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MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

#22 XAVIER 87 BUTLER 72

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

#2 STANFORD 80 OREGON 68

#4 ARIZONA 60 WASHINGTON STATE 52

NBA SCOREBOARD

PHILADELPHIA 119 SAN ANTONIO 100

MILWAUKEE 121 BROOKLYN 109

TORONTO 122 UTAH 108

CHICAGO 130 WASHINGTON 122

DALLAS 130 HOUSTON 106

MINNESOTA 135 OKLAHOMA CITY 105

DENVER 121 SACRAMENTO 111

LA LAKERS 134 ATLANTA 118

CLEVELAND 114 PORTLAND 101

NHL SCOREBOARD

CAROLINA 6 CALGARY 3

ST. LOUIS 5 WASHINGTON 1

TOP INDIANA SPORTS HEADLINES/RELEASES

BUTLER MBB FALLS TO NO. 22 XAVIER, 87-72

In a game that saw both teams shoot 50 percent or better from the field, No. 22 Xavier topped Butler, 87-72, Friday night at Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

Adam Kunkel led the Musketeers with 25 points, including 4-of-8 from three-point range.

“That was a good battle,” said Butler coach LaVall Jordan. “Offensively, they got going in the first half and then Kunkel hit some huge shots in the second half. Our effort was there; we just have to play smarter.”

Xavier went 10-of-22 from three-point range and shot 55 percent overall from the field for the game. The Musketeers (12-2, 2-1 BIG EAST) hit six of their first nine attempts from behind the arc on their way to a 29-17 lead with 6:55 remaining in the first half. Xavier led 42-31 at the half.

Aaron Thompson’s driving layup pulled Butler within 62-55 with 8:47 to play before Kunkel grabbed a loose offensive rebound and hit a three-pointer to return the game to double figures.

Thompson (20) and Bryce Golden (19) each finished the game one shy of their respective career-highs. The duo combined for 39 of the team’s 72 points.

Thompson went 9-for-14 from the field. Included among his four assists was the 500th of his career.

The Bulldogs (8-6, 1-2 BIG EAST) next set out for a three-game, six-day East coast road trip that begins with a Thursday night game at Georgetown.

BOILERMAKERS TRAVEL TO MICHIGAN STATE ON SUNDAY

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue women’s basketball team is set for its first road game in over a month when it heads to Michigan State on Sunday for a 2 p.m. tip on B1G+. The Boilermakers will look to extend their winning streak to five games.

Tim Newton will bring the action to the airways on 95.3 BOB FM.

GAME INFORMATION

Purdue (10-4, 1-2) vs. Michigan State (8-6, 2-1)

Sunday, Jan. 9

Time: 2 PM

TV: B1G+

Radio: 95.3 BOB FM

Live Stats: Purduestats.com

LAST TIME OUT

Purdue extended its winning streak to four in a row last Sunday when Jeanae Terry sank a buzzer beater as time expired to top Rutgers 60-58 at Mackey Arena. The Boilermakers built up a 21-point lead in the third quarter that Rutgers battled back from to tie with less than a minute to play. Terry, Abbey Ellis and Madison Layden scored 11 points each.

NOTES

• Purdue holds a 42-36 series lead against Michigan State, but the Spartans have won five of the last seven.

• Riding a four-game winning streak, Purdue has shot an even 50% from the field 8.5 points, nine steals and 21.5 assists per game.

• Just shy of the halfway point of the year, Cassidy Hardin (43) is nearly halfway to the single-season 3-point record of 88 held by Katie Gearlds (2006-07) and Karissa McLaughlin (2018-19).

• Purdue is one 18 teams in the nation averaging over eight 3-pointers and 16 assists per game.

• The Boilermakers rank seventh among Power 6 schools with 34.4% of their total points coming from behind the arc.

• Purdue moved into a tie for 39th in NCAA history with 897 wins, just three away from the 900-victory club.

• Junior Brooke Moore is one of 23 players in the nation to score over 100 points without starting a game this season.

• Rickie Woltman is averaging 8.8 points and 7.4 rebounds per game since joining the starting lineup against Maryland.

• The Boilermakers are second in the Big Ten with an opponent 3-point clip of 26.4%.

• Jeanae Terry has climbed up to second in the Big Ten with 72 assists on the year, as Purdue assists on 66.1% of its made field goals, good for 12th in the nation.

INDIANA WRESTLING FALLS SHORT IN THEIR FIRST BIG TEN MATCHUP AT RUTGERS

PISCATAWAY, N.J. –– Indiana Wrestling fell to Rutgers, 29-7, in a gritty battle on the road Friday night at Jersey Mike’s Arena to open the conference portion of the schedule and drop their dual record to 2-1.

KEY MOMENTS

• Graduate student Brock Hudkins (133) continued his winning ways, shutting out Devon Britton in a 6-0 win by decision. The victory brought the Hoosiers closer through two bouts, down 4-3 as a team then.

• In the final bout of the night, junior Jacob Bullock (HWT) made his mark, taking care of Boone McDermott. Bullock held an early 2-1 advantage at the start of the first period before he went on an uninterrupted 7-0 run to earn a 9-1 major decision win.

• Prior to the dual, Indiana and Rutgers participated in two exhibition matches.

• In exhibition play, freshman Noah Gochberg (133) picked up his second consecutive win, beating Malcolm Robinson in the process, 8-6 by decision. 

• The other exhibition matchup saw junior Kasper McIntosh (165) get his first action since the Cleveland State Open on Dec. 11 in an impressive 3-2 win by decision over Jake Benner.

NOTABLES

• Hudkins’ win kept his undefeated start to the season alive at 6-0.

• The victory for Bullock earned him his second major decision win this season while improving his record to 7-3.

• After his two wins at Ohio and Rutgers this week, Gochberg holds a winning record of 3-2 on the season.

• The 3-2 decision was the closest margin of victory in a bout for McIntosh this season.

UP NEXT

• Indiana will stay on the road and dual No. 2 Penn State on Sunday with a 2:00 p.m. start.

NO. 3 PURDUE HEADS TO HAPPY VALLEY TO FACE FAMILIAR FOE

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The No. 3-ranked Purdue Boilermakers look for their first road win of the season at a place that has been difficult to play, facing Penn State on Saturday at noon. The Boilermakers head to the Bryce Jordan Center where three of Purdue’s last four wins have come in overtime. With four of its next five games on the road, Purdue is looking to build some momentum for its most-difficult stretch of the season.

The Boilermakers enter with a 12-2 overall record, while Penn State is 7-5 overall, having won consecutive games against Indiana and Northwestern.

The contest will be televised on the Big Ten Network with Cory Provus and Jess Settles on the call. On the radio waves, Rob Blackman and Bobby Riddell will be courtside on the 22-station Purdue Radio Network and online on the Varsity Sports Network (app). Live stats will be provided on StatBroadcast.com and updates will be provided on Purdue’s official Twitter account (@BoilerBall).

THE NOTES TO KNOW

1) Purdue is 1-2 in Big Ten play for the second straight year. The Boilermakers actually started 1-3 a year ago, but won 12 of their last 15 games to finish in the top four of the conference.

2) Purdue recorded just its fourth season of being unbeaten in non-conference play since the 1939-40 campaign with a 104-90 win over Nicholls. Purdue went unbeaten in non-conference play in 2021-22 (11-0), 2009-10 (12-0), 1993-94 (12-0) and 1992-93 (9-0).

3) Purdue’s three quad-1 wins are tied for the fifth most in the country. The 3-1 record is also the fifth-best record.

4) Purdue has scored at least 40 points in 17 of the 28 halves played this year. It has also shot at least 50.0 percent from the field in 17 halves.

5) Matt Painter has an extensive coaching tree, but this will be the first game he will coach with one of his former assistants on the other sideline (Micah Shrewsberry). Grady Eifert, who started on Purdue’s Elite Eight team in 2019, is also Penn State’s video coordinator.

6) Zach Edey, Jaden Ivey and Trevion Williams were named to the Wooden Award midseason watch list on Wednesday. Purdue was the only school with three players named (Gonzaga, UCLA had two).

7) Purdue leads the Big Ten in field goal percentage, 3-point percentage and assists. It is second in scoring offense and scoring margin.

8) In the three years that Purdue won the league title under Painter, Purdue started league play 3-2 (2018-19), 3-2 (2016-17) and 2-3 (2009-10).

9) Matt Painter needs four wins to tie Ward “Piggy” Lambert (371) for second place on the Purdue career victories list. Painter also needs one Big Ten win to tie Michigan State’s Jud Heathcote for seventh (182) on the all-time Big Ten wins list.

NO. 15 WRESTLING CLIPS NO. 9 NEBRASKA 18-15

LINCOLN, Neb. – The No. 15 Purdue wrestling team opened its Big Ten schedule in dramatic fashion Friday, posting an 18-15 win at ninth-ranked Nebraska to improve to 7-1 overall. The victory is Purdue’s first win over Nebraska since 1985, and its first top-10 dual win since 2004, the first of head coach Tony Ersland’s coaching career.

The Boilermakers won five of the 10 matches, with back-to-back tremendous upsets at 174 and 184 pounds. Sophomore Gerrit Nijenhuis earned the biggest win of his young career, taking out third-ranked Mikey Labriola 6-4, and senior Max Lyon followed with a 7-2 decision over 10th-ranked Taylor Venz.

Nijenhuis took the fight to the Nebraska junior right from the get-go, scoring a first-period takedown and riding a 2-1 lead into the second. Labriola evened the score and took the lead in the second, snaring a takedown of his own and carrying a 4-3 edge into the final two minutes. Nijenhuis earned an escape to even the score and then won a scramble in the last 30 seconds, coming out on top for his 12th win of the season and first-ever top-five ranked victory.

