INDIANA BOYS BASKETBALL SCORES

Gibson Southern 59 Tell City 37
Indianapolis Metropolitan 91 Indianapolis Riverside 84
North Decatur 52 Morristown 34
North Posey 68 South Spencer 39
Northeast Dubois 61 Vincennes Rivet 36


Indianapolis City Tournament
Indianapolis Attucks 71 Indianapolis Cathedral 68 1st

INDIANA BOYS SCHEDULE TUESDAY

ALL TIMES EASTERN
Andrean at Hanover Central 8:00 pm
Austin at Brownstown Central 7:30 pm
Believe Circle City at GEO Next Generation 7:30 pm
Bethany Christian at Wawasee 7:45 pm
Blue River at Seton Catholic 7:30 pm
Bremen at South Bend Adams 7:30 pm
Brown County at Monrovia 6:30 pm
Carroll (Flora) at Tri-Central 7:30 pm
Castle at Evansville Mater Dei 8:00 pm
Clinton Prairie at Eastern (Greentown) 7:30 pm
Culver Academy at Peru 7:45 pm
Daleville at Anderson 7:30 pm
Decatur Central at Avon 7:30 pm
Delphi at North Newton 8:00 pm
Demotte Christian at Pioneer 7:30 pm
Dugger Union at Lighthouse Christian 7:00 pm
East Central at South Dearborn 9:30 pm
Evansville Day at Evansville Christian 7:30 pm
Evansville Harrison at Evansville Memorial 8:00 pm
Fort Wayne Blackhawk at Fort Wayne Dwenger 7:30 pm
Fort Wayne Canterbury at Fort Wayne Northrop 7:45 pm
Fort Wayne Concordia at Central Noble 7:30 pm
Fort Wayne Hawks at Smith Academy 8:00 pm
Fort Wayne Luers at Norwell 7:45 pm
Fremont at Eastside 7:30 pm
Frontier at Faith Christian 7:30 pm
Gary West at Calumet 8:00 pm
Hamilton at Clinton Christian 7:30 pm
Hamilton Heights at Hagerstown 7:30 pm
Hammond Central at Hammond Noll 8:00 pm
Hobart at Chesterton 8:00 pm
Indiana Math & Science at Horizon Christian 6:00 pm
Lake Central at Portage 8:00 pm
Liberty Christian at Guerin Catholic 7:30 pm
Manchester at Churubusco 7:30 pm
Michigan City at Hammond Morton 8:00 pm
Mishawaka at Fairfield 7:30 pm
Mishawaka Marian at John Glenn 7:30 pm
Mooresville Christian at Central Christian 7:00 pm
Morgan Twp. at Washington Twp. 8:00 pm
MTI Knowledge at KIPP Indy Legacy 7:30 pm
Muncie Burris at Southern Wells 7:00 pm
North Putnam at Southmont 7:30 pm
Owen Valley at White River Valley 7:30 pm
Plymouth at Elkhart 7:30 pm
River Forest at Westville 8:00 pm
Rock Creek Academy at Southwestern (Hanover) 7:30 pm
Rushville at Knightstown 7:30 pm
South Bend Career at LaVille 7:30 pm
Tri at Union County 7:30 pm
Trinity Greenlawn at Benton HomeSchool 6:30 pm
West Lafayette at North Montgomery 7:30 pm
West Washington at Mitchell 7:30 pm
Whiting at Marquette Catholic 8:00 pm
Yorktown at Winchester 7:30 pm

INDIANA GIRLS BASKETBALL SCORES

Castle 57 Evansville Bosse 35
Christian Academy 63 Jeffersontown (Ky.) 10
Evansville Memorial 79 Evansville Harrison 19
Jeffersonville 62 New Albany 51
Knightstown 38 Morristown 32
North Central (Indianapolis) 74 Pendleton Heights 70
Southwestern (Shelbyville) 42 Edinburgh 40 OT


Greater Indianapolis Tournament
Indiana Math & Science 36 Christel House 32 OT | 5th

INDIANA GIRLS BASKETBALL SCHEDULE TUESDAY

ALL TIMES EASTERN
Adams Central at Eastbrook 7:30 pm
Argos at LaVille 6:00 pm
Attica at Parke Heritage 7:30 pm
Avon at Bloomington South 7:30 pm
Beech Grove at Indianapolis Ritter 7:30 pm
Bellmont at Angola 7:30 pm
Bethesda Christian at Cascade 7:30 pm
Brebeuf Jesuit at Indianapolis Scecina 7:30 pm
Brown County at Southwestern (Shelbyville) 7:30 pm
Carroll (Flora) at Caston 7:30 pm
Carroll (Fort Wayne) at Fort Wayne North 6:00 pm
Charlestown at Seymour 7:30 pm
Chesterton at Crown Point 7:30 pm
Christian Academy at Cannelton 6:30 pm
Clay City at Northview 7:30 pm
Clinton Prairie at Frontier 6:30 pm
Cloverdale at North Daviess 6:00 pm
Concord at Prairie Heights 7:30 pm
Covenant Christian at North Putnam 7:30 pm
Crawford County at Northeast Dubois 7:30 pm
Culver Academy at Plymouth 7:30 pm
Delphi at Tri-County 7:30 pm
Delta at Monroe Central 7:30 pm
East Noble at West Noble 7:30 pm
Eastern (Greentown) at Oak Hill 7:30 pm
Eastern (Pekin) at Paoli 7:30 pm
Eastern Greene at Barr-Reeve 7:30 pm
Eastern Hancock at Randolph Southern 7:30 pm
Edgewood at Bloomington North 7:30 pm
Elwood at Marion 7:30 pm
Evansville Christian at Heritage Hills 8:00 pm
Evansville Harrison at Evansville Memorial 8:00 pm
Evansville Reitz at Boonville 8:00 pm
Faith Christian at South Newton 6:30 pm
Fishers at Lawrence North 7:30 pm
Fort Wayne Dwenger at Leo 7:30 pm
Fort Wayne Northrop at Columbia City 7:30 pm
Fort Wayne Snider at DeKalb 7:30 pm
Franklin at Martinsville 7:30 pm
Franklin Central at Southport 7:30 pm
Garrett at Fremont 7:30 pm
Gibson Southern at Evansville North 8:00 pm
Greenfield-Central at Yorktown 7:30 pm
Greensburg at New Palestine 6:00 pm
Greenwood at Center Grove 7:30 pm
Greenwood Christian at Trinity Lutheran 7:30 pm
Hamilton at Clinton Christian 6:15 pm
Harrison (West Lafayette) at Benton Central 7:30 pm
Hauser at North Decatur 7:30 pm
Henryville at Clarksville 7:30 pm
Huntington North at Fort Wayne South 7:30 pm
Indiana Math & Science at Daleville 6:00 pm
Indianapolis Cathedral at Carmel 7:30 pm
Indianapolis Herron at Indianapolis Shortridge 6:00 pm
Indianapolis Lutheran at Speedway 7:30 pm
Indianapolis Riverside at Indianapolis Tindley 6:00 pm
Indianapolis Washington at KIPP Indy Legacy 6:00 pm
Jac-Cen-Del at South Ripley 7:30 pm
Knox at South Central (Union Mills) 8:00 pm
Kouts at Illiana Christian 8:00 pm
Lafayette Central Catholic at Lafayette Jeff 7:30 pm
Lake Station at Bowman Academy 8:00 pm
Lakeland Christian at Whitko 7:30 pm
Lakewood Park at Fort Wayne Wayne 7:30 pm
Lanesville at Perry Central 6:30 pm
Lewis Cass at Tipton 7:30 pm
Linton-Stockton at Sullivan 7:30 pm
Logansport at Twin Lakes 7:30 pm
Maconaquah at Northwestern 7:30 pm
Manchester at Bluffton 7:30 pm
McCutcheon at West Lafayette 6:30 pm
Merrillville at Lowell 8:00 pm
Mississinawa Valley (Ohio) at Union City 7:30 pm
Mississinewa at Frankton 7:30 pm
Monrovia at Greencastle 7:30 pm
Muncie Central at Kokomo 6:30 pm
Munster at Highland 8:00 pm
New Castle at Mount Vernon (Fortville) 7:30 pm
New Prairie at Mishawaka 7:30 pm
New Washington at Crothersville 6:00 pm
North Harrison at Madison 7:30 pm
North Knox at Loogootee 6:30 pm
North Newton at Donovan (Ill.) 6:30 pm
North Posey at South Spencer 8:00 pm
North Vermillion at Crawfordsville 7:30 pm
Oldenburg Academy at Milan 6:30 pm
Owen Valley at White River Valley 6:00 pm
Park Tudor at Indianapolis Tech 6:00 pm
Pike at Hamilton Southeastern 7:30 pm
Pioneer at Winamac 7:30 pm
Princeton at Evansville Central 8:00 pm
Providence at Shawe Memorial 7:00 pm
Providence Cristo Rey at Anderson Prep 6:00 pm
Rensselaer Central at Kankakee Valley 8:00 pm
Richland County (Ill.) at Vincennes Lincoln 7:30 pm
Rising Sun at Switzerland County 7:30 pm
River Forest at Oregon-Davis 7:00 pm
Rossville at Seeger 7:30 pm
Scottsburg at Jeffersonville 7:30 pm
Shelbyville at East Central 7:30 pm
Sheridan at Clinton Central 7:30 pm
Shoals at South Knox 7:30 pm
Silver Creek at Columbus East 7:30 pm
South Bend Adams at Bremen 7:30 pm
South Bend Clay at Penn 7:30 pm
South Bend Riley at Cassopolis (Mich.) 7:30 pm
South Bend St. Joseph at Lighthouse CPA 7:00 pm
South Dearborn at Franklin County 7:30 pm
South Decatur at Batesville 7:30 pm
South Vermillion at Fountain Central 6:30 pm
Southmont at Covington 7:30 pm
Tecumseh at Pike Central 8:00 pm
Tell City at Springs Valley 8:00 pm
Terre Haute South at Mooresville 7:30 pm
Tri-Central at Western 7:30 pm
Trinity Greenlawn at Elkhart Christian 7:30 pm
Triton at Culver 6:00 pm
Triton Central at Danville 7:30 pm
Tri-West at Indianapolis Chatard 7:30 pm
Union (Modoc) at Centerville 6:00 pm
Union County at Cambridge City Lincoln 7:30 pm
University at Heritage Christian 6:00 pm
Valparaiso at Michigan City 8:00 pm
Waldron at Edinburgh 7:30 pm
Wapahani at Lapel 7:30 pm
Warsaw at Goshen 7:45 pm
Wawasee at Tippecanoe Valley 7:45 pm
West Vigo at Riverton Parke 7:30 pm
West Washington at Borden 7:30 pm
Westfield at Ben Davis 7:30 pm
Westville at Morgan Twp. 7:00 pm
Wheeler at Hobart 8:00 pm
Whiteland at Perry Meridian 7:30 pm
Wood Memorial at Mount Vernon (Posey) 7:30 pm

