“THE SCOREBOARD”

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL STATE FINALS SCHEDULE

FRIDAY, NOV. 24, 2023 

11 AM ET | CLASS 1A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP 
ADAMS CENTRAL (14-0) VS. INDIANAPOLIS LUTHERAN (12-0) 

3 PM ET | CLASS 3A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP 
INDIANAPOLIS BISHOP CHATARD (14-0) VS. HERITAGE HILLS (13-1)

7 PM ET | CLASS 5A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP 
FORT WAYNE SNIDER (12-1) VS. DECATUR CENTRAL (11-2)

SATURDAY, NOV. 25, 2023

11 AM ET | CLASS 2A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP 
FORT WAYNE BISHOP LUERS (11-3) VS. NORTH POSEY (13-1) 

3 PM ET | CLASS 4A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP 
NORTHWOOD (12-2) VS. EAST CENTRAL (14-0) 

7 PM ET | CLASS 6A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP 
CROWN POINT (13-0) VS. BEN DAVIS (12-1)

PREVIEW: https://www.ihsaa.org/sites/default/files/documents/2023-24%20Football%20Preview.pdf

INDIANA BOYS BASKETBALL WEDNESDAY

BARR-REEVE50WASHINGTON46 
BELLMONT71SOUTHERN WELLS37 
BLOOMFIELD58OWEN VALLEY41 
BREBEUF JESUIT66HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN42 
BREMEN53ARGOS45 
CARROLL (FORT WAYNE)66NORWELL49 
CENTER GROVE77GREENWOOD51 
CENTRAL NOBLE67FORT WAYNE CANTERBURY47 
CHARLESTOWN60SOUTH CENTRAL (ELIZABETH)58OT
CLINTON PRAIRIE63FRANKFORT56 
CONCORD64PRAIRIE HEIGHTS13 
CONNERSVILLE54UNION COUNTY39 
EASTERN HANCOCK61CENTERVILLE51 
FOREST PARK73CRAWFORD COUNTY35 
FRANKTON79EASTERN (GREENTOWN)51 
GARRETT48HERITAGE35 
GARY WEST63VALPARAISO61 
GREENWOOD CHRISTIAN62LEBANON45 
GUERIN CATHOLIC72PARK TUDOR59 
HAMMOND NOLL77MUNSTER61 
HOBART68BOONE GROVE52 
HOMESTEAD54HUNTINGTON NORTH40 
INDIANAPOLIS CATHEDRAL92WARREN CENTRAL71 
INDIANAPOLIS SCECINA66IRVINGTON PREP62 
KNIGHTSTOWN57TRI48 
MARION64MISSISSINEWA58 
MISHAWAKA61TIPPECANOE VALLEY47 
MONROVIA74EMINENCE26 
NEW ALBANY86CLARKSVILLE40 
NOBLESVILLE65HAMILTON HEIGHTS35 
NORTH KNOX45WHITE RIVER VALLEY39 
NORTHEASTERN60SETON CATHOLIC55 
OAK HILL51WABASH28 
PARKE HERITAGE70WEST VIGO41 
PERRY CENTRAL49TELL CITY29 
PERU69LOGANSPORT52 
PLAINFIELD51AVON39 
PLYMOUTH59JOHN GLENN43 
PURDUE POLY ENGLEWOOD88VICTORY COLLEGE PREP26 
RIVER FOREST54TRI-TOWNSHIP37 
ROCHESTER70CULVER35 
ROSSVILLE67DELPHI53 
SCOTTSBURG86AUSTIN35 
SHELBYVILLE51RUSHVILLE19 
SHENANDOAH41DALEVILLE39 
SOUTH BEND CLAY90HIGHLAND56 
SOUTHWESTERN (HANOVER)80MADISON55 
SULLIVAN50SOUTH KNOX34 
TECUMSEH56SOUTH SPENCER48 
TERRE HAUTE NORTH54MOORESVILLE38 
TRI-WEST75CASCADE55 
TRITON CENTRAL62MORRISTOWN22 
TRITON56OREGON-DAVIS43 
UNION CITY46SOUTH ADAMS29 
VINCENNES LINCOLN57PIKE CENTRAL40 
WES-DEL62CAMBRIDGE CITY LINCOLN51 
WEST LAFAYETTE52MCCUTCHEON48 
WEST WASHINGTON49SALEM37 
WHITELAND72JENNINGS COUNTY68 
WHITKO54COLUMBIA CITY51OT
WOODLAN66NEW HAVEN64 
CHICAGO HEIGHTS TOURNAMENT
HAMMOND CENTRAL62THORNTON FRACTIONAL SOUTH (ILL.)53 

GIRLS HS BASKETBALL WEDNESDAY

ANDREAN41MORGAN TWP.27 
BLUE RIVER55NEW CASTLE52 
FLOYD CENTRAL55EASTERN (PEKIN)19 
FRANKLIN COUNTY43LAWRENCEBURG36 
GIBSON SOUTHERN57PRINCETON41 
GREENSBURG65EAST CENTRAL19 
LAKE CENTRAL68CHESTERTON33 
LANESVILLE67SOUTH CENTRAL (ELIZABETH)26 
LAPEL55ALEXANDRIA45 
MADISON61SOUTHWESTERN (HANOVER)38 
MONROVIA49EMINENCE41 
NORTH DECATUR64SWITZERLAND COUNTY53 
NORTH MIAMI43MACONAQUAH42 
PORTAGE58MICHIGAN CITY46 
SILVER CREEK40NORTH HARRISON18 
TRI60KNIGHTSTOWN23 
TRITON CENTRAL41MORRISTOWN25 
VALPARAISO56MERRILLVILLE50 
WARREN CENTRAL56INDIANAPOLIS CATHEDRAL48 
WHITELAND76DECATUR CENTRAL37 

INDIANA HS WRESTLING SCORES

NORTH MIAMI 37 NORWELL 31

JEFFERSONVILLE 69 SCOTTSBURG 12

JEFFERSONVILLE 56 CORYDON CENTRAL 19

MARTINSVILLE 69 SEYMOUR 9

MARTINSVILLE 48 JASPER 34

MARTINSVILLE 45 TERRE HAUTE NORTH 30

MARTINSVILLE 59 MT. VERNON POSEY 16

NOBLESVILLE 36 PENDLETON HEIGHTS 33

NOBLESVILLE 59 NORTH CENTRAL 15

FLOYD CENTRAL 49 MARTINSVILLE 24

FLOYD CENTRAL 77 CASCADE 3

FLOYD CENTRAL 78 INDIAN CREEK 0

FLOYD CENTRAL 71 OWEN VALLEY 12

BEN DAVIS 48 JASPER 36

BEN DAVIS 72 SEYMOUR 12

BEN DAVIS 50 MT. VERNON POSEY 27

BEN DAVIS 57 TERRE HAUTE NORTH 18

PERRY MERDIAN 50 HARRISON 18

COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE

THURSDAY, NOV. 23

TUSKEGEE AT ALABAMA STATE | 3 P.M. | ESPN+

OLE MISS AT MISSISSIPPI STATE | 7:30 P.M. | ESPN

FRIDAY, NOV. 24

TCU AT OKLAHOMA | 12 P.M. | FOX

IOWA AT NEBRASKA | 12 P.M. | CBS

MIAMI (FLA.) AT BOSTON COLLEGE | 12 P.M. | ABC

MEMPHIS AT TULANE | 12 P.M. | ESPN

TOLEDO AT CENTRAL MICHIGAN | 12 P.M. | ESPNU

OHIO AT AKRON | 12 P.M.

UTSA AT TULANE | 3:30 P.M. | ABC

UTAH STATE AT NEW MEXICO | 3:30 P.M. | CBSSN

MISSOURI AT ARKANSAS | 4 P.M. | CBS

AIR FORCE AT BOISE STATE | 4 P.M. | FS1

TEXAS TECH AT TEXAS | 7:30 P.M. | ABC

PENN STATE AT MICHIGAN STATE | 7:30 P.M. | NBC

OREGON STATE AT OREGON | 8:30 P.M. | FOX

SATURDAY, NOV. 25

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

TEXAS A&M AT LSU | 12 P.M. | ESPN

INDIANA AT PURDUE | 12 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK

MIDDLE TENNESSEE AT SAM HOUSTON | 12 P.M. | ESPN+

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

NAVY AT SMU | 12 P.M. | ESPN2

HOUSTON AT UCF | 12 P.M. | FS1

MIAMI (OHIO) AT BALL STATE | 12 P.M. | CBS SPORTS NETWORK

KENTUCKY AT LOUISVILLE | 12 P.M. | ABC

TROY AT SOUTHERN MISS | 12 P.M. | ESPNU

NORTHERN ILLINOIS AT KENT STATE | 12 P.M. | ESPN+

PITT AT DUKE | 12 P.M. | ACC NETWORK

FLORIDA ATLANTIC AT RICE | 1 P.M. | ESPN+

WAKE FOREST AT SYRACUSE | 2 P.M. | CW NETWORK

TULSA AT EAST CAROLINA | 2 P.M. | ESPN+

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

GEORGIA STATE AT OLD DOMINION | 2 P.M. | ESPN+

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

WESTERN KENTUCKY AT FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL | 3 P.M. | ESPN+

UL MONROE AT LOUISIANA | 3 P.M. | ESPN+

COLORADO AT UTAH | 3 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORK

BYU AT OKLAHOMA STATE | 3:30 P.M. | ABC

ARIZONA AT ARIZONA STATE | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN

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

VANDERBILT AT TENNESSEE | 3:30 P.M. | SEC NETWORK

NORTHWESTERN AT ILLINOIS | 3:30 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK

WISCONSIN AT MINNESOTA | 3:30 P.M. | FS1

MARYLAND AT RUTGERS | 3:30 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK

LIBERTY AT UTEP | 3:30 P.M. | CBSSN

GEORGIA SOUTHERN AT APPALACHIAN STATE | 3:30 P.M. | ESPNU

JAMES MADISON AT COASTAL CAROLINA | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN2

VIRGINIA TECH AT VIRGINIA | 3:30 P.M. | ACC NETWORK

ARKANSAS STATE AT MARSHALL | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN+

WASHINGTON STATE AT WASHINGTON | 4 P.M. | FOX

JACKSONVILLE STATE AT NEW MEXICO STATE | 4 P.M. | ESPN+

FLORIDA STATE AT FLORIDA | 7 P.M. | ESPN

WEST VIRGINIA AT BAYLOR | 7 P.M. | FS1

NOTRE DAME AT STANFORD | 7 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORK

GEORGIA AT GEORGIA TECH | 7:30 P.M. | ABC

KANSAS AT CINCINNATI | 7:30 P.M. | ESPN2

CLEMSON AT SOUTH CAROLINA | 7:30 P.M. | SEC NETWORK

CHARLOTTE AT SOUTH FLORIDA | 7:30 P.M. | ESPNU

NORTH CAROLINA AT NC STATE | 8 P.M. | ACC NETWORK

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

WYOMING AT NEVADA | 9 P.M. | CBSSN

CAL AT UCLA | 10:30 P.M. | ESPN

FRESNO STATE AT SAN DIEGO STATE | 10:30 P.M. | FS1

COLORADO STATE AT HAWAI’I | 11 P.M. | SPECTRUM SPORTS PPV

WEEK 14

FRIDAY, DEC. 1

NEW MEXICO STATE AT LIBERTY (CUSA CHAMPIONSHIP GAME) | 7 P.M. | CBSSN

PAC-12 CHAMPIONSHIP GAME IN LAS VEGAS | 8 P.M. | ABC

SATURDAY, DEC. 2

BIG 12 CHAMPIONSHIP GAME IN ARLINGTON, TEXAS | 12 P.M. | ABC

MIAMI (OHIO) VS. TOLEDO (MAC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME IN DETROIT) | 12 P.M. | ESPN

MOUNTAIN WEST CHAMPIONSHIP GAME | 3 P.M. | FOX

GEORGIA VS. ALABAMA (SEC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME IN ATLANTA) | 4 P.M. | CBS

AAC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME | 4 P.M.

SUN BELT CHAMPIONSHIP GAME | 4 P.M.

SWAC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME | 4 P.M. | ESPN2

ACC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME IN CHARLOTTE | 8 P.M. | ABC

BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIP GAME IN INDIANAPOLIS | 8 P.M. | FOX

WEEK 15

SATURDAY, DEC. 9

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

WEEK 12 SCHEDULE

GREEN BAY PACKERS AT DETROIT LIONS (THANKSGIVING) 12:30P (ET) 12:30P FOX

WASHINGTON COMMANDERS AT DALLAS COWBOYS (THANKSGIVING) 3:30P (CT) 4:30P CBS

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS AT SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (THANKSGIVING) 5:20P (PT) 8:20P NBC

MIAMI DOLPHINS AT NEW YORK JETS (FRI) 3:00P (ET) 3:00P PRIME VIDEO

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS AT ATLANTA FALCONS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX

PITTSBURGH STEELERS AT CINCINNATI BENGALS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS AT HOUSTON TEXANS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P CBS

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS AT INDIANAPOLIS COLTS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS AT NEW YORK GIANTS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX

CAROLINA PANTHERS AT TENNESSEE TITANS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P FOX

LOS ANGELES RAMS AT ARIZONA CARDINALS 2:05P (MST) 4:05P FOX

CLEVELAND BROWNS AT DENVER BRONCOS 2:05P (MT) 4:05P FOX

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS AT LAS VEGAS RAIDERS 1:25P (PT) 4:25P CBS

BUFFALO BILLS AT PHILADELPHIA EAGLES 4:25P (ET) 4:25P CBS

BALTIMORE RAVENS AT LOS ANGELES CHARGERS 5:20P (PT) 8:20P NBC*

CHICAGO BEARS AT MINNESOTA VIKINGS (MON) 7:15P (CT) 8:15P ESPN*

MEN’S TOP 25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCORES

#1 KANSAS 69 #7 TENNESSEE 60

#2 PURDUE 78 #4 MARQUETTE 75

#8 CREIGHTON 88 LOYOLA CHICAGO 65

#11 GONZAGA 69 UCLA 65

#13 BAYLOR 88 OREGON STATE 72

#14 NORTH CAROLINA 91 NORTHERN IOWA 69

#20 ARKANSAS 77 STANFORD 74 2OT 

#22 JAMES MADISON 95 FRESNO STATE 64

#24 VIRGINIA 56 WEST VIRGINIA 54

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL TOP 25 SCOREBOARD

#4 STANFORD 74 BELMONT 55

#8 USC 71 PENN STATE 70

#13 FLORIDA STATE 90 NORTHWESTERN 52

#15 OHIO STATE 75 OKLAHOMA STATE 57

NBA SCOREBOARD

TORONTO 132 INDIANA 131

ORLANDO 124 DENVER 119

CHARLOTTE 117 WASHINGTON 114

ATLANTA 147 BROOKLYN 145 OT

BOSTON 119 MILWAUKEE 116

MIAMI 129 CLEVELAND 96

NEW ORLEANS 117 SACRAMENTO 112

HOUSTON 111 MEMPHIS 91

MINNESOTA 112 PHILADELPHIA 99

LA CLIPPERS 109 SAN ANTONIO 102

OKLAHOMA CITY 116 CHICAGO 102

PHOENIX 123 GOLDEN STATE 115

PORTLAND 121 UTAH 105

DALLAS 104 LA LAKERS 101

NHL SCOREBOARD

CAROLINA 6 EDMONTON 3

BOSTON 3 FLORIDA 1

COLUMBUS 7 CHICAGO 3

DETROIT 4 NEW JERSEY 0

NY RANGERS 1 PITTSBURGH 0

WINNIPEG 3 TAMPA BAY 2 OT

WASHINGTON 4 BUFFALO 3 OT

NY ISLANDERS 3 PHILADELPHIA 2

ST. LOUIS 6 ARIZONA 5

NASHVILLE 4 CALGARY 2

VEGAS 2 DALLAS 1 OT

MONTRÉAL 4 ANAHEIM 3

COLORADO 5 VANCOUVER 2

SEATTLE 7 SAN JOSE 1

NATIONAL SPORTS RELEASES/HEADLINES

NFL NEWS

THE STARTING 11 – JOHN MADDEN THANKSGIVING CELEBRATION, INAUGURAL BLACK FRIDAY GAME HIGHLIGHT WEEK 12

Pondering that immortal room in Canton filled with bronzed busts, JOHN MADDEN said that when the lights go out, they all talk to each other. ​

What would those busts say about this season so far?

Well, for starters, they might point out that only four teams have never played in a Super Bowl. And each of those teams – CLEVELAND (7-3), DETROIT (8-2), HOUSTON (6-4) and JACKSONVILLE (7-3) – enter this week either in first or second place in their divisions. For the first time since the Texans entered the league in 2002, all four teams have at least six wins entering Week 12. Both the Browns (who last won a division in 1989) and Lions (1993) are fighting for their first division titles in three decades, and each completed a thrilling comeback to win in the final seconds last week. And if the season ended today, all four of those teams would be in the same NFL playoff bracket for the first time.

Hope is always abundant in the National Football League. It’s as plentiful as the highway miles Madden put on his bus traversing the country while preparing to call games for ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC.

In partnership with the networks, the NFL is honoring and commemorating Madden’s legacy with the second annual John Madden Thanksgiving Celebration. The day combines all the aspects of life Madden loved, including family, football, food, tradition and fun. Madden’s contributions to football will be celebrated, both on the field and in the broadcast booth, with tributes interspersed throughout each game on Thanksgiving Day. Each telecast will begin with a Madden hallmark and each network will select a player of the game; the NFL Foundation will then donate $10,000 to a youth or high-school football program in those players’ names because the developmental levels of the game were important to Madden.

On the field, each of the six Thanksgiving teams will wear jersey patches with the Madden silhouette. The NFL will also feature that silhouette on the coin at each coin toss (heads), while the reverse side of the coin (tails) will be a six-legged turducken. What’s more, commemorative John Madden Thanksgiving Celebration stencils will show prominently at Ford Field, AT&T Stadium and Lumen Field.

Additional broadcast partners Westwood One and SiriusXM NFL Radio will air Madden and Thanksgiving-related programming throughout the week leading up to Thanksgiving Day.

Known simply as Coach by all fortunate to work with him, Madden once said, “There’s no place that I would rather be today on Thanksgiving than right here, right now, at a football game.”

And football is forever thankful for Coach.

The Starting 11 entering Week 12

1.   FIRST PLACE UP FOR GRABS IN AFC SOUTH: After food, family and football (and this year, Black Friday Football), one of the more intriguing games on the Week 12 schedule is JACKSONVILLE (7-3) at HOUSTON (6-4) on Sunday (1 p.m. ET, CBS). Jacksonville needs a win to hold onto first place in the AFC South and avenge a home loss to the Texans in Week 3. Houston, meanwhile, needs a win to own at least a share of first place in the division for the first time this late in a season since the end of the 2019 campaign. While the road team has won the last four games in the series, Houston has actually won 10 of the last 11 meetings. The Texans’ only loss to the Jaguars in that stretch came last year at NRG Stadium.

  • The Jaguars are 3-1 in the AFC South, tied with the LOS ANGELES RAMS (also 3-1) for the NFL’s second-best division record (minimum three games) behind PHILADELPHIA (3-0). Jacksonville also leads the NFL with 20 takeaways this season.
    • The Texans have won three straight games, their longest streak since they won nine in a row in 2018.
    • Since the 1983 NFL Draft, 209 rookie quarterbacks have started either a regular-season or playoff game. And of those 209, only 15 have won four-or-more regular-season starts and started playoff games in their rookie seasons. Could the Texans’ C.J. STROUD be the 16th?

The 15 rookie quarterbacks who won at least four regular-season starts and started playoff games, since 1983:

Brock Purdy (2022)Russell Wilson (2012)Matt Ryan (2008)
Mac Jones (2021)Andrew Luck (2012)Ben Roethlisberger (2004)
Lamar Jackson (2018)Andy Dalton (2011)Shaun King (1999)
Dak Prescott (2016)Mark Sanchez (2009)Bernie Kosar (1985)
Robert Griffin III (2012)Joe Flacco (2008)Dan MarinoHOF (1983)
  • Elsewhere in the AFC South, the INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (5-5) host the TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (4-6) on Sunday (1 p.m. ET, CBS). Colts wide receiver MICHAEL PITTMAN has seven games this season with eight-or-more receptions. The only other player in team history to do that is Pro Football Hall of Famer MARVIN HARRISON, who did it twice (12 games in 2002, seven in 2001).

2.   NUMBER OF THE WEEK – 115: The number of games this season – 115 of 164 (70.1 percent) – that have been within one score in the fourth quarter. Only 2022 (126) and 2016 (123) had more entering Week 12.

  • Also this season, 90 games have been decided by one score or less (eight points). Only 2016 (96) and 2022 (95) had more entering Week 12.
    • This year, 85 games have been decided by seven points or less, third in league annals entering Week 12 (90 in 2016, 86 in 2022).
    • Plus, 70 games have been decided by six points or less, third-most through the first 11 weeks in NFL history. Only 2022 (72) and 2016 (71) had more entering Week 12.

3.   SHAKE, RATTLE & ROLL: That was Big Joe Turner’s hit that climbed to No. 1 on the Motown charts in 1954, the last time the Lions had a winning streak longer than four games against the Packers. Fast forward to 2023 and DETROIT (8-2) has an opportunity to extend its current winning streak over GREEN BAY (4-6) to five when the NFC North rivals clash at Ford Field to kick off Thanksgiving (12:30 p.m. ET, FOX).

  • Last week, Detroit became the first team since the New York Jets in Week 2 of the 2022 season to overcome a deficit of 12 points in the final three minutes and win in regulation. The Lions improved to 8-2 for the first time since 1962.
    • In the win, Detroit wide receiver AMON-RA ST. BROWN had eight receptions for 77 yards and one touchdown. St. Brown has 28 career games with at least six receptions and surpassed ODELL BECKHAM JR. (27) and MICHAEL THOMAS (27) for the second-most games with at least six receptions by a player in his first three seasons in NFL history. Only JUSTIN JEFFERSON (32) has more.
    • Looking only at players with three years or less of NFL experience, Detroit (17) and Green Bay (16) lead the league in scrimmage touchdowns. Among Detroit’s core young players are St. Brown (five scrimmage touchdowns), rookie running back JAHMYR GIBBS (five) and rookie tight end SAM LAPORTA (four), who have combined for 14 scrimmage touchdowns this season. On the opposite sideline, second-year wide receiver ROMEO DOUBS leads the Packers with seven scrimmage touchdowns, while rookie wide receiver JAYDEN REED has five and second-year wide receiver CHRISTIAN WATSON has two. Doubs, Reed and Watson each had important touchdowns in Green Bay’s win last week.
    • Also in that victory, Packers quarterback JORDAN LOVE passed for a career-high 322 yards, including a game-winning 24-yard touchdown pass to Doubs with 2:33 remaining in the fourth quarter. Reed led the team with 46 rushing yards on three carries, and rookie wide receiver DONTAYVION WICKS recorded a team-best 91 receiving yards.

4.   SPOTLIGHT – INDIVIDUAL MATCHUP: The second Thanksgiving contest features Cowboys wide receiver CEEDEE LAMB, who ranks tied for second in the NFL with 1,013 receiving yards, facing Commanders cornerback BENJAMIN ST-JUSTE, who enters with 15 passes defensed, second most in the league. Lamb reached 1,000 yards last week in his 10th game. In Cowboys history, only Pro Football Hall of Famer MICHAEL IRVIN (nine games in 1995) eclipsed 1,000 receiving yards in fewer games.

  • When WASHINGTON (4-7) visits DALLAS (7-3) on Thursday (4:30 p.m. ET, CBS), the Cowboys will seek their 13th straight home win. The Dallas streak of 12 consecutive home wins is the second-longest in franchise history, behind an 18-game streak from 1979-81.
    • The NFC East rivals mark their 11th Thanksgiving game. The Cowboys own an 8-2 advantage in the holiday series.
    • In last week’s win, Dallas linebacker MICAH PARSONS tied his career high with 2.5 sacks and cornerback DARON BLAND had his fourth interception-return for a touchdown.
    • Parsons has 11 career games with at least two sacks and surpassed DWIGHT FREENEY (10 games) for the fifth-most such games by a player in his first three NFL seasons since 1982, when the individual sack became an official statistic. Only Pro Football Hall of Famers REGGIE WHITE (16 games) and RICHARD DENT (12) as well as SHAWNE MERRIMAN (12) and ALDON SMITH (12) have more.
    • Bland tied the single-season NFL record and became the fourth player in NFL history with four interception returns for touchdowns, joining ERIC ALLEN (1993 with Philadelphia), Pro Football Hall of Famer KEN HOUSTON (1971 with the Houston Oilers) and JIM KEARNEY (1972 with Kansas City).
    • Washington’s defense has 35 sacks, fourth in the NFL.
    • Last week, Commanders quarterback SAM HOWELL, who leads the NFL with 3,038 passing yards, became the first player in 2023 to reach the 3,000-yard landmark.
    • This season marks 25 years since Minnesota topped Dallas, 46-36, in a Thanksgiving thriller on Nov. 26, 1998. The teams combined for 984 yards of total offense. RANDALL CUNNINGHAM (359 yards, four touchdown passes) and Pro Football Hall of Famer TROY AIKMAN (NFL Thanksgiving Day-record and career-best 455 yards, one touchdown pass) combined to pass for 814 yards. Pro Football Hall of Famers RANDY MOSS (163 yards, three touchdown receptions), CRIS CARTER (135 yards, one touchdown reception) and MICHAEL IRVIN (137 yards) each topped 100 receiving yards.

5.   SPOTLIGHT – TEAM MATCHUP: Two of the NFL’s top three teams in turnover differential square off when PITTSBURGH (6-4) visits CINCINNATI (5-5) on Sunday (1 p.m. ET, CBS). The Steelers are plus-11, first in the NFL, while the Bengals are plus-10, tied for second with SAN FRANCISCO (also plus-10).

6.   STREAK SPEAK: The DENVER BRONCOS (5-5) are tied with Philadelphia for the NFL’s longest active winning streak – four games, Denver’s longest in seven years – as the Broncos prepare for the league’s stingiest defense, the CLEVELAND BROWNS (7-3), on Sunday at Empower Field at Mile High (4:05 p.m. ET, FOX).

  • Sunday’s game is an important head-to-head matchup that could figure significantly in the AFC playoff picture next month. Cleveland also has one of the AFC’s best conference records, 5-2.
    • The Browns are allowing an NFL-low 243.3 yards per game, on pace for the best mark in the league since the 2008 Super Bowl champion PITTSBURGH STEELERS allowed just 237.2 yards per contest.
    • Cleveland’s performance against the pass (143.3 yards per game) is even more impressive. The last team to allow less than 143.3 passing yards per game over a full season was the 1982 MIAMI DOLPHINS (114.1), whose Killer Bees led them to a Super Bowl berth.
    • Cleveland defensive end MYLES GARRETT leads the NFL with 13 sacks, including two last week. Garrett is the third NFL player with at least 12 sacks in five of his first seven career seasons since 1982, when the individual sack became an official statistic, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer REGGIE WHITE (six seasons) and LESLIE O’NEAL (five).
    • The two teams played three AFC Championship Games over a four-year period from 1986-89.

7.   DID YOU KNOW?: Turnovers are always important in a football game, whether Pop Warner or NFL. But when BALTIMORE (8-3) takes the AFC’s best record to the West Coast to meet the LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (4-6) on Sunday Night Football (8:20 p.m. ET, NBC), turnovers will be even more critical. That’s because both teams have a knack for converting turnovers into points. The Ravens have scored 61 points off takeaways, tied for third in the league, while the Chargers have 52 points off takeaways, fifth in the NFL.

  • Led by defensive tackle JUSTIN MADUBUIKE (9.5 sacks), the Ravens lead the NFL with 44 sacks. Last week, Baltimore posted its fifth game with five-or-more sacks, also most in the league. Madubuike has at least a share of a sack in eight consecutive games.
    • Baltimore running back GUS EDWARDS, who ranks second in the NFL with 10 rushing touchdowns, is just the sixth player in Ravens history to reach double figures in that category and needs four to match the single-season franchise record set by JAMAL LEWIS (14) in 2003.
    • Last week, Ravens wide receiver ODELL BECKHAM JR. posted a season-best 116 receiving yards, his most in a game since Week 2 of 2019, when he had 161 for the Browns. What’s more, wide receiver ZAY FLOWERS (53) broke the team’s single-season rookie receptions record held by TORREY SMITH (50 in 2011).
    • Chargers quarterback JUSTIN HERBERT has 113 career touchdown passes and surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer PEYTON MANNING (111) for the third-most by a player in his first four seasons in NFL history. Only Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO (142) and PATRICK MAHOMES (114) have more.
    • His favorite target, wide receiver KEENAN ALLEN, has 18 career games with at least 10 receptions and 100 receiving yards, tied with DAVANTE ADAMS (18 games) and JULIO JONES (18) for the third-most such games in NFL history. Only ANDRE JOHNSON (21 games) and ANTONIO BROWN (20) have more.

8.   UNDER-THE-RADAR STORYLINE: In seven of the last 12 NFC Championship Games, either the 49ers or Seahawks have played for a Super Bowl berth. Those teams will renew their rivalry to close the Thanksgiving tripleheader when SAN FRANCISCO (7-3) meets SEATTLE (6-4) at Lumen Field (8:20 p.m. ET, NBC).

  • Seattle head coach PETE CARROLL is 8-5 against San Francisco head coach KYLE SHANAHAN, including the postseason, although Shanahan and the 49ers have won three straight over the Seahawks.
    • In last week’s win, San Francisco quarterback BROCK PURDY compiled a 158.3 passer rating, the highest attainable mark. He passed for 333 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions and, at 23 years and 327 days old, joined LAMAR JACKSON (22 years, 244 days on Sept. 8, 2019) and JARED GOFF (23 years, 348 days on Sept. 27, 2018) as the only quarterbacks under the age of 24 in NFL history with a 158.3 rating (minimum 20 attempts).
    • San Francisco running back CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY has five touchdown receptions this year. He is the first running back in NFL history with four career seasons with at least five touchdown receptions. McCaffrey also has 485 career receptions and surpassed ROGER CRAIG (483) for the most by a running back in his first seven career seasons in NFL history.

9.   TREND TIMEBUFFALO (6-5) and PHILADELPHIA (9-1) clash at Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday (4:25 p.m. ET, CBS), the first game in a challenging stretch for each club. After a road trip to face the team with the league’s best record, the Eagles, Buffalo gets a Week 13 bye followed by another road game at KANSAS CITY (7-3) and a home contest against DALLAS (7-3). Meanwhile, if the Eagles can survive the Bills this week, Philadelphia’s next two games are against SAN FRANCISCO (7-3) at home and DALLAS (7-3) on the road.

  • Buffalo head coach SEAN MCDERMOTT launched his NFL career in Philadelphia, where he helped the Eagles to the playoffs in eight of his 10 years (2001-10) with the team.
    • Philadelphia (4-0 at Lincoln Financial Field) is one of three NFL teams undefeated at home, joining MIAMI (5-0) and DALLAS (4-0). The Eagles have won seven straight home games, including the postseason, and nine of their last 10, dating to Week 12 last season. TENNESSEE (3-1) is 3-0 in home games within the U.S., having lost a designated home contest in London.
    • Philadelphia’s JALEN HURTS and Buffalo’s JOSH ALLEN lead NFL quarterbacks this season with nine and seven rushing touchdowns, respectively. Over a longer stretch, since the beginning of 2020, Hurts (35 rushing touchdowns) and Allen (28) also lead the position in that category.
    • The Eagles are the first NFL team to begin consecutive seasons 9-1 or better since the 2005-06 INDIANAPOLIS COLTS.
    • Since Buffalo acquired him in an Oct. 31 trade, cornerback RASUL DOUGLAS has four takeaways (two interceptions and two fumble recoveries), in addition to four passes defensed, in three games.

10. NEXT GEN STAT OF THE WEEK: Saints running back ALVIN KAMARA has caught 50 of his 56 targets for 305 yards in seven games this season. Among running backs, his 50 receptions lead the NFL while his 305 receiving yards ranks fifth. And among players who have been targeted a minimum of 50 times this season, Kamara has a league-high 89.3-percent catch rate.

  • This week, Kamara and NEW ORLEANS (5-5) travel to ATLANTA (4-6) for a critical NFC South contest at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Sunday (1 p.m. ET, FOX). The teams will meet twice over the season’s final seven weeks.

11. AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST: Including the postseason, Miami wide receiver TYREEK HILL has 10 games with 10-plus receptions, at least 140 receiving yards and a touchdown catch. Only two other players in NFL history have done that: Pro Football Hall of Famer JERRY RICE and ANDRE JOHNSON, who each also have 10 such games. Hill can take sole possession of first on that list when MIAMI (7-3) meets the NEW YORK JETS (4-6) at MetLife Stadium in the NFL’s first Black Friday Football game (3 p.m. ET, Prime Video).

  • Hill also has 1,222 receiving yards this season, becoming the first player in 62 years and the fifth ever with 1,200 in his team’s first 10 games of a season, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers ELROY “CRAZY LEGS” HIRSCH (1,268 in 1951), RAYMOND BERRY (1,264 in 1960) and DON HUTSON (1,204 in 1942) as well as CHARLIE HENNIGAN (1,245 in 1961).
    • Miami’s offense ranks first in the NFL with 291.0 passing yards per game. The Jets’ defense, meanwhile, ranks fifth in the league, having allowed just 178.7 passing yards per contest.
    • This week marks the 78th all-time regular-season game played on a Friday.

