CLASS 4A: CHESTERTON (28-0) VS. KOKOMO (19-7), 3 P.M.



CLASS 3A: MISHAWAKA MARIAN (23-3) VS. LEO (21-5), 6 P.M.


CLASS 3A: BEECH GROVE (20-6) VS. SULLIVAN (25-2), 1 P.M. 






#2 ARIZONA 84 #13 UCLA 76


#6 KANSAS 74 #14 TEXAS TECH 65






#24 IOWA 80 INDIANA 70


















#4 BAYLOR 91 #21 OKLAHOMA 76

#7 TEXAS 82 #10 IOWA STATE 73 OT
























7th-seed Virginia Tech upsets Duke, Coach K for ACC title

NEW YORK (AP) For the second straight Saturday night, Duke failed to deliver Coach K a send-off victory.

This time it was Virginia Tech playing party pooper.

Hunter Cattoor scored a career-high 31 points and the seventh-seeded Hokies won the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament for the first time, beating Duke 82-67 to deny Mike Krzyzewski a league title in his final season.

Virginia Tech (23-12) came to Brooklyn in need of a run to make the NCAA Tournament, and then was staring at elimination Wednesday night when Darius Maddox hit a go-ahead 3-pointer at the buzzer to beat Clemson in overtime.

Virginia Tech coach Mike Young said the Hokies were “luckier than hell” after that game.

After beating Duke how did it feel?

“Gratifying,” Young said.

The Hokies became just the second ACC team to take the crown with four wins in four days and the lowest-seeded team to win the most-storied conference tournament in college basketball.

They’re also the fourth ACC champion to win the title by beating the top-three seeds.

Duke lost Coach K’s final game at Cameron Indoor Stadium to rival North Carolina a week ago, derailing what the school hoped would be a celebration of the winningest coach in Division I men’s college basketball.

The top-seeded and seventh-ranked Blue Devils (28-6) got another chance for a feel-good victory and to add at least one more trophy to the case for the retiring Hall of Famer. Again it was not to be.

“I tell them all the time: ‘Don’t worry about me,'” Krzyzewski said. “Even in a moment of defeat I want to be there with them. How do we use it? How do we get better?”

Krzyzewski has been trying his best to shield his team from all the attention give his last go-round.

“Last weekend the whole word was talking about it. So it was a very difficult weekend,” he said. “What we’ve tried to do is eliminate everything. These are young guys. I’ve loved coaching them. I think we can be good in the (NCAA) Tournament. I was really positive with them afterwards.”

When Justyn Mutts made a two-hand slam over Duke’s star freshman Paolo Banchero with 2:26 left in the second half, Virginia Tech led 76-64 and the outnumbered Hokies fans rose with roar.

“The next dead ball we went to the huddle and it was like, `We can taste it. We can taste it now,'” point guard Storm Murphy said.

Virginia Tech’s first ACC championship since joining the conference in 2004 was sealed.

Soon after Metallica’s “Enter Sandman,” the Hokies’ unofficially fight song, blared throughout Barclays Center and the Virginia Tech fans sang along like it was the fourth quarter at Lane Stadium in Blacksburg, Virginia.

Banchero scored 20 points for Duke, which shot 4 for 20 from 3-point range and allowed the Hokies to make 50% of their shots.

Virginia Tech’s last – and only – conference tournament title came in 1979 when the Hokies were in the Metro Conference.

Young led Wofford to five Southern Conference Tournament titles in 17 seasons. It only took him three season to get his first with Virginia Tech and he did it with a roster full of guys he recruited to play at his old school.

Murphy and Keve Aluma (19 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists) are both Wofford transfers and Cattoor was set to go to the Spartanburg, South Carolina, school out of high school before Young took the Virginia Tech job.

“These guys proved themselves in a really good league, the Southern Conference,” Young said. “All three have been really good players. They’re old, they’re strong, they’re tough. They’re really, really skilled.”

Meanwhile, Krzyzewski was denied his 16th ACC title in his 42nd season.

Barclays Center is a long way from Cameron, both literally and figuratively, but the Duke fans did their best to make it feel like a Blue Devils’ home game.

Still, nothing came easy for Duke this week. The Blue Devils didn’t have a halftime lead in any of the games at Barclays Center.

On Saturday night, down three at half, Duke began the second half with a sloppy turnover on offense and then gave up a driving layup.

Krzyzewski called a timeout 35 seconds in and laid into his team, getting out of his chair to demonstrate the movement he wanted to see from his players.

The scolding did not have the desired result. Cattoor swished his sixth 3 and then made a steal he turned into old-fashioned three-point play with a driving layup.

That put the Hokies up 55-45 less than five minutes into the half.

Duke didn’t fold, but every time the Blue Devils applied pressure, the Hokies responded.

When Cattoor made his seventh 3 from the top of the arc with 6:05 to play, the Hokies went up 70-60 and it became apparent this was Virginia Tech’s night to celebrate.

Cattoor was 7 for 9 from 3-point range, 11 for 16 overall.

Krzyzewski praised the way the junior moves without the ball. “He had a Klay Thompson night,” he said.


Virginia Tech: The Hokies were 2-7 at one point in ACC play, but finished with a kick, going 13-2 to play their way off the bubble.

“I knew when it came together it was going to be a beautiful thing and they came together,” Young said. “I didn’t think it would culminate in this, But we’re not going to give it back.”

Duke: Krzyzewski came into the tournament worrying about his team’s defense and then it played three shaky games on that end in Brooklyn. He still believes there is time to turn it around.

“Very confident because we’ll be able to practice,” Krzyzewski said, noting the youthful Blue Devils had only one practice since the North Carolina game.


Virginia Tech: The Hokies are in the NCAA Tournament for the fifth straight season.

Duke: The Blue Devils are probably looking at a No. 3 seed when the bracket is set Sunday.

No. 2 Arizona tops No. 13 UCLA 84-76 to win Pac-12 title

LAS VEGAS (AP) Bennedict Mathurin scored 27 points and No. 2 Arizona used a massive second-half run to beat No. 13 UCLA 84-76 on Saturday night, winning the Pac-12 Tournament in coach Tommy Lloyd’s first season.

The Wildcats and Bruins put on a Vegas headlining show worthy of the conference’s top two seeds, trading athletic plays and big runs at the first full-capacity Pac-12 Tournament in three years.

The top-seeded Wildcats (31-4) played their second straight game without point guard Kerr Kriisa due to a sprained right ankle suffered in the quarterfinals against Stanford. His replacement, Justin Kier, was limited to 13 minutes due to foul trouble, depleting Arizona’s depth even more.

Arizona labored without Kier, falling into an 12-point hole early in the second half before finding a gear few other teams have. The Wildcats went on a 22-5 run to lead 63-58 and fire up the McKale Center north (T-Mobile Arena) crowd.

Arizona kept its offensive Strip show rolling to sweep the Pac-12 regular-season and tournament titles for the seventh time – and lock up a likely No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

The second-seeded Bruins (25-7) shut down Arizona for long stretches and appeared to be headed toward a repeat of their lopsided win in Westwood in January.

UCLA went into a lengthy offensive funk after going up 53-41, triggering the Wildcats’ play-fast offense and their raucous fans. The Bruins tried to punch back, but the Wildcats countered each time.

UCLA pulled within 80-76 in the final minute, but Christian Koloko and Oumar Ballo had three blocked shots in the final 38 seconds. Ballo blocked six shots overall and Koloko four.

Jules Bernard scored 19 points and Jaime Jaquez Jr. 18 to lead the Bruins.

Sin City turned into Hoops City after two years of pandemic restrictions, with five conference tournaments played over nine days. The Pac-12 finale topped the marquee a few steps from The Strip, the conference’s top two teams during the regular season.

The Bruins and Wildcats put on a high-level show in the first half – when fouls weren’t being called.

The Wildcats were whistled 12 times and Kier was limited to eight minutes after picking up three fouls. The Bruins were called for nine fouls, including two each on three players.

UCLA led 40-35 at halftime after Juzang hit a 3 at the buzzer.

The hits kept coming.

Kier picked up his fourth foul 62 seconds into the second half and Koloko was called for a Flagrant 1 foul on an elbow to Bernard’s head.

Bernard made both free throws and Tyger Campbell hit a jumper to cap a 10-2 run that put UCLA up 50-39.

UCLA big man Cody Riley then went to the bench with his fourth foul. Arizona took advantage with its big run and kept it rolling, hitting 16 of 24 shots in the second half.


UCLA’s defense was superb early, but flailed once Arizona got rolling. The Bruins are still plenty good enough to make some noise again in the NCAA Tournament.

Arizona, after a slow start, showed off the gear few teams can match. That’s why they’re among the favorites to win the national title.


UCLA: Will likely still be a high seed in the NCAA Tournament

Arizona: Will likely be a No. 1 seed on Selection Sunday.

No. 6 KU beats No. 14 Texas Tech 74-65 to win Big 12 tourney

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) David McCormack had 18 points and 11 rebounds, Ochai Agbaji made a pair of clinching foul shots with just over a minute to go, and sixth-ranked Kansas beat No. 14 Texas Tech 74-65 on Saturday night to win the Big 12 Tournament title.

Agbaji finished with 16 points, Christian Braun had 14 and Jalen Wilson and Remy Martin 12 apiece to lead the Jayhawks (27-6), who showcased poise and resilience in the final minutes while the Red Raiders fumbled away a chance at the title.

Texas Tech trailed 63-58 with about 4 minutes to go when Terrence Shannon Jr. was called for charging. Kevin Obanor turned it over on the Red Raiders’ next possession, then stepped over the end line while trying to inbound the ball for another turnover, each of them allowing the Jayhawks to draw away down the stretch.

The heavily pro-Kansas crowd began its haunting “Rock, Chalk, Jayhawk” chant with 28.6 seconds left on the clock, and coach Bill Self’s squad coasted to its 12th conference tournament title since the league’s inception in 1996-97.

It probably locked up a No. 1 seed in next week’s NCAA Tournament, too.

Shannon finished with 14 points, and Bryson Williams had 17 for the Red Raiders (25-9), who still have never won the Big 12 Tournament. They also lost to Oklahoma State in their only other championship appearance in 2005.

The teams, who finished a game apart in the Big 12, waged a pair of nip-and-tuck classics during the regular season with each winning at home. Their game at Allen Fieldhouse may have been the league’s best all year, a back-and-forth showdown that went to double overtime before the Jayhawks escaped with the win.

Just how evenly matched were they Saturday night?

Neither team scored more than five straight points in the first half. Neither led by more than four. Neither scored more than two straight baskets without the other team providing some kind of answer at the other end.

Even when it looked as if Kansas was building some momentum, and Martin knocked down a long jumper to make it 37-33 in the final minute, Williams provided an answering 3-pointer to keep the Red Raiders within a point at the half.

It remained close throughout the second half.

When Kansas edged ahead by five, Shannon and the Red Raiders responded with seven straight points. When Texas Tech took a 54-51 lead with 11:20 to go, Wilson and Agbaji – the tournament’s MVP – provided back-to-back buckets that began a 12-2 charge and gave the Jayhawks a 63-56 lead with less than 5 minutes to play.

They showcased the veteran poised needed to maintain it the rest of the way.


Texas Tech was still within 64-60 with 3:06 to play, but Kansas scored the next six points as the Red Raiders continued to wilt under the pressure. It was a stunning departure from the norm for a team that starts a junior (Shannon) alongside five seniors and that has played in plenty of tight games this season.

