INDIANA BOYS BASKETBALL SCORES

Calumet Christian 59 Washington Twp. 50
Christian Academy 46 Clarksville 40
Columbia City 62 Churubusco 34
Covington 54 Western Boone 48
Crosspointe Christian 64 Indiana Math & Science 54
Crown Point 63 East Chicago Central 57
Eastbrook 49 Southern Wells 46
Elkhart Christian 59 Prairie Heights 38
Evansville Central 72 Daviess County (Ky.) 68
Evansville Harrison 88 Boonville 50
Fairfield 55 Lakeland 40
Fort Wayne Canterbury 63 Eastside 42
Fort Wayne Luers 73 Leo 63
Fremont 61 Garrett 40
Goshen 53 Elkhart 36
Greenfield-Central 59 Decatur Central 50
Hanover Central 68 North Newton 35
Hebron 63 Lowell 41
Heritage 52 Lakewood Park 34
Hobart 60 Calumet 50
Indianapolis Attucks 82 Indianapolis HomeSchool 39
Indianapolis Rooted 53 GEO Next Generation 25
Indianapolis Shortridge 47 Indianapolis Metropolitan 45
LaVille 63 Argos 44
Lake Central 62 Gary West 31
Manchester 68 Winamac 38
Marquette Catholic 65 West Central 35
Merrillville 72 Hammond Morton 41
Michigan City 67 LaLumiere Regional 54
Mishawaka 40 Mishawaka Marian 38
North Posey 70 Evansville Day 40
Norwell 54 Fort Wayne Dwenger 46
Penn 72 New Prairie 21
Plymouth 66 Jimtown 53
Red Hill (Ill.) 48 Dugger Union 39
Shawe Memorial 47 Christian Academy Madison 43 OT
Sheridan 86 Faith Christian 53
South Bend Clay 64 Niles (Mich.) 57
Terre Haute South 56 Robinson (Ill.) 36
Thrival Indy Academy 64 Central Christian 56
Tri-Township 41 Wheeler 37
Triton 63 Lakeland Christian 17
Union City 67 Mississinawa Valley (Ohio) 19
University 68 Indianapolis Ritter 51
Washington Catholic 51 Seven Oaks 45
Woodlan 46 Angola 41

BOYS BASKETBALL WEDNESDAY SCHEDULE

Believe Circle City at Victory College Prep 6:00 pm
Cambridge City Lincoln at Anderson Prep 7:30 pm
Culver at North Miami 7:30 pm
DeKalb at Fort Wayne Snider 7:30 pm
Hammond Noll at Griffith 8:00 pm
Lawrence North at Lawrence Central 7:30 pm
New Haven at Fort Wayne Wayne 7:30 pm
Smith Academy at Pierceton Woods Academy 6:00 pm
West Noble at Concord 7:45 pm
Winchester at South Adams 7:30 pm

GIRLS BASKETBALL SCORES TUESDAY

Alexandria 63 Eastern (Greentown) 19
Attica 49 Westville (Ill.) 24
Avon 73 Terre Haute South 18
Batesville 50 Lawrenceburg 46
Bloomington North 56 Owen Valley 39
Bloomington South 52 Martinsville 37
Bluffton 58 Wabash 34
Brownstown Central 43 Salem 20
Carroll (Flora) 64 Tri-County 37
Cascade 86 Indianapolis Ritter 32
Castle 48 Boonville 43
Center Grove 54 Plainfield 42
Central Noble 70 Lakewood Park 45
Chesterton 76 Washington Twp. 54
Columbus East 43 Floyd Central 38
Concord 35 South Bend Clay 25
Connersville 68 New Castle 27
Culver Academy 60 Mishawaka Marian 9
Danville 60 Greencastle 30
DeKalb 52 Fort Wayne Concordia 41
Demotte Christian 47 South Newton 10
Eastern (Pekin) 38 Mitchell 33
Eastern Greene 55 Brown County 53
Eastern Hancock 55 North Decatur 53 OT
Eminence 55 Cloverdale 44
Evansville Central 65 Evansville North 54
Evansville Memorial 66 Gibson Southern 58
Faith Christian 64 Frankfort 21
Fort Wayne Blackhawk 55 Southern Wells 21
Fort Wayne Wayne 73 Marion 17
Fountain Central 30 Seeger 28
Gallatin County (Ill.) 40 Evansville Bosse 39
Goshen 49 West Noble 21
Greenwood Christian 49 Edinburgh 43
Hamilton Heights 72 Northwestern 29
Hamilton Southeastern 66 Pendleton Heights 57
Hammond Central 63 Highland 43
Hammond Morton 77 Portage 50
Harrison (West Lafayette) 58 Logansport 41
Henryville 73 Medora 12
Heritage Christian 48 Covenant Christian 25
Indianapolis Attucks 46 Indianapolis Tindley 32
Jac-Cen-Del 62 Waldron 46
Jay County 64 Muncie Central 13
Jennings County 66 Seymour 36
Jimtown 44 Elkhart Christian 33
John Glenn 44 Mishawaka 25
Kankakee Valley 48 Hanover Central 41
Knightstown 44 Southwestern (Shelbyville) 28
Lanesville 52 Paoli 36
Lewis Cass 42 Rossville 17
Madison 62 New Washington 37
Manchester 68 Huntington North 61
McCutcheon 48 Lafayette Central Catholic 42
Michigan City 51 Knox 48
Milan 48 Southwestern (Hanover) 43
Monroe Central 43 Shenandoah 24
Morgan Twp. 44 South Central (Union Mills) 43 OT
Mount Vernon (Fortville) 34 Anderson 25
Munster 73 East Chicago Central 45
New Palestine 56 Shelbyville 49
North Central (Farmersburg) 47 North Daviess 37
NorthWood 58 South Bend St. Joseph 30
Northfield 66 Taylor 29
Northridge 63 Wawasee 44
Northview 64 South Vermillion 17
Oak Hill 39 Maconaquah 28
Oldenburg Academy 49 Rising Sun 39
Oregon-Davis 57 Culver 42
Parke Heritage 61 North Vermillion 30
Prairie Heights 64 Lakeland Christian 26
Providence 74 South Central (Elizabeth) 30
Purdue Poly Englewood 58 Indiana Deaf 35
Rensselaer Central 59 Benton Central 52
Scottsburg 36 Charlestown 27
Seven Oaks 51 Washington Catholic 41
Shakamak 55 Shoals 24
South Adams 63 Fort Wayne South 56
South Putnam 48 Clay City 20
Southridge 36 North Posey 23
Springs Valley 42 Orleans 38
Tecumseh 59 Forest Park 43
Terre Haute North 48 West Vigo 36
Tri-West 45 North Montgomery 21
Triton Central 72 Indianapolis Scecina 22
Twin Lakes 57 West Lafayette 54
Wapahani 43 Yorktown 40
Western 48 Kokomo 39
Westfield 42 Carmel 41
Westview 52 Garrett 29
Westville 36 Kouts 29
White River Valley 46 Loogootee 44
Wood Memorial 47 Barr-Reeve 30
Zionsville 42 Indianapolis Cathedral 23
Marion County Tournament
Ben Davis 56 Indianapolis Roncalli 53
Pike 83 Speedway 45
Lawrence North 61 Warren Central 53
Lawrence Central 74 Franklin Central 41
North Central (Indianapolis) 67 Decatur Central 44
Beech Grove 39 Park Tudor 28
Perry Meridian 46 Indianapolis Lutheran 42
Brebeuf Jesuit 50 Southport 25

GIRLS BASKETBALL WEDNESDAY SCHEDULE

Anderson Prep at Union (Modoc) 6:00 pm
Bellmont at Fort Wayne Luers 7:30 pm
Churubusco at Eastside 7:00 pm
Corydon Central at Austin 7:30 pm
Daleville at Frankton 7:00 pm
Eastbrook at Norwell 7:30 pm
Evansville Harrison at Evansville Reitz 8:00 pm
Fort Wayne Northrop at East Noble 7:30 pm
Griffith at Tri-Township 7:00 pm
Hagerstown at Union County 7:30 pm
Hamilton at Pansophia Academy (Mich.) 6:30 pm
Illiana Christian at Hobart 8:00 pm
Indianapolis Washington at Irvington Prep 6:00 pm
Lake Central at Andrean 8:00 pm
Lapel at Madison-Grant 7:30 pm
Lawrenceburg at Northeastern 7:30 pm
Leo at Angola 7:30 pm
Mississinewa at Southwood 7:30 pm
River Forest at Whiting 8:00 pm
Rushville at Whiteland 7:30 pm
Tippecanoe Valley at Triton 7:45 pm
Tipton at Elwood 7:30 pm
Tri at Randolph Southern 7:30 pm
Union City at Centerville 7:30 pm
Warsaw at Carroll (Fort Wayne) 7:30 pm

WRESTLING SCORES

MILAN 60 UNION COUNTY 21

NORTH POSEY 39 GIBSON SOUTHERN 37

TRI 43 MONROE CENTRAL 42

JAY COUNTY 38 YORKTOWN 24

BELLMONT 48 S. ADAMS 21

YORKTOWN 59 WINCHESTER 19

CASCADE 66 INDIANAPOLIS LUTHERAN 12

COLLEGE BOWL GAMES (WILL UPDATE WHEN ALL BOWL ARE COMPLETED)

SATURDAY, DEC. 16

MYRTLE BEACH BOWL
GEORGIA SOUTHERN VS. OHIO
CONWAY, SOUTH CAROLINA
11 A.M. | ESPN

CELEBRATION BOWL
FLORIDA A&M VS. HOWARD UNIVERSITY
ATLANTA, GEORGIA
12 P.M. | ABC

NEW ORLEANS BOWL
JACKSONVILLE STATE VS. LOUISIANA
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA
2:15 P.M. | ESPN

CURE BOWL
MIAMI (OHIO) VS. APP STATE
ORLANDO, FLORIDA
3:30 P.M. | ABC

NEW MEXICO BOWL
FRESNO STATE VS. NEW MEXICO STATE
ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO
5:45 P.M. | ESPN

LA BOWL
UCLA VS. BOISE STATE
INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA
7:30 P.M. | ABC

INDEPENDENCE BOWL
TEXAS TECH VS. CAL
SHREVEPORT, LOUISIANA
9:15 P.M. | ESPN

MONDAY, DEC. 18

BAHAMAS BOWL (TEMPORARILY RENAMED THE FAMOUS TOASTERY BOWL)
WESTERN KENTUCKY VS. OLD DOMINION
NASSAU, BAHAMAS (TEMPORARILY RELOCATED TO CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA)
2:30 P.M. | ESPN

TUESDAY, DEC. 19

FRISCO BOWL
MARSHALL VS. UTSA
FRISCO, TEXAS


9 P.M. | ESPN

THURSDAY, DEC. 21

BOCA RATON BOWL
USF VS. TBD
BOCA RATON, FLORIDA
8 P.M. | ESPN

FRIDAY, DEC. 22

GASPARILLA BOWL
TAMPA, FLORIDA
6:30 P.M. | ESPN

SATURDAY, DEC. 23

BIRMINGHAM BOWL
BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA
12 P.M. | ABC

CAMELLIA BOWL
ARKANSAS STATE VS. NORTHERN ILLINOIS
MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA
12 P.M. | ESPN

ARMED FORCES BOWL
AIR FORCE VS. JAMES MADISON
FORT WORTH, TEXAS
3:30 P.M. | ABC

FAMOUS IDAHO POTATO BOWL
GEORGIA STATE VS. UTAH STATE
BOISE, IDAHO
3:30 P.M. | ESPN

68 VENTURES BOWL
EASTERN MICHIGAN VS. SOUTH ALABAMA
MOBILE, ALABAMA
7 P.M. | ESPN

LAS VEGAS BOWL
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
7:30 P.M. | ABC

HAWAI’I BOWL
HONOLULU, HAWAI’I
10:30 P.M. | ESPN

TUESDAY, DEC. 26

QUICK LANE BOWL
DETROIT, MICHIGAN
2 P.M. | ESPN

FIRST RESPONDER BOWL
TEXAS STATE VS. RICE
DALLAS, TEXAS
5:30 P.M. | ESPN

GUARANTEED RATE BOWL
KANSAS VS. UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA, LAS VEGAS
PHOENIX, ARIZONA
9 P.M. | ESPN

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 27

MILITARY BOWL
TULANE VS. TBD
ANNAPOLIS, MARYLAND
2 P.M. | ESPN

DUKE’S MAYO BOWL
CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA
5:30 P.M. | ESPN

HOLIDAY BOWL
NO. 15 LOUISVILLE VS. SOUTHERN CAL
SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA
8 P.M. ET | FOX

TEXAS BOWL
NO. 20 OKLAHOMA STATE VS. TEXAS A&M
HOUSTON, TEXAS
9 P.M. | ESPN

THURSDAY, DEC. 28

FENWAY BOWL
BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS
11 A.M. | ESPN

PINSTRIPE BOWL
THE BRONX, NEW YORK
2:15 P.M. | ESPN

POP-TARTS BOWL
NO. 18 NC STATE VS. NO. 25 KANSAS STATE
ORLANDO, FLORIDA
5:45 P.M. | ESPN

ALAMO BOWL
NO. 12 OKLAHOMA VS. NO. 14 ARIZONA
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS
9:15 P.M. | ESPN

FRIDAY, DEC. 29

GATOR BOWL
NO. 22 CLEMSON VS. KENTUCKY
JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA
12 P.M. | ESPN

TONY THE TIGER SUN BOWL
NO. 19 OREGON STATE VS. TBD
EL PASO, TEXAS

2 P.M. | CBS

LIBERTY BOWL
MEMPHIS VS. TBD
MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
3:30 P.M. | ESPN

COTTON BOWL
NO. 7 OHIO ST. VS. NO. 9 MISSOURI
DALLAS, TEXAS
8 P.M. | ESPN

SATURDAY, DEC. 30

PEACH BOWL
NO. 10 PENN ST. VS. NO. 11 OLE MISS 
ATLANTA, GEORGIA
12 P.M. | ESPN

MUSIC CITY BOWL
NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE
2 P.M. | ABC

ORANGE BOWL
NO. 5 FLORIDA STATE VS. NO. 6 GEORGIA 
MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA
4 P.M. | ESPN

ARIZONA BOWL
WYOMING VS. TOLEDO
TUCSON, ARIZONA
4:30 P.M. | BARSTOOL

MONDAY, JAN. 1, 2024

RELIAQUEST BOWL
NO. 13 LSU VS. WISCONSIN
TAMPA, FLORIDA
12 P.M. | ESPN2

CITRUS BOWL
NO. 17 IOWA VS. NO. 21 TENNESSEE
ORLANDO, FLORIDA
1 P.M. | ABC

FIESTA BOWL
NO. 8 OREGON VS. NO. 23 LIBERTY
GLENDALE, ARIZONA
1 P.M. | ESPN

COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF SEMIFINAL AT THE ROSE BOWL
NO. 1 MICHIGAN VS. NO. 4 ALABAMA
PASADENA, CALIFORNIA
5 P.M. | ESPN

COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF

COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF SEMIFINAL AT THE SUGAR BOWL
NO. 2 WASHINGTON VS. NO. 3 TEXAS
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA
8:45 P.M. | ESPN

MONDAY, JAN. 8

COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
HOUSTON, TEXAS
7:30 P.M. | ESPN

WEEK 15

SATURDAY, DEC. 9

ARMY VS. NAVY (FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS) | 3 P.M. | CBS

NFL

WEEK 14 SCHEDULE

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS AT PITTSBURGH STEELERS (THU) 8:15P (ET) 8:15P PRIME VIDEO

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS AT ATLANTA FALCONS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

LOS ANGELES RAMS AT BALTIMORE RAVENS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX

DETROIT LIONS AT CHICAGO BEARS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P FOX

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS AT CINCINNATI BENGALS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS AT CLEVELAND BROWNS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

CAROLINA PANTHERS AT NEW ORLEANS SAINTS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P FOX

HOUSTON TEXANS AT NEW YORK JETS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

MINNESOTA VIKINGS AT LAS VEGAS RAIDERS 1:05P (PT) 4:05P FOX

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS AT SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS 1:05P (PT) 4:05P FOX

BUFFALO BILLS AT KANSAS CITY CHIEFS 3:25P (CT) 4:25P CBS

DENVER BRONCOS AT LOS ANGELES CHARGERS 1:25P (PT) 4:25P CBS

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES AT DALLAS COWBOYS 7:20P (CT) 8:20P NBC*

TENNESSEE TITANS AT MIAMI DOLPHINS (MON) 8:15P (ET) 8:15P ESPN*

GREEN BAY PACKERS AT NEW YORK GIANTS (MON) 8:15P (ET) 8:15P ABC*

MEN’S TOP 25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCORES

#2 KANSAS 88 KANSAS CITY 69

#5 UCONN 87 #9 NORTH CAROLINA 76

#6 BAYLOR 78 SETON HALL 60

#7 GONZAGA 111 ARKANSAS PINE BLUFF 71

#20 ILLINOIS 98 #11 FLORIDA ATLANTIC 89

#14 BYU 96 EVANSVILLE 55

#17 TENNESSEE 87 GEORGE MASON 66

#19 OKLAHOMA 72 PROVIDENCE 51

#20 WISCONSIN 70 MICHIGAN STATE 57

GRAND CANYON 79 #25 SAN DIEGO STATE 73

ALSO:

INDIANA 78 MICHIGAN 75

NOTRE DAME 86 WESTERN MICHIGAN 65

INDIANA STATE 90 NORTHERN ILLINOIS 67

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL TOP 25 SCORES

#8 COLORADO 95 TEXAS ARLINGTON 74

#12 OHIO STATE 85 OHIO 45

#21 WASHINGTON STATE 69 SOUTH DAKOTA STATE 64

ALSO:

NEBRASKA 108 NORTH CAROLINA WILMINGTON 35

NBA SCOREBOARD

MILWAUKEE 146 NEW YORK 122

LA LAKERS 106 PHOENIX 103

NHL SCOREBOARD

LOS ANGELES 4 COLUMBUS 3 OT

OTTAWA 6 NY RANGERS 2

DETROIT 5 BUFFALO 3

SAN JOSE 5 NY ISLANDERS 4 OT

NASHVILLE 4 CHICAGO 3

MINNESOTA 5 CALGARY 2

COLORADO 3 ANAHEIM 2

NEW JERSEY 6 VANCOUVER 5

NATIONAL SPORTS RELEASES/HEADLINES

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

TOP 25 ROUNDUP: NO. 5 UCONN TOPS NO. 9 UNC IN NEW YORK

Cam Spencer scored 23 points and No. 5 UConn used some hot shooting to defeat No. 9 North Carolina 87-76 on Tuesday night in the Jimmy V Classic in New York.

Alex Karaban posted 18 points and nine rebounds, Tristen Newton racked up 14 points, and Solomon Ball had 13 points for UConn (8-1), which shot 51.5 percent.

RJ Davis scored 19 of his 26 points in the second half for North Carolina (7-2), which had a three-game winning streak snapped. Davis has scored 20 or more points in six games this season.

The Huskies, who were coming off a loss Friday night in a showdown at Kansas, were relentless at times on the boards, securing 11 offensive rebounds.

No. 2 Kansas 88, Kansas City 69

Kevin McCullar Jr. scored a career-high 25 points to lead four Jayhawks in double figures during a win over the Roos in Lawrence, Kan.