NFL: WHAT TO LOOK FOR

Below are teams and players that can set historic marks or reach career milestones in Week 12 of the 2023 NFL season, including:

  • Detroit (Jahmyr Gibbs, David Montgomery & Amon-Ra St. Brown)
  • Dallas (Micah Parsons & DaRon Bland)
  • San Francisco (Christian McCaffrey)
  • Philadelphia (Jalen Hurts)
  • Buffalo (Josh Allen)
  • Houston (C.J. Stroud & Tank Dell)
  • L.A. Chargers (Justin Herbert, Keenan Allen & Khalil Mack)
  • Denver (Russell Wilson)
  • Miami (Tyreek Hill)
  • Cleveland (Myles Garrett)
  • Pittsburgh (T.J. Watt)​

TRIO OF LIONS PLAYMAKERS SPOTLIGHTED ON THANKSGIVING

The DETROIT LIONS have won three consecutive games and at 8-2 bring their best record into Thanksgiving since 1962. They will be hosting the GREEN BAY PACKERS (4-6)in thefirst game of the day on Thursday (12:30 p.m. ET, FOX), a rematch of the clubs’ Week 4 meeting on Thursday Night Football, a 34-20 Detroit victory.

This will mark the first time two clubs have met in multiple Thursday games in the same season since the Bears and Cardinals in 1926.

Running back JAHMYR GIBBS is tied for first among rookies with five rushing touchdowns and third with 771 scrimmage yards. He has recorded at least 95 scrimmage yards and a rushing touchdown in each of his past four games, the longest active streak in the league.

With 95 scrimmage yards and a rushing touchdown on Thanksgiving, Gibbs will become the third rookie in the Super Bowl era to accomplish the feat in five-or-more consecutive games, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers ERIC DICKERSON (six consecutive games in 1983) and FRANCO HARRIS (six in 1972).

The rookies with at least 95 scrimmage yards and a rushing touchdown in the most consecutive games in the Super Bowl era:

PLAYERTEAMSEASONGAMES
Eric DickersonHOFL.A. Rams19836
Franco HarrisHOFPittsburgh19726
Jahmyr GibbsDetroit20234*
Kevin JonesDetroit20044
Curtis MartinHOFNew England19954
*active streak

Teammate DAVID MONTGOMERY has recorded a rushing touchdown in six of his seven games this season, including in each of the past two weeks. He and Gibbs can become the first pair of teammates to each score a rushing touchdown in three consecutive team games since Philadelphia’s HEATH SHERMAN and HERSCHEL WALKER in 1992.  

Gibbs and Montgomery can also become the first pair of teammates in NFL history to each record at least 95 scrimmage yards and a rushing touchdown in three consecutive team games.

Wide receiver AMON-RA ST. BROWN has recorded at least eight receptions in four of his past five games. Since entering the NFL in 2021, St. Brown has at least eight receptions in 16 games, tied for second most in the league during that span.

With eight catches on Thursday, St. Brown will tie ANQUAN BOLDIN (17 games) for the second-most games with at least eight receptions by a player in his first three seasons in NFL history. Only JUSTIN JEFFERSON (19) has more.

The players with the most games with at least eight receptions in their first three seasons in NFL history:

PLAYERTEAMGAMES
Justin JeffersonMinnesota19
Anquan BoldinArizona17
Amon-Ra St. BrownDetroit16*
*in third season

PARSONS & BLAND LEADING DALLAS’ D

The DALLAS COWBOYS (7-3) enter Thanksgiving having allowed fewer than 200 yards in consecutive games for the first time since 1992. They can become the second team in the past decade to accomplish the feat in three consecutive games, joining San Francisco in 2019 (Weeks 5-7).

Last week, Dallas recorded a season-high seven sacks, led by linebacker MICAH PARSONS’ season-best 2.5 sacks. It marked his 11th career game with multiple sacks, the most among all players since he entered the league in 2021.

With two sacks against Washington on Thanksgiving (4:30 p.m. ET, CBS), Parsons will tie Pro Football Hall of Famer RICHARD DENT (12 games), SHAWNE MERRIMAN (12) and ALDON SMITH (12) for the second-most games with at least two sacks by a player in his first three NFL seasons since 1982, when the individual sack became an official statistic. Only Pro Football Hall of Famer REGGIE WHITE (16 games) has more.

The players with the most games with at least two sacks in their first three NFL seasons since 1982:

PLAYERTEAMGAMES WITH 2+ SACKS
Reggie WhiteHOFPhiladelphia16
Richard DentHOFChicago12
Shawne MerrimanSan Diego Chargers12
Aldon SmithSan Francisco12
Micah ParsonsDallas11*
*in third season  


​Also last week, cornerback DARON BLAND tied the single-season NFL record with his fourth interception-return touchdown of the season and can become the first player in NFL history with five interception-return touchdowns in a season.

The Dallas defense will be going up against Washington quarterback SAM HOWELL, who leads the NFL with 3,039 passing yards. Howell will become the fourth player leading the NFL in passing yards to start on Thanksgiving in the last 46 years, joining DAK PRESCOTT in 2019 and Pro Football Hall of Famers PEYTON MANNING in 2004 and ROGER STAUBACH in 1978.

MCCAFFREY AIMING FOR 10 & 5

The Thanksgiving tripleheader will conclude on Thursday night when the SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (6-4) host the SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (7-3) in an NFC West clash (8:20 p.m. ET, NBC).

San Francisco running back CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY enters Week 12 leading the league with 14 scrimmage touchdowns (nine rushing, five receiving) and has scored a touchdown in nine of 10 games this season.

With a rushing touchdown on Thanksgiving, McCaffrey will become the fifth player in history and first in 48 years with at least 10 rushing touchdowns and five touchdown receptions in his team’s first 11 games of a season, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers JIM BROWN (1962) and O.J. SIMPSON (1975) as well as ABNER HAYES (1962) and CHUCK FOREMAN (1975).

The players with at least 10 rushing touchdowns and five touchdown receptions in their team’s first 11 games of a season in history:

PLAYERTEAMSEASONRUSH TDsREC. TDs
Jim BrownHOFCleveland1962105
Abner HayesDallas Texans1962126
Chuck ForemanMinnesota1975116
O.J. SimpsonHOFBuffalo1975105
     
Christian McCaffreySan Francisco20239*5*
*through 10 games


ALLEN & HURTS RUSHING INTO HISTORY, MEET FOR FIRST TIME

When the PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (9-1) host the BUFFALO BILLS (6-5) on Sunday (4:25 p.m. ET, CBS), it will mark the first time that JALEN HURTS and JOSH ALLEN have faced each other as starting quarterbacks.

Allen enters the game leading the league with 29 total touchdowns (22 passing, seven rushing), while Hurts ranks second with 24 (15 passing, nine rushing). Hurts also leads all quarterbacks with nine rushing touchdowns, while Allen ranks second with seven.

Last week marked Hurts’ 10th career regular-season game with multiple rushing touchdowns. With another such performance, he will surpass CAM NEWTON (10 games) for the most games ever by a quarterback with at least two rushing touchdowns.

With one rushing touchdown on Sunday, Hurts – who led all quarterbacks with 13 rushing touchdowns in 2022 and 10 rushing touchdowns in 2021 – can also join Newton as the only quarterbacks ever to record at least 10 rushing touchdowns in three career seasons.

Allen had at least eight rushing touchdowns in each of his first three seasons (2018-20) and with a rushing touchdown on Sunday, can join Newton as the only quarterbacks ever with at least eight rushing touchdowns in four career seasons. Hurts is the only other quarterback with three such seasons.

The quarterbacks with at least eight rushing touchdowns in the most seasons in NFL history:

PLAYERTEAM(S)SEASONS
Cam NewtonCarolina, New England4
Josh AllenBuffalo3*
Jalen HurtsPhiladelphia3
*has seven rushing touchdowns in 2023  


Allen has recorded both a passing and rushing touchdown in seven games this season, while Hurts has done so in six games. Allen can become the fifth quarterback in NFL history to record both a passing and rushing touchdown in eight-or-more games within a season.

The quarterbacks with the most games with both a passing and rushing touchdown in a season in NFL history:

PLAYERTEAMSEASONGAMES
Kyler MurrayArizona20209
Daunte CulpepperMinnesota20028
Steve GroganNew England19768
Cam NewtonCarolina20118
    
Josh AllenBuffalo20237
Jalen HurtsPhiladelphia20236

STROUD CONTINUES HISTORIC ROOKIE SEASON

Houston rookie quarterback C.J. STROUD ranks second in the league with 2,962 passing yards, the fourth-most by a player in his first 10 career games in NFL history.

With 263 passing yards against Jacksonville on Sunday (1 p.m. ET, CBS), Stroud will surpass JUSTIN HERBERT (3,224 passing yards) for the second-most passing yards by a player in his first 11 career games in NFL history. Only PATRICK MAHOMES (3,434) had more.

The players with the most passing yards in their first 11 career games in NFL history:

PLAYERTEAMPASSING YARDS
Patrick MahomesKansas City3,434
Justin HerbertL.A. Chargers3,224
Andrew LuckIndianapolis3,205
Cam NewtonCarolina3,093
C.J. StroudHouston2,962*
*in first 10 games


Last week, Stroud recorded his fifth 300-yard passing game and became the second rookie ever with at least 300 passing yards in three consecutive games.

With 300 passing yards on Sunday, he will become the first rookie in NFL history to record 300 passing yards in four straight games and the third rookie all-time with 300 passing yards in six games, joining JUSTIN HERBERT (eight games in 2020) and ANDREW LUCK (six games in 2012).

The rookies with the most games with at least 300 passing yards in NFL history:

PLAYERTEAMSEASONGAMES
Justin HerbertL.A. Chargers20208
Andrew LuckIndianapolis20126
Joe BurrowCincinnati20205
Daniel JonesN.Y. Giants20195
Kyler MurrayArizona20195
C.J. StroudHouston20235


One of Stroud’s top targets this season has been fellow rookie TANK DELL, who ranks second among all rookies this season with 659 receiving yards and six touchdown receptions. Dell has recorded a touchdown reception in each of his past three games.

With another touchdown between Stroud and Dell, the two will become the sixth rookie quarterback-receiver pairing in NFL history to connect for at least seven touchdowns and the first since Indianapolis’ ANDREW LUCK and T.Y. HILTON in 2012 (seven touchdowns).

The rookie quarterback-receiver pairings to connect for the most touchdowns in NFL history:

QUARTERBACKRECEIVER TEAMSEASONTOUCHDOWNS
Jim PlunkettRandy Vataha New England19719
Charlie ConerlyBill Swiacki N.Y. Giants19489
Tim CouchKevin Johnson Cleveland19998
Andrew LuckT.Y. Hilton Indianapolis20127
Tony BanksEddie Kennison St. Louis Rams19967
     
C.J. StroudTank Dell Houston20236

HERBERT, ALLEN & MACK CAN REACH MARKS ON SNF

Since entering the league in 2020, Los Angles Chargers quarterback JUSTIN HERBERT ranks fourth among all players with 113 touchdown passes.

With two touchdown passes against Baltimore on Sunday Night Football (8:20 p.m. ET, NBC), Herbert will surpass PATRICK MAHOMES (114 touchdown passes) for the second-most touchdown passes by a player in his first four seasons in NFL history. Only Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO (142) has more.

The players with the most touchdown passes in their first four seasons in NFL history:

PLAYERTEAMTOUCHDOWN PASSES
Dan MarinoHOFMiami142
Patrick MahomesKansas City114
Justin HerbertL.A. Chargers113*
*in fourth season

Herbert’s top target once again this season has been wide receiver KEENAN ALLEN, who leads the league with 83 receptions and ranks fourth with 1,011 receiving yards. Allen has recorded at least 10 receptions, 100 receiving yards and a touchdown reception in each of his past two games.

With another such performance by Allen on Sunday night, it would mark the third instance of a player totaling at least 10 receptions, 100 receiving yards and a touchdown reception in three consecutive games in NFL history. Allen owns one of the prior two steaks (Weeks 11-13, 2017), while MICHAEL THOMAS (Weeks 14-16, 2019) holds the other.

Last week also marked Allen’s 18th career game with at least 10 receptions and 100 receiving yards. If he reaches those marks again, he will become the third player in NFL history with 19-or-more career games of a least 10 receptions and 100 receiving yards, joining ANDRE JOHNSON (21 games) and ANTONIO BROWN (20). Las Vegas’ DAVANTE ADAMS (18 games) and Philadelphia’s JULIO JONES (18) also have an opportunity to join Johnson and Brown.

The players with the most games with at least 10 receptions and 100 receiving yards in NFL history:

PLAYERTEAM(S)GAMES
Andre JohnsonHouston21
Antonio BrownPittsburgh, Tampa Bay20
Davante AdamsGreen Bay, Las Vegas18*
Keenan AllenSan Diego/L.A. Chargers18*
Julio JonesAtlanta18*
*active

Linebacker KHALIL MACK recorded two sacks last week and ranks fourth in the league with 11 sacks, his fifth career season with at least 10 sacks. Mack has totaled at least 12 sacks in two career seasons, recording 15 sacks in 2015 with the Raiders and 12.5 sacks in 2018 with the Bears.

With a sack on Sunday night, Mack will become the second player to record at least 12 sacks with three franchises since 1982, when the individual sack became an official statistic, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer KEVIN GREENE (at least 12 sacks with the Rams, Steelers and Panthers).  

WILSON CAN SURPASS MARINO

Denver quarterback RUSSELL WILSON is tied for third in the league with 19 touchdown passes and, since entering the NFL in 2012, has 327 career touchdown passes.

With two touchdown passes on Sunday against Cleveland (4:05 p.m. ET, FOX), Wilson will surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO (328 touchdown passes) for the second-most touchdown passes by a player in his first 12 career seasons in NFL history. Only Pro Football Hall of Famer PEYTON MANNING (366 touchdown passes) has more.

The players with the most touchdown passes in their first 12 seasons in NFL history:

PLAYERTEAM(S)TOUCHDOWN PASSES
Peyton ManningHOFIndianapolis366
Dan MarinoHOFMiami328
Russell WilsonSeattle, Denver327*
*in 12th season

HILL CLOSING IN ON 1,300

Miami wide receiver TYREEK HILL leads the NFL with 1,222 receiving yards and nine touchdown receptions and ranks second with 79 receptions.

With 78 receiving yards at the New York Jets in the NFL’s first-ever game on Black Friday (3 p.m. ET, Prime Video), Hill will become the fourth player in history to record at least 1,300 receiving yards in his team’s first 11 games of a season, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer ELROY “CRAZY LEGS” HIRSCH (1,349 receiving yards in 1951), CHARLIE HENNIGAN (1,327 in 1961) and JULIO JONES (1,305 in 2018).

The players with at least 1,300 receiving yards in their team’s first 11 games of a season in NFL history:

PLAYERTEAMSEASONRECEIVING YARDS
Elroy HirschHOFL.A. Rams19511,349
Charlie HenniganHouston Oilers19611,327
Julio JonesAtlanta20181,305
    
Tyreek HillMiami20231,222*
*through 10 games


With 10 receptions and 150 receiving yards on Friday, Hill will become the first player in NFL history to record 11 career games with at least 10 receptions and 150 receiving yards.

The players with the most career games with at least 10 receptions and 150 receiving yards in NFL history:

PLAYERGAMES
Antonio Brown10
Tyreek Hill10
Andre Johnson10
Julio Jones10
Jerry RiceHOF10

GARRETT & WATT SACK ATTACK

Cleveland defensive end MYLES GARRETT leads the NFL with 13 sacks this season while Pittsburgh linebacker T.J. WATT ranks third with 11.5 sacks. Since both entered the NFL in 2017, Watt (89 sacks) and Garrett (87.5) rank first and second, respectively, in sacks.

Watt – appearing in his 98th career game on Sunday at Cincinnati (1 p.m. ET, CBS), and Garrett, appearing in his 95th career game on Sunday at Denver (4:05 p.m. ET, FOX), can join Pro Football Hall of Famer REGGIE WHITE (82 games) as the only player since 1982, when the individual sack became an official statistic, to reach 90 sacks in fewer than 100 NFL games.

The players to reach 90 sacks in the fewest NFL games since 1982:

PLAYERTEAMGAMES
Reggie WhiteHOFPhiladelphia82
J.J. WattHouston102
DeMarcus WareHOFDallas103
   
Myles GarrettCleveland94*
T.J. WattPittsburgh97#
*has 87.5 sacks in 94 games
#has 89 sacks in 97 games

With at least one sack on Sunday, Garrett will become the fourth player since 1982 with at least one sack in 60 games within his first seven NFL seasons, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers DEMARCUS WARE (68 games) and REGGIE WHITE (63) as well as VON MILLER (61). Watt has a sack in 56 career games and with one sack on Sunday will tie AARON DONALD (57 games) for the fifth-most career games with at least one sack in a player’s first seven NFL seasons since 1982.

The players with the most games with at least one sack in their first seven NFL seasons since 1982:

PLAYERTEAMGAMES
DeMarcus WareHOFDallas68
Reggie WhiteHOFPhiladelphia63
Von MillerDenver61
Myles GarrettCleveland59*
Aaron DonaldSt. Louis/L.A. Rams57
T.J. WattPittsburgh56*
*in seventh season

Garrett, who has recorded 16 sacks in each of the past two seasons, needs two sacks to join Pro Football Hall of Famer REGGIE WHITE (1986-88) as the only players since 1982 to record at least 15 sacks in three consecutive seasons.

Watt, with another half sack this season, will become the fourth player since 1982 with at least 12 sacks in five of his first seven seasons, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer REGGIE WHITE (six seasons), Garrett (five) and LESLIE O’NEAL (five).

TYPICAL NFL ALSO-RANS SURGE TOWARD PLAYOFF POSITION IN TOPSY-TURVY SEASON

The way this NFL season is going so far, there’s a decent chance there could be a first-time Super Bowl participant for the first time since the 2008 season when Arizona became the 28th franchise to reach the big game.

That left four franchises without a Super Bowl berth and all of them currently have winning records and are off to some of their best starts in years.

Detroit (8-2), Cleveland (7-3), Jacksonville (7-3) and Houston (6-4) are currently in playoff position with a chance to end their droughts.

The success-starved Lions are in the best shape after winning at least eight of their first 10 games for the first time since 1962. Detroit has won just one playoff game since winning the NFL championship in 1957, nearly a decade before the first Super Bowl was played following the 1966 season.

The Browns have the longest drought without a division title, having last won one in 1989, and have won only one playoff game since returning as an expansion team in 1999. Cleveland is tied for its best record after 10 games since starting 8-2 in 1994, when Bill Belichick coached the team.

The Jaguars are tied for their best record after 10 games since starting 9-1 in 1999, when they went to the AFC title game — one of three times they got knocked out a game shy of the Super Bowl.

The Texans have never made it past the divisional round since becoming an expansion team in 2002 but are looking more and more like a contender each week thanks to the play of rookie quarterback C.J. Stroud.

This season is the first time that these four star-crossed franchises all have had a winning record at the same time, and there has never been a season when more than two of those franchises made the playoffs.

SECOND-HALF SHUTOUT

Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs are in a rare second-half slump.

Kansas City has gone three straight games without scoring a point in the second half for the team’s longest drought since at least 1991. In Mahomes’ first five seasons as quarterback, the Chiefs were held scoreless in the second half only twice.

Only two teams in the past 30 seasons have made the playoffs in a season when they went scoreless in the second half in three straight games but both ended up as Super Bowl champions: the 2000 Baltimore Ravens and the 2015 Denver Broncos.

For the season, the Chiefs have scored just 53 points in the second half for the third-fewest for any team through 10 games in the past 10 seasons, with only the 2016 Browns (51) and the 2019 Dolphins (37) scoring fewer.

ROOKIE QBS

Cleveland’s Dorian Thompson-Robinson and Tommy DeVito of the New York Giants are the latest rookie QBs to get into the winning column.

They raised the number of rookie quarterbacks to earn a win in a start this season to nine, the most in a non-replacement player season since starts began being tracked in 1950.

There have been a record 10 rookie QB starters this season, with Arizona’s Clayton Tune the only one who hasn’t been credited with a win.

DeVito’s victory was particularly noteworthy, as he managed to throw three TD passes and post a 137.7 passer rating despite getting sacked nine times against Washington.

That was the second-highest rating since the merger for a player who was sacked at least nine times, trailing only the 141.1 for Seattle’s Dave Krieg against Kansas City in 1990. DeVito had the 88th game since the merger with a QB taking at least nine sacks, with the first 87 combining for a 64.1 passer rating in those games.

PERFECT PURDY

San Francisco quarterback Brock Purdy is on one of the most efficient two-game stretches ever for an NFL quarterback.

Purdy is 40 for 51 for 629 yards, six TDs, no interceptions and a 157.3 passer rating the past two weeks for the highest passer rating ever in a two-start stretch.

Purdy is the seventh player to have a passer rating of at least 145 in two straight games with at least 20 attempts, and the first to do it since Drew Brees in 2018.

Purdy had a perfect 158.3 passer rating on Sunday, joining Joe Montana as the only 49ers quarterbacks ever to do that in a game with at least 15 pass attempts.

Purdy had the 25th game with a perfect rating and at least 25 attempts, with Josh Allen the last to do it in Week 4 against Miami.

HOUSE CALLS

Dallas cornerback DaRon Bland has developed into quite the scoring threat.

Bland tied an NFL record last week by returning his fourth interception for a touchdown this season. Bland joined Eric Allen (1993), Jim Kearney (1972) and Hall of Famer Ken Houston (1971) as the only players in NFL history to do that in a season. Bland has seven more games to take sole possession of the record.

Bland has scored as many TDs on pass plays as several top pass catchers in the league, with his four TDs the same number as Davante Adams and DeAndre Hopkins have scored. He has more TDs on pass plays than the entire wide receiver groups for the Jets and Browns, who have three each.

CHARGERS PLACE LB JOEY BOSA ON INJURED RESERVE

The Los Angeles Chargers placed outside linebacker Joey Bosa on injured reserve Wednesday.

Bosa sustained a sprained right foot during the first quarter of Los Angeles’ 23-20 loss to the host Green Bay Packers on Sunday. He left the field on a medical cart and returned in the third quarter with a walking boot and crutches.

Bosa will sit out the team’s next four games due to Wednesday’s move. The Chargers will need to lean on rookie Tuli Tuipulotu in his absence.

Bosa, 28, has recorded 20 tackles, 6.5 sacks and one forced fumble in nine games (five starts) this season.

A four-time Pro Bowl selection, Bosa has totaled 321 tackles, 67.0 sacks, 15 forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries in 93 career games (84 starts). He was selected by the Chargers with the third overall pick of the 2016 NFL Draft out of Ohio State.

Also on Wednesday, Los Angeles signed outside linebacker Andrew Farmer II to the active roster and fullback Zander Horvath to the practice squad.

Farmer, 23, has played in just one game in his NFL career. He had one tackle in the Chargers’ 24-17 win over the Las Vegas Raiders on Oct. 1.

NFL THURSDAY

GREEN BAY PACKERS (4-6) AT DETROIT LIONS (8-2)

DATE: Thursday, November 23, 2023 GAME TIME: 12:30 PM ET

FOX: Kevin Burkhardt, Greg Olsen, Erin Andrews, Tom Rinaldi

Westwood One: J.P. Shadrick, Derek Rackley

SiriusXM (also available on the SXM App) GB: 82 or 225 DET: 208 or 226 National: 88

ALL-TIME SERIES HISTORY

REG. SEASON: DET leads series, 103-76-7 (won past 4)

POSTSEASON: GB leads series, 2-0

THE LAST TIME …

REG. SEASON: 9/28/23: DET 34 at GB 20

POSTSEASON: 12/31/94 NFC-WC: DET 12 at GB 16

PACKERS NOTES:

QB JORDAN LOVE set career highs in completions (27) & pass yards (322) with 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 108.5 rating in Week 11, his 1st-career 300-yard game. Aims for his 3rd in row on road & 3rd in row overall with 2+ TD passes. Had 2 TDs (1 pass, 1 rush) in Week 4 meeting. • RB AJ DILLON had 61 scrimmage yards (32 rec., 29 rush) in Week 11 & has 551 scrimmage yards in 2023, his 3rd-straight 500-yard season. • WR ROMEO DOUBS had 5 catches for 53 yards & rec. TD last week, his 7th rec. TD of season, tied-3rd most in NFL. Aims for his 3rd in row overall & 3rd in row on road with TD catch. Set career highs with 9 catches for 95 yards in Week 4 meeting. • WR JAYDEN REED (rookie) had career-high 92 scrimmage yards (46 rec., career-high 46 rush) & 1st-career rush TD, his 5th-career TD, last week. Has 80+ scrimmage yards in 3 of his past 4. Aims for his 3rd in row with TD. • WR DONTAYVION WICKS (rookie) led team with career-high 91 rec. yards in Week 11. • WR CHRISTIAN WATSON had 2nd rec. TD of season last week. Had TD catch in Week 4 meeting. • LB RASHAN GARY had sack & 5th-career FR last week. Has 5.5 sacks in 2023, his 4th-straight season with 5+ sacks. • LB PRESTON SMITH aims for his 4th in row on road with sack. • LB KARL BROOKS(rookie) had sack last week & sack in Week 4 meeting. • DL KENNY CLARK had 7th-career FF in Week 11. • CB CARRINGTON VALENTINE (rookie) had 3 PD last week & is 1 of 6 in NFL with 2 games of 3+ PD in 2023. • S JONATHAN OWENS led team with 8 tackles in Week 11 & aims for his 4th in row with 8+ tackles.

LIONS NOTES:

DETROIT is 8-2 for 1st time since 1962. • QB JARED GOFF aims for his 3rd in row with 2+ TD passes. Needs 257 pass yards for 7th-straight 3,000-yard season. Has 48 TDs (46 pass, 2 rush) vs. 12 INTs for 103.3 rating in 22 home starts with Det., incl. 2 TD passes vs. 0 INTs in 2 Thanksgiving starts. Is 5-1 in 6 career starts (5 with Det., 1 with LAR) vs. GB with 10 TDs vs. 3 INTs & 96.7 rating. • RB JAHMYR GIBBS had 95 scrimmage yards (59 rec., 36 rush) & 5th rush TD of season last week, tied-most rush TDs among rookies. Can become 1st rookie RB since 2004 (Kevin Jones) with 95+ scrimmage yards & rush TD in 5 straight games. • RB DAVID MONTGOMERY had 98 scrimmage yards (76 rush, 22 rec.) & tied his career high with his 8th rush TD of season last week. Has rush TD in 6 of his 7 games this season. Aims for his 3rd in row overall & 4th in row at home with rush TD. Had 141 scrimmage yards (121 rush, 20 rec.) & career-high 3 rush TDs in Week 4 meeting. • WR AMON-RA ST. BROWN had 8 catches for 77 yards & 5th rec. TD of season last week. Has 28 career games with 6+ catches, 2nd-most ever by player in 1st 3 seasons. Needs 102 rec. yards for 2nd-career 1,000-yard season. Had 9 catches for 122 yards & rec. TD on Thanksgiving in 2022 (vs. Buf.). • DL AIDAN HUTCHINSON had sack & FF for a safety last week. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. GB with 1.5+ sacks. • LB ALEX ANZALONE led team with career-high 15 tackles & had 2nd-career FR last week. Has 5+ tackles in 27 straight games, 2nd-longest active streak in NFL. • DB BRIAN BRANCH is 1st rookie DB since 2000 with 2 games of 3+ TFL (Weeks 3 & 11). • CB JERRY JACOBS had 2 INTs in Week 4 meeting.

WASHINGTON COMMANDERS (4-7) AT DALLAS COWBOYS (7-3)

DATE: Thursday, November 23, 2023 GAME TIME: 4:30 PM ET

CBS: Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson

Westwood One: John Sadak, Mike Mayock

SiriusXM (also available on the SXM App) WAS: 82 or 225 DAL: 209 or 227 National: 88

ALL-TIME SERIES HISTORY

REG. SEASON: DAL leads series, 76-46-2 (won 3 of past 4)

POSTSEASON: WAS leads series, 2-0

THE LAST TIME …

REG. SEASON: 1/8/23: DAL 6 at WAS 26

POSTSEASON: 1/22/83 NFC-C: DAL 17 at WAS 31

COMMANDERS NOTES:

QB SAM HOWELL had 2 TDs (1 pass, 1 rush) in Week 11, his 3rd-career game with both pass TD & rush TD. Leads NFL in completions (295) & pass yards (3,038) this season. Had 2 TDs (1 pass, 1 rush) in last meeting, his 1st-career start. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with 300+ pass yards. • RB BRIAN ROBINSON had career-high 7 catches & 131 scrimmage yards (73 rush, 58 rec.) in Week 11. Has career-high 872 scrimmage yards this season. Aims for his 3rd in row overall with 125+ scrimmage yards & his 7th in row on road with TD. • RB ANTONIO GIBSON has 426 scrimmage yards (85.2 per game) & 5 TDs (4 rush, 1 rec.) in 5 career games vs. Dal., incl. 136 scrimmage yards (115 rush, 21 rec.) & career-high 3 rush TDs at Dal. on Thanksgiving in 2020. • WR TERRY MCLAURIN had 5 catches last week & has 5+ catches in 5 of his past 6. Had 74 rec. yards & TD catch in last meeting. • WR JAHAN DOTSON had 4th rec. TD of season last week & has rec. TD in 3 of his past 4. Had TD catch in last road meeting. • DT JONATHAN ALLEN had 1.5 sacks & 2 TFL in Week 11 & aims for his 3rd in row with sack. Has 5.5 sacks in 2023, his 5th-career 5+ sack season. Has 5 sacks & 10 TFL in 8 career games vs. Dal. • DT DARON PAYNE had 2nd sack of season last week. Aims for his 3rd in row at Dal. with TFL. • LB JAMIN DAVIS had 3rd sack of season last week & aims for his 3rd in row with 2+ TFL. • LB DAVID MAYO had career highs in sacks (2) & TFL (3) in Week 11. • S KAMREN CURL ranks 2nd among DBs with 88 tackles in 2023. • CB BENJAMIN ST-JUSTE had 1st sack of season last week. Leads NFC & ranks 2nd in NFL with 15 PD in 2023 & aims for his 5th in row on road with 2+ PD.

COWBOYS NOTES:

DALLAS has won past 12 home games, longest active streak in NFL. • QB DAK PRESCOTT had 2 TD passes vs. 0 INTs for 95.2 rating in Week 11. Aims for his 5th in row with 2+ TD passes. Is 10-0 in his past 10 home starts with 2,743 pass yards (274.3 per game) & 25 TDs (23 pass, 2 rush) vs. 9 INTs for 111.7 rating, incl. 100+ rating in 8 of 10 starts. Has 1,654 pass yards on Thanksgiving, 4th-most ever on holiday. Aims for his 5th in row on Thanksgiving with 2+ TD passes. Has 15 TDs (13 pass, 2 rush) vs. 0 INTs for 121.7 rating in 5 career home starts vs. Was. • RB TONY POLLARD had 80 scrimmage yards (61 rush, 19 rec.) & 3rd rush TD of season last week, his 20th-career rush TD & 25th-career scrimmage TD. Is 1 of 2 (Christian McCaffrey) with 10 games of 50+ scrimmage yards in 2023. • WR CEEDEE LAMB had 6th rec. TD of season last week. Has 74 receptions in 2023 & is 4th player ever with 70+ catches in each of 1st 4 seasons. Ranks tied-2nd with 1,013 rec. yards this season, his 3rd-straight season with 1,000+ rec. yards & 4thstraight season with 1,000+ scrimmage yards. Had 6 catches for 106 yards on Thanksgiving in 2022 (vs. NYG). Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Was. with TD catch. • LB MICAH PARSONS tied his career-high with 2.5 sacks last week & has 11 career games with 2+ sacks, 5th-most by player in 1st 3 seasons since 1982. Is 1 of 2 (Myles Garrett) with 10+ sacks in each of past 3 seasons. • DE DEMARCUS LAWRENCE aims for his 3rd in row with sack. • DE DORANCE ARMSTRONG aims for his 5th in row with 0.5+ sacks. • DE SAM WILLIAMS aims for his 4th in row with sack. • CB DARON BLAND tied single-season NFL record & became 4th player ever with 4 INT-TDs in a season last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with INT & 8th in row with PD.

COWBOYS TAKE 12-GAME HOME WINNING STREAK INTO 11TH THANKSGIVING MEETING WITH WASHINGTON

WASHINGTON (4-7) at DALLAS (7-3)

Thursday, 4:30 p.m. EST, CBS

BETTING LINE: Cowboys by 10 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

AGAINST THE SPREAD: Commanders 5-5-1; Cowboys 7-3.

SERIES RECORD: Cowboys lead 76-48-2.

LAST MEETING: Commanders beat Cowboys 26-6 on Jan. 8 at Washington.

LAST WEEK: Commanders lost to Giants 31-19; Cowboys beat Carolina 33-10.

COMMANDERS OFFENSE: OVERALL (12), RUSH (26), PASS (10), SCORING (17).

COMMANDERS DEFENSE: OVERALL (29), RUSH (21), PASS (30), SCORING (32).

COWBOYS OFFENSE: OVERALL (5), RUSH (12), PASS (5), SCORING (2).

COWBOYS DEFENSE: OVERALL (2), RUSH (15), PASS (2), SCORING (5).

TURNOVER DIFFERENTIAL: Commanders minus-8; Cowboys plus-6.

