****INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL SEMI-STATE MATCH-UPS****
HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN (12-0) AT CARROLL (12-0)
CENTER GROVE (10-2) AT CATHEDRAL (10-1)
VALPARAISO (9-3) AT FORT WAYNE SNIDER (11-1)
WHITELAND (11-1) AT CASTLE (8-4)
NEW PRAIRIE (12-1) AT KOKOMO (12-1)
RONCALLI (12-1) AT EAST CENTRAL (11-2)
BISHOP CHATARD (9-4) AT WEST LAFAYETTE (13-0)
MONROVIA (6-7) VS. LAWRENCEBURG (12-1)
FORT WAYNE BISHOP LUERS (8-5) AT ANDREAN (8-3)
LINTON-STOCKTON (13-0) AT EVANSVILLE MATER DEI (10-3)
ADAMS CENTRAL (13-0) AT NORTH JUDSON (12-1)
LUTHERAN (13-0) AT NORTH DECATUR (13-0)
INDIANA GIRLS BASKETBALL SCORES MONDAY
|CARROLL (FLORA)||73||FAITH CHRISTIAN||50|
|INDIANAPOLIS HERRON||59||VICTORY COLLEGE PREP||17|
|NORTH KNOX||68||WASHINGTON CATHOLIC||11|
|NORTH POSEY||65||CARMI (ILL.)||31|
|OBLONG-PALESTINE-HUTSONVILLE (ILL.)||51||DUGGER UNION||35|
|WOODLAN||60||FORT WAYNE CANTERBURY||21|
****IBCA BASKETBALL POLL****
1. SOUTH BEND WASHINGTON (3-0)
2. BEDFORD NORTH LAWRENCE (3-0)
2. FISHERS (5-0)
4. HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN (4-0)
5. NOBLESVILLE (3-0)
6. ZIONSVILLE (4-0)
7. HOMESTEAD (3-0)
8. LAKE CENTRAL (2-1)
9. FORT WAYNE NORTHROP (3-0)
10. FRANKLIN (3-1)
11. BEN DAVIS (2-1)
12. WESTFIELD (3-1)
13. LAWRENCE CENTRAL (2-1)
14. CROWN POINT (3-0)
15. MISHAWAKA MARIAN (3-1)
16. NORTHRIDGE (2-1)
17. CENTER GROVE (2-1)
18. CARROLL (FORT WAYNE) (2-0)
19. INDIAN CREEK (2-0)
20. CORYDON CENTRAL (6-0)
****ICGSA BASKETBALL POLLS****
1. SOUTH BEND WASHINGTON (3-0)
2. HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN (4-0)
3. FISHERS (5-0)
4. BEDFORD NORTH LAWRENCE (3-0)
5. NOBLESVILLE (3-0)
6. ZIONSVILLE (4-0)
7. HOMESTEAD (3-0)
8. FORT WAYNE NORTHROP (3-0)
9. LAKE CENTRAL (2-1)
10. CROWN POINT (3-0)
11. BEN DAVIS (2-1)
12. LAWRENCE CENTRAL (2-1)
13. CARROLL (FORT WAYNE) (2-0)
14. EAST CENTRAL (4-2)
15. FRANKLIN (3-1)
15. WESTFIELD (3-1)
1. BENTON CENTRAL (1-0)
2. MISHAWAKA MARIAN (3-1)
2. NORWELL (3-0)
4. TWIN LAKES (4-0)
5. HAMILTON HEIGHTS (4-1)
6. INDIAN CREEK (2-0)
7. CORYDON CENTRAL (6-0)
8. JAY COUNTY (1-1)
9. GIBSON SOUTHERN (2-0)
9. BELLMONT (3-0)
11. WEST LAFAYETTE (4-0)
12. EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL (0-0)
12. FAIRFIELD (4-0)
1. FOREST PARK (4-0)
2. WINCHESTER (2-0)
3. EASTERN (PEKIN) (4-0)
4. ANDREAN (2-0)
5. UNIVERSITY (3-1)
6. NORTH KNOX (3-0)
7. BLACKFORD (4-0)
8. CARROLL (FLORA) (2-1)
9. PIONEER (1-0)
10. TIPTON (3-0)
11. EASTERN HANCOCK (3-1)
12. BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL (2-1)
13. TRITON CENTRAL (1-2)
14. SOUTH SPENCER (2-0)
15. SEEGER (2-0)
16. LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC (1-1)
1. LANESVILLE (3-1)
2. BLUE RIVER (3-0)
3. TECUMSEH (0-0)
4. TRINITY LUTHERAN (0-0)
4. TRI (3-0)
6. VINCENNES RIVET (2-1)
7. MORGAN TWP. (4-0)
7. CASTON (5-0)
9. NORTHEAST DUBOIS (3-1)
10. NORTH CENTRAL (FARMERSBURG) (4-0)
11. WOOD MEMORIAL (3-1)
12. TRITON (3-1)
13. FORT WAYNE BLACKHAWK (1-1)
13. SPRINGS VALLEY (2-1)
VS. NORTH DAVIESS (2-2) TUESDAY
13. WASHINGTON TWP. (2-0)
THE INDIANA SRN GIRLS BASKETBALL POWER POLLS
- CROWN POINT
- FORT WAYNE SNIDER
- BEDFORD NORTH LAWRENCE
- NORTH CENTRAL
- SOUTH BEND WASHINGTON
- BENTON CENTRAL
- SILVER CREEK
- MISHAWAKA MARIAN
- HAMILTON HEIGHTS
- TWIN LAKES
- CORYDON CENTRAL
- JAY COUNTY
- SOUTH CENTRAL
- FOREST PARK
- LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC
- BLUE RIVER
- NORTH WHITE
- VINCENNES RIVET
- FORT WAYNE BLACKHAWK
AP MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL POLL
1. NORTH CAROLINA (44 FIRST-PLACE VOTES) 2-0
2. GONZAGA (14) 2-0
3. HOUSTON (2) 2-0
4. KENTUCKY (3) 2-0
5. BAYLOR 2-0
6. KANSAS 2-0
7. DUKE 2-0
8. UCLA 2-0
9. ARKANSAS 2-0
10. CREIGHTON 2-0
11. TEXAS 2-0
12. INDIANA 2-0
13. AUBURN 2-0
14. ARIZONA 2-0
15. TCU 2-0
16. VIRGINIA 2-0
17. SAN DIEGO ST. 2-0
18. ALABAMA 2-0
19. ILLINOIS 2-0
20. MICHIGAN 2-0
21. DAYTON 2-0
22. TENNESSEE 1-1
23. TEXAS TECH 2-0
24. TEXAS A&M 2-0
25. UCONN 2-0
****NATIONAL COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE WEEK 11****
WEEK 12 COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE/TV SCHEDULES
TUESDAY, NOV. 15
BOWLING GREEN AT TOLEDO | 7 P.M. | ESPNU
OHIO AT BALL STATE | 7 P.M. | ESPN2
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 16
EASTERN MICHIGAN AT KENT STATE | 6 P.M. | ESPN2
MIAMI (OHIO) AT NORTHERN ILLINOIS | 7 P.M. | CBSSN
WESTERN MICHIGAN AT CENTRAL MICHIGAN | 9 P.M. | ESPNU
THURSDAY, NOV. 17
SE LOUISIANA AT NICHOLLS | 7 P.M. | ESPN+
SMU AT TULANE | 7:30 P.M. | ESPN
FRIDAY, NOV. 18
SOUTH FLORIDA AT TULSA | 9 P.M. | ESPN2
SAN DIEGO STATE AT NEW MEXICO | 9:45 P.M. | FS1
RANKINGS: CHECK OUT THE LATEST TOP 25 POLLS
SATURDAY, NOV. 19
NAVY AT UCF | 11 A.M. | ESPN2
ILLINOIS AT MICHIGAN | 12 P.M. | ABC
WISCONSIN AT NEBRASKA | 12 P.M. | ESPN
TCU AT BAYLOR | 12 P.M. | FOX
NORTHWESTERN AT PURDUE | 12 P.M. | FS1
AUSTIN PEAY AT ALABAMA | 12 P.M. | ESPN+/SECN+
LOUISIANA AT FLORIDA STATE | 12 P.M. | ESPN3
EAST TENNESSEE STATE AT MISSISSIPPI STATE | 12 P.M. | ESPN+/SECN+
UMASS AT TEXAS A&M | 12 P.M. | ESPN+/SECN+
FLORIDA AT VANDERBILT | 12 P.M. | SEC NETWORK
INDIANA AT MICHIGAN STATE | 12 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK
UCONN AT ARMY | 12 P.M. | CBSSN
VIRGINIA TECH AT LIBERTY | 12 P.M. | ESPN+
DUKE AT PITT | 12 P.M. | ACC NETWORK
UTSA AT RICE | 1 P.M. | ESPN+
WASHINGTON STATE AT ARIZONA | 2 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORKS
KANSAS STATE AT WEST VIRGINIA | 2 P.M. | BIG 12 NOW
NORTH ALABAMA AT MEMPHIS | 2 P.M. | ESPN+
GEORGIA STATE AT JAMES MADISON | 2 P.M. | ESPN+
HOUSTON AT EAST CAROLINA | 2 P.M. | ESPN+
OREGON STATE AT ARIZONA STATE | 2:15 P.M. | ESPN2
BOSTON COLLEGE AT NOTRE DAME | 2:30 P.M. | NBC/PEACOCK
OLD DOMINION AT APPALACHIAN STATE | 2:30 P.M. | ESPN+
GEORGIA AT KENTUCKY | 3:30 P.M. | CBS
OHIO STATE AT MARYLAND | 3:30 P.M. | ABC
MIAMI (FLA.) AT CLEMSON | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN
PENN STATE AT RUTGERS | 3:30 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK
NC STATE AT LOUISVILLE | 3:30 P.M. | ACC NETWORK
TEXAS AT KANSAS | 3:30 P.M. | FS1
COASTAL CAROLINA AT VIRGINIA | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN3
AKRON AT BUFFALO | 3:30 P.M. | CBSSN
UTAH TECH AT BYU | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN3
SOUTH ALABAMA AT SOUTHERN MISS | 3:30 P.M. | NFL NETWORK
UL MONROE AT TROY | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN+
LOUISIANA TECH AT CHARLOTTE | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN3
FLORIDA ATLANTIC AT MIDDLE TENNESSEE | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN+
IOWA AT MINNESOTA | 4 P.M. | FOX
WESTERN KENTUCKY AT AUBURN | 4 P.M. | SEC NETWORK
CINCINNATI AT TEMPLE | 4 P.M. | ESPNU
FIU AT UTEP | 4 P.M. | ESPN+
ARKANSAS STATE AT TEXAS STATE | 5 P.M. | ESPN3
GEORGIA TECH AT NORTH CAROLINA | 5:30 P.M. | ESPN2
STANFORD AT CAL | 5:30 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORKS
MARSHALL AT GEORGIA SOUTHERN | 6 P.M. | ESPN+
OLE MISS AT ARKANSAS | 6:30 P.M. | SEC NETWORK
TENNESSEE AT SOUTH CAROLINA | 7 P.M. | ESPN
TEXAS TECH AT IOWA STATE | 7 P.M. | FS1
BOISE STATE AT WYOMING | 7 P.M. | CBSSN
OKLAHOMA STATE AT OKLAHOMA | 7:30 P.M. | ABC
NEW MEXICO STATE AT MISSOURI | 7:30 P.M. | ESPNU
USC AT UCLA | 8 P.M. | FOX
SYRACUSE AT WAKE FOREST | 8 P.M. | ACC NETWORK
UAB AT LSU | 9 P.M. | ESPN2
COLORADO AT WASHINGTON | 9 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORKS
COLORADO STATE AT AIR FORCE | 9 P.M. | FS2
SAN JOSE STATE AT UTAH STATE | 9:45 | FS1
UTAH AT OREGON | 10:30 P.M. | ESPN
FRESNO STATE AT NEVADA | 10:30 P.M. | CBSSN
UNLV AT HAWAI’I | 11 P.M. | SPECTRUM SPORTS PPV
****NFL WEEK 10 SCOREBOARD****
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 14
WASHINGTON 32 PHILADELPHIA 21
NFL SCHEDULE WEEK 11
TENNESSEE TITANS VS. GREEN BAY PACKERS, 6:15 P.M., AMAZON PRIME VIDEO
CHICAGO BEARS VS. ATLANTA FALCONS, 11 A.M., FOX
CAROLINA PANTHERS VS. BALTIMORE RAVENS, 11 A.M., FOX
CLEVELAND BROWNS VS. BUFFALO BILLS, 11 A.M., CBS
WASHINGTON COMMANDERS VS. HOUSTON TEXANS, 11 A.M., FOX
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES VS. INDIANAPOLIS COLTS, 11 A.M., CBS
NEW YORK JETS VS. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS, 11 A.M., CBS
LOS ANGELES RAMS VS. NEW ORLEANS SAINTS, 11 A.M., FOX
DETROIT LIONS VS. NEW YORK GIANTS, 11 A.M., FOX
LAS VEGAS RAIDERS VS. DENVER BRONCOS, 2:05 P.M., FOX
DALLAS COWBOYS VS. MINNESOTA VIKINGS, 2:25 P.M., CBS
CINCINNATI BENGALS VS. PITTSBURGH STEELERS, 2:25 P.M., CBS
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS VS. LOS ANGELES CHARGERS, 6:20 P.M., NBC
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS VS. ARIZONA CARDINALS, 6:15 P.M., ESPN
WEEK 11 SCHEDULE
****TOP 25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD****
#3 HOUSTON 83 ORAL ROBERTS 45
#5 BAYLOR 95 NORTHERN COLORADO 62
#8 UCLA 86 NORFOLK STATE 56
#10 CREIGHTON 94 HOLY CROSS 65
NORTHWESTERN STATE 64 #15 TCU 63
NORTHERN IOWA AT #16 VIRGINIA POSTPONED
#19 ILLINOIS 103 MONMOUTH 65
#23 TEXAS TECH 64 LOUISIANA TECH 55
PENN STATE 68 BUTLER 62
CHICAGO STATE 68 IUPUI 58
PURDUE FORT WAYNE 111 MANCHESTER 31
NORTHERN ILLINOIS 99 PURDUE NORTHWEST 73
DEPAUL 69 MINNESOTA 53
COMPLETE SCOREBOARD: http://hosted.stats.com/cbk/scoreboard.asp?conf=-1&day=20221114
****TOP 25 WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD****
#5 UCONN 83 #3 TEXAS 76
#12 INDIANA 79 #11 TENNESSEE 67
#14 VIRGINIA TECH 79 USC UPSTATE 24
#21 OREGON 83 SOUTHERN 46
BALL STATE 105 IU EAST 51
COMPLETE SCOREBOARD: http://hosted.stats.com/wcbk/scoreboard.asp?conf=-1&day=20221114
TORONTO 115 DETROIT 111
CHARLOTTE 112 ORLANDO 105
BOSTON 126 OKLAHOMA CITY 122
MIAMI 113 PHOENIX 112
LA CLIPPERS 122 HOUSTON 106
ATLANTA 121 MILWAUKEE 106
GOLDEN STATE 132 SAN ANTONIO 95
BOX SCORES: http://hosted.stats.com/nba/scoreboard.asp
NY ISLANDERS 4 OTTAWA 2
CAROLINA 3 CHICAGO 0
CALGARY 6 LOS ANGELES 5
ST. LOUIS 3 COLORADO 2
BOX SCORES: http://hosted.stats.com/nhl/scoreboard.asp
TOP MLB FREE AGENTS
1. AARON JUDGE (30, OF, YANKEES)
2. CARLOS CORREA (28, SS, TWINS)
3. TREA TURNER (29, SS, DODGERS)
4. XANDER BOGAERTS (30, SS, RED SOX)
5. DANSBY SWANSON (29, SS, BRAVES)
6. JACOB DEGROM (34, SP, METS)
7. JUSTIN VERLANDER (40, SP, ASTROS)
8. CARLOS RODON (30, SP, GIANTS)
9. WILLSON CONTRERAS (30, C, CUBS)
10. TYLER ANDERSON (33, SP, DODGERS)
11. BRANDON NIMMO (30, CF, METS)
12. CHRIS BASSITT (34, SP, METS)
13. KENLEY JANSEN (35, RP, BRAVES)
14. ANTHONY RIZZO (33, 1B, YANKEES)
15. NATHAN EOVALDI (31, SP, RED SOX)
16. TAIJUAN WALKER (30, SP, METS)
17. JOSH BELL (30, 1B, PADRES)
18. CLAYTON KERSHAW (35, SP, DODGERS)
19. JOSE ABREU (36, 1B/DH, WHITE SOX)
20. MICHAEL WACHA (31, SP, RED SOX)
21. MARTÍN PEREZ (31, SP, RANGERS)
22. JAMESON TAILLON (31, SP, YANKEES)
23. RAFAEL MONTERO (32, RP, ASTROS)..SIGNED WITH ASTROS, THREE YEARS, $34.5 MILLION
24. JOC PEDERSON (30, OF, GIANTS)
25. SETH LUGO (33, RP, METS)
26. ROBERT SUAREZ (32, RP, PADRES)….SIGNED: FIVE YEARS, $46 MILLION, WITH PADRES.
27. J.D. MARTINEZ (35, DH, RED SOX)
28. JOHNNY CUETO (37, SP, WHITE SOX)
29. JOSE QUINTANA (34, SP, CARDINALS)
30. ROSS STRIPLING (33, SP, BLUE JAYS)
31. ANDREW BENINTENDI (28, OF, YANKEES)
32. MATT MOORE (33, RP, RANGERS)
33. MITCH HANIGER (32, OF, MARINERS)
34. COREY KLUBER (36, SP, RAYS)
35. NOAH SYNDERGAARD (30, SP, PHILLIES)
36. DREW SMYLY (33, SP, CUBS)
37. ZACH EFLIN (28, SP/RP, PHILLIES)
38. ANDREW CHAFIN (32, RP, TIGERS)
39. CHRIS MARTIN (36, RP, DODGERS)
40. BRANDON DRURY (30, INF/OF, PADRES)
41. JORDAN LYLES (32, SP, ORIOLES)
42. KEVIN KIERMAIER (32, OF, RAYS)
43. ANDREW HEANEY (31, SP/RP, DODGERS)
44. ADAM OTTAVINO (37, RP, METS)
45. JUSTIN TURNER (38, 3B, DODGERS)
46. RICH HILL (43, SP, RED SOX)
47. YULI GURRIEL (38, 1B, ASTROS)
48. A.J. POLLOCK (35, OF, WHITE SOX)
49. MATT CARPENTER (37, 1B/DH, YANKEES)
50. JURICKSON PROFAR (30, INF/OF, PADRES)
51. JEAN SEGURA (33, INF, PHILLIES)
52. MICHAEL BRANTLEY (35, OF, ASTROS)
53. MIKE CLEVINGER (32, SP, PADRES)
54. ZACK GREINKE (39, SP, ROYALS)
55. DAVID PHELPS (36, RP, BLUE JAYS)
56. DAVID PERALTA (35, OF, RAYS)
57. ELVIS ANDRUS (35, SS, WHITE SOX)
58. ANDREW MCCUTCHEN (36, OF, BREWERS)
59. BRANDON BELT (34, 1B/DH, GIANTS)
60. TREY MANCINI (31, 1B/OF, ASTROS)
61. KYLE GIBSON (35, SP, PHILLIES)
62. CARLOS SANTANA (36, DH, MARINERS)
63. MICHAEL LORENZEN (31, SP, ANGELS)
64. TOMMY KAHNLE (33, RP, DODGERS)
65. MATTHEW BOYD (32, SP, MARINERS)
66. BRAD HAND (33, RP, PHILLIES)
67. BRAD BOXBERGER (34, RP, BREWERS)
68. CRAIG KIMBREL (34, RP, DODGERS)
69. JOEY GALLO (29, OF, DODGERS)
70. ZACH DAVIES (30, SP, DIAMONDBACKS)
71. JACE PETERSON (32, INF/OF, BREWERS)
72. MICHAEL FULMER (30, RP, TWINS)
73. CHRISTIAN VÁZQUEZ (32, C, ASTROS)
74. LUKE JACKSON (31, RP, BRAVES)
75. TAYLOR ROGERS (32, RP, BREWERS)
76. JOSH HARRISON (35, INF, WHITE SOX)
77. DAVID ROBERTSON (37, RP, PHILLIES)
78. TUCKER BARNHART (32, C, TIGERS)
79. WILL SMITH (33, RP, ASTROS)
80. ERASMO RAMIREZ (32, RP, NATIONALS)
81. DYLAN BUNDY (30, SP, TWINS)
82. ROBBIE GROSSMAN (33, OF, BRAVES)
83. OMAR NARVAEZ (31, C, BREWERS)
84. CHAD PINDER (31, INF/OF, ATHLETICS)
85. TREVOR MAY (33, RP, METS)
86. AUSTIN HEDGES (30, C, GUARDIANS)
87. COREY DICKERSON (33, OF, CARDINALS)
****TOP NATIONAL HEADLINES****
****COLLEGE FOOTBALL NEWS****
SUSPECT CAUGHT IN FATAL SHOOTING OF 3 U.VA. FOOTBALL PLAYERS
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) Police on Monday captured a University of Virginia student suspected of fatally shooting three members of the school’s football team as they returned to campus from a field trip.
The violence that also wounded two students erupted near a parking garage and sent the campus into a lockdown that lasted overnight while police searched for the gunman.
Officials got word during a midmorning news briefing that the suspect, Christopher Darnell Jones Jr., 22, had been arrested.
“Just give me a moment to thank God, breathe a sigh of relief,” university Police Chief Timothy Longo Sr. said after learning Jones was in custody.
The shooting happened just after 10:15 p.m. Sunday as a charter bus full of students returned from seeing a play in Washington.
University President Jim Ryan said authorities did not have a “full understanding” of the motive or circumstances surrounding the shooting.
“The entire university community is grieving this morning,” a visibly strained Ryan said. “My heart is broken for the victims and their families and for all those who knew and loved them.”
Ryan identified the three students who were killed as: Devin Chandler, Lavel Davis Jr. and D’Sean Perry. He said one of the wounded students was hospitalized in critical condition, and the other was in good condition.
The shooting touched off an intense manhunt, with authorities conducting a building-by-building search of the campus while students sheltered in place for more than 12 hours. The lockdown order was lifted late Monday morning.
Police obtained arrest warrants for Jones charging him with three counts of second-degree murder and three counts of using a handgun in the commission of a felony, Longo said.
Jones had once played on the football team, but he had not been a member of the team for at least a year, Longo said.
Jones came to the attention of the university’s threat assessment team this fall after a person unaffiliated with the school reported a remark Jones apparently made about possessing a gun, Longo said.
No threat was reported in conjunction with the concern about the weapon, but officials looked into it, following up with Jones’ roommate.
Longo also said Jones had been involved in a “hazing investigation of some sort.” He said he did not have all the facts and circumstances of that case, though he said the probe was closed after witnesses failed to cooperate.
In addition, officials learned about a prior incident outside Charlottesville involving a weapons violation, Longo said. That incident was not reported to the university as it should have been, he said.
