INDIANA BOYS BASKETBALL

Alexandria 71 Daleville 69
Barr-Reeve 74 Vincennes Rivet 26
Bellmont 50 Fort Wayne Dwenger 38
Ben Davis 66 Lawrence Central 54
Bethesda Christian 60 Covenant Christian 52
Blackford 58 Eastern (Greentown) 50
Bloomington South 61 Purdue Poly Englewood 47
Boonville 51 Tell City 38
Brebeuf Jesuit 78 Tri-West 61
Bremen 51 Triton 45
Brownstown Central 84 New Albany 60
Carmel 49 Indianapolis Attucks 37
Center Grove 57 Brownsburg 56
Central Noble 53 Lakewood Park 44
Christel House 59 Seton Catholic 45
Clarksville 82 Austin 74
Clinton Central 76 Traders Point Christian 59
Clinton Prairie 58 Tri-Central 50
Concord 48 John Glenn 29
Cowan 86 Union (Modoc) 42
Crown Point 67 Hammond Morton 48
Culver 67 Granger Christian 35
DeKalb 53 Heritage 50
Decatur Central 78 Beech Grove 57
Delphi 85 North Newton 53
Demotte Christian 69 Boone Grove 67
East Noble 52 Angola 43
Elwood 60 Smith Academy 24
Evansville Christian 68 Forest Park 52
Evansville Day 90 Washington Catholic 28
Evansville Mater Dei 67 Evansville Central 53
Evansville Memorial 59 Evansville North 51
Fishers 69 North Central (Indianapolis) 48
Fort Wayne Blackhawk 87 Leo 83 2OT
Fort Wayne Canterbury 62 Lakeland Christian 29
Fort Wayne North 71 Fort Wayne Northrop 60
Gallatin County (Ky.) 68 Switzerland County 62
Gary 21st Century 42 Culver Academy 39
Goshen 45 West Noble 44
Greensburg 63 North Decatur 57
Greenwood Christian 55 Trinity Lutheran 43
Greenwood 51 Indian Creek 50
Guerin Catholic 62 University 44
Hammond Central 74 Andrean 67
Hauser 40 Waldron 34
Henryville 79 Lighthouse Christian 43
Heritage Hills 67 Princeton 52
Hobart 66 Whiting 55
Indianapolis Cathedral 68 Zionsville 50
Indianapolis Roncalli 54 Lafayette Central Catholic 47
Indianapolis Tech 74 Indianapolis Chatard 61
Jay County 47 Winchester 45
Jeffersonville 74 Evansville Reitz 70 OT
Jennings County 62 Scottsburg 49
LaVille 71 Knox 49
Lafayette Jeff 62 Illiana Christian 46
Lanesville 70 Crothersville 54
Lapel 57 New Castle 51
Lawrence North 70 Hamilton Southeastern 53
Liberty Christian 55 Eastern Hancock 40
Lighthouse CPA 73 Portage Christian 25
Linton-Stockton 52 Parke Heritage 46
Loogootee 51 North Posey 41
Lowell 55 Rensselaer Central 52
Madison-Grant 78 Muncie Burris 41
Marion 68 Indianapolis Washington 63
McCutcheon 46 Muncie Central 45
Michigan City 76 LaPorte 66 OT
Milan 76 Shawe Memorial 62
Mishawaka Marian 57 Elkhart 40
Mitchell 46 Shoals 33
Monroe Central 56 Union City 46
Morristown 67 Providence Cristo Rey 29
Mount Vernon (Fortville) 66 New Palestine 44
Mount Vernon (Posey) 79 Tecumseh 53
Munster 59 Hanover Central 31
New Haven 77 Fort Wayne Luers 66
Noblesville 61 Mississinewa 19
North Central (Farmersburg) 73 Riverton Parke 68
North Montgomery 44 North Putnam 37
North Vermillion 43 Fountain Central 35
Northeastern 52 Connersville 43
Northridge 64 Fairfield 49
Northview 58 Martinsville 47
Oak Hill 70 Northwestern 59
Oldenburg Academy 62 South Decatur 54
Paoli 64 North Harrison 49
Park Tudor 68 Heritage Christian 59
Penn 52 Mishawaka 47
Perry Central 83 Cannelton 34
Phalen Academy 78 Victory College Prep 55
Pike Central 57 South Knox 55
Plainfield 83 Franklin 69
Portage 95 Hebron 77
River Forest 52 Kouts 49
Rochester 86 Oregon-Davis 45
Rock Creek Academy 53 West Washington 45
Rushville 40 Hamilton Heights 37
Seeger 68 Attica 19
Seymour 42 Shelbyville 32
Shakamak 49 Eastern Greene 47 OT
South Bend Adams 49 Elkhart Christian 37
South Bend Riley 72 Bowman Academy 37
South Bend St. Joseph 98 Plymouth 57
South Bend Washington 93 South Bend Career 42
South Central (Elizabeth) 78 Corydon Central 48
South Ripley 81 Rising Sun 42
Southmont 56 Cascade 50
Southridge 66 South Spencer 37
Southwestern (Hanover) 61 Charlestown 56
Southwood 71 Eastbrook 57
Sullivan 86 Cloverdale 36
Tri 72 Hagerstown 62
Twin Lakes 33 Lewis Cass 27
Union County 41 Randolph Southern 28
Victory Christian 55 Marquette Catholic 50
Vincennes Lincoln 57 White River Valley 46
Warren Central 62 Pike 46
Warsaw 62 Tippecanoe Valley 50
Washington Twp. 60 Wheeler 47
Washington 69 West Vigo 50
Wes-Del 69 Southern Wells 51
Western 71 Carroll (Flora) 51
Westview 56 Fremont 46
Westville 70 South Central (Union Mills) 56
Whitko 56 Manchester 51
Winamac 59 Caston 50
Wood Memorial 48 North Knox 33
Woodlan 32 Prairie Heights 30


Greater Indianapolis Conference playoffs
Eminence 48 Central Christian 46

INDIANA BOYS BASKETBALL WEDNESDAY SCHEDULE

ALL TIMES EASTERN
Bedford North Lawrence at New Albany 8:00 pm
Cambridge City Lincoln at Union City 7:30 pm
Columbus East at Floyd Central 7:30 pm
Eastern Hancock at Union (Modoc) 6:00 pm
Fort Wayne North at Huntington North 7:30 pm
Henderson County (Ky.) at Castle 8:00 pm
Henryville at West Washington 7:30 pm
Indianapolis Herron at Indianapolis Scecina 7:30 pm
Indianapolis Metropolitan at Indianapolis Tindley 7:30 pm
Lanesville at Crawford County 6:00 pm
Martinsville at Whiteland 7:30 pm
Northpoint HomeSchool at Purdue Poly North 6:00 pm
Perry Meridian at Greenfield-Central 7:30 pm
Providence Cristo Rey at Tri-Central 7:00 pm
Shelbyville at Delta 8:00 pm
South Dearborn at Lawrenceburg 7:30 pm
Southmont at Frankfort 7:30 pm
Triton at Culver 6:30 pm
Victory College Prep at Mooresville 7:30 pm


Pioneer Conference playoffs
Anderson Prep at Indianapolis Shortridge 7:30 pm

INDIANA BOYS SECTIONAL GAMES TUESDAY

CLASS 4A
East Chicago Central
Hammond Morton vs. Munster 8:00 pm
Chesterton
Portage at Chesterton 8:00 pm
Mishawaka
LaPorte at Mishawaka 6:30 pm
Michigan City vs. Plymouth 8:00 pm
Elkhart
Concord vs. Goshen 6:00 pm
Penn vs. Northridge 7:30 pm
East Noble
Fort Wayne Snider at East Noble 6:00 pm
Carroll (Fort Wayne) vs. Fort Wayne North 7:30 pm
Homestead
Fort Wayne Wayne vs. Fort Wayne South 6:00 pm
Huntington North at Homestead 7:30 pm
Lafayette Jeff
Kokomo vs. Harrison (West Lafayette) 6:00 pm
McCutcheon vs. Marion 7:30 pm
Noblesville
Zionsville at Noblesville 6:00 pm
Carmel vs. Fishers 7:30 pm
Greenfield-Central
New Palestine vs. Mount Vernon (Fortville) 7:00 pm
Lawrence North
Lawrence Central vs. Warren Central 7:00 pm
Southport
Indianapolis Roncalli vs. Franklin Central 7:00 pm
Terre Haute South
Plainfield vs. Brownsburg 7:00 pm
Bloomington North
Bloomington South vs. Greenwood 6:00 pm
Mooresville vs. Center Grove 7:30 pm
East Central
Columbus East vs. Columbus North 6:00 pm
Shelbyville vs. Whiteland 7:30 pm
Seymour
Jeffersonville at Seymour 6:00 pm
Bedford North Lawrence vs. New Albany 7:30 pm
Evansville North
Castle at Evansville North 6:30 pm
Jasper vs. Evansville Reitz 8:00 pm


CLASS 3A
Calumet
Hanover Central vs. Lake Station 7:00 pm
River Forest at Calumet 8:30 pm
Tippecanoe Valley
Culver Academy vs. John Glenn 7:30 pm
South Bend Washington
Mishawaka Marian at South Bend Washington 6:00 pm
New Prairie vs. Jimtown 7:30 pm
Lakeland
Wawasee at Lakeland 7:00 pm
Woodlan
Fort Wayne Concordia vs. Garrett 7:00 pm
Frankfort
Western vs. Twin Lakes 7:00 pm
Mississinewa
Bellmont at Mississinewa 7:00 pm
New Castle
Centerville vs. Yorktown 7:00 pm
Lebanon
Western Boone vs. Danville 6:00 pm
Monrovia vs. Tri-West 7:30 pm
Owen Valley
West Vigo at Owen Valley 7:00 pm
Guerin Catholic
Indianapolis Herron at Guerin Catholic 6:00 pm
Indianapolis Shortridge vs. Brebeuf Jesuit 7:30 pm
Beech Grove
Christel House vs. Indianapolis Ritter 6:00 pm
Speedway vs. Purdue Poly Englewood 7:30 pm
Greensburg
Rushville at Greensburg 7:00 pm
Scottsburg
Salem vs. Silver Creek 7:00 pm
Princeton
Southridge vs. North Daviess 7:30 pm
Boonville
Evansville Mater Dei at Boonville 7:00 pm
Mount Vernon (Posey) vs. Gibson Southern 8:30 pm


CLASS 2A
Bowman Academy
Lighthouse CPA vs. Gary 21st Century 8:00 pm
North Judson
LaVille vs. South Bend Career 6:30 pm
Wheeler vs. Hebron 8:00 pm
Westview
Fremont at Westview 6:00 pm
Churubusco vs. Prairie Heights 7:30 pm
Lewis Cass
Wabash vs. Rochester 6:00 pm
North Miami vs. Winamac 7:30 pm
Bluffton
South Adams vs. Adams Central 7:00 pm
Lafayette Central Catholic
Seeger at Lafayette Central Catholic 6:00 pm
Carroll (Flora) vs. Delphi 7:30 pm
Tipton
Elwood at Tipton 7:00 pm
Alexandria
Winchester at Alexandria 7:00 pm
Hagerstown
Shenandoah vs. Knightstown 7:00 pm
Triton Central
Eastern Hancock vs. Indianapolis Scecina 7:00 pm
Sheridan
Covenant Christian vs. Cascade 7:00 pm
Greencastle
Cloverdale vs. North Putnam 7:00 pm
South Ripley
North Decatur vs. Milan 7:00 pm
Southwestern (Hanover)
Eastern (Pekin) vs. Providence 7:00 pm
Paoli
Sullivan at Paoli 7:00 pm
Forest Park
Tell City at Forest Park 6:30 pm
South Spencer vs. North Posey 8:00 pm


CLASS 1A
Kouts
Hammond Science & Tech vs. Demotte Christian 7:00 pm
Washington Twp. at Kouts 8:30 pm
Triton
Trinity Greenlawn vs. Marquette Catholic 7:30 pm
Bethany Christian
Elkhart Christian at Bethany Christian 7:00 pm
Caston
South Newton vs. Tri-County 6:00 pm
West Central vs. North White 7:30 pm
Southern Wells
Southwood at Southern Wells 7:00 pm
Fountain Central
Faith Christian vs. Clinton Central 6:00 pm
Rossville vs. Attica 7:30 pm
Tri-Central
Liberty Christian vs. Anderson Prep 7:00 pm
Blue River
Randolph Southern vs. Tri 7:00 pm
White River Valley
Clay City at White River Valley 7:00 pm
Bethesda Christian
Traders Point Christian at Bethesda Christian 7:00 pm
Indianapolis Lutheran
Victory College Prep at Indianapolis Lutheran 7:00 pm
Edinburgh
Morristown vs. Southwestern (Shelbyville) 7:00 pm
Borden
Christian Academy vs. West Washington 6:00 pm
Lanesville vs. South Central (Elizabeth) 7:30 pm
New Washington
Crothersville at New Washington 6:00 pm
Shawe Memorial vs. Trinity Lutheran 7:30 pm
Loogootee
Shoals vs. Orleans 7:00 pm
Tecumseh
Cannelton vs. Northeast Dubois 7:00 pm
Wood Memorial at Tecumseh 8:30 pm

INDIANA GIRLS BASKETBALL STATE FINALS

SESSION 1

PUBLIC GATES OPEN AT 9:30 AM ET 

10:30 AM ET | CLASS 1A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP 
LANESVILLE (28-1) VS. MARQUETTE CATHOLIC (24-4) 

APPROX. 12:45 PM ET | CLASS 2A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP 
BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL (21-8) VS. FORT WAYNE BISHOP LUERS (19-6) 

SESSION 2

PUBLIC GATES OPEN AT 5 PM ET 

6 PM ET | CLASS 3A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP 
GIBSON SOUTHERN (25-4) VS. NORWELL (23-4) 

APPROX. 8:15 PM ET | CLASS 4A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP 
LAWRENCE CENTRAL (29-1) VS. LAKE CENTRAL (26-4) 

STATE FINALS PREVIEW: https://www.ihsaa.org/sites/default/files/documents/2023-24%20Girls%20Basketball%20Preview.pdf

INDIANA STATE SWIMMING FINALS

Site: Indiana University Natatorium, IUPUI, 901 W. New York St., Indianapolis | Website

Admission: All tickets will be digital through your mobile phone beginning Monday, Feb. 19 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. $10 per session or $19 both days general admission. Children 5 years and younger admitted free for general admission seating only.  

A limited number of $22 reserved seating tickets will be available for purchase (good for both days) (8 tickets per purchase max). Reserved seating for a single session is not available.

Streaming: All competition will be streamed live at IHSAAtv.org and the IHSAAtv suite of apps (iPhone, Android phone, Roku, Amazon Firestick, AppleTV, and Android TV) via pay-per-view for $10 for Friday’s preliminaries only or $15 for both days.

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 

Advancement
The top 16 in each swimming event during Friday’s prelims will return for competition on Saturday with the top eight individuals vying for state championship honors. Those finishing nine through 16 on Friday will make up the competitors in the consolation heats. All diving will take place on Saturday with the top 20 of 32 competitors advancing from the prelims to the semis after five dives each. After three dives each in the semis, the top 16 will advance to the final round for another three dives each. 

Friday, Feb. 23, 2024
Gates open at 4:30 pm ET / 3:30 pm CT
6 pm ET / 5 pm CT | Swimming Preliminaries | Heat Sheets | Psych Sheets 

Saturday, Feb. 24, 2024
Gates open at 7:30 am ET / 6:30 am CT 
9 am ET / 8 am CT | Diving Preliminaries, Semifinals 
1 pm ET / 12 pm CT | Championship/Consolation Finals in all swimming events; Diving Finals 

MEN’S TOP 25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCORES

#5 TENNESSEE 72 MISSOURI 67

#15 CREIGHTON 85 #1 CONNECTICUT 66

UTAH STATE 68 #19 SAN DIEGO STATE 63

#25 BYU 78 #11 BAYLOR 71

#23 TEXAS TECH 82 TCU 81

#18 ST. MARY’S 70 SAN FRANCISCO 66

ELSEWHERE:

IOWA 78 MICHIGAN STATE 71

VILLANOVA 72 BUTLER 62

BALL STATE 70 NORTHERN ILLINOIS 63

WISCONSIN 74 MARYLAND 70

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL TOP 25 SCORES

#23 OKLAHOMA 95 CINCINNATI 87

ELSEWHERE:

SOUTHERN INDIANA 72 MOREHEAD STATE 64

WISCINSIN 67 MINNESOTA 56

NEBRASKA 75 NORTHWESTERN 50

NBA SCOREBOARD

NO GAMES SCHEDULED

NHL SCOREBOARD

NY ISLANDERS 5 PITTSBURGH 4 OT

FLORIDA 3 OTTAWA 2 OT

NY RANGERS 3 DALLAS 1

WASHINGTON 6 NEW JERSEY 2

WINNIPEG 6 MINNESOTA 3

COLORADO 3 VANCOUVER 1

NASHVILLE 5 VEGAS 3

LOS ANGELES 5 COLUMBUS 1

NATIONAL SPORTS RELEASES/HEADLINES

COLLEGE FOOTBALL NEWS

COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF APPROVES 5+7 FORMAT AND REDUCES SPOTS FOR CONFERENCE CHAMPIONS

The field for the 12-team College Football Playoff will comprise five conference champions and seven at-large selections after the university presidents who oversee the CFP voted unanimously Tuesday to tweak the format.

The move to decrease the number of spots reserved for conference champions from six to five was prompted by realignment and the disassembling of the Pac-12, and has been anticipated for several months. An expected vote last month was delayed at the Pac-12’s request.

The original plan for the 12-team format was to have the six highest-ranked conference champions, with the top four receiving first-round byes, and six at-large selections. But with one fewer power conference after the Pac-12’s demise, the commissioners who manage the CFP recommended to make the change from a 6-6 format to a 5-7.

No conference will have automatic access. Those five slots will go to the highest-ranked conference champs as determined by the CFP selection committee, ensuring at least one team from outside the Atlantic Coast Conference, Big Ten, Big 12 and Southeastern Conference will make the 12-team field.

The selection committee’s rankings also will determine the seven at-large bids. There will be no limit to how many teams can come from the same league.

“This is a very logical adjustment for the College Football Playoff based on the evolution of our conference structures since the board first adopted this new format in September 2022,” said Mark Keenum, president of Mississippi State University and chair of the CFP Board of Managers. “I know this change will also be well received by student-athletes, coaches and fans. We all will be pleased to see this new format come to life on the field this postseason.”

The coming season will be the first with a 12-team playoff after 10 years of it being a four-team event.

ALABAMA LANDS FORMER MICHIGAN S KEON SABB

Former Michigan safety Keon Sabb has enrolled at Alabama after entering the transfer portal last week.

He played in 14 games for the national champion Wolverines in 2023 and tallied two interceptions and 28 tackles.