COMMANDERS PLAYER TO WATCH: RB Brian Robinson Jr. Even with the Commanders going to a pass-heavy approach on offense, Robinson has shown he’s a valuable asset. He has 288 scrimmage yards over the past two games and even led the team with seven catches last week.

COWBOYS PLAYER TO WATCH: CB DaRon Bland is one interception return for a touchdown away from holding the NFL single-season record by himself. Three other players have four pick-6s in a season, most recently Eric Allen for Philadelphia 30 years ago. Bland’s four touchdowns are the most in the NFL in one season by a non-offensive player since Houston’s J.J. Watt had five and Atlanta’s Devin Hester had four in 2014.

KEY MATCHUP: Cowboys pass rush vs. Washington offensive line. Dallas star Micah Parsons just tied a career high with 2 1/2 sacks against Carolina and rookie No. 1 overall pick Bryce Young. Washington’s Sam Howell has been dropped a league-high 51 times, and the Cowboys are on their way to finishing in the top 10 in sacks for the second year in a row. Dallas matched its season high with seven sacks of Young.

KEY INJURIES: The Commanders lost DE Efe Obada (broken right leg) for the season. … DE James Smith-Williams is expected to miss a second consecutive game with a hamstring injury. … Rookie CB Emmanuel Forbes’ status is uncertain because of an elbow injury. … RB Antonio Gibson could return after missing the Giants game with a toe injury. … LB Cody Barton is expected to return after missing the past month with a high ankle sprain. … Cowboys WR CeeDee Lamb and RT Terence Steele are new to the injury report with ankle issues, but both were full participants in the only session of the week resembling a complete practice Tuesday. … S Jayron Kearse didn’t practice because of a back injury.

SERIES NOTES: This is the 11th Thanksgiving game between Washington and Dallas, by far the most for the Cowboys (Miami is second with five). Dallas is 8-2, though Washington won the most recent meeting on the holiday, 41-16 in 2020 on the way to the only playoff appearance under coach Ron Rivera.

STATS AND STUFF: The Cowboys are trying to extend their longest home winning streak in four decades. Dallas has won 12 in a row at AT&T Stadium. The franchise was in the middle of an NFL-record run of 20 consecutive winning seasons when it won 18 in a row at old Texas Stadium from 1979-81. Tom Brady was the most recent opposing QB to win at the Cowboys, in the opener of his final season in 2022. … Commanders QB Sam Howell threw three interceptions among the team’s six turnovers against the Giants. The minus-6 turnover margin in the game dropped Washington to its league-worse total of minus-8. … TE Logan Thomas, KR Byron Pringle and rookie RB Chris Rodriguez all fumbled. … Howell leads the NFL with 295 completions, 442 attempts and 3,038 yards passing. … WR Terry McLaurin needs one TD catch to tie for 10th in franchise history with 24. … After the trades of Montez Sweat and Chase Young, DT Jonathan Allen leads Washington with 6½ sacks. … Rookie DE K.J. Henry registered his first career sack against the Giants, one of nine Washington had of Tommy DeVito. It was the fourth time the Commanders have had at least nine sacks, and the first time they’ve lost. … CB Benjamin St-Juste ranks second in the league with 15 pass breakups. … Cowboys QB Dak Prescott missed two games on the current home winning streak with a broken thumb last season. In the 10 games he has played, Prescott is averaging 274 yards passing with 25 total TDs (23 passing two rushing) and nine interceptions for a 111.7 rating. … RB Tony Pollard had his first touchdown since the opener with a 21-yard scoring run against the Panthers. His 61 yards rushing were the most since his only 100-yard game of the season in Week 3. … Lamb is the fourth player in NFL history with at least 70 catches in each of his first four seasons. He just secured his third consecutive 1,000-yard season. … DE Dorance Armstrong is going for a fifth consecutive game with at least half a sack, which would be a career best. … K Brandon Aubrey missed an extra point against Carolina, ending a streak of 49 consecutive made PATs and field goals since the 28-year-old rookie missed his first-ever NFL kick on an extra point in the opener. His NFL-record streak of made field goals to start a career is up to 21 after he went 2 of 2 against the Panthers.

FANTASY TIP: Prescott is going for a fifth consecutive game with at least two TD passes. That would be one shy of his career best.

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (7-3) AT SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (6-4)

DATE: Thursday, November 23, 2023 GAME TIME: 8:20 PM ET

NBC: Mike Tirico, Cris Collinsworth, Melissa Stark

Westwood One: Ryan Radtke, James Lofton

SiriusXM (also available on the SXM App) SF: 82 or 225 SEA: 85 or 228 National: 88

ALL-TIME SERIES HISTORY

REG. SEASON: SF leads series, 29-19 (won past 2)

POSTSEASON: Series tied, 1-1

THE LAST TIME …

REG. SEASON: 12/15/22: SF 21 at SEA 13

POSTSEASON: 1/14/23 NFC-WC: SEA 23 at SF 41

49ERS NOTES:

QB BROCK PURDY completed 21 of 25 atts. (84 pct.) for 333 yards & 3 TDs vs 0 INTs for 158.3 rating in Week 11, becoming 3rd player under age 24 with 158.3 rating in single game (min. 20 atts). At 23 years & 327 old, is youngest player ever with 145+ rating in consecutive starts. Has 4 career games with 140+ rating, most-ever by QB in 1st 2 seasons. Leads NFL in rating (115.1) & comp. pct. (70.2). Had 2 TD passes vs. 0 INTs for 117 rating in last meeting. • RB CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY had 5 catches, 103 scrimmage yards (78 rush, 25 rec.) & 5th rec. TD of season last week, becoming 1st RB ever with 5+ rec. TDs in 4 career seasons. Has 485 career receptions, most-ever by RB in 1st 7 seasons. Leads NFL in rush yards (825) & scrimmage TDs (14) & ranks 2nd in scrimmage yards (1,189). Has 550 scrimmage yards (183.3 per game) & 5 TDs (4 rush, 1 rec.) in 3 career games vs. Sea. • TE GEORGE KITTLE had 8 catches for 89 yards & 5th rec. TD of season last week, his 5th-career season with 5+ TD catches. Needs 98 rec. yards to become 5th TE ever with 6,000+ rec. yards in 1st 7 seasons. Aims for his 3rd in row at Sea. with 90+ rec. yards & 2+ TD catches. • WR BRANDON AIYUK had 5 catches for career-high 156 yards & 4th rec. TD of season last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with TD catch. Leads NFL with 19.3 yards per reception (min. 25 catches) in 2023. • WR DEEBO SAMUEL has 501 scrimmage yards (125.3 per game) & 3 TDs (2 rec., 1 rush) in 4 career games vs. Sea. • DL NICK BOSA aims for his 3rd in row overall with sack & 5th in row on road with TFL. Has 5 sacks in 6 career games vs. Sea. • DL CHASE YOUNG aims for his 3rd in row with 0.5+ sacks. • DL ARIK ARMSTEAD aims for his 4th in row with 0.5+ sacks. • LB FRED WARNER needs 10 tackles for 6th-straight 100+ tackle season. Aims for his 6th in row on road with PD. • DB CHARVARIUS WARD has career-high 12 PD in 2023.

SEAHAWKS NOTES:

QB GENO SMITH passed for 233 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs for 94.4 rating in Week 11. Aims for his 4th in row at home with 2+ TD passes. Had TD pass vs. 0 INTs for 90.9 rating in last meeting. • RB ZACH CHARBONNET (rookie) had career highs in catches (6) & scrimmage yards (69) in Week 11. Has 60+ scrimmage yards in 3 of his past 4 & aims for his 3rd in row with 60+ scrimmage yards. • WR TYLER LOCKETT had 5 catches for 51 yards last week. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with 8+ catches, 80+ rec. yards & TD catch. Has 50+ rec. yards in 7 of 8 career Thursday games, incl. 7 catches for 68 yards in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. SF with 7+ catches & 60+ rec. yards. • WR DK METCALF had 5 catches for 94 yards & 3rd rec. TD of season last week. Has 50+ rec. yards in 7 of his past 8. Has 4 rec. TDs in 4 career Thursday games. Has 30 receptions for 357 yards (89.3 per game) & 3 rec. TDs in 4 career home games vs. SF. • LB BOBBY WAGNER had 10 tackles in Week 11 & has 105 tackles in 2023, his 12th-straight 100+ tackle season. Has 187 tackles (8.5 per game), 15 PD, 13 TFL & 5 INTs in 22 career games vs. SF. • LB JORDYN BROOKS aims for his 6th in row vs. SF with 7+ tackles. • LB BOYE MAFE has sack in 7 of his past 8 & aims for his 5th in row at home with sack. • CB DEVON WITHERSPOON (rookie) had 8 tackles, PD & 3rd sack of season in Week 11, tied-most sacks among DBs in 2023. Has PD in 8 of 9 career games & ranks tied-3rd in NFL with 13 PD this season. • CB RIQ WOOLEN had 2nd INT of season last week. • S QUANDRE DIGGS led team with career-high 13 tackles in Week 11. Aims for his 4th in row on Thursday with PD.

AFC EAST RIVALS DOLPHINS AND JETS SQUARE OFF IN NFL’S FIRST BLACK FRIDAY GAME

MIAMI (7-3) at NEW YORK JETS (4-6)

Friday, 3 p.m. EST, Amazon Prime

OPENING LINE: Dolphins by 9 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

AGAINST THE SPREAD: Dolphins 6-4; Jets 4-5-1.

SERIES RECORD: Dolphins lead 58-56-1.

LAST MEETING: Dolphins beat Jets 11-6 on Jan. 8, 2023, at Miami.

LAST WEEK: Dolphins beat Raiders 20-13; Jets lost to Bills 32-6.

DOLPHINS OFFENSE: OVERALL (1), RUSH (2), PASS (1), SCORING (7)

DOLPHINS DEFENSE: OVERALL (12), RUSH (10), PASS (14), SCORING (23T)

JETS OFFENSE: OVERALL (30), RUSH (23), PASS (30), SCORING (30)

JETS DEFENSE: OVERALL (11), RUSH (30), PASS (5), SCORING (11T)

TURNOVER DIFFERENTIAL: Dolphins minus-4; Jets minus-2

DOLPHINS PLAYER TO WATCH: CB Jalen Ramsey. The star cornerback has three interceptions in three games this season, including two last week against Raiders rookie Aidan O’Connell. According to Pro Football Focus, Ramsey has only been targeted 16 times and allowed four receptions for 41 yards in his past three outings.

JETS PLAYER TO WATCH: QB Tim Boyle. The 29-year-old backup quarterback makes his fourth NFL start and first with the Jets as he replaces the benched Zach Wilson. Boyle spent his first three seasons in Green Bay behind Aaron Rodgers and then made his only three previous starts in 2021 after signing with Detroit. In 18 career NFL games, mostly in mop-up duty, Boyle is 73 of 120 for 607 yards and three touchdowns with nine interceptions.

KEY MATCHUP: Dolphins WRs Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle vs. Jets CBs Sauce Gardner and D.J. Reed. It’s a showdown of perhaps the NFL’s top wide receiver duo vs. perhaps the top cornerback duo. Hill leads the NFL with 1,222 yards receiving and nine touchdowns, while Waddle has 44 catches for 577 yards and three scores.

KEY INJURIES: Rookie RB De’Von Achane’s status was in question after he aggravated the same knee last Sunday that caused him to miss the previous four games. Achane was estimated as a limited practice participant at the team’s walkthrough Tuesday. … Hill was estimated as limited because of a hand injury that caused him to briefly leave Sunday’s game against the Raiders. … RB Salvon Ahmed was placed on injured reserve Tuesday with a foot injury. … Jets LT Mekhi Becton has a sprained ankle, but was trying to be ready to play Friday. … CB Michael Carter II could miss a second straight game with a hamstring injury.

SERIES NOTES: The Dolphins have won five of the past six meetings and nine of the past 11. … The only time the teams faced each other in the playoffs was Jan. 23, 1983, when Miami won 14-0 in the AFC championship game before losing to Washington in the Super Bowl. On a muddy field at the Orange Bowl, A.J. Duhe intercepted Richard Todd three times and returned one for a score. Todd finished with five INTs. … In 1986, the Jets won 51-45 in overtime on Ken O’Brien’s 43-yard TD pass to Wesley Walker. … In 1994, Dan Marino led the Dolphins to 22 unanswered points capped by his fake spike with 22 seconds left when he threw a 5-yard TD pass to Mark Ingram for a 28-24 victory. … The Jets had a big comeback of their own in 2000 with the “Monday Night Miracle.” New York erased a 30-7 fourth-quarter deficit as Vinny Testaverde threw four TD passes in the period, including a catch by offensive lineman Jumbo Elliott for the tying score. John Hall’s 40-yard field goal in OT gave the Jets a 40-37 victory.

STATS AND STUFF: The teams play in the NFL’s first game on Black Friday. … A victory would give Miami 8-3 starts in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 2000-01. … Miami will play a regular-season game on a Friday for the fifth time, and are 1-3. The first two games in franchise history were losses at home in 1966 against the Raiders and Jets. The Dolphins beat the Jets in 1983, the previous time New York played on a Friday. In 2005, the Dolphins and Chiefs moved up a regular-season matchup from Sunday to Friday because of Hurricane Wilma. Kansas City won. … Hill is 83 yards away from breaking Julio Jones’ record (1,305) for the most yards receiving in the first 11 games of a season since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970. Hill also needs one TD catch to become the first Dolphins player since Mike Wallace in 2014 to have double-digit receiving touchdowns in a season. … QB Tua Tagovailoa needs 66 yards passing to top the 3,000-yard mark for the second straight season. Tagovailoa has 478 yards, four TDs and a 96.0 passer rating in three games against the Jets. … Miami’s defense limited the Raiders to their fewest yards rushing (36) in a game since Oct. 1, 2017, when the Broncos held them to 24. … The Dolphins have allowed fewer than 110 yards rushing in each of their past nine games. … LB Bradley Chubb leads the team in sacks (six) and forced fumbles (four). … The Jets are looking to snap their second three-game skid of the season — and both were sandwiched around a three-game winning streak. … Boyle will become the 16th quarterback to start for the Jets since Brett Favre’s failed cameo season in 2008. … Boyle is 0-3 as a starter, dropping all of his previous starts with the Lions in 2021. He was 61 of 94 for 526 yards and three TDs with six INTs in those games. … The Jets have used 13 offensive line combinations in 10 games this season, the fourth most in the NFL, including seven different starting lineups. With Becton uncertain to play, it could be eight different lineups and the sixth straight week New York has had a different front five. The Jets have also used 13 players on the O-line, the third most in the league. … The Jets went 0 for 11 on third down at Buffalo, dropping them to a league-worst 23% in those situations. … New York scored during its only trip into the red zone, but still ranks at the bottom of the NFL with a 26.1% conversion rate. … LB Quincy Williams has at least one tackle for loss in each of the past eight games, the longest active streak in the NFL. … While the Jets have struggled against the run, they haven’t allowed a 300-yard passer in 28 straight games. It’s the NFL’s second-longest streak behind New Orleans (36). … K Greg Zuerlein is 22 of 23 on field-goal attempts, a 95.7% that leads NFL kickers with at least 20 attempts.

FANTASY TIP: Dolphins RB Raheem Mostert leads the NFL with a career-high 11 touchdown runs and ranks second with 691 yards rushing. With Achane uncertain to play and Ahmed on IR, Mostert could see lots of carries against the Jets’ porous run defense.

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL PICKS: WHAT IF THERE WAS A 12-TEAM PLAYOFF THIS SEASON? TRIPLE THE CONTENDERS

If this was next year and the College Football Playoff had already expanded from four teams to 12, games involving No. 13 Oklahoma, No. 12 Mississippi, No. 11 Penn State and No. 10 Missouri would be a lot more interesting.

All four enter this rivalry weekend with a chance to earn an invite to a New Year’s Six bowl, which is nice. But in 2024 they’d be jockeying for a playoff spot.

Sounds fun.

For now, the stakes are more confined even though the big games such as No. 2 Ohio State at No. 3 Michigan are undeniably bigger than they will be in a 12-team CFP.

Nine teams, five of them undefeated, still seem to have legitimate playoff hopes this season. In a 12-team format with six conference champions guaranteed a spot that number would approximately triple and include teams such as Kansas State and Oklahoma State in the Big 12 and Arizona in the Pac-12.

Outside of CFP stakes this weekend, the Big 12 title game is totally unsettled with four teams alive. Two teams are vying for one spot in the Pac-12 title game.

Nobody has clinched anything in the American Athletic Conference or Mountain West. The Sun Belt East is up for grabs.

The Buckeyes and Wolverines will determine who wins the Big Ten East though that is only a sliver of why it is the most intriguing game of an always intriguing week.

The picks for games involving ranked teams and FBS foes, with lines from FanDuel Sportsbook:

No. 1 Georgia at Georgia Tech (plus 24 1/2)

Bulldogs have won five straight by an average of 34 points … GEORGIA 38-15.

No. 2 Ohio State (plus 3 1/2) at No. 3 Michigan

The storylines are plentiful with Michigan still under investigation by the NCAA for alleged impermissible scouting and sign stealing and with coach Jim Harbaugh serving the last game of a Big Ten-imposed suspension. Ryan Day and Ohio State have lost two straight in the rivalry after a decade and a half of Buckeyes’ dominance.

This will be the 13th meeting when both teams are in the top five and none have ever had higher stakes.

PICK: Ohio State 28-21.

Washington State (plus 16 1/2) at No. 4 Washington

Huskies have won eight of the last nine … WASHINGTON 42-27.

No. 5 Florida State (minus 6 1/2) at Florida

Both teams will start backup quarterbacks after the Seminoles lost Jordan Travis (leg) and the Gators lost Graham Mertz (shoulder) to injuries last week.

Florida’s defense has been dreadful (6.67 yards per play allowed), which should ease FSU’s transition to QB Tate Rodemaker and help the ‘Noles stay in playoff contention.

PICK: Florida State 35-24.

No. 15 Oregon State at No. 6 Oregon (minus 13 1/2)

Oregon State was eliminated from the Pac-12 race last week when it lost at home to Washington. The Beavers could still keep Oregon out of the conference title game for the second consecutive year with an upset and a parting gift for the Big Ten-bound Ducks on Friday.

PICK: Oregon 38-23.

Texas Tech at No. 7 Texas (minus 12 1/2)

Longhorns can clinch a spot in the Big 12 title game in their last season in the conference with a win Friday and would still be alive even with a loss — though their playoff hopes will be out the window.

PICK: TEXAS 31-17.

No. 8 Alabama (minus 14 1/2) at Auburn

New Tigers coach Hugh Freeze is 2-3 against the Tide when he was with Ole Miss … ALABAMA 31-14.

Kentucky at No. 9 Louisville (minus 5 1/2)

Wildcats have won four straight in Governor’s Cup … LOUISVILLE 27-20.

No. 10 Missouri (minus 7 1/2) at Arkansas

Tigers are 7-2 against the Razorbacks since joining the SEC … MISSOURI 31-21.

No. 11 Penn State (minus 21 1/2) vs. Michigan State

Nittany Lions have won three of four with the Land Grant Trophy on the line in Detroit … PENN STATE 35-10.

No. 12 Mississippi (minus 10 1/2) at Mississippi State

Last four Egg Bowls have been decided by 10 points or fewer, but the Bulldogs limp into Thursday’s matchup with one SEC victory and an interim coach … OLE MISS 34-14.

TCU at No. 13 Oklahoma (minus 10 1/2)

Sooners expecting QB Dillon Gabriel to go with a shot at the Big 12 title game still in play … OKLAHOMA 36-24.

Texas A&M (plus 11 1/2) at No. 14 LSU

Tigers QB Jayden Daniels is the Heisman Trophy frontrunner, but won’t be playing on championship weekend. He needs to make a lasting final impression and the opportunity is there for him to go off again against an Aggies team playing out the string with an interim coach.

PICK: LSU 42-34.

No. 16 Arizona (minus 10 1/2) at Arizona State

Wildcats broke a five-game losing streak in the Territorial Cup last year … ARIZONA 27-14.

No. 17 Notre Dame (minus 25 1/2) at Stanford

Irish QB Sam Hartman needs three touchdown passes to pass Graham Harrell (134) for third on the major college football career list … NOTRE DAME 49-17.

UTSA (plus 3 1/2) at No. 18 Tulane

Winner goes to the AAC championship game … UTSA 27-21.

Iowa State at No. 19 Kansas State (minus 9 1/2)

Wildcats need a Farmageddon win and help to earn spot in the Big 12 title game … KANSAS STATE 28-16.

No. 20 Iowa at Nebraska (minus 1 1/2)

Cornhuskers are trying to get bowl-eligible for the first time since 2016 … NEBRASKA 14-13.

BYU (plus 16 1/2) at No. 21 Oklahoma State

Cowboys will go the the Big 12 championship game with a victory … OKLAHOMA STATE 36-24.

No. 22 Liberty (minus 17 1/2) at UTEP

Flames trying to stay unbeaten heading into the Conference USA title game … LIBERTY 42-21.

No. 23 Toledo (minus 10 1/2) at Central Michigan

Rockets have already clinched a spot in the MAC championship game but could still make a case for a New Year’s Six bowl … TOLEDO 35-17.

No. 24 James Madison at Coastal Carolina (plus 8 1/2)

Chanticleers need a victory to win the Sun Belt East as JMU remains ineligible … COASTAL CAROLINA 27-23.

Vanderbilt at No. 25 Tennessee (minus 27 1/2)

Commodores trying to avoid winless SEC season for the third time in four years … TENNESSEE 45-14.

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Maryland (minus 1 1/2) at Rutgers — @CoachDAndraia: Terps have won four of five meetings, all by at least 24 points … MARYLAND 27-17.

Air Force (plus 6 1/2) at Boise State — @scott_callihan: If UNLV beats San Jose State it hosts the winner of this game for the Mountain West title; if UNLV loses, it gets confusing … AIR FORCE 24-20.

North Carolina at North Carolina State (plus 3) — @murphsturph: Wolfpack have won the last two meetings and five of seven by an average margin of six points … NORTH CAROLINA STATE 26-23.

Clemson at South Carolina (plus 7) — @johnbday: Gamecocks snapped a seven-game losing streak in the Palmetto Bowl last year … CLEMSON 23-17.

THE GAME HAS HIGH STAKES AS NO. 2 OHIO STATE TRAVELS TO FACE JIM HARBAUGH-LESS 3RD-RANKED MICHIGAN

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — J.J. McCarthy says beating Ohio State means everything.

Ask any Buckeye, and he would say the same about Michigan.

A spot to the Big Ten championship game and a path to the College Football Playoff will be at stake when the second-ranked Buckeyes play the third-ranked Wolverines on Saturday at the Big House.

It will also mark the end of an era for one of the greatest rivalries in sports.

With the Big Ten expanding to 18 schools and eliminating divisions next season, there’s a chance the Wolverines and Buckeyes will play two times in future years because it will be possible for them to match up in the conference title game after facing off in the regular season.

Michigan has turned things around in the series, which dates to 1897, with two straight wins after losing a school-record eight consecutive games to Ohio State.

“Being able to get on top of that rivalry this last two years has been huge,” McCarthy said in an interview with The Associated Press. “And, we don’t plan on being on the other side of that at all anymore.”

Jim Harbaugh will not be on the sideline with his team for the third straight Saturday, serving the final game of a Big Ten suspension for being in charge of a program that the conference says broke its sportsmanship policy with a sign-stealing scheme.

Offensive coordinator Sherrone Moore will fill in for Harbaugh, who also missed the first three games because of a school suspension for breaking NCAA rules, to match wits against Ohio State coach Ryan Day.

For the second straight year, both the Buckeyes (11-0, 8-0 Big Ten, No. 2 CFP) and Wolverines (11-0, 8-0, No. 3 CFP) will have perfect records when they meet.

Ohio State is aiming to end a two-game losing streak, which followed a school-record eight straight wins.

“We’re still confident,” Buckeyes defensive end Jack Sawyer said. “I think that’s our motto is playing confident and being stingy and trying to get turnovers and just playing as aggressive as we can on the field.

“If we do that good things will happen.”

INJURY REPORT

Day said it almost took a “fist fight” to keep four-year linebacker Tommy Eichenberg out for a second straight game last week because of an arm injury.

Day had to convince Eichenberg, perhaps the top player on one of college football’s best defenses, that it was important to have him healthy this week rather than risk injury on senior day at Ohio Stadium.

“Tommy will bring every single ounce of his person to this game, and he will fight to defend our honor,” defensive coordinator Jim Knowles said.

Ohio State’s banged-up safety, Josh Proctor, is expected to play, but the status of defensive lineman Mike Hall is less clear after he missed last week’s game.

McCarthy said playing in the previous game was “a little bit rough” after getting injured in the victory at then-No. 9 Penn State, but insisted Monday that he feels fantastic.

Michigan’s Roman Wilson, who has 10 receiving touchdowns, was knocked out of last week’s game at Maryland with a first-quarter hit. Myles Hinton started at left tackle against the Terrapins and had a knee injury, filling in for LaDarius Henderson, who missed the game with an injury. Linebacker Michael Barrett, the second-leading tackler on a top-ranked defense, left Maryland with his left shoulder wrapped.

“Should be good to go,” Moore said when asked about the injured players.

BEST OF BACKS

The team with the most rushing yards in The Game has won every matchup since 2001, according to Sportradar, and both schools have a star running behind an offensive line with future NFL players.

Michigan’s Blake Corum, who played only briefly in last year’s game because of a knee injury, has an FBS-high 20 rushing touchdowns to tie a school record.

Ohio State’s TreVeyon Henderson has ignited the running game that is opened up by star receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. After missing three games with an injury, Henderson has run for an average of 124.8 yards with five touchdowns over the last four games.

“I think you’re seeing the identity we’re looking for,” Day said.

HE SAID IT

Lloyd Carr, who led Michigan to its last national championship in 1997, said he stands by Harbaugh amid a sign-stealing scandal and is upset that former staffer Connor Stalions allegedly broke rules.

“I believe and I trust in Jim Harbaugh,” Carr told the AP. “Secondly, I’m sickened by the Stalions deal. I’m sickened by it.

“It goes back to having a guy in our program that did the things that he did, and the damage that it has caused from every aspect of intercollegiate athletics, from the people at Michigan, the people that love Michigan, the university. The price that we’re paying sickens me.”

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TOP 25 ROUNDUP: NO. 2 PURDUE BEATS NO. 4 MARQUETTE FOR MAUI TITLE

Zach Edey had 28 points and 15 rebounds as No. 2 Purdue defeated No. 4 Marquette 78-75 on Wednesday in the championship game of the Maui Invitational in Honolulu.

It was Purdue’s first crown in the 40-year history of the event. The Boilermakers likely will be the new No. 1 team in the nation after current No. 1 Kansas lost to Marquette in the semifinals of the Maui Invitational.

Purdue (6-0) defeated No. 11 Gonzaga, No. 7 Tennessee and the Golden Eagles to claim the tournament title. Braden Smith supplied 18 points, Lance Jones had 11 and Fletcher Loyer had 10 for the Boilermakers on Wednesday.

Marquette (5-1) was led by Tyler Kolek, who poured in 22 points. Kam Jones added 17 and Oso Ighodaro had 16.

No. 1 Kansas 69, No. 7 Tennessee 60

Hunter Dickinson scored 17 points and grabbed 20 rebound as the Jayhawks beat the Volunteers to capture third place in the stacked Maui Invitational in Honolulu.

Kevin McCullar Jr. added 14 for Kansas (5-1) after his career-high 24 against Marquette on Tuesday. Dajuan Harris Jr. led both teams with eight assists.

Santiago Vescovi put up a team-high 21 points for Tennessee (4-2). Dalton Knecht and Jordan Gainey added 13 points apiece.

No. 8 Creighton 88, Loyola Chicago 65

Ryan Kalkbrenner had 29 points and Baylor Scheierman added 24 along with 12 rebounds as the Bluejays rolled over the Ramblers in the Hall of Fame Classic at Kansas City, Mo.

Kalkbrenner and Scheierman combined to score 36 of the 45 first-half points for Creighton (5-0), which shot 55.2 percent overall and 14 of 27 from 3-point range for the game. The Bluejays will face Colorado State in the Thursday championship game.

Des Watson had 15 points and Braden Norris scored 14 for Loyola (2-3), which will oppose Boston College in the Thursday consolation game.

No. 11 Gonzaga 69, UCLA 65

Senior forward Anton Watson scored a career-high 32 points and the Bulldogs held off the Bruins for a win in the fifth-place game of the Maui Invitational in Honolulu.

Watson shot 14-for-15 from the floor, as he made just five fewer field goals than the entire UCLA team. Gonzaga (4-1) outside of Watson shot just 9-for-38 (23.7 percent) from the floor, and the Bulldogs shot 58.6 percent from the free-throw line, 17-for-29.

UCLA (4-2) went 23-for-31, 74.2 percent, on free-throw attempts. The Bruins’ success at the foul line kept them within striking distance despite trailing for almost 37 minutes of game time.

No. 13 Baylor 88, Oregon State 72

Ja’Kobe Walter poured in 24 points and fellow freshman Yves Missi added 14 points and 14 rebounds as the Bears rolled to a win over the Beavers in the semifinal of the NIT Season Tip-Off in New York.

Baylor advances to play Florida for the championship on Friday afternoon. Oregon State will play Pitt in the consolation game.

Jalen Bridges also had 14 points for Baylor (5-0), which shot 52.4 percent from the floor and had just seven turnovers. Dexter Akanno led Oregon State (3-2) with 16 points.

No. 14 North Carolina 91, Northern Iowa 69

Harrison Ingram totaled 16 points and 10 rebounds to lift the Tar Heels to a win over the Panthers in the Battle 4 Atlantis in Paradise Island, Bahamas.

Ingram scored nine of his points in the second half to help the Tar Heels (4-0) overcome a six-point halftime deficit. Cormac Ryan and Elliot Cadeau each scored 15 points for North Carolina, which will meet Villanova on Thursday in a semifinal game.

Nate Heise powered Northern Iowa (1-3) with 14 points, while Jacob Hutson chipped in 10. The Panthers will oppose Texas Tech on Thursday in the consolation bracket.

No. 20 Arkansas 77, Stanford 74

Tramon Mark saved six of his 25 points for the final 1:50 of the second overtime and the Razorbacks held on to defeat the Cardinal in the first round of the Battle 4 Atlantis in Paradise Island, Bahamas.

Mark did almost half his scoring on a 12-for-15 performance from the foul line and Trevon Brazile snatched a game-high 17 rebounds to go with 14 points for the Razorbacks (4-1). Arkansas moves on to a Thursday semifinal against Memphis, which beat Michigan 71-67.

Spencer Jones put up a game-high 27 points for the Cardinal (3-2), who will duel Michigan in a consolation-bracket game on Thursday.

No. 22 James Madison 95, Fresno State 64

Noah Freidel hit six 3-pointers on his way to 26 points as the Dukes dominated the Bulldogs to capture the Cancun Challenge’s Riviera Division championship in Cancun, Mexico.

T.J. Bickerstaff scored 15 points and Raekwon Horton added 13 points as James Madison (6-0) raced to an early lead that Fresno State never seriously challenged.

Isaiah Hill and Eduardo Andre scored 12 points each to lead the Bulldogs (3-2). Enoch Boakye delivered eight points and a game-high 13 rebounds.

No. 24 Virginia 56, West Virginia 54

Reece Beekman made the tiebreaking free throw with 2.3 seconds left to help the Cavaliers notch a victory over the Mountaineers in the consolation game of the Fort Myers Tip-Off’s Beach Division in Florida.

After making it 55-54, Beekman (12 points) missed the second free throw and teammate Ryan Dunn (13 points) collected the rebound and was fouled. Dunn split two free throws with 0.4 seconds left and West Virginia was unable to get off a last-second shot. Virginia improved to 5-1.

Jesse Edwards had 17 points and nine rebounds and Quinn Slazinski also scored 17 points for West Virginia (2-3).

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WOMEN’S TOP 25 ROUNDUP: CAMERON BRINK POWERS NO. 4 STANFORD PAST BELMONT

Cameron Brink piled up 27 points and 16 rebounds as No. 4 Stanford rolled to a 74-55 win over Belmont on Wednesday in the opening round of the Ball Dawgs Classic in Henderson, Nevada.

Brink shot 9-of-16 from the floor and also tallied three assists and two blocks. Brink entered the game having made 72 consecutive free throws — three shy of the Division I record. She made her first shot of the night from the charity stripe, but missed her second. She finished the night 9-of-10 from the line.

Stanford (5-0) also got 14 points, nine rebounds and three assists from Kiki Iriafen. Tuti Jones and Tessa Miller each scored 18 points for Belmont (2-3).

The Bruins led by a point early in the third quarter, and then Stanford went on a 9-0 run, with six of those points coming from Brink. Belmont trimmed the deficit to six points in the fourth quarter, but the Cardinal closed the game on a 15-2 run.

“(Brink) had a great second half… I thought Kiki had a really good game. I thought our fourth quarter was great,” Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said. “We started making some shots and we’ve got to run offense better. We worked hard defensively.”

Stanford will face No. 13 Florida State on Thursday.

No. 13 Florida State 90, Northwestern 52

Sara Bejedi tallied 17 points, four rebounds and four assists as the Seminoles topped the Wildcats in Henderson, Nevada at the Ball Dawgs Classic.

FSU (5-0) also got 14 points from Omariah Gordon and 15 points from Alexis Tucker. Reigning National Freshman of the Year Ta’Niya Latson had nine points, four rebounds and four assists in just 16 minutes of play.

For Northwestern (3-2), Hailey Weaver notched her first career double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds.