INDIANA ISCGA GIRLS BASKETBALL POLLS

4A

1. LAWRENCE CENTRAL (22-1)

2. CENTER GROVE (21-1)

3. COLUMBIA CITY (18-2)

4. FORT WAYNE SNIDER (18-2)

5. HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN (18-3)

6. FRANKLIN (19-2)

7. JENNINGS COUNTY (19-3)

8. LAWRENCE NORTH (16-4)

9. HOMESTEAD (18-4)

10. NORTHRIDGE (20-3)

11. SOUTH BEND WASHINGTON (16-4)

11. BEDFORD NORTH LAWRENCE (16-4)

13. SILVER CREEK (16-4)

14. LAKE CENTRAL (18-4)

15. FISHERS (15-5)

3A

1. HAMILTON HEIGHTS (19-2)

2. NORWELL (17-4)

3. RENSSELAER CENTRAL (19-1)

4. GIBSON SOUTHERN (18-4)

5. INDIAN CREEK (16-4)

6. BENTON CENTRAL (21-3)

7. GREENSBURG (16-4)

8. SCOTTSBURG (19-2)

9. EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL (18-3)

10. WASHINGTON (18-4)

11. WESTERN (15-4)

12. JAY COUNTY (19-2)

2A

1. NORTH KNOX (21-1)

2. SOUTH KNOX (20-1)

3. EASTERN HANCOCK (19-1)

4. EASTBROOK (19-1)

5. CARROLL (FLORA) (18-3)

6. LAPEL (18-4)

7. EASTSIDE (20-3)

8. PROVIDENCE (14-7)

9. AUSTIN (16-6)

10. LEWIS CASS (18-2)

11. FORT WAYNE LUERS (13-6)

12. PARKE HERITAGE (19-3)

13. BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL (14-8)

14. TRITON CENTRAL (16-5)

14. ALEXANDRIA (17-4)

16. CRAWFORD COUNTY (17-4)

1A

1. LANESVILLE (20-1)

2. BORDEN (17-3)

3. MARQUETTE CATHOLIC (18-2)

4. CASTON (18-1)

5. CLINTON CENTRAL (20-1)

6. SPRINGS VALLEY (19-3)

7. ORLEANS (18-3)

7. JAC-CEN-DEL (17-4)

9. TRI (20-2)

10. TRI-TOWNSHIP (18-1)

11. BETHANY CHRISTIAN (15-5)

12. MORGAN TWP. (13-6)

13. OLDENBURG ACADEMY (15-4)

13. WOOD MEMORIAL (11-10)

GIRLS SECTIONAL FAVORITES

CLASS 4A

1. LAKE CENTRAL

Lake Central        78.29% 

Merrillville           13.70% 

Munster               4.43%   

Hammond           3.33%   

Morton  .25%      .01%

EC Central                         

West Side           

2. VALPARAISO

Valparaiso           61.61% 

Crown Point        20.79% 

Chesterton          10.38% 

Kankakee Valley 5.41%   

Portage .92%      .03%

Lowell   .85%      .05%

Hobart   .03%     

3. SOUTH BEND WASHINGTON

SB Washington   96.65% 

SB Adams            1.81%   

Plymouth             1.38%   

Michigan City     .06%     

LaPorte .05%     

Mishawaka          .04%     

SB Riley .01%     

4. NORTHRIDGE

SECT     

Northridge 48.38%         

Warsaw 24.82% 

Penn      21.63% 

Elkhart  4.25%   

Goshen  .79%     

Concord .13%    

5. CARROLL (FORT WAYNE)

SECT     

Snider    75.97% 

Northrop 11.30%            

Carroll   7.82%   

DeKalb  2.43%   

East Noble 2.35%            

North Side .13%

6. COLUMBIA CITY

Columbia City    67.05% 

Homestead         32.25% 

Huntington North .68% 

Wayne   .01%     

New Haven                       

South Side

7. KOKOMO

McCutcheon       65.61%

Harrison               27.16% 

Kokomo                6.94%   

Lafayette Jeff      .28%     

Logansport          .01%     

Marion 

8. HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN

Hamilton SE        34.30% 

Noblesville          31.20% 

Zionsville              18.38% 

Fishers                  13.28% 

Westfield             1.63%  

Carmel                 1.21%   

9. PENDLETON HEIGHTS

Pendleton Hts.   69.42% 

Mt. Vernon          14.30% 

Greenfield           8.27%   

Richmond            3.13%   

New Palestine    2.67%   

Anderson             2.21%   

Muncie                

10. INDIANAPOLIS CATHEDRAL

Lawrence Central 51.75%            

Lawrence North 33.55% 

Warren Central  11.97% 

North Central     2.43%   

Cathedral             .30%     

Arsenal Tech                     

Crispus Attucks 

11. PIKE

Franklin Central 38.69% 

Roncalli                36.82% 

Pike                       12.95% 

Ben Davis            8.47%   

Decatur Central 3.06%   

Perry Meridian   .01%     

Southport

12. AVON

Plainfield             46.01% 

Brownsburg         37.02% 

Avon                     14.99% 

TH North             1.94%   

TH South              .03%

13. MOORESVILLE

Center Grove      76.64% 

Mooresville         21.11% 

Bloomington South 1.43%           

Bloomington North .78%             

Greenwood         .03%     

Martinsville         .01%     

14. WHITELAND

Franklin 82.93%

Columbus North 8.58% 

Columbus East   3.24%   

Shelbyville           2.75%   

Whiteland           2.01%   

East Central        .49%

15. FLOYD CENTRAL

Jennings County 64.20%              

Bedford NL         23.63% 

Silver Creek        6.54%   

Jeffersonville       4.13%   

Floyd Central      1.12%   

Seymour              .38%     

New Albany                      

16. EVANSVILLE HARRISON

Castle    32.14% 

Reitz      28.91% 

Central  18.49% 

North     15.93% 

Jasper    4.51%   

Harrison .01%   

CLASS 3A

17. HIGHLAND

Highland              55.91% 

Hanover Central 42.47%

Bishop Noll         .78%     

Boone Grove      .46%     

River Forest        .28%     

Griffith                 .11%     

Calumet              

18. ROCHESTER

Tippy Valley        77.20% 

Culver Academy 13.79% 

Bremen                4.21%   

Glenn                    2.47%   

Rochester            2.00%   

Knox                     .32%

19. NEW PRAIRIE

New Prairie         75.85% 

Jimtown               13.05% 

SB St. Joseph      10.17% 

SB Clay                 .81%     

Marian                 .12%     

20. WEST NOBLE

NorthWood         54.56% 

Fairfield 25.29% 

Wawasee             19.86% 

West Noble         .27%     

Lakeland              .01%     

21. GARRETT

Concordia            33.42% 

Bishop Dwenger 21.75%              

Woodlan              18.50%

Angola                11.83% 

Leo                        10.65% 

Garrett                 3.84%   

Heritage               .01%     

22. TWIN LAKES

Rensselaer           41.11% 

Benton Central  31.04% 

West Lafayette   14.53% 

Western               11.15% 

Twin Lakes          2.17%   

North Montgomery                        

Frankfort             

23. MACONAQUAH

Norwell                87.14% 

Bellmont              12.10% 

Oak Hill .41%      .04%

Maconaquah       .20%     

Mississinewa      .11%     

Northwestern     .04%     

Peru                      .01%

24. YORKTOWN

Hamilton Heights 78.49%            

Jay County           16.44% 

Frankton              3.90%   

Yorktown             .73%     

Delta                    .44%     

New Castle                       

Centerville          

25. CASCADE

Danville                63.68% 

Tri-West               24.43% 

Cascade               10.01% 

Lebanon               1.45%   

Monrovia             .37%     

Western Boone  .05%     

Crawfordsville                   

26. OWEN VALLEY

Indian Creek       82.35% 

Northview           13.05% 

Edgewood           2.89%   

Owen Valley       1.25%   

Brown County    .44%     

West Vigo            .02%     

South Vermillion

27. INDIANAPOLIS CHATARD

Bishop Chatard  50.31% 

Heritage Christian 32.87%           

Brebeuf                12.80%  2.67%

Guerin Catholic  3.77%   

Shortridge            .25%     

Herron                 

28. BEECH GROVE

Speedway            54.89% 

Beech Grove       31.75% 

Englewood          13.13% 

Cardinal Ritter    .21%     

Washington         .01%     

Christel House   

29. LAWRENCEBURG

Greensburg         81.02% 

Batesville             8.04%   

Connersville        5.38%   

Franklin County  3.38%   

Lawrenceburg     1.82%   

Rushville              .33%     

South Dearborn .02%

30. CHARLESTOWN

Scottsburg            65.97% 

Charlestown       14.04% 

Corydon               8.03%   

Madison               6.28%   

North Harrison   4.76%   

Salem                   .92%

31. SOUTHRIDGE

Washington         49.83% 

Princeton             23.13% 

Heritage Hills      17.90% 

Vincennes            6.56%   

Southridge           2.41%   

Pike Central        .17%     

32. BOONVILLE

Gibson Southern 56.37%             

Memorial             40.17% 

Boonville              2.95%   

Mater Dei            .47%     

Mt. Vernon          .03%     

Bosse                    .01%

CLASS 2A

33. LAKE STATION

Andrean               46.59% 

Lake Station        37.33% 

Illiana Christian  11.49% 

Bowman              3.08%   

Whiting 1.49%    .24%

North Newton    .01%     

Lighthouse          

34. NORTH JUDSON

South Central     57.54% 

North Judson      24.57% 

LaVille                  13.56% 

Wheeler               4.33%   

Career Academy

35. EASTSIDE

Eastside               53.13% 

Fremont               22.78% 

Central Noble     19.22% 

Prairie Heights    2.90%   

Churubusco         1.29%   

Westview            .68%     

36. NORTH MIAMI

Cass                      47.04% 

North Miami       29.14% 

Winamac             13.05% 

Wabash                9.41%   

Pioneer                1.35%   

37. SOUTH ADAMS

Bishop Luers       64.48% 

Whitko                 20.60% 

Bluffton                13.17% 

Manchester        .88%     

Adams Central   .45%     

South Adams      .42%

38. DELPHI

Carroll                  63.76% 

Central Catholic 27.22% 

Delphi                   8.62%   

Clinton Prairie    .25%     

Seeger                  .09%     

Covington            .06%

39. ELWOOD

Eastbrook            72.34% 

Blackford             27.61% 

Madison-Grant   .03%     

Eastern                 .02%     

Elwood                

Taylor                   

Tipton   

40. LAPEL

Lapel                    47.44% 

Alexandria           37.79% 

Winchester         6.09%   

Monroe Central 5.39%   

Wapahani            3.25%   

Wes-Del               .05%     

Burris    

41. NORTHEASTERN

Northeastern      79.97% 

Shenandoah        12.53% 

Union County     6.80%   

Knightstown        .70%     

Hagerstown                      

42. INDIANAPOLIS SCECINA

Eastern Hancock 76.85%              

Triton Central     22.39% 

Scecina                .76%     

Irvington Prep                  

Riverside             

43. PARK TUDOR

Sheridan              63.87% 

University            28.55% 

Covenant             5.78%   

Park Tudor           1.80%

44. SOUTH PUTNAM

Parke Heritage   83.76% 

Southmont          6.66%   

Greencastle         3.35%   

North Putnam    3.00%   

South Putnam    2.94%   

Riverton Parke   .28%     

Cloverdale           .01%

45. NORTH DECATUR

North Decatur    70.14% 

South Ripley       23.65% 

Switzerland         4.98%   

Milan                    1.15%   

Hauser                 .08%     

46. PROVIDENCE

Providence          34.68% 

Brownstown       34.08% 

Austin                   23.68% 

Henryville            4.25%   

Eastern                 1.92%   

Southwestern     1.38%   

Clarksville            .01%     

47. NORTH KNOX

South Knox         54.64% 

North Knox         31.96% 

Linton                   12.11% 

Paoli                     1.05%   

Sullivan                .20%     

Eastern Greene  .03%     

North Daviess     .01%     

Mitchell                             

48. SOUTH SPENCER

Crawford County 33.30%             

South Spencer    30.50% 

North Posey        14.13% 

Tell City                13.91% 

Perry Central      5.94%   

Forest Park          2.21%   

CLASS 1A

49. MORGAN TWP.

Tri-Township       32.75% 

Washington Twp. 28.19%            

Morgan Twp.      21.18% 

Kouts                    9.25%   

Demotte              8.63%   

50. CULVER

Marquette           85.20% 

Triton                    7.66%   

Argos                    5.79%   

Westville              .89%     

Oregon-Davis      .37%     

Culver                   .08%     

Trinity                  

51. LAKEWOOD PARK

Blackhawk           50.31% 

Bethany Christian 30.53%            

Lakewood Park  19.07% 

Elkhart Christian .08%    

Hamilton              .01%

52. SOUTH NEWTON

Caston                  66.30% 

Tri-County           27.42% 

West Central      5.91%   

North White       .28%     

Frontier                .05%     

South Newton    .03%     

53. NORTHFIELD

Northfield            57.56% 

Southwood          21.89% 

Southern Wells  18.69% 

Lakeland Christian 1.86%             

54. ATTICA

Clinton Central   82.94% 

Faith Christian    8.15%   

Rossville               3.39%   

North Vermillion 2.70% 

Fountain Central 2.03% 

Attica                    .79%     

55. ANDERSON PREP

Tri-Central           36.97% 

Daleville               26.78% 

Anderson Prep   26.09% 

Cowan                  10.16% 

56. UNION CITY

Tri                          73.78% 

Union City           10.49% 

Randolph             10.24% 

Blue River            5.14%   

Union                   .32%     

Lincoln                  .03%     

57. BLOOMFIELD

North Central     45.94% 

Shakamak            44.21% 

WRV                     5.94%   

Bloomfield           2.28%   

Clay City              1.60%   

Lighthouse           .02%     

Dugger Union    

58. INDIANAPOLIS METROPOLITAN

Bethesda             94.11% 

Indiana Deaf       5.08%   

IMSA                     .81%     

MTI Knowledge 

59. EMINENCE

Eminence            42.69% 

Lutheran              35.33% 

GCA                      19.44% 

Tindley                 2.54%   

Cristo Rey

60. SOUTHWESTERN (SHELBYVILLE)

Jac-Cen-Del        57.16% 

Oldenburg           35.45% 

South Decatur    5.85%   

Waldron               .78%     

Morristown         .74%     

Southwestern                   

Edinburgh           

61. WEST WASHINGTON

Lanesville            64.48% 

Borden                 31.77% 

West Washington 2.32%              

Rock Creek          1.39%   

South Central     .03%     

CAI                        .01%

62. NEW WASHINGTON

Trinity Lutheran 51.53% 

New Washington 22.65%             

Shawe                  14.94%  2.19%

Rising Sun            10.87%  1.33%

Medora               

Crothersville

63. BARR-REEVE

Springs Valley     42.34% 

Orleans 3             6.30%   

Rivet                     13.82% 

Barr-Reeve          6.17%   

Loogootee           1.34%   

Shoals                   .03%     

Catholic

64. WOOD MEMORIAL

Wood Memorial 36.21%              

Tecumseh            28.30% 

NE Dubois            26.93% 

Ev. Christian        8.56%   

Cannelton                     

                    

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NFL CHAMPIONSHIP SUNDAY

SUNDAY, JAN. 28

AFC CHAMPIONSHIP, 3 P.M. ET (CBS)

NFC CHAMPIONSHIP, 6:30 P.M. ET (FOX)

SUPER BOWL LVIII 

SUNDAY, FEB. 11

AFC VS. NFC IN LAS VEGAS, 6:30 P.M. ET 

AP MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL POLL

  1. UCONN
  2. PURDUE
  3. NORTH CAROLINA
  4. HOUSTON
  5. TENNESSEE
  6. KENTUCKY
  7. KANSAS
  8. AUBURN
  9. ARIZONA
  10. ILLINOIS
  11. OKLAHOMA
  12. DUKE
  13. WISCONSIN
  14. MARQUETTE
  15. BAYLOR
  16. DAYTON
  17. CREIGHTON
  18. UTAH STATE
  19. MEMPHIS
  20. TEXAS TECH
  21. BYU
  22. FLORIDA ATLANTIC
  23. IOWA STATE
  24. COLORADO STATE
  25. NEW MEXICO

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES:

SETON HALL 84, SAN DIEGO ST. 64, KANSAS ST 39, ALABAMA 30, TCU 27, MISSISSIPPI 25, PRINCETON 21, UTAH 20, TEXAS 16, BOISE ST. 9, FLORIDA 6, GONZAGA 6, GRAND CANYON 5, MICHIGAN ST. 3, SAINT MARY’S 2, NC STATE 1, SAN FRANCISCO 1, INDIANA ST 1, SAMFORD 1, MCNEESE ST. 1, COLORADO 1.

MEN’S TOP 25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCORES

#4 NORTH CAROLINA 85 WAKE FOREST 64

#3 KANSAS 74 CINCINNATI 69

AP WOMEN’S TOP 25 BASKETBALL POLL

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

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES:

MARQUETTE 37, PRINCETON 21, IOWA ST. 14, UNLV 12, FAIRFIELD 8, WASHINGTON ST 3, MIAMI 2, GREEN BAY 1, RICHMOND 1, VIRGINIA 1.

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL TOP 25 SCORES

#20 UTAH 94 #5 UCLA 81 OT

#7 KANSAS STATE 58 #12 BAYLOR 55

NBA SCOREBOARD

MILWAUKEE 122 DETROIT 113

CLEVELAND 126 ORLANDO 99

PHILADELPHIA 133 SAN ANTONIO 123

MEMPHIS 108 TORONTO 100

CHARLOTTE 128 MINNESOTA 125

BOSTON 119 DALLAS 110

PHOENIX 115 CHICAGO 113

SACRAMENTO 122 ATLANTA 107

NHL SCOREBOARD

BOSTON 4 WINNIPEG 1

NEW JERSEY 6 VEGAS 5 OT

FLORIDA 4 NASHVILLE 1

ARIZONA 5 PITTSBURGH 2

VANCOUVER 2 CHICAGO 0

SAN JOSE 4 LOS ANGELES 3

NATIONAL SPORTS RELEASES/HEADLINES

NFL NEWS

ANALYSIS: CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS ARE SET WITH FAMILIAR FACES AND NEW ARRIVALS

Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs are back in the AFC championship game for a sixth straight season and probably taking Taylor Swift with them along with Travis Kelce’s older, shirtless brother.

Dan Campbell has the Detroit Lions one win away from the franchise’s first Super Bowl appearance after securing a spot in the NFC title game on the three-year anniversary of his teeth-kicking, kneecap-biting introductory news conference.

The Chiefs and Lions advanced with tough, down-to-the-wire victories on Sunday. Both teams moved on to face the No. 1 seed in their conference: the AFC’s Baltimore Ravens and the NFC’s San Francisco 49ers.

The NFL’s Final Four teams are set. It’ll be Chiefs-Ravens and Lions-49ers battling for the right to play for the Vince Lombardi Trophy.

Mahomes made several brilliant plays in his first road playoff game — besides three Super Bowls — and outshined Josh Allen in a 27-24 victory at Buffalo that was secured when Bills kicker Tyler Bass missed a 44-yard field goal wide right with 1:43 left.

Mahomes, the two-time NFL and Super Bowl MVP, tossed two touchdown passes to Travis Kelce while Swift and Brittany Mahomes hugged in a suite and bare-chested Eagles All-Pro center Jason Kelce celebrated by chugging beers in the row behind them.

Lamar Jackson and the Ravens (14-4) are waiting on the Chiefs (13-6) after routing the Houston Texans 34-10 Saturday. It’ll be the first AFC championship game played outside Kansas City since 2018.

Mahomes had a big smile on his face after the game as he ran off the field, dodging snowballs without a helmet protecting him.

“I love being in Arrowhead (Stadium) and playing in front of that crowd but when you’re on the road, it’s you vs. them,” Mahomes said. “It’s you vs. everybody in the stadium and you have to come together as a team and the guys do that.”

Earlier Sunday, Campbell, Jared Goff and the feisty Lions beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 31-23 to earn their second playoff win in the same season for the first time since 1957, the last year Detroit won the NFL title.

The Lions (14-5) took advantage of costly mistakes, including drops, a missed field goal and Baker Mayfield’s game-sealing interception to put away the Buccaneers.

Brock Purdy, Christian McCaffrey, George Kittle and a ferocious 49ers’ defense led by Fred Warner stand in Detroit’s way. The Lions have gone from 3-13-1 in Campbell’s first season in 2021 to the brink of a trip to Las Vegas.

“Here, man, it’s harsh winters, auto industry, blue collar, things aren’t always easy,” Campbell said about giving Detroit’s long-suffering fans hope. “And I just think, that’s what we’re about. You want something the city can be proud of. You can look at those guys and say, ‘Man, I can back that guy. I can back that team. I can resonate with those group of guys. They’re kind of salty. They don’t quit. They play hard.’

“And so, I feel like we’ve done that. And I think these guys, they have a kinship with this city and this area, and they love it, man, and ultimately, that’s what you want. Now, a year from now, two years, we’ll be getting booed, maybe; that’s a whole other deal, though. But right now, life’s good, and I’m glad we could deliver that.”

As Campbell told his players during his postgame speech in the locker room, they have two more wins to go.

Getting the next one won’t be easy against the 49ers. Purdy led San Francisco to a 24-21 comeback win over seventh-seeded Green Bay on Saturday night, sending the 49ers (13-5) to the NFC title game for the third consecutive season.

The Niners had no chance in hostile Philadelphia last year after Purdy suffered a significant elbow injury in the first quarter. They’ll have a friendly atmosphere at home as coach Kyle Shanahan tries again to take the team back to the Super Bowl following a loss to Mahomes and the Chiefs four years ago.

San Francisco opened as 7-point favorites while Baltimore is a 3 1/2-point favorite, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

BROWNS GM SAYS HE WOULD ‘ABSOLUTELY LOVE’ TO RE-SIGN FLACCO, EVEN AS WATSON’S BACKUP

BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Joe Flacco’s short, surprising stint with the Browns could lead to a second season in Cleveland — maybe as Deshaun Watson’s backup.

General manager Andrew Berry said Monday that he would “absolutely love” to re-sign the 39-year-old Flacco, who went 4-1 as a starter and helped the Browns make the playoffs after Watson suffered a season-ending shoulder injury.

Berry noted there could be financial limitations that prevent Flacco from returning, but said he’s open to the possibility.

“He played winning football for us,” Berry at his season-ending news conference. “I want to bring all of our good players back, but there are constraints to that. I’m really kind of both sides of the aisle but would have no problem having Joe back.”

Flacco hasn’t decided if he wants to continue playing or if he would settle being a team’s No. 2 QB. The former Super Bowl MVP was signed by the Browns out of desperation in November and resurrected his career by throwing for more than 300 yards in each of his last five games.

It’s possible Flacco could get a better offer elsewhere. The Browns were in a similar situation last year with quarterback Jacoby Brissett, who made 11 starts when Watson was suspended, and signed as a free agent with Washington.

While Watson is expected to make a full recovery and start for Cleveland next season, Flacco would give the Browns protection in case Watson got hurt again or struggled.

Berry said he has no doubt the two players could coexist and doesn’t believe Flacco’s potential presence behind Watson would cause any polarity.

“Zero considerations because of how both individuals are,” Berry said. “It’s not a concern internally at all.”

As for Watson, Berry said the 28-year-old has made steady progress in his rehab and recovery from surgery to repair a fractured glenoid bone in his throwing shoulder.

Watson has played in only 12 of 34 possible regular-season games since the Browns acquired him in a controversial trade, but Berry is confident the three-time Pro Bowler will become the player the team hoped.

“We’d all love to have him on the field more often,” Berry said. “Feel really good about him, happy with the progress that he’s made within our organization, both on the field and off. We’re looking forward to getting him back next year. We think he’s going to have a really big year and have a ton of confidence in him as our starting quarterback.”

REPORT: EAGLES INTERVIEWING RON RIVERA FOR DC JOB

The Philadelphia Eagles are interviewing Ron Rivera for their vacant defensive coordinator job, sources told Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.

Rivera was fired as the head coach of the Washington Commanders following a 4-13 record in 2023. He accumulated a 26-40-1 mark across four seasons as the club’s head boss.

The 62-year-old spent nine years as the Carolina Panthers’ head coach before landing in Washington. He led the Panthers to a Super Bowl appearance in 2015.

Rivera has ties to the Eagles organization and owner Jeffrey Lurie. He coached in Philadelphia under defensive coordinator Jim Johnson from 1999-2003 before becoming the Chicago Bears’ defensive coordinator in 2004. His last defensive coordinator job was with the then-San Diego Chargers from 2008-2010, where he led them to top-10 scoring defenses in his final two campaigns.

Despite his struggles in Washington, the Commanders ranked eighth in defensive success rate from 2020-23 under Rivera, per Ben Baldwin’s database.

The Eagles reportedly fired defensive coordinator Sean Desai on Sunday. Senior defensive assistant Matt Patricia, who took over defensive play-calling duties late this season, is also not expected to be back with Philadelphia. The Eagles ranked 30th in points allowed per game in 2023.

REPORT: LIONS SIGNING VETERAN ZACH ERTZ

The Detroit Lions are signing tight end Zach Ertz to their practice squad, sources told Tom Pelissero of NFL Network.

Detroit plans to potentially elevate Ertz to the active roster for next Sunday’s NFC Championship Game with the San Francisco 49ers, Pelissero reports.

The move comes after Lions tight end Brock Wright suffered a forearm injury in the club’s 31-23 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday. Rookie standout Sam LaPorta is also dealing with a knee injury but has played in both of his team’s postseason contests.

The Arizona Cardinals released Ertz in November after he asked them to waive him. The three-time Pro Bowler posted 27 receptions for 187 yards and a touchdown in seven games this season.

Ertz has 7,434 yards and 46 touchdowns on 709 career catches. The 33-year-old spent eight campaigns with the Philadelphia Eagles and won Super Bowl LII with the club before being traded to the Cardinals in 2021.

REPORT: BEARS SET TO HIRE SHANE WALDRON AS OC

The Chicago Bears are working toward a deal to hire Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator Shane Waldron for the same role, sources told Tom Pelissero of NFL Network.

Waldron was hired by Pete Carroll in 2021 and has been with Seattle for the last three seasons. He held various offensive coaching positions under Sean McVay in Los Angeles, including quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator, for four campaigns before landing with the Seahawks.

The 44-year-old has three years of offensive play-calling experience. Former Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson approved of Waldron’s hire in 2021 due to his willingness to run an up-tempo offense, according to ESPN.

Waldron played a crucial role in resurrecting Geno Smith’s career and helped the 33-year-old make the Pro Bowl in 2022. Seattle’s offense ranked 10th in points per game that season, and Smith set career highs in passing yards and touchdowns.

The Bears and head coach Matt Eberflus interviewed many candidates for the job, including former Arizona Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury, Greg Roman, and Thomas Brown. The Los Angeles Chargers blocked an interview request for their offensive coordinator Kellen Moore, according to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.

Waldron will be in charge of revamping a Bears offense that hasn’t ranked in the top 10 in scoring since 2018. Chicago currently holds the No. 1 overall pick, which could be used on a new franchise quarterback.

REPORT: JAGS HIRING RYAN NIELSEN AS DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR

The Jacksonville Jaguars are hiring Ryan Nielsen as their new defensive coordinator, ESPN reported Monday.

Nielsen, 44, held the same position for the Atlanta Falcons in 2023, overseeing a unit that improved from 27th to 11th in total defense and from 23rd to 18th in scoring defense from the 2022 campaign. The Falcons also doubled their sack total from 21 to 42.

Nielsen became available when the Falcons fired head coach Arthur Smith after a third straight 7-10 season.

He replaces Mike Caldwell in Jacksonville. Jaguars coach Doug Pederson fired Caldwell and much of his defensive staff on Jan. 8, one day after a 28-20 Week 18 loss at Tennessee knocked the Jags out of the playoff picture.

