INDIANA BOYS BASKETBALL REGIONAL PAIRINGS

REGIONAL PAIRINGS
CLASS 4A
MICHIGAN CITY
EAST CHICAGO CENTRAL [22-4] VS. MISHAWAKA [19-7]
MICHIGAN CITY
WARSAW [19-5] VS. CROWN POINT [19-5]
NEW CASTLE
KOKOMO [25-3] VS. FISHERS [25-1]
LOGANSPORT
FORT WAYNE NORTH [19-8] VS. FORT WAYNE WAYNE [21-3]
GREENFIELD
AVON [15-10] VS. LAWRENCE NORTH [24-3]
SOUTHPORT
NEW PALESTINE [22-5] VS. BEN DAVIS [20-5]
SOUTHRIDGE
JEFFERSONVILLE [18-7] VS. EVANSVILLE HARRISON [20-4]
SOUTHPORT
FRANKLIN [18-4] VS. CENTER GROVE [20-4]


CLASS 3A
TRITON
HAMMOND NOLL [20-7] VS. FAIRFIELD [19-6]
SB WASHINGTON
JOHN GLENN [13-13] VS. SOUTH BEND ST. JOSEPH [17-9]
LOGANSPORT
PERU [15-10] VS. WEST LAFAYETTE [19-6]
LAPEL
DELTA [21-6] VS. FORT WAYNE CONCORDIA [14-12]
GREENFIELD
GUERIN CATHOLIC [20-7] VS. INDIANAPOLIS WASHINGTON [14-12]
LEBANON
NORTHVIEW [14-11] VS. DANVILLE [21-3]
SEYMOUR
BATESVILLE [20-5] VS. SCOTTSBURG [21-5]
SOUTHRIDGE
SOUTHRIDGE [19-6] VS. EVANSVILLE BOSSE [14-10]


CLASS 2A
TRITON
WABASH [20-5] VS. WESTVIEW [20-5]
NORTH JUDSON
NORTH JUDSON [15-9] VS. GARY 21ST CENTURY [20-6]
LAPEL
WAPAHANI [23-2] VS. TIPTON [24-2]
FRANKFORT
FORT WAYNE BLACKHAWK [20-6] VS. LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC [17-8]
LEBANON
IRVINGTON PREP [16-9] VS. PARK TUDOR [19-5]
MARTINSVILLE
PARKE HERITAGE [22-5] VS. NORTHEASTERN [18-7]
SEYMOUR
SWITZERLAND COUNTY [15-10] VS. FOREST PARK [17-9]
WASHINGTON
SULLIVAN [21-5] VS. BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL [24-4]


CLASS 1A
SB WASHINGTON
MARQUETTE CATHOLIC [11-15] VS. DEMOTTE CHRISTIAN [19-7]
NORTH JUDSON
TRI-COUNTY [14-11] VS. ELKHART CHRISTIAN [16-9]
NEW CASTLE
SETON CATHOLIC [19-7] VS. LIBERTY CHRISTIAN [16-9]
FRANKFORT
FORT WAYNE CANTERBURY [15-9] VS. NORTH VERMILLION [15-10]
MARTINSVILLE
OLDENBURG ACADEMY [13-11] VS. GREENWOOD CHRISTIAN [17-7]
WASHINGTON
BETHESDA CHRISTIAN [20-7] VS. CLAY CITY [21-5]
LOOGOOTEE
CHRISTIAN ACADEMY [22-4] VS. BARR-REEVE [23-2]
LOOGOOTEE
TRINITY LUTHERAN [14-11] VS. EVANSVILLE CHRISTIAN [23-2]

2023-24 GIRLS GYMNASTICS STATE TOURNAMENT

Site: Worthen Arena, Ball State University, 1699 W. Bethel Avenue, Muncie | Facility

Time: Doors open to spectators at 10 am ET; Opening ceremonies at 11 am ET; Competition at 11:30 am ET.

Admission: All tickets will be digital through your mobile phone and may be purchased through Eventlink (additional fees may apply). No cash. Present your purchase verification on your mobile phone at the gate for admission. $15 per person. Children age 5 and younger admitted free. All seats general admission. No pass outs. Patrons will enter at Gate 1 on the northeast side of the facility.

Results: Unofficial live results are available online once the meet begins. Official results will be posted following the conclusion of the event.

Streaming: Competition will be streamed exclusively (no commentary) at IHSAAtv.org and the IHSAAtv suite of apps (iPhone, Android phone, Roku Amazon Firestick, AppleTV, and Android TV) via pay-per-view for $15.

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

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

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

MEN’S TOP 25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCORES

#10 DUKE 79 NC STATE 64

#15 BAYLOR 93 TEXAS 85

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL TOP 25 SCORES

NO GAMES SCHEDULED

NBA SCOREBOARD

Memphis 106 Brooklyn 102

Minnesota 119 Portland 114

Milwaukee 113 LA Clippers 106

Utah 127 Washington 115

Chicago 113 Sacramento 109

LA Lakers 116 Oklahoma City 104

NHL SCOREBOARD

Columbus 6 Vegas 3

Boston 4 Toronto 1

Florida 4 NY Rangers 2

St. Louis 2 Philadelphia 1

Colorado 5 Chicago 0

Seattle 4 Calgary 2

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Minnesota 4 Atlanta 3

Pittsburgh 7 Tampa Bay 3

Washington 1 St. Louis 0

Detroit 2 Boston 1

Minnesota 7 Baltimore 2

Toronto 5 Philadelphia 2

Chicago White Sox 5 Arizona 2

Cincinnati 15 Oakland 8

San Diego 2 Chicago Cubs 1

Colorado 12 San Francisco 10

NY Yankees 3 Miami 2 LA Angels 3 Texas 2

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

NO GAMES SCHEDULED

COLLEGE BASEBALL SCORES

MINNESOTA 12 PACIFIC 5

COLLEGE SOFTBALL SCORES

MINNESOTA 14 CHARLOTTE 4

NATIONAL SPORTS RELEASES/HEADLINES

NFL NEWS

EAGLES CENTER JASON KELCE RETIRES AFTER 13 NFL SEASONS AND 1 SUPER BOWL RING

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jason Kelce has retired after 13 seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles.

The 36-year-old Kelce officially called it quits Monday at the Eagles’ NovaCare Complex, ending a career in which he became not only one of the great centers of his era who played a key role in the franchise’s lone Super Bowl championship but a beloved Philly personality and popular podcast host.

“Let’s see how long this lasts,” said Kelce, wearing a sleeveless Eagles T-shirt, before he burst into tears and needed several moments to compose himself at a news conference attended by his parents, Ed and Donna, and brother Travis, who was wearing sunglasses inside the auditorium. Eagles coach Nick Sirianni sat behind reporters.

Kelce needed 45 minutes to recount his career from his childhood in Ohio to his final days with the Eagles through tears, laughter and many thanks to his biggest influences before he finally announced he was retiring.

“I have been the underdog my entire career,” he said. “And I mean this when I say it, I still wish I was.”

Kelce was a sixth-round pick out of Cincinnati in the 2011 draft. The burly, bushy-haired and bearded Kelce has been a stalwart of the offensive line since he was drafted and as an Iron Man after he missed most of the 2012 season with a partially torn MCL and torn ACL.

The moment that endeared him for life to the Philly faithful came at the Super Bowl parade following the 2017 season when he dressed as one of Philadelphia’s famed Mummers, and the ultimate underdog delivered a fiery, profane speech that whipped the crowd into a frenzy.

“No one likes us! No one likes us! No one likes us! We don’t care,” Kelce exclaimed that day in February 2018. “We’re from Philly! (Expletive) Philly. No one likes us! We don’t care!”

Kelce recalled that moment Monday, saying: “I won’t forget the parade and what it meant to the city of Philadelphia. The joy in our community and the closure it gave so many.”

“That wasn’t my speech,” Kelce said. “It was Philadelphia’s.

Kelce is the older brother of Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce. The two played each other in the Super Bowl two seasons ago, which was won by the Chiefs — “I won’t forget falling short to the Chiefs,” Jason said Monday — and co-host a podcast. Jason attended the Chiefs’ playoff game in frigid Buffalo temperatures in this season’s playoffs. He ripped off his shirt and chugged beers as he sat in a suite with Travis’ girlfriend, Taylor Swift.

It was the Jason Kelce way.

He’s been a showman off the football field, singing the national anthem at a 76ers game, partying with the Phillie Phanatic and pounding a beer to a roaring ovation at a Phillies postseason game.

But it was his work on the offensive line that made him a star. Kelce ended his career by making 156 straight starts, and he earned six All-Pro Team selections.

He was part of Philadelphia’s core four of stars that have experienced droughts and championship runs, multiple coaches and one of the worst collapses in the city’s sports history. Fletcher Cox and Brandon Graham are the lone holdovers from former coach Andy Reid’s last season with the Eagles in 2012. Lane Johnson completes the four veteran anchors and was a rookie in former coach Chip Kelly’s first season in 2013.

Kelce is the first one to call it quits.

Sirianni added to Kelce’s lore by shipping a keg of beer to the center’s home to entice him to return in 2022.

“No Keg videos this year,” Kelce wrote Monday morning on social media.

Instead, he thanked a long list of mentors from his high school football, hockey and lacrosse coaches and his old band teachers at Cleveland Heights (Ohio) high school for putting up with a “rambunctious kid that was will full of immaturity, stupidly and cockiness.”

He thanked his coaches at Cincinnati for believing he could play center, a fortuitous decision that made him a great fit in Philadelphia, then thanked his four coaches with the Eagles.

Kelce choked up again thanking Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie for his leadership and general manager Howie Roseman for drafting him. He shared memories of his Eagles career and said he would never forget the day Reid called to tell him Kelce had been drafted by the Eagles. Kelce’s father rushed into a room, “with tears streaming down his face,” in pure joy of the moment.

Kelce went on to play 193 regular-season games for the Eagles.

“It has always been a goal of mine to play my whole career in one city,” Kelce said. “I couldn’t have dreamt a better one if I tried.”

BRONCOS RELEASING WILSON, TAKING RECORD CAP HIT

The Denver Broncos informed quarterback Russell Wilson that he’ll be released when the new league year opens, the team announced Monday.

“Over the last two years, you have welcomed my family and me with open arms and have embraced us as members of the Denver community,” Wilson said in a statement.

“This place will always hold a special place in my heart. … Tough times don’t last, but tough people do. God’s got me. I am excited for what’s next.”

The Broncos will carry $85 million in dead money, exceeding the previous league record of $40.5 million that the Atlanta Falcons incurred after trading former NFL MVP Matt Ryan, per Over The Cap’s Jason Fitzgerald.

Denver still owes Wilson $39 million in salary ahead of his departure, but avoids guaranteeing $37 million in salary by moving on from the veteran passer.

The Broncos acquired Wilson in 2022 from the Seattle Seahawks for two first-round picks, two second-round picks, a fifth-round pick, quarterback Drew Lock, defensive tackle Shelby Harris, and tight end Noah Fant. He then signed a five-year, $245-million contract extension with the club in August.

The 35-year-old failed to provide the Broncos with adequate quarterback play in his first season, going 4-11 in 15 starts with 16 touchdowns and 13 turnovers. Head coach Sean Payton kept Wilson as his starter last year, but the Wisconsin product failed to live up to expectations. He went 7-8 and was ultimately benched for the team’s final two contests.

Wilson finishes his Broncos tenure having thrown for 6,594 passing yards with 42 touchdowns and 19 interceptions.

MIKE EVANS AGREES TO A 2-YEAR, $52 MILLION CONTRACT TO REMAIN WITH THE BUCCANEERS, AP SOURCE SAYS

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — There’s still a chance Mike Evans could play his entire career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Instead of testing his worth in free agency this winter, the team’s career receiving leader has agreed to a two-year, $52 million contract to remain with the club that drafted him seventh overall in 2014, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press on Monday.

The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the contract had not been finalized. ESPN first reported the agreement, saying it includes $35 million guaranteed.

The deal comes just days after Bucs general manager Jason Licht and other team officials returned from the annual NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis, where discussions with Evans’ agent gained momentum.

Evans, 30, is the only player in NFL history to begin a career with 10 consecutive seasons with 1,000-plus yards receiving and is Tampa Bay’s career leader in receptions (762), yards (11,680) and touchdowns (94).

Last summer, the five-time Pro Bowl selection unsuccessfully sought an extension on a five-year, $82.5 million contract he signed in 2018.

Despite his disappointment, the 6-foot-5, 231-pound receiver remained open to the prospect of playing his entire career with the Bucs while having 79 receptions for 1,255 yards and tying Tyreek Hill for the league lead in TD catches with 13 in 2023.

The team is hopeful that re-signing Evans will help ensure quarterback Baker Mayfield remains with Tampa Bay, too.

Mayfield joined the team on a one-year contract last winter and had his best season as a pro, throwing for a career-best 4,044 yards and 28 touchdowns while helping Tampa Bay capture a third straight NFC South title.

The Bucs, the only NFC team to reach the playoffs each of the past four seasons, upset Philadelphia in a wild-card matchup before losing to Detroit in the divisional round. Evans had 11 receptions for 195 yards and one TD in the two games.

The day after being eliminated from the postseason, coach Todd Bowles was asked if he cringed at the thought of Evans potentially playing for a different team.

“I don’t even think about it. I don’t like to be asked about it,” Bowles said. “I don’t want to know about it. I hope to hell that does not happen.”

In addition to hoping to retain Mayfield and Evans, Licht said last week in Indianapolis that the Bucs have also prioritized trying to re-sign All-Pro safety Antoine Winfield Jr., veteran linebacker Lavonte David and placekicker Chase McLaughlin, who are set to become free agents.

The team also is looking to extend the contract of left tackle Tristan Wirfs, who is scheduled to play on his fifth-year option of $18.24 million next season.

“We’re focused on signing ours right now.,” Licht said at the combine. “I mean, if we can re-sign Mike and Baker and Lavonte, Chase, Antoine and Tristan, I mean, we should be throwing another boat parade. That’s a pretty good class there.”

REPORT: STEELERS NOT INTERESTED IN COUSINS, MAYFIELD, FIELDS, WILSON

The Pittsburgh Steelers aren’t planning to take a big swing at quarterback this offseason.

The Steelers won’t pursue Kirk Cousins or Baker Mayfield in free agency, sources Mike DeFabo of The Athletic, who adds Pittsburgh also isn’t interested in signing Russell Wilson upon his expected release from the Denver Broncos.

Additionally, the Steelers aren’t among the teams working to acquire Justin Fields in a trade from the Chicago Bears, sources told The Athletic’s Dianna Russini. Fields should be made available with the Bears expected to draft a quarterback at No. 1.

The Steelers have rallied around Kenny Pickett despite a poor sophomore showing in which he was bench for Mason Rudolph to conclude the season.

Head coach Mike Tomlin said in January that Pickett will enter 2024 atop the depth chart, though he’ll face competition.

Steelers general manager Omar Khan backed Pickett as well, saying he has “full faith” in the 2022 first-round pick. Khan also said the club would like to re-sign Rudolph, who’s an impending free agent.

Pickett has thrown for just 4,474 yards and 13 touchdowns against 13 interceptions in 25 games across his first two seasons.

Pittsburgh hired former Atlanta Falcons coach Arthur Smith as its new offensive coordinator in hopes of sparking Pickett’s career.

REPORT: JAGUARS RELEASING DT FOLORUNSO FATUKASI

The Jacksonville Jaguars are releasing defensive tackle Folorunso Fatukasi, NFL Network reported Monday on the veteran’s 29th birthday.

The move would save the team $3.5 million on the 2024 salary cap.

Fatukasi started 16 games in 2023 and recorded 24 tackles and two quarterback hits.

He has 163 tackles, 4.5 sacks and 19 QB hits in 75 games (52 starts) with the New York Jets (2018-21) and Jaguars. The Jets drafted him in the sixth round in 2018.

REPORT: PANTHERS PARTING WAYS WITH CB DONTE JACKSON

The Carolina Panthers are expected to release or trade veteran cornerback Donte Jackson, ESPN reported Monday.

Jackson, 28, has a $4 million roster bonus due March 16. His release would save $5.9 million against the salary cap.

He made 16 starts in 2023 and recorded 59 tackles, five passes defensed and one forced fumble.

The 2018 second-round pick has 14 interceptions and 303 tackles in 80 games (76 starts) for the Panthers.

Jackson is heading into the final season of a three-year, $35.2 million extension signed in March 2022.

PANTHERS PASS RUSHER BRIAN BURNS HEADED FOR TAG

Panthers pass rusher Brian Burns and Carolina are no closer to a long-term contract agreement, signaling the franchise tag is imminent ahead of Tuesday’s deadline.

Teams can apply franchise and transition tags to restrict pending free agents from hitting the open market without refusal rights.

Multiple outlets reported the two sides are no closer to a contract with the NFL deadline for applying tags set for Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET.

Burns has 46 career sacks, including 8.0 last season, but reportedly requested a contract starting point of $30 million per season.

First-year Panthers general manager Dan Morgan walked into a hornet’s nest with Burns and his agent, who had an acrimonious relationship with the previous regime. Burns considered a “hold-in” last summer, whereby he would sit out training camp workouts but report to the team in hopes of coaxing a deal out of then-GM Scott Fitterer.

Morgan, who was Fitterer’s right-hand man and a business ally dating to their time in the Seattle Seahawks’ scouting department, said at the NFL Scouting Combine last week that he was leaving all options open with Burns.

“We would definitely use it if we had to use it,” Morgan said of the franchise tag option. “We love Brian. Brian’s a Panther. Somebody that I know, that I’m close to. I played with his brother. So, definitely love Brian. But all options are on the table.”

Burns, 25, would be locked in at $24 million as a minimum salary for next season. He would be permitted to negotiate with other teams, unless the Panthers used the “exclusive” franchise tag to limit his options.

In the event another team makes an offer to Burns, Carolina could choose to match that offer or receive multiple first-round picks in return.

Carolina doesn’t have a pick in the first round of the draft despite a 2-15 record. The Panthers owed the No. 1 pick in the 2024 draft to the Chicago Bears as payment for a trade last March 10 to acquire the top pick in the 2023 draft used to select Bryce Young.

BEARS ACQUIRE OL RYAN BATES FROM BILLS FOR FIFTH-ROUND PICK

The Buffalo Bills are trading offensive lineman Ryan Bates to the Chicago Bears for a fifth-round pick in the 2024 draft.

The deal is pending a physical and will become official when the new league year begins March 13, the Bills announced Monday.

Bates, 27, played the first five seasons of his NFL career with Buffalo. He has seen action in 73 regular-season games, starting 19, along with nine playoff games (four starts).

Bates was the Bills’ starting right guard for 15 games in 2022 before restructuring his contract and moving to a reserve role last year. His contract lasts through 2025.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL NEWS

BIG TEN CONFERENCE RELEASES SCHOOL SCHEDULE FOR 2024 FOOTBALL MEDIA DAYS PRESENTED BY OLD NATIONAL BANK

ROSEMONT, Ill. –The Big Ten Conference announced today the school appearance schedule for the 2024 Big Ten Football Media Days Presented by Old National Bank.
 
This year’s event will debut a three-day format, July 23-25, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis with Big Ten Commissioner Tony Petitti addressing the media on day one. Big Ten Network will provide live coverage all three days.
 
DAY 1 (July 23): Illinois, Northwestern, Ohio State, Purdue, Rutgers, Wisconsin 
 
DAY 2 (July 24): Iowa, Michigan State, Nebraska, Penn State, UCLA, USC
 
DAY 3 (July 25): Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Oregon, Washington

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

NO. 11 BAYLOR STORMS BACK TO DOWN TEXAS

Jalen Bridges scored a career high 32 points as No. 11 Baylor roared back to beat Texas 93-85 on Monday in a key late-season Big 12 Conference clash in Waco, Texas.

The Longhorns led by 14 points early in the first half and by eight at halftime. Baylor rallied to tie the game at 68 with an 11-0 run over the middle of the second half and then took the lead when Jayden Nunn hit two free throws with 6:50 to play.

The Bears (22-8, 11-6) pushed their advantage to 78-70 after RayJ Dennis canned a jumper with 5:20 remaining. Texas went almost 10 minutes without a field goal before Max Abmas hit a runner high off the glass with 3:34 left to bring the Longhorns to within five points. But they would get no closer.

Dennis added 16 points for Baylor, with Ja’Kobe Walter scoring 15 and Josh Ojianwuna hitting for 10. The Bears have won three straight and are assured of a top-four finish in the Big 12 standings.

Abmas led all scorers with 33 points while Kadin Shedrick tallied 14 for the Longhorns (19-11, 8-9) and Tyrese Hunter added 12. Dylan Disu, Texas’ top scorer, was limited to three points in 10 minutes after suffering from a stomach ailment before the game and then leaving midway through the second half with a left knee injury.

The Longhorns started the game on fire, making 10 of their first 13 shots from the floor over the first 8 1/2 minutes. A 3-pointer by Abmas capped the surge and gave Texas a 30-16 lead.

Baylor whittled its deficit to eight points when Bridges hit a jumper from beyond the arc with 6:47 to play in the first half to make it 36-38. The Longhorns pushed the lead back to double digits after Abmas hit a basket to make it 43-32 with 2:16 left but Baylor responded, getting a three-point play from Dennis to trim the lead to seven points with 37 seconds left.

A free throw by Brock Cunningham granted Texas a 48-40 advantage at the break.

Bridges paced all scorers with 18 points before halftime. Abmas’ 17 points at the half led the Longhorns.

The Bears countered Texas’ hot start to the game by hitting their first nine shots of the second half, drawing to within 68-61 when Ojianwuna dunked with 12:24 to play.

NO. 9 DUKE PULLS AWAY FOR VICTORY OVER NC STATE

Jeremy Roach scored 21 points and No. 9 Duke pulled away in the final 11 minutes to defeat North Carolina State 79-64 after a horrid start Monday night at Raleigh, N.C.

Jared McCain racked up 16 points, Sean Stewart had 12 points off the bench and Tyrese Proctor added 11 points for Duke (24-6, 15-4 Atlantic Coast Conference). The Blue Devils will go into their Saturday night regular-season finale at home against No. 7 North Carolina with a chance to at least gain a share of the ACC’s regular-season title.

DJ Burns Jr. pumped in 27 points on 12-for-19 shooting from the field for the Wolfpack. Mohamed Diarra supplied 10 points and seven rebounds for NC State (17-13, 9-10), which played in its home finale.

The Wolfpack lost their third game in a row and fell for the fourth time in five games. NC State failed in a chance to pick up an upset of a Top 10 team for the second time in three days after losing Saturday at then-No. 9 North Carolina.

Duke, which earned a blowout victory in Raleigh last year, won despite shooting 30 percent (9 of 30) on 3-point attempts. Nineteen offense rebounds helped negate some of the Blue Devils’ shoddy shooting.

NC State, which was hurt by 7-for-14 shooting from the free-throw line, took a 46-45 lead on Diarra’s jumper with 12:08 to play.

Stewart’s putback gave Duke the lead for good 18 seconds later. McCain and Kyle Filipowski hit 3-pointers to help stretch the lead. Another trey from McCain with less than nine minutes to go increased the margin to 60-50, and the Wolfpack couldn’t make a charge.

Duke led 33-30 at halftime despite getting no points from Filipowski, a preseason All-American who picked up two fouls in the game’s first eight minutes. Filipowski finished with nine points.

Proctor was 3-for-5 on first-half 3-point attempts, with the rest of his teammates a combined 1-for-11.

NC State scored the game’s first nine points. Burns paced the Wolfpack with 15 first-half points.

PAC-12 DEPARTURE CREATES OPENING FOR MOUNTAIN WEST AND WCC TOURNAMENTS IN LAS VEGAS

LAS VEGAS (AP) — With the Pac-12 Conference about to play its final men’s and women’s basketball tournaments — at least in their current state — there is an opportunity for one of the other four leagues in the region to step to the forefront in Las Vegas.

The Mountain West and West Coast Conference are the most likely candidates to replace the Pac-12 in terms of recognition, though the Big West and Western Athletic Conference could receive more visibility as well.

The Mountain West, in particular, is having probably its best season. ESPN’s Joe Lunardi projects six teams to make the NCAA Tournament, which would top the five the league sent in 2013. Four Mountain West teams made the tournament each of the past two years.

“We’ve always been a historically strong basketball conference, so I don’t feel like it’s, ‘Oh, wow, look at the Mountain West,’” MW Commissioner Gloria Nevarez said. “I feel like it’s a little bit more like, ‘OK, we’re back. We’re where we should be.’”

For Nevarez, watching the Pac-12 all but disintegrate hits close to home. She was a senior associate commissioner in that conference from 2010-18, overseeing women’s sports.

Nevarez also has strong ties to the WCC, having served as commissioner from 2018-22 before taking the Mountain West job. Her WCC successor is Stu Jackson, a former longtime NBA executive and ex-New York Knicks coach.

Jackson, who played at Oregon and previously worked as an assistant coach in the old Pac-10, said the Pac-12’s departure “gives the other four tournaments a chance to elevate ourselves during what is a terrific week of basketball in Las Vegas.”

“But I’d be remiss if I didn’t say that not having the Pac-12 there, it’s an unfortunate loss,” Jackson added. “You lose some of the media, business partners, a share in the buzz. So it’s just not good for college athletics as a whole.”

The Mountain West, with a three-year exception in the early 2000s when the conference moved its tournament to Denver, has played its men’s and women’s basketball tournaments in Las Vegas from the beginning in 2000.

Conference member UNLV has been the host each of those years, which caused much of the rest of the league to gripe until the Rebels stopped becoming serious contenders about a decade ago. The criticisms could return if UNLV, which has won nine of 10 games, makes a strong run in this tournament.