The Seminoles led wire-to-wire and held the Wildcats to 28.8 percent shooting from the floor while knocking down 45.3 percent of their own shots. FSU also netted 13 3-pointers while holding Northwestern to just four makes from deep.

No. 15 Ohio State 75, Oklahoma State 57

Taylor Thierry had 16 points and 14 rebounds as the Buckeyes beat the Cowgirls in Nassau, Bahamas at the Baha Mar Pink Flamingo Championship.

Ohio State (4-1) also got a boost from Jacy Sheldon, who racked up 22 points, six rebounds, five assists and four steals. Cotie McMahon also added 14 points for Ohio State.

Oklahoma State (2-3) was powered by Stailee Heard’s 15 points and seven rebounds, while Quincy Noble added 12 points.

The Buckeyes forced Oklahoma State into 15 turnovers and held the Cowgirls to 13 percent shooting from 3-point land.

NBA NEWS

NBA ROUNDUP: WARRIORS’ CHRIS PAUL EJECTED IN LOSS AT PHOENIX

Kevin Durant had a game-high 32 points, Devin Booker added 25 and the host Phoenix Suns watched Chris Paul get a two-technical-foul ejection in his homecoming during the Golden State Warriors’ 123-115 loss Wednesday night.

Paul, who spent the last three seasons with the Suns before being dealt to the Washington Wizards in the offseason, got nailed with back-to-back technicals for arguing a foul call late in the second quarter.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr also got a technical for giving Paul verbal support.

Booker added a game-high 10 assists and eight rebounds. Klay Thompson had a team-high 23 points for the Warriors, who lost for the seventh time in eight games.

Hawks 147, Nets 145 (OT)

Trae Young scored 14 of his season-high 43 points in overtime to help Atlanta beat visiting Brooklyn and end its three-game losing streak.

Young hit a basket with 18 seconds remaining to put Atlanta ahead 144-143, and he upped the lead to three points with a pair of free throws with 6.7 seconds left. After Brooklyn’s Mikal Bridges made two free throws with 3.9 seconds remaining, Young split a pair of free throws for a two-point lead. Lonnie Walker IV didn’t get a long 3-pointer off in time as the buzzer sounded.

The Hawks got 25 points and 11 rebounds from De’Andre Hunter and 20 points from Dejounte Murray. Bridges matched his career high with 45 points to go along with 10 rebounds, while the Nets also got 26 points and 12 assists from Spencer Dinwiddie plus 23 points from Cam Johnson.

Thunder 116, Bulls 102

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had 40 points and 12 assists to lead Oklahoma City past visiting Chicago for its sixth win in a row. The Bulls have lost five of their past six.

Gilgeous-Alexander was 17 of 18 from the free-throw line. Isaiah Joe added 20 points off the bench, going 5 of 7 from beyond the arc, and rookie Chet Holmgren had 18 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks.

DeMar DeRozan led the Bulls with 25 points, while Coby White added 23 and Nikola Vucevic chipped in 16 points and 12 rebounds.

Hornets 117, Wizards 114

Miles Bridges made a go-ahead 3-pointer in the final minute for the second game in a row as Charlotte rallied for a victory against visiting Washington.

LaMelo Ball racked up 34 points and 13 assists, and Bridges had 33 points and 10 rebounds in the Hornets’ second big comeback in three nights.

Bridges drained a trey to snap a tie with 47 seconds remaining. After Ball’s two free throws at the 17-second mark restored the Hornets’ three-point lead, Washington’s Kyle Kuzma (28 points) missed a long 3-point attempt with one second left.

Magic 124, Nuggets 119

Paolo Banchero sank a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:49 remaining in the fourth quarter, lifting host Orlando to a victory over Denver.

Franz Wagner scored 27 points on 11-of-18 shooting from the floor to help Orlando overcome a triple-double by Nikola Jokic and record its fifth straight victory. Banchero drained 4-of-5 attempts from 3-point range to highlight his 23-point performance.

Cole Anthony added 20 points off the bench for the Magic. Jokic collected 30 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists and Michael Porter Jr. added 25 points for Denver.

Celtics 119, Bucks 116

Jaylen Brown scored a team-high 26 points and dished out eight assists to lead Boston to a victory over visiting Milwaukee.

Brown made 10 of his 16 field-goal attempts, including 3 of 5 shots from behind the 3-point arc. Boston, which led wire to wire, made 17 of its 42 3-point attempts (40.5 percent) in the win. Jayson Tatum finished with 23 points, 11 rebounds and four assists for the Celtics.

Brook Lopez led all scorers with 28 points for the Bucks. Damian Lillard tossed in 27 points and added five rebounds and five assists.

Heat 129, Cavaliers 96

Kyle Lowry scored 28 points, Jaime Jaquez Jr. led four bench scorers in double figures with 22 points and Miami rolled past host Cleveland.

The Heat pounced on a Cleveland team playing its second game in as many nights, the first of which went to overtime — a 122-119 victory over the 76ers on Tuesday. Miami opened up a 16-2 lead less than four minutes into Wednesday’s contest.

The Heat led throughout and forced 19 Cavaliers turnovers. Craig Porter led Cleveland with 16 points, and Darius Garland finished with 14 points.

Raptors 132, Pacers 131

Pascal Siakam scored 36 points as Toronto defeated Indiana in Indianapolis.

Dennis Schroder added 26 points for the Raptors, who split a two-game road trip. Scottie Barnes had 20 points and 12 rebounds and made key points down the stretch.

Tyrese Haliburton had 33 points and 16 assists for the Pacers, while Buddy Hield added 31 points. Myles Turner had 17 points for Indiana.

Rockets 111, Grizzlies 91

Jalen Green scored 26 of his season-high 34 points in the second half to lead Houston to a victory over Memphis, extending its homecourt winning streak to seven games.

Green made 10 of 16 shots from the floor in the second half while tallying 13 points in each period. His scoring flurry late in the third quarter, one that included a 3-pointer and a thunderous dunk following a drive to the rim, positioned the Rockets to take a 74-68 lead entering the final period.

Jabari Smith Jr. added 18 points and nine rebounds, while Alperen Sengun paired 11 points with seven rebounds for the Rockets. Desmond Bane and Jaren Jackson Jr. logged 23 points and seven rebounds apiece for the Grizzlies.

Timberwolves 112, 76ers 99

Anthony Edwards scored a game-high 31 points and added six rebounds and six assists as Minnesota pulled away for a win over Philadelphia in Minneapolis.

Karl-Anthony Towns contributed 23 points and 11 rebounds for Minnesota, which has surged to the top of the Western Conference. Rudy Gobert tallied 13 points and 11 rebounds.

Tyrese Maxey, De’Anthony Melton and Marcus Morris Sr. scored 16 points apiece for Philadelphia, which dropped its second game in as many nights. The 76ers played for the first time this season without Joel Embiid, who sat out because of left hip soreness.

Pelicans 117, Kings 112

Zion Williamson scored 25 points, Brandon Ingram added 23 and host New Orleans defeated Sacramento.

Jonas Valanciunas had 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Pelicans, who defeated the Kings for the second time in three nights. The Pelicans won for the fourth time in five games.

De’Aaron Fox scored 26, Domantas Sabonis had 23 and Harrison Barnes scored 22 for the Kings, who had won six in a row before arriving in New Orleans.

Clippers 109, Spurs 102

Kawhi Leonard scored 26 points and Paul George added 24 as visiting Los Angeles used a huge third-quarter surge to put away struggling San Antonio in the second of two games between the teams in three nights.

The Clippers have won three straight games after losing six in a row. San Antonio has dropped 10 in a row.

Victor Wembanyama led the Spurs with 22 points and a career-high 15 rebounds. Jeremy Sochan added 19 points for San Antonio.

Trail Blazers 121, Jazz 105

Jerami Grant scored 30 points on 10-of-13 shooting and Portland halted an eight-game losing streak with a convincing victory over visiting Utah.

Malcolm Brogdon recorded 20 points and eight assists and Jabari Walker added 19 points and 10 rebounds as Portland posted a season best for points. The Trail Blazers played without Deandre Ayton (back).

Lauri Markkanen had 24 points, eight rebounds and three steals and Keyonte George added 16 points and seven assists for Utah, which lost its fourth consecutive game. The Jazz never led in the contest.

Mavericks 104, Lakers 101

Luka Doncic scored 30 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, Kyrie Irving hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 21.6 seconds left and visiting Dallas held on for a victory over Los Angeles.

Dallas prevailed despite getting outscored 30-13 in the fourth quarter. Irving finished with 28 points as the Mavericks won without making a field goal for an 8:45 stretch that started with one minute remaining in the third quarter.

The Lakers’ LeBron James amassed 26 points, nine rebounds and seven assists, but he missed a 3-point attempt with 34 seconds left and another at the buzzer that would have tied the game.

NHL NEWS

NHL ROUNDUP: WEST-LEADING KNIGHTS SLIP BY STARS IN OT

Jack Eichel scored 1:57 into overtime to give the visiting Vegas Golden Knights a 2-1 victory over the Dallas Stars on Wednesday night.

Eichel skated down the left side and fanned on his first shot attempt from the faceoff dot but picked the puck back up after it slid by Dallas defenseman Thomas Harley. Eichel then skated around to the right side of the crease where he put a wrist shot under the glove of Jake Oettinger for his eighth goal of the season.

Michael Amadio snapped his 10-game goal drought for Vegas, which ended a two-game losing streak and finished its five-game road trip at 2-2-1. Adin Hill finished with 31 saves as the Golden Knights improved to 6-0-1 against Central Division teams. Roope Hintz scored for Dallas, which lost for the second time in three games. Oettinger made 24 saves.

Vegas, making its first appearance at American Airlines Center since a 6-0 Game 6 victory clinched the Western Conference title on May 29, took a 1-0 lead at the 10:26 mark of the first period on a power-play goal by Amadio.

Jets 3, Lightning 2 (OT)

Adam Lowry notched the game-winning goal 1:39 into overtime as Winnipeg won their fourth straight game, topping host Tampa Bay.

Each team had scoring opportunities in the extra session, but a turnover by Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman sent Vladislav Namestnikov back the other way. Neal Pionk slid a pass over to Lowry, who buried his third goal past goaltender Jonas Johansson as Winnipeg won for the seventh time in eight games (7-1-0) and is 10-2-2 in its last 14 games.

Josh Morrissey produced a goal and an assist and Mark Scheifele also scored for the Jets. After sitting out the finale of Winnipeg’s five-game homestand, goaltender Connor Hellebuyck was back in the crease and stopped 29 shots. Steven Stamkos netted a power-play goal and Brayden Point also hit the net for the Lightning, who are 3-3-1 in their past seven games and 5-4-2 this month.

Capitals 4, Sabres 3 (OT)

Dylan Strome scored with eight seconds left in overtime to lift Washington to its fifth straight win, beating visiting Buffalo.

Strome, who also had an assist in the game, beat Devon Levi glove side on a two-on-one. Washington forced overtime when Tom Wilson connected on a one-timer from the slot to tie it 3-3 at 18:45 of the third period.

Alexander Alexeyev and T.J. Oshie scored, and Darcy Kuemper made 24 saves for the Capitals. Zach Benson scored his first NHL goal, and Victor Olofsson had two assists for the Sabres. Levi made 26 saves.

Bruins 3, Panthers 1

Reigning Vezina Trophy winner Linus Ullmark made 27 saves to lead Boston to a win over Florida in Sunrise, Fla.

Charlie Coyle, John Beecher and Jake DeBrusk scored for the Bruins, who improved to 5-0-2 in their past seven games. Anton Lundell scored for the Panthers, who had won seven of their previous eight games. Sergei Bobrovsky made 22 saves.

The Bruins are 2-0-0 against the Panthers this season. That’s a bit of payback since the Panthers upset the Bruins in the first round of the playoffs last season after Boston set an NHL record with 135 points.

Rangers 1, Penguins 0

Jonathan Quick stopped all 32 shots he faced as visiting New York edged Pittsburgh.

The shutout was the second of the season for Quick, the 60th of his career and his first against Pittsburgh. Alexis Lafreniere scored for the Rangers, who had their 11-game point streak broken in their previous game, against Dallas. New York improved to 8-2-1 on the road.

Quick hadn’t been dominant against the Penguins, going 5-4-5 in his career against them prior to Wednesday. The Penguins have lost three of their past four games. They were shut out for the first time this season. Pittsburgh goaltender Tristan Jarry kept his team in it, making 35 saves.

Red Wings 4, Devils 0

Robby Fabbri had a goal and an assist to lead Detroit to a win over visiting New Jersey.

Lucas Raymond, Dylan Larkin and Moritz Seider each added a goal and Alex Lyon made 16 saves to record his second career shutout and first as a member of the Red Wings, who won for the second time in their past six games.

Daniel Sprong added two assists for Detroit, which was playing in its first game back in North America after playing two games in Sweden last week as part of the NHL’s Global Series. New Jersey has lost five of its past six games and six of its past eight. Detroit outshot New Jersey 28-16, had 20 blocked shots to eight for the Devils and killed off both of the Devils’ power-play opportunities.

Hurricanes 6, Oilers 3

Teuvo Teravainen and Seth Jarvis each had a goal and an assist in a four-goal first period as Carolina beat Edmonton in Raleigh, N.C.

Jesper Fast, Jack Drury and Martin Necas also scored, and Brent Burns’ empty-netter held off a late Oilers charge to give the Hurricanes their eighth win in 11 games. Carolina’s Pyotr Kochetkov stopped 13 of 15 shots in relief of Antti Raanta, who left after one period for precautionary reasons, per Sportsnet.

Zach Hyman scored twice, Mattias Ekholm added a goal and Stuart Skinner was pulled after allowing four goals on 12 shots for Edmonton, which has yielded 17 goals during a three-game skid that has followed three straight wins.

Avalanche 5, Canucks 2

Cale Makar, Valeri Nichushkin, Jonathan Drouin and Mikko Rantanen all collected one goal and one assist as Colorado claimed a victory over Vancouver in Denver.

Riley Tufte also scored and goaltender Alexandar Georgiev made 27 saves for the Avalanche, who broke open the game with three third-period goals. Colorado posted its fourth win in five outings. Nils Hoglander and J.T. Miller scored for the Canucks, who have lost three of four games. Goalie Thatcher Demko stopped 20 shots.

Tufte broke a 2-2 tie 84 seconds into the third period with his first NHL goal since March 6, 2022, while with the Dallas Stars. Miles Wood’s long shot ricocheted off Tufte’s shin and into the net.

Blues 6, Coyotes 5

Kevin Hayes scored the tiebreaking third-period goal as St. Louis edged Arizona in Tempe, Ariz.

Brayden Schenn, Colton Parayko, Nick Leddy, Alexey Toropchenko and Robert Thomas also scored for the Blues, who finished their four-game road trip at 2-2-0. Jordan Binnington allowed five goals on just 13 shots, getting pulled with 12 minutes left in the second period. Joel Hofer took over and stopped all 12 shots he saw to earn the victory.

Nick Bjugstad and Michael Carcone each had a goal and an assist for the Coyotes, who took their third loss in a row. Jason Zucker, Lawson Crouse and Nick Schmaltz also scored. Arizona goalie Karel Vejmelka stopped just 7 of 11 shots before being replaced by Connor Ingram, who saved 18 of 20 shots but took the loss.

Blue Jackets 7, Blackhawks 3

Boone Jenner scored two first-period goals, Zach Werenski collected four assists and host Columbus blew out Chicago.

Erik Gudbranson, Cole Sillinger, Dmitri Voronkov, Kirill Marchenko and Patrik Laine also scored goals for the Blue Jackets. Marchenko, Sillinger and Adam Boqvist joined Jenner with two-point outings, while Elvis Merzlikins turned away 33 of 36 shots to earn the win in net.

No. 1 overall pick Connor Bedard logged his 10th marker in 17 matches for Chicago. Jason Dickinson and Resse Johnson also scored, but it wasn’t enough to keep the Blackhawks from falling for the 12th time in 17 contests.

Predators 4, Flames 2

Ryan O’Reilly, Alexandre Carrier and Juuso Parssinen scored consecutive goals for host Nashville, which pulled away for a victory over Calgary.

Colton Sissons also scored for the Predators, who have won three straight games for the first time this season. Goaltender Juuse Saros made 24 saves, and Ryan McDonagh collected two assists.

Noah Hanifin and Yegor Sharangovich tallied for the Flames and goalie Jacob Markstrom stopped 41 shots, including a third-period penalty shot from Kiefer Sherwood.

Islanders 3, Flyers 2

Brock Nelson scored his second goal of the game with 17:27 remaining in the third period and Ilya Sorokin made 34 saves as host New York continued its recent success over Philadelphia by holding on for a victory in Elmont, N.Y.

Nelson scored twice for the second time this season as the Islanders won their eighth straight home game with the Flyers. New York also won its second straight following a seven-game skid and improved to 12-2-0 in the past 14 meetings with their Metropolitan Division rival.

Anders Lee also scored while Adam Pelech and Pierre Engvall collected two assists apiece by setting up Nelson, who became the eighth player in team history to score 250 goals with the team when he tallied in the second. Cam York and Joel Farabee scored for the Flyers, who saw a five-game winning streak stopped. Philadelphia goaltender Carter Hart made 22 saves.

Canadiens 4, Ducks 3

Alex Newhook scored two goals, including the game-winner at 16:40 of the third period, to lead Montreal past host Anaheim. The victory ended a four-game losing streak for the Canadiens.

Mike Matheson and Kaiden Guhle scored Montreal’s other goals. Sean Monahan appeared to add an empty-net goal in the final second, but it was disallowed. Canadiens goalie Sam Montembeault stopped 30 of 33 shots.

Mason McTavish had two goals and an assist for the Ducks. Frank Vatrano had a goal and an assist, and John Gibson stopped 24 of 28 shots. The Ducks are on a four-game losing streak.

Kraken 7, Sharks 1

Eeli Tolvanen scored twice and added an assist and Oliver Bjorkstrand had a goal and three helpers as Seattle routed visiting San Jose.

Jared McCann and Yanni Gourde each had a goal and an assist and Brandon Tanev and Adam Larsson also tallied for the Kraken, who extended their point streak to five games (3-0-2). Jamie Oleksiak added two assists and goaltender Joey Daccord made 13 saves.

Mike Hoffman scored for the Sharks, who dropped to 0-9-0 on the road. Kaapo Kahkonen started in goal for San Jose but was pulled after allowing four goals on 17 shots in the first period. Mackenzie Blackwood came on in relief and stopped 10 of 13 shots the rest of the way.

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL NEWS

REPORT: MARINERS TRADE SUÁREZ TO D-BACKS FOR 2 PLAYERS

The Seattle Mariners traded veteran third baseman Eugenio Suárez to the Arizona Diamondbacks for catcher Seby Zavala and right-handed reliever Carlos Vargas, sources told The Seattle Times’ Ryan Divish.

MEN’S GOLF NEWS

REPORT: PHIL MICKELSON SAYING JON RAHM TO LIV A ‘DONE DEAL’

Phil Mickelson has been telling people that Jon Rahm signing with LIV Golf is a “done deal,” according to the Fire Pit Collective’s Alan Shipnuck.

Shipnuck’s tweet on Wednesday followed rumors that Rahm is set to leave the PGA Tour for a $600 million offer from its Saudi-backed rival.

“In recent days Phil has been telling folks that Rahm signing with LIV is a done deal. (They share the same agent.),” Shipnuck tweeted. “But we all know Mickelson is a relentless salesman/bulls(—) artist, so take that for what it’s worth.”

Rahm has repeatedly said that LIV’s 54-hole, team-based format does not interest him and that he’s more interested in legacy than money.

However, he recently withdrew from the virtual TGL backed by Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy before the league was forced to postpone its debut to 2025 after the facility’s roof collapsed. Rahm is also good friends with fellow Spaniard Sergio Garcia and Mickelson, whose brother, Tim, was Rahm’s coach at Arizona State and agent when he first turned pro.

Rahm is not playing in Wood’s Hero World Challenge next week, and he has not addressed rumors that he may bolt for LIV. McIlroy said earlier this month that he would “be surprised” if the world’s No. 3 player joined LIV.

“I spoke to Jon a couple days ago and would be very, very surprised if that were to happen,” McIlroy said Nov. 6. “I’m pretty confident Jon is a PGA Tour player.”

Rahm is a two-time major winner and is exempt into each of the four majors for the next five years courtesy of his victory at the 2023 Masters. The inability to play in majors has been seen as one of the significant drawbacks for players joining LIV.

Rahm was also highly critical of the exclusion of LIV players from the Ryder Cup, specifically saying “it would be really stupid of anybody not to lean on Sergio Garcia’s experience.”

Mickelson said in October that he knew more players would be signing with LIV,

“Do I think that? No, I know that’s going to happen,” he said.

That’s despite the league’s future being murky as the PGA Tour and the Public Investment Fund continue to work on details of their framework agreement in conjunction with the DP World Tour.

LIV released is 2024 schedule on Wednesday, with one of the 14 events scheduled to be held in July in Andalucia, Spain.

While several marquee players have been strong in their criticism of LIV, Rahm has supported the decision of players to do what is in their best interests. He also said at last year’s Hero World Challenge that PGA players have benefited greatly from the challenge that LIV presented.

“I think on this side of things we should be thankful that LIV happened,” Rahm said last December. “I don’t know if those changes would have happened if LIV wasn’t in the picture. So to an extent, yeah, we should be thankful.”

He also said at the time that all of the animus between LIV and the PGA Tour is a “waste of time.”

TV SPORTS

THE FUTURE OF LIVE SPORTS TV REACHES A TIPPING POINT

This reckoning has been on the horizon for a while: 2024 is setting up to be the year the decades-old models of delivering sports broadcasts to people’s homes undergoes a stark change.

Sinclair Broadcast Group announced in a Texas court in mid-November its intent to shut down its bankrupt subsidiary, Diamond Sports Group, which operates 17 regional Bally Sports networks across the U.S., at the end of 2024. “Diamond’s business is going to go away,” Sinclair lawyer David Seligman told the court.

Diamond is the largest operator of regional sports networks (RSNs) in America, holding local broadcast rights for 39 teams in the NBA, MLB, and NHL. That’s 42% of all live local sports TV inventory, not counting national rights. It filed for bankruptcy protection in March when it could no longer pay interest on its $9 billion in remaining debt from the purchase of 22 Fox Sports RSNs in 2019.

While Diamond is trying to stay afloat for another year, the math and consumers’ cord-cutting habits are working against its survival.

At its peak in 2014, there were 100.5 million cable households in the U.S. At the end of the second quarter of this year, there were an estimated 61 million. This past summer, for the first time in the TV era, fewer than half of U.S. households watched TV via broadcast or paid cable.

In the third quarter, Comcast, the largest cable provider in the U.S., reported it shed 2.1 million of its cable subscribers – 12.5% – in the past year.

Earlier this November, the NBA struck a deal to have Diamond relinquish its outstanding local rights for 15 teams at the end of this season. In return, the NBA and those teams agreed to lower payments from Diamond for this season. The NHL’s pursuing a similar deal. Diamond is attempting to keep 10 of its remaining 12 MLB clubs for 2024, and one industry source said relinquishing those rights after next season is on the table.

Diamond’s struggles are an inflection point for live sports TV. It seems to be a matter of when and not if the entire RSN model falters. Earlier this year, Warner Bros. Discovery (WBD), the No. 2 RSN player, announced plans to sell its remaining RSNs by the end of this year.

It was an alarming acceleration to many equities analysts like Alex Morris, who owns TSOH Investment Research. Morris researches media companies like Disney and Comcast.

“I do wonder how much this is going to change, or has already been changing, what it means to be a sports fan,” Morris told theScore. “How much are people going to seek out games when they can go watch a new TV show or movie on their own schedule, versus chasing down some local RSN, who wants you to pay $19.99 a month.

“The world has just kind of changed, particularly for sports with an excessive amount of (games) and where most regular-season games are of limited importance to the postseason.”

By the end of 2024, there will likely be a wave of live TV sports rights hitting the market not seen since the New York Islanders pioneered the cable model in the early 1980s. Additionally, the NBA’s national broadcast rights end after the 2024-25 season, and several networks and streamers are lining up to get a piece of that valuable property.

Will tech giants take over? Will direct-to-consumer models be viable? Can something like the cable bundle be recreated so teams in the same market are not competing against each other for subscriptions?

Those questions will play out across three leagues, and they have wide-ranging implications for how we watch, and for the bottom lines of those franchises.

“Follow the technology. Technology doesn’t go backwards,” said Greg Bouris, director of the undergraduate sports management program at Adelphi University, who previously worked for SportsChannel and for pro teams. “We watched the evolution of this industry grow from newspapers, to radio, to TV, to cable TV. And that was the one that changed everything, that placed the industry on a whole other trajectory: regional sports networks.

“It’s going to be a different world.”

The NBA gets the first crack at determining what that world looks like, with its national rights up for bids and half its teams’ local rights being reclaimed from Diamond following the season.

It’ll be the first time an array of rights for one league come to market since streaming overtook cable as the primary way consumers watch video.

“It gives the NBA more flexibility,” Bouris said. “Having teams have their local rights expire at the same time their national rights (expire) gives them at least more decision-making power in how they want to dole out those rights.”

On the national side, the NBA is reportedly looking for two to three partners and is interested in streaming platforms. The league’s current rights holders, ESPN and TNT, have an exclusive negotiating window that opens in March, but tech giants like Apple and Amazon are also reportedly interested.

The tech giants’ robust balance sheets give them an edge over traditional TV networks. The NBA could become the first major North American pro sports league to have a majority of its national rights streamed.

Perhaps what’s more interesting – and troubling for leagues – is what happens to local rights, which face far more uncertainty over how they’ll be distributed and who’ll pay for them, Morris said.

Bill Koenig, the NBA’s top media executive, told Sports Business Journal the league will pursue a “hybrid” approach with teams being freed from Diamond.

The plan would entail selling traditional linear cable rights in markets impacted by the RSN implosion and then packaging all the streaming rights to sell to one company.

A similar approach was employed by MLB in 2023. The San Diego Padres and Arizona Diamondbacks were forced to find new cable homes in their respective markets in the middle of the season when Diamond relinquished the rights. Their games were also streamed direct-to-consumer. Fans had the option to buy in-market Padres and D-Backs games for $20 a month on MLB.TV.

MLB guaranteed the clubs 80% of revenues they were set to receive via TV in case there was a shortfall, and commissioner Rob Manfred said recently no such financial support was needed.

However, MLB is no longer offering a backstop guarantee of revenues, and Manfred said the league is prepared and able to take over broadcasts of up to 16 clubs in 2024.

A hybrid approach can work in the short term because it allows ratings to remain stable with the mix of viewers in linear TV and streaming.

The good news for baseball is there were 402 million combined viewers (96,000 per broadcast) tuning into MLB games on cable in 2022, according to viewership data obtained by theScore – more than double the total local viewership of the NBA on cable.

The not-so-great news: fewer people are paying for cable TV packages, which means there are fewer subscribers paying for bundles that may contain channels like an RSN they don’t watch. That was the magic of cable bundles for a long time. There was no itemized list in a consumer’s bill showing they paid, say, $7 for Bally Sports.

Those subsidizing viewers are departing and those who remain are aging and taking on a greater share of the bill, all while programming costs and rights fees have continued to increase.

Morris has tracked Comcast programming costs for a decade. In that time, the cost of content increased from $30 per subscriber in 2014 to $75 this year.

“If we priced paid TV at $75, Comcast is just covering their programming costs, let alone everything that is involved for running the MVPD (multichannel video programming distributor) business,” Morris said. “It just speaks to that continuing trend, and it becomes a cycle of: are you willing to pay $60 to watch your favorite sports team? How about $75 or $80? How about $100? The numbers just keep moving the wrong direction, particularly when compared to what you can get with some combination of DTC (direct-to-consumer) services at a much lower all-in price.” (Like ESPN+, Max with BR Sports, Peacock, and Paramount+.)

The hybrid model can sustain such a cycle for only so long.

The implosion of RSN models leads to one very important question regarding local broadcasts.

“You have a question of how many fans are die-hard versus how many are not,” Morris said. “If you force people to actively choose to seek this stuff out, spend a lot of money, you’re going to really screen for the die-hards.”

The Rockets and Astros in Houston teamed up to buy AT&T SportsNet Southwest from WBD and rebranded it Space City Home Network. The clubs now have to figure out how to replace the combined $120 million in rights fees they received from WBD.

Consider the Padres’ situation. After MLB took over the club’s broadcasts on May 30 when Diamond relinquished rights, 18,000 in-market subscriptions were purchased to stream Padres games via MLB.TV.

While that number would be higher if games weren’t also being offered on a specially created local cable/satellite channel, Morris and Bouris both said we’re learning how difficult it is to convert cable subscribers into buyers of DTC platforms specifically for sports.

Diamond testified in bankruptcy court in May that it had only 200,000 total streaming subscribers across all its in-market teams.

But if linear cable disappeared tomorrow, it’s difficult to believe streaming Padres games would come close to matching the revenue generated from the 20-year, $1.2-billion contract the Padres had with Diamond.

“I don’t see anybody, really, coming out and telling me how to replace it,” Bouris said of RSN cable revenues.

Manfred conceded to reporters during the postseason that streaming “doesn’t have today the same robust economics that the cable bundle provided as an exclusive source of distribution. But my own view of the world is … the (cable) distribution may be smaller going forward, and we’re gonna put with it that digital option that gives people more flexibility, more reach, and is better for fans overall.”

MLB teams are responding to that uncertainty this offseason with some of their roster decisions. Cleveland Guardians president of baseball operations Chris Antonetti said part of the reason the club designated Cal Quantrill for assignment (and then traded him to Colorado) is that it’s leery of paying him an estimated $6 million in arbitration because of concerns about TV revenues.

The Minnesota Twins, another Diamond team whose local TV future is up in the air, stated they’ll operate with a smaller payroll next year despite reaching the playoffs this year.

There are some players who believe there’s too much doom and gloom in the media about TV revenues, and that MLB clubs are using Diamond’s implosion as cover to reduce spending. While it’s difficult to know if teams are overstating the issue for 2024, the uncertainty about what the future looks like is real.

Baseball is particularly vulnerable in the future of sports TV, because its national rights don’t command nearly the same dollars as the NFL or NBA.

The NFL’s national rights went for 11 years and $110 billion in 2021. Amazon is paying $1 billion annually to stream Thursday Night Football, suggesting there’s plenty of streaming money for the league should it need to shift more games there.

The NBA is seeking $75 billion from its next multi-year national rights deals, a significant jump from the nine-year, $24-billion deals that expire at the end of next season.

MLB’s current deals cover seven years and combine for $12.5 billion.

One rival league executive told me MLB faces two issues: its product has become more regional, and it lacks star power that bidders for national rights desire.

MLB is much more driven by volume of TV inventory, and Morris said that’s challenging in this new era.

“The leagues with a massive volume of games are losing, in my opinion, to other forms of entertainment, time consumption,” Morris said. “So how do you price and package that to drive a lot of viewership and interest?

“It makes me wonder if you are better off selling a higher-priced – say, around $100 per season – service to super fans, or, if you’re better off with a model like what ESPN+ has with the NHL for its out-of-market games. All 26 million ESPN+ customers have access to the out-of-market package without paying an incremental fee, which likely helps with viewership.

“Overall, it’s a difficult question to answer, particularly when trying to balance the dual objectives of viewership fandom and financial considerations. The competition for eyeballs is becoming more intense over time.”

Ideally there will be more concentration on platforms, too. Morris notes there was a five-day stretch last season where five New York Yankees games were broadcast on four different platforms.

Ideally, Bouris said, a third party would step in and cut MLB guaranteed checks for all those local rights and end regional blackouts.

Morris and Bouris both think one plausible long-term home at the moment for much of these live sports rights is Google’s YouTubeTV, which, like Hulu, is a streaming version of cable that carries many of the same channels. YouTube also recently ventured into live sports in a big way by purchasing the NFL Sunday Ticket out-of-market package. And unlike Netflix, YouTube generates most of its revenue through advertising instead of subscriptions, perhaps better positioning it for live sports.

It helps that Google’s parent company Alphabet holds the most cash ($120 billion) and least debt ($13 billion) of any company in the live sports game.

Morris said delivering better advertising monetization will be key for the new model. It can be a long-term tailwind for all live TV sports. Not only are more viewers transitioning to streaming over time but ad dollars are following them. Ad dollars spent on so-called connected TV have risen from $6 billion in 2019 to $20 billion this year to a projected $41 billion by 2027.

“That competition to win subscribers has ratcheted up content cost,” Trade Desk CEO Jeff Green said in the company’s recent third-quarter conference call. His company helps connect ad buyers with ad inventory. “Higher content costs mean raising prices or finding some way to raise revenue per user if media companies were going to continue to feed their content engines with a similar rate as before. Every premium video content company from Disney to Paramount to NBCU and Sky to Netflix have changed pricing and embraced advertising.

“More and more live sports inventory, perhaps the crown jewel for most streaming providers, is opening up for programmatic (ad) buying on our platform.”

The ad tailwind could be massive for live sports and streamers in the coming years.

While there figures to be short-term economic pain for some markets and leagues, there is long-term opportunity. After all, pro sports leagues hold monopolies on fan interest and the goodwill and nostalgia built up among supporters.

What that future looks like will play out in the coming months and years, but there’s no doubt we’re accelerating to a new world of live TV sports.

TOP INDIANA SPORTS RELEASES NEWS

INDIANA PACERS

GAME REWIND: PACERS 131, RAPTORS 132

Game Rewind

While the Indiana Pacers offense continued to hum on the second leg of a back-to-back, the Blue & Gold didn’t come out on the winning end of a Thanksgiving eve nail-biter.

