INDIANA BOYS BASKETBALL SCORES MONDAY

Jimtown 50 Bremen 42
Leo 75 Fort Wayne South 70 OT
Trinity Greenlawn 43 Community Baptist 24

TUESDAY’S SCHEDULE

ALL TIMES EASTERN
Andrean at Hammond Central 8:00 pm
Attica at Seeger 7:30 pm
Bellmont at Fort Wayne Dwenger 7:30 pm
Bethesda Christian at Covenant Christian 7:30 pm
Boone Grove at Demotte Christian 8:00 pm
Boonville at Tell City 8:00 pm
Bowman Academy at South Bend Riley 8:00 pm
Brownsburg at Center Grove 7:30 pm
Caston at Winamac 7:30 pm
Central Noble at Lakewood Park 7:30 pm
Christel House at Seton Catholic 7:30 pm
Clarksville at Austin 7:30 pm
Clinton Prairie at Traders Point Christian 7:30 pm
Columbus Christian at Indiana Deaf 6:00 pm
Community Christian (Ky.) at South Dearborn 7:30 pm
Concord at John Glenn 7:30 pm
Corydon Central at South Central (Elizabeth) 7:30 pm
Crown Point at Hammond Morton 8:00 pm
Daleville at Alexandria 7:30 pm
Decatur Central at Beech Grove 7:30 pm
DeKalb at Heritage 7:30 pm
Delphi at North Newton 7:30 pm
Dugger Union at Eminence 7:30 pm
East Noble at Angola 7:30 pm
Eastbrook at Southwood 7:30 pm
Eastern Hancock at Liberty Christian 7:30 pm
Elkhart at Mishawaka Marian 7:30 pm
Evansville Central at Evansville Mater Dei 8:00 pm
Evansville Christian at Forest Park 6:00 pm
Evansville Day at Washington Catholic 6:30 pm
Evansville North at Evansville Memorial 8:00 pm
Fairfield at Northridge 7:45 pm
Fort Wayne Canterbury at Lakeland Christian 7:00 pm
Fort Wayne Luers at New Haven 7:30 pm
Fort Wayne North at Fort Wayne Northrop 7:45 pm
Fountain Central at Sheridan 7:30 pm
Gary 21st Century at Culver Academy 8:00 pm
Goshen at West Noble 7:30 pm
Greensburg at North Decatur 7:30 pm
Greenwood at Indian Creek 7:30 pm
Greenwood Christian at Trinity Lutheran 7:30 pm
Guerin Catholic at University 7:30 pm
Hamilton Heights at Rushville 7:30 pm
Hamilton Southeastern at Lawrence North 7:30 pm
Hanover Central at Munster 8:00 pm
Heritage Christian at Park Tudor 7:30 pm
Hobart at Whiting 8:00 pm
Indianapolis Attucks at Carmel 7:30 pm
Indianapolis Cathedral at Zionsville 7:30 pm
Indianapolis Chatard at Indianapolis Tech 7:30 pm
Indianapolis Roncalli at Lafayette Central Catholic 7:00 pm
Jimtown at Argos 7:30 pm
KIPP Indy Legacy at MTI Knowledge 7:00 pm
Knox at LaVille 7:30 pm
Lafayette Jeff at Illiana Christian 7:30 pm
Lanesville at Crothersville 7:30 pm
Lapel at New Castle 7:30 pm
Lawrence Central at Ben Davis 7:30 pm
Leo at Fort Wayne Blackhawk 7:30 pm
Lighthouse Christian at Henryville 7:30 pm
Lighthouse CPA at Portage Christian 8:00 pm
Madison-Grant at Muncie Burris 7:30 pm
Marquette Catholic at Victory Christian 7:30 pm
Michigan City at LaPorte 7:00 pm
Mississinewa at Noblesville 7:30 pm
Monroe Central at Union City 7:30 pm
New Albany at Brownstown Central 7:30 pm
North Central (Indianapolis) at Fishers 7:30 pm
North Montgomery at North Putnam 7:30 pm
North Posey at Loogootee 8:00 pm
Northeastern at Connersville 7:30 pm
Northview at Martinsville 7:30 pm
Northwestern at Oak Hill 7:30 pm
Oregon-Davis at Rochester 8:00 pm
Paoli at North Harrison 7:30 pm
Parke Heritage at Linton-Stockton 7:30 pm
Penn at Mishawaka 7:30 pm
Perry Central at Cannelton 8:30 pm
Phalen Academy at Victory College Prep 6:00 pm
Pike Central at South Knox 7:30 pm
Portage at Hebron 8:00 pm
Princeton at Heritage Hills 8:00 pm
Providence at New Washington 7:30 pm
Purdue Poly Englewood at Bloomington South 7:30 pm
Rensselaer Central at Lowell 8:00 pm
River Forest at Kouts 8:00 pm
Riverton Parke at North Central (Farmersburg) 7:30 pm
Scottsburg at Jennings County 7:30 pm
Seymour at Shelbyville 7:30 pm
Shakamak at West Vigo 7:30 pm
Shawe Memorial at Milan 7:30 pm
Shoals at Mitchell 7:30 pm
Smith Academy at Elwood 6:30 pm
South Bend Adams at Elkhart Christian 7:30 pm
South Bend Career at South Bend Washington 7:30 pm
South Bend St. Joseph at Plymouth 7:30 pm
South Decatur at Oldenburg Academy 7:30 pm
South Vermillion at Sullivan 7:30 pm
Southern Wells at Wes-Del 7:30 pm
Southmont at Cascade 7:30 pm
Southwestern (Hanover) at Charlestown 7:30 pm
Southwestern (Shelbyville) at Central Christian 6:00 pm
Switzerland County at Gallatin County (Ky.) 7:30 pm
Tri at Hagerstown 7:30 pm
Triton at Bremen 7:30 pm
Tri-West at Brebeuf Jesuit 7:30 pm
Twin Lakes at Lewis Cass 7:30 pm
Union (Modoc) at Cowan 6:00 pm
Union County at Randolph Southern 7:30 pm
Vincennes Lincoln at White River Valley 7:30 pm
Waldron at Hauser 7:30 pm
Warren Central at Pike 7:30 pm
Warsaw at Tippecanoe Valley 7:45 pm
Washington Twp. at Wheeler 8:00 pm
West Washington at Rock Creek Academy 7:30 pm
Western at Carroll (Flora) 7:30 pm
Westview at Fremont 7:30 pm
Westville at South Central (Union Mills) 7:30 pm
Whitko at Manchester 7:45 pm
Winchester at Jay County 7:30 pm
Wood Memorial at North Knox 8:00 pm
Woodlan at Prairie Heights 7:30 pm

INDIANA GIRLS BASKETBALL SEMI-STATE PAIRINGS

NORTH

CLASS 4A AT LAPORTE

10 AM CT | G1: HOMESTEAD (23-4) VS. LAKE CENTRAL (24-4)

12 PM CT | G2: NOBLESVILLE (17-8) VS. VALPARAISO (19-7)

7:30 PM CT | CHAMPIONSHIP: G1 WINNER VS. G2 WINNER

CLASS 3A AT HUNTINGTON NORTH

10 AM ET | G1: HAMILTON HEIGHTS (24-2) VS. NORWELL (21-4)

12 PM ET | G2: BREMEN (15-11) VS. NORTHWOOD (20-6)

8 PM ET | CHAMPIONSHIP: G1 WINNER VS. G2 WINNER

CLASS 2A AT LOGANSPORT

10 AM ET | G1: FORT WAYNE BISHOP LUERS (17-6) VS. LAPEL (23-4)

12 PM ET | G2: ANDREAN (13-14) VS. LEWIS CASS (22-3)

8 PM ET | CHAMPIONSHIP: G1 WINNER VS. G2 WINNER

CLASS 1A AT FRANKFORT

10 AM ET | G1: UNION CITY (14-12) VS. CLINTON CENTRAL (24-1)

12 PM ET | G2: CASTON (22-3) VS. MARQUETTE CATHOLIC (22-4)

7:30 PM ET | CHAMPIONSHIP: G1 WINNER VS. G2 WINNER

SOUTH

CLASS 4A AT SOUTHPORT

10 AM ET | G1: LAWRENCE CENTRAL (27-1) VS. PLAINFIELD (18-7)

12 PM ET | G2: CENTER GROVE (26-1) VS. FRANKLIN COMMUNITY (24-3)

8 PM ET | CHAMPIONSHIP: G1 WINNER VS. G2 WINNER

CLASS 3A AT JASPER

10 AM ET | G1: INDIANAPOLIS BISHOP CHATARD (19-8) VS. DANVILLE (23-3)

12 PM ET | G2: SCOTTSBURG (22-4) VS. GIBSON SOUTHERN (23-4)

8 PM ET | CHAMPIONSHIP: G1 WINNER VS. G2 WINNER

CLASS 2A AT SHELBYVILLE

10 AM ET | G1: BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL (18-9) VS. LINTON-STOCKTON (20-6)

12 PM ET | G2: EASTERN HANCOCK (24-1) VS. SHERIDAN (20-5)

8 PM ET | CHAMPIONSHIP: G1 WINNER VS. G2 WINNER

CLASS 1A AT NEW ALBANY

10 AM ET | G1: JAC-CEN-DEL (21-5) VS. LANESVILLE (26-1)

12 PM ET | G2: NORTH CENTRAL (FARMERSBURG) (18-10) VS. WOOD MEMORIAL (16-10)

8 PM ET | CHAMPIONSHIP: G1 WINNER VS. G2 WINNER

INDIANA WRESTLING STATE FINALS INFORMATION

(IHSAA RELEASE)

Site: Ford Center, 1 SE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Evansville, IN  Website 

>> Evansville Welcome Website 
>> Know Before You Go 
>> Parking & Directions 
>> Bag & Security Policies 
>> Explore Evansville News Release (2/1/24) 
>> Evansville Announcement (3/31/23) 

Admission: $15 per session; $30 all sessions. Reserved seating only (no general admission). Tickets for general public go on sale Wednesday, Feb. 14 at 11 am ET / 10 CT. Tickets will be digital only through your mobile phone and may be purchased via Ticketmaster.com (service fees apply). Show your ticket purchase verification on your mobile phone at the admission gate.

Streaming: All matches on Friday and Saturday, including Saturday night’s championship round, may be viewed via live stream for a subscription fee of $15 via IHSAAtv.org and the IHSAAtv suite of apps (iPhone, Android phone, Roku, Amazon Firestick, AppleTV, and Android TV).  If you have a FloPro+ plan, you may also view the livestream at FloWrestling.com through the consolation rounds. 

Photography: Double Edge Media is the Official Photography Service of the IHSAA and posts state championship images for purchase. Website 

Sports Medicine: Athletic trainers from Forté Sports Medicine, the Official Sports Medicine Provider to the IHSAA, will be on hand to assist student-athletes as needed. Website 

Apparel: Contact Team IP, our official online provider of state tournament apparel. Website 

Brackets are available via FloWrestling.com 

106 POUND BRACKET: https://www.trackwrestling.com/predefinedtournaments/MainFrame.jsp?newSession=false&TIM=1707696186139&pageName=%2Fpredefinedtournaments%2FBracketViewer.jsp&twSessionId=rmyknrvbgo

113 POUND BRACKET: https://www.trackwrestling.com/predefinedtournaments/MainFrame.jsp?newSession=false&TIM=1707696186139&pageName=%2Fpredefinedtournaments%2FBracketViewer.jsp&twSessionId=rmyknrvbgo

120 POUND BRACKET: https://www.trackwrestling.com/predefinedtournaments/MainFrame.jsp?newSession=false&TIM=1707696186139&pageName=%2Fpredefinedtournaments%2FBracketViewer.jsp&twSessionId=rmyknrvbgo

126 POUND BRACKET: https://www.trackwrestling.com/predefinedtournaments/MainFrame.jsp?newSession=false&TIM=1707696186139&pageName=%2Fpredefinedtournaments%2FBracketViewer.jsp&twSessionId=rmyknrvbgo

132 POUND BRACKET: https://www.trackwrestling.com/predefinedtournaments/MainFrame.jsp?newSession=false&TIM=1707696186139&pageName=%2Fpredefinedtournaments%2FBracketViewer.jsp&twSessionId=rmyknrvbgo

138 POUND BRACKET: https://www.trackwrestling.com/predefinedtournaments/MainFrame.jsp?newSession=false&TIM=1707696186139&pageName=%2Fpredefinedtournaments%2FBracketViewer.jsp&twSessionId=rmyknrvbgo

144 POUND BRACKET: https://www.trackwrestling.com/predefinedtournaments/MainFrame.jsp?newSession=false&TIM=1707696186139&pageName=%2Fpredefinedtournaments%2FBracketViewer.jsp&twSessionId=rmyknrvbgo

150 POUND BRACKET: https://www.trackwrestling.com/predefinedtournaments/MainFrame.jsp?newSession=false&TIM=1707696186139&pageName=%2Fpredefinedtournaments%2FBracketViewer.jsp&twSessionId=rmyknrvbgo

157 POUND BRACKET: https://www.trackwrestling.com/predefinedtournaments/MainFrame.jsp?newSession=false&TIM=1707696186139&pageName=%2Fpredefinedtournaments%2FBracketViewer.jsp&twSessionId=rmyknrvbgo

165 POUND BRACKET: https://www.trackwrestling.com/predefinedtournaments/MainFrame.jsp?newSession=false&TIM=1707696186139&pageName=%2Fpredefinedtournaments%2FBracketViewer.jsp&twSessionId=rmyknrvbgo

175 POUND BRACKET: https://www.trackwrestling.com/predefinedtournaments/MainFrame.jsp?newSession=false&TIM=1707696186139&pageName=%2Fpredefinedtournaments%2FBracketViewer.jsp&twSessionId=rmyknrvbgo

190 POUND BRACKET: https://www.trackwrestling.com/predefinedtournaments/MainFrame.jsp?newSession=false&TIM=1707696186139&pageName=%2Fpredefinedtournaments%2FBracketViewer.jsp&twSessionId=rmyknrvbgo

215 POUND BRACKET: https://www.trackwrestling.com/predefinedtournaments/MainFrame.jsp?newSession=false&TIM=1707696186139&pageName=%2Fpredefinedtournaments%2FBracketViewer.jsp&twSessionId=rmyknrvbgo

285 POUND BRACKET: https://www.trackwrestling.com/predefinedtournaments/MainFrame.jsp?newSession=false&TIM=1707696186139&pageName=%2Fpredefinedtournaments%2FBracketViewer.jsp&twSessionId=rmyknrvbgo

Approved Broadcasts | Watch on IHSAAtv.org | FloWrestling Subscribers 

SCHEDULE

Friday, Feb. 16, 2024
Session 1
12:30 pm CT – Gates open
1:30 pm CT – Parade of Champions
2 pm CT – First Round Weight Classes 152 – 285 
5:30 pm CT – First Round Weight Classes 106 – 144

Saturday, Feb. 17, 2024
Session 2
8 am CT – Gates open
9 am CT – Quarterfinals begin with Semifinals to follow
Fieldhouse cleared of all spectators following Semifinals
1 pm – 6 pm CT – Fan Festival outside of Ford Center
Session 3 
3:30 pm CT – Gates open
4:30 pm CT – Consolation matches 
7:30 pm CT – State Championship matches

INDIANA BOYS SWIMMING SECTIONAL SCHEDULE

(IHSAA RELEASE)

Dates
Thursday, Feb. 15, 2024 (Swimming Preliminaries).
Saturday, Feb. 17, 2024 (Diving, Consolations & Finals in Swimming events).

Admission: All tickets will be digital through your mobile phone and may be purchased through Eventlink (additional fees may apply). No cash. Present your purchase verification on your mobile phone at the gate for admission. $7 per session; $12 both sessions. Children age 5 or younger admitted free.

Advancement
Swimming
1. First place sectional winners in each event qualify for the state finals plus
2. Any contestant who equals or betters the state time standard in their respective event in the consolation finals or championship finals of the sectional qualifies for the state finals. The state standard may not be achieved by a swimmer who is competing as the first leg of a relay.
3. The next fastest number of contestants in the state that would bring the total number of state meet entrants to thirty-two (32) in each event. In the event that a tie exists for the 32nd position, the tie shall stand and both swimmers shall advance to the state championships.

