INDIANA BOYS BASKETBALL SCORES FRIDAY

Alexandria 57 Tri-Central 37
Bellmont 66 Adams Central 62
Ben Davis 67 Pinson Valley (Ala.) 48
Boone Grove 41 New Prairie 35
Brebeuf Jesuit 79 Purdue Poly Englewood 44
Bremen 58 Central Noble 52
Brownsburg 52 Crown Point 31
Columbia City 50 Fort Wayne Blackhawk 49
East Chicago Central 80 Merrillville 73
Eastern (Greentown) 45 Northfield 39
Evansville Bosse 57 Boonville 53 OT
Evansville Harrison 64 Bloomington South 59
Fishers 66 Center Grove 65 OT
Fort Recovery (Ohio) 39 South Adams 37
Fort Wayne Luers 69 Churubusco 47
Franklin 64 Decatur Central 49
Frankton 64 Monroe Central 54
Guerin Catholic 55 Indianapolis Roncalli 48
Hamilton Southeastern 62 Christel House 49
Heritage Hills 65 Charlestown 52
Homestead 41 DeKalb 38
Indianapolis Attucks 110 Indianapolis Riverside 66
Indianapolis Cathedral 73 Carmel 50
Lapel 58 Muncie Central 52
Lawrence North 60 Southport 52
Lebanon 58 Hamilton Heights 48
Linton-Stockton 59 Shakamak 46
Manchester 66 Lewis Cass 37
Medora 64 Cannelton 30
New Albany 90 Corydon Central 67
Noblesville 67 Anderson 40
North Decatur 81 Switzerland County 58
North Judson 39 Knox 33
Norwell 38 Bluffton 31
Oregon-Davis 55 Wheeler 50
Park Tudor 66 Indianapolis Scecina 29
Penn 54 Chesterton 44
Perry Central 69 Lanesville 38
Pike Central 67 Washington 62
Richmond 64 Fort Wayne South 42
Rising Sun 52 Trinity Lutheran 44
Seton Catholic 44 Union County 33
Seymour 55 Lawrenceburg 42
Shelbyville 61 Franklin County 49
South Bend Clay 67 Elkhart Christian 52
Southmont 57 South Vermillion 52
Speedway 53 Crawfordsville 41
Timothy Christian (Ill.) 43 Illiana Christian 39
Tippecanoe Valley 70 Rochester 30
Triton 64 South Central (Union Mills) 36
Washington Twp. 66 Culver 62 OT
West Noble 46 Prairie Heights 38
Westfield 63 Huntington North 44


Barr-Reeve Classic
Barr-Reeve 49 Vincennes Lincoln 38
Vincennes Lincoln 76 Henryville 44
Barr-Reeve 66 Henryville 38


Bi County Tournament
Fountain Central 47 Seeger 41
Central Christian Tournament


Horizon Christian 72 Crosspointe Christian 60
Irvington Prep 61 Northwest HomeSchool 57
Indianapolis HomeSchool 65 Purdue Poly North 25


Delphi Classic
Winamac 55 Rossville 43


Gibson County Classic
Gibson Southern 51 North Harrison 38
Danville 61 Ohio County (Ky.) 58
Princeton 42 Evansville Mater Dei 39
North Posey 60 Wood Memorial 40
Ohio County (Ky.) 64 North Harrison 47
Danville 44 Gibson Southern 41
Evansville Mater Dei 66 Wood Memorial 53
North Posey 63 Princeton 51


Greenwood Tournament
Yorktown 47 Greenwood Christian 41
Greenwood 58 Jennings County 52
Jennings County 63 Greenwood Christian 57 OT
Yorktown 52 Greenwood 50


Jefferson County Invitational
Southwestern (Hanover) 72 Christian Academy 40
Madison 72 Shawe Memorial 49
Southwestern (Hanover) 66 Carroll County (Ky.) 48
Madison 66 Trimble County (Ky.) 35


Kokomo Tournament
Kokomo 81 New Haven 49
South Bend Riley 62 Mishawaka 49
Mount Vernon (Fortville) 68 Plainfield 62 OT
Jeffersonville 64 Warren Central 59
Mishawaka 55 New Haven 39
Warren Central 74 Plainfield 67


North Daviess Tournament
Paoli 43 Loogootee 42
Forest Park 46 South Knox 44
Evansville Christian 56 Scottsburg 49
Brownstown Central 45 North Daviess 20


Shenandoah Classic
Evansville Day 44 Rushville 35
Indianapolis Lutheran 66 Blackford 62
Shenandoah 51 North Knox 44


Trine University Classic
Fairfield 66 Fort Wayne Northrop 38
Fort Wayne North 69 Michigan City 54

SATURDAY BOYS SCHEDULE

ALL TIMES EASTERN
Avon at Northeastern 7:30 pm
Chicago Kenwood (Ill.) at East Chicago Central 8:00 pm
Rich Twp. (Ill.) vs. Griffith 5:00 pm
St. Pius X at South Bend St. Joseph 1:00 pm
Wapahani at Jay County 7:30 pm


Whitney Young (Ill.) vs. Gary West 6:30 pm
Central Christian Tournament
Crosspointe Christian vs. Loser Game 6 1:00 pm 7th
Horizon Christian vs. Winner Game 6 2:30 pm 5th
Loser Game 7 vs. Loser Game 8 4:00 pm 3rd
Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 8 6:00 pm 1st


Delphi Classic
Rossville vs. Pioneer 12:00 pm 7th
Winamac at Delphi 4:00 pm 5th
North Montgomery vs. Taylor 12:00 pm 3rd
North Newton vs. Frankfort 4:00 pm 1st


Gibson County Classic
North Harrison vs. Wood Memorial 11:30 am 7th
Ohio County (Ky.) vs. Evansville Mater Dei 2:30 pm 5th
Gibson Southern at Princeton 6:00 pm 3rd
Danville vs. North Posey 9:00 pm 1st


Grant 4 Tournament
Mississinewa at Eastbrook 10:00 am R1
Oak Hill vs. Madison-Grant 11:30 am R1
Loser Game 2 vs. Loser Game 1 6:30 pm 3rd
Winner Game 2 vs. Winner Game 1 8:00 pm 1st


Jefferson County Invitational
Christian Academy vs. Carroll County (Ky.) 11:00 am Pool B
Trimble County (Ky.) vs. Shawe Memorial 12:50 pm Pool A
Pool B 3rd place vs. Pool A 3rd place 2:40 pm 5th
Pool B 2nd place vs. Pool A 2nd place 4:30 pm 3rd
Pool B 1st place vs. Pool A 1st place 6:20 pm 1st


Kokomo Tournament
South Bend Riley at Kokomo 11:00 am SF
Jeffersonville vs. Mount Vernon (Fortville) 12:45 pm SF
Plainfield vs. New Haven 2:30 pm 7th
Warren Central vs. Mishawaka 4:15 pm 5th
Loser Game 8 vs. Loser Game 7 6:00 pm 3rd
Winner Game 8 vs. Winner Game 7 7:45 pm 1st


North Daviess Tournament
Loogootee vs. South Knox 3:30 pm 7th
Paoli vs. Forest Park 5:00 pm 5th
Scottsburg at North Daviess 6:30 pm 3rd
Evansville Christian vs. Brownstown Central 8:00 pm 1st


Shenandoah Classic
Rushville vs. Blackford 10:00 am
Evansville Day vs. Indianapolis Lutheran 11:30 am
Blackford vs. North Knox 1:00 pm
Indianapolis Lutheran at Shenandoah 2:30 pm
Rushville vs. North Knox 4:00 pm
Evansville Day at Shenandoah 5:30 pm


Trine University Classic
Fort Wayne Northrop vs. Lakeland 9:30 am
Michigan City vs. Lakeland 3:30 pm
Wayne Trace (Ohio) vs. West Noble 6:30 pm
Fort Wayne North vs. Fairfield 8:00 pm

INDIANA GIRLS BASKETBALL SCORES FRIDAY

Alexandria 69 South Dearborn 37
Andrean 38 Merrillville 33
Center Grove 67 Bloomington North 42
Chesterton 72 Lake Station 50
Connersville 49 Northeastern 43
Eminence 47 Washington Catholic 5
Evansville Central 50 Southridge 27
Evansville Reitz 53 Daviess County (Ky.) 31
Fishers 55 Carroll (Fort Wayne) 30
Fort Wayne Concordia 28 Bellmont 25
Franklin County 80 Waldron 55
Garrett 53 Southern Wells 30
Indian Creek 66 Sullivan 54
Indianapolis Roncalli 36 Linton-Stockton 30
Lawrence North 66 Brownsburg 47
McLean County (Ky.) 48 Evansville Bosse 10
Medora 50 Cannelton 38
Munster 65 Thornton Fractional South (Ill.) 38
New Albany 53 Louisville Holy Cross (Ky.) 43
Newport Central Catholic (Ky.) 65 Oldenburg Academy 59
NorthWood 56 South Bend Adams 40
Randolph Southern 41 Park Tudor 18
Trinity Greenlawn 39 Granger Christian 34
Trinity Lutheran 65 New Washington 60
Vincennes Rivet 52 Shoals 38
Whitko 55 Wabash 38


Barr-Reeve Classic
Vincennes Lincoln 38 Barr-Reeve 31
Vincennes Lincoln 75 North Central (Farmersburg) 53
Barr-Reeve 47 North Central (Farmersburg) 27
Bedford North Lawrence Tournament
Lake Central 43 Bedford North Lawrence 41
Lawrence Central 55 Noblesville 45
Bedford North Lawrence 58 Noblesville 42
Lawrence Central 51 Lake Central 38


Bi County Tournament
Fountain Central 38 Seeger 31
Carroll (Flora) Tournament
Western 63 Tippecanoe Valley 35
Covenant Christian 55 Riverton Parke 32
Carroll (Flora) 58 University 33
Lewis Cass 37 Western Boone 26


Delphi Tournament
Rossville 46 North Newton 31


Gibson County Classic
Silver Creek 44 Danville 38
Gibson Southern 60 Fairfield (Ill.) 34
Princeton 47 Evansville Mater Dei 37
Wood Memorial 34 North Posey 21
Danville 68 Fairfield (Ill.) 29
Silver Creek 70 Gibson Southern 65
North Posey 47 Evansville Mater Dei 44
Princeton 46 Wood Memorial 38


Northview Tournament
Terre Haute North 52 West Vigo 35
Parke Heritage 59 Clay City 19
Northview 70 Cloverdale 20
Greencastle 56 South Vermillion 7
Clay City 41 West Vigo 29
Cloverdale 48 South Vermillion 13
Parke Heritage 58 Terre Haute North 21
Northview 56 Greencastle 33


Richmond Tournament
Floyd Central 47 East Central 27
Anderson 75 Purdue Poly Englewood 50
Jac-Cen-Del 54 Indianapolis Tech 20
Richmond 56 Centerville 18


Trine University Classic
Westfield 37 Fort Wayne North 28
Fort Wayne Northrop 49 Elkhart 35


Whiteland Tournament
Whiteland 52 Guerin Catholic 49
Tri-West 38 Bloomington South 30
Bloomington South 55 Guerin Catholic 27
Whiteland 59 Tri-West 55

SATURDAY GIRLS SCHEDULE

ALL TIMES EASTERN
Kansas City St. Pius X (Mo.) at South Bend St. Joseph 11:00 am
Lawrence North at Norwell 3:30 pm
Penn at Valparaiso 7:30 pm


Carroll (Flora) Tournament
Riverton Parke vs. Tippecanoe Valley 10:00 am Con
Covenant Christian vs. Western 10:00 am SF
Western Boone vs. University 11:30 am Con
Lewis Cass at Carroll (Flora) 11:30 am SF
Loser Game 7 vs. Loser Game 5 4:30 pm 7th
Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 5 6:00 pm 5th
Loser Game 8 vs. Loser Game 6 6:00 pm 3rd
Winner Game 8 vs. Winner Game 6 7:30 pm 1st


Delphi Tournament
North Newton vs. Taylor 10:00 am 6th
Rossville vs. Frankfort 2:00 pm 5th
North Montgomery vs. Pioneer 10:00 am 3rd
Winamac at Delphi 2:00 pm 1st


Franklin Tournament
Zionsville at Franklin 10:00 am R1
Carmel vs. Castle 12:00 pm R1
Loser Game 2 vs. Loser Game 1 4:00 pm 3rd
Winner Game 2 vs. Winner Game 1 6:00 pm 1st


Gibson County Classic
Fairfield (Ill.) vs. Evansville Mater Dei 10:00 am 7th
Danville vs. North Posey 1:00 pm 5th
Gibson Southern vs. Wood Memorial 4:30 pm 3rd
Silver Creek at Princeton 7:30 pm 1st


Indianapolis Riverside Classic
Believe Circle City at Indianapolis Riverside 10:00 am
Believe Circle City vs. Indianapolis Herron 12:30 pm
Indianapolis Herron at Indianapolis Riverside 3:00 pm


Knox Tournament
Griffith at Knox 10:00 am R1
South Central (Union Mills) vs. Elkhart Christian 10:00 am R1
Loser Game 2 vs. Loser Game 1 1:00 pm 3rd
Winner Game 2 vs. Winner Game 1 1:00 pm 1st


