INDIANA FOOTBALL STATE FINALS

FRIDAY

FINAL | CLASS 2A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP 
EVANSVILLE MATER DEI 20, ANDREAN 10 
> MATER DEI WINS REMATCH  WITH ANDREAN, CAPTURES SECOND CROWN (2000)
> JOEY PIERRE OF MATER DEI NAMES RESS MENTAL ATTITUDE AWARD RECIPIENT
> FINAL RECORDS: MATER DEI (12-3), ANDREAN (10-4)
BOX SCORE | RECAP

FINAL | CLASS 4A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP 
EAST CENTRAL 37, NEW PRAIRIE 7 
> EAST CENTRAL ROLLS TO 4A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP, THIRD OVERALL
> TROJANS’ CHRISTIAN GARRISON NAMED ESKEW MENTAL ATTITUDE AWARD RECIPIENT
> FINAL RECORDS: EAST CENTRAL (13-2), NEW PRAIRIE (13-2)
BOX SCORE | RECAP 

FINAL | CLASS 6A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP 
CENTER GROVE 35, CARROLL (FORT WAYNE) 9
> CENTER GROVE CLAIMS RECORD THIRD CONSECUTIVE 6A CROWN
> CARROLL’S JORGE VALDES EARNS A ESKEW MENTAL ATTITUDE AWARD
> FINAL RECORDS: CENTER GROVE (12-2), CARROLL (FORT WAYNE) (13-1)
BOX SCORE | RECAP 

SATURDAY, NOV. 26

11 AM ET | CLASS 1A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP 
ADAMS CENTRAL (14-0) VS. INDIANAPOLIS LUTHERAN (14-0)
> AC LOOKING FOR SECOND STATE TITLE IN REMATCH FROM 2021
> DEFENDING CHAMP LUTHERAN PLAYING IN THIRD TITLE GAME IN FOUR YEARS
BOX SCORE | RECAP 

3 PM ET | CLASS 3A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP 
INDIANAPOLIS BISHOP CHATARD (10-4) VS. LAWRENCEBURG (13-1) 
> CHATARD HOPING FOR RECORD-EXTENDING 16TH FOOTBALL TITLE
> LAWRENCEBURG LOOKING FOR THIRD FOOTBALL CROWN AND FIRST SINCE 1978
BOX SCORE | RECAP 

7 PM ET | CLASS 5A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP 
VALPARAISO (10-3) VS. WHITELAND (12-1)
> VALPARAISO CHASING FIRST FOOTBALL TITLE SINCE 1975, SECOND OVERALL
> WHITELAND HOPING TO SECURE FIRST STATE TITLE IN ANY SPORT 
BOX SCORE | RECAP 

STATE CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEWS: https://www.ihsaa.org/sites/default/files/documents/2022%20Football%20State%20Finals%20Preview.pdf

STATE FINALS OFFICIAL PROGRAM: https://ihsaapublic.blob.core.windows.net/flipbook/2022-23/fb/index.html

INDIANA BOYS BASKETBALL

ANDERSON62LAPEL31 
HAMMOND CENTRAL64CHICAGO FARRAGUT (ILL.)53 
HAMMOND NOLL62HAMMOND MORTON59 
JENNINGS COUNTY61COLUMBUS NORTH52 
KOUTS52HEBRON37 
MARTINSVILLE64EDGEWOOD44 
RENSSELAER CENTRAL69TRI-COUNTY48 
WASHINGTON65NORTH POSEY56 
WINCHESTER65RANDOLPH SOUTHERN57 
SCHLARMAN (ILL.) TOURNAMENT
COVINGTON65MILFORD (ILL.)43 

INDIANA GIRLS BASKETBALL

BATESVILLE49JAC-CEN-DEL47 
BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL53SCOTTSBURG47 
COLUMBIA CITY78FORT WAYNE LUERS45 
FORT WAYNE NORTHROP69DEKALB26 
FRANKTON64SHENANDOAH26 
FREMONT46WEST NOBLE36 
HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN55CARMEL32 
HAMMOND NOLL70GARY WEST9 
JAY COUNTY60WOODLAN22 
MUNSTER38MERRILLVILLE32 
SOUTH ADAMS44BLUFFTON23 
WABASH59MADISON-GRANT24 

****NATIONAL COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE****

WEEK 13

FRIDAY, NOV. 25

#19 TULANE 27 #24 CINCINNATI 24

#23 TEXAS 38 BAYLOR 27

NORTH CAROLINA STATE 30 #17 NORTH CAROLINA 27 2 OT

#18 UCLA 35 CALIFORNIA 28

#16 FLORIDA STATE 45 FLORIDA 38

BOISE STATE 42 UTAH STATE 23

EASTERN MICHIGAN 38 CENTRAL MICHIGAN 19

WESTERN MICHIGAN 20 TOLEDO 14

ARIZONA 38 ARIZONA STATE 35

COLORADO STATE 17 NEW MEXICO 0

MISSOURI 29 ARKANSAS 27

NEBRASKA 24 IOWA 17

FRESNO STATE 30 WYOMING 0

SATURDAY, NOV. 26

GEORGIA TECH AT GEORGIA | 12 P.M. | ESPN

MICHIGAN AT OHIO STATE | 12 P.M. | FOX

SOUTH CAROLINA AT CLEMSON | 12 P.M. | ABC

WEST VIRGINIA AT OKLAHOMA STATE | 12 P.M. | ESPN2

ARMY AT UMASS | 12 P.M. | ESPN+

MEW MEXICO STATE AT LIBERTY | 12 P.M. | ESPN+

RUTGERS AT MARYLAND | 12 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK

COASTAL CAROLINA AT JAMES MADISON | 12 P.M. | ESPNU

OLD DOMINION AT SOUTH ALABAMA | 12 P.M. | ESPN+

GEORGIA STATE AT MARSHALL | 12 P.M. | ESPN+

WESTERN KENTUCKY AT FLORIDA ATLANTIC | 12 P.M. | CBSSN

ELON AT FURMAN (FCS FIRST ROUND) | 12 P.M. | ESPN+

EAST CAROLINA AT TEMPLE | 1 P.M. | ESPN+

KENT STATE AT BUFFALO | 1 P.M. | ESPN+

AKRON AT NORTHERN ILLINOIS | 1:30 P.M. | ESPN3

RICE AT NORTH TEXAS | 2 P.M. | ESPN+

GRAMBLING VS. SOUTHERN (NEW ORLEANS) | 2 P.M. | NBC

ST. FRANCIS (PA) AT DELAWARE (FCS FIRST ROUND) | 2 P.M. | ESPN+

FORDHAM AT NEW HAMPSHIRE (FCS FIRST ROUND) | 2 P.M. | ESPN+

DAVIDSON AT RICHMOND (FCS FIRST ROUND) | 2 P.M. | ESPN+

LOUISVILLE AT KENTUCKY | 3 P.M. | SEC NETWORK

TROY AT ARKANSAS STATE | 3 P.M. | ESPN+

AUBURN AT ALABAMA | 3:30 P.M. | CBS

OREGON AT OREGON STATE | 3:30 P.M. | ABC

WAKE FOREST AT DUKE | 3:30 P.M.

ILLINOIS AT NORTHWESTERN | 3:30 P.M.

MINNESOTA AT WISCONSIN | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN

PURDUE AT INDIANA | 3:30 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK

HAWAI’I AT SAN JOSE STATE | 3:30 P.M. | SPECTRUM SPORTS PPV

UAB AT LOUISIANA TECH | 3:30 P.M. | CBSSN

UTEP AT UTSA | 3:30 P.M. | STADIUM

MEMPHIS AT SMU | 3:30 P.M.

IOWA STATE AT TCU | 4 P.M. | FOX

MICHIGAN STATE AT PENN STATE | 4 P.M. | FS1

UTAH AT COLORADO | 4 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORK

NORTH DAKOTA AT WEBER STATE (FCS FIRST ROUND) | 4 P.M. | ESPN+

SOUTHERN MISS AT UL MONROE | 5 P.M. | ESPN+

LOUISIANA AT TEXAS STATE | 5 P.M. | ESPN+

GARDNER-WEBB AT EASTERN KENTUCKY (FCS FIRST ROUND) | 5 P.M. | ESPN+

NEVADA AT UNLV | 6 P.M.

APPALACHIAN STATE AT GEORGIA SOUTHERN | 6 P.M. | ESPN+

MIDDLE TENNESSEE AT FIU | 6 P.M. | ESPN3

LSU AT TEXAS A&M | 7 P.M. | ESPN

UCF AT SOUTH FLORIDA | 7 P.M. | ESPN2

IDAHO AT SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA (FCS FIRST ROUND) | 7 P.M. | ESPN+

TENNESSEE AT VANDERBILT | 7:30 P.M. | SEC NETWORK

NOTRE DAME AT USC | 7:30 P.M. | ABC

OKLAHOMA AT TEXAS TECH | 7:30 P.M. | FS1

SYRACUSE AT BOSTON COLLEGE | 7:30 P.M. | ESPN3

TULSA AT HOUSTON | 7:30 P.M. | ESPNU

KANSAS AT KANSAS STATE | 8 P.M. | FOX

PITT AT MIAMI (FLA.) | 8 P.M. | ACC NETWORK

AIR FORCE AT SAN DIEGO STATE | 9 P.M. | CBSSN

SOUTHEAST MISSOURI STATE AT MONTANA (FCS FIRST ROUND) | 10 P.M. | ESPN2

WASHINGTON AT WASHINGTON STATE | 10:30 P.M. | ESPN

BYU AT STANFORD | 11 P.M. | FS1

VIRGINIA AT VIRGINIA TECH – CANCELED

****NFL SCHEDULE****

WEEK 12

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2022

DENVER BRONCOS AT CAROLINA PANTHERS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS AT CLEVELAND BROWNS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX

BALTIMORE RAVENS AT JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

HOUSTON TEXANS AT MIAMI DOLPHINS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

CHICAGO BEARS AT NEW YORK JETS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX

CINCINNATI BENGALS AT TENNESSEE TITANS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P CBS

ATLANTA FALCONS AT WASHINGTON COMMANDERS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX

LOS ANGELES CHARGERS AT ARIZONA CARDINALS 2:05P (MT) 4:05P CBS

LAS VEGAS RAIDERS AT SEATTLE SEAHAWKS 1:05P (PT) 4:05P CBS

LOS ANGELES RAMS AT KANSAS CITY CHIEFS 3:25P (CT) 4:25P FOX

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS AT SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS 1:25P (PT) 4:25P FOX

GREEN BAY PACKERS AT PHILADELPHIA EAGLES 8:20P (ET) 8:20P NBC*

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2022

PITTSBURGH STEELERS AT INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (MON) 8:15P (ET) 8:15P ESPN

****TOP 25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD****

IOWA STATE 70 #1 NORTH CAROLINA 65

#22 TENNESSEE 64 #3 KANSAS 50

#5 VIRGINIA 72 MARYLAND EASTERN SHORE 45

#24 PURDUE 84 #6 GONZAGA 66

#8 DUKE 71 XAVIER 64

#11 INDIANA 90 JACKSON STATE 51

#12 MICHIGAN STATE 74 OREGON 70

#16 ILLINOIS 92 LINDENWOOD 59

#20 UCONN 82 #18 ALABAMA 67

#23 MARYLAND 95 COPPIN STATE 79

#25 IOWA 74 CLEMSON 71

ELSEWHERE:

NORTH CAROLINA STATE 76 BUTLER 61

ST. BONAVENTURE 63 NOTRE DAME 51

CITADEL 74 IUPUI 53

VERMONT 78 BALL STATE 73

SOUTH DAKOTA STATE 61 VALPARAISO 50

SOUTH ALABAMA 78 EVANSVILLE 67

WISCONSIN 64 USC 59

MEMPHIS 73 NEBRASKA 61

PENN STATE 70 LAFAYETTE 57

COMPLETE SCOREBOARD: http://hosted.stats.com/cbk/scoreboard.asp?conf=-1&day=20221125

****TOP 25 WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD****

#2 STANFORD 93 FLORIDA GULF COAST 69

#3 UCONN 78 DUKE 50

#6 INDIANA 96 AUBURN 81

#9 IOWA 73 OREGON STATE 59

#10 LOUISVILLE 100 LONGWOOD 37

#13 NORTH CAROLINA STATE 78 WEST VIRGINIA 40

DEPAUL 76 #14 MARYLAND 67

#15 ARIZONA 81 CALIFORNIA BAPTIST 63

#16 CREIGHTON 57 XAVIER 51

#20 UCLA 72 JACKSON STATE 60

#21 BAYLOR 92 ST. LOUIS 58

#22 MICHIGAN 68 AIR FORCE 48

#23 VILLANOVA 83 BELMONT 80

#23 TENNESSEE 69 COLORADO 51

#25 KANSAS STATE 93 NORTHERN ARIZONA 80

ELSEWHERE:

FLORIDA STATE 76 PURDUE 75

BUTLER 64 SACRED HEART 39

SETON HALL 83 WISCONSIN 72

PENN STATE 60 TOLEDO 59

NEBRASKA 73 TEXAS A&M CORPUS CHRISTI 44

ILLINOIS 70 CHARLOTTE 43

COMPLETE SCOREBOARD:  http://hosted.stats.com/wcbk/scoreboard.asp?conf=-1&day=20221125

****NBA SCOREBOARD****

INDIANA 128 BROOKLYN 117

CHARLOTTE 110 MINNESOTA 108

PHILADELPHIA 107 ORLANDO 99

PORTLAND 132 NEW YORK 129 OT

BOSTON 122 SACRAMENTO 104

HOUSTON 128 ATLANTA 122

MIAMI 110 WASHINGTON 107

MILWAUKEE 117 CLEVELAND 102

LA LAKERS 105 SAN ANTONIO 94

OKLAHOMA CITY 123 CHICAGO 119 OT

MEMPHIS 132 NEW ORLEANS 111

PHOENIX 108 DETROIT 102

GOLDEN STATE 129 UTAH 118

DENVER 114 LA CLIPPERS 104

BOX SCORES: http://hosted.stats.com/nba/scoreboard.asp

****NHL SCOREBOARD****

BOSTON 3 CAROLINA 2

WASHINGTON 3 CALGARY 0

MONTRÉAL 3 CHICAGO 2

TORONTO 4 MINNESOTA 3

OTTAWA 5 ANAHEIM 1

PITTSBURGH 4 PHILADELPHIA 1

NEW JERSEY 3 BUFFALO 1

DETROIT 4 ARIZONA 3

TAMPA BAY 5 ST. LOUIS 2

NY ISLANDERS 3 COLUMBUS 2

SEATTLE 4 VEGAS 2

WINNIPEG 5 DALLAS 4

LOS ANGELES 5 SAN JOSE 2

BOX SCORES: http://hosted.stats.com/nhl/scoreboard.asp

****TOP NATIONAL HEADLINES****

(WORLD CUP SOCCER)

USMNT HOLDS LISTLESS ENGLAND TO GOALLESS DRAW AT WORLD CUP

Al Khor, Qatar, Nov 25, 2022 (AFP) – England missed a chance to book their place in the World Cup last 16 as Gareth Southgate’s side produced a limp display in their 0-0 draw against the United States on Friday.

Southgate’s men would have been guaranteed to advance from Group B with a victory in their second game of the tournament, but they rarely troubled a determined US team.

Having thrashed Iran 6-2 on Monday, England lacked the urgency they showed in their opening game and were booed off at full-time.

They managed just one shot on target and could easily have conceded in the first half when the US were in control for long periods at the Al Bayt Stadium.

For the third time in three World Cup meetings with the US, England failed to live up to their status as favourites.

After a shocking defeat in the 1950 tournament and a 1-1 draw in 2010, this was another defiant American effort against England, cooling some of the hype around the Three Lions following the Iran rout.

Although it was an extremely underwhelming performance from England, they are still in control of their own destiny.

A draw in their final group game against Wales on November 29 would ensure England progress to the knockout stages, while a victory would seal first place.

The US, who have drawn their first two games, play Iran on the same day knowing a win would send them into last 16.

Gregg Berhalter’s group are the second youngest team at the World Cup, but a day after America celebrated Thanksgiving they left sluggish England looking like they were the ones who had indulged in too much turkey.

With Harry Kane and Harry Maguire recovered from an ankle injury and illness respectively, England named an unchanged team for the first time since the 2018 World Cup semi-final defeat against Croatia.

But, whereas England dominated possession against timid Iran from the opening moments, they found the US far more willing to press higher up the pitch.

Labored England

The US desire to engage England briefly left space in behind them and Jude Bellingham’s buccaneering run and pass freed Bukayo Saka down the right side of the US area.

Saka’s cross reached Kane, whose goalbound shot was blocked by Walker Zimmerman.

That near-miss proved a mirage in the desert for England as Haji Wright, a surprise selection in place of Josh Sargent, had the Americans’ first sight of goal with a well-timed run into the area for a header that whistled wide.

It was a warning that the US could trouble England and moments later Weston McKennie should have put them ahead.

Timothy Weah’s cross from wide on the right eluded the flat-footed England defence and the unmarked McKennie pulled the trigger from 10 yards, only to fire just wide of the relieved Pickford’s goal.

Showing no signs of being intimidated by England, Berhalter’s side were inches away from turning the enterprising display into a stunning lead when Christian Pulisic jinked into space and lashed a rising drive against the crossbar from just inside the area.

Giving the ball away far too easily and laboured in their build-up play, England looked rattled and Pulisic tested their fraying nerves with a header that glanced wide.

In a rare moment of menace from England, Saka’s pass found Mason Mount and the Chelsea’s midfielder low drive from 20 yards brought a first save from US keeper Matt Turner.

Epitomising the US spirit that was such a contrast to England’s lethargy, Tyler Adams crunched into a tackle on Saka, winning the ball and roaring in delight afterwards.

England remained stuck in first gear yet Kane nearly snatched an undeserved winner in stoppage time when he headed wide from Luke Shaw’s free-kick.

(NFL NEWS)

REPORT: VON MILLER DODGES ACL TEAR, OUT INDEFINITELY WITH OTHER KNEE DAMAGE

Buffalo Bills pass-rusher Von Miller didn’t tear his ACL but will be out indefinitely as doctors review other damage to his knee to determine the full extent of the injury, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

It’s unknown how long Miller will be sidelined. The damage could force him to miss a few weeks or end his season, though more information is being gathered, Schefter adds.

The damage is reportedly a torn lateral meniscus, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. Surgery is likely, but Miller may be able to be postpone it until after the season, Rapoport adds.

Miller isn’t expected to decide how he’ll proceed with the injury for another week or two, Schefter reports. Bills head coach Sean McDermott confirmed that the linebacker won’t play in Thursday’s Week 13 matchup with the New England Patriots.

The veteran was carted to the locker room in Thursday’s win over the Detroit Lions after he got rolled up on by a Lions offensive lineman.

Signed by Buffalo in the offseason, Miller leads the team with eight sacks. He’s also added 12 quarterback hits and 10 tackles for a loss. Other pass-rushers on the Bills’ roster include Gregory Rousseau, A.J. Epenesa, and Boogie Basham.

The Bills own an 8-3 record this season and have won two games in a row.

FIELDS QUESTIONABLE VS. JETS WITH INJURY TO NON-THROWING SHOULDER

Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields is questionable for Sunday’s game against the New York Jets due to a non-throwing shoulder injury.

“He’s feeling better every single day,” head coach Matt Eberflus said Friday, according to Adam Jahns of The Athletic.

Eberflus added that he expects the Bears will make a decision about Fields’ status on Sunday. Fields is reportedly dealing with a shoulder dislocation.

The young signal-caller appeared to suffer the injury in the fourth quarter of last week’s loss to the Atlanta Falcons. He finished the contest while seemingly in pain and threw a late game-sealing interception.

Chicago is all but eliminated from playoff contention after producing a 3-8 record during the first 11 weeks of the season.

But Fields made significant strides in his sophomore campaign despite the Bears’ struggles.

He has thrown for 1,642 yards and 13 touchdowns against eight interceptions while adding seven scores on the ground. His 834 rushing yards top all quarterbacks.

CHASE QUESTIONABLE, MIXON RULED OUT VS. TITANS

The Cincinnati Bengals could get one of their stars back on the field Sunday against the Tennessee Titans, but they will also have to play without another.

Wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase is listed as questionable ahead of the team’s Week 12 matchup, head coach Zac Taylor said Friday, according to Kelsey Conway of the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Chase, who’s working his way back from a hip injury, has not suited up since the Bengals’ Week 7 contest against the Atlanta Falcons. Taylor added that the second-year wideout “had a good week” as a limited participant in practice.

Meanwhile, running back Joe Mixon will not be available Sunday as he continues to deal with a concussion. He leads the team with 605 rushing yards and six scores on the ground.

Chase reeled in 47 receptions, 605 yards, and a team-leading six touchdowns prior to being sidelined.

The LSU product enjoyed a breakout campaign last season, racking up an astounding 81 catches for 1,455 yards and 13 touchdowns. Chase was named Offensive Rookie of the Year and was key to the Bengals’ berth in Super Bowl LVI.

With Mixon out of the lineup, Samaje Perine and Chris Evans could get more playing time.

TEXANS BENCH STRUGGLING QB DAVIS MILLS FOR KYLE ALLEN

HOUSTON (AP) The Houston Texans have benched Davis Mills and will start Kyle Allen at quarterback Sunday against the Miami Dolphins.

Coach Lovie Smith announced the decision Friday.

“Reasons why, it’s like this for all positions … you always look for the best option that gives you the best chance to win,” he said. “And that’s where we are right now.”

Mills, who is in his second year, has struggled as the Texans (1-8-1) have lost five games in a row. They are the only NFL team with just one win. Mills has thrown seven interceptions with just five touchdowns during Houston’s five-game skid.

A third-round pick out Stanford, Mills has started each game this season for the Texans and has thrown for 2,144 yards with 11 touchdowns and an NFL-high 11 interceptions.

“I wish everything was rolling the way we would like for it, the way we envisioned it happening and we didn’t have to make some of these decisions,” Smith said. “But things haven’t gone well and we need to get it better. So we need to make some moves like this to see if we can jump-start it.”

The 26-year-old Allen has not played this season, and his last appearance came on Dec. 26 of last season against Dallas while he was with Washington.

“We feel pretty confident that he can throw the ball,” Smith said. “He’s mobile enough and he’s earned the opportunity.”

Allen, who is in his fifth NFL season, has mostly worked as a backup, with his only season as a starter coming in 2019 with Carolina. That year he threw for 3,322 yards with 17 touchdowns and 16 interceptions in 13 games with 12 starts.

Mills opened last season as a backup to Tyrod Taylor, with Deshaun Watson sitting out after a trade requests and lawsuits by two dozen women alleging sexual misconduct during massage sessions. But Taylor got hurt in Week 2, thrusting Mills into the starting job.

He came in for Taylor in Week 2 and started the next six games while Taylor recovered from an injury. Taylor started the next four games but struggled and was benched in the fourth game to make way for Mills to finish the season as the starter.

He showed some promise in that stretch and helped the Texans to wins in two of their last five games. But he failed to make progress this season and showed again and again that he couldn’t help the Texans close out games late.

NFL PREVIEW: DENVER BRONCOS (3-7) @ CAROLINA PANTHERS (3-8)

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER Broncos lead all-time series, 5-1

STREAKS Broncos have won past 3

LAST GAME 12/13/20: Broncos 32 at Panthers 27

LAST GAME AT SITE 12/13/20

BRONCOS NOTES:

LAST WEEK: L 22-16 vs. Las Vegas (OT)

COACH VS. OPP. Nathaniel Hackett: 0-0

PTS. FOR 14.7

OFFENSE 326.4

PASSING Russell Wilson: 179-301-2,227-7-5-83.3

RUSHING Latavius Murray: 63-209-3.3-3

RECEIVING Courtland Sutton: 46-613-13.3-1

PTS. AGAINST 17.1

DEFENSE 302.1

SACKS Dre’Mont Jones: 5.5

INTs Four tied: 1

TAKE/GIVE -2 (10/12)

PUNTING (NET) Corliss Waitman: 45.9 (40.8)

KICKING Brandon McManus: 67 (10/12 PAT; 19/24 FG)

QB RUSSELL WILSON completed 24 of 31 atts. (season-high 77.4 pct.) for 247 yards with 99.8 rating last week. Has 73.7 comp. pct. with 625 pass yards (312.5 per game) & 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 132.6 rating in his past 2 starts vs. Car. Aims for his 5th in row vs. Car. with 90+ rating. Has 19 TDs (17 pass, 2 rush) vs. 0 INTs with 128.8 rating in his past 6 starts vs. NFC South. • RB LATAVIUS MURRAY had season-high 72 scrimmage yards (49 rush, 23 rec.) & rush TD last week. Has rush TD in 3 of past 4. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Car. with 50+ scrimmage yards. • WR COURTLAND SUTTON had 5 catches for team-high 80 yards in Week 11. Aims for 3rd in row with 5+ catches & 65+ rec. yards. • WR JERRY JEUDY aims for his 3rd in row at home with 50+ rec. yards. • WR KENDALL HINTON aims for 3rd in row with 55+ rec. yards. • LB JOSEY JEWELL had 11 tackles, sack & PD last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 10+ tackles. Has TFL in 2 of past 3 & in 2 of 3 road games this season. Had 6 tackles in last meeting & has 6+ tackles in each of 4 career games vs. NFC South. • LB ALEX SINGLETON had 11 tackles & TFL in Week 11. Has 7+ tackles in 5 of past 6. Had 13 tackles in only career game vs. Car. (10/10/21 w/ Phi.). • CB PAT SURTAIN II has PD in 3 of his past 4 on road. • DE DRE’MONT JONES has 3 sacks & 5 TFL in his past 4. Had sack & PD in last meeting. • S JUSTIN SIMMONS aims for his 3rd in row on road with PD. Had 7 tackles in last meeting. Has 5+ tackles in 3 of his past 4 vs. NFC South. • S KAREEM JACKSON had 7 tackles in last meeting. Has PD in 2 of past 3 on road.

PANTHERS NOTES:

LAST WEEK: L 13-3 at Baltimore

COACH VS. OPP. Steve Wilks: 0-1

PTS. FOR 18.8

OFFENSE 286.1

PASSING Sam Darnold (2021): 243-406-2,527-9-13-71.9

RUSHING D’Onta Foreman: 102-450-4.4-4

RECEIVING DJ Moore: 42-502-12.0-3

PTS. AGAINST 23.3

DEFENSE 357.5

SACKS Brian Burns: 8

INTs Jaycee Horn: 2

TAKE/GIVE -3 (9/12)

PUNTING (NET) Johnny Hekker: 48.6 (43.5)

KICKING Eddy Pineiro: 73 (16/18 PAT; 19/21 FG)

QB SAM DARNOLD is expected to make 1st start of season. Passed for 2,527 yards & had 14 TDs (9 pass, career-high 5 rush) in 12 games (11 starts) in 2021. Has 4 TDs (3 pass, 1 rush) vs. INT in 2 career starts vs. Den. • RB D’ONTA FOREMAN aims for his 3rd in row at home with 130+ scrimmage yards. Has career-high 4 rush TDs in 2022. • WR DJ MOORE leads team with 502 rec. yards, his 5th-straigth season with 500+ rec. yards. Has team-high 42 receptions & needs 8 catches for 5th-consecutive 50+ catch season. Has 50+ rec. yards in 3 of his past 4 at home. • WR TERRACE MARSHALL led team with 76 rec. yards in Week 11. Has 50+ rec. yards in 3 of his past 4. • DE BRIAN BURNS had 8th sack of season & 2 TFL last week. Aims for his 4th in row overall & 5th in row at home with sack. Is 1 of 4 (Maxx Crosby, Chris Jones & Myles Garrett) with 7+ sacks in each of past 4 seasons. • LB FRANKIE LUVU had 10 tackles & career-high 4th sack of season in Week 11, his 4th-game with 10+ tackles in 2022. Aims for his 3rd in row with sack. Has career high 10 TFL this season. • LB SHAQ THOMPSON has 5+ tackles in 10 of his 11 games this season. Aims for his 3rd in row with TFL & 9th in row with 5+ tackles. • CB C.J. HENDERSON had career-high 10 tackles in Week 11. • S JEREMY CHINN had season-high 10 tackles last week & has 5+ tackles in 5 of his 6 games this season. Had sack & FF in last meeting. • S XAVIER WOODS aims for his 5th in row with 5+ tackles.

NFL PREVIEW: TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (5-5) @ CLEVELAND BROWNS (3-7)

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER Browns lead all-time series, 6-4

STREAKS Buccaneers have won 4 of last 5

LAST GAME 10/21/18: Browns 23 at Buccaneers 26 (OT)

LAST GAME AT SITE 11/2/14: Browns 22, Buccaneers 17

BUCS NOTES:

LAST WEEK Bye (W 21-16 vs. Seattle in Munich, Week 10)

COACH VS. OPP. Todd Bowles: 3-1

PTS. FOR 18.3

OFFENSE 340.5

PASSING Tom Brady: 282-427-2,805-12-2-91.9

RUSHING Leonard Fournette: 135-462-3.4-3

RECEIVING Mike Evans: 49-671-13.7-3

PTS. AGAINST 18.0

DEFENSE 310.0

SACKS Vita Vea: 6.5

INTs Jamel Dean: 2

TAKE/GIVE +1 (10/9)

PUNTING (NET) Jake Camarda (R): 49.0 (43.8)

KICKING Ryan Succop: 79 (13/13 PAT; 22/25 FG)

QB TOM BRADY completed 22 of 29 atts. (75.9 pct.) for 2 TDs vs. INT & 111 rating in Week 10 & became 1st QB to start in 3 different countries outside of U.S. Had 399 straight pass atts. without INT from Weeks 1-10, 2nd-longest streak all-time. Has 1,572 pass yards (314.4 per game) & 12 TDs vs. INT for 102.2 rating in his past 5 vs. Cle. Aims for his 6th in row vs. Cle. with 2+ TD passes & 90+ rating. • RB LEONARD FOURNETTE had 3rd rush TD of season in Week 10. Had 118 scrimmage yards (111 rush, 7 rec.) in his only career game at Cle. (11/19/17 w/ Jax.). • RB RACHAAD WHITE (rookie) had career-high 105 rush yards in Week 10. • WR MIKE EVANS needs 28 rec. yards to become 6th player ever with 10,000 rec. yards & 75+ rec. TDs in 1st 9 seasons & 1 catch to become 6th player in NFL history with 50+ receptions in each of 1st 9 seasons. Had 124 rec. yards & 2 rec. TDs in last road meeting & aims for his 3rd in row vs. Cle. with 7+ catches & 100+ rec. yards. • WR CHRIS GODWIN had 6 catches for 71 yards & 1st rec. TD of season in Week 10. Aims for his 8th in row with 6+ catches. • WR JULIO JONES had rec. TD in Week 10. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Cle. with TD catch. • LB LAVONTE DAVID had 8 tackles, 2 TFL & FF in last meeting. Aims for his 17th in row on road with 5+ tackles. • LB DEVIN WHITE had 6th-career game with 2+ sacks (2) & 6th-career FF in Week 10. Aims for his 4th in row with TFL. Has PD in 3 of his past 4 on road. • DT VITA VEA has 4 sacks in his past 4. • S ANTOINE WINFIELD has 5+ tackles in 7 of his 8 games this year. Has sack in 2 of his past 3 on road. Aims for his 5th in row overall with TFL.

BROWNS NOTES:

LAST WEEK L 31-23 vs. Buffalo in Detroit

COACH VS. OPP. Kevin Stefanski: 0-0

PTS. FOR 24.0

OFFENSE 377.9

PASSING Jacoby Brissett: 213-331-2,398-11-5-90.7

RUSHING Nick Chubb: 174-923-5.3-11

RECEIVING Amari Cooper: 50-698-14.0-7

PTS. AGAINST 26.9

DEFENSE 349.9

SACKS Myles Garrett: 8.5

INTs Grant Delpit, A.J. Green, Denzel Ward: 1

TAKE/GIVE -5 (8/13)

PUNTING (NET) Corey Bojorquez: 46.6 (37.7)

KICKING Cade York (R): 70 (22/24 PAT; 16/21 FG)

QB JACOBY BRISSETT set season highs in completions (28), pass yards (324) & TD passes (3) with 116.3 rating last week. Aims for 5th in row with 0 INTs. Has 105+ rating in 3 of past 4. Passed for 275 yards & 2 TDs vs. INT for 95.6 rating in his last start vs. TB (10/10/21 w/ Mia.). Aims for his 3rd in row vs. TB with 2+ TD passes & 90+ rating. • RB NICK CHUBB has 100+ scrimmage yards & rush TD in 4 of his 5 home games in 2022. Rushed for 80 yards & TD in last meeting. Ranks 2nd in NFL with 11 rush TDs. • RB KAREEM HUNT has 50+ scrimmage yards in 4 of his 5 home games this season. • WR AMARI COOPER led team with 8 catches for 113 yards & 2 rec. TD in Week 11. Has 5+ catches & 75+ rec. yards in 4 of his 5 home games in 2022 & can become 1st player since DeAndre Hopkins (2017) with rec. TD in each of 1st 6 home games of season. Had career-high 13 receptions for 139 yards & 2 rec. TDs in his last game vs. TB (9/9/21 w/ Dal.). • WR DONOVAN PEOPLES-JONES had 1st rec. TD of season last week. Aims for his 8th in row with 50+ rec. yards. • TE DAVID NJOKU has 85+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3 at home & aims for his 4th in row at home with 50+ rec. yards. Had rec. TD in last meeting. • DE MYLES GARRETT had sack last week & has sack in 4 of past 5. Had 2 sacks & FF in last meeting. Has 4.5 sacks in 5 home games in 2022. • LB DEION JONES has 69 tackles (6.3 per game) in 11 career games vs. TB. • LB JEREMIAH OWUSU-KORAMOAH led team with season-high 12 tackles in Week 11. Has 6+ tackles in 3 of his 4 home games in 2022. • CB DENZEL WARD aims for his 3rd in row at home with PD. Had 2 PD & TFL in last meeting.

