 29 game vs. Drake, he surpassed his 2022-23 season point total of 44 in 23 games.

Jaxon Edwards has scored 69 points in eight games for Valpo this season. This is over 11 times his scoring total of six points in 11 games while playing at Murray State a year ago.

Ola Ajiboye has nearly doubled his scoring production from last season despite seeing fewer minutes. He is averaging 5.9 points per game in 18.7 minutes per game after tallying 3.0 points per game in 19.2 minutes per game last year at Central Michigan.

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

Welcome to The Valley

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

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

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

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

Home-Heavy Start

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

Now, the Beacons are set for the middle game of a stretch of three straight on the road.

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

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

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

Additional Notes Wrapping Up Dec. 2: Belmont 77, Valpo 68

Belmont turned it over 19 times, its highest turnover total in a home game since December 2019.

Valpo forced 19 turnovers, the most against the Beacons by a Division-I foe since William & Mary had 19 on Dec. 22, 2021.

Valpo won the turnover battle by eight, its largest turnover margin in a D-I game since Jan. 2, 2022 vs. Illinois State, an 81-76 overtime win.

Valpo swiped 11 steals, its most in a conference game since Feb. 15, 2020 at Illinois State.

Isaiah Stafford’s 21 points came on 10-of-20 shooting, while Cooper Schwieger’s season-high 18 came on 8-of-14 from the field. Jaxon Edwards chipped in nine points – his highest point total over his last five games – on an efficient 4-of-6 shooting.

Schwieger surpassed his previous personal best of 17 that came vs. Southern.

Ola Ajiboye led the team in rebounds with six.

Belmont made six of its first eight 3-point attempts, before cooling off to 1-of-15 the rest of the way. The teams ended up with nearly identical 3-point shooting numbers as Valpo was 7-of-23 and Belmont was 8-of-22.

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

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

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

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

Bench Boost

In the Nov. 21 win over Western Illinois, Valpo held the upper hand in bench points, 41-8. Three players – all underclassmen – combined for the 41 bench points as Ola Ajiboye (21), Jahari Williamson (13) and Sherman Weatherspoon IV (seven) all made key contributions.

Ajiboye’s career-high 21 points came on 8-of-10 shooting to go along with eight rebounds, two blocks, one steal and one assist.

Ajiboye over doubled his previous career high of 10 points, which came on Nov. 6 of this season vs. Trinity Christian.

He became the first Valpo player to shoot 80 percent or better at the ARC (with a minimum of 10 attempts) in a game against a Division-I opponent since Alec Peters on March 4, 2014 vs. UIC. He became just the 10th Valpo player in the last decade to shoot at an 80 percent clip or better with at least 10 shots.

Ajiboye became the first Valpo player to come off the bench and score 20 points or more against a Division-I opponent since Sheldon Edwards on Feb. 16, 2022 vs. Loyola.

This marked quite the turnaround for Ajiboye as he played but did not score in the previous game on Nov. 17 at No. 23 Illinois.

Ajiboye became just the fourth Valpo player in the last decade to come off the bench and score 20+ points while pulling down 8+ rebounds. He joined Sheldon Edwards (Dec. 9, 2020 vs. SIUE), Darien Walker (Nov. 14, 2014 vs. East Tennessee State) and Bobby Capobianco (Nov. 29, 2013 vs. Mercer).

Williamson hit three 3s en route to his 13 points while also swiping three steals. He became the first Valpo freshman to achieve that combo since Connor Barrett on Jan. 9, 2021 vs. Missouri State.