The sophomore returned an interception 28 yards for a touchdown in Michigan’s 52-10 win at Minnesota on Oct. 7.

Sabb was a four-star recruit in the Class of 2022 out of IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. The 247Sports composite ranked him as the No. 9 safety in the nation.

New Crimson Tide head coach Kalen DeBoer’s general manager, Courtney Morgan, recruited Sabb to Michigan.

NFL NEWS

WHAT TO KNOW AS THE NFL FRANCHISE TAG WINDOW OPENS

Unavoidable and detested by most who are eligible, the NFL’s annual tag game begins Tuesday.

All 32 teams are allowed to play the not-so-popular franchise tag game, a roster-building accounting mechanism available to help those clubs retain free agents without the long-term demands and salary cap strain of a multi-year contract with numerous guaranteed elements.

Starting Tuesday and through March 5, teams can use the non-exclusive franchise tag — easily the most common — to promise a one-year salary for 2024 that is set using the value equal to the average of the top five salaries at the player’s position over the last five years.

If tagged with the non-exclusive marker, players who would otherwise be unrestricted free agents can still talk deals with other teams. However, the current team retains refusal rights — meaning it can match any offer a suitor proposes — or opt instead to receive two first-round draft picks as compensation if he signs with another club.

No outside negotiations are allowed for players who are hit with the exclusive franchise tag. That tag also raises the pay for the player in question to a one-year salary equal to the top five salaries at the player’s position for the current year — as opposed to the past five years — or 120 percent of his prior year’s salary, whichever is greater.

A transition tag, which comes with a player salary equal to the average of the top five salaries at the position over the past 10 years, maintains refusal rights for the existing or current team. But if said team declines to match an offer sheet made to that player, they receive no compensation for losing him to a new team.

DEADLINES, ET CETERA
Teams can use the transition or franchise tags through 4:00 p.m. ET on March 5.

Any player tagged can negotiate toward a long-term contract until July 15.

Players are not required to sign a tender offer as a transition or franchise player and cannot be fined for not participating in offseason workouts.

Failure to sign the tender and report to the team for the regular season can disqualify that player from accruing a season of service and impact eligibility for free agency and other player benefits.

NUMBERS GAME
Contract figures reflecting the market value by position showed a stark decline for running backs last season, much to the dismay of tagged Giants running back Saquon Barkley and 2022 NFL rushing leader Josh Jacobs of the Raiders.

Below are the non-exclusive franchise tag values at every position for 2024:

Quarterback: $36,367,000
Running Back: $11,348,000
Linebacker: $22,794,000
Defensive Tackle: $20,986,000
Wide Receiver: $20,714,000
Defensive End: $20,247,000
Offensive Line: $19,925,000
Cornerback: $18,802,000
Safety: $16,258,000
Tight End: $12,151,000
Kicker/Punter: $5,682,000

WHO’S IT?
Here are five candidates to be tagged by their current NFL teams:

1. DE Brian Burns, Panthers
Contract talks went sideways last summer and Burns is on the record stating he wants to be the NFL’s highest-paid pass-rusher. Finding traction in that stratosphere might be challenging after an 8.0-sack season in 2023. With little draft capital, can the Panthers afford to watch him walk?

2. RB Josh Jacobs, Raiders
Backpedaling from the NFL rushing title to 805 yards in 2023 shifts leverage to the Raiders.

3. CB Jaylon Johnson, Bears
Johnson is among the top cover corners in the NFL and wants to be paid like one. The Bears might want to see it one more year before paying up. GM Ryan Pace tipped his hand here with the release of Cody Whitehair and Eddie Jackson.

4. DT Justin Madubuike, Ravens
Baltimore tagged, then re-signed, quarterback Lamar Jackson before he delivered his second MVP season in 2023. Madubuike had a breakout season with 13.0 sacks and 33 QB hits to continue his rise from third-round pick to second-team All-Pro. He’s just 26 years old.

5. WR Michael Pittman Jr, Colts
At $20.7 million for 2024, the Colts get to keep Pittman and pair him with 2023 draft pick Anthony Richardson at quarterback for a full test run. Pittman could be the most coveted free agent receiver available if he’s not tagged.

PATRIOTS CAPTAIN MATTHEW SLATER RETIRES AFTER 16 SEASONS

New England Patriots special teams captain Matthew Slater announced his retirement Tuesday after 16 seasons.

The three-time Super Bowl champion holds the NFL record for special teams players with 10 Pro Bowl selections.

Slater, 38, played in 264 games (including playoffs) for the Patriots from 2008-23, second only to Tom Brady (326).

“I have given all that I possibly can to respect and honor the game,” he wrote in a lengthy post on social media. “Though it is time for my relationship with the game to evolve, the love I have for it will last a lifetime.”

Originally drafted as a wide receiver in the fifth round in 2008, Slater made his impact on special teams. He served as a kick returner on and off between 2008 and 2016 and amassed 191 tackles in kick and punt coverage.

“In 2008, I came here as a young man with hopes and dreams,” Slater wrote. “In 2024, I can retire knowing this experience has exceeded any hope or dream I ever had.”

2 ADULTS CHARGED WITH MURDER IN CHIEFS PARADE SHOOTING

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Two men have been charged with murder in last week’s shooting that killed one person and injured 22 others after the Kansas City Chiefs’ Super Bowl parade, Missouri prosecutors said Tuesday.

Dominic Miller and Lyndell Mays are charged with second-degree murder and other counts. They have been hospitalized since the shooting, Jackson County prosecutor Jean Peters Baker said during a news conference. Officials declined to answer whether the men were being treated for gunshot wounds or other injuries.

Court records lay out a basic view of how the shooting unfolded.

The men did not know each other before the shooting, according to prosecutors. They were among several people arguing when Mays “pulled his handgun first almost immediately” and several others did the same, Peters Baker said. Police say it was Miller’s gun that fired the shot that killed a woman.

Online court records did not list attorneys who could comment on the men’s behalf. The Missouri State Public Defender’s Office said applications for public defenders for the men had not yet been received by the Kansas City office.

The new charges come after two juveniles were detained last week on gun-related and resisting arrest charges. Authorities said more charges were possible.

“I do want you to understand — we seek to hold every shooter accountable for their actions on that day. Every single one,” Peters Baker said. “So while we’re not there yet on every single individual, we’re going to get there.”

Police have said a dispute among several people led to the shooting, which happened even as 800 police officers patrolled the celebration.

The 22 people injured range in age from 8 to 47, according to police Chief Stacey Graves. Lisa Lopez-Galvan, a mother of two and the host of “Taste of Tejano,” was killed.

The shooting was the latest at a sports celebration in the U.S. A shooting wounded several people last year in Denver after the Nuggets’ NBA championship.

That led Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas to wonder whether it’s time to rethink championship celebrations, even as he promised last week that the city will continue to celebrate its victories. Next month’s St. Patrick’s Day parade will go on as scheduled, Lucas said.

The Kansas City shooting occurred in a state with few gun regulations and a city that has struggled with gun violence. In 2020, Kansas City was among nine cities chosen by the U.S. Justice Department in an effort to crack down on violent crime. In 2023, the city matched its record with 182 homicides, most of which involved guns.

On Monday, Missouri’s Republican-led House on a bipartisan vote passed a ban on celebratory gunfire in cities following debate that ranged from tearful to angry. A similar measure was passed last year as part of a sweeping crime-related bill, but GOP Gov. Mike Parson vetoed the legislation. He cited issues with other crime provisions in the bill unrelated to celebratory gunfire.

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

TOP 25 ROUNDUP: NO. 15 CREIGHTON THRASHES NO. 1 UCONN

Steven Ashworth scored 16 of his 20 points in the first half and added seven rebounds as No. 15 Creighton thumped No. 1 UConn 85-66 in Omaha, Neb., on Tuesday night to end the Huskies’ 14-game winning streak.

Trey Alexander scored 16 points and Ryan Kalkbrenner added 15 as Creighton (20-7, 11-5 Big East) ran its winning streak to four games while matching its longest run this season of consecutive victories in conference play.

The Bluejays earned a victory over a No. 1-ranked team for the first time in program history after losing the first six opportunities.

Tristen Newton scored 27 points to go along with 12 rebounds and Donovan Clingan added 12 points as UConn (24-3, 14-2) was upended one game after tying the longest all-time winning streak in Big East play. Stephon Castle scored 10 points as the Huskies fell for the first time since Dec. 20.

No. 5 Tennessee 72, Missouri 67

Tobe Awaka had 18 points and 10 rebounds and Dalton Knecht scored 15 points in the second half to lead the Volunteers past the Tigers in Columbia, Mo.

Knecht finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Jonas Aidoo scored 14 points and blocked four shots, while Zakai Zeigler added 10 for the Volunteers (20-6, 10-3 Southeastern Conference).

Sean East II scored 24 points, Noah Carter supplied 20 and Nick Honor added 10 for Missouri (8-18, 0-13), which has lost 16 of its past 17 games.

No. 25 BYU 78, No. 11 Baylor 71

Ali Khalifa made four of BYU’s 14 3-pointers in a win over the Bears in Provo, Utah.

BYU (19-7, 7-6 Big 12) sank 14 of 36 shots from long distance. The Cougars, 14-2 at home, have won five of their last seven games. Trevin Knell and Jaxson Robinson each made three 3-pointers and finished with 13 points. Khalifa went 4 of 6 from deep and totaled 14 points, seven assists and seven rebounds.

Baylor (19-7, 8-5) has also won five of its past seven games. Jalen Bridges led the Bears with 15 points and eight rebounds. Ja’Kobe Walter and Yves Missi added 13 points each.

No. 18 Saint Mary’s 70, San Francisco 66

Mitchell Saxen had 20 points and 13 rebounds and the Gaels overcame a tough challenge from the Dons in Moraga, Calif., to extend their winning streak to 14 games.

Alex Ducas scored 18 points and Aidan Mahaney finished with 12 for Saint Mary’s (22-6, 13-0 West Coast Conference), which has a 2 1/2-game lead over Gonzaga for first place in the conference.

Marcus Williams scored 26 points to lead San Francisco (21-7, 10-3), which had won six in a row. The Dons held a 58-54 lead with 5:25 to go but couldn’t hold on.

Utah State 68, No. 19 San Diego State 63

Darius Brown II scored 25 points and the Aggies took over sole possession of first place in the Mountain West Conference by beating the Aztecs in Logan, Utah.

Great Osobor had 17 points, seven rebounds and seven assists for Utah State (22-5, 10-4 Mountain West), which had lost three of its past five, beginning with an 81-67 setback against San Diego State on Feb. 3 in San Diego. At the time, Utah State was ranked 17th and San Diego State was unranked.

Jaedon LeDee scored 23 points and Reese Waters added 11 off the bench for San Diego State (20-7, 9-5), which dropped to 2-5 on the road in conference play.

No. 23 Texas Tech 82, TCU 81

Pop Isaacs scored a game-high 19 points, including a go-ahead three-point play with 39 seconds left, as the Red Raiders slipped by the Horned Frogs in Lubbock, Texas.

Darrion Williams, Joe Toussaint and Kerwin Walton all scored 14 points for Texas Tech (19-7, 8-5 Big 12), which outscored TCU 25-14 over the final 7:25.

Emanuel Miller notched 15 points and 12 rebounds for the Horned Frogs (18-8, 7-6). Avery Anderson III (15 points) and Nelson (14) followed, while Essam Mostafa, Micah Peavy and Coles chipped in 10 points apiece.

HOCKEY NEWS

RED WINGS F MICHAEL RASMUSSEN SIGNS 4-YEAR, $12.8M EXTENSION

The Detroit Red Wings signed forward Michael Rasmussen to a four-year contract extension worth $12.8 million on Tuesday.

Rasmussen, 24, has appeared in 55 games this season, posting 23 points (11 goals, 12 assists) and a plus-11 rating.

He was due to become a restricted free agent at the end of the season following the expiration of the three-year, $4.38 million extension he signed on July 22, 2021.

The ninth overall pick of the 2017 NHL Draft by Detroit, Rasmussen has 109 career points (47 goals, 62 assists) in 293 games with the Red Wings.

The Red Wings host the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday. Detroit entered Tuesday holding the second wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference.

NHL ROUNDUP: RANGERS STEP OVER STARS TO WIN 8TH STRAIGHT

Igor Shesterkin made a season-best 41 saves and the host New York Rangers extended their winning streak to a season-high eight games by holding on for a 3-1 victory over the Dallas Stars on Tuesday night.

Shesterkin, who won his fourth straight start, highlighted his 23rd win by making a strong left pad save on Jamie Benn with about six minutes left, then diving in the crease to stop an attempt by Tyler Seguin before the puck crossed the red line. He also protected the one-goal lead by doing a split and making a sprawling glove save on Wyatt Johnston with 2:34 left in the second.

Adam Fox and Kaapo Kakko scored to help the Rangers reach eight straight wins for the first time since winning nine in a row Oct. 25 to Nov. 15, 2015. Vincent Trocheck added an empty-net goal with 1:41 left in the third period.

Miro Heiskanen scored a power-play goal as Dallas dropped its third straight (0-1-2) and fell to 12-4-3 in its past 19 games. Goaltender Scott Wedgewood gave the Stars a chance at the win by making 23 saves.

Kings 5, Blue Jackets 1

Pierre-Luc Dubois scored two goals for Los Angeles against visiting Columbus.

Quinton Byfield and Drew Doughty each had a goal and an assist, Kevin Fiala also scored and Cam Talbot made 33 saves and contributed an assist for the Kings, who have won four in a row.

Adam Boqvist scored and Elvis Merzlikins stopped 31 shots for the Blue Jackets, who have dropped three of four.

Predators 5, Golden Knights 3

Cole Smith scored his third game-winning goal of the season and Kevin Lankinen made 23 saves as Nashville won in Las Vegas.

Luke Evangelista, Cody Glass, Tommy Novak and Gus Nyquist added a goal apiece and Roman Josi and Ryan McDonagh each had two assists for Nashville, which won its second straight game. The win moved the Predators into a tie with the St. Louis Blues for the second Western Conference wild-card spot at 60 points.

Alex Pietrangelo, William Karlsson and Michael Amadio scored and Alec Martinez added two assists for Vegas, which lost for the third time in four games. Adin Hill finished with 35 saves while dropping his third consecutive start.

Jets 6, Wild 3

Gabriel Vilardi scored twice and added an assist, Kyle Connor tallied once in a three-point performance and host Winnipeg beat Minnesota.

Nino Niederreiter collected one goal and one assist while Mason Appleton and Sean Monahan also scored for the Jets. Laurent Brossoit made 36 saves for Winnipeg, and Dylan DeMelo, Adam Lowry and Josh Morrissey each collected two assists.

Marco Rossi scored twice and Kirill Kaprizov produced one goal and assist for the Wild. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 24 shots.

Avalanche 3, Canucks 1

Ryan Johansen scored two goals, Nathan MacKinnon had an assist to extend his home point streak and Colorado beat Vancouver in Denver.

Artturi Lehkonen had an empty-net goal and Alexandar Georgiev turned away 24 shots for Colorado, which has won two in a row after a 1-4-1 road trip. MacKinnon has now registered a point in all 27 Avalanche home games, which is tied for the seventh-longest stretch in NHL history. Wayne Gretzky holds the record with a 40-game streak for the Los Angeles Kings in 1988-89.

J.T. Miller scored and Thatcher Demko made 24 saves for the Canucks, who have lost three in a row for the first time this season.

Capitals 6, Devils 2

Alex Ovechkin collected two goals and an assist and Connor McMichael scored twice for his first career multi-goal game, lifting host Washington over New Jersey.

Ovechkin extended his point streak to nine games with his offensive outburst. Dylan Strome recorded a goal and two assists and Michael Sgarbossa scored his first goal of the season. Charlie Lindgren made 37 saves for the Capitals, who posted their third victory in four games in the season series vs. the Devils.

Alexander Holtz and Erik Haula scored for New Jersey.

Panthers 3, Senators 2 (OT)

Anton Lundell scored 1:36 into overtime as Florida won for the sixth straight time and 10th its last 11 games by beating Ottawa in Sunrise, Fla.

Lundell roofed the puck from a sharp angle along the left goal line as the Panthers moved past the Boston Bruins for first place in the Atlantic Division and the top point total in the Eastern Conference. Matthew Tkachuk, who battled against his brother Brady all night, got an assist on the decisive play.

Florida’s Sergei Bobrovsky (28 saves) outdueled Joonas Korpisalo (31 saves) in a terrific goalie battle. Bobrovsky leads Eastern Conference goalies with 28 wins. Brandon Montour had a goal and an assist and Aaron Ekblad also scored for the Panthers. Thomas Chabot logged a goal and an assist and Tim Stutzle scored the other goal for Ottawa, which took its third loss in four games.

Islanders 5, Penguins 4 (OT)

Adam Pelech scored his first goal of the season with a snap shot from the slot 57 seconds into overtime to give New York the win in Pittsburgh.

Brock Nelson, Mathew Barzal and Pelech each had a goal and an assist and Simon Holmstrom and Mike Reilly also scored for the Islanders, who snapped a three-game losing streak (0-1-2). Ilya Sorokin made 37 saves.

Marcus Pettersson, Lars Eller, Valtteri Puustinen and Drew O’Connor scored for the Penguins, who have lost two straight (0-1-1) and five of their past six (1-4-1). Alex Nedeljkovic made 28 stops.

BASEBALL NEWS

PLAYING FOR THE OAKLAND A’S HASN’T BEEN GLAMOROUS FOR YEARS. IN 2024, IT COULD BE DOWNRIGHT WEIRD

MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Catcher Shea Langeliers made a little space to set down a cup of coffee in his locker, then gingerly turned around, careful not to disturb the belongings of teammates JJ Bleday and Max Schuemann that were all crammed into a corner of Oakland’s spring training clubhouse.

Playing for the Athletics over the past few decades rarely has been glamorous — at least by MLB standards.

In 2024, it could also be downright weird.

The Athletics — set to move to Las Vegas sometime around 2028 — are facing a lame-duck season at the Oakland Coliseum, which hosted some of the smallest crowds in recent MLB history in 2023. The A’s have met with Oakland city officials about extending the club’s lease beyond 2024, but nothing is certain at the moment.

“I think if you focus on that, it can affect you,” Langeliers said. “The main goal is just to focus on baseball and what you can control. That can get away from you sometimes. I think every player in here will tell you their focus is on the field.”

But the franchise’s uncertain future was enough of a topic that manager Mark Kotsay — along with team president Dave Kaval — were on hand at Hohokam Stadium in Mesa for a 45-minute team meeting on Monday, which was also the team’s first full-squad workout.

“We talk a lot about distractions and this group has been through it to a certain extent last year,” Kotsay said. “We did address the uncertainty of the ’25 season, but ultimately, these guys are here to play baseball and have a long career, whether that’s in Oakland or Miami, for that matter, the game doesn’t change.