The WCC took the lead of going into Las Vegas without an affiliate school when it moved there in 2009. It was quite leap of faith for the conference, but it didn’t hurt that Gonzaga had become a national power and developed a strong fan base. Saint Mary’s and BYU — the Cougars now are part of the Big 12 Conference — also competed at a national level.

Now the WCC has no plans to go anywhere else, and its success led to three other conferences also moving to Nevada.

“What I’ve noticed anecdotally, fans make it a pilgrimage,” Nevarez said. “Even if your team might not be doing well in a given year, they come with their friends and visit all the tournaments and just enjoy March Madness. It’s really provided a lot of repeat customers, so to speak.”

The Pac-12 was the single Power Five in Las Vegas, first playing at the MGM Grand Garden Arena and then moving across Las Vegas Boulevard to the shiny new T-Mobile Arena.

Now 10 Pac-12 schools will play in other conferences next season, leaving Oregon State and Washington State as the two left to try to keep the league going in some form. Those two teams will continue to play as Pac-12 schools, but also will join as WCC basketball affiliates next season and compete in that conference’s postseason tournament.

Maybe the Mountain West will move into T-Mobile, reaffirming its commitment to Las Vegas while providing more of a neutral court.

The WCC is likely to remain at 9,500-seat Orleans Arena, which Jackson said is the perfect venue for that league. And because it plays its tournaments first along with the Pac-12 women, the WCC largely gets Las Vegas to itself.

“For the foreseeable future, that’s the way it will stay,” Jackson said. “We like the timing of our tournament for a number of reasons. One is because of the national visibility the WCC tournaments receive during the week before some of the other tournaments. And from a competitive standpoint, we really feel it’s an advantage for our champions and other at-large teams as they enter the NCAA Tournament.”

HOUSTON HOLDS TIGHT GRIP ON NO. 1, KANSAS DROPS OUT OF TOP 10 FOR FIRST TIME IN 3 YEARS

Houston still has a tight grip on No. 1 in the AP Top 25.

The Cougars received 52 first-place votes from a 62-person media panel in the poll released Monday to hold the top spot for the second straight week.

UConn moved up a spot to No. 2 and had six first-place votes to leapfrog No. 3 Purdue, which had four first-place votes. Tennessee and Arizona rounded out the top five.

Houston moved to No. 1 for the first time this season a week ago and won both of its games last week: a 67-59 home win over Cincinnati and, thanks to Jamal Shead’s last-second shot, a win at Oklahoma 87-85.

Houston is still leading the country in KenPom’s adjusted defensive efficiency despite giving up 85 points to the Sooners. The win allowed coach Kelvin Sampson to have a triumphant return to Norman, where he coached from 1994 to 2006.

UConn had a nice bounce back after being knocked from the No. 1 spot following a six-week run, blowing out Seton Hall 91-61 at home for its first outright Big East title in 25 years. The Huskies, the reigning national champions, had not won even a share of the Big East regular-season title in 18 years.

“The hardest thing to do is to be excellent over the course of three, four months in a brutal, hard league,” UConn coach Dan Hurley said.

Purdue dropped a spot despite an 80-74 win over Michigan State that clinched a share of a second straight Big Ten title. The Boilermakers have a two-game lead with two games left.

FADING JAYHAWKS

Kansas spent the first three weeks at No. 1 and has been in the top 10 for three years.

Consecutive losses last week ended the Jayhawks’ run.

Kansas fell seven spots to No. 14 in this week’s poll, its worst ranking since hitting No. 15 midway through the 2020-21 season. The Jayhawks were in the top 10 for 55 straight weeks, which had been the longest active streak. Houston now has the longest active top-10 run at 36 straight weeks.

Losses to No. 20 BYU and No. 11 Baylor ensured Kansas can’t win the Big 12 regular-season title. The Jayhawks have seven conference losses for the first time in 21 years under coach Bill Self.

RISING AND FALLING

No. 15 Baylor and No. 19 Gonzaga had the biggest climbs among teams in the poll this week, each moving up four spots. No. 23 Saint Mary’s had the biggest drop, losing six places after Gonzaga ended the Gaels’ 16-game winning streak.

IN AND OUT

BYU moved back into the poll after dropping out last week, coming in at No. 20 after wins over Kansas and TCU. Florida dropped out from No. 24 after losing at No. 17 South Carolina.

CONFERENCE WATCH

The Southeastern Conference and the Big 12 each have five ranked teams after BYU re-entered the poll and Florida dropped out.

The Big East has three, followed by the Big Ten, Atlantic Coast, Pac-12, Mountain West and West Coast conferences with two. The Atlantic 10 and AAC each have one.

IOWA, MINNESOTA NET MEN’S BASKETBALL WEEKLY ACCOLADES

Player of the Week
Payton Sandfort
F – Jr. – 6-7 – Waukee, Iowa – Waukee – Major: Finance

  • Averaged 24.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 8.0 assists, and 1.5 blocks, with a shooting line of 40.0/40.0/95.8, as the Hawkeyes scored a pair of wins  
  • Recorded the first triple-double in program history with 26 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists in a 90-81 victory over Penn State
  • Tallied 23 points, five rebounds, and six assists to lead Purdue to an 87-80 win at Northwestern
  • Garners his first Player of the Week award
  • Last Iowa Player of the Week: Ben Krikke (Nov. 20, 2024)

 
Freshman of the Week
Cam Christie, Minnesota
G – 6-6 – Arlington Heights, Ill. – Rolling Meadows – Major: Undeclared

  • Averaged 21.0 points and 3.0 rebounds on 42.3 percent shooting, including 7-13 from three-point range, as the Gophers split a pair of games
  • Scored a career-high 23 points and hit six of nine three-point attempts in 36 minutes of a 105-97 loss at then-No. 13/16 Illinois
  • Notched a game-high 19 points, including 8-8 from the free throw line, in the Gophers’ 75-70 win over Penn State
  • Earns his second Freshman of the Week award
  • Last Minnesota Freshman of the Week: Cam Chrisie (Feb. 5, 2024)

HUSKIES’ COIT GARNERS PLAYER OF THE WEEK ACCOLADES

MAC Men’s Basketball Player of the Week
David Coit, Junior, Guard, Northern Illinois
Columbus, N.J. (Princeton Day School)
On the road against the top two teams in the MAC, David Coit averaged 31.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game, leading the Huskies to a split against Toledo and Akron. Coit opened the week with 27 points, including 6-of-12 from three, and five assists in a 75-72 win over the Rockets. He then scored a career-high 35 points and grabbed seven rebounds at Akron, also recording three assists and three steals. Coit eclipsed the 1,000-career point plateau against the Zips, becoming the 33rd player in program history to hit the century mark and just the fourth player, along with Jim Bradley, Kenny Battle and Xavier Silas, to do so in two seasons.

UNC’S DAVIS, ND’S BURTON EARN ACC MEN’S BASKETBALL WEEKLY HONORS

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (theACC.com) – North Carolina senior guard RJ Davis earned Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week honors, while Notre Dame guard Markus Burton was named ACC Rookie of the Week for the second straight week. Both earned their respective distinctions for a league-best fourth time this season.

ACC men’s basketball weekly honors are determined by a vote of a 15-member media panel and announced on Mondays throughout the regular season.

Davis averaged 28.0 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.0 steals in home wins over Miami and NC State. The White Plains, New York, native was 18-of-33 from the floor, including 9-of-16 from three and 11-of-14 from the line. He broke the all-time Smith Center scoring record Feb. 26 in the win over Miami with a career-high 42 points (21 in each half) and added six rebounds and four steals. He made a career-high seven 3-pointers (7-of-11), including four in a row over a span of 3:12 that gave UNC a 13-point lead late in the second half. Davis broke Tyler Hansbrough’s Smith Center record of 40 points, set in 2006 against Georgia Tech. He also equaled the third-most points by a Tar Heel in an ACC regular-season game and the most points by a Tar Heel in any game since 1998. Davis became the 10th Tar Heel to score 40 or more. The 42 points were the most in an ACC game since Boston College’s Jerome Robinson scored 46 versus Notre Dame in 2018.

Davis scored 14 points with seven rebounds and five assists Saturday against NC State. He scored 12 of his 14 in the second half as the Tar Heels overcame a 10-point deficit to outscore the Pack, 42-23, over the final 19 minutes.

Burton averaged 26.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.5 steals in a 2-0 week in which the Fighting Irish knocked off Wake Forest and Clemson at home. A native of Mishawaka, Indiana, Burton shot 17-of-31 (54.8 percent) from the field in the wins. Burton started his week by dropping a career-high 31 points against Wake Forest on 9-of-15 shooting, plus a career-best 11-11 from the free-throw line. He also racked up three rebounds, three assists and four steals. He followed that up with a game-high 21 points against Clemson, of which 17 came in the first half. Burton shot 8-of-16 and grabbed a season-best six rebounds while dishing out four assists.

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

TOP 10 SHUFFLE IN WOMEN’S AP TOP 25 AS STANFORD AND IOWA MOVE UP BEHIND NO. 1 SOUTH CAROLINA

Stanford and Iowa jumped up behind top-ranked South Carolina in The Associated Press Top 25 women’s basketball poll as the top 10 got a shuffle on the eve of conference tournaments and Fairfield cracked the rankings for the first time in school history.

Stanford moved back up to No. 2 after a weekend sweep of Oregon State and Oregon. Iowa knocked off then-No. 2 Ohio State on Sunday behind Caitlin Clark, who became the NCAA Division I scoring leader during the game. The Big Ten champion Buckeyes fell to fourth.

While Iowa has been in the Top 25 all season, Fairfield made its first appearance, coming in at No. 25. The Stags (26-1) have won 24 straight games and are the only team in the country besides undefeated South Carolina with one or fewer losses.

“Its a huge moment. This place is special,” Fairfield coach Carly Thibault-DuDonis said. “One of the major reasons I came here is that it was a program on the brink of being on the national stage. We’ll for sure celebrate it. We talk a lot about a team enjoying the moment and being in the moment. This is a big moment.”

The Gamecocks are in a familiar spot atop the poll after finishing their regular season undefeated for the second consecutive year. Dawn Staley’s squad is the top seed in the SEC Tournament this week.

Southern California was fifth, its highest ranking since 1994 when the team was fourth. Texas dropped three spots to sixth.

UCLA, LSU and UConn were next. N.C. State moved up two places to 10th, passing ACC regular-season champion Virginia Tech, which fell six places to 11th.

MORE ON THE STAGS

Fairfield became the fourth team from the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference to earn a spot in the Top 25, joining Saint Peter’s, LaSalle and Marist, whose last ranking was in 2011.

The Stags, who replaced West Virginia in the poll, have already broken the school record for victories in a season and have two games left in the regular season. Fairfield has 14 true road victories which is tied with Saint Joseph’s for the most in the country.

“I think we knew we’d be pretty good. I use the term a lot, cautiously optimistic. I didn’t imagine what we did to this point,” Thibault-DuDonis said. “We have good senior leadership and a healthy balance of seniors and young guys. We kept learning and growing along the way.”

CONFERENCE WATCH

The Pac-12, which has been the most dominant conference so far this season, has three of the top seven teams and six ranked in the Top 25 overall.

The ACC is next with five teams. The Big 12 has four and the Big Ten three. The SEC and Big East each have two. The West Coast and Mountain West join the MAAC with one each. All the Power Five conferences have their tournaments this week.

BRACKET SET FOR 2024 BIG EAST WOMEN’S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT

NEW YORK – The bracket for the 2024 BIG EAST Women’s Basketball Tournament presented by JEEP has been finalized after the regular season was capped off with a buzzer beater in the final game of the day. With Creighton defeating Seton Hall and Villanova stunning DePaul at the buzzer, the Pirates, Wildcats, Georgetown and Marquette all firmed up their seeds on Sunday. The BIG EAST Tournament is set for March 8-11 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., marking the fourth year the conference postseason will be held at Mohegan Sun. All 11 teams qualify for the conference postseason, with the top five teams in the final regular-season standings receiving first-round byes. The winner of the BIG EAST Tournament receives the league’s automatic bid into the 2024 NCAA Tournament.
 
Action tips off on March 8 with the BIG EAST Tournament First Round. No. 8 seed Butler (14-15, 6-12 BIG EAST) will face No. 9 seed Providence (12-19, 6-12) at 11 a.m. ET, followed by No. 7 seed Seton Hall (16-13, 8-10) against No. 10 seed DePaul (12-19, 4-14) at 1:30 p.m. Day 1 closes out at 4 p.m. when No. 6 seed Georgetown (19-10, 9-9) tips off against No. 11 seed Xavier (1-26, 0-18). All three of Friday’s First Round games will stream on the BIG EAST Digital Network on FloSports presented by Invesco QQQ.
 
The winner of the Bulldogs-Friars game moves on to face No. 1 seed and BIG EAST regular-season champion UConn (26-5, 18-0) in Saturday’s first of four Quarterfinal games. Tipoff on FS1 is slated for noon. At 2:30 p.m. on FS2, No. 4 seed Villanova (18-11, 11-7) faces No. 5 seed Marquette (22-7, 11-7). FS2 will air both evening session Quarterfinal games as well, beginning at 7 p.m. when No. 2 seed Creighton (24-4, 15-3) faces the winner of the Pirates-Blue Demons. Rounding out the night at 9:30 p.m. is No. 3 seed St. John’s (17-13, 11-7) against the winner of the Hoyas-Musketeers.
 
Quarterfinal winners advance to Sunday’s Semifinals on FS1, with Saturday’s afternoon session winners squaring off at 2:30 p.m., followed by the evening session winners at 5 p.m. Semifinal winners advance to Monday’s title game on FS1, which will tip at 7 p.m.
 
There were two groups of ties in the final regular-season standings. St. John’s, Villanova and Marquette all finished 11-7 to tie for third place, while Butler and Providence finished 6-12 to tie for eighth. St. John’s finished atop the “mini-conference” with Villanova and Marquette, going 3-0 against those two, while the Wildcats went 2-1 and Golden Eagles went 0-4. The Bulldogs and Friars split their regular-season series, with BU gaining the seeding advantage by showing a .333 winning percentage against the group of teams tied for third, while PC went .200 against the same group, after both went winless against UConn and Creighton.
 
UConn has won the last three BIG EAST Tournaments, all at Mohegan Sun Arena. Since 2013, DePaul (2014-15, 2018-20), Marquette (2017) and St. John’s (2016) have also won the conference crown.
 
2024 BIG EAST Tournament Seeding Notes

  • UConn is the No. 1 seed for the fourth straight year and 22nd time overall
  • The No. 1 seed has won 23 of 41 BIG EAST Tournament tiles; the most recent non-No. 1 seed to win the tourney was No. 2 seed DePaul in 2019
  • For the second straight year, UConn, Creighton, Marquette, St. John’s and Villanova are the five teams receiving First Round byes
  • Creighton is the No. 2 seed for the second time since joining the BIG EAST and first since 2017
  • Georgetown has its highest seed (No. 6) since being the No. 4 seed in 2019
  • St. John’s has its highest seed (No. 3) since being No. 3 in 2020
  • The No. 1 seed is 41-0 all-time against the Nos. 8 and 9 seeds in the Quarterfinals
  • Since moving to an 11-team Tournament, there have been at least two upsets according to seed every year
  • The No. 5 seed has beaten the No. 4 seed in each of the last three Tournaments
  • This is the first time since 2019-20 that the regular season ended with multiple ties in the conference standings

 
For more on the BIG EAST Tournament, visit Tourney Central HERE.
 
2024 BIG EAST Women’s Basketball Tournament
presented by Jeep
Mohegan Sun Arena – Uncasville, Conn.
March 8 – First Round
Game 1: 8 seed Butler vs. 9 seed Providence, 11 a.m. (BEDN)
Game 2: 7 seed Seton Hall vs. 10 seed DePaul, 1:30 p.m. (BEDN)
Game 3: 6 seed Georgetown vs. 11 seed Xavier, 4 p.m. (BEDN)
March 9 – Quarterfinals
Game 4: Game 1 winner vs. 1 seed UConn, Noon (FS1)
Game 5: 4 seed Villanova vs. 5 seed Marquette, 2:30 p.m. (FS2)
Game 6: Game 2 winner vs. 2 seed Creighton, 7 p.m. (FS2)
Game 7: Game 3 winner vs. 3 seed St. John’s, 9:30 p.m. (FS2)
March 10 – Semifinals
Game 8: Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)
Game 9: Game 6 winner vs. Game 7 winner, 5 p.m. (FS1)
March 11 – Final
Game 10: Game 8 winner vs Game 9 winner, 7 p.m. (FS1)
All times Eastern

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

Player of the Week
Caitlin Clark, Iowa
Sr. – G – West Des Moines, Iowa – Dowling Catholic – Major: Business
• Contributed 34.0 points, 10.5 assists, 8.0 rebounds and 2.5 steals in two victories for Iowa
• Had her sixth triple-double of the season on 33 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds against Minnesota
• Led the Hawkeyes to an upset win over No. 2 Ohio State with 35 points, nine assists, six rebounds and three steals
• Surpassed Lynette Woodard as the all-time leading scorer in major women’s college basketball
• Overtook Pete Maravich to become the NCAA’s all-time leading scorer in college basketball history with 3,685 career points
• Broke the NCAA’s record for three-pointers made in a single season (162) and became the first Big Ten women’s basketball player to record over 500 three-pointers in a career (509)
• Earns her 29th career Big Ten Player of the Week award (all-time leader in conference history)
• Her 11th weekly honor is the second-most in a single season in Big Ten history
• Last Iowa Player of the Week: Caitlin Clark (Feb. 26, 2024)
 
Big Ten Women’s Basketball Weekly Honor Roll
Mackenzie Holmes, IND: Shot a blistering 94.4 percent from the floor (17-of-18) on her way to 19.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in wins over Northwestern and Maryland
Jacy Sheldon, OSU: Totaled 23.0 points, 6.0 assists, 2.5 rebounds and 2.5 steals during Ohio State’s split week
Jakia Brown-Turner, MD: Registered 16.5 points, 11.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists in contests against Wisconsin and Indiana
 
Freshman of the Week
Natalie Potts, Nebraska
F – O’Fallon, Mo. – Incarnate Word Academy – Major: Business Administration
• Tallied 14 points, five rebounds and a career-high four assists in Nebraska’s regular-season finale
• Connected on a career-best two three-pointers
• Finished the regular season averaging 10.5 points and 5.4 rebounds  
• Earns her eighth Big Ten Freshman of the Week honor (tied for third-most in conference history)
• Last Nebraska Freshman of the Week: Natalie Potts (Feb. 26, 2024)

NBA NEWS

NBA ROUNDUP: DAMIAN LILLARD (41) LIFTS BUCKS PAST CLIPPERS

Damian Lillard scored a game-high 41 points to lead the Milwaukee Bucks to a 113-106 victory over the visiting Los Angeles Clippers on Monday.

Bobby Portis added 28 points and 16 rebounds off the bench for the Bucks, who won their sixth straight game. Milwaukee’s Patrick Beverley tallied 12 points and nine rebounds against his former team. Milwaukee star Giannis Antetokounmpo missed the game due to a left Achilles injury.

James Harden and Paul George led Los Angeles with 29 points apiece, while Kawhi Leonard added 16. Ivica Zubac collected a team-high 11 rebounds for the Clippers, who had their modest two-game winning streak snapped.

Trailing by six with 5:33 left in the game, the Bucks used a 15-0 run to take control, grabbing a 105-96 lead with 1:58 remaining. Four straight Clippers points cut the deficit to five, but back-to-back buckets from Portis helped cement Milwaukee’s win.

Lakers 116, Thunder 104

LeBron James scored 19 points to go along with 11 rebounds and eight assists as host Los Angeles topped Oklahoma City, knocking the Thunder out of first place in the Western Conference.

D’Angelo Russell scored 26 points and made five 3-pointers while Anthony Davis had 24 points and 12 rebounds as the Lakers earned their 10th win in 14 games.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 20 points and hauled in seven rebounds and Chet Holmgren added 15 points and seven rebounds for the Thunder, who lost for just the second time in nine games.

Grizzlies 106, Nets 102

Luke Kennard scored a season-high 25 points as Memphis held on in the final minute and snapped a five-game losing streak with a victory over Brooklyn in New York.

Kennard made a season-high six 3-pointers, including one from top of the key that gave the Grizzlies a 99-90 lead with three minutes left. Two free throws by Mikal Bridges got the Nets within 105-102 with 6.7 seconds remaining before Kennard hit a free throw on the next possession to ice it.

Nic Claxton scored 21 points, but Brooklyn fell 2 1/2 games behind the 10th-place Atlanta Hawks for the Eastern Conference’s final play-in spot.

Timberwolves 119, Trail Blazers 114

Rudy Gobert scored 25 points and grabbed 16 rebounds for Minnesota, which held on for a win over Portland in Minneapolis and moved back into first place in the West.

Mike Conley added 19 points and seven assists for the Timberwolves, who snapped a two-game skid. Karl-Anthony Towns finished with 14 points.

Anfernee Simons led Portland with 34 points and 14 assists. Rookie Duop Reath tallied a career-high 26 points for the Trail Blazers, who went on an 8-0 run in the final two minutes to pull within six points. However, Anthony Edwards sank two free throws with 18.7 seconds left to seal the outcome.

Bulls 113, Kings 109

Coby White capped a career-best, 37-point scoring effort with game-tying and go-ahead hoops in the final 1:32, completing a huge Chicago comeback win in Sacramento.

The Bulls erased an early 14-point deficit and a 22-point hole in the second half. DeMar DeRozan added 33 points while Nikola Vucevic had 10 points and 13 rebounds in the win.

Domantas Sabonis snatched a game-high 21 rebounds to complete a double-double with 18 points for the Kings, who lost for the third time in their past four games.

Jazz 127, Wizards 115

Jordan Clarkson scored a season-high 38 points, including 12 straight late in the fourth quarter, to lead Utah over Washington in Salt Lake City.

Clarkson added 10 rebounds and seven assists to help the Jazz snap a three-game losing streak. While hitting 13 of 26 shots, the former NBA Sixth Man of the Year passed Thurl Bailey for most 30-point games as a reserve in franchise history with 13.

Jordan Poole scored 32 points after hitting his first eight shots and Kyle Kuzma added 23 points and eight assists but it wasn’t enough to prevent the Wizards from losing their 15th consecutive game.

REPORT: BOOKER OUT AT LEAST 7-10 DAYS WITH ANKLE SPRAIN

Phoenix Suns All-Star Devin Booker is expected to miss at least 7-10 days due to a sprained right ankle, sources told The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

The four-time All-Star is almost certain to miss Tuesday’s high-profile tilt against the defending champion Denver Nuggets. The Suns also likely won’t have Booker available for Thursday’s contest against the Toronto Raptors and potentially subsequent matchups against the Boston Celtics (March 9) and Cleveland Cavaliers (March 11). The latter meeting marks the first contest in a four-game road trip through the Eastern Conference.

Booker suffered the injury in the Suns’ 118-109 loss to the Houston Rockets on Saturday. He inadvertently collided with teammate Royce O’Neale with just over a minute remaining in the contest, causing Booker to roll his ankle. He limped to the locker room and did not return to the game.

Booker missed Sunday’s 118-110 defeat to the Oklahoma City Thunder with the ankle issue. The loss dropped Phoenix to 35-25 and into a tie with the Sacramento Kings for the sixth seed at 7.5 games back of the first-place Thunder. However, the Suns are now within the play-in range and just a game clear of the Dallas Mavericks in eighth.

The Suns are 4-7 in 11 games without Booker this season.

BASEBALL NEWS

SPRING TRAINING ROUNDUP: TWINS EARN SPLIT-SQUAD SWEEP

Ryan Jeffers, Willi Castro and Carlos Santana hit solo home runs to guide the host Minnesota Twins to a 4-3 comeback win over the Atlanta Braves on Monday in Fort Myers, Fla.

The Twins entered the fourth inning down 2-0 before Jeffers and Castro knocked back-to-back homers off Dylan Lee. Santana delivered the go-ahead dinger the next inning off Grant Holmes (0-2).

Reliever Brock Stewart (1-0) pitched a perfect fifth with one strikeout for Minnesota. Dylan Neuse added an RBI single for an important insurance run.

Matt Olson hit a two-run homer for the Braves, his first of the spring, and Luke Williams added an RBI hit in the ninth before the Twins’ Hobie Harris polished off a two-inning save.

Twins 7, Orioles 2

Emmanuel Rodriguez homered as Minnesota’s split squad rang up a seven-run lead during a win over host Baltimore in Sarasota, Fla.

Jair Camargo and Brooks Lee each went 2-for-3 with an RBI double, and Royce Lewis went 2-for-2 with an RBI single for the Twins. Starter Cole Sands (1-0) pitched one scoreless, hitless inning before giving way to seven relievers who gave up just three hits.

Orioles starter Dean Kremer (1-1) gave up two runs on four hits and two walks over two innings, striking out three. It took them till the bottom of the ninth to score on a fielder’s choice and a bases-loaded walk.

Pirates 7, Rays 3

Jack Suwinski, Canaan Smith-Njigba and Henry Davis went yard in the first three innings as visiting Pittsburgh defeated Tampa Bay in Port Charlotte, Fla.

Pirates starter Luis Ortiz (1-0) yielded one unearned run on one hit and one walk while fanning three over three innings. Davis’ two-run shot was his third home run of the spring and put the Rays in a 5-0 hole.

Amed Rosario homered and Francisco Mejia had an RBI single for the Rays after starter Aaron Civale (0-1) was shelled for five runs and four hits over 2 2/3 innings.