Kansas overcame a poor performance from beyond the arc (3 for 22) by doing the little things: The Jayhawks took care of the ball, made the extra pass and got to the foul line. They were 25 of 32 on their free throws, including big ones from Agbaji – the league’s player of the year – when the outcome was on the line.


It’s time for Selection Sunday. The Jayhawks have an eye on one of the four No. 1 seeds while the Red Raiders could land as high as the No. 2 line after their spirited run to the Big 12 Tournament title game.

Champs again: Villanova tops Creighton to win Big East title

NEW YORK (AP) While Collin Gillespie waited to twirl the souvenir net from atop a ladder he could not have climbed a year ago, he was spotted by another former Villanova star who knows how to win a championship game in crunch time.

Kris Jenkins joked maybe it was his and Gillespie’s shared uniform No. 2 that made the Wildcats so fearless when the outcome was at stake. Or maybe it’s just the Wildcat Way forged under coach Jay Wright of shaking off nerves, bad shots, a stifling defense, whatever distraction got in their way, to always hit that next big shot and win the next big game.

“I mean, that’s what we expect,” Jenkins said.

Gillespie missed the Big East Tournament a season ago, then won it for the Wildcats this year.

It’s what they expect.

Gillespie nailed consecutive late 3-pointers that put No. 8 Villanova ahead for good, and the Wildcats beat Creighton 54-48 to take the Big East Tournament championship Saturday night at Madison Square Garden.

“This is why I came back,” he said as he held his tournament Most Outstanding Player trophy.

Gillespie missed both postseason tournaments in 2021 with a torn ligament in his left knee. But a year later he was courageous in the waning minutes, hitting the go-ahead 3 over the outstretched arm of 7-foot-1 center Ryan Kalkbrenner with 2:44 left.

The 6-foot-3 senior then grabbed a rebound at the other end and came right back and drained another jumper over Kalkbrenner, the Big East defensive player of the year, for a 50-45 lead – sending the Wildcats on their way to yet another championship under Wright.

“I’m still kind of surprised when he makes those plays,” Wright said. “It’s incredible. But we put it in his hands to make those plays.”

Villanova won the Big East Tournament under Wright in 2015, and then three straight from 2017-19. The school also captured national championships in 2016 and 2018 under Wright.

The 2016 victory, of course, was one of the most famous title games ever when Jenkins hit a buzzer-beating 3 to win it. Jenkins and 2016 teammate Ryan Arcidiacono cheered on the Wildcats at The Garden. Arcidiacono flashed the V sign as he snapped a selfie with Jenkins as confetti fluttered around them.

Justin Moore and the rest of Villanova’s starters circled Gillespie and fired him up before he went to the free-throw line in the final seconds. The two-time conference player of the year hit both and was soon mobbed by teammates at midcourt to kick off the championship party.

Then they watched Gillespie take his turn with the scissors cutting down the net.

“He’s just playing with absolutely no fear because he knows he’s put the work in,” Wright said.

Gillespie, who had knee surgery during last season’s Big East Tournament and watched postseason games from the stands, led the second-seeded Wildcats (26-7) with 17 points and Moore had 16 on a night when points were tough to come by until the furious final minutes.

Kalkbrenner scored 19 but the fourth-seeded Bluejays (22-11) again left MSG empty-handed. Creighton has lost in all four trips to the Big East championship game, including 2014, 2017, and last season to Georgetown.

The winner was going to come down to whichever team could make a few shots in succession after a dreary start to the game. The Bluejays got going first when Alex O’Connell hit a 3 for a 41-39 lead and waved his arms to cheering fans down the court. Kalkbrenner dunked and unleashed a guttural yell as he ran to midcourt and was mobbed by teammates.

Gillespie, a fifth-year senior, was the one who bailed out the Wildcats.

“It’s really all I can think about, is how grateful I am to be with these guys again,” he said.

It started to become clear with each clang why Creighton can’t win the big one in New York. The Bluejays missed all 13 3-point attempts in the first half. O’Connell was the worst offender; he went 0 for 5. And the 3 was in Trey Alexander’s name only – he missed three. Creighton even missed two of its four free-throw attempts.

These were not the same Bluejays who outscored top-seeded Providence 31-2 in about 10 1/2 minutes during a 27-point rout a night earlier in the semifinals. Creighton shot 32% on 3s this season. That percentage, any percentage above 0, would have given the Bluejays the lead at halftime.

“We just had a night where nobody could make one. And we still had a chance to win,” coach Greg McDermott said.

Villanova missed 11 of 13 3-pointers and only led 19-18 – not a misprint – at the break.

The Bluejays, picked eighth in the Big East preseason poll with no starters back from last year’s Sweet 16 squad, missed 26 of 29 3-pointers. The Wildcats went only 8 of 32.

But one player hit the only two anyone will remember.

“At the end we got Gillespied,” McDermott said.


Creighton: The Bluejays became the first team to lose four straight Big East championship games.

“This is our fourth time sitting up here talking to you after one of these losses in the championship game, and that’s tough to swallow,” McDermott said. “But I’m so proud of this group for how much they’ve grown.”

Villanova: The Wildcats are tournament-tough and played in their 11th Big East final. They’ve won six, which trails only Georgetown (8) and UConn (7).


Creighton’s Rati Andronikashvili, a native of Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia, draped a Ukrainian flag over his back during the national anthem.


Selection Sunday. The Wildcats hope they don’t have to leave the state, with potential first- and second-round games in Pittsburgh and then the East Regional in Philadelphia. Creighton could be a No. 8 or No. 9 seed.

LSU fires Wade, citing NCAA probe and ‘shroud of negativity’

(AP) — LSU has fired men’s basketball coach Will Wade for cause amid “serious” allegations of NCAA violations, the university announced Saturday in a joint statement from its president and athletic director.

The firing comes the day after LSU was bounced from the Southeastern Conference Tournament by Arkansas, 79-67, in a quarterfinal game Friday night.

“For more than four years, the University has patiently allowed the NCAA investigative process to unfold, jointly working with the NCAA Enforcement Staff and, subsequently, with the Complex Case Unit (CCU), to ensure the evidence collected was as thorough and fair as possible,” said the statement signed by President William F. Tate and athletic director Scott Woodward. “Throughout that time, the University and its men’s basketball program have operated under an exhausting shroud of negativity.”

Wade did not immediately return a message left on his personal phone by The Associated Press. The allegations against him stem from a wide FBI investigation into corrupt practices in college basketball that has implicated major programs including Arizona, Kansas, Louisville, Oklahoma State, North Carolina State and Auburn.

The Complex Case Unit this past week issued LSU a formal notice of allegations, which “contains serious allegations, including multiple charges alleging Coach Wade’s personal involvement in – or awareness of – Level I misconduct,” the LSU statement said. “We can no longer subject our University, Department of Athletics, and – most importantly – our student-athletes, to this taxing and already-lengthy process without taking action. Our responsibility to protect and promote the integrity and well-being of our entire institution and our student-athletes will always be paramount.”

Level I violations can include a head coach’s lack of oversight on compliance matters; failure to cooperate in an NCAA investigation; unethical or dishonest conduct; or prohibited cash or similar benefits provided to recruits.

LSU’s statement, however, stressed that Wade’s firing was “not an acknowledgement of agreement with any of the allegations. The University will determine its positions on the allegations after an exhaustive and objective examination of the relevant facts.”

The university also fired associate head coach Bill Armstrong and named assistant coach Kevin Nickelberry as interim head coach. LSU went 22-11 this season (9-9 in the SEC) and appears likely to receive a bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Suspicion of wrongdoing has followed Wade since 2019 reports about leaked excerpts of an FBI wiretap that captured Wade speaking with a person convicted of funneling illegal payments to the families of college basketball recruits.

In transcripts of the phone call, Wade discussed presenting a “strong” offer to an apparent third party who represented then-LSU player Javonte Smart, who has since turned pro.

Wade was suspended for LSU’s 2019 regular-season finale and the postseason before being reinstated later that spring with an amended contract stating that LSU could fire him for cause if he was found to have committed serious NCAA violations.

It was not clear from the leaked transcripts whether Smart himself knew about the offer, and after being held out for LSU’s regular-season finale, he was cleared to play in the SEC and NCAA tournaments. Wade, meanwhile, was replaced for the regular-season finale and the postseason on an interim basis by assistant Tony Benford.

Wade, 39, was hired by LSU in 2017 after a successful two-year stint at Virginia Commonwealth. He went 105-51 at LSU (not counting games for which he was suspended).

LSU won the 2019 SEC regular-season crown in just Wade’s second season. Last season, the Tigers advanced to the SEC Tournament final for the first time since 1993, narrowly losing to Alabama.

Six of Wade’s recruits are playing or have seen playing time in the NBA: Naz Reid (Minnesota), Cameron Thomas (Brooklyn), Smart (Miami), Trendon Watford (Portland), Skyler Mays (Atlanta) and Tremont Waters (Boston, Toronto, Washington).

Wade’s departure comes as part an apparent housecleaning by Woodward, a Louisiana native who was lured away from Texas A&M in April 2019. Since then, he has plucked football coach Brian Kelly from Notre Dame to replace Ed Orgeron, Hall of Fame women’s basketball coach Kim Mulkey from Baylor to replace Nikki Fargas, baseball coach Jay Johnson from Arizona to replace Paul Mainieri and now is launching a men’s basketball coaching search.

Political pundit James Carville, an LSU graduate and New Orleans resident who knows Woodward personally, predicted that the Tigers’ next coach “will have won a lot of basketball games somewhere else.”

Woodward, Carville added, is a “proven commodity type of guy.”

AP source: Browns landing WR Cooper in trade with Cowboys

CLEVELAND (AP) The Browns weren’t willing to wait for free agency or the NFL draft to get their No. 1 wide receiver.

Cleveland general manager Andrew Berry filled his club’s biggest need on Saturday by agreeing to acquire Amari Cooper in a trade with the Dallas Cowboys, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on Saturday.

The Browns would send a fifth- and sixth-round draft pick in 2022 to Dallas for Cooper, according to the person who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the teams cannot complete the deal until the new league year begins Wednesday. ESPN was first to report the proposed trade.

Cooper would give the Browns a deep threat, filling the void left when Odell Beckham Jr. forced his release last season. He’d be a prime target for quarterback Baker Mayfield, assuming he returns as Cleveland’s starter following an injury-altered season.

The Cowboys were intent on dealing Cooper, who signed a five-year, $100 million contract extension in 2019 and hasn’t produced the way Dallas had hoped. He was likely to be released if the Cowboys couldn’t strike a deal, and the Browns jumped at the chance to get the 27-year-old before he hit the market.

Cooper spent the past four seasons with Dallas. He had 68 catches for 865 yards and eight touchdowns in 2021. A three-time Pro Bowler, he has had five 1,000-yard seasons as a pro – two with Dallas, two with the Raiders and in the season he split with both teams after being traded in 2018.

He immediately would move to the top of Cleveland’s depth chart, and his addition would likely have the Browns focusing on other needs in free agency and perhaps a defensive player instead of a receiver with the No. 13 pick in this year’s draft.

Once Beckham left in November, the Browns were without an experienced receiver capable of stretching defenses. Also, No. 2 wide receiver Jarvis Landry suffered a knee injury in Week 2 and struggled the rest of the season, posting career lows in catches, yards and TDs while missing five games.

Landry’s days with Cleveland appeared numbered. Not long after agreeing to get Cooper, the Browns gave Landry permission to seek a trade, the person said. He is scheduled to make $15.1 million next season, and his salary-cap hit is $16.379 million, so the Browns could save nearly $15 million on their cap by trading or releasing Landry.

