BOYS BASKETBALL SCORES

Cambridge City Lincoln 63 Anderson Prep 49
Concord 48 West Noble 42
Culver 78 North Miami 63
Fort Wayne Snider 66 DeKalb 50
Fort Wayne Wayne 98 New Haven 61
Hammond Noll 53 Griffith 44
Lawrence North 79 Lawrence Central 61
Smith Academy 55 Pierceton Woods Academy 20
Victory College Prep 55 Thrival Indy Academy 49
Winchester 62 South Adams 36

BOYS BASKETBALL THURSDAY

Calumet Christian at Westville 8:00 pm
GEO Next Generation at Believe Circle City 7:30 pm
Greenwood Christian at Covenant Christian 7:30 pm
Indiana Deaf at Providence Cristo Rey 6:30 pm
Indianapolis Tech at Liberty Christian 7:30 pm
LaLumiere Regional at South Bend Career 7:30 pm
Mooresville Christian at Indianapolis International 6:30 pm
Morgan Twp. at Kankakee Valley 8:00 pm
Muncie Burris at Randolph Southern 7:30 pm
NorthWood at Westview 7:30 pm
Phalen Academy at MTI Knowledge 7:30 pm
South Bend Riley at John Glenn 7:30 pm
South Bend St. Joseph at Jimtown 7:30 pm
South Bend Washington at South Bend Clay 7:30 pm
Southwestern (Shelbyville) at Tri 7:30 pm
Union (Modoc) at Fortune Academy 6:00 pm
Warsaw HomeSchool at Smith Academy 7:30 pm
Westfield at Guerin Catholic 7:30 pm
Whiting at Highland 8:00 pm

GIRLS BASKETBALL SCORES

Anderson Prep 58 Union (Modoc) 32
Corydon Central 52 Austin 38
Eastside 59 Churubusco 27
Elwood 36 Tipton 13
Evansville Reitz 74 Evansville Harrison 30
Fort Wayne Luers 43 Bellmont 34
Fort Wayne Northrop 85 East Noble 57
Frankton 69 Daleville 34
Hamilton 54 Pansophia Academy (Mich.) 6
Hobart 51 Illiana Christian 48
Lake Central 71 Andrean 18
Lapel 70 Madison-Grant 17
Leo 44 Angola 36
Northeastern 51 Lawrenceburg 37
Norwell 68 Eastbrook 38
Rushville 54 Whiteland 51
Tippecanoe Valley 49 Triton 32
Tri-Township 60 Griffith 31
Tri 47 Randolph Southern 36
Union City 53 Centerville 42
Union County 40 Hagerstown 12
Whiting 52 River Forest 33

GIRLS BASKETBALL THURSDAY

Argos at Rochester 7:00 pm
Barr-Reeve at North Daviess 7:30 pm
Bedford North Lawrence at Seymour 7:30 pm
Boonville at Princeton 8:00 pm
Calumet Christian at Westville 7:00 pm
Cascade at Mooresville 7:30 pm
Castle at Evansville Mater Dei 8:00 pm
Center Grove at Bloomington South 7:30 pm
Christian Academy at Trinity Lutheran 7:30 pm
Columbus North at East Central 7:30 pm
Crawford County at Mitchell 7:30 pm
Crothersville at South Central (Elizabeth) 6:00 pm
Eastern Greene at Bloomfield 7:30 pm
Edon (Ohio) at Fremont 7:30 pm
Elkhart Christian at Triton 7:30 pm
Evansville Bosse at Evansville Memorial 8:00 pm
Evansville Christian at Shakamak 7:30 pm
Floyd Central at Silver Creek 7:30 pm
Fountain Central at North Vermillion 7:30 pm
Franklin County at North Decatur 7:30 pm
Frontier at Tri-County 7:30 pm
Greenwood Christian at Covenant Christian 6:00 pm
Guerin Catholic at Indianapolis Cathedral 7:30 pm
Hammond Morton at Gary West 8:00 pm
Harrison (West Lafayette) at Twin Lakes 7:30 pm
Hauser at South Decatur 7:30 pm
Henryville at Charlestown 7:30 pm
Heritage Hills at Forest Park 8:00 pm
Highland at East Chicago Central 8:00 pm
Indiana Math & Science at Indiana Deaf 6:00 pm
Indianapolis Tech at Indianapolis Tindley 6:00 pm
Indianapolis Washington at Indianapolis Scecina 7:30 pm
Jasper at Vincennes Lincoln 7:30 pm
Knightstown at Blue River 7:30 pm
Kouts at Demotte Christian 8:00 pm
Lafayette Jeff at Clinton Prairie 7:30 pm
Lanesville at Borden 7:30 pm
Linton-Stockton at Clay City 6:30 pm
Marquette Catholic at South Bend St. Joseph 7:30 pm
North Judson at Caston 8:00 pm
North Posey at Washington 7:30 pm
Northeast Dubois at Tell City 8:00 pm
Oregon-Davis at Bethany Christian 7:00 pm
Paoli at Orleans 7:30 pm
Parke Heritage at Crawfordsville 7:30 pm
Pendleton Heights at Delta 7:30 pm
Perry Central at Tecumseh 8:00 pm
Peru at Lewis Cass 7:30 pm
Phalen Academy at MTI Knowledge 6:00 pm
Pike Central at Southridge 7:30 pm
Pioneer at North White 7:00 pm
Providence at North Harrison 7:30 pm
Rensselaer Central at Delphi 8:00 pm
Riverton Parke at Seeger 7:30 pm
Rossville at Sheridan 7:30 pm
Scottsburg at New Albany 7:30 pm
Shawe Memorial at South Ripley 7:30 pm
South Bend Career at Granger Christian 7:30 pm
South Dearborn at Greensburg 7:30 pm
South Knox at Vincennes Rivet 7:30 pm
South Newton at North Newton 8:00 pm
South Vermillion at Edgewood 7:30 pm
Southwestern (Hanover) at New Washington 7:30 pm
Tri-Central at Maconaquah 7:30 pm
Victory Christian at Wheeler 8:00 pm
Wapahani at Winchester 7:30 pm
Washington Catholic at Loogootee 6:30 pm
Washington Twp. at South Central (Union Mills) 8:00 pm
West Lafayette at Benton Central 7:30 pm
West Washington at Eastern (Pekin) 7:30 pm
White River Valley at North Central (Farmersburg) 7:30 pm
Wood Memorial at South Spencer 7:30 pm
Woodlan at Lakewood Park 6:00 pm
Yorktown at Monroe Central 7:30 pm
Marion County Tournament
Ben Davis at Pike 6:30 pm QF
Lawrence North at Lawrence Central 6:30 pm QF
North Central (Indianapolis) at Beech Grove 6:30 pm QF
Perry Meridian at Brebeuf Jesuit 6:30 pm QF

WRESTLING SCOREBOARD

HOMESTEAD 40 PRAIRIE HEIGHTS 30

HUNTINGTON NORTH 46 ALEXANDRIA MONROE 36

MARTINSVILLE 37 MONROVIA 34

MERRILLVILLE 38 PORTAGE 33

CARMEL 34 FISHERS 28

HIGHLAND 40 MUNSTER 30

FORT WAYNE NORTHRUP 64 FORT WAYNE SOUTH 9

NEW HAVEN 42 GARRETT 29

CONCORD 49 FAIRFIELD 27

BROWNSBURG 49 AVON 12

HAMILTON HEIGHTS 46 BISHOP CHATARD 22

PENN 66 JOHN GLENN 15

NEW PALESTINE 41 GREENFIELD CENTRAL 27

WESTERN 57 MISSISSINEWA 18

LEBANON 45 ROSSVILLE 31

FRANKLIN COUNTY 71 WAPAHANI 3

OWEN VALLEY 54 NORTHVIEW 27

SWITZERLAND COUNTY 44 MADISON 18

BREMEN 41 SOUTH BEND ST. JOSEPH 39

BENTON CENTRAL 60 COVINGTON 24

COLLEGE BOWL GAMES (WILL UPDATE WHEN ALL BOWL ARE COMPLETED)

SATURDAY, DEC. 16

MYRTLE BEACH BOWL
GEORGIA SOUTHERN VS. OHIO
CONWAY, SOUTH CAROLINA
11 A.M. | ESPN

CELEBRATION BOWL
FLORIDA A&M VS. HOWARD UNIVERSITY
ATLANTA, GEORGIA
12 P.M. | ABC

NEW ORLEANS BOWL
JACKSONVILLE STATE VS. LOUISIANA
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA
2:15 P.M. | ESPN

CURE BOWL
MIAMI (OHIO) VS. APP STATE
ORLANDO, FLORIDA
3:30 P.M. | ABC

NEW MEXICO BOWL
FRESNO STATE VS. NEW MEXICO STATE
ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO
5:45 P.M. | ESPN

LA BOWL
UCLA VS. BOISE STATE
INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA
7:30 P.M. | ABC

INDEPENDENCE BOWL
TEXAS TECH VS. CAL
SHREVEPORT, LOUISIANA
9:15 P.M. | ESPN

MONDAY, DEC. 18

BAHAMAS BOWL (TEMPORARILY RENAMED THE FAMOUS TOASTERY BOWL)
WESTERN KENTUCKY VS. OLD DOMINION
NASSAU, BAHAMAS (TEMPORARILY RELOCATED TO CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA)
2:30 P.M. | ESPN

TUESDAY, DEC. 19

FRISCO BOWL
MARSHALL VS. UTSA
FRISCO, TEXAS


9 P.M. | ESPN

THURSDAY, DEC. 21

BOCA RATON BOWL
USF VS. TBD
BOCA RATON, FLORIDA
8 P.M. | ESPN

FRIDAY, DEC. 22

GASPARILLA BOWL
TAMPA, FLORIDA
6:30 P.M. | ESPN

SATURDAY, DEC. 23

BIRMINGHAM BOWL
BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA
12 P.M. | ABC

CAMELLIA BOWL
ARKANSAS STATE VS. NORTHERN ILLINOIS
MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA
12 P.M. | ESPN

ARMED FORCES BOWL
AIR FORCE VS. JAMES MADISON
FORT WORTH, TEXAS
3:30 P.M. | ABC

FAMOUS IDAHO POTATO BOWL
GEORGIA STATE VS. UTAH STATE
BOISE, IDAHO
3:30 P.M. | ESPN

68 VENTURES BOWL
EASTERN MICHIGAN VS. SOUTH ALABAMA
MOBILE, ALABAMA
7 P.M. | ESPN

LAS VEGAS BOWL
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
7:30 P.M. | ABC

HAWAI’I BOWL
HONOLULU, HAWAI’I
10:30 P.M. | ESPN

TUESDAY, DEC. 26

QUICK LANE BOWL
DETROIT, MICHIGAN
2 P.M. | ESPN

FIRST RESPONDER BOWL
TEXAS STATE VS. RICE
DALLAS, TEXAS
5:30 P.M. | ESPN

GUARANTEED RATE BOWL
KANSAS VS. UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA, LAS VEGAS
PHOENIX, ARIZONA
9 P.M. | ESPN

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 27

MILITARY BOWL
TULANE VS. TBD
ANNAPOLIS, MARYLAND
2 P.M. | ESPN

DUKE’S MAYO BOWL
CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA
5:30 P.M. | ESPN

HOLIDAY BOWL
NO. 15 LOUISVILLE VS. SOUTHERN CAL
SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA
8 P.M. ET | FOX

TEXAS BOWL
NO. 20 OKLAHOMA STATE VS. TEXAS A&M
HOUSTON, TEXAS
9 P.M. | ESPN

THURSDAY, DEC. 28

FENWAY BOWL
BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS
11 A.M. | ESPN

PINSTRIPE BOWL
THE BRONX, NEW YORK
2:15 P.M. | ESPN

POP-TARTS BOWL
NO. 18 NC STATE VS. NO. 25 KANSAS STATE
ORLANDO, FLORIDA
5:45 P.M. | ESPN

ALAMO BOWL
NO. 12 OKLAHOMA VS. NO. 14 ARIZONA
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS
9:15 P.M. | ESPN

FRIDAY, DEC. 29

GATOR BOWL
NO. 22 CLEMSON VS. KENTUCKY
JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA
12 P.M. | ESPN

TONY THE TIGER SUN BOWL
NO. 19 OREGON STATE VS. TBD
EL PASO, TEXAS

2 P.M. | CBS

LIBERTY BOWL
MEMPHIS VS. TBD
MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
3:30 P.M. | ESPN

COTTON BOWL
NO. 7 OHIO ST. VS. NO. 9 MISSOURI
DALLAS, TEXAS
8 P.M. | ESPN

SATURDAY, DEC. 30

PEACH BOWL
NO. 10 PENN ST. VS. NO. 11 OLE MISS 
ATLANTA, GEORGIA
12 P.M. | ESPN

MUSIC CITY BOWL
NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE
2 P.M. | ABC

ORANGE BOWL
NO. 5 FLORIDA STATE VS. NO. 6 GEORGIA 
MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA
4 P.M. | ESPN

ARIZONA BOWL
WYOMING VS. TOLEDO
TUCSON, ARIZONA
4:30 P.M. | BARSTOOL

MONDAY, JAN. 1, 2024

RELIAQUEST BOWL
NO. 13 LSU VS. WISCONSIN
TAMPA, FLORIDA
12 P.M. | ESPN2

CITRUS BOWL
NO. 17 IOWA VS. NO. 21 TENNESSEE
ORLANDO, FLORIDA
1 P.M. | ABC

FIESTA BOWL
NO. 8 OREGON VS. NO. 23 LIBERTY
GLENDALE, ARIZONA
1 P.M. | ESPN

COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF SEMIFINAL AT THE ROSE BOWL
NO. 1 MICHIGAN VS. NO. 4 ALABAMA
PASADENA, CALIFORNIA
5 P.M. | ESPN

COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF

COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF SEMIFINAL AT THE SUGAR BOWL
NO. 2 WASHINGTON VS. NO. 3 TEXAS
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA
8:45 P.M. | ESPN

MONDAY, JAN. 8

COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
HOUSTON, TEXAS
7:30 P.M. | ESPN

WEEK 15

SATURDAY, DEC. 9

ARMY VS. NAVY (FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS) | 3 P.M. | CBS

NFL

WEEK 14 SCHEDULE

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS AT PITTSBURGH STEELERS (THU) 8:15P (ET) 8:15P PRIME VIDEO

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS AT ATLANTA FALCONS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

LOS ANGELES RAMS AT BALTIMORE RAVENS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX

DETROIT LIONS AT CHICAGO BEARS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P FOX

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS AT CINCINNATI BENGALS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS AT CLEVELAND BROWNS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

CAROLINA PANTHERS AT NEW ORLEANS SAINTS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P FOX

HOUSTON TEXANS AT NEW YORK JETS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

MINNESOTA VIKINGS AT LAS VEGAS RAIDERS 1:05P (PT) 4:05P FOX

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS AT SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS 1:05P (PT) 4:05P FOX

BUFFALO BILLS AT KANSAS CITY CHIEFS 3:25P (CT) 4:25P CBS

DENVER BRONCOS AT LOS ANGELES CHARGERS 1:25P (PT) 4:25P CBS

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES AT DALLAS COWBOYS 7:20P (CT) 8:20P NBC*

TENNESSEE TITANS AT MIAMI DOLPHINS (MON) 8:15P (ET) 8:15P ESPN*

GREEN BAY PACKERS AT NEW YORK GIANTS (MON) 8:15P (ET) 8:15P ABC*

MEN’S TOP 25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCORES

#3 HOUSTON 75 RICE 39

#8 MARQUETTE 86 #12 TEXAS 65

#13 COLORADO STATE 90 DENVER 80

#15 MIAMI FLORIDA 97 LONG ISLAND 49

#21 TEXAS A&M 89 DEPAUL 64

#24 CLEMSON 72 SOUTH CAROLINA 67

ALSO:

WAKE FOREST 76 RUTGERS 57

CENTRAL MICHIGAN 71 VALPO 67

MARYLAND 81 PENN STATE 75 OT

OHIO STATE 84 MIAMI OH 64

PURDUE FT. WAYNE 70 SOUTHERN INDIANA 57

MINNESOTA 76 NEBRASKA 65

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL TOP 25 SCORES

#1 SOUTH CAROLINA 104 MORGAN STATE 38

#4 IOWA 67 IOWA STATE 58

#5 TEXAS 106 LONG BEACH 67

#13 KANSAS STATE 101 MCNEESE STATE 39

#14 NOTRE DAME 96 LAFAYETTE 42

#15 VIRGINIA TECH 98 LONG ISLAND 50

#17 UCONN 90 BALL STATE 63

#24 NORTH CAROLINA 81 NORTH CAROLINA GREENSBORO 66

ALSO:

PURDUE 83 SE MISSOURI 57

TOLEDO 69 MICHIGAN 46

PURDUE FT. WAYNE 57 BELLARMINE 46

IUPUI 81 EVANSVILLE 75

ILLINOIS 74 NORTHERN KENTUCKY 52

MINNESOTA 76 KENTUCKY 57

NBA SCOREBOARD

CLEVELAND 121 ORLANDO 111

MEMPHIS 116 DETROIT 102

PHILADELPHIA 131 WASHINGTON 126

MINNESOTA 102 SAN ANTONIO 94

MIAMI 112 TORONTO 103

CHICAGO 111 CHARLOTTE 100

HOUSTON 110 OKLAHOMA CITY 101

DALLAS 147 UTAH 97

GOLDEN STATE 110 PORTLAND 106

LA CLIPPERS 111 DENVER 102

NHL SCOREBOARD

FLORIDA 5 DALLAS 4

TAMPA BAY 3 PITTSBURGH 1

VEGAS 6 ST. LOUIS 3

EDMONTON 6 CAROLINA 1

NATIONAL SPORTS RELEASES/HEADLINES

NFL NEWS

BILLS GM SAYS EDGE RUSHER VON MILLER TO PRACTICE AND PLAY WHILE FACING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CHARGE

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Though disappointed in the allegations of domestic violence made against Von Miller, Buffalo Bills general manager Brandon Beane stressed on Wednesday that he wants the legal process to play out and not rush to making any judgements.

Otherwise, Beane said, Miller will participate in practice and is expected to play on Sunday when the Bills (6-6) travel to play the Kansas City Chiefs (8-4). Beane spoke for the team as the Bills returned from their bye week off, and a week after Miller turned himself in to police in a Dallas suburb after being charged in a warrant with domestic violence against the mother of his children, who is pregnant.

Miller faces a charge of third-degree felony assault of a pregnant woman, which is punishable by 2 to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. He is free after posting a $5,000 bond.

“No one wants their name associated with any accusation like that, so that’s a natural disappointment. I’m sure he’s disappointed,” Beane said. “But things happen sometimes, and again, we have to remember people, we have to give them their fair due process. That can happen to anyone in this room. And I would hope we would all wait and let that play out before we rush to judgement.”

Saying the Bills are following the NFL’s lead, Beane called the allegations serious while adding they seemed “out of character” for a person he’s come to know over the past year and a half since signing Miller in free agency.

In Dallas, the district attorney’s office informed The Associated Press on Wednesday that it had no updates on the investigation since Miller turned himself in a day after the alleged assault occurred on Nov. 29. According to a police affidavit which officers wrote, Miller twice put his hands on the neck of the woman, pulled out a chunk of her hair and threw her onto a couch. The woman was treated for minor injuries, including bruising on her neck, police said.

The woman and Miller have been in a relationship for seven years and have children together, police wrote in an affidavit supporting the arrest warrant.

Speaking after Beane, Bills coach Sean McDermott said Miller wasn’t going to practice on Wednesday but will practice fully on Thursday as part of a plan that was put in place before the bye week.

As for the allegations, McDermott said: “It’s a very, very serious situation. There’s no ifs, ands or buts about that.” The coach then deferred to Beane in saying the GM spoke for the team, while McDermott was placing his focus on practice.

Beane said he’s discussed what happened with Miller and his representatives but preferred keeping those conversations private. Beane said he’s also been in contact with the NFL and doesn’t anticipate Commissioner Roger Goodell placing Miller on the exempt list.

The NFL issued a statement on Wednesday saying it continues gathering information and following all legal developments.

In the past, players aren’t placed on the commissioner’s exempt list until formal charges are filed by a prosecutor or through the findings of a grand jury, or when the league’s own investigation concludes there was a potential violation of the NFL’s personal conduct policy.

The woman told police she was six weeks pregnant and showed them a photograph of a positive pregnancy test and a screenshot of a text conversation with Miller in which they discussed the possible due date of the child and a doctor visit.

According to police, Miller threw the woman’s laptop on the couch and stomped on it. After pulling out some of her hair and throwing her on a couch, he put both hands on her neck. She told police she recorded some of the attack and, when she threatened to call police, he left.

