INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL BOYS BASKETBALL SCORES FRIDAY

Angola 66 Prairie Heights 37
Austin 56 North Harrison 51
Bedford North Lawrence 61 Evansville Reitz 59 OT
Ben Davis 68 North Central (Indianapolis) 54
Bethany Christian 44 Argos 40
Bethesda Christian 63 Indianapolis Riverside 34
Blackford 53 Madison-Grant 48
Bloomington North 56 Bloomington South 53 OT
Borden 56 New Washington 22
Carmel 64 Marion 52
Carroll (Flora) 60 Delphi 57
Caston 76 Culver 62
Central Noble 58 Garrett 48
Clay City 79 Washington Catholic 26
Columbus Christian 59 Lighthouse Christian 43
Concord 47 Goshen 22
Corydon Central 68 Floyd Central 66 OT
Covington 69 Riverton Parke 37
Cowan 65 Daleville 62
Crown Point 66 Michigan City 60
Decatur Central 77 Martinsville 54
Demotte Christian 60 Tri-County 40
East Central 67 Rushville 36
Eastern (Greentown) 74 Clinton Central 45
Edgewood 74 Brown County 47
Elkhart Christian 62 Lakeland Christian 32
Evansville Bosse 74 Evansville Central 64
Evansville Christian 68 Linton-Stockton 51
Evansville Harrison 57 Evansville North 47
Evansville Memorial 70 Castle 54
Fairfield 55 Eastside 31
Fishers 87 Pike 65
Forest Park 61 Mount Vernon (Posey) 53
Fort Wayne Blackhawk 70 Mishawaka Marian 54
Fort Wayne Dwenger 74 Carroll (Fort Wayne) 65
Fort Wayne Luers 59 Fort Wayne Concordia 48
Fort Wayne Snider 47 Fort Wayne Northrop 33
Fort Wayne Wayne 66 Fort Wayne North 42
Franklin 87 Mooresville 53
Fremont 66 Churubusco 51
Gary West 61 North Lawndale (Ill.) 56
Greencastle 59 Northview 54
Greenfield-Central 64 Mount Vernon (Fortville) 51
Greensburg 49 Connersville 45
Greenwood Christian 47 Speedway 46
Guerin Catholic 56 Indianapolis Chatard 52
Hamilton Heights 55 Northwestern 53
Hamilton Southeastern 79 Lawrence Central 63
Hammond Noll 60 Hanover Central 53
Hauser 65 North Decatur 54
Hebron 72 South Central (Union Mills) 44
Henryville 67 Medora 46
Heritage Christian 59 Covenant Christian 49
Heritage Hills 69 Gibson Southern 63
Hobart 66 Westville 51
Homestead 50 Fort Wayne South 40
Huntington North 58 East Noble 43
Indianapolis Lutheran 68 Trinity Lutheran 51
Indianapolis Ritter 70 Monrovia 64
Indianapolis Washington 77 Christel House 57
Jeffersonville 65 New Albany 57
Jennings County 69 Brownstown Central 61
Knox 45 Winamac 40
Kokomo 78 Logansport 63
Kouts 58 Hammond Science & Tech 47
Lafayette Central Catholic 44 McCutcheon 42
Lafayette Jeff 65 Muncie Central 40
Lake Central 65 LaPorte 35
Lakeland 51 West Noble 46
Lakewood Park 67 Smith Academy 23
Lawrence North 62 Warren Central 47
Lebanon 69 Frankfort 54
Loogootee 72 Vincennes Rivet 25
Manchester 102 North Miami 20
Marquette Catholic 46 Trinity Greenlawn 20
Mishawaka 59 Plymouth 43
Morgan Twp. 60 Boone Grove 45
Munster 68 Kankakee Valley 53
New Palestine 62 Delta 54
North Daviess 39 Eastern Greene 38
North Putnam 62 West Vigo 49
North Vermillion 75 Attica 28
NorthWood 56 Wawasee 53
Northeast Dubois 43 South Knox 35
Northfield 46 Lewis Cass 32
Oak Hill 67 Peru 59
Oldenburg Academy 72 Shawe Memorial 38
Orleans 63 Salem 22
Owen Valley 49 Cloverdale 38
Paoli 58 Mitchell 54
Park Tudor 82 Indianapolis Metropolitan 48
Parke Heritage 59 South Vermillion 38
Perry Central 50 West Washington 48 OT
Pioneer 57 Frontier 44
Princeton 46 Boonville 37
Providence 41 Clarksville 21
Richmond 46 New Castle 37
River Forest 59 South Newton 39
Scottsburg 72 Madison 31
Seton Catholic 66 Providence Cristo Rey 29
Seymour 57 Charlestown 41
Sheridan 64 Tri-Central 57
Silver Creek 71 Eastern (Pekin) 35
South Central (Elizabeth) 71 Lanesville 38
Southridge 77 Tecumseh 29
Southwestern (Hanover) 69 South Decatur 42
Springs Valley 77 Crawford County 67
Sullivan 63 South Putnam 32
Taylor 68 Rossville 46
Terre Haute North 44 Columbus North 38
Tipton 91 Maconaquah 74
Twin Lakes 59 Benton Central 50
Union County 44 Franklin County 42
Valparaiso 47 Portage 45
Vincennes Lincoln 45 Jasper 39
Wapahani 51 Eastern Hancock 42
Warsaw 54 Northridge 53
Washington Twp. 53 Tri-Township 40
Washington 63 North Knox 52
West Lafayette 61 Harrison (West Lafayette) 54
Westfield 64 Yorktown 38
Westview 53 LaVille 43
Whiteland 58 Greenwood 45
Zionsville 65 Brebeuf Jesuit 64


Hendricks County Tournament
Avon 51 Plainfield 48
Danville 53 Tri-West 38


Madison County Tournament
Alexandria 57 Elwood 50
Pendleton Heights 75 Anderson Prep 38
Lapel 58 Frankton 42
Anderson 67 Liberty Christian 56


Shelby County Tournament
Triton Central 42 Waldron 35
Morristown 34 Southwestern (Shelbyville) 30


Sugar Creek Tournament
Southmont 48 North Montgomery 35
Crawfordsville 56 Western Boone 49


Wayne County Tournament
Northeastern 78 Hagerstown 54


White River Valley Tournament
Shakamak 80 Eminence 25

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL BOYS BASKETBALL SCHEDULE SATURDAY

ALL TIMES EASTERN
Bedford North Lawrence at South Knox 7:30 pm
Beech Grove at Monrovia 7:30 pm
Bellmont at Columbia City 7:30 pm
Ben Davis at Indianapolis Washington 7:30 pm
Bethany Christian at Bremen 5:30 pm
Bethesda Christian at Tipton 7:30 pm
Bloomfield at Christian Academy 8:00 pm
Bloomington North at Seymour 7:30 pm
Borden vs. North Daviess 6:30 pm
Cannelton at Columbus Christian 9:30 pm
Carmel at Westfield 7:30 pm
Caston at Delphi 7:30 pm
Charlestown at Madison 7:30 pm
Chesterton at Merrillville 8:00 pm
Clinton Prairie at Northwestern 7:30 pm
Connersville at New Castle 7:30 pm
Dugger Union at Vincennes Rivet 7:30 pm
East Central at Whiteland 7:30 pm
East Chicago Central at Portage 8:00 pm
Eastbrook at Cowan 7:30 pm
Eastern (Pekin) at Austin 7:30 pm
Eastern Greene at Orleans 7:30 pm
Eastside at Edgerton (Ohio) 7:30 pm
Edgewood at South Putnam 7:30 pm
Evansville Day at South Spencer ppd.
Fort Wayne Blackhawk at Fort Wayne Concordia 7:30 pm
Fort Wayne Canterbury at Manchester 7:30 pm
Fort Wayne Dwenger at Central Noble 7:30 pm
Fort Wayne Snider at Peru 7:45 pm
Franklin Central at Indianapolis Roncalli 7:30 pm
Gary 21st Century at Indianapolis Attucks 3:30 pm
Gibson Southern at Evansville Mater Dei 7:30 pm
Greensburg at Shelbyville 7:30 pm
Hammond Noll at Andrean 8:00 pm
Harrison (West Lafayette) at Lake Central 7:30 pm
Heritage Hills at Washington 8:00 pm
Highland at Lowell 8:00 pm
Homestead at Wawasee 7:30 pm
Indian Creek at Brown County 7:30 pm
Indianapolis Cathedral at Providence 7:30 pm
Indianapolis Herron at Irvington Prep 1:30 pm
Indianapolis Scecina at Perry Meridian 7:30 pm
Indianapolis Shortridge at Greenwood Christian 7:30 pm
Indianapolis Tech at Fort Wayne Wayne 3:30 pm
Indianapolis Tindley at Victory College Prep 3:00 pm
Jasper at Evansville North 7:00 pm
Jay County at Adams Central 7:30 pm
Jeffersonville at Brownstown Central 7:30 pm
Jennings County at Center Grove 7:30 pm
Kankakee Valley at Michigan City 8:00 pm
Lafayette Central Catholic at Rensselaer Central 8:00 pm
Lake Station at Whiting 8:00 pm
Lanesville at West Washington 7:30 pm
LaVille at North Judson 7:30 pm
Lebanon at Benton Central 7:30 pm
Leo at Norwell 7:45 pm
Logansport at Western 7:30 pm
Marion at Fort Wayne South 7:30 pm
Mishawaka at Elkhart 7:30 pm
Mitchell at South Central (Elizabeth) 7:30 pm
Mooresville Christian at Medora 4:30 pm
Mount Vernon (Ill.) at Evansville Memorial 8:00 pm
Mount Vernon (Posey) at North Posey 8:30 pm
Muncie Burris at Wabash 2:30 pm
New Haven at DeKalb 7:30 pm
New Prairie at Concord 7:45 pm
New Washington at Clarksville 7:30 pm
Noblesville at Muncie Central 7:30 pm
North Central (Farmersburg) at North Knox 7:30 pm
North Harrison at Scottsburg 7:30 pm
North Putnam at Fountain Central 7:30 pm
Northfield at Madison-Grant 7:30 pm
Oak Hill at Eastern (Greentown) 7:30 pm
Oregon-Davis at West Central TBA
Owen Valley at Northview 7:30 pm
Paoli at Tell City 8:00 pm
Penn at Valparaiso 7:30 pm
Perry Central at Forest Park 8:00 pm
Pike Central at Evansville Central 8:00 pm
Pioneer at Faith Christian 7:30 pm
Plymouth at Tippecanoe Valley 7:45 pm
Richmond at McCutcheon 7:00 pm
River Forest at Calumet 8:00 pm
Rossville at Sheridan 7:30 pm
Salem at Crawford County 7:30 pm
South Adams at Blackford 7:30 pm
South Decatur at Edinburgh 7:30 pm
South Newton at North White 7:30 pm
South Vermillion at Seeger 7:30 pm
Southern Wells at Heritage 7:30 pm
Southridge at Northeast Dubois 7:30 pm
Southwestern (Hanover) at Hauser 7:30 pm
Southwood at Huntington North 7:30 pm
Springs Valley at Tecumseh 8:00 pm
Terre Haute South at Indianapolis Lutheran 1:30 pm
Tri-Central at Wes-Del 7:30 pm
Tri-County at Attica 7:30 pm
Trinity Lutheran at Henryville 7:30 pm
Twin Lakes at North Newton 7:30 pm
University at Covenant Christian 7:30 pm
Vincennes Lincoln at Evansville Bosse 7:30 pm
Warren Central at Hamilton Southeastern 7:00 pm
Washington Catholic at Shoals 7:30 pm
West Lafayette at Covington 6:30 pm
Wheeler at Griffith 2:30 pm
Whitko at Lakewood Park 7:30 pm
Woodlan at Bluffton 7:30 pm


Hendricks County Tournament
Brownsburg vs. Cascade 12:00 pm 5th
Plainfield vs. Tri-West 4:00 pm 3rd
Avon at Danville 8:00 pm 1st


Henry County Tournament
Tri at Knightstown 7:30 pm 1st


Randolph County Tournament
Winchester vs. Monroe Central 8:00 pm 1st


Ripley County Tournament
Milan vs. Jac-Cen-Del 6:00 pm 3rd
South Ripley at Batesville 7:30 pm 1st


Rivertown Tournament
Rising Sun at South Dearborn 6:00 pm 3rd
Lawrenceburg vs. Switzerland County 7:30 pm 1st


Shelby County Tournament
Triton Central vs. Morristown 8:00 pm 1st


Sugar Creek Tournament
North Montgomery vs. Western Boone 6:00 pm 3rd
Southmont at Crawfordsville 7:30 pm 1st


Wayne County Tournament
Centerville vs. Northeastern 7:30 pm 1st


White River Valley Tournament
Barr-Reeve at White River Valley 7:30 pm 1st

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL BOYS BASKETBALL SCHEDULE SATURDAY

Adams Central 42 Heritage 16
Angola 67 Prairie Heights 40
Ben Davis 57 North Central (Indianapolis) 45
Brown County 52 Edgewood 40
Carroll (Flora) 70 Delphi 39
Central Noble 39 Garrett 29
Chesterton 65 Merrillville 63
Christel House 42 Indiana Math & Science 35
Clinton Central 53 Eastern (Greentown) 29
Columbia City 52 Bellmont 37
Columbus Christian 68 Lighthouse Christian 64 OT
Crown Point 69 Michigan City 44
Daleville 43 Cowan 28
DeKalb 59 New Haven 37
Decatur Central 46 Martinsville 42
East Noble 61 Huntington North 44
Eastbrook 69 Northwestern 31
Elkhart 58 South Bend Riley 20
Fairfield 50 Eastside 47
Fort Wayne Dwenger 60 Carroll (Fort Wayne) 55
Fort Wayne Luers 53 Fort Wayne Concordia 33
Fort Wayne Snider 70 Fort Wayne Northrop 37
Fort Wayne Wayne 64 Fort Wayne North 46
Franklin 60 Mooresville 42
Fremont 47 Churubusco 41
Greenwood 59 Whiteland 57
Hanover Central 50 Hammond Noll 40
Highland 40 Hobart 21
Homestead 78 Fort Wayne South 20
Indiana Deaf 51 Indianapolis Washington 33
Indianapolis Chatard 61 Guerin Catholic 27
Indianapolis Scecina 50 Indianapolis Tech 46
Jay County 40 Bluffton 24
Jimtown 56 South Bend Clay 38
Knox 58 Winamac 48
Kokomo 54 Logansport 25
Lafayette Jeff 59 Muncie Central 25
Lake Central 61 Mishawaka Marian 10
Lake Station 73 Whiting 36
Lakeland 33 West Noble 30
Lebanon 45 Frankfort 14
Lewis Cass 44 Northfield 30
Monrovia 62 Indianapolis Ritter 31
North Putnam 53 West Vigo 46
Northview 66 Greencastle 39
Norwell 73 Leo 31
Owen Valley 48 Cloverdale 20
Penn 56 South Bend St. Joseph 36
Providence 59 Clarksville 9
Richmond 54 Marion 17
River Forest 46 Calumet 24
Rossville 78 Taylor 40
Sheridan 47 Tri-Central 26
South Adams 53 Southern Wells 26
South Bend Washington 73 Bremen 39
Southridge 49 Mount Vernon (Posey) 22
Sullivan 65 South Putnam 50
Valparaiso 65 Portage 30
Washington Twp. 45 Tri-Township 42
West Central 50 North Newton 14
Wheeler 38 Griffith 16
Whitefield (Ky.) 62 Rock Creek Academy 42


Hendricks County Tournament
Plainfield 56 Brownsburg 48
Danville 54 Tri-West 44


Henry County Tournament
Shenandoah 49 Knightstown 19
Tri 61 Blue River 26


Randolph County Tournament
Monroe Central 54 Winchester 40
Union City 58 Union (Modoc) 32


Ripley County Tournament
Jac-Cen-Del 70 Milan 33
South Ripley 51 Batesville 43


Rivertown Tournament
Rising Sun 57 South Dearborn 52
Lawrenceburg 43 Switzerland County 32


Wayne County Tournament
Centerville 40 Cambridge City Lincoln 31


White River Valley Tournament
Barr-Reeve 44 Shoals 33

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS BASKETBALL SCHEDULE SATURDAY

ALL TIMES EASTERN
Angola at Fremont 7:30 pm
Bedford North Lawrence at Castle 2:30 pm
Beech Grove at Monrovia 6:00 pm
Bethany Christian at Bremen 6:00 pm
Bloomington North at Terre Haute South 1:00 pm
Bloomington South at Columbus North 2:30 pm
Bolingbrook (Ill.) at South Bend Washington 3:30 pm
Boonville at Tecumseh 1:00 pm
Borden at Paoli 12:30 pm
Cannelton at Columbus Christian 2:00 pm
Charlestown at Brownstown Central 1:30 pm
Concord at Goshen 7:45 pm
Covington at Rossville 12:00 pm
Crawfordsville at Speedway 12:30 pm
Crothersville at Lanesville 1:00 pm
Culver Academy at South Bend Riley 7:30 pm
Demotte Christian at West Central 7:30 pm
East Central at Rushville 7:30 pm
Eastern Greene at North Knox 12:30 pm
Elkhart Christian at Lakewood Park 2:30 pm
Evansville Christian at Evansville Bosse 7:00 pm
Evansville Mater Dei at Jasper 1:30 pm
Evansville North at Jeffersonville 12:30 pm
Faith Christian at Fort Wayne Northrop 2:30 pm
Fort Wayne Wayne at Fort Wayne Blackhawk 2:30 pm
Franklin Central at Indianapolis Roncalli 6:00 pm
Franklin County at Greensburg 7:30 pm
Frontier at Lighthouse CPA 2:30 pm
Greencastle at Cloverdale 7:30 pm
Hamilton Heights at Westfield 1:00 pm
Hamilton Southeastern at Carroll (Fort Wayne) 2:30 pm
Hammond Central at Lake Station 2:30 pm
Highlands Latin (Ky.) at Christian Academy 12:30 pm
Illiana Christian at Bowman Academy 3:00 pm
Indian Creek at Brown County 6:00 pm
Indianapolis Lutheran at Greenwood Christian 4:00 pm
Indianapolis Washington at Eminence 12:00 pm
Jennings County at Center Grove 6:00 pm
Lafayette Central Catholic at Rensselaer Central 6:00 pm
Lake Central at LaPorte 3:30 pm
Lakeland Christian at Argos 12:30 pm
LaVille at Caston 2:30 pm
Lebanon at Bethesda Christian 3:00 pm
Loogootee at Bloomfield 1:00 pm
Lowell at Andrean 3:30 pm
Madison-Grant at Southwood 12:30 pm
Manchester at North Miami 2:30 pm
Merrillville at Westville 8:00 pm
Mishawaka at Plymouth 1:30 pm
Mooresville Christian at Medora 3:00 pm
Mount Vernon (Posey) at Heritage Hills 12:30 pm
New Albany at Floyd Central 7:30 pm
New Washington at Clarksville 7:30 pm
Noblesville at Indianapolis Cathedral 1:30 pm
North Central (Indianapolis) at Fishers 7:30 pm
North Harrison at Seymour 1:30 pm
North Putnam at North Montgomery 2:30 pm
Northridge at Warsaw 7:45 pm
Oak Hill at Blackford 12:30 pm
Orleans at Henryville 12:30 pm
Owen Valley at Northview 6:00 pm
Perry Central at North Posey 2:30 pm
Peru at Delphi 1:30 pm
Pike Central at Forest Park 2:30 pm
Princeton at Washington 2:30 pm
Richmond at McCutcheon 5:00 pm
Rochester at Whitko 2:30 pm
Salem at Silver Creek 1:30 pm
South Newton at North White 6:00 pm
South Newton at North White 6:00 pm
Tell City at Gibson Southern 2:30 pm
Terre Haute North at Southport 1:30 pm
Tri-County at Pioneer 12:30 pm
Trinity Greenlawn at Hamilton 12:00 pm
Union County at Eastern Hancock 7:30 pm
University at Covenant Christian 5:30 pm
Valparaiso at Harrison (West Lafayette) 7:30 pm
Victory Christian at South Bend Adams 11:00 am
Vincennes Rivet at Springs Valley 2:30 pm
Wabash at Maconaquah 7:30 pm
Washington Catholic at Shoals 6:00 pm
Wawasee at NorthWood 7:45 pm
West Lafayette at Warren Central 1:30 pm
Western at Benton Central 12:30 pm
Western Boone at Clinton Prairie 12:30 pm
Yorktown at Shelbyville 12:30 pm
Zionsville at Pike 2:30 pm


Hendricks County Tournament
Avon vs. Cascade 10:00 am 5th
Brownsburg vs. Tri-West 2:00 pm 3rd
Plainfield at Danville 6:00 pm 1st


Henry County Tournament
Tri vs. Shenandoah 6:00 pm 1st


Little Okaw Valley Tournament
Dugger Union at OPH (Ill.) 2:00 pm R1
Red Hill (Ill.) vs. Martinsville (Ill.) 3:30 pm R1
Loser Game 2 vs. Loser Game 1 5:00 pm 3rd
Winner Game 2 vs. Winner Game 1 6:30 pm 1st


Madison County Tournament
Anderson vs. Anderson Prep 4:30 pm 5th
Frankton vs. Pendleton Heights 5:00 pm 3rd
Alexandria at Lapel 7:30 pm 1st


Randolph County Tournament
Monroe Central vs. Union City 6:00 pm 1st


Shelby County Tournament
Triton Central vs. Morristown 6:00 pm 1st


Wayne County Tournament
Centerville vs. Northeastern 6:00 pm 1st


White River Valley Tournament
Shakamak at White River Valley 6:00 pm 1s

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLING SCORES:

https://indianamat.com/index.php?/dualresults.html/

https://indianamat.com/index.php?/curtournamentresults.html/

COLLEGE BOWL GAMES

MONDAY, JAN. 8

COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

MICHIGAN VS. WASHINGTON

HOUSTON, TEXAS

7:30 P.M. | ESPN

NFL WEEK-18 SCHEDULE

SATURDAY, JAN. 6, 2024

PITTSBURGH STEELERS AT BALTIMORE RAVENS4:30PESPN/ABC
HOUSTON TEXANS AT INDIANAPOLIS COLTS8:15PESPN/ABC


SUNDAY, JAN. 7, 2024

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS AT CAROLINA PANTHERS1:00PFOX
CLEVELAND BROWNS AT CINCINNATI BENGALS1:00PCBS
MINNESOTA VIKINGS AT DETROIT LIONS1:00PFOX
NEW YORK JETS AT NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS1:00PFOX
ATLANTA FALCONS AT NEW ORLEANS SAINTS1:00PCBS
JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS AT TENNESSEE TITANS1:00PCBS
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS AT ARIZONA CARDINALS4:25PFOX
CHICAGO BEARS AT GREEN BAY PACKERS4:25PCBS
DENVER BRONCOS AT LAS VEGAS RAIDERS4:25PFOX
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS AT LOS ANGELES CHARGERS4:25PCBS
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES AT NEW YORK GIANTS4:25PCBS
LOS ANGELES RAMS AT SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS4:25PFOX
DALLAS COWBOYS AT WASHINGTON COMMANDERS4:25PFOX
BUFFALO BILLS AT MIAMI DOLPHINS8:20PNBC

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLING SCORES:

https://indianamat.com/index.php?/dualresults.html/

https://indianamat.com/index.php?/curtournamentresults.html/

COLLEGE BOWL GAMES

MONDAY, JAN. 8

COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

MICHIGAN VS. WASHINGTON

HOUSTON, TEXAS

7:30 P.M. | ESPN

NFL WEEK-18 SCHEDULE

SATURDAY, JAN. 6, 2024

PITTSBURGH STEELERS AT BALTIMORE RAVENS4:30PESPN/ABC
HOUSTON TEXANS AT INDIANAPOLIS COLTS8:15PESPN/ABC


SUNDAY, JAN. 7, 2024

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS AT CAROLINA PANTHERS1:00PFOX
CLEVELAND BROWNS AT CINCINNATI BENGALS1:00PCBS
MINNESOTA VIKINGS AT DETROIT LIONS1:00PFOX
NEW YORK JETS AT NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS1:00PFOX
ATLANTA FALCONS AT NEW ORLEANS SAINTS1:00PCBS
JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS AT TENNESSEE TITANS1:00PCBS
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS AT ARIZONA CARDINALS4:25PFOX
CHICAGO BEARS AT GREEN BAY PACKERS4:25PCBS
DENVER BRONCOS AT LAS VEGAS RAIDERS4:25PFOX
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS AT LOS ANGELES CHARGERS4:25PCBS
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES AT NEW YORK GIANTS4:25PCBS
LOS ANGELES RAMS AT SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS4:25PFOX
DALLAS COWBOYS AT WASHINGTON COMMANDERS4:25PFOX
BUFFALO BILLS AT MIAMI DOLPHINS8:20PNBC

MEN’S TOP 25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCORES

#1 PURDUE 83 #9 ILLINOIS 78

#4 UCONN 88 BUTLER 81

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL TOP 25 SCORES

#4 IOWA 103 RUTGERS 69

#20 OHIO STATE 90 NORTHWESTERN 60

#5 COLORADO 75 ARIZONA 74

#15 UTAH 58 ARIZONA STATE 41

#2 UCLA 75 OREGON 49

#9 USC 56 OREGON STATE 54

#8 STANFORD 74 WASHINGTON STATE 65

NBA SCOREBOARD

BOSTON 126 UTAH 97

INDIANA 150 ATLANTA 116

CLEVELAND 114 WASHINGTON 90

NEW YORK 128 PHILADELPHIA 92

BROOKLYN 124 OKLAHOMA CITY 115

MINNESOTA 122 HOUSTON 95

CHICAGO 104 CHARLOTTE 91

LA CLIPPERS 111 NEW ORLEANS 95

DALLAS 139 PORTLAND 103

ORLANDO 122 DENVER 120

PHOENIX 113 MIAMI 97

SACRAMENTO 135 TORONTO 130

MEMPHIS 127 LA LAKERS 113

GOLDEN STATE 113 DETROIT 109

NHL SCOREBOARD

CAROLINA 6 WASHINGTON 2

NEW JERSEY 4 CHICAGO 2

WINNIPEG 3 ANAHEIM 1

NATIONAL SPORTS RELEASES/HEADLINES

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

DESPITE ZACH EDEY’S WOES, NO. 1 PURDUE TOPS NO. 9 ILLINOIS

Reigning national player of the year Zach Edey recorded a season-low 10 points, but Trey Kaufman-Renn stepped up with a season-high 23 as top-ranked Purdue held on for an 83-78 Big Ten victory over No. 9 Illinois on Friday night in West Lafayette, Ind.

