INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL BOYS BASKETBALL SCORES MONDAY

Bloomington South 74 Indianapolis HomeSchool 57
Calumet 70 Lake Station 58
Chesterton 67 LaPorte 64
Lakewood Park 37 South Adams 34


Carmi (Ill.) Classic
Mount Vernon (Posey) 68 Harrisburg (Ill.) 54
Carmi (Ill.) 60 Evansville Day 33


Northeast Corner Conference Tournament
Fairfield 60 Angola 38

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL BOYS BASKETBALL SCHEDULE TUESDAY

ALL TIMES EASTERN
Anderson at Marion 7:30 pm
Angola at DeKalb 7:30 pm
Believe Circle City at Indianapolis International 6:00 pm
Ben Davis at Decatur Central 7:30 pm
Bethany Christian at Prairie Heights 7:30 pm
Bowman Academy at Hammond Noll 7:00 pm
Brebeuf Jesuit at Indianapolis Metropolitan 7:30 pm
Calumet Christian at Hammond Science & Tech 6:30 pm
Chesterton at Hobart 8:00 pm
Columbia City at Homestead 7:30 pm
Eastbrook at Daleville 7:30 pm
Elkhart at Concord 7:45 pm
Elkhart Christian at Trinity Greenlawn 7:30 pm
Evansville Mater Dei at Vincennes Lincoln 8:00 pm
Fort Wayne Concordia at New Haven 7:30 pm
Fort Wayne Luers at Jay County 7:30 pm
Goshen at Jimtown 7:30 pm
Henderson County (Ky.) at Castle 8:00 pm
Huntington North at Fort Wayne Canterbury 7:30 pm
Indiana Math & Science at Indianapolis Riverside ppd.
Indianapolis Shortridge at Greenfield-Central 7:30 pm
Jac-Cen-Del at Franklin County 7:30 pm
Jennings County at Columbus North 7:30 pm
Kankakee Valley at Knox 8:00 pm
Lake Central at Lowell 8:00 pm
Lakeland Christian at Clinton Christian 7:00 pm
Medora at West Washington 7:30 pm
Merrillville at Crown Point 8:00 pm
Mishawaka Marian at Culver Academy 7:30 pm
Mooresville at Columbus East 7:30 pm
Mooresville Christian at Tabernacle Christian 6:45 pm
New Palestine at Richmond 7:30 pm
Northview at Terre Haute North 7:30 pm
Owen Valley at White River Valley 7:30 pm
Penn at Northridge 7:45 pm
Perry Central at Crawford County 8:00 pm
Seven Oaks at Lighthouse Christian 7:30 pm
South Bend Adams at South Bend Washington 7:30 pm
South Bend Clay at Mishawaka ppd.
South Bend St. Joseph at NorthWood 7:45 pm
South Putnam at Cascade 7:30 pm
Southern Wells at Adams Central 7:30 pm
Speedway at Indianapolis Lutheran 7:30 pm
Thrival Indy Academy at GEO Next Generation 7:30 pm
Wabash at Mississinewa 7:30 pm
Warren Central at Zionsville 7:30 pm
Whiting at River Forest 8:00 pm
Carmi (Ill.) Classic
Evansville Day vs. Fairfield (Ill.) 6:30 pm


Indianapolis City Tournament
Covenant Christian at Christel House 7:30 pm R1
Indianapolis Herron at Heritage Christian 7:30 pm R1
Indianapolis Scecina at Indianapolis Chatard 7:30 pm R1
Indianapolis Ritter at Indianapolis Tindley 7:30 pm R1
Providence Cristo Rey at Indianapolis Tech 6:00 pm R1
Indianapolis Washington at Purdue Poly Englewood 7:30 pm R1

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS BASKETBALL SCORES MONDAY
Indianapolis Scecina 53 Indiana Math & Science 23
Loyola Academy (Ill.) 51 Lake Central 39
Medora 60 Crothersville 48
Monrovia 64 Indianapolis Lutheran 40
North Knox 67 North Central (Farmersburg) 32
Northridge 72 NorthWood 36
Springs Valley 71 Washington Catholic 11
Upper Arlington (Ohio) 61 Avon 54
White River Valley 72 Dugger Union 17


Northeast Corner Tournament
Eastside 53 Fairfield 24


Porter County Tournament
Washington Twp. 38 Westville 34

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS BASKETBALL SCHEDULE TUESDAY

ALL TIMES EASTERN
Adams Central at Eastbrook 7:30 pm
Anderson Prep at Blackford 7:30 pm
Andrean at Lake Station 8:00 pm
Beech Grove at Indianapolis Tech 6:30 pm
Bloomington North at Brownstown Central 7:30 pm
Blue River at Randolph Southern 7:30 pm
Boonville at Jasper 8:00 pm
Borden at South Central (Elizabeth) 7:30 pm
Brebeuf Jesuit at Park Tudor 7:30 pm
Brownsburg at Pike 7:30 pm
Carmel at Fishers 7:30 pm
Carroll (Flora) at Eastern (Greentown) 7:30 pm
Charleston (Ill.) at Terre Haute South 6:30 pm
Churubusco at Lakeland 7:30 pm
Clinton Prairie at Frankfort 7:30 pm
Cloverdale at Parke Heritage 7:30 pm
Columbia City at Huntington North 7:30 pm
Concord at Bethany Christian 7:00 pm
Covenant Christian at Triton Central 7:30 pm
Crawfordsville at Covington 7:30 pm
Crothersville at Austin 7:30 pm
Culver Academy at Michigan City 8:00 pm
Eastern (Pekin) at Clarksville 7:30 pm
Edgewood at Eastern Greene 7:30 pm
Edinburgh at South Decatur 7:30 pm
Evansville Christian at Evansville Harrison 8:00 pm
Faith Christian at West Central 7:30 pm
Forest Park at South Spencer 8:00 pm
Fort Recovery (Ohio) at South Adams 7:30 pm
Fort Wayne Concordia at Fort Wayne Blackhawk 7:30 pm
Fort Wayne Luers at Fort Wayne North 6:30 pm
Frontier at Rossville 6:30 pm
Garrett at Bellmont 7:30 pm
Goshen at Jimtown 6:00 pm
Greenfield-Central at Muncie Central 7:00 pm
Guerin Catholic at Sheridan 7:30 pm
Hamilton Southeastern at Lawrence North 7:30 pm
Harrison (West Lafayette) at Noblesville 7:30 pm
Henryville at Christian Academy 7:30 pm
Heritage at Southern Wells 7:00 pm
Heritage at Lakewood Park ppd.
Heritage Hills at Gibson Southern 8:00 pm
Highland at Griffith 8:00 pm
Hobart at Merrillville 8:00 pm
Homestead at Warsaw 7:30 pm
Illiana Christian at Calumet 7:00 pm
Indianapolis Washington at Bethesda Christian 6:00 pm
Knightstown at Cambridge City Lincoln 7:30 pm
Lafayette Jeff at West Lafayette 7:30 pm
Lapel at Pendleton Heights 7:30 pm
Lawrence Central at North Central (Indianapolis) 7:30 pm
Lawrenceburg at East Central 7:30 pm
Lebanon at Lafayette Central Catholic 7:30 pm
Leo at Fort Wayne Luers 7:30 pm
Lowell at Whiting 8:00 pm
Maconaquah at Southwood 7:45 pm
Madison at Scottsburg 7:30 pm
Marion at Fort Wayne South 7:30 pm
Martinsville at Brown County 7:30 pm
McCutcheon at Danville 7:30 pm
Milford (Ill.) at Attica 6:30 pm
Mooresville at Mount Vernon (Fortville) 7:30 pm
Morristown at Greenwood Christian 7:00 pm
Mount Vernon (Posey) at Evansville Memorial 8:00 pm
Muncie Burris at Centerville 7:30 pm
New Albany at Charlestown 7:30 pm
New Castle at Tri 7:30 pm
North Harrison at Corydon Central 7:30 pm
North Miami at Oak Hill 7:30 pm
North Newton at Rensselaer Central 8:00 pm
North Posey at Princeton 8:00 pm
North White at Demotte Christian 7:30 pm
Northwestern at Western 7:30 pm
NorthWood at Mishawaka Marian 7:30 pm
Orleans at Lanesville 7:30 pm
Paoli at Mitchell 7:30 pm
Pioneer at North Judson 8:00 pm
Plainfield at Franklin Central 7:30 pm
Plymouth at Winamac ppd.
Prairie Heights at East Noble 7:30 pm
Rising Sun at Trinity Lutheran 7:30 pm
Seeger at North Montgomery 7:00 pm
Seven Oaks at Lighthouse Christian 6:00 pm
Seymour at Jeffersonville 7:30 pm
Shawe Memorial at New Washington 6:00 pm
Shenandoah at Cowan 7:30 pm
Shoals at Barr-Reeve 7:30 pm
South Bend Career at South Bend Clay 6:00 pm
South Ripley at South Dearborn 7:30 pm
South Vermillion at North Vermillion 7:30 pm
Southridge at Wood Memorial 7:30 pm
Southwestern (Shelbyville) at Indianapolis Herron 7:30 pm
Speedway at Western Boone 7:30 pm
Switzerland County at Jac-Cen-Del 7:30 pm
Tipton at Kokomo 7:30 pm
Tri-County at Clinton Central 7:30 pm
Valparaiso at Twin Lakes 7:30 pm
Vincennes Rivet at Tecumseh 8:00 pm
Warren Central at Greensburg 8:00 pm
Washington Catholic at Evansville Bosse 6:00 pm
Wawasee at Mishawaka 7:30 pm
West Noble at Eastside 7:00 pm
West Vigo at Bloomfield 7:30 pm
Westview at Angola 7:30 pm
Whitko at Fort Wayne Wayne 7:30 pm
Yorktown at Frankton 7:30 pm


Porter County Tournament
Boone Grove vs. Kouts 6:30 pm R1
Morgan Twp. at South Central (Union Mills) 8:00 pm R1

INDIANA GIRLS BASKETBALL ICGSA POLLS

4A

1. HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN (17-1)

2. LAWRENCE CENTRAL (20-1)

3. COLUMBIA CITY (16-2)

4. CENTER GROVE (19-1)

5. FORT WAYNE SNIDER (16-2)

6. JENNINGS COUNTY (17-3)

7. FRANKLIN (17-2)

8. LAWRENCE NORTH (14-4)

9. HOMESTEAD (16-3)

10. SOUTH BEND WASHINGTON (14-4)

11. FRANKLIN CENTRAL (10-7)

12. BEDFORD NORTH LAWRENCE (16-4)

12. NORTHRIDGE (18-2)

12. LAKE CENTRAL (17-3)

15. HOBART (6-13)

15. ZIONSVILLE (16-4)

3A

1. RENSSELAER CENTRAL (18-0)

2. HAMILTON HEIGHTS (18-2)

3. NORWELL (16-4)

4. GREENSBURG (15-3)

5. INDIAN CREEK (15-4)

6. BENTON CENTRAL (20-3)

7. GIBSON SOUTHERN (16-4)

8. EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL (15-3)

9. SCOTTSBURG (17-2)

10. WESTERN (14-3)

11. WASHINGTON (17-4)

12. WEST LAFAYETTE (11-8)

2A

1. NORTH KNOX (18-1)

2. SOUTH KNOX (18-1)

3. EASTERN HANCOCK (18-1)

4. EASTBROOK (17-1)

5. LAPEL (16-3)

6. CARROLL (FLORA) (16-3)

7. EASTSIDE (17-3)

8. AUSTIN (15-5)

9. LEWIS CASS (15-2)

10. PROVIDENCE (13-7)

11. PARKE HERITAGE (17-3)

12. ALEXANDRIA (15-4)

13. BLACKFORD (15-5)

14. NORTHEASTERN (13-6)

14. TRITON CENTRAL (14-5)

16. FORT WAYNE LUERS (10-6)

1A

1. LANESVILLE (19-1)

2. CASTON (17-1)

3. MARQUETTE CATHOLIC (17-2)

4. BORDEN (15-3)

5. ORLEANS (17-1)

6. CLINTON CENTRAL (19-1)

7. SPRINGS VALLEY (17-3)

8. JAC-CEN-DEL (15-4)

9. BETHANY CHRISTIAN (15-3)

10. TRI-TOWNSHIP (17-1)

11. TRI (18-2)

12. MORGAN TWP. (13-5)

13. OLDENBURG ACADEMY (14-4)

14. WOOD MEMORIAL (9-9)

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLING RESULTS

https://indianamat.com/index.php?/dualresults.html/

NFL PLAYOFFS MONDAY

BUFFALO 31 PITTSBURGH 17

TAMPA BAY PHILADELPHIA 9

SCHEDULE

Saturday, Jan. 20

AFC:    4:30 p.m.                      Houston at Baltimore (ESPN/ABC, ESPN+, ESPN Deportes)

NFC:    8:00 p.m.                       Green Bay at San Francisco (FOX, FOX Deportes)

Sunday, Jan. 21

NFC:    3:00 p.m.                      Tampa Bay at Detroit (NBC, Peacock, Universo)

AFC:    6:30 p.m.                      Kansas City at Buffalo (CBS, Paramount+)

The AFC and NFC Championship Games, presented by Intuit TurboTax, will take place on Sunday, January 28:

Sunday, Jan. 28​

AFC:    3:00 p.m.                      AFC Championship Game (CBS, Paramount+)   

NFC:    6:30 p.m.                       NFC Championship Game (FOX, FOX Deportes)

MEN’S TOP 25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCORES

#11 MARQUETTE 87 VILLANOVA 74

ELSEWHERE:

MICHIGAN 73 OHIO STATE 65

IOWA 86 MINNESOTA 77

BOSTON COLLEGE 63 NOTRE DAME 59

MEN’S AP COLLEGE BASKETBALL TOP 25 POLL

  1. UCONN, 15-2 (20)
  2. PURDUE, 15-2 (12)
  3. NORTH CAROLINA, 13-3
  4. KANSAS, 14-2
  5. HOUSTON, 14-2
  6. DUKE, 13-3
  7. TENNESSEE, 12-4
  8. WISCONSIN, 13-3
  9. BAYLOR, 14-2
  10. KENTUCKY, 12-3
  11. AUBURN, 14-2
  12. MEMPHIS, 15-2
  13. ARIZONA, 12-4
  14. ILLINOIS, 12-4
  15. CREIGHTON, 13-4
  16. OKLAHOMA, 13-3
  17. UTAH STATE, 16-1
  18. MARQUETTE, 11-5
  19. BYU, 13-3
  20. IOWA STATE, 13-3
  21. OLE MISS, 15-1
  22. TCU, 13-3
  23. DAYTON, 13-2
  24. SAN DIEGO STATE, 14-3
  25. TEXAS TECH, 14-2

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: COLORADO STATE 81; FLORIDA ATLANTIC 67; ALABAMA 60; SETON HALL 40; CLEMSON 39; GRAND CANYON 34; TEXAS 20; NEVADA 14; GONZAGA 11; OREGON 10; NC STATE 9; VILLANOVA 8; JAMES MADISON 8; PRINCETON 7; ST. JOHN’S 6; FLORIDA STATE 4; WAKE FOREST 2; NEBRASKA 2; FLORIDA 2; NEW MEXICO 1; INDIANA STATE 1

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL TOP 25 SCORES

#1 SOUTH CAROLINA 98 KENTUCKY 36

AP WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL POLL

1 SOUTH CAROLINA   15-0           

2 IOWA 17-1      

3 COLORADO 15-1          

4 NORTH CAROLINA STATE 15-1 

5 UCLA 14-1       

6 USC 13-1         

7 KANSAS STATE 17-1     

8 STANFORD 15-2           

9 CONNECTICUT 13-3    

10 LSU 16-2       

11 TEXAS 16-2   

12 BAYLOR 14-2

13 LOUISVILLE 15-2        

14 VIRGINIA TECH 13-3 

15 FLORIDA STATE 14-4 

16 INDIANA 14-2             

17 GONZAGA 16-2          

18 OHIO STATE 12-3       

19 NOTRE DAME 12-3    

20 UTAH 10-5    

21 CREIGHTON 13-3       

22 MARQUETTE 15-2     

23 NORTH CAROLINA 12-5          

24 IOWA STATE 12-4       

25 UNLV 14-1    

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES:

OREGON STATE 14-2      

WEST VIRGINIA 14-2      

SYRACUSE 14-2                

VANDERBILT 16-2            

PRINCETON 12-3                            

AUBURN 12-5                  

FAIRFIELD 13-1 

MICHIGAN STATE 12-4   

NBA SCOREBOARD

UTAH 132 INDIANA 105

PHILADELPHIA 124 HOUSTON 115

DALLAS 125 NEW ORLEANS 120

DETROIT 129 WASHINGTON 117

ORLANDO 98 NEW YORK 94

ATLANTA 109 SAN ANTONIO 99

MEMPHIS 116 GOLDEN STATE 107

CLEVELAND 109 CHICAGO 91

MIAMI 96 BROOKLYN 95 OT

BOSTON 105 TORONTO 96

LA LAKERS 112 OKLAHOMA CITY 105

NHL SCOREBOARD

BUFFALO 3 SAN JOSE 0

BOSTON 3 NEW JERSEY 0

ANAHEIM 5 FLORIDA 4 OT

COLUMBUS 4 VANCOUVER 3

PITTSBURGH 3 SEATTLE 0

LOS ANGELES 5 CAROLINA 2

VEGAS 4 NASHVILLE 1

MINNESOTA 5 NY ISLANDERS 0

MONTRÉAL 4 COLORADO 3

PHILADELPHIA 4 ST. LOUIS 2

NATIONAL SPORTS RELEASES/HEADLINES

NFL PLAYOFFS/NEWS

MAYFIELD LEADS BUCS PAST EAGLES, SETS UP GAME WITH LIONS

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — All Baker Mayfield and the resurgent Tampa Bay Buccaneers wanted was an opportunity to make some noise in the playoffs.

A strong finish

A strong finish to the regular season provided one. Their 32-9 wild-card playoff victory over Jalen Hurts and the defending NFC champion Philadelphia Eagles on Monday night guaranteed they’ll have another.

Mayfield threw for 337 yards and three touchdowns, and Tampa Bay’s defense never allowed Hurts and Philadelphia’s sputtering offense to get into a rhythm before a crowd of 63,397 at Raymond James Stadium.

The Bucs (10-8) won for the sixth time in seven games to advance to a NFC divisional round matchup on the road next Sunday against the Detroit Lions (13-5), another team — like the Eagles — that stymied Mayfield during the regular season.

“We worked extremely hard to get a chance to be in the playoffs and we just wanted an opportunity. Our guys came out and played really really well. … Once again, the defense played lights out. We’re happy, but we’ve still got more to go,” Mayfield said.

“We were underdogs, we’re going to be underdogs next week, too,” coach Todd Bowles added. “We understand that. We embrace it. We like it.”

David Moore scored on a 44-yard reception in the first quarter. Rookie Trey Palmer broke the game open with a 56-yard catch-and-run for a TD that put the Bucs up 25-9 late in the third quarter. Both receivers took advantage of a porous, poor-tackling Eagles secondary to make their way to the end zone.

Mayfield, the 2018 No. 1 overall draft pick who’s playing with his fourth team in less than two years, completed 22 of 36 passes without an interception. He capped his first playoff appearance since the 2020 season with a 23-yard TD pass to Chris Godwin.

“We were a little out of sync. That starts with me,” Eagles coach Nick Sirianni said. “I wasn’t good enough. I didn’t put them in good enough positions.”

Mayfield said the communication by the Bucs’ offense throughout the week made things feel comfortable during the game.