Nationals 1, Cardinals 0

Keibert Ruiz hit an RBI sacrifice fly to center to score Lane Thomas, enough run support for Washington to defeat visiting St. Louis in Palm Beach, Fla.

Nationals starter Trevor Williams struck out three with one hit over two innings. Williams and seven relievers combined to hold St. Louis to six hits and one walk while striking out nine.

Cardinals starter Sonny Gray pitched 1 2/3 innings with one strikeout and one hit before JoJo Romero (0-2) gave up Thomas’ run.

Blue Jays 5, Phillies 2

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit a solo homer and an RBI single, both with two outs, as host Toronto beat Philadelphia in Dunedin, Fla.

Bo Bichette hit the go-ahead two-run single for the Blue Jays and Luis De Los Santos added an insurance run on a single. Yimi Garcia (1-0) pitched a perfect fifth inning for the win.

Aramis Garcia had an RBI double and Kody Clemens added an RBI single for the Phillies, who lost despite outhitting the Jays 10-7. Reliever Griff McGarry (0-1) gave up three runs on three hits over 2/3 of an inning.

Tigers 2, Red Sox 1

Matt Vierling scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch, starter Tarik Skubal fanned six over three frames and Detroit edged visiting Boston in Lakeland, Fla.

Skubal yielded just one hit before Will Vest (1-0) picked up the win with a perfect fifth inning featuring one strikeout. Javier Baez drove in Mark Canha with a second-inning sac fly to open the scoring, and Vierling came around on Joe Jacques’ (0-1) wild pitch during a four-pitch walk to Riley Greene in the fifth.

Ceddanne Rafaela homered to tie the game at 1 for the Red Sox, but they mustered just four hits in all.

DODGERS ACQUIRE 3B ANDRE LIPCIUS, PLACE LHP CLAYTON KERSHAW ON 60-DAY IL

The Los Angeles Dodgers traded for Detroit Tigers third baseman Andre Lipcius on Monday in exchange for cash considerations.

In a corresponding move on the 40-man roster, Los Angeles placed left-handed pitcher Clayton Kershaw on the 60-day injured list. Kershaw is recovering from left shoulder surgery.

Kershaw, who turns 36 on March 19, underwent surgery on Nov. 3. He is looking to return to the Dodgers in July or August.

Kershaw owns a 210-92 record with a 2.48 ERA in 425 career appearances (422 starts) across 16 seasons with Los Angeles. He is a 10-time All-Star and a three-time National League Cy Young Award winner. In 2014, he won both the Cy Young and NL MVP award.

Lipcius, 25, was selected by the Tigers in the third round of the 2019 MLB Draft out of Tennessee. As a rookie in 2023, he had 10 hits in 38 plate appearances, batting .286 with one home run and four RBIs.

ZACK WHEELER AND PHILLIES REACH $126 MILLION, 3-YEAR DEAL FOR 2025-27

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Zack Wheeler and the Philadelphia Phillies agreed Monday on a $126 million, three-year contract for 2025-27, the fourth-highest average salary in baseball history at $42 million.

The Phillies’ ace gets $23.5 million this year in the final season of a $118 million, five-year contract, one of the best free agent contracts in Phillies history.

“I’ve really just enjoyed being here in Philly,” the 33-year-old right-hander said. “The fans are the best. Playing in Citizens Bank (Park) in October, there’s nothing like it.”

Wheeler’s average salary trails only Los Angeles Dodgers two-way star Shohei Ohtani ($70 million), Texas pitcher Max Scherzer ($43.33 million) and Houston pitcher Justin Verlander ($43.33 million), the latter two who signed their deals with the New York Mets.

“What it tells us is we think Zack is as good as anybody in baseball right now,” team president Dave Dombrowski said. “For us right now, when we look over the last handful of years, we think Zack Wheeler is as fine a pitcher in the game of baseball.”

Wheeler has led the NL in strikeouts and innings during his four seasons after missing time with injuries while with the Mets from 2013-19. He also leads all pitchers in wins above replacement (WAR) while with the Phillies at 19.3, per FanGraphs.

After he missed the 2015 and 2016 seasons following Tommy John surgery, Wheeler has made 90 starts the last three seasons.

An NL Cy Young Award runner-up in 2021, Wheeler also won a Gold Glove last season.

The new deal for Wheeler adds yearly salaries of $42 million. He gets a hotel suite on road trips and agrees to make a $100,000 charitable contribution each year.

Wheeler credited the training staff for keeping him healthy, making him a rarity among modern pitchers who is better in his 30s than his 20s. Wheeler said he never wanted a massive long-term deal and didn’t look for the seven or eight-year deals most top free agents seek these days — and the righty didn’t want lingering contract negotiations hanging over his head this season.

“I think it works out for me, I think it works out for the team,” Wheeler said. “I’d rather have it now than go to free agency and see what happens.”

The Phillies, who reached the NL Championship Series each of the last two years, now have their top-two starters anchoring the rotation for years to come. Philadelphia signed fellow right-hander Aaron Nola to a $172 million, seven-year deal.

In 11 postseason games, Wheeler has a 2.42 ERA. He’s pitched at least six innings and allowed fewer than three runs in eight of his 10 postseason starts. He won three games in the 2023 postseason, including a 2-0 record against Arizona in the NLCS.

“Let’s establish right now, he’s one of the best pitchers in baseball,” Dombrowski said. “Is he first, second, third? We don’t have to get into that. But he’s one of the best. And the reality is, when you start not only talking about being one of the best pitchers, he’s one of the best big-game pitchers in the game of baseball. In the postseason when he takes that ball, I can’t think of anybody I’d rather have take the ball than Zack.”

The Phillies continue to spend in their hunt for their first World Series title since 2008. Team owner John Middleton hasn’t been shy in signing free agents such as Bryce Harper, Trea Turner and Kyle Schwarber, while keeping Nola, Wheeler and catcher J.T Realmuto in the fold with lucrative extensions.

“We have a high payroll, as you know,” Dombrowski said. “We are very appreciative of what ownership gives us. But there’s a limit on how much we can do. It’s not unlimited, but there will be questions I think we’ll face more at the end of the year.”

Wheeler is 87-63 with a 3.45 ERA in 227 career starts that dates to his 2013 debut with the Mets. Wheeler and his wife just welcomed their third child late last month.

“I don’t want to play until I’m old, old,” Wheeler said. “I want to be around my family. But I’m definitely enjoying the moment here, enjoying every moment I take the mound.”

TROUT CONVINCED HE CAN RETURN TO MVP FORM

Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout has his eyes on two goals this season: winning and returning to his previous MVP form. He’s convinced he can do the latter.

“I’m getting chills thinking about it right now,” Trout said, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal.

Trout enters the 2024 campaign healthy after an injury-shortened campaign where he appeared in 82 games and produced career lows in batting average and OPS.

His drop in production, injury concerns, and Shohei Ohtani’s free-agent departure led to offseason trade speculation around the three-time MVP, who has seven years and close to $260 million left on his contract.

Angels general manager Perry Minasian assured Trout wouldn’t be moved this offseason, and the outfielder recently said he hasn’t considered asking for a trade.

Trout addressed the rumors again, explaining they fuel his desire to win.

“So when I hear, ‘Trout needs to get traded,’ or, ‘He’s happy to be there,’ they can say whatever they want. I’ve got one thing on my mind. That’s trying to win here,” Trout said.

The Angels, who have done very little this winter to address the lineup following Ohtani’s departure, haven’t made the postseason since 2014 and are projected by PECOTA to win 74 games and miss the playoffs.

FORMER AL MVP JOSH DONALDSON RETIRES AFTER 13 SEASONS

Former American League MVP Josh Donaldson is retiring after 13 major-league seasons, he announced Monday during an appearance on “The Mayor’s Office with Sean Casey” podcast.

The 38-year-old split his final season between the New York Yankees and Milwaukee Brewers, hitting a career-worst .152/.249/.418 with 13 home runs and 26 RBIs in only 50 games in 2023. Donaldson missed most of the year due to a calf strain but recovered to help the Brewers win the NL Central after joining them late in the season.

Donaldson won the 2015 AL MVP with the Toronto Blue Jays after helping the franchise snap a 22-year playoff drought en route to consecutive ALCS appearances.

FORMER ROYALS INF UL WASHINGTON DIES AT 70

Former major league middle infielder UL Washington, who was known for his time playing in Kansas City and his trademark toothpick, died over the weekend after a reported bout with cancer. He was 70 years old.

Washington played 11 seasons with three teams, most notably the Royals from 1977-84. His two-out single in the ninth inning of a game in July 1983 against the New York Yankees set up the infamous “Pine Tar” incident involving his teammate George Brett.

“So sorry to hear my friend my team mate UL washington has died of cancer he was a great player I will always be thankful of our time together with the royals,” Brett said in a post to X on Monday.

Washington hit .251 with 27 home runs, 255 RBIs and 132 stolen bases in 907 career games with the Royals, Montreal Expos (1985) and Pittsburgh Pirates (1986-87). He helped Kansas City win its first American League pennant in 1980.

But he might best known for playing with a toothpick in his mouth.

“I’d much rather be remembered as a pretty good player, but I realize most people will remember me as the guy with the toothpick,” Washington told the Oklahoman in 1988.

COLLEGE BASEBALL NEWS

MIAMI’S ZABOROWSKI, AKRON’S PERKINS EARN WEEKLY BASEBALL HONORS

MAC Baseball Player of the Week
Ryland Zaborowski, Miami, 3B     
Redshirt Junior, Gilbert, AZ (Basha)       
Ryland Zaborowski helped lead Miami to a sweep against Oakland this weekend, crushing three home runs and amassing nine hits during the three game series. Additionally, he was responsible for nine RBIs and two doubles and went 9-for-14 (.643). Zaborowski went 4-for-6 in game one, 2-for-4 in game two, and 3-for-4 in game three, and two of his three home runs came in game one, which Miami won 21-7.
 
MAC Baseball Pitcher of the Week
Sean Perkins, Akron, RHP,
Jr., Cambridge, Ohio (Cambridge)
Coming in down 2-1 against Duke in the second game of the series, Sean Perkins pitched five innings of near-spotless baseball as the Zips defeated the No. 10/12 Blue Devils 4-2 on March 2.  Throwing the final five innings, Perkins held his own with just two hits allowed along with one run and striking out two. He held Duke’s hitters to a combined.118 batting average over the five innings of work.

HCAC 2024 BASEBALL NOTEBOOK, WEEK 3

Athletes of the Week:
Hitter of the Week:
Kade Kline (Terre Haute, Ind.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Outfield | Junior – Kline became the first player in Rose-Hulman history to hit for the cycle in Saturday’s win over Houghton. He finished the day going 5-6 with a cycle, 2 triples, 4 runs, and 4 RBIs. Throughout the entire week, Kline led the team with a .471 batting average and .545 on-base percentage with 6 runs, 8 RBIs, and 4 extra-base hits.
Pitching Athlete of the Week:
John Girard (Richmond, Ky.) Hanover College | Pitcher | Sophomore – Girard helped lead the Panthers to a 4-0 week in Myrtle Beach as the sophomore pitched a complete game shutout against Bridgewater. He had a no-hitter in place through eight and a third innings, surrendering just three hits with 11 strikeouts.

Notable Performances:

  • Tyler Smitherman (Westfield, Ind.) Anderson University | First Base | Graduate – Tyler Smitherman went 8-for-17 with 4 homers, 7 RBI and 6 runs as Anderson went 4-0 on the week. Smitherman recorded a slashline of .471/.500/1.176. He smashed two of his homers in the first game of Anderson’s series against Knox.
  • Landen Southern (Lafayette, Ind.) Anderson University | Pitcher | Junior – Landen Southern threw six scoreless innings and struck out 13 batters for a win against Knox. He allowed four hits and a walk.
  • Justin Maurer (Springfield, Ohio) Bluffton University | First Base | Junior – Maurer went 3-of-7, hitting .429, as the Beavers fell to Baldwin Wallace and Rockford on Sunday. He rapped a double and had two walks for a .600 on-base percentage.
  • Tysen Lipscomb (Wapahani, Ind.) Franklin College | Catcher | Fifth Year – Went 7-for-11 with a home run, 6 RBI and 3 runs scored as Franklin swept a three-game series with Hope College over the weekend…went 2-for-2 with a pair of runs scored and two RBI in Friday’s 11-0 win…went 4-for-5 with a home run, double and four RBI in game one, powering Franklin to a 6-4 victory.
  • Matt Johnson (Griffith, Ind.) Franklin College | Pitcher | Junior – Hurled six innings of shutout ball on Friday against Hope, allowing two hits and striking out six batters as Franklin bested the Flying Dutchmen, 11-0.
  • Alex Christie (Greenwood, Ind.) Hanover College | Infield | Sophomore – Alex led the Panthers to a perfect 4-0 week in Myrtle Beach as the senior went 6-of-16 at the dish with three doubles a homerun and four RBI. Christie propelled the Panthers to a come from behind win over Keystone as he connected for a homerun in the eighth inning scoring the go-ahead run.
  • Joel Kennedy (Mooreland, Ind.) Manchester University | First Base | Sophomore – Joel Kennedy hit .286 over three games as the Spartans competed against Keystone, Bridgewater State, and Eastern Nazarene in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Kennedy finished the weekend with six RBI, two doubles, and a home run. The sophomore is currently hitting .409 on the season with a .818 slugging percentage.
  • Rocco Hanes (Ossian, Ind.) Manchester University | Catcher/Utility | Junior – Rocco Hanes threw 8.1 innings against Bridgewater State on Sunday. The junior struck out 11 batters and allowed just five hits while giving up three earned runs.
  • Jake Lawson (Cincinnati, Ohio) Mount St. Joseph University | Second Base | Fifth Year – Lions second baseman Jake Lawson had a fantastic weekend at the plate. In the three-game series with Ohio Wesleyan he was 5-for-9 (.556) at the plate, with an OBP of .643. He scored four runs, hit a double, reached via base-on-balls three times, was hit by a pitch and had a sacrifice bunt.
  • Kaiden Morris (Fairfield, Ohio) Mount St. Joseph University | Pitcher | Junior – Junior right-hander Kaiden Morris, set the tone for the Lions in the teams 2-1 win over Ohio Wesleyan on Saturday. He started the game on the mound and went 5.1 innings allowing only a single hit and no runs, while striking out four. The first time through the Ohio Wesleyan lineup, Morris was perfect going 9-up 9-down.
  • Zachues Carr (Mahomet, Ill.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Pitcher | Junior – Carr picked up two of the three wins on the mound for the Fightin’ Engineers this past week. In his two appearances, he totaled 4 innings, 1 earned run, and 3 strikeouts for a 2.25 ERA and 1.75 WHIP en route to a 2-0 record on the mound.
  • Calvin Schubert (Louisville, Ky.) Transylvania University | Infield/Outfield | Junior – Schubert had 8 RBI’s on the weekend, including 5 in the series finale over DePauw. He finished the series with 5 hits, 8 RBI’s, and two home runs, one being a grand-slam.
  • Luke Patton (Ashland, Ky.) Transylvania University | Pitcher | Sophomore – Patton went six strong innings in the Saturday game two win over DePauw, striking out 10 batters and giving up just 3 hits.

COLLEGE SOFTBALL

BUTLER, CREIGHTON, VILLANOVA EARN LATEST #BIGEASTSB WEEKLY AWARDS

BIG EAST Softball Player of the Week

Ally Jones, Gr., C, Villanova

Jones batted .600 in Villanova’s four wins at the USF Softball Tournament, totaling six hits, six runs, five RBI and two home runs over three days. The catcher also walked three times and recorded 19 putouts behind the plate as the ‘Cats took down Louisville (6-4), Central Michigan [10-0 (5)], Georgia Southern [13-3 (5)], and Florida Gulf Coast (4-1). Jones’ output included a three-hit day against RV Louisville featuring a two-run first inning homer before adding a solo shot the next day.

BIG EAST Softball Pitcher of the Week

Katie Petran, Fr., P, Butler

Petran made three appearances in the Thundering Herd Invitational, pitching 17.2 innings and earning one win and one save. Overall, she owned an 2.04 ERA with 15 strikeouts. On Friday, the freshman picked up her sixth complete-game win of the season in a 3-2 win over Marshall. She then pitched 8.0 innings against Purdue, leaving with the game tied, 5-5. She ended the weekend with a save in a 5-3 win over Radford.

BIG EAST Softball Freshman of the Week

Sydney Potter, Fr., C/DP, Creighton

Potter batted .636 (7-for-11) with two doubles, three home runs, five runs scored, and 11 RBI over four starts as Creighton went 3-1 at the Cougar Invite. The freshman registered the first homerun of her collegiate career with a three-run blast in the Bluejays’ 13-1 victory over Loyola Chicago. She followed that performance with the first multi-hit game of her career, lining a two-run double down the left field line and blasting a solo home run while also scoring three runs of her own in a 16-8 win over St. Thomas. The freshman collected a season-high four RBI on another two hits, including her second three-run home run of the weekend in Creighton’s 8-2 win over Illinois State.

Honor Roll

Lily West, So., INF, Creighton

West hit .500 with two doubles, six runs scored, and six RBI as Creighton picked up three wins at the Cougar Invite.

Brooke Johnson, 5th, 1B, DePaul

Johnson went 7-for-12 (.583) with one double, one triple, an RBI, and three runs scored at the Judi Garman Classic in Fullerton, Calif. as the Blue Demons faced three top-25 ranked teams in No. 13 Florida, No. 17 Texas A&M and No. 18 UCLA.

Alyssa Twomey, Fr., P, Providence

Twomey tossed two victories, pitching 12 innings and surrendered just one earned run for a .58 ERA, while striking out 14 batters. The freshman hurled a complete game against UMass Lowell (W, 4-3) and five innings versus Howard (W, 15-1).

London Jarrard, Jr., SS, St. John’s

Jarrard hit .400 with three home runs, three doubles, and 15 RBI as the Red Storm split seven games in California.

Tess Cites, Sr., OF, Villanova

Cites registered six hits in nine at-bats (.667), contributing a homerun, three RBI, and six runs scored at the USF Tournament.

HCAC 2024 SOFTBALL NOTEBOOK, WEEK 3

Athletes of the Week:
Hitting Athlete of the Week:
Bo Shelton (Anderson, Ind.) Earlham College | Infield | First Year – Bo Shelton lit up the bats in the first softball game for Earlham in over 30 years. Shelton began game one of a doubleheader against Olivet with a two-run homer to straight center field in the bottom of the first inning. On the day, Shelton batted .667 with four hits, five runs scored, and three RBI with a 1.167 slugging percentage.
Pitching Athlete of the Week:
Morgan Cooksey (Williamsport, Ind.) Earlham College | Pitcher | First Year – Morgan Cooksey threw a complete game win against Olivet on Saturday. Cooksey did not allow a single earned run, and held the Comets to just three hits. The freshman also recorded 15 strikeouts in her first taste of collegiate action.

Notable Performances:

  • Kaylee Grant  (Lima, Ohio) Bluffton University | Short Stop | Sophomore – Grant hit .400 (2-of-5) with a triple and slugged .800 with 2 walks and a .571 slugging percentage as the Beavers went 0-2 at The Spring Games in Florida.
  • Kendall Lowry (Lima, Ohio) Franklin College | Short Stop | Sophomore – Reached base in all six at-bats for Franklin in their Saturday afternoon sweep of Wilmington College…went 3-for-3 with three runs scored, three RBI and her first career home run in game one’s 13-5 win…went 2-for-2 with a pair of doubles and a run scored in game two as Franklin coming back to win game two, 10-7.
  • Haley Kiefner (Indianapolis, Ind.) Hanover College | Catcher/Outfield | First Year – Haley appeared in all six games for the Panthers as she posted a .583 batting average. She finished with seven hits on 12 at-bats, including a double and four RBI. She also had success on the bases recording two stolen bases on three attempts.
  • Lauren Beaman (Seymour, Ind.) Hanover College | Pitcher | Sophomore – Lauren got four starts for the Blue and Red, appearing in all six games. She threw three complete games charting 12 strikeouts through 27 complete innings. Lauren finished the week with a 5.31 ERA. She was also a force at the plate posting a .444 batting average with eight hits, three doubles and a homerun. Lauren posted a team-high seven RBI on the week.
  • Kaitlyn Carr (Valparaiso, Ind.) Manchester University | Pitcher/Utility | Junior – Kaitlyn Carr helped lead the Black and Gold to two big wins against Berea on Saturday. The junior hit .600 with four RBI and two doubles, finishing the weekend with a .800 slugging percentage.
  • Lizzy Willis (Yorktown, Ind.) Manchester University | Pitcher | First Year – Lizzy Willis earned her first collegiate win on the mound in game two of the Spartans’ season opener against Berea on Saturday. The first-year allowed only two hits in 4.0 innings pitched, striking out 8 of the 15 batters she faced. She also went 2-2 at the plate, scoring four of Manchester’s 21 runs on the day.
  • Maddie Kennedy (Erlanger, Ky.) Mount St. Joseph University | Outfielder | Junior – Junior outfielder Maddie Kennedy helped the Lions to a 2-2 weekend at Huntingdon. She led the team going 6-for-13 (.462), with 5 RBIs, 2 doubles, a grandslam, three runs scored and a stolen base.
  • Casey Kemp (Blanchester, Ohio) Mount St. Joseph University | Pitcher | Senior – Senior pitcher Casey Kemp went 1-1 on the weekend for the Lions, pitching 13.0 innings, allowing 4 earned runs (2.15 ERA), allowing 11 hits while striking out 6.
  • Aubrey Smith (Lebanon, Ohio) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Pitcher | First Year – Smith ended the week with a 1.025 OPS to lead the Fightin’ Engineers at the plate in Florida. She totaled 11 hits, 7 RBIs, and 6 runs scored en route to a .355 batting average, .444 on-base percentage, and .581 slugging percentage. She also led the team with 5 extra-base hits with 3 doubles and 2 triples in 10 games.
  • Phoebe Wortsell (Bicknell, Ind.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Pitcher | Junior – Worstell led the team on the mound with a 2.66 ERA and 1.10 WHIP in her five starts in Florida. She finished the week with a 3-2 record and 13 strikeouts as opponents hit just .226 against her. She ended her week with a complete game, 2-hit shutout win over Grove City with 5 strikeouts on Friday.
  • Izzy Story (Paducah, Ky.) Transylvania University | Utility | First Year – Izzy finished the weekend with 5 hits, and 5 RBI’s while helping her team finish 3-1 on the weekend. In the 4-5 vs. Linfield, she was 2-2 with 2 home runs and 4 RBI’s.
  • Carlee Jeter (Lexington, Ky.) Transylvania University | Pitcher | Senior – Jeter pitched 13 innings this past weekend in the NFCA Leadoff Classic, earning a win. In the 9-4 win vs Piedmont, she threw 7 innings, giving up just two hits and one run.

HOCKEY NEWS

CROSBY FOCUSING ON WINNING, NOT TRADES FOR FADING PENGUINS

Don’t tell Sidney Crosby his struggling Pittsburgh Penguins should go into sell mode with the trade deadline approaching.

Following Sunday’s 6-1 loss to the Edmonton Oilers, the future Hall of Famer gave a gruff response when asked if the bigger picture was starting to set in amid a three-game losing skid.

“The deadline date hasn’t changed, and we still need to get points, so I don’t know what picture you’re talking about, but it’s the same situation it was yesterday,” Crosby said.

A late February report indicated the Penguins would listen to trade offers on all non-core players. A day later, club president of hockey operations and general manager Kyle Dubas left the door open when asked whether he’d deal two-time 40-goal scorer Jake Guentzel.

Pittsburgh was on the outside of the playoff picture looking in at the time and has fallen further out of the race since. The Pens entered Monday with an 18% chance of reaching the postseason, according to MoneyPuck.

They came into the week sitting second last in the Metropolitan Division and 10 points back of the second wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference with four games in hand on the Tampa Bay Lightning, who occupied that position.

The Penguins have several pending unrestricted free agents who could be trade candidates if the team waves the white flag on the season. That list includes veteran forward Jeff Carter and backup goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic.

Guentzel, another pending UFA, is injured but expected back about a week after the March 8 trade deadline.

DEVILS FIRE LINDY RUFF, NAME TRAVIS GREEN INTERIM COACH

The New Jersey Devils fired head coach Lindy Ruff on Monday afternoon.

The Devils named associate coach Travis Green their interim coach for the remainder of the season. No other changes were made to the staff.

Ruff, 64, helped guide the Devils to the second round of the playoffs last season. But the team has gone just 9-13-2 in its past 24 games, most recently picking up a pair of losses at the Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings this weekend while being outscored 9-4.

The Devils entered Monday in sixth place (30-27-4, 64 points) in the Metropolitan Division and eight points out of the wild-card chase in the Eastern Conference.

“I hold our entire organization to the highest levels of accountability to focus on being a competitive team that expects to be a perennial playoff contender,” Devils general manager Tom Fitzgerald said in a news release. “Unfortunately, we are not currently at that level, and I needed to make this decision.

“This was an extremely difficult conversation to have with Lindy based on the relationship that he and I have. He was the right coach to develop our young players on the ice, and above all else, he is a tremendous person.”

Ruff went 128-125-28 as the Devils’ boss with one playoff appearance (5-7 in 2023) over the past three-plus seasons. Ruff was named a finalist for the 2023 Jack Adams Award as the league’s coach of the year after franchise-record 52 wins and 112 points, and a first-round playoff win over the New York Rangers before elimination by the Carolina Hurricanes. He was given a multi-year contract extension in October on the eve of the new season.

Green, 53, was the head coach of the Vancouver Canucks for four-plus seasons before being fired early in the 2021-22 campaign. New Jersey hired him to be Ruff’s associate coach last June.

