SECTIONAL BASKETBALL TUESDAY

LAKE CENTRAL SECTIONAL

LAKE CENTRAL (10-13) AT HAMMOND MORTON (10-13)

PORTAGE SECTIONAL

HOBART (8-14) AT PORTAGE (15-8)

PLYMOUTH SECTIONAL

MISHAWAKA (13-9) VS. MICHIGAN CITY (14-8)

SOUTH BEND ADAMS (11-12) VS. SOUTH BEND RILEY (11-11)

ELKHART SECTIONAL

WARSAW (16-7) VS. PENN (20-2)

CONCORD (11-10) AT ELKHART (6-16)

DEKALB SECTIONAL

FORT WAYNE SNIDER (15-7) VS. FORT WAYNE NORTH (10-10)

EAST NOBLE (10-12) VS. FORT WAYNE NORTHROP (12-10)

HUNTINGTON SECTIONAL

HUNTINGTON NORTH (14-9) AT HOMESTEAD (19-5)

FORT WAYNE SOUTH (12-10) VS. COLUMBIA CITY (17-5)

LOGANSPORT SECTIONAL

LAFAYETTE JEFF (19-4) VS. MCCUTCHEON (7-14)

MARION (8-13) VS. HARRISON (WEST LAFAYETTE) (17-6)

NOBLESVILLE SECTIONAL

ZIONSVILLE (14-7) AT NOBLESVILLE (12-10)

WESTFIELD (18-6) VS. FISHERS (21-2)

GREENFIELD SECTIONAL

MUNCIE CENTRAL (4-18) VS. NEW PALESTINE (17-6)

NORTH CENTRAL SECTIONAL

LAWRENCE NORTH (15-6) VS. INDIANAPOLIS ATTUCKS (13-10)

BEN DAVIS SECTIONAL

SOUTHPORT (12-11) VS. PIKE (14-8)

INDIANAPOLIS RONCALLI (7-14) AT BEN DAVIS (18-6)

TH NORTH SECTIONAL

TERRE HAUTE NORTH (20-4) AT MOORESVILLE (13-7)

PLAINFIELD (12-10) VS. TERRE HAUTE SOUTH (4-19)

GREENWOOD SECTIONAL

SHELBYVILLE (5-17) VS. FRANKLIN (8-14)

GREENWOOD (9-13) AT FRANKLIN CENTRAL (8-13)

MARTINSVILLE SECTIONAL

COLUMBUS EAST (7-14) VS. BLOOMINGTON NORTH (19-3)

BLOOMINGTON SOUTH (17-7) AT MARTINSVILLE (7-16)

SEYMOUR SECTIONAL

JEFFERSONVILLE (7-11) VS. BEDFORD NORTH LAWRENCE (11-11)

FLOYD CENTRAL (17-4) VS. JENNINGS COUNTY (14-8)

NORTH SECTIONAL

EVANSVILLE REITZ (11-9) VS. EVANSVILLE CENTRAL (8-14)

JASPER (18-4) AT EVANSVILLE NORTH (13-10)

HANOVER SECTIONAL

LIGHTHOUSE CPA (5-12) VS. GRIFFITH (3-17)

KANK. VALLEY SECTIONAL

CULVER ACADEMY (15-7) AT KANKAKEE VALLEY (16-7)

MARIAN SECTIONAL

SOUTH BEND CLAY (7-15) VS. JIMTOWN (7-15)

SOUTH BEND WASHINGTON (15-9) VS. JOHN GLENN (22-1)

MACONAQUAH SECTIONAL

BENTON CENTRAL (13-10) VS. WEST LAFAYETTE (5-18)

WAWASEE SECTIONAL

TIPPECANOE VALLEY (13-9) VS. WEST NOBLE (14-8)

GARRETT SECTIONAL

LEO (16-5) VS. ANGOLA (7-15)

NORWELL SECTIONAL

HERITAGE (5-17) AT NORWELL (19-4)

JH PREDICTION: NORWELL, 71-41.

BELLMONT (12-10) VS. MISSISSINEWA (9-13)

NEW CASTLE SECTIONAL

NEW CASTLE (17-4) AT JAY COUNTY (19-4)

YORKTOWN (7-14) VS. DELTA (12-11)

FRANKFORT SECTIONAL

CRAWFORDSVILLE (17-5) VS. TRI-WEST (13-9)

EDGEWOOD SECTIONAL

EDGEWOOD (11-13) AT SOUTH VERMILLION (12-12)

LEBANON SECTIONAL

INDIANAPOLIS SHORTRIDGE (3-18) VS. BREBEUF JESUIT (15-7)

CHRISTEL HOUSE MANUAL (12-9) VS. INDIANAPOLIS CHATARD (15-7)

SPEEDWAY SECTIONAL

BEECH GROVE (15-6) VS. INDIANAPOLIS HERRON (10-12)

INDIAN CREEK (5-16) VS. INDIANAPOLIS WASHINGTON (16-8)

CONNERSVILLE SECTIONAL

RUSHVILLE (5-17) VS. LAWRENCEBURG (17-7)

SALEM SECTIONAL

NORTH HARRISON (16-3) VS. CHARLESTOWN (8-14)

PRINCETON SECTIONAL

PRINCETON (3-20) AT PIKE CENTRAL (9-12)

BOONVILLE SECTIONAL

GIBSON SOUTHERN (10-11) VS. HERITAGE HILLS (14-9)

EVANSVILLE BOSSE (14-9) VS. MOUNT VERNON (POSEY) (10-13)

NORTH JUDSON SECTIONAL

WESTVILLE (14-8) VS. BOONE GROVE (15-7)

WESTVIEW SECTIONAL

CHURUBUSCO (3-19) VS. CENTRAL NOBLE (22-2)

BLUFFTON SECTIONAL

SOUTH ADAMS (5-17) VS. WHITKO (9-13)

MANCHESTER (10-12) VS. FORT WAYNE BLACKHAWK (19-4)

WINAMAC SECTIONAL

ROCHESTER (9-12) VS. LEWIS CASS (11-11)

DELPHI (3-19) AT WINAMAC (8-13)

WESTERN BOONE SECTIONAL

WESTERN BOONE (8-12) AT CLINTON PRAIRIE (19-4)

FOUNTAIN CENTRAL (13-12) VS. SEEGER (8-12)

TIPTON SECTIONAL

MADISON-GRANT (12-10) VS. BLACKFORD (8-14)

TIPTON (14-6) AT TAYLOR (12-9)

ALEXANDRIA SECTIONAL

ALEXANDRIA (6-16) AT LAPEL (11-11)

HAGERSTOWN SECTIONAL

SHENANDOAH (12-10) VS. NORTHEASTERN (17-5)

KNIGHTSTOWN (6-15) AT HAGERSTOWN (6-17)

PARK TUDOR SECTIONAL

PARK TUDOR (14-6) AT HERITAGE CHRISTIAN (10-11)

INDIANAPOLIS SCECINA (12-10) VS. COVENANT CHRISTIAN (11-12)

SOUTH PUTNAM SECTIONAL

CLOVERDALE (11-12) VS. PARKE HERITAGE (14-9)

SOUTH RIPLEY SECTIONAL

MILAN (2-18) VS. NORTH DECATUR (12-10)

SOUTHWESTERN SECTIONAL

SWITZERLAND COUNTY (10-13) VS. AUSTIN (6-14)

SOUTHWESTERN (HANOVER) (15-7) AT HENRYVILLE (8-14)

TELL CITY SECTIONAL

PAOLI (13-9) VS. CRAWFORD COUNTY (3-19)

NORTH KNOX SECTIONAL

NORTH KNOX (13-9) AT EASTERN GREENE (6-16)

SOUTHRIDGE SECTIONAL

SOUTHRIDGE (12-11) AT NORTH POSEY (14-6)

FOREST PARK (11-10) VS. TECUMSEH (7-15)

KOUTS SECTIONAL

KOUTS (13-10) AT MORGAN TWP. (16-5)

TRITON SECTIONAL

WEST CENTRAL (4-17) VS. ARGOS (15-5)

FREMONT SECTIONAL

HAMILTON (0-21) AT FREMONT (14-8)

TRI-COUNTY (4-15) AT NORTH WHITE (18-3)

FRONTIER (6-16) VS. PIONEER (7-15)

SOUTHERN WELLS SECTIONAL

NORTHFIELD (5-17) VS. SOUTHWOOD (11-11)

SMITH ACADEMY (5-16) VS. LAKELAND CHRISTIAN (13-10)

ATTICA SECTIONAL

FAITH CHRISTIAN (10-10) AT ATTICA (0-21)

CLINTON CENTRAL (8-14) VS. LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC (14-9)

LIBERTY CHRISTIAN (14-9) VS. TRI-CENTRAL (13-8)

DALEVILLE (12-9) VS. ANDERSON PREP ACADEMY (1-20)

BLUE RIVER SECTIONAL

BLUE RIVER (12-10) AT UNION CITY (6-16)

RANDOLPH SOUTHERN (11-12) VS. SETON CATHOLIC (15-8)

WRV SECTIONAL

BLOOMFIELD (17-6) VS. SHAKAMAK (14-9)

BETHESDA SECTIONAL

TRADERS POINT CHRISTIAN (11-12) VS. INDIANA DEAF (8-14)

LUTHERAN SECTIONAL

PROVIDENCE CRISTO REY (0-21) VS. GREENWOOD CHRISTIAN (15-9)

CENTRAL CHRISTIAN (16-8) AT INDIANAPOLIS LUTHERAN (15-5)

SOUTHWESTERN SECTIONAL

RISING SUN (9-13) VS. JAC-CEN-DEL (17-5)

BORDEN SECTIONAL

ROCK CREEK ACADEMY (13-8) VS. NEW WASHINGTON (6-17)

CHRISTIAN ACADEMY (10-13) VS. LANESVILLE (6-17)

EDINBURGH SECTIONAL

SHAWE MEMORIAL (8-12) VS. WEST WASHINGTON (9-13)

TRINITY LUTHERAN (9-14) AT EDINBURGH (19-3)

LOOGOOTEE SECTIONAL

NORTH DAVIESS (20-3) VS. WASHINGTON CATHOLIC (0-19)

ORLEANS (16-7) AT LOOGOOTEE (18-5)

SPRINGS VALLEY SECTIONAL

VINCENNES RIVET (3-12) VS. CANNELTON (4-19)

SPRINGS VALLEY (19-3) AT WOOD MEMORIAL (3-19)

INDIANAPOLIS BOYS BASKETBALL ALL-CITY TEAMS

FIRST TEAM

TAYSHAWN COMER, CATHEDRAL, SR. (PLAYER OF YEAR)

REGGIE BASS, TECH, SR.

MYLES COLVIN, HERITAGE CHRISTIAN, JR.

CHRISTIAN NUNN, CRISPUS ATTUCKS, SR.

AARON HUMPHREY, TINDLEY, SR.

SECOND TEAM

A.J. ROSEMAN, BISHOP CHATARD, SR.

BROCK BUCKLEY, COVENANT CHRISTIAN, SR.

JORDAN TURNER, CARDINAL RITTER, SR.

DAYVEON TURNER, TECH, SR.

AMMON BURNS, WASHINGTON, SR.

THIRD TEAM

JAXON EDWARDS, CATHEDRAL, SR.

JARON TIBBS, CATHEDRAL, JR.

XAVIER BOOKER, CATHEDRAL, SR.

RASHEED JONES, TECH, SR.

TENDO MUBUUKE, HERRON, SR.

HONORABLE MENTION

BISHOP CHATARD: CARTER ST. JOHN

TINDLEY: JAYDEN PINKSTON

CHRISTEL HOUSE MANUAL: DONOVAN PRUITT

CRISPUS ATTUCKS: LATRELL WILLIAMS; DESMOND BRISCOE

PROVIDENCE CRISTO REY: BJ JOHNSON

PURDUE POLY: JUSHAUN PRIMUS

WASHINGTON: JAMES HOLDER; ERRIC HICKENBOTTOM; TRAVIS BALANCE

SCECINA: LAYTON ADAIR; KEATON THIBO

SHORTRIDGE: ETHAN POWELL; ELIAS DIALLO

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL POLL

ASSOCIATED PRESS

  1. GONZAGA
  2. ARIZONA
  3. BAYLOR
  4. DUKE
  5. AUBURN
  6. KANSAS
  7. KENTUCKY
  8. PURDUE
  9. PROVIDENCE
  10. WISCONSIN
  11. VILLANOVA
  12. TEXAS TECH
  13. TENNESSEE
  14. ARKANSAS
  15. HOUSTON
  16. USC
  17. UCLA
  18. UCONN
  19. ST. MARY’S
  20. ILLINOIS
  21. TEXAS
  22. MURRAY STATE
  23. OHIO STATE
  24. IOWA
  25. ALABAMA

ALSO RECEIVING VOTES: BOISE STATE, DAVIDSON, COLORADO STATE, SOUTH DAKOTA STATE, NOTRE DAME, LSU, MICHIGAN STATE, SAN DIEGO STATE, MARQUETTE, IOWA STATE, NORTH TEXAS, VERMONT, NORTHERN IOWA

MEN’S COLLEGE COACHES POLL

  1. GONZAGA
  2. DUKE
  3. ARIZONA
  4. BAYLOR
  5. AUBURN
  6. KENTUCKY
  7. KANSAS
  8. PROVIDENCE
  9. PURDUE
  10. WISCONSIN
  11. VILLANOVA
  12. TEXAS TECH
  13. TENNESSEE
  14. HOUSTON
  15. ARKANSAS
  16. USC
  17. ILLINOIS
  18. UCLA
  19. UCONN
  20. ST. MARY’S
  21. TEXAS
  22. MURRAY STATE
  23. OHIO STATE
  24. ALABAMA
  25. MICHIGAN STATE/IOWA

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: COLORADO STATE, BOISE STATE, NOTRE DAME, MARQUETTE, WAKE FOREST, WYOMING, SETON HALL, NORTH TEXAS, SAN FRANCISCO, NORTH CAROLINA, IOWA STATE, CREIGHTON, SOUTH DAKOTA STATE, MIAMI, FLORIDA, SAN DIEGO STATE.

ASSOCIATED PRESS WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL POLL

  1. SOUTH CAROLINA
  2. STANFORD
  3. NORTH CAROLINA STATE
  4. LOUISVILLE
  5. BAYLOR
  6. LSU
  7. UCONN
  8. IOWA STATE
  9. TEXAS
  10. MICHIGAN
  11. MARYLAND
  12. IOWA
  13. OHIO STATE
  14. ARIZONA
  15. INDIANA
  16. NORTH CAROLINA
  17. BYU
  18. TENNESSEE
  19. OKLAHOMA
  20. NOTRE DAME
  21. VIRGINIA TECH
  22. FLORIDA GULF COAST
  23. FLORIDA
  24. GEORGIA
  25. GEORGIA TECH

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: PRINCETON, CENTRAL FLORIDA, VILLANOVA, TOLEDO, OREGON, WASHINGTON STATE, DAYTON, COLORADO, KANSAS STATE, OLE MISS, KANSAS, SOUTH DAKOTA STATE.

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

#3 BAYLOR 68 #21 TEXAS 61

#12 TEXAS TECH 73 KANSAS STATE 68

#17 UCLA 77 WASHINGTON 66

#24 IOWA 82 NORTHWESTERN 61

NORTH CAROLINA 88 SYRACUSE 79 OT

SAN DIEGO STATE 73 WYOMING 66

WASHINGTON STATE 103 OREGON STATE 97 OT

STATE 71 NEW MEXICO 68

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

#5 BAYLOR 87 IOWA STATE 62

NBA SCOREBOARD

MINNESOTA 127 CLEVELAND 122

ORLANDO 119 INDIANA 103

MIAMI 112 CHICAGO 99

TORONTO 133 BROOKLYN 97

MILWAUKEE 130 CHARLOTTE 106

SACRAMENTO 131 OKLAHOMA CITY 110

MEMPHIS 118 SAN ANTONIO 105

NHL SCOREBOARD

NEW JERSEY 7 VANCOUVER 2

TORONTO 5 WASHINGTON 3

BOSTON 7 LOS ANGELES 0

TOP NATIONAL SPORTS NEWS/RELEASES

Derek Jeter leaves post as Miami Marlins’ CEO, shareholder

MIAMI (AP) Derek Jeter went into the offseason talking about the Miami Marlins spending more money on contracts, figuring out ways to contend and continuing to build for the future.

His focus – or the Marlins’ focus – apparently has changed since.

And now, the Hall of Fame player has left the organization, both as its CEO and a shareholder.

Jeter announced a surprise departure from the Miami Marlins on Monday after 4 1/2 mostly unsuccessful years that didn’t come remotely close to matching his success as a player for the New York Yankees. The Marlins had the fourth-worst record in baseball over Jeter’s four seasons, making the playoffs only in 2020 when more than half of the MLB’s 30 teams qualified in the pandemic-affected year.

“Through hard work, trust and accountability, we transformed every aspect of the franchise, reshaping the workforce and developing a long-term strategic plan for success,” the 47-year-old Jeter said in a statement released through PR Newswire rather than the Marlins. “That said, the vision for the future of the franchise is different than the one I signed up to lead.”

What that meant wasn’t exactly clear, though Jeter – who wasn’t physically around the team on a day-to-day basis – previously said he had trouble remaining patient in his quest to make the Marlins a winner.

“We have a deep bench of talent that will oversee both business and baseball decisions while we work to identify a new CEO to lead our franchise,” said Bruce Sherman, the Marlins’ principal owner, in another statement released through a public relations firm and not by the team itself.

In the short term, it would seem likely that more of the leadership role will fall on Kim Ng – the general manager who Jeter brought to Miami in 2020 and made her the first female GM in a major professional sport in North America.

Jeter became CEO of the Marlins in September 2017 – and baseball’s first Black CEO – when Sherman bought the team from Jeffrey Loria.

A five-time World Series champion during a playing career spent entirely with the Yankees from 1995-2014, Jeter was elected to baseball’s Hall of Fame in 2020.

Miami went 218-327 during his four seasons at the helm, finishing with a winning record only once at 31-29 in the pandemic-shortened 2020 season. In the full seasons under Jeter, the Marlins went 63-98, 57-105 and 67-95.

While the Yankees are among baseball’s highest spenders, Miami was 27th among the 30 teams in payroll last year at $61 million. Jeter said in October that he was hopeful that would change, after the Marlins’ revenue streams improved over the last year or so, given a new local television deal and a new naming rights agreement for the team’s ballpark.

Marlins shortstop Miguel Rojas, the clubhouse leader, lauded Jeter’s integrity.

“Derek was a great mentor to me and (helped) me to be a leader,” Rojas tweeted. “This is what leaders do.”

Jeter, a shortstop during his playing career, was a 14-time All-Star and the 1996 AL rookie of the year. His 3,465 hits still rank sixth-best on baseball’s all-time list behind Pete Rose, Ty Cobb, Hank Aaron, Stan Musial and Tris Speaker.