Northview Tournament
South Vermillion vs. West Vigo 10:00 am 7th
Cloverdale vs. Clay City 11:30 am 5th
Greencastle vs. Terre Haute North 1:00 pm 3rd
Parke Heritage at Northview 2:30 pm 1st


Richmond Tournament
East Central vs. Purdue Poly Englewood 9:00 am Con
Floyd Central vs. Anderson 9:00 am SF
Indianapolis Tech vs. Centerville 10:30 am Con
Jac-Cen-Del at Richmond 10:30 am SF
Loser Game 5 vs. Loser Game 7 3:00 pm 7th
Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 7 4:30 pm 5th
Loser Game 6 vs. Loser Game 8 6:00 pm 3rd
Winner Game 6 vs. Winner Game 8 7:30 pm 1st


Trine University Classic
Lakeland vs. Fort Wayne South 8:00 am
Westfield vs. Fort Wayne Northrop 11:00 am
Lakeland vs. Fort Wayne North 12:30 pm
Concord vs. Fort Wayne South 2:00 pm
Elkhart vs. West Noble 5:00 pm

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLING SCORES

Southport 42 Highland 31

Rensselaer Central 69 Highland 6

Rensselaer Central 63 South Dearborn 15

Rensselaer Central 52 Southport 21

COLLEGE BOWL GAMES

Georgia Tech 30 Central Florida 17

Saturday, Dec. 23

Birmingham Bowl

Troy vs. Duke

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

Northwestern vs. Utah

Las Vegas, Nevada

7:30 p.m. | ABC

Hawai’i Bowl

San Jose State vs. Coastal Carolina

Honolulu, Hawai’i

10:30 p.m. | ESPN

Tuesday, Dec. 26

Quick Lane Bowl

Bowling Green vs. Minnesota

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. UNLV

Phoenix, Arizona

9 p.m. | ESPN

Wednesday, Dec. 27

Military Bowl

Tulane vs. Virginia Tech

Annapolis, Maryland

2 p.m. | ESPN

Duke’s Mayo Bowl

North Carolina vs. West Virginia

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

No. 24 SMU vs. Boston College

Boston, Massachusetts

11 a.m. | ESPN

Pinstripe Bowl

Rutgers vs. Miami (Fla.)

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. 16 Notre Dame vs. No. 19 Oregon State

El Paso, Texas

2 p.m. | CBS

Liberty Bowl

Memphis vs. Iowa State

Memphis, Tennessee

3:30 p.m. | ESPN

Cotton Bowl

No. 7 Ohio State vs. No. 9 Missouri

Dallas, Texas

8 p.m. | ESPN

Saturday, Dec. 30

Peach Bowl

No. 10 Penn State vs. No. 11 Ole Miss

Atlanta, Georgia

12 p.m. | ESPN

Music City Bowl

Auburn vs. Maryland

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. | CW Network/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 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

NFL WEEK 16 SCHEDULE

SATURDAY FOOTBALL GAMES SCHEDULE, DEC. 23

Cincinnati Bengals at Pittsburgh Steelers, 2:30 p.m., NBC, Universo (stream with free trial from FUBO)

Buffalo Bills at Los Angeles Chargers, 6 p.m., Peacock

SUNDAY EARLY FOOTBALL GAMES SCHEDULE, DEC. 24

Indianapolis Colts at Atlanta Falcons, 11 a.m., FOX (stream with free trial from FUBO)

Green Bay Packers at Carolina Panthers, 11 a.m., FOX (stream with free trial from FUBO)

Cleveland Browns at Houston Texans, 11 a.m., CBS (stream with free trial from FUBO)

Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings, 11 a.m., FOX (stream with free trial from FUBO)

Washington Commanders at New York Jets, 11 a.m., CBS (stream with free trial from FUBO)

Seattle Seahawks at Tennessee Titans, 11 a.m., CBS (stream with free trial from FUBO)

SUNDAY LATE FOOTBALL GAMES SCHEDULE, DEC. 24

Jacksonville Jaguars at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2:05 p.m., CBS (stream with free trial from FUBO)

Arizona Cardinals at Chicago Bears, 2:25 p.m., FOX (stream with free trial from FUBO)

Dallas Cowboys at Miami Dolphins, 2:25 p.m., FOX (stream with free trial from FUBO)

SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL SCHEDULE, DEC. 24

New England Patriots at Denver Broncos, 6:15 p.m., NFL Network (stream with free trial from FUBO)

MONDAY FOOTBALL GAMES SCHEDULE, DEC. 25

Las Vegas Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs, 11 a.m., CBS, Nickelodeon (stream with free trial from FUBO)

New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles, 2:30 p.m., FOX, FOX Deportes (stream with free trial from FUBO)

Baltimore Ravens at San Francisco 49ers, 6:15 p.m., ABC, ESPN Plus, ESPN Deportes (stream with free trial from FUBO)

MEN’S TOP 25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCORES

#20 James Madison 89 Morgan State 75

#19 Texas 71 Texas A&M-CC 55

#18 Clemson 109 Queen’s University 79

#10 Baylor 107 Mississippi Valley State 48

#6 Marquette 81 Georgetown 51

#2 Kansas 75 Yale 60

#24 Wisconsin 80 Chicago State 53

#17 BYU 101 Bellarmine 59

#13 Illinois 97 Missouri 73

#16 Colorado State 76 Loyola Marymount 67

ELSEWHERE:

Southern Illinois 81 Southern Indiana 50

Notre Dame 60 Marist 56

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL TOP 25 SCORES

#16 Indiana 84 Bowling Green 35

#25 TCU 87 Mount St. Mary’s 34

#20 Gonzaga 67 New Mexico 56

#13 Ohio State 84 Belmont 55

ELSEWHERE:

Michigan 77 Florida A&M 35

Southern Indiana 86 Brescia 37

NBA SCOREBOARD

Philadelphia 121 Toronto 111

Denver 122 Brooklyn 117

Miami 122 Atlanta 113

Houston 122 Dallas 96

Sacramento 120 Phoenix 105

Golden State 129 Washington 118

NHL SCOREBOARD

Detroit 7 Philadelphia 6

Edmonton 4 NY Rangers 3

Winnipeg 5 Boston 1

Montréal 5 Chicago 2

NATIONAL SPORTS RELEASES/HEADLINES

NFL NEWS

MASON CROSBY SIGNED AS GIANTS’ FOURTH KICKER OF SEASON

The New York Giants signed veteran kicker Mason Crosby on Friday as the team placed Cade York on injured reserve with a quad injury.

York is the third kicker to be placed on IR by the Giants this season, joining Graham Gano (knee surgery) and Randy Bullock, who injured his hamstring in last week’s loss to the New Orleans Saints.

In steps the 39-year-old Crosby. Green Bay’s all-time leading scorer with 1,918 regular-season points since being drafted in 2007, Crosby was not re-signed by the Packers after last season. He spent Dec. 6-12 on the Los Angeles Rams’ practice squad.

Crosby is 11th on the NFL’s all-time scoring list and has made 395 career field goals.

He will be active for Monday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles, and Crosby’s first field-goal attempt will mark the first time in franchise history in which the Giants have used four different kickers in a single season.

The Giants began the season with Gano, who missed 6 of 17 field-goal attempts as he dealt with the knee issue that eventually required surgery. Bullock took over for the next six games before suffering his hamstring injury on a kickoff following a 56-yard field goal against the Saints.

The Giants had planned to turn to York for the final three games of the season, but he left Thursday’s practice with the quad injury.

COWBOYS LT TYRON SMITH (BACK) DOUBTFUL VS. DOLPHINS

Dallas Cowboys left tackle Tyron Smith is listed as doubtful and right guard Zack Martin questionable to play against the host Miami Dolphins on Sunday.

Smith is nursing a back injury. The two-time All-Pro and eight-time Pro Bowl selection is trending toward sitting out his fourth game of the season.

Martin suffered a quadriceps injury in last weekend’s game against the Buffalo Bills when he was hit by Gregory Rousseau with 2:53 remaining in the first quarter. The six-time All-Pro and eight-time Pro Bowl selection sat out practice Wednesday and Thursday before being limited in Friday’s walkthrough.

Also Friday, the Cowboys (10-4) ruled out defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins (knee, ankle) and listed safety Malik Hooker (ankle), defensive end Viliami Fehoko (knee) and offensive tackle Matt Waletzko (shoulder) as questionable to face the Dolphins (10-4).

TEXANS QB C.J. STROUD RULED OUT VS. BROWNS

Houston Texans rookie quarterback C.J. Stroud will miss a second consecutive game due to a concussion after the team ruled him out for Sunday’s contest against the visiting Cleveland Browns.

Stroud was held out of last week’s 19-16 overtime win against the Tennessee Titans and replaced in the lineup by Case Keenum.

Pro Football Talk reported on Wednesday that Stroud has shown concussion symptoms since Week 13 against the Denver Broncos. He officially was diagnosed with a concussion the following week in a road game loss to the New York Jets. Defensive tackle Quinnen Williams blasted Stroud on a pass play with 6:24 to play in the game and the rookie quarterback’s head hit and bounced off the turf.

Stroud, the No. 2 pick in the 2023 NFL Draft, was second in the NFL in passing yards (3,631) and had the fifth-best passer rating (98.7) in the league at the time of his injury in Week 14.

Texans defensive end Will Anderson Jr. (ankle) and linebacker Blake Cashman (hamstring) also were ruled out of Sunday’s game. Wide receiver Nico Collins (calf), linebacker Denzel Perryman (Achilles) and defensive tackle Maliek Collins (hip) were limited in practice for the third straight day and listed as questionable for Houston, which is one game behind the Browns (9-5) in a crowded wild-card playoff picture in the AFC.

The Texans (8-6) hope to avoid the wild-card quagmire by winning the AFC South division, where they are one of three teams with the same record. Indianapolis and Jacksonville also have eight wins, and the Texans play at Indianapolis in the regular-season finale.

PATRIOTS’ BILL BELICHICK: KICKING FOOTBALL UNDERINFLATED VS. CHIEFS

New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick said the kicking footballs used in the first half of their home game against the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday were “underinflated by 2, 2 1/2 pounds.”

“We don’t have anything to do with it. Were we aware of it? Yeah, definitely,” Belichick said on Friday. “As I understand it, they were all the same. I don’t know what the explanation is. It was the same for both teams.”

Patriots rookie kicker Chad Ryland misfired on a 41-yard attempt, and Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker missed on a 39-yard try. Butker made all 23 of his field-goal attempts and 31 extra-points tries heading into that game, in which Kansas City beat New England 27-17.

“The officials handle that, and they were underinflated by like 2, 2.5 pounds,” Belichick told reporters. “I think you could see that by the kicks. Both kickers missed kicks, and Butker hadn’t missed a kick all year.

“Kickoffs, we had two that almost went out of bounds. And so there were six balls. It was both sets of balls. It was all six of them. You’d have to talk to the league about what happened, because we don’t have anything to do with that part of it. They control all of that. And they fixed them at halftime but didn’t do it before then, which is another question you could ask. But we don’t have anything to do with it.”

If Belichick sounded like he was on the defensive, consider that the Patriots were fined $1 million, docked two draft picks and saw then-quarterback Tom Brady suspended four games by the NFL for the scandal referred to as “Deflategate.” The league determined that a scheme was afoot to provide improperly inflated footballs for the AFC Championship Game against the Indianapolis Colts on Jan. 18, 2015.

WEEK 16 BETTING PRIMER: DESPERATE DALLAS DEFIES ROAD NARRATIVE

GAME OF THE WEEK

After a rough Week 15 in which the Jets returned to their offensive ineptitude and cost us our juicy three-leg parlay, we’ll forge a couple of more conventional plays.

Two trends to fight have emerged: The Lions’ split personalities and the Cowboys’ inability to beat a good team.

See how the primary play developed, along with a bonus play and a player prop below.

THE HEADLINER

Lions at Vikings, 1 p.m. ET

The line: Lions -3, total 47 (DraftKings).

Detroit’s home-road splits are enlightening – beware of the Lions away from home.

The feeling is that the bookmakers have over-adjusted for this divisional battle against the Vikings, and Lions QB Jared Goff can successfully imagine that this covered stadium bears a strong resemblance to his cozy home field.

Detroit’s most recent road game resulted in a 28-13 loss to Chicago Dec. 10, but, in keeping with home-road tradition, the Lions rolled to a 42-17 rout of the Denver Broncos last Saturday night in which Goff tied his career high with five touchdown passes.

Back on the road again, the increased productivity of receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown and the continued emergence of go-to target Sam LaPorta – a rookie tight end – should mean more options for Goff and another big offensive day.

A field goal is too small a margin for a team ready to clinch its first division title since Rodney Peete, Andre Ware and Erik Kramer were the starting quarterbacks (1993!).

Against the Broncos, St. Brown caught seven passes for 117 yards and a touchdown and LaPorta caught three of Goff’s touchdown passes.

As an explosive complement to the passing game, rookie running back Jahmyr Gibbs and veteran David Montgomery combined for 185 rushing yards and a touchdown.

This bet hinges on Goff’s ability to feel at home in Minnesota.