“Everybody was on the same page, knowing what we were going to do offensively, schematically,” Mayfield said. “Came out and attacked. Obviously, got to make a few more plays overall on offense, but we made more than enough to win tonight.”

It was a disappointing finish for Philadelphia (11-7), which lost to Kansas City in last year’s Super Bowl and then spent spent much of this season resembling a club focused and determined to get back to the title game.

The Eagles played without leading receiver A.J. Brown, who injured a knee in the regular-season finale. Hurts started despite dislocating the middle finger on his throwing hand the previous week, and was 25 of 35 for 250 yards and one TD before being replaced by backup Marcus Mariota in the final minute.

“The reality is we have to be better, and it starts with me,” Hurts said.

The Bucs, who lost to the Lions 20-6 in Week 6, regrouped following a stretch in which they lost six of seven games to go 5-1 over the last six weeks of the regular season to win their third straight NFC South title and clinch a franchise-record fourth consecutive playoff berth.

The Eagles entered Monday night looking for a solution to what ailed them during a stunning about-face that saw them go 1-5 down the stretch after a 10-1 start to the season that included a dominant 14-point victory over Tampa Bay in Week 3.

“The well ran dry a little the last six weeks,” Eagles tackle Lane Johnson said.

Philadelphia outgained the Bucs 472 yards to 174, running 78 plays to Tampa Bay’s 44 in the first meeting. With Mayfield getting off to a quick start against a porous, poor-tackling Eagles secondary, the Bucs gained 178 yards in the first quarter alone Monday night.

Chase McLaughlin kicked field goals of 28, 54 and 48 yards, the latter extending Tampa Bay’s lead to 16-3 late in the second quarter. The Eagles cut into their deficit with Hurts using a 55-yard completion to DeVonta Smith to set up a 5-yard scoring pass to Dallas Goedert.

The score remained 16-9, though. Sirianni took Jake Elliott’s conversion kick off the board after the Bucs were penalized for offsides. The Eagles lined up to go for 2 points from the 1-yard line, but Tampa Bay stopped Hurts for no gain.

Smith finished with eight receptions for 148 yards for the Eagles.

BIG DOM RETURNS

Eagles security chief Dom DiSandro was back on the team’s sideline after he was barred for the final five games of the regular season after a sideline altercation with 49ers linebacker Dre Greenlaw on Dec. 3. The Eagles were fined $100,000 for the incident. DiSandro was permitted to travel and perform all other work duties during the sideline ban.

HONORARY CAPTAINS

Three members of the family of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. served as honorary team captains for the Buccaneers.

Martin Luther King III, Arndrea Waters King, and Yolanda Renee King attended the game as special guests and participated in the pregame coin toss. It’s the first time members of the King family have participated in the commemoration of MLK Day at an NFL game.

INJURIES

Eagles: WR Julio Jones left in the second quarter to be evaluated for a concussion and did not return. … CB Darius Slay, who returned after being sidelined for a month with a knee injury, was carted off with six minutes remaining. There was no immediate announcement on the nature of his injury.

Buccaneers: RB Rachaad White limped off the field in the second quarter, but returned and finished with 72 yards rushing on 18 attempts.

BILLS BEAT STEELERS, ADVANCE TO PLAY CHIEFS

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Josh Allen threw three touchdown passes and scored on a franchise playoff-record 52-yard touchdown run, and the Buffalo Bills beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 31-17 on Monday in an AFC wild-card playoff game that was postponed a day because of a lake-effect blizzard.

The Highmark Stadium stands erupted with snow being tossed into the air like confetti when Allen threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to Khalil Shakir with 6:27 remaining that restored a two-touchdown lead for Buffalo. Shakir caught the pass at the 10 over the middle, and then slipped Minkah Fitzpatrick’s tackle attempt by spinning around before outracing the rest of the Steelers defenders into the end zone.

The second-seeded Bills (12-6), who closed the regular season with five straight wins, advance to host Patrick Mahomes and the No. 3 seed Kansas City Chiefs in the divisional round on Sunday night.

“We’ve got a resilient group. The veteran leadership that we have, I really think it’s unmatched in the league,” Allen said of a team that was 6-6 after an overtime loss to Philadelphia on Nov. 26.

The Bills have longed for a home playoff game against the Chiefs after their 2020 and ’21 seasons ended with playoff losses at Kansas City.

“It’s going to take a team effort,” Allen said. “We know the type of team that they are, obviously the type of quarterback that they have in Pat over there. … Just thanking God that we get another chance to play another game.”

Allen finished 21 of 30 for 203 yards and ran for 74 yards on eight carries, becoming the first quarterback in NFL playoff history to throw three or more TD passes while rushing for 70 or more yards and a score. He didn’t have a turnover for just the fourth time this season.

Mason Rudolph threw two touchdown passes with an interception in his first playoff start for the Steelers (10-8), but Pittsburgh was too inconsistent on either side of the ball to keep up with Allen and the Bills. The Steelers lost their fifth straight playoff game; the franchise’s most recent postseason victory was exactly seven years ago.

Rudolph, a longtime backup, took over for the injured Kenny Pickett and the ineffective Mitch Trubisky to lead the Steelers to three straight wins to close the regular season and was given the playoff start even after Pickett recovered from an ankle injury.

“I’m appreciative of the efforts. But it’s not mystical. We didn’t do what was required to win tonight,” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said, noting that two Steelers turnovers led to the Bills scoring 14 points. “Can’t come into an environment like this with a playoff-caliber team and turn the ball over like that and expect to be competitive.”

Asked about his future in Pittsburgh after completing his 17th season — all of them with a record of .500 or better — Tomlin smirked and walked away.

Buffalo had a to wait an extra day to host the Steelers after a dangerous storm that dumped more than 2 feet of snow on the region, leading the NFL to bump the game from its scheduled Sunday afternoon start.

The elements didn’t play much of a factor. Though temperatures were in the teens, the skies were clear and there was only a slight breeze blowing in off Lake Erie.

The Steelers came out flat, allowing Buffalo to score touchdowns on three of its first five possessions and build a 21-0 lead on Allen’s electrifying touchdown run midway through the second quarter.

Rudolph went 22 of 39 for 229 yards with an interception.

Allen’s 9-yard touchdown pass to Dawson Knox capped an 80-yard opening drive for the Bills.

After Buffalo linebacker Terrel Bernard recovered receiver George Pickens’ fumble at the Pittsburgh 29, Allen threw a TD pass to Dalton Kincaid on the next play.

Allen’s touchdown run came after cornerback Kaiir Elam intercepted Rudolph’s pass intended for Diontae Johnson in the end zone.

The Steelers finally capitalized on one of the Bills’ few errors of the half, when coach Sean McDermott elected to attempt a 49-yard field goal into the wind with a little more than two minutes left.

Montravius Adams blocked Tyler Bass’ low kick. The ball squirted some 20 yards into Bills territory and was recovered by Nick Herbig at Buffalo’s 33. The Steelers scored five plays later on Rudolph’s 10-yard TD pass to Johnson.

Pittsburgh eventually cut the lead to 24-17 on Rudolph’s 7-yard touchdown pass to Calvin Austin with 10:32 left.

INJURIES

The Bills’ already depleted defense held up despite losing several regulars to injuries. Buffalo allowed 324 yards and limited the Steelers to converting 5 of 11 third-down opportunities.

Bernard was ruled out after twisting his right ankle and starting nickelback Taron Johnson did not return after being evaluated for a concussion. The Bills began the game without cornerback Rasul Douglas (knee) and linebacker Tyrel Dodson (shoulder).

TOMLIN LEAVES PRESSER AFTER QUESTION ABOUT STEELERS FUTURE

Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin left his press conference early after being asked about his coaching future following Monday’s wild-card loss to the Buffalo Bills.

Tomlin walking off from his presser comes after a report emerged that he would decide his future with the Steelers after the season. The veteran coach has one year remaining on his deal with Pittsburgh.

However, Steelers’ captain

However, Steelers’ captain and veteran defensive end Cameron Heyward said he believes Tomlin will be back, per NFL.com’s Bobby Kownack.

“This group would not function to even get to a playoff berth without Mike T. He keeps us accountable from top to bottom,” Heyward added.

Tomlin has never recorded a losing season in the NFL, guiding Pittsburgh to 17 straight campaigns with a .500 or better record. The 51-year-old has also won a Super Bowl with the franchise but has recently been short on playoff success.

Monday’s 31-17 loss to the Bills marked Tomlin’s fifth straight postseason defeat. The Steelers haven’t won a playoff game since Jan. 15, 2017.

FALCONS INTERVIEW BELICHICK FOR HEAD COACHING JOB

The Atlanta Falcons interviewed Bill Belichick for their vacant head coaching job, the team announced Monday.

No deal is imminent, but there’s mutual interest as the two sides continue to talk, according to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network.

This is Belichick’s first head coaching interview since parting ways with the New England Patriots after 24 seasons and six Super Bowl titles. The legendary coach also acted as New England’s de facto general manager. However, it’s been rumored that the 71-year-old is open to giving up GM duties on his new team. Terry Fontenot has been Atlanta’s general manager since 2021.

Arguably the most remarkable win of Belichick’s head coaching career came against the Falcons in Super Bowl LI, as the Patriots came back from a 28-3 third-quarter deficit to earn a 34-28 victory in overtime.

The Falcons’ job became vacant after the team dismissed Arthur Smith following a third straight 7-10 season. Atlanta showed improvement on defense this past campaign but struggled offensively, particularly at the quarterback position while starting Taylor Heinicke and Desmond Ridder.

Belichick owns a career record of 333-178, including the playoffs. However, the Patriots went 4-13 in 2023, their second straight losing season. Though New England’s offense has struggled since Tom Brady left the team, the club’s defense – Belichick’s area of expertise – has ranked in the top 10 in points or yards allowed each year since 2012.

Belichick is 15 victories away from becoming the NFL’s all-time winningest head coach.

In addition to Belichick, the Falcons have had head coaching interviews with Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator Mike Macdonald, Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Brian Callahan, San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks, Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Ejiro Evero, and Ravens assistant head coach Anthony Weaver.

Atlanta has also requested to speak with Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Ben Johnson and defensive coordinator Aaron Glenn, Los Angeles Rams defensive coordinator Raheem Morris, and Antonio Pierce, who finished the 2023 regular season as the Las Vegas Raiders’ interim sideline boss.

COWBOYS DC DAN QUINN HAS FOUR HC INTERVIEWS THIS WEEK

Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn will interview this week for the available head coaching position with four NFL teams, Sports Illustrated reported Monday.

Quinn, 53, reportedly

Quinn, 53, reportedly is expected to conduct interviews via Zoom with the Carolina Panthers and Tennessee Titans on Wednesday, the Washington Commanders on Thursday and the Los Angeles Chargers on Friday.

Quinn’s season ended Sunday when the second-seeded Cowboys lost 48-32 to the seventh-seeeded Green Bay Packers in an NFC wild-card game.

Dallas finished the regular season ranked fifth in the NFL in scoring defense (18.5 points per game) and total defense (299.7 yards per game). The Cowboys also tied for fifth with 26 takeaways.

Quinn had interviews with the Denver Broncos, Arizona Cardinals and Indianapolis Colts last January before announcing he’d be staying in Dallas to address “unfinished business.”

Quinn went 43-42 in five-plus seasons as Atlanta’s head coach and guided the Falcons to the Super Bowl following the 2016 season. Atlanta blew a 25-point lead in the Super Bowl and lost 34-28 in overtime to the New England Patriots.

REPORT: TORN ACL FOR PACKERS LB KINGSLEY ENAGBARE

The Green Bay Packers fear linebacker Kingsley Enagbare tore an ACL in Sunday’s wild-card win against the Dallas Cowboys, NFL Network reported Monday.

Coach Matt LaFleur told reporters after the 48-32 win that the knee injury did not look good for the second-year player.

Enagbare, who turns 24 on Thursday, played in all 17 games (four starts) and contributed 37 tackles, two sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery this season.

The 2022 fifth-round draft pick has five sacks, 14 quarterback hits and 68 tackles in 34 games (11 starts).

QB DESHAUN WATSON REMAINS CLEVELAND’S CENTERPIECE

Quarterback Deshaun Watson wraps up rehab on his surgically repaired shoulder before springtime and is on schedule to join the team at full strength for organized team activities.

“I’m confident he’ll be ready to roll this spring. He’s champing at the bit, but he’s doing everything he’s supposed to do when it comes to what the doctors are telling him and as he rehabs through this, but he’ll be ready to roll,” head coach Kevin Stefanski said.

Watson missed the late-season surge and wild-card playoff loss to the Houston Texans with the offense piloted by Joe Flacco. Flacco is unsigned for next season but Stefanski supports bringing the veteran back to the roster as Watson’s backup.

“I’d leave all those things up to obviously (GM) Andrew (Berry) in this offseason,” Stefanski said. “I will say this about Joe: Joe was awesome for this football team. He did a great job. Battled like crazy. I know he enjoyed it. We obviously wish (the playoff) outcome was different, but I have a ton of respect for Joe and what he was able to do.”

Flacco turns 39 on Tuesday and had five 300-yard games, including at Houston on Saturday, after signing as a free agent to join the practice squad on Nov. 20.

Watson had ankle and two separate shoulder injuries that kept him out of the lineup most of the 2023 season. He had surgery on his throwing shoulder in December. Watson served an 11-game suspension in his first season with the Browns.

But Stefanski said there’s not a doubt the organization still views him as a franchise quarterback. Cleveland’s first-round pick is again owed to the team that eliminated the Browns from the playoffs as part of the massive payment for the trade for Watson. Watson also signed a $230 million fully guaranteed contract.

“We feel really confident in the roster Andrew’s put together. And Deshaun’s a huge part of that,” Stefanski said.

“I mean 4-1 as a starter, some really great moments, that second half versus Baltimore is something that I don’t know how many people on Earth can do what he did with the injuries that he had in that second half. So very excited for him. He’s excited. I know he wants to get back healthy and he is well on his way to doing that.”

REPORT: DOLPHINS LT TERRON ARMSTEAD UNDECIDED ON ’24

Miami Dolphins five-time Pro Bowl left tackle Terron Armstead is undecided about returning for the 2024 season.

“I never make any decisions right after the season, I always take my time,” Armstead said Monday. “Talk to God, let him order my steps, talk to my kids. That’s been my approach the past three offseasons. It’ll be the same approach.”

Armstead said after his exit interview at the team facility on Monday he came back for the 2023 season with a “Super Bowl or bust approach.”

In addition to Armstead’s uncertain future, right guard Robert Hunt becomes an unrestricted free agent in March. Armstead said the Dolphins can’t lose Hunt.

“It’d be a no-brainer to me. Robert Hunt is on his way to being the best guard in the league,” Armstead said.

Cornerback Xavien Howard is another player who senses his future could be up in the air with speculation the Dolphins will approach him about a pay cut. Howard doesn’t plan to accept a reduced salary to stay in Miami, he said Monday.

“My eight years here, I loved it. And whatever happens, I’m with it,” he said.

Armstead, 32, missed four games on injured reserve this season with a knee injury and was inactive for three other games. He was named to the Pro Bowl for the fifth time in the past six seasons anyway.

Armstead has started 116 of his 120 games with the Dolphins (2022-23) and New Orleans Saints (2013-21), who drafted him in the third round in 2013.

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MICHIGAN RB DONOVAN EDWARDS RETURNING FOR 2024

Count running back Donovan Edwards in for Michigan’s bid to repeat as national champions in 2024.

Primarily a backup to Blake Corum for his first three seasons in Ann Arbor, Edwards has a chance to be a starter next season.

Michigan’s lead back Corum and Edwards’ roommate, quarterback J.J. McCarthy, declared for the 2024 NFL Draft.

Edwards posted a photo with the words “Michigan fans, I’m back,” to social media on Monday, the deadline for underclassmen to declare for the draft.

Edge rusher Josaiah Stewart also said he plans to return to Michigan, where he had 5.5 sacks and 38 tackles in 2023. Stewart had one sack and helped corral Jalen Milroe of Alabama on the final play of overtime to secure Michigan’s 27-20 Rose Bowl win.

Michigan pass rushers Braiden McGregor and Jaylen Harrell declared for the draft.

The Wolverines’ strong stable of backs returning despite Corum’s departure includes short-yardage specialist Kalel Mullings. Incoming recruits Jordan Marshall and Micah Ka’apana could also threaten for big roles in 2024.

Edwards took his first two carries of the College Football Playoff national championship for touchdowns in Michigan’s victory over Washington. Edwards’ first carry was a 46-yard TD run down the left sideline and his second went outside down the right sideline for a 41-yard score. He totaled 104 yards on six carries in the game.

He had 113 carries for 393 yards (3.5 yards per carry) and three touchdowns prior to the championship game showing and 30 receptions for 249 yards.

In 2022, Edwards had 991 rushing yards and seven touchdowns.

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UCONN HITS NO. 1 IN AP TOP 25 AFTER UPSET-FILLED WEEK; GONZAGA FALLS OUT FOR FIRST TIME SINCE 2016

Connecticut has followed last year’s run to the NCAA championship with its first No. 1 ranking in The Associated Press men’s college basketball poll in nearly 15 years, while Gonzaga has fallen out of the AP Top 25 for the first time in eight years.

The Huskies moved to the top of Monday’s latest poll after a tumultuous and upset-filled week across the sport, which included five new teams jumping into the poll. UConn claimed 39 of 63 first-place votes to climb three spots and replace Purdue at the top after the Boilermakers’ loss at Nebraska dropped them to No. 2.

This marks the first time UConn has hit No. 1 in the AP Top 25 since spending four weeks there in the second half of the 2008-09 season, which ended with the Huskies reaching the Final Four.

“Some people don’t want the target,” coach Dan Hurley said last week about the potential of reaching No. 1. “I think we embrace the target at UConn.”

Purdue claimed 20 first-place votes, followed by Kansas — the poll’s only team to stay in place from last week — holding three first-place votes despite a loss at UCF.

There was also

There was also North Carolina’s three-spot jump to No. 4 after beating rival North Carolina State for its third Atlantic Coast Conference road win in as many tries and blowing out Syracuse at home. UNC even picked up a first-place vote.

ZAGS’ FALL

Gonzaga fell out from No. 23 after a loss at Santa Clara, marking the first time Mark Few’s club has been unranked since the final two months of the 2015-16 season.

That ended a stretch of 143 consecutive weeks in the poll, with 39 of those coming at No. 1 — notably with that wire-to-wire run in the 2020-21 season that ended with Gonzaga suffering its only loss in the NCAA title game to Baylor.

CHAOTIC

The past week turned into a trap-filled slate for the AP Top 25 teams. Eight of the top 10 teams lost at least once, notably with No. 5 Houston losing two games by a combined five points for its first setbacks of the year.

But with 15 ranked teams losing last week, that insulated some teams from falling as much with everyone around them also stumbling. That ultimately meant the Cougars dropped just three spots to No. 5, while Purdue, No. 6 Tennessee and No. 8 Kentucky fell just one or two spots after their own losses to unranked teams.

THE TOP TIER

Duke rose four spots to No. 7 to return to the top 10 after starting the year at No. 2, followed by the Wildcats, No. 9 Baylor and No. 10 Memphis.

RISING AND SLIDING

Ten teams moved up in this week’s poll, with the Bears’ jump of five spots marking the biggest of the week. No. 11 Wisconsin, No. 16 Utah State and No. 18 Creighton joining the Blue Devils with a four-spot jump.

Oklahoma and Marquette had the week’s biggest tumble, each falling six spots. The 15th-ranked Sooners fell after road losses to TCU and Kansas, while the 17th-ranked Golden Eagles lost at home to Butler.