Diving
1. First through fourth place sectional winners will qualify for the diving regional.
2. First through eighth place regional winners will qualify for the state finals.

1. Lake Central (16) | Thurs, 5 pm CT Prelims | Sat, 9 am, 1 pm CT Finals | Scores | Buy Tickets 
Crown Point, East Chicago Central, Gary West Side, Griffith, Hammond Bishop Noll, Hammond Central, Hammond Morton, Highland, Illiana Christian, Lake Central, Lowell, Munster, North Newton, Rensselaer Central, South Newton, West Central.

2. Valparaiso (14) | Thurs, 6 pm CT Prelims | Sat, 9 am, 1 pm CT Finals | Scores | Buy Tickets 
Boone Grove, Calumet, Chesterton, Hobart, Kankakee Valley, Knox, Kouts, LaPorte, Merrillville, Michigan City, North Judson-San Pierre, Portage, Valparaiso, Wheeler

3. Penn (10) | Thurs, 5:30 pm ET Prelims | Sat, 9 am, 1 pm ET Finals | Scores | Buy Tickets 
Bremen, Mishawaka, Mishawaka Marian, New Prairie, Penn, South Bend Adams, South Bend Riley, South Bend Saint Joseph, South Bend Washington, Trinty School at Greenlawn

4. Warsaw (12) | Thurs, 5:30 pm ET Prelims | Sat, 9 am, 1 pm ET Finals | Scores | Buy Tickets 
Cass, Columbia City, Culver Academies, Logansport, Manchester, Northfield, Pioneer, Plymouth, Rochester Community, Tippecanoe Valley, Wabash, Warsaw Community

5. Elkhart (11) | Thurs, 6 pm ET Prelims | Sat, 9 am, 1 pm ET Finals | Scores | Buy Tickets 
Angola, Concord, DeKalb, East Noble, Eastside, Elkhart, Goshen, Jimtown, Northridge, NorthWood, Wawasee

6. Fort Wayne South Side (12) | Thurs, 6 pm ET Prelims | Sat, 9 am, 12:30 pm ET Finals | Scores | Buy Tickets 
Carroll (Fort Wayne), Fort Wayne Blackhawk Christian, Fort Wayne Bishop Luers, Fort Wayne Canterbury, Fort Wayne Concordia Lutheran, Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger, Fort Wayne Northrop, Fort Wayne North Side, Fort Wayne Snider, Fort Wayne South Side, Fort Wayne Wayne, Homestead
7. Jay County (11) | Thurs, 5:30 pm ET Prelims | Sat, 9 am, 1 pm ET Finals | Scores | Buy Tickets 
Adams Central, Bellmont, Blackford, Bluffton, Delta, Huntington North, Jay County, Muncie Burris, Muncie Central, Norwell, South Adams

8. Fishers (12) | Thurs, 5:30 pm ET Prelims | Sat, 9 am, 1 pm ET Finals | Scores | Buy Tickets 
Anderson, Elwood Community, Fishers, Frankton, Hamilton Heights, Hamilton Southeastern, Lapel, Mississinewa, Marion, Oak Hill, Pendleton Heights, Yorktown

9. Carmel (10) | Thurs, 6 pm ET Prelims | Sat, 9 am, 1 pm ET Finals | Scores | Buy Tickets  
Carmel, Eastern (Greentown), Guerin Catholic, Kokomo, Maconaquah, Noblesville, Northwestern, Tipton, Western, Westfield

10. Crawfordsville (12) | Thurs, 5:30 pm ET Prelims | Sat, 9:30 am, 1 pm ET Finals | Scores | Buy Tickets 
Attica, Benton Central, Crawfordsville, Delphi Community, Fountain Central, North Montgomery, North Vermillion, Seeger, South Vermillion, Southmont, Twin Lakes, Western Boone

11. Plainfield (10) | Thurs, 6 pm ET Prelims | Sat, 9 am, 1 pm ET Finals | Scores | Buy Tickets 
Avon, Cascade, Danville Community, Greencastle, North Putnam, Plainfield, South Putnam, Terre Haute North Vigo, Terre Haute South Vigo, West Vigo

12. Lafayette Jefferson (10) | Thurs, 5:30 pm ET Prelims | Sat, 9 am, 1 pm ET Finals | Scores | Buy Tickets 
Carroll (Flora), Clinton Central, Frankfort, Harrison (West Lafayette), Lafayette Central Catholic, Lafayette Jefferson, Lebanon, McCutcheon, West Lafayette, Zionsville

13. Decatur Central (13) | Thurs, 5:30 pm ET Prelims | Sat, 9 am, 1 pm ET Finals | Scores | Buy Tickets 
Ben Davis, Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory, Brownsburg, Decatur Central, Herron, Indianapolis Arsenal Technical, Indianapolis Cardinal Ritter, Indianapolis Shortridge, International School of Indiana, Park Tudor, Pike, Speedway, Tri-West Hendricks

14. Lawrence North (13) | Thurs, 6 pm ET Prelims | Sat, 9 am, 1 pm ET Finals | Scores | Buy Tickets 
Beech Grove, Franklin Central, Heritage Christian, Indianapolis Bishop Chatard, Indianapolis Cathedral, Indianapolis Scecina Memorial, Lawrence Central, Lawrence North, North Central (Indianapolis), Purdue Polytechnic – Downtown, University, Roncalli, Warren Central

15. New Palestine (11) | Thurs, 6 pm ET Prelims | Sat, 9 am, 1 pm ET Finals | Scores | Buy Tickets 
Centerville, Connersville, Eastern Hancock, Greenfield-Central, Hagerstown, Mt. Vernon (Fortville), New Castle, New Palestine, Richmond, Seton Catholic, Shelbyville

16. Franklin Community (9) | Thurs, 5:30 pm ET Prelims | Sat, 9 am, 1 pm ET Finals | Scores | Buy Tickets 
Center Grove, Franklin Community, Greenwood Community, Indian Creek, Martinsville, Mooresville, Perry Meridian, Southport, Whiteland Community

17. Columbus North (14) | Thurs, 5:30 pm ET Prelims | Sat, 9 am, 1 pm ET Finals | Scores | Buy Tickets 
Batesville, Bloomington North, Bloomington South, Columbus East, Columbus North, East Central, Edgewood, Greensburg, Lawrenceburg, Milan, Oldenburg Academy, Rising Sun, South Dearborn, South Ripley

18. Floyd Central (15) | Thurs, 6 pm ET Prelims | Sat, 8:15 am, 11 am ET Finals | Scores | Buy Tickets 
Charlestown, Floyd Central, Henryville, Jeffersonville, Jennings County, Madison Consolidated, New Albany, Providence, Salem, Scottsburg, Seymour, Shawe Memorial, Silver Creek, Southwestern (Hanover), Switzerland County

19. Jasper (15) | Thurs, 6:30 pm ET Prelims | Sat, 10 am, 2 pm ET Finals | Scores | Buy Tickets 
Bedford North Lawrence, Bloomfield, Corydon Central, Forest Park, Heritage Hills, Jasper, Lanesville, Northeast Dubois, North Harrison, Pike Central, South Spencer, Southridge, Tecumseh, Tell City, Vincennes Lincoln

20. Evansville North (13) | Thurs, 5 pm CT Prelims | Sat, 9 am, 1 pm CT Finals | Scores | Buy Tickets 
Boonville, Castle, Evansville Bosse, Evansville Central, Evansville Christian, Evansville Harrison, Evansville Mater Dei, Evansville Reitz Memorial, Evansville North, Evansville F.J. Reitz, Gibson Southern, Mt. Vernon, North Posey

MEN’S TOP 25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCORES

#9 DUKE 77 WAKE FOREST 69

#23 TEXAS TECH 79 #4 KANSAS 60

AP MEN’S BASKETBALL POLL

RANKTEAMRECORDPREVIOUS RANK
1UCONN22-21
2PURDUE22-22
3HOUSTON21-35
4MARQUETTE18-57
5ARIZONA19-58
6KANSAS19-54
7NORTH CAROLINA19-53
8TENNESSEE17-66
9DUKE18-59
10IOWA STATE18-514
11SOUTH CAROLINA21-315
12BAYLOR17-613
13AUBURN19-512
14ILLINOIS17-610
15ALABAMA17-716
16DAYTON19-418
17CREIGHTON17-719
18SAINT MARY’S20-6
19BYU17-621
20WISCONSIN16-811
21VIRGINIA19-5
22KENTUCKY16-717
23INDIANA STATE22-3
24FLORIDA ATLANTIC19-520
25OKLAHOMA18-6

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL TOP 25 SCORES

#10 USC 81 ARIZONA 64

AP WOMEN’S BASKETBALL POLL

  1. SOUTH CAROLINA
    2. OHIO STATE
    3. STANFORD
    4. IOWA
    5. TEXAS
    6. NC STATE
    7. KANSAS STATE
    8. COLORADO
    9. UCLA
    10. USC
    11. OREGON STATE
    12. VIRGINIA TECH
    13. LSU
    14. INDIANA
    15. UCONN
    16. NOTRE DAME
    17. GONZAGA
    18. LOUISVILLE
    19. SYRACUSE
    20. CREIGHTON
    21. BAYLOR
    22. UTAH
    23. OKLAHOMA
    24. WEST VIRGINIA
    25. PRINCETON

NBA SCOREBOARD

CHARLOTTE 111 INDIANA 102

PHILADELPHIA 123 CLEVELAND 121

CHICAGO 136 ATLANTA 126

SAN ANTONIO 122 TORONTO 99

MILWAUKEE 112 DENVER 95

NEW ORLEANS 96 MEMPHIS 87

HOUSTON 105 NEW YORK 103

DALLAS 112 WASHINGTON 104

GOLDEN STATE 129 UTAH 107

MINNESOTA 121 LA CLIPPERS 100

NHL SCOREBOARD

NEW JERSEY 3 SEATTLE 1

NY RANGERS 2 CALGARY 0

PHILADELPHIA 5 ARIZONA 3

MINNESOTA 5 VEGAS 3

NATIONAL SPORTS RELEASES/HEADLINES

NFL NEWS

SUPER BOWL LVIII MOST-WATCHED TV SHOW IN U.S. HISTORY

The Kansas City Chiefs’ overtime victory over the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LVIII on Sunday was the most-watched television program in U.S. history, according to preliminary data released by Nielsen and CBS on Monday.

According to CBS, which broadcast the game, the Super Bowl averaged 123.4 million viewers across all platforms, breaking the mark of 115.1 million set during last year’s Super Bowl between the Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles.

CBS added that 202.4 million viewers watched at least part of the game, breaking the record of 184 million (also set last Super Bowl).

Though Nielsen’s final data will be released Tuesday, Monday’s figures made it clear the game was smash hit for CBS and the NFL. The 120 million viewers who watched the game on CBS was a single-network record. The Paramount+ audience made it the most-streamed Super Bowl, as well, CBS claimed.

The total of 123.4 million also includes viewers of simulcasts on Nickelodeon, Univision, Paramount+, NFL+ and other NFL digital properties.

While the game going to overtime played a role in audience retention, several storylines had much of the country buzzing long before kickoff.

The win was the Chiefs’ third in five seasons, placing quarterback Patrick Mahomes and coach Andy Reid among rare NFL royalty. Mahomes joined Tom Brady and Joe Montana as the only players with at least three Super Bowl MVPs, and Reid became the fifth coach with at least three Super Bowl wins as a head coach.

Las Vegas hosted the Super Bowl for the first time, with Usher performing at halftime. And the game marked the season’s culmination of the Taylor Swift-NFL juggernaut, as the superstar was in attendance to watch her boyfriend, Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce, catch nine passes for 93 yards for his third Super Bowl win.

Up next is Super Bowl LIX, scheduled for Feb. 9, 2025, at the Superdome in New Orleans. Fox will broadcast that game.

REPORT: SAINTS REACH DEAL WITH KLINT KUBIAK AS OC

The New Orleans Saints are in agreement with San Francisco 49ers passing game specialist Klint Kubiak to be their offensive coordinator, NFL Network reported Monday.

It was first reported 10 days ago that the Saints were targeting Kubiak but no deal could be done until after the Super Bowl. Kubiak’s Niners lost to the Kansas City Chiefs 25-22 in overtime on Sunday.

Kubiak previously served as an offensive coordinator with the Minnesota Vikings in 2021 before becoming a quarterbacks coach/passing game coordinator with the Denver Broncos in 2022. He also was an offensive quality control coach in his first stint with the Vikings (2013-14) and offensive assistant in his first go-round with the Broncos (2016-18).

The Saints fired longtime offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael on Jan. 16 after 18 seasons with the team.

New Orleans (9-8) finished 14th in total offense (337.2 average yards per game) and 21st in rushing offense (102.5) in 2023, missing out on the playoffs in a tiebreaker with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the NFC South Division title.

Kubiak will turn 37 on Feb. 17.

REPORT: STEELERS, QB MITCH TRUBISKY AGREE TO PART WAYS

The Pittsburgh Steelers have a decision to make about their starting quarterback in 2024 and the answer will not be Mitch Trubisky.

The Steelers and Trubisky mutually agreed to move on, NFL Network reported Tuesday night. Trubisky had two years left on a three-year, $19.4 million contract he signed last May.

Trubisky joined the Steelers as a free agent in 2022, the same year Pittsburgh selected quarterback Kenny Pickett in the first round of the draft. Trubisky began that season as the starting quarterback but soon gave way to Pickett.

While Pickett dealt with injury and regression in 2023, Trubisky made two starts before the Steelers eventually turned to Mason Rudolph, who helped guide them to a wild-card berth.

In 12 games (seven starts) for the franchise, Trubisky completed 64.1 percent of his passes for 1,884 yards, eight touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He added four rushing touchdowns.

Since entering the league as the No. 2 overall draft pick of the Chicago Bears in 2017, Trubisky has amassed 12,536 passing yards, 72 touchdowns and 48 picks across 69 games (57 starts) with the Bears (2017-20), Buffalo Bills (2021) and Steelers. He is 31-26 all-time as a starter.

REPORTS: COWBOYS BRING BACK MIKE ZIMMER AS DC

The Dallas Cowboys will bring back Mike Zimmer as their defensive coordinator, multiple outlets reported Monday, 18 years after he last held the position with the franchise.

Zimmer, 67, was head coach of the Minnesota Vikings from 2014-21 and has worked the past two years as an analyst/consultant for Deion Sanders, first at Jackson State and then at Colorado last year.

Zimmer returns to the Cowboys where he was an assistant coach from 1994-2006, first as a coach of the secondary then as defensive coordinator from 2000-06. After leaving the Cowboys, Zimmer was a DC for the Atlanta Falcons (2007) and Cincinnati Bengals (2008-13) before he was hired by the Vikings.

“I’m excited and honored to be back with a great organization,” Zimmer told ESPN. “I’m thrilled to work with (head coach) Mike McCarthy, for whom I have had a ton of respect in our NFC North days, and to do anything I can do to help (owner Jerry Jones) and the Cowboys.”

Dan Quinn, the Cowboys’ defensive coordinator the past three seasons, was hired to be the head coach of the Washington Commanders.

Other former head coaches under consideration for the Cowboys DC job were Ron Rivera and Rex Ryan. Rivera was fired as head coach of the Commanders on Jan. 8.

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UCLA HIRES FOSTER AS HEAD COACH

UCLA named DeShaun Foster its next head coach, the school announced Monday.

“While undergoing a comprehensive search for our new head coach, DeShaun resonated from the start and throughout the whole process,” athletic director Martin Jarmond said in a statement. “We are looking for a coach with integrity, energy and passion; someone who is a great teacher, who develops young men, is a great recruiter and fully embraces the NIL landscape to help our student-athletes. DeShaun checks all of those boxes and then some. He is a leader of men and a true Bruin.”

Foster is in the UCLA Hall of Fame as a former star tailback and has been the school’s running backs coach since 2017. He was set to join the Las Vegas Raiders as an assistant coach this offseason.

“This is a dream come true,” Foster said. “I always envisioned being a Bruin ever since I was young, and now being the head coach at my alma mater is such a surreal feeling, and I’m grateful for this opportunity.”

The 44-year-old’s ability to impress UCLA decision-makers and his ability to resonate with the Los Angeles recruiting and fundraising market were reportedly key factors in his hire, sources told ESPN’s Pete Thamel.