Miller is the NFL’s active leader in sacks with 123 1/2, which is 19th all-time. Selected No. 2 overall by the Denver Broncos in the 2011 NFL draft, he is a three-time All-Pro and an eight-time Pro Bowl pick. A popular and highly visible player, he has appeared in television commercials for brands including Old Spice and Progressive.

He has two Super Bowl rings, from the 2015 season with the Broncos and 2021 with the Rams after Denver traded him to Los Angeles during that season. He then signed with Buffalo the following spring.

Miller was born in DeSoto, south of Dallas, and was a two-time first-team All-American at Texas A&M. He holds the Broncos’ career record in sacks with 110 1/2.

ZACH WILSON TO START AT QUARTERBACK FOR THE JETS ON SUNDAY AGAINST THE TEXANS

Zach Wilson is back in as the New York Jets’ starting quarterback.

Wilson, benched for

Wilson, benched for two games after struggling in place of the injured Aaron Rodgers, will be under center for the Jets’ home game Sunday against the Houston Texans.

Coach Robert Saleh announced the decision to start Wilson on Wednesday, a day after New York waived Boyle following two ineffective starts and signed Brett Rypien off Seattle’s practice squad. The Jets also have veteran Trevor Siemian, who replaced Boyle in the fourth quarter of New York’s 13-8 loss to Atlanta last Sunday.

“Zach gives us the best chance to win,” Saleh said.

Siemian will serve as Wilson’s backup and Rypien will be the emergency No. 3 quarterback.

The Jets (4-8) have lost five in a row and appear headed to a 13th straight season without a playoff berth. It’s the NFL’s longest active postseason drought.

PRO PICKS: STEELERS WILL TOP PATRIOTS IN A CLOSE, LOW-SCORING GAME FEATURING TWO STRUGGLING OFFENSES

Mitch Trubisky gets another chance to prove he can be a starting quarterback, stepping in for the injured Kenny Pickett to lead the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday night.

He won’t have to do much against the dreadful New England Patriots (2-10).

The Patriots have scored 13 points over the past three games and are averaging 9.4 points per game in five straight losses.

Bailey Zappe was no better than Mac Jones, producing even fewer points. New England might as well bring back Steve Grogan or Tony Eason.

The Steelers (7-5) are six-point favorites, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. Pro Picks expects a closer game with few points.

STEELERS, 13-8

DETROIT at CHICAGO

Line: Lions minus 3

Jared Goff and a high-octane offense has Detroit (9-3) winning despite a shaky defense that has given up an average of 28.8 points in the past six games. The return of Justin Fields and a much-improved defense keeps the Bears (4-8) competitive.

BEST BET: LIONS, 27-20

TAMPA BAY at ATLANTA

Line: Falcons minus 2 1/2

The NFC South is on the line and the Buccaneers (5-7) must win this game to have a shot at their third straight division title. The Falcons (6-6) are winning despite QB Desmond Ridder.

UPSET SPECIAL: BUCCANEERS, 20-17

LOS ANGELES RAMS at BALTIMORE

Line: Ravens minus 7 1/2

A three-game winning streak has the Rams (6-6) in the playoff race. Lamar Jackson and the Ravens (9-3) are chasing the AFC’s No.1 seed. Baltimore is 1-8 against the spread in the past nine games it’s been favored by seven points or more.

RAVENS, 24-17

CAROLINA at NEW ORLEANS

Line: Saints minus 5 1/2

A coaching change helped the Panthers (1-11) play more competitive. The Saints (5-7) have lost three straight and Derek Carr is back in concussion protocol.

SAINTS, 23-16

INDIANAPOLIS at CINCINNATI

Line: Colts minus 1 1/2

Rookie coach Shane Steichen has the Colts (7-5) in the playoff race with backup quarterback Gardner Minshew leading an offense averaging 25 points per game. They’ll face the league’s lowest-ranked defense. But the Bengals (6-6) are coming off a stunning upset in Jacksonville that put them back in the playoff chase.

COLTS, 27-23

JACKSONVILLE at CLEVELAND

Line: Browns minus 3

Trevor Lawrence has a sprained ankle that could force him to miss a game for the first time in his career and the Jaguars (8-4) lost wide receiver Christian Kirk to injury. They’re 6-0 away from home this season, but the Browns (7-5) are allowing just 10.2 points per game in Cleveland. Veteran QB Joe Flacco played well in his first game for the Browns, but the defense needs to step up with Myles Garrett slowed by a shoulder injury.

BROWNS, 20-19

HOUSTON at NEW YORK JETS

Line: Texans minus 5 1/2

Rookie QB C.J. Stroud and the Texans (7-5) are making a playoff run. The hapless Jets (4-8) have given Aaron Rodgers no reason to attempt an improbable comeback this season.

TEXANS, 20-10

SEATTLE at SAN FRANCISCO

Line: 49ers minus 10 1/2

Brock Purdy, Christian McCaffrey and the 49ers (9-3) are looking like the best team in the NFL. They have to keep winning to surpass Philadelphia for the NFC’s No. 1 seed. The Seahawks (6-6) have lost three in a row and were blown out by San Francisco at home on Thanksgiving.

49ERS, 31-22

MINNESOTA at LAS VEGAS

Line: Vikings minus 3

The Vikings (6-6) hope a week off gave them answers to fix a two-game losing streak. Same for the Raiders (5-7).

VIKINGS, 23-19

DENVER at LOS ANGELES CHARGERS

Line: Chargers minus 2 1/2

The Chargers (5-7) snapped a three-game losing streak with a 6-0 win. They’ll need to score more against Russell Wilson and the Broncos (6-6).

CHARGERS, 23-22

BUFFALO at KANSAS CITY

Line: Chiefs minus 2 1/2

The Chiefs (8-4) are 18-3 after a loss with Patrick Mahomes. Josh Allen and the Bills (6-6) have no margin for error. This game shaped up to be a potential AFC championship preview when the schedule came out. Now Buffalo has to fight just to get a wild-card spot.

CHIEFS, 27-23

PHILADELPHIA at DALLAS

Line: Cowboys minus 3 1/2

The humbled Eagles (10-2) still own the best record in the NFL after getting whipped by the 49ers. The surging Cowboys (9-3) are closing in fast. The Eagles beat Dallas 28-23 in Philadelphia last month. The Cowboys had a chance at the end with a first down at the Eagles 6 in the final minute before self-destructing.

COWBOYS, 27-26

TENNESSEE at MIAMI

Line: Dolphins minus 13 1/2

Tua Tagovailoa, Tyreek Hill and the Dolphins (9-3) seem unstoppable on offense. The good news for the Titans (4-8) in a lost season is rookie QB Will Levis has shown plenty of potential.

DOLPHINS, 31-20

GREEN BAY at NEW YORK GIANTS

Line: Packers minus 6 1/2

Fresh off an upset win over Mahomes and the Chiefs, Jordan Love and the Packers (6-6) are back in the playoff race. Tommy DeVito has led the Giants (4-8) to two straight wins, but they’re home underdogs.

PACKERS, 23-20

THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL CAPSULE: NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (2-10) AT PITTSBURGH STEELERS (7-5)

DATE: Thursday, December 7, 2023 GAME TIME: 8:15 PM ET

Prime Video: Al Michaels, Kirk Herbstreit, Kaylee Hartung

Westwood One: Ian Eagle, Ryan Leaf

SiriusXM (team name linked to SXM App) NE: 81 or 226 PIT: 83 or 225 National: 88

ALL-TIME SERIES HISTORY

REG. SEASON: NE leads series, 15-14 (won 6 of past 7)

POSTSEASON: NE leads series, 4-1

THE LAST TIME …

REG. SEASON: 9/18/22: NE 17 at PIT 14

POSTSEASON: 1/22/17 AFC-C: PIT 17 at NE 36

PATRIOTS NOTES:

RESULTS

1 Sep. 10 Philadelphia Eagles 4:25 PM L, 25-20 0-1

2 Sep. 17 Miami Dolphins 8:20 PM L, 24-17 0-2

3 Sep. 24 at New York Jets 1:00 PM W, 15-10 1-2

4 Oct. 1 at Dallas Cowboys 4:25 PM L, 38-3 1-3

5 Oct. 8 New Orleans Saints 1:00 PM L, 34-0 1-4

6 Oct. 15 at Las Vegas Raiders 4:05 PM L, 21-17 1-5

7 Oct. 22 Buffalo Bills 1:00 PM W, 29-25 2-5

8 Oct. 29 at Miami Dolphins 1:00 PM L, 31-17 2-6

9 Nov. 5 Washington Commanders 1:00 PM L, 20-17 2-7

10 Nov. 12 Indianapolis Colts (Frankfurt) 9:30 AM L, 10-6 2-8

11 BYE

12 Nov. 26 at New York Giants 1:00 PM L, 10-7 2-9

13 Dec. 3 Los Angeles Chargers 1:00 PM L, 6-0 2-10

QB BAILEY ZAPPE passed for 141 yards with 0 INTs in 1st start of season last week. Has 3 TDs vs. INT with 98.9 rating in 3 career starts. • QB MAC JONES passed for 252 yards & TD in last meeting. Has 4 TDs vs. INT with 102.9 rating in 3 career starts on Thursday. • RB RHAMONDRE STEVENSON has 100+ scrimmage yards in 3 of past 4. Has 75+ scrimmage yards in each of 3 career games on Thursday. Needs rush TD to become 2nd player in franchise history with 5+ rush TDs in each of 1st 3 seasons, joining Jim Nance (1965-67). • RB EZEKIEL ELLIOTT had season-high 92 scrimmage yards (52 rush, season-high 40 rec.) last week. Aims for 4th in row with 50+ scrimmage yards. Had 209 scrimmage yards (114 rush, 95 rec.) & 3 TDs (2 rush, 1 rec.) in only career game at Pit. (11/13/16 w/ Dal.). Has rush TD in 3 of his past 4 on Thursday & has 1,039 scrimmage yards in 12 career Thursday games, 3rd-most by RB. • WR DEMARIO DOUGLAS (rookie) aims for his 5th in row with 5+ catches. Has 55+ rec. yards in 2 of past 3. • WR DEVANTE PARKER led team with 64 rec. yards last week. Has 5+ catches in 2 of 3 career games vs. Pit. • WR JUJU SMITH-SCHUSTER totaled 323 catches, 3,855 rec. yards & 26 rec. TDs in 5 seasons with Pit. (2017-21). • DT CHRISTIAN BARMORE aims for 4th in row with TFL. Aims for 3rd in row on road with sack. Had sack in last meeting. • LB JA’WHAUN BENTLEY led team with 8 tackles last week. Has 6+ tackles in 4 of past 5. • LB JAHLANI TAVAI aims for 3rd in row with TFL. • CB J.C. JACKSON had 2 PD in Week 13 & aims for 3rd in row with PD. Has 6 PD in 7 games with NE this season.

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RESULTS

1 Sep. 10 San Francisco 49ers 1:00 PM L, 30-7 0-1

2 Sep. 18 Cleveland Browns (Mon) 8:15 PM W, 26-22 1-1

3 Sep. 24 at Las Vegas Raiders 8:20 PM W, 23-18 2-1

4 Oct. 1 at Houston Texans 1:00 PM L, 30-6 2-2

5 Oct. 8 Baltimore Ravens 1:00 PM W, 17-10 3-2

6 BYE

7 Oct. 22 at Los Angeles Rams 4:05 PM W, 24-17 4-2

8 Oct. 29 Jacksonville Jaguars 1:00 PM L, 20-10 4-3

9 Nov. 2 Tennessee Titans (Thu) 8:15 PM W, 20-16 5-3

10 Nov. 12 Green Bay Packers 1:00 PM W, 23-19 6-3

11 Nov. 19 at Cleveland Browns 1:00 PM L, 13-10 6-4

12 Nov. 26 at Cincinnati Bengals 1:00 PM W, 16-10 7-4

13 Dec. 3 Arizona Cardinals 1:00 PM L, 24-10 7-5

QB MITCH TRUBISKY completed 11 of 17 atts. (64.7 pct.) for TD vs. 0 INTs with 104.3 rating last week. Can make 1st start of season. Has 501 pass yards (250.5 per game) & 4 TDs (3 pass, 1 rush) in 2 career starts vs. NE. Has 3+ TD passes & 115+ rating in 2 of his past 3 starts on Thursday. • RB NAJEE HARRIS has 75+ scrimmage yards in 4 of past 5 & in each of past 2. Has rush TD in 2 of past 3 at home. Had 89 scrimmage yards (49 rush, 40 rec.) in last meeting. Has 4 TDs (3 rush, 1 rec.) in 3 career games on Thursday, with rush TD in each game. • RB JAYLEN WARREN aims for 6th in row with 55+ scrimmage yards. Has 110+ scrimmage yards in 2 of his past 3 at home. Warren (844) & Harris (791) are only pair of AFC RB teammates each with 750+ scrimmage yards this season. • WR DIONTAE JOHNSON had 2nd TD catch of season last week. Has rec. TD in 2 of past 3 at home. Had 6 catches for 57 yards in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row on Thursday with 75+ rec. yards. • WR GEORGE PICKENS led team with 86 rec. yards in Week 13. Aims for 3rd in row with 55+ rec. yards. • TE PAT FREIERMUTH had TD catch in last meeting. • LB T.J. WATT had half sack & PD last week. Aims for 7th in row with 0.5+ sacks. Has 9 sacks in 7 home games this season, with 0.5+ sacks in each game. Aims for 3rd in row vs. NE with TFL. Has sack in 3 of his past 4 on Thursday. Ranks 2nd in NFL with 14 sacks, 4th-career season with 14+ sacks. • LB ALEX HIGHSMITH had season-high 8 tackles & 1.5 sacks in Week 13. Has 0.5+ sacks in 5 of his past 6 at home. Has 3.5 sacks in his past 2 on Thursday. • DT CAMERON HEYWARD has TFL in 4 of past 5. Aims for his 8th in row on Thursday with TFL.

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OHIO STATE’S HARRISON, ILLINOIS’ NEWTON AND NORTHWESTERN’S BRAUN TAKE AP’S TOP BIG TEN HONORS

Ohio State receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. is The Associated Press Big Ten offensive player of the year, Illinois end Jer’Zhan Newton is defensive player of the year and Northwestern’s David Braun is coach of the year.

Harrison is a unanimous AP All-Big Ten first-team pick for the second straight year. Newton, Michigan offensive lineman Zak Zinter and Iowa punter Tory Taylor are the other unanimous first-team selections by the voting panel of 23 media members who cover the conference.

The first team includes six players each from conference champion Michigan and Ohio State.

Ohio State’s repeat first-team picks are Harrison, defensive end JT Tuimoloau and linebacker Tommy Eichenberg. Michigan running back Blake Corum and Zinter also were on the first team in 2022, as was Illinois’ Newton.

Harrison, a finalist for the Heisman Trophy, is the Buckeyes’ first receiver with back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons. He has seven 100-yard receiving games this season, and his 13 touchdown catches are tied for second nationally.

Newton was second in the Big Ten with 7.5 sacks, and he also recorded nine quarterback hurries and blocked four kicks. He was a finalist for the Bronko Nagurski Award.

Purdue safety Dillon Thieneman is newcomer of the year after he set school freshman records with six interceptions and 74 solo tackles. His 106 tackles are most among freshmen in the nation.

Braun, hired as Northwestern defensive coordinator last January, unexpectedly became the face of the program following the firing of Pat Fitzgerald in the wake of a hazing scandal. Braun was interim coach until last month, when he was hired to the permanent role. The Wildcats went from 1-11 last season to 7-5, the biggest turnaround in the Bowl Subdivision.

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FIRST TEAM

OFFENSE

u-WR — Marvin Harrison Jr., Ohio State, junior, 6-4, 205, Philadelphia.

WR — Isaiah Williams, Illinois, junior, 5-10, 185, St. Louis.

Tackle — Olumuyiwa Fashanu, Penn State, junior, 6-6, 317, Waldorf, Maryland.

Tackle — Aireontae Ersery, Minnesota, junior, 6-6, 325, Kansas City, Missouri.

u-Guard — Zak Zinter, Michigan, senior, 6-6, 322, North Andover, Massachusetts.

Guard — Donovan Jackson, Ohio State, junior, 6-4, 320, Bellaire, Texas.

C — Drake Nugent, Michigan, senior, 6-2, 301, Lone Tree, Colorado.

TE — Cade Stover, Ohio State, senior, 6-4, 251, Mansfield, Ohio.

QB — J.J. McCarthy, Michigan, junior, 6-3, 202, La Grange Park, Illinois.

RB — Blake Corum, Michigan, senior, 5-8, 213, Marshall, Virginia.

RB — TreVeyon Henderson, Ohio State, junior, 5-10, 212, Hopewell, Virginia.

PK — Dragan Kesich, Minnesota, senior, 6-4, 240, Oak Creek, Wisconsin.

All-purpose — Cooper DeJean, Iowa, junior, 6-1, 207, Odebolt, Iowa.

DEFENSE

Defensive end — Chop Robinson, Penn State, junior, 6-3, 254, Gaithersburg, Maryland.

Defensive end — JT Tuimoloau, Ohio State, junior, 6-4, 270, Edgewood, Washington.

u-Defensive tackle — Jer’Zhan Newton, Illinois, junior, 6-2, 295, St. Petersburg, Florida.

Defensive tackle — Kris Jenkins, Michigan, senior, 6-3, 305, Olney, Maryland.

Linebacker — Jay Higgins, Iowa, senior, 6-2, 233, Indianapolis.

Linebacker — Tommy Eichenberg, Ohio State, senior, 6-2, 239, Cleveland.

Linebacker — Aaron Casey, Indiana, senior, 6-2, 235, Douglasville, Georgia.

Cornerback — Cooper DeJean, Iowa, junior, 6-1, 207, Odebolt, Iowa.

Cornerback — Mike Sainristil, Michigan, senior, 5-10, 182, Everett, Massachusetts.

Safety — Tyler Nubin, Minnesota, senior, 6-2, 210, St. Charles, Illinois.

Safety — Hunter Wohler, Wisconsin, junior, 6-2, 211, Muskego, Wisconsin.

u-Punter — Tory Taylor, Iowa, senior, 6-4, 232, Melbourne, Australia.

SECOND TEAM

OFFENSE

WR — Daniel Jackson, Minnesota, senior, 6-0, 200, Kansas City, Kansas.

WR — Roman Wilson, Michigan, senior, 6-0, 192, Maui, Hawaii.

Tackle — Josh Fryar, Ohio State, senior, 6-6, 313, Beech Grove, Indiana.

Tackle — LaDarius Henderson, Michigan, senior, 6-4, 315, Waxahachie, Texas.

Guard — Matthew Jones, Ohio State, senior, 6-4, 315, Brooklyn, New York.

Guard — Trevor Keegan, Michigan, senior, 6-6, 320, Crystal Lake, Illinois.

Center — Hunter Nourzad, Penn State, senior, 6-3, 320, Marietta, Georgia.

TE — Colston Loveland, Michigan, sophomore, 6-5, 245, Gooding, Idaho.

QB — Taulia Tagovailoa, Maryland, senior, 5-11, 208, Ewa Beach, Hawaii.

RB — Braelon Allen, Wisconsin, junior, 6-2, 245, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin.

RB — Kyle Monangai, Rutgers, junior, 5-9, 210, Roseland, New Jersey.

PK — James Turner, Michigan, senior, 6-0, 196, Saline, Michigan.

All-purpose — Tyrone Tracy Jr., Purdue, senior, 6-1, 210, Indianapolis.

DEFENSE

Defensive end — Adisa Isaac, Penn State, senior, 6-4, 249, Brooklyn, New York.

Defensive end — Nic Scourton, Purdue, sophomore, 6-4, 280, Bryan, Texas.

Defensive tackle — Mason Graham, Michigan, sophomore, 6-3, 318, Anaheim, California.

Defensive tackle — Tyleik Williams, Ohio State, junior, 6-2, 290, Manassas, Virginia.

Linebacker — Abdul Carter, Penn State, sophomore, 6-3, 249, Philadelphia.

Linebacker — Bryce Gallagher, Northwestern, senior, 6-2, 235, Raynham, Massachusetts.

Linebacker — Junior Colson, Michigan, junior, 6-3, 247, Brentwood, Tennessee.

Cornerback — Denzel Burke, Ohio State, junior, 6-1, 190, Phoenix.

Cornerback — Will Johnson, Michigan, sophomore, 6-2, 202, Detroit.

Safety — Dillon Thieneman, Purdue, freshman, 6-0, 205, Westfield, Indiana.

Safety — Sebastian Castro, Iowa, senior, 5-11, 205, Oak Lawn, Illinois.