No. 12 Arizona and No. 14 Illinois each fell four spots, while a total of nine teams slid from last week’s poll.

WELCOME AND SO LONG

No. 19 TCU made the biggest debut to lead the week’s five newcomers to the poll after wins against Oklahoma and Houston.

No. 21 Dayton, No. 22 Mississippi, No. 24 Iowa State and No. 25 Texas Tech were the other new additions, with all but the Rebels making their first appearance for this season.

Colorado State (No. 17), San Diego State (No. 19), Clemson (No. 21) and Texas (No. 25) joined the Zags in falling out of the poll.

CONFERENCE WATCH

The Big 12 represented almost a third of this Top 25 with a national-best eight teams.

The Southeastern Conference was next with four teams, followed by the Big Ten and Big East with three, the Atlantic Coast and American Athletic conferences with two, and one each for the Pac-12, Atlantic-10 and Mountain West.

NO. 17 MARQUETTE PULLS AWAY LATE TO BEAT VILLANOVA

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Dwyane Wade’s pregame message to Marquette was direct.

The Golden Eagles heeded the Hall of Famer’s words.

“He said, ‘You guys have to win today,’” Marquette coach Shaka Smart recalled after the 17th-ranked Golden Eagles’ 87-74 victory over Villanova on Monday. “Obviously that can go both ways, but I thought our guys did play with a level of desperation and commitment to what goes into winning even as Villanova was raining 3’s in the first half.”

Kam Jones scored 22 points and Tyler Kolek had 19 points and 11 assists as Marquette shot 58.7% and outscored Villanova 30-17 over the last nine minutes. Oso Ighodaro added 18 points, seven rebounds, five assists and three steals.

Wade attended Monday’s game to announce he was making a $3 million gift to his alma mater that will grow the school’s summer reading program for Milwaukee children, establish a Wade Scholars program benefiting low-income students and expand the university’s athletic and human performance research center, which will include a new practice facility for the men’s basketball program.

The Hall of Famer’s appearance came as Marquette was trying to erase a two-game skid. The Golden Eagles were coming off a 69-62 loss to Butler in which they shot 32.9% to snap a 20-game home conference winning streak that had tied a Big East record.

“Anytime you lose a couple of games, and particularly the way we lost our last game and the way that we played on offense and shot the ball, there had to be some doubt overcome,” Smart said. “I thought the guys did a great job of overcoming that today.”

The Golden Eagles bounced back by relying on the lessons they had learned as kids. They continually worked the ball inside to get easy shots, as Marquette outscored Villanova 60-18 in the paint.

“Since kids, we’re just taught to shoot closer to the basket because it’s easier to make it,” said Marquette guard Stevie Mitchell, who scored nine points. “Just getting to the basket, getting high-percentage shots just gets our confidence going now shooting from outside.”

Mark Armstrong had a career-high 24 points for Villanova. Eric Dixon had 15 points and Brendan Hausen added 11 points.

Kolek had eight points during a 12-0 run that enabled Marquette to pull ahead for good and beat Villanova (11-6, 4-2) for a fifth straight time, the Golden Eagles’ longest win streak in this series’ 44-game history.

After trailing by 10 points early in the second half, Villanova tied the game at 57-all on Dixon’s 3-pointer with 10:01 remaining. The Wildcats wouldn’t score again for over 4 ½ minutes as Marquette went on a 12-0 run to pull ahead for good.

While that scoring drought proved critical, Armstrong cited other areas in which Villanova came up short.

“Just defending and rebounding,” Armstrong said. “We just didn’t come out and play hard enough. We’re going to go back to the gym and keep working.”

BIG PICTURE

Villanova: The Wildcats lost in part because they couldn’t stay hot from 3-point range. They went 9 of 18 from beyond the arc during a first half that featured eight ties and 12 lead changes. They were 5 of 15 on 3-point attempts in the second half.

Marquette: Kolek bounced back from a mini-slump and scored eight points during that 12-0 run. The reigning Big East player of the year had averaged just 3.5 points while shooting 2 of 19 overall and 1 of 10 from 3-point range during that two-game skid.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

This victory should enable the Golden Eagles to stay in the Top 25 next week even if they lose on Saturday.

UP NEXT

Villanova: Hosts No. 1 UConn on Saturday.

Marquette: Visits St. John’s on Saturday.

BIG 10 MEN’S BASKETBALL

Player of the Week
Jahmir Young, Maryland
G – 5th Yr. – 6-1 – Upper Marlboro, Md. – DeMatha Catholic – Major: Sociology

  • Averaged 20.0 points, 6.5 assists, 3.5 rebounds, and 1.5 steals, as the Terrapins scored a pair of wins
  • Scored a game-high 28 points, including 16 in the second half, and record eight assists, two rebounds, a steal, and a blocked shot to lead Maryland to a 76-67 win at then-No. 10 Illinois
  • Recorded 10 of his 12 points in the second half a 64-57 win over Michigan, posting a +19 after the halftime break
  • Garners his second career Player of the Week award
  • Last Maryland Player of the Week: Jahmir Young. (Jan. 2, 2024)

 
Freshman of the Week
Owen Freeman, Iowa
F – 6-10 – Moline, Ill. – Moline – Major: Sport and Recreation Management

  • Paired 22 points and 10 rebounds in the Hawkeyes’ 94-76 win over Nebraska
  • Connected on a team season-high 11 field goals in just 13 attempts
  • Notched his third double-double of the season
  • Earns his sixth Freshman of the Week award
  • Last Iowa Freshman of the Week: Owen Freeman (Jan. 8, 2024)

MAC MEN’S BASKETBALL

AGEE, FREEMAN SHARE PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS

MAC Men’s Basketball Co-Player of the Week
Enrique Freeman, Senior, Forward, Akron
Cleveland, Ohio (St. Martin De Porres)
Enrique Freeman helped lead the charge as the Zips went 2-0 to stay undefeated in MAC play this past week. The senior forward posted 17.5 points per game and 14 rebounds per game which featured a 21-point, 15-rebound performance on Friday against Buffalo. Going 14-of-21 (.667) from the field, Freeman also went 6-of-9 from the free throw line this past week. He recorded his 13th and 14th double-double of the year, which keeps him No. 1 in the nation while he has recorded a double-double in 10 consecutive games. Freeman also recorded his ninth 20+ point, 10+ rebound performance of the season.
 
The Akron big man started the week with 14 points in an 80-76 road win at Ball State where he also picked up 13 rebounds, one assist, and one block. Against the Bulls, Freeman exploded for 21 points and 15 rebounds on a 9-of-10 shooting night (.900) where he hit his lone 3-point attempt and went 2-of-2 from the charity stripe. He also collected an assist and another block in the 76-59 home victory. The second half saw Freeman go a perfect 4-of-4 from the field and 2-of-2 from the free throw line while collecting nine of his 15 boards against the Bulls.
 
MAC Men’s Basketball Co-Player of the Week
Rashaun Agee, Senior, Forward, Bowling Green
Chicago, Ill. (Bogan Technical)
Rashaun Agee erupted for the Falcons, leading BGSU to two MAC wins and missing back-to-back double-doubles by a single rebound while leading the Falcons in assists in both games. Agee began the week with 12 points against Ohio to go along with a career-high 15 rebounds, the most rebounds by a Falcon this season. Of Agee’s 15 boards, a career-high eight came on the offensive end. He also added a career-high and team-leading six assists in the contest. Agee followed it up with a stellar performance in his home state Saturday. Against NIU, Agee tallied a team-high 24 points to go along with nine rebounds, just a rebound shy of a double-double. Agee added four assists to his stat line, again leading the Falcons in stat for the second straight game.

HCAC 2023-24 MEN’S BASKETBALL NOTEBOOK, WEEK 9

Athlete of the Week:
Zach Sawyer (Columbus, Ohio) Manchester University | Guard | Senior – Zach Sawyer totaled 58 points 22 rebounds, averaging 29 points per game as the Spartans went 1-1 on the week. During Manchester’s win against Defiance, Sawyer had a season- high 31 points with 8 rebounds, 5 steals, and 5 assists. During Saturday’s matchup against Hanover, the senior guard totaled 27 points with 14 rebounds, 3 steals, 5 assists, and 1 block.

Notable Performances:

  • Elijah Mattingly (Beech Grove, Ind.) Anderson University | Wing | Sophomore – Elijah Mattingly posted averages of 20.5 points, 11.5 rebounds and 1.5 blocks as Anderson collected wins against Hanover and Transylvania last week. Mattingly also racked up his shooting numbers, knocking down 12-of-18 (66.7 percent) shots from the field, 7-of-9 (77.8 percent) attempts from 3-point range and 10-of-10 attempts from the charity stripe. Mattingly recorded 15 points, 11 rebounds and 1 block, while hitting 3-of-4 shots from the perimeter. During Saturday’s road win against Transylvania, Mattingly notched 26 points, 12 rebounds and 2 blocks, while draining 7-of-9 from the floor, 4-of-5 from behind the arc and 8-of-8 from the free-throw line.
  • Ian Snelling (Erlanger, Ky.) Bluffton University | Guard | Sophomore – Snelling averaged 20.0 PPG and 5.5 RPG in a pair of HCAC games against MSJ and Franklin. He added 2 assists, a block and 4 steals while playing 35.5 minutes per contest. Snelling was on fire Saturday, hitting 11-of-20 from the field, including 4-of-9 outside the arc, en route to a career-high 32 points!
  • Ken Walker (Snellville, Ga.) Earlham College | Guard | First Year – Ken Walker led the Quakers this week with 57 points and 11 rebounds. The freshman has scored double-digits in 10 straight games, and has led the Quakers in scoring in eight games on the season. 
  • Malachi Archey (Indianapolis, Ind.) Franklin College | Guard | Junior – Averaged 16 points per game coming off the bench for Franklin as they went 2-0 on the week…set a career-high with 18 points to lead all scorers in Wednesday night’s 64-61 win over Rose-Hulman…tied for the team lead with 14 points on Saturday in Franklin’s comeback 82-78 win at Bluffton.
  • Ty Houston (Union, Ky.) Hanover College | Guard | Junior – Houston led the Panthers to a 1-1 week as they took on Anderson and Manchester. The fifth year senior finished the week averaging 23 points per game while pulling in 6.5 rebounds per contest. In the game at Anderson, he netted a team-high 28 points with seven rebounds. Against Manchester, Houston netted a team-high 18 points with six rebounds.
  • Luke Collinsworth (Lawrenceburg, Ind.) Mount St. Joseph University | Forward | Junior – Mount St. Joseph big-man Luke Collinsworth was dominant for the Lions this week, leading the team to a 2-0 week in which their average margin of victory was 26.5. Collinsworth averaged 28.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and 4 assists per game this week. He was extremely efficient going 23-for-39 from the field shooting 59%.
  • Miles McGowen (Indianapolis, Ind.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Forward | Junior – Miles McGowen was exceptional in the Engineers two games against conference opponents this week. The team went 1-1 falling short to the Franklin Grizzlies with a final of 64-61, and earned a win against the Defiance Yellow Jackets with a final of 80-56. McGowen recorded a double-double in both contest. For the week, he averaged 17.5 points per game and 11.5 rebounds per game.

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SETON HALL’S RICHMOND REPEATS PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS; UCONN’S CASTLE EARNS FOURTH FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK

NEW YORK – For the second straight week, Seton Hall guard Kadary Richmond has been named BIG EAST Player of the Week and for the fourth time this season, Connecticut guard Stephon Castle has been tabbed BIG EAST Freshman of the Week. Both players sparked their teams to 2-0 weeks.
 
BIG EAST Player of the Week
Kadary Richmond, Seton Hall, G, Sr. – Richmond directed the Pirates to a pair of road wins by averaging 22.0 points, 10.0 rebounds and 6.5 assists in a 74-70 win at Georgetown and a 78-72 victory at Butler. He shot 54.8 percent from the field and made all 15 of his free throws. Against Butler, the senior posted 24 points, 12 rebounds, five assists and five steals.    
 
BIG EAST Freshman of the Week
Stephon Castle, UConn, G, Fr. – Castle averaged 13.0 points, 6.0 assists and 5.0 rebounds in two Husky wins. In an 80-75 victory at Xavier, the freshman registered 12 points, eight assists and six rebounds.
 
BIG EAST Honor Roll
Jalen Thomas, Butler, C, Gr. – Averaged 12.5 points, 10.5 rebounds and shot 59 percent from the floor in a 1-1 week. Had 10 points and 14 rebounds in a win at Marquette (82-75).
 
Alex Karaban, UConn, F, So. – Averaged 20.0 points and 4.5 rebounds in a 2-0 week. Made 9-of-13 from 3-point range. Tied his career high with 26 points in a win over Georgetown (80-67).
 
Ryan Kalkbrenner, Creighton, C, Sr. – Averaged 19.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and 4.0 blocked shots in a 2-0 week while shooting 61.9 percent from the floor. He had 20 points, 9.0 rebounds and four blocks in a win at DePaul (84-58).
 
Eric Dixon, Villanova, C, R-Jr. – Had a game-high 24 points, six rebounds and three steals in a win against DePaul (94-69). Made 9-of-13 from the floor.
 
Desmond Claude, Xavier, G, So. – Averaged 18.0 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists in a 1-1 week. Scored 21 points in a win at Providence (85-65).

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UNBEATEN SOUTH CAROLINA AGAIN A UNANIMOUS NO. 1

South Carolina is the lone unbeaten team remaining and once again the unanimous No. 1 in the Associated Press women’s college basketball Top 25 poll released Monday.

The Gamecocks (15-0), who were the consensus choice for the final six polls of the 2023 calendar year, received all 36 votes again this week after routing Missouri 81-57 in their only action last week.

Caitlin Clark and No. 2 Iowa (17-1) moved up one spot and No. 3 Colorado (15-1) and No. 4 North Carolina State (15-1) each climbed two places. Previously unbeaten UCLA (14-1) fell three slots to No. 5 following Sunday’s 73-65 loss to Southern California (13-1), who climbed three places to No. 6.

Kansas State (17-1), Stanford (15-2), UConn (14-3) and LSU (16-2) round out the top 10.

Previously undefeated Baylor (14-2) dropped road games at Kansas and Iowa State last week and plummeted eight spots to No. 12.

No. 15 Florida State (14-4) made the biggest leap, rising six rungs after wins against Top 25 opponents North Carolina and Virginia Tech.

The rest of the Top 25:

11. Texas
12. Baylor
13. Louisville
14. Virginia Tech
15. Florida State
16. Indiana
17. Gonzaga
18. Ohio State
19. Notre Dame
20. Utah
21. Creighton
22. Marquette
23. North Carolina
24. Iowa State
25. UNLV

NO. 1 SOUTH CAROLINA STAYS PERFECT WITH BLOWOUT WIN OVER KENTUCKY

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Te-Hina Paopao and MiLaysia Fulwiley scored 14 points each and Ashlyn Watkins had her second career dunk as No. 1 South Carolina rolled past Kentucky 98-36 on Monday night.

Kamilla Cardoso had 12 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks as the Gamecocks (16-0, 4-0 Southeastern Conference) stayed perfect as the country’s last undefeated team.

They began their day with a Martin Luther King Jr. Day visit from Vice President Kamala Harris. They ended it with a bit of Showtime from some of their most dynamic players.

The highlight was Watkins, the 6-foot-3 sophomore, who stole the ball in the Kentucky end, dribbled up court alone and threw down a right-handed jam for the program’s second dunk ever to go along with her jam as a freshman in a win over Clemson in November 2022.

The crowd went crazy after Watkins’ slam. But the thrill ride was far from over.

Fulwiley was on a fast break when she hit the second of three first-half 3-pointers, then hit the foul shot to put the Gamecocks ahead 23-13. On the next possession, Fulwiley delivered a long 3-pointer that again had people out of their seats.

Raven Johnson and

Raven Johnson and Tessa Johnson had 11 points each and Watkins scored 10.

Cardoso posted her ninth double-double of the season and 25th of her career.

Saniah Tyler had 13 points to lead the Wildcats (8-10, 1-3), who were held to their fewest points since a 50-40 loss to Georgia last February.

THE BIG PICTURE

Kentucky: The Wildcats had hoped their outside shooting might keep them in the game, but they missed 11 of 12 shots during one stretch of the second quarter and quickly found themselves down by 20 points.

South Carolina: The Gamecocks continued looking much more polished and relentless than expected when the season began. After early wins over ranked opponents in Notre Dame, Maryland, North Carolina and Utah, South Carolina has taken its four SEC games by an average margin of 32 points.

VP VISIT

The Gamecocks got a visit from Vice President Kamala Harris during their shootaround earlier Monday. Harris was in town for an MLK Day event at the South Carolina Statehouse and talked with coach Dawn Staley and the undefeated Gamecocks.

UP NEXT

Kentucky returns home to play Missouri on Sunday.

South Carolina heads to Texas A&M on Sunday.

BIG 10 WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

IOWA AND NEBRASKA NET BIG TEN WEEKLY WOMEN’S BASKETBALL AWARDS

Player of the Week
Caitlin Clark, Iowa
Sr. – G – West Des Moines, Iowa – Dowling Catholic – Major: Business
• Averaged 28.0 points, 10.5 assists and 7.5 rebounds in a pair of Iowa wins
• Registered her fourth triple-double of the season behind 26 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds against Purdue
• Dropped 30 points, 11 assists and five rebounds to lead the Hawkeyes past No. 14/13 Indiana
• Had her 46th career game with at least 30 points, the most in Iowa women’s basketball history
• Earns her 25th career Big Ten Player of the Week award (all-time leader in conference history)
• Last Iowa Player of the Week: Caitlin Clark (Jan. 8, 2024)
 
Big Ten Women’s Basketball Weekly Honor Roll
Mallory Heyer, MINN: Tallied 18.5 points and 6.0 rebounds during Minnesota’s 2-0 week, featuring a career-best six three-pointers against Michigan  
Alexis Markowski, NEB: Earned back-to-back double-doubles against Illinois (14 points, 15 rebounds) and Minnesota (17 points, 14 rebounds)
Bri McDaniel, MD: Paced the Terrapins with 22.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 3.5 steals over two games, including a career-high 25 points and seven assists versus Purdue
 
Freshman of the Week
Natalie Potts, Nebraska
F – O’Fallon, Mo. – Incarnate Word Academy – Major: Business Administration
• Chipped in 9.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.0 steals during Nebraska’s matchups with Illinois and Minnesota
• Had eight points, three rebounds and three steals versus the Fighting Illini
• Against the Gophers, she added 10 points and six rebounds for her 11th double-figure scoring effort this season
• Earns her fifth Big Ten Freshman of the Week honor
• Last Nebraska Freshman of the Week: Natalie Potts (Jan. 8, 2024)

HCAC 2023-24 WOMEN’S BASKETBALL NOTEBOOK, WEEK 9

Athlete of the Week:
Katherine Benter (Brownstown, Ind.) Hanover College | Guard | Junior – Benter led the Panthers to a 2-0 week as they defeated Anderson and Manchester. The junior finished the week averaging 17.0 points per game shooting an impressive 61.5 percent from three-point (8-13). In the contest with Anderson, she added a double-double netting 14 points and pulling in 10 rebounds. At Manchester, Benter netted a game-high 20 points.
 