SMALL COLLEGE ATHLETICS

INDIANA WESLEYAN ATHLETICS: https://iwuwildcats.com/

EARLHAM ATHLETICS: https://goearlham.com/

WABASH ATHLETICS: https://sports.wabash.edu/

FRANKLIN ATHLETICS: https://franklingrizzlies.com/

ROSE-HULMAN ATHLETICS: https://athletics.rose-hulman.edu/

ANDERSON ATHLETICS: https://athletics.anderson.edu/landing/index

TRINE ATHLETICS: https://trinethunder.com/landing/index

BETHEL ATHLETICS: https://bupilots.com/

DEPAUW ATHLETICS: https://depauwtigers.com/

HANOVER ATHLETICS: https://athletics.hanover.edu/

MANCHESTER ATHLETICS: https://muspartans.com/

HUNTINGTON ATHLETICS: https://www.huathletics.com/

OAKLAND CITY ATHLETICS: https://gomightyoaks.com/index.aspx

ST. FRANCIS ATHLETICS: https://www.saintfranciscougars.com/landing/index

IU KOKOMO ATHLETICS: https://iukcougars.com/

IU EAST ATHLETICS: https://www.iueredwolves.com/

IU SOUTH BEND ATHLETICS: https://iusbtitans.com/

PURDUE NORTHWEST ATHLETICS: https://pnwathletics.com/

INDIANA TECH ATHLETICS: https://indianatechwarriors.com/index.aspx

GRACE COLLEGE ATHLETICS: https://gclancers.com/

ST. MARY OF THE WOODS ATHLETICS: https://smwcathletics.com/

GOSHEN COLLEGE ATHLETICS: https://goleafs.net/

HOLY CROSS ATHLETICS: https://www.hcsaints.com/index.php

TAYLOR ATHLETICS: https://www.taylortrojans.com/

VINCENNES ATHLETICS: https://govutrailblazers.com/landing/index

NBA STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
Atlantic Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Boston154.7899-06-48-114-38-23 W
Philadelphia127.6323.07-35-44-28-54-62 L
New York127.6323.06-36-41-210-47-33 W
Brooklyn109.5265.07-53-41-39-86-41 W
Toronto911.4506.56-53-60-65-104-61 L
 
Central Divison
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Milwaukee146.7009-15-52-212-68-21 W
Indiana108.5563.06-54-34-18-75-51 W
Cleveland119.5503.05-66-32-27-47-31 W
Chicago714.3337.56-61-83-25-93-72 W
Detroit218.10012.01-91-91-52-110-1017 L
 
Southeast Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Orlando146.7009-25-43-19-39-11 L
Miami119.5503.05-36-63-08-85-51 L
Atlanta910.4744.53-56-53-26-94-61 L
Charlotte612.3337.03-73-53-36-93-71 L
Washington316.15810.51-62-101-72-151-92 L
 
Western Conference
Northwest Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Minnesota154.7899-16-34-010-28-24 W
Oklahoma City136.6842.06-47-21-27-58-22 W
Denver147.6672.09-05-72-112-55-51 L
Utah713.3508.56-41-92-47-104-61 W
Portland613.3169.02-54-81-32-93-71 L
 
Pacific Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Sacramento117.6116-25-53-310-77-31 W
Phoenix128.6005-57-32-29-68-21 W
LA Lakers129.5710.58-24-73-29-66-41 W
LA Clippers910.4742.56-33-72-28-86-41 W
Golden State911.4503.04-65-53-48-93-71 L
 
Southwest Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Dallas118.5795-46-44-26-64-62 L
New Orleans1110.5241.08-43-63-28-86-41 L
Houston89.4712.08-10-82-27-84-63 L
Memphis514.2636.01-84-62-35-114-61 L
San Antonio316.1588.01-92-71-33-110-1014 L

NFL STANDINGS

American Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Miami Dolphins930.7500.03842665-0-04-3-06-2-03-1-03 W
Buffalo Bills660.5003.03282275-2-01-4-03-5-02-2-01 L
New York Jets480.3335.01712512-5-02-3-02-6-01-3-05 L
New England Patriots2100.1677.01482541-6-01-4-02-5-02-2-05 L
 
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Kansas City Chiefs840.6670.02752084-2-04-2-06-1-03-1-01 L
Denver Broncos660.5002.02633024-3-02-3-03-5-01-2-01 L
Los Angeles Chargers570.4173.02752582-4-03-3-03-4-01-1-01 W
Las Vegas Raiders570.4173.02022564-2-01-5-03-5-01-2-02 L
 