UCLA contacted more than 11 candidates about its coaching vacancy after Chip Kelly left the Bruins last week to become Ohio State’s new offensive coordinator.

Kelly guided UCLA to a 35-34 record since becoming head coach ahead of the 2018 season.

Foster joins the Bruins amid some notable personnel losses for the program. Before Kelly’s departure, defensive coordinator D’Anton Lynn left the team to join crosstown rival USC, and former five-star quarterback Dante Moore entered the transfer portal after one season to later join Oregon.

UCLA is set to make its Big Ten debut in the fall and will face a daunting slate that includes matchups against LSU, Penn State, and Oregon.

REPORT: SYRACUSE DISMISSES TOP WR DAMIEN ALFORD

Syracuse has dismissed leading receiver Damien Alford from the team, ESPN reported Monday.

The school confirmed to Syracuse.com that Alford was no longer with the program. Alford will be allowed to continue academically this semester, according to the school spokesperson.

No reason was given for the dismissal.

Syracuse hired Fran Brown as its new head coach in November.

Alford led the Orange with 33 catches for 610 yards this past season, tying for the team lead with three receiving touchdowns in 13 games.

Alford has 67 catches for 1,291 yards and seven TDs in four seasons at Syracuse.

NBA NEWS

NBA ROUNDUP: VICTOR WEMBANYAMA SWATS 10 SHOTS IN TRIPLE-DOUBLE

Victor Wembanyama became the first rookie in nearly 34 years to have a triple-double with blocked shots, leading the visiting San Antonio Spurs to a 122-99 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Monday night.

Wembanyama amassed 27 points, 14 rebounds and a career-best 10 blocks. The only other rookies to post a triple-double with blocked shots in NBA history were David Robinson (three times in 1989-90), Ralph Sampson (1983-84) and Mark Eaton (1982-83).

Wembanyama contributed five assists and shot 10-for-14 from the floor.

Gradey Dick logged 18 points and Kelly Olynyk recorded 17 for the Raptors, who have lost two in a row. RJ Barrett had 13 points and Jakob Poeltl and Bruce Brown each had 12 points.

76ers 123, Cavaliers 121

Buddy Hield and Kelly Oubre Jr. each scored 24 points and made key fourth-quarter contributions as visiting Philadelphia snapped Cleveland’s nine-game winning streak.

After Oubre’s 3-pointer put the 76ers ahead 120-110, Cleveland went on a 9-0 run and outscored Philadelphia 11-3 overall in the final 1:13. Donovan Mitchell, who scored a game-high 36 points, attacked the rim looking to send the game to overtime, but Paul Reed blocked his shot with 1.1 seconds to go.

Mitchell collected the loose ball and found an open Darius Garland in the corner, but his potential game-winning 3-point attempt was no good. Garland finished with 21 points and nine assists in the loss.

Rockets 105, Knicks 103

Aaron Holiday broke a tie by sinking two free throws with 0.3 seconds remaining and Houston snapped a four-game skid with a win over visiting New York.

Holiday, whose scoring burst to open the fourth quarter helped the Rockets build a 91-80 lead, absorbed a foul from Jalen Brunson while attempting a desperation heave just before the buzzer. Brunson had pulled the Knicks even by hitting a 15-foot jumper with 8.7 seconds remaining.

Brunson scored 20 of his game-high 27 points in the second half while New York’s Donte DiVincenzo added 23 points and Josh Hart paired 17 points with 11 rebounds. Dillon Brooks led the Rockets with 23 points.

Hornets 111, Pacers 102

Grant Williams scored 21 points in his second home game with his hometown team, helping Charlotte to a victory against Indiana.

Miles Bridges posted 20 points for the Hornets, but this game was largely about Charlotte newcomers Williams and Seth Curry making huge impacts just days after arriving to play in their hometown. Curry had 18 points. The duo came over from the Dallas Mavericks via trade.

Myles Turner scored 22 points and Aaron Nesmith added 21 for the Pacers, who lost for the second time in their past five games.

Bulls 136, Hawks 126

Ayo Dosunmu scored a career-high 29 points and hit a crucial 3-pointer as part of a fourth-quarter run that allowed visiting Chicago to grab a win over Atlanta.

Dosunmu made the trey with 4:13 left to headline a 9-0 burst that opened up a 10-point lead, upping the Bulls’ advantage to 121-111. Atlanta never got closer than six again. Chicago’s DeMar DeRozan also scored 29 points.

Atlanta was led by Bogdan Bogdanovic with 28 points, including six 3-pointers, and De’Andre Hunter with 23 points. Trae Young had 19 points and 14 assists but shot 3-for-14 from the field.

Bucks 112, Nuggets 95

Giannis Antetokounmpo had 36 points and matched his season high with 18 rebounds as host Milwaukee turned in another encouraging defensive performance against Denver.

Damian Lillard scored 18 points and Antetokounmpo added three steals and two blocks in 30 minutes for Milwaukee, which improved to 3-5 since Doc Rivers took over as coach. One game after allowing a season-low 84 points in a win over the Charlotte Hornets, the Bucks limited Denver to 38.3 percent shooting.

Nikola Jokic led Denver with 29 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists. The Nuggets played short-handed after Jamal Murray (leg) and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (hamstring) exited the game in the first half.

Pelicans 96, Grizzlies 87

Herbert Jones scored 17 points to lead five New Orleans scorers in double figures and the visiting Pelicans held off sinking Memphis.

Brandon Ingram added 16 points, Zion Williamson scored 14, CJ McCollum had 11 and Jose Alvarado chipped in with 10 as the Pelicans finished a 3-1 road trip.

Jaren Jackson Jr. scored 22 points to lead the injury-plagued Grizzlies, whose NBA-worst losing streak reached nine games. Luke Kennard and Vince Williams Jr. added 12 points apiece.

Mavericks 112, Wizards 104

Luka Doncic recorded his 10th triple-double of the season and Dallas rallied from 11 points down in the fourth quarter to defeat visiting Washington for its fifth straight win.

Doncic finished with 26 points on 8-of-16 shooting, 15 assists and 11 rebounds. Kyrie Irving also scored 26 points, and former Wizard Daniel Gafford added 16 points, 17 rebounds and five blocked shots.

Deni Avdija led the Wizards with 25 points and Kyle Kuzma scored 23. Tyus Jones had 14 points and a career-high 16 assists. Washington has lost seven in a row.

Warriors 129, Jazz 107

Klay Thompson scored 26 points to lead a balanced Golden State attack in a victory over Utah in Salt Lake City.

Stephen Curry added 25 points, including five 3-pointers in the final eight minutes. He also dished out 10 assists and grabbed six rebounds as Golden State won its fifth game in a row. Andrew Wiggins contributed 17 points while Draymond Green totaled 12 points, nine rebounds and eight assists for the Warriors.

Collin Sexton and Jordan Clarkson each scored 22 points for the Jazz, who lost for the fifth time in seven games.

HORNETS PRESIDENT KUPCHAK STEPPING DOWN

Charlotte Hornets president of basketball operations Mitch Kupchak is stepping down from his position and moving into an organizational adviser role once a permanent replacement is hired, the team announced Monday.

New team owners Rick Schnall and Gabe Plotkin are expected to name Kupchak’s successor before the end of the regular season, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

“After signing my extension two years ago, the plan has always been for me to move to an advisory role after this season when my contract ends in June,” Kupchak said in a statement. “Now feels like the appropriate time to begin the search for the next leader of our basketball operations.”

The Hornets’ shortlist is said to include multiple general managers, including Elton Brand of the Philadelphia 76ers, Trajan Langdon of the New Orleans Pelicans, Mike Gansey of the Cleveland Cavaliers, and Trent Redden of the Los Angeles Clippers.

Jeff Peterson of the Brooklyn Nets, Travis Schlenk of the Washington Wizards, and Wes Wilcox of the Sacramento Kings are among the assistant general managers Charlotte is considering, sources told Wojnarowski.

Kupchak spent six years with the Hornets. His notable moves include the selection of All-Star guard LaMelo Ball and Alabama standout Brandon Miller.

While Kupchak managed to shed the hefty salaries of Nicolas Batum and Cody Zeller, he signed Gordon Hayward to a four-year, $120-million contract, which didn’t pan out due to several injuries. The club never made the playoffs during Kupchak’s time in charge.

Prior to his Charlotte tenure, the New York native spent over three decades with the Los Angeles Lakers, winning seven NBA titles as an executive.

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WILLIAMS SCORES 30 ON PERFECT SHOOTING AS TEXAS TECH BEATS NO. 6 KANSAS

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Darrion Williams scored a career-high 30 points on 12-of-12 shooting, including four of Texas Tech’s 10 3-pointers, and the Red Raiders never trailed in a 79-50 win over sixth-ranked Kansas on Monday night.

Williams, a sophomore transfer from Nevada, also had 11 rebounds. He hit a 3 on the first shot of the game by the Red Raiders (18-6, 7-4 Big 12), who were 8 of 12 from long range over the first 13 minutes while jumping ahead 27-14.

It was a frustrating night for Kansas (19-6, 7-5), which played its second game in a row without Big 12 leading scorer Kevin McCullar Jr., while guard Dajuan Harris wasn’t at full strength after rolling his left ankle late in a 64-61 home win over 12th-ranked Baylor two days earlier.

Jayhawks coach Bill Self was ejected with 5:49 remaining after getting two technical fouls while expressing his displeasure about an offensive foul against Hunter Dickinson.

Pop Isaacs made all four free throws after Self left the court for a 63-43 lead.

Warren Washington had 11 points for Tech.

Nicolas Timberlake and Johnny Furphy each had 13 points for Kansas. Harris finished with seven points on 2-of-8 shooting, while Dickinson was limited to five points while missing 10 of his 12 shots.

McCullar, who averages 19.5 points, 6.4 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game, is in his second season with the Jayhawks. He started 49 of his 78 games while part of two NCAA Tournament teams in his three seasons at Texas Tech from 2019-22.

Texas Tech made its first three 3s, and was up 12-4 on Joe Toussaint’s shot four minutes into the game. Kansas got even with eight consecutive points after a timeout, but that was the game’s only tie. The Red Raiders went ahead to stay on back-to-back 3s by Kerwin Walton and Isaacs.

BIG PICTURE

Kansas: Without McCullar and with Harris not completely healthy, the Jayhawks needed a lot of depth pieces to come through — and they didn’t. They shot a season-low 32.7% (17 of 52) from the field and their 50 points were also the fewest this season.

Texas Tech: The Red Raiders improved to 13-1 at home. None of the current players were on the roster two years ago when Tech also won at home against Kansas. … Texas Tech had lost three in a row before its win at home Saturday over UCF, and fell out of the new AP poll earlier Monday.

UP NEXT

Kansas, already with six wins against Top 25 opponents, plays Saturday at No. 25 Oklahoma. Those ranked wins include 78-66 over the then-No. 9 Sooners at home on Jan. 13.

Texas Tech plays Saturday at No. 10 Iowa State.

MARK MITCHELL GUIDES NO. 9 DUKE PAST WAKE FOREST

Mark Mitchell tied his career high with 23 points as No. 9 Duke beat Wake Forest 77-69 on Monday night in Durham, N.C.

Mitchell shot 9-for-14 from the floor and added eight rebounds and two blocks in the third straight win for the Blue Devils (19-5, 10-3 Atlantic Coast Conference). The Blue Devils are now 29-3 in the sophomore’s career when Mitchell scores in double figures.

Duke was also boosted by 21 points and 10 rebounds from Kyle Filipowski, 17 points and 10 rebounds from Jared McCain, and 12 points and five assists from Jeremy Roach.

Hunter Sallis paced the Demon Deacons (16-8, 8-5) with 22 points, while Andrew Carr had 12 and Parker Friedrichsen had 10.

Despite Wake Forest opening the game starting 0-for-11 from 3-point range, the visitors kept things close in the first half. Damari Monsanto’s step-back 3-pointer — the Demon Deacons’ first make of the day from long distance — with 7:26 to play in the first half knotted the game up at 16-16.

Duke then broke off a 10-3 run, powered by five points from Mitchell, including a thunderous dunk. Wake Forest responded with an 8-1 run, capped off by a layup and free throw from Kevin Miller to tie the game at 27-27. A Filipowski jumper gave Duke a two-point advantage at the break.

The score was tied 33-33 before the Blue Devils went on a 7-0 run early in the second half, and they never trailed again.

While the offense was better for both teams after halftime. Duke had more luck finding the basket and took a nine-point lead — its largest of the game — with 4:39 to play on a 3-pointer by Roach. From there, Wake never Forest trimmed the deficit to a single possession.

Carr and Efton Reid III both fouled out for Wake Forest.

The Demon Deacons’ 23.1 shooting percentage from 3-point range (6-for-26) was the team’s second worst of the season.

Duke has now won 25 games in a row against Wake Forest at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

MEN’S AP POLL

Indiana State’s balanced scoring, free-flowing offense and its goggle-wearing big man have the program off to one of its best starts in years.

Now the Sycamores have something that hasn’t happened since Larry Bird played in Terre Haute: a spot in the AP Top 25.

Riding a nine-game winning streak, Indiana State debuted at No. 23 in The Associated Press men’s college basketball poll Monday, the Sycamores’ first ranking since reaching No. 1 in 1978-79.

“It’s a group that the community can really wrap their arms around and I think they have. That’s just great to see,” Indiana State coach Josh Schertz told reporters recently. “I know Terre Haute. They love basketball. I know there’s a great history and tradition, from Larry Bird to John Wooden to Clarence Walker.”

Connecticut and Purdue kept the top two spots in the AP Top 25. The defending national champion Huskies received 45 first-place votes from a 61-person media panel and the Boilermakers had 16.

RANKTEAMRECORDPREVIOUS RANK
1UConn22-21
2Purdue22-22
3Houston21-35
4Marquette18-57
5Arizona19-58
6Kansas19-54
7North Carolina19-53
8Tennessee17-66
9Duke18-59
10Iowa State18-514
11South Carolina21-315
12Baylor17-613
13Auburn19-512
14Illinois17-610
15Alabama17-716
16Dayton19-418
17Creighton17-719
18Saint Mary’s20-6
19BYU17-621
20Wisconsin16-811
21Virginia19-5
22Kentucky16-717
23Indiana State22-3
24Florida Atlantic19-520
25Oklahoma18-6

Schertz took over the Indiana State program during the pandemic, inheriting a depleted roster with no chance to get players to visit campus. Schertz cobbled together a team that won 11 games his first season and the Sycamores improved to 23-13 last season.

Indiana State (22-3) has been on a roll in Schertz’s third season, winning all 11 home games while taking a two-game lead over Drake in the Missouri Valley Conference at 11-1.

The Sycamores have five players scoring in double figures, led by dynamic 5-foot-10 guard Isaiah Swope’s 17.7 points per game. Big man Robbie Avila has become a fan favorite with his goggles, averaging 16.4 points and 7.4 rebounds.

Indiana State is fifth nationally in scoring at 85.6 points per game, ninth in 3-point percentage (39%) and is No. 1 in adjusted field goal percentage, according to KenPom. The combination has the Sycamores eyeing their first NCAA Tournament berth since 2011.

“Our goal is we want to get to the NCAA Tournament and advance,” Schertz said. “You never want to put ceilings on yourself. You want to get to the tournament and win games and go as far as you can. You saw what happened last year with Florida Atlantic and San Diego State playing in the Final Four — there’s nothing outside of your reach.”

AT THE TOP

Losses by No. 6 Kansas and No. 7 North Carolina led to a shakeup in the top 10 behind UConn and Purdue.

Houston moved up two spots to No. 5, Marquette rose three places to No. 4 and No. 8 Arizona climbed three following a sweep of the Pac-12’s mountain schools. Tennessee, Duke and Iowa State rounded out the top 10. The Cyclones returned to the top 10 for the first time since the 2021-22 season.

RISING AND FALLING

Iowa State and No. 11 South Carolina had the biggest jumps in this week’s poll, each rising four spots.

No. 20 Wisconsin had the biggest drop, falling nine places after losing four straight games.

No. 22 Kentucky dropped five places after losing three straight games at Rupp Arena for the first time it opened in 1976. The Wildcats hadn’t lost three in a row at home since the 1966-67 season, when they played at Memorial Coliseum.