Edey, who only played 23 minutes and took just five shots due to foul trouble, finished with 15 rebounds to earn his 48th career double-double for the Boilermakers (14-1, 3-1). Lance Jones added 17 points and Braden Smith contributed 14 points, six rebounds and six assists.

Marcus Domask posted 20 of his 26 points in the second half for Illinois (11-3, 2-1), which played without suspended All-Big Ten wing Terrence Shannon Jr. for the third straight game since he was charged with rape in Kansas. Quincy Guerrier produced 18 points and 10 rebounds while Luke Goode notched 16 points for the Illini, who trailed by 21 with 12 minutes left but got as close as three on a Coleman Hawkins’ 3-pointer with 12.1 seconds to go.

Purdue bolted to a 20-4 lead as Illinois missed 11 of its first 13 shots and the Boilers controlled the boards at both ends. Ten of Purdue’s first 14 points came after offensive rebounds — including 3-pointers by Jones and Smith and a tip-in by Edey.

With Edey’s touches limited early — his tip was his only shot attempt in the first half — Smith poured in 10 points while building the 20-4 lead as he used Edey’s screens to find open space around the free-throw line and down the lane.

With Edey on the bench for most of the final 10 minutes with two fouls, Illinois got as close as 24-21 when Hawkins fed Guerrier for a dunk. Purdue responded with 3-pointers by Mason Gillis and Fletcher Loyer and, when Smith set up Cam Heide in transition for a 3-pointer with 2:54 to go, Purdue improved to 6 of 9 from 3-point range and seized a 37-26 lead that forced Illinois to take a timeout. The Boilers took a 47-32 margin into intermission.

While Edey returned for the start of the second half, Purdue kept feeding Kaufman-Renn. He scored six points in the first three-plus minutes and fed Edey for a dunk as the Boilermakers’ lead swelled to 57-38.

Edey didn’t reach double figures until a jump hook in the lane with 8:20 to play. On Illinois’ next possession, Guerrier drew Edey’s fourth foul and completed a three-point play to pull the Illini within 70-55 with 8:01 left. Domask then took advantage of the open lane to continue Illinois’ rally.

NO. 4 UCONN PUSHES PAST UPSET-MINDED BUTLER IN SECOND HALF

Alex Karaban scored 20 points and Stephon Castle added 14 with nine boards to help No. 4 UConn survive on the road against host Butler 88-81 on Friday night in Indianapolis.

Tristan Newton added 17 points and five assists for the Huskies (13-2, 3-1 Big East). Cam Spencer also scored 14 as UConn rallied from a seven-point halftime deficit.

The Bulldogs (10-5, 1-3) were led by 22 points from DJ Davis. Pierre Brooks II dropped 19 points and Jahmyl Telfort added 16.

In an entertaining first half with runs on both sides, Butler emerged on top.

UConn went on a 7-3 run to take the lead 12 minutes into the game, but Butler quickly answered with a 9-0 run of their own, putting the Bulldogs up by eight.

Despite having a five-minute field goal drought afterwards, Butler managed to go into the halftime break with a 42-35 lead.

Davis scored 13 of his points in the half followed closely by Brooks’ 11. Newton led UConn with seven.

The Huskies began to break through early in the second. An early 7-0 run tied the game at 46 before Karaban’s 3-pointer made it 49-48, giving them their first lead since it was 23-22.

One factor in the Huskies’ surge was limiting Davis, who did not score until the 6:47 mark of the second half.

The Bulldogs continued to fight, however, and never let the deficit get insurmountable. Telfort scored 14 points in the second half alone. The Bulldogs as a team shot 5-of-8 from deep in the half.

The Huskies’ offense continued to put the pressure on as well, shooting 63 percent from the floor in the second half.

With UConn up four and less than a minute to play, Spencer grabbed a tough offensive rebound and later hit a dagger 3-pointer to make it 83-76, the Huskies’ largest lead of the game.

UConn retained its undefeated record against their Big East rival, improving to 8-0 since they first matched up in 2011.

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

WOMEN’S TOP 25 ROUNDUP: CAITLIN CLARK TRIPLE-DOUBLE LEADS NO. 4 IOWA

Reigning player of the year Caitlin Clark posted her 14th career triple-double and the fourth-ranked Iowa Hawkeyes overcame Rutgers’ first home sellout in 17 years to throttle the Scarlet Knights 103-69 at New Brunswick, N.J., on Friday night.

Clark scored 29 points and added 10 assists and 10 rebounds for her third triple-double of the season as Iowa improved to 15-1 overall and 4-0 in the Big Ten. It was Rutgers’ first sellout since hosting UConn in 2006.

Clark was not alone in dominating the Scarlet Knights (6-11, 0-4). Kate Martin finished with 17 points and Gabbie Marshall scored 12 as five Hawkeyes scored in double figures.

Rutgers also had five players in double figures, as well. Kassondra Brown came off the bench to lead a trio of Scarlet Knights with 12 points while adding a game-high 11 rebounds.

No. 2 UCLA 75, Oregon 49

Angela Dugalic scored a career-high 17 points against her former team as the Bruins had little trouble with the Ducks in a Pac-12 game in Los Angeles.

UCLA (13-0, 2-0) got double-doubles from Lauren Betts (13 points, 11 rebounds) and Kiki Rice (11 points, 10 assists) as the Bruins held the Ducks (9-6, 0-2) to four points in the first quarter.

Oregon, where Dugalic played the 2020-21 season, got 14 points from Phillipina Kyei, the only Duck to score in double digits.

No. 5 Colorado 75, Arizona 74

Jaylynn Sherrod’s three-point play with less than two minutes to play gave the Buffaloes the lead for good as Colorado edged the host Wildcats in Tucson, Ariz.

Sherrod, who finished with a team-high 18 points, scored with 1:50 left to give the Buffaloes (12-1, 2-0 Pac-12) a 73-72 lead and her free throw made it a two-point game.

She made another free throw with 1:22 to go before Esmery Martinez’s layup got the Wildcats (9-5, 1-1) within one. But Breya Cunningham missed the would-be game winner at the buzzer.

No. 8 Stanford 74, Washington State 65

Down a point at halftime, the host Cardinal used a 12-0 run in the third quarter to take control of the game and hold off the Cougars in Stanford, Calif.

Down 44-42 with 5 1/2 minutes left in the third, Stanford (13-1, 2-0) got a pair of free throws from Cameron Brink to tie the game and ignite the run. Brink led the Cardinal with 20 points.

Charlisse Leger-Walker scored a game-high 22 to lead Washington State (11-4, 0-2).

No. 9 USC 56, Oregon State 54

Star freshman JuJu Watkins scored 28 points and the host Trojans came back from a fourth-quarter deficit to top the Beavers in Los Angeles.

Watkins scored the first basket of the final period then went scoreless the rest of the way. But McKenzie Forbes hit a 3-pointer and Kayla Padilla added two more to help carry USC (11-1, 1-1 Pac-12).

Oregon State (12-1, 1-1) was led by Talia von Oelhoffen’s 18 points.

No. 15 Utah 58, Arizona State 41

The Utes held the Sun Devils to fewer than 10 points in three of four quarters and cruised to a victory in a matchup of Pac-12 teams in Tempe, Ariz.

Kennady McQueen led Utah (11-3, 1-1) with 12 points and Jenna Johnson added 10. The Utes dominated on the glass (52-37 rebounding edge) and held the Sun Devils (8-6, 0-2) to only 27-percent shooting.

Jayln Brown scored a game-high 22 points to account for more than half of Arizona State’s scoring. Reserve guard Adison Novosel (nine points) was the only other Sun Devil with more than four points.

No. 20 Ohio State 90, Northwestern 60

The Buckeyes outscored the Wildcats in every quarter and rolled to a win in Evanston, Ill.

All five Ohio State starters scored in double digits, led by Jacy Sheldon’s 18 and 15 from Celeste Taylor. The Buckeyes (11-3, 2-1 Big Ten) made 10 more field goals than Northwestern (33-22).

Caileigh Walsh scored 14 points for the Wildcats (6-9, 1-3).

NBA NEWS

NBA ROUNDUP: KNICKS TURN BACK JOEL EMBIID, 76ERS

Jalen Brunson scored 29 points, Quentin Grimes added 19 and Isaiah Hartenstein had 17 as the New York Knicks crushed the host Philadelphia 76ers 128-92 on Friday.

Joel Embiid led the Sixers with 30 points and 10 rebounds, his 15th straight game hitting at least 30 and 10. Embiid appeared to tweak his ankle in the opening minute and looked to be limping at times.

Tyrese Maxey added 27 points and nine assists for Philadelphia, and Tobias Harris scored only five points and was ruled out for the fourth quarter with a left ankle injury. The Sixers were already missing De’Anthony Melton with back soreness.

Philadelphia drew within 13 points with 11:06 left in the game before the Knicks went on a 21-1 run. Brunson hit a driving layup, Grimes then completed a three-point play and Hartenstein scored in the paint for a commanding 114-81 lead. The Knicks led by as many as 39 points down the stretch.

Pacers 150, Hawks 116

Myles Turner scored 27 points and Tyrese Haliburton added 10 points with 18 assists as Indiana leaned into its high-powered offense to earn a victory over Atlanta at Indianapolis.

Bennedict Mathurin scored 18 points and Bruce Brown had 17 as the Pacers had eight players score in double figures while increasing their season-best winning streak to six games. Indiana had a franchise-best 50 assists, including 10 from T.J. McConnell, who also had 10 points.

Dejounte Murray scored 30 points for the Hawks on 13-of-19 shooting from the floor (68.4 percent). Atlanta entered with consecutive victories but gave up at least 150 points for the second time in a loss to Indiana this season. Bogdan Bogdanovic scored 16 points and Trae Young added 13 on just 4-of-18 shooting.

Nets 124, Thunder 115

Spencer Dinwiddie and Nic Claxton scored 23 points apiece as Brooklyn took control in the first half, survived a shaky fourth quarter and stopped a five-game losing streak with a victory over visiting Oklahoma City.

Brooklyn halted its second five-game losing streak of the season and won for the third time in its past 13 contests. Facing the Thunder for the second time this week, the Nets led for the final 41-plus minutes and led by as many as 32 and survived getting outscored 36-23 in the final quarter.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 15 of his 34 points in the third quarter as the Thunder dropped consecutive games for the third time this season. Jalen Williams added 12 of his 20 in the fourth while Chet Holmgren finished with 17 as the Thunder fell to 8-3 in their past 11 games.

Cavaliers 114, Wizards 90

Donovan Mitchell led all scorers with 26 points, Jarrett Allen and Caris LeVert put up double-doubles and Cleveland completed a two-game sweep of visiting Washington.

In a game with far less scoring than Cleveland’s 140-101 romp on Wednesday, the Cavaliers used 48.5 percent shooting on 3-pointers to outscore the visitors 48-27 from beyond the arc and account for most of the margin of victory.

Demonstrating there would be no letdown in the wake of their most lopsided win of the season, the Cavaliers got a 3-pointer from Mitchell 19 seconds into the game and never trailed. Tyus Jones had 16 points to pace the Wizards, who were outshot 53.2 percent to 41.7 percent. Jones also found time for five assists.

Bulls 104, Hornets 91

Coby White had 22 points and 10 rebounds and DeMar DeRozan added 17 points as Chicago defeated visiting Charlotte to snap a two-game losing streak.

Chicago led by as many as 21 points en route to handing Charlotte its 12th loss in the past 13 games. The loss marked the Hornets’ fourth straight to the Bulls. Starters Zach LaVine (15 points) and Nikola Vucevic (11 points) returned for Chicago after missing time due to injuries but began the game on the bench with minutes restrictions.

The Bulls overcame a game-high 28 points from the Hornets’ Miles Bridges. Terry Rozier (15 points), Cody Martin (13) and Nick Smith Jr. (10) also finished in double figures for Charlotte, which shot 40.4 percent compared to 54.1 percent for Chicago.

Clippers 111, Pelicans 95

Paul George scored a game-high 24 points and surging Los Angeles cooled off host New Orleans.

George made 6 of 10 3-pointers and the Clippers finished 15 of 36 from beyond the arc. Kawhi Leonard added 19 points, Ivica Zubac scored 15 and Normal Powell 13, and James Harden finished with 13 assists and eight points to lead Los Angeles to its fifth consecutive victory and its 14th in the last 16 games.

Jonas Valanciunas had 13 points and 11 rebounds, rookie Jordan Hawkins added 13 points and CJ McCollum, Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram scored 12 each to lead the Pelicans, who had won four straight and nine of 12 but shot just 35.9 percent (33 of 92) from the floor.

Magic 122, Nuggets 120

Paolo Banchero had 32 points, a career-high 11 assists and grabbed 10 rebounds for his first career triple-double, Jalen Suggs scored a career-high 27 points and visiting Orlando rallied to beat Denver.

Banchero sank two free throws to give the Magic a two-point lead with 9.7 seconds left before Jamal Murray missed a jumper at the buzzer for the Nuggets. Cole Anthony scored 23 points and Moritz Wagner had 19 points and 11 rebounds for Orlando, which swept the season series from Denver.

Nikola Jokic scored 29 points, Michael Porter Jr. finished with 22, Murray contributed 20, Aaron Gordon scored 16 and Reggie Jackson added 11 points for the Nuggets.

Celtics 126, Jazz 97

Jayson Tatum collected 30 points, nine rebounds and five assists in 25 minutes and Boston improved its home record to 17-0 by routing Utah.

Tatum made 13 of his 14 free throw attempts and scored 23 points in the first half, when the Celtics led by as many as 36 points. Boston scored at least 120 points for the ninth consecutive game, which tied the franchise record set during the 1959-60 season. Kristaps Porzingis added 19 points for the Celtics.

Utah’s three-game winning streak came to an end. Lauri Markkanen had 17 points, five rebounds and five assists for the Jazz. Collin Sexton finished with 13 points, and John Collins had 12 points and 11 rebounds.

Timberwolves 122, Rockets 95

Anthony Edwards scored a game-high 24 points, Karl-Anthony Towns tallied 22 points and Minnesota rolled over host Houston.

Towns added eight rebounds and six assists while Edwards dished out five assists. Both shot 8 for 17 from the floor for the Timberwolves, who shot 52.3 percent and scored 60 points in the paint in the opener of a four-game road trip. Rudy Gobert added 13 points and 12 rebounds.

Jalen Green led the Rockets with 20 points, while Alperen Sengun added 19, with his streak of 20-point games snapped at seven. Jabari Smith Jr. paired 16 points with nine rebounds for Houston, which has lost four of its last six.

Mavericks 139, Trail Blazers 103

Kyrie Irving led six scorers in double figures with 24 points to guide short-handed Dallas to a rout of visiting Portland.

Irving also grabbing nine rebounds to step up in the absence of fellow star guard Luka Doncic, who missed the contest due to right ankle swelling. Tim Hardaway Jr. and Jaden Hardy each added 19 points for the Mavericks.

Jerami Grant netted 18 points as Portland failed to avoid a sweep in the four-game season series with Dallas. Scoot Henderson contributed 17 points and 10 assists, while Duop Reath chipped in 16 points and seven boards.

Suns 113, Heat 97

Grayson Allen tied the franchise record with a career-high nine 3-pointers and scored 31 points to lead Phoenix past visiting Miami.

Bradley Beal had 25 points, nine assists and eight rebounds to help Phoenix win for the fifth time in six games. Devin Booker produced 20 points and 10 assists. Phoenix star Kevin Durant (hamstring) missed his third straight game. Allen is the sixth Suns player to make nine 3-pointers in a game.

Bam Adebayo registered 28 points and 11 rebounds for the Heat, who have dropped three of their past four games. Kevin Love scored 20 points off the bench. Miami’s Jimmy Butler missed his third straight contest due to a toe injury and his seventh of eight overall. He missed the first four because of a calf injury.

Warriors 113, Pistons 109

Stephen Curry brushed aside a poor shooting night from long range to bury two key 3-pointers in the final 65 seconds, and Golden State held off a determined effort by Detroit in San Francisco.

After giving Golden State the lead for good on a pair of free throws with 1:32 remaining, Curry, who missed eight of his first 10 treys, nailed 28-footers 19 seconds apart, the latter giving the hosts a 110-103 cushion with just 46.1 seconds left.

He led the Warriors with 26 points, followed by Klay Thompson with 19 points. Cade Cunningham scored 30 points for Detroit, although he made just 1 of 7 of his 3-point attempts. He made 12 of his 15 shots from inside the arc. Jalen Duran added 13 points and 12 rebounds for the Pistons.

Grizzlies 127, Lakers 113

Jaren Jackson Jr. recorded 31 points, nine rebounds and three blocks and Memphis hit its stride in the fourth quarter to beat host Los Angeles.

The Grizzlies also got 29 points from Marcus Smart, who knocked down eight 3-pointers. Bane finished with 24 points and a career-high 13 assists, and Ja Morant chipped in 21 points to go along with seven helpers.

LeBron James netted 32 points and Anthony Davis had 31 for the Lakers, who have lost four straight games and nine of their past 11. Austin Reaves flirted with a triple-double for Los Angeles, going for 19 points, a career-best 12 assists and seven boards.

Kings 135, Raptors 130

Domantas Sabonis recorded his second straight triple-double, this time with 24 points, 15 rebounds and 11 assists, as host Sacramento withstood a late charge by Toronto.

Sacramento led by 23 midway through the third quarter before escaping with the win after Immanuel Quickley missed a game-tying 3-pointer with two seconds left. Scottie Barnes and Quickley led Toronto with 20 points apiece.

Seven players scored in double figures for the Kings, who made 21 3-pointers — shooting a blistering 55.3 percent from long range — and won for the fourth time in their last five games. De’Aaron Fox scored 24 points, and Keegan Murray had 18 points and 12 rebounds.

WARRIORS G CHRIS PAUL FRACTURES HAND, TO HAVE SURGERY

Golden State Warriors guard Chris Paul will have surgery next week after fracturing his left hand in Friday night’s 113-109 victory over the visiting Detroit Pistons.

The team made the announcement following the game.

There is no timetable for the 38-year-old Paul’s return, though he is expected to return this season.

Paul, a 19-year NBA veteran, suffered the injury with 6:06 remaining in the third quarter when he collided with the Pistons’ Jaden Ivey while pursuing a rebound.

“That’s tough,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr told reporters after the game. “I feel so bad for Chris. I know he’s had a couple of hand surgeries before, I believe, maybe on the other hand. I saw him holding it and instantly was worried. Just got the word after walking off the floor. So, I feel terrible for Chris, and obviously, guys will step up and be ready to play. We’ve got to hold down the fort without him.”

Paul is no stranger to injuries, particularly to his hands. He’s had five injuries to his left hand and six to his right, according to ESPN. He’s also had four hand or wrist surgeries, including his left wrist after the 2021 NBA Finals.

“I just feel bad for him,” teammate Stephen Curry said. “I know he’s been through some hand stuff in his career. We are trying to find a groove as a team … and he’s been such a huge part of that.”

In 31 games prior to Friday, Paul was averaging 9.0 points, 7.3 assists and 27.7 minutes per game in his first season with Golden State.

A 12-time All-Star, Paul was the No. 4 overall pick in the 2005 draft by the New Orleans Hornets.

Over his 19 seasons with the Hornets (2005-11), Los Angeles Clippers (2011-17), Houston Rockets (2017-19), Oklahoma City Thunder (2019-20), Phoenix Suns (2020-23) and Warriors, Paul has averaged 17.7 points, 9.4 assists and 4.5 rebounds while shooting 47.1 percent from the field.

NFL NEWS

WEEK 18 NFL CAPSULES

Saturday

Pittsburgh Steelers (9-7) at Baltimore Ravens (13-3): Baltimore can rest key players, including Lamar Jackson, after the Ravens thrashed the Miami Dolphins 56-19 last Sunday for their sixth straight victory, clinching the AFC North and a first-round playoff bye in the process. Jackson threw more touchdown passes (five) than incompletions (three) as public support grew for the quarterback to win his second NFL Most Valuable Player award. The Steelers don’t mind facing Baltimore’s backups in Week 18. After staying in the AFC wild-card hunt with Sunday’s 30-23 win at Seattle, they have five paths to earn a playoff berth but no guaranteed ticket win or lose at Baltimore. The Steelers continue to place their hopes on the shoulders of Mason Rudolph, their third starting quarterback this season. In Rudolph’s two starts, two Pittsburgh wins, he has completed 68.6 percent of his passes for 564 yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions. Pittsburgh star T.J. Watt is tied for the league lead with 17 sacks. He recorded two sacks and recovered a fumble when the host Steelers defeated the Ravens 17-10 in October, Pittsburgh’s sixth win in the past seven meetings with Baltimore.