Notable Performances:

  • Katie Neuhart (Delaware, Ohio) Bluffton University | Forward | Sophomore – Neuhart just missed averaging a double-double for week, putting up 12.5 PPG and pulling down 9.0 RPG. She hit 9-of-16 from the field (56.3 percent) and 7-of-10 at the line. Neuhart also added 4 assists for the Beavers who went 1-1, including a 72-54 win over Franklin on Saturday. She notched her first career double-double with 12 points and a game-high 11 boards against MSJ on Wednesday night.
  • Maddison Smith (Kewanna, Ind.) Manchester University | Forward | Sophomore – Maddi Smith totaled 20 points and 11 rebounds as the Spartans went 1-1 on the week. She also added 3 steals and a .529 shooting percentage from the floor.
  • Hailey Guingrich (Indianapolis, Ind.) Mount St. Joseph University | Forward | First Year – Mount St. Joseph freshman Hailey Guingrich averaged a double-double this week helping lead the Lions to a 2-0 record on the week. She was the Lions second leading scorer averaging 10 points and 11 rebounds per game despite only playing 22.9 minutes per game. She was extremely efficient going 9-of-17 from the field shooting 53%. On Saturday vs. Earlham she had the first double-double of her career scoring 12 points and hauling in a career-high 16 rebounds which was just two off the MSJ single game record.
  • CK Gallegos-Rodriguez (El Paso, Texas) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Forward | Sophomore – Gallegos-Rodriguez became the first player in Rose-Hulman women’s basketball history to record 5 assists, 5 steals, and 5 blocks in a single game in the win over Defiance on Saturday. She finished with 9 points, 10 rebounds, 6 steals, 5 assists, and 5 blocks in the win.
  • Kennedi Stacy (Salyersville, Ky.) Transylvania University | Guard | Fifth Year –  Stacy scored a game high 22 points in the win over Earlham last week, making 5 of 6 three pointers in the first quarter while scoring the Pioneers’ first 14 points of the game. She scored 12 points in the win against Anderson

BIG EAST WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

FAMILIAR FACES CLAIM LATEST #BIGEASTWBB WEEKLY HONORS

BIG EAST Player of the Week
Liza Karlen, Marquette, Sr., F
Karlen was the BIG EAST’s top scorer last week, leading the Golden Eagles to a 2-0 mark with wins at Seton Hall and at home against DePaul. The senior averaged 24.5 points and 6.0 rebounds, shooting a blazing .760 clip from the floor – the second-best field goal percentage in the BIG EAST last week. Karlen had the weekly game high of 30 points in Tuesday’s victory at Seton Hall, going 11-of-16 from the field while grabbing six boards. Against the Blue Demons on Saturday, she added 19 points off 8-of-9 shooting and six rebounds. This is Karlen’s third BIG EAST Player of the Week nod of the season.
 
BIG EAST Freshman of the Week
Ashlynn Shade, Connecticut, Fr., G
Shade claims her fourth BIG EAST Freshman of the Week honor of the season after averaging 15.0 points, 3.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.0 steals in wins over Providence and St. John’s. The rookie shot .571 from the field and 50-percent from three in the wins. Against Providence on Wednesday, Shade tallied 17 points, four rebounds, three assists and four steals. She followed that with 13 points, three rebounds and three assists at St. John’s. Shade’s scoring average not only led all BIG EAST freshmen last week but listed seventh among all league players. Her 3.0 threes made per game was the second-best mark. The Huskies have now claimed nine out of the possible 10 BIG EAST Freshman of the Week awards.  
 
BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll
Paige Bueckers, Connecticut, R-Jr., G – 17.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 3.0 steals in a 2-0 week; shot .619 from the field in wins over Providence and St. John’s  
Emma Ronsiek, Creighton, Sr., F – BIG EAST’s No. 2 scorer last week with 23.5 points per game; 25 points, six rebounds in win over Butler followed by 22 points, seven boards in win over Providence; added 2.0 assists, 2.0 blocks and 2.0 steals
Olivia Olsen, Providence, Jr., F – BIG EAST-leading rebounder among those with multiple game appearances last week; 12.0 boards per game in games against No. 13 UConn and No. 22 Creighton, while averaging 12.0 points per game
Azana Baines, Seton Hall, Grad., G/F – 13.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 3.0 steals in a 1-1 week; 14 points, eight boards in win at Xavier
Lucy Olsen, Villanova, Jr., G – BIG EAST’s No. 3 scorer last week with 21.5 points per game in a 2-0 week; 28 points, nine rebounds, three steals in overtime win over Georgetown; 15 points, six assists in Saturday’s win at Butler

RIVER STATES CONFERENCE PLAYER OF THE WEEK AWARDS SELECTED FOR JAN. 8-15, 2024

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio – River States Conference Player of the Week awards have been selected for this past week. See below for the awardees announced at RiverStatesConference.com.

Fletcher garners RSC Men’s Indoor Field Athlete of the Week

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Chevaughn Fletcher from Point Park (Pa.) University is the River States Conference Men’s Indoor Field Athlete of the Week for Jan. 15. The first award of the year is for all events in 2023-24. 
A sophomore from Jamaica, Fletcher leads the RSC in the weight throw and shot put. He is No. 2 in the NAIA in the weight throw with an national-qualying mark of 19.65 meters, well above the 17.30 standard. 

Fletcher has won the weight throw at YSU and Marshall, a pair of DI meets. In the shot put, he won at Indiana Tech with a distance of 14.92 meters to lead the RSC. He was also fourth in the shot at Marshall. 

James picked for RSC Men’s Indoor Track Athlete of the Week

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Elijah James from Point Park (Pa.) University is the River States Conference Men’s Indoor Track Athlete of the Week for Jan. 15. It is the first award of the year and for all performances in 2023-24. 

James, a junior from Pittsburgh, is an NAIA national qualifier in teh 600 meters who ranks No. 1 in the RSC for that event with a time of 1:22.26. He is also No. 2 in the 800 behind a teammate and part of the top 4×400 relay in the conference. 

James won the 600 at Marshall and was runner-up at Indiana Tech. He placed fourth in the 800 at YSU at 1:56.22, another DI meet. The 4×400 took a pair of Top-5 finishes at YSU and Marshall. 

Roemer selected RSC Women’s Indoor Field Athlete of the Week

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Emma Roemer from Point Park (Pa.) University is the River States Conference Women’s Indoor Field Athlete of the Week for Jan. 15. The first award of the year is for all performances in 2023-24. 

A freshman jumper from Hamburg, Germany, Roemer is an NAIA national qualifier in the long jump. She is ranked No. 1 in the RSC in the long and triple jumps.

Roemer placed in the Top 10 in the long jump at two DI meets so far — YSU and Marshall — and was runner-up at Indiana Tech. Her NAIA mark was 5.52 meters. In the triple jump, she was seventh at Marshall with a distance of 10.29 meters. 

McGuire picked for RSC Women’s Indoor Track Athlete of the Week

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Hope McGuire from St. Mary-of-the-Woods (Ind.) College is the River States Conference Women’s Indoor Track Athlete of the Week for Jan. 15. The first award of the year is for all performances in 2023-24. 

A junior sprinter from Evans, Ind., McGuire won the 200 meters at the EIU John Craft Invitational, an NCAA DI meet, to highlight her week. That was with a time of 26.91. 

McGuire was also fourth in the 60 meters at the same meet with a time of 7.97, which gives her the No. 2 times in the RSC in both of those sprints. 

Gomez earns RSC Women’s Basketball Player of the Week

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Irye Gomez from St. Mary-of-the-Woods (Ind.) College is the River States Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week for Jan. 8-14.

A junior, Gomez scored 35 points in a big win over IU Kokomo, which improved the Pomeroys to 4-2 RSC. The prolific performance included six made 3-pointers in 13 attempts and 13 for 19 field goals overall. 

Gomez played 29 minutes to lead St. Mary-of-the-Woods to the 90-76 victory. 

Valrie named RSC Men’s Basketball Player of the Week

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Jo Valrie from Point Park (Pa.) University is selected the River States Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for Jan. 8-14.

The junior forward from Houston, Texas, averaged 27.5 points and 10.5 rebounds in two games while shooting 53 percent in a 2-0 weekend for the Pioneers. 

Valrie put up 30 points and 12 rebounds in a win at Oakland City (Ind.) while connecting on 12 field goals. He scored 25 points, grabbed nine rebounds and made 11 for 18 from the field in a victory at Brescia (Ky.).

NBA NEWS

NBA ROUNDUP: JOEL EMBIID RETURNS, CARRIES 76ERS PAST ROCKETS

Joel Embiid had 41 points and 10 rebounds to lift the host Philadelphia 76ers over the Houston Rockets 124-115 on Monday.

Embiid had missed seven of the past nine games, including the past three, due to knee and ankle injuries. He returned Monday to produce his 17th straight game with at least 30 points and his 16th in a row with at least 30 points and 10 rebounds. In addition, Embiid reached the 40-point mark for the seventh time this season.

Tyrese Maxey added 27 points while Patrick Beverley scored 11 and Tobias Harris chipped in with 10 for the Sixers.

Jalen Green led the Rockets with 20 points and Alperen Sengun added 19 points, nine rebounds and six assists. Houston made a late push with all reserves playing, but the result had already been decided.

Grizzlies 116, Warriors 107

Vince Williams Jr. and GG Jackson went for career-high point totals, Stephen Curry committed two backcourt turnovers in a key fourth-quarter sequence and Memphis defeated visiting Golden State in Draymond Green’s return to the court.

Williams scored 24 points and Jackson had 23 off the bench for the Grizzlies, who scored 60 points on 3-pointers and 32 points on free throws. Memphis ended a two-game losing streak despite missing Ja Morant, Marcus Smart and Desmond Bane, among others.

Curry had game highs of 26 points and eight assists for the Warriors, who welcomed back Green from a 16-game absence, the first 12 of which were the result of an NBA suspension. Coming off the bench, Green finished with seven points, seven rebounds and four assists in 24 minutes.

Mavericks 125, Pelicans 120

Kyrie Irving scored 42 points, Tim Hardaway Jr. made nine 3-pointers and scored 41 and short-handed Dallas defeated visiting New Orleans.

Josh Green scored 13 points and Dereck Lively II had 12 rebounds for the Mavericks, who played without Luka Doncic (ankle), Dante Exum (plantar fascia) and Derrick Jones Jr. (calf) but managed to outscore New Orleans 33-21 in the fourth quarter.

Zion Williamson scored 30 points to lead the Pelicans. CJ McCollum had 23. New Orleans missed an opportunity to tie the game when Williamson made 1 of 2 free throws, leaving Dallas with a 121-120 lead with 17.7 seconds left. Brandon Ingram missed a potential game-tying 3-pointer with 6.3 seconds remaining.

Magic 98, Knicks 94

Cole Anthony scored six points over the final 6:30 and hit the go-ahead basket for Orlando, which overcame a seven-point fourth-quarter deficit to edge host New York.

Paolo Banchero scored five of his team-high 20 points during a game-ending 17-6 run for the Magic, who trailed by as many as 11 in the third quarter before snapping a three-game losing streak.

Miles McBride led the Knicks with a career-high 20 points in place of Jalen Brunson, who missed a second straight game with a bruised calf. OG Anunoby added 17 points for New York, which has dropped two of three since a five-game winning streak.

Pistons 129, Wizards 117

Alec Burks came off the bench to tie his career high with 34 points and Jalen Duren matched his career best with 19 rebounds as Detroit snapped a seven-game losing streak with a win against host Washington.

Detroit came into the matchup winless since snapping its previous losing skid, an NBA-record 28 straight, and without a road victory since beating Charlotte on Oct. 27. The Pistons enjoyed advantages of 25-15 in second-chance points and 60-46 in points in the paint.

Tyus Jones led the Wizards with 22 points, Kyle Kuzma finished with 21 points and a team-high eight rebounds and Jordan Poole scored 16 points.

Hawks 109, Spurs 99

Trae Young broke out of a scoring slump with a 36-point performance, including his 10,000th career point, and led Atlanta to a win over visiting San Antonio.

Young, who shot 29.3 percent from the floor over the three previous games, connected on his first six 3-point attempts and scored 29 points in the first half. He finished the game shooting 11-for-24 from the field and 6-for-11 on threes while adding 13 assists. Atlanta also got 16 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists and a career-high six steals from Jalen Johnson.

San Antonio’s Victor Wembanyama scored 26 points, all in the second half, and grabbed 13 rebounds. Jeremy Sochan scored 23 points to along with eight boards.

Cavaliers 109, Bulls 91

Donovan Mitchell scored 34 points and Jarrett Allen recorded his ninth straight double-double as Cleveland won its fifth straight, beating visiting Chicago.

Caris LeVert scored 16 points, Sam Merrill added 15 and Allen finished with 10 points and 14 rebounds for Cleveland, which led by as many as 21 in the third quarter.

Chicago rallied to take its first lead of the game at 81-80 early in the fourth quarter, but the Cavaliers quickly regained control and held on for their sixth straight win over the Bulls. Coby White led Chicago with 18 points.

Heat 96, Nets 95 (OT)

Jimmy Butler scored 31 points in a successful return from a sprained toe and hit the go-ahead free throws with 11.8 seconds left in overtime as Miami outlasted struggling Brooklyn in New York.

Butler made 8 of 12 field-goal attempts and hit 15 of 16 free throws. Tyler Herro scored 23 of his 29 points after halftime for the Heat, who shot 37.9 percent overall. Bam Adebayo contributed 11 points and a season-high 20 rebounds for Miami.

Mikal Bridges scored 26 points to lead the Nets, who dropped their third straight and lost for the 13th time in 16 games. Cam Thomas added 23 points.

Celtics 105, Raptors 96

Jayson Tatum had 19 points, 14 rebounds and six assists as visiting Boston defeated Toronto.

Jrue Holiday added 22 points and seven assists for the Celtics, who have defeated the Raptors in eight consecutive meetings. Derrick White also finished with 22 points.

RJ Barrett scored 24 points and pulled down nine rebounds for the Raptors, who were returning from a 2-4 road trip. Toronto hit 40 percent of its shots from the floor but was a miserable 4 of 32 (12.5 percent) from long distance.

Jazz 132, Pacers 105

Lauri Markkanen recorded 32 points and 10 rebounds and Utah extended its season-best winning streak to six games with a wire-to-wire victory over Indiana at Salt Lake City.

Collin Sexton scored a season-high 30 points on 11-of-17 shooting as Utah won for the 12th time in 14 games. Keyonte George scored 19 points, Jordan Clarkson added 17 and John Collins had 10 as the Jazz registered their ninth consecutive home victory.

Buddy Hield and Andrew Nembhard scored 14 points apiece for the Pacers, who dropped to 2-2 without star Tyrese Haliburton (hamstring).

NHL NEWS

NHL ROUNDUP: WILD’S MARC-ANDRE FLEURY MOVES INTO 2ND IN CAREER WINS

Marc-Andre Fleury surpassed Patrick Roy for sole possession of second place in NHL history with 552 career victories as the Minnesota Wild earned a 5-0 win over the visiting New York Islanders on Monday evening in Saint Paul, Minn.

Fleury stopped all 21 shots he faced to record his first shutout of the season and the 74th of his career. With his 552nd win, he now trails only Martin Brodeur, who is No. 1 all-time with 691 victories.

Joel Eriksson Ek scored two goals to lead Minnesota, which snapped a four-game winless streak. Mats Zuccarello, Connor Dewar and Marcus Foligno added one goal apiece.

The Islanders were shut out for the third time this season. They have lost two games in a row and four of their past five contests.

Bruins 3, Devils 0

Jeremy Swayman pitched a 31-save shutout as Boston beat visiting New Jersey.

It was Swayman’s third shutout this season and the 12th of his career in only 112 regular-season games. David Pastrnak scored a goal after helping to set up Charlie Coyle’s game-winning tally early in the second period. Brad Marchand assisted on the first two goals for Boston, which has points in six straight games.

Nico Daws stopped 33 shots in the Devils’ goal.

Golden Knights 4, Predators 1

Mark Stone recorded the first regular-season hat trick of his career to help lead Vegas past Nashville in Las Vegas.

Jonathan Marchessault also scored a goal, Chandler Stephenson and Pavel Dorofeyev each added two assists and Logan Thompson made 34 saves for Vegas, which improved to 16-5-2 at home.

Luke Evangelista scored for Nashville. Juuse Saros finished with 25 saves for the Predators, who had a seven-game road point streak (6-0-1) come to an end.

Canadiens 4, Avalanche 3

Joel Armia scored the tiebreaking goal with 4:10 remaining and Montreal held on for a win against visiting Colorado.

Cole Caufield had a goal and an assist, Juraj Slafkovsky and Rafael Harvey-Pinard also scored, Nick Suzuki had two assists and Jake Allen made 32 saves for the Canadiens, who ended a three-game losing streak.

Cale Makar had a goal and two assists, Ross Colton and Devon Toews also scored and Alexandar Georgiev made 30 saves for the Avalanche, who had won three in a row.

Kings 5, Hurricanes 2

Trevor Moore scored twice and Phillip Danault had the first goal of Los Angeles’ third-period blitz as the visiting Kings snapped an eight-game winless streak with a win in Raleigh, N.C.

Alex Laferriere and Pierre-Luc Dubois also scored in the third for the Kings, who had been 0-4-4 during their skid. David Rittich made 30 saves in the win.

The Hurricanes had their eight-game points streak broken despite goals by Jordan Martinook and Jack Drury. Antti Raanta made 20 saves on 24 shots but he was pulled with 14:40 remaining and replaced by Yaniv Perets, who made his NHL debut and stopped one shot.

Sabres 3, Sharks 0

Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen made 28 saves for his second career shutout while Casey Mittelstadt had a goal with two assists during Buffalo’s home victory against San Jose.

Mittelstadt had a hand in Alex Tuch’s second-period score and Jordan Greenway’s empty-netter as the Sabres improved to 2-2-0 on a five-game homestand. Luukkonen was solid all afternoon for his second shutout of the season. Luukkonen has stopped 133 of 140 shots faced during a 4-1-0 starting stretch.

Kaapo Kahkonen made 32 saves for San Jose, which was shut out for a league-high seventh time this season. The Sharks have been outscored 64-24 during their current 1-14-0 rut.

Blue Jackets 4, Canucks 3 (SO)

Kirill Marchenko scored the only tally of the shootout as Columbus earned a comeback win over visiting Vancouver.

Dmitri Voronkov recorded his first career two-goal game, Johnny Gaudreau had two assists and Yegor Chinakhov scored the Blue Jackets’ other goal. Elvis Merzlikins stopped 27 of 30 shots to earn his eighth win in 24 starts.

J.T. Miller had a goal and an assist for Vancouver. Elias Pettersson and Conor Garland also scored for the Canucks. Casey DeSmith had a strong game in stopping 41 of 44 shots.

Ducks 5, Panthers 4 (OT)

Alex Killorn punched a wrist shot for a game-winner 48 seconds into overtime as Anaheim prevailed in Sunrise, Fla.

Killorn scored two goals and Frank Vatrano, who spent parts of five seasons with the Panthers, earned his second assist of the night on the deciding score. Adam Henrique had a goal and an assist, Jakob Silfverberg and Troy Terry also scored and John Gibson made 29 saves for the victory.

Sam Bennett scored twice for the Panthers. All-Star Sam Reinhart tallied a goal for the seventh consecutive game, Carter Verhaeghe had a goal and an assist and ex-Duck Anthony Stolarz made 21 saves.

Penguins 3, Kraken 0

Sidney Crosby scored twice and goaltender Tristan Jarry stopped all 22 shots he faced as Pittsburgh snapped visiting Seattle’s franchise-record nine-game winning streak.

Drew O’Connor also scored and Rickard Rakell had two assists for the Penguins, who had lost two straight games in overtime and were 9-3-3 in their previous 15 games.

Seattle goaltender Joey Daccord, who had wins in eight starts in a row, made 30 saves. The Kraken also had their 13-game point streak (11-0-2) halted.