NFL PREVIEW: BALTIMORE RAVENS (7-3) @ JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (3-7)

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER Ravens lead all-time series, 12-10

STREAKS Ravens have won 2 of last 3

LAST GAME 12/20/20: Jaguars 14 at Ravens 40

LAST GAME AT SITE 9/24/17: Jaguars 44, Ravens 7

RAVENS NOTES:

LAST WEEK W 13-3 vs. Carolina

COACH VS. OPP. John Harbaugh: 4-3

PTS. FOR 24.8

OFFENSE 350.2

PASSING Lamar Jackson: 184-290-1,977-16-7-91.7

RUSHING Lamar Jackson (QB): 97-666-6.9-3

RECEIVING Mark Andrews (TE): 48-551-11.5-5

PTS. AGAINST 19.9

DEFENSE 336.2

SACKS Justin Houston: 9

INTs Marlon Humphrey: 3

TAKE/GIVE +7 (16/9)

PUNTING (NET) Jordan Stout (R): 46.3 (40.2)

KICKING Justin Tucker: 86 (26/27 PAT; 20/22 FG)

QB LAMAR JACKSON had 24th-career rush TD last week, tied 4th-most among QBs in 1st 5 career seasons in SB era. Has 12 TDs (11 pass, 1 rush) vs. 3 INTs for 96.2 rating in 5 road starts in 2022. Completed 17 of 22 atts. (77.3 pct.) & had 4 TDs (3 pass, 1 rush) vs. INT for 133.1 rating in last meeting. • RB KENYAN DRAKE has 50+ scrimmage yards in 4 of his past 5. Aims for his 4th in row on road with TD & 4th in row overall with 50+ scrimmage yards. • TE MARK ANDREWS had 6 catches for 63 yards last week. Had 5 catches for 66 yards & rec. TD in last meeting. Has rec. TD in 2 of his past 3 on road & 5+ catches in 5 of his past 6 road games. Ranks 2nd among TEs with 551 rec. yards in 2022. • WR DEVIN DUVERNAY has 4 rec. TDs in 5 road games this season. • WR DEMARCUS ROBINSON had career-high 9 catches for 128 rec. yards last week. • LB ROQUAN SMITH had 1st sack with Bal. last week. Had 8 tackles, career-high 2 INTs & FR in his only career game vs. Jax. (12/27/20 w/ Chi.). • LB JUSTIN HOUSTON has 5.5 sacks in 4 road games this season & aims for his 3rd in row on road with 2+ sacks. Has 5 sacks in 3 career games at Jax. & aims for his 4th in row on road vs. Jax. with sack. • LB PATRICK QUEEN had season-high 12 tackles & 0.5 sacks last week. Had sack & 3 TFL in last meeting. Has 5+ tackles in 5 of his past 6 on road. • LB JASON PIERRE-PAUL aims for his 4th in row vs. Jax. with sack. • DE CALAIS CAMPBELL had 31.5 sacks & 44 TFL in 48 games with Jax. (2017-19). • CB MARLON HUMPHREY had 5th-career FR last week. Aims for his 4th in row with PD. • CB MARCUS PETERS has 12 career FFs, tied 3rd-most among active DBs.

JAGS NOTES:

LAST WEEK: Bye (L 27-17 at Kansas City in Week 10)

COACH VS. OPP. Doug Pederson: 0-2

PTS. FOR 21.6

OFFENSE 362.2

PASSING Trevor Lawrence: 227-348-2,334-13-6-89.7

RUSHING Travis Etienne: 131-725-5.5-4

RECEIVING Christian Kirk: 52-679-13.1-7

PTS. AGAINST 20.5

DEFENSE 357.7

SACKS Dawuane Smoot: 5

INTs Andre Cisco: 3

TAKE/GIVE +1 (14/13)

PUNTING (NET) Logan Cooke: 49.7 (43.3)

KICKING Riley Patterson: 62 (20/21 PAT; 14/18 FG)

QB TREVOR LAWRENCE completed season-high 29 of 40 atts. (72.5 pct.) for 259 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 106.1 rating in Week 10. Has 5 games with 70+ comp. pct. & 100+ rating in 2022, tied-most in NFL (Tua Tagovailoa – 5) & aims for his 3rd in row with 70+ comp. pct. & 100+ rating. • RB TRAVIS ETIENNE has 50+ scrimmage yards in 9 of 1st 10 career games & needs 73 scrimmage yards for 1st-career 1,000-yard season. Aims for his 4th in row at home with rush TD & 5th in row at home with 100+ scrimmage yards. • WR CHRISTIAN KIRK had season-high 9 catches for 105 yards & 2 rec. TDs in Week 10, his 6th-career game with 2+ TD catches. Has career-high 7 rec. TDs in 2022. Aims for his 3rd in row with 8+ catches, 75+ rec. yards & TD catch. Had 6 catches for 114 yards in his only career game vs. Bal. (9/15/19 w/ Az.). • WR MARVIN JONES had 90 rec. yards in his last game vs. Bal. (12/3/17 w/ Det.). • WR ZAY JONES had 8 catches for 68 yards in Week 10. Had rec. TD in his last game vs. Bal. (9/13/21 w/ LV). • LB FOYESADE OLUOKUN has 7+ tackles in 9 of his 10 games this season. Aims for his 5th in row at home & 9th in row overall with 7+ tackles. Had 10 tackles & FF in his only career game vs. Bal. (12/2/18 w/ Atl.). • LB DEVIN LLOYD (rookie) aims for his 3rd in row with FR. Has 5+ tackles in 4 of his 5 home games in 2022. Ranks 3rd among all rookies with 72 tackles. • DL DAWUANE SMOOT aims for his 3rd in row at home with 1.5+ sacks. Had sack & FF in last meeting. • S RAYSHAWN JENKINS had 1st-career FF in Week 10.

NFL PREVIEW: HOUSTON TEXANS (1-8-1) @ MIAMI DOLPHINS (7-3)

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER Texans lead all-time series, 8-2

STREAKS Dolphins have won 2 of last 3

LAST GAME 11/7/21: Texans 9 at Dolphins 17

LAST GAME AT SITE 11/7/21

TEXANS NOTES:

LAST WEEK: L 23-10 vs. Washington

COACH VS. OPP. Lovie Smith: 1-1

PTS. FOR 15.9

OFFENSE 285.9

PASSING Davis Mills: 203-328-2,144-11-11-78.1

RUSHING Dameon Pierce (R): 175-780-4.5-3

RECEIVING Brandin Cooks: 39-461-11.8-1

PTS. AGAINST 23.0

DEFENSE 389.6

SACKS Jerry Hughes: 8

INTs Jalen Pitre (R): 2

TAKE/GIVE 0 (11/11)

PUNTING (NET) Cameron Johnston: 48.6 (43.2)

KICKING Ka’imi Fairbairn: 69 (15/15 PAT; 18/20 FG)

QB DAVIS MILLS had 1st-career rush TD last week. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with 300+ pass yards & TD pass. • RB DAMEON PIERCE (rookie) has 75+ scrimmage yards in each of his 1st 5 career road games & aims for his 5th in row on road with 100+ scrimmage yards. Leads all rookies with 780 rush yards & 915 scrimmage yards. Can become 3rd rookie in franchise history (Steve Slaton & Domanick Williams) with 1,000+ scrimmage yards. • WR BRANDIN COOKS led team with 70 rec. yards last week. Has 4+ catches in 6 of his past 7 on road. Has 6+ catches & 50+ rec. yards in 2 of his 3 career games vs. Mia. Needs 39 rec. yards for 9th-straight 500+ yard season. • WR NICO COLLINS aims for his 3rd in row with 5+ receptions. • DL JERRY HUGHES had sack & FF in his last game vs. Mia. (10/31/21 w/ Buf.). Has 3 sacks & 4 TFL in his past 4 on road. • LB CHRISTIAN KIRKSEY has 5+ tackles in each of his 1st 10 games in 2022. • LB CHRISTIAN HARRIS (rookie) aims for his 5th in row with 5+ tackles. • DB JONATHAN OWENS had 10 tackles last week & has 7 games with 10+ tackles in 2022, tied-most in NFL. Has 10+ tackles in 4 of his 5 road games in 2022 & aims for his 3rd in row on road with 10+ tackles. Ranks 2nd among DBs with 90 tackles. • DB JALEN PITRE has 5+ tackles in 4 of his 5 career road games & ranks 2nd among rookie DBs with 69 tackles. • DB STEVEN NELSON had FR in his last game vs. Mia. (10/28/19 w/ Pit.). • DB DESMOND KING tied his career high with 10 tackles last week.

DOLPHINS NOTES:

LAST WEEK Bye (W 39-17 vs. Cleveland in Week 10)

COACH VS. OPP. Mike McDaniel: 0-0

PTS. FOR 25.2

OFFENSE 391.5

PASSING Tua Tagovailoa: 176-248-2,265-18-3-118.4

RUSHING Raheem Mostert: 118-543-4.6-3

RECEIVING Tyreek Hill: 81-1,148-14.2-4

PTS. AGAINST 24.1

DEFENSE 356.7

SACKS Bradley Chubb (2022): 6

INTs Jevon Holland: 2

TAKE/GIVE -2 (8/10)

PUNTING (NET) Thomas Morstead: 45.7 (40.7)

KICKING Jason Sanders: 66 (27/30 PAT; 13/17 FG)

QB TUA TAGOVAILOA completed 25 of 32 atts. (78.1 pct.) for 285 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 135 rating in Week 10 & joined HOFer Kurt Warner (Weeks 3-5, 1999) as only QBs ever with 275+ pass yards, 3+ TD passes & 135+ rating in 3 straight games. Leads NFL with 118.4 rating in 2022. Is 8-0 with 12 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 105.7 rating in his past 8 home starts. • RB JEFF WILSON had 143 scrimmage yards (119 rush, 24 rec.) & 16th-career rush TD in Week 10. Aims for his 3rd in row with TD. Has career highs in scrimmage yards (774) & rush yards (638) in 2022. • RB RAHEEM MOSTERT had 87 scrimmage yards (65 rush, 22 rec.) & rush TD in Week 10. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with TD & 3rd in row overall with rush TD. • WR TYREEK HILL aims for his 3rd in row with rec. TD & 8th in row with 5+ catches. Needs 52 rec. yards for 3rd-straight & 4th-career season with 1,200+ rec. yards. Needs rec. TD to become 4th player ever (Gary Clark, Larry Fitzgerald & HOFer Marvin Harrison) with 50+ catches & 5+ rec. TDs in each of 1st 7 career seasons. • WR JAYLEN WADDLE has rec. TD in 2 of his past 3 overall & 85+ rec. yards in 3 of his past 4 at home. Had 8 catches for 83 yards in last meeting. • LB JAELAN PHILLIPS aims for his 4th in row at home with 0.5+ sacks. • LB MELVIN INGRAM aims for his 3rd in row with sack. • LB JEROME BAKER had 7 tackles, TFL & PD in Week 10. Aims for his 4th in row with 5+ tackles. Had 7 tackles & INT in last meeting. • CB XAVIEN HOWARD had FR in Week 10. Has 4 PD in 5 home games in 2022. • S JEVON HOLLAND has 5+ tackles in 3 of his past 4 at home. Had INT in last meeting.

NFL PREVIEW: CHICAGO BEARS (3-8) @ NEW YORK JETS (6-4)

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER Bears lead all-time series, 9-3

STREAKS Bears have won past 5

LAST GAME 10/28/18: Jets 10 at Bears 24

LAST GAME AT SITE 9/22/14: Bears 27, Jets 19

BEARS NOTES:

LAST WEEK: L 27-24 at Atlanta

COACH VS. OPP. Matt Eberflus: 0-0

PTS. FOR 21.9

OFFENSE 326.0

PASSING Justin Fields: 136-228-1,642-13-8-86.2

RUSHING Justin Fields (QB): 122-834-6.8-7

RECEIVING Darnell Mooney: 40-493-12.3-2

PTS. AGAINST 24.9

DEFENSE 339.5

SACKS Jaquan Brisker (R): 3

INTs Eddie Jackson: 4

TAKE/GIVE 0 (13/13)

PUNTING (NET) Trenton Gill (R): 46.9 (39.9)

KICKING Cairo Santos: 65 (20/23 PAT; 15/16 FG)

QB JUSTIN FIELDS had 258 yards (153 pass, 85 rush) & 2 TDs (1 pass, 1 rush) in Week 11. Became 2nd player in SB era (Kyler Murray – 2020) with both pass TD & rush TD in 5 straight games & 3rd QB in SB era (Josh Allen & Lamar Jackson) with 75+ rush yards in 3 straight games. Leads all QBs with 834 rush yards & ranks 2nd with 7 rush TDs. • RB DAVID MONTGOMERY had 121 scrimmage yards (67 rush, team-high 54 rec.) & 3rd rush TD of season in Week 11, his 2nd game with 100+ scrimmage yards in 2022. Has rush TD in 3 of his past 4 on road. Aims for his 16th in row on road with 50+ scrimmage yards. • WR DARNELL MOONEY had 10th-career rec. TD last week & has TD catch in 2 of his past 3. Has 50+ rec. yards in 4 of his past 5 on road. • TE COLE KMET ranks tied-2nd among TEs with career-high 5 rec. TDs in 2022. • DB JAQUAN BRISKER (rookie) led team with career-high 11 tackles & had TFL & 1stcareer FF last week. Has 5+ tackles in 9 of his past 10 games & ranks 2nd among rookies with 73 tackles. • DB EDDIE JACKSON Is 1 of 2 DBs (Budda Baker) with 75+ tackles (77 in 2022) in each of past 3 seasons & needs 6 tackles for new career high (82 tackles in 2020). • DB JAYLON JOHNSON had 1st-career FR last week. • LB JACK SANBORN (rookie) aims for his 4th in row with 7+ tackles. • LB NICHOLAS MORROW tied his career-high with his 8th TFL of season last week & aims for his 5th in row with TFL. Had sack in his last game vs. NYJ (12/6/20 w/ Raiders). Has TFL in 2 of his 3 career games vs. NYJ.

JETS NOTES:

LAST WEEK: L 10-3 at New England

COACH VS. OPP. Robert Saleh: 0=0

PTS. FOR 19.9

OFFENSE 311.8

PASSING Zach Wilson: 105-189-1,279-4-5-72.6

RUSHING James Robinson (2022): 106-415-3.9-3

RECEIVING Garrett Wilson (R): 44-533-12.1-2

PTS. AGAINST 18.6

DEFENSE 310.5

SACKS Quinnen Williams: 8

INTs Lamarcus Joyner: 3

TAKE/GIVE +1 (14/13)

PUNTING (NET) Braden Mann: 47.3 (41.1)

KICKING Greg Zuerlein: 71 (20/21 PAT; 17/20 FG)

QB ZACH WILSON has 65+ comp. pct. in 2 of his past 3 home starts. Has 0 INTs in 5 of his past 6 at home. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with TD pass. • RB MICHAEL CARTER has 3 rush TDs in his past 3 at home. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with 50+ scrimmage yards. • RB JAMES ROBINSON needs 34 scrimmage yards for 3rd-consecutive season with 500+ scrimmage yards. Has 23 career TDs (18 rush, 5 rec.) & can become 3rd undrafted player (Arian Foster & Antonio Gates) with 25+ TDs in 1st 3 seasons in common-draft era. • WR GARRETT WILSON ranks 2nd among rookies in receptions (44) & rec. yards (533). Has 6+ catches & 90+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3. • DL QUINNEN WILLIAMS had career-high 8th sack of season last week. Aims for his 4th in row overall with sack. • DL CARL LAWSON had 5th sack of season last week, his 4th-career 5+ sack season. Has sack in 2 of his past 3 at home. • LB QUINCY WILLIAMS had 2nd sack of season last week. Aims for his 4th in row with TFL. Has 5+ tackles in 15 of his past 16. • LB C.J. MOSLEY needs 3 tackles for 6th-career 100+ tackle season. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with PD. Had 11 tackles & FR in his only career game vs. Chi. (10/15/17 w/ Bal.). • CB SAUCE GARDNER (rookie) leads NFL with 14 PD in 2022. • CB MICHAEL CARTER aims for his 4th in row at home & 4th in row overall with PD. • CB D.J. REED has 5 PD in his past 4 & aims for his 3rd in row at home with PD. • S JORDAN WHITEHEAD tied his career high with 2 TFL last week.

NFL PREVIEW: CINCINNATI BENGALS (6-4) @ TENNESSEE TITANS (7-3)

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER Titans lead all-time series, 40-34-1

STREAKS Bengals have won 3 of last 4

LAST GAME 11/1/20: Titans 20 at Bengals 31

LAST GAME AT SITE 11/12/17: Titans 24, Bengals 20

BENGALS NOTES:

LAST WEEK: W 37-30 at Pittsburgh

COACH VS. OPP. Zac Taylor: 2-0

PTS. FOR 26.5

OFFENSE 366.4

PASSING Joe Burrow: 257-372-2,890-22-8-102.8

RUSHING Joe Mixon: 158-605-3.8-6

RECEIVING Tee HIggins: 50-712-14.2-3

PTS. AGAINST 21.5

DEFENSE 326.7

SACKS Trey Hendrickson: 6

INTs Vonn Bell: 4

TAKE/GIVE +3 (13/10)

PUNTING (NET) Drue Chrisman: 50.0 (47.7)

KICKING Evan McPherson: 69 (27/29 PAT; 14/18 FG)

QB JOE BURROW passed for 355 yards & season-high 4 TDs vs. 2 INTs with 104.1 rating last week, his 2nd game with season with 350+ pass yards & 3+ TD passes, tied-most in NFL. Has 2+ TD passes in 4 of past 5. Completed 28 of 37 atts. (75.7 pct.) for 348 yards & 93.1 rating in 2021 AFC-D at Ten. (1/22/22). Had 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 106.7 rating in last reg. season meeting. Ranks 2nd in NFL with 22 TD passes. • RB JOE MIXON had 105 scrimmage yards (54 rush, 51 rec.) & rush TD in 2021 AFC-D at Ten. (1/22/22) & aims for his 3rd in row vs. Ten. with rush TD, incl. postseason. • RB SAMAJE PERINE had season-high 82 scrimmage yards (career-high 52 rec., 30 rush) in Week 11. Had rush TD in last reg. season meeting. • WR TYLER BOYD had 6 catches for 67 yards & rec. TD in last reg. season meeting. • WR TEE HIGGINS led team with season highs in catches (9) & rec. yards (148) last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 7+ catches & 60+ rec. yards. Aims for his 3rd in row, incl. postseason, vs. Ten. with 6+ catches & 75+ rec. yards. • DE TREY HENDRICKSON had 2 sacks & PD last week. Aims for 3rd in row with PD. • LB LOGAN WILSON has 8+ tackles in 2 of past 3 & 5+ tackles in 6 of past 7. Had 8 tackles & INT in 2021 AFC-D at Ten. (1/22/22). Had sack in last reg. season meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row, incl. playoffs, vs. Ten. with TFL. • LB GERMAINE PRATT had 8 tackles & season-high 2 TFL last week. • S VONN BELL had sack in 2021 AFC-D at Ten. (1/22/22) & aims for his 3rd in row, incl. postseason, vs. Ten. with 5+ tackles. • S JESSIE BATES aims for 3rd in row with PD. Had INT in both 2021 AFC-D & last reg. season meeting vs. Ten. & aims for his 3rd in row, incl. playoffs, vs. Ten. with INT

TITANS NOTES:

LAST WEEK W 27-17 at Green Bay (Thu.)

COACH VS. OPP. Mike Vrabel: 0-2

PTS. FOR 19.3

OFFENSE 294.3

PASSING Ryan Tannehill: 136-209-1,685-10-4-97.9

RUSHING Derrick Henry: 230-1,010-4.4-10

RECEIVING Robert Woods: 30-335-11.2-1

PTS. AGAINST 18.5

DEFENSE 349.0

SACKS Denico Autry: 7

INTs David Long: 2

TAKE/GIVE +2 (13/11)

PUNTING (NET) Ryan Stonehouse (R): 53.0 (44.8)

KICKING Randy Bullock: 52 (19/19 PAT; 11/13 FG)

QB RYAN TANNEHILL completed 22 of 27 atts. (season-high 81.5 pct.) for seasonhigh 333 yards & 2 TDs vs. INT for 127.3 rating, his 25th-career game with 300+ pass yards. Has TD pass & 90+ rating in 5 of his past 6 at home. Had 2 TDs (1 pass, 1 rush) vs. INT for 92.8 rating in last reg. season meeting. • RB DERRICK HENRY had 132 scrimmage yards (87 rush, 45 rec), 10th rush TD of season & 3rd-career TD pass (incl. postseason) last week & became 5th RB all-time with 10+ rush TDs in 5 consecutive seasons. Has 1,010 rush yards in 2022, his 4thcareer 1,000-yard season. Had rush TD in 2021 AFC-D vs. Cin. (1/22/22) & rush TD in last reg. season meeting. • WR TREYLON BURKS (rookie) led team with career-highs in catches (7) & rec. yards (111), his 1st-career 100-yard game. • WR ROBERT WOODS had season-high 6 catches last week. • TE AUSTIN HOOPER had 2nd-career game with 2 rec. TDs last week. • DT JEFFERY SIMMONS had sack last week & has sack in 4 of his past 5. Had 8 tackles & 3 sacks in 2021 AFC-D vs. Cin. (1/22/22). • DL DENICO AUTRY had 1.5 sacks in 2021 AFC-D vs. Cin. (1/22/22). • LB DAVID LONG led team with 9 tackles & had career-high 3 TFL last week. Has 7+ tackles in 9 of his 10 games in 2022 & aims for his 9th in row with 7+ tackles. Had 8 tackles & sack in 2021 AFC-D vs. Cin. (1/22/22). • S KEVIN BYARD aims for his 3rd in row in reg. season vs. Cin. with PD. • CB KRISTIAN FULTON has 2+ PD in 2 of his past 3. • DB JOSHUA KALU had 2nd-career FF last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with PD.

NFL PREVIEW: ATLANTA FALCONS (5-6) @ WASHINGTON COMMANDERS (6-5)

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER Washington leads all-time series, 15-10-1

STREAKS Atlanta has won past 6 of last 7

LAST GAME 10/3/21: Washington 34 at Atlanta 30

LAST GAME AT SITE 11/4/18: Atlanta 38, Washington 14

FALCONS NOTES:

LAST WEEK W 27-24 vs. Chicago

COACH VS. OPP. Arthur Smith: 0-1

PTS. FOR 23.5

OFFENSE 313.8

PASSING Marcus Mariota: 156-251-1,878-13-7-90.7

RUSHING Tyler Allgeier (R): 110-498-4.5-1

RECEIVING Drake London (R): 39-409-10.5-4

PTS. AGAINST 24.9

DEFENSE 389.4

SACKS Grady Jarrett: 5.5

INTs Richie Grant, Jaylinn Hawkins: 2

TAKE/GIVE -1 (14/15)

PUNTING (NET) Bradley Pinion: 46. 8 (40.9)

KICKING Younghoe Koo: 79 (25/27 PAT; 18/22 FG)

QB MARCUS MARIOTA had 2 TDs (1 pass, 1 rush) vs. 0 INTs for 100.2 rating in Week 11, his 4th rush TD of season & 4th game in 2022 with 100+ rating. Has 8 TDs (7 pass, 1 rush) vs. 4 INTs for 92.1 rating in 5 road starts this season. Had 101.4 rating in his only career start vs. Was. (12/22/18 w/ Ten.). • RB CORDARRELLE PATTERSON had 52 rush yards & 103-yard KR-TD in Week 11. Has 9 career KR-TDs, surpassing Josh Cribbs (8) & Leon Washington (8) for most in NFL history. Had 5 receptions, 116 scrimmage yards (82 rec., 34 rush) & career-high 3 rec. TDs in last meeting. • RB TYLER ALLGEIER (rookie) led team with 55 rush yards last week. Has 50+ scrimmage yards in 5 of his past 6. Ranks 3rd among rookies with 498 rush yards. • WR DRAKE LONDON had 4th rec. TD of season last week, tied 2nd-most among rookies. • DL GRADY JARRETT had sack last week. Has TFL in 4 of his past 5. Had sack in last road meeting & has TFL in 2 of his 3 career games vs. Was. • LB RASHAAN EVANS led team with 11 tackles last week, his 7th game in 2022 with 10+ tackles. Aims for his 3rd in row on road & 4th in row overall with 10+ tackles. Is 1 of 3 (Zaire Franklin & Quay Walker) with 11 games of 5+ tackles in 2022. • LB MYKAL WALKER had 5th-career TFL & career-high 2 PD last week. Aims for his 5th in row with 8+ tackles. • LB LORENZO CARTER had sack last week & aims for his 3rd in row with TFL. Has sack in 2 of his past 3 vs. Was. & 2 of his 3 career games at Was. • S JAYLINN HAWKINS had 2nd INT of season last week, his 4th-career INT. • S RICHIE GRANT has 5+ tackles in 10 of his 11 games this season.

COMMANDERS NOTES:

LAST WEEK: W 23-10 at Houston

COACH VS. OPP. Ron Rivera: 7-11

PTS. FOR 19.5

OFFENSE 325.9

PASSING Taylor Heinicke: 90-232-1,031-5-4-81.8

RUSHING Antonio Gibson: 121-444-3.7-3

RECEIVING Terry McLaurin: 50-792-15.8-2

PTS. AGAINST 20.3

DEFENSE 308.0

SACKS Jonathan Allen, Daron Payne: 6.5

INTs Darrick Forrest: 3

TAKE/GIVE 0 (13/13)

PUNTING (NET) Tress Way: 47.5 (43.8)

KICKING Joey Slye: 64 (16/17 PAT; 16/18 FG)

QB TAYLOR HEINICKE has won 5 of his past 6 starts. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with 2+ TD passes. • RB ANTONIO GIBSON had 103 scrimmage yards (72 rush, 31 rec.) in Week 11, his 2nd game with 100+ scrimmage yards in 2022. Has 50+ scrimmage yards in 5 of his past 6. Rushed for 63 yards & TD in last meeting. • RB BRIAN ROBINSON (rookie) rushed for 57 yards last week & aims for his 3rd in row with 50+ rush yards. • WR TERRY MCLAURIN aims for his 6th in row overall & 7th in row at home with 50+ rec. yards. Leads team with 50 receptions, his 4th-straight 50+ catch season. Had 6 catches for 123 yards & 2 rec. TDs in last meeting. • WR CURTIS SAMUEL had 1st rush TD of season last week, his 6th-career rush TD. Is 1 of 4 active WRs (Tyreek Hill, Jarvis Landy & Robert Woods) with 15+ rec. TDs (17) & 5+ rush TDs (6). Has 60+ scrimmage yards in each of his 1st 5 home games this season. Has 50+ scrimmage yards in 2 of his past 3 vs. Atl. • DT JONATHAN ALLEN had 2 sacks & 3 TFL last week, his 6th-career game with 2+ sacks. Has 2+ TFL in 3 of his past 4 & has career-high 14 TFL in 2022. • DT DARON PAYNE has career highs in sacks (6.5) & TFL (11) in 2022. Has sack in 3 of his past 4. • DE MONTEZ SWEAT had 4th-career 2-sack game last week & aims for his 3rd in row with sack. Had sack in last meeting. • CB KENDALL FULLER had 37-yard INT-TD in Week 11, his 12th-career INT & 1st-career TD. Aims for his 4th in row with PD. Had 2 PD in last meeting.

NFL PREVIEW: LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (5-5) @ ARIZONA CARDINALS (4-7)

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER Chargers lead all-time series, 10-4

STREAKS Chargers have won 4 of last 5

LAST GAME 11/25/18: Cardinals 10 at Chargers 45

LAST GAME AT SITE 9/8/14: Cardinals 18, Chargers 17

CHARGERS NOTES:

LAST WEEK L 30-27 vs. Kansas City

COACH VS. OPP. Brandon Staley: 0-0

PTS. FOR 22.7

OFFENSE 351.7

PASSING Justin Herbert: 277-416-2,730-16-7-90.7

RUSHING Austin Ekeler: 123-534-4.3-7

RECEIVING Mike Williams: 38-510-13.4-3

PTS. AGAINST 25.8

DEFENSE 369.0

SACKS Khalil Mack: 7

INTs Bryce Callahan: 2

TAKE/GIVE +2 (12/10)

PUNTING (NET) JK Scott: 43.9 (42.3)

KICKING Cameron Dicker (R): 27 (6/6 PAT; 7/7 FG)

QB JUSTIN HERBERT passed for 280 yards & 2 TDs vs. INT for 113.2 rating last week. Ranks 2nd in NFL in completions (277) & 5th in pass yards (2,730) in 2022. Has 19 games with 300+ pass yards, tied-most by QB in 1st 3 seasons in NFL history & 15 games with 3+ TD passes, tied-2nd most by QB in 1st 3 seasons all-time. • RB AUSTIN EKELER had 100 scrimmage yards (83 rush, 17 rec.) & 7th rush TD of season last week. Needs 29 scrimmage yards for 3rd-career season with 1,000+ scrimmage yards. Leads all RBs with 69 catches & ranks 2nd in rec. yards (437) this season. Had 10 catches, 103 scrimmage yards (68 rec., 35 rush) & rush TD in last meeting. Has 2+ TDs in 3 of his past 4 on road. • WR KEENAN ALLEN had 5 catches for 94 yards last week. Had 7 catches for 72 yards & rec. TD in last meeting & aims for his 3rd in row vs. Az. with 5+ catches. • WR MIKE WILLIAMS had 2 rec. TDs in last meeting. Can become 1st player since HOFer Calvin Johnson (2012) with 100+ rec. yards in 6 straight road games. • WR JOSHUA PALMER led team with 8 catches for 106 yards & had 1st-career game with 2 rec. TDs last week. Has 8+ catches in 3 of his past 4. • LB KHALIL MACK has TFL in 4 of his 5 road games this season. Had 2 sacks & FF in his last game vs. Az. (9/23/18 w/ Chi.) & aims for his 3rd in row vs. Az. with TFL. • LB DRUE TRANQUILL has career-high 87 tackles. Has 10+ tackles in 3 of his past 4 on road. Aims for his 11th in row in 2022 with 5+ tackles. • S DERWIN JAMES had career high 4th sack of season last week, most among DBs in 2022. Leads all DBs with 92 tackles & has 6+ tackles in each of his 1st 10 games this season.

CARDS NOTES:

LAST WEEK: L 38-10 vs. San Francisco in Mexico City (Mon.)

COACH VS. OPP. Kliff Kingsbury: 0-0

PTS. FOR 21.8

OFFENSE 331.9

PASSING Kyler Murray: 240-360-2,168-12-6-86.9

RUSHING James Conner: 96-356-3.7-4

RECEIVING DeAndre Hopkins: 45-487-10.8-2

PTS. AGAINST 26.9

DEFENSE 360.3

SACKS J.J. Watt: 5.5

INTs Seven tied: 1

TAKE/GIVE +3 (14/11)

PUNTING (NET) Andy Lee: 46.7 (39.4)

KICKING Matt Prater: 37 (10/10 PAT; 9/9 FG)

QB KYLER MURRAY aims for his 3rd start in row with 2+ TD passes & 4th start in row with 95+ rating. Has 6 TDs vs. INT for 89.5 rating in 5 home starts in 2022. • QB COLT MCCOY has TD pass vs. 0 INTs & 95+ rating in 3 of his 5 career starts with Az. • RB JAMES CONNER had 4th rush TD of season last week & aims for his 3rd in row with rush TD. Aims for his 9th home game in row with 50+ scrimmage yards. Has 193 scrimmage yards (96.5 per game) & 4 TDs (3 rush, 1 rec.) in 2 career games vs. LAC & aims for his 3rd in row vs. LAC with 2+ TDs. • WR DEANDRE HOPKINS had 9 catches for 91 yards in Week 11. Since Week 7, leads NFL in receptions (45) & ranks 2nd in rec. yards (487). Aims for his 4th in row vs. Chargers with 5+ receptions & 65+ rec. yards. Since 2013, leads NFL with 834 receptions & ranks 2nd with 11,068 rec. yards. • WR A.J. GREEN had 5 catches last week. Has 5+ catches in 3 of his 4 career games vs. Chargers & had rec. TD in 2 of his past 3 vs. Chargers. • WR MARQUISE BROWN has 43 catches for 485 yards & 3 TDs in 6 games in 2022. • WR GREG DORTCH had 9 catches for career-high 103 yards last week. • DE J.J. WATT had PD last week & ranks 2nd among active DL with 67 career PD. Had 2 sacks in his last game vs. LAC (9/22/19 w/ Hou.). • DE ZACH ALLEN has TFL in 4 of his past 5 home games & had career-high 8 TFL in 2022. • LB ISAIAH SIMMONS aims for his 4th in row with TFL. Has 5+ tackles in 4 of his past 5. • CB MARCO WILSON had 2 PD last week & has career-high 7 PD in 2022. • S BUDDA BAKER had 10 tackles & PD last week. Has 4 games with 10+ tackles this season, 2nd-most among DBs. Has 54 tackles (9 per game) in 6 home games in 2022.

