INDIANA BOYS BASKETBALL

Adams Central 71 West Noble 53
Alexandria 67 Frankton 57
Angola 62 Eastside 41
Beech Grove 57 Triton Central 51
Bellmont 46 Bluffton 37
Bethany Christian 31 Trinity Greenlawn 29
Bethesda Christian 74 Speedway 51
Borden 41 Clarksville 39
Brebeuf Jesuit 81 Heritage Christian 68 OT
Bremen 49 John Glenn 36
Brownsburg 51 Hamilton Southeastern 50
Brownstown Central 77 Eastern (Pekin) 38
Carmel 44 Warren Central 40
Carroll (Fort Wayne) 67 Homestead 61
Centerville 53 Tri 49
Cowan 58 Monroe Central 48
Danville 54 Crawfordsville 35
DeKalb 49 Garrett 36
Demotte Christian 69 Tri-Township 49
East Chicago Central 73 Hammond Noll 67
Evansville Harrison 80 Evansville Bosse 65
Evansville North 59 Castle 41
Fairfield 61 Churubusco 50
Faith Christian 51 Tri-County 48
Fishers 63 Zionsville 58
Fort Wayne Blackhawk 43 NorthWood 32
Fort Wayne Dwenger 50 Fort Wayne Northrop 39
Fort Wayne Luers 66 Fort Wayne North 62
Fort Wayne Wayne 71 Fort Wayne Concordia 55
Foundation Christian (Ky.) 82 Cannelton 37
Fremont 64 Central Noble 55
Gary West 61 Lighthouse CPA 49
Goshen 50 Westview 47
Hammond Central 78 Calumet 64
Hebron 80 Boone Grove 38
Heritage Hills 71 Tell City 32
Highland 49 Hobart 36
Huntington North 48 Fort Wayne South 41
Indianapolis Cathedral 73 Ben Davis 64
Indianapolis Chatard 58 Indianapolis Lutheran 51
Indianapolis Ritter 60 Covenant Christian 50
Kankakee Valley 58 Hanover Central 54
Kokomo 62 Anderson 49
LaVille 68 Caston 51
Lake Central 32 Crown Point 30
Lakeland 60 Prairie Heights 30
Lakewood Park 62 Clinton Christian 36
Lapel 64 Madison-Grant 51
Lawrence North 93 Pike 77
Liberty Christian 51 Waldron 42
Logansport 80 North Miami 47
Manchester 80 Maconaquah 75
Merrillville 73 Michigan City 68
Mishawaka Marian 53 Jimtown 46
Mishawaka 81 South Bend Career 36
Mississinewa 46 Eastbrook 39
Morgan Twp. 59 Westville 57
Munster 58 Andrean 39
New Haven 66 Heritage 62 OT
Noblesville 60 Avon 34
North Judson 47 Argos 42
North White 45 West Central 44
Northridge 66 Columbia City 40
Norwell 49 Jay County 38
Oak Hill 72 Elwood 35
Penn 55 Elkhart 49
Peru 72 Rochester 64
Portage 77 LaPorte 27
South Bend Clay 70 New Prairie 38
South Bend Riley 66 South Bend Adams 55
South Bend St. Joseph 93 South Bend Washington 59
Southwestern (Hanover) 72 Austin 60
Southwood 37 Northfield 32
Tippecanoe Valley 46 Lebanon 33
Valparaiso 63 Chesterton 57
Wabash 44 Whitko 36
Wapahani 74 Daleville 48
Washington Twp. 52 Whiting 49
Westfield 64 Franklin Central 50
Wheeler 48 Knox 47
Winamac 52 Pioneer 31
Winchester 61 Northeastern 49


Greater Indianapolis Conference playoffs
Indianapolis Metropolitan 86 Victory College Prep 46 7th
Indianapolis Washington 81 Indianapolis Tindley 62 3rd
Indianapolis Attucks 91 Purdue Poly Englewood 62 1st


Hoosier Conference playoffs
Twin Lakes 49 Hamilton Heights 48 3rd
Tipton 63 Lafayette Central Catholic 51 1st

SATURDAY’S SCHEDULE

ALL TIMES EASTERN
Adams Central at Fort Wayne North 7:30 pm
Angola at West Noble 7:30 pm
Bloomington North at Floyd Central 7:30 pm
Bloomington South at Jennings County 7:30 pm
Cambridge City Lincoln at Seton Catholic 7:30 pm
Carroll (Fort Wayne) at North Central (Indianapolis) 5:30 pm
Carroll County (Ky.) at Shawe Memorial 7:30 pm
Cascade at Western Boone 7:30 pm
Chesterton at Whiting 8:00 pm
Christel House at Indiana Math & Science ppd.
Christian Academy at Cannelton 6:00 pm
Churubusco at Whitko 7:30 pm
Connersville at Lawrenceburg 7:30 pm
Culver at Tri-Township 7:30 pm
Culver Academy at Maconaquah 7:30 pm
DeKalb at East Noble 7:30 pm
Delphi at Twin Lakes 7:30 pm
Demotte Christian at Frontier 7:30 pm
Eastern Greene at Bloomfield 7:30 pm
Elkhart Christian at LaVille 7:45 pm
Eminence at Cloverdale 7:30 pm
Evansville Christian at Jeffersonville 8:00 pm
Evansville Harrison at Terre Haute North 7:30 pm
Evansville North at Bedford North Lawrence 7:30 pm
Forest Park at Princeton 8:00 pm
Fort Wayne Canterbury at Heritage 7:30 pm
Fort Wayne Luers at Bellmont 2:30 pm
Fort Wayne South at Fort Wayne Blackhawk 7:30 pm
Fountain Central at Southmont 7:30 pm
Greenfield-Central at Martinsville 7:30 pm
Hagerstown at Knightstown 7:30 pm
Hammond Science & Tech at Attica 11:00 am
Hebron at North Judson 8:00 pm
Henryville at Crothersville 7:30 pm
Indian Creek at Sullivan 1:30 pm
Indianapolis Cathedral at Louisville Male (Ky.) 7:00 pm
Indianapolis Scecina at Speedway 4:30 pm
Jasper at Pike Central 7:30 pm
KIPP Indy Legacy at Indianapolis Herron 7:30 pm
Kouts at Lowell 8:00 pm
Lafayette Central Catholic at Crawfordsville 7:30 pm
Madison at Trinity Lutheran 7:30 pm
Madison-Grant at Eastern (Greentown) 7:30 pm
Marion at Harrison (West Lafayette) 3:30 pm
McCutcheon at Kankakee Valley 7:00 pm
Merrillville at Hobart 8:00 pm
Milan at Hauser 1:30 pm
Mishawaka at Wawasee 7:45 pm
Mississinewa at Bluffton 7:30 pm
Monrovia at Indianapolis Lutheran 7:30 pm
Mooresville at Greenwood 12:30 pm
Morgan Twp. at East Chicago Central 8:00 pm
Morristown at Union County 7:30 pm
Muncie Burris at Shenandoah 7:30 pm
New Washington at Switzerland County 7:30 pm
North Newton at Argos 7:30 pm
North Putnam at Riverton Parke 7:30 pm
North White at Pioneer 7:30 pm
Northeast Dubois at Loogootee 7:30 pm
Oldenburg Academy at Rushville 7:30 pm
Oregon-Davis at Lakeland Christian 7:00 pm
Parke Heritage at Seeger 6:30 pm
Pleasant View Christian at Lighthouse Christian 7:30 pm
Plymouth at Triton 7:30 pm
Randolph Southern at Tri 7:30 pm
Rossville at Faith Christian 7:30 pm
Salem at Paoli 7:30 pm
Seven Oaks at Waldron 6:00 pm
Shelbyville at East Central 7:30 pm
Shoals at Orleans 7:30 pm
Silver Creek at Corydon Central 2:30 pm
Silver Creek at Providence ppd.
Smith Academy at South Adams 2:30 pm
South Central (Elizabeth) at Springs Valley 7:30 pm
South Central (Union Mills) at Knox 7:30 pm
South Newton at North Miami 1:30 pm
South Putnam at North Vermillion 7:30 pm
South Ripley at Greensburg 7:30 pm
South Spencer at Boonville 7:30 pm
South Vermillion at Covington 7:30 pm
Southridge at Barr-Reeve 7:30 pm
Tecumseh at Perry Central 8:00 pm
Tell City at North Posey 8:00 pm
Tippecanoe Valley at Kokomo 7:30 pm
Tri-County at Clinton Prairie 7:30 pm
University at Decatur Central 1:30 pm
Vincennes Rivet at Evansville Day 4:30 pm
Warsaw at Hammond Morton 2:30 pm
Washington at Mount Vernon (Posey) 7:30 pm
Washington Catholic at Medora 6:00 pm
Washington Twp. at River Forest 8:00 pm
Wes-Del at Blue River 7:30 pm
West Lafayette at Lebanon 6:30 pm
White River Valley at North Daviess 7:30 pm
Whiteland at New Palestine 7:30 pm
Woodlan at Fort Wayne Dwenger 6:00 pm
Yorktown at Wapahani 7:30 pm


Hoosier Conference playoffs
Western at Benton Central 2:30 pm 5th

INDIANA GIRLS BASKETBALL SEMI-STATE PAIRINGS

NORTH

CLASS 4A AT LAPORTE

10 AM CT | G1: HOMESTEAD (23-4) VS. LAKE CENTRAL (24-4)

12 PM CT | G2: NOBLESVILLE (17-8) VS. VALPARAISO (19-7)

7:30 PM CT | CHAMPIONSHIP: G1 WINNER VS. G2 WINNER

CLASS 3A AT HUNTINGTON NORTH

10 AM ET | G1: HAMILTON HEIGHTS (24-2) VS. NORWELL (21-4)

12 PM ET | G2: BREMEN (15-11) VS. NORTHWOOD (20-6)

8 PM ET | CHAMPIONSHIP: G1 WINNER VS. G2 WINNER

CLASS 2A AT LOGANSPORT

10 AM ET | G1: FORT WAYNE BISHOP LUERS (17-6) VS. LAPEL (23-4)

12 PM ET | G2: ANDREAN (13-14) VS. LEWIS CASS (22-3)

8 PM ET | CHAMPIONSHIP: G1 WINNER VS. G2 WINNER

CLASS 1A AT FRANKFORT

10 AM ET | G1: UNION CITY (14-12) VS. CLINTON CENTRAL (24-1)

12 PM ET | G2: CASTON (22-3) VS. MARQUETTE CATHOLIC (22-4)

7:30 PM ET | CHAMPIONSHIP: G1 WINNER VS. G2 WINNER

SOUTH

CLASS 4A AT SOUTHPORT

10 AM ET | G1: LAWRENCE CENTRAL (27-1) VS. PLAINFIELD (18-7)

12 PM ET | G2: CENTER GROVE (26-1) VS. FRANKLIN COMMUNITY (24-3)

8 PM ET | CHAMPIONSHIP: G1 WINNER VS. G2 WINNER

CLASS 3A AT JASPER

10 AM ET | G1: INDIANAPOLIS BISHOP CHATARD (19-8) VS. DANVILLE (23-3)

12 PM ET | G2: SCOTTSBURG (22-4) VS. GIBSON SOUTHERN (23-4)

8 PM ET | CHAMPIONSHIP: G1 WINNER VS. G2 WINNER

CLASS 2A AT SHELBYVILLE

10 AM ET | G1: BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL (18-9) VS. LINTON-STOCKTON (20-6)

12 PM ET | G2: EASTERN HANCOCK (24-1) VS. SHERIDAN (20-5)

8 PM ET | CHAMPIONSHIP: G1 WINNER VS. G2 WINNER

CLASS 1A AT NEW ALBANY

10 AM ET | G1: JAC-CEN-DEL (21-5) VS. LANESVILLE (26-1)

12 PM ET | G2: NORTH CENTRAL (FARMERSBURG) (18-10) VS. WOOD MEMORIAL (16-10)

8 PM ET | CHAMPIONSHIP: G1 WINNER VS. G2 WINNER

INDIANA WRESTLING STATE FINALS INFORMATION

(IHSAA RELEASE)

Site: Ford Center, 1 SE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Evansville, IN  Website 

>> Evansville Welcome Website 
>> Know Before You Go 
>> Parking & Directions 
>> Bag & Security Policies 
>> Explore Evansville News Release (2/1/24) 
>> Evansville Announcement (3/31/23) 

Admission: $15 per session; $30 all sessions. Reserved seating only (no general admission). Tickets for general public go on sale Wednesday, Feb. 14 at 11 am ET / 10 CT. Tickets will be digital only through your mobile phone and may be purchased via Ticketmaster.com (service fees apply). Show your ticket purchase verification on your mobile phone at the admission gate.

Streaming: All matches on Friday and Saturday, including Saturday night’s championship round, may be viewed via live stream for a subscription fee of $15 via IHSAAtv.org and the IHSAAtv suite of apps (iPhone, Android phone, Roku, Amazon Firestick, AppleTV, and Android TV).  If you have a FloPro+ plan, you may also view the livestream at FloWrestling.com through the consolation rounds. 

Photography: Double Edge Media is the Official Photography Service of the IHSAA and posts state championship images for purchase. Website 

Sports Medicine: Athletic trainers from Forté Sports Medicine, the Official Sports Medicine Provider to the IHSAA, will be on hand to assist student-athletes as needed. Website 

Apparel: Contact Team IP, our official online provider of state tournament apparel. Website 

Brackets are available via FloWrestling.com 

106 POUND BRACKET: https://www.trackwrestling.com/predefinedtournaments/MainFrame.jsp?newSession=false&TIM=1707696186139&pageName=%2Fpredefinedtournaments%2FBracketViewer.jsp&twSessionId=rmyknrvbgo

113 POUND BRACKET: https://www.trackwrestling.com/predefinedtournaments/MainFrame.jsp?newSession=false&TIM=1707696186139&pageName=%2Fpredefinedtournaments%2FBracketViewer.jsp&twSessionId=rmyknrvbgo

120 POUND BRACKET: https://www.trackwrestling.com/predefinedtournaments/MainFrame.jsp?newSession=false&TIM=1707696186139&pageName=%2Fpredefinedtournaments%2FBracketViewer.jsp&twSessionId=rmyknrvbgo

126 POUND BRACKET: https://www.trackwrestling.com/predefinedtournaments/MainFrame.jsp?newSession=false&TIM=1707696186139&pageName=%2Fpredefinedtournaments%2FBracketViewer.jsp&twSessionId=rmyknrvbgo

132 POUND BRACKET: https://www.trackwrestling.com/predefinedtournaments/MainFrame.jsp?newSession=false&TIM=1707696186139&pageName=%2Fpredefinedtournaments%2FBracketViewer.jsp&twSessionId=rmyknrvbgo

138 POUND BRACKET: https://www.trackwrestling.com/predefinedtournaments/MainFrame.jsp?newSession=false&TIM=1707696186139&pageName=%2Fpredefinedtournaments%2FBracketViewer.jsp&twSessionId=rmyknrvbgo

144 POUND BRACKET: https://www.trackwrestling.com/predefinedtournaments/MainFrame.jsp?newSession=false&TIM=1707696186139&pageName=%2Fpredefinedtournaments%2FBracketViewer.jsp&twSessionId=rmyknrvbgo

150 POUND BRACKET: https://www.trackwrestling.com/predefinedtournaments/MainFrame.jsp?newSession=false&TIM=1707696186139&pageName=%2Fpredefinedtournaments%2FBracketViewer.jsp&twSessionId=rmyknrvbgo

157 POUND BRACKET: https://www.trackwrestling.com/predefinedtournaments/MainFrame.jsp?newSession=false&TIM=1707696186139&pageName=%2Fpredefinedtournaments%2FBracketViewer.jsp&twSessionId=rmyknrvbgo

165 POUND BRACKET: https://www.trackwrestling.com/predefinedtournaments/MainFrame.jsp?newSession=false&TIM=1707696186139&pageName=%2Fpredefinedtournaments%2FBracketViewer.jsp&twSessionId=rmyknrvbgo

175 POUND BRACKET: https://www.trackwrestling.com/predefinedtournaments/MainFrame.jsp?newSession=false&TIM=1707696186139&pageName=%2Fpredefinedtournaments%2FBracketViewer.jsp&twSessionId=rmyknrvbgo

190 POUND BRACKET: https://www.trackwrestling.com/predefinedtournaments/MainFrame.jsp?newSession=false&TIM=1707696186139&pageName=%2Fpredefinedtournaments%2FBracketViewer.jsp&twSessionId=rmyknrvbgo

215 POUND BRACKET: https://www.trackwrestling.com/predefinedtournaments/MainFrame.jsp?newSession=false&TIM=1707696186139&pageName=%2Fpredefinedtournaments%2FBracketViewer.jsp&twSessionId=rmyknrvbgo

285 POUND BRACKET: https://www.trackwrestling.com/predefinedtournaments/MainFrame.jsp?newSession=false&TIM=1707696186139&pageName=%2Fpredefinedtournaments%2FBracketViewer.jsp&twSessionId=rmyknrvbgo

Approved Broadcasts | Watch on IHSAAtv.org | FloWrestling Subscribers 

SCHEDULE

Saturday, Feb. 17, 2024
Session 2
8 am CT – Gates open
9 am CT – Quarterfinals begin with Semifinals to follow
Fieldhouse cleared of all spectators following Semifinals
1 pm – 6 pm CT – Fan Festival outside of Ford Center
Session 3 
3:30 pm CT – Gates open
4:30 pm CT – Consolation matches 
7:30 pm CT – State Championship matches

INDIANA BOYS SWIMMING SECTIONAL SCHEDULE

(IHSAA RELEASE)

Dates
Thursday, Feb. 15, 2024 (Swimming Preliminaries).
Saturday, Feb. 17, 2024 (Diving, Consolations & Finals in Swimming events).

Admission: All tickets will be digital through your mobile phone and may be purchased through Eventlink (additional fees may apply). No cash. Present your purchase verification on your mobile phone at the gate for admission. $7 per session; $12 both sessions. Children age 5 or younger admitted free.

Advancement
Swimming
1. First place sectional winners in each event qualify for the state finals plus
2. Any contestant who equals or betters the state time standard in their respective event in the consolation finals or championship finals of the sectional qualifies for the state finals. The state standard may not be achieved by a swimmer who is competing as the first leg of a relay.
3. The next fastest number of contestants in the state that would bring the total number of state meet entrants to thirty-two (32) in each event. In the event that a tie exists for the 32nd position, the tie shall stand and both swimmers shall advance to the state championships.

Diving
1. First through fourth place sectional winners will qualify for the diving regional.
2. First through eighth place regional winners will qualify for the state finals.

1. Lake Central (16) | Thurs, 5 pm CT Prelims | Sat, 9 am, 1 pm CT Finals | Scores | Buy Tickets 
Crown Point, East Chicago Central, Gary West Side, Griffith, Hammond Bishop Noll, Hammond Central, Hammond Morton, Highland, Illiana Christian, Lake Central, Lowell, Munster, North Newton, Rensselaer Central, South Newton, West Central.