Lyon put on a similar performance at 184, beating Venz for the first time in his college career. Lyon put together an unanswered takedown in the first, taking a 2-0 lead and then escapes in the second and third stretched his advantage to 4-0 after Venz took injury time early in the third. Venz got on the board late, but it wasn’t enough as Lyon escaped and scored again late to seal the win.

Purdue’s other wins came early as the trio of Devin Schroder, Matt Ramos and Parker Filius improved to 24-0 in duals this season to give Purdue an early 12-0 edge. Schroder opened with a 16-0 technical fall over Jerimiah Reno at 125 pounds, turning the Cornhusker in the second and third to post his sixth technical fall and seventh shutout of the season. Ramos used a slick second-period takedown to ride out a 3-1 decision over Alex Thomsen at 133 pounds, and Filius closed out the run with a 12-2 major decision over Tucker Sjomeling at 141. Filius raced out to a 6-0 lead with a first-period takedown and second-period turn, and then closed out with two late takedowns for his fourth major decision of the year.

Purdue limited all five of their losses in the dual to decisions, falling by narrow margins at 157, 165 and 197.

The Boilermakers head to top-ranked Iowa on Sunday for a 2 p.m. CT dual with the Hawkeyes, which will air live on the Big Ten Network.

Match Results

No. 15 Purdue 18 – No. 9 Nebraska 15

125: No. 5 Devin Schroder (PUR) def. Jerimiah Reno (NEB), TF 16-0 (6:16)

133: Matt Ramos (PUR) def. Alex Thomsen (NEB), D 3-1

141: No. 25 Parker Filius (PUR) def. Tucker Sjomeling (NEB), MD 12-2

149: No. 8 Ridge Lovett (NEB) def. Trey Kruse (PUR), D 10-3

157: Jevon Parrish (NEB) def. Cooper Noehre (PUR), SV 5-3

165: Bubba Wilson (NEB) def. Hayden Lohrey (PUR), D 3-1

174: No. 21 Gerrit Nijenhuis (PUR) def. No. 3 Mikey Labriola (NEB), D 6-4

184: No. 23 Max Lyon (PUR) def. No. 10 Taylor Venz (NEB), D 7-2

197: No. 4 Eric Schultz def. No. 15 Thomas Penola (PUR), D 5-2

285: No. 11 Christian Lance (NEB) def. Michael Woulfe (PUR), D 11-4

NOTRE DAME HOCKEY: #13 IRISH TAKE GAME ONE AT PENN STATE 4-2

UNIVERSITY PARKPa. — Max Ellis had a pair of goals and Landon Slaggert added the game winner with seven minutes left in the third period as Notre Dame skated to a 4-2 win at Penn State on Friday night at Pegula Ice Arena (5,639).

Grant Silianoff also scored for the Irish, while Jesse Lansdell added two assists and Ryan Bischel made a career-high 38 saves to post the win.

Notre Dame was 1-for-2 on the power play and held the Nittany Lions to an 0-for-3 mark on the power play.

With the win, the Irish improved to 14-6-0 (7-4-0-2-1-0 B1G) on the season.  

Oskar Autio finished with 30 saves for Penn State (12-9-0, 3-8-0-0-0-0). 

How It Happened 

Ryan Bischel was tested right off the jump, denying Simon Mack from the slot just 36 seconds into the first.

As the period wore on, it was the Irish who applied the offensive pressure with Oskar Autio forced to make stops on Zach Plucinski, Jesse Lansdell and Max Ellis. 

Landon Slaggert and Trevor Janicke nearly got the Irish on the board with six minutes left in the first on a two-on-one chance but Autio stopped Slaggert’s initial shot and Janicke’s follow up on the rebound. 

After the scoreless first, Jake Pivonka found Ellis at the back post for a 1-0 lead just 37 seconds into the second period. It was Ellis’ team-leading 12th goal of the season and Pivonka’s first point since returning from injury. Jesse Lansdell also assisted on the play.

Grant Silianoff had a tap-in at the back post off a Lansdell cross-crease feed to make it a 2-0 game at 3:01 of the second, with Spencer Stastney earning the second assist on the power-play goal. 

Penn State’s Adam Pilewicz cut the lead in half, scoring his second of the year with a shot from the point through traffic at 4:23. 

Nick Leivermann nearly added to the lead midway through the second when he made a nice move to get around a Penn State defenseman in the slot but his shot hit the post.

Tyler Paquette then tied it up for the Nittany Lions, taking advantage of an Irish turnover and scoring his seventh of the season at 19:20 to make it a 2-2 game after two periods of play. 

Adam Karashik made a patient play at the point, holding until he was able to connect with Landon Slaggert in front, who are-directed the feed past Autio for what proved to be the game-winning goal at 13:02 of the third.

Ellis then sealed the win with an empty netter at 18:09 for his 13th goal of the year. 

Notes

  • Max Ellis had a pair of goals for his sixth multipoint game of the season and the 11th of his career.
  • Ellis now has four multi-goal games this season.
  • Jesse Lansdell had a pair of assists for his second multipoint game of the season and the fifth of his career.
  • Lansdell’s two assists also tied his career-high mark (now has three two-assist games). 
  • Ryan Bischel finished with a career-high 38 saves.
  • Notre Dame is now 10-1-0 on the year when scoring first.

Next Up

  • Notre Dame and Penn State close out their weekend series at 5 p.m. ET tomorrow (Jan. 8) and the game will also be available on Big Ten Network Plus. 
  • Next weekend, the Irish are back on the road with a two-game series at Ohio State (Jan. 14-15). 

CARDINALS TRAVEL TO MICHIGAN FOR FIRST TIME FOR A MAC CONTEST WITH THE EAGLES

MUNCIE, Ind. – The Ball State men’s basketball team is scheduled to be back in action on Saturday for an afternoon Mid-American Conference matchup at Eastern Michigan. The Cardinals enter Saturday with a 6-7 overall record and are 1-1 in MAC play, while the Eagles boast a 6-6 overall mark and are 1-0 in conference action. The game is scheduled for a 3:30 p.m. tip.

For just the second time in the James Whitford era, a set of brothers will face each other on the hardwood. The first meeting between brothers was Jeremie Tyler and Jerome Campbell, of IU Kokomo, in 2015. This weekend Basheer and Yusuf Jihad are slated for a brotherly showdown. This will be the first time that Basheer and Yusuf have played against each other in an organized contest.

The Cardinals are coming off a tough last-second loss to Kent State. Tyler Cochran finished with a team-high 23 points, which were the most for him in a BSU uniform. Demarius Jacobs recorded the most points of his Cardinal career with 16. With his 12 points, Payton Sparks has recorded double digits in three straight and four of the last five games. Cochran and Sparks tied for a game-high nine rebounds. Miryne Thomas notched a team-best four assists and he added nine points. On the defensive end, Sparks, Jaylin Sellers, and Basheer Jihad each produced a blocked shot. Cochran, Sparks, and Mickey Pearson Jr. picked up one steal each.

Luke Bumbalough paces the Cardinals with 12.4 points per game, while Cochran (11.1) and Sparks (10.5) close out the double-digit scores. Sparks continues to be a force on the glass and has a team-best 6.2 rebounds per game. Cochran is second on the team in rebounds with 5.4 a game, while Thomas is third with 5.0 a contest. Basheer Jihad and Thomas lead the way in blocked shots with six each, while Sparks is third with five. Cochran has team-high 26 steals, which is tied for 44th in the country, and is tied for 55th in the NCAA with 2.00 steals per game. Bumbalough and Jacobs are tied for second with 10 steals each. Bumbalough (43), Cochran (31), and Jacobs (28), are the top three in assists.

Ball State leads the series against Eastern Michigan, 64-45. The Cardinals are on a four-game winning streak against the Eagles, including a 100-65 victory on March 2, 2021. In games played in Ypsilanti, BSU is 32-21.

EMU is led by Noah Farrakhan with 17.9 points per game, which is fifth in the MAC. Monty Scott (14.6) and Bryce McBride (12.6) round out the scorers in double figures. Nate Scott leads the Eagles in rebounding with 5.5 per game, while Colin Golson Jr. is second with 5.3. Nate Scott and Mo Njie are the shot blockers with 11 and 10, respectively. Monty Scott and Darion Spottsville are tied for first on the squad with 16 steals apiece. Monty Scott has a team-best 34 assists, while Spottsville and Farrakhan are tied for second with 22.

All of BSU’s games are presented on the Ball State Gainbridge Radio Network as well as Woof Boom Radio’s 96.7 FM, 102.9 FM, 104.9 FM, WLBC HD2, and the stream of 967BlakeFM.com as well as WERKFM.net.

LATE SYCAMORE RALLY FALLS SHORT AGAINST REDBIRDS

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Anna McKendree scored a career-high 18 points Friday evening, including 10 in the fourth quarter, but visiting Illinois State withstood a late Indiana State comeback attempt in a 66-58 Sycamore setback inside the Hulman Center.

McKendree was 7-of-10 from the floor and 4-of-7 from 3-point range. Del’Janae Williams added 12 points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals, while Marie Hunter and Mya Glanton had eight and seven points, respectively.  Tonysha Curry and Caitlin Anderson led Indiana State with six rebounds apiece.

Illinois State used an 11-0 run after the Sycamores scored the first two points and never looked back. The Redbirds scored 37 of their 66 points in the first half to open up a double-digit lead and led by as many as 20 midway through the third quarter, with four starters scoring in double-figures.

First Half

Marie Hunter opened the scoring with a fastbreak layup off a Del’Janae Williams steal, but Illinois State ran off 11 straight points and never looked back. Indiana State got within seven on multiple occasions in the quarter, the last time coming on a Williams layup, but Illinois State took a 20-11 lead into the second quarter.