The five-time Pro Bowler played a vital role in the Browns improving their culture, and it’s not out of the question that he could stay if he restructures his deal.

Cleveland may still add more receiving depth via free agency or in a draft loaded with talented prospects. At this point, Donovan Peoples-Jones and Anthony Schwartz are their only other proven players at the position.

Mets get All-Star righty Bassitt from A’s for minor leaguers

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) All-Star righty Chris Bassitt, who made a remarkable recovery from a frightening line drive to the head last year, was traded by the Oakland Athletics to the New York Mets on Saturday for a pair of minor league pitchers.

The Mets sent right-handers J.T. Ginn and Adam Oller to the A’s for Bassitt.

Bassitt gives the Mets a much-needed starter for the middle of the rotation, seemingly a good fit behind aces Jacob deGrom and Max Scherzer.

The 33-year-old Bassitt came back to make two starts in late September, just more than a month after he took a 100 mph liner to the face on Aug. 17 in Chicago. The drive came off Brian Goodwin’s bat in the second inning of a 9-0 loss to the White Sox.

Bassitt underwent surgery for three fractures in his right cheekbone. Immediately after the injury, his right eye was swollen shut.

Bassitt wound up 12-4 with a 3.15 ERA in 27 starts, including his first career complete game, and was a first-time All-Star. He had been an AL Cy Young candidate when he got hurt and his absence took a toll on the A’s beyond the field. He was 12-3 with a 3.06 ERA and leading the AL in victories when he was injured.

Oakland, which won the AL West in the virus-shortened 2020 season, finished 86-76 and nine games behind the division champion Astros to miss the playoffs following three straight appearances. The small-budget A’s have long been known for trading away their key players during the offseason.

The Athletics will be led by first-year manager Mark Kotsay, a former outfielder for the club.

Bassitt is 31-25 with a 3.47 ERA in parts of seven seasons with the A’s and White Sox.

New York made a huge splash by landing Scherzer in free agency before the Major League Baseball lockout, giving the team an imposing duo with deGrom that’s combined to win five Cy Young Awards. But overlooked a bit in that excitement was the fact that Marcus Stroman, the club’s best starter last season, signed with the Chicago Cubs and right-hander Noah Syndergaard, coming back from Tommy John surgery, left for the Los Angeles Angels.

So the Mets need to add depth on the mound, especially with deGrom coming off an injury-abbreviated season and Scherzer set to turn 38 in July. They also have Carlos Carrasco, who managed 12 mostly ineffective starts last year in his first season with the Mets, and Taijuan Walker, who followed up an All-Star first half with a miserable second half.

Third-year lefty David Peterson and right-hander Tylor Megill are also rotation options after each showed some promise as a rookie.

The 22-year-old Ginn was a second-round pick by the Mets in 2020. He was a combined 5-5 with a 3.33 ERA in two levels of Class A ball last year.

Oller, 27, was a combined 9-4 with a 3.45 ERA in Triple-A and Double-A last year.

Klay Thompson scores season-high 38, Warriors top Bucks

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Klay Thompson has been waiting for his shot to start falling consistently, and he certainly found a groove for Golden State against defending champion Milwaukee.

He didn’t force it, and plans to build on this as he keeps learning during his comeback season. Grinning, he said he wanted to score 40 points, it just sounds better, but 38 was great.

Thompson’s total was a season best and he raised his right arm in triumph to ignite the home crowd while leading the Warriors past the Bucks, 122-109 on Saturday night.

“I was eager for a night like this,” Thompson said, “but a mid-season shooting slump it’s not going to kill my ego, I’m still going to go out there and compete.”

Thompson shot 15 for 24 with eight 3-pointers had his second 30-point performance since returning Jan. 9 from a 21/2-year absence following knee and Achilles surgeries.

“I’m sure it’s a relief,” coach Steve Kerr said. “He’s so hard on himself and wants so badly to succeed.”

Milwaukee native Jordan Poole returned to Golden State’s starting lineup and scored 30 points with five 3-pointers to go with six rebounds and five assists.

Giannis Antetokounmpo had 31 points and eight rebounds, but the Warriors’ defense held the rest of the Bucks down. Milwaukee had won six a row.

This was a bad night for Milwaukee on the injury front.

New forward DeAndre’ Bembry, only signed last month when the Nets waived him, injured his right knee and was helped to the locker room with 2:31 left in the third quarter. He went down hard along the sideline leaping to defend Poole’s 3-point attempt.

Bembry was getting an MRI exam.

“We just need to wait and see what that looks like,” coach Mike Budenholzer said. “… It felt like tonight was one of those nights where Klay was going to make some shots that were tough, that were well-defended. His offense and his shooting were just better than what we could defend. Credit to him. He had a great night.”

Serge Ibaka received stitches in the first half for a right eye laceration after he was injured in the opening quarter. He briefly returned and scored 15 points.

The Warriors opened the first 1:58 of the third quarter on an 11-0 spurt to go ahead 78-58 before Antetokounmpo’s basket at the 9:43 mark.

Andrew Wiggins added 21 points, six rebounds and four assists for the Warriors. Poole started for just the second time in the past 13 games and shot 9 of 16, while Stephen Curry had eight points and eight assists taking just seven shots.

“It’s crazy when an MVP only has eight points and we still win against a really, really, really good team,” Poole said.

Golden State held Milwaukee to 41.3% from the floor, with Khris Middleton 3 of 11 in the first half before he wound up with 18 points on 6-for-19 shooting. The Bucks were 17 of 44 from deep.


Second-year center James Wiseman will play his second game with the G League Santa Cruz Warriors at home in the Chase Center on Sunday, and Kerr can’t wait to catch it live.

Wiseman, who has been out all season recovering from right knee surgery, also played Thursday at Stockton and scored 18 points on 7-for-13 shooting to go with six rebounds in Santa Cruz’s 109-99 loss.

“I was so happy to see him the other night,” Kerr said. “I watched the tape and he just looked happy. It looked like he was excited and moving well. It’s been a long 11 months for him. Thrilled for James that he’s back on the floor. He deserves it.”


Kerr spoke to Wiggins about his free-throw struggles of late then the All-Star made his only two Saturday.

“It’s been tough missing that many,” Wiggins said. “I can shoot. I know it’s going to get right.”

He had been 4 of 16 from the line since the All-Star break coming into the game.

“The most important thing is this happens to everybody, maybe not Steph,” Kerr said.


Bucks: Milwaukee had just one turnover in the first half but was outrebounded 33-17, partly given Golden State’s 49% shooting. The Bucks were dominated on the boards 55-39 overall. … George Hill (neck soreness), Pat Connaughton (right finger surgery), Lindell Wigginton (right ankle sprain) and Brook Lopez are still out.

Warriors: F Draymond Green, sidelined since early January with a back injury affecting his calf, is “still on pace for Monday,” Kerr said. “He scrimmaged today.” His 5-year-old son, Draymond Jr., again served as towel boy near the team bench. … F Otto Porter Jr. missed a fourth straight game because of a seasonal illness. He scrimmaged Saturday and is expected to play Monday. “He feels a lot better,” Kerr said. … G Gary Payton II sat out again with left knee soreness.


Bucks: At Utah on Monday night.

Warriors: Host Washington on Monday night.

Timberwolves beat Heat 113-104 for 7th win in 8 games

MIAMI (AP) The Minnesota Timberwolves refused to let one road loss become a streak.

Jaylen Nowell scored 16 points, Karl-Anthony Towns and Anthony Edwards each added 15 and the Timberwolves beat the Miami Heat 113-104 on Saturday night.

The Timberwolves rebounded from a loss at Orlando on Friday night to win for the seventh time in of eight games.

“Last season it was tough. If we lost it would became a losing steak,” Malik Beasley said. “Now, we’re better than that. We wanted to make sure we come out with a new winning streak.”

Tyler Herro scored 30 points for the Eastern Conference-leading Heat. They had 37 points in the second half after scoring 42 in the second quarter. Miami has lost two of three.

“Their speed and quickness, and their ability to play in the passing lanes, make them very disruptive, and they were disruptive at key times in the second half,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said about the Timberwolves. “Those open windows that you have close really quickly with them.”

Miami’s Markieff Morris had six points and four rebounds in 17 minutes off the bench in his first game in more than four months. He missed 58 games due to a whiplash injury suffered in a Nov. 8 scuffle with Denver’s Nikola Jokic.

“It felt great, man. It’s been a long process,” Morris said. “I’m thankful, and I’m grateful to play the game I love again.”

Towns hit an 11-foot jumper with 3:53 left to give Minnesota the lead for good at 102-100.

“We felt like even though we were down by 12 (at halftime), it didn’t feel like we were down 12,” Minnesota coach Chris Finch said. “We felt like it was a much closer game and we just had to come out with a good start, with great purpose.”

The Heat played without Jimmy Butler (toe irritation), Caleb Martin (knee), and Victor Oladipo (knee). Oladipo’s absence was planned after he played in three games in a five-day span for his first games in nearly a year following surgery.

Herro scored 18 of his 21 first-half points during Miami’s 42-point second quarter that helped build a 67-55 halftime lead. Adebayo added 15 first-half points.

Taurean Prince’s 3-pointer at the third-quarter buzzer gave Minnesota an 89-86 advantage. Beasley scored nine points – three 3-pointers – in the third quarter for the Timberwolves.


Timberwolves: Barring all-out collapse, Minnesota will finish with a winning record for the second time in the last 17 seasons. The other instance was 2017-18 (47-35). … This game was the only one in an eight-game stretch (concluding Wednesday) in which Minnesota was facing a team with a winning record. Next Saturday, the Timberwolves start a stretch where they’ll play seven straight games against teams over .500.

Heat: Butler missed his 22nd game of the season. He has missed – for injury, illness or other reasons – 27% of Miami’s regular season games over his three years with Miami. … After playing seven games in a span of 11 days, a stretch that ended Saturday, the Heat now play just four games in the next 11.


This was the end of Minnesota’s 13th and final back-to-back this season. Miami completed its 12th of 14 back-to-backs; the others are coming March 25 and 26 (hosting New York and Brooklyn) and April 2 and 3 (visiting Chicago and Toronto).


The game was the 1,100th regular-season contest for Miami’s Erik Spoelstra, making him just the fifth coach in NBA history to have that many with one franchise. The others: newly minted NBA wins leader Gregg Popovich of San Antonio (2,031 as of Saturday), Jerry Sloan (1,809), Red Auerbach (1,192) and John MacLeod (1,122).


Timberwolves: At San Antonio on Monday night.

Heat: Host Detroit on Tuesday night.

Rattled by spectator’s outburst, Osaka loses at Indian Wells

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) Rattled by a derogatory shout from a spectator, Naomi Osaka went on to lose 6-0, 6-4 to Veronika Kudermetova in the second round of the BNP Paribas Open on Saturday night.

Osaka trailed 3-0 in the first set when a woman in the stands apparently shouted, “Osaka, you suck.” The Japanese star approached the chair umpire with the unusual request to use the microphone to address the crowd.

A supervisor came on court for a prolonged discussion with Osaka while Kudermetova waited behind the baseline for the match to resume.

After the match, Osaka spoke to the crowd with tears streaming down her face. She said the reason the fan upset her was that she had recently seen a video of Serena and Venus Williams being heckled by fans at Indian Wells in 2001. The sisters boycotted the tournament for years until eventually returning.

Osaka has said she struggled with depression after winning the 2018 U.S. Open. She withdrew from last year’s French Open to tend to her mental health.

