INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL STATE FINALS SCHEDULE
FRIDAY, NOV. 24, 2023
11 AM ET | CLASS 1A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
ADAMS CENTRAL (14-0) VS. INDIANAPOLIS LUTHERAN (12-0)
3 PM ET | CLASS 3A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
INDIANAPOLIS BISHOP CHATARD (14-0) VS. HERITAGE HILLS (13-1)
7 PM ET | CLASS 5A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
FORT WAYNE SNIDER (12-1) VS. DECATUR CENTRAL (11-2)
SATURDAY, NOV. 25, 2023
11 AM ET | CLASS 2A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
FORT WAYNE BISHOP LUERS (11-3) VS. NORTH POSEY (13-1)
3 PM ET | CLASS 4A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
NORTHWOOD (12-2) VS. EAST CENTRAL (14-0)
7 PM ET | CLASS 6A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
CROWN POINT (13-0) VS. BEN DAVIS (12-1)
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: ALL-MARION COUNTY TEAM
QB: THOMAS GOTKOWSKI, BEN DAVIS, SR. (PLAYER OF THE YEAR)
QB: MAVERICK GESKE, BREBEUF JESUIT, JR.
QB: DJ GORDON, PARK TUDOR, SR.
RB: JEREMIAH LEE, BEECH GROVE, JR.
RB: ALIJAH PRICE, BEN DAVIS, JR.
RB: IZAYVEON MOORE, LAWRENCE NORTH, FR.
WR: TAYLOR CLARK, BREBEUF JESUIT, JR.
WR: DAVION CHANDLER, LAWRENCE NORTH, JR. (OFFENSIVE POY)
WR: CASON RITZ, PARK TUDOR, SR.
TE: NIZYI DAVIS, LAWRENCE CENTRAL, JR.
OL: ANTHONY BOSWELL, BEN DAVIS, SR.
OL: JAMES WILLIAMS, LAWRENCE CENTRAL, SOPH.
OL: ADEDAMOLA AJANI, SPEEDWAY, SR.
OL: CAM HERRON, WARREN CENTRAL, JR.
OL: BRAYLON MADDOX, WARREN CENTRAL, SR.
K: BEN RUDOLPH, BEN DAVIS, SR.
DB: MARK ZACKERY IV, BEN DAVIS, JR. (DEFENSIVE POY)
DB: JAVAWN BROOKS, BREBEUF JESUIT, SR.
DB: MYKUL CAMPBELL, DECATUR CENTRAL, SOPH.
DB: JAYON HARVEY, FRANKLIN CENTRAL, SR.
DB: HUDAURI HINES, FRANKLIN CENTRAL, SR.
DB: KAMERON ARMSTRONG, LAWRENCE NORTH, SR.
LB: NYLAN BROWN, BEN DAVIS, SR.
LB: TOREEQ OYESIGI, BEN DAVIS, SR.
LB: HALBERT AGUIRRE, DECATUR CENTRAL, SR.
LB: MATAIO RUSSELL, LAWRENCE CENTRAL, SR.
LB: TY’SHAWN WOODSON, LAWRENCE NORTH, SR.
DL: DANTU GARDNER JR., LAWRENCE NORTH, SR.
DL: IFE ADEOBA, PIKE, JR.
DL: TYRONE BURRUS, WARREN CENTRAL, JR.
DL: DAMIEN SHANKLIN, WARREN CENTRAL, JR.
P: LEVI WISLER, RONCALLI, SR.
BEECH GROVE: CANTRELL BYRD
BEN DAVIS: ALVIN CONTRERAS
BREBEUF JESUIT: CJ HARRIS, LEROY LEWIS, PARKER MAIERS, QUINN WARREN
DECATUR CENTRAL: KC BERRY, MJ CAMPBELL, N’PO DODO, JAVIAN JONES, STEPHEN OYATAYO, CHRIS RICHMOND, ASHTON VOGEL
FRANKLIN CENTRAL: WILL MCKINLEY, ELIJAH SHANKLE
LAWRENCE CENTRAL: ROBERT BEASLEY, DALLAS BULLOCK, REID HARDIN, BRYSON LUTER, DARRYL MORTON JR.
LAWRENCE NORTH: MONTEZ JONES, ANTHONY LUDINGTON
LUTHERAN: JACK BEARD, DYLAN DUNCAN, BRAYDON HALL, JONNY HALL, DEVAUN JONES, TAUREAN LANGSTON, CAMERON MCHANEY, COLE SNOW, JACKSON WILLIS
NORTH CENTRAL: LEO OCHS
PARK TUDOR: BRENNAN DOKES, WILLIAM HARRIS, HAYDEN SOUZA, NOLAN WHITELAND
PERRY MERIDIAN: ISAIAH NEEDAM, ANDY WARREN
PIKE: KJ SEYMOUR
RONCALLI: BEN BRANDENBURG, DYLAN HENRY, CARTER SITZMAN
SOUTHPORT: CALVIN MILLER, URIA STEARMAN
SPEEDWAY: JAZZ COLEMAN
WARREN CENTRAL: JERIMY FINCH, MICHAEL MCDOWELL
COACH OF THE YEAR: RUSS MANN, BEN DAVIS
INDIANA BOYS BASKETBALL MONDAY
AUSTIN 100 CROTHERSVILLE 71
SHORTRIDGE 63 RIVERSIDE 54
CHICAGO BLOOM 60 HAMMOND CENTRAL 50
COVINGTON 79 SCHLARMAN, IL 32
INDIANA SRN BOYS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL PRE-SEASON WATCH LIST
JACK BENTER, BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL (PURDUE, 28.7 POINTS, 7.0 REBOUNDS, 4.5 ASSISTS)
FLORY BIDUNGA, KOKOMO (KANSAS, GATORADE PLAYER OF THE YEAR, 20.2 POINTS, 13.8 REBOUNDS AND 4.5 BLOCKED SHOTS)
DEZMON BRISCOE, INDIANAPOLIS ATTUCKS (15.6 POINTS, 11.1 REBOUNDS, 4.0 BLOCKED SHOTS AND 2.4 ASSISTS)
KJ WINDHAM, BEN DAVIS (NORTHWESTERN)
NIC BOOK, WESTFIELD (TRANSFER FROM OAK HILL ACADEMY)
DYLAND MURANS, GUERIN CATHOLIC
MICHAEL CHIGOZIE, CENTER GROVE (13.3PPG, 12.2 REBOUNDS AT WESTWOOD CHRISTIAN MIAMI,FL)
RYDER CATE, RICHMOND (BUTLER, 13.2 POINTS, 5.8 REBOUNDS)
JALEN HARALSON, LA LUMIERE (TRANSFER FROM FISHERS TO LA LUMIERE 23.4 POINTS, 7.7 REBOUNDS, 3.9 ASSISTS AND 1.1 STEALS)
JAEDIN REYNA, HAMMOND NOLL (16.2 POINTS, 3.6 ASSISTS, 2.6 REBOUNDS AND 2.2 STEALS)
BRAUNTAE JOHNSON, FORT WAYNE NORTH (NOTRE DAME-FOOTBALL, 20.8 POINTS, 7.7 REBOUNDS, 4.4 ASSISTS AND 3.6 STEALS)
MICAH DAVIS, FRANKLIN (EASTERN KENTUCKY, 17.3 POINTS, 5.1 REBOUNDS, 3.9 ASSISTS AND 1.7 STEALS)
RON RUTLAND, INDIANAPOLIS ATTUCKS (UINDY, 18.0 POINTS, 3.8 REBOUNDS AND 3.1 ASSISTS)
JOSIAH GUSTIN, PENDLETON HEIGHTS (13.3 POINTS, 7.6 REBOUNDS, 2.4 BLOCKED SHOTS AND 2.1 ASSISTS)
EVAN HAYWOOD, BREBEUF JESUIT (BUTLER, 14.3 POINTS, 4.3 REBOUNDS AND 1.8 STEALS)
JAXON PARDON, CARROLL (FORT WAYNE) 15.5 POINTS, 3.6 REBOUNDS, 2.4 ASSISTS AND 1.6 STEALS)
KOBI BOWLES, LAWRENCE NORTH (13.2 POINTS, 3.1 REBOUNDS, 2.7 ASSISTS, 2.5 STEALS)
JEVON LEWIS, FORT WAYNE WAYNE (16.6 POINTS, 6.4 ASSISTS AND 2.1 STEALS)
JOSIAH DUNHAM, EVANSVILLE CHRISTIAN (24.6 POINTS, 5.4 ASSISTS, 5.3 REBOUNDS AND 2.5 STEALS)
TARAY HOWELL, EVANSVILLE BOSSE (23.2 POINTS, 4.0 ASSISTS, 3.7 REBOUNDS AND 3.0 STEALS)
TYLER PARRISH, CHESTERTON (20.7 POINTS, 3.3 ASSISTS AND 2.7 REBOUNDS)
JUSTIN SIMS, CHESTERTON (16.5 POINTS, 7.5 REBOUNDS AND 1.8 BLOCKED SHOTS)
DEZHON HALL, PIKE (17.3 PONTS, 2.8 REBOUNDS AT TINDLEY)
KALEB MILAN, BEN DAVIS (TRANSFER FROM SCECINA, 10.4 POINTS, 5.2 REBOUNDS)
TADEN METZGER, FISHERS
JONANTHONY HALL, FISHERS
BARIS MOORE, KOKOMO (TRANSFER FROM TAYLOR, 12.2 POINTS, 2.8 ASSISTS, 2.4 STEALS)
BRAYLON MULLINS, GREENFIELD-CENTRAL (16.9 POINTS, 5.2 REBOUNDS, 2.6 STEALS AND 2.3 ASSISTS)
TUCKER TORNATTA, EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL
NATE ORR, HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN (TRANSFER FROM LA LUMIERE)
ISAAC ANDREWS, WAPAHANI
CAM REICH, SPEEDWAY (TRANSFER FROM BROWNSBURG)
JESIAH SLOSS, BROWNSBURG (TRANSFER FROM EVANSVILLE HARRISON)
TREY BUCHANAN, WESTFIELD
BRADY KOEHLER, CATHEDRAL
BRADEN WALTERS, TERRE HAUTE NORTH (TRANSFER FROM LINTON STOCKTON, 6.4 POINTS, 6.0 ASSISTS)
AARON FINE, NOBLESVILLE
JUSTIN CURRY, NOBLESVILLE
JAELYN JOHNSON, PORTAGE
ISAAC ANDREWS, WAPAHANI
SABIEN CAIN, UNIVERSITY
CARTER KENT, JENNINGS COUNTY
AJANI WASHINGTON, NEW HAVEN (TRANSFER FROM FW CONCORDIA, 14.4 POINTS, 4.8 REBOUNDS)
CHASE KONIECZNY, SOUTH BEND ST. JOSEPH (19.0 POINTS, 6.4 REBOUNDS, 1.6 ASSISTS AND 1.3 STEALS)
TYLER PARRISH, CHESTERTON
BRENNAN MILLER, LAWRENCE NORTH
GAVIN BETTEN, MANCHESTER (21.4 POINTS, 11.6 REBOUNDS AND 3.1 BLOCKED SHOTS)
KELLEN PICKETT, FORT WAYNE BLACKHAWK CHRISTIAN (13.9 POINTS, 8.0 REBOUNDS AND 1.9 ASSISTS)
AZAVIER ROBINSON, LAWRENCE NORTH (20.3 POINTS, 7.6 REBOUNDS, 3.1 ASSISTS AND 2.6 STEALS)
JUSTIN SIMS, CHESTERTON
TRENT SISLEY, HERITAGE HILLS (26.3 POINTS, 10.2 REBOUNDS, 2.9 ASSISTS AND 2.4 BLOCKED SHOTS)
TREY BUCHANAN, WESTFIELD
KODY CLANCY, SCOTTSBURG
DAVID CUNDIFF, MUNSTER
BRAYLEN LANGLEY, EVANSVILLE REITZ
MICAH DAVIS, FRANKLIN
TARAY HOWELL, EVANSVILLE BOSSE
LUKE LINDEMAN, BLOOMINGTON NORTH (11.7 POINTS, 4.7 REBOUNDS, 1.8 ASSISTS AND 1.3 STEALS)
DOMINIQUE MURPHY, EAST CHICAGO CENTRAL (22.5 POINTS, 6.5 REBOUNDS AND 1.4 STEALS)
DREW SNIVELY, ZIONSVILLE
CHASE BARNES, FW WAYNE (13.9 POINTS AND 3.3 REBOUNDS)
TYLER RAASCH, NORTHWOOD
TRE SINGLETON, JEFFERSONVILLE (13.5 POINTS AND 8.1 REBOUNDS)
MICHAEL COOPER, JEFFERSONVILLE (13.1 POINTS, 3.0 REBOUNDS AND 2.5 ASSISTS)
ALEX COUTO, CARMEL
ROBERT SORENSEN, GUERIN CATHOLIC (14.0 POINTS, 4.6 REBOUNDS)
JAYMEN TOWNSEND, MARION (19.3 POINTS, 7.6 REBOUNDS, 2.4 ASSISTS AND 1.7 STEALS)
GRADY CARPENTER, TIPTON (15.4 POINTS, 7.4 ASSISTS AND 6.3 REBOUNDS)
FLETCHER COLE, PAOLI
JOSIAH DUNHAM, EVANSVILLE CHRISTIAN
WILL HARMON, FOUNTAIN CENTRAL
KEAGEN HOLDER, MORGAN TOWNSHIP
KYLER KRULL, WHITKO
NOAH LOVAN, PROVIDENCE
JAKE MCGRAW, CLINTON PRAIRIE
KASYM NASH, BORDEN
JULIEN SMITH, MT. VERNON (13.1 POINTS, 3.8 REBOUNDS AND 1.2 STEALS)
JOSHUA RENFRO, CHRISTIAN ACADEMY OF INDIANA
ISAAC SCHULTZ, ADAMS CENTRAL
NOLAN SWAN, TIPTON
LONTE WARD JR., INDIANAPOLIS LUTHERAN
IZAAK WRIGHT, WABASH
TREY DILLARD, FW WAYNE
MASON ARTHUR, NEW WASHINGTON
ZAYVION BAKER, TERRE HAUTE SOUTH
JOSIAH BALL, MACONAQUAH
BRADYN BARTH, WEST NOBLE
NOAH SMITH, PLAINFIELD
TY BROWN, SOUTH SPENCER
STEPHEN AKASE, TIPPECANOE VALLEY
ALLEN BRIGGS, MICHIGAN CITY
NICOT BURNETT, MT. VERNON (POSEY)
CAM CASKY, PIKE
TYSON CHUPP, BETHANY CHRISTIAN
GARRETT CLARK, PORTAGE
JACKSON CLOWERS, MT. VERNON (POSEY)
CAM CRAIG, SWITZERLAND COUNTY
P.J. DOUGLAS, JEFFERSONVILLE
ELI ELLIS, PLAINFIELD
KEATON ALDRIDGE JR., CATHEDRAL
LUKE ELLSPERMANN, EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL
LUKE ERTEL, MT. VERNON (FORTVILLE) 13.0 POINTS, 6.3 REBOUNDS, 4.3 ASSISTS AND 1.2 STEALS)
EVAN GAGNON, NORTH NEWTON
JULIAN GISH, PIKE CENTRAL
JACKSON GRAFF, NORTH POSEY
LANDEN HALE, HEBRON
COLBY HALL, BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL
IAN HALL, ORLEANS
MASON HARVEY, SETON CATHOLIC (17.7 POINTS)
AYDAN HEAD, HENRYVILLE
DAVID BRIGHAM JR., CHRISTEL HOUSE MANUAL (14.0 POINTS, 4.1 ASSISTS AND 3.4 REBOUNDS)
PARKER HEHMAN, BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL
COLE HENRY, SOUTH RIPLEY
AIDEN HIBBARD, ELKHART CHRISTIAN
D’AMARE HOOD, DELTA
CEDRIC HORTON, RICHMOND (15.9 POINTS PER GAME AND HAD 4.0 REBOUNDS, 1.8 STEALS AND 1.7 ASSISTS)
MASON CARPENTER, RICHMOND (12.8 POINTS, 3.2 REBOUNDS, 2.2 STEALS AND 2.0 ASSISTS)
CANNEN HOUSER, CARROLL (FORT WAYNE)
REID HOWARD, FOREST PARK
BRAYDEN HUEBNER, EVANSVILLE NORTH
WILLIAM JAMISON, HOMESTEAD
CADE KAISER, BATESVILLE
MATTHEW KING, HAMMOND CENTRAL
EVAN LAWRENCE, DANVILLE
CALEB LEHRMAN, FORT WAYNE BISHOP DWENGER
JAMISON LEWIS, SOUTHWESTERN (HANOVER)
JORDAN LOMAX, AVON
J.T. MAY, SHAKAMAK
MICAH MCCLURE, ADAMS CENTRAL
JACKSON MCGEE, LEO
WIATT MCLAUGHLIN, WHITELAND
MALACHI MCNAIR, EVANSVILLE HARRISON
JACK MILLER, SCOTTSBURG
SAM MLAGAN, BETHESDA CHRISTIAN
QUADE MORTON, PIKE CENTRAL
KADEN MUCKERHEIDE, NORTH DECATUR
BLAKE NEILL, BLOOMFIELD
JAXON PARDON, CARROLL (FORT WAYNE)
DEVION PENNY, LAFAYETTE JEFF
GRANT PORATH, BROWNSBURG
JORDAN LOMAX, BROWNSBURG (TRANSFER FROM AVON, 17.3 POINTS, 5.5 REBOUNDS)
STEVEN REYNOLDS, SOUTH BEND WASHINGTON
MAX ROBERTSON, TRI-WEST
MATTHEW ROETTGER, PERU
BRAD ROHDE, HANOVER CENTRAL
TREY ROMINGER, PAOLI
ETHAN ROSEMAN, INDIANAPOLIS BISHOP CHATARD
ALEX ROSS, PERU
TREIGH SCHELSKY, PARKE HERITAGE
JOEY SCHMITZ, CENTER GROVE
ALBERT SCHWARTZ, LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC
ELI SEGO, TRITON CENTRAL
LANDON SICHTING, INDIAN CREEK (18.0 POINTS)
SHANE SIMS, EVANSVILLE HARRISON
EJ HAZELETT, FRANKLIN CENTRAL
HUNTER SISSON, BENTON CENTRAL
BEN SLAGLEY, NEW PALESTINE
JACK SMILEY, VALPARAISO (14.1 POINTS, 3.4 ASSISTS AND 2.8 REBOUNDS)
JACOB SMITH, LAKE CENTRAL
ZEKE TANOOS, WEST VIGO
KADEN TEMPLE, EASTERN (PEKIN)
KIERAN TEWARI, YORKTOWN
COLE THOMAS, SOUTH CENTRAL (ELIZABETH)
TUCKER TORNATTA, EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL
ELIJAH WAGNER, EVANSVILLE BOSSE
HUNTER WALSTON, NOBLESVILLE
BRADEN WALTERS, LINTON-STOCKTON
AJANI WASHINGTON, FORT WAYNE CONCORDIA
CAMDEN WEBSTER, KANKAKEE VALLEY
MICHAEL WELLMAN, PORTAGE
LEMETRIUS WILLIAMS, GARY 21ST CENTURY
ETHAN WOLFE, NORTHWOOD
JACKSON WORS, DELTA
TREY YODER, WOODLAN
MARK ZACHERY IV, BEN DAVIS
ETHAN MARTIN, CRISPUS ATTUCKS (TRANSFER FROM SHORTRIDGE, 8.1 POINTS)
STEVEN REYNOLDS III, SOUTH BEND WASHINGTON (13.3 POINTS, 3.8 REBOUNDS, 1.1 ASSISTS AND 1.1 STEALS)
WYATT ZELLERS, SCOTTSBURG
LUKE LAWRENCE, EVANSVILLE REITZ, (9.4 POINTS, TRANSFER FROM EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL)
SETH LARAVIA, PENDLETON HEIGHTS (TRANSFER FROM WESTFIELD)
MASON LEWIS, CRISPUS ATTUCKS (8.3 POINTS, TRANSFER FROM NORTH CENTRAL)
JAMES KALALA, SOUTHPORT (9.2 POINTS, 5.6 REBOUNDS TRANSFER FROM VICTORY CHRISTIAN, CHARLOTTE)
DAMIEN KING, ANDERSON (11.5 POINTS, 4.8 REBOUNDS AND 1.2 STEALS)
ERIC JACKSON, CRISPUS ATTUCKS
KAI MCGREW, LAWRENCE NORTH, 10.6 POINTS, 8.5 REBOUNDS TRANSFER FROM AURORA, CO)
DEANDRE LOTT, AVON (TRANSFER FROM CRISPUS ATTUCKS, 8.3 PONTS, 4.9 REBOUNDS AT ATTUCKS)
GIRLS HS BASKETBALL MONDAY
CARROLL (FLORA) 52, FAITH CHRISTIAN 29
COWAN 26, ELWOOD 23
DUBOIS 41, WOOD MEMORIAL 22
EDGEWOOD 49, WHITE RIVER VALLEY 37
EMINENCE 59, MOORESVILLE CHRISTIAN 6
GREENFIELD 57, HERITAGE CHRISTIAN 45
HAUSER 39, SOUTHWESTERN (SHELBY) 22
JAC-CEN-DEL 44, OLDENBURG 31
MONROVIA 76, WALDRON 64
MORGAN TWP. 52, BOONE GROVE 27
N. KNOX 63, EVANSVILLE CHRISTIAN 42
N. NEWTON 32, ATTICA 28
NORTHFIELD 49, PERU 39
PERRY CENTRAL 52, CANNELTON 17
PLYMOUTH 50, LOGANSPORT
PLYMOUTH 50, LOGANSPORT 37
S. DECATUR 56, COLUMBUS CHRISTIAN 15
S. PUTNAM 49, SOUTHMONT 41
SOUTHWESTERN (HANOVER) 32, MADISON 25
WAPAHANI 71, MUNCIE BURRIS 23
WARREN CENTRAL 55, INDPLS TECH 16
COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
TUESDAY, NOV. 21
BOWLING GREEN AT WESTERN MICHIGAN | 7 P.M. | ESPNU
EASTERN MICHIGAN AT BUFFALO | 7:30 P.M. | ESPN2
THURSDAY, NOV. 23
TUSKEGEE AT ALABAMA STATE | 3 P.M. | ESPN+
OLE MISS AT MISSISSIPPI STATE | 7:30 P.M. | ESPN
FRIDAY, NOV. 24
TCU AT OKLAHOMA | 12 P.M. | FOX
IOWA AT NEBRASKA | 12 P.M. | CBS
MIAMI (FLA.) AT BOSTON COLLEGE | 12 P.M. | ABC
MEMPHIS AT TULANE | 12 P.M. | ESPN
TOLEDO AT CENTRAL MICHIGAN | 12 P.M. | ESPNU
OHIO AT AKRON | 12 P.M.
UTSA AT TULANE | 3:30 P.M. | ABC
UTAH STATE AT NEW MEXICO | 3:30 P.M. | CBSSN
MISSOURI AT ARKANSAS | 4 P.M. | CBS
AIR FORCE AT BOSTON COLLEGE | 4 P.M. | FS1
TEXAS TECH AT TEXAS | 7:30 P.M. | ABC
PENN STATE AT MICHIGAN STATE | 7:30 P.M. | NBC
OREGON STATE AT OREGON | 8:30 P.M. | FOX
SATURDAY, NOV. 25
OHIO STATE AT MICHIGAN | 12 P.M. | FOX
TEXAS A&M AT LSU | 12 P.M. | ESPN
INDIANA AT PURDUE | 12 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK
MIDDLE TENNESSEE AT SAM HOUSTON | 12 P.M. | ESPN+
UCONN AT UMASS | 12 P.M. | ESPN+
NAVY AT SMU | 12 P.M. | ESPN2
TROY AT SOUTHERN MISS | 12 P.M. | ESPNU
NORTHERN ILLINOIS AT KENT STATE | 12 P.M. | ESPN+
FLORIDA ATLANTIC AT RICE | 1 P.M. | ESPN+
TULSA AT EAST CAROLINA | 2 P.M. | ESPN+
UAB AT NORTH TEXAS | 2 P.M. | ESPN+
GEORGIA STATE AT OLD DOMINION | 2 P.M. | ESPN+
SOUTHERN VS. GRAMBLING (IN NEW ORLEANS) | 2 P.M. | NBC
WESTERN KENTUCKY AT FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL | 3 P.M. | ESPN+
UL MONROE AT LOUISIANA | 3 P.M. | ESPN+
VANDERBILT AT TENNESSEE | 3:30 P.M. | SEC NETWORK
NORTHWESTERN AT ILLINOIS | 3:30 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK
WISCONSIN AT MINNESOTA | 3:30 P.M. | FS1
MARYLAND AT RUTGERS | 3:30 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK
LIBERTY AT UTEP | 3:30 P.M. | CBSSN
GEORGIA SOUTHERN AT APPALACHIAN STATE | 3:30 P.M. | ESPNU
JAMES MADISON AT COASTAL CAROLINA | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN2
ARKANSAS STATE AT MARSHALL | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN+
WASHINGTON STATE AT WASHINGTON | 4 P.M. | FOX
JACKSONVILLE STATE AT NEW MEXICO STATE | 4 P.M. | ESPN+
FLORIDA STATE AT FLORIDA | 7 P.M. | ESPN
NOTRE DAME AT STANFORD | 7 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORK
GEORGIA AT GEORGIA TECH | 7:30 P.M. | ABC
CLEMSON AT SOUTH CAROLINA | 7:30 P.M. | SEC NETWORK
CHARLOTTE AT SOUTH FLORIDA | 7:30 P.M. | ESPNU
WYOMING AT NEVADA | 9 P.M. | CBSSN
CAL AT UCLA | 10:30 P.M. | ESPN
COLORADO STATE AT HAWAI’I | 11 P.M. | SPECTRUM SPORTS PPV
ALABAMA AT AUBURN
KENTUCKY AT LOUISVILLE
ARIZONA AT ARIZONA STATE
NORTH CAROLINA AT NC STATE
IOWA STATE AT KANSAS STATE
COLORADO AT UTAH
BYU AT OKLAHOMA STATE
KANSAS AT CINCINNATI
PITT AT DUKE
WAKE FOREST AT SYRACUSE
VIRGINIA TECH AT VIRGINIA
WEST VIRGINIA AT BAYLOR
HOUSTON AT UCF
MIAMI (OHIO) AT BALL STATE
FRESNO STATE AT SAN DIEGO STATE
PHILADELPHIA 21 KANSAS CITY 17
WEEK 12 SCHEDULE
GREEN BAY PACKERS AT DETROIT LIONS (THANKSGIVING) 12:30P (ET) 12:30P FOX
WASHINGTON COMMANDERS AT DALLAS COWBOYS (THANKSGIVING) 3:30P (CT) 4:30P CBS
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS AT SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (THANKSGIVING) 5:20P (PT) 8:20P NBC
MIAMI DOLPHINS AT NEW YORK JETS (FRI) 3:00P (ET) 3:00P PRIME VIDEO
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS AT ATLANTA FALCONS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX
PITTSBURGH STEELERS AT CINCINNATI BENGALS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS
JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS AT HOUSTON TEXANS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P CBS
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS AT INDIANAPOLIS COLTS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS AT NEW YORK GIANTS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX
CAROLINA PANTHERS AT TENNESSEE TITANS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P FOX
LOS ANGELES RAMS AT ARIZONA CARDINALS 2:05P (MST) 4:05P FOX
CLEVELAND BROWNS AT DENVER BRONCOS 2:05P (MT) 4:05P FOX
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS AT LAS VEGAS RAIDERS 1:25P (PT) 4:25P CBS
BUFFALO BILLS AT PHILADELPHIA EAGLES 4:25P (ET) 4:25P CBS
BALTIMORE RAVENS AT LOS ANGELES CHARGERS 5:20P (PT) 8:20P NBC*
CHICAGO BEARS AT MINNESOTA VIKINGS (MON) 7:15P (CT) 8:15P ESPN*
MEN’S TOP 25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCORES
#1 KANSAS 83 CHAMINADE 56
#2 PURDUE 73 #11 GONZAGA 63
#4 MARQUETTE 71 UCLA 69
#5 UCONN 81 #15 TEXAS 71
#7 TENNESSEE 73 SYRACUSE 56
#16 KENTUCKY 96 ST. JOSEPH’S 88 OT
#18 COLORADO 64 RICHMOND 59
WISCONSIN 65 #24 VIRGINIA 41
MEN’S AP COLLEGE BASKETBALL POLL
1 KANSAS 3 – 0
2 PURDUE 3 – 0
3 ARIZONA 5 – 0
4 MARQUETTE 3 – 0
5 UCONN 4 – 0
6 HOUSTON 6 – 0
7 TENNESSEE 3 – 0
8 CREIGHTON 4 – 0
9 DUKE 3 – 1
10 MIAMI FLORIDA 5 – 0
11 GONZAGA 2 – 0
12 TEXAS A&M 4 – 0
13 BAYLOR 4 – 0
14 NORTH CAROLINA 3 – 0
15 TEXAS 4 – 0
16 KENTUCKY 3 – 1
17 ALABAMA 4 – 0
18 COLORADO 3 – 0
19 FLORIDA ATLANTIC 2 – 1
20 ARKANSAS 3 – 1
21 MICHIGAN STATE 3 – 2
22 JAMES MADISON 4 – 0
23 USC 3 – 1
24 VIRGINIA 4 – 0
25 MISSISSIPPI STATE 5 – 0
WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL TOP 25 SCOREBOARD
#24 OLE MISS 60 MICHIGAN 49
#15 OHIO STATE 79 E. CAROLINA 55
#9 VIRGINIA TECH 72 NORTH CAROLINA GREENSBORO 51
#1 SOUTH CAROLINA 78 SOUTH DAKOTA STATE 38
#7 LSU 106 TEXAS SOUTHERN 47
#8 USC 64 SETON HALL 54
WOMEN’S AP COLLEGE BASKETBALL POLL
1 SOUTH CAROLINA 3 – 0
2 UCLA 4 – 0
3 COLORADO 4 – 0
4 STANFORD 4 – 0
5 IOWA 4 – 1
6 UCONN 3 – 1
7 LSU 4 – 1
8 USC 3 – 0
9 VIRGINIA TECH 2 – 1
10 NORTH CAROLINA STATE 4 – 0
10 UTAH 4 – 1
12 TEXAS 4 – 0
13 FLORIDA STATE 4 – 0
14 BAYLOR 3 – 0
15 OHIO STATE 2 – 1
16 KANSAS STATE 4 – 0
17 NOTRE DAME 3 – 1
18 NORTH CAROLINA 4 – 0
19 TENNESSEE 3 – 1
20 LOUISVILLE 4 – 0
21 INDIANA 3 – 1
22 OKLAHOMA 5 – 0
23 WASHINGTON STATE 5 – 0
24 OLE MISS 4 – 1
25 MISSISSIPPI STATE 5 – 0
DENVER 107 DETROIT 103
MILWAUKEE 142 WASHINGTON 129
CHARLOTTE 121 BOSTON 118 OT
NEW ORLEANS 129 SACRAMENTO 93
MIAMI 118 CHICAGO 100
MINNESOTA 117 NEW YORK 100
LA CLIPPERS 124 SAN ANTONIO 99
GOLDEN STATE 121 HOUSTON 116
FLORIDA 5 EDMONTON 3
TAMPA BAY 5 BOSTON 4 OT
DALLAS 6 NY RANGERS 3
NASHVILLE 4 COLORADO 3
LOS ANGELES 4 ARIZONA 1
CALGARY 4 SEATTLE 3 OT
VANCOUVER 3 SAN JOSE 1
NATIONAL SPORTS RELEASES/HEADLINES
EAGLES RALLY PAST CHIEFS TO IMPROVE TO 9-1
Jalen Hurts rushed for two touchdowns and the Philadelphia Eagles overcame a 10-point halftime deficit to beat the host Kansas City Chiefs 21-17 on Monday night in a Super Bowl rematch.