Before Atlanta, Nielsen spent six seasons (2017-22) with the New Orleans Saints. He was the assistant head coach there in 2021 and the co-defensive coordinator in 2022.

Jacksonville (9-8) finished 17th in scoring defense and 22nd in total defense in 2023, including 26th against the pass.

REPORT: 49ERS WR DEEBO SAMUEL ’50-50′ TO FACE LIONS

The San Francisco 49ers believe star receiver Deebo Samuel has a “50-50” shot to play in Sunday’s NFC title game against the Detroit Lions, ESPN reported Monday.

Samuel sustained an injury to his left shoulder in the first half of Saturday’s divisional round win against the Green Bay Packers and did not play in the second half. He caught two passes for 24 yards in the 24-21 victory.

Samuel, 28, caught 60 passes for 892 yards and seven touchdowns and rushed for 225 yards and five scores in 15 games during the 2023 regular season. He missed Weeks 7 and 8 with a shoulder injury.

He reportedly underwent medical testing on Sunday but the team had not announced the results as of Monday morning.

REPORT: TITANS TO HIRE BENGALS’ CALLAHAN AS HEAD COACH

The Tennessee Titans intend to hire Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Brian Callahan as their new head coach, reports NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.

Callahan, 39, spent the last five seasons with the Bengals as part of Zac Taylor’s coaching staff. With Joe Burrow at quarterback, Cincy’s offense has improved significantly each year.

Callahan was the first candidate to meet with Tennessee this month and had a second interview with the club Monday. He also generated interest from other teams, including the Carolina Panthers, Atlanta Falcons, and Los Angeles Chargers.

Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn and Panthers offensive coordinator Thomas Brown were also considered finalists for the Titans job.

Callahan began his coaching career as an offensive assistant for the Denver Broncos before serving as the quarterbacks coach for the Detroit Lions (2016-17) and Las Vegas Raiders (2018). He’s worked with several high-profile quarterbacks over the years, including Peyton Manning, Matthew Stafford, Derek Carr, and Burrow.

He’ll inherit a Tennessee team led by 2023 second-round quarterback Will Levis, who started nine games as a rookie. Levis threw for four touchdowns in his Week 8 debut but lacked consistency as a starter and finished the campaign with eight TD passes against four interceptions.

The Titans moved on from head coach Mike Vrabel in a surprising move Jan. 9. Vrabel posted a 54-45 record but went just 6-11 in 2023.

The AFC South club is set for a roster overhaul in 2024, as running back Derrick Henry and quarterback Ryan Tannehill are expected to hit the open market. Tennessee owns the seventh overall pick in the upcoming draft and is projected to have the third-most cap space in the league, according to Spotrac.

Callahan is the third head coach hired around the NFL this month. The New England Patriots recently announced Jerod Mayo as Bill Belichick’s replacement, while the Raiders elevated Antonio Pierce, who finished 2023 as their interim sideline boss.

Bengals quarterbacks coach Dan Pitcher is a candidate to replace Callahan as offensive coordinator. However, Pitcher also has OC interviews scheduled with the Patriots, Raiders, and New Orleans Saints, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

The Titans will host the Bengals in 2024.

ALLEN: BILLS’ SUPER BOWL WINDOW REMAINS OPEN

Bills quarterback Josh Allen thinks that Buffalo’s championship window is still open despite the team falling short of an AFC title game and Super Bowl appearance again this season.

“I believe in what we’ve got going on here and the people that are in charge,” Allen said Monday, according to team reporter Maddy Glab. “I believe in myself, and that’ll never change.”

Allen’s comments come after a heartbreaking 27-24 home loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. Buffalo has now failed to advance past the divisional round each year since losing to the Chiefs in the AFC title game in the 2020 season.

“When you do feel this way, it makes winning all that much more special,” Allen said. “And this isn’t something that we’re going to run from. It’s not something we’re going to hide from. We got to take it on the chin and continue to learn and get better, and I know that’s not what people want to hear. They want to see results. We want to see results.”

“At the end of the season, there’s one happy team. We’re gonna keep fighting and keep working as hard as we can until we are that one team,” he added.

The Bills roster 21 players who could test free agency in the upcoming offseason, including receiver Gabe Davis, safety Micah Hyde, and pass-rushers Leonard Floyd and A.J. Epenesa.

But Allen remains optimistic about the Bills even though the team is projected to be $43 million over the salary cap in 2024, according to Spotrac.

“All signs are still pointing up with this team,” the star passer said. “I know, it feels bleak. And there’s probably going to be a lot of change, whether it’s personnel, guys coming back, guys not playing again. That’s all speculation.”

Allen completed 66.5% of his passes for 4,306 yards and 29 touchdowns against 18 interceptions in 2023. He also scored a career-high 15 rushing TDs, making him the only QB in NFL history to record at least 40 combined scores in four straight seasons.

The 27-year-old accounted for three touchdowns versus Kansas City.

Allen – who signed a six-year, $258-million extension with Buffalo in 2021 – also said Monday that he doesn’t plan to undergo surgery this offseason. The 2018 first-round pick didn’t miss any games in 2023 but was on the injury report for several weeks with a right shoulder ailment.

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

DAVIS, NO. 3 NORTH CAROLINA ROLL AFTER HALFTIME TO BEAT WAKE FOREST

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — RJ Davis scored a career-high 36 points and third-ranked North Carolina dominated after halftime to beat Wake Forest 85-64 on Monday night, remaining the lone unbeaten team in Atlantic Coast Conference play.

The 6-foot senior continued his star-making season by scoring 23 points after halftime for the Tar Heels (16-3, 8-0 ACC), who trailed by one at the break after failing to make a 3-pointer. But they came to life offensively after the break, consistently attacking the paint to get momentum going toward the rim and a steady offensive flow.

Davis finally got UNC on the board from behind the arc to start UNC’s strongest push, taking a whip-the-ball-around-the-arc set of feeds and burying a corner 3-pointer before following with another 3 in transition.

That was the beginning of an 18-4 run that blew the game open, including inside scores from Davis and Jalen Washington before Cormac Ryan buried his own transition 3 against the backpedaling Demon Deacons for a 59-45 lead with 11:46 left.

Wake Forest (13-6, 5-3) never got back to within single digits again during a cold-shooting second half that included going six minutes without a basket as UNC made its move. The Tar Heels shot 19 for 31 (61%) and outscored Wake Forest 52-30 after halftime, earning yet another impressive victory.

Hunter Sallis scored 18 points to lead Wake Forest, which was trying for its first win in Chapel Hill since 2010, but shot 8 for 30 (26.7%) and missed all nine 3-point tries after halftime.

BIG PICTURE

Wake Forest: The Demon Deacons had lost only twice since 7-footer Efton Reid III got his second-time transfer waiver on Dec. 5, and over the weekend added outside shooter Damari Monsanto back for his first action following knee surgery. But they struggled both for stops and made shots after halftime, and made just 3 of 20 3-pointers in the game.

UNC: Davis has been playing at an All-American level all season and cracked his career-high with a 3-pointer at the 2:31 mark, then had one more in the final minute to punctuate this one that had fans chanting his name late. Meanwhile, UNC has won seven straight ACC games by double-digit margins, the first time that has happened since winning 10 straight during the 1992-93 season that ended with Dean Smith’s second and final NCAA title.

UP NEXT

Wake Forest: The Demon Deacons get an extended break before traveling to Pittsburgh on Jan. 31.

UNC: The Tar Heels visit Florida State on Saturday.

JOHNNY FURPHY POSTS DOUBLE-DOUBLE AS NO. 7 KANSAS TOPS CINCINNATI

Freshman Johnny Furphy recorded his first career double-double as No. 7 Kansas held off Cincinnati for a 74-69 victory on Monday night in Lawrence, Kan.

Furphy had career highs in points and rebounds with 23 and 11, respectively, for the Jayhawks (16-3, 4-2 Big 12), who got 72 of their 74 points from the starting five. Elmarko Jackson’s two free throws with 10 seconds left were Kansas’ only bench points.

Kevin McCullar Jr. added 20 points, KJ Adams Jr. finished with 11 and Hunter Dickinson paired 10 with six boards for the Jayhawks.

The Bearcats (13-6, 2-4) were ice cold from the field in the second half despite hitting six of their last seven attempts. They shot just 33.3 percent overall following the break.

Dan Skillings Jr. paced Cincinnati with 16 points, five rebounds and two steals. John Newman III had 11 points, and Jizzle James went for 10.

Kansas struggled to put the Bearcats away in the second half. The Jayhawks never trailed following intermission, but they also never led by double digits until Furphy hit a 3-pointer with 2:02 left to make it 67-57.

Cincinnati had a chance to make a run with 10:02 left in the game, as Dickinson picked up his fourth foul with the Jayhawks up 53-45. But the Bearcats could not take advantage. When Dickinson returned with 5:23 left, the Jayhawks still led, 59-52.

After Cincinnati’s Viktor Lakhin opened the game with a layup, Kansas scored 19 of the next 24 points to build a 19-7 cushion with 13:02 remaining in the first half. McCullar and Furphy each hit a 3-pointer during that outburst.

The Bearcats later used a 7-0 spurt to pull within 24-23, and a 10-3 run near the end of the half put them up 35-33 following a free throw from Skillings.

However, the teams went into the break tied at 35.

Skillings led all first-half scorers with 14 points. Dickinson and Furphy each netted 10 for the Jayhawks.

UCONN, PURDUE REMAIN ATOP JUMBLED AP TOP 25; NO. 25 NEW MEXICO MOVES INTO RANKINGS

The AP Top 25 had another week of upheaval, with teams bouncing around like kernels in a popcorn maker.

The same two teams remained at the top amid the poll turmoil.

Reigning national champion Connecticut stayed No. 1 in The Associated Press men’s college basketball poll released Monday, receiving 44 first-place votes from a 61-person media panel. No. 2 Purdue got 17 first-place votes.

A loss by Kansas jumbled the rest of the top five.

No. 3 North Carolina, No. 4 Houston and No. 5 Tennessee all moved up a spot by sweeping two games each last week.

The Jayhawks dropped four spots to No. 7 following a 91-85 loss to West Virginia that ended their six-game winning streak in the series.

UConn moved to the top of the poll last week for the first time in 15 years.

The Huskies opened the week with a lopsided win over No. 17 Creighton in David Clingan’s return from a right foot injury. UConn then edged Villanova 66-65 in a physical game that had coach Dan Hurley talking about jujitsu, Muay Thai and UFC fighting.

“When you get ranked No. 1 — coach talked about it the entire week — it’s like a temporary belt,” UConn’s Alex Karaban said. “You’ve got to continue to protect the belt, protect the heavyweight championship.”

The Boilermakers opened their week with an 87-66 rout of rival Indiana and followed with a 14-point win over Iowa. Purdue big man Zach Edey had another dominating week, finishing with 33 points and 14 rebounds against Indiana, and 30 points and 18 rebounds against Iowa.

“It’s just different with him,” Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said. “When he gets deep position, it’s hard (to defend him).”

HEELS RISING

North Carolina had a precipitous fall from the poll last season, dropping out a month after being preseason No. 1.

The Tar Heels have moved in the opposite direction this season after missing the NCAA Tournament.

North Carolina opened at No. 19 in the preseason poll and, after bouncing around a bit, has steadily climbed to No. 3. The Tar Heels beat Louisville 86-70 last Wednesday and took down Boston College 76-66 on Saturday.

North Carolina (15-3) has won eight straight, including all seven of its Atlantic Coast Conference games, to lead the conference by two games over North Carolina State.

RISING & FALLING

No. 19 Memphis had the biggest drop of the week, falling nine places after losing to South Florida and Tulane. Baylor tumbled six spots to No. 15 following losses to Kansas State and Texas.

No. 12 Duke’s 80-76 loss to Pittsburgh dropped the Blue Devils five spots from last week’s poll.

No. 16 Dayton made the biggest upward move, gaining six places after wins over Saint Louis and Rhode Island. No. 8 Auburn and No. 20 Texas Tech each climbed five places.

IN & OUT

No. 24 Colorado State returned to the poll after dropping out last week with wins over Air Force and UNLV. No. 25 New Mexico is ranked for the first time since last January after beating No. 18 Utah State and Air Force.

TCU dropped out from No. 19 following close losses to No. 23 Iowa State and Cincinnati. Mississippi also fell out from No. 22 following losses to LSU and Auburn.

CONFERENCE WATCH

The Big 12 still leads the nation with seven ranked teams despite Kansas State dropping out. The Big East, Southeastern, Big Ten and Mountain West conferences all had three ranked teams.

The Atlantic Coast and American Athletic conferences had two ranked teams, and one each for the Pac-12 and Atlantic-10.

BIG 10 MEN’S BASKETBALL

PURDUE AND WISCONSIN SCORE MEN’S BASKETBALL WEEKLY ACCOLADES

Player of the Week
Zach Edey, Purdue
C – Sr. – 7-4 – Toronto, Canada – IMG Academy (Fla.) – Major: Organizational Leadership and Supervision

  • Averaged 31.5 points on 55.3 percent shooting, 16.0 rebounds, and 2.5 blocked shots, as No. 2 Purdue scored a pair of wins
  • Tallied 33 points and 14 rebounds in the Boilermakers’ 87-66 victory at Indiana
  • Notched 30 points and 18 boards, as Purdue topped Iowa 84-70
  • Garners his ninth career Player of the Week award and third of the season
  • Last Purdue Player of the Week: Zach Edey (Dec. 11, 2023)

 
Freshman of the Week
John Blackwell, Wisconsin
G – 6-4 – Bloomfield Hills, Mich. – Brother Rice – Major: Undeclared

  • Averaged 13.0 points and 3.0 rebounds, as No. 13/10 Wisconsin split a pair of games
  • Scored 14 points, including 7-8 from the free throw line, in an 87-83 loss at Penn State
  • Added 12 points and four rebounds as the Badgers scored a 91-79 win over Indiana
  • Earns his second Freshman of the Week award
  • Last Wisconsin Freshman of the Week: John Blackwell (Dec. 11, 2023)

MAC BASKETBALL

FEBRUARY MATCHUPS ANNOUNCED FOR 2023-24 MAC-SBC CHALLENGE

CLEVELAND — The MAC-SBC Challenge — a scheduling alliance in the sports of men’s and women’s basketball — has announced its February pairings. The second MAC-SBC Challenge contest for each team will take place on Saturday, Feb. 10 and Sunday, Feb. 11, with the matchups based on real-time NET rankings and announced in January. The MAC women and Sun Belt men will host the February matchups.

Each MAC and Sun Belt team included in the MAC-SBC Challenge, currently scheduled to take place during the 2023-24 and 2024-25 campaigns, is guaranteed one home and one away game each season.

Scheduling assistance is provided by Ordinal Sports Group. In addition to relevant NET data, geography and frequency of past contests is considered in determining the matchups.

The Ball State versus James Madison women’s basketball contest will tip off at 2PM ET on Sunday, Feb. 11 live on CBS Sports Network, with tip times and platform designations for other matchups to follow.

MAC-SBC Challenge Women’s Basketball Matchups

Saturday, Feb. 10

App State at Western Michigan

Arkansas State at Akron

Georgia Southern at NIU

Georgia State at Miami

Louisiana at Central Michigan

Old Dominion at Kent State

South Alabama at Eastern Michigan

Southern Miss. at Buffalo

Texas State at Ohio

Troy at Bowling Green

ULM at Toledo

Sunday, Feb. 11

James Madison at Ball State (2pm ET on CBS Sports Network)

MAC-SBC Challenge Men’s Basketball Matchups

Saturday, Feb. 10

Akron at James Madison

Ball State at Texas State

Buffalo at Georgia Southern

Central Michigan at Old Dominion

Kent State at Troy

Eastern Michigan at ULM

Miami at Georgia State

NIU at South Alabama

Ohio at Arkansas State

Toledo at App State

Western Michigan at Southern Miss.

Sunday, Feb. 11

Bowling Green at Louisiana

FREEMAN, HILL GARNER CO-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 and the Akron Zips continue to perform on a high level after a 2-0 week. The Zips began with a 77-66 win at home against Western Michigan on Tuesday before defeating rival Kent State 77-71 on the road to conclude the week. Freeman finished with 21.5 points per game along with 11 rebounds per game and four blocks per game on the week. He tied his career high for blocks in a single game with five coming at Kent on Friday.
 
He started the week with a 20-point, 14-rebound effort against the Broncos where he went 9-of-16 (.562) from the field. Freeman recorded his 15th double-double of the season and 10th 20+point, 10+ rebound performance. The senior forward also added three blocks, one assist, and one steal in the win. Against Kent State, Freeman brought the buckets and the blocks against the Golden Flashes. The Akron big man scored 23 points on an 11-of-16 (.687) shooting performance from the field. He also tied his career-high for blocks with five. Freeman hauled in eight rebounds while adding three steals to his name at Kent State. All five of his blocks came in the second half as he helped the Akron defense combat a Kent State team that tried to pull off the upset on its home court. 


MAC Men’s Basketball Co-Player of the Week
Marcus Hill, Junior, Guard, Bowling Green
Rockford, Ill. (Rockford Christian)
Marcus Hill paced the Falcons to two more wins, giving them 12 wins in the last 13 games and seven-straight at home. In total, Hill added two more 20-point games, bringing his season total to nine and his streak to three, while also logging his first double-double of the season with a career-high 11 rebounds in the win over WMU. Hill began the week with 23 points in the win over Miami (OH), including two late layups to push the Falcons in front for the win. As for the game against Western Michigan, Hill posted his first double-double with 28 points and 11 rebounds, including making six straight free throws late in the game to secure the win.

BIG EAST MEN’S BASKETBALL

UCONN’S NEWTON NAMED PLAYER OF THE WEEK

NEW YORK – Connecticut guard Tristen Newton has been named BIG EAST Player of the Week and Providence guard Rich Barron has been chosen BIG EAST Freshman of the Week. Newton led the No. 1-ranked Huskies to a 2-0 week. Barron set a collegiate scoring high in a road win at DePaul.
 
BIG EAST Player of the Week
Tristen Newton, UConn, G, Gr. – Newton guided the Huskies to a 2-0 week while averaging 20.5 points, 7.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists. The grad student began with game-highs of 16 points, eight boards and five assists in a 62-48 win over No. 18 Creighton. In a 66-65 win at Villanova, Newton scored a game-high 25 points and grabbed six rebounds.
    
BIG EAST Freshman of the Week
Rich Barron, Providence, G, Fr. – Barron returned to his hometown of Chicago, and netted a collegiate career-high 12 points on 4-of-5 shooting in a 100-71 victory at DePaul. He made 2-of-3 from 3-point range. For the season, Barron is shooting 14-of-29 (.483) from beyond the arc.
 
BIG EAST Honor Roll
Ryan Kalkbrenner, Creighton, C, Sr. – Averaged 19.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and 6.0 blocked shots in a 1-1 week. In a triple OT win at Seton Hall (97-94), had 28 points, nine boards and a career-high seven blocked shots.
 
Tyler Kolek, Marquette, G, Sr. – Posted a pair of double-doubles in a 2-0 week. Had 21 points and 11 assists in a win over Villanova 87-74 and 15 points and 11 assists in a win at St. John’s (73-72).
 
Devin Carter, Providence, G, Jr. – Recorded 25 points, seven rebounds, four assists, three steals and had no turnovers in a win at DePaul (100-62). Made 8-of-15 from the field and 7-of-7 from the foul line.
 