Eva Surovell, the editor in chief of the student newspaper, The Cavalier Daily, said that after students received an alert about an active shooter late Sunday night, she ran to the parking garage, but saw that it was blocked off by police. When she went to a nearby intersection, she was told to go shelter in place.
“A police officer told me that the shooter was nearby, and I needed to return home as soon as possible,” she said.
She waited with other reporters, hoping to get additional details, then returned to her room to start working on the story. The gravity of the situation sunk in.
“My generation is certainly one that’s grown up with generalized gun violence, but that doesn’t make it any easier when it’s your own community,” she said.
Elsewhere, police in Moscow, Idaho, were investigating the deaths of four University of Idaho students found Sunday in a home near the campus.
Officers discovered the deaths when they responded to a report of an unconscious person, authorities said.
COMMANDERS END SLOPPY EAGLES’ PERFECT SEASON 32-21
PHILADELPHIA (AP) Brandon Graham took a knee at midfield as most of his Eagles teammates trudged off the field in stunned disbelief that their undefeated season had been wiped out.
An Eagles team that romped toward the first 8-0 start in franchise history played with uncharacteristic sloppiness, failed to hit on the game-breaking plays that had defined their season, and had every flaw exposed in quite an imperfect performance.
The Washington Commanders turned methodical drives into scores and took advantage of turnover-prone Philadelphia, stunning the Eagles 32-21 on Monday night and sending them to their first loss in nine games this season.
Behind Jalen Hurts, the Eagles were the last team in the NFL that could make a run at Miami’s 17-0 mark in 1972 and the lone perfect season. The 2007 New England Patriots came close, going 18-0 before a Super Bowl loss.
“We started 8-0 together, we lost this game together, we’re going to move on together,” Eagles coach Nick Sirianni said.
The Eagles had their shot at perfection slip out of their hands.
Trailing at halftime for the first time this season, Hurts seemed to have one more big play left to pull out a victory. He connected on a deep ball to wide receiver Quez Watkins on a 51-yard reception late in the fourth quarter trailing 26-21. Watkins hit the ground, popped up and took off running, only to fumble the ball and give Washington possession.
“I was just trying to make a play. I know I didn’t get touched and I knew I had left him behind, so I just wanted to get up and get some extra yards,” Watkins said.
That was it for the Eagles and their four turnovers, a bloated number for a team that had only three in the first eight games.
“Flush it and move on,” Graham said.
The defensive end was flagged for a late unnecessary roughness call on QB Taylor Heinicke that extended Washington’s drive.
“I was just trying to touch him down, because it just looked like he was going to get up. You just never know. But that’s on me. I own that one. That’s on me,” Graham said
NFL referee Alex Kemp told a pool reporter Graham was penalized because Heinicke “had clearly given himself up.”
“Therefore, he is down and a defenseless player. The contact by Philadelphia No. 55 was not only late, but also to the head and neck area,” Kemp said.
Graham wasn’t alone in making miscues that cost the Birds.
A.J Brown had a catch knock off his hands and turn into an interception. And, Dallas Goedert fumbled in the fourth quarter when linebacker Jamin Davis grabbed the tight end by the facemask – but no penalty was called.
Kemp told a pool reporter, “We didn’t see a face mask on the field.”
Heinicke again started for injured QB Carson Wentz, the much-maligned former Eagles QB who did play a key role in helping them win a Super Bowl in the 2017 season. He wasn’t flashy, but efficient, going 17 for 29 and throwing 211 yards. Terry McLaurin had 128 yards receiving — including a 41-yard haul that led to a field goal. Joey Slye kicked four field goals.
The Commanders (5-5) also spoiled Pittsburgh’s 11-0 start in 2020.
Hurts was 17 for 26 for just 175 yards.
“It’s the same message that’s always been delivered after our wins, same message delivered after our losses, we’re controlling the things we can,” Hurts said. “We came here today, we didn’t do that. And today it got us. It’s very important to control the things that you can. Controlling your ball security.”
The Eagles were favored by 10 1/2 points, according to FanDuel Sportsbook, and the Commanders reveled in pulling off the upset.
“We had a marvelous time ruining everything,” the Commanders tweeted.
The Eagles tried to make the Commanders seem like just another bump in their bid for perfection, with the kind of early good fortune that they have enjoyed this season.
Take, for example, a roughing-the-kicker penalty that gave Washington a first down, and new life, on the game’s opening drive. Eagles defensive end Josh Sweat simply strip-sacked Heinicke on the next play and the Eagles recovered. Hurts rushed up the middle for a 1-yard TD and a 7-0 lead.
The Commanders then flashed their first clock-killing drive with a 16-play effort that chewed up more than seven minutes and ended with Antonio Gibson’s 1-yard rushing TD.
Hurts hit the highlight-reel with an ode to former Florida star Tim Tebow with a jump pass to Goedert for a 6-yard score, and the QB struck the Heisman pose in celebration.
The points off takeaways and Hurts scoring with his arms and legs had been the key ingredients in the team’s flawless start, and the Eagles certainly seemed poised to make it an easy night against a team they routed 24-8 in September.
The Commanders showed a rare offensive spark of late and, after scoring 17 points in each of their last two games, took a 20-14 lead into halftime. Syle kicked field goals of 44 and 58 yards and Brian Robinson added a 1-yard rushing score.
Washington converted 9 of 12 third downs in the half — it entered 26th in the NFL in third-down efficiency — and crushed the Eagles in time of possession 23:49 to 6:11 — the 17:38 TOP disparity was their best in a first half in franchise history.
Slye kicked 32 and 55 yard field goals in the second half.
The Eagles trailed at halftime for the first time since last season’s postseason loss at Tampa Bay, and Hurts could not rally them in their first true case of adversity.
Hurts, who didn’t help his MVP bid, connected with wideout DeVonta Smith for an 11-yard score early in the fourth that pulled the Eagles within 23-21.
Commanders play Sunday at Houston.
Eagles play Sunday at Indianapolis.
BROWNS QB WATSON CLEARED TO PRACTICE AS SUSPENSION NEARS END
CLEVELAND (AP) Deshaun Watson’s return from an 11-game NFL suspension remains on schedule.
Cleveland’s quarterback Deshaun Watson was cleared to practice Monday, a significant step for the three-time Pro Bowler accused of sexual misconduct by more than two dozen women while he played for Houston.
Watson reached a settlement with the league in August, agreeing to the ban, along with a $5 million fine, and to undergo counseling and treatment.
To this point, the league said he’s fulfilled those obligations.
“Watson has thus far complied with the requirements set out in the August agreement, including evaluation by an NFL-NFLPA jointly appointed clinical professional and participation in a treatment program designed by behavioral experts, and is expected to continue to do so following his return to the football field,” league spokesman Brian McCarthy said in an email.
As long as he continues to meet conditions of the agreement, Watson will make his regular-season debut for the Browns on Dec. 4 against Houston, which drafted him in 2017 and traded him to Cleveland in March for three first-round draft picks.
Before Monday, Watson had been allowed only to attend meetings and work out at the team’s facility in Berea. The Browns (3-6), who were blown out 39-17 on Sunday in Miami, don’t practice until Wednesday, when Watson will rejoin his teammates on the field for the first time in months.
“It’ll be great,” said wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones, adding Watson can provide a moral boost to the Browns even before playing. “He’s a leader. So his voice, what he thinks, can help us.”
Browns general manager Andrew Berry recently said Watson will play against the Texans. The QB will need some time to ramp up to game speed after sitting out the entire 2021 season while demanding a trade.
When he takes the field in Houston, it will be 700 days between regular-season games for Watson, who played briefly in Cleveland’s exhibition opener at Jacksonville before his suspension began.
Jacoby Brissett has started the Browns’ first nine games and will play in at least two more – at Buffalo on Sunday and home against Tampa Bay on Nov. 26 – before Watson takes over.
Coach Kevin Stefanski said Watson will get some work starting this week in practice, but the focus will remain on Brissett taking the majority of snaps so he’s ready to play.
“We’ll have a plan for him (Watson) to start getting ready,” Stefanski said. “But Jacoby is the No. 1 priority in getting ready to play in this game. Whatever we do for Deshaun won’t take away from Jacoby’s preparation.”
The 27-year-old Watson insists he did not harass any of the women, who accused him of lewd behavior during massage therapy sessions. He settled 23 of 24 civil lawsuits filed against him and was named in another last month.
Two grand juries declined to indict Watson on criminal charges.
PANTHERS WILL START MAYFIELD AT QB WITH WALKER INJURED
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Baker Mayfield is getting another chance as Carolina’s starting quarterback.
Mayfield, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft, will return to the Panthers starting lineup on Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens after P.J. Walker was diagnosed with a high left ankle sprain.
Walker was injured in the fourth quarter of Carolina’s 25-15 victory against the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday night when two defensive players crashed into his leg. He got up with a slight limp, but remained in the game.
“It wasn’t something that was reported at the time,” Panthers interim head coach Steve Wilks said. “He just sucked it up. He played through it. As we evaluated him further, we realized he needed an MRI.”
Wilks said Walker will not play Sunday, but indicated he does not expect him to be placed on injured reserve.
Sam Darnold will be Mayfield’s backup. Mayfield declined comment to the media on Monday, saying he will talk on Wednesday.
Walker said he didn’t realize how severe the injury was at the time, adding “but the images and pictures (from the MRI) said otherwise.”
Walker was 2-3 as the starter, completed 58% of his passes with three touchdowns and three interceptions. He averaged 134.2 yards passing per game.
“This is really disappointing, especially as a team where we getting better every week,” Walker said Monday. “It’s tough to deal with and I want to be out there with the guys for sure.”
Walker is the third Carolina quarterback to suffer a high ankle sprain this year. Darnold was injured in the preseason and Mayfield in Week 5.
All three injuries have come at home on Carolina’s artificial surface, which was installed prior to the 2021 season.
Mayfield started the first five games with the Panthers before injuring his ankle, forcing the Panthers to go with Walker.
Mayfield struggled, going 1-4 with four touchdowns and four interceptions and a 71.9 quarterback rating. He relieved Walker two weeks ago at Cincinnati with the Panthers trailing 35-0 at halftime and threw for 155 yards and two touchdowns.
Wilks said he wants to see Mayfield do a better job of protecting the football on Sunday.
“That increases our chances of winning when we don’t turn the ball over,” Wilks said.
Carolina’s running game is much stronger than it was when Mayfield was playing. It’s led by D’Onta Foreman, who has run for three 100-yard games and four touchdowns in the last four outings.
“Everything starts up front,” Wilks said. “We’ve got to do a great job of really establishing the run game, and when we do pass we’ve got to do a great job of giving him a clean pocket so he can go through his progressions and get the ball down the field.”
Wilks officially confirmed the Panthers have lost cornerback Donte Jackson for the season to a torn Achilles tendon. He said Jackson will have surgery soon.
Also, defensive tackle Matt Ioannidis (calf) and tight Gio Ricci (neck) are out this week against the Ravens. Defensive tackle Daviyon Nixon will start against quarterback Lamar Jackson and the Ravens.
Wilks hopes to get safety Jeremy Chinn back on the field this week after he missed the last six games with a hamstring injury.
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NORTH CAROLINA, GONZAGA ARE 1-2 ATOP AP TOP 25 MEN’S POLL
(AP) — North Carolina didn’t have a dominating start at No. 1. The Tar Heels open their second week atop the Associated Press men’s college basketball poll with coach Hubert Davis reminding his players it will take time to find a flow like the one that carried them to last year’s NCAA championship game.
UNC (2-0) earned 44 of 63 first-place votes to finish ahead of No. 2 Gonzaga in Monday’s first regular-season AP Top 25, which featured only slight changes from the preseason poll released Oct. 17.
The Tar Heels return four starters from last year’s team, including AP preseason All-American Armando Bacot inside. But they labored through wins last week, first against UNC Wilmington and then against College of Charleston.
After the opener, Davis said he hoped it was “first-game anxiousness and nervousness.” After the second, he said he had talked to his team about dealing with expectations.
“One of the things I’ve sensed in them – I just felt not a nervousness, but maybe a little bit of a burden of the expectations,” Davis said. “And I tried to get them to understand that though those are expectations are noise, it means nothing.
“I felt like on every play, they were trying to make it look like the way we looked in April. That’s just not possible. That just can’t happen. This is this year’s team.”
THE TOP TIER
The second-ranked Bulldogs (2-0) picked up 14 first-place votes after wins against North Florida and Michigan State, the latter coming on the deck of an aircraft carrier. Third-ranked Houston (2-0) and fourth-ranked Kentucky (2-0) picked up the remaining five votes.
Baylor and Kansas were tied for fifth previously. This time, Baylor is alone at No. 5, followed by Kansas and Duke. UCLA, Arkansas and Creighton round out the top 10.
THE NEW ERAS
Duke and Villanova both are starting with young coaches replacing retired Hall of Famers. One had an early stumble that carried it right out of the poll.
The Blue Devils beat Jacksonville and USC Upstate – surrendering 82 combined points – in their first two games under Jon Scheyer, who has taken over for Mike Krzyzewski in that program’s first coaching change since 1980.
The Wildcats have turned to Kyle Neptune, who took over in the spring after the retirement of Jay Wright. They won their opener against La Salle then lost to Temple, which dropped them from 16th to unranked for the first time since February 2019.
Illinois (2-0) had the biggest jump, climbing four spots to No. 19 after two easy home wins. No. 14 Arizona and No. 21 Dayton each rose three spots. In all, 12 teams moved up from the preseason poll.
Tennessee (1-1) took the biggest tumble, falling 11 spots to No. 22 after losing to Colorado in its home state.
Kansas – which fell out of the voting tie at No. 5 – Creighton and No. 15 TCU fell one spot each to round out the four teams that slid from their preseason rankings.
Seven teams, all inside the top 10, held their preseason position.
No. 24 Texas A&M and No. 25 Connecticut are the week’s new additions. The Huskies spent most of last season in the AP Top 25, though the Aggies joined the poll for the first time under fourth-year coach Buzz Williams. Texas A&M was last ranked in February 2018, a season that ended with an NCAA Sweet 16 appearance.
FAREWELL (FOR NOW)
Oregon (No. 21) joined Villanova as the two teams to fall out from the preseason poll. The Ducks opened with a home win against Florida A&M but lost at home to UC Irvine four days later.
The Southeastern Conference led the way with six ranked teams, with No. 13 Auburn and No. 18 Alabama joining Kentucky, Arkansas, Tennessee and Texas A&M.
The Big 12 was next with five, with No. 11 Texas and No. 23 Texas Tech joining Baylor, Kansas and TCU.
The Atlantic Coast Conference had three, with No. 16 Virginia joining UNC and Duke; while the Big Ten had three with No. 12 Indiana and No. 20 Michigan joining Illinois.
The Pac-12 and Big East each had two ranked teams, followed by the West Coast, American Athletic, Mountain West and Atlantic 10 conferences each having one.
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MARK, SASSER LEAD NO. 3 HOUSTON PAST ORAL ROBERTS 83-45
HOUSTON (AP) Tramon Mark scored a career-high 23 points, Marcus Sasser added 19 points and a career-best seven rebounds, and No. 3 Houston defeated Oral Roberts 83-45 on Monday night.
Mark had 19 points and Sasser scored 15 in the first half as Houston (3-0) built a 51-24 lead at halftime.
“Tramon has always had a fantastic attitude,” Houston coach Kelvin Sampson said. “He’s very coachable. When Tramon got here, if I had told him to run through a brick wall, he’d want to negotiate. . Now, he’d say, `Can I get a running start?’ But that means he’s bought into our culture.”
The duo combined to shoot 15 of 28 for the game. Mark and Sasser both missed most of last season due to injuries.
“I’m just happy to be back on the court playing with my teammates, grinding it out every minute that I’m out there,” Mark said.
Terrence Arceneaux had 14 points and five rebounds, and Ja’Vier Francis added 11 points and 11 rebounds off the bench. Houston shot 52% and outrebounded the Golden Eagles 52-30. The Cougars held a 42-8 advantage in points in the paint.
“Last year I always felt like I was coaching with one arm tied behind my back a little bit because I lived in constant fear of foul trouble and fatigue because we had no depth, and that was an issue,” Sampson said. “It affected the way I coached and the way I had to manage the game. This year if you are not doing what I ask you to do, sit down. I’m not going to ask twice.”
DeShang Weaver scored 12 points, and Connor Vanover had 11 points and five rebounds for the Eagles (1-2). Preseason Summit League player of the year Max Abmas was held to three points on 1-of-13 shooting, including 1 for 9 on 3-pointers.
“There’s going to be nights like this,” Oral Roberts coach Paul Mills said. “Every good player is going to struggle, going 2 for 23 between our two all-conference guards between Max and (Isaac McBride).
“You do have to be able to move on to it, but we can’t hang our hats on poor shooting nights as much as there’s things we can control. . The areas we can control, we need to do better. Those guys will be fine, they’ll be able to make shots, but the areas where we can be able to control, we need to.”
Oral Roberts shot 23% and finished 8 of 38 on 3s.
Houston used a 21-2 run over 6 1/2 minutes of the first half to open a 29-8 lead on a layup by Mark. Sasser and Mark combined to score 19 points during the spurt.
Oral Roberts: The Eagles struggled early and could not recover. Oral Roberts was 1 for 15 from the field to start the game and missed 12 straight shots during that stretch. The team used three of its four timeouts in the first 11 minutes.
“It was that 16-minute mark to that 10-minute mark,” Mills said. “We knew how physical they were; they were able to get offensive rebounds, they were able to get putbacks. We let it snowball, and us not being able to make shots – we’ve been pretty good at making shots. We’ve been No. 1 in the country the last two years, but tonight it didn’t happen.”
Houston: The Cougars were more physical and outhustled Oral Roberts throughout, leading to their edge in the paint and on the boards. Houston shot 56% in the first half. The Cougars have scored at least 81 points in each of their first three games.
MOMENT OF SILENCE
Houston observed a moment of silence before the game for victims of the University of Virginia shooting. The school put the numbers 1, 15 and 41 on the scoreboards to remember Devin Chandler, Lavel Davis Jr. and D’Sean Perry.
Oral Roberts: Plays at Texas Southern on Tuesday.
Houston: Will host Texas Southern on Wednesday.
DREW GETS 400TH WIN AT NO. 5 BAYLOR, 95-62 OVER N. COLORADO
WACO, Texas (AP) Scott Drew was initially just trying to put together a full team of scholarship players to compete in a few games when he took over a scandal-plagued program with a decimated roster 20 years ago.
The Bears have since become consistently one of the Big 12’s best teams, and the national champions only two seasons ago now have 400 wins under Drew.
LJ Cryer scored 20 points, Adam Flagler had 13 points with 10 assists as the fifth-ranked Bears beat Northern Colorado 95-62 on Monday night in Drew’s milestone victory.
“It’s just amazing to be part of something so special, how he uses his platform to glorify God in everything he does, and how he’s taken this culture and made is so special that everybody knows about it,” Flagler said.
The Bears had been to only four NCAA Tournaments and been ranked for only two games out of 2,197 over the previous 97 seasons before Drew. They are 400-222 since, and been to 10 more NCAA Tournaments.
“First, I’ve been very blessed. God has given us great players, great coaches, great administration, great fans,” Drew said. “When they say 400 (wins), that’s a team award, a team honor. … Our guys cherish each other, and that’s special, because nowadays it’s harder and harder to find players and teams that get excited when the team does something well.”
Baylor last season claimed a share of another Big 12 regular-season title with Kansas, which went on to win the league’s second consecutive national title. The Bears won only 21 games total in Drew’s first three seasons, one of those with only five scholarship players and another with no non-conference games. They have at least 21 victories in 12 of the past 15 seasons, and set Big 12 record with a 23-game winning streak three seasons ago.
Flagler had 3-pointers to start and end an early 13-0 run that put Baylor (3-0) ahead to stay after Northern Colorado took its only lead.
Daylen Kountz, the Big Sky leading scorer last season with 21.2 points a game, had 19 points for Northern Colorado (1-2). Matt Johnson had 14 points with four 3s, while Dalton Knecht had 12 points and 11 rebounds.
Jalen Bridges, a transfer from West Virginia, added 15 points for Baylor, and true freshman Keyonte George had 12 points, seven rebounds and six assists. Dale Bonner also had 12 points and six steals, and BYU transfer Caleb Lohner had 10 rebounds.
Drew’s nephew Caleb Shaw, a a 6-foot-5 freshman guard, played for the visiting Bears and had averaged 13 points his first two games. With his uncle on the sideline and grandfather in the stands, Shaw finished with four points on 1-of-11 shooting.
“Caleb’s a special player. He’s going to be really good,” coach Steve Smiley said.
“The only thing that I felt bad for was my nephew,” Drew said. “I think he was pressing. But I’m proud of the player he’s become.”
Northern Colorado: The Bears were a little closer than they were a week earlier against another top-five team, when they opened the season with an 83-36 loss at No. 3 Houston.
“Saw a lot of growth,” Smiley said. “Offensively I was really encouraged. I was happy with the looks we got, and then also just we missed wide open layups. There’s some nerves. We’ve got four young freshmen playing along with some veteran guys as well.”
Baylor: Like they had in their first two home games, the Bears with their mix of returning guards and new players spread the minutes around while looking at different combinations. The competition level steps up significantly with ranked opponents in their next two games, away from home.
Northern Colorado is home Saturday against San Jose State.
Baylor play No. 16 Virginia on Friday night in Las Vegas, where it will then take on No. 8 UCLA or No. 19 Illinois on Sunday.
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FUDD SCORES 32, NO. 5 UCONN BEATS THIRD-RANKED TEXAS 83-76
STORRS, Conn. (AP) Azzi Fudd put on an offensive show to help UConn win an early season showdown with Texas.
The sophomore guard scored 22 of her career-high 32 points in the second half to help the No. 5 Huskies beat third-ranked Texas 83-76 on Monday night.
“That’s an All-American performance today, player-of-the-year performance,” UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. “I don’t know if we can count on that every single night, but it was pretty impressive tonight.”
Aubrey Griffin added 14 points and Lou Lopez Senechal had 12 for the Huskies (2-0), who moved up one spot in the poll earlier in the day. They stayed unbeaten against Texas (1-1) in 10 meetings. This was the first time the historic women’s basketball powers had played on UConn’s campus at Gampel Pavilion.
“This game was a lot of fun and there’s a lot we can take away that we can get better at,” said Fudd, who scored 17 in the fourth quarter. “A lot of really good things we did that we can build on.”
UConn led by five at the half and built the lead to double-digits behind Fudd in the third quarter, going up 63-51 to the delight of the sold-out crowd that was led by a boisterous student section. The lead ballooned to 17 points before the Longhorns scored eight straight to get back within single digits with just over 2 minutes left.
“I think I shot 3s in the second half,” said Fudd. “I don’t know why I didn’t shoot much in the first half. I think we settled (down) more in the second half and we were able to run more stuff. My teammates got me open.”
Fudd squashed the comeback hopes with a 3-pointer from the wing that restored the double-digit advantage and put the game away.
“Not enough Tylenol for me to take after watching that,” Texas coach Vic Schaefer said of Fudd’s performance. “Long time since I’ve had a guard like that go off and light us up like that.”