2. Valparaiso (14) | Thurs, 6 pm CT Prelims | Sat, 9 am, 1 pm CT Finals | Scores | Buy Tickets 
Boone Grove, Calumet, Chesterton, Hobart, Kankakee Valley, Knox, Kouts, LaPorte, Merrillville, Michigan City, North Judson-San Pierre, Portage, Valparaiso, Wheeler

3. Penn (10) | Thurs, 5:30 pm ET Prelims | Sat, 9 am, 1 pm ET Finals | Scores | Buy Tickets 
Bremen, Mishawaka, Mishawaka Marian, New Prairie, Penn, South Bend Adams, South Bend Riley, South Bend Saint Joseph, South Bend Washington, Trinty School at Greenlawn

4. Warsaw (12) | Thurs, 5:30 pm ET Prelims | Sat, 9 am, 1 pm ET Finals | Scores | Buy Tickets 
Cass, Columbia City, Culver Academies, Logansport, Manchester, Northfield, Pioneer, Plymouth, Rochester Community, Tippecanoe Valley, Wabash, Warsaw Community

5. Elkhart (11) | Thurs, 6 pm ET Prelims | Sat, 9 am, 1 pm ET Finals | Scores | Buy Tickets 
Angola, Concord, DeKalb, East Noble, Eastside, Elkhart, Goshen, Jimtown, Northridge, NorthWood, Wawasee

6. Fort Wayne South Side (12) | Thurs, 6 pm ET Prelims | Sat, 9 am, 12:30 pm ET Finals | Scores | Buy Tickets 
Carroll (Fort Wayne), Fort Wayne Blackhawk Christian, Fort Wayne Bishop Luers, Fort Wayne Canterbury, Fort Wayne Concordia Lutheran, Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger, Fort Wayne Northrop, Fort Wayne North Side, Fort Wayne Snider, Fort Wayne South Side, Fort Wayne Wayne, Homestead
7. Jay County (11) | Thurs, 5:30 pm ET Prelims | Sat, 9 am, 1 pm ET Finals | Scores | Buy Tickets 
Adams Central, Bellmont, Blackford, Bluffton, Delta, Huntington North, Jay County, Muncie Burris, Muncie Central, Norwell, South Adams

8. Fishers (12) | Thurs, 5:30 pm ET Prelims | Sat, 9 am, 1 pm ET Finals | Scores | Buy Tickets 
Anderson, Elwood Community, Fishers, Frankton, Hamilton Heights, Hamilton Southeastern, Lapel, Mississinewa, Marion, Oak Hill, Pendleton Heights, Yorktown

9. Carmel (10) | Thurs, 6 pm ET Prelims | Sat, 9 am, 1 pm ET Finals | Scores | Buy Tickets  
Carmel, Eastern (Greentown), Guerin Catholic, Kokomo, Maconaquah, Noblesville, Northwestern, Tipton, Western, Westfield

10. Crawfordsville (12) | Thurs, 5:30 pm ET Prelims | Sat, 9:30 am, 1 pm ET Finals | Scores | Buy Tickets 
Attica, Benton Central, Crawfordsville, Delphi Community, Fountain Central, North Montgomery, North Vermillion, Seeger, South Vermillion, Southmont, Twin Lakes, Western Boone

11. Plainfield (10) | Thurs, 6 pm ET Prelims | Sat, 9 am, 1 pm ET Finals | Scores | Buy Tickets 
Avon, Cascade, Danville Community, Greencastle, North Putnam, Plainfield, South Putnam, Terre Haute North Vigo, Terre Haute South Vigo, West Vigo

12. Lafayette Jefferson (10) | Thurs, 5:30 pm ET Prelims | Sat, 9 am, 1 pm ET Finals | Scores | Buy Tickets 
Carroll (Flora), Clinton Central, Frankfort, Harrison (West Lafayette), Lafayette Central Catholic, Lafayette Jefferson, Lebanon, McCutcheon, West Lafayette, Zionsville

13. Decatur Central (13) | Thurs, 5:30 pm ET Prelims | Sat, 9 am, 1 pm ET Finals | Scores | Buy Tickets 
Ben Davis, Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory, Brownsburg, Decatur Central, Herron, Indianapolis Arsenal Technical, Indianapolis Cardinal Ritter, Indianapolis Shortridge, International School of Indiana, Park Tudor, Pike, Speedway, Tri-West Hendricks

14. Lawrence North (13) | Thurs, 6 pm ET Prelims | Sat, 9 am, 1 pm ET Finals | Scores | Buy Tickets 
Beech Grove, Franklin Central, Heritage Christian, Indianapolis Bishop Chatard, Indianapolis Cathedral, Indianapolis Scecina Memorial, Lawrence Central, Lawrence North, North Central (Indianapolis), Purdue Polytechnic – Downtown, University, Roncalli, Warren Central

15. New Palestine (11) | Thurs, 6 pm ET Prelims | Sat, 9 am, 1 pm ET Finals | Scores | Buy Tickets 
Centerville, Connersville, Eastern Hancock, Greenfield-Central, Hagerstown, Mt. Vernon (Fortville), New Castle, New Palestine, Richmond, Seton Catholic, Shelbyville

16. Franklin Community (9) | Thurs, 5:30 pm ET Prelims | Sat, 9 am, 1 pm ET Finals | Scores | Buy Tickets 
Center Grove, Franklin Community, Greenwood Community, Indian Creek, Martinsville, Mooresville, Perry Meridian, Southport, Whiteland Community

17. Columbus North (14) | Thurs, 5:30 pm ET Prelims | Sat, 9 am, 1 pm ET Finals | Scores | Buy Tickets 
Batesville, Bloomington North, Bloomington South, Columbus East, Columbus North, East Central, Edgewood, Greensburg, Lawrenceburg, Milan, Oldenburg Academy, Rising Sun, South Dearborn, South Ripley

18. Floyd Central (15) | Thurs, 6 pm ET Prelims | Sat, 8:15 am, 11 am ET Finals | Scores | Buy Tickets 
Charlestown, Floyd Central, Henryville, Jeffersonville, Jennings County, Madison Consolidated, New Albany, Providence, Salem, Scottsburg, Seymour, Shawe Memorial, Silver Creek, Southwestern (Hanover), Switzerland County

19. Jasper (15) | Thurs, 6:30 pm ET Prelims | Sat, 10 am, 2 pm ET Finals | Scores | Buy Tickets 
Bedford North Lawrence, Bloomfield, Corydon Central, Forest Park, Heritage Hills, Jasper, Lanesville, Northeast Dubois, North Harrison, Pike Central, South Spencer, Southridge, Tecumseh, Tell City, Vincennes Lincoln

20. Evansville North (13) | Thurs, 5 pm CT Prelims | Sat, 9 am, 1 pm CT Finals | Scores | Buy Tickets 
Boonville, Castle, Evansville Bosse, Evansville Central, Evansville Christian, Evansville Harrison, Evansville Mater Dei, Evansville Reitz Memorial, Evansville North, Evansville F.J. Reitz, Gibson Southern, Mt. Vernon, North Posey

MEN’S TOP 25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCORES

NO GAMES SCHEDULED

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL TOP 25 SCORES

#20 CREIGHTON 71 ST. JOHN’S 51

#15 CONNECTICUT 85 GEORGETOWN 44

#25 PRINCETON 74 BROWN 62

#22 UTAH 77 #8 COLORADO 76

#11 OREGON 79 #9 UCLA 77

#3 STANFORD 84 CALIFORNIA 49

#10 USC 88 OREGON 51

NBA SCOREBOARD

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NHL SCOREBOARD

CAROLINA 5 ARIZONA 1

NATIONAL SPORTS RELEASES/HEADLINES

NFL NEWS

NFL SUSPENDS RAIDERS BACKUP QB JIMMY GAROPPOLO FOR VIOLATING PEDS POLICY

HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) — Las Vegas Raiders backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo was suspended by the NFL on Friday for the first two games of next season for violating the performance-enhancing drugs policy of the league and NFL Players Association.

ESPN also reported the Raiders are expected to release Garoppolo next month before an $11.25 million roster bonus kicks in.

Garoppolo’s days in Las Vegas appeared over at midseason when then-interim coach Antonio Pierce replaced him with rookie Aidan O’Connell for the rest of the season. Pierce became the Raiders’ full-time coach last month, and the Raiders also hired Tom Telesco as their general manager.

The Raiders signed Garoppolo last offseason to a three-year, $72.75 million contract when coach Josh McDaniels and GM Dave Ziegler were in charge. He previously quarterbacked the San Francisco 49ers, making an appearance in the Super Bowl and two in the NFC championship.

But Garoppolo threw seven touchdown passes and nine interceptions this season with a 77.6 quarterback rating, opening the way for O’Connell to take over.

Garoppolo said after the season he wanted to be able to play again somewhere.

“I’m pretty open,” Garoppolo said at the time. “A lot of things are out of my control. I’ve had situations like that before, so as a player, you’ve got to roll with the punches a little bit. Whatever happens, I think it all happens for a reason. You’ve got to make the best of your situation.”

The Raiders still have major decisions to make at quarterback.

O’Connell could keep the job after going 5-4 under Pierce, or Las Vegas could look to upgrade through free agency, a trade or this year’s draft.

“There hasn’t been a lot of years I’ve been the unquestioned starter going in, so I’m used to competing,” O’Connell said on Jan. 25. “I had to compete to get to this spot that I’m in. I also think it would be right to have competition in this league. It’s the NFL. It’s the best of the best, so it’s my job to try to keep my job.”

2 JUVENILES CHARGED IN MASS SHOOTING AT THE KANSAS CITY CHIEFS SUPER BOWL PARADE

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Two juveniles were charged with crimes connected to the mass shooting at the Kansas City Chiefs’ Super Bowl rally, authorities said Friday, as the city tries to recover in the aftermath of the violence.

A news release from the Jackson County Family Court said the juveniles were charged Thursday and are being detained in the county’s Juvenile Detention Center “on gun-related and resisting arrest charges.” The release said it is “anticipated that additional charges are expected in the future as the investigation by the Kansas City Police Department continues.”

No further information was released. Juvenile court cases are largely kept private under Missouri law, and hearings are not open to the public.

Police initially detained three juveniles but released one who they determined wasn’t involved in the shooting. Police are looking for others who may have been involved and are calling for witnesses, victims and people with cellphone video of the violence to call a dedicated hotline.

Meanwhile, Kansas Citians are turning to religious gathers, vigils and counseling to try to cope with the horror of what happened.

A mother and popular disc jockey died in the burst of gunfire Wednesday as the parade and rally were concluding, and 22 others — more than half of them children — were injured. By Friday, two people remained in critical condition and one was in serious condition. Most of the injured children were out of the hospital and expected to recover.

But the emotional recovery is only just beginning in a community horrified that two juveniles could cause such trauma. Police believe a dispute between several people led to the shooting.

The slain woman was identified by radio station KKFI-FM as Lisa Lopez-Galvan, host of “Taste of Tejano.” At a vigil honoring her Thursday night, Councilwoman Ryana Parks-Shaw said the city is working to offer support to those who are struggling.

“Remember that we are not defined by this tragedy,” Parks-Shaw said, the Kansas City Star reported. “We are defined by our courage, our strength and our unwavering spirits. Hold on to hope. Lean on one another. And know that a brighter tomorrow awaits.”

The Jackson County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office set up in-person counseling for the traumatized. Twelve people attended Thursday, including two children, spokesman Michael Mansur said Friday. The agency also established a hotline offering counseling, but Mansur didn’t immediately have information on how many called the hotline.

The Chiefs won their third Super Bowl in five years Sunday, beating the San Francisco 49ers 25-22 in overtime. The two previous celebrations went off without any trouble.

On Wednesday, players rode double-decker red buses through Missouri’s largest city. The parade ended with a rally at the sprawling Union Station. It was just breaking up with shots erupted. Many people thought they were hearing fireworks. Eventually, some ducked for cover. Others leapt over barriers and sprinted, many carrying children.

Beyond the gunshot wounds, several people were treated at hospitals for injuries suffered amid the chaos. So many personal belongings were left behind that police set up a site for people to try and find what they lost.

Two men at the rally jumped on and detained someone with a gun, though police have not confirmed whether it was one of the people arrested.

Paul Contreras of Bellevue, Nebraska, said he heard a man yelling to stop someone and was able to tackle the person from behind. Contreras noticed that the person he tackled had a gun, he said, and he wasn’t sure if he might have another under a heavy jacket.

Soon, Contreras was joined by another man.

“We’re like, we got to keep him down until law enforcement gets there. Because as much as we’re fighting to keep him down, he’s fighting to get up,” Contreras, whose daughter captured it all on video, told The Associated Press.

The man who helped Contreras was Trey Filter. He was with his family when he heard yells of “get him.”

“We was like, ‘We got him,’” Filter, 40, of the Wichita, Kansas, area, told AP. “I’ll always remember that. And then they started screaming, ‘There’s a gun!’”

The gun fell near his wife, Casey Filter, who picked it up. By then, the fleeing person was under a dogpile.

The shooting occurred despite the presence of more than 800 police officers in the area, including on top of nearby structures, said Mayor Quinton Lucas, who attended with his wife and mother and ran for safety when the shots were fired. But he doesn’t expect to cancel the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day parade.

“We have parades all the time. I don’t think they’ll end. Certainly we recognized the public safety challenges and issues that relate to them,” Lucas said.

Taylor Swift, who is dating Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce, donated $100,000 to Lopez-Galvan’s family. Two $50,000 donations were posted Friday under the singer’s name on a GoFundMe page. Swift’s representative confirmed the donations to Variety, the trade publication reported, and The Associated Press independently verified the posts.

Kansas City has long struggled with gun violence, and in 2020 it was among nine cities targeted by the U.S. Justice Department in an effort to crack down on violent crime. In 2023, the city matched a record with 182 homicides, most of which involved guns.

Lucas has joined with mayors across the country in calling for new laws to reduce gun violence, including mandating universal background checks.

NBA NEWS

MATHURIN WINS MVP AS TEAM JALEN TAKES RISING STARS

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Jalen Williams made the game-winning three to seal Team Jalen’s 26-13 win over Team Detlef at the NBA’s Rising Stars competition Friday.

Indiana Pacers wing Bennedict Mathurin was named the competition’s MVP in front of his home crowd. He dropped four points in the final contest and 18 points in the first game against Team Tamika.

Team Detlef, mainly comprised of players from the G League, beat a Team Pau squad featuring rookies Victor Wembanyama, Brandon Miller, and Jaime Jaquez Jr. 41-36 to reach the final.

Mathurin is the third Canadian player to win Rising Stars MVP, following in the footsteps of Andrew Wiggins (2015) and Jamal Murray (2017), according to TSN’s Keerthika Uthayakumar.

The Pacers wing appeared to have fun in the first contest, dismissing Detroit Pistons guard and Indiana native Jaden Ivey’s ability to guard him. He also blew a $25,000 bet with Orlando Magic star Paolo Banchero by failing to win the game at the free-throw line.

Indiana basketball legends Jalen Rose and Tamika Catchings served as honorary coaches for the event. They were joined by Pau Gasol and Detlef Schrempf.

CARTER, BILLUPS AMONG FINALISTS FOR BASKETBALL HOF

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame unveiled its list of 14 finalists for the class of 2024 on Friday, and it includes former NBA players Chauncey Billups and Vince Carter, ex-WNBA star Seimone Augustus, and player-turned-executive Jerry West.

Carter and Billups, who boast a combined 37 NBA seasons, were nominated by the North American Committee. Joining West from the Contributors Committee are Doug Collins – a former head coach with the Chicago Bulls in the late 1980s who later led the Detroit Pistons, Washington Wizards, and Philadelphia 76ers – and Herb Simons, the owner of the Indiana Pacers franchise since 1983 and the Indiana Fever since their inception in 2000.

The 2024 class will be announced on April 6, with enshrinement weekend set for August 16-17.

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

WOMEN’S TOP 25 ROUNDUP: NO. 15 UCONN DRILLS GEORGETOWN

Aaliyah Edwards racked up 26 points, 16 rebounds and four steals on her senior night as No. 15 UConn thrashed Georgetown 85-44 on Friday night in Storrs, Conn.

Paige Bueckers produced 21 points, eight assists and three steals and Ice Brady scored 10 points off the bench for the Huskies (22-5, 14-0 Big East).

UConn opened up a 27-9 lead after the first quarter and did not let off the gas. It outrebounded Georgetown 45-28, including 16-9 on the offensive glass, and scored 27 points off 22 Hoyas turnovers.

Victoria Rivera had a team-high 16 points for the Hoyas (16-10, 6-9).

No. 20 Creighton 71, St. John’s 51

Lauren Jensen and Morgan Maly scored 20 points apiece, Emma Ronsiek had 14 and the Bluejays blew past the Red Storm in New York.

Creighton (21-3, 12-2 Big East) shot 57.7 percent from the floor (30 of 52), its second-best mark of the season and its best in conference play. Maly added seven rebounds, while Molly Mogensen tallied nine points, eight assists and five rebounds. The Bluejays have won 11 straight games entering a Monday visit to UConn.

Ber’Nyah Mayo led St. John’s (15-12, 9-6) with 16 points and five steals and Jillian Archer paired 11 points with a team-high six rebounds. St. John’s has lost three of four.

No. 25 Princeton 74, Brown 62

Kaitlyn Chen put up 17 points and grabbed a career-high 10 rebounds to guide the Tigers past the Bears in Providence, R.I.

Ashley Chea scored 12 points off the bench and Chet Nweke added 11 points and nine rebounds to help Princeton (19-3, 9-0 Ivy League) earn its 14th straight win. The Tigers trailed by as many as seven points during the third quarter but opened the fourth quarter on an 8-1 run to pull away.

Grace Arnolie had 18 points and five assists to pace Brown (13-9, 4-5). Kyla Jones added 15 points and eight rebounds, and Olivia Young posted 11 points and seven rebounds.

NHL NEWS

MARTINOOK SCORES 16 SECONDS IN, HURRICANES ROLL OVER COYOTES

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Jordan Martinook scored 16 seconds into the game, Pyotr Kochetkov stopped 30 shots and the Carolina Hurricanes blew past the Arizona Coyotes 5-1 on Friday night.

The Hurricanes jumped on Arizona with two goals in the opening five minutes and kept up the pressure to win for the sixth time in eight games.

Jalen Chatfield, Seth Jarvis, Teuvo Teravainen and Michael Bunting also scored for the Hurricanes.

Dylan Guenther scored for Arizona and Karel Vejmelka gave up five goals on 23 shots before being replaced by Matt Villalta, who had two saves in his NHL debut.

In the playoff picture a month ago, the Coyotes have spiraled toward the bottom of the Central Division with eight straight losses. Arizona hasn’t won since beating Pittsburgh 5-2 on Jan. 22.

Coming off a 4-2 at Dallas on Tuesday night, the Hurricanes but had the early jump against the Coyotes.

Martinook scored on backhander off a rebound before the fans had settled into their seats, and Chatfield quickly made it 2-0, punching in a rebound on Martin Necas’ wraparound attempt.

The Coyotes picked up the pressure and Kochetkov stopped Michael Carcone on a breakaway, but Guenther beat him a few minutes later after gathering a turnover in the neutral zone.

The Coyotes had some early pressure in the second period, but Jarvis scored midway through when a mishandled puck by the Coyotes went right to him in the left circle. Teravainen made it 4-1 late in the period, punching in a rebound on a power play.

Bunting continued the onslaught early in the third period, ending Vejmelka’s night by wheeling a backhander between his pads.

UP NEXT

Hurricanes: At Vegas on Saturday night.

Coyotes: At Colorado on Sunday.

BASEBALL NEWS

MLB CRACKING DOWN ON OBSTRUCTION IN AN EFFORT TO ENCOURAGE MORE AGGRESSIVE BASERUNNING

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — Ronald Acuña Jr. and Corbin Carroll just got a little more dangerous. Same for Bobby Witt Jr., Elly De La Cruz and the rest of baseball’s fastest players.

Major League Baseball wants umpires to crack down on obstruction, and the commissioner’s office went over its plans during a call with big league managers this week. The increased emphasis is only on the bases and not at home plate.

The focus is on infielders who drop a knee or leg down in front of a bag while receiving a throw, acting as a deterrence for aggressive baserunning and creating an increased risk of injuries.

“I think with everything, they’re trying to make the game a little safer to avoid some unnecessary injuries,” Phillies shortstop Trea Turner said Friday at the team’s facility in Florida. “The intentions are always good. It comes down to how it affects the players and the games. I’m sure there will be plays where one team doesn’t like it or one team does.”

With more position players arriving at spring training every day, the topic likely will come up more and more as teams ramp up for the season.

“We’ll touch on that. We’ll show them some video of what’s good and what’s not,” Texas Rangers manager Bruce Bochy said. “You know, it’s going to be a little adjustment.”

Making obstruction a point of emphasis fits in with an ongoing effort by MLB to create more action. Obstruction calls are not reviewable, which could lead to some disgruntled players and managers as enforcement is stepped up, but it also means it won’t create long replay deliberations.

A package of rule changes last season — including pitch clocks, bigger bases and limits on defensive shifts and pickoff attempts — had a dramatic effect. There were 3,503 stolen bases in the regular season, up from 2,486 in 2022 and the most since 1987.

MLB changed a different baserunning rule this offseason, widening the runner’s lane approaching first base to include a portion of fair territory. MLB also shortened the pitch clock with runners on base by two seconds to 18 and further reducing mound visits in an effort to speed games.

“When a pitcher gets the ball that clock’s going,” Bochy said. “So yeah, you have to adjust with what’s been thrown at you as far as the rules.”

COLLEGE ATHLETICS

ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE ASKS COURT TO PAUSE OR DISMISS FLORIDA STATE’S LAWSUIT AGAINST LEAGUE

The Atlantic Coast Conference asked a Florida court to pause Florida State’s lawsuit against the conference while its claim against the school in North Carolina moves forward or dismiss the Seminoles’ case altogether, according to a filing submitted Friday.

The ACC’s response to Florida State’s complaint came a week after the school filed a motion for dismissal of the conference’s lawsuit in North Carolina, where the league’s office’s are located.

The first court appearance in either case was a hearing set for March 22 in Mecklenburg County Superior Court in North Carolina.

The ACC initially sued the Florida State Board of Trustees in North Carolina in late December, asking a court to uphold the grant of rights that binds conference members through their media rights as a valid and enforceable contract. The ACC filed its lawsuit without announcement the day before Florida State sued the conference.

Florida State is seeking a quick and easy path out of the conference instead of paying more than $500 million in exit fees and penalties to get out of a deal that runs through 2036. The school’s lawsuit, filed in Leon County Circuit Courts, claims the ACC has mismanaged its members’ media rights and is imposing “draconian” exit fees.

Florida State amended its lawsuit in January, taking aim at former ACC Commissioner John Swofford and accusing him costing member schools millions of dollars by acting in the best interest of his son, who worked at television partner Raycom Sports.

The ACC’s motion for a stay or dismissal was focused on legal arguments and not meant to respond to Florida State’s latest claims.

The ACC says the Florida court doesn’t have jurisdiction to hear the case and the statute of limitations has run out on some of FSU’s complaints, which date back as much as a decade.

The ACC also says Florida State’s claims are not recognizable legal claims and the school is seeking an advisory opinion from the court, asking for a ruling based on FSU’s possible withdrawal from the league.

AUTO RACING

TEAM OWNER, HALL OF FAME DRIVER TONY STEWART VOWS CHANGES, PUTS TEAM ON BLAST AFTER WINLESS 2023

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Tony Stewart put his NASCAR team on blast ahead of the Daytona 500 and in the wake of a winless 2023 season: get to victory lane, hang banners — or else.

Stewart-Haas Racing is in more than a small slump. SHR has been downright dismal.

The team once among NASCAR’s best hasn’t won in the last 84 Cup races headed into Sunday’s Daytona 500. This season’s four-driver lineup, which includes holdovers Chase Briscoe and Ryan Preece and newcomers Josh Berry and Noah Gragson, have a combined one career Cup victory — Briscoe won in 2022 at Phoenix.

Stewart, so fiery as a driver he was nicknamed Smoke, had enough of the failures. The three-time Cup Series champion and NASCAR Hall of Fame driver said the standard at SHR — where Stewart and recent retiree Kevin Harvick each won championships — was set too high for the team to now languish far outside title contention.

“We’re going to have get some races into it,” Stewart said this month on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, “but if we’re not having the results we’re looking for, we’re going to start making some major changes. Everybody knows that. Everybody understands that.”

SHR’s stumbles on the track led to other losses off it, with premier sponsors Anheuser-Busch and Smithfield leaving the team. SHR’s deal with Ford ends after this season and negotiations could hinge on how many checkered flags Berry, Briscoe, Gragson and Preece chase.

The four drivers have heard the criticism — already harsh from fans and the media — but it hits harder when it comes from Stewart.

“We hear everybody, we hear you guys, we’re not just ignoring it,” Preece said. “And as you heard Tony say, mediocrity isn’t acceptable.”

Aric Almirola and Harvick both left at the end of last season. They were veteran leaders in the race shop and at the track, and their voices will be missed. But even a proven winner such as Harvick wasn’t immune to the troubles that plagued the Fords in 2023. He won 37 races and the 2014 title in his 10 seasons at SHR, including nine wins in 2020, but scuffled to just six top-five finishes in his farewell season.