Earlier, Daniil Medvedev beat Tomas Machac 6-3, 6-2 in the second round of the Russian’s first tournament since ascending to No. 1 in the world.

Medvedev made quick work of his Czech opponent, finishing Machac off in just over an hour. The Russian won 80% of his first-serve points and saved the lone break point he faced.

Rafael Nadal didn’t have it as easy in opening his pursuit of a fourth title at Indian Wells. He got pushed to the limit by practice partner Sebastian Korda before winning 6-2, 1-6, 7-6 (3), giving Nadal a 16-0 record this year.

“I started to play a little bit more crosscourt with my forehand and with having a little bit more of calm,” Nadal said. “He made a couple mistakes and I was able to save myself.”

Nadal won the Australian Open in January for his record 21st major championship, breaking a tie with Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic. He won other titles in Melbourne and in Mexico.

Nadal trailed 5-2 in the third set before winning four straight games with two breaks of Korda to take a 6-5 lead. Korda held at 6-all to force the tiebreaker. The 38th-ranked Korda led 3-2 and then Nadal reeled off five straight points to close out the 2 1/2-hour match.

“He’s one of the greatest players of all time. He’s super hot. Hasn’t lost a match this year,” Korda said. “To kind of push him to the edge was awesome. Shows a lot of my game, how dangerous it can be against tough opponents.”

Earlier this week, Medvedev received a trophy commemorating his status atop the ATP Tour rankings. He displaced Djokovic, who wasn’t allowed to enter the U.S. to play because he’s not vaccinated against COVID-19.

Medvedev has to reach the quarterfinals in the desert to stay in the top spot.

“If I’m going to lose it because I’m either going to play a bad match or my opponent is going to play an amazing one, there is the next tournament in Miami,” he said. “That’s how tennis is, every week is a new story. Right now it’s Indian Wells week and I want to make it a good story.”

Medvedev is among players from Russia and Belarus competing at Indian Wells without flags, symbols or anthems as a result of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The decision to eliminate their national identity was made by the International Tennis Federation and both tours.

In women’s play, Jasmine Paolini upset second-seeded Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 in the second round for the Italian’s first career win over a top-10 player. Sabalenka fired eight aces to go with 10 double faults.

Defending champion Paula Badosa beat Tereza Martincova 6-2, 7-6 (4). Badosa’s title in the desert in October began her rise from 70th in the world to the top 10.

No. 9 Ons Jabeur lost to 409th-ranked Daria Saville 7-5, 6-7 (0), 6-4. Shelby Rogers, a quarterfinalist here last year, knocked out 10th-seeded Jelena Ostapenko 7-5, 7-6 (7).

No. 18 Leyla Fernandez advanced when Amanda Anisimova retired after losing the second set tiebreaker at love. Anisimova failed to convert four match points in the second set before citing illness. Fernandez won 2-6, 7-6 (0).


Haliburton helps Pacers snap skid with win over Spurs

SAN ANTONIO (AP) Tyrese Haliburton had 19 points and 10 assists and the Indiana Pacers snapped a three-game skid, beating the San Antonio Spurs 119-108 on Saturday night.

San Antonio sat out Dejounte Murray, Keldon Johnson and Jakob Poeltl a night after coach Gregg Popovich became the winningest coach in NBA history. The Spurs rallied to beat the Utah Jazz 104-102 on Friday night, giving Popovich his 1,336th regular-season victory to break a tie with Don Nelson.

“We knew we had them on a back-to-back,” said Pacers forward Isaiah Jackson, who had 15 points. “So, we knew they were going to have a let-up. We just kept our foot on the gas, just kept going.”

Indiana ensured there was no repeat of a loss Tuesday night, when it blew a two-point lead in the final 40 seconds against Cleveland.

The Pacers also were short-handed, with Malcolm Brogdan and T.J. McConnell out along with Myles Turner, Ricky Rubio and T.J. Warren.

Indiana had lost 12 of 15 entering the game but responded with a balanced scoring effort.

Pacers guard Duane Washington Jr. had 19 points, all in the first half, Buddy Hield added 17.

Spurs rookie center Jock Landale had a season-high 26 points. Lonnie Walker IV added 20.

“I think we worked hard, but we weren’t really that sharp. We didn’t shoot very well,” Popovich said.

The Pacers led by 19 points in winning their fifth straight in San Antonio.

Washington had 13 points in the second quarter. He had three consecutive 3-pointers to stake the Pacers to a 45-34 lead early in the second quarter.

“Washington is an aggressive player that’s fearless and unselfish,” Indiana coach Rick Carlisle said. “He gives himself a chance to get going every night.”

Spurs closed the first half on a 14-2 run, forcing consecutive turnovers in the final minute. The Pacers eliminated that momentum by opening the second half on a 12-4 run.

“We talked about it at halftime,” Carlisle said. “We felt we could get shots and score points against this team. We had gotten a little bit loose defensively and our offense was hurting us in the second quarter. The messaging, the thing we talked about as an entire group was valuing the possession of the ball and doing a better job of protecting the paint.”


Pacers: Brogdon’s status is day-to-day after suffering a concussion with two minutes remaining in Indiana’s three-point loss to Cleveland on Tuesday. . The Pacers’ last loss in San Antonio was March 1, 2017. Indiana improved to 20-30 against the Spurs in San Antonio. . F Isaiah Jackson and Spurs center Zach Collins were each issued a technical foul with 7:32 remaining in the first half. Jackson sat on the court after Collins fouled him. It was unclear what occurred, but Jackson sprung from the court and began yelling and pointing at Collins. A technical foul was issued to both for an unsportsmanlike action after a video review.

Spurs: Landale is the first Spurs rookie to score at least 25 points while shooting 80 percent since David Robinson in 1989. . Murray missed the game with a bruised left calf. . Poeltl was out with a sore lower back. . Johnson sat out to rest. . Walker joined Manu Ginobili, Derrick White and Gary Neal as the only players with 300 assists and 200 3-pointers in his first 200 games with the Spurs.


Pacers: At Atlanta on Sunday night.

Spurs: Host Minnesota on Monday night.


INDIANAPOLIS – Playing their second and final game of the weekend, the Fuel hosted the Cincinnati Cyclones on Saturday night. Scoring three unanswered goals in the first period, the Cyclones would hold on to eventually defeat the Fuel by a score of 5-4. 

After both teams were tied 3-3 in shots through the first half of the opening period, the Cyclones would be the first team to get on the board. Jumping on an Indy turnover, Josh Burnside threw a puck on net from the point that deflected past Fuel goaltender Cale Morris. Louie Caporusso would tally the Fuel’s second goal of the game when he one-timed home a drop pass from Logan Coomes. Taking a three-goal lead late in the first, Brandon Yeamans got behind the Fuel defense and beat Morris with a wrist shot on a breakaway. 

Starting the period on the penalty kill, the Fuel would kill off a 1:10 5-on-3 Cincinnati advantage. Scoring their first goal of the game, Jared Thomas batted a loose puck in front of Angus Redmond out of the air and cut the Cyclones’ lead to two goals. 

Jumping on puck behind the Cincinnati net, Jacob Leguerrier scored his 4th goal of the season when he tucked the puck over the shoulder of Redmond. Headbutting a bouncing puck in front of Redmond, Jordan Schneider nearly gave the Fuel their tying goal but referee Logan Gruhl reviewed the goal and eventually overturned his call. 

Earning a power play late in the 2nd period, Darien Craighead fired a wrist shot over the shoulder of Redmond, tying the game at three goals apiece. Liam MacDougall would give the Cyclones the 4-3 lead with just under three minutes remaining when he chipped a puck in front of the net over Morris. 

Earning a chance on the power play midway through the final period, the Fuel put a pair of shots on net but couldn’t sneak anything past Redmond. Scoring their 5th goal of the game, Louie Caporusso snuck around a Fuel defenseman and wristed a shot under the arm of Cale Morris. Jan Mandat cut the lead to one goal when he fired a wrist shot from the blue line that squeaked through Redmond. The Cyclones would hold onto the lead for the remainder of the game and take a 5-4 win. 

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New Look Eleven Fall on Road Despite Late Penalty Kick Save from Goalkeeper Elliot Panicco

LEESBURG, Va. (Saturday, March 12, 2022) – Indy Eleven began its 2022 USL Championship regular season campaign this evening by falling 1-0 to Loudoun United FC at a frigid Segra Field in Northern Virginia. Goalkeeper Elliot Panicco kept Indy in the match with two saves – including a penalty kick stop late in the second half – but Indiana’s Team was unable to offset Loudoun striker Kimarni Smith’s tally in the 43rd minute.

New Head Coach Mark Lowry began his Eleven tenure by giving eight players their Indy debuts in the starting line-up, with captain and midfielder Neveal Hackshaw, midfielder Nicky Law, and defender A.J. Cochran serving as the only holdovers in the first XI.

The Championship’s return to a full 34-game schedule meant a return to March football, and with a steady 20 mile per hour wind driving the wind chill into single digits at kickoff both teams fought the elements while trying to gain a foothold in the match. Eleven midfielder Justin Ingram found the game’s first chance just 90 seconds in, but the Indianapolis native saw his shot from the edge of the area saved. In the 12th minute Loudoun got their first serious look through forward Azaad Liadi, who just missed the frame with his first time shot off Sami Guediri’s cross to the back post.

The match ground to a halt in the midfield for most of the next half hour, and while Indy Eleven found some measure of threat through a trio of crosses from the right flank, none resulted in shots. Loudoun finally started to create more chances of their own in the final ten minutes of the half, forcing Panicco into increased action starting with Ted Ku-DiPietro’s two-hopper from distance in the 35th minute.

It was Ku-DiPietro that did the heavy lifting on the game’s lone goal just minutes before halftime. The United attacker ended a 50-yard run from midfield by playing Smith into the left side of the area, from where he stroked a left-footed effort from inside 10 yards into the upper corner to push Loudoun into the lead at the break.

It was United still carrying the bulk of play coming out of the locker rooms, but Indy defender Mechack Jerome’s key tackle on Liadi inside the area in the 53rd minute stopped the most dangerous look for the home side in the opening minutes of the second half.

Lowry looked to spark his side with the insertions of midfielders Sam Brown and Jonas Fjeldberg just after the hour mark. Fjeldberg had a golden opportunity to score with one of his first touches a couple of minutes later, but his 15-yard shot was cleared off the goalline by Loudoun defender Hayden Sargis to keep Indy off the board.

The Eleven looked to have a reasonable shout for a penalty call in the 75th minute as forward Stefano Pinho went to ground under contact while leaping for a cross to the six that was eventually cleared out for a corner kick. The ensuing dead ball fell near the spot and at the feet of Cochran, but his low poke was smothered by United goalkeeper Luis Zamudio.

Instead, it was Loudoun getting the benefit of the referee’s whistle on a questionable point to the spot in the 78th minute following Brown’s shoulder-to-shoulder challenge on Tyler Freeman steps inside the area. However, justice was served when Panicco came up big on the ensuing spot kick, going low and right to stop Jackson Hopkins, who also sprayed a follow up chance wide just 15 seconds later on a recycled chance.

The Eleven’s comeback bid took a hit in the 89th minute when, after being whistled for a foul in the corner, defender Alex McQueen kicked out in the direction of United FC’s Jacob Greene. That put Indy down a man down across the ensuing four minutes of stoppage time, which included the pro debut of offseason USL Academy Contract signing and Brownsburg native Palmer Ault in the 93rd minute. Loudoun killed off the added time without much fanfare, keeping Zamudio’s clean sheet to earn the full three points.