Kansas (8-1) built a 20-point lead about 12 minutes into the game and then seemed to cruise. When they were tested late, the Jayhawks responded again. KJ Adams Jr. had 18 points in his first action since burying his mother on Saturday. Hunter Dickinson had 14 points and 12 rebounds, and Johnny Furphy added 10 points.

The Roos (3-6) were led by Cameron Faas and Khristion Courseault with 18 points apiece. Anderson Kopp added 15.

No. 6 Baylor 78, Seton Hall 60

RayJ Dennis scored 17 points and fab freshman Ja’Kobe Walter added 15 as the Bears played their best over the final eight minutes in a runaway win over the visiting Pirates in a Big East-Big 12 Battle game in Waco, Texas.

The Bears (9-0) led by 10 points at halftime but by only three with 13:15 left in the game after a 7-0 run by Seton Hall.

Baylor responded with a decisive 8-0 surge, which consisted of two 3-pointers and Josh Ojianwuna’s dunk with 11:13 remaining. Minutes later, a 12-2 run by the Bears ended with a layup by Dennis and an 18-point lead that all but finished off Seton Hall (5-3).

No. 7 Gonzaga 111, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 71

Braden Huff recorded 19 points, seven rebounds and three blocked shots off the bench and Graham Ike had 17 points and nine rebounds to help the Bulldogs roll over the Golden Lions in Spokane, Wash.

Anton Watson added 15 points and seven rebounds and Nolan Hickman scored 13 points for the Bulldogs (7-1), who topped 100 points for the second time this season. Jun Seok Yeo added 10 points for Gonzaga, which led by 49 points in the wire-to-wire victory.

Joe French made a career-high eight 3-pointers while scoring 26 points and Rashad Williams added 17 points for the Golden Lions (4-6). Kylen Milton added 13 points for Pine Bluff, which is 0-2 on a four-game road trip that includes Saturday’s game at No. 5 UConn.

No. 20 Illinois 98, No. 11 Florida Atlantic 89

Marcus Domask and Terrence Shannon Jr. combined for 49 of their 66 points after halftime to lead the Illini over the Owls in the Jimmy V Classic opener at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Domask, a graduate transfer from Southern Illinois, poured in a career-high 33 points for the Illini (7-1) while adding six rebounds. Shannon, a fifth-year senior, also set a career mark with 33 points as Illinois shot 63.2 percent from the field and 90 percent at the line.

Seven-foot-1 center Vladislav Goldin paced the Owls (7-2) with a career-high 23 points, but he played just 19 minutes due to constant foul trouble. Johnell Davis added 19 points as five Florida Atlantic players scored in double figures.

No. 14 BYU 96, Evansville 55

Jaxson Robinson paced a high-powered offense with 19 points off the bench and the Cougars added yet another blowout win to their resume with a thrashing of the Purple Aces in Provo, Utah.

BYU (8-0), which led Division I by making 12.7 3-pointers per game entering the game, went 14-for-32 from the beyond the arc on Tuesday. The Cougars outshot Evansville 52.9 percent to 33.3 percent from the field, and the hosts assisted on 26 of their 36 made field goals.

It marked BYU’s fourth win of more than 40 points this season. Yacine Toumi led Evansville (7-2) with 13 points and seven rebounds and Antonio Thomas added 10 points.

No. 17 Tennessee 87, George Mason 66

Jonas Aidoo had a career-high 17 points to go along with eight rebounds and four assists as the Volunteers broke a three-game losing streak by defeating the Patriots in Knoxville, Tenn.

After suffering three straight losses to ranked teams, including then-No. 1 Kansas and then-No. 2 Purdue, the Volunteers (5-3) gradually pulled away late in the first half against George Mason (7-2), where Tennessee’s Rick Barnes started his head-coaching career. Barnes spent one season (1987-88) leading the Patriots.

Josiah-Jordan James totaled 15 points, six rebounds, six assists and three steals for the Volunteers. George Mason’s Darius Maddox tallied 15 points and five rebounds, and Woody Newton had 13 points and five boards.

No. 19 Oklahoma 72, Providence 51

Javian McCollum scored 19 points as the Sooners beat the Friars in Norman, Okla., in a Big East-Big 12 Battle game.

Oklahoma (8-0) extended its best start to a season since 2015-16, when it made a run to the Final Four after a 12-0 start. The game was close until late, when the Sooners ripped off a 14-0 run over a stretch of nearly five minutes to put the game away.

Devin Carter led Providence (7-2) with 17 points, while Josh Oduro added 15 points, six rebounds and five assists. The result snapped the Friars’ four-game winning streak.

No. 23 Wisconsin 70, Michigan State 57

AJ Storr had 22 points and the Badgers opened Big Ten play with a win over the host Spartans in East Lansing, Mich.

Steven Crowl supplied 18 points, six rebounds and five assists for the Badgers (7-2, 1-0), who were coming off an upset of Marquette. Tyson Walker topped the Spartans (4-4, 0-1) with 22 points. A.J. Hoggard was the only other Michigan State player in double figures with 14 points along with seven assists.

Wisconsin controlled the boards, outrebounding the Spartans 36-22 while scoring 19 second-chance points.

Grand Canyon 79, No. 25 San Diego State 73

Ray Harrison scored 23 points to lead the Lopes past the Aztecs in Phoenix for their first victory over a ranked team in program history.

Grand Canyon (7-1) lost its previous nine games against ranked opponents. Tyon Grant-Foster had 18 points for the Lopes, while Gabe McGlothan and Collin Moore each had 15 points. McGlothan also grabbed 13 rebounds.

Jaedon LeDee led San Diego State (7-2) with 24 points and 10 rebounds.

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

FRIDA FORMANN SCORES 23 POINTS AND NO. 8 COLORADO BEATS UT ARLINGTON 95-74

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) Frida Formann scored 23 points, matching a school record for 3-pointers in a game with seven, and No. 8 Colorado never trailed in beating UT Arlington 95-74 on Tuesday.

Quay Miller had 21 points and 11 rebounds, and Aaronette Vonleh added 14 points for Colorado (9-1), which has won three in a row. Jaylyn Sherrod scored 11 points to go with a career-high 13 assists that fueled the inside scoring of Miller and Vonleh. Formann also had seven 3-pointers in a game earlier this season in Colorado’s victory over then-No. 1 LSU on Nov. 6.

Keiori Lee had 18 points to lead UT Arlington (1-8), which lost its third straight since its lone win of the season.

The Buffaloes did have a down note, losing guard Tameiya Sadler to a right ankle sprain with 3:11 remaining in the third quarter. She and a teammate were both scrambling for a rebound when they became entangled and Sadler fell to the floor, losing one of her shoes in the process. She was tended to by team trainers and assisted off the court.

Texas Arlington lost forward Jamaya Perry in the first half to a leg injury after she made a diving attempt underneath the basket to stop a loose ball from rolling out of bounds.

Colorado coach JR Payne expressed general satisfaction over the Buffaloes’ latest lopsided victory – all nine wins this season have been by double digits – but she also said she, her staff and the team had to turn the page quickly and continue working toward getting better.

“We’ve come a long ways when you can be, you know, not on cloud nine, winning by 20,” Payne said. “But I thinks it speaks to, as far as coaches, we just are wired to figure out how we can we do our best. And I think it’s especially these guys, like upperclassmen. They’re really good. We expect ourselves to be really good and we expect to do our job and do it at a high level. I think we have big goals, big dreams for the season, so we want to continue to be better every night.”

EMMA SHUMATE HAS CAREER GAME WITH 22 POINTS AND NO. 12 OHIO STATE WOMEN ROLLS PAST OHIO 85-45

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Emma Shumate hit six 3-pointers and scored 22 points, both career highs, and No. 12 Ohio State coasted to an 85-45 win over Ohio on Tuesday night, the Buckeye’s seventh-straight victory.

Taylor Thierry added 15 points, Cotie McMahon added 14 and Rebeka Mikulasikova 13 for Ohio State (7-1).

Thierry and Celeste Taylor had five steals each and Taylor also had seven assists. Three players had seven rebounds.

Jaya McClure led Ohio (2-4) with nine points.

The Buckeyes had no letdown, coming off their first win over a ranked team. They posted an impressive 78-58 win at Tennessee on Sunday, making them just the third nonconference opponent in 50 years to beat the Lady Vols by 20 or more in Knoxville.

Thierry had seven points in a 13-0 run that helped the Buckeyes take a 16-6 lead after one quarter. Shumate had 12-straight Ohio State points in the second quarter, all on three pointers, as the Buckeyes outscored the Bobcats 26-7 to lead 42-13 at the half. The spurt by Shumate was more than her previous career high.

Ohio State had seven 3s and shot 47% while the Bobcats shot 19% (5 of 26) and had 17 turnovers.

Ohio more than doubled their score in the third quarter, hitting 27 on a 3-pointer by Monica Williams with 1:13 to go but were still outscored 24-16 and trailed 66-29.

NO. 21 WASHINGTON STATE WOMEN END SOUTH DAKOTA STATE’S 16-GAME HOME WIN STREAK

BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) Astera Tuhina scored 18 points, Bella Murekatete added 15 and No. 21 Washington State beat South Dakota State 69-64 on Tuesday night to end the Jackrabbits’ 16-game home win streak.

Washington State led 48-38 with 38 seconds left in the third quarter, but the Cougars didn’t make another field goal until the 4:44 mark of the fourth. South Dakota State scored nine unanswered points to get within 52-51, but Tuhina and Tara Wallack scored on back-to-back possessions to give the Cougars a five-point lead.

Eleonora Villa extended Washington State’s lead to 60-53 after making a 3-pointer with 2:44 left. Tuhina added a jumper from the right wing with 40 seconds remaining to make it 64-58.

Tuhina, Villa and Charlisse Leger-Walker each went 1 of 2 from the free-throw line in the final 36 seconds left to keep South Dakota State in it. The Jackrabbits were within 67-64 with 10.6 seconds left after two free throws by Paige Meyer. But Tuhina made two free throws to seal it.

Villa finished with 13 points for Washington State (10-1), which is off to its best start since the 1978-79 season. Leger-Walker, averaging 13.8 points, 7.6 rebounds and 4.5 assists, had four points, four rebounds and four assists.

Murekatete scored 11 points in the first half to help Washington State take a 30-24 lead into the break. She was 5 of 6 from the field, but the rest of her teammates combined to go 8 for 21.

Meyer scored 12 of her 23 points in the fourth quarter for South Dakota State (4-3), which entered with the seventh-longest active home winning streak in the nation. Brooklyn Meyer added 16 points and Madison Mathiowetz had 12.

The Cougars were SDSU’s second ranked opponent of the year as the Jackrabbits fell to No. 1 South Carolina in November.

Washington State opens its Pac-12 schedule on Sunday against Washington before two final non-conference matchups with Houston and Auburn.

NBA NEWS

ANTETOKOUNMPO, BUCKS BREEZE PAST KNICKS 146-122, INTO SEMIFINALS OF IN-SEASON TOURNAMENT

MILWAUKEE (AP) Giannis Antetokounmpo had 35 points and 10 assists, Damian Lillard added 28 points, and the Milwaukee Bucks beat the New York Knicks 146-122 on Tuesday night to reach the semifinals of the NBA’s inaugural In-Season Tournament.

The Bucks posted a season high in scoring, shooting 60.5% (23 of 38) from 3-point range and 60.4% overall to set up a matchup with Indiana in Las Vegas on Thursday.

“Tonight was a huge step. We wanted to get to Vegas but when we get to Vegas we’ve got to take care of business. We’ve got two games to win there,” coach Adrian Griffin said. “I thought tonight our team was the better team. Our bench was terrific and I thought the crowd was terrific. It had all the makings of a playoff game.”

Griffin anticipates a strong challenge from the Pacers.

“We expect their best, but when we are at our best, I love our chances,” he said.

Lillard said the Bucks are headed to Las Vegas with the intent of bringing home a championship and setting a tone for the rest of the season.

“You come out of this thing on top, I think it’s a pretty strong statement and something that everybody around the league has to respect,” he said.

Milwaukee is 5-0 in tournament play and extended its home winning streak to nine games. The Bucks (15-6) have won 10 of 12 overall.

Julius Randle scored a season-high 41 points for the Knicks, whose three-game winning streak was snapped. Jalen Brunson added 24 points and R.J. Barrett scored 23 for New York, which earned a wild-card berth in the knockout round through a point-differential tiebreaker.

“Defensively, we didn’t really do anything all game. That’s the story. That’s it,” Brunson said. “They hit a lot of shots. They got comfortable. It’s on us to make them uncomfortable.”

Antetokounmpo had an injury scare less than two minutes into the game. After tipping in a missed shot, he landed on Randle’s foot and rolled his left ankle. Antetokounmpo fell to the floor in pain. He eventually limped up the court but stayed in the game and tallied 10 of the Bucks’ first 13 points.

After a tightly contested first half, the Bucks pulled ahead by as many as 18 points in the third quarter. Milwaukee led by as many as 27 in the fourth and Griffin emptied his bench, giving rare playing time to Antetokounmpo’s brother, Thanasis, and Robin Lopez, the twin brother of starting center Brook Lopez.

Lillard swished three step-back 3-pointers in the waning stages of the second quarter to give the Bucks at 75-72 lead at halftime. It was the highest-scoring first half this season for Milwaukee.

Lillard thought the Bucks could have scored even more.

“We missed free throws. We missed some shots in the paint. It could have easily been a 165-point game,” he said. “That doesn’t mean that we can turn into a team that does that every night, but I do think that we have that type of explosiveness.”

The Knicks had gone 10-3 since losing to the Bucks in Milwaukee on Nov. 3 in the opener of tournament group play.

UP NEXT

Knicks: At Boston on Friday.

Bucks: Will seek to avenge a 126-124 loss to the host Pacers in the teams’ only meeting this season.

LEBRON JAMES LEADS LAKERS TO THE IN-SEASON TOURNAMENT SEMIFINALS WITH A 106-103 WIN OVER SUNS

LOS ANGELES (AP) LeBron James scored 15 of his 31 points in the fourth quarter, and the Los Angeles Lakers secured the last semifinal spot in the inaugural NBA In-Season Tournament with a 106-103 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday night.

Anthony Davis had 27 points and 15 rebounds and Austin Reaves scored 20 for the top-seeded Lakers, who will face New Orleans on Thursday in Las Vegas. Milwaukee plays Indiana in the East semifinal.

“You’ve got some of the most alpha male competitors in the world, and if you give us an opportunity to play for something meaningful or an incentive, then you get what you’re getting,” said James, who also racked up 11 assists, eight rebounds and five steals. “The In-Season Tournament is what it is, and we have an opportunity to play on a big stage, be on national television, represent our families, our communities, where we come from.”

James put on a masterful shooting performance down the stretch, scoring 15 of the Lakers’ first 19 points in the final period and getting the assists on his teammates’ other two baskets as Los Angeles pulled ahead.

Kevin Durant scored 31 points, but he badly missed a long 3-point attempt at the buzzer for the Suns. Phoenix had won eight of 10 before losing to Los Angeles for the third time already this season.

Devin Booker cut the Lakers’ lead to 102-101 on a layup with 29 seconds to play, but Reaves drilled his third 3-pointer with 15 seconds left.

After Durant made another layup moments later, the Suns were left furious when officials granted James’ request for a timeout while the ball appeared to be loose because Booker had knocked it away from Reaves an instant earlier.

“It’s a loose ball, and you can’t call a timeout on a loose ball,” Phoenix coach Frank Vogel said. “The whistle blows. I don’t know why. Everything in the league is reviewable. I don’t know why that can’t be reviewable. … We got the trap, we got the turnover, (and the) damn whistle blows. It’s just frustrating.”

Reaves said he thought Booker probably fouled him an instant before the timeout was granted.

“There was no call, and LeBron made a high-IQ play he’s made a million times,” Reaves said.

Durant didn’t share his coach’s anger about the call, saying he didn’t initially believe the ball was loose when the timeout was granted.

“That’s not the ballgame,” Durant said. “That’s one play. It’s a 48-minute game. I don’t like to complain about calls. Sometimes the ref ain’t going to get it right all the time. Sometimes it’s on us to play through all that stuff and not worry about putting the game in the ref’s hands.”

Davis was eventually fouled, but he missed one of two free throws to open the door for Durant’s potential tying 30-footer.

Booker and Grayson Allen scored 21 points apiece for Phoenix.

The Lakers earned the top seed in the West by going unbeaten in the group stage of the inaugural tournament, including a win Nov. 10 in Phoenix. The Suns rebounded from that setback to earn a wild-card spot in the knockout round.

While fans are still debating the merits of the In-Season Tournament, both Vogel and Lakers coach Darvin Ham said their players are getting into the spirit of the event, particularly with the motivation to earn financial bonuses for their teams’ support personnel and younger players.

“They’re well aware of that bag,” Ham said with a grin. “Money speaks, man.”

Bradley Beal missed his 11th straight game with a persistent back injury for the Suns, who hung in despite committing 22 turnovers while their two healthy superstars struggled with foul trouble. Booker picked up his fifth foul early in the fourth quarter, while Durant entered the final period with four fouls and committed his fifth with 3:18 to play.

Phoenix committed 10 turnovers in the first quarter alone, the most by any team in the league this season. The Suns trailed by 15 in the first half, but scored 14 consecutive points out of halftime to take a lead.

“We didn’t do enough early in the game,” Vogel said. “The turnovers and on the glass, if we do a better job, we’re not talking about a close game like that.”

UP NEXT

Suns: Host the Sacramento Kings on Friday.

Lakers: Face the Pelicans at Las Vegas in Thursday’s tournament semifinals.

NFL NEWS: THE STARTING 11 – TEAMS STRIVING FOR CONSISTENCY WITH FIVE WEEKS REMAINING

Call it cliché, coach-speak or simple truth. The NFL is a week-to-week league.

Exhibit A: JORDAN LOVE and the GREEN BAY PACKERS.

Two weeks ago, they were 4-6, seemingly out of the postseason race and facing difficult tests against a pair of first-place teams, Detroit and Kansas City.

Now, after impressive wins over those opponents, the NFL’s youngest team has a grip on the NFC’s seventh and final playoff slot. What kind of mentality pushed the Packers to put themselves in that position?

“Just go win,” said Love, one of 11 Green Bay starters age 25 or younger. “We show up every week, just focusing on that week, knowing what we’ve got to do, knowing we’ve got to win every week, and go get the job done.”

Getting the job done leads to Exhibit B: JAKE BROWNING and the CINCINNATI BENGALS. Cast aside and facing steep adversity, Cincinnati won in overtime last week to improve to 6-6 and move back into playoff contention. The Bengals’ effort also opened the door for the HOUSTON TEXANS and INDIANAPOLIS COLTS, now just one game out of first in the AFC South.

A week-to-week league means corralling consistency, especially this time of year. And consistency is more critical than ever. That’s because more games are within one possession in the final period than any other time in league history. Since the beginning of 2022, 73.3 percent of all games (340 of 464) have been within one score in the fourth quarter. That means three of approximately every four games could go either way when the scoreboard shifts to the final stanza.

A week ago, the league standings looked a lot different than today. A week from now, expect more of the unexpected. In a week-to-week league, put your confidence in the teams with the most consistency.