NFL PREVIEW: LAS VEGAS RAIDERS (3-7) @ SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (6-4)

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER Raiders lead all-time series, 28-25

STREAKS Seahawks have won past 2

LAST GAME 10/14/18: Seahawks 27 at Raiders 3 (Oakland)

LAST GAME AT SITE 11/2/14: Seahawks 30, Raiders 24

RAIDERS NOTES:

LAST WEEK: W 22-16 at Denver (OT)

COACH VS. OPP. Josh McDaniels: 1-0

PTS. FOR 22.5

OFFENSE 342.3

PASSING Derek Carr: 217-348-2,435-15-5-91.6

RUSHING Josh Jacobs: 183-930-5.1-7

RECEIVING Davante Adams: 64-925-14.5-10

PTS. AGAINST 24.2

DEFENSE 370.5

SACKS Maxx Crosby: 9

INTs Duron Harmon: 2

TAKE/GIVE -1 (6/7)

PUNTING (NET) AJ Cole: 50.9 (44.9)

KICKING Daniel Carlson: 81 (18/19 PAT; 21/22 FG)

QB DEREK CARR passed for season-high 307 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 106.5 rating in Week 11. Aims for his 4th in row with 2+ TDs vs. 0 INTs & 95+ rating. Had 2 TDs vs. 2 INTs in last road meeting. • RB JOSH JACOBS had 160 scrimmage yards (109 rush, career-high 51 rec.) last week. Is 1 of 3 (Tyreek Hill & Justin Jefferson) with 4 games of 150+ scrimmage yards this season. Ranks 2nd in NFL with 1,181 scrimmage yards & is only player with 1,100+ scrimmage yards in each of past 4 seasons. • WR DAVANTE ADAMS had 7 catches for 141 yards & 2 rec. TDs in Week 11. Has 3 career OT TDs, tied with HOFer LaDainian Tomlinson for most in NFL history. Ranks 2nd in NFL with 10 rec. TDs & became 4th player ever with 10+ rec. TDs in 6 of his 1st 9 seasons. Had 10 catches for 166 yards in his last game at Sea. (11/15/18 w/ GB). Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Sea. with 7+ catches & 75+ rec. yards. Can become 4th player since 2000 with 125+ rec. yards & TD catch in 4 straight games. • DE MAXX CROSBY had 2 sacks & 6th-career FF last week, his 3rd 2-sack game of season. Has TFL in 9 of his 10 games this season & leads NFL with 16 TFL. Since 2019, is 1 of 3 (Aaron Donald & T.J. Watt) with 30+ sacks (34) & 50+ TFL (59). • DE CHANDLER JONES has 16.5 sacks, 12 TFL & 6 FFs in 11 career games vs. Sea., incl. 1.5+ sacks in 5 of his 6 games at Sea. Aims for his 4th in row overall vs. Sea. with sack & FF & 7th in row on road vs. Sea. with sack. • LB DENZEL PERRYMAN had 6 tackles & 2 TFL last week. Has career-high 9 TFL in 2022 & has TFL in 6 of his 7 games this season. Aims for his 7th in row with 5+ tackles.

SEAHAWKS NOTES:

LAST WEEK Bye (L 21-16 vs. Tampa Bay in Munich, Week 10)

COACH VS. OPP. Pete Carroll: 2-1

PTS. FOR 25.7

OFFENSE 352.1

PASSING Geno Smith: 230-316-2,474-17-4-108.0

RUSHING Kenneth Walker (R): 121-587-4.9-7

RECEIVING Tyler Lockett: 54-640-11.9-5

PTS. AGAINST 24.1

DEFENSE 370.0

SACKS Uchenna Nwosu: 7

INTs Tariq Woolen (R): 5

TAKE/GIVE +4 (17/13)

PUNTING (NET) Michael Dickson: 49.4 (45.2)

KICKING Jason Myers: 83 (26/27 PAT; 19/20 FG)

QB GENO SMITH passed for 275 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 115.1 rating in Week 10. Leads NFL with 7 games of 2+ TD passes & 100+ rating & aims for his 5th in row with 2+ TD passes & 100+ rating. Leads NFL in comp. pct. (72.8) & ranks 2nd in rating (108), 3rd-highest comp. pct. in team’s 1st 10 games of season all-time (min. 300 atts.). • RB KENNETH WALKER (rookie) had career highs in receptions (6) & rec. yards (55) in Week 10. Aims for his 3rd in row at home & 7th in row overall with 50+ scrimmage yards. Has rush TD in 5 of his past 6 & leads all rookies with 7 rush TDs. • WR DK METCALF had 6 catches for 71 yards in Week 10 & aims for his 4th in row with 5+ receptions. Has 6 rec. TDs in his past 6 at home. Needs 2 catches for 4thstraight 50+ catch season. • WR TYLER LOCKETT had 5th rec. TD of season in Week 10 & has 50+ receptions (54) & 5+ rec. TDs in each of past 5 seasons. Had TD catch in last meeting. • WR MARQUISE GOODWIN had 3rd rec. TD of season in Week 10. • LB JORDYN BROOKS led team with season-high 16 tackles in Week 10 & has 10+ tackles in 7 games in 2022. Leads NFL with 10.6 tackles per game this season. • LB CODY BARTON had 9 tackles & 1st-career INT in Week 10. • CB TARIQ WOOLEN (rookie) had 5th INT of season in Week 10 & became 3rd player since 2010 (Casey Hayward & Earl Thomas) with 5+ INT in 1st 10 career games. Has PD in 9 of 10 games in 2022 & aims for his 9th in row with PD. • CB COBY BRYANT (rookie) leads NFL with 4 FFs. • S QUANDRE DIGGS had FF in his last game vs. Raiders (11/22/15 w/ Det.). • S RYAN NEAL has 6+ tackles in 5 of his past 6.

NFL PREVIEW: LOS ANGELES RAMS (3-7) @ KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (8-2)

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER Chiefs lead all-time series, 7-5

STREAKS Chiefs have won 6 of last 7

LAST GAME 11/19/18: Chiefs 51 at Rams 54

LAST GAME AT SITE 10/26/14: Chiefs 34, Rams 7

RAMS NOTES:

LAST WEEK L 27-20 at New Orleans

COACH VS. OPP. Sean McVay: 1-0

PTS. FOR 16.8

OFFENSE 288.0

PASSING Matthew Stafford: 206-303-2,087-10-8-87.4

RUSHING Cam Akers: 76-237-3.1-1

RECEIVING Tyler Higbee (TE): 48-430-9.0-0

PTS. AGAINST 22.7

DEFENSE 312.0

SACKS Aaron Donald, Leonard Floyd: 5

INTs Five tied: 1

TAKE/GIVE -7 (8/15)

PUNTING (NET) Riley Dixon: 49.5 (41.0)

KICKING Matt Gay: 60 (18/18 PAT; 14/15 FG)

QB MATTHEW STAFFORD had 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 126.9 rating last week. Aims for his 4th in row without INT. Passed for 291 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 118.6 rating in his last start vs. KC (9/29/19 w/ Det). • QB BRYCE PERKINS had 103 yards (64 pass, 39 rush) in Week 11. • RB CAM AKERS tied his season high with 61 rush yards last week. • WR ALLEN ROBINSON had 47 rec. yards & 3rd TD catch of season last week. Has 4+ catches in 4 of his past 5. Had 7 catches for 76 yards & rec. TD in his only career game at KC (11/6/16 w/ Jax.) & aims for his 3rd in row vs. KC with 6+ catches & 50+ rec. yards. • WR TUTU ATWELL had 1st career rec. TD last week. • TE TYLER HIGBEE ranks tied-2nd among TEs with 48 catches in 2022 & needs 2 catches for 3rd-career 50-catch season. Had 6 catches for 63 yards in last meeting. • DL AARON DONALD had 2 TFL last week & has 10 TFL in 2022, his 9th-straight 10+ TFL season since entering NFL in 2014. Aims for his 8th in row on road with TFL. Had 2 sacks & 2 FFs in last meeting & aims for his 3rd in row vs. KC with FF. • DT GREG GAINES had career-high 2 sacks last week. • LB BOBBY WAGNER led team with 11 tackles last week. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with 10+ tackles. Had 12 tackles in his only career game vs. KC (12/23/18 w/ Sea.). • LB LEONARD FLOYD had 2 sacks last week, his 11th-career 2+ sack game. • DB JALEN RAMSEY aims for his 5th in row with 6+ tackles. Has PD in 5 of his past 6 on road. • S TAYLOR RAPP aims for his 6th in row with 5+ tackles.

CHIEFS NOTES:

LAST WEEK: W 30-27 at L.A. Chargers

COACH VS. OPP. Andy Reid: 6-4

PTS. FOR 30.0

OFFENSE 429.3

PASSING Patrick Mahomes: 265-400-3,265-28-7-107.4

RUSHING Isiah Pacheco (R): 75-386-5.1-1

RECEIVING Travis Kelce (TE): 69-855-12.4-11

PTS. AGAINST 23.3

DEFENSE 349.2

SACKS Chris Jones: 9

INTs Four tied: 1

TAKE/GIVE -4 (8/12)

PUNTING (NET) Tommy Townsend: 50.7 (46.4)

KICKING Harrison Butker: 42 (18/20 PAT; 8/11 FG)

QB PATRICK MAHOMES passed for 329 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 120.8 rating last week. Leads NFL in pass yards (3,265) & pass TDs (28) in 2022. Has 2+ TD passes in 6 of his past 7 home starts. Aims for his 4th in row at home with 300+ pass yards. Passed for career-high 478 yards & 6 TDs with 117.6 rating in last meeting. • RB ISIAH PACHECO (rookie) rushed for career-high 107 yards last week, his 1stcareer 100-yard game. • TE TRAVIS KELCE had 6 catches for 115 yards & 3 rec. TDs in Week 11 & became 1st TE since 1983 (Todd Christensen) with 2 games of 3+ rec. TDs in single season. Has 33 career games with 100+ rec. yards, most by TE in NFL history. Leads NFL with 11 rec. TDs. Aims for his 6th in row at home with 5+ catches. Had 10 catches for 127 yards & rec. TD in last meeting. • WR SKYY MOORE (rookie) had career-highs in catches (5) & rec. yards (63) in Week 11. • DT CHRIS JONES had 2 sacks & 3 TFL last week, his 12th-career game with 2+ sacks. Is 1 of 2 (Myles Garrett) with 7+ sacks in each of past 5 seasons. Is 1 of 3 (Matt Judon & Micah Parsons) with 4+ games (4) of 1.5+ sacks in 2022. Aims for his 6th in row with 0.5+ sacks. • LB NICK BOLTON led team with season-high 14 tackles & had 1st-career INT & 1stcareer FF last week. Aims for his 4th in row at home with TFL. • LB WILLIE GAY had 11 tackles, 4th-career sack & 2 TFL last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with sack. Has 5+ tackles in each of his 6 games this season. • CB L’JARIUS SNEED had 2 PD & TFL last week. Has 5 PD in his past 4. Is 1 of 4 DBs (Budda Baker, Richie Grant & Derwin James) with 10 games of 5+ tackles in 2022.

NFL PREVIEW: NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (4-7) @ SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (6-4)

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER 49ers lead all-time series, 48-27-2

STREAKS Saints have won 2 of last 3

LAST GAME 11/15/20: 49ers 13 at Saints 27

LAST GAME AT SITE 11/6/16: Saints 41 at 49ers 23

SAINTS NOTES:

LAST WEEK W 27-20 vs. L.A. Rams

COACH VS. OPP. Dennis Allen: 0-0

PTS. FOR 22.6

OFFENSE 355.2

PASSING Andy Dalton: 162-242-1,819-14-7-96.4

RUSHING Alvin Kamara: 124-511-4.1-1

RECEIVING Chris Olave (R): 51-760-14.9-3

PTS. AGAINST 24.3

DEFENSE 327.3

SACKS Demario Davis: 6.5

INTs Tyrann Mathieu: 2

TAKE/GIVE -12 (7/19)

PUNTING (NET) Blake Gillikin: 48.1 (42.9)

KICKING Wil Lutz: 75 (24/24 PAT; 17/22 FG)

QB ANDY DALTON completed 21 of 25 atts. (career-high 84 pct. as starter) for 260 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for career-high 149.6 rating in Week 11. Had 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 96.7 rating in his last start vs. SF (12/20/20 w/ Dal.). Has 300+ pass yards in 3 of his past 4 road starts. • RB ALVIN KAMARA needs 104 scrimmage yards for 6th-consecutive 1,000-yard season. Had 7 catches & 3 TDs (2 rush, 1 rec.) in last meeting. Since 2017, leads all RBs in receptions (416), rec. yards (3,648) & scrimmage yards (8,397). • WR CHRIS OLAVE (rookie) led team with 5 receptions for 102 yards & TD catch in Week 11. Has 3 games with 100+ rec. yards, most among rookies. Leads all rookies in receptions (51) & rec. yards (760). • WR JARVIS LANDRY had 1st rec. TD of season last week. Had 75 rec. yards in his last game vs. SF (10/7/19 w/ Cle.). • TE JUWAN JOHNSON had career-high 5th rec. TD of season last week, tied 2ndmost among TEs in 2022. Aims for his 3rd in row on road & 4th in row overall with TD catch. • DE CAMERON JORDAN has TFL in 6 of his past 7 on road. Had 0.5 sacks in last road meeting. Is only player with 5+ sacks in each of past 11 seasons. • DT DAVID ONYEMATA has sack in 3 of his past 4. • LB DEMARIO DAVIS has TFL in 5 of his past 6 & aims for his 4th in row on road with TFL. Needs 1 TFL for 6th-straight season with 10+ TFL. Had 12 tackles, 3 TFL, sack & PD in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. SF with sack. • S TYRANN MATHIEU has 6 PD, 6 TFL, 3 INTs & FF in 8 career games vs. SF.

49ERS NOTES:

LAST WEEK W 38-10 vs. Arizona in Mexico City (Mon.)

COACH VS. OPP. Kyle Shanahan: 1-1

PTS. FOR 23.6

OFFENSE 362.7

PASSING Jimmy Garoppolo: 179=267-2,159-15-4-104.1

RUSHING Christian McCaffrey (2022): 132-602-4.6-4

RECEIVING Brandon Aiyuk: 46-587-12.8-6

PTS. AGAINST 17.3

DEFENSE 283.9

SACKS Nick Bosa: 10.5

INTs Talanoa Hufanga: 4

TAKE/GIVE -1 (12/13)

PUNTING (NET) Mitch Wishnowsky: 44.2 (39.9)

KICKING Robbie Gould: 67 (25/26 PAT; 14/17 FG)

QB JIMMY GAROPPOLO passed for 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 131.9 rating last week. Has 2+ TD passes in 5 of his past 6. Ranks 5th in NFL with 104.1 rating in 2022. Passed for 349 yards & 4 TDs vs. INT for 131.7 rating in his only career start vs. NO (12/8/19). • RB CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY had 7 catches & 106 scrimmage yards (67 rec., 39 rush) last week. Has 809 scrimmage yards (101 per game) & 5 TDs (3 rush, 2 rec.) in 8 career games vs. NO, incl. 115 scrimmage yards in Week 3 (w/ Car.). Is only player in NFL history to average 50+ rush yards (61.6) & 50+ rec. yards (51.1) per game. • RB ELIJAH MITCHELL has 50+ rush yards in 7 of his past 8. • TE GEORGE KITTLE had 84 rec. yards & 2nd-career game with 2 rec. TDs last week. Has 4 rec. TDs in his past 4. Had 67 rec. yards & TD catch in his only career game vs. NO (12/8/19). Since 2017, ranks 2nd among TEs with 4,913 rec. yards. • WR DEEBO SAMUEL had 7 catches for 57 yards & 13th-career rush TD last week. Had 109 scrimmage yards (76 rec., 33 rush) in his only career game vs. NO (12/8/19). • WR BRANDON AIYUK had 2nd-career game with 2 rec. TDs last week. Has 80+ rec. yards in 4 of his past 5 & aims for his 3rd in row at home with 80+ rec. yards. • DL NICK BOSA ranks 2nd in NFL with 10.5 sacks in 2022 & has sack in 8 of his 9 games this season. Has 6 sacks & 8 TFL in 4 home games in 2022. • LB FRED WARNER is 1 of 3 (T.J. Edwards & Jordan Hicks) with 75+ tackles (75), 5+ PD (6) & 2+ sacks (2) in 2022. • LB DRE GREENLAW has 5+ tackles in 8 of his 9 games in 2022. • CB CHARVARIUS WARD had 3rd-career 10-tackle game last week. • DB JIMMIE WARD had 5th-career INT in Week 11.

NFL PREVIEW: GREEN BAY PACKERS (4-7) @ PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (9-1)

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER Packers lead all-time series, 27-15

STREAKS Packers have won 3 of last 4

LAST GAME 12/6/20: Eagles 16 at Packers 30

LAST GAME AT SITE 11/28/16: Packers 27, Eagles 13

PACKERS NOTES:

LAST WEEK L 27-17 vs. Tennessee (Thu.)

COACH VS. OPP. Matt LaFleur: 1-1

PTS. FOR 18.4

OFFENSE 344.9

PASSING Aaron Rodgers: 243-376-2,542-19-7-93.2

RUSHING Aaron Jones: 143-778-5.4-2

RECEIVING Allen Lazard: 38-529-13.9-5

PTS. AGAINST 22.1

DEFENSE 328.3

SACKS Preston Smith: 5

INTs Jaire Alexander: 3

TAKE/GIVE -4 (11/15)

PUNTING (NET) Pat O’Donnell: 45.1 (39.8)

KICKING Mason Crosby: 54 (21/22 PAT; 11/14 FG)

QB AARON RODGERS had 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 94.7 rating last week & ranks tied-1st in NFL with 8 games of 2+ TD passes in 2022. Has 2+ TD passes & 90+ rating in 3 of his past 4 on road. Has 12 TDs vs. 3 INTs for 106.1 rating in 5 career starts vs. Phi. & aims for his 6th in row vs. Phi. with 2+ TD passes. Has 81 TDs (77 pass, 4 rush) vs. 12 INTs for 109 rating in 33 career starts on SNF. • RB AARON JONES had 6 catches & 60 scrimmage yards (40 rush, 20 rec.) in Week 11. Has 75+ scrimmage yards in 2 of his past 3 on road. Had 148 scrimmage yards (130 rush, 18 rec.) & rush TD in last meeting & aims for his 3rd in row vs. Phi. with rush TD. Has 1,320 scrimmage yards (101.5 per game) & 9 TDs (5 rush, 4 rec.) in 13 career SNF games & aims for his 4th in row on SNF with 100+ scrimmage yards. • WR CHRISTIAN WATSON had 2 rec. TDs in Week 11 & can become 1st rookie all-time with 2+ TD catches in 3 consecutive games. • WR ALLEN LAZARD aims for his 4th in row on SNF with rec. TD. • WR RANDALL COBB had 6 catches for team-high 73 yards last week. Has 5+ catches in 3 of his 4 career games vs. Phi. • LB PRESTON SMITH had 1.5 sacks last week & has 5th-career season with 5+ sacks. Has 6 sacks & 7 TFL in his past 5 on SNF & aims for his 6th in row on SNF with TFL. • LB QUAY WALKER (rookie) had 11 tackles & 1st-career 0.5 sack in Week 11. Has 5+ tackles in each of 1st 11 career games. Aims for his 4th in row with TFL. • CB RASUL DOUGLAS had TFL & 2nd INT of season last week. Has 4 PD & 2 INTs in his past 4 on SNF. Had 25 PD & 5 INT in 46 games with Phi. (2017-19). • CB JAIRE ALEXANDER aims for his 3rd in row on road with INT.

EAGLES NOTES:

LAST WEEK: W 17-16 at Indianapolis

COACH VS. OPP. Nick Sirianni: 0-0

PTS. FOR 26.3

OFFENSE 370.6

PASSING Jalen Hurts: 198-290-2,407-15-3-106.5

RUSHING Miles Sanders: 156-757-4.9-6

RECEIVING A.J. Brown: 49-785-16.0-6

PTS. AGAINST 18.3

DEFENSE 300.6

SACKS Haason Reddick: 7.5

INTs C.J. Gardner-Johnson: 6

TAKE/GIVE +13 (20/7)

PUNTING (NET) Arryn Siposs: 45.8 (41.1)

KICKING Jake Elliott: 49 (28/29 PAT; 7/9 FG)

QB JALEN HURTS had 2 TDs (1 pass, 1 rush) vs. 0 INTs for 107.1 rating last week. Has 21 career rush TDs, 3rd-most by QB in 1st 3 seasons in SB era. Has 13 TDs (9 pass, 4 rush) vs. 3 INTs for 108 rating in 5 home starts in 2022. Has 100+ rating in 4 of his past 5 primetime starts. Aims for his 4th in row at home & 4th in row in primetime with 2+ TD passes. • RB MILES SANDERS has 4 rush TDs in his past 4 at home & aims for his 6th in row at home with 50+ scrimmage yards. • WR AJ BROWN has 5+ catches in 2 of his 3 career SNF games. Needs 1 catch for 4th-straight 50-catch season. • WR DEVONTA SMITH led team with 6 catches for 78 yards last week. Has rec. TD in 2 of his past 3 at home & aims for his 4th in row at home with 5+ catches. • LB HAASON REDDICK has 4 sacks in his past 4 at home. Aims for his 3rd in row at home & 3rd in row overall with sack. • LB T.J. EDWARDS h • DE BRANDON GRAHAM had 4th sack of season last week. Has TFL in 2 of his past 3. • DE ROBERT QUINN had sack vs. GB in Week 2 (w/ Chi.). Has 7.5 sacks in 7 career SNF games. Aims for his 3rd in row on SNF & 4th in row vs. GB with sack. • DT JAVON HARGRAVE aims for his 3rd in row at home with sack. Had sack in last meeting. • DT LINVAL JOSEPH & DT NDAMUKONG SUH each had 0.5 sacks in team debut last week. • CB JAMES BRADBERRY had INT in his only career game vs. GB (12/17/17 w/ Car.). • CB DARIUS SLAY aims for his 3rd in row vs. GB & 4th in row at home with PD. • S C.J. GARDNER-JOHNSON had career-high 11 tackles last week. Aims for his 4th in row in primetime with INT. Leads NFL with career-high 6 INTs.

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REPORT: NEBRASKA TARGETING RHULE AS NEXT COACH

Nebraska has zeroed in on Matt Rhule as the program’s next head coach, with both sides hoping to finalize a deal in the coming days, sources told ESPN’s Chris Low.

The Carolina Panthers fired Ruhle in October after he served as the team’s head coach for 38 games. He was in his third season of a seven-year, $62-million contract when the Panthers dismissed him.

The Cornhuskers relieved Scott Frost of his coaching duties in his fifth year with the school after a 1-2 start to the 2022 season. The program recorded a 16-31 record during his tenure. Assistant coach Mickey Joseph was promoted to interim head coach following Frost’s departure.

Prior to joining the NFL, Rhule grew to prominence with successful stints at Baylor (2017-19) and Temple (2013-16). The 47-year-old is noted for turning around both programs in a short period. If Rhule accepts Nebraska’s position, he’ll be tasked with taking over a program that hasn’t made a bowl game since 2016.

Nebraska (3-8) concludes its 2022 campaign Friday against Iowa.

NO. 19 TULANE TOPS NO. 24 CINCI, WILL HOST AAC TITLE TILT

CINCINNATI (AP) Michael Pratt found Shae Wyatt with a 30-yard touchdown pass with 5 minutes left to lead No. 19 Tulane to a 27-24 win over No. 24 Cincinnati on Friday, making the Green Wave the hosts for the upcoming American Conference Championship game.

Tyjae Spears rushed for two touchdowns and had 181 yards to contribute to the cause for Tulane (10-2, 7-1 AAC), which beat Cincinnati (9-3, 6-2) for the first time in five tries. Tulane also snapped the Bearcats’ 32-game home streak.

Pratt went 13-for-22 passing for 162 yards and the winning touchdown. He also rushed for 30 yards on nine carries.

Redshirt sophomore Evan Prater started at quarterback for Cincinnati in place of Ben Bryant, who suffered a foot injury in the win over Temple. Overall, Prater was 10-for-26 for 102 yards and rushed for 83 yards on 18 carries.

But he was intercepted by Dorian Williams on a tipped pass to Devean Deal midway through the third quarter. Bryon Threats was flagged for pass interference on a fourth-and-3 pass attempt to set up Spears’ go-ahead two-yard run.

Tulane had a 13-10 lead at halftime as Valentino Ambrosio kicked a 47-yard field goal with 21 seconds left. The kick followed a 28-yard pass from Pratt to Lawrence Keys III, which was ruled a touchdown on the field as Keys appeared to roll over Arquon Bush for a 58-yard score but overturned when replays showed Keys’ knee touched the turf.

THE TAKEAWAY

Tulane: Has something special in Spears, who passed the 1,000-yard mark for the season with 103 yards in the first half. He leads the AAC in touchdowns with 16.

Cincinnati: Missed its bid to win three consecutive AAC regular-season championships in its final three years of membership. There’s still a possibility the Bearcats will make it into the AAC title game, though it depends on how UCF does on Saturday night. The Bearcats move to the Big 12 Conference next season.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

The Green Wave will likely move up with the win.

UP NEXT

Tulane: Hosts the AAC Championship game on Dec. 3.

Cincinnati: Awaits their fate, which depends on the outcome of the UCF-South Florida game on Saturday. If UCF wins, it will be tied with Cincinnati in the conference standings – and holds the tiebreaker because UCF beat the Bearcats on Oct. 29.

NO. 24 TEXAS BEATS BAYLOR, KEEPS BIG 12 TITLE HOPES ALIVE

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Bijan Robinson rushed for 179 yards and two touchdowns, Jaylan Ford made his fourth interception of the season, and No. 24 Texas defeated Baylor 38-27 on Friday.

The Longhorns (8-4, 6-3 Big 12) kept alive their chances of making the conference title game. If Kansas can beat No. 15 Kansas State on Saturday, Texas will face No. 4 TCU for the Big 12 championship.

Robinson, who carried 29 times, gained 65 of Texas’ 75 yards on its go-ahead drive, scoring from the 1 to give the Longhorns a 31-27 lead with 8:25 remaining.

On Baylor’s next possession, Ford intercepted a pass by Blake Shapen, tying a Texas record for picks in a season by a linebacker. The Longhorns converted the turnover into a 42-yard touchdown drive, the final 11 on a run by Robinson’s backup, Roschon Johnson. He finished with 13 carries for 77 yards and two touchdowns.

Baylor trailed by five early in the fourth quarter when Texas quarterback Quinn Ewers dropped back from his 33. A blitzing Al Walcott forced a fumble. Lineman Gabe Hall scooped up the ball and ran 16 yards for a touchdown. A 2-point conversion put Baylor ahead 27-24.

Baylor (6-6, 4-5) sacked Ewers five times. He completed 12 of 16 passes for 194 yards.

Baylor made a quick move toward ruining the Longhorns’ senior day celebration. First the Bears pressured Ewers into a safety when he was flagged for intentional grounding in the end zone. Then Shapen connected with Jaylen Ellis for a 47-yard touchdown and a 9-0 lead midway through the first quarter. Ellis caught only one other pass this season before that one, a 50-yarder.

But Texas responded with a 75-yard touchdown drive that Ewers, not much of a runner, finished with a 3-yard burst up the middle. Baylor punter Issac Power contributed to the Texas cause with an 11-yard shank, and the Longhorns needed to only travel 29 yards for a second score.

There was an exchange of field goals, and a 45-yard Baylor touchdown drive that required just five plays and 32 seconds. Shapen finished with a 14-yard pass to tight end Ben Sims for a 19-17 halftime lead.

Texas put itself in danger with three false starts and a lost fumble by Jordan Whittington early in the third quarter. But a determined Whittington turned a short pass into a 19-yard gain, setting up a 1-yard score by Johnson late in the period.

Shapen went 18 of 36 for 179 yards, two touchdowns and an interception for Baylor.

THE TAKEAWAY

Baylor: The Bears were 5-1 against AP Top 25 teams last season, when they finished 12-2 and beat Oklahoma State in the Big 12 championship game. But this season Baylor is 0-5 against the Top 25.

Texas: The Longhorns, after two seasons of trying to sustain momentum under coach Steve Sarkisian, now have some with their third victory in four games. They’ve already won three more games than they did in Sarkisian’s first year.

UP NEXT

Baylor awaits its bowl game assignment.

Texas either awaits a bowl assignment or, if Kansas can manage to beat its rival, prepares to face TCU in the Big 12 championship game on Dec. 3.

FINLEY LEADS N.C. STATE PAST NO. 18 UNC IN 2OT IN 1ST START

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) Devin Carter and two teammates took a North Carolina State flag and planted it at rival North Carolina’s midfield logo amid a wild celebration.

The Wolfpack spiked weeks of frustration with a signature road win to end the regular season.

“It was just spur of the moment,” Carter said. “It was amazing to go out there like that. It’s joy.”

Ben Finley threw for 271 yards and two touchdowns in his first career start, and N.C. State beat Drake Maye and No. 18 North Carolina 30-27 on Friday when Noah Burnette duck-hooked a 35-yard field goal try in the second overtime.

Maye connected with Antoine Green from 4 yards out on the final play of regulation to tie the game at 24-all, but N.C. State (8-4, 4-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) kept the ACC Coastal Division champion Tar Heels (9-3, 6-2) out of the end zone in the first overtime.

Burnette – who also missed from 27 yards in the fourth quarter – made a 26-yarder in the first OT and the Wolfpack tied it on Christopher Dunn’s 31-yarder. Dunn was good from 21 yards in the second overtime and N.C. State, which never trailed in regulation, handed North Carolina its second straight loss.

“I was running around trying to hug everyone,” Finley said.

Finley’s older brother, former N.C. State QB Ryan Finley, orchestrated two wins in North Carolina’s Kenan Stadium.

“It’s nice to keep the Finleys undefeated here,” coach Dave Doeren said.

Carter had six receptions for 130 yards and a touchdown for the Wolfpack, who snapped a two-game skid and pulled out a thrilling victory over their in-state rival for the second straight year.

“I loved the way our kids played. They fought their guts out,” North Carolina coach Mack Brown said. “They didn’t play great in the first half, but they were really good on defense, maybe the best defense we’ve had this year.”

Carter caught Finley’s back-shoulder pass just outside the end zone and backed in for a 26-yard touchdown with 3:54 remaining in regulation for the Wolfpack’s first points of the second half. Finley was so far down the depth chart that he estimated he hadn’t thrown a pass to Carter in a year and a half.

As a fourth stringer, Finley didn’t imagine ending up in this situation.

“Just kind of messing around on the scout team and still getting better,” he said.

Finley became N.C. State’s fourth starting quarterback in a seven-game span. He completed 27 of 40 passes.

The Tar Heels and freshman sensation Maye closed the regular season with dispiriting one-score losses to Georgia Tech and the Wolfpack ahead of the ACC title game clash with No. 8 Clemson next Saturday.

Maye finished 29 of 49 for 233 yards, one interception and the tying TD toss on fourth-and-goal to Green, which followed an apparent touchdown catch by John Copenhaver that was overturned on a replay review.

“They missed one field goal, and we missed two and that’s what the game came down to,” Brown said. “I thought about going for it on the fourth-and-3 at the end (in the second overtime), but we were playing really good on defense.”

Maye’s 14-yard, third-down scramble with 7:53 to play allowed the Tar Heels to pull even for the first time since early in the first quarter.

N.C. State got off to a strong start. After forcing a North Carolina punt, the Wolfpack needed three plays to score on Jack Chambers’ 2-yard quarterback keeper.

Finley hooked up with a diving Terrell Timmons Jr. in the end zone from 28 yards out, giving Timmons his first career touchdown early in the second quarter.

Elijah Green’s 9-yard run gave the Tar Heels a boost with 5:03 left in the half. Dunn’s 29-yard field goal on the last play of the half pushed N.C. State’s edge to 17-10.

RECORD DAY

Dunn broke the ACC scoring record in the first half with his second extra point. In the second half, his 43-yard field goal attempt was wide left, his first miss in 23 chances this season.

SECONDARY ISSUES

North Carolina was without starting cornerback Tony Grimes because of an injury. The Tar Heels lost starting safety Cam’Ron Kelly in the first half and starting cornerback Storm Duck in the second half to game-ending injuries.

STATE STUFF

N.C. State beat in-state foes East Carolina, Wake Forest and North Carolina by a combined 13 points. “It’s awesome to have that,” Doeren said.

The Wolfpack and Tar Heels had split two previous overtime games.

THE TAKEAWAY

N.C. State: The Wolfpack relied on defense to contain one of the country’s most explosive offenses. The win was a nice consolation prize for a team that started 5-1 and looked like a contender in the Atlantic Division.

North Carolina: The Tar Heels weren’t crisp for most of the game and still nearly pulled off a comeback for the ages. This will sting, particularly given the failure to score a touchdown in OT.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

North Carolina could drop out of the AP Top 25 with consecutive home losses, though losing in two overtimes might temper the damage.

UP NEXT

N.C. State: Awaits a bowl invitation.

North Carolina: Prepares to face Clemson for the ACC title in Charlotte.

THOMPSON-ROBINSON RALLIES NO. 17 UCLA PAST CAL, 35-28

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) Dorian Thompson-Robinson ran for two touchdowns and passed for another as No. 17 UCLA rallied from an 11-point deficit to beat California 35-28 on Friday.

The Bruins (9-3, 6-3 Pac-12, No. 16 CFP) finished with 541 yards of offense, including 352 on the ground, and rebounded from a narrow defeat to USC the previous week that eliminated them from league title contention.

Thompson-Robinson passed for 189 yards and gained another 88 on the ground. Zach Charbonnet rushed for 119 yards and a score, and he converted a fourth-and-2 run in Cal territory late in the game that chewed up valuable time. TJ Harden added 89 yards rushing on 12 carries for the Bruins.