And when the playing days ended, his desire to run a team was clear. Jeter was part of the group that won the right in August 2017 to buy the Marlins, a $1.2 billion deal that became official about two months later. Jeter had a 4% stake in the purchase, coming on board as the CEO and overseeing baseball operations.

He said he was proud to have put his “name and reputation” on the line in an effort to rebuild the Marlins. Jeter’s departure came as Major League Baseball and its players were working under a Monday deadline to salvage a March 31 start to the regular season and a 162-game schedule, with talks happening – ironically – at the spring training home the Marlins share with the St. Louis Cardinals.

“My family and I would like to thank our incredible staff, Marlins fans, Marlins players, and the greater Miami community for welcoming us with open arms and making us feel at home,” Jeter said. “The organization is stronger today than it was five years ago, and I am thankful and grateful to have been a part of this team.”

Jeter played a key role in the Marlins signing former All-Star outfielder Avisail Garcia to a four-year, $53 million contract in December, just before the MLB lockout began. The Marlins also locked up ace right-hander Sandy Alcantara on a five-year, $56 million deal, and brought back Rojas on a two-year, $10 million contract.

Garcia was the last Marlins’ big splash before the lockout began. Jeter said he went to breakfast with Garcia when the team was deciding whether to go forward, because he wanted the outfielder to convince him personally that he wanted to be part of the Marlins’ plans.

“I’ve dealt with a lot of people in my life and I think I’m a pretty good judge of character in terms of when someone’s telling me the truth or not, and you could see in his eye he was excited at the possibility of coming here,” Jeter said that day, after sharing the stage with Sherman at the signing announcement. “That’s what you want to hear.”

He spoke at length that day about the Marlins’ hopes for the future.

Roughly three months later, that future no longer includes Jeter.

“I thank Derek for his service to the Marlins, the communities of Miami and the game,” MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said. “Derek is a winner on and off the field … a pillar of our game and we look forward to his future contributions to baseball.”

MLB labor talks go past midnight amid opening day deadline

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) Locked-out players and Major League Baseball engaged in a series of intense meetings that stretched into early Tuesday morning as they attempted to forge the path to a labor deal before management’s deadline for salvaging opening day on March 31.

In talks that began Monday, the sides met for a 12th time in a session that started after 1 a.m. as the lockout reached its 90th day. They made progress toward an agreement but remained very far apart on key issues.

Commissioner Rob Manfred met with the union twice – once more than he had previously since the lockout started Dec. 2. After months of talks in fits and starts, the sides shifted into possible deal-making mode.

“We’re working at it,” Manfred said around 6 p.m. after his second session of the day with the union.

Deputy commissioner Dan Halem and executive vice president Morgan Sword were key figures in the meetings. Some sessions lasted mere minutes and also included senior vice president Pat Houlihan.

Negotiations went into a ninth straight day after the league and players met just six times on core economics during the first 2 1/2 months of the lockout. They have laid out their positions to each other in detail, both agreeing to funnel more money to young players but entering the day far apart on many economic terms.

Manfred said a deal had to be reached by Monday to maintain four weeks of spring training ahead of a 162-game schedule. MLB has not fixed an exact time to the deadline, which led to the possibility of bargaining sessions stretching into the wee hours if both sides sensed an agreement within reach.

The union has not said whether it agrees with the deadline, and baseball has shortened spring training to as few as three weeks in the past.

Emotions became more heated as the sides pressed for each other’s bottom line. Philadelphia star Bryce Harper posted a photo on Instagram altered to show him in a Japanese baseball uniform with the words: “Yomiuri Giants you up? Got some time to kill.”

Yankees pitcher Jameson Taillon, who attended negotiations last week, tweeted: “Players are used to their ‘threats.’ Owners actions have made it clear all along that they have a set (hash) of games where they still make profits/get TV money. They don’t want to play. It’s sad that these are the guys who drive the direction and ‘future’ of our amazing sport.”

The sides arrived at 10 a.m., three hours earlier than previous days, at Roger Dean Stadium, the vacant spring training home of the Miami Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals.

Mets pitcher Max Scherzer and free agent reliever Andrew Miler were the only players on hand. Halem, Sword and Colorado Rockies CEO Dick Monfort also took part in the talks.

Players would lose $20.5 million in salary for each day of the season that is canceled, according to a study by The Associated Press, and the 30 teams would lose large sums that are harder to pin down.

Spring training games were to have begun Saturday, but baseball’s ninth work stoppage – and first since 1995 – already has led to exhibitions being canceled through March 7.

The most contentious proposals in dispute involve luxury tax thresholds and rates, the size of a new bonus pool for pre-arbitration players, minimum salaries, salary arbitration eligibility and the union’s desire to change the club revenue-sharing formula.

In addition, MLB has tied the elimination of direct free-agent compensation to players agreeing to higher luxury tax rates and still wants to expand the playoffs to 14 teams rather than the union’s preference for 12. MLB also has kept its proposal for an international amateur draft on the table.

Not since Aug. 30, 2002, has MLB come this close to losing regular-season games to labor strife. The union was set to strike at 3:20 p.m., but roughly 25 consecutive hours of meetings and caucuses culminated in an agreement at 11:45 a.m.

Bargaining has not had that type of frequency this year, but it has gained momentum since talks shifted from New York to Florida last week.

MLB has offered to raise the luxury tax threshold from $210 million last season to $214 million this year, increasing it to $220 million by 2026. Teams also want higher tax rates, which the union says would tend to act like a salary cap.

Players have asked for a $245 million threshold this year, rising to $273 million by the final season.

The union wants to expand arbitration to include the top 35% by service time of players with at least two seasons of major league service and less than three, up from the 22% cutoff in place since 2013.

The union proposed the pre-arbitration pool have $115 million distributed to 150 players, and management wants $20 million to be split among 30.

Russia suspended from international soccer over Ukraine war

GENEVA (AP) Russian teams were suspended Monday from all international soccer, including qualifying matches for the 2022 World Cup, as Moscow was pushed toward pariah status in sports for its invasion of Ukraine.

World soccer body FIFA and European authority UEFA banned Russian national and clubs teams from their competitions “until further notice.” Russia’s men’s national team had been scheduled to play in World Cup qualifying playoffs in just three weeks’ time.

“Football is fully united here and in full solidarity with all the people affected in Ukraine,” FIFA and UEFA said in a joint statement.

The high-level punishment involving sports and politics – something not seen for decades – came after the International Olympic Committee pushed dozens of sports governing bodies to exclude Russian athletes and officials from international events.

The IOC said this action was needed to “protect the integrity of global sports competitions and for the safety of all the participants.”

Denying Russia a place on the international stage could deliver a financial and psychological blow to the country, along with tarnishing its image as an elite sports powerhouse.

FIFA’s move excluded Russia from the World Cup ahead of qualifying playoff on March 24. Poland already had refused to play its scheduled game against Russia.

UEFA also took the last remaining Russians in European club competitions this season, Spartak Moscow, out of the second-tier Europa League. Spartak’s scheduled opponent on March 10 and 17, Leipzig of Germany, advances directly to the quarterfinals, UEFA said.

Russia now faces the kind of isolation suffered by Yugoslavian teams in 1992 after war broke out in the Balkans and by South African teams and athletes during the apartheid era of racial segregation and discrimination.

South Africa was suspended by FIFA in 1964 and expelled in 1976 over apartheid, then reinstated in 1992. Yugoslavia was dropped from the 1992 European Championship on short notice, a day after the U.N. approved sanctions against the war-torn country. It was barred from 1994 World Cup qualifying, before emerging as separate nations.

Decisions by FIFA and UEFA can typically be challenged on appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne.

“We reserve the right to challenge the decision of FIFA and UEFA in accordance with international sports law,” the Football Union of Russia said in a statement.

It was not immediately clear how the IOC’s request to sports bodies will affect Russian hockey players in the NHL and tennis players, including top-ranked Daniil Medvedev, in Grand Slam, ATP and WTA tournaments outside the authority of the International Tennis Federation.

The IOC also went directly after President Vladimir Putin, who turned the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics into a personal project. Putin’s golden Olympic Order, which was awarded in 2001, has been withdrawn, the IOC said in a statement.

The Olympic body’s call also applied to athletes and official from Belarus, which has abetted Russia’s invasion by allowing its territory to be used to station troops and launch military attacks.

The IOC said it acted “with a heavy heart,” but noted that the impact of war on Ukrainian sports and athletes who cannot now take part in competitions outweighed the potential damage done to athletes from Russia and Belarus.

It was not a total blanket ban by the IOC, which also did not specifically suspend the national Olympic committees of Russia and Belarus.

Where exclusion was “not possible on short notice for organizational or legal reasons,” then teams from Russia and Belarus should compete as neutral athletes with no national flag, anthem or symbols, including at the upcoming Winter Paralympics in Beijing, the IOC said.

Russian Olympic committee leader Stanislav Pozdnyakov said in a statement “there is only one comment to make — we categorically disagree,” adding it would help national federations to challenge “discriminatory rulings.”

Sports bodies across Europe already had moved against Russia on Monday by refusing to host or play against its teams.

Finland wants the Russian hockey team banned from the men’s world championships it will host in May, the Swiss soccer federation said its women’s team will not play Russia in July at the European Championship, and German soccer club Schalke said it had decided to end its longstanding partnership with Gazprom.

In the World Cup, Russia’s potential future opponents Sweden and the Czech Republic had joined Poland saying they would refuse to take the field. The World Cup is scheduled to begin Nov. 21 in Qatar.

FIFA had tried to compromise Sunday by suggesting Russia play at neutral venues without its flag and anthem and under the “Football Union of Russia” name.

That aligned with sanctions imposed by CAS in December 2020 to punish Russia for state-backed doping and cover-ups of cheating, and applied at last year’s Tokyo Olympics and this year’s Winter Games in Beijing.

Polish soccer federation president Cezary Kulesza said Sunday it was “totally unacceptable” that FIFA had not immediately expelled Russia from World Cup qualifying and said Poland is “not interested in participating in this game of appearances.”

Another future opponent, Albania, also said Sunday it would not play against Russia in any sports. Russia and Albania are scheduled to meet twice in June in the UEFA Nations League soccer tournament.

In hockey, the sport’s governing body has come under pressure from Finland and Switzerland to ban Russia and Belarus, both due to play at the world championships in May in Helsinki and Tampere.

Finnish Hockey Association chairman Harri Nummela said in a statement Monday it had talks with the Zurich-based IIHF to exclude the two countries from the sport internationally.

QB drama: Cardinals, Murray continue offseason squabble

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) For the Arizona Cardinals, one of the perks of Kyler Murray’s three years as the team’s franchise quarterback is an absence of off-the-field distractions or drama.

That’s changing in a hurry.

In a somewhat unexpected storyline early in the NFL offseason, Murray and the Cardinals have been engaged in a passive-aggressive public squabble after the team’s late-season fade ended in a 34-11 loss on the opening weekend of the NFL playoffs to the Los Angeles Rams on Jan. 17.

The latest salvo came early Monday morning. Murray’s agent Erik Burkhardt sent an all-caps statement to a few media outlets – including ESPN and the NFL Network – pushing for his quarterback to receive a lucrative long-term extension.

“Actions speak much louder than words in this volatile business,” the statement said. “It is now simply up to the Cardinals to decide if they prioritize their rapidly improving, 24-year-old, already 2x Pro Bowl QB, who led the organization from 3 wins before his arrival to 11 wins and their first playoff appearance in 5 years.”

If only it were that simple.

Murray’s contract calls for him to make more than $5 million in 2022, with a base salary of $965,000 and a $4.5 million roster bonus. Unless the current situation continues to deteriorate, the Cardinals are expected to pick up his fifth-year option for the 2023 season.

But Murray’s long-term future is still in flux. The No. 1 overall draft pick in 2019, who won the Heisman Trophy at Oklahoma, is seeking a contract extension that would pay him in the neighborhood of other young star quarterbacks, including Buffalo’s Josh Allen.

Burkhardt’s statement said that Murray’s contract request is “in-line with the current QB market.”

For comparison’s sake, Allen signed a six-year, $258 million deal with the Bills last year that includes $150 million guaranteed. Allen, though, has led Buffalo to some postseason victories, while Murray has not won a playoff game with Arizona.

Now it’s up to the Cardinals to decide if Murray is worth that kind of cash.

The notion that Murray and his employer would be on the outs seemed far-fetched just a few months ago, when the Cardinals won their first seven games and looked like a top Super Bowl contender. Murray was putting up big numbers and generating MVP talk.

Then, the collapse.

The Cardinals started 10-2 but then lost four of their last five, falling from the No. 1 overall seed in the NFC to the wild-card round, where they were unceremoniously dumped by a Rams team that went on to win the Super Bowl. Murray’s first playoff performance was an ugly one: 19 of 34 passing for 137 yards and two interceptions.

Sure, the Cardinals had a few bad breaks. Murray sprained his ankle midway through the season, causing him to miss three games and limit his mobility. Top receiver DeAndre Hopkins hurt his knee and missed the final four regular-season games and the playoff loss.

But there was little doubt the quarterback’s steady ascension into the NFL’s elite had hit a snag.

Then the offseason drama began. First, there were reports that Cardinals owner Michael Bidwill was upset with the team’s late-season collapse, which wasn’t particularly surprising. A few weeks later, Murray scrubbed his social media accounts of all references to the Cardinals, prompting speculation he was unhappy.

Murray eventually posted a message to social media that featured him in a Cardinals uniform. He wrote that “all of this nonsense is not what I’m about, never has been, never will be. Anyone who has ever stepped between those lines with me knows how hard I go. Love me or hate me but I’m going to continue to grow and get better.”

Unsurprisingly, that failed to quell speculation.

The Cardinals have undoubtedly improved since Murray came to Arizona, going from a 5-10-1 record in 2019 to 8-8 in 2020 and finally 11-6 in the most recent season. Murray was the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year and has made two Pro Bowls.

But Murray’s introverted, sometimes brooding personality isn’t typical for a quarterback. On a Phoenix radio show last week, Bidwill tried to clear the air and said he’s had “good conversations” with Murray.

“Put me in the category of I love him,” Bidwill said. “And I know he’s going to get better.”

Bucs to play in Germany, Packers in London this year

LONDON (AP) The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will play in the NFL’s first regular-season game in Germany this year and the Green Bay Packers are traveling abroad for the first time.

The league said Monday that the Bucs will host the inaugural game in Munich next season, although their opponents and the date for the game have yet to be announced.

“This historic game will play a crucial role in the NFL’s efforts to grow its international footprint while allowing us to directly engage NFL fans in Germany,” Buccaneers owner and co-chairman Joel Glazer said in a statement.

The Packers and the New Orleans Saints are the designated home teams for two games at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, while the Jacksonville Jaguars will host a game at Wembley Stadium. The Jaguars are London regulars, having come every years since 2013 – except in 2020, when the international games were canceled because of the pandemic.

The Arizona Cardinals will play a game at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City.

The Packers are the only franchise among the NFL’s 32 teams not to have played a regular-season game in London since the international series started in 2007. But with the expanded NFL schedule of 17 regular-season games giving all NFC teams an extra home game next season, the Packers will finally play at a netural international venue.

“The Green Bay Packers are excited to make our international debut during the 2022 season,” Packers president Mark Murphy said. “Our fans in the UK and elsewhere in Europe have been eagerly awaiting an opportunity to see the Packers play in their backyard, and we know that many of our fans in the United States will travel to London.”

The expansion into Germany will also see the NFL stage an additional game in Munich and two in Frankfurt over the next four seasons.

Raiders, Jaguars to open NFL preseason in Hall of Fame game

CANTON, Ohio (AP) The Las Vegas Raiders and Jacksonville Jaguars will open the 2022 NFL preseason schedule on Aug. 4 in the Hall of Fame game.

Former Raiders receiver Cliff Branch and defensive lineman Richard Seymour will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Aug. 6, as will ex-Jaguars tackle Tony Boselli.

This will be the fourth appearance by the Raiders in the game and the second for the Jaguars; Jacksonville’s previous participation came in the Jaguars’ first NFL exhibition game in 1995.

Also being enshrined this year from the modern-era players list are LeRoy Butler, Sam Mills and Bryant Young, plus coach Dick Vermeil, and contributor Art McNally. Branch enters from the senior category.

The game will mark the debut for Raiders head coach Josh McDaniels, who is a Canton native and played his home high school football games at Fawcett Stadium, the predecessor to the current hall stadium. Doug Pederson will work his first game as Jaguars head coach.

Briles out at Grambling less than 1 week after being hired

(AP) — Art Briles’ tenure as offensive coordinator at Grambling State is over less than a week after it started.

The former disgraced Baylor coach said he didn’t want to be a “distraction” at the prominent HBCU with a storied football program in northern Louisiana, leaving the program just five days after he was surprisingly hired by coach Hue Jackson.

“Thank you for giving me the opportunity to be part of your coaching staff at Grambling State University,” Briles said in a statement released Monday. “Unfortunately, I feel that my continued presence will be a distraction to you and your team, which is the last thing that I want. I have the utmost respect (for) the university, and your players.”

Briles has been a pariah in college football since 2016, when he was fired by Baylor after an investigation concluded he and his staff took no action against players named in sexual assault allegations.

ESPN first reported that Briles would not coach at Grambling. It wasn’t immediately clear whether Grambling asked Briles to resign or the coach did so on his own.

The baggage surrounding Briles was well-known, but that didn’t stop Jackson from making the hire last week. The 66-year-old Briles coached briefly in Italy and then at a Texas high school after he was dismissed from Baylor.

Grambling’s decision received renewed attention Monday when a three-day old social media statement from the Hue Jackson Foundation gained traction. It was the latest in an avalanche of criticism for the university.

The foundation’s statement said that Briles’ hiring “will be instrumental in teaching others teaching others the importance of knowing how to prevent victimization, proper reporting procedures, provide adequate resources to individuals who have been victimized and develop strong law enforcement partnerships within the community.”

Former Grambling quarterback Doug Williams – the first Black quarterback to win a Super Bowl with Washington in 1988 – was one of many who voiced his displeasure with the school’s decision to hire Briles in the first place. The NFL executive with the Washington Commanders said the foundation’s statement didn’t sway his opinion.

“I don’t know what you get from that statement,” Williams told the AP on Monday. “I don’t think anything needs to be added. Everybody knows what I think about it. I’m not going to change.”

In the Baylor case, the NCAA infractions panel stated that Briles “failed to meet even the most basic expectations of how a person should react to the kind of conduct at issue in this case. Furthermore, as a campus leader, the head coach is held to an even higher standard. He completely failed to meet this standard.”

Baylor paid Briles more than $15 million after firing him. He later acknowledged making mistakes and apologized for “some bad things” that happened under his watch.

This isn’t the first time a coach has attempted to hire Briles since 2016. Southern Miss coach Jay Hopson attempted to hire Briles as the program’s offensive coordinator in 2019, though university administration eventually vetoed it.

Briles was considered one of the top offensive coaches in the country when he led Baylor from 2008-15, leading the program to a 65-37 record. His spread offense kept the Bears regularly ranked in the AP Top 25 and the program had four 10-win seasons in a five-year span from 2011-15.