The Sycamores opened the second on a 9-2 run, highlighted by a pair of Anna McKendree 3-pointers, cutting the deficit to three in the process. The visitors closed the half, however, on a 15-4 run and took a 37-23 lead into the break as Indiana State couldn’t get into a rhythm on the offensive end.

Second Half

Indiana State cut into its deficit early with layups by Mya Glanton and Hunter, but another lengthy Redbird run extended the Illinois State advantage to 20 midway through the quarter. The Sycamores started to find their groove late in the third quarter, going on a 10-2 run with Natalia Lalic accounting for five points during the run, but still found themselves down 55-40 heading into the final period.

The Sycamores scored the first two baskets of the fourth quarter on layups by Williams and McKendree. Illinois State had an answer for every Indiana State run, though, and maintained a double-digit lead until the final minutes of the game. Indiana State closed the game on a 10-3 run, with McKendree scoring eight during the process, but it was not enough as Illinois State held on for an eight-point win.

Inside the Statistics

After being outrebounded by an average of 10 over the last two games, Indiana State won the rebounding battle Friday, 32-30.

ISU has forced 15 or more turnovers in each of the first 13 games this season after forcing 18 turnovers against Illinois State.

McKendree and Williams combined for 12 of Indiana State’s 23 field goals.

News & Notes

Friday’s loss snapped a three-game win streak for the Sycamores.

McKendree’s 18 points, seven field goals and four 3-pointers were all career-high marks for the junior guard.

McKendree has scored in double-figures in each of the last three games (14 at Purdue Fort Wayne, 10 at Drake).

Up Next

Indiana State has a quick turnaround as it plays host to Bradley Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m.

ACES SURGE PAST BRADLEY AS CLARK, FEIT EACH REACH 20-POINT MARK

EVANSVILLE – Powered by a team effort on the offensive end, the University of Evansville women’s basketball team secured a 74-73 win over Bradley in its Missouri Valley Conference home opener on Friday night inside Meeks Family Fieldhouse in Evansville.

It was a typical pair of performances from Evansville’s outstanding duo of senior Myia Clark and junior Abby Feit. The two combined for 45 of the Aces’ 74 points as Clark went for a game-high 25 points, gathering seven rebounds, while Feit poured-in 20 points and added 10 rebounds for her eighth double-double of the season in the win. On the opposite bench, Caroline Waite led the Braves with 18 points, scoring every point from beyond the arc with six three-pointers.

Both teams struggled to get started as the two sides combined to shoot just 6-of-27 (22.2%) in the opening quarter with the Braves getting the better of Evansville with a 13-7 lead following the final 10 minutes. After the first quarter struggles, both teams settled in, but it was the Aces who really got back acclimated to home after 27 days away from the friendly confines of Meeks Family Fieldhouse in the second quarter. In the second, Evansville put up 25 points, soaring past the Braves to take a one-point lead at the break following an 8-of-18 (44.4%) shooting effort in the second period, including five made triples. Clark and Feit helped spark the Aces in the second, combining for 14 points in the quarter alone, as Evansville grabbed the lead at the half.

Indicative of the competitiveness of The Valley, neither side could gain separation in the third. The third stanza featured five ties and seven lead changes as both teams jockeyed for the advantage. In the final two minutes of the third, Bradley utilized a 7-0 run to take a 4-0 lead preparing to head into the final period, but the Aces answered back to close with a four-point run of their own, all coming at the free-throw line from Anna Newman to tie the game heading to the fourth quarter.

After a pair of free-throws from freshman Kodie Myszka put the Aces up 62-60 with under five minutes left in the game, Bradley knocked-down one of its most important threes of the night, following it up with a pair of free throws at the line to take back the lead at 65-62. Prepared with an answer, Feit hit a jumper and Newman got to the rim for a layup to retake the lead at 66-65. Although Bradley would tie the game twice further, the Braves would never regain the lead. With 1:43 remaining in regulation, Feit got the ball at the top of the key and buried a three, followed by an Aces press that forced a Bradley turnover that for all intents and purposes, sealed the game. After a pair of missed shots on offense, Evansville grabbed back-to-back offensive boards, forcing Bradley to foul. Clark continued to come up big, going to the line and hitting both of her attempts at the charity stripe to increase Evansville’s lead to four at 74-70 with six seconds remaining. As the buzzer sounded, Bradley’s Tatum Koenig hoisted a three that fell, bringing the Aces final margin to one in the 74-73 win.

On the night, Evansville assisted on 18 of their 22 made baskets with Newman leading the way with six assists with Clark, Griffin, and Camarena all adding three-or-more assists to the effort.

Evansville is back in action on Sunday afternoon at 1 PM for a matchup with Illinois State inside Meeks Family Fieldhouse in Evansville.

MASTODON MBB HOLDS OFF PENGUINS DOWN THE STRETCH 71-61

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Purdue Fort Wayne went on the road on Friday (Jan. 7) evening and picked up a 71-61 men’s basketball victory at Youngstown State.  

The Mastodons led for more than 30 minutes of the game. The only lead Youngstown State held in the second half came with 6:29 remaining on a hoop by Michael Akuchie to go up 51-50. The ‘Dons responded with an 8-2 run to take a five-point lead with 4:49 left. Four different Mastodons scored in the run.

Akuchie earned a free throw on the basket at 6:29 after being fouled on the play but missed it. Missing free throws was something the ‘Dons did very little of on Friday, connecting on 14-of-16 in the contest as the ‘Dons continue to lead the league in free throw shooting.

Jarred Godfrey made a pair of three throws with 2:25 left in the game to push the Mastodons’ lead back to two possessions at 62-57.

Godfrey finished with a game-high 18 points with 13 in the second half. Jalon Pipkins totaled 15 points including a clutch jumper to put the ‘Dons up four points with 3:45 remaining. Ra Kpedi added 11 points with seven rebounds and five on the offensive end. Kpedi now has four games this season with five or more offensive rebounds. Freshman JoJo Peterson had six points, four rebounds and three steals off the bench.

The Mastodons shot 39.1 percent (25-of-64). Youngstown State finished with a 42.4 percent shooting night (25-of-59).

Purdue Fort Wayne forced 14 turnovers while committing only eight. It helped the ‘Dons hold an 11-2 edge in fast break points.

The Penguins fall to 9-6 (3-2 Horizon League). The ‘Dons improve to 6-7 (2-3 Horizon League). The Mastodons head to Robert Morris on Sunday (Jan. 9) in an afternoon contest.

MASTODONS AND TITANS SET FOR SATURDAY TILT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne women’s basketball team is set to continue its homestand on Saturday (Jan. 8) against the Detroit Mercy Titans in the Gates Sports Center.


Game Day Information
Who: Detroit Mercy Titans
When: Saturday, January 8 | 2 PM
Where: Fort Wayne, Ind. | Gates Sports Center
Live Stats: Link
Watch: ESPN+

Know Your Foe
Detroit Mercy is seeking its first win of the season, as the Titans are 0-13, 0-6 in the Horizon League. While the Titans have not won a game yet, they have played several close games in Horizon League play, including a four-point overtime game against UIC, an eight-point game vs. Youngstown State, and a nine-point game against Robert Morris. Sydney Searcy is leading the Titans with 11.0 points per game.

The Series
Detroit Mercy leads the series 9-2 and has won the last two. The two teams have not yet met as Horizon League foes due to COVID-19. The Mastodons’ last win came in 2013, an 84-73 win that saw three ‘Dons score 20+.

A Win Would…
• Give the Mastodons’ their third win all-time against Detroit Mercy, first since 2013
• Move the Mastodons to 1-0 against Detroit Mercy as Horizon League foes
• Be the Mastodons’ fourth League win, their most since 2013-14
• Tie the most wins against Division I competition in a season since 2015-16
• Snap a seven-game losing skid
• Move the Mastodons to 4-3 at home this season

Home Sweet Home
Here’s some fun stats in the Mastodons’ four games in the Gates Sports Center:
• Team – 44.3 FG% and 37.5 3FG%
• Shayla Sellers – 13.0 PPG, 42.1 FG%, 42.9 3FG%, 7.0 RPG
• Riley Ott – 11.8 PPG, 60.9 FG%, 66.7 3FG%
• Ryin Ott – 10.3 PPG, 41.7 3FG%, 5.7 RPG
• Sylare Starks – 12.5 PPG, 44.4 FG%
• Jazzlyn Linbo – 4.8 PPG, 90.0 FG%, 4.3 RPG

Streaks & Stats
The number of consecutive games that the Mastodons have…
• Made at least one 3-pointer: 30 games
• Made at least one free throw: 40 games
• Had at least five offensive rebounds: 46 games
• Riley Ott scored at least two points: 64 games

Smooth Jazz(lyn)
Since joining the starting lineup on December 12, Jazzlyn Linbo has been a key contributor to the Mastodon squad. She is shooting 57.9 percent (11-of-19) from the floor and grabbing 4.6 rebounds. This season, Linbo is shooting 90.0 percent from the floor in the Gates Sports Center.

Perfect From The Floor
In Purdue Fort Wayne’s game against Oakland on January 6, Jazzlyn Linbo was a perfect 5-for-5 from the floor, scoring a season-high 10 points. She also grabbed seven rebounds in that contest.

Shayla Through The Seasons
Shayla Sellers has been on a steady trajectory of improvement through her three seasons at Purdue Fort Wayne. Here’s how her per game stats have jumped:
• Points: 4.3 -> 7.9 -> 9.3
• Field Goal Percentage: 32.4 -> 34.0 -> 41.3
• 3-Point Field Goal Percentage: 27.5 -> 31.0 -> 36.4
• Rebounds: 2.9 -> 2.9 -> 5.2
• Assists: 0.6 -> 1.4 -> 2.1
• Field Goals: 1.6 -> 2.8 -> 3.2
• 3-Point Field Goals: 0.7 -> 1.2 -> 1.6

They Almost Never Missed!
Purdue Fort Wayne had a 75.0 percent field goal percentage (18-of 24) in the Mastodons’ Horizon League game against Oakland on January 6. This set the program’s Division I era (2001-present) for shooting percentage in a half. The previous best was a 72.7 percent effort against Eastern Illinois in 2017.