Texas was missing guard Rori Harmon, who has been sidelined with a toe injury. Schaefer said that she is day to day and has a doctor’s appointment later this week. Harmon wore a walking boot on her right foot.
The Huskies were able to take advantage of Harmon’s absence, forcing Texas into 18 turnovers.
With the game tied at 32 late in the second quarter, the Huskies outscored the Longhorns 10-5 for the remainder of the half, converting three steals into fastbreak layups. There were 11 lead changes in the opening 20 minutes and the Huskies held a 42-37 advantage at the break.
Sonya Morris, who arrived at Texas as a graduate transfer from DePaul, led the Longhorns with 21 points.
“This was good for us to be in that type of game against a quality opponent,” Schaefer said.
UConn welcomed back Caroline Ducharme, who missed the opener with neck stiffness. The sophomore guard had two points in five minutes.
NOT SO FREE:
The teams had a rough night from the foul line, combining to go 19 for 38 (50%).
UConn retired former Huskies star Swin Cash’s No. 32 before the game. Cash is the third player in school history to have that honor, joining Rebecca Lobo and Ray Allen. The honor is only given to basketball alums who have been inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Cash was enshrined in September.
Cash won two national championships at UConn in 2000 and 2002, before she was taken second in the WNBA draft.
Texas: Plays Marquette in the Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament on Saturday.
UConn: Hosts No. 10 N.C. State on Sunday.
SMART HELPS CELTICS BEAT THUNDER FOR 7TH STRAIGHT WIN
BOSTON (AP) Marcus Smart scored 20 of his 22 points in the second half, and the Boston Celtics beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 126-122 on Monday night for their seventh straight win.
Boston trailed by as many as 15 in the third quarter, but it outscored Oklahoma City 37-26 in the fourth.
“Tonight was a resilient win – a tough game to win,” said Jaylen Brown, who scored 26 for Boston.
Jayson Tatum had 27 points and 10 rebounds for the Celtics, and Al Horford added 12 points and 11 boards. Smart also had eight assists and five rebounds.
Reserves Payton Pritchard and Derrick White led a key surge late in the third and early in the fourth as the Celtics rallied.
“The first team was a little sluggish. We tried. We was giving it everything we got and just couldn’t find it,” Smart said. “And then those two came in and gave us the jump we needed. The energy definitely shifted with those two guys coming into the game.”
Pritchard scored 10, and White finished with 16 points – 11 in the second half – five assists and four steals.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander led the Thunder with 37 points. Lu Dort scored 21, and Aleksej Pokusevski finished with 16 points and 14 rebounds.
All five starters scored in double figures for Oklahoma City, which couldn’t hang on after a solid start.
“There were a lot of bright spots. We really put it to them. We controlled the game on the road against a great team, which is a credit to our guys,” coach Mark Daigneault said.
The Thunder had just six turnovers in the first half, but seven in each of the final two quarters while falling to 2-5 on the road.
Boston coach Joe Mazzulla said the Celtics overcame the Thunder with defense and credited the scrappy play of Pritchard and White.
“I thought especially in the second half, we didn’t allow our lack of shot-making to affect our defensive effort,” Mazzulla said. “That to me is a sign of growth for the team.”
Pritchard hit a 31-foot 3-pointer with the shot clock about to expire late in the third, pulling Boston within nine. Pritchard then had a steal and a layup just before the buzzer, cutting the margin to 96-89 entering the final quarter.
Pritchard hit another 3-pointer in the opening minute of the fourth and Oklahoma City’s 15-point lead was down to 99-94 with 11:11 left.
Smart drew an offensive foul on Gilgeous-Alexander and a two-handed dunk by Tatum tied it at 107 as fans roared in approval of Boston’s surging momentum.
A three-point play by Dort tied it at 115 with 2:41 left, but Smart hit a 3-pointer to put Boston back up and White followed with another 3 after a miss by the Thunder at the other end.
The Thunder had scored 130-plus points in three straight games, including a 145-135 win over the Knicks in New York on Sunday. Coming just short at Boston with 122 points reminded the Thunder of their potential, Gilgeous-Alexander said.
“When we play to our identity, we can play with anybody,” he said. “We knew that going in – that we’d give ourselves a chance to win if we played our style and way and I think we did so for a majority of the game.”
Thunder: Outrebounded Boston 51-46. … Oklahoma City was playing the second of a four-game trip with stops still to go in Washington and Memphis.
Celtics: G Malcolm Brogdon missed his third straight game with a tight right hamstring. … F Grant Williams received a technical foul with 7:31 left in the first quarter after complaining about a no-call when he went up for an offensive rebound. … Tatum received a technical 1:04 into the second quarter after a foul, although he appeared to be yelling at himself. … Boston Bruins winger David Pastrnak received a round of applause when he was shown sitting courtside during a stoppage in the second quarter.
Thunder: Visit the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night.
Celtics: Visit the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night.
POOLE SCORES 36 ON BOBBLEHEAD NIGHT, WARRIORS ROUT SPURS
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Jordan Poole’s bobblehead doll was a big hit – and the real guy himself sure shined, too.
Back in the starting lineup for a night, Poole scored a season-best 36 points and led the Golden State Warriors past the San Antonio Spurs 132-95 on Monday.
“I loved it. Everything,” he said.
A performance fitting of a Poole Party, indeed: He shot 13 for 20 and knocked down five 3-pointers. With 10:36 left, Poole fired a 3 under pressure and the ball bounced high against the backboard before falling through. He converted the free throw for a four-point play.
Poole received a warm ovation when he exited for good at the 8:04 mark of the fourth quarter following his 13th career game with 30 or more points.
“Jordan was pretty amazing offensively,” Golden State coach Steve Kerr said. “He got it rolling right away.”
Stephen Curry added 16 points, five rebounds and five assists in 27 minutes. Andrew Wiggins scored 10 for the Warriors in the second game of a back-to-back after they lost 122-115 at Sacramento on Sunday to fall to 0-7 on the road.
Golden State grabbed an early lead and ran away from the Spurs for a 61-45 advantage at the break. That allowed Kerr to use his reserves in extended stretches. Anthony Lamb scored 17 points and Jonathan Kuminga contributed 15 off the bench.
Keldon Johnson scored 15 points for injury-plagued San Antonio, warming up in the second half. The Spurs snapped a five-game losing streak by beating the Milwaukee Bucks 111-93 on Friday night.
The Hall of Fame trio of Tim Hardaway, Mitch Richmond and Chris Mullin served as the broadcast team for the “Run TMC Takeover.”
“It was very special. When I was here as an assistant I got to enjoy Timmy and Mully – Mitch was gone,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “It was cool, it was fast-paced, it was creative. The people really bought into it. It was a wonderful time in the NBA. These guys were one of the best shows available, for sure.”
The Warriors hadn’t opened 0-7 on the road, though, since that group lost its initial nine away games in 1989-90.
On the broadcast, Hardaway made a reference to rape while describing a defensive play by Draymond Green, and later apologized for his poor choice of words.
Poole started in place of Klay Thompson and was thrilled with his first bobblehead doll.
“I love it, it’s absolutely amazing,” Poole said. “It’s really a special accomplishment. It’s an honor. I’m glad it came out the way it did.”
Spurs: G Tre Jones missed the game with a stomach illness. Jeremy Sochan moved into the starting lineup. … Johnson has made a 3-pointer in 30 consecutive games, the second-longest streak in franchise history behind Danny Green’s 32 straight in 2012. … The Spurs had won the previous two on Golden State’s home floor.
Warriors: Curry was selected Western Conference player of the week for the 19th time. He became the oldest player with back-to-back 40-point performances since Michael Jordan in 2002. … Thompson rested as he typically does during one of the back-to-back games as the Warriors use caution given his right Achilles tendon surgery that kept him out until January. … C James Wiseman will report to the G League Santa Cruz Warriors for an extended period of perhaps 10 straight days, Kerr said.
Spurs: Play at Portland on Tuesday night to complete a back-to-back. San Antonio has won the last four matchups, and two in a row in Portland.
Warriors: Play at Phoenix on Wednesday night having lost the last two meetings vs. the Suns and four of five on the road.
HUNTER, YOUNG LEAD HAWKS PAST GIANNIS, BUCKS 121-106
MILWAUKEE (AP) De’Andre Hunter scored 24 points and Trae Young had 21 points and nine assists, leading the Atlanta Hawks to a 121-106 victory over Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday night.
Clint Capela added 19 points and 10 rebounds as Atlanta won for the fifth time in seven games. Dejounte Murray also scored 19, and John Collins had 16 points and nine boards.
“I thought our guards did a really good of establishing the tempo and making them work on the defensive end,” Hawks coach Nate McMillan said. “Defensively, we didn’t give up anything easy.”
Antetokounmpo, who missed the last two games and three of the last four with left knee soreness, scored 27 points in 31 minutes. The Bucks have lost three of four after a 9-0 start.
Antetokounmpo made 8 of 21 shots, missing all three 3-point attempts, and was 11 of 18 from the free-throw line. Antetokounmpo said he was a bit rusty in his first game back.
“When was the last time I played, like six or seven days ago, a week ago?” Antetokounmpo said. “But that’s part of it. You can’t get too low or get too high. It’s part of it. You can’t expect to be at your best when you haven’t played for a week.”
Atlanta led 94-80 entering the final period. Milwaukee scored eight consecutive points to close to 108-99 with 3:12 left. Antetokounmpo fouled out with 1:35 remaining, and Murray hit both free throws to make it 116-101.
“They move the ball. They have a lot of capable players that can go one-on-one,” Antetokounmpo said. “Capable scorers, good shooters.”
It was the third meeting between the teams in 16 days. The Bucks suffered their first loss of the season at Atlanta a week ago.
“The scoring was really well distributed for them tonight,” Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said. “They’ve beat us different ways. The guards have had big nights. Tonight, there was a lot of balance.”
MarJon Beauchamp had 20 points for the Bucks, who lost for the first time at home after seven victories.
Atlanta scored 34 points in the paint in the first half en route to a 63-50 lead at the break. The Hawks shot 56.3% in the first half, compared to 39.5% for the Bucks, who were just 3 of 14 from beyond the arc.
“Right away, I knew that going against a team like that we’ve got to be the aggressor,” Capela said. “As far as defensive-wise, I feel that’s my job is trying to set the tone.”
Hawks: Bogdan Bogdanovic (knee) remained out. He has yet to play this season.
Bucks: Both F Khris Middleton (wrist surgery) and G Pat Connaughton (right calf strain) remain out, but are getting closer to returning. Coach Mike Budenholzer said the Bucks have been cautious with both. … G Jrue Holiday (right ankle sprain) missed his third straight game. G Grayson Allen left with an ankle sprain after playing 10 minutes and did not return. “We’ll just no more in the morning and I’ll leave it at that,” Budenholzer said.
Hawks: Host the Boston Celtics on Wednesday.
Bucks: Host the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday.
****MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL NEWS****
SEATTLE’S RODRÍGUEZ, ATLANTA’S HARRIS VOTED TOP ROOKIES
NEW YORK (AP) Seattle’s Julio Rodriguez and Atlanta’s Michael Harris II had a lot in common – perhaps too much.
The 21-year-old center fielders were runaway winners in Rookie of the Year voting on Monday after seasons of power and speed that led to lucrative long-term contracts but ultimately concluded with early postseason eliminations.
They both made jumps from Double-A straight to the majors.
“I feel like the whole season was unrealistic,” Harris said. “I was just going day to day and I guess living the dream. But now that the season’s over, I guess I can actually look back and think about how crazy of a year it was and how fast it went.”
Rodriguez hit .284 with 28 homers, 75 RBIs and 25 stolen bases in helping the Mariners reach the postseason for the first time since 2001. He won the American League honor by receiving 29 of 30 first-place votes and one second for 148 points from a Baseball Writers’ Association of America panel.
“I went through some shaky times at the beginning of the year, but I was able to stick to myself, trust myself,” Rodriguez said.
Rodriguez made the Mariners’ opening-day roster and hit .205 in April, then rebounded to earn a spot in the All-Star Home Run Derby, where he hit 81 long balls and lost to Juan Soto in the final.
“All the doubts I had throughout the year,” Rodriguez said, “I know it’s going to serve me well along my career.”
Harris batted .297 with 19 homers, 64 RBIs and 20 steals after making his debut on May 28. He was voted the National League award, getting 22 firsts and eight seconds for 134 points from a different BBWAA panel.
“He definitely had a great season. We definitely had similar numbers, too,” Rodriguez said. “He’s an exciting player, young talent. And he’s not afraid. I love his game.”
Rodriguez and Harris both had their first big league multihomer games each other on Sept. 11, with Rodriguez hitting a tying drive in the ninth in a game Seattle won when Eugenio Suarez went deep off Kenley Jansen later in the inning.
“That was a series I won’t forget,” Harris said. “I look forward to playing against him many times in the future.”
Seattle advanced past Toronto in the new wild-card round, then was s wept by eventual champion Houston in the Division Series. Defending champion Atlanta lost a four-game Division Series to Philadelphia.
Baltimore catcher Adley Rutschman was second in the AL with 68 points, getting the other first-place vote, 18 seconds and nine thirds.
Cleveland left fielder Steven Kwan was third with 10 seconds and 14 thirds for 44 points. Kansas City infielder Bobby Witt Jr. had seven points, and Houston shortstop Jeremy Pena finished fifth with two points.
Voting was conducted before the postseason; Pena was voted MVP of the AL Championship Series and World Series.
Atlanta pitcher Spencer Strider was second with the other eight first-place votes on the NL side and 21 seconds for 103 points. Cardinals utilityman Brendan Donovan was third with 22 third-place votes and 22 points.
Rodriguez, the only rookie at this year’s All-Star Game, became the fifth Seattle player to win the honor after first baseman Alvin Davis in 1984, right-handed reliever Kazuhiro Sasaki in 2000, right fielder Ichiro Suzuki in 2001 (when he also was voted MVP) and center fielder Kyle Lewis in 2020.
Harris, who hadn’t played above High-A before this year, is the ninth Braves player to win the award, joining shortstop Alvin Dark in 1948 and outfielder Sam Jethroe in 1950 during the Boston Braves era and then catcher/infielder Earl Williams in 1971, third baseman Bob Horner in 1978, outfielder/first baseman David Justice in 1990, shortstop Rafael Furcal in 2000, reliever Craig Kimbrel in 2011 and outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. in 2018.
Teammates finished 1-2 in the NL voting for the fourth time and first since Atlanta’s Freddie Freeman was second to Kimbrel.
Rodriguez is excited about a planned offseason parade in his hometown in the Dominican Republic. He became the fourth Dominican-born player to win the AL honor after Alfredo Griffin shared with John Castino in 1979, and Angel Berroa won in 2003 and Neftali Feliz in 2010.
Rodriguez and the Mariners agreed in August to a $209.3 million, 12-year contract starting next season that would be worth $469.6 million over 17 years if he wins two MVP awards.
Harris and Braves reached a $72 million, eight-year deal starting in 2023 that could be worth $102 million over 10 seasons.
MARLINS PROMOTE CAROLINE O’CONNOR TO PRESIDENT
MIAMI (AP) Caroline O’Connor didn’t know what her ceiling was when she entered the sports business world, simply because there were so few examples of women who traveled her path.
Turns out, she had no limit.
The Miami Marlins promoted O’Connor to president of business operations on Monday, making them the first U.S. major sports franchise to have women serving simultaneously as president and general manager. The Marlins made history by hiring Kim Ng as GM in November 2020; two years later, they’ve made another significant move.
“When I talk to young girls, I really like them to see me in my role because I didn’t feel like I had that role model,” O’Connor said. “And I want people to see themselves when they see me and know that it is a possibility.”
O’Connor is just the second woman to serve as president of a Major League Baseball team; Seattle’s Catie Griggs is the other. She was brought to the Marlins by then-CEO Derek Jeter in 2017 as a senior vice president and chief of staff, then became the team’s chief operating officer in 2019.
Ng handles the on-field business, O’Connor runs the off-field business.
“We are fortunate to have someone with Caroline’s business acumen and vision leading our day-to-day business operations,” Marlins chairman and principal owner Bruce Sherman said. “Her passion and drive for success is unmatched in our game and the South Florida market. Her leadership will continue to guide the Marlins organization toward our goal of sustained success while strategizing additional new ventures to grow our business and enhance our brand recognition.”
O’Connor’s path to this spot was, in some ways, unintentional. She was a high school athlete in New Jersey – playing basketball, tennis, soccer and softball – and went to college at Rutgers and New York University, first studying computers, then finance.
She worked for some powerful places: IBM, UBS Investment Bank, Morgan Stanley. She wasn’t thinking about a career in sports.
And then Jeter called.
“A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” O’Connor said.
She’s been with the Marlins ever since.
Miami has been trying to turn things around, on the field and off, for the better part of the last two decades. Jeter was part of the ownership group that took over in 2017; he’s gone, but two of his more significant hires – Ng and O’Connor – are now tasked with finishing the job.
O’Connor has seen progress. Attendance this past season was up 12% over 2019, the last time there was a full season of baseball without pandemic interruptions or major restrictions – though there is still a long way to go before Miami gets the crowds it is seeking.
O’Connor has overseen growth in season-ticket sales. With the 2023 World Baseball Classic coming to Miami for all three rounds in March, including the championship game, the Marlins know big crowds are coming. O’Connor is fixated on how to get those people to come back as Marlins customers.
“I think it’s a really special place,” she said. “And I would say if we didn’t feel so strongly about this market and the opportunity that is here, that would not make us so excited to come in every day. I think we have so many people in this market that love entertainment, love sports, love baseball, love getting together and going out. It’s just trying to create an experience that attracts everyone.”
The growing role of women in baseball leadership isn’t lost on O’Connor. Griggs leads the Mariners; Laura Day is Minnesota’s executive vice president and chief business officer; Kellie Fischer has a similar role in Texas, as the Rangers’ EVP and chief financial officer.
“I’ve been incredibly fortunate in that I’ve had a lot of support from a lot of different people, regardless of gender, my entire career,” Griggs said earlier this year on a panel at Seattle University. “With that being said, I haven’t been able to see a lot of people who look like me doing the stuff that I do. … I don’t have a lot of role models.”
O’Connor feels the same way. She doesn’t mind the “trailblazer” description. She just goes about all the details of her job – including sitting down with community groups and civic organizations, even having lunch last month with the Consul General of Japan at his Miami residence – knowing that her success now might make it easier for women to follow.
“It’s taken a real community to get behind me,” O’Connor said. “The team that I work with today, the team that supports me every day, I feel like this is a reflection on all of them and what we’ve produced together. I might have the title, but of course I think about all the people that help me get it.”
FORMER MLB PLAYER YASIEL PUIG TO PLEAD GUILTY IN FEDERAL GAMBLING CASE
LOS ANGELES – Former Major League Baseball outfielder Yasiel Puig will plead guilty to lying to federal agents investigating an illegal gambling operation, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Monday.
Court documents unsealed Monday say Yasiel Puig Valdés, 31, has agreed to plead guilty to one count of making false statements and after pleading guilty, he could face up to five years in federal prison. He also agreed to pay a fine of at least $55,000.
Puig batted .277 with 132 home runs and 415 RBI while appearing in seven major league seasons, the first six with the Los Angeles Dodgers where he earned an All-Star selection in 2014.
He played for the Cincinnati Reds and the Cleveland Indians in 2019 before becoming a free agent. He then played in the Mexican League and last year he signed a one-year, $1 million contact with South Korea’s Kiwoom Heroes.
In an August plea agreement, Puig acknowledged that over only a few months in 2019 he wracked up more than $280,000 in losses while wagering on tennis, football and basketball games through a third party who worked for an illegal gambling operation run by Wayne Nix, a former minor league baseball player.
Puig placed at least 900 bets through Nix-controlled betting websites and through a man who worked for Nix, authorities said.
In his plea agreement, Puig acknowledged lying in January to federal investigators who were looking into the business, denying he had placed bets through the operation.
****BIG 10 SPORTS NEWS***
BIG 10 FOOTBALL THIS WEEK
• With just two weekends remaining in the regular season, all 14 Big Ten teams will take the field this week. The action opens on Saturday at noon ET and features seven conference games and six divisional matchups. The complete schedule can be found to the right.
• Michigan and Ohio State sit atop the East Division standings with matching 7-0 Big Ten records, while Penn State is third at 5-2 in conference play. Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and Purdue all tie for the West Division lead with 4-3 Big Ten records, followed by Wisconsin in fifth at 3-4.
• Two of the nation’s four remaining undefeated FBS teams call the Big Ten home, as Michigan and Ohio State are both 10-0. The Buckeyes have won 29 straight games against unranked teams, the longest active streak nationally, while the Wolverines are 10-0 for the third time since 1975.
• Three Big Ten teams appear in the AP Poll this week, highlighted by two of the top three teams. Ohio State leads the conference at No. 2, followed by No. 3 Michigan and No. 11 Penn State, while Illinois and Minnesota are each receiving votes. The College Football Playoff will release its latest top 25 rankings on Tuesday, Nov. 15. The Big Ten boasted four teams included in the CFP’s second rankings of the season, which were released on Nov. 8.
• Michigan and Ohio State are two of only three FBS teams in the country with top-10 rankings in both scoring offense and scoring defense. The Wolverines lead the nation defensively (11.2 points per game) and rank fifth offensively (41.4 points per game), while the Buckeyes rank second offensively (46.8 points per game) and seventh defensively (15.6 points per game). The only other team to appear in the top 10 of both categories is Georgia.
• Four additional Big Ten teams rank in the top 25 in terms of scoring defense: Illinois (3rd, 12.5 points per game), Minnesota (4th, 13.1 points per game), Iowa (5th, 13.9 points per game) and Penn State (16th, 19.0 points per game).
• Saturday’s 34-3 victory against Nebraska marked the Wolverines’ fifth win of the season by 30 points or more and the sixth time they have held their opponent to 10 points or fewer. It also marked the third time this season that Michigan has limited its opponent to eight first downs or less and for the third straight week, U-M kept its opponent to one first down or fewer in the third quarter.
• Ohio State’s C.J. Stroud threw for 297 yards on 17-of-28 efficiency and five touchdowns in Ohio State’s 56-14 win over Indiana. The sophomore QB recorded his ninth career game, and fourth this season, with at least five touchdown passes to become the first player in Big Ten history to have consecutive seasons with 30 touchdown passes. His 297 yards put him over 7,000 passing yards for his career, only the fourth Buckeye signal-caller to reach that mark (Bobby Hoying, Art Schlichter, J.T. Barrett).
• Illini running back Chase Brown leads the nation with 1,442 rushing yards this season, with 803 of those yards coming after contact. He also leads the nation in all-purpose yards (1,615) without having return duties. With 98 rushing yards against Purdue on Saturday, Brown moved to second on Illinois’ all-time rushing list with 3,005 yards.
• Eight Big Ten schools – Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio State, Penn State and Purdue – have clinched bowl berths by reaching six victories on the season. The Big Ten will continue to feature the largest bowl lineup in conference history, and the full list of Big Ten postseason destinations can be found on page five.