Jackson is the former head coach of the NFL’s Oakland Raiders and Cleveland Browns.

Gonzaga, Arizona remain atop AP Top 25 in week of changes

(AP) — The top six and seven of the top nine teams in the AP Top 25 lost on the same day last week, an unprecedented day of chaos that led to some big changes in this week’s poll – everywhere but at the top.

Gonzaga and Arizona remained the top two teams in the poll released Monday, holding steady despite both losing their most recent games.

The Zags received 43 first-place votes from the AP’s 61-person media panel after being a unanimous pick last week. No. 3 Baylor had four first-place votes and No. 4 Duke picked up 11. Auburn rounded out the top five.

Gonzaga, Arizona, Auburn, Purdue, Kansas and Kentucky all lost on Saturday, marking the first time in the AP poll era (1948-49) that the top six teams lost on the same day. No. 9 Texas Tech also lost, setting another record for most top-10 teams losing in one day.

“It’s kind of life in late February and early March, especially on the road,” Gonzaga coach Mark Few said after the Zags’ 67-57 loss to No. 19 Saint Mary’s to close out their regular season.

Baylor was the biggest beneficiary of its Saturday win, moving up seven spots after beating Kansas 80-70. The Jayhawks fell one spot to No. 6 with the loss.

Auburn lost three spots from last week after losing to No. 13 Tennessee. No. 7 Kentucky fell a spot after losing to No. 14 Arkansas and Purdue dropped four places to No. 8 with its loss to Michigan State.

Got all that?

In all, every team but four got shuffled in this week’s poll; only Gonzaga, Arizona, No. 14 Houston and No. 16 Southern California held steady.

No teams fell out or moved into the poll, but things are getting awfully interesting with conference tournaments just around the corner.

BATTLING BEARS

Baylor, the reigning national champion, looked like a good bet to get back to the Final Four at the start of the season after opening 15-0 while holding the No. 1 spot in the AP Top 25 for five weeks.

Then things got a little shaky.

The Bears lost consecutive home games for the first time since 2015-16, then injuries began piling up, including a gruesome leg injury to forward Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua.

After tumbling down the poll, Baylor may be finding its footing. The Bears won a rematch over Oklahoma State in Stillwater and did the same against Kansas on Saturday, improving to 10-1 against top-10 teams the past two seasons.

“I know our team looked a little bit different in the beginning of the year than we do now but don’t count these guys out,” Baylor coach Scott Drew said. “They persevere.”

RISING/FALLING

Baylor’s jump was the biggest of the week by gaining seven spots. Tennessee, Arkansas and Saint Mary’s all climbed four spots.

No. 17 UCLA and No. 20 Illinois had the biggest drops (five spots). The Bruins lost to Oregon before beating Oregon State last week and the Illini lost to No. 23 Ohio State before knocking off Michigan.

CONFERENCE WATCH

The Big Ten and Southeastern conferences led the way again this week, each with five teams ranked. The Big 12 had four ranked teams, with the Pac-12 and Big East getting three each. The West Coast Conference had two ranked teams for the second straight week, with the Atlantic Coast, American Athletic and Ohio Valley conferences at one each.

Morant dunks over 7-footer, scores 52 as Grizzlies top Spurs

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Ja Morant threw down a massive dunk over 7-footer Jakob Poeltl and scored a career-high 52 points, lifting the Memphis Grizzlies over the San Antonio Spurs 118-105 Monday night.

The arena was still buzzing from Morant’s fast-break slam late in the second quarter when Steven Adams delivered a length-of-the-court pass to Morant, who caught it mid-air and flipped in a buzzer-beater from the left baseline for a 68-58 halftime lead.

Morant also hit a 3-pointer from near the logo with the shot clock running down, creating a load of highlights from a memorable night.

“It’s got to be the 50 (points),” Morant said when asked what was most memorable, adding: “I’m thankful for my teammates, my coaches. They believe in me and have all the confidence in the world that I’ll make the right plays.”

Morant added 13 consecutive points during the fourth quarter to break the game open, following up a career-best 46 points in a win Saturday at Chicago by connecting on 22 of 30 from the field. He hit all four 3-point tries as Memphis won its second straight.

De’Anthony Melton added 15 points for Memphis, while Tyus Jones scored 13.

Morant’s performance was the first 50-point game in Grizzlies franchise history. He said teammates began feeding him the ball in the fourth quarter when the 50-point target was in sight.

“He’s at the rim every night, but the way he put it together tonight, he was just in attack mode from the jump,” Melton said. “He got whatever he wanted, and it looked easy out there. It was just special to be out there and watch that.”

Lonnie Walker IV led the Spurs with 22 points, and Dejounte Murray added 21 points and eight assists before being ejected late in the fourth quarter. Poeltl finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds.

The Spurs loss left coach Gregg Popovich one game short of tying Don Nelson for the most regular-season wins by an NBA coach.

“He’s a beautiful player,” Popovich said of Morant. “What else can you say about him? It’s not just that he’s athletic. Everybody says, `He’s athletic.’ Somebody says, `He’s a freak of nature,’ because he’s so fast. … But he makes decisions. He knows what is going on on the court.

“So, you combine that cerebral part of his game with his athleticism and you’ve got a special kid.”

The Grizzlies built the lead to 13 early in the fourth, their largest of the game at that point, but the Spurs were within 104-99 near the midway point of the fourth. That’s when Morant scored 13 straight.

TIP-INS

Spurs: G Doug McDermott, listed as questionable with right knee soreness before the game, was available and finished with 14 points and five assists. … San Antonio went 4-4 on its annual Rodeo Road Trip. … Walker came off the bench and scored 11 points in six minutes of the first quarter. … Poeltel and Keldon Johnson, who sat out Saturday’s loss to the Heat with lower back soreness, returned to the lineup.

Grizzlies: F Brandon Clarke, who was listed as questionable with a left eye abrasion, was available. … Have won five straight over San Antonio. … Adams had 14 rebounds. .Morant’s 22 made field goals also was a franchise record.

THE PASS

Morant said the pass from Adams that led to the 19-foot basket in the closing second of the first half was “something I’ll probably never be able to do again.” But he added that if Adams is the quarterback from that type of throw, there’s a bit of wide receiver in Morant’s ability.

“I’m only a red zone guy,” Morant said. “Fade route. Jump ball.”

LAST WORD

Melton was in awe of several things about Morant’s performance, but the dunk over the 7-foot Poeltl drew most of his praise.

“That dunk was crazy,” Melton said. “The way he rose, stared at him and dunked it.”

UP NEXT

Spurs: Entertain Sacramento on Thursday

Grizzlies: Travel to Boston to face the Celtics on Thursday.

Vincent scores 20, Heat remain hot by topping Bulls 112-99

MIAMI (AP) For the first time all season, the Miami Heat have a bit of a cushion atop the Eastern Conference.

Gabe Vincent and Tyler Herro each scored 20 points, and the Heat topped the Chicago Bulls 112-99 on Monday night for their ninth win in their last 10 games. The Heat moved a season-best two games clear of the second-place Bulls in the East.

“Whatever people want to say about us is cool,” Herro said.

Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo each had 15 points for Miami. Max Strus had all 13 of his points in the fourth quarter for the Heat.

Chicago guard DeMar DeRozan’s streak of 10 consecutive games with at least 30 points ended; he finished with 18.

“I was just playing,” DeRozan said of the streak. “Just going out there playing, competing, doing whatever I could. I was just going out there playing. … I’m glad it’s over with so I can stop hearing everything about it.”

Zach LaVine led the Bulls with 22 points, while Ayo Dosunmu had 18 and Nikola Vucevic added 14 for Chicago.

The Heat are now 3-0 against Chicago, ensuring Miami would hold a head-to-head tiebreaker over the Bulls if one is needed to determine seeding. The Heat led most of the way, building as much as a 24-point cushion.

Chicago has the sixth-best record in the NBA, but is now 1-8 against the five teams with better marks – Phoenix, Golden State, Memphis, Utah and Miami. The win was against the Jazz in October.

“I think the biggest thing for me is we have to get battle-tested in some of these games and we just don’t have a lot of guys who have gone into these kind of experiences,” Bulls coach Billy Donovan said. “I think it’s really good for us.”

Vincent, starting for Miami in place of Kyle Lowry – out for personal reasons – was 7 for 13 from the field, 4 of 8 from 3-point range.

“When the opportunity comes you want to take advantage of it,” Vincent said. “We miss Kyle and can’t wait to get him back.”

The Bulls missed 14 of their first 15 3s before Dosunmu made one from the right corner early in the third quarter, getting Chicago within 65-51. But the Bulls never made a serious run in the second half, and Miami wasn’t threatened in the fourth.

Miami outscored Chicago 36-21 in the third, pushing its lead to 24 points going into the final 12 minutes. It matched the third-largest deficit for the Bulls after three quarters this season, plus it was the fifth-largest advantage for the Heat at that point in a game this season.

TIP-INS

Bulls: Chicago will take advantage of a couple days in Miami, with the team not scheduled to leave for Atlanta until Wednesday afternoon. … DeRozan’s streak of 30-point games ended one shy of matching Michael Jordan’s franchise record of 11 in a row. There have been 29 instances of a Bulls player scoring 30 points in at least five consecutive regular-season games; DeRozan is now responsible for one of those streaks, Jordan for the other 28.

Heat: Miami is 41-21. The last five Heat teams to start 41-21 or better all went to the NBA Finals. … It’s unknown how long Lowry will be away from the team. … Actor Mark Wahlberg was among those in the crowd, as was former Miami player Michael Beasley. … The Heat have a two-game trip to Milwaukee and Brooklyn later this week, then return home for 11 of their next 12 games. … For the second consecutive game, a Ukrainian flag adorned the arena’s outside video display, and some fans also unfurled them inside the building.

OLADIPO WATCH

Heat G Victor Oladipo has started a second stint with Miami’s G League team in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, as he ramps up the final stages of what’s been nearly a yearlong recovery from leg surgery. Oladipo practiced Monday and will practice again Tuesday and Wednesday. It’s possible he could make his season debut for the Heat by mid-March.

CARUSO UPDATE

Bulls G Alex Caruso hasn’t played since Jan. 21 because of a broken wrist. He’s doing some on-court work, but the strength in his right wrist isn’t anywhere near where he and the Bulls need it to be before he can think about playing again. He’s expected back in March, but a specific date has not been set.

UP NEXT

Bulls: Visit Atlanta on Thursday.

Heat: Visit Milwaukee on Wednesday.

Iowa and Nebraska Earn Big Ten Weekly Women’s Basketball Awards

Player of the Week
Caitlin Clark, Iowa
So. – G – West Des Moines, Iowa – Dowling Catholic – Major: Business
• Averaged 33.0 points, 9.3 assists and 7.7 rebounds per game with a .545 field-goal percentage, .520 three-point percentage and a double-double as Iowa posted three wins in as many tries (two vs. top-10 opponents) last week to clinch a share of its first Big Ten title since 2008
• Tallied her 14th double-double of the season in Sunday’s win over No. 6/5 Michigan, finishing with 38 points (11-18 FG, 8-11 3FG), 11 assists and six rebounds
• Narrowly missed triple-doubles in her other two games last week on Feb. 21 against No. 10/6 Indiana (29 points/8 rebounds/8 assists) and Feb. 24 at Rutgers (32 points/9 rebounds/9 assists)
• Earns her 12th career Big Ten Player of the Week award (tied for fifth-most in conference history) and seventh this season (third in Big Ten history)
• Last Iowa Player of the Week: Caitlin Clark (Feb. 7, 2022)
 
Big Ten Women’s Basketball Weekly Honor Roll
Angel Reese, So., G/F, MD: Posted her conference-best 16th double-double of the season in a Feb. 25 win over No. 10/10 Indiana, ending up with a game-high 20 points and career high-tying 16 rebounds
Naz Hillmon, Sr., F, MICH: Registered 23.0 ppg. and 11.5 rpg. last week along with her 13th double-double of the season (18 points/15 rebounds Sunday at No. 21/22 Iowa); also became first Michigan player and eighth in Big Ten history to record 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in her career
Sara Scalia, Jr., G, MINN: Averaged 24.5 ppg., 6.0 rpg. and 3.5 apg. last week in Minnesota’s two wins, including 32 points (8-13 3FG) in Sunday’s victory at Penn State
 
Freshman of the Week
Alexis Markowski, Nebraska
F – Lincoln, Neb. – Pius X – Major: Undeclared
• Averaged 13.0 points and 10.5 rebounds per game with a double-double in Nebraska’s two victories last week
• Notched her sixth double-double of the season in Sunday’s win over Northwestern, finishing with 16 points and a game-high 12 rebounds
• Added 11 points and nine rebounds in a win at Wisconsin on Feb. 23
• Collects her eighth Big Ten Freshman of the Week award, tying for third-most in conference history
• Last Nebraska Freshman of the Week: Alexis Markowski (Feb. 21, 2022)

Iowa and Ohio State Earn Weekly Men’s Basketball Awards

Player of the Week
Keegan Murray, Iowa
F – So. – 6-8 – Cedar Rapids, Iowa – Prairie/DME Sports Academy (FL)

  • Averaged 21.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.0 block, and 1.0 steal per game in Iowa’s two victories last week
  • Recorded 28 points, five rebounds, two assists, two steals, and a block in an 86-60 home win over Michigan State
  • Scored 15 points and added 11 rebounds, two assists, and a block in an 88-78 road victory over Nebraska
  • Earns his fifth career Player of the Week honor
  • Last Iowa Player of the Week: Keegan Murray (Feb. 14, 2022)

 
Freshman of the Week
Malaki Branham, Ohio State
G – 6-5 – Columbus, Ohio – St. Vincent-St. Mary’s

  • Averaged 23.7 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.0 blocks, and 0.3 steals per game in Ohio State’s three games last week
  • Recorded 27 points, five rebounds, three assists, and two blocks in an 80-69 home victory over Indiana
  • Scored 31 points and added two rebounds, an assist, a block, and a steal in an 86-83 road win over Illinois
  • Recorded 13 points, three assists, and two rebounds against Maryland
  • Earns his third career Freshman of the Week honor
  • Last Ohio State Freshman of the Week: Malaki Branham (Jan. 10, 2022)

DeChambeau withdraws from Bay Hill to avoid risking setback

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Bryson DeChambeau withdrew from the Arnold Palmer Invitational on Monday, saying he did not want to risk further injury to his hand and hip because he wasn’t completely ready to defend his title at Bay Hill.

DeChambeau has not competed since pulling out after the first round of the Saudi International on Feb. 3. The previous week, he missed the cut at Torrey Pines.

“Man, tough decision right now,” DeChambeau said in an Instagram post. “I have a lot of work to do to get everything back in order for this week. I just feel like it’s too short a time for me to get back to 100%. Right now, I’m like 90%. I just don’t want to go out there and hurt myself more and not be 100% for the rest of the season.”

DeChambeau said he would try to be ready for The Players Championship next week. He said he is able to hit golf balls in a simulator but it’s not “comfortable.”

“It’s just not ready yet,” he said.

He has been dealing with a bone bruise in his left hand. And he said he hurt his hip when he slipped and fell in Saudi Arabia.

DeChambeau had been in talks with the Saudi-funded LIV Golf Investments about a proposed rival league. A week ago, after Dustin Johnson declared his support of the PGA Tour, DeChambeau said he wanted to complete against the best players, and as long as they’re on the PGA Tour, that’s where he will be.

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Fultz scores 10 in return, helps Magic beat Pacers 119-103

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Wendell Carter Jr. had 21 points and 12 rebounds, Markelle Fultz scored 10 points in his return from injury and eight Orlando players scored in double figures as the Magic beat the Indiana Pacers 119-103 on Monday night.

“It wasn’t like I was out there thinking too much,” said Fultz, who also had six assists in his first game since tearing his left ACL nearly 14 months ago. “My goal was just to go out and play as hard as I can and enjoy the game. With the energy of the crowd and everything, and the adrenaline running, it was great to get the first game under my belt.”

Mo Bamba and Franz Wagner had 15 points apiece for Orlando, which won its second straight.

Tyrese Haliburton had 23 points and seven assists for the Pacers. Buddy Hield added 18 points in Indiana’s ninth loss in 11 games.

Fultz played 16 minutes, and shot 5 for 7 from the field before leaving the game with the Magic up by 16 points in the middle of the fourth quarter.

“It was very easy for me to come in and be relaxed, and be myself,” he said.

“The stuff I’ve seen him do in the past, when he was healthy, I was excited just to be on the court with him,” Carter said. “This was a special one for me and a special one for him. When he gets his legs underneath him a little more, this team is going to be a whole lot better.”

Indiana forward Jalen Smith was ejected after picking up two technical fouls with 7:04 left in the third quarter. The ejection came in the middle of a 14-2 run by the Magic, and the Pacers never recovered.

“They hit shots early in the third quarter and we didn’t,” Haliburton said. “When you’re not hitting shots and not getting stops, it’s a recipe for failure. They were the aggressors for the majority of the night, picking us up, getting into us.”

Hield and Duane Washington Jr. hit 3-pointers during a 10-0 run midway through the second quarter that gave the Pacers their biggest lead of the game at 49-38.

Carter answered with three dunks to help Orlando finish the half on a 17-7 spurt, and the Magic pulled ahead for keeps when Wagner and Carter opened the second half with a layup and a 3-pointer, respectively.

TIP-INS

Pacers: Rookie C Isaiah Jackson had all six of his points and all five of his rebounds after sitting down with four fouls with 9:13 left in the third quarter. … G Malcolm Brogdon (Achilles) and F Lance Stephenson (ankle) did not play, but the Pacers are hopeful of having both back Wednesday night. . . . After hitting 17 of 33 3-point shots in a win over Boston on Sunday, the Pacers made five of their first seven against Orlando, but only 10 of 29 after that.

Magic: Fultz’s last start for the Magic was on Jan. 6, 2021. He played four minutes in a win against Cleveland that left Orlando with a 6-2 record. The Magic went 15-49 in the remainder of the season, and none of the other starters from that game are still on the roster. … Coach Jamahl Mosley estimated Fultz will play 16-20 minutes per game, but “we’ll see how he feels as he goes through the games.” . . . Carter had double-digit rebounds for the fifth straight game. … The Magic have not won three straight since Feb. 17-21, 2021.

UP NEXT

Pacers and Magic play again in Orlando on Wednesday night.

Indiana’s Pre-Seeds Announced for Big Ten Wrestling Championships

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. –––– The 2022 Big Ten Wrestling Championships preliminary seeds were announced by the Big Ten Conference Monday afternoon.

Each of the ten weight classes features one wrestler from each Big Ten school and they are seeded from 1-14. The rankings were determined by vote from the conference’s coaches.