“The most important thing is to cut it loose. That’s the message,” Lions coach Dan Campbell said. “It’s not the other way because I go back to this: He’s one of the biggest reasons we’re sitting at 10 wins right now, him playing loose.

“Just trust what your eyes see, play the progression and throw with conviction.”

It’s easier said than done, this “trust” thing with Goff, but we’ll take a shot and hope he’s better than Minnesota starting QB Nick Mullens.

The bet: Lions -3.

THEY SAID IT

“We control our own destiny as it pertains to winning the division, no matter what happens (elsewhere). We win (Sunday) and we win the division. We’re in (the playoffs) and we get a home game. That’s right where I want to be.”

– Lions coach Dan Campbell.

BONUS PLAY

Cowboys at Dolphins, 4:25 p.m. ET

The line: Dolphins -1, total 50 (DraftKings).

Here’s another selection that we’re tying to a team’s mental abilities.

Can Dallas muster the urgency and execution to win a very, very important game on the road?

The Cowboys (10-4) are perfect in seven home games. But when they leave Dallas …

Quarterback Dak Prescott is perplexed by the difference in play.

“Obviously, we’d love to come out and produce like we do at home but that just hasn’t been the case,” he said.

“So we’ve got to find out what those answers are and try to close that gap and we can’t be those two different other teams.”

We hear you, Dak.

This bet boils down to the Cowboys needing this win more.

A loss in Miami likely means a road playoff game at the NFC South winner for the Cowboys. If Dallas wins that game, a visit to San Francisco to meet the 49ers awaits.

That’s no recipe for a Super Bowl.

Miami can still grab the AFC East title, even with a loss to the Cowboys, so we are going to side with the more desperate team.

The play: Cowboys +1.

PROP CORNER

This is a prediction predicated on that Dallas desperation.

The defense will have its intensity ramped up and should be aiming to chase down Miami quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. If that’s successful, there should be pressure-induced dump-offs in addition to the designed screen passes to the running backs.

The Dolphins employ Raheem Mostert and De’Von Achane. Achane has been trending the right way (11 receptions over the past three games, during which he’s reached at least 24 receiving yards in each of those games) and is back healthy.

That trend, plus the likely Dallas game plan, leads us to an Achane “over” bet.

Prop play: Miami running back Devon Achane over 24.5 receiving yards (-114 at FanDuel).

WEEK 16 NFL CAPSULES (SATURDAY GAMES)

Cincinnati Bengals (8-6) at Pittsburgh Steelers (7-7): Playoff football arrives early for AFC North rivals who’ve undergone major facelifts since Pittsburgh’s 16-10 win over the Bengals in Cincinnati on Nov. 26. The Steelers have lost three straight, temporarily remain without starting quarterback Kenny Pickett, benched his backup Mitch Trubisky, lost starting safety Minkah Fitzpatrick to a knee injury and their other starting safety — Damontae Kazee — was suspended. Cincinnati quarterback Jake Browning was making his first NFL start in that first meeting and generated just 222 yards of total offense, but Browning and the Bengals are back on their feet. They enter Week 16 with three straight wins, including a pair of overtime victories, and currently sit ahead of Pittsburgh and in playoff position in the packed AFC postseason picture. Browning has completed 76 percent of his passes since Week 12 and thrown for more than 1,000 yards in his first four NFL starts — the only NFL quarterback to do so since 1950. Steelers QB Mason Rudolph took over for Trubisky in last week’s loss to the Colts and will make his first start since 2021. The Steelers left the door “ajar” for Pickett if could return from ankle surgery to play, but he was officially ruled out on Thursday. While playoff probability metrics reveal odds of 64 percent to make the playoffs with a win this week, it’s not all roses and balloons for the Bengals, either. Cincinnati is without WR Ja’Marr Chase (shoulder).

Buffalo Bills (8-6) at Los Angeles Chargers (5-9): The Bills are desperate in their hunt for a playoff spot as one of five teams in the AFC with an 8-6 record, currently outside of the seven playoff spots in the conference and two games behind the Miami Dolphins in the AFC East. “Every game from here on out’s a playoff game for us,” Buffalo quarterback Josh Allen said. “That’s the mentality that we have. It’s essentially win or go home. We’ve got to be prepared for every punch the Chargers can throw at us.” The Bills have won consecutive games and coach Sean McDermott has cautioned his team all week about what can happen if preparation isn’t taken seriously. All is not well in L.A. The Chargers were loaded with bitter faces when they were annihilated 63-21 by the Las Vegas Raiders on Dec. 14. It was such a poor performance that the club fired coach Brandon Staley and general manager Tom Telesco. The Chargers have dropped five of their past six games, and their fortunes are low with star quarterback Justin Herbert done for the season after finger surgery on his throwing hand. Los Angeles will be without star receiver Keenan Allen (heel) for the second straight game. He didn’t practice all week and was ruled out Thursday. Allen has a league-high 108 receptions while accumulating 1,243 yards and seven touchdowns.

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

TOP 25 ROUNDUP: KEVIN MCCULLAR CARRIES NO. 2 KANSAS PAST YALE

Kevin McCullar scored nearly half of Kansas’ points as the No. 2 Jayhawks pulled away from Yale 75-60 on Friday night in Lawrence, Kan.

McCullar had 20 of his career-high 34 points in the second half after Kansas (11-1) trailed by a point at intermission. He was 11-of-18 from the field, including 4-of-7 from 3-point range, and went 8-of-8 from the line.

Kansas also got 13 points from Nicolas Timberlake and 10 from Dajuan Harris Jr. Hunter Dickinson had eight points and 10 rebounds for the Jayhawks.

Yale (7-6) was led by 13 points apiece from Bez Mbeng and August Mahoney. Danny Wolf added 11 points and six rebounds for the Bulldogs.

No. 6 Marquette 81, Georgetown 51

David Joplin bundled his season-high 20 points with nine rebounds as the Golden Eagles throttled the Hoyas in Milwaukee for their 18th straight home win.

Joplin shot 6-of-11 from the field and canned four of his seven 3-pointers for the Golden Eagles (10-3, 1-1 Big East). Tyler Kolek tallied 13 points, 10 assists and five rebounds, while Oso Ighodaro added 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting for Marquette, which led by as many as 38 points.

Jayden Epps tallied 14 points and Dontrez Styles added 12 as Georgetown (7-6, 0-2) finished with its fewest points in a game this season. Supreme Cook supplied seven points and grabbed a team-high 11 rebounds for the Hoyas. Drew Fielder chipped in nine points off the bench.

No. 10 Baylor 107, Mississippi Valley State 48

Ja’Kobe Walter poured in 26 points and the Bears bounced back from a pair of neutral court games against marquee teams with a dominating win over the Delta Devils in Waco, Texas.

Baylor (10-2) returned home after losses to Michigan State and Duke and put its stamp on Friday’s game with an overwhelming start, hitting six 3-pointers while building a 20-0 lead over the first six minutes. Jayden Nunn had three of those 3-pointers in the opening run and Walter had two.

Nunn and Langston Love totaled 15 points for Baylor. Reginald Reynolds led the Delta Devils (0-12) with 14 points, while Rayquan Brown had 13.

No. 13 Illinois 97, Missouri 73

Terrence Shannon Jr. scored 30 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as the Fighting Illini routed the Tigers in the annual Braggin’ Rights rivalry game in St. Louis.

Quincy Guerrier had 28 points and eight rebounds for Illinois (9-2). Coleman Hawkins had 15 points and seven rebounds and Marcus Domask had 10 points, seven rebounds and seven assists.

Sean East II scored 18 points, Trent Pierce scored 12 and Tamar Bates added 10 for the Tigers (7-5), who lost their third straight game. Missouri led only once, when Noah Carter scored the first basket of the game. After that, the Illini seized control of the game kept it.

No. 16 Colorado State 76, Loyola Marymount 67

Nique Clifford scored 23 points and the Rams led nearly wire-to-wire in a nonconference win over the Lions in Los Angeles.

Point guard Isaiah Stevens added 19 points and seven assists for the Rams (11-1), while Patrick Cartier chipped in 14 points. Colorado State played its usual efficient game on offense, converting 56.6 percent of its field goal attempts and collecting 21 assists while committing just nine turnovers.

Will Johnston pumped in a game-high 27 points for the Lions (7-6), going 8 of 12 from the 3-point line, and Keli Leaupepe added 13. Loyola Marymount canned 12 of 26 3-point attempts but made only 43.4 percent from the field. The Lions also committed 12 turnovers, which Colorado State converted into 16 points.

No. 17 BYU 101, Bellarmine 59

Spencer Johnson totaled 14 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and three steals to lead the Cougars to a victory over the Knights in Provo, Utah.

Trevin Knell and Richie Saunders added 14 points apiece, Noah Waterman scored 13, Atiki Ally Atiki chipped in 12 and Dawson Baker 10 to help the Cougars (11-1) improve to 8-0 at the Marriott Center. BYU, one of the NCAA Division I leaders in 3-point shooting, hit 9 of 18 3-pointers in the second half and finished 16-for-39 beyond the arc.

Garrett Tipton scored a game-high 21 points with three 3-pointers to lead Bellarmine (4-10). Langdon Hatton contributed 11 points and nine rebounds in the loss.

No. 18 Clemson 109, Queens 79

PJ Hall scored 27 points, 20 of which came in the first half, to lead the Tigers’ romp over the visiting Royals.

RJ Godfrey added 19 points on 8-for-9 shooting from the field for Clemson (10-1), which scored 69 points in the first half. Joseph Girard III also tallied 19 for the Tigers.

BJ McLaurin and AJ McKee scored 18 points apiece for Queens (6-8), which never led in its third straight loss. The Royals are in their second season as a Division I member, and Friday marked their first game against a ranked opponent.

No. 19 Texas 71, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 55

Max Abmas scored 17 points and Dillon Mitchell added 14 points and a career-high 13 rebounds as the Longhorns shrugged off some doldrums and beat the Islanders in Austin, Texas.

Dylan Disu and Tyrese Hunter scored 11 points each for the Longhorns (9-2), while Brock Cunningham had a season-high 10.

Ten players saw at least 10 minutes of court time for the Islanders (6-6) and all scored at least two points. Dian Wright-Forde led the way with 10 and was the only A&M-CC player in double figures.

No. 20 James Madison 89, Morgan State 75

Terrence Edwards Jr. matched his career high with 29 points as the Dukes benefited from a second-half surge to defeat the host Bears in a matinee in Baltimore.

Raekwon Horton came off the bench to record a career-high 16 points, including eight in a key five-minute stretch during the second half when the Dukes (12-0) regained control after squandering a 14-point lead. They

delivered coach Mark Byington his 200th career victory.

Will Thomas scored 20 points and Kamron Hobbs added 16 to lead Morgan State (4-10), which was without leading scorer Wynston Tabbs (hamstring) for the third straight game.

No. 24 Wisconsin 80, Chicago State 53

A.J. Storr led all scorers with 29 points to lead the Badgers to a home win over the Cougars in Madison, Wis.

Steven Crowl had 13 points and seven rebounds and Tyler Wahl added 11 points for Wisconsin (9-3), which has won two straight. Storr was hot all night, going 11-for-18 from the field overall and 3 of 5 from 3-point range.

Wesley Cardet scored 10 points for Chicago State (7-10), which saw a four-game winning streak snapped.

NBA NEWS

NBA ROUNDUP: WARRIORS BEAT WIZARDS, RUIN JORDAN POOLE’S HOMECOMING

Jordan Poole responded to a nice pregame reception with a team-high 25 points in his return to San Francisco, but Stephen Curry countered with 30 and rookie Trayce Jackson-Davis notched a second straight double-double as the Golden State Warriors ran off from the visiting Washington Wizards for a 129-118 victory Friday night.

The meeting was the first since Poole, a driving force in Golden State’s 2022 championship run before being on the receiving end of a Draymond Green punch last preseason, was dealt from the Warriors to the Wizards in July as part of a package for Chris Paul.

As has been his norm this season, Poole struggled from the field, shooting 7-for-21 overall and 3-for-12 on 3-pointers, but managed to use eight free throws as the foundation for his sixth game this season with 25 or more points.

Paul contributed four points, seven rebounds and a game-high 10 assists to the Warriors’ cause, which was made easier by the fact that the Wizards were playing the second night of a back-to-back at the end of a four-game Western swing.

Corey Kispert had 18 points, Daniel Gafford 15 and Tyus Jones 14 to complement a team-high six assists for the Wizards, who went 1-3 on the trip. Kyle Kuzma was Washington’s leading rebounder with nine on a night when he was held to seven points on 3-for-11 shooting.

76ers 121, Raptors 111

Tyrese Maxey had 33 points and 10 assists and Tobias Harris scored a season-best 33 points to go along with eight rebounds and seven assists to lift host Philadelphia past Toronto.

Joel Embiid scored 31 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and dished out nine assists for the Sixers, who have won eight of nine. It was the 13th consecutive game that Embiid produced at least 30 points and 10 rebounds.

Pascal Siakam led the Raptors with 31 points, Jakob Poeltl added 19 and Gary Trent Jr. had 17. OG Anunoby and Scottie Barnes chipped in with 12 each.