Green amassed a 133-147-34 record with Vancouver (2017-21).

“Travis has key experience running benches at the junior, AHL and NHL levels and knows that there are no shortcuts to success,” Fitzgerald said. “He is a high-demanding individual who is familiar with the group and excited about working to get us back on track.”

PREDS F TOMMY NOVAK SIGNS THREE-YEAR, $10.5M EXTENSION

The Nashville Predators signed center Tommy Novak to a three-year, $10.5 million contract on Monday.

Novak, 26, has recorded 34 points (13 goals, 21 assists) through 51 games this season.

Without a new deal, he would have become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

“It’s definitely something you think about,” Novak said. “Just to have that security and to be here for the next three years, I can just focus on playing hockey now. Not that I wasn’t before, but it just gives you peace of mind for sure.”

A third-round pick by Nashville in 2015, Novak has 84 points (31 goals, 53 assists) in 129 games since making his NHL debut in 2021-22.

The Predators (35-25-2) have an eight-game winning streak heading into Tuesday’s home game against the Montreal Canadiens.

RED WINGS CAPTAIN DYLAN LARKIN OUT TWO WEEKS

Detroit Red Wings captain Dylan Larkin will miss the next two weeks with a lower-body injury.

The center left Saturday’s 4-0 loss to the Florida Panthers after receiving a minor penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct at 9:57 of the third period.

Larkin, 27, leads the Red Wings in goals (26) and points (54) through 55 games this season. He leads the team’s forwards in ice time per game (19:52).

Larkin has 491 points (205 goals, 286 assists) in 639 games since being selected by Detroit in the first round (15th overall) in 2014.

The Red Wings (33-22-6) enter this week holding the first wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference. Detroit has not been to the Stanley Cup playoffs since the 2015-16 season.

NHL ROUNDUP: PANTHERS TOP RANGERS IN HEAVYWEIGHT TILT

Ryan Lomberg scored the tiebreaking goal early in the third period Monday night for the visiting Florida Panthers, who continued surging with a 4-2 win over the New York Rangers in a battle of Eastern Conference division leaders.

Sam Reinhart scored twice — both times off impressive feeds from Aleksander Barkov — for the Panthers, who won their fifth straight game and for the 15th time in 17 games (15-2-0) to remain two points ahead of the Boston Bruins in the Atlantic Division and increase their NHL-leading points total to 88.

Will Cuylle and Chris Kreider scored power play goals for the Rangers, who have lost two straight and three of four (1-3-0). New York is six points ahead of the idle Carolina Hurricanes in the Metropolitan Division.

Sergei Bobrovsky made 26 saves for the Panthers while Igor Shesterkin recorded 25 in the loss.

Bruins 4, Maple Leafs 1

Pavel Zacha scored two goals, Jeremy Swayman stopped 32 shots and Boston improved to 3-0 against host Toronto this season.

Jake DeBrusk added a goal and an assist for the Bruins, whose other two wins against Toronto were in overtime and a shootout. Botson will go for the season sweep at home on Thursday.

David Pastrnak added three assists and Morgan Geekie also scored in the win. John Tavares scored for the Maple Leafs. Joseph Woll made 26 saves.

Avalanche 5, Blackhawks 0

Nathan MacKinnon had two goals and two assists, Cale Makar and Jonathan Drouin each had a goal and an assist, and Justus Annunen made 37 saves as the Colorado routed Chicago in Denver.

Zach Parise also scored for the Avalanche. Blackhawks goalie Petr Mrazek stopped 32 shots.

The Blackhawks were shut out by the Avalanche for the second time in five days while losing their seventh game in a row overall (0-5-2). Chicago hasn’t won on the road since Nov. 9 at Tampa Bay, a 22-game skid (0-21-1).

Blue Jackets 6, Golden Knights 3

Alexander Nylander scored his first career hat trick to lead host Columbus past slumping Vegas.

Justin Danforth, Erik Gudbranson and Yegor Chinakhov also scored goals for Columbus, which has won back-to-back games for the third time this season and for the first time since Nov. 22-24. Daniil Tarasov stopped 37 of 40 shots to improve to 5-8-2 this season.

Chandler Stephenson had a goal and an assist and Mason Morelli and William Karlsson also scored for Vegas, which took its sixth loss in seven games (1-5-1) and its eighth in the past 10 games (2-7-1).

Kraken 4, Flames 2

Jared McCann scored a goal and added an assist to pace visiting Seattle past Calgary, ending the Flames’ season-best, five-game winning streak.

Yanni Gourde, Oliver Bjorkstrand and Adam Larsson also scored for Seattle, which won for the third time in four games. Philipp Grubauer made 35 saves, including a clutch reach-back effort when it was a 3-2 game midway through the third period.

Andrei Kuzmenko scored both goals for the Flames. Both teams are seven points out of a playoff spot with 21 games remaining in the regular season.

Blues 2, Flyers 1 (SO)

Pavel Buchnevich scored in the fourth round of a shootout to lift St. Louis past host Philadelphia in a game where defense and goaltending dominated from the opening drop.

The Blue’s lone goal in regulation came from Kevin Hayes, acquired from the Flyers in a trade last June. Scott Laughton recorded the regulation goal for the Flyers and Morgan Frost was the only Philadelphia player able to score in the shootout.

St. Louis goaltender Jordan Binnington stopped 40 shots while Samuel Ersson made 24 saves in the loss.

COLLEGE HOCKEY NEWS

BIG TEN NETWORK PRESENTS COVERAGE OF 2024 BIG TEN MEN’S HOCKEY TOURNAMENT

CHICAGO, Ill. – The 2024 Big Ten Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament bracket is now set, with No. 1 Michigan State earning the top seed and receiving an opening round bye. The six remaining teams will compete in the quarterfinals, kicking off across campuses this weekend.

Beginning on Friday, March 8, No. 2 seed Wisconsin, No. 3 seed Minnesota and No. 4 seed Michigan will own home ice for three best-of-three quarterfinal series played on campus. The Badgers will host No. 7 seed Ohio State on B1G+, while the third-seeded Golden Gophers will host No. 6 seed Penn State on FS2 and the Fox Sports App. Meanwhile, the Wolverines will welcome No. 5 seed Notre Dame on B1G+.

The Big Ten regular season champion, Michigan State, earned a bye into the single-elimination semifinals, scheduled for Saturday, March 16, on the Big Ten Network and streaming on the Fox Sports App. The television schedule and game times are to be determined, but the highest-seeded team advancing from the quarterfinals will host the second-highest advancing seed, and the lowest-seeded team will play at Michigan State.

The championship game will take place on Saturday, March 23, at 8 p.m. ET live on the Big Ten Network and the Fox Sports App. Fans can follow all the action on social media, via the B1G Hockey InstagramX (Twitter) and YouTube accounts.

2024 BIG TEN HOCKEY TOURNAMENT QUARTERFINALS:

No. 7 Ohio State at No. 2 Wisconsin – B1G+

Game 1:  Friday, March 8 – 8 p.m. ET

Game 2:  Saturday, March 9 – 7 p.m. ET

Game 3:  Sunday, March 10 – 6 p.m. ET (if necessary)

No. 6 Penn State at No. 3 Minnesota – FS2 and the Fox Sports App

Game 1:  Friday, March 8 – 7 p.m. ET

Game 2:  Saturday, March 9 – 4:30 p.m. ET

Game 3:  Sunday, March 10 – 7 p.m. ET (if necessary)

No. 5 Notre Dame at No. 4 Michigan – B1G+

Game 1:  Friday, March 8 – 7 p.m. ET

Game 2:  Saturday, March 9 – 7 p.m. ET

Game 3:  Sunday, March 10 – 7 p.m. ET (if necessary)

SOCCER NEWS

MLS VS. LIGA MX ALL-STAR GAME SET FOR JULY 24 IN COLUMBUS

The 2024 Major League Soccer All-Star Game will once again feature the best players from MLS against a team of All-Stars from Mexico’s top flight on July 24 in Columbus, Ohio.

It will be the third All-Star clash between MLS and Liga MX. Last year’s game pitted the MLS All-Stars against English Premier League power Arsenal.

“We’re excited to host Liga MX at the 2024 MLS All-Star Game presented by Target, showcasing the global and rising stars of our leagues, and the strength of our sport in North America,” Camilo Durana, MLS Executive Vice President of Properties and Events, said in a news release Monday.

“Our previous encounters set high bars for intensity and competition in All-Star games. The 2024 edition will be a night to remember for Columbus’ passionate fans and for audiences around the world watching on MLS Season Pass.”

In 2021, MLS defeated Liga MX 3-2 on penalties in Los Angeles. MLS made it two in a row with a 2-1 victory in 2022 in St. Paul, Minn.

“It is a privilege to participate in the 2024 MLS All-Star Game for the third time. LIGA MX will bring together its best players to form a competitive team. This will be another chapter of this sporting rivalry, which allows us to continue building a great partnership with MLS,” said LIGA MX President Mikel Arriola.

“We are very excited about the opportunity to reconnect and be close to the Mexican fanbase in the United States. I’m sure we’ll have a great experience in Columbus.”

The MLS All-Star roster will include 12 players selected by fan voting, 12 picked by All-Star head coach Wilfried Nancy of the Columbus Crew, and two players picked by MLS commissioner Don Garber.

The Liga MX All-Star squad will consist of 26 players.

Representatives will also compete in the MLS All-Star Skills Challenge on July 23 at Lower.com Field in Columbus.

INDIANA SPORTS RELEASES

INDIANA GIRLS BASKETBALL

2024 INDIANA JUNIOR ALL-STARS

CORE GROUP

Addi Baxter, Columbia City (BUTLER)

Jaylah Lampley, Lawrence Central

Maya Makalusky, Hamilton Southeastern (IU)

Monique Mitchell, South Bend Washington

Meredith Tippner, Noblesville

Brooke Winchester, Warsaw (BALL STATE)

RED GROUP

Lilly Bischoff, Center Grove

Lily Graves, Franklin Central

Ellie Richardson, Scottsburg

Aniah Smith, Avon

Gabby Spink, Gibson Southern

Leah West, Greensburg

BLUE GROUP

Laila Abdurraqib, Lawrence Central

Addie Bowsman, Twin Lakes

Kenzie Garner, Sheridan (FERRIS STATE)

Avery Gordon, Brownsburg (PURDUE)

Kira Reynolds, South Bend Washington (PURDUE)

Vanessa Wimberly, Lake Central

INDIANA PACERS

GAME PREVIEW: PACERS AT MAVERICKS

Two high-powered teams needing to regain some winning momentum will meet after sunset in the Lone Star State on Tuesday.

The Indiana Pacers (34-28) will complete a three-game road trip when they take on the Dallas Mavericks (34-27) at American Airlines Arena.

Indiana has dropped back-to-back games after winning four of five to end February. Following a 27-point loss to the New Orlean Pelicans on Friday, the Pacers lost to the Western Conference last-place San Antonio Spurs 117-105 on Sunday.

Dallas has also had its ups and downs recently, losing four of their last five after winning seven in a row to start February.

A win on Tuesday could go a long way for either team as the postseason draws closer. As of Sunday night, the Pacers and Mavericks were in eighth place in their respective conferences, putting them in the Play-In Tournament spots.

PLAYOFF PICTURE: Track the Latest Standings, Potential Matchups, and More >>

In their previous matchup against the Mavericks on Feb. 25, the Pacers put together one of their best performances of the season, posting a 133-111 victory thanks to a season-high 33 points from the veteran center Myles Turner, double-doubles from Bennedict Mathurin and Haliburton, and a 15-point outburst by rookie Ben Sheppard.

Indiana continues to lead the NBA in scoring at 123.3 points per game while Mavericks are sixth at 118.7 points per game.

In both of their previous losses, the Pacers’ historic offense has sputtered as teams have honed in on Haliburton, who has scored just 12 points combined over the last two games. When the Pacers score 110 points or less in a game this season, the team has a record of 0-15.

Against the Spurs, the Pacers trailed 26-16 after the end of the first quarter before climbing back in the final frame to make it a one-point game. In the final 4:40 of the game, however, the Spurs used a 10-0 run to get separation before holding on for the victory.

Indiana shot just 44.1 percent in the loss, including a dismal 6-for-30 from 3-point range, while giving up 64 points in the paint. Spurs rookie phenom Victor Wembanyama feasted, collecting 31 points, 12 rebounds, six blocks and six assists, while T.J. McConnell led the Pacers with 26 points on 13-for-15 shooting.

The Mavericks enter Tuesday’s matchup coming off a 120-116 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers (35-25). Dallas trailed 90-76 after three quarters but came within striking distance in the final frame thanks to a 40-point fourth quarter.

In the end, however, the Sixers held on despite not having reigning MVP Joel Embbid.

Despite the recent losses, Doncic – who leads the NBA at 34.5 points per game – has scorched the competition. Doncic has recorded three straight triple-doubles with at least 30 points, a feat only accomplished by Oscar Robertson, Michael Jordan, and Russell Westbrook.

Doncic led the Mavericks with 38 points (14-for-27 shooting), 11 rebounds, and 10 assists against the Sixers, but he also had seven of his team’s 17 turnovers. Kyrie Irving was next with 28 points, and Derrick Jones Jr. supplied 21 points off Dallas’ 26 bench points.

Projected Starters

Pacers: G – Tyrese Haliburton, G – Andrew Nembhard, F – Aaron Nesmith, F – Pascal Siakam, C – Myles Turner

Mavericks: G – Luka Doncic, G – Kyrie Irving, G – Josh Green, F – P.J. Washington, C – Dereck Lively II

Injury Report

Pacers: Doug McDermott – TBA (right calf strain), Ben Sheppard – TBA (illness)

Mavericks: TBA

Last Meeting

Feb. 25, 2024: Indiana snapped a seven-game Dallas winning streak by posting a 133-111 win over the Mavericks at Gainbridge Fieldhouse.

While the Pacers led the entirety of the second half, a 23-8 scoring run in the fourth quarter created the wide final margin.

The Pacers shot 55.9 percent as a team, and the Mavericks went 47.1 percent from the field. Both teams made 14 3-pointers.

Myles Turner scored a season-high 33 points on 10-for-15 shooting, and Tyrese Haliburton logged 17 points and 10 assists for the Blue & Gold. Pacers rookie Ben Sheppard had a huge game, scoring a career-best 15 points by making all five of his 3-point attempts.

Luka Doncic topped the Mavericks with 33 points, and Kyrie Iriving supplied 29 points.

The Pacers won the rebounding margin 46-38 and outscored the Mavericks 48-36 in the paint.

Noteworthy

Pacers head coach Rick Carlisle served as the head coach of Dallas for 13 seasons, where he guided the Mavericks to the playoffs nine times, including the franchise’s first NBA title in 2011. Carlisle is the winningest coach in Mavericks history (555-478).

The Pacers and Mavericks have split their season series in each of the last five seasons.

Doug McDermott has missed the last three games for the Pacers due to a calf strain, and rookie Ben Sheppard has been sidelined for the last two games with an illness.

Broadcast Information (TV and Radio Listings >>)

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

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

Tickets

The Pacers return to Gainbridge Fieldhouse to host Anthony Edwards and the Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday, March 7 at 7:00 PM ET.

INDIANA MEN’S BASKETBALL

INDIANA BASKETBALL GAME NOTES – GAME 30 AT MINNESOTA

Opening Tip

• Indiana University is set to play the program’s final regular season road game of its 124th season of competition in men’s basketball on Wednesday, March 6, at Minnesota. The Hoosiers (16-13, 8-10 B1G) will take on the Golden Gophers (18-11, 9-9 B1G) at 8 p.m. CT in Williams Arena on BTN.

• Minnesota, under the guidance of third-year head coach Ben Johnson, are led by junior forward Dawson Garcia. He ranks sixth in the Big Ten in scoring at 17.4 points per night to go along with 6.4 rebounds. He has knocked down 133-of-163 (81.6%) of his free throw attempts this season.

• Junior guard Elijah Hawkins leads the conference in assists per game at 7.5. Freshman guard Cam Christie (11.9 points per game, 62 made 3-pointers), junior guard Mike Mitchell Jr. (10.6 points, 62 made triples, and sophomore forward Pharrel Payne (10.0 points, 6.2 rebounds) all contribute double figures in the scoring column.

Game Information

Wednesday, March 6, 2024 • 8 p.m. CT

Williams Arena (14,625) • Minneapolis, Minn.

TV: BTN (Cory Provus, Stephen Bardo)

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

Series History: Indiana leads, 108-69

Last Meeting: IU 74, MINN 62 on Jan. 12, 2024, in Bloomington

Series History

• Indiana holds an advantage of 108-69 over Minnesota in a series that began in 1912. The Hoosiers have won nine of the last 10 matchups, including seven-straight.

• Freshman forward Mackenzie Mgbako scored 19 points to lead the Hoosiers to a 74-62 win over Minnesota on Jan. 12, 2024, in Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall. Sophomore center Kel’el Ware notched a 17-point, 14-rebound double-double.

• Indiana earned a 61-57 victory under the guidance of associate head coach Yasir Rosemond on Jan. 25, 2023, the last time the program visited ‘The Barn’.

Last Time Out

• The Hoosiers erased a 16-point deficit with 17:51 to play to defeat the Maryland Terrapins, 83-78, on Sunday, March 3, in College Park.

• Freshman forward Mackenzie Mgbako scored a career-high 24 points on 4-of-8 shooting from the 3-point line. The production marked his third 20-point outburst in his last five games.

• Sophomore forward Malik Reneau (14 points), sixth-year senior guard Xavier Johnson (13), and senior guard Trey Galloway (12) all chipped in double figures as Indiana posted a season-best 83 points against a power conference opponent.

• IU shot 31-of-55 (56.4%) from the floor, 7-of-16 (43.8%) from the 3-point line, and 14-of-17 (82.4%) from the free throw line.

Mack Attack

• Freshman forward Mackenzie Mgbako has made a team-high 43 3-pointers this season. Over the last 12 games he is averaging 14.7 points and 4.0 rebounds per game.

• The consensus top-10 recruit is averaging 13.5 points and 3.9 rebounds per game in Big Ten play, both figures rank third on the Hoosiers. He has reached double figures in the scoring column in 20 of the last 24 games and scored at least 20 points in three of his last five starts.

• The Roselle Catholic graduate scored 20 points on 6-of-11 shooting from the floor against Northwestern (Feb. 18). Three days later against Nebraska (Feb. 21), Mgbako posted 22 points to go along with seven rebounds. He posted his first career double-double with 12 points and a career-high 12 rebounds at No. 10/11 Illinois (Jan. 27). Mgbako added a career-best 24 points at Maryland (March 3) on 4-of-8 shooting from the 3-point line.

• Among freshmen in the Big Ten, Mgbako is first in total points (349), points per game (12.0), and free throws made (82), second in made 3-pointers (43), and third in total rebounds (115).

Sophomore Jump for Reneau

• Sophomore forward Malik Reneau has posted double digits in the scoring column in 24 games this season, including 16 efforts of at least 15 points and seven 20-point nights. He notched a career-high 34 points against Kennesaw State (Dec. 29) and a Big Ten career-high of 28 points at No. 11/8 Wisconsin (Jan. 19).

• Reneau is averaging a team-best 16.0 points per game to go along with 6.1 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 29 minutes per game. He is shooting 57.8% (182-of-315) from the floor, 33.3% (14-of-42) from the 3-point line, and 66.4% (85-of-128) from the free throw line.

• The Miami native has posted double figure scoring outputs in 12-of-13 games played away from Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall this season.

Return of the X-Factor

• Sixth-year senior guard Xavier Johnson returned to the lineup to play 15 minutes off the bench against Wisconsin on Feb. 27. The 24-year old missed the previous six games with an elbow injury. He missed the final 24 games of the 2022-23 season with a foot injury.

• The Hoosiers hold a record of 8-2 when Johnson scores at least five points and plays 15-plus minutes this season.

IU Comes Back to Beat Maryland in College Park

• Indiana, who trailed 43-33 at the half, hit 12-of-14 shots to open the second stanza and outscored the Terps 50-35 over the final 20 minutes to collect an 83-78 win at Maryland on March 3.

• Freshman forward Mackenzie Mgbako scored a career-best 24 points on 4-of-8 shooting from the 3-point line. He scored 18 in the second half. Sixth-year senior guard Xavier Johnson posted 13 points, six assists, and three rebounds in 31 minutes off the bench.

Ware, Galloway Lead Indiana Over Wisconsin

• Sophomore center Kel’el Ware provided the Hoosiers with 27 points, 11 rebounds, and a career-best five blocked shots in a 74-70 triumph over Wisconsin in Bloomington on Feb. 27.

• Senior guard Trey Galloway became the second Hoosier (Isiah Thomas, 1980-81) in the last 45 seasons to dish out at least 12 assists in multiple games during a single season with a game-high 12 dimes, six of which result in points from Ware.

Twenty Piece (CAREER)

Xavier Johnson: 21; last vs. North Carolina, 11/30/22

Payton Sparks: 9; last vs. Ohio, 3/9/23

Kel’el Ware: 8; last vs. Wisconsin, 2/27/24

Malik Reneau: 7; last at Penn State, 2/24/24

Trey Galloway: 3; last at Ohio State, 2/7/24

Mackenzie Mgbako: 3; last at Maryland, 3/3/24

INDIANA WRESTLING

BIG TEN CONFERENCE UNVEILS PRE-SEED LIST FOR BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIPS

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. –––– The Big Ten Conference announced the pre-seed list for the 2024 Big Ten Championships taking place this weekend.

The pre-seeds build the preliminary bracket setup for each weight class in the Big Ten Championships. The seedings are not final at this time.

There will be a Big Ten coaches meeting on Friday, the day before the start of the championships, to discuss and finalize seeding.

At this time, Indiana’s ten starters were seeded in the slots listed below.

125: No. 14 Blaine Frazier

133: No. 10 Cayden Rooks

141: T-No. 9 Dan Fongaro

149: No. 8 Graham Rooks

157: No. 3 Brayton Lee

165: No. 9 Tyler Lillard

174: No. 8 Donnell Washington

184: No. 10 Roman Rogotzke

197: No. 10 Gabe Sollars

285: No. 6 Nick Willham

The seed list goes from 1-14 at each bracket.

The Big Ten Championships will take place from March 9-10 at the XFINITY Center in College Park, Md.

PURDUE WOMEN’S GOLF

KOZLOWSKI LEADS BOILERMAKERS IN THE DESERT

LAS VEGAS – Ashley Kozlowski recorded eight birdies over 36 holes Monday, finishing 1-under par to lead Purdue Women’s Golf through the opening day of The Show in Las Vegas. The Boilermakers posted matching rounds of 293 (+5) to sit at 10-over and in a tie for sixth place with one round left to play.

In a field that features a trio of Top 25 teams, No. 3 UCLA holds the clubhouse lead at 2-under. SMU (-1) is one shot back as the only other team under par, while No. 23 Pepperdine (+2) rounds out the Top 3 on the leaderboard. The Boilermakers find themselves only three strokes behind No. 24 Virginia (+7), as the Cavaliers are in fourth.

As a team, Purdue made 25 birdies throughout the day to rank third in the field. The Boilermakers also ranked third in par-5 scoring (-5), but a few big numbers prevented the Old Gold and Black from fighting for the lead.

Kozlowski’s eight birdies were the third-most in the 77-player field. Following an opening round 73 (+1), the senior fired a 2-under 70 for Purdue’s lowest round of the day. Bouncing back from a bogey to start her second round, Kozlowski birdied four of her next nine holes to move to 3-under on her round. After a pair of bogeys down the stretch, she finished with her fifth birdie of the round by taking advantage of the par-5 11th. The birdie got Kozlowski back into red figures and up to eighth on the individual leaderboard.

At 1-over par, Momo Sugiyama is tied for 15th after the first two rounds. The Australian paced Purdue in the first round with a 1-under 71. She played the final 13 holes of her opening round bogey free with a pair of birdies along the way. Two double bogeys prevented Sugiyama from recording another under-par round, and she had to settle for a 74 (+2) in the afternoon. Once again, she finished strong by going 1-under through her final 14 holes of the day.

After a rough start, Natasha Kiel settled in to contribute to the team scores for both rounds. Tied for 30th at 5-over, the Boilermaker played her last 28 holes 1-under par to recover from six bogeys in her first eight holes of the tournament. Kiel ended the first round by going bogey free and 2-under through her final 10 holes to post a 76 (+4). Improving in the afternoon, she shaved three strokes off her game to card a 73 (+1).

Making her season debut in the Purdue lineup, Jade Gu got off to a good start with a 73 (+1), more than two shots below her stroke average. The junior found herself 2-under through the first six holes to lead the Boilermakers early in the tournament. A difficult afternoon resulted in a 78 (+6), dropping her into a tie for 42nd at 7-over.

The Boilermakers look to finish The Show strong, returning to Spanish Trail Country Club Tuesday morning. Purdue joins the other 12 teams for a shotgun start beginning at 8 a.m. PT (11 a.m. ET), paired with No. 24 Virginia and TCU.

For updates throughout tomorrow’s final round, follow Purdue Women’s Golf on Twitter @PurdueWGolf.