It was Thompson-Robinson’s ability to improvise when plays broke down that keyed UCLA’s surge after it fell behind 21-10 late in the second quarter.

“That’s Dorian,” UCLA coach Chip Kelly said. “He can beat you with both his arm and his legs. He’s a threat. Everybody knows it.”

The Bears (4-8, 2-7) got a fourth-down stop that gave them the ball back trailing 35-28 with 1:58 remaining. But Bruins linebacker Kain Medrano knocked the ball loose from Jaydn Ott after a fourth-down reception that would have converted a first down, and Carl Jones Jr. recovered to ice the game for UCLA.

Cal’s Jack Plummer threw for 294 yards and four touchdowns. Jeremiah Hunter had eight catches for 153 yards and two scores.

UCLA trailed by 11 with 58 seconds left before halftime. But Thompson-Robinson led his team on a 75-yard drive that took 40 seconds, capping it with a 19-yard touchdown scramble that brought UCLA within 21-17 at the intermission.

“Obviously we were a little frustrated, a little teed off. We’re a lot better football team than that,” Thompson-Robinson said. “But again, the resiliency and ability to fix those things. We’ve got a bunch of smart football players out on that field. If we need to make adjustments, we make adjustments.”

UCLA scored on its first possession of the second half to take the lead. But Plummer hit Ott for an 8-yard touchdown that put Cal up 28-27 with 11:16 remaining.

Then Thompson-Robinson engineered a 73-yard scoring drive capped by Charbonnet’s 5-yard touchdown. A 2-point conversion pass to Jake Bobo gave UCLA a 35-28 lead.

UCLA had 113 rushing yards in the first quarter alone and moved the ball at will. But Nicholas Barr-Mira missed a 33-yard field goal, and penalties forced the Bruins to settle for a field goal on another drive. They led 10-7 midway through the second quarter.

That gave Plummer time to find his rhythm. The transfer from Purdue threw three first-half touchdown passes, including two to Hunter, who beat one-on-one coverage for 38- and 22-yard scores.

Cal safety Daniel Scott, who played his final college game after six years in the program, said the Bears couldn’t make enough key plays throughout the season to qualify for a bowl game.

“It’s been a challenging year with ups and downs,” Scott said. “At the same time, you’ve got to look at the positives. We played a lot of close games. It’s just the small details that cost us some games.”

THE TAKEAWAY

UCLA: The Bruins kept their poise and leaned on their ground game, ultimately wearing down an opponent that couldn’t match up on paper.

California: The Bears had control of the game late in the first half, but allowing the Bruins to score quickly before halftime snatched away what momentum they had built.

BIG DECISION

Thompson-Robinson, a senior whose athleticism makes him an intriguing NFL prospect, said he hasn’t decided whether he’ll play in UCLA’s bowl game.

“To be determined,” he said. “Some things go into that. I have to talk to my family and my agent and all that stuff.”

Plummer, a senior who transferred to Cal from Purdue before the season, has a season of eligibility left and said he will probably decide in the next two weeks whether to return.

STARKEY’S FINAL CALL

Cal radio broadcaster Joe Starkey worked his final game after 48 seasons. Starkey is best known for his call of “The Play,” Cal’s multi-lateral touchdown on the last play of its 1982 win over Stanford.

Starkey was on the field for Friday’s pregame coin toss. He was also honored during last week’s win over Stanford, which marked the 40th anniversary of The Play.

“Very emotional. I’ve been there for a very long time,” Starkey said after Friday’s game. “We’ve gone to some wonderful places. I’ve done college games, for God’s sake, for Cal in Tokyo and Australia. What a way to spend a life. I’ve been so lucky to be able to go to those places and be part of it.”

UP NEXT

UCLA: Awaits a bowl invitation.

California: Failed to reach last season’s total of five wins.

NO. 16 FLORIDA STATE RUNS WILD OVER FLORIDA FOR 45-38 WIN

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) A rout and a nail-biter. Florida State has knocked off its two state rivals for the first time since 2016, setting off a raucous celebration.

Trey Benson had a 17-yard touchdown run with 4:06 left to give No. 16 Florida State a 45-38 win over Florida on Friday.

Benson had 111 yards rushing and three touchdowns, and Jordan Travis ran for 83 yards and two touchdowns. The Seminoles ran for 228 yards – the seventh straight time they surpassed the 200-yard rushing mark.

Florida drove the field in the final minutes but Anthony Richardson’s fourth-down pass over the middle fell incomplete with 39 seconds to go.

It was the highest scoring game in the Florida State-Florida rivalry, which dates to 1958.

Travis also completed 13 of 30 passes for 270 yards as Florida State (9-3) completed a sweep of its state rivals for the first time under Mike Norvell. The Seminoles drilled Miami 45-3 on Nov. 5.

“To be able to finish tonight 2-0 in the state, that’s big,” said Norvell, who is in his third year at FSU. “Those two games, you know how important it is. We don’t sell it short. It’s critical for us to go and play well in these games and to go win these games. To be able to finish up as the state champs, I’m so proud of our guys.”

A redshirt junior, Travis used his ability to escape and elude to his advantage. He initially broke out of the pocket to avoid sacks but then, once in the open field, made cuts and off-balance runs to get into the end zone or set up FSU’s touchdowns.

Travis finished with a season-high 15 carries and his 83 rushing yards were the second most he accumulated this season, only to a 108-yard output in the loss at NC State on Oct. 8. But on Friday night, Travis’ legs were the difference.

“The quarterback is a challenge,” Florida coach Billy Napier said. “His legs were the difference in the game. He gave us fits all night.”

Florida State trailed 24-21 at the half but opened the second half with scores on the next three drives (field goal, touchdown, touchdown) to jump in front 38-24. The Gators (6-6) answered back with a pair of touchdowns, one each by Montrell Johnson and Trevor Etienne, to tie the game with 7:41 left.

Benson now has 965 yards, just 35 short of becoming FSU’s first 1,000-yard rusher since Cam Akers in 2019.

Richardson completed just 5 of 17 passes but three were for touchdowns. Ricky Pearsall had a career-best 148 receiving yards, including touchdowns of 52 and 43 yards in the first half.

Trevor Etienne had a season-best 129 yards on 17 carries, and Montrell Johnson Jr. had 85 yards on 17 carries.

This is the eighth time this season FSU has surpassed 35 points in a game.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Florida State has a chance to move up after winning its second game against the SEC, which followed a September win over LSU.

SENIOR DAY

Florida State honored 18 players on Senior Day, including a number of redshirt juniors who could opt to return in 2023. Among those who were recognized include preseason AP All-American Jammie Robinson and defensive tackle Fabien Lovett, both of whom have announced Senior Bowl invitations on Twitter. Among those not honored were redshirt junior quarterback Jordan Travis.

SHORTHANDED

Florida played without a few of its top players. Justin Shorter, who had a team-leading 577 receiving yards, did not play. Safety Rashad Torrence II, the leading tackler with 76, was also out.

TAKEAWAYS

Florida: The Gators ran for 262 yards, averaging 5.7 yards per carry, but he had 11 straight incompletions in the second half.

Florida State: The Seminoles gave up a season-high 38 points, but made a stop on the final drive to secure their best regular season since 2016.

UP NEXT

Florida: Awaits bowl selection announcement.

Florida State: Awaits bowl selection announcement.

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CALEB GRILL, IOWA STATE TOPPLES NO. 1 NORTH CAROLINA 70-65

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Caleb Grill has followed T.J. Otzelberger from South Dakota State to UNLV and now back to Iowa State hoping the pair could share a moment like they did Friday.

Taking down the No. 1 team in the country was another bookmark moment in a long journey for the pair.

“I’m actually really enjoying sitting next to him from this moment right now just thinking about how long we’ve known each other and how cool this really was,” Otzelberger said.

Grill hit seven 3-pointers and scored a career-high 31 points and Iowa State rallied in the final five minutes to stun No. 1 North Carolina 70-65 in the semifinals of the Phil Knight Invitational.

Iowa State (5-0) picked up just its third win over a team ranked No. 1 in the AP Top 25. The Cyclones are 3-22 against No. 1 teams, with the other wins coming against Kansas in 1957 and Oklahoma in 2016.

The Cyclones can now add North Carolina (5-1) to the list.

“I was just staying the course of the game. I never really thought about it and the game just kind of came to me,” Grill said.

Grill was averaging 7.3 points and had made just 4 of 24 3-point attempts for the season entering Friday. But he couldn’t be stopped from beyond the arc, hitting a pair of big 3s to spark Iowa State’s late rally. His deep fadeaway jumper just inside the 3-point line with 1:40 left gave Iowa State a 63-61 lead and the Cyclones did just enough at the free throw line in the final minute to close out the upset victory.

Grill’s previous career high was 27 points while playing for UNLV in the 2020-21 season against Alabama. He also hit seven 3-pointers in that game.

Grill originally signed with South Dakota State when Otzelberger was the coach there. He was released from his commitment when Otzelberger took the head job at UNLV and started his career at Iowa State before deciding to join his coach in Las Vegas.

When Otzelberger returned to Ames, Grill followed again.

“Just having him be the first person that really had belief in me, it’s just really special what he’s done for me and my family and everything we’ve done,” Grill said.

Jaren Holmes added 22 points and the Cyclones withstood off shooting games from Aljaz Kunc and Gabe Kalscheur, who combined for three points and missed all eight of their shot attempts. Both were averaging double figures scoring for Iowa State.

RJ Davis led North Carolina with 15 points, Armando Bacot added 14 and Caleb Love scored 12. But the Tar Heels will lament a series of mistakes in the closing minutes that allowed Iowa State to rally.

“We had wide open threes. We were able to get to the basket. We were able to get whatever we wanted, we just didn’t make those shots,” North Carolina coach Hubert Davis said.

North Carolina led 57-49 after Leaky Black’s layup with 5:43 left, but missed four of its final six shots and had four turnovers during that span.

“We turned the ball over a couple of times and you just can’t do that in late-game situations,” Davis said. “You have to be sound and discipline and you have to do that on both ends of the floor and we just didn’t do it.”

NO. 1 LOSSES

North Carolina lost as the No. 1 team in the country for the first time since Nov. 21, 2015 when it lost 71-67 at Northern Iowa. The Tar Heels also lost as No. 1 to UNLV in 2011 at a Thanksgiving tournament.

BIG PICTURE

North Carolina: Pete Nance wasn’t able to contribute in the same way he did in Thursday’s opening round. Nance, who tied his career high with 28 points against Portland, didn’t score for the first 27 minutes and finished with seven points.

Iowa State: The Cyclones were playing a No. 1 team from outside their conference for the first time since 1999 when they faced Cincinnati in the championship game of the Big Island Invitational.

NO. 22 TENNESSEE BEATS NO. 3 KANSAS 64-50 FOR ATLANTIS TITLE

PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) Tennessee’s players proved to be determined defenders and relentless rebounders, along with having the kind of toughness to ensure the reigning national champions would have little chance to get comfortable.

It was all enough to give the 22nd-ranked Volunteers a title of their own, along with the blueprint that coach Rick Barnes hopes they follow the rest of the year.

Santiago Vescovi scored 20 points while Tennessee locked down on third-ranked Kansas in a 64-50 win Friday night in the championship game at the Battle 4 Atlantis, snapping the Jayhawks’ 17-game winning streak.

Vescovi hit five 3-pointers as the tournament’s most valuable player for the Volunteers (5-1), who dominated the glass, overcame their own turnover troubles and made the Jayhawks work for clean looks. And for the third time in as many days, Tennessee won without leading scorer Josiah-Jordan James (knee soreness).

Perhaps that’s why reserve guard Zakai Zeigler, who had 14 points and four steals, showed up wearing sunglasses to the postgame news conference after the Volunteers had danced and hollered through the on-court trophy ceremony.

“We know if you can’t stop the man in front of you, then you’ll have no shot at winning the game,” Zeigler said, adding: “We just like to play defense, and we just happen to be good at it.”

The Vols held the Jayhawks to 32.1% shooting, bothering them with size and length around the rim. They also took the ball right at the Jayhawks with 5-foot-9 Zeigler leading the way, down to him refusing to let go of a jump ball and trading words with 6-8 forward Jalen Wilson.

Zeigler’s night included a 3-pointer to beat the shot clock at the 7-minute mark to push Tennessee’s lead to 56-38. He followed with another big one from the right wing with 4:42 left after Kansas had closed within 11.

Wilson and Joseph Yesefu each scored 14 points to lead the Jayhawks (6-1), who shot 28.6% in the first half and never warmed up. They made 5 of 21 3-pointers in what was an all-around rough night, from losing starting guard Dajuan Harris to fouls with 9 minutes left to failing to keep the Vols off the glass (45-27).

“We played a team tonight that was older and more mature and obviously played stronger and tougher,” Kansas coach Bill Self said. “We didn’t handle the situation near as well as what I would hope a poised team would.”

BIG PICTURE

Tennessee: The Volunteers opened the tournament with a win over Butler, then grinded through an overtime win against Southern California in Thursday’s semifinals. This time, Tennessee played in front the entire way en route to its first title in three tries at the Atlantis resort.

“I think the main thing from the whole week was stay together through tough times, that’s what you’ve got to do,” Vescovi said.

Kansas: The Jayhawks didn’t have an easy first two days in the Bahamas. First came a battle to the final minutes with North Carolina State. Then came Thursday’s overtime win against Wisconsin on Bobby Pettiford Jr.’s last-second putback. But they never looked in any type of offensive flow this time with their smaller lineup.

“I feel like if we were able to get them out of place and not just have them standing there, waiting to contest a layup, that could’ve gave us some better chances at finishing at the rim,” Wilson said.

STRONG RUN

Tennessee held its three Atlantis opponents to 36.9% shooting and 15 of 59 (25.4%) from 3-point range. The Volunteers also averaged a +9 rebounding margin, ending with having Jonas Aidoo (nine) leading five players snagging at least six rebounds against Kansas.

“You can be a good defensive team but if you can’t be a great one if you give them second and third shots,” Barnes said.

SIDELINED

Beyond Harris’ foul trouble, the Jayhawks played most of the way without Pettiford, who exited midway through the first half grabbing at his right leg.

Afterward, Self said he would be out “for a while” with a hamstring strain.

UP NEXT

Tennessee: The Volunteers return home to host McNeese State on Wednesday.

Kansas: The Jayhawks host Texas Southern on Monday.

ADAMA SANOGO LEADS NO. 20 UCONN PAST NO. 18 ALABAMA 82-67

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Dan Hurley is ready for his UConn team to graduate from stockpiling victories and start winning some titles, even in early season tournaments.

The Huskies will get their chance Sunday.

Adama Sanogo scored 11 of his 25 points during a decisive run midway through the second half and No. 20 UConn pulled away for an 82-67 victory over No. 18 Alabama in the semifinals of the Phil Knight Invitational on Friday night.

UConn will face Iowa State in the championship game, while Alabama will take on No. 1 North Carolina in the third-place game Sunday.

“The whole mindset of our program this year is like we’ve been contending the last couple of years,” Hurley said. “Contending in the Big East. Contending in tournaments. We’re trying to go from contenders to champions and we get a chance to do that on Sunday.”

While whistles calling fouls was the dominant sound most of the night, the cheers of the UConn crowd took over in the final 10 minutes as Sanogo and the Huskies finally created some separation. The 6-foot-9 forward helped UConn (7-0) turn a 50-50 tie into a 63-53 lead with 5:32 left. Sango punctuated the 13-3 surge with a fast-break dunk and a 3-pointer.

UConn wasn’t done. Tristian Newton added another 3-pointer out of a timeout, Sanogo scored in the lane to stretch the lead to 15 and Alex Karaban capped the run with a 3-pointer to give the Huskies a 71-54 lead with under four minutes remaining.

Sanogo was averaging nearly 20 points per game and topped the 20-point mark for the fourth time in seven games. Jordan Hawkins added 16 points, Karaban had 12, and Joey Calcaterra scored 10 off the bench and helped spark a first-half run when the Huskies built a 15-point lead.

“We knew it was going to be a dogfight. We knew we had more heart than them. We’ve got more heart than a lot of teams in the country,” Hawkins said.

Brandon Miller led Alabama (5-1) with 18 points and Jaden Bradley added 12. But it was a sloppy performance from the Crimson Tide that included 21 turnovers, 16 in the first half.

“First half, turnovers killed us,” Alabama coach Nate Oats said. “We did a good job, I thought we showed fight getting back and tying the game up a couple different times in the second half, and we just fouled too much.”

The Crimson Tide trailed 33-18 late in the first half and pulled even four times in the second half. But Alabama never led after it was 3-2 in the opening minutes.

The teams also went to the foul line — a lot. There were 47 combined fouls and UConn was 17-for-18 at the foul line in the second half.

FRIENDS AGAIN

Hurley and Oats have a long history as friends, dating to when Hurley recruited E.C. Matthews from Romulus High School in Michigan to Rhode Island 10 years ago. The head coach at Romulus was Oats.

“I usually bend my stuff into a pretzel leading up to some of these games where there’s these six degrees of separation or whatever,” Hurley said. “But I just looked at it when they won last night just kind of how cool and how great of an honor it would be to share the court with Nate with our history, our friendship.”

BIG PICTURE

UConn: The Huskies valued their offensive possessions in the second half. After 10 turnovers in the first half, UConn had just two in the final 20 minutes. That kept Alabama from getting out in transition.

Alabama: The Tide were trying to start 6-0 for the first time since 2012-13 season. They were leading the country in rebounds per game but ended up having just a 35-32 advantage on the glass against the Huskies.

CLARK, MELENDEZ LEAD ILLINOIS IN 92-59 ROUT OF LINDENWOOD

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) Skyy Clark scored a career-high 19 points, RJ Melendez had a career-high 17 and No. 16 Illinois cruised past Lindenwood 92-59 on Friday night.

“It’s really good to see RJ get going,” Illinois coach Brad Underwood said. “He and I had a meeting, and he responded in a really really good way. He just showed up, buckled down and worked. I thought he was aggressive, and yet, didn’t force things.”

Clark shot at an efficient 8-of-9 clip and went 3 of 4 from long distance.

“He was just a type of guy who was a little bit shy to take those types of shots and all that, but he’s gained a lot of confidence,” Melendez said. “From the scrimmage versus Kansas to now, I see a whole different Skyy.”

Lindenwood (3-5) hit three of its first four shots to take a 7-6 lead, but it was short-lived. Illinois (5-1) quickly seized a 22-13 lead, starting the game 10 of 15 from the field and shooting 63.6% in the first half.

Forward Dain Dainja came up with a steal in the lane and flipped the ball upcourt to Sincere Harris, who dumped a behind-the-back pass to Melendez for an emphatic dunk at the 12:45 mark.

Melendez cleared his previous career high of 13 points by the 4:07 mark of the first half. He finished 7 of 11 for the night and added four rebounds.

Forward Keenon Cole led the Lions with 20 points on 8-of-11 shooting.

“I thought we made some defensive mistakes (in the first half), and obviously their talent still takes over and their ability to make you pay is a lot greater than some teams,” fourth-year Lindenwood coach Kyle Gerdeman said.

Freshman Jayden Epps had a pair of layups and Shannon drilled a 3 to cap a 22-4 run late in the half, and Illinois took a 49-25 lead into the break.

Illinois began the second half on a 13-2 run to take a 35-point lead, starting on a vicious, one-handed dunk from Clark. Shannon stole the Lions’ inbound pass and scored an and-one layup three seconds later.

THE TAKEAWAY

Lindenwood: The Lions have no reason to hang their heads after a buy-game loss on short rest following Wednesday’s overtime win over Idaho State. Lindenwood also fared better against the Illini than in 2019, when the Lions were on the receiving end of a 52-point thrashing.

Illinois: Brad Underwood’s group looks sharp after splitting a pair of ranked contests in Las Vegas and dominating a brand new Division I program. No holiday hangover.

UP NEXT

Lindenwood: Hosts East-West University of the United States Collegiate Athletic Association on Wednesday night.

Illinois: Struggling Syracuse visits Tuesday night for an ACC/Big Ten Challenge matchup.

(NBA NEWS)

TATUM SCORES 30; CELTICS PULL AWAY FROM KINGS, 122-104

BOSTON (AP) Jayson Tatum scored 30 points and the NBA-best Boston Celtics pulled away from the Sacramento Kings for a 122-104 victory on Friday night.

Jaylen Brown added 25 points and Derrick White had 16 for Boston (15-4), which won for the 11th time in 12 games. Al Horford finished with 13 points, and Tatum had eight rebounds.

“We just needed some energy,” Brown said. “There’s games like that where the officiating kind of slows the game up, a lot of calls. We were looking for something to give us a little bit of a spark.”

De’Aaron Fox led Sacramento with 20 points. Domantas Sabonis had 18 points and 10 rebounds, and Davion Mitchell scored 13. The Kings have lost two straight after a seven-game winning streak.

“I felt we had too many turnovers, unforced turnovers,” Kings coach Mike Brown said. “To have 18 on the road against the best team in the NBA for 27 points is hard to overcome. Situations like this, if the ball’s not going in, you’ve got to be good with the basketball.”

In a matchup of two of the league’s hottest teams in November, the Celtics opened a 16-point lead early in the second quarter before the Kings’ league-best offense got rolling just before halftime, closing to 64-62 at intermission.

From there, the game bogged down with numerous fouls and some sloppy and inconsistent offense for much of the third quarter before Boston took off on a 19-0 run that closed the quarter and extended into Sam Hauser’s 3 at the start of the fourth.

“I said during one of the timeouts that we can’t expect everything to go our way all the time,” Boston coach Joe Mazzulla said. “We’re going to be down six in the third quarter sometimes and that’s OK.”

Horford’s 3 gave Boston a 25-point lead with just over five minutes to play.

TIP-INS

Kings: Brown and Fox were each whistled for a technical foul by referee Natalie Sago midway into the opening quarter. … Were just 2 for 10 on 3-point attempts in the opening quarter and finished 9 of 36.

Celtics: Brown picked up a T from ref Eric Lewis late in the first quarter. Sago gave one to Grant Williams in the third. … Opened a double-digit lead midway into the first and led 36-22 after one.

BENCH BOOST

With his team trailing by six and looking sluggish late in the third, Mazzulla brought in reserves Payton Pritchard and Luke Kornet for their first playing time of the night. It seemed to spark the team and excited the crowd as the Celtics went on a 16-0 run to close the quarter, with Tatum scoring the last five points.

“Foul trouble and capitalizing on our depth,” Mazzulla said of the moves. “Credit to both Payton and Luke for what they do on a daily basis to stay ready. … I just felt they brought a different rhythm to the game, great energy and great execution on both ends.”

HIGH-OCTANE OFFENSES

The game featured two of the league’s highest scoring teams. Sacramento entered first with 120 points per game and Boston was just slightly behind, second at 119.7.

UP NEXT

Kings: Host the Phoenix Suns on Monday.

Celtics: Host the Washington Wizards on Sunday.

BUCKS STORM BACK IN 2ND HALF TO BEAT CAVALIERS 117-102

MILWAUKEE (AP) Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks taught the Cleveland Cavaliers a lesson in playoff-type intensity well before the start of December.

Antetokounmpo scored 38 points and the Bucks capitalized on a 23-2 run in the first eight-plus minutes of the third quarter to rally past Cleveland 117-102 on Friday night to snap the Cavaliers’ four-game winning streak.

Milwaukee came back from a 16-point deficit by outscoring the Cavaliers 35-10 in the third period. The Bucks hadn’t outscored a team by such a wide margin in a single quarter since Jan. 4, 2019, when they outscored the Atlanta Hawks 43-14 in the opening period of a 144-112 victory.

“We had a little bit of luck on our side and were able to knock down some shots and get downhill and were able to get that momentum and keep it going,” said Antetokounmpo, who also had nine rebounds and six assists. “I think it started from our guards defending the pick-and-roll and Brook (Lopez) just contesting every shot on the defensive end.”

The Cavaliers hadn’t scored less than 15 points in any quarter this season before Friday.

“They turned it up to a level that we haven’t seen, that we haven’t experienced,” said Donovan Mitchell, who led he Cavaliers with 29 points. “That’s playoff basketball, and understanding that they’re going to turn up the physicality (and) everything has to be sharper, everything has to be more precise.”

Darius Garland added 20 for Cleveland. After combining to shoot 14 of 26 and score 38 points in the first half, Mitchell and Garland went 4 of 16 for 11 points over the final two periods.

Cleveland’s Jarrett Allen played only 12 minutes and scored one point before leaving with a hip injury.

The Cavaliers lost for the first time since their last visit to Milwaukee, a 113-98 Bucks victory on Nov. 16.

“We were trying so hard, and we were like running in quicksand,” Cavaliers coach J.B. Bickerstaff said of the second-half struggles.

Jevon Carter scored 18 points and Bobby Portis had 14 for the Bucks.

After trailing 63-52 at halftime, the Bucks turned the game around in the third quarter.

“It felt like us again,” Portis said. “I feel like for the last couple of games, we haven’t felt like ourselves, for real, missing a lot of shots and just not playing how we play.”

Jrue Holiday, who committed three fouls in the first 1 1/2 quarters, scored his first points of the game in the opening minute of the third. He followed that up with a 3-pointer.

Carter then found Antetokounmpo for a dunk, though Antetokounmpo missed a free throw that would have given him a three-point play. Mitchell scored to extend Cleveland’s lead to 65-59, but a Brook Lopez 3-pointer and an Antetokounmpo dunk cut the lead to one.

Lopez then recorded one of his six blocks to set up an Antetokounmpo 3-pointer that gave the Bucks their first lead of the night with 7:19 left in the third. The Bucks eventually led by as many as 22.

“This is a great lesson for us,” Bickerstaff said. “We played against an established team who knows where they need to go when they need to take it to another level. That’s what we’re learning. They took the game to playoff-level physicality, and those are things we have to learn how to compete against.”

TIP-INS

Cavaliers: Dean Wade had seven points and 12 rebounds in his return after missing six games with right knee soreness. Kevin Love was out for the third time in four games due to a fractured right thumb. Caris LeVert missed a third straight game with a sprained left ankle.

Bucks: Pat Connaughton and Serge Ibaka weren’t available due to non-COVID illnesses. Connaughton had just played his first two games of the season earlier this week after recovering from a strained right calf.

UP NEXT

Cavaliers: At Detroit on Sunday.

Bucks: Host Dallas on Sunday.

GILGEOUS-ALEXANDER STARS AS THUNDER BEAT BULLS 123-119 IN OT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 30 points, including five straight free throws in the final minute of overtime, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Chicago Bulls 123-119 on Friday night.

Josh Giddey had 10 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists as Oklahoma City stopped a three-game slide. Aleksej Pokusevski scored 15 points.

The Thunder were down 119-118 when Gilgeous-Alexander was fouled by DeMar DeRozan on a 3-point attempt with 27.1 seconds remaining in OT. After an unsuccessful challenge by Bulls coach Billy Donovan, Gilgeous-Alexander hit all three free throws.

“When I saw the shot clock down low, I knew I was going to shoot a step-back 3,” Gilgeous-Alexander said. “I just tried to set him up. Felt like he was gonna jump and he fouled me.”

At the other end, DeRozan missed a jumper with five seconds left. The Thunder rebounded and Gilgeous-Alexander was fouled, hitting two more free throws.

DeRozan scored 30 points for Chicago, which was coming off encouraging victories over Boston and Milwaukee. Zach LaVine had 27 points, and Nikola Vucevic finished with 13 points and 13 rebounds.

Oklahoma City led 87-80 after three quarters, but LaVine rallied Chicago with 12 points in the fourth.

DeRozan’s pullup jumper gave the Bulls a 108-104 lead with 2:33 remaining in regulation. But Gilgeous-Alexander made two foul shots and Kenrich Williams converted a tying layup with 1:38 left.

The Thunder got 48 bench points, and Gilgeous-Alexander said that is what it will take every night to turn close games into victories.

“We were good all across the board. Guys made plays on both ends of the floor,” Gilgeous-Alexander said. “Guys were aggressive and our confidence didn’t waver, based on our losing streak or whatever was going on in the game. We kept our head on straight and really had a next play mentality.”

Thunder coach Mark Daignault was impressed by his young team’s perseverance.

“These are veteran teams, these guys we’re playing against have been in these situations,” he said. “It’s a great experience for our guys.”

TIP-INS

Bulls: Alex Caruso had 12 points on 4-for-5 shooting. … The Bulls shot 43.6% (44 of 101) from the field.

Thunder: It was the second straight overtime game for OKC, which lost at home Wednesday night to Denver. … Led by Gilgeous-Alexander, the Thunder went 28 for 32 at the line.

NEXT

Bulls: Visit Jazz on Monday

Thunder: At Rockets on Saturday night.

BROOKS, MORANT LEAD GRIZZLIES IN ROUT OF PELICANS, 132-111

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Dillon Brooks scored 25 points, Ja Morant had 23 points and 11 assists as the Memphis Grizzlies built an early lead on 3-point shooting and routed the New Orleans Pelicans 132-111 on Friday night.

Jaren Jackson Jr. had 20 points and three blocks for Memphis. Steven Adams added 15 points and 11 rebounds.

Memphis coach Taylor Jenkins said the effort and the complete play of his team “was definitely up there” as far as the best performance of the season.

“Our first quarter defensive activity, the ball movement, the pace we were playing with,” Jenkins said. “We held them to 48 points in the first half.”

Trey Murphy III led New Orleans with 21 points. Zion Williamson had 14 points, going 6 of 12 from the field, and Herbert Jones added 13 points.

“It wasn’t our night,” Pelicans coach Willie Green said, adding: “Our overall effort just wasn’t there.”

The Pelicans were without CJ McCollum, who sat out under the NBA’s health and safety protocol. New Orleans lost Brandon Ingram in the second quarter when he sprained his left big toe. Green said after the game, he had no further updates on the injury. “I’m sure he’ll get some X-rays and imaging and see where we are.”

In addition to leading the Grizzlies in scoring, Brooks had the primary responsibility of guarding Williamson, who was coming off a 32-point, 11-rebound performance in a win over San Antonio on Wednesday.

“I figure that plays more into my type of defense – the physicality,” Brooks said of guarding the bulkier Williamson. “He finds ways to jump over you, get by you and stuff like that. I like the matchup more physical.”

To open the game, the shooting accuracy was on Memphis’ side, with the Grizzlies above 61% both overall and from 3-point range near the midway point of the second quarter. That translated to a 25-point lead.

Asked if it was a lack of Pelicans’ defense or the shooting accuracy of the Grizzlies, Murphy said it was a combination of factors.

“You can’t just say it was all on us and our defense,” Murphy said. “You also have to tip your hat to that team. We made mistakes and they capitalized.”

The Grizzlies’ 20-point lead at the break was built on 13 of 25 3-pointers. They continued to extend the lead after halftime, outscoring New Orleans 21-9 in the first six minutes as the lead swelled to 36 in the third.

“We knew they were going to come out and make a run, and we just exploded for more,” Jenkins said.

TIP-INS:

Pelicans: With the second-quarter injury, Ingram was limited to eight points, the first time in his 15 games he has not reached double figures. . The loss marked the first in five games Williamson has played against Memphis in his career. . New Orleans is 1-7 when trailing at the half.

Grizzlies: Memphis had three players – Adams, F Santi Aldama and reserve frontcourt man Xavier Tillman Jr. – who made the injury list with non-COVID illness. Aldama and Tillman did not play. Jenkins said: “It’s that time of the year. .The flu bug’s been going around.” . Memphis is 9-1 when leading after three quarters, and 10-2 when the reach at least 110 points.

UP NEXT:

Pelicans: Host Oklahoma City on Monday night.

Grizzlies: At New York on Sunday.

STEPHEN CURRY SCORES 33 POINTS AS WARRIORS BEAT JAZZ 129-118

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) As Klay Thompson stays patient searching for his shot, the Golden State Warriors’ offense starts humming along like days of old.

The snappy ball movement matters for the defending champions as they still strive to find defensive consistency.

“It’s been fun to watch,” coach Steve Kerr said. “… “I loved Klay’s game tonight.”

Stephen Curry scored 33 points with six 3-pointers to lead all five Golden State starters in double figures, and the Warriors beat the Utah Jazz 129-118 on Friday night.

Andrew Wiggins added 20 points, nine rebounds, five assists and three steals coming off a season-best 31 points in a 124-107 win against the Clippers on Wednesday.

Thompson hit back-to-back 3-pointers late in the third quarter and six on the night to finish with 20 points and six rebounds, while Kevon Looney contributed 10 points and 12 rebounds. Draymond Green scored 13 points.

Thompson is certainly finding his rhythm after a slow start.

“That’s really key for us when he is just playing under control, taking the shots when they’re there and when they’re not. It just kind of sets the table for us,” Kerr said. “It’s a great display of patience and then shot-making when we really needed them in that late third.”

Warriors guard Jordan Poole came off the bench for 19 points with a pair of 3-pointers after he went 0 for 8 from long range in Wednesday’s win.

Lauri Markkanen scored 24 points for the Jazz, who managed just 11 assists in the first two quarters.

Curry knocked down a fall-away 3-pointer, got fouled and converted the four-point play at the 8:40 mark of the first quarter as the Warriors ran out to a 17-point lead, but they couldn’t hold it.

The Warriors have won eight straight at home for their longest unbeaten run on their own floor since 11 in a row from Oct. 30-Dec. 3, 2021. They also have a five-game home winning streak against Utah.

Now, Kerr wants to see steady play on the road.

“We still have things to work on but we are stabilized,” Green said. “We’re starting to play our brand of basketball on both ends of the floor.”