Punter — Ryan Eckley, Michigan State, freshman, 6-2, 205, Lithia, Florida.

INDIVIDUAL HONORS

Offensive player of the year — Marvin Harrison Jr., Ohio State.

Defensive player of the year — Jer’Zhan Newton, Illinois.

Coach of the year — David Braun, Northwestern.

Newcomer of the year — Dillon Thieneman, Purdue.

FORMER TEXAS TECH QUARTERBACK TYLER SHOUGH TRANSFERS TO LOUISVILLE AFTER 3 SEASONS WITH RED RAIDERS

Former Texas Tech quarterback Tyler Shough says on social media that he will transfer to No. 16 Louisville after a three-year stint with the Red Raiders highlighted by a victory in last season’s Texas Bowl.

Shough wrote “Let’s Play Football. #GoCards” with a photo of himself in a black Louisville jersey on X, formerly known as Twitter, on Tuesday. He will turn 25 in late next September during his seventh and final season of college eligibility in a career that includes three seasons at Oregon.

Shough completed 67 of 111 passes for 746 yards and seven touchdowns with four interceptions in four games this season before sustaining a broken fibula against West Virginia. He went 9-4 as a Red Raiders starter despite missing parts of three seasons with injuries.

Shough was sidelined for six games early last season with a shoulder injury before returning to start five of seven contests, ending with a 42-25 bowl victory over Mississippi in which he earned MVP honors after passing for 242 yards and a TD.

Shough has passed for 4,625 career yards and 36 touchdowns and seven interceptions. He joins a Cardinals squad seeking a successor to Jack Plummer, who led the team to the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game before falling to No. 4 Florida State.

SUPER-SIZED WR JOHNNY WILSON LEAVING FSU FOR NFL

Florida State wide receiver Johnny Wilson declared for the 2024 NFL Draft, ESPN announced Wednesday.

Wilson accepted an invitation to the Senior Bowl, where the 6-foot-7, 237-pound wideout likely is to be tried at tight end to showcase his versatility and skills to potential future employers.

Wilson accumulated 1,514 career receiving yards and 84 receptions with the Seminoles and the redshirt junior was an All-ACC selection in 2023, with 41 receptions for 617 yards and two touchdowns.

A transfer from Arizona State, Wilson caught 18 passes combined in 2020-21 with the Sun Devils before heading to Tallahassee.

It’s not clear whether Wilson’s decision to turn pro will impact his availability for the Orange Bowl.

DEREK MASON NAMED HEAD COACH AT MIDDLE TENNESSEE

Middle Tennessee named Derek Mason as its 15th head football coach in the program’s history on Wednesday.

Mason was signed to a five-year contract. Terms of the deal were not disclosed by the Blue Raiders.

Mason, 54, takes over in place of Rick Stockstill, who was fired on Nov. 27 after 18 seasons at the school. The Blue Raiders finished 4-8 this season and were 113-111 in his tenure with 10 bowl appearances (4-6 record).

“This is an emotional moment for me,” Mason said in a release by the school. “This is the house that Rick Stockstill built and he left good bones and a strong foundation. He did a lot to raise and encourage these young men and help them take the journey. Now, that responsibility has been passed down to me. It’s about winning and making sure we can do everything we can to resource our student athletes in a way to make them successful both on and off the field.

“It’s been an exhausting journey, but I appreciate Dr. (Sidney A.) McPhee and (athletic director) Chris Massaro for giving me this opportunity. Now we have to attack the challenge of Conference USA and I can’t wait to get started.”

Massaro was quick to welcome Mason, who spent seven seasons as head coach of Vanderbilt (2014-20). He also has been a defensive coordinator at Stanford, Auburn and Oklahoma State.

“We are ecstatic to welcome Coach Derek Mason to Middle Tennessee and the Blue Raider football program,” Massaro said. “With his experience as a head coach, his reputation for coaching fast, aggressive defenses, his strong reputation as a recruiter, and deep connections in college football to formulate an outstanding staff, Coach Mason’s vision for MTSU football fits exactly what we were looking for during our interview process. Coach Mason is no stranger to the mid-state community and we expect his connections to allow him and his staff to hit the ground running as our 15th head football coach.”

Mason served as an analyst for the SEC Network in 2023.

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TOP 25 ROUNDUP: NO. 8 MARQUETTE BLOWS OUT NO. 12 TEXAS

Tyler Kolek scored a season-high 28 points and Kam Jones added 17 as No. 8 Marquette bounced back from an in-state-rivalry loss to rout No. 12 Texas 86-65 in a Big East-Big 12 Battle game on Wednesday in Milwaukee.

Marquette (7-2) was coming off a 75-64 loss at Wisconsin on Saturday. Texas (6-2) had won two straight after an 81-71 defeat against No. 5 UConn.

Marquette, which shot 7 of 29 from beyond the arc in the loss to Wisconsin, hit a season-high 14 3-pointers on 30 attempts against the Longhorns. Jones was 5 of 8 and Kolek 4 of 9 from long range. Kolek made 11 of 16 field-goal attempts, dished out six assists and had eight rebounds to pace the Golden Eagles to a 37-30 advantage on the boards.

Max Abmas had 25 points on 10-of-19 shooting for Texas, and Chendall Weaver added 10 points. The Longhorns were 4 of 16 from 3-point range.

No. 3 Houston 75, Rice 39

LJ Cryer scored 15 points in 24 minutes of court time, but defense made the real difference as the Cougars routed the visiting Owls in a battle of Houston rivals.

Houston (9-0) led by 16 points at halftime, by 30 midway through the second half and waltzed to the finish. Houston was atop the NCAA’s initial NET rankings released Monday and played to its ranking, holding Rice to just 28.9 percent shooting from the floor and to just one field goal over the game’s final seven minutes.

Alem Huseinovic led Rice (3-6) with 10 points. No other player had more than seven for the Owls, whose two-game winning streak came to an end.

No. 13 Colorado State 90, Denver 80

Patrick Cartier finished with 19 points and the host Rams canned 72 percent of their second-half shots to rally for a nonconference win over the Pioneers in Fort Collins, Colo.

Isaiah Stevens added 18 points and nine assists for the Rams (9-0), who also got 15 points and seven assists from Nique Clifford. Joel Scott contributed 11 points and seven rebounds as Colorado State sank 60.4 percent for the night, crafting a 24-8 assist-to-turnover ratio.

Tommy Bruner starred in defeat for the Pioneers (6-4), pumping in a game-high 28 points and adding eight assists. DeAndre Craig added 16 points, but Denver lost despite hitting 50.9 percent from the field, including 10 of 21 (47.6 percent) from the 3-point arc.

No. 15 Miami 97, Long Island 49

Norchad Omier posted his fourth double-double of the season to lead five double-digit scorers as the Hurricanes crushed the Sharks in Coral Gables, Fla.

Omier led all scorers with 17 points and matched his season high in rebounds with 13, giving him 26 boards in his past two games combined. Matthew Cleveland added 15 points, Wooga Poplar 14, Nijel Pack 13 and freshman Kyshawn George a collegiate-high 13 for the Hurricanes (7-1).

Tai Strickland, the son of Long Island coach Rod Strickland, and Andre Washington led the Sharks (1-7) with 14 points each. Eric Acker added 13 points, and Strickland grabbed nine rebounds.

No. 21 Texas A&M 89, DePaul 64

Jace Carter scored 14 points and Henry Coleman III collected 13 points and nine rebounds to lift the Aggies over the visiting Blue Demons in College Station, Texas.

Carter sank four 3-pointers after going 4-for-23 from beyond the arc prior to the game. Wade Taylor IV also drained four 3-pointers and finished with 13 points to help the Aggies (7-2) rebound from a campaign-low 47-point output in a loss to Virginia on Nov. 29.

DePaul’s Chico Carter Jr. scored 21 points on 7-of-9 shooting from the floor — including 4 of 6 from 3-point range. Da’Sean Nelson added 13 points for the Blue Demons (1-7), who lost their fifth straight game.

No. 24 Clemson 72, South Carolina 67

Chauncey Wiggins gave the Tigers a big boost of offense with 15 points and Clemson overcame an 11-point second-half deficit to remain undefeated by topping the visiting Gamecocks.

PJ Hall supplied 14 points, Joe Girard III had 12 points, Ian Schieffelin supplied 12 points and 12 rebounds and Chase Hunter notched 10 points for Clemson (8-0), which continued its best start in seven years.

Meechie Johnson poured in 26 points to go with a game-high four assists and Stephen Clark and B.J. Mack each had 10 points for South Carolina (7-1). The Gamecocks were in their first true road game of the season.

WOMEN’S TOP 25 ROUNDUP: IOWA’S CAITLIN CLARK TOPS 3,000 POINTS

Caitlin Clark scored 35 points, becoming the 15th Division I women’s basketball player to pass the 3,000 career points mark, as No. 4 Iowa beat rival Iowa State 67-58 on the road in Ames on Wednesday night.

Clark, the reigning consensus national player of the year, shot 12-for-31 from the floor for the Hawkeyes (9-1). She knocked down six 3-pointers on 16 attempts and also had nine rebounds and five assists in the win.

It was the 41st time in Clark’s career that she has scored at least 30 points in a single game. Clark now has 3,013 points for her career and is just 514 points shy of Washington alum Kelsey Plum for the all-time scoring record in women’s basketball.

With 20 regular-season games left, Clark would need to average 25.7 points per game to reach it before the Big Ten tournament. She is currently averaging 29.6 points.

Iowa also got 16 points from Kate Martin in the win. Iowa State (4-4) got 15 points and 10 rebounds from Audi Crooks, plus 14 points and 12 rebounds from Addy Brown.

The Hawkeyes have now beaten the Cyclones in seven of the past eight matchups. Iowa opens Big Ten play on Sunday at Wisconsin.

No. 1 South Carolina 104, Morgan State 38

Freshman guard Tessa Johnson scored a season-high 16 points and was one of six Gamecocks to hit double figures during a rout of the Bears in Columbia, S.C.

South Carolina (8-0) got 14 points from Milaysia Fulwiley, 12 points each from Raven Johnson and Te-Hina Paopao, and 10 points each Kamilla Cardoso and Sania Feagin. Sophomore Chloe Kitts added a career-high 14 rebounds to go along with seven points.

Morgan State (3-6) was led by Tamaria Rumph’s 11 points.

The Gamecocks shot 68.3 percent from the floor and 56.3 percent from 3-point range as they went on to lead by as much as 68 points.

South Carolina will face No. 11 Utah on Sunday in Uncasville, Conn., at the Hall of Fame Women’s Showcase.

No. 5 Texas 106, Long Beach State 62

Taylor Jones tallied 21 points and 10 rebounds as the Longhorns raced away from the Beach in Austin, Texas.

Rori Harmon added 17 points, six steals and four rebounds as Texas (10-0) remained undefeated. The Longhorns also got 16 points from Ndjakalenga Mwenentanda and 10 points from Khadija Faye.

Savannah Tucker scored 22 points for Long Beach State (3-3).

Texas led 57-18 at halftime and went ahead by as much as 53 points. The Longhorns outrebounded the Beach 56-27.

No. 13 Kansas State 101, McNeese 39

Gabby Gregory scored 16 points to help the Wildcats rout the Cowgirls in Manhattan, Kan.

Ayoka Lee added 15 points, six rebounds and three assists for Kansas State (8-1), while Gisela Sanchez scored 12 points. Alva Mofalk and Emilia Tenbrock each scored 10 points to lead McNeese (3-6).

Kansas State jumped out to an 18-4 lead through one quarter and were ahead by 30 points at halftime. The Wildcats outrebounded the Cowgirls 58-27. Kansas State had 29 assists on 40 made baskets.

No. 14 Notre Dame 96, Lafayette 42

Hannah Hidalgo stuffed the box score with 26 points, six rebounds, six steals and four assists as the Fighting Irish routed the Leopards in South Bend, Ind.

Notre Dame (7-1) also got 17 points and 10 rebounds from Maddy Westbeld, 14 points from Kylee Watson, and 12 points, eight rebounds and six assists from Natalija Marshall. Halee Smith led Lafayette (4-5) with 10 points.

The Irish shot 56.9 percent from the floor and owned the rebounding battle 48-23. Notre Dame pulled away in the third quarter, outscoring the Leopards 28-8.

No. 15 Virginia Tech 98, Long Island 50

The Hokies set Cassell Coliseum records with 17 3-pointers and 30 assists as they raced past the Sharks in Blacksburg, Va.

Six players scored in double figures for Virginia Tech (6-2), led by Cayla King, who had a season-high 21 points on 7-of-16 shooting from 3-point range. Elizabeth Kitley added 17 points and 10 rebounds, Georgia Amoore had 10 points and 14 assists, and freshman Carys Baker had a career-high 18 points.

Mariah Elohim led Long Island (1-8) with 11 points.

Virginia Tech shot 17-for-35 from behind the arc, 48.6 percent. By halftime, the Hokies led 45-13.

No. 17 UConn 90, Ball State 63

Aaliyah Edwards had 18 points and 12 rebounds as the Huskies beat the Cardinals in Storrs, Conn.

Ashlynn Shade added 17 points for UConn (5-3), while Paige Bueckers chipped in 15 points, three assists and three steals in just 21 minutes of play. Madelyn Bischoff led Ball State (6-2) with 12 points.

The game also featured a matchup of sisters as Hana Muhl had nine points for Ball State while Nika Muhl tallied four points and three steals for UConn.

The Huskies scored 37 points in the first quarter and shot 58.9 percent from the floor for the game.

No. 24 North Carolina 81, UNC Greensboro 66

Lexi Donarski scored 22 points to help the Tar Heels snap a three-game losing streak by beating the Spartans in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Donarski shot 6-for-8 from 3-point range and was one of six players to score in double figures for North Carolina (6-3). Alyssa Ustby had 13 points, Deja Kelly had 12 points and eight assists, Maria Gakdeng scored 12 points, and Indya Nivar and Anya Poole each had 11 points.

UNC Greensboro (6-3) was led by Isys Grady’s 17 points, while Kennedy Simpson had 15 on 5-of-5 shooting from beyond the arc.

NBA NEWS

NBA ROUNDUP: NETS SCORE LATE, EDGE HAWKS IN SEESAW BATTLE

Mikal Bridges capped a 32-point performance by hitting the game-winning jumper with 4.5 seconds left as the visiting Brooklyn Nets outlasted the Atlanta Hawks for a 114-113 victory on Wednesday.

In a game with 15 of its 43 lead changes in the fourth, Bridges provided the final margin by answering a 3-pointer from Trae Young with 17.3 seconds left. Young missed a 17-footer from the left side while being defended by Dennis Smith Jr., ending the game.

According to Elias Sports Bureau, the 43 lead changes represented the highest total in any NBA game since 1996-97, when play-by-play began to be tracked.

Brooklyn’s Cameron Johnson added 17, and Dorian Finney-Smith contributed 15. Young led the Hawks with 30 points.

76ers 131, Wizards 126

Joel Embiid had 50 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists to lift Philadelphia past host Washington, ending the 76ers’ two-game skid.

Embiid, who missed the previous two games with an illness, scored at least 50 points in a game for the sixth time in his career. Tyrese Maxey added 26 points and De’Anthony Melton had 19 for Philadelphia.

Jordan Poole put up 23 points and Tyus Jones added 20 for the Wizards, who lost for the 12th time in 13 games.

Warriors 110, Trail Blazers 106

Stephen Curry saved 22 of his game-high 31 points for the second half, capped by a clinching 3-pointer with 10 seconds remaining, and Golden State rallied past Portland in San Francisco.

Draymond Green had 10 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists and three Warriors came off the bench for 12 or more points. Golden State won for the first time this season after trailing at halftime, having gone 0-7 in such contests previously.

In his first game since suffering a torn ligament in his right thumb on opening night, Anfernee Simons poured in 28 points and Shaedon Sharpe had 26 points for the Trail Blazers.

Clippers 111, Nuggets 102

Paul George scored 25 points and grabbed eight rebounds and James Harden compiled 20 points and 11 assists as Los Angeles beat visiting Denver.

Kawhi Leonard scored 17 points for the Clippers, who defeated the last two NBA champions in succession after coming out on top against the Golden State Warriors 113-112 on Saturday. Norman Powell scored 17 points.

Nikola Jokic delivered his ninth triple-double of the season for the Nuggets, 22 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists. Jamal Murray scored 23 points while playing for just the second time in the past 15 games.

Cavaliers 121, Magic 111

Donovan Mitchell scored 15 of his 35 points in the first quarter to lift host Cleveland to a victory over Orlando.

Mitchell sank five 3-pointers and added seven rebounds and six assists to help the Cavaliers overcome Paolo Banchero’s career-high 42-point performance.

Darius Garland collected 26 points and nine assists, and Max Strus had 17 points to fuel Cleveland’s eighth win in 11 games. Cole Anthony scored 19 points for Magic, who have lost two in a row on the heels of a franchise high-tying, nine-game winning streak.

Mavericks 147, Jazz 97

Luka Doncic recorded a 29-point triple-double in the first half and finished with 40 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds as Dallas demolished visiting Utah.

Kyrie Irving scored 26 points in the wire-to-wire victory for Dallas, which established a season best for points. The Mavericks led by as many as 52 points while winning for just the third time in the past eight games. Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 17 points and Derrick Jones Jr. added 12 for the Mavericks. Seth Curry and Dereck Lively II had 10 points apiece.

Ochai Agbaji scored 21 points for the Jazz, who have lost seven of their past 10 games. Utah has dropped six of its past seven matchups with the Mavericks. Talen Horton-Tucker scored 11 points and John Collins and Taylor Hendricks had 10 apiece for Utah.

Bulls 111, Hornets 100

DeMar DeRozan scored a game-high 29 points, Nikola Vucevic recorded a double-double of 20 points and 12 rebounds and Chicago rode third-quarter runs to its third consecutive win with a defeat of visiting Charlotte.

Coby White hit 3 of 7 from 3-point distance en route to 19 points. White also grabbed nine rebounds and dished five assists. Vucevic went 2 of 3 behind the 3-point line, and Ayo Dosunmu and Torrey Craig each made two 3-pointers coming off the bench.

Gordon Hayward led Charlotte with 27 points. Terry Rozier added 25 points in the losing effort despite shooting just 1 of 11 from 3-point range. Miles Bridges finished with 16 points and eight rebounds.

Grizzlies 116, Pistons 102

Desmond Bane poured in a career-high 49 points as visiting Memphis handed Detroit an 18th consecutive loss.

Bane made 19 of 31 field-goal attempts, 4 of 8 from 3-point range and all seven of his free throws. He added eight assists and six rebounds. Jaren Jackson Jr. had 24 points and Jaylen Nowell chipped in 12 points for Memphis, which won for the third time in four games.

Bojan Bogdanovic had 22 points and seven assists for the Pistons, whose skid is an ongoing single-season franchise record. Jalen Duren contributed 17 points and 11 rebounds before injuring his ankle late in the fourth quarter.

Heat 112, Raptors 103

Caleb Martin scored a season-best 24 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as Miami won at Toronto.

Duncan Robinson added 21 points and Jimmy Butler scored 19 points for the Heat, who have won two of their past three games. Orlando Robinson had 15 points and 12 rebounds for Miami.

Pascal Siakam had 30 points and OG Anunoby added 23 points for the Raptors, who have lost two in a row.

Rockets 110, Thunder 101

Dillon Brooks scored 23 points, Aaron Holiday added 22 points off the bench and Alperen Sengun tallied 21 as Houston beat Oklahoma City to extend its home-court winning streak to nine games.

Sengun added six rebounds and seven assists. Jalen Green (15 points) and Fred VanVleet (11 points, nine assists) rounded out the Rockets’ balanced attack.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander paced the Thunder with 33 points — on 13-for-18 shooting — plus six assists and six steals. Josh Giddey and Chet Holmgren combined for 12 points while missing 15 of 20 shots, though Holmgren blocked six shots.

NHL NEWS

NHL ROUNDUP: ZACH HYMAN POSTS HAT TRICK IN OILERS’ WIN

Zach Hyman posted his third career hat trick while Connor McDavid and Mattias Janmark both collected three assists as the host Edmonton Oilers rode a four-goal first period to a 6-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Wednesday.

Warren Foegele produced one goal and one assist while Ryan McLeod and Mattias Ekholm added goals for the Oilers, who have won five straight games. Goaltender Stuart Skinner made 39 saves.

McDavid has collected 19 points (four goals, 15 assists) in a seven-game point streak. Evan Bouchard, who contributed two assists, has 12 points (two goals, 10 assists) in a nine-game run.

Jordan Staal replied for the Hurricanes, who have lost two straight games and three out of four. Starting goalie Pyotr Kochetkov was pulled after surrendering three goals on six shots. Antti Raanta stopped 25 shots in relief.