Heat 122, Hawks 113

Tyler Herro scored a team-high 30 points and made a season-high seven 3-pointers to help Miami to a win over visiting Atlanta.

Duncan Robinson scored 21 of his season-high 27 points in the fourth quarter for the Heat, who won their third game in four tries. Jaime Jaquez Jr. tallied 19 points for Miami, and Bam Adebayo had 18.

Trae Young also made seven treys and had 30 points and 13 assists for the Hawks, who saw their modest two-game winning streak come to an end. Friday was Young’s sixth consecutive game with 30 points and 10 assists and he is now one game behind Oscar Robertson for the longest such streak in NBA history. Dejounte Murray added 24 points for the Hawks, while Bogdan Bogdanovic added 23.

Kings 120, Suns 105

Domantas Sabonis recorded 28 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds to help Sacramento trounce visiting Phoenix.

De’Aaron Fox had 23 points, seven assists, six rebounds and three steals to help Sacramento win for the ninth time in 13 games. Keegan Murray scored 21 points, Harrison Barnes added 19 and Kevin Huerter scored 13 as the Kings led by as many as 29 points while defeating the Suns for the fourth consecutive time.

Kevin Durant had 28 points and seven rebounds and Devin Booker added 24 points and seven assists for disappointing Phoenix, which lost for the eighth time in 11 games. Udoka Azubuike had 11 points and 11 rebounds, Grayson Allen also scored 11 points and Chimezie Metu added 10 points.

Nuggets 122, Nets 117

Jamal Murray scored a season-high 32 points to go along with nine assists and connected with Nikola Jokic for the go-ahead basket with 2:28 remaining as Denver beat slumping Brooklyn.

Jokic got his 25th double-double of the season by finishing with 31 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists. Aaron Gordon added 18 and Michael Porter Jr. contributed 15 as the Nuggets won for the sixth time in seven games and got their fourth straight road win.

Cam Thomas led seven players in double figures with 23 points but the Nets lost their season-high fifth straight. Cameron Johnson added 17 while Mikal Bridges and Dorian Finney-Smith contributed 14 apiece.

Rockets 122, Mavericks 96

Alperen Sengun produced his eighth double-double of the season with 22 points with 15 rebounds and host Houston took full advantage of a short-handed Dallas roster and rolled to the win.

Jabari Smith Jr. added 21 points and eight boards for the Rockets, who led by as many as 38 points en route to their 12th victory in 14 games at Toyota Center. Jalen Green added 17 points, six rebounds, four assists and two steals.

The Mavericks added Luka Doncic (quad) to their laundry list of injured regulars, a group that also includes Kyrie Irving (heel), Dereck Lively II (ankle) and Dante Exum (leg contusion). Tim Hardaway Jr. was the lone starter from Dallas’ makeshift starting lineup to reach double figures, scoring 16 points, as the Mavericks shot 34.7 percent overall and 7 of 40 from 3-point range.

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

WOMEN’S TOP 25 ROUNDUP: JACY SHELDON SCORES BIG FOR NO. 13 OHIO STATE

Jacy Sheldon topped the 30-point mark for the second straight game as No. 13 Ohio State beat visiting Belmont 84-55 on Friday in Columbus, Ohio.

Sheldon finished with 31 points on 12-of-18 shooting after scoring 30 on Monday in a loss to No. 2 UCLA. The Buckeyes (10-2) also got 15 points from Celeste Taylor and 10 points from Rikki Harris on Friday.

Tessa Miller powered Belmont (7-4) with 15 points, while Kendal Cheesman had 13 points.

Ohio State shot 12-of-26 from 3-point range, and five of those makes from deep came courtesy of Sheldon. The Buckeyes also turned 23 Belmont turnovers into 21 points.

No. 20 Gonzaga 67, New Mexico 56

Yvonne Ejim scored 22 points on 9-of-11 shooting to help the host Bulldogs defeat the Lobos in Spokane, Wash.

Gonzaga (13-2) also got 14 points from Bryanna Maxwell and 12 points from Kaylynne Truong. Viane Cumber led New Mexico (9-4) with 17 points and seven rebounds.

The Lobos led by four points in the first quarter before falling behind by as many as 15. Gonzaga had 21 assists on 25 made baskets and scored 17 points off 15 New Mexico turnovers.

TOP INDIANA SPORTS RELEASES/ NEWS

COLTS NEWS

COLTS WR MICHAEL PITTMAN CLEARED, CAN’T REMEMBER HIT

Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. cleared concussion protocol on Friday but said he doesn’t remember the hit that put him there.

“I honestly never saw him coming,” Pittman said of Pittsburgh Steelers safety Damontae Kazee, who was ejected from the game and later suspended by the NFL for the rest of the season for the hit.

Kazee lowered his head and slammed into the head and neck area of Pittman as he stretched for a pass during the Colts’ 30-13 win on Saturday. Pittman’s head snapped backward violently and he was motionless on the turf for a few seconds.

“I was diving, I caught it and then all of a sudden, I woke up and there’s people looking down at me,” Pittman told reporters Friday. “I was like, ‘Oh, (expletive), what just happened?’”

Pittman, who has 99 catches for 1,062 yards this season, will be able to suit up Sunday when the Colts (8-6) visit the Atlanta Falcons (6-8).

Pittman, 26, said he had mixed feelings about Kazee and the unpaid suspension he received.

“I do think that they were head-hunting, but I don’t think he meant to try to impose a life-changing injury,” Pittman said. “I don’t think any player has that in them. And you never want to see guys lose games and lose that much money. … He has a family, too, and I know that’s a hefty fine.”

COLTS SIGN CB CHRIS LAMMONS TO 53-MAN ROSTER FROM PRACTICE SQUAD

Indianapolis – The Indianapolis Colts today signed cornerback Chris Lammons to the 53-man roster from the practice squad.

Lammons, 5-10, 190 pounds, has spent time on the team’s active roster and practice squad this season. He was originally signed by Indianapolis as a free agent on July 27, 2023. Lammons has played in 44 career games in his time with the Colts (2023), Kansas City Chiefs (2019-22), Miami Dolphins (2018-19), New Orleans Saints (2018) and Atlanta Falcons (2018). He has compiled 18 tackles (nine solo), three passes defensed, one interception, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and 10 special teams stops. Lammons has also appeared in three postseason contests and has registered two special teams tackles. His last name is pronounced LUH-mawns.

INDIANA PACERS BASKETBALL

GAME PREVIEW: PACERS VS MAGIC

Before checking their stockings and unwrapping their presents, the Pacers (14-13) will take the floor one last time at Gainbridge Fieldhouse. The Orlando Magic (16-11) make their second visit of the season to Indianapolis on Saturday night.

The Blue & Gold are coming off of splitting a back-to-back set, cruising to a 144-113 win over Charlotte at the Fieldhouse on Wednesday before falling 116-103 in Memphis on Thursday in Ja Morant’s first home game after serving a 25-game suspension.

One bright spot for the Pacers lately has been the play of fourth-year forward Aaron Nesmith. The 24-year-old has carved out a rule thanks to his tenacious defense and all-out effort, but Nesmith has enjoyed a bit of an offensive breakout this month. He has scored in double figures in seven straight games and nine of 10 contests in December, shooting 55.4 percent from the field and 51 percent from 3-point range over that span.

Nesmith was excellent off the bench on both halves of the back-to-back earlier this week. He scored 19 points on 6-of-6 shooting (4-of-4 from 3-point range) in Wednesday’s win over the Hornets, then stuffed the stat sheet against the Grizzlies, finishing with 14 points on 4-of-8 3-point shooting, five rebounds, four steals, and three blocks.

The Magic have been the surprise story of the season, with their young roster racing out to a 16-7 start. They have scuffled lately, however, dropping their last four contests against a difficult schedule that included two road games in Boston and one in Milwaukee.

Orlando is led by its two 6-10 forwards, Paolo Banchero and Franz Wagner. The 21-year-old Banchero — the reigning Rookie of the Year — is pushing hard to be an All-Star in just his second NBA season, averaging a team-high 20.7 points, 6.9 rebounds, and 4.5 assists per game. The 22-year-old Wagner — the eighth overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft — has been equally as impressive, averaging 20.1 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 4.0 assists.

With those two leading the way, the Magic have also been one of the league’s best defensive teams. Orlando is fifth in the NBA in defensive rating (110.3 points per 100 possessions) and steals (8.3 per game) and third in turnovers forced (15.7 per contest). They’re an interesting matchup for a Pacers team that leads the league in several offensive categories.

The Magic’s defense got the better of Indiana in their first matchup back on Nov. 19, limiting the Blue & Gold to a season-low 44 points in the first half and cruising to a comfortable victory. The Pacers will be out to avenge that game on Saturday and hope to send the home crowd home with visions of 3-pointers dancing in their heads ahead of Christmas.

Projected Starters

Pacers: G – Tyrese Haliburton, G – Buddy Hield, F – Bruce Brown, F – Obi Toppin, C – Isaiah Jackson

Magic: G – Anthony Black, G – Gary Harris, F – Franz Wagner, F – Paolo Banchero, C – Wendell Carter Jr.

Injury Report

Pacers: Tyrese Haliburton – questionable (left ankle sprain), Jalen Smith – questionable (left knee bone bruise/left heel contusion)

Magic: Joe Ingles – questionable (left ankle sprain), Jalen Suggs – questionable (left wrist sprain), Markelle Fultz – out (left knee tendinitis), Kevon Harris – out (coach’s decision), Jett Howard – out (G League assignment)

Last Meeting

Nov. 19, 2023: The Magic dominated the first half at Gainbridge Fieldhouse, outscoring Indiana 78-44 over the first two quarters en route to a 128-116 victory. Orlando won the first quarter 42-21 and the second 36-23. The visitors led by as many as 40 in the second half.

Both teams emptied their benches in the fourth quarter and Indiana’s reserves made an admirable comeback to get as close as 11 before the final buzzer.

Jordan Nwora helped sparked that late rally, finishing with a team-high 19 points on 8-of-11 shooting in 23 minutes off the bench. Bennedict Mathurin added 14 points and six rebounds for the Blue & Gold.

Paolo Banchero led six Magic players in double figures, finishing with 24 points on 9-of-14 shooting. Franz Wagner added 19 points and seven rebounds, while Jalen Suggs scored 18.

Noteworthy

The Pacers and Magic only play three times in the regular season this year, meaning Orlando can win the season series with a victory on Saturday. The two teams meet once more in Orlando on March 10.

The Pacers will be wearing their City Edition uniforms on Saturday. Indiana is 6-0 on the season when wearing the City Edition design.

Pacers guard Buddy Hield needs six 3-pointers to pass Rashard Lewis (1,787 career threes) for 25th place on the NBA’s all-time list.

Mavericks head coach Jamahl Mosley served as an assistant on Pacers head coach Rick Carlisle’s staff in Dallas from 2014-21.

Magic center Goga Bitadze was the Pacers’ first-round pick in 2019 and appeared in 170 games over four seasons with Indiana.

Broadcast Information (TV and Radio Listings >>)

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

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

FUEL HOCKEY

FUEL SHUT OUT K-WINGS ON FRIDAY NIGHT

KALAMAZOO- The Fuel headed to Kalamazoo for two more games against their division rival K-Wings this weekend. Ultimately, the Fuel stunned Kalamazoo in a 3-0 shutout win in the first of those two matchups.

1ST PERIOD

Justin Taylor was the first to crack the game sheet with a tripping penalty at 4:05, giving the Fuel the first power play of the game. However Kalamazoo was able to kill it off.

At 6:53, former K-Wing Darby Llewellyn sat for two minutes for slashing. About a minute and a half later, he was joined by teammate Trevor Zins who also sat for slashing. Despite the 5-on-3, Indy was able to kill off both penalties.

Things got chippy between these two teams that meet thirteen total times this season and at the 11:00 minute mark, Kalamazoo’s Ted Nichol was given a roughing penalty to show for it.

At 12:09, Kale Howarth, in his first game back with the Fuel this season, scored on the power play to make it 1-0 in favor of Indy. Colin Bilek and Bryan Lemos claimed assists on this goal.

Next it was Kyle Maksimovich and Robert Calisti who were given a double minor penalty each for roughing at 15:33 after a fight broke out with a handful of players from both teams.

Llewellyn was sent to the box again for slashing at 16:31, but the Fuel were once again able to kill off the penalty and kept control of their lead headed into the locker room after the first period.

2ND PERIOD

At 1:21 of the second frame, Santino Centorame sat for slashing forcing the Fuel to the penalty kill once again.

After that penalty was killed off, it was Kalamazoo’s Collin Adams who took a slashing penalty giving the Fuel another power play opportunity but the K-Wings killed off that penalty too.

At 13:16, it appeared Trevor Zins had scored on a rebounded shot from Ryan Gagnier and after a lengthy goal review, it was called a good goal and the Fuel went up 2-0.

Time expired on the period after a few more good chances on both sides. By the end of the second period, Indy was outshooting Kalamazoo 19-13.

3RD PERIOD

Things got off to a slow start in the third period but around the halfway point of the period, things heated up again between these two very familiar teams as Cam Hillis and Jay Keranen took offsetting roughing penalties after a scuffle along the boards between a handful of players from both teams.