Live By The Three
The Mastodons have made more 3-pointers in nine of their 12 games played. The ‘Dons are making 8.1 triples per game while holding their opponents to just 6.4.

Sister Connection
Since her sister Ryin has joined the team, Riley Ott’s per game stats have taken a jump. Here’s how she compares without Ryin (2019-21) to with Ryin (2021-22):
• Points: 10.4 -> 10.9
• Rebounds: 2.5 -> 3.5
• Assists: 2.1 -> 2.2
• Blocks: 0.04 -> 0.2
• FG%: 34.4 -> 36.2
• 3FG%: 28.5 -> 43.9
• FT%: 74.8 -> 82.9

Pretty Good From the Line
Purdue Fort Wayne is third in the Horizon League and 25th in the country in free throw percentage. The ‘Dons are making 77.0 percent from the line, which ranks in the top five in program history for a season mark. Purdue Fort Wayne has five players shooting over 80 percent from the line, led by Aubrey Stupp, who is averaging 85.7 percent on 28 attempts, and Shianne Johnson who is 2-for-2.

Rileeeeeeey For Threeeeeeeeeee!
Riley Ott is shooting 43.9 percent from 3-point range this season (18-of-41). With a minimum of 30 makes, the program’s best season average in the Division I era is 44.9 percent, coming from former sharpshooter and former assistant coach Haley Seibert (2013-14). Ott’s 43.9 percent mark would rank fourth all-time, second-best in the Division I era.

Sharp-Shooting ‘Dons
Purdue Fort Wayne has six Mastodons shooting over 30 percent from 3-point range with at least two attempts: Shianne Johnson, Riley Ott, Ryin Ott, Shayla Sellers, Sylare Starks and Valerie Clark. Last year, the Mastodons had no one shoot over 31 percent. As a team, the ‘Dons are shooting 32.6 percent, up from 25.0 percent a year ago.

I Know Them!
Six Mastodons have played in all 12 games this season: Riley Ott, Shayla Sellers, Aubrey Stupp, Amellia Bromenschenkel, Jazzlyn Linbo and Audra Emmerson.

Shayla The Starter
Shayla Sellers has started in all but one game since arriving at Purdue Fort Wayne in 2019, including all of her games as a freshman and sophomore. The junior has 63 starts in her career.

Last Time Out
The Mastodons are coming off a 63-60 loss to Oakland that saw the ‘Dons shoot 75 percent in the first half, which marked a Division I era record for FG% in a half.

Coming Up
The Mastodons will hit the road for a three-game stretch away from home: Milwaukee (Jan. 14), Green Bay (Jan. 16) and Cleveland State (Jan. 20).

MASTODONS CROWNED WINNERS AGAINST KING IN SEASON OPENER

BRISTOL, Tenn. – The Purdue Fort Wayne men’s volleyball team opened the season with a win over King in three sets (25-21, 25-19, 25-20) on Friday, Jan. 7.

With the win, the ‘Dons are 5-2 in season openers under head coach Ryan Perrotte and improve to 12-1 all-time (4-0 under Perrotte) against Conference Carolina schools.

In the first set, the ‘Dons found themselves down 20-19. But thanks to a 6-2 run, they would close the set and keep momentum throughout the rest of the match. Jon Diedrich earned two kills and Bryce Walker added a kill during that stretch.

The ‘Dons and Tornado would be knotted at 15-15 in the second set, and the ‘Dons would once again close the set strong, this time with a 10-4 run. Mitch Geiger and Walker would lead the run with two kills each.

As a team, the ‘Dons had a .403 hitting percentage, compared to the Tornado’s .103 hitting percentage. Diedrich and Walker led the way with 12 kills each. Walker hit for a career high .714, while Diedrich had a .346 hitting percentage. Sean Califf led the ‘Dons in assists with 36, and Troy Gooch led in digs with seven.

The Mastodons will be back in action on Saturday, Jan. 8 (7 p.m.) for a match against Lincoln Memorial in Harrogate, Tenn. Saturday will be the Railsplitters’ first match of the season.

VALPO Welcomes Murray State to Missouri Valley Conference

The Valparaiso University Department of Athletics has extended a warm welcome to Murray State University, which will join the Missouri Valley Conference as a member institution beginning on July 1, 2022.

STATEMENT FROM DIRECTOR OF ATHLETICS MARK LABARBERA

“We are excited to welcome Murray State to the Missouri Valley Conference. The MVC Presidents’ Council has again successfully identified and selected a quality academic institution that is a strong geographic fit for MVC membership. Murray State’s commitment to excellence in basketball and across all sports make it a strong addition to a conference with the MVC’s history and prestige. Their membership reinforces the success and national reputation of the conference. Our teams have had several competitive matchups with Murray State in a variety of sports over the last decade, and we look forward to those becoming a regular occurrence for years to come.”

MVC PRESS RELEASE

The Murray State University Board of Regents accepted an invitation from the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) during a special meeting held at Wells Hall on the MSU campus in Murray, Kentucky on January 7, 2022.

The Murray State Racers become the 11th member of the MVC beginning July 1, 2022.

When the Racers join the MVC in July, they will partner with member institutions Belmont University (Nashville, Tenn.), Bradley University (Peoria, Ill.), Drake University (Des Moines, Iowa), the University of Evansville (Evansville, Ind.), Illinois State University (Normal, Ill.), Indiana State University (Terre Haute, Ind.), Missouri State University (Springfield, Mo.), the University of Northern Iowa (Cedar Falls, Iowa), Southern Illinois University (Carbondale, Ill.) and Valparaiso University (Valparaiso, Ind).

Throughout the process, Murray State officials have prioritized stable and vibrant competitive homes for all fifteen of its sports programs in order to continue its long history of success in Racer Athletics.  Given the MVC’s sports portfolio does not include football and rifle, Murray State has proactively pursued – in a collective and parallel track – league membership for football and rifle and are excited about the future.  Upon unanimous support from the Missouri Valley Football Conference (MVFC) board of presidents – a separate stand-alone, football-only conference – Murray State and MVFC officials are actively engaged in the membership process, which officially began immediately upon receipt of the MVC invitation. The nationally ranked (currently 6th) Murray State rifle program will continue to compete in the Ohio Valley Conference.

“We are very excited as we advance Murray State University and Racer Athletics into our second century,” said Murray State President Dr. Bob Jackson. “The Missouri Valley Conference is one of the premier conferences in Division-I athletics and we look forward to continuing our long record of success in this conference.”

“On behalf of our student-athletes, coaches, administrators, and staff, we are collectively honored and thrilled to join the Missouri Valley Conference,” said Kevin Saal, Murray State Director of Athletics. “Membership in this preeminent, and historically elite-performing conference, occurs as a direct result of the contributions of thousands of Racers who have come before us. Sincere thank you to our Board of Regents, Board of Regents Chair Eric Crigler, President Jackson, and many others, for their strategic and unparalleled support of Murray State University, and all fifteen athletic programs. Heartfelt congratulations and thank you to Racer Nation, whose wildly passionate support makes today and many future successes possible. The Racer Family eagerly anticipates meeting the challenges ahead with great energy, enthusiasm and passion…The Race Is On!” 

“Excited for Murray State, and excited for the Missouri Valley Conference,” said Commissioner Jeff Jackson.  “Everyone is aware of the tremendous success Murray has had, especially in the sport of basketball. The Racers will be a fantastic addition to our Conference.”

“Today marks a historic new era for Murray State University and Racer Athletics as we join the Missouri Valley Conference,” said Murray State University Board of Regents Chairman, Eric Crigler. “The MVC is one of the premiere conferences in the nation and this move will benefit Murray State’s campus experience, the community, and our competitive excellence in athletics. Over 90 percent of our students and 80 percent of our alumni live in the footprint of the MVC, greatly enhancing the exposure of Murray State for student recruitment and alumni engagement. It is an exciting day for Racer Athletics!”

Murray State’s resume is full of outstanding achievements in its 97 years of collegiate competition including 136 conference championships, 127 NCAA postseason appearances (team and individual) and 250 All-America selections. Since 2010, the Racers have made 25 NCAA postseason team appearances. In the 2018-19 academic year, the Racers finished in the top-100 of the Learfield IMG College Director’s Cup (out of 356 institutions nationally) after having earned the league commissioner’s cup scoring the highest point total in the history of the award. That year, the Racers produced a combined seven championships to win the league’s All-Sports Award with championships in basketball (M), golf (W), rifle, soccer (W), track & field (W) and volleyball (W). 

Academically, Racer student-athletes have produced an impressive streak of 35 consecutive semesters (spanning 18 academic years and 21 different academic classes) with an average 3.0 GPA or higher. Murray State Athletics has further produced 25 CoSIDA Academic All-America selections. The Racers have won four NCAA Elite 90 Awards since 2016.

The current lineup of 15 teams at Murray State include Basketball (men/women), baseball, cross country (men/women), football, golf (men/women), rifle (coed), soccer (women), softball, tennis (women), track & field-indoor/outdoor (women) and volleyball.

“What an incredibly exciting day for Murray State University and the Murray, Kentucky community,” said MSU Men’s Basketball Head Coach Matt McMahon. “The Missouri Valley Conference is one of the premier basketball leagues in the country.  We look forward to both the opportunities and the challenges that this historic day presents.  I am thrilled for all of our former players, coaches, and our passionate fans who have remained loyal to the Racers for generations.  Lastly, I want to recognize and thank President Jackson and Kevin Saal for their vision, hard work, and commitment to make this day a reality.”