Panthers 5, Stars 4

The line of Aleksander Barkov, Sam Reinhart and Evan Rodrigues combined for nine points as Florida defeated Dallas in Sunrise, Fla.

Rodrigues had two goals and two assists to tie his career high of four points. Reinhart posted one goal and two assists, and Barkov provided one goal and one assist. Reinhart is tied for second in the NHL with 17 goals. The Panthers also got a goal from Carter Verhaeghe, two assists from Niko Mikkola and 29 saves by Sergei Bobrovsky.

Dallas’ Mason Marchment and Thomas Harley each had a goal and an assist, and Radek Faksa and Evgenii Dadonov also scored. Marchment and Dadonov are former Panthers. Stars goalie Jake Oettinger made 26 saves.

Golden Knights 6, Blues 3

Jack Eichel, William Karlsson and Keegan Kolesar each had a goal and an assist as visiting Vegas rallied past St. Louis to earn a split of a home-and-home sequence.

Zach Whitecloud, Jonathan Marchessault and Michael Amadio also scored for the Golden Knights, who erased a 3-1 deficit to extend their point streak to six games (3-0-3). Ivan Barbashev earned two assists for Vegas and Logan Thompson made 26 saves.

Jordan Kyrou had a goal and an assist for the Blues. Jake Neighbours and Kevin Hayes also scored, and Jordan Binnington made 43 saves.

Lightning 3, Penguins 1

NHL points leader Nikita Kucherov recorded a goal and an assist, established a Tampa Bay franchise record, and the Lightning topped visiting Pittsburgh.

The right winger assisted on Anthony Cirelli’s power-play goal to open the game. That gave Kucherov an 11-game assist streak to set a club record. It is also the league’s longest streak this season. Cirelli recorded his 200th career point on the goal, and Tanner Jeannot tallied as the Lightning won their second straight game.

Sidney Crosby had the lone assist for the Penguins, who lost their third straight match (0-1-2).

BASEBALL

REPORTS: YANKEES NEAR DEAL FOR PADRES OF JUAN SOTO

Juan Soto appears destined for pinstripes with the New York Yankees on the verge of a blockbuster trade to acquire the 25-year-old outfielder from the San Diego Padres, according to multiple reports.

Soto, a free agent after the 2024 season, is a .284 career hitter with 160 home runs and 483 RBIs to go along with 786 total hits and .421 on-base percentage.

The Padres are slashing payroll and returned to the bargaining table this week during the MLB Winter Meetings when Yankees general manager Brian Cashman agreed to include two of the team’s top four prospects — pitchers Michael King and Drew Thorpe — according to multiple reports.

MLB Network reported Wednesday the intensified talks could involve five or six players and include more salary going from San Diego to New York in the form of infielder Jake Cronenworth, who is owed $80 million over the next seven seasons.

Signing Soto long-term became unrealistic for the Padres last winter when San Diego added shortstop Xander Bogaerts in free agency on an 11-year, $280 million contract while also retaining third baseman Manny Machado on a whopping 11-year, $350 million commitment. Those contracts came after San Diego locked up Fernando Tatis Jr. with a 14-year, $340 million pact in February 2021.

The Padres acquired Soto from the Washington Nationals at the 2022 trade deadline. At the time a two-time All-Star at age 23, Soto had declined multiple long-term contract offers from the Nationals, according to GM Mike Rizzo, including a 15-year, $440 million contract.

San Diego gave up a mammoth haul to land Soto and first baseman Josh Bell: right-hander Jarlin Susana, left-hander MacKenzie Gore, outfielder Robert Hassell III, shortstop C.J. Abrams, outfielder James Wood.

Soto hit .275 with 35 home runs, 109 RBIs and led MLB with 132 walks with the Padres last season.

REPORTS: ASTROS REACH 2-YEAR DEAL WITH C VICTOR CARATINI

Catcher Victor Caratini agreed to a two-year, $12 million contract with the Houston Astros, multiple media outlets reported.

The deal, which is pending a physical, has yet to be announced by the Astros.

Caratini is expected to serve as the primary backup to Yainer Diaz, which would leave Martin Maldonado as the odd man out behind the plate for Houston.

Caratini, 30, batted .259 with seven homers and 25 RBIs in 62 games last season with the Milwaukee Brewers.

He is a career .236 hitter with 38 homers and 171 RBIs in 519 games with the Chicago Cubs (2017-20), San Diego Padres (2021) and Brewers (2022-23).

TOP INDIANA SPORTS RELEASES/ NEWS

INDIANA PACERS BASKETBALL
GAME PREVIEW: PACERS VS BUCKS (IN-SEASON TOURNAMENT SEMIFINAL)

All eyes are on the Pacers this week as they descend on Las Vegas for the Semifinals of the inaugural In-Season Tournament.

After knocking off the East-leading Boston Celtics in Monday’s Quarterfinal in front of a packed house at Gainbridge Fieldhouse and a national television audience, the Pacers (11-8) will now face another of the East’s top teams in Vegas. Two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks (15-6) advanced to the Semifinals with a 146-122 victory over the Knicks in Tuesday’s other East Quarterfinal.

The Pacers and Bucks have met once earlier this season, with the Pacers prevailing 126-124 at Gainbridge Fieldhouse.

All-Star guard Tyrese Haliburton was his usual self in that game, tallying a double-double with 29 points and 10 assists and going 5-for-9 from 3-point range, including the go-ahead three with 1:29 to play. Center Myles Turner also had a strong performance with 21 points, six boards, and four assists while going 4-for-9 from beyond the arc.

But the most notable Pacers performance from that first matchup came from second-year guard Bennedict Mathurin, who scored a season-high 26 points and collected his first double-double with 11 rebounds. Mathurin went 9-for-18 from the field, 3-for-7 from beyond the arc, and 5-for-6 from the free throw line, but just as importantly, was locked in defensively in crunch time. Mathurin forced a couple stops against Antetokounmpo in the final minutes, including a steal in the final minute to help seal the victory.

In the weeks since that game, Mathurin has moved from the starting lineup back into a sixth man role, where he was highly effective as a rookie last season. But he had another strong performance in Tuesday’s Quarterfinal, tallying 16 points off the bench while knocking down a season-high four threes.

The Pacers will need to find a better way to slow down Antetokounmpo on Thursday. The Greek Freak wreaked havoc in his last game against the Blue & Gold, scoring 54 points and pulling down 12 rebounds while going 19-for-25 from the field and 16-for-18 from the free throw line. He was also a two-way force in Tuesday’s Quarterfinal win over New York, tallying 35 points on 15-of-22 shooting, eight boards, 10 assists, and three steals.

Keeping the 6-11 Antetokounmpo out of the paint and off the free throw line is easier said than done, but expect Indiana to make some adjustments from the last matchup in an attempt to slow him down somewhat.

Antetokounmpo will have more help this time around, however. All-Star guard Damian Lillard missed the first meeting in Indiana with a calf injury, but will be on the floor against Indiana in Vegas. The Bucks acquired the seven-time All-Star in a blockbuster move over the summer to pair him with Antetokounmpo and give them two of the league’s top offensive threats.

Through his first 19 games in Milwaukee, Lillard is averaging 25.6 points and 6.9 assists. He is shooting just 35.2 percent from 3-point range on more than eight attempts per game, but is one of the most prolific shooters in league history (he currently ranks sixth all-time in career threes made) and always a threat to pull up from anywhere inside the halfcourt line. Lillard had 28 points and seven assists in Tuesday’s win over the Knicks, while going 5-for-7 from long distance.

The Pacers have a star point guard of their own in Haliburton, who has been sensational all season long, but especially in In-Season Tournament play. The 23-year-old is averaging 28 points, 13.4 rebounds, and 5.2 rebounds over five IST games while shooting 50.5 percent from the field and 46.4 percent from 3-point range. At this point, he feels all but certain to land a spot on the All-Tournament Team and is one of the favorites for In-Season Tournament MVP should the Pacers beat the Bucks to reach the Championship game.

On the other side of the bracket, Zion Williamson and the New Orleans Pelicans will take on LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday night at 9:00 PM ET. The two Semifinal winners will advance to the Championship game on Saturday night to compete for the inaugural NBA Cup.

Projected Starters

Pacers: G – Tyrese Haliburton, G – Buddy Hield, F – Bruce Brown, F – Obi Toppin, C – Myles Turner

Bucks: G – Damian Lillard, G – Malik Beasley, F – Khris Middleton, F – Giannis Antetokounmpo, C – Brook Lopez

Injury Report

Pacers: Jalen Smith – out (left knee bone bruise/left heel contusion)

Bucks: Pat Connaughton – out (right ankle sprain), Jae Crowder – out (left adductor surgery)

Last Meeting

Nov. 9, 2023: All-Star guard Tyrese Haliburton had 29 points and 10 assists and drilled the go-ahead 3-pointer in the final minutes, while second-year wing Bennedict Mathurin tallied his first career double-double with 26 points and 11 rebounds and came up with a huge steal against Giannis Antetokounmpo late to help seal a 126-124 victory at Gainbridge Fieldhouse.

Antetokounmpo surpassed 50 points with over 10 minutes to play, but the Pacers found a way to slow him down when it counted most. With All-Star guard Damian Lillard sidelined by a sore right calf, Antetokounmpo did the heavy lifting for Milwaukee, amassing 54 points and 12 rebounds while going 19-for-25 from the field and 16-for-18 from the free throw line.

“The only way you really grow as a team in this league is to be battle-tested under tough circumstances,” Pacers head coach Rick Carlisle said. “Tonight there were some very tough circumstances and our guys did a tremendous job of (displaying) their collective will and hanging in there. Nobody ever dropped their head. They stayed positive. It was all about finding a way to get the next stop, the next score, (and) winning the game.”

Myles Turner finished with 21 points, six rebounds, and four assists in the victory for Indiana, going 4-for-9 from 3-point range. Bruce Brown had a strong all-around game, tallying 11 points, nine rebounds, seven assists, and two steals. Buddy Hield added 11 points off the bench, while fellow reserve Andrew Nembhard scored 10.

Khris Middleton had 19 points in the loss for Milwaukee, Malik Beasley added 13, and Bobby Portis tallied 11 points and eight boards off the bench.

Noteworthy

Thursday’s Semifinal games count towards the regular season standings, meaning Indiana will now play five games against the Bucks this season. They are scheduled to meet in Milwaukee next week on Dec. 13, then will wrap up the season series with a home-and-home set with games in Milwaukee on Jan. 1 and at Gainbridge Fieldhouse on Jan. 3.

The Pacers have won two of their past three games against Milwaukee dating back to last March. Prior to that, the Bucks had won 10 straight games and 14 of 15 against Indiana.

Though they are longtime division rivals, the Pacers and Bucks have met just twice in the postseason, squaring off in the first round in both 1999 and 2000. Indiana won both series.

A couple factors that have been key predictors in the Pacers’ success this season are balanced scoring and 3-point volume. Indiana is 10-2 on the season when six or more players reach double figures and 9-3 when making 15 or more 3-pointers.

Broadcast Information (TV and Radio Listings >>)

TV: ESPN – Mike Breen (play-by-play), Doris Burke (analyst), Reggie Miller (analyst), Lisa Salters (sideline reporter)

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

Tickets

The Pacers return to Gainbridge Fieldhouse to host Paul George, Kawhi Leonard and the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday, Dec. 18 at 7:00 PM ET.

INDIANA FOOTBALL

CASEY TABBED AP ALL-B1G

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The nation’s leader in solo tackles for loss and first Indiana football defender with 100 tackles since 2016, linebacker Aaron Casey was honored by the Associated Press as a first-team All-Big Ten selection for the publication on Wednesday (Dec. 6).

He is the first Hoosier to earn first-team honors on defense since Tegray Scales in 2017. Casey was selected first-team All-Big Ten by the conference media and second-team all-conference by the Big Ten coaches.

In 2023, Casey was the first IU defender to earn multiple Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week awards in a career and gave IU two defensive weekly award winners for just the second time in a single season.

Casey was among the nation’s best at the linebacker position with 109 tackles on the season, which included a Big Ten-best 20.0 tackles for loss – a total that ranked No. 2 in the FBS entering bowl season. The only FBS defender with multiple games of 4.0 tackles for loss or more, Casey ranked No. 2 nationally in TFLs, while his 19 solo tackles for loss led the nation.

In 2023, Casey led the Big Ten and ranked No. 2 nationally in tackles for loss (20.0) and solo tackles (78). His 109 total tackles sit No. 4 in the Big Ten and No. 23 in the FBS and mark the first 100-tackle season by an IU defender since Scales (126) in 2016. He led the Power 5 with 22 tackles for loss or no gain per Pro Football Focus.

His 20.0 tackles for loss are tied for No. 4 on the single season charts with Nathan Davis (1995) and were the most by an IU defender since Scales’ 23.5 in 2016. Of his 20.0 tackles for loss, 19 of those were solo TFLs, which led the FBS. His career total of 36.0 tackles for loss finished No. 8 all-time at IU, just one behind Micah McFadden’s career total (37.0).

2023 Postseason Honors

Zach Carpenter – Honorable mention All-Big Ten (OL; B1G coaches & media)

Andre Carter – Honorable mention All-Big Ten (DL; B1G coaches & media)

Aaron Casey – First-team All-Big Ten (LB; B1G media, Associated Press), second-team All-Big Ten (LB; B1G coaches)

James Evans – Third-team All-Big Ten (P; B1G media), honorable mention All-Big Ten (P; B1G coaches)

Jaylin Lucas – Third-team All-Big Ten (RS; B1G media), honorable mention All-Big Ten (RS; B1G coaches)

Donaven McCulley – Honorable mention All-Big Ten (B1G coaches & media)

Kobee Minor – Honorable mention All-Big Ten (B1G coaches & media)

INDIANA WRESTLING

INDIANA TO HOST CENTRAL MICHIGAN FOR SATURDAY DUAL

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. ––––– Indiana Wrestling is set to compete back in Bloomington this weekend when it hosts Central Michigan on Saturday, Dec. 9 at 2 p.m. in Wilkinson Hall.

This will be the first dual between the Hoosiers and Chippewas since 1997.

CMU PREVIEW:

-Central Michigan enters Saturday’s dual with an 0-3 record but have lost to three good squads in No. 21 Oklahoma, No. 22 North Carolina and Illinois.

-The Chippewas boast three ranked wrestlers in their lineup, including: No. 16 Corbyn Munson (149), No. 23 Johnny Lovett (157) and No. 18 Alex Cramer (174).

-All three of them were national qualifiers last season with Lovett and Cramer each recording one win at NCAAs.

-This season, the trio owns a combined 16-4 record in the season’s early window.

-In addition to them, Central Michigan retains a lot of experience, as it returned five other starters from a year ago in Sean Spidle (125), Vince Perez (133), Tracy Hubbard (165), Cameron Wood (197) and Bryan Caves (285).

-Last year’s team finished second at the MAC Championships and only fell short from a title by 2.5 team points.

CLASS OF THE MAC:

-Central Michigan head coach Tom Borrelli is in his 33rd season leading the Chippewas. In his tenure, Borrelli has amassed many accolades.

-His achievements include 14 MAC Championships first-place finishes, 15 MAC regular season titles and he has been named MAC Coach of the Year 14 times. He was named the conference’s coach of the year as recent as last season.

-Borrrelli owns a career 406-196 record as a head coach (360-171 at CMU). He ranks second behind only Oklahoma State’s John Smith for most dual victories for active Division I coaches.

-He has coached one national champion, 45 All-Americans, 92 MAC champions and 10 MAC Wrestler of the Year honorees.

-In 1998, he was named the National Coach of the Year by the NWCA and Wrestling International Newsmagazine (W.I.N.).

ONWARD AND UPWARD:

-The Hoosiers continue to elevate the level of the program’s standard for success with a consistent total of six wrestlers throughout the year who are in the national rankings.

-Of the six, three of them are ranked in the top-ten of their weight class.

-The ranked Hoosiers are No. 27 Danny Fongaro (141), No. 13 Graham Rooks (149), No. 19 Brayton Lee (157), No. 9 Derek Gilcher (165), No. 10 DJ Washington (174) and No. 31 Nick Willham (285).

-Gilcher and Washington both currently hold undefeated records.

PRINCETON REWIND:

-Indiana had a tight and thrilling dual match with the Tigers last weekend.

-After commanding an 11-3 lead early on, the Hoosiers would have to dig deep in its final two matches to secure an 18-15 win.

-Down 15-11 with bouts at 133 and 141 lbs. remaining, graduate students Cayden Rooks (133) and No. 27 Dan Fongaro (141) got the job done for the Hoosiers.

-Rooks defeated Sean Pierson by decision, 8-3, to make it a 15-14 match. Fongaro, a New Jersey native, excelled in his home state, winning over Tyler Vazquez by major decision, 15-2, and gave Indiana the dual victory.

-Earlier in the match, DJ Washington (174) had another standout performance, winning by tech fall over Mikey Squires, 19-3 (3:59).

NEW FACES:

-Indiana has eight new wrestlers on the roster for this season.

-Of the newbies, five of them are freshmen while the other three are transfers.

-All five freshmen are from the state of Indiana. They include Bryce Lowery (Indianapolis), Joey Buttler (Greenwood), Cheaney Schoeff (Avon), Anthony Bahl (Crown Point) and Aidan Torres (Chesterton).

-Lowery, Buttler and Torres all won an IHSAA individual State Championship during their senior season. Bahl won a Team State Title with the Crown Point Bulldogs, the second in a row for the team, and their third in four years.

-Lowery won IndyStar’s Most Outsanding Wrestler award for the best senior wrestler in the state for the 2022-2023 school year.

-Indiana’s transfer class includes Dan Fongaro, Brayton Lee and Roman Rogotzke.

-Lee, a known commodity around NCAA Wrestling, returns to his home state after spending five years at Minnesota.

-The two-time All-American (2020, 2021) is seeking to recapture his momentum after entering last season as the No. 2 ranked wrestler at 157 lbs. in the country.

-Lee’s 2022-23 season was cut short due to injury at The Big Ten Championships.

-Fongaro comes to Indiana after five years at Columbia where he competed at 141 and 149 lbs. He will wrestle at 141 lbs. for the Hoosiers.

-Fongaro owns fifth and sixth place finishes at the EIWA Championships in 2022 and 2023, respectively.

-Rogotzke, a transfer at 184 lbs., from South Dakota State, enters his redshirt sophomore season with plenty of momentum.

-Last year, Rogotzke racked up 17 wins and took first place at two open tournaments.

SEASON OUTLOOK:

-Indiana’s 2023-2024 schedule features 12 dual matches and four invitational tournaments in the regular season.

 -Indiana’s dual slate features eight Big Ten matches and four non-conference duals.

-Indiana will compete at Southern Scuffle for the first time this season.

INTERNATIONAL SUCCESS:

-The Indiana Wrestling team had a number of wrestlers compete in offseason competition to get better and compete on the world stage.

-Senior Jacob Moran competed for Team Puerto Rico at 57 kg in Freestyle and took third place at the Central American and Caribbean Games while also competing at the 2023 U23 World Championships in Albania.

-Derek Gilcher took fifth place at the 2023 U.S. Open at the Senior Level at 74 kg.

-Gabe Sollars earned sixth place at the 2023 U.S. Open in the U20 division in Freestyle at 92 kg. He also had a sixth place finish at the U20 World Team Trials in the same weight class and division.

-DJ Washington finished in second at 86 kg in the U23 World Team Trials in Freestyle.

-Nick Willham had a fourth place finish at 92 kg in the U23 World Team Trials in Freestyle.

-Tyler Lillard earned 7th place at 74 kg in the U20 World Team Trials in Freestyle.

-Cole Rhemrev took 7th place at 67 kg in Greco-Roman at the U20 World Team Trials. Magnus Kuokkanen got 7th in the same division, but at 77 kg.

GEOGRAPHICAL DISPERSION:

-Indiana’s roster features wrestlers everywhere across the country.

-Fifteen wrestlers on the team are home grown, in-state Hoosiers, including all of the freshmen.

-Of the 30 wrestlers on the team, there are 13 different states represented.

-The states represented on Indiana’s roster include Indiana, New Mexico, Illinois, New Jersey, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, Wisconsin, Ohio, California, Minnesota, Kansas and Kentucky.

INDIANA SWIMMING

FOUR INDIANA DIVERS QUALIFY FOR 2024 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Of the eight Indiana University affiliated divers that competed at USA Diving Winter National Championships over the last week at the Allan Jones Aquatic Center in Knoxville, Tennessee, four qualified to compete for Team USA at the 2024 World Aquatics Championships in Doha, Qatar, in February.