• Iowa’s Jack Campbell was named a finalist for the 2022 William V. Campbell Trophy on Oct. 26. Now in its 33rd year, the Campbell Trophy is presented annually to the nation’s top football scholar-athlete. The finalists will travel to the 64th NFF Annual Awards Dinner Presented by Las Vegas on Dec. 6, where one member of the class will be declared as the winner of the 33rd Campbell Trophy and have his postgraduate scholarship increased to $25,000. The full list of Big Ten postseason awards candidates can be found on page three.
• Seven Big Ten Conference programs appear in the top 25 of the latest NCAA attendance rankings, including the nation’s top three schools: No. 1 Michigan (110,220 fans per game), No. 2 Penn State (107,749), No. 3 Ohio State (104,359), No. 11 Nebraska (86,732), No. 17 Wisconsin (73,898), No. 20 Michigan State (71,199) and No. 21 Iowa (69,250). Additionally, Big Ten teams own 14 of the top 15 single-game attendance highs this season, including the top 11 spots. Week-by-week attendance details can be found on page five.
• The 2022 Big Ten Football Championship Game will be played at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, Dec. 3, at Indianapolis’ Lucas Oil Stadium and will be televised nationally on FOX. The winner will earn the Amos Alonzo Stagg Championship Trophy and a chance to play in one of the six bowls that comprise the College Football Playoff, including the Rose Bowl Game.
• This season’s Playoff Semifinals will take place Saturday, December 31, 2022, at the Vrbo Fiesta Bowl and Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl. The Los Angeles region will host the College Football Playoff National Championship on Monday, January 9, 2023, at SoFi Stadium. The College Football Playoff matches the No. 1 ranked team vs. No. 4, and No. 2 vs. No. 3 in semifinal games that rotate annually among six bowl games – the Goodyear Cotton Bowl, Vrbo Fiesta Bowl, Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, Capital One Orange Bowl, Allstate Sugar Bowl and Rose Bowl Game.
BIG TEN CONFERENCE RECEIVES FOUR BIDS TO 2022 NCAA MEN’S SOCCER TOURNAMENT
ROSEMONT, Ill. – The Big Ten Conference will have four schools participating in the 2022 NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer Tournament. On Monday afternoon, the NCAA announced that Indiana, Maryland, Ohio State and Rutgers earned berths into the 48-team tournament, which is slated to begin on Thursday, Nov. 17 at campus sites around the country. The NCAA champion will be crowned at the NCAA Men’s College Cup on Dec. 12 at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina.
With Monday’s announcement, the Big Ten has now had at least three of its current programs advance to the NCAA Tournament for 12 consecutive seasons. Conference schools have also made 24 College Cup appearances, claiming 12 championships.
Indiana (10-4-6) will make its 47th NCAA Tournament appearance, including 36 in a row. The No. 13 seeded Hoosiers earned a bye into the second round and will face the winner of Thursday’s first-round match-up between St. Louis and Memphis on Sunday, Nov. 20 at Bill Armstrong Stadium in Bloomington, Indiana.
Big Ten regular season champion Maryland (10-3-5) will play host to Farleigh Dickinson in Thursday’s first round. The Terrapins’ 40th NCAA Tournament appearance will begin in the comfy confines of Ludwig Field in College Park, Maryland, where the Terrapins went 6-3-3 this season. A first-round victory would send Maryland to a second-round meeting at No. 14 seed Cornell.
Ohio State (10-3-5) will make its first trip to the NCAA Tournament since 2015, when it advanced to the second round. The Buckeyes’ 11th tournament appearance will begin in Winston-Salem, North Carolina where they will face ACC Tournament semifinalist Wake Forest. Thursday’s victor will remain in North Carolina to face No. 12 seed UNC-Greensboro in Sunday’s second round.
Fresh off its first Big Ten Tournament championship, Rutgers (10-4-6) will return to the NCAA Tournament for the 18th time and first since a second-round appearance in 2015. The Scarlet Knights hope to carry their momentum from Sunday’s championship match to Philadelphia, as they will visit Penn in the opening round. With a win, Rutgers would travel to upstate New York to visit ACC champion No. 3 seed Syracuse.
Television coverage for NCAA Tournament matches prior to the semifinals will be announced at a later date. The NCAA College Cup semifinals and national championship match will be televised live on ESPNU.
OHIO STATE AND PENN STATE CAPTURE BIG TEN WEEKLY VOLLEYBALL AWARDS
Player of the Week
Emily Londot, Ohio State
Jr. – OPP – Utica, Ohio – Utica – Major: Sport Industry
• Sparked No. 6 Ohio State to four-set wins at No. 15 Purdue and at home against No. 4 Nebraska last week, averaging 5.75 points, 5.25 kills, 4.00 digs and 1.00 blocks per set with a .360 hitting percentage and two double-doubles
• Collected 23 kills (one off her career high), a career-best 21 digs, four blocks and hit .353 in Sunday’s win over the fourth-ranked Cornhuskers, the Buckeyes’ third victory over a top-five opponent this season
• Added 19 kills, 11 digs and four blocks while hitting .368 in the Nov. 10 win at 15th-ranked Purdue
• Garnered Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and Academic All-Big Ten status last year
• Captured her fifth career Player of the Week citation and third this season
• Last Ohio State Player of the Week: Emily Londot (Sept. 12, 2022)
Defensive Player of the Week
Kylie Murr, Ohio State
Sr. – DS – Yorktown, Ind. – Yorktown – Graduate Program: Kinesiology
• Anchored the defensive unit for No. 6 Ohio State last week, averaging 5.63 digs per set as the Buckeyes downed No. 15 Purdue and No. 4 Nebraska
• Tied her season high and shared match-high honors with 24 digs in Sunday’s win over fourth-ranked Nebraska
• Contributed a match-best 21 digs in Ohio State’s victory at No. 15 Purdue on Nov. 10
• A two-time Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and Academic All-Big Ten recipient (2020, 2021)
• Earns her fifth career Defensive Player of the Week honor and second this season
• Last Ohio State Defensive Player of the Week: Kylie Murr (Oct. 24, 2022)
Setter of the Week
Mac Podraza, Ohio State
Sr. – Sunbury, Ohio – Big Walnut – Graduate Program: Sport Management
• Directed sixth-ranked Ohio State to conference wins over No. 15 Purdue and No. 4 Nebraska last week, averaging 13.38 assists and 2.38 digs per set
• Posted a double-double in Sunday’s victory over the fourth-ranked Cornhuskers, finishing with 55 assists and 11 digs
• Tallied 52 assists and eight digs, while adding four kills for Ohio State in its Nov. 10 win at No. 15 Purdue
• Twice chosen for Academic-All-Big Ten recognition (2020, 2021)
• Receives her 12th career Setter of the Week selection (fourth-most in Big Ten history), and her fifth this season (tied for third-most in conference history)
• Last Ohio State Setter of the Week: Mac Podraza (Oct. 31, 2022)
Freshman of the Week
Alexa Markley, Penn State
OH – Peachtree City, Ga. – McIntosh – Major: Undeclared
• Averaged 3.50 points, 3.00 kills and 0.71 blocks per set last week as No. 16 Penn State picked up a pair of key conference road wins at Indiana and No. 15 Purdue
• Registered 13 kills and two blocks in the Nittany Lions’ nationally televised victory at Purdue on Nov. 12
• Garners her first career Freshman of the Week award
• Last Penn State Freshman of the Week: Jonni Parker (Nov. 19, 2018)
MICHIGAN SWEEPS WEEKLY MEN’S BASKETBALL ACCOLADES
Player of the Week
Hunter Dickinson, Michigan
C – Jr. – 7-1 – Alexandria, Va. – DeMatha Catholic
- Averaged 26.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, and 1.5 blocked shots in Michigan’s two wins last week
- Shot 9-for-11 from the field, scoring 22 points, and grabbed 12 rebounds in a 75-56 victory over Purdue Fort Wayne
- Became the 57th player in program history to record 1,000 career points in Monday’s win
- Recorded 31 points on 13-for-17 shooting to lead the Wolverines to an 88-83 come-from-behind win over Eastern Michigan
- Earns the second Player of the Week accolade of his career
- Last Michigan Player of the Week: Hunter Dickinson (Jan. 24, 2022)
Freshman of the Week
Jett Howard, Michigan
G – 6-8 – Miami, Fla. – IMG Academy
- Averaged 15.0 points, 2.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 1.0 steals, and 1.5 blocked shots in a pair of Michigan victories.
- Recorded 21 points on 8-15 shooting with five made three-pointers and a team-high five assists in a 75-56 win over Purdue Fort Wayne
- Went 10-for-23 from the floor, including 7-for-17 from three-point range, in wins over Purdue Fort Wayne and Eastern Michigan
- Earns his first career Freshman of the Week honor
- Last Michigan Freshman of the Week: Caleb Houstan (Jan. 24, 2022)
IOWA AND MINNESOTA EARN BIG TEN WEEKLY WOMEN’S BASKETBALL AWARDS
Player of the Week
Monika Czinano, Iowa
5th-Yr. – C/F – Watertown, Minn. – Watertown-Mayer – Major: Biology
• Averaged 23.0 points and 7.3 rebounds per game with a .692 field-goal percentage last week as No. 4/6 Iowa tipped off the 2022-23 season with three victories in as many outings
• Posted her seventh career double-double in Sunday’s overtime win at in-state rival Drake, collecting a game-high 36 points (14-21 FG) and 11 rebounds
• Added 23 points (10-14 FG) and seven rebounds in just 19 minutes of the Hawkeyes’ Nov. 10 win over Evansville, helping Iowa score a school-record 115 points in the victory
• A three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection (2020, 2021, 2022)
• Earns her second career Big Ten Player of the Week award
• Last Iowa Player of the Week: Caitlin Clark (Feb. 28, 2022)
Big Ten Women’s Basketball Weekly Honor Roll
Laila Phelia, So., G, MICH: Averaged 20.5 points and 4.5 rebounds per game in No. 25/23 Michigan’s wins over Delaware State and Saint Francis (Pa.) last week, making 17-of-21 shots from the field, including 7-of-9 from three-point range
Rebeka Mikulášiková, Sr., F, OSU: Played key role for No. 14/15 Buckeyes in two wins last week, logging 20.0 points and 9.5 rebounds per game, including 17 points on Nov. 8 in a victory over No. 5/4 Tennessee and a career-high 23 points and 10 rebounds in Sunday’s win at Boston College
Makenna Marisa, Sr., G, PSU: Registered 19.0 points, 7.5 rebounds and 7.0 assists per game with two double-doubles last week in the Lady Lions’ two victories over reigning conference champions (MEAC – Norfolk State and MAAC – Fairfield)
Freshman of the Week
Mara Braun, Minnesota
G – Wayzata, Minn. – Wayzata – Intended Major: Psychology
• Averaged 27.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 4.0 steals per game last week to help Minnesota open its season with victories over Western Illinois and Lehigh
• Scored a game-high 34 points in Sunday’s win over Lehigh, including the game-winning three-pointer at the buzzer, the first last-second winning shot by a Golden Gopher since Feb. 24, 2016 (Carlie Wagner in overtime vs. Ohio State)
• Her 34 points were also the second-most ever scored by a Minnesota freshman and most since 1983
• Collects her first Big Ten Freshman of the Week award
• Last Minnesota Freshman of the Week: Alanna Micheaux (Dec. 6, 2021)
****MAC SPORTS REPORT****
WESTERN MICHIGAN, AKRON EARN BIDS TO NCAA MEN’S SOCCER TOURNAMENT
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — The MAC Champion Western Michigan Broncos and Akron Zips have earned bids to the 2022 NCAA Men’s Soccer Championship.
Akron learned their draw for the 2022 NCAA Men’s Soccer Championship on Monday, Nov. 14, and the Zips (11-3-5) earned the No. 16 national seed and will host the winner of the Pittsburgh (8-4-5)/Cleveland State (11-3-5) match in second-round action on Sunday, Nov. 20, at 1 p.m. at FirstEnergy Stadium.
In the other half of the Zips’ draw, No. 1 Kentucky (14-0-5) awaits the winner of Thursday’s Hofstra (14-3-3)/South Florida (8-6-4) tilt on Sunday, Nov. 20.
Also seeded in the Zips’ region are No. 8 Oregon State (7-3-6) and No. 9 Lipscomb (14-2-2). The remaining top-four overall national seeds went to No. 2 Washington (15-1-3), No. 3 Syracuse (14-2-4) and No. 4 Virginia (10-4-4).
The Broncos (14-2-2-) will square off against Louisville (9-5-3) on Thursday, November 17th at 7 p.m. ET in the first round of the NCAA Men’s Soccer Tournament. WMU is coming off of the second Mid-American Conference championship in program history, and first since the 2003 season.
Should they advance, Western Michigan will face off against the No. 9 seed Lipscomb Bison on November 20. In addition to Lipscomb, the Broncos share the region with the No. 8 Oregon Beavers, who will take on the winner of Portland and UC Riverside, also on November 20.
The 2022 College Cup will be played at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C., on Dec. 9 and 12.
MAC ANNOUNCES WEEK 12 VOLLEYBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
West Division Offensive Player of the Week
Mallory Hernandez, Outside Hitter, Central Michigan
This weekend there was no stopping Mallory Hernandez in her final regular season game in McGuirk Arena. The Graduate Student swung for a .372 on the weekend with 46 kills. Hernandez also was a force for the Chippewas on the defensive end as she blocked 9 balls for CMU. Totaling 50.5 points for the Maroon & Gold, Hernandez continues to be a force of consistency as CMU heads into post season with the upmost confidence in their outside hitter who ranks third in the MAC with 3.45 kills/set.
West Division Defensive Player of the Week
Aly Gurtiza, Libero, Central Michigan
Aly Gurtiza centered the Central Michigan defense in a weekend that was as crucial as they get. The sophomore tallied 60 digs on the weekend (6/set) and 73 total receptions. The libero was a threat at the service line for the Chippewas as she notched 3 service aces, one of which was the 14th point in set 5 of the second day. Gurtiza also assisted on 10 balls in the rivalry weekend sweep.
West Division Setter of the Week
Claire Ammeraal, Setter, Central Michigan
Freshmen Claire Ammeraal was key in the Chippewas weekend sweep over rival Western Michigan. Ammeraal recorded her third triple double of the season in the Friday night battle with the Broncos (10 kills, 45 assists & 13 digs). On the weekend, the setter recorded 96 assists and aided in the Chippewas swinging a .238 on the weekend. Alongside the assists, Ammeraal totaled 27 digs, 18 kills & 24.5 points for CMU. Heading into post season, Ammeraal is firing on all cylinders.
East Division Offensive Player of the Week
Lauryn Hovey, Outside Hitter, Bowling Green
Bowling Green freshman Lauryn Hovey paced the Falcons’ attack as BGSU took two from the Buffalo Bulls. In Friday’s (Nov. 11) five-setter, Hovey landed a team-high 17 kills on 31 attacks with just three errors for an impressive .452 attack percentage. She added three aces in the match as well as six assists, three digs and two block assists. As for Saturday (Nov. 12), Hovey registered nine kills over the three sets, tying for the team-lead. She also produced seven assists, five digs, two block assists and an ace in the MAC East-clinching win.
East Division Defensive Player of the Week
Yelianiz Torres, Libero, Bowling Green
Bowling Green senior libero Yelianiz Torres led the back line for the Falcons against Buffalo. Torres began the weekend by matching her career-high, and setting a new season-high, with 36 digs over the five-set match Friday (Nov. 11). She added an ace and an assist to her stat line as well. As for Saturday (Nov. 12), Torres tallied 12 digs and three assists in the three-set sweep to clinch the MAC East.
East Division Setter of the Week
Jaden Walz/Hannah Laube/Lauryn Hovey, Setters, Bowling Green
Bowling Green utilized a team of three setters over the weekend against Buffalo. In Friday’s match (Nov. 11), the Falcons were led by Jaden Walz who put up a season-high 32 assists. Hanna Laube was close behind with 15 while Lauryn Hovey contributed six. Hovey also led the tam in kills with 17. As for Saturday (Nov. 12), the Falcons were again led by Walz, this time with 20 kills and seven digs. Laube and Hovey each logged seven while Hovey added nine kills and five digs.
MAC ANNOUNCES WEEK 11 FOOTBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
MAC East Division Offensive Player of the Week
Collin Schlee, Kent State, QB
Jr., Ijamsville, MD
Schlee had a strong game, leading the Flashes to a key MACtion win over Bowling Green. Schlee tossed a trio of TD passes and kept the Falcons’ defense guessing, running the RPO game to perfection, adding a rushing touchdown as well.
MAC East Division Defensive Player of the Week
Marvin Pierre, Kent State, LB
Grad, Rahway, N.J.
Pierre helped to lead a defense that held BG to 0-6 on fourth down and under two yards per rush. Pierre had nine tackles, a sack, a qb hurry that led to an interception and capped off the impressive day with a 33-yard pick six to put the exclamation point on the MACtion win.
MAC East Division Special Teams Player of the Week
Alex McNulty, Buffalo, Kicker
Senior, Caledonia, NY (McQuaid Jesuit)
Alex McNulty made all five of his kicks against Central Michigan, including two field goals and three extra points. He made a 42-yard field goal just before the half and then connected on a season-best 54-yard field goal to give the Bulls a 27-24 lead in the fourth quarter. His 54-yarder was one yard shy of his own school record. It brought his season total to 18 made field goals, a program record for a single season.
MAC West Division Offensive Player of the Week
Bert Emanuel, Jr., Central Michigan, QB
Freshman, Houston, Texas
Quarterback Bert Emanuel rushed for 293 yards and three touchdowns on 24 carries for a 12.2 yards per carry average. The 293 yards rank as the fourth most rushing yards in a single game in school history and set a school-record for most single-game rushing yards by a quarterback in school history. The last time a Chippewa player rushed for 200 or more yards was Lew Nichols (219 yards) at Ball State on Nov. 17, 2021. Emanuel became the first player in college football this year to notch two runs of 75 yards or more. He registered the longest run of his career, a 75-yard touchdown run up the middle on the first play of the second half, then he backed that up with an 87-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter. The scores marked Emanuel’s first and second career touchdown runs and were both Central Michigan’s longest runs and offensive plays of the year. Emanuel scored a career-high three touchdowns on the day with runs of 75, 87 and the game-winning touchdown, a 1-yard run with 7:29 to play. The last time a player scored three touchdowns in a game was Lew Nichols at Ball State on Nov. 17, 2021. With Emanuel’s 293-yard day, Central Michigan has now had a quarterback rush for over 100 yards in consecutive games (Jace Bauer, 109, vs. Bowling Green; Jace Bauer, 109 yards at Northern Illinois, and Emanuel, 293 yards vs. Buffalo).
MAC West Division Defensive Player of the Week
Thomas Incoom, Central Michigan, DL
Senior, Stone Mountain, Ga./Valdosta State/Stone Mountain H.S.
Senior defensive lineman Thomas Incoom made a career-high 13 tackles (10 solo). He notched 1.0 sack and 3.0 tackles for loss with a quarterback hurry. He now has 9.5 sacks and 16.5 tackles for loss on the year. He entered the game ranked No. 4 nationally in sacks and No. 9 nationally in tackles for loss.
MAC West Division Special Teams Player of the Week
Mitchell Tomasek, Eastern Michigan, Punter
Sophomore, Columbus, Ohio-Worthington Kilbourne
Mitchell Tomasek, the MAC leader in punting, continued his impressive season with a four-punt night at Akron, Nov. 8. He averaged 45.0 yards per punt against the Zips, and notched a long of 52 yards. Additionally, he was able to pin the ball inside the Akron 20-yard line on one occasion.
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HOLMES, MOORE MCNEIL LEAD NO. 12 HOOSIERS PAST NO. 11 TENNESSEE
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Junior guard Chloe Moore McNeil posted a new career-high 15 points and five players were in double figures including a pair of double-doubles as No. 12 Indiana defeated No. 11 Tennessee on Monday night inside Thompson-Boling Arena.
Graduate student guard Grace Berger put the Hoosiers (3-0) on top first with a pair of buckets as they put on the gas midway through the first frame with a bucket off the inbound from freshman guard Yarden Garzon which sparked an 10-0 run for the Hoosiers.
Junior guard Sydney Parrish stopped and popped from long range and Holmes finished in transition to take a 16-0 lead with 3:33 to play. An 11-0 run propelled them to a 22-14 lead after the first.
Indiana led by as many as 13 in the second quarter, as senior guard Sara Scalia connected on the triple in transition at the 7:48 mark. Fighting off a run by the Lady Vols (1-2), Scalia hit again from the arc while Parrish and Holmes finished things off to give IU the 40-29 lead at the break. Tennessee cuts the lead to single digits on back-to-back 3-pointers but a nice find by Garzon to Holmes for a pair in the paint pushed IU’s lead back to 10, 52-42 at the media timeout.
They would go on to lead by six to end the third quarter as it
Shooting 61.5 percent in the fourth quarter, Indiana used eight points from Holmes and six from Moore McNeil to fend off a Lady Vol comeback attempt. With 7:05 to play in the game, the lead was trimmed down to just four.
IU would starve off attempts including a transition opportunity by Moore McNeil at the rim and Scalia’s floater with 4:02 remaining gave her team back a double-digit margin they would keep for good.
Indiana was highlighted by a pair of double-doubles from Berger and Holmes, who record double-doubles on the same night for the second-straight season as Holmes and alum Aleksa Gulbe did it against Maryland on Jan. 2, 2022.
Holmes led the way with 16 points and 10 rebounds and joined by senior guard Sara Scalia who also poured in 16 points.
Berger added her seventh career double-double with 13 points, 10 rebounds and added six assists and two steals.
Moore McNeil, playing her first college game in her home state, scored a career-high 15 points and connected on three 3-pointers while adding five assists, three steals and a block.
Parrish added 13 points off the bench in the win, also dishing out five assists and four rebounds along with a pair of steals.
This is the first win in the series with the Lady Vols, dropping its last two previous meetings in 1987 and 2020.
Indiana scored 21 points in transition and went. 83.3 percent from the free throw line (15-for-18).
The season begins with a 3-0 start for the sixth time out of the last seven seasons and seven times overall under ninth year head coach Teri Moren.
Indiana head coach Teri Moren
“I can’t even tell you of how proud I am of our group tonight. The stat sheet has things that just jump out at you in the 21 assists, 10 turnovers. We had three kids who took charges tonight, Sydney Parrish having two, Chloe Moore McNeil having one and Yarden Garzon having one. We knew that we it was going to be a tale of two really good teams going at it. We are on the road, so we expected the hostile environment that was here tonight. Really, really happy with how we handled ourselves, how we shared the ball and how we answered the call when it felt like Tennessee started making a run. We came back with a run out. I thought our activity and our gaps were extra special tonight. It made it really difficult. We tried to clog in our gaps and try to make it harder for them. We wanted (Rickea) Jackson to be a jump shooter tonight. We didn’t do a great job on some of their shooters as well as we wanted to, but at the end of the night we did enough. The rebounding was going to be the key tonight. We outrebounded them by two. I don’t care if that is one or two, we outrebounded Tennessee and that was the most important key to the game tonight.”
Indiana returns to Bloomington to host Bowling Green on Thursday night. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. ET in Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.