The Starting 11 entering Week 14

1.   MCVAY, RAMS RETURN TO BELTWAY: Sunday’s early window features an intriguing interconference matchup between the LOS ANGELES RAMS (6-6) and BALTIMORE RAVENS (9-3) at M&T Bank Stadium (1 p.m. ET, FOX). Clawing for an NFC Wild Card berth, the Rams have won three straight, their longest winning streak since a five-game stretch toward the end of their 2021 Super Bowl championship season. The Ravens, meanwhile, have won six of their last seven as they attempt to secure the AFC’s No. 1 seed for just the second time in franchise history (also 2019). Sunday’s contest begins a four-game stretch in which Baltimore also plays three straight first-place teams: at Jacksonville (8-4), at San Francisco (9-3) on Christmas night and back home vs. Miami (9-3).

  • Led by defensive tackle JUSTIN MADUBUIKE, the Ravens lead the NFL in sacks (47) and have surrendered the fewest points per game (15.6) and fewest yards per play (4.22). Madubuike has at least half of a sack in nine consecutive games, the longest stretch in Ravens history and longest by a player since ROBERT QUINN (nine-game streak) in 2021. With at least half a sack on Sunday, Madubuike would own the league’s longest streak since TREY HENDRICKSON had a 10-game string in 2021.
    • The Rams’ offense, on the other hand, has allowed just 22 sacks this season. Only Buffalo (15), Kansas City (17) and Miami (18) have allowed fewer. In addition to stellar protection, the Rams feature two of the league’s most dynamic young offensive weapons, rookie wide receiver PUKA NACUA and second-year running back KYREN WILLIAMS. Nacua, with 1,029 receiving yards, is the sixth player in the Super Bowl era with 1,000 in his first 12 career games, joining ODELL BECKHAM JR. (1,305 in 2014), JUSTIN JEFFERSON (1,039 in 2020), ANQUAN BOLDIN (1,032 in 2003), Pro Football Hall of Famer RANDY MOSS (1,014 in 1998) and MARQUES COLSTON (1,001 in 2006). And with 77 receptions, Nacua is just the third player ever to eclipse 75 catches in his first 12 NFL games, joining Beckham (91 in 2014) and JAYLEN WADDLE (77 in 2021). Williams leads the NFL with 316 scrimmage yards since Week 12.
    • The Ravens’ LAMAR JACKSON, playing his 82nd career game in Week 12, became the fastest quarterback ever to reach 5,000 rushing yards, 22 games earlier than MICHAEL VICK (104). Jackson enters Sunday with 5,011 career rushing yards, fourth most by a quarterback all-time.
    • SEAN MCVAY, who served on Washington’s coaching staff from 2010-16, has led the Rams to a 14-5 record (.737) in the Eastern Time Zone (including the postseason) since becoming head coach prior to the 2017 season. Los Angeles has won six of its last eight trips to the time zone, including a 20-19 victory at Baltimore in 2021.
    • JOHN HARBAUGH is 12-3 (.800) in games following bye weeks, the fourth-best record among active coaches behind SEAN MCDERMOTT (7-0, 1.000), MIKE VRABEL (6-0, 1.000) and ANDY REID (21-4, .840), with a minimum of four games.

2.   NUMBER OF THE WEEK – 0: The number of wide receivers who have won the Associated Press Most Valuable Player award, something TYREEK HILL could achieve this season. Hill, whose MIAMI DOLPHINS (9-3) host the TENNESSEE TITANS (4-8) in one of two Monday Night Football games (8:15 p.m. ET, ESPN), could become the first MVP who did not play quarterback or running back since Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker LAWRENCE TAYLOR in 1986. Hill is on pace to become the first 2,000-yard receiver in league history and break the single-season record, 1,964 yards, established by Pro Football Hall of Famer CALVIN JOHNSON in 2012.

  • Hill also has 21 career touchdowns of at least 60 yards, tied with DEVIN HESTER (21) for the third most in NFL history. Only DESEAN JACKSON (26) and Pro Football Hall of Famer JERRY RICE (23) have more.
    • The Dolphins, seeking their first AFC East division title since 2008, have not secured the No. 1 seed in the AFC playoffs since 1984. They’re likely to reach that goal by continuing to protect quarterback TUA TAGOVAILOA. The Dolphins are 4-0 this season and 10-1 since he entered the league when holding opponents without a sack of Tagovailoa.
    • Tennessee running back DERRICK HENRY has 18 career games with 100 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns, tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer EMMITT SMITH (18) for the fourth-most such games by a player in his first eight seasons in NFL history. Only Pro Football Hall of Famers LADAINIAN TOMLINSON (24) and JIM BROWN (21) as well as SHAUN ALEXANDER (19) have more.

3.   BILLS-CHIEFS BRINGS MEMORIES OF 2017 TRADE: Blending into a sea of names and numbers, it sits humbly on Page 234 of the 2017 NFL Record & Fact Book. Under 2017 trades, Buffalo’s 2017 first-round selection from Buffalo to Kansas City (Chiefs selected PATRICK MAHOMES) for Chiefs’ 2017 first-round selection (Bills selected TRE’DAVIOUS WHITE), 2017 third-round selection (#91) and 2018 first-round selection. Many analysts criticized then-Chiefs general manager JOHN DORSEY for moving up from 27 to 10 in the first round, casting doubts on everything from Mahomes’ footwork to his “gunslinger” style. Well, needless to say, don’t believe everything you hear. Mahomes has led the Chiefs to three of the last four Super Bowls, winning two, while the Bills used related assets to acquire Pro Bowlers White, DION DAWKINS and TREMAINE EDMUNDS. And branches of the trade have continued to grow into 2023 and beyond. Last week, Rams safety JOHN JOHNSON – selected with that 91st overall choice in 2017 – secured a clutch fourth-quarter interception to help the Rams defeat Cleveland.

  • Both BUFFALO (6-6) and KANSAS CITY (8-4) will look to rebound from losses when they meet on Sunday (4:25 p.m. ET, CBS) at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Since 2018, when Mahomes became the Chiefs’ full-time starter and Buffalo drafted quarterback JOSH ALLEN, Kansas City own’s the NFL’s best record (17-3, .850) after a loss, while Buffalo is 22-10 (.688), second in the league.
    • Kansas City’s defense is on pace to finish with the fewest yards allowed per game (297.7) by a team with ANDY REID as head coach since the 2008 Eagles (274.3). The Chiefs (17.3) also are on pace to allow the fewest points per game by a Reid-coached team since the 2004 Eagles (16.3).
    • Including two postseason victories, Mahomes is 3-2 in five career starts against Allen. However, Allen and the Bills have won two of the last three meetings.
    • In Week 12, Allen passed for 339 yards and two touchdowns, and rushed for 81 yards with two touchdowns. Allen now has eight career games with at least 300 passing yards and 50 rushing yards, tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer STEVE YOUNG (eight games) for the most such games in NFL history.

4.   SPOTLIGHT – INDIVIDUAL MATCHUP: Since Week 12, third-year Texans wide receiver NICO COLLINS has 16 receptions for an NFL-leading 295 yards (18.4 avg.) with two touchdowns. This week, when HOUSTON (7-5) meets the NEW YORK JETS (4-8) on Sunday (1 p.m. ET, CBS), Collins will face off with one of the game’s top young cornerbacks, SAUCE GARDNER, and the NFL’s third-best defense against the pass (176.6 yards allowed per game). The Jets have not allowed a 300-yard passer in 30 games, since TOM BRADY in Week 17 of the 2021 season. And since entering the league in 2022, Gardner is tied for third in the NFL with 28 passes defensed.

  • Quarterback C.J. STROUD, who leads the NFL with 3,540 passing yards, could become the first rookie to lead the league in that category over a full season since DAVEY O’BRIEN in 1939.
    • Rookie head coach DEMECO RYANS has led the Texans to seven victories, as many as the team’s total (seven) over the last two seasons combined. On Sunday, he’ll face the defensive coordinator he replaced in San Francisco, Jets head coach ROBERT SALEH.
    • One of Stroud’s targets in a stable of fantastic wide receivers at Ohio State from 2020-21 was GARRETT WILSON, now in his second year with the Jets.
    • The Texans have drafted third overall in each of the last two drafts, and each of those selections – cornerback DEREK STINGLEY in 2022 and defensive end WILL ANDERSON in 2023 – have played well of late. In last week’s win, Anderson posted two sacks and eight pressures, per Next Gen Stats, while Stingley intercepted two passes. Stingley has an interception in three consecutive games.

5.  SPOTLIGHT – TEAM MATCHUP: Don’t expect a lot of laundry on the field when the MINNESOTA VIKINGS (6-6) visit the LAS VEGAS RAIDERS (5-7) on Sunday (4:05 p.m. ET, FOX). That’s because the Raiders (4.67) and Vikings (4.83), respectively, have committed the fewest penalties per game in the NFL.

  • Both teams are fresh off Week 13 byes. Last season under head coach KEVIN O’CONNELL, the Vikings won eight of their final 11 regular-season games after their bye week. The Raiders, meanwhile, have won four of their last five home games.
    • In Week 12, Vikings defensive end DANIELLE HUNTER had 1.5 sacks and 10 pressures, per Next Gen Stats, and enters the game as the league leader in tackles for loss (18) while ranking third with 13.5 sacks this season.
    • Wide receiver JUSTIN JEFFERSON is expected to return to the Vikings’ lineup. Jefferson (5,396) needs 118 receiving yards to surpass MICHAEL THOMAS (5,512) for the most ever by a player in his first four seasons.

6.   STREAK SPEAK: Winning in December is hard. Under head coach MATT LAFLEUR, the Packers are 16-0 in December games, a streak that began with a win at MetLife Stadium on Dec. 1, 2019. That 16-game December winning streak is the longest in NFL history under an individual head coach and second-longest by a team. Only the SAN DIEGO CHARGERS won more consecutive December games (18 from 2006-09). Five of those Chargers wins came under head coach MARTY SCHOTTENHEIMER and 13 under NORV TURNER. Other than LaFleur, the only head coach to win 14-or-more consecutive December games was ANDY REID (14 with Kansas City from 2018-21).

  • GREEN BAY (6-6) returns to MetLife this week to face the NEW YORK GIANTS (4-8) in one of two side-by-side Monday Night Football games (8:15 p.m. ET, ABC).
    • Since Week 7, Packers quarterback JORDAN LOVE has 14 touchdown passes. In that time, only DAK PRESCOTT (20) has more.
    • In a Week 12 win, Giants rookie quarterback TOMMY DEVITO passed for 191 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions for a 103.9 rating. DeVito is the fifth undrafted rookie quarterback to win two of his first three starts in the common-draft era, joining DEVLIN HODGES (three wins in 2019 with Pittsburgh), ED RUBBERT (three in 1987 with Washington), MATT MOORE (two in 2007 with Carolina) and JOE PISARCIK (two in 1977 with the New York Giants). DeVito, who had a 137.7 passer rating in Week 11 and a 103.9 passer rating in Week 12, also is the first undrafted rookie in the common-draft era to record a passer rating of 100-or-higher in consecutive starts.

7.   DID YOU KNOW?: Eagles offensive coordinator BRIAN JOHNSON has known JALEN HURTS since the Eagles’ quarterback was in preschool. Hurts’ father, AVERION, was Johnson’s strength coach when Johnson was a high-school quarterback in Baytown, Texas.

  • Johnson and Hurts return to their home state this week when PHILADELPHIA (10-2) meets DALLAS (9-3) in an NFC East showdown on Sunday Night Football (8:20 p.m. ET, NBC). Dallas has won five straight over the Eagles at home (2018-22). The last time Philadelphia won at AT&T Stadium, in 2017, the Eagles went on to win the Super Bowl.
    • Dallas this season is 6-0 when winning the turnover margin. And while Philadelphia is 4-0 in the same category, the Eagles over a longer stretch actually have won 20 consecutive games when recording more takeaways than opponents. It’s the second-longest active streak in the league behind Kansas City (27).
    • No team has repeated as NFC East division champion since 2004, the longest such streak in league history (18 seasons so far). Dallas is hoping to keep that streak alive this season by overtaking Philadelphia, the 2022 champion.
    • After halftime, Philadelphia leads the NFL with 15.42 points per game. Dallas, meanwhile, is allowing only 8.42 per game after the half, fifth in the league.
    • Dallas has scored 40-or-more points in four consecutive home games, matching the all-time record shared with four other teams, the 1952 DETROIT LIONS, 1960-61 LOS ANGELES CHARGERS, 2000 ST. LOUIS RAMS and 2013 CINCINNATI BENGALS.
    • Not counting drives ended by the clock, the Cowboys have scored on 11 of their last 12 offensive possessions (59 points, six touchdowns, six field goals, zero punts). In the fourth quarters of their last three games, the Cowboys have outscored opponents 55-7.

8.   UNDER-THE-RADAR STORYLINE: Both starting quarterbacks in Sunday’s game between SEATTLE (6-6) and SAN FRANCISCO (9-3) at Levi’s Stadium (4:05 p.m. ET, FOX) have wide-ranging athletic bloodlines. The Seahawks’ GENO SMITH has a brother, Geonte Smith, who played college football at Savannah State. Their grandfather, Cyril Smith, was a bodybuilder and boxer, while a great uncle, Danny Smith, was an All-American hurdler at Florida State. The 49ers’ BROCK PURDY has a brother, Chubba Purdy, who is a quarterback at Nebraska entering his junior year. Their father, Shawn Purdy, was a pitcher in the Kansas City Royals, Oakland A’s and California Angels organizations. Brock’s sister, Whitney Purdy, played softball at Southeastern University.

  • Since 2017, with a minimum of five games, the Seahawks have the NFL’s best regular-season record, 8-5 (.615), against the 49ers. Last season, the 49ers swept the season series for the first time since 2011, and with their Wild Card victory over the Seahawks, San Francisco became the 15th team in history to defeat a single opponent three times in the same season.
    • Purdy has four games with at least three touchdown passes and a passer rating of 140-or higher this season, tied with TOM BRADY (2007) and AARON RODGERS (2011) for the most such games by a quarterback in a season in NFL history. What’s more, Purdy has five career games with a passer rating of 140-or-higher, the most such games by a player in his first two seasons in NFL history. Over his first 17 career regular-season starts, Purdy has gone 14-3 with a 116.9 passer rating, 34 touchdown passes and eight interceptions.
    • In his career, San Francisco running back CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY has 50 rushing touchdowns and 27 touchdown receptions. Last week, he joined Pro Football Hall of Famers MARSHALL FAULK (100 rushing touchdowns, 36 touchdown receptions) and LENNY MOORE (63 rushing touchdowns, 48 touchdown receptions) as the only players in NFL history with at least 50 rushing touchdowns and 25 touchdown receptions.
    • Last week, the 49ers’ DEEBO SAMUEL scored touchdowns on three consecutive touches, a 12-yard run and receptions of 48 and 46 yards. His three touchdowns were a single-game career high.
    • Seattle wide receiver DK METCALF, listed at 6-foot-4 and 235 pounds, reached 22.23 miles per hour on a 73-yard touchdown reception last week. No other ball-carrier has recorded a faster time this season (per Next Gen Stats).

9.  TREND TIME: Since their Week 5 bye, the Browns are 2-0 against first-place teams, with a 19-17 home win over San Francisco in Week 6 and a 33-31 win at Baltimore in Week 10. The Jaguars, their first-place opponent this week, are the only NFL team this season without a road loss (5-0). JACKSONVILLE (8-4) puts that record on the line at CLEVELAND (7-5) on Sunday (1 p.m. ET, CBS).

  • With a win on Sunday, quarterback JOE FLACCO would make the Browns one of only six teams since 1983 to have four quarterbacks win starting assignments in the same season. The 1987 New England Patriots had the most in that span (five), while the 1988 and 1989 Patriots, 1998 New Orleans Saints, 2007 Carolina Panthers and 2015 Houston Texans had four quarterbacks win starts. In that group, only the 2015 Texans made the playoffs.
    • Incidentally, two of those clubs, CAROLINA (1-11) and NEW ORLEANS (5-7), meet on Sunday at the Caesars Superdome (1 p.m. ET, FOX). Saints wide receiver CHRIS OLAVE has reached 100 receiving yards in each of the last two games. His 233 receiving yards over the last two weeks trail only NICO COLLINS (295) and TYREEK HILL (259) in the NFL.

10. NEXT GEN STAT OF THE WEEK: In last week’s win, Bengals quarterback JAKE BROWNING completed each of his seven pass attempts over 10 air yards, the most downfield completions by a player without an incompletion since DEREK CARR also had seven in Week 16 of the 2021 season.

  • Browning and CINCINNATI (6-6) host INDIANAPOLIS (7-5) on Sunday (1 p.m. ET, CBS). Last week, the Colts overcame a 10-point deficit to win, 31-28, in overtime. The Colts have won four consecutive games, the AFC’s longest current winning streak.
    • Indianapolis also owns a 5-1 (.833) record away from home this season. Only Jacksonville (5-0, 1.000) has a better mark. Plus, the Colts are 6-0 when winning the turnover margin, tied with Dallas (6-0) for the league’s best record in that category.
    • In last week’s win, Colts wide receiver MICHAEL PITTMAN had 11 catches for 105 yards and a touchdown. In the team’s Week 12 victory, Pittman had 10 receptions for 107 yards. Since the 1970 merger, the only previous Colts player to reach 10 catches and 100 receiving yards in consecutive games was Pro Football Hall of Famer MARVIN HARRISON in 2002.
    • Also last week, Pittman and teammate ALEC PIERCE (career-high 100 receiving yards) became the first Colts players to both reach 100 receiving yards in the same game since T.Y. HILTON and DONTE MONCRIEF on Oct. 26, 2014.

11. AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST: Two veteran pass-catchers are achieving historic feats this season. In last week’s victory, Tampa Bay wide receiver MIKE EVANS had seven receptions for 162 yards and one touchdown. With 61 catches this season, Evans is the first player in NFL history with at least 60 receptions in each of his first 10 seasons. And with 1,012 receiving yards in 2023, Evans also is the first player in NFL history with at least 1,000 receiving yards in each of his first 10 career seasons. Finally, Evans joined Pro Football Hall of Famer JERRY RICE (11 consecutive seasons from 1986-96) as the only players in NFL history with at least 1,000 receiving yards in 10 consecutive seasons.

  • Evans leads TAMPA BAY (5-7) into ATLANTA (6-6) for a key head-to-head matchup in the NFC South on Sunday (1 p.m. ET, CBS). With a win, the Buccaneers can take control of their division race. However, first-place Atlanta can sweep the season series with Tampa Bay for the first time since 2018 and improve its division record to 4-0, a solid tiebreaker advantage heading into the season’s final month. Falcons safety JESSIE BATES, the league’s only player with five-or-more interceptions and three-or-more forced fumbles this season, ranks third in the NFL with five interceptions.
    • In Los Angeles, Chargers wide receiver KEENAN ALLEN has 102 receptions this season, tied with JULIO JONES (102 in 2015) for the third-most catches by a player in his team’s first 12 games of a season in NFL history. Only MICHAEL THOMAS (110 in 2019) and Pro Football Hall of Famer MARVIN HARRISON (109 in 2002) have more. Allen is the sixth player in NFL history with five career seasons of 100-or-more receptions, joining ANTONIO BROWN (six seasons), BRANDON MARSHALL (six), LARRY FITZGERALD (five), ANDRE JOHNSON (five) and WES WELKER (five).
    • When Allen and the LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (5-7) host the DENVER BRONCOS (6-6) on Sunday (4:25 p.m. ET, CBS), teammate KHALIL MACK, who has 15 sacks this year, will look to pad his NFL lead.