In a game that featured 26 lead changes, the Blue & Gold couldn’t outlast the Toronto Raptors (7-8) in a 132-131 loss at Gainbridge Fieldhouse Wednesday night.

The Pacers (8-6) led 129-128 with 31 seconds left in the game after All-Star point guard Tyrese Haliburton hit a midrange jumper, but Toronto’s Scottie Barnes converted an and-one and then split free throws on his team’s next possession to give the visitors a three-point lead with 17 ticks on the clock.

Haliburton was then fouled and hit two free throws before the Raptors missed their next two foul shots, but Buddy Hield’s deep 3-pointer at the buzzer hit the backboard and bounced off the rim as the Pacers fell short.

“It was a wild game … a disappointing result,” Pacers head coach Rick Carlisle said. “At times, when we needed to be solid with the ball, and solid defensively, we had struggles at untimely moments. It cost us. All that said, with everything that happened in the last minute, we still had a shot at the end to win.”

Hield dropped 19 points in the first half en route to a personal season-best 31, while Haliburton finished with 33 points and 16 assists. Five Pacers finished in double-digit scoring, and the team shot 54.9 percent from the field.

Forward Pascal Siakam had a big night for the Raptors, finishing with a game-high 36 points while pulling down 10 rebounds. Toronto point guard Dennis Schroder had 26 points, five assists and six rebounds, and Barnes tallied 20 points and 12 boards.

Toronto made 53.3 percent of its shots on the night.

Despite shooting 62.8 percent from the field in the first half, the Pacers trailed 68-65 at intermission. Schroder and Siakam combined for 33 of Toronto’s 68 first-half points.

Indiana came out on fire in the first two minutes, making four of its first five shots to lead 10-2 and force a timeout by the Raptors.

From 8:42 to 6:39, the Pacers strung together an 11-2 run on five points by Bruce Brown, a 3-pointer from Hield, and dunk and free throw from Myles Turner to extend the lead to 23-10.

Toronto answered with a 9-1 run of its own, but in the final minute of the frame Hield hit his third 3-pointer of the period and Haliburton made a fadeaway jumper to give the Pacers a 35-27 advantage.

Hield made all four of his field goal attempts for 11 points in the opening quarter.

Toronto’s Malachi Flynn came off the bench and scored seven points in the first 90 seconds of the second quarter to narrow the score to 37-35, and the Raptors then stayed hot midway through the period, going on a 9-2 run to lead 44-42 with 7:57 left in the half.

In the final 35 seconds of the first half, the Pacers hit two 3-pointers – one by Hield and a buzzer-beater by Turner – to make it a one-possession game at 68-65.

Siakam dropped 13 points in the third quarter, but the Pacers stayed ahead by a point by  putting up 36 points in the period.

Threes from Hield and Haliburton put the Pacers back ahead to start the second half, but neither team would go up by more than five points as the teams traded baskets at a lightning pace.

The teams tied the score four times from 4:26 to 2:50 in the third quarter, but a layup from Haliburton with 15 ticks left gave the Pacers a 101-100 lead heading into the fourth.

The teams tied four times in the first three minutes of the fourth quarter.

The Pacers then used the 12-4 run, capped by an and-one from Brown and a 3-pointer by Haliburton, to lead 123-116 with four minutes remaining. Toronto then responded with a 12-4 run of its own, with OG Anunoby hitting a 3-pointer and making two free throws to get his team back in it at 126-125.

Down the final stretch, the Raptors just made enough plays to earn the win.

The Pacers were outrebounded 46-31 and outscored 18-8 in second-chance points.

“If you look backwards, it gets ugly. Over the course of 82, there are probably 10-12 you want back,” Haliburton said. “…These are all learning experiences for all of us. I will be better at closing games moving forward this year.”

Indiana will next host the Detroit Pistons on Friday to conclude In-Season Tournament East Group A play. Indiana has already clinched its bid to the Knockout Rounds but are still playing for seeding.

Inside the Numbers

Tyrese Haliburton has recorded 11 double doubles this season in 13 games played.

The Pacers made 18 3-pointers and the Raptors drained 11.

From the free throw line, Toronto shot 25-for-30 and Indiana made 13 of 16.

Both teams scored 64 points in the paint.

The Pacers had 14 turnovers to the Raptors’ 17 giveaways.

You Can Quote Me On That

“We had some shot selection that wasn’t probably appropriate a couple times. If they go in, everyone claps and say great shot. … Time and score is important. These are things that we’ve got to learn from. It’s one thing to be a running team, but the last two to three minutes of an NBA game are game-management time as well. We’ve got to recognize those situations better.” — Carlisle on the end of the game

“When you build a 10-, 12-, 13-point lead early, we’ve just got to understand that at that point you’ve got to bear down and work to keep or extend that lead. It’s not a time to become undisciplined and try to do heroic things and gamble. We made some mistakes in the first half that really cost us that got them right back in the game. These are learning things” — Carlisle on maintaining big leads

“Lineup-wise, nothing is written in stone. We’ve got to do the right things for the team and that’s what we’ll look at on a game-to-game basis.” — Carlisle on the lineups

“Buddy doesn’t change. His approach is always the same. He’s undaunted by games where the ball didn’t go into the basket. He really works hard at who he is and what he’s doing. I thought, tonight, he fought pretty hard in some difficult defense matchups.” – Carlisle on Buddy Hield

“He’s big and skilled. He gets to his spots pretty well. In situations where we trapped him, he got it out and did a good job of finding the right guy at the right time.” – Carlisle on Pascal Siakam’s performance

“I felt like it was bad shot selection and not finishing possessions defensively. I should’ve done a better job of closing the game.” –Tyrese Haliburton on the end of the game

“(Siakam was) tough for us to guard. Big wings have been a struggle for us all year. Eleven free throws, he got to the free throw line a lot. It ultimately came down to that we got outrebounded by 15 and didn’t get enough stops when we needed to.” – Haliburton on Siakam and the loss

“I’ll take that shot 10 times out of 10 and I think everyone else would as well. Wide open, at the top of the key, he works on that every day. That’s a great look for us.” – Haliburton on Hield’s final shot

“Just some quick shots on our part and obviously they got downhill. I messed up a couple coverages. I take full responsibility for that. Scottie Barnes got downhill, made a good play, an and-one. It was just a domino effect from there.” – Myles Turner on the difference down the stretch

“I think we switched a lot today and they took full advantage of our switching. Sometimes when you switch communication isn’t as sharp as it should be. You get some slips to the basket, some open threes. We just weren’t sharp enough.” – Turner on defensive issues

“That was on me. I take full responsibility for that. That shouldn’t have (happened). We talked about it in the huddle. I even knew it was coming. It was just a lapse. It was a bad lapse at that.” – Turner on Barnes’ and-one

“We didn’t get timely shots when we needed. We didn’t execute when we needed to execute on defense.” – Hield on the difference down the stretch

“Guys know how to get to their spots. Scottie does a good job. Siakam does a great job, he’s been in the league for the past five or six years just doing what he does. Dennis is being Dennis.” – Hield on the Raptors’ execution on offense

“Just freeing myself. Hats off to Rick making an adjustment. I feel like that helped me a little bit, helped me get more ready…I think Rick wanted a spark. We’d been getting off to rough starts. We’ve been getting off to better starts the past two games. We’ve just got to learn to finish these games now.” -Hield on busting out of his slump since moving into the starting lineup

“I liked the look. I think it’s a great look. I think that no matter how far out you are, you’ve got to catch and shoot…It’s one of those things that it’s how the game works. You make it all night, here comes that shot and you miss it and didn’t get rewarded. Somebody can talk about and say ‘Oh, you should take a dribble or not.’ I’m going to take that shot if I get it again 100 times. I don’t give a…It’s confidence, man. It’s confidence I have and my teammates and Ty trusting me.” – Hield on his shot at the buzzer

Stat of the Night

Indiana’s bench – which leads the league in scoring at 51.1 points per game – was outscored 31-20 by Toronto’s reserves.

Noteworthy

Rick Carlisle is one win short of reaching 250 victories as head coach of the Pacers, which is one short of matching the franchise’s NBA record held by Frank Vogel.

Buddy Hield started for a second straight game after coming off the bench for the first 12 games. Obi Toppin was inserted back into the first five after coming off the bench on Tuesday.

Pacers second-year guard Andrew Nembahrd missed a third straight game due to a sore lower back and Aaaron Nesmith sat out with a sprained wrist.

Up Next

The Pacers welcome Cade Cunningham and the Detroit Pistons to Gainbridge Fieldhouse for an In-Season Tournament game on Friday, Nov. 24 at 8:00 PM ET.

GAME PREVIEW: PACERS VS PISTONS (IN-SEASON TOURNAMENT)

The Pacers have already secured a spot in the Knockout Rounds of the In-Season Tournament (IST), but that still have something significant to play for in their final Group Play game on Friday night. Indiana (8-6) could potentially secure homecourt advantage for the Quarterfinals with a victory over Detroit (2-13).

A win on Friday would move the Pacers to a perfect 4-0 in Group Play. The two group winners with the best record in Group Play get to host a Quarterfinal game on either Dec. 4 or 5. If all three group winners finish 4-0, point differential in group games will be used to seed the teams and determine who gets to host the Quarterfinals.

Indiana could potentially lock up homecourt with a win on Friday plus either a loss by Boston or losses by both Miami and Milwaukee. Even if neither of those scenarios play out, they would still be in good position to secure a top two seed at 4-0. If they lose on Friday and finish Group Play 3-1, their odds of hosting a Quarterfinal would drop dramatically.

The Pacers are coming off a difficult 132-131 loss on Wednesday night in Toronto. The Blue & Gold had plenty of chances to win that one. They led by seven with under four minutes to play, gave up the lead but moved back in front on Tyrese Haliburton’s jumper with 31 seconds to play. Out of a timeout Scottie Barnes got an and-one on the other end, but the Pacers had two looks to tie or win the game, including a potential game-winning three from Buddy Hield that didn’t fall at the buzzer.

The final shot aside, it was a stellar night for Hield, who has thrived over his past two games since moving into the starting lineup. The veteran sharpshooter had scored a total of just five points over his previous two games before Tuesday, but busted out of a slump in a big way over his first two games this year as a starter. Hield scored 24 points and went 6-for-6 from 3-point range in Tuesday’s IST victory at Atlanta that secured Indiana’s place in the Knockout Rounds, then tallied a season-high 31 points and five assists while going 7-for-12 from 3-point range on Wednesday against Toronto.

It has been a rough start to the season for the Pistons, who have yet to win a game in November. After dropping their season opener, they won their next two contests on Oct. 27 and 28, but have lost 12 straight games since that date, including all three of their IST contests.

Detroit will be well-rested on Friday at least. The Pistons last played on Monday. And although they’ve struggled to get wins, the Pistons do have some promising young talent on their roster.

Point guard Cade Cunningham — the first overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft — is averaging a team-high 21.4 points and 7.3 assists per game.

And rookie forward Ausar Thompson — the fifth overall pick last June — has turned heads with his two-way play. The 6-6 Thompson is averaging 11.3 points, 10.1 rebounds, 1.7 blocks, and 1.1 steals. He currently ranks 12th in the NBA in rebounding and 10th in blocks, impressive achievements for any wing — let alone a rookie.

Projected Starters

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

Pistons: G – Cade Cunningham, G – Jaden Ivey, F – Ausar Thompson, F – Isaiah Stewart, C – Marvin Bagley III

Injury Report

Pacers: Andrew Nembhard – questionable (sore lower back), Aaron Nesmith – questionable (right wrist sprain)

Pistons: Bojan Bogdanovic – out (right calf strain), Jalen Duren – out (sore right ankle), Joe Harris – out (right shoulder sprain), Monte Morris – out (right quadriceps strain)

Last Meeting

April 7, 2023: Jaden Ivey and Killian Hayes combined for 57 points and 15 assists to lead Detroit to a 122-115 victory over the Pacers at Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indiana’s final home game of the 2022-23 season.

Buddy Hield led the Blue & Gold with 22 points in as many minutes on Friday, going 5-for-11 from 3-point range off the bench.

The Pacers started five players all 24 or younger in the contest. Every member of the young first unit reached double figures, led by 16 points from rookie guard Bennedict Mathurin, but it wasn’t enough to add up to a victory.

Ivey finished with 29 points, five rebounds, and nine assists, while Hayes added 28 points, four boards, six assists, and four steals to help lead the Pistons to victory. It was just the second win for Detroit in 24 games, with both victories in that span coming against Indiana.

Noteworthy

The Pacers traditionally always host a home game on the Friday night after Thanksgiving. Indiana has won its last three games and eight of its last nine contests held on “Gold Friday.”

Pacers rookie forward Jarace Walker and Pistons rookie guard Marcus Sasser were teammates last year at the University of Houston. Walker was the eighth overall pick in the 2023 NBA Draft, while Sasser was the 25th overall selection.

Pacers center Myles Turner hit two 3-pointers on Wednesday to pass Billy Keller for fourth place on the franchise’s career 3-point list. Turner has made 507 career 3-pointers, while Keller made 506 for the Blue & Gold.

Hield needs two points on Friday to reach 9,000 for his career.

Pacers head coach Rick Carlisle is one win away from tying Frank Vogel (250 wins) for the second-most coaching victories in franchise history. Hall of Famer Slick Leonard holds the franchise record with 529 career wins.

Broadcast Information (TV and Radio Listings >>)

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

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

Tickets

The Pacers welcome Cade Cunningham and the Detroit Pistons to Gainbridge Fieldhouse for an In-Season Tournament game on Friday, Nov. 24 at 8:00 PM ET.

INDY FUEL HOCKEY

FUEL CAN’T STOP THE CYCLONES SCORING

CINCINNATI – The Fuel went southeast to Cincy to take on the Cyclones in their third matchup this season between the two. The Cyclones saw more of the same success against Indy as they pulled away in the 2nd period for a 7-3 victory.

1ST PERIOD

Dilan Savenkov for the Cyclones committed the first penalty just 1:36 into the game. The tripping would go unscathed as Indy failed to convert on the power play. Just three minutes later, Connor Fedorek would commit a trip at 4:42 and the Cyclones answered with a Patrick Polino goal to give Cincy a 1-0 lead.

It took just over a minute for the Fuel to answer with an unassisted Colin Bilek goal at 6:18. It was Bilek’s first shot of the season in his first game of the season.

Kirill Chaika came away with an interference penalty at 6:39 but Cincinnati could not convert on their second power play of the game. It was a relatively quiet 1st period for 10 minutes until KyIe Maksimovich ended the lull with a breakaway score off the feed from Zach Jordan.

The 2-1 Fuel lead lasted all of 21 seconds as Cincy’s Nick Isaacson put it past Mitchell Weeks to tie it all up at two at 16:35. The first period ended tied up at two with 10 shots on goal by both teams.

2ND PERIOD

Just like in their last matchup, the 2nd period was nothing short of entertaining.

2 minutes into the period, Zach Jordan was called for a slash, putting Cincy back on the power play. With 20 seconds remaining on the power play, Cincy’s Justin Vaive found the back of the net. After some discussion on a potential kick and goaltender interference, the second power play goal of the game for the Cyclones ultimately stood true.

Nick Isaacson was called for interference at 4:01 but was quickly followed up by a penalty from Colin Bilek, sending the game to a 4 on 4 for 90 seconds. Due to the Bilek penalty, Lee Lapid had the chance at Cincy’s first penalty shot of the season. Lapid vs. Weeks and Indy’s goaltender came out on top to deny the Cyclones a two-goal lead, for now.

Cincy came firing back just 53 seconds later as Matej Pekar scored two goals in just 14 seconds, pushing the Cyclones’ lead to 5-2 at 5:48. Indy would cut the lead just a minute later when Cam Hillis put his second of the season in the back of the net.

At 12:07, we’d see the second 4 on 4 game of the night as simultaneous roughing penalties were issued on Indy’s Zach Jordan and the Cyclones’ Landon Cato. It only lasted 14 seconds when Jalen Smereck was called for a trip on Anthony Firriolo. It was Indy’s second chance on the man advantage but, just like the first iteration, nothing came of this opportunity.

With just over 2 minutes left in the period, Colin Bilek and Nick Isaacson dropped the gloves for the first fight of the evening, sending both guys to the locker room a bit early for the 2nd intermission.

Before the 2nd period could officially come to a close, Justin Vaive was called for a slash at 19:09, giving the Fuel a power play coming onto the ice for the 3rd period. Cincinnati recorded 12 shots on goal to Indy’s 7 in this period.

3RD PERIOD

The 3rd period saw action 4 minutes in when Roman Ahcan put his sixth of the season past Mitchell Weeks for the sixth goal of the game for the Cyclones. At 5:45 in the 3rd period, Zack Andrusiak would end Weeks’ night by putting in the seventh goal for Cincinnati. Zach Driscoll would come in relief of Mitchell Weeks for the remainder of the game.

At 12:01, the Cyclones had too many men on the ice, giving the Fuel their sixth power play opportunity of the night. This power play ended like the other five with no goals to show for the Fuel.

Trevor Zins would be called for holding at 17:03 giving the Cyclones one last power play chance before the final buzzer. The game would end 7-3 with the Cyclones coming out on top. Cincinnati outshot the Fuel 31 to 26, making it 12 straight games where they have outshot their opponent.

The Indy Fuel are back in action at Indiana Farmers Coliseum on Black Friday November 24, 2023 against the Fort Wayne Komets.

INDIANA VOLLEYBALL

VOLLEYBALL CENTRAL: AT MICHIGAN STATE AND MICHIGAN

BLOOMINGTON, Ind.  –  The final week of the college volleyball regular season is here. The Indiana volleyball team (19-12, 9-9) will spend the Thanksgiving holiday in Michigan as it prepares for matches at Michigan State (Friday) and Michigan (Saturday).

Chasing the program’s best conference finish in over a decade, a pair of wins would ensure the Hoosiers at least a seventh place finish in the Big Ten. IU finished in a tie for seventh in both 2009 and 2010 but hasn’t finished in the top half of the conference since 1999.

Since the Big Ten expanded to 14 teams in 2014, IU’s best conference finish came last year when the Hoosiers went 9-11 to end the season in eighth place. IU hasn’t won 10 games in the Big Ten since 2002 and has failed to win 11 since 1999.

One win in Michigan would ensure the Hoosiers a season with both 20 wins overall and 10 wins in the Big Ten for the first time since 2002. A pair of wins would see IU match the program’s regular season wins record (21) set in 2010 under the leadership of All-American middle blocker Ashley Benson.

IU will get the weekend started with a Black Friday tilt at the Breslin Center against Michigan State (1:00 PM) before closing out the 20-game Big Ten season at Michigan on Saturday evening.

Match Info

Friday, November 24th, 2023 | at Michigan State | 1:00 PM ET

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Saturday, November 25th, 2023 | at Michigan | 6:30 PM ET

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Hoosier News and Notes

Team Notes

• The Hoosiers sit 19-12 (9-9) ahead of the final two matches of the regular season. The 19 wins are already the most in a single season since 2010.

• Only five times in program history has IU won 20-or-more games in a regular season. IU needs just one more to achieve that feat for a sixth time. IU’s regular season wins record, during the Big Ten era, is 21 set in 2010.

• IU hasn’t won 20 games overall and 10 games in the Big Ten in the same season since 2002. IU needs just one more win to accomplish that feat for the fifth time in program history.

• Only twice have the Hoosiers won 11+ games in the Big Ten (1995 and 1999). The Hoosiers have failed to do so since the turn of the century but could accomplish the feat with a pair of wins up north.

• The Hoosiers are hitting .237 as a team this season with two matches left. The rally-era single season program record is .239 and the all-time mark, regardless of scoring system, is set at .245. Both of IU’s middle blockers, Savannah Kjolhede and Kaley Rammelsberg, are top-seven in the conference in hitting.

• IU has 197 aces on the season, needing just three to hit 200 in back-to-back seasons. The Hoosiers haven’t had consecutive seasons with 200+ aces since 1995-96. No Big Ten program, under the current scoring system, has seen back-to-back seasons with 200+ aces.

• With a win over Maryland, the Hoosiers finished their home slate with 10 wins for the first time since 2010. IU went 7-3 in conference at Wilkinson Hall, the best finish in 13 years. Three of the four best-attended contests came this season in Big Ten play.

The Final Two

If the Hoosiers finish with these respective records, they will accomplish the following:

2-0: 21-12 (11-9):

– match program regular season wins record (21), most Big Ten wins since 1999 (11) (2nd most all-time)

1-1: 20-13 (10-10):

– 20 wins overall/10 Big Ten wins for first time since 2002, 20-win regular season for sixth time in program history

0-2: 19-14 (9-11):

– back-to-back seasons of nine conference wins, most overall wins since 2010

What’s At Stake?

• The Hoosiers are looking for a 20th and 21st win of the season this weekend. 21 wins would match the program’s regular season wins record (2010).

• A win over Michigan State would be the fourth-straight victory in the series. The Hoosiers last won four straight over the Spartans in the mid-80’s.

• The victory over Michigan would complete the season sweep of the Wolverines. IU last did the double over Michigan in 1999.

• If IU were to win both contests, it will have swept the Michigan schools for the second-straight season.

Player Watch

#10 Haworth, Camryn

• The junior setter is making her case for All-American honors in 2023, leading the Big Ten in assists (1,163) and aces (66) and one of three players in the conference with 10+ assists per set (10.20). She is third in the NCAA in aces and tops among all players in power five conferences.

• Haworth is now No. 2 all-time in program history in service aces (157). Already the program’s rally-era record holder, she needs just 43 aces to break the all-time mark of 197.

• Her 66 aces in a single season are ninth most in Big Ten history during the rally-era (since 2001). She has 115 in the last two years, the third most by a single Big Ten player in a two-year span since 2010.

• She is the first IU player with back-to-back seaosns of 1,100 assists since Victoria Zimmerman in 2002 and 2003. She is looking to be the first Hoosier to earn First Team All-Big Ten honors in consecutive years since Ashley Benson (2009 and 2010).

• Among Big Ten setters, she is top six in kills (105), assists (1,163), assists per set (10.20), aces (66), digs (243) and blocks (55.0).

#18 Rammelsberg, Kaley and #15 Kjolhede, Savannah

• Two of the most efficient middle blockers the program has ever seen, Rammelsberg and Kjolhede are on track to put up some of the biggest offensive numbers in school history.

• With two games to go, Rammelsberg is third (.362) and Kjolhede is fifth (.359) in single-season hitting percentage. Rammelsberg (.326) and Kjolhede (.299) are second and fourth in career hitting percentage.

• In Big Ten games only during a single season, Kjolhede (.377) and Rammelsberg (.348) are first and third in hitting percentage.

• The two are both top seven in the Big Ten in hitting percentage. Among players in the top-10 in hitting percentage in the Big Ten, Rammelsberg has the most kills (266).

#32 Gary, Ramsey

• An important addition to the program, the freshman libero leads the Big Ten in digs (505) and is a close second in digs per set (4.43).

• She already holds the IU single-season freshman digs record and needs just 21 in two games to break the all-time single season digs record for the Hoosiers (525).

• Gary now has the  program record for most 10+ dig games (29) and most 20+ dig games (10) in a single season. She is looking to be the first IU freshman and first IU libero to be named First Team All-Big Ten.

Opponent Breakdown: Michigan State

Series History: 33-53 (Michigan State leads) | Last Meeting: 10/23/22 (W, 3-2)

• The Spartans and Hoosiers meet for the first time this year with both teams at 9-9 in the Big Ten. 7th place is on the line Friday.

• Freshman outside hitter Taylah Holdem averages 3.48 kills per set with 379 in total on the season.

• Veteran libero Nalani Iosia averages 4.17 digs per set and has 454 on the season.

• Michigan State runs a two setter offense with Julia Bishop and Cameron Berger running the team.

• IU beat Michigan State twice in five sets last season and has a three-game winning streak against the Spartans.

Opponent Breakdown: Michigan

Series History: 44-44-1 (Tied) | Last Meeting: 10/14/23 (W, 3-0)

• The Wolverines come in at 7-20 on the season but have turned it on down the stretch in conference play.

• Three players average over 2.4 kills per set including Kendall Murray who leads the team with 261 kills.

• Morgan Burke has taken over the reigns at setter down the stretch and has 434 assists this year.

• Michigan has been boosted by the return of fifth-year libero Hannah Grant who averages 2.94 digs per set.

INDIANA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

NO. 21 HOOSIERS READY FOR THANKSGIVING MATCHUP AGAINST NO. 19 TENNESSEE

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Fans will get a side of a Top 25 women’s basketball matchup on Thanksgiving Day when No. 21 Indiana meets No. 19 Tennessee in the 2023 Elevance Health Women’s Fort Myers Tip-Off at 6 p.m. ET.

ABOUT THE LADY VOLS

No. 19 Tennessee enters the Thanksgiving matchup after a pair of home wins over Memphis (in overtime) and Troy last week. They are led by junior guard/forward Sara Puckett (16.0 ppg., 6.0 rpg.) and senior transfer guard Jewel Spear (15.0 ppg., 6.0 rpg.). Leading scorer senior forward Rickea Jackson (22.0 ppg., 12.0 rpg.) has missed the last two games with an injury. The Lady Vols are averaging 92.0 points per game and shooting 46.5 percent from the floor.

SERIES HISTORY

Tennessee leads 2-1

LAST MEETING

11/14/22 – W, 79-67 (Knoxville, Tenn.)

NOTES

Senior guard Sara Scalia was named the Big Ten Player of the Week for her two 20-plus point performances against Murray State and Lipscomb. The Stillwater, Minn. native averaged 23.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists sand held a +8.0 assist-to-turnover ratio combined in her efforts, leading the team in scoring in both games.

Indiana and Tennessee have met three times overall in the series prior to Thursday, with two of those three meetings coming recently in the 2020-21 and 2022-23 season. The teams split those games with the Hoosiers most recently winning on Nov. 14, 2022 in Knoxville.

Scalia is a perfect 15-for-15 at the free throw line this season and has knocked down 32 consecutive free throws which dates back to Feb. 5, 2023.

Sophomore guard Lexus Bargesser has proven to be a key piece off the bench for Indiana this season. The Grass Lake, Mich. native is averaging 8.0 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists with a +2.5 assist-to-turnover ratio in 21.1 minutes per game through the first four games. She has set career-highs in nearly every category including two double figure scoring games and a career-high 15 points in the opener against EIU.

Three players are averaging double figures behind Scalia’s 18.5 points per game followed closely by graduate student forward Mackenzie Holmes who adds 17.5 points and 6.8 rebounds per game while sophomore guard Yarden Garzon is contributing 10.0 points per outing.

UP NEXT

The Hoosiers face Princeton on Saturday, November 25 to close out play at the 2023 Elevance Health Women’s Fort Myers Tip-Off at 11 a.m. ET.

PURDUE MEN’S BASKETBALL

#2 PURDUE WINS MAUI INVITATIONAL IN THRILLER OVER #4 MARQUETTE

[2] Purdue 78, [4] Marquette 75 (Postgame Notes)

No. 2-ranked Purdue improved to 6-0 overall with a 78-75 victory over No. 4-ranked Marquette in the championship game of the 2023 Maui Invitational.

Appearing in its fourth Maui Invitational in school history, Purdue won its first title.

The win gave Purdue its third straight Feast Week Championship, after winning the 2021 Hall of Fame Tipoff Classic and the 2022 Phil Knight Legacy.

Purdue has won eight straight Feast Week games, seven of them coming against nationally-ranked opponents and an eighth over a top-20 KenPom-ranked team.

Purdue joined UConn (March 10-12, 2011) as the only teams in the last 40 years to beat teams ranked in the top 15 of the AP poll on three consecutive days (#11 Gonzaga, #7 Tennessee, #4 Marquette). They are only team to defeat three top-11 teams.

Purdue has now won 30 straight regular-season, non-conference games, tied for the second-longest streak nationally in the last 10 years (Villanova – 31). Purdue hosts Texas Southern on Tuesday, November 28, to try and tie the Wildcats.

Purdue has won 20 straight games in the month of November, last losing on Nov. 26, 2020, vs. Clemson in the SpaceCoast Challenge.

Purdue is now 12-5 (.706) against nationally-ranked teams since the start of the 2021-22 season – the second-best record nationally among teams with 10 wins over ranked teams.

Purdue is now positioned to be ranked No. 1 in the country for the third straight season. Prior to the 2021-22 season, Purdue had never been ranked No. 1. If it were to happen, Purdue will be the first team in Big Ten history to be voted No. 1 in three straight seasons.

Zach Edey recorded his 44th career double-double with 28 points, 15 rebounds and two blocked shots. In addition, he scored in double-figures in his 57th straight game, now behind just Rick Mount (72) on the school’s consecutive double-figures games list.

Edey was named the tournament MVP after averaging 25.3 points, 13.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game. In his four Feast Week tournaments, he has been named to the 2020 Space Coast Challenge all-tournament team, the 2021 Hall of Fame Tipoff Classic all-tournament team, the 2022 Phil Knight Legacy MVP and the 2023 Maui Invitational MVP. He’s averaged 21.0 points and 9.2 rebounds in 10 Feast Week games.

Braden Smith scored 18 points with five rebounds and five assists.

Lance Jones tallied 11 points and made what is believed to be the longest shot in school history – an 80-foot buzzer beater at the halftime horn.

HONOLULU — Zach Edey and his Purdue teammates certainly earned a Thanksgiving feast. Forgive them if all they really want is a well-deserved break.

Edey had 28 points and 15 rebounds to carry the second-ranked Boilermakers to a 78-75 win over No. 4 Marquette in the championship game of the Maui Invitational on Wednesday.

The early-season matchup of undefeated teams did not disappoint in an entertaining event featuring five programs ranked among the top 11 in the country. Purdue took home the title after three hard-fought wins in three days against No. 11 Gonzaga, No. 7 Tennessee and then Marquette.

“I don’t think anyone’s leaving this tournament thinking they don’t have a chance to win it all,” Boilermakers coach Matt Painter said. “I thought our guys were resilient and I think games like this, whether you win or lose, it obviously makes you a better team.”

Edey, the reigning national player of the year, shot 11-of-19 from the field and led the Boilermakers (6-0) to their first Maui Invitational title. The 7-foot-4 senior center from Toronto was selected the tournament’s most valuable player after averaging 25.3 points and 13.0 rebounds.

“He’s a horse. He’s a moose down there,” Painter said. “He doesn’t have crap that a lot of young people have that get recruited heavily — he doesn’t have that. He doesn’t have a sense of entitlement. He’s going to play and he wants to earn what he gets.”

Purdue led by 15 early in the second half, but Marquette chipped away and pulled to 76-75 on a basket by Oso Ighodaro with less than a minute left. Edey gave his team some breathing room with a right-handed putback of Braden Smith’s missed jumper for a 78-75 lead with 18 seconds remaining.

“The ball kind of came to me. I didn’t try to get two hands on it, so I just tried to hit it at the rim and that worked,” Edey said.

Marquette had two chances to tie it, but 3-point attempts by Tyler Kolek and Kam Jones in the closing seconds failed to drop.

“They earned the win today,” said Golden Eagles coach Shaka Smart, last season’s national coach of the year. “We had some misfortune at different times throughout the game, but to win games like this you have to overcome misfortune. I loved the way our guys continued to fight; they played with tremendous guts and toughness.”

Marquette was attempting to become the first squad to beat the No. 1- and No. 2-ranked teams in The Associated Press poll on consecutive days since Loyola Chicago defeated No. 2 Duke and No. 1 Cincinnati in the 1963 Final Four. The Golden Eagles’ win over No. 1 Kansas on Tuesday was the third in school history over a top-ranked opponent.

Smith scored 18 points and Fletcher Loyer added 10 for Purdue.

Kolek had 22 points, seven rebounds and six assists. Jones added 17 points and five assists for the Golden Eagles (5-1).

Lance Jones sank a desperation heave from three-quarter court at the first-half buzzer to give Purdue a 45-33 lead at the break.

“I’ve hit a couple half-courters before, but never that far away,” he said.

PURDUE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

4TH QUARTER STALLS PURDUE AGAINST GEORGIA

NASSAU, The Bahamas – The Purdue women’s basketball team could not overcome an offensive slump at the start of the fourth quarter in a 65-57 loss to Georgia on Wednesday night in the final game of the Baha Mar Pink Flamingo Championship. 

The Boilermakers (2-3) trailed by just two going into the fourth, but the Bulldogs (5-1) went on a 14-2 run over the first 5:34 of the final frame to pull away.

Purdue matched its season high with six 3-pointers on the night. Madison Layden led the Boilermakers’ four players in double figures with 14 points. The Kokomo senior was 5-of-12 from the field with a quartet of triples.

Mary Ashley Stevenson and Abbey Ellis each tallied 11 points, while Rashunda Jones added 10 points off the bench. Purdue shot 36.8% from the field for the game.

The difference came in second chance points and points off turnovers. Georgia recorded 20 points off 17 Purdue giveaways, but Purdue managed just eight points on 15 Bulldog miscues. On the glass, Purdue lost the battle 43-31. The Boilermakers turned 11 offensive boards into 14 points as Georgia tallied 19 points on 18 offensive rebounds.

Stevenson and Jones tallied eight of Purdue’s 12 points in the opening frame. Georgia started on a 6-2 run, before the rookie duo pulled the Boilermakers back even at 12-12 with two minutes to play in the first.

After the Bulldogs extended their lead back out to six in the second, Stevenson went on a personal 5-0 run to bring Purdue back within one. Layden connected on a 3-pointer with 2:13 to go in the second quarter to give Purdue its first lead at 26-24, but the Bulldogs bounced back to make it a 28-28 game at the break.