Houston Texans (9-7) at Indianapolis Colts (9-7): C.J. Stroud and DeMeco Ryans led the Texans to their first winning season since 2019. Now, they want a playoff berth. Indianapolis also would wrap up a postseason berth with a win. In addition, the Houston-Indianapolis winner would capture the AFC South title and get a home playoff game if the Jacksonville Jaguars (9-7) lose their Sunday road game against the Tennessee Titans. Indianapolis enters Week 18 with the AFC’s final wild-card spot in hand. While Stroud has breathed new life into the Texans as a rookie, the Colts are without Anthony Richardson, drafted by the Colts No. 4 overall last April. Richardson provided a tantalizing glimpse of his vast potential during a 31-20 thumping of Houston on Sept. 17, running for two first-quarter touchdowns before leaving due to a concussion. Backup Gardner Minshew helped steer the Colts and their own rookie head coach, Shane Steichen, into this position with a 23-20 win over the Raiders last week. The running game is crucial to the Colts’ success. Jonathan Taylor, in his second game back from thumb surgery, piled up 96 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries last week. Both defenses are in the top 10 in the NFL in sacks. Texans’ sack leader Jonathan Greenard (12.5) was ruled out with an ankle injury.

Sunday

Kansas City Chiefs (10-6) at Los Angeles Chargers (5-11): With no ground to gain in the AFC playoff picture and locked into the No. 3 seed for next week’s wild-card round, the Chiefs aren’t risking QB Patrick Mahomes’ health at Los Angeles. Blaine Gabbert will start and be surrounded by mostly backups while staring down a Chargers’ team with four consecutive losses and defeats in seven of its last eight games. Easton Stick, serving as the Chargers’ starting quarterback since Justin Herbert was placed on injured reserve with a broken finger Dec. 12, is tasked with getting the Chargers their first win in the past five games. Los Angeles is 1-7 since Nov. 6. Stick could be taking the field again without leading receiver Keenan Allen. He’s dealing with a heel injury and hasn’t played since Dec. 10. Allen has 108 receptions for 1,243 yards and seven touchdowns. Among Gabbert’s goals for the game: get tight end Travis Kelce over 1,000 receiving yards for the eighth consecutive season. He’s at 984 through 16 games. Kelce, who was inactive Week 1 with a knee injury, had a season-best 12 catches and 179 yards in Kansas City’s win over the Chargers in Week 7.

Philadelphia Eagles (11-5) at New York Giants (5-11): Philadelphia hasn’t won on the road since before Thanksgiving, and the Eagles didn’t beat anyone in December — except the Giants. After losing to the Arizona Cardinals last week, the road is the likely path for Philadelphia in the postseason. Despite a 1-4 December, a win still could give Philadelphia its second straight division title if the Dallas Cowboys (11-5) should stumble at Washington (4-12). Otherwise, the Eagles could be looking at the NFC’s No. 5 seed and all road games for the postseason. Philly’s failures have been on both sides of the ball. That includes a secondary that has surrendered 34 touchdown passes (only Washington has given up more with 35) and an inconsistent offense propped up by the overwhelming red-zone success of the “Brotherly Shove.” For the first time in franchise history, Philadelphia has lost three games where it held double-digit leads. The Eagles led the New York Jets 14-3 and lost 20-14 (Week 6), led the Seahawks 10-0 and lost 20-17 (Week 15) and built a 21-6 lead against the Arizona Cardinals last Sunday before falling 35-31. The Giants did put a scare in the Eagles in the first meeting with Tyrod Taylor coming off the bench for a near comeback. The Giants are on a three-game losing streak, including a 33-25 decision at Philadelphia on Christmas Day. New York has lost its past five meetings with the Eagles, including last season’s divisional playoff game. Taylor starts again Sunday after he passed for 319 yards with one touchdown and one interception in last Sunday’s 26-25 loss to the visiting Los Angeles Rams. The Giants are 3-4 at MetLife Stadium, where they have been outscored 139-86 this season.

Buffalo Bills (10-6) at Miami Dolphins (11-5): The Bills were three games behind the Dolphins in the AFC East with five games remaining, but are now thriving in playoff mode, one win away from four consecutive division titles. The Dolphins can block Buffalo’s path and snag the AFC’s No. 2 seed and a home playoff game next week by winning Sunday night — and claiming the division for the first time since 2008. The Bills own the tiebreaker by virtue of their 48-20 home beatdown of Miami in Week 4. The Dolphins were annihilated in every facet of the game against Baltimore last week while missing running back Raheem Mostert (franchise-record 21 total touchdowns) and receiver Jaylen Waddle (1,014 receiving yards). Waddle is fighting an ankle injury and Mostert is dealing with ankle and knee soreness. Back-to-back wins over two playoff teams — the Kansas City Chiefs and Dallas Cowboys — ignited Buffalo’s dynamite December, which also included wins over the Los Angeles Chargers and New England Patriots. Last weekend’s 27-21 home win over the Patriots was achieved behind Josh Allen’s two rushing touchdowns. He had a poor game against New England’s stingy pass defense, throwing for 169 yards and one interception. But Allen has fared well against Miami with a 10-2 starting record (including last season’s playoff victory). He has 34 touchdown passes and seven interceptions in those 12 games. Buffalo has clamped Dolphins WR Tyreek Hill in recent matchups — a season-low three-catch game earlier this season and two receptions for 33 yards when the Bills visited South Beach in 2022.

Los Angeles Rams (9-7) at San Francisco 49ers (12-4): Playoff-bound NFC rivals roll into a regular-season finale neither team wants to lose, but the blatant priority is avoiding injuries. With a wild-card spot clinched, the Rams take a nine-game regular-season losing streak to the 49ers to San Francisco, where Carson Wentz replaces starting quarterback Matthew Stafford. San Francisco clinched the No. 1 seed and homefield advantage throughout the NFC playoffs and plans to keep Pro Bowl quarterback Brock Purdy on the sideline this week in favor of backup Sam Darnold. Los Angeles clinched the NFC wild-card berth by winning six of its last seven games. The Rams will either be the No. 6 or No. 7 seed in the postseason.

Rams head coach Sean McVay wasn’t swayed by the seeding uncertainty and is resting Stafford and some other key players: RB Kyren Williams (1,144 rushing yards), WR Cooper Kupp (59 receptions), DT Aaron Donald (16 tackles for loss) and LB Ernest Jones (career-high 145 tackles). Wentz is making his 93rd career start. He appeared in mop-up duty once since joining the Rams in November, just days after a 20-3 loss to the Green Bay Packers. Los Angeles then went on its 6-1 surge. Though the Rams have their long streak of regular-season futility against San Francisco, they did beat the 49ers in the NFC Championship following the 2021 season en route to winning the Super Bowl. NFL rushing leader Christian McCaffrey (1,459 rushing yards) is out with a calf injury. No rest is planned for Rams receiver Puka Nacua, who has 101 receptions for 1,445 yards. He needs four catches to break the NFL rookie mark set by Jaylen Waddle of the Miami Dolphins in 2021, and 29 yards to surpass the rookie record held by Bill Groman of the Houston Oilers since 1960.

Denver Broncos (8-8) at Las Vegas Raiders (7-9): An eight-game winning streak over the Broncos that dates to 2019 is providing motivation on both sides of an otherwise insignificant game. Las Vegas beat Denver 17-16 in the season opener on Sept. 10. Since then, major changes have altered each team. Among those impacted by the in-season overhaul were both starting quarterbacks in Week 1. Jimmy Garoppolo took the field for the Raiders in the season opener, but injuries and ineffectiveness opened the door for rookie Aidan O’Connell to get a shot when head coach Josh McDaniels was fired. The Raiders have gone 4-4 over the past eight games. Russell Wilson started the first 15 games for Denver, but the Broncos decided to bench Wilson for Jarrett Stidham in a contract-related squabble similar to the drama that unfolded involving Derek Carr at the end of last season. At that time, Stidham was with the Raiders and was pushed into a starting role for the final two games of the regular season. The season finale is an ongoing audition for O’Connell, but also for interim coach Antonio Pierce, who took over after McDaniels was fired on Nov. 1. Las Vegas won its first two games under Pierce, but has gone 2-4 since, most recently losing to the Indianapolis Colts 23-20 last Sunday.

Chicago Bears (7-9) at Green Bay Packers (8-8): If the Packers win for the sixth time in eight games, Green Bay is playoff bound behind first-year starting QB Jordan Love. But no defense has been stingier against opposing quarterbacks than the Bears in the past seven weeks, leading the NFL in defensive passer rating during that time while also holding the league lead in interceptions for the season. The Packers went 8-9 a season ago and missed a chance to reach the playoffs after losing the regular-season finale against the Detroit Lions. Love draws a much-improved Chicago defense than the one he lit up in Week 1 back in September. Since Week 11, the Bears have 16 takeaways and allowed fewer than 20 points four times. Chicago would love to spoil the playoff hopes of their biggest rival in the NFC North. Despite losing eight of their first 11 games, the Bears have continued to battle under coach Matt Eberflus and won four of their past five games. But the Packers are 5-0 against Chicago since quarterback Justin Fields took over at quarterback. The regular-season finale will offer another chance for Fields to try to clarify questions about his future.

Seattle Seahawks (8-8) at Arizona Cardinals (4-12): Seattle reaches the finish line of the regular season as it did last year — needing a Week 18 win and a big assist. A loss last week left the Seahawks in the same predicament they were in a year ago. They need a victory over a division opponent and a Green Bay Packers loss to make the NFL playoffs. Things worked out for the Seahawks last season, but can they go 2-for-2? The Seahawks needed a victory in Week 18 against the visiting Los Angeles Rams and for Detroit to win at Green Bay in the Sunday night game that added to the season-ending drama. This time Seattle will need to win on the road while rooting for the Packers to lose again at home, this time to Chicago. There will be some scoreboard watching with the games kicking off at 4:25 p.m. ET. The Cardinals rallied from a 15-point deficit to shock the Philadelphia Eagles last Sunday. Now 3-4 since Kyler Murray returned from surgery on his anterior cruciate ligament, the Cardinals were thrilled with his second-half performance. Murray completed 25 of 31 passes for 232 yards and a season-high three touchdowns. Running back James Conner played a starring role, including the game-winning TD, which could be cause for concern after the Seahawks were demolished by Pittsburgh’s previously stagnant ground attack to the tune of 203 yards.

New York Jets (6-10) at New England Patriots (4-12): Coach Bill Belichick might be unsure what the future holds, but he’s not showing much emotion entering Sunday’s possible curtain call at Gillette Stadium. Belichick has patrolled the New England sideline for the past 24 seasons, but doubts have doubled that he’ll return for a 25th as the Patriots prepare to face the New York Jets on Sunday afternoon in Foxborough, Mass. But Belichick (333 victories) plans on coaching next season as he chases Don Shula (347) for the all-time wins record, raising the question of whether he can find the right fit elsewhere. For now, Belichick maintains he’s only focused on the Jets. The Jets have split their past four games following a five-game skid, most recently falling 37-20 to the Cleveland Browns on Dec. 28. Trevor Siemian completed 32 of 45 passes for 261 yards with a touchdown and an interception in his second start of the season for New York, which has never fully recovered from losing Aaron Rodgers to a season-ending Achilles injury in Week 1. Siemian will start again on Sunday, when the gameplan is likely to be turning to Breece Hall. He leads the Jets in rushing (186 carries, 816 yards, four TDs) and is second with 74 receptions for 579 yards and four TDs.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (8-8) at Carolina Panthers (2-14): Even without a playoff spot clinched, the Buccaneers know there are worse predicaments to be in entering Week 18 than a win-and-in gig against the NFL’s worst team. Tampa seals the NFC South on Sunday with a win at Carolina. In their first season since Tom Brady retired, the Buccaneers are aiming for their third consecutive divisional title. The Panthers entertain their opening starter from last season — Baker Mayfield — and have some confidence of late. They nearly took down Tampa Bay in the first meeting, a 21-18 loss on Dec. 3. And Carolina knocked the Falcons out of a share of first place in the division last month in a rain-soaked 9-7 home victory. In the first matchup, Panthers QB Bryce Young was sacked four times and intercepted once. Carolina’s offense is averaging 167.1 yards per game for the second-worst mark in the league.

Atlanta Falcons (7-9) at New Orleans Saints (8-8): Winning this NFC South showdown in New Orleans won’t be enough to put either team in the playoffs. That requires a Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ loss at Carolina or, for the Saints, a win and losses by the Packers and Seahawks. Innumerable variables are in play with a whopping 20 of the NFL’s 32 teams still alive entering Week 18. New Orleans kept its playoff hopes alive and prevented the Bucs from clinching the division title when it won at Tampa, 23-13, last Sunday. The Falcons, who lost at Chicago, 37-17 in Week 17, defeated the Saints 24-15 on Nov. 26 in Atlanta. Atlanta ranks eighth in the NFL in rushing (130.1 yards per game) and had the most rushing yards by a New Orleans opponent (228) in the first meeting. The Falcons’ 41 attempts were the most by a Saints opponent this season and their average (5.6) was the second highest.

Minnesota Vikings (7-9) at Detroit Lions (11-5): The Lions have faint hopes of moving up to the No. 2 spot, but coach Dan Campbell says he’s not resting his regulars in the regular-season finale against Minnesota on Sunday afternoon. Detroit (11-5) needs a win, while the Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles would have to lose or tie in their games on Sunday in order for the Lions to snag the No. 2 seed. The Lions are still smarting from the 20-19 loss to the Cowboys on Saturday night, when mass confusion involving whether OT Taylor Decker reported as an eligible receiver wiped out the go-ahead two-point conversion when officials threw a flag. A week earlier, Detroit clinched the NFC North title with a 30-24 win at Minnesota. The Vikings haven’t been eliminated from the wild card race. But their playoff hopes were virtually snuffed out with a 33-10 loss to Green Bay on Sunday night. They need a victory on Sunday and losses by the Packers and Seattle, along with a loss by either Tampa Bay or New Orleans, to sneak into the postseason. Nick Mullens will start at quarterback this week. He threw for 411 yards and two touchdowns against the Lions but was also intercepted four times.

Dallas Cowboys (11-5) at Washington Commanders (4-12): Eliminated from playoff contention, the Washington Commanders can still deliver a parting gift to an NFC East rival. Mired in a seven-game losing streak, the Commanders (4-12) welcome the Cowboys (11-5) for the regular-season finale on Sunday, knowing a Washington win could erase Dallas from the top of the division standings and open the passing lane for the Philadelphia Eagles to crash into first. If the Cowboys win, Dallas would be the NFC East champion and the No. 2 seed in the conference. The Cowboys would head home for a wild-card playoff game at AT&T Stadium, where they are 8-0 this season. QB Dak Prescott was nearly flawless in the first matchup with the Commanders this season and his offense is featuring WR CeeDee Lamb — the NFL leader with 122 catches, second with 1,651 receiving yards — establishing single-season franchise records in each category. The Cowboys’ 45-10 blowout of the Commanders in November led to the firing of Washington defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio. A similar result is almost certainly the final gavel for head coach Ron Rivera in Washington. The Commanders rank last in total defense (385.8 yards per game), 31st in pass defense (259.3 yards per game) and aren’t built for comebacks with an NFL-worst minus-12 turnover margin.

Cleveland Browns (11-5) at Cincinnati Bengals (8-8): Signed off the couch last month, Joe Flacco went from perceived Old Man Winter to Ice Cold Clutch and has the Browns spending Week 18 warming by the fire awaiting their playoff assignment. Cincinnati, out of playoff contention following a 25-17 road loss to the Kansas City Chiefs last week, won’t face Flacco while attempting to apply the brakes on the Browns’ four-game winning streak. A victory Sunday would seal the first 12-win regular season since 1986 for Cleveland. Regardless of the result, Cleveland is cemented as the No. 5 seed in the AFC playoffs, the first wild-card position. The Browns have won nine of the past 11 meetings with the Bengals, including a 24-3 rout in the season opener at Cleveland on Sept. 10. Browns backup Jeff Driskel starts for Flacco to become Cleveland’s fifth starting QB this season. The Bengals’ biggest motivation is to finish with a third straight winning season under Zac Taylor, but 9-8 still would be a disappointment following two straight division-winning seasons that ended with deep playoff runs.

Jacksonville Jaguars (9-7) at Tennessee Titans (5-11): Without Trevor Lawrence at Carolina, the Jaguars’ 26-0 shutout of the lowly Panthers put Jacksonville in a division-winning scenario at Nashville this week. A victory would give Jacksonville (9-7) the AFC South title and a home game in the first round of the playoffs for the second consecutive season. Whether Lawrence (shoulder) is 100 percent isn’t clear after a four-week stretch in which he was also fighting off an ankle injury and concussion. Injuries hit Lawrence back when the Jaguars were 8-3. But four consecutive losses followed, putting the Indianapolis Colts (9-7) and Houston Texans (9-7) in play for the division title. The Titans are literally and figuratively limping to the finish line. Tennessee lost 26-3 last week in Houston, their fourth defeat in five games, and they had 15 names on the injury report for Week 18. That list included rookie quarterback Will Levis, who is battling right foot and left ankle maladies that kept him out of practice. Levis wants to play, but this could be a spot for the Titans to send off 36-year-old Ryan Tannehill and 30-year-old RB Derrick Henry, who has rushed for 9,349 yards in eight seasons with the Titans. Both are in the final year of their existing contracts.

NFL WEEK 18 BETTING PRIMER: FISHING FOR PLAYOFF-MOTIVATED CONTENDERS

The Miami Dolphins barely bothered to show up last week against the Baltimore Ravens, failing to cover the expanded +10.5 and scuttling a tasty three-team parlay.

It’s those spiraling Dolphins we’ll target this week in an epic Sunday night matchup to decide the AFC East champ.

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

THE HEADLINER

Buffalo Bills at Miami Dolphins, 8:20 p.m. ET, Bills -3.

NFL fans are well aware that Buffalo needs a victory to take the AFC East title, and that provides sufficient motivation for the Bills.

The betting line has inched consistently toward Buffalo, landing at -3 by midweek.

Adding to the motivation equation is the fact that quarterback Josh Allen and company might need to win the game just to make the playoffs.

By any measure, though, a victory to seize the AFC’s No. 2 seed is the Buffalo target in South Florida Sunday night.

The Dolphins are trending downward. According to Action Network numbers, Miami gave up .54 expected points added (EPA) per play in last week’s 56-19 submission in Baltimore.

Although they beat Dallas on a last-second field goal the week before, that Dolphins effort landed in the bottom third of all defenses. Over the past month, Action reports Miami is 24th in defense.

Not good.

Coach Mike McDaniel’s offense isn’t bailing out the defense, either, ranking 16th in offensive EPA/play over the past month, again per Action Network numbers.

The Bills’ improving defense isn’t going to make it easy on the Dolphins offense.

Over its past four games, Buffalo’s defense gave up an average of only 17.5 points per game (No. 4 in the NFL during that span), 277 total yards per game (fourth) and a 66.7 passer rating (third best).

“I think it’s the rush and coverage working together and the communication that we’re developing with the back seven … ” Bills coach Sean McDermott said.

“I credit those guys on the back end but also the front with their ability to rush the passer.”

Working in Miami’s favor is Allen’s underwhelming passing numbers recently – a development largely the result of his offensive line’s failure to provide much time to throw.

Working against Miami? The absence of its top two pass rushers, Jaelen Phillips (Achilles) and Bradley Chubb (ACL).

Allen is ready to enjoy a little more time to find open targets as he did in the Week 4 meeting in Buffalo. He threw four TD passes in the 48-20 rout and added a rushing touchdown.

In addition to Phillips and Chubb, the Dolphins don’t expect starting corner Xavien Howard (foot) and No. 2 wideout Jaylen Waddle (ankle) to play.

And Miami deeply missed running back Raheem Mostert (ankle, knee) against the Ravens.

The bet: Bills -3 (DraftKings.)

THEY SAID IT

“We’ve talked about this for the last five, six weeks of how our season can go and what we want to do and what we want to accomplish and everything that we want to accomplish is still in front of us. But again, it’s going to take a group effort in all three phases to go get a victory on Sunday in a hostile environment.”

— Bills quarterback Josh Allen.

BONUS PLAY

Eagles at Giants, Cowboys at Commanders, 4:25 p.m. ET

The Eagles are stumbling; the Cowboys are riding good fortune in the wake of their last-gasp survival against the Detroit Lions.

If Philadelphia wins and Dallas loses, the Eagles claim the NFC East crown. The Cowboys just need to defeat the lowly Commanders to earn the division title.

This makes for a nice first-half opportunity. Both teams should be able to carve out a lead before halftime.

The bet: Parlay the Cowboys’ first-half moneyline (-380) with the Eagles’ first-half moneyline (-175) for a -102 wager. (DraftKings)

PROP CORNER

The debate continues in Chicago regarding quarterback Justin Fields’ status with the Bears, who own the top pick in the 2024 draft.

Has Fields done enough to cement his position as the starter, or will Chicago grab a QB with the No. 1 selection?

Take a swing with Fields in a game the Bears would love to win. They haven’t beaten Green Bay in more than five years, so there’s your motivation – and Fields should deliver a top effort.

Prop play: Bears QB Justin Fields’ 175 or more adjusted passing yards parlayed with 40 or more adjusted rushing yards. (+100 at FanDuel.)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL NEWS

WASHINGTON, MICHAEL PENIX JR. TAKE AIM AT MICHIGAN IN CFP TITLE CLASH

Michael Penix Jr. claims he doesn’t remember much about slaying Michigan in 2020 when he was the quarterback at Indiana.

It’s safe to say what happens Monday night, good or bad, will stick in his memory bank much longer.

Penix will lead No. 2 Washington into the College Football Playoff national championship game against No. 1 Michigan on Monday in Houston, where the pair of 14-0 teams both will look to end long title droughts.

The Wolverines haven’t claimed the national title since winning in split fashion in 1997. The Huskies’ drought is a little longer, dating back to another season of co-champions in 1991.

The matchup is the last of the four-team CFP era. A 12-team playoff system will begin next season.

The contest also could be the final one at Michigan for coach Jim Harbaugh as NFL coaching rumors are flying fast and furious.

To get that title, Harbaugh’s defense must slow Penix, the Heisman Trophy runner-up who is third all-time in Washington history in passing yardage (9,289) and touchdown passes (66) despite playing in just 27 games for the school since transferring from Indiana.

Harbaugh hasn’t forgotten that Penix carved up the Michigan defense to the tune of 342 yards and three touchdowns in Indiana’s 38-21 win in 2020.

“He’s a super great player. My impressions of him when he played at Indiana were the same,” Harbaugh said this week. “Big-time arm talent, tremendous presence in the pocket, sees the field really well. He is so polished. … Yeah, it’s at an elite level.”

Yet Penix insists he has very little recall of what was a major deal for the Hoosiers — ending a 24-game losing streak to the Wolverines.

“I don’t really remember much. I just remember winning, really,” Penix said. “That was during the COVID year and it’s a totally different ballgame.”

Said Washington coach Kalen DeBoer: “I think the irony is that, yeah, he’s playing another Big Ten team that he’s faced before. It’s a cool moment for us as a team and for him as well.”

Washington leads the FBS with 21 consecutive wins after outlasting No. 3 Texas 37-31 in the CFP semifinals at the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1. The Huskies’ last 10 games have all been decided by 10 or fewer points.

Michigan continued its stellar season by rallying for a 27-20 overtime victory over No. 4 Alabama in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1.