IN AND OUT

No. 18 Saint Mary’s moved back into the AP Top 25 for the first time since the preseason poll after wins over Pacific and Portland. No. 19 Virginia returned to the poll for the first time since mid-December thanks to an eight-game winning streak.

No. 25 Oklahoma moved back into the poll after dropping out last week following wins over No. 18 BYU and rival Oklahoma State.

Utah State dropped out from No. 22 after losing at home to Nevada and beating Boise State. Texas Tech fell from No. 23 to unranked following a loss to No. 12 Baylor and a win over UCF.

San Diego State also dropped out from No. 24 after an overtime loss to Nevada.

CONFERENCE WATCH

The Big 12 leads the country with six ranked teams, followed by the SEC with five. The Atlantic Coast, Big Ten and Big East conferences were next with three. The Pac-12, Atlantic 10, West Coast, Missouri Valley and American Athletic conferences each had one.

HILL, HUNTER GARNER CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK ACCOLADES

MAC Men’s Basketball Co-Player of the Week
Jaylin Hunter, Senior, Guard, Ohio
Manchester, Conn. (East Catholic)
Senior Guard Jaylin Hunter put together a stellar week for the Ohio men’s basketball team, leading the Bobcats to a 1-1 week. Overall, Hunter averaged 26.0 points and 4.5 rebounds a game. he also dished out an average of 6.5 assists per game and had 1.3 steals a game. he averaged .545 from the field, .455 from three and was 11-of-13 from the line. In Ohio’s 84-79 overtime victory against Ball State on Tuesday in Muncie, Hunter scored a career-high 32 points, going 10-of-17 from the field, 2-of-6 from three and was 10-of-12 from the line. He also grabbed five rebounds, dished out five assists and had two steals in the thrilling victory. Hunter then scored 20 points at Arkansas State on Feb. 10. Hunter went 8-of16 from the field, 3-of-5 from three and was 1-for-1 from the line. He also grabbed four rebounds and dished out eight assists.  
 
MAC Men’s Basketball Co-Player of the Week
Marcus Hill, Junior, Guard, Bowling Green
Rockford, Ill. (Rockford Christian)
Marcus Hill continued his 20-point streak, bringing it to a nation-leading nine-straight. Hill began the week with 27 points against Buffalo adding six rebounds to his stat line as well. Hill followed it up with 22 against Louisiana while adding another six rebounds. For the week, he averaged 24.5 points, 6.0 boards, and 3.0 assists per contest, shooting 21-of-33 (.636) from the field and 7-of-10 (.700) from the charity stripe.

CLEMSON’S GIRARD III, ND’S BURTON EARN ACC MEN’S BASKETBALL WEEKLY HONORS

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (theACC.com) – Clemson graduate guard Joseph Girard III earned Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week honors, while Notre Dame guard Markus Burton was named ACC Rookie of the Week.
 
ACC men’s basketball weekly honors are determined by a vote of a 15-member media panel and announced on Mondays throughout the regular season.
 
Girard III averaged 19.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists in road wins at No. 3 North Carolina and Syracuse. The native of Glens Falls, New York, shot 54.5 percent from the floor, including 60.0 percent (9-of-15) from 3-point range. He also was 6-of-6 at the foul line. At North Carolina, he finished with 21 points, six rebounds and three assists, and his biggest three of the game came with 2:09 remaining to give Clemson a five-point lead en route to the program’s second-ever win in Chapel Hill. In his return to Syracuse, where he played the first four years of his college career, Girard finished with a game-high 18 points on 5-of-6 from the floor, including 4-of-5 from three. He also made all four of his free throws. His final free throw of the game enabled him to reach 2,000 career points, as he became just the sixth player in the last 30 seasons to amass 2,000 points, 400 rebounds, 500 assists and 350 threes in a career.
 
Burton averaged 17.5 points, 6.0 assists, 3.5 steals and 2.5 rebounds against No. 9 Duke and Virginia Tech. He had a strong all-around performance against the Hokies, recording 16 points, a season-high tying eight assists and a season-best six steals – the latter tied for the third-most steals in a game in program history. A native of Mishawaka, Indiana, Burton became the third ND player to finish with at least 16 points, eight assists and six steals in a game, joining Chris Thomas in 2001 and Jerian Grant in 2013. On Wednesday at Duke, Burton recorded 19 points and four assists.

HORIZON LEAGUE UNDER ARMOUR #HLMBB PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

PLAYER OF THE WEEK | PRESTON RUEDINGER | GREEN BAY | REDSHIRT SOPHOMORE | G | OSHKOSH, WIS.

  • Led the team to two road wins at RMU and Youngstown State to maintain GB’s first place standing in the Horizon League
  • Scored 16 points to go with four rebounds and two assists in GB’s 81-76 overtime win at RMU
  • Backed that performance up with an even more impressive, career-high 26-point, five-rebound, four-assist outing at Youngstown State
  • Averaged 21.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 3.0 assists while shooting 57.1 percent from three across the two games

FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK | RANDALL PETTUS II | NORTHERN KENTUCKY | G | BESSEMER CITY, N.C.

  • Big factor off the bench in the NKU’s perfect 2-0 week
  • Scored a career-best 13 points to go with four rebounds and another season-high four assists in a victory over Oakland
  • Followed it up with eight points, four steals, three boards and a helper in another win over Detroit Mercy
  • Averaged 10.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.0 steals over two big League victories

HCAC 2023-24 MEN’S BASKETBALL NOTEBOOK, WEEK 14

Athlete of the Week:
Tate Ivanyo (Valparaiso, Ind.) Anderson University | Wing | Junior – Tate Ivanyo averaged 25 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals as Anderson went 2-0 on the week. Ivanyo poured in 35 points, while adding 8 rebounds, 3 steals and shooting 15-of-22 (68.2 percent) from the field during Wednesday’s win against Earlham. In Saturday’s win against Blufftion, Ivanyo contributed 15 points and 5 rebounds.

Notable Performances:

  • Michael Stammen (Versailles, Ohio) Bluffton University | Guard | Senior – Stammen led the Beavers with 18 PPG on 11-of-20 (55.0 percent) shooting from the field and 11-of-12 (91.7 percent) at the line as the Beavers fell to HCAC stalwarts Transy and Anderson. He added 2.0 APG and 2.5 RPG. Stammen was a perfect 9-of-9 on free throws in a 93-87 loss to Anderson on Saturday.
  • Ken Walker (Snellville, Ga.) Earlham College | Guard | First Year – Ken Walker led the Quakers on a 1-1 week with 49 points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists and four steals. The freshman went 8-for-1 on 3-pointers, and 5-for-6 on free throws for the week. Walker led all players with 22 points in a 75-74 win over Franklin, including the winning jumper with 34 seconds remaining.
  • Jack Hendricks (Kettering, Ohio) Franklin College | Guard | Senior – Averaged 25.5 points per game and led Franklin in scoring in both of their games last week…set a career-high with 33 points in a win over Manchester on Wednesday, going 11-for-17 from the field, 4-for-6 from three and 7-for-8 from the line…followed it up with a team-high 18 points against Earlham on Saturday on 7-for-13 shooting and 4-for-7 from three.
  • Michael Donoho (Rockport, Ind.) Hanover College | Guard | Junior – Donoho led the Panthers to a 2-0 week defeating Rose-Hulman and Defiance. The junior finished the week averaging 13 points per game, shooting 61.5 percent from the floor. Against Defiance, he helped erase a double-digit deficit shooting a perfect 4-of-4 from the floor and 3-of-3 from three-point.
  • Zach Sawyer (Columbus, Ohio) Manchester University | Guard | Senior – Zach Sawyer had 51 points, 16 rebounds, and 10 assists for the Spartans this week. During Wednesday’s close loss to Franklin, Sawyer shot 10-15 from the field en route to 26 points. He also pulled down eight rebounds and handed out five assists. During Saturday’s key HCAC win over Transylvania, the senior guard led with 25 points, eight rebounds, and five assists.
  • Luke Collinsworth (Lawrenceburg, Ind.) Mount St. Joseph University | Center | Junior – Mount St. Joseph junior post player Luke Collinsworth had a great week leading the Lions to a 1-1 record this week. For the week he averaged 24.5 points per game, while shooting 71% from the field, and 50% from three-point range. He also averaged a team-high 8.5 rebounds per game this week. In the win against Defiance on Wednesday, Collinsworth had a 25-point, 10-rebound double-double.
  • Miles McGowen (Indianapolis, Ind.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Forward | Junior – Miles McGowen was a standout for the Fightin’ Engineers this week as they went 1-1 against conference opponents. He led the team in scoring in both games recording 12 points and eight rebounds against Hanover, and 18 points and 14 rebounds against Mount St. Joseph. McGowen double-double against the Lions is his ninth of the year. He finished the week averaging 15.0 points per game and 11.0 rebounds per game. 

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

OHIO STATE CLIMBS TO NO. 2, STANFORD UP TO NO. 3 BEHIND UNBEATEN SOUTH CAROLINA IN WOMEN’S AP TOP 25

Ohio State is up to No. 2 in The Associated Press Top 25 women’s basketball poll, matching the best ranking in school history.

The Buckeyes, who were fifth last week, have won 11 straight games and their only losses this season have come to USC, UCLA and Michigan. The Buckeyes started as No. 7 in the preseason poll before falling to 20th on Jan. 1. They were 18th on Jan. 15 and have been on the rise ever since.

South Carolina remained the unanimous No. 1 choice, grabbing all 35 first-place votes again in Monday’s poll after routing Missouri and then-No. 11 UConn. The Gamecocks did it without star center Kamilla Cardoso, who was playing for Brazil in the Olympic qualifying tournament.

Stanford moved up three places to No. 3. Iowa dropped to fourth and Texas climbed to fifth.

It’s the sixth consecutive week that there’s a different No. 2 team in the poll after Iowa blew a double-digit lead to Nebraska on Sunday. Caitlin Clark, who is eight points short of the NCAA record for career scoring, was scoreless in the fourth quarter.

The Hawkeyes weren’t the only top five team to lose last week. N.C. State dropped three spots to sixth after falling to Virginia Tech. Colorado fell four spots to eighth after a loss at home to Oregon State. Kansas State remained seventh.

UCLA and USC stayed in ninth and 10th.

This is the first time since Week 9 of last season that no new team entered the poll.

RISING BEAVERS

Oregon State made the biggest leap, moving up six spots to 11th after sweeping Utah and Colorado. The Beavers are currently third in the Pac-12 standings behind Stanford and the Buffaloes. They have won five straight and host UCLA and USC this week.

BAD LUCK NO. 2

The six different teams in the No. 2 spot is unusual, though there was a stretch in 2021 when a different team held the spot for seven straight weeks. This season, UCLA and Iowa both held the spot twice before losing. Kansas State had the slot for a week before a loss. It’s Ohio State’s turn. The Buckeyes had a two-week run at No. 2 last year in January before losing. Ohio State hosts Nebraska this week.

END OF A TOUGH STRETCH

No. 18 Louisville finished off a difficult part of its schedule that saw the Cardinals face four consecutive Top 25 teams. They went 2-2 against them after falling to Syracuse on Sunday. Jeff Walz’s team split two games with the Orange sandwiched around a loss to N.C. State and victory over Notre Dame.

NEBRASKA AND PURDUE CLAIM BIG TEN WEEKLY WOMEN’S BASKETBALL AWARDS

Player of the Week
Jaz Shelley, Nebraska
Gr. – G – Moe, Australia – Berwick College – Major: Journalism
• Averaged 16.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists in Nebraska’s two wins last week
• Tallied 10 points, six rebounds and four assists at Michigan
• Scored 10 of her season-high 23 points in the final five minutes to help the Huskers erase a 14-point deficit and upset No. 2 Iowa, tying the highest-ranked team Nebraska has ever beaten
• Went 4-for-4 at the free throw line in the final 19 seconds to seal the victory
• Also had five assists, three rebounds and a steal against the Hawkeyes
• Earns her first career Big Ten Player of the Week award
• Last Nebraska Player of the Week: Alexis Markowski (Dec. 19, 2022)
 
Big Ten Women’s Basketball Weekly Honor Roll
Hannah Stuelke, IOWA: Poured in a career-high 47 points on 17-of-20 shooting from the field versus Penn State to break the Carver-Hawkeye Arena record in points
Chloe Moore-McNeil, IND: Earned the first triple-double of her career on 10 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists against Michigan State, the fourth triple-double in program history  
Serah Williams, WIS: Set career marks in points (31), rebounds (15) and steals (4) against Penn State
 
Co-Freshman of the Week
Natalie Potts, Nebraska
F – O’Fallon, Mo. – Incarnate Word Academy – Major: Business Administration
• Recorded 13.0 points and 4.5 rebounds during Nebraska’s two victories
• Put up 12 points and three rebounds against the Wolverines
• Added 14 points, six rebounds and two assists, including eight points and five boards in the fourth quarter, to take down No. 2 Iowa
• Earns her sixth Big Ten Freshman of the Week honor
• Last Nebraska Freshman of the Week: Natalie Potts (Jan. 15, 2024)
 
Co-Freshman of the Week
Mary Ashley Stevenson, Purdue
F – New York City, N.Y. – The Dalton School – Major: Communications
• Registered 20.5 points and 5.0 rebounds in two games for Purdue
• Posted a career-high 25 points, the most by a Purdue freshman since the 2010-11 campaign, and nine rebounds versus Illinois
• Also went a perfect 9-for-9 at the charity stripe, the first Boilermaker rookie to do so since the 2009-10 season
• Shot 77.8 percent (7-of-9) for 16 points with an assist, steal and block against Indiana
• Earns her second Big Ten Freshman of the Week honor
• Last Purdue Freshman of the Week: Mary Ashley Stevenson (Jan. 2, 2024)

HORIZON LEAGUE UNDER ARMOUR #HLWBB PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

PLAYER OF THE WEEK | NATALIE MCNEAL | GREEN BAY | JUNIOR | GUARD | GERMANTOWN, WISCONSIN

  • Natalie had a quality week, helping the Phoenix go 2-0 with wins over Northern Kentucky and IUPUI by posting double-doubles in each game.
    • McNeal scored 12 points and tied her career-high in rebounds with 16, the third time in her career (all with GB) that she’s recorded 16 boards.
    • On Saturday, she racked up 26 points (led all scorers) while grabbing another 15 rebounds, totaling 31 in Green Bay’s two games this week.
      • She also tallied three assists and three steals.
  • McNeal leads the Phoenix in points (13.8 PPG), rebounds (6.9 RPG, currently a career-high), free throws made and attempted (54-of-75, 72.0 percent), and field goals made and attempted (131-of-255, 51.4 percent).
    • Natalie is second on the squad in steals with 25 (1.1 SPG).

FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK | CARTER MCCRAY | FRESHMAN | CENTER | OBERLIN, OHIO    

  • Got the week started with eight points (off a perfect 4-of-4 night from the field), nine rebounds, two assists and two steals against conference power Green Bay.
  • Followed it up with yet another double-double as she went for 16 points, 10 boards, two assists and two steals in NKU’s comeback win over Milwaukee.
    • For the week averaged 12.0 points, 9.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 2.0 steals over the two-game slate.

HCAC 2023-24 WOMEN’S BASKETBALL NOTEBOOK, WEEK 14

Athlete of the Week:
Madison Drummonds (Hebron, Ky.) Mount St. Joseph University | Center | Junior – Lions junior post player Madison Drummonds had another fantastic week, leading the Lions to a pair of wins over Defiance and Rose-Hulman. Drummonds had a double-double in both games this week and has four straight double-doubles all together. For the week she averaged a team-high 17-points and 14.0-rebounds per game, with an outstanding 17 total rebounds against Rose on Saturday  including 12 offensive boards. 
 