Jordan Clarkson and Kelly Olynyk each had 21 points for Utah. The Jazz have lost three straight to match their longest skid of the season that has come during this stretch of six defeats in the last eight.

CURRY’S IMPACT

Jazz coach Will Hardy acknowledged he sometimes stops to watch Curry and has to “snap out of it” and remember to coach. Curry recorded his 12th 30-point game out of 17 — the first time in his career he’s been on that kind of pace.

“He’s just as terrifying today as he was then,” Hardy said of the reigning NBA Finals MVP’s growth from even six or seven years ago.

TIP-INS

Jazz: Utah shot 2 for 20 to begin the game from 3-point range, 2 of 15 in the opening quarter, 4 for 26 at halftime and 11 of 45 overall. … The Jazz are 5-5 on the road against the Western Conference. … Clarkson also had 10 assists.

Warriors: Golden State has an NBA-leading 12 30-assist games, including six of the last seven. … Looney played in his 131st straight game, the second-longest active streak. … Golden State committed four quick turnovers early in the second quarter to squander a big chunk of its 17-point lead and led 59-51 at halftime. … The Warriors haven’t lost at home to the Jazz since a 129-96 defeat on Jan. 22, 2020. … Golden State recorded its 440th consecutive sellout with a crowd of 18,064.

UP NEXT

Jazz: At Phoenix on Saturday night to complete the back-to-back.

Warriors: At Minnesota on Sunday, having lost the last six on the Timberwolves’ home court since a 117-107 win on March 19, 2019.

GORDON SCORES 29, NUGGETS BEAT SHORT-HANDED CLIPPERS 114-104

LOS ANGELES (AP) Aaron Gordon scored 29 points, Jamal Murray added 19 and the Denver Nuggets beat the short-handed Los Angeles Clippers 114-104 on Friday night.

Nikola Jokic added 19 points, 13 rebounds and six assists for the Nuggets, who led by 21 at one point during the fourth quarter with a run of 10 straight points midway through the period.

John Wall had a season-high 23 points for the Clippers, who were down to 10 players with Kawhi Leonard, Paul George and Luke Kennard out due to injuries. Leonard missed his second straight game after he sprained his right ankle Monday night against Utah. George (right hamstring) missed his third straight game and Kennard (right calf) has been out the last four.

Terance Mann added 16 points and Marcus Morris Sr. had 15.

Denver was down to 10 players in Wednesday’s win over Oklahoma City but was bolstered by the returns of Murray and Ish Smith to the lineup.

The game was tied at 18 midway through the first quarter before the Nuggets scored nine straight points to lead the rest of the way.

Denver extended its advantage to 64-52 at halftime and led by 17 with 2 minutes remaining in the third after a pair of free throws by Vlatko Cancar made it 85-68. The Clippers made a late run to get it to 87-77

TIP-INS

Nuggets: Michael Porter Jr. (heel), Jeff Green (knee), Bones Hyland (illness) and Payton Watson (illness) did not play. … Cancar had 13 points coming off the bench.

Clippers: Norman Powell had 11 points off the bench. … Robert Covington had a pair of 3-pointers and reached 1,200 for his career. … Los Angeles was 19 of 34 on free throws, with the 55.9% rate being its second-lowest of the year.

UP NEXT

Nuggets: Host the Houston Rockets on Monday.

Clippers: Host the Indiana Pacers on Sunday afternoon.

(GOLF NEWS)

TIGER WOODS AND SON CHARLIE TO PLAY IN PNC CHAMPIONSHIP

he world’s most famous golfer is set to tee it up at the PNC Championship.

Tiger Woods will return with his son, Charlie, for a third time as the annual tournament heads to the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club Orlando from Dec. 15-18, the TOUR announced Friday.

Last year, Team Woods finished two strokes back of John Daly and his son, John Daly II. Defending champion Team Thomas, made up of Justin Thomas and his father, Mike, finished three strokes back in a tie for third.

Notable teams in the field for this year’s tournament include Nelly Korda and her father, Petr; Justin and Mike Thomas; and Jordan Spieth, making his tournament debut alongside his father, Shawn. Defending champion Team Daly is also set to return.

Woods, a 15-time major champion and 82-time TOUR winner, has not played in a TOUR event since July when he was in the field at St. Andrews for the 150th Open Championship. That was just his third event of the 2021-22 season after he played in the Masters and PGA Championship earlier in the year.

The 46-year-old plans to be in action before the PNC Championship at the Hero World Challenge, a tournament he hosts in the Bahamas, from Dec. 1-4.

(NHL NEWS)

BRUINS SET NHL RECORD: 12 STRAIGHT HOME WINS TO START SEASON

BOSTON (AP) The Boston Bruins set the NHL record for most home victories to start a season with their 12th straight, topping the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2 in overtime on Friday with a power-play goal from David Pastrnak.

The Bruins broke the mark of 11 that was set by the 1963-64 Chicago Blackhawks and equaled by the Florida Panthers last season.

“That felt awesome,” Bruins first-year coach Jim Montgomery said. “We talked about it after the second (period) going into the third. There’s been a lot of great teams in this league and you’re able to set a precedent, break a record. It’s pretty special and it doesn’t happen if those guys don’t believe in themselves like they do.”

Boston, which trailed 2-0 late in the second period, tied it with 9:33 left in regulation when David Krejci scored his second of the game on a shot from the right point.

“It’s never fun being down going into the third, you’re sitting in here (in the locker room) trying to figure it out,” Krejci said. “You want to come out and do the job, something special on the line. It’s hard to win in this league. To get 12 in a row at home is pretty special.”

In overtime, Carolina was playing shorthanded after being called for too many men on the ice when Pastrnak one-timed a pass from Brad Marchand inside the far post from above the left circle.

“It was a big win for us, obviously, coming from behind,” Pastrnak said.

Jesperi Kotkaniemi and Stefan Noesen each scored a power-play goal for Carolina, and Pyotr Kochetkov made 38 saves. The Hurricanes lost their fifth straight.

In a rematch of last spring’s opening-round playoff series that the Hurricanes won in seven games, Carolina shutout the NHL’s highest scoring team for nearly two periods and jumped ahead a pair of power-play goals in the opening period.

“We took too many penalties. That’s hurting us right now,” Kotaniemi said. “I think 5-on-5 we’re doing a really good job. We started good tonight and couldn’t keep that up.”

Boston’s tying goal was originally disallowed because of goaltender interference on Nick Foligno but overturned on a coach’s challenge after it was ruled that he was nudged into the crease by Carolina defenseman Brett Pesce.

Boston starting goaltender Linus Ullmark made 28 saves but had to leave with 13:03 left in the third period with an undisclosed upper-body injury. Teammate Connor Clifton had jumped on him to block a shot during a scramble. Jeremy Swayman made six stops in relief.

Carolina’s Noesen scored at 6:34 in to make it 1-0. And with five minutes left in the period, Kotkaniemi collected the puck near the side of the net after Seth Jarvis’ shot bounced off the back glass and slipped it inside the post at 15:05.

Krejci scored for Boston with 31 seconds left in the second.

Boston came in with a league-high 82 goals in 20 games (4.10 per game), but it was held to relatively few chances despite getting a 5-on-3 power-play advantage early on.

TAKE NOTE

The Bruins honored captain Patrice Bergeron, who recorded his 1,000th career point when the team was on the road Monday against Tampa Bay, with a message on the Jumbotron. The crowd gave him a standing ovation.

Bergeron became just the fourth Bruin to reach the mark, joining Hall of Famers Ray Bourque (1,506), Johnny Bucyk (1,339) and Phil Esposito (1,012).

UP NEXT

Hurricanes: Host the Calgary Flames on Saturday.

Bruins: Host the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday.

DEVILS BEAT SABRES 3-1, EXTEND ROAD WIN STREAK TO 9 GAMES

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Jack Hughes, Jesper Boqvist and Tomas Tatar scored and the New Jersey Devils won their ninth consecutive road game, 3-1 over the Buffalo Sabres on Friday night.

Metropolitan Division-leading New Jersey bounced back from Wednesday night’s 2-1 loss at home against Toronto that ended a franchise record-tying run of 13 victories.

“We talked about not losing two games in a row,” Devils coach Lindy Ruff said. “And I thought overall we got a really good team effort.”

The Devils’ road win streak matches the second-longest in team history, and their 11-1-0 record in November marks the most wins they’ve ever had in the month.

“We had great jump,” said Erik Haula, who had an assist on the Devils’ first goal after creating the scoring chance with poke check in the defensive zone. “Great O-zone pressure. We were able to get on pucks, create some turnovers. We gave up a couple chances, but I thought we had great energy.”

New Jersey backup goalie Akira Schmid made 31 saves and improved to 4-0-0 this season. The 22-year-old from Switzerland lost in each of his four starts as a rookie last season.

Victor Olofsson scored for Buffalo, and Craig Anderson stopped 41 shots.

The Devils’ defense slowed a Sabres attack that had 13 goals in consecutive victories following an eight-game skid.

“They got a lot of swagger right now,” Sabres coach Don Granato said. “Their defense, I thought, was pretty dominant, pretty early.”

New Jersey got three goals in the second and has outscored opponents 30-20 in the period through 21 games.

Dawson Mercer’s backhand pass set up Hughes for a sliding one-timer two minutes into the second.

About four minutes later, Yegor Sharangovich extended his point streak to five games when he took the puck from Buffalo’s Mattias Samuelsson along the end boards and fed Boqvist in the slot.

After Olofsson scored on a rush to make it 2-1, Tatar answered for the Devils with a shot from the left circle that slipped between Anderson’s pads with 2:05 remaining in the second.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Captain Kyle Okposo returned to the Sabres’ lineup after missing six games with a lower-body injury. “Just some wear and tear I’ve been dealing with and had to give it some time to calm down,” the 34-year-old forward said.

Buffalo defenseman Jacob Bryson is out for at least a week with a lower-body injury sustained in Wednesday’s 6-2 win against St. Louis. Casey Fitzgerald, a healthy scratch in five of the past eight games, replaced Bryson in the lineup. He is the son of New Jersey general manager Tom Fitzgerald.

APPROACHING MILESTONE

Devils coach Lindy Ruff is one victory from becoming the fifth NHL coach with 800 in his career. Ruff, a former Sabres player, won 571 games coaching Buffalo from 1997-2011. He got 165 wins in five seasons coaching Dallas, and Friday’s victory was his 63rd in two-plus seasons with New Jersey.

NOTES: The Devils improved to 15-0-0 this season when Nico Hischier records a point. The captain assisted on Tatar’s goal. . New Jersey is one road victory from matching the franchise record of 10 set from Feb. 27 to April 7, 2011. It last won nine in a row from Oct. 8 to Nov. 12, 2009.

UP NEXT

Devils: Host Washington on Saturday to conclude back-to-back.

Sabres: Host Tampa Bay on Monday night.

DACH RETURNS TO CHICAGO, HELPS MONTREAL WIN 3-2 IN SHOOTOUT

CHICAGO (AP) Cole Caufield, Nick Suzuki and Kirby Dach scored in the shootout to give the Montreal Canadiens a 3-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 on Friday.

Suzuki and Joel Edmondson scored in regulation for Montreal, which got its third win in four games.

Chicago collected a point, but dropped its season-high sixth straight game.

Traded from Chicago before the NHL draft, Dach beat goaltender Arvid Soderblom with a wrist shot, then held his right hand to his ear as the crowd booed.

“Nice little touch,” Dach said of the crowd reaction, which also happened when he took the ice for the pregame warmup. “I play the game on emotion and it just kind of came to me in the moment.”

Montreal coach Martin St. Louis understood Dach’s reaction.

“To have the opportunity to be that guy that seals the deal at the end, it’s good that he was in that position,” St. Louis said. “You want to play a big game coming back here.”

Chicago carried the play in the final minutes and in the five-minute overtime, and tied the game 2-all with 3:54 left in regulation when Taylor Raddysh scored from the crease on a rebound of Patrick Kane’s power-play drive from the high slot.

Sam Montembeault made 30 saves for Montreal.

“We did a really good job of managing the puck,” Montembeault said. “If we didn’t have anything, we just dumped it in. And guys are blocking a lot of shots. It’s great for goalies.”

Soderblom stopped 21 shots and watched two Montreal shots ring off the goalposts.

“I think our game’s going in a good direction,” said Chicago defenseman Caleb Jones, whose first goal of the season tied the game.

RISE TO OCCASION

Until the dramatic shootout goal, Dach had only one shot on goal. The third-overall pick in the 2019 draft played three seasons for Chicago but never lived up to expectations, with 59 points in 152 games. He’s produced with the Canadiens: four goals and 17 points in 21 games.

UP NEXT

Montreal: Hosts the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday.

Chicago: Hosts the Winnipeg Jets on Sunday.

POINT HAS 2 GOALS, ASSIST IN LIGHTNING’S 5-2 WIN OVER BLUES

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Brayden Point had two goals and an assist, and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the St. Louis Blues 5-2 on Friday night.

Nikita Kucherov had three assists for Tampa Bay, and Andrei Vasilevskiy made 25 saves in his 135th win in his 200th home game. Only Jacques Plante (138) had more in his first 200 home games.

The Lightning also got goals from Alex Killorn, Brandon Hagel and Nick Paul. Kucherov has 21 assists and 31 points this season, reaching 30 points within the first 20 games of a season for the second time.

The Lightning were coming off a 5-3 loss at home against Boston on Monday night.

“I like the way we responded,” Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper said.

St. Louis’ Jordan Binnington stopped 22 shots. He entered 5-0 with a 1.94 goals-against average against Tampa Bay. Pavel Buchnevich and Jordan Kyrou both had a goal and an assist, and Robert Thomas collected two assists for the Blues.

Kyrou has three goals and 11 points during a seven-game point streak. Buchnevich and Thomas both have five-game point streaks.

The Blues continued their streaky season with their second straight loss after a seven-game winning streak. They started the season 3-0, and then went on an eight-game skid.

“We know it’s a yo-yo right now,” St. Louis center Ryan O’Reilly said. “The focus for us is letting this one go.”

Point stopped a seven-game goal drought by scoring twice in the opening half of the first period as Tampa Bay took a 3-0 lead. He has four goals in five games against Binnington.

Point and Killorn scored 28 seconds apart. Paul had an empty-netter in the third.

After Kyrou scored at 6:24 of the second, Hagel put Tampa Bay up 4-2 just 18 seconds later.

MAIN EVENTS

Tampa Bay’s Corey Perry and St. Louis’ Ivan Barbashev fought 2:18 into the game, the first of two early scrums.

St. Louis defenseman Robert Bortuzzo collided with Vasilevskiy after skating in from the right-wing boards and getting a slight shove from Lightning defenseman Mikhail Sergachev at 5:30 of the first.

Four Tampa Bay players dropped their gloves to go after Bortuzzo.

Bortuzzo was originally given a five-minute goalie interference call, but it was changed to a two-minute minor after a video review.

“Holy cow,” Hagel said. “The fans were on their feet. Guys sticking up for guys, and that just set the tone for the rest of the game.”

Tampa Bay defenseman Cal Foote received a two-minute roughing penalty.

NEARING A MILESTONE

Lightning captain Steven Stamkos extended his point streak to six games with two assists. He moved within five points of becoming the 95th NHL player to reach 1,000 points.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Blues: Bortuzzo (upper body) returned after sitting out eight games.

Lightning: LW Rudolfs Balcers left with an upper-body injury in the first after being checked into the boards. Cooper said he likely will miss at least the next three games. … C Ross Colton (upper body, one game) and Foote (lower body, five games) came back from injuries. … F Pierre-Edouard Bellemare (personal matter) was scratched.

UP NEXT

Blues: Play Saturday night at Florida.

Lightning: Start a three-game trip at Buffalo on Monday night.

NELSON’S GAME-WINNER LIFTS ISLANDERS OVER BLUE JACKETS 3-2

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Brock Nelson scored his third game-winning goal of the season and the New York Islanders extended their winning streak to three games with a 3-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday night.

Oliver Wahlstrom and Jean-Gabriel Pageau also scored, and Mathew Barzal had two assists for the Islanders. Ilya Sorokin stopped 24 shots.

Kent Johnson had a goal and an assist, Yegor Chinakhov scored and Johnny Gaudreau finished with two assists for Columbus, which has lost three of its last four games, all at home. Joonas Korpisalo had 21 saves in his third consecutive loss.

Wahlstrom’s wrister from between the circles with two and a half minutes left in the first put the Islanders up, and Pageau doubled the lead with his team-leading fourth power-play goal about eight minutes into the second period.

“I thought we were good in the first period,” Islanders coach Lane Lambert said. “We were moving our feet. We were on the forecheck. I give our guys full credit. They came to play.”

A pair of Islanders penalties late in the period helped Columbus. Chinakhov scored from just above the left circle on a 5-on-3 power play with six minutes left, and Johnson pulled Columbus even with a power-play goal just 33 seconds later.

“I feel like we’re in pretty good control for the first 30 minutes, up until the power play,” Nelson said. “There were a couple minutes there with all the stuff that happened and all of a sudden, you’re back in a tie hockey game. It was a good response by us to weather that.”

Nelson gave the Islanders the lead for good six minutes into the third, intercepting a clearing pass along the boards skating 4-on-4 and sending a shot high over Korpisalo for his team-leading 10th goal.

Despite the loss, Blue Jackets coach Brad Larsen was encouraged.

“We played well,” Larsen said. “There’s not much to criticize tonight. A pretty solid game again. It’s coming.”

UNSCHEDULED BREAK

The Blue Jackets Saturday game against the Predators was postponed due to ongoing issues related to a water main break at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. A makeup date will be announced.

WELCOME BACK

Columbus native Carson Meyer made his season debut for the Blue Jackets after spending time with the Cleveland Monsters, posting a stat line of 6-12-18 in 15 games. Meyer came in for Emil Bemstrom, who was sent down to the Monsters.

INJURY UPDATE

The Islanders’ Kyle Palmieri did not make the trip to Columbus and remains day-to-day with an upper-body injury.

HELPING HANDS

Barzal primary assist on Wahlstrom’s goal extended his point streak to seven games. His secondary helper on Pageau’s goal was his 23rd assist in 22 games. Simon Holmstrom, recalled Nov. 23 from Bridgeport, recorded his first NHL point with the secondary assist on Wahlstrom’s score. Gaudreau’s assists on goals by Chinakhov and Johnson gives him a 2-10-12 line in the last 10 games

POWERFUL ROOKIE

Johnson’s power-play goal was his second of the season, good for third among NHL rookies. He is also third for rookie goals with five.

UP NEXT

New York: Hosts Philadelphia on Saturday.

Columbus: Host Las Vegas on Monday night.

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EVANSVILLE MATER DEI WINS CLASS 2A REMATCH WITH ANDREAN

by Mike Beas, Special to IHSAA.org

The last text message Mike Goebel responded to prior to the start of the Class 2A state championship game Friday morning was impressively succinct.

“Give ’em hell coach.”

Former Evansville Mater Dei quarterback Jake Schiff, offensive centerpiece of the program’s lone title in 2000 and the state’s career passing leader, thumbed the words. 

His alma mater then took care of business with a 20-10 victory over Andrean inside Lucas Oil Stadium, nearly accomplishing a numerical reversal of last year’s 21-9 loss to the Fighting 59ers on the same stage.

“This team, I compared them to (2000 squad) a little bit,” said Goebel, moments after finishing his 26th season the best way possible. “We didn’t dwell on anything except what we had coming up.”

Mater Dei’s collective focus was, understandably, razor sharp in the days leading up to the rematch with Andrean.

“Obviously, last year we had a great season, but lost our last game,” said senior quarterback Mason Wunderlich, who threw for 124 yards and a pair of touchdowns to his favorite target, both finding the capable hands of senior Ethan Stolz.

“I saw the seniors (last season) and what they felt, and we didn’t want to feel that again.

“We came out this year ready to play, and winning this game is a just a great feeling. We came out with confidence and just played a great game all four quarters. Everybody did a great job.”

Evansville Mater Dei led the entire way, producing points on the game’s opening drive by mixing the run and pass to cover 72 yards in nine plays for a quick 7-0 lead.

On third-and-seven from the Andrean 24, Wunderlich connected with Stolz on a slant pattern. Stolz sped toward the north end zone, carrying defenders with him the final five yards into the end zone at 8:35 of the first quarter.

After spinning its wheels on its first two offensive series, Andrean got things going on its next drive.

The Fighting 59ers marched it as far as the Mater Dei 1-yard line before a penalty pushed them back. On third-and-goal from the 6, three Wildcats defenders converged on running back Drayk Bowen to stuff him for a three-yard loss.

Andrean settled for a 23-yard field goal from sophomore PJ Cusick with 8:07 remaining in the second period.

The Wildcats put themselves in a position to extend the lead late in the quarter after a sliding Spencer Turner intercepted Andrean quarterback Billy Henry at the 59ers’ 33.

A 15-yard pass and a 59ers’ personal foul on the ensuing pass play enabled Mater Dei to get to the 9. It was here Wunderlich found Stolz on a beautifully executed timing pattern in the left front corner of the end zone at :19 for a 14-3 halftime lead.

“It’s called ‘California,’ which is just to come back to the ball,” said Stolz, one of five Wildcats receivers to finish the game with two receptions. “We read each other’s body language so well. I know where he’s going to put the ball, he knows where to put it to put me in the best position.

“We had one like that against Jasper (a 27-7 win in Week 5), but I’d say we run it pretty close to once a game.”

Evansville Mater Dei made it a two-touchdown margin with 4:46 left in the third stanza as sophomore kicker Camden Marx split the uprights on a 47-yard field goal that tied the 2A state championship game standard.

Two plays later, junior Scott Ballentine, now in at quarterback for the Fighting 59ers, was stripped of the football by Wildcats linebacker Mitchell Adler. Senior defensive end Clay Martin pounced on the pigskin, leading to another Mater Dei field goal, this one 21 yards from senior Tyler Sitzman with 2:28 remaining in the third.

Andrean looked to finally chalk up a touchdown, driving down to the Wildcats’ 9. But on fourth-and-2, However, Ballentine was run out of bounds by Evansville Mater Dei junior linebacker Aiden Scheu. 

The team did cash in late, however, Ballentine finding junior Jacob Jones for a seven-yard touchdown pass.

Bowen finished with 95 yards rushing on 26 carries to lead all ball carriers. The Wildcats’ top running threat was senior Joey Pierre with 21 attempts for 86 yards.

Adler and Andrean senior linebacker Charlie Koeppen recorded 10 tackles apiece to tie for game-high honors.

Their hearts broken at this time last year by Andrean, the Wildcats’ tears on Friday were of joy.

“I really think it motivated us a lot,” said Stolz of getting to square off against the Fighting 59ers. “We had a chip on our shoulder.”

BOX SCORE: https://www.ihsaa.org/sites/default/files/documents/2022-23%202A%20Football%20Box%20Score.pdf

EAST CENTRAL ROLLS BY NEW PRAIRIE FOR THIRD STATE CHAMPIONSHIP

by Rich Torres, Special to IHSAA.org

One word printed boldly across East Central head coach Jake Meiners’ shirt echoed the result Friday after the Indiana High School Athletic Association’s Class 4A football state championship.

“Dominate,” Meiners’ apparel read, as he celebrated his team’s sixth straight victory, his first-career state championship and the third overall football state title in program history.

The fourth-ranked 4A Trojans (13-2) lived up to the word inside Lucas Oil Stadium, defeating the seventh-ranked New Prairie Cougars (13-2), decisively, 37-7, behind a trio of 100-yard rushers and a relentless defense.

East Central junior Josh Ringer rushed for 167 yards on 23 carries and tied an IHSAA 4A state finals record with four rushing touchdowns, while senior Eli Aston carried the ball five times for 114 yards, a touchdown and blocked a punt on special teams.

The Trojans opened their fifth state championship appearance since 1993 by scoring on their first four possessions and five of the team’s initial six drives overall to lead 37-0 before the Cougars could even respond.

“We like to win, and we’ll take the one-point wins, but we like to dominate. That’s why it’s across my shirt right now. Our coaches wear it. Our players have t-shirts with it because we like to go out and put on those kinds of performances,” Meiners said. “We didn’t come into today thinking we were going to dominate. We came into today thinking we need to score one more point than New Prairie.”

One touchdown became two, then three in the first quarter alone and four overall before halftime with Ringer finding the end zone on the final four.

East Central wasted no time in its pursuit of the school’s first football state title since 2017 (4A) under former coach Justin Roden. The Trojans won their first championship in 1994 (4A) with Rod Ballart at the helm and entered this year’s title game .500 with losses in 2015 (4A) and 1993 (4A).

The Trojans’ game-opening drive required less than a minute, spanned 71 yards and was concluded in four plays with Aston capping the possession with a 59-yard rushing touchdown.

Ringer delivered the finishing touches on the next three drives, including runs measuring 32 and 24 yards before the second quarter. 

An Aston blocked punt near midfield five plays after the start of the second quarter that senior Rhett Smith recovered setup Ringer’s next scoring opportunity on the ensuing drive.

After a clutch 19-yard pass from East Central junior quarterback Cole Burton to junior Ryan Brotherton on fourth-and-11 from New Prairie’s 31 and a 9-yard run by Aston, Ringer scored for a third time from 3 yards out.

“Once somebody else does good, and they try to stop it, we have so many more people who will get more opportunities and will execute,” Aston said. “Really once we got that win last week, and we knew we were here, we understood we had to execute. This was the game to win. This was the most important. We ended up winning and it sure feels good.”

The journey proved East Central’s motivation.

Losing at Evansville Memorial, 17-14, in last year’s regional title game, the Trojans called the 2022 campaign their comeback tour.

East Central avenged their 2022 regional loss with a 35-21 victory at Evansville Memorial this postseason and eliminated No. 2 Roncalli with an overtime field goal, 24-21, at semi-state. East Central lost to Roncalli, 21-19, during the regular season on Oct. 14.

“After losing to Evansville Memorial last year and losing to Roncalli in season this year, all we wanted was revenge,” Smith said. “That’s exactly what we got. To go there and beat Memorial and then beat Roncalli at home for semistate, there was no better feeling than this, of course.”

Smith finished the state title game with six total tackles, second to senior Carson Koelling’s nine, and had a forced fumble and a fumble recovery to open the second half.

New Prairie was limited to 118 yards rushing and were 3 of 10 on third down and lost two fumbles. East Central’s defense kept the Cougars scoreless until the final 2:43 of the game.

Cougars’ junior quarterback Marshall Kmiecik broke up the shutout with a 21-yard rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter. He completed 9 of 17 pass attempts for 159 yards and rushed for a team-high 52 yards.

“Once we get going on defense, it’s about momentum and keeping that momentum. And it helps the offense out a ton,” Smith said. “Once we get that momentum, we just keep rolling and rolling. We might slip up a little bit, but we always come back, and I think that’s what makes this defense special.”

Sophomore placekicker Nathan McFee added to East Central’s lead 30-0 in the third quarter with a 35-yard field goal before Ringer tied the 4A state finals record with a 6-yard rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter.

The 4A state championship rushing touchdown record is shared with Brian Lewis (Jasper, 2001), Gino Gillum (Cathedral, 2011), Tyler Weller (New Prairie, 2014) and Gillum again (Cathedral, 2012).

“Our O-line went out there and dominated. That’s the only reason I can do what I do,” Ringer said. “We put together some drives and our defense created turnovers. All credit goes to them.”

Junior Ryan Brotherton had 100 yards on 18 carries as East Central’s third 100-yard rusher. His longest run covered 27 yards. Burton completed 7 of 12 passes for 64 yards. Aston hauled in three passes for 45 receiving yards. 

“Our athletes are amazing. I feel like our team feeds off each other’s success. When someone gets a touchdown, everyone else wants one. That really helps us in games.”

The Trojans won seven games this season by 35 points or more. Three of those came in the postseason, including three straight contests to win the Sectional 23 championship – the program’s 21st all-time, second consecutive and sixth in eight years.

Their regional and semi-state titles were the Trojans’ first since winning the 4A state title in 2017, a game Smith has been aiming to replicate as a player for four years.

“I remember coming here (in 2017) and thinking this is awesome. I wanted to do this one day, and I’m here now. It’s awesome,” Smith said. “I could very well see it happen again for us next year. We might be losing a few seniors, but I think with this team, this group and the coaching, we can definitely do it again.” 

East Central senior Christian Garrison was named the Phil N. Eskew Mental Attitude Award winner for 4A. IN 2017, East Central’s Jayden Williamson earned the same honor.

“We came off that Roncalli win last week, and we said, ‘Hey, we have to get better from Week 14 to Week 15, and I think we did that this week,” Meiners said. “I’m so happy for our program. We’ve had a lot a great coaches come through our program, starting with our first state championship with Rod Ballart. Some couldn’t get this far, but it takes a little bit of luck when you get this far. You have to get a break or two.”

BOX SCORE: https://www.ihsaa.org/sites/default/files/documents/2022-23%204A%20Box%20Score.pdf

CENTER GROVE CRUISES TO RECORD THIRD STRAIGHT 6A CROWN

Lewis Bagley, Special to IHSAA.org

The “King” of Class 6A football is alive and well.

Center Grove used its dominating rushing attack and a stifling defense to lead it to a 35-9 win over Carroll of Fort Wayne Friday in the state championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium.

The victory (the 15th straight tournament win for the program) gives coach Eric Moore’s squad its third consecutive state title – in its fourth-straight appearance – which is the most since Class 6A was established in 2013.

“I’m so proud of this team and the guys in red,” Moore said on the field immediately after the victory. “Winning three straight state championships is the hardest feat you can reach. At the start of the year, no one thought we could win, no one thought we could even be here, but these guys fought week-in, week-out.”

The stat sheet reflected Center Grove’s dominance as the Trojans ran up 302 net yards rushing, averaging 5.4 yards per attempt. The Trojans only threw nine passes all night (completing six) in running up 24 first downs and the 35 points.

Much of the Trojan rushing attack followed the lead of the left side of the offensive line, where guard Austin Wiese and tackle Charlie Gardner were stationed.

“We’ve played alongside each other for four years,” Wiese said, “and it takes a lot of work to build the chemistry we have. It’s built-up and built-up each year.”

“They’ve been three-year starters,” Moore pointed out, “and they’re physical, smart and intense. A great offensive line is all about the team and that’s all they think about.

“This is what we do, we’re going to play hard-nosed football,” Moore continued. “We’ll run the ball, score touchdowns and play good, solid defense. The defense really stepped up tonight.”

Stepped up to the tune of allowing only 255 total yards – only 154 yards and three points during the first three quarters. The CG defense harried Carroll quarterback Jimmy Sullivan into quick throws all evening, forcing him to scramble on numerous occasions and sacking him five times.

“They did a great job bringing pressures and forcing (Sullivan) to throw quicker,” Carroll coach Doug Dinan said. “Their coverage was great on top of that. They’ve won three straight state championships for a reason.” 

“They didn’t have time to throw the ball,” Moore added. “Our defense was probably a little quicker than they have seen this year.”

Carroll, making its first appearance in the state title game, claimed the opening kickoff and drove 57 yards in 12 plays, finishing it with a Sebastian Lopez 30-yard field goal.

The Trojans (12-2) came right back with a four-play, 80-yard march to take a 7-3 lead on a 64-yard pass from Tyler Cherry to Jalen Thomeson. The rest of the contest was never in doubt.

Center Grove took a 21-7 lead into halftime on 1-yard TD bursts by Micah Coyle and Owen Bright. Cherry scored on a 1-yard sneak to open the scoring in the second half before a 6-yard score by Eli Hohlt provided the Trojans with their total.

Coyle finished with 132 yards rushing and Thomeson 128 to lead the Trojans. 

Carroll (13-1) broke through in the fourth quarter on a 26-yard pass from Ethan Springer to Camden Herschberger. The two-point conversion failed. Herschberger had six catches for 66 yards.

The CG program can now set its sights on tying an IHSAA record next season with a fourth-straight state championship. Three schools have accomplished that feat: Warren Central in Class 5A (2003-06), Fort Wayne Bishop Luers in 2A (2009-12) and Lafayette Central Catholic in 1A (also 2009-12).

All told, Center Grove has now won five state championships in eight appearances – all under the guidance of Moore.
But, for this day, the Trojans’ thoughts were on this accomplishment.

“It seems surreal right now, it really does” Gardner said of the three-peat. “I’m just so blessed to be part of this program. It’s really special.”