“Murray State’s move to the Missouri Valley Conference highlights the commitment of our leadership to growing this university in every possible way,” said MSU Women’s Basketball Head Coach Rechelle Turner. “Racer women’s basketball is proud to be part of an athletic department and university that dares to dream big and embraces the challenges that come with becoming better each day. The concept of using challenge to grow is a cornerstone of our program, and we will be fully engaged in the work required to see that Murray State women’s basketball flourishes as a member of the Missouri Valley Conference.”

“Today is an exciting day for Murray State University, the athletics department and all 15 of our sports programs,” said Dean Hood, MSU Head Football Coach. “In addition to today’s news regarding the Missouri Valley Conference, our administration is actively engaged in the membership process with the Missouri Valley Football Conference and we look forward to the journey ahead. Congratulations to Racer Nation on this important step for all our programs.  Go Racers!”

A community event will be held at the CFSB Center Monday, Jan. 10, at noon as the Racers welcome Racer Nation throughout Murray and the western Kentucky region to celebrate entry into the MVC. All fans and supporters are invited to this free event. Doors open at 11 a.m. (CT) and fans should enter the CFSB Center through Gate B. Upon conclusion of the community event, Murray State University will host a press conference in the Murray Room inside the CFSB Center where media members can ask questions of MSU and MVC administrators. Both events will be live streamed on ESPN+.

Officially licensed gear from the Murray State/MVC team shop is now available online for purchase. The sale is open through Jan. 24. after which, the orders will be fulfilled and sent. Many items are available in men’s, women’s and youth sizes. Visit GoRacers.com/MVCgear.

About the Missouri Valley Conference

The Missouri Valley Conference, the nation’s second-oldest NCAA Division I conference, continues to be a leader in college athletics and is one of the nation’s most innovative leagues, celebrating its 115th season in 2021-22. The Valley brand remains very strong, both regionally and nationally, and the great athletic tradition of The Valley remains a compelling force in recruiting student-athletes and in marketing all the MVC programs. League members have worked together to focus on common goals and objectives, placing a high value on conference harmony, while continuing to invest in athletic programs to compete at the highest level.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL PULLS OFF THRILLING FOURTH-QUARTER COMEBACK FRIDAY

The Valpo women’s basketball team picked up its first Missouri Valley Conference victory of the 2021-22 season in thrilling fashion Friday evening at the ARC over visiting UNI, overcoming a 13-point deficit in the fourth quarter thanks to stout defense and rebounding and getting the game-winning 3-point play from Shay Frederick (Greenville, Wis./Hortonville) with 51 seconds to play to edge the Panthers, 60-58. Caitlin Morrison (Glenview, Ill./Glenbrook South) broke Valpo career records for both games played and games started when she stepped into the center circle for the tip-off on Friday.

How It Happened

UNI converted a four-point play on its first possession of the fourth quarter to pull ahead 53-40, but Valpo held the Panthers to just two points over a stretch of nearly eight minutes to allow the comeback to ensue.

It was contributions across the board which gave the Beacons an opportunity to nose their way back into contention. The first spurt featured three points from Leah Earnest (Stevens Point, Wis./SPASH), a bucket from Maya Dunson (Dayton, Ohio/Wayne [Loyola]) and a pair of free throws by Frederick to cut the UNI lead to 53-47 with 7:07 to play.

The Panthers got a second-chance basket on their next trip to push the lead back to eight points, where it would stay until the clock ticked inside four minutes.

Grace White (Redby, Minn./Red Lake [Denver]) broke the two-way scoring drought with a drive and finish, and after the Valpo defense forced a UNI shot clock violation, Ilysse Pitts (Aurora, Ill./Montini Catholic) came up with a big 3-point play with three minutes remaining to bring the Beacons within 55-52.

After the teams traded turnovers, Valpo forced another Panther miss and came down to tie the game for the first time since 0-0, as Pitts hit White for a triple — the team’s lone 3-pointer of the fourth quarter — to even things up, 55-55, with 2:10 to go.

UNI split a pair of free throws on its next trip before the Beacons came back and took their first lead of the game, courtesy of an Earnest feed to Olivia Brown (East Grand Rapids, Mich./East Grand Rapids [St. Bonaventure]) for a layup with 1:15 to go.

The Panthers inched back in front as Karli Rucker connected on a floater on their offensive end at the 1:02 mark, but that just set the stage for the game-clinching basket by Frederick while taking contact to make it a two-point lead with 51 seconds to go.

UNI missed a 16-foot baseline jumper out of a timeout, and Valpo ran the shot clock all the way down before missing a 3-point attempt. The Panthers had one last shot, but their try from deep was off the mark and the buzzer sounded as the rebound hit the floor, setting off the Valpo celebration.

UNI took a lead it would not relinquish until the final minutes immediately on Friday, hitting a 3-pointer on its first possession of the game. The Panthers’ lead reached seven points in the first quarter, and was 18-13 at the end of the period as Kayba Laube hit a buzzer-beating 3-pointer.

Much like the first period, UNI led by as many as seven points in the second quarter. The Panthers’ edge was seven with a minute to play in the first half, but a steal and fast-break layup by Brown and a nice find by Frederick to hit Pitts on the back cut for a buzzer-beating layup brought Valpo within 33-30 at intermission.

UNI came out of the locker room and scored the first seven points of the second half to extend its lead to double figures for the first time. The Panthers led by as many as 11 points in the third quarter and were ahead 49-40 with 10 minutes to play.

Inside the Game

Friday’s win marked the 11th time in the four-year tenure of head coach Mary Evans that Valpo has rallied from down double digits to win.

The 13-point comeback in the fourth quarter ties the program’s largest comeback in the final period since the move to quarters — Valpo previously rallied from a 13-point deficit in the fourth quarter in a 66-64 win over Loyola on Jan. 24, 2020. Ironically, the two-point final margin in that win was also secured by a 3-point play from Frederick.

The last time Valpo rallied from a larger deficit within the game’s final 10 minutes came at Loyola on Feb. 17, 2011. Valpo trailed that day by 14 points with 8:45 to play and went on to a 72-68 victory.

Friday’s win came over a UNI team which went 7-4 in non-conference play and was playing its MVC opener after having its first weekend of MVC play postponed. The Panthers entered Friday with a NET rating of 46, while all four teams who beat them in non-conference play appeared in the latest ESPN NCAA Tournament Bracketology.

Valpo limited UNI to a season-low 58 points. The Panthers hit at just a 32.4% clip from the field, their second-worst shooting percentage of the season, besting only their effort against Iowa. The Beacons also sent UNI to the free throw line for just six attempts.

The defense and rebounding were the highlights in the fourth quarter for the Beacons. After surrendering the four-point play on the first trip of the period, Valpo limited UNI to just five points over its final 16 possessions of the game. Meanwhile, the Panthers grabbed 16 offensive rebounds on Friday, but none of them came in the final six-plus minutes of the game.

All three of Valpo’s wins this year have come when holding its opponent under 60 points. The Beacons also earned their first win of the season when trailing at the half.

The Beacons got contributions up and down the rotation from all eight players who were in uniform Friday, highlighted by a second consecutive standout performance from Brown. The junior scored a game-high 18 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the field and knocked down three of her four 3-point attempts.

Frederick added 13 points, capped by the decisive 3-point play, and dished out five assists in the winning effort.

Earnest posted nine points and a team-high eight rebounds, while White came off the bench for seven points and six rebounds and Dunson chipped in six points.

After having appeared in just four games this season for a total of 17 minutes, Pitts played nearly 20 minutes on Friday — including all 10 minutes of the fourth quarter. She finished with five points, five rebounds and three assists, and grabbed four of her five rebounds in the final period.

Morrison made the 126th appearance of her Valpo career on Friday and started for the 122nd time, surpassing records previously held by Kathryn Knoester and Meredith Hamlet, respectively.

Next Up

Valpo (3-11, 1-2 MVC) looks for a weekend sweep of the Iowa schools on Sunday afternoon when it welcomes Drake to the ARC. Tipoff is slated for 1 p.m., and the game can be seen live on ESPN+.

KNIGHTS PLACE EIGHTH IN NWCA NATIONAL DUALS

Louisville, Ky. – The Marian wrestling team concluded the NWCA National Duals with an eighth-place finish, notching their first-ever placement at the tournament. After a pair of victories on the opening day, the Knights came up just short in their opening dual against Ottawa before falling to Southeastern by just a single point in the seventh-place dual. Marian is now 8-6 in duals on the season.

#10 Marian 16-22 #13 Ottawa

Anthony Hughes took an exciting win a 7-5 sudden victory match to begin the dual at 125. Things stayed close, but Trey McCartney fell in a 4-3 decision at 133. Logan Wagner won his bout at 141 by injury default, and Seth Johnson also came away victorious with an 11-3 major decision at 149.

Noah Baker could not make it three-straight wins for the Knights, falling by major decision 11-3 in the 157-pound division. Jordan Fulks battled but ultimately came up short in a 16-10 decision at 165, while Brooks Davis also took a close 6-4 loss at 174. Sam Osho lost by fall in the 184-pound diviison, putting the dual in dire straights for the Knights. Jack Servies added win by 6-0 decision at 197, but Austin Lane dropped a 7-1 decision at 285.

#10 Marian 19-20 #7 Southeastern

Marian started this dual with another close victory as Hughes pinned his opponent in the closing moments of the third period to give the Knights a full six points. McCartney fell in a 9-3 decision at 133, but Wagner added another win with a 9-2 decision over his opponent at 141. Wrestling at 149, Johnson came up short in a 15-5 major decision, and Baker lost to his opponent by tech fall 157. After a lost by 9-3 decision at 165 by Fulks and a loss by tech fall at 174 by Davis, the Knights trailed 20-9 heading into the final three matches.