Now a Fox Sports broadcaster, Harvick compared SHR’s current station to one Hendrick Motorsports endured in 2018 when Jimmie Johnson, William Byron and Alex Bowman all went winless and Chase Elliott won three times. Johnson was a veteran on the backend of his full-time career while Byron, Bowman and Elliott were young and inexperienced. It was a rebuilding effort that followed the retirements of Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jeff Gordon.

Much like Stewart ripped SHR, team owner Rick Hendrick didn’t hold back in 2019, saying “Last year sucked. I ain’t gonna do that no more.”

Harvick said it’s up to Berry, Briscoe, Gragson and Preece to see SHR through back into one of the elite teams in NASCAR.

“Hey, we need to rebuild this and we need to refresh it with some young faces from the driver’s seat and let’s build our group around this,” Harvick said. “With that, I think there’s probably other things that come with that process and where they go and where they’re at, I don’t think any of us will really know until they start the season and you start to see what the strengths and weakness of what they have.”

Here are the SHR drivers on hot seats:

— Josh Berry, 33, No. 4 Ford.

Berry did win five career races in the second-tier Xfinity Series but is winless in 12 career Cup starts. Berry spent last season as a substitute driver in the Cup Series. He made starts for both Chase Elliott and Alex Bowman at Hendrick and for Gragson at Legacy Motor Club.

“Tony has been a great leader and had a lot of success in this sport. I can completely understand why he would say that he wants us to perform better,” Berry said. “That’s naturally as an owner what he’s expected to do and that’s what we expect of ourselves. I don’t think any of us, I didn’t walk into this deal expecting everybody to pat me on the back and tell me how easy it’s going to be and how nice they’re going to be to me. I knew it’s going to be hard. I know I’m going to have to work at this. I know we’re going to have to perform.”

— Chase Briscoe, 29, No. 14 Ford.

Briscoe has just one win in 108 career Cup starts. He has the most starts among the four SHR drivers and could be feeling the most heat as the longest-tenured driver to start racing for a championship. Briscoe was 30th in the standings last year.

— Noah Gragson, 25, No. 10 Ford.

Gragson is winless with just one top-five finish in 39 career starts. Gragson was excited for a second chance at a NASCAR career after his “like” of an insensitive meme of George Floyd led to end of his brief tenure at Legacy Motor Club. Gragson, who won 13 races in the Xfinity Series driving for JR Motorsports and was the 2022 championship runner-up, ran 21 races in Cup with Legacy before his suspension.

“We’ve done a lot of self-reflecting and soul searching over the past handful of months and trying to become the best leader possible,” Gragson said. “I think that’s what in 20 years when I look back I feel like, man, if I was the best leader for my team and the best piece of the puzzle for my team and did the best job, I’ll be satisfied with myself.”

— Ryan Preece, 33, No. 41 Ford

Preece was just as underwhelming in his first season at SHR as he was in his previous stop with JTG Daugherty Racing. He’s winless in 151 career races and had just two top-10 finishes last season.

“Preece has the personality that he’s going to speak up and voice his opinion on what things are,” Harvick said. “Ryan’s not going to be shy about speaking his mind and that’s what it’s going to take to be the leader.”

Maybe Preece can learn a thing or two about how to speak out from his fed-up boss.

“We had two miserable years in a row,” Stewart said. “I’m tired of taking the blame from everybody on why the cars aren’t running good. I think the fans need a reality check and a reminder that I’m not the crew chief, I’m not the engineer, I don’t dictate the setups on the cars. I give these guys the tools to do the job and we just haven’t got it done the last couple years.”

DAYTONA 500 PREVIEW: NASCAR’S BIGGEST RACE KICKS OFF NEW SEASON

The 2024 NASCAR Cup Series regular season starts Sunday in typical fashion with the biggest race on the calendar.

Unlike most sports, which culminate in the biggest game or event of the year, NASCAR kicks off the campaign with its marquee race: the Daytona 500.

The richest payday. The biggest TV audience. The highest stakes. A chance to write your name in the history books. And if that isn’t enough, a win secures your place in the playoffs after the first of 26 regular-season races.

Here’s what you need to know ahead of the 66th running of the Great American Race.

When: Sunday, Feb. 18, 2:30 p.m. ET

Where: Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Florida

Last year

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. prevailed for an underdog victory in last year’s Daytona 500.

Stenhouse, then 35, hadn’t won since 2017 before claiming the 2023 Daytona 500. That snapped a 199-race winless streak, the fourth-longest gap between wins in NASCAR Cup Series history.

It was also JTG Daugherty Racing’s second-ever victory in the Cup Series, having last won with A.J. Allmendinger at Watkins Glen in 2014.

Stenhouse narrowly edged Joey Logano for the victory. A big crash on the final lap prevented the field from racing back to the finish line, and the winner was instead determined at the time of the caution.

It marked the third consecutive unexpected winner of the Great American Race after Austin Cindric and Michael McDowell earned their first career wins in the event in 2022 and 2021, respectively.

Recent winners:

2023: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (JTG Daugherty Racing)

2022: Austin Cindric (Team Penske)

2021: Michael McDowell (Front Row Motorsports)

2020: Denny Hamlin (Joe Gibbs Racing)

2019: Denny Hamlin (Joe Gibbs Racing)

2018: Austin Dillon (Richard Childress Racing)

Top storylines

Defending champ looks for his 1st Daytona 500

Ryan Blaney emerged as the Cup Series champion in Phoenix and will look to start his defense on a high note.

The driver of the No. 12 Team Penske Ford has finished in the top 10 in back-to-back Daytona 500s and nearly won in 2020 when he lost by 0.014 seconds.

With a win at Daytona and three at Talladega on his resume, Blaney is regarded as an elite driver at superspeedways. Even when he doesn’t win, he’s often in the mix in the final laps. Capturing his first Harley J. Earl Trophy immediately after winning the title would be a statement from Blaney.

New faces in new places

It’s a new era for Stewart-Haas Racing, with Kevin Harvick and Aric Almirola retiring from full-time driving. Entering the fold is rookie Josh Berry and Noah Gragson, who looks to make the best out of a second chance.

Seeing the most significant adjustments is Legacy Motor Club, which not only welcomed John Hunter Nemechek alongside Erik Jones but also changed manufacturers from Chevrolet to Toyota.

Spire Motorsports has two exciting rookies joining the team in Truck Series standouts Zane Smith and Carson Hocevar. And Daniel Hemric replaces Justin Haley at Kaulig Racing, who makes a bold move to Rick Ware Racing.

Veterans pursue the missing trophy

Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski have won everything in NASCAR. Both have a Cup Series title, plus crown jewel wins at Talladega, Charlotte, Darlington, and Indianapolis. But there’s one glaring omission on both drivers’ resumes: the Daytona 500.

Busch and Keselowski were in the mix a year ago but came up short. Keselowski enters his 15th Daytona 500, while Busch competes in his 19th. Can either veteran finally add the lone missing piece to their expansive trophy cabinets Sunday?

Long shot to watch

One of Chris Buescher and Brad Keselowski finished in the top six in five of six races at Daytona, Talladega, and Atlanta last season. If that’s what RFK Racing can accomplish with only two cars, what can it do with more help?

We’ll get that answer Sunday. Not only is RFK fielding a third entry with veteran David Ragan, but the team also has a blossoming alliance with Rick Ware Racing.

RWR’s newest driver, Justin Haley, was recruited with help from Keselowski. Entering his first regular-season race with his new team, the 24-year-old provides one of Sunday’s most intriguing long shots in the field.

Haley is regarded as one of NASCAR’s best up-and-comers on drafting tracks. He was excellent in the Xfinity Series at Daytona and Talladega with Kaulig Racing, and he’s already collected a few top-10 results in the Cup Series at the tracks.

If Haley works closely with Buescher and Keselowski throughout the Daytona 500, expect the No. 51 Ford to be at the front often and in the mix for a massive upset victory.

SIGNS POINT TO THRILLING FINISH AT SUNDAY’S DAYTONA 500

NASCAR’s Bluegreen Vacations Duels, the qualifiers that formed the majority of the Daytona 500’s field, are typically revealing races of what could possibly happen three days later in the Great American Race.

That theory held true Thursday night at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla.

Tyler Reddick and Christopher Bell left the iconic track with checkered flags after each recorded his first Duel win, but it was not their car manufacturer — Toyota — that was the focal point in the victories.

It was the fact that two young playoff drivers from last season, hard chargers in elite equipment, led exactly one lap around the World Center of Racing in finishing first.

Reddick, 28, outdueled Kyle Larson’s No. 5 Chevrolet over the last half-lap around the 2.5-mile superspeedway, staying low and hugging the bottom lane.

Meanwhile, the 29-year-old Bell did the same later with his No. 20 Camry XSE by beating Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Denny Hamlin the final time around.

Two laps led, two wins.

If anything is to be learned from the qualifiers, it is that a driver just needs to be in the top four or five when the white flag flies.

Also that piloting the lead car is not necessarily advantageous.

A Cup Series winner on the DIS road course three years ago, Bell said it was good to have familiar faces around him.

“I was really nervous on that last restart because I saw pretty much the whole field was lined up on the outside, and we didn’t have many on the inside,” said Bell, who will line up beside Reddick in Row 2. “These Toyotas were super, super fast and John Hunter (Nemechek), myself and Denny (Hamlin) were able to connect and get back up front.”

In Wednesday’s qualifying session, Joey Logano earned his first pole for Sunday’s 66th running of the annual race.

It was Team Penske’s first-ever Daytona 500 pole and the first for a Ford driver since Carl Edwards grabbed the top spot in 2012.

Logano’s hot lap ended the stranglehold Hendrick Motorsports had on the race’s poles: Owner Rick Hendrick’s drivers had snared the last nine top qualifying positions.

At 33, Logano became the oldest pole winner since former Hendrick wheelman Jeff Gordon did it at 43 in 2015, a race in which Logano won his only 500.

Seven-time Cup champion Jimmie Johnson and rookie Kaz Grala raced their way into the 40-car field, while J.J. Yeley and BJ McLeod failed to get in.

“It was intense,” said Johnson, who won the race in 2006 and 2013. “With probably three to go, (Yeley) threw a great block on me on the frontstretch and it kind of perked me up and I realized just what kind of battle I was in for in the closing laps.

“This is not easy, and it stinks that a car has got to go home. (Yeley) put up a heck of a fight and we’re fortunate to get in.”

A Boston native who will make his third start in the 200-lapper, Grala will slot in 26th with his No. 36 Front Row Motorsports Ford.

“Really cool to be able to get it in the show for them,” said Grala, 25. “Real big opportunity for me. Excited to be here on Sunday again.”

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INDIANA PACERS

MATHURIN CALLS HIS SHOT, WINS RISING STARS MVP

Hours before stepping onto the freshly minted, star-bordered hardwood in Gainbridge Fieldhouse, Indiana Pacers second-year guard Bennedict Mathurin laid out his bold prediction for the 2024 Panini Rising Stars event.

Not only did the second-year guard exclaim his team would win it all, Mathurin envisioned holding the MVP trophy at center court by the night’s end.

“I told my team I’m trying to win, especially in Indy,” Mathurin said Friday morning. “I didn’t tell them I’m trying to get MVP, (but) yeah, I’m trying to get it.”

Mathurin called his shot and made it, leading Team Jalen to a Rising Stars championship while becoming the first Pacer to receive the game’s MVP award. Pacers fans called it, too, as MVP chants reverberated inside the Fieldhouse while Mathurin was on the floor.

After posting a 40-35 win in the first game against Team Tamika, where Mathurin scored 18 of the team’s final 27 points, he posted four points and two assists in a 26-13 championship win over Team Detlef. The unanimous MVP finished with 22 points, two rebounds and two assists between the two games.

Before Mathurin was handed the glass basketball-shaped award at center court, his coach for the night, former Pacer Jalen Rose, gave him high praise.

“(Mathurin) wanted to be special,” Rose told the crowd.

Mathurin, who was drafted by the Pacers with the No. 6 overall pick from the University of Arizona in 2023, will finish his Rising Stars career a perfect 2-0 after also winning the event during his rookie season.

In his sophomore season, Mathurin has continued to grow his game on all sides, averaging 14.1 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.9 assists across just over 25 minutes per game.

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Each game in Panini Rising Stars was played to a Final Target Score, with the semifinals being played to 40 points and the finals to 25.

Former Pacers led both of Indiana’s players competing in the 2024 event as Rose – who helped the Blue & Gold to a finals appearance in 2000 and was named Most Improved Player that season – coached Mathurin’s squad, and three-time Pacers All-Star and two-time Sixth Man of the Year Detlef Schrempf led Indiana Mad Ants star Oscar Tshiebwe’s G-League team. Also coaching Rising Stars teams this year were Indiana Fever 2012 WNBA champion, former MVP and 10-time All-Star Tamika Catchings, as well as Hall-of-Famer Pau Gasol, who was a two-time NBA champion with the Los Angeles Lakers.

After receiving rousing applause from the home crowd during introductions for the first game, Mathurin went straight to work.

In game one, Mathurin scored 18 of Team Jalen’s final 27 points – including a fadeaway game-winner from 14 feet – in a 40-35 win. Mathurin was the only player on Team Jalen to score in double figures, and Paolo Banchero led Team Tamika with 10 points in the first semifinal game.

“I might have just seen a couple shots go in, and I was like it’s a wrap,” Mathurin said of the hot start. “If I’m being totally honest, it’s also my city. I have to make sure I bring it home. So that was the main thing for me.”

The second game saw Team Detlef pull off a 41-36 upset victory over Team Pau, which featured San Antonio Spurs 2023 No. 1 overall pick Victor Wembanyama.

In game two, the G Leaguers jumped to a 15-8 lead after a thunderous one-handed dunk from Tshiebwe before extending the advantage by double digits. While Team Pau was able to pull within range at 39-36, a turnaround fadeaway jump shot by G League Ignite’s Matas Buzelis sealed it.

Tshiebwe posted two points and eight rebounds in the game while 2023 NBA Dunk Champion Mac McLung led all scorers with 12 points. Wembamyama, who was guarded by Tshiebwe a lot of the game, scored 11 and had seven rebounds for Team Pau.

In the finals, Team Jalen jumped to a 12-6 lead, which was highlighted by a spinning, behind-the-head assist by Mathurin. While Team Detlef narrowed the deficit to three points, Team Jalen closed the game on a 10-0 run, which included a game-winning 3-pointer by Oklahoma City’s Jalen Williams.

Tshiebwe, who is averaging 12.2 points per game and 12.6 rebounds per game for the Mad Ants this season, finished with 10 points, 10 rebounds, and two assists across two games.

Tshiebwe said he was grateful for the opportunity and thought Mathurin should’ve won the MVP award.

“We had a lot of fun at the end,” Tshiebwe said. “My guys were trying hard, but those guys were just hitting everything and finishing strong.”

Mathurin can add another trophy to his case on Saturday night in Indianapolis, as he will compete with teammates Tyrese Haliburton and Myles Turner in the Skills Challenge at Lucas Oil Stadium.

INDY FUEL

FUEL DOMINATE HEARTLANDERS ON FRIDAY NIGHT

IOWA- The Fuel were back in Iowa for the second of three games in a row against the Heartlanders. After two shorthanded goals in the first period, the Fuel claimed the 7-1 victory on Friday.

1ST PERIOD

The Fuel came out fast in the first period and earned a power play at 6:32 after a call on Justin Wells for an illegal check to the head.

The Heartlanders killed off that penalty before giving up the first goal of the game at even strength to Jon Martin, who netted his seventeenth of the season to put the Fuel up 1-0 at 9:14. Matus Spodniak claimed the lone assist on that goal.

Iowa got their first power play after an interference call on Matt Cairns at 12:04.

Andrew Bellant capitalized on an open net while on the penalty kill and scored his second shorthanded goal of the year to give the Fuel a 2-0 lead at 12:24.

Fuel captain, Seamus Malone scored while still on the penalty kill after a rebounding a breakaway attempt by Spodniak, who claimed his second assist of the night on that goal.

At the end of the period, Indy was outshooting Iowa 13-6 after a dominant frame.

2ND PERIOD

Both goalies made great saves throughout the second period and both teams remained very disciplined as there were no penalties or goals until the last five minutes of the period.

Kyle Maksimovich added to the Fuel’s lead with a goal at 15:45, assisted by Colin Bilek and Cam Hillis.

Cam Bakker headed to the box for slashing at 18:42, giving Iowa their second power play opportunity that would carry over into the third period.

3RD PERIOD

The Fuel killed off the remainder of the penalty on Bakker before Colin Bilek scored to make it 5-0. Hillis and Maksimovich each claimed their second points of the game with assists on that goal.

Iowa’s Casey Dornbach scored just about thirty seconds later to break the shutout and make it 5-1.

Things began to get chippier after that as Pavel Novak took a boarding penalty at 7:34, giving the Fuel another power play opportunity.

Anthony Petruzzelli scored late in the power play to make it 6-1 with the help of Martin and Maksimovich.

At 10:09, Hillis scored to make it 7-1. Bellant collected his second point of the night with the assist on that goal.

With under four minutes to go, Bilek and Adam Goodsir dropped the gloves and after reviewing for an instigator penalty, the Fuel headed to the power play as Goodsir was given five minutes for fighting as well as a game misconduct for instigating in the final five minutes.

Time ticked down on the period without much pressure from the Heartlanders and the Fuel were able to seal the deal on the 7-1 win in Iowa. This marks six straight wins for the Fuel as they prepare for their final game of the week against the Heartlanders tomorrow.

The Indy Fuel are back in action at Indiana Farmers Coliseum on February 23, 2024 against the Wichita Thunder for Hockey is for Everyone Night.

INDIANA WOMEN’S TENNIS

HOOSIERS HOST COLORADO, BALL STATE FOR ADIDAS CLASSIC

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana women’s tennis will host Colorado and Ball State for the Adidas Classic Tournament on Saturday, Feb. 17, at the IU Tennis Center.

TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE

• Match information and livestats can be found at our Tournament Central.

SERIES HISTORY

• In the only meeting with Colorado, the Hoosiers won 4-2 in Boulder.

• The Hoosiers are 9-0 against Ball State after winning the last matchup 6-1 in the 2019-20 season.

ABOUT THE HOOSIERS

• Freshman Elisabeth Dunac leads the Hoosiers with a 7-1 singles record.

• Doubles partners Lara Schneider, Nicole Teodosescu, and Sarah L’allier, Li Hsin Lin are coming off wins against Memphis.

• Indiana is 4-6 on the season

INDIANA WRESTLING

NO. 17 INDIANA DROPS HOME DUAL TO NO. 7 MICHIGAN

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. ––– No. 7 Michigan got the best of No. 17 Indiana, 30-6, on Friday night at Wilkinson Hall.

With the loss, Indiana’s season record drops to 6-4 and 3-4 in the Big Ten.

KEY MOMENTS

• Michigan won the first four matches to build a 17-0 lead.

• The match between No. 13 Graham Rooks and No. 10 Austin Gomez was tied 2-2 late in the third, but Gomez won 3-2 with having over a minute of riding time.

• In a battle of two-time All-Americans, No. 18 Brayton Lee and No. 10 Will Lewan came down to the wire, but Lee won the bout, 2-1 to get IU on the board.

• At 197 lbs. Indiana’s No. 32 Gabe Sollars was the aggressor from start to finish, defeating Bobby Striggow, 5-1.

NOTABLES

• No. 18 Brayton Lee (157) improved to 5-0 on the season. Four of his five wins have come against ranked opponents.

• No. 32 Gabe Sollars has won two of his last three matches.

• The bout between Gomez and Rooks was a rematch of last year’s Big Ten Championships quarterfinal match. Rooks won in that match last season.

• Michigan’s freshmen of No. 10 Sergio Lemley and Dylan Gilcher are the brothers of Indiana Wrestling alum, Diego Lemley, and current Indiana senior Derek Gilcher.

UP NEXT

• No. 17 Indiana will compete again on Sunday at 1 p.m. against Northwestern in Welsh-Ryan Arena.

FULL RESULTS

125: Nolan Wertanen (UM) def. Blaine Frazier (IU)                     |Fall (1:44) |              Score: UM up 6-0

133: No. 5 Dylan Ragusin (UM) def. Isaac Thornton (IU)              |TF, 19-4 (2:47) |      Score: UM up 11-0

141: No. 10 Sergio Lemley (UM) def. No. 23 Dan Fongaro (IU)     |Dec. 5-1 |                 Score: UM up 14-0

149: No. 5 Austin Gomez (UM) def. No. 13 Graham Rooks (IU)    |Dec. 3-2 |               Score: UM up 17-0

157: No. 10 Will Lewan (UM) def. No. 18 Brayton Lee (IU)           |Dec. 2-1 |               Score: UM up 17-3

165: No. 10 Cam Amine (UM) def. Nick South                             |Dec. 4-1 |              Score: UM up 20-3

174: Joseph Walker (UM) def. No. 17 DJ Washington (IU)            |Dec. 4-3 |             Score: UM up 24-3

184: No. 18 Jaden Bullock (UM) def. Roman Rogotzke (IU)         |MD, 18-8 |            Score: UM up 27-3

197: No. 32 Gabe Sollars (IU) def. Bobby Striggow (UM)              |Dec. 5-1 |              Score: UM up 27-6

285: No. 31 Nick Willham (IU) vs. No. 6 Lucas Davison (UM)        |Dec. 4-0 |             Score: UM up 30-6

FINAL TEAM SCORE:  NO. 7 MICHIGAN 30, No. 17 INDIANA 6

INDIANA SOFTBALL

INDIANA GOES 2-0 ON THE DAY WITH WINS OVER FAMU & TROY

TROY, Ala. ––– In an entire team effort, Indiana Softball picked up two wins in the Trojan Classic, defeating Florida A&M 8-0 in six innings, and Troy, 8-1, on Friday at the Troy Softball Complex.

With the pair of wins, Indiana improves to 6-1 on the season.

GAME 1: INDIANA 8, FAMU 0 (F/6)

GAME 2: INDIANA 8, TROY 1

KEY MOMENTS

• In the FAMU game, Indiana opened the scoring on a two-run home run over the central field wall from junior Brianna Copeland to go up 2-0.