BOX SCORE: https://www.ihsaa.org/sites/default/files/documents/2022-23%206A%20Box%20Score.pdf

NFL PREVIEW: PITTSBURGH STEELERS (3-7) @ INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (4-6-1)

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER Steelers lead all-time series, 27-9

STREAKS Steelers have won past 7

LAST GAME 12/27/20: Colts 24 at Steelers 28

LAST GAME AT SITE 11/12/17: Steelers 20, Colts 17

STEELERS NOTES:

LAST WEEK: L 37-30 vs. Cincinnati

COACH VS. OPP. Mike Tomlin: 7-1

PTS. FOR 17.0

OFFENSE 312.2

PASSING Kenny Pickett (R): 155-237-1,426-3-8-71.8

RUSHING Najee Harris: 148-550-3.7-3

RECEIVING Diontae Johnson: 51-456-8.9-0

PTS. AGAINST 24.4

DEFENSE 375.5

SACKS Alex Highsmith: 9

INTs Minkah Fitzpatrick, Levi Wallace: 3

TAKE/GIVE -2 (12/14)

PUNTING (NET) Pressley Harvin: 44.4 (41.4)

KICKING Matthew Wright: 20 (5/5 PAT; 5/7 FG)

QB KENNY PICKETT (rookie) passed for 265 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs for 85.9 rating in Week 11. Has 25+ completions in 3 of his past 4 starts & aims for his 4th road start in row with 25+ completions. • RB NAJEE HARRIS had season-high 116 scrimmage yards (90 rush, 26 rec.) & 1stcareer game with 2 rush TDs last week. Has 50+ scrimmage yards in 3 of his past 4 on road & aims for his 3rd in row with 95+ scrimmage yards. • WR DIONTAE JOHNSON has 5+ catches in 13 straight road games & has 5+ catches in 38 games since 2019, 5th-most in NFL. Had 8 catches for 74 yards & rec. TD in last meeting. • WR GEORGE PICKENS (rookie) led team with 83 rec. yards & had 2nd career rec. TD last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with TD. • TE PAT FREIERMUTH tied his career high with 8 catches & had 79 rec. yards last week. Has 50+ rec. yards in 3 of his past 4 & aims for his 3rd in row on road with 50+ rec. yards. Ranks 3rd among AFC TEs in catches (44) & rec. yards (482). • LB T.J. WATT had 6th-career INT last week. Had 2 sacks & FF in last meeting & aims for his 3rd in row vs. Ind. with 1.5+ sacks. Has 12.5 sacks in 10 career MNF games. Aims for his 3rd in row on MNF with 3+ sacks & 6th in row on MNF with TFL. • LB ALEX HIGHSMITH has career high 9 sacks this season & aims for his 3rd in row with 0.5+ sacks. Had 7 tackles in last meeting. • DT CAMERON HEYWARD had 4th sack of season last week. Has 5 TFL in his past 5 & aims for his 3rd in row on road with TFL. Had sack in last meeting. • S MINKAH FITZPATRICK aims for his 4th in row with PD.

COLTS NOTES:

LAST WEEK L 17-16 vs. Philadelphia

COACH VS. OPP. Jeff Saturday: 0-0

PTS. FOR 15.7

OFFENSE 321.4

PASSING Matt Ryan: 247-357-2,443-10-9-87.1

RUSHING Jonathan Taylor: 151-693-4.6-3

RECEIVING Michael Pittman: 67-678-10.1-1

PTS. AGAINST 20.0

DEFENSE 307.6

SACKS Yannick Ngakoue: 6.5

INTs Four tied: 1

TAKE/GIVE -9 (9/18)

PUNTING (NET) Matt Haack: 44.8 (40.2)

KICKING Chase McLaughlin: 67 (10/10 PAT; 19/23 FG)

QB MATT RYAN completed 23 of 32 atts. (71.9 pct.) for 213 yards last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 0 INTs. Has 7 TDs vs. INT with 104.2 rating in 4 home starts this season. Has 350+ pass yards in 2 of his past 3 starts at home. Aims for his 3rd start in row vs. Pit. with 285+ pass yards & 95+ rating. Has 7 TDs vs. 0 INTs with 107.1 rating in his past 4 starts vs. AFC North. Has 6 TDs vs. 0 INTs in his past 5 MNF starts. • RB JONATHAN TAYLOR rushed for 84 yards & 3rd TD of season last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 90+ scrimmage yards & rush TD. Has 75+ scrimmage yards in 3 of 4 home games this season. Rushed for 74 yards & 2 TDs in last meeting. Aims for his 6th in row in primetime with 100+ scrimmage yards. Has 6 TDs (5 rush, 1 rec.) in his past 6 in primetime. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. AFC North with 2+ TDs. • WR MICHAEL PITTMAN led team with 6 catches for 75 yards in Week 11. Aims for 3rd in row with 6+ catches & 50+ rec. yards. Has 7+ catches & 50+ rec. yards in 4 of 5 home games this season. Has 55+ rec. yards in 6 of 7 career games in primetime. • WR PARRIS CAMPBELL aims for 3rd in row with 5+ catches & 65+ rec. yards. Had 5 catches for 53 yards in last meeting. • DE YANNICK NGAKOUE tied season high with 1.5 sacks & had 1st FF of season last week. Aims for 6th in row with 0.5+ sacks. • DE IFEADI ODENIGBO had sack & 2nd-career FF in Week 11. Aims for his 4th in row at home with 0.5+ sacks. • LB ZAIRE FRANKLIN led team with 12 tackles & had 1st-career FF last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 10+ tackles & has 11+ tackles in 4 of 5 home games this season. Has TFL in 5 of past 6. Is 1 of 3 in AFC with 6+ games (6) of 10+ tackles in 2022.

  • The Steelers are 20-6 (.769) all-time against the Colts, including wins in each of the last seven meetings. That is the best record in a matchup among current NFL franchises with at least 25 games between them.
  • Despite scoring a season-high 30 points, Pittsburgh fell 37-30 to the Bengals on Sunday. Since the beginning of last season, the Steelers are 0-2 when scoring at least 30 points, the only NFL team to lose all its 30-point games in that span (Giants have zero 30-point games).
  • Najee Harris rushed for two touchdowns against the Bengals, his first career game with multiple rushing touchdowns. Prior to the game, Harris had one TD run in total this season and is now tied for the team lead in the category with Kenny Pickett (also three).
  • Against the Eagles, Indianapolis lost a game it led by 10+ points at the end of the third quarter for the third time since 2020, the most such losses among NFL teams in that span. The Colts hadn’t done that in any of their previous 20 seasons prior to 2020.
  • Jonathan Taylor scored his third rushing touchdown of the season against the Eagles, after having 18 touchdown runs last season. The biggest rushing touchdown decrease between seasons in team history (min. 50 percent team’s games played) is 11 by Lenny Moore in 1964 and 1965 (16 to 5).
  • The Steelers have been outscored by 74 points this season, the worst point differential in the NFL. The last time Pittsburgh finished last in the category for a full NFL season was in 1969 when the team went 1-13.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Jeff Saturday knows the score.

The Indianapolis Colts have lost seven straight to the Pittsburgh Steelers since last winning 14 years ago – when Saturday was still in the prime of his playing career.

And if Indy hopes to change anything in this lopsided series, he understands the Colts must be more focused, more precise and more efficient Monday night.

“We talked about just embracing the moment, having fun with it, appreciating it and then performing at your best when you have these moments and opportunities,” he said. “It’s a huge challenge, and, obviously, Pittsburgh brings its own set of battles here.”

For the Colts (4-6-1), winning this one is a must if they hope to revitalize their rapidly fading playoff hopes. They’ve lost their past two home games – both 17-16 after the defense gave up a touchdown in the final 90 seconds and the offense couldn’t move into field-goal position.

Another agonizing loss to the Steelers could spell doom again for longtime Colts fans who have seen Pittsburgh repeatedly dashed their dreams.

Whether it was the incomplete desperation pass that sent the Steelers to the Super Bowl and the Colts home in January 1996, the playoff-eliminating 42-14 rout the next season or Ben Roethlisberger’s shoestring tackle on Nick Harper’s fumble return and Mike Vanderjagt’s shanked 46-yard field goal with 17 seconds left that sealed a 21-18 divisional round win over the top-seeded Colts in January 2006, nobody in town has forgotten.

This time, of course, the Steelers (3-7) seem vulnerable. They’ve lost three of four overall, four straight on the road and rookie quarterback Kenny Pickett has struggled with interceptions with his Monday night debut looming.

Similar to Indy, Pittsburgh has struggled to produce points and even its usually stout run defense has been susceptible this season.

Coach Mike Tomlin realizes that’s a potential problem against 2021 NFL rushing champ Jonathan Taylor up next, even with defending NFL Defensive Player of the Year T.J. Watt back from an injury.

“We haven’t been in a stadium with him before, but we respect his talents and his resume,” Tomlin said. “We believe quality play, for them, centers around his exploits and what he’s able to do. We’ve got to minimize his impact on the game.”

Taylor has rushed for 231 yards and two scores since Saturday replaced Frank Reich and Saturday seems more committed to the ground game.

Could it be enough to help Indy turn the tables against one of the NFL’s most successful franchises on Monday night? Saturday hopes so.

“They’re all must wins,” he said. “When you’re staring at where we are and trying to make a push. … Again, the process matters and the way that we are going about it matters. The wins will take care of themselves. We’ve just got to make sure we’re taking care of the process.”

THROWBACK TIME

Indy will wear uniforms that were first used in 1956 when Pittsburgh native Johnny Unitas was a rookie with the then-Baltimore Colts and Indiana native Weeb Ewbank was the coach.

The horseshoe logo will appear on the back of Indy’s helmets and the jersey numbers will appear in a slightly different font, higher on the shoulder pads. Jerseys and socks also will feature three stripes instead of two currently while pants will feature one stripe instead of two.

WHERE’S DIONTAE JOHNSON?

Diontae Johnson was a Pro Bowler a year ago. Now the fourth-year receiver has become nearly invisible, particularly since Pickett replaced Mitch Trubisky at halftime in Week 4. Johnson’s targets, receptions and yards per reception all decreased with Pickett. He’s averaging 8.9 yards per catch this season and hasn’t scored a TD since last January’s win over Cleveland.

Tomlin points to Johnson’s resume as one reason he’s essentially become a decoy, saying opponents are game-planning to stop him.

Maybe, but Johnson — who signed a two-year contract extension in August – seems to be running out of patience.

“I know it looks like I’m (not) involved (that much),” he said. “It is what it is. It’s the situation I’m in. So I’ve got to deal with it.”

CHASING MARINO

When Colts quarterback Matt Ryan has played this season, he’s largely been pursuing another icon with Pittsburgh ties, Hall of Famer Dan Marino, who played in college at Pitt.

Ryan passed Marino for seventh on the league’s career list for yards passing on Oct. 16 and surpassed the former Miami Dolphins star for No. 6 in career attempts last week. Now Ryan, who grew up near Philadelphia, can tie Marino’s mark for comebacks with a fifth late-game rally this season. Marino is fifth with 47.

OFF AND RUNNING

After weeks of sputtering, Pittsburgh’s ground game has taken a significant step forward. The Steelers have averaged 154 yards rushing over the past three weeks, up from 87.8 yards in their first seven games.

Running back Najee Harris has 189 yards in the past two games, quelling any discussion of undrafted rookie free agent Jaylen Warren making a serious bid to start. Tomlin credited the offensive line’s improvement and more decisiveness from Harris as two key components to helping alleviate some of the burden on Pickett.

GAME REWIND: PACERS 128, NETS 117

No team in the NBA puts on a show in the fourth quarter like the Indiana Pacers.

After trailing almost the entirety of the first three quarters, the Pacers (11-7) outscored the Brooklyn Nets (9-11) 40-23 in the fourth to secure a 128-117 Gold Friday win at Gainbridge Arena.

Pacers rookie standout Bennedict Mathurin dazzled down the stretch, scoring 16 of his 20 total points in the final frame.

Former NBA MVP Kevin Durant led all scorers with 36 points for the Nets and Buddy Hield topped the Pacers with 26 points. In the last 12 minutes, Durant scored 20 of his team’s points.

Six Pacers players scored in double-figures on the night, with Myles Turner (23), Tyrese Haliburton (21), Jalen Smith (10) and Aaron Nesmith (10) joining Hield and Mathurin. When six Pacers score in double digits, the team is 8-0 this season.

Indiana leads the league in fourth quarter scoring average, putting up 29.6 per contest thus far this season.

With the win, Indiana went up in the season series 2-1 over Brooklyn and also snapped five straight losses to the Nets in Indianapolis. In November, the Pacers are 8-2.

“This team’s superpower is their connectivity,” Pacers coach Rick Carlisle said. “They just love one another. They compete hard against each other, but they really support each other. And there’s a joy that is really special. We’ve got to fight to keep that. This kind of a vibe with an NBA team — it doesn’t happen every day. You’ve got to fight to preserve it.”

Despite the teams tying five times in the early minutes, the Nets used a pair of runs and hot shooting to lead 35-23 by the end of the first quarter.

Both teams shot well to start the game, as the Nets hit seven of their first nine attempts from the field while the Pacers went 6-for-6 from the free throw line to tie it at 14 six minutes in.|

Back-to-back midrange fadeaway makes from Durant and a 3-pointer by Royce O’Neale gave the Nets a buffer at 22-15, and the Pacers wouldn’t retake the lead  until the fourth quarter.

In the final 3:14 of the opening frame, the Nets outscored the Pacers 10-1, capped by a 3-pointer by Seth Curry at the buzzer, to lead by 12.

Brooklyn shot 62.5 percent in the first quarter, making 15 of 24 attempts, while the Pacers made just seven of 18 shots.

Following back-to-back scores by Isaiah Jackson and Hield to start the second quarter,  an acrobatic spin into a reverse layup by T.J. McConnell spurred a 9-4 Pacers run – on five points by Turner – to narrow the deficit to 47-38 with 6:55 left in the half.

Three straight 3-pointers by the Pacers, two from Hield and one by Jalen Smith, and layups from Turner and Tyrese Haliburton shrank the Nets’ lead to 57-53 with 2:51 left in the half, but the Nets again responded with another scoring run to stay ahead.

In a 50-second span, Curry and Irving both hit 3-pointers and Ben Simmons converted a hook shot from nine feet to push the Nets lead to 65-57 by halftime

Out of the break, Turner, Hield and Nesmith all hit 3-pointers to get the Pacers’ offense rolling, as the team was able to get the score to within a possession at 72-70 with 8:23 on the clock.

Indiana kept it within five points until an and-one conversion by Durant and back-to-back 3-pointers by Curry put the Nets up 92-84 with 1:31 left in the third quarter.

Going into the final frame, the Pacers trailed 94-88. Haliburton and Hield found their shooting strokes in the third quarter, scoring 20 of the team’s 31 points in the period.

In the first four minutes of the fourth quarter, the Pacers outscored the Nets 11-2 – on two 3-pointers by Mathurin –  to retake the lead at 99-96 and force a Nets timeout with 8:53 left in the game.

Out of the mini break, Mathurin added a bucket, James Johnson scored on a layup and Hield drilled another 3-pointer to put the Pacers on top 108-98 with 6:45 remaining.

The Pacers then used another 7-0 burst to push the lead to 117-107.

Down the stretch the game got chippy, as Nets center Nic Claxton was ejected with 3:38 left after being issued a flagrant-1.

Despite Durant’s hot shooting in the waning minutes, the Nets weren’t able to climb back.

Overall, the Pacers shot 43-for-86 (12-for-34 3-point) while making 30 of 38 free throws. The Nets shot 47-for 88 (15-for-41 3-point) while hitting eight of 10 from the charity stripe.

The Pacers finished with 13 steals in the game to the Nets’ two and won the turnover margin 13-18.

Also in the box score, Haliburton secured his 12th double-double of the season with 21 points and 15 rebounds. He has the most double-doubles of all NBA guards.

“We understand that 10, 15, 20 points in the NBA is nothing — that’s a couple possessions, a couple stops,” Haliburton said. “ Basketball is a game of runs. You go on a little run and next thing you know you’re back in the game and it comes down to making and missing shots. The more we are doing this, the better you feel in those opportunities. Nobody is panicking, we are a young group building together.”

On Sunday, the Pacers open a seven-game road trip at the Los Angeles Clippers.

HALIBURTON’S PACERS ARE TOO GOOD TO TANK, AND THAT’S JUST FINE

(Joseph Casciaro is theScore’s senior content producer)

When the Indiana Pacers were awarded the sixth overall selection in the 2022 NBA Draft, it marked the franchise’s highest pick in 34 years. In finishing with the league’s fifth-worst record last season (25-57), the Pacers suffered only their third 50-loss campaign in the last 36 seasons.

Despite Indiana’s aversion to bottoming out under owner Herb Simon, the Pacers have always managed to retool on the fly before eventually finding their way to a contending core.

There’s no championship to show for it, but teams led by Reggie Miller during the ’90s, Jermaine O’Neal and Ron Artest during the aughts, and then Paul George during the first half of the 2010s all reached bona fide contender status. Indiana frequently built better teams than many of its rivals who were perennially situated near the top of the draft.

This was The Pacers Way.

When Kevin Pritchard took over for Larry Bird as Indiana’s president of basketball operations in 2017, he reaffirmed that franchise ethos. “I don’t believe in tearing it down, because then you can tear down your culture,” Pritchard said during a news conference five and a half years ago. “You can’t teach guys how to win. Some teams are out of the playoffs seven, eight, nine years. We don’t do that.”

It’s ironic, then, that after inadvertently building a team made for the bottom last season, the Pacers are now overachieving this year with a team that was purposefully built to tank for the first time since the ’80s. A team widely projected to finish with a bottom-five record entered the Thanksgiving break with a top-five mark (10-7) in the Eastern Conference and a top-10 overall point differential.

The biggest reason for that early-season surprise, and the development that should render this season a success no matter how much it negatively affects the team’s lottery odds: Tyrese Haliburton is too good to tank with.

With more offensive responsibility in Indiana than he had in Sacramento, Haliburton’s production increased following the midseason trade that sent Domantas Sabonis to the Kings. But the Pacers went 6-20 with Haliburton in the lineup last year. What the young guard has done through five weeks of his first full season as a Pacer has been much more impressive.

Haliburton has the Pacers’ offense on a string while keeping his opponents’ heads on a swivel. He’s fueled the league’s eighth-best offense by perfectly balancing his skills as an uber-efficient scorer and game-changing playmaker.

He’s driving and getting to the rim more frequently, while still leveraging the power of his passing when he perforates defenses. He’s shooting the leather off the ball while feasting on an analytically savvy shot diet that sees 71% of his attempts either come from behind the arc or at the rim.

Though Haliburton’s individual offensive production has been a revelation, his breathtaking playmaking has somehow been better.

In leading the league’s seventh-fastest team (both in overall pace and average time of offensive possession), Haliburton must have opponents shaking in transition. Overplay your hand to stop him and he’ll find an open teammate – often in spectacular fashion – for an easy bucket. Give Haliburton too much space and you’re essentially giving one of the NBA’s most devastating pull-up threats a green light.

He’s also developed a symphonic pick-and-roll partnership with Myles Turner and leads the league with an assist percentage of 48.9%, meaning that nearly half of every non-Haliburton basket the Pacers score when he’s on the court is assisted by Haliburton.

He’s averaging 19.8 points and a league-leading 10.8 assists while shooting 57.1% from 2-point range, 38.8% on 7.1 3-point attempts per game, and 86.3% from the free-throw line. Among qualified 3-point shooters, the only other players who averaged at least 19 points and 10 assists on 60% true shooting in a season are James Harden and Magic Johnson. So, this feels like a good time to remind you Haliburton is 22 years old and only about a quarter of the way through his third pro season.

In Haliburton, the Pacers have already found the type of foundational star teams tank for. If that ends up costing them Ping-Pong balls in this year’s lottery – which even the worst team only has a 14% chance of winning – then so be it.

There’s more: Indiana may have found another of those foundational stars during their rare appearance in the draft’s top six last summer, as Bennedict Mathurin has looked like a steal.

The 20-year-old Canadian is averaging 19.4 points on 60.7% true shooting off the bench, putting him in early contention to be the first rookie since Ben Gordon in 2004-05 to win the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year award.

As a big shooting guard, Mathurin possesses a rare combination of shooting range and brute force as a driver, which has resulted in him parading to the free-throw line. Still only 17 games into his career, Mathurin is in the 97th percentile among wings when it comes to drawing shooting fouls, according to Cleaning The Glass. Among high-usage rookie guards in the 21st century, only Chris Paul and Keyon Dooling posted a higher free-throw attempt rate.

That rim pressure, foul-baiting, and shooting makes Mathurin a perfect complement to Haliburton in the Pacers’ backcourt of the future.

Behind them, Turner is quietly enjoying a career year.

The Pacers have been below average on the defensive end (they rank 18th), but the fact Indiana isn’t flirting with dead last in that department is a testament to Turner. The big man’s impressive 2.8 blocks per game don’t do his defensive impact justice. The difference between Turner’s league-leading 9.6 shots defended at the rim per game and Sabonis’ second-ranked figure of 7.7 is equivalent to the difference between Sabonis and 17th-ranked Ivica Zubac.

Zubac, Brook Lopez, and Isaiah Hartenstein are also the only three players holding opponents to a lower field-goal percentage at the rim than Turner among the 25 players who are challenged at the rim most often.

The most promising aspect of Turner’s early-season success, however, has been his offensive development. He won’t continue to shoot 45% from deep, and he can still improve when it comes to bullying mismatches in the post, but Turner’s willingness to put the ball on the floor and attack closeouts so far this season gives him a more complete offensive arsenal. It’s also part of the reason he’s averaging a career-high 18.6 points to go along with a career-high 8.4 rebounds.

Turner’s ability to protect the rim on one end while spacing the floor on the other makes him a coveted breed of big man in the modern era, particularly now that he’s also more of a threat as a roll man in pick-and-roll actions. His development begs the question: Why are so many pundits eager to dismiss him as a core piece of Indiana’s rebuild?

Playing on an expiring contract for a team that entered the season with lottery odds top of mind, Turner appeared to be an obvious trade candidate; the Pacers could recoup draft capital while sending him to a team trying to win now. But at only 26, Turner can still be part of the next great Pacers team. Though it feels like he’s been around – and on the trade block – forever, his timeline can still align with Haliburton’s and Mathurin’s.

Unless Indiana is blown away by a trade offer or Turner leaves no doubt he plans to depart in free agency, the Pacers should be thinking about how to keep the two-way big man in the Hoosier State.

The sweet-shooting Buddy Hield would be a more reasonable trade chip if the Pacers want to strike a balance between letting this season play out and still planning for the future. Same goes for T.J. McConnell, if the veteran guard can pick his play up between now and the deadline.

As good as Haliburton, Turner, Mathurin, and Hield have been, the Pacers must remain realistic about their 2022-23 outlook. Their fifth-best player might be Isaiah Jackson. They’ve played one of the league’s softest schedules so far and have taken advantage of some injury-battered teams; Indiana’s last four wins came against the Magic, Rockets, and Hornets. After hosting Brooklyn on Friday, the Pacers will embark on a tough seven-game road trip through Los Angeles, Sacramento, Utah, Portland, Golden State, and Minnesota.

Most projection models peg their eventual win total in the mid-to-high 30s, which should leave them fighting for the East’s final play-in spot. That’s fine. As discouraging as the middle of the pack can be, there’s a big difference between being a 35-40 win team fueled by young players who will serve as your foundation for years and being a mediocre team that’s already mortgaged the future just to get there (like the division-rival Bulls). Remember, the Pacers’ preseason over/under win total was set at 24.5.

In addition to possessing all of their own future first-round picks, the Pacers are also on track to have two extra first-rounders this season (from Boston and Cleveland), so they’ve got plenty of draft capital.

The Pacers would’ve liked to use some of it near the top of the 2023 draft, and they may still be able to if the season goes off track and the lottery bounces their way. But the presence of Haliburton, Mathurin, and potentially even Turner has them in good shape regardless of how this season or the lotto plays out.

It’s a fun place to be for a rebuilding team, and Indiana only had to endure one truly miserable season to get here.

Whether intentional or not, it simply seems to be the Pacers way.

INDY DEFEATS IOWA AT HOME, 5-2

INDIANAPOLIS– The Fuel hosted the Iowa Heartlanders for the second time this season, attempting to take two points early this weekend before back-to-back games with Kalamazoo. They did just that with a 5-2 win over the Heartlanders and a two-goal night by Fuel newcomer Shane Kuzmeski.

The first period started off with the Fuel giving up a few shots to the Heartlanders but ultimately outshot them 11-5 with no score for either side. Jakub Pour did take the Fuel’s only penalty of the period for slashing that would bleed over into the second period but Indy killed it off successfully. 

After a tripping call on Alex Wideman, the Fuel got their league-leading seventh shorthanded goal of the season courtesy of Shane Kuzmeski. This was his first career Fuel goal. Less than thirty seconds later, Iowa answered back with a goal from Tommy Parrottino to tie the game in the middle frame. 

Michael Pastujov gave Iowa their first lead of the game with a quick goal to make it 2-1. It didn’t stay like that for long as Shane Kuzmeski tallied his second goal of the game just six minutes after his first. That is how the second period would end, with a tie at two and Indy outshooting Iowa 18-14.

Just over two minutes into the third period, Chris Cameron tallied his second goal of the season to give the Fuel the lead again at 3-2. The score remained that way for most of the period, some chances going both ways before Iowa pulled their goaltender and with just under a minute to go, Andrew Bellant scored on the empty net to secure the win. The Fuel were not done though, as Seamus Malone got his second goal of the season, another empty net goal, to win 5-2. 

The Fuel host the Kalamazoo Wings tomorrow night for Marvel Superhero Night at 7 p.m. and look to continue their win streak against the Wings.

BATES SETS NEW CAREER-HIGHS IN 90-51 VICTORY OVER JACKSON STATE

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Xavier Johnson backpedaled without losing shooting form. Crisp ball movement had found him in the corner; the 3-point shot was launched; the Indiana senior guard’s right hand stayed extended; and everyone waited for the inevitable swish.

When it came, giving Johnson his fourth 3-pointer of Friday afternoon against Jackson State, he quickly ran back on defense and more Hoosier dominance.

Welcome to a snap-shot moment of IU’s 90-51 victory at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall that clinched a Hoosier Classic championship and ensured the No. 11 Hoosiers (6-0) would be undefeated for next Wednesday’s Big Ten-ACC Challenge showdown with top-ranked North Carolina, also at Assembly Hall.

“North Carolina is a big team with wonderful perimeter players,” coach Mike Woodson said. “They’re well coached. Come Wednesday, we’ll see where we are.”

Johnson and sophomore guard Tamar Bates were Friday’s catalysts. Johnson delivered starting dominance with 16 points and strong run-the-show direction. Bates came off the bench for a career-high 22 points on 8-for-11 shooting in 24 minutes. Both had four three-pointers and four assists.

They led IU’s offensive clinic that produced 23 assists on 34 baskets with 58% shooting, 45.5% from three-point range. All 11 Hoosiers who played scored.

As the point guard, Johnson sets the tone. In his last three games, he has 18 assists against four turnovers, and made 11-of-22 shots. He’s basically averaged 14 points over his last four games.

“The first couple of games, I didn’t know where X was,” Woodson said. “The Xavier game, he was back. He’s played well since then. He made shots, ran our offense, got the ball where it need to go and defended. He has to keep it going. We need him to run our team.”

Johnson said it took him a couple of games to get a “feel” for a new team that included freshmen Jalen Hood-Schifino and Malik Reneau. With Hood-Schifino as a second point guard, Johnson said it took time to adjust.

“I was trying to figure out my role,” he said. “Now I want to keep my teammates rolling.”

Johnson said the freshman Bates arrived at IU talking trash. Last summer, now a father and steeled by a college season, he was more locked in.

“He came back with a different attitude,” Johnson said. “He was more mature.”

Added Woodson: “He finally had a breakout game. I’m not surprised or shocked. Last summer, he was one of best players. Today he put it all together. He made shots. He defended well. He did a lot of good things in the short minutes he played.”

Maturity came from being a father. Bates arrived at Friday’s press conference with eight-month-old daughter Leilani Nicole.

Balancing fatherhood with college basketball is the result, he said, of “Having an army behind me. My family does a great job when she’s not here with me. It takes a lot of stress off me.”

Then he got creative.

“We were trying to find our sound. It’s like learning how to play the trombone. We found that sound, and now we’re playing music.”

Woodson took a more traditional approach in evaluating Bates.

“He had a baby. That’s a big responsibility for a young kid. This summer he accepted what he was going through. He had no choice. He started to grow up. We need that from him. He can make shots and do things from an offensive standpoint we need him to do.”

Senior forward Trayce Jackson-Davis was back after missing Wednesday’s Little Rock game for precautionary reasons. In 19 minutes, he had 11 points and five rebounds.

“He didn’t play a lot of minutes,” Woodson said. “We’ll assess where he is. He has the next few days to get ready. Guys are a little beat up. They have to get treatment and get ready for Wednesday.”

Jackson State (0-5) was coming off a 78-68 loss at Michigan during which it pushed the Wolverines for most of the first half. The Tigers’ first 14 games are on the road. They don’t play at home until Jan. 7.

Jackson State played IU to a 9-9, six-minute tie. Then Reneau came in for a basket. Johnson hit consecutive 3-pointers after a 0-for-4 Indiana start. The Hoosiers, who had an 8-1 edge in points off turnovers, led 17-10.

A Reneau basket, a Jordan Geronimo steal and dunk, a Johnson driving layup and a Geronimo basket off a Johnson assist pushed Indiana to a 25-13 lead with nine minutes left in the half.

Then the Hoosiers ratcheted up the defense. A 19-2 run boosted the lead to 36-15. IU had forced 10 turnovers, made five steals and turned Jackson State’s offense to rubble.

After a mini Jackson State surge, Bates ended the half with a 3-pointer off a Johnson assist for a 44-28 Hoosier lead.

Jackson-Davis opened the second half with a basket. Miller Kopp buried a 3-pointer. The 21-point lead was restored and then extended to 24 when Johnson hit a 3-pointer, all in the first three minutes of the second half.

“I didn’t think we finished the first half well,” Woodson said. “The last two to three minutes, they had their way. We had a lot of miscues. We didn’t close it the way I’d like to have seen it.

“In the second half, we came out clicking and did all the things we needed to do to stretch the lead and secure the win.”

With a fifth blowout home victory in hand, IU can now focus on North Carolina.

“You’ve got two teams that will probably be undefeated on Wednesday,” Woodson said. “Something will have to give.”

NO. 6 INDIANA PULLS PAST AUBURN

LAS VEGAS – Five players scored in double figures as No. 6 Indiana defeated Auburn, 96-81, in the Las Vegas Invitational on Friday night.

KEY MOMENTS

Indiana (6-0) stretched its lead to as many as six with a take to the rim from junior guard Chloe Moore-McNeil with 4:12 to play. Auburn cut the lead down to one on a 3-pointer but senior forward Mackenzie Holmes would have the response under the bucket to push IU back to a 25-22 lead.

The Tigers (3-2) took a brief lead early in the second quarter, but freshman guard Yarden Garzon took over, scoring nine points and grabbing three rebounds in the frame. Indiana would go on to outscore Auburn, 26-16, as it gained a 51-39 lead at the break.

Maintaining a double-digit lead into the third quarter but Auburn would push back, cutting the deficit to as few as five with 14 seconds left to go before the final period. Garzon would extend IU’s lead back to eight as she hit one of her four 3-pointers as time expired.

Holmes would turn on the jets in the fourth quarter, scoring 15 of her 26 in the final 10 minutes of action and helping pace IU to a 64.3 percent clip to close out its sixth-straight double figure win.

NOTABLE

For the first time in program history, Indiana has recorded three-straight games scoring 90 points or more. The Hoosier have done it twice in a row on five different occasions but secured its first time going three games in a row by scoring 96 against Auburn.

Indiana improved to 6-0 on the season, its second-best start under ninth year head coach Teri Moren. The Hoosiers went 10-0 to begin the 2018-19 season. 

IU’s 51 first half points are the most points scored in a half this season.

Holmes tied her school record by going perfect from the floor, a 10-for-10 effort. She went 13-for-13 in a game against Eastern Kentucky in 2020. Holmes finished with a team-high 26 points on the evening.

Garzon and Holmes combined for 49 points, helping Indiana to shoot 54.1 percent from the floor. The duo is the first IU pair to score 20 points or more in the same game since Aleksa Gulbe and Grace Berger did it against Iowa on Feb. 19, 2022.

Garzon went 8-for-17 from the floor and hit four 3-pointers for a season-high 21 points while pulling down six boards and adding a team-high six assists.

Parrish set a new IU career-high with 16 points and narrowly missed a double-double with nine rebounds.

Moore-McNeil also contributed to a balanced stat sheet with 15 points and tied a team-high six assists.

Senior guard Sara Scalia also added double figures with 12 points.

Indiana dished out 18 assists with six each from Garzon and Moore-McNeil. Holmes and Parrish added three steals each in the win.

The Hoosiers record its first ever win in the series, which now stands at 2-1 in favor of Auburn.

QUOTABLE

Indiana head coach Teri Moren

“A great win for us tonight after losing Grace (Berger). We had to rally, all of us. I think we were all out of sorts for a minute when your best player, your leader has to leave the floor the way she did. We were all a little bit out of sorts, but we found our groove. I thought that Chloe (Moore-McNeil) handled herself very well at the point. She played a lot of minutes there. I thought that Yarden (Garzon) came in, she was hot in the first, and we allowed her to have some of the ball handling responsibilities in the second half. She had a great line, 21 points, six assists, six rebounds. It was great to see everyone step up. Kaitlin Peterson came off the bench and gave us really good minutes. Sydney Parrish was really good and showed a lot of toughness. Mack (Mackenzie Holmes) was just terrific inside. A lot of good things despite Grace not being out there, but still really happy with the way we battled. We showed terrific composure throughout. It was a very physical game, and you have to have a certain level of moxie and toughness when the game is that physical. I thought our kids showed that in a big kind of way tonight.”

UP NEXT

The Hoosiers will face Memphis to close out play at the Las Vegas Invitational on Saturday at 8:45 p.m. ET.

INDIANA VS. PURDUE FOOTBALL NOTES

(INDIANA NOTES)

SETTING THE SCENE

• Indiana (4-7, 2-6 B1G) will return home for Senior Day when it battles Purdue (7-4, 5-3 B1G) for the Old Oaken Bucket at 3:30

p.m. on Saturday, November 26, in the 124th meeting between the two programs and the 97th meeting for the Old Oaken Bucket.

• Indiana has won five of the last eight contests with Purdue, including a double overtime win on the road in 2019. IU will be

looking to join a select group in the history of the program to win both the Spittoon and Oaken Bucket in the same season.