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Baltimore Ravens930.7500.03241874-2-05-1-06-3-03-2-02 W
Pittsburgh Steelers750.5832.01922294-3-03-2-05-3-03-1-01 L
Cleveland Browns750.5832.02582455-1-02-4-05-3-03-2-02 L
Cincinnati Bengals560.4553.52122423-3-02-3-01-6-00-4-03 L
 
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Jacksonville Jaguars830.7270.02542253-3-05-0-06-2-04-1-02 W
Indianapolis Colts750.5831.53002962-4-05-1-05-3-03-2-04 W
Houston Texans750.5831.52812495-2-02-3-04-3-01-2-01 W
Tennessee Titans480.3334.52132554-2-00-6-02-6-00-3-01 L
 
National Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Philadelphia Eagles1020.8330.03292885-1-05-1-06-1-03-0-01 L
Dallas Cowboys930.7501.03882206-0-03-3-06-3-03-1-04 W
New York Giants480.3336.01592922-3-02-5-03-4-02-2-02 W
Washington Commanders490.3086.52613951-5-03-4-02-7-00-5-04 L
 
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
San Francisco 49ers930.7500.03521894-1-05-2-07-1-03-0-04 W
Los Angeles Rams660.5003.02682533-3-03-3-04-4-04-1-03 W
Seattle Seahawks660.5003.02642904-2-02-4-05-4-01-3-03 L
Arizona Cardinals3100.2316.52303312-4-01-6-02-6-00-4-01 W
 
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Detroit Lions930.7500.03272864-2-05-1-06-2-02-1-01 W
Minnesota Vikings660.5003.02632422-4-04-2-06-3-02-1-02 L
Green Bay Packers660.5003.02582434-2-02-4-04-3-02-2-03 W
Chicago Bears480.3335.02422962-3-02-5-03-5-01-3-01 W
 
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Atlanta Falcons660.5000.02262404-2-02-4-04-4-03-0-02 W
Tampa Bay Buccaneers570.4171.02332453-3-02-4-04-4-02-1-01 W
New Orleans Saints570.4171.02572552-3-03-4-02-5-01-2-03 L
Carolina Panthers1110.0835.01913131-4-00-7-00-8-00-3-05 L

NHL STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
Atlantic Division
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Boston Bruins241743371681599-1-18-3-26-3-1
Florida Panthers241482301472627-4-07-4-25-4-1
Detroit Red Wings231373291386688-3-25-4-16-2-2
Toronto Maple Leafs22126428876747-4-15-2-36-2-2
Tampa Bay Lightning2510105251083936-3-34-7-24-5-1
Montreal Canadiens241011323868875-7-15-4-23-6-1
Buffalo Sabres2510132221071855-6-05-7-23-6-1
Ottawa Senators19910018864637-7-02-3-05-5-0
 
Metropolitan Division
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
New York Rangers231841371780608-2-010-2-18-2-0
Carolina Hurricanes231481291381758-2-16-6-06-3-1
Washington Capitals211272261052597-4-15-3-17-3-0
New York Islanders23107626965744-3-46-4-25-2-3
Philadelphia Flyers2412102261072695-6-17-4-16-3-1
Pittsburgh Penguins2311102241172615-6-16-4-14-4-2
New Jersey Devils2211101231179835-6-16-4-04-6-0
Columbus Blue Jackets26814420874886-7-12-7-34-6-0
 
Western Conference
Central Division
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Colorado Avalanche241572321487718-2-07-5-26-2-2
Dallas Stars221453311379626-4-18-1-26-2-2
Winnipeg Jets231382281375657-5-16-3-16-4-0
Arizona Coyotes231292261076687-4-05-5-26-3-1
St. Louis Blues2312101251168737-3-05-7-15-5-0
Nashville Predators2412120241276778-6-04-6-07-3-0
Minnesota Wild22810420770805-4-23-6-23-5-2
Chicago Blackhawks23716014756853-6-04-10-02-8-0
 