BOILERMAKERS

T8. Ashley Kozlowski: 73-70—143 (-1)

15. Momo Sugiyama: 71-74—145 (+1)

T30. Natasha Kiel: 76-73—149 (+5)

T42. Jade Gu: 73-78—151 (+7)

T69. Jocelyn Bruch: 81-76—157 (+13)

*T56. Jasmine Kahler: 75-78—153 (+9)

*Competing as an individual

TEAM LEADERBOARD

1. #3 UCLA: 285-289—574 (-2)

2. SMU: 285-290—575 (-1)

3. #23 Pepperdine: 291-287—578 (+2)

4. #24 Virginia: 294-289—583 (+7)

5. TCU: 297-288—585 (+9)

T6. Purdue: 293-293—586 (+10)

T6. New Mexico: 292-294—586 (+10)

8. Houston: 298-293—591 (+15)

9. Minnesota: 299-293—592 (+16)

10. Furman: 306-292—598 (+22)

11. Nevada: 294-306—600 (+24)

12. Tulsa: 307-299—606 (+30)

13. UNLV: 312-296—608 (+32)

PURDUE BASEBALL

PURDUE OPENS MIDWEEK PLAY WITH 1ST TRIP TO SOUTH BEND SINCE 2007

GAMEDAY INFORMATION

Purdue (8-3) at Notre Dame (8-2)

Tuesday, March 5 at 4:30 p.m. ET / Watch on ESPN’s ACCNX

Frank Eck Stadium / South Bend, Indiana

Probable Starting Pitchers: Jonathan Blackwell (Sr, LHP) vs. ND’s Matt Bedford (Sr, RHP)

SERIES HISTORY

All-Time: Notre Dame leads 80-40-3

Last Meeting: Purdue 8, Notre Dame 7 (February 2018 in San Antonio)

Last Meet in South Bend: Notre Dame 1, Purdue 0 – 10 Innings (April 2007)

Purdue’s Last Win in South Bend: Purdue 7, Notre Dame 5 (April 2000)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Tuesday’s midweek opener in South Bend features two teams off to equally strong starts as 8-3 Purdue Baseball visits 8-2 Notre Dame for the first in-state meeting between the two schools since 2007.

First pitch for the home opener at Frank Eck Stadium is set for 4:30 p.m. ET and the game will be streamed live on the ACC Network Extra portal on ESPN’s website and app. Similar to ESPN3, a verified pay-TV subscription is required to access ACCNX streams.

The Boilermakers have won each of their first three weekends of the season, accomplishing the feat for the second time in five seasons under head coach Greg Goff. Now they play their next 15 games in the state of Indiana, a stretch that includes a 13-game homestand that begins Friday. The 15-game stretch is bookended by big games at Notre Dame (Tuesday) and at Indiana State (March 26). ND and ISU have both been to Super Regionals since 2022 and, like Purdue, are off to strong starts this year.

The Fighting Irish have three-game series sweeps at Rice and Tennessee Tech on their resumé. They also split a four-game series at FIU. As the visiting team in all 10 games, Notre Dame has racked up 97 runs. Purdue has been the designated home team in nine of its first 11 games, scoring 95 runs. Both teams have scored 10-plus runs five times already. The Irish did it in all three wins this past weekend in Cookeville, Tenn. The Boilermakers have scored 10-plus in each of their three Sunday victories and been limited to fewer than five runs just once.

Dating back to 2009, the last five Purdue-Notre Dame games have been neutral-site meetings played in February. The Boilermakers and Fighting Irish met three times in four years from 2009 to 2012 at the Big East/Big Ten Challenge in the Clearwater-St. Petersburg area of Florida’s Gulf Coast. They also split two games at the 2018 edition of ND’s Alamo Irish Classic, which was played at the minor league stadium in San Antonio.

The last midweek matchup (and in-state meeting) was a 10-inning thriller in South Bend that featured Purdue’s Matt Bischoff carrying a perfect game into the ninth inning. Notre Dame broke up the perfecto with a leadoff single in the ninth and then ended the scoreless stalemate with a run in the bottom of the 10th. Bischoff struck out seven while facing 28 batters over nine innings that day. He went on to break the program’s all-time strikeout record as a senior in 2010 and still holds the benchmark.

Having agreed to an annual home-and-home midweek series, Notre Dame is scheduled to visit West Lafayette next season for the first time since 1997.

Despite its geographical disadvantages, Notre Dame won the Atlantic Coast Conference with a 25-10 league record in 2021 and went to the College World Series the following season after winning an NCAA Regional at Georgia Southern and upsetting top-seeded Tennessee in a Super Regional. Head coach Shawn Stiffler came over from VCU for the 2022-23 school year and led ND to another 30-win season last season.

Purdue went just 3-6 in midweek action last season, a mark the program needs to improve on this year if it’s going to make the most of its 8-3 start. The Boilermakers are 36-34 away from West Lafayette since the start of the 2022 season, but just 9-26 in true road games.

ACTIVE STREAKS

• Logan Sutter – 11-game on-base streak (every game of 2024)

• Luke Gaffney – 10-game hit streak (every game he’s played in 2024)

• Camden Gasser – 9-game on-base streak (every game he’s played in 2024)

PURDUE MEN’S BASKETBALL

SMITH NAMED A COUSY AWARD FINALIST

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue sophomore guard Braden Smith has been named one of five finalists for the Bob Cousy Award, the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame announced earlier today.

Smith is joined on the finalist list by Marquette’s Tyler Kolek, Connecticut’s Tristan Newton, Alabama’s Mark Sears and Houston’s Jamal Shead. Smith is the only player on the list that isn’t a senior.

Smith’s inclusion marks the first time that Purdue has had a finalist for the award, which is given annually to the nation’s top point guard. He is looking to become Purdue’s third winner of an individual position award, after Zach Edey won the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award a year ago and Carsen Edwards won the Jerry West Award in 2018.

Smith is having a sensational season for the Boilermakers, helping lead Purdue to a Big Ten regular-season championship, a 26-3 overall record and a spot atop the national polls (earlier in the year) for the third straight season.

He enters the Illinois game on Tuesday night, being the only player in America to average at least 13.0 points, 7.0 assists and 5.0 rebounds per game (13.1 PPG, 7.1 APG, 5.9 RPG). Smith and Michigan State’s Magic Johnson (1978-79) are the only players in Big Ten history to amass at least 375 points, 200 assists, 170 rebounds and 50 steals in a season, with at least four games remaining to play.

Smith has 206 assists on the season, just one shy of the school record set by Bruce Parkinson (207) in 1974-75.

Smith has played his best against the nation’s top teams, helping Purdue to an 8-0 record against the NET top 25 by averaging 18.3 points, 5.5 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game, while shooting 56.7 percent from 3-point range. He has scored in double-figures in 10 straight games, averaging 15.4 points, 7.0 rebounds, 7.0 assists and 1.9 steals per game during that span.

Smith currently ranks sixth in the country and second in the Big Ten in assists per game (7.1), while leading the league in assists during conference games only (7.5 APG).

Smith has posted five double-doubles this season, including a monster 11-point, 16-assist performance in a win over Northwestern – the most assists for a Big Ten player in the last 15 years and the second-most helpers in school history.

He has posted three 20-point games, including back-to-back games of 27 points and eight assists against Alabama, then 26 points in a win over No. 1-ranked Arizona in December.

Smith and the Boilermakers will face No. 12-ranked Illinois on Tuesday night in Champaign, beginning at 7 p.m. ET.

#3 PURDUE HITS THE ROAD IN BIG TEN PLAY FOR THE FINAL TIME WITH TRIP TO #12 ILLINOIS

GAMEDAY INFORMATION — GAME 30

[3] Purdue (26-3, 15-3) vs. [12] Illinois (22-7, 13-5)

Tuesday, March 5, 2024

7:00 p.m. ET | Champaign, Illinois

State Farm Center (15,500)

STREAMING: Peacock (Noah Eagle, Robbie Hummel, Stephen Bardo

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

THE NOTES TO KNOW

• The No. 3-ranked Purdue Boilermakers take to the road for the final time in the 2023-24 season when it heads to Champaign to take on No. 12-ranked Illinois at the State Farm Center on Tuesday. The Boilermakers are looking for their school-record 16th Big Ten win of the season, but will face a tough challenge from one of college basketball’s elite offenses in the Fighting Illini.

• Purdue owns a 6-0 record against nationally-ranked squads this year, with all of the wins coming against teams ranked in the top 11 at the time of the contest. In addition, Purdue owns an additional win over Alabama, which is ranked No. 16 in this week’s AP Top 25 poll. Over the last three seasons, Purdue is 15-5 against nationally-ranked opponents.

• Since the start of the 2020-21 season, the senior class has won 57 Big Ten regular-season games, and a win in its next two games would set the school record for most wins in conference play by a senior class (57 — Class of 2019).

• Purdue enters the week as one of nine teams nationally with at least 26 wins, while also being one of six teams with three losses. Among major-conference teams, Purdue, Houston, Connecticut (all with 3) and South Carolina (5) are the only high-major programs with fewer than six losses.

• Purdue has won 20 games under Matt Painter in 14 of his 19 seasons with at least 25 victories in 11 of them, including this year. Purdue is looking for its third straight season of at least 29 victories.

• Purdue has averaged at least 1.27 points / possession in 10 of its 18 Big Ten games, including being over 1.45 three times in league play.

• The top-two scoring offenses and two of the top three offensively-efficient squads will face off on Tuesday night. The two teams have combined to score 90 or more points 18 times (Illinois – 9; Purdue – 9). The rest of the Big Ten combined has 28 games of 90 or more points.

• Over the last three years, Purdue has already won 84 games overall, surpassing the school record for wins in a three-year span. Entering the week, Purdue’s 84 wins are tied for the second most during that span in the country (Houston – 91).

• Purdue’s schedule ranks as the sixth-most difficult in the country and its non-conference foes won the Southern Conference by three games (Samford), the Ohio Valley (Morehead State), the Atlantic Sun (Eastern Kentucky) and lead the SEC (Alabama and Tennessee) and PAC-12 (Arizona). Marquette (Big East), Gonzaga (WCC) and Texas Southern (SWAC) are in second place in their respective conferences. Nine of Purdue’s 11 non-con opponents are legit NCAA Tournament hopefuls.

• Purdue has beaten teams ranked 4th (Tennessee), 5th (Arizona), 8th (Marquette), 12th (Illinois), 16th (Alabama) and 19th (Gonzaga) in this week’s AP poll, with no losses.

• Purdue ranks in the NCAA’s top 20 in wins (2nd), off. efficiency (2nd), rebound margin (2nd), 3-point percentage (2nd), assists per game (5th), scoring offense (8th), scoring margin (8th), fewest fouls per game (14th), field goal percentage (14th) and assist / turnover ratio (19th).

• Purdue leads the country in quad-1 wins (10) and quad-1 and 2 wins combined (16). No one in the country has more than 15 Q-1 and Q-2 wins.

• Since the start of last season, Purdue is 55-9, the fourth-most wins nationally, while the nine losses are the second fewest behind Houston (7). The nine losses during that span have come by 1, 5, 6, 14, 8, 5, 4 (OT), 16 and 4 points. Forty-one of the 55 wins have come against teams ranked in the KenPom top-100, including 28 against teams ranked in the top-50.

• Purdue was voted No. 3 in the AP Top 25 poll on Monday. With its No. 3 ranking this week, Purdue has now been ranked in the top 5 of the AP poll for 34 straight weeks, the longest-active streak in America by 17 weeks (UConn – 17). It has been ranked in the top 3 in 28 of those weeks. The 34 weeks of being ranked in the top 5 is the third longest in confererence history (41 — Ohio State, 1960-63; 38 — Indiana, 1975-77).

• A win over Illinois will give Purdue its 16th Big Ten win of the season, marking the second time in the Matt Painter era to reach the 16-win mark in Big Ten play, winning 16 games in the 2018-19 season.

• Purdue is guaranteed no worse than tied for first in the final Big Ten standings, marking the eighth time in the last 10 years that Purdue will finish no lower than third in the Big Ten standings.

• Purdue has won 11 of its last 12 games, and 19 of its last 21 contests entering Tuesday’s contest with Illinois.

• Purdue is one of five teams (Auburn, UConn, Houston, San Diego State) without a loss outside Quad-1. Purdue’s next three games are all currently quad-1 contests.

• Purdue owns a nation’s-best 17 wins over the NCAA NET top-100 teams. Purdue has eight wins over teams ranked in the NET top 23.

• Five teams (Purdue, James Madison, Appalachian State, Weber State, UNC Wilmington) have at least one Quad-1A win (top 15 home, top 25 neutral, top 40 road) while being undefeated in those games. The other four teams mentioned above are 1-0. Purdue is 7-0 in that category.

• Purdue is 15-0 when holding teams under 69 points. The Boilermakers are 11-3 when allowing 70 or more points.

• Purdue is averaging 84.7 points per game, an increase of 12.0 points per game from a year ago. The Boilermakers’ average is its highest scoring average since 1970 (89.0 points per game).

• Purdue has started the same starting five in all 29 games, the longest stretch to start a year in school history. Purdue has never had a season where it started the same five all season.

• Purdue ranks second nationally behind Saint Mary’s in rebound margin, one year after leading the country in rebound margin. The last team to lead the country in rebound margin in consecutive seasons was Quinnipiac (2013-14 and 2014-15).

• When Purdue has a run of 10-0 or larger, the Boilermakers are 14-0.

• Purdue has trailed by six or more points in just nine games this year, posting a 7-2 record in those games.

• Purdue’s leading rebounder is 7-foot, 4-inch Zach Edey. The Boilermakers’ second-leading rebounder is 6-foot Braden Smith.

• A year ago, Purdue shot 32.2 percent from 3-point range, a number that ranked 281st nationally. This year, Purdue is at 40.5 percent, ranking second nationally. Purdue had one player (Braden Smith) shoot over 36.0 percent from deep a year ago. This year, Purdue has nine players over 36.0 percent.

• Zach Edey’s 25.3 points per game in Big Ten play is the second-highest total in the Big Ten since the turn of the century (2020 – Luka Garza; 26.2). Edey’s 13.1 rebounds per game in Big Ten play is the most since Michigan State’s Lindsay Hairston in 1974 (14.2).

• Zach Edey currently ranks second in the country in scoring and third in rebounds per game. Since the 2000 season, only South Dakota State’s Mike Daum (2019), Kansas State’s Michael Beasley (2008) and Texas’ Kevin Durant (2007) have finished in the top five nationally in both categories. He would be the first one to rank in the top three in both categories.

• Braden Smith has 359 career assists, leading sophomores (or younger) in career assists. Coincidentally, second on the list is Colgate sophomore Braeden Smith (336).

• In eight games this year against the NET Top 25, Braden Smith is averaging 18.3 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 4.3 APG and shooting 56.7 percent from long distance.

THE SERIES WITH ILLINOIS

• Tuesday’s contest marks the 197th meeting between the two schools located just 91 miles apart, the second-closest rivalry in the Big Ten (Michigan-Michigan State is 64 miles apart).

• The 197 meetings make it the seventh-most frequently played rivalry in the Big Ten. Purdue’s 106 wins are the fifth most against an opponent. The series has been played every year since 1947.

• Purdue has won four straight meetings after losing the previous three meetings by a combined 51 points. A win Tuesday would give Purdue five straight wins for the first time since eight straight wins from March 2009 to Jan. 2013.

• Purdue has scored at least 73 points in eight of the last 11 meetings, posting an 8-0 record in those games. When held to 72 or fewer points since March 2016, the Boilermakers are 0-3.

PURDUE WRESTLING

PURDUE GIVEN BIG TEN WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIPS PRE-SEEDS

CHICAGO – On Monday night during their weekly B1G Wrestling & Beyond show, the Big Ten Conference revealed the pre-seeds for the upcoming 2024 Big Ten Wrestling Championships in College Park, Md. The projected seeds put Matt Ramos in the top spot in the 125 pound weight class and gave four more Boilers spots inside the top-10.

Ramos, who also holds the unanimous No. 1 spot across all of the national polls, becomes the first Boilermaker to enter the Big Ten tournament as the top seed in his weight class since Colton Salazar in 2010 at 157 pounds. He is also just the fourth to earn that No. 1 seed since 1965. This tournament is his chance to become the program’s first Big Ten Champion since Ryan Lange in 2004 and the 41st all-time.

Head coach Tony Ersland saw four more of his wrestlers secure top-10 spots in Stoney Buell (No. 7 at 165), Joey Blaze (No. 8 at 157), Ben Vanadia (No. 9 at 197) and Brody Baumann (No. 10 at 174). They represent career-high seeds for both Buell and Vanadia in their second career tournaments. Blaze’s spot is the highest for a Purdue true freshman since the 2017 tournament when Christian Brunner checked in a No. 8 at 197.

The next-highest seeded Boilermakers are Dustin Norris and Marcos Polanco, who check-in at No. 11 at 133 and 165 respectively. True freshman Greyson Clark is slated to return from injury and will take a No. 12 seed along with James Rowley. Despite only wrestling one match at heavyweight in his career (his most recent one), redshirt-sophomore Hayden Filipovich will step up and represent the old gold and black as the No. 14 seed at 285 on the big stage this weekend.

Official brackets will be released closer to the start of the tournament. The action begins on Saturday, March 9 at 10:00 a.m. ET on BTN.

NOTRE DAME MEN’S BASKETBALL

BURTON WINS FOURTH ACC ROOKIE OF THE WEEK AWARD

CHARLOTTE – Notre Dame freshman sensation Markus Burton continues to surge down the final stretch of the season and picking up a lot of attention in the meantime. Case in point on Monday, Burton earned his fourth ACC Rookie of the Week award, setting a new Notre Dame/ACC record. It marked Burton’s third honor over the last four weeks.

Burton averaged 26.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.5 steals in a 2-0 week in which the Fighting Irish knocked off Wake Forest and Clemson at home. A native of Mishawaka, Indiana, Burton shot 17-of-31 (54.8 percent) from the field in the wins.

Burton started his week by dropping a career-high 31 points against Wake Forest on 9-of-15 shooting, plus a career-best 11-11 from the free-throw line. He also racked up three rebounds, three assists and four steals. He followed that up with a game-high 21 points against Clemson, of which 17 came in the first half. Burton shot 8-of-16 and grabbed a season-best six rebounds while dishing out four assists.

And how’s this for an ACC Rookie of the Year resume: Burton is the only rookie in the country (and just 1-of-4 players overall in Division I) averaging at least 17.0 points, 4.0 assists and 2.0 steals. Amongst ACC rookies, Burton ranks first in scoring, first in steals and second in assists.

In league play, amongst all ACC players: Burton ranks fifth in scoring (17.6 ppg), third in assists (4.8) and first in steals (2.3).

Burton and the Fighting Irish travel to Chapel Hill to take on North Carolina on Tuesday at 7 p.m. ET on ACC Network

NOTRE DAME WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

HIDALGO NAMED ONE OF FIVE LIEBERMAN AWARD FINALISTS

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — After one of the best freshman regular seasons in the history of women’s college basketball, Hannah Hidalgo has been named one of five finalists for the Nancy Lieberman Award, which is given to the nation’s top point guard.

Hidalgo heads into the 2024 ACC Tournament leading the league in scoring (23.8 points per game) and leading the nation in steals (4.9). She ranks third nationally in scoring.

The 5-6 floor general has had numerous great weeks this season, but last week was certainly one of her best. Hidalgo helped Notre Dame notch wins over No. 5 Virginia Tech and No. 22 Louisville. She averaged 24.5 points per game in the wins and led all players in points, rebounds and assists against the Hokies. She had 20 rebounds on the week, which was the second-most amongst all ACC guards.

The other four finalists for the award are Iowa’s Caitlin Clark, Ohio State’s Jacy Sheldon, South Carolina’s Te-Hina Paopao and Virginia Tech’s Georgia Amoore. Skylar Diggins is Notre Dame’s sole winner to date (2012 and 2013).

HIDALGO SWEEPS FINAL ACC WEEKLY AWARDS

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — For the third time this season, Hannah Hidalgo is both the ACC Player and Rookie of the Week, the conference announced on Monday. It is the 12th time this season Hidalgo has earned the freshman honors, which is a conference record.

Hidalgo and Co. are coming off of a 2-0 week during which Notre Dame beat two ranked opponents: No. 5 Virginia Tech and No. 22 Louisville. The 5-6 point guard averaged 24.5 points per game over the two contests and had an ACC-leading 9 steals. She also notched 20 rebounds, the second-most by any ACC guard during that span.

On the season, Hidalgo is pacing the conference with 23.8 points per game and the nation with 4.9 steals per game. She finished the ACC regular season with 24 20-point games, five more than anyone else in the league.

Hidalgo is also the only player in the nation averaging at least 20 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals every time she takes the court.

NOTRE DAME WOMEN’S TENNIS

IRISH COME UP JUST SHORT AT NO. 10 NC STATE AND WAKE FOREST

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The University of Notre Dame women’s tennis team fought hard on its trip to North Carolina, dropping tightly contested battles at No. 10 NC State and Wake Forest on Friday and Sunday, respectively.

Julia Andreach and Bojana Pozder served as shining lights for the Fighting Irish over the weekend, both going 2-0 in singles and notching top 50 wins against the Wolfpack. Andreach took down the nation’s No. 27 ranked player 6-2, 6-4, while Pozder defeated No. 44, 1-6, 6-3, 6-1 in the team’s 5-2 loss. With their wins on Sunday, Andreach extended her unbeaten singles record on the season to 10-0, while Pozder moved to an impressive 10-1.

The Irish secured the doubles point on Sunday over the Demon Deacons with wins from Carrie Beckman and Akari Matsuno at No. 3, followed by a win at No. 2 by Nibi Ghosh and Yashna Yellayi. Notre Dame took the momentum and got off to a hot start in singles, but Wake Forest rallied hard to eventually win four of the six singles contests and take the match 4-3.

Next Up

Notre Dame completes a three-match ACC road slate with a battle against the Louisville Cardinals on Sunday, March 10. First serve is scheduled for 12:00 p.m.

#10 NC State 5, #28 Notre Dame 2

Singles

No. 1 – #3 Amelia Rajecki (NCSU) def. Page Freeman (ND) 6-3, 6-2

No. 2 – Julia Andreach (ND) def. #27 Anna Zyryanova (NCSU) 6-2, 6-4

No. 3 – #30 Abigail Rencheli (NCSU) def. Yashna Yellayi (ND) 6-4, 6-2

No. 4 – Bojana Pozder (ND) def. #44 Sophie Abrams (NCSU) 1-6, 6-3, 6-1

No. 5 – Maddy Zampardo (NCSU) def. Carrie Beckman (ND) 6-4, 6-0

No. 6 – Gina Dittmann (NCSU) def. Nibi Ghosh (ND) 6-1, 6-3

Doubles

No. 1 – #13 Amelia Rajecki/Maddy Zampardo (NCSU) def. #32 Carrie Beckman/Julia Andreach (ND) 6-1

No. 2 – Page Freeman/Yashna Yellayi (ND) vs. #9 Anna Zyryanova/Sophie Abrams (NCSU) 3-5, unfinished

No. 3 – Gabriella Broadfoot/Abigail Rencheli (NCSU) def. Bojana Pozder/Nibi Ghosh (ND) 6-1

Order of finish

Doubles (1,3); Singles (1,2,3,4,5,6)

#40 Wake Forest 4, #28 Notre Dame 3

Singles

No. 1 – #26 Casie Wooten (WF) def. Page Freeman (ND) 6-4, 6-4

No. 2 – Julia Andreach (ND) def. Brooke Killingsworth (WF) 4-6, 7-5, 4-2 ret.

No. 3 – Bojana Pozder (ND) def. Marcella Cruz (WF) 6-2, 6-4

No. 4 – Nevena Carton (WF) def. Yashna Yellayi (ND) 1-6, 6-3, 6-2

No. 5 – Sankavi Gownder (WF) def. Akari Matsuno (ND) 3-6, 6-4, 6-4

No. 6 – Whitley Pate (WF) def. Nibi Ghosh (ND) 3-6, 6-1, 7-5

Doubles

No. 1 – Page Freeman/Julia Andreach (ND) vs. Marcella Cruz/Brooke Killingsworth (WF) 4-3, unfinished

No. 2 – Yashna Yellayi/Nibi Ghosh (ND) def. Mia Ahmad/Casie Wooten (WF) 6-2

No. 3 – Akari Matsuno/Carrie Beckman (ND) def. Sankavi Gownder/Whitley Pate (WF) 6-3

Order of finish

Doubles (3,2); Singles (3,1,4,5,6,2)

BUTLER SOFTBALL

BUTLER SOFTBALL’S PETRAN EARNS BIG EAST PITCHER OF THE WEEK HONOR

Butler freshman Katie Petran has been selected as the BIG EAST Pitcher of the Week as announced on Monday by the conference. She was chosen for her performances at last weekend’s Thundering Herd Invitational at Marshall.

Petran made three appearances over the weekend, pitching 17.2 innings while picking up one win and one save. Overall, she had an ERA of 2.04 with 15 strikeouts. She picked up her sixth complete-game win of the season in a 3-2 win over Marshall. She then pitched 8.0 innings against Purdue, leaving with the game with the score tied, 5-5. In her third appearance, she picked up the save in a 5-3 win over Radford.

The Bulldogs, who picked up three wins last weekend, return to action this week with four home games, hosting IUPUI on Wednesday and then Providence for the first BIG EAST weekend series of the season.

BUTLER BASEBALL

BASEBALL TO HOST PURDUE FORT WAYNE IN HOME OPENER

INDIANAPOLIS – Bulldog Park will be the place to be on Tuesday afternoon when Butler hosts Purdue Fort Wayne in the 2024 home opener. Live stats will be available for those fans who cannot attend. First pitch is slated for 3 PM.

Pitching Matchup

RHP Simon Linde vs. RHP Sean Kasper

Scouting Purdue Fort Wayne

The Mastodons are off to a 3-9 start to the season but posted an impressive road win at #20 Indiana on Feb. 27. PFW knocked off the Hoosiers 9-6 in Bloomington and paired that win with one at Western Kentucky and a recent 11-3 victory at Evansville. Camden Karczewski, Jacob Walker, and Grant Thoroman are the top bats in the lineup. Karczewski leads the club with 10 RBI, Walker is the hit leader with 16 and Thoroman is hitting over .300.