Wolverines star running back Blake Corum scored the decisive points on a 17-yard run in OT before the defense stuffed the Crimson Tide on fourth down to end it.

Corum has set the Michigan single-season rushing touchdown record with 25 while also topping 1,000 rushing yards for the second straight season. He has 1,111 rushing yards this season.

“I feel like he in my eyes is the most valuable player of our team,” Wolverines quarterback J.J. McCarthy said. “… I feel like he’s one of the guys that makes our offense go.”

Hanging over the Michigan program is the sign-stealing controversy that led to a three-game suspension for Harbaugh to complete the regular season.

There is speculation that the program could be stripped of wins or perhaps even the national title if it should win.

“I don’t know if you want to live in rumorville or speculation,” Harbaugh said, “but we just don’t really have any room to be doing that at this point.”

Michigan holds an 8-5 lead in the all-time series and defeated the visiting Huskies 31-10 in 2021. Corum rushed for 171 yards and three touchdowns.

That game seems like a distant memory to defensive end Bralen Trice, one of the Washington players who played that day in Ann Arbor.

“Yeah, that was a while back, completely different team, different group of guys, but now we have a whole different team, whole different coaching staff, and we have a way better team, way better thing going out here,” Trice said. “But the level of preparation and the mindset that this team has is a lot different than that in the past. It’s a different time, it’s a different era, and this is a team of winners.”

Washington running back Dillon Johnson (leg) is expected to play despite being hurt late in the victory over Texas. He has rushed for 1,162 yards and 16 touchdowns.

NHL NEWS

NHL ROUNDUP: CONNOR BEDARD HURT AS BLACKHAWKS FALL TO DEVILS

Michael McLeod scored the tiebreaking goal with 8:04 left Friday night for the host New Jersey Devils, who overcame a pair of one-goal deficits to beat the undermanned Chicago Blackhawks 4-2 in Newark, N.J.

Jason Dickinson and Boris Katchouk scored for the Blackhawks, who completed a winless five-game road trip (0-4-1) and played the last 49-plus minutes without Connor Bedard after the star rookie was leveled in the open ice by Devils defenseman Brendan Smith.

“Well, I think he obviously banged his head, but I’m not sure,” Blackhawks coach Luke Richardson said. “I just got in there now and haven’t heard anything other than everybody’s coming home tonight, everybody’s fine to come home and we’ll get him checked out at home.”

Holtz scored in the second, Simon Nemec scored the game-tying goal in the third and Tyler Toffoli added an empty-netter with 27 seconds left for the Devils, who have won five of six (5-1-0). Goalie Vitek Vanecek made 23 saves. Arvid Soderblom recorded 28 saves for Chicago, which has nine players on injured reserve.

Hurricanes 6, Capitals 2

Defenseman Brent Burns scored two goals and supplied an assist as the Hurricanes rallied from a two-goal deficit to defeat host Washington and extend their winning streak to five games.

Seth Jarvis and Andrei Svechnikov scored the tying and go-ahead goals for Carolina, which trailed 2-1 entering the third period. Vasily Ponomarev, who made his NHL debut, had third-period points with an assist and a goal.

Nic Dowd and Dylan Strome scored for the Capitals, who scored twice on their six first-period shots. Darcy Kuemper stopped 28 shots, but Washington has yielded 12 goals in back-to-back home defeats this week.

Jets 3, Ducks 1

Third-period goals by Nate Schmidt and Cole Perfetti broke open a tie game and league-leading Winnipeg claimed a road victory over Anaheim.

Nikolaj Ehlers also scored for the Jets, who are riding a five-game winning streak and 13-1-2 run that has rocketed them up the standings. Goaltender Laurent Brossoit made 37 saves, 16 of them in the third period, and Vladislav Namestnikov collected two assists. Winnipeg has earned points in 11 consecutive games (9-0-2).

Mason McTavish scored for the Ducks, who have managed only one win in seven games (1-5-1) during an eight-game homestand, and have only four victories in their last 23 outings (4-18-1). Goalie John Gibson stopped 24 shots in a losing cause.

INDIANA SPORTS NEWS RELEASES/NEWS REPORTS

COLTS NEWS

The Colts’ Week 18 game against the Houston Texans at Lucas Oil Stadium isn’t a playoff game. Technically.

In reality? The winner of the game’s season continues. The loser’s season ends.

The stakes are exactly the same as a playoff game.

“It’s win or go home,” head coach Shane Steichen said.

The Colts knew the stakes as they prepared for Saturday night’s primetime game, but didn’t change their process or mentality in the face of those heightened stakes. Players this week consistently mentioned how they’ve felt like their collective backs were against the wall over the last few weeks, which has helped them not feel the added weight of Week 18.

“I don’t think you make it any bigger than it already is,” wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. said. “Everybody knows what type of game it is and how much it means. So try not to put any more pressure on that and do what we’ve been doing and keep it the same, and just know we’re prepared.”

Once the action starts on Saturday night, here are a few things to look for over 60 season-shifting minutes at Lucas Oil Stadium:

When the Colts have the ball

The Texans gave up a season-high 126 rushing yards to the Colts in Week 2, and have held opponents under 80 rushing yards in four consecutive games. Houston is second in yards per rush allowed (3.3 yards/attempt) and hasn’t allowed an opponent to average four or more yards per rush since Week 11.

The Colts, meanwhile, have ran the ball with efficiency and explosiveness at Lucas Oil Stadium recently. In Weeks 12, 15 and 17 – post-bye wins over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Pittsburgh Steelers and Las Vegas Raiders – the Colts averaged 5.1 yards per rush and ripped off 15 runs of 10 or more yards. In those games, Colts running backs averaged 2.3 yards before contact, indicating the offensive line was getting plenty of push up front to create lanes for Jonathan Taylor, Zack Moss, Trey Sermon and Tyler Goodson.

“We just got to find our rhythm,” quarterback Gardner Minshew II said. “I think we’ve done that in some games and then we’ve lost it. I think it’s being consistent every time we step out there, being locked in with our assignment, technique and being able to execute consistently against them.”

One other thing to note when the Colts are on offense: Since Week 9, no team has fewer turnovers than the Colts.

It’s not a coincidence, then, that the Colts are 6-2 since Week 9.

When the Texans have the ball

C.J. Stroud needs 156 yards to become the fifth quarterback with 4,000 passing yards as a rookie, and just as impressive as his yardage total is his lack of turnovers. Entering Week 18, Stroud has an interception rate of 1.1 percent (five interceptions in 473 attempts), which is the second-lowest for a rookie quarterback in NFL history behind only the Dallas Cowboys’ Dak Prescott (0.9 percent).

“He’s not afraid to make those big throws,” defensive tackle DeForest Buckner said. “He’s always looking downfield to make a big play. He can extend plays really well using his feet. He just knows how to get the guys going. He brings a lot of juice to the game for that team, and we gotta do a really good job defensively and really just apply pressure.”

The Colts know they not only need to pressure Stroud early and often, but get the Texans’ quarterback to the ground – like the six sacks they had at NRG Stadium in Week 2. Stroud, especially since taking 11 sacks in Weeks 1 and 2, has been particularly adept at keeping defenses from making big plays when under pressure: He’s the only quarterback in the NFL to be pressured at least 100 times and not throw an interception on those dropbacks, per Pro Football Focus.

“He plays with great poise,” defensive coordinator Gus Bradley said. “He handles pressures, he handles looks, he handles different schemes very well. He gets the ball out timely.

“… (He’s) playing above the level of being a rookie. I think at this point in time, he’s not a rookie because the looks that he’s seen. He’s playing very well for them right now. I think they’re third or something in explosive passes. I know very high, I think the analytics told us so. He does a great job with the threats he has on the outside.”

Stroud, too, has been surgical when he isn’t pressured on third down. Only the Miami Dolphins’ Tua Tagovailoa has thrown for more yards on third down when not pressured than Stroud (1,020), while his passer rating of 122.5 in those situations is behind only the Kansas City Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes and Baltimore Ravens’ Lamar Jackson.

When Stroud is pressured on third down, his passer rating drops to 47.4, lowest among the 24 quarterbacks with at least 50 third down dropbacks under pressure.

“You can’t get him comfortable back there,” Buckner said. “Even for a young guy, he can make those really hard throws. We can’t have him sitting back there playing seven on seven.”

What it all means

Here’s what you need to know: If the Colts win on Saturday, they make the playoffs as at least a wild card team.

If the Colts win and the Jacksonville Jaguars lose at the Tennessee Titans at 1 p.m. on Sunday, the Colts win the AFC South for the first time since 2014. In this scenario, the Colts would be the AFC No. 4 seed and host the No. 5 seed Cleveland Browns at on Wild Card Weekend at Lucas Oil Stadium.

If the Colts and Jaguars both win, then the Colts’ playoff seed would be determined by the winner of Sunday night’s Buffalo Bills-Miami Dolphins game. If the Bills win, the Colts would be the No. 7 seed and would face No. 2 seed Buffalo in the wild card round. If the Dolphins win, the Colts would be the No. 6 seed and would face the No. 3 seed Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium next weekend. If the Bills and Dolphins tie, the Colts would be the No. 7 seed and would face the No. 2 seed Dolphins.

“Win and in, at home, primetime — come on, there’s nothing else to be said,” linebacker Zaire Franklin said. “It’s time to go get it.”

INDIANA PACERS BASKETBALL

GAME REWIND: PACERS 150, HAWKS 116

In the sixth game of their winning streak, the Indiana Pacers orchestrated a historic passing performance.

Dishing out a franchise-record 50 assists as a team, the Pacers (20-14) built a 24-point halftime lead before going up by as many as 38 in the third quarter in a 150-116 drubbing over the Atlanta Hawks (14-20) at Gainbridge Fieldhouse. The previous Pacers record for assists was 48 (1971), and it was just the second 50-assist performance by a team since 1990.

Overall, the Pacers shot 63.8 percent from the field in the win, including 19-for-39 from 3-point range. All 14 players who stepped on the floor scored a basket for the Blue & Gold, and 13 players recorded an assist for Indiana.

The sixth win in a row marks the longest Pacers winning streak since the 2018-19 season and moves the Pacers to 4-0 since the start of the new year.

The Blue & Gold shot an incredible 70.5 percent in the first half, while limiting the third-ranked offense of the Hawks to 38 percent overall, to lead 78-54 at intermission. In the third quarter, the Pacers shot 61.5 percent from the field behind a 17-point frame by center Myles Turner (7-for-8 shooting).

Indiana led 117-83 heading into the fourth quarter and never looked back.

Turner led the Pacers with 27 points, Bennedict Mathurin put in 18, Bruce Brown added 17, Aaron Nesmith scored 15, and Tyrese Haliburton recorded 10 points and 18 assists.

Other double-digit scorers for the Pacers included Jalen Smith (11), Buddy Hield (11) and T.J. McConnell (10). McConnell also finished with 10 assists in the game.

“That’s cool to see. We’re sharing the ball, got a lot of different guys contributing,” Haliburton said of the assists record. “When you play basketball like that, it’s just infectious. Everybody wants to be a part of it. It looks fun, it’s fun for the guys that are out there, and appealing to people watching.”

Dejounte Murray topped the Hawks with 30 points (13-for-19 shooting) and Bogdan Bogdanovic supplied 16 points off the bench. All-Star point guard Trae Young had 13 points on 4-for-18 shooting (1-for-11 3-point) and six assists.

All 10 players that took the floor scored for the Pacers in the first half, with four players recording double digits and Haliburton recording 10 assists. The Pacers shot 31-for-44 in the first half as a team, including 9-for-16 from 3-point range.

The Pacers made five 3-pointers and limited the Hawks to 28 percent shooting to lead 38-24 at the end of the first quarter. Nine different Pacers players recorded points in the frame.

After the Hawks made back-to-back 3-pointers off the tip, the Pacers responded with a 13-5 run, on five points by Turner, to lead 13-11 four minutes into the game.

From 6:14 to 4:25, the Pacers strung together an 11-2 scoring spree, highlighted by an alley-oop slam from Haliburton to Smith, to go ahead 24-15, before a barrage of threes propelled them to a double-digit lead.

Indiana continued pouring on the points out of a timeout, as Toppin drilled two 3-pointers and Mathurin and Hield each hit treys to give the Blue & Gold a 14-point lead at the end of 12 minutes.

Indiana’s lead swelled to 20 points after a pair of mini 6-2 Pacers runs midway through the second quarter, with six straight points by Smith putting the Pacers ahead 57-37 with 5:46 left in the half.

The Pacers continued their scoring flurry over the final stretch of the first half, with Haliburton, Smith and Turner all drilling 3-pointers before Brown got a floater from 18 feet to fall at the buzzer to give the Pacers a 24-point lead.

Indiana opened the second quarter on a 13-5 run – making their first six shots from the field – to lead 91-59 with 9:34 on the clock.

The hot shooting continued from there, as Indiana made it nine for 10 shooting following a 3-pointer from Turner to put the Blue & Gold ahead 98-67 with 7:46 on the clock.

In the final 12 minutes, the Pacers sat almost all their starters for the entire frame. James Johnson dished out the franchise record assist — which was previously 48 — with 1:41 left in the game.

To continue their winning streak, Indiana must take down the No. 1 team in the Eastern Conference, as they host the Boston Celtics on Saturday, Jan. 6, and again on Monday, Jan. 8.

“I liked the way we played. We brought an element of physicality to the game that needed to be there and managed to avoid a lot of fouls … that helped our defense,” Pacers head coach Rick Carlisle said. “The assist number is tremendous – the ABA and NBA franchise records were really strong – and speaks to the unselfishness of the team. That’s something to celebrate. But, in this league, celebration times are short. We’ll have to get in our beds tonight, rest up and get ready for Boston tomorrow.”

Inside the Numbers

Indiana is 3-0 when eight or more players score 10 or more points.

The Pacers bench outscored the Hawks reserves 70-43.

T.J. McConnell recorded his second double-double of the season.

Tyrese Haliburton recorded his 26th double-double of the season. Haliburton was two rebounds away from a triple-double.

The Pacers shot 11-for-13 from the free throw line and the Hawks finished 26-for-30.

Both teams recorded 39 rebounds.

Indiana outscored Atlanta 66-58 in the paint.

Bruce Brown nearly had a perfect shooting night, going 8-for-9 shooting.

You Can Quote Me On That

“This is the epitome of what basketball is. There’s different energy around the group. The guys are happy to come to work. Even when we have off days, the entire team is working … We’ve created such an environment here that makes it easy to have a night like this – to have 50 assists and have it feel like it’s normal. It’s a big credit to Rick and his staff. Since he’s been here, he has really changed the culture with what Pacers basketball is supposed to be, and then obviously Tyrese coming here leading the charge as well. It’s fun to have nights like these and … feel like a normal night.” – Myles Turner on the win

“Everybody just trusts their work. When the ball comes to you, there’s no hesitation – the shot is going up. We’re not always going to shoot the ball as well as we did tonight, but I think we’re creating something special here at Gainbridge. It makes it fun for fans to come out and see our brand of basketball” – Turner on the culture leading to the performance

“We’ve done a great job offensively for most of the season. I’m just proud of how we’re progressing defensively. … The way we’re flying around and communicating now and covering each other has come a long way since a couple months ago.” – Turner on the defensive improvements

“I think we’ve got something good right now. I think the beauty of our lineup is we can make adjustments when we need to. I think everybody’s being very professional in understanding what it takes to win these games.” – Turner on the current starting lineup

“When I first got it here, some people were worried because they thought Myles doesn’t really roll. But obviously he was playing with another big. And now with him being kind of the lone big on the floor a lot of times and us being able to grow chemistry, it’s been really good for both of us. It’s been a great partnership, I feel like one of the best pick-and-roll duos in the league…He’s been really good at getting better and being patient and letting the offense flow after he catches and taking his time. It’s been a really good partnership, something that we can keep growing.” – Tyrese Haliburton on his connection with Turner

“Obviously it was an adjustment period after the In-Season Tournament. Everybody’s starting to blitz now, so we’re just learning how to beat that. That’s a part of the growth of us as player and us as a group. It’s interesting to see what teams keep doing. The coverages keep changing from team to team. That’s part of the great part of basketball. It’s kind of like a chess match to a sense of figuring out and adjusting to what teams are doing.” – Haliburton on learning how to beat different defensive coverages

“We did a good job of showing hands, frustrating them defensively, and rebounding. Clint (Capela) is obviously one of the best rebounders in the league on the glass. I thought we did good job of boxing out, gang rebounding, and getting out and running.” – Haliburton on defense slowing down Trae Young and the Hawks

“It’s going to be a lot of fun. Obviously the last time we played here, there was a lot of emotion, a lot of energy in this building. And they’re the best team in the NBA, so that’s the exciting part about it. See where we stack up against them. We play them three times this month, which is crazy, but that’s exciting for us. Tomorrow will be an exciting day for Indianapolis and Indiana sports fans with us and the Colts playing at around the same time. We know our fans have been awesome. Assume tomorrow will be a sellout like the last few games have been. Looking forward to that energy in the building and just having a lot of fun out there.” – Haliburton on the upcoming matchups with Boston

“We’re all unselfish and we can all score the ball. We’re playing the right way – getting up and down and easy ones. It’s just great basketball to see.” – Bruce Brown on the 50 assists

“Keep building on that. Keep staying together and playing the right way and we’ll continue to win.” – Brown on the winning streak

“We’ve talked many times about how special they are as a group of guys in the locker room. I think I mentioned last game the kinds of sacrifices that our guys are having to make right now with minutes, shots, everything else, to keep energy in the game, to use our depth. It’s not easy, but for us to win at a level that we aspire to, it’s got to be a true team situation. … Momentum is something you want to keep if you can, but we have the best team in basketball coming here tomorrow and it will be a challenge.” – Pacers head coach Rick Carlisle on the team’s connectivity

“Lloyd (Pierce) did a good job of preparing our guys for some of the looks that we would see. We executed well, and they just had an off night. That happens. We’re not going to get too giddy about anything.” – Carlisle on the win

“They had a great year last year. … Having a big guy that can roll and pop is a weapon and Ty has a great feel for utilizing it. Myles has really learned when it’s appropriate to do one or the other.” – Carlisle on Turner and Haliburton’s connection

“You’ll see more.” – Carlisle on James Johnson’s dunk in the fourth quarter

Stat of the Night

The Pacers recorded a franchise-record 50 assists against the Hawks. The Pacers previous record was 48, set in 1971. There have now only been two 50-assist games in the NBA since 1990, and record remains at 53 set by the MIlwaukee Bucks in 1978.

Noteworthy

Pacers starting forward Aaron Nesmith sprained his ankle in the third quarter and didn’t return to the game.

Pacers sharpshooter Buddy Hield made three 3-pointers. He now has 1,801 for his career, and is just the 25th player in NBA history to reach 1,800 made threes.

Andrew Nembhard missed Friday’s game with a minor back sprain. He has now missed 10 games this season.

The Pacers and Hawks will play two more times this season: on Jan. 12 in Atlanta and back in Indianapolis on April 14. The Hawks have won the season series the last two seasons.

GAME PREVIEW: PACERS VS CELTICS

The Pacers (20-14) will put the NBA’s longest active win streak on the line on Saturday night, when they host the Boston Celtics (27-7) for the first of two straight games against the Eastern Conference leaders.

Indiana is 1-1 on the season against Boston. The Celtics drew first blood with 155-104 blowout win in Boston on Nov. 1. But the Pacers got revenge in the Quarterfinals of the inaugural In-Season Tournament, knocking off Boston 122-112 at Gainbridge Fieldhouse on Dec. 4 to earn a trip to Las Vegas.

The Pacers are now arguably playing better than they were in the In-Season Tournament, having reeled off six straight wins, including a 150-116 blowout victory over Atlanta on Friday night in Indy. The Blue & Gold set a franchise record with 50 assists in the win, with All-Star point guard Tyrese Haliburton leading the way with 18 assists in just 25 minutes.

Haliburton played the most minutes of any Pacer on Friday, as head coach Rick Carlisle was able to sit all his starters for the entire fourth quarter with the game well in hand.

The Celtics will be similarly rested, however, as they rolled to a 126-97 win over Utah on Friday night in Boston, with no player logging more than 27 minutes. All-Star forward Jayson Tatum led the Celtics with 30 points, nine rebounds, and five assists, going 6-for-12 from the field and 13-for-14 from the free throw line.

Boston boasts the NBA’s best record and arguably the league’s best starting lineup, which features three All-Stars from last season in Tatum, forward Jaylen Brown, and point guard Jrue Holiday, another former All-Star at center in Kristaps Porzingis, and veteran guard Derrick White, who is making a star turn in his eighth NBA season. As of Friday morning, White was averaging 17 points and 5.3 assists while shooting 49.2 percent from the field, 42.2 percent from 3-point range, and 89.2 percent from the free throw line.

After Saturday, the Pacers and Celtics will have a rematch on Monday night at the Fieldhouse. Indiana will then wrap up a five-game homestand on Wednesday against Washington before embarking on a season-long six-game road trip.

Projected Starters

Pacers: G – Tyrese Haliburton, G – Bruce Brown, F – Aaron Nesmith, F – Jalen Smith, C – Myles Turner

Celtics: G – Jrue Holiday, G – Derrick White, F – Jaylen Brown, F – Jayson Tatum, C – Kristaps Porzingis

Injury Report

Pacers: Andrew Nembhard – questionable (mid-back sprain), Aaron Nesmith – questionable (left ankle sprain)

Celtics: Jordan Walsh – out (G League assignment)

Last Meeting

Dec. 4, 2023: Tyrese Haliburton recorded his first career triple-double, scored 19 points in the second half, and hit a shot that will go down in Pacers lore to give Indiana the lead for good, as the Blue & Gold stunned the heavily favored Boston Celtics to advance to the In-Season Tournament Semifinals in Las Vegas with a 122-112 win at Gainbridge Fieldhouse.

With the game tied at 105 and less than two minutes remaining, Haliburton drew Celtics center Al Horford onto him on the right wing. After getting a pick from Hield, Jaylen Brown switched on to the Pacers All-Star. Sensing the shot clock running down, Haliburton hoisted a one-hand shot high into the air, drawing contract from Brown.

The ball sailed high into the air before falling through the net, sending the capacity crowd at The Fieldhouse into an eruption. “M-V-P” chants broke out as Haliburton sealed the four-point play at the free throw line.

“I just saw some daylight, saw some space,” Haliburton said of the pivotal shot. “Put it up and it went in.”

Haliburton finished with a team-high 26 points, going 10-for-18 from the field and 5-for-11 from 3-point range, 10 rebounds, and 13 assists. Buddy Hield added 21 points on 4-of-6 3-point shooting and five other Pacers finished in double figures.

Jayson Tatum led all scorers with 32 points, 12 rebounds, and six assists. Brown added 30 points and nine rebounds for Boston.

Noteworthy

Because they met in the In-Season Tournament, the Pacers and Celtics will play five times in the regular season, including three times this month. After their two-game set in Indianapolis, they will conclude the season series on Jan. 30 in Boston.

The Pacers’ six-game win streak is their longest winning streak since they won six straight from Feb. 2-11, 2019. They also had a seven-game win streak that same season from Dec. 4-16, 2018.

Indiana is just 1-4 on the season when playing on the second night of a back-to-back.

With three 3-pointers on Friday, Pacers guard Buddy Hield became the 25th player in NBA history to reach 1,800 career 3-pointers. Hield now has 1,801 career threes. Next up on the career 3-point list are Wesley Matthews (who is still active) and Kobe Bryant at 1,827.