Pacific Division
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Vegas Golden Knights251654361382599-2-17-3-34-3-3
Vancouver Canucks251681331696648-2-18-6-05-5-0
Los Angeles Kings211443311481505-4-39-0-07-2-1
Calgary Flames2410113231071825-4-15-7-26-3-1
Seattle Kraken25811622768884-6-14-5-53-4-3
Anaheim Ducks241014020967845-9-05-5-02-8-0
Edmonton Oilers22912119874795-4-14-8-07-3-0
San Jose Sharks256172146471025-6-21-11-04-5-1

FOOTBALL HISTORY

Iron Man Game

December 4, 1932 – The Green Bay Packers and the Portsmouth Spartans played an important game. This was back in the era when the NFL champions were determined by the team with the best record. Portmouth hosted the Pack and only played eleven players the entire game without substitution and knocked of the defending Champs 19-0 at Universal Stadium. Our friends Randy and Adam Snow of the World of Football Podcast pieced together this great YouTube video giving further details on the game.

December 4, 1909 – Rosedale Field, Toronto – At the First ever Grey Cup game it was the University of Toronto Blues surpassing the Toronto Parkdale Canoe Club 26-6 in which completed a Blues undefeated season! Check out Ninety-nine Yards story on this game!

December 4, 1920 – Varsity Stadium, Toronto – The University of Toronto Blues won 4th title as they knocked off their hometown rivals the Toronto Argonauts by the score of 16-3 at the 8th Grey Cup.

December 4, 1926 –  For the 14th Grey Cup it was the Ottawa Senators that kept the trophy with their 10-7 edging of the University of Toronto Blues,

Heisman winner Doc Blanchard

December 4, 1945 – The Downtown Athletic Club presented Army’s Fullback Felix “Doc” Blanchard with their prestigious Heisman Trophy.  Heisman.com in their write up on Doc helped Army to a second straight national title and he still had another year of eligibility for he was the first Junior and the First player from West Point to win the Heisman. If you remember on the December 3 segment we foreshadowed Doc by stating that he was 5th in the voting for the 1946 Award. A year earlier in 1944 he took third in the Heisman voting. The Black Knights were undefeated in Blanchard’s 3 seasons with the team sporting an amazing 27-0-1 record and three national championships! Doc was more than just a running back, he was the place kicker and punter in addition to  playing linebacker on defense. His pairing with Glenn Davis in the backfield may be the best tandem in collegiate football history. The 1945 season saw Doc run for 722 yards and 16 touchdowns.

Iron Bowl score and an NFL record run

December 4, 1948 – For the first time since 1907 Auburn and Alabama met on the football field for what is now called the 13th Iron Bowl game.  Alabama was not real hospitable to Auburn in this reunion as they whallopped the Tigers 55-0 at Birmingham’s Legion Field.

December 4, 1949 – Bob Gage sets an NFL record of a 97 yard touchdown run. The American Football Database guides us on this story. Gage, who was at the time playing with the Pittsburgh Steelers took the ball on a fake punt against the Chicago Bears and raced 97 yards for the score. The Bears were one of the top teams at the time and let’s just say that those Steelers were just plainly not near the top. Sometimes when you have nothing to lose you let everything fly, and to run a fake punt from your own 3 yard line…that takes some stones!

Hornung’s Heisman Win

December 4, 1956 – Heisman.com lists that the 22nd Heisman Trophy Award went to none other than Paul Hornung the great Notre Dame back. Hornung was the first player to win the award while playing on a team with a losing record. As far as Trophy winners from Notre Dame, well Paul was the 5th in the previous 14 seasons to have done so. He accounted for over half of the Irish points in 1956 as he rushed for 420 yards on 94 runs and completed 59 of 111 passes for 917 yards and three scores. The second place finisher in the voting that year was Tennessee’s Johnny Majors who would later become a legendary Coach in the college ranks.

Ernie Davis Breaks Barriers

December 4, 1961 – The Washington Redskins used the first pick in the 1962 NFL Draft to select Heisman winner Ernie Davis from University of Syracuse. According to the undefeated.com Not only was Ernie Davis the first African-American player to win the Heisman but he was also the first black player to be drafted with the top pick in the NFL Draft!

