INDIANA BOYS BASKETBALL

Adams Central 75 Southwood 51
Andrean 63 Gary West 62 OT
Argos 66 South Central (Union Mills) 62 OT
Austin 61 New Washington 29
Avon 71 Danville 60
Barr-Reeve 53 Wood Memorial 34
Batesville 55 Franklin County 26
Bellmont 64 South Adams 35
Bethesda Christian 55 Heritage Christian 51
Blue River 55 Eastern Hancock 45
Boone Grove 65 Calumet 63
Borden 46 Crawford County 20
Carmel 61 Brebeuf Jesuit 51
Carroll (Flora) 73 Frankfort 67
Castle 73 Vincennes Lincoln 58
Center Grove 70 Mooresville 55
Centerville 76 Union City 53
Christian Academy 60 Crothersville 26
Churubusco 55 Garrett 36
Clarksville 52 North Harrison 37
Concord 51 South Bend Clay 32
Decatur Central 74 Christel House 67
Delphi 54 Sheridan 52
Delta 50 Rushville 27
Demotte Christian 65 West Central 27
Eastern (Pekin) 77 Rock Creek Academy 73 2OT
Edinburgh 74 Eminence 29
Elkhart Christian 67 Smith Academy 19
Evansville Christian 58 Henderson County (Ky.) 52
Evansville Mater Dei 60 Mount Vernon (Posey) 55 2OT
Evansville Memorial 51 Evansville Central 45
Fishers 90 Lawrence North 79
Forest Park 67 Boonville 40
Fort Wayne Concordia 57 DeKalb 36
Frankton 63 Daleville 53
Gary 21st Century 60 Munster 59 OT
Gibson Southern 71 Pike Central 59
Goshen 78 New Prairie 47
Granger Christian 40 Lakeland Christian 33
Greencastle 46 Cascade 40
Griffith 63 Bowman Academy 60
Hagerstown 69 Muncie Burris 35
Hammond Noll 62 Highland 29
Hanover Central 61 Kouts 50
Harrison (West Lafayette) 58 Twin Lakes 55 OT
Homestead 64 East Noble 42
Huntington North 67 Fort Wayne Luers 61
Illiana Christian 44 Marquette Catholic 36
Indiana Math & Science 78 Believe Circle City 47
Indianapolis Chatard 63 Don Bosco Prep 60 OT
Indianapolis Lutheran 87 Covenant Christian 54
Indianapolis Roncalli 49 Indianapolis Scecina 37
Jimtown 50 Bethany Christian 39
John Glenn 49 Knox 37
Knightstown 67 Southwestern (Shelbyville) 50
LaVille 65 Westville 61
Lafayette Central Catholic 51 Seeger 47
Lake Central 73 Hammond Central 47
Lakewood Park 69 Prairie Heights 41
Lapel 65 Winchester 52
Lawrence Central 70 Indianapolis Tindley 63
Lewis Cass 48 Caston 43
Lighthouse CPA 73 South Bend Career 28
Linton-Stockton 63 Terre Haute South 61
Loogootee 79 Washington Catholic 13
Maconaquah 78 Northfield 47
Mishawaka 52 South Bend Adams 50
New Castle 59 Pendleton Heights 53
New Haven 63 Fort Wayne Canterbury 51
North Judson 59 Culver 49
North Montgomery 57 Clinton Central 37
North Newton 65 South Newton 52
Northeast Dubois 28 North Daviess 27
Northridge 82 Lakeland 72
Northview 64 Edgewood 56
Northwestern 69 Blackford 63
Oldenburg Academy 44 Waldron 35
Orleans 56 West Washington 21
Park Tudor 74 Horizon Christian 47
Penn 62 Plymouth 35
River Forest 67 Whiting 48
Scottsburg 58 Paoli 42
Seymour 48 Greensburg 40
Shakamak 84 Lighthouse Christian 35
Shenandoah 91 Union (Modoc) 41
South Bend Riley 48 Culver Academy 36
South Bend St. Joseph 73 Bremen 41
South Bend Washington 77 LaLumiere Regional 60
South Knox 64 Vincennes Rivet 26
Southern Wells 75 North Miami 52
Southmont 56 South Putnam 38
Southport 68 Columbus North 46
Southridge 50 Heritage Hills 38
Sullivan 56 Bloomfield 47
Switzerland County 62 Rising Sun 55
Tipton 73 Oak Hill 50
Tri-County 67 Tri-Township 36
Tri 64 Cambridge City Lincoln 58
Trinity Lutheran 64 Lanesville 44
Triton Central 50 Monrovia 44
Triton 66 Rochester 56
Valparaiso 67 Michigan City 54
Wabash 56 Eastbrook 41
Warsaw 74 Fort Wayne Northrop 21
Washington Twp. 65 Oregon-Davis 43
West Vigo 69 Cloverdale 28
Westfield 85 University 52
Westview 62 Wawasee 41
Woodlan 69 Eastside 38
Yorktown 43 Muncie Central 30

WEDNESDAY’S SCHEDULE

ALL TIMES EASTERN
Cambridge City Lincoln at Union City 7:30 pm
Columbus East at Floyd Central 7:30 pm
Fort Wayne North at Huntington North 7:30 pm
Henderson County (Ky.) at Castle 8:00 pm
Indiana Deaf at Indiana Math & Science 5:30 pm
Indianapolis Herron at Indianapolis Scecina 7:30 pm
Indianapolis International at Purdue Poly North 6:30 pm
Indianapolis Metropolitan at Indianapolis Tindley 7:30 pm
Perry Meridian at Greenfield-Central 7:30 pm
Providence Cristo Rey at Tri-Central 7:30 pm
Triton at Culver 6:30 pm
Victory College Prep at Mooresville 7:30 pm

INDIANA GIRLS BASKETBALL SEMI-STATE PAIRINGS

NORTH

CLASS 4A AT LAPORTE

10 AM CT | G1: HOMESTEAD (23-4) VS. LAKE CENTRAL (24-4)

12 PM CT | G2: NOBLESVILLE (17-8) VS. VALPARAISO (19-7)

7:30 PM CT | CHAMPIONSHIP: G1 WINNER VS. G2 WINNER

CLASS 3A AT HUNTINGTON NORTH

10 AM ET | G1: HAMILTON HEIGHTS (24-2) VS. NORWELL (21-4)

12 PM ET | G2: BREMEN (15-11) VS. NORTHWOOD (20-6)

8 PM ET | CHAMPIONSHIP: G1 WINNER VS. G2 WINNER

CLASS 2A AT LOGANSPORT

10 AM ET | G1: FORT WAYNE BISHOP LUERS (17-6) VS. LAPEL (23-4)

12 PM ET | G2: ANDREAN (13-14) VS. LEWIS CASS (22-3)

8 PM ET | CHAMPIONSHIP: G1 WINNER VS. G2 WINNER

CLASS 1A AT FRANKFORT

10 AM ET | G1: UNION CITY (14-12) VS. CLINTON CENTRAL (24-1)

12 PM ET | G2: CASTON (22-3) VS. MARQUETTE CATHOLIC (22-4)

7:30 PM ET | CHAMPIONSHIP: G1 WINNER VS. G2 WINNER

SOUTH

CLASS 4A AT SOUTHPORT

10 AM ET | G1: LAWRENCE CENTRAL (27-1) VS. PLAINFIELD (18-7)

12 PM ET | G2: CENTER GROVE (26-1) VS. FRANKLIN COMMUNITY (24-3)

8 PM ET | CHAMPIONSHIP: G1 WINNER VS. G2 WINNER

CLASS 3A AT JASPER

10 AM ET | G1: INDIANAPOLIS BISHOP CHATARD (19-8) VS. DANVILLE (23-3)

12 PM ET | G2: SCOTTSBURG (22-4) VS. GIBSON SOUTHERN (23-4)

8 PM ET | CHAMPIONSHIP: G1 WINNER VS. G2 WINNER

CLASS 2A AT SHELBYVILLE

10 AM ET | G1: BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL (18-9) VS. LINTON-STOCKTON (20-6)

12 PM ET | G2: EASTERN HANCOCK (24-1) VS. SHERIDAN (20-5)

8 PM ET | CHAMPIONSHIP: G1 WINNER VS. G2 WINNER

CLASS 1A AT NEW ALBANY

10 AM ET | G1: JAC-CEN-DEL (21-5) VS. LANESVILLE (26-1)

12 PM ET | G2: NORTH CENTRAL (FARMERSBURG) (18-10) VS. WOOD MEMORIAL (16-10)

8 PM ET | CHAMPIONSHIP: G1 WINNER VS. G2 WINNER

INDIANA WRESTLING STATE FINALS INFORMATION

(IHSAA RELEASE)

Site: Ford Center, 1 SE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Evansville, IN  Website 

>> Evansville Welcome Website 
>> Know Before You Go 
>> Parking & Directions 
>> Bag & Security Policies 
>> Explore Evansville News Release (2/1/24) 
>> Evansville Announcement (3/31/23) 

Admission: $15 per session; $30 all sessions. Reserved seating only (no general admission). Tickets for general public go on sale Wednesday, Feb. 14 at 11 am ET / 10 CT. Tickets will be digital only through your mobile phone and may be purchased via Ticketmaster.com (service fees apply). Show your ticket purchase verification on your mobile phone at the admission gate.

Streaming: All matches on Friday and Saturday, including Saturday night’s championship round, may be viewed via live stream for a subscription fee of $15 via IHSAAtv.org and the IHSAAtv suite of apps (iPhone, Android phone, Roku, Amazon Firestick, AppleTV, and Android TV).  If you have a FloPro+ plan, you may also view the livestream at FloWrestling.com through the consolation rounds. 

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

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

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

Brackets are available via FloWrestling.com 

106 POUND BRACKET: https://www.trackwrestling.com/predefinedtournaments/MainFrame.jsp?newSession=false&TIM=1707696186139&pageName=%2Fpredefinedtournaments%2FBracketViewer.jsp&twSessionId=rmyknrvbgo

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120 POUND BRACKET: https://www.trackwrestling.com/predefinedtournaments/MainFrame.jsp?newSession=false&TIM=1707696186139&pageName=%2Fpredefinedtournaments%2FBracketViewer.jsp&twSessionId=rmyknrvbgo

126 POUND BRACKET: https://www.trackwrestling.com/predefinedtournaments/MainFrame.jsp?newSession=false&TIM=1707696186139&pageName=%2Fpredefinedtournaments%2FBracketViewer.jsp&twSessionId=rmyknrvbgo

132 POUND BRACKET: https://www.trackwrestling.com/predefinedtournaments/MainFrame.jsp?newSession=false&TIM=1707696186139&pageName=%2Fpredefinedtournaments%2FBracketViewer.jsp&twSessionId=rmyknrvbgo

138 POUND BRACKET: https://www.trackwrestling.com/predefinedtournaments/MainFrame.jsp?newSession=false&TIM=1707696186139&pageName=%2Fpredefinedtournaments%2FBracketViewer.jsp&twSessionId=rmyknrvbgo

144 POUND BRACKET: https://www.trackwrestling.com/predefinedtournaments/MainFrame.jsp?newSession=false&TIM=1707696186139&pageName=%2Fpredefinedtournaments%2FBracketViewer.jsp&twSessionId=rmyknrvbgo

150 POUND BRACKET: https://www.trackwrestling.com/predefinedtournaments/MainFrame.jsp?newSession=false&TIM=1707696186139&pageName=%2Fpredefinedtournaments%2FBracketViewer.jsp&twSessionId=rmyknrvbgo

157 POUND BRACKET: https://www.trackwrestling.com/predefinedtournaments/MainFrame.jsp?newSession=false&TIM=1707696186139&pageName=%2Fpredefinedtournaments%2FBracketViewer.jsp&twSessionId=rmyknrvbgo

165 POUND BRACKET: https://www.trackwrestling.com/predefinedtournaments/MainFrame.jsp?newSession=false&TIM=1707696186139&pageName=%2Fpredefinedtournaments%2FBracketViewer.jsp&twSessionId=rmyknrvbgo

175 POUND BRACKET: https://www.trackwrestling.com/predefinedtournaments/MainFrame.jsp?newSession=false&TIM=1707696186139&pageName=%2Fpredefinedtournaments%2FBracketViewer.jsp&twSessionId=rmyknrvbgo

190 POUND BRACKET: https://www.trackwrestling.com/predefinedtournaments/MainFrame.jsp?newSession=false&TIM=1707696186139&pageName=%2Fpredefinedtournaments%2FBracketViewer.jsp&twSessionId=rmyknrvbgo

215 POUND BRACKET: https://www.trackwrestling.com/predefinedtournaments/MainFrame.jsp?newSession=false&TIM=1707696186139&pageName=%2Fpredefinedtournaments%2FBracketViewer.jsp&twSessionId=rmyknrvbgo

285 POUND BRACKET: https://www.trackwrestling.com/predefinedtournaments/MainFrame.jsp?newSession=false&TIM=1707696186139&pageName=%2Fpredefinedtournaments%2FBracketViewer.jsp&twSessionId=rmyknrvbgo

Approved Broadcasts | Watch on IHSAAtv.org | FloWrestling Subscribers 

SCHEDULE

Friday, Feb. 16, 2024
Session 1
12:30 pm CT – Gates open
1:30 pm CT – Parade of Champions
2 pm CT – First Round Weight Classes 152 – 285 
5:30 pm CT – First Round Weight Classes 106 – 144

Saturday, Feb. 17, 2024
Session 2
8 am CT – Gates open
9 am CT – Quarterfinals begin with Semifinals to follow
Fieldhouse cleared of all spectators following Semifinals
1 pm – 6 pm CT – Fan Festival outside of Ford Center
Session 3 
3:30 pm CT – Gates open
4:30 pm CT – Consolation matches 
7:30 pm CT – State Championship matches

INDIANA BOYS SWIMMING SECTIONAL SCHEDULE

(IHSAA RELEASE)

Dates
Thursday, Feb. 15, 2024 (Swimming Preliminaries).
Saturday, Feb. 17, 2024 (Diving, Consolations & Finals in Swimming events).

Admission: All tickets will be digital through your mobile phone and may be purchased through Eventlink (additional fees may apply). No cash. Present your purchase verification on your mobile phone at the gate for admission. $7 per session; $12 both sessions. Children age 5 or younger admitted free.

Advancement
Swimming
1. First place sectional winners in each event qualify for the state finals plus
2. Any contestant who equals or betters the state time standard in their respective event in the consolation finals or championship finals of the sectional qualifies for the state finals. The state standard may not be achieved by a swimmer who is competing as the first leg of a relay.
3. The next fastest number of contestants in the state that would bring the total number of state meet entrants to thirty-two (32) in each event. In the event that a tie exists for the 32nd position, the tie shall stand and both swimmers shall advance to the state championships.

Diving
1. First through fourth place sectional winners will qualify for the diving regional.
2. First through eighth place regional winners will qualify for the state finals.

1. Lake Central (16) | Thurs, 5 pm CT Prelims | Sat, 9 am, 1 pm CT Finals | Scores | Buy Tickets 
Crown Point, East Chicago Central, Gary West Side, Griffith, Hammond Bishop Noll, Hammond Central, Hammond Morton, Highland, Illiana Christian, Lake Central, Lowell, Munster, North Newton, Rensselaer Central, South Newton, West Central.

2. Valparaiso (14) | Thurs, 6 pm CT Prelims | Sat, 9 am, 1 pm CT Finals | Scores | Buy Tickets 
Boone Grove, Calumet, Chesterton, Hobart, Kankakee Valley, Knox, Kouts, LaPorte, Merrillville, Michigan City, North Judson-San Pierre, Portage, Valparaiso, Wheeler

3. Penn (10) | Thurs, 5:30 pm ET Prelims | Sat, 9 am, 1 pm ET Finals | Scores | Buy Tickets 
Bremen, Mishawaka, Mishawaka Marian, New Prairie, Penn, South Bend Adams, South Bend Riley, South Bend Saint Joseph, South Bend Washington, Trinty School at Greenlawn

4. Warsaw (12) | Thurs, 5:30 pm ET Prelims | Sat, 9 am, 1 pm ET Finals | Scores | Buy Tickets 
Cass, Columbia City, Culver Academies, Logansport, Manchester, Northfield, Pioneer, Plymouth, Rochester Community, Tippecanoe Valley, Wabash, Warsaw Community

5. Elkhart (11) | Thurs, 6 pm ET Prelims | Sat, 9 am, 1 pm ET Finals | Scores | Buy Tickets 
Angola, Concord, DeKalb, East Noble, Eastside, Elkhart, Goshen, Jimtown, Northridge, NorthWood, Wawasee

6. Fort Wayne South Side (12) | Thurs, 6 pm ET Prelims | Sat, 9 am, 12:30 pm ET Finals | Scores | Buy Tickets 
Carroll (Fort Wayne), Fort Wayne Blackhawk Christian, Fort Wayne Bishop Luers, Fort Wayne Canterbury, Fort Wayne Concordia Lutheran, Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger, Fort Wayne Northrop, Fort Wayne North Side, Fort Wayne Snider, Fort Wayne South Side, Fort Wayne Wayne, Homestead
7. Jay County (11) | Thurs, 5:30 pm ET Prelims | Sat, 9 am, 1 pm ET Finals | Scores | Buy Tickets 
Adams Central, Bellmont, Blackford, Bluffton, Delta, Huntington North, Jay County, Muncie Burris, Muncie Central, Norwell, South Adams

8. Fishers (12) | Thurs, 5:30 pm ET Prelims | Sat, 9 am, 1 pm ET Finals | Scores | Buy Tickets 
Anderson, Elwood Community, Fishers, Frankton, Hamilton Heights, Hamilton Southeastern, Lapel, Mississinewa, Marion, Oak Hill, Pendleton Heights, Yorktown

9. Carmel (10) | Thurs, 6 pm ET Prelims | Sat, 9 am, 1 pm ET Finals | Scores | Buy Tickets  
Carmel, Eastern (Greentown), Guerin Catholic, Kokomo, Maconaquah, Noblesville, Northwestern, Tipton, Western, Westfield

10. Crawfordsville (12) | Thurs, 5:30 pm ET Prelims | Sat, 9:30 am, 1 pm ET Finals | Scores | Buy Tickets 
Attica, Benton Central, Crawfordsville, Delphi Community, Fountain Central, North Montgomery, North Vermillion, Seeger, South Vermillion, Southmont, Twin Lakes, Western Boone

11. Plainfield (10) | Thurs, 6 pm ET Prelims | Sat, 9 am, 1 pm ET Finals | Scores | Buy Tickets 
Avon, Cascade, Danville Community, Greencastle, North Putnam, Plainfield, South Putnam, Terre Haute North Vigo, Terre Haute South Vigo, West Vigo

12. Lafayette Jefferson (10) | Thurs, 5:30 pm ET Prelims | Sat, 9 am, 1 pm ET Finals | Scores | Buy Tickets 
Carroll (Flora), Clinton Central, Frankfort, Harrison (West Lafayette), Lafayette Central Catholic, Lafayette Jefferson, Lebanon, McCutcheon, West Lafayette, Zionsville

13. Decatur Central (13) | Thurs, 5:30 pm ET Prelims | Sat, 9 am, 1 pm ET Finals | Scores | Buy Tickets 
Ben Davis, Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory, Brownsburg, Decatur Central, Herron, Indianapolis Arsenal Technical, Indianapolis Cardinal Ritter, Indianapolis Shortridge, International School of Indiana, Park Tudor, Pike, Speedway, Tri-West Hendricks

14. Lawrence North (13) | Thurs, 6 pm ET Prelims | Sat, 9 am, 1 pm ET Finals | Scores | Buy Tickets 
Beech Grove, Franklin Central, Heritage Christian, Indianapolis Bishop Chatard, Indianapolis Cathedral, Indianapolis Scecina Memorial, Lawrence Central, Lawrence North, North Central (Indianapolis), Purdue Polytechnic – Downtown, University, Roncalli, Warren Central

15. New Palestine (11) | Thurs, 6 pm ET Prelims | Sat, 9 am, 1 pm ET Finals | Scores | Buy Tickets 
Centerville, Connersville, Eastern Hancock, Greenfield-Central, Hagerstown, Mt. Vernon (Fortville), New Castle, New Palestine, Richmond, Seton Catholic, Shelbyville

16. Franklin Community (9) | Thurs, 5:30 pm ET Prelims | Sat, 9 am, 1 pm ET Finals | Scores | Buy Tickets 
Center Grove, Franklin Community, Greenwood Community, Indian Creek, Martinsville, Mooresville, Perry Meridian, Southport, Whiteland Community

17. Columbus North (14) | Thurs, 5:30 pm ET Prelims | Sat, 9 am, 1 pm ET Finals | Scores | Buy Tickets 
Batesville, Bloomington North, Bloomington South, Columbus East, Columbus North, East Central, Edgewood, Greensburg, Lawrenceburg, Milan, Oldenburg Academy, Rising Sun, South Dearborn, South Ripley

18. Floyd Central (15) | Thurs, 6 pm ET Prelims | Sat, 8:15 am, 11 am ET Finals | Scores | Buy Tickets 
Charlestown, Floyd Central, Henryville, Jeffersonville, Jennings County, Madison Consolidated, New Albany, Providence, Salem, Scottsburg, Seymour, Shawe Memorial, Silver Creek, Southwestern (Hanover), Switzerland County

19. Jasper (15) | Thurs, 6:30 pm ET Prelims | Sat, 10 am, 2 pm ET Finals | Scores | Buy Tickets 
Bedford North Lawrence, Bloomfield, Corydon Central, Forest Park, Heritage Hills, Jasper, Lanesville, Northeast Dubois, North Harrison, Pike Central, South Spencer, Southridge, Tecumseh, Tell City, Vincennes Lincoln

20. Evansville North (13) | Thurs, 5 pm CT Prelims | Sat, 9 am, 1 pm CT Finals | Scores | Buy Tickets 
Boonville, Castle, Evansville Bosse, Evansville Central, Evansville Christian, Evansville Harrison, Evansville Mater Dei, Evansville Reitz Memorial, Evansville North, Evansville F.J. Reitz, Gibson Southern, Mt. Vernon, North Posey

MEN’S TOP 25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCORES

#4 MARQUETTE 78 BUTLER 72

ILLINOIS STATE 80 #23 INDIANA STATE 67

PITTSBURGH 74 #21 VIRGINIA 63

SYRACUSE 86 #7 NORTH CAROLINA 79

#10 IOWA STATE 68 CINCINNATI 59

#14 ILLINOIS 97 MICHIGAN 68

#16 DAYTON 75 DUQUESNE 59

#17 CREIGHTON 94 GEORGETOWN 72

#12 BAYLOR 79 #25 OKLAHOMA 62

#22 KENTUCKY 75 OLE MISS 63

#20 WISCONSIN 62 OHIO STATE 54

#19 BYU 90 CENTRAL FLORIDA 88

ELSEWHERE:

DRAKE 78 EVANSVILLE 75

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL TOP 25 SCORES

#24 WEST VIRGINIA 77 TCU 52

ELSEWHERE:

RUTGERS 81 MINNESOTA 73

NBA SCOREBOARD

OKLAHOMA CITY 127 ORLANDO 113

BOSTON 118 BROOKLYN 110

MIAMI 123 MILWAUKEE 97

MINNESOTA 121 PORTLAND 109

PHOENIX 130 SACRAMENTO 125

LA LAKERS 125 DETROIT 111

NHL SCOREBOARD

OTTAWA 6 COLUMBUS 3

TAMPA BAY 3 BOSTON 2

COLORADO 6 WASHINGTON 3

BUFFALO 7 LOS ANGELES 0

MONTRÉAL 5 ANAHEIM 0

TORONTO 4 ST. LOUIS 1

SEATTLE 2 NY ISLANDERS 1

NEW JERSEY 4 NASHVILLE 2

DALLAS 4 CAROLINA 2

VANCOUVER 4 CHICAGO 2

EDMONTON 8 DETROIT 4

NATIONAL SPORTS RELEASES/HEADLINES

NFL NEWS

ANALYSIS: NO TEAM HAS RETURNED TO SUPER BOWL FOR SHOT AT A THREE-PEAT BUT DON’T COUNT OUT THE CHIEFS

Travis Kelce is at his best on the Super Bowl stage once all the confetti canons have fired and the Lombardi Trophy is smudged by so many fingerprints and smooches.