Pacers center Myles Turner needs six blocks to reach 1,200 for his career. In his ninth season in Indiana, Turner is chasing down Jermaine O’Neal’s franchise record of 1,245 blocks.

Broadcast Information (TV and Radio Listings >>)

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

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

INDY FUEL HOCKEY

FUEL FIND FIRST WIN OF NEW YEAR IN NORFOLK

NORFOLK – The Fuel began 2024 on the road for their first-ever game in Norfolk, Virginia against the Admirals. The third-ever encounter between these two franchises ended with a 3-2 Fuel victory in a close match up to the very end.

1ST PERIOD

Ross MacDougall started the scoring for the Fuel on just the second shot for the team. MacDougall found the back of the net off a feed from Bryan Lemos at 6:40 for the first goal of the game.

The first penalty of the game was a Sam Ruffin trip at 17:45, giving Norfolk the first power play of the game. Zach Driscoll faced some tough pressure from the Admirals but did not allow a goal on the power play nor in the period as a whole.

The Admirals outshot the Fuel 7 shots to 5 but Indy led after the first period 1-0.

2ND PERIOD

Norfolk responded to a scoreless first period quick with a goal 36 seconds into the period by Mark Liwiski. The lead, however, would be short lived.

Brandon Schultz netted his first of the season at 6:41 and, less than four minutes later, Ross MacDougall returned the favor to Bryan Lemos and he scored his fourth of the season to give the Fuel a 3-1 lead.

Norfolk would have two more power play opportunities thanks to a Cam Hillis holding the stick minor at 12:14 and a Brandon Schultz interference call at 18:15 but fail to convert on either before the second period buzzer rang.

The Fuel outshot the Admirals 12-11 and ended the period up 3-1.

3RD PERIOD

The Admirals started another period hot with a goal by Danny Katic 1:43 off the assist from Keegan Iverson.

Almost exactly halfway through the period, Chris Cameron and Mark Liwiski received coincidental roughing calls at 9:57 giving us 4 on 4 hockey for the first time in this game. No action was had outside of a singular opportunity for the Fuel that was unsuccessful.

Cameron found himself back in the box for roughing after another tie up with Liwiski at 16:31 in the third period, giving Norfolk a fifth man advantage of the game. The Fuel penalty kill continued to shine as they once again held off the Admirals power play.

The story of the game was special teams as the Admirals failed on all five of their power plays while Indy saw a lone power play and took advantage. That goal gave the Fuel the lead and they never looked back as they came out on top 3-2 in the first of three this weekend against Norfolk.

INDIANA MEN’S BASKETBALL

INDIANA BASKETBALL GAME NOTES – GAME 15 VS. OHIO STATE

Opening Tip

• Indiana University returns to Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall during its 124th season of competition in men’s basketball for a primetime showdown against Ohio State on Jan. 6. Tip is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET on FOX.

• The Buckeyes (12-2, 2-1) are led by 17.4 points and 4.3 assists per game from sophomore guard Bruce Thornton. Minnesota transfer Jamison Battle and sophomore guard Roddy Gayle Jr. each score 14.9 points per outing. The OSU trio has made 87-of-212 (41.0%) from the 3-point line.

• Seventh-year head coach Chris Holtmann enters the game with conference wins over Minnesota and Rutgers at home. The Buckeyes also hold victories over Alabama, UCLA, and West Virginia on neutral courts.

Game Information

Saturday, Jan. 6, 2024 • 8:00 PM ET

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

TV: FOX (Gus Johnson, Jim Jackson, Allison Williams)

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

Series History: Indiana leads, 110-88

Last Meeting: IU 86, OSU 70 on Jan. 28, 2023 in Bloomington

Series History

• Indiana has defeated Ohio State 110 times in the 198-game series between the conference rivals, the third-most wins against any program. IU has defeated Northwestern 120 times and Michigan on 111 occasions.

• The Hoosiers have topped the Buckeyes three-straight times in Bloomington, including an 86-70 result on Jan. 28, 2023. Malik Reneau posted 15 points, eight rebounds, and three assists in 23 minutes off the bench.

• Indiana head coach Mike Woodson averaged 20.3 points in his eight career contests against the Buckeyes. He scored 21 against Ohio State on March 2, 1980, to secure his first Big Ten title on the final day of the regular season of his senior year.

Last Time Out

• Indiana jumped back into Big Ten Conference play with an 86-70 loss at Nebraska on Jan. 3.

• Sophomore center Kel’el Ware notched his fifth-career double-double (all this season) with 20 points on 9-of-12 shooting from the floor and 10 rebounds. The Oregon transfer also posted two assists, two steals, and two blocks.

• Sophomore forward Malik Reneau added 14 points, six rebounds, and five assists, while senior guard Trey Galloway chipped in 10 points.

• Indiana turned the ball over 19 times, which led to 27 points from the Nebraska offense.

Sophomore Jump for Reneau

• Sophomore forward Malik Reneau has posted double digits in the scoring column in 13 games this season, including 10 efforts of at least 14 points. He notched a career-high 34 points against Kennesaw State (Dec. 29).

• Over the final two non-conference games, Reneau averaged 29.5 points, 9.0 rebounds, and 3.0 assists on 23-of-33 (69.7%) shooting from the floor, 5-of-7 (71.4%) from the 3-point line, and 8-of-12 (66.7%) from the charity stripe.

• Reneau is averaging a team-best 16.1 points per game to go along with 5.7 rebounds, 2.9 assists, and 0.9 blocks in 28 minutes per game.

Big Man Transformation

• Sophomore center Kel’el Ware, a transfer from Oregon, has upped his scoring (from 6.6 points to 15.3), rebounds (4.1 to 9.0), assists (0.5 to 1.7), and field goal percentage (45.7% to 56.9%) in his second season. He leads the Hoosiers in rebounds and blocks in 30 minutes per game.

• Ware has scored at least 10 points in 12 games this year after producing just eight such games as a rookie. The 7-footer has ripped down at least 10 boards five times this season, including a career-high 15 against No. 2/2 Kansas (Dec. 16).

• 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.

X Marks the Spot

• Sixth-year guard Xavier Johnson returned for his sixth season of college basketball after receiving a medical hardship waiver following a season-ending injury in 2022-23.

• The former Pitt Panther is averaging 9.0 points, 2.1 rebounds, and 2.4 assists per game. He returned to the IU lineup at Nebraska (Jan. 3) and played 15 minutes.

• Johnson was born on Oct. 14, 1999, making him one of the 45 oldest players currently in college basketball. He is one of 70 players to be born prior to the year 2000.

Paint Production

• Indiana averages 38.5 points per game in the paint and shoots 54.8% (311-of-568) from inside the arc. The Hoosiers hold opponents to 27.0 points per night in the key.

• IU scored a season-best 56 points in the paint against Wright State (Nov. 16). The Hoosiers also tallied 50 paint points against Harvard (Nov. 26) and 52 against Kennesaw State (Dec. 29).

Mack Attack

• Freshman forward Mackenzie Mgbako has made a team-high 16 3-pointers this season, including 12 over his past six games. During the six-game stretch he is shooting 12-of-31 (38.7%) from behind the arc.

• The consensus top-10 recruit is averaging 9.7 points and 4.1 rebounds per contest and has reached double figures in the scoring column in 10 of the last 11 games.

IU Stumbles in 2024 Opener at Nebraska

• Sophomore center Kel’el Ware paced the Hoosiers in points (20), rebounds (10), steals (2), and blocks (2) in an 86-70 loss at Nebraska on Jan. 3. The game marked the Oregon transfer’s fifth double-double of the season.

• Sophomore forward Malik Reneau (14 points) and senior guard Trey Galloway (10) reached double figures.

• For the third-straight game, Indiana knocked down at least seven 3-point shots. IU hit 9-of-18 shots behind the arc, including 3-of-4 from the bench.

Offensive Onslaught Leads Hoosiers over Owls

• Six Hoosiers posted double figures in the scoring column in a 100-87 over Kennesaw State on Dec. 29. Sophomore forward Malik Reneau secured his first career double-double behind a career-high 34 points and 11 rebounds.

• Freshman forward Mackenzie Mgbako (14), senior guard Trey Galloway (14), sophomore forward Kaleb Banks (12), junior center Payton Sparks (10), and fifth-year forward Anthony Walker (10) all scored at least 10 points.

• IU shot 36-of-59 (61.0%) from the floor, the highest single-game percentage since shooting 61.8% (34-of-55) at Illinois on Jan. 19, 2023.

INDIANA VOLLEYBALL

STEVE AIRD SIGNS EXTENSION AS IU VOLLEYBALL HEAD COACH

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Scott Dolson and head volleyball coach Steve Aird have agreed to a contract extension through the 2029 season.

“Our volleyball program has shown impressive growth over the last several seasons under Coach Aird, to the point that we are now competing at a very high level in the best volleyball conference in the country,” Dolson said. “I know that our student-athletes and coaching staff believe there are bigger things ahead for this program, and I’m excited to see what’s next for Indiana Volleyball.”

Aird, who just completed his sixth season in Bloomington, helped lead the Hoosiers to one of the best seasons in program history in 2023. IU matched a school record with 21 regular season wins and won 11 games in the Big Ten conference for the first time since 1999. It was also just the sixth 20-win season in IU Volleyball’s 43-year history as a varsity program, and only the fourth time the program has won 10 more conference games during that same period.

“I would like to thank Scott Dolson and our administration for their continued support,” Aird said. “IU has created a first-class experience for our student athletes and one we feel can compete with the nation’s best. I am proud of our staff for their hard work and dedication. We are all looking forward to this spring and beyond.”

Paired with the opening of the state-of-the-art Wilkinson Hall in 2019, Aird has reinvigorated fan interest in the IU volleyball program. The Hoosiers had two sellouts in 2023 and a pair of attendance records, including a victory over archrival Purdue in front of 2,725 fans in October.

IU has won five matches against ranked opponents in Aird’s time in Bloomington, including three in the past two seasons. The win at No. 5 Ohio State in 2022 was the program’s first top-five road victory in program history.

Known as an elite recruiter, Aird and his staff have attracted and developed some of the most dynamic players in program history.

Paula Cerame (libero, 2021-22) and Kaley Rammelsberg (middle blocker, 2021-23) were immediate starters out of the transfer portal while Savannah Kjolhede (middle blocker, 2020-23), Camryn Haworth (junior setter) and Ramsey Gary (freshman libero) were highly-regarded prep recruits that have made enormous impacts on the program.

Three Hoosiers earned All-Big Ten honors in 2023 including Haworth (unaninmous first team), Gary (second team and unanimous freshman team) and Rammelsberg (second team). Haworth, one of Aird’s first IU recruits, became the program’s fourth AVCA All-American in 2023.

“Our team has made us proud on the court, in the classroom and in the community,” Aird said. “They come early, stay late and truly care about each other. Paired with incredible recruits heading to campus, there is reason to be excited about the future. Bloomington is an amazing college town that my wife and children proudly call home. We are grateful for the opportunity and are excited to continue to build this program.”

Led by the return of Haworth, Gary, Morgan Geddes, and sophomores Candela Alonso-Corcelles and Avry Tatum, the Hoosiers will take a strong core of veterans into a new era of Big Ten Volleyball in 2024.

In addition to the talent that will return in the fall from the 2023 roster, Aird has also assembled a top-flight staff that will also return. Included in that group are Associate Head Coach Rachel Morris and Assistant Coach Brett Agne, both of whom were recently named to VolleyballMag’s Under 40 College Coaching Hotshots list.

PURDUE MEN’S BASKETBALL

KAUFMAN-RENN’S BREAKOUT NIGHT HELPS NO. 1 PURDUE HOLD OFF NO. 9 ILLINOIS

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Trey Kaufman-Renn scored a season-high 23 points, Lance Smith added 17 and top-ranked Purdue held off a late charge to beat No. 9 Illinois 83-78 on Friday night.

The Boilermakers (14-1,

The Boilermakers (14-1, 3-1 Big Ten) extended their winning streak to seven games by winning the first top-10 matchup at Mackey Arena since Jan. 1, 2010.

Reigning national player of the year Zach Edey had 10 points and 15 rebounds, becoming the second Purdue player with 1,000 career boards. Only Joe Barry Carroll has more than Edey’s 1,006.

Marcus Domask had 26 points and Quincy Guerrier finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Fighting Illini (11-3, 2-1), who had won four in a row. They lost for the first time since top scorer Terrence Shannon Jr. was suspended after being charged with rape in Douglass County, Kansas.

The Illini dropped to 0-9 against No. 1 teams on the road and never led in this one.

But after falling behind 20-4 and trailing by 21 with about 13 minutes left, Illinois made it interesting with Edey in foul trouble. The Illini methodically trimmed Purdue’s lead, closing to 81-78 on Coleman Hawkins’ 3-pointer with 12.1 seconds to go.

Braden Smith sealed the win with two free throws.

BIG PICTURE

Illinois: Mackey Arena has been a house of horrors for the Illini. That was still the case — even after they came in having topped 90 points in three straight games for the first time since December 1993. Illinois is 3-16 on the road when Purdue is ranked and 1-5 when both teams are in the top 10.

Purdue: Coach Matt Painter’s team entered ranked No. 1 for good reason — the Boilermakers had three wins against top-10 foes. Adding a fourth Friday night matched the 2009-11 teams for the best 50-game stretch (43-7) in school history.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Illinois: Coach Brad Underwood’s team will slide. How far will be determined by what happens around the country this weekend.

Purdue: The Boilermakers appear poised for a fourth consecutive week atop the rankings. They already had the longest active streak of consecutive weeks in the top five (25), and it’s the second-longest streak by a Big Ten team in 45 years.

UP NEXT

Illinois: Hosts Michigan State on Thursday.

Purdue: Visits Nebraska on Tuesday.

PURDUE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

PURDUE SET FOR ROAD TEST AT MARYLAND ON BTN

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue women’s basketball team will hit the road for a Saturday clash on the Big Ten Network at Maryland. Jason Ross Jr. and Christy Winters Scott will call the 4:30 p.m. tip from the XFINITY Center.

Tim Newton, as always, will be on the air for the Purdue Global Radio Network on 95.3 BOB FM.

GAME INFORMATION 

Purdue (9-5, 2-1) at Maryland (10-4, 2-1)

Saturday, Jan. 6

Time: 4:30 PM

TV/Stream: BTN

Radio: 95.3 BOB FM

Live Stats: Purduestats.com

LAST TIME OUT

The Boilermakers outlasted a late charge by Rutgers on Tuesday night to hold on for a 77-76 win at Mackey Arena, extending the home winning streak to 10 games. Madison Layden sank a pair of triples as a part of a 19-point performance. Rashunda Jones chipped in with 10 points off the bench. Jeanae Terry finished two points shy of a double-double to go with 10 rebounds. The Boilermakers committed just 10 turnovers and flipped 15 Rutgers giveaways into 16 points.

NOTES

• Maryland holds a 16-2 series lead over Purdue.

• The Boilermakers moved to 2-1 in Big Ten play with back-to-back wins over Wisconsin and Rutgers. Purdue tallied 83 points per game and committed just 22 giveaways, while the defense surrendered 63 points per game over the last two outings.

• Madison Layden has been on fire from behind the arc this season with a Big Ten best 49.3% from distance, which ranks eighth nationally. The Kokomo, Ind., native has drained four or more triples in six games this season to tie for sixth in the country among players from major conferences this year.

• Reigning Big Ten Freshman of the Week Mary Ashley Stevenson has recorded eight points and eight assists in four games, which ties her fourth nationally among major conference freshmen and leads the Big Ten.

• Purdue leads the Big Ten in scoring defense at 62 points per league game. The Boilermakers have held nine teams to 60 or fewer points, good for second in the Big Ten and tied for 14th nationally. Since Purdue’s season opener at UCLA, opponents have scored just 59.9 points per game.

• The Boilermakers are the only team to have two different players win Big Ten Freshman of the Week this season. Mary Ashley Stevenson earned the honor last week following 12 points and eight rebounds per game in wins over Indiana State and Wisconsin. Rashunda Jones dropped 20 points on Texas A&M to pick up the laurel in mid-November.

• Jeanae Terry continues to fill up the stat sheet on offense, ranking second in the Big Ten in rebounding (12.3) and assists (7.7) per league game. The fifth-year senior is the only player in the Big Ten to rank in the top-10 in rebounds and assists in all games this year.

• The Boilermakers have a perfect 8-0 record at Mackey Arena this season, as a part of a 10-game home winning streak that is second-longest active mark in the Big Ten. Purdue is 1-3 in true road games with losses to UCLA, Notre Dame and Minnesota who sit sixth, seventh and 38th in the NET, respectively.

• Saturday will be the first return trip to Maryland for the Reynolds sisters. Mila appeared in 22 games for the Terrapins last year, while Amiyah signed for Maryland before committing to Purdue in May.

• Madison Layden leads the Big Ten in 3-point shooting percentage in conference games at 66.7%.

• Jeanae Terry is one of three Big Ten players averaging five points, rebounds and assists per game alongside Shyanne Sellers from Maryland and Caitlin Clark from Iowa.

• Abbey Ellis is 103 points away from joining the 1,000-point club at Purdue. Ellis has 1,715 career points in five collegiate seasons.

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

PURDUE FOOTBALL NEWS

PURDUE GETS TWO MORE TRANSFERS

Wide receivers De’nylon Morrissette and C.J. Smith announced they would transfer to the Boilermakers Friday. Both played at Georgia.

Morrissette played two seasons at Georgia and totaled 4 catches for 34 yards in 14 games. Smith played in nine games this season and caught two passes for 57 yards in season-opening victory vs UT Martin. Coming out of high school, he was rated the No. 65 receiver in the nation by 247Sports.

NOTRE DAME MEN’S BASKETBALL

DANCE WITH THE DEVIL

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Three straight ACC games to kick off non-stop league play concludes on Saturday when a ranked Duke squad rolls into town. The Fighting Irish (6-8, 1-2) are coming off a heartbreaking last-second loss to NC State and will look to take that out on a No. 14/13 Blue Devils (10-3, 1-1) squad. That matchup will tip at 6 p.m. ET inside Purcell Pavilion with tickets still available for purchase. It will also air live on the ACC Network.

HOMESTAND CONCLUDES

Duke’s 1-1 league record consists of a 72-68 loss at Georgia Tech back on Dec. 2 and an 86-66 victory over Syracuse at home on Jan. 2 They enter Saturday’s matchup riding a five-game win streak.

Duke is led by seven-foot sophomore center Kyle Filipowski, who is averaging 17.5 ppg and 8.7 rpg. Furthermore, all five of Duke’s starters average double figures. The team as a whole averages 83.5 ppg on .497 shooting from the floor and .372 from beyond the arc. Thus, it’s a matchup between a top-3 ACC scoring offense against a top-3 ACC scoring defense in Notre Dame.

Duke’s best two statistical categories – assist/turnover ratio and turnovers per game – they rank 7th in the nation in both.

Notre Dame trails the overall series 29-8, with just a 4-8 record inside Purcell. The last win at home – when #8 Notre Dame def. #4 Duke, 77-73, on 1/28/15.

Important to note after the Virginia win – since joining the league for the 2013-14 season, the Irish have never beaten both Virginia and Duke in the same regular season. They’ll have that opportunity on Saturday.

1ST YEAR STAMP ON THE PROGRAM – DEFENSE

If you are looking for an early Coach Shrewsberry stamp on the program, look no further than the defensive effort by this young Irish squad.

Despite the 1-2 ACC record, the Notre Dame defense has done its part in the three games. The Irish held Miami, Virginia and NC State to under their season averages, all by double-digit points. In fact, Miami and NC State were in the negative twenties. For more details please reference the full chart below.

Furthermore, in 10 of the last 11 games, the Irish have allowed 65 points or fewer in regulation. With that said, Notre Dame’s scoring defense of 64.8 now ranks 2nd in the ACC and 44th in the country.

MIAMI   VIRGINIA             NC STATE

WHAT THEY AVERAGED  86.3       66.8       79.8

WHAT THEY SCORED       62           54           54

DIFFERENTIAL    -24         -12         -25

THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY

It was starting to feel like a 2-1 start to league play inside Purcell on Jan. 3 when the Irish hosted NC State. The Wolfpack shot 28.8 percent from the field and finished with 54 points – just two more than their season high. On the flip side, Notre Dame had a six-point lead with 2:10 left on the clock. Then adversity hit. The next four possessions consisted of two turnovers and two misses on the front end of a one-and-one from the free-throw line. It all resulted in a Wolfpack 8-0 run to end the game and escape with the win.

HITTING THE MARK

Point guard Markus Burton has put his name amongst the top freshmen in the country with his stellar play thus far. For those who aren’t acquainted with the local standout from Mishawaka, here are some quick hitters:

His 16.1 ppg leads all ACC freshmen and ranks 3rd nationally amongst DI freshmen.

He is 1-of-2 freshmen in the country averaging over 15 points and 3.5 assists.

If the season ended today, Burton’s 16.1 ppg would rank 3rd all-time in the ND freshman record book. The two in front of him – Adrian Dantley (18.3) and Troy Murphy (19.2).

Burton started his career with five straight games in double figures. He now leads the team with 12 double-digit games.

Burton picked up his 4th game of 20 or more points against Marist on Dec. 22. The following is a list of the most 20-point games by an Irish freshman: Adrian Dantley (13 in ‘73-74), Troy Murphy (10 in ‘98-99) and David Rivers (10 in ‘84-85).

Ranks 12th in the ACC in scoring, 9th in Assists (3.9), 12th in steals (1.4) and 10th in FT% (.824).

FIRST SIGNATURE WIN

It took just the second ACC game of his career but Coach Shrewsberry delivered that first signature win in Notre Dame’s 76-54 victory over Virginia. What Shrews’ crew accomplished had never been done by an Irish crew against Virginia .. ever. It was the largest margin of victory against the Cavaliers in the all-time series. In addition, the 76 points were the most scored by an Irish squad against the Cavaliers in regulation in program history. Furthermore, the Irish handed Virginia its biggest loss to an ACC opponent since 2017 (65-41 loss to No. 10 UNC on Feb. 18, 2017).

574 BOYS BALL OUT ON 574 DAY

It was just meant to be. It was 574 Day when Notre Dame hosted Virginia, celebrating the combination of the local 574 community and our two local players on the team. And it just so happened that the 574 boys went off. South Bend native J.R. Konieczny posted 17 points and eight rebounds, shooting 6-of-8 including a 4-for-5 mark from three. Konieczny made his first six shots from the field and scored all his points in the first half. Then there was Mishawaka native Markus Burton, who earned 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting, plus a career high eight assists. Burton is the first player to dish out 8 assists against Virginia since Virginia Tech’s Justyn Mutts on Feb. 4, 2023.

TABLE OR BOOTH

The correct answer – always booth, but back to basketball. Booth has started three straight games and the Irish have gone 2-1 with a near 3-0 record. The freshman is averaging 11.0 points and 6.7 rebounds over the three-game span.

Booth was a man possessed in the second half of the Virginia contest. The 6-10 forward scored 14 points from the 11:11 mark to 4:54 on the clock. He finished with a team-high 17.

SECOND HALF SURGE

As previously alluded, Burton has had a knack for surging at the right moments in the second half. Five times this season, Burton has scored double-digit points in the second half alone: Niagara, Oklahoma State, Western Michigan, Marquette and Marist.

Burton is averaging a team best 8.3 points in the second half.

#TRENDING

Burton has produced a stellar seven-game stretch in which he’s scored double-digits in every game, totaling 121 points (17.3 ppg).

In addition, he has dished out 46 assists over the last 10 games (4.6 apg).