“The circumstances are what they are.”

Kotsay said he wants to make sure players know his office is open if there are questions, though to be honest, he doesn’t have many answers at the moment. It’s unclear whether the franchise will play its 2025 home games in Oakland, Sacramento, San Francisco or a minor league stadium in Las Vegas.

The team reached an agreement with Bally’s and Gaming & Leisure Properties to build a stadium on the Tropicana hotel site along the Las Vegas Strip, and the Nevada Legislature approved $380 million in public financing last June for a $1.5 billion stadium that the team wants completed for the 2028 season. MLB owners unanimously approved the move in November.

But the next few years could be rocky.

“We’re very transparent,” Kotsay said. “When we get information, we pass it along to the players. You get more information than I do, probably.”

From a purely baseball perspective, the A’s hope they’re a franchise on the rise following a brutal 112-loss season. They’ve got a young nucleus of hitters that includes All-Star slugger Brent Rooker, speedster Esteury Ruiz and Langeliers, which improved over the final few months of the season after a rough start.

The A’s also added a few veterans to the pitching staff, hoping that Ross Stripling and Alex Wood can help stabilize a rotation that includes JP Sears and Paul Blackburn.

Oakland has had one of the league’s lowest payrolls over the past several seasons under much-maligned owner John Fisher, and this one will be no exception. But until the past few years, the A’s have found a way to have at least moderate success, making the playoffs in six of nine seasons from 2012-2020.

Rooker is a bit of a late bloomer by baseball standards, coming off a 30-homer season that helped the 29-year-old become a first-time All-Star and the latest in a long line of sluggers for the A’s. He has enjoyed his time launching dingers in front of Coliseum fans — regardless of whether it’s in the hundreds or thousands.

The A’s averaged 10,276 fans per game last year, easily the lowest number in MLB.

“The fans that come are as loyal of fans of anything as you will find anywhere,” Rooker said. “They are incredible people. Just from a personal standpoint, you get to know a lot of them. There’s a group in right field that I talk to and hang out with when I’m out there. They’re really, really fun people.”

But there’s little doubt this is a difficult split. And the longer this long goodbye takes, the more awkward it could get.

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred acknowledged last week that the situation wasn’t ideal. The A’s have been in Oakland since 1968, and their generations of fans aren’t going quietly.

“The reality of the situation is that whenever you’re leaving a market where you’ve been for decades and you’re going to make a move to a different city where there’s not a stadium, that’s a really difficult undertaking, and it’s not going to be seamless, smooth,” Manfred said. “There’s going to be bumps along the road.”

JANSEN ‘FRUSTRATED’ WITH DIRECTION OF RED SOX IN 2024

Veteran closer Kenley Jansen is disappointed the Boston Red Sox weren’t more aggressive in making significant additions to the team’s roster during the offseason.

“I definitely feel frustrated,” Jansen said, according to Rob Bradford of WEEI. “I came here for two years where Year 1 we were going to compete but by Year 2 they were really going to go after it. I get it, there have been a lot of changes in this organization. They have a different vision now. I get it. It’s part of business. But at the same time I have one more year left here and I’m going to give the fans the best that I have.

“I always will be dedicated to my craft and what I’m doing. I want to be great. I want to put up a show. So, I’m going to give my best all the time when I step on that mound. But it’s definitely frustrating watching how things go, but it’s not in our control. What is in our control is to go out here and be the best leader I can be. Be the best voice I can be in the clubhouse. Help the young guys. Help myself. And learn how to win.”

Boston added Lucas Giolito, Tyler O’Neill, Vaughn Grissom, and injured reliever Liam Hendriks this winter.

Jansen joined the Red Sox on a two-year, $36-million contract in December 2022 during the same offseason in which the club landed Masataka Yoshida with a five-year, $90-million deal.

The club hired Craig Breslow in October to replace Chaim Bloom as the chief baseball officer following back-to-back last-place finishes in the AL East with identical 78-84 records.

JAYS’ TURNER: STATE OF FREE AGENCY IS ‘BLACK EYE’ ON MLB

Toronto Blue Jays designated hitter Justin Turner is concerned about the state of free agency with a significant amount of players and talent still available as spring training begins.

“It’s just frustrating,” Turner said Monday, according to Shi Davidi of Sportsnet. “It’s frustrating, obviously, for the guys in the free-agency class. It’s frustrating for a lot of teams around the league trying to figure out where some of these guys are going to go. It’s kind of a little bit of a black eye on baseball.

“You have all these guys that are All-Star, Cy Young, batting title, Rookie of the Year guys on the free-agent market, and they’re having a hard time finding a job. I don’t think it’s a good look.”

Turner, who signed a one-year, $13-million contract at the beginning of February, would like to see lots of signings in a short period.

“There’s not a lot we can do about it,” Turner added. “But, certainly from an aspirational perspective, we’d rather have two weeks of flurried activity in December, preferably around the winter meetings where you’re all there to write about it and we all get excited about the upcoming year. That’ll be a project in the next go-around.”

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said the league proposed a signing deadline in December. However, the MLBPA rejected the idea.

Agent Scott Boras, who represents unsigned stars Cody Bellinger, Matt Chapman, Blake Snell, Jordan Montgomery, and J.D. Martinez, vehemently opposed the proposal of a deadline, calling the notion “death lines to the players.”

REPORTS: LHP HYUN JIN RYU TO BECOME KOREA’S HIGHEST-PAID PLAYER

Free agent left-hander Hyun Jin Ryu is expected to return to his native Korea, where the Hanwha Eagles will make him the highest-paid player in the KBO League, per reports in Korean media Tuesday.

He pitched for the Eagles from 2006-12, winning Rookie of the Year and MVP honors in 2006, before heading to the major leagues. He was 18-6 with a 2.23 ERA that season.

Ryu made his MLB debut on April 2, 2013 with the Los Angeles Dodgers. After leading the majors in ERA (2.32) during his All-Star season in 2019, he signed a four-year, $80 million deal with the Toronto Blue Jays that December.

Tommy John surgery performed in June 2022 limited Ryu to just 17 starts over the past two seasons, and he was 5-3 for the Blue Jays in that span.

Ryu, who turns 37 next month, posted a 78-48 career record with a 3.27 ERA in 186 regular season appearances (185 starts). He struck out 934 batters in 1,055 1/3 innings.

GOLF NEWS

GOLF GLANCE: TONY FINAU DEFENDS IN MEXICO; LPGA BEGINS ASIA SWING

Players on the PGA Tour, LPGA Tour and PGA Tour Champions have left the United States and spread out across three continents this week.

PGA TOUR
LAST TOURNAMENT: The Genesis Invitational (Hideki Matsuyama)
THIS WEEK: Mexico Open at Vidanta, Vallarta, Mexico, Feb. 22-25
Course: Vidanta Vallarta (Par 71, 7,456 yards)
Purse: $8.1M (Winner: $1.458M)
Defending Champion: Tony Finau
FedEx Cup Leader: Matthieu Pavon
HOW TO FOLLOW
TV: Thursday-Friday, 4-7 p.m. ET (Golf Channel); Saturday-Sunday, 1-3 p.m. (GC), 3-6 p.m. (NBC)
Streaming (ESPN+): Thursday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m. ET; Saturday-Sunday, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
X: @MexicoOpenGolf
NOTES: The winner this week will earn a spot in all five remaining signature events this year. If the winner is not a current PGA Tour member, he must accept membership after the event to be eligible. … Vidanta Vallarta was designed by current LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman. … Will Gordon and Will Zalatoris withdrew from the event and were replaced by Ryan Palmer and Scott Piercy. … There are eight players from Mexico in the field, including PGA Tour rookie Raul Pereda.
BEST BETS: Tony Finau (+800 at BetMGM) is the highest-ranked player in the field at No. 24 as he seeks to successfully defend a title for the first time. He also finished T2 at Vidanta in 2022. … Nicolai Hojgaard (+1600) has made three consecutive cuts to begin his PGA Tour career, including a runner-up at Torrey Pines. … Emiliano Grillo (+2200) is one of the more accomplished players in the field and has made all six cuts in 2024. … Patrick Rodgers (+3300) has a pair of top-10s in the event the past two years. … Brandon Wu (+3500) finished T2 in 2022 and solo third last year. … Mackenzie Hughes (+5500) is coming off a T31 at the Genesis Invitational.
NEXT TOURNAMENT: Cognizant Classic, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., Feb. 29-March 3

LPGA Tour
LAST TOURNAMENT: LPGA Drive On Championship (Nelly Korda)
THIS WEEK: Honda LPGA Thailand, Chonburi, Thailand, Feb. 22-25
Course: Siam Country Club, Old Course (Par 72, 6,576 yards)
Purse: $1.7M (Winner: $255,000)
Defending Champion: Lilia Vu
Race to the CME Globe leader: Lydia Ko
HOW TO FOLLOW
TV: Wednesday-Thursday, 10 p.m.-3 a.m. ET; Friday-Saturday, 10:30 p.m.-3:30 a.m. (All times Golf Channel)
Streaming (Peacock): Wednesday-Thursday, 10 p.m.-3 a.m. ET; Friday-Saturday, 10:30 p.m.-3:30 a.m.
X: @hondalpgath
NOTES: This is a 72-hole stroke play event with no cut for the 72-player field, and begins a three-event swing in Asia. It is one of seven events in Asia on the 2024 schedule. … Siam has played host to 14 of the previous 16 editions of the tournament. … Amy Yang is a three-time champion (2015, ’17, ’19). Her win at last year’s CME Group Tour Championship was Yang’s first since the 2019 win at Siam. … Vu claimed her first LPGA Tour victory last year and went on to win three more times, including two majors. She defends her Thailand title as the world’s No. 1-ranked player. … Ariya Jutanugarn (2021) is the only Thai player to win this event.
NEXT TOURNAMENT: HSBC Women’s World Championship, Singapore, Feb. 29-March 3

PGA Tour Champions
LAST TOURNAMENT: Chubb Classic (Stephen Ames)
THIS WEEK: Trophy Hassan II, Rabat, Morocco, Feb. 22-24
Course: Royal Golf Dar Es Salam (Par 73, 7,349 yards)
Purse: $2M (Winner: $360,000)
Defending Champion: Ames
Charles Schwab Cup leader: Steven Alker
HOW TO FOLLOW
TV: Thursday-Saturday, 8-11 a.m. ET (All times Golf Channel)
X: @ChampionsTour
NOTES: Ames won the Chubb Classic after the final round was canceled due to weather, beating Rocco Mediate by three shots. It was Ames’ seventh career Champions victory.
NEXT TOURNAMENT: Cologuard Classic, Tucson, Ariz., March 8-10

LIV Golf League
LAST TOURNAMENT: Las Vegas (Individual: Dustin Johnson; Team: Smash GC)
THIS WEEK: OFF
NEXT TOURNAMENT: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, March 1-3

INDIANA SPORTS NEWS RELEASES/NEWS REPORTS

INDIANA PACERS BASKETBALL

GAME PREVIEW: PACERS VS PISTONS

Now, let’s back to your regularly scheduled Indiana Pacers programming.

After hosting a successful NBA All-Star Weekend in the Circle City, the Pacers (31-25) return to regular season action on Thursday night at Gainbridge Fieldhouse when they host the Detroit Pistons (8-46) for a Central Division matchup, kicking off a four-game homestead.

The Pacers enter their final 26 games of the season in sixth place in the Eastern Conference, a half-game ahead of the Miami Heat and Orlando Magic but trailing the Philadelphia 76ers (32-22), New York Knicks (33-22), Milwaukee Bucks (35-21) Cleveland Cavaliers (36-17) and first-place Boston Celtics (43-21).

On paper, the Pacers have a favorable remaining schedule, as just 15 games will feature an opponent with an above .500 record, 13 games will be played at home, and there are just two back-to-backs remaining. Indiana has played much better rested, as they’re 2-8 on the second legs of back-to-backs this season.

Before the break, the Pacers had won four of their last six games, including a 127-125 win over the Toronto Raptors on Feb. 14.

With a win, Indiana would clinch their regular season series against their Central Division foe, with one game left to play on March 20 in Detroit. Last season, the Pacers and Pistons split the series 2-2.

Going into the final stretch of games, the Pacers remain atop the NBA in points per game (123.7), field goal percentage (50.8 percent) and assists per game (30.9). The Pacers still have the highest-scoring bench (47.3 percent), and play at the second-fastest pace.

Seven players are averaging double-digit scoring for the Blue & Gold, with Andrew Nembhard (9.0 points per game) and T.J. McConnell (8.2 points per game) not far behind.

Pacers All-Star point guard Tyrese Haliburton continues to lead all NBA players in assists per game, averaging 11.7 on a nightly basis, while also topping his team in scoring at 21.7 points per game. Now having played 15 games with Indiana, newest Pacer Pascal Siakam is putting up 21.4 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 4.7 assists on a nightly basis, while veteran center Myles Turner also continues his solid campaign, averaging 17.2 points and 6.9 rebounds per game.

Thursday’s matchup could prove a high-scoring affair, as both teams are giving up 122 points per game this season. Indiana could be without one of its starters as forward Aaron Nesmith recovers from an ankle injury suffered right before the All-Star break.

After a nightmarish start to their season that included losing 28 straight games, the Pistons are 2-3 over their last five games – but have lost three in a row. Detroit hasn’t strung together more than two straight wins at any point this season. At one point this season, the Pistons had lost 34 of 35 games from Oct. 30 to Dec. 30.

The Pistons will look different than the last time the Pacers saw them, as they traded their second-leading scorer, Bojan Bogdanovic, who was averaging 20.2 points per game, and sharpshooter Alec Burks to the New York Knicks on Feb. 8 for  Malachi Flynn, Quentin Grimes, Evan Fournier, and Ryan Arcidiacono. In a separate transaction, the Pistons acquired Simone Fontecchio from the Utah Jazz.

Fontecchio has started two games for the Pistons since the acquisition and Fournier has played in just as many. Grimes has not played yet for the Pistons due to a knee injury and is questionable for Thursday.

Point guard Cade Cunningham, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2022 draft out of Oklahoma State, is leading the Pistons with 21.9 points per game and 7.5 assists, and former Purdue Boilermaker Jaden Ivey is scoring 15.3 points per game while dishing out 3.6 assists on average.

Two Pistons are returning to Indianapolis not a week after competing in Rising Stars during All-Star Weekend.

Ivey, a South Bend native, and Pistons center Jalen Duren both played for Team Tamika during the Painini Rising Stars game during All-Star Weekend. Ivey and Duren’s time on the court was short, however, thanks in part to a Pacers guard Bennedict Mathuirn, the eventual Rising Stars MVP, scoring 18 points to lead Team Jalen over Team Tamika.

Mathurin, who was selected sixth in the 2022 draft by the Pacers – one spot after the Pistons took Ivey – has consistently elevated his game when playing Detroit, including a 30 points, eight assists, seven rebounds outburst on Dec. 11.

In four games played against the Pistons dating back to last season, Mathurin is averaging 22.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.3 assists in his games against Detroit.

After hosting the Pistons, the Pacers will get a couple days rest before hosting the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday and the Toronto Raptors on Monday.

Projected Starters

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

Pistons: G – Jaden Ivey, G – Cade Cunningham, F – Simone Fontecchio, F – Ausar Thompson, C – Jalen Duren

Injury Report

Pacers: TBA

Pistons: TBA

Last Meeting

Dec. 11, 2023: In their first game after the In-Season Tournament Championship against the Los Angeles Lakers, the Pacers beat the Pistons 131-123 at Little Caesars Arena. The loss marked 20 straight for the Pistons.

The Pacers led 98-93 going into the fourth quarter before extending their lead to double digits after a three-point play by Myles Turner and six straight points by Tyrese Haliburton made it 129-113 with 3:31 left in the game. From there, the Pacers held on.

Seven players scored in double figures for the Pacers, and six players logged double-digit points for the Pistons.

Second-year guard Bennedict Mathurin led the way for the Blue & Gold, posting 30 points on 10-for-17 shooting while pulling down eight rebounds and snagging two steals, while Haliburton logged 14 points and 16 assists and Myles Turner scored 23 points. Mathurin was on fire in the first half, scoring 18 points.

Cade Cunnigham led the Pistons with 23 points, rookie Ausar Thompson put up 20 points and Jaden Ivey supplied 18 off the bench.

Thirty-eight combined fouls were called in the game, with Indiana shooting 14-for-19 from the line and Detroit making 23 of 30 free throws.

As a team, the Pacers shot 58.3 percent to Detroit’s 53.7 percent. The Pacers dominated the glass, outrebounding the Pistons 43-30.

Noteworthy

Indiana holds a 109-102 all-time regular season record over Detroit.

Last season, Bennedict Mathurin made the All-Rookie First Team and Jaden Ivey was All-Rookie Second Team.

Pacers forward Obi Toppin is five points away from 2,000 for his career.

Thursday night’s game promotion is University of Dayton hat night. Check out the special deal here.

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 (sideline reporter/host)

Tickets

The Pacers return to regular season action on Thursday when they host Cade Cunnigham and the Detroit Pistons at 7:00 PM ET at Gainbridge Fieldhouse.

INDY FUEL HOCKEY

INDY FUEL PIT STOP: WEEK 18

INDY FUEL WEEK EIGHTEEN RESULTS 3-0-0

INDY FUEL OVERALL RECORD 28-17-4-0 (tied for 2nd in Central Division)

GAME 47 – WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 14 AT IOWA – 3-1 W

The Fuel headed to Iowa for the first time this season after splitting the first two games against them 1-1 in Indianapolis. In a game with 81 total shots, it was the Fuel who came away with the 3-1 win.

GAME 48 – FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 16 AT IOWA – 7-1 W

The Fuel were back in Iowa for the second of three games in a row against the Heartlanders. After two shorthanded goals in the first period, the Fuel claimed the 7-1 victory on Friday.

GAME 49 – SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 17 AT IOWA – 5-2 W

The third and final game of this road trip commenced on Star Wars Night for the Fuel and the Heartlanders. It was a tight battle until the end when the Fuel pulled away with a 5-2 victory, sweeping Iowa.

ROSTER MOVES

Mitchell Weeks recalled to Rockford (02/17)

OIL DROPS

Mitchell Weeks was named the ECHL Goaltender of the Week. He went 2-0-0 with a 1.01 goals-against average and a save percentage of .968 in two appearances at Iowa last week.

Cam Hillis, Kyle Maksimovich and Andrew Bellant had a three-point game over the weekend.

After the weekend of wins and points, Cam Hillis is now ranked 10th overall in points. He currently has 17 goals and 35 assists.

Maksimovich also jumped on the rookie leaders chart, he is ranked 8th. This season he has 17 goals and 23 assists.

Brett Bulmer scored twice on Saturday’s contest in Iowa. This season, he has scored six goals. 