Kadary Richmond, Seton Hall, G, Sr. – Achieved the first triple double by a Pirate in a BIG EAST game with 21 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists in a triple OT loss to Creighton (97-94). Averaged 16.5 points, 10.0 rebounds, 7.5 assists and 2.5 steals in a 1-1 week.
 
Desmond Claude, Xavier, G, So. – Averaged 22.5 points, 6.5 assists and 4.0 rebounds in a 2-0 week. Netted a career-high 26 points in a win against Butler (85-71) and had 19 points and nine assists in a win over Georgetown (92-91).  

DEPAUL PARTS WAYS WITH STUBBLEFIELD AMID 3-15 SEASON

DePaul is parting ways with head coach Tony Stubblefield, the program announced Monday.

Stubblefield was in the midst of his third season with the program, with the Blue Demons sitting at 3-15 on the campaign and 0-7 in Big East play.

DePaul named special assistant to the head coach Matt Brady as the interim bench boss. He’s spent time as the head man at Marist and James Madison.

“After evaluating the current state of our men’s basketball program, a decision was made to make a change in the head coaching position,” vice president and director of athletics DeWayne Peevy said in a statement.

“We want to thank coach Stubblefield for his hard work and determination over the last two-plus seasons to move our basketball program forward through a new era for DePaul Athletics. Unfortunately, we did not meet our goals.”

Coming over from an assistant job at Oregon, Stubblefield took over a program that had won at least 15 games just twice over the previous 14 seasons. He led them to a 15-16 record in Year 1. However, he followed that up with a 10-23 campaign and just three Big East wins last season.

The 2023-24 campaign

The 2023-24 campaign had been the most challenging of Stubblefield’s tenure, with losses to mid-major teams Purdue Fort Wayne and Long Beach State, as well as a winless Big East record with all but one loss coming by at least 14 points.

As a result, the Blue Demons have the worst record of any Power 5 conference school.

HCAC MEN’S BASKETBALL

MEN’S BASKETBALL, WEEK 11

Athlete of the Week:
Braden Flanagan (Olney, Ill.) Franklin College | Guard | Junior – Averaged 24.5 points per game for the week and led the Grizzlies in scoring in both contests…dropped a career-high 30 points on 12-for-17 shooting in Franklin’s win over Hanover on Wednesday…added 19 points on Saturday against Anderson.

Notable Performances:

  • Tate Ivanyo (Valparaiso, Ind.) Anderson University | Wing | Junior – Tate Ivanyo averaged 21.5 points as Anderson went 2-0 on the week. He notched 26 points in Wednesday’s win against Defiance. Ivanyo then contributed 17 points in Saturday’s win against Franklin to help maintain a share of the lead in the HCAC standings.
  • Ken Walker (Snellville, Ga.) Earlham College | Guard | First Year – Ken Walker led the Quakers this week with 46 points and eight rebounds. The freshman also recorded eight assists, three blocks and one steal.  
  • Ty Houston (Union, Ky.) Hanover College | Guard | Junior – Houston led the Panthers in a competitive week of play taking on Franklin and Earlham. The fifth year finished the week averaging 16.0 points per game with eight rebounds. He shot 44.4 percent from three-point and 45.5 percent from the field.
  • Bryant Smith (West Lafayette, Ind.) Manchester University | Guard | Junior – Bryant Smith finished with 42 points and six assists last week as the Spartans went 1-1 against Rose-Hulman and Mount St. Joseph. The junior guard also shot a perfect 11-11 from the free throw this week. Smith is currently leading the conference with an average of 21.8 points per game and a .875 free throw percentage.
  • Bradley Harden (Alexandria, Va.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Guard | Senior – Bradley Harden was a key contributor this week as the Engineers went 2-0 against conference opponents Manchester and Bluffton. Harden led the team with a season-high 23 points shooting 5-8 from beyond the arc in the team’s victory over the Spartans. He followed that performance scoring 17 points in the game against Bluffton. On the week, he averaged 20.0 points, 4.0 assists, and 5.5 rebounds.

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

NO. 16 UTAH VANQUISHES NO. 2 UCLA IN OT

Ines Vieira made the game-tying layup with 1.5 seconds left in regulation and scored eight of her 12 points in overtime to lift No. 16 Utah to a 94-81 win over No. 2 UCLA on Monday in Salt Lake City.

Kennady McQueen led Utah (14-5, 4-3 Pac-12) with 21 points and nine rebounds, while Alissa Pili, Dasia Young and Matyson Wilke each added 16 points. The Utes went 23-for-24 at the free-throw line on their way to handing UCLA just its second loss of the season.

Gabriela Jaquez powered the Bruins (15-2, 4-2) with 21 points and six boards, while Kiki Rice had 16 points and seven rebounds but also lost eight turnovers. Charisma Osborne scored 14 points and Angela Dugalic added 10.

Utah led for most of the game, but UCLA put together a late 12-3 run that ended with four seconds remaining in regulation. Camryn Brown made a go-ahead layup with 54 seconds left, then made one free throw with four seconds to go but missed the second. Pili grabbed the rebound for Utah, setting up Vieira’s game-tying baseline drive.

The Utes then dominated the Bruins 22-9 in overtime.

KANSAS STATE JUMPS TO 4TH IN WOMEN’S AP TOP 25; SOUTH CAROLINA IS STILL NO. 1

Kansas State has its best ranking in 21 years after the Wildcats moved up to fourth in The Associated Press women’s basketball poll on Monday.

The Wildcats, who climbed three spots, were last ranked this high in 2003. They have a key Big 12 Conference showdown Monday night at No. 13 Baylor. Kansas State is missing star center Ayoka Lee, who is out for a few weeks with an ankle injury.

South Carolina remained the unanimous choice at No. 1 in the poll, receiving all 35 votes from a national media panel. The Gamecocks cruised to easy wins over Kentucky and Texas A&M. Coach Dawn Staley’s team has a showdown at No. 9 LSU on Thursday night.

There was some shifting in the top 10 this week, with UCLA moving back up to No. 2 after beating Colorado on the road. The Bruins play at No. 16 Utah on Monday night.

The Buffaloes remained in the third spot, thanks to a win over then-No. 6 USC, which fell to 11th after also losing to Utah.

Iowa dropped to fifth after falling in overtime to Ohio State. Hawkeyes star guard Caitlin Clark had a scary moment after the game when she accidently was run into by a fan who was storming the court to celebrate. Clark said she was OK.

The Buckeyes jumped six spots to No. 12.

No. 6 Stanford, North Carolina State and UConn followed the Hawkeyes.

HELLO AND GOODBYE

Syracuse (22), West Virginia (24) and Oregon State (25) entered the rankings this week while Iowa State, Marquette and UNLV dropped out.

1,203 AND COUNTING

Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer became the all-time winningest coach in major college basketball, moving past former Duke men’s coach Mike Krzyzewski on Sunday when the Cardinal beat Oregon State.

CLOSE ACC RACE

Six teams are within a loss of each other at the top of the ACC standings, with Syracuse and North Carolina at 6-1. Louisville is 5-1. Notre Dame, Virginia Tech and N.C. State all have two losses.

Florida State, which dropped eight spots to No. 23 in the poll, had one loss coming into last week before losing to Syracuse and Virginia.

BIG 10 WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

OHIO STATE AND MINNESOTA CLAIM BIG TEN WEEKLY WOMEN’S BASKETBALL AWARDS

Player of the Week
Cotie McMahon, Ohio State
So. – F – Centerville, Ohio – Centerville – Major: Human Development & Family Science
• Led Ohio State to wins over NR/RV Maryland and No. 2 Iowa behind 23.5 points, 10.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.5 blocks
• Scored a career-high 33 points and added a season-high 12 rebounds for her first double-double of the season in an overtime upset of No. 2 Iowa in front of a recorded-setting crowd of 18,660 fans
• Her standout performance helped the Buckeyes grab their third victory over a ranked opponent and handed Iowa its first Big Ten loss of the season
• Totaled 14 points, nine rebounds and three assists against the Terrapins
• Earns her first career Big Ten Player of the Week award
• Last Ohio State Player of the Week: Celeste Taylor (Dec. 4, 2023)
 
Big Ten Women’s Basketball Weekly Honor Roll
Caitlin Clark, IOWA: Chipped in 38.5 points, 6.0 assists, 5.0 rebounds and 3.0 steals during Iowa’s 1-1 week, including a career-high 45 points against No. 18/15 Ohio State 
Mackenzie Holmes, IND: Shot a blistering 87.5 percent from the field while averaging 23.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 2.0 blocks and 1.5 steals in a pair of wins
Ashley Owusu, PSU: Contributed 19.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists to lead Penn State in two victories
 
Freshman of the Week
Grace Grocholski, Minnesota
G/F – North Prairie, Wis. – Kettle Moraine – Major: Undeclared
• Averaged 15.0 points while shooting 73.3 percent from the floor, 5.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists over games against No. 16 Indiana and RV Michigan State
• Went 8-for-9 from the floor to score a team-best 19 points at Indiana
• Added 11 points, six rebounds, four assists and a steal to the mix versus the Spartans
• Earns her second Big Ten Freshman of the Week honor
• Last Minnesota Freshman of the Week: Grace Grocholski (Dec. 4, 2023)

BIG EAST WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

OLSEN, SHADE COLLECT #BIGEASTWBB WEEKLY AWARDS

BIG EAST Player of the Week
Lucy Olsen, Villanova, Jr., G
Facing two top-25 teams last week, Olsen averaged 33.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 2.0 steals. In Wednesday’s upset win over No. 22 Marquette, the junior guard reached the 30-point mark for the BIG EAST-best sixth time this season, scoring a game-high 37 points to go along with five assists, four rebounds and three steals. In Sunday’s setback to No. 21 Creighton, Olsen had a game-high 29 points while adding seven rebounds, three assists and a steal. She shot 50-percent from the field last week, including a .632 clip in the win over the Golden Eagles. This is Olsen’s third BIG EAST Player of the Week honor of the season. She ranks fourth nationally with a 23.9 scoring average this season.
 
BIG EAST Freshman of the Week
Ashlynn Shade, Connecticut, Fr., G
Shade claims her fifth BIG EAST Freshman of the Week honor of the season after averaging 13.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.0 steals in a 2-0 week for the Huskies. After a quiet five-point, two-rebound showing at Seton Hall on Wednesday, Shade erupted for 21 points, seven rebounds and two assists in Saturday’s win over DePaul. It marked her third 20-point performance of the season and second in BIG EAST play. Through seven conference contests, Shade ranks seventh among all BIG EAST competitors, averaging 15.5 points, while her field goal percentage (.522) and threes made per game (2.0) each rank sixth.   
 
BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll
Caroline Strande, Butler, Sr., G – 16.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, .857 three-point shooting; matched her career high with 22 points against Providence; added eight boards and was 5-of-6 from three against PC
Paige Bueckers, Connecticut, R-Jr., G – 26.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 2.5 steals and .704 shooting in wins over Seton Hall and DePaul; season-high 32 points in Wednesday’s win at Seton Hall
Emma Ronsiek, Creighton, Sr., F – 19 points, five rebounds, five assists and four steals in Sunday’s win at Villanova  
Kelsey Ransom, Georgetown, Sr., G – 17.5 points, 5.5 assists, 2.0 steals in a 2-0 week; 25 points, including the game-winning basket, in Wednesday’s win at Providence
Olivia Olsen, Providence, Jr., F – 16.5 points, 11.0 rebounds, 3.5 blocks in a 1-1 week; 16-point, 13-rebound double-double in Sunday’s win at Butler.

HCAC WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL NOTEBOOK, WEEK 11

Athlete of the Week:
Taylor Cooney (Greensburg, Ind.) Franklin College | Guard | Junior – Averaged 21.5 points per game for the Grizzlies over two contests last week…led the team with a career-high 30 points and grabbed eight boards on Wednesday night in a close loss at Hanover…went for 13 points and six rebounds in Saturday’s 94-75 win at Anderson.
 
Notable Performances:

  • Izzy Davis (Indianapolis, Ind.) Anderson University | Guard | Sophomore – Izzy Davis averaged 14.5 points as Anderson went 1-1 on the week. She tallied 14 points in Wednesday’s win against Defiance. Davis then produced 15 points on Saturday against Franklin.
  • Grace Bezold (Covington, Ky.) Hanover College | Forward | Junior – Bezold led the Panthers to a 2-0 week as she surpassed 1,000 career points on Saturday. The junior finished the week averaging 19.0 points per game, netting a game-high 21 points in the win over Earlham, 14 of her 21 points came in the first half. She also shot impressive from the floor, shooting 45.5 percent.
  • Hailee Kline (Huntington, Ind.) Manchester University | Guard | Sophomore – Hailee Kline averaged 12.5 points per game, shooting 42.3% from three point range and 56.3% from the floor last week as the Spartans faced Rose-Hulman and Mount St. Joseph. Against the Fightin’ Engineers on Wednesday, Kline had 13 points and 7 assists. Against Mount St. Joseph on Saturday, the sophomore guard had 12 points and shot 100% from the free throw line.
  • Ashley Black (Westfield, Ind.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Guard | Senior – Black dominated on Wednesday with 21 points on 8-12 shooting and 3-4 from three to help lead the Fightin’ Engineers to a 2-0 week with wins over Manchester and Bluffton.

NBA NEWS

NBA ROUNDUP: JOEL EMBIID NETS 70 AS 76ERS BLITZ SPURS

Joel Embiid scored a career-high and franchise-record 70 points to go along with 18 rebounds as the host Philadelphia 76ers defeated the San Antonio Spurs 133-123 on Monday.

Embiid, the reigning Most Valuable Player, became the third player in Philadelphia franchise history to produce at least 60 points in a game, joining Wilt Chamberlain (three occasions) and Allen Iverson.

Embiid surpassed Chamberlain’s previous franchise mark of 68 points, set on Dec. 16, 1967, at the Chicago Bulls.

Prized No. 1 overall pick Victor Wembanyama scored 33 points for the Spurs. Devin Vassell added 22, Jeremy Sochan contributed 14, Doug McDermott had 13 and Julian Champagnie and Tre Jones each finished with 12.

Hornets 128, Timberwolves

Hornets 128, Timberwolves 125

Miles Bridges scored 28 points, Brandon Miller finished with 27 and Charlotte overcame a record-setting performance by Karl-Anthony Towns to rally past Minnesota in Minneapolis.

Towns scored 62 points to break his own franchise record for the Timberwolves. But he missed his final 3-point attempt in the final second of regulation, failing to force overtime.

Charlotte trailed by 15 points at the start of the fourth quarter. The Hornets outscored the Timberwolves 36-18 in the final period to earn their 10th win of the season.

Suns 115, Bulls 113

Kevin Durant knocked down a tiebreaking 17-footer with 1.6 seconds left to give Phoenix a victory over visiting Chicago.

Durant scored a season-high 43 points to reach 40 for the second straight game as the Suns won their sixth consecutive game. Bradley Beal scored 18 points for Phoenix, and Devin Booker added 16.

DeMar DeRozan missed a contested 3-point attempt as time expired, leaving the Bulls with their ninth straight head-to-head loss against Phoenix. Coby White had 26 points, matched his career high of 10 rebounds and had nine assists while DeRozan scored 21 points for Chicago.

Bucks 122, Pistons 113

Giannis Antetokounmpo notched a triple-double with 31 points, 17 rebounds and 10 assists and visiting Milwaukee defeated Detroit for the second time in three days.

Khris Middleton had 26 points and Damian Lillard, who tossed in a season-high 45 points in the Bucks’ 141-135 win on Saturday, added 17 points and eight assists. Milwaukee has won 21 of the past 22 regular-season meetings with the Pistons, including the past nine matchups.

Marcus Sasser led Detroit with 23 points. Isaiah Stewart had 19 points, eight rebounds and five blocks, while Jaden Ivey added 17 points.

Cavaliers 126, Magic 99

Jarrett Allen set a franchise record with his 12th consecutive double-double, scoring 14 points and grabbing 11 rebounds, as Cleveland rolled to a road blowout of Orlando.

Allen surpassing Elmore Smith and Andre Drummond — with whom Allen was tied with for the Cavaliers’ double-double mark coming into the night — provided the only drama of the second half in a wire-to-wire, lopsided affair.

Paolo Banchero led Orlando with 18 points and six assists. Franz Wagner, playing his second consecutive game since returning from an ankle sprain that sidelined him the previous eight, scored 17 points.

Grizzlies 108, Raptors 100

Jaren Jackson Jr. had 27 points and six steals and visiting Memphis defeated Toronto.

Luke Kennard added 19 points for the Grizzlies, who had lost their previous two games. Vince Williams Jr. supplied 18 points and 10 rebounds.

Scottie Barnes had 22 points, 12 rebounds and six blocked shots for the Raptors, who have lost three straight. RJ Barrett recorded 29 points and nine rebounds.

Celtics 119, Mavericks 110

Jayson Tatum tossed in a game-high 39 points and collected 11 rebounds to help Boston win at Dallas.

Tatum shot 11 of 21 from the field as the Celtics won for the fifth time in six games. Jaylen Brown added 34 points for the Celtics, who received 17 points from Jrue Holiday.

Luka Doncic led the Mavericks with 33 points, a season-high 18 rebounds and 13 assists. Kyrie Irving scored 23 points and Tim Hardaway Jr. had 20 for Dallas, which took its third loss in four games.

Kings 122, Hawks 107

Harrison Barnes scored 32 points and Sacramento took advantage of the absence of Trae Young (concussion protocol) to thump visiting Atlanta.

Domantas Sabonis contributed a game-high 21 rebounds, 14 points, six assists and two steals to the win, which allowed the Kings to snap a four-game losing streak.

Dejounte Murray had a game-high 35 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Hawks, who were held to their sixth-lowest point total of the season. Bogdan Bogdanovic scored 18 points.

NHL NEWS

NHL ROUNDUP: DEVILS RALLY PAST KNIGHTS IN OT

Tyler Toffoli finished off his sixth career hat trick by scoring 2:35 into overtime as the New Jersey Devils rallied for a wild 6-5 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights on Monday in Newark, N.J.

The Devils blew a 3-1 lead but overcame a 5-3 deficit.

Curtis Lazar scored twice, including the tying goal midway through the third period, and Nico Hischier also scored for the Devils, who had lost three of their past four games. Vitek Vanecek made 27 saves for the win.

Jonathan Marchessault scored twice for the Golden Knights, who had their three-game winning streak end and took their seventh straight road loss. Chandler Stephenson, Nicolas Roy and Pavel Dorofeyev also scored for Vegas. Logan Thompson allowed six goals on 38 shots.

Bruins 4, Jets 1

Charlie Coyle scored the game-winning goal and added an assist while Jeremy Swayman made 11 of his 20 saves in the third period as Boston defeated visiting Winnipeg.

Coyle’s goal with 1:34 left in the opening frame began a three-goal run to close the game for Boston, which earned its fifth win in a row. The Atlantic Division-leading Bruins are 6-0-3 in their past nine games.

Vladislav Namestnikov scored the lone goal and Connor Hellebuyck made 17 stops for Winnipeg, which had not allowed more than three goals in its previous 34 games. That was tied for the sixth-longest streak in NHL history.

Canucks 2, Blackhawks 0

Thatcher Demko collected his fifth shutout of the season as host Vancouver beat Chicago and moved to top spot in the league standings. The Canucks have won eight of nine games (8-0-1) and are riding a 16-2-3 run.