The Big Ten Wrestling Championships will take place on Saturday March 5 and Sunday March 6 in Lincoln, Neb. at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

Indiana’s ten participating wrestlers and pre-seed for the Big Ten Wrestling Championships are listed below:

Jacob Moran (125) | Sophomore

Pre-Seed: No. 12

Season Record: 10-9

Brock Hudkins (133) | Graduate Student

Pre-Seed: No. 6

Season Record: 11-2

Cayden Rooks (141) | Junior

Pre-Seed: No. 13

Season Record: 12-9

Graham Rooks (149) | Redshirt Junior

Pre-Seed: No. 9

Season Record: 11-10

Derek Gilcher (157) | Sophomore

Pre-Seed: No. 11

Season Record: 8-5

Kasper McIntosh (165) | Junior

Pre-Seed: No. 13

Season Record: 7-10

Nick South (174) | Redshirt Sophomore

Pre-Seed: No. 12

Season Record: 7-7

Donnell Washington (184) | Redshirt Sophomore

Pre-Seed: No. 9

Season Record: 13-3

Nick Willham (197) | Junior

Pre-Seed: No. 13

Season Record: 10-8

Jacob Bullock (285) | Junior

Pre-Seed: No. 10

Season Record: 11-8

Four National Television Games On Deck for Baseball

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Big Ten Conference has announced the television schedule for the 2022 baseball season and Indiana will appear on the Big Ten Network three times and wrap up the season in primetime on ESPNU.

The Hoosiers will play the series finale of the Big Ten’s opening weekend on the conference’s flagship network at 1 p.m. against Northwestern on April 3. The next weekend, IU travels to Purdue for a Friday contest on the Big Ten Network at 4 p.m.

The series finale with Nebraska will be carried on the BTN at Noon on Sunday, April 24. The regular season finale will be aired on ESPNU at 9 p.m. from Iowa City, as the Hoosiers and Hawkeyes finish up the three-game slate.

There are four Wildcard game that will be announced at a later date, with those games on May 7 and the weekend of May 19-21.

Baseball Gameday: host Miami (Ohio)

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Bart Kaufman Field will open on a sun splashed day in Bloomington, as the Indiana baseball program’s home opener is slated for a 4 p.m. first pitch versus Miami (Ohio) on Tuesday (March 1).

Indiana (1-5) is coming off of its weekend at the Karbach Round Rock Classic, which featured a pair of top-10 opponents and netted a 12-4 victory over Louisiana-Lafayette. The RedHawks (3-3) dropped two of three games at home to Rider over the weekend after a 2-1 opening weekend mark at UT Martin.

Gameday Info

Tuesday, March 1 (4 p.m. ET)

Probable Starters

IU: Luke Hayden, RHP, Fr.

MU: Colin Czajkowski, LHP, R-So.    

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Live Stats: bit.ly/IUStatbroadcast

Quick Hitters

Indiana and Miami (Ohio) will meet for the 79th time in program history. IU owns a 41-37 edge in the all-time series which began in 1931.

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The newcomers provided the first four longballs of the season, before Morgan Colopy got the old guard on the board in Texas.

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Head coach Jeff Mercer owns 73 victories as the Indiana frontman and is poised to become the eighth IU skipper to reach 100 victories in the cream and crimson.

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Indiana matched a school standard with four student-athletes selected in the first 10 rounds of the Major League Baseball Draft in 2021.

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Indiana returns just two players that started at least 22 games (50 percent of the season) during the 2021 Big Ten-only campaign.

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Scouting the Opponent

Miami (Ohio) took one of three games last weekend against Rider at home and is now 3-3 on the season.

The RedHawks offense has been potent early in the season, as it has produced 26 extra base hits, which includes six home runs.

Along with the extra base hits, MU has 36 walks and five hit-by-pitch to account for a .418 on-base percentage. On the base paths, Miami has stolen 13-of-16 bases through six games.

The pitching staff is limiting the opposition to a .265 batting average and 6.8 runs per game through six games.

Cole Andrews leads the team with eight runs scored and eight RBIs. Of his 11 hits, eight have gone for extra bases, which includes two home runs.

On the early season, Miami (Ohio) has used 12 pitchers, with nine of them giving up multiple runs on the season. Only Luke Leverton, Nick Demonica and Ryan Starr are unscored upon.

Series Notes

Indiana and Miami (Ohio) will meet for the 79th time in program history. IU owns a 41-37 edge in the all-time series which began in 1931.

The two teams last met during the 2014 season, when IU claimed its fourth straight win in the series, 16-1, in Oxford.

The last four meetings and six of the last eight have come at McKie Field at Hayden Park on the Miami University campus.

Over the last 25 meetings, Indiana owns a slim13-12 edge against Miami (Ohio).

The longest winning streak in the series belongs to Indiana at 11 games from 1955-69. Ten of those 11 games were played in Bloomington.

The RedHawks own the most recent winning spurt, as they won seven straight games from 2008-2012.

IU Athletics To Add Beer Sales To IU Home Baseball, Softball Games In 2022

BLOOMINGTON, Indiana – Fans over 21 attending Hoosier baseball and softball games at Indiana University this spring will be able to enjoy beer to enhance their gameday experience.

The addition of beer sales at Bart Kaufman Field and Andy Mohr Field is in line with a similar decision to introduce beer and wine sales at IU Football games at Memorial Stadium beginning in 2019. IU Athletics teamed with Bloomington-based Upland Brewery on that endeavor, and they have agreed to extend their relationship to include Hoosier baseball and softball games starting this spring.

“We’re excited to offer this new option to IU Baseball and Softball fans as we continue to enhance the gameday experience at our athletic events,” said IU Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Scott Dolson. “The response from our fans has been overwhelmingly positive about this option at IU Football games, and we are excited to extend this opportunity to IU Baseball and Softball fans as well.”

This new program will include provisions to encourage responsible fan behavior and promote alcohol safety.  Every purchaser (who appears to be younger than 50) will be required to present a valid, government-issued photographic identification documenting that he or she is 21 for every purchase of beer. At Bart Kaufman Field, the sale of beer will end at start of the bottom half of the seventh inning of that day’s final baseball game (assuming nine-inning games). At Andy Mohr Field, the sale of beer will end at the start of the top of the fifth inning of that day’s final softball game (assuming seven-inning games). Purchasers will be limited to two drinks per transaction. No beer will be sold to a visibly intoxicated person. All servers will have a current alcohol servers permit issued by state of Indiana and have gone through and passed TEAM responsible alcohol service training.

No. 8 Purdue Travels to No. 10 Wisconsin for ESPN Super Tuesday Showdown

GAMEDAY INFORMATION

[8 / 9] Purdue (24-5, 13-5) vs. [10 / 10] Wisconsin (23-5, 14-4)

Tuesday, March 1 | 9 p.m. ET | Kohl Center

ESPN (Jason Benetti, Robbie Hummel, Myron Medcalf)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The No. 8-ranked Purdue Boilermakers look to avenge its second loss of the season on Tuesday when it travels to No. 10-ranked Wisconsin for an ESPN Super Tuesday showdown in Madison. A Purdue win would give the Boilermakers a chance at their 25th Big Ten Championship, while a Wisconsin win sews up at least a share of the Big Ten title for the Badgers.

Purdue enters with a 24-5 mark, while the Badgers are 23-5. Wisconsin owns a 15-4 record in quad-1 and quad-2 games.

The contest will be televised on ESPN with Jason Benetti, Robbie Hummel and Myron Medcalf on the call. On the radio waves, Rob Blackman and Bobby Riddell will be courtside on the 22-station Purdue Radio Network and online on the Varsity Sports Network (app). Live stats will be provided on PurdueStats.com and updates will be provided on Purdue’s official Twitter account (@BoilerBall).

THE NOTES TO KNOW

1) Purdue needs one win for 25 this season, which would mark the 15th season in school history with 25 wins, including nine under Painter.

2) Tuesday’s game marks the lowest combined ranking (18) between Purdue (8) and Wisconsin (10) in series history (185 meetings).

3) Purdue is looking for its first top-10 road win since a 60-57 win over No. 4 Ohio State on Feb. 17, 2010.

4) Purdue has clinched a Big Ten Tournment double-bye for the seventh time in seven tournaments under the current format. Purdue hasn’t played on a Thursday in the Big Ten Tournament since the 2014 season.

5) Purdue has won 13 of its last 16 games after starting league play 1-2, and nine of its last 11 games after starting Big Ten action 4-3.

6) Purdue is a nation’s-best 6-0 against teams ranked in the NCAA NET top-20 rankings.

7) Purdue has trailed by double-digits in six games this year (Villanova, North Carolina State, Indiana, Michigan, Maryland) and won three of them. All three comeback wins came in the last 11 minutes. It nearly pulled off double-digit comebacks vs. Indiana and Michigan State.

8) Purdue is 24-0 in games it scores 70 or more points. In games held under 70 points, Purdue is 0-5.

9) Purdue leads the Big Ten in field goal percentage (by 28 points), 3-point percentage (17 points), rebound margin and assists.

10) Purdue has won at least 12 league games for the seventh time in the last eight years. During that span, just three other programs have done it at least five times (Wisconsin – 6; Maryland, Michigan State – 5).

11) Purdue’s 80 Big Ten wins since the 2016-17 season are the third-most conference wins for a power-conference team during that span.

B1G Wrestling Championship Pre-Seeds Announced

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Big Ten Conference unveiled its pre-seeds for the 2022 wrestling championships Monday, revealing the projected seeds for the 10 Purdue entries and their first-round opponents. Five Boilermakers earned top-eight seeds, while six earned spots inside the NCAA qualifying number at their respective weights.

Redshirt junior Kendall Coleman earned the top seed for the Boilermakers, securing the No. 4 spot at 157 pounds. It marks the third straight year he’s been a top-four seed at the conference tournament, where he placed second in 2020 and fifth in 2022. Coleman is projected to face No. 13 seed Lucas Cordio of Maryland in the first round.

Two-time Big Ten Championship runner-up Devin Schroder was named the No. 5 seed at 125 pounds after a 17-3 regular season and 6-2 mark in conference duals. Schroder advanced to the championship match as the No. 2 seed in 2020 and as the No. 7 seed in 2021. He is scheduled to draw No. 12 seed Jacob Moran of Indiana in the opening round.

Junior Thomas Penola secured the No. 6 seed at 197 pounds, earning the spot for the second straight season in what is a loaded field at the weight. Penola has placed in the top-seven in each of his first two seasons, taking seventh at heavyweight as a freshman and placing seventh at 197 in 2021. He is scheduled to face Maryland’s 11th-seeded Jaron Smith in the first round.

Sophomores Hayden Lohrey and Gerrit Nijenhuis were named the No. 7 seed at 165 and 174 pounds, respectively. Lohrey will compete in his first career conference tournament, matching up with 10th-seeded Creighton Edsell of Penn State in the opening round, while Nijenhuis was fifth at 165 pounds last season as the No. 9 seed, and will face No. 10 seed D.J. Shannon of Illinois out of the gate.

Freshman Matt Ramos was named the No. 9 seed at 133 pounds, putting him inside the 10 allocated bids for the NCAA Championships at the weight. He will face another first-time conference-tournament competitor in his opening match, drawing Rutgers freshman Joe Olivieri in the first round.

Final seeds will be announced Friday after the final championship seeding meeting with the Big Ten coaches. This is when teams will submit their final entries for the tournament and any seedings that are within three votes of each other can be discussed and voted on by the coaches.

The Big Ten Championships are scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. CT on Saturday, March 5, at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Nebraska. For the second straight season all sessions will air live on the Big Ten Network, with additional streams available on B1G+.

2022 Big Ten Conference Championship Pre-Seeds

125 lbs.

1.            Nick Suriano (MI)

2.            Drew Hildebrandt (PSU)

3.            Eric Barnett (WI)

4.            Malik Heinselman (OSU)

5.            Devin Schroder (PUR)

6.            Drake Ayala (IA)

7.            Michael DeAugustino (NU)

8.            Patrick McKee (MN)

9.            Dylan Shawver (RUT)

10.          Justin Cardani (IL)

11.          Tristan Lujan (MSU)

12.          Jacob Moran (IN)

13.          Jeremiah Reno (NEB)

14.          Zach Spence (MD)

133 lbs.

1.            Roman Bravo-Young (PSU)

2.            Austin DeSanto (IA)

3.            Lucas Byrd (IL)

4.            RayVon Foley (MSU)

5.            Dylan Ragusin (MI)

6.            Brock Hudkins (IN)

7.            Chris Cannon (NU)

8.            Joe Olivieri (RUT)

9.            Matt Ramos (PUR)

10.          Dominick Serrano (NEB)

11.          Kyle Burwick (WI)

12.          Jake Gliva (MN)

13.          King Sandoval (MD)

14.          Dylan Koontz (OSU)

141 lbs.

1.            Nick Lee (PSU)

2.            Jaydin Eierman (IA)

3.            Sebastian Rivera (RUT)

4.            Chad Red (NEB)

5.            Jakob Bergeland (MN)

6.            Stevan Micic (MI)

7.            Dylan D’Emilio (OSU)

8.            Joseph Zargo (WI)

9.            Dylan Duncan (IL)

10.          Frankie Tal Shahar (NU)

11.          Parker Filius (PUR)

12.          Matt Santos (MSU)

13.          Cayden Rooks (IN)

14.          Danny Bertoni (MD)

149 lbs.

1.            Sammy Sasso (OSU)

2.            Austin Gomez (WI)

3.            Ridge Lovett (NEB)

4.            Max Murin (PUR)

5.            Yahya Thomas (NU)

6.            Mike Van Brill (RUT)

7.            Beau Bartlett (PSU)

8.            Christian Kanzler (IL)

9.            Graham Rooks (IN)

10.          Michael Bockhus (MN)

11.          Kanen Storr (MI)

12.          Michael North (MD)

13.          Payton Omania (MSU)

14.          Alec White (PUR)

157 lbs.

1.            Ryan Deakin (NU)

2.            Kaleb Young (IA)

3.            Will Lewan (MI)

4.            Kendall Coleman (PUR)

5.            Peyton Robb (NEB)

6.            Chase Saldate (MSU)

7.            Garrett Model (WI)

8.            Robert Kanniard (RUT)

9.            Bryce Hepner (OSU)

10.          Brady Berge (PSU)

11.          Derek Gilcher (IN)

12.          Joe Roberts (IL)

13.          Lucas Cordio (MD)

14.          Sebas Swiggum (MN)

165 lbs.

1.            Carson Kharchla (OSU)

2.            Alex Marinelli (IA)

3.            Dean Hamiti (WI)

4.            Cameron Amine (MI)

5.            Caleb Fish (MSU)

6.            Dan Braunagel (IL)

7.            Hayden Lohrey (PUR)

8.            Clayton Wilson (NEB)

9.            Cael Carlson (MN)

10.          Creighton Edsell (PSU)

11.          David Ferrante (NU)

12.          Andrew Clark (RUT)

13.          Kasper McIntosh (IN)

14.          Gaven Bell (MD)

174 lbs.

1.            Carter Starocci (PSU)

2.            Logan Massa (MI)

3.            Mikey Labriola (NEB)

4.            Michael Kemerer (IA)

5.            Ethan Smith (OSU)

6.            Bailee O’Reilly (MN)

7.            Gerrit Nijenhuis (PUR)

8.            Troy Fisher (NU)

9.            Dominic Solis (MD)

10.          DJ Shannon (IL)

11.          Andrew McNally (WI)

12.          Nick South (IN)

13.          Connor O’Neill (RUT)

14.          Nate Jimenez (MSU)

184 lbs.

1.            Aaron Brooks (PSU)

2.            Myles Amine (MI)

3.            Kaleb Romero (OSU)

4.            Taylor Venz (NEB)

5.            Abe Assad (IA)

6.            Layne Malczewski (MSU)

7.            John Pozanski (RUT)

8.            Kyle Cochran (MD)

9.            DJ Washington (IN)

10.          Isaiah Salazar (MN)

11.          Christopher Weiler (WI)

12.          Zach Braunagel (IL)

13.          Max Lyon (PUR)

14.          Jack Jessen (NU)

197 lbs.

1.            Eric Schultz (NEB)

2.            Max Dean (PSU)

3.            Cameron Caffey (MSU)

4.            Jacob Warner (IA)

5.            Patrick Brucki (MI)

6.            Thomas Penola (PUR)

7.            Greg Bulsak (RUT)

8.            Braxton Amos (WI)

9.            Gavin Hoffman (OSU)

10.          Andrew Davison (NU)

11.          Jaron Smith (MD)

12.          Michial Foy (MN)

13.          Nick Willham (IN)

14.          Matt Wroblewski (IL)

285 lbs.

1.            Gable Steveson (MN)

2.            Tony Cassioppi (IA)

3.            Greg Kerkvliet (PSU)

4.            Mason Parris (MI)

5.            Lucas Davison (NU)

6.            Christian Lance (NEB)

7.            Trent Hilger (WI)

8.            Tate Orndorff (OSU)

9.            Luke Luffman (IL)

10.          Jacob Bullock (IN)

11.          Michael Woulfe (PUR)

12.          Boone McDermott (RUT)

13.          Brad Wilton (MSU)

14.          Zach Schrader (MD)

BTN Picks Up Baseball Home Games vs IU, Michigan

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue baseball’s home games vs. Indiana in April and Michigan in May have been selected for live television coverage by the Big Ten Network.

The Friday, April 8 series opener vs. Indiana (4 p.m. ET) and Sunday, May 1 (2 p.m.) series finale vs. Michigan are both featured on the BTN’s TV schedule this spring. The first pitch of the Sunday game vs. the Wolverines has been moved back an hour from the traditional 1 p.m. Sunday start.

Additionally, the Boilermakers have opted to move their Saturday, April 9 home game vs. Indiana to a 3 p.m. first pitch in an effort to create the opportunity for a football-baseball doubleheader. Purdue football’s spring game is set for noon on that Saturday.

Due to quirks related to the opponent rotation for the eight-weekend Big Ten schedule, Purdue has only hosted rival Indiana for one weekend series since Alexander Field opened in March 2013. That weekend series in April 2017, as well as an April 2018 non-conference game vs. IU, produced some of the largest crowds in the history of the ballpark.

Season tickets are on sale now and single-game tickets go on sale Thursday, March 3. The $40 fielder’s choice flex pack is also back this season and available beginning March 3. It features 20 general admission ticket vouchers ($2 per ticket) that can be used at both baseball and softball games. However, the fielder’s choice vouchers are not good for baseball’s series vs. the Hoosiers.

May 19 to 21 has been designated as the wildcard weekend for the BTN’s television coverage. The BTN traditionally selects its games for that weekend in mid-May, making those selections based on the impact they will have on the conference standings. The Boilermakers are hosting Maryland the weekend of May 19 to 21; they’re off to a combined 15-0 start this season as of Feb. 28. Purdue was featured heavily as part of the BTN wildcard weekend in both 2017 and 2018. The entire Big Ten Tournament is also televised live by the Big Ten Network.

The BTN’s B1G+ streaming service, formerly known as BTN+, remains the best option for watching Big Ten baseball and softball on a regular basis. It’s available as an app on most wireless devices, streaming devices and smart TVs. Watching online at BigTenPlus.com also remains an option.