TEAM NOTES

The Fuel are on a seven-game win streak. They have tied their franchise record of consecutive wins.

Within the Central Division, the Fuel’s record is 20-16-3.

The past seven wins have greatly helped the Fuel, their win percentage is now .612, tied with Wheeling.

So far this season, the Fuel have not played anyone in the Mountain Division. They play Wichita and Tulsa in the upcoming weeks.

With numerous shorthanded goals over the weekend, the Fuel is 5th in the league for road-shorthanded goals.

INDY FUEL WEEK 19 SCHEDULE

GAME 50 –  FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 23 VS. WICHITA

GAME 51 – SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 24 VS. WICHITA

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UPCOMING FAN EXPERIENCES AND EVENTS

Get ready for lots of fun at Indiana Farmers Coliseum in 2024! Check out some of our upcoming promotions and special fan experiences!

Friday, February 23 – Join the Indy Fuel for their Hockey is for Everyone Night to support diversity, equity, and inclusion in both the sport of hockey and the City of Indianapolis. Meet a couple of your favorite players in the lobby for post-game autographs!

Saturday, February 24 – The Fuel will celebrate the Stars and Stripes for Made in America Night. Tributes will be made to first responders and emergency personnel for all their hard work and dedication to the community and former Blackhawks and Indianapolis Ice forward, Stu Grimson will be in attendance. The first 1,000 fans, who are 18 or older, who visit the Hoosier Lottery Booth will receive a $1 Hoosier Lottery ticket. Plus join us for a Pregame Beer & Bourbon Tasting Event!

INDIANA BASEBALL

CERNY, TAYLOR STAY HOT TO BEAT REDHAWKS

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The outstanding sophomore duo of outfielder Devin Taylor and shortstop Tyler Cerny combined to go 7-for-9 with three RBIs as the Indiana Baseball team (3-1) won its home opener over Miami (Ohio) on Tuesday afternoon (Feb. 20) at Bart Kaufman Field.

IU took the lead for good with a three-run fifth inning, highlighted by the first pair of RBIs in the career of redshirt freshman first baseman Joey Brenczewski. Redshirt sophomore Grant Holderfield (W, 1-0), making his first appearance since 2022, was awarded the win for an inning of scoreless work.

Junior third baseman Josh Pyne was responsible for four RBIs including a three-run home run in the third inning. He, Taylor, Cerny and junior outfielder Carter Mathison all had multi-hit contests. Cerny’s four hits, which matched his career high, are the most by a Hoosier this year.

Eight pitchers appeared on Tuesday afternoon, five of which made their debut for the program. Freshman right-hander Seth Benes made his collegiate debut, tossing an inning as the starter while recording two strikeouts. Brenczewski and Andrew Wiggins both made their first career starts.

The Hoosiers hit the road this weekend for a three-game set against Baylor in Waco before returning home next Tuesday (Feb. 27) against Purdue Fort Wayne to close out the month of February.

Scoring Recap

Top First

Zach Macdonald opened the scoring for the Redhawks, homering to center field in the top of the first inning,

Miami 1, Indiana 0

Bottom Second

The Hoosiers responded in the second with Andrew Wiggins recording the RBI of his young career on a sacrifice fly to left field, driving Tyler Cerny in.

Indiana 1, Miami 1

Top Third

The visitors took the lead back in the third inning with Evan Appelwick hitting a solo home run.

Miami 2, Indiana 1

Bottom Third

Josh Pyne got ahold of a fastball up 2-0 in the count, unloading on his first long ball of the season. His 402-foot three-run home run scored Carter Mathison and Brandon Burckel and gave IU a two-run lead.

Indiana 4, Miami 2

Top Fifth

Miami came level in the fifth with a pair of runs. Ty Batusich grounded out to Burckel at second, driving Applewick around to score. On a bunt single down the third base line, Tyler Gordon scored and tied the game after a throwing error from Pyne.

Indiana 4, Miami 4

Bottom Fifth

IU’s lead for good came in the bottom of the fifth. A sac-fly line drive from Tibbitts scored the first run before Joey Brenczewski doubled down the left field line to drive in two insurance runs.

Indiana 7, Miami 4

Bottom Sixth

Devin Taylor’s lone RBI of the night came on an opposite field single which scored Mathison and put the Hoosiers up by four runs.

Indiana 8, Miami 4

Top Seventh

David Novak hit a towering two-run home run over the bullpen in left field to cut into the lead, Miami’s third long ball of the contest.

Indiana 8, Miami 6

Bottom Eighth

The Hoosiers added four more in the eighth to put the game to rest. Pyne doubled into the gap to score, nearly extending the hit into a triple before being held up after rounding second. Pyne would score two batters later after a throwing error from Miami’s pitcher ended up in the outfield. Cerny drove in Taylor on another double into left field for the 12th run of the contest.

Indiana 12, Miami 6

Stats to Know

• Tyler Cerny’s reached base streak extended to 19 games on Tuesday afternoon. He’s reached safely in all four games this season in addition to the final 15 games of 2023.

• Cerny and Taylor are both hitting .500 on the season with nine hits in 18 at-bats. The pair of sophomores have also combined for six runs and nine RBIs.

• Grant Holderfield made his first official game appearance in 643 days, going over 21 full months without pitching for the Hoosiers due to a season-ending injury in 2023. He collected the win in his first outing back.

• Josh Pyne’s third-inning home run traveled 402 feet according to Track Man data collected in the park. It was the third 400-foot home run by a Hoosier this year with Carter Mathison having the other two.

Top Hoosier Performers

#32 Pyne, Josh

• 2-4, 3 R, 4 RBI, 1 BB, 1 HR

#5 Taylor, Devin

• 3-4, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB

#8 Cerny, Tyler

• 4-5, 2 R, 2 RBI

Up Next

Indiana will head to Waco, Texas for a three-game set with Big 12 opponent Baylor. The series runs Friday-Sunday with the first contest set for 7:30 PM ET on Friday (Feb. 23) evening. The games will be available via ESPN+/Big 12 Now and can be heard on the Indiana Sports Radio Network via IUHoosiers.com/Audio.

NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL

MAX BULLOUGH NAMED LINEBACKERS COACH

Max Bullough, who spent the 2023 season at the University of Notre Dame as a Graduate Assistant on the defensive side of the ball, has been named Linebackers Coach with the Fighting Irish by Dick Corbett Head Football Coach Marcus Freeman.

Bullough completes the Irish defensive staff for the 2024 season with Bob Hinton Defensive Coordinator Al Golden, Pat and Jana Eilers Defensive Backs Coach/Pass Game Coordinator Mike Mickens and Defensive Line Coach/Run Game Coordinator Al Washington. 

A 2014 graduate of Michigan State, Bullough spent four years in the NFL with the Houston Texans and Cleveland Browns before joining the 2019 Cincinnati Bearcats staff as a Graduate Assistant, working with current Notre Dame staffers in Freeman, Mickens, John and Bobbie Arlotta Family Offensive Coordinator/Tight Ends Coach Mike Denbrock, Wide Receivers Coach Mike Brown and Bob and Leslie Mohr Family Quarterbacks Coach/Passing Game Coordinator Gino Guidugli.

Bullough moved to the Alabama staff as a graduate assistant from 2020-22, helping the Crimson Tide earn the 2020 National Championship, before joining the Notre Dame staff for the 2023 season.

Working hand-in-hand with Golden and the Irish linebacking corps, Bullough helped JD Bertrand and Marist Liufau maximize their final years on the Irish roster. Bertrand led the team with 76 tackles (7.5 for a loss), while Liufau finished with 44 stops, six tackles for a loss and three sacks. Both Bertrand and Liufau will be taking part in the 2024 NFL Combine. Jack Kiser, who was third on the team with 62 tackles last season, will return in 2024 to provide a veteran play-making presence for the linebacker group. He was also instrumental in the development of Notre Dame’s younger linebackers Jaylen Sneed,  Drayk Bowen and Jaiden Ausberry, who will be expected to play a larger role in 2024.

A Traverse City, Michigan, native, Bullough appeared in 53 games during his career with Michigan State, piling up 299 tackles, eight sacks and three interceptions as a middle linebacker. He was named to the All-Big Ten First Team and earned Academic All-America honors in 2013.

Earning his way onto the Houston Texans squad as an undrafted free agent, Bullough appeared in 30 games for the team, making four starts and posting 56 tackles during his professional career.

Bullough is both a legacy at the University of Notre Dame and Michigan State. His grandfather, Jim Morse Sr., played for Irish head coach Terry Brennan from 1954-56 and his uncle, Jim Morse Jr., was a cornerback under Dan Devine from 1976-77. Bullough’s grandfather, Hank (1952-54), father, Shane (1983-86) uncle, Chuck (1988-91) and brothers Byron (2014-18) and Riley (2013-16), all played football at Michigan State, while his sister, Holly (2016-20), ran track for the Spartans.

INDIANA MEN’S BASKETBALL

INDIANA BASKETBALL GAME NOTES – GAME 26 VS. NEBRASKA

Opening Tip

• Indiana University continues its 124th season of competition in men’s basketball with a Wednesday night game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall. Tip is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. ET on Feb. 21 on BTN.

• Senior guard Keisei Tominaga scores a team-best 14.1 points per game on the strength of a Husker-high 53 made 3-pointers.

• Junior forward Rienk Mast leads the team in both assists (3.1 per game) and rebounds (8.1) while scoring 13.5 points per outing.

• Nebraska is led by fifth-year head coach Fred Hoiberg, who is one of three coaches in the Big Ten to have played in the NBA. He joins Indiana head coach Mike Woodson and Michigan’s Juwan Howard.

Game Information

Wednesday Feb. 21, 2024 • 8:30 p.m. ET

Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall (17,222) • Bloomington, Ind.

TV: BTN (Kevin Kugler, Shon Morris)

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

Series History: Indiana leads, 19-8

Last Meeting: NEB 86, IU 70 on Jan. 3, 2024, in Lincoln

Series History

• Indiana holds an advantage of 19-8 in the abbreviated series history with Nebraska and have won seven of the last eight matchups between the two programs.

• IU has secured wins in each of the last three matchups against the Cornhuskers in Bloomington with an average margin of victory of 12.3 points per game.

• The two sides met in an 86-70 Nebraska win on Jan. 3 at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Sophomore center Kel’el Ware posted a 20-point, 10-rebound double-double to pair with two steals and two blocks. The Huskers converted 12-of-32 attempts from behind the 3-point line.

Last Time Out

• Indiana trailed by as many as 16 points with less than seven minutes to play before mounting a spirited comeback that fell just short in a 76-72 loss to Northwestern on Feb. 18 at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.

• Sophomore center Kel’el Ware became the seventh player in Division I basketball this season to post a line of 20-plus points, 15-plus rebounds, and four-plus blocks after providing the Hoosier attack with 22 points, 16 boards, and four blocked shots. The game marked his fifth of the season with at least 20 points and 10 rebounds. Four of the games have come in Big Ten play.

• Freshman forward Mackenzie Mgbako scored a career-high 20 points, while senior guard Trey Galloway became the first Hoosier in nearly two full seasons to dish out 12 assists.

• The Hoosiers outperformed the Wildcats in paint points (38-26) and points on the break (14-0).

Big Man Transformation

• Sophomore center Kel’el Ware, a transfer from Oregon, has upped his scoring (from 6.6 points to 15.0), rebounds (4.1 to 9.4), assists (0.5 to 1.6), and field goal percentage (45.7% to 56.8%) in his second season. He leads the Hoosiers in rebounds and blocks in 31 minutes per game.

• Ware has scored at least 10 points in 18 games this year after producing just eight such games as a rookie. The 7-footer has ripped down at least 10 boards 10 times this season, including three games over 15 boards.

• In 12 conference games, Ware is averaging a team-high 15.1 points on 59.7% (74-of-124) shooting from the floor and 50.0% (8-of-16) from the 3-point line. He is also averaging 10.1 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per night. He is one of three players (Zach Edey, Purdue; Julian Reese, Maryland) to average a double-double in B1G play.

• Ware tallied a career-high 28 points on 12-of-13 shooting from the floor in an 89-76 win over Harvard (Nov. 26) in Indianapolis. The 92.3% shooting split marked the highest by a Hoosier with at least 10 made field goals this century.

• Against Northwestern, Ware posted 22 points, 16 rebounds, and four blocked shots. He is one of seven players across Division I hoops this season to produce a line with at least 20 points, 15 rebounds, and four blocks.

Mack Attack

• Freshman forward Mackenzie Mgbako has made a team-high 34 3-pointers this season. Over the last 14 games he is shooting 26-of-67 (38.8%) from behind the arc and is averaging 12.7 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 1.4 assists per game.

• Mgbako scored 19 points on 6-of-12 shooting from the floor against Minnesota (Jan. 12) to go along with four rebounds and two assists. The Roselle Catholic graduate upped his career high to 20 points on 6-of-11 shooting from the floor against Northwestern (Feb. 18). He posted his first career double-double with 12 points and a career-high 12 rebounds at No. 10/11 Illinois (Jan. 27).

• The consensus top-10 recruit is averaging 12.6 points and 4.1 rebounds per game in Big Ten play. He has reached double figures in the scoring column in 17 of the last 20 games.

• Among freshmen in the Big Ten, Mgbako is first in total points (282) and free throws made (68), second in points per game (11.3) and made 3-pointers (34), and third in total rebounds (102).

Follow the Gallo-Way

• Senior guard Trey Galloway is one of four players in the Big Ten to average at least 10.0 points, 3.5 assists, and 1.0 steal per game while committing less than 2.0 turnovers per outing. He joins A.J. Hoggard (Michigan State), Bruce Thornton (Ohio State), and Tony Perkins (Iowa) on the exclusive list.

• Galloway has dished out 78 total assists (5.6 per game) in his last 14 outings dating back to Dec. 21, 2023, to go against just 28 turnovers (2.79 assist-to-turnover ratio). He handed out a career-high 12 helpers against Northwestern (Feb. 18). For his career, the Hoosiers are 13-5 in the 18 games ‘Gallo’ has handed out at least five dimes.

• He is averaging a career-best 10.9 points per game, including a career-high 28 points against No. 2/2 Kansas (Dec. 16). He converted 12-of-17 shots in the contest. He scored a Big Ten career-high 25 points (19 in the second half) at Ohio State (Feb. 6) while leading IU to an 18-point comeback victory.

Comeback Effort Falls Short against Wildcats

• Indiana held Northwestern to 35.4% (23-of-65) shooting from the floor in a 76-72 loss in Bloomington on Feb. 18. The Hoosiers nearly erased a 16-point deficit with 6:17 to play but were never able to get closer than four points.

• Sophomore center Kel’el Ware scored a team-high 22 points to go along with 16 rebounds and four blocks. Freshman forward Mackenzie Mgbako tallied a career-high 20 points (19 in the second half), while senior guard Trey Galloway dished out a career-best 12 assists.

Hoosiers Lose to Boilers in Mackey Arena

• Indiana dropped a 79-59 contest at No. 2/2 Purdue on Feb. 10. Three Hoosier starters reached double figures in freshman forward Mackenzie Mgbako (12 points), sophomore center Kel’el Ware (11), and senior guard Trey Galloway (10).

• Sophomore guard CJ Gunn scored a career-high 13 points on 3-of-4 shooting from behind the arc. He also dished out three assists in 20 minutes off the bench. Gunn and fifth-year senior forward Anthony Walker combined for 19 points on 7-of-13 shooting from the floor. The duo helped IU’s bench outscore the Boilers, 20-15.

Double Double, Double Double (CAREER)

Payton Sparks: 22; last vs. Toledo, 3/3/23

Kel’el Ware: 10; vs. Northwestern, 2/18/24

Xavier Johnson: 4; last vs. Arizona, 12/10/22

Anthony Walker: 4; last at Clemson, 2/27/21

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

Mackenzie Mgbako: 1; at Illinois, 1/27/24

Twenty Piece (CAREER)

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

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

Kel’el Ware: 7; last vs. Northwestern, 2/18/24

Malik Reneau: 6; last at Ohio State, 2/7/24

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

Mackenzie Mgbako: 1; vs. Northwestern, 2/18/24

INDIANA VOLLEYBALL

GARY, HAWORTH TO ATTEND 2024 WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM OPEN PROGRAM

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.  –  Setter Camryn Haworth and libero Ramsey Gary will represent the Indiana volleyball program at the 2024 Women’s National Team Open Program from Feb. 23-25 in Colorado Springs.

The yearly event gathers the top collegiate talent in one gym for members of the national team coaching staff to evaluate and train the next generation of American volleyball players.

This program is used to make considerations and selections for both the Women’s National Team and the Women’s Collegiate National Team. Haworth, and teammate Morgan Geddes, made and trained with the collegiate national team in the summer of 2023.

2024 will feature a wide variety of events for USA Volleyball. Highlighted by the Paris Olympics in August, the Americans will also contest the Volleyball Nations League, Pan American Cup, NORCECA Continental Championships and, pending qualification, the Pan American Games.

Athletes born in 2005 or younger, which includes Ramsey Gary, will be eligible for selection to the U21 Women’s National Team that will play in the 2024 NORCECA U21 Continental Championship.

Haworth and Gary play integral roles in a successful 2023 season for the Hoosiers. Haworth, an Honorable Mention All-American selection, dished out 1,247 assists and compiled 73 service aces. Gary broke the single-season digs record at IU with 530 and was a Second Team All-Big Ten selection.

INDIANA MEN’S SOCCER

SIXTEEN HOOSIERS IN MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER AS 2024 SEASON KICKS OFF

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — As a new Major League Soccer season kicks off Wednesday (Feb. 19), 16 former Indiana men’s soccer athletes will represent 12 different clubs in 2024.

Aidan Morris and the Columbus Crew will look to defend their MLS Cup crown as the 22-year-old won his second title with the club last season. Morris has developed into one of the top midfielders in the league as during the 2023 regular season Morris ranked third in the league in tackles won (58), fourth in accurate pass percentage (92.0) and tied-for-21st in interceptions (44). Morris was named an MLS All-Star and finalist for MLS Young Player of the Year.

The Crew’s biggest challenger in the Eastern Conference will likely again be in-state rival and reigning MLS Supporters’ Shield winners, FC Cincinnati, led by 2023 MLS Coach of the Year Pat Noonan and MLS Goalkeeper of the Year finalist Roman Celentano. Cincinnati had the best regular season record in MLS and reached the Eastern Conference final, where it fell to Columbus.

Both clubs will be wary of Nashville SC, who had the Eastern Conference’s best defensive record last season thanks in part to center-back Jack Maher. Maher appeared in 32 matches, in which Nashville allowed only 27 goals. Nashville has reached the MLS Cup Playoffs each season since drafting Maher No. 2 overall in the 2020 MLS SuperDraft.