Indiana will send two current student-athletes, juniors Quinn Henninger and Carson Tyler, as well as alumni Andrew Capobianco and Jessica Parratto, who both actively train in Bloomington. Henninger and Tyler will participate in their first senior world championships.

Capobianco and Henninger paired to win the men’s synchronized 3-meter event with a score of 828.63. The duo put an emphasis on its performance, scoring 88.92 and 93.48 points, respectively, from their final two dives.

In July, Capobianco finished fourth in the individual 3-meter event at the 2023 World Championships. He was also a silver medalist in the synchronized competition at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, partnering with another IU teammate, Michael Hixon.

The reigning NCAA Champion on platform, Tyler won the men’s synchro event from an 825.21 score. Tyler and his partner earned at least 78 points on each of their final four dives to clinch the national title and spot on the worlds roster. He also finished third in the individual event, scoring 808.35 points.

Parratto is into her second straight World Championships in two years after earning bronze in the women’s synchronized platform competition with partner Delaney Schnell at Fukuoka this summer. The duo won at winter nationals again, posting a 597.18 total. Parratto is a two-time Olympian and earned silver with Schnell from the same event in Tokyo.

RESULTS

Andrew Capobianco

Men’s Synchronized 3-Meter: First, 828.63*

Anne Fowler

Women’s 1-Meter: Seventh, 473.20

Women’s 3-Meter: Eighth, 491.05

Women’s Synchronized 3-Meter: Third, 523.71

Kristen Hayden

Women’s 1-Meter: Sixth, 476.25

Women’s 3-Meter: Fifth, 538.25

Quinn Henninger

Men’s 3-Meter: Fourth, 763.25

Men’s Synchronized 3-Meter: First, 828.63*

Jessica Parratto

Women’s Synchronized Platform: First, 597.18*

Ella Roselli

Women’s 1-Meter: 16th, 220.55

Women’s 3-Meter: 29th, 198.80

Women’s Synchronized 3-Meter: Seventh, 427.41

Carson Tyler

Men’s Platform: Third, 808.35

Men’s Synchronized Platform: First, 825.21*

Lily Witte

Women’s 1-Meter: 25th, 204.60

Women’s 3-Meter: 16th, 225.90

Women’s Synchronized 3-Meter: Fifth, 484.92

* – Earns USA Diving selection for 2024 World Aquatics Championships team

PURDUE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

PURDUE BEATS SEMO, EXTENDS STREAK TO 4 IN A ROW

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue women’s basketball team ran away to an 83-57 win over Southeast Missouri State on Wednesday night in Mackey Arena. Purdue moved to 6-3 and won their fourth straight heading into their Big Ten opener at Minnesota on Sunday.

Already on a list of her own, Jeanae Terry recorded her fourth non-point double-double as a Boilermaker with 11 assists and 10 rebounds. It was the first non-point double-double in the nation this season. Terry owns the most non-point double-doubles in the nation since her arrival in West Lafayette ahead of the 2021-22 season.

Four Boilermakers finished in double figures. A game after not scoring against Valparaiso on Sunday, Caitlyn Harper led the way with 22 points, her highest output at Purdue. The sixth-year senior was 9-of-13 from the floor with a pair of 3-pointers and 14 points inside. Madison Layden went for 16 points with four triples.

Abbey Ellis extended her double-digit streak to nine games with a 13-point outing. Mary Ashley Stevenson finished three rebounds shy of her second straight double-double, going for an effective night of 11 points, seven rebounds, two assists and one block.

Purdue posted a season-high 10 triples on the night with five different players connecting from behind the arc. Shooting 47.7% from the field, the Boilermakers improved to 5-0 this year when making 40% or more of their shots.

On the defensive end, the Boilermakers generated 25 points off 17 SEMO (2-6) giveaways. For the seventh time this season and the fourth straight game, Purdue held an opponent under 60 points. The Redhawks shot 38.3% from the field and went just 2-of-7 from distance. 

Purdue set the tone early in the first quarter with back-to-back 3-pointers from Layden and Ellis to build up a 10-point lead. Ellis and Jayla Smith led the way with six points. Purdue flipped five SEMO turnovers into six points in the opening 10 minutes.

Harper powered the Boilermakers at the start of the second scoring the opening seven points. Purdue hit three more triples in the frame and tallied 14 of 24 points in the paint to hold a 47-24 lead at halftime.

The Boilermakers held SEMO off the board for the first 4:16 of the third. Purdue continued its run at the end of the second to score 18 unanswered points and open a 33-point lead in the third. The Redhawks battled back with their longest run of the game of eight points, as the Boilermakers carried a 61-37 lead into the fourth.

Purdue closed the game with 22 points in the fourth and shooting 9-of-18 from the field.

TERRY TIDBITS

• Terry’s four non-point double-doubles are the most by any player dating back to the 2009-10 season.

• The Detroit native’s 11 assists moved her up to ninth on Purdue’s career assist chart with 427, tying Jennifer Jacoby.

• Terry holds the Purdue record for career assist-to-turnover ratio at 2.01 after Wednesday night. 

NOTES

• Purdue leads the all-time series with SEMO 2-0.

• The Boilermakers are 23-2 when holding an opponent to 60 points or fewer in the Katie Gearlds era.

• Layden’s four 3-pointers moved her to 164 for her career, three away from KK Houser for 11th on Purdue’s all-time charts.

• Purdue is 8-5 when making 10 or more 3-pointers under Gearlds.

• The Boilermakers dished out 19 assists on 31 made field goals.

• Emily Monson set a career-high with four rebounds off the bench.

• Despite 10 turnovers, Purdue allowed SEMO to score just four points off the giveaways.

• Harper’s previous Purdue best was 20 points at Penn State last year.

UP NEXT

The Boilermakers will open Big Ten play on Sunday afternoon with a road trip to Williams Arena to face Minnesota at 2 p.m. ET. The game will be streamed on B1G+.

PURDUE SWIMMING

LOSCHIAVO WINS SILVER, CLINCHES 4TH CAREER BERTH AT WORLDS

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Purdue alumnus Brandon Loschiavo secured his fourth career berth at the World Aquatics Championships by winning a silver medal on 10-meter Wednesday to conclude the USA Diving Winter Nationals.

For the second day in a row on the tower, three of the top seven finishers had ties to the Boilermakers. National Letter of Intent signee Tyler Wills finished fourth overall while posting the second-best list score (409) of the day Wednesday. Jordan Rzepka placed seventh. Daryn Wright, Sophie McAfee and Maycey Vieta were all among the top six Tuesday.

Event winner Josh Hedburg and Loschiavo will represent the U.S. on the tower at the 2024 World Championships, set for Feb. 2-18 in Doha, Qatar. They’ll be aiming to clinch Olympic quota berths for USA Diving via top-12 finishes in Qatar.

Purdue claimed medals in five events and nine medals total at Winter Nationals this year. Dating back to 2010, Boilermakers have won 75 medals – 28 individual, 47 synchronized – at USA Diving’s annual winter championships.

PURDUE MEDALISTS AT 2023 USA DIVING WINTER NATIONALS

• Brandon Loschiavo – Silver on 10-Meter, Silver in 10-Meter Synchro (with Rzepka)

• Daryn Wright – Silver on 10-Meter, Silver in Mixed 10-Meter Synchro (with Wills)

• Greg Duncan – Silver in 3-Meter Synchro (with Downs)

• Jordan Rzepka – Silver in 10-Meter Synchro (with Loschiavo)

• Tyler Wills – Gold in Mixed 10-Meter Synchro (with Baleigh Cranford), Silver in Mixed 10-Meter Synchro (with Wright)

• Zach Welsh – Bronze in 3-Meter Synchro (with Jacob Welsh)

Wills & Welsh are National Letter of Intent signees joining the Boilermakers next season

Loschiavo won the 10-meter preliminary Monday with a list score of 399.35 and was even better in the semifinal (443.25). Scores reset after the prelim but were cumulative across the semi and final. The 16-year-old Hedburg claimed his first career senior national title in an individual event with lists of 456.60 in the semi and 441.25 in the final, winning by 53 points.

Since the spring of 2019, Loschiavo has now finished top two on the podium at four of USA Diving’s national championship meets – 2023 Winter Nationals, 2023 National Championships, 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials (held in June 2021) and 2019 National Championships. He did not compete at the 2021 and 2022 Winter Nationals and the championship meet was not held in 2020.

Wills improved on his list score by 51 points from the prelim (358) to the final (409). The Carmel, Indiana, native also won gold and silver while competing with Purdue’s Wright and NC State’s Bayleigh Cranford in the mixed 10-meter synchro event last week. Mixed 10-meter synchro will be featured at the World Aquatic Championships in February and USA Diving is permitted to send one additional diver to compete in the event. Wright qualified for Worlds individually on 10-meter Tuesday.

Purdue resumes its NCAA schedule Saturday, Jan. 13 with a home meet vs. Missouri and the Illinois women. The University of Tennessee’s Allan Jones Aquatic Center is also hosting the 2024 U.S. Olympic Team Trials, with the dates set for June 16-23. Team USA’s official number of Olympic bids across all diving events will be confirmed after the results at the World Championships in February.

LIST SCORES FOR PURDUE FINALISTS IN INDIVIDUAL EVENTS AT WINTER NATIONALS

• Brandon Loschiavo, 2nd on 10-Meter – 399.35 Prelim, 443.25 Semi, 401.50 Final

• Tyler Wills, 4th on 10-Meter – 358 Prelim, 374.35 Semi, 409 Final

• Jordan Rzepka, 7th on 10-Meter – 359.70 Prelim, 402.55 Semi, 307.75 Final

• Daryn Wright, 3rd on 10-Meter – 290.05 Prelim, 318.55 Semi, 267.50 Final

• Sophie McAfee, 5th on 10-Meter – 223.40 Prelim, 282.30 Semi, 265.20 Final

• Maycey Vieta, 6th on 10-Meter – 299.20 Prelim, 290 Semi, 256.90 Final

• Greg Duncan, 6th on 3-Meter – 360.85 Prelim, 407.40 Semi, 351 Final

• Zach Welsh, 10th on 3-Meter – 314.85 Prelim, 342.85 Semi, 298.10 Final

• Max Miller, 6th on 1-Meter – 309.40 Prelim, 334.30 Final

• Holden Higbie, 7th on 1-Meter – 322.55 Prelim, 319.8 Final

• Avery Worobel, 10th on 1-Meter – 235.50 Prelim, 229.50 Final

PURDUE DIVERS AT THE WORLD AQUATICS CHAMPIONSHIPS

Since 2015

• 2024 in Qatar: Brandon Loschiavo, Daryn Wright

• 2023 in Japan: David Colturi, Greg Duncan, Brandon Loschiavo, Jordan Rzepka, Maycey Vieta

• 2022 in Hungary: Greg Duncan, Maggie Merriman, Jordan Rzepka, Maycey Vieta, Daryn Wright

• 2019 in South Korea: Ben Bramley, David Colturi, David Boudia, Steele Johnson, Steven LoBue, Brandon Loschiavo

• 2017 in Hungary: David Colturi, Steele Johnson, Steven LoBue, Brandon Loschiavo, 

• 2015 in Russia: David Boudia, David Colturi, Steele Johnson, Steven LoBue

NOTRE DAME WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

DOMINANT IRISH OFFENSE ROLLS LEOPARDS, 96-42

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — No. 14 Notre Dame (7-1) will head into finals with a win after downing Lafayette (4-5) on Wednesday, 96-42.

It was another balanced night for the ACC’s top offense. Five players scored in double-figures, and Hannah Hidalgo led the way with 26 points. She nailed three of Notre Dame’s six made 3-pointers. The freshman also had 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 6 steals. Hidalgo now has five games with at least six steals, while no one else in the ACC has more than one.

Maddy Westbeld (17), Kylee Watson (14), Nat Marshall (12) and Anna DeWolfe (10) were the other players in double-figures. The symmetry between Hidalgo and DeWolfe is palpable. The two guards are relentless on defense — DeWolfe also had 3 steals on the night — and they are constantly tossing dimes to each other.

“It’s scary,” Hidalgo said of having both herself and DeWolfe on the court at the same time. “We’re doing a better job of playing with each other and playing off each other. Anna’s a great leader, too. She does a great job of talking to me and demanding my attention.”

As a whole, Notre Dame held Lafayette’s leading scorer Abby Antognoli to just 7 points in 37 minutes. She went 1-8 from behind the arc, and the point guard had just 1 assist. Halee Smith led the Leopards with 10 points.

Lafayette struggled mightily to score in the paint thanks in part to the Irish going with a three-post lineup for some of the night (Marshall, Watson, Westbeld). A block party of sorts further stifled the scoring in the front court; Becky Obinma led the charge with 3 blocks, and Nat Marshall had two more. Notre Dame outscored Lafayette in the paint, 52-12, and finished with 7 blocks.

Even more impressive, Notre Dame continues to take care of business despite a plethora of injuries. The Irish had just eight players available on Wednesday and were missing Jenna Brown, Sonia Citron, Olivia Miles, Cassandre Prosper and Emma Risch. Risch is the new one on the list. Karen and Kevin Keyes Family Head Coach Niele Ivey described her injury as “hip soreness.” There is no timeline for her return.

“I have to adjust everything,” Ivey said of her preparation when dealing with injuries. “Unfortunately I have experience doing it from last year. I have to keep practice lighter, we do a lot of low-impact cardio to keep conditioning up. We just have to be smart.”

The Irish are off for 11 days for finals but will host in-state foe Purdue on Dec. 17. Prior to the game, a statue of Hall of Fame head coach Muffet McGraw will be unveiled outside of the Joyce Center.

NOTRE DAME MEN’S SOCCER

COLLEGE CUP SEMIFINALS PREVIEW: OREGON STATE

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The No. 2 overall seed Notre Dame Fighting Irish are making their third College Cup appearance in program history, including their second in last three years, as they take on Oregon State in the NCAA Championship Semifinals at 8:30 p.m. ET on Friday, Dec. 8 at Lynn Family Stadium in Louisville. The match will air on ESPNU.

No. 2 NOTRE DAME vs. OREGON STATE
Location: Louisville, Kentucky | Lynn Family Stadium
TV: ESPNU
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THE IRISH IN THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP

• Notre Dame is playing in its 24th NCAA Championship in 2023 and have played in the tourney in 20 of the last 23 seasons.

• The Irish have an overall record of 22-20-7 in the NCAA Championships.

• Notre Dame has a record of 2-0-1 at the College Cup in program history.

• The Irish did not advance from the semifinal in 2021, drawing against Clemson with a score of 1-1 before falling in penalties.

• Notre Dame won the College Cup in 2013, defeating Maryland by a score of 2-1 to capture the title. It was the program’s first trip to the College Cup.

• The Irish have advanced to the round of 16 on 12 occasions and have now made six quarterfinals with three coming during the six years of the Chad Riley era.

• Notre Dame’s No. 2 national seed is the highest the program has earned since being the top-seed during the 2014 season.

• The last time the Irish were in the NCAA Tournament they advanced to the College Cup for the second time in program history, coming in the 2021 season.

• Notre Dame is 16-8-6 when playing at home in NCAA Tournament play in program history and has advanced to the next round 21 times.

• With the win over Kentucky on Nov. 19, the Irish are 13-8-2 in their opening NCAA Tournament matches in program history and have advanced to the next round 15 times.

THE OREGON STATE SERIES

• Notre Dame and Oregon State will face each other on Friday evening for just the third time in series history.

• The Irish are 2-0-0 against the Beavers in the all-time series.

• Both Notre Dame victories were one-goal wins.

• The Irish defeated the Beavers by a score of 2-1 in the most recent matchup, coming in South Bend on Sept. 7, 2012.

LAST TIME OUT

• Notre Dame outlasted last season’s College Cup finalist Indiana in an instant classic at Alumni Stadium in the NCAA Championship Quarterfinals on Saturday, Dec. 2.

• The Irish and Hoosiers battled to a 1-1 draw after two overtime sessions and then Notre Dame won the ensuing shootout by a score of 5-4 to advance to the College Cup.

• Notre Dame’s goal came via a direct free kick strike from Daniel Russo in the 17th minute.

• Bryan Dowd made three saves over the 110 minutes of play to help the Irish reach penalties.

• The five Irish penalty takers each converted, as Matthew Roou, Paddy Burns, Eno Nto, Mitch Ferguson and Daniel Russo scored each of their attempts.

A FAMILIAR FACE

• With Notre Dame facing Oregon State, the Irish will be playing against one of its former players in Greg Dalby, who is the head coach for the Beavers.

• Dalby was an NSCAA First Team All-American in 2005 and 2006 for the Irish as a midfielder/defender. Dalby is second all-time in program history for consecutive matches started with 88.

• Dalby was a four-time monogram winner from 2003-06 and was the 2006 Big East Midfielder of the Year.

• The former standout went on to serve as an assistant coach for the Irish from 2012 to 2014, helping the Irish win the national title in 2013.

ATTACKING CLINIC

• Notre Dame’s attack has been one of the best in the country during the 2023 season.

• The Irish rank 14th in the country in goals (2.10), 11th in assists per game (2.30) and seventh in goal differential (+29).

• Sixteen different Irish players have scored a goal this season and 22 have recorded at least one point.

STRONG STARTS

• Notre Dame has made it a habit of jumping out to an early lead this season, as the Irish have scored the opening goal in 13 of 20 matches in 2023.

• Eleven of the 13 opening goals have come in the first 45 minutes of play.

•The quickest goal to start a match came from Matthew Roou in the 4th minute in the win over Clemson.

• The Fighting Irish are unbeaten when scoring the opening goal over the last 33 occurrences, posting a record of 31-0-2 spanning back to the early stages of the 2021 season.

FIGHT TO THE FINISH

• As good as the Irish have been at the beginning of matches, they have been even better in the final 45 minutes of play.

• Notre Dame has outscored its opponents by a combined score of 25-6 in second halves this season.

•The Irish have allowed second half goals in just four matches this season while having scored in the final 45 minutes of play in 12 outings.

SET-PIECE SUCCESS

• ND has excelled on both ends of the field on set pieces during the 2023 season.

•The Irish defense has allowed four goals off set pieces all season while in attack 16 of the team’s 42 goals have come via a set piece.

• Notre Dame has scored off six free kicks, five corners, three penalty kicks and two from throw-ins.

DOMINATING DEFENSE

• The Fighting Irish have allowed just 13 goals through 20 matches during the 2023 campaign.

• The 0.636 goals against average leads the ACC and ranks third in the country.

• With 11 shutouts over 20 matches, the Irish are fifth in the country in shutout percentage with a mark 55.0.

• Notre Dame has given up just one or no goals in 18 of 20 matches this season.

•The nine regular season shutouts are the most the Irish have recorded in a regular season since posting nine during the 2007 season.

• Notre Dame’s eight goals allowed in the regular season are the fewest the Irish have given up since the 2004 season in which they allowed seven goals.

DOWD DELIVERS

• Bryan Dowd has been masterful in goal this season for the Irish, making a claim as one of the top goalies in the country despite playing some of the best attacking units in the nation.

• The senior ranks fourth in the country in shutouts (10) and seventh in save percentage (.833).

• The shot stopper has 60 career starts while appearing in 61 matches over his previous three seasons in South Bend.

• Dowd has amassed 165 career saves and has recorded 23 clean sheets over his time in South Bend.

•The senior produced his best performance of his career in the 0-0 draw at Akron, making a career-high 12 saves to keep the clean sheet intact.

• The 12 saves are the most by an ACC goalkeeper in the regular season and the third most of any goalie at the DI level.

ROOU’S RUN OF FORM

• Junior Matthew Roou is a prominent force in the Irish attack through this season, producing 23 points off 10 goals and three assists.

• The junior ranks third in the ACC in total goals (10).

• Roou’s hat trick in the win over IUPUI was the first of his career and the first of the season for the Irish.

• The junior forward finished with seven points off three goals and an assist, becoming the first Notre Dame player to record seven or more points in a match since Dave Donohue also had seven points against Marquette on Sept. 11, 2008.

• Roou currently has 21 career goals to go along with 10 career assists, totaling 52 career points for the forward.

NTO’S HISTORIC NIGHT

• Eno Nto scored a career-high four goals in the 6-0 victory over No. 20 Pitt in the season finale.

• The four-goal performance represented the most goals from an Irish player in a match since Joseph Lapira scored four against Indiana on Sept. 3, 2006.

• Nto’s four goals are the most any player in the ACC has scored in a match this season and the forward is one of three players at the men’s DI level to score four goals in a game this season.

• Nto was named the ACC Offensive Player of the Week, College Soccer News National Player of the Week and Top Drawer Soccer National Player of the Week after the performance.

• The junior is now tied for the team lead for goals on the season with 10 and has 17 goals in his Notre Dame career.