Layden and Ellis combined for the Boilermakers first eight points of the second half to give Purdue its largest lead at 36-31. Layden halted several Georgia runs with a perfect 3-for-3 mark from behind the arc in the third.

From the 4:08 mark of the third until the 4:26 mark of the fourth, Georgia outscored Purdue 24-7 to open a 14-point advantage. Jones tallied the Boilermakers’ final six points to cut the gap to single digits and the final horn. Purdue made its final four shots of the game.

NOTES

• Purdue took the all-time series lead with Georgia 2-1.

• The Boilermakers scored 15 points on the fastbreak.

• For the fourth time in three seasons, Abbey Ellis led Purdue in rebounds with six.

• Jeanae Terry finished with four assists to give her 400 in her career at Purdue, passing Katie Gearlds for 13th in program history.

UP NEXT

After playing four major conference opponents in the first five games of the year, the Boilermakers return to Mackey Arena on Sunday for a 2 p.m. tip against Southern Indiana on B1G+.

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

PURDUE FOOTBALL

GAME 12 PREP: OLD OAKEN BUCKET BACK UP FOR GRABS AT ROSS-ADE SATURDAY

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue Football closes out the 2023 campaign with the annual Old Oaken Bucket Game. The Boilermakers battle Indiana in the rivalry trophy matchup from Ross-Ade Stadium. Kickoff is set for 12 p.m. ET on BTN.

Purdue has eclipsed 300 yards rushing in back-to-back games, accomplishing the feat for the first time since 1968 (55 years). The Boilermakers average a Big Ten-best 185.4 rushing yards in conference contests.

OLD OAKEN BUCKET HISTORY               

• While Saturday’s game will be the 125th meeting between the Boilermakers and Hoosiers, this year’s matchup will be just the 98th edition of the Old Oaken Bucket Game.

• Since 1925, Purdue and Indiana have played annually for the Old Oaken Bucket. The Boilermakers lead the Bucket portion of the all-time series 62-32-3, including 17 wins in the last 25 showdowns.

• Purdue has won four of the past five matchups (game was not played in 2020 due to COVID-19).

• The Chicago alumni groups of both schools came up with the idea for a traveling trophy, and Russell Gray of Purdue and Clarence Jones of Indiana were given the task of finding an appropriate object. They recommended that “an old oaken bucket would be a most typical trophy from this state and should be taken from a well somewhere in Indiana.” Purdue’s Fritz Ernst and Whiley J. Huddle of Indiana found the fabled bucket, in a bad state of repair, covered with moss and mold, on the Bruner farm between Kent and Hanover in southern Indiana.

• The Bruner farm was settled in the 1840s, and family lore suggests the bucket might have been used by Confederate General John Hunt Morgan and his soldiers during their incursion into Indiana in 1863 during the Civil War.

• George Ade, distinguished humorist from Purdue, and Harry Kurrie, president of the Monon Railroad, representing Indiana, formally introduced the Old Oaken Bucket in 1925. The Boilermakers and Hoosiers subsequently battled to a 0-0 tie Nov. 21 at Ross-Ade Stadium, resulting in an “I-P” link being attached to the bucket.

• Throughout its history, the bucket has been kidnapped by partisans from both schools – a couple of times missing so long that it was given up as lost, only to turn up mysteriously just before or after the annual game.

KEEPING THE BUCKET                               

• Purdue has won four of the past five matchups in the rivalry game, while keeping the Old Oaken Bucket for the past two seasons after a 30-16 victory in Bloomington last season and a dominant 44-7 victory at Ross-Ade Stadium in 2021.

• The Boilermakers are looking to beat the Hoosiers for a third year in a row, Purdue’s longest winning streak in the matchup since rattling off five straight from 2002-06.

• With a win Saturday, Purdue would hold on to both of their annual rivalry trophies (Old Oaken Bucket – Indiana, Cannon Trophy – Illinois) for the third straight season. The last time the Boilermakers kept both trophies for three consecutive years was during the Joe Tiller era (2004-06).

OPPONENT SNAPSHOT                             

• The Hoosiers enter the final game of the season with a 3-8 (1-7 B1G) record following a 24-21 loss to Michigan State.

• Indiana punter James Evans averages 45.8 yards per punt to rank second in the conference and 14th nationally.

• Aaron Casey leads the Big Ten with 16.0 tackles-for-loss, just ahead of Boilermakers Kydran Jenkins (14.5) and Nic Scourton (13.0).

• Tom Allen is in his seventh season as head coach of the Hoosiers.

LAST YEAR’S MATCHUP                            

• A big day from Charlie Jones (Cincinnati Bengals) in the receiving game and rushing exploits by Devin Mockobee secured Purdue the Old Oaken Bucket, the Big Ten West divisional title and a place in the conference championship game. The Boilermakers defeated Indiana, 30-16, and advanced to the league championship for the first time in school history.

• Jones hauled in four receptions for 143 yards and a touchdown.

• Mockobee ran for 99 yards on 15 attempts (6.6 per carry) and added 58 through the air on four catches.

• Kydran Jenkins blocked an Indiana 36-yard field goal attempt late in the third quarter.

HONORARY CAPTAIN

• Curtis Painter, one of the most prolific passers in program history as a member of the Cradle of Quarterbacks, will serve as the honorary captain for Saturday’s season finale.

• In his first full season as a starter in 2006, Painter broke the Big Ten season passing yards record at the time with 3,985 yards, two more than previous record-holder Drew Brees. That mark still ranks third in conference history and is the most by a Boilermaker quarterback in a single season.

• Painter remains second all-time in career passing yards (11,163), total offense (11,511) and completions (987), trailing only Drew Brees in each category.

• He threw for a career-high 546 yards to help Purdue win a thrilling 2007 Motor City Bowl, setting a school record that now ranks second in program history.

LAST TIME AT ROSS-ADE                          

•In the 2021 matchup in West Lafayette, Purdue cruised to a 44-7 victory over Indiana in front of a sellout crowd at Ross-Ade Stadium.

• The Boilermakers won with the largest margin of victory in the series since a 62-10 win in 2008.

• Aidan O’Connell (Las Vegas Raiders) threw for 278 yards and four touchdowns, completing 26 of his 31 passes for the best completion percentage (.839) by a Boilermaker in an Old Oaken Bucket Game.

• The Boilermakers limited Indiana to just 205 yards of total offense and recorded 10 tackles-for-loss.

ONE MORE IN THE BOOTH                      

• After 32 years as the radio analyst for Purdue Football, Pete Quinn will call his final game on Saturday.

• A former Boilermaker center (1977-80), Quinn announced prior to the season that he would retire following the 2023 campaign.

• Quinn served as a team captain in 1979 and 1980, helping lead the Boilermakers to at least nine wins in each of his final three seasons on the field, including a program-best 10-win season in 1979.

• Quinn, who began his Purdue Radio career in 1992, has called 19 Purdue victories in the Old Oaken Bucket Game, including the Rose Bowl-clinching victory in 2000.

RUSHING AND REACHING 300               

• The Boilermakers have averaged 328 rushing yards over the past two games, breaking the 300-yard mark in each contest.

• Purdue rushed for 353 yards to rumble past Minnesota, the most by any Big Ten team in a game this season, before adding 303 on the ground in the final road game at Northwestern.

• The Boilermakers rushed for 300-plus yards in back-to-back games for the first time since 1968 (55 years) when Leroy Keyes led Purdue to three straight games with 300 rushing yards.

• Purdue became the only Big Ten team with multiple 300-yard rushing games this year. The last time the Boilermakers produced two 300-yard games occurred during the 2002 campaign.

• The Boilermakers have 11 300-yard rushing games since 1996.

QUARTERBACKS BEWARE                       

• Big Ten quarterbacks definitely need to beware of two Boilermakers on both sides of Ryan Walters’ defense.

• Outside linebackers Kydran Jenkins and Nic Scourton have wreaked havoc throughout the season, sitting atop the Big Ten in sacks. Scourton leads the way with 8.0, ranking 19th nationally, and Jenkins has 7.5 for second in the league and 23rd in the country.

• Jenkins ranks 16th nationally in solo sacks (7).

• The two Boilermakers also have combined for more tackles-for-loss than any duo in the Big Ten. Jenkins ranks second in the conference with 1.32 TFLs per game (14.5), while Scourton is closely behind in third with 1.30 TFLs per game (13.0).

• With Scourton and Jenkins leading the way, Purdue ranks eighth in the country with 3.0 sacks per game. The Boilermakers’ 33 sacks on the season are the most since 2010 and sit fifth on the program’s all-time list for a single season.

DYNAMIC DUO                                            

• Despite sharing the workload, Devin Mockobee and Tyrone Tracy Jr. have been two of the best running backs in the Big Ten this season.

• The pair of Boilermakers are the only teammates in the Big Ten to rush for at least 500 yards in conference play. Mockobee has racked up 583 yards in B1G games, while Tracy is close behind with 576.

• They are the only two players in the Big Ten to average more than five yards per carry in league contests. Tracy leads the way with 6.8 yards per carry, while Mockobee averages 5.6 yards per carry.

• With Mockobee and Tracy over 500 yards on the season, it marks the first time since 2018 that Purdue has had a pair of running backs crack that total in the same year.

• Last week at Northwestern, the duo accounted for 296 yards of total offense. Tracy led the way with 198 yards, behind a career-high 160 on the ground, while Mockobee tallied 98 yards that included a team-high 44 receiving yards.

NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL

NO. 19 NOTRE DAME LOOKS TO FINISH THE REGULAR SEASON WITH A WIN AT STANFORD

No. 19 Notre Dame (8-3, No. 18 CFP) at Stanford (3-8), Saturday, 7 p.m. EST (Pac-12 Network)

Line: Notre Dame by 25 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

Series record: Notre Dame leads 22-14.

Notre Dame tries to avenge last home season’s loss to Stanford and regain the Legends Trophy. The Fighting Irish aren’t in contention for the College Football Playoff but would like to end the regular season with a win. Stanford is still seeking its first victory at home under first-year coach Troy Taylor.

KEY MATCHUP

Notre Dame RB Audric Estime vs. Stanford run defense. Estime ran for 115 yards last week against Wake Forest to become the 13th Irish player to rush for at least 1,000 yards in a season and the 19th to reach 2,000 yards rushing in a career. The Cardinal have allowed 438 yards rushing the past two weeks after giving up only 95 in the two previous games.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Notre Dame: QB Sam Hartman threw four TD passes last week to move into fourth place all-time among FBS quarterbacks with 132. He needs three TD passes this week to move past Graham Harrell into third. Hartman had no TD passes and four INTs in the two previous games.

Stanford: QB Ashton Daniels threw for 188 yards and a TD last week in a loss to California. It was his third straight game with fewer than 200 yards passing after topping 250 yards in his previous three starts. Daniels did lead the team in rushing with 67 yards on 12 carries in the game.

FACTS & FIGURES

Notre Dame has won three of the last four meetings in the series, including the last two at Stanford. … The Irish are one of five FBS teams to rank in the top 14 in points scored and points allowed. … Rico Flores had eight catches for 102 yards last week to become the first Notre Dame WR to top 100 yards receiving in a game this season. … Irish S Xavier Watts leads the nation with seven INTs. … Stanford is 0-6 at home this season and is the only power conference team without a home win. The Cardinal have lost eight straight at home overall. … Stanford has been held to fewer than 20 points in three straight games. … The Cardinal have seven pass plays of at least 40 yards this season, their most in a season since they had eight in 2019. … Stanford RB E.J. Smith had a career-high eight catches last week.

NOTRE DAME MEN’S BASKETBALL

IRISH SOAR PAST HAWKS IN 75-55 VICTORY

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – While most families across the country were doing their final Thanksgiving prep, the Notre Dame men’s basketball team was already feasting on a 75-55 victory over Maryland Eastern Shore on Wednesday night inside Purcell Pavilion. The Fighting Irish (3-2) moved the ball quickly and efficiently, posting a season best 18 assists on 28 made field goals against the Hawks (2-3).

In addition, the Irish hit double-digit three-pointers for the first time this season, connecting on 13-of-27 from deep. In fact, nine different Irish players recorded a made three-pointer tonight.

Guard Braeden Shrewsberry had a breakout game with a season high 13 points. He spearheaded the hot night from three, tallying a 4-for-6 night.

Point guard Markus Burton registered his fifth straight game in double figures with 12 points on 5-for-11 shooting. He also recorded season highs in rebounds (6), assists (5) and steals (3).

Kebba Njie made his Notre Dame debut tonight, returning from a right-hand injury. The sophomore netted seven points and four boards.

HOW IT HAPPENED

Notre Dame produced its best start of the season, connecting on six of its first eight, which included a 3-for-5 mark from three-point range. In fact, the Irish fired off a 13-2 run behind two treys from Roper II, a three from Konieczny, four points from Zona and a putback from Davis.

Thus, the Irish led 15-7 at the 15:03 media. Slight hiccup though offensively when Notre Dame recorded four turnovers over the next four minutes to reach the next media at 11:23 with the same point total, now 15-10.

The ND offense started to click again all thanks to Braeden Shrewsberry. The freshman guard hit four three-pointers over the next five minutes, which included a run of 10 straight points from 7:35-5:51. The end result after Shrewsberry caught fire, a 32-17 ND lead.

Notre Dame then took a 38-22 lead into halftime on 46.4 percent shooting (13-of-28), as they limited Maryland Eastern Shore to 30.0 percent (9-of-30) from the floor. Shrewsberry was the lone Irish player in double figures with 13 points. He was 4-for-6 from three in the opening half.

It was a pretty balanced attack in the second half as the three-pointers continued to fly, with Zona, Booth, Imes and Njie all connecting from deep early on. As a result, the Irish maintained a comfortable lead, up 65-39 at the under-eight media timeout.

Njie got comfortable in the second half where he secured all seven of his points.

Two more moments to note in which the home crowd erupted – with 3:45 remaining, Tony Sanders Jr hit his first three since Duke back on Jan. 31, 2022. Then with 1:20 left in the game, walk-on Thomas Hattan got in on the action and hit one from beyond the arc to bring us to our final score of 75-55.  

UP NEXT

The Irish will have the next two days off to enjoy the holiday before getting back to work to prep for the inaugural ACC/SEC Challenge. Notre Dame will hit the road to clash with South Carolina on Tuesday, Nov. 28, at 7 p.m. ET on the SEC Network.

NOTRE DAME WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

BALL STATE HOSTS NOTRE DAME FOR REGIONAL BATTLE

MUNCIE, Ind. — Notre Dame isn’t staying home this holiday, but the Irish will remain close.

On Friday, No. 17 Notre Dame (4-1) heads a few hours south to Ball State (5-0) for the second meeting in as many seasons. The Irish took last year’s game, 95-60.

But this is a different year, and Cardinals head coach Brady Sallee has his team rolling. The Cardinals are one of just 49 undefeated teams left in Division I women’s basketball, and they’ve been winning by an average of 18.4 points.

Ball State played its closest game of the year on Wednesday, however. The team traveled to IUPUI and eked out a 67-63 come-from-behind victory. They shot 41.3 percent from the floor, their worst performance this season. Ball State attempted 30 shots from behind the arc, including 10 from Ally Becki. She led the Cardinals with 19 points.

Junior Nyla Hampton has been a bright spot for Sallee this year. Hampton transferred to Ball State this offseason after three years at Bowling Green. She was last year’s MAC Defensive Player of the Year, and she already has 19 total steals this season.

Like Ball State, Notre Dame has been on a roll of its own, scoring at least 104 points in three of its last four games. Most recently, the Irish defeated Chicago State by 78 points, which matches the second-largest margin of victory in program history. Three rotational players posted scoring career-highs: Nat Marshall (20), Cassandre Prosper (19) and Emma Risch (16). Prosper also notched a career-high 6 steals, and KK Bransford added 4 more, a career-high of her own.

All in all, the Irish offense has been firing on all cylinders since suffering an opening day loss to now-No. 1 South Carolina. Notre Dame leads the ACC in total offense (95.4) due in large part to Hannah Hidalgo’s league-leading 25 points per contest.

The Irish have been suffocating opponents on the other end of the floor as well, averaging 14.8 steals per game. That mark ranks seventh in the nation and leads the ACC. Since the South Carolina game, Irish opponents are averaging just 53 points per game.

Friday’s game can be streamed on ESPN+ at 5 p.m. Notre Dame is 2-2 all-time against Ball State, and the Irish have never visited Worthen Arena.

NOTRE DAME HOCKEY

IRISH HOST EAGLES FOR BLACK FRIDAY CLASH

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The University of Notre Dame hockey team hosts longtime rival Boston College Friday, November 24, for a Thanksgiving weekend tilt inside Compton Family Ice Arena. The afternoon clash is set to get underway at 4:05 p.m.

New this season, fans can view line charts for home games online at fightingirish.com/HKYLineCharts. Lines will be posted online approximately 90 minutes before puck drop (timing subject to change).

SERIES OVERVIEW

Opponent: Boston College Eagles

Location: South Bend, Ind.| Compton Family Ice Arena

Schedule: 4:05 p.m.

TV: Peacock

Live Stats: FightingIrish.com

Radio: fightingirish.com/radioaffiliates/

Game Notes: Notre Dame | Boston College

QUICK HITS

Notre Dame most recently split a series on the road at then-No. 6/6 Minnesota, taking game one of the series 4-2 before falling on night two, 4-1.

Carter Slaggert scored his first collegiate goal in his most recent outing, lighting the lamp late in the first period Saturday against Minnesota.

In their last home stand, the Irish swept Big Ten foe Ohio State, backed by a series of 4-1 and 3-0 victories over the Buckeyes.

At the last line of defense, Ryan Bischel stopped 60 of 61 shots faced through the two-game series to post a .984 save percentage before being named Big Ten First Star of the Week.

With his shutout Saturday against OSU, Bischel now leads the country with three this season and he now owns 10 career blankings, becoming just the sixth Irish netminder to record double-digits and first since Cale Morris.

Landon Slaggert’s assist on each Irish goal Saturday set a career-best for the senior forward and tied his career-high point total, also set against OSU (January 2022).

The Irish are 7-1-0 this season when Landon highlights the box score.

Two Irish skaters recorded their first goals with the program against Ohio State with Patrick Moynihan and Cole Knuble each finding the back of the net Saturday for their first goals in an Irish sweater.

Moynihan’s game winner came with two seconds to play in the first period before he extended the Irish lead halfway through the second with his second goal of the night.

Knuble found the empty net late in the third period to secure his first Irish goal, having tallied his first point earlier that night on Moynihan’s first period goal.

Notre Dame opened Big Ten Conference play at Penn State at the start of November, earning three points on the weekend between a pair of shootouts inside Pegula Ice Arena.

Maddox Fleming net his first career goal against the Nittany Lions, scoring the equalizer late in the third period night one to force overtime and the eventual shootout.

Trevor Janicke led the team in goals over the two-game series, scoring once each night. Drew Bavaro, Danny Nelson and Michael Mastrodomenico also had two points a piece over the weekend series.

Ryan Bischel stopped 76 of 81 shots faced over the two-game stretch for a .938 save percentage, including a season-best 48 stops in Sunday’s 2-2 tie. Over the course of two shootouts, the graduate netminder stopped five of six attempts by the Nittany Lions.

The Irish closed out their first month of contests with a weekend sweep over Mercyhurst, Oct. 26-27.

Despite trailing to start the third period against the Lakers, the Irish came back to notch the overtime game winner off the stick of Landon Slaggert night one before storming off to a 5-0 win the following night.

Ryan Bischel made 33 saves between the pipes in his ninth career shutout in game two against the Lakers, and second of the 2023-24 season.

With four goals against Mercyhurst, including two each night and the game-winner night one, Landon Slaggert led the nation in goal scoring last weekend and was named Big Ten Third Star of the Week for his performance.

Two Irish rookies recorded first career goals when Paul Fischer and Brennan Ali helped lift the Irish to their 5-0 victory Friday night against the Lakers.

Carter Slaggert also recorded his first career point over the weekend series with Mercyhurst, tallying an assist each night to embark on a two-game point-streak.

The Irish opened their season with a split against Clarkson inside Compton Family Ice Arena.

The first line chart of the season featured nine new faces while all 10 appeared on the ice at some point last weekend.

The new talent made an immediate impact on the Irish team with five 2023-24 additions recording their first points in an Irish sweater over the weekend.

Two Irish rookies net their first collegite goals on the weekend with Jayden Davis and Danny Nelson each finding the back of the net in Sunday night’s win.

Davis’ goal came off his first shot on goal in his NCAA debut. The goal in the second period proved to be the eventual game-winner.

With his first win of the season, Ryan Bischel picked up his eighth career shutout behind the 3-0 victory. He stopped all 22 shots faced in the contest to improve his season save percentage to .957 through two games played.

The Irish return 19 letterwinners from the 2022-23 season this year, including 2023 Big Ten Conference Goaltender of the Year, Ryan Bischel.

Classmate Trevor Janicke also returned for his fifth season with the Irish, serving as alternate captain for the second time in 2023-24.

Of those letterwinners returning, 17 saw game action last season while five appeared in all 37 games played for the Irish a season ago.

The veteran leadership consists of four graduate seniors, including new additions to the team in Patrick Moynihan (forward; Providence) and Ryan Siedem (defenseman; Harvard), and eight seniors

Ten new faces join the team this season, including eight freshmen. The new contributors consist of seven forwards and three defensemen. 

NOTRE DAME vs. BOSTON COLLEGE

With 48 all-time meetings between the Irish and the Eagles, Notre Dame holds the ever so slight edge with a 23-22-3 record against Boston College.

However, both teams hold the advantage on the road, with the Irish having won eight games at home to Boston College’s 10 in Indiana. The teams tied once in Indiana, back in 2004-05 inside the Joyce Center.

In the last meeting between the two teams, the Irish downed the Eagles 5-2 behind a career night from Tyler Carpenter who had two goals and an assist.

Carpenter tied things up in Chestnut Hill last season, 2-2, before recording an assist on the game-winning goal and adding a second goal to his night for a career-best in both goals (two) and points (3).

Michael Mastrodomenico scored his first collegiate point against the Eagles last season, picking up an assist over the Thanksgiving break game for his first with the Irish.

Trevor Janicke, Drew Bavaro and Hunter Strand also registered for the Irish in the win last year, each picking up an assist on the night.

The last time the teams met inside Compton Family Ice Arena, the Irish rolled out to an 8-2 win in January 2022.

Grant Silianoff recorded a record breaking night in his sophomore meeting with the Eagles, registering a career-best three assists on top of the team’s first goal of the night for four points (Jan. 19, 2022). No Irish icer has posted four points since.

Trevor and Landon also recorded multiple points in the contest with the former boasting a goal and an assist while Landon had two assists.

IRISH HEADED HOME

The University of Notre Dame, in conjunction with The Odyssey Trust, announced the Irish would participate in the 2024 rendtion of the Friendship Four men’s college ice hockey tournament.

The annual tournament is set to be played in Belfast, Ireland, next November (2024) with the Irish joining Harvard, Merrimack and Boston University as participants competing for the coveted Belpot Trophy.

The tournament was last played in 2022 with Quinnipiac reigning victorious that fall before winning the national championship at the conclusion of the 2022-23 season.

The tournament first began in 2015 and is designed to promote education, social welfare, and community interation.

Over the course of six previous tournaments, 24 games have been played dating back to the inagural games in 2015.

Northern Ireland remains the only destination outside of the United States to host consequential NCAA Divison I ice hockey games.

NATIONAL RECOGNITION

The 2022-23 Big Ten Goaltender of the Year was one of two unanimous selections for 2023-24 Preseason All-Big Ten Teams. He was selected to the All-Big Ten First Team ahead of the coming season. Bischel was also a Mike Richter Award semifinalist and a Hobey Baker nominee a season ago.

Drew Bavaro made an immediate impact at the blueline last season after joining the Irish and will look to continue that success this season as a senior. He was selected to the All-Big Ten Second Team for the preseason. Landon Slaggert also picked up preseason honors from the Big Ten when he was named an Honorable Mention heading into the season.

Following his performance against Mercyhurst, which included a nation’s best four goals on the weekend, Landon Slaggert was named the Big Ten’s Third Star of the Week October 31.

Two Irish were recognized for their play in the weekend sweep of Ohio State to open conference play at home. Bischel picked up First Star of the Week honors with a .984 save percentage in two games played. The graduate netminder stopped 60 of 61 shots faced and earned his 10th career shutout. With his third blanking of the season, Bischel leads the nation in blankings.

Landon Slaggert also picked up conference honors following the weekend against OSU, being tabbed Third Star of the Week by the Big Ten behind a goal and three assists.

FAMILY TIES

The 2023-24 Notre Dame roster features quite a few family connections to the program and hockey world.

Three sets of brothers are currently on the roster, including Justin and Trevor Janicke, Landon and Carter Slaggert, and Henry and Danny Nelson.

With the addition of the Nelsons this season, the Irish have had 17 sets of brothers lace up their skates together for the Irish.

Carter Slaggert also joins the Irish in 2023-24, becoming the third Slaggert brother to appear in a game for the Irish and joins his older brother Landon, who is a senior. Oldest brother Graham currently plays in the Buffalo Sabres organization and skated two years alongside Landon before graduating.

Senior forward Brady Bjork is the younger brother of former Irish All-American and current Chicago Blackhawk Anders Bjork.

Brady’s father, Kirt, played for the Irish from 1979-83 where he appeared in 141 and tallied 161 career points (76-85). When older brother Anders played for the Irish, they became the fourth set of father-son combinations within Notre Dame hockey.

The Slaggerts are part of the fifth set of father-son combinations to suit up for the Irish, joining their father and associate head coach Andy Slaggert.

Justin and Trevor Janicke are the sons of Curtis Janicke, who played for the Irish from 1989-93, appearing in 125 games while scoring 46 goals and adding 98 assists for 144 points.

Justin, Trevor and Curtis represent the sixth father-son duo to play for the Irish.

Freshman Paul Fischer is the nephew of Mike Gearan, a member of the first varsity hockey team at Notre Dame. Fischer will honor his uncle by wearing his number during his career with the Irish, No. 16.

Freshman forward Cole Knuble is the son of former NHLer Mike Knuble, who spent 16 seasons in the NHL, including stints with Detroit, New York Rangers, Boston, Philadelphia and Washington. Cole was recently drafted by the Flyers’ organization where his father played during his early childhood. He will wear No. 22 with the Irish to honor his father.

Four current Irish skaters have siblings playing at the collegiate level, away from South Bend.

Cole Knuble’s brother, Cam, is a senior at Western Michigan University.

Ryan Siedem’s brother is a freshman at the University of New Hampshire.

Jayden Davis’ brother Matthew is a junior on the Denver Pioneers’ hockey team.

Maddox Fleming’s sister Delaney is a freshman on the Ohio State University women’s hockey team.

CURRENT IRISH AND THE NHL DRAFT

The 2023-24 roster features nine NHL draftees, including Jake Boltmann (CGY ‘20), Justin Janicke (SEA ‘21), Danny Nelson (NYI ‘23), Brennan Ali (DET ‘22), Paul Fischer (STL ‘23), Patrick Moynihan (NJD ‘19), Landon Slaggert (CHI ‘20), Cole Knuble (PHI ‘23) and Trevor Janicke (ANA ‘19).

The 2023 NHL draft saw three Irish rookies selected, the most since 2020, and 15th time in program history that at least three Irish icers were selected in a single draft class.

The trio of skaters selected in 2023, Danny Nelson (2nd Rd., 49 overall), Cole Knuble (4th Rd., 103 overall) and Paul Fischer (5th Rd., 138 overall) join fellow rookie Brennan Ali (DET ‘22) as draftees in the ND freshmen class.

When D. Nelson was selected in the second round of this year’s Draft, Notre Dame extended its streak of players drafted to 21 years (2004-present).

BUTLER WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

BULLDOGS TRAVEL TO CALIFORNIA FOR TIGER TURKEY TIP-OFF

INDIANAPOLIS – The Bulldogs will take their three-game winning streak to the west coast this weekend to participate in the 2023 Tiger Turkey Tip-Off. Pacific will host the action with BU taking on the host school and St. Thomas. Each game will stream on ESPN+.

GameDay vs. Pacific (3-1)

Date: Friday, Nov. 24

Time: 6:30 PM ET

Location: Stockton, Calif.

Live Stats: Sidearm Stats

Watch: ESPN+

GameDay vs. St. Thomas (3-1)

Date: Saturday, Nov. 25

Time: 4:00 PM ET

Location: Stockton, Calif.

Live Stats: Sidearm Stats

Watch: ESPN+

Bulldog Bits

– Riley Makalusky scored a career-high 23 points in 21 minutes in the win over Roosevelt.

– Makalusky became just the seventh player in program history to make seven 3-pointers in a single-game. She was two shy of tying the school record.

– Jordan Meulemans went 4-for-6 from 3-point range Monday helping her score a career-high 16 points.

– Caroline Strande scored 18 points in the win and just missed a double-double by adding eight rebounds.

– Strande has scored in double figures in every game this season and leads the team with her 16.8 scoring average.

– Lilly Stoddard led Butler in rebounding for the first time in her career with a career-high nine boards vs. Roosevelt. She has a block in three-straight games.

– Karsyn Norman came up with a career-high five assists vs. the Lakers.

– Ari Wiggins didn’t have a turnover vs. Roosevelt and supplied BU with nine points, a career-high four steals and three assists.

– Rosemarie Dumont scored a career-high seven points in six minutes on Monday afternoon.

– Chloe Jeffers made her Bulldog debut on Monday and came up with two points and three rebounds.

– Butler shot 58 percent from the field, 54 percent from 3-point range and 92 percent from the free throw line vs. the Lakers.

BIG EAST Standings

Marquette 4-0

Butler 3-1

Creighton 3-1

UConn 3-1

Georgetown 3-1

Villanova 3-1

Seton Hall 3-2

St. John’s 2-2

Providence 2-2

DePaul 3-3

Xavier 0-5

Scouting Pacific                                                                                     

The Tigers defeated Yale to improve to 3-1 on the season. Anaya James paced the offense with a season-high 20 points. The Tigers outscored the Bulldogs 25-13 in the fourth quarter to move to 3-0 at home for the first time since 2019. Head Coach Bradley Davis is in his ninth season Pacific. This year’s team was picked third in the WCC and senior guard Liz Smith was included on the All-WCC Preseason Team. Smith leads the team with her 16.3 scoring average. She rarely leaves the court and is also the team leader in assists.

Scouting St. Thomas                                                                            

The Tommies tied their longest win streak (of their DI era) on Tuesday evening with a 74-60 victory at Saint Mary’s. Jo Langbehn led the offense with a 19-point performance. She only missed one shot (9-10) while adding five rebounds and a steal. The Tommies lost their opener at Drake but got back on track with wins against River Falls and Utah Valley. Head Coach Ruth Sinn returns three starters from last year’s team and were picked to finish eighth in the Summit League Preseason Poll.

All-Time Series                                                                                      

Butler has never played Pacific or St. Thomas before this season.

A Look Back                                                                                                          

Butler won two games last year at the Florida Atlantic Thanksgiving Tournament in Boca Raton. They defeated Sacred Heart 64-39 the day after Thanksgiving and topped Binghamton 78-51 on day two of the tournament.

100-Point Club                                                                                      

Butler scored 100 points in a regular season game on Monday for the first time since Dec. 12, 2010! Every Bulldog scored at least two points in the victory and three players reached a double figure scoring total.

First Time in A Long Time                                                                                  

Butler notched a 30-point win over their opponent on Monday for the first time since Nov. 17, 2019. The ‘Dawgs also shot over 90 percent from the free throw line for the first time since Feb. 16, 2020.

Kid’s Day Game                                                                                     

Butler played Roosevelt in front of 2,626 fans on Monday afternoon as the Bulldogs welcomed over 1,000 kids to Hinkle Fieldhouse for their Kids Day Game. Butler partnered with the NCAA’s Readers Become Leaders Program to bring in students from the surrounding elementary schools. BU nearly set a new single-game attendance record that day, approaching the crowd that came on Jan. 12, 2022 when the UConn Huskies visited Indianapolis (2,772). There have been over 1,000 fans at each Butler home game this year.

3-1 Start                                                                                                                

Butler is off to their best start to a season since 2019-20. That year, BU won their first four games of the year on their way to a 19-11 overall record.

Winning Recipe                                                                                     

The Bulldogs are aiming to win on the road for the first time this season on Friday when they play at Pacific. Keys to the game for BU include having three players score in double figures, keeping the opponent under 70 points, and getting production off the bench.

California Dreamin’                                                                              

The Butler women’s basketball program has not played a game in the state of California since 2012. That year, BU traveled to Moraga, Calif. to make up the tournament field along with host Saint Mary’s and Portland State. They lost each game in 2012 but split a pair of games in the same tournament during 2005, getting a win over Central Florida.

Kent Reaches 1,300 Career Points                                                    

Rachel Kent scored six points vs. Roosevelt to pass 1,300 career points. Her veteran presence in the locker room has been welcomed as the rest of the team combines for just 1,646 points.

Strande Continues to Score                                                                

Caroline Strande has led Butler in scoring in two of their four games this year and has been the top rebounder for BU in three of four contests. She scored a career-high 21 points in the win over Austin Peay and had 18 in her last start vs. Roosevelt. Over 33 games at BU, Strande has scored in double figures 13 times.

Career Milestones                                                                                              

Kendall Wingler is just one 3-pointer shy of 100, three rebounds shy of 200, and seven assists away from 100 in her collegiate career. Sydney Jaynes on the other hand had four assists in her last game to top 100 career assists (102). She and Kent are the only players on the roster with 100+ assists in their careers.