D’Andre Swift rushed for a touchdown and had 107 scrimmage yards (76 rushing, 31 receiving) as the Eagles, who own the best record in the NFL at 9-1, won their fourth straight game. DeVonta Smith caught six passes for 99 yards, including a long one that set up the winning score.
Patrick Mahomes threw two touchdowns but also threw two interceptions and finished with just 177 passing yards. He completed 24 of 43 passes for the Chiefs. Travis Kelce and Justin Watson had touchdown receptions for Kansas City (7-3).
The Week 11 showdown was a rematch of the highly competitive Super Bowl LVII. The Chiefs won the game 38-35 thanks to Harrison Butker’s game-winning 27-yard field goal with eight seconds remaining.
Hurts was 14-of-22 passing for 150 yards and one interception on Monday. He was harassed repeatedly in the first half when he was sacked five times. But the Eagles didn’t allow one in the second half.
Chris Jones and Trent McDuffie each had two sacks for the Chiefs. Kelce had seven receptions but just 44 yards.
Philadelphia moved ahead for the first time at 21-17 with 6:20 remaining.
The touchdown was set up by Hurts’ 41-yard pass to Smith to the Kansas City 1-yard line. The Eagles then called for the ‘Tush Push’ and Hurts received the usual extra help while plunging in for the score.
The Chiefs later took over from their 9-yard line with 2:49 remaining. Kansas City had second down from its 49-yard line when Mahomes threw deep but Marquez Valdes-Scantling dropped the pass despite being open inside the Philadelphia 5.
Later in the possession, Mahomes’ pass on fourth-and-25 was incomplete and the Eagles took over with 1:28 left and ran out the clock.
The Eagles pulled within 17-14 when Hurts scored on a 10-yard keeper on third-and-5 with 4:05 left in the third quarter.
Mahomes threw two touchdowns to help the Chiefs hold a 17-7 halftime lead.
Kansas City got on the board when Mahomes tossed a 3-yard scoring pass to Watson with 5:34 left in the first quarter.
The Eagles knotted the score on Swift’s 4-yard run with 31 seconds remaining in the opening period.
The Chiefs scored 10 points in the final two minutes of the half. Mahomes hit Kelce on a 4-yard touchdown pass with 1:45 left and Butker booted a 43-yarder as time expired.
SEAHAWKS BELIEVE QB GENO SMITH SHOULD MAKE IT BACK IN TIME FOR THURSDAY’S GAME VS. 49ERS
RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll says he believes quarterback Geno Smith will be able to recover from an arm injury in time for Thursday’s game against San Francisco.
Speaking Monday on his weekly radio show on KIRO-AM, Carroll said Smith suffered a contusion to the tendon where the triceps meets the elbow in the 17-16 loss to the Los Angeles Rams. Smith was injured in the second half on a hit from Aaron Donald.
Asked if Smith would be ready for the 49ers, Carroll said, “I would think so.”
“It’s a good sign that he’s functional, so that’s not the issue. It’s just how sore he is,” Carroll said.
Smith was replaced by Drew Lock for two drives in the fourth quarter, but Smith returned for Seattle’s final possession and completed 3 of 5 passes to get into field-goal range, but Jason Myers missed a 55-yard attempt in the final seconds.
Smith finished 22 of 34 for 233 yards and one touchdown.
“We’ll see how he responds the next couple of days, but it was a good sign that he was functional and could throw the football all right,” Carroll said.
JETS STARTING TIM BOYLE AT QB VS. DOLPHINS IN PLACE OF THE BENCHED ZACH WILSON, AP SOURCES SAY
Tim Boyle will be the New York Jets’ starting quarterback against the Miami Dolphins on Friday, two people familiar with the decision told The Associated Press.
Boyle replaces the benched Zach Wilson, who took over as the starter when Aaron Rodgers tore his left Achilles tendon four snaps into his debut with New York on Sept. 11.
It will be the 29-year-old Boyle’s fourth NFL start and his first since 2021 with the Detroit Lions. The people spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Monday because the team hasn’t announced the decision, which was first reported by NFL Network.
Wilson and the Jets’ offense have struggled mightily this season, and coach Robert Saleh pulled the 2021 No. 2 overall draft pick late in the third quarter of New York’s 32-6 loss at Buffalo on Sunday.
Boyle replaced Wilson — and now gets a chance at the starting job on a short week for the Jets as they face the AFC East-rival Dolphins in the NFL’s first game played on Black Friday.
Boyle went 7 of 14 for 33 yards and an interception after replacing Wilson, who was 7 of 15 for 81 yards and a touchdown and an INT.
“When things aren’t getting done, change has got to be made,” Wilson said after the game. “And I understand that.”
The poor performance Sunday came after some changes were made on offense last week, including waiving running back Michael Carter, giving more snaps to youngsters such as tight end Jeremy Ruckert, running back Israel Abanikanda and wide receivers Xavier Gipson and Jason Brownlee, and moving offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett from the sideline to a booth.
None of it seemed to work.
Meanwhile, Rodgers is trying to make an unprecedented quick return from his torn Achilles tendon. He said he has his sights set on playing again next month — as long as he’s cleared by doctors and the Jets (4-6) are in playoff contention.
Unless things improve dramatically on offense, though, the postseason might be little more than a pipe dream. The Jets have not made the playoffs in 12 straight seasons, the NFL’s longest active drought.
Boyle will get the chance now to try to right things for New York in place of Wilson, who was benched twice last season before the Jets pursued and acquired Rodgers in the offseason. Veteran quarterback Trevor Siemian is also on New York’s practice squad.
“I thought Tim came in, he was decisive, he got rid of the ball,” Saleh said after the game. “He did some good things.”
The Jets are among the bottom of the NFL rankings in several categories on offense, including conversion percentage on both third down and in the red zone. New York went 0 for 11 on third down, but went 4 for 5 on fourth down against Buffalo. The Jets scored their first touchdown on offense since Oct. 29 on their only trip inside the Bills 20 on Sunday.
Boyle was signed in 2018 as an undrafted free agent out of Eastern Kentucky by Green Bay, where he was a teammate of Rodgers for three seasons. He signed with Detroit in 2021 and started three games that season for the Lions – his only previous starts. Boyle was signed by Chicago off Detroit’s practice squad in November 2022 and spent the rest of the season with the Bears.
He has thrown for 607 yards and three TDs with nine interceptions in 18 NFL games.
49ERS ALL-PRO S TALANOA HUFANGA TORE ACL
San Francisco 49ers All-Pro safety Talanoa Hufanga is out for the rest of the season with a torn ACL.
Niners head coach Kyle Shanahan announced Monday that tests confirmed the team’s fears that the non-contact injury he sustained during Sunday’s win over Tampa Bay was indeed season-ending.
“They don’t think there was any meniscus or anything, so it was as clean as it could be for just being ACL,” Shanahan told reporters. “He’ll need a plan for training camp, but with the time and everything, if everything goes smoothly, he should be ready for Week 1” of 2024.
Hufanga suffered the injury in the third quarter trying to make a tackle on Bucs running back Rachaad White, who deked Hufanga, leading to the safety’s knee buckling when he tried to change directions.
Hufanga was replaced by rookie Ji-Ayir Brown, who broke up a pass in the end zone and had an interception in the 27-14 win over the Buccaneers. Brown is expected to start the rest of the season.
Hufanga, 23, had three interceptions and three passes defensed in 10 starts this season and was fourth on the team in tackles (52). He had four INTs in 2022 that led to All-Pro and Pro Bowl selections. The Niners selected Hufanga in the fifth round of the 2021 draft.
PATRIOTS OC IMPLIES STARTING QB IS OPEN FOR WEEK 12
New England offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien left the door open Monday that Mac Jones might not be the starting quarterback in Week 12 for the 2-8 Patriots.
Meeting with reporters
Meeting with reporters coming out of their bye week, O’Brien hinted that this week’s starter against the New York Giants (3-8) could be determined in practice.
“For me, I basically get everybody ready to play,” O’Brien said when asked if Jones was still the team’s starter. “At the end of the day, Bill (Belichick) will make that decision at some point and we’ll go from there.”
O’Brien said Jones still took first-team reps last week but said backup Bailey Zappe and third-string QB Will Grier also “rotated in there.”
“You have to strive for perfection on the practice field and then hopefully that leads to good execution in the games,” O’Brien said. “Right now, we haven’t had consistent enough execution in the games. … We have to have good practices, and then we can all determine, at every position, who should play the most.”
Jones was benched — again — in the Patriots’ ugly loss to the Indianapolis Colts in Germany on Nov. 12. The end of his day came after badly underthrowing an open Mike Gesicki in the end zone. It was the third time this season Jones has been yanked from a game.
O’Brien erupted at Jones earlier in the game on the sideline.
“I think that was just coaching in the moment,” O’Brien said. “That’s kinda the way I coach. Sometimes the way to get a point across is to be very demanding and very intense about it. That’s just the way I coach. That’s who I am. That’s how I’ve always coached. Sometimes that rubs certain players the wrong way. Sometimes players want that. I don’t want to speak for Mac, but I think Mac wants to be coached.”
Jones, 25, has thrown for 2,031 yards and 10 touchdowns against 10 interceptions this season. The Patriots picked him 15th overall in the 2021 NFL Draft.
BILLS’ DAWKINS BLASTS JETS AFTER TUNNEL SKIRMISH: ‘DISRESPECTFUL PLAYERS’
Bills offensive tackle Dion Dawkins criticized the Jets and their players after he was involved in a postgame altercation in the tunnel at Highmark Stadium following Buffalo’s 32-6 win over New York on Sunday.
“I’m a humble guy,” Dawkins said, according to ESPN. “I’m not a fan, man. I’m not a fan of the Jets. Very disrespectful players. It’s what it is, and when we can run and pass and beat a team like that, cool. Thumbs up.”
He added: “Guys playing with a lot of emotion and a lot of physicality, but just a lot of B.S., man. A lot of B.S. like those guys, it’s what it is.”
Dawkins was flagged for unnecessary roughness after a scuffle with Jets defensive lineman Micheal Clemons in the fourth quarter. The Bills’ lineman then did a dramatic flop after making contact with the Jets’ defender. The two later had a skirmish in the tunnel after the matchup and had to be separated.
Dawkins has started 100 games for the Bills since joining the team as a second-round pick in 2017. Meanwhile, Clemons – a former Round 4 selection – is in his second NFL season.
“I don’t even know what happened, but Clemons was real mad about something,” Jets cornerback D.J. Reed said, according to Brian Costello of the New York Post. “I’m sure that the player did something to him that provoked him.”
Reed continued: “It was like some beef or whatever on the field. They have the same tunnel, which I find interesting. Even at halftime, I was like, ‘This could end bad if someone’s got some serious smoke with somebody, they could really fight and it’s going to be hard to break it up.'”
The Bills improved to 6-5 with the victory over their division rivals, who are now 4-6. It was another disappointing offensive performance for the Jets, who have lost three straight and are unsure about their quarterback situation after benching Zach Wilson late versus Buffalo. New York could get Aaron Rodgers back from his Achilles injury if the team is in playoff contention in December.
COMMANDERS DE EFE OBADA UNDERGOES SURGERY ON LEG BREAKS
Washington Commanders defensive end Efe Obada underwent surgery to repair multiple leg fractures Sunday night, hours after being carted off the field in a loss to the New York Giants, The Athletic reported Monday.
Obada suffered the injury in the first quarter of Washington’s 31-19 defeat in Landover, Md.
Obada, 31, was playing in just his fifth game of the season after spending time on injured reserve with a knee injury. He had two tackles. He’ll be a free agent after the season.
Obada recorded 24 tackles and four sacks in 17 games (one start) last season.
He has totaled 88 tackles, 15 sacks, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble in 69 career games (three starts) with the Carolina Panthers (2018-20), Buffalo Bills (2021) and Commanders.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL NEWS
IOWA, MICHIGAN AND MICHIGAN STATE EARN WEEKLY FOOTBALL HONORS
Offensive Player of the Week
Maliq Carr, Michigan
Maliq Carr, Michigan State
TE – Jr. – Inkster, Mich. – Oak Park
- Helped the Spartans reclaim the Old Brass Spittoon from Indiana with a career-high nine catches for 100 yards and two touchdowns in the 24-21 win
- He is the first Spartan tight end to record a 100-yard receiving game since Dion Sims in 2012 (122 vs. Eastern Michigan)
- With 4:06 left in the game, Carr caught the ball inside the 15-yard line, absorbed a big hit, then raced into the end zone for the game-winning score
- Also had a 17-yard touchdown catch on MSU’s first drive of the game
- Earns his first career Offensive Player of the Week award
- Last Michigan State Offensive Player of the Week: Noah Kim (Sept. 11, 2023)
Defensive Players of the Week
Mike Sainristil, Michigan
DB – Gr. – Everett, Mass. – Everett
- Recorded two picks in the second half for the first two-interception game of his career in a 31-24 win against Maryland
- Picked off a pass at midfield — his second interception of the game and fifth of the season — and the Wolverines forced their second safety of the game with less than four minutes remaining in regulation
- Was a one-score game at the time of his interception (23-17 then 29-24) and his interceptions led to points both times
- Earns the first Defensive Player of the Week accolade of his career
- Last Michigan Defensive Player of the Week: Josaiah Stewart (Oct. 2, 2023)
Special Teams Player of the Week
Tory Taylor, Iowa
P – Sr. – Melbourne, Australia – Haileybury College
- Punted eight times for 51.6 yards in Iowa’s 15-13 victory over Illinois to clinch the outright Big Ten West Division title
- Recorded six punts of 50+ yards and two punts downed inside the 20
- Became Iowa’s school record holder for career punts with 274 in his career
- Garners the third Special Teams Player of the Week honor of his career
- Last Iowa Special Teams Player of the Week: Tory Taylor (Oct. 16, 2023)
Freshman of the Week
Katin Houser, Michigan State
QB – Anaheim, Calif. – St. John Bosco
- Made his sixth consecutive start and had his best game as a Spartan to lead Michigan State past Indiana, 24-21, at Memorial Stadium
- Finished with career highs for completions, attempts, yards and touchdowns, going 26-of-41 passing for 245 yards and three touchdowns against the Hoosiers
- Down 21-17 with 4:06 remaining, Houser and the Spartans marched down the field 75 yards for the game-winning touchdown drive, connecting on a 36-yard touchdown pass to redshirt junior tight end Maliq Carr with just 1:19 left on the clock to put MSU on top, 24-21
- Earns the first Freshman of the Week honor of his career
- Last Michigan State Freshman of the Week: Ricky White (Nov. 2, 2020)
MARVIN HARRISON JR. NEEDS A MONSTER PERFORMANCE FOR NO. 2 OHIO STATE IN THE GAME
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio State receiver shifted into overdrive and sped away from defenders for another touchdown, inviting an amazed broadcaster to tag him “Maserati Marv.”
Quarterback C.J. Stroud respectfully called him “Route Man Marv” because of his precision. “Marvelous Marv,” he hears all the time.
What Marvin Harrison Jr. really wants to be called is Big Ten champion and national champion. Anything beyond that — say, winning the Heisman Trophy — would be icing on the cake.
To get there, the top wide receiver in college football will likely need to take a supersized role in helping No. 2 Ohio State beat No. 3 Michigan and end a two-game skid in The Game on Saturday in Ann Arbor.
n his third year, Harrison, son of Hall of Fame NFL receiver Marvin Harrison Sr., is the best receiver in the history of an Ohio State program that’s produced NFL standouts Garrett Wilson, Chris Olave, Jackson Smith-Njigba, Parris Campbell and Michael Thomas. Harrison is almost certain to leave after this season and be a first-round pick in the NFL draft in the spring.
Harrison wasn’t a significant contributor in the Buckeyes’ penultimate regular-season game, a mundane appetizer for the main event this week. He had just three catches for 30 yards and a short touchdown before coach Ryan Day pulled most of the starters in the second half of a 37-3 blowout of Minnesota.
That pushed Harrison’s 2023 season totals to 1,093 yards and 13 TDs, an average just short of 100 yards per game. Last year, he had 1,263 yards and 12 TDs. He’s the first receiver in Buckeyes history to have back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons.
“He reminds me a lot of his dad. Great player,” suspended Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said Monday. “Got to cover (him). Slow him down is probably the better word.”
The question is whether Harrison’s numbers stand up for Heisman voters who haven’t watched him play a lot, especially when quarterbacks Michael Penix Jr. at Washington, Bo Nix at Oregon and Jayden Daniels at LSU are having flashy seasons.
What makes Harrison so valuable often doesn’t show up in the stats. He reshapes the entire nature of the Ohio State offense.
He catches nearly anything thrown his way, often in double coverage. At a lanky 6-foot-4 with massive hands, he already looks like an NFL receiver on 50/50 balls. Opposing defenses fret about him so much that it allows other receivers to get open and make plays.
“I can’t really quantify how impactful he is to this offense,” said Buckeyes quarterback Kyle McCord, who won three state championships playing prep football with Harrison in Philadelphia. “If this is truly the award that goes to the best player, he has to be right there in contention.”
Listen to Minnesota coach P.J. Fleck after last week’s game.
“He’s big, he’s strong, he’s long. He can play a short game. He can play long game. He can play any position,” Fleck said. “He’s a very special player, but they have weapons everywhere. So you can take one away, (and) it’s just pick your poison.”
For his part, the easygoing, soft-spoken Harrison says all the right things. He said he feels blessed to be in the Heisman conversation, but “whatever happens in December, happens in December.”
“Last year I was just kind of an outside guy,” he said. “Now this year I think I’m showcasing more of my ability. I can do many things on the field.”
Harrison’s Heisman stock could spike if he has a monster showing in an Ohio State win that everyone will watch. Another big-numbers game in the Big Ten championship on Dec. 2 could move the needle again. Many who watch him every week expect he’ll get at least an invitation to the Dec. 9 ceremony in New York.
Ohio State coach Ryan Day doesn’t need anymore proof. He’s seen Harrison stay after practice for the past three years catching hundreds of passes from a machine firing them one after another.
“The Heisman Trophy goes to the most outstanding player in the country. I know there’s a lot of great players out there. I get to see him every day. I think he is the most outstanding player in the country,” Day said. “So, he wants to be great. I know that you can just tell it, and his actions back that up. And, you know, certainly his production speaks for itself on the field and what he’s doing, and he makes everybody on that field better.”
FSU’S CFP TITLE ODDS PLUMMET MINUS JORDAN TRAVIS
Jordan Travis confirmed Monday that he will miss the remainder of the season due to a leg injury suffered on Saturday, and oddsmakers confirmed that Florida State’s national title hopes have faded along with it.
The Seminoles fell a spot to No. 5 in the AP Top 25 poll released Sunday, and they could suffer a similar slip when the new College Football Playoff poll is released Tuesday night. However, FSU still has a clear path to the CFP with its annual rivalry game against Florida on Saturday followed by an ACC Championship Game clash against Louisville on Dec. 2.
Win those two, and the Seminoles will have an extremely strong case to make the CFP. Much of that will hinge on redshirt junior quarterback Tate Rodemaker, who will take over under center for Travis.
Travis, who was on the fringe of the Heisman Trophy picture just last week, is now off the board due to the injury.
Oddsmakers also shifted Florida State’s title futures. That includes at DraftKings, where the Seminoles went from +950 last week to +3000 on Monday. At BetMGM, their odds lengthened from +900 to +3300.
However, those odds will likely shorten significantly if Rodemaker can steer FSU through the next two weeks and to a 13-0 record.
With Michigan and Ohio State playing this weekend and Washington and Oregon on a collision course for the Pac-12 championship game, multiple teams ahead of the Seminoles could suffer a loss in the coming weeks. What remains to be seen is how close those games are and whether it’s enough to drop teams below FSU and/or vault a one-loss team ahead. Another key clash will be Alabama against Georgia in the SEC Championship game.
Rodemaker had seen only mop-up duty in five appearances this season before replacing Travis against North Alabama. He guided the Seminoles to a 58-13 win in a game FSU trailed 13-0, throwing for 217 yards with a pair of touchdowns.
The Valdosta, Ga. native has thrown only 93 passes during his four years in Tallahassee, completing 60.2 percent of them for 767 yards with seven touchdowns and five interceptions.
He will make his first start against Florida, which will be without its own injured starting quarterback in Graham Mertz (collarbone). The 5-6 Gators need a victory on Saturday to become bowl eligible.
Following that is the ACC title showdown against 10-1 Louisville, which plays Kentucky on Saturday.
On Monday, Travis posted on X that his season — and Seminoles career — has ended, without providing details as to the exact nature or severity of his leg injury.
“I have been overwhelmed by the support from my teammates, coaches, the Florida State community and those all around the world,” Travis wrote. “Although the injury I sustained (Saturday) marks the end of my Seminole playing career, the great memories created here at FSU will never fade.
“… I am excited to be by my brothers’ sides every day as we continue our attack. We’re all we got, we’re all we need. Job’s not finished.”
AKRON’S FREEMAN GARNERS PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS
MAC Men’s Basketball Player of the Week
Enrique Freeman, Senior, Akron, Forward
Cleveland, Ohio (St. Martin De Porres)
Enrique Freeman produced a pair of big-time performances for the Zips this past week with Akron going 2-0. On the week, Freeman scored 37 points while recording 31 rebounds, two assists, three blocks, three steals, and shooting 52.2 percent from the field. Recording a team-high 18.5 points per game, 15.5 rebounds per game, and adding two double-doubles to his name, Freeman started the week with a season-high 17 rebounds against Heidelberg. Seven of those rebounds were offensive boards. Freeman also added 10 points along with two assists and two blocks. Freeman was clutch in the Zips’ 77-71 victory over the FIU Panthers in the opening round of the Cayman Islands Classic. He went 8-of-14 from the field and a perfect 2-of-2 from 3-point range to lead all scorers with 27 points. Freeman tacked on 14 rebounds, with four being offensive, where he recorded his 1,000th career rebound. He is just the sixth player in program history to record 1,000 career points and rebounds while wearing the Blue and Gold. He also converted nine of his 12 free throws on the week against the Panthers. Freeman also had a block and two steals against FIU.
LSU’S JAYDEN DANIELS JUMPS INTO HEISMAN DRIVER’S SEAT
Another monster day on the stat sheet has propelled LSU quarterback Jayden Daniels into the current driver’s seat for the Heisman Trophy.
Daniels went over 1,000 rushing yards for the season and tied Joe Burrow’s single-game school record with eight touchdowns in the Tigers’ 56-14 beat-down of Georgia State on Saturday night.
The senior is now the -130 favorite at BetMGM and the -125 favorite at DraftKings. Daniels’ performance on Saturday night helped him leapfrog Oregon’s Bo Nix and Washington’s Michael Penix Jr., who had been ahead of him last week when Daniels was being offered at +400 and +380 by the two books.
Daniels has thrown for 3,577 yards with 36 touchdowns and four interceptions this season. He has added another 1,014 yards and 10 touchdowns on the ground.
HEISMAN TROPHY ODDS (BetMGM/DraftKings)
Jayden Daniels, QB, LSU (-130/-125)
Bo Nix, QB, Oregon (+140/+150)
Michael Penix Jr., QB, Washington (+600/+600)
Marvin Harrison Jr., WR, Ohio State (+3000/+4000)
Carson Beck, QB, Georgia (+3300/+6000)
Daniels, Nix, Penix, Southern California’s Caleb Williams and Michigan’s J.J. McCarthy have all spent time as the Heisman Trophy favorite over the course of the season.
The question remains whether Heisman voters will bestow the honor upon a player on a three-loss team. All three of LSU’s losses have come against ranked teams — Florida State, Ole Miss and Alabama — but the Tigers will close out their regular season with Saturday’s game against unranked Texas A&M.
Meanwhile, Nix and Penix are on a collision course for a potential rematch in the Pac-12 championship game. Penix threw a game-winning touchdown against Oregon at home on Oct. 14. A rematch would provide them with a final opportunity to create a “Heisman moment” before final ballots are cast.
LSU coach Brian Kelly is stumping for Daniels, whom he said is the best player he has ever coached.
“I think, right now, the way he is playing and the decisiveness in the way he is taking over games he is the best player,” Kelly said Saturday night. “I would say that because the numbers are reaching levels that nobody thought he would touch. He tied Joe Burrow’s record tonight.
“I would say he’s the best.”
The Georgia State game came after an historic performance the week before against Florida. Daniels racked up an SEC-record 606 yards of total offense while becoming the first player in FBS history to pass for 350 yards and rush for 200 yards in the same game.
“I’m chasing being great each and every week,” Daniels said Saturday. “I know I still have a long way to go. But, you can’t take games off because if you do, you can get beat.”
He has one final chance to distance himself before conference championship week, and he will get to do so at home in a noon kickoff against the Aggies.
Daniels has clearly left an impression with the public. He leads all players with 58 percent of the money wagered at DraftKings backing him to win the Heisman. He also leads the way with 13.3 percent at BetMGM.
“People are starting to see how assertive and decisive of a football player he is,” Kelly said.