TOP OF THE TABLE

• The Irish captured their second ACC Coastal Division title in program history after the draw against No. 3 Wake Forest. The program now has three ACC regular season titles, also winning in 2014 and 2013.

• Notre Dame is coming off its best regular season in ACC play, finishing with its first undefeated year in league action with a record of 6-0-2.

• This marked Notre Dame’s first undefeated regular-season conference record since going 7-0-4 in the Big East in 2011.

• Notre Dame scored 19 goals in regular season ACC play, which were the most of any team in the ACC over the eight matches.

• The Irish posted a +13 goal differential over the eight ACC matches, which ranked first in the conference.

BUTLER WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

VANDERBILT TO VISIT HINKLE FIELDHOUSE ON THURSDAY NIGHT

INDIANAPOLIS – Vanderbilt will play at Hinkle Fieldhouse for the first time on Thursday night when the 6-2 Bulldogs play host to the 8-1 Commadores. The 7 PM tip will stream on FloHoops.com.

GameDay

Date: Thursday, Dec. 7

Time: 7 PM

Location: Indianapolis, Ind. – Hinkle Fieldhouse

Live Stats: ButlerSports.com – Statbroadcast

Watch: FloHoops.com

Bulldog Bits

– Rachel Kent made the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll by averaging 19.5 points per game in two Bulldog victories.

– Caroline Strande made six consecutive free throws to ice the win at Wisconsin.

– Butler had a season-low five turnovers in the win at Wisconsin. No player had more than one in the game.

– Butler became the first team to beat Wisconsin at the Kohl Center this year.

– Butler’s first true road win of the season doubled as the team’s first win over a Big Ten opponent since Dec. 20, 2018.

– Ari Wiggins had a career-high five assists and just one turnover in 29 minutes of action at Wisconsin.

– Wiggins matched her career-high rebound total at Wisconsin with five.

– Wiggins ranks seventh in the BIG EAST in steals per game (2.1).

– Caroline Strande ranks seventh in the BIG EAST in rebounding (7.4) and ninth in scoring (15.9).

– Strande ranks eighth in the conference in free throw percentage (82.9% / 29-for-35).

– Jordan Meulemans fouled out of a contest for the first time in her collegiate career on Sunday.

– Meulemans ranks second in the BIG EAST and ninth in the NCAA in 3-point field goal percentage (53.5).

BIG EAST Standings

Marquette 8-0

Georgetown 7-1

Creighton 6-1

Butler 6-2

Villanova 5-2

Seton Hall 5-3

UConn 4-3

DePaul 4-4

St. John’s 4-5

Providence 3-5

Xavier 0-7

Scouting Vanderbilt                                                                             

The Commodores defeated Louisiana Tech on Sunday (71-63) to improve to 8-1 on the season. Thursday night’s game will be just the third contest on the road for Vandy. They edged UT Martin in Tennessee 70-68 but lost at NC State 70-62. Head Coach Shea Ralph enters her third season on campus after spending the previous 13 seasons as an assistant at UConn. Ralph has a talented duo on the roster in junior Sacha Washington and preseason All-SEC Second Team selection Jordyn Cambridge. Washington shoots 58.3 percent from the field and leads the team with her 16.8 scoring average. Cambridge is second on the team in scoring, averaging 13.9 points per game. She’s a two-time All-SEC defensive team selection that returns for her sixth season with the Commodores.

All-Time Series                                                                                      

The all-time series between Butler and Vanderbilt is tied at 1-1. The first-ever meeting came in 1990 when the Commodores hosted Butler in the Vanderbilt O’Charley’s Classic. The Bulldogs went 3-0 in the tournament and posted a 91-88 victory at Vandy. The Commodores hosted another tournament in 1998. BU lost that year 78-64 in the First American Classic.

Last Win vs. the SEC                                                                             

Butler’s last win over a SEC opponent came on Dec. 13, 2015. The Bulldogs hosted the Arkansas Razorbacks and posted a 63-57 win at Hinkle Fieldhouse.

Common Opponent                                                                                           

Vanderbilt defeated Iowa State the day after Thanksgiving on a neutral court. The two teams met in the South Point Shootout held in Las Vegas. The Commadores dominated the action in the second and fourth quarters to record a 68-53 victory. BU opened the year at Iowa State and took an 82-55 setback.

A Look Back at Last Week                                                                                 

Butler went 2-0 last week with a 67-46 home win vs. Bradley and a 59-51 victory at Wisconsin. BU limited the opposition to just 48.5 points per game and were led offensively by Rachel Kent and Caroline Strande. Kent hit four 3-pointers in each game to average 19.5 points per game. Strande scored 17 points in each game and also led BU in rebounding (7.5).

Net Rankings                                                                                         

Vanderbilt is listed at 60th in the updated NET rankings this week while the Bulldogs climbed up to 122. The BIG EAST Conference has five teams in the top 50! Creighton is 13, UConn is 16, Marquette is 22, Villanova is 35 and Seton Hall is 47. Butler’s last win over Wisconsin helped as the Badgers come in at 104. NET ranking is determined by who you played, where you played, how efficiently you played and the result of the game.

Take Care of the Ball                                                                            

Every member of Butler’s starting five had more assists than turnovers last week. Ari Wiggins led BU with nine and the ‘Dawgs played through the post allowing Sydney Jaynes to dish out six assists. Since Nov. 20, Wiggins has 18 assists and just five turnovers over 120 minutes of playing time (24 mins per game).

Balanced Attack                                                                                                  

Six different BU players have led the team in scoring over the first eight games. Caroline Strande is the only player to do it more than once. She led BU with 17 points in the opener at Iowa State, paced BU vs. Austin Peay with 21 points and poured in 17 points in the home win over Bradley. Strande has also led Butler in rebounding five times this year.

Home Cookin’                                                                                       

Butler is 4-0 at home this season and is averaging 73 points in games played at Hinkle Fieldhouse. Being familiar with the facility has its perks with BU shooting 46 percent from the field and 40 percent from 3-point range at home.

Behind the Arc                                                                                      

Butler hit 17 3-pointers last week while limiting the opposition to just six! The Bulldogs made 35 percent of their shots from long range (17-48) and their opponents shot just 18 percent (6-32).

6-2 Start                                                                                                                

This is the third time in the last 10 years that Butler has started a season with a record of 6-2 or better. The 2019-20 team opened the year 6-2 and the 2018-19 team started 15-1.

250 Wins                                                                                                               

Austin Parkinson needs nine more wins to reach 250 in his head coaching career. He won 224 games at IUPUI and has 17 during his time at Butler.

Tied the Team Record                                                                         

Jordan Meulemans shot 80% from distance and drained eight triples vs. St. Thomas to match the single-game high in the BIG EAST this season. The Bulldogs made 16 as a team, the second-most by a conference team this year. Meulemans was just one 3-pointer shy of tying the single-game BU individual record and the ‘Dawgs tied their team record.

Career Milestones                                                                                              

Kendall Wingler needs one assist vs. Vanderbilt to reach 100 in her collegiate career.

Winning Recipe                                                                                     

Winning Recipe                                                                                     

The Bulldogs are undefeated this year when three or more players score in double figures (4-0) and when they keep their opponent under 60 points (5-0). A fast start has also helped the Bulldogs as they are 5-0 when leading at halftime.

Up Next                                                                                                                 

Butler will host Chicago State this Sunday at 2 PM. The action will stream on FloHoops.com. The Bulldogs will be off the following week for final exams. They will head to UConn to open BIG EAST action on Monday, Dec. 18.

IUPUI WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

JAGUARS GO WIRE-TO-WIRE ON THE ROAD AT EVANSVILLE

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – In the first matchup between the intrastate foes since 2015, the IUPUI women’s basketball team went wire-to-wire, defeating Evansville, 81-75, for its third straight victory over the Purple Aces. Katie Davidson led all scorers with 26 points, going 8-for-15 from the floor. Faith Stinson recorded her first double-double in a Jaguar uniform, pulling down 12 boards and shooting 8-of-14 for 17 points while also adding five assists—all season highs.

The Jaguars (2-7, 0-2 HL) dominated inside the paint in the opening quarter, outrebounding (12-8) and outscoring (14-6) the Aces to take a 19-13 score to the break. Abby Wolterman led all players with eight points on 3-of-5 shooting. Stinson was also a big part of the inside-out approach in the first ten minutes, tallying two assists, two points and two rebounds.

Evansville (1-7, 0-0 MVC) struggled from the field, shooting just 27 percent, but converted seven of nine free throw attempts to stay within striking distance.

After working the offense through the post in the first quarter, IUPUI warmed up from behind the arc in the second ten minutes. Camron Blank, Davidson and Stinson all connected from deep with the team shooting over 40 percent after missing every attempt in quarter number one. Davidson led IUPUI with eight points in the quarter, reaching double digits in the half to lead all scorers. Stinson continued her work in every facet, totaling five assists, five points and seven rebounds in the first 20 minutes, leading her team to a 10-point advantage at the half.

Despite shooting 50 percent from the field in the third quarter, the Jags went 3-for-7 at the free throw line, leaving the door open for the Purple Aces. The hosts garnered a plus-10 rebounding margin in the third quarter, leading to 10 second-chance points to cut the deficit to seven heading to the final quarter.

Following a Davidson three that pushed the IUPUI advantage to double digits, Evansville went on a 9-2 run to cut the deficit to three after just two minutes of play in the final quarter. A few minutes later after an IUPUI turnover, Hartwig went straight to the basket and converted a contested layup to tie the match at 71. On the ensuing inbound, Jaela Johnson was called for an offensive foul to give the ball back to the hosts. However, back-to-back IUPUI baskets by Davidson and Stinson to restore the advantage. After another stop on the defensive end, head coach Katie Bruce called a timeout to set up her offense. Out of the timeout the team went back to Stinson who knocked down a mid-range jumper to make it a six-point game. A quick Evansville basket put the pressure on the visitors to again convert on the offensive end. After using most of the shot clock, a Davidson layup all but sealed the victory.

Four Jaguars reached double-digit scoring, led by Davidson and Stinson and followed by Wolterman who finished with 11 points and Jaela Johnson who knocked down 8-of-10 free throws on her way to 10 points. Bruce also got solid play off the bench from Blank and Kace Urlacher who each tallied seven points and combined for three assists 10 rebounds.

IUPUI returns to the Jungle for a matchup against Eastern Michigan next Friday (Dec. 15). Tip set for 7:00 p.m. and will be streamed on ESPN+.

IUPUI MEN’S BASKETBALL

JAGUARS TO HEAD TO CHARLESTON TO FACE EASTERN ILLINOIS

CHARLESTON, Ill. – The IUPUI basketball team will head to Charleston, Ill., to take on Eastern Illinois (4-5) on Thursday night (Dec. 7) inside EIU’s Groniger Arena at 7:00 p.m. CT (8 Eastern). IUPUI (3-6) looks to stop a modest two-game skid as Thursday’s game will cap a home-and-home series with the Panthers. EIU won in Indianapolis last season, 70-59.

IUPUI is coming off a 71-55 home loss to Northern Kentucky, despite shooting an efficient 48.7 percent from the floor and outrebounding NKU 28-23. However, 22 IUPUI turnovers led to the Norse getting 12 more shot attempts than the Jaguars and a 19-9 margin in points off turnovers.

Junior Jlynn Counter scored 17 points for the second straight game and DJ Jackson finished with eight points off the bench. Qwanzi Samuels came off the bench for the first time this season and closed with six points and six rebounds in the loss.

QUOTABLE

“Let me tip my hat to (Northern Kentucky). We are trying to get to where they are. They have some experience; they have some gel and they have been through the battles. Turnovers were our downfall today. We just didn’t get enough attempts at the rim and against teams like (Northern Kentucky) you can’t have lost possessions,” head coach Matt Crenshaw said following Saturday’s 71-55 loss to Northern Kentucky.

SCOUTING EIU

EIU is 4-5 to start the season and 3-0 in their three home games with wins over Monmouth College, Coppin State and Eureka College. Notably, the Panthers recently took No. 5 Kansas to the wire inside Allen Fieldhouse in a 71-63 defeat. Jordan Booker leads EIU in scoring (12.4 ppg) and steals (16) while Kooper Jacobi is second on the team in scoring (11.8 ppg) and tops in rebounds (7.4 rpg). EIU has dominated the glass all season long, outrebounding opponents by 7.0 rebounds per game, while also taking good care of the basketball with just 11.8 turnovers per contest.

INSIDE THE SERIES

IUPUI is 3-4 all-time against EIU and 1-3 in four meetings in Charleston. IUPUI’s lone win over the Panthers in Charleston was on Nov. 18, 2009 by a 69-66 score as Hall of Famer Leroy Nobles pumped in a game-high 24 points and Billy Pettiford finished with 11 points and seven rebounds to improve to 2-0 to start the season.

UP NEXT

IUPUI will face Big Ten foe Minnesota on BTN+ on Tuesday, Dec. 12 at 8:00 p.m. Eastern.

Notes and Tidbits (click here to download the full IUPUI Game Notes)

    MR. DO-IT-ALL

    In his second season with the program, junior guard Jlynn Counter has become the Jaguars’ Mr. Do It All, leading the team in scoring (15.9 ppg), rebounding (4.8 rpg), assists (2.4 apg) and field goal percentage (52.7%). His 52.7 percent from the floor currently ranks third in the Horizon League. 

    Counter, a preseason Second Team All-Horizon League pick, tallied his 500th career point against Elon on Nov. 17 and enters today with 594 points in his two-year career.

    VERSUS THE PANTHERS

    Eight current Jaguars played in last year’s 70-59 home loss to Eastern Illinois, led by Vincent Brady II (16 pts, 5 reb, 2 stl) and Jlynn Counter (11 pts, 7 reb, 4 ast). Others to appear in that contest include Amhad Jarrard (5 pts), John Egbuta (2 pts, 7 reb), Daylan Hamilton (3 pts), Armon Jarrard (3 ast), Cooper Dewitt (13 min) and Derek Petersen (1 min).

    NEW STARTER

    Cooper Dewitt became the seventh different player to start a game this season against Northern Kentucky, replacing Qwanzi Samuels in the starting five. Dewitt finished with three points and a rebound in 14 minutes while Samuels had six points and six boards in 23 minutes off the bench.

    Jlynn Counter, Bryce Monroe and Kidtrell Blocker have started all nine games this season while Samuels and Yves Nkomba have started eight each.

    50-40-90

    The shooting line of 50 percent from the floor, 40 percent from three and 90 percent from the foul line is a bit of a holy grail for basketball players, having only been achieved by 11 players in college basketball history.

    Albeit small samples sizes, both Jlynn Counter and DJ Jackson are flirting with the numbers to start this season.

    Counter: 52.7 FG% / 47.4 3FG% / 69.2 FT%

    Jackson: 50.9 FG% / 20.0 3FG% / 77.8 FT%

    Counter opened the year 4-of-10 from the free throw line, but is 14-for-16 since then, including a perfect 8-for-8 at Wright State last week.

    FREE MONEY

    IUPUI is currently 76th in the country in free throw percentage, hitting 74.1 percent as a team. At Wright State, both Bryce Monroe (9-9) and Jlynn Counter (8-8) enjoyed perfect nights.

    NINE MAN ROTATION

    Nine different Jaguars are playing at least 12 minutes per game, led by Kidtrell Blocker (28.9 mpg) down to Yves Nkomba (12.6 mpg).

    Seven of the nine have scored in double-digits at least once this year.

    SEEING RED

    It’s likely that both Amhad and Armon Jarrard will redshirt this season. Amhad missed the entire summer and preseason after suffering an injury last season and Armon was limited to just three games this season while playing through an injury. He was shutdown after trying to play at Indiana State on Nov. 14.

    The Jarrards are one of 21 sets of brothers playing for the same team this season and one of nine sets of twins in Division I basketball.

    FIRST TO TIP

    IUPUI was the first team in the country to tip-off the 2023-24 season, starting at 11:00 a.m. on Nov. 6 in front of a crowd of 4,867 on the annual NCAA ‘Readers Become Leaders’ Day at Indiana Farmers Coliseum.

    The 4,867 represented a new home attendance record for the Jaguars, eclipsing the previous mark of 4,114 from last year’s similar event.

    ROAD KILL

    The road win at Valpo was a welcome event, marking IUPUI’s first road win since winning at Robert Morris on Feb. 17, 2022. It was the first road non-conference victory since winning at South Florida on Nov. 13, 2019 at the Cayman Islands Classic.

    BENCH WORK

    IUPUI is averaging 26.2 points per game from its reserves this season and has gotten at least 21 bench points in all nine games (including three games of 30+). DJ Jackson (8.9 ppg) and Vincent Brady II (6.4) have led the reserves with each having scored in double-digits at least once off the IUPUI bench.

    Despite neither having started a game this season, Jackson ranks third and Brady ranks fifth on the team in scoring. 

    FIRST MAN OFF

    Sophomore Abdou Samb (5.7 ppg, 2.8 rpg) has been IUPUI’s first man off the bench in seven of nine games this season, including seven straight before Jackson was the first reserve against NKU on Saturday.

    ARC ISSUES

    IUPUI has struggled with the three-point line this season, both offensively and defensively.

    Offensively, IUPUI ranks 356th (of 361) in the country in three-point percentage at 24.4 percent. The Jaguars’ 3.4 made/game rank 358th nationally.

    Defensively, IUPUI is No. 326 nationally in allowing opponents to shoot 36.9 percent from beyond the arc.

    BRYCE WAS NICE

    A day after his 22nd birthday, senior Bryce Monroe dropped 20 points (7-16 FG, 2-5 3’s, 4-4 FT) to go along with four rebounds and four steals in the win at Valpo. It marked his second 20-point game of his IUPUI career and came on the heels of being held scoreless in the season opener against Spalding.

    RETURNING CREW

    The IUPUI roster enjoyed considerable continuity from a season ago, bringing back 10 letterwinners from a season ago, including three primary starters in Jlynn Counter, Vincent Brady II and DJ Jackson.

    Counter was a 3rd Team All-Horizon League selection while Brady and Jackson were voted to the Horizon League’s All-Freshman Team.

    Other key returners include John Egbuta, Armon Jarrard and Amhad Jarrard. 

    NO FRESHIES

    IUPUI was responsible for nine Horizon League Freshman of the Week Awards a season ago as Vincent Brady II (4x), DJ Jackson (3x) and Armon Jarrard (2x) had a stranglehold on the award. However, this season, it was be a complete stunner if an IUPUI player received the award as redshirt walk-on Braden Allen is the lone rookie on the roster. Head Coach Matt Crenshaw has no true freshmen on this year’s roster and no players younger than 20 years old.

BALL STATE MEN’S BASKETBALL

CARDINALS ESCAPE DETROIT WITH 68-65 TRIUMPH

DETROIT, Mich. – The Ball State men’s basketball team took its first lead with 1:35 to play, and Basheer Jihad put up a 26-point, 10-rebound double-double in his homecoming to propel the Cardinals to a 68-65 win at Detroit Mercy on Wednesday night at Calihan Hall on Dick Vitale Court.

The Cardinals (7-2) trailed 35-27 at halftime and faced a deficit for 37:06 of the game but got crucial contributions from Detroit native Jihad and freshmen Mason Jones and Trent Middleton Jr. down the stretch to earn their first road victory of the season.

Trailing 56-48 at the 8:58 mark of the second half, Ball State went on a 9-2 scoring run capped off by a 3-pointer from Jones to get within one point at 58-57. Jihad would later hit back-to-back free throws to put the Cardinals up 60-59 with under two minutes to play, and the visitors would go on to salt the game away on the defensive end and at the charity stripe.

After the Titans (0-9) made two foul shots of their own, Jihad hit a driving layup out of a timeout to regain a 62-61 advantage with 1:07 to play. Middleton Jr. later skied for a rebound, got fouled and hit both free throws with 22 seconds left for a 64-61 Ball State lead, and the Cardinals clinched the decision from there.

Jihad, the reigning Mid-American Conference Co-Player of the Week, went for his second consecutive double-double and third of the year, while also tallying three blocks, setting a new career-high in scoring in front of a group of family members in attendance to cheer on the North Farmington High School product. Jones chipped in seven points, seven rebounds and two blocks, while Middleton Jr. contributed six points and three rebounds.

Mickey Pearson Jr. (15 points and seven rebounds) and Jalin Anderson (12 points, seven rebounds and five assists) joined Jihad in double figures scoring for the Cardinals, who shot 82.8 percent on free throws (24-29) to overcome 21 turnovers. Ball State went 43.2 percent (19-44) from the floor, including 30 percent (6-20) on 3-pointers while limiting Detroit Mercy to 36.4 percent (24-66) and 23.8 percent (5-21) shooting in those categories, respectively.