2023 NFL PLAYOFF SCENARIOS – WEEK 14

DALLAS COWBOYS (9-3) vs. Philadelphia (10-2); Sunday night, 8:20 p.m. ET, NBC

Dallas clinches playoff berth with:

1.              DAL win + MIN loss or tie + GB loss or tie + SEA loss + TB loss or tie + DET win or tie + LAR loss or tie

     (as long as GB and MIN both don’t tie) OR

2.              DAL win + MIN loss or tie + GB loss or tie + SEA loss + TB loss or tie + DET win or tie + NO loss or tie

                           (as long as GB and MIN both don’t tie) OR

3.              DAL win + MIN loss or tie + GB loss or tie + SEA loss + TB tie + DET win or tie
     (as long as GB and MIN both don’t tie)

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (10-2) at Dallas (9-3); Sunday night, 8:20 p.m. ET, NBC​

Philadelphia clinches playoff berth with:

  1. PHI win + SEA loss or tie OR
  2. PHI win + LAR loss or tie OR
  3. PHI win + GB loss or tie + MIN loss or tie OR
  4. PHI win + GB loss or tie + DET loss OR
  5. PHI tie + LAR loss + SEA loss OR
  6. PHI tie + LAR loss + MIN loss or tie OR
  7. PHI tie + LAR loss + GB loss or tie OR
  8. PHI tie + SEA loss + MIN loss or tie OR
  9. PHI tie + SEA loss + GB loss or tie OR
  10. PHI tie + MIN loss + GB loss

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (9-3) vs. Seattle (6-6); Sunday, 4:05 p.m. ET, FOX

San Francisco clinches playoff berth with:

  1. SF win + GB loss OR
  2. SF win + MIN loss OR
  3. SF win + GB tie + MIN tie

NHL NEWS

NHL ROUNDUP: KINGS TIE NHL RECORD WITH 10TH STRAIGHT ROAD WIN

Drew Doughty scored 33 seconds into overtime as the Los Angeles Kings scored four unanswered goals to beat the host Columbus Blue Jackets 4-3 on Tuesday night.

Los Angeles tied an NHL record with 10 straight road wins to open a season. The 2006-07 Buffalo Sabres also accomplished the feat.

With the Kings trailing 3-0 entering the third period, Phillip Danault scored twice and Arthur Kaliyev once in the first 6:38 to tie it.

Doughty’s one-timer early in the extra session capped the improbable and historic night for the Kings, who have won seven of their past eight games.

Devils 6, Canucks 5

Jesper Bratt scored two goals, including the game-winner with 34 seconds to go, as visiting New Jersey defeated Vancouver to claim a fourth win in five games.

Jack Hughes had a goal and two assists and his younger brother, Luke Hughes, also scored for the Devils in the first NHL game featuring all three Hughes brothers. Vancouver’s Quinn Hughes, the oldest brother, picked up two assists to give him 36 points for the season, the most for a defenseman in the NHL. Parents Ellen and Jim Hughes were in the stands as their family became the ninth in NHL history to have at least three sons play in the same game. Erik Haula and Michael McLeod also scored goals and Vitek Vanecek made 28 saves for the Devils.

J.T. Miller had a goal and two assists for Vancouver, Brock Boeser had a goal and an assist and Dakota Joshua, Sam Lafferty and Nils Hoglander also scored. Thatcher Demko finished with 26 saves.

Avalanche 3, Ducks 2

Nathan MacKinnon had a goal and two assists, Kurtis MacDermid and Logan O’Connor also scored, and Colorado ended a three-game losing streak with a win over Anaheim in Denver.

Jonathan Drouin also had two assists and Alexandar Georgiev turned away 31 shots for the Avalanche. Colorado was without defenseman Cale Makar (lower-body injury) for the second straight game.

Sam Carrick and Leo Carlsson tallied goals and Josh Gibson made 27 saves for Anaheim. The Ducks have lost nine of their last 10 games.

Predators 4, Blackhawks 3 (SO)

Ryan O’Reilly scored the go-ahead goal in a shootout and had a power-play goal in regulation and Juuse Saros stopped 25 shots to lift visiting Nashville to win over Chicago.

The Predators outscored the Blackhawks 3-1 in the shootout, with Chicago’s lone goal coming from rookie Connor Bedard. Nashville stretched its road point streak against Chicago to 12 games while moving to 15-1-3 vs. the Blackhawks in the past 19 meetings.
Nick Foligno had two goals and an assist for the Blackhawks, while Seth Jones added a pair of assists.

Senators 6, Rangers 2

Vladimir Tarasenko had two goals and an assist for host Ottawa in a blowout win over New York.

Brady Tkachuk scored twice, Drake Batherson had a goal and two assists and Anton Forsberg made 33 saves for the Senators, who have won two in a row following a three-game losing streak.

Artemi Panarin had a goal and an assist, K’Andre Miller also scored and Igor Shesterkin made 30 saves for the Rangers, who had won three in a row and six of seven.

Red Wings 5, Sabres 3

Detroit captain Dylan Larkin scored two goals, including an empty-netter, as Detroit jumped on slumping Buffalo early and held off the host Sabres.

Like Larkin, Robby Fabbri also scored in the first period to bring his total to eight in 12 games. He also had an assist. Red Wings goaltender Alex Lyon stopped 29 shots and was victorious for his fourth consecutive start.

Jeff Skinner logged a goal and an assist and Rasmus Dahlin and Casey Mittelstadt also scored for the Sabres, who took their fourth straight defeat.

Wild 5, Flames 2

Matt Boldy scored twice as part of a three-point game and Kirill Kaprizov recorded one goal and one assist to lead visiting Minnesota past Calgary.

Marcus Foligno and Joel Eriksson Ek also scored for the Wild, who have won four consecutive games since John Hynes took over as coach. Goaltender Filip Gustavsson made 28 saves.

Mats Zuccarello increased his point streak to 10 games with an assist. He has tallied 14 points (three goals, 11 assists) during that span.

Sharks 5, Islanders 4 (OT)

William Eklund scored with 4.3 seconds left in overtime to cap a dramatic comeback by San Jose, which scored four unanswered goals in the final 13-plus minutes to stun New York in Elmont, N.Y.

Tomas Hertl had a hat trick and Kevin Labanc scored with 8:05 left in regulation to begin the comeback for San Jose, which has won four of its past six games (4-2-0) since a 3-15-2 start. The Sharks have scored 16 goals in their past three games after scoring just 36 in their first 23 games. San Jose goalie Kaapo Kahkonen made 33 saves.

Julien Gauthier, Brock Nelson, Mike Reilly and Ryan Pulock scored for the Islanders, whose third-period struggles continued even as they collected a point for the ninth time in 10 games (5-1-4). Ilya Sorokin recorded 32 saves. New York has been outscored 34-17 in the third period this season.

BASEBALL NEWS

RED SOX DEAL OF ALEX VERDUGO TO YANKEES

The New York Yankees added an outfielder from their fiercest rival on Tuesday, acquiring Alex Verdugo from the Boston Red Sox in exchange for three right-handed pitchers.

Boston got Greg Weissert and minor-leaguers Richard Fitts and Nicholas Judice in the swap.

Verdugo, 27, is arguably better known for how he got to Boston rather than anything he has accomplished on the field. He, catcher Connor Wong and infielder Jeter Downs were acquired in the February 2020 deal that sent superstar Mookie Betts and left-hander David Price to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

In four years with the Red Sox, Verdugo hit a composite .281 with a .338 on-base percentage, a .424 slugging percentage, 43 homers and 206 RBIs. He played 142 games in 2023, batting .264/.324/.421 with 13 home runs and 54 RBIs.

Counting the three seasons he spent with the Dodgers, Verdugo has a career .281/.337/.428 batting line with 57 home runs and 255 RBIs in 651 games.

Primarily a corner outfielder, Verdugo also has seen time in center field. He could be a free agent following the upcoming season.

Weissert, 28, made 17 relief appearances for the Yankees this year, netting no decisions and a 4.05 ERA. He broke into the majors with 12 games out of the New York bullpen in 2022, when he finished 3-0 with a 5.56 ERA.

Fitts, 23, spent the 2023 season in Double-A, where he went 11-5 with a 3.48 ERA in 27 starts. He was a sixth-round draft pick in 2021 out of Auburn.

Judice, 22, has yet to make his pro debut after New York selected him in the eighth round of the 2023 draft out of UL-Monroe.

The Red Sox and Yankees have come together for just eight trades since 1969, according to MLB.com.

TOP INDIANA SPORTS RELEASES/ NEWS

COLTS FOOTBALL

COLTS RELEASE UNOFFICIAL DEPTH CHART FOR WEEK 14 GAME VS. CINCINNATI BENGALS

OFFENSE

» WR: Michael Pittman Jr.

» LT: Bernhard Raimann

» LG: Quenton Nelson, Arlington Hambright

» C: Ryan Kelly, Wesley French, Jack Anderson

» RG: Will Fries, Josh Sills

» RT: Braden Smith, Blake Freeland

» TE: Mo Alie-Cox, Drew Ogletree

» TE: Kylen Granson, Will Mallory

» WR: Josh Downs, Isaiah McKenzie

» WR: Alec Pierce, Juwann Winfree

» QB: Gardner Minshew II, Sam Ehlinger

» RB: Jonathan Taylor, Zack Moss, Trey Sermon

  • In Week 13, Michael Pittman Jr. caught 11 passes for 105 receiving yards. That made him just the second Colts player to have back-to-back games with 10 catches and over 100 receiving yards. The first was Marvin Harrison.
  • Alec Pierce posted his first career 100-yard receiving game against the Tennessee Titans.

DEFENSE

» DE: Kwity Paye, Tyquan Lewis, Jake Martin

» DT: DeForest Buckner, Adetomiwa Adebawore

» NT: Taven Bryan, Eric Johnson II

» DE: Samson Ebukam, Dayo Odeyingbo, Isaiah Land

» WLB: E.J. Speed, Grant Stuard OR Ronnie Harrison Jr.

» MLB: Zaire Franklin, Segun Olubi

» SAM: Grant Stuard, Cameron McGrone

» CB: JuJu Brents, Ameer Speed

» FS: Rodney Thomas II, Trevor Denbow

» SS: Julian Blackmon, Nick Cross

» N: Kenny Moore II, Tony Brown

» CB: Jaylon Jones, Darrell Baker Jr.

  • Brents missed last Sunday’s game with a quadriceps injury.
  • The Colts’ pass rush combined for six sacks. This was their fourth straight game with at least four sacks.

SPECIALISTS

» P: Rigoberto Sanchez

» PK: Matt Gay

» H: Rigoberto Sanchez

» LS: Luke Rhodes

» KR: Isaiah McKenzie, Josh Downs

» PR: Isaiah McKenzie, Josh Downs

  • In Week 13, the Colts had a blocked punt that was returned for a touchdown.

INDIANA MEN’S BASKETBALL

INDIANA EARNS ROAD WIN AT MICHIGAN

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Tough minded?

Absolutely.

Clutch in crunch time on the road?

No doubt.

Indiana got big plays from those you’d expect (can you say Kel’el Ware and Malik Reneau?) and those maybe you wouldn’t (CJ Gunn delivered a season-high eight points and four steals) in Tuesday night’s 78-75 victory at Michigan (4-5 overall, 0-1 in the Big Ten).

That boosted the Hoosiers to 7-1 and 2-0.

In a game that featured 18 ties and 12 lead changes, the Hoosiers never blinked, even when facing a six-point deficit midway through the second half.

Indiana’s first true road game resulted in 13 turnovers, but only three in the second half. It defended ferociously, scored efficiently. Nine Hoosiers played. Nine scored. Eight grabbed at least one rebound. The bench produced 28 points.

“It was a total team effort,” coach Mike Woodson told Voice of the Hoosiers Don Fischer during the post-game radio show. “Our bench was great. They gave us some offense. From a defensive standpoint, we got stops and key rebounds when we needed them.”

Limiting the second-half turnovers was crucial, Woodson told Fischer.

“That was the difference. I told them before the game, the only way you win on the road is you defend, rebound, and don’t turn the ball over. Do those three things, you’ll be in every game on the road and give yourself a chance.

“In the second half, we were better in that category.”

Reneau totaled 15 points and six rebounds. The 7-foot Ware had 13 and eight along with the victory-clinching steal on Michigan’s final in-bounds play.

“He’s 7 foot tall,” Woodson told Fischer. “(Associate head coach Kenya Hunter) said, stick his big butt on the ball, so we did.”

Senior point guard Xavier Johnson was again sidelined with an injury. Freshman Gabe Cupps again replaced him in the starting lineup, and drew the defensive assignment of guarding Dug McDaniel, Michigan’s leading scorer at 20.3 points. McDaniel finished with 13 points but was 3-for-14 from the field, 0-for-4 on 3-pointers.

Gunn was a difference maker as he hadn’t been all season.

“He was making plays defensively,” Woodson told Fischer. “It was nice to see him have a nice breakout game. He’s had his ups and downs. I’m pleased with how he performed.”

Woodson also praised Kaleb Banks (six points), Anthony Walker (eight points, 4-for-4 shooting, three rebounds) and Payton Sparks (six points) off the bench.

“They all were solid,” Woodson told Fischer. “We need that. We’re a little short with X being on the sideline. It’s next man up. Guys have to step up and be ready to play.”

IU set an early offensive tone by hitting four of its first five shots, with Ware scoring five points, that was enough for a 9-9 tie. Three turnovers prevented the Hoosiers from taking the lead.

A Ware dunk gave them an 11-9 lead, but the turnovers grew to six. The Hoosiers’ defense limited the damage (Michigan was 1-for-10 from the field during the stretch) and they pushed ahead 15-9.

The Wolverines (4-5, 0-1) tied it at 15-15. Hot shooting, including a Gunn 3-pointer, gave IU a 22-17 lead.

The Hoosiers took a 28-21 lead with eight minutes left, and still led 33-29 on a pair of Cupps free throws and a Mackenzie Mgbako 3-pointer.

Michigan surged. IU made just one of its last eight shots of the half to trail 39-37 at halftime. Ware led with nine points.

Forward Olivier Nkamhoua scored Michigan’s first eight points of the second half as it inched ahead 47-43. IU tied it at 49-49 on a Trey Galloway basket.

Michigan pushed ahead 59-53 with nine minutes left. The Hoosiers pushed back for a 60-59 lead on Gunn’s second 3-pointer of the game.

A series of ties and lead changes followed. IU got key points from Reneau, Galloway, and Ware. A great post move and basket by Ware gave the Hoosiers a 75-73 lead in the closing seconds. The Wolverines got a free throw. Mgbako followed with a pair of free throws for a 77-74 lead with 5.4 seconds left. Galloway added a free throw to counter a Michigan free throw, and Ware blocked the Wolverines’ in-bound pass and got the steal to seal the victory.

IU plays again on Saturday in Atlanta against Auburn.

“We’ll go back, get some rest and start preparing for Auburn,” Woodson told Fischer.

INDIANA MEN’S SOCCER

THREE HOOSIERS TABBED ALL-NORTH REGION

BLOOMINGTON — United Soccer Coaches announced its All-North Regions teams Tuesday (Dec. 5), featuring a Hoosier from every third of the pitch.

Senior defender and captain Joey Maher and junior forward Samuel Sarver earned first-team honors. Junior midfielder Patrick McDonald landed on the second team. All three players earned first-team All-Big Ten selections earlier this season.

Maher was one of two captains for IU this fall while leading the backline. Indiana ranks tied-for ninth nationally with nine clean sheets and No. 11 in goals against average, with an 0.777 mark. He added two goals and an assist. Maher will attend the adidas MLS College Showcase this week with fellow IU defender Hugo Bacharach.

Sarver was IU’s leading producer offensively, collecting career-highs in goals (8), assists (6) and points (22). In a nine-game split between October 7 and November 12, Sarver totaled nine goal contributions (five goals, four assists) in nine games as the Hoosiers went 8-1 and rallied to win the Big Ten regular season and tournament titles. With 52 points in his career, Sarver became IU’s first junior to reach 50 points since Nikita Kitlov in 2012.

McDonald appeared in all but one match, missing only the game against Division-III Trine. The junior tallied three goals and five assists, both career highs. In the NCAA Tournament, McDonald recorded two assists at Wake Forest and scored a game-tying goal at Notre Dame in the Elite Eight.

PURDUE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

PURDUE SET TO FACE SEMO ON WEDNESDAY IN MACKEY

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind.  – The Purdue women’s basketball team is set for a midweek test before opening Big Ten play when it squares off with Southeast Missouri State on Wednesday night at Mackey Arena. The 7 p.m. tip is slated to be on B1G+.

Tim Newton and Jane Schott have the call on the Purdue Radio Network for 95.3 BOB FM.

PROMOTIONS

Faculty & Staff Ticket Discount- Call the Hayes Family Athletics Ticket Office to claim a discount ir utilize it on game day with a faculty or staff ID.

GAME INFORMATION 

Purdue (5-3) vs. Southeast Missouri State (2-5)

Wednesday, Dec. 6

Time: 7 PM 

TV/Stream: B1G+

Radio: 95.3 BOB FM

Live Stats: Purduestats.com

LAST TIME OUT

The Boilermakers used a big second half to pull away to an 83-56 win over Valparaiso on Sunday at Mackey Arena. Rashunda Jones paced Purdue with 22 points, including a perfect 8-of-8 shooting at the line. Mary Ashley Stevenson recorded her first career double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Purdue dominated on the glass with a plus-21 margin.

NOTES

• Purdue leads the all-time series with SEMO 1-0.

• During their recent three-game winning streak, Purdue has averaged 81.7 points per game, while holding opponents to just 57.3 points per night at a 34.8% shooting clip.

• Rashunda Jones and Mary Ashley Stevenson remain the most potent freshman duo in the Big Ten this season averaging 20.2 points and 7.7 rebounds per game. Jones sits third in rookie scoring at 10.9 points per night, while Stevenson is fifth at 9.3.

• Following 47 combined points, Purdue freshman class leads all rookie classes in the Big Ten at 24 points per game.

• Abbey Ellis continued her strong start to the year with her eighth game in double figures. The Australian is 14th in the Big Ten at 15 points per game, while shooting 41.2% from the floor. Ellis is 187 points away from 1,000 as a Boilermaker.

• Jeanae Terry is one of 11 players in the nation averaging more than five assists and six rebounds per game (5.4 apg, 6.1 rpg). Since arriving in West Lafayette, Terry has 39 games of five or more rebounds and assists, second in the nation to Caitlin Clark.

• Sophie Swanson has made the most of her short time on the floor with 10 points in 16 minutes. The rookie is 4-of-9 from the field and made a pair of 3-pointers in two games as she returns to full action following an injury that ended her high school career.

• The Boilermakers enter Wednesday ranked ninth in the nation and first in the Big Ten with a free throw percentage of 80.3%. Purdue is averaging 14.3 free throws per game, good for fifth in the Big Ten.

• Madison Layden has caught fire from behind the arc over the last four games. The senior is 13 for her last 24 during that span and scored in double figures in each game. Layden is third on the team in scoring and shooting 46.2% from distance.