That’s when he finally gets to glare into the camera, narrow his eyes into a you’d-better-believe-it stare and warn all the naysayers to quit doubting the Kansas City Chiefs.

Maybe now everyone will start listening.

After the Chiefs rallied past the San Francisco 49ers 25-22 Sunday night to become the NFL’s first repeat champion in nearly 20 years — and the first team to win consecutive Super Bowls as underdogs — Kelce was quick to show there’s not an ounce of contentment in K.C.

“Well, you know the goal has always been to get three,” Kelce screamed after sharing a kiss with his girlfriend Taylor Swift. “How about that. We get a chance to do it three times in a row.”

Oddsmakers are already saying it’s a better bet that Kyle Shanahan and the 49ers will finally figure out how to scale that stage themselves a year from now in New Orleans than for Kelce, Patrick Mahomes, Andy Reid and that dominant defense to snare another Lombardi for their crowded trophy case.

After all, none of the seven previous teams to successfully defend their Super Bowl trophy even made it back to the big game for a shot at a three-peat.

The Chiefs don’t mind being underdogs already — or again, for that matter.

To win the franchise’s fourth title, they had to beat Buffalo, Baltimore and the Niners, all of whom were favored, after dispatching the Miami Dolphins and former teammate Tyreek Hill on wild-card weekend.

The Chiefs traded Hill two seasons ago, something that was supposed to send them into reloading mode, if not a full rebuild or even a tailspin. Instead, they overcame the odds and so many obstacles to beat the Eagles in last year’s Super Bowl.

Afterward, Kelce gleefully glared into the camera and delivered his message.

“Not one of y’all said the Chiefs were going to take it home this year. Not a single one,” Kelce hollered as Mahomes, the game’s MVP just like he was on Sunday, looked on, smiling. “Feel that … Feel it. And on top of that, next time the Chiefs say something, put some respect on our names.”

Then, for much of the season it looked as if the crowing Kelce would be eating crow. Mahomes’ passes kept ricocheting off his receivers’ hands. His offensive line kept committing costly penalties. The Chiefs dropped five of eight games at one point, punctuated by their first loss to Denver since 2015.

Like most champions, the Chiefs had a hard time keeping the band together last offseason. Left tackle Orlando Brown Jr. signed a big contract with the rival Cincinnati Bengals and right tackle Andrew Wylie bolted to Washington. They were replaced by Donovan Smith and Jawaan Taylor, who turned out not to be downgrades, after all.

JuJu Smith-Schuster bolted to the Patriots and Mecole Hardman went to the Jets, although when Mahomes’ targets caught a nasty case of the butterfingers, the Chiefs reacquired the much-maligned Hardman, who caught Mahomes’ winning touchdown pass in overtime Sunday night.

The Chiefs entered the playoffs as the AFC’s No. 3 seed. They won at Buffalo and at Baltimore in the postseason — the first road playoff games of Mahomes’ career — and entered the Super Bowl as 2 1/2-point underdogs, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

After defying the odds, the Chiefs are now talking about a third consecutive trophy.

The three-peat has become the pinnacle of sports accomplishment. The last NHL team to do it was the New York Islanders in the early 1980s. Kobe and Shaq led the Los Angeles Lakes to three consecutive NBA titles from 2000-2002 shortly after the New York Yankees won three straight World Series titles from 1998-2000.

No NFL team has really come close to joining those dynasties.

Seven have had the chance, including the Pittsburgh Steelers twice.

GREEN BAY PACKERS

The Packers actually won three straight titles from 1965-67, the last two of which became known as Super Bowls I and II. Phil Bengtson replaced Vince Lombardi in 1968 and went 6–7–1 , starting a three–decade run of mediocrity before Reggie White, LeRoy Butler and Brett Favre arrived in the 1990s to revive Titletown.

MIAMI DOLPHINS

Don Shula’s 1972 Miami team went 17-0, beating Washington 14-7 to complete the only undefeated season in the Super Bowl era. After beating Minnesota in the Super Bowl a year later, the Dolphins’ dynasty came to an end with a 28-26 loss to Oakland in the first round of the ’74 playoffs.

PITTSBURGH STEELERS

Terry Bradshaw and the Steel Curtain defense won four Super Bowls in six years, but they never had a real shot at a three-peat. Oakland drummed them 24-7 in the AFC championship following the 1976 season and they didn’t even reach the playoffs in ’80 after their second of back-to-back titles.

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS

After winning his third and fourth Super Bowls by dispatching the Bengals and Broncos, Joe Montana looked primed for a three-peat. But the Niners lost to the New York Giants 15-13 on Matt Bahr’s 42-yard field goal as time expired in the NFC championship at Candlestick Park following the 1990 season.

DALLAS COWBOYS

Jimmy Johnson and Jerry Jones split up after beating the Bills in back-to-back Super Bowls in 1992 and ‘93 and Barry Switzer would help Troy Aikman, Michael Irvin and Emmitt Smith win one more title but not before a 38-28 loss to the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC championship following the ’94 season.

DENVER BRONCOS

John Elway retired after winning back-to-back Super Bowls in the late 1990s. Then, fellow future Hall of Famer Terrell Davis blew out a knee early in the 1999 season and the Broncos finished 6-10 under QB Brian Griese and RB Olandis Gary after going 46-10 the previous three seasons.

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

Tom Brady won his first 10 playoff games, including three Super Bowls, two of them back-to-back. That run of perfection ended in Denver in the divisional round of the 2005 playoffs thanks to Champ Bailey’s 100-yard interception return that sparked Denver’s 27-13 win. Brady wouldn’t win another Super Bowl for a decade.

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

So, does three Super Bowl trophies in five years already constitute a dynasty? How about becoming the first team since Brady and Bill Belichick to win consecutive Super Bowls nearly two decades ago? “It’s the start of one,” said Mahomes, who is 15-3 in the playoffs and 10-3 as an underdog in his short career.

REPORT: BENGALS EXPECTED TO FRANCHISE TAG WR TEE HIGGINS

The Cincinnati Bengals are expected to use their franchise tag on wide receiver Tee Higgins this offseason, The Athletic reported Tuesday.

Higgins, who turned 25 last month, is due to become a free agent in March. Tags must be issued by March 5.

The tag would give the two sides more time to hammer out a long-term deal. Otherwise, he would play the 2024 season for a projected salary of $20.7 million.

Higgins caught 42 passes for 656 yards and five touchdowns in 12 games (11 starts) in 2023 after posting back-to-back 1,000-yard campaigns in 2021-22.

Cincinnati’s 2020 second-round pick (33rd overall) has 257 receptions for 3,684 yards and 24 touchdowns in 58 career games (53 starts).

His initial contract was a four-year, $8.68 million deal he signed in July 2020.

EAGLES’ REDDICK WANTS TO STAY DESPITE REPORTED PERMISSION TO SEEK TRADE

Eagles pass-rusher Haason Reddick would like to remain in Philadelphia, he told Bleacher Report’s Jordan Schultz.

“I would like to get an extension done here at home,” Reddick said. “At no point did I ever tell the organization I want to be traded.”

The Eagles granted Reddick’s camp permission to find a deal because of his expiring contract, Schultz reports. Reddick’s comments add context to earlier reports that he was granted permission to find a trade partner.

“This is home for me,” he added. “I was born and raised here. Two of the most fun years playing football in my life came here. I’ve cherished being an Eagle.”

Reddick signed a three-year, $45-million deal with the Eagles ahead of the 2022 campaign. He’ll carry a cap hit of approximately $21.9 million in 2024 if he isn’t extended, according to Over the Cap.

Reddick has racked up 27 sacks over two seasons in Philly. He was named a Pro Bowler and second-team All-Pro in 2022 after tallying a career-high 16 quarterback takedowns.

The Temple product has 58 sacks, 69 tackles for loss, and 16 forced fumbles in 114 career games with the Arizona Cardinals, Carolina Panthers, and Eagles.

NFL INVITES 321 PROSPECTS TO SCOUTING COMBINE

The NFL on Tuesday released the list of 321 prospects invited to the 2024 NFL Scouting Combine.

Defending national champion Michigan leads the way with 18 players selected to participate in the pre-draft event in Indianapolis from Feb. 26 through March 4.

The Wolverines on the guest list include quarterback J.J. McCarthy, running back Blake Corum and wide receivers Roman Wilson and Cornelius Johnson. Also on the list are tight end AJ Barner and offensive linemen Karsen Barnhart, Zak Zinter, Trevor Keegan, Drake Nugent, Trente Jones and LaDarius Henderson.

Michigan representatives on the defensive side are linebackers Michael Barrett and Junior Colson, defensive backs Mike Sainristil and Josh Wallace, and defensive linemen Jaylen Harrell, Kris Jenkins and Braiden McGregor.

McCarthy was one of 14 quarterbacks invited, along with Heisman Trophy winners Jayden Daniels of LSU and Caleb Williams of Southern California.

The Chicago Bears hold the No. 1 overall pick in the 2024 NFL Draft, which begins on April 25 in Detroit.

2024 NFL DRAFT FIRST ROUND ORDER

The following is the 2024 NFL Draft first round order. The first round will start on Thursday, April 25, in Detroit, Michigan with the second and third rounds on Friday, April 26, followed by rounds four through seven on Saturday, April 27.

2024 FIRST-ROUND DRAFT ORDER

#TeamWinLossTieWinning PercentageWinLossTieStrength of Schedule
1.Carolina Panthers (traded to Chicago)2150.1181511380.522
2.Washington Commanders4130.2351481410.512
3.New England Patriots4130.2351511380.522
4.Arizona Cardinals4130.2351621270.561
5.Los Angeles Chargers5120.2941531360.529
6.New York Giants6110.3531481410.512
7.Tennessee Titans6110.3531511380.522
8.Atlanta Falcons7100.4121241650.429
9.Chicago Bears7100.4121341550.464
10.New York Jets7100.4121451440.502
11.Minnesota Vikings7100.4121471420.509
12.Denver Broncos *890.4711411480.488
13.Las Vegas Raiders *890.4711411480.488
14.New Orleans Saints980.5291251640.433
15.Indianapolis Colts980.5291421470.491
16.Seattle Seahawks980.5291481410.512
17.Jacksonville Jaguars980.5291541350.533
18.Cincinnati Bengals980.5291661230.574
19.Los Angeles Rams1070.5881531360.529
20.Pittsburgh Steelers1070.5881561330.540
21.Miami Dolphins1160.6471301590.450
22.Philadelphia Eagles1160.6471391500.481
23.Cleveland Browns (traded to Houston)1160.6471551340.536
24.Dallas Cowboys1250.7061291600.446
25.Green Bay Packers980.5291371520.474
26.Tampa Bay Buccaneers980.5291391500.481
27.Houston Texans (traded to Arizona)1070.5881371520.474
28.Buffalo Bills1160.6471361530.471
29.Detroit Lions1250.7061391500.481
30.Baltimore Ravens1340.7651571320.543
31.San Francisco 49ers1250.7061471420.509
32.Kansas City Chiefs1160.6471391500.481

* – Denver selects ahead of Las Vegas as a result of the divisional head-to-head tiebreaker

LIONS SIGN CFL STANDOUT MATHIEU BETTS

The Detroit Lions signed defensive lineman Mathieu Betts to a reserve/futures contract on Tuesday.

Betts, 28, was named the CFL’s Most Outstanding Defensive Player after recording a league-best 18 sacks in 18 games last season with the B.C. Lions. The Montreal native’s sack total was the most by a Canadian-born player in league history.

Betts initially was selected third overall by Edmonton in the 2019 CFL Draft before opting to sign with the Chicago Bears as an undrafted free agent. He was cut by the Bears later that summer and returned to Canada to play with Edmonton (2019, 2021) and B.C. (2022-23).

NBA NEWS

NBA ROUNDUP: SUNS HOLD OFF KINGS

Devin Booker hit a go-ahead 17-footer with 2:37 remaining, Royce O’Neale hit a 3-pointer to extend the lead with 47.2 seconds to go and the Phoenix Suns survived a frantic finish to defeat the visiting Sacramento Kings 130-125 on Tuesday.

Kevin Durant had 28 points, Booker added 25 and Eric Gordon supplied 23 for the Suns, who prevailed despite losing star Bradley Beal to a left hamstring injury in the first quarter.

De’Aaron Fox poured in a game-high 40 points and Domantas Sabonis (35 points, 18 rebounds, 12 assists) logged a triple-double for the Kings, who grabbed a 116-115 edge — the fifth lead change of the final period — on an alley-oop layup by Malik Monk with 2:49 to go.

Booker countered immediately with his lead-changing jumper. The Suns retained a slim advantage until O’Neale, acquired from the Brooklyn Nets at the trade deadline last week, hit his clutch 24-footer for a 122-118 lead in the final minute.

Celtics 118, Nets 110

Jayson Tatum scored 31 of his 41 points in the first half and collected 14 rebounds as Boston continued its recent dominance of Brooklyn with a victory in New York.

Including their four-game sweep in the first round of the 2022 playoffs, the Celtics are 13-1 in their past 14 meetings with the Nets. Jaylen Brown added 19 points as all five starters scored in double figures in Boston’s fifth straight win.

Mikal Bridges scored 27 points for the Nets, who trailed by as many as 23 and dropped to 6-17 in their past 23 games. Cam Thomas added 26 points and Lonnie Walker IV contributed 15 as Brooklyn shot 49.4 percent from the floor.

Thunder 127, Magic 113

Jalen Williams scored 33 points and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander added 32 as Oklahoma City beat host Orlando.

Oklahoma City shot 54.8 percent, with Williams (12 of 18) leading the way. He scored 17 of his points in the fourth after Orlando cut a 17-point deficit to 10 heading into the final quarter.

Paolo Banchero led the Magic with 23 points and 10 assists, while Wendell Carter Jr. added 22 points. Orlando retired Shaquille O’Neal’s No. 32 after the game.

Heat 123, Bucks 97

Nikola Jovic set career highs with five 3-pointers and 24 points as short-handed Miami led wire to wire in a win over host Milwaukee.

Duncan Robinson matched his season high with six 3-pointers and finished with 23 points for Miami, which led by as many as 31 and won for the fifth time in its past seven games. Tyler Herro and Kevin Love scored 19 points apiece, and Bam Adebayo recorded his seventh career regular-season triple-double with 16 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists.

Giannis Antetokounmpo led Milwaukee with 23 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists. Damian Lillard, Malik Beasley and Bobby Portis each added 16 points.

Timberwolves 121, Trail Blazers 109

Anthony Edwards poured in 41 points on 16-of-27 shooting from the floor to lead Minnesota over host Portland.

Nickeil Alexander-Walker was 5-for-6 from 3-point range while scoring 18 points off the bench for Minnesota, which improved to 3-1 on a five-game road trip. Rudy Gobert recorded 16 points and 15 rebounds.

Deandre Ayton scored 22 points on 11-of-12 shooting and collected 16 rebounds for the Trail Blazers, who lost their fifth consecutive contest. Anfernee Simons chipped in with 20 points.

Lakers 125, Pistons 111

LeBron James had 25 points and eight assists and Anthony Davis finished with 20 points, 14 rebounds and six blocked shots as host Los Angeles continued its improved play by turning back Detroit.

D’Angelo Russell scored 21 points as the Lakers won for the fifth time in their last six games, with one more Wednesday at Utah before starting their All-Star break. Spencer Dinwiddie made his Lakers debut after he was signed Saturday and scored six points and added seven assists in 31 minutes.

Ausar Thompson scored 19 points and James Wiseman added 18 for the Pistons, who lost consecutive games at Los Angeles after matching a season-high with back-to-back wins. Detroit lost 112-106 to the Clippers on Saturday.

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

TOP 25 ROUNDUP: SYRACUSE TOPPLES NO. 7 NORTH CAROLINA

Judah Mintz scored 25 points and JJ Starling added 23 as host Syracuse upset No. 7 North Carolina 86-79 in their Atlantic Coast Conference matchup on Tuesday.

Maliq Brown had 14 points and Chris Bell chipped in 13 points for the Orange (16-9, 7-7 ACC), who lost at North Carolina 103-67 last month and entered without a win over a top-10 opponent since January 2019.

The suddenly vulnerable Tar Heels (19-6, 11-3) have lost three of their last five games after a 10-game winning streak. RJ Davis (19 points) and Cormac Ryan (18) were the team’s leading scorers, while Harrison Ingram added 14 points and 11 rebounds, and Armando Bacot was right behind with 14 points and 10 boards.

With just under seven minutes left, Starling gave the Orange a 67-65 lead when he banked in a long 3-pointer late on the shot clock. He drained another one with 2:47 to play, giving Syracuse a 76-69 edge.

Davis promptly cut into the Tar Heels’ deficit with a 3-pointer and Ryan made one of his own with 50 seconds left, bringing North Carolina within 80-75. Ingram’s tip-in made it a four-point game with 41 seconds left. However, Ryan committed a turnover on the Tar Heels’ next possession and the Orange made enough free throws down the stretch.

No. 4 Marquette 78, Butler 72

Tyler Kolek scored 27 points and Oso Ighodaro added 17 to lead the Golden Eagles to a win against the host Bulldogs in Indianapolis.

Kolek, the reigning Big East Player of the Week, also dished out five assists and grabbed seven boards. Ighodaro added 10 rebounds as Marquette (19-5, 10-3 Big East) won its eighth straight contest.

Freshman Finley Bizjack surprised off the bench, leading Butler (16-9, 7-7) with a career-high 19 points.

No. 10 Iowa State 68, Cincinnati 59

Curtis Jones scored 15 points off the bench, Tamin Lipsey also had 15 and the Cyclones used dominating defense to beat the host Bearcats.

Keshon Gilbert and Robert Jones each added 12 points for Iowa State (19-5, 8-3 Big 12), which won its third game in a row. The Cyclones have won six of their past seven contests.

Jizzle James posted 16 points, Simas Lukosius had 15 points and Dan Skillings Jr. notched 13 points for Cincinnati (15-9, 4-7). The Bearcats dropped their second game in a row against a top 10 team at home after falling to then-No. 5 Houston on Saturday.

No. 12 Baylor 79, No. 25 Oklahoma 62

Jayden Nunn poured in a season-high 27 points, 18 in a hot-shooting first half, as the Bears roared to a big halftime lead and rolled over the Sooners in their Big 12 Conference matchup in Waco, Texas.

Baylor (18-6, 7-4 Big 12) took charge over the final 6 1/2 minutes of the first half, busting open a tied game by scoring 20 of the final 27 points before halftime to lead by 13. Jalen Bridges tallied 14 points and Yves Missi 12 for the Bears.

Rivaldo Soares led the Sooners (18-7, 6-6) with 17 points, with Milos Uzan, Jalon Moore, Javian McCollum and Otega Oweh adding nine points each. It was the Bears’ 11th consecutive regular-season win over Oklahoma and the final scheduled game between them as Big 12 rivals.

No. 14 Illinois 97, Michigan 68

Terrence Shannon Jr. poured in 31 points and the Illini rolled to a 97-68 victory over the Wolverines in Champaign, Ill.

Shannon shot 11-for-15 from the field, including 5 of 8 on 3-point attempts. Coleman Hawkins supplied 17 points, five rebounds and five assists for Illinois (18-6, 9-4 Big Ten), which holds the second spot in the conference behind second-ranked Purdue. Marcus Domask tossed in 13 points and Quincy Guerrier added 10 with seven rebounds.

Terrance Williams II had 17 points and six rebounds for last-place Michigan (8-17, 3-11). Olivier Nkamhoua and Tarris Reed Jr. each contributed 13 points and combined for 11 rebounds.

No. 16 Dayton 75, Duquesne 59

DaRon Holmes II tallied game highs of 24 points and 11 rebounds, helping the host Flyers defeat the Dukes in the Atlantic 10 matchup.

Nate Santos added 15 points and eight rebounds for Dayton (20-4, 10-2 A-10), while Koby Brea scored 12 points off the bench. The Flyers improved to 12-0 at home.

Jimmy Clark III led Duquesne (14-10, 4-7) with 14 points, and Jake DiMichele added 12. The Dukes haven’t won at UD Arena since February 2012.

No. 17 Creighton 94, Georgetown 72

Baylor Scheierman made program history with a triple-double and Trey Alexander snapped out of a shooting slump as the Bluejays rolled past the visiting Hoyas in Omaha, Neb.

In stuffing the stat sheet with 15 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists, Scheierman became the first Creighton player ever to register double figures in points, rebounds and assists in one game. Meanwhile, Alexander drained his first six shots from beyond the arc on his way to scoring 26 points. Ryan Kalkbrenner added 17 points on 7-of-8 shooting for Creighton (18-7, 9-5 Big East).

Supreme Cook scored 19 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for Georgetown (8-16, 1-12), which lost its ninth straight. Jayden Epps scored 17 points and Dontrez Styles contributed 13 for the Hoyas.

No. 19 BYU 90, UCF 88

Jaxson Robinson scored 21 points and Noah Waterman added 17 points and nine rebounds as the Cougars held on for a victory over the Knights to finish off the season sweep between two new Big 12 Conference rivals in Provo, Utah.

Trevin Knell also scored 17 points and Dallin Hall added 10 as the Cougars (18-6, 6-5 Big 12) turned a strong start into their third consecutive home victory. BYU improved to 13-2 in its own building.

Darius Johnson scored 20 points and Jaylin Sellers added 17 as UCF (13-10, 4-7) lost for the fourth time in its games while going 1-3 in four consecutive games against ranked teams. The first three were Baylor, Oklahoma and Texas Tech. The Knights’ lone victory in the stretch was a 74-63 decision vs. Oklahoma on Feb. 3.

No. 20 Wisconsin 62, Ohio State 54

Steven Crowl had 16 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Badgers over the Buckeyes in a Big Ten contest in Madison, Wis.

AJ Storr had 14 points and 12 rebounds and Tyler Wahl had 10 points and seven rebounds for Wisconsin (17-8, 9-5 Big Ten), which snapped a four-game losing streak.

Bruce Thornton had 18 points and five assists for Ohio State (14-11, 4-10), which has lost six of its last seven.