FSU QB JORDAN TRAVIS (LEG) CONFIRMS SEASON OVER
Florida State quarterback Jordan Travis confirmed Monday that his season and his Seminoles career is over after he suffered a devastating leg injury on Saturday.
The social media post follows a video he shared from his hospital bed on Sunday. It’s unclear if Travis, a senior, was still in the hospital Monday. Travis suffered the gruesome-looking injury during the first quarter of the Seminoles’ 58-13 win against North Alabama on Saturday night at Tallahassee, Fla.
“I have been overwhelmed by the support from my teammates, coaches, the Florida State community and those all around the world,” Travis wrote in a post to X. “Although the injury I sustained (Saturday) marks the end of my Seminole playing career, the great memories created here at FSU will never fade.
“… I am excited to be by my brothers’ sides every day as we continue our attack. We’re all we got, we’re all we need. Job’s not finished.”
Florida State was No. 4 in the College Football Playoff rankings heading into the game vs. North Alabama. The next rankings will be released Tuesday night as FSU (11-0) prepares to play Florida on Saturday behind backup QB Tate Rodemaker. The Seminoles were overtaken by Washington (11-0) in Sunday’s Associated Press Top 25 rankings and fell a spot to No. 5.
Travis was injured on a tackle by North Alabama’s Shaun Myers after a 16-yard gain. He motioned for the training staff and soon had his lower leg put into an air cast. He was taken via ambulance to a nearby hospital.
The exact nature of his injury has not been disclosed.
On Sunday, Travis was upbeat in a video message.
“What’s up, y’all? It’s Jordan,” he said. “Just want to let you know I’m doing good, feeling good, I got a smile on my face. I’m just gonna follow God’s plan. … I appreciate you all for all the messages. Go Noles.”
MAC ANNOUNCES WEEK 12 FOOTBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
MAC Football East Division Offensive Player of the Week
Sieh Bangura, Ohio, RB
R-So., Bowie, Md. (Dematha Catholic)
Bangura played an integral part in the Bobcats’ offense last Wednesday (Nov. 15), moving the ball down the field efficiently in Ohio’s 34-20 victory over the Central Michigan Chippewas. The redshirt sophomore hit two season bests: rushing yards (126) and carries (21). While Bangura didn’t score any of Ohio’s three rushing touchdowns, he helped position the Bobcats to score throughout the game.
MAC Football East Division Defensive Player of the Week
Michael Dowell, Miami, DB
R-Sr., North Ridgeville, Ohio (St. Edwards)
Michael Dowell had seven tackles, 1.0 tackle for loss and a forced fumble in Miami’s 23-10 win over Buffalo. Dowell’s fourth quarter game-saving forced fumble was at the Miami goal line, helping to send the RedHawks to the 2023 MAC Championship Game.
MAC Football East Division Special Teams Player of the Week
Graham Nicholson, Miami, Kicker
Jr., Cincinnati, Ohio (Summit Country Day)
Graham Nicholson was perfect on Wednesday, connecting of all three field goal attempts and both extra points. The junior connected from 37, 25 and 23 yards, helping to send the RedHawks to the 2023 MAC Championship Game. The Lou Grosa Award semifinalist added four touchbacks on six attempts.
MAC Football West Division Offensive Player of the Week
Dequan Finn, Toledo, QB
Detroit, Mich. (King)
Junior quarterback Dequan Finn completed 20-of-30 passes for 279 yards and two touchdowns in a 32-31 victory vs. Bowling Green in the annual Battle of I-75. Finn hit running back Jacquez Stuart for the game-winning 59-yard TD with 1:45 left ion the game. Finn also ran for 23-yard touchdown in the first quarter.
MAC Football West Division Defensive Player of the Week
Chase Kline, Eastern Michigan, LB
Senior, Chardon, Ohio / Chardon / Michigan State
Chase Kline recorded a career-high and FBS-leading 23 tackles against Akron, Nov. 14, moving him past Jason Henderson (Old Dominion), who recorded 22 against Coastal Carolina, Nov. 4, for the single-game lead. With those tackles, Kline is the first player to record 23+ tackles in a single game since A.J. Hauley (New Mexico) recorded 24 last year (Oct. 22) against Fresno State. By recording 21 against Western Michigan, Oct. 28, which ranks as the fourth-most in a single game this year, Kline is in rare company as one of only five players to record 20+ tackles in multiple games in the same season and the first since Henderson did so twice last year.
MAC Football West Division Special Teams Player of the Week
Dane Pardridge, NIU, Wide Receiver/Punt Returner
R-Freshman, DeKalb, Illinois (Marmion Academy)
Freshman Dane Pardridge recorded the first punt return touchdown (not off a blocked punt) by a Huskie since October 24, 2009 with a 55-yard return for a score in the third quarter of NIU’s 24-0 shutout win over Western Michigan. Pardridge took the ball on the run and ran right before cutting back to the left and ran untouched into the end zone, giving NIU a 21-0 lead in the third quarter, giving the Huskies an insurmountable lead.
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MEN’S TOP 25 ROUNDUP: ZACH EDEY, NO. 2 PURDUE TOP NO. 11 ZAGS
Zach Edey had game-high totals of 25 points and 14 rebounds as No. 2 Purdue put together a second-half rally to defeat No. 11 Gonzaga 73-63 in the opening round of the Maui Invitational in Honolulu.
Lance Jones and Braden Smith each scored 13 points, with Smith adding six assists for the Boilermakers (4-0), who trailed by as many as nine points before intermission.
Graham Ike led the Bulldogs (2-1) with 14 points and seven rebounds but battled foul trouble while trying to match up with Edey. Nolan Hickman and Ryan Nembhard each added 11 points for Gonzaga, with Nembhard dishing out six assists.
Purdue will meet No. 7 Tennessee in the semifinals on Tuesday, while Gonzaga will oppose Syracuse in the consolation bracket.
No. 1 Kansas 83, Chaminade 56
Kevin McCullar Jr. became the first player in Jayhawks history to record back-to-back triple-doubles as Kansas defeated the Silverswords in the opening round of the Maui Invitational in Honolulu.
McCullar had 22 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists for Kansas (4-0), which will oppose No. 4 Marquette in the semifinals on Tuesday. Hunter Dickinson, who shot 15-for-18 from the floor, added 31 points and 11 rebounds.
Chaminade (1-3) was led by Jamir Thomas, Ross Reeves and Wyatt Lowell, who each finished with 12 points. The Silverswords will play UCLA next.
No. 4 Marquette 71, UCLA 69
Sean Jones sank the go-ahead 3-pointer with 36 seconds to play as the Golden Eagles topped the Bruins in the first round of the Maui Invitational in Honolulu.
The Bruins (3-1) led by 12 points early in the second half, but the Golden Eagles (4-0) went on a 24-5 tear to go up by seven with 9:20 remaining.
David Joplin led Marquette with 19 points, hitting five 3-pointers. UCLA’s Sebastian Mack finished with a game-high 25 points.
No. 5 UConn 81, No. 15 Texas 71
Alex Karaban scored 20 points and hit a clutch jumper with 1:01 to play to help the Huskies outlast the Longhorns in the championship game of the Empire Classic in New York.
UConn (5-0) never trailed, building a 16-point lead midway through the first half and leading by 13 at halftime. But the Longhorns (4-1) battled back, drawing to within 71-67 with 5:24 to play thanks to a 10-0 run capped by a 3-pointer from Ithiel Horton.
Cam Spencer added 16 points and Samson Johnson scored 15 for the Huskies. Dillon Mitchell scored a career-high 21 points for Texas.
No. 7 Tennessee 73, Syracuse 56
Dalton Knecht scored 17 points as the Volunteers pulled away from the Orange at the Maui Invitational, played this year in Honolulu due to the wildfires that ravaged Maui earlier in 2023.
Josiah-Jordan James and Jonas Aidoo each posted a double-double for Tennessee (4-0). James contributed 15 points and 12 rebounds, while Aidoo notched 14 points and 11 boards as the Volunteers outrebounded Syracuse 48-33.
Chris Bell had 16 points to pace the Orange (3-1), while Judah Mintz pitched in with 15 points.
No. 16 Kentucky 96, Saint Joseph’s 88 (OT)
Tre Mitchell scored 22 points and sank a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 3:57 remaining in overtime as the Wildcats outlasted the Hawks after blowing a nine-point lead in the second half in Lexington, Ky.
Kentucky (4-1) also got 22 points from D.J. Wagner and 20 from Antonio Reeves.
Erik Reynolds II led all scorers with 28 points for Saint Joseph’s (3-2), which was unable to get its first win over a ranked team in over five years. Cameron Brown and Xzayvier Brown finished with 17 points apiece.
No. 18 Colorado 64, Richmond 59
KJ Simpson scored 23 points and the Buffaloes knocked off the Spiders to advance to the championship game of the Beach Bracket in the Sunshine Slam at Daytona Beach, Fla.
Tristan da Silva added 15 points and eight rebounds for Colorado (4-0), which will face Florida State in Tuesday’s title game. Jordan King recorded 23 points and seven rebounds for the Spiders (2-2). Dji Bailey added 11 points for Richmond, which will meet UNLV in the consolation game.
da Silva scored on a layup and Simpson hit two three throws to make it a seven-point advantage with 1:03 remaining. Then da Silva added two free throws with 32.3 seconds left to make it 62-53, and the Buffaloes closed it out.
Wisconsin 65, No. 24 Virginia 41
Steven Crowl posted 15 points and 10 rebounds and the Badgers’ defense smothered the Cavaliers at the Fort Myers Tip-Off event in Florida.
Crowl posted for his fifth career double-double and the bigger Badgers (3-2) dominated the offensive glass, scoring 12 second-chance points on 20 offensive rebounds.
Wisconsin outrebounded the Cavaliers 48-21 and outscored them 30-14 in the paint. Reece Beekman led Virginia (4-1) with 17 points and seven assists.
KANSAS STRENGTHENS GRIP ON NO. 1 IN AP TOP 25; MIAMI GRABS ITS FIRST TOP 10 RANKING SINCE 2018
Kansas’ comeback win in a marquee matchup kept the Jayhawks firmly entrenched atop The Associated Press Top 25 men’s college basketball poll on Monday while Miami climbed to its highest ranking in nearly five years.
The Jayhawks stayed
The Jayhawks stayed at No. 1 and Miami climbed to No. 10 to replace a tumbling Florida Atlantic in the only major change at the top of the rankings.
Kansas (3-0) rallied from 14 down to beat Kentucky in last week’s Champions Classic, led by a huge game from transfer big man Hunter Dickinson in its lone game of the week. That helped the Jayhawks pick up an additional first-place vote from last week, topping 52 of 61 ballots.
The Hurricanes (5-0) offered the only change to the top tier of the poll after beating Kansas State to win the Baha Mar Hoops Bahamas Championship. They climbed two spots to crack the top 10 for the first time since spending four weeks there early in the 2017-18 season.
Miami replaced Florida Atlantic, which opened the year at No. 10 after last year’s Final Four run but fell nine spots to No. 19 in the week’s biggest fall after a home loss to Bryant.
There’s the potential for much more change next week with Thanksgiving holiday tournaments. The loaded Maui Invitational field includes five of the top 11 teams in Kansas, No. 2 Purdue, No. 4 Marquette, No. 7 Tennessee and No. 11 Gonzaga.
THE TOP TIER
Arizona checked in at No. 3 and reigning NCAA champion Connecticut was No. 5, followed by No. 6 Houston, Tennessee, Creighton, Duke and Miami.
ON THE RISE
Colorado had the week’s biggest jump, rising seven spots to No. 18 to extend the program’s first stay in the poll since the end of the 2020-21 season.
North Carolina was next by jumping six spots to No. 14, followed by No. 17 Alabama (five spots) and No. 15 Texas (four).
In all, nine teams moved up from last week’s poll.
ON THE FADE
There were multiple big slides in the poll behind the Owls.
No. 23 USC fell seven spots after a home loss to UC Irvine, while No. 20 Arkansas tumbled six spots after losing to UNC Greensboro at home.
No. 21 Michigan State was the fourth and final team to fall from last week, sliding three spots after a loss to Duke in the Champions Classic. The Spartans rebounded with big-margin wins against Butler and Alcorn State.
Ten teams stayed in their position last week, including the Zags.
No. 24 Virginia and No. 25 Mississippi State were the week’s new additions, with the Bulldogs cracking the poll for the first time since the 2018-19 season.
FAREWELL (FOR NOW)
Villanova (No. 21) and Illinois (No. 23 fell out of the poll.
The Southeastern Conference led the way with six ranked teams, including No. 12 Texas A&M and No. 16 Kentucky. The Atlantic Coast and Big 12 conferences were next with four each.
The Pac-12 and Big East conferences each had three ranked teams, followed by the Big Ten with two. The American Athletic Conference, Sun Belt and West Coast Conference rounded out the field with one each.
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MARYLAND FALLS OUT OF WOMEN’S AP TOP 25 FOR 1ST TIME IN 13 YEARS, SOUTH CAROLINA NOW UNANIMOUS NO. 1
Maryland’s 13-year run in The Associated Press women’s basketball poll has come to an end after a week that saw more chaos in the Top 25.
The Terrapins had been ranked for 251 consecutive weeks — the second longest active streak behind No. 6 UConn — before falling out on Monday. Maryland had been in every poll since the start of the 2010-11 season, but lost to the Huskies by 32 on Thursday before edging Syracuse on Sunday. It was the sixth-longest run ever in the AP Top 25.
South Carolina remained the No. 1 team, becoming the unanimous choice this week. The Gamecocks earned all 36 first-place votes and now have the second-longest streak in the poll at 209 straight weeks, behind only UConn’s streak of 567 weeks.
UCLA moved up one spot to No. 2, the highest ranking in program history.
Then-No. 2 Iowa and fourth-ranked Utah dropped their first games of the season, meaning eight of the preseason top 10 teams all have lost at least once already this season. It’s the most losses for the preseason top 10 in the first two weeks of the season in the past 20 years. In 2004-05, seven of the original top 10 lost in the first few weeks.
UCLA is the only other original member of the top 10 besides South Carolina not to lose yet. The Bruins face UConn on Friday at a tournament in the Cayman Islands.
Colorado, Stanford and Iowa rounded out the top five. It’s the Buffaloes’ best ranking since the final poll of the 1995 season when the team was No. 2.
Reigning national champion LSU was seventh. followed by USC and Virginia Tech. Utah and North Carolina State were tied at No. 10.
Kansas State jumped into the poll at No. 16 after its win over Iowa. Mississippi State re-entered at No. 25 while Creighton joined Maryland in falling out of the poll.
MOVING ON UP
Baylor jumped up seven spots to No. 14 after knocking off Utah last week. It was the first time the Bears had beaten a top-four team since defeating No. 1 UConn in 2020. It was the first win against a top four team at home since 2019 (also UConn).
With Thanksgiving this week, many of the top teams are headed playing in tournaments. UCLA, UConn, LSU and Virginia Tech are all in the Cayman Islands; only UCLA and UConn will play each other. Colorado and N.C. State are in the U.S. Virgin Islands and will face off on Saturday. USC is in the Bahamas for another tournament.
NBA ROUNDUP: HORNETS WORK OT TO SNAP CELTICS’ STREAK
Miles Bridges, recently reinstated from an NBA suspension, drilled a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 6.1 seconds left in overtime as the Charlotte Hornets pulled out a 121-118 victory against the visiting Boston Celtics on Monday.
Charlotte delivered a startling fourth-quarter comeback, scoring the last nine points in regulation over the final two minutes, en route to snapping a four-game losing streak. LaMelo Ball contributed 36 points, nine rebounds and eight assists for the Hornets. Ex-Celtic Gordon Hayward had 20 points.
Bridges finished with 14 points and 15 rebounds.
Jayson Tatum scored 31 of his 45 points in the first half for the Celtics, whose six-game winning streak ended. He also had team-high totals in rebounds (13) and assists (six). Boston’s Payton Pritchard added 21 points.
Nuggets 107, Pistons 103
Reggie Jackson had 21 points and six assists as visiting Denver overcame the ejection of Nikola Jokic to beat Detroit, handing the Pistons their 12th straight loss.
Nuggets coach Michael Malone was ejected with 1:21 remaining in the first quarter for arguing with the officials. Jokic was tossed with 1:22 left in the first half after picking up his second technical.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope supplied 20 points for the Nuggets, who snapped a four-game road losing streak. Cade Cunningham led the Pistons with 27 points and nine assists, while Marvin Bagley III had 18 points and eight rebounds.
Bucks 142, Wizards 129
Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 42 points, leading Milwaukee to its best offensive performance of the season in a win over host Washington.
Antetokounmpo also grabbed 13 boards and dished eight assists. Damian Lillard chipped in 22 points and seven assists while Khris Middleton added 18 for the Bucks, who won their fifth game in a row.
Jordan Poole turned in his best performance as a Wizard, scoring 30 points. Kyle Kuzma added 22 while dishing a game-high 13 assists for Washington, which has lost six consecutive games.
Heat 118, Bulls 100
Bam Adebayo had 23 points and 11 rebounds and Duncan Robinson added 22 points to lift visiting Miami to a victory against Chicago.
Robinson shot 6-for-9 from long range as Miami drilled 17 3-pointers en route to its eighth win in nine games. Jaime Jaquez Jr. scored 19 points and Jimmy Butler had 16 for the Heat, who led by as many as 24 points.
Coby White paced the Bulls with a season-high 20 points, while Nikola Vucevic put up 18 as Chicago lost for the fourth time in five games.
Pelicans 129, Kings 93
Brandon Ingram scored 31 points, Zion Williamson added 26 and host New Orleans ended Sacramento’s six-game winning streak.
Williamson scored 18 points in the second quarter to help the Pelicans take a 13-point halftime lead, and Ingram scored 18 third-quarter points as the lead expanded to 31 at the end of the period.
Harrison Barnes scored 16 points, De’Aaron Fox had 14 and Domantas Sabonis added 10 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists for the Kings, who trailed by as many as 41 in the fourth quarter.
Timberwolves 117, Knicks 100
Anthony Edwards scored 23 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, helping Minnesota pull away from New York in Minneapolis.
Karl-Anthony Towns added 20 points for Minnesota, which won for the ninth time in its past 10 games. Rudy Gobert had 16 points and made all seven of his field-goal attempts as the Timberwolves won for the ninth time in 10 games.
Jalen Brunson led New York with 25 points to go along with a team-high six assists. Julius Randle tallied 21 points and 14 rebounds, Immanuel Quickley scored 15 off the bench and Mitchell Robinson amassed 10 points and 11 boards for the Knicks, who had won six of their previous seven games.
Clippers 124, Spurs 99
Paul George poured in 28 points and Kawhi Leonard added 21 as visiting Los Angeles turned it on in the fourth quarter to roll past San Antonio.
Norman Powell and Daniel Theis hit for 19 points apiece off the bench for the Clippers, with Harden scoring 13 and dishing out 10 assists and Russell Westbrook hitting for 10 points.
Keldon Johnson led the Spurs with 22 points while Cedi Osman had 17. Rookie phenom Victor Wembanyama had nine points on 4-of-12 shooting for San Antonio.
NHL ROUNDUP: STARS SCORE 5 GOALS IN THIRD, TOP RANGERS
Roope Hintz had a goal and two assists and the Dallas Stars scored five third-period goals in a 6-3 win over the visiting New York Rangers on Monday.
The loss ended New York’s 11-game points streak (10-0-1), tied for the 10th-longest run in franchise history.
Mason Marchment, Tyler Seguin and Joe Pavelski each had a goal and an assist for the Stars. Jamie Benn and Sam Steel scored Dallas’ other goals. Stars goalie Scott Wedgewood stopped 30 of 33 shots for his fourth win in five games this season.
The three-point night ended a modest slump for Hintz, who had only two points (one goal, one assist) in his previous seven games.
Panthers 5, Oilers 3
Host Florida overcame two goals by Edmonton superstar Connor McDavid to win in Sunrise.
McDavid, who has led the NHL in points five times, now has six goals and nine assists this season.
Panthers defenseman Niko Mikkola — quite improbably — matched McDavid’s two goals. Prior to this game, Mikkola had scored only six goals in five NHL seasons.
Kings 4, Coyotes 1
Trevor Moore scored two goals for Los Angeles in a win at Tempe, Ariz.
Phillip Danault had a goal and an assist, Anze Kopitar also scored and Pheonix Copley made 30 saves for the Kings, who improved to 8-0-0 on the road, tied for the third-longest road winning streak to start a season in NHL history.
Lawson Crouse scored and Connor Ingram made 21 saves for the Coyotes, who have lost two in a row for the first time since back-to-back defeats to the Kings on Oct. 24 and Oct. 27.
Lighting 5, Bruins 4 (OT)
Brandon Hagel scored on a breakaway 1:19 into overtime as Tampa Bay took down the NHL’s top club, topping visiting Boston.
Hagel slipped his ninth goal of the season through the legs of goaltender Jeremy Swayman (41 saves) as the Lightning won for the first time in five overtime games. Hagel and Steven Stamkos each had a goal and an assist, while Tanner Jeannot, Nicholas Paul and Austin Watson scored for Tampa Bay.
David Pastrnak recorded a goal and an assist, and Pavel Zacha, Charlie Coyle and John Beecher each scored for the Bruins, who dropped to 7-1-2 in their past 10 games and are 2-3 in overtime.
Predators 4, Avalanche 3
Filip Forsberg and Yakov Trenin scored 16 seconds apart in the final minute of regulation as Nashville rallied to stun visiting Colorado.
Down 3-2 in the late stages of the game, the Predators were relentless in their pressure on Colorado goaltender Alexandar Georgiev (26 saves) over a 2 1/2-minute stretch.
Valeri Nichushkin had a goal with an assist and Cale Makar recorded three assists for the Avalanche, who had won eight straight regular-season and playoff games against Nashville. Andrew Cogliano and Devon Toews also scored for Colorado, and Nathan MacKinnon notched two assists.
Canucks 3, Sharks 1
Quinn Hughes had a goal and an assist to hit the 30-point mark after just 19 games and Thatcher Demko made 27 saves to lead host Vancouver over San Jose.
Hughes tied his career high for goals in a season with his eighth to go along with 22 assists. He became just the third defenseman in NHL history to compile 30 points in fewer than 20 games to begin a season and the first since Al MacInnis in 1990-91. Bobby Orr accomplished the feat five times.
Tomas Hertl scored and Mackenzie Blackwood finished with 34 saves for San Jose, which fell to 0-8-0 on the road this season.
Flames 4, Kraken 3 (OT)
Rasmus Andersson had the game-winning goal at 3:28 of overtime to go along with two assists as Calgary rallied to defeat host Seattle.
Elias Lindholm, Jonathan Huberdeau and Andrew Mangiapane scored for the Flames, who improved to 5-1-2 over their past eight games. Goaltender Dan Vladar made 28 saves.
Vince Dunn had a goal and an assist and Jordan Eberle and Jared McCann also scored for the Kraken, who were trying to beat the Flames in Seattle for the first time in franchise history. Joey Daccord stopped 22 of 24 shots after replacing Philipp Grubauer after the first period.
AP SOURCE: CARDINALS AGREE TO $10 MILLION DEAL WITH RHP LANCE LYNN THAT INCLUDES CLUB OPTION
The St. Louis Cardinals began the retooling of their starting rotation Monday by agreeing to a one-year deal with Lance Lynn that brings the right-hander back to the club that drafted him, a person with knowledge of the contract told The Associated Press.
The person, who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the deal is pending a physical, said Lynn will make $10 million this season. The deal includes a club option for 2025 with a $1 million buyout.
The 36-year-old Lynn was the 39th overall pick by the Cardinals in the 2008 draft, broke into the big leagues with the club three years later — when the Cardinals won the World Series — and became an All-Star while winning 72 games over six seasons. Lynn has since spent time with the Twins, Yankees, Rangers and White Sox before finishing this past season with the Dodgers.
MLB PURSUIT OF JAPANESE ACE YOSHINOBU YAMAMOTO BEGINS TUESDAY
Japanese ace Yoshinobu Yamamoto can begin negotiating with Major League Baseball teams on Tuesday after officially posting as a free agent.
The right-hander is projected to sign a long-term deal worth more than $200 million, and his current team in Japan will receive a percentage of the contract value on top of that, likely more than $30 million.
Yamamoto, reportedly high on the offseason shopping list of multiple big-market teams, expects to draw interest from the Los Angeles Dodgers, Houston Astros, Boston Red Sox and both New York teams.
Per MLB rules, the 45-day window that opens Tuesday would close at 5 p.m. ET on Jan. 4.
The 25-year-old spent the past six-plus seasons with the Orix Buffaloes, compiling a 70-29 record with one save and a 1.82 ERA in 172 games. He has struck out 922 batters over 897 innings.
In 23 games in 2023, he finished with a 16-6 record and 1.21 ERA with 169 strikeouts in 164 innings. Those numbers helped him to his third straight Triple Crown in the Pacific League of Nippon Professional Baseball as he led the league in wins, ERA and strikeouts.
Only three pitchers in Major League Baseball have won the Triple Crown three times — Sandy Koufax, Walter Johnson and Grover Cleveland Alexander.
Yamamoto also has won the Eiji Sawamura Award, which equals the Cy Young Award, three times.
The 5-foot-10 Yamamoto won a gold medal with Japan in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and another in the World Baseball Classic earlier this year.
BRAVES SIGN RHP REYNALDO LOPEZ FOR 3 YEARS, $30M
The Atlanta Braves announced the signing Monday of right-hander Reynaldo Lopez to a three-year, $30 million contract.
The 29-year-old reliever will earn $4 million in 2024 and $11 million in both 2025 and 2026. The deal includes an $8 million club option for 2027 with a $4 million buyout.
Lopez split the 2023 season among three teams and went 3-7 with a 3.27 ERA and six saves in 68 relief appearances. He struck out 83 in 66 innings with the Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Angels and Cleveland Guardians.
Lopez is 39-49 with a 4.32 ERA in 241 career games (97 starts) with the Washington Nationals (2016), White Sox (2017-23), Angels and Guardians.
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GAME PREVIEW: PACERS AT HAWKS (IN-SEASON TOURNAMENT)
The Indiana Pacers made history last month by winning the NBA’s first-ever In-Season Tournament (IST) game. Next time out, the Blue & Gold can become the first team from the Eastern Conference to advance to the Knockout Rounds.
Indiana (7-5, 2-0 IST) will face the Atlanta Hawks (6-6, 1-1 IST) on Tuesday at State Farm Arena in East Group A play. If the Pacers take down the Hawks, Indiana will move to the quarterfinals of the Knockout Rounds that will be played in NBA team markets Dec. 4-5.
Currently, the Pacers are the only undefeated team in their group with wins over the Cleveland Cavaliers (1-1 IST) and Philadelphia 76ers (2-1 IST) – two teams that will play each other on Tuesday. Indiana will then play the Toronto Raptors in a regular season game on Wednesday before concluding IST group play on Friday against the Detroit Pistons (0-3 IST).
Tuesday will mark the first of four games between the Pacers and Hawks this season.
Over the last two seasons, the Hawks have dominated their series with the Pacers, winning six of the previous seven games. Last season, the Hawks went 2-1 against the Blue & Gold.
Fans tuning in on Tuesday can expect a fast-paced game with lots of points.
The Pacers are the highest-scoring team in the NBA at 125.7 points per game, while playing at the fastest pace in the league, while the Hawks are fourth in points per game (119.9) and third in pace. Atlanta has been doing damage from the free throw line, averaging 22.3 points per game from the stripe, and has also ranked in the top five in steals per game (8.9) for most of the season.
Like the Pacers, the Hawks have relied on their depth to light up the scoreboard, with seven players averaging double-digit points. Indiana has eight players averaging 11 or more points per game.
Guards Dejounte Murray and Trae Young have continued to lead the way for the Hawks this season, combining for just under 45 points per game. Young is also second to just Pacers All-Star guard Tyrese Haliburton in individual assists this season, averaging 11.1 per game to Haliburton’s 11.6 per contest.
Forwards Jalen Johnson (15.0 points, 7.9 rebounds) and De’Andre Hunter (12.8 points, 3.7 rebounds) and center Clint Capela (10.2 points, 9.8 rebounds) round out the Hawks starting five.
The Pacers will need to shake off a 128-116 Sunday night loss to the Orlando Magic when they travel to Atlanta. Against the Magic, the Pacers trailed by 21 points after 12 minutes and 78-44 at the half.
In the loss, the Pacers scored season lows for points in the first half while also giving up the most points to an opponent in a first half yet this season. Overall, the team made just eight 3-pointers and shot 42-of-95 (44.2 percent) while committing a season-high 32 fouls.