• Purdue has dished 57 assists over the last three games, including a season-high 24 against Southern Indiana. Jeanae Terry has led the way overall this season with 43 helpers, which ranks fifth in the Big Ten.

• Through four home games, attendance at Mackey Arena has topped 5,000 fans three times. Purdue’s win over Valparaiso topped 5,305, good for the third-largest crowd of the Katie Gearlds era.

PURDUE VOLLEYBALL

4 BOILERMAKERS RECEIVE NORTHEAST ALL-REGION ACCOLADES

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind – Four Boilermakers accounted for five American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Northeast All-Region honors as Chloe Chicoine named Northeast Region Freshman of the Year in addition to Raven Colvin, Eva Hudson and Chicoine selected for All-Region and Maddie Schermerhorn receiving Honorable Mention accolades.

It is the second consecutive year a Boilermaker was named regional freshman of the year. Meanwhile, it is the second time in program history (and second straight year) multiple underclassmen have been honored. it is the third time in the last four years the Boilermakers have had at least four honorees receive all-region team nods.

The four have added their name in at least one Purdue’s record books for season top-10 or career top-10 categories this season alone:

Hudson, the fastest Boilermaker to reach 1,000 career kills in rally-scoring era history, is playing her best volleyball. After receiving unanimous First Team All-Big Ten honors a week ago, the sophomore continues to improve, having set career-highs in kills (30 vs. #3 Wisconsin), a career-high .556 hitting % in the NCAA First Round vs. Fairfield and 27 kills in the NCAA Second Round vs. No. 6 seed Marquette. Hudson has totaled 548 kills this season, leading all Big Ten players and ranks third in points . During 2023 NCAA tournament, she is averaging 6.14 kills per set, .234 digs per set and a .360 hitting %.

Chicoine leads all Big Ten freshmen in kills per set and total points and is one of three newcomers to record as many points this year (523). The First Team All-Big Ten and unanimous Big Ten All-Freshman Team honoree produces in the biggest matches of the season, seen with her .359 attack % vs. #2 Nebraska (18-4-39), a Big Ten season-high 20 kills on a .405 clip at #11 Penn State and a career-high 23 digs vs. #3 Wisconsin. Meanwhile, her 27 kills vs. Penn State were the most by a Purdue freshman in recent history. Chicoine has tallied 11 double-doubles in her first year and racked up 33 errorless sets. Moreover, she leads the team in service aces and ranks among the top servers in the Big Ten.

Colvin, a First Team All-Big Ten selection, was voted to First Team after leading the league during the regular season with 157 total blocks. Despite her junior status, Raven Colvin owns 403 block assists, which ranks as T-4th in the Purdue career top-10 list. Additionally, if her career were to end today, she would tie the rally-scoring era record and rank second in Purdue history with 1.34 career blocks per set. Colvin has hit .400% or better on six occasions, including .519% at Minnesota, and registered 15 matches with at least six total blocks this season. The Boilermaker had her best offensive performance of Big Ten play when she went nearly errorless with 14 kills and one error on 22 swings (.591%) while also totaling a season-high 11 blocks vs. Indiana.

Schermerhorn, the Big Ten leader with 4.54 digs per set this season, was selected Second Team All-Big Ten following a career-best 516 total digs during the regular season. The Boilermaker posted 13 20-plus dig matches throughout 2023, including a season-high 27 digs vs. #16 Penn State to complete Purdue’s series sweep over the Nittany Lions and 25 digs vs. No. 6 Seed Marquette in the NCAA Second Round. Maddie Schermerhorn is set to finish her collegiate career as one the best defensive specialists in program history, currently ranking 5th in Purdue history in career digs (1,455) and 5th in digs per set in single-season history (4.54).

The awards are announced as the No. 3 seed/No. 12 ranked Purdue volleyball squad prepares for the NCAA Regional Semifinals vs. No. 2 seed Oregon in Madison, Wisconsin on Thursday.

All-America awards will be released Wednesday, December 13.

NOTRE DAME MEN’S BASKETBALL

IRISH BOUNCE BACK WITH AN 86-65 WIN OVER THE BRONCOS

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The Notre Dame men’s basketball team took last week’s tough road losses and shook it off, delighting the home crowd to an 86-65 victory over Western Michigan on Tuesday night. The Fighting Irish (4-4) leveled their overall record and improved to 3-1 inside Purcell Pavilion this season. They did it behind four players who finished in double figures, including three who achieved career highs.

Forward Tae Davis continued his hot stretch with his third straight game in double figures and second consecutive double-double with a career high 19 points and 10 rebounds. Davis was an efficient 8-for-11 from the field.

Julian Roper II also had an efficient night, going 6-for-8, to secure a career best 14 points. He also reeled in six rebounds.

Braeden Shrewsberry was the next player with a career high, pouring in 16 points. He lit it up from distance, going 4-for-6 from three-point range.

Then there was Markus Burton who finished with 17 points on 5-for-6 shooting, to go along with his season-high tying six assists. J.R. Konieczny almost made it five Irish in double figures with nine points, with a 7-for-7 performance from the free-throw line.

All-in-all, the Irish shot a season best 59.2 percent from the field with a 9-for-22 (.409) mark from three-point range. They scored a season high in points while holding its opponent to 65 or fewer points for the second straight contest.

HOW IT HAPPENED

Notre Dame came out hot from the field, making six of its first eight attempts, including a 3-for-4 start from three-point range. They ultimately tallied an early 12-2 run which forced a Western Michigan timeout with the Irish up 17-10.

The Broncos would make it a one-possession game after firing off four straight points, but the Irish responded with yet another impressive run – a 15-3 scoring spree. Six different Irish players scored during this stretch, which was capped off by an impressive Davis dunk to push the ND lead to its largest of the half at 32-17.

Yet, the pesky Broncos would not go away, chipping away to cut it back to one possession yet again at 37-34. Roper II gave the Irish a boost before the half with a buzzer-beating three to make it 40-34 at the break.

The Irish shot 58.3 percent in the half compared to WMU’s 41.9 percent, but the Broncos attempted seven more shots after forcing seven Irish turnovers and garnering five offensive boards. Davis (10 points) and Shrewsberry (11 points) led the first half offensive charge.

That Roper II momentum with the buzzer-beater was indeed sustained for the start of the second half as he, along with Burton and Davis, powered a 15-4 start to push the Irish lead to 55-38 at the 14:19 media timeout.

Western Michigan did take advantage of a mini Notre Dame field goal drought to cut it to single digits at 62-53 with 7:50 remaining. The Notre Dame response came two minutes later when Shrewsberry hit his fourth three-pointer of the night followed by a steal and breakaway dunk by Roper II – now 71-55 Irish with 5:18 left.

The Irish then put on cruise control to the 86-65 final, with Burton scoring six of his points in the final two minutes.

UP NEXT

Another big road test and opportunity for the Irish this weekend. Notre Dame will travel to Milwaukee to clash with No. 8/7 Marquette on Saturday, Dec. 9, inside the Fiserv Forum. Tip will be at 9 p.m. ET on FOX.

NOTRE DAME WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

NOTRE DAME, LAFAYETTE SET FOR SOUTH BEND SHOWDOWN

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Wednesday will be the first ever meeting between Notre Dame and Lafayette, but it wasn’t supposed to be. Last season, Notre Dame was slated to play Lafayette on Dec. 6. That game was postponed due to health and safety protocols within the Lafayette program. Exactly a year later, the teams will meet in South Bend.

No. 14 Notre Dame (6-1) enters the game coming off of a much-needed bye week. The Irish are currently playing without Olivia Miles, Sonia Citron and Cassandre Prosper. All three guards are out with injuries. The only likely timeline available at this time is Citron; she is expected back around the end of December.

Thankfully for Karen and Kevin Keyes Family Head Coach Niele Ivey, she has had numerous other players step up in the absence of Miles, Citron and Prosper. Freshman Hannah Hidalgo continues to lead the ACC in scoring (23.3) and the nation in steals (6.0). Forward Nat Marshall has seen increased playing time and has been hot from the floor in recent weeks. Marshall is averaging 15.7 points per game over the last three contests.

Turning to the other bench, Lafayette (4-4) guard Abby Antognoli is coming off of a great week. She was named Patriot League Player of the Week on Monday after scoring 25 points against UMBC and 15 points against Rutgers. She leads the Patriot League in assists, ranks sixth in scoring and fourth in steals. An Antognoli-Hidalgo battle at the point will be something to watch on Wednesday.

On the whole, the Irish should have a major defensive advantage. Notre Dame is posting 11 more rebounds, 7 more steals and nearly 2 more blocks per contest than the Leopards. Lafayette is averaging just 58 points per game, which ranks 289th in the nation. On the contrary, Notre Dame boasts a top-10 offense nationally at 91.6 points per game.

Wednesday’s game can be streamed on ACCNX beginning at 7 p.m.

NOTRE DAME HOCKEY

BISCHEL EARNS B1G THIRD STAR HONORS

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Notre Dame graduate netminder Ryan Bischel has been named the Big Ten Conference Third Star of the Week following his contribution to the team’s split last weekend with then No. 13/12 Michigan. In two games with the Irish, the Medina, Minnesota, native stopped 60 shots faced en route to a .953 save percentage.

In game one of the series against the Wolverines, Bischel recorded 27 saves as the Irish defeated the visitors 6-1. His one goal against came on a 5-on-3 penalty kill for the Irish halfway through the first period.

Night two saw the graduate student register 33 saves between the pipes for a .942 save percentage as the Irish fell to Michigan, 2-1.

Against an offense that ranked second nationally with a 4.30 goals per game average, Bischel held the Wolverines to 1.50 goals per game and was the backbone of the Notre Dame penalty kill unit through two games. Bischel was the backbone of the Notre Dame penalty kill which held Michigan’s second-rated powerplay team to just one goal on the man-advantage, which came on the two-man disadvantage for the Irish.

The weekly honor is Bischel’s second of the season and Notre Dame’s fourth of the year.

BUTLER MEN’S BASKETBALL

TELFORT AND THOMAS LEAD BUTLER TO 72-59 WIN OVER BUFFALO

Butler posted a 72-59 win over visiting Buffalo Tuesday night at Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

Jalen Thomas had his best game of the season for the Bulldogs with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Jahmyl Telfort also had 18 points to go along with three numbers that each set or matched career-highs in nine rebounds, eight assists, and four steals.

Butler improves to 7-2 on the season with their fourth straight win, while Buffalo falls to 1-8.

COACH THAD MATTA:

COACH THAD MATTA: “We weren’t very good tonight. Just from the start, we weren’t as sharp as we needed to be. We didn’t play as hard as we needed to. We didn’t play as smart as we needed to. We have to get better. That’s the bottom line. We have to play better.”

OF NOTE:

The Bulldogs fought through an off-night to build a 24-point advantage at 55-31 at the 14:08 mark of the second half. Butler opened the second half by scoring 20 of the first 25 points to get to that point. An extended run by Buffalo and an extended cold spell by Butler allowed the Bulls to cut it five with less than four minutes remaining (64-59). Butler closed on an 8-0 run for the final margin.

For Thomas, tonight was the fourth double-double of his career, but his first in a Butler uniform.

Thomas had scored a total of 23 points over his last five games before busting out for a season-high 18.

Pierre Brooks II scored 17 points for the Bulldogs.

Posh Alexander, one game after registering the first triple-double of his career, scored eight points, and had seven rebounds, six assists and three steals.

Butler had a 22-9 advantage in fast-break points.

Butler shot 45 percent from the field, but only 5-for-24 from three-point range.

Sy Chatman led Buffalo with 16 points and eight rebounds.

Buffalo hit six three-pointers in the second half after going 0-for-11 from behind the arc in the first half.

Buffalo had 10 blocked shots on the night.

Butler is 75-2 over its last 77 non-conference home games; Butler has won 13 straight non-conference home games.

UP NEXT: Butler continues its homestand at Hinkle Fieldhouse Saturday, hosting California for a noon tip. Tickets are still available for the game, which will also air on FS1. The Bulldogs will be at home through the team’s BIG EAST opener vs. Georgetown Dec. 19.

BUTLER VOLLEYBALL

JAYMESON KINLEY RECEIVES AVCA EAST ALL-REGION HONORABLE MENTION

Libero Jaymeson Kinley capped off her collegiate career as a selection on the 2023 AVCA East All-Region honorable mention. The American Volleyball Coaches Association made the announcement for the honorees on Tuesday, Dec. 5.

Kinley was recognized by the AVCA for the third time in her career. She previously made the AVCA East All-Region Team in 2022 and receiving an All-Region honorable mention in 2021.

She also secured the hat trick with three straight BIG EAST Libero of the Year honors while also earning a spot on the All-BIG EAST Team for the third year in a row.

In 2023, Kinley ranked second in the BIG EAST with an average of 4.83 digs per set against conference opponents. Overall, she registered a league-best 550 digs for 4.91 per set in addition to contributing 129 assists.

Twice this season, the Lexington, Kentucky, product was awarded the weekly conference. On August 28, after being selected as the 2023 Bulldog Brawl Tournament MVP, she was awarded BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week for the first time. She earned a spot on the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll again during the season, this time after leading the Bulldogs to victories against UConn and Providence with 40 digs in seven sets.

BALL STATE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL TAKES ON NATIONAL POWERHOUSE #17 UCONN ON THE ROAD WEDNESDAY

Ball State (6-1) at #17 UConn (4-3)

December 6, 2023 >>Harry A. Gampel Pavilion>

Storrs, Conn.>> 7 pm ET

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Opening Tip:

– The Ball State women’s basketball team outscored Saint Louis 20-12 in the fourth quarter to pull away with the 71-64 win on the road Sunday afternoon at Chaifetz Arena. Three players scored in double figures which was led by Alex Richard who tallied 17 points.

– Ball State and UConn have met twice, with the all-time series record being tied at 1-1. The last time the Cardinals faced the Huskies was on Nov. 30, 2001 in Storrs, Conn., resulting in a 103-69 loss for the Ball State. The Cardinals defeated UConn at the LaSalle Invitational on Dec. 28, 1985 by an 83-73 decision.

– The game against UConn will be a bit of a family reunion as sisters Hana and Nika Mühl will face off against one another Wednesday night on the basketball court in Connecticut. The sisters are natives of Zagreb, Croatia.

– UConn is the second Power 5 program the Cardinals have faced in less than a two week span. The last time Ball State defeated a power 5 school was last season at Pitt by a score of 68-66 in overtime on Dec. 11.

– Ball State will face four power five schools in non-conference action this season, two from the ACC — Notre Dame (Nov. 24) and Pitt (Dec. 19), one from the SEC Georgia (Dec. 21) and one from the Big East UConn (Dec. 6).

– It can be done, under the direction of 12th year head coach Brady Sallee the Cardinals have earned wins over six Power 5 schools — Minnesota (54-51, 2012-13), Iowa (77-72, 2015-16),

Vanderbilt (88-79, 2017-18), Purdue (66-60, 2017-18) and Pitt (68-66 OT, 2022-23).

– The last time Ball State defeated a top-25 nationally ranked opponent was on March 14, 2014 when the Cardinals upset then ranked No. 25 Bowling Green Falcons in the semifinals of the Mid-American Conference Tournament by a score of 73-55.

Eighth Game of the Season:

– In her first six contests as a Cardinal, Nyla Hampton has stolen the ball 28 times and has dished out 31 assists. Hampton stole the ball eight times against Tennessee Tech (11/6/23) which marks a season best. Hampton is fifth in the nation currently in steals per game 4.0) and 7th in total steals (28).

– The Cardinals defense continues to be a driving force in their success along with handling the ball on offense. Ball State ranks 10th in the nation in turnover margin (7.71) and 8th in turnovers forced per game (24.0). Against #14 Notre Dame, the Cardinals forced the Irish to turn the ball over 29 times which is the most an opponent has done to the Irish all season while holding Notre Dame to under 100 points.

– Ally Becki ranks 27th in the country and first in the Mid-American Conference in assists per game (5.6).

– Madelyn Bischoff ranks 11th in the country in 3-pointers per game (3.29) and 17th in 3-point field goal percentage (50.0).

Career Milestones

– Ally Becki needs 168 points for 1,000, 120 assists and 82 rebounds to reach the 500 mark.

– Nyla Hampton needs 70 points for 1,000.

– Marie Kiefer has 104 blocks for her career — needs one blocks to move into second place all-time and 48 to move into first place.

Next Game:

The Cardinals will play at Western Kentucky Sunday at 3 pm ET in E.A. Diddle Arena. Sunday’s meeting with the Lady Toppers is the 12th-all-time. The Cardinals lead the all-time series, 7-4. Prior to the 2021-22 season the Cardinals and the Lady Toppers had faced each other for eight-straight seasons. During that stretch, the Cardinals were the only non-conference team Western Kentucky had faced every year since 2013-14. Ball State won its last meeting over Western Kentukcy on Dec. 2, 2023 in Worthen Arena by a score of 82-76.

BALL STATE MEN’S BASKETBALL

MEN’S BASKETBALL HEADS TO DETROIT TO BATTLE THE TITANS

The Ball State men’s basketball team hits the road to play at Detroit Mercy at 7 p.m. on Wednesday.

The Cardinals (6-2) are in search of their first win away from Worthen Arena while the Titans (0-8) look for their first win of the season. Ball State is tied 2-2 with Detroit in the series history, with the most recent game taking place in 2004 (a 59-44 Cardinals win in Detroit).

Basheer Jihad tallied a 19-point, 11-rebound double-double on Saturday to lead the Cardinals to a 67-58 win over Bellarmine. The victory improved Ball State’s home record to 6-0 to start the schedule.

Detroit, of the Horizon League, lost its two conference-opening games to Oakland and Cleveland State during the past week, while dropping a 76-72 decision to Mid-American Conference member Eastern

Michigan on Nov. 21. The closest game for the Titans was a score of 70-69 at Ole Miss on Nov. 14.

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.

Detroit head coach Mike Davis and Lewis’ paths crossed at Indiana in the late 1990s when Davis was an assistant coach and Lewis a guard on the team.

SCOUTING DETROIT: The Titans went 14-19 (9-11 Horizon League) last season in Davis’ 5th leading the program. Guard Antoine Davis finished just three points shy of Pete Maravich’s NCAA Division I

career scoring record of 3,667 points after averaging 28.2 per game and scoring 930 total during his final season.

Senior guard Jayden Stone is a high-volume shooter who leads the conference and ranks No. 13 nationally in points per game (21.8), No. 14 in field goal attempts (134) and No. 16 in field goals made (62). The Grand Canyon transfer plays an average of more than 37 minutes per game, which is the 16th-highest average in Division I.

Also scoring in double figures is sophomore guard Marcus Tankersley (12.0 points per game). Forward Edoardo Del Cadia leads the team in assists (23 total) and rebounding (6.5 per game) while scoring 9.8 per game.

CARDINAL DIRECTIONS

Jihad leads the Cardinals in scoring (17.5 points per game) and rebounding (6.8) averages. The junior forward out of Detroit has led the Cardinals in scoring six games so far, scoring in double-figures seven times, including three games with 20+ points.

The Cardinals lead the MAC in scoring defense (64.1 points per game), rebounding margin (+5.6) and fewest fouls committed per game (12.9), which ranks sixth nationally.

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.

BANKING ON BASHEER: Junior forward Basheer Jihad leads the team in scoring (17.5 points per game), rebounding (6.8 per game) and field goal percentage (51.5) among Cardinals averaging at least four field goal attempts this season.