All home games, excluding those featured live on BTN, and all Big Ten road games are streamed live on B1G+ in conjunction with the BTN Student U initiative. Undergraduates contributing to Student U are traditionally enrolled in the film and video studies 491 live television production course.

B1G+ Subscriptions Options:

1.) School Pass: $9.95 per month or $79.95 for the year, giving subscribers access to webcasts of all their favorite school’s games across all sports

2.) Sport Pass: $39.99 for the year, giving subscribers access to all baseball content available on B1G+

3.) Conference Pass: $14.95 per month or $119.95 for the year, giving subscribers access to all content available on B1G+

Purdue’s home schedule features a team-record 28 games, including seven home weekends and the return of midweek play. The Boilermakers also play road series at Illinois, Penn State, Iowa and Northwestern. All 12 of those road games will be streamed live on B1G+.

Purdue Athletics offers live radio coverage of as many baseball games as possible. WSHY 104.3 FM remains the radio home of Purdue baseball in Greater Lafayette and games are streamed for free via the Stretch portal at PurdueSports.com.

March Begins with Midweek Matchups for Butler Baseball

INDIANAPOLIS – The first midweek games of the 2022 season will be played on Tuesday and Wednesday this week. The Bulldogs will play at Northern Kentucky on Tuesday at 3 PM. BU will then host Manchester on Wednesday at 3 PM.

Scouting Northern Kentucky

The Norse are 1-5 at the start of the season, but the one win is an impressive victory at #7 Mississippi State on a Friday afternoon. Northern Kentucky topped the Bulldogs 7-6 in Starkville by limiting them to just four hits. NKU scored three in the third, one in the fifth and sixth and added two more in the seventh to come out on top.

Third baseman Manny Vorhees went 3-for-5 from the dish in the opener at Mississippi State with an RBI and two runs scored. He is batting .348 at the start of the year with five of his eight hits going for extra bases. NKU has five different players with a home run and eight different guys with a double.

On the mound, Bryson Lonsbury picked up the first save of the season for the Norse. Ben Gerl and Kyle Klingenbeck have also started in each weekend series. Klingenbeck got the win at Dudy Noble Field. He tossed six full innings and struck out five. Overall, the Norse post a 10.29 team ERA with 35 strikeouts and 41 walks over 49 innings of ball.

Scouting Manchester

The Spartans played two games last weekend at Grand Park in Westfield, Ind. They lost 15-5 to North Central and 16-5 to Hope. Zach White and Brady Perez were impressive for Manchester in their season debuts. White hit .600 with three hits in five at-bats. He had a double, two RBI and two runs scored. Perez showed his power with two home runs and a double for a team-best four RBI.

10 different players took the mound for the Spartans over the weekend. Carter Hooks and Austin Kresl each started games. Hooks struck out four and didn’t walk any over three innings of action. Kresl only lasted two innings in his first start.

Butler Projected Starters

RHP Luke Zmolik at Northern Kentucky vs. RHP Kyle Klingenbeck

RHP Jon Vore vs. Manchester vs. LHP Carter Hooks

BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll

Aaron Barokas went 1-0 on the week, earning the start Sunday against Jackson State. He threw six scoreless innings, allowed just two hits and struck out seven batters, in the Bulldogs’ 2-1 win.

Travis Holt hit .538 over the weekend, helping the Bulldogs pick up three victories. He recorded seven hits over 13 at-bats and led the team with four runs scored. He walked twice and was hit once to raise his on-base percentage to .625. Holt also stole three bases.

Reached Base Streak

Aaron Steinhart and Travis Holt have reached base safely in all six games this season.

Heavy Hitters

The longest hitting streak of the season belongs to Aaron Steinhart (5), but the longest current streak belongs to Travis Holt (4).

Top of the Order

Travis Holt, Aaron Steinhart and James Gargano continued to hit at the top of the BU order last weekend. With AJ Poynter sidelined (injury), Ryan O’Halloran jumped into the three-hole and hit .200 for the ‘Dawgs.

On the Move

Butler stole five bases over opening weekend, and went wild last weekend with 15 stolen bases! Travis Holt, Aaron Steinhart and Scott Jones were all 3-for-3 on the base paths. Overall the ‘Dawgs were perfect, getting 15 steals on 15 attempts.

Hey There Holt

Travis Holt hit .538 over the weekend to raise his batting average to .478 on the season. The BU shortstop recorded seven hits in 13-bats in Mississippi while scoring four runs. He also stole three bases to move his season total to a team-best five.

Get on Base

Travis Holt leads the team with a .600 on-base percentage. He has a team-high 11 hits, has walked five times and has been hit by a pitch twice.

Team Highs

Runs – 12 at Murray State (2/20)

Hits – 13 vs. Prairie View (2/26)

RBIs – 12 at Murray State (2/20)

Doubles – 4 vs. Prairie View (2/26)

Home Runs – 2 at Murray State (2/20)

Total Bases – 20 at Murray State (2/20)

Up Next

Butler will play at Jacksonville this weekend. The three-game series will get underway Friday night at 6 PM. The two teams will meet again the next night at 6 PM and Sunday’s first pitch will head towards home plate at 1 PM.

Ball State Drops Contest to Coastal Carolina

CONWAY, S.C. – The Ball State baseball team closed out the Carolinas Coastline Classic with a game against Coastal Carolina on Monday. The Cardinals fell to 2-6 on the season, while the Chanticleers improved to 7-1 on the year, after a 9-6 victory.

Coastal Carolina jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first inning.

After a scoreless second inning, the Cardinals started to put things together. Adam Christianson started the inning with a one-out walk. Amir Wright followed with a single to center. After a balk moved Christianson and Wright up a base, Zach Lane drew a walk to load the bases. Nick Powell came up huge for the Cardinals as he cleared the bases with a single down the left-field line and gave the Cardinals a 3-2 lead.

The Chants produced a six-run inning in the bottom of the fourth and held an 8-3 lead after four innings of play.

Wright drew a one-out walk in the top of the fifth inning to get things started for the Cardinals. Lane reached on a throwing error by the second baseman, which advanced Lane and Wright to second and third, respectively. Powell struck out, but the ball got away from the catcher, which allowed Powell to reach safely and Wright to score. Trenton Quartermaine notched an infield single that drove in Lane from third and cut the deficit to 8-5.

Coastal Carolina picked up an insurance run in the home half of the fifth to extend its lead to 9-5.

In the top of the seventh, Quartermaine started the inning with a solo shot to right center to cut the deficit to 9-6. Quartermaine has now homered in back-to-back games.

The Cardinals were unable to get any more runs across and dropped a tough one 9-6.

Quartermaine led the Cardinals with a 2-for-4 day at the plate with two RBIs and a solo home run. Powell drove in a game-high three runs. Wright and Lane tied for a game-high two runs scored.

Ty Weatherly got the start on the mound for the Cardinals but only went 1/3 of an inning. Sam Klein got the loss in 2 2/3 innings of relief. Klein struck out four batters but walked three and gave up three earned runs. As a staff, Ball State used eight different pitchers and they all combined for 13 walks. Despite the walks, the pitching staff was able to hold Coastal Carolina to just five hits.

Dale Thomas and Austin White led the Chants with two RBIs each. Thomas led the team with two runs scored. Elliot Carney was the starting pitcher for CCU. He went 4 1/3 innings with eight strikeouts and gave up five runs, four of which were earned. Matt Joyce got the win for Coastal Carolina with just 2/3 of an inning. Jack Billings closed out the game and picked up the save in an inning of relief with one strikeout.

The Cardinals hit the road for a four-game series in Tallahassee, Florida, beginning on Friday, March 4. Ball State takes on Florida A&M with a first pitch scheduled for 4 p.m.

From the Coach – Head Coach Rich Maloney

“It was a challenging weekend for our ball club against solid competition. We came up short in two outstanding college games and just couldn’t get our bats going all weekend. We will regroup and get ready to play Florida A&M.”

Cardinals Host Zips for Senior Day

MUNCIE, Ind. – The Ball State men’s basketball team will play inside Worthen Arena for the last time in the regular season on Tuesday. The Cardinals (13-15, 8-9 MAC) will host the Akron Zips (19-9, 12-6 MAC). Tuesday’s game is sponsored by Family Vision Care.

Prior to the game Ball State will recognize its senior players as well as its senior student managers.

Payton Sparks led the Cardinals with 17 points and finished with a game-high 10 rebounds, last time out against Eastern Michigan. He added two assists, a steal, and a block. Demarius Jacobs posted a 14-point performance with six rebounds, one steal, and an assist. Miryne Thomas and Jaylin Sellers each finished with 12 points. Thomas added six rebounds and three assists. Sellers tied for the team lead in blocks with one to go along with his four rebounds, two assists, and one steal.

Sparks has a team-best 13.6 points per game and 8.3 rebounds per contest. Sparks has tallied 380 points this season and is currently third as a freshman in all-time scoring, behind Bonzi Wells (474) and Ray McCallum (463). Sparks has attempted 184 free throws this season, which is tied for 12th in the NCAA and leads the MAC. He has attempted more free throws than any other freshman in the NCAA. Tyler Cochran and Thomas are tied for second on the squad with 11.6 points per game. Cochran is second on the team with 5.7 rebounds per contest. Cochran’s 55 steals lead the team and his 1.96 steals per game has him tied for 42nd in the NCAA and leads the MAC. Luke Bumbalough rounds out the double-digit scorers with 11.4 a game and leads Ball State with 78 steals. Jacobs is third on the team with 11 blocks.

In the matchup against Akron earlier this season, Sparks produced his first career double-double with a career-high 23 points along with a team-high 10 rebounds. Thomas posted 12 points behind a perfect 5-for-5 from the field and 2-for-2 from 3-point range. Thomas tied for a team-high two steals and added three boards. Jacobs chipped in with 10 points and tied for a game-high six assists. Bumbalough rounded out the double-digit scoring with 10 points. Cochran brought down six rebounds, second on the team, and added nine points.

Akron leads the overall series with Ball State 27-18. The Zips are currently on a four-game winning streak against the Cardinals, including an 84-74 victory on Jan. 11, 2022, in Akron. Ball State is 12-9 at home against Akron.

Ali Ali leads Akron with 14.1 points per game and has a team-high 79 assists. Enrique Freeman is averaging a double-double with 13.1 points per game and 11.1 rebounds per game. Freeman leads the team in rebounding and is second on the squad with 36 blocks. Xavier Castaneda is averaging 12.5 points per game. Bryan Trimble Jr. closes out the double-digit scorers with 10.4 a contest. Aziz Bandaogo has a team-best 38 blocks. Greg Tribble paces the team with 31 steals.

In the meeting earlier this season, the Zips were led by Castaneda with a career-high 29 points. Trimble added 19 points along with three rebounds. Freeman tallied 14 points and a game-high 12 rebounds, for a double-double. Mikal Dawson finished with 10 points. Bandaogo blocked a game-high two shots.

All of BSU’s games are presented on the Ball State Gainbridge Radio Network on Woof Boom stations 96.7 FM, 102.9 FM, 104.9 FM, WLBC HD2, and the stream of 967BlakeFM.com as well as WERKFM.net.

IRISH FACE FINAL ROAD TEST OF 2021-22 AT FLORIDA STATE

The University of Notre Dame men’s basketball heads to Florida State for the final true road game of the season as the Irish look to earn the program’s first win at the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center on Wednesday night (7 p.m. ET, ESPN2). Notre Dame has already secured a double bye in the ACC tournament and looks to claim 15 conference wins for the first time in school history.  

GAME TRENDS 

In 2021-22 the Notre Dame is…

… 16-1 when it shoots better than its opponent.

… 13-1 when it makes 10-or-more three-point field goals.

… 11-2 when a Notre Dame player scores 20-or-more points.

… 15-1 when it out-rebounds its opponent.

A NOTRE DAME WIN WOULD… 

… set a new program standard for conference wins (15). 

… improve the Irish to 7-3 on the road in ACC play.

… improve the team’s record in February to 8-1.

… earn Notre Dame’s first win at the Tucker Civic Center against Florida State.

IRISH ITEMS – BY THE NUMBERS

1

Freshman Blake Wesley is the first rookie in the country this season to reach 400 points, 100 rebounds, 70 assists, 50 3FGM, 70 and 30 steals.  See page 5 for more details.

4

Notre Dame has earned its fourth double bye for the ACC Tournament in nine years of league competition and can finish the regular season no lower than third place – which would match the 2014-15 team for the highest of the ACC era.

11.3

Points-per-game average for senior Cormac Ryan since he entered the starting lineup six games ago. The New York, NY, native also is averaging 5.5 reb per game, shooting .548 from the field and .500 (11-22) from three-point range.

12.8

Since January 1, 2022, graduate student Paul Atkinson Jr. has found his groove in ACC competition. Over that 17 game stretch the West Palm Beach, Fl, native is shooting .574 from the field while averaging 12.8 ppg and 7.6 rpg.

14

Notre Dame has 14 wins in ACC play this season, matching the 2014-15 (ACC),  2007-08 and 2010-11 (BIG EAST) teams for the most in a single season.

14

The Irish have connected on 10-or-more 3FGs 14 times this season (and are 13-1 in those contests). The team is threatening the single-season record for 10 3FGM games, as the 2019-20 Irish had 17 such games, while the 2016-17 squad posted 16.

56

The 34-point win against Georgia Tech on Saturday was the most lopsided for Notre Dame since joining the league in 2013-14. The 56 points surrendered are tied for the fifth-least in that time frame

84

Since loading up with 33 made free throws (on 39 attempts) in the victory over Boston College on Feb. 16, Notre Dame is 76-90 (.844) at the free throw line over the past four games.

Coffman, Billups, Godfrey and Pipkins Earn Horizon League Honors

INDIANAPOLIS – The Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons took home significant hardware on Monday (Feb. 28) when the 2022 Horizon League men’s basketball awards were announced. Jon Coffman was named the Coach of the Year, Deonte Billups was named the Sixth Man of the Year, Jarred Godfrey was selected to the All-League First Team while Jalon Pipkins earned All-League Third Team and All-Defensive Team honors.

Coffman guided the ‘Dons to a Horizon League Regular Season Championship in just their second season in the league. The ‘Dons are 20-10 and enter the postseason with a nine-game winning streak. This is Coffman’s second coach of the year honor, he won the same award in 2015-16 in the Summit League.

Billups came off the bench for the first time in his career in 2021-22 and averaged a career-high 9.3 points. The junior from Moline, Illinois shot a career-best 41.1 percent from three. He concluded the season third in the Horizon League in made 3-pointers with 67. Billups totaled nine games of four or more 3-pointers. Billups is the first Mastodon to earn the honor since Mo Evans was named the Summit League Sixth Man of the Year in 2013-14. This is Billups’ second league award of his career. He was named to the Summit League All-Newcomer Team in 2019-20.

Godfrey picks up a first team nod for the first time in his career. He was a third team selection last year and an honorable mention pick in the Summit League in 2019-20. This season Godfrey took his game to a new level with a 60.4 percent true shooting percentage, the best in the league. He ranked fifth in the league with career highs of 4.0 assists and 1.8 steals per game. Godfrey shot a career-high 38.6 percent from three this season. He averaged 15.1 points per game with a season-high 35 points against Western Michigan.

Pipkins’ third team pick and defensive nod are his first career league honors. He finished third in the league in free throw percentage (85.4 percent), eighth in steals (1.5 per game) and ninth in field goal percentage (46.0 percent). He averaged 13.6 points. He has 22 games of double-digit points and seven with 19 or more points. Pipkins has been a key cog in a Mastodon defense which has ranked as the best in the Horizon League.

The Mastodons open the Keeps 2022 Horizon League Championship on Thursday (March 3) in a quarterfinal contest at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. The ‘Dons are the second seed in the event. Tickets start at $10 and are on sale now.

Sellers and Ott Recognized by Horizon League

INDIANAPOLIS – The Horizon League announced the 2021-22 #HLWBB All-League awards on Monday (Feb. 28) and two Purdue Fort Wayne student-athletes were selected to the teams. Shayla Sellers was named to the All-League Third Team and Ryin Ott was selected as an All-Freshman Team honoree.

Sellers, a junior from Aurora, Ohio, is the first Mastodon to be named to an All-League team since 2014-15. This season, Sellers averaged 10.6 points and 4.9 rebounds per game while shooting 40.2 percent from the floor, 36.7 percent from 3-point range and 88.6 percent from the charity stripe. She scored in double-figures in nine Horizon League games, which included a career-high 25 points at UIC.

Ott was one of just three freshmen in the Horizon League to be named Freshman of the Week more than once. She opened her career with back-to-back honors, which came on the heels of a double-double effort against UIC. On the year, Ott averaged 8.4 points and 3.5 rebounds per game while shooting 39.8 percent from the floor, 31.3 percent from beyond the arc and 80.0 percent from the free throw line. Ott is the first Mastodon to be named to an All-Freshman/Newcomer team since her sister Riley was named to the Summit League All-Newcomer Team in 2019-20.

Sellers and Ott led the Mastodons to a 9-20 regular season record, including a 7-14 Horizon League record for ninth place in the league standings. The ‘Dons’ seven league wins were the most for the program since the 2013-14 season.

The Mastodons open up the Keeps Horizon League Championship on Tuesday, March 1. Purdue Fort Wayne will play at Robert Morris in the opening round at 7 p.m.

2021-22 #HLWBB All-League Awards

Player of the Year: Macee Williams, IUPUI

Coach of the Year: John Barnes, Youngstown State

Freshman of the Year: Bailey Butler, Green Bay

Defensive Player of the Year: Grayson Rose, Northern Kentucky

Sixth Player of the Year: Bailey Butler, Green Bay

All-League First Team (alphabetical by school)

Destiny Leo, Cleveland State, Sophomore, Guard

Hailey Oskey, Green Bay, Junior, Guard

Macee Williams, IUPUI, Graduate Senior, Center

Megan Walstad, Milwaukee, Redshirt Sophomore, Forward

Lilly Ritz, Youngstown State, Senior, Forward

All-League Second Team (alphabetical by school)

Rachel McLimore, IUPUI, Senior, Guard

Lindsey Duvall, Northern Kentucky, Senior, Guard

Ivy Turner, Northern Kentucky, Junior, Guard

Jaida McCloud, UIC, Sophomore, Guard/Forward

Chelsea Olson, Youngstown State, Senior, Guard

All-League Third Team (alphabetical by school)

Nadia Dumas, Cleveland State, Redshirt-Senior, Forward

Rachel Kent, IUPUI, Sophomore, Guard

Kahlaijah Dean, Oakland, Senior, Guard

Shayla Sellers, Purdue Fort Wayne, Junior, Guard/Forward

Esther Castedo, RMU, Senior, Guard

All-Freshman Team (alphabetical by school)

Bailey Butler, Green Bay, Guard

Maddy Schreiber, Green Bay, Forward

Khamari Mitchell-Steen, Northern Kentucky, Guard

Kendall Folley, Oakland, Point Guard

Ryin Ott, Purdue Fort Wayne, Guard

All-Defensive Team (alphabetical by school)

Rachel McLimore, IUPUI, Senior, Guard

Megan Walstad, Milwaukee, Redshirt Sophomore, Forward

Grayson Rose, Northern Kentucky, Graduate Senior, Post

Mady Aulbach, Youngstown State, Junior, Guard

Lilly Ritz, Youngstown State, Senior, Forward

Valpo Baseball Looks to Extend Winning Streak at Omaha

Valparaiso (3-2, 0-0 MVC)

at Omaha (2-6*, 0-0 Summit)

Tal Anderson Field (1,500) | Omaha, Neb.