Flyers 4, Blues 2

Owen Tippett scored the game-winning goal with 5:33 left to lift visiting Philadelphia past St. Louis for the Flyers’ fourth straight win.

Scott Laughton, Ryan Poehling and Joel Farabee also scored and Corey Hart made 28 saves in the win. Oskar Sundqvist and Brandon Saad scored for the Blues and Joel Hofer made 38 saves. Blues captain Brayden Schenn, playing in his 900th NHL game, earned two assists.

After shutting out the Winnipeg Jets Saturday, the tight-checking Flyers held the Blues scoreless for the first 38:19 of this game.

TENNIS NEWS

NO. 1 IGA SWIATEK SHAKES OFF SLOW START IN AUSSIE OPENER

Sofia Kenin had a tough first-round draw at the Australian Open — top-seeded Polish superstar Iga Swiatek — as the American continued to try to find her stride.

Kenin, who won the 2020 Australian Open and lost to Swiatek in the 2020 French Open final, failed while serving for the first set and wound up losing 7-6 (2), 6-2 on Tuesday (Australia time) in Melbourne.

Now ranked 41st in the world, Kenin led 3-1 in the opening set and served at 5-4 before Swiatek pulled level. Swiatek won three of the first four points that Kenin served in the tiebreaker to pull away.

In the second set, Swiatek captured the final four games, serving out the match at love to seal the victory in 1 hour, 51 minutes.

Swiatek battled the heat as well as Kenin.

“It wasn’t easy at the beginning to find my rhythm,” Swiatek said. “I felt a little bit off, and I felt like Sofia did everything to keep it that way. Huge respect to her … but I’m happy that I managed to get my level up in the second set.”

The win was Swiatek’s 17th in a row, including championships at Beijing and the WTA Finals in Cancun last year, then three in the United Cup to open 2024.

Kenin saw her record slip to 1-3 this year after she lost three of her final four matches last year.

In other action early Tuesday, No. 14 Russian Daria Kasatkina defeated the United States’ Peyton Stearns 6-2, 3-6, 6-2.

Unseeded American Sloane

Unseeded American Sloane Stephens rolled past Australian Olivia Gadecki 6-3, 6-1, and Italian Martina Trevisan took down Mexico’s Renata Zarazua 4-6, 6-4, 6-2. Italy’s Elisabetta Cocciaretto downed Swiss qualifier Lulu Sun 6-1, 7-5.

CASPER RUUD CRUISES TO SWEEP AT AUSTRALIAN OPEN

Eleventh-seeded Norwegian Casper Ruud wasted little time in the oppressive heat, downing Albert Ramos-Vinolas of Spain 6-1, 6-3, 6-1 on Tuesday (Australia time) at the Australian Open in Melbourne.

It took Ruud just over two hours to oust Ramos-Vinolas, who had just two aces to Ruud’s 11. Ruud also saved all four break points he faced and won 34 of 41 first-service points.

Ruud called the Australian event his favorite of the Grand Slams, and he said he felt a quick start was important.

“It’s warm out there (Tuesday), so I didn’t want to spend too much time in the sun,” he said.

Even with such taxing conditions, Ruud added that the atmosphere “makes it all worth it, with the crowd and how good Melbourne is as a city and the fans down here, so it’s great to be back.”

Other seeded players that won their matches on Tuesday included No. 19 Cameron Norrie of Great Britain and 32nd-seeded Czech Jiri Lehecka. Both pulled off sweeps, with Norrie blanking Peru’s Juan Pablo Varillas 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 and Lehecka topping Spaniard Bernabe Zapata Miralles 6-3, 6-2, 6-3.

Lehecka finished with 33 winners in his victory, while Norrie tallied 30.

Tallon Griekspoor, a Dutch player seeded 28th, rallied to beat Russia’s Roman Safiullin 2-6, 3-6, 7-6 (3), 6-4, 7-5 in a match that lasted nearly four hours.

American Alex Michelsen knocked out Australian wild card James McCabe 7-6 (5), 3-6, 6-1, 6-2. French wild card Arthur Cazaux and countryman Arthur Fils also prevailed on Tuesday, as did qualifier Giulio Zeppieri.

INDIANA SPORTS NEWS RELEASES/NEWS REPORTS

INDIANA PACERS

GAME REWIND: PACERS 105, JAZZ 132

On the second leg of a back-to-back out West, a short-handed Indiana Pacers squad had a season-worst shooting performance against one of the hottest teams in the NBA.

The Pacers (23-17) shot a season-low 40.0 percent from the field and never led in a 132-105 loss to the Utah Jazz (22-20) at Delta Center on Monday.

The Jazz have now won six games in a row, nine of their last 10, and are 15-5 at home. Alternatively, the Pacers have lost two straight and are 1-6 on the second legs of back-to-backs this season.

Indiana was missing a trio of starters on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, as Tyrese Haliburton (left hamstring strain), Bruce Brown (right knee bone bruise) and Aaron Nesmith (bilateral shin soreness) all sat out with injuries. Utah had no players on their pregame injury report.

The Pacers trailed by 14 at halftime and 26 at the end of the third quarter before the Jazz put the game away in the final frame.

Seven-foot power forward Lauri Markkannen, the reigning Western Conference Player of the Week, scored 32 points and pulled down 10 rebounds for the Jazz and guard Collin Sexton recorded 30 points.

Five players scored in double figures for the Pacers, led by 14 points apiece by Buddy Hield and Andrew Nembhard and 12 points each from Myles Turner and Jalen Smith.

Utah shot 55.6 percent in the game and outscored Indiana 60-46 in the paint. The Jazz made 11 total 3-pointers to the Pacers’ nine treys.

The Jazz did a lot of damage from the free throw line, making 31 of 35 from the charity stripe. Indiana made 20 of 25 free throws.

Utah outshot Indiana 53.3 to 40 percent in the opening 24 minutes to build a 64-50 halftime lead. Sexton had 17 points and Markkanen scored 15 in the first half, while Hield scored all 14 of his points in the opening 24 minutes for Indiana.

The Jazz shot 59.4 percent as a team while limiting the Pacers to 44 percent in the first quarter to build a 33-26 lead. Markkanen scored 11 points in the opening frame, while Hield scored 12 points on 4-for-4 shooting (3-for-3 3-point) for the Blue & Gold.

Utah could hardly miss to start, making eight of their first 10 shots – which included Markkanen making all four of his shot attempts during the stretch – to lead 18-11 five minutes into the game.

The Blue & Gold struggled to slow down the Jazz for the remainder of the quarter, but Hield drilled a trio of 3-pointers and made a technical free throw to cut it to 23-20 with 5:23 on the clock. Utah then used a mini 6-2 run to stay ahead while their reserves were on the floor.

Utah continued shooting well to start the second quarter, but Turner scored 10 points in the first eight and a half minutes of the period to keep it close at 51-45.

In the final 3:07 of the half, the Jazz strung together a 13-5 run behind four different scorers to take a 14-point lead into the break.

“I thought we got off to a poor start. We did not have the defensive mindset that we needed to have at the beginning of the game,” Pacers head coach Rick Carlisle said. “Their guards bullied us in the paint and scored repeatedly. We did a lot of substituting, but they just got going and it was hard to stop their entire team.”

Markkanen recorded 17 points in the third quarter to create some major distance between the teams.

The Jazz extended their lead to 74-53 thanks to a 10-3 run – which featured 3-pointers by Sexton and Simone Fontecchio – in the first 2:15 of the third.

After going back-and-forth for the next few minutes, the Jazz used a 18-8 run in the final 4:07 of the third quarter, where Markkanen scored 12 points, to take a 105-79 lead going into the last 12 minutes.

Down 26 points after three, Indiana went deep into its bench to start the fourth quarter.

The young Pacers group on the floor opened the fourth quarter on a 13-4 run, thanks to five points by rookie Jarace Walker and four points from rookie Oscar Tshiebwe, but the Blue & Gold never got closer than 17 points in the final frame.

The Pacers will next play at Sacramento on Thursday before going to Portland on Friday and finishing their six-game road trip in Phoenix on Sunday.

Stat of the Night

The Pacers shot 38-for-95 (40.0 percent) from the floor, which is their worst for a single game this season. The previous low was 40.9 percent against the Chicago Bulls on Oct. 30.

Inside the Numbers

Pacers rookie Jarace Walker matched career-bests in points (eight) and rebounds (four) while setting new personal bests for assists (four), steals (four) and blocks (two).

Lauri Markkanen has scored 22+ points in six straight games for the Jazz and in seven of his last eight.

The Pacers pulled down a season-high 18 offensive rebounds as a team.

Utah won the rebounding battle 46-43.

Thirteen of 14 players that took the floor for the Pacers recorded a point.

Indiana finished with 13 turnovers and Utah had 14.

You Can Quote Me on That

“Starting games, I don’t care if it’s back-to-back, altitude, or any of that stuff. We just have to have the right mindset, the right competitive attitude. We didn’t have it at the beginning of the game and it carried through.” – Pacers head coach Rick Carlisle on the loss

“Our future is very bright. I like all these guys. Jarace (Walker) has some special abilities, and he showed a lot of those tonight – his vision and playmaking. He has been shooting the ball well in the G League. … I thought he did a good job.” – Carlisle on Walker

“Anytime I can get my teammates involved it will always get me going. It’s one of my favorite things — to share the ball and move the ball … watch my teammates eat.” – Jarace Walker on his performance

“I have just been getting more and more confident. I’ve been spending more time in the gym as well – especially on the road and on off-days.” – Walker on his shooting

“They play really good basketball. They move a lot, play through Markkanen a lot. Collin got loose a little bit. You just gotta figure out a way (to stop) that.” – Buddy Hield on the Jazz

“We didn’t have fatigue. We’re basketball players — it’s what we do. We want to play every day. We just need to go out and execute.” – Hield on the back-to-back

Noteworthy

Utah and Indiana split their regular season series 1-1 and will not play again during the 2023-24 season. The all-time series record between the teams is 49-49.

Myles Turner is one block short of 1,200 for his career. He will be just the 63rd player in NBA history to accomplish the feat. He only trails Jermaine O’Neal (1,245) for the most career blocks in Pacers franchise history.

Tickets

After a six-game road trip, the Pacers will return to Gainbridge Fieldhouse to host Nikola Jokic and the defending NBA champion Denver Nuggets on Tuesday, Jan. 23 at 7:00 PM ET.

INDIANA MEN’S BASKETBALL

INDIANA BASKETBALL GAME NOTES – GAME 18 VS. NO. 2/2 PURDUE

Opening Tip

• Indiana University continues its 124th season of competition in men’s basketball against archrival Purdue, the second-ranked team in the country, at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall on Tuesday, Jan. 16. Tip is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET on Peacock.

• The Boilermakers (15-2, 4-2) are led by the reigning National Player of Year, Zach Edey. The 7-foot 4-inch center averages a team-high 22.3 points, 10.9 rebounds, and 2.3 blocks per game, including a 30-point, 20-rebound outing against Penn State (Jan. 13).

• Sophomore guard Braden Smith averages 12.4 points and 6.9 assists per game on 48.2% (27-of-56) shooting from the 3-point line.

• As a team, Purdue shoots 39.8% (150-of-377) from behind the 3-point line, the highest clip in the Big Ten. The 150 makes (8.8 per game) rank third in the conference.

Game Information

Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2024 • 7 PM ET

Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall (17,222) • Bloomington, Ind.

TV: Peacock (Noah Eagle, Robbie Hummel, Caroline Pineda)

Radio: IU Radio Network (Don Fischer, Errek Suhr, John Herrick)

Series History: Purdue leads, 92-125

Last Meeting: IU 79, PUR 71 on Feb. 25, 2023 in West Lafayette

Series History

• For the 218th time in program history, Indiana will take on archrival Purdue. The Boilermakers hold a 125-92 advantage in the series. No team has appeared on IU’s schedule more often than Purdue. Head coach Mike Woodson holds a record of 3-1 against the Boilers. All four games in the series have been decided by eight points or fewer.

• Indiana swept the season series in 2022-23 with a 79-74 result in Bloomington on Feb. 4, 2023, behind 25 points, seven rebounds, and five blocks from All-American forward Trayce Jackson-Davis. In the return game in West Lafayette, first-round draft pick Jalen Hood-Schifino led IU to a 79-71 victory on Feb. 25, 2023. The current Los Angeles Lakers guard posted 35 points, the second-most by an IU freshman in program history, to go along with seven rebounds and two assists.

Last Time Out

• Indiana’s starting frontcourt combined to score 52 points and rip down 24 rebounds in a 74-62 triumph over Minnesota on Jan. 12 inside Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.

• Freshman forward Mackenzie Mgbako produced his best scoring output of his debut season with a game-high 19 points on 6-of-12 shooting from the floor.

• Sophomore center Kel’el Ware added a 17-point, 14-rebound double-double, his seventh of the season. Sophomore forward Malik Reneau posted in 16 points, six rebounds, and three assists.

• IU held the Golden Gophers to 23-of-59 (39.0%) shooting from the field and 3-of-20 (15.0%) from beyond the arc.

B1G on Peacock

• You can watch Big Ten basketball games by first subscribing to Peacock. Then, either go to PeacockTV.com/Sports in your web browser or download the Peacock app on your phone, tablet, or streaming device and navigate to the Sports section. Find the LIVE game you want to watch and start streaming.

• Indiana will appear on Peacock two more times this season with games at Ohio State (Feb. 6) and against Wisconsin (Feb. 27).

Ranked Wins in the Hall

• Indiana holds a record of 29-27 against Top-5 opponents in Bloomington, including a 4-1 mark against Purdue at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.

• Rob Phinisee scored a team-high 20 points on 8-of-13 shooting off the bench, including the go-ahead 3-pointer with 17 seconds on the clock to defeat No. 4 Purdue on Jan. 20, 2022.

• IU stormed the court after beating No. 1 Purdue on Feb. 4, 2023, on the strength of 25 points, seven rebounds, and five blocks from Trayce Jackson-Davis.

Mack Attack

• Freshman forward Mackenzie Mgbako has made a team-high 22 3-pointers this season, including 14 over his past six games. During the six-game stretch he is shooting 14-of-29 (48.3%) from behind the arc and averaging 11.5 points per game, 3.7 rebounds, and 2.3 assists per game.

• Mgbako scored a career-best 19 points on 6-of-12 shooting from the floor against Minnesota (Jan. 12) to go along with four rebounds and two assists.

• The consensus top-10 recruit is averaging 10,2 points and 3.9 rebounds per contest and has reached double figures in the scoring column in 12 of the last 14 games.

Big Man Transformation

• Sophomore center Kel’el Ware, a transfer from Oregon, has upped his scoring (from 6.6 points to 14.8), rebounds (4.1 to 9.6), assists (0.5 to 1.8), and field goal percentage (45.7% to 55.3%) in his second season. He leads the Hoosiers in rebounds and blocks in 31 minutes per game.

• Ware has scored at least 10 points in 14 games this year after producing just eight such games as a rookie. The 7-footer has ripped down at least 10 boards seven times this season, including a career-high 17 at Rutgers (Jan. 9). Since the turn of the new year, Ware is averaging 11.8 rebounds per game in conference play.

• Ware tallied a career-high 28 points on 12-of-13 shooting from the floor in an 89-76 win over Harvard (Nov. 26) in Indianapolis. The 92.3% shooting split marked the highest by a Hoosier with at least 10 made field goals this century.

Paint Production

• Indiana averages 38.2 points per game in the paint and shoots 53.3% (369-of-692) from inside the arc. The Hoosiers hold opponents to 27.2 points per night in the key.

• IU gets to the charity stripe 23.8 times per game, the 26th most among all Division I programs and the third-highest figure in the Big Ten.

• Indiana scored a season-best 56 points in the paint against Wright State (Nov. 16). The Hoosiers also tallied 50 paint points against Harvard (Nov. 26) and 52 against Kennesaw State (Dec. 29).

Mgbako Leads IU over Minnesota

• Freshman forward Mackenzie Mgbako scored a game-high 19 points on 6-of-12 shooting from the floor in a 74-62 win over Minnesota on Jan. 12. He added four rebounds and two assists.

• Sophomore center Kel’el Ware charted his seventh double-double of the season with 17 points and 14 rebounds. The Oregon transfer also swatted two shots. Sophomore forward Malik Reneau finished with 16 points, six rebounds, and three assists.

Indiana Falters against Rutgers on the Road

• The Indiana starting frontcourt of freshman forward Mackenzie Mgbako, sophomore forward Malik Reneau, and sophomore center Kel’el Ware combined to score 39 points on 15-of-31 shooting from the floor. The trio added 28 rebounds, nine assists, and three blocks in a 66-57 loss at Rutgers on Jan. 9.

• IU held Rutgers to 21-of-65 (32.3%) shooting from the floor and 5-of-22 (22.7%) from the 3-point line while forcing 15 turnovers.

PURDUE MEN’S BASKETBALL

#2 PURDUE BEGINS ROAD SWING TUESDAY AT INDIANA

GAMEDAY INFORMATION — GAME 18

[2] Purdue (15-2, 4-2) vs. Indiana (12-5, 4-2)

Tuesday, January 16, 2024

7 p.m. ET | Bloomington, Ind.

Simon-Skjodt Assembly Hall (17,222)

TELEVISION: Peacock (Noah Eagle, Robbie Hummel, Caroline Pineda)

RADIO: Purdue Global Radio Network (Rob Blackman, Bobby Riddell)

THE NOTES TO KNOW

• The No. 2-ranked Purdue Boilermakers embark on their only two-game Big Ten road trip this week, first traveling to Indiana for a 7 p.m. ET, tip at Simon-Skjodt Assembly Hall in Bloomington on Tuesday. Purdue is 1-2 in its Big Ten road games and by the end of the week will be halfway done with its Big Ten trips after ending the road swing at Iowa on Saturday. It will also be Purdue’s last weekday road game until March.

• The two teams will meet for the 218th time on Tuesday, the most-frequently played rivalry in the Big Ten. Purdue owns a 125-92 series advantage, but Indiana has won three of the last four meetings. However, before that, Purdue won 12-of-13 meetings from Feb. 2014 to March 2021.

• The Boilermakers are 15-2 (or better) through 17 games for the third straight season, the first time in school history that Purdue has been at least 15-2 through 17 games in three straight seasons. It marks the fifth time in Matt Painter’s 19 seasons that Purdue has been 15-2 or better (2024, 2023, 2022, 2018, 2011). Over the last three seasons, Purdue is 54-6 in months November through January.

• Over the last three games, Purdue is averaging 83.3 points while allowing 81.3 points per game. It comes after a stretch where Purdue held three straight teams to 57 or fewer points. Purdue is 33-of-76 (.434) from 3-point range in the last three games.

• Purdue ranks in the NCAA’s top 20 in rebound margin (7th), assists per game (8th), 3-point percentage (9th), scoring offense (14th), fewest fouls per game (15th), scoring margin (15th), field goal percentage (16th) and assist / turnover ratio (18th).

• Purdue leads the country in quad-1 wins (6) and quad-1 and 2 wins combined (9). Purdue has as many quad-1 wins as teams ranked No. 4 (Alabama), 5 (BYU), 6 (Tennessee) and 8 (Auburn) combined.

• Since the start of last season, Purdue is 44-8, the fifth-most wins nationally, while the eight losses are the second fewest behind Houston (6). The eight losses during that span have come by 1, 5, 6, 14, 8, 5, 4 (OT) and 16 points. Thirty-one of the 44 wins have come against teams ranked in the KenPom top-100, including 24 against teams ranked in the top-50.

• Purdue is 44-36 in Big Ten road games since the 2015-16 season, the sixth-best road record among major-conference teams in the country. Purdue is 8-5 in Big Ten road games since the start of last season.