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

JALIN JAMS: Anderson, a transfer out of Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles, leads the Ball State backcourt in scoring (14.5 points per game) and the team in assists (3.9 per game) as the Cardinals’ lead guard.

The Jackson, Tenn., native boasts Ball State’s highest offensive output (29 points against Old Dominion) so far and is on pace to set career bests for points, rebounds, assists and steals.

EMERGENCE OF BIG BEN: Redshirt junior center Ben Hendriks has started each of the last four games, totaling career-highs of 11 points and seven rebounds in Saturday’s win over Bellarmine.

Hendriks already surpassed his career-bests for points (40), blocks (eight), assists (five) and steals (two) in a season through the schedule’s first eight games. The big man has seen increased playing time over the last four contests, reaching 30 minutes of court time against the Knights.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Jihad was named the Mid-American Conference Men’s Basketball Co-Player of the Week, along with Ohio’s Elmore James, for his performances against Little Rock and Bellarmine in the preceding week.

Jihad went for a career-best 25 points at the Trojans on Tuesday before putting up a 19-point, 11-rebound double-double in Saturday’s triumph over the Knights.

1,300 WINS: The Ball State men’s basketball team recorded win No. 1,300 in program history with Saturday’s decision against Bellarmine. The Cardinals are the tenth current MAC men’s basketball team to reach that milestone.

MAC Program Wins (as of Dec. 4, 2023)

Akron – 1,697

Ball State – 1,300

Buffalo – 1,279

Bowling Green – 1,452

Central Michigan – 1,356

Eastern Michigan – 1,292

Kent State – 1,332

Miami (OH) – 1,436

Northern Illinois – 1,315

Ohio – 1,614

Toledo – 1,551

Western Michigan – 1,372

Up Next

Ball State returns to Worthen Arena to host SIUE on Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Cardinals’ final home game of the nonconference season and 2023.

BALL STATE VOLLEYBALL

WVB’S KENNEDY EARNS AVCA ALL-REGION HONORABLE MENTION

LEXINGTON, Ky. – – For the third straight season a member of the Ball State women’s volleyball team was recognized by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) with redshirt freshman Aniya Kennedy garnering All-Midwest Region Honorable Mention accolades.

Kennedy paced one of the most dynamic offenses in the Mid-American Conference with a 4.12 kills-per-set average this past season. The effort ranked first in the league and is currently 32nd among all NCAA Division I players.

Converted from the middle to outside due to team injuries this season, Kennedy ranked third among all MAC players with 470 total kills, which is 26th nationally. The 2023 MAC Freshman of the Year and First Team All-MAC selection blasted double digit kills in 26 matches, with 20-or-more on eight occasions.

The eight matches with 20-or-more kills is the eight-best single season mark in program history, while her 470 total kills tie as the eight-best total. Kennedy also finished the season with a .259 attack percentage, hitting .300-or-better in 11 matches, including a .457 (22-1-46) rate of success versus Clemson this past Friday in the second round of the NIVC.

Kennedy was also a threat at the net for the Cardinals, ranking fourth on the team with 57 total blocks and a 0.50 blocks-per-set average. She recorded at least one block in 24 matches with a career-high four total blocks on four occasions.

INDIANA STATE MEN’S BASKETBALL

DOMINANT SECOND HALF LEADS ISU OVER NIU

DeKalb, Ill. – Indiana State men’s basketball outscored the Huskies 50-28 in the second half to secure their seventh-straight victory this season, 90-67, to improve to 8-1. ISU remains 2-0 in the Missouri Valley Conference.

Isaiah Swope led the Sycamores with his first D-I double-double, scoring 27 points and grabbing a career-high 10 rebounds. Swope continued his hot three-point-shooting streak, draining four-or-more triples for the fourth-straight game. He has made four-plus three-pointers in seven of ISU’s nine games this season. Swope also recorded one steal and now has at least one steal in eight-of-nine games this year.

Four other Sycamores finished in double digits, a usual trend for Indiana State. Ryan Conwell was the team’s second leading scorer, bringing in 15 points, seven rebounds, and five assists. Julian Larry racked up 13 points converting on 3-for-5 from beyond the arc. Entering the contest, Larry only attempted 12 three-pointers with a 58.3% three-point percentage.

Robbie Avila and Jayson Kent each added 12 points for ISU. Kent converted on both three-point attempts and bought in a near double-double, bringing down eight rebounds, and recorded a season-high three steals.

The Huskies jumped out to an early 6-0 lead and held the lead through the majority of the first half, building to a nine-point lead just over seven minutes into the game. The Sycamores fought back into the ballgame in a 8-0 scoring run in only a two-and-a-half minute span, sparked by five points from Swope.

The lead continued to flip back-and-forth in the remainder of the half, with the lead changing five times in the final 7:45 of the half.

The Sycamores came out of the halftime break blazing hot, erupting with 19 points in the first 5:30 of the second half, with five different Sycamores recording baskets in the effort. Five Sycamores also scored seven-or-more points in the second half leading to the Sycamores shooting 54% in the second 20 minutes. Conwell snagged six of his seven rebounds in the second half.

News & Notes

Indiana State moved to 8-1 on the season for the second consecutive season under Coach Josh Schertz.

ISU recorded their sixth 90-point game this season, after scoring 90+ points in the first five games of the season.

The Sycamores were a perfect 13-for-13 from the free-throw line for the first time this season. Since the 2016-17 season, the Sycamores have only recorded four other perfect nights from the foul stripe: February 14, 2018 (9-for-9, Drake), February 26, 2020 (9-for-9, SIU), February, 23, 2022 (5-for-5, UNI), March 2, 2023 (8-for-8, Evansville).

Jayson Kent extended his double-double scoring streak to all nine games this season. Swope and Avila have scored in double digits in all but one game this season.

Up Next

Indiana State heads back to Hulman Center on Saturday, December 9 to host Southern Indiana, set for a 2 p.m. start time on ESPN+ and 105.5 The Legend.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE MEN’S SOCCER

TWO ‘DONS NAMED TO UNITED SOCCER COACHES ALL-REGION SECOND TEAM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Seth Mahlmeister and Soshi Fujioka were named to the 2023 United Soccer Coaches All-Region Second Team, the association announced on Tuesday (Dec. 5).

Mahlmeister and Fujioka and were two of the only four Horizon League student-athletes named to the second team.

Mahlmeister led the league in goals with 10. He also added three assists to lead the league in points with 23. Fujioka led the league in assists with eight. He added one goal to finish second on the team in points with 10. Both Mastodons earned spots on the All-Horizon League First Team.

The pair helped the ‘Dons advance to the semifinals of the Horizon League with a victory in the quarterfinals over Detroit Mercy.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

MASTODONS LOOK TO IMPROVE TO 7-2 WITH TRIP TO BELLARMINE

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne women’s basketball team will look to win its fifth game in a row when the Mastodons visit Bellarmine on Wednesday (Dec. 6).

Game Day Information

Who: Bellarmine Knights

When: Wednesday, December 6 | 6 PM

Where: Louisville, Ky. | Freedom Hall

Live Stats: Link

Watch: ESPN+

Game Notes: Purdue Fort Wayne | Bellarmine | Horizon League

Know Your Foe

Bellarmine is 2-4 to start 2023-24, but is coming off its two wins. The Knights beat Evansville 64-58 and Wofford 61-59. Bellarmine has not played a home game yet this year, so the matchup with the ‘Dons will be the first. The Knights’ four losses have come to San Jose State, No. 4 UCLA, No. 19 Louisville and Murray State. Hayley Harrison is averaging a team-best 13.2 points per game.

The Series

Bellarmine is leading the all-time series 26-8, but the Mastodons lead the Division I series 1-0. The win came last season, which the ‘Dons took 73-62 behind 26 points from Amellia Bromenschenkel.

Welcome to the Club!

Shayla Sellers became the 21st Mastodon to join the 1,000 point club on December 3. She is the first Mastodon player since De’Jour Young (2015-19) to reach the milestone.

Schwieter Than Candy

Renna Schwieterman was selected as the Horizon League Freshman of the Week on December 4. She led the Mastodons to a 2-0 week with wins at Oakland and against Wright State. She averaged 12.0 points and 4.0 rebounds while shooting 52.9 percent from the floor and 44.4 percent from 3-point range.

NET Positive

In the first release of the NET rankings, Purdue Fort Wayne was No. 80, the highest in program history. Of Horizon League schools, only Green Bay (27) was higher. Purdue Fort Wayne was the only Horizon League school to have both their men’s and women’s teams in the top-100.

What a Start!

Purdue Fort Wayne’s 6-2 start is the best through eight games in the Division I era of the program. With a win, 7-2 would also be the best start through nine games in the DI era. The Mastodons’ most wins with two losses was 1995-96, when they started 18-2. They finished 23-5 in the best season in program history.

Defense Done Wright

Purdue Fort Wayne held Wright State to 60 points on December 3, which was the Raiders’ second-fewest this season. It was second only to a 99-55 loss at Michigan State. The ‘Dons held the Raiders to 1-for-17 from the 3-point line in the final three quarters, resulting in just 36 points in the final 30 minutes.

#3Nation

Purdue Fort Wayne hit 14 or more 3-pointers twice this season (Western Kentucky and Oakland). This is the first time since 2014 that the Mastodons have had two games with 14 or more triples in a season and the first time ever that the ‘Dons have done it in back-to-back games.

We Love Threes…

Purdue Fort Wayne has been dangerous from 3-point land this season. The Mastodons are seventh in the country with a 40.7 3-point percentage and sixth in the nation with 9.9 3-point makes per contest. Audra Emmerson and Renna Schwieterman are in the top-200 nationally in 3-pointers per game and Emmerson ranks in the top-70 in 3-point percentage at 40.0 percent.

… and It’s Been a While Since We Haven’t

The Mastodons love making threes so much, they haven’t had a game without a 3-pointer made since January 1, 2021, a streak of 87 games. This includes every game in the Maria Marchesano era.

Some More on the 3-Ball

The Mastodons have seven players shooting at least 40 percent from the 3-point line. Lauryn Stover is 1-of-2 (50 percent), Amellia Bromenschenkel is 11-of-24 (45.8 percent), Ryin Ott is 11-for-24 (45.8 percent), Renna Schwieterman is 15-of-33 (45.5 percent), Destinee Marshall is 7-of-16 (43.8 percent), Shayla Sellers is 12-of-28 (42.9 percent), and Audra Emmerson is 20-for-50 (40 percent).

Post Up Syd!

Sydney Graber is shooting 73.1 percent from the floor this season. If she had enough attempts, this mark would be the fourth-best in the nation.

Chasing 1,000

Amellia Bromenschenkel is looking to become the next 1,000 point scorer in Mastodon history. She has 740 in her career. With her average of 14.1 points per game this season, she is on pace to reach 1,000 career points in 18 games.

Magic Numbers 70 and 80

Under head coach Maria Marchesano, the Mastodons are 19-4 when they score 70 points or more and 10-1 when they hit 80.

Audramatic

Audra Emmerson is shooting 43.6 percent from deep since January 1, 2023, a mark of 58-of-133 over 26 games, including 20-of-50 (40.1 percent) this year.

Ott-omatic – Yep, We’re Using the Same Joke Twice

Over the last two games, Ryin Ott is averaging 16.5 points and 2.5 rebounds per game while shooting 62.5 percent from the floor (10-of-16) and 70 percent from 3-point range (7-of-10). She had a career-high 21 points at Oakland on November 30 with a 6-for-7 effort from 3-point range.

Last Time Out

Purdue Fort Wayne beat Wright State 71-60 on Sunday (Dec. 3) behind 14 points and six rebounds from Horizon League Freshman of the Week Renna Schwieterman. Ryin Ott pitched in 12 points off the bench.

Coming Up

The Mastodons will return home for a game against St. Thomas on December 9. That game will be at 4 p.m. at the Memorial Coliseum and will be a doubleheader with the men’s program, who play Southeast Missouri.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE MEN’S BASKETBALL

‘DONS MAKE FIRST VISIT TO SOUTHERN INDIANA SINCE 2000

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – For the first time since November 30, 2000, the Mastodons will visit the Southern Indiana Screaming Eagles.

Game Day Information

Who: Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons (8-1) at Southern Indiana Screaming Eagles (2-7)

When: Wednesday, December 6 | 8:00 p.m. ET

Where: Evansville, Ind. | Screaming Eagles Arena

Live Stats: Link

Video: ESPN+

Radio: 1380 AM

Series Record: USI leads 23-14, series dates back to 1984

Game Notes: Purdue Fort Wayne (PDF) | Southern Indiana (PDF)

‘DONS & ENDS

// Quinton Morton Robertson is sixth in the nation in 3-point field goal percentage at 52.0 percent (26-of-50). Maximus Nelson is shooting 51.2 percent (21-of-41) from three. Nelson doesn’t appear on the national rankings as he is shy of the 2.5 made 3-pointers per game required to make the list.

// The Mastodons’ 23.8 points off turnover this season are up from 13.2 last season.

// The ‘Dons have had fewer turnovers than their opponent in all but one game this season (at Oakland, Dec. 2).

// The ‘Dons are ranked No. 21 in the latest CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major 25 Poll. The ‘Dons received votes last week and were ranked 21 two weeks ago.

// The first NET rankings released on Monday (Dec. 4) saw the ‘Dons come in at No. 57, the highest ranking in program history

// Corey Hadnot II has earned three Horizon League Freshman of the Week honors this season. Rasheed Bello and Quinton Morton-Robertson each have a Horizon League Player of the Week pick.

// The Mastodons’ 8-1 start is their best start to a season over the first nine games during the NCAA Division I era of the Mastodons.

// The Mastodons’ 5-0 start was their longest undefeated stretch to start a season as a NCAA Division I program. It was their longest stretch to start a season since the 1992-93 team opened 9-0. That team earned a bid in the NCAA Division II Tournament, the only NCAA bid (Division I or II) in program history.

// Thanks to wins over Northern Arizona (Nov. 17) and South Dakota (Nov. 18), the ‘Dons won the Arizona Tip-Off. Quinton Morton-Robertson was named the MVP of the event and selected to the All-Tournament Team with Rasheed Bello.

// The ‘Dons are averaging 88.4 points per game, up from 73.9 last season.

// Purdue Fort Wayne’s 10.0 steals per game are up from 7.3 last year. The Division I era program high for steals per game was the 8.8 mark in 2021-22.

// 26.9 percent of points have come off turnovers (214-of-796).

// Rasheed Bello is sneaking up on 1,000 career points. Combined with his scoring at NCAA Division II UW-Parkside, he has 928 career NCAA points.

// Four Mastodons are averaging better than 13.0 points per game: Rasheed Bello (15.2), Anthony Roberts (14.4), Jalen Jackson (14.3) and Quinton Morton-Robertson (13.6).

// The ‘Dons have partnered with Team IMPACT to add Bolton Richardson to the squad in 2023-24. Added to the team at a signing ceremony in July, Bolton will be at games, practices and other team activities.

NATIONAL RANKINGS:

// 1st in the nation in turnover margin (+8.4)

// 7th in the nation in effective field goal percentage (59.3 percent)

// 7th in the nation in turnovers forced per game (18.33)

// 9th in the nation in points per game (88.4)

// 10th in the nation in fast break points per game (19.22)

// 11th in the nation in scoring margin (+20.9)

50-POINT HALVES THIS SEASON:

68 (1st) vs. Andrews (Nov. 9)

62 (2nd) vs. Andrews (Nov. 9)

57 (2nd) vs. South Dakota (Nov. 18)

50 (2nd) vs. Wittenberg (Nov. 25)

52 (2nd) vs. Oakland (Dec. 5)

VS. OAKLAND:

// The ‘Dons shot 66.7 percent  (38-of-57) from the floor. It was the third-best shooting percentage in their DI era and the second-best against a DI opponent. The Mastodons’ 68.2 percent performance against Centenary on Feb. 18, 2003 is the only better performance against a DI foe in program history.

// The ‘Dons shot 17-of-26 from range (65.4 percent) from three, the best ever percentage in Division I era program history when taking 20 or more attempts.

// The ‘Dons had 24 assists, their most against a DI opponent since recording 24 at Eastern Illinois on Nov. 28, 2018.

// Eight Mastodons shot 50 percent or better in the game with Jalen Jackson making 7-of-7 from the floor.

// 13-of-21 field goals in the second half were either a 3-pointer or a dunk. The ‘Dons shot 72.4 percent (21-of-29) in the second half and 7-of-10 from three).

// Quinton Morton-Robertson’s five 3-pointers was a career-high against a Division I program.

EVANSVILLE MEN’S BASKETBALL

BYU PULLS AWAY FOR 96-55 WIN OVER UE MEN

PROVO, Utah – Following a close game in the first 18 minutes of action, BYU closed the first half on a 12-0 run and never looked back, defeating the University of Evansville men’s basketball team by a final score of 96-55 on Tuesday evening inside the Marriott Center.

Yacine Toumi led the way for the Purple Aces with 13 points while Antonio Thomas recorded 10.  Five Cougars reached double digits, led by Jaxson Robinson’s 19 points.  Trevin Knell scored 13.

Throughout the opening moments, the Purple Aces played toe-to-toe with the Cougars.  After BYU hit a triple in its first possession, the Aces got on the board on a Cam Haffner layup.  Just over two minutes in, Yacine Toumi capped a 3-for-3 start by UE, converting a basket to give the Aces a 6-5 edge.

Over the first five minutes, the squads swapped the lead five times as Toumi’s second field goal put Evansville up by a 10-9 score.  Over the next five minutes, the Cougars embarked on a 17-0 stretch to open a 26-10 lead near the midway point of the half.  They connected on seven shots in a row to open the advantage.  Toumi got UE back on track with another bucket, but BYU hit another triple on the ensuing trip down the floor to take a 29-12 lead.

Evansville regained its edge over the next four minutes, outscoring BYU by a 10-2 margin to get back within single digits.  Antonio Thomas hit a triple with 6:24 on the clock to make it a 31-22 game.  Ben Humrichous knocked down a trey at the 2:31 mark that made it a 35-25 game as UE looked to head to the break with a manageable deficit.

Unfortunately, the Cougars had other ideas.  Over the final 1:47, BYU reeled off 12 in a row to take a 47-25 halftime lead.  They shot 50% in the period while going 8-of-19 from outside.  Jason Robinson led everyone with 14 points.

BYU continued to shoot at a frenzied pace in the second half, taking a 60-29 lead in the first five minutes of the period and would continue their dominant form in the second half.  Their highest advantage came at 85-38 with 7:31 remaining.  Evansville closed slightly in the final minutes, finishing with the 96-55 decision.

For the game, BYU shot 52.9% while the Aces shot 33.3%.  The outside shooting of the Cougars was off the charts as they knocked down 14 triples in 32 attempts.

Following a busy few weeks, the Aces will have an 11-day break before returning to action on Dec. 16 at Bellarmine.

EVANSVILLE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

ACES HOST IUPUI JAGUARS AT MEEKS ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT

EVANSVILLE, Ind. — The University of Evansville women’s basketball team is ready to earn its first home win on Wednesday night against the IUPUI Jaguars.

A slow first half on offense was too much for Evansville to combat in its 94-82 loss to UT Martin on Saturday afternoon. But UE was able to make a game of the second half, coming back from a 27-point deficit midway through the third to only a 12-point loss. Saturday’s game was also the first of the season for the Aces where every available member of the bench got into the game and scored a point. Evansville used all 11 available players to have 27 bench points against the Skyhawks.