Sean Kasper got the start and the win in PFW’s only midweek game of the year. He threw 3.2 innings at Indiana and struck out four. The save went to Owen Willard. Kasper has a 2.25 ERA and has eight total strikeouts over eight innings. As a team, PFW has a 10.34 ERA.

Last Meeting

The last game between Butler and Purdue Fort Wayne was played on May 17, 2022 in Fort Wayne. The Mastodons won 4-2. Butler’s last win over PFW came on March 13, 2021. They won 2-0 at Bulldog Park.

A Look Back at Last Week

Butler went 1-3 last week with a midweek game at Southern Illinois followed by a series at Morehead State. Highlighting the weekend was a come from behind victory on Sunday at Allen Field. BU scored three runs in the top of the ninth to win 11-10.

Carter Dorighi tied a Butler school record by going 6-for-6 from the plate. He and Kyle Waggoner (2010) are the only players in program history to collect six hits in a single-game. Dorighi hit .650 last week, recording 13 hits in 20 at-bats. He scored a run in every game while adding a double and a homer to his season stats.

Jack Moroknek, Zach Munton, Kade Lewis and Billy Wurch all hit multiple homers for the Bulldogs. Moroknek hit .467 over his four starts with a double and three home runs. He led all Bulldogs with 8 RBI and five runs scored. Evan Parks and Ryan Drumm also got in the mix to give BU 13 home runs last week.

Home Opener

Butler hosted Northwestern last year in their home opener. The Wildcats won game one 5-1, but the ‘Dawgs came out on top the following day 3-2. Last year’s opener was played on March 19.

The Time is Now

Freshman Simon Linde will make the first start of his collegiate career tomorrow for BU. The right-hander has appeared in three games thus far and has tossed 7.1 innings. He has six strikeouts and has only walked three.

Bulldog Bits

– Cole Graverson and Ben Whiteside have each appeared in four games and each have one save

– Graverson is the team leader in strikeouts with 12 and is second on the team in innings pitched

– Nick Miketinac has the most innings under his belt at 9.2

– Miketinac has struck out seven and only walked two this year

– Nate Rosser is 2-0 for BU over his three appearances

– Carter Dorighi raised his batting average to .439

– Dorighi has five multi-hit games this season

– Billy Wurch is also batting above .400 this season

– Wurch has the longest hitting streak on the team at six games

– Kade Lewis, Zach Munton, Jack Moroknek and Evan Parks all hit above .300

– Lewis and Xavier Carter have reached base safely in nine-straight

– Butler has outscored their opponent 14-4 in the third inning this year and 8-1 in the ninth

– The ‘Dawgs have hit five home runs in a single-game three times this season

– BU has hit a sac fly in four-straight games

– Butler arms struck out eight Eagles in all three games last weekend

BIG EAST Standings

Creighton 7-1

Seton Hall 7-3

Georgetown 6-5

Xavier 6-5

St. John’s 4-4

Butler 4-5

UConn 3-6

Villanova 2-7

Up Next

Butler will spend the upcoming weekend in Memphis Tenn. They will play the Tigers on Friday at 6 PM, move ahead to face Jackson State on Saturday at 1 PM, and end the weekend with an 11 AM game vs. Presbyterian on Sunday.

BUTLER BASKETBALL

BUTLER ALUM SEAN MCDERMOTT TO JOIN ALL GOOD DAWGS ROSTER FOR TBT 2024

INDIANAPOLIS,  March 4,  2024 –  All Good Dawgs, the Butler alumni team hosting The Basketball Tournament’s (TBT) regional at Hinkle Fieldhouse July 19-24, today announced the roster addition of former Bulldog Sean McDermott.
 
McDermott now joins Shelvin Mack as the first two player commitments on All Good Dawgs inaugural roster.
 
“I’m elated that this opportunity has presented itself,” McDermott said. “I know we are still months away, but I can’t stop thinking about what it is going to feel like to play in Hinkle again. I can’t wait to put a Butler jersey on and represent the Dawgs in front of the Butler faithful.”
 
McDermott, a local star at Pendleton Heights, played at Butler from 2016-20. McDermott was a contributor on two NCAA Tournament teams, including the 2017 Sweet 16 team. As a full-time starter his senior season, McDermott helped Butler earn a Hall of Fame Classic championship. The McDermott-led Bulldogs were also slated for an NCAA Tournament bid in 2020 before the COVID-19 pandemic forced the event to be canceled.
 
After graduating from Butler, McDermott spent his rookie season on a two-way contract with the Memphis Grizzlies, appearing in 18 games that season. After two seasons in the G League, McDermott currently plays in Italy.
 
Additional roster announcements will be made over the coming months via All Good Dawgs’ social media pages, @AllGoodDawgsTBT.
 
All Good Dawgs will be joined in the Butler Regional this summer alongside seven other teams, all vying for TBT’s $1 million grand prize.
 
Tickets for the 2024 Butler Regional will go on sale at a later date. To be the first to secure tickets for the event, fans can sign up at thetournament.com/tbt/tickets.
 
For more information on this year’s TBT or All Good Dawgs, visit TheTournament.com.
 
About The Basketball Tournament
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BUTLER TENNIS

PATRICK JOSS AND NICHOLAS SHIRLEY RECEIVE BIG EAST DOUBLES TEAM OF THE WEEK HONORS

Patrick Joss and Nicholas Shirley have been selected as this week’s BIG EAST Doubles Team of the Week, announced by the conference on Monday afternoon. This is the pairs first time winning this honor.

Joss and Shirley both contributed two big wins to help the Bulldog’s to a 2-0 record this past weekend. On Saturday, the pair topped Dylan Brown and Guy Finkelstein from Southern Indiana with a 6-0 victory in the No. 3 doubles spot to help the Bulldogs to a 7-0 victory. On Sunday, Joss and Shirley defeated Kyle Totorica and Jorge Santamaria from BIG EAST member Xavier, in a hard-fought 6-3 win helping the Bulldogs to a 4-3 win. The pair are now 2-0 in the month of March for doubles play.

The Butler men’s tennis program will travel to Dallas, Texas to take on SMU on Wednesday, March 13.

DELANEY SCHURHAMER EARNS BIG EAST SINGLES PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS

Senior Delaney Schurhamer has been selected as this week’s BIG EAST Singles Player of the Week, announced by the conference on Monday afternoon.

On Saturday, Schurhamer took on Natalie Oslecki from Dayton, ultimately beating her in a hard-fought 6-4, 7-6 (3) win at No. 2 singles. The senior’s win played a crucial part in the Bulldog’s 4-2 win over the Flyers. On Sunday, the Bulldogs took on Ball State and Schurhamer beat Elena Malykh in a 6-2, 6-2 contest helping the Bulldogs to a 4-3 win. Schurhamer has been a vital asset to the Bulldog’s 10-6 record during the spring season. In the month of February, Schurhamer went 6-1 in singles play and is now off to a 2-0 start in March play.

This is Schurhamer’s first time winning this honor in her career at Butler. The Woodbury, Minn. native is the third member of the Butler women’s tennis team to be named BIG EAST Singles Player of the Week this season.

The Butler women’s tennis program will be back in action on Sunday, March 10 where they will take on BIG EAST member Villanova in Orlando, Fla.

IUPUI WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

DAVIDSON NAMED #HLWBB ALL-LEAGUE SECOND TEAM

INDIANAPOLIS – Katie Davidson has been named #HLWBB All-League Second Team as announced by the league office on Monday, March 4. The junior earns the honor after leading the Jags and most of the Horizon League in scoring.

In her first season with the IUPUI women’s basketball team, Davidson averaged 16.6 points per game in 27 games, ranking her at third in the Horizon League. The junior from Indianapolis joined the Jags this season after sitting out the 2022-23 season due to personal reasons. She didn’t miss a beat as she started all 27 games she appeared in, playing a team-high 33.1 minutes per game. 

Davidson made her IUPUI debut with a career-high 32 points and seven rebounds in the season opener against Eastern Illinois, then recorded her second 30-point game against Detroit Mercy on January 4th. Her second 30-point performance was good enough to earn #HLWBB Player of the Week.

She has totaled 20 double-digit games with one of her best games recorded against Northern Kentucky on January 14. Davidson totaled 27 points, seven assists, four rebounds, four steals and two blocks to lead the Jags to a win over the Norse.

Davidson and the IUPUI women’s basketball are now preparing for the first round of the Horizon League Tournament. The Jags will travel to Youngstown State on Tuesday, March 5 for a 7:00 PM tipoff. IUPUI and the Penguins split the regular season games, with each team pulling out home victories this season. 

The entire list of #HLWBB All-League Awards is below.

2023-24 #HLWBB All-League Awards

Player of the Year: Colbi Maples, Cleveland State

Coach of the Year: Chris Kielsmeier, Cleveland State

Newcomer of the Year: Mickayla Perdue, Cleveland State

Freshman of the Year: Carter McCray, Northern Kentucky

Defensive Player of the Year: Carmen Villalobos, Cleveland State

Sixth Players of the Year: Callie Genke, Green Bay & Grace Crowley, Milwaukee

Sportsmanship Awards: Kendall Nead, Milwaukee & Mady Aulbach, Youngstown State

All-League First Team

Colbi Maples, Cleveland State

Mickayla Perdue, Cleveland State

Natalie McNeal, Green Bay

Amellia Bromenschenkel, Purdue Fort Wayne

Alexis Hutchison, Wright State

All-League Second Team

Maddy Schreiber, Green Bay

Katie Davidson, IUPUI

Kendall Nead, Milwaukee

Carter McCray, Northern Kentucky

Brooke Quarles-Daniels, Oakland

All-League Third Team

Irene Murua, Detroit Mercy

Bailey Butler, Green Bay

Khamari Mitchell-Steen, Northern Kentucky

Shayla Sellers, Purdue Fort Wayne

Emily Saunders, Youngstown State

All-Freshman Team

Paris Gilmore, Detroit Mercy

Jorey Buwalda, Milwaukee

Carter McCray, Northern Kentucky

Renna Schwieterman, Purdue Fort Wayne

Erin Woodson, Purdue Fort Wayne

All-Defensive Team

Colbi Maples, Cleveland State

Carmen Villalobos, Cleveland State

Bailey Butler, Green Bay

Brooke Quarles-Daniels, Oakland

Emily Saunders, Youngstown State

IUPUI MEN’S BASKETBALL

JAGUARS TO OPEN 2024 BARBASOL #HLMBB TOURNEY AT CLEVELAND STATE

CLEVELAND – For the second time in four days, the IUPUI basketball team will face off with Cleveland State inside CSU’s Wolstein Center. This time, the stakes will be higher as Tuesday’s (Mar. 5) contest marks the opening round of the 2024 Barbasol #HLMBB Basketball Championship. The winner will move on to play on the road in Thursday’s quarterfinal round. 

CSU (18-13) defeated the Jaguars in both teams regular season finale on Saturday, 75-66. Junior Jlynn Counter paced the Jags with 15 points on 4-of-10 shooting and sophomore Abdou Samb chipped in 12 points, making 6-of-7 shots. The Jaguars shot an efficient 50 percent from the floor and made 16-of-17 free throw attempts, but were undone by turnovers as 17 miscues led to 20 CSU points.

Tristan Enaruna led four Vikings in double-digits with 20 points, including a perfect 11-of-11 from the foul line. Despite the Jaguars’ stellar day at the free throw line, they were still outscored at the stripe by the Vikings, 21-16.

IUPUI (6-25) trailed by as many as 15 midway through the second half, but battled back within two possessions in the final three minutes. Similar to the Jaguars prior loss to Milwaukee, CSU closed the game by outscoring the guests 6-2 in the final 2:32 to seal the victory.

Sophomore Vincent Brady II had nine points and six rebounds and Kidtrell Blocker, DJ Jackson and Bryce Monroe all scored eight points apiece.

SCOUTING CLEVELAND STATE

Cleveland State is 18-13 overall and 13-3 at home this season. Enaruna (20.2 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 2.8 apg) was voted First Team All-Horizon League. The Vikings rely heavily on two additional seniors as Tae Williams (12.6 ppg, 5.9 rpg) and Drew Lowder (11.5 ppg, 2.9 apg) are the team’s top three scorers.

INSIDE THE SERIES

IUPUI is 4-11 all-time against Cleveland State and 1-6 in the seven meetings in Cleveland. The Jaguars have dropped 10 straight to the Vikings heading into Tuesday’s game with the program’s last win over CSU coming back on Jan. 10, 2019. CSU swept the regular season series this season.

UP NEXT

With a win, IUPUI will advance to the quarterfinals of the Horizon League Tournament, to be played on the road on Thursday, Mar. 7 on ESPN+.

BALL STATE FOOTBALL

CARDINALS CONDUCT PRO DAY FOR 10 FOOTBALL PLAYERS AHEAD OF NFL DRAFT

A day after the NFL Combine concluded in Indianapolis, and ahead of the NFL Draft in late April, Ball State conducted its annual pro day on Monday afternoon at the Scheumann Family Indoor Practice Facility, to showcase Ball State athletes in front of pro scouts.

Scheduled out of convenience for scouts for NFL teams who were already in the state for last weekend’s Combine event, ten former Ball State players worked out for a group of roughly 15 scouts who measured the Cardinals in the vertical jump and broad jump, the 40-yard dash, bench press, various shuttle and cone drills, and position-specific workouts intended to help evaluate a player’s value in advance of the upcoming draft and free agency.

Participation in Monday’s pro day was heavy on the defensive side of the ball which featured eight athletes. Offensive players included only QB Layne Hatcher and WR Ahmad Edwards. Defensive players included DE Mikhari Sibblis, DB Aljareek Malry, DE/LB Sidney Houston Jr., NT James Makszin, CB Damion Charity, LB Clayton Coll, DB Loren Strickland and CB Red Potts.

BALL STATE BASEBALL

BASEBALL TO PLAY TWO IN TALLAHASSEE TO CONCLUDE FLORIDA ROADSWING

The Ball State baseball team continues its spring break roadswing in the Sunshine State with 4 p.m. games at Florida A&M on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The Cardinals and Rattlers are scheduled to square off in consecutive midweeks games at Moore-Kittles Field in Tallahassee. A link to live stats can be found above and on the schedule page.

The Cardinals (7-4) endured multiple weather delays over the weekend in Jacksonville to claim the series win over the Dolphins. Ball State triumphed 9-2 in the first game Saturday before sustaining a 10-9 edge from Saturday night to Sunday afternoon after the weather delayed the second game in the bottom of the 8th inning.

FAMU (5-6) most recently split a twinbill against Grambling State on Saturday at the HBCU Classic in Atlanta. The Rattlers won the SWAC Tournament last year in head coach Jamey Shouppe’s 10th leading the program.

Ball State got a big performance from junior third baseman Michael Hallquist in the series win over the Dolphins, as the transfer hit .400 (6-for-15) across the three games with two home runs, one double, seven RBI and three runs scored.

Up Next

Mid-American Conference play starts at 3 p.m. on Friday in Muncie, as the Cardinals are scheduled to host Eastern Michigan in what will also serve as the home opener.

BALL STATE WOMEN’S GOLF

WOMEN’S GOLF SET TO HOST PUERTO RICO CLASSIC

HUMACAO, Puerto Rico – – For its third event of the spring season, the Ball State women’s golf team travels to the Caribbean to host the Puerto Rico Classic.

After a practice round Monday on the Flamboyan Course at the Palmas Del Mar Golf Club in Humacao, Puerto Rico, the Cardinals will tee off at 8:30 a.m. AST / 7:30 a.m. EST Tuesday on holes 1-6 of the 6,026-yard, 72-par course.

For Wednesday’s second round, the Cardinals return to holes 1-6 starting at 8:30 a.m. AST / 7:30 a.m. EST. Thursday’s final round, with starting holes will be determined by team standings entering the day, will begin at 8 a.m. AST / 7 a.m. EST. All three rounds will feature shotgun starts.

In addition to the host Cardinals, Cal Baptist, FGCU, Georgia State, Little Rock, Loyola, Northern Kentucky, Seattle, South Dakota, UNC-Greensboro, Western Carolina and Wofford will compete in the 12-team event.

In all, 71 players are slated to battle for the Puerto Rico Classic title, including all nine Ball State student-athletes.

BSU’s five-player lineup features sophomore Sarah Gallagher, freshman JJ Gregston, sophomore Jasmine Driscoll, senior Kiah Parrott and freshman Madelyn Young.

Competing as individuals for the Cardinals will be junior Payton Bennett, sophomore Madelin Boyd, freshman Jenna Estravillo and junior Sabrina Langerak.

Gallagher is coming off one of the best performances of her collegiate career, as she tied for eighth at the Rio Verde Collegiate Invitational with a career-low 54-hole score of 215 (71-72-72). The effort helped her climb 70 spots in the national rankings to 844th and earned her MAC Golfer of the Week honors.

Parrott, a two-time MAC Golfer of the Week honoree in the fall, will be making her first appearance in the lineup this spring and enters the week leading the squad with a 74.00 stroke average over her nine competitive rounds. Five of those rounds have been at-or-below par.

Driscoll leads the squad with six rounds at-or-below par and is second on the team with a 74.95 stroke average.

MAC GOLFERS OF THE WEEK:

So far this season, Ball State has claimed four of the league’s 12 Mid-American Conference Golfer of the Week honors … Senior Kiah Parrott earned the honor twice in the fall, while junior Sabrina Langerak and Sarah Gallagher have each claimed the award so far this spring.

Sept. 21, 2023 – Kiah Parrott

Oct. 26, 2023 – Kiah Parrott

Feb. 16, 2024 – Sabrina Langerak

Feb. 29, 2024 – Sarah Gallagher

54-HOLE RECORDS:

The 2023-24 Ball State women’s golf squad has posted the two-lowest 54-hole records in program history so far this season. The first came at the 2023 Brittany Kelly Classic (Sept. 18-19, 2023) at The Players Club at Woodland Trails in Yorktown, Indiana, when the team finished the two-day event with a program record 54-hole score of 875 … The effort was seven strokes better than the previous mark of 882 set at the 2021 Spring Break Shootout (March 15-16, 2021) at Lake Jovita in Dade City, Florida.

The Cardinals would better the team mark by 10 strokes to close the fall campaign, shooting an 865 (+1) at the Diamante Intercollegiate (Oct. 22-24, 2023) at the Diamante Country Club in Hot Springs Village, Arkansas.

INDIVIDUAL 54-HOLE MARKS:

On an individual front, senior Kiah Parrott has posted BSU’s two lowest 54-hole scores of the season, with her 209 (72-69-68) at the Diamante Intercollegiate ranking as the second lowest in program history, two shots off her mark of 207 (67-68-72) when she won the 2022 Brittany Kelly Cardinal Classic (Sept. 19-20, 2022).

Parrott also tallied a 215 (74-69-72) at this season’s Brittany Kelly Classic, which ties as the fourth-lowest 54-hole score in program history.

Sophomore Sarah Gallagher would tie BSU’s second-lowest mark of the season last time out with her 215 (71-72-72) at the Rio Verde Collegiate Invitational.

Sophomore Jasmine Driscoll was not far behind with BSU’s fourth-lowest round of the season with her 216 (71-72-73) at the Diamante Intercollegiate, which ties as the eighth-lowest 54-hole score in program history.

36-HOLE DAY RECORDS:

The Cardinals also set a new 36-hole day record on the opening day of the 2023 Brittany Kelly Classic (Sept. 18, 2023) with a 584, taking one stroke off the previous record of 585 set on the opening day of the 2019 Spring Break Shootout (March 11, 2019).

On an individual front, senior Kiah Parrott turned in a 143 (74-69) on the 36-hole day of the Brittany Kelly Classic, which ties as the ninth-best 36-hole score in the Ball State record book.

2023-24 LOW ROUNDS:

Sophomore Jasmine Driscoll and senior Kiah Parrott currently own the lowest round of the season for the Cardinals, with Driscoll firing a 68 in the final round of the Boilermaker Classic (Sept. 4-5) and Parrott doing the same in the final round of the Diamante Intercollegiate (Oct. 22-24) … It ties as the third-lowest round in program history and is just two strokes off the program-record of 66 set by Jenna Hague at the 2013 Hoosier Fall Invitational.

The Cardinals also have four rounds of 69 this season, with Parrott achieving the total twice; once in the second round of the Brittany Kelly Classic (Sept. 18-19) and once in the second round of the Diamante Intercollegiate (Oct. 22-24) … Driscoll also shot a 69 in the final round of the Brittany Kelly Classic, while sophomore Madelin Boyd carded one in the opening round of the Diamante Intercollegiate … The scores of 69 tie as the seventh-lowest round in program history.

Individual 2023-24 Low Rounds:

Jasmine Driscoll –  68 in the final round of the Boilermaker Classic (Sept. 4-5)

Kiah Parrott – 68 in the second round of the Diamante Intercollegiate (Oct. 22-24)

Madelin Boyd – 69 in the second round of the Diamante Intercollegiate (Oct. 22-24)

Sabrina Langerak – 70 in the second round of the Brittany Kelly Classic (Sept. 18-19)

JJ Gregston  –  70 in the opening round of the Brittany Kelly Classic (Sept. 18-19)

Jenna Estravillo – 71 in the opening round of the IU East Fall Invitational (Oct. 13-14)

Sarah Gallagher – 71 in the third round of the Diamante Intercollegiate (Oct. 22-24) and in the first round of the Rio Verde Collegiate Invitational (Feb. 23-25)

Payton Bennett – 73 in the third round of the Diamante Intercollegiate (Oct. 22-24)

Madelyn Young – 75 on three occasions, most recently in the opening round of the IU East Fall Invitational (Oct. 13-14)

BALL STATE MEN’S BASKETBALL

MEN’S BASKETBALL HOSTING KENT STATE IN HOME FINALE

The Ball State men’s basketball team gets a rematch from its first conference game of the year when the Cardinals host Kent State at 7 p.m. on Tuesday.

The game will be streamed on ESPN+ with Noah Reed and David Eha on the call, while Mick Tidrow and Scot Bunnell handle the radio broadcast on WMUN 1340AM – 92.5FM. This will be the 93rd meeting in the series between the Cardinals and Golden Flashes.

Ball State (14-15, 6-9 Mid-American Conference) fell to Kent State (15-14, 8-8 MAC) by a score of 82-69 back on Jan. 2 in Northeast Ohio for the MAC opener. Basheer Jihad tallied a game high 23 points in the setback.

The Cardinals fought back from a 60-48 deficit with eight minutes to play in regulation to force overtime against Western Michigan on Saturday afternoon at Worthen Arena, but the Broncos prevailed 78-76 on a buzzer beater layup in the extra period. Jalin Anderson’s game high 25 points and six assists weren’t enough to complete the comeback against WMU.

The Golden Flashes began the campaign as one of the favorites to win the MAC but have been hurt by injury, including most recently a season-ending one to leading rebounder Chris Payton Jr. Kent State has won two in a row coming into this game (79-73 on Saturday over Central Michigan and 76-64 last Tuesday over Buffalo).

SCOUTING KENT STATE: The Golden Flashes went 28-7 (15-3 MAC) last season in head coach Rob Senderoff’s 12th leading the program. Kent State beat Toledo 93-78 in the championship game of the MAC Tournament.

The Flashes pace the league in turnovers forced per game (13.7) while ranking second in free throw shooting (76.1 percent), steals per game (7.1) and 3-pointers made per game (8.4).

Junior guard Jalen Sullinger is second in the MAC in 3-point makes (2.5 per game), while redshirt senior Giovanni Santiago ranks second in the league in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.26) and fourth in assists per game at 4.2.

CARDINAL DIRECTIONS

Basheer Jihad leads the Cardinals in scoring (18.8 points per game) and rebounding (7.9) averages. The junior forward out of Detroit has led the Cardinals in scoring 17 games so far, scoring in double-figures 28 times, including 11 games with 20+ points. The big man’s total points (544) ranks fourth in the Mid-American Conference, while his rebounding and scoring averages are also fourth. Jihad leads the MAC in free throw attempts (215) and makes (160), ranking No. 17 and No. 20 in those categories nationally.

The Cardinals lead the MAC and rank in the Top 60 in Division I in free throw shooting (76.9 percent, No. 23), free throws made per game (16.3, No. 42) and fewest fouls committed (15.3 per game, No. 55). Ball State 3-point shooting (36.7 percent, No. 45 nationally) ranks third in the league.

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

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

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

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

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

PUT ME IN THE RECORD BOOK: Junior forward Basheer Jihad’s 544 points scored on the season are one away from joining the Top 20 for most in a single season.

Ed Butler scored 545 in the 1963-64 season, and Jihad would get in the Top 15 with 18 more points.

SINGLE SEASON ASSISTS: Junior guard Jalin Anderson is within striking distance of the Top 10 for Ball State single season assists with his 131.

Randy Davis (2011-12) and Bob Faulkner (1974-75) are tied for 10th at 144 assists.

MAGIC MICKEY: Redshirt junior forward Mickey Pearson Jr. put up a career high 25 points in last Tuesday’s 79-71 win at Central Michigan.

The Lincoln, Ala., native went 9 of 13 from the field, including 3 of 5 from distance, and 4-for-4 at the free throw line to establish a new career best for the second time this season (24 on Nov. 21 against USC Upstate).

GREAT LAKES STATE FINALE: Last Tuesday’s game at CMU marked the Ball State men’s basketball team’s last game in the state of Michigan on the 2023-24 calendar.