With just over two minutes to go, as Kalamazoo’s Jonathon Lemieux attempted to leave the goal, Kyle Maksimovich intercepted a turnover and was able to score what was technically an empty-net goal but would not be credited as such to make it 3-0.

Indy finished the game on the power play after offsetting roughing penalties to Hillis and Reddekopp, with Reddekopp taking an additional cross-checking penalty. Soon after, time expired and the Fuel claimed the 3-0 victory.

This was Indy’s first shutout win of the season and Mitchell Weeks’ third of his professional career.

The Indy Fuel are back in action at Indiana Farmers Coliseum tomorrow on December 27, 2023 for Teacher Appreciation Night against the Wheeling Nailers.

INDIANA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

NO. 16 HOOSIERS ROUT BOWLING GREEN IN NON-CONFERENCE FINALE

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Senior guard Sara Scalia put up an IU career-high 32 points as No. 16 Indiana cruised past Bowling Green, 84-35, on Friday night inside Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.

KEY MOMENTS

Indiana (10-1, 1-0 B1G) led the game wire-to-wire, starting off on a triple by senior guard Chloe Moore-McNeil and baseline jumper from senior guard Sara Scalia. Both teams went without a field goal for the next four plus minutes before freshman forward Lilly Meister’s offensive putback was good with 4:01 to play.

It completed a 11-4 run to close out the first, with Scalia’s six points leading the way, as it built a 20-6 lead. Scalia put up nine points in the second quarter en route to the Hoosiers shooting 58.3 percent to go up 39-19 at the break.

Bowling Green (6-4) put up just six points in the third quarter as IU tacked on 21 points, including eight from Scalia in the third quarter. Their 12-0 run midway through the quarter with transition buckets from graduate student forward Mackenzie Holmes and Scalia gave Indiana a 56-21 lead with 3:31 remaining.

Getting hot from the 3-point line in the fourth, the Hoosiers went 6-for-9 from the arc as it combined for a game-high 24 points in the final frame.

NOTABLE

Scalia recorded IU’s second-straight 30-point game with an IU career-high 32 points in the win where she went 8-for-11 from the 3-point line. It marks the first time since Tyra Buss had back-to-back 30-point games in 2018 that a player or players have put up consecutive 30-point efforts.

Scalia’s eight 3-pointers is tied for second all-time in a single game in school history, tying Kris McGrade who had eight against Indiana State in 1993.

The Stillwater, Minn. native now has nine games with multiple triples and is the sixth 30-point scoring effort of her five-year career.

Moore-McNeil dished out a team-high five assists, recording multiple assists in all 11 games this year and five or more in eight. She also added nine points, all from 3-point range.

The Hoosiers assisted on 21 of its 30 made shots as sophomore guard Yarden Garzon (4), senior guard Sydney Parrish (3) and Holmes and Scalia (2 each) all had multiple dimes.

BGSU scored just 35 points, second fewest points allowed by an opponent this season (35).

Indiana shot 54.5 percent from the floor and 56.0 percent beyond the arc. It connected on a season-high 14 triples, which was the second-most in a single game and most since it hit 12 against Michigan State last season.

IU ended up winning the battle on the boards, 38-34, led by eight boards from Meister off the bench.

QUOTABLE

Indiana head coach Teri Moren

“Well, first of all before we start, I just want to give our thoughts and our prayers to Lexi Fleming. She’s a terrific talent and you never like to see anything like that happen, especially one minute into the game. I really feel for Fred (Chmiel) and his team, his staff and certainly her. And not knowing anything definite, but the fact that she couldn’t get back in. I think it shook all of us for a minute. We had to all get our bearings just because she looked like she was in a tremendous amount of pain. For us tonight, I thought Sara Scalia was super special. Yes, she scored the ball great but I thought she was really good defensively. As well as she shot it from beyond the arc, I thought she was as good defensively with how she was focused and determined and did a great job. I thought for us tonight I’m really proud of the way we guarded. We really looked like a tough, gritty team tonight and that’s what I’ve been wanting to see. We’ve seen moments but I want more consistency and looking like that defensively, especially with Big Ten play starting so it was a good night for us. I’m always worried about these games right before Christmas being trap games but I thought our kids were dialed in and focused and really looking forward to getting on the floor tonight and competing in our final non-conference game.”

UP NEXT

Big Ten play starts back up on New Year’s Eve when Indiana hosts Illinois at 12:30 p.m. ET on Big Ten Network.

INDIANA WRESTLING

INDIANA FINISHES COMPETITION AT SHERIDAN TOURNAMENT WITH TWO CHAMPIONS

BETHLEHEM, Pa. –––– Indiana Wrestling concluded competition at the Sheridan Tournament with two individual champions and six total placers on Friday at Stabler Arena.

Redshirt freshman Tyler Lillard (165) and redshirt senior No. 10 DJ Washington (174) each won the bracket for their weight class.

Indiana’s other podium-finishers were redshirt freshman Blaine Frazier (125 lbs., 2nd place), senior Nico Bolivar (157 lbs., 4th place), redshirt sophomore Roman Rogotzke (184 lbs., 4th place) and redshirt freshman Gabe Sollars (197 lbs., 3rd place).

Sixteen total Hoosiers competed against wrestlers from nine other teams. There was no team scoring conducted for the tournament.

KEY MOMENTS

• No. 10 DJ Washington (174) dominated his way to the title with his first three wins coming by tech falls in the first period. His title match was a 4-2 decision win over Ben Pasiuk (Army).

• Tyler Lillard (165) outscored his three opponents by a combined 21 points to win the title at 165 lbs.

• Outside of his one loss in the semifinals, Gabe Sollars (197) had four wins by pin.

• Blaine Frazier (125) had one of his best matches of his career in the semifinals when he defeated Eric Howe (Franklin & Marshall) by tech fall, 16-0 (6:45)

NOTABLES

• Lillard (165) and Washington (174) both won their first invitational tournament of the season.

• Washington’s season record improved to 7-0.

• Blaine Frazier’s (125) second-place finish was a career-best in a collegiate tournament.

• Senior Clayton Fielden (174) competed in his first matches of the season.

• Freshman Joey Buttler (141) made his collegiate debut in the tournament with his first two matches.

• Nick South bumped up to 184 lbs. after previously competing at 165 lbs. earlier this season.

UP NEXT

• Indiana Wrestling will next head to one of the most prestigious tournaments in wrestling, the Southern Scuffle, on Jan. 1-2 in Chattanooga, Tenn.

FULL RESULTS

Blaine Frazier – 125 lbs.

R8: Blaine Frazier (IU) advanced on bye.

Semi: Blaine Frazier (IU) defeated Eric Howe (F&M): TF, 16-0 (6:45)

Final: Sheldon Seymour (Lehigh) def. Blaine Frazier (IU): Dec. 6-3

Blaine Frazier finished in 2nd place in the 125 Bracket

Isaac Thornton – 133 lbs.

R8: Devon Britton (Rutgers) def. Isaac Thornton (IU): MD, 10-1

Consi of 4: Aidan O’Shea (Unatt-F&M) def. Isaac Thornton (IU): Dec. 7-0

Joey Buttler – 141 lbs.

R16: Carter Bailey (Lehigh) def. Joey Buttler (IU): TF, 16-0 (5:30)

Consi of 8 #1: Justin Bierdumpfel (Brown) def. Joey Buttler (IU): TF, 19-1 (3:59)

Cole Rhemrev – 141 lbs.

R16: Bryce Kresho (Franklin & Marshall) def. Cole Rhemrev (IU): Fall (4:16)

Consi of 8 #1: Cole Rhemrev (IU) def. Joe Fongaro (Rutgers): MD, 12-1

Consi of 8 #2: Cole Rhemrev (IU) def. Julian Sanchez (Army): MD, 16-3

Consi of 4: Carter Bailey (Lehigh) def. Cole Rhemrev (IU): TF, 15-0 (1:51)

Anthony Bahl – 149 lbs.

R16: Kelvin Griffin (Lehigh) def. Anthony Bahl (IU): Fall (1:45)

Consi of 8 #1: Anthony Bahl (IU) def. Nicolas Romero (Brown): Fall (2:53)

Consi of 8 #2: Trenton Wachter (CMU) def. Anthony Bahl (IU): Dec. 16-15

No. 11 Graham Rooks – 149 lbs.

R16: No. 11 Graham Rooks (IU) advanced on bye.

R8: Owen Reinsel (Lehigh) def. No. 11 Graham Rooks (IU): Dec. 9-3

Consi of 8 #2: No. 11 Graham Rooks (IU) def. Aidan Torres (IU): MD, 13-1

Consi of 4: No. 11 Graham Rooks (IU) def. Trenton Wachter (CMU): Dec. 4-2

Consi Semis: Kelvin Griffin (Lehigh) def. No. 11 Graham Rooks (IU): Fall (1:49)

Aidan Torres – 149 lbs.

R16: No. 15 Corbyn Munson (Central Michigan) def. Aidan Torres (IU): Fall (4:38)

Consi of 8 #1: Aidan Torres def. Billy Templeton (F&M): TF, 18-2 (6:46)

Consi of 8 #2: No. 11 Graham Rooks (IU) def. Aidan Torres (IU): MD, 13-1

Nico Bolivar – 157 lbs.

R16: Nico Bolivar (IU) def. Chris Arciuolo (Franklin & Marshall): MD, 14-2

R8: Nico Bolivar (IU) def. Luca Frinzi (Lehigh): Dec. 6-1

Semi: No. 23 Johnny Lovett (CMU) def. Nico Bolivar (IU): Dec. 6-3

Consi Semis: Nico Bolivar (IU) def. Carter Baer (Binghamton): Win by default

3rd: Mason Shrader (CMU) def. Nico Bolivar (IU): MD, 11-2

Nico Bolivar finished in 4th place in the 157 Bracket

No. 9 Derek Gilcher – 165 lbs.

R16: Gunner Flipowicz (Army) def. No. 9 Derek Gilcher (IU): Medical Forfeit

Consi of 8 #1: No. 9 Derek Gilcher (IU) advanced on bye.

Consi of 8 #2: No. 9 Derek Gilcher (IU) did not wrestle due to injury … Tyler Swiderski (Central Michigan) advanced.

Tyler Lillard – 165 lbs.

R16: Tyler Lillard (IU) advanced on bye.

R8: Tyler Lillard (IU) def. Tyler Swiderski (Central Michigan): Dec. 11-7

Semi: Tyler Lillard (IU) def. Dakota Morris (Army): MD, 19-5

Final: Tyler Lillard (IU) def. Gunner Filipowicz (Army): Dec. 5-2

Tyler Lillard finished in 1st place in the 165 Bracket

Clayton Fielden – 174 lbs.

R16: Thayne Lawrence (Lehigh) def. Clayton Fielden: Dec. 6-4

Consi of 8 #1: Clayton Fielden advanced on bye.

Consi of 8 #2: Clayton Fielden def. Remy Brancato (Lehigh): Dec. 9-7

Consi of 4: Dimitri Gamkreilidze (Binghamton) def. Clayton Fielden (IU): Dec. 2-1

Magnus Kuokkanen – 174 lbs.

R16: Magnus Kuokkanen (IU) advanced on bye.

R8: Ben Pasiuk (Army) def. Magnus Kuokkanen (IU): Fall (1:27)

Consi of 8 #2: Magnus Kuokkanen (IU) def. Zeke Dubler (Lehigh): TF, 21-4 (7:00)

Consi of 4: Thayne Lawrence (Lehigh) def. Magnus Kuokkanen (IU) Fall (2:35)

No. 10 DJ Washington – 174 lbs.

R16: No. 10 DJ Washington (IU) def. Nick Marienfield (Central Michigan): TF, 17-2 (1:13)

R8: No. 10 DJ Washington (IU) def. Remy Brancato (Lehigh): TF, 17-2 (2:50)

Semi: No. 10 DJ Washington (IU) def. Michael Wilson (Rider): TF, 17-1 (1:03)

Final: No. 10 DJ Washington (IU) def. Ben Pasiuk (Army): Dec. 4-2

DJ Washington finished in 1st place in the 174 Bracket

No. 32 Roman Rogotzke – 184 lbs.

R16: No. 32 Roman Rogotzke (IU) def. Drew Clearie (Unrostered): Dec. 10-6

R8: No. 32 Roman Rogotzke (IU) def. Jack Wilt (Lehigh): Dec. 11-4

Semi: No. 20 Jacob Nolan (Binghamton) def. No. 32 Roman Rogotzke (IU): MD, 11-0

Consi Semi: No. 32 Roman Rogotzke (IU) def. Caden Rogers (Lehigh): Medical Forfeit

3rd: Jack Wilt (Lehigh) def. No. 32 Roman Rogotzke (IU): Dec. 10-7

Roman Rogotzke finished in 4th place in the 184 Bracket

Nick South – 184 lbs.

R16: Nick South (IU) advanced on bye.

R8: Nick South (IU) def. Brock Zurawski (Unatt-Rider): Dec. 5-3

Semi: Cody Brenner (CMU) def. Nick South (IU): Dec. 2-2, TB-2

Consi Semi: Jack Wilt (Lehigh) def. Nick South (IU): Dec. 10-4

Gabe Sollars – 197 lbs.