Jordan Nwora saw an uptick in minutes against the Magic, posting a season-high 19 points and five rebounds. Six Pacers players scored in double figures in the contest.
Atlanta will enter the matchup well-rested, not having played since a 126-116 IST loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday. The Hawks have lost two straight games and three of their last four.
Pacers: G – Tyrese Haliburton, G – Bruce Brown, F – Bennedict Mathurin, F – Obi Toppin, C – Myles Turner
Hawks: G – Dejounte Murray, G – Trae Young, F – De’Andre Hunter, F – Jalen Johnson, C – Clint Capela
Pacers: Andrew Nembhard – questionable (sore lower back)
March 25, 2023: The Atlanta Hawks outscored the Indiana Pacers 41-22 after All-Star point guard Trae Young was ejected in the third quarter in a 143-130 victory in the Peach State.
Pacers forward Jordan Nwora set a new franchise record for points in a second quarter by dropping 25 before finishing with a team-high 33 points on 12-for-18 shooting from the field. Eight Pacers finished in double-digit scoring, including 19 points and 13 assists from point guard Tyrese Haliburton.
The game was tied at 84 with 7:25 remaining when Young was ejected.
Overall, the Pacers shot 54.2 percent and the Hawks made 55.2 percent of their shots. Atlanta did its damage from the free throw line, sinking 22 of 25 attempts, while the Pacers made all 12 of their shots from the charity stripe.
Atlanta also beat Indiana 42-32 (15-10 offensive) in rebounding and turned the ball over 11 times to the Pacers’ 17 giveaways.
Indiana was on the second leg of a back-to-back after playing in Boston the evening prior.
The Pacers defeated the Hawks 116-112 in a preseason game on Oct. 16.
Pacers assistant coach Lloyd Pierce was the head coach of the Hawks from 2018-2021. Hawks assistant coach Ronald Nored, a Butler University alum, was an assistant in Indiana from 2021-2023.
Pacers center Myles Turner has 505 career made 3-pointers with the Pacers and is one short of tying Biller Keller for the fifth most in the franchise’s history.
Former Pacers guard Wesley Matthews currently comes off the bench for the Hawks and has played in three games this season.
Broadcast Information (TV and Radio Listings >>)
TV: Bally Sports Indiana – Chris Denari (play-by-play), Quinn Buckner (analyst), Jeremiah Johnson (sideline reporter/host)
Radio: 93.5/107.5 The Fan – Mark Boyle (play-by-play), Pat Boylan (studio host)
The Pacers will host Pascal Siakim and the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday, Nov. 22 at Gainbridge Fieldhouse at 7:30 PM ET.
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INDIANA TOPS LOUISVILLE IN EMPIRE CLASSIC
NEW YORK CITY – Sometimes a coach has got to go zone.
Sometimes, if you’re Indiana’s Mike Woodson and you see Louisville slash your man defense apart so that a first-half double-digit lead becomes a seven-point, late-second-half deficit, you go against your nature, unleash a 2-3 zone, and reap the victory benefits.
That zone sparked a 21-6 game-closing run in a 74-66 Empire Classic consolation game victory at Madison Square Garden. It was a much needed bounce back performance after Sunday’s UConn defeat.
“It was the zone that got us back,” Woodson told Voice of the Hoosiers Don Fischer during the post-game radio show. “I’ve never been a big zone guy. (Assistant coaches) mentioned it in the huddle. I said, ‘Why not?’ and it changed the whole game.”
Did it ever.
The Hoosiers (4-1) forced turnovers, pushed the pace, and made shots. The Cardinals (2-3) couldn’t get in the paint, make shots, or rebound.
“We hadn’t practiced (the zone) a lot,” Woodson told Fischer. “Our guys were in the right spots. They got after the shooters and when the ball went up, we were able to rebound.
“On offense, we executed and got to the free throw line and made shots. It helps.”
Point guard Xavier Johnson was a game-deciding force, especially in the second half. He finished with 14 points (9-for-12 on free throws), five assists, four rebounds, and a steal.
“He got off to kind of a slow start,” Woodson told Fischer. “He came back and made the plays down the stretch. That’s what we expect. He’s a senior. He’s supposed to do that. I’ve got to get him to understand it’s OK to lead.”
Forwards Kel’el Ware and Malik Reneau overcame foul trouble to each score 12 points. Ware added seven rebounds and two blocks. Reneau had three rebounds and two assists.
Then there was a bench that totaled 30 points. Forward Anthony Walker had 11 points and seven rebounds. Forward Payton Sparks had nine points and three rebounds. Forward Kaleb Banks had four points, eight rebounds, three blocks, three assists, and three steals.
Strong bench contributions also came from CJ Gunn and Gabe Cupps.
“The bench was fantastic,” Woodson told Fischer. “Look at Payton, Walker, CJ, Banks, and Gabe. They were really productive. I’m going to need them the rest of the way.”
He definitely needed them in the first half. They helped build a double-digit lead.
“I left them in there,” Woodson told Fischer. “They were playing well. They built the lead.”
Ware’s four early points got IU within a point at 9-8 after five minutes. He passed to Banks for a dunk and a 10-10 tie. A Sparks free throw and a layup, and a Walker basket pushed the Hoosiers ahead 19-15 after 10 minutes.
The Hoosiers ratcheted up the defense. Louisville made just one of 12 shots. Five-straight Walker points helped IU build a 26-18 lead. Six-straight points from Johnson made it 32-22 before the Hoosiers finished with a 34-29 halftime lead.
Credit a 20-5 edge in bench points and a 22-12 advantage in points in the paint for the lead. Walker was a big reason for the bench production with nine points and four rebounds.
Freshman Mackenzie Mgbako, limited to just a couple of minutes because of foul trouble in the first half, opened the second half with a basket. The Cardinals, by attacking the basket and drawing fouls, forced Reneau and Ware to the bench and Walker, Mgbako and Sparks to the forefront. They pushed the Hoosiers to a 44-35 lead five minutes into the second half
Louisville’s 16-3 run gave it a 53-49 lead with 11 minutes left.
Ware ended that with a basket, but the Cardinals kept pushing the pace, forcing turnovers and making free throws to surge ahead 58-51.
A 2-3 zone and free throws by Reneau and Ware, and a Reneau inside basket closed the gap to 60-59 with five minutes left.
IU surged ahead 71-64 on Johnson and Reneau baskets, and a pair of Reneau and Johnson free throws.
Louisville was finished.
“It was a total team effort,” Woodson told Fischer.
TOM ALLEN MONDAY PRESSER
TOM ALLEN: Just want to begin by congratulating our soccer team. Big win last night and on to the Sweet 16, so great job and wish them nothing but great things moving forward.
I also want to recognize our players of the week that do a great job working hard for us. Defensive scout Connor Hole, offensive scout Will Larkins and Declan McMahon, and special teams scout Lincoln Murff.
Really, really excited about this week, a great, great opportunity for our program with the Old Oaken Bucket. So much tradition. So much has been put into this game for so many years and so much pride in the outcome representing our whole university and fan base and state of Indiana here as we battle for a very prestigious prize.
Big opportunity heading into West Lafayette to take on the Boilermakers.
Q. On that touchdown that Michigan State got right before the end of the first half, looked like Phillip Dunham did not make the play that you were looking for. He didn’t play the rest of the game. What was your message to him and what kind of response have you seen from him in the days since that game?
TOM ALLEN: Yeah, he chose to try to strip the football, which is something you do when you’re the second or third defender at the point of attack, so obviously I think it happened about the 15-yard line, so should have had him on the ground, and then you battle to force them to kick a field goal.
Pretty big mistake there. Really kind of — it’s not what we teach and coach and inexcusable. Felt like Josh Sanguinetti has played well, so played him the rest of the way, and was definitely open and honest with Phillip about that. He needs to respond. We’ll see how that goes this week.
Bottom line is that you’ve got to do things the right way, and if you don’t, somebody is going to be there and take your job.
Q. When you have a roster that has a lot of transfers like this year, guys that weren’t here last season, what do you do to teach them the importance of this rivalry and the history behind it?
TOM ALLEN: Yeah, that’s a great point. We started yesterday for that very reason with 51 to 54 based on we’ve added a few additional walk-ons here in the last couple months. As our season started, to add more guys that weren’t here a year ago.
So with all the new faces, Coach Deal, Mark Deal does a phenomenal job. His one word every single year is “bucket.” It’s been that way ever since I’ve been here. He is the most passionate person that I know regarding this game, the trophy that we play for.
There’s been eight victories by the Deal family, most ever in the history of Indiana University football that have been a part of winning the bucket, between his dad and his brother and himself.
He does a great job. So we started yesterday. He gives the whole history of it, all the way back to the beginning, where it came from, the farm it came from, got pictures of that, just all the different parts of it, and then just kind of giving our guys an education of that, and he obviously puts his own flavor on which is very, very emotional and passionate.
Every single day this week we are going to have an alumni video speaker that is going to challenge our guys about the bucket, and then with a video, as well. So just constant every single day just to continue to educate our guys and make them understand how big this game is.
Q. Looking back at some of the games here down the stretch, it seems like going into the half or at the end of the half really the defense has kind of struggled and given up a long drive that’s really swung the momentum going into half or even at the end of the game Michigan State scored that touchdown. What needs to be better about the defense finishing out a half, especially when it comes to carrying that momentum forward?
TOM ALLEN: Yeah, it’s absolutely what we emphasized yesterday. Obviously it’s been pretty apparent in those last two games without question. Before the half and how you finish the game, had a chance to finish out the game with a win by just getting a stop by our defense here at this one.
The emphasis has been going back and evaluating the calls that we made in those situations, the execution of those calls, so first of all, making sure we’re in the right call, and there’s obviously things we go through, maybe you should have done this, should have done that, called this, called that.
Then we’ve got to make sure whatever we do call is that there’s 100 percent execution of that call. No matter what they do, something we haven’t seen before, something we have seen in the past, the concept that they ran on that last one was something they had done previously in the game.
So just still, it’s always the little things too leading up to it. We have a chance to get a sack on that 3rd down that led up to the 4th and 3 conversion, which would have made it 4th and 10, which is a totally different call.
So it’s a series of plays, series of efforts. We missed some tackles in that last drive. It’s making sure we’re getting our best players on the field and making sure the calls that we make, our guys execute at a very, very high level.
Obviously we have not done that, and really it’s been unbelievably frustrating and disappointing. But at the same time, we’ve got one more opportunity this year. We’ve got to make sure it doesn’t happen this week.
Q. Obviously personnel-wise Purdue is different than past years, but obviously they changed over coaching staffs from the teams that you’ve played over the past several years. What have you been able to see from Purdue and what differences do you see in the way this team operates?
TOM ALLEN: Well, different offensive system, different defensive system, so schematically quite a bit different. Obviously they’ve always thrown the ball well. They’re running the ball really well lately.
Last two games in a row they’ve been over 300 yards rushing, which is very impressive. They’ve got two talented running backs and their O-line is being very effective in what they’re doing. They’ve made adjustments throughout the season.
Very talented quarterback, which has been consistent since I’ve been here. Hudson Card is a very, very talented player. He can beat you with his legs, beat you with his arm. He’s an elite football player in my opinion.
Then defensively the scheme obviously, Coach Walters being a defensive guy and bringing that system they ran at Illinois so well there, and they do a really good job in lot of those areas.
Definitely a lot of changes, a lot of changes in personnel, as well, and new team. Just but same bucket, and that’s really what this is all about, is getting back the bucket.
Q. I know you’re kind of more of a naturally optimistic individual, but with the challenges of the last three years, how do you remain positive and optimistic about the future of the program?
TOM ALLEN: Yeah, I mean, to me you have — continue to have some tough, close losses like we’ve had these last couple weeks and some tough — last couple seasons have not been what anybody wants here.
So yeah, you just keep building. The very things you build this upon, you lean on that and the foundation of who you are and what you do, and you choose to find ways to keep making adjustments and finding a way to stay the course and continue to move forward and build.
That’s where it’s been frustrating, because we haven’t seen the growth and the fruit of some of those things.
But there’s also a principle that you don’t grow weary doing things the right way. And if you just stay the course, you’ll reap the harvest if you don’t give up. We are going to continue to make adjustments, continue to adapt to the new — you know, the new landscape of college football is dramatically different as a matter of fact. I was there pregame Coach Dantonio was out there with their staff with their situation there at Michigan State, and first words out of his mouth, man, has this thing changed in the last three years since the last time he coached. We both agreed it’s a dramatic difference.
You have to build things differently. You have to adapt to those changes, and we have to adapt as a program and as a university for these changes. You’ve got to continue to work towards that to that end, and to me, I said this before, I’ll keep saying it, I’m not positive because life is easy and everything works out for you. I remain positive because life is hard, and sometimes life is not fair, and we experienced that on Saturday.
You’ve got to find a way to just stay the course. You have a great foundation that you believe in, you build off of, and you don’t waver from that. But you just battle and you fight and you just claw and fight and scratch to continue to build what you want to build.
We’ve got to keep getting better, and we’ve got a great opportunity this week to be able to get some momentum for the off-season.
Q. When you look at the schedule this week with Thanksgiving and everything, how do you manage that? How do you handle it with Thanksgiving dinner and stuff like that?
TOM ALLEN: Yeah, so we’ve done it different ways here. Our guys kind of lean on them to what they really enjoy the most and feel the best is for them. We’ve found that we like to be able to — instead of having a huge Thanksgiving meal together as a team, we’ve done that in the past, the guys would rather have a chance to go and be in someone’s home, either a coach’s home. Some players that live close enough are going to go home and take teammates with them.
We have a process we go through that we make sure every single one of our players has a home to go to for having Thanksgiving meal, whether it’s my house or a coach’s house or one of their teammates’ houses or their house if they live close enough to drive there.
So we’ll give our guys an extra hour of sleep each day on Tuesday and Wednesday, start a little bit later each one of those days, be a normal schedule on Thursday, and then have a practice on Thursday morning and let them go home and be with their families or wherever they are going to be for their Thanksgiving meal that afternoon and evening, and then come back on Friday morning. We will have our – and get on the bus and head to West Lafayette.
So Thursday is the one day that’s different. And like I said, our philosophy is I want them to be in somebody’s home having a Thanksgiving meal with either of a coach or a friend, teammate.
Q. You’ve had some very difficult losses over the past couple of weeks, and obviously they’ve been incredibly hard to swallow for the coaching staff and the players. What have you seen from the players in terms of their attitude when they’re bouncing back from these losses, and how do you keep them battling despite not being rewarded with a win in a lot of those close games?
TOM ALLEN: Yeah, you know, that’s the challenge. That’s what’s really, really hard about this. What I did this week was talk a little bit about the game and some things that we feel like we needed to do better to give ourselves a chance to win, and then moved right on to Purdue and the bucket.
Really became what’s next. That’s kind of been the focus all along is, yeah, we try to correct things, but we get ready for the next one, and then try to teach them about that’s how life has to be, as well.
Something really, really tough happens, maybe something that you caused, sometimes things that you don’t cause, sometimes unfair things happen. Well, the response to that is really the key. We’re just training them for that and talking them through the mindset that it takes to do that and how you approach that, how do you go about that.
It can be harder as every more difficult thing you experience keeps coming your way to stay true to what you believe in, but at the same time even though it gets tested and gets tried, we call this the fires and the trials of life, sometimes those have a way of strengthening us if you respond the correct way. They build a resiliency and a toughness and a grit and a fight that only difficulties can build.
We just never stop talking about that. But it is about what’s next and focus on what’s in front of us and not what’s behind us and not dwelling on the past, learning from it and pressing on. To me that’s the approach and that’s what we’re going to do again this week.
Q. I wanted to ask about recruiting and obviously you mentioned changes in college football. Obviously one of the biggest ones is the portal over the last couple years, how you balance that with trying to sign a traditional recruiting class and also going into the portal a lot of times when you’re signing your class you may not know exactly what you need from the portal. How do you balance that when you’re in an unknown area as far as what you need?
TOM ALLEN: Yeah, I would say that’s definitely a challenge. In the past you had a very clear picture of what you were going after this time of the year. I will say this: A big focus for us is going to be with this team. We have quite a few guys that have more eligibility, even though they may be — even a guy that was a senior here or has graduated.
So I think there’s a lot of guys we want to focus on continuing to retain in our team, and we’ve got a lot of good football players that have time in front of them to play.
So that’s going to be the focus, and then once you go through that, you kind of know where your needs are. We’ve got a strong high school class that’s going to be coming in here. I still believe you have to have that foundation.
We’re a developmental program here, and we’ve got close to 20 guys that are committed to us we’re expecting to sign here in December, and guys are going to come here, many guys of that group I believe are going to come in here and help us right away because there’s a lot of talented guys in that group.
I’m excited about the group that we’ve assembled, so we will have that as our core, and then use the portal — and I see us probably having less portal additions just because of the number of guys returning on our team. We have a lot of guys back for next year, and that excites me as well.
Just got to go a great job filtering through that process as we go through — the NCAA has created a timetable now for the Monday through Thursday after the regular season ends is now a dead period where we spend time with our current players, and then we’ll kind of know where we’re at from there.
And I get it. It’s part of the new landscape we have and guys will make decisions and they got to do what’s best for them, and it’s a mutual decision-making process that we’ll go through with them.
So yeah, it’s definitely different, different than it’s ever been before, and every year it’s a little bit more modified. But you’ve got to adapt do that and figure out where you’re at, what your needs are, but we’re going to have a good, string high school nucleus that we will bring in, and then fill in the needs with the portal once we know what those exactly are.
Q. You mentioned speaking with Mark Dantonio about the changes in football the last couple of years. I’m curious, is there a larger maybe systemic reason why it’s been difficult to maintain success at Indiana? You’ve had good seasons; you’ve had challenging seasons. Is there anything about Indiana or is it just more difficult now given the circumstances of college football?
TOM ALLEN: Well, you know, I think there’s a real reality that you have to adapt to the changes as a program, as a university, and sometimes those adaptations are slower than they need to be.
The bottom line is you can just see the trajectory of where we were going prior to the changes, and as things are right now — so the bottom line is that the way the rosters are built now is different than it used to be, and the NIL piece is the biggest component that has made the biggest difference.
We have to embrace that in a full fledged way and a more aggressive way, and that is just bottom line being truthful. And that’s the case for everybody. Everybody is in the same situation. Especially as you think moving forward with the new Big Ten we are about to get into adding four football teams that are very, very talented and very, very rich in both resources and what they expect to be able to do on game day.
Bottom line is we have to adapt to that. We have to step up to that. We have to make some obvious changes to that, and when you don’t, you get run over. That’s the bottom line is we’ve got to be able to — just talking to Coach Dantonio, it’s very obvious what’s going on, and you have to be able to make those adjustments. To me, we have to step up in that area and we’ve got to do a great job of helping retain our current roster and going out and adding the pieces that are going to give you a chance, because at the end of the day, I learned this a long time ago, we’re a lot smarter coaches when we’ve got the right players that fit with us and can help us and have the talent to be able to help us do elite things and do great things.
So we’ve got to be able to develop those guys here. That’s the challenge, is you’ve got to be able to still bring guys in, develop them, and still be able to have the kind of team you have to have to be able to beat the quality of the teams we play each week.
Definitely more challenging than ever, but we at a place like this have to adapt to the new realize that we play by and the way that things are structured now.
Q. Is there anything that you can do or have done to make those adaptations take hold?
TOM ALLEN: Yeah, I feel like I want to be as aggressive as I can be with our alumni and boosters, and just being able to get in front of them and help them see the direction that these things are going and what we need to do to be able to help us make these changes because the bottom line is it’s all in front of us.
We have to be able to adapt, and it’s hard. There’s no question, because it’s different than it’s been in the past, and sometimes it’s a different way of doing things, and some people even like or agree with.
I think it’s a matter of — at the end of the day you’ve still got to build, and that’s what I was talking to Coach Dantonio about. You’ve still got to build the best team. The best team wins on game day. And yes, you have to have the players to do that, but they also have to be a team that plays for each other and has — it’s still a team sport. We’ve got 125 guys on our roster. That’s a lot of players, a lot of people coming together to be able to do that.
That component hasn’t left us, but still, you have to do a great job of having the roster talent and the roster depth to be able to play a tough schedule every single week. You’ve got to come back and you’ve got to do it again and again and again and things happen in the course of a season, so that’s why depth is such a big deal, and getting the right players here is the best deal, and we’re doing the best we can to be able to continue to grow that.
I love our guys here, and like I said, we’ve got a lot of guys that I want to retain here that I feel like have a chance to keep developing, and you see some growth in some key spots on our team, and I want to continue to do that, but we’ve got to keep them here.
That’s the other thing that people are trying to take your guys from you and take your players when they start to grow and have some success at places where they feel like they can do that because they can maybe out bid you for a guy.
The bottom line is that’s all part of the new world we live in, which is totally different than it was a few years ago.
GAME NOTES: AT PURDUE
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Since 1925, the Indiana football program has tussled with Purdue for the right to possess the Old Oaken Bucket. On Saturday (Nov. 25), the two teams will meet for the 125th in program history and the 98th with the Old Oaken Bucket on the line. The game will air on Big Ten Network and kickoff is scheduled for noon from Ross-Ade Stadium in West Lafayette.
INDIANA (3-8, 1-7 Big Ten) at PURDUE (3-8, 2-6 Big Ten)
Ross-Ade Stadium (West Lafayette, Ind.)
Saturday, Nov. 25 | Noon ET
TV: Big Ten Network | RADIO: Indiana Hoosiers Sports Network
Setting the Scene
• The 98th Battle for the Old Oaken Bucket between Indiana and Purdue will commence at noon on Saturday (Nov. 25) from Ross-Ade Stadium in West Lafayette, Indiana, with the Hoosiers looking to snap a two-game skid versus the Boilermakers.
• The 2023 contest marks the 125th overall meeting between the two programs, who met for 100 straight seasons between 1920 and 2019, before the COVID-19 pandemic cancelled the 2020 game.
• Both teams enter the meeting with 3-8 overall marks and both teams have played a handful of one-score games. Indiana is 2-3 in its five games decided by eight-or-fewer points, while Purdue is 1-3 in four one-score contests.
• With the 125th meeting between the two programs is No. 7 among the most played FBS rivalries in the history of the sport.
By The Numbers
7th – Most played rivalry in college football with the 125th overall meeting slated for the 2023 regular season finale. MORE ON PAGE 4
19 – Tackles for loss or no gain by Aaron Casey per Pro Football Focus to lead all Power 5 tacklers. MORE ON PAGE 13
7 – Takeaways by the Indiana defense over the last four games, which includes six in the last three contests. Four of those have ended up in the hands of redshirt senior Josh Sanguinetti.
2016 – Is the year of the last 100-tackle season by a Hoosier defender, as Aaron Casey is two tackles shy of that mark with 98 stops entering the Battle for the Old Oaken Bucket.
News & Notes
• Redshirt senior Aaron Casey has at least one tackle for loss in eight of the last nine weeks and has produced six straight games with at least eight tackles. He’s on pace to post the first 100-tackle season since Tegray Scales in 2016 with 98 stops entering Week 13.
• Casey piled up 4.0 tackles for loss with 2.0 sacks as part of a nine-tackle effort in the win over Wisconsin in Week 10 to earn Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week. His 4.0 TFLs are the most by a Hoosier since 2016 and rank tied for No. 9 in a single game in 2023.
• His 98 tackles rank tied for No. 4 in the Big Ten and he leads the Big Ten with 16.0 tackles for loss, which ranks No. 7 in the FBS. Casey’s 19 tackles for loss or no gain lead the Big Ten and are No. 2 in the Power 5 per Pro Football Focus.
• Redshirt freshman Brendan Sorsby has accounted for 14 touchdowns over the last five weeks – all starts – with 10 passing and four rushing scores. Sorsby rushed and threw for a score in each game during a three week span from Week 9-11.
• Sorsby became the first Indiana quarterback since at least 1996 with multiple passing touchdowns of 60-plus yards in a single with two scoring strikes over 60 yards at No. 10/10 Penn State as part of a three-touchdown day from the pocket.
• Per Pro Football Focus, redshirt senior Andre Carter ranks No. 14 in the Big Ten with 27 total pressures (sacks, QB hits or hurries).
• With 2.0 tackles for loss in each of the first two games of the season, Carter’s 4.0 TFLs were the most by a Hoosier in the first two games of a season since 2004 when Kyle Killion posted 5.5 tackles for loss.
• Redshirt senior Josh Sanguinetti pulled in his third career interception in the fourth quarter at No. 10/10 Penn State to set up the game tying score and end Drew Allar’s FBS record for attempts to start a career without an interception (311 attempts). He added a pair of fumble recoveries against Wisconsin the next week, then pulled down an interception versus Michigan State in Week 12.
• Redshirt sophomore Trent Howland led the team in rushing attempts (19) and yards (77) and scored his second touchdown of the season versus Michigan State. Over his last two games, Howland has gained 179 yards on 32 carries (5.6 ypc) with two touchdowns.
• The first career 100-yard receiving game for junior Donaven McCulley came at Illinois, as he piled up 11 catches (17 targets) and 137 yards with two touchdowns. He has 33 catches for 372 yards over the last four weeks.
INDIANA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
SCALIA EARNS BIG TEN PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS
ROSEMONT, Ill. – Senior guard Sara Scalia has earned Big Ten Player of the Week honors, announced on Monday by the league.
A Stillwater, Minn. native, Scalia averaged 23.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists sand held a +8.0 assist-to-turnover ratio in IU’s wins over Murray State and Lipscomb. She shot a collective 50 percent from the floor and 53.8 percent from long range while going a perfect 11-for-11 at the free throw line. This is the second Big Ten Player of the Week honor for Scalia, who earned the award in 2021-22 while at Minnesota.
In action against Murray State, she paced the Hoosiers with 22 points to go along with four rebounds, three assists and a steal. At the line in the win over the Racers, she went 8-for-8 and hit a pair of triples and committing no turnovers. On Sunday versus Lipscomb, Scalia tied an IU career-high 24 points on 5-for-7 shooting from beyond the arc and 57.1 percent overall from the floor. Stuffing the stat sheet, she added six rebounds, five assists and a steal.
The Hoosiers will travel to Fort Myers, Fla. to take part in the 2023 Elevance Health Women’s Fort Myers Tip-Off on Thursday and Saturday against No. 19 Tennessee and Princeton.
PURDUE MEN’S BASKETBALL
#2 PURDUE BLITZES #11 GONZAGA IN SECOND HALF TO MOVE TO MAUI INVITE SEMIFINALS
 Purdue 73,  Gonzaga 63 (Postgame Notes)
No. 2-ranked Purdue improved to 4-0 with a 73-63 win over No. 11-ranked Gonzaga in the opening round of the Allstate Maui Invitational.
The Boilermakers moved into Tuesday’s semifinals against No. 7-ranked Tennessee.
Purdue is now 4-0 all-time against Gonzaga and has defeated Gonzaga in consecutive years in MTE Tournaments, defeating the No. 6-ranked Bulldogs 84-66 a year ago in the Phil Knight Legacy.
Purdue has won six straight games in MTE events, five of them coming over teams ranked in the nation’s top 18 (No. 18 North Carolina and No. 6 Villanova in 2021; West Virginia, No. 6 Gonzaga and No. 8 Duke in 2022; No. 11 Gonzaga in 2023).
Purdue improved to 17-4 all-time when ranked No. 2 in the country, having won five straight games.
Purdue has won 28 straight non-conference, regular-season games, the longest streak in the country (UConn – 17).
Purdue has won 18 straight games in the month of November.
Since the start of the 2021-22 season, Purdue is 62-14 overall – the fourth-most wins in the country (Houston, Kansas, Arizona).
The win was Purdue’s 80th against KenPom top-50 teams since the start of the 2016-17 season, the second-highest total in the country behind Kansas’ 103. Purdue is the only team in America with two, top-30 KenPom wins so far this year.
The win was Purdue’s 34th against a top-25 team since the start of the 2016-17 season, good for the sixth-most wins nationally.
Gonzaga started the game 9-of-15 from the field, but made just 17 of its last 54 shots. In the second half, Gonzaga averaged just 0.76 points per possession. Purdue outscored Gonzaga 43-28 in the second half.
Zach Edey recorded his 42nd career double-double and 21st career 20-10 game with a 25-point, 14-rebound, 3-block performance.
Edey moved into 17th place on the school’s career scoring list (1,620 points) and fifth on the career rebounds list (891).
Edey has scored in double-figures in 55 straight games, the longest active streak in the country.
Over the last three games, Edey is 27-of-30 (.900) from the free throw line.