Notable Performances:

  • Makynlee Taylor (Anderson, Ind.) Anderson University | Forward | Senior – Makynlee Taylor averaged 19.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and went 9-for-15 (60 percent) from 3-point range as Anderson went 1-1 on the week. She notched 25 points, 4 rebounds and went 6-for-10 (60 percent) from the perimeter in Wednesday’s win against Earlham. On Saturday against Bluffton, Taylor provided 14 points, 11, 2 steals and 1 block, while going 3-for-5 (60 percent) from behind the arc
  • Jordan Coon (Evansville, Ind.) Franklin College | Guard | Sophomore – Averaged 18.5 points per game over two Franklin wins last week…led all players with 28 points and sank a career-high six threes on Wednesday night in a win over Manchester…chipped in with nine points on Saturday in a convincing win over Earlham.
  • Kady Clancy (Scottsburg, Ind.) Hanover College | Guard | Junior – Clancy led the Panthers to a 2-0 week as they defeated Rose-Hulman and Defiance. The junior turned in an impressive stretch netting a career-high 22 points against Rose-Hulman and 14 points through just 25 minutes of play against Defiance. She finished the week averaging 18 points per game and shot 68.4 percent from the floor.
  • Abigail Rosekrans (Pendleton, Ind.) Manchester University | Guard/Foward | Sophomore – Abigail Rosenkrans totaled 20 points, 10 rebounds, four steals, and a block as Manchester faced Franklin and Transylvania this week. Against Franklin, Rosenkrans shot 5-12 from the floor en route to 12 points. She also had two steals and a block against the Grizzlies. On Saturday against Transylvania, Rosenkrans finished with eight points, six rebounds, and two steals.
  • Jamie Baum (Los Altos, Calif.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Guard | Junior – Jamie Baum scored 20 points in both of her games this week to lead the Fightin’ Engineers. She averaged 20.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 2.5 assists in the pair of losses.
  • Sydney Wright (Cynthiana, Ky.) Transylvania University | Forward | Senior –  Wright averaged 19 points and 5 rebounds last week and set  new career high when she scored 24 points in the win over Bluffton. She shot 65% from the floor last week.

NHL NEWS

NHL ROUNDUP: RANGERS’ IGOR SHESTERKIN BLANKS FLAMES

Igor Shesterkin made 30 saves for his first shutout of the season and bested Jacob Markstrom as the host New York Rangers hung on for a 2-0 victory over the Calgary Flames on Monday night.

Shesterkin helped the Rangers push their winning streak to five games as the Rangers did just enough in a physical game that featured stellar goaltending. Shesterkin registered his 12th regular-season shutout and he earned the game’s first star.

Rookie Will Cuylle scored in the second period and Jimmy Vesey added an empty-net goal in the final seconds.

Markstrom made 29 saves and gave the Flames plenty of chances to extend their winning streak to a season-high five games and run their road winning streak to six.

Devils 3, Kraken 1

Tyler Toffoli scored his team-leading 22nd goal of the season as New Jersey extended Seattle’s losing streak with a win in Newark, N.J.

Jack Hughes and Dawson Mercer also tallied for the Devils, who improved to 2-1-1 since the All-Star break. Nico Daws made 27 saves and held Seattle scoreless for the first 50 minutes of the game.

Will Borgen scored and Joey Daccord stopped 34 of 37 shots for the Kraken, who lost their third in a row overall and sixth straight on the road. Kraken defenseman Brian Dumoulin sustained a lower-body injury on a check by Timo Meier late in the first period and didn’t return.

Flyers 5, Coyotes 3

Travis Konecny had a goal and two assists, Morgan Frost scored on a penalty shot and host Philadelphia defeated slumping Arizona.

The Flyers won their fourth straight despite going 0-for-8 on the power play. Philadelphia goaltender Samuel Ersson made 20 saves.

Matt Dumba, Matias Maccelli and Alexander Kerfoot scored goals for the Coyotes, who lost their sixth straight (0-5-1). Coyotes goalie Karel Vejmelka stopped 29 shots.

BASEBALL NEWS

REPORT: GIANTS AGREE TO 3-YEAR DEAL WITH OF JORGE SOLER

Free agent outfielder Jorge Soler, the 2021 World Series MVP who is coming off an All-Star season, agreed to a three-year deal with the San Francisco Giants, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Monday night.

Per the report, Soler likely will make in the range of $12 million-$17 million per season. Soler would need to pass a physical to finalize the contract, according to the newspaper.

After spending the past two seasons with the Miami Marlins, Soler opted out of the final year of his deal in November. Thanks to reaching all incentives based on plate appearances in 2023, he would have received a $13 million salary in 2024 under the terms of his old contract.

Soler, a 31-year-old Cuba native, is a right-handed hitter who slugged 36 homers last year. It was the second-highest total of his career, after he led the American League with 48 homers for the Kansas City Royals in 2019.

Soler won a World Series ring as a reserve with the Chicago Cubs in 2016. He was the 2021 World Series MVP for Atlanta after hitting .300 with three home runs and six RBIs in the Braves’ six-game victory over the Houston Astros.

Last year, Soler batted .250 with a .341 on-base percentage, a .512 slugging percentage and 75 RBIs in 137 games for Miami.

In his career, Soler owns a .243/.330/.467 batting line with 170 home runs and 452 RBIs in 870 games. He was with the Cubs from 2014-16, the Royals from 2017-21, the Braves for the last part of 2021 and the Marlins in 2022-23.

METS GM CALLS PETE ALONSO FREE AGENCY ‘MOST LIKELY OUTCOME’

If the New York Mets expect to keep slugging first baseman Pete Alonso beyond 2024, they’re likely going to have to wait until he hits the free-agent market, Mets general manager David Stearns said Monday.

Alonso, a three-time All-Star who has 192 home runs in his five seasons, all with New York, will make $20.5 million this year via a one-year contract he signed in his final season of arbitration eligibility.

The National League Rookie of the Year in 2019, when he led the majors with 53 homers, Alonso hit 46 more last season, although his batting average dropped to a career-low. 217.

Just as significantly, Alonso is now represented by agent Scott Boras, who is widely known for urging his clients to await free agency before signing new contracts.

Stearns acknowledged that it’s “probably the most likely outcome” that negotiations with Alonso would not take place until after this coming season.

“But, look, when you have a really talented player, who’s really good, who’s entering his final year of club control, who happens to be represented by Scott Boras, these things generally end up into free agency, and we understand that. This is an organization that’s dealt with that before,” Stears said at a news conference.

The Mets won 101 games in 2022 but lost to the San Diego Padres in the NL wild-card round of the postseason. They fell to 75-87, fourth in the NL East, despite big spending before the 2023 campaign, and traded away a number of players, among them Cy Young winners Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer.

MLB UMPS JEFF NELSON AND ED HICKOX ANNOUNCE RETIREMENT

MLB umpires Jeff Nelson and Ed Hickox both announced their retirement, while Ryan Wills and Clint Vondrak were promoted full time to the major league staff on Monday.

Nelson, a crew chief since 2014, departs after a 26-year career after working the World Series four times and the All-Star Game twice. Hickox had a 19-year career, working one All-Star Game and being on the field for five no-hitters, including two behind the plate.

Umpire Chris Guccione was promoted to crew chief.

Wills and Vondrak each made their major league umpire debuts in 2020 while on fill-in assignments. Wills has been a minor league umpire since 2011, while Vondrak has been in the minor leagues since 2012.

INDIANA SPORTS NEWS RELEASES/NEWS REPORTS

SCHOOL ENROLLMENTS ANNOUNCED FOR 2024-25, 2025-26 TEAM TOURNAMENTS

(IHSAA RELEASE)

The enrollment totals of IHSAA member schools which will be used in the next reclassification and realignment process this spring have been announced. Those enrollment figures, the total of boys and girls in grades 9-12, were submitted by the schools to the Indiana Department of Education and are used to determine the classifications in the recognized team sports of baseball, boys and girls basketball, football, boys and girls soccer, softball, and volleyball, the next two school years. The classifications for each school in each sport will be announced in the coming weeks with the new process for four-class sports (baseball, basketball, softball, and volleyball) being utilized. That plan, passed by the IHSAA Executive Committee last June, places the largest 20% of schools in Class 4A, the next 25% in Class 3A, the next 25% in 2A and the smallest 30% in Class 1A. Since 1997-98, the rule required distributing schools equally (25% each) among the four classes. Football (six classes) and soccer (three classes) are not affected and will continue as they have in previous years. Following that classification announcement, committee meetings made up of school administrators from around the state will be conducted to make the sectional assignments. Their final recommendations will be presented to the IHSAA Executive Committee for its approval in late April. In the linked file below schools are arranged in alphabetical order on the left half of the document and by enrollment on the right half.

ENROLLMENTS: https://www.ihsaa.org/sites/default/files/documents/2024-25%202025-26%20Enrollments.pdf

INDIANA PACERS

GAME REWIND: PACERS 102, HORNETS 111

In a game featuring 22 lead changes, where neither team led by more than a point at the end of each of the first three quarters, the new-look Charlotte Hornets outlasted the Indiana Pacers in the Queen City.

The Hornets (12-41), which acquired five new players before last week’s trade deadline, topped the Pacers (30-25) 111-102 at Spectrum Center on Monday.

Indiana trailed by one at the start of the fourth quarter, but one big run for the Hornets created enough distance. In the final frame, the Hornets shot 61.1 percent for 30 points while holding the Blue & Gold to 22 points on 47.6 percent shooting.

With the loss, the Pacers and Hornets split their season series 2-2.

“We didn’t play with the kind of urgency from start to finish that we needed to have,” Pacers head coach Rick Carlisle said. “It’s as simple as that. We talked a lot about their (trades) and how they played two nights ago. They’re clearly a team that’s energized. We needed to match that and we didn’t.”

Charlotte shot 53.7 percent as a team to Indiana’s 50 percent, and made 10 3-pointers to the Pacers’ eight made treys. The Hornets outrebounded the Pacers 46-32 but were outscored 62-56 in the paint.

Seven players scored in double digits for the Hornets, led by 21 points off the bench from new Hornet Grant Williams. Miles Bridges scored 20 points and pulled down 10 rebounds for the Hornets, and Seth Curry scored 18 points in 19 minutes in his second game with the team.

All five Pacers starters scored in double figures, led by 22 points from center Myles Turner and 21 points from Aaron Nesmith. Pacers All-Star point guard Tyrese Haliburton logged 13 points and 12 assists, and Pascal Siakam scored 18.

“At some point as a group we’ve got to grow up,” Haliburton said. “I gotta play better. We just gotta play better top to bottom. I think we have to mature as a group. We have to win these games.”

Trading the lead 15 times in the first half, the Pacers held a 49-48 advantage over the Hornets at intermission. While the Pacers shot 50 percent from the field to the Hornets’ 42.9 percent, the Blue & Gold made just three 3-pointers to their opponents’ seven treys to start.

Turner had 15 points at the break, and Williams led the Hornets with 11 points.

Despite shooting just 43 percent as a team, the Hornets led 25-24 at the end of the first quarter. Neither team could achieve much separation early on, as there were eight lead changes in the opening 12 minutes.

In the first five minutes of action, Turner scored the Pacers’ first 11 points on 4-for-4 shooting while recording two steals and a block. He later hit a pair of free throws to make it 13 points in the period while also pulling down two rebounds.

A 12-2 Pacers run midway through the first quarter, which included an 8-0 scoring burst, gave the Blue & Gold a 17-12 midway through the frame.

A Nick Richards dunk ended the drought for Charlotte before a trio of threes from Williams, Tre Mann, and Bridges pushed the Hornets ahead 23-21 with 1:50 left, forcing a Pacers timeout.

While a 3-pointer by Obi Toppin briefly gave the Pacers the lead back, Curry got a layup to fall for the Hornets in the final seconds to keep his team ahead by a point.

The Hornets made four free throw attempts and Davis Bertans drilled a 3-pointer four minutes into the second quarter to give the Hornets a 34-29 lead.

Indiana’s starting unit then came back in with 6:41 on the clock, and a pull-up jumper from Andrew Nembhard and a 3-pointer from Haliburton re-tied the game at 36.

The teams kept the score within three points for the remainder of the half, and a Nembhard off-hand layup with one second left gave the Pacers a one-point lead at the break.

In the third quarter, the Hornets shot 68 percent as a team en route to outscoring the Pacers 33-31.

Out of halftime, there were six lead changes before 3-pointers from Haliburton, Nesmith and Siakam helped the Pacers to a 64-61 lead.

Indiana then stayed ahead as the teams rapidly traded baskets before Charlotte strung together a 7-2 scoring streak in the final 2:11, thanks to five points by Curry, to go ahead 81-80.

After the Pacers tied the score twice early in the fourth quarter, a 10-3 Hornets run, before an and-one by Bridges and a bucket from Brandon Miller, gave the Hornets a 103-95 lead with 2:47 left.

Haliburton drilled a 3-pointer with 1:19 remaining to cut the deficit to five points, but the Hornets answered with a bucket on the ensuing possession and got a stop before sealing the game with free throws.

The Pacers will wrap up their three-game road trip on Wednesday in Toronto before commencing All-Star Weekend festivities in Indianapolis on Thursday.

Inside the Numbers

Tyrese Haliburton recorded his 30th double-double of the season on Monday.

The Hornets shot 65 percent as a team in the second half.

Charlotte turned the ball over 16 times to Indiana’s 11 giveaways.

The Pacers had 21 fast-break points to the Hornets’ 11.

Bennedict Mathurin had zero points for the Pacers for the first time in a game this season.

Myles Turner has scored 20+ points in three of his last four games.

Reigning Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month Brandon Miller recorded 12 points, four rebounds and four assists for the Hornets.

You Can Quote Me On That

“We didn’t get it done defensively. We didn’t it get done on the boards. Our offense was uneven and inconsistent, and we didn’t shoot well. A big concern for me is the defense in the second half and the rebounding. Defensive rebounding is so important … we just were not good.” – Pacers head coach Rick Carlisle on the loss

“When you’re going from a team that’s a lottery team and you’re working to become a playoff team, you’ve got to learn to be a killer. We just didn’t have that killer edge tonight.” – Carilsle on the loss

“Unfortunately, the process involves nights like this. And it’s no fun. Most positive growth comes from failure.” – Carlisle on the team getting that killer edge

“We’ve got to be better in these games. In order to win these games, we have to come out with a better mindset. It’s a bad one to drop, but we’ll learn from it and move forward.” – Aaron Nesmith on the loss

“We just have to have a competitive edge at all times. That’s something as a younger group striving to be a playoff team. It’s something we have to learn and grow through, and we will.” – Nesmith on the loss

“There’s no excuses. This isn’t the first time this has happened this season. It starts with me as a leader of this team. Our defense just wasn’t there tonight. I wasn’t good defensively tonight. I think as a whole, going into all-star break, these games matter. We have to have the right approach. I don’t think we had the right mindset tonight.” – Myles Turner on the loss

“We’ve got to be better if we’re going to be serious about winning.” – Tyrese Haliburton on the loss

Stat of the Night

The Pacers’ 102 points is the second fewest by the team in a game this season. This season, the Pacers are 0-11 when they score between 100-109 points in a game.

Noteworthy

Tyrese Haliburton eclipsed 4,000 career points on Monday. Haliburton entered the game with 3,999 points.

Center Jalen Smith didn’t suit up for the Pacers for a second straight game due to back spasms.

Myles Turner passed Danny Granger (544) for 11th most career games with the Pacers on Monday. Turner also moved into seventh for most games played all-time for the Pacers in NBA franchise history.

Pacers guard T.J. McConnell played in his 600th career NBA regular season game on Monday. McConnell is in his fifth season with the Pacers after playing his first four seasons with the Philadelphia 76ers.

Up Next

The Pacers wrap up a three-game road trip in Toronto against Scottie Barnes and the Raptors on Wednesday, Feb. 14 at 7:30 PM ET.

Tickets

After the All-Star break, the Pacers will open the second half of the season at Gainbridge Fieldhouse against Cade Cunningham and the Detroit Pistons on Thursday, Feb. 22 at 7:00 PM ET.

PURDUE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

MARY ASHLEY STEVENSON EARNS SECOND BIG TEN FOTW

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – After the best week of her young career, Mary Ashley Stevenson earned her second Big Ten Freshman of the Week honor. The New York City native shared the weekly award with Nebraska’s Natalie Potts.

Stevenson is the first Boilermaker to win multiple Freshman of the Week honors since Dominique Oden during the 2016-17 season.

Stevenson averaged 20.5 points and five rebounds in games against Illinois and Indiana. She shot 62.5% (15-24) from the field, including her second 3-pointer of the year and made 10 of her 11 free throw attempts. Stevenson added two steals, an assist and one block.

Stevenson opened the week with a career-high 25 points in a 77-72 overtime win over Illinois. She led Purdue with nine rebounds. Her 25 points were the most by a Big Ten freshman against a major conference opponent this season and the most by a Purdue rookie since the 2010-11 season.