Take a Seat

December 4, 1962 –  According to a suiter.com article, Inventor F.H Chute files a patent for the folding stadium chair. The design was very practical and a God -send for anyone that has sat on a flat aluminum bleacher for a long period of time, like 3-4 hours of a football game. Chute had molded plastic attached to a folding metal frame to give some comfort to the rear ends of sports fans around the world.  US patent 3,066,980.

December 4, 1982  – The Heisman Award in this year went to the great Herschel Walker of the University of Georgia. The webpage on the fantastic running back on Heisman.com states that in his three seasons with the Bulldogs he amassed 5097 yards rushing which was an NCAA 3 year record! Herschel was a best of a rusher in high school too as in just his senior year alone at Johnson County High in Wrightsville, Georgia Walker put up an astronomical 3167 yards to lead his school to a State Championship and earn himself the rights to the first Dial Award for the 1979 scholar athlete of the year! Per the article in 1982 at Georgia he ran for 1,752 yards and 16 scores while leading the Bulldogs to an 11-0 regular-season record and a national title matchup against Penn State in the Sugar Bowl.

Rapid Fire Gridiron Headlines

December 4, 1993 – At the 2nd SEC Championship Game it was #9 Florida beating out #16 Alabama, 28-13.

December 4, 1999 – SEC Championship Game in that season saw some revenge from 1993’s game as  #7 Alabama defeated #5 Florida, 34-7.

December 4, 2004 – #3 Auburn outlasted  #15 Tennessee, 38-28 in the 2004

SEC Championship Game:

December 4, 2010 – In a barn burner at the 2010 Big 12 Championship Game, the #10 Oklahoma Sooners edged out #13 Nebraska Corn Huskers 23-20.

Giants Clean House

December 4, 2017 – The New York Football Giants fired head coach Ben McAdoo and manager Jerry Reese after a 2–10 start. Another factor that may have come into play in the release of the two was the decision to sit two time Super Bowl winning Quarterback Eli manning mid -season to play journeyman QB Geno Smith.

Hall of Fame Birthdays for December 4

December 4, 1901 – Churchville, Iowa – Notre Dame’s 1924 Captain & center Adam Walsh was born.  The awesome footballfoundation.org website proclaims that Walsh was one of the key blockers for the famed Four Horsemen of Notre Dame in the Irish National Championship season of ‘24. In one particular game against Army that season ‘Lighthouse” Harry Wilson of the cadets was playing havoc on the defensive scheme of the Irish. The clever Walsh decided to “get into Wilson’s head” and the two started to banter back in fourth so much that it seemed as if Lighthouse Harry was thinking more about what retort he could say back at Walsh more than finding holes and escaping tacklers, hence another ‘W” for Notre Dame.  The National Football foundation selected Adam Walsh to enter into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1968.

December 4, 1908 – Dabob, Washington – Another great center of the Fighting Irish was born in one Tommy Yarr. Yarr might be most remembered down the stretch of the 1930 season in the game against SMU according to the NFF’s bio on Tommy. The Mustangs were giving the Irish fits that day, that is until Tommy Yarr decided to change the fate of the Irish as he picked off three SMU passes in the fourth quarter! Tommy Yarr went into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1987.

December 4, 1942 –  Frank Emanuel the University of Tennessee linebacker arrived to his parent’s delight.  As the Captain of the Volunteers in 1965’s season Emanuel was a consensus First Team All-America selection per the footballfoundation.org webpage on his career.  The National Football foundation selected Frank Emanuel to enter into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2004.  Soon after graduation, Frank Emanuel was the first draft choice of the Miami Dolphins in 1966 and due to a bidding war between the Fins and rival League the AFL he made it onto the cover of Sports Illustrated. This former player is a good person too as his biography lists many times how he has helped make his local community a better place for the residents to live there.