Braden Smith became the first Purdue player in at least 15 years to have at least 13 points, 6 assists, 5 steals and 4 rebounds in the same game.
Smith is now averaging 12.0 points, 7.8 assists, 5.5 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game.
Lance Jones scored 11 of his 13 points in the second half.
HONOLULU — Zach Edey scored 15 of his game-high 25 points in the first half and No. 2 Purdue rallied to a beat No. 11 Gonzaga 73-63 in a Maui Invitational quarterfinal game on Monday.
The Boilermakers (4-0) trailed by as many as nine points late in the first half, but outscored the Bulldogs (2-1) 43-28 in the second half to remain unbeaten.
“The start of the second half was key for us, getting some transition baskets, getting some steals, I thought we had some active hands at that time and I think that kind of set the tone for us in the second half. The other difference, I thought, was their inability to make 3s in the second half,” Boilermakers coach Matt Painter said.
Edey, a 7-foot-4 senior center, shot 8 for 16 from the field and made 9 of 10 shots from the free throw line. He also grabbed 14 rebounds and blocked three shots in 33 minutes.
Lance Jones and Braden Smith added 13 points apiece for Purdue, which shot 54.5% from the field (18 of 33) in the second half. Smith also notched five steals.
Graham Ike led Gonzaga with 14 points and seven rebounds. Ryan Nembhard had 11 points, six assists and three steals, and Nolan Hickman added 11 points and three steals.
The Bulldogs were 26-for-69 shooting (37.7%) from the field.
Purdue dominated Gonzaga in points in the paint, 44-30.
Gonzaga was only 5 of 8 from the line, while Purdue made 13 of 16 free throws.
The Boilermakers jumped out to an early 6-0 lead, but the Bulldogs answered with a 14-0 run that was capped by a Hickman pull-up jumper at the 14:28 mark.
Purdue took the lead for good with 14:53 left to play on a Edey putback dunk that gave the Boilermakers a 43-42 advantage.
Gonzaga shot 6 of 19 from beyond the arc in the first half and went 0 for 13 from long distance the rest of the way.
“I think if you look at the 3s we took, they were all good shots. I don’t know that we took any bad ones during that stretch. Obviously, that was a fairly big factor, I thought the bigger factor was that we just turned the ball over too much,” said Bulldogs coach Mark Few, whose team committed 14 turnovers.
Purdue led by as many as 14.
Gonzaga held a 35-30 lead at halftime.
Purdue improved to 4-0 all-time against Gonzaga. The teams last faced off in the semifinals of the Phil Knight Legacy last year. The Boilermakers won that one, 84-66.
Purdue returns all five starters from last year’s team that went 29-6 and earned a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Edey, the reigning AP National Player of the Year, is one of two players in the country averaging at least 20 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks.
Gonzaga reached the Elite Eight a year ago and added a trio of impact transfers in Ike (Wyoming), Nembhard (Creighton) and Steele Ventura (Eastern Washington) via the portal.
EXTENDING THE STREAK
Purdue, which was coming off of a 83-71 win over Xavier a week ago, has now won 28 consecutive regular-season, non-conference games dating to December 2020, the longest such streak in the country.
#2 PURDUE BATTLES #7 TENNESSEE IN MAUI INVITE SEMIFINAL SHOWDOWN
GAMEDAY INFORMATION — GAME 05 (MAUI INVITATIONAL)
 Purdue (4-0) vs.  Tennessee (4-0)
8 p.m. ET | Honolulu, Hawai’i
Stan Sherriff Center | 10,300
TELEVISION: ESPN (Dan Shulman, Jay Bilas, Angel Gray)
RADIO: Purdue Global Radio Network (Rob Blackman, Bobby Riddell)
THE NOTES TO KNOW
Purdue and Tennessee will meet for the sixth time in school history, with Purdue owning a 3-2 series advantage. The two teams last met in the 2019 Sweet 16 in Louisville, with Purdue pulling out a 99-94 overtime victory at the KFC Yum! Center (box score found later in packet). The previous two meetings before that came in the 2017 Battle 4 Atlantis (Tennessee, 78-75 in overtime) and the 2009 Paradise Jam in the Virgin Islands (Purdue, 73-72). The last three meetings have been decided by 5 (overtime), 3 (overtime) and 1 point.
Tuesday’s game marks the first contest for Purdue when both teams are ranked in the top 7 since Nov. 21, 2021, when the No. 6-ranked Boilermakers defeated No. 5-ranked Villanova, 80-74.
After two wins over Samford and Morehead State to start the season, Purdue has now faced Xavier (30), Gonzaga (9), Tennessee (7), Kansas (4) or Marquette (11), Texas Southern, Northwestern (57), Iowa (38), Alabama (6) and Arizona (5) in nine straight games (KenPom ratings).
The Boilermakers are looking for their first Allstate Maui Invitational title-game appearance since falling in the 1999 title game to No. 4-ranked North Carolina, 90-75.
Purdue is looking for its third straight Feast Week championship, after winning the 2021 Hall of Fame Tipoff Classic (def. North Carolina, Villanova) and the 2022 Phil Knight Legacy (def. West Virginia, Gonzaga, Duke). The Boilermakers have won six straight games in Feast Week Tournaments, five of them over ranked teams, and five of them by at least nine points.
Purdue has won 28 straight non-conference, regular-season games, the longest streak in the country (UConn – 17). Its last loss came in a 58-54 loss to Miami, Fla., on Dec. 8, 2020.
Purdue has won 18 straight games in the month of November. The last Purdue loss in the month of November came to Clemson on Nov. 26, 2020, in the SpaceCoast Challenge – also the last time Purdue lost a Feast Week game.
Since the start of the 2021-22 season, Purdue is 62-14 overall – the fourth-most wins in the country (Houston – 71; Kansas – 66, Arizona – 66). Among Big Ten teams, Iowa (48) and Wisconsin (47) are next on the list.
The win over Gonzaga was Purdue’s 80th against KenPom top-50 teams since the start of the 2016-17 season, the second-highest total in the country behind Kansas’ 103. Purdue is the only team in America with two, top-30 KenPom wins so far this year.
The win was Purdue’s 34th against a top-25 team since the start of the 2016-17 season, good for the sixth-most wins nationally.
Purdue ranks first nationally, according to the KenPom ratings and is third nationally in offensive efficiency and fifth nationally in defensive efficiency. Zach Edey is first nationally in the KenPom Player of the Year ratings and has been named the team MVP in all four games (one of three players nationally with four KenPom game MVPs).
With the No. 2 ranking in the AP top 25 poll, Purdue has been ranked in the nation’s top 5 in 19 straight weeks dating to last year, the longest streak in the country (Kansas is 2nd at 8 straight weeks). Before the 2021-22 season, Purdue had been ranked in the top 5 in 38 weeks. Since the 2021-22 season, Purdue has been ranked in the top 5 in 31 weeks.
Purdue owns a 17-4 record ranked as the No. 2 team in the country, having won five straight games. The Boilermakers are 9-19 all-time against teams ranked No. 7.
In eight Feast Week games, Zach Edey is averaging 19.9 points and 8.4 rebounds per game in 24.6 minutes per game, amassing 159 points and 67 rebounds in just 197 minutes. He is shooting 52-of-78 (.667) from the field.
Zach Edey needs nine rebounds for 900 in his career. His 21 career 20-10 games in 103 contests played are tied for the second most among active players (Armando Bacot – 22; 135 games).
Over the last three games, Zach Edey is 27-of-30 (.900) from the free throw line. As a team, the Boilermakers are 50-of-64 (.781) from the free throw line.
Zach Edey is averaging 21.8 points, 11.0 rebounds and 3.5 blocked shots per game. Since the 1992-93 season, just three players have averaged at least 21.0 points, 11.0 rebounds and 3.0 blocks per game. No one has done since the 2002-03 season (Carlos Rogers in 1993-94 – Tennessee State; Adonal Foyle in 1996-97 – Colgate; Chris Kaman in 2002-03 – Central Michigan).
In two games against Gonzaga, Braden Smith averaged 13.5 points, 6.5 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 3.0 steals per game.
Braden Smith is the only player in America to average at least 12.0 points, 7.0 assists, 5.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game. He is shooting 55.6 percent from the field.
Purdue has made 64 free throws this season. Opponents have shot 34 free throws.
Matt Painter has 417 career wins, needing just four victories to tie Illinois legend Lou Henson for fourth on the Big Ten’s all-time wins list (421).
PURDUE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
BOILERMAKERS DROP BAHAMAS CONTEST TO FLORIDA
NASSAU, The Bahamas – Despite holding Florida to 52 points and 31.6% shooting, the Purdue women’s basketball team could not find its rhythm offensively in a 52-49 loss at the Baha Mar Pink Flamingo Championship.
Purdue (2-2) had a trop of players finish in double figures, led by Abbey Ellis’ 14 points. Jayla Smith chipped in 13 points off the bench and Caitlyn Harper battled inside for 12 points.
Led by a career-high six rebounds from freshman Mary Ashley Stevenson, the Boilermakers won the rebounding battle 40-37. Purdue scored 15 points off 14 Florida (4-1) giveaways. Purdue was 18-of-57 from the field and went 2-of-22 (9.1) from behind the arc.
Purdue struggled on the offensive end in the first half shooting 26.5% from the field and missing their first 12 3-point attempts. Harper kept the Boilermakers close with six points over the opening 20 minutes. Ellis tallied eight points with six coming in the final two minutes as a part of a personal 6-2.
Despite the efforts on the offensive end, Purdue never trailed by more than seven points and trailed 26-22 at the break.
Purdue started to connect in the third, making six of its 11 shots. Smith and Ellis evenly split 12 points in the frame. Florida extended its advantage to a game-high 12 points midway through the quarter, before the Boilermakers went on a 14-2 run to tie the game.
In the fourth, the Boilermakers kept the momentum going when Stevenson scored Purdue’s first four points. Harper made a contested layup with five minutes to play to give the Boilermakers their first lead of the game at 46-42. Florida closed the game on an 8-3 run with Purdue’s lone basket coming on a Smith 3-pointer with 1:24 to play.
Ellis had a game-tying 3-point effort at the buzzer that caught the back iron.
• Purdue leads the all-time series with Florida 3-1.
• The Boilermakers outscored the Gators 30-24 in the paint.
• Purdue is now 18-3 under head coach Katie Gearlds when holding opponents to 60 points or less.
• The 52 points allowed tied for the third fewest of the Gearlds era.
• Big Ten Freshman of the Week Rashunda Jones finished with four points and a career-high five rebounds.
The Boilermakers will close out the Baha Mar Pink Flamingo Championship on Wednesday with their third straight game against the SEC with a 4 p.m. tip against Georgia.
JONES NAMED BIG TEN FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue women’s basketball guard Rashunda Jones was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week after a 20-point performance off the bench to lead the Boilermakers to a 72-58 win over Texas A&M on Thursday.
The South Bend native was 8-of-11 from the field and 4-of-6 from the line with a pair of rebounds and a block in 22 minutes off the bench. Entering the game after Purdue fell into an 8-0 deficit, Jones scored six points over the remainder of the period.
Jones stepped up to keep Purdue ahead with 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting in the second half.
Jones is the first Purdue Big Ten Freshman of the Week since Karissa McLaughlin won the award on Nov. 13, 2017. She became the first Boilermaker rookie since McLaughlin in 2017-18 to drop 20 points in a game.
The Boilermakers open their time at the Baha Mar Pink Flamingo Championship today at 4 p.m. against Florida. Purdue will face Georgia on Wednesday at 4 p.m.
HUDSON, ANDERSON NAMED TO BIG TEN WEEKLY AWARDS
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Following wins vs. #3 Wisconsin and Maryland, Eva Hudson was selected Big Ten Player of the Week alongside Taylor Anderson as Freshman of the Week.
The honor is the first of the season for Hudson and the second honor for Anderson (last: Setter of the Week on Sept. 11).
Both underclassmen produced career-setting performances in the take down of No. 3 Wisconsin last Friday night before turning around and finishing off Maryland, 3-0, just 24 hours later.
The Boilermakers were led by Eva Hudson in both matches, , who posted a double-double, including a career-high 30 kills and 11 digs to join Purdue’s elite 30-kill club. The sophomore was just the 12th Boilermaker in program history, including the first since 2018 (Sherridan Atkinson, 32 kills vs. Penn State, 10/27/18), to accomplish the feat. Meanwhile, in the third set alone, Hudson hit .588% behind 11 kills and one error on 17 attacks to lead the way, and scored nearly a third of the team’s points in Set 5, registering five kills in the fifth set. The performance was rounded out by a career-high two block solos, which both came in the first set.
Just 24 hours later, the Fort Wayne, Indiana native led the team to a sweep vs. Maryland with a team-high of 18 kills.
Hudson led the league in both points per set (6.69) and kills per set (6.00) in the match.
Meanwhile, Anderson dished out a double-double of her own vs. the Badgers with a career-high 57 assists, the most by a Boilermaker in five years (60 by Hayley Bush as a redshirt freshman at Penn State, 10/27/18). Moreover, it was the most assists by a Big Ten player in a match last week. Additionally, her performance marked the seventh double-double of the season and the third 50-plus assist match in the last four outings. Defensively, she totaled seven blocks (1-6), to match her career-best, set in the match prior vs. Michigan State.
On the weekend, the setter averaged 11.13 assists per set and her 89 total assists were the most by a Big Ten player last week.
The Boilermakers guided the way for Purdue’s sixth victory vs. a top-25 opponent this season, including the highest ranked win since 2021.
It is the second consecutive week Purdue has earned Big Ten weekly accolades. After setting a program-record for awards in a single season last week, Purdue improves 14 individual honors this season.
Purdue closes out the regular season on the road this week in Michigan with another pair of matches within 24 hours. First, Purdue will travel to Ann Arbor to take on Michigan on Friday at 6:30 p.m. ET on Big Ten Network, followed by a drive over to Michigan State for the regular-season finale on Saturday. The Boilermakers are scheduled to take on the Spartans, a team they faced a week ago in Holloway (W, 3-1). The match will be streamed on B1G+ at 6 p.m. ET.
RYAN WALTERS MONDAY PRESSER
Q. To finish the year with a win and, plus, to keep the Bucket, it’s always good to beat a rival; right?
RYAN WALTERS: Absolutely. You don’t ever want to end the season on a loss, so I think positivity going into the offseason.
You know, one more time to play in front of Ross–Ade and take care of the home field and to win an in in-state rival, and it’s a trophy game. To keep a trophy would definitely be a positive moving into the offseason.
Q. You talked a little bit in the postgame Saturday about lamenting allowing a touchdown on the team — on Minnesota’s first drive, Northwestern’s first drive. Just talk about that, and maybe, again, sort of address maybe what you think you can do to tighten that up and prevent that from happening.
RYAN WALTERS: Yeah, obviously, like, the Minnesota week, what was it, four plays, touchdown, and then same thing this past weekend.
We tried different things. We had a start-fast period in the week. We were going to take the ball regardless if we would have won the toss. It worked out how we wanted it to with them deferring.
To see if that helped, and it didn’t. We had two MEs that led to explosive plays and ultimately a touchdown where we didn’t see the tackle over and get the front knock, so we had to open A-gap for the touchdown.
So we’ll continue to find different ways to start fast defensively. I do think obviously they settled into it and played really well for a long stretch and then just had some mishaps towards the end.
That’s really been the theme defensively the past couple of games where you play good for long stretches, and it’s like three plays. The thing is on defense, if you have three bad plays, that’s 21 points; right? Where offensively you have three bad plays, you’re punting. So we have to understand that as a defense, just the intensity and the focus it takes to play as sound as we can play for four quarters.
Q. Did you realize Purdue was No. 1 in the Big Ten in fourth down attempts with 27. Can you just kind of talk about that, and does that surprise you at all?
RYAN WALTERS: Well, I think it’s probably because we’ve been in a lot of fourth and short situations. I think a lot of times some of those teams on third and two or third and one are getting first downs; right?
So you kind of take every game for what it is. It felt like this past week I made the same type of decisions that were made against Minnesota, and they ended up in touchdowns. This week we just didn’t get in there.
Also knew that defensively we would be able to stop them and get the ball back. With where we were offensively with how thin we were in front and two new quarterbacks in there, just didn’t know how often we would be able to get down there to put points on the board.
I was still going back and looking at it. I thought those were the right moves to make.
Q. Just now that you’ve had a chance to digest the film, what are your thoughts on the quarterbacks, Meredith and Ryan Browne, and how you used them? In hindsight would you want to use them any different? Would you maybe want to go with Ryan longer, or just talk about that QB situation.
RYAN WALTERS: I thought Ryan played a little more confident, and he adds a little different element with his ability to run and extend plays. So we knew going into the game that we would have to be able to run the football in order to put points on the board and give us a chance to win. I think that also catered to Ryan’s strengths.
You look at what we were available from a roster standpoint up front, I was proud of the way those guys are battling. You have your backup center playing right tackle, your third string center playing left guard. Moussa came back, and he was supposed to been an emergency-only situation, but Ben Farrell goes through warmups, and he can’t go.
For those guys to go back-to-back weeks with 300 yards rushing, we knew that was going to be the way we have to play in order to have a chance to win it. We just didn’t play clean enough or disciplined enough for four quarters.
Still had a chance to win it there at the end, but when your margin of error is that small, you can’t turn the ball over four times. You can’t have mental errors on defense that lead to touchdowns. You have to play cleaner.
That was to me why we didn’t win the game is we didn’t do enough from a discipline standpoint. I thought they played their tails off and played tough and physical, but didn’t play clean enough to win that game.
Q. You talked about this a couple of weeks ago, but when teams are having the kind of season that you’re having, sometimes the fan base drifts off, and you’ve had some great crowds this year despite that. How much does that give you a boost going into the last game knowing, hey, it’s still going to be an electric atmosphere, the fans are still on board with this thing?
RYAN WALTERS: Yeah, and that’s one of the reasons why I love this place. You’ve got a passionate and emotional fan base that also has an awareness of sort of what’s going on.
I get people are frustrated and disappointed, as are we; right? We’re frustrated and disappointed. I was talking to my parents the other day. I’m, like, you know, I’m like the biggest LeBron fan, and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve cussed him out on TV. As a fan, you get frustrated.
I feel like this fan base is sort of that way where they see what’s happening on the field. We’re in tight ball games. We have hit the injury bug like nobody’s business. You are dealing with brand new schemes, offense, defense, special teams.
Still no excuses; right? There are plenty of games out there where I feel like we should have won, and that falls on my shoulders, but I do think that we are continuing to improve as a program and the way we’re running things.
I promise you we’re going to win a lot of games. I promise you that our coaching staff is going to hit the recruiting trail tough and precise, and we’re starting to get the support we need from a resource standpoint.
So it will look right next year, I promise you. I’m looking forward to this weekend being a microcosm of what’s to come in the future.
Q. Kind of going off that, the guys you do have, it’s tough, especially for seniors, when a new staff comes in and most of those guys didn’t commit to you. They committed to a different scheme, a different coach. Last game in Ross-Ade for these guys. How big have they been in hopefully turning this thing into the future?
RYAN WALTERS: They’ve been awesome. They’ve completely bought in, embraced the staff and the changes with open arms.
Obviously it ain’t all sunshine and rainbows; right? Every individual has their personal opinions, but the guys that stuck with it and stayed and have really put their head down and went to work, they have been rewarded with opportunities on the field.
So they have helped us lay the foundation for the way we need to operate moving forward, and they’ve been a good example for the young guys that we have in our program.
Q. I want to talk about one of toes guys, Cam Allen, who I’m sure fans sometimes are frustrated, but also this is a guy that’s got I think 13 career interceptions, and that doesn’t happen by accident. He played a lot early. Obviously he seems to be a guy that’s always around the football. Even a lot of tip balls seem to dismiss him. What has he meant just as a leader and as a guy that can get you a big turnover in a key moment?
RYAN WALTERS: Cam, his role from a year ago to now has changed just with the style of play. By nature, the ball can find him. With the personnel over the last couple of weeks, that’s why his role has been a little bit diminished because we’ve seen more 12-personnel than we have 11 here lately.
He has improved as the year has gone on. I feel like he has trusted the technique, and as a result, his play has improved. His effort has improved as well. I think he sees the importance of buying in 100% in order to have success. That’s why I think he’s been playing better lately.
Q. Do you think this team has kind of flipped from — nothing against Coach Brohm, but you are different personality-wise. Do you think this team has molded into more of your personality as the season has gone on?
RYAN WALTERS: I think so. We’re still not all the way there yet, but I do think the guys enjoy being in the building because they know what they’re going to get every day. They know they’re going to be held accountable, but at the same time we’re going to treat them fairly.
You can’t treat everybody the same because they’re all different individuals, but they know what they’re going to get from the staff and from the strength and conditioning program. We have done things to try to improve the environment and improve the way we take care of them off the field, and I think they have appreciated that as well.
The culture is great in the locker room, which is why guys have been fighting all year regardless of the record. I think a lot of guys are excited about what’s to come.
Q. Zion Steptoe had any experience playing defense in high school or anything like that? How difficult has been the transition, I guess, and for him to elevate and get good so quickly at switching roles?
RYAN WALTERS: That’s why I’m excited about his progress and his potential at corner. Another guy that puts the team first all the time. He is selfless, works really hard, and I think his skill set, it elevates on the defensive side of the ball.
I think we made that move three weeks ago. He played a little bit in the Michigan game. Didn’t really play in the Minnesota game. Then you can kind of see the light turn on in term of understanding the scheme and why we’re playing with certain techniques.
I thought he played his tail off against Northwestern. He’s only going to continue to improve, and I’m glad he’s in that room now.
Q. Then with guys like Nic Scourton, Hudson Card, is that a situation where you find out Thursday if they’re good to go this week, or do you know now what their status is?
RYAN WALTERS: I would anticipate both of them being available, which is awesome. We need them. I was also very impressed with Khordae’s production and what he was able to do on Saturday.
Q. Just with respect to Indiana, what challenges? The quarterback has played better of late. They’ve lost two close games here recently. What do you see in the Hoosiers?
RYAN WALTERS: Like you said, they are playing their best ball towards the end of the year. They have a lot of experienced guys up front offensively.
The quarterback is a tough, bigger guy that can run around and throws a good deep ball.
Running backs are big, powerful, Big Ten-type backs. One is, like, 6’3″, 240. The other one is 5’11”, 225. Big bruiser-type backs.
They have a lot of length on the outside. Then they have a speedy slot/running back, No. 12. I think they do a good job of utilizing the personnel and getting into different formations that are unique within that personnel grouping.
Their run game and pass game complement each other, so you have to have your eyes in the right spot all the time, and their guys on the outside do a great job of winning the 50/50 balls.
Defensively they’re multiple. They’re aggressive. So they pose problems that way. They’re long on the secondary as well, so it’s a good football team. It’s going to be a rivalry game. The atmosphere is going to be awesome, and so it’s going to be a tough and physical game for sure.
To me it’s how disciplined can we play, how clean can we play? That will be the telltale by the end of the game.
Q. Have you run into Tom Allen? Obviously you have coached against him over the years at Illinois, et cetera. Talk about him and what he brings to their program.
RYAN WALTERS: He’s a great guy. He’s very familiar with the state, with the high school background. Defensive mind. So I always pay attention to defensive guys.
I’ve been impressed with his career and what he’s been able to do, but he’s an old-school, hard-nosed, does everything by the book type guy. I’ve got a lot of respect for him.
Q. Tyrone Tracy went down late. Looked like his back. Any update the on him?
RYAN WALTERS: I think he will be fine. He is sore. Both him and Mock were sore after the game. That’s two weeks where they’ve done the workload and have played really well. So they’re just sore, like they should be, going into the last game of the season.
Q. We could talk after the game, but just peeking at December 4th, the portal opens. Can you just talk about maybe if you have already I’m sure evaluated maybe some areas of need that you would focus on there?
RYAN WALTERS: Yeah. Obviously I think we need to get bigger up front offensively. I would anticipate us going to get a couple of transfer portal wide receivers.
Defensively we lose two interior D-linemen. I would anticipate us addressing that. Also, it kind of depends who is coming back as well on what holes we’ll need to fill.
Like I said, we’ve gotten some donor support lately. I’m excited about the resources we have to be able to address the needs we have.
Q. Then as far as attrition goes, a lot of guys left last year. Any sense that there could be a lot of guys I guess leaving West Lafayette?
RYAN WALTERS: Every year there’s probably a couple that surprise you and some others that don’t surprise you. Ultimately, I’ve told all our guys, you have to do what’s best for yourself individually at the end of the year.
A lot of guys see what we’re doing and want to be a part of it. I anticipate the guys that we want to stay will stay, and the guys that want to leave will leave. It’s nothing personal. I won’t take it personal, but I am excited about the future. I know a lot of these guys in the locker room are excited as well.
Q. 23 high school commitments right now, class of 2024. How much do you see that growing before that early signing day begins December 20th?
RYAN WALTERS: Maybe by a couple of spots. I’m really happy with the high school guys that we have committed. They’re all playing really well. A lot of them are still playing. They’re going deep in the postseason, and that’s a bonus when you get guys that are used to playing winning football.
A lot of those guys are leaders on their teams, so just from a psyche standpoint, they’re hard-nosed and love football for football. Really excited about that group.
Right now the only couple that we might take would be difference-maker type potential high school guys. Any others that we’ll take will be either junior college or transfer portal.
Q. You alluded twice to being happy with the resources that you’ve got. So as to say you’re pleased with where things are at now with the Boilermakers Alliance?
RYAN WALTERS: There are some things that are happening as we speak. Yeah, I’m excited.
BUTLER WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
BULLDOGS DEFEAT ROOSEVELT 104-50 IN KID’S DAY GAME
INDIANAPOLIS – The Butler women’s basketball team defeated Roosevelt 104-50 on Monday afternoon in front of 2,626 fans! The Bulldogs partnered with the NCAA’s Readers Become Leaders Program to host an elementary school kids’ game. Four different BU student-athletes set a new career-high scoring total in the victory.
The Bulldogs improved to 3-1 on the year and 3-0 at home with Monday’s victory. The team hit 13 3-pointers and only missed one free throw (13-14) to collect their third-straight victory. Riley Makalusky and Jordan Meulemans were great from behind the arc today.
That duo combined to hit 11 of Butler’s 13 3-pointers. Makalusky went 7-for-8 from long range to score a career-high 23 points in 21 minutes. She became just the seventh player in program history to make seven 3-pointers in a single-game. Makalusky added five rebounds and a team-best two blocks in the game.
Meulemans went 4-for-6 from downtown today to score a career-high 16 points. Rosemarie Dumont set a new-career high total with seven points and Lilly Stoddard did as well with four.
Butler hit their stride offensively in the final moments of the first quarter and then Makalusky sparked a Bulldog 34-point quarter in the second. The true freshman scored 12 of her team-high 23 points in the second frame. She only shot 3-pointers and didn’t miss over a seven-minute stretch.
All 12 Bulldogs that entered the game scored at least two points in the win. Caroline Strande joined Makalusky and Meulemans in double figures with 18 points. She added eight rebounds and four assists to her stat line. BU was led in the rebound column by Stoddard (9) and got a team-best five assists from Karsyn Norman.
Inside the Box Score
– Butler scored 100 points in a regular season game for the first time since Dec. 12, 2010
– The Bulldogs nearly set an attendance record on Monday with 2,626 fans in the stands
– BU scored 52 points in the paint vs. Roosevelt
– Butler never trailed in the contest
– Ari Wiggins scored nine points, three assists and a team-high four steals
– Rosemarie Dumont scored seven points in just six minutes
– Chloe Jeffers made her season debut with two points, and three rebounds
– Butler shot 58 percent from the field and 54 percent from 3-point range
Butler will travel to Stockton, Calif. later this week to participate in the Tiger Turkey Tip-Off. Pacific will host BU Friday at 6:30 on ESPN+. Butler’s second game will be played against St. Thomas the following day at 4 PM.
SOFTBALL SIGNS THREE FOR THE 2024-25 SEASON
INDIANAPOLIS – The IUPUI softball team added Karley Kavanaugh, Callie Dickerson and Alex Kiemeyer to the 2024-25 roster with the signing of their NLI as announced by head coach Elisabeth Beirne.
Alex Kiemeyer, a catcher out of Fishers, Indiana, has been a part of the Hamilton Southeastern varsity squad for three years and looks to continue that this spring. She earned a .436 batting average during her sophomore season and totaled five home runs her junior year. Kiemeyer will add to the catching rotation with a .998 fielding percentage throughout her junior season.