Entering his sixth year in the league, Griffin Dorsey signed a new contract with Houston Dynamo FC during the offseason. Dorsey also won a trophy last season, scoring the opening goal in Houston’s U.S. Open Cup Final victory over Inter Miami. In all competitions, Dorsey recorded five goals and three assists and contributed to six clean sheets as he became a fixture in the starting XI.

Tommy Thompson also signed a new contract this offseason, extending his stay with the San Jose Earthquakes into his 11th season – Thompson was San Jose’s first-ever Homegrown signing in 2014. Teammate Daniel Munie will kick off his second MLS season.

Following the transaction theme, four Hoosiers have new homes in 2024.

After a year away from the league, Caleb Porter was named head coach of the New England Revolution in December. Porter joins New England as a two-time MLS Cup winner, previously leading the Portland Timbers (2015) and Columbus Crew (2020) to league titles. He owns a 113-93-89 regular season record over nine seasons in Major League Soccer.

Andrew Gutman will enjoy a homecoming after Chicago Fire FC acquired him from the Colorado Rapids. A Hinsdale, Illinois, native, Gutman played in the club’s academy before his time at IU and joins the squad for his sixth season in professional soccer. The left-back totaled four goals and five assists in 30 appearances between Atlanta United and the Colorado Rapids last season.

Trey Muse returns to Major League Soccer via transfer to the Portland Timbers from the Charleston Battery. Muse signed a Homegrown contract with the Seattle Sounders out of IU in 2018 but has played in the USL Championship ever since. The 24-year-old impressed for the Charleston Battery last season, earning 13 clean sheets on the way to an Eastern Conference title.

Hugo Bacharach will be another new face in MLS this season after Minnesota United FC drafted the senior No. 9 overall from Indiana. Bacharach’s selection marked the seventh consecutive year that a Hoosier has been drafted within the first 10 selections — the nation’s longest active streak. The Spanish defender has appeared in every preseason exhibition for the Loons.

Herbert Endeley has also been active in preseason for FC Dallas, seeing heavy minutes ahead of his second year with the club. Endeley scored three goals in six exhibitions, making his case for regular minutes this season.

The 2024 season will be the first since 2010 without Will Bruin as one of the league’s greatest goalscorers announced his retirement after 13 seasons in MLS last week. Bruin appeared in 329 career MLS regular season matches over 13 seasons in which he totaled 80 goals and 34 assists. The No. 11 overall selection in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft, Bruin played six seasons for Houston Dynamo FC (2011-2016), six seasons for Seattle Sounders FC (2017-2022) and his final season with Austin FC in 2023. His 50 goals for Houston rank third in club history and his 27 goals for Seattle rank ninth all-time among Sounders scorers. 

HOOSIERS IN MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

Hugo Bacharach – Minnesota United FC

Victor Bezerra – Chicago Fire

Roman Celentano – FC Cincinnati

Griffin Dorsey – Houston Dynamo

Herbert Endeley – FC Dallas

Ned Grabavoy – Portland Timbers (General Manger)

Andrew Gutman – Chicago Fire

Jack Maher – Nashville SC

Aidan Morris – Columbus Crew

Daniel Munie – San Jose Earthquakes

Trey Muse – Portland Timbers

Pat Noonan – FC Cincinnati (Head Coach)

Caleb Porter – New England Revolution (Head Coach)

Tommy Thompson – San Jose Earthquakes

Mason Toye – CF Montréal

Eriq Zavaleta – LA Galaxy

PURDUE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

PURDUE PREPPED FOR WEDNESDAY CLASH WITH MICHIGAN STATE

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue women’s basketball team is prepped for its penultimate regular season game at Mackey Arena on Wednesday night with a 7 p.m. tip against Michigan State on B1G+.

Tim Newton and Jane Schott will be courtside for the Purdue Global Radio Network on 95.3 BOB FM.

PROMOTIONS

Crossbody Bag Giveaway – The first 2,000 fans will receive a Purdue branded crossbody bag.

GAME INFORMATION 

Purdue (11-14, 4-10) vs. Michigan State (18-7, 8-6)

Wednesday, Feb. 21

Time: 7 PM

TV/Stream: B1G+

Radio: 95.3 BOB FM

Live Stats: Purduestats.com

LAST TIME OUT

The Boilermakers dropped a 77-65 decision to Nebraska over the weekend. Mary Ashley Stevenson and Abbey Ellis paced Purdue with 16 points each. Stevenson went a perfect 8-of-8 from the line. Jeanae Terry posted 11 assists and six rebounds with three steals.

NOTES

• Purdue leads the all-time series 44-38.

• The Boilermakers are 9-4 at home this season. Purdue is averaging 76.5 points per game with a 45.4% shooting clip at Mackey Arena, led by Abbey Ellis’ 14.6 points.

• Over two games last week, the Boilermakers made the extra pass and took care of the ball. Purdue posted 20.5 assists per game to rank 11th nationally last week.

• Mary Ashley Stevenson is second in the Big Ten in freshman scoring for all games and league play with 10.2 and 11 points per game, respectively. She leads Big Ten rookies in rebounding with 4.9 boards per conference outing.

• Madison Layden regained the lead in Big Ten 3-point percentage with a 43.9% clip in all games. Layden is second in league games with a 43.3% mark from distance.

• Jeanae Terry continued her climb up the Purdue record book moving into third in all-time assists with 528. She joined Katie Douglas and Stephanie White as the only Boilermakers in history to record 500 assists and 600 rebounds.

• With 13 games in double figures this year, Stevenson is one of 13 Boilermaker freshmen in the last 30 years to reach double figures in 13 or more games, including Katie Gearlds, Katie Douglas, Stephanie White and Shereka Wright.

• Purdue’s freshman class continues to hold the highest points per game average in all games and league games at 22.3 and 22.8, respectively. The rookies have combined for more than 25 points in nine games, including four of the last six outings.

• Rashunda Jones is one of 14 freshmen from a major conference to average eight or more points with fewer than five starts, as well as one of four players from the Big Ten.

• Jeanae Terry is the only player to rank in the top 10 of the Big Ten in assists (2nd, 6.2 APG), rebounding (8th, 7.1) and steals (9th, 1.7). The Detroit native is also one of three players from the league to average over five points, rebounds and assists per game (Caitlin Clark – Iowa, Shyanne Sellers – Maryland).

• Purdue enters Wednesday night with the 11th hardest schedule in the nation. The Boilermakers have only lost once to a team outside the top 60 of the NET.

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

• Mary Ashley Stevenson is one of 11 freshmen in Purdue history to amass 250 points and 125 rebounds.

• Purdue’s freshmen have posted 23 double-figure scoring performances, second in the Big Ten to Nebraska’s 25.

PURDUE SWIMMING

BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIPS RETURN TO THE BURKE AQUATIC CENTER

MEET INFORMATION

Purdue Women’s Swimming & Diving hosts the Big Ten Championships

Wednesday, Feb. 21 to Saturday, Feb. 24 / All Sessions Streaming on B1G+

Long Course Time Trials on Sunday, Feb. 25

Opening Night Relays & Team Diving at 5 p.m. ET

Swimming Prelims at 10 a.m. / Diving Prelims at Noon / 5 p.m. Finals Sessions

Canham Natatorium / Ann Arbor, Michigan

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Swimming & Diving’s championship season begins in Boilermaker Country this week as the Purdue women have an opportunity to compete at home, hosting the full Big Ten Championships at the Morgan J. Burke Aquatic Center for the fourth time.

Action is set for Wednesday evening through Saturday, with a bonus long course time trials session Sunday morning. Swimming prelims start at 10 a.m. and diving prelims at noon. Finals sessions begin at 5 p.m. with the diving consolation final. The meet begins Wednesday at 5 p.m. with a pair of relays plus the exhibition team diving event.

The Purdue women also hosted the Big Ten Championships in 2005, 2010 and 2017. The Big Ten Diving Championships for both genders were also held in West Lafayette in 2021.

Maycey Vieta is the defending Big Ten champion in platform diving, winning the Purdue women’s first title in the event since 2009. Earlier this month, Vieta qualified for the Olympic Games on 10-meter for Puerto Rico. Now she aims to become the Purdue women’s first repeat Big Ten champion since Hall of Famer Kim Fritsch in the 200 butterfly in 1993 and 1994. She could also join Hall of Famer Carrie McCambridge (2004, 2006) as women’s divers to win conference titles at multiple Big Tens.

Other past/future Olympians competing at the Burke Aquatic Center this week include Ohio State’s Lena Hentschel (Team Germany diver in 2020 and 2024), Wisconsin’s Phoebe Bacon (Team USA swimmer in 2020) and Indiana’s Mariah Denigan (Team USA open water qualifier for 2024).

Similar to Kendra Bowen and Kate Beavon this season, Masy Folcik has made plans to return as a fifth-year student-athlete in the fall. Folcik has an opportunity this week to become a four-year scorer at Big Tens. Back to 100% now 18 months removed from the hip surgery that sidelined her throughout the fall of 2022, Folcik posted Purdue’s season-best time in the 100 breaststroke at the Big Ten Quad on Feb. 2. Maggie Love broke the team record in the 200 individual medley that same night, eclipsing a mark that had stood since 2012. It was Purdue’s first record-breaking moment since the 2019 Big Ten Championships.

Ohio State has won five consecutive Big Ten titles dating back to 2019. The Buckeyes and Indiana were both unbeaten in dual meet action this season and are ranked top-10 nationally. No. 13 Wisconsin, No. 14 Michigan and No. 22 Minnesota are also top-25 teams. Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Northwestern and Rutgers have all competed at the Morgan J. Burke already this season.

MAYCEY’S MEDALS AT BIG TENS

• Gold in 2023, Silver in 2020 and 2022 (all on Platform)

• Vieta has an opportunity to join Hall of Famer Casey Matthews (2009-10, 2013-14) and former teammate Maggie Merriman (2020-23) as Purdue’s female divers to medal at four different Big Ten Championships. She would also be just the fourth women’s diver for the Boilermakers to medal at three consecutive Big Tens (Carrie McCambridge, 2004-06; MacKenzie Tweardy, 2013-15; Merriman).

ANNUAL DIVING MEDALISTS

• The Boilermakers have produced a medalist in platform diving at the last six Big Ten Championships dating back to 2018. Purdue has racked up 100-plus team points — 109 in 2022, 102 last year — in the event each of the last two years while accounting for half of the eight-diver championship field. Vieta has finished no worse than fourth place during her career at Big Tens. Sophie McAfee has also been a championship finalist in the event each of the last two years.

• Daryn Wright and Daryn Wright both scored in all three diving events last season. McAfee accomplished the feat for the second year in a row and Wright did it in her debut at Big Tens. Jenna Sonnenberg also achieved the distinction in 2022 in her debut.

• McAfee has led the team in scoring each of the last two years, amassing 132 team points as underclassman. She could reach the 200-point benchmark in just three years. Since the scoring format was changed in time for the 2016 championship season, only diver Emily Bretscher (team-record 300 points from 2018-22) has reached the 200-point mark while competing at five Big Tens.

• Purdue has won four consecutive springboard consolation finals dating back to 2022, with a freshman accomplishing the feat both years – McAfee in 2022 and Wright in 2023. Meanwhile, grad transfer Jaye Patrick won the 2022 platform consolation final while competing for Northwestern. She was also a championship finalist in the event when Purdue hosted the Big Ten Diving Championships in 2021. Patrick has competed for Latvia at the last three World Aquatics Championships. Vieta (Puerto Rico) and Wright (USA) also competed in Doha on the Tower earlier this month.

NOTABLE CAREER BESTS AT 2023 BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIPS

All-Time Ranks in Team History

• Hannah Hill – 3rd in 50 Free (22.56)

• 200 Free Relay Team – 4th (1:30.74)

…Hill, Love, Bowen, Schreder

• Kendra Bowen – 8th in 100 Free (49.70)

• 400 Free Relay – 9th (3:18.98); Now Ranks 10th

…Bowen, Love, Hill, Schreder

• Kelsey Cooper – 11th in 200 Back (1:58.39); Now Ranks 10th

• Daryn Wright – 12th in Platform Diving (306.10); Now Ranks 11th

• Sophie McAfee – 14th in 3-Meter Diving (347.30); Now Ranks 10th

MEDALISTS WHEN PURDUE HAS HOSTED BIG TENS AT THE BURKE AQUATIC CENTER

2005

• Carrie McCambridge – Silver on 1-Meter

• 200 Free Relay Team (Leupold, Duchac, Willis, Hentschel) – Bronze

• 400 Free Relay Team (Leupold, Seleskie, Duchac, Hentschel) – Bronze

• 400 Medley Relay Team (Gill, Lavers, Takaki, Hentschel) – Bronze

2010

• Ariel Martin – Silver in 50 Free, Silver in 200 Free

• Caitlin Hamilton – Silver in 1650 Free

• Kara Cook – Silver on Platform

• Allie Smith – Bronze in 200 IM

• Casey Matthews – Bronze on Platform

• 800 Free Relay Team (Martin, Butler, Roth, Henninger) – Silver

• 400 Free Relay Team (Martin, Butler, Roth Henninger) – Bronze

2017

• Kaersten Meitz – Bronze in 500 Free

2021 (Diving Only)

• Maggie Merriman – Silver on Platform

• Emily Bretscher – Bronze on 3-Meter

PURDUE’S ACTIVE SWIMMERS TO RACE ON RELAYS AT BIG TENS LAST SEASON

• Hannah Hill – 200 & 400 Free, 200 & 400 Medley

• Maggie Love – 200 & 400 Free, 200 & 400 Medley

• Kendra Bowen – 200, 400 & 800 Free

• Abby Marcukaitis – 200 & 400 Medley

• Kendal Schreder – 200 & 400 Free

• Meredith Berglund – 400 Medley

• Kate Beavon – 800 Free

• Reagan Mattice – 800 Free

YEAR 9 OF THE CURRENT SCORING BREAKDOWN

• A Final: 32-28-27-26-25-24-23-22

• B Final: 20-17-16-15-14-13-12-11

• C Final: 9-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 (and 17th through 24th in Diving Prelims)

• Relays: 64-56-54-52-50-48-46-44-40-34-32-30

PURDUE’S MOST RECENT BIG TEN CHAMPIONS

• Diving: Maycey Vieta – Platform 2023

• Swimming: Carlene Takaki – 200 Fly, 2006

PURDUE VOLLEYBALL

MYERS HEADS TO COLORADO SPRINGS

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Middle blocker Lourdès Myers was selected to attend the U.S. Women’s National Team Open Program at the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Training Center. The event, taking place in Colorado Springs, Colorado, will occur February 23-25.

It is the second consecutive year Myers has attended the Open Program. The event will be streamed live on BallerTV, which is a subscription service.

In her breakout season, Myers set the Purdue record in the team’s 3-1 win vs. No. 16 Penn State, becoming the only Boilermaker to hit .818% in a five-set match in program history, producing and errorless nine kills on 11 attempts. Moreover, the hitting clip was tied as the fourth-highest efficiency by a Boilermaker in any match. In total, the Alliance, Ohio native went errorless on the attack six times in 2023 and hit .500% or better eight times.

Myers averaged a team-leading .333 hitting % last season and ranked second in blocks.

The WNT Open Program is used for consideration for selection to both the U.S. Women’s National Team and the U.S. Women’s Collegiate National Team. In 2024, members of the U.S. Women’s National Team will compete in the following events: Volleyball Nations League, NORCECA Final Six, Pan American Cup and the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

More than 45 top volleyball coaches will also be at the Training Center to help run the program and evaluate the athletes. They will join U.S. Women’s National Team staff including Head Coach Karch Kiraly, Assistant Coach Tama Miyashiro, Assistant Coach Erin Virtue (head coach at Michigan), Assistant Coach Alfee Reft (head coach at UCLA) and Performance Analyst Rianne Verhoek. U.S. Men’s National Team Performance Analyst Nate Ngo will also work at the program.

NOTRE DAME HOCKEY

BISCHEL TABBED FIRST STAR BY B1G

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – A bittersweet weekend for graduate netminder Ryan Bischel of the Notre Dame hockey program just got a bit sweeter after being named the Big Ten Conference’s First Star of the Week for his performance between the pipes against Minnesota in the final regular season home series of his collegiate career.

Bischel started both nights in net, appearing Friday night in his 100th career game for the Irish and backstopping the home team to a 6-1 victory over the visiting Gophers. The Medina, Minnesota native made 31 stops in the contest, including 13 in the final period of regulation to secure the Irish victory.

He then followed up night one’s play with 36 saves in game two, an overtime loss to the Gophers, 3-2. Bischel forced the overtime session following a series of key saves in the final minutes of regulation to keep the game tied. His 14 stops in the third period secured the Irish at least a season series win, clinching a point in the conference standings as overtime loomed. The graduate made one save in the extra period before a defensive screen allowed a Minnesota shot to find twine and sour the team’s senior night.

The Irish goaltender boasted a .969 save percentage on Friday night, holding one of the nation’s hottest offenses to just one goal before finishing the weekend with a .944 save percentage combined, stopping 67 of 71 shots faced. His .944 save percentage between the two game stretch ranked second in the league and led among those who played multiple games on the weekend. He held the Gophers offense, who averaged 3.50 goals per game to just a 1.98 average en route to first star honors.

This is his third honor of the season, having previously been named First Star (Nov. 14) and Third Star (Dec. 5).

BUTLER WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

BUTLER TO HOST XAVIER WEDNESDAY NIGHT ON FS2

INDIANAPOLIS – The Butler Bulldogs will host the Xavier Musketeers at Hinkle Fieldhouse on Wednesday night. The 6:30 tip on FS2 is the second meeting between the two BIG EAST rivals and doubles as Butler’s Pink Game.

GameDay

Date: Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2024

Time: 6:30 PM

Location: Indianapolis, Ind. – Hinkle Fieldhouse

Live Stats: ButlerSports.com – StatBroadcast

Watch: FS2

Bulldog Bits

– Butler leads the BIG EAST and ranks 8th in the nation in 3-point field goal percentage (38.3%).

– The Bulldogs rank second in the BIG EAST in made 3-pointers per game (8.0).

– Rachel Kent has made a 3-pointer in 16-straight games. She ranks fourth in the conference in made 3-pointers with 59.

– Kent is four free throws away from 200 and one assist away from 300 in her career.

– Caroline Strande ranks ninth in the BIG EAST in scoring (15.2) and eighth in rebounding (7.4).

– Strande posted a double-double at Xavier in the last meeting posting a career-high 26 points and 10 rebounds against the Musketeers.

– Strande just missed a double-double at Villanova with a team-high 19 points and nine rebounds.

– Strande scored nine points in the fourth quarter at Providence and helped BU win at Villanova with seven fourth quarter points.

– Strande was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor roll on Monday for the fourth time this season.

– Butler hasn’t allowed a 20-point quarter to an opponent over their last three games.

– BU outscored Villanova 17-10 in the second quarter at the Finneran Pavilion.

– The Bulldogs led the Wildcats for nearly 30 minutes on Saturday afternoon.