While Demko made 31 saves — a dozen of them in the third period — to earn his eighth career shutout, Pius Suter and Quinn Hughes scored. Andrei Kuzmenko collected two assists.

Petr Mrazek stopped 27 shots for the Blackhawks, who have been held to two or fewer goals in 10 of their past 12 outings.

Panthers 4, Predators 1

Sam Bennett had three assists and Florida scored a trio of third-period goals for a road win over Nashville.

The victory ended the Panthers’ four-game losing streak (0-2-2) and continued their great form on the road. Florida has won its past six away games and is among the NHL’s leaders with 32 road points this season.

Jeremy Lauzon scored the only goal for the Predators, who are 1-3-0 in their last four games.

Coyotes 5, Penguins 2

Jason Zucker had a goal and an assist against his former team as Arizona downed Pittsburgh in Tempe, Ariz.

Pittsburgh had won 11 straight against the Coyotes, dating to Nov. 7, 2017.

Lars Eller and Sidney Crosby scored for the Penguins, who have lost four of five (1-2-2).

Sharks 4, Kings 3 (SO)

Kaapo Kahkonen made 44 saves and stopped both attempts in the shootout to help visiting San Jose beat Los Angeles.

Fabian Zetterlund, William Eklund and Justin Bailey scored for San Jose, which has won two in a row for the first time since Dec. 5-7.

Quinton Byfield had a goal and an assist, Trevor Moore and Drew Doughty also scored, Kevin Fiala had two assists and David Rittich made 24 saves for the Kings, who are 2-6-5 in their past 13 games.

BASEBALL NEWS

CHICAGO CUBS HALL OF FAMER RYNE SANDBERG REVEALS HE IS BATTLING PROSTATE CANCER

Chicago Cubs Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg has been diagnosed with prostate cancer.

The 64-year-old revealed the heartbreaking news of his diagnosis in a statement on social media Monday.

In a statement shared to fans, the All-Star second baseman insisted he would continue to ‘fight to beat’ the cancer.

‘To my Chicago Cubs, National Baseball Hall of Fame, extended Baseball Family, the city of Chicago, and all my loyal fans, I want to share some personal news,’ the legend began.

‘Last week, I learned that I have been diagnosed with metastatic prostate cancer. I have begun treatment, and I am surrounded by my loving wife Margaret, our incredibly supportive family, the best medical care team, and our dear friends.

AUSTIN VOTH CAN EARN $500,000 IN PERFORMANCE BONUSES IN DEAL WITH MARINERS

SEATTLE (AP) — Right-hander Austin Voth can earn $500,000 in performance bonuses for innings and starts as part of his $1.25 million, one-year contract with the Seattle Mariners,

Voth would get $50,000 each for 40, 50, 60, 70 and 80 innings as part of the agreement announced Jan. 17 and $50,000 apiece for five, 10, 15, 20 and 25 starts.

The 31-year-old made 25 relief appearances last season for Baltimore after spending the majority of the 2022 season as a starter. Voth was 1-2 with a 5.19 ERA for the Orioles in 2023. In 2022, Voth started the season as a reliever for the Nationals before being traded to Baltimore. Following the trade, Voth pitched in 22 games with 17 starts and was 5-4 with a 3.04 ERA.

Voth missed more than two months last season with an elbow injury and ended the season pitching in Triple-A.

He grew up in the Seattle area and played three seasons in college at Washington before beginning his pro career as a fifth-round pick of Washington in the 2013 amateur draft.

GOLF NEWS

GOLF GLANCE: LAST GASP FOR SIGNATURE SPOTS AT TORREY PINES

The PGA and LPGA tours conclude their seasons this week with the final two official tournaments of 2023 among major North American golf tours.

PGA TOUR
LAST TOURNAMENT: The American Express (Nick Dunlap)
THIS WEEK: Farmers Insurance Open, San Diego, Jan. 24-27
Course: Torrey Pines Golf Course, South Course (Par 72, 7,765 yards); North (Par 72, 7,258 yards)
Purse: $9M (Winner: $1.62M)
Defending Champion: Max Homa
FedEx Cup Leader: Chris Kirk
HOW TO FOLLOW
TV: Wednesday-Thursday, 3-7 p.m. ET (Golf Channel); Friday, 3-5 p.m. (GC), 5-8 p.m. (CBS); Saturday, 2-4 p.m. (GC), 4-8 p.m. (CBS)
Streaming (ESPN+): Wednesday-Thursday, 11:45 a.m.-7 p.m. ET; Friday-Saturday, 12-8 p.m.
X: @FarmersInsOpen
NOTES: The event is contested from Wednesday-Saturday to avoid a conflict with the NFL playoffs and is one of four on the PGA Tour schedule that is contested on multiple courses. After players alternate on the two courses for the first two rounds, the final 36 holes are played on the South Course … The top five players in the Aon Swing 5 standings after this event will earn a spot in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, the second signature event of 2024. The current top five are Grayson Murray, Christiaan Bezuidenhout, Justin Thomas, Kevin Yu and Carl Yuan. No. 6 is Michael Kim, a Torrey Pines High School graduate making his eighth event start this week. … Dunlap withdrew on Monday and is considering whether to accept PGA Tour membership or return to the University of Alabama, where he is a sophomore. … Former DP World Tour stars Ryan Fox and Adrian Meronk will make their first starts as PGA Tour members. … Farmers will reportedly end its runs as the title sponsor when its contract expires after the 2026 event. … Tiger Woods (1999) and George Burns (1987) share the tournament scoring record of 266. Woods holds the 18-hole South Course record of 62 set in the third round in 1999.
BEST BETS: Xander Schauffele (+900 at BetMGM) has the longest active streak on tour with 36 consecutive cuts made dating back to the 2022 Masters. He finished T13 at Torrey Pines last year but is still seeking his first stroke-play title since the 2022 Scottish Open. … Collin Morikawa (+1000) finished third last year and won just three starts ago at the Zozo. … Max Homa (+1100) has won four of his six PGA Tour events in California and has eight top-10s in his past 11 starts in his home state. … Patrick Cantlay (+1200) is seeking to rebound from a T52 at the AmEx following a T12 at The Sentry. … Keegan Bradley (+3000), who finished runner-up to Homa last year, is coming off a playoff loss to Murray at the Sony Open. … Sahith Theegala (+3300) finished T4 last year. He has been sporadic, posting a win and a solo second along with a pair of missed cuts in his past five starts.
NEXT TOURNAMENT: AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, Pebble Beach, Calif., Feb. 1-4

LPGA Tour
LAST TOURNAMENT: Tournament of Champions (Lydia Ko)
THIS WEEK: LPGA Drive On Championship, Bradenton, Fla., Jan. 25-28
Course: Bradenton Country Club (Par 71, 6,557 yards)
Purse: $1.75M (Winner: $262,500)
Defending Champion: Celine Boutier
Race to the CME Globe leader: Lydia Ko
TV: Thursday-Friday, 12-3 p.m. ET (Golf Channel); Saturday, 2-4 p.m. (GC), 4-5 p.m. (NBC); Sunday, 2-5 p.m. (GC)
Streaming (Peacock): During all televised windows.
X: @LPGA
NOTES: This is a 72-hole, stroke play event with a 120-player field that will be cut to the top 65 and ties after 36 holes. … Boutier beat Georgia Hall on the first playoff hole last year, when the tournaments was played at the Superstition Mountain Golf and Country Club in Arizona.
NEXT TOURNAMENT: Honda LPGA Thailand, Siam Country Club- Pattaya Old Course, Thailand, Feb 22-25

PGA Tour Champions
LAST TOURNAMENT: Mitsubishi Electric Championship (Steven Alker)
THIS WEEK: OFF.
Charles Schwab Cup leader: Alker
NEXT TOURNAMENT: Chubb Classic, Naples, Fla., Feb. 16-18

LIV Golf League
THIS WEEK: OFF.
NEXT TOURNAMENT: Mayakoba, Mexico, Feb. 2-4

TENNIS NEWS

DESPITE WOBBLES, COCO GAUFF ADVANCES TO AUSTRALIAN SEMIS

Coco Gauff advanced to her first career Australian Open semifinal on Tuesday, but it was far from a smooth journey.

The fourth-seeded Florida native defeated Ukraine’s Marta Kostyuk 7-6 (6), 6-7 (3), 6-2 in a twist-filled quarterfinal that lasted 3 hours, 8 minutes.

“I’m really proud of the fight I showed today,” Gauff said in her postmatch interview on court. “Marta’s a tough opponent. Every time we play it’s a tough match. Really fought and left it all on the court today.”

Gauff, a 19-year-old who is the reigning U.S. Open champion, will oppose either second-seeded Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus or ninth-seeded Barbora Krejcikova of the Czech Republic on Thursday.

Kostyuk raced out to a 5-1 lead in the first set, but Gauff broke serve three consecutive times and saved a set point at 5-3. Gauff then failed to serve out the set at 6-5, forcing a tiebreaker.

Gauff jumped ahead 4-2 in the opening-set tiebreaker and had two service points coming when she led 5-3, but she lost both points. Kostyuk then failed on another set point on her serve, and Gauff eventually prevailed 8-6.

The second set featured six service breaks before Kostyuk won the first four points of the tiebreaker and sailed to a 7-3 win.

The third set was one-sided, with Gauff cruising to a 5-0 lead before closing out the match.

“I was just trying to get one more game in the first set and at least make it competitive,” Gauff said. “And then one game turned to another and I was able to win that set. And then in the second, I put myself in an opportunity (to win). I think I got a little bit passive.

“When I came out in the third, I was just trying to play aggressive and hit through the court because I knew if I left something standing, she was going to take advantage.”

INDIANA SPORTS NEWS RELEASES/NEWS REPORTS

PACERS BASKETBALL

GAME PREVIEW: PACERS VS NUGGETS

It’s good to be back home again in Indiana.

After a six-game road trip, mainly on the West Coast, the Indiana Pacers (24-19) return to Gainbridge Fieldhouse on Tuesday to host the reigning NBA-champion Denver Nuggets (30-14).

On game night, fans can expect some extra electricity in the arena, as it will be the home debut for new Pacer Pascal Siakam. Siakam, a two-time All-Star and NBA champion with the Toronto Raptors, was traded to the Blue & Gold on Jan. 17, and has played in the last two games.

Indiana and Denver last met on Jan. 14, with the Nuggets claiming a 117-109 victory in the Mile High City.

This time around, however, the matchup will look much different, as Siakam wasn’t on the team in the previous matchup, and All-Star point guard Tyrese Haliburton and starting forward Aaron Nesmith both sat out with injuries.

Nesmith has since returned to action, but Haliburton is questionable – he played on Friday in Portland but sat out Sunday at Phoenix to manage a hamstring strain. In games without Haliburton, the Pacers have a record of 4-5 this season.

Indiana must figure out how to slow down two-time NBA MVP Nikola Jokic, who nearly put up a triple-double last time out against the Blue & Gold, posting 25 points, 12 rebounds, and nine assists. Point guard Jamal Murray and forward Michael Porter Jr. scored 25 points apiece in the previous game.

Jokic will likely again be among the favorites for MVP again this season, as he’s averaging an absurd 26.1 points on 58.7 percent shooting,11.9 rebounds, and 9.1 assists per game.

Denver and Indiana rank among the best offensive teams in the league, as the Pacers and Nuggets are both top five in points per game, field goal percentage, and points in the paint per game.

Indiana finished 2-4 on their season-long road trip, and now will play four straight at home. There are 13 games left on the Pacers’ schedule, including seven home games, until the All-Star Break.

Despite hardly practicing with the team, Siakam seamlessly fits in with his new teammates. In his two games, both starts, Siakam logged at least 30 minutes, putting up 21 points in his first game and 15 in the second while also making an impact in the assists (3, 7) and rebounding (6, 4) columns.

Thus far this season, the Pacers are 13-8 at home, and the Nuggets are 13-10 on the road.

The Pacers enter the contest coming off 117-110 loss to the Phoenix Suns (24-18) on Sunday. Against the Suns, the Pacers went toe-to-toe but couldn’t overcome the 91 combined points of Kevin Durant (40), Bradley Beal (25), and Devin Booker (26). Buddy Hield led the Pacers with 18 points, Siakam recorded 15 points and added seven assists and four rebounds, and Jalen Smith scored 15.

Haliburton sat out against Phoenix after playing at Portland on Friday night. Against the Trail Blazers, he logged 21 points, 17 assists, and no turnovers in 35 minutes of action.

Also on Sunday, the Nuggets topped the Washington Wizards 113-104 in DC. Jokic exploded for 42 points and pulled down 12 rebounds to lead the visitors, and Porter Jr. and Murray each dropped 19 points.

Projected Starters

Pacers: G – T.J. McConnell, G – Buddy Hield, F – Aaron Nesmith, F – Pascal Siakam, C – Myles Turner

Nuggets: G – Jamal Murray, G – Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, F – Aaron Gordon, F – Michael Porter Jr., C – Nikola Jokic

Injury Report

Pacers: Tyrese Haliburton – questionable (left hamstring strain injury management), Isaiah Jackson – out (concussion)

Nuggets: TBA

Last Meeting

Jan. 14, 2024: After three tight quarters, the Nuggets shot 70 percent in the final frame to cliam a 117-109 win over the Pacers at Ball Arena.

Seven Pacers players scored in double figures, led by a team-high 18 points and 10 rebounds from Bruce Brown, who is now on the Toronto Raptors after getting traded. Buddy Hield was next with 15 points, and Andrew Nembhard, Benedict Mathurin, and Isaiah Jackson each scored 12.

Nuggets center Nikola Jokic led the way for the victors, recording 25 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists. Michael Porter Jr. and Jamal Murray also each scored 25 points for Denver.

The Nuggets shot 64.8 percent from the field to the Pacers’ 46.7 percent, and Indiana made just eight 3-pointers in the contest.

Denver won the points in the paint margin 64-54 and rebounding battle 40-37 against Indiana.

Noteworthy

Denver has won seven straight games against Indiana.

This will be the 100th regular season meeting between the Pacers and Nuggets. The Nuggets lead 53-46 in the all-time head-to-head.

Buddy Hield is two 3-pointers away from passing Chauncey Billups (1,830) on the all-time made threes list.

Pacers guard T.J. McConnell is 11 assists away from hitting 3,000 for his career. Just 241 players all-time have reached the milestone.

Broadcast Information (TV and Radio Listings >>)

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

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

INDIANA WOMEN’S SOCCER

IUWS ANNOUNCES 2024 SPRING SCHEDULE

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana women’s soccer will play five matches during this year’s spring season as they move forward into a new season of training and preparation on the field.

Indiana will take the pitch at Grand Park in Westfield, Ind. on Feb. 24 with a match against Purdue Fort Wayne. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m. ET.

The Hoosiers will resume competition on March 23 with a match against the IUPUI Jaguars in Indianapolis, Ind. at 1 p.m.

The following Saturday, IU will travel to West Lafayette, Ind., for a match against in-state rival Purdue at Folk Field. The match is set to kickoff at 1 p.m. ET. Indiana beat the Boilermakers, 1-0, in the Battle for the Golden Boot in the 2023 season.

In the month of April, the Hoosiers will face two more in-state foes in Ball State on April 20th and close out the spring season in South Bend, Ind. with Notre Dame on April 27th. The Cardinals finished with a 8-8-3 record while the Irish boasted a 12-4-4 record last season making it to the second round of the NCAA tournament.

2024 SPRING SCHEDULE

Saturday          Feb. 24            Purdue Fort Wayne (Grand Park)       Westfield, Ind.

Saturday          March 23         IUPUI                                                  Indianapolis, Ind.

Saturday          March 30         Purdue                                                 West Lafayette, Ind.

Saturday          April 20            Ball State                                             Muncie, Ind.  

Saturday          April 27            Notre Dame                                         South Bend, Ind.

INDIANA SOFTBALL

MINNICK LANDS ON SOFTBALL AMERICA’S PRESEASON TOP 100 LIST

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. –––– Indiana junior Taylor Minnick was named to Softball America’s Preseason Top 100 Player Rankings on Monday morning.

Minnick, an outfielder, was listed at No. 53 in the prestigious national rankings.

She enters her junior campaign after an impressive 2023 season that earned her NFCA Third Team All-American, NFCA All-Region First Team and All-Big Ten First Team honors.

Minnick, a Bloomington, Ind. native, hit for a .390 batting average on 62 hits with 12 home runs and 55 RBI. Her .522 on base percentage ranked top-20 in the NCAA last season.

She also posted a 36-game streak of reaching base along with a 17 multi-RBI streak. Minnick recorded 20 multi-hit games on the season.

PURDUE MEN’S BASKETBALL

#2 PURDUE RETURNS HOME TO HOST MICHIGAN IN HAMMER DOWN CANCER GAME

GAMEDAY INFORMATION — GAME 20

[2] Purdue (17-2, 6-2) vs. Michigan (7-11, 2-5)

Tuesday, January 23, 2024

9 p.m. ET | West Lafayette, Indiana

Mackey Arena (14,876)

TELEVISION / STREAM: Peacock (Noah Eagle, Robbie Hummel)

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

THE NOTES TO KNOW

• After a successful, season-long roadswing, the No. 2-ranked Purdue Boilermakers return home to face one of the Big Ten’s top offenses as Michigan visits Mackey Arena. The Boilermakers are aiming for their fourth straight victory overall and their 11th straight home victory.

• This week is Coaches vs. Cancer week, where Purdue will return to the Suits and Sneakers format. The Boilermaker coaching staff will wear suits in games against Michigan and Rutgers paired with Nike Air Max 87. Since CoVid, the Purdue staff has gone more casual in its attire.

• In addition, Purdue has raised money for cancer research, via messages on its warm-up shirts and ribbon boards and the auctioning off of special, game-worn Hammer Down Cancer uniforms. All proceeds go to the Purdue Institute of Cancer Research. This marks the fourth time Purdue has won special Hammer Down Cancer uniforms, using the Institute’s signature VOLT color to raise awareness of its mission. The Coaches vs. Cancer week initiatives by Purdue Basketball has raised $165,000 to date, not including this season.

• Purdue has played five of its first eight Big Ten games on the road and lead the Big Ten with three road wins. Purdue, Wisconsin and Illinois are the only teams in the Big Ten with multiple wins on the road in league play. Big Ten teams are a combined 14-38 (.269) entering Tuesday.

• The Boilermakers are 17-2 (or better) through 19 games for the second straight season. It marks the third time in Matt Painter’s 19 seasons that Purdue has been 17-2 or better (2024, 2023, 2018), all coming in the last seven seasons. Over the last three seasons, Purdue is 56-6 in months November through January. A win will make Purdue 18-2 (or better) for the fourth time ever (2024, 2023, 2018, 1988).

• Following its loss to Nebraska on Jan. 9, Purdue has averaged 88.7 points per game in its three wins, while shooting 49.5 percent from the field and 39.1 percent from 3-point range and outrebounding opponents by almost 18 rebounds per game. Purdue’s offensive efficiency in that span is 129.4 (129.4 points / 100 possessions).

• Purdue’s +26 rebound margin (50-24) vs. Iowa was its largest against a Big Ten opponent since Jan. 24, 2020, vs. Wisconsin (+26). It was also the fifth-largest for Purdue against a Big Ten opponent in school history.