Indy Eleven will continue its three-game road trip to begin the regular season next Saturday, March 19, with a visit to the defending Eastern Conference Champion Tampa Bay Rowdies. Kickoff at Al Lang Stadium in St. Petersburg, Fla., is set for 7:30 p.m. ET for a match that will stream live on ESPN+.

Following the start of this year’s rivalry series with Louisville City FC on March 26 (7:30 p.m., ESPN+), Indy Eleven will return to the Circle City for its 2022 Home Opener at IUPUI Michael A. Carroll Stadium on Saturday, April 2, against LA Galaxy II. Fans can secure tickets for that 7:30 p.m. kickoff and all 2022 matches at “The Mike” via a plethora of ticketing avenues – including single-game tickets2022 Season Ticket Memberships, discounted group tickets for parties of 10 or more, and expanded Premium Hospitality options – by visiting or calling 317-685-1100 during regular business hours.

USL Championship Regular Season
Loudoun United FC  1 : 0  Indy Eleven
Saturday, March 12, 2022
Segra Field – Leesburg, Va.

Indy Eleven: 0W-1L-0D, 0 pts.
Loudoun United FC: 1W-0L-0D, 3 pts.

Scoring Summary
IND – Kimarni Smith (Ted Ku-DiPietro) 43’

Discipline Summary
IND – Neveal Hackshaw (yellow card) 20’
LDN – Jacob Greene (yellow card) 62’
LDN – Rio Hope-Gund (yellow card) 70
LDN – Grant Lillard (yellow card) 84’
IND – Aris Briggs (yellow card) 87’
IND – Alex McQueen (red card) 90’
LDN – Kimarni Smith (yellow card) 90+5’

Indy Eleven line-up (4-4-2): Elliot Panicco; Noah Powder, A.J. Cochran, Mechack Jerome, Alex McQueen; Nicky Law (Raul Aguilera 90+3’), Neveal Hackshaw (captain), Justin Ingram (Jonas Fjeldberg 62’), Bryam Rebellon (Sam Brown 62’); Aris Briggs (Palmer Ault 90+3’), Stefano Pinho

IND substitutions: Tim Trilk (GK), Karl Ouimette, Jared Timmer

Loudoun United FC line-up (3-4-3): Luis Zamudio, Grant Lillard, Hayden Sargis, Rio Hope-Gund; Sami Guediri, Nicky Downs, Michael Gamble, Jacob Greene; Kimarni Smith, Azaad Liadi (Tyler Freeman 70’), Ted Ku-DiPietro (Jackson Hopkins 62’)

LDN substitutions: Luke Peacock, Jeremy Garay, Carson VomSteeg, Jace Clark, Houssou Landry

Hoosiers Fall to Hawkeyes, 80-77

INDIANAPOLIS – Shock. Pain. Tears.

They were all here for the Indiana Hoosiers. It happens when you care, when you push, when you come so close to a first-ever Big Ten tourney title shot.

When you lose.

Iowa’s Jordan Bohannon saw to that by banking in a contested 30-foot three-pointer with 1.1 seconds left to beat IU 80-77 in Saturday’s semifinal cliffhanger at Gainbridge Fieldhouse.

The ninth-seeded Hoosiers (20-13) were left to wonder what might have been, and then embrace what could be — their potential first NCAA tourney bid since 2016. Selections will be announced on Sunday.

“I don’t think anybody wants to see us right now,” forward Trayce Jackson-Davis said. “We can compete with anyone in the country.

“It took a last-second three from the hottest team in the Big Ten to beat us. It stings, but I think we have a lot of ball left.”

This was what coach Mike Woodson envisioned when taking the job last spring.

“I’m so thrilled with the way we competed. These sting, but we’ll get over it and get ready for NCAA Tournament play if we get to play in the tournament.

“This team made major strides this week. We are battle tested. We’ve been in so many games. The games we came up short have been tough, but our guys have always responded. We will respond again.”

History has punished IU in the Big Ten tourney (it has never won the event, and reached the title game only once, in 2001), but these Hoosiers didn’t care. They blasted away bad memories as if they were as relevant as wooden backboards, stunning Michigan and Illinois with tough-minded, end-of-game play.

But history stayed true in the end.

A nine-point IU lead with five minutes left dissolved into a four-point deficit.

The Hoosiers rallied. Xavier Johnson hit a pair of free throws, then made a layup off a Trey Galloway steal for a 77-77 tie in the final seconds that suggested overtime was coming.

Then Bohannon, with Galloway in his face, banked in the dream killer.

“I saw the shot clock,” Jackson-Davis said. “I saw he was well defended just four to five feet inside the half-court line.

“I knew he would hoist one up. I thought it would be long, but March Madness is a crazy time of year. The ball doesn’t always bounce your way.”

Bohannon, who had honed his long-distance shooting growing up with brutal backyard family pick-up games that denied anything close to the basket, embraced the moment.

“Indiana took away our play,” he said. “I tried to do what I’ve always done — be confident in those situations.”

Records fell. Jackson-Davis and Johnson saw to that with an outside-inside combination that ripped apart opposing defensive plans.

Jackson-Davis finished with 31 points against Iowa and 76 in three Big Ten tourney games. No Hoosier has ever scored more. Johnson’s 22 tourney assists were another program record. He had 20 points and nine assists against the Hawkeyes.

It wasn’t enough. Not with Keegan Murray hitting 8-of-10 three-point attempts for 32 points, and Bohannon making four three-pointers, three in the final two minutes, to rally the Hawkeyes.

“This is a tough loss,” Woodson said. “You’ve got to give Iowa credit. They kept banging away. We had some miscues down the stretch that cost us.”

Iowa (25-9) has won 11 of its last 13 games.

“We beat a tremendous team,” Hawkeyes coach Fran McCaffery said. “Trayce is a handful. They kept coming, but so did we.”

Indiana shot better (48 to 46 percent), rebounded better (36-30), made more free throws (12 to 10) and had fewer turnovers (10 to 11). It had a 50-24 edge in points in the paint.

Three-pointers did in the Hoosiers. They were 5-for-19 for the game, 2-for-9 in the second half. Iowa was 14-for-32, 8-for-14 in the second half.

“That’s how we’ve been all year,” Woodson said. “We had a lot of good looks. We just didn’t make them.

“Our guys have to step up and make shots. Iowa made shots when they had open looks. We struggled to make them.”

In the first meeting, an 83-74 Iowa victory at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, IU limited Murray, the Hawkeyes’ all-time single-season scoring record holder, to 12 points and nine rebounds, but couldn’t contain his brother Kris, who set season highs with 29 points and 11 rebounds.

This time Keegan played the Hoosier destroyer role.

“He’s the real deal,” Woodson said. “The NBA will love him.”

IU was without forward Jordan Geronimo, who hurt his knee during the Illinois victory. He tweeted on Saturday that he would be back for postseason play.

Jackson-Davis and Johnson opened the game in dominating style. In the first six minutes, Jackson-Davis had 10 points and a rebound. Johnson had five points, four assists and two rebounds.

IU bolted to a 15-3 lead.

Iowa surged back behind Keegan Murray for a 17-17 tie.

Johnson hit a three-pointer, then lobbed to Jackson-Davis for a basket to put the Hoosiers ahead by five.

The Hawkeyes pushed ahead 27-24 to complete a 24-9 run. Race Thompson tied it with a three-point play. A Jackson-Davis basket gave IU a 29-27 lead.

Tamar Bates’ three-pointer just before halftime gave the Hoosiers a 38-32 lead. It was the first time in the Big Ten tourney they led after the first 20 minutes. Jackson-Davis was the catalyst with 16 points and four rebounds.

IU opened a 49-42, second-half advantage. Iowa rallied to within a point. The Jackson-Davis/Murray duel continued.

Indiana forward Miller Kopp, 0-for-7 on three-pointers, took a Galloway pass and hit a three-pointer. Seconds later, off a rebound, he hit another. A Johnson steal and pass to a streaking Jackson-Davis produced a dunk, a huge crowd roar and a 67-58 Hoosier lead with 5:29 left.

Iowa didn’t buckle.

It rallied to go ahead 74-71 with 1:41 left. IU rallied to tie it at 77-77 via two Johnson free throws and a Galloway steal and pass to Johnson for a layup.

Bohannon’s shot ended the game, but not the Hoosier opportunity.

“These guys are excited about that,” Woodson said. “They should be. I’m excited for them. They’ve worked their butts off to put themselves in this position, but until the (NCAA selection committee) says we’re in, we’re waiting to hear those words.”

Postgame Notes
Indiana vs. #24/23 Iowa (Big Ten Tournament)
March 12, 2022
• No. 9 seed Indiana (20-13) fell on a last-second 3-pointer against No. 5 seed Iowa (25-9), 80-77, in the semifinal round of the Big Ten Tournament on Saturday afternoon at Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
• The loss snaps an eight-game winning streak for Indiana win at Gainbridge Fieldhouse. The streak ran started at the 2017 Crossroads Classic.
• Indiana outrebounded Iowa by a count of 36-30, including a 13-10 edge on the offensive glass. IU turned the 13 extra possessions into 18 points compared to just nine second-chance points for the Hawkeyes.
• All eight Hoosiers that played either scored or recorded at least one steal.
• Indiana led by a count of 38-32 at the half, the first lead at the intermission in the Big Ten Tournament since racing out to a 43-34 lead against Nebraska on March 11, 2020.
• Junior/sophomore Trayce Jackson-Davis turned in 31 points and 10 rebounds, his sixth career 30-point game and his second 30-10 game of the season (at Syracuse, 11/30/21). He joins Juwan Morgan as the only Hoosier to record multiple 30-point, 10-rebound games in their career since 1996-97.
• The All-Big Ten second team selection made 15-of-21 shots from the floor, dished out three assists and blocked two shots.
• Jackson-Davis broke five Indiana records during the Big Ten Tournament run. His 31 points and 15 made field goals both mark single-game IU records in the tournament. Over the three-game run, he amassed 76 points on 34 made shots and 25 total rebounds, all Indiana records for a single Big Ten Tournament. The Center Gove product made 34-of-51 shots (66.7%) from the floor during the tournament.
• Both Jackson-Davis and Iowa’s Keegan Murray strung together three-straight games in the Big Ten Tournament with 20-plus points in each contest. They become the fourth and fifth players, respectively, to accomplish the feat in a single tournament run. Wisconsin’s Devin Harris (2004), Rutgers’ Corey Sanders (2018) and Ohio State’s Duane Washington (2021) all did so in a singular tournament run. LaVell Blanchard had four-straight games of 20 points for Michigan from 2001-03.
• The double-double from Jackson-Davis was the 32nd of his career.
• Senior/junior Xavier Johnson scored 20 points to go along with four rebounds and nine assists. He went 8-for-8 from the free throw line in the game and has made 53 of his last 60 (88.3%) attempts.
• Johnson has recorded six assists or more in six of his last seven contests.
• The Pitt transfer set the Indiana Big Ten Tournament record with 22 throughout the three-game run. He surpassed the mark (15) held by both Michael Lewis (1998) and Tom Coverdale (2001).
• Redshirt senior/junior Race Thompson scored 11 points and grabbed seven rebounds. He has recorded at least eight points and six rebounds in 23 contests this season.
• Sophomore/freshman Trey Galloway dished out three assists and scored two points off the bench.
• Senior/junior Rob Phinisee had three of Indiana’s nine steals in the game.
• Senior/junior Miller Kopp scored eight points to go along with three rebounds in 33 minutes of run.
• Redshirt senior/junior Parker Stewart tallied two points and added four rebounds in a starting role.
• Freshman Tamar Bates knocked down a 3-pointer in limited minutes off the bench.