Pittsburgh 74, No. 21 Virginia 63

Blake Hinson scored 27 points and the Panthers snapped the Cavaliers’ eight-game winning streak in Charlottesville, Va.

Pittsburgh (16-8, 7-6 ACC) knocked down 14 3-pointers, won its fourth straight game and improved to 6-2 on the road this season.

Reece Beekman scored 19 points and Isaac McKneely had 15 for Virginia (19-6, 10-4).

No. 22 Kentucky 75, Ole Miss 63

Antonio Reeves scored 15 points to lead four Wildcats scorers in double figures in their victory over the Rebels in Lexington, Ky.

Reed Sheppard was next with 13 points for Kentucky (17-7, 7-4 SEC), which bounced back from an 89-85 nonconference home loss against Gonzaga on Saturday. The Wildcats took the lead for good with more than five minutes left in the first half, held a 14-point advantage at halftime and maintained a safe edge throughout the second half.

Matthew Murrell and Jaemyn Brakefield scored 16 each to lead the Rebels (18-6, 5-6), who fell to 1-5 in conference road games this season.

Illinois State 80, No. 23 Indiana State 67

Freshman Johnny Kinziger pumped in a career-high 31 points and the Redbirds ruined the Sycamores’ first game as a ranked team in 45 years, pulling an upset in the Missouri Valley Conference in Terre Haute, Ind.

Myles Foster added 19 points and 12 rebounds for Illinois State (12-14, 6-9 MVC), which shot 51.8 percent from the field and led for nearly 38 minutes. Kendall Lewis added a game-high 13 rebounds as the Redbirds notched their most significant win in coach Ryan Pedon’s two seasons.

Julian Larry scored 20 points for Indiana State (22-4, 13-2), which saw its nine-game winning streak end. Isaiah Swope added 18 points.

COLLEGE ATHLETICS

REPORT: COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF, ESPN REACH $7.8B EXTENSION

The College Football Playoff agreed to a six-year extension of its broadcast deal with ESPN worth $7.8 billion, The Athletic reported on Monday.

The deal keeps all CFP games on ESPN’s family of networks through the 2031 season, concluding with the national title game in January 2032.

However, the contract won’t be ratified until CFP leadership irons out the format of the tournament going forward.

The playoff will expand from four to 12 teams for the first time next year, and the original agreement was to include the six highest-ranked conference champions and the six highest-ranked at-large teams — the so-called 6+6 model.

With the Pac-12 set to fold following the current season, the number of power conferences shrinks, and some league commissioners are pushing to modify the format to 5+7, which most likely would keep the field at one “Group of Five” conference champion.

The extension kicks in for the 2026 season, but for the next two years ESPN still controls the rights to all games, including the new first round and quarterfinals.

According to the report, ESPN will have the right to “sublicense” CFP games over the course of the contract to other media organizations or streamers.

NCAA SANCTIONS FORMER SEWANEE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL COACH WHO BET MORE THAN $93K ON SPORTS OVER 2 YEARS

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A former basketball coach at Sewanee violated NCAA rules by placing more than $93,000 in bets on college and professional sports while serving as an assistant for the men’s team and head coach for the women’s team, the association announced Tuesday while handing down sanctions.

The Division III school, also known as the University of the South, and NCAA enforcement staff agreed that over a 26-month period the coach knowingly broke rules that ban athletic department employees from wagering on the sport in which they participate.

The coach, who was not identified in the NCAA’s report, placed 407 bets on college sports totaling $28,000, including 20 wagers on women’s college basketball games, the report said. None of those games included his own team.

In the most high-profile recent case in involving NCAA gambling rules violations, former Alabama baseball coach Brad Bohannon received a 15-year show cause order earlier this month for providing information about his team to a gambler who used it to make illegal wagers.

The Tennessee Sports Wagering Advisory Council informed Sewanee about wagering activity by the coach in March 2023.

Brody Curry stepped down as Sewanee’s women’s coach, the university announced, on July 14. He previously served as an assistant coach for the men’s team from 2020-22.

The unidentified Sewanee coach was given a show-cause order, which comes with a five-game suspension to be served at the start of the first season of employment if he is hired by another NCAA institution over the next two years. Also, if a school was to hire the coach during the show-cause period that institution will be required to provide individual monthly rules education to the coach.

The NCAA Committee on Infractions also placed Sewanee on one-year probation and fined the school $1,500.

The COI considered the case through the cooperative summary disposition process. Sewanee, the head coach and the enforcement staff agreed to the primary facts and violations in the summary disposition report. Because the school and coach accepted the penalties, neither may appeal.

FIRED NORTHWESTERN COACH WANTS TO MOVE UP TRIAL, RETURN TO FOOTBALL SOON

An attorney for former Northwestern football coach Pat Fitzgerald urged a judge Tuesday to move up the trial in a dispute over his firing, saying he can’t get another major job until he puts a hazing scandal behind him.

“It has decimated his career,” lawyer Dan Webb said.

Fitzgerald was initially suspended for two weeks and then fired last year after 17 years as head coach of the Wildcats. Northwestern said he had a responsibility to know that hazing was occurring and should have stopped it.

Fitzgerald denies wrongdoing. He responded by suing the school for $130 million, claiming he was wrongly fired.

A Cook County judge has set an April 2025 trial date, but Webb wants it moved to December 2024.

“If we get a trial in December and he’s exonerated, he will still have January to get a coaching position” elsewhere, Webb said. “But if he misses three seasons in a row, it’s going to be significantly different.”

Judge Daniel Kubasiak acknowledged that timing is important to Fitzgerald, but he added: “I’m not sure I can necessarily allow that to dictate.”

Reid Schar, an attorney representing Northwestern, said dates and deadlines in the case so far seem to be aggressive. He noted that documents number in the thousands.

Fitzgerald has “chosen to pursue this litigation,” Schar said. “And so we have to pick a schedule that’s actually achievable, not one that’s defined by what he might want to do for the rest of his life.”

The judge set a status hearing for April 2. He hopes the lawsuit can be settled.

“I don’t think any party wins if this matter goes to trial,” Kubasiak said.

NO IMMEDIATE RULING AFTER PRELIMINARY INJUNCTION HEARING IN TENNESSEE, VIRGINIA NIL LAWSUIT VS. NCAA

A federal judge said Tuesday he will rule “in short order” on a preliminary injunction requested by the states of Tennessee and Virginia to stop the NCAA from enforcing its rules governing name, image and likeness compensation for athletes as part of an antitrust lawsuit.

U.S. District Judge Clifton Corker originally had a four-hour window blocked off for the hearing in Greeneville, Tennessee. The hearing for the states’ request lasted less than 90 minutes.

An orange power T flag representing Tennessee hung from a construction lift in the parking lot facing the courthouse.

Tennessee Attorney General Jonathan Skrmetti attended and spoke to reporters outside. He said in a prepared statement the NCAA’s “arbitrary and illegal rules” are keeping athletes from making important decisions.

“Meanwhile, everybody else involved in college sports is getting rich at those student-athletes’ expense,” Skrmetti said. “That is not legal, not right and it needs to change. Antitrust law in this area is clear, and as the Court has previously said, our case is likely to succeed on the merits. We are happy with the case’s progression and look forward to litigating it fully if necessary.”

Corker denied the states’ request for a temporary restraining order last week, noting they failed to demonstrate recruits would be irreparably harmed if it was not granted. But he also wrote the states were “likely to succeed on the merits of their claim” under the Sherman Act.

The chancellor of the University of Tennessee revealed Jan. 30 in a scathing letter to the NCAA president that the organization was alleging the school violated NIL rules after a meeting a day earlier. Donde Plowman called it “intellectually dishonest” for NCAA staff to pursue infractions cases as if students have no NIL rights.

The NIL collective supporting Tennessee athletes was among the first to emerge after the NCAA lifted its ban on athletes making money off their fame. The NCAA’s investigation has been met with aggressive pushback from both school leaders and the state’s attorney general, including the antitrust lawsuit that claims denying recruits the ability to cash in on NIL is restraint of trade.

The NCAA’s authority to regulate compensation for athletes has been under attack from a variety of avenues.

A National Labor Relations Board official ruled last week that members of the Dartmouth men’s basketball team are employees of the school and could vote to form a union, which the players plan to do. The Tennessee case is one of at least six antitrust lawsuits the NCAA is defending as it also asks for antitrust protections from Congress.

In December, a group of states challenged NCAA rules regarding multi-time transfers, with the plaintiffs’ request for TRO being granted. In that case, the NCAA conceded for the moment, asking the TRO be extended to clear up confusion about athletes’ eligibility for the rest of the spring semester. The NCAA is working to reform its transfer rules.

The NCAA failed to implement detailed rules to regulate NIL in 2021, instead leaning on existing rules against recruiting inducements and pay-for-play. The policy, along with many state-level NIL laws, kept schools from being involved in activities that could be seen as creating an employer-employee relationship between institution and athlete.

The NCAA has been moving forward with its own NIL regulations, passing legislation last month that it hopes will bring transparency to the market with the reporting of deals and curb bad actors by maintaining a registry of agents and companies to work with athletes.

NHL NEWS

STARS F EVGENII DADONOV (LOWER BODY) TO MISS EXTENDED TIME

Dallas Stars forward Evgenii Dadonov is sidelined indefinitely due to a lower-body fracture, coach Pete DeBoer announced Tuesday.

Dadonov logged just 8:35 of ice time in the Stars’ 3-2 win against the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday.

“(Dadonov) had an X-ray in Montreal, and it didn’t show anything,” DeBoer said Tuesday. “He came back home, and it wasn’t getting any better, so we had more detailed pictures taken so he’s out for a while here. There’s a fracture. They’re making decisions now on whether screws have to be put in, things like that, but it’s not good news.”

Dadonov, 34, has recorded 23 points (12 goals, 11 assists) in 50 games this season after signing a two-year, $4.5 million extension in the summer. The extension came on the heels of Dadonov collecting 10 points (four goals, six assists) and a plus-5 rating in 16 playoff games for Dallas.

He has totaled 321 points (143 goals, 178 assists) in 536 career games with the Florida Panthers, Ottawa Senators, Vegas Golden Knights, Canadiens and Stars. He was selected by the Panthers in the third round of the 2007 NHL Draft.

SABRES D OWEN POWER OUT WEEK-TO-WEEK WITH HAND INJURY

Buffalo Sabres defenseman Owen Power is considered week-to-week with an injury to his left hand and will sit out Tuesday’s game against the visiting Los Angeles Kings, coach Don Granato said.

Power sustained the injury when he was struck by the puck during Monday’s practice.

“It’s going to be week-to-week,” Granato said Tuesday. “I think in one week we’ll have a better idea of how long and what a return would look like at that point. So, week-to-week, and I think the hope (is) that the short end would be a couple weeks.”

Defenseman Jacob Bryson is expected to be inserted into the lineup on Tuesday in place of Power.

Power, 21, has recorded 18 points (two goals, 16 assists) in 51 games this season. He is second among skaters on the team in average ice time (22:28), trailing only fellow defenseman and former top overall pick Rasmus Dahlin (25:12).

Power has totaled 56 points (eight goals, 48 assists) in 138 career games since being selected by the Sabres with the top overall pick of the 2021 NHL Draft.

He signed a seven-year, $58.45 million contract with the Sabres on Oct. 11, 2023.

NHL ROUNDUP: CONNOR MCDAVID DISHES 6 ASSISTS

Connor McDavid dished out a career-high six assists and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had two goals and a helper as the Edmonton Oilers downed the visiting Detroit Red Wings 8-4 on Tuesday night.

It was the second six-point game of McDavid’s career. McDavid now has 603 career assists, reaching the 600-assist mark in the fourth-fewest games in NHL history (616). Only Wayne Gretzky (416 games), Mario Lemieux (514) and Bobby Orr (608) have accomplished the feat quicker.

Evan Bouchard had a goal and two assists and Cody Ceci and Leon Draisaitl each had a goal and an assist for Edmonton, which also saw Zach Hyman, Evander Kane and Dylan Holloway score. Stuart Skinner made 34 saves for the Oilers, who blew the game open with a five-goal third period.

Patrick Kane, Alex DeBrincat and David Perron each had a goal and an assist and Joe Veleno also scored for Detroit. Alex Lyon finished with 22 saves after replacing injured starter Ville Husso, who stopped six of seven shots in his first game since Dec. 18.

Canadiens 5, Ducks 0

Nick Suzuki had two goals and an assist for Montreal in a shutout win against visiting Anaheim. Suzuki has six goals in the past four games.

Juraj Slafkovsky had a goal and two assists, Brandon Gignac scored his first NHL goal and Jake Evans also scored for the Canadiens, who ended a two-game losing streak with their first shutout of the season. Cayden Primeau needed to make just 13 saves to record his first NHL shutout.

Lukas Dostal made 33 saves for the Ducks in the opener of a four-game road trip.

Maple Leafs 4, Blues 1

Bobby McMann scored three goals — more than doubling his career goal total — and short-handed Toronto defeated visiting St. Louis.

William Nylander also scored for the Maple Leafs, and Ilya Samsonov made 14 saves as Toronto won for the fifth time in seven games.

Alexey Toropchenko scored for the Blues, who had won seven of their previous eight games. Jordan Binnington stopped 28 shots for St. Louis, which had a five-game road winning streak end.

Lightning 3, Bruins 2 (SO)

Brayden Point’s second-round shootout goal and a 36-save effort by Andrei Vasilevskiy lifted visiting Tampa Bay to a win over Boston.

Erik Cernak and Nikita Kucherov scored Tampa Bay’s goals during regulation. Kucherov reached the 90-point mark in a single season faster than any player in Lightning history, doing so in his 53rd game.

Charlie McAvoy and James van Riemsdyk each scored for Boston, which has lost three of its past four games. Bruins goaltender Linus Ullmark made 23 saves.

Sabres 7, Kings 0

Jordan Greenway collected two goals and an assist and Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen made 33 saves to fuel host Buffalo over Los Angeles.

JJ Peterka recorded a goal and an assist to boost his point total to six (four goals, two assists) in three career meetings vs. the Kings. Rasmus Dahlin and Alex Tuch added a goal and an assist apiece, Kyle Okposo and Zach Benson also scored, and Jacob Bryson had two assists.

David Rittich yielded five goals on 17 shots before being replaced by Cam Talbot (five saves) for the Kings, who have lost 15 of their past 19 games (4-9-6).

Avalanche 6, Capitals 3

Artturi Lehkonen had two goals and two assists as Colorado won at Washington.

Ross Colton, Mikko Rantanen and Miles Wood each had a goal and an assist, Devon Toews also scored and Alexandar Georgiev turned away 24 shots for the Avalanche, who snapped a four-game skid (0-3-1). Nathan MacKinnon and Bowen Byram notched two assists apiece.

Alex Ovechkin, Beck Malenstyn and Connor McMichael scored goals, Anthony Mantha had two assists and Charlie Lindgren made 31 saves for the Capitals, who are 1-6-2 in their past nine games.

Senators 6, Blue Jackets 3

Brady Tkachuk’s second career hat trick propelled Ottawa past the visiting Columbus.

Claude Giroux scored a goal and added two assists and Ridly Greig and Erik Brannstrom also scored for the Senators, who extended their winning streak to a season-best four games.

Dmitri Voronkov, Boone Jenner and Jack Roslovic scored for Columbus, which has lost back-to-back games since returning from the All-Star break. Daniil Tarasov stopped 24 shots in the loss.

Kraken 2, Islanders 1 (SO)

Tomas Tatar scored the only goal in the shootout as Seattle earned a victory in Elmont, N.Y.

Matty Beniers scored in the first period for the Kraken, who snapped a three-game losing streak (0-3-0) and improved to 2-4 in shootouts this season. Goalie Philipp Grubauer made 26 saves before turning back all three Islanders attempts in the shootout.

Kyle Palmieri scored in the second period for the Islanders, who have lost two straight to fall to 3-4-1 under coach Patrick Roy. Ilya Sorokin recorded 29 saves.

Canucks 4, Blackhawks 2

Conor Garland scored twice and Dakota Joshua had a goal and two assists to propel visiting Vancouver to a victory against slumping Chicago.

The Canucks capped a 3-1-1 road trip, also getting a goal from Nils Hoglander and two assists from Filip Hronek. Thatcher Demko made 21 saves for the win.

Tyler Johnson and Kevin Korchinski scored as the Blackhawks lost for a season-high seventh time in a row (0-6-1). Petr Mrazek stopped 34 shots.

Devils 4, Predators 2

Timo Meier scored a tiebreaking goal late in the third period and Nico Hischier scored twice to give New Jersey a victory at Nashville.

Jack Hughes also scored for the Devils, who have won two straight games for the first time in more than a month. Nico Daws made 30 saves to record the victories on consecutive nights.

Ryan O’Reilly and Tommy Novak scored for the Predators, who have only one win in their past five outings (1-3-1). Cody Glass and Roman Josi each collected a pair of assists in the loss, and Juuse Saros stopped 43 shots.

Stars 4, Hurricanes 2

Jason Robertson scored the tiebreaking goal early in the third period and Central Division-leading Dallas knocked off visiting Carolina.

Robertson and Matt Duchene, who sealed the win with an empty-netter, each had a goal and an assist for the Stars. Roope Hintz and Mason Marchment also scored while Jani Hakanpaa and Joe Pavelski each registered two assists for Dallas, which won for the eighth time in nine games.

Jordan Staal had a goal and an assist, Jesper Fast also scored and Jordan Martinook added two assists for the Hurricanes, who had a five-game road winning streak snapped. Carolina goalie Pyotr Kochetkov logged 19 saves.

BASEBALL NEWS

REPORT: ROCKIES RHP DANIEL BARD (KNEE) TO MISS SPRING TRAINING

Colorado Rockies right-hander Daniel Bard is not expected to start the season with the team due to a left knee injury that will require surgery, The Denver Post reported Tuesday.

Bard, 38, came away with knee discomfort injury during a throwing session, with the injury revealed to be a torn meniscus. He was scheduled for arthroscopic surgery on Tuesday, with the timetable for recovery expected to be five to seven weeks, he told the newspaper.

Bard, who was expected to compete for the Rockies’ closer role, will join the team at spring training in Scottsdale, Ariz., later but will not take part in Cactus League play.

“I tweaked my knee while I was throwing about 10 days ago and it was causing some problems,” Bard said in a phone interview with The Post. “I was playing normal catch stuff and I moved a little awkwardly and I felt something pop.”

Bard, who missed time last season because of anxiety and forearm tightness, was 4-2 with a 4.56 ERA and one save in 50 appearances.

Bard pitched from 2009-12 and in two games in 2013 for the Boston Red Sox, going 10-19 with a 3.67 ERA in 211 appearances (10 starts) with five saves. He spent the next five seasons trying to regain his form, then accepted a mentor role with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2018.

He signed a minor league deal with the Rockies in 2020 and ended up pitching in 23 major league games that season. Over the past four seasons in Colorado, Bard is 21-16 with a 3.83 ERA in 197 appearances with 61 saves.

RACING NEWS

KYLE LARSON JOINS FELLOW NASCAR CHAMPS TRUEX JR., BUSCH AND KESELOWSKI IN 0-FOR-DAYTONA 500 CLUB

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — No one needs to remind Kyle Larson about his record at Daytona International Speedway.

He’s frustratingly winless at the famed track, which is the only NASCAR venue at which he doesn’t even have a top-five finish.

“I do believe that we are much, much better than what we show on paper,” Larson said. “I feel like 90% of the time we’re in the top six to eight at the end of the race, the final 10 laps, then we get caught up in a crash and end up finishing 28th or worse.”

Larson is one of six drivers — and one of four former Cup Series champions — who will try to end double-digit skids in the Daytona 500 on Sunday. Larson fell to 0 for 10 in “The Great American Race” last year after getting caught up in a final-lap melee.

“It’s tougher today than it’s ever been,” three-time Daytona 500 winner and current Hendrick Motorsports vice chairman Jeff Gordon said. “You’ve just got to get yourself in position and be patient.”

Larson, who has started the last two Daytona 500s from the front row, was alongside leader and eventual winner Ricky Stenhouse Jr. on the second restart in overtime before coming home 18th. He’s finished 18th or worse in half of his Daytona 500 starts.

“Eventually it’s got to work out,” Larson said. “We keep putting ourselves in position. I’m confident that we can go out there and win or at least get a good finish and get off to a good start for the year.

“There’s a lot of factors that come into play at those superspeedway races. You have to cross your fingers that you can be in front of the pack and then you execute at the finish.”

Larson, the 2021 Cup Series champion, has plenty of company in the 0-for-Daytona 500 club.

Martin Truex Jr. is winless in 19 starts in the 500, none more agonizing than losing to Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Denny Hamlin by inches in 2016. Truex doesn’t have a top-10 finish in the 500 since, but he did win the series championship the following year.

Kyle Busch is 0 for 18 in the 500, a skid that’s more of a headscratcher than a heartbreaker considering the two-time series champ has won at just about every track on the circuit. Busch has started having fun with it. He peered at a handful of Powerball tickets last year and quipped, “Better chances of winning that than the Daytona 500.”

Brad Keselowski’s winless streak spans 14 Daytona 500s, also baffling considering the 2012 series champ has six wins at NASCAR’s other superspeedway, Talladega.

Keselowski had his best shot in 2021 before then-Team Penske teammate Joey Logano blocked him on the final lap, causing both to crash and allowing Michael McDowell to drive by for one of the more shocking finishes in race history.

“You just feel like you’re in position and it doesn’t happen and, yeah, it’s super painful,” said Keselowski, who listed winning the Daytona 500 atop his list of goals for 2024. “The closer you are to winning the race, the more painful it is.”

David Ragan (0 for 16) and A.J. Allmendinger (0 for 10) also are on the double-digit list.

Hall of Famers Tony Stewart, Rusty Wallace and Mark Martin are the most notable drivers to never win the Daytona 500.

Fellow Hall of Famer David Pearson needed 15 tries to win NASCAR’s signature event. Kyle Busch’s older brother Kurt needed 16. And NASCAR great Dale Earnhardt won in his 20th try — an iconic moment in series history.

Larson hopes to avoid that lengthy a wait and should have as good a chance as anyone Sunday.

“I’ve told him and all of our guys, ‘Look, we’ve led the race. We ran second last year. We have been in position to win it so many times and we get taken out,” said Hendrick Motorsports owner Rick Hendrick, whose last Daytona 500 victory came with Dale Earnhardt Jr. in 2014.

“We just got to go be competitive and our turn will come. That race is so unpredictable. We just got to go run the race, but our cars are fast enough, and I think our time is coming.”

AUTO RACING: AUTO RACING SEASON OPENS WITH 3 NASCAR RACES AT DAYTONA, THE LAST THE PREMIER 500

NASCAR CUP SERIES

Daytona 500

Site: Daytona Beach, Florida.

Schedule: Wednesday, qualifying, 8:15 p.m.; Thursday, Duel 1, 7 p.m., and Duel 2, 8:45 p.m.; Friday, practice, 5:35 p.m.; Saturday, practice, 10:30 a.m.; Sunday, race, 2:30 p.m. (FOX).

Track: Daytona International Speedway.

Race distance: 200 laps, 500 miles.