NEWS & NOTES

• Indiana has played five one possession games in 2022 and owns a 3-2 mark in those games, including the double overtime victory at

Michigan State in Week 12. Head coach Tom Allen has 12 wins in one possession games, including a 4-1 mark in overtime.

• Cornerback Tiawan Mullen pulled in his second interception of the season against No. 16/16 Penn State and grabbed the team

lead in career takeaways with his 11th forced takeaway in four seasons.

• Running back Jaylin Lucas returned his second kickoff of the season for a touchdown at Michigan State and now ranks No. 2 on the

single season and career charts at Indiana. The true freshman is the lone FBS player with multiple kickoff return touchdowns on the season.

• Head coach Tom Allen joined a select group of coaches in IU history with his 30th career victory as the Hoosiers’ head coach.

• Place kicker Charles Campbell continues to move up the career field goals made and scoring charts at IU. He sits among the

top 10 in field goals made (No. 8; 38) and extra points made (No. 9; 72), and the top 15 in career scoring (No. 13; 186).

• Outside linebacker Dasan McCullough is tied for the lead among all FBS true freshmen in tackles for loss or no gain, and is

tied for No. 6 in sacks and No. 5 in defensive stops (solo tackle or sack that led to an offensive failure) per Pro Football Focus.

• For the second straight season, the Indiana special teams units have blocked multiple kicks in a year for special teams

coordinator Kasey Teegardin. The three blocked field goals in 2022 give his unit nine blocked kicks in that span.

• Running backs Shaun Shivers and Josh Henderson became the first pair of running backs with receiving touchdowns in the

same game since 2001 when they each hauled in touchdown passes at Cincinnati.

• Don Fischer, the Voice of the Hoosiers, is in his 50th season on the call in 2022 and will be honored by the National Football

Foundation. He was also inducted into the IU Hall of Fame in 2022.

(PURDUE NOTES)

STORY LINES A WIN WOULD • Secure a share of the Big Ten West, the first division title in program history. • Give Purdue it’s eighth of the season, winning eight regular season games in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 1997-98 • Be the Boilermakers’ fourth Bucket victory in five matchups under Jeff Brohm • After closing out the home slate with a win over Northwestern, Purdue Football travels south to face Indiana for the Old Oaken Bucket and a chance to win the Big Ten West. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. ET on BTN. • The Boilermakers won last season’s matchup 44-7 in West Lafayette, the largest margin of victory in the series since a 62-10 win in 2008. • Purdue enters Saturday’s contest tied atop the B1G West Iowa at 5-3. A win would secure a share of the first divisional crown in program history, and if the Hawkeyes lose to Nebraska Friday, a victory would advance the Boilermakers to the Big Ten Championship in Indianapolis. • The Boilermakers limited Northwestern to only 240 yards of total offense, their fewest allowed in a B1G game since holding Indiana to 205 yards in last year’s Bucket game. • Purdue holds a 6-2 record over its past eight conference games away from home, including a 3-1 mark this season (road wins over Minnesota, Maryland and Illinois). • Purdue has won 25 B1G games under Jeff Brohm. Purdue won 21 conference games in the 10 years prior to Brohm’s arrival in West Lafayette. • Aidan O’Connell is a finalist for the Burlsworth Trophy (former or current walk-on) and a semifinalist for the Wuerffel Trophy (community service). • O’Connell paces the Big Ten in passing yards per game, averaging 283.4 yards to also rank 14th nationally. The sixth-year senior completes 27 passes per game, fifth most in the country. • Wide receiver Charlie Jones is one of only two receivers to rank top 10 nationally in receptions (3rd-93), touchdowns (3rd-11) and receiving yards (6th-1,056). • Purdue has the best passing offense in the B1G, averaging 274.9 yards through the air in league games. •The Boilermakers have controlled time of possession in 10 straight games, and their time of possession (32:49), ranks 16th nationally.

HOOSIERS FALL IN FIVE-SET HEARTBREAKER TO MARYLAND

BLOOMINGTON, Ind.  –  A back-and-forth affair on Black Friday ended in the favor of the visiting Terrapins as the Indiana Volleyball team (16-16, 9-11) fell in five sets in the season finale.

The Hoosiers held a 2-1 lead through three sets, but Maryland responded to win the final two sets and take the match 25-21, 10-25, 20-25, 25-20, 15-8.

IU outhit Maryland .152-.117 and dug 65 balls to the Terps’ 58 but were out blocked 16-12 and committed more errors on the evening.

The 2022 season comes to a conclusion with a 16-16, 9-11 record and an eighth-place finish in the conference after being selected 13th in the preseason poll.

Paula Cerame, in her final match, broke the program’s record for the most digs in a single Big Ten season with 353.

She also became the third player in program history to record 500+ digs in a single season.

The Hoosiers will return six starters and a number of rotation players to next year’s roster including the likes of Camryn Haworth, Mady Saris and Savannah Kjolhede.

SET 1 (Maryland 25, Indiana 21)

• The Hoosiers took their first lead of the evening at 8-6 following back-to-back aces from Camryn Haworth.

• Maryland went on a 3-0 run to open a 20-16 lead with a pair of attack errors from IU forcing Steve Aird into a timeout.

• The Terrapins won the first set following a kill from Anastasia Russ.

SET 2 (Indiana 25, Maryland 10)

• IU broke open the second set with a 9-3 start. Mady Saris had a tough service ace to force a Maryland timeout.

• Morgan Geddes and Mady Saris buried back-to-back kills as IU grabbed a 14-6 lead in the middle of the set.

• Candela Alonso-Corcelles helped serve IU on a 7-0 run to take a 24-9 lead with three-consecutive kills from Mady Saris helping the Hoosiers take the commanding advantage.

• Savannah Kjolhede closed the set with a kill, part of a set that saw the Hoosiers hit .700 as a team.

SET 3 (Indiana 25, Maryland 20)

• A string of three-straight points that featured kills from Mady Saris and Candela Alonso-Corcelles helped break open a 14-9 advantage for IU.

• Morgan Geddes delivered a crucial block of Anastasia Russ as the Hoosiers took a 19-15 lead in the third.

• Candela Alonso-Corcelles close out the proceedings in the third with a kill to give IU the 25-20 set victory and the match advantage.

SET 4 (Maryland 25, Indiana 20)

• IU took its first lead of the set at 9-8 following kills from Morgan Geddes and Candela Alonso-Corcelles.

• Morgan Geddes provided another kill as IU cut the gap to just one point at 15-16 in the middle of the set.

• Rainelle Jones delivered crucial blocks for Maryland down the stretch as a kill from Sam Csire forced a final set between the two teams.

SET 5 (Maryland 15, Indiana 8)

• The Terrapins opened the set with four-straight points including back-to-back blocks from Laila Ricks and Rainelle Jones.

• Candela Alonso-Corcelles got an important kill to close the gap to 3-5 in the fifth set.

• Maryland was too much down the stretch, taking the final frame 15-8 and the match 3-2.

NOTABLES

• Camryn Haworth was stellar once again, recording a double-double with 42 assists and 18 digs. She also had five blocks, three aces and two kills to pair with it.

• Paula Cerame recorded a double-double in her final career match. She had 21 digs and 10 assists. For her IU career, she had 994 digs, No. 14 in program history.

• Cerame also holds the program record for digs in a Big Ten season and owns two of the top-five individual seasons in terms of digs in IU history.

• Candela Alonso-Corcelles had 13 kills and seven digs to round out her freshman season.

• Morgan Geddes had 13 kills to pair with 12 from Mady Saris.

• Savannah Kjolhede hit .389 with eight kills on 18 swings. She paired that with five blocks.

SEASON NOTES

• The Hoosiers finished with nine wins in the Big Ten for the first time since 2010.

• IU finished 8th in the Big Ten, its highest finish since being tied for 7th in the 2010 season.

• The Hoosiers beat No. 5 Ohio State in Columbus, its first road win over a top-five team in program history.

• An average of 1,366 fans came to watch IU matches in Wilkinson Hall this season.

• IU won four Big Ten matches on the road for the first time since 2009.

#24 PURDUE BLASTS #6 GONZAGA TO ADVANCE TO PHIL KNIGHT LEGACY CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

PORTLAND, Ore. — Zach Edey and his Purdue teammates were admittedly too excited early on for the chance to compare themselves to one of the top teams in the country.

Once the 24th-ranked Boilermakers calmed down, they showed they are worthy of their own consideration as a top team after a thorough 84-66 thumping of No. 6 Gonzaga in the semifinals of the Phil Knight Legacy tournament on Friday night.

“I think everyone was really psyched up for this game and that kind of came up that first few minutes with those early game jitters,” Edey said. “I thought as the game went on we did a really good job of sticking to our scouting report.”

Edey scored 15 of his 23 points in the final 15 minutes, Braden Smith and Fletcher Loyer each added 14, and Purdue surged into a championship game matchup against No. 8 Duke.

Edey, Purdue’s 7-foot-4 center, was the catalyst for a big second half and took over for stretches. But he had a pretty good supporting cast. Caleb Furst added 10 points, and Purdue (5-0) shot 57 percent in the second half, made six of 11 3-point attempts and outrebounded the Bulldogs 46-31.

And Purdue had an answer for every run the Gonzaga tried to make.

“He’s a moose. He just camps out down there. He’s strong. He knows how to use his body. He knows how to get to his hook and it’s kind of just like, you have to put your hands up and hope he misses it,” Gonzaga forward Drew Timme said.

Purdue handed Gonzaga a second loss in the month of November for the first time since 2010. The Bulldogs (4-2) were 71-8 in November games since 2010 entering Friday.

Timme led Gonzaga with 22 points and nine rebounds in his highly anticipated matchup with Edey. Nolan Hickman added 15 but the rest of Gonzaga’s role players were mostly absent at the offensive end. Julian Strawther had just four points. Malachi Smith, who had 23 points in the opening round win over Portland State, scored three.

Gonzaga coach Mark Few was frustrated with some shot decisions and felt the offensive struggles led to defensive breakdowns in the second half.

“I thought we took a couple, well more than a couple, five, six, seven pull-up jumpers that we didn’t need to and that led to some frustration and carried over to the defensive end. We got torched on defense in the second half,” Few said.

Both teams exchanged eight-point leads in the first half, and it was Purdue leading 33-28 at the break.

Gonzaga pulled to 36-35 in the opening moments of the second half thanks to two baskets from Timme and 3 by Rasir Bolton. But the Boilermakers answered with 13 of the next 18 points. Edey scored in the paint twice and Newman’s 3-pointer coming off a screen pushed the Purdue lead to 49-40 and led Few to burn a timeout.

Purdue eventually pushed the lead to 12 as Furst scored eight straight points with a free throw, a pair of dunks and a 3-pointer that gave the Boilermakers a 57-45 lead with 8:36 remaining.

Purdue’s lead eventually reached 20 in the final minute.

“Our guys are competitive. They’re fun to coach. They get along,” Purdue coach Matt Painter said. “They’re out there playing with purpose and that’s what you have to have. Early in the season, very few teams play with the purpose collectively. I thought our guys played with a purpose today.”

(Postgame Notes)

Purdue improved to 5-0 with an 84-66 win over No. 6-ranked Gonzaga in the semifinals of the Phil Knight Legacy. Purdue advances to Sunday’s championship game against No. 8 Duke at the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon.

Purdue is searching for its second straight regular-season tournament title after winning the Hall of Fame Tipoff Classic last November (defeated North Carolina and Villanova).

Purdue is now 3-0 all-time against Gonzaga. This was the first meeting since the 2000 Sweet 16, Mark Few’s first season at Gonzaga.

Purdue has started 5-0 or better under Matt Painter in seven seasons. It reached the Sweet 16 in four of the seasons.

Purdue is now 24-6 in regular-season, multi-team tournaments since 2014, having won three tournament titles (2015, 2021 Hall of Fame Tipoff Championship; 2016 Cancun Challenge).

The win was Purdue’s 12th straight victory in the month of November (Nov. 26, 2020, vs. Clemson) and 18th straight regular-season, non-conference win (Dec. 8, 2020, vs. Miami, Fla.).

Purdue improved to 150-12 under Matt Painter when scoring at least 80 points, including 64-2 since the start of the 2017-18 season. Purdue has won 42 straight games when scoring 80 or more points.

Since the start of the 2016-17 season, Purdue is 31-27 against top-25 teams. The 31 wins are the seventh-most nationally.

Purdue has won 11 games by 15 or more points against top-25 teams since the start of the 2016-17 season, the highest total in the country.

Purdue has held five straight opponents under 42.0 percent shooting from the field.

One night after having 18 turnovers in a 12-point win over West Virginia, Purdue had eight turnovers against Gonzaga.

Purdue has beaten a top-10 ranked team in five of the last six seasons (2020-21).

Zach Edey scored 23 points with seven rebounds and three blocked shots. It ended a streak of four straight double-doubles to start the season, but he’s scored 20 or more points in four straight games. He scored all 23 of his points in the final 31 minutes of the game.

Freshman Braden Smith had 14 points, a career-high seven assists and five rebounds, going 4-of-7 from the floor and 4-of-4 from the free throw line. Smith had 6 points, 6 assists and 3 rebounds in the second half.

Freshman Fletcher Loyer tallied 14 points with five assists and three rebounds.

Caleb Furst had 10 points and six rebounds in 16 minutes of action.

Purdue’s freshman class accounted for 32 points, 11 rebounds and 13 assists against three turnovers.

PURDUE DROPS FRIDAY MATCHUP WITH FLORIDA STATE

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue women’s basketball dropped its first game of the season with a 76-75 loss to Florida State on Friday at the Cancun Challenge.

Madison Layden and Lasha Petree paced Purdue offensively with 15 points each. Layden notched all of her points on five made 3-pointers, while Petree connected once from distance.

Purdue (5-1) saw its four-game streak of shooting percentages over 50% come to an end as the squad hit 41.9% of its shots. The Boilermakers were 12-of-27 (44.4%) from outside, a season high for makes. Florida State (6-1) finished with a 46.2% clip from the field.

Abbey Ellis was efficient in her 28 minutes, going 4-of-6 from the field, 2-for-2 from three and 4-for-4 at the line for 14 points. Cassidy Hardin added 11, including nine from deep.

The two clubs finished level in rebounding with 38. Jeanae Terry posted her second straight double-figure game on the boards with 12. The senior added eight assists and six points.

Hardin sparked the Boilermakers early in the first quarter with a trio of 3-pointers. The fifth-year senior scored all her 11 points in the first Purdue built a lead to as many as 10 points in the opening 10 minutes on 8-of-16 shooting with five 3-pointers.

After Purdue carried a 24-19 lead though the first, Florida State came back to take a two-point lead, before Rickie Woltman’s putback with 7:16 left knotted the scores at 28-28. Neither team would score again until the 3:10 mark as Purdue closed the half on a 12-6 run.

The Boilermakers carried a 40-36 lead into the second half. Florida State trimmed the gap down to two early in the third. Layden drained a pair of contested triples, and Ellis tallied eight of her points in the frame to keep Purdue ahead 59-54.

The Seminoles started the fourth on a 10-2 run to take their first lead of the game. Petree connected from distance with 5:01 to play, but Florida State quickly opened up a five-point advantage. The Boilermakers managed to whittle the gap down to one-possession several times over the final minutes but never put together a run long enough retake the lead.

Jayla Smith made her lone 3-pointer of the game as time expired. 

NOTES

• Florida State leads the all-time series 3-1.

• Purdue surrendered 70 or more points to a team for the first time this season.

• Purdue tallied 20 points on 14 Florida State turnovers.

• Hardin scored her 11 points in 15 minutes of action.

• Purdue grabbed 12 offensive rebounds and flipped them into 14 points, compared to 15 Seminole points on 11 offensive boards.

• Purdue notched 17 assists on 26 made field goals.

• Purdue is now 16-8 under Gearlds when making seven or more 3-pointers.

UP NEXT

Purdue will close out the Cancun Challenge on Saturday with a 1:30 p.m. tip against Oklahoma State.

#19 PURDUE FALLS SHORT AT #11 PENN STATE

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The No. 19 Purdue Boilermakers fought hard, but came up short in the fifth set to fall 2-3 (25-23, 25-27, 17-25, 25-15, 8-15) at No. 11 Penn State. With the result, Purdue closes out the regular season with a 20-10, 11-9 Big Ten record while Penn State moves to 24-7, 13-7 Big Ten.

Purdue’s defensive effort included 17 total blocks and 68 digs, which included four Boilermakers reaching double-digits for the second consecutive match. As a team, the back row was perfect with no errors allowed on 100 receptions.

Setter Grace Balensiefer guided the team with 41 assists and 11 digs, the third double-double of the season, including the second consecutive match.

Eva Hudson closed out the night with 17 kills to lead the team on 60 attacks. Hudson ended the night with her seventh double-double of the season and her 20th 15+ kill effort. Meanwhile, senior Maddy Chinn produced 10 kills with just two errors on 22 swings for a .364 hitting clip.

Libero Maddie Schermerhorn tallied 18 digs in the match, while Ali Hornung recorded 13 digs. Together, the two defensive specialists have totaled 72 digs over the last two matches.

No. 19 Purdue will learn its fate in the NCAA tournament Sunday night. The NCAA selection show will begin at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2. Teams will be selected for either December 1 and 2 to play their opening two rounds, or December 2 and 3. Dates will be based on host location.

NC STATE BEATS BUTLER FOR 5TH PLACE AT BATTLE 4 ATLANTIS

PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) Jarkel Joiner scored 15 points to help North Carolina State beat Butler 76-61 in Friday night’s fifth-place game at the Battle 4 Atlantis.

DJ Burns added 14 points for the Wolfpack (6-1), who shot 44.6% while converting 14 turnovers by Butler into 21 points. N.C. State had five double-figure scorers.

That fits the style coach Kevin Keatts has targeted for the Wolfpack, with the first part of his tenure hampered by an NCAA investigation into the program tied to before his arrival. N.C. State retooled with transfers, notably by pairing Joiner from Mississippi with Terquavion Smith in a backcourt capable of pushing pace and picking up defensively beyond midcourt.

The result here was a loss to third-ranked and reigning national champion Kansas that went to the final minute, followed by wins against preseason Atlantic 10 favorite Dayton and Butler.

N.C. State led 35-22 at halftime and pushed that margin to 20 points midway through the second half.

Chuck Harris scored 20 points while Jayden Taylor had 18 for Butler (4-3), which lost to No. 22 Tennessee in Wednesday’s first round but beat BYU on Thursday.

The game offered a reunion for Butler big man Manny Bates with his former program. Bates spent four seasons with the Wolfpack and was one of the nation’s top shot blockers during the 2020-21 season. But he went down to a season-ending shoulder injury in the first minute of last year’s opener and transferred to Butler.

Bates had eight points, nine rebounds and three blocks. He shared a quick hug with Keatts in the postgame handshake line.

This marked the 12th and final game of this year’s tournament at the Atlantis resort, with Tennessee beating Kansas to claim the title earlier Friday.

BULLDOGS USE DEFENSE TO DEFEAT SACRED HEART 64-39

BOCA RATON — The Bulldogs are now 3-2 on the year after posting a 64-39 win over Sacred Heart in the first game of the 2022 Florida Atlantic Thanksgiving Tournament. Butler shot 44 percent (23-52) from the floor and limited the Pioneers to just 26 percent shooting (16-60).

“I’m really proud of the way we played defense in the second half,” Head Coach Austin Parkinson explained after the game. “We had multiple kids take a charge today which has been an emphasis within our program. Everyone did a nice job on defensive rotations.”

Jessica Carrothers led Butler in the scoring column with a game-high 17 points. She hit six of her seven field goal attempts and added five rebounds to her stat line in just under 17 minutes of action.

“Jessica continues to be outstanding for us,” Parkinson added. “She is getting better every game.”

Caroline Strande also reached double figures on Friday afternoon with 12 points in 18 minutes. Her only miss in the game came from the free throw line (2-3). She was perfect from the field (4-4) and knocked down two shots from behind the arc.

After a full 40 minutes, the Butler bench outscored the SHU bench 37-7.

BU got eight points and 11 rebounds from Anna Mortag, six points from both Sydney Jaynes and Rachel McLimore and a team-high three steals from Jordan Meulemans.

The starting five unit played well at the start of the game, allowing BU to score the first seven points of the contest. Mortag and Meulemans had layups around a Shay Frederick 3-pointer which led to a quick SHU timeout.

Six Bulldogs would score for BU in the first frame, which helped Butler double up the Pioneers 16-8 after the first 10 minutes of action. Tucker scored five of the first six for SHU and Carrothers matched her with five points for the ‘Dawgs.

Sacred Heart played their best basketball of the game in the second quarter to outscore BU by two, 15-13. Kelsy Taylor impacted the lineup with the first three points of the second, but the Pioneers would stick around, trailing by six at the half 29-23.

The game began to take shape at the start of the second half. Butler didn’t allow a field goal until the 2:35 mark of the third quarter to extend their lead. The Pioneers burned a timeout in an effort to stop a 6-0 BU scoring run, but the spree would move to 11-0 after a Strande 3-pointer.

Butler led Sacred Heart 43-32 going into the fourth quarter and a 12-2 scoring run in the fourth would allow the Bulldogs to cruise to victory.

Butler will have less than 24 hours to enjoy their third victory of the season. The team will turn around and play Binghamton tomorrow at 2 PM.

BALANCED JAGUARS FALL IN BIG EASY CLASSIC FINALE

NEW ORLEANS – The IUPUI basketball team dropped its third and final game of the Big Easy Classic to The Citadel on Friday night (Nov. 25), 74-53. The Jaguars got points from 13 different players as freshman Armon Jarrard scored a team-high eight points off the bench. Four others – John Egbuta, Bryce Monroe, Jonah Carrasco and Caleb Crane – finished with six points apiece in the loss.

Stephen Clark led The Citadel (4-3) with 26 points on 11-of-18 shooting, and grabbed nine boards, while Elijah Morgan connected on six treys and tallied 22 points.

“I think we learned a lot about ourselves during this trip,” head coach Matt Crenshaw said. “It’s hard to get up for three games in three days and we’re disappointed to have not gotten a win down here. But, I think the positive thing is that we played a lot of different guys, we learned a lot about our team and we’re going to be better in the long run.

“We’ve got eight days between now and Milwaukee, so we’re going to work incredibly hard to be prepared for the start of Horizon League play.”

The Citadel scored the game’s first eight points and never looked back, pushing the lead to double-digits midway through the first half. An Egbuta corner three cut the lead to 23-11 with 9:26 remaining before intermission and IUPUI offense, coming off an 84-point game 24 hours prior, hit a screeching halt. The Jags wouldn’t score again until their opening possession of the second half when Jlynn Counter dropped in a layup and by then, the Bulldogs had built a 30-point lead.

IUPUI found life in the second half, shooting 47 percent from the floor and hitting 5-of-13 threes, but never seriously threatened in the final 20 minutes.

The Citadel finished the game at 44 percent from the floor and 30 percent from three-point range while IUPUI shot just 34 percent overall. The Bulldogs bullied their way inside, outrebounding IUPUI 43-27 and outscoring IUPUI 38-18 in the paint.

Chris Osten, who was coming off back-to-back double-doubles, was held to just four points and five boards due to foul trouble. Carrasco contributed six points and four boards on a perfect shooting night off the bench.

Crane made the most of his opportunity in the final minutes, hitting corner threes from each corner, while Kaleb Edwards scored on a runner and had an assist. Derek Petersen also had a steal and an assist in the closing minutes.

IUPUI will return to action on Saturday, Dec. 3 when they open Horizon League play at Milwaukee at 7:00 p.m. Central (8 Eastern) on ESPN+.

NOTRE DAME AT USC GAME NOTES

(NOTRE DAME NOTES)

SERIES HISTORY • Notre Dame and Southern Cal are meeting for the 93rd time on Saturday night with the Irish owning a 50-37-5 lead in the series. • The Fighting Irish – Trojans series is the greatest intersectional rivalry in college football, dating back to 1926, with only a three-year hiatus for World War II (1943-45) and one year off for the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic affected season. • Southern Cal leads the all-time series 23-20-4 in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, a venue Notre Dame has not visited since 2018. It was SC’s turn to host the game in 2020, which was canceled due to the Pac-12’s elimination of non-conference games due to the COVID-19 pandemic. • The Notre Dame – Southern Cal series was a back-and-forth battle throughout its early years, then transformed into a pattern of one-sided runs by both teams in the 1940s. The Irish earned 18 victories in the 24 series meetings from 1940-1966 and the Trojans answered with 12 victories in 16 meetings between 1967 and 1982. Notre Dame then began the ‘Decade of Dominance’ in 1983, winning 11 meetings in a row and 12 of 13 games through 1995. After the two teams split six meeting between 1996 and 2001, Southern Cal put together eight consecutive wins until the streak was broken in 2010. Including that 2010 victory, Notre Dame has won eight of the last 11 meetings over Southern Cal. • As is the history of the Notre Dame – Southern Cal series, this weekend’s game will play a major role in deciding the National Championship hopes of at least one of the competing teams. Notre Dame victories in 1947, 1966 and 1988 solidified their championship hopes while the Irish spoiled SC title dreams in 1968, 1969 and 1973. Southern Cal was propelled to titles by wins over Notre Dame in 1931, 1967 and 1978, while the Trojans spoiled Irish championship hopes in 1938, 1948, 1964 and 1970. See page 15 for more information. • Introduced in 1952, Notre Dame and Southern Cal battle for the Jeweled Shillelagh. A rivalry trophy presented annually to the winner of the game, a respective jeweled ornament is added to the Irish war club for each team’s victory in the series – a ruby-red Trojan head for SC, a emerald-studded shamrock for Notre Dame. The original Jeweled Shillelagh was retired in 1995 and is permanently displayed at Notre Dame, while a new longer club was introduced that same year. • Saturday will mark the third time two first-year coaches will meet each other in the legendary series. In 1954, Terry Brennan defeated Jess Hill 23-17 in Notre Dame Stadium as one of the signature victories of his first season with the Irish and in 2010, Brian Kelly’s first Notre Dame team defeated Lane Kiffin’s inaugural Trojan squad 20-16 in the Coliseum.

STORYLINES • Southern Cal looks to strengthen its claim for a CFB Playoff berth, while Notre Dame hopes to claim its 10th win in 11 games and earn its fourth victory over a top-25 team as the No. 5/5 Trojans play host to the No. 13/15 Fighting Irish in Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. • Notre Dame is facing its third top-five team of the season for the first time since 2003. The Irish also are looking to claim their second victory over a top-five ranked team since 1993 when Notre Dame defeated No. 3 Michigan 27-23 in Michigan Stadium and No. 1 Florida State 31-24 at home. • Since 1998, Notre Dame has made the trip west to California on Thanksgiving weekend to face either Southern Cal or Stanford (save for the COVID-19 season in 2020 when the defeated North Carolina on the road). Notre Dame is 9-14 since 1998 during its Thanksgiving California trips and has won three in a row (2018 at SC, 2019 at Stanford, 2021 at Stanford). • Notre Dame hopes to claim two-consecutive victories over Southern California in Los Angeles Memorial Stadium for he first time since 2010-12. The Irish posted five straight wins after visits to SC from 1984-92. • From 1965-80 Notre Dame and Southern Cal met as ranked foes 14 times, including nine-straight meetings with both teams in the Associated Press Top 25. The two teams best seasons in the last couple of decades have not match up, however, and Saturday represents the first ranked match up between the two teams since 2017 (No. 13 Notre Dame defeated No. 11 SC 49-14 in Notre Dame Stadium) and the first in Los Angeles since 2006 (No. 3 SC defeated No. 6 Notre Dame 44-24 in the Coliseum).

IRISH ITEMS – BY THE NUMBERS

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The Irish are looking to earn their fourth win over a AP Top 25 team this season. The

last time the Irish defeated four ranked teams in a season was 2018 and the last

first-year Notre Dame coach to claim four ranked victories was Terry Brennan in 1954.

5

Notre Dame has scored 35 or more points in five-consecutive games, accomplishing

that feat for just the second time in 134 years of football (1943). The Irish have never

scored 35 points in six straight games..

6.5

Junior defensive end Isaiah Foskey has sacked the quarterback 5.5 times in the

last five games, pushing his career total to 25.0 and surpassing Justin Tuck’s (2002-

04) Notre Dame career record. Foskey has helped the Irish rank 13th in the country

in sacks per game (3.0).

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Notre Dame has blocked a school-record (since 1937) and FBS-leading seven punts

this season. The Irish blocked a punt in five-conseutive games (the streak ended

against Boston College), which is the longest such stretch in the FBS since 2012. The

seven blocked punts are the most for a Power Five team since 2008.

12

Sophomore running back Audric Estimé leads the Irish with 12 touchdowns (11

rushing, one receiving) and has scored at least once in the last six games. Over that

five-game stretch, Estimé has rushed for 421 yards (6.2 ypc) with seven touchdowns.

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Notre Dame will be playing on November 26 for the 17th time in its football history

and own a 11-4-1 record on the date. The Irish are 5-2-1 on the date against Southern

Cal and 3-2-1 in L.A. Memorial Colsieum against the Trojans. The top-ranked Irish

defeated No. 2 Southern Cal 27-10 on November 26, 1988.

19

Notre Dame has won 19 games in a row in the month of November, which dates

back to the 2018 season. The Irish last lost in November on 11/25/2017, 38-20, at

No. 21 Stanford.

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Notre Dame is 7-0 this season when it possesses the ball for 30 or more minutes

– peaking at 40:55 of possession time against BYU. The Irish were held under 30

minutes in their three losses against Ohio State (27:01), Marshall (29:13) and Stanford

(23:53).

61

Graduate student safety Houston Griffith, who owns 32 tackles this season and

103 in his career, will match Kurt Hinish’s Notre Dame record by appearing in his 61st

game at Notre Dame this weekend.

200

Notre Dame rushed for 281 yards in the victory over Boston College which is the sixth

time the Irish have surpassed 200 yards rushing this season. Notre Dame is 105-10

(.913) since 1996 when it rushes for 200 yards or more.

2000

Michael Mayer became the 13th Notre Dame player to reach 2,000 receiving yards

in a career last weekend against Boston College. The greatest statistical tight end in

school history, Mayer is on pace to become just the fourth Notre Dame player with

175 catches in a career. He is just the 18th tight end since 1996 to reach 2,000 receiving yards in a career – and the only one to do it in three seasons. See page 9 for much

more on Mayer’s amazing career.

(USC NOTES)

THE GREATEST INTERSECTIONAL RIVALRY IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL • USC and Notre Dame…two renowned brands…two iconic football programs…it doesn’t get any better. • USC hosts the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the 93rd meeting of the greatest intersectional rivalry in college football. It will be shown live nationally on ABC. • The game is a battle between schools with glorious gridiron heritages. The winner gets year-long possession of the jeweled Shillelagh. • By defeating UCLA, the Trojans have officially punched their ticket to Las Vegas to compete in the Pac-12 Championship Game. • In its last 10 games against the Irish, USC is 3-7. • USC is ranked No. 5 in the AP Poll and No. 5 in the USA Today Coaches Poll. • The AP No. 5 ranking is the highest by USC since 2017 when the Trojans were ranked No. 5 going into the Washington State game (fifth game of season). • In the second round of CFP Rankings, USC was No. 7. • The last time both teams were ranked for this matchup was 2017 when USC was No. 11 in the AP Poll and Notre Dame was No. 13. • The 10-1 start is USC’s best since the 2008 team started 10-1 and went on to finish 12-1 and defeated Penn State 38-24 in the Rose Bowl. • Lincoln Riley is one win away from tying the most victories in a debut season by a USC head coach, which was 11 by Howard Jones in 1925 and John Robinson in 1976. HE13SMAN • Leading Heisman candidate QB Caleb Williams continues to impress the nation with his dazzling performances. • Through 11 games, Williams has 33 TDs and 3 INTs. He is 250-for-385 (.649) for 3,480 yards. He has also rushed for 316 yards on 88 carries with 7 TDs. • Williams has accounted for 40 total touchdowns in 11 games at USC. • USC’s 5 consecutive games with 40 points or more are the most since the 2003 team had 7 consecutive 40+ point games. • Williams’ 316 rushing yards this year are the most by a USC QB since Troy Winslow had 319 in 1965, and he is 3 yards shy of the most by a Trojan QB in the last 70 years when complete records were first available (342 yards by Jim Sears in 1952; Sears played halfback but led USC in passing that season). • Williams is No. 3 in the nation in points responsible for per game (21.8). • He is No. 4 in the nation in passing TDs (33) and leads the Pac-12 in the stat. • He also is No. 4 in the nation in points responsible for (240) and total offense (345.1). • He’s No. 6 in the nation in passing yards (3,480) and passing yards per game (316.4). • Williams is No. 8 in the nation in passing yards per completion (13.92), No. 9 in the nation in passing efficiency (167.6) and No. 11 in the nation in yards per pass attempt (9.04). • USC is leads the nation in turnover margin (1.91) and turnovers lost (4). • It is No. 2 in the nation and No. 1 in the Pac-12 in total offense (513.0). • USC is No. 2 in the nation in 3rd down conversion percentage (.543). It is No. 3 in the nation and leads the Pac-12 in scoring offense (42.7). • USC is No. 4 in the nation in passing offense (330.8). USC is No. 6 in the nation and No. 1 in the Pac-12 in team passing efficiency (168.47). USC also leads the Pac-12 Conference in passing yards per completion (13.89). • Williams is currently No. 12 on USC’s Single Season Passing Leaders list with 250 completions. He is on pace to become USC’s all-time single season passing leader. • Former Trojan Cody Kessler, currently holds the record for the lowest rate of interceptions in a season with 1.1% (5 in 452 attempts during the 2014 season). Williams is on pace to overtake that record since he is currently at 0.8% (3 in 385 attempts). • Williams is currently tied for highest passing efficiency rating in a single USC season with Kedon Slovis (2019) at 167.6.