• Matt Painter now needs one win to tie Lou Henson for fifth place on the all-time wins list for Big Ten Conference games only. Painter enters the Indiana game with 213 league victories. Henson is fifth with 214 wins.

• Turnovers tell the story… When forcing 10 or more turnovers, the Boilermakers have won 17 straight games in a row. In Purdue’s two losses this season, the Boilermakers’ turnover margin is -9.50 (31 to 12). In the losses, opponents average 8.5 steals per game to Purdue’s 1.0.

• Purdue was voted No. 2 in the AP Top 25 poll on Monday, falling out of No. 1 for the first time since the Dec. 16, poll. With its No. 2 ranking this week, Purdue has now been ranked in the top 5 of the AP poll for 27 straight weeks, the longest-active streak in America by 11 weeks (Kansas – 16). It has been ranked in the top 3 in 21 of those 27 weeks.

• The 27 straight weeks ranked in the top 5 is the fifth-longest streak in Big Ten history, but the second-longest streak in the last 45 years.

• Purdue’s starting lineup of Braden Smith, Lance Jones, Fletcher Loyer, Trey Kaufman-Renn and Zach Edey have started all 17 games. It’s the longest stretch for a starting group to start the season since the 2017-18 season (28 games).

• Zach Edey became the second high-major player (Oklahoma’s Blake Griffin) in the last 20 years to have at least two 30-20 games, when he went for 30 and 20 against Penn STate. Over the last 15 years, Purdue has had four 30-20 games. The rest of the Big Ten has one combined.

• Edey needs 88 points and 13 blocked shots to become the third player in NCAA history with 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds, 200 blocks and to shoot at least 60.0 percent from the field (Patrick Ewing, David Robinson).

• Purdue is at least 15-2 through 17 games for the third straight season. Last year’s team was 16-1, while the 2021-22 team was 15-2 through 17 games.

• In years that Purdue won the Big Ten regular-season championship under Matt Painter, the Boilermakers started 3-3 (2010), 4-2 (2017), 4-2 (2019) and 5-1 (2023) through five games. This year’s team is 4-2 through six games.

• Following the loss to Nebraska, this year’s senior class (Edey, Morton, Gillis) have been court-stormed in every road loss but one (Michigan State – 2022) over the last three seasons (2021 didn’t count – CoVid attendance), coming in nine of the 10 setbacks. All of the losses have occurred with Purdue ranked inside the top 10.

• Purdue’s 95 points in regulation vs. Penn State were its most against a Big Ten team since scoring 104 against Iowa on Feb. 5, 2020. The 56 first-half points were also the most since scoring 61 in that same game.

• With the win over Penn State, Purdue improved to 6-1 since the start of last year following a loss.

• In th win over Penn State, Purdue had 26 assists on its 32 made field goals and outrebounded the Nittany Lions 43-24.

• The win was Purdue’s 100th in Big Ten play since the start of the 2016-17 season (100-41). Michigan State is next among Big Ten teams with 89 victories in that span.

• Over the last four games, Purdue is shooting 42-of-96 (.438) from 3-point range, making at least nine triples in all four games.

• Purdue now ranks ninth nationally in 3-point percentage (.398). Purdue has finished in the top 10 in 3-point percentage three previous times under Painter (2017, 2018, 2022).

• After holding three straight foes (Jacksonville, Eastern Kentucky and Maryland) to 57 or fewer points, Purdue has allowed its last three foes to average 81.3 points per game, while opponents are shooting 31-of-70 (.443) from long range in that span.

• Purdue has 52 turnovers over its last four games, while opponents have just 38 (-3.50 margin in that span). Opponents have scored 64 points off Purdue’s turnovers in the last four games.

• Purdue currently has four players averaging at least 11.0 points per game. The last time Purdue had four players average at least 11.0 points per game was during the 2017-18 season (Carsen Edwards, Isaac Haas, Vince Edwards, Dakota Mathias). It has happened only five times previously in school history (2017-18, 1997-98, 1987-88, 1986-87, 1977-78).

• Among players that have made at least 20, 3-pointers this year, Mason Gillis’ 51.1 percentage ranks eighth nationally and third among high-major players.

• Braden Smith’s eight games of at least 10 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists are the third-most nationally and most in the Big Ten by four games. Smith has dished out at least five assists in 15 of the 17 games, including at least six assists in six straight games.

• Since the start of last year, Purdue is 13-0 when Zach Edey attempts single-digit field goal attempts. Purdue is 31-8 when he has 10 or more field goal attempts.

• Fletcher Loyer shot 32.6 percent a year ago from 3-point range. So far this year, Loyer is shooting 40.8 percent from long range.

• Purdue’s two primary power forwards, Mason Gillis and Trey Kaufman-Renn, are averaging 13.7 points, 7.7 rebounds and shooting 30-of-60 (.500) from deep, with an assist / turnover ratio of 1.92 (46 / 24).

NOTRE DAME MEN’S BASKETBALL

SHREWSBERRY WINS ACC ROOKIE OF THE WEEK

CHARLOTTE – Mere hours before tipping off at Boston College, the Atlantic Coast Conference came calling with a Rookie of the Week award with Braeden Shrewsberry’s name on it. The 6-3 freshman guard averaged 16.5 points and went 7-of-14 from deep in a 1-1 week for the Fighting Irish.

Shrewsberry broke out in Atlanta, lifting Notre Dame to a big road victory in overtime against Georgia Tech. Shrewsberry poured in a season high 25 points, connecting on a season best five made three-pointers. Against Florida State, the freshman earned eight points and five rebounds.

Going back even further … over the last three games Shrewsberry is averaging 15.0 points. He’s 11-of-21 (.524) from three in that span.

This marks the first ACC weekly honor for Shrewsberry and the second ACC Rookie of the Week award for Notre Dame, with Markus Burton previously winning as well.

Shrewsberry and company will return to action tonight at 7 p.m. ET when they take on Boston College live on ESPNU.

SLOW SECOND HALF DOOMS IRISH IN CLOSE 63-59 LOSS AT BOSTON COLLEGE

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – The Notre Dame men’s basketball team waged a back-and-forth battle against Boston College on Monday night which saw 17 lead changes in the contest. The Irish (7-11, 2-5), who had a lead as large as 12 in the first half, and a lead of six with five minutes remaining in the game, couldn’t hold on as they fell to the Eagles (11-6, 2-4) by the final of 63-59.

It was really a tale of two halves for Notre Dame. In the first, Notre Dame shot 51.9 percent from the field and were 6-of-12 from three, compared to Boston College’s 33.3 percent from the floor. The Irish also outrebounded the Eagles 22-13 and only turned the ball over four times. In the second, Notre Dame shot 29.2 percent and coughed it up 10 times.

With all that said, the Irish produced a late flurry and had a shot for the lead with 10 seconds left in the game, but Carey Booth’s three-point attempt rimmed out. 

Speaking of Booth, the freshman impressed with a career high 13 rebounds – 10 of which were defensive boards. He also supplied five points.

Freshman guard Markus Burton recorded his highest first-half total all season with 15 points on 7-of-11 shooting. The Mishawaka native finished with 19 points, five rebounds and three assists. Burton has now recorded double-digit points in 11 straight games.

And keeping with the freshmen theme, Braeden Shrewsberry also finished in double figures with 12 points tonight on 5-of-9 shooting. He’s now produced 57 points over the last four games.

HOW IT HAPPENED

The first 6.5 minutes were an up-and-down track meet, for the first media timeout didn’t occur until 13:39. Burton ignited the offense early, scoring seven of the team’s first nine points to put the Irish up 9-7 at said timeout.

After BC’s Mason Madsen scored five straight, Shrewsberry and Zona responded with back-to-back treys in 30 seconds to give the visitors a 16-12 lead midway through the opening half.

Later down one at the 8:04 mark, Shrewsberry hit his second three of the game, followed by a jumper from Burtonk, and a three from Roper II; thus, an 8-0 run within 65 seconds which pushed the Irish ahead 24-17 at the 6:03 media.

Immediately out of the timeout, Burton kept the hot hand and drained two jumpers on back-to-back possessions. Later, a Booth three-pointer made it a 15-2 scoring run over a 4.5-minute span, extending the lead to 31-19 with 3:33 remaining.

Boston College’s Jaeden Zackery scored five straight but the freshmen duo of Burton and Shrewsberry countered with back-to-back baskets. Eventually, a Tae Davis free throw with 18 seconds left gave the Irish a 10-point lead, but BC’s Madsen drained a three at the buzzer to make it up a seven-point game with Notre Dame up 36-29.

Now, a reoccurring issue for Notre Dame this season has been slow second half starts and tonight Boston College came out and scored the first eight points to regain the lead at 37-36. The drought was ended by Shrewsberry at 16:17 and he quickly scored four straight to get back the lead at 40-39.

Turnovers plagued the Irish to start the second half. Notre Dame recorded four in a four-minute stretch and ultimately faced a five-point deficit down 47-42. At that point, the Irish had committed six turnovers in the second half and they had only surrendered four in the entirety of the first half.

Next, Konieczny provided a spark by draining a pair of three-pointers on back-to-back possessions as the lead went back to the Irish at 48-47 with 8:43 remaining. Later at 7:06, Davis stepped up with a big offensive board then an and-one to push the Irish up 53-49. Next, a pair of Burton free throws made it 55-49 and a 13-2 run for the Irish.

Yet, BC’s Quinten Post, who had been held in check up to this point, caught fire and drained three straight buckets to go on an individual 8-0 run to recapture the lead at 57-55 with 3:34 left. Konieczny ended the run with a pair of free throws to tie the game with three minutes remaining.

With just under a minute left, Post broke the tie by striking from the top of the key to put the Eagles up 60-57. Out of a Notre Dame timeout, the Irish couldn’t get a shot up after being called for an offensive charge. Now with 24 seconds remaining, the Irish had to foul and Boston College just converted one at the line.

Burton then drove the length of the court and converted the layup to cut the deficit to just two points at 61-59 with 14.0 seconds on the clock. Burton was fouled on the play and was sent to the line where he missed the frow throw. However, Notre Dame grabbed the board and immediately took the timeout.

Now with 11.7 seconds left, Notre Dame found Booth in the corner for a three for the lead and it just rimmed out. Boston College then made both its free throws down on the other end to put the game out of reach and bring it to its 63-59 conclusion. 

UP NEXT

After playing two games in three days, the Irish will have some time off from competition – eight days in fact. Notre Dame will return to action on Wednesday, Jan. 24, and will look to turn Purcell Pavilion green when they do. The Miami Hurricanes come to town on the 24th and it’s the annual ‘Irish Wear Green’ game. The home squad will break out the greens for the only time this season and encourage all fans to do the same. That game will tip off at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN2.

NOTRE DAME WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

HIDALGO NAMED ACC ROOKIE OF THE WEEK FOR EIGHTH TIME

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Add another one to the list for Hannah Hidalgo, who was announced as the ACC’s Rookie of the Week for the eighth time this season.

Notre Dame went 2-0 last week with major contributions from Hidalgo. The rookie had 27 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals in a 98-48 win over Boston College, marking her fifth double-double of the year. She added 25 points, 7 rebounds and 7 steals against Miami on Sunday. Hidalgo was instrumental in helping Notre Dame hold a lead over the Hurricanes, scoring 8 points in a 13-point third quarter.

With Sunday’s performance, Hidalgo tied two notable records. It was her 13th game this season with at least 20 points, tying Beth Morgan Cunningham’s freshman single-game record. With 7 steals, Hidalgo tied Skylar Diggins-Smith in games with at least 6 steals. That is a career record, not a freshman record. Hidalgo is just 15 games into her career.

Hidalgo continues to lead the ACC with 24.2 points per game, and she is pacing the nation with 5.7 swipes every time she takes the court.

The New Jersey native broke Notre Dame’s conference rookie of the week honors record last week with her seventh award. The previous record was held by Jacqueline Batteast (Big East), Alicia Ratay (Big East), Brianna Turner (ACC) and Sonia Citron (ACC). All four of those women went on to be their respective conference’s Rookie of the Year.

Notre Dame goes back on the road this week for a matchup with Virginia (8-8, 0-5). Thursday’s game tips off on ACCNX at 7 p.m.

BUTLER MEN’S BASKETBALL

BUTLER RETURNS TO ACTION TUESDAY NIGHT AT XAVIER

The Bulldogs will take I-74 East to Cincinnati for a Tuesday night tip with Xavier.

Butler (11-6, 2-4 BIG EAST) at Xavier (8-8, 2-3)

Tuesday, Jan. 16;  6:30PM

Cintas Center; Cincinnati, Ohio

TV: FS1 – Jeff Levering & LaPhonso Ellis

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

The Series with the Musketeers

• The first meeting between Butler and Xavier came in 1937.

• The two programs have been rivals in three different conferences: the Midwestern Collegiate Conference, the Atlantic 10 for a single season in 2012-13, and in the BIG EAST since the 2013-14 campaign when both programs, along with Creighton, joined the league.

• Xavier’s 46-26 series lead is largely due to a 26-5 advantage in games played in Cincinnati.

• The teams split the season series in 2022-23 with each team winning on its home court.

Series: Xavier Leads, 46-26

Streak: Xavier, W1

At XU: Xavier Leads, 26-5

First Meeting: XU, 28-26, 1/16/1937 (at XU)

Last Meeting: XU, 78-66, 3/4/23 (at XU)

Of Note

• Butler coach Thad Matta spent three seasons leading the Xavier program. From 2001-04, Matta posted a 78-23 mark and made three NCAA Tournament appearances.

• Butler is coming off a 78-72 loss to Seton Hall Saturday as the Pirates scored the final eight points of the game.

• Posh Alexander led the Bulldogs with 17 points against Seton Hall.

• Alexander is tied for the BIG EAST lead at 2.12 steals per game. His 5.2 assists per game are fifth in the league.

• Butler went 15-for-16 from the free throw line Saturday against Seton Hall, for a season-best .938 mark.

• On the season, Butler ranks fifth nationally in free throw shooting at 79.1 percent. Butler has shot 70 percent or better from the line in all but one game this season.

• DJ Davis and Pierre Brooks II have combined to go a perfect 30-for-30 from the free throw line in BIG EAST games.

• Davis ranks second nationally in free throw percentage (96.1). He has two separate games going 10-for-10 from the charity stripe and has hit 49 of his 51 attempts on the season.

• The Bulldogs committed only eight turnovers against Seton Hall. Butler has committed 10 or fewer turnovers in eight games this season, including a season-low five against Providence Dec. 23. Butler is 8-2 when committing fewer turnovers than its opponent.

• Seton Hall had 13 blocks Saturday against Butler, the most ever by a Bulldog BIG EAST opponent.

• Brooks’ 16.1 points per game scoring average is eighth in the BIG EAST; he has scored in double figures in every game this season.

• In BIG EAST games, Jalen Thomas ranks sixth in field goal percentage (57.1), ninth in blocks (1.0), and tenth in rebounding (7.2).

• Butler defeated No. 11/12 Marquette, 69-62, Wednesday night on the road.

• The win was Butler’s first “true road win” over a ranked team since beating No. 2 Villanova Feb. 22, 2017.

• Butler’s win snapped Marquette’s 19-game home winning streak and ended the Golden Eagles’ 20 consecutive home BIG EAST wins.

• The Bulldogs’ defense limited Marquette to 33-percent shooting, including a 5-for-31 mark from three-point range.

• Thomas posted his second double-double of the season with 10 points and a career-high 14 rebounds against Marquette.

• Landon Moore matched his season-high with 14 points on 4-for-5 shooting.

• Brooks is averaging 2.6 made three-pointers per game on .411 shooting from behind the arc; those figures are fourth and seventh, respectively, among the BIG EAST leaders.

• Butler has scored at least 80 points in nine games this season; the Bulldogs only hit the 80-point mark six times total a season ago.

• Butler’s 80.8 points per game rank among the Top 50 nationally.

• The Bulldogs rank 11th nationally, committing just 13.6 fouls per game.

• Davis, Brooks, Jahmyl Telfort and Alexander all have games scoring 20 or more points this season. Butler has three games with two Bulldogs each eclipsing 20.

• Butler owned a 46-22 advantage in points in the paint over Georgetown in the BIG EAST opener Dec. 19. Butler has outscored its opponent in the paint in 11 games.

• Butler out-rebounded Georgetown, 37-29, in the BIG EAST opener. Butler is 9-0 this season when out-rebounding its opponent.

• Butler shot 52 percent from the field Dec. 9 vs. Cal; the Bulldogs have shot 50 percent or better in six games this season.

Home, Sweet Hinkle

• Butler is 8-2 at Hinkle Fieldhouse so far this season.

• Thad Matta is 31-9 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 seven of its 10 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.

Balancing Act

• Ten different Bulldogs have scored in double figures in at least one game so far this season.

• Butler’s balanced attack has seen at least five players score in double figures in the same game six times this season, including most recently in the Dec. 15 win over Saginaw Valley.

BALL STATE MEN’S BASKETBALL

MBB TO PLAY AT EASTERN MICHIGAN ON TUESDAY NIGHT

The Ball State men’s basketball team plays at Eastern Michigan at 7 p.m. on Tuesday to conclude its two-game Mid-American Conference roadswing.

The game will be streamed on ESPN+, with Ryan Wolley and Justin Rose on the call. Mick Tidrow and David Eha handle the radio broadcast on WMUN 1340AM – 92.5FM.

The Cardinals (8-8, 0-4 MAC) and Eagles (8-8, 1-3 MAC) meet for the 116th time in series history. Last season, the road team took both contests, as Ball State won 91-90 on Feb. 3 at Worthen Arena before the Eagles took a 75-68 decision on Feb. 25 in Ypsilanti.

Ball State, led by Jalin Anderson’s 25 points and six rebounds, rallied back from a 40-33 halftime deficit at Toledo on Saturday night to lead by six midway through the second half, but the Rockets closed strong for a 77-72 win to extend their MAC record conference winning streak to 19 games.

Eastern Michigan has begun MAC play 1-3, with the win being a 71-69 overtime victory over Kent State on Jan. 6. In addition to the Golden Flashes, Ball State and Eastern Michigan have also both played Detroit Mercy, who the Eagles beat 76-72 on Nov. 21, and Central Michigan, who won 80-64 over EMU on Jan. 9.

SCOUTING EASTERN MICHIGAN: The Eagles went 8-23 (5-13 MAC) last season in head coach Stan Heath’s 1st leading the program. EMU tied for ninth place in the MAC and missed the conference tournament.

The Eagles rank No. 10 in the MAC in scoring offense (67.9 points per game) and No. 8 in scoring defense (74.3), while their -1.8 rebounding margin is ninth.

Junior guard Tyson Acuff leads the league and ranks No. 7 and No. 6 in NCAA Division I in points per game (21.8) and minutes per game (37:24), respectively, so far this season.

CARDINAL DIRECTIONS

Basheer Jihad leads the Cardinals in scoring (18.7 points per game) and rebounding (7.8) averages. The junior forward out of Detroit has led the Cardinals in scoring 10 games so far, scoring in double-figures 15 times, including seven games with 20+ points. The big man’s total points (299) and scoring average both rank fourth in the Mid-American Conference, while his rebounding average is fifth.

The Cardinals lead the MAC and rank No. 39 nationally in fewest fouls committed per game (14.9), while being third in the league in rebounding margin (+3.1), 3-point shooting (36.6 percent), free throw shooting (75.7 percent) and scoring defense (70.1 points per game).

Ball State’s 20 wins last year were its most since 2016-17 when that team won 21. This season’s Cardinals will look for back-to-back 20-win schedules for the first time since that 2016-17 season.