Last year: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. won after starting 31st.

Last race: Ross Chastain won the season finale in Phoenix while Ryan Blaney finished second and won his first championship.

Fast facts: Blaney’s only race victories last year came in the 31st (Talladega) and 35th (Martinsville). He beat fellow title contenders Kyle Larson, William Byron and Christopher Bell, giving Team Penske its second straight championship. Joey Logano won in 2022. … Annual title contenders Denny Hamlin and Chase Elliott are both recovering from shoulder surgeries but will be ready to race. Hamlin won the Busch Light Clash in Los Angeles on Feb. 3. … Martin Truex Jr. made noise about retiring last year but signed a one-year extension with Joe Gibbs Racing. … Kevin Harvick did retire after a winless season but with 60 wins (10th all-time) and a record 14 straight playoff appearances, along with a 2014 series championship.

Next race: Feb. 25, Hampton, Georgia.

Online: http://www.nascar.com

NASCAR XFINITY SERIES

United Rentals 300

Site: Daytona Beach, Florida.

Schedule: Friday, practice, 4:35 p.m.; Saturday, qualifying, 11:30 a.m., and race, 5 p.m. (FS1).

Track: Daytona International Speedway.

Race distance: 120 laps, 300 miles.

Last year: Austin Hill won from the pole position.

Last race: Cole Custer won after starting seventh and claimed his first championship in the series.

Fast facts: John Hunter Nemechek led the series with seven wins last season, but is moving to the Cup Series full-time this year. … Notable driver changes: Sheldon Creed has moved from Richard Childress Racing to Joe Gibbs Racing after finishing seventh in points last year. Sammy Smith has moved from Gibbs to JR Motorsports after finishing sixth in points last year. Chandler Smith has moved from Kaulig Racing to Gibbs after finishing ninth in points last year. Shane van Gisbergen of New Zealand, who won the road race in the Cup Series in Chicago last year, will compete full-time in the series for Kaulig. A.J. Allendinger will race full-time in the series this year, also for Kaulig.

Next race: Feb. 24, Hampton, Georgia.

Online: http://www.nascar.com

NASCAR TRUCK SERIES

Fresh From Florida 250

Site: Daytona Beach, Florida.

Schedule: Thursday, practice, 5:05 p.m.; Friday, qualifying, 3 p.m., and race, 7:30 p.m. (FS1).

Track: Daytona International Speedway.

Race distance: 100 laps, 250 miles.

Last year: Zane Smith won after starting 15th.

Last race: Ben Rhodes’ fifth-place finish in a crash-filled, quadruple-overtime season finale at Phoenix earned him his second series championship in three years by one point over Grant Enfinger, while non-championship contender Christian Eckes won for the fourth time of the season.

Fast facts: Thad Moffitt, a grandson of NASCAR legend Richard Petty, will compete full-time in the series with a newly formed race team. Moffitt made four starts during the 2022 season. His best result came at Daytona, finishing 18th.

Next race: Feb. 24, Hampton, Georgia.

Online: http://www.nascar.com

FORMULA ONE

Last race: Three-time champion Max Verstappen won the season finale in Abu Dhabi, his seventh consecutive victory and season-record 19th in 22 races in 2023.

Next race: Sakhir, Bahrain, March 2.

Online: http://www.formula1.com

INDYCAR

Last race: Scott Dixon won at Laguna Seca, his third win of the season, all in the last four races. The six-time champion gave Chip Ganassi Racing a 1-2 finish in the standings. A week earlier, teammate Alex Palou had become the first driver in 18 years to clinch the title before the final race of the season.

Next race: St. Petersburg, Florida, March 10.

Online: http://www.indycar.com

NHRA DRAG RACING

Next event: March 7-10, Gainesville, Florida.

Online: http://www.nhra.com

WORLD OF OUTLAWS

Next events: Feb. 15, 16 and 17, Barberville, Florida.

Online: http://worldofoutlaws.com/sprintcars

FERRARI TEAM PRINCIPAL FRED VASSEUR LOOKS FORWARD TO ‘HUGE OPPORTUNITY’ WITH HAMILTON IN 2025

MARANELLO, Italy (AP) — Lewis Hamilton’s arrival will present “a huge opportunity” for Ferrari next year but signing the seven-time Formula One champion involved some uncomfortable phone calls, team principal Fred Vasseur said Tuesday.

Hamilton is joining Ferrari for next season after driving for Mercedes since 2013. He will team up with Charles Leclerc at the Italian team after Carlos Sainz Jr. leaves.

“It’s a huge opportunity for the team, for sure,” said Vasseur, who has known Hamilton since they worked together during the British driver’s path through junior categories in the mid-2000s before his F1 debut with McLaren in 2007. That relationship helped ensure that the agreement was made “naturally,” he said.

Vasseur said the coup of signing Hamilton — a deal which surprised many in F1 — meant some difficult conversations with Sainz and with Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff, an old friend.

“As you can imagine, it was not the easiest call of my life (with Sainz). One of the most difficult was the one with Toto,” Vasseur said. “I’m fully convinced that (Sainz) is a very professional driver, that he understands that we have a long season in front of us. We had a long discussion, as you can imagine, but I will be fully supporting Carlos. He is fully committed.”

Hamilton’s move was announced on Feb. 1 and he said a few days later that driving in Ferrari red represented a “chance to fulfill another childhood dream.”

Leclerc said he was looking forward to learning from Hamilton.

“We’ve had discussions with, Lewis, especially when everything was announced and official, we texted each other, of course,” he said. “Lewis is a great champion with a lot of experience and so much success. It is always interesting to have a new teammate as you learn different ways of working, of driving, and even more so when my new teammate is a seven-time world champion.”

Ferrari on Tuesday unveiled its 2024 car, which the team said had been designed with a heavy emphasis on “drivability” — making the car easier for Leclerc and Sainz to drive and more adaptable in a range of conditions than the sometimes unpredictable 2023 car.

Red Bull won all but one of the races last year as Max Verstappen ran away with the drivers’ title. Ferrari struggled for much of the season but was the only other team to take a race victory as Sainz won the Singapore Grand Prix.

GOLF NEWS

FORD JOINS LPGA TOUR AS PHOENIX-AREA TITLE SPONSOR

Ford Motor Co. has joined the LPGA Tour as the title sponsor of next month’s Phoenix-area tournament, the tour announced Tuesday.

The Ford Championship will take place from March 28-31 at Seville Golf and Country Club in Gilbert, Ariz., where the 144-player field will compete for a $2 million purse.

“We’re proud to align with Ford, a global brand that recognizes the transformative power of women’s sports and shares our commitment to empowering girls and women, both on and off the golf course,” LPGA commissioner Mollie Marcoux Samaan said. “Together, we aim to elevate the LPGA through this world-class event which will spotlight the incredible talent of our athletes while creating an unforgettable experience for fans.”

The LPGA Tour has competed in Arizona more than 70 times since its inception in 1950. Most recently, Celine Boutier captured the 2023 Drive On Championship at Superstition Mountain Golf and Country Club for the first of her four victories in 2023. This will be the first professional competition held at Seville Golf and Country Club,

“Ford’s collaboration with the LPGA Tour represents our commitment to supporting women in sports and showcasing their incredible talent on a global stage,” said Lisa Materazzo, global chief marketing officer for Ford. “Through the Ford Championship presented by KCC, we aim to elevate the visibility of female athletes in the golfing world and inspire a new generation of fans.”

INDIANA SPORTS NEWS RELEASES/NEWS REPORTS

INDIANA PACERS

GAME PREVIEW: PACERS AT RAPTORS

Wednesday will be an emotional night for Pacers forward Pascal Siakam, as he makes his return to Toronto for Indiana’s game against the Raptors.

The Raptors originally drafted Siakam with the 27th overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft and the 6-8 forward from Cameroon blossomed into one of the league’s stars while in Toronto. He won the league’s Most Improved Player award in 2018-19, helped lead the Raptors to their first NBA title the next season, and made two All-Star and two All-NBA teams over his time with Toronto.

The Pacers acquired Siakam from the Raptors last month in exchange for Bruce Brown, Jordan Nwora, and three first-round picks. Siakam has fit right in in Indiana, averaging 21.3 points, 6.9 rebounds, and 4.3 assists over his first 14 games as a Pacer, shooting 57.9 percent from the field and 41.9 percent from 3-point range.

Siakam should receive a warm reception in his return to Toronto. While emotions will be running high, the Pacers (30-25) really want to find a way to pick up a win heading into the All-Star break.

The Blue & Gold have dropped two of their last three games, including a disappointing 111-102 defeat on Monday night in Charlotte.

“We didn’t play with the kind of urgency from start to finish that we needed to have,” Pacers head coach Rick Carlisle said. “It’s as simple as that.”

The loss slipped Indiana into seventh place in the Eastern Conference standings, an important distinction as the top six teams at the end of the regular season avoid the Play-In Tournament and advance directly to the playoffs.

The Raptors (19-35) are in a rebuilding season and have dropped two straight, five of seven, and 10 of 13. They’ve greatly reconfigured their roster over the course of the season, making four trades between Dec. 30 and the deadline.

In addition to Siakam, they’ve dealt away OG Anunoby, Precious Achiuwa, Malachi Flynn, Dennis Schroder, Thaddeus Young, Kira Lewis Jr., and Otto Porter Jr. Beyond Brown and Nwora, they’ve brought in RJ Barrett, Immanuel Quickley, Ochai Agbaji, and Kelly Olynyk.

The one constant this season has been Scottie Barnes, the 2021-22 NBA Rookie of the Year. The 6-7 forward has enjoyed a career year, starting all 54 games for Toronto and averaging 19.9 points, 8.1 rebounds, 5.9 assists, 1.5 blocks, and 1.2 steals. Barnes was rewarded last week with his first All-Star selection.

Projected Starters

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

Raptors: G – Immanuel Quickley, G – Gary Trent Jr., F – RJ Barrett, F – Scottie Barnes, C – Jakob Poeltl

Injury Report

Pacers: Tyrese Haliburton – questionable (left hamstring injury management), James Johnson – questionable (illness), Jalen Smith – out (lower back spasms)

Raptors: TBA

Last Meeting

Nov. 22, 2023: The Raptors outlasted the Pacers in a back-and-forth contest at Gainbridge Fieldhouse that featured 26 lead changes, coming away with a 132-131 win. Indiana led 129-128 following Tyrese Haliburton’s floater with 31 seconds remaining, but Scottie Barnes’ three-point play on the other end gave the visitors the lead for good.

Pascal Siakam led the Raptors with 36 points, 10 rebounds, and five assists against his former team. Dennis Schroder added 26 points, six rebounds, and five assists, while Barnes finished with 20 points, 12 rebounds, four assists, and four steals.

Haliburton led Indiana with 33 points and 16 assists in the loss. Buddy Hield added 31 points and five assists while going 7-for-12 from 3-point range. Myles Turner tallied 17 points, eight boards, and two blocks.

Noteworthy

The Pacers won at Scotiabank Arena last season on March 22, snapping a 15-game regular-season losing streak in Toronto. Prior to that, Indiana had not won a regular season game in Toronto since March 1, 2013.

The Pacers and Raptors will play twice more after the All-Star break: on Feb. 26 in Indianapolis and on April 9 in Toronto.

Indiana’s roster features two Canadians in second-year guards Bennedict Mathurin (Montreal) and Andrew Nembhard (Aurora).

All eyes will be on Indianapolis this weekend for NBA All-Star 2024. Haliburton will be starting the All-Star Game and also participating in the Skills Challenge and 3-Point Contest. Mathurin and Myles Turner will team up with Haliburton in the Skills Challenge, and Mathurin and Oscar Tshiebwe will take part in the Rising Stars event.

Broadcast Information (TV and Radio Listings >>)

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

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

Tickets

After the All-Star break, the Pacers will open the second half of the season at Gainbridge Fieldhouse against Cade Cunningham and the Detroit Pistons on Thursday, Feb. 22 at 7:00 PM ET.

INDY FUEL

FUEL HEAD TO IOWA FOR THREE GAME ROAD TRIP

INDIANAPOLIS – The Fuel head to Iowa for their first and only road trip of the season against the Heartlanders.

LAST TIME OUT

It was a two-game homestand for the Fuel as they welcomed in Iowa to Indiana Farmers Coliseum. The Fuel took Game 1 but the Heartlanders stormed back in Game 2, splitting the series 1-1.

Both games were convincing wins for each side with the Fuel winning 4-1 in the first game and Iowa taking the victory 7-3 in Game 2 off the back of five power plays goals in nine opportunities.

STAYING DISCIPLINED

The Fuel are currently third in the ECHL in penalty minutes and first in the Western Central Division. Last time out, they found themselves in a man disadvantage 16 times through the two games against Iowa.

The Heartlanders had a hard time at even strength but had no problems on the power play. Of the eight goals scored by the Heartlanders in these team’s first two matchups, five were scored on the power play.

The Fuel must stay out of the box and keep it an even-strength game to have the best chance at victory.

AROUND THE DIVISION

The Toledo Walleye have been holding the lead in the division with 63 points, despite a 3-3-2-2 record in their last 10 games. The Nailers have won 12 straight, putting them in second place with 58 points with the Fuel trailing behind in third with 54 points. The Komets are hot on their tail with 52 points in fourth place. Kalamazoo creeps behind in fifth place with 49 points, followed by Cincinnati with 46 points and Iowa with 45.

INDIANA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

NO. 14 IU VISITS WISCONSIN ON VALENTINE’S DAY

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – No. 14 Indiana is set to face Wisconsin on the road on Wednesday night inside Kohl Center. Tipoff between the Hoosiers and Badgers is set for 8 p.m. ET on Peacock.

ABOUT THE BADGERS

Wisconsin overcame a 17-point first half deficit to pick up a 69-64 win over Penn State at home on Sunday. Sophomore forward Serah Williams had career-highs with 31 points and 15 rebounds in the win as she leads the team in scoring this season (18.2 ppg.) and rebounding (10.7 ppg.). Sophomore guard Ronnie Porter also adds double figures with 10.0 points per game and 6.3 rebounds per outing. The Badgers are averaging 63.0 points per game while shooting 39 percent from the floor.

SERIES HISTORY

Indiana leads 53-24

LAST MEETING

1/15/23 – W, 93-56 (Bloomington, Ind.)

NOTES

Indiana is coming off a 95-62 win over Purdue on Sunday to sweep the yearly season series and win its 11th-straight over its conference rival. Senior guard Chloe Moore-McNeil scored a game-high 22 points in the win as she went a perfect 5-for-5 from the 3-point line.

Graduate student forward Mackenzie Holmes became the program’s all-time leading scorer on Sunday with 17 points in the win. She surpassed Tyra Buss’ record of 2,364 points and now stands at the top of the scoring list with 2,365 career points in 138 games played. Holmes can also set her sights on most points scored by any Indiana men’s or women’s player. She currently ranks third amongst either men’s or women’s players all-time behind Steve Alford (2,438) and Calbert Chaney (2,613).

Sunday’s win was the Hoosiers’ 20th of the season, marking the ninth-straight season the program has reached 20 wins or more and 15th overall in program history.

The Hoosiers shot 59 percent from the floor and 61.9 percent from the 3-point line against Purdue.  They now lead the country in field goal percentage (52.2 percent) and 3-point field goal percentage (41.1 percent). Holmes is fourth in the nation in field goal percentage (65.6 percent) while senior guard Sara Scalia is fifth from beyond the arc (44.4 percent).

IU is looking for its 10th-straight win over the Badgers on Wednesday night. It has won the last nine meetings, dating back to the 2016-17 season.

UP NEXT

A Monday afternoon matchup is set for the Hoosiers when it travels across state lines to Illinois. Tipoff on FOX is set for 2 p.m. ET.

2024 JERSEY MIKE’S NAISMITH TROPHY WOMEN’S COLLEGE POY MIDSEASON TEAM

NameClassPositionSchool
Georgia AmooreSeniorGVirginia Tech
Raegan BeersSophomoreFOregon State
Lauren BettsSophomoreCUCLA
Madison BookerFreshmanFTexas
Cameron BrinkSeniorFStanford
Paige BueckersSeniorGUConn
Kamilla CardosoSeniorCSouth Carolina
Caitlin ClarkSeniorGIowa
Aaliyah EdwardsSeniorFUConn
Yvonne EjimSeniorFGonzaga
Dyaisha FairGrad StudentGSyracuse
Hannah HidalgoFreshmanGNotre Dame
MACKENZIE HOLMESGRAD STUDENTFINDIANA
Abbey HsuSeniorGColumbia
Kiki IriafenJuniorFStanford
Rickea JacksonFifth YearFTennessee
Elizabeth KitleyGrad StudentCVirginia Tech
Ta’Niya LatsonSophomoreGFlorida State
Ayoka LeeSeniorCKansas State
Cotie McMahonSophomoreFOhio State
Aneesah MorrowJuniorGLSU
Charisma OsborneGrad StudentGUCLA
Te-Hina PaopaoSeniorGSouth Carolina
Alissa PiliSeniorFUtah
Angel ReeseJuniorFLSU
Kiki RiceSophomoreGUCLA
Saniya RiversJuniorGNC State
Jacy SheldonGrad StudentGOhio State
Jaylyn SherrodGrad StudentGColorado
Judea “JuJu” WatkinsFreshmanGUSC

MOORE-MCNEIL TABBED AS ONE OF USWBA ANN MEYERS DRYSDALE NATIONAL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

INDIANAPOLIS –  Senior guard Chloe Moore-McNeil was one of five players who was named one of five United States Basketball Writers Association Ann Meyers Drysdale National Players of the Week on Tuesday.

The Greenfield, Tenn. native averaged 16.0 points, 8.0 assists averaged 16.0 points, 8.0 assists, 7.5 rebounds and shot 63.2 percent from the floor as she recorded her first triple-double as No. 14 IU won games against Michigan State and Purdue. In a thriller against the Spartans, Moore-McNeil became just the second IU player to record a triple-double with 10 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists. It was the fourth overall triple-double in Indiana women’s basketball history as she joins Grace Berger as the only two Hoosiers to ever reach the feat.

Moore-McNeil poured in a game-high 22 points by going 8-for-11 from the field and a perfect 5-for-5 from the 3-point line versus the Boilermakers. She also pulled down five boards and dished out five assists while picking up two steals as IU won its 11th-straight game over Purdue.

The USBWA women’s awards, organized under Mel Greenberg, the USBWA Vice President for women’s basketball, are drawn from weekly conference honors as well as at-large additions.

PURDUE FOOTBALL

PURDUE FOOTBALL SPRING GAME SET FOR APRIL 13

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue Football will hit Rohrman Field at Ross-Ade Stadium for the first time in 2024 when the Boilermakers hold a spring game at noon on Saturday, April 13.

The event is open to the public, and admission is free.

After a one-year hiatus due to the $45.4 million Phase I renovation of Ross-Ade Stadium, the spring game returns for fans’ first look at the 2024 Boilermakers.

Purdue Football begins its second season under head coach Ryan Walters. During his first year guiding the Old Gold and Black, Walters and the Boilermakers faced one of the toughest schedules in the country. As the Boilermakers prepared to play Northwestern in their 11th game of the season, all 11 teams on Purdue’s schedule up to that point, including the Wildcats, did not have a losing record. Despite the gauntlet, Purdue tied for fourth in the Big Ten West and won both rivalry games to keep possession of the Cannon Trophy (Illinois) and the Old Oaken Bucket (Indiana) for the third straight season.

Purdue found success on both sides of the ball last season. The offense led the Big Ten in rushing in conference contests, averaging 184.6 yards per game. That included the Boilermakers rushing for more than 300 yards in back-to-back games for the first time since 1968. On the defensive side of the ball, Purdue recorded 35 sacks, the most since 2004 and the third-most in program history. Individually, Dillon Thieneman became an All-American (Third Team – AP), while being named FWAA Defensive Freshman Player of the Year and Big Ten Freshman of the Year after setting school records for interceptions (6) and solo tackles (74) by a freshman; both marks ranked third nationally by any defender in college football throughout the 2023 campaign.

Walters and his staff strengthened the team with the 2024 class, taking advantage of a full recruiting cycle. The class is currently ranked No. 30 nationally according to the composite rankings compiled by 247Sports, Purdue’s highest ranking since the class of 2019 assembled five years ago. The transfer rankings are even better. Ranked 13th nationally by Rivals, including second in the new 18-team Big Ten, the transfer class totals 14 new Boilermakers and features 11 players from Power 5 schools. Combining the recruiting class with the transfer class, Purdue ranks sixth in the Big Ten according to Rivals.

PURDUE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

PURDUE HEADS TO NORTHWESTERN FOR VALENTINE’S DAY GAME

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue women’s basketball team will hit the road for the second straight game on Wednesday night with a trip to Northwestern. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m. ET on B1G+.

Tim Newton and Jane Schott will be courtside at Welsh-Ryan Arena for the Purdue Global Radio Network on 95.3 BOB FM.

GAME INFORMATION 

Purdue (10-13, 3-9) vs. Northwestern (8-15, 3-9)

Wednesday, Feb. 14

Time: 8 PM ET

TV/Stream: B1G+

Radio: 95.3 BOB FM

Live Stats: Purduestats.com

LAST TIME OUT

The Boilermakers could not keep pace in the second half in a 95-62 loss at No. 14/13 Indiana on Sunday afternoon. Mary Ashley Stevenson led the team in scoring for the second straight game with 16 points on 7-of-9 shooting. Caitlyn Harper tallied 13 points. Sophie Swanson hit on a trio of 3-pointers in 15 minutes of action to tally 11 points.

NOTES

• Purdue leads the all-time series with Northwestern 52-26.

• The Boilermakers are 8-8 when playing on Valentine’s Day.

• Mary Ashley Stevenson was tabbed the USBWA Tamika Catchings National Freshman of the Week and the Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Week. The New York City native averaged 20.5 points and 5.0 rebounds over the last two games while shooting 63% from the field.

• Stevenson leads Big Ten freshmen in points per league game at 10.8, while sitting second in scoring in all games at 10. She is second among league rookies with 5.1 rebounds per game.

• Purdue’s freshman class sits atop the Big Ten with 22.7 points in all games and 22.8 points per league outing. The Boilermakers have put two freshmen in double figures eight games this season, most in the Big Ten.

• Jeanae Terry is on the verge of becoming the second Big Ten player in history to record 900 rebounds, 700 assists and 200 steals in a career. She needs two assists to join Iowa’s Samantha Logic.

• Terry is one of 15 players in the nation and one of three in the Big Ten to average over five points, assists and rebounds.

• Sophie Swanson has moved up to third on the team in made 3-pointers with 19. Swanson has hit nine triples in the last game while shooting 47.4% distance.

• Wednesday night will mark just the second time since the start of January Purdue will face a team outside the top 50 of the NET. Eight of Purdue’s last nine games were against programs inside the top 30.

• The 1,000-point countdown continues for a trio of Purdue’s seniors. Abbey Ellis is down to nine points from becoming the 36th member of Purdue’s 1,000-point club. Jeanae Terry is 16 points shy of hitting 1,000 for her career. Madison Layden needs 51 points to hit the 1,000-point mark.