• Senior Macy Montgomery had a fantastic fourth inning against FAMU, recording all three outs for half inning on strikeouts swinging.

• Junior Taylor Minnick tripled in the bottom of the fifth inning and hit two RBI in the process in the FAMU game.

• In the Troy game, freshman Alex Cooper stole home in the third inning.

• Against Troy, junior Sarah Stone had an RBI single to center field, scoring Copeland in the third inning.

• Not long after Stone, freshman Tristian Thompson had a bases-clearing double, racking up three RBI in the third inning against Troy.

NOTABLES

• Macy Montgomery threw for a career-high ten strikeouts in the win over Florida A&M.

• Brianna Copeland’s home run against FAMU was her second of the season.

• Five different Hoosiers recorded an RBI in the win over FAMU: Copeland, Aaliyah Andrews, Taylor Minnick, Sarah Stone and Aly VanBrandt.

• Alex Cooper’s stolen base against Troy was the first of her career.

• Indiana scored six of its eight runs against Troy in the third inning.

• Copeland posted five innings of work in the circle, she struck out six batters and only allowed four hits.

UP NEXT

Indiana will be back in action tomorrow for another doubleheader when the Hoosiers play Gardner-Webb at noon and Troy again at 7 p.m. ET at the Troy Softball Complex.

INDIANA MEN’S BASKETBALL

INDIANA BASKETBALL GAME NOTES – GAME 25 VS. NORTHWESTERN

Opening Tip

• Indiana University continues its 124th season of competition in men’s basketball with a Sunday afternoon clash against the Northwestern Wildcats at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall. Tip is scheduled for 3 p.m. ET on Feb. 18, with an FS1 broadcast.

• Northwestern, led by 11th-year head coach Chris Collins, comes in with an overall record of 17-8 and a mark of 8-6 in conference play.

• Fifth-year senior guard Boo Bouie leads the Cats in scoring (19.2 points per game), assists (5.2), and made 3-pointers (60). Junior guard Brooks Barnhizer averages 14.3 points and a team-best 7.0 rebounds per game.

• Fifth-year senior guard Ryan Langborg (11.6 points per game) has made 51 3-pointers on 39.8% shooting. As a team, Northwestern shoots 39.4% from deep on 21.4 attempts per game.

Game Information

Sunday, Feb. 18, 2024 • 3 p.m. ET

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

TV: FS1 (Brandon Gaudin, LaPhonso Ellis)

Radio: IU Radio Network (Don Fischer, Errek Suhr, John Herrick)

Series History: Indiana leads, 120-55

Last Meeting: NW 64, IU 62 on Feb. 15, 2023, in Evanston

Series History

• Indiana holds an advantage of 120-55 in a series with Northwestern that spans over 100 years of games dating back to the 1907-08 campaign.

• The 120 wins mark the most for the Hoosiers against any one opponent. IU also owns 100-plus wins over Ohio State (112), Michigan (111), Minnesota (108), and Iowa (107).

• In two games against the Wildcats last season, All-American forward Trayce Jackson-Davis averaged 20.5 points, 17.0 rebounds, 8.0 assists, and 3.0 blocks. The two games were decided by a total of three points.

Last Time Out

• Indiana fell by a final tally of 79-59 at No. 2/2 Purdue on Feb. 10. The Hoosier bench, led by sophomore guard CJ Gunn, outscored the Boilers, 20-15.

• Gunn scored a career-high 13 points on 3-of-4 attempts from the 3-point line. He added two rebounds and three assists in 20 minutes of run.

• Senior guard Trey Galloway posted 10 points, three rebounds, and a game-high seven assists. Sophomore center Kel’el Ware added 11 points and eight rebounds, while freshman forward Mackenzie Mgbako scored 12 points.

Fear of God Alternate Uniforms

• The Indiana men’s basketball team will wear alternate uniforms as part of a collaboration with adidas and Fear of God, an influential American luxury brand founded by Jerry Lorenzo in 2011.

• With familial ties to Indiana, content will outline Lorenzo tapping into his heritage, bringing to life the story of Fear of God Athletics, and the brand’s inaugural NCAA partnerships.

• The first 100 students at the game will be gifted an exclusive Fear of God Athletics tee, commemorating the occasion.

• Exclusive Indiana T-shirts and hoodies will be available for purchase at FearofGod.com & Confirmed for a limited amount of time.

Big Man Transformation

• Sophomore center Kel’el Ware, a transfer from Oregon, has upped his scoring (from 6.6 points to 14.6), rebounds (4.1 to 9.0, assists (0.5 to 1.7), and field goal percentage (45.7% to 55.8%) in his second season. He leads the Hoosiers in rebounds and blocks in 31 minutes per game.

• Ware has scored at least 10 points in 17 games this year after producing just eight such games as a rookie. The 7-footer has ripped down at least 10 boards nine times this season, including a career-high 17 at Rutgers (Jan. 9).

• In 11 conference games, Ware is averaging 14.5 points on 58.2% (64-of-110) shooting from the floor and 53.3% (8-of-15) from the 3-point line. He is also averaging 9.5 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per night.

• Ware tallied a career-high 28 points on 12-of-13 shooting from the floor in an 89-76 win over Harvard (Nov. 26) in Indianapolis. The 92.3% shooting split marked the highest by a Hoosier with at least 10 made field goals this century.

Follow the Gallo-Way

• Senior guard Trey Galloway is one of four players in the Big Ten to average at least 10.0 points, 3.5 assists, and 1.0 steal per game while committing less than 2.0 turnovers per outing. He joins A.J. Hoggard (Michigan State), Bruce Thornton (Ohio State), and Tony Perkins (Iowa) on the exclusive list.

• Galloway has dished out 66 total assists (5.1 per game) in his last 13 outings dating back to Dec. 21, 2023, to go against just 26 turnovers (2.54 assist-to-turnover ratio). For his career, the Hoosiers are 13-4 in the 17 games ‘Gallo’ has handed out at least five dimes.

• He is averaging a career-best 11.1 points per game, including a career-high 28 points against No. 2/2 Kansas (Dec. 16). He converted 12-of-17 shots in the contest. He scored a Big Ten career-high 25 points (19 in the second half) at Ohio State (Feb. 6) while leading IU to an 18-point comeback victory.

Hoosiers Lose to Boilers in Mackey Arena

• Indiana dropped a 79-59 contest at No. 2/2 Purdue on Feb. 10. Three Hoosier starters reached double figures in freshman forward Mackenzie Mgbako (12 points), sophomore center Kel’el Ware (11), and senior guard Trey Galloway (10).

• Sophomore guard CJ Gunn scored a career-high 13 points on 3-of-4 shooting from behind the arc. He also dished out three assists in 20 minutes off the bench. Gunn and fifth-year senior forward Anthony Walker combined for 19 points on 7-of-13 shooting from the floor. The duo helped IU’s bench outscore the Boilers, 20-15.

Galloway, Reneau Erase 18-Point Lead at OSU

• Senior guard Trey Galloway scored a Big Ten career-high 25 points and six rebounds in IU’s come-from-behind victory at Ohio State on Feb. 6. Gallo posted 19 points on 7-of-10 shooting and four assists in the second half. His final assist came on a drive-and-kick to a wide-open, corner 3-pointer from senior guard Anthony Leal with 22 seconds remaining to give Indiana the 74-73 lead.

• Leal scored the final five Hoosier points, including a pair of free throws with 2 seconds to play to seal the 76-73 road victory.

• Sophomore forward Malik Reneau charted his second-career double-double with a game-high 26 points and a career-high 14 rebounds. The game marked his sixth 20-point effort of the season.

PURDUE SOFTBALL

THE COMEBACK KIDS

TAMPA, Fla. – Coming down to the wire for the second time today, the Boilermaker softball squad (5-2) pulled out the victory with a 4-3 decision at USF, thanks to a pair of runs in the top of the seventh to reclaim the lead and staving off a walk-off in the bottom of the frame.

Relief pitcher freshman Jules Raymond received her first career win on her birthday, tossing 2.2 innings and one strikeout during game to move to 1-0 on the year. Meanwhile, the win was sealed with a save by fellow freshman Julia Gossett, who came in to face the go-ahead run at the plate for the final out. Gossett, coming off her first complete-game shutout earlier today vs. UIC, earned the strikeout looking to end the game.

The game-tying run was scored by Kyndall Bailey in the seventh inning when pinch hitter Ryen Ross reached on a fielding error and advanced to second on the throw to earn the RBI. Then, Purdue’s game-winner came on the bat of designated player Jade Moy, who produced the sac fly to score Kiara Dillon.

Moy produced a team-leading and career-high three RBI in the outing, responsible for Purdue’s two runs in the third inning when she recorded a two RBI double, scoring Moriah Polar and Kiersen George.

Purdue notched two doubles with Tyrina Jones (fourth inning) and Kyndall Bailey (seventh inning), which led to the game-tying run.

While hits were even at seven each, Purdue left seven runners stranded while USF left four.

Purdue committed no errors, while USF was charged with two.

The Boilermakers return to action tomorrow with a doubleheader on Day 2 of the Fonseca Memorial Tournament at USF. First, Purdue will take on Boston College at 1 p.m. ET, immediately followed by a showdown vs. Hofstra.

PURDUE BASEBALL

PURDUE WINS OPENER IN SHUTOUT FASHION FOR FIRST TIME SINCE 1991

SUGAR LAND, Texas – Jordan Morales and Jackson Dannelley teamed up for a combined shutout in Purdue Baseball’s 6-0 opening day win vs. Stony Brook as the Boilermakers blanked the opposition in their season opener for the first time since 1991.

Purdue raced out to a 3-0 lead after two innings and put the game away with three more runs over its final two frames at the plate. The Boilermakers improved to 5-0 in season openers under head coach Greg Goff.

Connor Caskenette connected for a two-run homer to right field in the seventh inning along with catching the shutout. A double from Jo Stevens and a pair of sacrifice flies helped Purdue score twice in the second inning as well.

FRIDAY NOTABLES

• The Boilermakers improved to 8-1 since 2022 at Constellation Field in Sugar Land. Purdue has won seven of its last eight season openers since 2017.

• Jackson Dannelley joined Aaron Suval as active Boilermakers with an 11-out save.

• Jordan Morales and Dannelley needed only 106 pitches in the combined shutout. Morales threw 62 pitches vs. 21 batters faced over 5 1/3 innings. He did not issue a walk. The game was completed in just two hours and 20 minutes.

• Purdue’s Opening Day starting pitcher (Morales) was unscored upon for the second year in a row. Khal Stephen accomplished the feat last season vs. Holy Cross. Since 2000, Tanner Andrews (2018 vs. Western Michigan) is the only other starter to keep the opposition off the board on Opening Day.

• Couper Cornblum drew a pair of walks and drove in a run with a sacrifice fly, extending his on-base streak to 21 consecutive games dating back to last season.

• Logan Sutter (single), Brody Chrisman (single) and Luke Gaffney (walk) all reached base safely in their first Purdue at-bats Friday.

Dannelley walked the SBU cleanup hitter to load the bases with one out in the sixth inning, bringing the potential go-ahead run to the plate. But he responded by retiring the next six batters he faced and 11 of the final 13 altogether to escape the jam. The Seawolves did not bring the tying run to the plate for the remainder of the day.

Morales worked a pair of 1-2-3 innings and retired the first batter in five of the six frames he started. The lefty retired SBU’s dynamic leadoff man Evan Fox all three times they faced off.

Brody Chrisman, Thomas Green and Caskenette teamed up to cut down a runner at the plate for the second out of the fourth inning. Brett Paulsen was unsuccessful in trying to score from first base on a double into the left field corner.

Stevens’ double and the sac flies from Green and Cornblum in the second inning all went to the opposite field. Chrisman’s infield single ignited the rally. Green and Stevens teamed up for a double steal in the eighth with Stevens sliding in safely at home on the back side of the play.

Logan Sutter connected for a two-out, two-strike line drive into center field for an RBI single in the first inning as the Boilermakers capitalized on walks to Couper Cornblum and Luke Gaffney. Sutter also doubled Friday.

The series continues Saturday with a doubleheader at 2 p.m. ET.

PURDUE WRESTLING

BOILERS COME UP ONE POINT SHORT IN REGULAR SEASON FINALE

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue Wrestling won five of its matches on the night, two in bonus fashion, but came up one point shy of a win in a 19-18 loss to Illinois on Friday in Holloway Gymnasium.

The Boilermakers (6-10, 1-7 B1G) wrapped up dual season with an exciting match at home that saw the lead change hands six times as the two teams split the bouts five apiece. Head coach Tony Ersland’s team got bonus point wins from No. 1 Matt Ramos and No. 31 Stoney Buell to go along with decisions from Marcos Polanco, Isaac Ruble, and Ben Vanadia.

The dual started off with a bang for the Boilers as the top-ranked Ramos won his fourth tech fall of the season in a 17-1 (4:56) domination of Caelen Riley. The Lockport, Ill., native racked up 11 back points in just two periods to seal the victory. It is the 13th straight win for Ramos, a career best stretch, who finishes Big Ten dual season undefeated after wrestling all eight of his possible matches. 11 is the most back points he has garnered in a single match in his career.

Buell picked up his fourth major decision and fifth Big Ten dual win of the year with an 11-3 victory over Chris Moore. Takedowns in the first and third and exactly one minute of riding time pushed the redshirt-sophomore into bonus points.

Redshirt-senior Marcos Polanco picked up his first Big Ten dual win in the old gold and black with a gutsy 10-8 decision over Jake Harrier. The California kid bagged his first takedown in the first 20 seconds to get on the board first, but needed another T3 to come from behind in the third and earn the win.

Another exciting match followed Polanco’s when Ike Ruble scrambled his way to a 5-1 decision win against Logan Swaw. The Illinois wrestler looked poised to take the lead after getting in on a single, but Ruble had other ideas. Some great defense turned into a takedown for the Boilermaker who would ride out the remainder of the period.

The redshirt-freshman has been asked to step into the lineup three times this season and has delivered on all three occasions. He will finish the year 3-0 in dual action and on a seven-match winning streak.

The final win of the night for the Boilermakers came in a clutch performance from Ben Vanadia to take a 9-7 decision from Isiah Pettigrew that put Purdue ahead and gave them a chance to win it in the final match. Pettigrew scored first on an early takedown, but Vanadia hit back to take the lead. Great work on top throughout the bout gave the Brecksville, Ohio native 1:54 of riding time that proved to be the difference.

UP NEXT

The Boilermakers now move into tournament season, with plenty of time to prepare for the 2024 Big Ten Championships on March 9-10. The event will be held in College Park, Md., in the XFINITY Center with the action set to be streamed on both the Big Ten Network and B1G+.

Purdue 18, Illinois 19

125: #1 Matt Ramos (PUR) over Caelen Riley (ILL) TF 17-1 (4:56) | PUR 5-0

133: #24 Anthony Madrigal (ILL) over Dustin Norris (PUR) Dec 7-2 | PUR 5-3

141: #25 Danny Pucino (ILL) over Christian White (PUR) Fall (6:18) | ILL 9-5

149: Marcos Polanco (PUR) over Jake Harrier (ILL) Dec 10-8 | ILL 9-8

157: Isaac Ruble (PUR) over Logan Swaw (ILL) Dec 5-1 | PUR 11-9

165: #31 Stoney Buell (PUR) over Chris Moore (ILL) MD 11-3 | PUR 15-9

174: #8 Edmond Ruth (ILL) over #32 Brody Baumann (PUR) MD 11-2 | PUR 15-13

184: Dylan Connell (ILL) over James Rowley (PUR) Dec 5-3 | ILL 16-15

197: Ben Vanadia (PUR) over Isiah Pettigrew (ILL) Dec 9-7 | PUR 18-16

285: Peter Marinopoulos (ILL) over Hayden Filipovich (PUR) Dec 8-6 | ILL 19-18

PURDUE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

PURDUE HOSTS NEBRASKA FOR ALUMNAE & NATIONAL GIRLS AND WOMEN IN SPORTS DAY

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue women’s basketball team returns to Mackey Arena to start a two-game homestand against Nebraska on Saturday. Tipoff is set for 4 p.m. on B1G+.

The game can be heard on the Purdue Global Radio Network on 95.3 BOB FM with Tim Newton and Jane Schott on the call.

PROMOTIONS

Alumnae Day – Purdue will welcome back alumnae from several generations to celebrate their achievements and the elevation of the program. Purdue will giveaway over 1,000 replica 1999 National Championship rings.

National Girls and Women in Sports Day – The Boilermakers will celebrate National Women and Girls in Sports Day. Boilermaker Kids Club members will have the opportunity to participate in a pre-game clinic in Lambert Fieldhouse and those who participate will receive free admission to the game.

GAME INFORMATION 

Purdue (11-13, 4-9) vs. Nebraska (16-9, 8-6)

Saturday, Feb. 17

Time: 4 PM

TV/Stream: B1G+

Radio: 95.3 BOB FM

Live Stats: Purduestats.com

LAST TIME OUT

The Boilermakers picked up a 74-48 road win at Northwestern on Wednesday night. Purdue shot 46% from the floor and hit nine 3-pointers. The Boilermakers broke the game open with a 27-point run between the second and third quarters. All four of Purdue’s seniors stepped up with Caitlyn Harper leading the way with 17 points. Madison Layden made five triples to finish with 16 points, while Abbey Ellis joined the Purdue 1,000-point club with 14 points. Jeanae Terry posted her second non-point double-double with 12 rebounds and 11 assists.

NOTES

• Purdue leads the all-time series with Nebraska10-9.

• The Boilermakers are 9-3 at Mackey Arena this season with all three losses coming against top-15 opponents. Purdue is averaging 77.4 points per game at home with a scoring margin of 12.4, while shooting 46% from the floor.

• Purdue’s freshman class is the only rookie group in the Big Ten averaging over 20 points per game in league play with 22.5 points per night. The Boilermaker freshmen also lead the Big Ten with 22.5 points in all games.

• Stevenson is one of two freshmen from the Big Ten and 10 from a major conference averaging 10 points and 5.0 rebounds per game, joined by Nebraska’s Natalie Potts.

• Abbey Ellis will play her first game since joining the 1,000-point club as Purdue’s 36th member and first transfer to hit the mark. Ellis reached the club in 85 games, tied for 12th fastest in program history with Jannon Roland and Courtney Moses.

• Jeanae Terry is the second player in Big Ten history to amass 900 rebounds, 700 assists and 200 steals in a career. She is the only player nationally since at least 2009-10 to record five non-point double-doubles.

• Madison Layden’s five triples against Northwestern vaulted her up to sixth in program history with 193 3-pointers. The Kokomo native is seven away from becoming the sixth player in program history to reach 200 career 3-pointers.

• Stevenson is the 15th freshman in Purdue history and just the third since 2009-10 to record over 225 points and 120 rebounds in a rookie campaign.

• Sophie Swanson connected on her 20th 3-pointer of the season against Northwestern. She has the most rookie triples at Purdue since Madison Layden in 2020-21, while being the seventh freshman to make 20 or more since 2009-10.

• Purdue is one of three teams nationally to have two 1,800-point scorers (Caitlyn Harper – 1,869 and Abbey Ellis – 1,823 points), joining Indiana (Mackenzie Holmes – 2,389 and Sara Scalia – 1,851) and LSU (Annesah Morrow – 2,003, Angel Reese – 1,957).

• Mary Ashley Stevenson has earned two Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors, Purdue’s first multi-winner since 2016-17.

• Purdue is 10-0 over the last three seasons when Jeanae Terry records a double-double or a triple-double.

• Purdue’s freshmen have posted 23 double-figure scoring performances, second in the Big Ten to Nebraska’s 24.

The 2023-24 Purdue women’s basketball season is presented by Purdue Global, Purdue University’s online educational solution for working adults.

NOTRE DAME WOMEN’S LAX

STATEMENT WIN: #8 IRISH TOPPLE #1 NORTHWESTERN, 14-10

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – For the first time in program history, the No. 8 Fighting Irish women’s lacrosse team knocked off the No. 1 team in the country, defeating top-ranked Northwestern by a score of 14-10 in Loftus Sports Center on Friday evening.

The win over the Wildcats snaps their 22-game winning streak, the longest active streak in the country entering Friday’s contest.

Jackie Wolak was the best player on the field on the night, posting a monster six-point performance with four goals and two assists to lead the attack. Teammates Madison Ahern and Abby Maichin each added hat tricks to help spur the Irish to victory.

Notre Dame completely dominated the draw, finishing with a 20-8 advantage to control possession throughout the contest. Kelly Denes was masterful at the draw, winning eight in the win, while Mary Kelly Doherty added six.

HOW IT HAPPENED

The game started off as a defensive affair, with both teams causing turnovers and making life difficult on the opposing attacks.

Northwestern managed to build a 3-0 lead over the first 12 minutes of action but the Irish roared back in the final 90 seconds of play, scoring three goals to end the period and tie the game at 3-3. Wolak accounted for two of the scores and Ahern had the other to level the score.

The Irish carried the momentum into the second quarter, taking their first lead of the night off a beautiful behind-the-back goal from Choma to go on top 4-3 less than a minute into the stanza.

After a Wildcat goal tied the game at 4-4, Abby Maichin fired home a free-position shot before Northwestern once again scored to knot the game up at 5-5 with just under seven minutes left in the half.

Another goal by Maichin was answered by a Wildcat goal to move the score to 6-6 and then the Irish once again finished a quarter strongly, scoring the final two goals to take an 8-6 lead into the halftime break. Ahern and Kelly Denes produced the goals to give the Irish the two-score lead.

Northwestern scored the opening goal of the third quarter to cut the advantage to one and after 10 minutes of scoreless action the Irish pushed it’s lead back to two at 9-7 off a goal from Arden Tierney, which she wrapped around the crease, spun off a defender and fired in her first goal of the night.

The visitors scored the final goal of the period to make the score 9-8 in favor of the Irish heading into the final 15 minutes of regulation.

The Wildcats scored the first two goals of the fourth quarter to retake the lead for the first time since the first quarter, going on top 10-9 with less than 10 minutes to play.

The Irish roared back, responding immediately with goals from Keelin Schlageter and Wolak in the span of less than 30 seconds to go back on top at 11-10 with seven minutes remaining.