J.R. Konieczny has been a great storyline of this season. The junior has recorded double-digit points in 7 of the last 12 games. If you take out those first two games of the season and look at this 12-game stretch, Konieczny is averaging 11.3 points.

As previously mentioned, Carey Booth has made 3 straight starts and it’s been a 2-1 Irish record. Booth is averaging the 2nd most points over the last 3 games at 11.0 ppg.

Honorable mention to Matt Zona who played 10 minutes against NC State and went 2-for-2 from three-point range.        

HOME BOOST

Call it a home bonus, but Markus Burton has thrived inside Purcell Pavilion. The Mishawaka native is averaging 17.7 points on 45.4 percent shooting, with 4.3 assists. The team as a whole is shooting better at home as well – .435 compared to .323 on the road.

NOTRE DAME HOCKEY

IRISH SPECIAL TEAMS NOT ENOUGH FOR BADGERS FRIDAY NIGHT

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The University of Notre Dame hockey program fell Friday night to the #5/6 University of Wisconsin off a late powerplay goal as the team dropped to 10-9-2 on the season.

The two teams traded penalties in the first period, with the Irish surrendering the first infraction with too many men before the Badgers were whistled for a hit in the neutral zone, but neither team was able to capitalize through the first 20 minutes of play as they skated to the dressing rooms knotted at 0-0.

Wisconsin broke the stalemate at 12:40 of the second period with a deflection in front of the crease that beat Ryan Bischel through the five-hole.

The Irish were whistled for another penalty shortly after the Wisconsin goal but the penalty kill unit showed up strong in the waning minutes of play, eventually netting the game-tying goal with just one second remaining on the infraction for their first shorthanded goal of the season, off the stick of Hunter Strand.

Strand’s equalizer stood as the final goal of the middle frame and the two teams headed to the locker room in a 1-1 tie through 40 minutes of play.

Both sides continued battling for the go ahead goal with shots nearly even through the 45-minute mark but Wisconsin would capitalize on a powerplay opportunity halfway through the third frame for the 2-1 tally.

The Irish had a chance to bounce back as the Badgers were called for a five-minute major at 10:06 of the third period but were unable to find the scoring lane and play returned to five-on-five action. Moments later, and back on the penalty kill, Cole Knuble rang a shorthanded shot off the pipe for the team’s best look in the third period as they ultimately fell, 2-1, to the Badgers.

GOALS

Justin Janicke picked off a Wisconsin attacker along the near boards and raced up ice with Paul Fischer and Hunter Strand. With the puck on Fischer’s stick, the rookie sent the feed back to Janicke who fired a shot on goal. The rebound ricocheted off the pads of Wisconsin’s McClellan in net and onto the stick of Strand who buried his shot.

KEY STATS

With a goal Friday night, Hunter Strand now boasts five points in his last three games (1-4-5).

The shorthanded tally off the stick of Strand was the team’s first of the season.

Between the pipes, Ryan Bischel finished with 27 saves on 29 shots faced.

The Irish outshot the Badgers 34-29 in the contest while adding 13 blocked shots to keep the Badgers’ shots off net.

With four shots on goal a piece, Cole Knuble and Strand led the team in the category while Ryan Siedem, Drew Bavaro and Paul Fischer all blocked three shots for a team high.

UP NEXT

The two teams close out the weekend series Saturday evening with a 5 p.m. puck drop set for Compton Family Ice Arena.

BUTLER MEN’S BASKETBALL

NO. 4 UCONN’S SECOND HALF LEADS TO 88-81 WIN OVER BUTLER

No. 4 UConn used a large second half to take an 88-81 win over Butler Friday night at Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

After Butler took a 42-35 halftime lead, the Huskies responded with 53 points in the second half.

The Bulldogs are now 10-5 (1-3 BIG EAST play), while UConn improves to 13-2 (3-1).

COACH THAD MATTA: “We’re close; we’re just not there yet. We’re getting our guys to understand that nothing stays the same. First half, it’s going to be a completely different second half. We came out and got stunned in the second half. Turnovers, miscommunications defensively. As we’re making adjustments, they are making adjustments…and we just couldn’t get it back over the hump there. We have to keep grinding.”

HOW IT TRANSPIRED:

Butler’s 9-0 run featured five points from DJ Davis as the Bulldogs turned a one-point deficit into a 31-23 lead with 6:34 remaining in the first half.

The Bulldogs shot 48 percent and forced nine UConn turnovers in the first half to take a 42-35 halftime advantage.

Butler’s last lead of the game ended up being 55-54 with 11:24 remaining in the game.

A stretch where UConn made seven of eight attempts from the field gave the Huskies a 67-60 advantage with 7:13 to play.

A Posh Alexander three-pointer with 3:45 remaining cut the lead to a single point at 75-74, but the next five points belonged to the Huskies.

The play of the game came with 1:05 on the clock as UConn’s Cam Spencer grabbed an offensive rebound to prolong the Huskies’ possession. After a timeout, Spencer then hit a three-pointer as the shot clock expired with 47 seconds remaining to put the game out of reach at 83-76.

OF NOTE:

The game served as Butler’s first home loss of the season. The Bulldogs are now 8-1 at Hinkle Fieldhouse.

DJ Davis scored a game-high 22 points, which included 4-for-8 shooting from three-point range. It marked his third consecutive (and fourth overall) 20-point scoring output of the season.

Pierre Brooks II and Jahmyl Telfort had 19 and 16 points, respectively.

The Bulldogs went 23-for-25 from the free throw line. Entering the game, the Bulldogs were shooting 77.2 percent from the line, which ranked 20th nationally.

UConn shot 63 percent in the second half to finish at 30-for-55 from the field for the game (54.5 percent). The Huskies were 10-for-26 from behind the arc.

Alex Karaban led UConn with 20 points on 7-for-10 shooting.

Tristen Newton scored

Tristen Newton scored 17 points, largely behind 10-for-13 at the free throw line. He added nine rebounds.

Both Stephon Castle and Spencer scored 14 points.

UConn held a 33-24 rebounding advantage.

Butler shot 47 percent from the field and was 8-for-17 from three-point range.

Butler has scored at least 80 points in nine of its 15 games to start the season; the Bulldogs only hit the 80-point mark six times total a season ago.

Friday night was Butler’s first loss this season when leading at the half (now 9-1).

UP NEXT: The Bulldogs face their second consecutive Top 10 opponent, traveling to Marquette Wednesday night. The 9 p.m. (Eastern) tip is set for CBS Sports Network. Butler returns to Hinkle Fieldhouse for a Saturday, Jan. 13 game against Seton Hall.

BUTLER WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

BULLDOGS BACK IN ACTION THIS SATURDAY AT HINKLE FIELDHOUSE

INDIANAPOLIS – Butler will host Seton Hall this Saturday at 2 PM. Each team took a tough home loss on Wednesday night and will look to rebound in the lone meeting between the two programs this year.

GameDay

Date: Saturday, Jan. 6, 2024

Time: 2 PM

Location: Indianapolis, Ind. – Hinkle Fieldhouse

Live Stats: ButlerSports.com – Statbroadcast

Watch: BEDN – FloHoops.com

Bulldog Bits

– Rachel Kent needs six more 3-pointers to reach 300 in her collegiate career.

– Kent scored a game-high 22 points and hit as many 3-pointers as Georgetown on Wednesday night (5).

– Kent scored 18 of her 22 points in the first half.

– Caroline Strande has led Butler in rebounding nine times this season. She had nine boards vs. GU.

– Strande ranks sixth in the BIG EAST in rebounding (7.8) and 12th in scoring (15.0).

– Butler grabbed a season-high 17 offensive rebounds to beat GU on the glass 35-27.

– The Bulldogs are 2-0 this year when playing on Saturday.

– Jordan Meulemans has made more 3-pointers this year (36) than all of last year (32) in half the amount of games.

– Meulemans ranks fourth in the BIG EAST and 31st in the NCAA in 3-point field goal percentage.

– The Bulldogs rank second in the BIG EAST in 3-pointers made per game (8.8).

– Ari Wiggins ranks seventh in the BIG EAST in steals per game (1.9).

– Wiggins has at least one steal in 10 of Butler’s 13 games this year.

– The Bulldogs are 6-2 at home this season and have not lost back-to-back games all year.

BIG EAST Standings

UConn 3-0, 11-3

Providence 2-0, 8-7

Georgetown 2-1, 12-2

Villanova 2-1, 9-5

St. John’s 2-1, 8-7

Marquette 1-2, 12-2

Creighton 1-2, 10-3

Seton Hall 1-2, 9-5

DePaul 1-2, 9-7

Butler 0-2, 8-5

Xavier 0-2, 1-10

Scouting Seton Hall                                                                              

The Pirates are 9-5 overall and 1-2 in the BIG EAST after taking a 50-45 loss at Walsh Gym on Wednesday night. The setback to Villanova was SHU’s second-straight conference loss and just their second home loss of the season. Azana Baines was responsible for 21 of Seton Hall’s 45 points against the Wildcats. Baines ranks ninth in the league in scoring and is one of the best free throw shooters in the BIG EAST connecting on 82 percent of her attempts from the charity stripe. BU will also need to slow down Amari Wright this weekend. The senior leads the conference in assists per game (6.1) and is tied for third in steals per game (2.7). Butler’s scouting report will also include 3-point specialist Micah Gray. She has taken more 3-point attempts than any other BIG EAST player this season and ranks third in made triples with 39.

All-Time Series                                                                                      

Seton Hall leads Butler in the all-time series 16-6. These two teams split a pair of games during the 2022-23 regular season with each program winning on their home court. The Pirates won 79-45 in New Jersey and the Bulldogs captured a 76-64 win for the home crowd on Senior Day. That victory broke up nine-straight Seton Hall wins.

Last Meeting vs. Seton Hall                                                                

Butler outscored Seton Hall 23-14 in the fourth quarter and ended the game on an 11-0 scoring run to defeat the Pirates 76-64 on Feb. 24, 2023. Six different Bulldogs hit a 3-pointer in the victory with Caroline Strande leading the offense with 19 points. Azana Baines was the bright spot for SHU with 19 points and 10 rebounds.

One and Done                                                                                                     

This is the only meeting between Butler and Seton Hall this season. Five of Butler’s six wins vs. Seton Hall have been played at Hinkle Fieldhouse.

One More Win                                                                                      

Seton Hall Head Coach Anthony Bozzella needs one more win to reach 200 during his tenure at Seton Hall. BU head coach Austin Parkinson is approaching 250 career wins. He heads into Saturday with 243.

Handle With Care                                                                                               

Butler will need to take care of the ball on Saturday against Seton Hall. The Pirates lead the BIG EAST in turnovers forced per game (20.0) and are second in the league in both scoring defense (52.8) and steals per game (10.4). The ‘Dawgs average 15 turnovers per game and hold opponents to 59 points per contest.

Strande vs. Seton Hall                                                                         

Caroline Strande hit a career-high three 3-pointers vs. Seton Hall on Feb. 24, 2023. She matched that effort this fall with three triples in the win over St. Thomas. In her first season at Butler, Strande scored 11 points at Seton Hall and came up with 19 in the rematch at Hinkle Fieldhouse. She didn’t miss a 3-pointer vs. the Pirates going 2-for-2 at their place and 3-for-3 at home. This year, Strande has made 14 3-pointers, connecting on 43 percent of her attempts.

Rachel is on a Roll                                                                                               

Rachel Kent has led BU in scoring in three-straight games. She has scored in double figures in seven of Butler’s last eight games, topping 20 points two times. She scored a season-high 25 points in the win at Wisconsin (12/3) and recently scored a game-high 22 points vs. Georgetown. Kent has made at least four 3-pointers in seven of those eight games and is now tied for the team lead in made 3-pointers (36).

Butler For 3!                                                                                                         

Jordan Meulemans and Rachel Kent are two of the top 3-point shooters in the NCAA. Each Bulldog has made 36 3-pointers this season placing them in a tie for fifth place in the conference and 33rd in the nation. Each player averages 2.7 made 3-pointers per game. Meulemans is shooting 45 percent from 3-point range and Kent is close behind at 40.9. There is a long way to go, but each student-athlete is on pace to place their name in the BU record book for most 3-pointers made in a single season.

Bounce Back                                                                                                        

Butler’s loss to Georgetown marked the first time this season that BU dropped a game when holding a halftime lead (7-1). It was also Butler’s first loss in a game decided by five points or less. BU will look to respond on Saturday against a Seton Hall team that has lost back-to-back games by five points.

2 for 20                                                                                                   

Jordan Meulemans and Caroline Strande became the first Bulldog teammates to score 20 points or more in the same game since Feb. 28, 2020. Meulemans scored a team-high 23 points against Chicago State on Dec. 10 and Strande scored a career-high 22 points. The last Bulldog duo to score 20 each in the same game prior to this season was Kristen Spolyar and Kat Strong. Spolyar had 28 at St. John’s and Strong posted 21.

Tied a Team Record                                                                                            

Jordan Meulemans made eight 3-pointers in the win over St. Thomas to match the single-game high in the BIG EAST this season. She ended the contest going 8-for-10 from behind the arc to score a career-high 24 points. Meulemans was just one 3-pointer shy of tying the single-game BU individual record and the ‘Dawgs tied their team record with 16 made 3-pointers in the victory.

Bulldogs Included in BIG EAST Road Trip Schedule                       

The first women’s basketball game of the BIG EAST Road Trip will be at Hinkle Fieldhouse on Jan. 21. Hours of pre-game entertainment and activities will be open to students, alumni, and fans.

Up Next                                                                                                                 

Up Next                                                                                                                 

Butler will head to Nebraska on Wednesday, Jan. 10 for a road game at #21 Creighton. Tip is set for 6 PM Central / 7 PM Eastern.

BALL STATE GYMNASTICS

GYMNASTICS CAPTURES UNC QUAD TITLE TO OPEN 2024 CAMPAIGN

CHAPEL HILL – – The Ball State gymnastics team picked up right where it left off last year, registering the best season-opening meet score in program history to begin the 2024 campaign by winning the UNC Quad with a mark of 194.925.

“I am very proud of how we continued to stay present throughout the meet and didn’t let mistakes or errors cumulate,” head coach Joanna Saleem said. “We acted like a team and really enjoyed the energy of the arena. We were able to go out and do the gymnastics that we do in the practice gym, which is our goal for any competition.”

The Cardinals, who topped host North Carolina (193.725), Rutgers (193.400) and Utah State (193.175) Friday evening at Carmichael Arena, surpassed the previous mark of 194.475 set at the 2018 Kentucky Quad.

Senior Victoria Henry led the way for Ball State in the win, taking top honors on both floor (9.900) and the all-around (39.275). In fact, her mark tied as the sixth-best individual all-around score in program history.

In addition, senior Suki Pfister continued to show why she is considered one of the top vault specialists in the nation by tying for top honors on the event with a score of 9.925.

Overall, the Cardinals opened the season with eight routines of 9.800-or-better in Friday’s quad, including a 9.825 on beam from freshman Ashley Szymanski in her collegiate debut.

“There is a lot of growth from this team, and it’s awesome to watch their development,” Saleem added. “Getting to see the newcomers go out there and not only enjoy the night, but make an immediate impact, was special. They all came out and performed well in their first collegiate meet and I couldn’t be prouder.”

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS:

ROTATION 1: Beam (47.925)

– Senior Hannah Ruthberg topped Ball State in the opening rotation, earning a 9.800.

– Senior Victoria Henry opened the season for the Cardinals with a 9.775, BSU’s second-best score on the apparatus.

– Rounding out Ball State’s top scorers was freshman Lindsay Fuller who opened her collegiate career with a 9.725.

ROTATION 2: Floor (49.025)

– Victoria Henry shined in her first floor routine of the season, placing first overall among the 23 scored competitors with BSU’s first score of 9.900 of the season.

– Sophomore Zoe Middleton was not far behind, earning a 9.850

– The Cardinals also counted 9.775s from graduate student Megan Teter and Hannah Ruthberg, along with a 9.725 from freshman Ava Molina in her collegiate debut.

ROTATION 3: Vault (49.150)

– Ball State wasted little time breaking into the record book, tying the sixth-best vault team score in program history with a 49.150

– 2023 WCGA Second Team All-American senior Suki Pfister picked up right where she left off last season, tying for the event win on vault with a 9.925.

– Victoria Henry followed with a solid score of her own, anchoring the rotation with a 9.875.

– Zoe Middleton added a career-best 9.850, while the Cardinals also counted a 9.775 from Hannah Ruthberg and a 9.725 from Megan Teter.

ROTATION 4: Bars (48.825)

– Freshman Ashley Szymanski led the Cardinals on bars in her collegiate debut, tying for third overall with a score of 9.825

– Hannah Ruthberg rounded out her all-around day with a 9.800 on bars, followed closely by junior Grace Sumner who scored 9.775.

– Victoria Henry closed her four-event night with a 9.725, while Zoe Middleton and Megan Teter capped their all-around efforts with 9.700s

ALL-AROUND:

– Victoria Henry took home the all-around title with a 39.275, tying the 10th-best individual all-around score in program history … Her night was paced by a winning score of 9.900 on floor, followed by a 9.875 on vault, a 9.775 on beam and a 9.725 on bars.

– Led by scores of 9.800 on both bars and beam, Hannah Ruthberg finished the night with a 39.150 in the all-around, taking second among the seven all-around competitors … She also scored 9.775s on vault and floor.

– Zoe Middleton turned in an impressive performance in her collegiate all-around debut, scoring a 39.000 led by her career-best 9.850 on vault and 9.850 on floor … She also counted a 9.700 on bars and a 9.600 in her first competitive collegiate beam routine.

– In her collegiate all-around debut,

Megan Teter

Megan Teter finished with a 38.125 highlighted by a 9.775 on floor, a 9.725 on vault and a 9.700 on bars.

UP NEXT:

The Ball State gymnastics team returns to action Sunday, Jan. 14, when it travels to Ohio State for 2 p.m. tri-meet which also includes Towson.

BALL STATE MEN’S BASKETBALL

MEN’S BASKETBALL RETURNS HOME TO FACE CENTRAL MICHIGAN

The Ball State men’s basketball team opens its Mid-American Conference home slate and plays a game at Worthen Arena for the first time since Dec. 10 when it hosts Central Michigan at 2 p.m. on Saturday.

The game will be streamed on ESPN+, with Jack McMullen and David Eha on the call. Mick Tidrow and Scot Bunnell handle the radio broadcast on WMUN 1340AM – 92.5FM.

The Cardinals (8-5, 0-1 MAC) and Chippewas (5-8, 0-1 MAC) meet for the 108th time in series history. Last season, Ball State won the lone meeting between the teams 65-51 on Feb. 7 at Central Michigan.

Visiting Ball State dropped an 82-69 decision at Kent State in both teams’ MAC opener Tuesday night. The production of the trio of Basheer Jihad (23 points, six rebounds), Davion Bailey (14 points) and Jalin Anderson (10 points, seven rebounds, five assists) wasn’t enough to overcome the athleticism of the Golden Flashes, who led 41-30 at the break and by at least seven points for the entirety of the second half.

Central Michigan lost 76-64 to Buffalo on Tuesday after falling 73-35 at Loyola (Chicago) on Dec. 30. The Chippewas beat Detroit Mercy 75-63 on Dec. 21 in Mount Pleasant against the only common opponent between BSU and CMU so far this season.

SCOUTING CENTRAL MICHIGAN: The Chippewas went 10-21 (5-13 MAC) last season in head coach Tony Barbee’s 2nd leading the program. Central Michigan finished in a tie for 9th place in the MAC regular season standings, missing the conference tournament.

The Chippewas are No. 3 in the MAC in steals per game (6.9), No. 4 in turnovers forced per game (13.5) and No. 5 in blocks per game (3.3) so far.

Junior guard Anthony Pritchard ranks second in the league with 4.6 assists per game and 2.0 steals per game.

CARDINAL DIRECTIONS

Jihad leads the Cardinals in scoring (18.7 points per game) and rebounding (7.2) averages. The junior forward out of Detroit has led the Cardinals in scoring eight games so far, scoring in double-figures 12 times, including six games with 20+ points. The big man’s total points (243) and scoring average both rank third in the Mid-American Conference, while his rebounding average is sixth.

The Cardinals lead the MAC and rank No. 27 nationally in fewest fouls committed per game (14.2), while being second in the league in rebounding margin (+3.8) and 3-point shooting (37.5 percent), which ranks 37th nationally.

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 recently 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.

BANKING ON BASHEER: Junior forward Basheer Jihad leads the team in scoring (18.7 points per game), rebounding (7.2 per game) and field goal percentage (49.1) among Cardinals averaging at least four field goal attempts this season. Jihad has established or tied career highs in scoring five times already this season, including in the Dec. 10 win vs SIUE (27 points).

The Detroit native’s scoring average has nearly tripled over 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: Anderson, a transfer out of Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles, leads the Ball State backcourt in scoring (15.8 points per game) and the team in assists (4.5 per game) as the Cardinals’ lead guard.

The Jackson, Tenn., native boasts Ball State’s highest offensive output (29 points against Old Dominion) so far and is on pace to set career bests for points, assists and steals while already establishing his career high for single season rebounds. Anderson has shown a penchant for explosive offensive performances, posting four 20+ point games so far in the nonconference 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 (58), rebounds (40), assists (12), blocks (10) and steals (four) in a season through the schedule’s first 13 games while shooting an impressive 84.2 percent at the free throw line. The big man has seen increased playing time over his last eight contests, averaging 20.6 minutes per game after playing 6.8 per in the first four games.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK X2: Jihad was named the Mid-American Conference Men’s Basketball Co-Player of the Week on both Dec. 4 and Dec. 11.

Jihad averaged 24.3 points and 8.8 rebounds per game, setting career highs in scoring three times over the four-game stretch to lead Ball State to a 3-1 record.

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

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

Pearson Jr. tallied 23 of those points playing at TCU, while Anderson (809) boasts the most career points in NCAA Division I on the current roster.

HOME HEROES: Ball State boasts a 7-0 record in the friendly confines of Worthen Arena, beating visitors by an average of 23.3 points per game (83.3-60.0).

The success includes significant advantages in rebounding margin (+8.4), turnover margin (+5.1), field goal shooting (.487 to .415) and 3-point shooting (.403 to .287).

STARTING STRONG: The Ball State men’s basketball program owns a 31-17 record Mid-American Conference home openers, including last year’s 70-63 decision over Akron on Jan. 6.

The Cardinals have won two straight home league opener after falling 78-68 to Ohio in 2021.

Up Next

The Cardinals host league favorite Akron at 7 p.m. on Tuesday for the second of back-to-back home games.

BALL STATE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL LOOKS TO OPEN #MACTION WITH 2-0 LEAGUE START; PLAYS AT AKRON SATURDAY

Ball State (11-2, 1-0 MAC) at Akron (5-6, 0-1 MAC)

January 6, 2023 >>James A. Rhodes Arena>Akron, Ohio.>> 2 pm ET

Opening Tip:

– Saturday’s game against Akron will mark the 49th time in program history the two schools have met with the Cardinals leading the all-time series, 29-19. Ball State has won 11 of the last 14 meetings against the Zips. Brady Sallee owns an 11-8 mark against Akron.

– The last time the Cardinals and the Zips met was at the quarterfinals of the 2023 Mid-American Conference Tournament. Ball State was the No. 3 seed and defeated the sixth-seeded Akron Zips by a score of 92-68.

– Last season, Ball State won both of its MAC regular season meetings over Akron which included an 89-66 win in Worthen Arena for the Cardinals on Jan. 25 and a 61-56 road victory in Akron, Ohio.