• In addition to her climb towards 1,000 points, Madison Layden is 12 3-pointers away from becoming the sixth player in school history with 200 in a career. Layden ranks second in the Big Ten this season with a 43.8% clip from distance.

• Purdue is one of three teams nationally to have two 1,800-point scorers (Caitlyn Harper – 1,852 and Abbey Ellis – 1,809 points), joining Indiana and LSU.

• Mary Ashley Stevenson has earned two Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors, Purdue’s first multi-winner since 2016-17.

• Purdue’s freshmen have scored 10 or more points 23 times this season, ranking second in the Big Ten.

• Purdue’s freshman class has combined to score 30 or more points in five games this season, most in the Big Ten.

PURDUE MEN’S GOLF

SURTANI WINS PUERTO RICO CLASSIC AS BOILERMAKERS FINISH 7TH

RIO GRANDE, P.R. – The No. 29-ranked Purdue men’s golf finished seventh at the elite Puerto Rico Classic, headlined by Nels Surtani’s first career victory as a Boilermaker.

Surtani became the first Boilermaker to win in the 31-year history of event, sharing co-medalist honors with Virginia’s Bryan Lee at 15-under par 201 (67-65-69). Surtani’s total marked the fifth-best, 54-hole score in tournament history and tied for the third-best, 54-hole tally in Purdue history. He becomes just the fifth golfer in Purdue history to have three rounds in the 60s.

Meanwhile, the Boilermakers finished seventh as a team in an event that featured 10 teams ranked in the nation’s top 55. Purdue secured head-to-head wins over No. 9-ranked East Tennessee State, No. 25-ranked Ohio State and No. 55-ranked South Carolina. Purdue finished just one shot behind No. 4-ranked Mississippi and three shots behind No. 15-ranked Oklahoma.

Purdue finished at 29-under par 835 (280-273-282), the eighth-best, 54-hole tally in Purdue history.

Georgia won the tournament for the fifth time at 42-under par, while Virginia, Tennessee and North Florida rounded out the top four.

Purdue was the top-finishing squad among the five Big Ten teams in the field.

In addition to Surtani’s medalist honors, Nick Dentino finished tied for 30th at 6-under par 210 (68-70-72). Herman Sekne finished tied for 44th at 4-under par 212 (74-69-69), recording his 10th round of the year in the 60s – the fourth most in a season in Purdue history.

Kent Hsiao finished tied for 53rd at 2-under par 214 (72-69-73) and Sam Easterbrook was tied for 77th at 3-over par 219 (73-74-72).

Playing as individuals, Peyton Snoeberger tied for 61st at even-par 216 (69-74-73), Justin Sun tied for 71st at 2-over par 218 (73-70-75) and Kentaro Nanayama was 84th at 6-over par 222 (74-75-73).

Purdue will be off for the next month before competing in the Hootie at Bulls Bay on March 24 to 26 in Awendaw, South Carolina.

NOTRE DAME MEN’S BASKETBALL

A DATE WITH GEORGIA TECH

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The Notre Dame men’s basketball team looks to recapture lightning in a bottle in more ways than one on Wednesday when they host Georgia Tech. There will be no love lost between these two sides on Valentine’s Day as the Irish tip off against the Yellow Jackets inside Purcell Pavilion at 7 p.m. ET on ACC Network.

During Wednesday’s matchup, we will also be celebrating the award-winning Together Irish campaign. Through Together Irish, Notre Dame has focused its efforts on embracing and embodying inclusive excellence for the following areas: race/ethnicity, gender, sexuality, spirituality, citizenship and ability. The initiative directly led to more than 30 campuswide activations during the 2022-23 academic year alone and featured participation by each of the school’s 26 varsity sports.

LIGHTNING IN A BOTTLE

On Wednesday, it’ll be another return opponent for Notre Dame and it’ll be one in which they’ve defeated. The Irish will not only look to recapture lightning from a bottle from their previous gritty 75-68 overtime victory at Georgia Tech, but also grow from their 74-66 win over Virginia Tech this past Saturday.

Back on Jan. 10, the Irish earned their first true road victory and did it in overtime in Atlanta no less, outscoring the Yellow Jackets 9-2 in OT. In fact, the Irish are 2-1 in overtime games this season. It marked the Braeden Shrewsberry breakout game and he’s had a hot shooting hand ever since. Shrewsberry poured in a season high 25 points behind a season best five made three-pointers. In addition, Tae Davis and J.R. Konieczny provided the power in the paint, each recording double-doubles on the night.

Georgia Tech (10-14, 3-10 ACC) remained winless in the month of February after falling late at Louisville, 79-67, Saturday. The Yellow Jackets also lost 82-76 at NC State and 80-51 at home to Wake Forest since knocking off No. 3 North Carolina to close out the month of January. Georgia Tech’s three ACC wins have come against the ACC’s three highest-ranked teams in the NCAA’s NET rankings North Carolina (10), Duke (20) and Clemson (29). Nine of Georgia Tech’s 13 ACC games have been decided by single digits.

The Irish have claimed eight victories over the last 10 contests against Georgia Tech in the all-time series. Irish are a strong 11-2 at home against the Yellow Jackets.

LOOKING TO BUILD

Coach Shrewsberry saw the growth in his young team, just not the results yet. But on Feb. 10 vs. Virginia Tech, it clicked for the Irish and they battled past adversity to end the seven-game skid and emerge with the 74-66 win. Before the game, Coach Shrewsberry talked about how every player had a small role, how if every player did their job, all those small parts would add up to a win over the Hokies.

The Fighting Irish rallied down four at the half to outscore the Hokies 39-27 in the second half. They turned what had been a problem for most of January, which was second half starts, into a strength, starting the second on a 9-0 run. Notre Dame shot 54.2 percent in the second half and finished with their second highest assist total on the year with 14. They also tallied their second lowest turnover total at eight and out-rebounded Virginia Tech 34-28. Lastly, all nine guys who checked into the game recorded points.

BURTON JOINS ELITE COMPANY AND WINS ACC ROOKIE OF THE WEEK

For the second time this season, the Atlantic Coast Conference has named Notre Dame guard Markus Burton as its Rookie of the Week. Burton joins Blake Wesley as the only other multi-time ACC Rookie of the Week winner. Burton earned the honor after pouring in a team best 19 points then posting an incredible stat line in the win over Virginia Tech.

Markus Burton balled out with an impressive stat line of 16 points, a season high tying eight assists and a season best six steals – as the latter tied for the third most steals in a single game in program history.

Burton joined very rare company with that performance. Since 1996, only two other Irish have finished with at least 16 points, eight assists and six steals in a game – Chris Thomas in 2001 and Jerian Grant in 2013.

Burton’s 12 total assists tied for the most in the ACC in that past week. His seven steals were the second most and his 35 points were the 10th most.

1ST YEAR STAMP ON THE PROGRAM – DEFENSE

The year one Coach Shrewsberry stamp on the program has been the defensive intensity. 12 games and 9 different ACC opponents – all held under their season averages in every single contest, with Miami and Duke being held to season lows at that point in time.

Of the 13 ACC matchups that have already happened, only three opponents have reached the 70-point park against the Irish defense.

Notre Dame’s scoring defense of 65.8 ranks 2nd in the ACC and 37th in the country. According to KenPom, Notre Dame’s defensive efficiency ranks 43rd nationally.

In ACC play only, Notre Dame ranks 2nd in scoring defense (64.7) and 2nd in field goal percentage defense (.406).

HITTING THE MARK

Point guard Markus Burton has put his name amongst the top freshmen in the country with his stellar play thus far. For those who aren’t acquainted with the local standout from Mishawaka, here are some quick hitters:

His 16.2 ppg leads all ACC freshmen, with the next highest being Pitt’s Carlton Carrington at 13.6.

Ranks 4th nationally amongst DI freshmen.

1-of-2 ACC players averaging over 16 points and 4.0 assists.

Double-digit points in all but 2 games. He’s currently riding a 17-game streak – He’s scored at least 16 points in 4 straight games.

Ranks 10th in the ACC in scoring, 6th in Assists (4.2) and 4th in steals (1.8).

Averaging 4.9 assists in ACC play which ranks 4th. Also averaging 15.5 points & 2.1 steals, as the latter ranks 3rd.

If the season ended today, Burton’s 16.2 ppg would rank 3rd all-time in the ND freshman record book. The two in front of him – Adrian Dantley (18.3) and Troy Murphy (19.2).

Two-time ACC Rookie of the Week

SHREWSBERRY’S HOT HAND

Braeden Shrewsberry is really hitting his stride over the past month . The freshman has secured 8 double-digit scoring performances over the last 10 games, averaging 13.0 points – 2nd highest to Burton in that span. He’s 32-of-68 from three in that span as his 47.1 percent ranks 4th in the league in that timeframe.

Get this – since Jan. 6, Shrewsberry is averaging 3.2 made threes per game, which ranks 2nd in the ACC in that timeframe. He’s hit multiple treys in 10 straight games. Furthermore, he’s produced at least four made three-pointers in three of the last five games.

One of those double-digit scoring games was when Shrewsberry put the team on his back with a season best 25 points in the OT win at Georgia Tech. He connected on a season high five made three pointers.

He’s now averaging 11.1 points in ACC play (2nd most on team), while shooting 43.2 percent from the field & 43.4 percent from beyond the arc – ranks 4th in ACC. Lastly, he averages 2.8 made threes/game in league play, which ranks 5th.

FRESHMAN RECORD WATCH

Burton still has a ways to go but it’s never too early to speculate on whether he could claim the Notre Dame freshman scoring record. The freshman guard enters Wednesday’s matchup with 388 points on the season – which would already put him in the No. 7 spot. Next up – Jerian Grant’s 418. No. 1 on the list is Trophy Murphy at 519.

From a scoring average perspective, Burton’s 16.2 ppg ranks 3rd all-time behind Troy Murphy (19.2) and Adrian Dantley (18.3).

ANOTHER FRESHMAN TRENDING

He might be flying under the radar right now but keep an eye on another freshman in Logan Imes. The Indiana native made his first collegiate start on Jan. 31 at Virginia, recording a stat line of three points, five rebounds, three assists and one turnover. In his second start at Pitt he notched four points and a season high six rebounds.

Coming off the bench on Feb. 10, Imes scored all 8 of his season high points in the 2nd half in the win vs. Virginia Tech. He went 3-fof-4 from the line (final 1:14 of the game) and hit a pivotal three-pointer with 7:23 left.

IN YOUR BAG

Markus Burton has been leading this young Irish squad all season offensively. As of late, he’s ratcheted up the defensive intensity. The starting point guard has collected 16 steals over the last 4 games. He now averages a team best 1.8 steals per game, which ranks 4th in the ACC. His 2.1 steals/game in league play ranks 3rd.

BOARDS BATTLE

One of Notre Dame’s greatest strengths this season has been its rebounding. In ACC play, the Irish rank 2nd in rebounding (36.9) and 4th in rebound margin (+2.9). In addition they rank 4th in both offensive (10.0) rebounds per game and defensive (26.9).

The Irish are 7-6 this season when out-rebounding their opponent.

SECOND HALF SURGE

Burton has had a knack for surging at the right moments in the second half. Nine times this season, Burton has scored double-digit points in the second half alone, including three times over the last four games.

Burton is averaging a team best 8.4 points in the second half.  

NOTRE DAME WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

HIDALGO MAKES NAISMITH WOMEN’S COLLEGE PLAYER OF THE YEAR MIDSEASON TEAM

ATLANTA — As the watch lists continue to get shorter, Hannah Hidalgo isn’t going anywhere.

On Tuesday, Hidalgo was named to the 2024 Naismith Trophy Women’s Player of the Year Midseason Team. The squad is composed of 30 players, and just three are freshmen: Hidalgo, Texas forward Madison Booker and USC guard JuJu Watkins. Hidalgo was also recently named to the Naismith Women’s Defensive Player of the Year Watchlist.

The New Jersey rookie’s name is plastered all over national rankings and statistics. She ranks third in the nation in points per game (25.1) and leads all Division I players with 5.1 swipes every time she sees the court. She leads all ACC rookies with 5.6 assists per game, and she ranks second overall in the conference. Hidalgo and Iowa’s Caitlin Clark are the only major conference players averaging at least 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists per game. When you add in the 5.1 steals per game, Hidalgo stands alone.

Additionally, the list of records Hidalgo has broken thus far is lengthy and ever-growing:

ACC single-season freshman steals

ACC Rookie of the Week awards

Notre Dame single-game freshman scoring

Notre Dame single-season freshman scoring

Notre Dame single-game steals*

Notre Dame single-season steals

Notre Dame consecutive 20-point games

Notre Dame freshman 30-point games

* indicates tied record

BUTLER MEN’S BASKETBALL

NO. 4 MARQUETTE HOLDS ON LATE, TOPS BUTLER, 78-72

Butler trimmed a Marquette lead to a single possession several times in the closing minutes, but could never get over the hump as the No. 4-ranked Golden Eagles won, 78-72, Tuesday night at Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

Tyler Kolek led the Golden Eagles with 27 points.

Marquette has now won eight straight games, dating back to Butler’s win over the Golden Eagles in Milwaukee Jan. 10. Marquette is 19-5 (10-3 BIG EAST), while Butler falls to 16-9 (7-7).

HOW IT TRANSPIRED:

A 12-2 Marquette run erased a very early Butler lead and gave the visitors a 16-9 advantage at the 12:04 mark of the first half.

That seven-point lead was the largest of the first half by either team.

Butler fought all the back, taking a short-lived 26-24 lead of their own with 5:34 remaining.

Marquette led, 34-32, at the half. The Golden Eagles shot 49 percent and forced nine Butler turnovers over the first 20 minutes.

Marquette’s Tyler Kolek and Butler’s Jahmyl Telfort each had 10 points in the first half.

The first double-digit lead of the contest came at 10:17 of the second half as Marquette took a 55-45 lead. Another basket gave the Golden Eagles their largest lead of the game at 57-45.

Finley Bizjack sparked a Butler comeback as the Bulldogs were able to trim the lead to only two at 64-62 with four minutes to play. The Bizjack three-pointer at that point gave him 17 points, matching his career-high.

After two Jalen Thomas free throws made it Marquette 69-66 with 1:50 to play, the Golden Eagles scored on back-to-back possessions: a Kolek three-pointer and an Iso Ighodaro driving lay-up to stretch the margin back to eight with 50 seconds remaining.

OF NOTE:

Kolek added seven rebounds and five assists to his game-high 27 points. He made 10 of his 21 attempts from the field.

Ighodaro added 17 points and 10 rebounds for Marquette.

Bizjack led the Bulldogs with a career-best 19 points with 16 coming after halftime.

Pierre Brooks II scored 15 points for Butler, while Telfort (12) and Thomas (11) also reached double figures.

Marquette had a 46-20 advantage in points in the paint.

Butler had a 39-34 rebounding edge as Thomas and DJ Davis each had seven. Telfort and Brooks each pulled down six. It was Butler’s first loss when out-rebounding its opponent (now 13-1).

Marquette’s defense limited Butler to 40-percent shooting. Butler did hit nine three-pointers, but needed 25 attempts.

The Bulldogs won the first meeting between the teams this season, 69-62, in Milwaukee.

Butler is 11-3 this season at Hinkle Fieldhouse.

Tuesday’s contest was the annual Project 44 game in honor of the late Andrew Smith and the non-profit organization established to drive awareness of the national bone marrow registry.

Butler is in the midst of a five-game stretch that includes four Top 25 opponents.

This was the 51st meeting in the series between the two programs; Marquette now leads 26-25.

UP NEXT: The Bulldogs finish off their three-game homestand at Hinkle Fieldhouse with a Saturday tip against No. 17/16 Creighton. It completes a five-game stretch of four Top 25 opponents for Butler. A limited number of tickets still remain for the 12:30 p.m. tip, which will also air on FOX.

BUTLER WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

BUTLER ROAD TRIP BEGINS AT PROVIDENCE

INDIANAPOLIS – The Butler women’s basketball team will play four of their next five games on the road. This stretch starts on Wednesday, Feb. 14 when the Bulldogs play the Providence Friars on Valentine’s Day at Alumni Hall. Fans can stream the 7 PM tip on FloHoops.com.

GameDay

Date: Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2024

Time: 7:00 PM

Location: Providence, R.I. – Alumni Hall

Live Stats: Friars.com – SidearmStats

Watch: BEDN on FloHoops.com

Bulldog Bits

– Butler leads the BIG EAST in 3-point field goal percentage (38.9%).

– The Bulldogs rank second in the BIG EAST in made 3-pointers per game (8.3).

– Rachel Kent has made a 3-pointer in 14-straight games. She ranks third in the conference in made 3-pointers with 56.

– Kent has scored in double figures for Butler in six-straight games. She is five free throws away from 200 and five assists away from 300 in her career.

– The Bulldogs made 11 3-pointers in their win over St. John’s on Friday night. It was the eighth time this season BU has made 10 or more 3’s in a game.

– Caroline Strande was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll on Monday for the third time this season.

– Strande ranks ninth in the BIG EAST in scoring (14.8) and 10th in rebounding (7.3).

– Strande made a career-high five 3-pointers in the first matchup vs. Providence.

– Butler’s win over St. John’s was the team’s first victory over the Red Storm since Feb. 1, 2019.

– Jordan Meulemans returned to action for BU after missing the team’s previous four games.

– Meulemans came off the bench for the Bulldogs for the first time since Feb. 11, 2023 when Butler played at Providence.

– Riley Makalusky grabbed a career-high six rebounds in the win over St. John’s.

– BU started three freshmen against St. John’s.

BIG EAST Standings

UConn 12-0, 20-5

Creighton 11-2, 20-3

Villanova 8-4, 15-8

St. John’s 8-5, 14-11

Marquette 7-6, 18-6

Georgetown 6-7, 16-8

Seton Hall 6-7, 14-10

Providence 5-7, 11-14

DePaul 4-9, 12-14

Butler 2-10, 10-13

Xavier 0-12, 1-20

Scouting Providence                                                                            

The Friars have lost their last three games to drop their overall record to 11-14. They took a tough overtime loss to Marquette in their last home game (66-62) before dropping road contests at DePaul (84-72) and at Georgetown (54-44). Providence is now in eighth place of the conference standings with a 5-7 record. They had won three-straight games before the three-game skid. First-year head coach Erin Batth has three players scoring in double figures this season. Olivia Olsen nearly averages a double-double while shooting 54.3 percent from the field. Olsen ranks third in the conference in rebounds per game (9.0) and 11th in scoring (14.7). Senior guard Grace Efosa ranks second on the team with her 12.6 scoring average and Brynn Farrell is the top 3-point threat on the Friar roster, averaging 11.0 points per game.

All-Time Series                                                                                      

Butler leads Providence in the all-time series 12-11, however the Friars have won seven of the last eight meetings. BU topped Providence by one-point last year at Alumni Hall to break up six-straight Friar wins. The Bulldogs won the first six meetings of the series before being swept by PC in 2016-17. The two clubs have also met in the BIG EAST Tournament a pair of times with BU winning in 2018 and PC winning in 2021.

Last Meeting vs. Providence                                                              

Butler only scored 16 first half points in the first meeting when the two teams met on FS1. The game tightened up after the Bulldogs outscored the Friars 19-9 in the third quarter, but the halftime deficit proved to be too much to overcome giving Providence a 63-53 win at Hinkle Fieldhouse. Olivia Olsen impacted the outcome with 16 points and 13 rebounds for the Friars. Caroline Strande was the top Bulldog performer with 22 points and eight rebounds.

A Look Back at Last Week                                                                                 

The Bulldogs notched their first BIG EAST home win last week with a 64-59 victory over St. John’s. Caroline Strande, Rachel Kent, and Riley Makalusky all scored in double figures and the Bulldogs shot 45 percent from 3-point range to find the win column. BU won for just the second time this season after trailing their opponent at halftime. The victory was also Butler’s first against an opponent in the Top 100 of the NET Rankings.

Strande Lands on BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll                              

Caroline Strande led BU to a win over St. John’s with 18 points, nine rebounds, four assists, a steal and a blocked shot. She shot 50 percent from the field (7-14) and hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 2:06 left in the fourth to give BU a one-point lead that they would not give up. This is the third time this season Strande has made the honor roll.

Weather the Storm                                                                                             

There were three ties and six lead changes between Butler and St. John’s in the fourth quarter of Friday night’s game. Karsyn Norman tied the game at 57-57 with a pull-up jumper after the final media timeout and Caroline Strande’s 3-pointer put BU on top for good. It was Butler’s first win this year in a game that was decided by five points or less. The ‘Dawgs are also 9-2 now when holding their opponent under 60 points.

Solid Stat Line                                                                                        

Sydney Jaynes posted seven points, six rebounds and six assists in 29 minutes of action against St. John’s. Jaynes scored seven-straight points for BU in the second quarter vs. the Red Storm to get Butler back within two points of the Johnnies. Her six assists were good for a new career-high.

Carter Set Career-Highs Vs. Providence                             

Cristen Carter set multiple career-high totals against Providence in the first meeting with seven rebounds, three blocked shots, and two assists. She posted those numbers over a career-high 22 minutes in just her second career start back on Jan. 21.

Erin and Ari                                                                                                          

Providence Head Coach Erin Batth coached Ari Wiggins at Michigan last year. In her lone season with the Wolverines, Batth helped guide Michigan to an NCAA Tournament appearance. Wiggins appeared in 21 games last year for Michigan as a sophomore.

Bulldogs Off The Bench                                                                       

Butler’s bench has outscored the opposition’s bench in seven-straight games. This streak started with Butler’s game at St. John’s on Jan. 17. The recently outscored the Red Storm bench 15-3 on Feb. 9.

Grab the Board                                                                                     

Caroline Strande is the top rebounding guard in the BIG EAST. She has led Butler in rebounding 16 times this season (23 games) and in nine of Butler’s 12 BIG EAST games.

Sharpshooters                                                                                       

Butler has four of the best 3-point shooters in the BIG EAST Conference on their roster. Riley Makalusky leads the BIG EAST in 3-point field goal percentage (50.0) and Caroline Strande ranks third (47.7). Jordan Meulemans went 2-for-3 from distance in her return to action and now ranks fifth in the league connecting on 44.9 percent of her attempts and Rachel Kent is also listed in the top-ten at 40.6 percent. This group accounts for 153 of the team’s 190 made 3-pointers (80.5%).

Tied a Team Record                                                                                            

Jordan Meulemans made eight 3-pointers in Butler’s win over St. Thomas. She was just one 3-pointer shy of tying the single-game BU individual record and the ‘Dawgs tied their team record with 16 made 3-pointers in the victory.

Up Next                                                                                                                 

The Bulldogs will stay on the road this weekend to battle the Villanova Wildcats on Saturday afternoon. The 4 PM tip at Finneran Pavilion will come against the league’s leading scorer Lucy Olsen (23.0 ppg).

BUTLER MEN’S BASKETBALL

BUTLER UNIVERSITY TO HOST THE BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT (TBT) REGIONAL FOR 2024

INDIANAPOLIS, February 13, 2024 – The Basketball Tournament (TBT), the 64-team, $1 million winner-take-all event, announced today that Butler University and Hinkle Fieldhouse will host a TBT regional for the first time in 2024. The regional will be headlined by Butler alumni team All Good Dawgs, whose roster will feature former Bulldogs great and eight-year NBA veteran Shelvin Mack.