R16: Gabe Sollars (IU) def. Lear Quinton (Brown): Fall (2:23)

R8: Gabe Sollars (IU) def. Luke Cochran (Central Michigan): Fall (2:08)

Semi: JT Davis (Lehigh) def. Gabe Sollars (IU): Dec. 7-2

Consi Semi: Gabe Sollars (IU) def. Cameron Wood (CMU): Fall (3:36)

3rd: Gabe Sollars (IU) def. Wolfgang Frable (Army): Fall (3:43)

Gabe Sollars finished in 3rd place in the 197 Bracket

NOTRE DAME WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

IRISH DELIVER DOWN THE STRETCH IN 60-56 WIN OVER MARIST

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Needed it, wanted it and got it. The Notre Dame men’s basketball team got back in the win column on Friday night, treating the Irish faithful to an early holiday gift with a 60-56 victory over Marist. The Fighting Irish (4-7) trailed by one at the half but then outscored the Red Foxes (7-2) 36-31 in the second half where they shot 52.9 percent and went 15-of-16 from the free-throw line.

Markus Burton recorded his fourth 20+ point performance of the season and 10th in double figures. The freshman point guard scored 21 points on 8-of-18 shooting to go with his three assists and season-high tying four steals.

Burton now heads into the holiday break amassing 88 points over the last five games, averaging 17.6 ppg in that span.

Fellow freshman Carey Booth got the starting nod tonight and rewarded Coach Shrewsberry with an 11–point effort, marking his most points since his season high of 20 in game two on the year against Western Carolina.

Tae Davis was clutch down the stretch, scoring 10 of the team’s final 17 points. Davis finished with 12 points, his fourth in double figures. 

HOW IT HAPPENED

Marist hot a hot hand to start, converting five of its first six shots to jump ahead 12-6. Next, the Irish defense settled in and kept the Red Foxes off the scoreboard for nearly a six-minute stretch, tying the game in the process at 12-all.

Later, the Irish connected on three field goals in a row, which included threes from Booth and Zona, resulting in an 8-0 run and their first lead of the game up 20-16.

Burton was in double figures already with 4:51 remaining in the first half after a steal and breakaway layup made it 22-18.

Marist then recorded a 7-0 run over the next three minutes to regain the lead as Notre Dame missed seven straight from the field. Davis eventually ended the drought but the Irish trailed at the half 25-24.

Burton was 5-for-11 with 11 points while the rest of the Irish went a combined 4-for-16.

The freshman then picked up right where he left off, scoring seven of the team’s first 10 points in the second half. Next, Booth stepped up and banked in a three and scored five straight. Then, Konieczny knocked down a pair of free throws, and just like that the Irish had a 10-point lead up 43-33.

Notre Dame turnovers (three to be exact) allowed Marist to creep its way back, firing off a 7-0 run in two minutes to make it a one-possession game with ND up 45-52 at the 7:36 media timeout.

With Burton picking up his fourth foul shortly hereafter, other Irish stepped up in his absence, as Davis and Shrewsberry got the offense going and pushed the lead to 53-42.

With 90 seconds remaining in the game, the Irish lead was diminished to just two points, up 56-54, as turnovers haunted the home team again. With 26 seconds on the clock, Davis was huge from the free-throw line, knocking down both. Then Njie grabbed a big defensive board and moments later it was Shrewsberry converting from the stripe and game over.

The Irish outrebounded the Red Foxes 32-25, which included 11 offensive rebounds. The Irish finished the game 18-of-44 (.409) and 6-of-16 from beyond the arc. 

UP NEXT

The Irish go home for the holidays and then it’s ACC play in the Bend. Notre Dame will re-open league play with three straight at home: Virginia (Dec. 30), NC State (Jan. 3) and Duke (Jan. 6). The Irish versus Cavaliers will tip off at Noon ET on the 30th. It also marks the program’s “574 Day,” paying homage to our local fans, along with our hometown players.

BUTLER MEN’S BASKETBALL

BULLDOGS TAKE WINNING STREAK ON THE ROAD TO PROVIDENCE SATURDAY

A pair of teams that were each successful in their BIG EAST conference openers Tuesday night put their matching 1-0 records on display Saturday afternoon in Rhode Island.

Butler (10-2, 1-0 BIG EAST) at rv/– Providence (10-2, 1-0)

Saturday, Dec. 23;  Noon

Amica Mutual Pavilion; Providence, R.I.

TV: FS1 – John Fanta & Donny Marshall

Radio: WXNT 1430AM, Varsity Network Radio App, SiriusXM 381, SXM App 971 – @MarkMinner & Nick Gardner (@n_gardner)

The Series with the Friars

• Providence has won the last six meetings with Butler and holds an 18-5 overall record in the head-to-head series.

• The Friars hold an 8-2 advantage in games played in Providence, winning three straight.

Series: Providence Leads, 18-5

Streak: Providence, W6

In R.I.: Providence Leads, 8-2

First Meeting: PC, 65-56, 1/24/14 (at PC)

Last Meeting: PC, 79-58, 1/25/23 (at PC)

OF NOTE

• Butler is currently on a seven-game winning streak, its longest since Nov.-Dec., 2019.

• The Bulldogs are 1-0 in BIG EAST play after defeating Georgetown, 74-64, Tuesday night at Hinkle Fieldhouse.

• Butler closed the first half against Georgetown by scoring 13 of the final 15 points to take a 40-27 halftime lead and control of the game.

• Butler owned a 46-22 advantage over Georgetown in points in the paint.

• Posh Alexander had a season-best five steals against Georgetown to go along with team-best totals of 13 points and seven assists.

• Alexander ranks second in steals (2.17 per game) and fourth in assists (5.4 per game) among the BIG EAST leaders.

• Pierre Brooks II matched Alexander for the team-high with 13 points; he has scored in double figures in every game this season.

• Jalen Thomas had a game-high eight rebounds Tuesday against Georgetown; he has led the Bulldogs in rebounds in seven of the team’s 12 games this season.

• Butler shot 16-for-18 from the free throw line Tuesday night. Butler’s 79.4-percent free throw percentage on the season ranks seventh nationally. The Bulldogs have shot 70 percent or better from the free throw line in every game this season.

• DJ Davis left the Georgetown game with an ankle injury early in the second half and did not return. He scored 12 points in the first half. His status for Saturday’s game at Providence will be determined in the coming days.

• Davis ranks eighth nationally in free throw percentage (94.9). He has two separate games going 10-for-10 from the charity stripe and has hit 37 of his 39 attempts on the season.

• Butler’s nine non-conference wins heading into BIG EAST play are the most since the 2019-20 season.

• Butler’s 83.8 points per game rank 31st nationally.

• Butler has scored at least 80 points in eight of its 12 games to start the season; the Bulldogs only hit the 80-point mark six times total a season ago.

• Finley Bizjack became the tenth different Bulldog to hit double figures in a game this season with his career-high 17 points against Saginaw Valley Dec. 15. It also marked the sixth game this season with five or more Bulldogs scoring in double figures.

• Butler shot 52 percent from the field Dec. 9 vs. Cal; the Bulldogs have shot 50 percent or better in six games this season.

• The Bulldogs rank second nationally, committing just 12.3 fouls per game.

• Butler has committed 10 or fewer turnovers in six games this season. Butler is 8-0 this season when committing fewer turnovers than its opponent.

• Butler out-rebounded Georgetown, 37-29, Tuesday night. Butler is 9-0 this season when out-rebounding its opponent.

• The Bulldogs trailed 37-34 at halftime Dec. 9 vs. Cal, giving the team its first win of the season when trailing at intermission (1-2).

• Augusto Cassia made his Butler debut Dec. 15 vs. Saginaw Valley after being sidelined by a muscle strain in his leg to begin the season. Cassia had three points and four rebounds in 14 minutes of action.

• Sophomore forward Connor Turnbull is out indefinitely with a left elbow injury suffered in practice prior to the Georgetown game.

• Against Buffalo Dec. 5, Jahmyl Telfort matched or set new career-highs in rebounds (nine), assists (eight) and steals (four) to go along with 18 points. His career-high eight assists came one game after setting a then career-high of seven against Texas Tech Nov. 30.

Home, Sweet Hinkle

• Butler is 8-0 at Hinkle Fieldhouse so far this season.

• Thad Matta is 31-7 at Hinkle Fieldhouse as the head coach at Butler (2000-01 and his current stint that began prior to the 2022-23 season).

• Butler has scored at least 80 points in six of its eight home games this season (going over the 90-point mark five times).

• Butler is 77-2 over its last 79 non-conference home games, winning 15 straight.

Balancing Act

• Ten different Bulldogs have scored in double figures in at least one game so far this season.

• Butler’s balanced attack has seen at least five players score in double figures in the same game six times this season, including most recently in the Dec. 15 win over Saginaw Valley.

Working Overtime

• Butler is 2-0 in overtime games so far this season with a single-overtime win over Texas Tech Nov. 30 and a double-overtime win over Cal Dec. 9.

• In the three overtime sessions totaling 15 minutes, Butler scored 44 points. Over those 15 minutes, the Bulldogs shot 72 percent from the field, 80 percent from three-point range, and 93 percent at the free throw line.

• Butler has nine assists against one turnover in those 15 minutes.

• Butler scored on every possession during the overtime period in the Bulldogs’ 103-95 win over Texas Tech Nov. 30. Butler went 4-of-6 from the field, but collected offensive rebounds on both misses and scored. The team went 10-for-10 from the free throw line and did not commit a turnover.

Top Team Performances

• Prior to the Nov. 30 win over Texas Tech, the Bulldogs last scored 100 points in a game Dec. 30, 2017 when Butler defeated No. 1 Villanova, 101-93, at Hinkle Fieldhouse.

• The 86 points scored by the Bulldogs in the Nov. 23 loss to No. 19/20 Florida Atlantic were the most by Butler in a loss since a 90-87 loss to No. 21 Seton Hall Jan. 6, 2018.

• The Bulldogs forced ETSU into 19 turnovers and converted those into 36 points Nov. 13.

• No ETSU player reached double figures, the first time that Butler’s defense has accomplished that since the Feb. 29, 2020 win over DePaul.

• Butler limited SEMO to 29-percent shooting in the Nov. 10 win; the Bulldogs last held an opponent under 30 percent Jan. 1, 2023 at Georgetown.

• The Bulldogs went to the line 34 times, making 26 against SEMO. That is more makes and attempts than Butler had in any game last season.

• The 60 second-half points by the Bulldogs against Eastern Michigan in the season opener were the most in a half by Butler dating back to a 63-point performance in the second half of a Jan. 16, 2017 game against Marquette.

Top Individual Performances

• Jahmyl Telfort (26) and DJ Davis (25) combined for 51 points in Butler’s 103-95 overtime win over Texas Tech Nov. 30 as part of the BIG EAST-Big 12 Battle. Telfort and Davis are the first pair of Butler teammates to each score 25 or more in the same game since Chuck Harris (29) and Simas Lukosius (27) in a March 9, 2022 win over Xavier in the BIG EAST Tournament.

• Posh Alexander posted his first career triple-double in the win over Texas Tech Nov. 30, finishing with 10 points, 11 assists, and matching his career-high with 10 rebounds. It’s the first triple-double by a Butler player since Roosevelt Jones at St. John’s Feb. 6, 2016, and just the third Butler triple-double since 1984.

• Pierre Brooks II scored a career-high 26 points in the Nov. 24 win over Penn State; he followed that with 25 points in the Nov. 26 win over Boise State. Brooks is the first Bulldog with back-to-back 25-point games since Kelan Martin, who accomplished the feat in his final two games at Butler as part of the 2018 NCAA Tournament (27 vs. Arkansas and 29 vs. Purdue).

• Twenty of Brooks’s 25 points against Boise State Nov. 26 came in the second half; he is the first Bulldog to score 20 points in a half since Chuck Harris on March 6, 2021.

• Connor Turnbull’s six blocks Nov. 13 against ETSU were one shy of the Butler single-game record.

You Must Be New Here…

• Only two players on the 2023-24 roster played in games for Butler last season (Jalen Thomas and Connor Turnbull). John-Michael Mulloy was also on the Butler roster a season ago, but didn’t play due to injury.

• Butler returns only 9% of scoring (191 of 2,088 points) and 9% of minutes played (563 of 6,400) from the 2022-23 season.

• The nine scholarship players on Butler’s 2023-24 roster who bring collegiate experience have combined for 237 double-figure scoring games entering the season; only eight of those games have come in a Butler uniform (all by Thomas during the 2022-23 season).

• Five of Butler’s incoming transfers averaged double figures during the 2022-23 season for their respective former teams.

SOUTHERN INDIANA MEN’S BASKETBALL

EAGLES BIT BY SALUKIS, 81-50

CARBONDALE, Ill. – University of Southern Indiana Men’s Basketball could not overcome a series of first half runs and lost to Southern Illinois University, 81-50, Friday evening at the Banterra Center in Carbondale, Illinois. The Screaming Eagles fall to 3-10 after tonight’s action, while the Salukis are 8-4 overall in 2023-24.

It was a hard 20 minutes to start the game for the Eagles as they found themselves in a hole, 39-14, at the intermission. The Salukis took command of the game in the first half with a series of small runs, including an 11-0 sprint that gave them a 34-9 margin with 3:52 before halftime.