The Titans’ senior guard Jayden Stone, who came into the game averaging 21.8 points (No. 13 in NCAA Division I), scored 18 points but on 6 of 26 shooting and 1 of 9 from distance.

Ball State is scheduled to return home to play at 2 p.m. on Sunday against SIUE in the Cardinals’ final home game of the nonconference season and the 2023 calendar year.

BALL STATE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL SUFFERS FIRST ROAD LOSS OF THE SEASON AT #17 UCONN

STORRS, Conn. – The Ball State women’s basketball team (6-2) suffered its first road loss of the season after falling to #17 UConn (5-3) by a score of 90-63 Wednesday night at Harry A. Gampel Pavillion.

In the opening minutes of tonight’s contest both teams swapped baskets. The Cardinals took an early 6-4 lead over the nationally ranked Huskies at the 8:36 mark after Madelyn Bischoff drained a 3-pointer.

Although UConn tried pulling away on a few occasions in the first frame, Ball State never let up on its defense and stayed within reach up until the 1:15 mark when the Huskies had then built an 18-point advantage. Hana Mühl closed the first stanza for the Cardinals scoring back-to-back baskets but the Huskies would ultimately lead after one quarter of play, 37-21.

Ball State struggled to get anything going offensively in the second quarter and was held to only nine points. UConn continued to outscore Ball State the remainder of the first half and would take a 52-30 advantage over the Cardinals at intermission.

After the break, the Cardinals were not going away quietly, as Ball State put together a 7-0 run after two 3-point baskets from Ally Becki and Nyla Hampton to make it a 14-point (57-43) ball game with just under five minutes left on the clock in the third.

UConn then continued to increase their defensive intensity and was also successful on offense making it impossible for the Cardinals to come any closer the remainder of the third period.

The final 10 minutes mimicked the first three quarters allowing UConn to walk away with tonight’s victory. Regardless, the Cardinals played a tightly contested ball game against the national powerhouse Huskies after being on the road the last five days.

For the game, Bischoff led the Cardinals in scoring with 12 points while Mühl, who played against her sister Nika tonight, went 6-of-4 from the field for nine points. Hampton also chipped in nine points against the Huskies.

The Ball State women’s basketball team continues its five-game road stretch on Sunday when it plays at Western Kentucky in E.A. Diddle Arena. The game is slated to begin at 3 pm ET.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE MEN’S BASKETBALL

MEN’S HOOPS SECURES ROAD VICTORY AGAINST SOUTHERN INDIANA

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Anthony Roberts finished with a line of 19 points, seven rebounds and four steals in Purdue Fort Wayne’s 70-57 victory at Southern Indiana on Wednesday (Dec. 6).

Roberts represented one of three Mastodons who finished in double figures. Jalen Jackson scored 15 points, including eight from the charity stripe, and Rasheed Bello had 12 points with five boards.

The win for the Mastodons is their first road win over Southern Indiana since January 11, 1992. The two sides were longtime rivals back when they were both in the Great Lakes Valley Conference, but the ‘Dons have now won games over USI in each of the last two seasons.

The ‘Dons trailed by as many as 12 in the first half, but closed out the final 10 minutes on a 26-15 run to head into the half. Roberts led all scorers with 14 in the first half. Purdue Fort Wayne forced just six turnovers in the first half, the same amount they allowed. But in the second half, the ‘Dons forced 12 turnovers with eight steals and scored 17 points off those turnovers.

Bello was the Mastodons’ leading scorer in the second half with 10 points. He also was a perfect 6-of-6 from the free throw line down the stretch. He put in extra effort on defense by blocking a shot in an unconventional way: with his shoe. Bello lost his shoe on a defensive possession, but picked it up and continued playing defense with the shoe in his hand. As a USI player pulled up for a jump shot, Bello blocked the shot with a shoe in his outstretched hand.

The ‘Dons found a way to win despite a poor shooting night. They finished at 34.9 percent (22-of-63), their lowest percentage of the season. They limited the Eagles to a 36.1 percent night and allowed just four 3-pointers. Jeremiah Hernandez led USI with 14 points.

Purdue Fort Wayne finished the game forcing 18 turnovers while committing only nine.

The ‘Dons improve to 9-1 on the season and continue their best stretch to start a season during the program’s NCAA Division I era. Southern Indiana falls to 2-8. Purdue Fort Wayne returns home on Saturday (Dec. 9) to host Southeast Missouri at 7 p.m. It will be a doubleheader with the women’s basketball team. The Mastodon women will host St. Thomas at 4 p.m. One ticket will get you admission to both games.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

OTT LEADS MASTODON WBB TO FIFTH WIN IN A ROW, ‘DONS NOW 7-2

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Ryin Ott led the Purdue Fort Wayne women’s basketball team to its fifth-consecutive win on Wednesday night (Dec. 6) with 17 points in the Mastodons’ 57-46 win over Bellarmine.

The Mastodons are now 7-2, their best mark through nine games in the Division I era (2001-present).

The Mastodons found several ways to win their last five games and Wednesday was no exception. The defense stifled Bellarmine all evening, particularly in the second quarter. The Knights were only able to manage nine points in the second segment.

The ‘Dons forced the Knights into 23 turnovers. It’s the third time the ‘Dons have forced 23 turnovers or more this season.

After a 6-6 start, the ‘Dons had a 6-0 run behind buckets from Renna Schwieterman and Amellia Bromenschenkel. From there, Bellarmine went on a 14-2 run over the next seven minutes. The ‘Dons answered back with a 14-0 run to close the quarter. Ott scored five, Shayla Sellers matched Ott, and Destinee Marshall and Audra Emmerson pitched in two points each. The first half ended with Schwieterman stealing an inbounds pass off the Marshall free throw then feeding Emmerson for a layup. This put the ‘Dons up 28-20 going into the break.

Purdue Fort Wayne never trailed in the second half despite hitting just one triple. The ‘Dons went on a 13-3 stretch from the final moments of the third quarter to the midway point of the fourth, which put them up 13 and in control down the stretch. In the final five minutes, the Mastodons had just one field goal but scored 11 points thanks to a 7-for-8 effort from the line. They were 14-of-17 from the charity stripe for the game.

Bromenschenkel had 10 rebounds for her first double-digit game of the season. Sellers finished with 13 points, eight rebounds, three steals and two blocks. Marshall finished with 12 points in front of her hometown crowd.

Hayley Harrison and Claire Knies had 10 points each for Bellarmine. The Knights fall to 2-5.

Purdue Fort Wayne will bring its 7-2 record home to face St. Thomas at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum for a non-league game at 4 p.m. on Saturday (Dec. 9). It will be a doubleheader with the men’s program, who will welcome Southeast Missouri.

EVANSVILLE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

TOMANCOVA SETS CAREER HIGHS WITH 27 POINTS AND 19 REBOUNDS IN LOSS TO IUPUI

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The University of Evansville women’s basketball team fought until the final buzzer in a close 81-74 loss to the IUPUI Jaguars. 

It was a career night for graduate center Barbora Tomancova against IUPUI as she set career highs on both offense and defense. With 27 points, 19 rebounds, an assist, and a block over 31 minutes, Tomancova led the Purple Aces to come within a possession of the Jaguars. UE also had two other players score in double figures while freshman forward Maggie Hartwig had a career-high four blocks.

“There were a lot of positives to take from the game, but we put IUPUI on the free throw line too many times in the fourth quarter,” said Head Coach Robyn Scherr-Wells following the game. “It’s tough losing so many close games that have been a possession with two minutes left. It hurts but we’ll keep working hard to get better and fight for wins,”.

Evansville fell behind early on Wednesday night and couldn’t dig themselves out of the deficit in the first 10 minutes. A two-minute scoreless stretch had UE down by six, but a successful and-1 play from point guard Kynidi Mason Striverson made it only a one-possession game. Only free throws were made in the final two and a half minutes of the quarter as the Aces trailed 19-13.

UE got within one early in the second quarter as the teams traded buckets. But an eight-point run from the Jaguars with under six minutes in the half kept Evansville from finding a sustained offensive push. The Aces deficit grew to double digits in the final five minutes as they headed into halftime down 10.

But UE didn’t go down without a fight in the second half, cutting IUPUI’s lead to five within the first four minutes of the third. Evansville trailed by double-digits again in the quarter with 3:16 left on the clock. The team responded with six points in the final three minutes to bring it down to a seven-point game with a quarter left.

The Aces came out hot in the fourth quarter led by Tomancova as they chipped away at the Jaguars’ lead. A seven-point run in less than a minute from Mason Striverson and guard Madline Gerke made it a one-possession game with almost seven minutes to go. IUPUI stayed in the game with attempts at the line but momentum was all UE’s way as Tomancova had a layup and free throws in back-to-back possessions.

It was traded free throws for the next three minutes as Evansville kept getting the deficit down to one. With 2:42 left on the clock, Hartwig put in a layup off a turnover to tie the game. The Aces got the ball back on the next play thanks to a baseline foul from the Jaguars. But three missed shots in a row and three made shots for IUPUI ended UE’s fourth-quarter comeback with an 81-75 loss.

UE gets a week and a half off until its next game at Meeks Family Fieldhouse. Evansville will welcome the Lindenwood Lions to town on Saturday, Dec. 16. Tip-off for next week’s game is set for 2 p.m.

EVANSVILLE MEN’S SOCCER

PHILLIP NAMED TO UNITED SOCCER COACHES ALL-REGION TEAM

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The University of Evansville men’s soccer team placed one student-athlete on the United Soccer Coaches all-region team, as announced in a release from the organization on Wednesday morning.

Senior forward Kai Phillip (Diego Martin, Trinidad & Tobago) was the only Purple Ace to make the United Soccer Coaches All-West Region honors. Phillip was named to the All-West Region third team after leading UE’s offense during the 2023 season.

With 10 goals, 21 points, 36 shots, and 17 shots on goal, Phillip was the offensive leader for Evansville in 2023. Across 17 games started, Phillip had two braces and three game-winning goals, making a splash in his senior season. Phillip was also named to the Missouri Valley Conference First Team while being top of the Valley in goals and points, sitting third behind MVC Player of the Year Dylan Sing and All-Conference First Team selection Charlie Sharp.

Overall, the MVC placed 14 players on the 2023 All-West Region team. The Valley had six first-team selections, five second-team selections, and three third-team selections.

SOUTHERN INDIANA MEN’S BASKETBALL

EAGLES LOSE MOMENTUM, FALL IN 2ND-HALF TO MASTODONS

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Men’s Basketball started fast, but lost momentum in falling to Purdue University Fort Wayne, 70-57, Wednesday evening at Screaming Eagles Arena. The Screaming Eagles slide to 2-8 after tonight’s action, while the Mastodons are 9-1 this season.

The Eagles exploded out of the gate, building a 12-point, 17-5 lead before seven minutes were gone in the contest. USI sophomore forward Kiyron Powell (Evansville, Indiana) and junior guard Jeremiah Hernandez (Chicago, Illinois) led the charge with six points and five points, respectively, during the run.

In addition to starting fast offensively, USI stood tall on the defensive end by holding Purdue Fort Wayne to 22.2 percent (4-18) from the field through the first 12 minutes.

The Mastodons’ offense kicked into gear after the under-eight time out and knotted game at 24-24 with 4:57 left in the half after a 16-4 run. USI regained the lead, 28-24, on buckets by Hernandez and junior forward Jack Mielke (Downers Grove, Illinois), but a 7-2 surge by Purdue Fort Wayne gave the Mastodons a 31-30 lead with 1:25 to play in the first half.

USI would rally in the final minute and sent the game into halftime tied, 34-34. Powell knotted the score in the final second with a crushing slam dunk.

For the half, Hernandez and Powell led the Eagles with 12 points and eight points, respectively.

USI quickly regained the advantage to start the second half with a 10-4 run, led by an eight-point outburst by sophomore guard AJ Smith (Edwardsville, Illinois). Purdue Fort Wayne, however, would battle back with a 13-4 run of its own to take back the lead, 51-48 with 11:21 to play.

The Mastodons expanded the lead to nine points with eight minutes to play, 59-50, before methodically increasing the margin to double-digits to 63-53 with 2:41 remaining. The remainder of the game would be played at the free throw line as Purdue Fort Wayne sealed its win by hitting eight-of-11 charity shots for the 70-57 final.

Individually for USI, Hernandez added two points in the second half and finished the game with a team-high 15 points. Smith followed with 12 points and recorded his fourth double-double of the year with 15 rebounds.

Powell rounded out the double-digit scorers with 10 points and posted his second-straight double-double by grabbing 12 rebounds. He also blocked a season-high four shots. 

Next Up For USI:

USI hits the road this weekend, traveling north to Terre Haute, Indiana, and a visit with Indiana State University Saturday at 1 p.m. (CST). The Eagles took the first meeting between the two programs last year at Screaming Eagles Arena, 88-85, in overtime.

The Sycamores are 7-1 overall and have won seven-straight games after starting the year with a loss. Indiana State started this week with a 90-67 victory over Northern Illinois University on the road after opening Missouri Valley Conference play with victories over Southern Illinois University and Bradley University.

SOUTHERN INDIANA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

OFFENSIVE WOES PLAGUE USI AGAINST SAINT LOUIS

ST. LOUIS – University of Southern Indiana Women’s Basketball faced some tough luck on the road at Chaifetz Arena on Wednesday night, as good looks on the offensive end refused to fall for the Screaming Eagles in an 89-53 loss against Saint Louis University.

Tough defense ruled in the early minutes of the game, as Saint Louis carried only a 2-0 lead through the first four minutes of action. Despite good looks on the offensive end early on, USI was finally able to get the ball to go through the net in the middle of the first quarter. The Eagles built a 7-0 run that began with two inside looks before a three-pointer by sophomore guard Ali Saunders (Depauw, Indiana). Saint Louis responded with an 11-0 run over three minutes, leading to a 13-9 advantage into the second quarter.

In the second quarter, Saint Louis gradually increased its lead. At the 6:48 mark of the second, Saunders drilled her second three-pointer of the game to bring USI back within seven, 21-14. Following some back-and-forth play, the Billikens extended their lead with an 11-0 run in the back half of the period, taking a 39-18 lead. Before halftime, USI received a couple of baskets from freshman guard Triniti Ralston (Louisville, Kentucky) and freshman forward Chloe Gannon (Manchester, Tennessee) to make the score 41-22 in favor of Saint Louis at the intermission.

Getting the ball to cooperate and go through the net continued to plague the Eagles in the first three minutes of the second half. Junior guard Vanessa Shafford (Linton, Indiana) got USI on the scoreboard in the third quarter with a putback layup. Meanwhile, the Billikens’ offense stayed hot from the field, building on their advantage with a 55-27 lead at the third-quarter timeout.

Then USI’s defense clamped down on Saint Louis’ half-court offense, holding the Billikens without a field goal from the floor for over four minutes. On the other end, Southern Indiana’s offense picked up with seven straight points, including a triple from Shafford. After a small spurt from Saint Louis, USI ended the third with a steal and a layup by graduate guard Tori Handley (Jeffersonville, Indiana) to make the score 64-38 through three quarters.

Southern Indiana continued to get contributions from the freshmen off the bench in the fourth period. Guard Sophia Loden (Mascoutah, Illinois) knocked down a trey and scored in the paint for a quick five points while also getting it done defensively. Near the end of the fourth stanza, Shafford scored five straight points for USI to reach double figures for the fifth consecutive outing.

For the game, Southern Indiana shot 38 percent (23-61) with six triples. The Eagles collected 28 rebounds. Shafford led the Screaming Eagles with 14 points and seven rebounds. Gannon and Saunders each finished with nine points. Saunders hit three from beyond the arc in the game.

For Saint Louis, the Billikens were 44 percent (32-73) from the field with 11 three-pointers. The Billikens grabbed 53 rebounds. Saint Louis had five players score double digits, including a game-high 27 points by graduate guard Kyla McMakin.

The Screaming Eagles return home to Screaming Eagles Arena on Saturday at 1 p.m. against Eastern Michigan University, kicking off a three-game homestand to conclude the non-conference season for Southern Indiana. Saturday’s contest will be available to watch with a subscription to ESPN+.

VALPO MEN’S BASKETBALL

VALIANT COMEBACK EFFORT FALLS SHY AS CENTRAL MICHIGAN EDGES VALPO

The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team showed grit and fight throughout the second half on Wednesday night at Central Michigan, whittling what had been a 22-point deficit all the way down to three with nine seconds to go in an eventual 71-67 loss to the host Chippewas in Mount Pleasant, Mich. Isaiah Stafford (Bolingbrook, Ill. / Crispus Attucks [John A. Logan / Southern Indiana]) poured in a team-high 23 points, while Sherman Weatherspoon IV (Bowie, Md. / Bethesda Chevy-Chase [Golden State Prep]) provided a bench boost with a career-best 13.

How It Happened

Valpo played from behind early as Central Michigan ran off the first nine points of the game, a run that was capped by a Brian Taylor triple with 17:21 on the clock. The lead reached 10 at 12-2 with 15:42 on the first-half clock.

Stafford scored back-to-back baskets including a 3 with 15:00 minutes to go in the first half to cut into the deficit.

Weatherspoon came off the bench to provide a big-time lift with back-to-back 3s, the second of which cut the lead to one at 14-13 with 11:27 remaining. The Beacons again got to within one on a Stafford splash from beyond the arc to make it 17-16 on a shot set up by a Darius DeAveiro (Kanata, Ottawa, Canada / Orangeville Prep) steal.

The Chippewas used a 9-0 run to bolster the lead back to 12 with 2:30 to go in the half. Valpo went into the locker room trailing 37-22.

The start of the second half saw Central Michigan outscore Valpo 11-4 to build its largest lead of the game at 48-26 with 17:17 on the clock.

The lead was still 22 midway through the second half, and Valpo trailed by 19 as late as the 8:15 mark. That’s when the Beacons rattled off eight straight points including a great stretch by Ola Ajiboye (Chicago, Ill. / Evanston Township [Central Michigan / Bosco Institute]), who recorded two buckets, a steal and an offensive rebound in short order to help make it 62-51 with 6:19 left in the game.

Another 7-0 spurt sliced the lead to seven with Kaspar Sepp (Tartu, Estonia / Fairmont Academy) notching two baskets that were sandwiched around a 3 by Jaxon Edwards (Indianapolis, Ind. / Cathedral [Murray State]). The CMU lead slipped to 65-58 with 3:51 to go.

Edwards nailed another big 3 with 1:23 left to make it 69-63, then DeAveiro drained a triple despite being fouled and completed the four-point play to make it 70-67 with nine seconds to go. Central Michigan missed the first free throw with seven seconds left, but the second was good to extend the lead to two possessions and Valpo’s last-second shot was off the mark.

Inside the Game

Weatherspoon’s 13 points marked the highest output of his young collegiate career, surpassing his previous best of eight on Nov. 25 vs. Southern. He did so on an efficient 5-of-8 shooting and 3-of-4 from 3-point territory. 

Stafford notched his third straight game with 20 points or more and his fifth overall in nine games this season. This was his second highest scoring output of the season behind his 30 at Illinois.

DeAveiro dished out seven assists, tying his season high set on Nov. 21 vs. Western Illinois. This marked his fifth straight game with five or more.

Sepp contributed six points on 3-of-5 shooting to go along with a team-high 12 rebounds. He played a season-high 22 minutes while becoming the third different Beacon with a double-figure rebounding effort this year, joining Jerome Palm (twice) and Jaxon Edwards.

Walk-on Anthony Sciarroni (Columbus, Ohio / St. Francis DeSales [Alderson Broaddus at Findlay]) logged eight minutes, his first action this season in a Division-I game outside of playing the final 1:24 at Illinois. His run came in part due to the absence of Jahari Williamson, who was sidelined by an illness.

Edwards contributed eight points, six rebounds and three blocked shots.

Ajiboye, who was returning to his old stomping grounds after playing at Central Michigan last season, had five points and seven rebounds.

Freshman Cooper Schwieger (Overland Park, Kan. / Blue Valley Southwest [Link Year]), who entered the game as Valpo’s second leading scorer, was limited to four points and only 20 minutes due to foul trouble.

In the first half, Valpo was outrebounded 27-14 including a 12-2 differential on the offensive glass. In the second half, Valpo flipped that to a 22-17 rebounding edge including a 10-6 advantage on the offensive glass.

Valpo uncharacteristically committed 11 first-half turnovers before making only three after halftime.

Valpo did not attempt a free throw in the first half before going 10-of-12 at the line after the break. The Chippewas struggled to hit free throws, going 8-of-18 (47.1 percent).

Up Next

The Beacons (4-5, 0-2 MVC) will have their final game before final exams on Saturday at 11 a.m. CT at Virginia Tech. The game will be televised nationally on The CW. 