INDIANA FOOTBALL: GAME NOTES: AT MICHIGAN STATE
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – A battle for the Old Brass Spittoon will commence at Noon ET on Saturday (Nov. 19) when the Indiana football program travels to Spartan Stadium to take on Michigan State on the Big Ten Network.
INDIANA (3-7, 1-6 Big Ten) at MICHIGAN STATE (5-5, 3-4 B1G)
Saturday, Nov. 19 | Noon ET
TV: Big Ten Network | RADIO: Indiana Hoosiers Sports Network
Setting the Scene
• Indiana (3-7, 1-6 B1G) will travel to Spartan Stadium to take on Michigan State (5-5, 3-4 B1G) at Noon on Saturday, November 19 in the 69th meeting between the two programs and the 65th meeting for the Old Brass Spittoon.
• The number 24 is a recent trend for the Hoosiers against the Spartans, as it has been the winning score for IU in its last two wins over MSU. A 24-0 victory at Spartan Stadium in 2020 was the first shutout in the series since 1993 and IU won 24-21 in overtime during the 2016 campaign.
By The Numbers
11 – With an interception against Penn State, Tiawan Mullen logged his 11th career takeaway to grab the team lead in that category.
26 – Of Tom Allen’s 68 career games as a head coach, 26 of those have been decided by seven or fewer points, including four of nine games in 2022.
43 – Aaron Casey is No. 3 in the Big Ten and ranks No. 33 in the FBS in solo tackles (43). His 80 total tackles are No. 6 in the Big Ten entering Week 12.
4.0 – With 4.0 sacks in 2022, true freshman Dasan McCullough is tied for No. 3 nationally among rookies.
26 – James Evans is the national leader in punts downed inside the 20-yard line in 2022 at 26, and his 22 punts of 50-plus yards lead the Big Ten, as well.
News & Notes
• Indiana has played the hardest schedule by opponents winning percentage through Week 11. The Hoosiers opponents are a combined .683. Ohio State marked the third AP-top 25 opponent for IU in 2022 and the 13th since the start of the 2020 season, most in the Big Ten during that span.
• Cornerback Tiawan Mullen pulled in his second interception of the season against No. 16/16 Penn State and grabbed the team lead in career takeaways with his 11th forced takeaway in four seasons.
• Running back Jaylin Lucas returned the opening kickoff at Rutgers for a touchdown to mark the first IU kickoff return for a score since 2012 and the first return of the opening kickoff for a score since 2009. Lucas also led the FBS in kick return yardage during Week 8 and currently sits No. 14 the FBS in kickoff return average with a Big Ten-best 26.1 yards per return.
• Punter James Evans currently leads the NCAA in punts downed inside the 20-yard line (26) and 10-yard line (12). His 22 punts of 50-plus yards lead the Big Ten, while his 44.9 yards per punt average is on pace to break the school single season record.
• Head coach Tom Allen is on pace to join a select group of coaches in IU history, as he is one victory away from the 30-win mark.
• Place kicker Charles Campbell continues to move up the career field goals made and scoring charts at IU. He sits among the top 10 in field goals made (No. 8; 37) and extra points made (No. 9; 68), and the top 15 in career scoring (No. 14; 179).
• Outside linebacker Dasan McCullough is tied for the lead among all FBS true freshmen in tackles for loss or no gain, and is tied for No. 4 in sacks and defensive stops (solo tackle or sack that led to an offensive failure) per Pro Football Focus.
• For the second straight season, the Indiana special teams units have blocked multiple kicks in a year for special teams coordinator Kasey Teegardin. The two blocked field goals in 2022 mark the seventh and eighth blocked kicks in that span.
INDIANA MEN’S SOCCER EARNS NINTH STRAIGHT NATIONAL SEED
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — The nation’s longest active national seed streak grows.
Indiana men’s soccer earned its ninth straight national seed as the No. 13-seeded program in the 2022 NCAA Tournament on Monday (Nov. 14). The 48-team tournament field was announced on the 2022 NCAA Division I men’s soccer championship selection show.
IU returns to the competition for the 47th time in program history while making its 36th consecutive appearance. Of four Big Ten teams that earned bids into the national tournament, IU is the only national seed.
With the designation, Indiana receives a first-round bye and will host its second-round matchup, against the winner of Saint Louis and Memphis, on Sunday (Nov. 20) at Bill Armstrong Stadium. Kickoff time is TBD.
The Hoosiers played one of the toughest regular season schedules in the country as its first six matches included four ranked opponents and four opponents that made the 2021 NCAA Tournament. IU embraced the challenge, going 4-3-1 against ranked foes. Of its four losses, three were to ranked teams, two came against RPI top-five teams and one in the Big Ten Tournament final.
IU was the only Big Ten program that competed for both the regular season and tournament titles on each of their final days. The Hoosiers were three minutes away from becoming regular season co-champions before an 87th-minute Maryland goal stole the conference crown. Then, IU beat No. 5 seed Penn State and No. 1 seed Maryland on the road to advance to the Big Ten Tournament final for a sixth straight season.
Indiana saw its number of ties rise to its highest mark since 2017, corresponding with a rise in ties around the Big Ten. The conference saw 10 of its 36 matches end in a draw as compared to just three a year ago.
The 2022 championship field consists of 48 teams with the tournament running from Nov. 17 through Dec. 12. The NCAA College Cup, consisting of the national semifinals and finals, will be held in Cary, North Carolina. Indiana has appeared in the College Cup 21 times, winning the national title on eight occasions.
PURDUE READY FOR GAVITT GAMES CONTEST WITH MARQUETTE
GAMEDAY INFO — GAVITT GAMES
Marquette (2-0) vs. Purdue (2-0)
Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022 | 8:30 p.m. ET
West Lafayette, Indiana | Mackey Arena (14,876 / Sold Out)
TELEVISION: FS1 | RADIO: Purdue Sports Network
THE NOTES TO KNOW
• After a defensive-minded 63-44 win over Austin Peay on Friday, Purdue faces a stiff challenge against Marquette in Tuesday’s Gavitt Games.
• The Boilermakers are aiming for their second straight 3-0 start after last year’s team opened the year 8-0 while ascending to the No. 1 national ranking in the AP poll in early December.
• However, Purdue has started 3-0 just one time in the last three seasons (2022). The 2021 team started 2-1, while the 2020 squad went 1-2.
• Purdue has won 16 straight non-conference games at Mackey Arena. The last non-conference home loss came on Nov. 9, 2019, against Texas (70-66). The head coach of that Texas squad was Marquette’s current coach, Shaka Smart. Smart also handed the Boilermakers a setback at Texas in Dec. 2018, and in the 2011 NCAA Tournament as his VCU team made a run to the Final Four that season.
• The final demon to exercise is a loss to Marquette in the last meeting during the 2019 Gavitt Games, a 65-55 setback in Milwaukee.
• The Boilermakers have won nine straight games in the month of November, with its last loss coming Nov. 26, 2020, vs. Clemson (81-70). The average margin of victory in the nine games is 27.6 points per game with seven of the wins coming by at least 19 points.
• Purdue has held its opponents to 36 total points in the first half, while opponents have shot 16-of-57 (.281) from the field. Purdue has outscored its opponents 70-36 in the opening 20 minutes.
• Purdue’s freshman class is averaging 24.5 points (33.3 percent) and 12.0 rebounds per game through the season’s first two games.
• Purdue’s bench is averaging 39.0 points per game, good for 34th nationally. Purdue has seven players averaging at least 5.0 points per game.
• On the national scene, Purdue ranks 7th in 3-point percentage defense (.163), 12th in rebound margin (+19.0), 15th in scoring defense (48.5), 24th in blocked shots (6.5), 28th in free throw percentage (.795) and 38th in field goal percentage defense (.336).
• Individually in the national rankings, Zach Edey is 1st in double-doubles (2) and offensive rebounds per game (7.0), 4th in rebounds per game (14.0) and 11th in blocks per game (3.5). Braden Smith is 23rd in steals per game (3.5) and Fletcher Loyer is 34th in assist / turnover ratio (6.00).
• Zach Edey became the first Big Ten player since JaJuan Johnson in Feb. 2011, to have at least 12 points, 17 rebounds and 6 blocks in a game when he did so against Milwaukee. He then posted the Big Ten’s first 30-10 game of the season in the win over Austin Peay.
• Purdue has won 40 straight games when scoring 80 or more points (last loss: Dec. 15, 2018, vs. Notre Dame, 88-80).
• Purdue is 139-15 when winning both the turnover and rebound battles. Purdue was +10 in turnovers and +18 in rebounding vs. Milwaukee.
• Matt Painter needs 14 overall victories to become the fifth coach in Big Ten history with 400 victories while at a conference school (Bob Knight, Tom Izzo, Gene Keady, Lou Henson).
• With the sellout against Austin Peay, Purdue has had a home sellout in 43 consecutive games. The last non-sellout came Jan. 3, 2019, vs. Iowa. Just two more games on the schedule have tickets remaining (New Orleans on Dec. 21; Florida A&M on Dec. 29).
• The Boilermakers own an 1,886 – 1,054 all-time record (.641), ranking tied for 11th with Arizona on the all-time NCAA basketball wins list. The 64.1 winning percentage is tied for 14th all-time.
• Purdue is in search of its 25th Big Ten Championship, having won two of the last six regular-season titles (2017, 2019). The Boilermakers are the all-time leader in Big Ten regular-season championships, two ahead of rival Indiana (22).
• Purdue has made seven straight NCAA Tournament appearances, the sixth-longest streak in the country. Purdue has accounted for four of the Big Ten’s 11 Sweet 16 apperances since the 2016-17 season.
• Purdue has 10 players this season standing at least 6-6, the most in school history. Purdue’s average height of its scholarship players is 6-7 1/4.
BUTLERMBB FALLS AT PENN STATE, 68-62, IN GAVITT GAMES MONDAY NIGHT
Host Penn State used a 20-6 second-half run and held off a late Butler rally to take a 68-62 win over Butler Monday night at the Bryce Jordan Center in State College. The game was part of the annual Gavitt Games series, matching up teams from the BIG EAST and Big Ten.
Butler falls to 1-1 on the season, while Penn State improves to 3-0.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE:
Butler took a 39-38 lead with 14:35 remaining in the second half, which was Butler’s first lead since 4-3.
The teams traded baskets before a Simas Lukosius three-pointer gave Butler a 42-40 advantage with 13:55 to play. Penn State would then score 20 of the next 26 points to take a 62-46 lead with eight minutes later.
Butler would cut the lead back to four with 28 seconds remaining, but never got closer down the stretch.
Manny Bates posted 16 points and 10 rebounds Monday night, his second consecutive double-double to start the season following up his Butler debut a week ago when he had a career-high 25 points and 11 boards.
Bates led four Bulldogs in double-figures as he was joined by Jayden Taylor (14), Lukosius (13) and Chuck Harris (11).
The Bulldogs shot only 34 percent from the field, including 5-for-23 from three-point range. Penn State countered with 10 three-pointers on 24 attempts.
Penn State’s Jalen Pickett had a triple-double with 15 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds; he led five Nittany Lions in double figures.
Butler had only five turnovers; Penn State had 11.
Penn State shot 46 percent for the game and 54 percent in the second half.
The Bulldogs were without Myles Wilmoth, Jalen Thomas, and Ali Ali against New Orleans due to various injuries. After missing both exhibitions, John-Michael Mulloy was available against New Orleans but did not play.
Butler is now 2-3 in the Gavitt Games.
Butler and Penn State had not played since the 1991-92 season until tonight’s game. The series is now tied 2-2.
Penn State head coach Micah Shrewsberry served on Brad Stevens’ staff at Butler for four seasons (as the director of operations in 2007-08, followed by three seasons as an assistant coach). Shrewsberry was part of the staff for both of Butler’s national championship game teams. Mike Green, Penn State’s Director of Player Development, earned 2007-08 Horizon League Player of the Year honors while starring for Butler.
Monday’s game was Project 44 Night at Penn State. Launched in 2016, Project 44 was created in honor of the late Andrew Smith. Wearing the No. 44, Andrew was a beloved, standout member of Butler two NCAA Final Four basketball teams. On January 12, 2016, at the age of 25, Andrew passed away following a two-year battle with cancer. Committed to carrying out Andrew’s selfless work, Project 44’s goal is to save lives by encouraging individuals to join the bone marrow registry in hopes of being a match for someone looking for a donor.
UP NEXT: The Bulldogs return to Hinkle Fieldhouse for a pair of games later this week, hosting Saint Francis Thursday and The Citadel Saturday.
BUTLERUBASEBALL BRINGS IN 10 RECRUITS FOR THE 2024 SEASON
INDIANAPOLIS – Butler baseball head coach Blake Beemer added 10 student-athletes to the program to help bolster the 2024 roster. The recruiting class includes four infielders, three pitchers, two outfielders and a catcher.
“We are excited to have these outstanding student-athletes join the Butler baseball family,” Beemer explained. “These individuals understand the change and vision we have for the program. My hat is off to Bladen Bales and Ross Learnard on landing such a great class.”
Adam Galdoni, Brett Sherrard, David Ayers, Drew Charney, Jace Eslinger, Kade Lewis, Ryan Drumm, Simon Linde, Tommy Townsend and Devin Malvasio all signed a national letter of intent last week to officially become Bulldogs.
Carmel Catholic High School
BU on Adam Galdoni…
Galdoni is a strong, prototypical power arm. In addition to having a bright future on the mound, he has bat-speed and power potential that could help the middle of our order in the future. Our hope is to have him fill the shoes of his brother Lukas, not only on the diamond, but also as one of the leaders of our program.
Bloomfield High School
BU on Brett Sherrard…
Sherrard is a left-handed hitter that can pitch or play the infield for Butler. He has a clean swing and a high baseball IQ. We think Sherrard has a chance to hit for a high average because he thinks about the game from both a pitcher and hitter’s point of view.
Cathedral High School
BU on David Ayers…
Ayers is one of the most athletic guys I’ve had the pleasure of recruiting. He’s a left-handed hitter with the ability to cover ground on the infield with his great length. We see him as a true competitor that will be able to stay up the middle for us.
Hopkins High School
BU on Drew Charney…
Charney has some of the best, raw bat speed in this class. He rips off aggressive swings regularly and should drive the ball all over the field. He is going to see time behind the plate as well as in the outfield. His versatility is vital to our program.
Cheyenne Mountain High School
BU on Jace Eslinger…
Eslinger is extremely athletic and plays the game in a tough, old school way. We see Jace as an absolute worker, who can play all over the field. At the plate, Eslinger will have a chance to hit for average and power by the time it’s all said and done.
Sartell High School
BU on Kade Lewis…
Lewis is a left-handed hitter that we think could develop into a true college power hitter. He has feel for the barrel as well as the strike zone and already has present strength. Another multi-sport guy, his experience as a football player will hopefully provide the toughness for him to play the hot corner in college.
Edgewood High School
BU on Ryan Drumm…
Drumm is a true speedster. He has the ability to be a leadoff hitter who can steal multiple bases if the opportunity presents itself. Ryan’s speed should lend a hand to him developing as an above average defensive outfielder. We look forward to seeing him develop his approach to be a top of the order guy in our program.
Liberty High School
BU on Simon Linde…
Linde is a right-hander who shows the true makings of having three competitive pitches. He has run his fastball into the low 90’s, and has a breaking ball that we think can be a difference maker. With added strength, Linde could become a durable arm for us in his time at Butler.
Sycamore High School
BU on Tommy Townsend…
Townsend has the build and tools that are intriguing for any program. His left-handed swing projects to have more power as he continues to add strength. Tommy runs extremely well for his 6-4 frame. He will have a chance to be a middle of the order bat if he can refine his approach and get comfortable with college pitchers.
St. Joseph by the Sea
BU on Devin Malvasio…
Malvasio is a bulldog competitor. He’s an arm that we expect to come in and compete for innings early. Devin has a good frame, and command of multiple pitches. We are excited to see him continue to develop his secondary pitches, but think that there are makings to be a very successful college pitcher.
OSTEN COLLECTS A DOUBLE-DOUBLE IN ROAD LOSS AT CHICAGO STATE
CHICAGO – Graduate transfer Chris Osten notched a career-high 15 points and 12 boards and Jlynn Counter scored a team-high 17 points, but the IUPUI basketball team dropped a 68-58 decision on the road at Chicago State on Monday night (Nov. 14). Elijah Weaver led Chicago State (1-2) with 15 points and Jahsean Corbett and Kedrick Green added 12 apiece in the win.
Chicago State shot 61 percent from the floor and connected on 7-of-11 threes in the second half to race past the Jaguars for the win. IUPUI shot just 38 percent for the game and was just 3-of-12 from three-point range with all three treys coming from Vincent Brady II.
IUPUI (0-3) led 36-34 with 12:58 to play when Jonah Carrasco putback a Daylan Hamilton miss, but CSU responded with an 8-0 run, powered by two Weaver threes. The Vikings lead later grew to 48-39 when Green splashed a three in front of his own bench with 9:22 left and IUPUI never got closer than two possessions.
Counter pulled the Jags within four with 7:45 left when he scored on a runner, but Bryce Johnson retaliated with an open three 11 seconds later. The Jags crept within four again with 5:07 left when Osten putback a miss, but IUPUI proceeded to miss its next eight field goal attempts as the hosts seized control. By the time Brady drilled a wing three, CSU had built a nine-point lead with under a minute to play.
Osten scored IUPUI’s first nine points of the game, making his first four field goal attempts, to stake the Jaguars to an early 9-4 lead. The Jaguars led for much of the first half and took a 26-24 lead to intermission as Counter scored on a floater as time expired.
And while IUPUI cured its turnover woes for a night, depth was an issue as Bryce Monroe missed his third straight game to start the season and the Jags were also without freshman DJ Jackson.
Brady finished with nine points and Amhad Jarrard closed with eight points before fouling out. Carrasco tallied five off the IUPUI bench.
IUPUI will return to Indianapolis and host Franklin College in its home opener on Saturday (Nov. 19) inside Indiana Farmers Coliseum. Tickets are available online by clicking here and Saturday’s game will be Military Appreciation Day and IUPUI Faculty/Staff Appreciation Day at the Coliseum.
CARDINALS HOST BOBCATS FOR HOME FINALE, SENIOR NIGHT
MUNCIE, Ind. – A lot is on the line Tuesday night at Scheumann Stadium when Ball State and Ohio meet for the 27th time in series history for a 7 p.m. ET kick.
The Cardinals are aiming to become bowl-eligible and make an appearance in a bowl game for the third consecutive season, something has never been done before in program history. Meanwhile, the Bobcats are aiming to stay atop the East Division standings as they look to make it to Detroit for the Mid-American Conference Championship game.
Tuesday night also marks the final time that Ball State’s seniors will suit up at home.
“We’ve got a great group of seniors that will be taking the field for the last time here at Scheumann Stadium,” head coach Mick Neu said. “”Just like every class that I’ve been fortunate enough to coach here at Ball State over the last seven years, it’s special. I love them. I have so much respect for the time, energy and commitment that they put in from the time they arrive here as freshmen until they leave the field for the last time. This is a group of guys that are so high character and have given everything that they have to our program.
“To be sitting in the position we’re in and have a great finish to our season and become bowl-eligible for the third straight season – the first time that would happen in program history – there’s a lot of stuff on the table that has yet to be painted in this picture. I love this group of guys and appreciate everything that they’ve given and sacrificed to help Ball State be the best that it can be.”
Behind the leadership of the seniors, Ball State has won 13 games in conference play since 2020, good for second-most in the MAC behind Toledo (14). The Cardinals sit in front of Kent State (12), Central Michigan (12) and Buffalo (11) in terms of league wins over the last two-plus seasons in the always-competitive MAC.
With both Ball State and Ohio playing last Tuesday, the two teams will enter with the same amount of days between games, something that isn’t always the case, especially during midweek #MACtion. Since 2020, the Cardinals are 14-8 when they get the same amount of rest as their opponent, which is tops in the league with a 63.8 winning percentage. Buffalo is next on the list at 13-8, followed by Eastern Michigan at 12-10.
The game will be broadcast on the airwaves with Voice of the Cardinals Mick Tidrow, Haven Fields and Jack McMullen on the Ball State Gainbridge Radio Network, WLBC and SiriusXM 984. The game will be televised on ESPN2 with Chris Cotter, Dustin Fox and Taylor Davis describing the action.
Inside the Series: Ohio
Ball State and Ohio are set to face off for the 27th time in series history Tuesday night at Scheumann Stadium. The Bobcats have won six of the last eight meetings since 1999, including each of the last three duels.
The Cardinals are 8-4 when welcoming Ohio to Muncie all-time. In addition, Ball State is 6-2 against Ohio when the two teams meet in November.
Coach Neu on Ohio…
“It’s a great opportunity. We’ve got a very, very good Ohio football team that is coming in here. Coach (Tim) Albin has done a great job there in his second year. They’re in the top spot in the MAC East at 5-1, so there’s a lot at stake for them. There’s also a lot at stake for us. Give them credit, they’re the hottest team in the conference right now having won five straight games. When you turn the tape on, you see the consistency that they play with week in and week out. They’re a good football team.”
The Race to 30
Since 2015, midweek #MACtion has had a good indicator in determining a winner. Over the last seven-plus years, the first team to score 30 points is 96-4 in league games played between Tuesday-Thursday, good for a 96.0 win percentage.
In that span, there have only been 29 games (out of 129) that a winner has not scored at least 30 points.
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL OPENS HOME PLAY WITH 100+ WIN OVER IU EAST
MUNCIE, Ind. – In front of 4,067 screaming fans on the sixth-annual Ball State Women’s Basketball Field Trip Day, the Cardinals opened home action with a 105-51 win over IU East Monday afternoon in Worthen Arena.
Ball State (1-1) set the tone early against the Red Wolves (0-7) outscoring IU East 26-16 in the first quarter and then 32-7 in the second frame. The first half was capped off by a last second steal and fast break layup from sophomore Ally Becki.
The Cardinals were unstoppable in the paint today outscoring the Red Wolves 74-26. Ball State also made 45 field goals, which is just two shy of the program’s Worthen Arena record.
All this offense was made possible by five Cardinals who reached double-digit scoring on the day, led by redshirt senior Anna Clephane’s 22-point performance. Behind Clephane, was sophomore Marie Kiefer, who earned her first double-double of the season scoring 16 points and adding 10 rebounds. In her home debut, freshman Sydney Bolden dropped in 12 points while teammates sophomore Madelyn Bischoff and senior Annie Rauch each chipped in 10 points apiece.
However, it was not necessarily the scoring that led to the Cardinals 54-point victory over IU East. Ball State’s defense played a huge role early in the ball game. The Cardinals held the Red Wolves to only 23 points in the first half, including only seven in the second quarter alone. Ball State also forced IU East to commit 31 turnovers while the Cardinals would score 41 points off those miscues.
The remaining two quarters mimicked the first and second frames as the Cardinals controlled their destiny throughout the competition. Despite their efforts, the Red Wolves were unable to fight their way back into the game.
The Ball State women’s basketball team continues its two-game home stand when it hosts in-state rival Butler Thursday at 6:30 pm ET.