USI’s offense also could not get out of neutral as it was held to 18.8 percent from the field (6-32).

In the second half, USI tried to pick up the pace but was only able to generate most of it offense from the free throw line. The Eagles got to the stripe 24 times, connecting on 17.

Despite getting to the line and shooting better in the final 20 minutes (34.8 percent; 8-23), USI was unable to cutting the SIU margin. The Salukis outscored the Eagles in the final 20 minutes, 42-36.

USI sophomore AJ Smith (Edwardsville, Illinois) was the only Eagle to reach double-digits with 14 points. Smith also recorded his fifth double-double of the season with a game-high 10 rebounds.

Next Up For USI:

USI is off until next Friday when it continues its three-game road swing with the start of Ohio Valley Conference action with visits to Southeast Missouri State University December 29 and Lindenwood University December 31. Game time versus SEMO in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, is 7:30 p.m., while the tip against Lindenwood in St. Charles, Missouri, is schedule for 2:30 p.m.

The Redhawks of SEMO were 4-8 in non-conference action after losing to Illinois State University Thursday on the road, 85-64, but is .500 over the last six games. The Lions of Lindenwood defeated Rockford University, 81-54, this evening, and are 6-7 in the run up to OVC play.

USI trails the all-time series with SEMO, 4-3, after splitting the OVC matchups last year. The Eagles took the opening game at Screaming Eagles Arena, 86-81, but lost in Cape Girardeau, 85-80.

After last season sweep, USI leads the all-time series with Lindenwood, 6-0. The Eagles took the opening meeting in St. Charles, 81-65, and completed the sweep at Screaming Eagles Arena, 74-64, for one of two OVC series sweeps last season.

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NFL STANDINGS

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NCAA MEN’S BASKETBALL STANDINGS

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NCAA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL STANDINGS

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FOOTBALL HISTORY

December 23, 1928 – Per the On This Day .com website, the NBC Radio network set up a permanent coast to coast broadcast radio network.

December 23, 1951 – Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum – The National Football League Championship had the Los Angeles Rams hosting the Cleveland Browns in what would be the first nationally televised NFL title game from coast-to-coast per the American Football Database. The now defunct DuMont Network purchased the rights from the NFL to broadcast the game for a cool sum of $95,000. Announcers for the game were Earl Gillespie and Harry Wismer. The game was a back and forth battle as legendary quarterbacks Otto Graham of Cleveland and Norm Van Brocklin of LA led their respective offenses. The pivotal plays of the game were monumental in the outcome. In the third quarter Graham coughed up the ball on a hard hit, and LA returned it to the Cleveland two, scoring a few plays later. The back breaker though was that after the Browns tied the score when they answered back with an 8-play, 70-yard drive that ended with a 5-yard touchdown run by Ken Carpenter the Rams responded in kind. Tom Fears accepted a Van Brocklin pass in the fourth quarter and raced 73 yards for the winning touchdown as the Rams outlasted the Browns 24-17. 

December 23, 1972 – Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh – The  “Immaculate Reception”. It may be the most talked about and most replayed single play in all of football history. This one play changed the course of the long suffering Pittsburgh franchise who after their inception in 1933 had never won in the postseason. In fact the Steelers had only played in one playoff game in 1947, in their first 38 years of existence! The game was the 1972 AFC Divisional Playoff. The Raiders were the heavy favorites coming into the game, and everyone was looking forward to Oakland going up against the powerful undefeated Miami Dolphins to see who would represent the AFC in the Super Bowl. According to the folks at the BehindtheSteelCurtain.com web site it was the upstart Steelers, for most of the game who dominated play, as the Raiders offense who boasted seven Pro Bowlers could not score for almost 59 minutes against the Pittsburgh defense. Kicker Roy Gerela had two field goals that had the Steelers up 6-0 late in the fourth quarter. Then with 1:13 left to play, Oakland’s Ken “Snake“ Stabler, who had replaced an ineffective Daryl Lamonica, scrambled left on a broken play and sprinted untouched for a 30 yard touchdown to put the Raiders up 7-6. That Ken Stabler play was the longest Oakland had all afternoon. It all came down to a play with 22 ticks of the clock remaining as the Steelers had the ball on their own 40 facing a fourth and ten with no timeouts remaining. Terry Bradshaw dropped back to pass. The Raiders sent pressure but miraculously the Blonde Bomber danced his way through it and launched a pass over the middle to running back Frenchy Fuqua who was near the Oakland 33 yard line. Raider’s legend Jack Tatum was draped on Fuqua like a winter jacket and the pair went up to make a play on the ball. The football went off of the tandem and lofted back towards the Steelers goal line. Then out of nowhere, fellow Steelers running back Franco Harris who was galloping down field to make a block reached down towards his ankles and snagged the deflected pass on the run at the Raiders 42 and turned towards the left sidelines to race for a most unexpected touchdown. The stadium went into total pandemonium! Raiders Coach John Madden and his sideline argued that Tatum never touched the ball, and per an NFL rule at the time for Harris to legally touch it after and if it hit Fuqua then a defender would have had to make contact with the ball. A second ruling needed to be made as to whether the ball touched the ground in the process of Harris catching it. The extra point attempt by the Steelers was delayed even further as Referee Fred Swearingen left the field to go into the Pittsburgh Pirates dugout and made a call to the NFL’s Supervisor of Officials, Art McNally to talk about who knows what. Some claim that McNally used replay, for the first time in NFL history, to help Swearingen determine a ruling on the play. McNally insisted that instant replay was not a factor and that all he did was encourage Swearingen to make his call.  That may be but many in the know still swear that instant replay was unofficially born on that very play in the Steel City that day. Swearingen finally emerged back on to the field stuck both arms up into the air and after the Gerela kick the Steelers came back to win 13-7! Later long time Steelers announcer Myron Cope received a phone call from a fan about the play which helped him spread the coin phrase of the Immaculate Reception! Rest In Peace Franco Harris.

December 23, 1972  – #15 Arizona State outlasted Missouri, 49-35 in the second Fiesta Bowl played. According to the FiestaBowl.com webpage, the Sun Devils set a record in College Football Bowl history with the 718 yards of total offense they registered in the game. Arizona State runners had a field day against the Mizzou defense as Woody Green put up 202 yards rushing mostly outside the tackles and scored four touchdowns while backfield mate Brent McClanahan pounded the ball up the gut against the Tigers to gain 171 yards.

Hall of Fame Birthdays for December 23

December 23, 1870 – Tonawanda, New York – Frank Hinkey the prolific Yale University guard was born. The National Football Foundation voted to have the career of Frank Hinkey entered into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1951.

December 23, 1935 – Louisville, Kentucky  – Paul Hornung the legendary Notre Dame halfback was born. According to the NFF Hornung who was also known as the “Golden Boy” was a two time All-America selection in 1955 and 1956. His heroics in the 1955 game against Iowa he led a drive to tie the score late on a long run and a 40 yard TD pass. Hornung then kicked the extra point for the tie and later the winning field goal to lead the Irish to victory over the Hawkeyes. The Irish were not a very good team in 1957 but Horning’s play was spectacular and led him to become the only Heisman Trophy winner to have played on a losing team. The National Football Foundation voted Paul Hornung in as a member of the College Football Hall of Fame in 1985. The Green Bay Packers used a Bonus Draft pick to select the Golden Boy to play for their franchise. Hornung enjoyed a great nine year pro career with the Packers where he led the League in scoring as he was both a halfback and placekicker for the team. Hornung finished with 760 career points powered by 62 TDs and 190 point after kicks and 66 field goals. The Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrined Paul Hornung in 1986.

December 23, 1936 – Washington, D.C.  – Willie Wood the quarterback from USC celebrated his birth. According to the profootballhof.com Willie didn’t even get drafted into the NFL. He signed as a free agent with the Pack and they moved him from QB to free safety. All he did  was have a brilliant 14 year career where he had 48 career interceptions with 2 touchdowns for the Green Bay Packers. Wood also was a punt return specialist during his Packers career and he ran two of those to the house as well as having 7.4 yard average. The Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrined Willie Wood in 1989.

December 23, 1948 – Johnstown, Pennsylvania – Jack Ham the linebacker from Penn State was born. The NFF describes Ham as one of the greatest players Penn State has ever had. He wasn’t the most gifted athlete, many acclaimed, including his head Coach Joe Paterno, but he was a hard worker who used his smarts to be a great linebacker. To his credit Jack was a great headsy football player who was All-America and had 251 career tackles, 143  of them were unassisted. Jack also set a school record with three blocked punts in 1968. The National Football Foundation selected Jack Ham to enter into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1990. After College the Pittsburgh Steelers chose Jack with the 34th overall pick in the 1971 NFL Draft. Jack played for 12 seasons with the Black and Gold registering 32 interceptions, 21 fumbles recovered and playing in 8 Pro Bowls. Injury prevented him from playing in Super Bowl XIV but he collected how Championship rings to go with the other three that he helped earn in Super Bowls IX, X & XIII. In 1988 Jack Ham became a card carrying member of the Gold Jacket Club in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

NUMBERS IN SPORTS

19 – 10 – 11 – 9 – 12 – 33 – 31 – 32 – 30 – 8 – 21 – 17

December 23, 1933 – Montreal Canadiens center Howie Morenz scores in 3-0 win against the Detroit Red Wings. For the Montreal stalwart it was his NHL record 249th career goal

December 23, 1953 –

December 23, 1953 – Dodgers 2nd baseman Number 19, Jim Gilliam wins NL Rookie of Year

December 23, 1969 – Ballon d’Or: Milan midfielder Number 10, Gianni Rivera won the award for best European football player ahead of Cagliari forward Number 11, Luigi Riva and Bayern Munich striker Number 9, Gerd Müller

December 23, 1972 – “Immaculate Reception” Steelers turns around a 7-6 defeat with a last second touchdown reception against Raiders to win 13-7. It was a pass from Pro Football Hall of Fame Quarterback Number 12, Terry Bradhaw that was deflected off of Number 33 Frenchy Fuqua and Raiders Number 31, Jack Tatum and caught by Hall of Fame running back Number 32, Franco Harris

December 23, 1978 – NY Islanders center Number 19, Bryan Trottier sets NHL record scoring 6 points – 4 goals & 2 assists – in 2nd period of 9-4 win over rival NY Rangers; adds goal & assist for game total 8 points; Islanders undefeated home streak stands at 16 games

December 23, 1987 – Buffalo goaltender Number 30, Tom Barrasso leads the Sabres to a 5-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings to record his 100th NHL victory; makes him the youngest player to reach milestone at just 22 years, 9 months

December 23, 1997 – Ballon d’Or: Barcelona/Inter’s Brazilian striker Number 10, Ronaldo wins his first of 2 best football player in Europe awards ahead of Real Madrid forward Number 8, Predrag Mijatović and Juventus midfielder Number 21,  Zinedine Zidane

December 23, 1997 – Colorado Avalanche Number 17, Jari Kurri is 8th NHL skater to score 600 career goals