Butler Regional games will be played at Hinkle Fieldhouse from July 19-24.

“Bringing TBT to Hinkle is a dream come true,” said TBT founder and CEO Jon Mugar. “Our event is modeled after the Indiana High School Tournament featured in Hoosiers, which was a seminal movie in my childhood. We are excited to partner with Butler University to bring our event to Indiana for the first time.”

“There is no better place to experience basketball than Hinkle Fieldhouse, and we are excited to add TBT games to the list of marquee events that have been played here,” said Butler Vice President and Director of Athletics Barry Collier. “Butler prides itself on creating great experiences for our teams and fans, and the 2024 TBT will be no different.”

“Being able to bring together some of the greatest Bulldogs to ever wear our jersey as part of an All Good Dawgs TBT team is a great thing for Butler,” said Bulldogs head coach Thad Matta. “Our fans are going to love watching these Dawgs compete at Hinkle again in one of the most fun tournament settings ever created.”

All Good Dawgs marks the first time Butler University has had an alumni team entry in TBT. The team will be joined in the regional by seven other teams hoping to emerge one step closer to TBT’s $1M grand prize.

Mack, All Good Dawgs’ first player commitment, starred at Butler from 2008-11, and helped lead the Bulldogs to back-to-back NCAA Tournament championship appearances and two Horizon League titles.

Mack was drafted with the 34th pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, and spent eight seasons in the NBA before finishing his playing career in Europe.

Remaining roster announcements will be made over the coming months via All Good Dawgs’ social media pages, @AllGoodDawgsTBT.

Since TBT began in 2014, it has awarded more than $13M in prize money, and has been viewed in more than 180 countries around the world. Alumni teams have won TBT’s championship in four of the past five summers, with teams representing Ohio State, Marquette, Syracuse, and the University of Buffalo taking home the $1M prize between 2019-2022. TBT is also the home of the Elam Ending, the alternate ending to games where teams play to a target score. The Elam Ending was adopted and featured by the NBA for its All-Star Games from 2020-23, and is now being used in G League games as part of their overtime format.

Tickets for the 2024 Butler Regional will go on sale at a later date. To be the first to secure tickets for the event, fans can sign up for TBT’s waitlist at thetournament.com/tbt/tickets/.

For more information on this year’s TBT or All Good Dawgs, visit TheTournament.com.

About The Basketball Tournament

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BUTLER BASEBALL

BUTLER BASEBALL 2024 SEASON PREVIEW: OUTFIELD

INDIANAPOLIS – The Bulldogs have seven outfielders on the 2024 roster highlighted by the BIG EAST Freshman of the Year Joey Urban. Xavier Carter returns to the club as an option for head coach Blake Beemer and Jack Moroknek is healthy and ready to go for the upcoming season.

“We may only have seven outfielders on the roster, but from a talent standpoint, we are deep at this position,” Beemer stated. “We have been moving guys around out there and I feel pretty good about our options.”

Urban primarily played in leftfield as a freshman in 2023. He was one of just two Bulldogs to start in all 55 games and he led the club in hits (66), average (.296), doubles (17), home runs (6) and RBI’s (35).

“Urban took a lot of reps for us in centerfield during the off-season, but we also like him playing leftfield,” Beemer explained. “We have great competition going for all three spots. If Urban does end up in left, we could use Ethan Vecrumba in center, or we could go with Jack Moroknek in leftfield to keep Urban in center.”

Urban, Carter, Moroknek and Vecrumba give the Bulldogs four quality outfielders for just three spots, however Beemer believes that the one Bulldog that does not see playing time defensively could help the team as the designated hitter.

Carter had the fifth-highest batting average on the team a year ago (.269) while adding nine doubles, a triple and three homeruns. Vecrumba is an Indiana transfer and Moroknek is back in the mix after missing the 2023 season due to injury.

The Bulldogs also brought in three talented freshmen to add depth to this position group. David Ayers, Ryan Drumm, and Tommy Townsend are an athletic trio that could see playing time as the year unfolds.

“All three of these guys have swung the bat well,” Beemer said. “Defensively they need some more reps, and probably need a little bit more time to get to the level of the starters, but offensively they are not far behind at all.”

IUPUI MEN’S BASKETBALL

IUPUI TO HIT THE ROAD TO FACE DETROIT MERCY ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT

DETROIT – The IUPUI basketball team will embark on a two-game road trip, beginning on Wednesday (Feb. 14) as the Jaguars take on Detroit Mercy (0-26, 0-15 HL) inside Calihan Hall at 7:00 p.m. on ESPN+. IUPUI (6-20, 2-13 HL) comes in seeking a third true road win of the season.

The are looking to snap out of some recent doldroms, having dropped six straight entering Wednesday’s game. Junior Jlynn Counter, who missed two of those six losses, paces the team in scoring (14.8 ppg), while senior Bryce Monroe is second on the team in scoring (11.3 ppg) and leads the squad in assists (63). Monroe is coming off a 16-point effort in Saturday’s home loss to Purdue Fort Wayne. Sophomore Vincent Brady II had 11 points, seven rebounds and a career-high five steals in that contest as the Jaguars collected 12 steals.

IUPUI is looking for a regular season series sweep of the Titans after defeating Detroit Mercy 67-55 back on Dec. 29. IUPUI led wire-to-wire in that contest and led by as many as 25 points midway through the second half. Brady had a team-high 17 points in that victory and Monroe and DJ Jackson added 13 apiece. Both teams’ top scorers – Counter and UDM’s Jayden Stone – missed that contest.

SCOUTING DETROIT MERCY

Detroit Mercy enters the game at 0-26 on the season and 0-15 in Horizon League play. The Titans have had five games decided by five points or less, including a one-point loss at Ole Miss back in November and a double overtime loss at Robert Morris in mid-January. Jayden Stone (20.5 ppg, 5.7 rpg) and Marcus Tankersley (16.0 ppg) lead the Titans in scoring as they rank first and ninth in the league in scoring, respectively.

INSIDE THE SERIES

IUPUI is 3-7 all-time against Detroit Mercy, but 0-4 in the four meetings in Detroit. 

UP NEXT

IUPUI will close out the two-game Michigan trip at Oakland University on Saturday (Feb. 17) at 3:00 p.m. on ESPN+.

Notes and Tidbits (click here to download the full IUPUI Game Notes)

    PURDUE FORT WAYNE LEFTOVERS

    IUPUI fell to Purdue Fort Wayne on Saturday (Feb. 10), 92-67… Bryce Monroe had a team-high 16 points (4-9 FG, 8-8 FT) and Vincent Brady II had 11 points (5-11 FG, 1-3 FT), a season-high seven rebounds and career-high five steals… IUPUI had 12 steals, paced by Brady (5) and three from Jlynn Counter… Qwanzi Samuels finished with nine points (4-5 FG, 1-2 FT) off the Jaguars’ bench.

    JLYNN COUNTS

    Junior Jlynn Counter ranks among the Horizon League’s top-15 in five statistical categories – field goal percentage (10th, 47.4%), scoring (12th, 14.8 ppg), free throw percentage (13th, 76.9%), assists (t-13th, 2.7 apg) and steals (t-13th, 1.3 spg). In league play, Counter is second in the league in free throw shooting (87.2%).

    Counter, a preseason Second Team All-Horizon League pick, led the team in scoring (14.5 ppg) and assists (3.3 apg) last season.

    COUNTER COUNT

    Counter had a recent 23-point showing against Robert Morris, matching his season-high and most by a Jaguar this season. The Oklahoma City-native tallied his 500th career point against Elon on Nov. 17 and enters today with 792 career points.

    …He’s scored in double-digits 39 times in 54 career games

    …He’s hit for 20-or-more points 14 times in 54 career games

    BIG. ROAD. DUB.

    IUPUI earned its best win of the season at Purdue Fort Wayne on Jan. 17, 85-79. The Jaguars had their best offensive game of the season, shooting a season-high 59.3 percent from the floor. The Jaguars scored a season-high 58 points in the paint, including making 18-of-22 (82 percent) shot at or near the rim.

    Here are some other notes from the win:

    -It marked just the second home loss for Purdue Fort Wayne this season

    -It was the first time all season IUPUI had five players score in double-digits

    -IUPUI had a season-high six dunks (Samb 4, Samuels 2); Samb had four dunks all season long before finishing four in that contest

    -IUPUI’s five three-point attempts were the team’s fewest since also attemping four against Denver on Feb. 14, 2015

    HOT QWANZ

    Since the calendar turned to 2024, forward Qwanzi Samuels is a combined 34-of-50 from the field and is now shooting 53.6 percent from the floor this season.

    His field goal percentage has climbed from 41.6 percent to 53.6 percent during that span.

    THAT’LL DOU   

    Sophomore Abdou Samb had his best offensive output of the season, scoring a season-high 13 points (6-10 FG) at Purdue Fort Wayne, including four dunks.

    In 14 games in the IUPUI starting lineup (3-11 overall), Samb is averaging 7.0 points and 3.8 rebounds, going 41-of-66 from the field (62.1 percent).

    Samb’s field goal percentage has risen from 55.5 percent to 60.2 percent since he moved into the starting five.

    #SCTOP10

    IUPUI players were featured on ESPN’s SportsCenter Top 10 Plays twice in three days on Dec. 29 and Dec. 31 with a pair of dunks.

    Against Detroit Mercy on Dec. 29, Kidtrell Blocker’s one-handed dunk from the right side was the No. 8 play on SportsCenter.

    Two days later, Vincent Brady II’s one-handed dunk from the left baseline was chosen as the No. 4 play in the country that evening.

    ONLY THE LONELY   

    Only one IUPUI player (Qwanzi Samuels) has appeared in all 26 games so far this season as the other 14 players have missed at least one game due to injury or illness. Only three others have played in 25 games – Bryce Monroe, Vincent Brady II and DJ Jackson. Everyone else has missed at least two games this campaign.

    QWANZ SEES DOUBLE

    Graduate transfer Qwanzi Samuels recorded his first collegiate double-double at Minnesota (Dec. 16), having finished with a career-high 13 points (5-8 FG, 3-3 FT), 10 rebounds and four assists in 30 minutes off the Jaguars’ bench.

    It marked his first-ever double-digit scoring game (in his 96th career game) and his second career game with 10-or-more rebounds.

    FOR STARTERS

    With the glut of injuries and sickness, head coach Matt Crenshaw has found himself shuffling his starting lineup, using 10 different combinations this season.

    No IUPUI player has started every game (Monroe leads the team with 24 starts) and 10 different players have started at least four games. Counter is second on the team with 20 starts. 

    NINE MAN ROTATION

    Nine different Jaguars are playing at least 11 minutes per game, led by Bryce Monroe (30.6 mpg) down to Cooper Dewitt (11.5 mpg).

    IN THE CLASSROOM

    Seven members of the squad topped a 3.0 grade point average for the fall semester, paced by John Egbuta (3.62) and Amhad Jarrard (3.51). Others included Vincent Brady II (3.48), Yves Nkomba (3.46), Derek Petersen (3.29), Qwanzi Samuels (3.12) and Bryce Monroe (3.00). 

    SEEING RED

    Both Amhad and Armon Jarrard will redshirt this season. Amhad missed the entire summer and preseason after suffering an injury last season and Armon was limited to just three games this season while playing through an injury. He was shutdown after trying to play at Indiana State on Nov. 14.

    The Jarrards are one of 21 sets of brothers playing for the same team this season and one of nine sets of twins in Division I basketball.

    FIRST TO TIP

    IUPUI was the first team in the country to tip-off the 2023-24 season, starting at 11:00 a.m. on Nov. 6 in front of a crowd of 4,867 on the annual NCAA ‘Readers Become Leaders’ Day at Indiana Farmers Coliseum.

    The 4,867 represented a new home attendance record for the Jaguars, eclipsing the previous mark of 4,114 from last year’s similar event.

    ROAD KILL

    The early season road win at Valpo was a welcome event, marking IUPUI’s first road win since winning at Robert Morris on Feb. 17, 2022. It was the first road non-conference victory since winning at South Florida on Nov. 13, 2019 at the Cayman Islands Classic.

BALL STATE BASEBALL

BASEBALL VOTED SECOND IN MAC PRESEASON POLL

The Ball State baseball team was voted to finish second in the Mid-American Conference Baseball Preseason Poll, the league office announced Tuesday.

The Cardinals got 93 points and three first place votes to slot in behind Kent State, who got 98 points and eight first place votes. Central Michigan (68 points), Western Michigan (67) and Ohio (61) were the teams with the next-highest point tallies in a vote of the MAC head coaches.

In the vote for the tournament winner, the Golden Flashes got eight votes, the Broncos two and the Cardinals one.

Ball State features First Team All-MAC outfielder Decker Scheffler and All-Defensive Team catcher Hunter Dobbins from the 2023 team that won the MAC Tournament to advance to the fourth NCAA Regional in program history.

Rich Maloney enters his 19th year leading the Cardinals (29 years overall as a head coach) sporting 953 career wins. Ball State opens the season on Friday playing Lehigh at the Swig & Swine Classic in Charleston, S.C.

2024 MAC Baseball Head Coaches Preseason Poll

1. Kent State (8)                98

2. Ball State (3)                 93

3. Central Michigan          68

4. Western Michigan       67

5. Ohio                                61

6. Toledo                             60

7. Miami                             59

8. Bowling Green              36

9. Eastern Michigan         29

10. Northern Illinois        22

11. Akron                            12

*First place votes in parentheses

Tournament Champions: Kent State (8), Western Michigan (2), Ball State (1)

BALL STATE WOMEN’S GOLF

SOLID SECOND ROUND PROPELS WOMEN’S GOLF INTO THIRD ON OPENING DAY OF BGSU WOMEN’S INTERCOLLEGIATE

LITCHFIELD PARK, Ariz. – – The Ball State women’s golf team turned in the lowest second round of the BGSU Women’s Intercollegiate Tuesday evening, climbing into third place among the 14-team field on the Blue Course at the Wigwam Resort and Country Club.

The Cardinals started its first tournament of the spring slate strong, firing a 309 (+25) to place sixth after the opening 18 holes. The second time through the course was even better, however, as BSU’s golfers carded a combined 296 (+12) which was one stroke better than any other squad.

“I am proud of the way we battled after getting off to a shaky start,” head coach Cameron Andry said. “The greens are elevated and grew firmer as the day went on, so we had to make adjustments on the fly, but we showed some growth and maturity in how we remained focused and patient and adjusted to take what the golf course gave us. I’m excited to see us compete in the top pairing tomorrow!”

BSU’s second-round 296 was also the second lowest of the tournament so far, trailing only tournament leader Grand Canyon’s 294 (+10) in the opening round. The ‘Lopes currently hold a six-shot lead over second place Idaho and are 12 ahead of the third-place Cardinals.

Junior Sabrina Langerak led the charge for Ball State, shooting a 145 (+3) over her 36-hole day which is currently tied for second and just one stroke off the lead. Her opening-round 74 (+3) including a pair of birdies, while her second-round 71 (E) included six. Overall, her eight total birdies were tied as the most among the field of 78 golfers on Tuesday.

“Sabrina was incredibly solid all day,” Andry exclaimed. “She managed her game well and hit some great shots, but I was even more impressed with how she maintained her composure when she hit some poor shots.”

Sophomores Jasmine Driscoll and Sarah Gallagher carded six and five birdies, respectively, over their opening two rounds, helping the team as a whole tie for first among the field with 26 total birdies. That effort helped the Cardinals rank second among the field on both par 4s (4.33, +23) and par 5s (4.94, -3).

Driscoll, Ball State’s leader in stroke average at 74.13 entering the tournament, is currently tied for 14th overall at 151 (+10) with scores of 76 (+5) in her first round and 75 (+4) in her second. Gallagher is currently tied for 35th following her second-round 77 (+6).

Freshman JJ Gregston and sophomore Madelin Boyd each shot a 75 (+4) in their second rounds, with Gregston currently tied for 21st at 154 (+12) and Boyd tied for 25th at 155 (+13). They also combined for seven birdies, with four from Boyd and three from Gregston.

Playing as an individual, freshman Madelyn Young also carded a pair of birdies over her two rounds and played the courses five par 5s at a combined +1.

The Cardinals will be in the lead group Wednesday morning with the third and final round gets underway at 10:45 a.m. ET / 8:45 a.m. MST.

BALL STATE INDIVIDUAL SCORES

T-2nd – Sabrina Langerak – 145 (+3): 74-71

T-14th – Jasmine Driscoll – 151 (+9): 76-75

T-21st – JJ Gregston – 154 (+12): 79-75

T-25th – Madelin Boyd – 155 (+13): 80-75

T-35th – Sarah Gallagher – 159 (+17): 82-77

T-60th – (I) Madelyn Young – 164 (+22): 81-83

TEAM RANKINGS

1st – Grand Canyon – 593 (+25): 294-299

2nd – Idaho – 599 (+32): 302-297

3rd – Ball State – 605 (+37): 309-296

4th – Northern Illinois – 610 (+42): 300-310

5th – Abilene Christian – 614 (+45): 304-310

6th – Bowling Green – 621 (+53): 308-313

7th – Creighton – 629 (+61): 316-313

8th – Toledo – 630 (+62): 322-308

9th – Montana – 631 (+63): 310-321

        CSU Bakersfield – 631 (+63): 315-316

11th –  Dayton – 632 (+64): 313-319

12th – Butler – 634 (+66): 320-314

13th – Akron – 646 (+78): 326-320

14th – Western Illinois – 670 (+102): 340-330

INDIANA STATE BASEBALL

SPENCER SELECTED TO D1BASEBALL TOP 200 D1 COLLEGE MLB DRAFT PROSPECTS

D1BASEBALL – Indiana State pitcher Jared Spencer was named to the D1Baseball preseason top-200 D1 College MLB Draft Prospects list as announced by the organization this week.

The Sycamore left-hander was one of three Missouri Valley players mentioned on the list and took the top spot among league players slotting in at No. 76 on the board.

The Centreville, Mich. native was named a preseason Perfect Game Second Team All-American and named to D1Baseball’s 2024 MLB Draft: Top 100 College Prospects list in the fall.

Spencer made a team-high 25 appearances on the mound in relief in 2023 serving as the Sycamores’ primary closer. He posted a 3-2 record with a 3.86 ERA over 37.1 innings while adding a team-high seven saves.

He made his 2023 debut on February 18 against Quinnipiac but hit his stride midway through the season in nonconference play. Spencer posted his first two wins of the year on back-to-back weeks against SEMO and Illinois in mid-March.

He added a season-high seven strikeouts in a relief outing against Michigan State. Additional notable relief appearances include a 3.0-inning save in ISU’s 4-0 shutout of Indiana, while also going the final 2.0-innings in closing out the Sycamores’ win at Vanderbilt.

Spencer shined in the postseason posting back-to-back saves in the first two games of the Terre Haute Regional against Wright State and Iowa to send the Sycamores to the regional final. He added a third postseason appearance in relief at TCU in the Super Regional finale.

Season tickets are now on sale for the 2024 Indiana State season with ticket details below.

2024 Baseball Season Ticket Information

Reserved chairback season tickets can be purchased for $99. General admission season tickets will go on sale as well with adult ($72), seniors ($54), and youth ($40) tickets also being available for purchase. There will be a $5 surcharge added to those wanting tickets printed.

ISU Baseball single game tickets will go on sale in the coming weeks.

INDIANA STATE MEN’S BASKETBALL

SYCAMORES SUFFER LOSS AT HOME FOR FIRST TIME IN 2023-24 SEASON

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State men’s basketball fell to Illinois State for the first home loss of the season, 80-67. Indiana State fell to 22-4 overall and 13-2 in the Missouri Valley.

Julian Larry led Indiana State scorers with 20 points, recording four rebounds, a game-high four assists, and two steals. Isaiah Swope finished with 18 points, four rebounds, and three assists. Ryan Conwell scored 10 points. Robbie Avila added six points, seven rebounds, two assists, two steals, and two blocks. Jake Wolfe scored seven points and grabbed three rebounds, while Jayson Kent scored four points and secured a team-high eight rebounds in 17:19.

Indiana State saw another slow start, missing the first five shots which allowed Illinois State to leave 6-0 early. ILS worked to a 16-6 lead just over seven minutes into the game, shooting 61% (8-for-13) from the floor. At the 11-minute mark in the game, INS missed its first eight three-point attempts and trailed 22-14. Swope brought the Sycamores two a five-point deficit with the first triple of the game for INS at the 1:22 mark, trailing 32-27. Heading into halftime, it was the Redbirds who had the lead, 35-29.

Indiana State finished 1-for-17 from beyond the arc, 5.88%, the lowest of the season in the first half. From the field, INS shot 33.3% (11-for-33).

ILS opened the second half with two made baskets, then INS used a 15-7 run to get the deficit down to two points, 44-42. In the stretch Larry and Conwell alternated baskets for the Sycamores, then Wolfe brought cut to the two-point lead with a layup. Indiana State took its only lead of the game at the 9:22 mark, 49-48, with a layup from Swope. A short six-point run from the Redbirds in the next 2:16 gave them back a 54-49 lead, and that would end the Sycamores’ only lead of the game.

Illinois State built back to a 10-point lead with 3:49 left in the game. The Redbirds held the lead by knocking down 8-of-10 from the foul line in the final 2:30 of the game to take the 80-67 victory.

News & Notes

Indiana State moved to 22-4, 13-2 MVC which is the best in the Coach Josh Schertz era.

INS tied for the second-most offensive rebounds for the season with 11. It’s the fourth time we hit double digit offensive rebounds since Southern Illinois on December 9.

The Sycamores recorded season lows in both field goal percentage (36.4%, 24-for-66) and three-point field goal percentage (21.1, 8-for-38).

Indiana State shot 16-for-28 from inside the arc, 57.14%.

INS finished 11-for-12 from the free throw line (92%).

Julian Larry scored a season-high 20 points, falling one short of tying his career-high of 21. He scored 21 last season against Evansville on December 29.

Johnny Kinziger from Illinois State scored 31 points after entering the game averaging 6.3 points-per-game.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE WOMEN’S GOLF

MASTODON WOMEN’S GOLF BEATS THE CITADEL 3-1-1 IN MATCH PLAY

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Purdue Fort Wayne women’s golf picked up a 3-1-1 victory over The Citadel on Tuesday (Feb. 13) on the final day of the Oyster Shuck Match Play event.

Anna Olafsdottir won her second match of the week, topping Paige Gilstrap 5&3.

Adrienne Rohwedder moved to 1-1 with a 5&3 win over Maggie Parmer. Hunar Mittal won her match over Naomia Huang 1-Up to secure the win. Mittal won on the 19th hole after matching Huang through 18.

Natalie Papa ended her match with Sofia Vargas in a draw. The two were on their 20th hole before their match was cut short since the Mastodons had already secured the win.

Olivia Jang fell to Megan Ikeda 3&2.

Purdue Fort Wayne finished the event in a tie for fifth with Appalachian State. The Mastodons will be back in action on March 7-9 at the Sacred Heart Invitational in Orange City, Florida.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE MEN’S BASKETBALL

GOLDEN GRIZZLIES AND MASTODONS BATTLE ON WEDNESDAY

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – After a win at IUPUI on Saturday, the Mastodon men’s basketball team hosts Oakland on Wednesday (Feb. 14) in a Valentine’s Day match-up. The ‘Dons defeated Oakland 98-77 earlier this season. 