No. 9 Purdue Heads to Big Ten Championship After 75-70 Win Over Michigan State

INDIANAPOLIS — Jaden Ivey gave No. 9 Purdue the production and energy it needed to reach the Big Ten Tournament title game.

Now he’s in position to lead the third-seeded Boilermakers to a championship that’s already eluded them once this season.

Ivey finished with 22 points, nine rebounds and five assists, and Eric Hunter Jr. made two back-breaking 3-pointers late in Saturday’s second semifinal game to give Purdue a 75-70 victory over seventh-seeded Michigan State.

“Tomorrow’s a big game for us,” Ivey said. “We didn’t win a regular-season championship. That was a goal of ours and we fell short. Tomorrow we have a chance to win a championship and take it home.”

The Boilermakers will make their first title game appearance since 2018 on Sunday against No. 24 Iowa (25-9).

For Ivey, it was a sensational day inside the building his mother, Notre Dame coach Niele Ivey, once called home as a member of the WNBA’s Indiana Fever. He went 7 of 14 from the field, made two 3s and six of eight from the free-throw line while frequently converting nifty drives into points. The result: Purdue (27-6) has won three straight to reach its first Big Ten title game since 2018.

Ivey also provided gasps from a noticeably favorable crowd when he fell hard to the ground, off-balance on the game-sealing breakaway layup that made it 69-59 with 1:50 left. He stayed down briefly and appeared to be rubbing his tailbone before getting up and finishing the game.

But the Spartans (22-12) fared far worse in the injury department. Starting point guard Tyson Walker left in the first half with what appeared to be a sprained ankle and did not return. His replacement, sophomore A.J. Hoggard, turned his ankle on the next possession. Hoggard also left but did return and finished with 17 points and 10 assists, though the injuries left Michigan State precariously thin.

“The doctor told me we lost two point guards in 23 seconds or something like that,” Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said. “Tyson, the one thing he would have given us, was the way they play ball screens, he could have really helped us. I don’t know how bad it is. It’s not broken or anything, but it’s bad enough it’s going to be some time.”

It wasn’t just Ivey making a difference against the Spartans, who had a three-game winning streak snapped.

Michigan State last played in the conference title game in 2019, and when the Spartans cut the deficit to 57-56 on Hoggard’s jumper with 5:45 to go, it looked like the drought might end.

Instead, Hunter knocked down consecutive 3s, and after Williams made one of two free throws, Hunter scored on a layup to give the Boilermakers a 66-56 lead with 3:31 remaining. They were the only 3s for Hunter in the game and he finished with 11 points.

Michigan State spent the rest of the game futilely playing catch-up in a close contest featuring two of the conference’s perennial powers and the league’s longest-tenured coaches.

“When they cut it to one right there, they showed some grit really to make some plays,” Purdue coach Matt Painter said. “I thought that was the decisive stretch.”


Michigan State: After losing five of their last seven regular-season games, the Spartans rebuilt their confidence and should take some momentum into the NCAA Tournament. They fended off Maryland on Thursday, beat regular-season co-champ Wisconsin on Friday and challenged perhaps the league’s top team until late on Saturday. But the injuries could impact Michigan State’s seeding.

Purdue: The Boilermakers now have a second chance to win a league title. While two wins in two days may have locked up a No. 2 seed in the 68-team NCAA Tournament field, a win Sunday would almost make it a certainty.


The Boilermakers have been the highest-ranked Big Ten team most of this season, and that’s not likely to change now. They’ve been in the top 10 for a school-record 18 consecutive weeks. A win Sunday would extend that record in Monday’s rankings.


Michigan State: Gabe Brown scored 16 for the Spartans. … Marcus Bingham Jr.Max Christie and Malik Hall each finished with nine points. … Bingham and Christie also each had six rebounds. Brown had four. .. The Spartans were 7 of 25 on 3s in their third game in three days.

Purdue: Williams finished with 15 points and seven rebounds. … Zach Edey had 11 points and 10 rebounds, while Mason Gillis added 10 points and seven rebounds. … Purdue had a 43-35 rebounding advantage and outscored Michigan State 22-9 in second-chance points.


Michigan State: Waits for the NCAA Tournament selection committee to announce the field Sunday. Purdue: Will chase its first conference tourney crown since 2009 on Sunday.

No. 3 Seed Purdue Faces No. 5 Seed Iowa in Big Ten Tournament Championship Game

[3] Purdue (27-6) vs. [5] Iowa (25-9)
Sunday, March 13 | 3:30 p.m. ET | Gainbridge Fieldhouse
CBS (Jim Nantz, Bill Raftery, Grant Hill, Tracy Wolfson)


• Purdue will be making its fifth Big Ten Tournament Championship game appearance following a 75-70 victory over Michigan State in Saturday’s semifinals. The Boilermakers are 1-3 in Big Ten title games (winning in 2009) and will be making its first Title Game appearance since the 2018 season (lost to Michigan in New York City, 75-66). 
• Purdue is now 9-3 all-time as the No. 3 seed in the Big Ten Tournament. Purdue was the No. 3 seed when it won the tournament in 2009 and the No. 3 seed when placing as the runner-up in both 1998 and 2018. It has now reached the finals in four of the five years it has been the No. 3 seed. 
• Purdue recorded its first win over Michigan State in the Big Ten Tournament on Saturday. The Boilermakers entered the contest with an 0-4 mark against the Spartans. 
• Purdue defeated Iowa 77-70 (at home) and 83-73 (on the road) this season. In the first meeting in December, Iowa All-American Keegan Murray did not play. The win in December propelled Purdue to its first No. 1 ranking in school history (the following Monday; Dec. 6). 
• In the Quarterfinals win over Penn State, Purdue rallied from a 10-point deficit for the victory. It marked the fourth time this season (Villanova, North Carolina State, Maryland, Penn State) in which Purdue rallied from a double-digit deficit for the victory.
• Purdue is now 16-6 this season against the KenPom Top-100.
• After struggling earlier in the season on defense, Purdue has now held six of its last eight opponents to 70 or fewer points. 
• Purdue leads the country in offensive efficiency (122.0). Iowa is third in offensive efficiency (121.8). 
• The Boilermakers are third in the country in field goal percentage (.495) and 3-point percentage (.395).
• Purdue’s 27 wins are the sixth most in school history. A win over Iowa would give Purdue 28 wins entering the NCAA Tournament for just the second time in school history (2018; entered NCAA Tournament with a 28-6 record; finished 30-7). 
• Purdue has nine more wins than last season (18 in 2021), the seventh-largest improvement by wins in school history (largest since the 2005-06 to 2006-07 season; 13 more wins). 
• Purdue has now shot at least 50.0 percent in 18 of its 33 games, the fourth-highest total nationally (South Dakota State – 23, Gonzaga – 20, Arizona – 19). 
• In its 33 games, Purdue has had 28 runs of 10 points or longer. Opponents have had 11 runs of 10-0 or longer.
• Purdue is 1-of-2 teams to rank in the KenPom Top-25 in each of the last seven seasons (Gonzaga). 
• Purdue has outscored its opponents by 186 points at the free throw line, the fourth-best margin in the country (485 to 299). 
• The big three of Jaden IveyZach Edey and Trevion Williams scored 48 points against Michigan State and is averaging 43.1 points per game between them. The trip is accounting for 53.7 percent of Purdue’s scoring. The trio has 89 of Purdue’s 144 points in the Big Ten Tourney (61.8 percent of Purdue’s scoring). 
• Trevion Williams moved into fifth place on Purdue’s career rebounds list (869) against Michigan State, needing 13 rebounds to tie Walter Jordan (882) for fourth place. He is 27th on Purdue’s career scoring list (1,351 points). 
• Jaden Ivey needs two assists to become the third Purdue player with 550 points, 150 rebounds and 100 assists in a season (E’Twaun Moore – 2011; Troy Lewis – 1988). Should he reach that, Ivey would join Duke’s Paolo Banchero and San Francisco’s Jamaree Bouyea would be the only players in America this season with 550 points, 150 rebounds, 100 assists and 15 blocked shots (Ivey has 555-158-98-19). With two assists and one blocked shot, Ivey would become the sixth Big Ten player since 1992-93 with 550 points, 150 rebounds, 100 assists, 20 blocks.
• Purdue has finished in the top three of the Big Ten standings in 10 of the last 15 seasons under Matt Painter
• The Boilermakers are likely going to be one-of-two schools with a top-five NCAA Tournament seed in each of the last six NCAA Tournaments (Kansas and Purdue) since 2016. 
• Purdue is 6-0 this season in neutral-site games, including three wins at Gainbridge Fieldhouse. Purdue is 6-0 in games played on Sunday. 
• Purdue has won 29 straight games when leading at halftime, including 24-0 this season.
• When Purdue shoots 48.0 percent or better from the field, the Boilermakers are 20-1 this season. When Purdue shoots a better field goal percentage than its opponent, Purdue is 25-3 this season.
• Purdue is 24-0 when scoring 70 or more points. When held under 70 points, Purdue is 3-6. 
• Matt Painter will coach in his 14th NCAA Tournament this season, the most for an active coach under the age of 55.

Cardinals Fall in MAC Championship to Buffalo

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Despite 20-point efforts from freshman Ally Becki and senior Thelma Dis Agustsdottir, the fifth-seeded Ball State women’s basketball team dropped a 79-75 decision to No. 2 seed Buffalo in the Mid-American Conference Tournament Championship Saturday.

Becki nearly registered a triple-double after adding nine rebounds and seven assists to her 20 points on the day. Agustsdottir played all 40 minutes and had 20 points, including six made 3-pointers.

Junior Annie Rauch added 12 points and six rebounds, while fellow junior Sydney Freeman had 11 points, four assists and three rebounds.

The Cardinals (20-12) racked up 18 assists on 27 made shots, while the Bulls (25-8) controlled the glass, winning the rebounding battle, 42-34.

Ball State jumped out to an early 8-4 lead to start the game, highlighted by 3-pointers from Agustsdottir and Freeman. However, Buffalo would take 14 of the next 16 points and hold a 20-15 advantage at the end of the first quarter.

The Bulls’ lead would grow to as much as eight early in the second at 23-15, but the Cardinals used a 13-2 run on the backs of a pair of 3s from Becki and a couple of jumpers from graduate student Chyna Latimer to take a 28-25 lead. The two teams would go on to trade baskets, and Buffalo would take a 1-point lead into the locker room, 38-37.

After a layup from freshman Marie Kiefer to give Ball State the lead to begin the second half, the Bulls came right back down the court and made a 3-pointer. Buffalo would not relinquish the lead for the remainder of the quarter. The Bulls extended their lead by as much as six twice, but the Cardinals remained within reach at 53-50 following a Rauch bucket to end the third quarter.

The fourth quarter was an offensive clinic as both teams scored 25-plus points and shot at least 44 percent from the floor, in addition to combining for 15-of-15 from the free throw line.

Agustsdottir had a team-best nine points in the final stanza on three makes from downtown, while Becki had eight points, including 6-of-6 from the charity stripe, to close out the contest.

A 3-pointer from freshman Madelyn Bischoff knotted the game back up at 53-apiece to open the fourth. However, Buffalo regained the lead 28 seconds later and held on down the stretch despite a flurry of makes from Ball State to win, 79-75.

With the Cardinals advancing to the title game for the fifth time, they secured a 20-win season for the fifth time under head coach Brady Sallee, all coming within the last seven campaigns.