• Purdue ranks in the NCAA’s top 20 in wins (1st), offensive efficiency (2nd), rebound margin (3rd), assists per game (9th), scoring margin (11th), 3-point percentage (11th), fewest fouls per game (13th), defensive efficiency (13th), scoring offense (13th) and assist / turnover ratio (18th).

• Purdue leads the country in quad-1 wins (7) and quad-1 and 2 wins combined (11). No one in the country has more than eight Q-1 and Q-2 wins.

• Since the start of last season, Purdue is 46-8, 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-three of the 46 wins have come against teams ranked in the KenPom top-100, including 25 against teams ranked in the top-50.

• Purdue’s schedule is currently the toughest in the country, ranking No. 1 in SOS by the NCAA NET team sheets, KenPom.com and ESPN. The Boilermakers have faced teams ranked No. 3, 4, 8, 11, 17, 30, 43 and 49 (2x) in NET, with additional games coming against 11, 13 (2x), 21 and 46.

• Purdue was voted No. 2 in the AP Top 25 poll on Monday, for the second straight week. With its No. 2 ranking this week, Purdue has now been ranked in the top 5 of the AP poll for 28 straight weeks, the longest-active streak in America by 17 weeks (UConn – 11). It has been ranked in the top 3 in 22 of those 28 weeks.

• Purdue’s starting lineup of Braden Smith, Lance Jones, Fletcher Loyer, Trey Kaufman-Renn and Zach Edey have started all 19 games. It’s the longest stretch for a starting group to start the season since the 2017-18 season (28 games).

• Edey needs 25 points and eight 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). Edey was named the Big Ten Player of the Week Monday.

• Purdue is now 17-2 (or better) through 19 games for the second straight season and for the third time in the last seven seasons (also 2017-18 season).

• The consecutive 17-2 starts (or better) mark the first time in school history that Purdue has been 17-2 or better in two straight seasons.

• Purdue won back-to-back road games by at least 14 points for the first time since February of the 2020-21 season (75-58 at Nebraska; 73-52 at Penn State).

• Purdue has now played half of its Big Ten road games, posting a 3-2 record in its first five league road games. Purdue has been at least .500 in its Big Ten road games in six of the last seven seasons, with the lone exception being 2020 (3-7). Purdue is 10-5 on the road since the start of last year in league play and since the 2021-22 season, owns the league’s best road record at 15-10.

• With the win over Iowa, Matt Painter will moved into fifth place by himself on the all-time wins list in Big Ten games with 215, passing Lou Henson. Ward “Piggy” Lambert is next with 228 wins.

• Iowa entered the game as the Big Ten’s top-scoring team, ranking fifth nationally. Purdue held the Hawks to 17 points below their average. Iowa has been held to 70 or fewer points four times this year. Purdue did it twice (Oklahoma, Iowa State the others).

• Purdue has scored at least 84 points in each of the last three games. The last time Purdue scored at least 84 points in regulation in three straight Big Ten games came in the 1994-95 season (84 vs. Iowa — Jan. 14, 1995; 92 vs. Ohio State — Jan 21, 1995; 96 vs. Northwestern — Jan. 25, 1995). The last time Purdue had 84 or more points in regulation in four straight Big Ten games was Feb. 11 to March 2, 1974 (6 straight games).

• Over the last three games, Purdue has 59 assists against 33 turnovers (1.79 A / TO Ratio). Purdue ranks ninth in the country in assists / field goals made at 63.9 percent.

• According to KenPom.com, the NCAA team sheets and ESPN, Purdue’s schedule currently ranks as the toughest in the country.

• Over the last six games, Purdue is shooting 58-of-141 (.411) from 3-point range, making at least nine 3-pointers in five of them.

• Purdue now ranks 11th in the country in 3-point percentage (.393), a year after ranking 281st nationally in 3-point percentage. Purdue has finished in the top 10 in 3-point percentage three previous times under Painter (2017, 2018, 2022).

• Of Purdue’s seven players that have made at least seven 3-pointers, six of them are shooting at least 38 percent from deep. The other, Lance Jones, is at 41.7 percent over his last three games (10-of-24).

• Zach Edey has scored 93 points, grabbed 52 rebounds and made 31 free throws over his last three games. He is the only major-college player to reach those marks in a 3-game span in the last 25 years.

• Braden Smith has dished out at least six assists in eight straight games, the longest stretch of six-plus assist games in school history. Smith is averaging 7.16 assists per game, just off the school record set by Bruce Parkinson (7.39) in 1974-75.

• Smith is currently averaging 8.1 assists per game in Big Ten play only. No player in Big Ten history has averaged at least 8.0 assists per game in league play (Cassius Winston – 7.9).

• Purdue has a player in the top five nationally in scoring (Zach Edey – 2nd), rebounding (Zach Edey – 4th) and assists (Braden Smith – 4th).

• Fletcher Loyer has made at least two 3-pointers in seven of his last nine games.

THE SERIES WITH MICHIGAN

• Tuesday’s meeting against Michigan in Mackey Arena is the first of two against the Wolverines in the next month (Ann Arbor – Feb. 25).

• The Boilermakers lead the series by a 91-75 margin, but Michigan has won six of the last eight meetings, and 13 of the last 20.

• In fact, in the last 10 meetings against Purdue, the Boilermakers’ next two opponents, Michigan and Rutgers, are the only ones that are at least .500 against Purdue (Michigan – 6-4; Rutgers 5-5).

• Michigan is one of two teams with the most success all-time in Mackey Arena among Big Ten teams, with Purdue owning a 31-17 margin. Ohio State has the league’s best record in Mackey (31-18).

• Purdue is looking for consecutive wins vs. Michigan for the first time since Jan. 9 to 25, 2018.

EDEY GARNERS 9TH CAREER BIG TEN PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONOR

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue senior Zach Edey was named Big Ten Player of the Week for the ninth time in his career on Monday following two dominating performances during the Boilermakers’ unbeaten week.

The nine weekly honors are the most in school history and now just one shy of the Big Ten record set by Ohio State’s Evan Turner in 2008-10.

In addition, Edey was named the NCAA March Madness National Player of the Week for the second time this season (Dec. 11, 2023).

Edey posted 33 points and 14 rebounds against Indiana and then tallied 30 points, 18 rebounds and four blocks versus Iowa last week, helping complete Purdue’s two-game road sweep.

For the week, he averaged 31.5 points, 16.0 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game, while shooting 21-of-38 from the field and 21-of-27 from the free throw line.

With his previous 30-point. 20-rebound game against Penn State, Edey becomes the first Purdue player since Terry Dischinger in 1962 to record at least three straight 30-10 games against Big Ten opponents.

The two double-doubles give him 51 for his career, now three shy of the Purdue career record. He leads the Big Ten in 30-10 games with 12, and has 29, 20-10 games – both the most for a Big Ten player in the last 15 years. 

Edey currently ranks second in the country in scoring (23.3 PPG), fourth in rebounding (11.5 RPG), 12th in field goal percentage (.630) and 14th in blocked shots (2.32 BPG).

Edey is now just 25 points and 8 blocks away from achieving the 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 200 blocks career milestone, making him the third player in NCAA history to accumulate 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds, 200 blocked shots and shoot 60.0 percent from the field (David Robinson, Patrick Ewing).

Edey and the No. 2-ranked Boilermakers will host Michigan on Tuesday night in Mackey Arena at 9 p.m. ET, for the Hammer Down Cancer Game.

PURDUE FOOTBALL

PURDUE FOOTBALL SOLIDIFIES 2024 SCHEDULE, SEASON OPENER MOVED TO AUGUST 31

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue Football solidified its schedule for the 2024 season with a trio of non-conference matchups before the start of Big Ten play. The schedule was finalized with the Boilermakers hosting Indiana State (Aug. 31) to begin the second season under head coach Ryan Walters.

The matchup with the Sycamores was originally slated for Sept. 7 before being moved up to avoid a bye week to start the season. The two programs meet for just the seventh time in history, first in 1926 and most recently two years ago.

Following the season opener, Purdue has its first of two bye weeks during the 2024 campaign before hosting in-state foe Notre Dame (Sept. 14). The Shillelagh Trophy is up for grabs for the first time since 2021, the 88th battle on the gridiron between the Boilermakers and the Fighting Irish. Closing out the non-conference portion of the schedule, Purdue hits the road for the first time by traveling to Oregon State (Sept. 21).

Previously announced in November, Purdue’s Big Ten schedule features four games at Ross-Ade Stadium to go along with five matchups away from home. The Boilermakers open up Big Ten play at home against Nebraska (Sept. 28), with the contest serving as the Boilermakers’ annual Homecoming game. It will mark the 12th straight season the two teams have squared off on the gridiron.

The month of October begins with back-to-back road games at Wisconsin (Oct. 5) and Illinois (Oct. 12), the only trip to Madison over the next five seasons. After battling the Illini for the Cannon Trophy, Purdue returns home to host new Big Ten-member Oregon (Oct. 19). The Ducks make the trip to West Lafayette for just the third time in history (1979, 2008).

The Boilermakers end October with their second and final bye week (Oct. 26), using the break to prepare for Northwestern to kick off November (Nov. 2). Following the contest against the Wildcats, Purdue concludes their regular season with three of its final four games away from home. The stretch starts with the Old Gold and Black traveling to Ohio State (Nov. 9). One week later (Nov. 16), the Boilermakers welcome Penn State to Ross-Ade Stadium for the final home game of the 2024 campaign.

Closing out the slate, Purdue hits the road to face Michigan State (Nov. 23) before heading to Indiana for the annual Old Oaken Bucket Game (Nov. 30).

Season tickets for the 2024 season are on sale now.

Purdue Football 2024 Schedule

Aug. 31 – INDIANA STATE

Sept. 7 – Bye Week

Sept. 14 – NOTRE DAME (SHILLELAGH TROPHY)

Sept. 21 – at Oregon State

Sept. 28 – NEBRASKA* (HOMECOMING)

Oct. 5 – at Wisconsin*

Oct. 12 – at Illinois* (Cannon Trophy)

Oct. 19 – OREGON*

Oct. 26 – Bye Week

Nov. 2 – NORTHWESTERN*

Nov. 9 – at Ohio State*

Nov. 16 – PENN STATE*

Nov. 23 – at Michigan State*

Nov. 30 – at Indiana* (Old Oaken Bucket)

PURDUE WRESTLING

PURDUE LANDS FOUR IN INITIAL COACHES’ RANKINGS

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Four Purdue wrestlers appeared in the first edition of the NCAA coaches’ rankings for the 2024 NCAA Wrestling Championships released on Monday morning.

Matt Ramos (No. 2 at 125), Greyson Clark (No. 30 at 141), Joey Blaze (No. 18 at 157), and Stoney Buell (No. 30 at 165) represent the Boilermakers in the initial list.

It is the second straight season for Ramos to wrestle his way into the top-5 at his weight. He was No. 4 in the first coaches’ rankings this time last year. The votes were submitted prior to this weekend’s action, therefore his win over Iowa’s Drake Ayala, who the coaches placed at No. 1 at 125, was not factored in.

Clark and Blaze are only the third and fourth true freshmen Boilermakers to be included in the rankings since the NCAA began releasing them in 2012. They are highest ranked in the first week of the poll, beating out Garrett Nijenhuis’ No. 32 ranking in 2019. Blaze coming in at No. 18 is the highest ranking by a true freshman Boiler at any point in the poll’s history.

NOTRE DAME WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

HIDALGO NAMED TO NANCY LIEBERMAN AWARD TOP 10

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — The Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame has released its Top 10 candidates for the 2024 Nancy Lieberman Award. Among the 10 is Irish freshman Hannah Hidalgo.

Now in its 25th year, the award recognizes the top point guard in women’s NCAA Division I college basketball. To be considered for this prestigious award, candidates must exhibit the floor leadership, playmaking and ball-handling skills of Class of 1996 Hall-of-Famer Nancy Lieberman.

Hidalgo’s name peppers the individual rankings this season, both in the ACC and nationally. She is pacing the conference with 23.9 points per game, and she averages 5.5 steals per contest. The latter mark leads the nation. She also leads all ACC freshmen with 5.8 assists per game. Hidalgo and Iowa’s Caitlin Clark are the only major conference players in the nation averaging 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Obviously, Hidalgo is posting in excess of 5 steals per contest as well.

Despite not being halfway through conference play, Hidalgo has already broken multiple Irish records. On Thursday against Virginia, the New Jersey native notched her 91st steal of the year, passing Skylar Diggins for the most swipes for an Irish rookie. It was also her ninth game with at least 7 steals, breaking the overall Notre Dame record in that category. That mark was also held by Diggins. Finally, games against UVA and Wake Forest last week yielded her 14th and 15th games this year with 20+ points. The previous record for an Irish freshman was 13 and held by Beth Morgan.

Hidalgo has also notched ACC Rookie of the Week honors eight times this year, breaking the program record of six previously held by four Irish players. Most recently, Sonia Citron earned the award six times. All four of those players went on to be their respective conference’s Rookie of the Year.

The 5-6 guard is the sole freshman on the Top 10. Clark won the award last year.

BUTLER MEN’S BASKETBALL

BULLDOGS AND GEORGETOWN SET FOR TUESDAY TIP IN WASHINGTON, D.C.

The Bulldogs travel to the nation’s capital for a Tuesday night tip with Georgetown. The Hoyas become the first BIG EAST opponent that Butler will face for the second time this season; the Bulldogs have yet to face Villanova nor Creighton. Butler took a 74-64 win over the Hoyas Dec. 19 at Hinkle Fieldhouse in the BIG EAST opener for both teams.

Butler (12-7, 3-5 BIG EAST) at Georgetown (8-10, 1-6)

Tuesday, Jan. 23;  6:30PM

Capital One Arena; Washington, D.C.

TV: FS1 – Dave Sims & Jim Spanarkel

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

The Series with the Hoyas

• The first meeting between Butler and Georgetown came in the 2009 Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden.

• Almost all of the match-ups have come since Butler joined the BIG EAST prior to the 2013-14 season. The teams played three times during the 2013-14 season as both programs were already committed to the Battle 4 Atlantis event that year.

• Both teams have enjoyed more success on the road than at home in the series; Butler is 7-3 against the Hoyas in Washington, D.C.

The First Time Around

• Butler defeated Georgetown, 74-64, Dec. 19 at Hinkle Fieldhouse in the BIG EAST opener for both teams.

• Four Bulldogs scored in double figures, led by Pierre Brooks II and Posh Alexander, each with 13. DJ Davis scored 12 first-half points before exiting early in the second half with an ankle injury.

• Butler enjoyed a 46-22 advantage in points in the paint in the contest.

Series: Butler Leads, 12-11

Streak: Butler, W1

In D.C.: Butler Leads, 7-3

First Meeting: GU, 72-65; 12/8/09 (Jimmy V; MSG)

Last Meeting: BU, 74-64; 12/19/23 (at BU)

Of Note

• Butler defeated DePaul, 74-60, Saturday afternoon in the team’s most recent outing.

• The win was Thad Matta’s 50th as the head coach at Butler.

• Butler leads the BIG EAST, shooting 35.7 percent from three-point range on the season. The Bulldogs were ninth among the 11 conference teams a season ago.

• Butler had a season-high 11 steals against DePaul; Posh Alexander matched his career-high with six, while DJ Davis set a new career-best with five of his own.

• Alexander is now the most recent player to record six steals for Butler (Saturday) and against Butler (while playing for St. John’s, Jan. 10, 2023).

• Over his last four games, Alexander is averaging 16.3 points per game, shooting 47 percent from three-point range, and has 22 assists against only nine turnovers.

• Alexander owns the BIG EAST lead at 2.4 steals per game. His 5.3 assists per game are fourth in the league.

• Butler committed only eight turnovers against DePaul, including only one in the first half. The Bulldogs have only committed a total of 22 turnovers over its last three games. Butler has committed 10 or fewer turnovers in 10 games this season. Butler is 9-4 when committing fewer turnovers than its opponent.

• Butler out-rebounded DePaul, 37-30, Saturday. Butler is 10-0 this season when out-rebounding its opponent.

• The Bulldogs went 18-for-21 from the free throw line against DePaul. On the season, Butler ranks fifth nationally in free throw shooting at 79 percent. Butler has shot 70 percent or better from the line in all but one game this season.

• Davis went a perfect 7-for-7 from the line Saturday against DePaul; he ranks second nationally in free throw percentage (96.7). He has two separate games going 10-for-10 from the charity stripe this season and has hit all 25 of his attempts in BIG EAST play.

• Davis scored 17 points against DePaul after totaling only 10 over his previous three games.

• Pierre Brooks II led the Bulldogs with 20 points against DePaul, his fifth 20-point game of the season and his sixth time leading the team in scoring.

• Over his last five games, Brooks is shooting 19-for-34 from three-point range (56 percent).

• Brooks is fifth in the BIG EAST in scoring at 16.6 points per game; he has scored in double figures in every game this season. His 2.74 three-pointers per game are fourth in the conference.

• Jalen Thomas had 11 points and 10 rebounds at Xavier Tuesday, recording his third double-double of the season.

• Thomas ranks seventh in the BIG EAST in blocks (1.3) and tenth in rebounding (7.1).

• Over his last four games, Thomas is averaging 11 points and 9.8 rebounds per game, while shooting 67 percent from the field.

• Brooks, Alexander, Davis and Jahmyl Telfort each have multiple games scoring 20 or more points this season. Butler has had multiple players post 20 or more in the same game four times this season.

• Telfort matched his career-high with nine rebounds in Saturday’s win over DePaul.

• The Bulldogs rank 11th nationally, committing just 13.7 fouls per game.

BUTLER MEN’S SOCCER

FOUR NEW ADDITIONS TO BUTLER MEN’S SOCCER 2024 ROSTER

Head Coach Paul Snape and his staff have announced four newcomers who are part of the incoming group joining the men’s soccer program prior to the upcoming fall season. The current quartet includes a pair of transfers along with two incoming freshmen.

Incoming Bulldogs

Josemir Gomez, Indianapolis, Indiana (IUPUI)

Sam Pitts-Eckersall, Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom (UNC-Ashville)

Jose Angel Luna, Weslaco, Texas (RGV Toros)

Trent Lindsey, Gilbert, Arizona (Barça Residency Academy)

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Josemir Gomez

Indianapolis, Indiana/North Central (IUPUI), 6′-1″/170 lbs, F

Gomez scored 16 goals and dished out five assists over two seasons at IUPUI, earning All-Horizon League First Team accolades in both 2023 and 2022. After his freshman campaign, he was tabbed Horizon League Freshman of the Year and was named the nation’s No. 43 freshman by Top Drawer Soccer. At North Central, the forward was a United Soccer Coaches All-American and a two-time All-State First Team selection.

On choosing Butler: “I chose Butler because of the academics, great team and coaching staff, and a very competitive league in the Big East.”

Gomez is the son of Silvia Trinidad, and Roberto Gomez and has one sibling, Lucia. He plans to major in economics.

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Sam Pitts-Eckersall

Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom / Coventry City (UNC-Ashville), 5′-11″/170 lbs, M

Pitts-Eckersall played two seasons at UNC-Ashville, leading the team in goals and points as a freshman and finishing in his side’s top three in goals and assist as a sophomore. The midfielder was a two-time All-Big South Second Team honoree and was on the All-Freshman Team in 2022. Pitts-Eckersall competed for Coventry City and Solihull Moors FC in the United Kingdom.

On choosing Butler: “My main factors were to compete in the big east conference, develop personally on and off the field, and pursue a career in football after earning my Butler degree.”