Game Day Information
Who: Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons (16-9, 7-7) vs. Oakland Golden Grizzlies (16-10, 11-4)
When: Wednesday, Feb. 14 | 7 PM ET 
Where: Fort Wayne, Ind. | Allen County War Memorial Coliseum 
Live Stats: Link
Video: ESPN+
Radio: 1380 AM
Series Record: Oakland leads 20-10 | The ‘Dons have won four straight. 
Game Notes: Purdue Fort Wayne(PDF) | Oakland (PDF)
Tickets:Link
Digital Program:Link

‘DONS & ENDS:

// Jalen Jackson has 20+ points in each of the last three games.

// Over the last five games, Jalen Jackson is shooting 61.3 percent from the field and 53.3 percent from three.

// Jalen Jackson has shot 70 percent or better in three of the last five games.

// The ‘Dons have wins over each of the top three teams in the Horizon League standings (Green Bay, Oakland and Youngstown State).

// The ‘Dons have recorded double-digit steals in 13 games. They have had more steals than their opponent in 18-of-25 games and five of the last seven games.

// The ‘Dons have made at least eight 3-pointers in 19-of-25 games and double digit treys in seven games.

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

// Quinton Morton-Robertson is 20th in the nation in 3-point field goal percentage at 41.6 percent (72-of-173).

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

// Anthony Roberts has 51 steals, 25th in the nation and first in the league. His 2.04 steals per game ranks 48th in the nation.

// Rasheed Bello is 48th in the nation in total steals (48). His 1.92 steals per game is 62nd.

// Rasheed Bello went over the 1,000 point mark in his NCAA career on Dec. 31 vs. Detroit Mercy. His 1,000 plus total combines his scoring at UW-Parkside and Purdue Fort Wayne. He has 1,172 total points with 791 coming at UW-Parkside.

TOP 30 NATIONAL RANKINGS:

// 3rd in turnover margin (+6.8)

// 7th in turnovers forced per game (17.44)

// 9th in steals per game (9.9)

// 14th in fast break points per game (15.32)

// 24th in 3-pointers per game (9.4)

// 27th in points per game (81.8)

// 27th in 3-pointer attempts per game (27)

// 29th in 3-pointers percentage defense (30.3 percent)

IN LEAGUE PLAY ONLY THE ‘DONS ARE…:

// … making 9.8 3-pointers per game, only one team in the league making 10 or more. Green Bay, with 10.8.

// … shooting 37.4 percent from three, 3rd in the league.

// … 1st in turnover margin (5.21).

// … 3rd in the league in scoring at 80.6 points per game.

IN LEAGUE PLAY ONLY,  INDIVIDUALLY…:

// … Quinton Morton-Robertson is 2nd in the league in 3-pointers per game (3.2) and 2nd in 3-point field goal percentage (40.9 percent).

// … Rasheed Bello and Jalen Jackson are tied for 1st (2.1) in steals per game.

// … Eric Mulder is 7th in rebounds per game (6.9).

// … Rasheed Bello is 5th in assists (4.4).

AT IUPUI ON SATURDAY

// Jalen Jackson led all players in points, with a career high-24. Along with four assists, four rebounds and three steals.

// Eric Mulder shot a perfect 7-of-7 from the floor for 15 points. Added three blocks and two steals.

// The ‘Dons shot 60.3 (35-of-58) from the game.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

MASTODON WBB PITTED AGAINST PANTHERS ON THURSDAY

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne women’s basketball team will square off with Milwaukee on Thursday (Feb. 15) for the second time this season. It will be a 7 p.m. tip in the Gates Sports Center.

Game Day Information
Who: Milwaukee Panthers
When: Thursday, February 15 | 7 PM
Where: Fort Wayne, Ind. | Gates Sports Center
Live Stats: Link
Watch: ESPN+
Tickets:Link
Game Program: Link
Game Notes: Purdue Fort Wayne | Milwaukee | Horizon League

Know Your Foe

Milwaukee is 14-12 and 8-7 in the Horizon League. Since playing the Mastodons to wrap up 2023, the Panthers went 7-5, nearly matching the Mastodons game-for-game. The Panthers are coming off a 67-66 loss to Northern Kentucky, in which they had a missed runner at the buzzer to win it. The Panthers have a three-pronged attack offensively, getting more than 10 points per game from each of Kendall Nead, Kamy Peppler and Anna Lutz.

The Series

Milwaukee leads the series 10-4, but Purdue Fort Wayne has won two of the last three, including a 10-point victory earlier this season in Milwaukee. Amellia Bromenschenkel led the ‘Dons with 14 points, nine rebounds and five assists in that game. The first meeting was in January 1984.

Recency Bias

Over the last four games, Shayla Sellers is averaging 14 points and 5.3 rebounds per game with a season-high 23 coming at Wright State. She is shooting 42.9 percent from the floor and 39.1 percent from 3-point range.

Coming Soon to Own on Video and DVD

Purdue Fort Wayne is one league win away from matching last season’s total. It would also match the most league wins for the ‘Dons since the 2010-11 season.

Money Millie

Over the last 16 games, Amellia Bromenschenkel has scored in double-figures 14 times. In that stretch, she is averaging 13.3 points and 6.3 rebounds per game while shooting 45.7 percent from the floor (79-of-173), 35.9 percent from 3-point land (23-of-64) and 80.0 percent from the free throw line (32-of-40).

Coming In Hot

Over the last 16 games, Erin Woodson is 12-of-27 from 3-point range for 44.4 percent. She is also 20-of-25 from the charity stripe in that stretch.

Last Time Out

In what was a one-possession game for the majority of the contest, Purdue Fort Wayne fell to Wright State 70-66 in Dayton. Shayla Sellers had a season-high 23 points.

Coming Up

The Mastodons are staying home this weekend. The ‘Dons will play host to Detroit Mercy on Sunday (Feb. 18) at 2 p.m. in the Gates Sports Center.

EVANSVILLE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

NEVAEH THOMAS NAMED MVC FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK

ST LOUIS — Freshman forward Nevaeh Thomas earned her first collegiate weekly honor on Tuesday morning.

After helping lead the Purple Aces to their first Missouri Valley Conference win of the season, forward Nevaeh Thomas has been named the MVC Freshman of the Week. Thomas is the third UE player to earn a weekly honor this season along with fellow freshman forward Maggie Hartwig and center Barbora Tomancova. Thomas is the first Evansville player to earn a weekly honor from the Valley during conference play after her performances on the road at UIC and Valparaiso.

Thomas was the Aces leader on both sides of the ball as the team picked up its first Valley win this weekend. Thomas was a force in the paint for the Aces, particularly against Valparaiso with 10 field goals matching up with the Beacons. The freshman also set a new career rebounding record on Sunday, pulling down 14 boards in 34 minutes of action.

Thomas picked up two double-doubles during UE’s road trip with 15 points and 11 rebounds against UIC and 23 points and 14 rebounds at Valpo. Thomas is now first in the Valley in rebounds per game, averaging 12.0 boards through 13 games this season. Overall, Thomas averaged 19 points, 12.5 rebounds, and two blocks for her career weekend.

Thomas has steadily improved her performance under the glass since returning from injury in mid-January leading the team in rebounding over the weekend. Thomas now has three double-doubles on the season to lead the Valley along with UNI’s Grace Boffeli and Drake’s Anna Miller.

SOUTHERN INDIANA BASEBALL

USI OPENS 2024 WITH FOUR ON THE ROAD

EVANSVILLE, Ind. — University of Southern Indiana Baseball opens the 2024 campaign with a four-games away from home when it visits Mobile, Alabama, February 16-19. The Screaming Eagles are scheduled to play Lamar University Friday and the University of North Alabama Saturday in neutral site contests before taking on University of South Alabama, the host, Sunday and Monday.

USI Baseball Notes:

USI predicted 8th in 2024 OVC. The USI Screaming Eagles are predicted to place eighth in the Ohio Valley Conference in 2024. 

USI reached OVC Championship during 1st Division I season: The Eagles earned a trip to the OVC Championship during its first season of transitioning to NCAA Division I. The Eagles lost in the opening round of the tournament.

USI in 2023. The Eagles were 17-38 a year ago, 8-15 in the OVC and 9-23 in the non-conference contests. USI also was 8-16 at home, 6-20 on the road, and 3-2 on a neutral field.

Top returning hitter from 2023: Senior first baseman Tucker Ebest (Austin, Texas) is USI top returning hitter from 2023 after hitting .321 with a team-best 53 RBI, 12 home runs, and 12 multi-RBI games. Senior outfielder Ren Tachioka (Japan) follows with a 2023 batting average of .296 with a team-best 15 stolen bases. Tachioka also finished 2023 by reaching base in 21-straight games.

Looking for a full season: Junior infielder Lane Crowden (Jackson, Missouri) is looking for a full season after missing nearly all of 2023 after breaking his collar bone in the opening game. He was three-for-three with a triple and three RBIs before being injured.

On the mound: Senior right-hander Carter Stamm (Jasper, Indiana) and junior right-hander Tyler Hutson (Villa Hills, Kentucky) are USI’s top returning winning pitchers with two victories each last season. USI had 17 wins distributed amongst 11 hurlers in 2023.

USI under Archuleta: The Eagles are in their 18th season under Head Coach Tracy Archuleta, who has led the Eagles to two NCAA Division II national championships (2010, 2014) in his 17 years at the helm. He also has been recognized as the Division II ABCA National Coach of the Year twice (2010, 2014); the ABCA Midwest Region Coach of the Year five times (2007, 2010, 2014, 2016, 2018) and the GLVC Coach of the Year twice (2011, 2014) since taking over the program in 2007. He also is the winningest coach in the history of the program with 544 victories in 17 years.

New opponents on the 2024 Schedule. The Eagles are playing 15 of the first 19 games against opponents who are making their first appearance on a USI baseball schedule.

Long road coming up. In March, the Eagles will have a long road to go, playing 14 of 17 games away from the USI Baseball Field. 

USI vs. Lamar, UNA, USA. USI will be playing Lamar, North Alabama, and South Alabama for the first time in the history of the program. Lamar was 32-23 a year ago, while North Alabama and South Alabama were 14-37 and 23-31, respectively.

SOUTHERN MEN’S BASKETBALL

USI STARTS MARATHON ROAD SWING

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Men’s Basketball starts a marathon road trip through the Ohio Valley Conference, beginning with visits to the University of Tennessee at Martin Thursday and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Saturday. Tip off Thursday in Martin, Tennessee, is set of 8 p.m., while tipoff in Little Rock, Arkansas Saturday is scheduled for 3 p.m.

Fans can track your Eagles all season by visiting the schedule on USIScreamingEagles.com for links to follow all of the action on the ESPN+, ESPN 97.7FM (http://listentotheref.com), and 95.7FM The Spin (http://957thespin.com/).

USI (7-18, 4-8 OVC) hits the road after splitting the Homecoming homestand last week. The Eagles stumbled in the opening game, 81-71, to Eastern Illinois University, but bounce back to win on Homecoming, 84-67, over Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. USI sophomore guard/forward AJ Smith (Edwardsville, Illinois) led the Eagles with 17.0 points and 11.5 rebounds in the two home games last week, shooting 50 percent from the field (10-20).

Sophomore guard Jack Campion (Milton, Wisconsin), who posted a career-high 20-point game versus EIU, followed with 16.5 points per contest with junior forward Jack Mielke (Downers Grove, Illinois) and junior guard Jeremiah Hernandez (Chicago, Illinois) completing the double-figure scoring with 12.5 points and 10.5 points per contest, respectively.

For the season, Hernandez leads USI with 16.6 points per game this season, 20.5 points per contest in the OVC. Smith follows Hernandez with 13.0 points and a team-best 9.1 rebounds per outing, while posting a team-high 11 double-doubles.

USI has six games remaining in the 2023-24 regular season, five in February and one in March. The Eagles, currently eighth in the OVC, are on the road for four and at home for two as they fight for a spot in the league’s post-season tournament at the Ford Center March 6-9.

Following the trips to UTM and Little Rock, USI completes the road swing with a trip to Morehead State University February 20 and Western Illinois University February 25. The Eagles complete the 2023-24 regular season with visits to Screaming Eagles Arena by Lindenwood University February 29 and Southeast Missouri State University March 1.

The Skyhawks of UTM (15-10, 8-4 OVC) rose into a three-way tie for second in the OVC after posting a 62-59 win at Western Illinois University Saturday. UTM has won five of its last six games following the match up with WIU and splitting last week.

USI and UTM split last season with both teams winning on their respective home court. USI took the first meeting in 2022-23, 80-66, at Screaming Eagles Arena, but UTM got the second round in overtime, 86-83, in Martin, Tennessee.

The Trojans of Little Rock (14-11, 8-4 in the OVC) won its only game last week, defeating WIU, 63-60. Little Rock, which hosts Morehead State University Thursday, enters this week’s action on a three-game winning streak and has won six of the last seven. The six of the last seven stretch started with USI on January 18.

USI lost the opening game of the 2023-24 series with Little Rock in close 77-75 decision that came down to the final seconds. Hernandez led the Eagles in the loss with 28 points, while Mielke and junior guard/forward Javius Moore (McComb, Mississippi) followed with 17 points and 15 points, respectively.

VALPO WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL RETURNS TO ROAD AT BRADLEY THURSDAY

Valparaiso (4-17, 3-9 MVC)

Game #22 – February 15, 2024 – 6 p.m.

at Bradley (6-17, 2-10 MVC)

Renaissance Coliseum (4,200) – Peoria, Ill.

Next Up in Valpo Basketball: With less than a month remaining until the start of Hoops in the Heartland, the Valpo women’s basketball team heads on the road this weekend for the swing through central Illinois, beginning Thursday evening at Bradley.

Previously: Valpo came up just short in a tight contest against Evansville Sunday at the ARC, as a second-chance basket inside the final 15 seconds proved critical in the Purple Aces coming away with a 71-68 win. Olivia Brown paced the Beacons with 19 points, including four 3-pointers, while Leah Earnest scored 17 points and secured 12 rebounds.

Following Valpo Basketball: Streaming Video: ESPN+

Audio: Online streaming only, via WVUR YouTube channel

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 2023-24 and owns a record of 59-108. Evans has made an impact on the program in her first five 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: Bradley leads the all-time series, 12-8, but Valpo has come away victorious in each of the last five meetings – including each of the last two seasons in Peoria. Last month at the ARC, the Beacons exploded for a 33-point second quarter to take a 22-point halftime lead and cruised to a 79-55 victory over the Braves for their largest conference win since 2019. Leah Earnest led all players with 24 points, 14 rebounds and six assists in the victory, while Olivia Brown added 17 points and Ella Van Weelden matched her career best with 12 points.

VALPO BASEBALL

BASEBALL GAME NOTES

BASEBALL TO OPEN SEASON AT ALABAMA STATE

Valparaiso (0-0, 0-0 MVC)
at Alabama State (0-0, 0-0 SWAC)
Wheeler-Watkins Baseball Complex (500) | Montgomery, Ala.

Friday, Feb. 16, 6 p.m. – RHP Griffin McCluskey
Saturday, Feb. 17, 1 p.m. (Game 1) – RHP Josh Cottrill
Saturday, Feb. 17, to follow (Game 2) – LHP Lucas Foley
Sunday, Feb. 18, 11 a.m. – RHP Adam Guazzo

Next Up in Valpo Baseball: The 2024 Valparaiso University baseball season will get underway this weekend with a four-game series at Alabama State in Montgomery, Ala. The set will open on Friday night before the two teams double up on Saturday and close out the series with a Sunday matinee. This begins a challenging nonconference schedule for the Brown & Gold including a season-opening stretch of 18 straight games away from Emory G. Bauer Field.   

Last Time Out: Valpo qualified for the 2023 Missouri Valley Conference Tournament by virtue of a top-eight finish in the regular-season standings. The team dropped both conference tournament games in Terre Haute, Ind., falling to Murray State 11-6 and Belmont 10-9. The Beacons rallied from down 9-3 in the elimination game against the Bruins, but could not quite overcome a nine-run second inning for the team from Nashville. Valpo enjoyed its best season since joining the Missouri Valley Conference in 2023.

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

Head Coach Brian Schmack: Brian Schmack (188-294) is in his 10th season in charge of the program. He ranks third in program history in seasons coached and games coached as he enters 2024 having skippered 482 Valpo games. He enters the season with 188 victories, the third most in program history. Schmack, a member of the 2003 Detroit Tigers, served as pitching coach/associate head coach at Valpo for seven seasons prior to his promotion.

Series Notes: Valpo has split four all-time meetings with Alabama State, most recently splitting two games in Montgomery, Ala. in 2020, winning 8-3 before a 4-2 setback on March 10 and March 11. Those were the final two games before the world was put on hold and the remainder of that season was cancelled due to COVID-19. Before that, the two teams matched up in 1996, when Valpo won 22-4, and 1992, a 6-5 loss.

In The Other Dugout: Alabama State

  • Picked to finish first in the SWAC East preseason poll.
  • Catcher Jamal George, first baseman Jack Hay and second baseman Randy Flores were named to the preseason SWAC First Team, while third baseman Christian Lopez, shortstop Kyler McIntosh, outfielder Ali LaPread and pitcher Sebastian Colon made the second team.
  • Won 41 games last season and went 26-4 in conference play.
  • Under the direction of head coach Jose Vazquez, who is in his eighth season.

Valpo on Opening Day

  • Valpo has dropped eight of its last nine Opening Day games with the one win during that span coming 6-2 at UAB to start the 2021 campaign.
  • The aforementioned victory over the Blazers was the squad’s first Opening Day triumph since beating Samford 6-5 on Feb. 14, 2014.
  • The Beacons will look to get back in the Opening Day win column this year. Most recently, the team fell 5-1 to Kansas last season.

Inside the Schedule

  • Valpo starts the season with a four-game series against an Alabama State team that won 41 games and went 26-4 in the Southwest Athletic Conference last season.
  • The Beacons will play three more in the Heart of Dixie from Feb. 23-25 at Alabama. The Crimson Tide of the Southeastern Conference (SEC) also won over 40 games in 2023, posting a 43-21 mark en route to an NCAA Regional crown and Super Regional appearance.
  • A challenging early-season docket continues on March 1, when Valpo will play at Elon, a team that went 33-22 last season including a 19-9 mark in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA).
  • Valpo will play a fourth straight opponent and ninth straight game against a team with 30 or more wins last season on March 2 at preseason No. 1 Wake Forest. The Demon Deacons were 54-12, going 22-7 in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) on their way to NCAA Regional and Super Regional crowns that resulted in a College World Series appearance.
  • After a neutral site game on March 3 vs. Binghampton of the American East Conference – another team that finished with a winning record last year – Valpo will visit Jacksonville, a 34-win team last year and a member of the Atlantic Sun Conference.
  • Valpo will have a three-game series at Campbell (March 15-17) against a team that went 46-15 and 22-5 in the Big South in 2023. The conference champion Fighting Camels reached NCAA Regionals.
  • The Beacons will make their way to Nashville, Tenn. for a game against preseason No. 6 Vanderbilt on March 26. The Commodores went 42-20 last season, were the runners-up of the College World Series in 2021 and won the national title as recently as 2019.
  • Other power-five opponents on the docket include April 3 at Purdue and April 16 at Notre Dame.

Program Progress: Looking Back at 2023

  • Valpo enjoyed 20 wins in 2023, the team’s highest overall win total since the 2017 campaign (24).
  • The team surpassed 2018 (19) for the program’s highest overall win total since joining the Missouri Valley Conference.
  • The team’s highest overall win total in recent years came despite the fact that six nonconference games were called off due to poor weather.
  • Valpo finished with a .426 overall winning percentage, the team’s highest since joining the MVC and highest in any season since 2017.
  • With 10 conference victories, Valpo notched its highest MVC win total since joining the league. The team’s previous Valley-only peak was nine in 2021.
  • Valpo finished the season with a league-only winning percentage of .370. Prior to last season, the team’s best MVC winning percentage was .321 in 2021.
  • Last season also represented the first time that Valpo has finished ahead of more than one team in the conference standings since joining the league. The team finished seventh of eight in 2018 and 2019 and eighth of eight in 2021 and 2022. There was no MVC play in 2020 due to COVID-19.
  • Valpo was recognized by D1Baseball as one of three “Upsets of the Night” on March 10 after beating No. 22 Southern Miss 6-1 in the series opener. The victory snapped the team’s skid of 15 straight losses against nationally-ranked opponents and marked the team’s first victory over a top-25 foe since beating No. 25 Illinois on April 17, 2018. At No. 22, Southern Miss was the highest ranked team that Valpo has defeated since a win over No. 9 Arizona State on April 21, 2013.

UINDY SOFTBALL

GREYHOUNDS BREAK INTO TOP 10 IN RECENT COACHES POLL

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The UIndy softball team earned 10th place in the newest release of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association DII poll. This is the first poll released since the start of the 2024 season, the Greyhounds started at 11th in the preseason poll.

After the end of week one of the 2024 season, the Greyhounds are 3-1. UIndy defeated Mercyhurst in three run-rule games before falling in the final game of the four-game series to the Lakers.

UINDY MEN’S LAX

HOUNDS STAY PUT IN USILA NATIONAL POLL

BALTIMORE – Despite suffering its first loss of the season over the weekend, the UIndy men’s lacrosse team remained at No. 9 in the latest USILA coaches poll, released Monday.

The Greyhounds are now set for a top-15 matchup in their home opener on Saturday, as 13th-ranked Mercyhurst visits Key Stadium for a 12 p.m. faceoff. The Lakers hold the all-time series advantage, 4-3.

Lenoir-Rhyne, which defeated UIndy on Saturday, remained atop the poll with 21 first-place votes. Five South Region programs make up the top seven, with Rollins, Limestone, and Tampa rounding out the top four.

WABASH MEN’S VOLLEYBALL

LITTLE GIANTS DROP HOME CONTEST TO TRINITY CHRISTIAN

The Wabash College volleyball returned home to face NAIA’s Trinity Christian College on Tuesday evening. The Little Giants battled to within two points in the final set but fell 3-0 to the visiting Trolls.

Wabash (7-3) got off to a rough start in the first set, falling behind 15-5 before an eventual 25-12 loss. The Little Giants gained momentum in the second set, taking an 8-2 lead from the outset. The Trolls (2-3) rallied to even the score at 16-16 before taking a 25-19 victory for a 2-0 lead overall.

Wabash stayed even with Trinity Christian in set number three, tying the score for the fifth and final time at 17-17. The Trolls answered with a score and maintained a one-point lead until match point at 24-23. The Little Giants had the serve, but a TCC kill gave the visitors the 3-0 victory.

Bawibawi Thang, named the Midwest Collegiate Volleyball League Offensive Player of the Week earlier in the day, led Wabash with 11 kills and a .200 attack percentage. Patrick Volk added ten kills. Will Beikes picked up 27 assists in the match. Beikes and Volk each finished with seven digs to pace Wabash defensively.