Osho broke the losing streak, taking an 11-2 major decision at 184. Servies claimed another win with a 9-3 decision at 197 to get the Knights within four team-points heading into the 285-pound match. Despite a 9-6 win by Excell Brooks, the Knights came up just short against the Fire for seventh place.

Marian’s next wrestling action will be a pair of exhibition JV duals hosted by Cornerstone University on Tuesday, January 11 at 6 PM. The Knights will begin WHAC play on Thursday, January 13 with a home dual against Lourdes at 6 PM.

TOP NATIONAL SPORTS NEWS/HEADLINES

CARDS DESIGNATE WATT TO RETURN, COULD HELP IN PLAYOFFS

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) Three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt has been designated to return from the injured reserve list by the Arizona Cardinals, leaving open the possibility he could boost the team’s defense during the playoffs.

The Cardinals made the move Friday and now have 21 days to elevate Watt to the 53-man roster. He can return to practice immediately. The 32-year-old Watt was initially expected to be out for the season because of a shoulder injury on Oct. 24, but has been working out at Arizona’s practice facility to try to be ready for the playoffs.

Watt signed with the Cardinals during the offseason after spending his first 10 seasons with the Houston Texans. The veteran had five tackles for a loss and a sack in seven games before the shoulder injury, which occurred during the Arizona’s 31-5 victory over the Texans on Oct. 24.

Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury wasn’t sure if Watt would be able to contribute in the playoffs, but it’s still a possibility. Watt won’t play in the regular-season finale against the Seahawks on Sunday.

“It’s procedural,” Kingsbury said. “He’s done all he can do in the training room and weight room. So we’ll get him back out there, work him through some things. But he’s attacked that rehab just like you’d assume he would. Nobody’s seen anybody go at it quite like he has over the past couple months. It’s been awe inspiring to watch him every day and it’s always good to have him back on the field.”

HUNTLEY TO START AT QUARTERBACK FOR RAVENS AGAINST STEELERS

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) Lamar Jackson will miss a fourth consecutive game for the Baltimore Ravens to end the regular season.

Baltimore ruled Jackson out for Sunday’s game against Pittsburgh because of his ankle injury. That likely ends the star quarterback’s 2021 season. The winner of the Ravens-Steelers game can make the playoffs, but those chances are slim.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh announced Friday that Tyler Huntley will start at quarterback. Jackson was hurt during a Dec. 12 loss at Cleveland.

The Ravens have lost five straight games.

Huntley accounted for four touchdowns in a 31-30 loss to Green Bay on Dec. 19. He then missed a loss at Cincinnati after going on the COVID-19 list. Huntley started again in a 20-19 loss last weekend to the Los Angeles Rams, but the Ravens did not score an offensive touchdown in that game.

Cornerback Anthony Averett (ribs/chest) is also out for Baltimore, and linebacker Odafe Oweh (foot) is doubtful.

Defensive end Isaiah Buggs (illness) and linebacker Buddy Johnson (foot) are out for the Steelers.

VRABEL SAYS TITANS HAVE TIME TO DECIDE ON ACTIVATING HENRY

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee Titans coach Mike Vrabel says the team has some time to make the decision on moving Derrick Henry from injured reserve back to the active roster.

Vrabel likes what he’s seen of the 2020 AP NFL Offensive Player of the Year in the three days Henry has practiced.

“I think that he looked good,” Vrabel said Friday. “We continue to track his speed and his mileage and volume and see how he responds. Two days on the turf, we will see where he is at (Saturday) and see how he responds. I feel good about where he is at.”

Henry, who turned 28 on Tuesday, broke his right foot Oct. 31 and had surgery Nov. 2 to repair his fifth metatarsal. Henry led the league with 937 yards rushing when he was put on injured reserve. The NFL’s 2019 and 2020 rushing leader still ranks sixth in the league despite missing eight games.

The Titans (11-5) travel Saturday to Houston for their regular season finale against the Texans (4-12). They need a victory to clinch the No. 1 seed in the AFC along with a first-round bye that this franchise hasn’t earned since 2008.

A winter storm that dropped 6 inches of snow Thursday in Nashville sent the Titans indoors for practice the past two days. Vrabel said practicing indoors wouldn’t affect the decision of activating Henry.

“You are still able to do stuff that he would normally do in practice if we were outside,” Vrabel said.

The 6-foot-3, 247-pound Henry has been out nine weeks counting the Titans’ bye Dec. 5. Henry is averaging a league-high 117.1 yards a game. He is averaging 4.3 yards per carry with 10 touchdowns rushing.

Henry has 461 yards rushing with five TDs combined in his past two games in Houston.

Notes: The Titans declared a pair of defensive linemen out for the game in Houston. Teair Tart (ankle) was added to the injury report Thursday, while Naquan Jones (knee) has not practiced all week.

49ERS LIST QB JIMMY GAROPPOLO AS QUESTIONABLE FOR FINALE

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is listed as questionable for the San Francisco 49ers in their crucial season finale against the Los Angeles Rams after missing last week’s game with an injured right thumb.

“He had a good week, a good week of practice when he was in there,” coach Kyle Shanahan said Friday. “I feel good with where he’s at right now.”

Shanahan said he knows whether Garoppolo or rookie Trey Lance will start for the 49ers (9-7) on Sunday but is waiting to make an announcement to keep the Rams guessing.

The Niners are also dealing with an issue at left tackle where Pro Bowler Trent Williams missed practice all week with an elbow injury. Shanahan said Williams will be questionable to play Sunday.

Running back Elijah Mitchell, who was on the injury report with a knee injury earlier in the week, will play this week.

The game is crucial for the 49ers, who can clinch the playoffs with a win on Sunday or a loss by New Orleans at Atlanta.

Garoppolo injured his thumb in the first half of a loss at Tennessee on Dec. 23 but stayed in to finish that game.

He didn’t throw at all last week, allowing Lance to make his second career start, but got back on the field at practice this week.

He tested out the thumb Tuesday and even though it still caused significant pain was able to throw on a limited basis at practice during the week.

Garoppolo has completed 68% of his passes this season for 3,494 yards, averaging 8.5 yards per attempt with 19 TDs, 10 interceptions and a 99.6 passer rating.

The 49ers have won all five starts Garoppolo has made in his career against the Rams, including the first meeting this season when he went 15 for 19 for 182 yards and two touchdowns in a 31-10 win in Week 10.

Lance was shaky early in his second career start but recovered to throw for 249 yards and two second-half touchdowns in a 23-7 win over Houston last week.

Lance hadn’t thrown a pass since his first start on Oct. 10, when he went 15 for 29 for 192 yards and an interception in a 17-10 loss at Arizona. Lance also ran 16 times for 89 yards in that game.

“I think throughout this season, every single rep I get, I get better,” Lance said. “I think I learn from every single rep I get, whether it’s practice or a game.”

The Niners invested heavily to make Lance their quarterback of the future this offseason, trading three first-round picks to take him third overall. But they opted to keep Garoppolo to help ease Lance’s transition after he threw only 317 passes in college at lower-level North Dakota State.

NOTES: CB Ambry Thomas was activated off the COVID-19 list. San Francisco is still hopeful that S Jimmie Ward, CB K’Waun Williams, CB Dontae Johnson and CB Deommodore Lenoir can also be activated before Sunday. … S Jaquiski Tartt (shoulder), DT Maurice Hurst (calf), LB Dre Greenlaw (groin), LB Azeez Al-Shaair (knee) and LB Marcell Harris (Achilles) are also questionable. … CB Emmanuel Moseley (ankle) could be activated off IR to play this week. … TE Tanner Hudson was waived.

ALABAMA, GEORGIA RECEIVE WARM WELCOME IN FRIGID INDIANAPOLIS

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Coach Nick Saban walked off Alabama’s team plane Friday night to a cold, harsh reality.

When he returns to the airport for the final time this season, the Crimson Tide will either be celebrating another national championship or heading home disappointed.

Saban’s top-ranked team received a warm welcome in frigid Indianapolis, arriving shortly after dusk Friday with streaks of orange and red and a bright crescent moon coloring the sky. Players scurried from the plane to buses with temperatures in the teens as drummers played tunes for Alabama before doing the same when Georgia arrived about 90 minutes later.

Even for a playoff regular like Alabama, this was a different routine.

“It’s been pretty cold in Tuscaloosa the last day or two but not this cold,” Saban said. “I told them to be ready for the cold. Our guys are not used to it. Fortunately, we won’t be playing in it, so I told them to get used to it from the plane to the bus.”

Monday night marks the first time the College Football Playoff championship game will be played in a northern city and though the Lucas Oil Stadium dome will be closed, this was not the greeting organizers hoped for.

Thursday night’s wind chills dipped into negative digits and were still hovering there Friday morning. The highs Saturday and Sunday are expected to be near 40 degrees before lows are forecast to hit single digits again Monday night.

The good news is Indy’s maze of indoor walkways mean players and fans won’t need to be outside much if at all – just like the teams that competed in last spring’s NCAA men’s basketball tournament.

And in a region best-known for embracing basketball, racing and the Big Ten, the buzz heating up around town is all about the Alabama-Georgia rematch. One electronic billboard even renamed the city as Indianapoli-SEC.

“We’re really pleased to have the opportunity to be in the CFP and it’s a great place have it, a great venue,” Saban said, noting some of his players hope to return to Indy in late February for the NFL’s annual scouting combine.

Georgia coach Kirby Smart was not scheduled to speak with reporters after the Bulldogs arrived Friday. School officials cited concerns over the latest surge in COVID-19 cases. He did briefly, anyway.

“We’ve had great health, no issues with flu or COVID,” he said in announcing everyone made the trip. “The guys have practiced well.”