Stevenson also posted a perfect 9-for-9 at the line, including two free throws with six seconds left in overtime to make it a two-possession game. She was the ninth freshman nationally and the first from the Big Ten to go perfect at the line with nine or more made free throws this season, as well as the first Boilermaker rookie to do that since the 2009-10 season.

In her first trip to Assembly Hall to face Indiana, Stevenson led Purdue with 16 points on an efficient 7-of-9 shooting, including her second triple of the year.

The New York City native is up to 10 points per game this season, ranking third among Big Ten freshmen. She leads league rookies in conference play with 10.8 points per game. Stevenson is second among Big Ten freshmen in rebounding in all games and league play. Among freshmen, she is fifth in the Big Ten with a 42.3% shooting clip and third with a 79.7% mark at the line.

She has scored in double figures 12 times this year, most by a Purdue freshman since 2017-18. Stevenson has posted nine games with at least seven points and seven rebounds, the most of any Big Ten freshman this season.

Stevenson has played the last three games with a custom mask after breaking her nose against Ohio State. She has averaged 14.3 points, 3.7 rebounds per game with a 59.3% shooting clip during that span.

She earned her first Big Ten Freshman of the Week nod after averaging 12 points and eight rebounds in wins over Rutgers and Wisconsin. 

PURDUE MEN’S GOLF

#29 PURDUE SURGES INTO TOP 5 AT PUERTO RICO CLASSIC; SURTANI LEADS INDIVIDUAL RACE

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The No. 29-ranked Purdue men’s golf team turned in the second-lowest team round of the day and moved up three spots into fourth place at the loaded Puerto Rico Classic at the Grand Reserve Golf Club on Tuesday.

The Boilermakers tallied a 15-under par 273 to jump from seventh to fourth place after 36 holes in Puerto Rico, now with a team tally of 23-under par 553 (280-273). Georgia leads at 33-under par 543, while North Florida (-31) and Tennessee (-30) are second and third, respectively.

Minnesota is fifth (-21) while Oklahoma and Virginia are tied for sixth (-19). Seven teams behind Purdue are within 10 shots of the Boilermakers, setting up a wild final day in Puerto Rico.

Purdue’s 273 score is tied for the 10th-lowest, 18-hole score in school history.

On the individual side, Nels Surtani surged into the 36-hole lead with a career-low, 7-under par 65, good for a two-day total of 12-under par 132 (67-65). Surtani recorded seven birdies and 11 pars, including birdies on three of his final five holes to take the lead by one shot over Iowa’s Noah Kent (-11) and two over Minnesota’s Ben Warian (-10).

Over his two rounds, Surtani leads the field in birdies with 14 and is 7-under par on par-5’s – also tops in the tournament.

Nick Dentino turned in his second straight solid round with a 2-under par 70, good for a 20th place tie at 6-under par 138 (68-70).

Kent Hsiao celebrated his 21st birthday with a 3-under par 69 to move into a tie for 42nd at 3-under par 141 (72-69).

Herman Sekne is tied for 57th at 1-under par 143 (74-69) and Sam Easterbrook is tied for 75th at 3-over par 147 (73-74).

The final round begins Tuesday at 6:30 a.m. ET, in Puerto Rico.

NOTRE DAME WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

HIDALGO BREAKS ACC RECORD WITH 11TH ROOKIE OF THE WEEK AWARD

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Hannah Hidalgo has earned more ACC Rookie of the Week honors than anyone in conference history. And it is mid-February.

On Monday, the ACC announced that Hidalgo has earned her 11th Rookie of the Week award, passing Florida State’s Ta’Niya Latson to break the record. Latson had 10 last year.

Last week in a loss at No. 15 Louisville and a double-overtime victory at Florida State, Hidalgo led the ACC with 28.5 points per game and paced the nation with 12 total steals. She had 30 points against the Cardinals, marking the fifth time this season she has posted at least 30. She has also scored at least 20 points in 10 consecutive games, which is a school record. Additionally, when Hidalgo hit 530 total points for the season on Thursday, she broke a 43-year-old freshman scoring record held by Shari Matvey.

Hidalgo notched a school record on the defensive end of the floor last week as well. She swiped her 115th steal of the season on Sunday, passing Skylar Diggins’ 114 steals and setting the program single-season record. She has already set the ACC freshman steals record.

Outside of the new records, Hidalgo went 19-20 from the charity stripe last week, the most made free throws of any major conference player in that time frame. Two of those free throws sealed the 2OT win at Florida State.

On the season, Hidalgo continues to lead the ACC with 25.1 points per game and the nation with 5.1 steals per game. She leads all ACC rookies in the assists column (5.6) and ranks second overall.

NOTRE DAME MEN’S LAX

GAME 1 PREVIEW: CLEVELAND STATE

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – No. 1/1 Notre Dame officially begins the national title defense by opening the season at home against Cleveland State at 6 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Feb. 14 inside Loftus Sports Center. The game will be broadcast live on ACCNX.

GAME DETAILS
Location: South Bend, Indiana | Loftus Sports Center
Schedule: February 14 — 6 p.m. ET
Live Stream: ACCNX
Live Stats: FightingIrish.com
Twitter Updates: @NDlacrosse
For a more in-depth look at the matchup – Game Notes: Notre Dame

THE CLEVELAND STATE SERIES

• Wednesday will be the fourth meeting all time between Notre Dame and Cleveland State.

• The Irish hold a 3-0 lead in the series.

• Notre Dame won the most recent matchup by a score of 18-8 on Feb. 19, 2023 at Arlotta Stadium.

• Pat Kavanagh (2G, 6A) and Chris Kavanagh (4G, 4A) put on an attacking clinic, each posting eight points in the win.

• Liam Entenmann made seven saves while allowing six goals in the victory.

FANTASTIC FEBRUARYS FOR THE FIGHTING IRISH

• Notre Dame is 35-4 in its last 39 games played in February dating back to the 2006 season.

• Fighting Irish head coach Kevin Corrigan is 44-7 in the month of February during his Notre Dame tenure.

• The Irish set the tone for their historic 2023 season in February, going 3-0 with dominant wins over Marquette (21-10), Cleveland State (18-8) and Georgetown (15-8).

OWNING THE OPENERS

• Notre Dame is 36-7 all-time in season openers, including a 30-5 record in the Kevin Corrigan era.

• The Irish have won a program-record 21 straight season openers.

• Notre Dame opened the 2023 season with a 21-10 win over Marquette on Feb. 15.

• The Irish last dropped a season opener in 2002, a 10-9 overtime setback at home against Penn State.

• In home openers, the Irish are 39-4 in program history and 32-3 under Corrigan.

DOMINATING DEFENSE

• The Irish finished 2023 allowing just 9.69 goals per game, leading the ACC and ranking sixth in the country, despite playing nine games against opponents that ranked in the top 10 in goals scored per game.

• Notre Dame led the ACC and ranked ninth in the country in caused turnovers per game this season, averaging 9.69.

• The Irish recorded at least 10 caused turnovers in nine of 16 games last season.

• Notre Dame held opponents to 10 or fewer goals in 10 of 16 games during the 2023 campaign, including four of the last five on the way to the title.

• The Irish limited the opposition to 12 or fewer goals in 15 of 16 outings last season.

THE ATTACK IS BACK

• The Irish return a lot of firepower from the 2023 roster that claimed the national title, as the top five goal scorers are back in 2024.

• Notre Dame brings back 78.6 percent of its goals (195/248), 77.4 percent of its assists (103/133) and 78.2 percent of its points (298/381).

• Four players who recorded 30+ points last season are back, which include Pat Kavanagh (77), Chris Kavanagh (62), Eric Dobson (45) and Jake Taylor (33).

CASHING IN ON THE EMO

• For the second-straight season, Notre Dame’s man-up offense was among the nation’s best in 2023, scoring on 53.7 percent of its opportunities.

• The Irish finished the season going 22-for-41 (.537) on the EMO ranking fifth in the country.

• Chris Kavanagh finished seventh in the nation in EMO goals with eight.

• The Irish EMO unit cashed in on 21-of-31 chances (.677) during the 2022 season.

THE CONDUCTOR

• Pat Kavanagh became the first Notre Dame player to be named a Tewaaraton Trophy finalist two times, earning the honor in 2021 and 2023.

• The senior broke the program record for points in a season in 2023 with 77 points off 25 goals and 52 assists.

• Kavanagh became the program record holder for career assists during the 2023 season and has 135 entering his final season in South Bend.

• The attackman also shattered his own single-season program assists record in 2023, totaling 52 on the season. Kavanagh now holds the top three marks for assists in a season.

• Kavanagh is also the only player in program history to record 10 points in a single game, a feat which he has achieved three times in his career.

THE STOPPER

• Grad student Liam Entenmann cemented his status as the top goalie in the country with his play in 2023, being named the Ensign C. Markland Kelly Jr. Outstanding Goalie by the USILA, ACC Defensive Player of the Year, ACC Goalie of the Year and NCAA Championships Most Valuable Player.

• Entenmann led the ACC and ranked sixth in the country in goals against average, allowing just 9.55 goals per game.

• The senior had a save percentage of .570 (196 saves, 148 goals allowed), ranking fourth in the country.

• Entenmann made double-digit saves in each of the last 13 games, including a season-high 18 in the win over No. 1 Duke to win the national title.

• Entenmann currently ranks fourth on the ND all-time saves list with 548 in his career.

THE SCORER

• Chris Kavanagh had one of the most prolific goal scoring seasons in program history in 2023, recording a career-high 46 goals to lead the Irish attack.

•The junior not only paced Notre Dame’s offense but his 46 goals ranked third all-time in program history for a single season, just three behind Randy Colley’s record of 49 goals set in 1995.

• The attackman also added 16 assists to total 62 points, which ranks 10th all-time in Notre Dame men’s lacrosse history.

• Chris finished with 10 hat tricks during the 2023 campaign and has 12 in his career.

• The Rockville Centre, New York, native has 68 career goals.

THE SNIPER

• Eric Dobson has established a reputation as one of, if not the best, shooters in the current college game.

• After a big 2023 season, Dobson has been named the USA Lacrosse Magazine Preseason Midfielder of the Year heading into the 2024 campaign.

• Dobson led the Irish midfield with 34 goals and 11 assists last season.

• The lefty came up clutch for the Irish on the biggest stage, posting a career day with four goals and an assist in the overtime win over No. 2 Virginia.

• Dobson has 72 career goals and 29 career assists.

NEW SEASON, NEW FACES

• Notre Dame welcomes five transfers to the 2024 roster, as Devon McClane, Danny Parker, Jake Bonomi, BJ Burlace and Tyler Buchner join the squad

• To go along with the five transfers, nine freshman also join the Irish for the 2024 season. The group consists of Brock Behrman, Gavin Burlace, Anderson Davis, Andrew Donovan, Jordan Faison, Andrew Greenspan, Shawn Lyght, Nate Schwitzenberg and Karter Williams.

CHALLENGING SLATE AHEAD

• Notre Dame has never shied away from putting together a challenging schedule and the 2024 slate is no different.

• Of Notre Dame’s 11 regular-season opponents, seven are currently ranked in the top 20 in the USILA or Inside Lacrosse Top 20 Polls.

IRISH INDOORS

• Notre Dame has excelled when playing inside the last nine seasons, going 17-1 when playing indoors since the start of the 2015 season.

• Notre Dame is currently riding a 22-game win streak when playing in Loftus Sports Center.

• The Irish haven’t lost in Loftus Sports Center since dropping a 14-11 decision to UNC on March 14, 2004.

• The Irish went 2-0 when playing indoors last season, defeating Marquette in the home opener in Loftus and then downing Syracuse inside the Carrier Dome.

FAMILY AFFAIR

• The Fighting Irish feature four pairs of brothers on the 2024 roster.

• The four sets of brothers are BJ and Gavin Burlace, Will and Andrew Donovan, Pat and Chris Kavanagh, and Jeffery and Thomas Ricciardelli.

CORRIGAN ALL-TIME DI PROGRAM WINS LEADER

• With the win over No. 1 Duke on April 10, 2021, Baumer Family Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach Kevin Corrigan broke the NCAA record for most wins at a DI program with 311, passing Bob Shillinglaw (Delaware).

• Corrigan became just the third coach in NCAA Division I men’s lacrosse history to reach the 300-win mark at a single school with the win over Marquette on April 10, 2019.

• Corrigan is one of just four active Division I coaches to reach the 300-win mark in his career.

• Corrigan has an overall record of 345-174 in his 38 seasons of coaching.

• The head coach is 335-159 in his 36 seasons at Notre Dame.

• Corrigan is the longest tenured men’s lacrosse coach at the DI level.

BUTLER MEN’S BASKETBALL

BUTLER HOSTS NO. 4 MARQUETTE TUESDAY IN ANNUAL PROJECT 44 GAME

Tipping Off

• The Bulldogs have won five of their last six games; Marquette has won seven straight.

• Marquette’s last loss came at the hands of Butler, a 69-62 decision Jan. 10 in Milwaukee.

• Butler is 11-2 this season at Hinkle Fieldhouse.

• Tuesday’s contest is the annual Project 44 game in honor of the late Andrew Smith and the non-profit organization established to drive awareness of the national bone marrow registry.

• Butler is in the midst of a five-game stretch that includes four Top 25 opponents.

Butler (16-8, 7-6 BIG EAST) vs. #4/4 Marquette (18-5, 9-3)

Tuesday, Feb. 13;  6:30PM

Hinkle Fieldhouse; Indianapolis, Ind.

TV: FS1 – Jason Benetti & Bill Raftery

Radio: WXNT 1430AM, Varsity Network Radio App, SiriusXM 380, SXM App 970 – @MarkMinner & Nick Gardner (@n_gardner)

Notes in PDF Form: https://butlersports.com/sports/2023/10/26/2023-24-butler-mbb-game-notes.aspx

First Time Around

• Behind a huge second half, Butler went on the road and knocked off No. 11/12 Marquette, 69-62, Jan. 10 at Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee.

• The Bulldogs overcame a seven-point halftime deficit with a 41-27 second-half advantage.

• An 11-0 run included Butler’s first lead of the game and an eventual 47-40 advantage with 13:11 to play. Butler never trailed again.

• Butler’s win ended Marquette’s 19-game home winning streak, which was the second-most nationally entering the night (Boise State, 21); Marquette had also won 20 consecutive home BIG EAST games, tying the conference record.

• Butler limited Marquette to 33-percent shooting, including 5-for-31 (16.1 percent) from three-point range.

• Butler made 10 of their 22 attempts from three-point range.

• Landon Moore and Pierre Brooks II led the Bulldogs with 14 points apiece; Jalen Thomas posted a double-double of 10 points and a career-high 14 rebounds.

The Series with the Golden Eagles

• The Bulldogs and Marquette meet for the 51st time Tuesday night, with each team winning 25 of the previous match-ups.

• The teams first met more than a century ago as Marquette pulled out an 18-17 win on Dec. 16, 1922.

• The two neutral-site contests both came during the 2012-13 season: a Rotnei Clarke three-pointer at the buzzer to secure a Butler win as part of the Maui Invitational and a 74-72 win by Marquette in the second round of the NCAA Tournament in what would be Brad Stevens’s final game as the head coach at Butler before he joined the Boston Celtics.

• Butler then joined the BIG EAST beginning with the following 2013-14 season and the most recent 21 match-ups have come as conference foes.

Series:  Series Tied, 25-25

Streak: Butler, W1

At Hinkle: Butler Leads, 13-8

First Meeting: MU, 18-17; 12/16/1922 (at MU)

Last Meeting: BU, 69-62; 1/10/24 (at MU)

Of Note

• The Bulldogs overcame a seven-point deficit in the closing minutes of Saturday’s 75-72 win over Providence.

• DJ Davis led Butler with 20 points on 6-of-9 shooting. He has posted at least 20 points in seven of Butler’s 13 BIG EAST games.

• Davis has scored 20 or more points in four straight games. He is the first Bulldog since Kelan Martin in February of 2018 to score 20 or more in four consecutive games. Davis, Martin (twice) and Brandon Polk are the only Bulldogs to score 20 or more in four straight dating back to the 2005-06 season.