– Ball State ended its 2023 non-conference season with an impressive 95-58 victory over Oakland City on Dec. 30 in Worthen Arena. Against the Mighty Oaks, Madelyn Bischoff led the Cardinals with 16 points. She has reached double digit scoring in nine of the Cardinals 12 games this season. With the win, the Cardinals improved to 10-2 on the season and currently enter Mid-American Conference action with the best non-conference mark.

– Akron enters Saturday’s contest with a 5-6 overall mark and a 0-1 league ledger. The Zips fell to the Ohio Bobcats in their conference opener by a score of 67-58 in Athens, Ohio Wednesday. Reagan Basll led Akron that game in scoring with 17 points and 17 rebounds.

– The Cardinals are riding a five-game win streak into Saturday’s contest. Ball State’s longest win streak is 12 games which was accomplished in 2008-09. Brady Sallee’s longest win streak is 11 games in 2017-18. The Cardinals won 10-straight last season from Jan. 14-Feb. 18.

– The conference tournament runs March 13-16 with the league’s top eight teams advancing to Cleveland for the quarterfinals, semifinals and the title game on Saturday, March 16.

Last Year vs. the Zips:

In the Cardinals three wins against the Zips last season they outscored Akron 242-190 (+17.3) while Madelyn Bischoff averaged 13.3 point per contest. Alex Richard also averaged double figures with 11.0 points per game. Ball State’s best quarter against Akron was the second quarter in all three games as the Cardinals outscored the Zips, 52-39.

Next Game:

Ball State returns home for league action next week when it hosts Buffalo on Wednesday in Worthen Arena at 6:30 pm ET. The Cardinals will then remain home on Saturday when it hosts Bowling Green for a 1 pm tipoff. Wednesday’s game against Buffalo will mark the 37th time in program history the two schools have met, with the Cardinals leading the all-time series, 20-16.

Career Milestones:

– Ally Becki needs 95 points for 1,000, 95 assists and 56 rebounds to reach the 500 mark.

– Nyla Hampton needs 37 points for 1,000.

– Marie Kiefer has 112 blocks for her career — needs 40 to move into first place.

INDIANA STATE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

SYCAMORES CLOSE FIVE-GAME ROAD TRIP SATURDAY

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State wraps up a five-game road swing Saturday afternoon when it faces Northern Iowa at 3 p.m.

Saturday’s game will be carried on ESPN+ and 105.5 The Legend.

Last Time Out

Homestanding Drake used a 16-0 run across the first and second quarters Thursday night and never looked back on its way to a 77-47 win over Indiana State inside the Knapp Center.

Asia Donald led the Sycamores with nine points off the bench, while Chloe Williams added seven. Savannah White pulled down a team-high five rebounds, while Deja Jones dished out three assists in her first Missouri Valley Conference contest.

Indiana State got within a point early on following a 10-0 run which featured six points from Mya Glanton. The ensuing 16-0 run for Drake saw the Trees go down by double-digits, and the Bulldogs further extended their lead by outscoring the Sycamores 29-8 in the second quarter. Indiana State showed fight in the second half and outscored Drake in the fourth quarter, but the early run was too much for the Sycamores to overcome.

Young Guns

Indiana State turned to its bench for large stretches of its most recent game at Drake, with a plethora of newcomers finding their way onto the scoresheet.

Nearly 75 percent of the Sycamores’ points against the Bulldogs came from newcomers, while Jailah Pelly and Leah Yarbrough picked up their first points in a Sycamore uniform in the game. Indiana State outscored Drake 15-13 in the fourth quarter using a lineup consisting of all bench players.

Block Party

Indiana State has made its presence felt at the rim in the first two Missouri Valley Conference games of the season. The Sycamores have averaged seven blocks per game across their last two games, and registered a season-high eight blocks in their last game against Drake.

The eight rejections against Drake were the most for the Sycamores since swatting 10 shots against Northern Kentucky on Dec. 16, 2019. It also marked the most blocks in a conference game for Indiana State since Feb. 9, 2018, when the Sycamores had nine blocks against Northern Iowa.

Road Warriors

Saturday’s game concludes a five-game road swing for Indiana State, which represents the Sycamores’ longest stretch away from home all season.

Indiana State’s last home game was on December 10, meaning the Sycamores will have gone a full month without a home game prior to their January 11 contest against Murray State.

Crash The Glass

Indiana State has been a force on the boards this season, as the Sycamores lead the MVC in offensive rebounds at 14.5 per game and Mya Glanton ranks among the league leaders in total rebounds (7.6) and offensive rebounds (3.5).

Indiana State also ranks third in the conference in total rebounds (41.1) while posting a rebound margin of plus-4.0. Indiana State has won the rebound battle in eight of the first 12 games this season.

Get To The Line

Indiana State has been one of the best teams in the nation when it comes to generating free throw attempts in the opening month of the season. The Sycamores rank 28th in the nation with 21.9 free throw attempts per game and 23rd nationally with 15.8 free throws made per game.

Indiana State is shooting 72 percent from the line this season and has shot better than 70 percent from the charity stripe in eight of its first 11 games. Nine different Sycamores have already shot double-digit free throw attempts this season, while six Sycamores have made 15 or more free throws this season.

Northern Iowa at a Glance

Northern Iowa enters Saturday’s game at 2-9 overall and 1-1 in MVC play. The Panthers snapped a nine-game losing skid Thursday with an 82-52 win over Evansville.

MVC Preseason Player of the Year Grace Boffeli leads UNI with 13.7 points and 6.5 rebounds per game, though she has not played since Nov. 29. Maya McDermott (13.5) also averages double-digit scoring and leads the team with 2.9 assists per game. 10 different UNI players average at least three points per game, with seven of those players averaging at least six points per game.

The longest-tenured head coach in the MVC, Tanya Warren is in her 17th season at the helm of Northern Iowa and owns a 308-220 career record. Warren’s 308 wins are the most in program history, while Northern Iowa has reached the postseason in each of the last eight completed seasons.

Series History Against Northern Iowa

Indiana State has a 42-40 advantage in the all-time series, though Northern Iowa has won each of the last five meetings. The Sycamores’ last win in the series came during the 2019-20 season.

Last Meeting Against Northern Iowa (Feb. 5, 2023)

Indiana State’s three-game road trip got off to a less-than-ideal start, as the Sycamores fell 91-51 to Northern Iowa inside McLeod Center.

Chelsea Cain led the Blue and White with 14 points and 10 rebounds for her third double-double of the season, all of which have come on the road. Anna McKendree added 11 points, while Del’Janae Williams had eight. The backcourt duo grabbed seven rebounds each, with Williams also dishing out a team-leading four assists.

Northern Iowa quickly built a double-digit lead in the first quarter and never looked back, as the Sycamores were unable to generate any sustained offense. The homestanding Panthers shot better than 50 percent from the field in the second half and used a 32-point third quarter to put the game out of reach.

Up Next

Indiana State plays its first home game in over a month Thursday evening when it welcomes Murray State to Hulman Center for a 6 p.m. tip.

INDIANA STATE BASEBALL

SPENCER NAMED PERFECT GAME PRESEASON SECOND TEAM ALL-AMERICAN

PerfectGame.com – Indiana State junior relief pitcher Jared Spencer was named to the Perfect Game Preseason All-American team as announced by the organization this week. The Sycamore left-hander was named to the Second Team following a standout 2023 season on the mound.

Spencer was the lone Missouri Valley player to receive the honors by the organization. It marks his second preseason recognition heading into the season after being named to D1Baseball’s 2024 MLB Draft: Top 100 College Prospects list in the fall.

The Centreville, Mich. native made a team-high 25 appearances on the mound in relief in 2023 serving as the Sycamores’ primary closer. He posted a 3-2 record with a 3.86 ERA over 37.1 innings while adding a team-high seven saves.

He made his 2023 debut on February 18 against Quinnipiac but hit his stride midway through the season in nonconference play. Spencer posted his first two wins of the year on back-to-back weeks against SEMO and Illinois in mid-March.

He added a season-high seven strikeouts in a relief outing against Michigan State. Additional notable relief appearances include a 3.0-inning save in ISU’s 4-0 shutout of Indiana, while also going the final 2.0-innings in closing out the Sycamores’ win at Vanderbilt.

Spencer shined in the postseason posting back-to-back saves in the first two games of the Terre Haute Regional against Wright State and Iowa to send the Sycamores to the regional final. He added a third postseason appearance in relief at TCU in the Super Regional finale.

Indiana State baseball opens up spring practice later this month in preparation for the upcoming 2024 season. The spring schedule is expected to be announced in the coming days.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE MEN’S VOLLEYBALL

PERROTTE EARNS 100TH WIN AS ‘DONS TOP THOMAS MORE 3-0

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Purdue Fort Wayne men’s volleyball head coach Ryan Perrotte picked up his 100th win as the head coach of the Mastodons on Friday night (Jan. 5), as the ‘Dons topped Thomas More 3-0 (25-15, 25-15, 25-16).

The Mastodons were on fire offensively, hitting .466 for the match. That mark is the highest for the team in a match since March 20, 2021. The ‘Dons hit an incredible .762 in set two, which was the first time since March 3, 2019 that the ‘Dons hit over .700 in a frame. Andrej Polomac was a big reason why the ‘Dons were so successful, as the Serbian setter had 31 assists in his collegiate debut.

On the first point of the match, the ‘Dons took an eight-second serving violation to stand up against the social injustices that plague our world today. This is the fourth season in a row that the Mastodons have started their first match of the year with the moment of silence.

Jon Diedrich started the season with a team-leading 14 kills on 21 swings for a .571 clip. Mark Frazier recorded eight kills and Peter Soczewka added six kills in his collegiate debut.

The Mastodons jumped out to a 10-5 lead with Diedrich and Axel Melendez Watts providing much of the offense early. Kaden Fosdick got his first collegiate kill to extend the ‘Dons’ lead to 15-7, as did Polomac when he made the score 20-13 to help his side claim the first set.

Frazier led the ‘Dons in the second set with six kills while Diedrich hit five. After staying even early on, the Mastodons pulled away with a 12-5 run that helped win a second straight set.

Back-to-back kills from Ketcher Stewart helped start the third set, and his collegiate career, off on the right foot. The ‘Dons took the first four points of the set and never trailed. Casey Lyons earned his first collegiate kill to give Purdue Fort Wayne a 15-9 lead in the third set. The ‘Dons ended the match on a 5-2 run complete with an assist from freshman Andrew Mayer.

Purdue Fort Wayne out-hit Thomas More .466 to .133. The Mastodons held the Saints to a .000 hitting percentage in the first frame. The ‘Dons served exceptionally totaling nine aces. Diedrich had the team lead with three and Soczewka had two while Polomac, Davey Singer, Ketcher Stewart, and Bryce Walker all had one.

The Mastodons go to 1-0 while Thomas More falls to 1-2. Purdue Fort Wayne is set to host North Greenville tomorrow night (Saturday, Jan. 6) at 7 p.m. on the Arnie Ball Court.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE MEN’S BASKETBALL

MASTODONS WELCOME WRIGHT STATE ON SATURDAY AFTERNOON

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The ‘Dons put their 4-0 mark in league play on the line on Saturday (Jan. 6) when Wright State comes to the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. 

Game Day Information
Who: Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons (13-2, 4-0 Horizon League) vs. Wright State Raiders (7-8, 2-2 Horizon League)
When: Saturday, January 6 | 1:00 p.m. ET 
Where: Fort Wayne, Ind. | Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
Live Stats: Link
Video: ESPN+
Radio: 1380 AM
Tickets: Link
Game Program: Link
Series Record: Raiders lead 11-4
Game Notes: Purdue Fort Wayne (PDF)

HIGHLIGHT A CAUSE:

// The ‘Dons will wear bright highlighter shoes to “Highlight a Cause” for community outreach and community services throughout our area on Saturday. Big Brothers Big Sisters, American Cancer Society, Renaissance YMCA, Center for Non-Violence, SCAN, Boys and Girls Club, Tri-County Ambulance, Bowen Center and Specialty Tutoring will be in attendance. The program’s next Highlight a Cause night will be February 14th. Programs can reach out to Adam Blaylock on the men’s basketball staff for more information on the February 14th event.

‘DONS & ENDS:

// A victory would put the ‘Dons at 14-2, tying for the program record for best start over the first 16 games of the season. The 1992-93 team also started 14-2 and went on to a 17-2 start.

// The ‘Dons are 4-0 in league play for the first time since 2018-19 when the ‘Dons opened 4-0 in Summit League play. A win on Saturday vs. Wright State would put the ‘Dons at 5-0 for the first time in league play since 2010-11.

// The ‘Dons have recorded double-digit steals in eight games. They have had more steals than their opponent in 11-of-15 games.

// Rasheed Bello had seven steals on Dec. 29 vs. Northern Kentucky, tying a program record in the NCAA Division I era. Some of the best individual steal performances in program history have come against Northern Kentucky. During the NCAA Division II era, Randy Spicer had eight steals against Northern Kentucky on Jan. 9, 1999.

// The ‘Dons have made at least eight 3-pointers in 11-of-15 games and double digit treys in five games.

// Quinton Morton Robertson is 6th in the nation in 3-point field goal percentage at 46.7 percent (42-of-90). Maximus Nelson is shooting 42.7 percent (32-of-75) from three. Nelson doesn’t appear on the national rankings as he is shy of the 2.5 made 3-pointers per game required to make the list.

// The Mastodons average 20.7 points off turnover this season, which is 24.8 percent of all points. Sparking points off turnovers, the ‘Dons are 7th in the nation in turnovers forced per game at 18.13  and 7th in the nation in fastbreak points with 17.73.

// The ‘Dons are ranked No. 12 in the latest CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major 25 Poll. They have been as high as No. 9 this season.

// The ‘Dons are No. 88 in the latest NET rankings, the ‘Dons reached a program-best No. 53 on Dec. 8, 2023.

// Anthony Roberts has 37 steals, 8th in the nation and first in the league. His 2.47 steals ranks 19th in the nation.

// Rasheed Bello is 28th in the nation in total steals (30).

// Rasheed Bello went over the 1,000 point mark in his NCAA career on Dec. 31 vs. Detroit Mercy. His total combines his scoring at UW-Parkside and Purdue Fort Wayne.

// The ‘Dons are 5-0 when Jalen Jackson leads the team in scoring.

// Purdue Fort Wayne’s scoring margin of 17.8 is first in the league.

// The ‘Dons have had fewer turnovers than their opponent in all but two games this season (at Oakland, Dec. 2 and at Pitt, Dec. 20).

// The ‘Dons have limited seven consecutive opponents to under 30 percent shooting from three.

// All five starters reached double-digits vs. SEMO (Dec. 9) and vs. Bethune-Cookman (Dec. 16). Additionally, six times this season four starters have reached double-digits.

// Rasheed Bello has reached double-digits in every game this season but one this season. Jalen Jackson and Anthony Roberts each have just two games without 10 points.

// The ‘Dons are averaging 83.5 points per game, 31st in the nation and up from 73.9 last season.

// Purdue Fort Wayne’s 10.5 steals per game this season are up from the 7.3 last year. The Division I era program high for steals per game was the 8.8 mark in 2021-22.

// Four Mastodons are averaging better than 12.0 points per game: Rasheed Bello (14.5), Anthony Roberts (14.0), Jalen Jackson (14.5) and Quinton Morton-Robertson (12.3).

// The Mastodons’ 5-0 start was their longest undefeated stretch to start a season as a NCAA Division I program. It was their longest stretch to start a season since the 1992-93 team opened 9-0. That team earned a bid in the NCAA Division II Tournament, the only NCAA bid (Division I or II) in program history.

// Thanks to the 5-0 start to the season, the ‘Dons now have now had a winning streak of at-least four games in every season since 2009-10 except for one (2017-18). That is 14-of-15 seasons.

// The ‘Dons have won 20 straight home non-league games, a streak that started on Nov. 16, 2019 vs. Stetson.

// Thanks to wins over Northern Arizona (Nov. 17) and South Dakota (Nov. 18), the ‘Dons won the Arizona Tip-Off. Quinton Morton-Robertson was named the MVP of the event and selected to the All-Tournament Team with Rasheed Bello.

// The ‘Dons have partnered with Team IMPACT to add Bolton Richardson to the squad in 2023-24. Added to the team at a signing ceremony in July, Bolton will be at games, practices and other team activities.

TOP 25 NATIONAL RANKINGS:

// 2nd in the nation in turnover margin (+8.5)

// 7th in the nation in turnovers forced per game (18.13)

// 7th in the nation in fast break points per game (17.73)

// 8th in the nation in 3-point percentage defense (26.5 percent)

// 10th in the nation in steals per game (10.5)

// 14th in the nation in scoring margin (+17.8)

50-point halves this season:

68 (1st) vs. Andrews (Nov. 9)

62 (2nd) vs. Andrews (Nov. 9)

57 (2nd) vs. South Dakota (Nov. 18)

57 (2nd ) vs. Detroit Mercy (Dec. 31)

52 (2nd) vs. Oakland (Dec. 5)

50 (2nd) vs. Wittenberg (Nov. 25)

EVANSVILLE MEN’S BASKETBALL

MEN’S BASKETBALL WELCOMES MURRAY STATE ON SATURDAY

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – In its first home game of the New Year, the University of Evansville men’s basketball team welcomes Murray State to the Ford Center on Saturday afternoon.  Tip is set for 1 p.m. CT with ESPN+ and the Purple Aces Radio Network having the coverage.

Last Time Out

– Indiana State scored the first eight points on Wednesday and would take the victory by a final of 87-73

– Trailing by as many as 25 points in the second half, the Purple Aces utilized a 19-2 run to cut the deficit to just eight with two minutes remaining

– Yacine Toumi led all players with 19 points and 10 rebounds while Kenny Strawbridge Jr. scored 15

– Cam Haffner tallied a season-high of 11 points and Antonio Thomas wrapped up the game with 10

Another Double-Double

– Yacine Toumi has been on an absolute roll over the last five games, averaging 15.0 points and 8.6 rebounds

– He has two double-doubles in the last three games, including a 19-point, 10-rebound performance at Indiana State

– Toumi was 9-for-13 from the field against the Sycamores and has converted 22 of his last 33 attempts over the last three games, an astonishing 66.7%

– His current double-figure streak has reached six games with an average of 14.7 PPG over that span; in the five games prior, he posted just 5.4 PPG

– Toumi continues to lead the team with an average of 6.6 boards while his 11.3 points per game is second for the Aces

Big-Time Honor for Coach Rags

– UE head coach David Ragland was the recipient of the Ben Jobe Award Mid-Season Honors on January 3

– The Ben Jobe Award is presented annually to the top minority Division I head coach with the presentation taking place at the Final Four

– Ragland was the mid-season honoree following an impressive start to the season

Season-High

– Cam Haffner put together his top game of the season at Indiana State, registering 11 points while connecting on three of his six attempts from long range

– Increased playing time benefited Haffner, who saw a season-high 29:05 of floor time in Terre Haute

– Prior to the game, Haffner missed 13 triples in a row over a 5-game stretch

– His previous season mark of 10 points came in the road win at SEMO where he shot 4-of-9 from the field and 2-4 from outside

– Haffner has started all 14 games for UE

Scouting the Opponent

– Murray State enters Saturday’s game with a 5-9 record and have picked wins on two of their three MVC contests thus far

– The Racers dealt Bradley its first loss of the year in December and most recently defeated UIC by an 75-83 final on Tuesday

– All five of their wins have come at home

– Five players average double figures with Rob Perry leading the squad with 14.0 points per game

– JaCobi Wood and Brian Moore Jr. averaged 12.7 and 12.2 PPG respectively

– Nick Ellington checks in with 10.3 PPG and a team-high 6.5 boards per contest

VALPO WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

BEACONS CLOSE LONG ROAD SWING AT SIU SATURDAY

Valparaiso (1-10, 0-2 MVC)

Game #12 – January 6, 2024 – 4 p.m.

at Southern Illinois (5-7, 0-2 MVC)

Banterra Center (9,000) – Carbondale, Ill.

Next Up in Valpo Basketball: The Valpo women’s basketball team concludes a stretch of five consecutive road games Saturday afternoon when the Beacons take on Southern Illinois. Following Saturday’s contest, Valpo will play four straight games at home in the ARC.

Previously: A slow start to the game doomed Valpo on Thursday night, as despite playing the last three quarters against host Missouri State nearly even, the Beacons fell to the Lady Bears by a 67-47 final. Olivia Brown scored a game-high 15 points, while Leah Earnest notched 10 points and nine rebounds, in the process surpassing the 500-rebound milestone for her career.

Following Valpo Basketball: Streaming Video: ESPN+

Links for live coverage: Available via ValpoAthletics.com

Head Coach Mary Evans: Mary Evans is in her sixth year at the helm of the program in 2023-24 and owns a record of 56-101. Evans has made an impact on the program in her first five years, raising the team’s level of play to be competitive in a strong Missouri Valley Conference. The 2022-23 season saw Evans lead Valpo to the first win in program history over perennial MVC power Missouri State. The Beacons also won three consecutive road games in Valley play, the first time the program accomplished that feat against three different opponents since 2007.

Series Notes: It’s a brief series between SIU and Valpo, as the two programs did not meet prior to Valpo joining the MVC in 2017-18. SIU won the first five meetings, followed by Valpo winning four of the next five matchups. Most recently, the Salukis improved their record in the series to 7-4 as they won last season’s lone meeting in Carbondale, 77-47. Valpo trailed by just nine entering the fourth quarter of that game before SIU pulled away in the final period. Leah Earnest paced the Beacons with 13 points and eight rebounds.

@ValpoWBB…

…and @ValleyHoops

– Valpo was picked to finish in 10th place in the MVC preseason poll, totaling 162 points, coming in ahead of Evansville and Bradley.

– Valpo is in its seventh season as a member of the Missouri Valley Conference.

– The Valley was ranked 13th in conference NET last season. The MVC ranked 10th in conference NET in 2021-22, seventh in conference NET in 2020-21 and was eighth in conference RPI in 2019-20.

…looking back at last year

– Valpo finished last season with a 7-23 overall record and finished at 5-15 in MVC play, good for 11th in the Valley standings.

– The Beacons earned their first win in program history over perennial MVC power Missouri State.

– Valpo also won three consecutive road games in Valley play, the first time the program accomplished that feat against three different opponents since 2007.

– Ali Saunders was named to the MVC All-Freshman Team.

…at Missouri State

– The Beacons hit just one field goal in the first quarter as the Lady Bears led 20-5 10 minutes into the game.

– Missouri State extended its lead to as many as 20 points in the second quarter, but the Beacons held the Lady Bears to just three points over the final five minutes of the period to close the deficit to 30-14 at intermission.

– Valpo cut the MSU lead to 12 points multiple times in the third quarter, but the Lady Bears extended back out to a 49-31 edge at the end of the period.

– Olivia Brown hit back-to-back 3-pointers early in the fourth quarter, followed two possessions later by a Leah Earnest basket, to force an MSU timeout with 6:52 to play and Valpo within 52-41.

– The Beacons were unable to keep the momentum after the stoppage, however, going over four minutes in between field goals as MSU went on a 10-2 run to put the game away.

– Brown knocked down a trio of 3-pointers, going 3-of-5 from behind the arc, on her way to a game-high 15 points.

– Earnest scored in double figures for the 10th time in the season’s first 11 games, finishing with 10 points. The senior also led all players with nine rebounds and handed out a team-high three assists.

– Raeven Raye-Redmond ensured she would remain among the conference’s leaders in steals as she racked up five takeaways, her second-best single-game effort of the year.

– It was a tale of two halves shooting the ball for the Beacons. Valpo hit just 5-of-20 from the field in the first half and was 0-of-6 from deep. In the final 20 minutes, the Beacons hit 12-of-24 from the floor and were 5-of-12 from 3-point range.