The Cardinals posted a 4-0 record in the state this season after taking down Detroit Mercy on Dec. 6, Eastern Michigan on Jan. 16, Western Michigan on Feb. 3 and the Chippewas on Feb. 27.

1,000 Points: Anderson hit the 1,000-point mark in his career with a last-minute free throw at Northern Illinois on Feb. 20.

The Jackson, Tenn., native scored 604 of those before transferring to Ball State, where he’s averaged 15.0 points per game in 28 games (420 total).

DB FOR THREE: Junior guard Davion Bailey leads the Cardinals in 3-pointers made (62) and 3-point shooting (42.5 percent) so far this season, and the shooting efficiency is first in the MAC among players who’ve made at least 40 triples.

The Indianapolis native’s 2.5 triples made per game and 42 total in conference games ranks third in the MAC.

HANDLING THE HUSKIES: Ball State swept the season series with Northern Illinois and has now won 9 of 10 games against the Huskies thanks to the 70-63 decision on Tuesday in DeKalb.

The men’s basketball team has won by double-figures over the Huskies five times in that span and bettered its record to 63-40 in the series, including 26-23 on the road.

FRESHMAN MAKING MOVES: Freshman guard Trent Middleton Jr. has scored in double figures in 5 of the last 11 games after doing so twice in the first 16 games of his collegiate career.

The Philadelphia native has averaged 7.2 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game during the span.

SECOND TRIP AROUND THE MAC: Ball State began its back end of double play opponents on Feb. 17 after playing each of the other 11 Mid-American Conference teams in first 11 league games of the year.

Ball State’s regular season series against Akron, Buffalo, Ohio and Toledo have wrapped up with those schools being single-play opponents for the 2024 schedule.

CROATIAN DESTINATION: Ball State is the only Division I school featuring Croatia natives on both its men’s basketball (Jurica Zagorsak) and women’s basketball (Hana Muhl) teams.

Zagorsak is one of only nine Croatians currently on Division I men’s basketball rosters. Ball State has played three of the other teams with a Croatian (Detroit Mercy, Little Rock and Toledo).

FREE THROWS FALLING: Pearson Jr. ranks second in the Mid-American Conference among qualifiers in free throw shooting percentage at 86.8 (92 of 106), which is No. 57 in NCAA Division I.

Bailey (84.8 percent, 28-33) and Middleton Jr. (82.3 percent, 51-62) have also been efficient at the foul line, while the Cardinals as a whole lead the MAC in free throw shooting at 76.9 percent, which ranks No. 23 nationally.

BANKING ON BASHEER: Jihad leads the team in scoring (18.8 ppg), rebounding (7.9 per game) and field goal percentage (46.0) among Cardinals averaging at least four field goal attempts this season. Jihad has established or tied career highs in scoring six times already this season, including on Jan. 20 against Miami (29 points).

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

JALIN JAMS: Anderson, a transfer out of Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles, leads the Ball State backcourt in scoring and the team in assists (4.5 per game) as the Cardinals’ lead guard. Anderson leads the MAC in steals (30) in conference play and is third overall at 46 total steals so far.

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

PLAYER OF THE WEEK X3: Jihad was named the Mid-American Conference Men’s Basketball Co-Player of the Week on Jan. 29 after taking home the honor on Dec. 4 and Dec. 11.

Jihad averaged 24.0 points, 11.5 rebounds and 3.5 per game in wins at Buffalo and vs Northern Illinois, including a 28-point, 14-rebound double-double on Jan. 27 against the Huskies.

Up Next

Ball State plays at Bowling Green on Friday at 7 p.m. in the regular season finale.

INDIANA STATE MEN’S BASKETBALL

CONWELL SELECTED AS NEWCOMER OF THE WEEK FOR FIFTH TIME THIS SEASON

ST. LOUIS – Indiana State men’s basketball sophomore Ryan Conwell was selected as the Missouri Valley Newcomer of the Week for the fifth time this season.

Ryan Conwell helped ISU to a 2-0 week and its first MVC regular season title since 2000 with two more huge performances. For the week, Conwell averaged 19.5 PPG, 9.5 RPG, and 3.0 AST/G while shooting 63.2% from the floor, 73.3% from deep and 100% from the free throw line.

In game one, Ryan Conwell tallied 15 points making 5-for-8 from three. He secured seven rebounds and three assists. In game two, Conwell led the way for the Sycamores, scoring 24 points on 7-for-10 from the floor, including a 6-for-7 effort from beyond the arc. He tied his career-high with 12 rebounds, also dishing out three assists and swiping one pass. Sunday’s double-double marked Conwell’s fourth of the season. In the final ten minutes of the game, Conwell scored seven of ISU’s nine points from 9:38 to 5:49, allowing the Sycamores to hold an 11-point, 77-66 lead. The final made three-throw of the night for ISU was Conwell triple, which gave the Trees the 11th three-pointer it needed to break the school record in total made threes by the team.

Indiana State earned the No. 1 seed with a 17-3 MVC record (26-5 overall). The Sycamores open up the MVC Tournament on Friday at 1 p.m. ET/12 p.m. CT versus the winner of No. 8 Murray State and No. 9 Missouri State.

INDIANA STATE SECURES NO. 1 SEED FOR MVC TOURNAMENT; FIRST GAME ON FRIDAY

ST. LOUIS – Indiana State men’s basketball is the No. 1 seed in the 2024 Missouri Valley Conference Tournament, announced by the league office Monday morning.

Indiana State earned the No. 1 seed with a 17-3 MVC record (26-5 overall). The Sycamores are a full game ahead of the Bulldogs from Drake University, who landed at the No. 2 spot. The top four is rounded out by Bradley (13-7 MVC) and Northern Iowa (12-8 MVC). The top four seeds earn a bye through the first round. The tournament champion earns an automatic bid to the Big Dance – the NCAA Tournament.

The Sycamores open up the MVC Tournament on Friday at 1 p.m. ET/12 p.m. CT versus the winner of No. 8 Murray State and No. 9 Missouri State.

INDIANA STATE UNIVERSITY PREGAME EVENT proudly presented by Indiana State University Federal Credit Union

For fans planning to make the trip to St. Louis, join the Indiana State University Alumni Association and Sycamore Athletics for a Pregame Event at the team hotel in the Promenade Ballroom from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (CT) prior to the 12:00 p.m. Sycamore Basketball game. Parking at the hotel is extremely limited; there are surface lots and parking garages available in the area.

Friday, March 8, 2024

The Westin St. Louis | Promenade Ballroom | 811 Spruce Street | St. Louis, MO

9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (CT)

The 2022-23 Postseason

Last season, ISU was the No. 5 seed headed into the tournament. It played the No. 12 seed Evansville in the first round, coming out on top 97-58. On day two, the Sycamores narrowly escaped Belmont in a high-scoring affair, winning 94-91. ISU had its tournament run ended by Bradley in the Semifinals, falling 71-70. The 2022-23 Sycamores’ season was not quite finished, accepting an invitation into the College Basketball Invitation (CBI), where it earned the No. 1 seed in the Dayton Beach tournament. This was ISU’s first postseason appearance since 2014.

In the CBI, No. 1 Indiana State opened with #16 USC Update and won 67-62, the first postseason win since 2001. The next game ended the season for good, as ISU fell to No. 8 Eastern Kentucky 89-88.

Overall in postseason play, ISU basketball is 28-38 with a 21-29 record on a neutral floor.

2024 STATE FARM MVC MEN’S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT – GAME SCHEDULE

THURSDAY, MARCH 7

12 pm — GAME 1 (#8 Murray State vs. #9 Missouri State)

2:30 pm* — GAME 2 (#5 Belmont vs. #12 Valparaiso)

6 pm — GAME 3 (#7 Illinois State vs. #10 Evansville)

8:30 pm* — GAME 4 (#6 Southern Illinois vs. #11 UIC)

FRIDAY, MARCH 8

12 pm — GAME 5 (#1 Indiana State vs. Game 1 winner)

2:30 pm* — GAME 6 (#4 UNI vs. Game 2 winner)

6 pm — GAME 7 (#2 Drake vs. Game 3 winner)

8:30 pm* — GAME 8 (#3 Bradley vs. Game 4 winner)

SATURDAY, MARCH 9

2:30 pm — GAME 9 (Game 5 & 6 winners)

5 pm* — GAME 10 (Game 7 & 8 winners)

SUNDAY, MARCH 10

1:10 pm — MVC Championship Game

* Times of second games of sessions are approximate

** Times are all in Central Time

PURDUE FT. WAYNE MEN’S BASKETBALL

MARCH MADNESS SET FOR TUESDAY NIGHT IN FORT WAYNE

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The opening round of the 2024 Barbasol Horizon League Championship is set for Tuesday (March 5) in Fort Wayne at the Gates Sports Center. The Mastodons will host the Robert Morris Colonials at the Gates Sports Center.  

Game Day Information
Who: No. 8 Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons (20-11) vs No. 9 Robert Morris Colonials (10-21)
When: Tuesday, March 5 | 7 PM ET 
Where: Fort Wayne, Ind. | Gates Sports Center
Live Stats: Link
Video: ESPN+
Radio: 1380 AM
Series Record: Series tied 4-4
Game Notes: Purdue Fort Wayne Tournament Notes(PDF)  | Robert Morris
Digital Program: Link
Tickets: Link

‘DONS & ENDS

// This isn’t the first time the ‘Dons have had a rematch of their previous game in the first game of the postseason. In 2013 the Mastodons won at Oakland 74-72 on March 2 to close the regular season and then defeated Oakland in the Summit League Quarterfinals on March 10 in Sioux Falls 91-72.

// Anthony Roberts has 1,957 career points between his time at Purdue Fort Wayne and St. Cloud State as he tries to reach the 2,000 point club. He has scored 645 points as a Mastodon.

// The ‘Dons have five games this season in which they never trailed.

// The ‘Dons have held a lead in every game this season, except for two: at Pitt (Dec. 20) and vs. Wright State (Jan. 6).

// The ‘Dons have held a lead for 22 or more minutes in each of the last nine games.

// Quinton Morton-Robertson has reached the top 10 in single season 3-point field goals.

3. 98 – Nick Wise (2001-02)

4. 93 – Nick Wise (2000-01)

5. 91 – Quinton Morton-Robertson (2023-24)

6. 89 – Kason Harrell (2017-18)

7. 81 – Matt Holba (2018-19)

// Quinton Morton-Robertson’s 91 made 3-pointers ranks him 17th in the nation.

// Both Anthony Roberts and Rasheed Bello are tied for ninth in single-season steals in program history with 57 in the NCAA Division I era for the ‘Dons.

// In league play only, all five starters ranked in the top-25 in steals per game in the League. Jalen Jackson is 3rd (2.0), Rasheed Bello was 4th (1.9), Anthony Roberts was 7th (1.5), Quinton Morton-Robertson was 16th (1.3) and Eric Mulder was 23rd (1.1).

// Per Kenpom, Eric Mulder is 4th in 2-point field goal percentage (74.0 percent).

// Jalen Jackson is second in the Horizon League in fouls drawn with 5.5 per 40 minutes. First is Cleveland State’s Tristan Enaruna. He averages 5.9 (per 40 minutes), according to Kenpom.

// The ‘Dons finished the regular season with wins over each of the top five teams in the postseason and a 7-3 record against the five teams (Oakland, Youngstown State, Green Bay, Wright State and Northern Kentucky).

// The ‘Dons have recorded double-digit steals in 15 games. They have had more steals than their opponent in 23-of-31 games and seven of the last 10 games.

// The ‘Dons have made at least eight 3-pointers in 25-of-31 games and double digit treys in 10 games.

// The ‘Dons have double-digit offensive rebounds in 12 games.

// Quinton Morton-Robertson is 29th in the nation in 3-point field goal percentage at 41.0 percent.

// Six times this season the ‘Dons have committed six or fewer turnovers in a game.

// Anthony Roberts and Rasheed Bello each have 57 steals, 50th in the nation and second in the league.

// Rasheed Bello went over the 1,000 point mark in his NCAA career on Dec. 31 vs. Detroit Mercy. His 1,000 plus total combines his scoring at UW-Parkside and Purdue Fort Wayne. He has 1,258 total points with 791 coming at UW-Parkside.

// Purdue Fort Wayne’s scoring margin of 10.0 is second in the league and 35th in the nation.

// The ‘Dons have had fewer turnovers than their opponent in all but three games this season.

TOP 30 NATIONAL RANKINGS:

// 4th in turnover margin (+6.4)

// 10th in turnovers forced per game (16.52)

// 11th in steals per game (9.5)

// 23rd in 3-pointers per game (9.6)

// 25th in fast break points per game (14.16)

// 27th in scoring offense (81.5)

// 29th in 3-point attempts per game (26.3)

FOUR MASTODONS NAMED TO #HLMBB TEAMS

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Four Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons were honored on Monday (March 4) with the announcement of the 2023-24 Men’s Basketball All-Horizon League Teams.

Sophomore Jalen Jackson and junior Rasheed Bello were named to the All-Horizon League Third Team. Bello and senior Anthony Roberts were selected to the All-Defensive Team. Corey Hadnot II was named to the All-Freshman Team.

Jackson and Bello earn all-league honors in their first season as Mastodons. In the league, Jackson ranked fifth in field goal percentage (51.2 percent), fifth in steals per game (1.6) and eighth in scoring (16.2). Bello ranked second in steals per game (1.8), fourth in assists per game (4.2), sixth in assist/turnover ratio (1.8) and 10th in scoring (15.1). Bello was named to the Arizona Tipoff All-Tournament Team and earned one Horizon League Player of the Week award in 2023-24.

Roberts and Bello have each totaled 57 steals on the season to rank 49th in the nation in total steals. The duo has anchored a Mastodon defense recording 9.5 steals per game, 11th in the nation. The Mastodons’ 6.4 turnover margin is fourth in the country.

Hadnot II had a league-best five Horizon League Freshman of the Week honors this season. He averaged 6.3 points and 1.5 assists per game. The freshman had 15 points vs. Detroit Mercy (Dec. 31) and 11 points vs. Wright State (Jan. 6).

The Mastodons picked up their 20th win of the season on Saturday. The ‘Dons will host Robert Morris on Tuesday (March 5) in the opening round of the 2024 Barbasol Horizon League Championship.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

FOUR MASTODONS EARN #HLWBB ALL-LEAGUE HONORS

INDIANAPOLIS – Purdue Fort Wayne women’s basketball had four players earn All-Horizon League distinctions on Monday (March 4). The league announced that Amellia Bromenschenkel earned a spot on the All-League First Team, Shayla Sellers got on the All-League Third Team, and Renna Schwieterman and Erin Woodson were both selected to the All-Freshman Team.

Bromenschenkel is the first All-League First Team selection for the Mastodons since Amanda Hyde and Haley Seibert earned First Team All-Summit League in 2013-14. Bromenschenkel averaged 12.7 points and 6.5 rebounds per game in Horizon League play, ranking 12th and 10th in the league, respectively. She reached double-figures in the scoring column in all but three Horizon League contests. The senior guard became a 1,000-point scorer on February 24 and was the Horizon League Player of the Week on November 27. This is Bromenschenkel’s second All-League honor, as she was a Third Team pick last year.

Sellers earned her third All-League honor with the Third Team nod. She was a Third Team honoree two seasons ago and was All-Defensive last year. Sellers is shooting a career-best 40.9 percent from beyond the 3-point arc this season, paving the way to 11.5 points per contest, also a career-best. Over the final 10 games of the season, she was in double-figures eight times and was 30-of-61 (49.2 percent) from deep. This season, Sellers became the all-time leader in program history in games played, games started and minutes played, and moved into the top-10 in 3-pointers, steals, blocks and free throw percentage. She needs 21 more points to break into the top-10 in scoring. She was the Horizon League Player of the Week on November 20.

Schwieterman was named the Horizon League Freshman of the Week twice and earned a spot among the top-five freshmen in the league. The Jay County native averaged 6.4 points and 2.8 rebounds per game in her freshman campaign, scoring in double-figures five times in Horizon League play. She scored 16 points off the bench against Horizon League runner-up Green Bay on February 28. Schwieterman had a 28-point effort against Great Lakes Christian, which was the most by a Mastodon freshman since 2016.

Woodson was the Horizon League Freshman of the Week three times, tying for the second-most in the league. She averaged 5.4 points and 2.9 rebounds per game in her first year as a Mastodon. She had three double-digit efforts against Horizon League competition this season, scoring 10 against Youngstown State and Northern Kentucky and 13 against Detroit Mercy. She scored 12 points off the bench in a neutral site game against No. 5 Iowa.

Purdue Fort Wayne finished third in the Horizon League standings, their highest league finish since the 2013-14 vintage finished third in the Summit League. The Mastodons compiled a 20-11 regular season record with a 13-7 mark in league play, both are high-water marks for the program since 2010-11. The Mastodons’ next win will give them their most wins in a season since joining Division I in 2001. They earned a bye for the first round of the Barbasol Horizon League Championship and will welcome the highest remaining seed from the opening round to the Gates Sports Center for the quarterfinal round on Thursday (March 7) at 7 p.m.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE MEN’S GOLF

‘DONS IN SIXTH AFTER OPENING DAY OF DAYTONA BEACH INTERCOLLEGIATE

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The Purdue Fort Wayne men’s golf team is in sixth after one day at the Daytona Beach Intercollegiate on Monday (March 4).

The Mastodons were led by Hunter Mefford, who was even in round one. He had birdies on holes two, five and 14 to counteract bogies on seven, 12 and 17. He had nothing worse than a bogey in round one.

Kasey Lilly shot a 73 in his opening round. He had a relatively clean round of 16 pars, one birdie, and one double-bogey. He birdied the 392-yard sixth.

Freshman AJ Agnew was playing from the No. 5 spot, but finished with a 74 in round one. He had birdies on holes four and 14. Other than bogeys on seven, eight, 12 and 17, he recorded 12 pars.

Nick Holder was next for the ‘Dons, shooting 81. He had a birdie on hole four, which came in his best stretch of 11 holes (3-13) in which he was even.

Burke Pitz shot 84 on the tough LPGA International course. He had a birdie on hole two to go with seven pars.

Brock Reschly played as an individual shooting 74 in round one. He had birdies on holes five and 10 to pair with 13 pars.

The final round of the tournament will fire off on Tuesday (March 4). The Mastodons are ahead of the two other Horizon League schools in the field: Oakland and Northern Kentucky.

VALPO MEN’S BASKETBALL

SCHWIEGER NAMED MVC FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK FOR FIFTH TIME

Valparaiso University men’s basketball freshman Cooper Schwieger (Overland Park, Kan. / Blue Valley Southwest [Link Year]) was recognized yet again by the Missouri Valley Conference on Monday as he was tabbed the league’s Freshman of the Week for the fifth time this season.

After missing Tuesday’s game at UNI due to illness, Schwieger poured in a career-high 28 points to lead all scorers in Valpo’s 75-72 victory over Illinois State on Sunday afternoon at the Athletics-Recreation Center. He hit big shot after big shot down the stretch, lifting the Beacons to the home win. Schwieger went 12-of-17 shooting and pulled down five rebounds in the regular-season finale. He achieved a career high in scoring for the second straight outing as his previous best of 26 came in his last game on Feb. 24 at Murray State.

This is the seventh time that a Beacon has captured an MVC weekly award this season, the program’s highest weekly award total since joining the conference. Schwieger was previously named MVC Freshman of the Week on Nov. 27, Jan. 15, Jan. 24 and Feb. 12, as this marks his conference-leading fifth Freshman of the Week award this year. Jahari Williamson earned that award on Jan. 2, and Isaiah Stafford was named MVC Newcomer of the Week on Nov. 20.

Schwieger leads all MVC freshmen in both scoring average and rebounding average, both overall and in league play. He is averaging 13.2 points per game and 5.3 rebounds per game overall, while averaging 14.6 ppg and 5.7 rpg in conference play.

VALPO TO TIP OFF ARCH MADNESS ON THURSDAY

Valparaiso (7-24, 3-17 MVC)

vs. Belmont (19-12, 12-8 MVC)

Game No. 32 – Thursday, March 7, 2:30 p.m. CT

Enterprise Center (8,476 lower bowl, 16,502 full) – St. Louis, Mo.

Next Up in Valpo Basketball: The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team will embark upon Arch Madness, the State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Tournament, on Thursday afternoon in St. Louis. The 12th-seeded Beacons will play fifth-seeded Belmont in the first round with the winner of Thursday’s game advancing to play fourth-seeded UNI on Friday at 2:30 p.m.

Last Time Out: Valpo ended the regular season on a high note, capturing a 75-72 win over Illinois State as part of Sunday’s Senior Day festivities at the Athletics-Recreation Center. Cooper Schwieger went off for a career-high 28 points to lead all scorers, while Isaiah Stafford chipped in 20 and paced the team with eight rebounds. The Beacons led 44-31 at halftime and survived a late push by the Redbirds to secure the season sweep of the team from Bloomington-Normal and snap an 11-game skid.

Following the Beacons: Television – MVC TV Network (NBC Sports Chicago Plus, Bally Sports Indiana, Bally Sports Kansas City, Bally Sports Southeast, Bally Sports South) – John Rooney (play-by-play), Rich Zvosec (analyst), Tom Ackerman (host) and Kelly Burke (sideline)

Streaming – ESPN+

MVC Radio – KTRS 550 AM – Harry Schroeder (play-by-play) and Kevin Lehman (analyst)  

Valpo Radio – 95.1 FM, WVUR, ValpoAthletics.com, TuneIn Radio App – Todd Ickow (play-by-play) and The Victory Bell’s Paul Oren (analyst) 

Twitter updates – @ValpoBasketball

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

Head Coach Roger Powell Jr.: Roger Powell Jr. (7-23) is in his first season as the head coach of the Valpo men’s basketball program. After helping guide Gonzaga to a 121-13 record during his four seasons as an assistant coach, Powell returned to Valpo, where he was part of head coach Bryce Drew’s staff from 2011-2016 and led the team to 124 wins in five seasons, including a program-record 30 victories and a National Invitation Tournament (NIT) title game appearance in 2015-16. He was part of head coach Mark Few’s Gonzaga staff as the Bulldogs reached the 2021 national championship game after winning their first 31 games of the season. During Powell’s first season on staff in 2019-20, Gonzaga was 31-2 at the time the NCAA college basketball season was halted due to COVID-19. The Bulldogs reached the Sweet Sixteen in each of his final three seasons on staff, including two Elite Eight appearances and the aforementioned trip to the 2021 national title game. Prior to his arrival at Gonzaga, Powell served as the associate head coach at Vanderbilt University under Bryce Drew from 2016-2019. During his stint as an assistant at Valpo, he was part of four Horizon League regular-season championships in a five-year period while also leading the 2012-13 and 2014-15 squads to Horizon League tournament titles and NCAA Tournament appearances. A product of Joliet West High School and a native of Joliet, Ill., Powell capped a prolific collegiate playing career at Illinois with a national title game appearance in 2005 before going on to a successful professional playing career.

Arch Madness History

In 2020, Valpo became the first team in the history of Arch Madness to win three games in three days to reach the MVC title game. As a No. 7 seed, Valpo became the lowest seed to ever play in the title game. The Beacons led Bradley 38-36 at halftime of the title game and were 20 minutes from clinching an NCAA Tournament berth, but the Braves eventually prevailed 80-66.

Valpo entered Arch Madness as the No. 10 seed in 2017-18, No. 9 seed in 2018-19, No. 7 in 2019-20, No. 6 in 2020-21, No. 7 in 2021-2022 and the No. 10 in the league’s first year with 12 teams in 2022-23.

Valpo is 5-6 all-time in 10 Arch Madness games. Three of the five victories came during the 2019-20 run to the title game, which featured wins over Evansville, Loyola and Missouri State.

Valpo in St. Louis

The program’s history in the building now known as the Enterprise Center goes beyond the team’s MVC Tournament appearances.

Valpo’s Sweet Sixteen game against Rhode Island in 1998 was played in the building, which was then known as the Kiel Center.

Valpo also appeared in the 2002 NCAA Tournament in St. Louis, but the first-round date with Kentucky was played at the Edward Jones Dome.

Head coach Roger Powell Jr. played in the Final Four in St. Louis in 2005, when he led Illinois to a 72-57 win over Louisville in the national semifinal before a 75-70 setback to North Carolina in the national title game. The event was held at the Edward Jones Dome.

Series Notes: Valpo leads 9-6 in an all-time series that began in 1997-98, a season that concluded with a Sweet Sixteen appearance for the Brown & Gold. Belmont won both matchups in its first season in the Missouri Valley Conference last year, besting the Beacons 76-64 on Dec. 1 in Nashville and 74-59 on Jan. 10 in Northwest Indiana. The Bruins are now 4-0 in MVC matchups between these two teams. Valpo has dropped five straight meetings dating back to Dec. 3, 2015.

Scouting the Bruins

Finished the regular season on a three-game winning streak, beating Missouri State (93-78), Murray State (83-61) and Evansville (83-66).

Went 7-1 over the last eight games of the regular season with the lone loss in that stretch coming to Drake.

Players averaging in double figures for the season include Ja’Kobi Gillespie (17.5 ppg), Malik Dia (16.9 ppg) and Cade Tyson (16.7 ppg).

UINDY SOFTBALL

UINDY SWOOPS UP BOTH GLVC SOFTBALL WEEKLY ACCOLADES

INDIANAPOLIS – University of Indianapolis fifth-year utility player Braxton Downs and senior pitcher Kenzee Smith were named Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) weekly award winners in softball, it was announced by the league office Monday.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Braxton Downs, #8 Indianapolis

5th | UTL | Louisville, Ky.