– Butler held Villanova scoreless for over six minutes in the third quarter.

BIG EAST Standings

UConn 15-0, 23-5

Creighton 12-3, 21-4

Villanova 9-5, 16-9

St. John’s 9-6, 15-12

Marquette 8-6, 19-6

Seton Hall 7-8, 15-11

Providence 6-8, 12-15

Georgetown 6-9, 16-10

Butler 4-10, 12-13

DePaul 4-11, 12-16

Xavier 0-14, 1-22

Scouting Xavier                                                                                     

The Musketeers have lost 14-straight and head to Hinkle Fieldhouse with a 1-22 overall record. Mackayla Scarlett is the top scorer on the team averaging 14.2 ppg. She has appeared in 17 of Xavier’s 23 games and has scored in double figures in 12 of those 17 contests. Nila Blackford is another player to keep an eye on for the Musketeers. She ranks fourth in the league in rebounding (8.4) and chips in with 8.5 points per game. Tae’lor Purvis ranks 11th in the BIG EAST in steals (1.6) and is also the team leader in assists (2.8).

All-Time Series                                           

Butler leads Xavier in the all-time series 32-21. The Bulldogs swept the regular season series a year ago, but the Musketeers won each matchup in 21-22. Since joining the BIG EAST, Butler is 15-7 against Xavier. They swept the Musketeers in 2013-14, 2014-15, 2018-19, and 2019-20. The first-ever meeting between the two programs was played during the 1982-83 season. Butler won that game 71-64 at Hinkle Fieldhouse.

Last Meeting vs. Xavier                                                         

Butler won at the Cintas Center earlier this season 90-57. The Bulldogs shot a season-high 62.3 percent from the field and 54.2 percent from 3-point range. BU outscored Xavier 28-8 in the second quarter to build their lead and ended the contest with four players scoring in double figures. Butler dished out 26 assists on 33 made field goals and dominated the Musketeers on the glass 40-21. Strande led all players with 26 points, Makalusky had 19, Jaynes added 14 and Kent was responsible for 12. Mackayla Scarlett led the Musketeers with 18 points.

A Look Back at Last Week                                                                                 

The Bulldogs recorded two BIG EAST road wins last week to move past DePaul in the conference standings. Last week started with a 55-47 win at Providence followed by a 55-52 victory at Villanova. The win over the Wildcats was Butler’s first against a team listed in the Top 50 of the NET rankings. The win over the Friars was significant as well with Providence coming in at 118 in the NET. Butler won at Providence last year but had not won at Villanova since Jan. 10, 2020. Defense was the key to success for BU as opponents shot just 34 percent from the field and 24 percent from distance. The Bulldogs also dominated the action in the second quarter 33-16.

Strande Lands on BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll                              

Caroline Strande was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll on Monday for the fourth time this season. She averaged 20.5 points, 9.0 rebounds, and 2.5 steals in a 2-0 week for the Bulldogs. Strande scored 22 points and grabbed nine boards at Providence on Wednesday before going for 19 points and nine boards at Villanova on Saturday.

Fun in February                                                                                     

Butler rattled off four-straight wins in February a year ago and a victory over Xavier on Wednesday night would match that effort. Last year’s streak started at Providence and included home wins over Georgetown, Xavier, and Seton Hall.

Dynamic Duo                                                                                                       

Rachel Kent and Caroline Strande are the only Bulldogs to start in every game this season. They each average over 30 minutes of playing time and are the only two to average double figures for BU in the scoring column.

Shot Selection                                                                                       

The top five scorers on Butler’s roster all shoot over 40 percent from the field and four of the five shoot 40 percent or better from 3-point range. The best shooting display by any Bulldog this season came in the last meeting vs. Xavier. Sydney Jaynes made six of her seven shots attempts to shoot 85.7 percent against the Musketeers.

Total Team Effort                                                                                                 

Butler ranks third in the BIG EAST in bench points per game (17.6). The Bulldog bench has outscored the opponent bench in eight of the team’s last 10 games. In the last meeting, Butler’s bench outscored Xavier’s 25-6.

Strande Continues to Score                                                                

Caroline Strande has led Butler in scoring 13 times this season and in eight of Butler’s last 10 games. She has scored in double figures in 10-straight games.

Welcome Back                                                                                      

Jordan Meulemans has hit two 3-pointers in every game since she returned from an injury. The BU guard has made multiple 3-pointers in a single game 13 times this season.

Grab the Board                                                                                     

Caroline Strande is the top rebounding guard in the BIG EAST. She has led Butler in rebounding 18 times this season (25 games) and in 11 of Butler’s 14 BIG EAST games. Strande has pulled down nine rebounds in three-straight games. The Bulldogs as a team have recorded 10 offensive rebounds or more in five of their last eight games.

Sharpshooters                                                                                       

Butler has three of the best 3-point shooters in the BIG EAST on their roster. Caroline Strande and Jordan Meulemans rank second and third in the conference in 3-point field goal percentage and Rachel Kent comes in at ninth. This trio accounts for 141 of Butler’s 196 made 3-pointers this year (70%).

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                                                                                                                 

Two road games appear on Butler’s schedule to wrap up the month of February. The Bulldogs will play at Georgetown on Saturday, Feb. 24 and end their road trip at DePaul on Feb. 28.

BUTLER WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

BUTLERWLACROSSE TAKES ON VANDERBILT ON WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON

The Butler women’s lacrosse program will be back home to take on Vanderbilt on Wednesday, Feb. 21 at Varsity Field.

GameDay

Butler vs. Vanderbilt

12:00 PM

Wednesday, Feb. 21

Indianapolis, Ind.

Bulldog Bits:

Maggie Zentgraf is in her second season as head coach for the Bulldogs. Zentgraf is a former member of the Notre Dame women’s lacrosse team. Zentgraf previously coached at Division III Lake Forest, going 11-4 in the program’s first-ever season.

The Bulldogs are now 1-1 for the season after a 25-3 loss to Notre Dame on Sunday afternoon.

In Sunday’s loss Leah Rubino, Kayla Kielbasa, and Patricia Lynn each contributed a goal. Goalies Caroline Smith and Aleigh Monroe each accounted for four saves.

On 2/9/2024 Rubino tied both Butler’s single-game record and her own career-high with seven goals in the contest for the Bulldogs with seven goals. Rubino’s last seven goal game performance was 3/26/2023 against Eastern Michigan. She currently leads the program with eight goals.

Scouting Vanderbilt:

Vanderbilt is 3-0 all time over the Bulldogs.

The program is led by Beth Hewitt, who is in her sixth-season with the Commodores.

Vanderbilt is currently 1-0 this season, with a 19-4 win over Central Michigan.

Kemper Robinson and Brooke Baker currently lead the program with five goals each this season.

Up Next

The Bulldogs will take on Cincinnati on Sunday, Feb. 25 at Varsity Field in Indianapolis, Ind. 

Follow Along

For updates follow the Butler women’s lacrosse team on X and Instagram @ButlerWLacrosse. Live scoring will be available on ButlerSports.com

BUTLER MEN’S BASKETBALL

BULLDOGS FALL, 72-62, IN ROAD CONTEST AT VILLANOVA

Butler dropped a 72-62 decision to Villanova Tuesday night at Finneran Pavilion in Philadelphia.

The Wildcats’ Eric Dixon led all scorers with 22 points.

Butler is now 16-11 (7-9 BIG EAST) on the season, while Villanova improves to 15-11 (8-7).

HOW IT TRANSPIRED:

The teams combined to make 15 of their first 23 attempts from the field over the opening eight minutes as Villanova held an early 20-18 advantage.

A 13-3 Villanova run turned a 26-25 Butler lead into a 38-29 Villanova edge at the 3:03 mark of the first half.

Villanova’s 44-35 halftime lead was the largest of the first 20 minutes.

As hot as the two teams started the game, the beginning of the second half was mostly the opposite as the teams made only one of their first 12 combined attempts.

A quick 6-0 Butler run cut Villanova’s lead to 48-46 with 13:28 remaining before Brendan Hausen scored five straight of his own to push the lead back to seven.

Butler would twice cut the lead to three in the next few minutes, but was unable to re-take the lead.

The 10-point margin at the final horn matched the largest of the game.

OF NOTE:

The teams combined for 21 three-pointers in the contest.

Butler went 11-for-29 from behind the arc, but only made four of 17 attempts in the second half.

Villanova shot 49 percent from the field, including 10-for-24 from three-point range.

Dixon was joined in double figures for Villanova by Justin Moore and Hausen, who each had 13.

Jahmyl Telfort led the Bulldogs with 19 points and seven rebounds.

Posh Alexander made four first-half three-pointers, which matched his career-high. He finished the game with 15 points.

Villanova had a 37-20 rebounding edge.

The game featured 14 lead changes, all coming in the first half.

The Bulldogs won the first match-up between the two teams, 88-81, in double-overtime Jan. 27 at Hinkle Fieldhouse.

UP NEXT: The Bulldogs continue a week on the road, traveling to Seton Hall Saturday. The tip in Newark is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. on FS2. Butler’s next home game is Wednesday, Feb. 28 when the Bulldogs host St. John’s.

IUPUI MEN’S GOLF

GARDNER FINISHES FOURTH AT WORLD GOLF VILLAGE COLLEGIATE

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – IUPUI senior Taylor Gardner finished off a fourth-place finish at the World Golf Village Collegiate this week, firing a final round 3-under 69 to finish the event at 10-under 206 (66-71-69). He and his teammates closed in eighth-place among the 18-team field at at 11-over 875 (290-292-293) after a final round 293 on Tuesday (Feb. 20).

Gardner’s final day started well as he made eagle on his final hole of round two to close at 1-under 71. Colten Girgis joined him in the group of scorers at 1-over 73 while Brady Schier and Kevin Tillery closed at 74. Freshman Titus Boswell closed round two at 6-over 78 and Morgan Tournemire finished at 3-over 75 as an individual.

Gardner continued his torrid pace in round three with a final round, 3-under 69 with five birdies. He got out to 2-under with birdies on his third and fifth holes of the round and got his score to 3-under with back-to-back birdies following a bogey on No. 15. He played his final five holes to 1-under to end the event at 206.

Girgis and Tillery both notched final rounds of 74 and Boswell was countable at 76. Tournemire also closed with a 76 and Schier shot 78 on Tuesday.

Gardner finished fourth among the 108-player field with 14 birdies while Tillery had 11 for the week. Tournemire and Girgis had a team-high 36 pars apiece for the week.

Stetson rallied for the team title at 848, edging second-place Jacksonville State by three shots. JSU’s Erik Jansson collected medalist honors at 16-under 200.

IUPUI will return to action on Mar. 18-19 when the Jaguars participate in the ECU Intercollegiate at Brook Valley in Greenville, S.C.

BALL STATE MEN’S VOLLEYBALL

PATRICK ROGERS EARNS MIVA OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS

MUNCIE, Ind. – Sophomore outside hitter Patrick Rogers has earned his first Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (MIVA) Offensive Player of the Week honors which was announced by the conference office today.

Rogers led No. 13 Ball State to a pair of wins over Purdue Fort Wayne and then-No. 10 Loyola Chicago. The sophomore outside hitter totaled 40 kills in eight sets for a 5.00 average per set while hitting .395 for the week. Against the Mastodons, he had 22 kills in three sets on a blistering .515 hitting clip then followed it up with 18 kills on .302 hitting in five sets against the Ramblers. He added an ace against the Mastodons.

The Ball State men’s volleyball team continues MIVA action when it travels to Quincy Friday for a 7 pm ET first serve in Pepsi Arena.

BALL STATE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL REMATCH AT KENT STATE TO BE TELEVISED ON ESPNU

MUNCIE, Ind. – The Ball State women’s basketball team will play in a nationally televised regular season game on Wednesday, March 6, at 5 p.m. ET when it takes on Kent State at the M.A.C Center. The Cardinals are the only league school to have been chosen to play on ESPNU two years in row.

The contest will be a rematch of a game played on Jan. 31, with the Cardinals defeating the Golden Flashes, 57-46, in Worthen Arena.

With six games remaining in the regular season, the Cardinals (22-3, 11-1 MAC) have already locked up a spot at the 2024 Mid-American Conference Tournament in Cleveland, Ohio (March 13-16) at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Ball State currently holds the top spot in the league standings and is tied with Toledo for the best record in MAC.

This is the third time this season that the Cardinals will have played on a national stage. Ball State played on the CBS Sports Network twice at home and will now be on ESPNU.

The Ball State women’s basketball team continues MAC play at home Wednesday against Central Michigan at 6:30 p.m. ET in Worthen Arena.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL FACES CENTRAL MICHIGAN AT HOME WEDNESDAY FOR ANNUAL “THINK PINK” GAME

Ball State (22-3, 11-1) vs. Central Michigan (5-17, 3-9 MAC) | Think Pink Night | #Play4Kay

February 19, 2024 >> Worthen Arena>>Muncie, Ind.>>  6:30 pm ET

Opening Tip:

– The Ball State women’s basketball team will play in a nationally televised regular season game on Wednesday, March 6, at 5 p.m. ET when it takes on Kent State at the M.A.C Center. The Cardinals are the only league school to have been chosen to play on ESPNU two years in row. The contest will be a rematch of a game played on Jan. 31, with the Cardinals defeating the Golden Flashes, 57-46, in Worthen Arena.

– Ball State overcame a 17-point deficit Saturday afternoon against Ohio at the Convocation Center after outscoring the Bobcats 44-20 in the second half of play. The Cardinals went on to win the ball game 75-60 while also sealing its fate in the upcoming 2024 Mid-American Conference Tournament (March 13-16). This is the ninth time in current head coach Brady Sallee’s tenure the Cardinals have punched their ticket straight to the MAC Tournament in Cleveland.

 –  The Cardinals have held a halftime lead in eight of their 11 Mid-American Conference games so far this season. Ball State is 9-1 in those contests.

– For the seventh time under 12th-year head coach Brady Sallee and the second season in a row, the Cardinals have reached the 20-win plateau. Sallee’s 20-win seasons at Ball State are — 22-10 (2015-16), 21-11 (2016-17) 25-7 (2017-18), 21-10 (2019-20), 20-13 (2021-22), 26-9 (2022-23) and 22-3 (2023-24).

– With only seven Mid-American Conference games left, Ball State still sits atop of the league standings with a 11-1 mark. The Cardinals and the Rockets are knotted with the same league record but right now Ball State wins the tiebreaker since the Cardinals defeated Toledo, 65-51, on Jan. 21 in Worthen Arena. The two teams will face each other again on Feb. 24 at 2 pm ET in John F. Savage Arena.

–  Wednesday’s game against Central Michigan will mark the 88th time the teams have met, with the Chippewas leading the all-time series record, 44-43. The Cardinals have won six of their last seven meetings against the Chippewas including a 79-47 victory at CMU in their first meeting this season on Jan. 17.

Amongst the Elite:

The Cardinals are getting noticed on a national level as Ball State continues to receive votes in the latest USA Today Sports Coaches Poll. Ball State is currently one of 15 NCAA DI teams that have a 11-1 record in conference play. The Cardinals are also one of 12 NCAA DI teams that have only three losses so far this season. Two of the Cardinals losses this season came against national powerhouses No. 19 Notre Dame and No. 10 UConn. Ball State is the only MAC school to receive votes so far this season. Ball State also has the highest win percentage out of any NCAA DI program in the state of Indiana 22-3 (.880). This is the fifth week in a row the Cardinals have received votes.

1000+ PTS & 500+ Rebounds:

Annie Rauch currently ranks 23rd all-time in rebounds with 522 and needs just 38 points to reach the 1,000 point plateau making her only the 18th player in program history to have 1,000 points and over 500 rebounds. Becki was the 17th player to accomplish the goal recently. Becki also ranks 24th all-time in rebounds with 508 and Marie Kiefer sits at 25th with 506.

Game Day Tidbits:

– In 26 contests as a Cardinal, Nyla Hampton has stolen the ball 84 times and has dished out 125 assists. Hampton stole the ball eight times against Tennessee Tech (11/6/23) and Northern Illinois (2/7/24. Hampton is fourth in the nation in total steals (85) and ranks fifth in steals per game (3.36).

– The Cardinals as a team rank in the top 100 in these categories: 10th in winning percentage (88.0), 17th in 3-points per game (8.7), 19th turnover margin (5.04), 29th in steals per game (10.7), 31 in turnovers forced (20.04), 31 in 3-point attempts per game (24.9), 36th in bench points (24.4), 43rd in scoring margin (12.8), 44th in assists per game (16.0), 44th in field goal percentage (44.9), 45th in 3-point field goal percentage (35.0) and 47th in scoring offense (74.6).

– Madelyn Bischoff ranks 14th in 3-pointers per contest in the country (2.96), 16th in total 3-pointers (71) and 17th in 3-point percentage (43.6).

Up Next:

Ball State and Toledo will face off once again this season to see who will stay atop of the Mid-American Conference standings on Saturday when the Cardinals travel to Toledo, Ohio for a 2 pm ET tipoff in John F. Savage Arena. The Cardinals won their first meeting over the Rockets 65-51 on January 21 in Worthen Arena.  Saturday’s contest marks the 93rd time in program history the two schools have met with Toledo leading the all-time series record, 61-31.

BALL STATE MEN’S BASKETBALL

CARDINALS FIGHT BACK FOR 70-63 ROAD WIN AT NORTHERN ILLINOIS

DEKALB, Ill. – The Ball State men’s basketball team fought back from a late deficit against Northern Illinois Tuesday night at the Convocation Center to take a 70-63 road win and secure a season sweep over the Huskies.

The Cardinals (13-13, 5-8 Mid-American Conference) trailed 51-42 with 8:46 to play but quickly reclaimed the lead over NIU (9-17, 3-10 MAC) after two Basheer Jihad free throws put the visitors ahead 54-53 at the 5:09 mark of the second half. Ball State’s 16-2 scoring run got the Cardinals a 58-53 edge, and they would lead by at least two points the rest of the way.

The game-deciding run featured points from five different players for Ball State, highlighted by a pair of triples from Davion Bailey.

Jalin Anderson scored a team-best 19 points while adding eight rebounds and seven assists, eclipsing 1,000 career points on a free throw in the final minute. Jihad tallied 17 points and 10 rebounds, and Bailey scored 15 points on a season-high five 3-pointers and collected six rebounds and four assists. Mickey Pearson Jr. (10 points, three rebounds) rounded out the Cardinals in double-figures scoring.

Northern Illinois led 17-10 early, but Ball State clawed back to take a 27-25 lead on a Mason Jones layup with 3:21 left in the first half. The Huskies closed strong to get a 31-27 edge at halftime.

The Cardinals used a 7-0 rally capped off by one of Bailey’s triples to gain a 37-36 advantage with 14:15 to go. Ball State shot 46.2 percent from the field in the second half including 45.5 percent from distance to get back in the game and secure its fourth win in five tries on the road.