– Valpo committed 21 turnovers while forcing 16 Missouri State miscues, but the Lady Bears held a significant 22-8 edge in points off turnovers.

…at Murray State

– Valpo was within 18-16 past the halfway point of the first quarter before Murray State ended the period with 11 straight points to pull out to a 29-16 lead at the end of the quarter.

– The Beacons used a 12-3 run to close to within 35-28 with 4:44 to play in the first half. The Racers scored the next nine in a row, however, and led 44-31 at intermission.

– A 13-0 Murray State run over a four-minute stretch of the third quarter pushed the Racers’ advantage to 28 points. Murray State led 76-49 with 10 minutes to play, and Valpo was unable to get any closer in the fourth quarter.

– Leah Earnest led all players with a game-high 17 points, the ninth time in 10 games this season that the senior has scored in double figures. She also came up just one rebound shy of a double-double, pacing all players with nine boards.

– Saniya Jackson tallied 11 points on 5-of-9 shooting to reach double figures for the fifth time in Valpo’s last seven games, while Nevaeh Jackson totaled 10 points to hit double digits for the second time this year. Both of the twins contributed three steals and two blocked shots as well.

– Valpo shot at a 40.7% (22-of-54) clip from the floor to Murray State’s 46% (29-of-63) shooting. The Racers also hit 11 triples versus the Beacons’ eight 3-pointers.

– The Beacons committed a season-worst 28 turnovers which Murray State converted into 35 points.

– Led by the Jackson twins, Valpo racked up 11 steals to maintain its MVC-leading pace as a team in that category. It is the sixth time this year the Beacons have posted a double-digit steal total.

…looking ahead

– Valpo finally returns to the ARC for the first time in over a month Friday, Jan. 12 as the Beacons face Drake, followed by a matchup against UNI two days later.

– The four-game homestand continues the next weekend against Illinois State (Jan. 19) and Bradley (Jan. 21).

…on the road

– Valpo will play 17 games away from home in the 2023-24 regular season, 16 of which will be true road games.

– The Beacons are 0-9 away from home so far this year and posted a 4-10 record in true road games last season.

@SIU_WBasketball

– Southern Illinois enters Saturday afternoon’s game at 5-7 overall on the season.

– The Salukis have dropped their last three games, including their first two in Valley play – most recently a 66-59 loss on Thursday night to UIC.

– Laniah Randle paces the Salukis, averaging 17.0 points and 8.9 rebounds per game.

Another Leap Forward

– Senior Leah Earnest took a jump forward in her production last season, and nine games into the 2023-24 campaign, she has taken another leap.

– Earnest enters Saturday’s game ranked eighth in the conference in scoring (14.1 points/game), eighth in field goal percentage (.500) and 10th in rebounding (6.8 rebounds/game).

– She is also averaging a career-best 2.7 assists/game as well.

– Earnest has been consistent, scoring in double figures in 10 of 11 games to date – including in each of the season’s first seven games after opening last season with eight straight double-digit outputs.

– Prior to last year, you’d have to go back to 2009-10 to find the last time a Valpo player opened the year scoring 10+ in the season’s first seven games (Lauren Kenney-8; Betsy Adams-7).

– Earnest entered this season with a career high of 20 in the scoring column, but has outdone that three times this year, including a career-best 26 points at UAB.

– With her seventh rebound Thursday at Missouri State, Earnest hit the 500-rebound mark for her career, becoming the 19th player in program history with 500 career boards. She ended the night ranked 18th in program history with 502 career rebounds.

Passing a Milestone

– Fifth-year guard Olivia Brown gave it her all trying to reach the 1,000-point milestone for her collegiate career at home against Chicago State Dec. 9.

– Brown scored a game-high 23 points – one off her career high – but ultimately came up one point short, finishing the game against the Cougars with 999 collegiate points.

– Brown reached the milestone the next time out, connecting on a 3-pointer early in the third quarter Dec. 19 versus Bethune-Cookman which pushed her past the 1,000-point mark.

– After scoring a game-high 15 points last time out at Missouri State, Brown enters Saturday’s game with 1,044 collegiate points, 678 of which have come in her three seasons in the Valpo uniform.

– Brown’s .398 career 3-point percentage at Valpo ranks third in program history.

Thievery Abounds

– Valpo has gotten back to its stealing ways on the defensive end this season.

– The Beacons rank 31st nationally with 11.0 steals/game, and per HerHoopStats.com, their steal rate of 12.8% is good for 26th nationally.

– Valpo has been in double figures in steals in six games this season, highlighted by an 18-steal effort against Western Illinois Nov. 18.

– The 18 steals was the program’s best single-game mark since tallying 21 steals at Evansville on Jan. 12, 2020, and is tied for the second-highest output in Evans’ tenure as head coach.

– Freshman Raeven Raye-Redmond currently leads all MVC players with 2.8 steals/game despite playing just 16.4 minutes/game.

– Raye-Redmond ranks 26th nationally in steals/game, while her steal rate of 8.1% is tops nationally among players playing at least 10 minutes/game – only Notre Dame’s Hannah Hidalgo and Minnesota’s Niamya Holloway even crack 7% in steal rate while playing at least 10 minutes/game.

– Twice already this year, the Beacons have had a player tally eight steals in a game – Saniya Jackson did so Nov. 25 at UAB and Raye-Redmond did so in her collegiate debut in the aforementioned Western Illinois game.

– Jackson and Raye-Redmond are two of just 23 D-I players nationally to record eight or more steals in a single game so far this season.

– The duo are now tied for second on Valpo’s single-game steals chart, just one off the program single-game record.

– Prior to this year, the last Valpo player to tally eight steals in a game was Jeanette Gray against Houston in the 2002 WNIT.

– Raye-Redmond was the first MVC player to record eight steals in a game since UNI’s Ellie Herzberg did so against Indiana State on Feb. 19, 2017.

A Challenging Nonconference Schedule

– Valpo’s nonconference schedule was surprisingly strong.

– Six of the eight teams the Beacons have lost to sit at or above .500 on the season.

– Included among that group is a 7-4 Southern Miss team which defeated then-#19 Ole Miss, as well as Western Illinois (10-2), UAB (10-3) and Bethune-Cookman (9-4) with winning percentages of at least .667 as well.

On the Road Again

– Valpo’s game against Chicago State Dec. 9 was its lone regular season home game in a span of 55 days.

– The Beacons are in the middle of a stretch where they play nine out of 10 games away from home.

– Prior to beating the Cougars, Valpo played four consecutive true road games.

– Saturday’s game at Southern Illinois is the last in a stretch of five straight games away from home for the Beacons, incuding each of their first three MVC games.

– Valpo will go 34 days between home games at the ARC (Chicago State Dec. 9-Drake Jan. 12), the program’s longest stretch between home games since the 1999-2000 team went 35 days between home contests.

UINDY WRESTLING

WRESTLING DROPS PAIR OF DUALS AT DAY 1 OF NWCA’S

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa. – On the first day of the NWCA National Duals, the No. 8-ranked University of Indianapolis wrestling suffered a pair of losses at the hands of No. 17 Augustana and No. 1 West Liberty.

INS & OUTS

The Hounds started out their tournament against No. 17-ranked Augustana. The Vikings built a large lead on the Hounds early, capturing extra point wins at 125, 133 and 141 to put them up 16-0. No. 6-ranked Jackson Hoover landed a decision at 149, scoring five third-period points to win 8-6 and get the Hounds on the board.

Owen Zablocki, sliding down from 165 to 157 for the first time this season, didn’t lose a step at all, grabbing a fall a minute and 44 seconds into his match with his patented spladle. The pair of Hounds’ wins moved the score 16-9, but another extra point victory for Augustana at 165 kept UIndy at bay. No. 6-ranked Trey Sizemore was the last Greyhound to taste victory, capturing a major over Coy Gunderson.

#17 AUGUSTANA: 31, #8 UINDY 13

125 – Jaxson Rohman over Nathan Smith Maj 12-0

133 – Jack Huffman over Nick Varanelli Fall 1:53

141 – Hunter Burnett over Ray Rioux Fall 4:30

149 – Jackson Hoover over Cael Larson Dec 8-6

157 – Owen Zablocki over Payton Handevidt Fall 1:44

165 – Tyler Wagener over Logan Farnell TF 18-1

174 – Trey Sizemore over Coy Gunderson Maj 14-2

184 – Cade Mueller over Owen Butler TF 16-1

197 – Max Ramberg over Phoenix Rodgers Maj 14-0

285 – Max Balow over Jay Thompson Fall 1:34

Now in the consolation bracket, the Hounds matched up with No. 1-ranked West Liberty, who had been dropped in their first-round match by No. 18 Northern State. Nathan Smith got the upset-hungry Hounds going early, snagging a 15-0 tech fall at 125. The Hilltoppers matched that with a fall at 133, and then wins at 141 and 149, the latter coming via major in a battle of No. 5 vs. No. 6.

Zablocki, attempting to calm the momentum of the No. 1-ranked squad, did just that, spladling West Liberty’s Jordan Watters in the second period. Sizemore kept the fire going, picking up his second extra-point win with a late pin to make it 17-16 in the Hounds favor. But a fall at 184 and decision at 197 put the match out of the Greyhounds reach. Jay Thompson captured victory at heavyweight to round out the match.

#1 WEST LIBERTY 25, #8 UINDY 20

125 – Nathan Smith over Alexander Crane TF 15-0

133 – Matt Englehardt over Nick Varanelli Fall 1:08

141 – Khyvon Grace over Ray Rioux Dec 5-4

149 – Nico Taddy over Jackson Hoover Maj 9-1

157 – Owen Zablocki over Jordan Watters Fall 4:20

165 – Alec Cook over Nathan Conley Dec 7-2

174 – Trey Sizemore over Fabian Chavez Fall 5:57

184 – Ty McGeary over Aidan Petersen Fall 0:44

197 – Mason Christian over Phoenix Rodgers Dec 4-1

285 – Jay Thompson over Jamie Kilmer Dec 9-5

UP NEXT

The Hounds will look to bounce back tomorrow at NWCA National Duals. The Hounds will battle in-region and No. 20-ranked Ashland at 10 a.m. ET.

MARIAN WRESTLING

MARIAN WRESTLING SUFFERS PAIR OF TOP-FIVE DEFEATS AT NWCA NATIONAL DUALS

Cedar Falls, Iowa – The Marian wrestling team suffered a pair of defeats on Friday at the annual NWCA National Duals, as the Knights were bested by No. 4 Southeastern and No. 5 Doane. The young Knights lineup lost their opening match 32-9 and the second 35-12. Marian is 1-5 overall this season in dual competition.

#4 Southeastern 32-9 Marian

Marian won each of their first three matches against the Fire, taking victories at 125, 133, and 141. Logan Richardson won 10-6 over Trevor Borom to score the win by decision, and Anthony Hughes scored three points with his upset in overtime against No. 6 Andrew Voiles. Hughes won by a sudden-victory score of 4-1. Logan Wagner would record Marian’s final win in the match, taking out No. 13 Kael Brisker 2-1 by decision.

The rest of the match went to Southeastern as they rattled off seven consecutive wins. The Fire earned two tech falls, two wins by fall, a major decision, and two wins by decision as they rattled off 32 unanswered points for the win. Elliott Rodgers gave Marian their best opportunity for a fourth win, but he was defeated 6-3 by Graham Calhoun.

#5 Doane 35-12 Marian

Doane opened the match with a 6-0 lead, as Richardson was unable to pick up his second win of the day after losing by fall in the first period. Anthony Hughes and Logan Wagner helped Marian take a lead as they won their second match, with Hughes landing a 10-4 win over No. 14 Devin Avedissian, while Wagner scored a dominant 20-3 tech fall win against Tristen Brown.

The Knights led 8-5 following Wagner’s win, but from there would lose three straight matches, as the Tigers picked up tech fall, major decision, and fall victories. Elliott Rodgers cut into the bleeding as he defeated No. 14 Cael Jordan 14-6, scoring four points with the major decision. The Knights were unable to stack wins after the Rodgers victory, as two pins and a decision sealed the victory for Doane as they won 35-12.

Marian will finish their time in Iowa on Saturday, as they wrestle twice as they aim for a 13th place finish. Marian will take on Graceland at 9:00 a.m. central time, and will then wrestle either William Penn or Oklahoma City in the 13th or 15th place match.

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

NFL STANDINGS

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NBA STANDINGS

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NHL STANDINGS

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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

January 6, 1980 – Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh – The AFC Championship game to determine who would win the Lamar Hunt Trophy and represent the American Football Conference in Super Bowl XIV. Two of the old AFC Central foes met for the third time in the season, the Oilers of Houston and the defending champs the Pittsburgh Steelers. Late in the third quarter of this game is one of the most controversial officiating calls in NFL History.  With the Oiler deep inside Pittsburgh territory QB Dan Pastorini dropped back and tossed a pass towards the back right corner of the end zone. Houston receiver Mike Renfro seemingly came down with an amazing catch with Steeler corner Ron Johnson in tight coverage on him. The official on the coverage did not call anything though and the crew got together in a huddle and discussed the play. A few moments later they deemed it an incomplete pass as when Renfro finally secured it he had fallen out of bounds. This was 6 years before instant replay was used in NFL officiating and it may be the very play that was at the root of Replays adoption. The Oilers were forced to kick a field goal and for the second straight year the  Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Houston Oilers, 27-13 to advance.

January 6, 1980 – Tampa Stadium – The NFC Championship was hosted by the Buccaneers who were in only their fourth season of existence. The Bucs played tough but the Los Angeles Rams came to town on a mission and defeated Tampa Bay 9-0 for the right to face the Steelers in the Super Bowl.

January 6, 1985 – Miami Orange Bowl – At the AFC Championship game it was the Dan Marino led Miami Dolphins outsourcing the Pittsburgh Steelers, 45-28 to move on to the big game.

January 6, 1985 – Candlestick Park, SF – The NFC Championship game was played and the San Francisco 49ers with Joe Montana under center advanced to the Super Bowl as they blanked the Chicago Bears, 23-0.

January 6, 2014 – The Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California – The BCS National Championship was a memorable one as #1 Florida State would have a tough test against #2 Auburn per ESPN.com. This was a match-up of the ages as Heisman Winner QB Jameis Winston, Kelvin Benjamin and Devonta Freeman were on the Seminoles  high powered offense and faced the Tigers that sported Sammie Coates, Dee Ford and Carl Lawson and CJ Uzomah. As often happens in these great games it came down to the final seconds of play. With 13 seconds remaining, Winston threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to Kelvin Benjamin to lift FSU to a 34-31 win and the National Title!

January 6, 2018 – Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota scores a touchdown that he threw to himself! In one of the craziest play sequences the Titans had the ball at the Kansas City Chiefs 6 yard line facing third and goal per the ringer.com. Mariota dropped back and scrambled around a bit then saw daylight left. As he approached the line of scrimmage he launched a pass towards the end zone but a defender, KC’s  Darrell Revis,  batted the ball which went back to Marcus and he caught it and dove to the pylon for a TD. It was important too as it aided in the 22-21 victory over Kansas City Chiefs in the Wild Card round of the playoffs. Mariota was the second NFL quarterback in history to have done so. The other was Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brad Johnson in 1997, who also caught his own pass on a third and goal and scored against the Panthers.

January 6, 2018 – The Oakland Raiders formerly announced that Jon Gruden would be returning to become their head coach per ESPN.com. It had been nearly a decade since Gruden’s first stint as the Raiders coach as from 2009 through the 2017 season he was broadcasting on ESPN’s Monday Night Football.

Hall of Fame Birthdays for January 6

January 6, 1913 – The guard from Princeton University John “Jac” Weller was born. Jac received All-America honors in 1935 according to his bio on the NFF website. He was the top lineman on the Tiger teams that suffered only one loss in three seasons and that was a Yale 7-0 victory. The College Football Hall of Fame placed Jac Weller into their house of collegiate legends in 1957.

January 6, 1947 – Clarksburg, West Virginia – Frank Loria, Virginia Tech’s fine defensive back celebrated his day of birth. According to the NFF Frank was a 3 year starter with the Hokies and was a two-time All American. VT retired Loria’s jersey number 10 as he was well known for his great defensive play as well as his punt return abilities. Frank averaged 13 yards per return and even took 4 of them back for touchdowns in his college career. The National Football Foundation honored Frank Loria posthumously with entrance into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1999.

January 6, 1956 – Portland Oregon – The prolific tight end front he University of Notre Dame, Ken MacAfee arrived into life. Ken had some very good traits as a tight end according to the FootballFoundation.org website. He was a dominant blocker and also had a great set of hands to catch passes with. Ken was an All-America selection three times. He added the Academic All-America title to his resume in 1977, as he also won the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award , and was third in the Heisman Trophy vote. That year he caught 54 passes for 797 yards and six touchdowns. It is no wonder that the fighting Irish also won the National Championship that season! The National Football Foundation honored Ken MacAfee with entrance into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1997.

January 6, 1960 – Somerville, Massachusetts – Howie Long the four year letterman from Villanova was born. According to the Pro Football Hall of Fame Howie was a 1981 second round draft pick of the Oakland Raiders. He spent 13 seasons with the club and registered 84 sacks. You could probably add another 7-½ sacks to the total because in his rookie season , sacks were not an official statistic in the NFL. Long was an All-Pro in three different seasons and was selected to play in 8 Pro Bowls. During the festivities in Canton in 2000, Howie Long was enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

January 6, 1964 – Gladys, Virginia – The outstanding defensive end from James Madison University Charles Haley was born.  Charles still has the record for being the leading tackler in James Madison’s Football history as he gained All-America status twice while at the school according to the National Football Foundation.  In fact Haley was the first player to gain the honor of being called an All-American. Charles completed his collegiate career with 506 tackles, three interceptions and 17 quarterback sacks. The NFF voters happily checked the boxes for Charles Haley to gain entry into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2011.  The San Francisco 49ers got quite the steal when they laid claim to Haley in the fourth round of the 1986 NFL Draft. Haley spent 12 seasons in the NFL with the Niners and the Dallas Cowboys. He was the first player from James Madison to be drafted into the NFL and also holds the distinction to be the first NFL player to win 5 Super Bowls. Charles Haley was enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2015.

NUMBERS IN SPORTS

24 – 20 – 19 – 51 – 45 – 29 – 7 – 8

Number 24 is the uniform of baseball pitcher Early Wynn who wore the number as a member of the the Chicago White Sox in 1959 when he won the Cy Young Award and the American League MVP. January 6, 1920 was his date of birth.

Don Sutton is our Number 20 and on January 6, 1998 the right handed pitcher most famously of the LA Dodgers was selected to enter into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

On January 6, 1995 Atlanta Hawks Coach Lenny Wilkens surpassed legend Red Auerbach in coaching victories with his 939th as the Hawks outlasted Washington 112-90. Wilkens of course as a player wore Number 19 for many of his seasons in the NBA.

January 6, 2015 – Randy Johnson (Number 51), Pedro Martinez (Number 45), John Smoltz (Number 29) and Craig Biggio (Number 7) were inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame

January 6, 2018 – Tennessee Titans quarterback Number 8, Marcus Mariota scored a touchdown off own pass in 22-21 victory over Kansas City Chiefs, second NFL quarterback to do so

TV SATURDAY

BASKETBALLTIMETV
Men: Rutgers at IowaNoonBTEN
Men: Mississippi St. at S. CarolinaNoonCBS
Men: Marquette at Seton HallNoonCBSSN
Men: N. Carolina at ClemsonNoonESPN2
Men: Howard at N.C. CentralNoonESPNU
Men: DePaul at GeorgetownNoonFS1
Men: La Salle at FordhamNoonUSA
Men: Pittsburgh at LouisvilleNoonWSFL39
Men: Kentucky at Florida12:30 p.m.ESPN
Men: St. John’s at Villanova1 p.m.FOX
Men: Georgia at Missouri1 p.m.SECN
Women: Jacksonville St. at FIU1 p.m.ESPN+
Women: Alcorn St. at Jackson St.1 p.m.WBFS33
Men: Virginia at N.C. State2 p.m.ACCN
Men: TCU at Kansas2 p.m.CBS
Men: American at Bucknell2 p.m.CBSSN
Men: Auburn at Arkansas2 p.m.ESPN2
Men: Tulane at N. Texas2 p.m.ESPNU
Men: Jacksonville at Stetson2 p.m.ESPN+
Men: Providence at Creighton2 p.m.FS1
Men: Saint Louis at George Mason2 p.m.USA
Men: Nebraska at Wisconsin2:15 p.m.BTEN
Men: Miami at Wake Forest2:15 p.m.WSFL39
Men: Alcorn St. at Jackson St.3 p.m.WBFS33
Men: Alabama at Vanderbilt3:30 p.m.SECN
Men: Va. Tech at FSU4 p.m.ACCN
Men: UNLV at San Diego St.4 p.m.CBS
Men: Duquesne at L.-Chicago4 p.m.CBSSN
Men: FAU at Charlotte4 p.m.ESPN+
Men: FAMU at Bethune-Cookman4 p.m.ESPN+
Men: Stanford at Southern Cal4 p.m.P12N
Men: George Washington at VCU4 p.m.USA
Women: Creighton at DePaul4 p.m.FS1
Women: Purdue at Maryland4:30 p.m.BTEN
Men: FIU at Jacksonville St.5 p.m.ESPN+
Men: Duke at Notre Dame6 p.m.ACCN
Men: Liberty at W. Kentucky6 p.m.CBSSN
Men: Mississippi at Tennessee6 p.m.SECN
Men: Oregon at. at Washington6 p.m.P12N
Women: St. John’s at Providence6 p.m.FS1
Men: N. Florida at Florida Gulf Coast7 p.m.ESPN+
Men: Weber St. at Oral Roberts8 p.m.CBSSN
Men: Texas Tech at Texas8 p.m.ESPN2
Men: Colorado St. at Arizona St.8 p.m.ESPNU
Men: Ohio St. at Indiana8 p.m.FOX
Men: Utah at Arizona8 p.m.P12N
Men: LSU at Texas A&M8:30 p.m.SECN
Men: Wyoming at New Mexico10 p.m.CBSSN
Men: Cincinnati at BYU10 p.m.ESPN2
Men: Oregon at Washington St.10 p.m.ESPNU
Men: California at UCLA10 p.m.P12N
FOOTBALLTIMETV
High School: All-American Bowl1 p.m.NBC
NFL: Pittsburgh at Baltimore4:30 p.m.ABC ESPN ESPND
NFL: Houston at Indianapolis8 p.m.ABC ESPN ESPND
GOLFTIMETV
PGA: Sentry Champions4 p.m.NBC
PGA: Sentry Champions6 p.m.GOLF
HOCKEYTIMETV
NHL: Calgary at Philadelphia1 p.m.NHLN
NHL: Florida at Colorado4 p.m.BSFL
NHL: N.Y. Rangers at Montreal7 p.m.NHLN
IIHF women: USA-Slovakia (Sun.)6 a.m.NHLN
HORSE RACINGTIMETV
NYRA: America’s Day at the Races2:30 p.m.FS2
SOCCERTIMETV
Italy: Inter-Hellas Verona6:30 a.m.CBSSN
France: Brest-Angers9:30 a.m.FOXD
France: Nice-Auxerre2:45 p.m.FOXD
TENNISTIMETV
ATP/WTA/United Cup: Live events2:30 a.m.TENNIS
ATP/WTA/United Cup: Live events11 p.m.TENNIS
ATP/WTA/United Cup: Live events (Sun.)7 a.m. 7 a.m.TENNIS