So far, though, there’s no indication the virus will force revisions to Monday’s plan.

A crowd of roughly 68,000 is expected to attend the game in the same venue where the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts have been playing in front of full or near-capacity crowds since August. Organizers are not requiring fans to wear masks though they do strongly encourage using them.

It’s not a new phenomenon for Indy, either. An estimated 135,000 fans attended last May’s Indianapolis 500 and Lucas Oil Stadium hosted a sellout crowd for December’s Big Ten title game between Michigan and Iowa.

No changes have been announced to the indoor or outdoor events open to fans, either.

“I think we’re going to provide a different level of fun and football than they may see in other cities,” said Susan Baughman, president of the local organizing committee. “They’ll feel like they’re taking over the city.”

FORMER TEXAS QB CASEY THOMPSON TRANSFERRING TO NEBRASKA

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) Former Texas quarterback Casey Thompson, who started 10 games and passed for 24 touchdowns in 2021, announced Friday that he will transfer to Nebraska.

Thompson was a backup to Hudson Card for the first two games at Texas before taking over the starting role. He went 4-6 as the starter and passed for 2,113 yards. Texas finished 5-7 in a season that included the program’s first five-game losing streak since 1956.

The Oklahoma City native will be a graduate transfer. He announced the move on social media.

Thompson opted to leave Texas after former Ohio State quarterback Quinn Ewers, one of the top-rated players in the country when he came out of high school after the 2020 season, transferred to Texas. The Longhorns also signed quarterback Maalik Murphy of Gardenia, California, and coach Steve Sarkisian has said the position would be open for competition ahead of the 2022 season.

Nebraska lost last season’s starting quarterback when Adrian Martinez transferred to Kansas State. Nebraska finished 3-9.

Thompson’s six touchdowns passes in an overtime loss to Kansas tied a Texas school record. He also had two games with five touchdown passes, but a mid-season thumb injury appeared to affect his ability to grip the ball and throw in several games.

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1898       Nick Young, president of the National League, announces the more experienced umpire will stay behind the plate with the institution of the new two-umpire system. Previously, the lone arbitrator would move away from home and stand behind the pitcher when a runner occupied a base.

1913       Frank Chance, a strong disciplinarian, becomes the manager of a very weak Highlander team. The former Cubs’ skipper, who compiled a .664 winning percentage during his eight seasons in the Chicago dugout, will finish next to last place (57-94) and compiles a 117-168 record during his two-year stint in New York.

1916       James E. Gaffney sells the Boston Braves for $500,000 to Percy Haughton, Harvard’s head baseball coach and businessman Arthur Chamberlin Wise, who will raise $600,000 to build Fenway Park. The former owner, a Tammany Hall alderman and construction contractor, who bought the team in 1913 for $187,000, recently gained notoriety as a target of Hennessy and Whitman investigations into political graft.

1944       Bill Terry announces his retirement from baseball and will work as a cotton trader for five years before moving to Jacksonville (FL) to open up a large Buick car dealership. The former Giants star and skipper, who will turn down an offer to manage the Dodgers in 1953, citing the loss of personal income, will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame the following season.

1953       The Indians ban night games with the Browns due to Bill Veeck’s refusal to share telecast receipts with visiting clubs. The St. Louis owner did not allow his opponents to broadcast away games against his team when other American League owners veto his proposal to share the radio and television revenue.

1956       The National Association awards Dodger second baseman Jackie Robinson the prestigious Spingarn Medal for the Advancement of Colored People for his strong support of civil rights initiatives. Last year the NAACP gave the honor to Martin Luther King Jr., who was best known for his role in promoting the use of nonviolent civil disobedience to secure equal rights for all Americans.

1976       The Giants announce they plan to sell the team for $13.25 million to a group in Toronto, headed up by the Labatt Breweries, pending the approval of nine of the other 11 national League clubs. San Francisco mayor George Moscone, reacting to his constituents’ outrage, will file a $10 million lawsuit to keep the club playing in the City by the Bay.

1981       With the signing of Larry Biittner, the Reds become the last big league team to sign a free agent. The team’s first attempt into free agency, which has been an option of signing major leaguers since 1976, does not go well when the 35 year-old first baseman/outfielder bats only .213 during his first year with Cincinnati.

1986       Willie McCovey becomes the 16th player elected to the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. The slugging first baseman, who smashed 521 home runs and collected 1,555 RBIs, spent most of his 22-year major league career with the Giants.

1990       Johnny Sylvester, the terminally ill young boy whom Babe Ruth promised to hit a home run for in the 1926 World Series, dies at 74. Although the Yankee slugger homers against the Cardinals at Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis and the 11-year-old youngster recovers from his undetermined illness, the accounts of the incident, especially as shown in the movie, The Babe Ruth Story, have proven to be more romantic than accurate.

1991       Right-handers Gaylord Perry, who won 314 games, and 1971 Cy Young Award recipient Fergie Jenkins, as well as All-Star infielder Rod Carew, the 16th member of the 3,000-hit club, are elected into the Hall of Fame. None of the three players selected by the baseball writers have ever appeared in a World Series.

1995       Mike Schmidt, a power-hitting third baseman with 548 homers, is elected to the Hall of Fame by the BBWAA. The two-time Most Valuable Player spent his entire 18-year major league career with the Phillies.

1996       For the first time since 1971, the writers do not elect any new Hall of Famers. Phil Niekro, a knuckleballer who spent most of his career with the Braves, comes the closest with 68 percent of the writers’ votes but falls short of the 75 percent needed to be selected.

2001       Harold Baines, only 145 hits shy of reaching 3,000, agrees to a minor league contract with the White Sox. The 41-year-old outfielder, a veteran of 21 seasons, will fall short of his goal, collecting only 11 hits in 94 at-bats with the Pale Hose before calling it a career.

2001       The Royals, A’s, and Devil Rays participate in a nine-player trade that results with outfielders Johnny Damon and Ben Grieve and reliever Roberto Hernandez on new teams. The swap sends Damon from Kansas City to Oakland, and Grieve goes from Oakland to Tampa Bay, and Hernandez from Tampa Bay to Kansas City.

2002       Juan Gonzalez, turning down the Mets offer worth a million dollars more with no money deferred, agrees to a $24 million, two-year deal with the Rangers, which includes $10.5 million in deferred payments. The outfielder, who prefers to stay in the American League, established franchise records in Texas for home runs, RBIs, total bases, and extra-base hits while playing for the club from 1989-1999.

2002       Ozzie Smith, a 15-time All-Star shortstop, becomes the 32nd player elected to the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. Dubbed the ‘Wizard of Oz’ due to his remarkable defensive abilities, Osborne Earl Smith won 13 Gold Glove Awards during his 19-year career with the Padres and Cardinals.

2003       Eddie Murray, the only switch-hitter with 500 home runs and 3,000 hits, is chosen on 85 percent of the ballots cast by the BBWAA, becoming just the 38th player to be elected in his first year of eligibility. Former All-Star catcher Gary Carter, best known for his years with the Expos and Mets, is also selected on his sixth try after falling eleven votes short last year.

2004       Don Zimmer, who recently resigned as the Yankees bench coach, is named a Senior Baseball Advisor for the Devil Rays. In addition to assisting the team in community affairs, the 50-year veteran of the game will be in uniform as a coach during Spring Training and for pregame practices at all regular-season home games and most road games.

2005       Free-agent hurler Kevin Millwood (9-6, 4.85) signs a one-year contract with the Indians. The 30 year-old starter missed most of the last two months of the season with the Phillies due to acute tendonitis in his right elbow.

2005       After ending a 17-year Fall Classic drought, the Cardinals come to terms on a three-year contract extension with the Redbirds skipper Tony La Russa. The 60 year-old manager, who piloted the team to 105 wins and made the postseason five of his nine seasons with St. Louis, is now signed through 2007.

2008       The election of Goose Gossage to the Hall of Fame comes on his ninth year on the BBWAA’s ballot when he is the only player to receive 75 percent or more of the writers’ votes (85.8) needed for induction. During the right-hander’s 22-year career, most notably with the Yankees, the reliever compiled a 124-107 record and saved 310 games, while posting a 3.01 ERA.

2008       Marcus Giles (.229, 4, 39), after a disappointing season with the Padres, agrees to a minor league deal with the Rockies. In 2003, Dusty Baker selected the 29-year-old second baseman to be a reserve on the All-Star squad, representing the Braves.

2009       After piloting the Angels to 100 regular-season victories last year and to its fourth AL West Division title in the past five years, Mike Scioscia agrees to a contract extension to manage the team through the 2018 season. During his nine-year tenure with the Halos, the former catcher has compiled an 803-655 record (.557) and captured the franchise’s lone World Championship in 2002.

2010       After a solid debut season in Seattle, Franklin Gutierrez (.283, 18, 70) finalizes a $20.5 million, four-year deal to stay with the Mariners. The 26 year-old Venezuelan center fielder is considered by many as one of the best defensive outfielders in the American League.

2010       Free agent Scott Podsednik comes to terms with the Royals on a $1.75 million, one-year incentive-laden contract with the Royals. The 33 year-old fleet outfielder batted .304 and stole 30 bases for the White Sox last season after being released by the Rockies at the end of spring training.

2014       In his second year of eligibility, Craig Biggio misses election into the Hall of Fame by two votes on the BBWAA’s ballots, tying a dubious record shared by Nellie Fox (1985) and Pie Traynor (1947) for missing enshrinement by the smallest margin (74.8%) needed to be selected. The candidacy of the former Astros’ standout, who collected more than 3,000 hits in his 15-year career, has been hurt by rumors that he may have used steroids, having never failed a test, and not being implicated in the Mitchell Report or any other investigation.