Pitts-Eckersall is the son of Andrea and Martin and plans to major in business.

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Jose Angel Luna

Weslaco, Texas / Weslaco HS, 5′-7″/130 lbs, W

Luna was part of RGV Toros (Texas) history when the club signed the then 16-year-old to a USL Academy contract in 2022. He debuted on the pitch one year later.  Luna represented Capelli USA in Denmark over two seasons, serving as captain the latter year, and also produced an assist in the U.S. Open Cup. He was an honor roll student at Weslaco.

On choosing Butler: “The prestigious business program and competitive soccer level was a fit for my future goals.”

Luna is the son of Jose Luna and Silvia Luna and has one sibling, Diego. He plans to major in International Business.

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Trent Lindsey

Gilbert, Arizona / Hamilton, 6′-0″/165 lbs, D

Lindsey was a captain for Barça Residency Academy which competed in the quarterfinals of the MLS Next Cup and attained a No. 4 ranking at the U19 level. He was an AP Scholar and a member of the National Honor Society.

On choosing Butler: “Butler gives a big-school feel, even if it is a smaller school, which gives a very connected school culture. The support of the program from not just the people involved, but from the community as well, is unique. The high standards on and off the pitch allows me to challenge myself and stay focused on my goals.”

Lindsey is the son of Kristin Lindsey and Jason Lindsey and has two siblings, Finley and Garrett. He plans to major in Business Finance/Entrepreneurship.

BUTLER SWIMMING

BUTLER SWIMMING RETURNS TO ACTION WITH FIRST MEET OF 2024

INDIANAPOLIS – The Butler swim team competed against the Jaguars at the IUPUI Natatorium over the weekend. Sadie Brown highlighted the action with a win in the 400 IM and the Bulldogs also won the 200 Free Relay.

Brown was the top swimmer in the 400 IM after posting a time of 4:49.02. Teammate Caroline Zimner earned second place in the event (4:49.94).

The 200 Free Relay included Kate Schilling, Gianna Leffler, Olivia Stotts, and Alani Hightower-Bend. That group won the event with a time of 1:40.98.

Brown was also the top BU swimmer in the 1000 Yard Free. She placed third with a time of 11:12.83 and Elizabeth Naylor was close behind in fourth (11:13.59).

BU also saw a third-place finish in the 200 Free with Sam Tomic touching the wall at 1:58.27. Tomic paced BU in the 500 Free as well with a time of 5:34.13.

Butler’s 400 Medley Relay team of Alani Hightower-Bend, Kate Schilling, Lauren Bergman, Olivia Stotts had a fourth-place finish with a time of 4:00.16.

Hightower-Bend was also active for BU in the 100 Fly and 100 Back. She finished third in the Fly (59.83) and fourth in the Back (1:00.43).

Schilling swam well for BU in the 200 Breast and 200 Fly. Her time of 2:30.19 landed her in fourth place in the Breast and she clocked in at 2:17.88 for fifth in the Fly.

In the sprints, Stotts and Bergman finished back-to-back in the 50 Free with times of 25.32 and 25.64. They took home fourth and fifth place. Stotts and Tomic swam well in the 100 Free. Stotts placed fourth with a time of 55.37 and Tomic was right there for fifth (55.94).

BU also got a top-five finish from Olivia McKee in the 200 Back (2:10.80).

The Bulldogs will return to action on Sunday, Jan. 28 when they host the 15th Annual Butler Invitational. Action in Fishers will begin at 12 PM and include Xavier, Valparaiso, Youngstown State, UIndy, Eastern Illinois and Lewis.

BALL STATE BASKETBALL

BALL STATE WOMEN WELCOME JMU AND CBS SPORTS NETWORK ON SUPER BOWL SUNDAY; MEN VISIT TEXAS STATE IN GAME 2 OF MAC-SBC CHALLENGE

MUNCIE, Ind. – The second game of the MAC-SBC Challenge for men’s and women’s basketball has been announced by the Mid-American and Sun Belt Conferences on Monday, with Ball State men’s and women’s teams hoping to complete a sweep of their Sun Belt opponents this season.

Under the leadership of head coach Brady Sallee, the MAC-leading Ball State women (16-2) will host their second nationally televised game of the season when they host James Madison (14-5), currently in second place in the Sun Belt, at 2 p.m. on Super Bowl Sunday. The afternoon tipoff on Sunday, Feb. 11, marks the second time in a month that the Cardinals have welcomed CBS Sports Network to Worthen Arena, with Ball State dismantling Toledo 65-51 last Sunday evening.

Sallee’s team won at Troy on Nov. 11, 86-71, in Game 1 of the women’s MAC-SBC Challenge.

On the men’s side, Michael Lewis’ squad hopes to follow a 73-68 win over Old Dominion on Nov. 11 in Muncie. The Cardinals (9-9) travel to Texas State (7-12) on Saturday, Feb. 10 (time and TV TBD) for their second game of the Challenge.

BALL STATE GYMNASTICS

GYMNASTICS TOPS BOWLING GREEN IN MAC OPENER

MUNCIE, Ind. – – Led by another strong bars performance from freshman Ashley Szymanski, the Ball State gymnastics program opened its 2024 Mid-American Conference slate with a 196.600-193.200 victory over Bowling Green Monday evening at Worthen Arena.

“We had a solid night,” head coach Joanna Saleem said about the program’s home opener. “The landings weren’t quite as crisp and sharp as they were the other night, so we know we can do a little bit better. However, I am pleased with how we handled our two meets over the last four days.”

In front of an enthusiastic crowd on Squishmallows Night, the Cardinals (8-1; 1-0 MAC) followed its record-breaking performance at the Tennessee Collegiate Classic with another strong effort, tallying the third-best team score in the program record book.

“We had good energy,” Saleem added. “It was great to be here in our home arena, with a nice crowd which was awesome. It’s fun whenever you can get in front of your home crowd and have them cheering along. I love that they are getting involved in some of our cheers and we want to be able to bring them back, because that really makes it exciting for our student-athletes.” 

Szymanski registered the biggest mark of the meet, winning bars with a 9.975 which is the third-best individual bars score in program history. She has now led the squad on bars in three of the team’s four meets, while winning the event twice.

She was not BSU’s only gymnast to hit a 9.900-or-better, however, as seniors Suki Pfister and Victoria Henry tied for the event win on floor with routines of 9.900.

Pfister and sophomore Zoe Middleton would tie for the event win on vault, at 9.875, while senior Hannah Ruthberg earned the same score to win beam and give Ball State the win on all four individual events.

Middleton would also collect her second consecutive all-around victory with a score of 39.325. The effort included scores of 9.875 on both vault and floor, a 9.825 on bars and a 9.750 on beam.

Overall, the Cardinals collected 14 scores of 9.800-or-higher against the Falcons (0-3, 0-2 MAC), its second-highest total of the season trailing only the 22 set last Friday at the Farm Bureau Expo Center.

Ball State will have nearly two weeks to prepare for its next outing, a Sunday, Feb. 4, showdown with Kent State back at Worthen Arena.

“I’m excited for us to have next week off and work on some of those landing positions and just getting a little more detail work done in the gym before we come back to compete here again,” Saleem concluded.

BALL STATE MEN’S BASKETBALL

CARDINALS IN BUFFALO TO CLASH WITH BULLS

The Ball State men’s basketball team is on the road to take on Buffalo at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at Alumni Arena.

The game will be streamed on ESPN+, with Paul Peck and Matt Mattia on the call. Mick Tidrow handles the radio broadcast on WMUN 1340AM – 92.5FM.

The Cardinals (9-9, 1-5 MAC) and Bulls (2-15, 1-4 MAC) meet for the 39th time in series history. Last season, Buffalo took a 91-65 victory at Worthen Arena in the only meeting between the two schools.

Miami (OH) came back from an 11-point deficit, making a buzzer-beating 3-pointer in the final second of regulation to force overtime on Saturday, where they won 87-80 over the Cardinals at Worthen Arena. Ball State got a career high 29 points from Basheer Jihad, and Mickey Pearson Jr. tallied his first double-double (16 points and 10 rebounds) of the year in the setback.

The Bulls enter Tuesday’s matchup on a four-game losing skid, with their only conference win being at Central Michigan (76-64) back on Jan. 2. The win at the Chippewas has been the lone Division I triumph of the year for Buffalo, who beat NCAA Division II member Roberts Wesleyan on Nov. 15.

SCOUTING BUFFALO: The Bulls went 15-17 (9-9 MAC) last season in Jim Whitesell’s final year as the Buffalo head coach. George Halcovage III, a former Villanova assistant coach, replaced Whitesell and is in his first season as a head coach.

The Bulls rank second in the MAC in blocks per game (4.4), offensive rebounds per game (12.1) and 3-point attempts per game (24.5).

Fifth year forward Sy Chatman ranks sixth in the league in average points (18.1 per game) and seventh in average rebounds (6.6) while being fifth in field goal shooting at 48.3 percent and fourth in blocks per game (1.5).

CARDINAL DIRECTIONS

Basheer Jihad leads the Cardinals in scoring (19.0 points per game) and rebounding (7.4) averages. The junior forward out of Detroit has led the Cardinals in scoring 11 games so far, scoring in double-figures 17 times, including eight games with 20+ points. The big man’s total points (342) and scoring average rank third and fourth, respectively, in the Mid-American Conference, while his rebounding average is sixth.

The Cardinals lead the MAC and rank No. 38 nationally in fewest fouls committed per game (15.0), while being second in the league in 3-point shooting (36.9 percent) and third in free throw shooting (76.0 percent) and scoring defense (70.6 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.

DB FOR THREE: Junior guard Davion Bailey leads the Cardinals in 3-pointers made (34) and 3-point shooting (43.6 percent) so far this season, and his 2.43 triples made per game ranks third in the MAC.

The Indianapolis native’s 17 total 3-pointers made in conference play slot him in at second in the league behind Northern Illinois’ David Coit and his 18.

FREE THROWS FALLING: Redshirt junior Mickey Pearson Jr. ranks second in the Mid-American Conference in free throw shooting percentage at 86.7 (52 of 60).

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 76.0 percent.

PRODUCTIVE PAIR: Juniors Jihad (19.0 points per game) and Jalin Anderson (16.1) rank fourth and eighth in the MAC in average scoring, respectively.

The duo joins Toledo’s Ra’Heim Moss (16.3 ppg, seventh) and Dante Maddox Jr. (15.8, ninth) 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 Jan. 9. Ball State’s matchup on Jan. 13, Toledo, won the MAC regular season crown in 2022-23.

BANKING ON BASHEER: Jihad leads the team in scoring, rebounding (7.4 per game) and field goal percentage (48.2) 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 on Saturday against Miami (29 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 (4.7 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 while already establishing his career high for single season assists, rebounds and steals. 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 (82), rebounds (58), assists (15), blocks (17) and steals (four) in a season through the schedule’s first 18 games while shooting an impressive 85.7 percent at the free throw line. The big man has seen increased playing time over his last 13 contests, averaging 20.5 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 (894) boasts the most career points in NCAA Division I on the current roster.

Up Next

The Cardinals host Northern Illinois at 2 p.m. on Saturday in their first of two straight home games.

INDIANA STATE FOOTBALL

SCHEDULE UPDATE ANNOUNCED FOR THE START OF THE 2024 SEASON

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State’s football schedule to open the 2024 season has been adjusted as the Sycamores’ first two games against Eastern Illinois and Purdue were swapped following conversations with both institutions.

The Sycamores will now travel to Purdue for the opener on August 31 as ISU makes the trip to West Lafayette, Ind. and Ross-Ade Stadium continuing a scheduling agreement between the two programs through 2026.

ISU’s week two opponent will be Eastern Illinois as the Sycamores travel to Charleston, Ill., continuing a non-conference scheduling agreement running through the 2026 season.

The new 2024 schedule is listed below:

2024 Indiana State Football Schedule

Aug. 31 – at Purdue

Sept. 7 – at Eastern Illinois

Sept. 14- vs. Dayton

Sept. 28 – vs. Houston Christian

Oct. 5 – at Youngstown State*

Oct. 12 – vs. Murray State*

Oct. 19 – at Missouri State*

Oct. 26 – vs. Southern Illinois*

Nov. 2 – vs. North Dakota*

Nov. 9 – at South Dakota*

Nov. 16 – vs. Illinois State*

Nov. 24 – at Northern Iowa*

The Sycamores will announce their spring practice schedule at a later date.

AVILA EARNS FIRST MVC PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Indiana State men’s basketball sophomore Robbie Avila has been named the Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Week, announced by the league on Monday. This is Avila’s first weekly honor in his ISU campaign.

Robbie Avila powered the Sycamore offense to a 2-0 week in the Missouri Valley. The 6-10 center averaged 22.0 PPG, 8.5 RPG, and 4.5 AST/G. For the week, he finished 16-for-27 (59.3%) from the field, including shooting 5-for-10 from deep and converting on 7-for-8 from the free throw line.

In game one, Avila recorded a double-double with 24 points and 10 rebounds, shooting 9-for-15 from the field with three triples, and he recorded a team-high four assists. The sophomore accounted for the first nine points of the Sycamores’ 11 to open the game. Six of the nine came from the paint and the final three from the free throw line. He then scored five points of ISU’s 7-0 run to close out the first half to take a 14-point lead into the break. This game marked Avila’s second-straight double-double.

In game two, Avila led the offense with 20 points on 7-for-12 shooting from the floor, knocking down 2-of-3 from behind the arc and going perfect at the free throw line, 4-for-4. He added seven rebounds and a game-high five assists. Avila recorded 18 of his 20 points all in the second half. He was a key contributor to ISU’s 17-2 stretch in the second half that broke the game open for the Sycamores, scoring seven points off back-to-back layups and draining a triple. He then sealed the victory in the final three minutes of the game by knocked down a three with 2:56 remaining, then scoring six points in the last 1:07, converting on all four free-throw attempts to lead Indiana State to the 72-63 victory.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE BASKETBALL

BARBASOL HORIZON LEAGUE BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS TICKETS ON SALE NOW

INDIANAPOLIS (January 22, 2024) – Tickets for the 2024 Barbasol Horizon League Basketball Championships taking place in Indianapolis March 11-12 at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum are now on sale. Tickets for the men’s and women’s semifinals and championship games are available for purchase at HorizonLeague.comTicketmaster, or by heading to the Indiana Farmers Coliseum Box Office at 1202 E. 38th St. Indianapolis, IN 46205.

Why this matters: After another record-setting attendance mark at the 2023 edition of the Barbasol Horizon League Basketball Championships, momentum is building for this year’s event which promises to deliver major experiences to participants and fans alike as two automatic bids to the NCAA Tournaments are on the line.

Tickets for the semifinals and championship games start at only $15. Fans are also encouraged to explore the “Four Pack” which provides four general admission single-session tickets, free parking and $20 in concessions cash for $65 ($110 value). Courtside seats and enhanced reserved seating options are available, too.

Dig deeper:
Eight teams – four men and four women – will advance to Indianapolis as #MarchStartsHere. First round and quarterfinal round games will occur at campus sites on March 5 and 7.

-Each host school will announce their ticketing plans as matchups are set at the end of the regular season. Students of Horizon League schools, with a current student ID, may obtain a $10 student ticket at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum box office.

-It’s more than the games in Indy as amplifying events are making a major impact. Join us at the Valeo Fan Zone just steps from the Indiana Farmers Coliseum between sessions to enjoy interactive games and activities along with food and beverage. Additionally, Anthem School Day returns for the women’s championship game as upwards of 3,000 Indianapolis-area students are expected to pack the Coliseum. Additional amplifying events will be announced soon.

-For complete information on the 2024 Barbasol Horizon League Basketball Championships go to HorizonLeague.com/Indy or follow @HorizonLeague on social media. For information on group tickets or how to get involved, contact Kelley Ford via email – kford@horizonleague.org.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

MASTODON WBB STEPS OUT OF LEAGUE PLAY FOR GAME AT CHICAGO STATE

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Purdue Fort Wayne women’s basketball will take a break from their Horizon League schedule to play at Chicago State on Tuesday (Jan. 22)

Game Day Information

Who: Chicago State Cougars

When: Tuesday, January 23 | 8 PM ET

Where: Chicago, Ill. | Jones Convocation Center

Live Stats: Link

Watch: YouTube

Game Notes: Purdue Fort Wayne | Chicago State | Horizon League

Know Your Foe

Chicago State is 1-23 this season with the Cougars’ one win coming over Kuyper, a 105-37 victory. The Cougars are an elite blocking team, averaging 5.2 per game for a top-20 mark nationally. Josie Hill is leading the country with 69 blocks this season. She adds 8.9 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. Jacia Cunningham is leading the team with 13.6 points per game.

The Series

The Mastodons are 6-1 against Chicago State and the ‘Dons have won the last four. Purdue Fort Wayne won last year’s meeting 86-52 behind 21 points and eight rebounds from Amellia Bromenschenkel. She was 9-for-14 from the floor and 3-for-6 from 3-point range.

Halfway Home

At the halfway mark of Horizon League play, Purdue Fort Wayne is 6-4 in the league. It is their best start to league play through 10 games since the 2010-11 season.

Let’s No Bobby Mo

Purdue Fort Wayne held Robert Morris to 36 points in their game on January 20. That was the fewest any opposing Division I team has scored against the Mastodons in program history.

Money Millie

Over the last 11 games, Amellia Bromenschenkel has scored in double-figures 10 times. In that stretch, she is averaging 13.0 points and 6.1 rebounds per game while shooting 46.5 percent from the floor (54-of-116), 37.2 percent from 3-point land (16-of-43) and 79.2 percent from the free throw line (19-of-24).

Smooth Jazz

At Cleveland State on January 13, Jazzlyn Linbo had a career-best 20 points and matched her season-high with 12 rebounds. She was 6-of-12 from the floor and 8-of-9 from the free throw line.

Double-Double Vision

In the Mastodons’ game at Cleveland State, Jazzlyn Linbo and Amellia Bromenschenkel had double-doubles. Linbo had a line of 20 points and 12 rebounds, while Bromenschenkel had 12 points and 11 boards. It was the first time that two Mastodons had double-doubles since Shayla Sellers and Ryin Ott did against UIC in 2021.

How Many Ways Can We Say We Like Threes?

The Mastodons have made 10 3-pointers in eight games this season. In the Division I era (2001-present), the Mastodons have hit double-digits 3-pointers eight times in six seasons, including 2023-24. The most games of 10+ triples came in 2013-14, when the ‘Dons had 14 such games.

2023-24: 8 games

2022-23: 11 games

2014-15: 11 games

2013-14: 14 games

2009-10: 8 games

2008-09: 8 games

Coming In Hot

Over the last 11 games, Erin Woodson is 9-of-18 from 3-point range for 50.0 percent. She is also 16-of-20 from the charity stripe in that stretch.

Last Time Out

Purdue Fort Wayne blew out Robert Morris on Saturday (Jan. 20). The Colonials’ 36 points were the fewest by a Division I team against the Mastodons in program history. Audra Emmerson scored a team-high 18 points.

Coming Up

Purdue Fort Wayne returns home to play Northern Kentucky in the Mastodons’ 17th annual Pink Out game. That game will tip off at 2 p.m. on Saturday (Jan. 27).

EVANSVILLE MEN’S BASKETBALL

ACES WRAP UP IOWA TRIP ON TUESDAY

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Game two of the road trip to Iowa is set for Tuesday when the University of Evansville men’s basketball team face UNI at the McLeod Center.  Tip is set for 7 p.m. CT with ESPN+ and the Purple Aces Radio Network having the coverage.