Not only is Kiemeyer a great addition on the field but she also is ranked in the top 10 percent of her class based on GPA. She plans to study business at IUPUI, with hopes to attend law school.
“I chose IUPUI because of the positive atmosphere from the softball team, coaches and campus,” said Kiemeyer. “I feel at home at IUPUI.”
Karley Kavanaugh, a middle infielder from Winslow, Indiana will join the Jaguars after playing four years at Pike Central High School. Kavanaugh was named All-Pocket Athletic Conference first team after her junior and sophomore years. She also earned All-Southwest honors during her junior and sophomore years and was awarded the All Around Offensive Award. Kavanaugh was voted Indiana Softball Player of the Week on April 30th by Indiana Softball Live.
Kavanaugh is an all-around student-athlete as she is ranked third in her class academically. She is also a member of the National Honor Society. She plans to study physical therapy at IUPUI in hopes of attending graduate school and obtaining a doctor of physical therapy.
“I wanted to stay within a few hours of my hometown and also find a school that offered physical therapy,” said Kavanaugh. “When I went on a visit at IUPUI, I loved the atmosphere and it just felt like home to me.”
The Jags also added pitcher/first baseman Callie Dickerson to the 2024-25 roster. The 5’10” native of Owensville, Indiana currently plays for Gibson Southern who has made back-to-back semi-state appearances. Dickerson recorded a 2.50 ERA and three saves in eight appearances during her junior year. She also earned a .468 batting average and led the team in on base percentage with a .557 rate and 30 RBI.
The standout is also a top student earning a spot on the Gibson Southern Honor Roll.
Kavanaugh, Dickerson and Kiemeyer are all set to join the Jags prior to the 2024-25 season.
NOTRE DAME WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
NOTRE DAME WELCOMES CHICAGO STATE ON TUESDAY
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — It’s state-of-Illinois-week at Notre Dame, evidently.
On Tuesday, the No. 17 Irish (3-1) will host Chicago State (0-5) for a midweek tilt. It will be the third consecutive team out of Illinois that Notre Dame plays. The Irish have beaten both Northwestern and Illinois in the last week.
The offense continues to hum for Karen and Kevin Keyes Family Head Coach Niele Ivey. Hannah Hidalgo has scored at least 21 points in all four games this season, and Maddy Westbeld is coming off of a 24-point showing against Illinois. On average, Notre Dame has four women scoring in double-figures in each game thus far. The starters have been dominant, but the bench has made major contributions as well. Outside of Hidalgo and Westbeld, sophomore KK Bransford was the only one in double-figures on Saturday despite coming off the bench.
The Cougars, on the other hand, are struggling on both ends of the floor. Chicago State is scoring just 50 points per game, which ranks 331st in the NCAA. They are surrendering 84.4, which checks in at 338th nationally.
Tae’lor Willard is leading Chicago State with 10.6 points per game. She is the only one averaging double figures, although Josie Hill and Jacia Cunningham are close at 9.0 points per game. Hill, a 6-1 center, is Chicago State’s rebounding leader at 7.4 per contest.
Tuesday’s contest tips off at 7 p.m. on ACCNX. Notre Dame is 2-0 all-time against Chicago State.
HIDALGO SWEEPS WEEKLY ACC HONORS
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Hannah Hidalgo continues to re-write the record books.
On Monday, the ACC announced that Hidalgo is this week’s ACC Rookie of the Week and ACC Player of the Week. She is the first ACC player to earn both honors in the same week since Florida State’s Ta’Niya Latson did it on Jan. 2. Hidalgo is just the second Irish player to sweep conference awards in the program’s history (Brianna Turner on Jan. 19, 2015).
Hidalgo started her second week of college basketball with a 110-52 drubbing of Northwestern in Notre Dame’s home opener. She had 21 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 6 steals. Hidalgo went 9-12 on the day and 2-3 from deep. She produced these results in just 27 minutes of play.
On Saturday, Hidalgo helped the Irish down Illinois, 79-68, with 24 points, 5 rebounds, 8 assists and 6 steals. She went 8-15 from the floor (53.5 percent).
On the whole, Hidalgo continues to lead the ACC in points per game (25.5), and she leads the nation in steals per game (6.8). Hidalgo has 27 steals through her first four games, the most by any Division I player in that time span in the last 25 years. Karen and Kevin Keyes Family Head Coach Niele Ivey has compared Hidalgo’s defensive prowess to that of Skylar Diggins. Through her first four games at Notre Dame, Diggins had 9 steals.
Hidalgo also ranks seventh in the conference in field goal percentage (52.9) and fourth in assists per game (5.5). She is leading all ACC freshmen in the latter category.
Hidalgo will get another chance to add to the record books on Tuesday, as Notre Dame hosts an 0-5 Chicago State team. The game can be streamed on ACCNX starting at 7 p.m.
BALL STATE MEN’S BASKETBALL
CARDINALS RETURN HOME TO HOST USC UPSTATE
The Ball State men’s basketball team returns home to face USC Upstate on Tuesday at 2 p.m. in its first game of the Midwest Madness: Cardinal Classic.
The Cardinals (3-1) and Spartans (2-3) are scheduled to battle for the first time in series history. This is Ball State’s first of two games as part of the Cardinal Classic, as the team will host Arkansas Pine-Bluff at 2 p.m. on Friday to bookend Thanksgiving with a pair of nonconference games.
Basheer Jihad’s 21 points and eight rebounds were not enough at Evansville on Saturday, as the Purple Aces defeated the Cardinals 74-50 in Ball State’s initial road game of the season. The loss broke up the men’s basketball team’s best start to a season since 1997.
USC Upstate, of the Big South Conference, has lost to two Southeastern Conference opponents (South Carolina on Nov. 6 and Vanderbilt on Nov. 10) and one Big Ten Conference opponent (Minnesota on Nov. 18) to begin the year, with the 74-67 loss at Vandy being its closest game of the three. The Spartans beat National Christian College Athletic Association member Carolina University 106-48 on Nov. 12 and East Carolina 83-81 on Nov. 15.
Ball State recorded a 20-12 record (11-7 Mid-American Conference) in 2022-23 to earn the No. 4 seed in the MAC Tournament. Head coach Michael Lewis enters his second season leading the Cardinals after recent stops as an assistant at UCLA, Nebraska and Butler.
Juniors Mickey Pearson Jr. and Jihad headline the returners, as they averaged 7.7 points and 5.5 rebounds and 7.1 points and 3.6 rebounds per game, respectively, in 2022-23. Three transfers and five true freshmen bolster Ball State’s 2023-24 team.
SCOUTING USC UPSTATE: The Spartans went 16-16 (10-8 Big South) last season in head coach Dave Dickerson’s fifth leading the program. Dickerson most recently had stops as an associate head coach at Ohio State (2010-17) and with the Utah Jazz as a scout.
Sophomore Justin Bailey and redshirt junior Trae Broadnax pace Upstate in scoring with 13.8 points per game, while Ahmir Langlais (5.4) and Broadnax (3.6) lead the team in rebounds and assists per game, respectively. Bailey and Broadnax were voted second team in the Big South’s preseason poll, and the Spartans were picked sixth out of nine teams.
USC Upstate leads the Big South in 3-point shooting (39.3 percent, 37th nationally), steals (10.2 per game, 37th) and turnover margin (+5.8, 33rd). Bailey paces the league in steals (11) and steals per game (2.2) so far this season.
Jihad leads the Cardinals in scoring (16.5 points per game), rebounding (5.8) and blocks (1.3) averages. The scoring and rebounding efforts at Evansville tied career highs for the junior out of Detroit. The juniors scoring average is fourth in the Mid-American Conference behind leader Tyson Acuff’s 19.8 points per game for Eastern Michigan.
The Cardinals lead the MAC and rank in the Top 25 nationally in scoring defense (58.2 points per game, 19th) and 3-point percentage defense (24.2, 25th) and are 21st in Division I with a positive 7.0 mark.
Ball State’s 20 wins last year were its most since 2016-17 when that team won 21. This season’s Cardinals will look for back-to-back 20-win schedules for the first time since that 2016-17 season.
The Cardinals are a young group, as the roster includes only one senior or graduate student (Ethan Brittain-Watts). Ball State returns only 21.5 percent of minutes played and 19.6 percent of points scored from last year’s team.
Brittain-Watts (Boston University), Jalin Anderson (Loyola Marymount) and Davion Bailey (Southeastern CC) form Ball State’s trio of transfers.
Joey Brown (Indianapolis), Zane Doughty (Indianapolis), Mason Jones (Valparaiso, Ind.), Trent Middleton Jr. (Philadelphia) and Jurica Zagorsak (Zadar, Croatia) are the Cardinals’ quintet of true freshmen.
Ball State recently signed forward Jai Anthoni Bearden (Phoenix, Ariz.) and guard Jermarhi “Fatt” Hill (Bessemer, Ala.) to national letters of intent to form the Cardinals’ 2024 recruiting class.
BALL STATE MEN’S VOLLEYBALL
MEN’S VOLLEYBALL UNVEILS 2024 SCHEDULE
MUNCIE, Ind. – Ball State men’s volleyball third-year head coach Donan Cruz has announced the team’s 27-match spring schedule which is highlighted by 15 home games which will be played in Worthen Arena.
“We are excited about the 2024 season ahead,” said Cruz. “Our fall training segment was filled with some tough competition in our gym, and we are optimistic about the depth we have on the team and how we have come together as a unit over the last 4 months. The blend of new and old faces has been a great transition because of the quality of leadership, competition, and cohesiveness within our group. We had a glimpse of MIVA teams at fall scrimmages and I believe the league is going to be strong, making our conference schedule a tall order. Our non-conference matches will be equally tough as we match up against teams that are traditionally ranked in the Top 15 in the country. If you are a volleyball fan, this is going to be a season full of high-level competition.”
The Cardinals are looking to continue an already historically successful program. Ball State is coming off another Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (MIVA) regular season title and its second-straight MIVA Tournament championship appearance.
The 2024 roster is a good mixture of some familiar faces along with several newcomers.
Ball State will open the season with three-straight home matches as they host Wabash College (Jan. 2 & Jan. 3) and Thomas More (Jan. 3).
The Cardinals first road series will be at BYU on Jan. 5 and Jan. 6.
Ball State’s schedule highlights some heavy hitters at home as well with the Cardinals hosting powerhouses such as UC San Diego (Jan. 11) Hawai’i (Jan. 28) and Penn State (Feb. 2).
The Cardinals open MIVA action at home on Feb. 1 against Loyola Chicago and will also close out regular season league action in Muncie versus McKendree on April 6.
This year the MIVA Tournament quarterfinals will be played at the higher seed home sites on April 13 while the semifinals and finals will be played at the same home site of whichever higher seed advances.
BALL STATE BASEBALL
BASEBALL ANNOUNCES 2024 REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE
The Ball State baseball team and head coach Rich Maloney have released their 2024 regular season schedule, which features 10 games against teams that made the NCAA Tournament last season.
All told, the Cardinals are scheduled to play six NCAA Tournament qualifiers in 2024, including road series at Florida A&M in early March and NC State in late April. Other who fit that bill will be Iowa (Feb. 17), Coastal Carolina (Feb. 24), Indiana (Apr. 9 and 23) and Indiana State (May 14).
The Mid-American Conference schedule consists of 30 game and features three-game series against the other 10 teams in the MAC (Buffalo doesn’t have a baseball team).
“We are excited about the 2024 baseball schedule. We’re going to play some great opponents,” Maloney said. “Iowa will be picked near the top of the Big Ten. Coastal Carolina is a perennial mid-major power. We also play a three-game series against ACC powerhouse NC State. All of that in addition to our MAC schedule, which obviously will be a challenge as well.
“The opportunity to play against some great competition like we always do and help our team grow to become the best that we can be is exciting.”
Ball State begins the season at the Swig & Swine College Classic in Charleston, S.C., where the Cardinals are scheduled to face off with Lehigh, Iowa, Merrimack and Michigan State from Feb. 16-18. The team will be up the South Carolina coast the following weekend when it plays in Conway at Coastal Carolina’s field, taking on Cincinnati, Illinois and the host Chanticleers on Feb. 23 and 24.
The Cardinals’ spring break trip takes them to the Sunshine State for a three-game series at Jacksonville (March 1-3) and two-game set hosted by Florida A&M (March 5-6). The three-game series at NC State is slated for Apr. 26-28.
Opening Day at Ball Diamond will also serve as the MAC opener for the Cardinals, as they host Eastern Michigan at 3 p.m. on March 8. Ball State plays home series against Akron, Bowling Green, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan and Ohio, while its road series include Kent State, Miami (OH), Northern Illinois, Toledo and Western Michigan.
Ball State plays at Indiana and at Purdue on back-to-back Tuesdays in mid-April before playing Indiana on Apr. 23 at Victory Field in Indianapolis. Other notable nonconference matchups, in addition to the Indiana State game late in the campaign, include home-and-home sets with Butler and Southern Indiana.
The Cardinals are coming off a 2023 slate when they went 36-23 (19-11 MAC) and won the MAC Tournament to earn the program’s fourth NCAA Tournament berth. Ball State returns several contributors from that group.
“A key returner for us will be Hunter Dobbins at the catcher position. Hunter has an opportunity to be a next-level player without question,” Maloney mentioned. “Decker Scheffler in right field won the MAC batting title last year and was First Team All-MAC. Blake Bevis hit 11 home runs as a freshman for us as our first baseman. We have Nick Gregory back in the outfield who had an over .400 OBP for us.
“From a pitching standpoint, Sam Klein has been a stalwart out of the bullpen. Jacob Hartlaub closed out the tournament championship game for us. We have several freshmen and transfers we think are going to contribute on the mound, which we’re excited about. Merritt Beeker (East Carolina transfer) has a huge upside. We think we have the nucleus to have a really strong team, and I’ve been really pleased with how the guys have gelled together in a short period of time, so we’re excited about this season’s ballclub.”
Schedule Breakdown (by games)
Home – 19
Away – 30
Neutral – 7
February – 8
March – 21
April – 16
May – 11
Tuesday – 11
Wednesday – 2
Thursday – 2
Friday – 15
Saturday – 15
Sunday – 11
Indiana – 25
Ohio – 9
South Carolina – 7
Florida – 5
Illinois – 3
Michigan – 3
North Carolina – 3
Kentucky – 1
INDIANA STATE MEN’S BASKETBALL
SYCAMORES HEAD WEST FOR 3-GAME STINT IN VEGAS
LAS VEGAS, Nev. – The Indiana State men’s basketball team begins a three-game road stretch, all in Las Vegas, Nevada. All games will be available to watch on FloHoops with a subscription, but free to listen on 105.5 The Legend. The Sycamores will play in the Dollar Loan Center with the following schedule:
Tuesday, Nov. 21 vs. Rice University – 6:30 p.m. ET
Wednesday, Nov. 22 vs. Pepperdine University – 7 p.m. ET
Friday, Nov. 24 vs Universiuty of Toledo – 2 p.m. ET
Rice competes in the American Athletic Conference, with the likes of Wichita State and Florida Atlantic. This is their first season in the conference after previously being in Conference USA. In the 2022-23 season, Rice finished 19-16, falling short in the conference tournament but competed in the CBI. This season, four players are averaging more than 10 PPG, led by Anthony Selden with 13.0.
Pepperdine competes in the West Coast Conference, with the likes of Gonzaga, LMU, and Saint Mary’s. Toledo enters the tournament with a 3-0 record, after finishing 27-8 in the 2022-23 season and losing to Michigan 90-80 in the NIT. This season, four players are averaging more than 10 PPG, led by Ra’Heim Moss with 15.7.
Toledo competes in the Mid-American Conference, with the likes of Ball State and Northern Illinois. In the 2022-23 season, Rice finished 19-16, falling short in the conference tournament but competed in the CBI. This season, four players are averaging more than 10 PPG, led by Anthony Selden with 13.0.
Last Time Out – Indiana State
The Indiana State men’s basketball team dominated on their home court last Tuesday night, handling the IUPUI Jaguars in a 96-57 victory.
For the second-straight game, the Sycamores had four players finish in double-digit scoring, led by Robbie Avila and Isaiah Swope with 16 each. This marks Swope’s third game at the top of the scoring category for the Sycamores. On top of Avila’s 16 points, he recorded four rebounds and five assists.
Jayson Kent recorded his first career double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Teammate Xavier Bledson also scored 11 points, grabbing three rebounds and dishing out four assists in only 18 minutes on the court.
Multiple other Sycamores added to the high-scoring affair, leading to 10 total Sycamores adding points to the stat sheet.
PURDUE FT. WAYNE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
SHAYLA SELLERS NAMED HORIZON LEAGUE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
INDIANAPOLIS – The Horizon League announced on Monday (Nov. 20) that Purdue Fort Wayne graduate student Shayla Sellers was selected as the league’s Player of the Week.
Sellers led Purdue Fort Wayne to a 70-64 overtime win at Southern Illinois. The Aurora, Ohio native scored 20 points on 60 percent shooting and a 33.3 percent clip from 3-point range. She also shot 7-of-8 from the charity stripe, with a 6-of-6 effort from the line in the overtime period. She scored eight of her 20 points in OT. Sellers added five rebounds, three assists, three blocks and two steals in the win.
Sellers spearheaded an 11-point comeback with less than nine minutes left in regulation and did not leave the floor for the final 11:16, including all of overtime.
This is Sellers’ first Player of the Week award of her career.
Sellers and the Mastodons will face off against Caitlin Clark and No. 5 Iowa on Friday (Nov. 24) at 7:30 p.m. in Estero, Florida in the opening round of the Gulf Coast Showcase. That game will be broadcast on FloHoops.
PURDUE FT. WAYNE MEN’S BASKETBALL
‘DONS SWEEP #HLMBB AWARDS FOR SECOND CONSECUTIVE WEEK
INDIANAPOLIS – Purdue Fort Wayne swept both weekly men’s basketball awards from the Horizon League, the league office announced on Monday (Nov. 20). Redshirt senior Quinton Morton-Robertson (Radford, Va. / Radford HS / Radford) has been named the Player of the Week. Corey Hadnot II (Atlanta, Ga. / Cypress Creek (Houston, Texas)) has earned the Freshman of the Week honor.
It is the second straight week the Mastodons have earned both honors. Rasheed Bello was named the Player of the Week last week while Hadnot II picks up the freshman honor for a second time.
Morton-Robertson was named the MVP of the Arizona Tip-Off after the Mastodons defeated Northern Arizona and South Dakota to win the title. He averaged 22.0 points, 2.5 assists, 2.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals in the two wins. He had a career-high 27 points with five 3-pointers against Northern Arizona. He added 17 points against South Dakota. On the week he shot 52.9 percent (9-of-17) from three. This is his first career weekly honor from the Horizon League.
Hadnot II averaged 7.5 points, 1.5 assists and 1.0 steals in the two wins. He had nine points against Northern Arizona. He added six points, two assists and a steal against South Dakota. He averaged better than 20 minutes per game on the week to earn his second consecutive honor.
The ‘Dons are 5-0 for the first time since 1992. Purdue Fort Wayne plays at San Francisco on Wednesday (Nov. 22).
PURDUE FT. WAYNE SOFTBALL
MASTODON SOFTBALL ANNOUNCES SIGNING CLASS
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Purdue Fort Wayne softball head coach Amber Bowman has announced her program’s six-member signing class for 2024: Alexa Carter, Skylar Smith, Mackenzie Arroyo, Morgan Cantrell, Addison Zimpleman and Aubrey Zachary.
“We are so excited to add these six to our Mastodon family!” Bowman said. “Our 2024 class brings us a lot of versatility. This is a great group of girls who are great people, teammates and competitors.”
Carter is a 5-foot-9 catcher and corner infielder from Spring Lake, Michigan. Through three seasons with the Lakers, Carter has a .440 batting average with 19 home runs in her career. She had 10 homers in 2023. She was an All-Conference First Team selection twice and an honorable mention once. She was All-District and Muskegon Dream Team twice and All-Region once. In addition to her softball prowess, she was an All-Conference honorable mention for Spring Lake’s basketball team.
Smith is a 5-foot-3 catcher and utility player from Lancaster, Ohio. She has a career batting average of .423 with 22 home runs and 84 RBIs. In 2021, she was a First Team All-Conference and All-District selection. A year later, she repeated as a First Team All-Conference selection and was the Co-Defensive Player of the Year. As a freshman, she beat the Ohio home run record, and led her team to a regional final for the first time as a sophomore. She has played club ball with the Ohio Lasers (2016-22) and Ohio Hawks (2022-present). She led her U-14 team to a runner-up finish at nationals.
Arroyo is a 5-foot-10 pitcher for Leo High School, she has 217 strikeouts in 127 innings pitched. She was an All-Conference honorable mention in 2022 and 2023, earning an Indiana Max Preps Athlete of the Week nod in 2022. She led her squad to the NE-8 conference title in 2021 and 2022, along with sectional and regional titles in 2022 and 2023. In addition to softball, she is a cross country, marching band, book club, Students Sharing Hearts, student council and Fellowship of Christian Athletes participant.
Cantrell stands 5-foot-9 and plays in the outfield at Teays Valley High School. The Ashville, Ohio native holds the single-season doubles (22) and hits (57) record for Teays Valley. She was a three-time all-league selection with two second team and one first team nod, and earned First Team All-District in 2023. She led her squad to two Mid-State League titles. Cantrell plays club ball for Ohio Lasers (2012-17), Ohio Outlaws Shepard (2018-23) and Ohio Outlaws A Collins (2023-24). Her teams won at nationals twice.
Zimpleman is a Fulton, Indiana native, where she plays middle infield for Caston. The 5-foot-7 Comet is a three-time All-Loganland, three-time RTC, three-time All-HNAC and two-time All-State player. She was selected as the MaxPreps Athlete of the Week in 2022 and led her team to the 1A State championship game in 2023. On the way to the state final, Zimpleman led her squad to conference, sectional, regional and semi-state championships. She also played basketball and volleyball. In hoops, she was named the team’s Defensive MVP three times. She also earned the Grit and Sportsmanship awards for her volleyball team. Zimpleman spent four years playing for the Indiana Magic Gold Loudermilk and one year for each of the Indiana Shockwaves Rayman, Indiana Bombers Widmar and Indiana Gators Widmar/Lloyd.
Zachary is from Mishawaka, Indiana. The 5-foot-5 pitcher is the daughter of a pair of Mastodons, Dave and Beth, who played baseball and softball for the ‘Dons. She plays for her mother at Penn High School, where she has a career record of 33-13 with a 1.93 earned run average. She has 414 strikeouts so far in her career with four no-hitters. The two-time All-State selection led her team to three sectional and regional championships, a semi-state title and a state title. Zachary was an All-Conference Honorable Mention as a freshman, then First Team All-Conference in 2022 and 2023, the same years she was All-State. She also earned two Academic All-State honors while with the Kingsmen.
The six-member signing class will join the Mastodons in the fall of 2024, with their first season of competition in 2025.
VOLLEYBALL ANNOUNCES THREE SIGNEES
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Evansville head volleyball coach Fernando Morales has announced the addition of three student-athletes to join the Purple Aces program for the 2024 season. Morales’ class includes Josdarilee Caraballo, Jenna Heidbreder and Sabrina Ripple.
Ceiba, Puerto Rico
Notre Dame High School
Josdarilee Caraballo joins the Purple Aces from Ceiba, Puerto Rico where she played volleyball and softball. She was a member of the Puerto Rico U-19 and U-21 National Teams and played her club volleyball for Criollas Caguas. Caraballo earned several MVP awards for her various teams in multiple categories.
Coach Morales on Caraballo:
“Josdarilee is a very well-rounded player and primarily plays outside hitter. She is a great passer and with her 6’0 is a threat on the net as well. She is a member of the Puerto Rico U-19 and U-21 national team and is one of the top prospects in Puerto Rico for her class. We expect a lot from her starting at day one.”
Floyds Knobs, IN
Floyd Central High School
Jenna Heidbreder comes to Evansville from Floyds Knobs, Ind. where she was a 4-year star for the Floyd Central HS volleyball team. Heidbreder enjoyed her best season as a senior in 2023, finishing with 371 kills and 261 digs. Her kill tally led the Hoosier Hills Conference. The 2-time Hoosier Hills All-Conference player was named an IHSVCA All-District South player and Academic All-State performer as a senior.
Coach Morales on Heidbreder:
“Jenna is an outside hitter that had a great high school career, especially in her senior season. She was named to the Indiana South All-Regional team this year and her high school team was sectional champions. She has the ability to be an outside hitter that can score and will develop into an all-around player.”
Reynoldsburg High School
Sabrina Ripple is set to join the Purple Aces following her high school career at Reynoldsburg HS in Reynoldsburg, Ohio. In her senior campaign, Ripple finished with 114 kills, 57 blocks and 54 aces on her way to 1st Team All-Conference honors. The Scholar-Athlete All-Conference player was the recipient of the Reynoldsburg HS Girls Volleyball Leadership Award.
Coach Morales on Ripple:
“Sabrina is a middle blocker that can help us defensively starting at day one and can develop into a double threat player in both hitting and blocking. She brings good energy to the team and will give us depth in that position.”
SOUTHERN INDIANA VOLLEYBALL
USI UPSETS MOREHEAD STATE IN FIRST ROUND OF OVC CHAMPIONSHIP
CHARLESTON, Ill. –University of Southern Indiana Volleyball (15-15, 10-8 OVC) took down No. 4 Morehead State University (18-13, 11-7 OVC) in the opening round of the Ohio Valley Conference Championship, 3-0 (25-18, 25-22, 25-23), at Lantz Arena Monday morning. The Screaming Eagles advance to the semifinal round to face the winner of No. 1 Eastern Illinois University and No. 8 University of Arkansas at Little Rock on Tuesday at 3 p.m.
USI’s defense stepped up in the opening frame with a 25-18 victory to take an early match lead. The Screaming Eagles jumped out ahead early after senior outside hitter Leah Anderson (Bloomington, Illinois) posted a pair of kills to lead 8-7. Morehead State was able to take a quick lead at 9-8 before USI posted a 7-0 run that flipped the script. The Screaming Eagles’ defense forced six attacking errors while senior outside/right side hitter Abby Bednar (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) added two kills. Even after a Morehead State kill, the Screaming Eagles posted another run, this time a 4-0 surge that put the score at 19-10. Despite being down by as many as 10, Morehead State was able to cut the deficit in half after a 5-0 stint. However, USI was able to clamp down and secure the victory after back-to-back kills from sophomore middle hitter Bianca Anderson (Chicago Heights, Illinois). The Screaming Eagles tallied 11 kills and held Morehead State to eight kills while forcing nine errors.
The Screaming Eagles posted a match-high 17 kills and 0.262 hitting percentage to propel past Morehead State with a 25-22 second-set victory. USI went down 5-1 early before a pair of Bednar kills and a few Morehead State attacking errors knotted the match up at six apiece. Even after Morehead State regained the lead, USI posted four straight kills to swing the momentum back. During the surge, a trio of Screaming Eagles recorded a kill including Bednar, Bianca Anderson, and junior setter Carly Sobieralski (Indianapolis, Indiana). Both sides traded blows until a 3-0 run from Morehead State saw USI’s lead dwindle to just one. However, a set-sealing kill from Leah Anderson put the Screaming Eagles on top with a 2-0 match lead.
Another solid offensive outing from USI secured the victory in the frame and match, 25-23. Bednar recorded three early kills with junior outside hitter Abby Weber (Fishers, Indiana) tacking on one kill to push the Screaming Eagles’ lead to 6-3. After a Morehead State kill, USI posted a 4-0 run that started with repeating kills from Bianca Anderson. Morehead State returned the favor by scoring seven of the next eight points to tie the set at 11 each. An ace from sophomore libero/defensive specialist Keira Moore (Newburgh, Indiana) and a couple of kills from Leah Anderson put the Screaming Eagles back on top, 15-12. Despite being down, a Morehead State rebuttal swapped the momentum and tied the game at 17. USI stole back the lead and ultimately took the win with the help of seven kills from five different Screaming Eagles to close out the frame. USI tallied 16 kills with just five errors in the set while Morehead State had its best offensive set of the match, recording 13 kills.
Bednar led the attack for the Screaming Eagles with 15 kills and a 0.310 hitting percentage while also adding three blocks to the stat sheet. Leah Anderson recorded the lone double-double for USI with 12 kills and 14 digs. Also nabbing double-digit digs was Moore with 17 digs while Sobieralski posted 26 assists and nine digs in the win. Junior middle hitter Paris Downing (Avon, Indiana) pounded down four blocks to lead USI at the net.