IRISH INK FIVE-STAR GUARD CASSANDRE PROSPER
Two signees. Two five-star recruits.
That’s the current situation for Karen & Kevin Keyes Family Head Coach Niele Ivey, who formally added guard Cassandre Prosper to her 2023 class on Monday. Five-star guard Emma Risch signed with the Irish last week.
Prosper hails from Montreal, Canada, attends Cairine Wilson Secondary School, and plays for Capital Courts Academy. She is the No. 16 overall recruit per the ESPN HoopGurlz Recruiting Rankings, making her one of 24 five-star prospects in the nation. The Canadian product was the Finals MVP for the 2022 Ontario Scholastic Basketball Association Final 8 High School Championships last March after posting 33 points, 15 rebounds and two assists. She was also the season’s league MVP and earned academic honors as well.
“We are thrilled about adding five-star guard and Canadian superstar Cassandre Prosper to our Notre Dame family,” Ivey said. “She is an explosive, dynamic guard with an incredible motor and skill set that is unmatched. Her international experience, athleticism, and scorer’s mentality will be an immediate asset to our program. Words can’t describe the excitement that I have for our future.”
While Prosper stands at 6-2, she is a game-changing shooter as well. Per the OBSA website, Prosper averaged 23.2 points, 13.2 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game over 10 contests last year. She shot 41.2 percent from the floor and hit 10 three-pointers as well.
MCCAULEY NAMED MVC NEWCOMER OF THE WEEK
ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Indiana State transfer guard Courvoisier McCauley has been named the Missouri Valley Conference Men’s Basketball Newcomer of the Week, as announced Monday afternoon by the league.
A 6-5 native of Indianapolis, McCauley showed out in his Sycamore debut with a double-double featuring a game-high 23 points and 10 rebounds against Green Bay this past Monday. He connected for three triples in the game and became just the fourth out of five ISU players to post a double-double in a Sycamore season-opener dating back to 2003 (joining Trenton Gibson who also had a double-double against Green Bay). All five of those players have been transfers.
McCauley averaged 18.5 points on the week to help ISU go 2-0 to start the season for the first time since 2011-12. He also averaged 8.0 boards on the week with a team-high six boards against Ball State Saturday.
McCauley and the Sycamores close out their season-opening homestand Thursday, Nov. 17 when they host North Dakota State. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. EST at the Hulman Center.
Indiana State Men’s Basketball Season Ticket Information
Single game and season tickets for the 2022-23 Indiana State men’s basketball team are on sale now. The Sycamores will host 10 conference games to go along with the nonconference slate. For the first time, the Missouri Valley Conference will play a 20-game conference slate following the additions of Murray State, Belmont and Illinois-Chicago to the League beginning July 1, 2022.
TROST NAMED MVFC OFFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK
ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Indiana State redshirt sophomore offensive lineman Keagen Trost was named this week’s Missouri Valley Football Offensive Lineman of the week as honored by the conference office on Monday afternoon.
Trost picked up the recognition after grading out as ISU’s top offensive lineman in the Sycamores’ 21-0 win over Western Illinois this past Saturday. The Kankakee, Ill. native graded out a team-best 91% on the field and didn’t allow a sack or quarterback hurry in the win over the Leathernecks.
ISU’s starting right tackle for most of the season, Trost moved to right guard against WIU following an injury and helped power the Sycamores to new season-highs in both rushing attempts (51) and time of possession (38:25). Trost also helped guide the way for both Justin Dinka (4.4) and Tee Hodge (4.8) to both post over four yards per carry in the game.
Trost became the first Indiana State offensive lineman to earn the conference’s weekly award since Wyatt Wozniak picked up the honors back on October 8, 2018.
Indiana State closes out the 2022 season at home on Saturday, November 19 as the Sycamores host Missouri State at Memorial Stadium. Kickoff between the Sycamores and the Bears is set for 1 p.m. ET and will be carried live on ESPN+ and 105.5 The Legend.
MORTON-ROBERTSON SCORES CAREER-HIGH 26 IN 111-31 WIN OVER MANCHESTER
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Quinton Morton-Robertson scored a career-high 26 points on 9-of-11 shooting in Purdue Fort Wayne’s 111-31 win over Manchester on Monday (Nov. 14) at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.
After a slow start offensively, the Mastodons went on a 17-2 run to take a 12-point lead. This run ballooned to 28-4 when Jarred Godfrey scored on a layup. Then everything went right for the ‘Dons. They went on a 20-0 run over the final 3:34 of the half. In this stretch, Bobby Planutis scored five, Anthony Roberts scored four, Deonte Billups, Godfrey and JoJo Peterson had three each, and Johnathan DeJurnett added a pair.
The Mastodons took a 58-12 lead into halftime. This was the most points by a Mastodon team in a half since December 20, 2018 and the fewest points allowed since December 10, 2019.
Purdue Fort Wayne went on a 15-2 run in the second half to open up a 68-point lead. The ‘Dons hit the century mark on a 3-pointer from Redford Dunton.
The ‘Dons were fueled in the second half by Quinton Morton Robertson, who hit six of his career-high eight 3-pointers after halftime. He had a career-high 26 points. He is the first Mastodon to make eight 3-pointers in a game since Max Landis made 11 once and nine twice in the 2015-16 season.
Six Mastodons finished in double-figures: Morton-Robertson (26), Eric Mulder (15), Billups (15), Planutis (14), Anthony Roberts (11) and Godfrey (10). Godfrey flirted with a triple-double in his 19 minutes. He had 10 points, nine assists and eight rebounds.
The 21 3-pointers ties the record for most in a game in program history. Purdue Fort Wayne’s 80-point win is the largest margin of victory in program history. It bested the 70-point margin the ‘Dons won by on Nov. 20, 2012 against Judson (92-22).
The Mastodons improve to 2-1 while Manchester remains 0-3 as they played the game as an exhibition. The ‘Dons are at Northwestern on Friday (Nov. 18).
MASTODON WOMEN’S SOCCER WELCOMES EIGHT NEWCOMERS FOR 2023
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne women’s soccer program will welcome eight newcomers to its team for 2023: Madelyn Bravata, Grace Dunham, Jenna Ellsworth, Morgan Gallagher, Emersyn Geik, Kailey Hansen, Amanda Leonard and Scarlett Webster.
“We are extremely excited for the 2023 class to be joining us next fall,” Purdue Fort Wayne head coach Jason Burr said. “Not only do we think this group is going to have an immediate impact on the field for us, they have created a stronger bond with each other than any class we have had come in before them. The support they have already given each other during their club and high school careers is going to lead to an incredible unity that is a staple of this program. Their desire to be Mastodons and their passion for the Purdue Fort Wayne community will continue to improve this team because of their commitment to each other and our university.”
Bravata is a 5-foot-4 midfielder out of Comstock Park, Michigan that played club soccer with Midwest United ECNL. She was the captain for the squad that earned Team of the Week multiple times in her most recent season. She led her team to the Grand Rapids Cup championship this season. She also attended the U.S. Development Academy national tournament before it was shut down due to COVID-19. Bravata earned the Principal’s Honor Roll in all of her four years in high school.
Dunham is a 5-foot-5 defender from Pacific, Missouri. She played club ball with the Lou Fusz Girls Academy, where she led her team to the State Cup Championship in 2019. She was a team captain for three years and was named to the Midwest Regional League Best XI in 2019. Dunham also earned a spot in the Elite 8 in the Girls Academy League National Playoff in 2022. She played high school soccer for Eureka, where she was a three-year starter and an all-conference honoree in 2022. She is a 4.0 honor student and a National Honor Society member.
Ellsworth, a 5-foot-6 defender from Erie, Pennsylvania, plays for McDowell High School and the Erie Jr. Commodores. She led her team to the 2022 National Premier League final after taking the Challenge Soccer Club there in 2019. As a defender for McDowell, she has 14 assists and 10 goals in her career. She was a First Team Region 6 All-Star in 2021 and a captain in 2022. Ellsworth led the Trojans to a District 10 championship in each of her last three seasons and a top-eight finish as a sophomore and junior. She is a member of the National Honor Society and a four-time recipient of the Scholar-Athlete award.
Gallagher is a 5-foot-6 forward from Orland Park, Illinois that is no stranger to the Mastodon program. Her sister, Kelsey, has been with the Mastodons for the last four years. Morgan played for the Chicago Inter Soccer Club for 11 years. In that time, she led her team to two State Cup championships, two additional berths to the final, two USYS Regional semifinals, and the 2021 National Pro Division Championship.
Geik is a 5-foot-7 defender out of Middleville, Michigan. She elected to not play high school soccer for Caledonia, but played with several club teams instead. She most recently played with Midwest United Elite Clubs National League. She was a 4.0 student in all four years of high school. Geik was also a member of the student council, National Honor Society and choir. She was also a member of the Caledonia volleyball, softball and cross country teams.
Hansen is from Aurora, Illinois, where she is a 5-foot-4 forward for Batavia High School. She was an all-conference honorable mention and a regional champion in 2022. She played club soccer for Team Chicago and the Sockers, where she won the 2019 State Cup and two titles in 2017 for the Midwest and National Futsal Championships. She owns a 4.15 GPA and was an Academic All-Conference selection.
Leonard calls Troy, Michigan home. She is a 5-foot-7 forward that plays for Troy Athens High School and Nationals Union. With Troy Athens, Leonard was an all-district selection in 2021 and 2022. She led the Red Hawks to the Division 1 State final in 2021. Her two sisters, Allison and Ashley, also played college soccer at Butler and Western Kentucky, respectively.
Webster is from Livonia, Michigan. The 5-foot-10 forward for Adlai E. Stevenson High School scored 18 goals in the 2021 season, paving the way to an all-conference honor and a pair of championships (city and district) as a sophomore. She was also a two-time scholar athlete. Webster played club soccer with the Michigan Jaguars Girls Academy, where she led her team to the Girls Academy playoffs in California in 2022. In addition to her soccer action, Webster played varsity basketball for three years.
The eight Mastodon signees will join Purdue Fort Wayne for the 2023 season, looking to improve on the ‘Dons’ best season in program history.
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL MAKES FIRST ROAD TRIP TUESDAY AT NORTHERN ILLINOIS
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Women’s Basketball hits the road for the first time in the 2022-23 season Tuesday when the Screaming Eagles take on Northern Illinois University at 11 a.m. from the Convocation Center in DeKalb, Illinois. The contest can be seen live with a subscription to ESPN+.
The game can also be heard on 95.7FM The Spin (http://957thespin.com).
It’s been a historic start to the 2022-23 season for USI, the program’s first season as an NCAA Division I program. Last Monday, USI earned an 87-39 win against Oakland City for the first win as a Division I program, and then USI followed up that win with the first win as a Division I program against another D-I school in the 88-75 victory Friday against Western Illinois.
Southern Indiana is off to a 2-0 start for the fourth time in the last seven seasons. The other 2-0 starts during that span were in the shortened 2020-21 season, the 2017-18 season, and the 2016-17 season. USI won the Great Lakes Valley Conference East Division in each of those three seasons. In the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons, USI won at least 24 games in each season. Southern Indiana’s 175 points through two games are also the most since the 2016-17 season.
Sophomore guard Vanessa Shafford (Linton, Indiana) and senior forward Hannah Haithcock (Washington Courthouse, Ohio) had notable performances in the first two games.
Shafford combined for 28 points, 14 rebounds, five assists, and six steals while shooting 11-17 (.647) overall and 4-6 (.667) from three. She had 12 first-half points in each contest, helping the Screaming Eagles to solid starts in both contests.
Haithcock totaled 38 points, five assists, three blocks, and shot 16-26 (.615). She scored 20 second-half points against Western Illinois on her way to 22 points for the game, tying her career best for the fourth time in her career. Her 12 fourth-quarter points and 20 second-half tallies against Western Illinois were more than any USI player scored in a quarter and half, respectively, in the entire 2021-22 season. Friday’s performance also marked the 50th time Haithcock reached double figures and the fifth time scoring 20 or more in her career.
Junior forward Meredith Raley (Haubstadt, Indiana) has provided quite the boost off the bench in the first two outings. Raley scored 14 and 18 points against Oakland City and Western Illinois, respectively. She has combined to shoot 10-for-19 from the field, 9-11 at the free throw line, and pulled down eight rebounds through two games.
Northern Illinois is off to a 1-1 start through the first week of the 2022-23 season. The Huskies suffered an 88-48 loss to #9 Notre Dame to begin the season before bouncing back for an 86-79 home win against DePaul. The win against DePaul was Northern Illinois’ first against the Blue Demons since 1994. Senior guard Chelby Koker led the Huskies with 24 points, six assists, and three steals in the win. Four of her nine made shots came from beyond the arc. Senior forward A’jah Davis added 20 points and five rebounds. Northern Illinois shot 52.5 percent (32-61) from the field and 50 percent (13-26) from three. The Huskies were outrebounded 40-29 in the contest.
Koker and graduate guard Janae Poisson lead the Huskies in scoring through two games at 15 points per game. Koker’s seven assists and four steals also top the team in the early going, while Davis leads in rebounding at 6.5 boards per contest. The Huskies had a 14-15 record in the 2021-22 season.
Tuesday is the first meeting of all time between the two schools.
The Screaming Eagles will return home after the quick road trip to Northern Illinois, as USI will be back at Screaming Eagles Arena next Saturday at 1 p.m. for a tilt against Bowling Green State University.
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL WELCOMES EASTERN ILLINOIS FOR WEDNESDAY MATINEE
Valparaiso (2-0, 0-0 MVC)
Game #3 – Nov. 16, 2022 – noon
Eastern Illinois (2-0, 0-0 Ohio Valley)
Athletics-Recreation Center (5,000) – Valparaiso, Ind.
Next Up in Valpo Basketball: With back-to-back victories to start the 2022-23 season under its belt, the Valpo women’s basketball team takes aim at just the second 3-0 start in program history on Wednesday afternoon when the Beacons welcome Eastern Illinois to the ARC for a noon matinee.
Previously: Valpo made it a successful home opener on Saturday, taking the lead for good with three minutes to play in the third quarter and getting some clutch fourth-quarter shots to keep visiting Southern Miss at bay en route to a 72-65 victory. Olivia Brown led four Valpo players in double figures with 15 points, while the Beacons held the Golden Eagles to 36.9% shooting from the field.
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Head Coach Mary Evans: Mary Evans is in her fifth year at the helm of the program in 2022-23 and owns a record of 50-68. Evans has made an impact on the program in her first four years, raising the team’s level of play to be competitive in a strong Missouri Valley Conference. Evans’ preferred style of play has been a big part of the program’s turnaround, as Valpo has led the MVC in 3-pointers made per game in each of the last three seasons and in steals per game in two of the last three years.
Series Notes: Valpo has controlled the all-time series against Eastern Illinois, entering Wednesday afternoon with an 12-4 advantage in the series. Valpo has won eight straight against the Panthers – four in Valpo and four in Charleston – dating back to 1996. The two teams last met in December 2019, the final of four straight years matching up in non-conference action. Grace Hales led the way with 25 points in that game and Grace White contributed 20 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists as Valpo earned a 78-66 win at Eastern Illinois.
– Valpo was picked to finish in 10th place in the MVC preseason poll, totaling 197 points, just 10 points behind Evansville.
– Valpo is in its sixth season as a member of the Missouri Valley Conference.
– The Valley was ranked 10th in conference NET last year, was ranked seventh nationally in conference NET in 2020-21 and was eighth nationally in conference RPI in 2019-20.
…looking back at last year
– Valpo finished last year with an 11-19 overall record, but was strong in MVC play, going 9-9 in conference and finishing in sixth place – both of which match the program’s best since joining the Valley.
– The Beacons registered the first win at Drake and the first win at Bradley in program history.
– Valpo swept the season series over Drake, the program’s first two wins ever against the Bulldogs.
– The Beacons also tallied four top-100 wins within Valley play.
– Grace White was named MVC Sixth Player of the Year – the program’s first major postseason award since joining the Valley. Shay Frederick was a First Team All-MVC choice, while White was an All-Defensive Team selection and Olivia Brown earned a spot on the All-Newcomer Team.
…versus Southern Miss
– It was a tight game throughout for the most part, as the largest lead either team had in the first three quarters was six points.
– Valpo took the lead for good with a three-minute stretch where the Beacons outscored USM, 13-5, in the third quarter, flipping a four-point deficit into a four-point lead.
– Valpo quickly pushed its lead to nine points with 8:25 to play in the fourth quarter before the Golden Eagles cut the lead to two with 5:52 to play.
– Three times in the next three minutes, after Southern Miss had moved within one possession, Valpo countered with a 3-pointer, getting big triples from Ilysse Pitts, Olivia Brown and Maya Dunson.
– USM got to within 67-64 with 1:43 to go, but Valpo limited the Golden Eagles to one point the rest of the way.
– The win came over a Southern Miss program which won 18 games a season ago.
– Leading four players in double figures in scoring was Brown, who delivered 15 points to pace Valpo for the fourth time in her time as a Beacon. The senior also matched her high in a Valpo uniform with six rebounds.
– After going for 20 points in Monday’s season opener, Leah Earnest followed up with 12 points on 6-of-10 shooting Saturday while again leading the team on the glass with eight rebounds.
– Ali Saunders again delivered an offensive spark off the bench, needing just 13 minutes of action to pour in 11 points and dish out three assists.
– Pitts hit a career-best three triples (3-5 3PT) as part of a 10-point performance. The veteran matched her career high in scoring for the third time, but hit double figures for the first time since Dec. 16, 2018.
…at Central Michigan
– Valpo trailed by seven early in the first quarter, but rallied to lead by two at the end of the period and was ahead 33-32 at intermission.
– The Beacons took the lead for good early in the third quarter and led 55-48 with 10 minutes to play.
– CMU cut the lead to one possession three times in the game’s final four minutes, but each time Valpo responded with points on its end – the last a driving layup by Ilysse Pitts with 1:02 to play after CMU had made it a 64-62 game.
– Leah Earnest set a career high with 20 points to lead all players, hitting 8-of-11 from the field, and matched her career best with 10 rebounds.
– Earnest was one of four Valpo players to score in double figures, as Olivia Brown and Katie Beyer scored 11 points apiece and Ali Saunders added 10.
– The Beacons shot 51% from the field and limited CMU to 31.6% shooting.
– The Beacons were an efficient 7-of-17 from 3-point range while CMU was just 3-of-27 from deep.
– Valpo concludes a stretch of three consecutie home games as it hosts UAB next Monday evening, Nov. 21.
– The Beacons’ next game away from home won’t be until Nov. 27, when they travel to Northwestern.
VALPO MEN’S BASKETBALL INKS TRIO TO NLIS
The Valpo Family continued to grow over the past week as the Valparaiso University men’s basketball program revealed three members of its incoming signing class.
Zane Doughty (Avon, Ind. / Ben Davis), Jahari Williamson (Pickering, Ontario, Canada / Royal Crown Academy) and Yanis Bamba (Laval, Quebec, Canada / Jean-de-Brebeuf) have signed their National Letters of Intent to join head coach Matt Lottich’s program beginning with the 2023-2024 season.
A 6-foot-9 forward, Doughty averaged 11.3 points, 11.0 rebounds and 2.9 blocks per game last season at Ben Davis, earning a spot on the Indiana Junior All-Stars. He posted a field-goal percentage of 58.7 and made a quick rise after starting his competitive basketball career in middle school. He was a First Team All-Marion County honoree in addition to garnering all-conference recognition last season.
“When I went on my unofficial visit to Valpo, it really felt like home,” Doughty said. “I immediately got along with the players and coaches. They made me feel like they wanted me and they wanted to see me grow as a player. They want to see me succeed in the future. They were excited about me, and that really made a big difference. This means everything to me. I couldn’t have done it without my family and coaches, and I’m so thankful to Valpo for giving me the opportunity.”
Doughty, a varsity starter since his sophomore year, also led the Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference (MIC) in rebounding, blocks, double-doubles and charges drawn.
“We saw him at a high school showcase, and what we really liked was his motor as a big man,” Lottich said. “There’s one thing that we don’t want to have to coach, and that’s effort. When you recruit big men, they are typically coming into their own and then have vast improvements when they get to college. In Zane’s case, one thing that really stood out to us was just how tenacious he was on both ends of the floor. He was rebounding out of his area and loves contact. We followed him throughout the summer and got to watch him play in a few high-level games. We love his toughness, and he really fits Valpo. He saw the family atmosphere at Valpo, and that resonated with him. His family is really important to him.”
Doughty, who has nine siblings, has a passion for Pokémon. He estimates that he’s spent hundreds, if not thousands, of hours playing video games over the years. Doughty plans to pursue an engineering degree at Valpo. On the court, he lists his strengths as playing hard defensively, rebounding and post scoring. One of the highlights of his prep career was a game against Center Grove during his junior season.
“We were down one with two seconds left in a conference game,” Doughty said. “I was at the free-throw line and had to shoot two. I wasn’t known for being the best free-throw shooter, but I knocked them both down to win the game.”
Williamson, a 6-foot-1 point guard, averaged 15 points and five assists per game last season at Royal Crown Academy. Last summer, he was named to Team Ontario for the u18 2022 Canada Games, where he posted 16 points in the championship game to help his team top British Columbia 81-70.
“We saw Jahari in Milwaukee for the first time,” Lottich said. “The Canadian pipeline that we’ve had has been really good to us. He’s cerebral, and he shoots it really well. Recruiting internationally can be tougher because you don’t get your eyes on the players as much, but we were able to see Jahari play in some Canadian games where he was in high-level environments. This was similar to how we recruited Ben Krikke. Right now, Jahari is one of the five best players in Canada. His ability to stretch the defense and play with pick-and-rolls with the ball in his hands is going to be big for us.”
Williamson said the Canadian pipeline was a factor in his decision to attend Valpo.
“Their acceptance of Canadian players and that Tevonn Walker went there played a role in my decision,” Williamson said. “Canada basketball is on the rise, so the fact that Valpo has past Canadians who have found success is very important. When I decided to sign, everyone treated me like family. I felt a connection with the coaches when they came to watch me practice. Coach Lottich likes the style of guard that I am and he knows I can come in and play a big role to help the team excel. Coach Lottich and I connected on another level. I feel like I can grow with Valpo.”
Williamson lists leadership, play-making ability, defense and shooting as strengths in his game. Those strengths were on display as he helped his team win the Canada Games.
“The Canada Games felt like the Olympics,” Williamson said. “It felt amazing – the crowd, the team and the experience. It was great to learn new things about different sets and plays while getting to work with new coaches and players.”
Williamson, who plans to major in business, owns numerous gold medals, won two championships last year and beat several high-level teams at state. Signing with a Division-I institution marks a monumental day in his basketball journey.
“This means a lot because growing up, nobody really believed in me,” he said. “As a freshman in high school, I didn’t make varsity or even the junior varsity team. That whole year, I had to grind and push myself to another level. I’m thankful to my coaches that I was able to do that. Through COVID, I turned into a different beast. I started working out hard. This means so much because I couldn’t see myself in this position without hard work. I’m happy that I’ve proved that I can play at the next level.”