*Entering Wednesday’s game at Arkansas

Friday, March 4, 3 p.m.  – Trent Turzenski (R)

Saturday, March 5, Noon (Game 1) – Colin Fields (R)

Saturday, March 5, To Follow (Game 2) – TBD

Sunday, March 6, 1 p.m. – Jake Miller (L)

Next Up in Valpo Baseball: The Valparaiso University baseball team holds a winning record through five games, all against warm-weather competition, and will look to sustain the early-season success with this weekend’s four-game series at Omaha. The Beacons enter the weekend riding a three-game winning streak. This represents the lone scheduled four-game set this year.

Last Time Out: Valpo enjoyed a doubleheader sweep of Alabama A&M on Friday, Feb. 25, overcoming an early deficit to win 9-2 in Game 1 before holding on to an early lead to win 3-2 in Game 2. That proved to be the extent of the series, as Sunday’s scheduled finale was washed away by rain. In Game 1, Angel DiFederico had three hits including two triples, while Alex Thurston also enjoyed a three-hit contest. Their efforts came in support of Trent Turzenski, who fired a seven-inning complete game to earn the victory while allowing two runs on five hits and two walks in a game where he fanned seven. Valpo got another quality pitching performance in the nightcap, as Colin Fields yielded just two runs, both coming on a home run, over five solid innings of four-hit, seven-strikeout ball. Nathan Chasey and Bobby Nowak came on to work scoreless frames in relief. Kyle Schmack had a double and a two-run homer to pace the offense.

Following the Beacons: Links to live coverage will be available on ValpoAthletics.com.

Head Coach Brian Schmack: Brian Schmack, the 17th head baseball coach in Valparaiso University history, is in his ninth season in charge of the program. Entering the 2022 campaign, he has served as the head coach for 387 games at Valpo, the fourth-most in program history with Tracy Woodson third at 397. This year, he moves into sole possession of third in program history for number of seasons coached with nine, surpassing Donald Warnke (1946-1953). Entering the season, Schmack’s win total of 152 ranks fourth in program history after he surpassed Rick Ferchen (1982-1987, 147) during the 2021 campaign. Also in 2021, Schmack joined Paul Twenge (1988-2006), Emory G. Bauer (1954-1981) and Tracy Woodson (2007-2013) as the only head coaches to reach the 150-win threshold. The former big-league pitcher led Valpo to 25 wins in his inaugural campaign in 2014, a school record for victories by a first-year skipper. Schmack, a member of the 2003 Detroit Tigers, served as pitching coach/associate head coach at Valpo for seven seasons prior to his promotion.

Series Notes: Valpo will face a first-time opponent for the second consecutive weekend as these two teams have never squared off on the baseball diamond.

Strong Start: Valpo owns a three-game winning streak, all in road games against warm-weather competition. This marks the team’s longest winning streak since rapping off four straight late in the 2019 season vs. SIU and Chicago State. Valpo boasts a 3-2 mark through five games, the team’s best record at this early stage in the season since 2014. The doubleheader sweep of the Bulldogs marked the program’s first since April 23 of last season vs. SIU. This is the first time Valpo has won three straight with all of them coming on the road since April 13-20, 2018 at Michigan State, No. 25 Illinois and Evansville. If the Beacons take Friday’s series opener at Omaha, they will have four wins in their first six games, which would be their best six-game start since 2009.

Triple the Triples: In Game 1 of the Feb. 25 doubleheader at Alabama A&M, Valpo had three triples in a single game for the first time since May 21, 2016 vs. Youngstown State. Angel DiFederico was responsible for two of them, while Alex Ryan had the other. DiFederico entered the day with one triple in 41 career games, a total that he tripled in a single seven-inning contest. Furthermore, DiFederico became the first Valpo player with a multiple-triple game since Andy Burns on April 6, 2013 vs. UIC. In addition, he became just the fourth player nationally with a two-triple game this season.

Going the Distance: Trent Turzenski delivered a seven-inning complete game in Game 1 of Valpo’s road doubleheader sweep at Alabama A&M on Feb. 25, earning the win in a 9-2 triumph for the Beacons. Turzenski became the first Valpo hurler to toss a complete game since, well, himself on May 22 of last season, an eight-inning effort against Missouri State. He scattered just five hits and two walks while striking out seven and permitting only two earned runs in the game against the Bulldogs. He did not allow any runs over the final five frames. Opponents hit just .208 against Turzenski in the contest.

Close Calls: It didn’t take long for Valpo to play its first one-run game of 2022, a 4-3 setback that came on a walk-off hit in the middle game of the opening weekend series at Memphis on Feb. 19. Valpo garnered its first one-run win of the year on Feb. 25 at Alabama A&M as Bobby Nowak improved to 2-for-2 in save chances to preserve a 3-2 triumph by striking out the side in the ninth. Last season, Valpo competed in 15 one-run games, posting a 7-8 record in such contests. The team played 10 affairs decided by the slimmest of margins in Missouri Valley Conference play alone a year ago.

In the Other Dugout: Omaha  

Own a victory over a nationally-ranked opponent this season thanks to a 9-4 win at No. 21 UCLA on Feb. 23.

Swept by USC Feb. 25-27, but all three games were decided by three runs or fewer and the series opener required 12 innings.

Won the 2019 Summit League title and made an NCAA Regional appearance.

Picked third of seven in the Summit League preseason poll.

Returning first team all-conference selection Mike Boeve hit a team-best .319 last year. He’s hitting a robust .419 through eight games, once again pacing the squad.

A Look Back at 2021

For the first time since joining the prestigious Missouri Valley Conference prior to the 2018 season, Valpo won two games in the league tournament last year.

The two victories helped the Beacons finish as one of the final four teams standing in the event, joining a pair of NCAA Regional qualifiers in Indiana State and DBU plus a Southern Illinois team that enjoyed a 40-win season.

Valpo finished the 2021 season with its highest league winning percentage since joining The Valley.

The team enjoyed a quality stretch of baseball from April 23 to May 8, going 8-4 in MVC play and incurring a one-run loss to No. 8 Notre Dame.

Valpo started the league slate with an 0-8 record after playing the top two teams in the league on the road, but played nearly .500 ball the rest of the way.

Compared to the most recently-completed season of 2019, the team improved its batting average, slugging percentage, on-base percentage and fielding percentage in addition to increasing its number of home runs, doubles, hits and runs scored.

The team stole 33 bases, its highest total since 2017.

Pitchers racked up 410 strikeouts, the team’s highest total since 2010 (421). The staff also issued fewer walks and permitted fewer home runs than the 2019 campaign.

Valpo posted a .969 fielding percentage, the third-best in program history. The team’s top three fielding percentages have all come since 2017.

The team played in 15 one-run games including 10 in MVC action. The 15 one-run games were the team’s most in a single season since 2018 and the 10 in league play marked the program’s most since playing 16 one-run games in Horizon League action in 2012.

On May 1 vs. Illinois State, Valpo had seven doubles in a single game, the most by any MVC team all season. The squad totaled 42 bases in that game, also the most by an MVC team all season. The May 1 game against the Redbirds saw the two teams combine for the most runs scored (30), hits (35), doubles (9), home runs (9) and strikeouts (25) for any MVC game all season. The 17 runs marked the team’s highest run total since 2018, the 18 hits were the program’s highest total since 2018, the 42 total bases were the team’s highest since 2006 and the five home runs were the most by Valpo in a single game since 2006.

Valpo accomplished the rare feat of two walk-off wins in the same day during the April 23 doubleheader sweep of SIU. Jonathan Temple hit a walk-off homer in the opener and Riley Dent had a walk-off single in Game 2 for Valpo’s 10th walk-off victory of the Brian Schmack Era. Temple’s walk-off home run, which came in the first game on the program’s new field turf, was Valpo’s first since Zack Leone on March 30, 2018 vs. Bradley.

Home Sweet Home

Although Valpo starts the season with its usual long stretch of road games by playing the first 17 contest of the year away from home, there is plenty of home baseball to look forward to this spring.

Valpo has 20 Emory G. Bauer Field games on the docket. If all 20 are played, it will mark the first time Valpo has played 20 times on its home field since 2016.

Furthermore, over the last five seasons, Valpo hasn’t had more than 15 home games completed in a single year.

The chance to play at home with regularity is good news for Brian Schmack’s squad, as the team went 7-6 at home last season to finish with a winning home record for the fifth time in the last six seasons and the 12th time in the last 14 campaigns.

Emory G. Bauer Field Upgrades

Valpo debuted its new infield during the 2021 season as the program now has synthetic turf on the infield and down the foul lines.

The field renovation project was made possible by lead gifts from Valpo alumni Lynn Scheutzow ’74 Young and Carl Young ’73 and the Deetjen family. The Young and Deetjen families both had sons who played baseball at Valpo.

Upgrades have continued in 2022 as the team will debut a new press box, a new scoreboard and have ESPN3/+ broadcast streaming capabilities for the first time.

Thoughts from Head Coach Brian Schmack on the New Turf:“In the time that we’ve been able to use the turf, it has given our players an opportunity to take ground balls and work to hone their skills whenever they choose. We’ve had fewer disruptions to our game and practice schedules due to rain and field conditions. As soon as the rain stops, we’re out there playing or practicing. Another tremendous benefit is freeing up our players to not have to stay after to do field work or arrive early in the morning to pull the tarp. Instead, they are able to focus on the game. The turf creates a cleaner game with fewer bad hops, and that’s been awesome to see. Our players can’t get enough of it.”

Who’s Back, Who’s Gone, Who’s New?

Valpo features 11 returning position players and 22 total returners who saw action during the 2021 season. A total of 25 players are back counting three who sat out all of last year.

Three of the top four ERAs on the team have departed, including longtime pitching staff mainstays Jon Tieman and Easton Rhodehouse. Rhodehouse (11, fifth) and Tieman (10, t-sixth) both finished in the top 10 on the program’s all-time saves list, while Tieman also ranked among the program’s career strikeout leaders (244, seventh).

However, 38 of the 51 games started by Valpo pitchers last season were by hurlers who return this season, while six of the nine position players who started the 2021 finale are back in 2022. The outfield was hit the hardest by graduation with the departure of veterans Steven Fitzsimmons and Riley Dent.

The 2022 Valpo roster includes seven true freshmen and three transfers for a total of 10 newcomers.

In an era where transferring has become commonplace in intercollegiate athletics, no players left the program to transfer to other college baseball programs following the 2021 season, attesting the program’s tight-knit culture.

Hannahs Honored for Freshman Feats

Sophomore Kaleb Hannahs carries a 20-game on-base streak with him into the start of the 2022 season.

He was named the 2021 MVC Freshman of the Year, an All-MVC Second Team honoree, the Valparaiso University co-Male Newcomer of the Year (ARC Awards) and a Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper.

Hannahs became the first Valpo player to collect MVC Freshman of the Year honors, and joined Jon Tieman (2017) and Spencer Mahoney (2012) as the three Valpo players who have earned Freshman All-American status from Collegiate Baseball Newspaper.

The third baseman led the team in batting average (.296), hits (55) and on-base percentage (.389). He became the first rookie to pace the squad in hitting since Spencer Mahoney in 2012.

MACEE WILLIAMS NAMED #HLWBB PLAYER OF THE YEAR

INDIANAPOLIS – The Horizon League announced their All-League awards today with graduate student Macee Williams named four-time #HLWBB Player of the Year. Redshirt senior Rachel McLimore earned All-League Second Team and All-League Defensive team while sophomore Rachel Kent earned All-League third team honors.

IUPUI standout Williams was named four-time Player of the Year and is only the fourth Division I women’s basketball student-athlete to be named conference Player of the Year four times. She collected four Horizon League Player of the Week awards this season to bring her career total to 13 awards with the Jags.

Williams recorded ten double-doubles during the regular season and averages a double-double with 18.1 points and 10.0 rebounds per game in 23 games played. Williams leads the league in rebounds per game and field goal percentage at 63.2 percent. She also averages 2.1 assists and 1.4 steals per game. Williams was also named to the All-League First Team this season and was Freshman of the Year after her initial season with the Jags. She is IUPUI’s all-time leader in scoring and rebounds.

“I’m thrilled for Macee as she very much deserved this award,” said head coach Austin Parkinson. “I’ve always admired her ability to manage the incredibly high expectations put on her shoulders. Being named Player of the Year for the fourth time is historic and they should probably name the award after her in the future.”

McLimore was named All-League Second Team and All-Defensive Team. McLimore is a two-time Player of the Week and leads the Horizon League in free throw percentage with 94.0 percent. She is second on the team with 12.8 points and 3.0 assists per game in 24 games. McLimore recorded at least one steal in 12 games and five 20+ point games this season. She was also named All-League Second Team and All-Defensive Team during her red-shirt junior year and All-League Third Team after her redshirt-sophomore season. 

“I’m happy for Rachel Mac being recognized,” said Parkinson. “In my opinion she is a first team player and the best defensive player in our league. Every game she guards the best wing and typically holds them under their average.”

Kent earned All-League Third Team honors. The sophomore sharpshooter leads the league in three-point field goal percentage with 41.4 percent and three-point field goals made with 2.52 per game. She is third on the team with 10.9 points and 3.6 rebounds per game in 25 games played. Kent has also recorded thirteen 10+ point games.

“Rachel Kent is one of the best shooters in the country and an underrated defender,” said Parkinson. “I have a feeling this will be the first of several awards in her career at IUPUI.”

The IUPUI women’s basketball team is the No. 1 seed heading into the Horizon League Tournament and will face the lowest seed remaining for the quarterfinals on Thursday, March 3rd at the Jungle with tip-off at 7:00 PM.

Mastodon WBB Heads to Moon Township for Horizon League Championship First Round

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne women’s basketball team will play at Robert Morris in the opening round of the 2022 Keeps Horizon League Championship on Tuesday (March 1) at 7 p.m.

Game Day Information

Who: Robert Morris Colonials

When: Tuesday, March 1 | 7 PM

Where: Moon Township, Pa. | UPMC Events Center

Live Stats: Link

Watch: ESPN+

Know Your Foe

Robert Morris finished the regular season 13-14, 11-11 Horizon League. The Colonials clinched the No. 8 seed in the Horizon League Championship behind the efforts of All-League player Esther Castedo. Castedo averages 10.8 points and 3.5 rebounds per game. Sol Castro and Ashya Klopfenstein are second and third options, both scoring about 8.0 points and grabbing 5.0 boards per game.

The Series

Robert Morris has a 3-1 edge over the Mastodons in the series history, with the last three games going to RMU. The Mastodons won the first game in the series which came last season. The ‘Dons got 21 points from Shayla Sellers to lead Purdue Fort Wayne to the win.

Sellers the All-League Player

Shayla Sellers is the first Mastodon to be named to an All-League team since 2014-15. This regular season, Sellers averaged 10.6 points and 4.9 rebounds per game while shooting 40.2 percent from the floor, 36.7 percent from 3-point range and 88.6 percent from the charity stripe. She scored in double-figures in nine Horizon League games, which included a career-high 25 points at UIC.

All-Freshman Ott

Ryin Ott was one of just three freshmen in the Horizon League to be named Freshman of the Week more than once. She opened her career with back-to-back honors, which came on the heels of a double-double effort against UIC. On the year, Ott averaged 8.4 points and 3.5 rebounds per game while shooting 39.8 percent from the floor, 31.3 percent from beyond the arc and 80.0 percent from the free throw line. Ott is the first Mastodon to be named to an All-Freshman/Newcomer team since her sister Riley was named to the Summit League All-Newcomer Team in 2019-20.

Maria MARCH-esano

Purdue Fort Wayne head coach Maria Marchesano has a career head coaching record of 13-12 in the month of March, which includes a berth to the NCAA Division I Tournament with Mount St. Mary’s in 2021.

Let’s Take a Look at the 3-Ball

The Mastodons are on pace to put their 3-point shooting statistics into the record books at Purdue Fort Wayne. If their averages hold, the Mastodons will make the fifth-most and take the second-most 3-pointers in a season in program history. Their 3-point percentage defense of 31.7 percent would also rank in the top-10 in program history.

Free For a Reason

Purdue Fort Wayne’s season free throw percentage of 81.1 percent is the third-best in the country. Only Iowa and Iowa State have better free throw shooting percentages. This is also the best free throw percentage in program history.

Streaks & Stats

The number of consecutive games that the Mastodons have…

• Made at least one 3-pointer: 45 games

• Made at least one free throw: 55 games

In The Wins…

The Mastodons are averaging 79.0 points per game in their wins with a 44.8 percent shooting clip. In their losses, the ‘Dons are at 53.8 points and 35.8 percent shooting. They are also shooting 37.4 percent from beyond the arc in wins compared to 30.4 percent in losses.

February Fables

In the month of February, Sylare Starks, Amellia Bromenschenkel, Shayla Sellers and Aubrey Stupp combined for 42.0 points, 18.2 rebounds and 7.3 assists per game.

Sybaritical Sylare

Sylare Starks is scoring a career-best 11.8 points per game this season. She is also shooting a career-best 39.7 percent from the floor, 35.3 percent from 3-point range and 89.5 percent from the charity stripe.

So Smart!

Riley Ott was named to the Horizon League All-Academic Team on Thursday (Feb. 24) as one of the five-member team. She owns a 3.98 GPA, majoring in Actuarial Science.

Peaking at the Right Time

Abbigail Stephens had a career-high 13 points in the Mastodons last game of the regular season: at 53-51 loss to Milwaukee. Stephens had never scored more than eight points in a game before that.

Last Time Out

Purdue Fort Wayne fell to Milwaukee 53-51 after erasing a 17-point deficit. Abbigail Stephens had a shot at the buzzer to send it to overtime but MKE came away with a win.

Coming Up

With a win, Purdue Fort Wayne would move on to the quarterfinal of the Keeps Horizon League Championship, and could face IUPUI, Youngstown State, Green Bay or Cleveland State on March 3.

Mallory announces Spring Football Practice Dates

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State football returns to the field for 15 days of spring practice during the months of March and April as announced by head coach Curt Mallory on Monday afternoon.

The Sycamores will open up the spring practice schedule on Tuesday, March 29 and will continue on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays through the culmination of the Spring Game on Saturday, April 30.

“I don’t know if I’ve ever been this excited to get back on the field,” Mallory said. “We’ve had a great offseason and everything is really going well within the program. We have a great culture right now and there’s a lot of enthusiasm and hunger with our guys. We cannot wait to get back out there and get started.”

More details about the Spring Game will be released in the coming weeks.