• Butler shot 52 percent from the field in Saturday’s win over Providence; the Bulldogs are now 8-1 when shooting 50 percent or better from the field and a perfect 14-0 when shooting a better percentage than their opponent.

• The Bulldogs had a 40-28 rebounding advantage over Providence Saturday; Butler is now 13-0 this season when out-rebounding its opponent.

• Butler made 12 of 16 free throw attempts against Providence. On the season, Butler ranks sixth nationally in free throw shooting at 79.0 percent. Butler has shot 70 percent or better from the line in all but one game.

• Davis made all four of his free throw attempts Saturday, raising his season mark to 96.4 percent, which is No. 1 nationally.

• Butler was able to overcome an uncharacteristic 16 turnovers in Saturday’s win over Providence. It marked the second-most committed by the Bulldogs this season (trailing only 18 at Marquette Jan. 10; another game Butler won). Butler has 13 games this season with 10 or fewer turnovers, and the Bulldogs are 11-4 this season when committing fewer turnovers than their opponent.

• Butler has 12 games this season scoring 80 points or more (including seven games of 90 or more).

• Showcasing the season-long prowess of the Bulldog offense, Butler has allowed 90 points in four games this season…and has won three of those games.

• The Bulldogs commit just 13.8 fouls per game, which ranks ninth nationally.

• Davis set a career-high with eight rebounds against Providence, while Jahmyl Telfort tied his personal-best with eight assists.

• Posh Alexander had eight rebounds and eight assists to go along with his 10 points.

• Pierre Brooks II scored the final four points of Saturday’s win, including a contested shot in the lane with 19 seconds remaining that gave Butler its final lead.

• Augusto Cassiá checked in for the final defensive possession of the game and came up with a block on Corey Floyd, Jr.’s dunk attempt that sealed the win for Butler.

• Davis has made 15 of 29 attempts from three-point range (52 percent) over the last four games.

• Telfort is shooting 57 percent from the field (37-65) over his last five games. This five-game stretch includes two of his four 20-point performances this season.

• The Bulldogs have eclipsed both their overall and BIG EAST win totals from last season despite having a month remaining on the regular season schedule.

Where the Dawgs Stack Up

• Posh Alexander leads the BIG EAST and is 13th nationally at 2.39 steals per game.

• Alexander is fourth in the conference and 40th nationally with 5.3 assists per game.

• Alexander’s 55 steals are already ninth on Butler’s single-season list.

• Pierre Brooks II is third in the BIG EAST in three-point percentage (41.4) and fifth in three-pointers made per game (2.5). His three-point percentage ranks 23rd nationally.

• Brooks is tenth in the BIG EAST in scoring at 15.8 points per game.

• Jalen Thomas ranks ninth in the BIG EAST in blocks (1.21 per game) and 15th in rebounding (6.3 per game).

The Month of Opportunity

• Butler’s February schedule includes eight games, all against teams ranked No. 76 or better in the NCAA NET metric (as of Monday, Feb. 12). Four of those games, including the win at Creighton Feb. 2, are on the road. Life in the BIG EAST…

Home, Sweet Hinkle

• Butler is 11-2 at Hinkle Fieldhouse so far this season.

• Thad Matta is 34-9 at Hinkle Fieldhouse as the head coach at Butler (2000-01 and his current stint that began prior to the 2022-23 season).

• Butler has scored at least 80 points in eight of its home games this season (going over the 90-point mark five times).

• Butler is 77-2 over its last 79 non-conference home games, winning 15 straight.

BUTLER BASEBALL

BUTLER BASEBALL 2024 SEASON PREVIEW: PITCHERS AND CATCHERS

INDIANAPOLIS – The Butler Bulldogs will look different on the mound in 2024. 12 new arms joined the program over the off-season while 11 left campus. BU will return seven student-athletes from last year’s team to mix with the newcomers. Team Captain Cole Graverson and LHP Ben Whiteside are the most experienced returners of the group. Graverson tossed 40 innings over 20 appearances in 2023 and Whiteside was a specialist coming out of the bullpen 19 times.

“It’s exciting to have so many new faces,” Head Coach Blake Beemer explained. “As a staff we feel like we filled a lot of needs on this team, but anytime you add 12 guys there will be some questions that need to be answered. We are looking for guys to go out and earn roles on this team. That’s the fun part. We talk about the race to two strikes. If this group can get the count where we want it, we can be successful.”

Two newcomers and a returner have solidified starting roles as the team prepares for opening weekend at Florida State. That trio of players includes Tyler Banks, Justin Hornschemeier and Grant Brooks.

“Tyler has a great chance to get a start at Florida State, but we are not sure which day yet,” Beemer added. Banks is a guy we can use in different roles. He throws a lot of strikes and has been steady on the mound for us which is needed with this group.”

Banks is from Littleton, Colorado and arrived at Butler as a transfer from North Park University in Chicago. Yet another transfer slated to start a game for the Bulldogs against the Seminoles is Wright State transfer Justin Hornschemeier.

“Justin has an electric arm,” Beemer stated. “He can throw in the mid-90’s, but we are trying to harness it a little more before we get started this weekend. He has worked hard and is going to get a look as a starter.”

The returner trying to carve out a role as a weekend arm is right-hander Grant Brooks. A year ago, Brooks made four appearances, including two starts. He struck out 10 over 8.1 innings.

“Grant has improved from last year and has a good swing and miss pitch that can help us,” Beemer said. “We will probably use him as a starter early in the year, but he could also be an option to use at the back end of the bullpen.”

Nothing is set in stone as the team prepares for the start of the season. Seth White, Nate Rosser, Cooper Robinson, and Cole Graverson are other guys fighting for starting roles that may also be used in clutch situations.

White came to Butler from Santa Barbara City College and Rosser is another right-hander that joined the program after playing at Ohlone College.

“Bother White and Rosser are true competitors that throw a lot of strikes.” Beemer added.

Robinson made 16 appearances out of the bullpen for Butler a year ago. He tossed 25.1 innings and struck out 22 batters. Graverson gives Butler a mature veteran in the group. He struck out 46 batters over 40 innings in 2023 and made a start against #1 LSU in Baton Rouge.

“Robinson has really done a great job over the last few weeks and is making strides in the right direction,” Beemer stated. “Graverson being a team captain says a lot about who he is as a person. We are happy to have him back.”

Beemer noted some players that are showing flashes and additional guys that bring experience to this position group. The Bulldogs think they can get some great things out of Gage Vota, Shane Kilfoyle, Gabe Pancratz, Tate Foxson and Simon Linde. Experienced players set to see some time include Nick Miketinac, Jake Putnam, Andrew Crumbley, Ben Whiteside, Colin Dailey, Christian Finnigan and Aidan Hatcher.

“I’m excited for the competition among all our pitchers,” Beemer said. “I think it’s a deeper group than last year and we have more options. It’s now up to us as coaches to keep getting this group better as the year moves along.”

Behind the Plate

Coach Beemer is confident in all four catchers on the Butler roster. Cade Vota and Keegan Connors return to the team while the staff went out to add Zach Munton and Drew Charney. Munton played at Paris JC in 2023 and Charney is a true freshman from Hopkins, Minn.

“Vota shows the type of maturity that we expected as a player that has been through a full season with our coaching staff,” Beemer explained. “He asks good questions, he is intuitive, and he’s been a leader for us this year.”

Vota played in 25 games last year, making 13 starts. He posted a .979 fielding percentage, limiting himself to just two errors all season.

“Overall, we can go four deep at this position,” Beemer said. “The fun part with this group is that they all enjoy it. They work hard and they want to get better. No one has cemented themselves into the starting role, so it will be a dog fight this spring to see who gets the nod. We have left handers and right handers so we have the ability to platoon guys when we need to. It’s great to have depth back there and we will continue to push this group to get better throughout the year.”

INDIANA STATE MEN’S BASKETBALL

ISU BASKETBALL NATIONALLY RANKED FOR FIRST TIME SINCE 1978-79

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State men’s basketball earned its first national rankings since the 1978-79 season, ranking #23 in the AP Top 25 and #24 in the USA TODAY Coaches Poll.

In this week’s rankings, ISU is positioned at No. 23 with 209 points in the AP Top 25, just behind the University of Kentucky. In the Coaches Poll, ISU earned 106 points for the No. 24 spot, just behind the University of Virginia.

The Sycamores have been slowly climbing the rankings, earning the highest amount of points last week in both polls. In the national polls released on February 12, Sycamore Basketball received 53 points in the AP Top 25 and 45 in the Coaches Poll.

On February 4, CBS Sports released its top 25 which featured the Sycamores holding the No. 22 spot, giving ISU its first crack inside a top 25 poll this season. This week, ISU jumped to No. 19.

In the mid-major poll, Indiana State remained on top for the third-straight week. The Sycamores received 24 first-place votes and a total of 763 points, 28 points ahead of Saint Mary’s.

These rankings came after the Sycamores completed another 2-0 week, winning at home against Valparaiso 101-61 and earning a road win at Missouri State, 73-71. ISU hosts Illinois State on Tuesday and travels to Southern Illinois on Saturday.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE WOMEN’S GOLF

ANNA OLAFSDOTTIR AND OLIVIA JANG WIN MATCHUPS AGAINST WOFFORD

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Anna Olafsdottir and Olivia Jang picked up wins on the opening day of the Oyster Shuck Match Play against Wofford on Monday (Feb. 12).

Olafsdottir beat Wofford’s Sofia Pedrero 3&2 and Jang beat Bella Kent 1-Up.

Wofford’s Lindsey Hollis beat Hunar Mittal 6&4, Maggie Jackson topped Natalie Papa 2&1 and Lilli Horn bested Adrienne Rohwedder 2-Up.

The second round of the Oyster Shuck Match Play was canceled due to inclement weather. The final matchup will fire off on Tuesday (Feb. 13) at 8 a.m. The Mastodons will play against the host Citadel.

EVANSVILLE MEN’S BASKETBALL

MEN’S BASKETBALL SET FOR HOME CONTEST AGAINST DRAKE

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Taking on another one of the top Missouri Valley Conference squads, the University of Evansville men’s basketball team welcomes Drake on Tuesday night.  Tip is set for 7 p.m. CT with ESPN+ and the Purple Aces Radio Network on the call.

Last Time Out

– Tanner Cuff scored a team-high 15 points as the Purple Aces dropped a 73-70 game at Murray State

– Trailing by as many as nine points, UE fought back to tie the game late before a three at the buzzer gave the Racers the win

– Kenny Strawbridge Jr. finished with 14 points, 10 boards and 6 assists while Ben Humrichous scored 14 points

On the Verge of History

– Recording 14 points, 10 boards and 6 assists at Murray State, Kenny Strawbridge Jr. knocked on the door of the third triple double in program history

– On the defensive side of the floor, he has posted 19 steals over the last 8 games, an average of 2.4 per game; he has multiple swipes in 7 of the last 8

– His season average continues to rise and he is second in the league with 1.83/game

– Offensively, he led UE at Valpo with 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting and is third on the team with 9.6 PPG on the season

Still Going Strong

– Leading the Purple Aces with 15 points at Murray State, Tanner Cuff continued his recent success

– Cuff has 9+ points in 5 of the last 6 games while averaging 11.5 PPG (69 points) over that span

– His average of 7.9 PPG is the highest since the second game of the season

– In the home win over UIC, he recorded a career-high 16 points on 6-of-10 shooting

Scouting the Opponent

– Drake holds a 20-5 overall record while sitting at 11-3 in the Missouri Valley Conference

– The Bulldogs have solidified a strong grip of second in the league standings

– Over the last week, Drake earned a 92-88 home overtime win over Southern Illinois before taking a 74-67 road win at Bradley

– Tucker DeVries continues to pace the Bulldogs with 20.9 points per game while sitting second on the team with 6.5 rebounds

– Atin Wright holds a 13.7 PPG average while Darnell Brodie checks in with 12.3 PPG and a team-high 8.6 caroms per contest

VALPO MEN’S BASKETBALL

SCHWIEGER GARNERS FOURTH MVC FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK AWARD

For the fourth time this season, Valparaiso University men’s basketball freshman Cooper Schwieger (Overland Park, Kan. / Blue Valley Southwest [Link Year]) was named the Missouri Valley Conference Freshman of the Week on Monday.

Schwieger enjoyed another big week, averaging a team-high 16.5 points per game to go along with 3.5 rebounds per game. He shot at a 53.6 percent clip over two games for the Beacons, making 15 of his 28 field-goal attempts. Schwieger started the week by tallying 17 points and five rebounds while shooting 8-of-16 in a road game against first-place Indiana State on Wednesday. He followed that up by once again leading the team in scoring on Saturday vs. Belmont, when he accrued 16 points on 7-of-12 from the field. Schwieger has scored nine points or more in 10 straight games including three straight with 16 points or more.

This is the sixth time that a Beacon has captured an MVC weekly award this season, the program’s highest weekly award total since joining the conference. Schwieger was previously named Freshman of the Week on Nov. 27, Jan. 15 and Jan. 24, while Williamson earned that award on Jan. 2. Stafford was tabbed MVC Newcomer of the Week on Nov. 20. Schwieger is now tied with Evansville’s Chuck Bailey for the most MVC Freshman of the Week awards this season.

Valpo will return to action on Wednesday, hosting UNI at 7 p.m. at the Athletics-Recreation Center.

MARIAN BASEBALL

MARIAN BASEBALL SWEEPS FIRST CROSSROADS LEAGUE PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS IN 2024

Jackson, Mich. – After their high-scoring opening weekend against IUPUC in which the Knights took three of four games in the series, Marian baseball’s Seth Hogg and Dawson Estep have been tabbed as the Crossroads League Players of the Week. Hogg was named the Pitcher of the Week after tossing a combined no-hitter, and Estep was named the Player of the Week after his work at the plate. The honor is the first for both players in their Marian careers.

Seth Hogg made a splash in his first collegiate start as a Marian pitcher, tossing a combined no-hitter in his debut. Hogg pitched six innings in his first outing on the hill, striking out nine batters against two walks to earn his first win. Hogg also logged moments at the dish as a designated hitter, scoring four runs and recording one base hit with a .444 on base percentage.

Dawson Estep had one of the best opening weekends for at the plate for Marian, batting .533 for the four-game series against IUPUC. Estep led the team in hits, runs scored, at bats, and RBI, as his eight base hits helped drive in six runs. The second-year Knight hit one double and one home run, with the home run coming as a walk-off to run-rule game two of the series. Estep ended the weekend with a 1.363 on-base plus slugging mark.

Marian is scheduled to travel to West Virginia this coming weekend, taking on West Virginia Tech on Saturday and Sunday.

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

https://www.foxsports.com/nba/standings

NHL STANDINGS

https://www.foxsports.com/nhl/standings

NCAA MEN’S BASKETBALL STANDINGS

https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/standings/

NCAA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL STANDINGS

https://www.ncaa.com/standings/basketball-women/d1

FOOTBALL HISTORY

Football History Headlines

February 13, 1937 – The Boston Redskins receive approval from the NFL to move to Washington, D.C. to share baseball’s Griffith Stadium with the Washington Senators of Major League Baseball’s American League. The franchise started out in Boston as the Braves in 1932. In a July 5, 1933 Boston Globe article, franchise owner George Marshall announced publicly that he was changing the team’s nickname to the Redskins to avoid confusion with the Boston Braves American League Baseball team. Marshall interestingly enough credited the name selection on his counsel with claimed Native American Head Coach Lone Star Dietz as well as several players of Native American descent on the 1933 squad. It is speculated though that the motivation to change the moniker went further than that as after a financially devastating and poorly attended season in 1932, Marshall really abandoned the Braves name in favor of the Redskins to try and find financial stability for his club. According to a piece on the Sports Team History website the team also moved their home field to Fenway Park, home of the Boston Redsox baseball team to further distance themselves from the Boston Braves and possibly rally fan support for the professional football team. After five frustrating seasons and poor support from the community and the press Marshall asked for permission to move the team to the Nation’s Capital. After the League office’s approval the franchise thrived in D.C. winning multiple championships as they played as the Washington Redskins from 1937 through 2019. In 2020, out of respect for the degrading connotation of the Redskins name with Native Americans the franchise was referred to as the Washington Football Team and all association by name and symbolism with the word redskin was dropped.

February 13, 2005 – Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii – At the 2004 season’s NFL Pro Bowl, the AFC team of all-stars knocked off the NFC squad by the final score of 38-27. Legendary quarterback Peyton Manning then with the Indianapolis Colts was voted as the game’s Most Valuable Player.