Behind The Arc                                                                                      

The Bulldogs have made at least six 3-point field goals in every game this season. A year ago, BU made six or more triples 22 times in the span of 30 games. The team caught fire seven times in 2022-23, hitting 10 or more 3-pointers in a single game. They did that for the first time this year with 13 made 3-pointers in their last game vs. Roosevelt. The school single-game team 3-point record is 16. It was set at Georgetown on Jan. 11, 2014.

3-Point Threat                                                                                       

The Bulldogs led the BIG EAST Conference and ranked eighth in the NCAA in 3-point field goal percentage during the 2022-23 season by making 37.6 percent of their shots from distance. Butler made 227 3-pointers, the fourth-most in the league. They averaged 7.6 made 3-pointers per game, tying DePaul for the second-best mark in the conference.

Up Next                                                                                                                 

Up Next                                                                                                                 

Butler’s final game during the month of November will be against Bradley on Wednesday, the 29th. The 7 PM tip inside Hinkle Fieldhouse will stream on FloHoops.com.

IUPUI WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

JOHNSON TALLIES 18 IN LOSS TO CARDINALS, 67-63

INDIANAPOLIS – Graduate student Jaela Johnson led the Jaguar offense with 18 points, as the IUPUI women’s basketball team fell in a hard fought battle to in state rival Ball State, 67-63. The Jaguars led for most of the game but couldn’t hold onto the lead in the fourth quarter.

Three Jagaurs scored in double-digits while Ball State’s Marie Kiefer led the way for the Cardinals with a double-double at 15 points and 10 rebounds.

IUPUI outscored the Cardinals in the opening quarter at 15-13 and held onto that lead through three quarter. Katie Davidson was just starting to heat up with 13 points when she drew her fifth foul in the final quarter.

Despite leading for most of the game, IUPUI couldn’t hold on to the lead in the fourth quarter as turnovers proved costly. Ball State recorded their highest mark from behind the arc at .600 percent to take the lead in the fourth quarter.

Johnson led the Jags with 18 points on 7-for-15 shooting with a 4-for-9 mark from three. Tahlia Wlaton followed with 17 points shooting 6-for-12 from the field. Davidson also recorded double-digit points at 13 with a 4-for-5 mark at the free throw line. Walton led in rebounds with six while Faith Stinson, Abby Wolterman and Jaci Jones each collected five. Walton also led in assists with six.

The Jags drop to 1-4 on the season and will travel to Ohio to face the Bobcats on Sunday, November 26 at 1:00 PM.

BALL STATE FOOTBALL

CARDINALS TAKE MOMENTUM INTO REDBIRD RIVALRY BATTLE WITH MIAMI ON SATURDAY

MUNCIE, Ind. – Winners of three of their last four games, the Ball State Cardinals welcome the Miami Redhawks to Scheumann Stadium for the 2023 regular season finale. Riding momentum from a last-second win at Northern Illinois and a blowout win over Kent State, Ball State has sights set on three straight wins and an even mark in the Mid-American Conference. Saturday’s home game is sponsored by the Greg Hubler Automotive Complex.

** After an 0-3 start in the Mid-American Conference, Ball State has an opportunity to finish as high as second place in the MAC’s West Division. Currently knotted in a four-way tie for third place with all three of the MAC’s Michigan schools, each of those four is but one game behind Northern Illinois (4-3) in second place. Unbeaten Toledo (7-0) leads the MAC West.

** The Cardinals seek their fourth MAC win in the final week of their MAC schedule. Since Kiael Kelly was inserted as the starting quarterback for Week 3 of the MAC season vs. Toledo, Ball State is 3-2 while falling to only Toledo and Bowling Green by a combined 10 points.

** Saturday’s game pairs two of the MAC’s stingiest run defenses, with Ball State ranking second in the MAC with 117.5 rushing yards allowed per game and the Redhawks allowing just 118.5 to rank third. Ohio leads the league with a paltry 101.4 rush yards allowed.

** Marquez Cooper ran 25 times for 140 yards against Kent State last week. With 907 yards on the season, he is 93 yards from reaching the 1,000-yard mark for a third straight season.

** The Cardinals’ defensive unit was dominant with five sacks and 10 TFL against Kent State. The Ball State “D” has allowed 16.3 points per game over the past six games.

WHAT A WIN MEANS:

** The Cardinals will rise to 5-7 overall and 4-2 at Scheumann Stadium.

** Ball State will finish with four wins in its last five games to land at .500 (4-4) in the MAC.

** Mike Neu will capture his 39th victory as head coach of his alma mater to move past Ray Louthen (1962-67) and Bill Lynch (1995-02) with the fifth-most career coaching wins at Ball State. Neu was Lynch’s QB during the 1990-92 seasons as QB coach and offensive coordinator.

BY THE NUMBERS:

** 44 & 48: True freshman Jackson Courville connected on a pair of career-long field goals in the win vs. Kent State.

** 45: Vaughn Pemberton’s fourth quarter carry vs. Kent State was the longest run by Ball State this year.

** 93: Rushing yards needed by Marquez Cooper in order to reach his third straight season with 1,000 rush yards.

** 227: Ball State’s average rushing yards over the past five games: 173, 243, 236, 186, 300. NIU leads the MAC in all league games with 211.6.

BALL STATE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

WBB PULLS OUT VICTORY OVER IN-STATE RIVAL IUPUI; EXTENDS WIN STREAK TO FIVE

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – It wasn’t the prettiest of games, but the Cardinals pulled out the 67-63 victory over in-state rival IUPUI Wednesday afternoon at the Jungle. With the win, Ball State improves to 5-0 on the season for the first time since 2017, while IUPUI falls to 1-4.  

Ally Becki led all players with 19 points, while Marie Kiefer ended the day with 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the field. Kiefer recorded her first double-double of the season after pulling down 10 rebounds. 

It was a back-and-forth affair to start the contest as both teams struggled to find their offensive rhythm. Finally, Madelyn Bischoff was able to do what she does best and drain a 3-pointer at the 4:15 mark to give the Cardinals a bit of a boost. After that, despite how hard the Cardinals were playing defensively, the offense just wasn’t there, allowing the Jaguars to take a slim 15-13 edge at the end of the first stanza.

The Jaguars remained in control in the second quarter, leading by as many as five (27-22) with five left on the clock. The Cardinals continued to struggle offensively, but a late scoring spree helped Ball State end the half on a high note. With back-to-back layups from Ally Becky and Annie Rauch, the Cardinals cut the deficit to 31-30 at intermission. 

After the break, it remained a close game. But as the Cardinals continued to have their worst shooting performance of the season, they were looking for something to revive them in the third frame. Estel Puiggros came off the bench and knocked down a 3-pointer with just over three minutes on the clock. Her three was followed by a quick layup from Becki to give BSU a 43-42 lead. But IUPUI would close out the quarter with a 5-4 run to have the upper hand once again (48-47) as both teams headed into the final 10 minutes of action.

The final quarter was just as close as the previous three frames. The tables began to turn for the Cardinals with a layup from Kiefer along with a few key rebounds and some offensive fouls committed by IUPUI. Those plays gave Ball State the opportunity to jump ahead 63-60 at the 2:42 mark. The Cardinals’ defense held the Jaguars without a field goal for over two minutes. A huge 3-pointer from Bischoff with 20 seconds remaining sealed the victory for Ball State.

The Ball State women’s basketball team will be back in action Friday when the Cardinals host No. 14 Notre Dame in Worthen Arena at 5 pm ET. Fans are encouraged to were black for our “Blackout” event over the Irish.

INDIANA STATE MEN’S BASKETBALL

SYCAMORES SURF PAST THE WAVES IN BALL DAWGS CLASSIC

HENDERSON, Nev. – Indiana State moved to 2-0 in the Ball Dawgs Classic after beating Pepperdine University in game two, 90-82.

Isaiah Swope, for the fifth-consecutive time to open the season, finished as the Sycamores’ leading scorer. The junior finished with 21 points and four rebounds on 9-for-15 shooting. Robbie Avila neared a double-double with an 18-point, 8-rebound night, shooting 4-for-5 from the field but converting nine free throws.

Jayson Kent for the fifth-straight game recorded a double-digit effort, scoring 16 points and grabbing three rebounds. Julian Larry (11-2-6), Ryan Conwell (10-2-1), and Xavier Bledson (10-2-3) rounded out the Sycamores’ double-digit scorers.

Swope lit up the scoreboard in the first half, scoring 17 points in the first 20 minutes. Swope scored eight-straight, highlighted by laying in a easy bucket, stealing the ball just past mid-court, and making a contested layup at the other end. The Sycamores led by 15 points at the halftime buzzer.

The second half began with the Sycamores holding the double-digit lead, but the Waves decided to make a splash with just inside 12 minutes to play. After a combination of jumpers from Pepperdine, the Sycamores found their lead cut to four points.

The Trees stood tall and grew the lead back up to 10, but Pepperdine stormed back and with two minutes to play found themselves back at only a four-point deficit. A pair of three pointers by Conwell and Bledson iced the game for the Sycamores to hold for the eight-point victory.

Inside the Numbers

Isaiah Swope is averaging 17.4 points through the first five games of the season.

Robbie Avila through three games is averaging 20.3 PPG, 6.7 RGP, and 5.33 APG.

All eight players who entered the contest scored for the Sycamores.

Wednesday’s contest began with the Sycamores putting the first points on the board and nearly never turning back, holding the lead for more than 38 minutes.

The Sycamores earned win No. 4 in the first five games of the season for the second year in a row under Coach Josh Schertz.

Robbie Avila, Julian Larry, and Jayson Kent all played significant minutes, with 36, 35, and 32, respectively.

Up Next

The Sycamores round out the Ball Dawgs Classic against the University of Toledo on Friday. Tip off is slated for 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT. The game can be viewed through a FloHoops subscription or listening for free on 105.5 The Legend.

INDIANA STATE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

SYCAMORES HEAD TO SAN JUAN, OPEN PUERTO RICO CLASICO AGAINST RADFORD

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State heads south for the Thanksgiving holiday, as the Sycamores take part in the Puerto Rico Clasico.

The Sycamores will face Radford on Thanksgiving Day and will take on Northern Illinois Saturday. Both games are slated for an 11 a.m. ET tip, with pay per view broadcasts available on the tournament website.

Last Time Out

Kiley Bess led Indiana State with 16 points Saturday afternoon, but an early double-digit deficit proved to be the difference in a 72-63 defeat for the Sycamores against Wright State at Hulman Center.

Chelsea Cain added 14 points for the Sycamores, while Mya Glanton and Bella Finnegan were also in double-figures with 11 and 10, respectively. Glanton finished one rebound shy of a double-double, while Ella Sawyer dished out six assists.

Indiana State took an early lead following a pair of free throws from Finnegan, but Wright State hit six 3-pointers in the first half on their way to an 11-point lead at the break. The Sycamores cut the deficit to single-digits on multiple occasions in the third quarter but Wright State had an answer every time. Bess, Cain and Finnegan combined for 18 points in the fourth quarter to get the Trees within five, but Indiana State ultimately ran out of time to complete its comeback attempt.

Island Vibes

Indiana State’s trip to the Puerto Rico Clasico marks the first trip to Puerto Rico in program history and the first games off the US mainland for the Sycamores since the 2017-18 season, when ISU competed in the Cancun Challenge.

Indiana State’s last games on an island came during the 2009-10 season, when the Sycamores competed in the Nassau Sunsplash Shootout. Overall, the Sycamores are 4-2 in games played off the US mainland, winning at least one game in each of their last three tournaments outside the continental US.

Let’s Get Loud

Indiana State’s Education Day contest against Illinois-Springfield drew an announced crowd of 2,311, marking the second straight season that the Sycamores had an Education Day crowd over 2,000.

Last season’s Education Day game against Western Kentucky had an attendance of 2,321. Prior to that game, the last time Indiana State had a crowd of that size for a home game was against Indiana during the 2015-16 season.

Southern Specialty

Thursday’s game against Radford marks just the fifth game in program history against a current Big South opponent for Indiana State.

Indiana State is 4-0 all-time against the current members of the Big South, with wins over High Point, Longwood and USC Upstate (twice). Of those wins, only the Sycamores’ December 2004 win against High Point came when the opponent was actually a member of the Big South at the time.

Efficient Model

Indiana State has shot the ball well through the first two weeks of play this season, as the Sycamores are connecting on nearly 42 percent of their attempts from the field across their first four games.

Most of that efficiency can be tracked to the Sycamores’ starting lineup, with three different Indiana State starters shooting better than 50 percent from the field this season. Mya Glanton leads the team in field goal percentage at 55.0 percent, with Kiley Bess (54.3 percent) and Chelsea Cain (51.3 percent) also making more than half of their shot attempts this season.

Magic Numbers

Indiana State has been tough to beat when scoring 70 or more points under Chad Killinger. The Sycamores have scored 70-plus points 17 times under Killinger and are 14-3 in those games.

Included in that mark is a perfect 8-0 record when scoring 80 or more points. Indiana State has won those seven games by an average of 19 points, which includes the Sycamores’ season-opening win at Northern Kentucky.

Conversely, the Sycamores have also been hard to beat when their opponents fail to put up high point totals. Indiana State is 12-4 over the last two seasons when allowing fewer than 60 points, including a 4-0 mark in games where the Trees allowed less than 50 points. All of Indiana State’s wins when allowing less than 50 points have come by double-digits.

Radford at a Glance

Radford enters the week at 2-3 following consecutive home losses to Norfolk State, ETSU and UNC Greensboro. The Highlanders’ wins have come against Concord and Western Carolina.

All-Big South honoree Ashlyn Traylor-Walker leads the Highlanders with 16.4 points per game, while Taniya Hanner also averages double-digit scoring. Terissa Lavoile-Brice averages a team-high 9.0 rebounds per game, while Traylor-Walker and Ellie Taylor both average more than two assists per game.

Head coach Mike McGuire is in his 11th season at the helm of the Radford program, and has rebuilt Radford into one of the perennial powers of the Big South. The Highlanders have five postseason appearances in his first 10 years, including an appearance in the 2019 NCAA Tournament.

Series History Against Radford

Indiana State and Radford have never previously faced each other prior to Thursday’s game.

Up Next

Indiana State closes play at the Puerto Rico Clasico Saturday at 11 a.m. against Northern Illinois.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE WOMEN’S SOCCER

PURDUE FORT WAYNE WOMEN’S SOCCER ANNOUNCES 2024 SIGNING CLASS

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne women’s soccer program will welcome nine newcomers to the team for 2024: Sam Christle, Audriana Rhyner, Mia Jackson, Madelyn Kopala, Maci Toporcer, Kyra Posey, Hailey Hoskins, Beth Loveless and Grace Cole.

“We are so fortunate to have a group of players with the class that these young women possess joining our program next year,” Mastodon head coach Jason Burr said. “We have spoken to them about the responsibility we expect them to have with the team moving forward and they have embraced that challenge and are excited to meet it head on. They bring a wealth of experience and have achieved amazing things both individually and with their club and high school teams, that we know will have prepared them for their future with us. Their versatility is what we think makes them really unique and we can’t wait to get them on campus to start have them working with all of the talented players we have returning in 2024.”

Christle is a local 5-foot-10 goalkeeper from Leo-Cedarville. She set a school record of 42 career shutouts for Leo. Christle led the Lions to three sectional championships, along with two semi-state titles and two state runner-up finishes. During this run, Christle was awarded 2021 and 2023 All-Conference First Team, All-District First Team and All-State Team. She also earned a spot on the 2020 All-Conference Second Team. She played for Fort Wayne United FC for 10 years, winning two State Cup Championships. The club was also two-time State Cup runners-up and a Midwest Regional semifinalist.

Rhyner is a high-scoring forward from Centerville, Ohio. She scored 23 goals along with 14 assists in her 51 games played for Centerville. During her career, the Elks won three GWOC Championships (2021, 2022, 2023), two district championships (2021 and 2023), and were finalists at the semi-regional twice (2021 and 2023). Rhyner was awarded 2023 GWOC Athlete of the Year and 2021 All-Conference Honorable Mention. She played for Cincinnati United Premier Girls Academy. Rhyner won multiple State Cup Championships, the WAGS Championship, and the SUPERCOPA Invitational.

Jackson is a midfield/forward from Cincinnati, Ohio. She only played two seasons (2020 and 2021) for Ross before playing solely club ball. In her freshman season, she led the team in goals and total points, and led the league in assists during her sophomore season. During her two-year career, Jackson led the Rams to two Conference Championships and was awarded First Team All-Southwest Ohio Conference both seasons. She started club ball at Cincinnati Development Academy from 2019-20 before spending four years with Kings Hammer ECNL (2020-24). Jackson is a four-year Honor Roll student, with a 4.7 weighted GPA, and will have an Associate’s degree before graduating high school.

Kopala is a defender from Libertyville, Illinois. During her time with Libertyville, she led the Wildcats to 2022 and 2023 NSC Conference Championships, regional championships, and sectional championships. In addition to an extended run in 2023, her squad won the Super Sectional Championship and placed third in the IHSA State Soccer Championship. Kopala was awarded Academic All-Conference, as well as being an Honor Roll Student and a member of the National Honor Society. She played club ball at FC1974 Libertyville (2014-22 and 2023-24) and Eclipse Select SC (2022-23). With these clubs she was a 2023 IHSA State Cup Finalist, 2022 USYS National Champion, 2021-22 USYS Midwest Regional Finalist, 2021-22 Division Champion and 2021 IL State Cup Champion. Kopala was also awarded Midwest Conference Best XI Team – Defender.

Toporcer is a midfielder/forward from Canfield, Ohio. During her time at Canfield, she scored a total of 93 goals and 41 assists, 52 of those goals coming in her senior season. Toporcer led the Cardinals to win four Conference Championships (2020-24), two District Championships (2023-24) and District Finalist (2020), and two-time Regional Finalist (2023-24). She was selected for two-time First Team All-Ohio (2022-23), 2022 All-Region Selection, two-time First Team All-District (2022-2023), two-time First Team All-Conference (2022-23), 2021 Second Team All-District, 2021 Second team All-Conference, and 2020 First Team All-County. Toporcer was awarded 2023 D2 District Player of the Year, 2022 AAC Conference Player of the Year, 2022 SVS Player of the Year, 2022 Team MVP and Team Offensive MVP. She also broke the single season goal record for Canfield during her senior season and the single season assist record for Canfield as a junior. She was a four-year High Honor Roll student and held a 4.0 GPA. Toporcer played club ball at TCSC for three years, Mahoning Valley Select for three years, FC Evolution for three years and Century United for one year.

Posey is an attacking midfielder from Fairfield, Ohio. During her time with Fairfield, she scored 23 goals and assisted on 17. In a district quarterfinal match, Posey scored two goals and added an assist to send the Indians to the semifinal match. In the first round of the OHSAA State tournament match, Posey scored the game winning goal. She has been awarded 2023 First Team GMC and 2023 First team All-Southwest Ohio, along with 2021 and 2022 Second Team GMC. Posey was also awarded Student Athlete of the Week and was an Honor Roll Student. She played club ball for Fairfield Optimist Soccer Club (FOSC) for eight years. Posey played in the National Pro League and in various elite showcases throughout the region.

Hoskins is a midfielder from Brownsburg, Indiana. She scored 21 goals and added 18 assists for the Bulldogs. Hoskins led Brownsburg to four sectional championships. During her career, she was awarded Academic All-State twice (2022-23). Hoskins was also awarded 2022 First Team All-State (ICGSA), two-time First Team All-District (2022-23), two-time First Team All-Conference (2022-23), two-time First Team All-County (2022-23), 2022 Second Team All-State (ISCA), 2021 All-County Honors, 2022 Hendricks County Player of the Year, and three-time Indy Star Player of the Week nominee. She was 2022 Brownsburg team Offensive MVP. Hoskins played club ball at Indiana Pro Academy ECNL & ECNLRL.

Loveless is a center midfielder from Kokomo, Indiana. She scored 30 goals and tacked on 47 assists in her career with Northwestern. Loveless helped the Lions to their best-ever record in 2023, finishing 15-3-1. The team finished as the 2023 Hoosier Conference runner-up. Loveless was named Hoosier All-Conference twice and First Team All-District during her 2022 and 2023 seasons. Loveless broke Northwestern’s single-season assist record in 2022 season with 19, and then broke her own record again in the 2023 season with 20. Northwestern picked her as the 2022 and 2023 Top Team Player, along with 2022 Mental Attitude Award. She was Student Council Vice President at Northwestern and was awarded Academic All-State. Loveless played club ball at Kokomo Soccer Club for three years, Indiana Fire Juniors for three years and FC Pride for two years.

Cole is a 33-point scorer for Magnificat High School. The Westlake, Ohio native was a Greater Cleaveland Soccer Coaches Association award winner and honorable mention under head coach Johnny Kimani. She played club soccer for North FC for eight years, where she went to nationals twice and won once. In addition to soccer, Cole is a member of the Art Club, Asian-American Club and basketball team.

The nine-member class will join the Mastodons in the fall of 2024.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE MEN’S BASKETBALL

MASTODONS FALL AT SAN FRANCISCO FOR FIRST LOSS OF SEASON

SAN FRANCISCO – The longest unbeaten streak to start a season in the NCAA Division I era of the Mastodon men’s basketball program history came to an end on Wednesday (Nov. 22) at the hands of the San Francisco Dons 76-60 in non-league action.

The lead went back-and-forth in the first 20 minutes. Five straight points put the ‘Dons up 15-13 with under 10 minutes left in the first half. USF went to the half up 28-22 after scoring the final five points of the half.

USF was ahead 41-32 in the second half, only to see the ‘Dons score six straight and make it a one-possession game once again at 41-38 with 12:47 left. USF pushed it to eight points again, before Maximus Nelson drained a 3-pointer to make it a 50-45 game with 9:08 left. USF took their first double-digit lead of the game at 58-48 with just under seven minutes left. It was part of a stretch that saw San Francisco make eight consecutive baskets to put the game away.

Anthony Roberts led the ‘Dons with 16 points. He also added seven rebounds, three steals and three blocks. Jalen Jackson also hit double-digits with 12.

San Francisco, picked third in the West Coach Conference behind Saint Mary’s and Gonzaga, were led offensively by Ryan Beasley’s 20 points.

USF outrebounded the ‘Dons 47-23, leading to 16 second chance points for USF.

San Francisco improves to 4-2. The Mastodons are now 5-1.

The Mastodons return to action on Saturday (Nov. 25) in a 7 p.m. tip against Wittenberg at the Gates Sports Center.

EVANSVILLE MEN’S BASKETBALL

ACES TRAVEL TO COKE ZERO SUGAR CLASSIC IN CHATTANOOGA

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Looking to continue the best start in six years, the University of Evansville men’s basketball team travels to Chattanooga, Tennessee for the Coke Zero Sugar Classic to face Chattanooga and Southeast Missouri State.  UE faces the Mocs on Friday before facing SEMO on Saturday; both games tip at 1 p.m. central.  The Purple Aces Radio Network will have coverage of both games while ESPN+ will be available for Friday’s opener.

Setting the Scene

– Evansville recorded a 74-50 win over Ball State on Saturday to improve to 4-0 for the first time since the 2017-18 season

– The Purple Aces square off against Chattanooga for the first time in program history as they look to win their fifth in a row

– UTC is also 4-0 with a road win at Louisville highlighting their start

– Both schools are ranked in the Field of 68 Mid-Major Top 25 with UE coming in at 20th and UTC sitting at 21st

Last Time Out

– Up by three points at halftime, the Aces held Ball State scoreless for the first seven minutes of the second half while scoring 17 in a row and cruising to a 74-50 victory

– Evansville led by as many as 29 points in the final minutes

– Kenny Strawbridge Jr. led UE with 13 points and eclipsed the 1,000-point mark in his Division I career

– Joshua Hughes and Ben Humrichous recorded 12 points apiece while Yacine Toumi finished with 8 points and 8 boards

Double Digits

– Ben Humrichous continued his unbelieve start to the season with 12 points against Ball State; he has scored at least 11 in each game and leads the Aces with 14.8 PPG

– He scored 18 in the wins over Miami Ohio and SEMO

– Humrichous’ MVC stat rankings include: blocks (T-6 | 1.75/gm), FG% (8th | 59.5%) and 3-point% (T-10 | 50.0%)

Reaching the Mark

– In the second half of the Nov. 18 win over Ball State, Kenny Strawbridge Jr. reached the 1,000-point mark in his D1 career

– Scoring a season-high 13 points in the victory, Strawbridge pushed his career mark to 1,002 points

– Aside from his scoring, Strawbridge has created major problems for opposing offenses, averaging 3.33 steals per game while setting his career-high with five against Ball State

Turning Some Heads

– Freshman Joshua Hughes is one of the top shot blockers in the MVC and ranks third with 2.25 per contest

– He has posted at least two blocks in all four games while adding at least three boards to average 4.8 per game

– From the field, he is shooting 61.1% and has averaged 7.5 points

– His top efforts of 12 points came against Miami OH and Ball State; in the win over BSU, he hit 5 of his 6 attempts

Looking at the Numbers

– UE has held last three opponents to 57 points or fewer – that happened just twice in the 2022-23 season

– The last three opponents have shot just 31.4%; last two opponents have shot just 37.5% – in 32 games last year, defense held just one opponent under 38%.

 – Evansville has outrebounded D1 opponents by 9.0 per game – UE outrebounded just one opponent by more than 6 in all of 2022-23 (+11 at Indiana State)

Scouting the Opponent

– Chattanooga enters the weekend with a perfec 4-0 record

– The Mocs defeated Louisville in their second game of the season by an 81-71 final before defeating Bellarmine and Tennessee Tech

– Four players average double figures with Honor Huff leading the way with 16.5 points per game

– Just behind him is Sam Alexis with 15.3 points and a team-high 12.0 rebounds per contest

– Jan Zidek (14.5 PPG) and Myles Che (11.8 PPG) round out their top four scorers

– Chattanooga has converted 36 3-point tries on the season, an average of 9.0 per game

VALPO CROSS COUNTRY

VALPO WELCOMES FIVE TO CROSS COUNTRY, TRACK & FIELD PROGRAMS

Director of Track & Field and Cross Country Vincent Walker has announced the signing of five newcomers who will join the programs for the 2024-25 season.

The Beacons will welcome Ally Higbee (Oconomowoc, Wis. / Oconomowoc), Kensington Black (Franklin, Ohio / Franklin Senior), Parker Dietrick (Maple Grove, Minn. / Wayzata), Benjamin Crombie (Lincoln, Ill. / Lincoln) and Tyler Swartz (Warsaw, Ind. / Warsaw Community) to the program next fall. 

Higbee was a three-sport athlete in high school, competing in ski racing in addition to track & field and cross country. She was also a three-time Scholar-Athlete honoree and was named 2022 Academic All-State for cross country.

“I chose Valpo because from my first call with the coach, I felt wanted and inspired as not only a runner, but for who I am as a human,” Higbee said. “On campus, I always felt welcomed and heard. I can’t wait to see what I will do in my next four years as a Beacon.”

Higbee is a four-year honor roll member, an AP Scholar and is active in six honor societies – National Honor Society, Science National Honor Society, Math National Honor Society, Business National Honor Society, Computer Science National Honor Society and English National Honor Society. She participates in several clubs including HOSA (Health Occupation Students of America), Future Business Leaders of America and Math Team. She is also involved in girl scouts and works as a nursing assistant for a youth apprenticeship.

“Ally joining the team is a huge boost for us,” Walker said. “She seamlessly jelled with the team on her visit, showcasing that she’s a natural fit. Her drive and potential are just starting to shine through to what she is capable of. Her passion for both the sport and the team fits our culture perfectly.”

Black broke the Franklin High School women’s cross country 5K record and the 3200m school record. A first team all-league honoree in cross country as a freshman and senior, Black earned All-Ohio Division 1 as a freshman and was the Southwestern Buckeye League cross country champion as a senior. She competed in the cross country Division I Regional Meet as a freshman, sophomore and senior and earned a spot in the state meet as a freshman and senior. She was also named Southwestern Buckeye League Cross Country Athlete of the Year as a senior and earned Academic All-Ohio in cross country following her senior campaign.

“I chose Valparaiso University because of how much I felt at home on campus,” Black said. “I was immediately welcomed by the students, athletes and faculty. I am confident that I will get an amazing education while also getting to compete in cross country and track & field. It’s the best of both worlds, and I am excited to spend the next four years of my life at Valpo.”

Black is ranked fourth of 205 in her graduating class, has earned Principal’s Scholar-Athlete every semester of high school and owns an academic letter and academic “swiss stars” status courtesy of her GPA of 3.5+. A member of Spanish National Honor Society and National Honor Society and the Vice President of NHS, Black was the HOBY (Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership) 10th-grade representative for the Ohio Southwest Leadership Conference and the 10th-grade female representative for the Southwest Buckeye League Leadership Conference.

Outside of cross country and track & field, Black also participated in two years of varsity basketball and two years of varsity swimming. She tied the Franklin High School girls basketball single-game assist record as a freshman and was named Southwestern Buckeye League Honorable Mention for girls basketball following her rookie campaign. Her hobbies include reading, being outdoors, playing Spike Ball and being active.

“I am thrilled to have Kensie joining our program,” Walker said. “Her racing style and dedication to her craft show a maturity that’s rare for someone her age. Her love of the sport and team-first attitude align perfectly with our values here at Valpo. She will look to make an immediate impact for us next fall.”

Dietrick lettered in cross country every year beginning in eighth grade and was a team captain in 2022 and 2023 and an all-conference honoree in 2021 and 2022. During the 2021, 2022 and 2023 campaigns, he was part of a team that earned state, section and conference championships. In track & field, he was part of the 4×800 relay that was second at the state meet and earned academic all-state in 2021 and 2022 in addition to all-state and all-conference in 2022.

“I chose Valpo because on my visit, it felt like home,” Dietrick said. “Seeing the academic facilities, I was amazed and knew this is where I wanted to go for the next four years.”

Dietrick, who also participates in Nordic skiing, enjoys music, being involved with his church, woodworking and working at TC Running in his spare time.

“Having been a key piece to his team winning three Minnesota state titles and qualifying for NXN (Nike Cross Nationals) twice, Parker brings a lot of high-end racing experience to our program,” Walker said. “His competitive nature and knowledge of the sport will bring a unique perspective to our team. We are counting on him to make an immediate impact come next fall.”

Crombie is a three-sport varsity athlete and is an all-conference honoree in all three sports – soccer, cross country and track & field. He has earned all-state honors in track & field and is a team captain on the soccer pitch.

“From the moment I stepped on campus, Valpo felt like home,” Crombie said. “Everything from the beautiful town to the team environment helped me realize it was the perfect fit.”

Crombie also earned academic honor roll status, is a member of his school’s chess club and is the president of the Future Business Leaders of America Club.

“Ben is a highly-driven individual with a lot of big goals,” Walker said. “To see all he has achieved in his high school running career while also playing soccer is impressive. He has truly just started to scratch the surface of what he is capable of, and it will be fun to watch his success continue to grow as he develops in our program. We are excited to have him join the team.”

Swartz is a three-time state participant in cross country and owns a 15:57 cross country PR to go along with a 2:00 PR in the 800. He is a four-year varsity letterwinner.

“I chose to come to Valpo because I loved the business school and cross country team,” Swartz said. “It felt like home.”

Swartz is a member of his school’s honor roll and National Honor Society and boasts a 3.8 grade point average.

“Tyler is a hardworking, talented athlete whose dedication and passion for the sport are infectious,” Walker said. “His ability to navigate tough races with resilience and composure sets him apart from his peers. His positive attitude and team-first focus make him the perfect fit for our program. He brings a lot of experience and tools to our team and will help us continue to build towards our team goals.”