December 4, 1984 – Brookfield, Wisconsin – Former Wisconsin Badger and Cleveland Browns Offensive tackle Joe Thomas celebrates the day of his birth.  Joe according to the NFF, was a unanimous First Team All-American in 2006, Thomas became the first player in Wisconsin history to claim the Outland Trophy as the most outstanding interior lineman in the nation among his many, many awards for his great play. Joe Thomas found his place in the College Football Hall of Fame in 2019. After school Thomas was third overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft by the Browns where he played all 11 seasons of his career. I am quite sure as soon as he is eligible he will also be a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, it is only a matter of time, because he was that dominant of a player at his position.

NUMBERS IN SPORTS

11 – 35 – 77 – 5 – 44 – 12 – 7 – 34 – 12 – 22

December 4, 1909 – Oldest still-operating NHL franchise is officially established as J. Ambrose O’Brien and Jack Laviolette create the “Club de Hockey Canadien,” known today as the Montreal Canadiens

December 4, 1927 – Pittsburgh Pirates future Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder, eventual Number 11, Paul Waner won the National League MVP

December 4, 1945 – 11th Heisman Trophy Award is won by Army fullback, Number 35, Doc Blanchard

December 4, 1949 – Bob Gage, Number 77 of the Pittsburgh Steelers tied an NFL record of a 97 yard touchdown run against the Chicago Bears

December 4, 1956 – 22nd Heisman Trophy Award is won by Notre Dame quarterback, Number 5, Paul Hornung

December 4, 1961 – 1962 NFL Draft: Ernie Davis, Number 44 from University of Syracuse first pick by Washington Redskins. It was soon after that he was traded to the Cleveland Browns.

December 4, 1963 – Boston Bruins’ right wing, Number 12, Andy Hebenton set a new NHL record by playing in his 581st consecutive game in 2-2 tie with Chicago Black Hawks. The NHL skater would reach 630 straight games in his streak

December 4, 1979 – Cleveland Cavaliers retire jersey Number 7, Bingo Smith

December 4, 1982 – 48th Heisman Trophy Award was won by Georgia running back, Number 34, Herschel Walker

December 4, 1988 – Edmonton Oilers center Number 12, Jimmy Carson becomes just the third player to score 6 NHL hat tricks before the age of 21 in the Oilers 10-6 win over the New York Rangers

December 4, 2007 – Ballon d’Or: Milan’s Brazilian midfielder Number 22 of AC Milan, Kaká was named best football player in the world; first year in which players from clubs outside the UEFA federation eligible for nomination

December 4, 2009 – Montreal Canadiens retire Hall of Fame center Elmer Lach’s jersey Number 16, as part of team’s centennial celebration

December 4, 2018 – Ownership group Seattle Hockey Partners led by billionaire businessman Davis Bonderman is unanimously granted an NHL license by the Board of Governors; to start play 2020-21 season at KeyArena. The team would later be officialy named the Seattle Kraken

TV MONDAY

NFL REGULAR SEASONTIME ETTV
CINCINNATI AT JACKSONVILLE8:15PMABC
ESPN
NBA REGULAR SEASONTIME ETTV
IN-SEASON TORUNAMENT: BOSTON AT INDIANA7:30PMTNT
IN-SEASON TORUNAMENT: NEW OLREANS AT SACRAMENTO10:00PMTNT
NHL REGULAR SEASONTIME ETTV
SEATTLE AT MONTREAL7:00PMROOT SPORTS
SPORTSNET
DALLAS AT TAMPA BAY7:00PMBALLY SPORTS
SPORTSNET
PITTSBURGH AT PHILADELPHIA7:00PMATTSN-PIT
NBCS-PHI
CAROLINA AT WINNIPEG7:30PMBALLY SPORTS
SPORTSNET
WASHINGTON AT ARIZONA9:00PMMNMT
SCRIPPS
ST. LOUIS AT VEGAS10:00PMBALLY SPORTS
SCRIPPS
MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALLTIME ETTV
BOYCE AT BELLARMINE11:00AMESPN+
MARYLAND EASTERN SHORE AT EAST CAROLINA4:00PMESPN+
IOWA AT PURDUE7:00PMBTN
MIDDLE GEORGIA STATE AT GEORGIA STATE7:00PMESPN+
ST. ANDREWS AT COASTAL CAROLINA7:00PMESPN+
ARKANSAS STATE AT ALABAMA8:00PMSECN
SAN JOSE STATE AT NORTH DAKOTA STATE8:00PMSUMMIT
FURMAN AT ARKANSAS8:00PMESPN+
WESTERN NEW MEXICO AT UTEP9:00PMESPN+
CAL POLY AT OREGON STATE10:00PMPAC12N
SOCCERTIME ETTV
SERIE A: TORINO VS ATALANTA2:45PMPARAMOUNT+
LA LIGA: CELTA DE VIGO VS CÁDIZ3:00PMESPN+
WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALLTIME ETTV
PENN STATE VS WEST VIRGINIA6:00PMESPN+
UMES VS EAST CAROLINA6:30PMESPN+
TOWSON VS LIBERTY7:00PMESPN+
HOUSTON CHRISTIAN VS WICHITA STATE7:00PMESPN+
ARK. PINE BLUFF VS SMU8:00PMESPN+