The evening ended with the Cardinals shooting 37.5 percent (21-56) overall, 41.2 percent (7-17) on 3-pointers and 77.8 percent (14-19) at the foul line. Northern Illinois went 33.9 percent (21-62), 25.0 percent (6-24) and 62.5 percent (15-24) in those categories, respectively.

NIU won the rebounding battle 45-38 but committed more turnovers (14-9), which the Cardinals turned into 14 points. The game saw nine lead changes and four ties.

Ball State returns home to host Eastern Michigan at 2 p.m. on Saturday in its first game at Worthen Arena since Feb. 6.

INDIANA STATE BASEBALL

SYCAMORES CONTINUE SEASON-OPENING ROAD TRIP WEDNESDAY NIGHT AGAINST FLORIDA GULF COAST

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State continues its season-opening road swing in the Sunshine State this week as the Sycamores make the trip to North Port, Fla. and CoolToday Park for a Wednesday night contest against Florida Gulf Coast. First pitch between the Sycamores and the Eagles is set for 7 p.m. ET. The game will not be streamed, but live stats will be provided at the link on the baseball schedule at GoSycamores.com.

It marks the second consecutive season the Sycamores have lined up against the Eagles and third time since 2021 the two teams have met down in the early part of the season. The Sycamores are 2-0 all-time against FGCU winning the inaugural matchup in 2021, 5-3, before topping FGCU last year in Port Charlotte, 8-7.

Last season’s game featured Mike Sears’ five-RBI game including a sixth-inning grand slam as the Sycamores rallied back from a 4-1 deficit to take a 7-4 lead against FGCU. The Eagles rallied back to tie it up at 7-7 with a three-run eighth inning before Sears delivered again, this time with an RBI single scoring Miguel Rivera to provide the final scoring margin.

Simon Gregersen took home the win on the mound for ISU in a relief appearance, while Matt Jachec recorded his first save of the season after throwing a scoreless ninth inning. Other notable pitching performances from the game include Jacob Pruitt making his first collegiate start on the mound, while Cole Gilley, Aaron Moss, and Jared Spencer all held FGCU scoreless in the game.

The Sycamores enter the midweek contest with a perfect 3-0 record on the year after topping Louisville, UConn, and South Florida over the opening weekend in Tampa at the USF Baseball Stadium. Indiana State saw contributions across all levels, but the starting pitching set the tone for the weekend with dominant performances on the mound as ISU opened the year 3-0 for the first time since 2019.

Cam Edmonson drew the opening day start and delivered with a 4.0 inning performance surrendering just one earned run while striking out two in ISU’s 8-7 win over Louisville. Jacob Pruitt followed up going 6.0 shutout innings while striking out nine against 2023 NCAA Regional participant UConn in ISU’s 2-1 win, before Luke Hayden capped the weekend with 6.0 more shutout innings striking out five against USF in the Sycamores’ 5-0 victory. Overall, the starting rotation posted a 0.56 ERA with a 2-0 record on the mound while adding a 16:3 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

The bullpen, a strength from the 2023 season, showcased the depth and variety of arms over the weekend with six pitchers combining to go 11.0 innings allowing just six hits and four runs while striking out nine. Brennyn Cutts and Cameron Holycross both pulled 3.0-inning relief stints, while Jared Spencer, Adam Berghorst, and Holycross all recorded saves for ISU.

The bats started to come to life as the weekend progressed paced by Randal Diaz (.417), Dominic Listi (.375), and Parker Stinson (.364). Diaz hit safely in all three contests and continued his 23-game on-base streak, while Listi reached base in eight of his 13 plate appearances on the weekend while leading the team with five runs scored. Stinson was one of two ISU players to homer over the weekend and is tied for the team’s slugging percentage lead at .636.

Henry Brown came through in the clutch for ISU over the first two games of the weekend with the go-ahead three-run home run in ISU’s 8-7 win over Louisville. He was back at it again on Saturday against UConn driving in the eventual game-winning run with an RBI double in the seventh inning in the Sycamores’ 2-1 win over the Huskies. Luis Hernandez took over with the big hits on Monday against USF as the junior designated hitter drove in his first three RBIs of the 2024 season against the Bulls in the 5-0 win.

About the Opposition

Florida Gulf Coast (0-3) enters the weekend after dropping a three-game set to TCU this past weekend at Lupton Stadium. The Eagles held the lead in all three contests in Fort Worth and continue to showcase one of the most dangerous offenses in the country falling by scores of 10-9, 13-10, and 11-6, to the 2023 NCAA College World Series participant.

Florida Gulf Coast’s offense was one of the nation’s best in 2023 leading the nation in three different statistical categories over their 42-win campaign. FGCU paced the NCAA Division I in runs per game (9.6), home runs per game (2.37), and slugging percentage (.592).

Those power numbers were evident over the opening weekend as FGCU connected on seven home runs and 14 extra-base hits overall against TCU paced by Ian Farrow’s three home runs, while Harrison Povey also connected on a pair of blasts against the Horned Frogs. Charles Davalan scored five of the team’s 25 runs over the weekend to go with a .364 batting average and added the team’s lone triple.

Florida Gulf Coast utilized 15 different pitchers over the opening weekend against TCU with Anthony Ursitti, Chase Kriebel, and Justin Henschel all earning the starts for the Eagles. The staff combined for a 12.04 ERA surrendering 24 walks while striking out 17 over 24.2 innings pitched.

Missouri Valley Pitcher of the Week

Jacob Pruitt took home Missouri Valley Pitcher of the Week honors following his strong performance on the mound against UConn. The sophomore right-hander delivered a career-long 6.0 innings and kept the Huskies off-balance surrendering just two hits while striking out nine in a scoreless outing. Pruitt struck out the first batter he faced and added a pickoff in the first inning, before hitting his stride in the third frame.

From the third through the sixth innings, Pruitt posted eight of his nine strikeouts, including a stretch of five in a row including all three outs in the fourth inning in shutting down the Huskies before turning the ball over to the bullpen in the seventh inning with a 1-0 lead in ISU’s eventual 2-1 win.

Mark Clinkenbeard Weekly Recognition

Henry Brown was named the Mark Clinkenbeard Construction ISU Student-Athlete of the Week following his performance against both Louisville and UConn. The junior first baseman came up clutch with the game-winning hits in both of Indiana State’s wins over Louisville and UConn to start the 2024 season. The redshirt sophomore hit .429 from the plate with a 1.500 on-base plus slugging percentage, while scoring two runs and driving in five RBIs. His three-run home run against Louisville proved to be the game-winner in the back-and-forth 8-7 win, while his RBI double against UConn provided the eventual game-winning run in the 2-1 win over the Huskies.

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.

Those seeking more information on season tickets can contact Assistant Manager of Athletic Ticketing Grant Manning by phone at 812-237-8972 or via email at Grant.Manning@indstate.edu. Fans have the opportunity to also buy season tickets online by clicking HERE.

Up Next

The Sycamores will continue the 2024 season this weekend at the Snowbird Baseball Classic held in Port Charlotte, Fla. and Centennial Park as ISU will take on Michigan State (Friday) and Marshall (Saturday & Sunday) at field C-10. All three games will be streamed live courtesy of FloBaseball.

INDIANA STATE MEN’S BASKETBALL

SYCAMORES READY FOR MIDWEEK CONTEST AT VALPARAISO

VALPARAISO, Ind. – Indiana State men’s basketball takes on Valparaiso on Wednesday for the second-straight road contest.

Series History

This is the second meeting between ISU and Valpo this season. Indiana State earned a convincing 40-point win just two weeks ago, 101-61 in Terre Haute. This is the 96th meeting between the two, and the series is split at an even 5-5 in the last 10 games. ISU has been victorious in the last three.

About Valpo

Valparaiso is in its first year with Coach Roger Powell Jr. at the helm. Valpo currently sits at the bottom of the MVC after being selected to finish in last in the preseason poll. Valpo finished the 2022-23 season 11-21 overall and 5-15 in the MVC. VU was knocked out in the first round of the MVC Tournament by Murray State, 78-50. Two Beacons currently average 10.0+ PPG: Isaiah Stafford (16.8) and Cooper Schwieger (12.5).

Last Time Out – Indiana State

Indiana State men’s basketball suffered back-to-back losses for the first time in the 2023-24 season with a loss at Southern Illinois on Saturday, 74-69. ISU fell to 22-5 and 13-3 in the Missouri Valley.

Robbie Avila led the offense with a game-high 30 points on 12-for-18 shooting from the floor, knocking down a trio of three-pointers. He grabbed six rebounds, recorded two assists, and swatted two shots. Ryan Conwell scored 16 points, including a perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line, and secured five rebounds. Jake Wolfe recorded a team-high seven rebounds, while Julian Larry finished with a team-high five assists, chipping in five rebounds. Other scorers include Larry with seven, Isaiah Swope with six, and Wolfe and Xavier Bledson each with five.

Two key factors contributed to the Sycamores’ fifth loss of the season: turnovers and shooting. Indiana State committed 16 turnovers in 69 possessions (23.19%) leading to 14 Saluki points. SIU recorded 10 steals, only the fourth time this season an opponent has recorded 10 or more, and the highest total is 11 in two separate games.

Last Time Out – Valpo

The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team led by as many as 10 points, but Missouri State went on an 18-0 run in the game’s closing minutes to rally past the Beacons 82-74 on Saturday afternoon at Great Southern Bank Arena in Springfield, Mo. Two Valpo players eclipsed 20 points as Isaiah Stafford paced the team with 24 and Cooper Schwieger turned in 22.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE MEN’S GOLF

KASEY LILLY BREAKS 54-HOLE RECORD, FINISHES RUNNER-UP

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – Purdue Fort Wayne men’s golfer Kasey Lilly started his final spring season on a high note, breaking Purdue Fort Wayne’s 54-hole record with a score of 203 and finishing as the runner-up at the World Golf Collegiate on Tuesday (Feb. 20).

The previous record of 204 was also held by Lilly. He now owns nine of the top-10 54-hole scores in program history.

Lilly started his final round of the tournament with a par on his opening hole then followed it up with two birdies. Five more pars in a row preceded birdies on 12, 13 and 15. This took him to 5-under after 12 holes. The one bogey he took, he immediately erased with a birdie on 18. Lilly finished the round cleanly with three pars in a row.

Nick Holder played his best golf of the week, shooting 69 to finish with a 220 54-hole mark. After a bogey on hole six to start, he birdied the 573-yard seventh. He rattled off five pars in a row before two bogeys on 13 and 14. Following that, he was bogey-free for the final nine holes of the week, registering five birdies in that stretch. This included three in a row on 2, 3 and 4. Holder tied for 30th.

Freshman AJ Agnew was two shots back of Holder, finishing in a tie for 39th. He shot an even 72 on Tuesday, which featured 14 pars. After birdies on 10 and 12, he bogeyed 15 and 17 to move back to even. He finished the day with seven pars in a row.

Hunter Mefford and Burke Pitz tied for 52nd at 224. Mefford shot 71 in his last round of the week, turning in birdies on holes four, 11, 15 and 1. Pitz started his round in about as good a way as one can, turning in an eagle on the 546-yard fifth. He followed it up with birdies sandwiching a bogey on hole seven. He had nothing worse than a bogey in his final round.

As a team, the Mastodons shot up the standings in the final round, moving up five spots. The Mastodons were 9-under as a group in round three with a team score of 279. They finished ahead of all three Horizon League schools in the field. The Mastodons (866) finished ahead of IUPUI (875), Oakland (884) and Youngstown State (917).

Purdue Fort Wayne is back in action on March 4 when they compete in the Daytona Beach Intercollegiate.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE MEN’S VOLLEYBALL

‘DONS GIVE NO. 7 OHIO STATE A SCARE, FALL IN FIVE SETS

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Purdue Fort Wayne men’s volleyball took No. 7 Ohio State to five sets (25-9, 23-25, 29-31, 25-23, 15-9) on Tuesday night (Feb. 20).

After a rough opening set, the Mastodons responded by taking the next two 25-23 and 31-29. The Mastodons played their best defense in those two sets, holding Ohio State to .160 and .152 in the Mastodons’ winning sets. The ‘Dons combined for six blocks, 3.5 in set two and 2.5 more in set three.

Unfortunately for the Mastodons, in the sets that Ohio State won, the top-10 Buckeyes were incredibly efficient. Ohio State hit .722, .346 and .400 in sets one, four and five.

Mark Frazier and Jon Diedrich led the Mastodons with 13 kills each. Frazier added a match-high eight digs. Frazier and Kaden Fosdick had five blocks each.

2023 MIVA Player of the Year Jacob Pasteur had a match-high 17 kills.

Purdue Fort Wayne falls to 7-7, 1-4 in the MIVA. Ohio State improves to 11-3, 5-1. The Mastodons are back in action on Friday and Saturday (Feb. 23-24) when McKendree comes to town for two MIVA matches.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

AMELLIA BROMENSCHENKEL 20 POINTS AWAY FROM 1,000 AS ‘DONS VISIT NKU

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Amellia Bromenschenkel needs 20 points to become the 22nd Mastodon in the Purdue Fort Wayne women’s basketball 1,000-point club. Her next opportunity comes on Wednesday (Feb. 21) at Northern Kentucky.

Game Day Information

Who: Northern Kentucky Norse

When: Wednesday, February 20 | 7 PM

Where: Highland Heights, Ky. | Truist Arena

Live Stats: Link

Watch: ESPN+

Game Notes: Purdue Fort Wayne | Northern Kentucky | Horizon League

Know Your Foe

Northern Kentucky is 9-16 and 7-9 in the Horizon League, but the Norse are among the best in the league recently. Since playing the ‘Dons nearly a month ago, NKU is 5-1 with its only loss coming at Green Bay. Reigning Horizon League Player and Freshman of the Week honorees Khamari Mitchell-Steen and Carter McCray lead NKU with over 14 points per game each. Mitchell-Steen is coming off a 30-point effort against Wright State.

The Series

NKU leads 34-10 in the series, but Purdue Fort Wayne has taken the last two games. After the Norse won six in a row, the Mastodons won last year’s final meeting 65-59 and this year’s first game 61-55. Earlier this season, Shayla Sellers scored 20 points for the ‘Dons.

Chasing 1,000

Amellia Bromenschenkel is looking to become the next 1,000 point scorer in Mastodon history. She has 980 in her career. With her average of 13.0 points per game this season, she is on pace to reach 1,000 career points in two games.

Recency Bias

Over the last six games, Shayla Sellers is averaging 15.3 points and 4.3 rebounds per game with a season-high 23 coming at Wright State. She is shooting 48.5 percent from the floor and 52.6 percent from 3-point range.

Winning SZN

Purdue Fort Wayne has 17 wins, which is the most for the program since the 2010-11 season, when the Mastodons won 20. The Mastodons also have 10 wins, which ties last season. It is also the most since 2010-11.

Money Millie

This season, Amellia Bromenschenkel has scored in double-figures in all but six games.

Coming In Hot

Over the last 18 games, Erin Woodson is 14-of-31 from 3-point range for 45.2 percent. She is also 23-of-28 (82.1 percent) from the charity stripe in that stretch.

How Many Ways Can We Say We Like Threes?

The Mastodons have made 10 3-pointers in 11 games this season. In the Division I era (2001-present), the Mastodons have hit double-digits 3-pointers 11 times in four seasons, including 2023-24. The most games of 10+ triples came in 2013-14, when the ‘Dons had 14 such games.

2023-24: 11 games

2022-23: 11 games

2014-15: 11 games

2013-14: 14 games

She’s A Plus!

The Mastodons are +177 when Shayla Sellers is on the court this season, the best of all players. On a per game basis, Jazzlyn Linbo has the best +/- average at +7.33 per game.

Last Time Out

Purdue Fort Wayne beat Detroit Mercy 77-67 over the weekend. The Mastodons saw five players reach double-figures, led by 16 from Amellia Bromenschenkel.

Coming Up

The Mastodons will meet up against rival IUPUI on Saturday (Feb. 24) in Indianapolis. The ‘Dons return home for a game against Green Bay on Wednesday (Feb. 28).

PURDUE FT. WAYNE TRACK

‘DONS HEAD TO 2024 HORIZON LEAGUE INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Mastodons will compete for league championships this Saturday and Sunday as they travel to Youngstown, Ohio for the 2024 Horizon League Indoor Track & Field Championships.

Day One

When: Saturday, February 24

Where: Youngstown, Ohio | Watson and Tressel Training Site

Championship Central (with meet schedule):Link

Live Results:Link

ESPN+:Link

Day Two

When: Sunday, February 25

Where: Youngstown, Ohio | Watson and Tressel Training Site

Championship Central (with meet schedule):Link

Live Results:Link

ESPN+:Link

What to Watch For (women):

Jai Reed has the fourth-best time in the league this year (7.65) in the 60. She was fifth in last year’s championship.

Jesseca Hudson-Turpin finished third last year in the 60 meter hurdles. This year, she has the third-fastest time (8.59) coming into the weekend.

In her first Horizon League Indoor Championships, Riley Tate finished 13th in the mile and 23rd in the 3000 meters. This season, she enters the meet ranking third in the mile (4:56.32) and second in the 5000 meters (16:45.81).

Madison King will vie for the podium in her first league championship as she’s run the League’s fastest 5000 meters (16:29.21) and the second-fastest 3000 meters (9:32.83) times this year.

Dylan Kirkwood has the league’s highest score in the pentathlon this season (3446) and Ellie Zagel enters in fourth (3117). Kirkwood took the bronze last season.

The ‘Dons boast two of the top three shot putters in the Horizon League this season with Ali Sparks (13.88m) in second and Lia Rivers in third (13.57m).

Louiza Kruiswijk owns the fifth-best long jump in the Horizon League (5.71m).

The squad of Kassie Jordan, Korynne Moga, Marissa Van De Weg, Jesseca Hudson-Turpin have the League’s top time in the 4×400 (3:51.55).

Riley Tate, Marissa Van De Weg, Ava Genovese, Madison King are seeded first in the DMR (11:47.05).

What to Watch For (men): 

Ezra Lewellen will enter the weekend with the Horizon League’s top 60 meters time (6.74).

Jonas Morris is also a league leader with the best time in the 400 meters (47.95).

Harrison Niswander will enter the weekend in the top five of three different events. He’s first in the 800 meters (1:52.80), third in the mile (4:09.16), and fourth in the 3000 meters (8:14.71).

Niswander is also seeded third along with Jarred Neff, Kobe Milledge, and Kehinde Oladapo in the DMR.

The ‘Dons are also seeded fourth in the 4×400 meters with a time of 3:21.64 run by Brent Donaldson, Ezra Lewellen, Kobe Milledge, and Kehinde Oladapo

Brejion Peters has the second-best Heptathlon score in the league this season (3293).

Zyler Johnson enters the weekend fourth in the weight throw (16.69m).