Hall of Fame Birthdays for February 13

February 13, 1933 – Poplar Bluff, Missouri – The great Southeast Missouri State tackle, Kenneth Dement was born. Kenneth played for Southeast Missouri in the seasons of 1951 through 1954 and he was a two way tackle.

February 13, 1972 – Englewood, New Jersey – Ruben Brown the big offensive tackle from Pittsburgh arrived into this life. Originally a defensive tackle, his coaches taught him the ways of an offensive tackle as a freshman and by the time his senior season rolled around Ruben was a First Team All-American per the NFF. Brown also received honors as the Washington D.C. Downtown Athletic Club’s National Outstanding Lineman for 1994. The National Football Foundation selected Ruben Brown for entrance into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2015. Ruben was a 1995 NFL Draft pick by the Buffalo Bills and he spent 11 seasons in the NFL with the Bills and the Chicago Bears. He was a nine-time Pro Bowl selection, he was elected to the Bills’ 50th Anniversary Team in 2009, and he was a member of the 2006 Bears team that appeared in Super Bowl XLI.

February 13, 1977 – Rand, West Virginia –  The lanky speedster of a wide receiver from Marshall Randy Moss was born. Moss was a first round pick by the Minnesota Vikings in the 1998 NFL Draft. As a Rookie he caught 69 passes for 1313 yards and led the NFL with 17 TDs per the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s website. In 2003 he had his best year when he hauled in 111 catches for 1632 yards.  He later moved on to play with the Patriots and all he did was set an NFL record with 23 touchdown receptions in 2007 when teamed with Tom Brady.  He earned All -Pro Honors four times and went to 6 Pro Bowls as he retired with 156 total TDd and 15292 yards receiving. Randy Moss was enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2018.

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1914      The Cubs exchange second basemen with the Braves, sending future Hall of Famer Johnny Evers to Boston for Bill Sweeney. Boston gets the better of the deal when their new middle infielder plays a pivotal role in the club’s World Championship this season, garnering the Chalmers Award as the league’s Most Valuable Player.

1920      A group of eight midwestern team owners meets at the Kansas City YMCA to organize the Negro National League, which will become one of the most successful ventures of its kind. Rube Foster, the owner/manager of the American Giants, will become president of the new circuit, leading to accusations of favoritism, which appear especially true when Chicago’s schedule plays a disproportionate number of games at home.

1935      Former major league journeyman Gus Dugas, a French-Canadian obtained by the Montreal Royals from Albany of the International League in November, signs his contract while visiting relatives in his native province of Quebec. The French language contract is the first in the history of professional baseball.

1953      In honor of their longtime owner and manager, the A’s rename their Philadelphia ballpark from Shibe Park to Connie Mack Stadium. During his 50-year tenure as Athletics skipper, the ‘Tall Tactician’ guided the team to nine American League pennants and appeared in eight World Series, winning five of the Fall Classics.

1964      At the age of twenty-two, Cubs’ second baseman Ken Hubbs dies when the red and white Cessna 172 plane he is piloting crashes one quarter-mile south of Bird Island in Utah Lake during a winter storm. The 1962 National League Rookie of the Year took flying lessons for the past two off-seasons to overcome his fear of flying, obtaining his license last month.

1968      The Dodgers trade infielders Ron Hunt and Nate Oliver to the Giants for backstop Tom Haller. The 30-year-old All-Star catcher will compile a respectable .276 batting average during his four years behind the plate for LA.

1970      A day after his 27th birthday, Paul Edmondson and his girlfriend are killed in an automobile accident in San Barbara (CA) when his automobile skids on a rain-slicked U.S. Route 101 and crashes into oncoming traffic. The White Sox had hoped their sophomore right-hander would become the fourth starter in the team’s rotation after compiling a misleading 1-6 record last season, which included a complete game two-hitter beating California 9–1 in his major league debut last June.

1986      Ron Hassey, whom the White Sox acquired two months ago from the Yankees, is traded back to the Bronx Bombers, along with three minor-leaguers for Neil Allen, Scott Bradley, and a minor leaguer. In December, the Bronx Bombers sent the 32-year-old catcher to the Windy City, along with Joe Cowley, who will toss a no-hitter in September, for Britt Burns and two minor leaguers.

1987      Jack Morris receives the highest salary ever given to a pitcher by arbitration when the Tigers must pay the hurler $1.85 million for his services next season. The 31-year-old right-hander will not disappoint, posting an 18-11 record and an ERA of 3.38 for the AL East Division champions.

1995      A Japanese Uniform Players Contract loophole enables the Dodgers to sign 26-year-old right-hander Hideo Nomo as a free agent, giving the five-time Japanese All-Star a $2 million signing bonus. In May, the ‘Tornado Boy’ will become the first Japanese-born Major Leaguer to appear in a major league game since Masanori Murakami pitched for the Giants in 1965.

2002      The Red Sox sign 43-year-old Rickey Henderson, who will bat .223 in 72 games for Boston this season, to a minor-league contract. Last year with the Padres, the future Hall of Famer got his 3000th career hit while breaking the major league records for walks and runs.

2003      The Mets sign 40-year-old David Cone, who compiled an 80-48 record with the team from 1987-1992, to a minor league contract. The veteran right-hander is coming out of retirement, hoping to win the fifth spot in the rotation.

2005      Avoiding an arbitration hearing, Ben Sheets (12-14, 2.70) and the Brewers agree to a one-year contract valued at $5.5 million. The All-Star right-hander, who made $2.5 million last season, established a team record last May, striking out 18 batters in a game.

2005      After 19 years at shortstop for the Reds, Barry Larkin announces his retirement as an active player to become a special assistant to Nationals general manager Jim Bowden, who served as Cincinnati’s GM from 1992 to 2001. The 40-year-old former Gold Glove infielder spent his entire career in his hometown.

2006      Avoiding an arbitration hearing, Adam Dunn (.247, 40, 101) and the Reds agree to an $18.5 million two-year deal, which gives the team a 2008 option for $13 million with a buyout for $500,000. The 26-year-old outfielder/first baseman, who led the big leagues for the second consecutive season in strikeouts, had asked for $8.95 million, with the club countering with $7.1 million.

2008      Takashi Saito (2-1, 1.40), who signed a minor-league deal with the Dodgers two years ago after playing 14 seasons in the Japanese Central League with the Yokohama Bay Stars, agrees to a $2 million, one-year contract to stay with Los Angeles. The 37-year-old All-Star closer had 39 saves in 43 chances last season.

2008      In a much anticipated congressional hearing, Roger Clemens and his former personal trainer, Brian McNamee, testify for four and a half hours concerning the allegations of the Rocket’s use of performance-enhancing drugs. Republicans appear to believe the seven-time Cy Young Award winner, while Democrats seem to favor his chief accuser’s account of events.

2009      To avoid arbitration for the remainder of his career, Ryan Howard agrees to a three-year, $54 million deal with Philadelphia. The Phillies slugger, who led the major leagues in home runs (48) and RBI (146), was unable to reach a contract settlement in less than friendly negotiations with the team and was awarded $10 million by arbitrators during the 2008 off-season tying the highest sum ever given to a player in the process.

2012      Yoenis Cespedes and the A’s have reached a reported four-year, $36 million deal, pending the results of a physical examination. The Cuban defector, slotted to play center field, moving Coco Crisp to left, hit .458 with a double, three triples, two home runs, and five RBIs in the six games he played in the 2009 World Baseball Classic.

BASEBALL YEAR IN REVIEW: 1911 (BASEBALL ALMANAC)

Off the field…

On March 25th, the worst factory fire in the history of New York City occurred after the Triangle Shirtwaist Company burned down. The horrific incident had an even greater significance as it revealed the inhumane working conditions to which industrial workers were subjected. Employees at the factory consisted mostly of poor Jewish immigrants between the ages of thirteen and twenty-three and to keep the women at their sewing machines, the proprietors locked the doors leading to the exits. After a fire broke out on the eighth floor, many panicking workers rushed to the stairs, the freight elevator, and the fire escape. Dozens on the ninth floor died, unable to force open the locked door to the exit and the rear fire escape collapsed, killing many and eliminating an escape route for others. Although Pump Engine Company 20 and Ladder Company 20 arrived quickly (along with four other companies) the bodies of victims who had jumped hindered them from entering the building. In the end, a total of one-hundred forty-six women died in less than fifteen minutes bringing to the attention of the nation a need for more humane and safe working conditions in America’s factories.

In the American League…

On June 18th, the Detroit Tigers staged the biggest comeback in Major League history after overcoming a 13-1 deficit (after 5½ innings) to defeat the Chicago White Sox by a score of 16-15.

On September 28th, several hundred fans witnessed what is considered to be one of the worst contests in American League history as the New York Yankees and St. Louis Browns combined to accumulate twenty-four hits, twenty walks, twelve errors and fifteen stolen bases en route to an 18-12 (NY) final.

In the National League…

On May 22nd, Boston Braves pitcher Cliff Curtis set a Major League record by recording his twenty-third consecutive loss (beginning on June 13, 1910) with a 3-1 deficit against the St, Louis Cardinals.

Frank Schulte completed the season leading the National League in home runs (21) and RBIs (107); and also became the first player to have more than twenty doubles, twenty triples, and twenty home runs in a single season!

Philadelphia Phillies ace Grover Alexander dominated the month of September after tossing complete game shutouts on the 7th, 13th, 17th and 21st.

Around the League…

The idea of selecting a Most Valuable Player was introduced after automobile maker Hugh Chalmers offered a brand new car to the MVP in each league to be chosen by a select committee of baseball writers.

The Pennsylvania Railroad set a speed record on May 29th after transporting the Chicago Cubs one-hundred ninety-one miles from Columbus, Ohio, to Pittsburgh in two-hundred fifteen minutes. After arriving at the game, the Cubs showed some speed of their own and beat the Pirates 4-1.

The Federal Express of the Hartford Railroad (carrying the St. Louis Cardinals to Boston) plunged down an eighteen-foot embankment outside Bridgeport, Connecticut, killing fourteen passengers. Fortunately, no players were injured, and each helped to remove bodies and rescue the injured.

TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY

TODAY IN SPORTS – LA RAMS WIN SUPER BOWL LVI OVER CINCINNATI, WR COOPER KUPP NAMED MVP

1923 — The New York Renaissance, the first all-black pro basketball team, is organized. Rens become one of the dominant basketball team of the 1920s and 1930s.

1937 — Maribel Vinson wins her ninth and final U.S. figure skating singles championship. Robin Lee wins his third straight men’s title.

1937 — The NFL Redskins move from Boston to Washington.

1948 — Dick Button, the Olympic gold medalist, beats Hans Gerschwiler again to win the men’s World Figure Skating championship in Davos, Switzerland.

1954 — Furman’s Frank Selvey scores 100 points in a 149-95 victory over Newberry. Selvey breaks the record of 73 points, set by Temple’s Bill Mlkvy in 1951, with 41 field goals and 18 free throws.

1973 — Frank Mahovlich of the Montreal Canadiens scores his 1,000th career point with an assist in a 7-6 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers.

1975 — Boston’s Bobby Orr gets an assist in the Boston Bruins in a 3-1 loss to the Buffalo Sabres to become the first player in NHL history to reach 100 points in six consecutive seasons. It’s the final 100-point season of his career.

1977 — Julius Erving, playing in his first NBA All-Star Game, is voted MVP, despite his East team losing 125-124. Erving scores 30 points and grabs 12 rebounds.

1990 — Bryan Trottier of the New York Islanders becomes the 15th player in NHL history to reach the 500-goal mark, scoring in the second period of a 4-2 loss to the Calgary Flames.

1994 — Tommy Moe wins the men’s downhill over local hero Kjetil Andre Aamodt at the Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway. Moe won by .04 seconds, the closest Alpine race in Olympic history. Norwegian speed skater Johann Olav Koss has a world record-setting gold medal performance in the 5,000 meters in 6 minutes, 34.96 seconds.

1995 — Connecticut is voted No. 1 in The Associated Press Top 25 and joins the school’s women’s team at the top. It is the first time teams from one school were ranked No. 1 in the men’s and women’s college basketball polls.

1999 — Steve Jaros rolls the 13th televised 300 game in PBA history en route to winning the Chattanooga Open.

2003 — Teresa Phillips becomes the first woman to coach a men’s Division I team, but her presence couldn’t stop Tennessee State from losing for the 17th straight time, 71-56 at Austin Peay.

2015 — Ted Ligety wins the giant slalom at world championships held at Beaver Creek, Colo. Ligety defeats Austrian rival Marcel Hirscher by 0.45 seconds, to attain his third straight world giant slalom title.

2018 — Chloe Kim saves the best for last in winning women’s halfpipe snowboarding event at the Pyeongchang Games. The 17-year-old from Torrance, California, puts up a leading score of 93.75 on the first of her three finals runs, and then betters it with a near-perfect 98.75 on her final run. Kim, with the gold already well in hand, becomes the first woman to land back-to-back 1080s, confirming her dominance in the sport.

2022 – Super Bowl LVI, SoFi Stadium, Inglewood, CA: Los Angeles Rams beat Cincinnati Bengals, 23-20; MVP: Cooper Kupp, LA Rams, WR.

NUMBERS IN SPORTS

1 – 8 – 17 -18 – 24 -19 – 33 

February 13, 1923  – The first all-Black Pro Basketball team, the New York Renaissance, forms and organizes. Bob Douglas, known as the Father of Black Professional Basketball, and who was the eventual the first African American elected to Basketball Hall of Fame started the ball club for African Americans. At one point in the 1932 through 1933 season, they won 88 games in a row barnstorming across the country playing the likes of the Harlem Globetrotters and the Boston Celtics.

February 13, 1974 – James Cool Papa Bell,  is selected to enter into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Bell who played mostly in the Negro Leagues of baseball wore Numbers 1, 8, 17, 18, and 24 according to historian Larry Lester.

February 13, 1982 – New York Islander legend Bryan Trottier, Number 19 tallies 5 goals against the Philadelphia Flyers in a single game.

February 13, 1990 – The amazing streak of games with a free throw made ends for celebrated Boston Celtic star, Number 33,  Larry Bird after 71 games.

TV SPORTS TUESDAY

COLLEGE BASKETBALL (MEN’S)

6:30 p.m.

FS1 — Marquette at Butler

7 p.m.

ACCN — Pittsburgh at Virginia

CBSSN — St. John’s at Providence

ESPN — North Carolina at Syracuse

ESPN2 — Iowa St. at Cincinnati

ESPNU — Texas A&M at Vanderbilt

PEACOCK — Michigan at Illinois

8 p.m.

SECN — LSU at Florida

8:30 p.m.

FS1 — Georgetown at Creighton

9 p.m.

ACCN — Louisville at Boston College

CBSSN — Colorado St. at San Diego St.

ESPN — Mississippi at Kentucky

ESPN2 — Oklahoma at Baylor

ESPNU — Florida St. at Virginia Tech

PEACOCK — Ohio St. at Wisconsin

11 p.m.

CBSSN — New Mexico at Nevada

COLLEGE BASKETBALL (WOMEN’S)

7 p.m.

BTN — Minnesota at Rutgers

NBA BASKETBALL

7:30 p.m.

TNT — Oklahoma City at Orlando

10 p.m.

TNT — Sacramento at Phoenix

SOCCER (MEN’S)

3 p.m.

CBS — UEFA Champions League: Manchester City at Copenhagen, Round of 16 – Leg 1

10 p.m.

FS2 — CONCACAF Champions Cup: Forge FC at Guadalajara, First Round – Leg 2

TENNIS

5 a.m.

TENNIS — Doha-WTA, Rotterdam-ATP, Buenos Aires-ATP, Delray Beach-ATP Early Rounds

6 a.m.

TENNIS — Doha-WTA, Rotterdam-ATP, Buenos Aires-ATP, Delray Beach-ATP Early Rounds

5 a.m. (Wednesday)

TENNIS — Doha-WTA, Rotterdam-ATP, Buenos Aires-ATP, Delray Beach-ATP Early Rounds

6 a.m. (Wednesday) TENNIS — Doha-WTA, Rotterdam-ATP, Buenos Aires-ATP, Delray Beach-ATP Early Rounds