The Cardinals are a young group, as the roster includes only one senior or graduate student (Ethan Brittain-Watts). Ball State returns only 21.5 percent of minutes played and 19.6 percent of points scored from last year’s team.

Brittain-Watts (Boston University), Jalin Anderson (Loyola Marymount) and Davion Bailey (Southeastern CC) form Ball State’s trio of transfers.

Joey Brown (Indianapolis), Zane Doughty (Indianapolis), Mason Jones (Valparaiso, Ind.), Trent Middleton Jr. (Philadelphia) and Jurica Zagorsak (Zadar, Croatia) are the Cardinals’ quintet of true freshmen.

Ball State recently signed forward Jai Anthoni Bearden (Phoenix, Ariz.) and guard Jermarhi “Fatt” Hill (Bessemer, Ala.) to national letters of intent to form the Cardinals’ 2024 recruiting class.

FREE THROWS FALLING: Redshirt junior Mickey Pearson Jr. leads the Mid-American Conference in free throw shooting percentage at 87.5 (49 of 56).

Ben Hendriks has made 85.7 percent (18-21) of his attempts at the charity stripe so far this season, while the Cardinals as a whole rank third in the MAC in free throw shooting at 75.7 percent.

FAMILY REUNION: Basheer Jihad faces off against his brother, Yusuf, on Tuesday in a homecoming for the Detroit area natives.

Basheer has scored 13 points in four career matchups against the Eagles, with Ball State going 3-1 in those games. Yusuf went for six points while playing three games head-to-head.

PRODUCTIVE PAIR: Juniors Jihad (18.7 points per game) and Jalin Anderson (16.4) rank fourth and eighth in the MAC in average scoring, respectively.

The duo joins Northern Illinois’ David Coit (19.5 ppg, third) and Zarique Nutter (15.2 ppg, tenth), as the only two tandems in the league to rank in the Top 10 in scoring.

TOP OF THE MAC: Ball State’s first four games on its Mid-American Conference schedule included games against the three teams who finished at the top of the MAC in 2022-23.

The Cardinals played at Kent State, who was voted second in the MAC preseason coaches poll, on Jan. 2 and preseason league favorite Akron on Tuesday. Ball State’s matchup on Saturday, Toledo, won the MAC regular season crown in 2022-23.

BANKING ON BASHEER: Jihad leads the team in scoring (18.7 points per game), rebounding (7.8 per game) and field goal percentage (49.0) among Cardinals averaging at least four field goal attempts this season. Jihad has established or tied career highs in scoring five times already this season, including in the Dec. 10 win vs SIUE (27 points).

The Detroit native’s scoring average has nearly tripled over last year (7.1), while his rebounding average has doubled (3.6). Jihad started only one game in his first two seasons at Ball State, but has been a mainstay in the starting lineup as an upperclassman now.

JALIN JAMS: Anderson, a transfer out of Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles, leads the Ball State backcourt in scoring and the team in assists (4.6 per game) as the Cardinals’ lead guard.

The Jackson, Tenn., native boasts Ball State’s highest offensive output (29 points against Old Dominion) so far and is on pace to set career bests for points and steals while already establishing his career high for single season assists and rebounds. Anderson has shown a penchant for explosive offensive performances, posting six 20+ point games so far this season.

EMERGENCE OF BIG BEN: Redshirt junior center Ben Hendriks had started each of the last six games before missing the Dec. 21 game at Minnesota, totaling career-highs of 11 points and seven rebounds in the Dec. 2 win over Bellarmine and 32 minutes played in the Dec. 10 win against SIUE.

Hendriks already surpassed his career-bests for points (72), rebounds (50), assists (13), blocks (14) and steals (four) in a season through the schedule’s first 16 games while shooting an impressive 85.7 percent at the free throw line. The big man has seen increased playing time over his last 11 contests, averaging 19.7 minutes per game after playing 6.8 per in the first four games.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK X2: Jihad was named the Mid-American Conference Men’s Basketball Co-Player of the Week on both Dec. 4 and Dec. 11.

Jihad averaged 24.3 points and 8.8 rebounds per game, setting career highs in scoring three times over the four-game stretch to lead Ball State to a 3-1 record.

WINNING IN WORTHEN: The Cardinals clinched an undefeated home nonconference slate for the fourth straight season with the Dec. 10 decision over the Cougars.

Ball State has won 19 consecutive nonconference contests at Worthen Arena, with its last loss being on Dec. 3, 2019 to Loyola (Chicago).

1,300 WINS: The Ball State men’s basketball team recorded win No. 1,300 in program history with the Dec. 2 decision against Bellarmine. The Cardinals are the tenth current MAC men’s basketball team to reach that milestone.

MAC Program Wins (as of Dec. 4, 2023)

Akron – 1,697

Ball State – 1,300

Buffalo – 1,279

Bowling Green – 1,452

Central Michigan – 1,356

Eastern Michigan – 1,292

Kent State – 1,332

Miami (OH) – 1,436

Northern Illinois – 1,315

Ohio – 1,614

Toledo – 1,551

Western Michigan – 1,372

MILESTONE WATCH: Jihad and Pearson Jr. both scored their 500th career points in the second half on Dec. 16 against Indiana St, with Jihad hitting the figure with a 3-pointer and Pearson Jr. getting to the total on a layup.

Pearson Jr. tallied 23 of those points playing at TCU, while Anderson (866) boasts the most career points in NCAA Division I on the current roster.

Up Next

The Cardinals host Miami (OH) at 2 p.m. on Saturday in their first of back-to-back home games.

INDIANA STATE MEN’S BASKETBALL

CONWELL TABBED MVC NEWCOMER OF THE WEEK

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Indiana State men’s basketball Ryan Conwell has been named the MVC Newcomer of the Week, announced by the conference on Monday. This marks Conwell’s second Newcomer of the Week selection, with his first following his 27-point performance in the win against Ball State.

Conwell provided all-around consistency in Indiana State’s two games, averaging 33.5 MPG, 16.0 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 2.5 AST/G, and 3.0 threes-per-game. Conwell finished the two games shooting 42.9% (6-for-14) from deep. The guard also scored a steal in each game. With double figures in both games, Conwell has scored 10+ points 14 of the 16 games he has played.  Conwell scored 17 points for ISU at Drake, tied for the team-high, while knocking down three triples. In the 30-point victory versus Belmont, Conwell scored 15 points and made another trio of threes, recorded four rebounds, and tallied two assists.

Conwell and the Sycamores host the Missouri State Bears on Tuesday before traveling to play Murray State on Sunday on ESPN2.

INDIANA STATE SET TO FACE THE BEARS ON TUESDAY

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State men’s basketball host the Missouri State Bears on Tuesday evening inside Hulman Center. Tip is set for 7 p.m. ET on ESPN+ and 105.5 The Legend.

Series History

This contest is the 82nd matchup between the Sycamores and Bears. Indiana State lost its previous game to Missouri State last season on Senior Day, 66-62. ISU is 2-8 against the Bears in the last 10 meetings.

About Missouri State

Missouri State is in their 6th season with Coach Dana Ford at the helm. Missouri State sits in a four-way tie for third place in the MVC. In the preseason poll, the Bears were picked to finish sixth but did receive one vote. The Bears in 2022-23 finished 17-15 overall and 12-8 in the MVC. The team was knocked out of the MVC Tournament in the Quarterfinal by Southern Illinois 54-51. Three Bears currently average 10.0+ PPG: Alston Mason (17.2), Donovan Clay (13.6), and Chance Moore (11.7).

Last Time Out – Indiana State

Indiana State men’s basketball earned the win at Hulman Center on Saturday, beating Belmont 94-64 to move to 14-3 overall and 5-1 in the Missouri Valley Conference.

Isaiah Swope had a career day for Indiana State, draining eight three-pointers en route to 24 points while shooting 61.5% on the day. Robbie Avila contributed in multiple ways, finishing with a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds, and he dished out five assists.

Jayson Kent scored 19 points and recorded seven rebounds, tying his season-high in steals with three. Kent was a perfect 7-for-7 from inside the three-point line and finished 8-for-10 from the floor. Ryan Conwell knocked down three three-pointers to score 15 points in the game, making three triples. Julian Larry pitched in 12 points on 4-for-6 shooting while recording five assists. Xavier Bledson tallied a game-high six assists.

Last Time Out – Missouri State

Behind career-highs 22 points from N.J. Benson and 14 from Raphe Ayres, Missouri State dominated the second half to help the Bears roll to a 74-64 road MVC win on Saturday. Benson also notched his fourth double-double of the season, snagging 13 rebounds, while adding three blocked shots. Ayres drained a career-best four 3-pointers. The Bears also got 18 points from Alston Mason and 14 from Donovan Clay to secure their second road win in three tries and snap a three-game losing streak overall.

Gameday Promotion

On Tuesday, the theme for the game is Baby Blue – all fans are encouraged to break out their Baby Blue Sycamore attire and wear it to the game. Upon entry, 1,000 t-shirts will be ready to give away to fans until they run out. There will also be a rollabana giveaway.

VALPO MEN’S BASKETBALL

VALPO SEEKS BACK-TO-BACK WINS ON WEDNESDAY AT EVANSVILLE

Valparaiso (5-12, 1-5 MVC)

at Evansville (10-7, 1-5 MVC)

Game No. 18 – Wednesday, Jan. 17, 7 p.m. CT

Ford Center (11,000) – Evansville, Ind.

Next Up in Valpo Basketball: The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team will continue a set of back-to-back Missouri Valley Conference road games on Wednesday as the Beacons voyage to Evansville, Ind. to square off with the Purple Aces. Valpo will look to make it consecutive wins after capturing a victory at Illinois State on Sunday.

Last Time Out: Cooper Schwieger had his first collegiate double-double with 16 points and a season-high 13 rebounds to help Valpo to a 59-50 victory on Sunday at Illinois State, snapping a 10-game skid with the young team’s first road win and first Missouri Valley Conference triumph in 2023-24. It was Valpo’s best statistical defensive performance in a road game in eight years, holding Illinois State to 32 percent shooting and 5.6 percent from 3-point range. Valpo has outscored the opponent in three straight halves – the second half vs. Southern Illinois and both halves at Illinois State.

Following the Beacons: Streaming – ESPN+

Radio – 95.1 FM, WVUR, ValpoAthletics.com, TuneIn Radio App – Todd Ickow (play-by-play) and Brandon Vickrey (analyst)

Twitter updates – @ValpoBasketball

Links for video, audio and live stats will be available at ValpoAthletics.com.

Head Coach Roger Powell Jr.: Roger Powell Jr. (5-12) is in his first season as the head coach of the Valpo men’s basketball program. After helping guide Gonzaga to a 121-13 record during his four seasons as an assistant coach, Powell returned to Valpo, where he was part of head coach Bryce Drew’s staff from 2011-2016 and led the team to 124 wins in five seasons, including a program-record 30 victories and a National Invitation Tournament (NIT) title game appearance in 2015-16. He was part of head coach Mark Few’s Gonzaga staff as the Bulldogs reached the 2021 national championship game after winning their first 31 games of the season. During Powell’s first season on staff in 2019-20, Gonzaga was 31-2 at the time the NCAA college basketball season was halted due to COVID-19. The Bulldogs reached the Sweet Sixteen in each of his final three seasons on staff, including two Elite Eight appearances and the aforementioned trip to the 2021 national title game. Prior to his arrival at Gonzaga, Powell served as the associate head coach at Vanderbilt University under Bryce Drew from 2016-2019. During his stint as an assistant at Valpo, he was part of four Horizon League regular-season championships in a five-year period while also leading the 2012-13 and 2014-15 squads to Horizon League tournament titles and NCAA Tournament appearances. A product of Joliet West High School and a native of Joliet, Ill., Powell capped a prolific collegiate playing career at Illinois with a national title game appearance in 2005 before going on to a successful professional playing career.

Series Notes: Valpo holds a 25-72 all-time record as the two teams prepare for the 98th installment of this instate matchup. Valpo has won five straight meetings, sweeping Evansville last season 76-69 on Jan. 14 at the Ford Center and 81-69 on Jan. 28 at the ARC. Evansville is the second most common opponent in program history as Valpo has played only Butler (103) more frequently. Valpo is 8-2 in the last 10 showdowns including Arch Madness victories in 2020 and 2022.

Scouting the Purple Aces

Under the direction of second-year head coach David Ragland, who spent two seasons on Valpo’s staff as an assistant coach in 2016-17 and 2017-18.

Two-time Valpo graduate Peter Funk is in his first year at Evansville as Assistant Coach/Chief of Staff after spending seven years at Valpo as a student manager, graduate assistant and most recently Director of Basketball Operations.

Picked to finish 11th of 12 in the MVC preseason poll.

Started the season 10-2 with the only losses coming to BYU and Missouri State. That stretch featured an early-season conference win vs. UNI, 91-89.

Followed the 10-2 start with a current five-game slide, most recently falling 74-64 to Missouri State on Saturday. Other MVC losses during this skid have come to Indiana State (87-73), Murray State (81-59) and Bradley (86-50).

Led in scoring by Ben Humrichous at 16.3 points per game.

Defense Travels

­The 59-50 win at Illinois State on Jan. 14 marked the program’s best statistical defensive performance in eight years based on points allowed, field goal percentage defense and 3-point field goal percentage defense.

The Beacons limited the Redbirds to 50 points, the lowest total by a Valpo opponent since an 85-45 win over Judson on Dec. 6, 2020 and the lowest by a Division-I opponent since a 55-38 win vs. Southern Illinois on Feb. 12, 2020.

This was the fewest points permitted by Valpo in a true road game since Feb. 16, 2016, a 66-43 win at Cleveland State.

Valpo held Illinois State to 5.6 percent from 3-point distance (1-of-18) and 32.2 percent from the field. That marked Valpo’s best 3-point defense in a game since holding Cleveland State to 1-of-18 way back on Jan. 4, 2013. This was the first time Valpo limited an opponent to one made 3 or fewer in the opponent’s home gym since Cleveland State on Feb. 19, 2012.

This marked the first time Valpo held an opponent below 33 percent shooting since Feb. 27, 2021 vs. Indiana State. This was the team’s best field goal percentage defense in a road game since a 66-43 win at Cleveland State on Feb. 16, 2016.

The only thing colder than Illinois State’s shooting was the sub-zero temperatures in the Bloomington-Normal area.

First Collegiate Double-Double

Cooper Schwieger enjoyed his first collegiate double-double with a 16-point, 13-rebound effort on Jan. 14 at Illinois State.

He became the third Valpo player with a double-double this season, joining Jaxon Edwards (Jan. 6 at UIC) and Jerome Palm (Nov. 17 at No. 23 Illinois).

Schwieger’s 16 points marked his most in the last four games. He went 5-of-7 from the field and 6-of-6 at the free-throw line.

His 13 boards outdid his previous personal best of eight that was reached on Nov. 6 vs. Trinity Christian and Jan. 6 at UIC.

Schwieger notched the first double-double by a Valpo freshman since Javon Freeman-Liberty on Jan. 29, 2019 vs. Missouri State. He collected the most rebounds by a Valpo player in an MVC game since Donovan Clay had 14 on Feb. 7, 2021 vs. Drake.

With a Win on Wednesday, Valpo Would…

Own back-to-back wins for the second time this season (Nov. 21 vs. Western Illinois and Nov. 25 vs. Southern.)

Extend the team’s head-to-head winning streak against Evansville to six.

Win consecutive road games for the first time since January of last season, also at Evansville (Jan. 14) and at Illinois State (Jan. 21).

Win back-to-back games with both coming on the road for the first time since Jan. 23-24, 2021 at Illinois State, when two teams played each other back-to-back nights at the same location due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Win consecutive games at two different road locations for the first time since 2016-17 (at Youngstown State, at Cleveland State).

Other Notes Wrapping Up Jan. 13: Valpo 59, Illinois State 50

Darius DeAveiro made his first three free throws to extend his streak of free-throw makes to 15 before finally misfiring at the stripe. Prior to the miss, DeAveiro was 22-of-23 from the foul line since Dec. 3.

As a team, Valpo shot 84.6 percent (11-of-13) from the charity stripe against the Redbirds. That marked the team’s top single-game free-throw percentage this season. It was the team’s top free-throw percentage since 90.9 on Feb. 4, 2023 vs. Drake.

DeAveiro had eight assists to go along with nine points and four rebounds. Valpo was paced by Cooper Schwieger (16 points, 13 rebounds) and Isaiah Stafford (11 points).

Sherman Weatherspoon IV made his first collegiate start. He became the fourth Valpo freshman to start a game this season. The starting five against the Redbirds featured three rookies.

No Illinois State players scored in double figures.

Valpo lost the turnover battle 11-7 but won the game, the team’s first victory when committing more turnovers than the opposition this season (previously 0-5).

Valpo continued its success in the all-time series with Illinois State, beating the Redbirds for the 10th time in the last 11 matchups.

The nation’s seventh most inexperienced team according to KenPom, Valpo knocked off a much more veteran Illinois State team that ranks 66th nationally and second in the MVC in experience, per KenPom.

Valpo ended a 10-game losing streak with the team’s first triumph since Nov. 25 vs. Southern and an 11-game road losing streak that dated back to Jan. 21, 2023 at Illinois State.

Roger Powell Jr. earned his first road win as a head coach. It was fitting that the victory took place at Illinois State, where his father Roger Powell Sr. is a former men’s basketball standout and a member of the Illinois State Athletics Hall of Fame.

Stafford Going Strong

Isaiah Stafford returned to the floor on Jan. 6 at UIC after missing the previous two games with an injury that occurred on Dec. 19 vs. Samford. In his return to action, Valpo’s leading scorer turned in 19 points to pace the team, then he followed that up with another 19-point showing on Jan. 10 vs. Southern Illinois.

Stafford made it three straight double-figure scoring outputs with 11 points on Jan. 14 at Illinois State. He also squeezed five rebounds in that one, tied for his most in the last eight games.

The junior college transfer has led the team in scoring (outright or tied) in 10 of his 15 games this season.

Stafford, who ranks eighth in the MVC in scoring at 16.2 points per game, has scored 17 points or more in nine of his 15 contests.

In the Dec. 9 game at Virginia Tech, Stafford became the first Valpo player with 14+ points, four or more steals and multiple blocks in a game since Ryan Broekhoff on Feb. 10, 2011 vs. Detroit Mercy.

Handing Out Helpers

Darius DeAveiro is already on the cusp of 100 assists for the season, as he has handed out 94 in just 17 games. He’s up to 212 career assists, reaching the 200 milestone on Jan. 10 vs. Southern Illinois.

DeAveiro ranks 30th nationally and second in the MVC with 94 total assists and ranks 33rd in the country and second in the league at 5.5 assists per game.

By recording eight assists on Jan. 14 at Illinois State, DeAveiro made it 13 straight games with four or more helpers. That marked his second-highest assist total of the season behind only 10 on Dec. 19 vs. Samford.

DeAveiro is on pace to become just the third Valpo player in the last 30 years to average at least 5.5 assists per game. The last to do so was Ali Berdeil in 2003-04 (6.0) and before that it was Bryce Drew in 1994-95 (6.0).

His 10 assists in this season’s game vs. Samford tied a career high set on Nov. 13, 2022 vs. Western Michigan.

Darius Delivering

Darius DeAveiro has scored nine points or more in five straight games and is averaging 13.4 points per game during that stretch.

DeAveiro scored in double figures in four straight games from Dec. 29 to Jan. 10 after entering that stretch with two double-figure scoring outputs in his first 66 collegiate contests. He scored 18 or more in two of those contests.