#8 Irish Edged By #4 Michigan, 2-1, In Big Ten Semifinals

ANN ARBOR, Mich.  – The eighth-ranked Fighting Irish hockey team was edged by fourth-ranked Michigan 2-1 in the Big Ten Tournament Semifinals at sold out Yost Ice Arena on Saturday night.

Jack Adams scored for the Irish, while Matthew Galajda made 29 saves.

“I thought we battled, we played hard and put ourselves in position to win the game but they scored the key goal in the third period,” head coach Jeff Jackson said. “Their top guys made the difference and scored both goals.”

Notre Dame (27-11-0), which is now 4-1-0 on the season against Michigan, will await the NCAA Tournament selection show on Sunday, March 20.

How It Happened

Hunter Strand worked a quick give-and-go from the far circle with Jack Adams to generate Notre Dame’s first good look of the game, but it was fought off by Wolverine goaltender Erik Portillo with nine minutes to play in the first period.

A minute later, Trevor Janicke tested Portillo, but his shot was blocked aside.

With 3:25 left in the first, Adam Karashik was whistled for the game’s first penalty. Then with 1:34 left on that minor, Jake Pivonka was called for a trip. The Notre Dame penalty kill would go to work, killing off the 5-on-3 and then finishing off the remainder of Pivonka’s penalty to keep it a 0-0 game after the first.

Matty Beniers gave the Wolverines a 1-0 lead at 3:46 of the second, finishing off a 3-on-2 chance from just outside the goal crease.

Ellis nearly tied it with 7:28 to play in the second, diving to get to a rebound in front, but Portillo was able to get his left pad on the chance. Leivermann then sent a wrister that went just wide.

The Irish continued to pressure as the second period moved along and it paid off at 12:04 when Jack Adams worked his way to the front of the net and deflected an Adam Karashik feed high past Portillo’s blocker for his sixth goal of the season. Justin Janicke earned the second assist on the play. The possession started after Solag Bakich had a big shot block on a Luke Hughes chance at the other end.

The teams headed to the locker room, tied at 1-1, after two periods of play.

Michigan’s Brendan Brisson made it a 2-1 game at 3:59 of the third with a wrist shot from the faceoff circle to the left of Galajda.

Landon Slaggert nearly tied it back up with 13 minutes left in the third, but his backhander in front was blocked by a Michigan defender.

With two minutes left in the game, Galajda was pulled in favor of a sixth Irish skater, but Notre Dame would be unable to secure the game-tying goal.

Next Up

Notre Dame will now wait for the NCAA Tournament field to be announced on ESPNU at 6:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, March 20.


Omaha, Neb. – The Marian men’s basketball team’s magical 2021-22 season came to its conclusion on Saturday night in Nebraska, as the Knights fell in the NAIA Round of 32 to No. 23 Concordia University, 90-67. Marian’s season ends with a record of 26-6.

The Bulldogs rushed the Knights early Saturday night, connecting on five of their first eight shots of the game, opening the first four minutes on a 13-2 run. Marian called for a timeout to regain their bearings, and did so quickly snapping the Bulldogs streak with a 7-0 run, paced by five Christian Stewart points. The three minute spree came to a halt after Concordia’s Noah Schutte scored five unanswered, starting another run for Concordia. Concordia continued to hit shots, and forced a Marian timeout with 9:51 to go in the half leading 27-14.

Jacob Wiley halted the run after the timeout with a putback bucket as he and Stewart got Marian within 11, but the Bulldogs continued to connect making three 3’s in a two minute window to baloon their lead to 21 points. A Hayden Langkabel and Tyrie Johnson bucket kept Marian’s offense in check, but the sharp-shooting Bulldogs kept their lead over 15, entering the half leading 46-26. The deficit was Marian’s largest of the season.

Concordia continued to add to their lead as the second half began, scoring inside and out to counter four Christian Harvey points. The two teams traded shot for shot, as Marian was unable to get under their 20-point halftime mark. Trailing 59-39 Marian was finally able to get inside the 20-point threshold on two Brody Whitaker free throws with 12:20 remaining, but couldn’t get a stop to build momentum as Sam Scarpelli drained another three.

The Knights continued to trail between 18 and 23 points over the next five minutes, as Concordia answered every Marian score with one of their own. A dunk from Harvey seemed to help Marian make one last push as Stewart added to the 6-0 run with a pair of foul shots, but Concordia snuffed out the threat sinking six straight free throws. Unable to cut the margin to 15, Marian began rolling in their substitutes, ending their season in a 90-67 defeat.

In the loss Marian shot 37.9 percent from the field, while Concordia made 51.9, out-shooting Marian from deep 13-5. Harvey led Marian in points with 13, while Wiley and Stewart ended their career’s each scoring 11 points. Johnson and Luke Gohmann each scored eight, and Langkabel picked up eight off the bench. Johnson led the Knights in rebounding in his final collegiate game.

Marian ends their season with a 26-6 record, ending the year in the NAIA National Tournament for the fifth straight season.


INDIANAPOLIS – For the eighth straight season, the Marian women’s basketball team will finish their season in Sioux City, Iowa, as the Knights ran away with the NAIA Opening Round Championship downing Rio Grande 99-78. Marian’s second NAIA Opening Round Championship in the last two seasons gives them an overall record of 29-4 on the year. 

Compared to Friday’s super sprint pace Saturday’s game started out slow and methodical, with Rio Grande controlling the tempo in the first three minutes taking an 8-4 lead. Marian’s deficit in the quarter grew to eight, but a bucket from Ella Collier sparked a rally cry, with Abby Downard creating offense with a pair of steals. The senior ignited a 9-0 sprint puncuated by a Collier trifecta, helping Marian take a 13-12 lead. The Knights kept in control over the final minutes, with the backcourt duo leading Marian to a 23-17 lead after one quarter.

Aliyah Evans helped engineer the offense to start the second quarter as the sophomore made the most of her early minutes, throwing an alley-oop to Imani Guy which went in for a three-point play. The lead swelled to 15 points as Marian embarked on an 8-0, using stellar defense to out-pace Rio Grande 13-2 in a 4:30 stretch during the period. The Knights continued to hold their pace as Shanyce Makuei made plays driving to the rim, and drained an open corner three pushing the lead to 23 points. The lead held at 23 at halftime with Marian on top 55-32. as the home team led by as Marian as 26 in the first two quarters. 

Guy and Downard carried Marian through the first half combining for 31 points, as Marian out-scored Rio Grande 32-15 in the second quarter. Marian was a red-hot 80 percent from the floor in their dominant second quarter, and was a perfect 17-17 from the foul line in the half. 

Rio Grande came out hungry to start the second half, holding Marian scoreless for the first three minutes of the quarter while the RedStorm went on a 6-0 run. A layup from Evans calmed the Knights, and a pair of fast break layups from Collier got the Knights back in system. Strong defense continued to lead to points as Marian forced four turnovers and a Rio drought of 1-10 from the field over six minutes. The lead grew to as many as 30 in the period, but Rio was able to go on a 9-0 run in the final 90 seconds, cutting Marian’s lead to 21 going into the fourth quarter.

Marian got a quick stop to start the fourth quarter, and regained control with a pair of Collier free throws in the first 30 seconds of the quarter. Downard got a steal and fast break layup pushing Marian back in front by 25 points, as the game began to get out of reach for any comeback. Five unanswered points from Collier gave Marian a 90-64 lead with 5:28 remaining, and capitalized on her big night with 3:33 remaining by setting a career-high 30 points with her fourth triple. After the Collier three-pointer Marian began to empty the bench, as the reserves held their water in the waning minutes closing the 99-78 victory.

Marian shot a commanding 59.4 percent from the field, knocking in 30 of 32 free throw attempts in the win. Collier led the Knights in scoring, setting a new career-high with 30 points, breaking her previous mark set in 2021 at St. Francis. The sophomore scored 21 of her 30 in the second half, making 10 free throws. Guy finished with 23 points and eight rebounds, while the third leg of Marian’s triple threat Downard put in 20 points and eight assists in her final game on John Grimes Court. Makuei led the Marian bench with 15 points on a 6-12 shooting night. 

The Knights will depart for Sioux City early next week, playing their first game in the Tyson Events Center on Friday, March 18 against Clarke University. 

Wabash Earns Trip To Fort Wayne Semifinal With 81-75 Win At Illinois Wesleyan

Freshman Vinny Buccilla hit a three-point basket with 40 seconds left to put Wabash up by nine points and sealed Saturday’s NCAA Division III Men’s Tournament Sectional Championship with a final layup for the Little Giants’ 81-75 win over Illinois Wesleyan. The victory sends Wabash to the tournament semifinals for the first time since the Little Giants won the national title in 1982.

Wabash (28-3) trailed the host Titans (24-6) by two points at 62-60 with 7:33 left in the game before outscoring Illinois Wesleyan 19-13. Buccilla’s dagger capped a six-point run by the Little Giants after the Titans has closed the gap to three points on a pair of Matthew Leritz free throws.

“An incredible game,” Wabash head coach Kyle Brumett said. “Starting with the atmosphere, our crowd, our following. And then you come here. There were some flashbacks. I played here, sitting on the bench when Dave Benner came here and played a really tough Illinois Wesleyan team that went on to win the national championship. We have used Illinois Wesleyan as the barometer for what we’re trying to become.”

Wabash jumped out quickly to a 10-0 lead in the first three minutes of the game. Illinois Wesleyan quickly recovered and drew even at 14-14 with 11:04 remaining in the first period. The Little Giants regained a six-point lead with five minutes left in the half only to see IWU pull in front by as many as eight points at 37-29. Jack Davidson nailed a three-point shot to make it a five-point game with 1:31 on the first-half clock. The Titans scored with 34 seconds remaining but Ahmoni Jones answered with a fall-away basket from the left baseline just before the halftime buzzer sounded to keep the game at five points at 39-34.

The Little Giants got off to another good start in the second half, tying the score at 45-45 three minutes into the final period. The two teams traded leads until the midway point of the period when a two-pointer from Luke Yoder and a basket by Ryan Sroka pushed IWU back in front 60-55.  Jones hit a free throw ahead of two free throws from Kellen Schreiber and a layup from Schreiber after a flagrant foul call against IWU. That series evened the score at 60-60 with eight minutes left to play.

Yoder scored a pair of free throws before Davidson answered with four straight free throws to put Wabash back in front 62-64. Buccilla made it a five-point lead for the Little Giants with the first of his two three-point baskets in the game. Wabash maintained the 5- to 6-point margin until Buccilla’s shot in the final minute to put the Little Giants up nine.

Davidson led all scorers with 29 points, scoring 18 in the second half. He also grabbed seven rebounds. Tyler Watson finished with 18 points, five assists, and eight rebounds. Schreiber scored 13 second-half points as part of a 15-point effort for the game. Jones added 11 points and Buccilla chipped in eight points.

Lentz led Illinois Wesleyan with 21 points. Yoder added 20 points for the Titans.

Wabash plays Elmhurst College in the second semifinal game of the DIII Men’s Tournament at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 18 at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Randolph-Macon College and Marietta College play in the first semifinal game at 5 p.m. The two winning teams will play for the 2022 Division III Men’s Championship on Saturday, March 19 at 6 p.m.


MARION, Ind. – No. 2 Indiana Wesleyan men’s basketball advanced to the Round of 16 Saturday, behind a smothering defensive effort. IWU held the Warriors of Indiana Tech to just 15 second-half points and 47 points in the contest, both season lows for the Warriors. The 70-47 win gives IWU their seventh straight win over ITU.