2014       President Obama, a diehard White Sox Fan, calls Frank Thomas to congratulate the slugger on his first-ballot election to the Hall of Fame. The ‘Big Hurt’ shares the news of his conversation with the Commander-in-Chief during an afternoon press conference at U.S. Cellular Field, after tweeting his fans, “What a day!! First HOF and Second Our Wonderful President Of The United States Called Me!!! #LifeMadeHOF2014” @TheBigHurt_35.

2014       Hurlers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine, best remembered for their dominance with the Braves, and White Sox slugging first baseman Frank Thomas are elected to the Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility. The trio of selections marks the first time the BBWAA has voted in three players since 1999 when Nolan Ryan, George Brett, and Robin Yount got their nod for Cooperstown.

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NFL STANDINGS

AMERICAN FOOTBALL CONFERENCE
EAST DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
X-BUFFALO BILLS1060.6250.04562795-3-05-3-06-5-04-1-03 W
X-NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS1060.6250.04382704-5-06-1-08-3-03-2-01 W
MIAMI DOLPHINS880.5002.03083495-3-03-5-05-6-03-2-01 L
NEW YORK JETS4120.2506.03004773-6-01-6-04-7-00-5-01 L
 
WEST DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
XY-KANSAS CITY CHIEFS1150.6880.04523407-2-04-3-06-5-04-1-01 L
LOS ANGELES CHARGERS970.5632.04424245-4-04-3-06-5-03-2-01 W
LAS VEGAS RAIDERS970.5632.03394074-4-05-3-07-4-02-3-03 W
DENVER BRONCOS790.4384.03112944-4-03-5-03-8-01-4-03 L
 
NORTH DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
XY-CINCINNATI BENGALS1060.6250.04443555-4-05-2-08-3-04-1-03 W
PITTSBURGH STEELERS871.5311.53273856-2-12-5-06-5-03-2-01 W
BALTIMORE RAVENS880.5002.03743765-3-03-5-05-6-01-4-05 L
CLEVELAND BROWNS790.4383.03283555-3-02-6-04-7-02-3-03 L
 
SOUTH DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
XY-TENNESSEE TITANS1150.6880.03913297-2-04-3-07-4-04-1-02 W
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS970.5632.04403394-5-05-2-07-4-03-2-01 L
HOUSTON TEXANS4120.2507.02554242-6-02-6-04-7-03-2-01 L
JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS2140.1259.02274462-6-00-8-02-9-00-5-08 L
 
NATIONAL FOOTBALL CONFERENCE
EAST DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
XY-DALLAS COWBOYS1150.6880.04793325-3-06-2-09-2-05-0-01 L
X-PHILADELPHIA EAGLES970.5632.04183343-4-06-3-07-4-03-2-04 W
WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM6100.3755.03134273-5-03-5-05-6-01-4-04 L
NEW YORK GIANTS4120.2507.02513943-4-01-8-03-8-01-4-05 L
 
WEST DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
X-LOS ANGELES RAMS1240.7500.04363455-2-07-2-08-3-03-2-05 W
X-ARIZONA CARDINALS1150.6881.04193283-4-08-1-07-4-04-1-01 W
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS970.5633.04003414-4-05-3-06-5-01-4-01 W
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS6100.3756.03573363-5-03-5-03-8-02-3-01 W
 
NORTH DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
XYZ-GREEN BAY PACKERS1330.8130.04203348-0-05-3-09-2-04-1-05 W
MINNESOTA VIKINGS790.4386.03944094-3-03-6-05-6-03-2-02 L
CHICAGO BEARS6100.3757.02943763-5-03-5-04-7-02-3-02 W
DETROIT LIONS2131.15610.52884372-5-00-8-12-9-01-4-02 L
 
SOUTH DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
XY-TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS1240.7500.04703366-1-06-3-07-4-03-2-02 W
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS880.5004.03343153-5-05-3-06-5-03-2-01 W
ATLANTA FALCONS790.4385.02934292-5-05-4-04-7-02-3-01 L
CAROLINA PANTHERS5110.3137.02873632-6-03-5-03-8-02-3-06 L
 

X – CLINCHED PLAYOFF SPOT,  Y – CLINCHED DIVISION,  Z – CLINCHED HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE

NBA STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
ATLANTIC DIVISION
 WLPCTGBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
BROOKLYN2413.64910-1014-36-118-85-51 L
PHILADELPHIA2216.5792.58-814-83-614-107-36 W
TORONTO1917.5284.511-108-75-512-117-35 W
NEW YORK1920.4876.09-1110-94-513-166-42 W
BOSTON1821.4627.011-87-134-512-114-62 L
 
CENTRAL DIVISON
 WLPCTGBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
CHICAGO2610.72214-412-64-217-79-19 W
MILWAUKEE2615.6342.513-713-86-218-117-31 W
CLEVELAND2217.5645.511-911-84-114-95-51 W
INDIANA1425.35913.511-103-152-78-202-86 L
DETROIT730.18919.54-133-172-65-183-72 L
 
SOUTHEAST DIVISION
 WLPCTGBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
MIAMI2415.61512-412-116-116-77-31 W
CHARLOTTE2019.5134.010-510-145-312-95-51 W
WASHINGTON1920.4875.010-79-134-513-134-62 L
ATLANTA1721.4476.58-99-124-310-123-71 L
ORLANDO732.17917.02-145-181-84-242-87 L
 
WESTERN CONFERENCE
NORTHWEST DIVISION
 WLPCTGBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
UTAH2811.71814-714-49-018-48-21 L
DENVER1918.5148.09-710-112-512-115-51 W
MINNESOTA1920.4879.011-108-104-414-135-53 W
PORTLAND1424.36813.512-112-131-47-183-72 L
OKLAHOMA CITY1325.34214.58-125-131-410-184-63 L
 
PACIFIC DIVISION
 WLPCTGBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
PHOENIX308.78917-413-45-420-77-33 W
GOLDEN STATE299.7631.017-312-67-116-66-42 L
LA LAKERS2119.52510.014-107-92-512-135-54 W
LA CLIPPERS1920.48711.512-117-93-512-163-72 L
SACRAMENTO1625.39015.510-136-124-611-183-73 L
 
SOUTHWEST DIVISION
 WLPCTGBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
MEMPHIS2614.65014-812-64-219-97-37 W
DALLAS2118.5384.510-811-108-218-107-35 W
SAN ANTONIO1523.39510.07-108-131-48-154-61 L
NEW ORLEANS1425.35911.58-116-142-49-166-41 W
HOUSTON1129.27515.07-114-181-44-161-91 L
 

X – CLINCHED PLAYOFF SPOT,  Y – CLINCHED DIVISION,  Z – CLINCHED CONFERENCE

NHL STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
 GPWLOTLPTSROWGFGAHOMEROADL10
TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING362385512112010412-3-311-5-26-3-1
CAROLINA HURRICANES32247149241126911-3-013-4-19-1-0
FLORIDA PANTHERS342275492113310318-3-04-4-55-3-2
NEW YORK RANGERS35229448201029010-3-212-6-25-4-1
WASHINGTON CAPITALS35207848181209410-3-510-4-35-3-2
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS32228246221087814-4-18-4-17-2-1
PITTSBURGH PENGUINS33208545191108610-5-210-3-310-0-0
BOSTON BRUINS3017112361687799-6-18-5-15-3-2
DETROIT RED WINGS341615335159611412-5-24-10-14-6-0
10 NEW JERSEY DEVILS351416533131021229-7-35-9-24-6-0
11 PHILADELPHIA FLYERS34131563213881166-7-27-8-45-3-2
12 COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS3215161311210211510-5-15-11-03-6-1
13 NEW YORK ISLANDERS2810126261064804-5-36-7-35-2-3
14 BUFFALO SABRES3410186268911196-10-24-8-42-5-3
15 OTTAWA SENATORS299182208791075-9-04-9-25-4-1
16 MONTREAL CANADIENS347234186731235-10-12-13-31-7-2
 
WESTERN CONFERENCE
 GPWLOTLPTSROWGFGAHOMEROADL10
VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS3723131472013411112-8-111-5-07-2-1
NASHVILLE PREDATORS352211246211089310-5-012-6-28-1-1
ST. LOUIS BLUES352010545181249713-3-27-7-37-2-1
ANAHEIM DUCKS361811743161119911-4-47-7-35-3-2
COLORADO AVALANCHE30208242191309712-2-18-6-18-1-1
CALGARY FLAMES33171064015104834-3-413-7-23-6-1
MINNESOTA WILD3220102421711910010-3-110-7-15-4-1
EDMONTON OILERS3418142381611311110-6-08-8-22-6-2
WINNIPEG JETS33161253715999910-6-16-6-45-4-1
10 LOS ANGELES KINGS34161353714939310-8-26-5-36-3-1
11 SAN JOSE SHARKS35181613717991109-7-19-9-05-5-0
12 VANCOUVER CANUCKS3416153351389958-7-18-8-28-1-1
13 DALLAS STARS30161223414889012-3-14-9-15-5-0
14 CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS3411185278811186-7-35-11-22-5-3
15 SEATTLE KRAKEN33101942410921226-11-24-8-22-6-2
16 ARIZONA COYOTES327223177701243-11-14-11-22-7-1
 

EIGHT TEAMS IN EACH CONFERENCE QUALIFY FOR THE DIVISIONAL PLAYOFF FORMAT.  THE TOP THREE TEAMS FROM EACH DIVISION MAKE UP THE FIRST SIX SPOTS.   THE TWO REMAINING TEAMS WITH THE HIGHEST POINTS, REGARDLESS OF DIVISION, QUALIFY FOR THE FINAL TWO WILD CARD SPOTS.  

X – CLINCHED PLAYOFF SPOT, Y – CLINCHED DIVISION, Z – CLINCHED CONFERENCE