Ahern then stepped up to the line on a free-position attempt and buried her effort for her third goal of the evening to push the lead back up to two at 12-10.

Notre Dame closed the game emphatically, adding two more scores off goals from Wolak and Maichin in the final three minutes to put the exclamation mark on the win at 14-10 to remain unbeaten on the season at 3-0.

UP NEXT

The women continue the homestand Sunday afternoon with a 1 p.m. ET draw set against Butler. The game will air on ACCNX.

NOTRE DAME HOCKEY

ROOKIES SHINE AHEAD OF SENIOR NIGHT

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The University of Notre Dame trounced the eighth- ranked Minnesota Golden Gophers, 6-1, Friday night to kick off their final regular season home series festivities. Three Irish rookies scored in the win while five tallied at least one point in the game one triumph. The night marked Coach Jackson’s 1,000th career game as a NCAA Division I Head Coach, between his time at Notre Dame and Lake Superior State.

The Irish registered the first shot on net of the contest off the stick of Cole Knuble but the Gophers quickly returned the favor and peppered Ryan Bischel with shots through the opening minutes of Friday’s game.

Minnesota nearly broke the 0-0 tie with a shot early in the frame that trickled through Bischel’s pads but a strong defensive effort by the Irish blue liners cleared the puck from the crease to keep it scoreless.

Moments later Brennan Ali led the footrace up ice the other way to create the odd-man rush. Danny Nelson’s rebound shot could not beat Justen Close in the Gopher net but a quick touch from Carter Slaggert beat the sprawling netminder for the 1-0 tally.

Ali led another breakout late in the period but the Irish couldn’t convert on the rush and they held the 1-0 lead into the first intermission.

It took the Irish just 90 seconds into the second period to extend their lead when Jake Boltmann found Cole Knuble for the 2-0 tally.

The Irish were whistled for the first infraction of the night at 6:03 of the second period. Knuble and Landon Slaggert created a strong shorthanded chance early into the penalty kill but a shot was stifled as the defender got a piece of Slaggert’s attempt and sent it high into the protective netting.

Just seconds after the Irish returned to full strength, Knuble, still on the ice from the successful kill, scored his second of the night to make it a 3-0 game at 8:23 of the middle frame.

The Irish scored twice more before the end of the period, with Landon and Danny Nelson both lighting the lamp in the latter minutes to take the 5-1 lead into the locker room through 40 minutes of play.

The Irish added one more insurance goal late in the third period when Drew Bavaro found the back of the net to make it the 6-1 final.

Ryan Bischel picked up first star of the game honors as his 31 saves backstopped the Irish to victory, the lone Gophers goal coming late in the second period.

GOALS

Carter Slaggert opened the scoring for the Irish Friday night when his shot beat Justen Close in the Minnesota net for the 1-0 tally. Brennan Ali who fired the initial shot was credited with the second assist while Danny Nelson picked up a primary helper after his rebound was turned aside for Slaggert to capitalize on.

Cole Knuble made it 2-0 for the Irish early into the second period off a centering feed from Jake Boltmann at 1:30 of the middle frame. Patrick Moynihan also tallied an assist on the play.

The Irish rookies continued to have themselves a night when Knuble net his second of the night off a deflected shot from Danny Nelson at the point. Justin Janicke was credited with a secondary assist on the play as well for his 12th of the season.

Landon Slaggert kept the Irish offensive power firing halfway through the second period when his shot off the rebound beat Close in net. The senior captain battled along the halfwall before passing the puck back to Paul Fischer at the point who fed a pass over to Zach Plucinski across the blueline. Plucinski’s shot ricocheted off Close and onto the stick of Landon who buried his chance to make it 4-0.

Danny Nelson capped off the team’s four-goal period with 36 seconds to play in the second when his wrister found the back of the net after Minnesota had cut into the Irish lead shortly before. After pressing in the offensive zone late in the frame, Minnesota gained possession and looked to clear it out but Carter Slaggert’s pressure on the Gophers’ Sam Rinzel led to a turnover at the blueline where Danny Nelson collected the puck and skated in uncontested.

Drew Bavaro completed the scoring for the Irish Friday night, faking a shot at the point before walking in to the top of the far circle where he buried a wrist shot for the 6-1 final. Hunter Strand and Paul Fischer were both tabbed with the assists on the goal.

KEY STATS

Friday’s contest marked career game 1,000 for the Catalino Family Head Hockey Coach Jeff Jackson at the Division I level. Prior to his stint at Notre Dame, Coach Jackson served six seasons as the head coach at Lake Superior State University.

Six Irish skaters scored in Friday’s contest against the Gophers, including four goals from a trio of freshmen as the young talent shone through in a 6-1 win.

In addition to Carter Slaggert, Danny Nelson and Cole Knuble’s two goals, Brennan Ali and Paul Fischer also highlighted the box score with helpers in the tilt. In total, the freshmen class combined for 10 of the team’s 17 points Friday night against Minnesota.

The Irish fired 28 shots on net in the contest while blocking 18 pucks from reaching Ryan Bischel in the Notre Dame crease. Justin Janicke and Danny Nelson each posted a team-best four shots on goal and Paul Fischer’s four blocked shots led the defensive effort in the category.

Bischel picked up 31 saves in the contest, including all 13 shots faced in the final frame to hold the Minnesota offense to its lowest offensive output of the season.

At the face-off dot, Cole Knuble recorded a 73.7-percentage, going 14-5 as the Irish registered a 27-23 edge at the circle over the Gophers.

With his start in net Friday, Bischel recorded his 100th collegiate game played while Justin Janicke laced up his skates for his 100th time with the Irish as well.

UP NEXT

The Irish close out their regular season home slate Saturday evening with a 6pm series finale with the Golden Gophers. Following the contest, fans are asked to remain in their seats as the team honors its graduating members: Ryan Siedem, Jake Boltmann, Grant Silianoff, Patrick Moynihan, Landon Slaggert, Brady Bjork, Drew Bavaro, Zach Plucinski, Trevor Janicke, Ryan Bischel, Joshua Graziano and Brayden Napoli.

BUTLER BASEBALL

GRAND SLAM SENDS SEMINOLES PAST BUTLER 11-0

TALLAHASSEE – The Butler baseball team took an 11-0 loss at Florida State on Friday night to open the 2024 regular season. The Seminoles hit a grand slam in the bottom of the sixth inning to take control of the contest and back-to-back homers in the eighth would take us to our final score.

Butler ended the night with four hits, two of which came courtesy of Carter Dorighi. The BU shortstop hit third in the order and ended the game 2-for-4 from the plate. Freshman Kade Lewis led off the seventh inning with a double to right and Butler’s final hit came from Xavier Carter who led off for the Bulldogs in the opener.

Seminole starter Cam Leiter was dominate on the hill in his FSU debut. The sophomore right-hander struck out 13 batters over five full innings. As a team, Florida State ended the night with 22 strikeouts.

Offensively, the Seminoles took advantage of three wild pitches to grab a 3-0 lead after two innings. James Tibbs III blew the game open with a grand slam in the sixth and pinch-hit home runs would follow in the eighth by Max Williams and Cal Fisher.

The ‘Dawgs used four arms on the mound with Justin Hornschemeier making his Butler debut. Nick Miketinac had the best stuff on Friday night, limiting FSU to just one run over three full innings. Aidan Hatcher threw two in relief and Jake Putnam took care of the eighth.

Tomorrow’s game between Butler and Florida State has been moved up to 12 PM due to inclement weather. Fans can once again catch the game live on the ACC Network.

BUTLER SOFTBALL

BUTLERSOFTBALL DEFEATS BELMONT, LOSES TO SOUTH DAKOTA AT GSU

ATLANTA, Ga. – The Butler softball team dropped Belmont in its first game of the Panther Invitational at GSU but then lost to South Dakota in the second contest of the day. The Bulldogs (2-5) never trailed in the 2-1 against the Bruins (1-3), but the Coyotes (1-5) jumped ahead early and built a large lead, winning by the final of 7-1.

Game 1: Butler- 2, Belmont- 1 (7 innings)

In the first inning, Butler used a bunt single from Hailey Conger and also took advantage of two errors and a walk to jump in front, 2-0.

In the fifth, Belmont sent a double to the gap and plated one.

Katie Petran (2-0) pitched a complete game for Butler, picking up her second win of the season. In seven innings, she allowed one run on five hits with two strikeouts.

Game 2: South Dakota- 7, Butler- 1 (7 innings)

South Dakota scored three runs in the first inning, two in the second, and two more in the third to take a 7-0 lead after three complete.

In the top of the fourth, Teagan O’Rilley hit a solo home run to put the Bulldogs on the board.

Sydney Cammon (0-4) started in the circle for Butler and took the loss. In three innings, she was tagged with seven runs with only one earned. She allowed five hits and gave up two walks, striking out one. Kayla Noerr (3.0 IP, BB, 2K) provided relief in the top of the fourth, pitching three scoreless innings.

Bulldog Bits

Katie Petran earned her second complete-game win of the season vs. Belmont.

Teagan O’Rilley’s homerun was her second of the season and tenth of her career.

Hailey Conger was 5-for-8 over the day’s two games.

Up Next

Butler remains in Atlanta, Georgia, at the Panther Invitational at GSU and will take on South Dakota and the host team, Georgia State, on Saturday, Feb. 17.

IUPUI SOFTBALL

SOFTBALL FALLS IN OPENING DAY OF FURMAN INVITATIONAL

GREENVILLE, S.C. – In day one of the Furman Invitational, the IUPUI softball team dropped its opening matches against Georgetown, 6-0, and Furman, 3-2, Friday (Feb. 16) evening.

IUPUI (1-4) began the day against Georgetown (3-4) in the first of two matchups against the Hoyas this weekend. Georgetown, coming off a 2-1 victory in the opening game of the invitational, got off to a hot start, getting on the board in the second inning with a two-run homer by Samantha Miller. Later in the inning the lead would stretch to three after an Abby Kozo single brought in Gabby Park.

Another Hoya home run extended the lead in the top of the fourth. After two quick outs, Camryn Wincher doubled to left center, bringing in two runs to create a six-run advantage. Jasmin Speth came in relief of Carly Metcalf and got the Jags out of the inning.

The senior pitcher closed out the final three and one third innings without allowing a hit and recorded three strikeouts, but IUPUI was unable to generate any offense, registering just two hits in the final four innings.

The team got off to a much better start offensively in game number two of the afternoon, with Morgan Gilbert and Paige McPhearson hitting back-to-back doubles to put pressure on the hosts in the opening inning. After the bases were loaded following a walk, an error saw Gilbert reach the plate for the games’ first run. McPhearson would score on the next at-bat after Kayla Freiberg’s groundout brought her home.

After both teams struggled for the next few innings, the Jags had an opportunity to extend the lead with runners on the corners in the top of the fifth, but a timely strikeout by Sierra Tufts saw the Paladins get out of the inning unscathed.

The hosts’ offense came alive in the penultimate inning, tallying three runs to take the lead heading into the final frame. A two-run home run by Poole saw the Paladins take the lead after Lykins reached the plate earlier in the inning. Three quick outs in the top of the seventh saw Furman close out the game, 3-2.

IUPUI resumes play tomorrow morning when they take on Lipscomb at 11:30 a.m. Later in the day the Jags will play the Hoyas for the second time, with first pitch scheduled for 2:00 p.m.

BALL STATE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL BACK TO MAC PLAY WITH ROAD GAME AT OHIO

Ball State (21-3, 10-1) at Ohio (7-15, 4-7 MAC)

February 17, 2024 >> Convocation Center >>Athens, Ohio>>  1 pm ET

Opening Tip:

– Ball State looks to remain atop of the Mid-American Conference standings Saturday afternoon when it takes to the road playing at Ohio for a 1 pm ET tipoff in the Convocation Center. The

Cardinals just faced the Bobcats two games ago when Ball State hosted Ohio on Feb. 3 in Worthen Arena which resulted in a 97-66 victory for the Cardinals.

–  The Cardinals have held a halftime lead in eight of their 11 Mid-American Conference games so far this season. Ball State is 9-1 in those contests.

– The Cardinals got back on the winning track last Sunday on the CBS Sports Network after defeating James Madison in Muncie by a 72-57 decision. It marked the second game of the MAC-SBC Challenge with Ball State winning both this season after defeating Troy on the road in November. For the game, Marie Kiefer led BSU with 19 points.

– For the seventh time under 12th-year head coach Brady Sallee and the second season in a row, the Cardinals reached the 20-win plateau after Ball State’s 97-66 defeat over Ohio University

Saturday afternoon in Worthen Arena. Sallee’s 20-win seasons at Ball State are — 22-10 (2015-16), 21-11 (2016-17) 25-7 (2017-18), 21-10 (2019-20), 20-13 (2021-22), 26-9 (2022-23) and 21-3 (2023-24).

– With only seven Mid-American Conference games left, Ball State still sits atop of the league standings with a 10-1 mark. The Cardinals and the Rockets are knotted with the same league record but right now Ball State wins the tiebreaker since the Cardinals defeated Toledo, 65-51, on Jan. 21 in Worthen Arena. The two teams will face each other again on Feb. 24 at 2 pm ET in John F. Savage Arena.

– Saturday’s game against Ohio will mark the 72nd time in program history the two schools have met with the Bobcats leading the all-time series record, 39-32.

Amongst the Elite:

The Cardinals are getting noticed on a national level as Ball State continues to receive votes in the latest USA Today Sports Coaches Poll. Ball State is currently one of 16 NCAA DI teams that have a 10-1 record in conference play. The Cardinals are also one of 10 NCAA DI teams that have only three losses so far this season. Two of the Cardinals losses this season came against national powerhouses No. 19 Notre Dame and No. 10 UConn. Ball State is the only MAC school to receive votes so far this season. Ball State also is tied with Indiana for the highest win percentage out of any NCAA DI program in the state of Indiana 21-3 (.875). This is the fourth week in a row the Cardinals have received votes.

1 More Win Gets Us In:

A Cardinal win Saturday against the Bobcats will secure Ball State a spot in the upcoming 2024 Mid-American Conference Tournament (March 13-16) in Cleveland.   It will be the ninth time in current head coach Brady Sallee’s tenure the Cardinals have punched their ticket straight to the MAC Tournament in Cleveland.

Game Day Tidbits:

– In 24 contests as a Cardinal, Nyla Hampton has stolen the ball 81 times and has dished out 121 assists. Hampton stole the ball eight times against Tennessee Tech (11/6/23) and Northern Illinois (2/7/24. Hampton is fifth in the nation in total steals (81) and ranks fourth in steals per game (3.38).

– The Cardinals as a team rank in the top 100 in these categories: 11th in winning percentage (87.5), 16th in 3-pointers per game (8.8), 18th turnover margin (5.25), 28th in turnovers forced per game (20.08), 29th in steals per game (10.8), 32nd in 3-point field goal percentage (35.6), 35th in 3-point field goal attempts (24.7), 37th in field goal percentage (45.4), 37th in bench points (45.4), 45th in scoring margin (12.7), assists per game (16.1), 48th in scoring offense (74.5) and 50th in assist/turnover ratio (1.09).

– Madelyn Bischoff ranks 13th in 3-pointers per contest in the country (2.96), 10th in 3-point field goal percentage (44.7) and 17th in total 3-pointers (68).

MAC Tourney Appearances:

This season will mark the 34th appearance in the Mid-American Conference Tournament in program history.  Ball State has advanced to Cleveland 21 out of the past 23 seasons.  The Cardinals are 22-31 all-time in MAC Tournament play and have advanced to the MAC Tournament finals on six occasions.  Ball State defeated Bowling Green in 2009 in the MAC Tournament Championship game.

BALL STATE MEN’S BASKETBALL

MEN’S BASKETBALL RETURNS TO MAC PLAY WITH RIVALRY GAME AT MIAMI

The Ball State men’s basketball team plays at rival Miami (OH) at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday following a week in between games.

The game will be streamed on ESPN+, while Mick Tidrow and David Eha handle the radio broadcast on WMUN 1340AM – 92.5FM. This will be the 111th meeting in the series between the Cardinals and RedHawks.

Ball State (12-12, 4-7 Mid-American Conference) fell to Miami (11-13, 5-6 MAC) in overtime back on Jan. 20 at Worthen Arena. The RedHawks got a last-second 3-pointer from forward Darweshi Hunter to force the extra period. Basheer Jihad’s career high 29 points and a 16-point, 11-rebound double-double from Mickey Pearson Jr. were spoiled by Miami’s comeback.

The Cardinals are coming off a 68-60 setback at Texas State last Saturday afternoon. Ball State held an early lead and got 19 points and nine rebounds out of Jihad, but the host Bobcats benefitted from balanced scoring and interior production to win their second MAC-SBC Challenge game.

Miami has gone 2-4 since the first battle at Ball State, beating league-leading Akron 70-68 at home on Jan. 27 but dropping a 62-59 decision to Northern Illinois on Feb. 6. The RedHawks lost 73-53 at Georgia State on Saturday in their most recent game.

SCOUTING MIAMI (OH): The RedHawks went 12-20 (6-12 MAC) last season in head coach Travis Steele’s second year leading the program. Miami claimed the No. 8 seed in the MAC Tournament and fell to top-seeded Toledo 91-75 in the quarterfinals.

The RedHawks lead the MAC in assists per game (15.0) and bench points per game (28.58), with their bench production ranking No. 25 in NCAA Division I.

Graduate forward Hunter’s average 3-pointers made per game (2.12) ranks sixth in the league, and his 143 attempts from long distance ranks third. Hunter and senior center Anderson Mirambeaux lead the team in scoring at 12.5 points per game, while 10 RedHawks average at least 6.0 points per game on the season.

CARDINAL DIRECTIONS

Jihad leads the Cardinals in scoring (19.3 points per game) and rebounding (7.7) averages. The junior forward out of Detroit has led the Cardinals in scoring 15 games so far, scoring in double-figures 23 times, including 11 games with 20+ points. The big man’s total points (462) and scoring average rank third in the Mid-American Conference, while his rebounding average is fourth.

The Cardinals lead the MAC and rank in the Top 40 nationally in free throws made per game (16.5, No. 35) and 3-point percentage (37.7, No. 21). Ball State also commits the fewest fouls per game (15.4) while ranking No. 34 nationally in free throw percentage (16.5).

Ball State’s 20 wins last year were its most since 2016-17 when that team won 21. This season’s Cardinals will look for back-to-back 20-win schedules for the first time since that 2016-17 season.

The Cardinals are a young group, as the roster includes only one senior or graduate student (Ethan Brittain-Watts). Ball State returns only 21.5 percent of minutes played and 19.6 percent of points scored from last year’s team.

Brittain-Watts (Boston University), Jalin Anderson (Loyola Marymount) and Davion Bailey (Southeastern CC) form Ball State’s trio of transfers.

Joey Brown (Indianapolis), Zane Doughty (Indianapolis), Mason Jones (Valparaiso, Ind.), Trent Middleton Jr. (Philadelphia) and Jurica Zagorsak (Zadar, Croatia) are the Cardinals’ quintet of true freshmen.

Ball State signed forward Jai Anthoni Bearden (Phoenix, Ariz.) and guard Jermarhi “Fatt” Hill (Bessemer, Ala.) to national letters of intent to form the Cardinals’ 2024 recruiting class.

SECOND TRIP AROUND THE MAC: Ball State begins its back end of double play opponents on Saturday after playing each of the other 11 Mid-American Conference teams in first 11 league games of the year.

Ball State’s regular season series against Akron, Buffalo, Ohio and Toledo have wrapped up with those schools being single-play opponents for the 2024 schedule.

CROATIAN DESTINATION: Ball State is the only Division I school featuring Croatia natives on both its men’s basketball (Jurica Zagorsak) and women’s basketball (Hana Muhl) teams.

Zagorsak is one of only nine Croatians currently on Division I men’s basketball rosters. Ball State has played three of the other teams with a Croatian (Detroit Mercy, Little Rock and Toledo).

HANDLING THE HUSKIES: Ball State topped Northern Illinois for the eighth time in the last nine games between the two MAC foes with the 81-71 win on Jan. 27.

The men’s basketball team has won by double-figures over the Huskies five times in that span and bettered record to 62-40 in the series, including 37-13 in Muncie.

BUFFALO BLOWOUT: The 28-point winning margin on Jan. 23 at Buffalo was Ball State’s largest of the season against a Division I opponent and second-largest overall behind a 101-40 rout of Goshen in the Nov. 7 season opener.

The loss for the Bulls was their second-most lopsided in MAC play to date and third-worst overall.

DB FOR THREE: Junior guard Davion Bailey leads the Cardinals in 3-pointers made (46) and 3-point shooting (42.6 percent) so far this season, and his 2.3 triples made per game ranks fourth in the MAC.

The Indianapolis native paces the MAC in 3-point percentage among players who’ve made at least 40 trifectas, ranking fourth overall.

FREE THROWS FALLING: Redshirt junior Mickey Pearson Jr. ranks second in the Mid-American Conference and No. 35 nationally among qualifiers in free throw shooting percentage at 88.0 (66 of 75), and first in conference games at 94.4 percent (34 of 36).

Bailey (85.2 percent, 23-27) and Trent Middleton Jr. (81.0 percent, 47-58) have also been efficient at the foul line, while the Cardinals as a whole lead are third in the MAC and No. 34 in NCAA Division I in free throw shooting at 76.0 percent.

BANKING ON BASHEER: Jihad leads the team in scoring (19.3 ppg), rebounding (7.7 per game) and field goal percentage (48.0) among Cardinals averaging at least four field goal attempts this season. Jihad has established or tied career highs in scoring six times already this season, including on Jan. 20 against Miami (29 points).

The Detroit native’s scoring average has nearly tripled ovr last year (7.1), while his rebounding average has doubled (3.6). Jihad started only one game in his first two seasons at Ball State, but has been a mainstay in the starting lineup as an upperclassman now.

JALIN JAMS: Jalin Anderson, a transfer out of Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles, leads the Ball State backcourt in scoring and the team in assists (4.4 per game) as the Cardinals’ lead guard. The Jackson, Tenn., native leads the MAC in steals (25) in conference play and is tied for second overall at 40 total steals so far.