Last Time Out

– Following a pair of early lead changes, Drake took control with a first-half run that saw them score 20 points in a row before finishing with a 97-48 win in Des Moines on Saturday

– Yacine Toumi and Antonio Thomas registered 13 and 10 points, respectively

– Josh Hughes completed the game with 8 points

First Start

– Freshman Chuck Bailey III was in the starting lineup for the first time at Drake

– He recorded four of UE’s opening six points while grabbing four boards

– An efficient 5-for-7 shooting game saw him post 13 points in the win over Valpo

– Twelve of those points came in the second half as two late triples put UE in front

– Bailey missed the game at Cincinnati and struggled in the ensuing two games before erupting for 18 against the Braves; he connected on 10 of his 13 free throw tries, both career highs

Putting a Steak Together

– Over the last six games, Antonio Thomas has quietly averaged 9.5 points, including a 15-point effort against Missouri State

– He has recorded 7 or more points in 14 of the last 18 games including 27 in the win over UNI, his top Division I scoring effort

– He recorded 27 points on 8-of-11 shooting and a 9-for-10 effort from long range

– At Bellarmine, he made a run at a triple double with 9 points, 8 boards and 5 assists

– Thomas is 8th in the MVC with a season free throw mark of 82.5%; he has converted 31 of his last 36 attempts

Stat Sheet Consistency

– Yacine Toumi has been averaging close to a double-double over the last eight games, posting 11.8 points and 7.8 rebounds per game over that time

– Toumi has record double figures in scoring in 9 of the last 11 games

– He posted a career-best 12 boards versus Missouri State and is 8th in the MVC with a season mark of 6.6

– Toumi has averaged 12.4 points over the last 10 games (136 total pts) and recorded double-doubles against Tennessee Tech and Indiana State

– Toumi’s playing time has gone up – he played 28 minutes or under in each of the first 12 games but has played over 30 minutes in 5 of the last 7 contests

Scouting the Opponent

– Winners of four in a row and eight of their last nine, UNI enters Tuesday’s game with a record of 11-8 and 5-3 in the MVC

– After earning road victories at Murray State and Belmont, the Panthers picked up a 61-57 home win over Southern Illinois on Saturday

– Three players average double figures for UNI with Nate Heise and Bowen Born each checking in with 14.4 points per game

– Tytan Anderson checks in with 11.4 points and a team-best 6.1 rebounds per contest

VALPO MEN’S BASKETBALL

SCHWIEGER REPEATS AS MVC FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK

For the second straight week and third 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.

Schwieger averaged 15.5 points and 9.5 rebounds per game over two contests this week. He posted a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds on Wednesday at Evansville before turning in a 19-point, nine-rebound effort to lift Valpo to a come-from-behind win over UIC on Saturday at the Athletics-Recreation Center. Schwieger’s 19 points marked his highest total in league play this year, while he recorded eight or more rebounds for the fifth straight game, finishing one rebound shy of his third straight double-double. Schwieger went 9-for-9 at the free-throw line against the Flames, extending his streak to 15 straight made free throws. He became the first Valpo player since the 2017-18 season to go perfect at the foul line with at least nine attempts.

This is the fifth time a Beacon has captured an MVC weekly honor this season. Schwieger was previously named MVC Freshman of the Week on Nov. 27 and Jan. 15, 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 produced the program’s most MVC weekly awards since joining the conference.

UINDY WRESTLING

WRESTLING LANDS AT #9 IN LATEST NWCA COACHES’ POLL

MANHEIM, Pa. – The University of Indianapolis wrestling slid a spot in the NWCA Coaches’ poll from No. 8 to No. 9. Individually, the same Greyhounds remained ranked with Derek Blubaugh staying at No. 2 at 197 to lead UIndy.

Blubaugh’s rank is followed by Trey Sizemore who rose a spot to No. 5 at 174. Blake Mulkey stayed put at 141 just like Blubaugh, while Jackson Hoover dropped a spot at 149.

Outside the Hounds, McKendree slides in also at No. 9 while Upper Iowa at No. 15, for the Great Lakes Valley Conference representatives in the latest poll.

The next ranking will be released Feb. 22, prior to the NCAA Super Regionals occuring March 2 at six campus sites around the country.

The Hounds are back on the dual scene as they welcome in both Wabash, for a reserve dual, and GLVC-foe Drury on Friday Jan. 26. Action against Wabash is set to begin at 4:30 p.m. while the Hounds will battle Drury at 6 p.m., both are set to take place in the Ruth Lilly Fitness Center.

MARIAN TRACK

GINA BUTZ EARNS SECOND CAREER CROSSROADS LEAGUE FIELD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK

Jackson, Mich. – After earning a victory in the high jump on Friday, Marian’s Gina Butz has been named as the Crossroads League Field Athlete of the Week. Butz is Marian’s first field honoree of the season, as she earns the second honor in her career.

Gina Butz hit the NAIA A standard in the high jump for a second time this season, winning the event with a 1.68 meter height at Indiana Tech. Butz is the current No. 3 high jumper in the NAIA, and also placed fifth in her first career triple jump competition with a distance of 9.91 meters.

The Knights will be compete close to home this weekend, as they compete at the IUPUI Invite, hosted at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.

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 23, 1950 – NFL rule changes which according to the sportattic.com were unlimited free substitution was restored, opening the way for the era of two platoons and specialization in pro football such as offense, defensive and special team specialist.

January 23, 1953

January 23, 1953 – At the NFL owners meeting the successful sale of the franchise that would become the reincarnation of a Baltimore franchise took just over four weeks as Carroll Rosenbloom became the principal owner of the new Baltimore Colts and absorbed many of the defunct Dallas Texans team. (look back at the December 28 History headlines). Also decided at this meeting was that the NFL’s National & American conference would become Eastern & Western conferences.

January 23, 1978 – Tampa Stadium – At the NFL Pro Bowl the NFC squad edges out the AFC, 14-13. The game’s MVP was Chicago Bears running back Walter Peyton. According to the Tampa Sport History Blogspot the game was broadcast nationwide on ABC and called by the renowned “Monday Night Football” crew of Frank Gifford, “Dandy” Don Meredith and Howard Cosell.

January 23, 1983 – Miami’s Orange Bowl – The New York Jets in the early 1980s were a team built on speed. The worst thing that could have happened to a team of that nature is to have it rain for days on end on a southern Florida natural playing surface, and unfortunately for the Jets it did occur according to a News Day Article. The game has gone down in the annals of NFL history as the “Mud Bowl.”  The wet, muddy field negated the Jets significant speed and skill advantage and the Miami Dolphins benefitted as they blanked the New York Jets 14-0 in the AFC Championship Game to advance to the Super Bowl.

January 23, 1994 – Rich Stadium, Orchard Park, New York – The 1993 season’s AFC Championship game saw the passing offenses almost nullified by the defenses, Bills Running back Thurman Thomas thrived with 186 yards on the ground and 3 touchdowns as the Buffalo Bills beat the Kansas City Chiefs, 30-13 to advance to Super Bowl XXVIII.

January 23, 1994 – Texas Stadium, Irving – Dallas Cowboys punched their tickets into Super Bowl XXVIII to face the Buffalo Bills as they knocked off the San Francisco 49ers, 38-21 in the NFC Championship game.

January 23, 2000 – Alltel Stadium, Jacksonville – Some new names were found in the AFC Championship in the new millennium as the Tennessee Titans beat Jacksonville Jaguars, 33-14 per the Pro-Football-Reference.com. Titans Quarterback Steve McNair had almost as many yards rushing, 91 with three TDs as he did passing, 14 of 23 for 112 yards. With the victory Tennessee earned the right to play in Super Bowl XXXIV.

January 23, 2000 – A defensive battle ensued in the 1999 season’s NFC Championship game played at the Trans World Dome, St. Louis per the Pro-Football-Reference. The St. Louis Rams outscored the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 11-6 to advance to Super Bowl XXXIV to face the Titans.

January 23, 2005 – Heinz Field, Pittsburgh – The  New England Patriots ruined the party  for the Pittsburgh Steelers as they handily defeated them 41-27 in the AFC Championship game. Patriot wide out Deion Branch scored twice as New England won the Lamar Hunt Trophy.

https://www.pro-football-reference.com/boxscores/200501230pit.htm

January 23, 2005  The Philadelphia Eagles knocked around the Atlanta Falcons, 27-10 in the NFC Championship played at Lincoln Financial Field in Philly. Chad Lewis caught two Donovan McNabb passes to help the Eagles advance to Super Bowl XXXIX per the Pro-Football-Reference.

 January 23, 2011 – Heinz Field, Pittsburgh – The AFC Championship game had Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall ran 27 times for 121 yards and scored once to help the Pittsburgh Steelers overcome the New York Jets, 24-19 per an ESPN.com story. 

January 23, 2011 – The NFC Championship played at Soldier Field in Chicago was a matchup of two long time NFC North rivals. In the game for the right to play in the Super Bowl, it was the Green Bay Packers knocking out the Chicago Bears, 21-14.

Hall Of Fame Birthdays

January 23, 1935 – Throckmorton County, Texas – Oklahoma’s fantastic fullback, linebacker and center Jerry Tubbs was born. He enjoyed an11-year pro career as linebacker for the Chicago Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, and Dallas Cowboys.

January 23, 1936 – Jordan, Montana – Jerry Kramer the star guard of the University of Idaho was born. Jerry was a fourth round pick of the Green Bay Packers in the 1958 NFL Draft according to the Profootballhof.com website. Kramer was looked upon as the foundation of the Lombardi era’s Packers O-lines as his athletic skill and smarts made him a formidable challenge for any defender to get past. He was a starter in 6 NFL Championships and also two Super Bowls and the Packer only lost one time in those eight games! Jerry was named to the All-NFL  team 5 times in his 11 year Pro career and played in 3 Pro Bowls. This man had special skills that even empmoyed him as the Packers kicker in the 1962 and 63 season and even a little bit in his last year in the League. In fact his three field goals in the 1962 NFL Championship propelled Green Bay to victory over the Giants. In 2018 Jerry Kramer slipped on a brand new Gold Jacket and was enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. 

January 23, 1952 – East St. Louis, Illinois – Washington University of St Louis linebacker Shelby Jordan arrived into this life. According to the footballfoundation.org Shelby was a 6-foot-7, 270-pound beast, as he led WUSL in tackles for three consecutive seasons en route to being named a Kodak First Team All-American during his senior campaign. The National Football Foundation voters selected Shelby Jordan to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2013. After graduation Jordan went in the seventh round of the 1973 NFL Draft as he was picked by the Houston Oilers.  Eventually Shelby became a six-year starter with the New England Patriots at offensive tackle and later won Super Bowl XVIII with the Los Angeles Raiders.

January 23, 1971 – Savannah, Georgia – The great offensive lineman from the LSU Tigers, Kevin Mawae was born. Kevin Mawae played in the NFL for 16 seasons according to his Hall of Fame Bio on the Profootballhof.com website. He played in 8 Pro Bowls over that span and was on the 2000’s all decade teams as a center. Kevin was originally drafted in the second round of the 1994 NFL Draft by Seattle and played guard for the first two seasons in the League. He then changed to the position of Center where he thrived for the rest of his long career. He played 4 seasons with the Seahawks, 8 with the Jets and four final years as a member of the Tennessee Titans. The Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrined Kevin Mawae in the class of 2019.

NUMBERS IN SPORTS

9 – 22 – 13 – 6 – 7 – 15 – 3 – 63 – 18 – 4 – 34 – 24 – 23 – 11

January 23, 1934

January 23, 1934 – Murray Murdoch, Number 9 on the New York Rangers roster, played in his 400th straight NHL game on this date. The Rangers skated past the Ottawa Senators 5-2 in the game. Mr. Murdoch’s streak continued until he hit the milestone of 508 consecutive games.

January 23, 1959 – Elgin Baylor, who wore Number 22 for most of his NBA career, was voted as the Co-MVP of the NBA All-Star game with Forward Bob Pettit. Baylor who was the Rookie Strong Forward of the Minneapolis Lakers also wore the number 34 for a small segment of that season on the hardwoods in Minnesota.

January 23, 1965 – Do you think one player can make a difference? Led by newly acquired Wilt Chamberlain, wearing Number 13, the Sixers forced Boston Celtics’ center Number 6Bill Russell to miss all 14 of his shots as the 76ers cruised to a 104-100 victory.

January 23, 1968 – Joe Medwick, who wore Number 7  for the majority of his MLB career with the St Louis Cardinals was selected to enter the Baseball Hall of Fame on this date.

January 23, 1968 – 18th NBA All-Star Game, Madison Square Garden, NYC: East beats West, 144-124; MVP chosen for the game was none other than Philadelphia 76ers, PG, Number 15Hal Greer

January 23, 1972 – 22nd NFL Pro Bowl, LA Memorial Coliseum: AFC beats NFC, 26-13; MVPs chosen for their top notch play in the game were a pair of Kansas City Chiefs teammates, Place Kicker, Number 3, Jan Stenerud and Linebacker, Number 63Willie Lanier

January 23, 1973 – 23rd NBA All-Star Game, Chicago Stadium: East beats West, 104-84; MVP selected for the contest was Boston Celtics, C, Number 18,  Dave Cowens

January 23, 1975 – Former Pittsburgh Pirates slugger Number 4Ralph Kiner was honored with selection to the Baseball Hall of Fame

January 23, 1978 – NFL Pro Bowl, Tampa Stadium: NFC beats AFC, 14-13; MVP selected for the game was Chicago Bears, RB, Number 34, Walter Payton

January 23, 1979 – Former New York and San Francisco Giants  as well as New York Mets center fielder, Number 24, Willie Mays was elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

January 23, 1981 – New York Islanders star Number 22, Mike Bossy became the first in NHL history to score 50 goals in 50 games

January 23, 1998 – NBA legend, Chicago Bulls, Number 23, Michael Jordan scored in double figures for 800th consecutive game in a 100-98 OT win over New Jersey; adds 40 more double-figure scoring games to his NBA record before retiring for the second time (1998)

January 23, 2015 – Golden State Warriors guard Number 11Klay Thompson scored the most NBA points in a quarter (37) and most 3-pointers in a quarter (9) in Warrior’s 126-101 win over Sacramento Kings

January 23, 2018 – Cleveland Cavaliers Forward, Number 23, LeBron James became the 7th and youngest (33 years 24 days) to reach the 30,000 NBA point milestone during 114-102 loss to San Antonio Spurs

January 23, 2022 – Buffalo wide receiver Number 13,  Gabriel Davis scored an NFL playoff record 4 TDs in the Bills’ epic 42-36 overtime loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in their divisional-round playoff at Arrowhead Stadium

TV SPORTS TUESDAY

NBA REGULAR SEASONTIME ETTV
Denver at Indiana7:00pmALT
Bally Sports
New York at Brooklyn7:30pmTNT
YES
MSG
Utah at New Orleans8:00pmKJZZ
Bally Sports
Portland at Oklahoma City8:00pmROOT
Bally Sports
LA Lakers at LA Clippers10:00pmTNT
Spectrum
Bally Sports
NHL REGULAR SEASONTIME ETTV
Ottawa at Montreal7:00pmSportsnet
Dallas at Detroit7:00pmBally Sports
Tampa Bay at Philadelphia7:00pmBally Sports
NBCS-PHI
Vegas at NY Islanders7:30pmScripps
MSGSN
Washington at Minnesota8:00pmBally Sports
MNMT
St. Louis at Calgary9:00pmBally Sports
Sportsnet
Columbus at Edmonton9:00pmBally Sports
Sportsnet
Buffalo at Anaheim10:00pmESPN+
Hulu
NY Rangers at San Jose10:30pmMSG
NBCS-CA
MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALLTIME ETTV
Butler at Georgetown6:30pmFS1
Dayton at La Salle6:30pmESPN+
Texas at Oklahoma7:00pmESPN
Wisconsin at Minnesota7:00pmBTN
Pitt at Georgia Tech7:00pmESPNU
Kentucky at South Carolina7:00pmSECN
Duke at Louisville7:00pmACCN
Florida State at Syracuse7:00pmESPN2
Loyola Chicago at VCU7:00pmCBSSN
Saint Joseph’s at UMass7:00pmNESN
Ohio State at Nebraska7:00pmPeacock
West Virginia at UCF7:00pmESPN+
St. Bonaventure at Duquesne7:00pmESPN+
UAB at Charlotte7:00pmESPN+
Ball State at Buffalo7:00pmESPN+
Eastern Michigan at Western Michigan7:00pmESPN+
Kent State at Bowling Green7:00pmESPN+
Miami (OH) at Central Michigan7:00pmESPN+
Ohio at Akron7:00pmESPN+
Wells at Cornell7:00pmESPN+
Evansville at UNI8:00pmPanther Sports
Toledo at Northern Illinois8:00pmESPN+
Belmont at Illinois State8:00pmESPN+
Xavier at Creighton8:30pmFS1
TCU at Oklahoma State9:00pmESPNU
Missouri at Texas A&M9:00pmSECN
Boston College at Virginia Tech9:00pmACCN
Wyoming at San Diego State9:00pmCBSSN
Michigan at Purdue9:00pmPeacock
Houston at BYU9:00pmESPN+
Boise State at Fresno State10:30pmFS1
Air Force at UNLV11:00pmCBSSN
SOCCER MATCHESTIME ETTV
AFC Asian Cup: Syria vs India6:30amParamount+
AFC Asian Cup: Australia vs Uzbekistan6:30amParamount+
AFC Asian Cup: Hong Kong vs Palestine10:00amParamount+
AFC Asian Cup: Iran vs United Arab Emirates10:00amParamount+
Men’s Olympic Soccer Qualifying: Bolivia vs Brazil3:00pmFS2
England League Cup: Chelsea vs Middlesbrough3:00pmESPN+
Men’s Olympic Soccer Qualifying: Ecuador vs Venezuela6:00pmFS2
TENNISTIME ETTV
Australian Open3:00amESPN2

What to Watch: Tuesday, 1/23/23

COLLEGE BASKETBALLTIME ETTV
Texas at Oklahoma7:00pmESPN

The Oklahoma Sooners leads all time series 49-42 versus Texas Longhorns. Last time both teams met was in 2023 which Texas won 85-83 at home versus Oklahoma. Since 2016 the Longhorns are 7-3 overall and 3-2 at home versus the Sooners.

NBATIME ETTV
Denver at Indiana7:00pmALT
Bally Sports

The Denver Nuggets leads all time series 53-46 versus Indiana Pacers. Last season the Nuggets lead regular season series 2-0 versus the Pacers. Indiana is 30-20 all time at home versus Denver. The Nuggets are 1-0 versus the Pacers in the 2023-24 regular season.

LA Lakers at LA Clippers10:00pmNBCS-BOS
Bally Sports

The Los Angeles Lakers leads all time series 152-85 versus Los Angeles Clippers. Last season the Clippers lead regular season series 4-0 versus the Lakers. Los Angeles Clippers is 51-68 all time at home versus Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers are 2-0 versus the Clippers in the 2023-24 regular season.

NHLTIME ETTV
Dallas at Detroit7:00pmBally Sports

The Dallas Stars leads all time series 132-128-34 versus Detroit Red Wings. Last season the Stars lead regular season series 2-0 versus the Red Wings. Detroit is 68-51-16 all time at home versus Dallas. The Stars are 1-0 versus the Red Wings in the 2023-24 regular season.