The Sycamores have been working to get back on the field since the end of the 2021 season as Indiana State made its return to competition. ISU went 5-6 overall on the year with a 3-5 mark in Missouri Valley play after sitting out the 2020-21 athletic year due to COVID concerns.

Key wins from the 2021 season included a come-from-behind victory at Eastern Kentucky, while victories over Western Illinois, Youngstown State, and Illinois State highlighted the conference schedule. The Illinois State win was significant as the Sycamores topped the Redbirds in Normal, Ill. for the first time since the 1997 season and was just Indiana State’s eighth road win in the series dating back to 1936.

The offseason continued the momentum as the Sycamores added talent across the field by way of the #ForestCrew22 signing class. Thirty-nine players committed to joining the program from 13 different states and three countries as the Sycamores hit the recruiting trail hard.

The 2022 spring practice schedule is listed below. Practices are open to the media and general public.

2022 Indiana State Spring Football Practice Schedule

March 29 – Practice #1

March 31 – Practice #2

April 2 – Practice #3

April 5 – Practice #4

April 7 – Practice #5

April 9 – Practice #6

April 12 – Practice #7

April 14 – Practice #8

April 16 – Practice #9

April 19 – Practice #10

April 21 – Practice #11

April 23 – Practice #12

April 26 – Practice #13

April 28 – Practice #14

April 30 – Spring Game (Practice #15)

All-RSC Men’s Basketball Teams & Awards announced for 2021-22 season

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — The 2021-22 All-River States Conference Men’s Basketball Teams & Awards were announced today at RiverStatesConference.com. Indiana University Kokomo headlines the honorees with RSC Player of the Year Desean Hampton and RSC Coach of the Year Eric Echelbarger.

The All-RSC Men’s Basketball First & Second Teams consist of 10 players each. The selections were made with voting from the 13 head coaches in the RSC. Also named was the RSC Men’s Basketball Champions of Character Team with one player from each school named for best displaying the NAIA five character values of respect, responsibility, integrity, servant leadership and sportsmanship.

Hampton was chosen RSC Player of the Year as the top vote-getter in the conference. His teammate Trequan Spivey, a fellow senior for the Cougars, came in second in the voting. Hampton, a 6-5 native of Speedway, Ind., averages a double-double of 12.7 points, 11.3 rebounds and 2.8 blocks per game. A force on offense, defense and the boards, Hampton shoots 61 percent from the field. 

Echelbarger, in his fourth season as IU Kokomo head coach, has the Cougars in the RSC Championship finals at 28-3 overall, 17-1 RSC. IU Kokomo is ranked No. 22 in the NAIA Top 25, and the Cougars are already in the NAIA National Championship as RSC Regular Season and RSC West Division champs.

IU Southeast sophomore guard Ahmad Price was chosen as RSC Newcomer of the Year. A sophomore from Louisville, Ky., the Lincoln Trail CC transfer averaged 17.5 points per game and shot 59 percent from the field. He led in votes among new players to the conference this year and made the All-RSC Second Team.

Spivey joined Hampton on the All-RSC First Team to give the Cougars two players selected on the top team. Alice Lloyd (Ky.) College also had two players on the first team with forward Will Philpot and guard Noah Young. University of Rio Grande (Ohio) had two on the first team with guard Miki Tadic and forward Shiloah Blevins.

The first team also included Midway (Ky.) University senior forward Raekwon Evans, IU Southeast senior guard Glenn Hill, Jr., WVU Tech freshman forward Thomas Hailey and Point Park (Pa.) University senior guard Sherron Schifino.

WVU Tech led the All-RSC Second Team with three selections while there were two each from IU East and IU Southeast. See below for the complete listing of the awards. 

2021-22 ALL-RSC MEN’S BASKETBALL TEAMS & AWARDS


RSC Player of the Year — Desean Hampton, Sr., F, IU Kokomo
RSC Newcomer of the Year — Ahmad Price, So., G, IU Southeast
RSC Coach of the Year — Eric Echelbarger, IU Kokomo

ALL-RSC MEN’S BASKETBALL FIRST TEAM


NameSchoolPos.Cl.
Desean HamptonIU KokomoFSr.
Trequan SpiveyIU KokomoGSr.
Will PhilpotAlice LloydFJr.
Miki TadicRio GrandeGSo.
Raekwon EvansMidwayFSr.
Noah YoungAlice LloydGSr.
Glenn Hill Jr.IU SoutheastGSr.
Thomas HaileyWVU TechFFr.
Shiloah BlevinsRio GrandeFSo.
Sherron SchifinoPoint ParkGSr.


ALL-RSC MEN’S BASKETBALL SECOND TEAM


NameSchoolPos.Cl.
Garrett SilcottIU EastGJr.
Tay SmithBresciaGFr.
Andrew WorkWVU TechFSo.
Damon ToblerAlice LloydFSo.
Jared OsborneIU SoutheastGSr.
Tamon ScruggsWVU TechGSr.
Ahmad PriceIU SoutheastGSo.
Donnie MillerMidwayGSo.
Jehu LafeuilleeIU EastFSr.
Andreas JonssonWVU TechGSr.


RSC MEN’S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONS OF CHARACTER TEAM


SchoolName
Alice Lloyd CollegeColyn Sturgill
Brescia UniversityDaniel Rusiecki
Carlow UniversityMalcolm Randall
Indiana University EastJehu LaFeuillee 
Indiana University KokomoXavier Hines
Indiana University SoutheastJared Osborne
Midway UniversityDJ Lujan
Oakland City UniversityDJ Redding
Ohio Christian UniversityKeason Lowe
Point Park UniversityJesse Calloway
Saint Mary of the Woods CollegeJamarius (J.J.) Evans
University of Rio GrandeCaleb Wallis 
WVU TechLuke Vass

2021-22 All-River States Conference Women’s Basketball Teams & Awards released

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — The 2021-22 All-River States Conference Women’s Basketball Teams & Awards were released today at RiverStatesConference.com. University of Rio Grande (Ohio) took the spotlight with junior guard/forward Ella Skeens and RedStorm head coach Dave Smalley sweeping all the big, individual awards. 

Skeens, a 5-11 native of Chillicothe, Ohio, was voted as the RSC Player of the Year and also the RSC Newcomer of the Year. A transfer from Ball State, she led the overall voting and was the top player new to the conference this year. She averaged 18.1 points and 8.2 rebounds per game while shooting 51 percent from the field, 41 percent from 3-point range and 77 percent at the foul line.

Smalley, in his 30th year as Rio Grande head coach, was voted RSC Coach of the Year by his peers. He has led the RedStorm to a No. 20 national ranking in the NAIA Top 25 and a record of 30-2 overall and 16-1 RSC. Rio Grande has already clinched a spot in the NAIA National Championship as RSC Regular Season and RSC East Division champs and is hosting the RSC Championship finals. 

The All-RSC Women’s Basketball First & Second Teams feature 10 players each. The selections were made with voting from the 13 head coaches in the RSC. Also named was the RSC Women’s Basketball Champions of Character Team with one player from each school named for best representing the NAIA five character values of respect, responsibility, integrity, servant leadership and sportsmanship.

Joining Skeens on the All-RSC First Team was teammate Hailey Jordan, a junior guard/forward. IU East was the only other school to get two players on the first team with guards Addie Brown and Kami McEldowney. 

WVU Tech senior guard Brittney Justice came in second in the voting overall, and Midway (Ky.) University junior guard Dezeree White came in third. Justice has been tearing up the RSC for five years, and White made a big impact as a newcomer to Midway this year. 

The first team also included RSC veterans in Point Park (Pa.) University senior guard Michelle Burns, IU Kokomo senior forward Tia Chambers, Ohio Christian University junior center Rachel Gillum and Alice Lloyd (Ky.) College senior guard Haley Hall. 

The All-RSC Second Team had 10 players from eight different schools with Rio Grande and IU Southeast getting two selections each. See below for the complete listing of the awards. 

2021-22 ALL-RSC WOMEN’S BASKETBALL TEAMS & AWARDS


RSC Player of the Year — Ella Skeens, Jr., G/F, Rio Grande (Ohio)
RSC Newcomer of the Year — Ella Skeens, Jr., G/F, Rio Grande (Ohio)
RSC Coach of the Year — Dave Smalley, Rio Grande (Ohio)

ALL-RSC WOMEN’S BASKETBALL FIRST TEAM


NameSchoolPos.Cl.
Ella SkeensRio GrandeG/FJr.
Brittney JusticeWVU TechGSr.
Dezeree WhiteMidwayGJr.
Michelle BurnsPoint ParkGSr.
Hailey JordanRio GrandeG/FJr.
Addie BrownIU EastGJr.
Tia ChambersIU KokomoFSr.
Rachel GillumOhio ChristianCJr.
Haley HallAlice LloydGSr.
Kami McEldowneyIU EastGJr.


ALL-RSC WOMEN’S BASKETBALL SECOND TEAM


NameSchoolPos.Cl.
Taylor DillardOakland CityGSr.
Emmy RalphIU SoutheastGJr.
Whittney JusticeWVU TechGSr.
Allyson CallahanMidwayFSr.
Kaylee DarnellRio GrandeGFr.
Taylor RinnPoint ParkFJr.
Lauren LambdinIU SoutheastGSr.
Kennedy GriffinIU EastFFr.
Rachel BolyardOhio ChristianGJr.
Chyna ChambersRio GrandeGSr.


RSC WOMEN’S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONS OF CHARACTER TEAM


SchoolName
Alice Lloyd CollegeAlexandria May
Brescia UniversityElla White
Carlow UniversityMegan Lydon
Indiana University EastCaitlin McEldowney
Indiana University KokomoJaela Meister
Indiana University SoutheastEmmy Ralph
Midway UniversityJill Goldey
Oakland City UniversityReanne Kietlinski
Ohio Christian UniversityRachel Gillum
Point Park UniversityIzzy Strickland
Saint Mary of the Woods CollegeAvalee Jeffers
University of Rio GrandeAzyiah Williams
West Virginia University Institute of TechnologyMakayla Jones

River States Conference Players of the Week selected for Feb. 21-27, 2022

BRISKER NAMED RSC SOFTBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK FOR (RV) RIO GRANDE (OHIO)

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — (RV) University of Rio Grande infielder Caitlyn Brisker had a productive weekend at the NFCA Leadoff Classic to garner River States Conference Softball Player of the Week Feb. 21-27.

Brisker, from Oak Hill, Ohio, hit .353 and hit safely in four of the five games the RedStorm played at the tournament in Columbus, Ga. Going up against several ranked teams, Brisker was 6 for 17 with two home runs and six RBIs to lead Rio Grande to a 3-2 record. 

The biggest game was a 2-for-4 performance with a homer and four RBIs versus (RV) Truett McConnell (Ga.). She was also 2 for 4 with a homer and two RBIs in a 4-3 victory over Ave Maria (Fla.). Brisker slugged .706 on the weekend, stole a base and turned a double play.

Rio Grande (6-4) will be at Alice Lloyd (Ky.) for its next games on March 4. 

HASTINGS EARNS RSC SOFTBALL PITCHER OF THE WEEK FOR (RV) RIO GRANDE (OHIO)

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — (RV) University of Rio Grande (Ohio) senior Raelynn Hastings threw three complete games at the NFCA Leadoff Classic to earn River States Conference Softball Pitcher of the Week Feb. 21-27.

Pitching against many ranked teams at the tournament in Columbus, Ga., Hastings led the RedStorm through a 3-2 weekend overall. The Commercial Point, Ohio, native won two games and logged 20.0 innings in all. She struck out 11, walked four and allowed seven earned runs during on the weekend.

She beat No. 16 William Carey (Miss.) with a complete game, 3-2. Hastings allowed just one earned run on nine hits, struck out two and walked one. Hastings also got the win versus Ave Maria (Fla.). In a complete game, she spread out three runs, struck out six and walked one. She was saddled with the loss to (RV) Mobile (Ala.) despite giving up three earned runs in 6.0 innings of another complete game.

Rio Grande is 6-4, and its next games are March 4 at Alice Lloyd (Ky.).

MARCELLETTI NAMED RSC BASEBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK FOR NO. 25 POINT PARK (PA.)

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Point Park (Pa.) University outfielder Gianmarco Marcelletti hit .556 on the weekend to earn River States Conference Baseball Player of the Week Feb. 21-27.

A senior from San Cristobal, Venezuela, Marcelletti was 5 for 9 with a double, triple and two homers in four games last weekend. He drove in eight runs, walked twice and stole a base to lead the Pioneers to a 4-0 start to their Florida trip. 

A big game was 3 for 4 with a homer, triple and four RBIs versus Roosevelt (Ill.). In a doubleheader sweep of Judson (lll.), he had a homer, a double, a sacrifice fly and four RBIs. He finished up the trip on Monday going 3 for 7 with a double, grand slam and five RBIs in two games versus Cornerstone (Mich.).

The Pioneers go to Brescia (Ky.) University for their RSC openers this weekend.

DIAZ PICKS UP RSC BASEBALL PITCHER OF THE WEEK FOR NO. 25 POINT PARK (PA.)

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — No. 25 Point Park (Pa.) University had senior right-hander Leo Diaz put up a 1.50 ERA in three games to earn River States Conference Baseball Pitcher of the Week Feb. 21-27.

Diaz, from Caguas, Puerto, Rico, worked in three of the four games the Pioneers had on the weekend as they started out their Florida trip 4-0. Diaz did his part with a win, save and another appearance during that stretch. Across 6.0 innings, he struck out six, walked one and allowed only one earned run on one hit. 

The victory was in 3.0 innings of relief versus Judson (Ill.) with four strikeouts and one hit. The Ohio Valley (W.Va.) transfer picked up the save in the nightcap with 2.0 scoreless innings with no hits to finish off a 6-5 win. 

Point Park will visit Brescia (Ky.) University for its RSC openers this weekend. 

Men’s Basketball Downs Miners in GLVC First Round

INDIANAPOLIS – The University of Indianapolis men’s basketball team cruised to victory on Monday night in the first round of the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) Championship Tournament.  The sixth-seeded Hounds took down the 11-seed Missouri S&T 87-60 inside Nicoson Hall.

HOW IT HAPPENED

The two teams traded three’s to open the game but the Hounds never trailed in the contest.  Cory Miller Jr. slammed down a dunk midway through the first to give UIndy their first double digit lead of the game.  The Hounds went on to tally six dunks on the night.

Dee Montgomery beat the buzzer with a corner three to put UIndy ahead 48-33 at the break.  UIndy scored 12 points on the fast break in the first half alone.

The second half opened with a 16-4 run in favor of the Greyhounds to put them ahead by 27.  Six players scored in the run led by Julian Steinfeld with five points.

Minutes later UIndy recorded their largest run of the game, outscoring the Miners 13-0 and holding them scoreless on five straight possessions in a three minute span.

The Hounds dominated the paint in the second half, scoring 18 of their 39 points in the paint.  A strong defense also held the Miners to just four offensive rebounds in the second half.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

– Four Hounds scored double figures led by Dee Montgomery (19), Cory Miller Jr. (18), Josiah Tynes (12) and Jakobie Robinson (10).

– Kendrick Tchoua paced the Hounds with 13 rebounds while falling two points short of a double-double.

– UIndy shot 48.5% from the floor to the Miners’ 33.3%.  The Hounds scored 25 points off of 15 Miner turnovers.

UP NEXT

The Hounds head to Edwardsville, IL for the remainder of the GLVC Championship Tournament.  UIndy will face the third-seeded Truman State University in Friday’s quarterfinal at 9:30 pm ET.

Hounds Ranked #2 In National Poll

The University of Indianapolis women’s Lacrosse team held steady at No. 2 in the most recent IWLCA Division II Poll as announced by officials on Monday. After the Hounds’ Saturday match against Findlay was cancelled, they held their 2-0 record from the previous week heading into week three of the season.

The Hounds hold the spot just below No. 1 and GLVC Rival, Lindenwood.

The Hounds have a hot schedule ahead of them facing off against five back-to-back ranked opponents, kicking off with No. 10 Grand Valley on Friday on the Key Stadium turf at 4 p.m. ET.

Greyhounds Fall to Bearcats in Close Battle

Bolivar, MO – The University of Indianapolis women’s basketball team fell in the first round of the GLVC Championship tournament to the No. 8 seeded Southwest Baptist Bearcats, 64-61 on Monday afternoon. 

The Hounds will end their season 10-17 overall and 7-11 in the GLVC.

HOW IT HAPPENED

The Greyhounds went down early in the first quarter but fought back quick by overcoming a nine-to-three deficit, and shrinking the Bearcats lead to one by the end of the first quarter. The Hounds continued to keep the game within reach until halftime, with Taylor Drury leading the charge with 11 points by half. 

Southwest Baptist came out of the gates hot in the second half, extending its lead to 10 in the first three minutes. Suddenly a three pointer by Marissa Knobloch at the three-minute mark put the Hounds within one, then an Ilani Williams-Harris three tied it at 42. The Greyhounds would not let their season go down easy.

After a back and forth fourth quarter, it came down to the last :30 seconds – a Taylor Drury layup would put the Greyhounds up 61 to 60 with 22 seconds to go. Then two SBU free throws would put the Bearcats up by one yet again, there was nine seconds of play when the Hounds called a timeout. However, another set of free throws would secure the win for the Bearcats.

Taylor Drury led the Greyhounds with 24 points and nine rebounds. While Lauren With had 12 points and eight rebounds.

SBU was led by Kyleigh Vaught who had 17 points.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

-The Greyhounds shot 44 percent from the field goal range, and 28 percent from three.

-There was five leads throughout the close match

-The Hounds won the rebound match with 34 rebounds to SBU’s 29.

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Freshman Kolpien Dubbed CL Player of the Week

JACKSON, Mich. – As announced in the latest collection of weekly awards, Taylor freshman, Kaleb Kolpien, has received the first Crossroads League player-of-the-week award of his young career.

The freshman from Fort Wayne, Indiana, has been on a tear to start his collegiate career, recording a base knock in 12 of Taylor’s 15 games, including nine multi-hit efforts.

Three of those multi-hit games came this past weekend, when Kolpien led Taylor in its series-win against RV Olivet Nazarene. The Trojans took three of four from the Tigers, as the freshman DH went 9-16 from the dish, including three doubles en route to five runs-batted-in and six runs scored.

Kolpien kicked off the weekend with a four-hit effort that included three runs-batted-in, two runs scored, and a stolen base. As if that was not enough, the freshman took the mound in the final inning with two outs and the tying run at the plate, promptly retiring the final Tiger of the game for his second save of the season and an 8-6 Trojan win.

On day two of the series, Kolpien went a combined 5-8 from the batter’s box, scoring four runs while driving-in two and knocking two doubles. In Taylor’s 11-1 win over Olivet Nazarene in the series’ third game, Kolpien was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to walk-off the game for Taylor’s second 10-run mercy-rule win of the season.

A wizard with the bat, Kolpien now has two four-hit games on the season, along with a pair of three-hit efforts, en route to his league-leading 27 hits and the league’s second-best batting average of 0.474. Meanwhile, the freshman has scored the league’s third most runs with 16 and holds the sixth-best on-base percentage of 0.531.