UINDY MEN’S SOCCER

TSELIOS HEADLINES UNITED SOCCER COACHES ALL-REGION SELECTIONS

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The United Soccer Coaches released their selections for the All-Region Teams on Wednesday. Four Greyhounds were honored in the Midwest Region selections. Michael Tselios and Pierre Lurot were named to the First Team, while Kieran Brown and Bobby Turner were honored on the Third Team.

Tselios finished with four goals and led the team in assists with seven. His last-second goal against Truman in the GLVC Tournament Quarterfinals allowed the Greyhounds to advance to the Semifinals. With 57 shots, 19 on goal, the senior from Athens, Greece also led the Hounds in these categories. In addition to this honor, the senior was named to the All-GLVC First Team, the CSC DII Academic All-District Team, and the DII CCA All-Region Second Team.

Lurot was a standout in the backfield for UIndy. This is the fifth accolade that the junior from Bourges, France has garnered this year. The French native was named to the All-GLVC First Team, the GLVC All-Tournament Team, the CSC DII Academic All-District Team, and the DII CCA All-Region Second Team. Earlier in the season, Lurot was also named GLVC Player of the Week on Sept. 2. The junior is a staple on the UIndy backline, starting in all 20 matches for the Greyhounds while only coming off the field for nine minutes the whole season. He currently has one goal, two assists, and 17 shots this season.

Brown started in goal in all 21 contests for UIndy. The graduate student from Kettering, Australia was instrumental in the Greyhounds GLVC Tournament win with the Semifinals and Finals ending in penalty kicks. For his performance, Brown was named to the GLVC All-Tournament team and the United Soccer Coaches National DII Player of the Week on Nov. 16. Brown finished the season with 12 shutouts, and 47 saves with a save percentage of 0.797 after only allowing in 12 goals.

The last Greyhound to be honored was Bobby Turner on the Third Team. The junior from Liverpool, England was the leading scorer for the Hounds with five. Turner had the sole goal in UIndy’s win over Lake Erie in the NCAA Tournament Second Round. The junior was also selected to the ALL-GLVC Third Team, the GLVC All-Tournament Team, and the CSC Academic All-Region Team.

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

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

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

BETHEL ATHLETICS: https://bupilots.com/

DEPAUW ATHLETICS: https://depauwtigers.com/

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

MANCHESTER ATHLETICS: https://muspartans.com/

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NBA STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
Atlantic Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Boston155.7509-06-58-114-47-31 L
Philadelphia137.6502.07-36-44-29-55-51 W
New York128.6003.06-36-51-210-57-31 L
Brooklyn119.5504.07-54-41-310-86-42 W
Toronto912.4296.56-63-60-65-114-62 L
 
Central Divison
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Milwaukee156.71410-15-52-213-68-22 W
Indiana118.5793.07-54-34-19-75-52 W
Cleveland129.5713.06-66-32-28-47-32 W
Chicago814.3647.57-61-83-26-94-63 W
Detroit219.09513.01-101-91-52-110-1018 L
 
Southeast Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Orlando147.6679-25-53-19-48-22 L
Miami129.5712.05-37-63-09-85-51 W
Atlanta911.4504.53-66-53-26-103-72 L
Charlotte613.3167.03-73-63-36-103-72 L
Washington317.15010.51-72-101-72-161-93 L
 
Western Conference
Northwest Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Minnesota164.80010-16-34-011-28-25 W
Oklahoma City137.6503.06-47-31-27-67-31 L
Denver148.6363.09-05-82-112-65-52 L
Utah714.3339.56-41-102-47-113-71 L
Portland614.30010.02-54-91-32-103-72 L
 
Pacific Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
LA Lakers139.5919-24-74-210-67-32 W
Sacramento118.5790.56-35-53-310-86-41 L
Phoenix129.5710.55-57-42-39-77-31 L
LA Clippers1010.5002.07-33-72-29-87-32 W
Golden State1011.4762.55-65-53-49-94-61 W
 
Southwest Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Dallas128.6006-46-44-27-64-61 W
New Orleans1210.5451.08-44-63-29-86-41 W
Houston99.5002.09-10-82-28-84-61 W
Memphis614.3006.01-85-62-35-114-61 W
San Antonio317.1509.01-92-81-33-120-1015 L

NFL STANDINGS

American Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Miami Dolphins930.7500.03842665-0-04-3-06-2-03-1-03 W
Buffalo Bills660.5003.03282275-2-01-4-03-5-02-2-01 L
New York Jets480.3335.01712512-5-02-3-02-6-01-3-05 L
New England Patriots2100.1677.01482541-6-01-4-02-5-02-2-05 L
 
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Kansas City Chiefs840.6670.02752084-2-04-2-06-1-03-1-01 L
Denver Broncos660.5002.02633024-3-02-3-03-5-01-2-01 L
Los Angeles Chargers570.4173.02752582-4-03-3-03-4-01-1-01 W
Las Vegas Raiders570.4173.02022564-2-01-5-03-5-01-2-02 L
 
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Baltimore Ravens930.7500.03241874-2-05-1-06-3-03-2-02 W
Pittsburgh Steelers750.5832.01922294-3-03-2-05-3-03-1-01 L
Cleveland Browns750.5832.02582455-1-02-4-05-3-03-2-02 L
Cincinnati Bengals660.5003.02462733-3-03-3-02-6-00-4-01 W
 
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Jacksonville Jaguars840.6670.02852593-4-05-0-06-3-04-1-01 L
Indianapolis Colts750.5831.03002962-4-05-1-05-3-03-2-04 W
Houston Texans750.5831.02812495-2-02-3-04-3-01-2-01 W
Tennessee Titans480.3334.02132554-2-00-6-02-6-00-3-01 L
 
National Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Philadelphia Eagles1020.8330.03292885-1-05-1-06-1-03-0-01 L
Dallas Cowboys930.7501.03882206-0-03-3-06-3-03-1-04 W
New York Giants480.3336.01592922-3-02-5-03-4-02-2-02 W
Washington Commanders490.3086.52613951-5-03-4-02-7-00-5-04 L
 
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
San Francisco 49ers930.7500.03521894-1-05-2-07-1-03-0-04 W
Los Angeles Rams660.5003.02682533-3-03-3-04-4-04-1-03 W
Seattle Seahawks660.5003.02642904-2-02-4-05-4-01-3-03 L
Arizona Cardinals3100.2316.52303312-4-01-6-02-6-00-4-01 W
 
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Detroit Lions930.7500.03272864-2-05-1-06-2-02-1-01 W
Minnesota Vikings660.5003.02632422-4-04-2-06-3-02-1-02 L
Green Bay Packers660.5003.02582434-2-02-4-04-3-02-2-03 W
Chicago Bears480.3335.02422962-3-02-5-03-5-01-3-01 W
 
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Atlanta Falcons660.5000.02262404-2-02-4-04-4-03-0-02 W
Tampa Bay Buccaneers570.4171.02332453-3-02-4-04-4-02-1-01 W
New Orleans Saints570.4171.02572552-3-03-4-02-5-01-2-03 L
Carolina Panthers1110.0835.01913131-4-00-7-00-8-00-3-05 L

NHL STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
Atlantic Division
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Boston Bruins241743371681599-1-18-3-26-3-1
Florida Panthers251582321577668-4-07-4-25-4-1
Detroit Red Wings241473311491718-3-26-4-17-2-1
Tampa Bay Lightning2712105291290948-3-34-7-25-4-1
Toronto Maple Leafs22126428876747-4-15-2-36-2-2
Montreal Canadiens251111325972896-7-15-4-24-5-1
Buffalo Sabres2610142221074905-7-05-7-23-6-1
Ottawa Senators201010020970658-7-02-3-06-4-0
 
Metropolitan Division
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
New York Rangers241851371782668-2-010-3-17-3-0
Carolina Hurricanes2514101291383838-2-16-8-05-4-1
Philadelphia Flyers2513102281174706-6-17-4-16-3-1
New York Islanders24107727969794-3-56-4-25-1-4
Washington Capitals221282261052657-4-15-4-16-4-0
New Jersey Devils2312101251285885-6-17-4-05-5-0
Pittsburgh Penguins2511113251174665-6-16-5-23-4-3
Columbus Blue Jackets27814521877926-7-22-7-34-5-1
 
Western Conference
Central Division
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Colorado Avalanche251672341590739-2-07-5-26-2-2
Dallas Stars241473311383716-4-18-3-24-4-2
Winnipeg Jets241482301477668-5-16-3-17-3-0
Arizona Coyotes241392281182688-4-05-5-26-3-1
St. Louis Blues2513111271273807-4-06-7-15-5-0
Nashville Predators2513120261280808-6-05-6-08-2-0
Minnesota Wild23910422875825-4-24-6-24-4-2
Chicago Blackhawks24716115759893-6-14-10-02-7-1
 
Pacific Division
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Vegas Golden Knights271755391489649-2-28-3-34-2-4
Los Angeles Kings221543331585535-4-310-0-07-2-1
Vancouver Canucks2616913316101708-3-18-6-04-6-0
Calgary Flames2510123231073875-5-15-7-25-4-1
Seattle Kraken26812622770924-6-14-6-53-4-3
Edmonton Oilers231012121980806-4-14-8-07-3-0
Anaheim Ducks251015020969875-9-05-6-01-9-0
San Jose Sharks267172167521065-6-22-11-05-4-1

FOOTBALL HISTORY

December 7, 1940 – Lansdowne Park, Ottawa – playing for the Grey Cup was Ottawa defeating Toronto Balmy Beach, 12-5

December 7, 1941 – Chicago’s Comiskey Park – The Sportsthenandnow.com website tells us that the Chicago Bears and the Chicago Cardinals was the regular season finale as this was the day that FDR claimed “ a day that will live in infamy.” The Cards entered the game with a dismal 3-6-1 record while George Halas’s Bears were flying high at 9-1. The Cardinals raced early to a  two touchdown lead before the Bears closed the gap by the half being down 17-14 in the locker room. The lead went back and forth early in the second half until Sid Luckman and the boys put the game away with some late unanswered scores to secure a Bears 34-24 victory.

December 7, 1941 – Polo Grounds – Meanwhile in the Big Apple the Brooklyn Dodgers football team dismantled the New York Giants 21-7. The PA announcer at the game, according to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, announced that all military personnel must leave and report to their units in the midst of the fans enjoying the last game of the season to celebrate “Tuffy Leemans Day” in honor of their beloved Giants running back.”

December 7, 1941 – Griffith Stadium, Washington D.C. – The stadium management decided not to announce the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor to the crowd of nearly 27,000 at the Washington Redskins versus Philadelphia game per the Boundary Stones website. The next morning, The Evening Star tried to make some sense of the Redskins’ decision to keep the news from their fans. Beneath the headline, “It Could Only Happen in Washington,”  In the game though it was a good one that could keep the fans distracted for a short time before they would get the serious news of war. When the game was over, it also marked the close to the season with Washington a 20-14 winner on a Sammy Baugh three TD day.

December 7, 1949 – The 15th Heisman Trophy Award went to Leon Hart who played for Notre Dame as an end. According to Heisman.com Hart is the largest player to ever win the award as he was 6’-5” tall and weighed in at 260 pounds. The bio on Leon goes on to say that  Hart caught 19 passes for 257 yards and five touchdowns, rushed 18 times for 73 yards, blocked for a top ranked Notre Dame backfield and recovered three fumbles on defense to establish the case for his Heisman votes over second place finisher Charlie Justice of North Carolina.

December 7, 1963 – Instant replay is first used on TV at the collegiate level in the Army/Navy Game. Wired.com covered the story and tells us that the big game was played before a nation still in mourning over the November 22 assanation of President John F. Kennedy so this date was chosen to be the time for the earlier postponed slot. The game was rescheduled and played at the request of the First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onasis to try and heal a wounded nation. The CBS network decided it might be a good time to try out the fairly new innovation of instant replay. The drawback of the technology at the time was that it did not have the slow-motion aspect attached to it yet, nor could they zoom in on anything. The CBS production team used a 1,300-pound machine to wind back the reel and show a touchdown over again as commentator Lindsey Nelson warned viewers, “Ladies and gentlemen, Army did not score again!” Oh and as for the game, Heisman winner Roger Staubach led the Midshipmen to a 21-15 victory over Army in front of 102,000 fans.

December 7, 1985 –  Bo Jackson the running back from the Auburn Tigers won the 51st Heisman Trophy Award. Bo’s Bio on the Award’s website tells us that he was a two time All-America selection and ran for 4,303 college career yards. Even while battling some injuries during the 1985 season, Jackson managed to pound out 1786 yards on the ground for the Tigers and run in 17 touchdowns. After college Bo was a professional two sport star as he played in the MLB and in the NFL with the LA Raiders.

December 7, 1888 –  – Harvard’s tackle Hamilton Fish III celebrated his birth. The NFF tells us that He was All-America twice, and in 1923 Walter Camp named him to his all-time All- America team. The National Football Foundation selected Hamilton Fish to be inducted into their College Football Hall of Fame in 1954.

December 7, 1973 – Alexander City, Alabama – Terrell Owens the strong wide receiver from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga was born per the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s website.  Standing at 6’-4” tall and weighing in at 240 pounds of lean muscle, Terrell Owens was a force for defensive backs to reckon with when the 49ers drafted him in the third round of the 1996 NFL Draft. For his career he caught 1078 passes for 15934 yards, second only to Jerry Rice and 153 touchdowns good enough for third all time behind Rice and Moss. Besides the Niners Terrell played for the Eagles, Bills, Bengals and the Cowboys organizations too. He was an All-Pro 5 times and played in 6 Pro Bowl Games. Terrell Owens was voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2018’s enshrinement class.

NUMBERS IN SPORTS

4 – 82 – 34 – 22 – 9

December 7, 1939 – New York Yankees revered Number 4, Lou Gehrig, at age 36, was elected to Baseball’s Hall of Fame

December 7, 1949 – 15th Heisman Trophy Award was won by Notre Dame End, Number 82, Leon Hart

December 7, 1957 – Tony Kubek, Number 34 of the Yanks selected as AL Rookie of the Year

December 7, 1978 – Islander’s Number 22, Mike Bossy’s 1st career hat trick in a 7-1 new York win over the St. Louis Blues.

December 7, 1985 – 51st Heisman Trophy Award was won by Auburn legend Number 34,  Bo Jackson.

December 7, 2017 – Ballon d’Or: Real Madrid forward Number 9, Cristiano Ronaldo won his 5th award to equal Lionel Messi’s record; 2nd consecutive win for Ronaldo

TV THURSDAY

NFL REGULAR SEASONTIME ETTV
NEW ENGLAND AT PITTSBURGH8:15PMAMZN
NBA REGULAR SEASONTIME ETTV
IN-SEASON TORUNAMENT: EAST SEMIFINALS5:00PMESPN
IN-SEASON TORUNAMENT: WEST SEMIFINALS9:00PMTNT
NHL REGULAR SEASONTIME ETTV
BUFFALO AT BOSTON7:00PMMSG-BUF
NESN
LOS ANGELES AT MONTREAL7:00PMBALLY SPORTS
SPORTSNET
TORONTO AT OTTAWA7:00PMSPORTSNET
SAN JOSE AT DETROIT7:00PMBALLY SPORTS
NBCS-CA
COLUMBUS AT NY ISLANDERS7:30PMBALLY SPORTS
MSGSN
DALLAS AT WASHINGTON8:00PMESPN
TAMPA BAY AT NASHVILLE8:00PMBALLY SPORTS
ANAHEIM AT CHICAGO8:30PMBALLY SPORTS
NBCS-CHI
WINNIPEG AT COLORADO9:00PMALT
SPORTSNET
CAROLINA AT CALGARY9:00PMBALLY SPORTS
SPORTSNET
PHILADELPHIA AT ARIZONA9:00PMNBCS-PHI
SCRIPPS
MINNESOTA AT VANCOUVER7:00PMBALLY SPORTS
SPORTSNET
NEW JERSEY AT SEATTLE10:30PMESPN
MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALLTIME ETTV
BEREA AT BELLARMINE11:00AMESPN+
POINT AT NORTH ALABAMA12:00PMESPN+
BETHEL AT WRIGHT STATE7:00PMESPN+
EASTERN KENTUCKY AT UNCG7:00PMESPN+
LITTLE ROCK AT CENTRAL ARKANSAS7:30PMESPN+
IOWA AT IOWA STATE7:30PMESPNU
PORTLAND AT NORTH DAKOTA STATE8:00PMSUMMIT
IUPUI AT EASTERN ILLINOIS8:00PMESPN+
BETHESDA AT CSUN10:00PMESPN+
GOLFTIME ETTV
PGA: WORLD CHAMPIONS CUP12:00PMESPN
SOCCERTIME ETTV
COPA DEL REY: ARANDINA VS CÁDIZ1:00PMESPN+
EPL: EVERTON VS NEWCASTLE UNITED2:30PMPEACOCK
LIGUE 1: BREST VS STRASBOURG2:30PMBEIN SPORTS
BELGIAN CUP: ANDERLECHT VS STANDARD LIÈGE2:30PMESPN+
COPA DEL REY: CAYÓN VS ATHLETIC CLUB3:00PMESPN+
COPA DEL REY: ORIHUELA VS GIRONA3:00PMESPN+
COPA DEL REY: SESTAO RIVER VS CELTA DE VIGO3:00PMESPN+
EPL: TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR VS WEST HAM UNITED3:15PMPEACOCK
WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALLTIME ETTV
JACKSONVILLE VS FLORIDA STATE11:00AMACCNX
OAKLAND VS XAVIER12:00PMFLOSPORTS
CHARLOTTE VS WAKE FOREST6:00PMACCNX
DUKE VS CLEMSON7:00PMACCN
IONA VS HOFSTRA7:00PMFLOSPORTS
OLD DOMINION VS DELAWARE7:00PMFLOSPORTS
VANDERBILT VS BUTLER7:00PMFLOSPORTS
ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF VS ARKANSAS8:00PMSECN+
GONZAGA VS CAL10:00PMPAC12N

TV FRIDAY

NBA REGULAR SEASONTIME ETTV
TORONTO AT CHARLOTTE7:00PMSPORTSNET
BALLY SPORTS
DETROIT AT ORLANDO7:00PMBALLY SPORTS
ATLANTA AT PHILADELPHIA7:00PMNBCS-PHI
BALLY SPORTS
WASHINGTON AT BROOKLYN7:30PMMNMT
YES
MINNESOTA AT MEMPHIS8:00PMBALLY SPORTS
GOLDEN STATE AT OKLAHOMA CITY8:00PMBALLY SPORTS
CHICAGO AT SAN ANTONIO8:30PMNBCS-CHI
BALLY SPORTS
HOUSTON AT DENVER9:00PMALT
AFSN
LA CLIPPERS AT UTAH10:00PMESPN
DALLAS AT PORTLAND10:00PMROOT SPORTS
BALLY SPORTS
NHL REGULAR SEASONTIME ETTV
PITTSBURGH AT FLORIDA7:00PMBALLY SPORTS
ATTSN-PIT
ST. LOUIS AT COLUMBUS7:00PMBALLY SPORTS
MINNESOTA AT EDMONTON9:00PMBALLY SPORTS
SPORTSNET
MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALLTIME ETTV
ARMY WEST POINT AT HARVARD7:00PMESPN+
HOLY CROSS AT BOSTON COLLEGE7:00PMESPN+
FAIRLEIGH DICKINSON AT MANHATTAN7:00PMESPN+
COLBY-SAWYER AT YALE7:00PMESPN+
SAINT PETER’S AT DUQUESNE7:00PMESPN+
NAVY AT QUINNIPIAC7:00PMESPN+
NORTH CAROLINA A&T AT HIGH POINT7:00PMESPN+
STONEHILL AT RIDER7:00PMESPN+
OAKLAND AT EASTERN MICHIGAN7:00PMESPN+
UIC AT JACKSONVILLE STATE7:00PMESPN+
MONTANA TECH AT MONTANA9:00PMESPN+
COLLEGE HOCKEYTIME ETTV
MINNESOTA VS OHIO STATE6:30PMBTN
STONEHILL VS CLARKSON7:00PMESPN+
PENN STATE VS WISCONSIN9:00PMBTN
SOCCERTIME ETTV
BUNDESLIGA: HOFFENHEIM VS BOCHUM2:30PMESPN+
SERIE A: JUVENTUS VS NAPOLI2:45PMPARAMOUNT+
LA LIGA: GETAFE VS VALENCIA3:00PMESPN+
LIGUE 1: MONTPELLIER VS LENS3:00PMBEIN SPORTS
WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALLTIME ETTV
CENTRAL CONNECTICUT STATE VS SETON HALL7:00PMFLOSPORTS
DEPAUL VS MIAMI7:00PMACCN
HOUSTON VS TEXAS A&M COMMERCE8:00PMESPN+