The first half was a back and forth battle, featuring five lead changes and Indiana Tech leading for most of it. Half the points were scored in the paint for both clubs, with IWU netting 20 and ITU netting 18. Seth Maxwell was the lone player in double digits between teams, scoring 11 and grabbing four rebounds.

Despite two early threes in the first half, Tech finished 0-for-18 the rest of the game.

Indiana Tech struggled in the second half offensively, netting just four total field goals in the entire 20-minutes.

It’s a rematch from earlier this season as the Wildcats will play William Jessup (Calif.) on either March 17 or March 18.

The teams squared off earlier this season, with William Jessup collecting a 75-69 win. 


MARION, Ind. – No. 12 Indiana Wesleyan women’s basketball rolled past Midway University 86-50. This marks the third largest victory in national tournament action for the Wildcats in program history. The largest victory was in 2007 against Saint Joseph (Vt.) by 44 points.

IWU jumped out to a quick 8-0 run, forcing an early Midway timeout. The Wildcats would keep the pedal down on Midway, running their lead to 17-3 with 3:30 left in the first half. The Eagles coughed up the ball seven times in the first 10 minutes of play.

Wildcats built a 22 point lead by halftime, with seven different Wildcats getting into the scoring column. Kelli Damman was leading all scorers with 13 at half knocking down four triples. At the half, Lilli Frasure had seven rebounds and seven assists eyeing a double-double.

Offensively, Wildcats continued to click going off for 24 points and adding in another four from range.

In the final stanza of play, Frasure added in eight points, six coming from the charity stripe while Damman knocked down another two three pointers. Wildcats finished the game outscoring the Eagles 86-50.

Wildcats head to Sioux City, Iowa for the Sweet 16. They will play the winner of The Masters/Southern Oregon which is played at 10pm EST this evening. The Sweet 16 game will be played at 8pm on Friday, March 18.


1915       “Help me, Lads, I’m covered with my own blood!” – WILBERT ROBINSON, reacting to the fluid dripping down from his chest before quickly realizing it’s only grapefruit juice. Dodger manager Wilbert Robinson, thinking he will catch a baseball dropped from a plane, is surprised and splattered when the sphere turns out to be a grapefruit. Although legend has it that Casey Stengel is behind the prank, the pilot, Ruth Law, a pioneer in American aviation, substituted part of her lunch when she realized she forgot to bring a baseball.

1944       It’s True, Cy Young’s middle name is not Tecumseh, as sometimes listed, but the initial T stands for True. The Hall of Fame right-hander’s middle name mixup may result from his teammates calling him ‘The Chief,’ the English word for Tecumseh.

1953       On the day that will become known as ‘Black Friday’ in Boston, Lou Perini announces he will seek permission from the National League to move his franchise to Milwaukee, home of the team’s top minor-league affiliate. The Braves owner cites low attendance as the reason for relocating the club after being in the New England city for 82 years.

1954       During an exhibition game against the Yankees, recently acquired Brave Bobby Thomson breaks his ankle in three places, sidelining him until July 14. The ’51 National League playoff hero is replaced in the Braves’ lineup by a promising prospect named Hank Aaron.

1960       Much to the chagrin of other owners and most of his players, Bill Veeck’s White Sox becomes the first team to put the players’ names on the back of the jersey, unveiling the new look on their road uniforms in an exhibition game against Cincinnati in Tampa. After the rest of the league’s clubs protest the Chicago owner’s innovation, the commissioner’s office will rule that in addition to displaying traditional numbers, each team will have the option to use monikered uniforms.

1979       The Tigers and Mets swap relievers, with Detroit sending Ed Glynn to the Big Apple in exchange for Mardie Cornejo, who, after posting a 4-2 record as a rookie last season, will never play in another major league game. The latest addition to the New York bullpen will make 84 appearances, compiling an ERA of 3.53 during the two years with his new club.

1986       Designated hitter Hal McRae, 39, and Brian, his 18-year-old second baseman son, play together in a Royals preseason game against the Phillies at Terry Field to become the first father and son combination appearing as major league teammates. Kansas City manager Dick Howser refers to the pair as a ‘Big Mac Attack.’

1987       The Phillies sign Tiger free-agent catcher Lance Parrish to a one-year deal worth $800,000, plus another $200,000 if the 31-year-year-old does not have any problems with his chronic back. The former six-time All-Star backstop, a winner of five Silver Slugger Awards and three Gold Glove Awards playing for the Tigers, proves to be bust in Philadelphia, batting .230 in his two seasons in the City of Brotherly Love.

1997       In their first-ever minor league spring training game, the Rays defeated Philadelphia, 6-0. John Kaufman, Tom Bergan, Matt Williams, and Jamie Ybarra combine to throw a no-hitter in the exhibition contest against the major league team.

2001       Rick Ankiel makes his first appearance since last year’s playoffs, throwing 22 strikes out of 29 pitches while tossing two innings of shutout ball in his surprise start against the Mets at Roger Dean Stadium. The 21-year-old southpaw starter lost his control at the end of last season, throwing nine wild pitches in three postseason appearances last year.

2006       Three pitches into the top of the seventh inning, the stadium lights at Tradition Field partially fail. With fifty percent of the lighting not functioning, the exhibition game ends, after a 15-minute delay, with the Mets leading the Nationals, 10-4.

2008       Joining the ranks of Garth Brooks and Tom Selleck as celebrities who have appeared in a spring exhibition game, Billy Crystal strikes out in the first inning as the Yankees’ leadoff batter. The comedian, who signed a one-day contract with the Bronx Bombers, wears the number sixty in honor of his 60th birthday, which is tomorrow.

2008       The pitching-poor Cardinals bolster their rotation by agreeing to a preliminary one-year deal with Kyle Lohse (9-12, 4.62). The 29-year-old right-hander, who pitched for the Reds and Phillies last season, will make $4.25 million hurling for the Redbirds.

2009       “Through good times and bad, I never doubted the support that all of you had for my teammates and me…I hope to see you in October.” – PAT BURRELL, former Phillies outfielder thanking the Philadelphia fans. Pat Burrell takes out ads in two of Philadelphia’s largest newspapers, Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News to thank Phillies fans for their support during his nine years with the team. The 32 year-old slugging ‘Pat the Bat’ signed a free-agent deal in the off-season with the Rays, the club the Phils beat in last season’s World Series.


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Toronto at Buffalo4:00pmTNT
Winnipeg at St. Louis7:00pmSportsnet
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Nashville at Minnesota7:00pmBally Sports
Montreal at Philadelphia7:00pmSportsnet
Vegas at Columbus7:00pmBally Sports
Anaheim at NY Islanders7:30pmBally Sports
Calgary at Colorado8:00pmSportsnet
Florida at Los Angeles10:00pmBally Sports
Tampa Bay at Vancouver10:00pmSportsnet
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Eastern Conference
 WLPctConf GBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Miami4524.65224-921-1511-229-137-31 L
Milwaukee4226.6182.524-1218-149-326-187-31 L
Philadelphia4025.6153.019-1421-116-824-167-31 L
Chicago4126.6123.025-1016-169-426-175-52 W
Boston4127.6033.524-1117-169-630-168-25 W
Cleveland3829.5676.020-1118-188-523-183-72 L
Toronto3730.5527.017-1520-157-523-195-53 W
Brooklyn3433.50710.013-1821-158-624-184-62 W
Charlotte3335.48511.516-1717-185-721-224-61 W
10 Atlanta3234.48511.520-1312-218-520-226-41 W
11 Washington2937.43914.517-1712-206-722-213-73 L
12 New York2839.41816.013-1915-204-914-253-71 L
13 Indiana2345.33821.515-198-262-1311-334-61 W
14 Detroit1849.26926.011-227-275-814-276-42 L
15 Orlando1850.26526.58-2310-272-1110-325-52 W
Western Conference
 WLPctConf GBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
1 x-Phoenix5314.79128-825-66-430-96-41 L
Memphis4622.6767.524-1022-128-530-146-42 W
Golden State4622.6767.528-718-1510-328-164-63 W
Utah4225.62711.024-1018-1513-128-156-41 W
Dallas4126.61212.023-1218-1412-230-158-21 W
Denver4028.58813.520-1320-155-925-197-32 L
Minnesota3930.56515.022-1217-1811-426-188-21 W
LA Clippers3534.50719.020-1415-207-721-246-41 L
LA Lakers2937.43923.520-169-213-1016-253-71 W
10 New Orleans2740.40326.015-1912-214-818-224-64 L
11 Portland2640.39426.517-189-221-1211-304-61 W
12 San Antonio2642.38227.513-2113-214-716-224-61 L
13 Sacramento2445.34830.015-209-255-717-282-84 L
14 Oklahoma City2046.30332.59-2411-224-814-293-74 L
15 Houston1750.25436.010-227-283-99-332-81 L

Eight teams in each conference qualify for the playoffs. 

X – Clinched Playoff Spot,  Y – Clinched Division,  Z – Clinched Conference


Eastern Conference
Carolina Hurricanes5841125874019613523-4-218-8-38-1-1
Florida Panthers5840135853824317026-6-014-7-57-3-0
Tampa Bay Lightning5837156803519817019-5-418-10-26-4-0
Toronto Maple Leafs5837165793521717620-7-217-9-35-3-2
New York Rangers5937175793318015419-5-318-12-26-4-0
Pittsburgh Penguins5935159793319315816-9-519-6-45-4-1
Boston Bruins5936185773418016018-10-218-8-38-1-1
Washington Capitals60321810743019716914-11-518-7-56-3-1
Columbus Blue Jackets5929273612519321816-12-313-15-04-4-2
10 Detroit Red Wings5924287552117022116-12-48-16-32-7-1
11 New York Islanders5523248542214815413-12-410-12-45-4-1
12 New Jersey Devils5922325492017920814-14-38-18-25-5-0
13 Ottawa Senators5821325472015418911-17-210-15-33-7-0
14 Philadelphia Flyers58183010461814520211-15-57-15-53-6-1
15 Buffalo Sabres5919328461715721010-16-49-16-43-7-0
16 Montreal Canadiens581535838131432218-17-27-18-67-2-1
Western Conference
Colorado Avalanche5941135873823017023-3-318-10-25-4-1
Calgary Flames5836157793420414018-5-518-10-27-2-1
St. Louis Blues5834177753220816120-7-214-10-56-3-1
Minnesota Wild5734194722921618717-6-117-13-33-6-1
Los Angeles Kings6032208723017517114-12-318-8-56-3-1
Edmonton Oilers5932234682919318716-12-016-11-44-5-1
Nashville Predators5833214703118416417-11-016-10-45-5-0
Vegas Golden Knights6032244682818817716-13-316-11-14-6-0
Dallas Stars5732223672917016920-8-112-14-26-3-1
10 Vancouver Canucks5929237652617217213-10-416-13-37-2-1
11 Anaheim Ducks61272410642317719316-11-411-13-64-5-1
12 Winnipeg Jets59262310622517818415-11-211-12-84-4-2
13 San Jose Sharks5826257592415418214-13-312-12-44-4-2
14 Chicago Blackhawks6022308521916120811-15-411-15-44-5-1
15 Seattle Kraken6118376421615922010-17-38-20-32-6-2
16 Arizona Coyotes581836440171482109-20-19-16-36-4-0

Eight teams in each conference qualify for the divisional playoff format.  The top three teams from each division make up the first six spots.   The two remaining teams with the highest points, regardless of division, qualify for the final two wild card spots.  

X – Clinched Playoff Spot, Y – Clinched Division, Z – Clinched Conference