As a team, the Screaming Eagles had 44 kills, 35 assists, and one ace to pair with 59 digs and five blocks. The Eagles posted 33 kills, 30 assists, and six aces with 53 digs and eight blocks.
NEXT UP FOR THE EAGLES:
The Eagles will face the Panthers for the third time this season. EIU holds a 2-0 record against USI this season after taking down the Eagles 3-1 in Evansville and then holding them down 3-2 at Lantz Arena.
USI VOLLEYBALL SENIORS CAP OFF CAREERS WITH ALL-OVC HONORS
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The Ohio Valley Conference announced that a pair of University of Southern Indiana Volleyball seniors have earned All-OVC honors in their final season as Screaming Eagles. Senior outside hitter Leah Anderson (Bloomington, Illinois) received the second-most votes from league coaches and communications directors to land on the first team while senior outside/right side hitter Abby Bednar (Chagrin Fall, Ohio) was first on the list for the second team.
The Eagles rebounded in 2023 after a disappointing 2022 season, sporting a 14-15 overall record and going 10-8 in the OVC, earning their first OVC Championship berth in program history. No. 5 USI will face No. 4 Morehead State University in the quarterfinal match on Monday at 10 a.m. in Charleston, Illinois.
Anderson had the best season of her collegiate career with a league-high 428 kills and 506.5 points. By the end of the regular season, the three-time OVC Offensive Player of the Week had her name in three OVC categories including second in points/set (4.48) and kills/set (3.79) while standing fifth in aces/set (0.41). With her senior season coming to an end, Anderson has stapled herself in the top five in three different categories in the USI Volleyball record book. She currently stands second in kills (1,659) and aces (213) while being fourth in digs (1,417) to become the fourth Eagle to rank in the top five in three categories in program history. This is Anderson’s fourth all-conference accolade in her five-year tenure.
Bednar kicked off her senior campaign on a hot streak, landing on the Bellarmine Invitational All-Tournament Team and capturing seven double-doubles by the first week of October. By the end of the season, Bednar has her name etched into three categories within the OVC, sitting in sixth in aces/set (0.38), seventh in points/set (3.91), and eighth in kills/ set (3.17). In 2023, she collected 355 kills, 217 digs, 71 total blocks, and 43 aces which are all career highs in her four-year stint. Bednar posted a career-high 24 kills at Western Illinois University while earning career highs against Southern Illinois University Edwardsville with 18 digs and eight blocks. This is Bednar’s first career all-conference award.
Claiming OVC Player of the Year honors was Eastern Illinois University’s Giovanna Larregui Lopez who won the award last season. Also repeating a conference honor was Southeast Missouri State University’s Tara Beilsmith who nabbed Defensive Player of the Year for the second-straight season. EIU’s Catalina Rochaix was named Setter of the Year while SEMO’s Lucy Arndt secured Freshman of the Year. Sara Thomas of EIU was voted as OVC Coach of the Year after leading the Panthers to a regular season title.
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SOUTHERN INDIANA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
USI FALLS IN FIRST ROAD TEST AT MIZZOU
COLUMBIA, Mo. – In the first road test of the season for University of Southern Indiana Women’s Basketball, the Screaming Eagles took on the University of Missouri at Mizzou Arena Monday night, falling 96-62.
Following a 3-0 start to the 2023-24 season, the Screaming Eagles traveled to Columbia, Missouri to battle their first-ever opponent from the Southeastern Conference and the first of three Power-5 opponents on the non-conference schedule.
In the immediate minutes succeeding the opening tip, Southern Indiana generated some good looks on the offensive end. Junior guard
Vanessa Shafford (Linton, Indiana) knocked down a mid-range jumper in the game’s first possession to quickly get USI on the scoreboard. A minute later, redshirt senior guard Addy Blackwell (Bloomington, Indiana) swished a second-chance three-pointer to put the Eagles ahead, 5-2. USI then scored back-to-back baskets by freshman guard Triniti Ralston (Louisville, Kentucky) and senior forward Meredith Raley (Haubstadt, Indiana) to take a 13-8 advantage at the 5:25 mark. The Screaming Eagles’ early chances were created off defensive stops on the other end of the court. Before the end of the opening period, Missouri cranked up the offense to take a 22-15 lead into the second period.
The Tiger’s offense stayed hot in the second 10 minutes, especially from beyond the arc. The Tigers jumped to a 32-16 margin two minutes into the second. USI responded in the middle of the quarter with a layup by senior forward Madi Webb (Bedford, Indiana) and another triple from Blackwell to make it a 14-point difference, 35-21. Missouri continued to cash in from three, hitting nine first-half threes, which led to a 51-27 halftime lead for the home squad.
Out of the intermission, Webb recorded consecutive buckets for USI in the first minute of the second half. As Missouri’s lethal shooting from outside resumed in the third quarter, Shafford answered with a pair of threes for the Eagles in the middle of the period. Trailing 77-47 late in the third, Southern Indiana closed the third with a 7-0 run in the last two minutes to make it 77-54. Freshman guard Sophia Loden (Mascoutah, Illinois) tallied solid minutes and scored a triple in the latter portion of the third quarter. In the final play of the third, Ralston got a takeaway and went all the way to the hoop for the score, finishing off a 27-point third quarter for USI.
To close out the game in the fourth quarter, defenses were tough with shots from the floor hard to come by. Southern Indiana’s defense held Missouri scoreless for four minutes in the middle of the fourth. With 3:33 left on the clock, junior forward Lauren Carie (Vincennes, Indiana) hit a jumper to make the score 86-62 Missouri. The Tigers ended the game on a 10-0 run.
For the game, Southern Indiana was 25-for-66 for 38 percent from the field, connecting on seven threes. Shafford paced the Screaming Eagles with 16 points, while Raley also registered double figures with 11 points. Webb and Blackwell had nine and eight points, respectively.
Missouri shot 51 percent (34-67) overall and 50 percent (16-32) from deep. The Tigers outrebounded the Eagles 49-31. Missouri had four players in double digits, including two over the 20-point plateau.
With Monday’s result, Southern Indiana moved to 3-1 on the season and Missouri moved to 4-1.
The Screaming Eagles will take a break for Thanksgiving before returning to the road this weekend. Southern Indiana will head north on Sunday to face Purdue University at 1 p.m. CT in West Lafayette, Indiana. Sunday’s game will be available on Big Ten Network Plus.
SOUTHERN INDIANA MEN’S BASKETBALL
EAGLES GO COLD IN 2ND HALF, FALL TO BISON
LEWISBURG, Pa. – University of Southern Indiana Men’s Basketball went cold in the second half lost to Bucknell University, 67-56, in its second game of the Duke Blue Devil Challenge in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. The Screaming Eagles are 1-5 after tonight’s action, while the Bison are 2-4 to begin the season.
The Eagles had control of the contest early, using a 14-6 run to take a 13-point advantage, 25-12, with 10:13 left in the opening 20. Junior guard Jordan Tillmon (Pine Bluff, Arkansas) led the USI dash with six of the 14 points.
Bucknell would fight its way back in the final 10 minutes of the first half, closing to within seven at the intermission, 33-26.
The USI three-point shooters were hot in the opening half, hitting seven from long range. Junior forward Jack Mielke (Downers Grove, Illinois) led the hot shooter with four from beyond the arc, reaching a season-high 12 points by the halftime horn.
In the second half, Bucknell used an 11-3 run to jump out and front, 37-36, and built an eight-point lead, 46-38, with 10:22 left. USI would rally to knot the game at 48-48 with 6:31 left when sophomore forward Kiyron Powell (Evansville, Indiana) hit a jumper to cap off a 10-0 run.
USI’s offense stalled after run as Bucknell exploded on a 13-2 run over four minutes to post a double-digit lead of its own with 2:04 to play. The Eagles would try to rally one last time, cutting the gap to seven points, 61-54, but could get no closer in falling 67-56.
After shooting seven-of-15 from long range in the opening half, USI was one-of-13 from the beyond the arc in the second half. The Eagles also lost the battle of the boards in the game, 35-31.
Individually, Mielke led the Eagles with a career-high 14 points. He was five-of-10 from the field and four-of-eight from the three-point area. Tillmon followed with 13 points on five-of-12 from the field, including a pair of three-point field goals and a free throw.
Next Up For USI:
USI concludes its three-game, nine-day road swing Friday when it visits ninth-ranked Duke University at the Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, North Carolina. The Blue Devils are 3-1 to start the year and host La Salle University Tuesday before welcoming the Eagles to Cameron.
The USI-Duke contest will air live on the ACC Network and will be streamed on ESPN+. The game also will be streamed live on ESPN+ and air live on ESPN 97.7FM.
VALPO MEN’S BASKETBALL
MEN’S BASKETBALL WELCOMES WESTERN ILLINOIS IN FINAL GAME BEFORE THANKSGIVING
Western Illinois (2-2, 0-0 OVC)
at Valparaiso (2-2, 0-0 MVC)
Game No. 5 – Tuesday, Nov. 21, 7 p.m. CT
Athletics-Recreation Center (5,000) – Valparaiso, Ind.
Next Up in Valpo Basketball: The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team will return home to continue a stretch of playing six of their first seven within the confines of the Athletics-Recreation Center. Valpo will clash with Western Illinois on Tuesday in the first of three straight at home including two this week sandwiched around the Thanksgiving holiday. The matchup with the Leathernecks, in their first season of Ohio Valley Conference membership, continues a trend of Valpo facing old conference foes this season as the two teams shared league affiliation from 1982-2007.
Last Time Out: Valpo gave No. 23 Illinois a scare on Friday night in Champaign, holding a 45-38 halftime lead in hopes of the program’s first-ever true road win over a nationally-ranked opponent. The Illini flipped the script over the game’s final 20 minutes, outscoring the Beacons 49-19 to win 87-64 at the State Farm Center. Isaiah Stafford put together a brilliant first half en route to 30 points for the game while Jerome Palm posted a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds and Jaxon Edwards gobbled up 15 boards.
Following the Beacons: Streaming – ESPN+ – Todd Ickow (play-by-play) and Jamie Stangel (analyst)
Radio – 95.1 FM, WVUR, ValpoAthletics.com, TuneIn Radio App – Brian Jennings (play-by-play)
Twitter updates – @ValpoBasketball
Links for video, audio and live stats will be available at ValpoAthletics.com.
Head Coach Roger Powell Jr.: Roger Powell Jr. (2-2) is in his first season as the head coach of the Valpo men’s basketball program. After helping guide Gonzaga to a 121-13 record during his four seasons as an assistant coach, Powell returned to Valpo, where he was part of head coach Bryce Drew’s staff from 2011-2016 and led the team to 124 wins in five seasons, including a program-record 30 victories and a National Invitation Tournament (NIT) title game appearance in 2015-16. He was part of head coach Mark Few’s Gonzaga staff as the Bulldogs reached the 2021 national championship game after winning their first 31 games of the season. During Powell’s first season on staff in 2019-20, Gonzaga was 31-2 at the time the NCAA college basketball season was halted due to COVID-19. The Bulldogs reached the Sweet Sixteen in each of his final three seasons on staff, including two Elite Eight appearances and the aforementioned trip to the 2021 national title game. Prior to his arrival at Gonzaga, Powell served as the associate head coach at Vanderbilt University under Bryce Drew from 2016-2019. During his stint as an assistant at Valpo, he was part of four Horizon League regular-season championships in a five-year period while also leading the 2012-13 and 2014-15 squads to Horizon League tournament titles and NCAA Tournament appearances. A product of Joliet West High School and a native of Joliet, Ill., Powell capped a prolific collegiate playing career at Illinois with a national title game appearance in 2005 before going on to a successful professional playing career.
Series Notes: Valpo and Western Illinois will lock horns for the first time since Valpo left the Mid-Continent Conference, now known as the Summit League, after the 2006-07 season. The Beacons own a 34-23 edge in the all-time series including an 80-56 win on Feb. 15, 2007 at the ARC in the most recent faceoff. Valpo possesses a four-game winning streak over the Leathernecks and has won seven straight home games against them dating back to Jan. 22, 2000. Valpo is 14-1 in the last 15 matchups between these two teams.
“I” Stands for Isaiah
As Paul Oren of “The Victory Bell” put it, the “I” on the center of the court in Champaign stood for Isaiah – as in Valpo’s Isaiah Stafford – rather than Illinois on Nov. 17 as the Beacons clashed with the No. 23 Fighting Illini.
Stafford scored 30 points on 11-of-23 shooting, 3-of-8 from 3 and 5-of-7 at the free-throw line. He finished one point shy of a career high that was set on Feb. 26, 2022 while playing for Southern Indiana vs. Lindenwood.
This was the most points scored by a Beacon since Ben Krikke tallied 34 at UIC on Feb. 19 of last season.
Stafford joined Krikke (3x), Javon Freeman-Liberty (twice), Bakari Evelyn, Alec Peters (10x) and Lavone Dority (twice) as the only Valpo players in the last decade with a 30-point performance.
Stafford had the most points scored by a non-power conference opponent against Illinois since Ohio’s Jason Preston in 2020.
The bulk of Stafford’s damage came before the break as he had 23 first-half points. This marked the highest scoring half by a Beacon since Javon Freeman-Liberty had 23 on March 7, 2020 vs. Missouri State in the MVC semifinals. However, that included points scored in overtime so Freeman-Liberty’s total came in 25 minutes rather than 20.
The last time a Valpo player scored more than 23 in a half was Alec Peters on Dec. 22, 2016, but that included double overtime.
Stafford had Valpo’s biggest first half and biggest half that did not include OT by a Valpo player since Peters scored 23 in the opening half on Dec. 17, 2016 vs. Indiana State.
Hats Off for Half 1
Valpo led for the entirety of a brilliant first half and held a 45-38 advantage at No. 23 Illinois at the break after owning a cushion as big as 10.
The program was hoping to record its fifth all-time victory against a nationally-ranked opponent and its first true road win against an AP Top-25 foe. The Brown & Gold fell to 0-44 all-time on the road against nationally-ranked opponents, with three of the program’s four ranked wins coming at home and one on a neutral floor.
Each of the last two road games against Top-25 teams and three of the last six have seen Valpo own the halftime lead. In addition to the Nov. 17 game at No. 23 Illinois, Valpo led No. 22 Loyola 29-26 at the break on Feb. 17, 2021 and held a 35-33 edge at No. 25 Oregon midway through the Nov. 22, 2015 matchup.
Valpo was also seeking its first power-conference win since 2016 vs. Alabama and was hoping to snap a 15-game skid against Big Ten Conference competition that dates back to Dec. 28, 2004 vs. Penn State.
Valpo leads the Missouri Valley Conference and ranks 10th nationally at 7.0 blocked shots per game. With 12 blocked shots, Jaxon Edwards leads the MVC and ranks sixth nationally.
Valpo has blocked six or more shots in every game this season, most recently sending away seven on Nov. 17, 2023 at No. 23 Illinois. The team has at least six blocks in five straight games including the final game of last season vs. Murray State.
Valpo has four games with six or more blocked shots this season after having two total last year. This is already the most games Valpo has had with more than five blocks in a single season since 2019-20 (four).
Valpo rejected nine shots on Nov. 14 vs. Green Bay, the program’s highest blocked shot total since Dec. 30, 2019 vs. Loyola, also nine.
The last time the Brown & Gold recorded more than nine blocks in a game was March 15, 2016 vs. Texas Southern in the first round of the NIT (10).
Jaxon Edwards and Ola Ajiboye had four swats each against the Phoenix. This was the first time in over a decade that a pair of Valpo players had four blocks each in the same game.
The program record for blocked shots in a game is 12 on Jan. 21, 1998 vs. Northern Illinois.
This was only the fourth time nationally this season that two teammates each rejected four or more shots in the same game – Arkansas (at Gardner Webb), UAB (vs. Maryland) and Seattle (vs. Prairie View) are the others.
Protecting What’s Yours
Valpo valued the basketball in a big way over the last two games, committing just five turnovers in the Nov. 14 win over Green Bay before having only seven on Nov. 17 at No. 23 Illinois.
Valpo became just the 10th team in the nation this year to have only seven turnovers or fewer against a Top-25 opponent.
The Beacons rank second in the Missouri Valley Conference in turnover margin (+4.8), turnovers forced per game (14.75) and turnovers committed per game (10.0).
This is the first time Valpo has enjoyed back-to-back games with seven or fewer turnovers since 2014-15 – Jan. 4 vs. Youngstown State and Jan. 8 vs. UIC.
The five vs. Green Bay marked the fewest turnovers committed by the Beacons since Feb. 21, 2021 at Southern Illinois (also five).
The last time Valpo gave it away fewer than five times in a contest was Nov. 28, 2014 vs. Drake (four).
Point guard Darius DeAveiro tallied five assists against no turnovers in the win over the Phoenix.
Valpo became the first team in the country this season with nine or more blocks and five or fewer turnovers in the same game. That combination was achieved by only seven teams in the nation during the 2022-2023 season.
Notes Wrapping Up Nov. 17: No. 23 Illinois 87, Valpo 64
Jaxon Edwards pulled down 15 rebounds, the most by a Valpo player since Ben Krikke on Jan. 24, 2021 at Illinois State. Edwards tied with Krikke and Javon Freeman-Liberty for the most rebounds by a Valpo player since Alec Peters had 16 on Jan. 16, 2017.
Jerome Palm posted a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds, establishing a new personal best in the scoring column. His previous career high was 11 set last season at Belmont and matched this year vs. Trinity Christian. This was Valpo’s first double-double since Krikke at UIC on Feb. 19 of last season.
Valpo shot a respectable 42.9 percent including 5-of-11 (45.5 percent) from 3 in the first half, but cooled off to 20 percent (9-of-45) and 0-of-8 from 3 after halftime.
Valpo had 80 field-goal attempts in the game, becoming just the fifth Division-I team with 80 or more shots in a game against a Division-I opponent this season. The 80 field goal attempts were the most in a single game by Valpo since at least 2010 and the most against Illinois since Rutgers had 85 on Feb. 3, 2016, a game that went to triple overtime. It was the most shot attempts against the Illini since at least 2010.
Scouting the Leathernecks
Picked to finish eighth of 11 in the Ohio Valley Conference preseason poll.
Competing in their first year of OVC activity after holding Summit League (previously known as the AMCU and the Mid-Con) affiliation from 1982-2023.
Under the direction of first-year head coach Chad Boudreau, who spent the last three seasons on staff as associate head coach.
Posted a winning record last season at 16-14 including a 9-9 conference mark in the program’s final season of Summit League games.
Started this season with road losses at UTSA (78-68) and SMU (90-53) before home wins over St. Ambrose (94-59) and Southern (88-80).
VALPO WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL KICKS OFF LONG ROAD STRETCH TUESDAY AT SOUTHERN MISS
Valparaiso (0-2, 0-0 MVC)
Game #3 – November 21, 2023 – 6 p.m.
at Southern Miss (3-0, 0-0 Sun Belt)
Reed Green Coliseum (8,097) – Hattiesburg, Miss.
Next Up in Valpo Basketball: The road is about to be the Valpo women’s basketball team’s friend, as the Beacons play nine of their next 10 games away from home, starting on Tuesday at Southern Miss.
Previously: Freshman Raeven Raye-Redmond made an immediate impact in her collegiate debut Saturday at the ARC, recording one of the most prolific single-game steal totals in program history as she racked up eight steals, but visiting Western Illinois came away with a 76-54 victory over Valpo. The Beacons totaled 18 steals as a team in the defeat.
Following Valpo Basketball: Streaming Video: ESPN+
Links for live coverage: Available via ValpoAthletics.com
Head Coach Mary Evans: Mary Evans is in her sixth year at the helm of the program in 2022-23 and owns a record of 55-93. 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. The 2022-23 season saw Evans lead Valpo to the first win in program history over perennial MVC power Missouri State. The Beacons also won three consecutive road games in Valley play, the first time the program accomplished that feat against three different opponents since 2007.
Series Notes: Tuesday is just the second matchup all-time between the two programs, as they first met last season at the ARC in mid-November. That meeting saw the Beacons come away with a 72-65 victory, as they hit a number of clutch fourth-quarter shots to keep the Lady Eagles at bay. Olivia Brown scored a team-high 15 points and grabbed six rebounds in the win, while Leah Earnest recorded 12 points (6-10 FG) and eight rebounds.
– Valpo was picked to finish in 10th place in the MVC preseason poll, totaling 162 points, coming in ahead of Evansville and Bradley.
– Valpo is in its seventh season as a member of the Missouri Valley Conference.
– The Valley was ranked 13th in conference NET last season. The MVC ranked 10th in conference NET in 2021-22, seventh in conference NET in 2020-21 and was eighth in conference RPI in 2019-20.
…looking back at last year
– Valpo finished last season with a 7-23 overall record and finished at 5-15 in MVC play, good for 11th in the Valley standings.
– The Beacons earned their first win in program history over perennial MVC power Missouri State.
– Valpo also won three consecutive road games in Valley play, the first time the program accomplished that feat against three different opponents since 2007.
– Ali Saunders was named to the MVC All-Freshman Team.
…versus Western Illinois
– It was an early defensive struggle, as the score was tied 4-4 past the halfway mark of the first period before Western Illinois went on an 11-2 run to grab a lead it never relinquished.
– The Leathernecks’ lead was 21-11 at the end of the opening quarter, and they scored 10 of the final 12 points of the second period to lead 44-25 at halftime.
– A strong offensive third quarter on both sides (23-21) and a strong defensive fourth quarter on both sides (9-8) both fell in favor of WIU, resulting in the final margin.
– Freshman Raeven Raye-Redmond enjoyed a debut to remember Saturday. The rookie was called upon midway through the second quarter and played 23 of the game’s final 25 minutes, scoring nine points on 4-of-7 shooting.
– But of course, it was her output on the defensive end of the floor which was most eye-popping, as Raye-Redmond recorded three steals in the second quarter, three in the third quarter and two in the fourth quarter to finish with eight steals.
– Raye-Redmond was responsible for nearly half of the Beacons’ steals as a team on Saturday, as Valpo notched 18 steals — the program’s best single-game mark since tallying 21 steals at Evansville on Jan. 12, 2020.
– Senior Leah Earnest had three of those steals and recorded four assists and two blocked shots as well, all three marks matching her career bests in the respective categories. Earnest also scored in double figures for a second straight game, finishing with 10 points.
– Jill Harris scored a team-best 13 points, one off her career high, as she made it back-to-back games with double-figure scoring efforts to open her Beacon career. Harris knocked down 3-of-4 from the 3-point line, tying her career high for triples made in a game.
– Valpo finished the game shooting just 39.1% from the field and was just 5-of-20 from 3-point range, while WIU hit at a 48.1% clip from the floor and went 9-of-18 from deep.
…at Eastern Illinois
– An 11-0 first-quarter run for the Beacons gave them a double-digit lead late in the opening period, and Valpo earned its largest lead at 22-11 early in the second quarter.
– EIU cut into the Valpo lead as the second quarter went along, but the Beacons were still up at halftime, 34-31.
– The Panthers took advantage of Valpo hitting just 3-of-13 from the field in the third quarter, outscoring the Beacons by eight to take a 49-44 lead with 10 minutes to play.
– Valpo erased that lead less than a minute into the fourth quarter, and the game was still tied 51-51 with 7:24 to play before EIU reeled off 10 straight points. The Beacons got to within four at 64-60 with two minutes remaining, but could get no closer.
– The game came against an Eastern Illinois team which posted a 21-8 record last season and finished in second place in the OVC.
– Leah Earnest paced the offense with 13 points on 6-of-9 shooting while pulling down a game-high nine rebounds and setting a career high with four assists.
– In her first game at Valpo, Jill Harris delivered 12 points — just two off her career best — and three assists.
– Making her collegiate debut, Nevaeh Jackson connected on three triples as part of an 11-point, three-rebound afternoon.
– Valpo held a 23-8 advantage in bench points over EIU, but the Panthers held a 46-24 advantage in points in the paint.
– The Beacons close this extended road trip on Saturday afternoon with a game at UAB.
– Valpo then returns to the Midwest, where it steps back on the court next Wednesday at Western Michigan.
…on the road
– Valpo will play 17 games away from home in the 2023-24 regular season, 16 of which will be true road games.
– The Beacons are 0-1 away from home so far this year and posted a 4-10 record in true road games last season.
– The Lady Eagles bring a perfect 3-0 record into Tuesday’s game, most recently winning at North Alabama on Saturday.
– Southern Miss finished last season with a 21-10 record and shared the Sun Belt regular season title in its first season as a conference member.
– Through three games this year, Domonique Davis is pacing the Lady Eagles with 21.7 points/game on 64.1% shooting from the field and 4.3 assists/game.
VOLLEYBALL INKS FIVE DURING SIGNING PERIOD
The Valpo volleyball program will welcome a talented quintet of incoming freshmen for the 2024 campaign, as five players signed during November’s signing period to join the Beacons — including a pair of AVCA All-Americans.
“We are very excited about our 2024 recruiting class,” head coach Carin Avery said. “We are bringing in five very talented athletes who add some much-needed attacking depth to our program. All five of them are extremely competitive and know how to win, which was a priority for us with this recruiting class. I’m super excited to see them compete in the Valley!”
Kadence Brumitt – 5’9” – OH – Niles, Mich. – Brandywine H.S.
Brumitt has earned All-State honors on multiple occasions playing for the Bobcats. Also a three-time All-Region and a four-time All-Conference selection, Brumitt surpassed 1,600 kills for her prep career this year as a senior.
Avery on Brumitt: “Just like our previous local left-side recruits, Kadence is a little undersized. But she has a wicked arm swing and is highly competitive, which gives her a super-high ceiling.”
Drew Glaser – 6’0” – RS – Edwardsburg, Mich. – Edwardsburg H.S.
Glaser has earned All-State accolades each of the last two years, receiving First Team honors this season and Second Team honors as a junior. Also a two-time All-Region and conference Player of the Year, Glaser was a Michigan Miss Volleyball nominee this year and led her team to conference, district and regional titles and a berth in the state Elite Eight — the second time in her career Edwardsburg won conference, district and regional championships — as she hit .400 with 508 kills on the season. She was named to Prep Dig’s mid-season Michigan Top-10 Senior Hitters list and was recognized as a district finals standout.
Avery on Glaser: “I’m so excited to bring in Drew and have a lefty playing right side in our program. Her arm and her range as an attacker give her the ability to hit every shot in the book, which makes her hard to contain.”
Jordyn Gove – 6’0” – OH – Amarillo, Texas – Randall H.S.
Gove has been a key member of one of Texas’ top prep programs the last few years, helping lead Randall to the Class 4A state title match this season after the Lady Raiders won the Texas 4A State Championship her junior year. Gove has been named to the state All-Tournament Team each of the last two years, including being named Tournament MVP in the 2022 championship season. She was an All-State selection as well as a junior and was named District MVP after previously earning All-District honors as a sophomore in 2021. She racked up 691 kills and 421 digs this season, closing her prep career with 1,789 kills and 1,566 digs.
Avery on Gove: “Jordyn is a feisty competitor who just knows how to win. She has a wide range of tools in her arsenal as a left-side attacker.”
Ava Helming – 6’0” – OH/RS – Johnston, Iowa – Johnston H.S.
Helming was recognized as an AVCA Second Team All-American this season, ranking her among the top-100 seniors in the nation, and was an AVCA All-Region selection as well. She was a First Team All-State honoree as a senior after leading all Iowa Class 5A players with 481 total kills, leading Johnston to a state tournament berth for the second time in her career. A Second Team All-State choice as a junior, Helming has been named to the 5A West All-District Team each of the last two years and was selected to play in Iowa’s Senior All-Star match this season.
Avery on Helming: “Ava can play either pin for us. She is a terminal attacker — her heavy arm and her ability to get kills will make her a valuable asset offensively.”
Lilly Merk – 6’0” – OH/MH – Terre Haute, Ind. – Terre Haute South Vigo H.S.
Merk was named an AVCA Third Team All-American this season, ranking her among the top-150 seniors in the nation, and was an AVCA All-Region choice as well. She earned a spot on the Indiana Senior All-Star team this season, following up on her Indiana Junior All-Star team selection last year. Owner of over 1,000 career kills for the Braves, Merk earned First Team All-Conference honors in each of her final three seasons and helped her team claim three conference titles. Playing her club volleyball for Circle City, Merk was part of a team which finished last year ranked fifth nationally.
Avery on Merk: “Lilly is an extremely good athlete — her ability to attack and play any position on the court is going to make her an impactful player in the Valley.”