TV TUESDAY

NBA REGULAR SEASONTIME ETTV
IN-SEASON TORUNAMENT: NEW YORK AT MILWUAKEE7:30PMTNT
IN-SEASON TORUNAMENT: PHOENIX AT LA LAKERS10:00PMTNT
NHL REGULAR SEASONTIME ETTV
NY RANGERS AT OTTAWA7:00PMMSG
SPORTSNET
LOS ANGELES AT COLUMBUS7:00PMBALLY SPORTS
DETROIT AT BUFFALO7:30PMESPN+
HULU
SAN JOSE AT NY ISLANDERS7:30PMNBCS-CA
MSGSN
NASHVILLE AT CHICAGO8:30PMBALLY SPORTS
NBCS-CHI
ANAHEIM AT COLORADO9:00PMBALLY SPORTS
ALT
MINNESOTA AT CALGARY9:00PMBALLY SPORTS
SPORTSNET
NEW JERSEY AT VANCOUVER10:00PMMSGSN
SPORTSNET
MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALLTIME ETTV
CENTRAL CONNECTICUT AT BOSTON COLLEGE6:00PMACCN
FISHER AT UMASS LOWELL6:00PMESPN+
LE MOYNE AT ARMY WEST POINT6:00PMESPN+
ILLINOIS VS. FLORIDA ATLANTIC6:30PMESPN
DELAWARE AT XAVIER6:30PMFS1
GEORGE MASON AT TENNESSEE6:30PMESPN+
QUEENS AT WINTHROP6:30PMESPN+
VILLANOVA AT KANSAS STATE7:00PMESPN2
PROVIDENCE AT OKLAHOMA7:00PMESPNU
DREXEL AT PRINCETON7:00PMESPN+
NAVY AT GEORGE WASHINGTON7:00PMMNMT
MERRIMACK AT FLORIDA7:00PMESPN+
NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL AT VIRGINIA7:00PMACCNX
WESTERN MICHIGAN AT NOTRE DAME7:00PMACCNX
WISCONSIN AT MICHIGAN STATE7:00PMPEACOCK
BRADLEY AT AKRON7:00PMESPN+
WESTERN CAROLINA AT HIGH POINT7:00PMESPN+
MISSISSIPPI VALLEY STATE AT LIBERTY7:00PMESPN+
EDWARD WATERS AT NORTH FLORIDA7:00PMESPN+
LAFAYETTE AT COLUMBIA7:00PMESPN+
STETSON AT CHARLOTTE7:00PMESPN+
SUNY POTSDAM AT UALBANY7:00PMESPN+
PFEIFFER AT THE CITADEL7:00PMESPN+
UNC ASHEVILLE AT KENNESAW STATE7:00PMESPN+
NEW COLLEGE AT FGCU7:00PMESPN+
MIAMI (OH) AT OHIO STATE7:00PMBTN+
GEORGIA TECH AT GEORGIA7:30PMSECN
CHAMPION CHRISTIAN AT ULM7:30PMESPN+
MISSOURI STATE AT MIDDLE TENNESSEE7:30PMESPN+
LOUISIANA TECH AT STEPHEN F. AUSTIN7:30PMESPN+
CORNELL AT SYRACUSE8:00PMACCN
SOUTHERN UTAH AT UTAH8:00PMPAC12N
MOUNT ST. MARY’S AT OLE MISS8:00PMESPN+
WEBER STATE AT UTAH VALLEY8:00PMESPN+
MIDWAY AT AUSTIN PEAY8:00PMESPN+
CENTRAL PENN AT APP STATE8:00PMESPN+