DeAveiro is one of 10 players in the country averaging 7.5 points, 5.5 assists and shooting 80 percent or better at the free-throw line.

A breakout season for DeAveiro continued in a big way on Jan. 3 vs. Bradley, when he posted a career-high 19 points to go along with seven rebounds, four assists and one steal while committing just one turnover.

Since 2010, DeAveiro became just the seventh Valpo player with at least 19 points, seven rebounds and four assists in a game while committing one turnover or fewer. He joined a star-studded list of six Valpo greats who were all first-team all-conference performers – Brandon Wood, Ryan Broekhoff (twice), Alec Peters (3x), Tevonn Walker, Javon Freeman-Liberty (twice) and Ben Krikke. DeAveiro was the first to do it since Krikke on Jan. 25, 2023.

DeAveiro’s career-high 19 points against the Braves easily outdid his previous career best of 11, which was reached twice this season (Nov. 21 vs. Western Illinois, Nov. 29 vs. Drake). It also marked the first time in his collegiate career (68th game) that he led the team in scoring.

DeAveiro’s seven rebounds vs. Bradley led the team, his second straight outing with seven boards after squeezing seven on Dec. 29 at Elon. Before the Elon game, DeAveiro’s season high in the rebounding department was four and his career high was six, achieved back on Nov. 27, 2021 vs. Trinity Christian.

We Are Young

Valpo’s 2023-24 roster is a new-look group that is among the nation’s most inexperienced teams.

The Beacons rank 356 of 362 in the KenPom “experience factor” at 0.54. The experience factor is calculated using eligibility class weighted by minutes played.

The only more inexperienced teams nationally, per KenPom, are Notre Dame, Boston, Saint Francis, Siena, Northwestern State and Idaho.

Valpo has four freshmen with multiple double-figure scoring outputs this season – Jahari Williamson, Kaspar Sepp, Cooper Schwieger and Sherman Weatherspoon IV. The last time that occurred was 2013-14 – Alec Peters, Clay Yeo, Lexus Williams and Jubril Adekoya.

Rookie Report

Cooper Schwieger is averaging 10.6 points per game and 5.2 rebounds per game this season.

The Overland Park, Kan. native ranks second in the Missouri Valley Conference in scoring average among freshmen at 10.3 points per game. He is behind only Drake’s Kevin Overton (12.6 ppg).

Schwieger ranks second among MVC freshmen with 0.9 blocks per game and leads the league in rebounds per game among freshmen at 5.2.

Schwieger is one of 13 freshmen nationally averaging at least 10.0 points and 5.0 rebounds per game.

Second-Half Sharpshooting

Valpo finished with a season-best field-goal percentage of 51.0 on Jan. 10 vs. Southern Illinois.

This marked the team’s highest shooting clip since Feb. 11, 2023 vs. Illinois State (54.9 percent).

In the game against the Salukis, Valpo went just 8-of-22 (36.4 percent) from the field before halftime before hitting at a 63 percent clip (17-of-27) after the break. The game completely flipped on both ends of the floor after the break as SIU shot 60.7 percent in the opening half but 39.1 percent after halftime.

Both teams finished the game at exactly 51 percent shooting. This was just the third Valpo game since joining the Missouri Valley Conference where both teams shot over 50 percent, and both previous games were against Loyola – Feb. 16, 2022 at the ARC and Feb. 9, 2020 in Chicago.

This was the second time in the last four games that Valpo shot above 60 percent in the second half. The team hit at a 61.3 percent clip after halftime at Elon. The 63 percent against the Salukis was the team’s best single-half shooting percentage since the first half of the 2022-23 season opener on Nov. 7, 2022 at Toledo when Valpo shot 65.5 percent.

SCHWIEGER NAMED MVC FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK FOR SECOND TIME

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

The Valpo rookie averaged a double-double of 12.5 points and 10.0 rebounds over two contests this week. He scored a team-high 16 points in Sunday’s victory at Illinois State as the Beacons earned their first MVC win and first road win. Schwieger went 6-for-6 at the free-throw line and 5-for-7 from the field against the Redbirds. He made key contributions on the defensive end as Valpo turned in its best defensive field goal percentage in a road game in eight years. Schwieger also pulled down a career-high 13 rebounds in Bloomington-Normal to form his first collegiate double-double.

Schwieger tallied nine points and seven boards on 4-of-5 shooting in Wednesday’s game vs. Southern Illinois and shot 75 percent (9-of-12) combined between the two games this week. He also rejected two Saluki shots.

This is the fourth time a Beacon has captured an MVC weekly honor this season. Schwieger was previously named MVC Freshman of the Week on Nov. 27, while Jahari Williamson earned that award on Jan. 2. Isaiah Stafford was tabbed MVC Newcomer of the Week on Nov. 20. This season has already tied for the program’s most MVC weekly awards since joining the conference.

MARIAN MEN’S BASKETBALL

GUS ETCHISON NAMED TO 2024 BEVO-FRANCIS TOP-100 WATCH LIST

Kansas City, MO – Small College Basketball and the National Awards Committee is proud to announce the Bevo Francis Top 100 Watch List for the 2023-24 season. The Top 100 Watch List consists of some of the top players from NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III, NAIA, USCAA and NCCAA.

For the second consecutive season, the Marian men’s basketball team has been represented in the top-100 list, with Gus Etchison being named to the 2023-24 list. Last season Taeshon Cherry was named to the top-100 watch list, and was joined by previous Knights Wes Stowers and TJ Henderson. Stowers is the lone Knight to crack the top-50 list in program history.

The Clarence “Bevo” Francis Award is presented annually to the player who has had the finest overall season within Small College Basketball. Considerations will be season statistics and individual achievements, awards, personal character and team achievements. This is an incredibly prestigious award, as this award will only be given to one player within Small College Basketball per season.

2024 marks the eighth year of the Bevo Francis Award. Past winners include Dominez Burnett of Davenport University in 2016, Justin Pitts of Northwest Missouri State University in 2017, Emanuel Terry of Lincoln Memorial University in 2018, Aston Francis of Wheaton College in 2019, Kyle Mangas of Indiana Wesleyan University in 2020 and Trevor Hudgins of Northwest Missouri State University in 2022. In 2023, RJ Sunahara of Nova Southeastern was named the winner of the Bevo Francis Award. The award was not presented during the 2021 season.

On February 15th, the list will be reduced to the Top 50 players. One month later on March 15th, the Top 25 players will be announced. The finalists and Bevo Francis Award winner announcement release date is TBD. More information will be available in the coming months.

In his first season at Marian, Gus Etchison has been putting up dominant numbers, as he has been a consistent force in Marian’s backcourt. On the season Etchison is averaging a team-high 21.9 points per game in 31.3 minutes, ranking second on the team in minutes per game. Etchison is shooting 46 percent from the floor and 36 percent from three, and is a steady 75 percent at the foul line. The junior leads Marian in total assists and steals, and has a rebound per game average of 3.7.

MARIAN WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

ABBEY MCNALLY NAMED CROSSROADS LEAGUE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Jackson, Mich. – For the second time this season, Marian women’s basketball sophomore Abbey McNally has been named the Crossroads League Player of the Week. McNally’s effort is the second in her career, and the fourth award won by the Knights this season, joining Ella Collier with two honors each.

McNally averaged a double-double for No. 6 Marian in a pair of low-scoring wins over Bethel and St. Francis last week, improving the Knights to 7-0 in Crossroads League contests. McNally shot 72.2 percent from the field and scored 15 points in each affair, while also recording 10 rebounds in each game played. The sophomore averaged 4.5 blocks and 1.5 steals per game, and had a week best five blocks in their win over Bethel.

The Knights host their next game on the schedule, welcoming Mt. Vernon Nazarene to the PE Center this Wednesday for a 5:00 p.m. matchup

MARIAN TRACK

BROOKE COFFMAN EARNS FIRST CAREER CROSSROADS LEAGUE ATHLETE OF THE WEEK

Jackson, Mich. – After winning three different events on Saturday at Wabash College’s Robert H. Johnson Open, freshman Brooke Coffman has been named the Crossroads League Women’s Track Athlete of the Week. The freshman’s honor is the first of her career, and the first honor of the season for the Knights.

Coffman went 3-3 in wins on Saturday at Wabash, winning two races and one field event. Coffman’s wins came in the 60m hurdles and the 4x400m relay, while the freshman also hit a B standard in the high jump. Coffman’s standard mark is her her second of the season.

Coffman and the Knights will compete again this Friday, traveling to Fort Wayne for the Indiana Tech Invite.

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

January 16, 1883 – Quebec Rugby Football Union forms per the PRFA’s publication “The Coffin Corner” Volume 23, by Robert Sproule in 2001. A group of teams from the Quebec province after teams in Ontario organized on January 6, 1883. There were teams from Montreal, McGill, Britannia and Quebec City. There were 15 players per side in this game on a field that was 110 yards in length. The game more closely resembled rugby by today’s standards, but at the time it was different because the ball was placed on the ground and the teams, which were lined up on opposing sides came together to try and gain control of the ball and try to push it past a line on the ground. Sproule notes that it was closer to a line of scrimmage than a scrum. Finally in 1904 the QRFU adopted a system of downs where it was slowly morphing into what we would recognize as Canadian Football.

January 16, 1955 – Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum – At the 5th annual NFL Pro Bowl the Western Conference team defeated the Eastern Conference, 26-19. The games Most Valuable Player was San Francisco 49er Wide Receiver Billy Wilson.

January 16, 1965 – Jeppeson Stadium, Houston –  The American Football League held its 4th All Star Game. In the end of the year exhibition game the Western Division defeated the Eastern Division squad by the score of 38-14. The MVPs were Los Angeles Chargers Running back Keith Lincoln and Willie Brown the Denver Broncos Defensive Back.

January 16, 1970 – NFL realigned into 3 divisions in each Conference after the official merger of the AFL into the NFL per the American Football Fandom site. As we talked about in earlier posts the NFL had 16 teams  prior to the merger while the AFL held only 10. The easiest fix to balance out the conferences was to move three traditionally NFL teams to the new AFC to join the existing AFL squads. So in the realignment the Baltimore Colts, Pittsburgh Steelers and Cleveland Browns all joined the old AFL squads in the conference. The divisions were listed as the AFC West being made up of the Raiders, Chargers, Broncos, and Chiefs. The AFC East consisted of the Bills, Colts,  Patriots, Jets, and Dolphins. The Central Division of the AFC placed the Browns, Bengals, Oilers and Steelers together. Over in the other conference the NFC East consisting of the Eagles, Redskins, Cowboys, Giants, Cardinals. The NFC Central was comprised of the Packers, Bears, Vikings, Lions. The Rams, 49ers, Saints, Falcons made up the NFC West. 

January 16, 1972 – Tulane Stadium, New Orleans – The NFL title would be decided in Super Bowl VI as the Dallas Cowboys and the Miami Dolphins would clash to see who would take home the Lombardi Trophy. Dallas Running back Duane Thomas pounded out 95 yards on the ground with a touchdown while Roger Staubach tossed scoring passes to Mike Ditka and Lance Alworth to lift the Cowboys over the Miami Dolphins, 24-3. According to the Pro-Football-Reference.com Roger Staubach with his 12 of 19 for 119 and two scores was selected as the games MVP.

January 16, 1988 – The St Louis Cardinals football team announced that they would be moving to Phoenix according to the barstoolsports.com. The franchise spent 27 years in the Gateway to the West City. The Cardinals who are the oldest franchise in the NFL are the first to have called three different cities home. Our colleague on the Sports History Network, Joe Ziemba has some great Podcasts on the history of the Cardinals, especially their years in Chicago. Joe is probably one of the foremost experts on Cardinals history and that is solidified with his great book “When Football was Football.”

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Hall Of Fame Birthdays for January 17

January 16, 1882 – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – Henry Phillips the stellar Sewanee guard was born. The National Football Foundation selected Henry Phillips to go into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1959.

January 16, 1894 – Blue Springs, Nebraska – Guy Chamberlin the sensational back and end of Nebraska Wesleyan and University of Nebraska was born. Guy was also a top early NFL coach who won multiple championships. Click his name to learn more about him with some other posts.

January 16, 1914 – New Orleans, Louisiana – The great halfback of Tulane Claude Monk Simons arrived into life. Monk’s father was the highly regarded trainer of the Green Wave of Tulane and his young son grew up dreaming about being on the playing field of the gridiron for Tulane. Sometimes with hard work and dedication those dreams come true, they sure did for Simons. The NFF has a great story in their bio of Monk. The Tulane team was invited to host the first Sugar Bowl game against Head Coach Pop Warner’s very talented Temple team.  That New Year’s Day in 1935 the 22,000 fans filled the air with excitement!  The home crowd was silenced at the onset of the contest as Temple scored two quick touchdowns to start the game.  Simons had been preparing for this moment for most of his young life. After the second Owl TD, Tulane’s Johnny McDaniel handed off to Simons, and the fleet-footed halfback raced 86 yards down the sideline for the score that ignited the Green Wave to a comeback and eventual victory, 20-14.  The College Football Hall of Fame inducted Monk Simons in 1963.

January 16, 1953 – Akron, Ohio – Dave Brown the safety from Michigan was born. Michigan had a remarkable defense when Brown was on the team. The Wolverines were 30-2-1 and in 33 games played, his teams surrendered more than ten points in only five games and registered 11 shutouts according to the NFF. As a junior Brown was consensus All-America selection, and he scored a TD in each of his 3 seasons played. Dave Brown was received as a legend into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2007.

January 16, 1977 – Philipsburgh, Kansas -The great Kansas State linebacker Mark Simoneau was born. According to the footballfoundation.org website Simoneau holds a school record with 251 career unassisted tackles, ranks third in school history with 400 total tackles, 52 TFL and eight forced fumbles.  The NFF voters selected Mak Simoneau to enter into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2012. Mark was a third round  draft pick of the Atlanta Falcons in the 2000 NFL Draft.  Simoneau played 11 seasons for the Atlanta Falcons, Philadelphia Eagles, New Orleans Saints and Kansas City Chiefs.

NUMBERS IN SPORTS

6 – 84 – 9 – 22 – 24 – 32 – 30 – 12 – 31 – 13

January 16, 1905

January 16, 1905 – Stanley Cup, Dey’s Arena, Ottawa, ON: Ottawa Senators rout Dawson City (Yukon), 23-2 for 2-0 series sweep; most lopsided challenge playoff game in history. In the series, Frank McGee scored a remarkable 14 goals

January 16, 1952 – Stan Musial has the U.S. Standard Board give the okay on his salary to be raised to $85,000. The St Louis Cardinal Outfielder who wore the Number 6 on his uniform received the increase in pay of $35,000 after a new salary stabilization policy was announced. the government decided that the club’s payroll and not the individual player would be the measuring stick in the regulated formula.

January 16, 1955 – 5th NFL Pro Bowl, Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum: Western Conference beats Eastern Conference, 26-19; MVP was Number 84, Billy Wilson, the San Francisco 49ers, wide receiver.

January 16, 1960 – Right wing Gordie Howe, of the Detroit Redwings, wearing the Number 9 on his sweater scored an assist and a goal to move into the top spot in the NHL’s All-Time leader in scoring in his 888th game. His 947 career points slid him past Maurice Richard of Montreal.

January 16, 1962 – Bob Pettit, registered an NBA All-Star game record 27 rebounds as the West team defeated the East 150-130. Petit represented the St Louis Hawks that season and wore the Number 9.

January 16, 1963 – Bill Russell, who wore Number 6 with the Boston Celtics, was named the MVP of the NBA All-Star game. The East won the game 115-108.

January 16, 1965 – 4th AFL All Star Game, Jeppeson Stadium, Houston: Western Division beats Eastern Division, 38-14. There were two MVPs selected. Los Angeles Chargers Runningback, Number 22, Keith Lincoln, on offense; and on defense, Denver Broncos defensive back, Number 24, Willie Brown.

January 16, 1966 – The legendary Jim Brown sporting his famous Number 32 jersey, was selected as the MVP of the NFL Pro Bowl.

January 16, 1966 – Chicago Black Hawks’ right wing Bobby Hull (Number 9) scored 4 goals (his 17th career hat trick) in a 6-5 loss to NY Rangers; becomes the first player in team history to score 300 goals

January 16, 1966 – Chicago is granted an NBA franchise to be called the Bulls; become the 3rd NBA franchise in the city, after the Chicago Stags (1946–50) and Chicago Packers/Zephyrs (now the Washington Wizards)

January 16, 1968 – 21st NHL All-Star Game, Maple Leaf Gardens: Toronto Maple Leafs beat All-Stars 4-3; MVP selected was Toronto Maple Leafs Goaltender, Number 30, Bruce Gamble.

January 16, 1972 – Super Bowl VI, Tulane Stadium, New Orleans, LA: Dallas Cowboys beat Miami Dolphins, 24-3; MVP selected was Dallas, QB, Number 12, Roger Staubach.

January 16, 1982 – Edmonton’s rookie goaltender Grant Fuhr, Number 31 had his 23-game unbeaten streak end with a 7-1 Oilers’ defeat in Toronto

January 16, 2019 – Records were set in bunches in the Golden State Warriors versus the New Orleans Pelicans. In the first quarter Golden State broke two franchise records;  in 1st quarter, record 10 three-point field goals on way to franchise best 51 points in the period. Golden State guard Stephen Curry (Number 30) became the first player in NBA history to hit eight or more three-point field goals in 3 consecutive games. Curry went 9-of- 17 from beyond the arc in the Warriors’ 147-140 victory over New Orleans. These two teams combined for an NBA record of forty-three 3-pointer field goals.

January 16, 2019 – Houston Rockets guard, Number 13, James Harden becomes first player to score 55+ points in back-to-back NBA games since Wilt Chamberlain (1962); scores 58 in 145-142 OT loss to Brooklyn; 18 straight games with 30+ points

TV  TUESDAY

CHL HOCKEY

11:30 a.m.

NHLN — Geneve-Servette

NHLN — Geneve-Servette at Lukko Rauma

2 p.m.

NHLN — Vitkovice Ridera at Skelleftea AIK

COLLEGE BASKETBALL (MEN’S)

6 p.m.

CBSSN — Samford at Western Carolina

6:30 p.m.

FS1 — Butler at Xavier

7 p.m.

ACCN — Wake Forest at NC State

ESPN — Florida at Tennessee

ESPN2 — Syracuse at Pittsburgh

SECN — Missouri at Alabama

8 p.m.

CBSSN — Saint Louis at Dayton

8:30 p.m.

FS1 — St. John’s at Seton Hall

9 p.m.

ACCN — Georgia Tech at Clemson

BTN — Wisconsin at Penn St.

ESPN — Kansas at Oklahoma St.

ESPNU — Georgia at South Carolina

SECN — Texas A&M at Arkansas

10 p.m.

CBSSN — UNLV at Boise St.

10:30 p.m.

FS1 — Utah St. at New Mexico

FIELD HOCKEY (WOMEN’S)

6:30 a.m.

CBSSN — Olympic Qualifier: U.S vs. New Zealand, Pool B, Ranchi, India

NBA BASKETBALL

7:30 p.m.

TNT — Denver at Philadelphia

10 p.m.

TNT — Oklahoma City at LA Clippers

TENNIS

3 a.m.

ESPN2 — ATP/WTA: The Australian Open, First Round, Melbourne, Australia

12 p.m.

ESPN2 — ATP/WTA: The Australian Open, First Round, Melbourne, Australia (Taped)

9 p.m.

ESPN2 — ATP/WTA: The Australian Open, Second Round, Melbourne, Australia

3 a.m. (Wednesday) ESPN2 — ATP/WTA: The Australian Open, Second Round, Melbourne, Australia