UINDY WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
BECKER WINS GLVC PLAYER OF THE WEEK
INDIANAPOLIS – University of Indianapolis junior guard/forward Liv Becker has been named the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) Player of the Week in women’s basketball, it was announced by the league office Monday.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Liv Becker, Indianapolis
Jr. | G/F | Wilmett, Ill.
Major: Communications/Public Relations
Team Result: 98-87 W vs. St. Mary-Woods (11/14)
Posted 34 points, five rebounds (two offensive), and one assist in 31 minutes against the Pomeroys
Shot 75% (12-of-16) from the field, 80% (4-of-5) from three, and 67% (6-of-9) from the foul line
Earns first career Player of the Week Award
Last Greyhounds’ Player of the Week: Sadie Hill (1/3/23)
NATE FREY’S MSFA DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR HEADLINES MARIAN’S LEAGUE-LEADING 21 ALL-MSFA HONORS
INDIANAPOLIS – The Mid-States Football Association announced the 2023 All-MSFA Mideast League Teams on Monday afternoon, with the Marian Knights sharing the league-lead with 21 honors. Fellow MSFA Mideast co-champion Indiana Wesleyan tied the Knights with 21 honors, with Marian bringing home two of the five major awards. Senior safety Nate Frey was named the MSFA Defensive Player of the Year, and Defensive Coordinator Justin Robinson was named the MSFA Assistant Coach of the Year.
Joining Nate Frey on the MSFA Mideast First Team are nine additional Knights, with Marian’s offense earning a league-best six first team honors. Marian’s defense earned four first team honors, and Jalen Jennings represented the first team specialist honors. On the second team, Marian earned one offensive honor, two defensive honors, and two special team honors. Three Knights were named to the MSFA Honorable Mention team.
Nate Frey is the fifth Marian player to win the MSFA Defensive Player of the Year award, and does so in consecutive years for the program following suit after Logan Blake won the award last season. Frey was second on the team this season in tackles, ascending the four-year starter into the top-10 in all-time tackles for the Knights. Frey posted 64 total stops and forced three turnovers, picking off a pair of passes while recovering a fumble. The hard-hitting safety has made a pair of 10-plus tackle games this year, helping him earn a pair of MSFA Defensive Player of the Week honors and one NAIA Defensive Player of the Week award.
Linebacker Jake Paris had a strong season, earning MSFA First Team honors after landing on the second team a season ago. The senior finished the regular season 11th overall in total tackles, and was one of the top-100 players in the nation with 10 tackles for loss on the year. Paris also broke up four passes from his linebacker position.
Cornerback Dwight Lewis III earned his first career MSFA First Team honor, as the third-year player had a breakout season as a first-year starter. Lewis finished fifth in the MSFA in interceptions and set a Marian single game record with his three picks against St. Francis, while also leading the MSFA in fumble recoveries. Lewis Made 31 total tackles on the year and had three pass breakups.
Defensive end Tyler Bukur earned his third career MSFA honor, earning First Team honors for the first time as a Knight. Bukur finished third on the team in total tackles, and had a productive season making 10 tackles for loss and a pair of sacks. The senior end added a blocked kick and an interception which was returned for a touchdown on the year, while deflecting one pass.
Keagan La Belle made his first career MSFA honor, with the running back earning First Team offense honors. La Belle rushed for a team-best 662 yards and seven touchdowns, while also catching six passes for 58 yards. The sophomore back also added 225 yards in the return game to his breakout season. Helping pave the way for the running back were offensive tackles Austin Jones and Zach Sibila. Sibila was named to the first team for the third time in his career and earned his fourth career MSFA All-League honor, while Jones earns his second career honor and first mention on the first team. Marian’s offense ran for just shy of 160 yards per game behind the work of Jones and Sibila, plunging in for 20 rushing touchdowns.
Receivers Jalen Jennings and Tirae Spence also earned MSFA First Team wide receiver honors, as the duo led the Knights in receiving on the year. Spence finished fourth in the MSFA in receiving yards with 611 through eight games, and Jennings finished sixth with 579 yards. Jennings posted a team-leading 32 receptions and six touchdowns, while Spence hauled in five touchdowns, leading the NAIA in yards per catch with an average of 32 per reception. Jennings also doubled as one of the two All-MSFA First Team return specialists, as the senior scored two kick return touchdowns to extend his program record to five career touchdowns. Jennings returned just nine kickoffs, but finished second in total yards with a league-leading 43.2 yards per return.
Marian’s final MSFA First Team honor went to Drew Byerly, who made the first team in consecutive seasons. Byerly finished fourth on the team in yards and third in touchdowns with 316 yards and three scores. The tight end caught 20 passes, and also added a rushing touchdown out of the wildcat.
Headlining Marian’s MSFA Second Team honors was quarterback Zach Bundalo, who had a record-setting senior season as he made his third-career MSFA team. Bundalo passed for 2180 yards and 16 touchdowns this season, ranking second and third in each category among the league’s quarterbacks. Bundalo led the league in passer efficiency, and throughout the season broke Marian’s program record for passing yards, passing touchdowns, as well as the single-season quarterback rushing touchdown record.
Joining the quarterback on the second team were punter Mason Miller, long snapper Peyton Knight, defensive end Deon Pettiford, and linebacker Alex Griffith. Miller carried the third-best punt average in the MSFA with 38.8 yards per boot, as his snapper Knight helped him finish the season with the most punts downed or tackled inside the 20 yard line. Pettiford ranked fourth on the Knights in tackles with 43 combined stops on the year, leading the way with 11.5 tackles for loss. Griffith made an impact before an injury slowed his season, making 26 stops in seven games while forcing a fumble and getting a pair of quarterback hits.
Rounding out Marian’s player honors were nickel corner Jayshawn Underwood, safety Clay Campbell, and running back William Gibson, who were all named to the MSFA Honorable Mention team. Underwood tied for the team lead with three interceptions while recovering a pair of fumbles, and Campbell made 24 tackles from his safety position while adding a pair of sacks. Gibson was Marian’s second leading rusher with 632 yards in nine games, scoring five touchdowns. Gibson averaged 4.8 yards per carry and touched the ball 133 times this season.
Defensive Coordinator Justin Robinson was named the MSFA Assistant Coach of the Year, an honor earned by a Marian coach for the sixth time. The last Marian assistant to earn the honor was Brock Caraboa, who earned the award in both 2018 and 2019. Robinson’s defense led the MSFA with a league-low 15.5 points allowed per game and league-low 274.4 yards allowed per game. Marian forced 27 total turnovers on the year and posted 29 sacks.
The Marian football season will continue on Saturday at 1:05 p.m. as the Knights host St. Xavier in the NAIA FCS Second Round.
MARIAN WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
ABBEY MCNALLY TABBED CROSSROADS LEAGUE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
JACKSON, Mich. – Coming off two wins this past week, Marian women’s basketball sophomore forward Abbey McNally has been named the Crossroads League Player of the Week. The honor is the first of McNally’s career.
McNally averaged 16.0 points and 14.0 rebounds in a pair of lopsided victories for No. 6 Marian over Olivet Nazarene and (RV) Grace. McNally had a career setting night against Tigers, recording a double double with 26 points and 23 rebounds.
McNally made history in Marian’s win over Olivet Nazarene, becoming the first player in Marian women’s basketball history to record a 20-20 game, setting the program record for single game rebounds.
The Knights will head to Spring Arbor on Tuesday at 1 p.m. for their second Crossroads League game of the season.
SMALL COLLEGE ATHLETICS
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ROSE-HULMAN ATHLETICS: https://athletics.rose-hulman.edu/
ANDERSON ATHLETICS: https://athletics.anderson.edu/landing/index
TRINE ATHLETICS: https://trinethunder.com/landing/index
BETHEL ATHLETICS: https://bupilots.com/
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HANOVER ATHLETICS: https://athletics.hanover.edu/
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HOLY CROSS ATHLETICS: https://www.hcsaints.com/index.php
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|New York||8||6||.571||3.0||3-2||5-4||0-2||6-4||6-4||1 L|
|Oklahoma City||10||4||.714||0.5||4-3||6-1||1-1||5-4||7-3||5 W|
|LA Lakers||8||6||.571||0.5||6-1||2-5||3-2||7-4||6-4||2 W|
|Golden State||7||8||.467||2.0||2-6||5-2||2-1||6-6||3-7||1 W|
|LA Clippers||5||7||.417||2.5||4-1||1-6||0-1||4-5||4-6||2 W|
|New Orleans||7||7||.500||2.0||5-4||2-3||2-2||5-6||4-6||1 W|
|San Antonio||3||11||.214||6.0||1-7||2-4||1-2||3-7||1-9||9 L|
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|Miami Dolphins||7||3||0||.700||0.0||305||238||5-0-0||2-3-0||5-2-0||2-1-0||1 W|
|Buffalo Bills||6||5||0||.545||1.5||294||190||5-2-0||1-3-0||3-5-0||2-2-0||1 W|
|New York Jets||4||6||0||.400||3.0||150||204||2-3-0||2-3-0||2-5-0||1-2-0||3 L|
|New England Patriots||2||8||0||.200||5.0||141||238||1-5-0||1-3-0||2-4-0||2-2-0||3 L|
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|Kansas City Chiefs||7||3||0||.700||0.0||225||164||4-2-0||3-1-0||5-1-0||2-1-0||1 L|
|Denver Broncos||5||5||0||.500||2.0||217||268||3-3-0||2-2-0||2-4-0||1-2-0||4 W|
|Las Vegas Raiders||5||6||0||.455||2.5||185||225||4-1-0||1-5-0||3-4-0||1-1-0||1 L|
|Los Angeles Chargers||4||6||0||.400||3.0||259||238||2-3-0||2-3-0||2-3-0||1-1-0||2 L|
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|Baltimore Ravens||8||3||0||.727||0.0||304||177||4-2-0||4-1-0||5-3-0||3-2-0||1 W|
|Cleveland Browns||7||3||0||.700||0.5||227||180||5-1-0||2-2-0||5-2-0||3-2-0||3 W|
|Pittsburgh Steelers||6||4||0||.600||1.5||166||195||4-2-0||2-2-0||4-3-0||2-1-0||1 L|
|Cincinnati Bengals||5||5||0||.500||2.5||202||226||3-2-0||2-3-0||1-5-0||0-3-0||2 L|
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|Jacksonville Jaguars||7||3||0||.700||0.0||230||204||3-3-0||4-0-0||5-2-0||3-1-0||1 W|
|Houston Texans||6||4||0||.600||1.0||238||208||4-1-0||2-3-0||3-2-0||1-1-0||3 W|
|Indianapolis Colts||5||5||0||.500||2.0||242||248||1-4-0||4-1-0||4-3-0||2-2-0||2 W|
|Tennessee Titans||3||7||0||.300||4.0||168||214||3-1-0||0-6-0||2-5-0||0-2-0||3 L|
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|Philadelphia Eagles||9||1||0||.900||0.0||273||212||4-0-0||5-1-0||6-0-0||3-0-0||4 W|
|Dallas Cowboys||7||3||0||.700||2.0||302||175||4-0-0||3-3-0||4-3-0||2-1-0||2 W|
|Washington Commanders||4||7||0||.364||5.5||236||305||1-4-0||3-3-0||2-6-0||0-4-0||2 L|
|New York Giants||3||8||0||.273||6.5||149||285||1-3-0||2-5-0||3-4-0||2-2-0||1 W|
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|San Francisco 49ers||7||3||0||.700||0.0||279||157||4-1-0||3-2-0||5-1-0||2-0-0||2 W|
|Seattle Seahawks||6||4||0||.600||1.0||216||218||4-1-0||2-3-0||5-2-0||1-2-0||1 L|
|Los Angeles Rams||4||6||0||.400||3.0||195||220||2-3-0||2-3-0||3-4-0||3-1-0||1 W|
|Arizona Cardinals||2||9||0||.182||5.5||192||284||2-3-0||0-6-0||2-5-0||0-3-0||1 L|
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|Detroit Lions||8||2||0||.800||0.0||272||229||4-1-0||4-1-0||5-1-0||2-0-0||3 W|
|Minnesota Vikings||6||5||0||.545||2.5||253||230||2-3-0||4-2-0||6-2-0||2-0-0||1 L|
|Green Bay Packers||4||6||0||.400||4.0||202||202||3-2-0||1-4-0||3-3-0||1-2-0||1 W|
|Chicago Bears||3||8||0||.273||5.5||230||286||2-3-0||1-5-0||2-5-0||0-3-0||1 L|
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|New Orleans Saints||5||5||0||.500||0.0||214||198||2-2-0||3-3-0||2-3-0||1-1-0||1 L|
|Atlanta Falcons||4||6||0||.400||1.0||189||217||3-2-0||1-4-0||3-4-0||2-0-0||3 L|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||4||6||0||.400||1.0||192||200||2-3-0||2-3-0||3-4-0||1-1-0||1 L|
|Carolina Panthers||1||9||0||.100||4.0||163||275||1-4-0||0-5-0||0-7-0||0-2-0||3 L|
|Toronto Maple Leafs||17||10||5||2||22||8||62||59||5-4-0||5-1-2||5-3-2|
|Tampa Bay Lightning||19||9||6||4||22||9||68||69||6-2-2||3-4-2||5-4-1|
|Detroit Red Wings||17||8||6||3||19||8||61||57||5-3-2||3-3-1||3-5-2|
|New York Rangers||16||12||3||1||25||11||55||40||5-1-0||7-2-1||8-1-1|
|New Jersey Devils||16||8||7||1||17||8||59||62||3-4-1||5-3-0||5-5-0|
|New York Islanders||17||6||6||5||17||5||44||56||3-3-3||3-3-2||2-4-4|
|Columbus Blue Jackets||19||4||11||4||12||4||51||70||3-6-1||1-5-3||1-7-2|
|St. Louis Blues||17||9||7||1||19||8||47||47||6-2-0||3-5-1||6-4-0|
|Vegas Golden Knights||19||13||4||2||28||10||67||47||8-1-1||5-3-1||5-4-1|
|Los Angeles Kings||17||11||3||3||25||11||67||45||3-3-3||8-0-0||7-1-2|
|San Jose Sharks||18||3||14||1||7||3||27||76||3-6-1||0-8-0||3-7-0|
Red Grange Leaves the Collegiate game on a High Note!
November 21, 1925 – Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio – Red Grange played in his final collegiate game when the University of Illinois traveled to play Ohio State in a high-profile game. The big game indeed, as the over 84,000 in attendance set a national record at the time for a sporting event paid attendance, according to the elevenwarriors.com website. Grange and the Illini would not disappoint their fans that day as the final score read Illinois 14, Ohio State 9. Red Grange completed his 1923 season with 605 yards rushing, complemented by 106 yards passing, six touchdowns, and a whopping seven interceptions on defense. Talk about a well-rounded player. Right after the game, Grange signed his first pro contract with the NFL’s Chicago Bears and even completed that NFL season with the team. For more great details on Grange, you need to get a copy of the book by our friend Chris Willis, Red Grange, The Life and Legacy of the NFL’s First Superstar.
USC ends Irish Win Streak
November 21, 1931 – In one of the greatest comebacks in University of Southern California football history, the Trojans rallied from a 14 point differential with six minutes to play. It was in the final minute, that John Baker booted a 23 yard field goal to get past the Irish 16-14 per the Irish Legends web page. After the game, USC coach Howard Jones took his entire team to visit the grave of his friend Knute Rockne in Highland Cemetery. In the chill November evening, they paid silent tribute to the fallen Irish coach. Notre Dame’s streak of twenty-six consecutive wins had been broken.
Old Legion Field
November 21, 1998 – Legion Field, Birmingham, Alabama – This was the 63rd time that Alabama and Auburn met competitively on the gridiron. It would also be the last time that old Legion Field would be the venue of the spectacle per the Alabama News Center website. Auburn jumped out to a 17-0 early but their lead dwindled to 3 points by halftime. The Tide made some further adjustments in the locker room and with strong defense and a couple of Shawn Alexander scores on the ground Alabama defeated Auburn 31-17 in the game dubbed the Iron Bowl.
Hall of Fame Birthdays for November 21
November 21, 1897 – Des Moines, Iowa – The Great Iowa quarterback Aubrey Devine was born. Aubrey was under centre for the Hawkeyes from 1919 through the 1921 season. According to the NFF’s bio, Devine was a project by Iowa Coach Howard Jones who saw some raw qualities in Aubrey that he knew with a little coaching could become the leader his team needed to succeed. It was in the 1921 season that the hard work and determination paid off. Aubrey Devine directed Iowa to its first undefeated and untied season at 7-0. Aubrey was awarded with All-Conference and All-America honors as the Hawkeyes out-scored their opposition, 225-36. Iowa wasted little time establishing its greatness that year, using the second game of the season to chalk up a 10-7 upset of Notre Dame, ending a 20-game Irish winning streak. The National Football Foundation selected Aubrey Devine to enter into their College Football Hall of Fame in 1973.
November 21,1916 – Brooklyn, New York – Sid Luckman the legendary halfback from Columbia University celebrated his birth. Per the footballfoundation.org website, Luckman was a versatile player as he called signals, ran the ball, passed it, punted it, kicked extra points, and played safety on defense. He had an immediate impact on Columbia’s program for in his first game played against Maine, he ran 40 yards for a touchdown and threw two passes for scores. In his senior year he returned a kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown, threw two touchdown passes and kicked an extra point to lead Columbia to a 20-18 upset of a strong Army team. The College Football Hall of Fame in 1960. Sid was drafted by George Halas and the Chicago Bears and he was something special for the Bears. Per the Pro Football Hall of Fame Luckman in 12 seasons playing for the Bears mastered the T-formation and threw for 137 touchdowns and 14686 yards. Sid tossed 7 of those touchdowns in just one game ( check out the story in our November 14 post) and he tossed 5 more of them in the 1943 NFL Title game and those two games helped propel Luckman to earn the 1943 NFL MVP Award. Sid’s handling of the T-formation led to a 73-0 final score in the 1940 Championship game, and had all coaches clamoring to try and master the offense, that Sid ran so well. Among his awards, Luckman was All-NFL five times in his career. The Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrined Sid Luckman in 1965.
November 21, 1931 – Orange , New Jersey – Jim Ringo from Syracuse University has his birth celebrated. Profootbalhof.com tells us that Jim played center for 15 seasons in the NFL for the Green Bay Packers and during his career he played on 3 Championship Teams and in 10 Pro Bowls. He was an All-League selection 7 times as an undersized lineman who used his smarts as well as speed to block the best the defenses had to offer. Pro Football Hall of Fame inducted Jim Ringo in 1981’s enshrinement class.
November 21, 1964 – Daingerfield, Texas – Thomas Everett the fantastic safety from Baylor University came into this world. Thomas started out as a cornerback but coaches later moved him to safety. What a great move that was as the NFF reports that he recorded 99 tackles and made the most dramatic play of his sophomore season against Texas. Which was a 46-yard interception return for a touchdown that sealed an upset win over the Longhorns. In his junior year he blossomed into one of the best D-backs in the nation earning first team All-America honors. In his senior year he became a unanimous All-America selection. The National Football Foundation voted Thomas Everett into their College Football Hall of Fame in 2006.
November 21,1966 – Troy Aikman the outstanding quarterback from UCLA was born. Troy started out his college career at Oklahoma University but transferred to UCLA. As a Bruin he soon became the starter and earned the honor of being named a Consensus All-American. Aikman finished third in the Heisman Trophy voting in 1988 and led UCLA to a No. 1 ranking during the season per the NFF. His 228 completions in a season is still a record and his completion percentage of 64.8% is off the charts. Troy Aikman was ushered into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2008. After school Aikman was picked by the Dallas Cowboys in the 1989 NFL Draft as the number one pick. In his 12 year pro career with the Boys he made 6 Pro Bowl rosters and was at the helm of 3 Super Bowl victories. The Pro Football Hall of Fame selected Troy Aikman to join the Gold Jacket club in 2006. Since his playing days he has been one of top NFL color analysts for Fox Broadcasting.
November 21, 1971 – Houston, Texas – Michael Strahan celebrates his birthday on this day. The Bio on Michael on the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s site is really a great one. He was a second round pick of the New York Football Giants in the 1993 NFL Draft. He played for 15 seasons racking up 141.5 sacks and won the 2001 NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award. Strahan’s 22-½ sacks in 2001 set an all time NFL record. He played in 7 Pro Bowl games and was All NFC and All Pro 5 times each and made the 2000’s All Decade team. Michael went out in style too as his last game was a victory in Super Bowl XLII. The Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrined Michael Strahan in 2014.
NUMBERS IN SPORTS
77 – 9 – 5 – 49 – 36 – 27 – 14 – 33
November 21, 1902
November 21, 1902 – Baseball’s Philadelphia Athletics & Phillies form pro football teams, joining Pitts Stars in 1st attempt at a National Football League. Learn more on the the original attempt of the NFL.
November 21, 1925 – Red Grange, Number 77 played his final collegiate game at the University of Illinois game. The Wheaton Iceman signed with Chicago Bears just a day later in a move that may have saved the NFL. Learn more on the Galloping Ghost here.
November 21, 1934 – New York Yankees bought the rights to Joe DiMaggio from SF Seals (Pacific Coast League). DiMaggio wore Number 9 in his first season with the Yanks before donning the Number 5 that he made so famous.
November 21, 1952 – Dodgers pitcher Number 49, Joe Black won the National League Rookie of Year
November 21, 1956 – Don Newcombe, Number 36 of the Brooklyn Dodgers won the National League MVP as well as the 1st-ever Cy Young Award
November 21, 1972 – Red Sox, Number 27, Carlton Fisk won the American League Rookie of Year, Mets Jon Matlack wins National League Rookie honor
November 21, 1973 – Pete Rose, Number 14 of the Cincinnati Reds won the National League MVP
November 21, 1977 – Orioles 1st baseman Number 33, Eddie Murray won the American League Rookie of Year
November 21, 1978 – Bob Horner, Number 5 of Braves won the National League Rookie of Year Award
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|Toronto at Orlando||7:00pm||Sportsnet|
|Indiana at Atlanta||7:30pm||Bally Sports|
|Cleveland at Philadelphia||7:30pm||TNT|
|Portland at Phoenix||9:00pm||Bally Sports|
|Utah at LA Lakers||10:00pm||TNT|
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|Bowling Green at Western Michigan||7:00pm||ESPNU|
|Eastern Michigan at Buffalo||7:30pm||ESPN2|
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|Gulf Coast Showcase||11:00am||FloSports|
|Cayman Islands Classic||11:00am||FloSports|
|Binghamton at Sacred Heart||11:30am||NEC Front Row|
|Prairie View A&M at Eastern Kentucky||12:00pm||ESPN+|
|Morgan State vs. Radford||12:30pm||FloSports|
|Cayman Islands Classic||1:30pm||FloSports|
|Gulf Coast Showcase||1:30pm||FloSports|
|Georgia Southern vs. Northeastern||3:00pm||ESPN+|
|Chicago State vs. Northern Colorado||3:00pm||FloSports|
|Southern Utah at Louisiana Tech||4:00pm||ESPN+|
|North Carolina Central vs. The Citadel||4:00pm||FloSports|
|Cayman Islands Classic||5:00pm||FloSports|
|Gulf Coast Showcase||5:00pm||FloSports|
|James Madison vs. Southern Illinois||6:00pm||CBSSN|
|Kennesaw State at East Carolina||6:00pm||ESPN+|
|Midway at Bellarmine||6:30pm||ESPN+|
|Ball Dawgs Classic||6:30pm||FloSports|
|Rice vs. Indiana State||6:30pm||FloSports|
|UMBC at Maryland||7:00pm||BTN|
|La Salle at Duke||7:00pm||ACCN|
|Lehigh at Monmouth||7:00pm||NBCS-PHI|
|Boston University at Davidson||7:00pm||Bally Sports South|
|LIU at Columbia||7:00pm||SNY|
|Army West Point at UAlbany||7:00pm||ESPN+|
|Marist at New Hampshire||7:00pm||ESPN+|
|USC Upstate at Ball State||7:00pm||ESPN+|
|Eastern Michigan at Detroit Mercy||7:00pm||ESPN+|
|Idaho State at Campbell||7:00pm||FloSports|
|Blue Mountain at Nicholls||7:30pm||ESPN+|
|UAB at Middle Tennessee||7:30pm||ESPN+|
|Cayman Islands Classic||7:30pm||FloSports|
|Gulf Coast Showcase||7:30pm||FloSports|
|Alabama A&M at Auburn||8:00pm||SECN+|
|Western Illinois at Valparaiso||8:00pm||ESPN+|
|Alcorn State at TCU||8:00pm||ESPN+|
|Lynn at South Alabama||8:00pm||ESPN+|
|Texas Southern at Oral Roberts||8:00pm||Summit|
|Fresno State vs. NM State||8:30pm||CBSSN|
|UAPB at Minnesota||9:00pm||BTN|
|Pepperdine vs. UC Irvine||9:00pm||FloSports|
|Le Moyne at CSUN||10:00pm||ESPN+|
|New Mexico vs. Toledo||11:30pm||FloSports|
|CONCACAF Nations League: French Guiana vs Bermuda||2:00pm||Paramount+|
|CONCACAF Nations League: Saint Vincent and the Grenadines vs Belize||2:00pm||Paramount+|
|UEFA Euro Qualifying: Andorra vs Israel||2:45pm||ViX|
|UEFA Euro Qualifying: Croatia vs Armenia||2:45pm||ViX|
|UEFA Euro Qualifying: Greece vs France||2:45pm||ViX|
|UEFA Euro Qualifying: Kosovo vs Belarus||2:45pm||ViX|
|UEFA Euro Qualifying: Gibraltar vs Netherlands||2:45pm||ViX|
|UEFA Euro Qualifying: Romania vs Switzerland||2:45pm||ViX|
|CONCACAF Nations League: Bonaire vs Saint Martin||6:00pm||Paramount+|
|CONCACAF Nations League: Guyana vs Antigua and Barbuda||7:00pm||Paramount+|
|CONCACAF Nations League: Puerto Rico vs Bahamas||7:00pm||Paramount+|
|CONCACAF Nations League: Canada vs Jamaica||7:30pm||Paramount+|
|CONCACAF Nations League: Nicaragua vs Dominican Republic||9:00pm||Paramount+|
|CONCACAF Nations League: Mexico vs Honduras||9:30pm||Paramount+|
|Davis Cup Finals Quarterfinals||10:00am||TENNIS|
|WOMEN’ COLLEGE BASKETBALL||TIME ET||TV|
|Coppin State vs Pittsburgh||11:00am||ACCNX|
|Saint Augustine’s vs Winthrop||11:00am||ESPN+|
|Wofford vs Davidson||11:00am||ESPN+|
|Bucknell vs WKU||12:00pm||ESPN+|
|Queens (NC) vs UNC Asheville||2:00pm||ESPN+|
|Yale vs San Francisco||4:00pm||ESPN+|
|Binghamton vs Navy||6:00pm||ESPN+|
|Hendrix vs Arkansas State||6:00pm||ESPN+|
|NJIT vs Lafayette||6:00pm||ESPN+|
|St. Thomas vs Saint Mary’s||6:30pm||ESPN+|
|UT Martin vs North Alabama||7:00pm||ESPN+|
|La Salle vs Rider||7:00pm||ESPN+|
|Valparaiso vs Southern Miss||7:00pm||ESPN+|
|Wagner vs Northeastern||7:00pm||FloSports|
|Lindenwood vs Northern Illinois||7:00pm||ESPN+|
|Maryland Eastern Shore vs Towson||7:00pm||FloSports|
|Bellarmine vs Murray State||7:00pm||ESPN+|
|Penn State-Beaver vs Robert Morris||7:00pm||ESPN+|
|Chicago State vs Notre Dame||7:00pm||ACCNX|
|UMass Lowell vs Central Connecticut||7:00pm||NEC Front Row|
|Kent State vs Xavier||7:00pm||FloSports|
|Alcorn State vs New Orleans||7:30pm||ESPN+|
|Louisiana Christian vs UL Monroe||7:30pm||ESPN+|
|Edgewood vs Milwaukee||8:00pm||ESPN+|
|Sam Houston vs Texas State||8:00pm||ESPN+|
|Westminster vs Utah Valley||8:00pm||ESPN+|
|BYU vs Saint Louis||8:00pm||BYUtv|
|Cal Poly vs Seattle U||9:00pm||ESPN+|
|Penn State vs USC||9:00pm||FLO|
|Texas A&M-Corpus Christi vs Santa Clara||9:00pm||ESPN+|
|UC Davis vs Sacramento State||9:30pm||ESPN+|
|Oregon vs Nevada||9:30pm||MWN|