Wabash heads to Columbus, Ohio, on Saturday to face Wittenberg University and Hiram College in a tri-match beginning at 2 p.m.

ROSE HULMAN MEN’S BASKETBALL

ROSE-HULMAN MEN’S BASKETBALL CRUISES PAST EARLHAM IN BIG WIN

RICHMOND, Ind.– The Rose-Hulman men’s basketball team hit the road to face Earlham College on Tuesday night. The team came away with a big win defeating the Quakers with a final score of 81-62. This advances the team to 11-13 overall and 9-8 in the HCAC.

Cole Pride was the standout for the Fightin’ Engineers leading the team with 19 points shooting 5-8 from beyond the arc. Miles McGowen also had an exceptional performance leading the team with eight rebounds and totaling 17 points. Other double figure scorers included Jack Jenniges with 12 points and Bradley Harden scoring 11 points.

After being down by one point with 4:48 remaining in the first half, the Fightin’ Engineers put together a 15-3 run to establish a commanding lead heading into the halftime break with the score at 45-34. Rose continued to have success in the second half not giving up the lead for the remainder of the game.

A made layup by Harden with 4:11 remaining gave the Fightin’ Engineers their largest lead of the game at 78-56. Rose-Hulman would walk away with the win securing their spot in the HCAC postseason tournament.

Rose-Hulman will return home to wrap up their regular season hosting Franklin College on Friday, 2/16 at 7:30 PM for Senior Day. 

ANDERSON WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: RAVENS FALL TO PANTHERS ON SENIOR NIGHT

The Anderson University women’s basketball team (11-13, 7-10) fell to Hanover College (17-7, 15-2) in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) action by a score of 75-68 on Tuesday in O.C. Lewis Gymnasium.

The Ravens recognized senior Makynlee Taylor prior to the game for Senior Night.

COACH JON GIN’S COMMENTS

This was an incredible last performance inside O.C. Lewis Gymnasium for Makynlee! I’m upset we couldn’t pull out the win for her, but Makynlee has been an amazing leader for us this season. She brings a calm and steady presence every day. She has had a great career as a Raven and she has a bright future ahead of her. I’m looking forward to seeing Makynlee take on the world next.

HOW IT HAPPENED

The Panthers converted 29-of-65 (44.6 percent) on shots from the field, while the Ravens hit 24-of-62 (38.7 percent) attempts from the floor.

Anderson hit 5-of-21 (23.8 percent) shots from 3-point range, while Hanover went 0-of-9 on attempts from the perimeter.

The Ravens committed 22 turnovers to the Panthers’ 17. Hanover outscored Anderson 30-15 off turnovers.

ANDERSON MEN’S BASKETBALL

ANDERSON EARNS HCAC REGULAR-SEASON TITLE OUTRIGHT, BLOWS OUT HANOVER

The Anderson University men’s basketball team (20-4, 15-2) blew out Hanover College (15-9, 11-6) by a score of 94-75 during Tuesday’s Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) matchup in Hanover.

Anderson earned its first outright HCAC regular-season title since the 2009-10 season.

COACH CARTER COLLINS’S COMMENTS

I’m extremely proud of the guys. Everyone knows that winning at Hanover is the furthest thing from easy, but we got huge contributions from up and down the roster tonight to get it done. At times, we were playing lineups that I wouldn’t have imagined playing as recently as a week ago, but everyone put that to the side and just went out and competed. Hopefully we can keep it rolling on Friday evening with our Senior Night game against Manchester.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

Anderson outscored Hanover 17-3 on fast-break points.

The Panthers committed 11 turnovers while the Ravens turned the ball over nine times. Anderson held a 23-9 advantage in points off turnovers.

The Ravens converted 34-of-63 (54.0 percent) shots from the field while the Panthers made 26-of-60 (43.3 percent) attempts from the floor.

Anderson knocked down 10-of-20 (50 percent) attempts from 3-point range while Hanover hit 10-of-27 (37.0 percent) shots from behind the arc.

Cam Smith – 24 Points, 8/13 (61.5%) FG

Elijah Mattingly – 15 Points, 13 Rebounds, 3 Blocks

Tate Ivanyo – 14 Points

Bryce Williams – 8 Points, 7 Assists

Kenney Troutman – 10 Points

Robert Davidson – 8 Points

Marco Beverly – 6 Points, 2 Steals

Jordan Gadis – 4 Points, 3 Assists

Gavin Dowling – 2 Points, 1 Block

Ayden Brobston – 2 Points

Cedric Anderson – 1 Point

UP NEXT

Anderson clashes with Manchester University (15-9, 12-5) in HCAC action on Friday at 7:30 p.m. in O.C. Lewis Gymnasium. The Ravens are scheduled to celebrate Senior Night with the ceremony scheduled to start at 7:20 p.m.

SMALL COLLEGE ATHLETICS

INDIANA WESLEYAN ATHLETICS: https://iwuwildcats.com/

EARLHAM ATHLETICS: https://goearlham.com/

WABASH ATHLETICS: https://sports.wabash.edu/

FRANKLIN ATHLETICS: https://franklingrizzlies.com/

ROSE-HULMAN ATHLETICS: https://athletics.rose-hulman.edu/

ANDERSON ATHLETICS: https://athletics.anderson.edu/landing/index

TRINE ATHLETICS: https://trinethunder.com/landing/index

BETHEL ATHLETICS: https://bupilots.com/

DEPAUW ATHLETICS: https://depauwtigers.com/

HANOVER ATHLETICS: https://athletics.hanover.edu/

MANCHESTER ATHLETICS: https://muspartans.com/

HUNTINGTON ATHLETICS: https://www.huathletics.com/

OAKLAND CITY ATHLETICS: https://gomightyoaks.com/index.aspx

ST. FRANCIS ATHLETICS: https://www.saintfranciscougars.com/landing/index

IU KOKOMO ATHLETICS: https://iukcougars.com/

IU EAST ATHLETICS: https://www.iueredwolves.com/

IU SOUTH BEND ATHLETICS: https://iusbtitans.com/

PURDUE NORTHWEST ATHLETICS: https://pnwathletics.com/

INDIANA TECH ATHLETICS: https://indianatechwarriors.com/index.aspx

GRACE COLLEGE ATHLETICS: https://gclancers.com/

ST. MARY OF THE WOODS ATHLETICS: https://smwcathletics.com/

GOSHEN COLLEGE ATHLETICS: https://goleafs.net/

HOLY CROSS ATHLETICS: https://www.hcsaints.com/index.php                                                                                                                                                                            

TAYLOR ATHLETICS: https://www.taylortrojans.com/

VINCENNES ATHLETICS: https://govutrailblazers.com/landing/index

NBA STANDINGS

https://www.foxsports.com/nba/standings

NHL STANDINGS

https://www.foxsports.com/nhl/standings

NCAA MEN’S BASKETBALL STANDINGS

https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/standings/

NCAA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL STANDINGS

https://www.ncaa.com/standings/basketball-women/d1

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1887      For a record price of $10,000, the Cubs, then known as the White Stockings, sell current National League batting champ and future Hall of Famer Mike King Kelly to the Beaneaters. The popular box office draw, who will earn his nickname King while playing in Boston, will continue to be productive, hitting .311 for three years during his first tenure with the team.

1928      The American Legion baseball program, on the brink of bankruptcy, receives a pledge of $50,000 from Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis and the MLB Advisory Council to continue developing a national championship program for teenagers. With the much-needed funding, Legion Baseball will continue in 1928, and the following season, teams from every state and the District of Columbia will participate in the youth tournament.

1934      Southpaw-swinging Sam Rice, who spent the first 19 seasons with the Senators, ends his career after playing one year with the Indians. The 44-year-old future Hall of Famer (1963) collected 2,987 career hits during his two decades in the major leagues.

1945      After his retirement as the president of the Braves, Bob Quinn’s son, John, succeeds him as the team’s general manager. The former owner of the Red Sox and Braves, whose grandson will also become a major league GM, will serve as president of the Baseball Hall of Fame from 1948 to 1951, resigning from the position after suffering two strokes.

1957      “Anything that tends to break down the bulwarks of segregation must be forcibly met by this general assembly. We have a situation in Georgia which has come about because of a national situation. I am referring to the Negroes in organized baseball in this state. It is unfortunate that some few people would participate in the destruction of our institutions for a few dollars.” – GEORGIA STATE SENATOR LEON BUTTS, commenting on his bill that prohibits blacks from playing baseball with whites. Ten years after the integration of major league baseball, the Georgia Senate unanimously approves Leon Butts’ bill barring that prohibits blacks from playing baseball with whites except at religious gatherings. The Lumpkin legislator’s measures, which carry fines up to $1000 and imprisonment for 60 days to a year for committing the misdemeanor, will directly impact the minor league spring training centers of the Braves and Cardinals whose farmhands workout, respectively, in Waycross and Albany.

1959      The Orioles, to find a backup for first baseman Bob Boyd, buy 32-year-old veteran infielder/outfielder Whitey Lockman from the Giants for an undisclosed sum. In June, Baltimore will trade their new acquisition to the Reds for Walt Dropo, who has played the position exclusively since winning the Rookie of the Year award in 1950.

1976      Braves’ season-ticket holders and the Atlanta media receive Valentine’s Day cards from the team. The verse reads:”Rose is a Red, Morgan’s one too.

They finished first, like we wanted to.

But last year’s behind us, we’re happy to say.

Now we’re tied for first, Happy Valentines Day.”

1986      The Mets sign Doc Gooden to a one-year, $1.32 million contract, making the 21-year-old the youngest millionaire in major league history. The National League’s reigning Cy Young Award winner, who struck out 268 batters and posted a league-leading 1.53 ERA en route to compiling a 24-4 record last season, avoids going to arbitration after agreeing to his new deal.

1996      Kevin McClatchy and his group of investors purchase the Pirates from the Pittsburgh Associates. The deal includes the condition of having to build a baseball-only ballpark in Pittsburgh within five years.

2001      The Ford C. Frick Award, named in memory of the former baseball commissioner who was a broadcaster, will be given to the Marlins’ radio announcer Rafael Ramirez during Hall of Fame induction ceremonies this summer. ‘Felo,’ who began his 56-year career broadcasting games in Cuba, has been in the Miami broadcast booth since the team’s inaugural season in 1993.

2001      According to the Detroit Free Press, major league baseball is informing umpires to remove pitchers without needing to issue a warning who deliberately throw a beanball at a batter’s head from the game. According to officials, the crackdown clarifies and reinforces an existing rule.

2002      Detroit signs Dmitri Young (.302, 21, 69) to a four-year contract with two team options. In December, the Tigers traded outfielder Juan Encarnacion (.242, 12, 52) and minor league right-hander Luis Pineda to acquire the first baseman/outfielder from the Reds.

2003      After much speculation and the help of Major League Baseball, the Chunichi Dragons return Kevin Millar to the Marlins for an undisclosed amount of money for relinquishing their rights to the outfielder. After reconsidering an offer from the Red Sox, who blocked the waiver deal to obtain him, the 31-year-old California native had a change of heart and didn’t want to play for the Japanese Central League team.

2005      The Twins sign arbitration-eligible Johan Santana (20-6, 2.61) to the richest contract in franchise history, agreeing to a four-year, $40 million deal. Last season, the 25-year-old southpaw, garnering all 28 first-place votes, became the first Venezuelan to win the Cy Young Award.

2007      For the first time at Wrigley Field, the Cubs will allow ads among the ivy on the green doors in the left- and right-field bleachers, according to Jay Blunk, director of marketing and sales. Although other companies have approached the team, Under Armour, whose company spokesman is newly acquired outfielder Alfonso Soriano, is the “right fit” for the 7-by-12 foot signage featuring the performance apparel’s signature logo.

2009      The Angels and Bobby Abreu (.296, 20, 100) agree to a $5 million, one-year deal. The 34-year-old free-agent outfielder, taking a significant pay cut after having a solid season with the Yankees last season, is expected to add some much-needed punch from the left side for the AL West champions.

2011      The Yankees come to terms with free-agent Andruw Jones on a $1.5 million, one-year contract, eliminating the team’s likelihood of resigning Johnny Damon. The ‘Curacao Kid,’ best known for his outstanding outfield defense for the Braves at the start of his career, will spend two seasons in the Bronx before finishing his 17-year major league tenure with a lifetime .254 batting average.

2011      Avoiding arbitration, Carlos Marmol agrees to a three-year, $20 million deal with the Cubs. The 28-year-old closer saved 38 games in 43 opportunities last season and compiled a 2-3 record with an ERA of 2.55.

2014      Avoiding arbitration, 24-year-old outfielder Jason Heyward and the Braves agree to a two-year, $13.3 million deal. After the season, Atlanta will trade their 2007 first-round pick (14th overall) and right-handed reliever Jordan Walden to the Cardinals for right-handers Tyrell Jenkins and Shelby Miller.

2014      Freddie Freeman agrees to a franchise-record eight-year, $135 million contract, surpassing the six-year, $90 million deal the Braves gave Chipper Jones in 2000. The 24-year-old All-Star first baseman, who finished fifth in the MVP balloting this season, has hit .285 during his four years with the team, averaging annually 17 home runs and 70 RBIs.

BASEBALL YEAR IN REVIEW: 1912 (BASEBALL ALMANAC)

Off the field…

American journalist and publisher, William Randolph Hearst began to acquire his media empire that would eventually include eighteen newspapers and nine magazines within two decades. A flamboyant and highly controversial figure, Hearst was nonetheless an extremely competent newspaperman who quickly became one of the wealthiest men in the world. His castle at San Simeon, California, won fame for its immense art collections and is still considered one of the largest houses in the United States. The property was later presented to the state as a museum after Hearst’s death.

In the American League…

While playing the Boston Red Sox in their opener at New York’s Hilltop Park, the New York Highlanders debuted their “soon-to-be” trademark pinstripes.

One of baseball’s original cathedrals, Boston’s Fenway Park, (built at a cost of $350,000) was formally dedicated as the visiting White Sox beat the Red pair 5-2 before a capacity crowd.

On August 11th, Joe Jackson of the Cleveland Indians became only the second American League player ever to steal home twice in a single game. Jackson first stole home in the first, then went on to thieve second, third and home in the seventh.

In the National League…

Crosley Field, the home field of the Cincinnati Reds until June 24, 1970, opened its doors to fans on May 18, 1912. Originally called Redland Field (the name changed in 1933), 20,000 fans witnessed the first game in ballpark history, a 4-3 win over the New York Giants, who started Christy Mathewson that historic day.

The St. Louis Cardinals also ended the New York Giants consecutive winning streak at fourteen after a 5-1 effort on May 31st. The Giants incredible start of 43-11 remained the best of the century and stood unmatched until 1939 when the New York Yankees tied the mark.

In response to the demand for an alternative way to statistically rate pitchers, the National League elected to officially score the Earned Run Average for the first time. Jeff Tesreau of the New York Giants went on to lead the new category with a 1.96 ERA.

Around the League…

In an effort to eliminate the possibility of home team’s ball boys influencing which ones are used for each team’s turn at bat, the National League installed small boxes near home plate to supply the umpires directly.

In New York, the Giants and Highlanders met at the Polo Grounds to play an unscheduled charity game to raise money for the survivors of the Titanic (which had sunk three days earlier, April 14th). The Giants prevailed 11-2.

As a gag, Western Union telegraph operator Lou Proctor entered his name as a pinch hitter into the St. Louis Browns — Boston Red Sox box score (with no hits in one at bat). Initially, the forgery was not noticed and appeared both as a published box score in The Sporting News and in the first editions of The Baseball Encyclopedia.

TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY

1934 — The Toronto Maple Leafs beat the NHL All-Stars 7-3. The game is played as a benefit for fomer Toronto player Ace Bailey. Bailey suffers a skull fracture earlier in the season from a hit by Boston’s Eddie Shore.

1936 — Maribel Vinson wins her eighth U.S. figure skating singles championship and Robin Lee wins his second consecutive men’s title.

1951 — Sugar Ray Robinson wins the middleweight title with a technical knockout in the 13th round over Jake LaMotta in Chicago.

1953 — Bill Chambers of William & Mary grabs 51 rebounds in a 105-84 victory over Virginia.

1966 — Philadelphia’s Wilt Chamberlain scores 41 points in a 149-123 win over Detroit to become the NBA’s all-time scoring leader, passing Bob Pettit (20,880 points).

1975 — Julius Erving of the New York Nets scores 63 points in a 176-166 quadruple overtime loss to the San Diego Conquistadors. Erving sets an ABA record by shooting 25-for-46 from the field and the 342 points are an ABA record.

1986 — Wayne Gretzky gets seven assists for the third time in his career as the Edmonton Oilers beat the Quebec Nordiques 8-2. Gretzky doesn’t score a goal for a career-high ninth straight game, but ties his NHL record with the seven assists.

1988 — Bobby Allison outduels his 26-year-old son Davey to win the Daytona 500 and becomes the first 50-year-old to win NASCAR’s premier event.

1990 — Mario Lemieux of the Pittsburgh Penguins ends his 46-game scoring streak, the second-longest in NHL history, leaving after two scoreless periods of a 4-3 overtime victory over the New York Rangers.

1992 — Bonnie Blair becomes the first American woman in 40 years to win two gold medals in the Winter Olympics when she takes the 1,000-meter speed skating event.

2004 — Anaheim’s Sergei Fedorov is the first Russian-born player to collect 1,000 points with an assist on Keith Carney’s goal in the second period of the Ducks’ 2-1 win over Vancouver.

2005 — Savannah State is 0-for-the-season, becoming the second NCAA Division I school in a half-century to go through an entire season without a win, losing to Florida A&M 49-44 to finish 0-28.

2010 — In Vancouver, British Columbia, an American breaks through the Nordic combined barrier, winning the first Olympic medal in the sport dominated by Europeans. Jason Lamy Chappuis of France overtakes American Johnny Spillane on the final straightaway for the gold medal, winning four-tenths of a second ahead of Spillane.

2010 — The Eastern Conference edges the West 141-139 in the NBA All-Star game before the largest crowd ever to watch a basketball game. A crowd of 108,713 at Cowboys Stadium watches Dwyane Wade score 28 points and take MVP honors before Dallas native Chris Bosh makes the winning free throws with 5.0 seconds left.

2010 — Sailing’s America’s Cup, once again, belongs to America after Larry Ellison’s space-age trimaran easily speeds ahead of two-time defending champion Alinghi of Switzerland to complete a two-race sweep in the 33rd America’s Cup.

2015 — Mikaela Shiffrin becomes the third woman to win back-to-back slalom titles at world championships. She finishes in a combined time of 1:38.48, edging Frida Hansdotter of Sweden by 0.34 seconds.

2016 — The first NBA All-Star Game outside the U.S. is the highest-scoring ever. Kobe Bryant says his NBA All-Star Game goodbye as the West wins 196-173 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. Russell Westbrook scores 31 points in his second straight All-Star MVP performance. Paul George finishes with 41 for the East.

2018 — Snowboarder Shaun White wins America’s 100th Winter Olympic gold medal, throwing down a spectacular final run in the men’s halfpipe at the Pyeongchang Games. The United States is the second country to win 100 winter golds, trailing Norway, which started the day with 121.

2021 – 63rd Daytona 500: Michael McDowell navigates through fiery, final-lap pileup to claim his first career NASCAR Cup Series win in his 14th season; race delayed by rain for 6 hours after huge Lap 14 crash.

NUMBERS IN SPORTS

27 – 13 – 43 – 22

February 14, 1887 – The Chicago Cubs sold the rights of player Mike King Kelly for $10,000 cash to the Boston Beaneaters. That is truly a mouthful of information!

February 14, 1960 – At the Daytona 500 Race, there was a 37 car pileup in turn number 4 of the track, that Junior Johnson somehow avoided and escaped to claim victory of the second running of the legendary race. Johnson was driving the Number 27 Chevrolet owned by John Masoni in the victory.

February 14, 1966 – Wilt Chamberlain, Number 13 of Philadelphia hit a record setting milestone in NBA scoring at 20,884 points!

February 14, 1971 – The results of the 13th annual Daytona 500 were that the driver of car Number 43, Richard Petty won his 3rd time at the Great American Race. This propelled the legendary driver to go on to win the inaugural Winston Cup title later in 1971.

February 14, 1995 – The Portland Trail Blazers traded star Clyde Drexler, Number 22 to the Houston Rockets. The Rockets with the aquisition of Clyde “the Glide” went on to end up winning the 1995 NBA Championship!

TV SPORTS WEDNESDAY

AUTO RACING

8 p.m.

FS1 — NASCAR Cup Series: Pole Qualifying, Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Fla.

CANADIAN HOCKEY LEAGUE

7 p.m.

NHLN — Niagara vs. Erie

COLLEGE BASKETBALL (MEN’S)

6:30 p.m.

BTN — Michigan St. at Penn St.

7 p.m.

ACCN — Georgia Tech at Notre Dame

CBSSN — Xavier at Seton Hall

ESPN2 — Miami at Clemson

ESPNU — Tulsa at South Florida

8:30 p.m.

BTN — Iowa at Maryland

SECN — South Carolina at Auburn

9 p.m.

CBSSN — UConn at DePaul

ESPN2 — Tennessee at Arkansas

ESPNU — Western Carolina at Samford

PAC-12N — Oregon St. at Arizona St.

10 p.m.

FS1 — Utah St. at Wyoming

11 p.m.

CBSSN — UNLV at Fresno St.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL (WOMEN’S)

7 p.m.

PEACOCK — Nebraska at Ohio St.

8 p.m.

PEACOCK — Indiana at Wisconsin

GOLF

5 a.m. (Thursday)

GOLF — Ladies European Tour: The Aramco Saudi Ladies International, First Round, Riyadh Golf Club, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

LACROSSE (MEN’S)

5:30 p.m.

ESPN2 — PLL Championship Series: California vs. Boston, Round Robin, Springfield, Va.

NBA BASKETBALL

7:40 p.m.

ESPN — Chicago at Cleveland

10:05 p.m.

ESPN — LA Clippers at Golden State

NHL HOCKEY

7:30 p.m.

TNT — Florida at Pittsburgh

TRUTV — Florida at Pittsburgh (Chiclets Cast)

SOCCER (MEN’S)

3 p.m.

CBS — UEFA Champions League: Real Sociedad at Paris Saint-Germain, Round of 16 – Leg 1

7:55 p.m.

FS2 — CONCACAF Champions Cup: Vancouver at Tigres UANL, First Round – Leg 2

10:05 p.m.

FS2 — CONCACAF Champions Cup: Real Estelí at Club América, First Round – Leg 2

TENNIS

5 a.m.

TENNIS — Doha-WTA, Rotterdam-ATP, Buenos Aires-ATP, Delray Beach-ATP Early Rounds

6 a.m.

TENNIS — Doha-WTA, Rotterdam-ATP, Buenos Aires-ATP, Delray Beach-ATP Early Rounds

5 a.m. (Thursday)

TENNIS — Doha-WTA Quarterfinals; Rotterdam-ATP, Buenos Aires-ATP, Delray Beach-ATP Early Rounds

6 a.m. (Thursday)

TENNIS — Doha-WTA Quarterfinals; Rotterdam-ATP, Buenos Aires-ATP, Delray Beach-ATP Early Rounds