The Jackson, Tenn., native boasts Ball State’s highest offensive output (29 points against Old Dominion) so far and has already established his career high for single season points, assists, rebounds and steals. Anderson has shown a penchant for explosive offensive performances, posting eight 20+ point games so far this season.

EMERGENCE OF BIG BEN: Redshirt junior center Ben Hendriks had started each of the last six games before missing the Dec. 21 game at Minnesota, totaling career-highs of 11 points and seven rebounds in the Dec. 2 win over Bellarmine and 32 minutes played in the Dec. 10 win against SIUE.

Hendriks already surpassed his career-bests for points (103), rebounds (63), assists (16), blocks (18) and steals (four) in a season through the schedule’s first 24 games. The big man has seen increased playing time over his last 18 contests, averaging 18.3 minutes per game after playing 6.8 per in the first four games.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK X3: Jihad was named the Mid-American Conference Men’s Basketball Co-Player of the Week on Jan. 29 after taking home the honor on Dec. 4 and Dec. 11.

Jihad averaged 24.0 points, 11.5 rebounds and 3.5 per game in wins at Buffalo and vs Northern Illinois, including a 28-point, 14-rebound double-double on Jan. 27 against the Huskies.

WINNING IN WORTHEN: The Cardinals clinched an undefeated home nonconference slate for the fourth straight season with the Dec. 10 decision over the Cougars.

Ball State has won 19 consecutive nonconference contests at Worthen Arena, with its last loss being on Dec. 3, 2019 to Loyola (Chicago).

1,300 WINS: The Ball State men’s basketball team recorded win No. 1,300 in program history with the Dec. 2 decision against Bellarmine. The Cardinals are the tenth current MAC men’s basketball team to reach that milestone.

MAC Program Wins (as of Dec. 4, 2023)

Akron – 1,697

Ball State – 1,300

Buffalo – 1,279

Bowling Green – 1,452

Central Michigan – 1,356

Eastern Michigan – 1,292

Kent State – 1,332

Miami (OH) – 1,436

Northern Illinois – 1,315

Ohio – 1,614

Toledo – 1,551

Western Michigan – 1,372

MILESTONE WATCH: Anderson is 29 points away from scoring 1,000 in his career. The junior had 604 of those while playing for LMU.

Jihad and Pearson Jr. both scored their 500th career points in the second half on Dec. 16 against Indiana St, with Jihad hitting the figure with a 3-pointer and Pearson Jr. getting to the total on a layup.

Up Next

Ball State plays another road game on Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET (7 p.m. CT) at Northern Illinois.

INDIANA STATE SOFTBALL

SYCAMORE SOFTBALL STARTS OFF 2-0 IN NASHVILLE

NASHVILLE, Tenn.- The Sycamores started off the weekend in Nashville winning both games against Western Michigan and Tennessee State by matching scores of 2-0.

Game One: Indiana State 2, Western Michigan 0 

Game one was scoreless until the fourth inning when Kennedy Shade recorded an RBI single to score Danielle Henning and put the first run on the board. The Sycamores advanced their lead to 2-0 in the sixth inning with a solo home run by Isabella Henning.  

Lauren Sackett (2-2) took the win in the circle for the Sycamores going 3.0 innings allowing two hits and zero runs scored. Sackett recorded two back-to-back strikeouts in the second inning. Megan Asher took over the ball, throwing the final 4.0 innings in the Sycamore win, allowing one hit and zero runs. Asher recorded three strikeouts for Indiana State.  

Other hits for Indiana State in game one came from a single by Abi Chipps and a double by Kenzie Cornwell against Western Michigan’s Rissa Bajusz (3-2).

Game Two: Indiana State 2, Tennessee State 0 

The Sycamores got the lead early and scored both runs in the first inning with a two-run home run by Isabella Henning.  

Cassi Newbanks (1-2) took the win for the Sycamores where she went 6.0 innings and allowed four hits and zero runs scored. Hailey Griffin (S, 1) closed out the final inning for Indiana State with two strikeouts in the victory over the Tigers.  

Morgan Goodrich recorded a multi-hit game for the Sycamores recording a double in the third inning and a single in the seventh inning.

Up Next:

Due to weather, the Roar City Invitational game times have been adjusted. The Sycamores will now play tomorrow at 6 p.m. ET against SLU. On Sunday, Indiana State will play UT Martin at 5 p.m ET and SLU at 7 p.m. ET. 

INDIANA STATE BASEBALL

BROWN POWERS SYCAMORES PAST LOUISVILLE, 8-7, IN 2024 SEASON OPENER

TAMPA, Fla. – Henry Brown connected on the go-ahead three-run home run in the top of the seventh inning and Jared Spencer shut the door for his first save of the season as Indiana State topped Louisville in Friday’s season-opener at the USF Baseball Stadium, 8-7.

The Sycamores (1-0) trailed 7-5 following a three-run Louisville (0-1) sixth inning highlighted by a pair of RBI triples in the frame. Dominic Listi started the Indiana State rally after getting hit by a pitch, while Grant Magill singled to right to put two on for Brown. The junior first baseman connected on the first pitch of the at-bat from UL reliever Riley Phillips (0-1) lofting a deep drive over the centerfield wall to clear the bases and put ISU back in the lead 8-7.

Brennyn Cutts (1-0) retired the Cardinals in order in the seventh and Zach Davidson retired the Cardinals courtesy of a double-play ball in the bottom of the eighth before turning it over to Spencer (S, 1) for the ninth. The junior closer struck out a pair in his first save of the 2024 season to retired Louisville in the ninth and secure the win.

Five Sycamores recorded multi-hit games on Friday afternoon highlighted by Brown’s four-RBI game. Randal Diaz, Listi, Magill, and Parker Stinson all added two hits apiece in the win, while Listi (3), Magill (2), and Brown (2) all scored two runs apiece. Adam Pottinger and Mike Sears both recorded stolen bases.

Cutts picked up his first win on the mound going 3.0 innings in relief. The junior right-hander allowed three hits and three runs while striking out two after taking the mound for starter Cam Edmonson. The senior left-hander went the first 4.0 innings allowing six hits and four runs (one earned), while striking out two in the no-decision. Davidson and Spencer both faced the minimum to close out the game.

All nine batters in the Louisville lineup recorded hits with five going for extra-bases in the contest. Luke Napleton, Ryan McCoy, and Gavin Kilen all tripled to the Cardinals, while Isaac Humphrey and Lucas Moore both doubled in the loss.

Sebastian Gongorra went the first 5.0 innings in taking a no-decision on the mound for the Cardinals. The left-hander allowed five hits and two runs while striking out seven. Phillips went 1.1 innings in taking the loss, while Jake Karaba went 2.1 shutout innings to close out the game.

How They Scored

Parker Stinson connected on a bases-loaded RBI single in the top of the second inning driving in Dominic Listi to put the Sycamores on the board first. Grant Magill scored later in the frame to make it a 2-0 ISU lead.

The Cardinals took their first lead of the contest in the bottom of the third inning as JT Benson singled home Logan Beard before Luke Napleton connected on an RBI triple to right field and came around to score on an ISU error to go up 3-2.

Louisville made it 4-2 in the bottom of the fourth as Beard singled home Eddie King Jr.

Indiana State retook the lead in the top of the sixth with Magill, Henry Brown, and Randal Diaz all driving in runs in the frame to make it a 5-4 game.

The Cardinals answered with three runs of their own in the bottom of the sixth highlighted by back-to-back RBI triples from Ryan McCoy and Gavin Kilen, before Lucas Moore connected on an RBI fielder’s choice to go back ahead 7-5.

The Sycamores took the lead for good in the top of the seventh as Henry Brown connected on a one-out three-run home run over the centerfield wall scoring Magill and Listi to provide the final 8-7 margin.

News & Notes

Randal Diaz (21) and Grant Magill (11) both extended their on-base streaks on Friday afternoon as the Sycamore duo continued double-digit streaks dating back to 2023.

Henry Brown’s three-run home run marked his second collegiate home run and first since going deep against Southern Illinois (Apr. 24, 2023).

Cam Edmonson drew the opening day start for the first time in his collegiate career. It marked his fifth career start on the mound and first since taking the mound against Indiana back on April 4, 2023.

Brennyn Cutts recorded his fifth collegiate win and first since picking up the W against Ball State back on May 9, 2023.

Jared Spencer recorded his eighth collegiate save and first since shutting down Iowa in the Terre Haute Regional back on June 3, 2023.

INDIANA STATE MEN’S BASKETBALL

ISU HOOPS LOOKS TO BOUNCE BACK AT SOUTHERN ILLINOIS

CARBONDALE, Ill. – Indiana State men’s basketball faces the Southern Illinois Salukis on Saturday from Carbondale, Ill. The Sycamores look to bounce back after falling to Illinois State on Tuesday for only the fourth loss of the season.

Series History

Despite winning the matchup earlier this season, Indiana State trails in the overall series 91-53. ISU defeated SIU when the Salukis visited Terre Haute, 77-48, the lowest scoring mark by an ISU opponent this season. When playing in Carbondale, the Salukis hold the series lead 53-12.

About SIU

The Salukis are in their 5th year with Head Coach Bryan Mullins at the helm. Southern Illinois sits 4th in the league with the 8-7 MVC record after being slotted ninth in the preseason poll. SIU finished 23-10 last year and 14-6 in the Valley. In the second round, SIU knocked off Missouri State 54-51 and fell to Drake on Saturday 65-52. One Saluki currently average 10.0+ PPG: Xavier Johnson (23.4).

Last Time Out – Indiana State

Indiana State men’s basketball fell to Illinois State for the first home loss of the season, 80-67. Indiana State fell to 22-4 overall and 13-2 in the Missouri Valley.

Julian Larry led Indiana State scorers with 20 points, recording four rebounds, a game-high four assists, and two steals. Isaiah Swope finished with 18 points, four rebounds, and three assists. Ryan Conwell scored 10 points. Robbie Avila added six points, seven rebounds, two assists, two steals, and two blocks. Jake Wolfe scored seven points and grabbed three rebounds, while Jayson Kent scored four points and secured a team-high eight rebounds in 17:19.

Last Time Out – SIU

Southern Illinois basketball couldn’t slow down Belmont Wednesday night as the Bruins took down the Salukis 82-68 inside the Curb Event Center in Nashville. Ja’Kobi Gillespie led all scorers with 29 points on 12-for-16 shooting as he led the charge for a Belmont squad that finished the game shooting 50 percent (29-for-58). Trent Brown added 15 for SIU while Troy D’Amico had 12 points, including a trio of 3-pointers to go with seven boards.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE SOFTBALL

‘DONS DROP A PAIR, TAKE UTEP TO EXTRA INNINGS

EL PASO, Texas – The Purdue Fort Wayne softball team fell in a pair of non-league games on Friday (Feb. 16) on the opening day of the UTEP Invitational, including an extra-inning game with the host Miners.

GAME 1 – Montana 5, Purdue Fort Wayne 1

The Mastodons dropped the first game of the weekend 5-1 to Montana.

Purdue Fort Wayne jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Gwen McMenemy doubled then Epiphany Hang brought her home with a single to right field.

Montana evened the game in the second, then took the lead with a two-run fourth. The Grizzlies added two more in the seventh.

In the fifth inning, Bailey Manos and Brayden Lickey both drew walks, but were stranded on base. An inning later, Brooke Lickey doubled to get into scoring position, but she was also left on the base paths.

Manos finished 1-for-2 at the plate with two walks.

Alanah Jones threw all 7.0 innings but took the loss. She struck out three Grizzlies. Montana’s Grace Haegele got the win after tossing all seven innings.

Montana improved to 3-3.

GAME 2 – UTEP 6, Purdue Fort Wayne 5 – 8 innings

In the nightcap, the Mastodons fell to the host UTEP 6-5 in eight innings. The ‘Dons were one out away from the win after scoring two in the eighth, but the Miners managed two late hits to score the game-winning run.

After a 3-3 stymie through seven innings, Brooke Lickey laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance Aglaia Rudd. Then three consecutive at bats found the base baths. Brayden Lickey knocked in Rudd, then Tori Countryman, McKenna Minton and Manos all singled in a row to score another.

The ‘Dons took a 3-2 lead in the fifth by scoring two runs. Grace Hollopeter brought Minton home, then McMenemy scored on a UTEP error.

In the third inning, Hollopeter had a deep shot to center that would have been a home run to tie the game at two, but UTEP’s Ashlynn Allen made an incredible play to rob it.

Manos finished game two 3-for-5 with an RBI. McMenemy had two hits and two runs. Minton had two hits and a run.

Gracie Brinkerhoff got the start and ultimately pitched 7.1 innings after reentering. Kayla Roberts tossed 0.1 innings in relief. UTEP’s Taja Felder threw 3.2 innings in relief to get the win.

UTEP improves to 8-1. Purdue Fort Wayne falls to 1-5. These two teams will meet again on Saturday (Feb. 17) at 4 p.m. ET. The ‘Dons will play North Dakota following that game.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

‘DONS WELCOME TITANS TO GATES FOR #HLWBB CONTEST

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Purdue Fort Wayne women’s basketball will seek its 17th win of the season on Sunday when Detroit Mercy comes to town for a 2 p.m. tip.

Game Day Information
Who: Detroit Mercy Titans
When: Sunday, February 18 | 2 PM
Where: Fort Wayne, Ind. | Gates Sports Center
Live Stats: Link
Watch: ESPN+
Tickets:Link
Game Program: Link
Game Notes: Purdue Fort Wayne | Detroit Mercy | Horizon League

Know Your Foe

Detroit Mercy is 15-11 and 8-7 in the Horizon League, currently occupying fifth in the HL standings. Since the Titans beat the ‘Dons on January 7, the Titans are 4-6. Detroit Mercy is coming off a 54-49 loss to Youngstown State at home. The Titans are 6-9 away from home. Irene Murua is Detroit Mercy’s leading scorer, averaging 11.4 points and 7.5 boards per game. Emma Trawally Porta is at 9.6 points and 7.8 rebounds.

The Series

Detroit Mercy leads the all-time series 10-7 over the Mastodons, but Purdue Fort Wayne has won five of the last six. Detroit Mercy won the game in Detroit this year 60-56, a game in which the ‘Dons shot 19.4 percent from the 3-point line, 14 percent lower than their season average.

Recency Bias

Over the last five games, Shayla Sellers is averaging 15.4 points and 4.8 rebounds per game with a season-high 23 coming at Wright State. She is shooting 43.3 percent from the floor and 48.4 percent from 3-point range.

Winning SZN

Purdue Fort Wayne has 16 wins, which is the most for the program since the 2010-11 season, when the Mastodons won 20. The Mastodons also have nine wins, which ties last season. It is also the most since 2010-11.

Money Millie

This season, Amellia Bromenschenkel has scored in double-figures in all but six games.

Coming In Hot

Over the last 17 games, Erin Woodson is 12-of-29 from 3-point range for 41.4 percent. She is also 20-of-25 from the charity stripe in that stretch.

How Many Ways Can We Say We Like Threes?

The Mastodons have made 10 3-pointers in 10 games this season. In the Division I era (2001-present), the Mastodons have hit double-digits 3-pointers 10 times in four seasons, including 2023-24. The most games of 10+ triples came in 2013-14, when the ‘Dons had 14 such games.

2023-24: 10 games

2022-23: 11 games

2014-15: 11 games

2013-14: 14 games

Last Time Out

Purdue Fort Wayne dominated Milwaukee 75-55 behind 21 points from Shayla Sellers. She poured in six 3-pointers to match her career-high.

Coming Up

The Mastodons will head south to Highland Heights to play Northern Kentucky on Wednesday (Feb. 21). It will be a 7 p.m. tip.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE MEN’S BASKETBALL

‘DONS ARE MOTOR CITY BOUND ON SATURDAY

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Purdue Fort Wayne heads to Detroit Mercy on Saturday (Feb. 17) for Horizon League play in the Motor City.

Game Day Information
Who: Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons (16-10, 7-8) vs. Detroit Mercy Titans (1-26, 1-15)
When: Saturday, Feb. 17 | 1 PM ET 
Where: Detroit, Mich. | Calihan Hall
Live Stats: Link
Video: ESPN+
Radio: 1380 AM
Series Record: Series tied 5-5 | ‘Dons won 91-56 in Fort Wayne earlier this season 
Game Notes: Purdue Fort Wayne(PDF) | Detroit Mercy

‘DONS & ENDS:

// Quinton Morton-Robertson made his 75th 3-pointer on the season against Oakland (Feb. 14). He is now 10th in program history for a single-season, passing Luis Jacobo (74) in 2013-14.

// Jalen Jackson has 20+ points in three of the last four games.

// Over the last five games, Jalen Jackson is shooting 61.7 percent from the field and 54.5 percent from three.

// Jalen Jackson has shot 70 percent or better in three of the last six games.

// The ‘Dons have wins over each of the top three teams in the Horizon League standings (Green Bay, Oakland and Youngstown State).

// The ‘Dons have recorded double-digit steals in 13 games. They have had more steals than their opponent in 19-of-26 games and five of the last seven games.

// The ‘Dons have made at least eight 3-pointers in 20-of-26 games and double digit treys in seven games.

// The ‘Dons have double-digit offensive rebounds in nine games.

// Quinton Morton-Robertson is 30th in the nation in 3-point field goal percentage at 40.8 percent (75-of-184).

// Three times this season the ‘Dons have committed six or fewer turnovers in a game.

// Anthony Roberts has 52 steals, 29th in the nation and first in the league. His 2.00 steals per game ranks 52nd in the nation.

// Rasheed Bello is 33rd in the nation in total steals (51). His 1.96 steals per game is 56th.

TOP 30 NATIONAL RANKINGS:

// 3rd in turnover margin (+6.7)

// 7th in turnovers forced per game (17.31)

// 10th in steals per game (9.8)

// 16th in fast break points per game (15.08)

// 25th in 3-pointers per game (9.4)

// 27th in 3-point attempts per game (26.1)

EVANSVILLE BASEBALL

#26 ORAL ROBERTS HOLDS OFF BASEBALL, 12-10, IN OPENER

TULSA, Okla. – A six-run sixth inning rally by the #26 Oral Roberts baseball team was too much to overcome Friday for the University of Evansville, as the Golden Eagles held off the Purple Aces, 12-10, at J.L. Johnson Stadium in Tulsa, Oklahoma

“One bad inning today hurt us,” said UE head coach Wes Carroll.  “We couldn’t overcome that six-run sixth inning, and we have to learn from it.  But, our offense never gave up and gave us a chance.

“That’s a very quality ballclub over there in Oral Roberts, but we knew that coming in.  It’s going to be a dog fight tomorrow, and I am looking forward to seeing Nick Smith on the mound for us.”

Evansville jumped out of the gates early, scoring three runs in the top of the first inning thanks to a two-run triple by junior second baseman Cal McGinnis and an RBI single by graduate catcher Brendan Hord.

The Golden Eagles would respond with a run of its own in the second inning, and three more in the third inning to take a 4-3 lead, before UE would tie the game at 4-4 in the fourth on an RBI single by junior center-fielder Ty Rumsey.  McGinnis then gave UE a 6-4 lead in the fifth inning on a titanic two-run home run to right field.  McGinnis, a transfer from Bradley, started his Evansville career with three-straight hits, and stood just a double shy of the cycle by the mid-point of the game.

Senior shortstop Simon Scherry would follow with an RBI single three batters later to score junior designated hitter Evan Waggoner and give UE a 7-4 lead through five innings.    But, Oral Roberts would scratch across a run of its own in the bottom of the fifth, and then took advantage of four Evansville walks and an error to plate six runs in the sixth inning to grab an 11-7 lead.

Evansville would not go quietly, though.  Scherry knocked a two-run double to the left-center field gap with the bases loaded in the top of the seventh inning to trim the lead to 11-9.  UE would then tack on another run in the frame on a run-scoring wild pitch, but ORU reliever Caleb Isaacs got UE outfielder Mark Shallenberger to line out to center field to secure an 11-10 lead.

Evansville brought the potential tying run to the plate in both the eighth and ninth innings, but ORU reliever Dalton Patten recorded the final six outs for a two-inning save, striking out four.

Scherry led all players by going 4-for-5 with a double and three RBI, while McGinnis went 3-for-5 with three runs scored and four RBI.  Overall, Evansville out-hit Oral Roberts, 14-10.

The season-opening three-game series will continue on Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m.  UE will send senior RHP Nick Smith (5-3, 4.63 ERA) to the mound trying to tie the series at one game apiece.

EVANSVILLE MEN’S BASKETBALL

MEN’S BASKETBALL OPENS 2-GAME SWING THROUGH ILLINOIS

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – A 2-game road swing through Illinois begins on Sunday for the University of Evansville men’s basketball team with a contest at Illinois State.  Tip is set for 2 p.m. CT with ESPN+ and the Purple Aces Radio Network on the call.

Turning the Corner

– Being a freshman in the MVC is always a tall task but overcoming that challenge can pay off in the long run

– Between Jan. 27 and Feb. 7, Chuck Bailey III averaged 4.5 points per game and reached double figures in three of 11 games beginning on Jan. 3 while shooting 34.6% from the field (27/78)

– Over the last two games, Bailey has turned the corner, averaging 10.5 PPG while shooting 53.3% (8-of-15)

Still Going Strong

– Leading the Purple Aces with 15 points at Murray State, Tanner Cuff continued his recent success

– Cuff has 9+ points in 5 of the last 7 games while averaging 10.6 PPG (74 points) over that span

– In the home win over UIC, he recorded a career-high 16 points on 6-of-10 shooting

– Over the last 9 games, Cuff has 17 assists

Back in the Groove

– An 18-point effort in the home game versus Drake for Ben Humrichous was his top scoring game since totaling 18 on Dec. 2 against UNI; he was 6-of-7 from the field

– Humrichous is returning to form with 15.3 PPG over the last three games

– His 3-point play in the final minute sealed the win over Bradley on Feb. 7

– He led the team with 14 points and picked up 3 assists and 3 steals in 27:46 (his highest minute total since Dec. 18)

Scouting the Opponent

– Illinois State ended a 3-game skid on Tuesday with an impressive 80-67 road win at Indiana State

– With the victory, the Redbirds improved to 12-14 on the season and 6-9 in the MVC

– Darius Burford holds the team lead with 13.2 points per game

– Burford was the top scorers in the first meeting against UE, tallying 18 points on a 7-for-16 shooting day

– Myles Foster is averaging 11.7 points and a team-best 7.5 rebounds per contest

– ISU has won the last six home games against UE and is 26-5 versus the Aces inside Redbird Arena; the last win road win for UE was a 66-55 win on Jan. 15, 2016

SOUTHERN INDIANA BASEBALL

USI Offense Is Stifled In A Tight Loss On Opening Day.