TV SATURDAY

NFL REGULAR SEASONTIME ETTV
Minnesota at Cincinnati1:00pmNFLN
Pittsburgh at Indianapolis4:30pmNFLN
Denver at Detroit8:15pmNFLN
NBA REGULAR SEASONTIME ETTV
Detroit at Milwaukee6:00pmBally Sports
Philadelphia at Charlotte7:00pmNBCS-PHI
Bally Sports
Atlanta at Cleveland7:30pmNBATV
Bally Sports
Chicago at Miami8:00pmNBCS-CHI
Bally Sports
Indiana at Minnesota8:00pmBally Sports
Brooklyn at Golden State8:30pmYES
NBCS-BAY
Oklahoma City at Denver9:00pmALT
Bally Sports
Dallas at Portland9:00pmRoot Sports
Bally Sports
Utah at Sacramento10:00pmNBATV
KJZZ
NBCS-BAY
New York at LA Clippers10:30pmMSG
Bally Sports
NHL REGULAR SEASONTIME ETTV
Vancouver at Minnesota4:00pmBally Sports
Sportsnet
NY Rangers at Boston7:00pmMSG
NESN
Pittsburgh at Toronto7:00pmATTSN-PIT
Sportsnet
NY Islanders at Montreal7:00pmMSGSN
Sportsnet
Detroit at Philadelphia7:00pmBally Sports
NBCS-PHI
New Jersey at Columbus7:00pmBally Sports
MSGSN
Colorado at Winnipeg7:00pmALT
Sportsnet
Dallas at St. Louis8:00pmBally Sports
Washington at Nashville8:00pmBally Sports
MNMT
Buffalo at Arizona9:00pmMSG-BUF
Scripps
Tampa Bay at Calgary10:00pmBally Sports
Sportsnet
Florida at Edmonton10:00pmBally Sports
Sportsnet
Los Angeles at Seattle10:00pmBally Sports
Root Sports
COLLEGE FOOTBALLTIME ETTV
Myrtle Beach Bowl: Georgia Southern vs. Ohio11:00amESPN
Cricket Celebration Bowl: Howard vs. Florida A&M12:00pmABC
R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl: Jacksonville State vs. Louisiana2:15pmESPN
Cure Bowl: Miami (Ohio) vs. Appalachian State3:30pmABC
New Mexico Bowl: New Mexico State vs. Fresno State5:45pmESPN
LA Bowl: UCLA vs. Boise State7:30pmABC
Independence Bowl: California vs. Texas Tech9:15pmESPN
MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALLTIME ETTV
LSU vs. Texas12:00pmESPN2
La Salle at Miami (FL)12:00pmCW
Georgia Tech vs. Penn State12:00pmBTN
Lindenwood at IUPUI12:00pmESPN+
Kansas at Indiana12:30pmCBS
NJIT at Niagara1:00pmESPN+
St. Andrews at Liberty1:00pmESPN+
LIU at Rutgers1:00pmBTN+
Sacred Heart at Providence1:30pmFS1
Indiana State vs. Ball State1:45pmPeacock
Baylor vs. Michigan State2:00pmFOX
South Carolina State at Pitt2:00pmACCN
Santa Clara vs. Washington State2:00pmPA12N
Temple at VCU2:00pmMASN
Rider at Monmouth2:00pmESPN+
Dartmouth at Le Moyne2:00pmNEC Front Row
Southern at Tulane2:00pmESPN+
FGCU at Mercer2:00pmESPN+
Kennesaw State at Presbyterian2:00pmESPN+
Trinity Baptist at North Florida2:00pmESPN+
Kansas City at Bowling Green2:00pmESPN+
Western Michigan at UIC2:00pmESPN+
James Madison at Hampton2:00pmFloSports
UAlbany at Drexel2:00pmFloSports
Towson vs. Bryant2:00pmFloSports
Norfolk State at Hofstra2:00pmFloSports
Georgetown at Notre Dame2:15pmCW
Eastern Michigan at Michigan2:15pmBTN
Houston vs. Texas A&M2:30pmESPN2
Ohio State vs. UCLA3:00pmCBS
Austin Peay at WKU3:00pmESPN+
Missouri State at Tulsa3:00pmESPN+
Belmont at Samford3:00pmESPN+
UNCW at Georgia Southern3:00pmESPN+
Boyce at Tennessee State3:00pmESPN+
Rice at Northwestern State3:00pmESPN+
Lynchburg at Davidson3:00pmESPN+
Fordham vs. St. John’s3:30pmFS1
Radford at Bucknell3:30pmESPN+
Florida Atlantic vs. St. Bonaventure4:00pmESPNU
Vermont at Virginia Tech4:00pmACCN
Utah Valley at Utah4:00pmPAC12N
Evansville at Bellarmine4:00pmESPN+
North Alabama at Tennessee Tech4:00pmESPN+
Southeastern Louisiana at Murray State4:00pmESPN+
Chicago State at Valparaiso4:00pmESPN+
Loyola Chicago at South Florida4:00pmESPN+
Southern Utah at Northern Arizona4:00pmESPN+
Clemson at Memphis4:00pmESPN+
Florida A&M vs. Iowa4:30pmBTN
Arizona vs. Purdue4:30pmPeacock
Delaware vs. Rhode Island4:30pmFloSports
Loyola Marymount vs. UC Santa Barbara4:30pmESPN+
Western Carolina at USC Upstate4:30pmESPN+
Air Force vs. UTA5:00pmESPN+
UC Davis at Pacific5:00pmESPN+
Central Connecticut at UMass Lowell5:00pmESPN+
North Carolina vs. Kentucky5:30pmCBS
Northwestern at DePaul5:30pmFS1
High Point at Georgia5:30pmSECN
Northeastern at Virginia6:00pmACCN
Lipscomb vs. Arkansas6:00pmESPN+
Charleston Southern at South Carolina6:00pmESPN+
Loyola Maryland at George Mason6:00pmESPN+
Trinity (FL) at FIU6:00pmESPN+
West Virginia vs. UMass6:30pmESPNU
Charlotte at Richmond7:00pmMASN/2
Bethune-Cookman at Purdue Fort Wayne7:00pmESPN+
Southern Illinois at Wichita State7:00pmESPN+
UNLV vs. Saint Mary’s7:00pmESPN+
UNCG at Marshall7:00pmESPN+
Dayton vs. Cincinnati7:00pmESPN+
Saint Joseph’s vs. Iona7:00pmFloSports
Winthrop at Xavier7:30pmFS1
California vs. Ole Miss7:30pmSECN
Vanderbilt vs. Texas Tech7:30pmESPN+
Alabama at Creighton8:00pmFOX
SMU at Florida State8:00pmACCN
Louisiana Tech at Saint Louis8:00pmESPN+
California Baptist at UC Riverside8:00pmESPN+
Champion Christian at Houston Christian8:00pmESPN+
Chattanooga at Alabama A&M8:00pm
Georgia State at BYU9:00pmESPN+
North Dakota at Utah Tech9:00pmESPN+
SAGU American Indian at Montana State9:00pmESPN+
Green Bay at Oklahoma9:00pmESPN+
Weber State at Wyoming9:00pmMWN
Texas Southern vs. North Carolina A&T9:30pmESPN+
Portland vs. Grand Canyon9:30pmESPN+
NC State vs. Tennessee10:00pmESPN2
Arizona State vs. TCU10:00pmESPNU
South Dakota at UC Irvine10:00pmESPN+
Jackson State vs. Howard11:59pmESPNU
SOCCER MATCHESTIME ETTV
La Liga: Celta de Vigo vs Granada8:00amESPN+
Serie A: Lecce vs Frosinone9:00amParamount+
Bundesliga: Darmstadt 98 vs Wolfsburg9:30amESPN+
Bundesliga: Augsburg vs Borussia Dortmund9:30amESPN+
Bundesliga: Bochum vs Union Berlin9:30amESPN+
Bundesliga: Mainz 05 vs Heidenheim9:30amESPN+
EPL: Manchester City vs Crystal Palace10:00amUSA
EPL: AFC Bournemouth vs Luton Town10:00amPeacock
EPL: Chelsea vs Sheffield United10:00amPeacock
EPL: Newcastle United vs Fulham10:00amPeacock
La Liga: Athletic Club vs Atlético Madrid10:15amESPN+
Ligue 1: Le Havre vs Nice11:00ambeIN Sports
Serie A: Napoli vs Cagliari12:00pmParamount+
EPL: Burnley vs Everton12:30pmNBC
Bundesliga: RB Leipzig vs Hoffenheim12:30pmESPN+
La Liga: Sevilla vs Getafe12:30pmESPN+
Serie A: Torino vs Empoli2:45pmParamount+
EPL: Newcastle United vs Manchester United3:00pmUSA
La Liga: Valencia vs Barcelona3:00pmESPN+
Ligue 1: Lens vs Reims3:00pmbeIN Sports
GOLFTIME ETTV
PGA Tour: PNC Championship2:30pmNBC
WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALLTIME ETTV
Miami (Ohio) vs Michigan11:00amESPN+
Charleston vs Robert Morris12:00pmESPN+
Louisville vs UConn12:00pmFOX
UNLV vs Seton Hall1:00pmFloSports
Wofford vs Virginia1:00pmACCNX
Niagara vs Iona1:00pmESPN+
Youngstown State vs St. Bonaventure1:00pmESPN+
Presbyterian vs South Carolina1:00pmSECN+
Georgia Tech vs Georgia1:30pmSECN+
Samford vs Arkansas1:30pmSECN+
Hampton vs George Washington2:00pmESPN+
Hampton vs George Washington2:00pmMNMT
Canisius vs Siena2:00pmESPN+
Liberty vs Richmond2:00pmESPN+
Howard vs Florida Atlantic2:00pmESPN+
Marist vs Saint Peter’s2:00pmESPN+
South Dakota vs UT Martin2:00pmESPN+
Duquesne vs Vermont2:00pmESPN+
Le Moyne vs Buffalo2:00pmESPN+
Stonehill vs Albany2:00pmESPN+
Wichita State vs Missouri State2:00pmESPN+
Mount St. Mary’s vs Fairfield2:00pmESPN+
Tarleton vs McNeese2:00pmESPN+
Georgia State vs Clemson2:00pmACCNX
Rider vs Manhattan2:00pmESPN+
St. Edwards vs Incarnate Word3:00pmESPN+
Alcorn State vs Louisiana Tech3:00pmESPN+
UT Arlington vs Sam Houston3:00pmESPN+
Norfolk State vs Auburn3:00pmSECN+
Bryan vs Austin Peay3:00pmESPN+
UT-Arlington vs Sam Houston3:00pmESPN+
Prairie View A&M vs Rice3:00pmESPN+
Lindenwood vs Evansville3:00pmESPN+
Coastal Carolina vs Jacksonville State3:30pmESPN+
Idaho State vs BYU4:00pmESPN+
Saint Mary’s vs Washington4:00pmPAC12N
Pepperdine vs Cal State Bakersfield4:00pmESPN+
Utah Valley vs NM State4:00pmESPN+
Utah Valley vs New Mexico State4:00pmESPN+
Wisconsin-Stevens Point vs St. Thomas4:00pmESPN+
Bethesda vs Utah Tech4:00pmESPN+
Cal State Fullerton vs California Baptist4:00pmESPN+
San Francisco vs Portland State5:00pmESPN+
North Florida vs Kansas State5:00pmESPN+
Farmingdale State vs Hofstra5:00pmFloSports
Sacred Heart vs Providence5:00pmFloSports
Miami vs Baylor5:00pmESPN+
North Florida vs Kansas State5:00pmESPN+
Central Arkansas vs Kansas5:00pmESPN+
Villanova vs St. John’s6:00pm
NC State vs South Florida7:00pmESPN+
Utah vs Southern Utah7:00pmESPN+
Cleveland State vs Iowa7:00pmBTN
NC State vs USF7:00pmESPN+
Pacific vs Long Beach State8:00pmESPN+
Montana vs Cal Poly9:00pmESPN+
Colorado State vs UC Irvine10:00pmESPN+

What to Watch: Saturday, 12/16/23

COLLEGE BASKETBALLTIME ETTV
LSU vs. Texas12:00pmESPN2

The LSU Tigers leads all time series 1-0 versus Texas Longhorns. Last time the Tigers and Longhorns met was 2020 which LSU won 69-67. Last season LSU finished last in the SEC Conference with an overall record 14-19 and Texas finished second in the Big 12 Conference with an overall record 29-9.

Kansas at Indiana12:30pmCBS

The Indiana Hoosiers leads all time series 8-7 versus Kansas Jayhawks. Last time the Hoosiers and Jayhawks met was 2022 which Kansas won at home 84-62. Last season Indiana finished third in the Big Ten Conference with an overall record 23-12 and Kansas finished first in the Big 12 Conference with an overall record 28-8.

Ohio State vs. UCLA3:00pmCBS

The Ohio State Buckeyes leads all time series 2-1 versus UCLA Bruins. Last time the Buckeyes and Bruins met was 2020 which Ohio State won at home 77-70. Last season Ohio State finished 13th in the Big Ten Conference with an overall record 16-19 and UCLA finished first in the Pac-12 Conference with an overall record 31-6.

North Carolina vs. Kentucky5:30pmCBS

The North Carolina Tar Heels leads all time series 25-17 versus Kentucky Wildcats. Last time the Tar Heels and Wildcats met was 2021 which Kentucky won at home 98-69. Last season North Carolina finished seventh in the Atlantic Coast Conference with an overall record 20-13 and Kentucky finished third in the SEC Conference with an overall record 22-12.

COLLEGE FOOTBALLTIME ETTV
LA Bowl: UCLA vs. Boise State7:30pmABC

The UCLA Bruins leads all time series 1-0 versus Boise State Broncos. Last time the Bruins and Broncos met was 1999 which UCLA won 38-7. This season UCLA(7-5) finished eighth in the Pac-12 Conference and Boise State(8-5) finished first in the Mountain West Conference.

NBATIME ETTV
Atlanta at Cleveland7:30pmNBATV
Bally Sports

The Atlanta Hawks leads all time series 130-123 versus Cleveland Cavaliers. Last season the Hawks lead regular season series 2-1 versus the Cavaliers. Cleveland is 71-52 all time at home versus Atlanta. The Cavaliers lead 2023-24 regular season series 1-0 versus the Hawks.

Utah at Sacramento10:00pmNBATV
KJZZ
NBCS-CA

The Utah Jazz leads all time series 123-97 versus Sacramento Kings. Last season the Kings lead regular season series 3-1 versus the Jazz. Sacramento is 58-45 all time at home versus Utah. The Kings lead 2023-24 regular season series 1-0 versus the Jazz.

NFLTIME ETTV
Denver at Detroit8:15pmNFLN

The Denver Broncos leads all time series 9-5 versus Detroit Lions. Last time the Lions and Broncos met was in 2021 which the Broncos won at home 38-10. Detroit is 3-4 all time at home versus Denver. The Lions last won at home versus the Broncos in 2015

NHLTIME ETTV
NY Rangers at Boston7:00pmMSG
NESN

The Boston Bruins leads all time series 305-265-97 versus New York Rangers. Last season the Bruins lead regular season series 3-0 versus the Rangers. Boston is 176-113-42 all time at home versus New York. The Rangers lead 2023-24 regular season series 1-0 versus the Bruins.