IRISH TAKE DOWN HOKIES IN FINAL REGULAR SEASON MATCH

BLACKSBURG, VA. – The Notre Dame Fighting Irish capped off their 2022 regular season with a four-set win over the Virginia Tech Hokies (25-14, 25-20, 23-25, 25-22 ).

The Irish were led by Lucy Trump, who finished with a game-high 16 kills, a .312 kill percentage, and five service aces. Kaylyn Winkler tallied 13 kills for the Irish with a .400 hitting percentage and six blocks. Lauren Tarnoff and Paris Thompson chipped in nine kills and seven kills, respectively. Phyona Schrader also finished with 42 assists, 18 digs, and five kills for Notre Dame.

Set One

Tied at 5-5 to start, the Irish offense was rolling as the Irish went on a 5-0 run to take the 10-5 advantage. The Irish and Hokies went point-for-point as Virginia Tech closed the gap to three at 14-11. Kills from Thompson and Tarnoff, along with an ace from Clare Delaplane, allowed the Irish to extend their lead to 18-11. A kill from Trump, two aces from Nancy Kane, and a block from Schrader and Winkler, gave the Irish their biggest advantage of the set as they led by 11 (23-12). Kills from Trump and Winkler would give Notre Dame the first set win 25-14.

Set Two

Another strong start from the Irish allowed Notre Dame to post an early 11-5 lead over the Hokies. A kill from Winkler allowed the Irish to extend their lead to seven at 14-7. The Hokies responded with an 8-3 run to close the gap to two at 17-15 and force a Notre Dame timeout. Virginia Tech brought it within one at 20-19, but the Irish would close out the set on a 5-1 run with a Thompson kill giving the Irish the 25-20 win.

Set Three

The Irish had a 6-5 lead to start the third, but the Hokies 7-1 run gave Virginia Tech the 12-7 lead. The Hokies extended their lead to seven, but the Irish brought it within five after another kill from Trump. Seven straight points from the Irish, which included three kills from Winkler and two from Trump, tied the set at 23-23 and forced a Hokie timeout. Despite the Irish’s comeback, Virginia Tech would send home two more kills to take set three 25-23.

Set Four

Notre Dame came out swinging and with another ace from Delaplane, the Irish had an early 7-3 lead over Virginia Tech. It didn’t take long for the Hokies to make it an even 10-10 before they went on to take the lead 16-13. Two kills from Ross and a kill from Winkler brought the Irish within one at 19-18. A 5-0 run from the Irish gave Notre Dame the 23-20 lead and with one last kill from Winkler, the Irish took home set four 25-22.

CAREER NIGHTS LIFT IRISH OVER EAGLES

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – The No. 19 University of Notre Dame hockey team got back in the win column Friday with a 5-2 victory over the Boston College Eagles.

Tyler Carpenter had a career night against the Eagles, recording the first multi-goal and multi-point game of his career (2-1-3).

The two teams wasted no time showing physicality as the Eagles took a hooking penalty just 17 seconds into play. The Irish powerplay unit lasted nearly a minute before a trip was called against the Blue and Gold at 1:11 of the contest.

After surrendering a few shots on the Irish net, the defense buckled down and raced up ice into the attacking zone. Holding the puck to set up a play, Ryder Rolston found Chase Blackmun at the blue line who fired a pass to Nick Leivermann to make it a 1-0 game at 12:46 of the first period.

The Irish looked poised to carry the one-goal lead into the first intermission but the Eagles denied those plans with a goal at 19:44 of the opening frame to even the tally.

Boston College carried the momentum from their late first period goal into the second, taking just 67 seconds to score another and make it a 2-1 game.

The Irish answered right back at Tyler Carpenter evened the score at 2:22 of the second stanza to make it a 2-2 game.

Carpenter added to the box score late in the second when his shot from the point was deflected by Jesse Lansdell at the top of the slot, giving the Irish a 3-2 lead at the second intermission.

Halfway through the final frame the Eagles were called for a trip and the Irish powerplay unit peppered their defense with shots on the man advantage. Despite maintaining puck possession in the Eagles’ zone for the duration of the powerplay, the Irish were unable to break the BC goaltending.

Moments after the Eagles’ penalty expired, Carpenter capitalized on a loose puck in the crease and doubled the Irish lead with his second goal of the night.

Ben Brinkman scored the final goal of the night, and his second of the road trip, with an empty net goal at 18:05.

With the win, the Irish move to 7-7-2 on the season.

GOALS

Nick Leivermann scored his team-best fifth goal of the year off a rocket shot with just over seven minutes to go in the opening period. Ryder Rolston carried the puck along the boards before sending it back to a waiting Chase Blackmun at the point. Seeing an open Leivermann skating in at the far circle, the graduate defenseman found his fellow blue-liner for the one timer.

Solag Bakich won the puck battle along the boards, finding Trevor Janicke behind the net who centered the puck for a hustling Tyler Carpenter in the slot. The goal was Carpenter’s second of the year.

The Irish net goal three of the evening late in the second period as Jesse Lansdell’s redirect at the top of the slot bounced into the back of the net for the 3-2 tally. Carpenter registered the lone assist on the play, denying a clearing attempt from the Eagle zone as he intercepted a pass at the blue line to keep play onside.

Carpenter’s career night continued halfway through the third period, netting his second of the night – the first multi-goal night of his career. Lansdell’s shot ricocheted off the pads of the BC netminder before Carpenter could corral it for the 4-2 tally. With the second assist on the play, Michael Mastrodomenico recorded his first collegiate point.

With the BC goaltender racing to the bench, Ben Brinkman capitalized on the empty net, sending the puck deep from the Irish defensive end into the back of the net 200 feet away. Drew Bavaro and Hunter Strand were each credited with assists on the play.

KEY STATS

Nick Leivermann’s fifth goal of the season leads the Irish and gave ND the 1-0 lead partway through the first period.

With a goal and assist in the second period, Tyler Carpenter set a career-best night with two points (1-1-2) and doubled his season total (2-2-4). The sophomore continued his career night with his first multi-goal game with the Irish.

His empty net goal late in the contest was the second on the week for Brinkman.

Jesse Lansdell tied his career-high point total with two Friday night. The senior had a goal and an assist in the Irish victory over the Eagles.

The Irish outshot the Eagles Friday night, 26-24, with Ryan Bischel recording 22 saves in the victory.

UP NEXT

The Irish will rest for a weekend before returning to action Dec. 9-10 to host Penn State inside the Compton Family Ice Arena.

BALL STATE DROPS TOUGH ONE TO VERMONT IN BAHA MAR HOOPS OPENER

NASSAU, The Bahamas – The Ball State men’s basketball team opened the Baha Mar Nassau Championship against Vermont on Friday. The Cardinals were led by Jaylin Sellers with a career-high 21 points, but BSU fell to UV 78-73.

Sellers recorded a career high in points in back-to-back games for the Cardinals. Sellers produced a game-high 21 points along with five rebounds and one assist. Jalen Windham finished with 12 points, four rebounds, two assists, and two steals. Payton Sparks added 11 points as well as a game-high seven rebounds. Sparks notched four assists. Jarron Coleman rounded out the double-digit scorers with 10 points with a game-high six assists. Coleman collected four rebounds and four steals. Demarius Jacobs finished with a career-high four blocks and chipped in with nine points.

The game started as a back-and-forth battle which saw a tied score, 6-6, with 15:18 left in the half. The Catamounts were able to stretch out to a 20-13 lead with 10:48 left, but the Cardinals battled back and cut the deficit to three, 20-17, with 9:22 left.

Vermont saw its biggest lead of 13, 34-21, with 5:14 left in the first stanza. Ball State responded with an 11-0 run, the largest run of the game, and cut the deficit to just two, 34-32, with 2:27 left until half. The Catamounts took a 36-32 lead into halftime.

The Cardinals came out strong in the second half and went on a 9-5 run to tie the game 41-41 with just under 17 minutes left in regulation. The series continued as the Catamounts went on an 8-2 run and gained a 50-41 advantage with 15:26 left in the game. Ball State was able to cut the lead to four, 52-48, before Vermont managed to take a 59-48 lead with just over 12 minutes left.

Ball State did not go down without a fight. The Cardinals cut the deficit to 67-63 with 4:52 to play. Vermont was able to extend its lead to nine, 74-65, with just over two minutes left in the game. The Cardinals continued to fight as they cut the deficit to four on multiple occasions but fell 78-73.

Aaron Deloney led the Catamounts with 20 points and added a team-high seven rebounds. Kam Gibson finished the game with 19 points and brought down three rebounds. Dylan Penn closed out the double-digit scoring with 14 points.

“First of all, that’s a heck of a college program in Vermont,” said Head Coach Michael Lewis. “I told John before the game that I want opposing coaches when they flip open their laptop in a few years, to feel the way about our program the way I feel about his. They’ve won 26 games a year his entire time and it is as respected a mid-major there is in the country. They are the sixth most successful team in the last six years. In saying that, we went toe-to-toe with them. I’m proud of our effort. We still have to clean up some plays. Just basketball smarts that you have to learn, but you don’t learn those things until you’re thrown in the fire. We had an opportunity in the first half to fold, but they fought back. We had an opportunity in the second half to fold and we responded. I saw some progress from our guys. We came down here for a reason. We came down here to learn about our program. We learned some things today that I really like.”

The Cardinals return to action on Saturday, Nov. 26, for their second of three games in the Baha Mar Hoops Nassau Championship. Ball State will face Missouri State/UNCW with tip coming at noon.

SYCAMORES RETURN HOME TO FACE OHIO

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State returns to the friendly confines of Hulman Center to face Ohio in a Saturday matinee. The game against the Bobcats is the first of two home games in a four-day span for the Sycamores and will be carried on ESPN3.

Last Time Out

Del’Janae Williams had a game-high 18 points Sunday afternoon, but a lengthy Purdue run across the last two quarters gave the Boilermakers a 77-54 win over Indiana State inside Mackey Arena.

Natalia Lalic added eight points off the bench, while Adrian Folks had six. Anna McKendree had five points, six rebounds, three assists and five steals for the Sycamores.

Indiana State gave Purdue fits throughout the first half and took the lead late in the first quarter. The Sycamores led by as many as four early in the second, but a Boilermaker run gave Purdue a lead it never relinquished. A 31-7 Purdue run spanning all of the third and part of the fourth quarter put the game out of reach.

Creating Havoc

Indiana State continues to be among the best in the MVC when it comes to generating turnovers. The Sycamores’ 20.7 turnovers forced per game are tops in the conference, while their turnover margin of plus-5.7 per game is second in the MVC.

Indiana State is averaging 13.7 steals per game, a mark that also leads the MVC, with the Sycamores recording at least 12 steals in all three games this season. The steals and turnovers forced have also translated on the other end, with Indiana State scoring 20-plus points off turnovers in both games last week (20 vs. Central Michigan, 23 at Purdue).

Sharpshooters

After ranking in the middle of the pack in the Missouri Valley Conference last season in 3-point percentage, Indiana State has found success from distance in the first three games of the 2022-23 season.

As a team, the Sycamores have knocked down 43.3 percent of their attempts from behind the arc through the first three games (26-60). Indiana State ranks first in the Missouri Valley Conference and fifth in Division I in 3-point percentage, while making at least eight 3-pointers in each of the first three games.

Del’Janae Williams has made a team-leading nine 3-pointers this season while shooting at a 50 percent clip from distance. Williams has two games with four 3-pointers, including the Sycamores’ last game at Purdue. Anna McKendree and Natalia Lalic have seven 3-pointers each this season, with both shooting better than 45 percent from behind the arc.

Second Chances

Indiana State has created a habit of extending possessions early in the season, as the Sycamores have grabbed 40 offensive rebounds in three games thus far. Half of those 40 came in Indiana State’s two games last week against Central Michigan and Purdue, with the Sycamores converting those into 21 second chance points.

Eight different Sycamores grabbed at least one offensive rebound over the course of the last two games, with Mya Glanton recording three offensive boards during that span (one vs. Central Michigan, two at Purdue).

Glanton and Hattie Westerfeld lead the Sycamores with seven offensive rebounds each, with Chelsea Cain, Lily Niebuhr, Del’Janae Williams, Bella Finnegan, Adrian Folks and Sommer Pitzer all grabbing multiple offensive rebounds this season.

Ohio at a Glance

Ohio enters the weekend at 0-4 overall and 0-2 on the road. The Bobcats have home losses to LIU and Ohio State, and road losses to Longwood and IUPUI. Ohio is coming off a 15-15 season that saw the Bobcats reach the WNIT, falling to eventual winner South Dakota State in the first round.

The Bobcats have big shoes to replace, as Cece Hooks graduated following one of the most decorated careers in program history. Hooks is the MAC’s all-time leading scorer, a four-time MAC DPOY and the 2020-21 MAC POY.

Yaya Felder leads the Bobcats in scoring at 16.3 points per game and is the only Ohio player averaging double-figures. Ohio does have balance behind Felder, though, as eight different players are averaging at least five points per game for the Bobcats.

Now in his 10th season as head coach, Bob Boldon has built Ohio into a perennial power in the Mid-American Conference. The Bobcats have four 20-plus win seasons in his tenure, including a 30-6 campaign in 2018-19. Boldon does have previous experience against Indiana State, as he led Youngstown State to a 63-51 win over the Sycamores in the first round of the 2013 WNIT.

Series History Against Ohio

Indiana State and Ohio have met just once in the schools’ respective history. That lone previous meeting came during the 1973-74 season, with Indiana State winning 58-43 in Terre Haute.

Up Next

Indiana State closes its two-game homestand Tuesday evening against Chicago State, with tipoff set for 6 p.m.

MEN’S BASKETBALL FALLS TO SOUTH ALABAMA

SAVANNAH, Ga. – Blaise Beauchamp reset his season scoring mark with 18 points in Friday’s opening game of the Hostilo Hoops Community Classic against South Alabama inside Enmarket Arena.  The Purple Aces fell to the Jaguars by a final of 78-67.

“This was another great team that we faced tonight.  We had some good stretches in the first half, but South Alabama just did not miss during that stretch in the second half,” UE head coach David Ragland exclaimed.  “There are several positives to take away from tonight and we will be ready for Robert Morris tomorrow.”

Beauchamp was 6-of-15 from the field in the contest and was one of four double figure scorers for UE.  Kenny Strawbridge Jr. tallied 14 while Antoine Smith Jr. and Yacine Toumi recorded 11 and 10, respectively.  Marvin Coleman II led the Aces with seven rebounds as each team had 33.  Isaiah Moore led the Jaguars with 21 points.

Yacine Toumi got the Aces on the board in the opening possession before South Alabama scored the next seven points.  Evansville countered with a 7-0 run of its own to go up 9-2.  Preston Phillips got it started with a triple and would add a second field goal during the stretch.

With the score tied at 9-9, Antoine Smith Jr. began what would finish as an 11-point half by hitting his first of four shots to begin a 7-0 run.  Blaise Beauchamp hit his second field goal of the game before finding Smith for a 3-pointer to make it a 16-9 game at the 12:15 mark.  Over the next six minutes, the Jaguars worked their way back into the contest and used a pair of free throws to get within one at 24-23.

Smith took matters into his own hands, knocking down two more 3-pointers to put the Aces back in front – 32-27 – with four minutes left in the half.  Beauchamp drained his first outside shot less than a minute later to push the advantage to 35-29.  Over the final moments of the half, USA made another run and hit a shot in the final seconds to make it a 37-37 contest at the half.

Kenny Strawbridge Jr. gave UE the lead to open the second half and would be credited with the assist on a Phillips dunk that gave Evansville a 44-43 edge at the 15:44 mark.  Over the next four minutes, South Alabama outscored the Aces by a 12-1 margin to take their largest lead of the night at 55-45.  Four in a row by Beauchamp got UE back into the fray but the Jaguars would push their lead to 67-52 with 9:24 on the clock.

Evansville never gave up and used an 8-2 stretch to get within nine entering the last seven minutes.  UE continued to keep things within reach as Beauchamp added his sixth made field goal of the game to make it a 72-63 game at the 2:44 mark, but South Alabama had the answer each time and would take the win by a 78-67 final.

Game two of the weekend will see the Aces face Robert Morris on Saturday at 4 p.m. CT.

ACES RETURN HOME TO FACE MIAMI (OHIO) ON SATURDAY

EVANSVILLE – Playing its first true home game of the regular season, the University of Evansville women’s basketball team welcomes Miami (Ohio) to Meeks Family Fieldhouse at 1 PM on Saturday afternoon in Evansville.

Meeting frequently in recent years, the Aces and RedHawks will clash for the sixth-time in series history on Saturday with Miami owning a narrow 3-2 advantage in the all-time series. UE and Miami (Ohio) last met a season ago in Oxford, Ohio with the RedHawks capturing an 81-73 win on Dec. 4, 2021. Evansville comes into the weekend matchup following a 93-54 loss on the road at Illinois last Saturday. On the season, UE is 2-2 with both losses coming to Big Ten opponents on the road. The RedHawks are 1-3 on the season, having lost back-to-back road games against tough opponents; 76-51 at Memphis and 91-55 at WKU.

Saturday’s matchup figures to heavily feature trips to the free throw line as both Evansville and Miami (Ohio) both sit inside the top 35 teams in the nation in free throws made per game. The Aces are 16th nationally with 18.3 free throws made per contest, while the RedHawks are 34th in the same category in NCAA DI with 16.5 per game.

EAGLES FINISH GOTHAM CLASSIC AT BOWLING GREEN

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Men’s Basketball completes the Gotham Classic and reaches the halfway point of a four-game road swing with a visit to Bowling Green State University Saturday in Bowling Green, Ohio. Tipoff is set for 3 p.m. (CST) Saturday.

The games will be streaming on ESPN+ in addition to being heard on ESPN 97.7FM (http://listentotheref.com) and 95.7FM The Spin (http://957thespin.com).

USI enters Saturday’s match-up with a 2-3 mark after stumbling on the road at St. Bonaventure University Tuesday evening, 80-66. Sophomore guard Isaiah Swope (Newburgh, Indiana) led USI with 21 points in the loss.

Senior guard Jelani Simmons (Columbus, Ohio) leads the Eagles with 14.4 points per game, followed by forward Jacob Polakovich (Grand Rapids, Michigan), who is posting 11.7 points and 8.3 rebounds per game. Graduate forward Trevor Lakes (Lebanon,Indiana) and Swope are third and fourth on the team with 11.6 and 11.4 points per outing, respectively, while junior guard Tyler Henry (Brooklyn, New York) finishes the double-digit scorers with 10.6 points per contest.

Bowling Green is 2-3 after losing to the University of Notre Dame, 82-66, Tuesday night. The Falcons were led in the guard Samari Curtis with 14 points. For the season, guard Leon Ayers leads the Falcons with 19.0 points and 5.4 rebounds per contest. He is followed by Curtis

with 13.8 points per games.

USI and Bowling Green State University are meeting for the first time in the history of the programs.

The visits to Bowling Green is the halfway point of a four-game road swing for the Eagles. Following this week’s action, the Eagles make stops at Western Illinois University November 30 and at Chicago State University December 4.

USI will not return to the friendly surroundings of Screaming Eagles Arena until December 7 when the Eagles host Anderson University (IN) at 7 p.m. to start a two-game homestand. The Eagles will finish the homestand December 11 when they welcome Indiana State University for a 3 p.m. contest.

SOUTH DAKOTA STATE TOPS VALPO TO OPEN MULTI-TEAM EVENT

The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team held defending Summit League champion South Dakota State to 26.9 percent shooting in the opening half as the game went into the locker room even, but the Jackrabbits prevailed 61-50 to open the Hostilo Community Classic in Savannah, Ga. Senior Kobe King (La Crosse, Wis. / La Crosse Central [Wisconsin]) produced 18 points to lead three Beacons in double figures.

How It Happened

Valpo flipped the script on recent games away from the Athletics-Recreation Center by getting off to a strong start. Quinton Green (Columbus, Ohio / Homeschool [Cedarville]) nailed an early 3 before King and Ben Krikke (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada / Jasper Place) added buckets to make it 7-0.

A string of made 3s helped the Jackrabbits jump in front at 9-7.

Freshman Maximus Nelson (Appleton, Wis. / Appleton North) stepped out for a 3 with 8:48 left in the opening period to make it 16-11.

The Jackrabbits ran off six straight points to gain a 17-16 lead, but King had a quick response with a 3 on a Preston Ruedinger (Oshkosh, Wis. / Lourdes) assist at the 4:41 mark.

The Beacons built the lead up to four at 23-19 with 2:26 left in the half, but South Dakota State scored the final four points of the period to go into the break deadlocked at 23. 

Valpo’s defense was swarming in the opening half, holding a strong offensive team to 27 percent shooting while forcing the Jackrabbits into eight opening-half turnovers.

South Dakota State scored the first six points of the second half to open up a 29-23 lead, forcing a Valpo timeout at the 18:12 mark of the second half.

King buried a 3 to trim the lead to three with 16:40 to go, then a Krikke jumper on the next Valpo possession cut the lead to one at 31-30.

South Dakota State scored the next seven to open up an eight-point cushion at 38-30 with 14:30 to play.

Valpo showed life as King made a pair of difficult baskets sandwiched around a successful triple by Connor Barrett (Chicago, Ill. / Loyola Academy) to claw the Beacons to within four at 41-37.

The Jackrabbits pushed the lead to double figures at 51-41 with 6:09 to go. Green had three late baskets including a dunk in the final minute, but SDSU still prevailed.

Inside the Game

Valpo had no free-throw attempts, becoming the first Division-I team in the nation with no free-throw tries in a game this season. Only two Division-I teams did it all of last season – Miami (Feb. 5 at Virginia) and Merrimack (Nov. 21 at Virginia Tech).

The last time Valpo was awarded two or fewer free-throw attempts was Nov. 25, 2011 at Ohio State (2).

This was Valpo’s first game since at least the start of the 1989-90 season with no attempted free throws.

On the flip side, the Jackrabbits had 15 free-throw attempts and converted 13 (86.7 percent).

King posted a team-high 18 points. He’s been in double figures in all six games this season, including five contests with 15+ points.

Krikke (12) and Green (10) joined King in double figures. Krikke has been in double figures in five of his six games, while Green did so for the fourth time in six outings.

The 61 points marked the fewest Valpo has permitted this season.

Valpo held SDSU to 26.9 percent shooting in the opening half, Valpo’s best single half in terms of field-goal percentage defense since holding Indiana State to 19.2 percent in the first half on Feb. 27, 2021.

Krikke was a carom shy of a double-double as he paced the team with nine rebounds.

The Beacons had a season-high 10 steals with four players swiping two each. This was Valpo’s first double-figure steal game since Dec. 22, 2021 vs. William & Mary (12).

This was Valpo’s first halftime tie since Nov. 27, 2020, an eventual 77-71 loss at Vanderbilt.

Valpo made two tweaks to the starting lineup as Nelson made his first collegiate start and Ruedinger made his first start of the season.

Up Next

The Beacons (2-4) will continue the Hostilo Community Classic on Sunday at 11 a.m. CT as the Beacons match up with James Madison in Savannah, Ga.

MEN’S HOOPS CONCLUDES ROAD TRIP, OPENS LEAGUE PLAY SATURDAY

Saturday, Nov. 26, 4 p.m.

at Quincy Hawks

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Monday, Nov. 28, 8:30 p.m.

at Truman Bulldogs

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The 20th-ranked UIndy men’s basketball opens GLVC play on Saturday, visiting Quincy for a 4 p.m. ET tip from Pepsi Arena before concluding its four-game road trip at Truman on Tuesday.

The Greyhounds have opened the 2022-23 campaign with four consecutive victories, including a pair of road wins this past week at Grand Valley State and Northwood. After a thrilling 72-66 win at GVSU on Sunday, UIndy entered the NABC DII national coaches poll for the first time since March 2020 in the 20-slot. In addition, the Greyhounds climbed inside the top 10 in the D2SIDA rankings.

Jesse Bingham leads the team with 14.8 points per game, while Jakobie Robinson is averaging 8.8 points and 8.5 rebounds in the early going.

GAME NOTES: https://athletics.uindy.edu/documents/2022/11/25/at_QU-TSU.pdf

GREYHOUNDS SET TO HIT ROAD FOR CONFERENCE OPENER

Saturday, Nov. 26, 2 p.m.

at Quincy Hawks

Monday, Nov. 28, 6:30 p.m.

at Truman Bulldogs

INDIANAPOLIS – Riding a 2-2 overall record so far this season, the UIndy women’s basketball team has its sights set on GLVC action following the Thanksgiving holiday. The Hounds will travel to Quincy on Saturday and battle the Hawks beginning at 2 p.m. and then will cap the road trip off at Truman on Monday with a conference clash set for 6:30 p.m.

Last week, the Hounds won a pair of non-conference games against Hillsdale and Northwood. UIndy took down the Chargers by a final of 68-53 on Wednesday at Nicoson Hall and then hit the road and defeated Northwood by a 74-71 final. These marked the first home and road wins for Marc Mitchell as head coach of the UIndy women’s basketball program.

So far this year, senior forward Sadie Hill leads the Hounds in scoring at 13 points per game alongside a GLVC-best 93.3 percent shooting mark from the free throw line (14-15). Elana Wells has also garnered a double-digit scoring average (10.5 PPG) while guiding the team at four assists per game and 2.3 steals per game.

UIndy leads the all-time series against Quincy by a mark of 30-23. The Hounds also hold a 10-8 series advantage over Truman. The Greyhounds beat both teams last season in their last meeting.

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NFL STANDINGS

American Football Conference
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Kansas City Chiefs820.8000.03002334 – 1 – 04 – 1 – 05 – 2 – 03 – 0 – 04 W
Buffalo Bills830.7270.03091994 – 1 – 04 – 2 – 05 – 2 – 00 – 2 – 02 W
Tennessee Titans730.7000.01931853 – 1 – 04 – 2 – 05 – 2 – 03 – 0 – 02 W
Baltimore Ravens730.7000.02481993 – 2 – 04 – 1 – 04 – 2 – 02 – 0 – 04 W
Miami Dolphins730.7000.02522414 – 1 – 03 – 2 – 05 – 2 – 02 – 1 – 04 W
Cincinnati Bengals640.6000.02652153 – 1 – 03 – 3 – 03 – 3 – 01 – 3 – 02 W
New York Jets640.6000.01991862 – 3 – 04 – 1 – 05 – 4 – 02 – 2 – 01 L
New England Patriots650.5450.52392023 – 2 – 03 – 3 – 05 – 2 – 02 – 1 – 01 L
Los Angeles Chargers550.5001.02272582 – 3 – 03 – 2 – 04 – 3 – 02 – 2 – 02 L
Indianapolis Colts461.4092.01732202 – 3 – 02 – 3 – 14 – 4 – 11 – 3 – 11 L
Jacksonville Jaguars370.3003.02162052 – 3 – 01 – 4 – 03 – 4 – 01 – 2 – 01 L
Las Vegas Raiders370.3003.02252422 – 2 – 01 – 5 – 03 – 5 – 02 – 2 – 01 W
Cleveland Browns370.3003.02402692 – 3 – 01 – 4 – 02 – 6 – 02 – 1 – 02 L
Denver Broncos370.3003.01471712 – 3 – 01 – 4 – 02 – 6 – 00 – 3 – 02 L
Pittsburgh Steelers370.3003.01702442 – 3 – 01 – 4 – 01 – 6 – 01 – 2 – 01 L
Houston Texans181.1504.51592300 – 4 – 11 – 4 – 01 – 4 – 11 – 1 – 15 L
 
National Football Conference
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Philadelphia Eagles910.9000.02631834 – 1 – 05 – 0 – 05 – 1 – 02 – 1 – 01 W
Minnesota Vikings920.8180.02622575 – 1 – 04 – 1 – 06 – 2 – 03 – 0 – 01 W
San Francisco 49ers640.6000.02361733 – 1 – 03 – 3 – 05 – 2 – 04 – 0 – 03 W
Tampa Bay Buccaneers550.5000.01831803 – 3 – 02 – 2 – 05 – 2 – 02 – 1 – 02 W
Dallas Cowboys830.7270.02791875 – 1 – 03 – 2 – 07 – 3 – 03 – 1 – 02 W
New York Giants740.6360.02252324 – 2 – 03 – 2 – 03 – 4 – 00 – 2 – 02 L
Seattle Seahawks640.6000.02572413 – 1 – 03 – 3 – 04 – 4 – 02 – 1 – 01 L
Washington Commanders650.5451.02142232 – 3 – 04 – 2 – 03 – 4 – 01 – 2 – 02 W
Atlanta Falcons560.4552.02592744 – 2 – 01 – 4 – 04 – 4 – 01 – 3 – 01 W
Detroit Lions470.3643.02753102 – 4 – 02 – 3 – 04 – 4 – 02 – 1 – 01 L
Green Bay Packers470.3643.02022433 – 3 – 01 – 4 – 03 – 4 – 01 – 2 – 01 L
Arizona Cardinals470.3643.02402961 – 5 – 03 – 2 – 03 – 6 – 01 – 4 – 01 L
New Orleans Saints470.3643.02492673 – 4 – 01 – 3 – 03 – 4 – 01 – 2 – 01 W
Los Angeles Rams370.3003.51682272 – 4 – 01 – 3 – 03 – 6 – 01 – 3 – 04 L
Carolina Panthers380.2734.02072563 – 3 – 00 – 5 – 03 – 5 – 03 – 1 – 01 L
Chicago Bears380.2734.02412742 – 3 – 01 – 5 – 01 – 7 – 00 – 3 – 04 L

NBA STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
 WLPctConf GBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Boston154.7898-17-32-09-49-12 W
Milwaukee135.7221.510-23-34-18-45-51 W
Cleveland127.6323.08-14-62-210-34-61 L
Indiana117.6113.57-44-31-19-48-21 W
Atlanta118.5794.07-34-51-18-65-51 L
Philadelphia109.5265.06-54-42-38-76-41 W
Washington109.5265.07-43-53-27-76-42 L
Toronto99.5005.56-23-71-37-74-62 L
New York910.4746.04-45-61-25-55-51 L
10 Brooklyn911.4506.54-45-73-16-55-51 L
11 Miami911.4506.58-41-74-15-75-52 W
12 Chicago811.4217.05-53-62-18-63-71 L
13 Charlotte614.3009.53-63-82-53-103-72 W
14 Orlando514.26310.04-61-81-22-93-73 L
15 Detroit516.23811.03-52-110-41-122-81 L
 
Western Conference
 WLPctConf GBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Phoenix126.66710-12-54-010-36-43 W
Denver127.6320.54-28-54-210-46-42 W
Memphis118.5791.57-24-63-27-55-51 W
New Orleans118.5791.56-35-54-17-56-41 L
Portland118.5791.54-47-41-18-45-51 W
Utah129.5711.56-26-73-111-54-63 L
Sacramento108.5562.06-34-52-34-57-32 L
LA Clippers119.5502.06-55-43-29-86-42 L
Dallas98.5292.58-31-51-25-55-52 L
10 Minnesota109.5262.55-55-42-15-66-41 L
11 Golden State1010.5003.09-11-94-37-67-32 W
12 Oklahoma City811.4214.55-53-60-53-64-61 W
13 LA Lakers611.3535.55-51-60-54-104-61 W
14 San Antonio614.3007.03-73-70-22-121-97 L
15 Houston414.2228.02-52-91-22-103-71 W

NHL STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Boston Bruins2118303617854712-0-06-3-08-2-0
New Jersey Devils211740341777478-3-09-1-09-1-0
Toronto Maple Leafs221255291265587-2-35-3-26-1-3
New York Islanders221480281472577-3-07-5-07-3-0
Detroit Red Wings201154261066617-2-24-3-26-2-2
Pittsburgh Penguins211173251076664-2-17-5-27-2-1
Tampa Bay Lightning201271251269637-3-15-4-06-3-1
Carolina Hurricanes21106525858594-3-16-3-42-4-4
New York Rangers211074241063584-3-36-4-14-4-2
10 Montreal Canadiens21119123865736-5-05-4-16-4-0
11 Florida Panthers20108222969666-2-24-6-05-4-1
12 Washington Capitals22910321961697-4-12-6-24-5-1
13 Philadelphia Flyers2179519751694-5-13-4-41-6-3
14 Buffalo Sabres21912018976735-7-04-5-02-8-0
15 Ottawa Senators20712115763695-6-02-6-13-6-1
16 Columbus Blue Jackets20712115758846-8-01-4-14-5-1
 
Western Conference
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Vegas Golden Knights221651331679567-4-09-1-16-3-1
Dallas Stars211254281283616-2-26-3-25-2-3
Seattle Kraken201253271270566-4-26-1-18-1-1
Los Angeles Kings231292261175786-4-06-5-26-3-1
Winnipeg Jets191261251256517-2-05-4-17-3-0
Colorado Avalanche18116123964464-3-17-3-07-3-0
Calgary Flames2098321859656-4-13-4-24-4-2
Edmonton Oilers2010100201066725-6-05-4-03-7-0
St. Louis Blues201010020957705-4-05-6-07-3-0
10 Nashville Predators2099220753656-3-23-6-06-3-1
11 Minnesota Wild2099220858594-6-15-3-14-5-1
12 Arizona Coyotes1979317751661-2-16-7-24-4-2
13 Vancouver Canucks20710317770793-4-14-6-25-4-1
14 San Jose Sharks23713317669852-8-35-5-04-5-1
15 Chicago Blackhawks20610416650714-5-22-5-22-6-2
16 Anaheim Ducks21614113454894-5-02-9-13-7-0