A 6-foot-6 combo guard, Bamba has played for Brookwood Elite AAU, the same program that once boasted current Valpo graduate assistant and former standout player Tevonn Walker and another former member of the program, Max Joseph.
“Yanis is a little bit of a late bloomer,” Lottich said. “He’s from a very similar area to where Max and Tevonn are from. He’s a native French speaker. He’s a big-body guard, about 6-6, 200. He’s very athletic and a very good passer. He was excited about the opportunity to come to Valpo, where he’s seen the improvement that players make here. I think he will come in and be able to compete right away because of his athleticism, size and physicality. He’s just scratching the surface of who he is as a basketball player.”
Bamba prides himself on being a two-way player who can excel on both ends of the court, playing strong defense in addition to scoring.
“This past summer was my first on the top circuit, and that gave me the opportunity to play against a lot of taller, bigger players,” Bamba said. “That experience will be helpful in transitioning to the collegiate game, where I expect people to play more physically. I know it will take a moment to get used to college basketball, but I know once I do I will bring a lot to the team.”
When asked about factors that went into his college decision, Bamba immediately pointed toward Valpo’s tradition of successful Canadian-born players. Darius DeAveiro and Ben Krikke from the current roster call Canada home, while Bamba and Williamson from next year’s signing class both hail from north of the border. Bamba specifically mentioned his familiarity with Tevonn Walker and the successful career he enjoyed at Valpo.
“It means a lot because I’m trying to keep the tradition going,” Bamba said. “I want to be the next Canadian player to come to Valpo and have a successful career. Signing to go Division-I is the biggest accomplishment of my life. It’s been a goal since I was a kid, and the fact that I made it possible and it actually did happen means a lot to me.”
Away from the court, Bamba enjoys watching Anime and Netflix movies. He plans to major in business.
Another key factor in his decision was the opportunity to play for a coach who has professional playing experience. Lottich was a four-time all-star during his eight-year pro career in Japan and also played professionally in Germany and New Zealand.
“The fact that he is a coach who played professionally means that he can relate well to his players,” Bamba said. “He told me about his professional playing experience. We also talked about what my role will be at Valpo. I really enjoyed our discussions, and I can’t wait to get started.”
VALPO SOCCER SIGNS SIX TO NLIS
Valpo soccer head coach John Marovich announced today that six high school seniors have signed National Letters of Intent and will join the Beacons’ program as freshmen in the fall of 2023.
Tatum Coleman – 5’5” – Wing/Forward – Fishers, Ind. – Hamilton Southeastern H.S. – FC Pride
Coleman was a Second Team All-State and First Team All-District honoree for Hamilton Southeastern and has earned Academic All-State honors as well. In the club game, she was named ECNL First Team Ohio Valley Conference.
Coleman on why she chose Valpo: “When I took my tour of Valpo, I noticed how friendly everyone was on campus. I liked the smaller class sizes and I was impressed with the academics. The soccer coaches and players made me feel welcomed and the soccer environment was so positive — I knew, at that moment, I found my fit. I am excited to be a part of the Valparaiso Women’s Soccer Team in 2023.”
Marovich on Coleman: “Tatum has pace and explosive movements in flank positions in the attack. She is dangerous in taking on players 1-v-1 to win the endline or to drag centrally to find a shot. Her work ethic in her attacking and defensive responsibilities makes her a great fit in our brand of soccer. Tatum provides our midfield and defensive units the outlets in the attack and the cover needed in transitional moments to maintain a strong defensive shape.”
Anna Cup – 5’9” – Center Back – Bartlett, Ill. – South Elgin H.S. – Sockers FC
Cup has consistently played above her age level at Sockers FC, where she has been in first their Development Academy and then their Girls Academy since 2016. She played up as a U16 with the U17 DA, and then played with the U19 GA as a U17. Cup was part of a U19 squad which was ranked second in the nation in the 2021 Girls Academy League and won the Mid-America Conference championship. She also spent time at ODP training clinics from 2014-2016 and USYNT training centers from 2016-2019.
Cup on why she chose Valpo: “Valparaiso University’s dedication to each student’s individual experience, both academically and athletically, drove my decision to commit. My goals to pursue a science-based career and compete in Division I soccer have been both met and exceeded by Valpo’s extensive science departments and personally involved coaching staff. I am inspired by everything Valpo has to offer and I cannot wait to get started. Go Beacs!!!”
Marovich on Cup: “Anna brings a calm on the ball presence as a center back. She has outstanding passing range and vision to help connect passes while building out of the back. Her skill set and experience winning a national championship with her club team fits perfectly into our brand of soccer. Anna has versatility to also step into the midfield to provide a strong holding midfield presence in front of the back four. We are excited to add her to our defensive group next fall.”
Julianna De Simone – 5’1” – Forward – Elmhurst, Ill. – York Community H.S. – Sockers FC Chicago
De Simone started out with the Sockers FC Chicago Development Academy in 2018 and later moved to the club’s Girls Academy team. Also a standout in the classroom, De Simone — who intends to major in engineering — is a member of National Honor Society and World Language National Honor Society (Italian).
De Simone on why she chose Valpo: “The more I learned about the university, the clearer it became that Valpo is a great fit for me! Its nationally renowned engineering program, strong history of success in women’s soccer and the positive team culture Coach Marovich and staff inspire makes Valpo the right place to learn, play and grow.”
Marovich on De Simone: “Julianna brings a hard-nosed work ethic to the front line. She does the hard running to create defensive pressure to turn the ball over. This work puts her in great spaces to capitalize on winning the ball, creating a goal-scoring chance or helping her team keep possession. Julianna finds ways to score in and around the box with her movements and runs into dangerous spaces. She fits well into the attacking mindset.”
Hannah Gabriel – 5’4” – Midfielder – Northville, Mich. – Northville H.S. – Michigan Jaguars
Gabriel has been a key part of the Michigan Jaguars 2004/05 Girls Academy squad and served as the team representative to the Girls Academy advisory board. Also strong in the classroom, Gabriel is a National Honor Society member and is planning to major in nursing.
Gabriel on why she chose Valpo: “I chose Valpo because I knew I would be challenged in the classroom and on the field. When on campus, I immediately felt welcomed and part of the Beacon family. The relationship between coaches, players, and the team is strong! I’m looking forward to being a part of that environment.”
Marovich on Gabriel: “Hannah consistently moves into pockets of space to find the ball in the midfield. Her vision on and off the ball helps her find the penetrating passes that breaks down a back line. She has a discipline in her positioning defensively to maintain midfield shape, which provides stability in transitional moments. We are excited to add her to our midfield group because her possession-focused personality fits with our current players.”
Helen Stegner – 5’10” – Goalkeeper – Denver, Colo. – Jefferson Academy H.S. – Broomfield Soccer Club
Stegner was a First Team All-State selection for her work in goal as a sophomore and earned Honorable Mention All-State notice as a junior. A two-time First Team All-Conference honoree as well, Stegner received Honorable Mention All-Conference recognition as a basketball player as well. She has been a regular member of her high school’s platinum honor roll.
Stegner on why she chose Valpo: “After stepping on campus and meeting the team and coaches, I knew right away that Valpo was my home. I look forward to the next four years!”
Marovich on Stegner: “Helen has solid hands and really good positioning in goal. She manages flighted balls into the box well. Her determined attitude to learn and grow will add competition in the training environment. She continues the positive, supportive and competitive culture that we have built within our goalkeeper unit. That, combined with her D-I size and length, provides an outstanding foundation to develop in our system.”
Carly Stewart – 5’6” – Midfielder – Granite Bay, Calif. – Granite Bay H.S. – San Juan Soccer Club
Stewart has been a Second Team All-Conference selection playing in the Sierra Foothill League. She competes in ECNL action for San Juan Soccer Club on the club circuit.
Stewart on why she chose Valpo: “After visiting Valpo, it instantly became my number one choice. The coaching staff and team created such a welcoming environment for me that felt like a second home. I realized that by being at Valpo, I would have a new everlasting family while being able to learn at a high level. I knew that by coming to Valpo, the personal environment and schooling would help me succeed in academics as well as in athletics.”
Marovich on Stewart: “Carly is a traditional box to box center midfielder. Her attack-minded personality creates a great deal of pressure on the opposition. She loves to run with the ball at the back line, but also finds moments to slow down and maintain attacking possession to pin a team in. When Carly has the ball in the space between lines, it’s when she is at her most dangerous in finding goal-scoring chances for her teammates and creating moments to score herself. We are excited to see her grow in our brand of soccer because it fits her style of play.”
VOLLEYBALL CLOSES REGULAR SEASON AT ARC WEDNESDAY NIGHT
Valparaiso (21-8, 9-8 MVC)
Wednesday, Nov. 16 – 6 p.m. – UIC (20-9, 12-5 MVC)
Next Up For Valpo Volleyball: Already in the MVC Tournament field, the Valpo volleyball team closes out the regular season on Wednesday evening when it hosts UIC at the ARC.
Previously: Valpo split last weekend’s action at the ARC, rallying for a five-set win over Bradley on Friday night before falling in four sets to Illinois State on Senior Night Saturday evening. Emma Hickey came up one shy of Valpo’s single-match record for digs with an MVC-season high 42 in the win over the Braves.
Looking Ahead: The MVC Tournament opens up on Sunday afternoon with first-round action from Evansville.
Following the Beacons: Wednesday night’s match will be broadcast live on ESPN+ and have live stats available via ValpoAthletics.com.
Head Coach Carin Avery: In her 21st season as head coach at Valparaiso, Carin Avery has won 470 matches (470-225, .676) at the helm of the program and has led Valpo to three league regular season and tournament titles. The program has made five postseason appearances under Avery, including three NCAA Tournament appearances, and advanced to the championship match of the 2021 NIVC. A two-time league Coach of the Year, Avery has coached 58 All-League recipients over her tenure at Valpo, which has spanned three different conferences. She is Valpo’s all-time leader in both victories and winning percentage, and owns a 525-249 (.678) record overall as a head coach.
Series History: The most common opponent in program history, Valpo and UIC are conference mates for the fourth different conference, as they previously matched up as North Star Conference, Mid-Continent Conference and Horizon League rivals. Valpo holds a 31-25 advantage in the all-time series and is 22-6 against the Flames under Coach Avery, but earlier this year, UIC earned a three-set sweep in Chicago as the Beacons hit just -.010 for the match.
Scouting the Opposition: UIC enters the regular season finale at 20-9 overall and 12-5 in MVC play, having already secured the third seed for the conference tournament. As a team, the Flames lead the Valley in hitting percentage (.270) and kills (14.53/set). Individually, UIC has two of the top four in both hitting percentage and service aces, while Martina Delucchi ranks fourth in the MVC in kills/set (4.07).
Valpo Picked Fifth in Preseason Poll: The Beacons have been picked to finish in fifth place in the MVC standings in 2022 in preseason polling of the conference’s head coaches. Valpo garnered 95 points in the polling, including one first-place vote, to rank fifth in a tight bunch in the middle of the pack. Valpo was just four points behind Bradley in fourth position, but on the other side, was just one point ahead of UNI in sixth place. Notably, Valpo has outperformed its preseason projection in each of its first five seasons in the Valley. Illinois State received five first-place votes and totaled 134 points to lead the poll ahead of Evansville (121 points, two first-place votes). UIC (3) and UNI (1) also picked up at least one first-place nod.
Looking Back at Last Season: Valpo enjoyed one of the top seasons in program history last year, finishing the campaign with a 26-10 record. The Beacons posted a 12-6 record in MVC action to finish tied for third place in the regular season standings – the program’s best record in conference play and best finish since joining the Valley. Valpo then earned a berth in the NIVC and swept each of its first four matches to advance to the tournament championship match. Haley Hart was a First Team All-MVC recipient, while Peyton McCarthy and Rylee Cookerly each earned Second Team All-MVC honors. Cookerly also became the first student-athlete in program history to be named a CoSIDA First Team Academic All-American.
Another 20-Win Campaign: With their win over Belmont last Friday, the Beacons reached the 20-win mark this season. It’s a milestone that has become routine for the program, yet still impressive in its totality as Valpo has now won 20 or more matches in 17 of Carin Avery’s 21 seasons as head coach. Even more remarkably, one of the four seasons Valpo didn’t reach 20 wins was the shortened spring 2021 campaign, when the program played just 20 matches total. The Beacons have also clinched their 19th winning season in Avery’s 21 seasons at the helm.
Top Half Finishes: In addition to the 20-win season, the Beacons also secured a top-half finish in the MVC standings with Friday’s win over Bradley. Valpo has now finished in the top-half of the Valley standings in each of its six years in the conference, the only MVC program to accomplish that feat – Illinois State had finished top-half each of the last five years, but dropped out of the top-six this season. Going back further, Valpo has posted top-half conference finishes in 20 of Avery’s 21 seasons and 29 of the last 30 years overall.
A Look at the Standings: Valpo is locked into either the five or the six seed for next week’s MVC Tournament at Evansville. Currently sitting in sixth place, Valpo can move up to the five seed with a win over UIC and a Southern Illinois loss to Missouri State. If the Beacons are the sixth seed for the tournament, they will face seventh-seeded Murray State in first-round action on Sunday, while if they move up to the fifth seed, they will face the eighth seed, which would be either Missouri State or Bradley based on Wednesday’s other results.
Hickey Sets New Mark: Freshman libero Emma Hickey has racked up plenty of digs over the course of her rookie season, but took it to another level in Friday’s win over Bradley, tallying 42 digs – one shy of Valpo’s overall single-match record of 43, set by Rylee Cookerly. Hickey became just the third player in program history with 40+ digs in a match, joining Cookerly and Karen Kulick, and set the program record for digs in a five-set match across all eras. It is the highest dig total by an MVC player in the last two seasons.
Big Matches on the Attack: Valpo got a pair of standout performances on the attack in last weekend’s pair of matches. Friday night against Bradley, it was Maddy Boyer stepping it up from the right side with a career-high 20 kills, easily out-pacing her previous career best of 16. Then, on Saturday versus Illinois State, Gretchen Kuckkan came off the bench to hit from the left pin and totaled 18 kills on .333 hitting, the second-best effort of her career in the kills department.
HOUNDS CONTINUE CLIMB OF DII COACHES POLL
WACO, Texas – The playoff-bound UIndy football team will enter the postseason as the No. 13 squad in the nation, according to the final regular season AFCA Division II Coaches Poll. The Greyhounds (9-1) have been ranked in the top 25 for each of the last 11 weeks, including five weeks in the top 15.
With the announcement of the 2022 postseason field last night, the Hounds locked up their seventh postseason berth since 2012 and first since ’19. UIndy will travel to third-seeded and No. 4-ranked Pittsburg State for a first-round Super Region Three matchup on Saturday, Nov. 19. Click here for more information.
The top-seeded team in the region, Grand Valley State, finished the season undefeated while topping in regular-season coaches poll. All seven SR3 playoff teams appear in the current national rankings, including Ouachita Baptist (3), Pitt State (4), Ferris State (4), Northwest Missouri St. (8) and Davenport (21).
The AFCA will release its final poll of 2022 after the conclusion of the playoffs in late December.
AFCA DIVISION II COACHES POLL
|RK||SCHOOL (1st-place votes)||REC||PTS||PREV|
|1.||Grand Valley St. (Mich.) (27)||11-0||747||1|
|2.||Angelo St. (Tex.) (3)||11-0||719||2|
|3.||Ouachita Baptist (Ark.)||11-0||683||4|
|4.||Pittsburg St. (Kan.)||11-0||666||5|
|5.||Ferris St. (Mich.)||9-1||621||6|
|8.||Northwest Missouri St.||9-2||491||10|
|9.||Delta St. (Miss.)||10-1||484||12|
|10.||Colorado School of Mines||9-2||480||11|
|20.||Slippery Rock (Pa.)||9-2||189||9|
|23.||Truman St. (Mo.)||8-2||66||20|
|T24.||Emporia St. (Kan.)||8-3||40||22|
|T24.||Notre Dame (Ohio)||9-2||40||NR|
Others Receiving Votes: Wayne St. (Neb.), 38; Henderson St. (Ark.), 37; Colorado St.-Pueblo, 31; Assumption (Mass.), 30; Bemidji St. (Minn.), 20; Fayetteville St. (N.C.), 11; Fort Valley St. (Ga.), 9; New Haven (Conn.), 6; Winona St. (Minn.), 5; Nebraska-Kearney, 4; Concord (W.Va.), 1; Kutztown (Pa.), 1; Saginaw Valley St. (Mich.), 1; Washburn (Kan.), 1.
MEN’S HOOPS BATTLES WESTERN KENTUCKY IN EXHIBITION ON TUESDAY
Tuesday, Nov. 15, 8 p.m. ET
at Western Kentucky Hilltoppers
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The UIndy men’s basketball looks to ride momentum into Tuesday night, when the Greyhounds travel to Western Kentucky for an exhibition against the D-I Hilltoppers. It marks the first game between the Hounds and Tops in each programs’ history.
The Greyhounds have beaten a pair of D-I programs in the last four years, including Valparaiso in 2018 and Loyola Chicago in 2019.
UIndy earned wins over in-region Ohio Dominican and Lake Erie this past weekend, improving to 2-0 for the first time since 2019-20. The Greyhounds limited the visiting Panthers on Friday to the lowest point total by a season-opening opponent in 77 years, while shooting 13-of-22 from 3-point range in the victory over Lake Erie on Sunday.
Tuesday’s game will be streamed live on ESPN+. You can also follow along at the links above.
DERRICK, HOUSTON DUBBED SEASON’S FINAL GLVC FOOTBALL WEEKLY AWARDEES
INDIANAPOLIS – University of Indianapolis sophomore wide receiver Alonzo Derrick and sophomore defensive back Kivonte Houston have been selected as the GLVC Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week, respectively.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
So. | WR | Ft. Wayne, Ind.
Team Results: 28-14 W vs. #20 Truman (11/12)
- Amassed 123 yards on eight catches for 15.4 average yards per catch
- Scored game-tying and go-ahead touchdown with 29-yd catch in third quarter and 51-yd catch in fourth, respectively
- Helped UIndy earn comeback win over 20th-ranked Truman to claim GLVC Championship and NCAA Playoff berth
- Earns first career Offensive Player of the Week Award
- Last Greyhounds’ Offensive Player of the Week: Toriano Clinton (10/10/22)
- Had three tackles, one interception, one fumble recovery, and one pass defended
- Scored TD on 75-yard interception
- Helped UIndy earn comeback win over 20th-ranked Truman to claim GLVC Championship and NCAA Playoff berth
- Earns second career Defensive Player of the Week Award (11/14/22, 10/31/22)
- Last Greyhounds’ Defensive Player of the Week: Kivonte Houston (10/31/22)
WOMEN’S SOCCER SET TO HOST NAIA FIRST AND SECOND ROUND; MARIAN PLAYS BELLEVUE IN FIRST ROUND
KANSAS CITY – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has officially announced the teams and pairings for the 2022 NAIA Women’s Soccer National Championship. The 40-team field will kick things off in the NAIA National Championship First & Second Rounds, presented by Select Sport America, at 10 campus locations on November 17-19.
Marian University was selected as one of the 10 host sites in 2022 on November 3, marking the fourth consecutive year and fifth time in six years Marian has hosted the first and second rounds. The Knights are the No. 1 seed in the Indianapolis Bracket, and will host the No. 4 seed Bellevue in their first game.
Marian’s contest against Bellevue on Thursday in the NAIA First Round will be the first in program history, as the two teams will meet at St. Vincent Field Thursday evening.
Marian is the No. 1 seed in their bracket and second ranked team in the tournament field, entering the national tournament on an automatic bid as they won the Crossroads League with a 17-0-2 overall record. Marian is one of five Crossroads League teams entered in the tournament, and are joined by Spring Arbor, Grace, Indiana Wesleyan, and Taylor. The Knights are 8-3-2 overall in the NAIA Tournament.
Marian will matchup against the No. 4 seed Bellevue, who earned an automatic berth by winning the CAC Independent league. Bellevue is 13-3-2 overall this season, and is appearing in the NAIA Tournament for a seventh time, holding an 0-5-1 overall record.
Campbellsville is the No. 2 seed in the bracket, and will take on the No. 3 seed MidAmerica Nazarene in their First Round contest on Thursday. The Tigers earned an automatic bid out of the Mid-South Conference as the MSC Tournament Champions, holding an 11-5-1 overall record. Campbellsville is entering the NAIA Tournament for the fourth time in program history, and are 1-1-1 overall. The Pioneers were the Heart of America Tournament Runner-Up, and earned an automatic bid into the tournament with a 15-4 overall record. MidAmerica Naz. is in their third ever NAIA Tournament, and are 0-2 in their history.
Marian holds a 1-1 overall record in two regular season meetings with Campbellsville, having last faced the Tigers in the regular season on September 2, 2015. Marian played against the Tigers earlier this year in an exhibition match. The Knights have never faced MidAmerica Nazarene, and if the two were to meet in the Second Round it would be the first matchup in program history.
WHAT’S AT STAKE
The winners of Thursday’s games will advance to the NAIA Second Round Game on Saturday night, with kickoff of the game scheduled for 7 p.m. Marian is aiming to return to the final site in Orange Beach, Ala. for the fourth straight season. Marian is 5-0 in the last two seasons and 6-0 all-time in the NAIA First and Second Rounds.
WATCH AND FOLLOW
Fans unable to attend the NAIA Opening Round games played at Marian can follow the action on the ISC Sports Network. Each game will be pay-per-view, and the live stream will cost $9.99 per stream. Live stats will be made available at marianstats.com. Live updates of the game will be posted on the official Marian Athletics Twitter and Instagram pages @MUKnights.
MARIAN TO HOST PARK-GILBERT IN NAIA OPENING ROUND
KANSAS CITY – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics has officially announced the qualifying teams and Opening Round pairings for the 2022 NAIA Women’s Volleyball National Championship. The 48-team event will get underway with 24 National Championship Opening Round matches at campus locations on November 19.
Marian has been chosen as one of the 24 host sites, and will host Park University – Gilbert, this Saturday at 6 p.m. in the PE Center.
OPENING ROUND HOSTS
Marian has been selected as a host of the NAIA Opening Round for the fourth time in program history, and the third consecutive year. Marian first was named as an NAIA National Tournament qualifier in 2017 and traveled to New Orleans for their opening round match. The Knights have hosted every season since with an exception in 2019, as Marian had a top-20 seed and earned a bye into the NAIA Tournament Pool Play.
For the first time, Marian and Park-Gilbert will go head to head in volleyball, as Saturday’s NAIA Opening Round match will be the first meeting in program history. This is the third time that Marian has faced an opponent for the first time in the Opening Round, previously hosting Faulkner and traveling to Xavier.
Marian enters the NAIA Tournament with a 23-6 record, finishing third in the Crossroads League regular season and as the tournament runner-up. Marian is an automatic qualifier as the tournament runner-up, and is in the field for the sixth time.
Park-Gilbert is 24-10 overall, and is making their second-ever appearance in the NAIA Tournament. The Buccaneers finished fourth in the Cal-Pac Conference, and earned an automatic bid as the champion of the Cal-Pac Conference Tournament.