Team Results: 9-0 W, 15-4 W (5 inn.) at Wheeling (2/29) | 10-0 (6) W, 7-2 W at West Liberty (3/1)

Went 9-for-16 (.563) in four wins, accumulating a .611 on-base percentage

Did not strike out in 18 plate appearances

Smacked three doubles and two triples, while driving in three runs

Added eight runs scored

Highlighted by 3-for-5 performance in game two against Wheeling, recording two doubles, three runs scored, and one RBI

Earns first career Player of the Week award

Last Greyhounds’ Player of the Week: Emily O’Conner (2/19/24)

PITCHER OF THE WEEK

Kenzee Smith, #8 Indianapolis

Sr. | RHP | Indianapolis, Ind.

Major: Nursing

Team Results: 9-0 W, 15-4 W (5 inn.) at Wheeling (2/29) | 10-0 (6) W, 7-2 W at West Liberty (3/1)

Tossed 16.1 shutout innings, including two complete games

Allowed eight hits and three walks, punching out 28 batters

Highlighted by performance against first game against WLU, allowing just four hits and zero walks while striking out eight in six shutout innings

Threw 3.1 hitless frames and retired eight batters via strikeout in game two versus WLU, picking up her second save of the season

Earns ninth career Pitcher of the Week Award (3/4/24, 2/26/24, 5/1/23, 4/10/23, 2/28/22, 2/21/22, 4/12/21, 3/29/21, 3/22/21)

Last Greyhounds’ Pitcher of the Week: Kenzee Smith (2/26/24)

UINDY MEN’S LAX

PARKER SCOOPS UP SECOND STRAIGHT GLVC WEEKLY HONOR

INDIANAPOLIS – UIndy senior faceoff specialist Caleb Parker has been named the GLVC Defensive Player of the Week in men’s lacrosse, it was announced by the league office Monday.

It is Parker’s second straight weekly honor from the league and his fourth overall.

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Caleb Parker, #8 UIndy

Sr. | FOGO | Bixby, Okla.

Major: Business

Team Result: 10-9 (OT) W vs. #11 Seton Hill (3/2)

Helped UIndy to overtime win against 11th-ranked Seton Hill

Went 20-of-23 (.870) at the face-off ‘X’

Scooped up nine ground balls and caused one turnover

Earns fourth career Defensive Player of the Week Award (3/4/24, 2/26/24, 4/3/23, 4/11/22)

Last Greyhounds’ Defensive Player of the Week: Caleb Parker (2/26/24)

UINDY WOMEN’S LAX

HOUNDS REMAIN IN IWLCA POLL POSITION

NORTHBOROUGH, Mass. – The UIndy women’s lacrosse team remained at No. 13 in the latest IWLCA national coaches poll, announced on Monday morning.

The Greyhounds have won three straight games, with their latest victories coming at in-region foes Thomas More and Walsh. UIndy was idle this past weekend and will host Davenport in its home opener on Saturday from Key Stadium.

Megan Dunn tops the team with 25 points, while Olivia Bladon leads the Hounds with 16 goals. Mackenzie Winn has also dished out a team-high 14 assists.

The poll marks the 75th consecutive edition in which UIndy has appeared, including its 74th straight time in the top 15. The complete poll can be found below.

IWLCA DII Poll

RK          SCHOOL (REC)    PTS (FPV)             PREV

1.            Pace (2 – 0)         616 (17)               1

2.            Adelphi (3 – 0)   598 (8)  4

3.            West Chester (2 – 0)        579        2

4.            Tampa (2 – 1)     536        3

5.            Florida Southern (4 – 1) 526        5

6.            Grand Valley (3 – 0)         454        6

7.            East Stroudsburg (1 – 0) 448        9

8.            Regis (CO) (1 – 0)             442        8

9.            Flagler (6 – 1)     430        10

10.         Rollins (7 – 1)     401        7

11.         Embry-Riddle (5 – 1)       388        11

12.         Maryville (6 – 0)               373        12

13.         UIndy (3 – 1)      329        13

14.         Bentley (1 – 0)   268        18

15.         New Haven (1 – 1)           265        14

16.         Wingate (4 – 2)  249        15

17.         Mercy (1 – 2)      213        16

18.         Saint Anselm (2 – 0)        212        17

19.         Kutztown (1 – 0)               173        19

20.         Lynn (3 – 1)         150        20

21.         Assumption (1 – 1)          128        22

22.         Seton Hill (0 – 1)               105        21

23.         Limestone (6 – 0)             69           24

24.         Mount Olive (3 – 1)         59           25

t25.        Florida Tech (2 – 3)          30           NR

t25.        Colorado Mesa (0 – 2)    30           23

MARIAN MEN’S TENNIS

MARIAN MEN’S TENNIS EARNS FIRST SPRING GAME VICTORY 5-2 OVER LAWRENCE TECH

Hilton Head, S.C. – The Marian men’s tennis team rebounded from their last three spring game losses with a win Monday morning, as the Knights took down Lawrence Tech with a 5-2 score. Marian is now 9-6 overall on the season.

The Knights got off to a good starting point with Jones McNamar and Jan Bartolome taking down Lawrence Tech with a victory in a tie breaker with scores 7-6, 7-1. Both James Ashworth and Jona Henze at No. 2, and Andy Ilett and Marc Soriano fell to the Blue Devils with a score of 7-5. Allowing Lawrence Tech to lead against Marian 1-0 going into singles.

Marian took initiative going into the singles match with Ashworth winning after three sets with 3-6, 6-2, and 1-0 in the tie breaker at No.1. Henze fell at No.2 with 2-6, 3-6 scores. Luis Soloanski gained the victory at No. 3 with 4-6, 7-5, and 1-0 in the tie breaker. Soriano quickly won at No.4 with a 6-3, 6-2 victory.

The Knights continued to dominate in the singles with Ilett taking the victory at No. 5 with 6-3, 7-6 (5) in the tie breaker. To finish Marian out Bartolome took the 6-3, 6-1 victory to seal the win for the Knights.

Marian will play on March 5th, continuing their spring break matches with a contest against the College of Costal Georgia.

MARIAN WOMEN’S TENNIS

MARIAN WOMEN’S TENNIS STARTS OFF SPRING BREAK A WIN 7-0 WIN OVER LAWRENCE TECH

Hilton Head, S.C. – The Marian women’s tennis team continues their spring season with another win on Monday afternoon over Lawrence Tech in a 7-0 score. The Knights are now 10-4 overall on the season.

The Knights opened the afternoon match, winning two of the three matches to gain a 1-0 lead. Yasmin Imamniyazova and Ana Barbosa Fernandez won No. 2 doubles by a score of 6-2, and Paloma Caceres Villalba won No. 3 doubles by a score of 6-2. Katharina Bopst and Michelle Irigoyen went unfinished in their match trailing 4-3 to Lawrence Tech.

Marian won all six matches in singles, starting off with Imamniyazova’s win at No. 1, as she gained a 6-4, 6-1 victory. Barbosa Fernandez won No. 2 singles with a 6-1, 6-0 score. Irigoyen won No. 3 singles with a 6-3, 6-1 victory.

Bopst also clinched a victory at No. 4 singles with a score of 6-3, 6-4. Canceres Villalba won at No. 5 singles with a 6-2, 6-0 score, and Muller won at No. 6 singles with a 6-0, 6-1 victory to claim the win for the Knights.

Marian will play on March 5th, continuing their spring break matches with a contest against the College of Costal Georgia.

MARIAN WOMEN’S LAX

NO. 8 MARIAN WOMEN’S LACROSSE WINS 11-9 OVER AVE MARIA

Ave Maria, Fla. – The Marian women’s lacrosse started off their two game road-trip with a 11-9 win over Ave Maria. The Knights are now 2-2 overall.

The Knights took action early in the game scoring the first goal, as Ruby Mason scored the first goal of the night. Ella Grace Giedd continued to bring the energy for Marian with two consecutive goals by the 9:21 mark. The Knights continued to dominate with Mason scoring another goal bringing the score 4-0 in favor of the Knights at the midway point of the period. The Gyrenes quickly responded with two back-to-back goals from Abigail Seiler and Lily Hynds to make it a two goal game. Katie Murphy answered Ave Maria’s push and scored two more goals for Marian to bring the score 6-2 at the end of the period.

The Gyrens scored the opening goal for the third period early to decrease the Knights lead. Mason quickly answered scoring a goal two and a half minutes later to bring the lead back up to four points. Ave Maria had no signs of giving up the fight by scoring two goals to bring the difference back down to two goals. Scoring came to a slow after the midway mark ending the period with a score of 7-5 in favor of the Knights.

Ave Maria scored quickly in the second half with Anna Bocchino shooting a free position shot. Murphy got her hand in the mix again after the midway point scoring a goal for the Knights bring the score 8-6. The Gyrenes continued to push at the Knights with another goal bring the game back into a one goal game.

The Knights took the early push in the fourth period with Murphy scoring her fourth goal of the night increasing the lead for the Knights back to two goals. Ashlynn Gray got her hand in the mix at the midway point of the game to bring the score 10-7 in favor of the Knights. The Gyrenes continued to push at the Knights lead with a goal quickly after Gray’s goal. The Knights answered back quickly with Giedd scoring her third goal of the evening to increase Marian’s lead to three points. Ave Maria scored another goal with 2:01 on the clock to bring the score 11-9 in favor of the Knights to finish off the game.

Murphy led the team in goals with four and one assist. Giedd had two goals and one assist, while Mason had two goals.

Madeline Dumke and Alex Dean led the team defensively, with Dean recovering five ground balls recovered and Dumke recording six turnovers. In goal, Katherine Hirsch took the win having 11 saves on the day.

The Knights are back in action on Friday, March 8th on the road against Keiser University with the first draw set at 12:00 p.m.

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NCAA MEN’S BASKETBALL STANDINGS

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FOOTBALL HISTORY

Some Early College HOF born March 5

March 5, 1918 – St Louis, Missouri – The awesome Mizzou Halfback Paul Christman celebrated his day of birth. Learn more about his by clicking his name.

March 5, 1921 – Lancaster, Wisconsin – Dave Schreiner the University of Wisconsin end in early 1940s, was born. Schreiner was a perfectionist and really pushed himself in the offseason to sharpen his skill set and improve. He had everyone he knew tossing passes to him in all types of crazy ways so  that he had the confidence that he could catch anything thrown at him. Dave is one of a handful of players that made All-America status on a bad team as he did this in 1941 when the Badgers were a mere 3-5 according to the National Football Foundation. The College Football Hall of Fame celebrated the induction of Dave Schreiner to their fine museum of gridiron legends in 1955.

March 5, 1922 – Corning, Iowa – The stellar University of Pennsylvania halfback of the 1941 through the 1943 seasons, Bob Odell was born. The FootballFoundation.org website claims that Bob did it all for Penn as he not only ran and caught balls out of the backfield but he also punted, passed and returned kicks and punts. The talented back even made it as far as being the runner-up for the Heisman Trophy in in 1943 losing out to Angelo Bertelli, but he did win the Maxwell Award and was an All-American in all four major selection groups. The NFF voters honored the name of Bob Odell at the 1992 College Football Hall of Fame induction ceremonies.

HOF Birthdays

March 5, 1960 – Scranton, Pennsylvania – Mike Munchak the stellar offensive lineman from Penn State University had his born on date assigned. The Pro Football HOF website states that Munchak was the eighth overall player taken in the 1982 NFL Draft when he was picked by the Houston Oilers. He had a phenomenal 12 year NFL career in light blue starting even in his rookie season.  He was a first or second All-NFL selection in ten different seasons and he helped the Oiler’s O-line rank near the top of the League in most statistics nearly every season he played. The Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrined Mike Munchak in 2001. 

March 5, 1966 – The “Playmaker” Michael Irvin who caught passes as a wide receiver for the Miami Hurricanes in the mid-1980s arrived into this world. Michael was the first round pick of the Dallas Cowboys in the 1988 NFL Draft. The Pro Football Hall of Fame tells us how Irvin led the League in 1991 with his 93 caught balls and 1532 yards. Later in 1995 he established an NFL record when he sliced together eleven straight games where he went over 100 yards in receptions. He really made a nice career in his 12 NFL seasons with the ‘Boys as he hauled in a total of 750 passes for 11904 yards and 65 scores. The Pro Football Hall of Fame placed Michael Irvin’s bronze bust in their Canton, Ohio Museum in 2007.

March 5, 1970 – Harrisburg, Pennsylvania – The nifty Marshall Quarterback from 1990 to 1992, Michael Payton was born. Payton was voted as a consensus All-American in his senior season and the Marshall Thundering Herd took home the Division I-AA National Crown. Michael Payton also had a very high honor bestowed upon him in that magical 1992 season when the Walter Payton Award for the top player in Division I-AA was his honor. Michael Payton was given the great honor of having his collegiate gridiron legacy placed into the College Football hall of Fame in 2015. The NFF states that After spending part of 1993 with the Dallas Cowboys, Payton played two seasons with the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League before finishing his career with the Florida Bobcats of the Arena Football League in 1996.

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1922      Babe Ruth and the Yankees agree to a three-year contract worth $52,000 annually, breaking down to $1,000 for each of the 156 weeks of the deal, more than three times as much as teammate Home Run Baker, the second-best paid major leaguer. The ‘Sultan of Swat’ will prove worthy of his contract, hitting 122 home runs and earning MVP honors in the team’s first World Championship season in 1923.

1936      Without the holdout Dean brothers, Dizzy and Daffy, available, the Cardinals lose an exhibition game to Habana at Havana’s Tropical Park. Luis Tiant Sr., the dad of a future major league pitcher, is the starting pitcher for the Cuban winter league team.

1958      Duke Snider, Johnny Podres, and Don Zimmer, trying to beat a 12:30 am curfew, suffer minor injuries in an auto mishap in Vero Beach. With prior crashes involving Roy Campanella and Jim Gilliam, the car accident involves Dodger players for the third time within the last two months.

1962      Gene Freese suffers a severely fractured ankle in the team’s first intrasquad game, keeping the Reds’ third baseman out of action until mid-August. The 28-year-old infielder, who played an essential role in Cincinnati’s National League championship last season, will never regain the form he displayed during the pennant drive.

1964      Atlanta’s Mayor Ivan Allen, Jr. claims to have a verbal agreement with a major league team that promises to move to the Peach State if a stadium is ready by next year. The next day, the Board of Alderman approves a $15-million stadium.

1966      Marvin Miller, an assistant to the President of United Steelworkers, is elected as the first full-time executive director of the Major League Players’ Association by the player representatives. The skilled negotiator, who will lead the MLBPA from 1966 to 1982, transforms the organization into one of the country’s strongest unions.

1972      Jim Fregosi, obtained by the Mets from the Angels in the off-season for future Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan, breaks his right thumb during a spring training workout. The All-Star infielder will suffer through an agonizing season, batting only .232 in 101 games after being touted as the team’s solution to its revolving door at third base.

1973      “We may have to call off family day.” – LEE McPHAIL, Yankees GM, jesting about two players swapping their wives and children. Yankee southpaws Fritz Peterson and Mike Kekich announce that they have traded families, including their wives, kids, and dogs. The teammates’ swap that began last Fall will work better for Peterson, who will become married to his best friend’s former wife with whom he will have four children, than for Kekich, whose relationship with Marilyn Peterson is short-lived.

1982      Gaylord Perry signs a one-year deal with Seattle, needing three wins to reach 300 career victories. The 43-year-old ‘Ancient Mariner’ will reach the milestone in May when he goes the distance to beat New York at the Kingdome, 7-3, en route to finishing his 22-year career next season with a 314-265 (.542) won-loss record.

1986      The Braves and Brewers swap backstops, with Atlanta acquiring Ted Simmons from Milwaukee in exchange for Rick Cerone and a pair of minor leaguers, David Clay and Flavio Alfaro. The offensively talented Simmons will spend three years with his new club before retiring after the 1988 season with a lifetime .285 batting average.

2002      When dismissed by the Red Sox, Joe Kerrigan becomes the fourth manager fired during spring training. The team’s former pitching coach, who led the club to a 17-26 record after taking over for Jimy Williams last August, had signed a multi-year contract to be Boston’s field boss with then-GM Dan Duquette but was not favored by the new ownership that took control last month.

2003      Although not agreeing to ban ephedra, a memo is sent to all major leaguers by the players’ union strongly recommending players “be extremely reluctant to use any products” containing the substance. The diet supplement, available without a prescription, has been linked to Orioles’ pitcher Steve Belcher’s death during spring training.

2005      A new ownership group, headed by real estate tycoon Lewis N. Wolff and businessman John J. Fisher, takes control of the A’s after purchasing the franchise from Steve Schott and Ken Hoffman. Oakland’s four-year playoff streak, fueled by Billy Beane’s “Moneyball” approach, had ended in 2004, and the former owners were anxious to sell the club they bought from the estate of Walter A. Haas, Jr. in 1995.

BASEBALL YEAR IN REVIEW: 1930 (BASEBALL ALMANAC)

Off the field…

Economics dominated politics in the 1930’s and the decade began with the construction of shanty towns called “Hoovervilles” (named after a president who felt that relief should be left to the private sector) and ended with a series of federal programs funded by the national government and an assortment of commissions set up to regulate Wall Street, the banking industry, and other business enterprises.

The Hawley-Smoot Tariff Act was passed by the U.S. Congress and signed by President Hoover who desired a limited upward revision of tariff rates with general increases on farm products and industrial rates. The controversial act brought retaliatory tariffs from many foreign countries causing U.S. foreign trade to suffer while intensifying America’s economic depression.

Many of America’s most distinguished writers produced works of fiction during the thirties. The list includes such names as F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway and Thornton Wilder. Some of the novels of this period explored what was happening in America during the Great Depression. One standout, John Steinbeck’s “The Grapes of Wrath”, chronicled the life of a displaced Oklahoma family who had lost its farm to the drought of the Dust Bowl.

In the American League…

During an April 27th, 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Browns, Chicago White Sox first baseman Bud Clancy became the first player at his position since Al McCauley of Washington (American Association) in 1891 to have no chances in a nine-inning game.

The New York Yankees’ and Detroit Tigers’ outfields combined on May 9th for a meager two putouts setting an American League record that has never been equaled. The National League record for outfielder idleness was previously set at one putout when the Pittsburgh Pirates took on the “Brooklyn Superbas” back in August of 1910.

On May 11th, Cleveland Indians outfielder Bibb Falk accomplished true offensive symmetry after collecting five hits, five runs batted in and five runs (in the first five innings) during a 25-7 massacre over the Philadelphia Athletics.

In the National League…

New York Giants pitcher Larry Benton set an unwanted modern Major League record (since tied several times) by surrendering six separate home runs in a single game. Training the Chicago Cubs 14-4, Benton and his teammates managed to tack on five runs (on four home runs) in the bottom of the seventh to tie the Major League record for most runs in a side.

The rules governing homeruns was changed after Brooklyn Dodgers catcher Al Lopez bounced one over Cincinnati Reds’ left fielder Bob Meusel and into the bleachers on September 12th. The lucky round-tripper marked the last recorded “bouncer” and has since then been marked as a guaranteed double.

On the final day of the regular season, a young nineteen-year-old rookie named Dizzy Dean made his Major League debut with St. Louis Cardinals surrendering just 3-hits en route to a 3-1 victory over the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates.

Around the League…

On March 8th, Babe Ruth signed a new two year contract for $160,000 with the New York Yankees. At $80,000 per year, “The Sultan of Swat” became the highest paid player of all time and earned more money than the President of the United States. In an effort to assure posterity, Yankees General Manager Ed Barrow was quoted as saying that “No one in baseball will ever be paid more than Ruth.”

By April 29th, suspicions that the 1930 ball was the “liveliest ever” increase as an astounding one-hundred twenty-three runs were scored in just seven Major League games.

With no Most Valuable Player Award for the second year in a row (due to financial strains), the Associated Press polled its members and named Joe Cronin as it’s unofficial American League MVP for 1930. The Baseball Writers Association named Hack Wilson the MVP of the Nationals and his team (the Chicago Cubs) presented him with the $1000 bonus. The Sporting News, also acting to fill the MVP void, announced its own selection of Bill Terry as the Most Valuable Player for the National League, and Joe Cronin for the American League.

On November 23rd, Red Badgro, a St. Louis Browns outfielder / New York Giants receiver caught his third touchdown pass of the season (against the Green Bay Packers) igniting a two-sport career that would eventually land him in the Football Hall of Fame in 1981.

NUMBERS IN SPORTS

36 – 22 – 31 – 4 – 14 – 4

March 5, 1982 – Pitcher Gaylord Perry, Number 36 signed with the Seattle Mariners

March 5, 1985 – Mike Bossy, Number 22 of the New York Islanders became the first NHL skaters to score at least 50 goals in eight straight seasons

March 5, 1991 – Indiana Pacers star shooter Reggie Miller, who wore the Number 31 proudly, started a torrid streak of making a free throw in 52 straight games

March 5, 1996 –  Former Orioles skipper Earl Weaver whose managerial Number 4 was retired by Baltimore and retired pitcher Jim Bunning who famously wore the Number 14  with the Detroit Tigers are both selected to the reward of entering into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

March 5, 1997 – Tommy Lasorda, whose managerial Number 4 was retired by the Dodgers, Nellie Fox, Number 2 with the White Sox and  Number 4, Willie Wells also known as “Willie the Devil” were all inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame

TODAY IN NBA HISTORY

March 5, 1983

Golden State’s Joe Barry Carroll scored 52 points in a 127-121 Warriors victory over the Utah Jazz.

March 5, 1996

Dallas sets a then NBA record for 3-point field goal attempts (49) in a game during a 127-117 win over visiting New Jersey. George McCloud makes seven threes in an NBA record-tying 20 attempts. Michael Adams of Denver also attempted 20 3-point field goals against the Los Angeles Clippers on April 12, 1991. The mark was surpassed by the Rockets on Jan. 16, 2019 as Houston attempted 70 3-pointers.

TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY

1924 — Frank Carauna, of Buffalo, N.Y., becomes the first to bowl two straight perfect 300 games. Carauna throws five strikes to open his third game, giving him 29 straight strikes.

1931 — WGL radio broadcasts the first game of the American Basketball League championship series. The Brooklyn Visitations beat the Fort Wayne Hoosiers 14-10 in the first professional basketball game to be broadcast live on radio.

1960 — Carol Heiss wins the ladies title at the World Figure Skating Championships in Vancouver.

1965 — Ernest Terrell wins the world heavyweight title with a unanimous 15-round decision over Eddie Machen in Chicago.

1973 — New York Yankee pitchers Fritz Peterson and Mike Kekich announce that they’ve swapped wives and children.

1981 — Scott Hamilton wins the men’s title at the World Figure Skating Championships held in Hartford, Conn.

1985 — Mike Bossy of the New York Islanders scores his 50th goal, becoming the first NHL player to score 50 goals in eight consecutive seasons.

2004 — Ottawa and Philadelphia combine for an NHL-record 419 penalty minutes, with the Flyers setting a single-team mark with 213. There are five consecutive brawls in the final two minutes, including one involving both goalies. The previous record for penalty minutes was 406 by the Minnesota North Stars and Boston Bruins in 1981. The Flyers beat the Senators 5-3.

2016 — Makai Mason scores 22 points to lead Yale to a 71-55 victory over Columbia, clinching the Bulldogs’ first NCAA Men’s Tournament bid since 1962. The Bulldogs shared the Ivy championship last year with Harvard, but lost the playoff game with the Crimson. The win ends the second longest NCAA drought of any team that has made the tournament previously.

2016 — Clemson beats Boston College 66-50, completing the Eagles’ winless regular season in Atlantic Coast Conference play. The Eagles (7-24, 0-18) are the first men’s ACC team to go winless in their conference regular-season games since Maryland went 0-14 in 1986-87. Worse, BC’s football team went 0-8 in league play, making the school the first in ACC history to go winless in both sports in the same academic year.

TV SPORTS TUESDAY

COLLEGE BASEBALL

10 p.m.

PAC-12N — Stanford at California

COLLEGE BASKETBALL (MEN’S)

7 p.m.

ACCN — Notre Dame at North Carolina

CBSSN — Ohio at Buffalo

ESPN — Alabama at Florida

ESPN2 — Syracuse at Clemson

ESPNU — Virginia Tech at Louisville

FS1 — Providence at Georgetown

PEACOCK — Purdue at Illinois

SECN — Mississippi at Georgia

9 p.m.

ACCN — Georgia Tech at Wake Forest

CBSSN — Dayton at Saint Louis

ESPN — Kansas St. at Kansas

ESPN2 — Florida St. at Pittsburgh

FS1 — St. John’s at DePaul

SECN — Auburn at Missouri

11 p.m.

CBSSN — San Diego St. at UNLV

FS1 — Nevada at Boise St.

COLLEGE GOLF (WOMEN’S)

2:30 p.m.

GOLF — Darius Rucker Intercollegiate: Second Round, Long Cove Club, Hilton Head Island, S.C.

COLLEGE LACROSSE (WOMEN’S)

8 p.m.

PAC-12N — Davidson at Stanford

MLB BASEBALL

1 p.m.

ESPN — Spring Training: NY Yankees vs. NY Mets, Port St. Lucie, Fla.

8 p.m.

MLBN — Spring Training: LA Angels vs. LA Dodgers, Phoenix

NBA BASKETBALL

7:30 p.m.

TNT — Boston at Cleveland

10 p.m.

TNT — Phoenix at Denver

SOCCER (MEN’S)

3 p.m.

CBS — UEFA Champions League: Paris Saint-Germain at Real Sociedad, Round of 16 – Leg 2

5:55 p.m.

FS2 — CONCACAF Champions Cup: CF Pachuca at Philadelphia Union, Round of 16 – Leg 1