MOBILE, Ala.- University of Southern Indiana Baseball grabbed an early lead but went scoreless in the final six innings falling to Lamar University on opening day, 4-2, Friday evening in Mobile, Alabama.

Friday’s season opener came with a wrinkle as the game was delayed four hours due to inclement weather. Nevertheless, USI came out of the gates swinging, posting a tally in the first off a double from sophomore Caleb Niehaus (Newburgh, Indiana) and a RBI single from senior Tucker Ebest (Austin, Texas). The duo of Niehaus and Ebest struck again in the third with back-to-back doubles to give the Eagles the early two run lead.

Junior Gavin Morris (Brazil, Indiana) overwhelmed the Lamar offense in the first four frames striking out seven batters on just two hits. However, the Cardinals got on the board in the fifth off a two-run homer. Morris handed the ball off to senior Trent Robinson (Louisville, Kentucky) who surrendered two more runs to give the Cardinals a 4-2 lead going into the top of the sixth.

Despite the offensive drought, USI continued to play exceptional defense including a diving play from junior first basemen Thomas Emerich (Ava, Missouri) and a smooth play from junior third basemen Ricardo Van Grieken (Merida, Venezuela).

In the ninth, Van Grieken got on base to put the tying run up to the plate for three chances. The next three batters went down in order to end the game. The Lamar pitching staff contained the Eagles allowing only three hits in the final six innings.

Morris finished the day tossing four and a third, two earned runs, and eight strikeouts in the no-decision. Freshman Clayton Weisheit (Ferdinand, Indiana) was electric in relief, holding the Cardinals hitless in two innings of shutout work.

Ebest led the Eagles offensively going three for four with both RBIs. Niehaus added a two for four day with a pair of doubles.

Up Next for the Eagles: 

USI is back in action tomorrow for day two of four competing in the Jaguar Classic taking on the University of North Alabama. The first pitch on Saturday is slated for 12:00 p.m.

After Saturday, the Eagles battle South Alabama on back-to-back days starting at 3 p.m. on Sunday and 12:00 p.m. on Monday.

SOUTHERN INDIANA SOFTBALL

USI SOFTBALL OPENS 2024 WITH PAIR OF LOSSES

TUSCALOOSA, Ala.—University of Southern Indiana Softball suffered a pair of setbacks to open the 2024 season Friday at the Easton Bama Bash. The Screaming Eagles fell to the University of Virginia, 5-2, in the opener, before falling, 5-0, to the University of St. Thomas in the second game.

USI (0-2) rallied from a 2-0 deficit to tie the Cavaliers in the opener. Senior first baseman Lexi Fair (Greenwood, Indiana) had an RBI-single in the bottom of the third inning to cut Virginia’s lead in half, while junior outfielder Kennedy Nalley (Huntingburg, Indiana) scored the tying run in the fourth frame on a throwing error following a single by senior centerfielder Mackenzie Bedrick (Brownsburg, Indiana).

Virginia (4-2), which took the lead on a two-run home run in the top of the third, struck again in the sixth with its second two-run blast to take a 4-2 advantage. The Cavaliers tacked on another run in the seventh and held the Eagles to just one hit in the final three innings to secure the victory.

Offensively, the Eagles had five hits but stranded seven runners on base, including three in the third inning. Junior pitcher Josie Newman (Indianapolis, Indiana) was charged with the loss after giving up five runs, four earned, off eight hits. She finished with a pair of strikeouts in the complete-game effort.

Early defensive miscues hampered the Eagles in their second game as St. Thomas took advantage of an error to score its first run in the top of the first inning.

The Tommies (1-5) tagged USI for four runs off four hits in the second inning to build a 5-0 advantage. USI threatened in the bottom of the second, loading the bases, but could not push a run across the plate. Like the first contest, USI left seven runners on base.

Junior pitcher Whitley Hunter (Nashville, Tennessee) was charged with the loss after giving up five runs, four earned, off four hits in 1 2/3 innings of work. Sophomore pitcher Raegan Gibson (Louisville, Kentucky) scattered four hits throughout 5 1/3 innings to keep the Tommies off the board throughout the remainder of the contest.

USI faces the same two teams on the second day fo the Bama Bash Saturday. The Eagles square off with Virginia at 4 p.m., while USI and St. Thomas are set for a 6:30 p.m. start time. The Eagles finish the weekend Sunday at when the take on No. 11 University of Alabama.

Notes: USI’s game against Virginia marked the first-ever regular-season meeting between the Eagles and a Power 5 school since USI made the jump to Division I last season…Bedrick went 3-fo-4 at the plate against Virginia.

VALPO BASEBALL

BEACONS LAUNCH THREE HOME RUNS, ALABAMA STATE TAKES SERIES OPENER

After hitting 50 home runs last season to mark the program’s highest total since 2001, the Valparaiso University baseball team picked up right where it left off by launching three big flies on Opening Night as the season got underway on Friday in Montgomery, Ala. Host Alabama State pulled away to beat the Beacons 16-5 in eight innings.

How It Happened

Alabama State manufactured a run without the benefit of a hit in the bottom of the second, a tally that was unearned due to a passed ball.

Valpo got even in the third when Kaleb Hannahs (West Terre Haute, Ind. / West Vigo) belted a two-out solo shot that cleared the center-field fence and made it 1-1.

There were two outs with nothing across in the bottom of the third, but Alabama State used back-to-back extra-base hits including a triple that could not be corralled in left to drive in a pair and regain the lead at 3-1 through three.

In his Valpo debut, Connor Giusti (Hoffman Estates, Ill. / Fremd [Wisconsin Oshkosh]) wasted no time in delivering his first long ball, homering to left in the fourth to cut the Alabama State lead to 3-2.

The Hornets stung back in the bottom of the fourth with a solo shot of their own to make it 4-2.

The slugfest continued in the fifth when Alex Thurston (Fowler, Ind. / Benton Central) became the third Beacon to notch a solo home run in the game. His traveled down the left-field line to cut the lead back to one at 4-3.

The hosts used a run-scoring double to up the lead back to two at 5-3 in the bottom of the fifth. Two more run-scoring singles boosted the edge to 7-3.

Valpo picked up an unearned run when Kyle Schmack (Wanatah, Ind. / South Central) doubled and scored in the top of the sixth, but Alabama State broke it open with four in the bottom of the inning including a bases-clearing, two-out double that made it 11-4.

Newcomer Liam Patton (Barrington, Ill. / Warsaw [Wabash]) delivered a pinch-hit double to drive in a run in his first Valpo plate appearance, cutting the lead to 11-5.

The Hornets added three in the seventh and invoked the 10-run rule with a two-run homer to end the game in the bottom of the eighth.

Inside the Game

Hannahs hammered his ninth career home run and already matched his season home run total from a year ago just one game into 2024. 

Thurston’s home run was his fourth in a Valpo uniform. He hit two last year.

Giusti had 10 career home runs over four seasons at Wisconsin Oshkosh.

The seven Beacon hits came from seven different players.

Starter Griffin McCluskey (Normal, Ill. / Normal Community) took the defeat, allowing seven runs (six earned) on six hits in 4 1/3 innings. The two men who came on in relief both made their Valpo debuts – Bryce Konitzer and Bennett Musser.

The three home runs marked Valpo’s highest total since March 5, 2023 when the team slugged three long balls at Little Rock.

Up Next

Valpo (0-1) and Alabama State will play a doubleheader on Saturday starting at 1 p.m. in Montgomery, Ala. Links to live video (Hornets Sports Network, subscription only) and stats are available on ValpoAthletics.com.

VALPO SOFTBALL

SOFTBALL WINS SLUGFEST IN FRIDAY SPLIT

The Valpo softball team picked up its first win of the season Friday as it opened action at the Pinnacle PC Invitational in Clinton, S.C., emerging on top in a slugfest against Morehead State, 13-11. The nightcap wasn’t as kind to the Beacons, as they fell 4-1 to Youngstown State.

How It Happened – Morehead State

Valpo started Friday morning’s game with a bang, putting a crooked number on the board in the top of the first. It took just four batters for the Beacons to get on the board, as senior Regi Hecker (Lee’s Summit, Mo./Blue Springs South) turned on a ball for a two-run single. Freshman Cici Wilson (St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles East) followed by taking a pitch the other way for another two-run base knock, giving Valpo a quick 4-0 lead.

The Eagles got one run back in the bottom of the first before Valpo extended its advantage with a two-run second. With runners on the corners, sophomore Kam Utendorf (Columbus Grove, Ohio/Columbus Grove [Black Hawk College]) stole home, and later in the at-bat, sophomore Kim Rodas (San Bernardino, Calif./Cajon) delivered an RBI double to score senior Alexis Johnson (Schererville, Ind./Lake Central) for the second time in as many innings to make it 6-1 Beacons.

Morehead State scored one in its half of the second, but Valpo answered with a run in the top of the third, as freshman Carson Kuhlmann (Grand Blanc, Mich./Grand Blanc) came home on an RBI single from Utendorf.

Morehead State led 9-7 at the end of three innings, as the Eagles scored seven runs — all of which were unearned — in the bottom of the third.

A solo homer extended MSU’s lead to 10-7 through five innings.

Valpo got that run back in the top of the sixth, as Johnson walked to lead off the inning and eventually came home on a groundout by Wilson to make it a 10-8 game.

Needing two runs to tie or three to take the lead in the top of the seventh, Valpo loaded the bases with one out on a single, a walk and an MSU error. Johnson drew a bases-loaded four-pitch walk to plate the first run of the frame, drawing the Beacons within 10-9.

Rodas followed with the go-ahead hit, knocking in a pair of runs to give Valpo the 11-10 lead. Hecker kept the line moving with a run-scoring base hit of her own, and an RBI groundout from Wilson extended the lead to 13-10 with three outs to get.

The Eagles scored an unearned run in their half of the seventh to cut Valpo’s advantage to two runs, but with the potential tying run at the plate and one out, freshman Syndey McDermott (Stout, Ohio/Portsmouth West) induced a pop-up and a grounder to close out the victory.

How It Happened – Youngstown State

YSU opened the scoring in the top of the first with a single run. The Penguins had the bases loaded with one out in search of more in their first turn at the plate, but a pop-up and a strikeout kept it a 1-0 game.

Valpo had chances in each of the first three innings to tie or take the lead. The Beacons had runners cut down at the plate in both the first and the third inning, while stranding the bases loaded in the second inning as well.

The Penguins extended their lead to 4-0 with a three-run fifth inning.

Valpo attempted to rally in the bottom of the seventh, cracking the scoreboard as Utendorf led off the inning with a single and pinch-runner Lauren Sena (McHenry, Ill./McHenry) eventually scored. A single from Rodas kept the game alive, but a strikeout closed things out.

Inside the Games

Valpo’s 13-run performance in the Morehead State win was the program’s largest scoring output since a 13-0 win over Wagner in March 2019.

A trio of Beacons had multi-hit games in the win over the Eagles, led by Hecker and Utendorf, who posted three hits apiece. It was the fifth career three-hit game for Hecker, who also matched her career best with three RBIs, while Utendorf scored a pair of runs in addition to her three hits.

Rodas finished the MSU game 2-for-4 with two runs scored and three RBIs, tying her career highs for both runs and RBIs.

Johnson tallied a hit and a pair of walks, and scored a career-high four runs.

Wilson drove in a team-high four runs out of the five spot of the batting order.

McDermott earned her first collegiate win in the circle against MSU, pitching 5.2 innings over two separate stints and giving up just three earned runs.

Utendorf and Rodas both had multi-hit games in the nightcap as well, as did senior Kayla Skapyak (Macomb, Mich./Dakota).

Senior Caitlin Kowalski (Temperance, Mich./Notre Dame Academy) went the distance in the circle against YSU, the 11th complete game of her career.

Freshman Madison Stamper (Matthews, N.C./Porter Ridge) made her collegiate debut as a pinch-hitter late against Morehead State, remaining in to catch the bottom of the seventh, while fellow rookie Lana Tellez (Chino Hills, Calif./Chino Hills) debuted as a pinch-runner against Youngstown State. All eight of Valpo’s freshmen have seen action over the season’s first six games.

Next Up

Valpo (1-5) continues action from the Pinnacle PC Invitational on Saturday with two more contests. The Beacons face Morehead State for the second time at 9 a.m. CT before facing host Presbyterian for the lone time this weekend at 1:30 p.m. CT. Both games will have live stats available via ValpoAthletics.com.

UINDY SOFTBALL

O’CONNOR BREAKS CAREER RBI RECORD AS HOUND OPEN MUSIC CITY INVITE

SMYRNA, Tenn. – The UIndy softball team defeated Thomas More on the first day of the Music City Invitational. Hosted by Trevecca Nazarene, the second game of the day for the Greyhounds against Northwood was canceled due to inclement weather.

GAME 1 | UIndy 4, Thomas More 3

After hitting a three-run, inside-the-park homer in the bottom of the first, fifth-year senior Emily O’Connor made history in the fifth inning by driving in Braxton Downs for her 194th career RBI. The timely single also provided the go-ahead run, breaking a 3-3 tie.

O’Connor passed her former teammate Gianni Iannantone (2018-22) for the all-time RBI lead. O’Connor now has her sights set on becoming the first Greyhound ever to reach 200 career ribbies.

Jayden Casebolt started in the circle for the Hounds and got the win. Casebolt threw for six innings, finishing with 76 total pitches. The junior struck out eight batters and didn’t allow a single walk. Kenzie Smith pitched in the final inning, throwing a 1-2-3 seventh, striking out all three batters to earn the save.

Downs finished with a double and two runs scored, while Jocelyn Calvin and Shelby Cook had a single and a walk apiece.

UP NEXT

On day two of the tournament, the Greyhounds will face in-region Cedarville followed by a matchup with Gannon. Both contests will take place on field two at Cedar Stone Park. The first game will be against Cedarville at 11 a.m. ET with the game against Gannon to follow.

UINDY BASEBALL

OFFENSE FIRES AS #5 GREYHOUNDS OPEN SEASON WITH 12-1 WIN

AVON, Ohio – The No. 5-ranked University of Indianapolis baseball team, behind potent offensive firepower, claimed their first victory of the 2024 season, beating the Notre Dame College Falcons by a 12-1 mark on Friday afternoon.

Playing at Mercy Health Stadium on the coast of Lake Erie, the weather reared its ugly head in game two of the day for the Hounds. Heavy snowfall caused the umps to delay the conclusion Greyhounds’ originally scheduled game against the Lake Erie Storm until tomorrow. The game will resume at top of the eighth with the game tied 6-6, with a restart time set for 11 a.m.

INS & OUTS

The Greyhounds sent out fireballer Jackson Kirkpatrick, who threw a clean first frame. The scoring picked up in the second, with UIndy scoring its first runs of the season via Nick Lukac and Will Spear singles. The Falcons were the beneficiaries of some poor control as Kirkpatrick beamed a batter with the bases loaded, resulting in the first NDC run of the contest.

In the third, the Hounds scratched across another, with Dakota Sill, the Missouri S&T transfer, forcing himself into scoring position with a single, a stolen base and advancing on a groundout. But the highlight came from his fellow former Miner in Cole Hampton when he hit an absolute missile into centerfield for his first hit of his Greyhounds career.

However, much like last year, there was a big inning looming for the Hounds, and that came in the fourth where a Brayton Bowen walk opened the frame. From there, six straight Greyhounds reached back, with Sill picking up two RBIs off a nice piece of opposite field hitting, ballooning the score to 6-1.

A Nick Lukac sacrifice fly added on another run and also moved the single-season stolen base record holder in Caleb Vaughn to third. That set the stage for the wheels to be unleashed as with a deek towards home, Vaughn forced a throw to third and successfully stole home!

The Hounds eventually batted around, allowing Will Spear to nab his second RBI of the day. After three innings of work, Kirkpatrick was relieved and in relief was Carter Nowak who was lights out for the next three innings, as the poor control of the Falcons’ walked home two more batters.

Blake Sarjent came in the seventh to close the game, snagging a pair of strikeouts.

INSIDE THE BOX

– It was a great UIndy debut for Sill, with the outfielder going 2-4 with three RBIs and a walk.

– The baserunning prowess didn’t get faltered by the weather, as the Hounds racked up seven bags on the day.

– Zack Williams showed off the eyes on the day, recording four walks as the Greyhounds new starting first baseman. He converted three of those walks into runs.

– Nowak’s innings were the first time the senior has pitched in two years, having battled injury.

UP NEXT

At 11 a.m. ET tomorrow in Avon, OH the Hounds will resume their tight matchup with the Lake Erie Storm. Following the conclusion of that game, the Hounds will play another against the Storm, closing out the weekend.

SMALL COLLEGE ATHLETICS

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

EARLHAM ATHLETICS: https://goearlham.com/

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

FRANKLIN ATHLETICS: https://franklingrizzlies.com/

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

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

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

BETHEL ATHLETICS: https://bupilots.com/

DEPAUW ATHLETICS: https://depauwtigers.com/

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

MANCHESTER ATHLETICS: https://muspartans.com/

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NBA STANDINGS

https://www.foxsports.com/nba/standings

NHL STANDINGS

https://www.foxsports.com/nhl/standings

NCAA MEN’S BASKETBALL STANDINGS

https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/standings/

NCAA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL STANDINGS

https://www.ncaa.com/standings/basketball-women/d1

FOOTBALL HISTORY

Hall of Fame Birthdays for February 17

February 17, 1905 – Andy Oberlander the fine Dartmouth halfback and tackle celebrated his birth. Lean more about this legend by clicking his name!

February 17, 1920 – Huntington, West Virginia – The explosive halfback from Marshall University, Jackie Hunt arrived into this life. According to the NFF website Hunt lettered in football as a Freshman and got even better from there. Jackie thrived in 1940 when his team switched to the single wing offense, scoring 21 touchdowns in the season’s final five games. His 27 scores for the year set an NCAA record that would last for 31 seasons. Jackie made the first of back-to-back Little All-America teams. Jackie Hunt received the great honor of being selected for inclusion into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2004.

February 17, 1936 – St Simons, Georgia – The all time great running back Jim Brown was born. There is so much more about this NFL and College FOotball Great, so click his name to catch up on this gridiron great!

February 17, 1959 – Portland Oregon – Neil Lomax the great quarterback from Portland State was born. Neil  threw for 106 touchdowns and 13,220 yards at Portland State in the seasons of 1977 through 1980 as he left school with those as collegiate records per the NFF. The 1980 game against Delaware State, Lomax threw seven touchdown passes in the first quarter on the way to a 105-0 victory. The 1980 Portland State team won the national scoring championship with 541 points in 11 games as Neil tossed for 4094 yards in just 11 games! The National Football Foundation selected Neil Lomax for entrance into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1996.

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1900      Instead of unpaid alimony, Mary H. Vanderbeck takes possession of the American League franchise in Detroit. Her ex-husband George Vanderbeck, who decided to build Bennett Park at the corner of Michigan and Trumbull Avenues, the Tigers’ home for the next 104 seasons, will later regain control of the team.

1916      During their annual meeting at the Hotel Wolcott in New York, the American League owners endorse a new major league draft concept proposed by Dodger president Charles Ebbets. The approved plan gives second-division clubs the first pick of the available minor leaguers each season.

1937      The Yankees purchase Red Sox first baseman Babe Dahlgren, who will replace Lou Gehrig at first base in 1939, ending the Iron Horse’s consecutive game streak at 2,130 games. During his four-year tenure with the Bronx Bombers, the California native compiles a .248 batting average before being bought by the Braves before the 1941 season.

1943      Without notifying the Yankees, 28-year-old Joe DiMaggio waives his draft deferment and enlists in the U.S. Army Air Force, not playing for the team again until 1946. Although the Bronx Bomber outfielder asked for no special treatment, he will spend most of his time out of harm’s way by playing baseball in California and Hawaii.

1954      “Realization that you now count your years at the four score mark reminds me, with something of a shock, that it was fifty years ago that I used to follow your batting average with the keenest of interest.” – DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER, 34th President of the U.S., congratulating Honus Wagner on his birthday.

President Dwight Eisenhower sends a letter labeled “personal and confidential” to Honus Wagner, wishing the former Pirates’ shortstop a happy 80th birthday. The Hall of Fame infielder was Ike’s boyhood hero growing up in Abilene.

1964      White Sox shortstop Luke Appling, although he received only two Baseball Hall of Fame votes when he first appeared on the ballot in 1953, is elected to the Hall of Fame by BBWAA, named on 189 of the 201 ballots cast (94%) to defeat Red Ruffing a run-off election. This selection method, used intermittently from 1947 to 1967, occurred when the writers did not select anyone on their initial ballot and then listed the top 20-30 players on a second ballot, with only the top vote-getter chosen for induction.

1976      Future National League Cy Young Award winner Mike Scott pitches a perfect game for Pepperdine against California Lutheran University. The Mets select the right-hander, who will throw a no-hitter for the Astros, in the second round in the June draft.

1987      Yankee first baseman Don Mattingly wins his $1.975 million arbitration case. The award breaks the record for the most substantial sum ever given to a player, established just four days ago by Jack Morris.

1990      Herb Raybourn, the Yankee director of Latin American operations, signs amateur free-agent Mariano Rivera, an athletic 20-year-old with an effortless pitching motion but a less-than-average fastball, to a modest $3,000 contract. The future all-time major league saves leader has no formal training as a pitcher, having hurled for the first time two weeks before being scouted at the team’s tryout camp in Panama City.

1995      Unwilling to be part of an inferior product placed on the field and as a show of support for his players, Tigers skipper Sparky Anderson is suspended without pay when he refuses to manage replacement players in spring training during the work stoppage. The popular pilot will resume his duties when the strike ends but will ‘retire,’ believed by some not to be voluntary, at the end of the season.