WHAT’S AT STAKE
Marian will be looking to make their sixth consecutive appearance at the NAIA final site in Sioux City, Iowa, which will extend their program record. Marian has not missed the final site since first qualifying for the NAIA Opening Round in 2017. Marian is 4-0 all-time in the NAIA Opening Round and 3-0 at home, winning their last NAIA postseason match at home on November 20, 2021, against Bryan College.
Fans unable to attend Saturday’s match can follow the action on the ISC Sports Network. The game will be pay-per-view, and the live stream will cost $9.99 per stream. Live stats will be made available at marianstats.com. Live updates of the game will be posted on the official Marian Athletics Twitter and Instagram pages @MUKnights.
Tickets for Saturday’s match are $8 for general admission, and students/youth tickets are $5. Children under the age of five are admitted free of charge. All tickets are on sale now, and can be purchased here. Fans are encouraged to purchase tickers online in advance of Saturday’s match. Sales will be held at the gate for fans that do not purchase tickets prior to arrival.
To view the official release from the NAIA, click here.
MARIAN TO HOST ST. XAVIER (ILL.) IN NAIA FCS FIRST ROUND
KANSAS CITY – After closing the regular season with a 45-14 win over Lawrence Tech Saturday afternoon, the Marian football team locked in a berth to the NAIA FCS Playoffs, and on Sunday night the NAIA announced Marian will host MSFA Midwest rival St. Xavier in the NAIA FCS First Round. Marian is seeded seventh overall entering the postseason, while St. Xavier is ranked 11th in the final rankings. Kickoff on Saturday is slated for 1:05 p.m. at St. Vincent Field.
For the first time since 2018 and the 15th time in program history, the Knights and Cougars will take the field against one another, renewing one of the longest played series in Marian football. Marian and St. Xavier have matched up 14 times overall previously, with the Cougars leading the series 10-4. Marian has won three of the last five matchups in the rivalry, while St. Xavier was victorious in the last head to head meeting.
LAST MEETING IN THE SERIES
The last matchup between the Knights and Cougars came on November 17, 2018, in the NAIA FCS First Round. The No. 15 St. Xavier Cougars won the chapter in the history 34-21, upsetting the No. 2 Knights at St. Vincent Field. For the Knights in the 2018 meeting, Charles Salary rushed for 276 yards and two scores as Marian gained 293 yards on the ground, and Ben Stevens led Marian in receiving with 43 yards on four catches. Trevor Adler is the lone Marian defender left on the playoff roster from the 2018 meeting, with Adler making two tackles on special teams in the game.
FIVE CONSECUTIVE POSTSEASON APPEARANCES
Marian is back in the NAIA Football Championship Series for the fifth consecutive season, extending the program record for playoff appearances. In Marian’s current streak of reaching the postseason, the Knights have hosted the First Round three of four times, with 2022 being the fourth in five seasons. Under head coach Mark Henninger, Marian is 5-2 in the first round, and 5-1 when playing at St. Vincent Field.
Last season the Knights used a second half comeback to rally and defeat Southwestern (Kan.) 21-17.
SCOUTING THE GAME
Marian is winners of four straight, and hold an 8-1 recored on the season. The Knights went 6-1 in MSFA Mideast play, and enter the postseason coming off of a landslide win against Lawrence Tech. Offensively, the Knights are led by quarterback Zach Bundalo, running back Baron Huebler, wide receiver Ben Stevens, and center Darren Dillon. On defense and special teams, Deon Pettiford, Logan Blake, Jayshawn Underwood, and Marlon Pomili lead the Knights.
St. Xavier is 9-2 overall this season, and has won nine straight games after losing their first two games in 2022. The Cougars were a perfect 7-0 in MSFA Midwest play, and wrapped up their conference championship with a 24-21 win over No. 19 St. Francis (Ill.). Quarterback Stuart Ross leads the Cougars offense, with his top weapons coming in running back Mario Price and receivers Justin Pringle and Kyle Quinn. On defense, Joey Markasovic, Ron Carroll, and Peyton Nigro each have 80 or more total tackles. Kicker Peyton Benes is 7-10 on field goals and 32-34 on extra points.
TICKETS AND PARKING
Tickets for Saturday’s postseason game are on sale now for Saturday’s game, with general admission ticket pricing starting at $15. Parking for Saturday’s game starts at $10 online to park on Marian’s campus, while day of game on-campus parking is $10 cash-only. Parking in the 30th street lot is $5 cash, and available on gameday only. To buy parking passes and tickets for Saturday’s game, click here.
WATCH AND FOLLOW ALONG
Those fans unable to attend Saturday night’s game can watch live on the ISC Sports Network. The pay per view cost for Saturday’s game on the ISC Sports Network is $9.99. Fans can also find live statistics at marianstats.com. Live updates of the game will be posted on the official Marian Athletics Twitter and Instagram pages @MUKnights.
Marian and St. Xavier will kickoff on Saturday afternoon at 1:05 p.m. from St. Vincent Field.
ZACH BUNDALO NAMED MSFA MIDEAST OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
INDIANAPOLIS – Following a dominant performance against Lawrence Tech on Saturday afternoon, the MSFA has recognized Zach Bundalo as the MSFA Mideast Offensive Player of the Week. Bundalo’s honor is his second of the season.
Bundalo lit up the Blue Devils defense on Saturday, throwing for 274 yards and four touchdown passes while completing 18 of 23 attempts. Bundalo threw for three touchdowns in the first half, moving to No. 4 on the all-time Marian touchdown passing list. Bundalo moved past Ethan Darter and Clay Coomer on the all-time list with his performance. Bundalo also passed his former high school and Marian teammate Darter on the all-time passing list for yards, as the redshirt junior is now fifth all-time in passing yards at Marian.
Marian kicks off on Saturday at 1:05 p.m. from St. Vincent Field against St. Xavier in the NAIA FCS First Round.
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|American Football Conference|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Miami Dolphins||7||3||0||.700||0.0||252||241||4-1-0||3-2-0||5-2-0||2-1-0||4 W|
|New York Jets||6||3||0||.667||0.5||196||176||2-3-0||4-0-0||5-3-0||2-1-0||1 W|
|Buffalo Bills||6||3||0||.667||0.5||250||151||3-1-0||3-2-0||4-2-0||0-2-0||2 L|
|New England Patriots||5||4||0||.556||1.5||203||166||2-2-0||3-2-0||4-2-0||1-1-0||2 W|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Kansas City Chiefs||7||2||0||.778||0.0||270||206||4-1-0||3-1-0||4-2-0||2-0-0||3 W|
|Los Angeles Chargers||5||4||0||.556||2.0||200||228||2-2-0||3-2-0||4-2-0||2-1-0||1 L|
|Denver Broncos||3||6||0||.333||4.0||131||149||2-2-0||1-4-0||2-5-0||0-2-0||1 L|
|Las Vegas Raiders||2||7||0||.222||5.0||203||226||2-2-0||0-5-0||2-5-0||1-2-0||3 L|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Baltimore Ravens||6||3||0||.667||0.0||235||196||2-2-0||4-1-0||4-2-0||2-0-0||3 W|
|Cincinnati Bengals||5||4||0||.556||1.0||228||185||3-1-0||2-3-0||2-3-0||0-3-0||1 W|
|Cleveland Browns||3||6||0||.333||3.0||217||238||2-3-0||1-3-0||2-5-0||2-1-0||1 L|
|Pittsburgh Steelers||3||6||0||.333||3.0||140||207||2-2-0||1-4-0||1-5-0||1-1-0||1 W|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Tennessee Titans||6||3||0||.667||0.0||166||168||3-1-0||3-2-0||5-2-0||3-0-0||1 W|
|Indianapolis Colts||4||5||1||.450||2.0||157||203||2-2-0||2-3-1||4-4-1||1-3-1||1 W|
|Jacksonville Jaguars||3||7||0||.300||3.5||216||205||2-3-0||1-4-0||3-4-0||1-2-0||1 L|
|Houston Texans||1||7||1||.167||4.5||149||207||0-3-1||1-4-0||1-4-1||1-1-1||4 L|
|National Football Conference|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Philadelphia Eagles||8||1||0||.889||0.0||246||167||4-1-0||4-0-0||5-1-0||2-1-0||1 L|
|New York Giants||7||2||0||.778||1.0||187||173||4-1-0||3-1-0||3-2-0||0-1-0||1 W|
|Dallas Cowboys||6||3||0||.667||2.0||211||164||4-1-0||2-2-0||5-3-0||2-1-0||1 L|
|Washington Commanders||5||5||0||.500||3.5||191||213||2-3-0||3-2-0||3-4-0||1-2-0||1 W|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Seattle Seahawks||6||4||0||.600||0.0||257||241||3-1-0||3-3-0||4-4-0||2-1-0||1 L|
|San Francisco 49ers||5||4||0||.556||0.5||198||163||3-1-0||2-3-0||4-2-0||3-0-0||2 W|
|Arizona Cardinals||4||6||0||.400||2.0||230||258||1-4-0||3-2-0||3-5-0||1-3-0||1 W|
|Los Angeles Rams||3||6||0||.333||2.5||148||200||2-4-0||1-2-0||3-5-0||1-3-0||3 L|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Minnesota Vikings||8||1||0||.889||0.0||226||191||4-0-0||4-1-0||6-1-0||3-0-0||7 W|
|Green Bay Packers||4||6||0||.400||4.5||185||216||3-2-0||1-4-0||3-4-0||1-2-0||1 W|
|Detroit Lions||3||6||0||.333||5.0||219||264||2-3-0||1-3-0||3-4-0||2-1-0||2 W|
|Chicago Bears||3||7||0||.300||5.5||217||247||2-3-0||1-4-0||1-6-0||0-3-0||3 L|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||5||5||0||.500||0.0||183||180||3-3-0||2-2-0||5-2-0||2-1-0||2 W|
|Atlanta Falcons||4||6||0||.400||1.0||232||250||3-2-0||1-4-0||3-4-0||1-3-0||2 L|
|Carolina Panthers||3||7||0||.300||2.0||204||243||3-3-0||0-4-0||3-5-0||3-1-0||1 W|
|New Orleans Saints||3||7||0||.300||2.0||222||247||2-4-0||1-3-0||2-4-0||1-2-0||2 L|
|W||L||Pct||Conf GB||Home||Road||Div||Conf||Last 10||Streak|
|1 Boston||11||3||.786||—||6-1||5-2||2-0||8-3||8-2||7 W|
|2 Milwaukee||10||3||.769||0.5||7-1||3-2||2-0||6-2||7-3||2 L|
|3 Atlanta||9||5||.643||2.0||5-2||4-3||1-1||7-4||6-4||1 W|
|4 Cleveland||8||5||.615||2.5||4-1||4-4||2-0||7-1||6-4||4 L|
|5 Washington||8||6||.571||3.0||5-3||3-3||1-0||5-5||5-5||4 W|
|6 Toronto||8||7||.533||3.5||5-1||3-6||1-2||6-5||5-5||1 W|
|7 Philadelphia||7||7||.500||4.0||4-4||3-3||1-3||5-6||6-4||2 W|
|8 Indiana||6||6||.500||4.0||4-3||2-3||1-1||5-4||6-4||1 W|
|9 Miami||7||7||.500||4.0||6-4||1-3||2-0||3-4||6-4||3 W|
|10 New York||6||7||.462||4.5||4-3||2-4||1-2||5-5||4-6||1 L|
|11 Chicago||6||8||.429||5.0||4-4||2-4||1-1||6-5||4-6||2 L|
|12 Brooklyn||6||8||.429||5.0||3-4||3-4||2-0||5-3||5-5||1 L|
|13 Orlando||4||10||.286||7.0||4-4||0-6||1-2||1-6||4-6||1 L|
|14 Charlotte||4||11||.267||7.5||1-5||3-6||2-4||2-7||2-8||1 W|
|15 Detroit||3||12||.200||8.5||3-5||0-7||0-4||1-12||2-8||4 L|
|W||L||Pct||Conf GB||Home||Road||Div||Conf||Last 10||Streak|
|1 Portland||9||4||.692||—||3-2||6-2||1-0||7-3||6-4||1 L|
|2 Denver||9||4||.692||—||4-0||5-4||3-2||7-3||7-3||1 W|
|3 Utah||10||5||.667||—||5-0||5-5||2-1||9-3||6-4||2 L|
|4 Memphis||9||5||.643||0.5||5-1||4-4||2-1||5-3||6-4||1 L|
|5 Phoenix||8||5||.615||1.0||6-1||2-4||2-0||8-2||6-4||2 L|
|6 Dallas||7||5||.583||1.5||6-1||1-4||1-1||3-3||6-4||1 W|
|7 LA Clippers||8||6||.571||1.5||3-4||5-2||3-1||7-5||6-4||1 W|
|8 New Orleans||7||6||.538||2.0||3-2||4-4||2-0||4-4||5-5||1 W|
|9 Sacramento||6||6||.500||2.5||3-3||3-3||2-3||2-5||6-4||3 W|
|10 Golden State||6||8||.429||3.5||6-1||0-7||3-2||4-4||4-6||1 W|
|11 Minnesota||6||8||.429||3.5||4-5||2-3||2-1||5-6||4-6||1 W|
|12 San Antonio||6||8||.429||3.5||3-5||3-3||0-1||2-6||3-7||1 L|
|13 Oklahoma City||6||8||.429||3.5||4-3||2-5||0-4||3-4||5-5||1 L|
|14 LA Lakers||3||10||.231||6.0||3-5||0-5||0-4||2-9||3-7||1 W|
|15 Houston||2||12||.143||7.5||1-3||1-9||0-2||1-9||1-9||3 L|
|1 Boston Bruins||16||14||2||0||28||13||65||35||9-0-0||5-2-0||9-1-0|
|2 New Jersey Devils||15||12||3||0||24||12||55||38||7-2-0||5-1-0||9-1-0|
|3 New York Islanders||17||11||6||0||22||11||57||43||6-3-0||5-3-0||8-2-0|
|4 Carolina Hurricanes||16||10||5||1||21||8||50||43||4-2-0||6-3-1||6-4-0|
|5 Toronto Maple Leafs||16||8||5||3||19||8||45||44||6-2-1||2-3-2||4-3-3|
|6 Tampa Bay Lightning||15||8||6||1||17||8||49||49||4-2-1||4-4-0||6-3-1|
|7 New York Rangers||17||8||6||3||19||8||52||48||4-3-3||4-3-0||5-4-1|
|8 Florida Panthers||15||8||6||1||17||7||48||46||4-1-1||4-5-0||5-5-0|
|9 Detroit Red Wings||15||7||5||3||17||7||44||50||5-2-2||2-3-1||4-5-1|
|10 Montreal Canadiens||15||8||6||1||17||7||47||48||5-3-0||3-3-1||5-4-1|
|11 Philadelphia Flyers||15||7||6||2||16||7||37||43||4-3-1||3-3-1||3-5-2|
|12 Washington Capitals||17||7||8||2||16||7||49||53||5-3-1||2-5-1||3-5-2|
|13 Pittsburgh Penguins||15||6||6||3||15||6||54||52||3-1-1||3-5-2||2-6-2|
|14 Buffalo Sabres||15||7||8||0||14||7||55||52||4-5-0||3-3-0||3-7-0|
|15 Ottawa Senators||15||5||9||1||11||5||51||53||4-5-0||1-4-1||2-7-1|
|16 Columbus Blue Jackets||14||4||9||1||9||4||38||61||3-5-0||1-4-1||3-6-1|
|1 Vegas Golden Knights||16||13||3||0||26||13||59||37||5-2-0||8-1-0||9-1-0|
|2 Winnipeg Jets||14||9||4||1||19||9||43||33||5-1-0||4-3-1||7-2-1|
|3 Los Angeles Kings||18||10||7||1||21||9||61||63||6-3-0||4-4-1||6-3-1|
|4 Dallas Stars||15||9||5||1||19||9||56||38||4-2-0||5-3-1||5-5-0|
|5 Seattle Kraken||16||8||5||3||19||8||52||45||3-4-2||5-1-1||6-3-1|
|6 Colorado Avalanche||14||8||5||1||17||7||51||38||4-2-1||4-3-0||6-4-0|
|7 Edmonton Oilers||16||9||7||0||18||9||59||58||4-5-0||5-2-0||6-4-0|
|8 Calgary Flames||15||7||6||2||16||7||47||50||6-4-1||1-2-1||3-5-2|
|9 Minnesota Wild||15||7||6||2||16||6||42||45||2-4-1||5-2-1||6-3-1|
|10 Chicago Blackhawks||15||6||6||3||15||6||38||46||4-3-1||2-3-2||3-4-3|
|11 Arizona Coyotes||15||6||8||1||13||6||40||54||1-2-1||5-6-0||5-4-1|
|12 Nashville Predators||15||6||8||1||13||5||40||51||3-3-1||3-5-0||4-6-0|
|13 San Jose Sharks||17||5||9||3||13||4||47||60||1-5-3||4-4-0||4-3-3|
|14 St. Louis Blues||14||6||8||0||12||6||34||50||2-4-0||4-4-0||3-7-0|
|15 Vancouver Canucks||16||4||9||3||11||4||53||66||2-3-1||2-6-2||4-5-1|
|16 Anaheim Ducks||15||4||10||1||9||2||42||68||2-4-0||2-6-1||3-7-0|
|COLLEGE BASKETBALL||TIME ET||TV|
|Grace Christian at Youngstown State||11:00am||ESPN+|
|Stonehill at Providence||5:00pm||FS2|
|App State at Louisville||6:00pm||ACCN|
|Northwestern at Georgetown||6:30pm||FS1|
|Kentucky vs. Michigan State||7:00pm||ESPN|
|Winthrop at Auburn||7:00pm||SECN|
|Central Connecticut at St. John’s||7:00pm||FS2|
|Binghamton at Maryland||7:00pm||BTN|
|Buffalo vs. UConn||7:00pm||CBSSN|
|Colgate at Syracuse||7:00pm||ESPN3|
|New Hampshire at Fordham||7:00pm||ESPN+|
|Penn at Drexel||7:00pm||FLOHOOPS|
|Stony Brook at Rhode Island||7:00pm||ESPN+|
|USC Upstate at Clemson||7:00pm||ESPN+|
|Florida A&M at Miami (FL)||7:00pm||ESPN+|
|Utah Valley at Wake Forest||7:00pm||ESPN+|
|Mercer at Georgia State||7:00pm||ESPN+|
|Bowling Green at Wright State||7:00pm||ESPN+|
|Bucknell at Saint Peter’s||7:00pm||ESPN+|
|Queens at La Salle||7:00pm||ESPN+|
|Morehead State at West Virginia||7:00pm||ESPN+|
|Rice at Middle Tennessee||7:00pm||ESPN+|
|Washington State at Prairie View A&M||7:00pm||ESPN+|
|Vanderbilt at Temple||7:00pm||ESPN+|
|McDaniel at Mount St. Mary’s||7:00pm||ESPN+|
|Morris at The Citadel||7:00pm||ESPN+|
|Morgan State at Akron||7:00pm||ESPN+|
|Lees-McRae at High Point||7:00pm||ESPN+|
|Dartmouth at Quinnipiac||7:00pm||ESPN+|
|Harris-Stowe at UT Martin||7:00pm||ESPN+|
|James Madison at Howard||7:00pm||–|
|Chattanooga at Ole Miss||7:30pm||SECN+|
|Alcorn State at Stephen F. Austin||7:30pm||ESPN+|
|Texas Lutheran at UIW||7:30pm||ESPN+|
|Gardner-Webb at North Carolina||8:00pm||ACCN|
|Pacific at North Dakota||8:00pm||–|
|SIUE at Missouri||8:00pm||ESPN+|
|Hardin-Simmons at UTA||8:00pm||ESPN+|
|Benedictine Mesa at Northern Arizona||8:00pm||ESPN+|
|McMurry at Abilene Christian||8:00pm||ESPN+|
|UNCW at Oklahoma||8:00pm||ESPN+|
|St. Bonaventure vs. South Dakota State||8:00pm||ESPN+|
|Indianapolis at WKU||8:00pm||ESPN+|
|New Mexico at SMU||8:00pm||ESPN+|
|Eastern Michigan at Bradley||8:00pm||ESPN+|
|Oral Roberts at Texas Southern||8:00pm||–|
|Marquette at Purdue||8:30pm||FS1|
|Fairfield at Xavier||9:00pm||FS2|
|Green Bay at Wisconsin||9:00pm||BTN|
|Memphis at Saint Louis||9:00pm||CBSSN|
|San Diego State at Stanford||9:00pm||PAC12|
|Montana State at Oregon||9:00pm||PAC12|
|FIU at NC State||9:00pm||ESPN3|
|Sul Ross at UTEP||9:00pm||CUSAtv|
|Duke vs. Kansas||9:30pm||ESPN|
|Alabama at South Alabama||10:00pm||ESPNU|
|William Jessup at Nevada||10:00pm||MWN|
|Vanguard at Pepperdine||10:00pm||WCC|
|Alabama State at San Jose State||10:00pm||MWN|
|California at UC San Diego||10:00pm||ESPN+|
|CSUN at California Baptist||10:00pm||ESPN+|
|Loyola Marymount at UC Irvine||10:00pm||ESPN+|
|Dayton at UNLV||11:00pm||CBSSN|
|Vermont at USC||11:00pm||PAC12|
|Bushnell at Oregon State||11:00pm||PAC12|
|COLLEGE FOOTBALL||TIME ET||TV|
|Bowling Green at Toledo||7:00pm||ESPNU|
|Ohio at Ball State||7:00pm||ESPN2|
|Memphis at New Orleans||7:30pm||TNT|
|LA Clippers at Dallas||8:30pm||Bally Sports|
|New York at Utah||9:00pm||MSG|
|Brooklyn at Sacramento||10:00pm||TNT|
|San Antonio at Portland||10:00pm||Bally Sports|
|Dallas at Tampa Bay||7:00pm||Bally Sports|
|New Jersey at Montréal||7:00pm||Sportsnet|
|Toronto at Pittsburgh||7:00pm||Sportsnet|
|Vancouver at Buffalo||7:00pm||MSG-BUF|
|Washington at Florida||7:00pm||NBCS-WSH|
|Philadelphia at Columbus||7:30pm||NBCS-PHI|
|Minnesota at Nashville||8:00pm||Bally Sports|
|Detroit at Anaheim||10:00pm||Bally Sports|
|San Jose at Vegas||10:00pm||ATTSN-RM|
|Women’s Friendly: Australia vs Thailand||3:30am||ESPN+|
|England FA Cup: Derby County vs Torquay United||2:45pm||ESPN+|
What to Watch: Tuesday, 11-15-22
|Memphis at New Orleans||7:30pm||TNT|
The Memphis Grizzlies(9-5) are fifth in the Western Conference and are 4-4 on the road this season. The New Orleans Pelicans(7-6) is first in the Western Conference and are 3-2 at home this season. Since 2021 the Grizzlies are 4-3 versus the Pelicans.
|Dallas at Tampa Bay||7:00pm||Bally Sports|
The Dallas Stars(19pts) are second in the Central division and are 5-3-1 on the road this season. The Tampa Bay Lightning(17pts) are third in the Atlantic division and are 4-2-1 at home this season. Last season the series was tied 1-1 and this will be the first matchup between both teams this season.
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