Wednesday’s game will be the first against the IUPUI Jaguars in 8 years for UE. IUPUI has a slight edge in the overall series but in the past 10 games, Evansville holds the most wins with 6. The Aces last win against the Jaguars game in 2007 as then seniors Courtney Felke and Rebekah Parker combined to score eight of UE’s final 10 points in the final 3:41 to overcome a late 50-49 deficit and pick up a 59-53 win.

IUPUI comes into tomorrow’s game with an overall 1-7 record and a 0-2 record in conference play. The Jaguars have already faced two Horizon Conference foes in the past week with losses to UW-Milwaukee and Wright State. IUPUI’s lone win came at the start of the season against Eastern Illinois at home. The Jaguars picked up the close 77-72 victory behind leading scorer Katie Davidson with a 32-point performance. Davidson is averaging 16.6 points a game through eight on the season.

For the third straight game, Evansville has outrebounded its opponent by a 5+ margin. The Aces are now averaging over 41 rebounds a game after picking up 30 boards against UT Martin on Saturday. With 41 rebounds a game, UE is 67th in the nation and 4th in the Missouri Valley Conference.

SOUTHERN INDIANA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

EAGLES HEAD TO ST. LOUIS TO FACE BILLIKENS

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Women’s Basketball hits the road for the final time in the non-conference season Wednesday when the Screaming Eagles make the journey west to St. Louis, Missouri, and face Saint Louis University. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m. from Chaifetz Arena.

Wednesday’s game can be seen with a subscription to ESPN+ and heard on 95.7 FM The Spin.

Southern Indiana (3-3) is looking to get back on track after a rough stretch recently. The Eagles are coming off a third consecutive loss, falling 93-73 to Murray State University last Friday at home. Despite a solid second-half performance, USI could not climb back from an early first-half deficit. In an up-tempo game, the Eagles had a season-high 75 field goal attempts and 47 rebounds. As part of USI’s strong second half, Southern Indiana’s 28 fourth-quarter points were a season-best. Plus, USI’s 45 points in the second half matched a team-high for points in a half this season.

USI did receive some notable individual performances in the matchup against Murray State. Graduate guard Tori Handley (Jeffersonville, Indiana) set a career-high with 16 points, surpassing the previous mark from her freshman season at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Additionally, USI’s senior forward Madi Webb (Bedford, Indiana), who transferred this year from SIUE, tallied a season-best 14 points against the Racers on Friday. Junior guard Vanessa Shafford (Linton, Indiana) posted 11 points and 10 rebounds on Friday for her second double-double of the season and seventh of her career.

In six games, USI averages 68.5 points per game on 42.9 percent shooting. USI’s scoring rate is top five in the Ohio Valley Conference while ranking as the second-best shooting team in the conference. Southern Indiana is also second in the OVC with 39.3 rebounds and 3.3 blocks per contest.

Individually, Shafford paces USI in multiple categories, including 12.8 points (10th in OVC) and 7.7 boards (3rd in OVC) per outing. Shafford is shooting 49.3 percent this season, which is third in the OVC. Webb and fellow senior forward Meredith Raley (Haubstadt, Indiana) are next on the team in scoring at 10 points per game.

Saint Louis (4-5) has had an up-and-down season so far, dropping the last two games against Wichita State University and most recently against Ball State University on Sunday, 71-64. However, the Billikens did capture consecutive wins earlier in the season against two in-state rivals, Missouri University and Missouri State University.

Saint Louis, who is preparing for the Atlantic-10 conference season, averages 75.7 points per outing and has shot 44.6 percent from the floor so far this year. The Billikens’ scoring average and field goal percentage rank second in the A-10. Saint Louis is led in scoring by senior forward Peyton Kennedy and graduate guard Kyla McMakin at 16 points per game. Kennedy has had four 20-plus games this season, including 20 points against Ball State and a season-high 29 points three games ago, and McMakin has scored 20 or more three times, including a game-high 22 points against Ball State.

On Wednesday, the two programs square off for the first time since the 1985-86 season when USI won at Saint Louis, 65-59. The Billikens lead the all-time series, 4-2, which began in the 1982-83 season.

Wednesday’s road game precedes three straight home contests for the Screaming Eagles to conclude the non-conference schedule.

SOUTHERN INDIANA MEN’S BASKETBALL

USI ENDS HOMESTAND BY HOSTING FORT WAYNE

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Men’s Basketball concludes a three-game homestand Wednesday when it hosts Purdue University Fort Wayne for “Hawaiian Night” at Screaming Eagles Arena. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m.

Tickets are on sale and can be purchased by visiting the USI Ticket Office on-line. For more information, call the USI Ticket Office at 812-465-1189.

Fan can follow all of the action on the ESPN+. The USI-Purdue Fort Wayne contest also can be heard on ESPN 97.7FM (http://listentotheref.com) and 95.7FM The Spin (http://957thespin.com).

USI, which is 2-7, looks to end the homestand on a high note after a heartbreaking loss to Bowling Green State University, 54-52, Saturday. The Screaming Eagles led at halftime (28-21), but lost the lead in the final 20 minutes and missed a chance to tie the game at the buzzer.

The Eagles had three players in double-digits, led by the 15-point performance of junior guard Jeremiah Hernandez (Chicago, Illinois). Junior forwards Jack Mielke (Downers Grove, Illinois) and Kiyron Powell (Evansville, Indiana) followed with 11 points each.

Hernandez and sophomore guard/forward AJ Smith (Edwardsville, Illinois) lead USI in scoring for the season with 12.8 points and 10.6 points per game, respectively. Smith also is grabbing a team-high 9.4 rebounds per game.

Purude Fort Wayne has been on a roll to start the year, going 8-1 overall and 2-0 in the Horizon League. The Mastodons won both of its games last week, defeating the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, 75-71, at home and Oakland University, 98-77, on the road.

The USI-Purdue Fort Wayne game will be the first match-up between the two programs at USI since November 30, 2000, when both were members of the Great Lakes Valley Conference.

USI leads the all-time series with Purdue Fort Wayne, 25-14, after falling to the Mastodons last year on the road, 83-59. The Eagles have won 16 of the last 17 meetings with the Mastodons since the 1992-93 season.

Following Wednesday’s homestand finale, the Eagles go north to play Indiana State University Saturday for a 1 p.m. (CST) tipoff in Terre Haute, Indiana. The game will be carried on ESPN+ and ESPN 97.7FM.  

The Sycamores are red hot to start the season, posting a 7-1 overall mark and 2-0 in the Missouri Valley Conference. Indiana State defeated Southern Illinois University, 77-48, and Bradley University, 85-77, to start Valley play.

USI won the first meeting between the two programs last season at Screaming Eagles Arena, defeating the Sycamores in overtime, 88-85.

VALPO WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL RETURNS HOME FOR GAMES THURSDAY, SATURDAY

Valparaiso (0-6, 0-0 MVC)

Exhibition – December 7, 2023 – 6 p.m. – IU Northwest (5-4, 2-1 CCAC)

Game #7 – December 9, 2023 – 1 p.m. – Chicago State (0-13)

Athletics-Recreation Center (5,000) – Valparaiso, Ind.

Next Up in Valpo Basketball: The Valpo women’s basketball team steps onto its home court at the ARC for the only times in December this week with a pair of contests in a 43-hour span. The Beacons will first host IU Northwest on Thursday evening in an exhibition game before turning around to take on Chicago State on Saturday afternoon.

Previously: Junior Olivia Sims surpassed her career best with a 14-point outing Sunday, tying for team-high honors as the Beacons fell at Purdue by an 83-56 final. Leah Earnest tallied 14 points as well and added a team-best five rebounds, while Valpo racked up 13 total team steals.

Following Valpo Basketball: Streaming Video: ESPN+

Valpo Radio: WVUR, 95.1 FM, Valparaiso

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 55-97. 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: Valpo and IU Northwest last met in exhibition action on Dec. 31, 2018, an 85-59 Valpo victory. Meredith Hamlet led five players in double figures with 16 points in that game, while Hannah Schaub tallied 11 points and eight assists.

Valpo enjoys a 39-6 advantage in the all-time series with Chicago State, the second-most common opponent in program history. On its home floor at the ARC, Valpo boasts a 20-1 record against the Cougars, including a 95-49 rout in the most recent matchup on Dec. 28, 2019. All 12 Valpo players who took the floor in that contest contributed on the scoresheet, led by 17 points and eight rebounds off the bench from Marlee Profitt.

@ValpoWBB…

…and @ValleyHoops

– 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.

…at Purdue

– Valpo held Purdue to 34.6% shooting in the first half and forced 13 Boilermaker turnovers in the opening 20 minutes.

– Purdue led 17-12 at the end of the first quarter and scored the final five points of the second quarter to go up 33-25 at halftime.

– Leah Earnest scored the first basket of the second half to pull the Beacons back within six, but Purdue went on an 11-0 run over the next four minutes to gain separation.

– Purdue’s lead was 54-38 at the end of the third period, and the Beacons were unable to get any closer than 14 points in the fourth quarter.

– Olivia Sims came off the bench to surpass her previous career high of 12 points with a 14-point afternoon. She also tied her career best with five field goals made.

– Sims shared team-high scoring honors with Earnest, who tallied 14 points of her own, including a 3-for-4 game from the 3-point line.

– For the fourth time this year, the Beacons reached double figures as a team in steals, racking up 13 thefts. Raeven Raye-Redmond led the way with a game-high four steals, while Ava Interrante posted a season-best three steals.

– Valpo shot just 34.5% (19-of-55) from the field, while the Boilermakers hit at a 49.1% (28-of-57) clip. Both teams connected on eight 3-pointers.

…at Western Michigan

– WMU led 18-17 at the end of the first quarter, but Valpo pulled ahead 24-18 at intermission.

– The Broncos used a 12-0 run to lead by as many as six in the third quarter, and WMU was ahead 46-45 with 10 minutes to play.

– WMU extended its lead to as many as eight points early in the fourth quarter, but Valpo rallied to retake the lead with 4:24 to play.

– The Broncos were back in front 64-60 with 2:40 to go before six straight for the Beacons – capped by a 3-pointer from Nevaeh Jackson – gave them a 66-64 lead with 1:39 to play.

– It was still 66-64 Valpo when Ava Interrante took a charge with four seconds remaining. The Beacons split a pair of free throws after an immediate foul on the inbounds to make it a 3-point game, but WMU’s Kaiden Glenn banked in a 3-pointer at the buzzer to force overtime.

– Valpo never led in overtime, as its only field goal came on a triple by Olivia Brown with 2:06 to play which tied the game at 70-70. The Beacons had three possessions in the final 90 seconds with a chance to tie or take the lead, but they went 0-for-3 from the floor and committed a pair of turnovers on those possessions.

– The Beacons hit at a season-best clip from inside the arc, going 23-of-41 (56.1%) from 2-point range as they enjoyed a 46-28 edge in points in the paint. They were just 4-of-16 from 3-point range, however.

– Meanwhile, Valpo limited WMU to 38.7% shooting from the field, but the Broncos hit 10-of-23 from 3-point range.

– Leah Earnest paced Valpo with 22 points and added a game-high 11 rebounds for her second double-double of the year.

…looking ahead

– Valpo will be off for 10 days following the matchup with Chicago State to allow for final exams.

– The Beacons will play their final pre-Christmas games down in DeLand, Fla., facing Bethune-Cookman on Dec. 19 and host Stetson on Dec. 20.

…at the ARC

– Valpo will play 12 regular season home games during the 2023-24 campaign, just two of those nonconference contests.

– The Beacons are 0-1 at home so so far this year and posted a 3-12 record at home last season.

UINDY MEN’S BASKETBALL

GREYHOUNDS SECURE NAIL-BITING VICTORY OVER GVSU

ALLENDALE, Mich. – The University of Indianapolis men’s basketball team kept their winning ways going, fighting past a gritty Grand Valley State Lakers team to score a 67-63 region win. With the Hounds dub, they return to above-.500 basketball for the first time since their trip to Canada earlier this season.

The Hounds saw three hit double figures in scoring, with Jesse Bingham leading with 16. David Ejah was just shy of his first double-double of the season, ending the day with 11 points and seven rebounds.

INS & OUTS

Defense and tough rebounding were the name of the game early with the squads reaching a 15-all tie with just a fourth of the game gone through.

A 16-9 run, however, sent the Greyhounds into the break with a 31-22 advantage. That run saw seven different Greyhounds score the ball, capped off with a Paul Zilinskas jumper.

The Hounds came out of the intermission on fire from beyond the arc, with Bingham and Jarvis Walker nailing a pair of long bombs within the first two minutes of action.

Grand Valley chip away at the Hounds advantage slowly, eventually bringing it within six with just eight minutes left of action. That is when Ejah would nail one of his trio of threes on the day off a drive and kick by Walker.

The Lakers refused to quit, forcing a 61-61 tie with just two minutes left to play. However, playing the foul game did not work for the home team as the Hounds sunk 4-6 in the final minutes to ice the contest.

MORE NOTES

With the victory, the Hounds have now evened the all-time series at 6-apiece, with UIndy winning four of the last five meetings. Bingham and Ejah continue to find success in Allendale, making it back-to-back trips where they dropped double figures on the Lakers heads.

INSIDE THE BOX

– “Rebound and win” was the mantra and the Hounds did just that, winning the battle 39-35

– Playing a physical team, the Hounds limited their turnovers, only having 12.

– UIndy capitalized on Laker miscues, having 16 points off turns in the matchup, 14 coming in the first half.

– Battle of the bigs went to UIndy, with 32 of their 67 points coming in the paint, versus the Lakers 16.

UP NEXT

The Hounds return home and to conference play against Lewis this coming Saturday. Action in Nicoson Hall is set to kick off 3 p.m. The Hounds visited the Flyers last season, coming back to Indy with the victory with a 81-70 result.

UINDY WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

PATTON NOTCHES DOUBLE-DOUBLE IN LOSS TO GSU

UNIVERSITY PARK, Ill. – The UIndy women’s basketball team lost to host Governors State, 76-67, on Tuesday night in the first meeting between the two teams.

Elana Wells paced the team with 20 points and four assists while Jada Patton had her first career double-double with 15 points and 14 rebounds.

INS & OUTS

The Greyhounds came into the fourth quarter trailing by 15 points but methodically cut into the margin to make it a two-possession game with four minutes to go. With five points apiece coming from Wells and Patton, UIndy went on a 12-4 run to cut it to 66-61 with 3:55 to go.

But a rare five-point possession by the home team sparked a 10-2 rally that ultimately proved too much for the Hounds to overcome.

INSIDE THE BOX

– Wells finished 7-for-10 from the field while Patton was a perfect 7-for-7 from the foul line.

– The UIndy bench contributed 31 points on the night.

– Illani Willams-Harris also finished in double figures with 10 points.

– The Greyhounds finished with 50 boards during the contest, while the Jaguars only had 39.

– The Hounds were able to recover after missed opportunities. The team finished the contest with 15 second chance points.

UP NEXT

UIndy will host GLVC-rival Lewis this Saturday, Dec. 9. Action is slated for 12:30 p.m. ET in Nicoson Hall.

KNIGHTS EARN 76-65 ROAD WIN OVER ST. FRANCIS (ILL.)

Joliet, Ill. – The Marian men’s basketball team led for all but 47 seconds Tuesday night, as the Knights earned a commanding 76-65 road victory over St. Francis (Ill.) as they jump back into non-conference play. The Knights win improves their overall record to 8-2 on the season.

The Saints scored the opening points of the game to take the game’s first lead, but it would be their last as Marian held the reins for the final 38:47 of game time. The Knights scoring started with an open trey from Gus Etchison, and continued as the transfer and Brody Whitaker pushed Marian to a 12-7 lead. The backcourt duo saw their scoring streak end as Jackson Ames got involved on the offensive end, as he and Nolan Foster helped keep a steady five-point advantage.

The Marian lead continued to hold between three and five points as the Saints matched the offensive output from the Knights. Maximus Gizzi played his role to hold Marian in front as the point guard halted the Fighting Saints’ momentum, as the home team was able to cut the lead down to two points. The surge stopped at the 6:03 mark as Gizzi, Whitaker, and Ames combined on a 6-0 run to push the lead to eight, giving the Knights more breathing room going into halftime. Josh Bryan would give the Knights their largest first half lead with an open three point shot as they pushed in front by 10 points in the final minute, however St. Francis’ Nick Niego was able to answer with a late three, setting the score at 43-36 going into the locker room.

Etchison took over the offensive output to start the second half, helping keep Marian in control as he helped maintain a three-possession lead. Whitaker and Etchison would give Marian their largest lead of the game with 14:04 remaining as the duo scored paired up for six straight points to proved a 56-43 lead. Marian was unable to extend their lead however, as the Saints came roaring back, going on a 9-2 spree to slash Marian’s lead to four before the 10-minute mark. The Saints continued to chip away as they reduced Marian’s lead to a single point with 8:12 remaining, but the offense of Whitaker prevented the Knights from giving up their hold on the game.

Whitaker put Marian back on top by three, and an Etchison three-pointer one minute later put Marian in control by two possessions. Marian would allow the Saints back within two points with 5:09 remaining in the game, but a three from the freshman Ben Henderson helped the Knights stay in charge for good, as they closed the game on a 9-0 run, playing perfect defense to seal the 76-65 victory.

Etchison poured in a game-high 24 points in the win, adding three assists and two steals to his statline. Whitaker finished with 18 points in the game, and Gizzi scored 16 points to establish a new season-high. Ames scored eight points and led Marian in rebounding with six boards.

Marian will next be in action on December 16, as they play the first of their two games in the desert, traveling to Arizona to play in the Cactus Classic. Marian’s first game will come against the Providence Argos.

MARIAN WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

23-POINT THIRD QUARTER FUELS NO. 6 MARIAN’S 70-65 WIN OVER NO. 11 UNIVERSITY OF THE CUMBERLANDS

INDIANAPOLIS – The sixth-ranked Marian women’s basketball team needed a 23-point third quarter scoring outbreak to overcome an 11-point halftime deficit, as the Knights earned a come-from-behind 70-65 win over No. 11 University of the Cumberlands on Tuesday night. The ranked win gives Marian a 9-1 record on the season.

The opening stanza of the game opened at a back and forth pace, with Allison Bosse helping pace the Marian offense as they pushed ahead 10-6. The senior drained a pair of three point shots to help Marian take the first grasp of control, and three free throws between Bosse and Collier extended the lead to seven points just over six minutes into the game, but a layup from Channing Lewis sparked a Patriot run. Cumberlands was able to take control of the game as they went on a 12-0 run that last 3:31 of game time, as they were able to take an 18-15 lead to the second period.

Marian would tie the game up early in the second quarter as they looked to make up for their late-first quarter struggles, getting offense from Bosse and Josie Trabel. The Knights were unable to sustain their scoring however, as Marian managed just four points over the final 8:43 of game time in the first half, getting out-scored 15-4. The Patriots ended the first half shooting 44 percent and took advantage of the Knights’ nine turnovers, going into halftime on top 35-24.