2003      Avoiding arbitration, the Braves and 36-year-old righty Greg Maddux (16-6, 2.62) agree to the largest one-year contract in major league history. The $14.75 million deal for the four-time Cy Young Award winner eclipses the $12 million given to David Cone by the Yankees in 2000.

2003      After his body temperature soars to 108 degrees, Orioles pitching prospect Steve Belcher dies of multi-organ failure following a spring training workout in Fort Lauderdale. The use of ephedrine, the dietary supplement linked to heatstroke and heart attacks, may have led to the 23-year-old expectant father’s death.

2006      White Sox skipper Ozzie Guillen apologizes for his comments published in Sports Illustrated that criticized Alex Rodriguez’s indecision concerning the country the Yankee All-Star would represent in the World Baseball Classic. At first, A-Rod, born in the United States, revealed he would play for the Dominican Republic due to his parents’ heritage, deciding not to participate before choosing Team USA.

2007      In a poll conducted by his hometown newspaper, more than half of the respondents thought Carl Pavano would not bounce back with the Yankees this year. The reader poll on myrecordjournal.com revealed that 54.5% believe the Yankee pitcher would not overcome his slow start with the team, while 45.5% stated he would have a comeback season.

2009      The Marlins announced a contract extension for manager Fredi Gonzalez through 2011. The South Florida native, who became the third skipper in franchise history to compile a winning campaign, guiding the club to an 84-77 record, was named The Sporting News Manager of the Year last season.

2011      Jose Bautista and the Blue Jays agree on a $64-million, five-year contract extension. Last season’s major league leader with 54 home runs, the 30-year-old third baseman/outfielder set a record for the most significant increase in round-trippers for a single season in baseball history, hitting 41 more homers than his total of 13 in 2009.

2021      After playing 143 major league games, Fernando Tatis Jr. and the Padres agree to a $340 million, 14-year extension. The 22-year-old shortstop’s deal, which includes a full no-trade clause, ranks as the third-richest contract in baseball history, trailing only the money made by Angels’ Mike Trout and Mookie Betts of the Dodgers.

BASEBALL YEAR IN REVIEW: 1915 (BASEBALL ALMANAC)

Off the field…

The Superior Court in Fulton County, Georgia accepted the charter for the establishment of the new Ku Klux Klan on December 4th. The first Ku Klux Klan was an organization that thrived in the South during the Reconstruction period following the Civil War. Subsequent groups calling themselves by the same name sprang up in much of the South after both World War I and II and in response to civil-rights activity during the 1960s. In spite of its efforts, the new Klan was not strong, and by the end of the 1960’s its nationwide power and membership had declined into a small, underground movement.

Ford rolled its one-millionth automobile off the Michigan assembly line, which was responsible for manufacturing half of all cars in America. To meet the growing demands of his “Model T” automobiles, Henry Ford had opened a large factory at Highland Park, in 1910. There, the industrial visionary invented precision building, interchangeable parts and a continuous moving assembly line that revolutionized automobile production by significantly reducing assembly time per vehicle as well as labor costs.

In the American League…

On May 6th, an “up-and-coming” pitcher for the Boston Red Sox nicknamed “The Babe” hit his first major league homerun off the Yankees Jack Warhop at New York’s Polo Grounds.

A back-up catcher for the Philadelphia Athletics named Wally Schang set an American League record after nailing six would-be St. Louis base stealers during a 3-0 loss to the Browns on May 12, 1915.

On June 23rd, Detroit’s Ty Cobb stole home (again) for the fifth time in the month en route to a 4-2 Tiger victory over the St. Louis Browns. “The Georgia Peach” would finish the season with ninety-six.

In the National League…

Making his National League debut, St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Lee Meadows became the first player to wear glasses regularly on the field. Later that season, Carmen Hill of the Pittsburgh Pirates became the second.

On August 18th, Wilbur Good became the only Chicago Cub ever to steal second, third, and home — all in the same inning. His teammates followed his “good” example and went on to beat the Brooklyn Dodgers 9-0.

In the Federal League…

After a lengthy contract dispute instigated by the Federal League’s high salary structures, “Home Run” Baker announced his early retirement from the Philadelphia Athletics at the tender age of twenty-eight. Manager Connie Mack also experienced salary problems with several other players including Chief Bender, Eddie Plank, and Jack Coombs. Refusing to compete with the rival league’s higher pay scale, Mack decided to release the stars and sell Baker to the Yankees after the 1915 season.

In December, organized baseball agreed to a formal “peace treaty” with the Federal League ending a two-year political war. The Federals agreed to disband after the American and National Leagues both agreed to pay an enormous sum of $600,000 for distribution to owners, absorb two franchises (one American League and one National League) and recognize all former players as eligible picks at a Fed-controlled auction.

Around the League…

The Federal League sued organized baseball, claiming it to be an illegal trust and demanding that it be dissolved with all contracts voided. The case was formally filed in the U.S. court in Chicago, before Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis and the future baseball commissioner intentionally stalled his decision while waiting for peace to be declared at the end of the year.

The American League officially banned the emery ball, a pitch introduced by Russ Ford in 1910. Ford had accidentally discovered that a scuffed baseball could be made to break sharply while a semi-pro pitcher. He began intentionally doctoring the ball using emery paper, and disguised his pitches as spitballs, which at the time were legal.

On “Suffrage Day”, 4,100 women bought tickets to see the Giants take on the Chicago Cubs in New York. As a publicity stunt, the suffragettes announced that they would pay five dollars to each player who scored a run. Unfortunately, “Wildfire” Frank Schulte emerged as the only recipient after leading a Chicago “double-steal” in the first inning.

NUMBERS IN SPORTS

9 – 16 – 43

February 17, 1923 – Ottawa left wing Cy Denneny surgedpast Joe Malone in the record books as the all-time NHL goal scorer. Cy pounded his 143rd career goal in Ottawa’s 2-0 win over the Montreal Canadiens on this day. We are not quite sure if he ever wore a number on his sweater or not as records are non-revealing. He is featured in today’s banner photo (see credits below).

February 17, 1927 – The Toronto Maple Leafs have their first victory using that moniker when they defeated the New York Americans 4-1 on the ice. The team was previously known as the Toronto St Patricks.

February 17, 1951 – Detroit Red Wings Number 9, right winger Gordie Howe scored his 100th career NHL goal and adds an assist in a 2-1 Red Wings’ victory away to the Montreal Canadiens

February 17, 1952 – Montreal Canadiens center Elmer Lach, Number 16 picked up his 354th career assist in a 3-2 loss at the New York Rangers to become the NHL’s all-time assists leader. The former holder of the the record was Bill Cowley who played with the Boston Bruins during the 1930s and 40s and wore Number 10.

February 17, 1974 – The orange and blue Number 43 STP Dodge driven by Richard Petty claimed the checkered flag as Petty became the first person to win the Daytona 500 in back to back years.

TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY

Feb. 17

1923 — Cy Denneny of the Ottawa Senators becomes the NHL’s career scoring leader. He scores his 143rd goal to surpass Joe Malone in a 2-0 win over the Montreal Canadiens.

1924 — Johnny Weissmuller sets a world record in the 100-yard freestyle swim with a time of 52.4 seconds.

1926 — Suzanne Lenglen beats Helen Wills 6-3, 8-6 in Cannes, France, in their only tennis match against each other.

1928 — Sweden’s Gillis Grafstrom successfully defends his 1920 and 1924 Olympic figure skating title, with Austrian Willy Bockl finishing in second place as he did four years earlier.

1941 — Joe Louis knocks out Gus Dorazio in the second round in Philadelphia to defend his world heavyweight title.

1955 — Mike Souchak establishes the PGA 72-hole scoring record with a 257 at the Texas Open. Souchak starts with a record-tying 60 at San Antonio’s Brackenridge Park course and ends with a 27-under-par, beating the previous low for a 72-hole event by two shots.

1968 — The Basketball Hall of Fame opens in Springfield, Mass.

1974 — Richard Petty wins his second straight Daytona 500. It’s the fifth Daytona 500 title for Petty, who also won in 1964, 1966, 1971 and 1973.

1992 — Raisa Smetanina wins a gold medal with the Unified Team in the 20-kilometer cross-country relay to set the career Winter Olympics medal record with 10. Smetanina, 39, also becomes the oldest champion and the first to win a medal in five straight Winter Games.

1994 — San Antonio’s David Robinson records the fourth quadruple-double in NBA history with 34 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists and 10 blocks in the Spurs’ 115-96 win over Detroit.

1998 — The U.S. women’s hockey team wins the sport’s first Olympic gold medal. Sandra Whyte scores on an empty-netter with 8 seconds left to give the United States a 3-1 victory over Canada.

2010 — Americans Lindsey Vonn and Julia Mancuso finish 1-2 in the downhill at the Vancouver Olympics. It’s the first time since 1984 that the U.S won gold and silver in a women’s Alpine event.

2013 — Danica Patrick wins the Daytona 500 pole, becoming the first woman to secure the top spot for any Sprint Cup race.

2014 — Meryl Davis and Charlie White win the gold medal in ice dance, the first Olympic title in the event for the U.S..

2018 — Japan’s Yuzuru Hanyu becomes the first man to successfully defend his Olympic figure skating title since Dick Button in 1952.

2020 – 62nd Daytona 500: Denny Hamlin wins second straight title by 0.014 seconds over Ryan Blaney on the second restart in overtime; his third Daytona victory

TV SPORTS SATURDAY

AHL HOCKEY

4 p.m.

NHLN — Hershey at Toronto

AUTO RACING

10:30 a.m.

FS1 — NASCAR Cup Series: Final Practice, Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Fla.

11:30 a.m.

FS1 — NASCAR Xfinity Series: Qualifying, Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Fla.

1:30 p.m.

FS1 — ARCA Menards Series: The Daytona ARCA 200, Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Fla.

5 p.m.

FS1 — NASCAR Xfinity Series: The United Rentals 300, Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Fla.

BEACH SOCCER (MEN’S)

6:20 a.m.

FS2 — 2024 FIFA World Cup Group Stage: Italy vs. Egypt, Group A, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

7:50 a.m.

FS2 — 2024 FIFA World Cup Group Stage: Spain vs. Tahiti, Group B, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

10:20 a.m.

FS2 — 2024 FIFA World Cup Group Stage: United Arab Emirates vs. U.S., Group A, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

12 p.m.

FS2 — 2024 FIFA World Cup Group Stage: Argentina vs. Iran, Group B, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

6:20 a.m. (Sunday)

FS2 — 2024 FIFA World Cup Group Stage: Japan vs. Belarus, Group C, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

COLLEGE BASEBALL

8 p.m.

MLBN — 2024 MLB Desert Invitational: Grand Canyon vs. Southern Cal, Scottsdale, Ariz.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL (MEN’S)

12 p.m.

BTN — Penn St. at Nebraska

ESPN — Texas A&M at Alabama

ESPN2 — Wake Forest at Virginia

ESPNU — TCU at Kansas St.

12:30 p.m.

FOX — Creighton at Butler

USA — Richmond at George Washington

1 p.m.

CBS — Texas at Houston

SECN — Florida at Georgia

1:30 p.m.

CBSSN — Fordham at Dayton

2 p.m.

ACCN — Virginia Tech at North Carolina

ESPN — Duke at Florida St.

ESPN2 — The NBA HBCU Classic: Winston-Salem State vs. Virginia Union, Indianapolis

ESPNU — Arkansas at Mississippi St.

NBATV — The NBA HBCU Classic: Winston-Salem State vs. Virginia Union, Indianapolis

TNT — The NBA HBCU Classic: Winston-Salem State vs. Virginia Union, Indianapolis

2:15 p.m.

BTN — Wisconsin at Iowa

2:30 p.m.

USA — Saint Joseph’s at Duquesne

3 p.m.

FOX — Marquette at UConn

3:30 p.m.

CBSSN — Davidson at St. Bonaventure

SECN — LSU at South Carolina

4 p.m.

ACCN — Miami at Boston College

ESPN — Kansas at Oklahoma

5:30 p.m.

CBSSN — Utah St. at Colorado St.

CW — Syracuse at Georgia Tech

FOX — Illinois at Maryland

6 p.m.

ESPN — Kentucky at Auburn

ESPN2 — Baylor at West Virginia

PAC-12N — Stanford at Washington St.

SECN — Vanderbilt at Tennessee

6:30 p.m.

ACCN — Louisville at Pittsburgh

7:30 p.m.

CBSSN — Fresno St. at Boise St.

FS1 — DePaul at Providence

7:45 p.m.

CW — NC State at Clemson

8 p.m.

FOX — Michigan St. at Michigan

ESPN2 — Yale at Princeton

PAC-12N — California at Washington

8:30 p.m.

SECN — Missouri at Mississippi

9:30 p.m.

FS1 — Arizona St. at Arizona

10 p.m.

ESPN — Colorado at Southern Cal

PAC-12N — Oregon at Oregon St.

11:30 p.m.

FS1 — Nevada at UNLV

COLLEGE BASKETBALL (WOMEN’S)

4 p.m.

ESPN2 — Iowa St. at Texas

COLLEGE HOCKEY (MEN’S)

4:30 p.m.

BTN — Wisconsin at Ohio St.

7 p.m.

BTN — Michigan at Penn St.

COLLEGE LACROSSE (MEN’S)

6 p.m.

ESPNU — Maryland at Syracuse

COLLEGE SOFTBALL

9 a.m.

ACCN — Shriners Children’s Clearwater Invitational: Northwestern vs. Georgia Tech, Clearwater, Fla.

10 a.m.

ESPN2 — Shriners Children’s Clearwater Invitational: Georgia vs. Florida St., Clearwater, Fla.

10:30 a.m.

SECN — Shriners Children’s Clearwater Invitational: Oklahoma St. vs. LSU, Clearwater, Fla.

4 p.m.

ESPNU — Shriners Children’s Clearwater Invitational: UCLA vs. Tennessee, Clearwater, Fla.

COLLEGE WRESTLING

3 p.m.

PAC-12N — Stanford at Arizona St.

FISHING

7:30 a.m.

FS1 — Bassmaster Opens: The 2024 St. Croix Bassmaster Open at Lake Ouachita presented by SEVIIN, Hot Springs, Ark.

GOLF

5:30 a.m.

GOLF — Ladies European Tour: The Aramco Saudi Ladies International, Third Round, Riyadh Golf Club, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

1 p.m.

GOLF — PGA Tour: The Genesis Invitational, Third Round, Riviera Golf Course, Pacific Palisades, Calif.

3 p.m.

CBS — PGA Tour: The Genesis Invitational, Third Round, Riviera Golf Course, Pacific Palisades, Calif.

GOLF — PGA Tour Champions: The Chubb Classic, Second Round, Tiburon Golf Club – Black Course, Naples, Fla.

4:30 a.m. (Sunday)

GOLF — Ladies European Tour: The Aramco Saudi Ladies International, Final Round, Riyadh Golf Club, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

HORSE RACING

1:30 p.m.

FS2 — NYRA: America’s Day at the Races

MIXED MARTIAL ARTS

8 p.m.

ESPN — UFC 298 Prelims: Undercard Bouts, Anaheim, Calif.

NBA BASKETBALL

8 p.m.

TNT — NBA All-Star Saturday Night: Skills Challenge, 3-Point, and Slam Dunk Contests, Indianapolis

TRUTV — NBA All-Star Saturday Night: Skills Challenge, 3-Point, and Slam Dunk Contests, Indianapolis (Alternate Cast)

NHL HOCKEY

12:25 p.m.

ABC — Los Angeles at Boston

3 p.m.

ABC — Edmonton at Dallas

8 p.m.

ABC — Stadium Series: Philadelphia vs. New Jersey, East Rutherford, N.J.

RODEO

10 p.m.

CBSSN — PBR: Round 2, Los Angeles

SOCCER (MEN’S)

7:30 a.m.

USA — Premier League: Liverpool at Brentford

10 a.m.

USA — Premier League: Arsenal at Burnley

12:30 p.m.

NBC — Premier League: Chelsea at Manchester City

SOCCER (WOMEN’S)

7:25 a.m.

CBSSN — FASL: Manchester United at Arsenal

TENNIS

10 a.m.

TENNIS — Doha-WTA Singles Final

1:30 p.m.

TENNIS — Rotterdam-ATP, Buenos Aires-ATP, Delray Beach-ATP Semifinals

7:30 p.m.

TENNIS — Delray Beach-ATP Semifinal

2 a.m. (Sunday)

TENNIS — Dubai-WTA Early Rounds

6 a.m. (Sunday)

TENNIS — Dubai-WTA Early Rounds; Rotterdam-ATP, Buenos Aires-ATP, Delray Beach-ATP Finals

TRACK AND FIELD

4 p.m.

NBC — USATF: The U.S. Indoor Championships, Albuquerque, N.M.

SUNDAY

AUTO RACING

2:30 p.m.

FOX — NASCAR Cup Series: The DAYTONA 500, Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Fla.

BEACH SOCCER (MEN’S)

6:20 a.m.

FS2 — 2024 FIFA World Cup Group Stage: Japan vs. Belarus, Group C, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

7:50 a.m.

FS2 — 2024 FIFA World Cup Group Stage: Mexico vs. Oman, Group D, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

10:20 a.m.

FS2 — 2024 FIFA World Cup Group Stage: Senegal vs. Colombia, Group C, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

11:50 a.m.

FS2 — 2024 FIFA World Cup Group Stage: Brazil vs. Portugal, Group D, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

6:20 a.m. (Monday)

FS2 — 2024 FIFA World Cup Group Stage: Egypt vs. U.S., Group A, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

BOWLING

1 p.m.

FS1 — PBA: The Pete Weber Missouri Classic, Springfield, Mo.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL (MEN’S)

12 p.m.

CBSSN — Loyola of Chicago at Rhode Island

ESPN — FAU at South Florida

ESPN2 — Wichita St. at Charlotte

1 p.m.

CBS — Purdue at Ohio St.

2 p.m.

CBSSN — Chattanooga at Furman

ESPN2 — Bradley at N. Iowa

3 p.m.

FS1 — Northwestern at Indiana

4 p.m.

ESPN — Memphis at SMU

5 p.m.

FS1 — Seton Hall at St. John’s

6:30 p.m.

BTN — Rutgers at Minnesota

7 p.m.

FS1 — Utah at UCLA

COLLEGE BASKETBALL (WOMEN’S)

12 p.m.

ACCN — Pittsburgh at Clemson

BTN — Michigan St. at Michigan

CW — Georgia Tech at NC State

SECN — Florida at Kentucky

1 p.m.

ABC — Georgia at South Carolina

2 p.m.

ACCN — Syracuse at Virginia

ESPN — Virginia Tech at Louisville

ESPNU — Columbia at Harvard

SECN — Tennessee at Vanderbilt

3 p.m.

PAC-12N — Southern Cal at Oregon St.

4 p.m.

ACCN — Florida St. at Miami

ESPN2 — Texas Tech at Baylor

SECN — Missouri at Arkansas

5 p.m.

PAC-12N — UCLA at Oregon

6 p.m.

ACCN — North Carolina at Wake Forest

COLLEGE LACROSSE (MEN’S)

12 p.m.

ESPNU — Loyola (Md.) at Johns Hopkins

COLLEGE SOFTBALL

9:30 a.m.

ACCN — Shriners Children’s Clearwater Invitational: Washington vs. North Carolina, Clearwater, Fla.

ESPN2 — Shriners Children’s Clearwater Invitational: Texas vs. Northwestern, Clearwater, Fla.

SECN — Shriners Children’s Clearwater Invitational: Minnesota vs. LSU, Clearwater, Fla.

6 p.m.

ESPN — Shriners Children’s Clearwater Invitational: UCF vs. UCLA, Clearwater, Fla.

8 p.m.

ESPN — Shriners Children’s Clearwater Invitational: Florida St. vs. Tennessee, Clearwater, Fla.

COLLEGE WRESTLING

2 p.m.

BTN — Wisconsin at Iowa

4 p.m.

BTN — Nebraska at Penn St.

GOLF

4:30 a.m.

GOLF — Ladies European Tour: The Aramco Saudi Ladies International, Final Round, Riyadh Golf Club, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

1 p.m.

GOLF — PGA Tour: The Genesis Invitational, Final Round, Riviera Golf Course, Pacific Palisades, Calif.

3 p.m.

CBS — PGA Tour: The Genesis Invitational, Final Round, Riviera Golf Course, Pacific Palisades, Calif.

GOLF — PGA Tour Champions: The Chubb Classic, Final Round, Tiburon Golf Club – Black Course, Naples, Fla.

HORSE RACING

3 p.m.

FS2 — NYRA: America’s Day at the Races

NBA BASKETBALL

8 p.m.

TBS — NBA All-Star Game: West vs. East, Indianapolis (Alternate Cast)

TNT — NBA All-Star Game: West vs. East, Indianapolis

TRUTV — NBA All-Star Game: West vs. East, Indianapolis (Alternate Cast)

NHL HOCKEY

3 p.m.

ABC — Stadium Series: NY Rangers vs. NY Islanders, East Rutherford, N.J.

RODEO

12 p.m.

CBS — PBR: Championship Round, Los Angeles (Taped)

SKIING

3 p.m.

NBC — FIS: Alpine World Cup, Deer Valley, Utah

4 p.m.

NBC — FIS: Alpine World Cup, Minneapolis

SOCCER (MEN’S)

9 a.m.

USA — Premier League: Brighton & Hove Albion at Sheffield United

11:30 a.m.

USA — Premier League: Manchester United at Luton Town

SOCCER (WOMEN’S)

10 a.m.

CBSSN — Bundesliga: Essen at Bayern

TENNIS

6 a.m.

TENNIS — Dubai-WTA Early Rounds; Rotterdam-ATP, Buenos Aires-ATP, Delray Beach-ATP Finals

2 a.m. (Monday)

TENNIS — Dubai-WTA, Doha-ATP, Rio de Janeiro-ATP, Los Cabos-ATP Early Rounds

6 a.m. (Monday) TENNIS — Dubai-WTA, Doha-ATP, Rio de Janeiro-ATP, Los Cabos-ATP Early Rounds