KANSAS CITY AT KANSAS8:00PMESPN+
INDIANA STATE AT NORTHERN ILLINOIS8:00PMESPN+
HARDIN-SIMMONS AT TARLETON8:00PMESPN+
BUFFALO AT BUTLER8:30PMFS1
SOUTH DAKOTA MINES AT WYOMING8:30PMMWN
LOYOLA CHICAGO AT TULSA8:30PMESPN+
UCONN VS. NORTH CAROLINA9:00PMESPN
SETON HALL AT BAYLOR9:00PMESPN2
SAN DIEGO STATE AT GRAND CANYON9:00PMESPNU
OKLAHOMA STATE AT SOUTHERN ILLINOIS9:00PMCBSSN
NORTH TEXAS AT BOISE STATE9:00PMMWN
UAPB AT GONZAGA9:00PMESPN+
INDIANA AT MICHIGAN9:00PMPEACOCK
PACIFIC AT IDAHO9:00PMESPN+
EVANSVILLE AT BYU9:00PMESPN+
OCCIDENTAL AT UC SAN DIEGO9:00PMESPN+
MONTANA STATE-NORTHERN AT MONTANA9:00PMESPN+
KENT STATE AT SOUTH DAKOTA STATE9:15PMMIDCO SPORTS
MONTANA STATE AT WASHINGTON10:00PMPAC12N
IDAHO STATE AT FRESNO STATE10:00PMMWN
WHITTIER AT CSU BAKERSFIELD10:00PMESPN+
CLEVELAND STATE AT SAINT MARY’S10:00PMESPN+
SOCCERTIME ETTV
DFB POKAL: KAISERSLAUTERN VS NÜRNBERG12:00PMESPN+
DFB POKAL: MAGDEBURG VS FORTUNA DÜSSELDORF12:00PMESPN+
COPA DEL REY: ATZENETA VS GETAFE1:00PMESPN+
EPL: LAZIO VS CELTIC2:30PMPEACOCK
DFB POKAL: BORUSSIA M’GLADBACH VS WOLFSBURG2:45PMESPN+
DFB POKAL: HOMBURG VS ST. PAULI2:45PMESPN+
COPPA ITALIA: LAZIO VS GENOA3:00PMPARAMOUNT+
COPA DEL REY: AROSA VS VALENCIA3:00PMESPN+
COPA DEL REY: CD CASTELLON VS REAL OVIEDO3:00PMESPN+
COPA DEL REY: ESPANYOL VS REAL VALLADOLID3:00PMESPN+
EPL: LUTON TOWN VS ARSENAL3:15PMPEACOCK
WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALLTIME ETTV
GREEN BAY VS DEPAUL12:00PMFLOSPORTS
CHARLESTON VS APPALACHIAN STATE5:30PMESPN+
FORDHAM VS DUQUESNE6:00PMESPN+
UTAH STATE VS BYU6:00PMESPN+
SAM HOUSTON VS TEXAS TECH7:00PMESPN+
ST. THOMAS VS FLORIDA ATLANTIC7:00PMESPN+
LA SALLE VS RUTGERS7:00PMB1G+
WASHINGTON STATE VS SOUTH DAKOTA STATE7:00PMMIDCO SPORTS
MERCER VS GEORGIA TECH7:00PMACCNX
N.C. CENTRAL VS CAMPBELL7:00PMFLOSPORTS
OHIO VS OHIO STATE7:00PMB1G+
ABILENE CHRISTIAN VS TCU7:30PMESPN+
UC IRVINE VS NM STATE8:00PMESPN+
UNC WILMINGTON VS NEBRASKA8:00PMB1G+