After halftime, Marian came out on fire, opening the third quarter on a one-sided 13-0 run. The Knights’ leading scorer Ella Collier found her offense scoring seven points in the run, making up for her two-point first quarter. Marian was also able to get the Cumberlands into foul trouble throughout the opening minutes of the third quarter which helped boost the run, as 10 points from the foul line. Aliyah Evans and Kinnidy Garrard found their offense in the third quarter as well, while Marian’s defense limited the Patriots to just six points in the quarter, as Marian’s 23 points gave them a 47-41 lead going into the final 10 minutes.

Marian stayed in control to start the fourth quarter, but had to fend off the Patriots as they attempted to mount a comeback, trading scores with the Knights for much of the period’s first three minutes. Two three point makes from Destiny Haworth brought the score back to a deadlock at 53-53, but within 25 seconds Evans pushed Marian back on top with a jumper. The score would hold 55-53 for over two minutes as the lid slammed back on the basket, but Ella Collier quickly got Marian back in the lead as she was able to earn a pair of trips to the foul line.

Collier’s second set of free throw makes kept Marian in the lead for good, as she put the Knights in front by as many as six in the final four minutes as the Knights made their shots at the foul line to close the 70-65 win.

Despite turnover troubles for the team, Marian shot 43 percent from the field, and forced nine steals from the Patriots. Collier tied for a game-high 18 points in the win, adding five assists, two blocks, and a career-high six steals. Garrard scored 14 points and had nine rebounds, blocking four shots in the win. Bosse finished the game with 13 points and Evans had 14 points to lead the bench.

The non-conference path stays competitive for Marian, as they next take the court on December 16, hosting No. 13 Georgetown at 1:00 p.m.

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NBA STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
Atlantic Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Boston155.7509-06-58-114-47-31 L
Philadelphia127.6322.57-35-44-28-54-62 L
New York128.6003.06-36-51-210-57-31 L
Brooklyn109.5264.57-53-41-39-86-41 W
Toronto911.4506.06-53-60-65-104-61 L
 
Central Divison
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Milwaukee156.71410-15-52-213-68-22 W
Indiana118.5793.07-54-34-19-75-52 W
Cleveland119.5503.55-66-32-27-47-31 W
Chicago714.3338.06-61-83-25-93-72 W
Detroit218.10012.51-91-91-52-110-1017 L
 
Southeast Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Orlando146.7009-25-43-19-39-11 L
Miami119.5503.05-36-63-08-85-51 L
Atlanta910.4744.53-56-53-26-94-61 L
Charlotte612.3337.03-73-53-36-93-71 L
Washington316.15810.51-62-101-72-151-92 L
 
Western Conference
Northwest Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Minnesota154.7899-16-34-010-28-24 W
Oklahoma City136.6842.06-47-21-27-58-22 W
Denver147.6672.09-05-72-112-55-51 L
Utah713.3508.56-41-92-47-104-61 W
Portland613.3169.02-54-81-32-93-71 L
 
Pacific Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
LA Lakers139.5919-24-74-210-67-32 W
Sacramento118.5790.56-35-53-310-86-41 L
Phoenix129.5710.55-57-42-39-77-31 L
LA Clippers910.4742.56-33-72-28-86-41 W
Golden State911.4503.04-65-53-48-93-71 L
 
Southwest Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Dallas118.5795-46-44-26-64-62 L
New Orleans1210.5450.58-44-63-29-86-41 W
Houston89.4712.08-10-82-27-84-63 L
Memphis514.2636.01-84-62-35-114-61 L
San Antonio316.1588.01-92-71-33-110-1014 L

NFL STANDINGS

American Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Miami Dolphins930.7500.03842665-0-04-3-06-2-03-1-03 W
Buffalo Bills660.5003.03282275-2-01-4-03-5-02-2-01 L
New York Jets480.3335.01712512-5-02-3-02-6-01-3-05 L
New England Patriots2100.1677.01482541-6-01-4-02-5-02-2-05 L
 
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Kansas City Chiefs840.6670.02752084-2-04-2-06-1-03-1-01 L
Denver Broncos660.5002.02633024-3-02-3-03-5-01-2-01 L
Los Angeles Chargers570.4173.02752582-4-03-3-03-4-01-1-01 W
Las Vegas Raiders570.4173.02022564-2-01-5-03-5-01-2-02 L
 
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Baltimore Ravens930.7500.03241874-2-05-1-06-3-03-2-02 W
Pittsburgh Steelers750.5832.01922294-3-03-2-05-3-03-1-01 L
Cleveland Browns750.5832.02582455-1-02-4-05-3-03-2-02 L
Cincinnati Bengals660.5003.02462733-3-03-3-02-6-00-4-01 W
 
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Jacksonville Jaguars840.6670.02852593-4-05-0-06-3-04-1-01 L
Indianapolis Colts750.5831.03002962-4-05-1-05-3-03-2-04 W
Houston Texans750.5831.02812495-2-02-3-04-3-01-2-01 W
Tennessee Titans480.3334.02132554-2-00-6-02-6-00-3-01 L
 
National Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Philadelphia Eagles1020.8330.03292885-1-05-1-06-1-03-0-01 L
Dallas Cowboys930.7501.03882206-0-03-3-06-3-03-1-04 W
New York Giants480.3336.01592922-3-02-5-03-4-02-2-02 W
Washington Commanders490.3086.52613951-5-03-4-02-7-00-5-04 L
 
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
San Francisco 49ers930.7500.03521894-1-05-2-07-1-03-0-04 W
Los Angeles Rams660.5003.02682533-3-03-3-04-4-04-1-03 W
Seattle Seahawks660.5003.02642904-2-02-4-05-4-01-3-03 L
Arizona Cardinals3100.2316.52303312-4-01-6-02-6-00-4-01 W
 
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Detroit Lions930.7500.03272864-2-05-1-06-2-02-1-01 W
Minnesota Vikings660.5003.02632422-4-04-2-06-3-02-1-02 L
Green Bay Packers660.5003.02582434-2-02-4-04-3-02-2-03 W
Chicago Bears480.3335.02422962-3-02-5-03-5-01-3-01 W
 
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Atlanta Falcons660.5000.02262404-2-02-4-04-4-03-0-02 W
Tampa Bay Buccaneers570.4171.02332453-3-02-4-04-4-02-1-01 W
New Orleans Saints570.4171.02572552-3-03-4-02-5-01-2-03 L
Carolina Panthers1110.0835.01913131-4-00-7-00-8-00-3-05 L

NHL STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
Atlantic Division
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Boston Bruins241743371681599-1-18-3-26-3-1
Detroit Red Wings241473311491718-3-26-4-17-2-1
Florida Panthers241482301472627-4-07-4-25-4-1
Toronto Maple Leafs22126428876747-4-15-2-36-2-2
Tampa Bay Lightning2611105271187937-3-34-7-25-4-1
Montreal Canadiens251111325972896-7-15-4-24-5-1
Buffalo Sabres2610142221074905-7-05-7-23-6-1
Ottawa Senators201010020970658-7-02-3-06-4-0
 
Metropolitan Division
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
New York Rangers241851371782668-2-010-3-17-3-0
Carolina Hurricanes241491291382778-2-16-7-06-3-1
Philadelphia Flyers2513102281174706-6-17-4-16-3-1
New York Islanders24107727969794-3-56-4-25-1-4
Washington Capitals221282261052657-4-15-4-16-4-0
New Jersey Devils2312101251285885-6-17-4-05-5-0
Pittsburgh Penguins2411103251173635-6-16-4-23-4-3
Columbus Blue Jackets27814521877926-7-22-7-34-5-1
 
Western Conference
Central Division
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Colorado Avalanche251672341590739-2-07-5-26-2-2
Dallas Stars231463311379666-4-18-2-25-3-2
Winnipeg Jets241482301477668-5-16-3-17-3-0
Arizona Coyotes241392281182688-4-05-5-26-3-1
St. Louis Blues2413101271270747-3-06-7-15-5-0
Nashville Predators2513120261280808-6-05-6-08-2-0
Minnesota Wild23910422875825-4-24-6-24-4-2
Chicago Blackhawks24716115759893-6-14-10-02-7-1
 
Pacific Division
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Vegas Golden Knights261655371383619-2-27-3-34-2-4
Los Angeles Kings221543331585535-4-310-0-07-2-1
Vancouver Canucks2616913316101708-3-18-6-04-6-0
Calgary Flames2510123231073875-5-15-7-25-4-1
Seattle Kraken26812622770924-6-14-6-53-4-3
Anaheim Ducks251015020969875-9-05-6-01-9-0
Edmonton Oilers22912119874795-4-14-8-07-3-0
San Jose Sharks267172167521065-6-22-11-05-4-1

FOOTBALL HISTORY

December 6, 1925 – Polo Grounds, New York – A record crowd of more than 73,000 paid to watch the Chicago Bears beat NY Giants 19-7. American Fandom’s website claims that the big draw was Red Grange as he had recently joined the Bears roster after his college schedule at Illinois was completed. Everyone wanted to get a glimpse of the great player that just a few weeks earlier was still taking the College game by storm.

December 6, 1930 – Varsity Stadium, Toronto – The 18th Grey Cup game was played and the Toronto Balmy Beach squad won their 2nd title as the beat out the Regina Roughriders by the final score of 11-6.

December 6, 1939 – The Downtown Athletic Club selected Iowa’s standout halfback, Nile Kinnick as the 5th Heisman Trophy Award winner. The Hawkeyes of 1939 had an additional nickname per the Heisman.com website, “the Ironmen.” Kinnick was their leader and he led the team by almost never leaving the field, averaging 57 minutes per game! At one point in the1939 season he played 402 straight minutes that spanned over 7 games, until a shoulder injury in the season finale forced him to sit out for a spell. It is remarkable to think that this guy left the University of Minnesota a couple years earlier because he didn’t make their team! Nile’s 1939 stats were that he threw for 638 yards and 11 touchdowns as well as pounding out for 374 yards on 106 carries on the ground while also drop-kicking for another 41 points for Iowa.

December 6, 1961 – We alluded to this earlier in the week but this day was a watershed moment in Heisman history.  Ernie Davis Syracuse’s outstanding halfback became the first African American to win the Heisman Trophy Award! If you remember back to our December 4 segment of the Football History Headlines Ernie was also the first black player to be drafted with the top pick in the NFL Draft by the Washington franchise two days before this Heisman announcement. What a week for this young man! Davis was the top player in the nation in 1961 as he rushed for 823 yards as a senior and scored 15 touchdowns while leading Syracuse in pass receiving with 16 catches for 157 yards.

December 6, 1975 – We foreshadowed this story earlier this week too. Archie Griffin, the Ohio State Buckeyes prolific runner became the first player to take home consecutive Heisman Trophy Awards when he won the 41st edition of the coveted honor. In his senior season of ‘75 Archie ran for 1357 yards, and led Ohio State to a perfect 11-0 record and the top ranking in the nation. It is amazing to think that he was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio and was able to achieve these great gridiron heights in front of his hometown crowd! Heisman.com brings up the fact that Griffin started all four years he was with the Buckeyes, and became the first player to ever play in four Rose Bowl Games! On top of that Archie reached All-America honors three times! Others in consideration for the 1975 Heisman were Chuck Muncie and Ricky Bell. “

December 6, 1986 – The 52nd Heisman Trophy Award was announced and it was the University of Miami’s Quarterback Vinny Testaverde who took home College Football’s top honor. The Hurricanes enjoyed not just the accomplishment of their signal caller taking home the Downtown Athletic Clubs famous hardware for the first time by a Miami player, but also the team went undefeated on the season. Heisman.com’s web bio on Vinny T. tells us that he ran in four touchdowns while tossing the pigskin for 2557 yards and 26 more scores.

NUMBERS IN SPORTS

24 – 44 – 45 – 14 – 80 – 22 – 33

December 6, 1939 – 5th Heisman Trophy Award was won by Iowa halfback Number 24, Nile Kinnick.

December 6, 1961 – 27th Heisman Trophy Award was historic as it went to the first African American to have ever won the prestigious trophy, Syracuse halfback, Number 44, Ernie Davis

December 6, 1975 – 41st Heisman Trophy Award was won by Ohio State running back Number 45, Archie Griffin.

December 6, 1986 – 52nd Heisman Trophy Award was won by Miami Hurricanes quarterback Number 14, Vinny Testaverde

December 6, 1992 – San Francisco 49ers wide receiver, Number 80, Jerry Rice catches NFL recorded his 101st career touchdown in a 27-3 win over Miami Dolphins at Candlestick Park

December 6, 2018 – Tennessee Titans running back Number 22, Derrick Henry exploded for  a record 238 yards and 4 touchdowns in 30-9 win versus the Jacksonville Jaguars in Nashville; 99-yard TD run tied a performance by Dallas Cowboys HOF RB Number 33 Tony Dorsett’s longest run in NFL history

TV WEDNESDAY

NBA REGULAR SEASONTIME ETTV
Orlando at Cleveland7:00pmBally Sports
Memphis at Detroit7:00pmBally Sports
Philadelphia at Washington7:00pmNBCS-PHI
NBCS-WSH
San Antonio at Minnesota7:30pmESPN
Miami at Toronto7:30pmBally Sports
Sportsnet
Brooklyn at Atlanta7:30pmYES
Bally Sports
Oklahoma City at Houston8:00pmBally Sports
Charlotte at Chicago8:00pmBally Sports
NBCS-CHI
Utah at Dallas8:30pmKJZZ
Bally Sports
Denver at LA Clippers10:00pmESPN
Portland at Golden State10:00pmRoot Sports
NBCS -BAY
NHL REGULAR SEASONTIME ETTV
Dallas at Florida7:00pmTNT
Pittsburgh at Tampa Bay7:00pmBally Sports
ATTSN-PIT
Vegas at St. Louis9:00pmScripps
Bally Sports
Carolina at Edmonton9:30pmTNT
MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALLTIME ETTV
South Alabama at Mercer11:00amESPN+
UNT Dallas at UTA5:00pmESPN+
Rutgers at Wake Forest6:00pmACCN
FDU-Florham at Penn6:00pmESPN+
UMBC at Morgan State6:00pm
Loyola Maryland at La Salle6:30pmESPN+
Stonehill at Stony Brook6:30pmFloSports
Penn State at Maryland7:00pmBTN
Memphis at VCU7:00pmESPNU
Sacred Heart at St. John’s7:00pmCBSSN
UMass at Towson7:00pmMNMT
NJIT at Fordham7:00pmSNY
Campbell at Davidson7:00pmBally Sports South
Vermont at Northeastern7:00pmNESN
LIU at Miami (FL)7:00pmACCNX
Maryland Eastern Shore vs. NC State7:00pmACCNX
Brown at Rhode Island7:00pmESPN+
American at Saint Joseph’s7:00pmESPN+
Ball State at Detroit Mercy7:00pmESPN+
Maine at Boston University7:00pmESPN+
Hofstra at Iona7:00pmESPN+
New Hampshire at Dartmouth7:00pmESPN+
Florida A&M at Presbyterian7:00pmESPN+
Robert Morris at Canisius7:00pmESPN+
Vemont State at Colgate7:00pmESPN+
Wofford at Gardner-Webb7:00pmESPN+
Valparaiso at Central Michigan7:00pmESPN+
Toledo at Oakland7:00pmESPN+
Youngstown State at Ohio7:00pmESPN+
Bloomsburg at Temple7:00pmESPN+
Fairfield at Yale7:00pmESPN+
Duquesne at Marshall7:00pmESPN+
Bryant at Siena7:00pmESPN+
Jacksonville at UCF7:00pmESPN+
Wagner at Coppin State7:00pmESPN+
St. Bonaventure at Niagara7:00pmESPN+
Old Dominion at William & Mary7:00pmFloSports
Harris-Stowe at Southeast Missouri7:30pmESPN+
Texas at Marquette8:00pmFS1
South Carolina at Clemson8:00pmACCN
Saint Louis at Drake8:00pm
Richmond at UNI8:00pm
San Francisco at Vanderbilt8:00pmESPN+
Purdue Fort Wayne at Southern Indiana8:00pmESPN+
Coe at Western Illinois8:00pmESPN+
Lipscomb at Belmont8:00pmESPN+
Green Bay at SIUE8:00pmESPN+
Northern Arizona at Abilene Christian8:00pmESPN+
UTRGV at A&M-Corpus Christi8:00pmESPN+
Northern Kentucky at Illinois State8:00pmESPN+
Omaha at Texas Tech8:00pmESPN+
Rice at Houston8:00pmESPN+
Southwestern Adventist at Houston Christian8:00pmESPN+
Milwaukee at St. Thomas8:00pmSummit
Pitt at West Virginia9:00pmESPN2
Nebraska at Minnesota9:00pmBTN
DePaul at Texas A&M9:00pmSECN
UNLV at Dayton9:00pmCBSSN
Denver at Colorado State9:00pm
San Diego at Utah State9:00pmKMYU
UC Santa Barbara at New Mexico9:00pmMWN
SMU at Arizona State10:00pmFS1
UC Riverside at Washington State10:00pmPAC12N
UC Davis at Nevada10:00pmKNSN
Utah Tech at California Baptist10:00pmESPN+
Cal State Fullerton at Pepperdine10:00pmESPN+
Lewis and Clark at Portland State10:00pmESPN+
Life Pacific at Long Beach State10:00pmESPN+
SOCCERTIME ETTV
EPL: Sheffield United vs Liverpool2:30pmPeacock
EPL: Crystal Palace vs AFC Bournemouth2:30pmPeacock
EPL: Fulham vs Nottingham Forest2:30pmPeacock
EPL: Brighton & Hove Albion vs Brentford2:30pmPeacock
EPL: Aston Villa vs Manchester City3:15pmPeacock
EPL: Manchester United vs Chelsea3:15pmPeacock
Scottish Premiership: Hearts vs Rangers3:00pmParamount+
Coppa Italia: Fiorentina vs Parma3:00pmParamount+
Ligue 1: Olympique Marseille vs Olympique Lyonnais3:00pmbeIN Sports
UEFA Europa League: Villarreal vs Maccabi Haifa3:00pmParamount+
WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALLTIME ETTV
Troy vs Georgia11:00amSECN+
George Washington vs Towson11:00amFloSports
Lamar vs Texas A&M12:00pmSECN+
Coastal Carolina vs Alabama12:30pmSECN+
Yale vs Stony Brook1:00pmFloSports
Michigan vs Toledo5:00pmCBSSN
LIU vs Virginia Tech6:00pmACCNX
Bellevue vs Kansas City6:30pmSummit
Rhode Island vs Providence7:00pmFloSports
Ball State vs UConn7:00pmSNY
Rider vs Virginia7:00pmACCNX
Missouri State vs Missouri7:00pmSECN
Bloomfield vs FDU7:00pmNEC Front Row
Southeast Missouri State vs Purdue7:00pmB1G+
UAlbany vs Central Connecticut7:00pmNEC Front Row
Morgan State vs South Carolina7:00pmSECN+
Iowa vs Iowa State7:00pmESPN2
UMass vs Boston College7:00pmACCNX
NJIT vs Sacred Heart7:00pmNEC Front Row
Lafayette vs Notre Dame7:00pmACCNX
UNC Greensboro vs North Carolina7:00pmACCNX
Northern Kentucky vs Illinois7:00pmB1G+
Minnesota vs Kentucky7:00pmESPN+
Houston Christian vs Kansas7:30pmESPN+
McNeese State vs Kansas State7:30pmESPN+
Tennessee vs MTSU7:30pmESPN+
Long Beach State vs Texas8:00pmLHN