SMALL COLLEGE ATHLETICS

INDIANA WESLEYAN ATHLETICS: https://iwuwildcats.com/

EARLHAM ATHLETICS: https://goearlham.com/

WABASH ATHLETICS: https://sports.wabash.edu/

FRANKLIN ATHLETICS: https://franklingrizzlies.com/

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

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

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

BETHEL ATHLETICS: https://bupilots.com/

DEPAUW ATHLETICS: https://depauwtigers.com/

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

MANCHESTER ATHLETICS: https://muspartans.com/

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

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

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

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

IU EAST ATHLETICS: https://www.iueredwolves.com/

IU SOUTH BEND ATHLETICS: https://iusbtitans.com/

PURDUE NORTHWEST ATHLETICS: https://pnwathletics.com/

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

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

ST. MARY OF THE WOODS ATHLETICS: https://smwcathletics.com/

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

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

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

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

NBA STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
Atlantic Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Boston123.8006-06-37-111-27-31 W
Philadelphia105.6672.06-34-24-18-46-42 L
New York86.5713.53-25-40-26-46-41 L
Toronto78.4675.04-43-40-44-75-51 W
Brooklyn68.4295.53-43-40-35-74-63 L
 
Central Divison
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Milwaukee105.6676-14-42-19-57-31 L
Indiana86.5711.55-43-23-16-66-41 L
Cleveland87.5332.03-45-31-24-46-41 L
Chicago511.3135.54-61-52-24-63-72 L
Detroit213.1338.01-61-71-32-70-1012 L
 
Southeast Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Orlando105.6675-25-30-15-27-35 W
Miami105.6674-16-43-07-49-12 W
Atlanta77.5002.53-54-22-25-65-51 W
Charlotte59.3574.53-62-33-25-74-62 W
Washington212.1437.51-51-71-41-111-97 L
 
Western Conference
Northwest Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Minnesota113.7867-04-32-07-19-13 W
Oklahoma City114.7330.55-36-11-15-48-26 W
Denver105.6671.57-03-52-18-36-41 L
Portland411.2677.52-52-61-22-82-81 W
Utah411.2677.53-41-71-34-82-84 L
 
Pacific Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Phoenix96.6004-45-22-27-57-35 W
Sacramento86.5710.54-14-52-27-66-42 L
LA Lakers97.5630.57-22-53-28-56-41 L
LA Clippers67.4622.04-12-60-15-54-63 W
Golden State79.4382.52-65-32-26-72-81 L
 
Southwest Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Dallas105.6674-26-33-15-36-41 W
Houston76.5382.07-10-52-16-57-31 W
New Orleans87.5332.06-42-32-26-64-62 W
Memphis311.2146.50-63-51-33-83-72 L
San Antonio312.2007.01-82-41-23-80-1010 L

NFL STANDINGS

American Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Miami Dolphins730.7000.03052385-0-02-3-05-2-02-1-01 W
Buffalo Bills650.5451.52941905-2-01-3-03-5-02-2-01 W
New York Jets460.4003.01502042-3-02-3-02-5-01-2-03 L
New England Patriots280.2005.01412381-5-01-3-02-4-02-2-03 L
 
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Kansas City Chiefs730.7000.02251644-2-03-1-05-1-02-1-01 L
Denver Broncos550.5002.02172683-3-02-2-02-4-01-2-04 W
Las Vegas Raiders560.4552.51852254-1-01-5-03-4-01-1-01 L
Los Angeles Chargers460.4003.02592382-3-02-3-02-3-01-1-02 L
 
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Baltimore Ravens830.7270.03041774-2-04-1-05-3-03-2-01 W
Cleveland Browns730.7000.52271805-1-02-2-05-2-03-2-03 W
Pittsburgh Steelers640.6001.51661954-2-02-2-04-3-02-1-01 L
Cincinnati Bengals550.5002.52022263-2-02-3-01-5-00-3-02 L
 
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Jacksonville Jaguars730.7000.02302043-3-04-0-05-2-03-1-01 W
Houston Texans640.6001.02382084-1-02-3-03-2-01-1-03 W
Indianapolis Colts550.5002.02422481-4-04-1-04-3-02-2-02 W
Tennessee Titans370.3004.01682143-1-00-6-02-5-00-2-03 L
 
National Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Philadelphia Eagles910.9000.02732124-0-05-1-06-0-03-0-04 W
Dallas Cowboys730.7002.03021754-0-03-3-04-3-02-1-02 W
Washington Commanders470.3645.52363051-4-03-3-02-6-00-4-02 L
New York Giants380.2736.51492851-3-02-5-03-4-02-2-01 W
 
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
San Francisco 49ers730.7000.02791574-1-03-2-05-1-02-0-02 W
Seattle Seahawks640.6001.02162184-1-02-3-05-2-01-2-01 L
Los Angeles Rams460.4003.01952202-3-02-3-03-4-03-1-01 W
Arizona Cardinals290.1825.51922842-3-00-6-02-5-00-3-01 L
 
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Detroit Lions820.8000.02722294-1-04-1-05-1-02-0-03 W
Minnesota Vikings650.5452.52532302-3-04-2-06-2-02-0-01 L
Green Bay Packers460.4004.02022023-2-01-4-03-3-01-2-01 W
Chicago Bears380.2735.52302862-3-01-5-02-5-00-3-01 L
 
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
New Orleans Saints550.5000.02141982-2-03-3-02-3-01-1-01 L
Atlanta Falcons460.4001.01892173-2-01-4-03-4-02-0-03 L
Tampa Bay Buccaneers460.4001.01922002-3-02-3-03-4-01-1-01 L
Carolina Panthers190.1004.01632751-4-00-5-00-7-00-2-03 L

NHL STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
Atlantic Division
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Boston Bruins181413311363387-0-17-1-27-1-2
Florida Panthers191261251258527-2-05-4-17-3-0
Tampa Bay Lightning2096523970726-2-33-4-25-3-2
Toronto Maple Leafs17105222862595-4-05-1-25-3-2
Detroit Red Wings1896321965576-3-23-3-14-4-2
Buffalo Sabres1989218854614-5-04-4-24-4-2
Montreal Canadiens1989218756695-6-03-3-23-7-0
Ottawa Senators1587016757496-5-02-2-05-5-0
 
Metropolitan Division
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
New York Rangers171331271256405-1-08-2-18-1-1
Washington Capitals16104222843437-3-13-1-18-1-1
Carolina Hurricanes181170221062576-1-05-6-07-3-0
Philadelphia Flyers191081211062555-4-05-4-16-4-0
New York Islanders1876519647584-3-33-3-23-4-3
Pittsburgh Penguins1899018958474-6-05-3-06-4-0
New Jersey Devils1788117859663-4-15-4-04-6-0
Columbus Blue Jackets20511414558734-6-11-5-31-7-2
 
Western Conference
Central Division
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Dallas Stars181242261162505-3-17-1-16-3-1
Colorado Avalanche181260241170556-2-06-4-06-4-0
Winnipeg Jets181152241166566-3-15-2-17-2-1
St. Louis Blues18107121953526-2-04-5-17-3-0
Arizona Coyotes1989218663634-4-04-5-24-5-1
Nashville Predators18810016856596-4-02-6-04-6-0
Minnesota Wild1758414454703-3-22-5-22-5-3
Chicago Blackhawks17512010543631-5-04-7-03-7-0
 
Pacific Division
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Vegas Golden Knights201442301169488-1-16-3-15-4-1
Vancouver Canucks201361271380517-1-16-5-06-4-0
Los Angeles Kings171133251167453-3-38-0-07-1-2
Seattle Kraken2188521761734-5-14-3-44-3-3
Anaheim Ducks19910018954604-7-05-3-04-6-0
Calgary Flames1979317754673-3-14-6-25-3-2
Edmonton Oilers18512111553723-4-12-8-03-7-0
San Jose Sharks1931517328833-6-10-9-03-7-0

FOOTBALL HISTORY

1st Game for ND

November 23, 1887 – The Notre Dame football program plays its very first game. It was a respectable showing for the first timers as they lost to Michigan 8-0. It was a start for one of the most storied sports teams in history!

November 23, 1895 – Tuscaloosa, Alabama – Alabama and Auburn met for the fourth time in what became the Iron Bowl game per the onthisday website. This edition was all Tigers as they blanked their rivals 48-0 in this early college football contest.

Baugh Scores 6

November 23, 1947 – Griffith Stadium, Washington D.C.  –  Slingin Sammy Baugh of the Washington Redskins takes advantage of the Chicago Cardinals secondary as he tosses 6 touchdown passes. Washington won the game 45-21.

Cancellation as Nation Mourns

November 23, 1963 – The Notre Dame versus Iowa game was cancelled due to the untimely death of President John F. Kennedy.

’65 Heisman goes to…

November 23, 1965 – New York City – The 31st Heisman Trophy Award was handed out and for this season the selection committee chose Mike Garrett the running back from the USC Trojans as the nation’s top college football award winner.

Grey Cup 1975

November 23, 1975 – McMahon Field, Calgary – The CFL Champions game was played for the possession of the coveted Grey Cup. It was appropriate that the Edmonton Eskimos were in the games as the weather conditions at kick off were -15 degrees Celsius with 25 mile per hour winds per the cfl.ca web page. Interesting note that despite the cold, a woman was seen streaking without a stitch of clothing across the field during the coin toss. That makes me shiver just thinking about it! Those poor conditions helped prevent either team from scoring touchdowns, which was the third time in Cup history that no TDs had occurred. It was Edmonton Eskimos who came out on top as they defeated the Montreal Alouettes, 9-8. One of the other interesting tidbits from this Grey Cup game was that it was the first time since 1945 that all the points were scored by Canadians and the first time the big game was played in Calgary.

Grey Cup ’80

November 23, 1980 – CNE Stadium, Toronto -The 1980 version of the CFL’s Grey Cup was played. What happened was that the Edmonton Eskimos claimed their 3rd straight title as they punished the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, 48-10 per the onthisday.com site.

Bounty Game

November 23, 1989 – Texas Stadium, Irving, Texas – Per the onthisday.com site, after the Thanksgiving Day contest between the Dallas Cowboys and the visiting Philadelphia Eagles, Coach Jimmy Johnson accused the Eagles head man, Buddy Ryan, of issuing “bounties” on Cowboy players. I am not sure if he did or not but the Philadelphia Eagles rolled their longtime foes on national television by the score of 27-0.

Detmer sets records

November 23, 1991 – Brigham Young University quarterback Ty Detmer unleashed the Cougars offensive firepower as he led his team to a 48-17 blowout victory over the Utah Utes per the cougarstats.com internet page. Detmer’s 378 yards passing and 5 TDs helped the signal caller complete a fantastic college career. Detmer finished his NCAA career with 15,031 yards for his career and a record 4,031 yards passed in the season.

Iron Bowl 61

November 23, 1996 – Legion Field, Birmingham, Alabama – The  61st edition of the Iron Bowl was a thriller! The Crimson Tide would score a fourth quarter go ahead touchdown to hang on as Alabama beat Auburn 24-23 according to onthisday.com. Long time Tide Coach Gene Stallings announced after the game that he would be stepping down at the conclusion of the season.

Iron Bowl 67

November 23, 2002 – Tuscaloosa, Alambama – In this 67th segment of the Iron Bowl it was a freshman reserve running back, Tre Smith who stepped off the bench for the Tigers and put up 126 yards on the ground to help the Auburn Tigers cause against number 9 in the nation, Alabama. ESPN.com reports that the Tigers also used two scoring strikes from Jason Campbell to Robert Johnson to help Auburn upset Alabama 17-7.

Big Crowd for Cup

November 23, 2008 – Olympic Stadium, Montreal – The second-highest fan attended a Grey Cup game in the history of the CFL took place as 66,308 put their butts in the stands. According to the greycup.com website, it was the Calgary Stampeders that reigned as Champs as they beat the Montreal Alouettes 22-14 in the game.  Calgary QB Henry Burris was named the game’s Grey Cup’s Most Valuable Player as he threw for 328 yards and one touchdown led the game’s rushing with 79 yards. Stampeders kicker Sandro DeAngelis the Grey Cup’s Most Valuable Canadian award as he kicked five field goals.

Hall of Fame Birthdays for November 23

Ken Kavanaugh

November 23, 1916 – Little Rock, Arkansas – Ken Kavanaugh the end from LSU arrived in the world. Louisiana State University used the single-wing offense during the 1930’s and that normally means low stats for a receiver. That was not the case for the talented Kavanaugh as he and Tigers passer  Leo Bird connected often in the passing game.  The NFF states that Kavanaugh snared 30 Bird throws in nine games, netting 467 yards to lead the nation’s receivers in 1939 and earn the Most Valuable Player award in the Southeastern Conference. The National Football Foundation inducted Ken Kavanaugh into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1963. After college Kavanaugh joined the Chicago Bears. His pro career in the Windy City was briefly interrupted as he served in the U.S. war efforts  as a bomber pilot and flew 30 missions over Germany. Ken was a true war hero and for his bravery he was issued the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with four Oak Clusters. After the war, he rejoined the Bears to continue a brilliant career. In 1951, he became an assistant coach with the New Football York Giants

Dick Kazmaier

November 23, 1930 – Maumee, Ohio – Princeton University’s prize halfback, Dick Kazmaier was born. Dick played for Princeton from 1949 through the 1951 season and per footballfoundation.org he started at left halfback for Princeton’s single-wing attack. Kazmaier was honored with All-America accolades in 1950 and 1951. Dick led all players in the nation in total offense in 1951 with his gaudy 827 yards, 22 TDs  and incredible .626 passing percentage. After the incredible 1951 season the United Press named him Player of the Year and Kazmaier also won the Heisman and Maxwell Trophies. Dick Kazmaier was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1966. After graduation the prolific player turned down playing in the pros and continued his education getting a Masters Degree from Harvard. Dick did many things after college and one was that he served as National Football Foundation’s director and its president 1974- 86. DIck was awarded with the NCAA Silver Anniversary Award and the National Football Foundation honored him with the Distinguished American Award.

Alex Kroll

November 23, 1937 – Leechburg, Pennsylvania  – Alex Kroll, the center that played for both Yale and Rutgers, celebrated his birth.  According to the National Football Foundation Kroll had a sensational 1961 season as he was named as an All-America center by the Associated Press, United Press International, Newspaper Enterprise Association, American Football Coaches Association and the Football Writers Association. The Rutgers team that captained that year went a perfect 9-0 on the season. Alex had first played college football at Yale in 1956 but due to serving his country for a few years his collegiate football career was on hold for a few years until he attended Rutgers.  Despite attending more than one school the teams that Alex Kroll played on had a combined record of 25-2. The National Football Foundation inducted Alex Kroll into their College Football Hall of Fame in 1997. After he completed his education Kroll played one professional season with the New York Titans.

NUMBERS IN SPORTS

33 – 25 – 30 – 20 – 1 – 22 – 99 – 14

November 23, 1947 – Washington Redskins quarterback Number 33, Sammy Baugh passed for 6 touchdowns vs. Chicago Cardinals (45-21)

November 23, 1960 – LA Dodgers outfielder Number 25, Frank Howard was voted NL Rookie of Year

November 23, 1962 – LA Dodgers shortstop Maury Wills, Number 30 was named National League MVP

November 23, 1965 – The 31st Heisman Trophy Award went to USC running back, Number 20, Mike Garrett

November 23, 1966 – Chicago outfielder, Number 1, Tommie Agee was voted AL Rookie of Year

November 23, 1984 – Boston College QB Number 22, Doug Flutie passed for 472 yards, including game ending 48 yard TD (Hail Mary Pass) to end game & beat Miami 47-45

November 23, 1988 – Edmonton Oiler’s Number 99, Wayne Gretzky scored his 600th NHL goal

November 23, 1991 – Brigham Young University quarterback Number 14, Ty Detmer finishes NCAA career with record 4,031 yards passed in a season, and 15,031 yards for career

TV THURSDAY

NFL REGULAR SEASONTIME ETTV
GREEN BAY AT DETROIT12:30PMFOX
WASHINGTON AT DALLAS4:30PMCBS
SAN FRANCISCO AT SEATTLE8:20PMNBC
PEACOCK
COLLEGE FOOTBALLTIME ETTV
OLE MISS AT MISSISSIPPI STATE7:30PMESPN
MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALLTIME ETTV
PENN STATE VS. TEXAS A&M12:00PMESPN
BATTLE 4 ATLANTIS12:00PMESPN2
CBE HALL OF FAME CLASSIC1:30PMCBSSN
BATTLE 4 ATLANTIS2:30PMESPN
FLORIDA ATLANTIC VS. BUTLER2:30PMESPN2
IOWA VS. OKLAHOMA3:00PMFS1
ARIZONA VS. MICHIGAN STATE4:00PMFOX
CBE HALL OF FAME CLASSIC4:00PMCBSSN
BATTLE 4 ATLANTIS5:00PMESPN
IOWA STATE VS. VCU5:30PMESPN2
SETON HALL VS. USC5:30PMFS1
BATTLE 4 ATLANTIS7:30PMESPNU
BOISE STATE VS. VIRGINIA TECH8:00PMESPN2
NC STATE VS. VANDERBILT10:00PMESPN2
BYU VS. ARIZONA STATE11:59PMESPN2
SOCCERTIME ETTV
BRASILEIRÃO: FORTALEZA VS BOTAFOGO5:00PMPARAMOUNT+
BRASILEIRÃO: FLAMENGO VS RB BRAGANTINO7:30PMPARAMOUNT+
GOLFTIME ETTV
DP WORLD: JOBURG OPEN5:00AMGOLF
DP WORLD: AUSTRALIAN PGA CHAMPIONSHIP9:30AMGOLF
TENNISTIME ETTV
DAVIS CUP FINALS QUARTERFINALS4:00AMTENNIS
DAVIS CUP FINALS QUARTERFINALS12:00PMTENNIS
WOMEN’ COLLEGE BASKETBALLTIME ETTV
MARYLAND VS WASHINGTON STATE11:00AMFLOHOOPS
ELON VS GEORGIA STATE12:00PMESPN+
CINCINNATI VS COLORADO1:00PMESPN+
TCU VS UTEP1:00PM
WEST VIRGINIA VS GEORGE WASHINGTON1:30PMFLOHOOPS
OKLAHOMA VS PRINCETON3:00PM
NC STATE VS KENTUCKY3:15PMESPN+
NEBRASKA VS LAMAR3:30PM
CREIGHTON VS GEORGIA TECH4:00PM
UCF VS JACKSON STATE4:00PMFLOHOOPS
CAMPBELL VS MORGAN STATE5:00PM
INDIANA VS TENNESSEE6:00PMFOX
ST. JOHN’S VS VCU6:30PM
TEXAS VS ARIZONA STATE8:00PMESPN+

TV FRIDAY

NBA REGULAR SEASONTIME ETTV
PHILADELPHIA AT OKLAHOMA CITY5:00PMNBCS-PHI
BALLY SPORTS
MIAMI AT BROOKLYN6:00PMYES
BALLY SPORTS
ATLANTA AT WASHINGTON7:00PMNBCS-WSH
BALLY SPORTS
LA LAKERS AT CLEVELAND7:30PMSPECTRUM
BALLY SPORTS
NEW ORLEANS AT UTAH9:30PMBALLY SPORTS
KJZZ
DALLAS AT LA CLIPPERS10:30PMNBATV
BALLY SPORTS
NHL REGULAR SEASONTIME ETTV
BOSTON AT NY RANGERS1:00PMNHLN
NESN
MSG
MONTREAL AT LOS ANGELES4:00PMBALLY SPORTS
SPORTSNET
TORONTO AT PITTSBURGH7:00PMNHLN
ATTSN-PIT
SPORTSNET
BUFFALO AT NEW JERSEY7:00PMMSF-BUF
MSGSN
PHILADELPHIA AT NY ISLANDERS7:30PMNBCS-PHI
MSGSN
CALGARY AT COLORADO10:00PMALT
SPORTSNET
ARIZONA AT VEGAS10:00PMSCRIPPS
VANCOUVER AT SAN JOSE10:00PMNBCS-CA
SPORTSNET
COLLEGE FOOTBALLTIME ETTV
UCONN AT UMASS12:00PMESPN+
OHIO STATE AT MICHIGAN12:00PMFOX
MIDDLE TENNESSEE AT SAM HOUSTON12:00PMESPN+
HOUSTON AT UCF12:00PMFS1
INDIANA AT PURDUE12:00PMBTN
KENTUCKY AT LOUISVILLE12:00PMABC
MIAMI (OHIO) AT BALL STATE12:00PMCBSSN
NAVY AT SMU12:00PMESPN2
NIU AT KENT STATE12:00PMESPN+
PITT AT DUKE12:00PMACCN
TEXAS A&M AT LSU12:00PMESPN
TROY AT SOUTHERN MISS12:00PMESPNU
FLORIDA ATLANTIC AT RICE1:00PMESPN+
GEORGIA STATE AT OLD DOMINION2:00PMESPN+
TULSA AT EAST CAROLINA2:00PMESPN+
UAB AT NORTH TEXAS2:00PMESPN+
WAKE FOREST AT SYRACUSE2:00PMCW
SAN JOSE STATE AT UNLV3:00PMMWN
WKU AT FIU3:00PMESPN+
COLORADO AT UTAH3:00PMPAC12N
ULM AT LOUISIANA3:00PMESPN+
LIBERTY AT UTEP3:30PMCBSSN
ALABAMA AT AUBURN3:30PMCBS
ARIZONA AT ARIZONA STATE3:30PMESPN
ARKANSAS STATE AT MARSHALL3:30PMESPN+
BYU AT OKLAHOMA STATE3:30PMABC
GEORGIA SOUTHERN AT APPALACHIAN STATE3:30PMESPNU
JAMES MADISON AT COASTAL CAROLINA3:30PMESPN2
MARYLAND AT RUTGERS3:30PMBTN
NORTHWESTERN AT ILLINOIS3:30PMBTN
VANDERBILT AT TENNESSEE3:30PMSECN
VIRGINIA TECH AT VIRGINIA3:30PMACCN
WISCONSIN AT MINNESOTA3:30PMFS1
JACKSONVILLE STATE AT NEW MEXICO STATE4:00PMESPN+
WASHINGTON STATE AT WASHINGTON4:00PMFOX
SOUTH ALABAMA AT TEXAS STATE7:00PMNFLN
FLORIDA STATE AT FLORIDA7:00PMESPN
NOTRE DAME AT STANFORD7:00PMP12N
WEST VIRGINIA AT BAYLOR7:00PMFS1
CHARLOTTE AT USF7:30PMESPNU
CLEMSON AT SOUTH CAROLINA7:30PMSECN
GEORGIA AT GEORGIA TECH7:30PMABC
KANSAS AT CINCINNATI7:30PMESPN2
IOWA STATE AT KANSAS STATE8:00PMFOX
NORTH CAROLINA AT NC STATE8:00PMACCN
WYOMING AT NEVADA9:00PMCBSSN
CALIFORNIA AT UCLA10:30PMESPN
FRESNO STATE AT SAN DIEGO STATE10:30PMFS1
COLORADO STATE AT HAWAII11:00PMSPECTRUM
MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALLTIME ETTV
EMERALD COAST CLASSIC6:00AMFLOSPORTS
BAHA MAR NASSAU CHAMPIONSHIP11:00AMFLOSPORTS
EMERALD COAST CLASSIC11:00AMFLOSPORTS
JACKSON STATE AT GEORGETOWN12:00 PMFS2
LOYOLA MARYLAND AT MISSOURI12:00 PMSEC NETWORK PLUS
NJIT AT WAGNER1:00 PMNEC FRONT ROW
MAINE AT COLUMBIA1:00 PMESPN+
CLARKS SUMMIT AT VMI1:00 PMESPN+
MARYLAND EASTERN SHORE AT LIBERTY1:00 PMESPN+
LIMESTONE AT GARDNER-WEBB1:00 PMESPN+
BAHA MAR NASSAU CHAMPIONSHIP1:30 PMFLOSPORTS
EMERALD COAST CLASSIC1:30 PMFLOSPORTS
MIAMI (OH) AT ST. BONAVENTURE2:00 PMESPN+
NORTHEASTERN AT PRINCETON2:00 PMESPN+
DETROIT MERCY AT SIUE2:00 PMESPN+
ARMY WEST POINT AT BINGHAMTON2:00 PMESPN+
EVANSVILLE VS. SOUTHEAST MISSOURI2:00 PMESPN+
EAST CAROLINA AT GEORGE MASON2:00 PMESPN+
MONMOUTH VS. LAFAYETTE2:00 PMESPN+
CLEARY AT IUPUI2:00 PMESPN+
UMBC AT WILLIAM & MARY2:00 PMFLOSPORTS
SOUTHERN MISS AT MILWAUKEE2:30 PMESPN+
TULSA AT LITTLE ROCK3:00 PMESPN+
EUREKA AT EASTERN ILLINOIS3:00 PMESPN+
LAMAR AT LONGWOOD3:00 PMESPN+
NORTH CAROLINA A&T AT SAMFORD3:00 PMESPN+
TEXAS STATE AT UTA3:00 PMESPN+
ST. THOMAS AT GREEN BAY3:00 PMESPN+
DILLARD AT LOUISIANA TECH3:00 PMESPN+
UT MARTIN AT CHICAGO STATE3:00 PMYOUTUBE
NIAGARA AT SAINT FRANCIS U4:00 PMNEC FRONT ROW
UIW AT UTSA4:00 PMESPN+
VOORHEES AT USC UPSTATE4:00 PMESPN+
HOWARD AT MOUNT ST. MARY’S4:00 PMESPN+
BUCKNELL AT MARIST4:00 PMESPN+
SOUTHERN AT VALPARAISO4:00 PMESPN+
LIU AT NORTHERN KENTUCKY4:00 PMESPN+
JACKSONVILLE VS. FAIRLEIGH DICKINSON4:00 PMESPN+
BELMONT AT PENN4:30 PMESPN+
UNCW AT FGCU4:30 PMESPN+
BAHA MAR NASSAU CHAMPIONSHIP4:30 PMFLOSPORTS
DELAWARE STATE VS. BETHUNE-COOKMAN5:00 PMESPN+
EASTERN MICHIGAN AT CENTRAL ARKANSAS5:45 PMESPN+
QUEENS AT RICHMOND6:00 PMMASN/2
FURMAN AT UAB6:00 PMESPN+
HOLY CROSS AT ST. JOHN’S7:00 PMFS2
SOUTH ALABAMA AT MARYLAND7:00 PMBTN
EMERALD COAST CLASSIC7:00 PMCBSSN
SAN DIEGO STATE VS. CALIFORNIA7:00 PMMWN
BAHA MAR NASSAU CHAMPIONSHIP7:00 PMFLOSPORTS
TEXAS SOUTHERN AT DRAKE7:00 PMESPN+
NORFOLK STATE AT WICHITA STATE7:00 PMESPN+
WITTENBERG AT PURDUE FORT WAYNE7:00 PMESPN+
ALABAMA A&M AT CLEVELAND STATE7:00 PMESPN+
UTEP AT LOYOLA MARYMOUNT7:00 PMESPN+
GEORGIA STATE AT CHARLOTTE7:00 PMESPN+
PAUL QUINN AT SAM HOUSTON7:30 PMESPN+
DARTMOUTH AT SAINT LOUIS8:00 PMBALLY SPORTS MIDWEST
NORTH DAKOTA STATE AT GRAND CANYON8:00 PMKUTP
WILLAMETTE AT PORTLAND8:00 PMESPN+
VERMONT AT BRADLEY8:00 PMESPN+
VANGUARD AT CALIFORNIA BAPTIST8:00 PMESPN+
PALM SPRINGS INVITATIONAL8:00 PM
NORTHERN ILLINOIS AT DEPAUL9:00 PMFS2
PALM SPRINGS INVITATIONAL10:30 PM
COLLEGE HOCKEYTIME ETTV
DARTMOUTH VS UCONN3:00PMESPN+
STONE HILL VS UNION4:00PMESPN+
UMASS VS HARVARD4:00PMESPN+
UMASS LOWELL VS ARMY7:00PMESPN+
BENTLEY VS MERRIMACK7:00PMESPN+
NIAGARA VS COLGATE7:00PMESPN+
CORNELL VS BOSTON UNIVERSITY8:00PMESPN+
SOCCERTIME ETTV
EPL: MANCHESTER CITY VS LIVERPOOL7:30AMPEACOCK
LA LIGA: RAYO VALLECANO VS BARCELONA8:00AMESPN+
SERIE A: SALERNITANA VS LAZIO9:00AMPARAMOUNT+
BUNDESLIGA: WERDER BREMEN VS BAYER LEVERKUSEN9:30AMESPN+
BUNDESLIGA: WOLFSBURG VS RB LEIPZIG9:30AMESPN+
BUNDESLIGA: FREIBURG VS DARMSTADT 989:30AMESPN+
BUNDESLIGA: BORUSSIA DORTMUND VS BORUSSIA M’GLADBACH9:30AMESPN+
BUNDESLIGA: UNION BERLIN VS AUGSBURG9:30AMESPN+
EPL: NOTTINGHAM FOREST VS BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION10:00AMUSA
EPL: SHEFFIELD UNITED VS AFC BOURNEMOUTH10:00AMPEACOCK
EPL: NEWCASTLE UNITED VS CHELSEA10:00AMPEACOCK
EPL: BURNLEY VS WEST HAM UNITED10:00AMPEACOCK
EPL: LUTON TOWN VS CRYSTAL PALACE10:00AMPEACOCK
LA LIGA: VALENCIA VS CELTA DE VIGO10:15AMESPN+
LIGUE 1: CLERMONT VS LENS11:00AMBEIN SPORTS
SERIE A: ATALANTA VS NAPOLI12:00PMPARAMOUNT+
EPL: BRENTFORD VS ARSENAL12:30PMUSA
BUNDESLIGA: EINTRACHT FRANKFURT VS STUTTGART12:30PMESPN+
LA LIGA: GETAFE VS ALMERÍA12:30PMESPN+
SERIE A: MILAN VS FIORENTINA2:45PMPARAMOUNT+
LA LIGA: ATLÉTICO MADRID VS MALLORCA3:00PMESPN+
LIGUE 1: STRASBOURG VS OLYMPIQUE MARSEILLE3:00PMBEIN SPORTS
PRIMERA DIVISIÓN: BANFIELD VS GIMNASIA LA PLATA4:00PMPARAMOUNT+
PRIMERA DIVISIÓN: PLATENSE VS SARMIENTO4:00PMPARAMOUNT+
PRIMERA DIVISIÓN: UNIÓN SANTA FE VS TIGRE4:00PMPARAMOUNT+
MLS: ORLANDO CITY SC VS COLUMBUS CREW5:30PMMLS PASS
BRASILEIRÃO: ATHLETICO-PR VS VASCO DA GAMA5:30PMPARAMOUNT+
BRASILEIRÃO: FLUMINENSE VS CORITIBA7:00PMPARAMOUNT+
MLS: CINCINNATI VS PHILADELPHIA UNION8:00PMMLS PASS
TENNISTIME ETTV
DAVIS CUP FINALS SEMIFINALS6:00AMTENNIS
WOMEN’ COLLEGE BASKETBALLTIME ETTV
INDIANA VS PRINCETON11:00AM
MARYLAND VS UMASS11:00AMFLOHOOPS
VIRGINIA TECH VS TULANE11:00AMFLOSPORTS
WICHITA STATE VS DAYTON11:00AMFLOHOOPS
WEST VIRGINIA VS SOUTHERN ILLINOIS11:00AMFLOHOOPS
SAMFORD VS SOUTHERN MISS12:00 PMESPN+
CENTRAL MICHIGAN VS MILWAUKEE12:00 PMESPN+
LOUISVILLE VS LIBERTY12:00 PM
LOUISIANA TECH VS MAINE12:30 PMESPN+
TCU VS NEBRASKA1:00 PM
UMASS LOWELL VS FORDHAM1:00 PMESPN+
CAL STATE BAKERSFIELD VS TBD1:00 PMNEC FRONT ROW
VALPARAISO VS UAB1:00 PMESPN+
NC STATE VS COLORADO1:00 PMESPN+
NEBRASKA VS TCU1:00 PM
QUINNIPIAC VS NAVY1:00 PMESPN+
PITTSBURGH VS AKRON1:15 PM
OKLAHOMA VS TENNESSEE1:30 PM
IOWA STATE VS SYRACUSE2:00 PMFLOHOOPS
N.C. WESLEYAN VS CHARLESTON2:00 PMFLOSPORTS
SOUTH DAKOTA VS SOUTH CAROLINA STATE2:00 PMMIDCO SPORTS
NJIT VS HOFSTRA2:00 PMFLOSPORTS
ARKANSAS BAPTIST VS NORTHWESTERN STATE2:00 PMESPN+
ST. BONAVENTURE VS LOYOLA (MD)2:00 PMESPN+
FLORIDA ATLANTIC VS KENNESAW STATE2:00 PMESPN+
SYRACUSE VS IOWA STATE2:00 PMFLOHOOPS
MADONNA VS OAKLAND2:00 PMESPN+
UNIVERSITY OF MOBILE VS SE LOUISIANA2:00 PMESPN+
MERCER VS CHARLESTON SOUTHERN2:00 PMESPN+
MOREHEAD STATE VS PRESBYTERIAN2:00 PMESPN+
ILLINOIS STATE VS SAINT MARY’S3:00 PMESPN+
RICE VS STEPHEN F. AUSTIN3:00 PMESPN+
RICHMOND VS DRAKE3:00 PMESPN+
SOUTH ALABAMA VS DENVER3:00 PMSUMMIT
UTAH VALLEY VS IDAHO3:00 PMESPN+
HAMPTON VS LIU3:00 PMNEC FRONT ROW
CINCINNATI VS KENTUCKY3:15 PMESPN+
UC IRVINE VS PACIFIC3:30 PMESPN+
TOWSON VS ABILENE CHRISTIAN3:30 PM
NORTH CAROLINA A&T VS UT ARLINGTON4:00 PM
NORTHEASTERN VS COLUMBIA4:00 PMESPN+
CAMPBELLSVILLE HARRODSBURG VS EASTERN KENTUCKY4:00 PMESPN+
UM KANSAS CITY VS CLEVELAND STATE4:00 PMESPN+
HAMPTON VS LIU4:00 PMNEC FRONT ROW
LITTLE ROCK VS MISSISSIPPI4:00 PMSECN+
LOYOLA MARYMOUNT VS BYU4:00 PMESPN+
DETROIT MERCY VS GEORGIA SOUTHERN4:30 PMESPN+
NICHOLLS VS GRAND CANYON4:30 PMESPN+
UTSA VS SAM HOUSTON5:00 PMESPN+
VIRGINIA VS LSU5:00 PMFLOHOOPS
SEATTLE U VS PORTLAND STATE5:00 PMESPN+
SMU VS HARVARD5:30 PMESPN+
UCF VS SACRED HEART6:30 PMFLOHOOPS
CLEMSON VS TULSA7:00 PM
TEXAS TECH VS SANTA CLARA7:00 PMFLOHOOPS
KANSAS VS UCONN7:30 PMFLOSPORTS
IDAHO STATE VS HAWAI’I7:30 PMESPN+
TEXAS VS SOUTH FLORIDA8:00 PMESPN+
ST. JOHN’S VS JACKSON STATE9:00 PM
RUTGERS VS BOISE STATE9:30 PM