Kolpien’s award marks the second of the season for the Taylor baseball program, joining TJ Bass, who won the award for his performance throughout the week of February 7-13.

Taylor now has a total of 27 CL or MSFA Player-of-the-Week awards during the 2021-2022 year.

Kolpien and the Trojans (9-6) are set to open Crossroads League play on Friday, March 4th, when Taylor travels to Marian (8-6) to take on the Knights at 1:00 pm.

INDIANA WESLEYAN DEFEATS MARIAN IN CL TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIP

INDIANAPOLIS – It was an instant classic on Monday night, with the Marian women’s basketball team on the wrong end of a 66-63 loss to No. 12 Indiana Wesleyan in the Crossroads League Tournament Championship. Marian will head to the NAIA Tournament with a 27-4 record following the loss.

Indiana Wesleyan came out strong in the first quarter scoring the first five points of the night, but the Knights slowly settled in as Ella Collier and Imani Guy got the Knights on the board. The Knights came charging back using a 6-0 run featuring a pair of baskets from Guy to take their first lead of the ball game at 10-7, but the Wildcats had an answer with a Madison Davis three. For the majority of the final four minutes in the opening stanza the Knights led by two points, and gained separation at the buzzer as Shanyce Makuei buried a three as time expired to give Marian a 21-17 lead.

Allison Bosse and Downard helped the Knights increase their lead to seven points as the second quarter began, but Marian couldn’t hold their offensive flow as the Wildcats went on a 7-0 run. Downard broke the tie to put the Knights on top 28-26 as the clock rolled under four minutes to play, but the lead didn’t stick as Indiana Wesleyan surged back ahead. Aliyah Evans put Marian in front briefly with 57 seconds remaining, but a Kelli Damman three with 47 seconds left secured an visiting lead of 34-33 at the break.

The Wildcats continued their run into the start of the second half as they opened the third quarter with a 6-0 run. Collier stopped the bleeding with a pair of foul shots, and Jayla Wehner woke the crowd up with a corner three to continue the run. A pair of Downard layups and jumper from Collier capitalized the 11-0 sprint, putting the Knights back in the lead. Carrying a 44-40 lead with 4:13 to go in the third, a pair of Bosse three-pointers and a Makuei layup helped the Knights lead 54-44 entering the fourth.

A basket from Guy one minute into the final quarter gave the Knights their largest lead of the game at 56-44, but the Wildcats quietly roared back, scoring six straight points. A three from Wehner halted the run and 30 seconds after the trey Marian went back in front 61-52 on a Collier score, however the Wildcats weren’t phased as Damman drained a three. With 3:03 remaining Indiana Wesleyan got within four points, as their elongated run reached 9-0 as Lilli Frasure tied the game with 57.9 remaining. Marian was unable to get the tying bucket on their next trip, and with 10 seconds remaining Frasure gave the Wildcats the lead with a pair of free throws.

Trailing 63-61 with 10.1 seconds to play, the Knights committed their 14th turnover of the night, allowing Indiana Wesleyan the opportunity to seal the game at the line. Marian was given a chance to tie the game with 1.3 seconds to go as Collier attempted a deep three on a long inbound pass, but her shot was deflected, ending the game with the Wildcats winning the championship 66-63.

Bosse and Downard led Marian in scoring in the loss with 16 points while Downard managed six assists and three steals. Collier finished with 10 points, and Guy scored eight to go with seven rebounds.

Marian will compete on March 11 and 12 in the NAIA Opening Round. The NAIA Tournament Selection Show will be aired on Thursday night, March 3, at 7 p.m. ET, when Marian will learn their opponents for the opening round.

SOFTBALL SWEEPS OAKLAND CITY

OAKLAND CITY, Ind. – No. 8 Indiana Wesleyan softball got their first sweep of the season defeating Oakland City 7-2 and 14-1.

Wildcats mustered 12 hits led by two apiece from Jennah Yost, Kamryn Buck, and Zoe Fountain.

Chloe Tragesser and Buck each collected 2 RBIs

Buck opened up the scoring columns with a homered in the second inning.

Emma Etter-Cox and Alyssa Wagner combined at the mound for nine strikeouts.

Wildcats scored in the first three innings before exploding in the fifth inning for five more runs.

Tragesser and Elisa Koshy each connected on four RBIs.

Koshy blasted two homers on back-to-back attempts at the plate.

IWU posted 14 hits.

Danielle Munn and Alayna Thomas split time at the mound giving up just two hits.

Wildcats resume play on Friday, March 4 in a rescheduled double header at Manchester University. Double header starts at 1:30pm.

No. 12 WOMEN’S BASKETBALL KNOCKS OFF NO. 4 KNIGHTS, CLAIMS CROSSROADS LEAGUE TOURNAMENT TITLE

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – No. 12 Indiana Wesleyan women’s basketball knocked off No. 4 Marian University 66-63 in the Crossroads League Tournament Championship for the second year in a row.

Wildcats scored the first two baskets of the game off of a layup by Maddie Lawrence and a three-point from Kelli Damman.

At halftime, Wildcats had shot 66.7% from the arc and 52% from the floor to Marian’s 33.3% from range and 48.3% from the floor. Wildcats led 34-33 heading into the locker room.

Wildcats started the third quarter with a 6-0 run before Knights responded with 21-4 run to finish the quarter.

Tale of two quarters as the Wildcats battled to a 22-9 advantage in the fourth quarter. Wildcats trailed since the 5:31 minute mark in the third quarter before taking the lead with 54 seconds remaining in the contest off a Lilli Frasure layup. Frasure connected again on two free throws with 10 seconds to go and Kelli Damman went 3-4 from the line in the final five seconds of the game for Wildcats to knock off No. 4 Marian 66-63.

32 – Wildcat points in the paint

+13 – Wildcat 4th quarter advantage

14/12 – Frasure’s second double-double

12 – largest Knights lead

+15 – Wildcats advantage on the boards

Kelli Damman – 23 points, 5-7 from range, 5 rebounds

Maddie Lawrence – 17 points, 3 assists

Lilli Frasure – 14 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists

Wildcats have secured an automatic bid to the NAIA National tournament and will host the Opening Round March 11-12. Wildcats will find out who they host on March 3 at 7pm.

Wabash Draws Berry College in Opening Round of NCAA DIII Basketball Tournament

Wabash will travel to Atlanta, Georgia to play Berry College (23-2) in the first round of the 2022 NCAA Division III Men’s Basketball Tournament. The game will take place at the Woodruff PE Center.at Emory University on Friday, March 4.

Tipoff between the Little Giants and Berry is at 4:40 p.m. on Friday. A live video stream will be available at https://emoryathletics.com/sports/mbkb/live with live statistics at https://www.d3hoops.com/seasons/men/2021-22/boxscores/20220304_xx65.xml. The host Emory Eagles (19-5) will play Averett University (17-11) at 7:10 p.m. The two winning teams will play Saturday at 7:10 p.m. with that winner advancing to the next round of the tournament to face the winning team from the four-team bracket being played at the University of Mount Union.

NEWS | McClanahan, Reed Sweep HCAC Baseball Players of the Week Honors

CARMEL, Ind. – The Franklin College baseball team collected their second sweep in as many days on Monday (Feb. 28) afternoon. A day after polishing off a season-opening sweep on the field, the Grizzlies swept this week’s conference players of the week honors with Colby Reed and Nick McClanahan earning accolades from the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC).

Reed tormented Albion pitching over the weekend, batting .636 (7-for-11) with a home run, seven RBI, four runs scored and two doubles with a .696 on-base percentage and 1.091 slugging percentage. The Bloomington, Ind.-native had at least one hit in all three games, recording two three-hit contests over the weekend. It marks the first career HCAC Player of the Week award for Reed, who is the first position player to earn the league’s weekly honor since Nick Wright on May 3 of last year.

McClanahan turned in a dominant performance on the hill on opening day, tossing six scoreless innings against Albion to claim his second career HCAC Pitcher of the Week award. The Union, Ky.-native allowed three hits, did not walk a batter and struck out 11 on just 77 pitches as part of Franklin’s 20-1 win over the Britons. It marked the third career double-digit strikeout game of McClanahan’s career, with all 11 punch-outs coming on swinging third strikes.

Franklin is back at it this weekend for a three-game set against Hope College on Mar. 4-5. The Grizzlies and Dutch open play with one game on Friday night at 3:30 p.m. at Bishop Chatard HS in Indianapolis.

RHIT Baseball Moves to 3-0 with Monday Win

AUBURNDALE, Fla. — Adam Taylor’s big day propelled the Rose-Hulman Fightin’ Engineers to 3-0 on the season and past the Saint Mary’s (MN) Cardinals 8-5 on Monday. Taylor finished 4-for-6 and earned the save on the bump with two strikeouts.

The bullpen came up huge in the victory for Rose-Hulman (3-0). Korey Marlow (1-0) came out of the pen to earn the win. The left-hander went three shutout innings, giving up two hits, one walk and striking out five. Schuyler Wilcox also pitched well, going two shutout innings without allowing a hit, walking none and striking out two. Taylor finished off the game in the ninth inning, giving up one hit and striking out two.

In addition to his four hits, Taylor had a double to lead the Engineers. Josh Mesenbrink furnished a noteworthy performance at the dish as well, going 2-for-5 with his second home run of the season, a walk and three RBIs. Shane Garner also helped out for Rose-Hulman, putting together one hit in three trips to the plate while adding a home run and an RBI.

Rose-Hulman returns to action on Wednesday at 9:30 am against Grove City.

NBA STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
 WLPCTCONF GBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
MIAMI4121.66121-720-1411-226-129-14 W
CHICAGO3923.6292.024-915-147-324-146-42 L
PHILADELPHIA3723.6173.016-1321-105-721-146-43 W
MILWAUKEE3725.5974.021-1216-138-323-186-41 W
CLEVELAND3625.5904.519-1017-157-421-145-51 L
BOSTON3627.5715.520-1116-168-626-168-21 L
TORONTO3327.5507.016-1317-146-522-166-41 W
BROOKLYN3230.5169.013-1719-137-422-153-71 L
ATLANTA2931.48311.018-1311-187-518-195-51 W
10 CHARLOTTE3033.47611.515-1515-185-720-202-82 L
11 WASHINGTON2733.45013.015-1612-176-620-204-62 L
12 NEW YORK2536.41015.513-1912-174-814-241-95 L
13 INDIANA2142.33320.515-186-242-1110-302-81 L
14 DETROIT1546.24625.59-216-254-711-243-71 W
15 ORLANDO1547.24226.07-218-262-119-314-62 W
 
WESTERN CONFERENCE
 WLPCTCONF GBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
PHOENIX4912.80326-723-56-429-98-22 L
GOLDEN STATE4318.7056.026-717-119-226-125-51 L
MEMPHIS4320.6837.021-1022-107-429-138-22 W
UTAH3822.63310.522-1016-1211-124-128-22 W
DALLAS3625.59013.020-1116-1411-225-157-31 W
DENVER3625.59013.017-1019-155-821-178-26 W
MINNESOTA3329.53216.518-1215-177-421-186-41 W
LA CLIPPERS3231.50818.018-1314-186-619-236-43 W
LA LAKERS2733.45021.518-159-182-915-213-72 L
10 NEW ORLEANS2536.41024.013-1712-194-716-206-42 W
11 PORTLAND2536.41024.016-189-181-911-264-62 L
12 SAN ANTONIO2438.38725.511-1813-204-714-215-52 L
13 SACRAMENTO2340.36527.015-188-225-716-244-61 W
14 OKLAHOMA CITY1942.31130.09-2110-213-513-262-81 L
15 HOUSTON1545.25033.58-197-262-87-291-99 L
 

EIGHT TEAMS IN EACH CONFERENCE QUALIFY FOR THE PLAYOFFS. 

X – CLINCHED PLAYOFF SPOT,  Y – CLINCHED DIVISION,  Z – CLINCHED CONFERENCE

NHL STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
 GPWLOTLPTSROWGFGAHOMEROADL10
CAROLINA HURRICANES5237114783618212219-4-218-7-26-2-2
FLORIDA PANTHERS5335135753321816123-6-012-7-56-4-0
TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING5134116743217714417-4-417-7-27-2-1
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS5335144743319715219-5-116-9-35-4-1
PITTSBURGH PENGUINS5533148743117814815-8-518-6-36-3-1
NEW YORK RANGERS5333155712915713417-5-316-10-25-4-1
BOSTON BRUINS5332174683115814216-10-116-7-36-3-1
WASHINGTON CAPITALS5528189652617615612-11-516-7-44-6-0
COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS5327251552417519314-11-113-14-07-3-0
10 DETROIT RED WINGS5323246522015619115-11-38-13-35-5-0
11 NEW YORK ISLANDERS4920218481912513710-10-410-11-44-4-2
12 OTTAWA SENATORS5119275431813516110-16-29-11-34-5-1
13 NEW JERSEY DEVILS5319295431816419311-13-38-16-24-6-0
14 PHILADELPHIA FLYERS5216261042161311819-13-57-13-53-5-2
15 BUFFALO SABRES541630840141431958-14-48-16-42-7-1
16 MONTREAL CANADIENS531333733111231988-17-15-16-65-5-0
 
WESTERN CONFERENCE
 GPWLOTLPTSROWGFGAHOMEROADL10
COLORADO AVALANCHE5339104823621315022-3-217-7-27-2-1
CALGARY FLAMES5131146682917712415-4-416-10-29-1-0
ST. LOUIS BLUES5232146703018814119-6-213-8-47-2-1
MINNESOTA WILD5031163652719015716-4-115-12-24-6-0
LOS ANGELES KINGS5429187652715915314-12-215-6-57-2-1
VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS5329204622517215614-12-315-8-14-5-1
NASHVILLE PREDATORS5330194642816315115-10-015-9-44-5-1
DALLAS STARS5229203612615115119-7-110-13-26-3-1
EDMONTON OILERS5329213612617617114-11-015-10-36-4-0
10 ANAHEIM DUCKS5525219592116116914-10-411-11-54-5-1
11 VANCOUVER CANUCKS5526236582315415812-10-314-13-36-4-0
12 WINNIPEG JETS5323219552215516213-10-110-11-84-4-2
13 SAN JOSE SHARKS5324236542214216513-12-311-11-32-4-4
14 CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS541927846161341859-14-410-13-43-6-1
15 SEATTLE KRAKEN551634537151401969-17-37-17-22-7-1
16 ARIZONA COYOTES531435432131221957-20-17-15-34-6-0
 

LAST UPDATED MAR. 1, 1:45 ET

EIGHT TEAMS IN EACH CONFERENCE QUALIFY FOR THE DIVISIONAL PLAYOFF FORMAT.  THE TOP THREE TEAMS FROM EACH DIVISION MAKE UP THE FIRST SIX SPOTS.   THE TWO REMAINING TEAMS WITH THE HIGHEST POINTS, REGARDLESS OF DIVISION, QUALIFY FOR THE FINAL TWO WILD CARD SPOTS.  

X – CLINCHED PLAYOFF SPOT, Y – CLINCHED DIVISION, Z – CLINCHED CONFERENCE

TV TUESDAY

COLLEGE BASKETBALL – MENTIME ETTV
PROVIDENCE AT VILLANOVA6:30PMFS1
DAYTON AT RICHMOND6:30PMCBSSN
TENNESSEE AT GEORGIA6:30PMSECN
OLE MISS AT KENTUCKY7:00PMESPN
WEST VIRGINIA AT OKLAHOMA7:00PMESPN2
MISSOURI AT SOUTH CAROLINA7:00PMESPNU
NEBRASKA AT OHIO STATE7:00PMBTN
OHIO AT BOWLING GREEN7:00PMESPN+
TOLEDO AT BUFFALO7:00PMESPN+
WESTERN MICHIGAN AT EASTERN MICHIGAN7:00PMESPN+
NEW HAMPSHIRE AT UMASS LOWELL7:00PMESPN+
NJIT AT STONY BROOK7:00PMESPN+
PATRIOT LEAGUE FIRST ROUND: AMERICAN AT HOLY CROSS7:00PMESPN+
PATRIOT LEAGUE FIRST ROUND: BUCKNELL AT LAFAYETTE7:00PMESPN+
ASUN FIRST ROUNDT ROUND: STETSON AT CENTRAL ARKANSAS7:00PMESPN+
ASUN FIRST ROUND: EASTERN KENTUCKY AT KENNESAW STATE7:00PMESPN+
ASUN FIRST ROUND: NORTH ALABAMA AT FGCU7:00PMESPN+
HORIZON LEAGUE FIRST ROUND: YOUNGSTOWN STATE AT ROBERT MORRIS7:00PMESPN+
HORIZON LEAGUE FIRST ROUND: GREEN BAY AT DETROIT MERCY7:00PMESPN+
ASUN FIRST ROUND: NORTH FLORIDA AT LIPSCOMB8:00PMESPN+
HORIZON LEAGUE FIRST ROUND: IUPUI AT OAKLAND8:00PMESPN+
HORIZON LEAGUE FIRST ROUND: UIC AT MILWAUKEE8:00PMESPN+
DUKE AT PITT8:00PMACCN
KANSAS AT TCU8:00PMESPN+
MICHIGAN STATE AT MICHIGAN8:30PMFS1
ST. BONAVENTURE AT VCU8:30PMCBSSN
FLORIDA AT VANDERBILT8:30PMSECN
PURDUE AT WISCONSIN9:00PMESPN
LOUISVILLE AT VIRGINIA TECH9:00PMESPN2
CINCINNATI AT HOUSTON9:00PMESPNU
NEVADA AT BOISE STATE9:00PMFS2
ARIZONA AT USC11:00PMESPN
NBATIME ETTV
DETROIT AT WASHINGTON7:00PMNBCS-WSH
BALLY SPORTS
ATLANTA AT BOSTON7:30PMTNT
BROOKLYN AT TORONTO7:30PMYES
SPORTSNET
LA CLIPPERS AT HOUSTON8:00PMBALLY SPORTS
ATTSN-SW
GOLDEN STATE AT MINNESOTA8:00PMNBCS-BAY
BALLY SPORTS
DALLAS AT LA LAKERS10:00PMTNT
NHLTIME ETTV
OTTAWA AT TAMPA BAY7:00PMSPORTSNET
BALLY SPORTS
EDMONTON AT PHILADELPHIA7:00PMSPORTSNET
NBCS-PHI
NEW JERSEY AT COLUMBUS7:00PMESPN+
HULU
CAROLINA AT DETROIT7:30PMBALLY SPORTS
CALGARY AT MINNESOTA8:00PMSPORTSNET
BALLY SPORTS
MONTREAL AT WINNIPEG8:00PMSPORTSNET
NY ISLANDERS AT COLORADO9:00PMMSG+
ALT
SAN JOSE AT VEGAS10:00PMATTSN-RM
NBCS-CA
BOSTON AT ANAHEIM10:00PMNESN
BALLY SPORTS