2023-24 Under Armour #HLTF Indoor Athletes of the Week

December 5 – Ezra Lewellen (runner)

January 23 – Harrison Niswander (runner)

January 30 – Dylan Kirkwood (field)

February 6 – Madison King (runner)

February 13 – Harrison Niswander (runner)

EVANSVILLE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

HARTWIG EARNS THIRD MVC FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK HONOR

ST LOUIS — For the third time this season, freshman forward Maggie Hartwig has earned a weekly honor from the Missouri Valley Conference.

After a team leading performance against Southern Illinois in the Purple Aces win last week, Hartwig has been named the MVC Freshman of the Week by conference staff. This is Hartwig’s third such honor from the Valley but her first during conference play. Hartwig is now the third UE player to earn a weekly conference honor along with fellow freshman Nevaeh Thomas and center Barbora Tomancova.

 In the Aces first back-to-back Missouri Valley Conference wins since 2017, Maggie Hartwig had a monster game for UE. Hartwig led Evansville on offense with 22 points in the team’s 93-89 overtime win against Southern Illinois. She also added her fourth double-double of the season, by leading the Aces on defense with 12 rebounds. In 35 minutes of play against the Salukis, Hartwig also added one steal.

Hartwig continued to have a strong offensive game on Saturday against Missouri State with 11 points in 39 minutes of play while adding two blocks and two steals. Hartwig led the team in time on the floor versus the Lady Bears, keeping UE within a possession of Missouri State until the fourth quarter. For the week, Hartwig averaged 16.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, 1.5 steals, and a block through 74 minutes of action.

Evansville returns to action on Thursday night at Indiana State. Tip-off against the Sycamores is set for 5 p.m. CT from the Hulman Center.

EVANSVILLE MEN’S BASKETBALL

ACES SET FOR WEDNESDAY REMATCH AGAINST UIC

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Road play continues for the University of Evansville men’s basketball team with a rematch against UIC on Wednesday in Chicago.  Tip is set for 7 p.m. CT with ESPN+ and the Purple Aces Radio Network on the call.

Last Time Out

– Illinois State went 13-of-24 from long range to take an 86-79 win on Sunday inside CEFCU Arena

– The Redbirds converted their first seven outside attempts and led by as many as 15 points in the first half

– Trailing by eight at halftime, the Purple Aces stormed back to take a second-half lead before ISU pulled away late

– Ben Humrichous recorded 21 points, all coming in the second half

– Cam Haffner matched his season scoring mark with 11, all in the opening 20 minutes

Efficient Efforts

– Yacine Toumi was 6-of-8 from the field on his way to 13 points at Illinois State

– That followed a 10-point game against Drake; prior to that game, Toumi posted 6.5 PPG in the last two contests

– After scoring 20 points three times at UE, Toumi reset his high with 22 points against UIC on 8-of-10 shooting

– His season shooting mark of 57.3% ranks 6th in the MVC

Second Half Heroics

– Ben Humrichous was held scoreless in the first half at Illinois State before erupting for 21 points in the final 20 minutes

– He finished the game 8-of-15 from the field and converted five 3-pointers; it was his first 20-point game since posting 27 against SEMO in Chattanooga

– That came on the heels of an 18-point effort versus Drake, his best since tallying 18 against UNI on Dec. 2

– Humrichous is returning to form with 16.8 PPG over the last four games

Tying his Mark

– In the first half at Illinois State, Cam Haffner was 4-for-5 from the field and 3-for-4 from outside on his way to 11 points, tying his season mark, which came at Indiana State

– Haffner knocked down back-to-back triples in the first half against Bradley, capping a 15-2 start to the game by UE

– He entered the game missing five 3-pointers in a row while scoring a total of 2 points in the 3 prior games

Scouting the Opponent

– Winners of two of their last four games, UIC holds a 10-17 record entering Wednesday’s game while standing at 3-13 in Valley action

– Before dropping its last two games to Bradley and Belmont, the Flames earned a road win at Illinois State before taking an impressive 71-65 home win over UNI on February 11 at Credit Union 1 Arena

– Isaiah Rivera leads a trio of double figure scorers with 14.8 points per game

– CJ Jones is second with 11.3 PPG while leading the squad with a total of 120 assists on the season

– Toby Okani checks in with 10.5 points and a team-high 7.1 rebounds

EVANSVILLE SWIMMING

UE SET TO HOST MVC SWIMMING & DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS BEGINNING WEDNESDAY

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – For the first time in school history, the University of Evansville will serve as the host for the Missouri Valley Conference Swimming & Diving Championships this week, as the 2024 version of the event will kick off Wednesday night at 6 p.m. and continue through Saturday evening at the Deaconess Aquatic Center in Evansville.

UE, in partnership with the Evansville Regional Sports Commission, will serve as the host for the nine-team Valley Championships on the women’s side Wednesday through Saturday.  Following Wednesday night’s 6 p.m. relays final session and exhibition diving event, the MVC Swimming & Diving Championships will feature preliminary round swims beginning at 10:30 a.m. each day, diving competitions mid-day on both Thursday and Friday, and then finals sessions for the top 24 finishers beginning at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.  Single-session and all-session passes are currently available on-line at GoPurpleAces.com/Tickets.

A young, but talented UE squad will serve as the host school for the event this year.  Over half of the 2024 UE roster will be competing in its first collegiate conference championship this week.  One person who has experience in the Valley Championships, though, is senior diver Madison Rollett (Evansville, Ind./Reitz), who should contend for a top spot in the league this week.  Rollett earned honorable mention all-MVC honors in 2022, and she has posted one of the league’s top scoring marks this year on the one-meter board, having posted an NCAA Zone Qualifying score of 279.90 last month.  Rollett and junior Sveva Brugnoli (Rome, Italy) provide the experience for UE this year, as Brugnoli earned honorable mention all-MVC honors in 2022 as well.

The MVC Championships will feature over 200 student-athletes from nine schools who compete as part of the Valley in women’s swimming:  Evansville, Illinois State, Indiana State, Little Rock, Missouri State, Southern Illinois, UIC, UNI and Valparaiso.  Indiana State edged defending MVC champion Missouri State as the pre-championship favorite in a vote of the league’s head coaches.

Wednesday, 6 PM:  Live Stats  | Streaming For Session: Watch

            Events:
            200 Medley Relay
            45-minute break (Exhibition Team Diving Event)
            800 Freestyle Relay
          
Thursday, 10:30 AM – Prelims:  Live Stats  | Prelims Streaming:  Watch  |  Diving Streaming (Watch)

            Events:
            500 Freestyle
            200 IM
            50 Freestyle
            1-Meter Prelims
            1-Meter Consolation (9-16)

Thursday, 6 PM – Finals:  Live Stats  | Finals Streaming:  Watch

            Events:
            500 Freestyle
            200 IM
            50 Freestyle
            1-Meter Diving (1-8)
            200 Freestyle Relay
         
Friday, 10:30 AM – Prelims:  Live Stats  | Prelims Streaming:  Watch  |  Diving Streaming (Watch)

            Events:
            100 Butterfly
            400 IM
            200 Freestyle
            100 Breaststroke
            100 Backstroke
            3-Meter Prelims

Friday, 6 PM – Finals:  Live Stats  | Finals Streaming:  Watch

            Events:
            100 Butterfly
            400 IM
            200 Freestyle
            100 Breaststroke
            100 Backstroke
            3-Meter Diving (9-16)
            400 Medley Relay
         
Saturday, 10:30 AM – Prelims:  Live Stats  | Prelims Streaming:  Watch

            Events:
            200 Backstroke
            100 Freestyle
            200 Breaststroke
            200 Butterfly
            1650 Freestyle

Saturday, 6 PM – Finals:  Live Stats  | Finals Streaming:  Watch

            Events:
            1650 Freestyle
            200 Backstroke
            100 Freestyle
            200 Breaststroke
            200 Butterfly
            3-Meter Diving (1-8)
            400 Freestyle Relay

EVANSVILLE BASEBALL

BASEBALL CRUISES PAST BELLARMINE, 16-6, IN HOME OPENER

EVANSVILLE, Ind. –  The University of Evansville baseball team exploded for nine runs in the fifth inning on Tuesday to cruise to a 16-6 victory over visiting Bellarmine at German American Bank Field at Charles H. Braun Stadium in the 2024 home opener for the Purple Aces.

“Overall, I thought it was a really good team effort today,” said UE head coach Wes Carroll.  “I was really happy with our offense today.  It kept plugging along early, and we left some guys on base, but then finally it broke through with that big nine-run inning to take control of the game.

“I was also glad to see some different guys be able to get up on the mound for us today.  Guys who weren’t able to see time over the weekend at Oral Roberts, but who are going to be key guys for us this season.  I thought Ethan Bell did a tremendous job of coming in and throwing strikes and keeping us in the contest until we got the offense fully going.  Overall, really pleased with today’s effort, and now it is on to New Orleans.”

Bellarmine jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first inning thanks to a pair of unearned runs, but UE would answer right back to take a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the first.  Graduate third baseman Brent Widder roped an RBI double down the left-field line, before UE was able to load the bases and get a run-scoring walk and fielder’s choice.

The Knights would tie the game at 3-3 in the second inning on a sacrifice fly, before UE senior shortstop Simon Scherry delivered an RBI single to help UE retake a 4-3 lead.

Another sacrifice fly by Bellarmine in the fourth inning would tie the game at 4-4, and it would stay that way until the fifth inning, when Evansville exploded for nine runs to put the game out of reach. Junior outfielder Harrison Taubert opened the scoring with an RBI double to break 4-4 tie, and then pushed across two more runs to cap the nine-run frame thanks to the help of a Bellarmine error.  In between those plays, freshman catcher Kaleb Wilkey drove in his first collegiate run, junior second baseman Cal McGinnis and senior first baseman Kip Fougerousse both knocked RBI doubles, and Scherry and graduate designated hitter Brendan Hord had RBI base hits as well.

The Knights would scratch across two runs in the seventh inning to get within 13-6, before UE would cap the scoring with a three-run eighth inning.  Graduate outfielder Mark Shallenberger crushed a two-run home run to right-center field, and McGinnis added an RBI triple in the frame.

In all, all nine members of the UE starting lineup produced RBI on Tuesday and eight of the nine collected hits.  Taubert drove in a team-high three RBI.  Both Shallenberger and McGinnis finished just one hit shy of the cycle, as Shallenberger needed just a triple, and McGinnis fell just a home run shy of the cycle.  Fougerousse also had a three-hit game for UE.

The victory on the mound went to redshirt sophomore right-hander Ethan Bell, who allowed just a run on a single hit while striking out four men in 3.0 innings of relief work.

With the victory, Evansville improves to 3-1 on the season after winning the last three games in a row.  Bellarmine, meanwhile, falls to 1-3.  Evansville will now travel south to New Orleans to battle the Privateers (2-1 entering a Wednesday game against Southern Miss) in a three-game series beginning on Friday night at 6:30 p.m.  All three games of the weekend series can be seen live on ESPN+.

SOUTHERN INDIANA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

SAUNDERS, GANNON SECURE OVC WBB WEEKLY HONORS

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Women’s Basketball had a pair of Screaming Eagles earn Ohio Valley Conference weekly accolades. It was announced Tuesday that the league’s communications directors voted sophomore guard Ali Saunders (Depauw, Indiana) as OVC Player and Newcomer of the Week and freshman forward Chloe Gannon (Manchester, Tennessee) as OVC Freshman of the Week.

This is Saunders’ second weekly award after earning OVC Newcomer of the Week on January 30 and Gannon’s first-ever conference honor in her first collegiate season at USI.

Saunders, a Valparaiso University transfer, earned back-to-back double-digit scoring nights, putting up 20 points against the University of Tennessee at Martin on Thursday before adding 18 points at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock on Saturday. Saunders was the leading scorer and passer in both contests. Saunders totaled 10 made triples and 14 assists during the week.

In the game against the Skyhawks, Saunders went 7-11 from the field and a whopping 6-8 from downtown while matching a season-high five rebounds and six assists. She also hit the game-sealing three with 30 seconds left. Against the Trojans, Saunders was on fire early, going 7-10 from the floor, including a stellar 4-6 from three. Saunders set a new career best with eight assists.

Gannon, a true freshman from Coffee County Central High School, posted double-digit scoring performances last week. Gannon averaged 16.5 points while shooting 62 percent with eight rebounds per game.

On Thursday against UT Martin, Gannon dropped her first career double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds in her second start of the season. Against Little Rock on Saturday, Gannon put up 16 points and four rebounds while going 7-9 from the field.

Saunders, Gannon, and the Screaming Eagles (18-6, 13-1 OVC) head to Morehead, Kentucky on Tuesday for a battle against Morehead State University (13-12, 8-6 OVC) with a 4 p.m. (CT) tip-off. USI took care of Morehead State in their matchup on January 20 with a 70-55 home victory.

USI WOMEN’S BASKETBALL BRINGS HOME OVC REGULAR SEASON CROWN

MOREHEAD, Ky. – In only the second season since making the jump to NCAA Division I and joining the Ohio Valley Conference, University of Southern Indiana Women’s Basketball claimed the outright 2023-24 Ohio Valley Conference regular season title Tuesday night following a 72-64 road win at Morehead State University.

After missing out on the OVC Tournament in their inaugural season in 2022-23, the Screaming Eagles accomplished in 2023-24 what only one other women’s basketball program has achieved in recent years – win a conference title during a reclassification period. The last women’s basketball program to win a conference title during a reclassification period was California Baptist University in 2020-21. The Lancers won the Western Athletic Conference regular season and tournament championships.

Tuesday was Southern Indiana’s (19-6, 14-1) fifth win in a row, as USI has won 15 of its last 16 contests. The Screaming Eagles entered Tuesday with a share of the OVC regular season title and the No. 1 seed in next month’s OVC Tournament already clinched. However, USI went to Morehead State looking to claim the outright OVC crown.

Southern Indiana got off to another good start to open Tuesday’s game at Morehead State. Within the first two minutes, sophomore guard Ali Saunders (Depauw, Indiana) capitalized on a three-point play. Saunders was named OVC Player and Newcomer of the Week on Tuesday morning. With USI leading 7-5 three minutes into the contest, the Screaming Eagles took off on a big run. USI scored 11 straight points over five minutes to jump ahead 18-5, as senior forward Meredith Raley (Haubstadt, Indiana) scored six of those 11 points. Raley tallied eight first-quarter points, helping USI shoot over 50 percent in the opening period and grab a 22-9 lead through one.

Midway into the second quarter, Southern Indiana pushed its advantage to 14, 31-17, after a three-pointer from Saunders. Then the Screaming Eagles’ offense ran into a cold spell from the field. Southern Indiana went three minutes scoreless before a couple of made free throws by freshman forward Chloe Gannon (Manchester, Tennessee). Meanwhile, Morehead State closed into USI’s lead, cutting the deficit down to five, 33-28, at halftime. The Screaming Eagles went without a field goal for the last 4:48 of the first half.

Out of the intermission, Southern Indiana made an emphasis on going inside. Back-to-back baskets from senior forward Madi Webb (Bedford, Indiana) and then consecutive buckets by Gannon helped USI build its lead back to double digits, 45-34, by the halfway point of the third quarter. Webb and Gannon continued to feast in the paint, while USI’s defense held Morehead State scoreless for nearly three minutes. Webb poured in 10 third-quarter points. Southern Indiana took a 51-42 lead to the fourth period.

The Screaming Eagles opened the fourth frame with back-to-back triples by junior guard Vanessa Shafford (Linton, Indiana) and Raley. Later in the fourth, Southern Indiana and Morehead State picked up the pace, exchanging baskets. With 2:36 left, freshman guard Triniti Ralston (Louisville, Kentucky) swished a three-pointer to put USI up 12, 68-56. Morehead State continued to fight, pulling within six points, but USI connected on late free throws to seal the win and the 2023-24 OVC regular season title.

Southern Indiana was 27-60 for 45 percent from the floor Tuesday evening, hitting five threes. USI was 13-21 for 62 percent at the charity stripe. Southern Indiana had a season-low nine turnovers and 42 points in the paint. The Screaming Eagles had five players in double figures for the first time since December 2022. Webb and Gannon each had 14 points, Saunders and Raley each chipped in 13, and Ralston tallied a career-high 10 points.

Morehead State, who was looking to keep pace for the potential No. 2 seed, dropped to 8-7 in conference play and 13-13 overall. Morehead State went 25-62 for 40 percent in overall shooting, cashing in seven triples. The host Eagles were 7-12 for 58 percent at the foul line. Morehead State won the rebounding battle, 44-34. Junior guard Matilda Soderlund led Morehead State in scoring with 23 points.

USI is set to travel to Macomb, Illinois on Saturday for a 1 p.m. tilt against Western Illinois University to conclude the four-game road swing. A win on Saturday would give USI its 14th 20-win season and first since 2021-22. Saturday’s game can be seen live with a subscription to ESPN+ and heard on 95.7 FM The Spin (http://957thespin.com).

SOUTHERN INDIANA MEN’S BASKETBALL

SCREAMING EAGLES UPSET MOREHEAD STATE, 80-73

MOREHEAD, Ky. – University of Southern Indiana Men’s Basketball shocked Morehead State University with an 80-73 victory Tuesday evening in Morehead, Kentucky. The Screaming Eagles rise to 8-20 overall and 5-10 in OVC play, while the MSU Eagles are 20-8 overall, 11-4 OVC.

With the win, USI takes command of eighth in the OVC standings. The Screaming Eagles are a half-game ahead of ninth-place Tennessee Tech University and only two games back of seventh-place Eastern Illinois University. USI has three games remaining in 2023-24, while TTU and EIU have four contests left in the regular season.

The top eight teams at the end of OVC play advance to the league tournament March 6-9 at the Ford Center in Evansville.

USI and MSU battled back and forth through the first 10 minutes before the MSU Eagles used an 8-0 run to lead 23-16. The Screaming Eagles would close the gap to one point, 26-25, with an 8-3 surge before going into the intermission trailing by one 31-30. Overall in the first 20 minutes, the game feature six lead changes and three times.

USI junior forward Jack Mielke (Downers Grove, Illinois) led the way for the Eagles in the opening half with 13 points that include four three-point buckets.

In the second half, USI quickly jumped out to a six-point lead, 39-33, with a 9-2 run. The Screaming Eagles ran the lead to eight points, 47-39, on a three-pointer by junior guard Jeremiah Hernandez (Chicago, Illinois).

MSU bounced back with a 11-3 rally to tie the score for the fourth time in the game, 50-50. Mielke and sophomore guard Ryan Hall (Kettering, Ohio) grabbed the momentum back for USI with back-to-back three-point bombs, igniting a 10-1 run to get the Screaming Eagles back in control 60-51 with 7:21 to play.

USI had to withstand another MSU Eagle rally as they cut the Screaming Eagles’ advantage to two, 72-70, with 1:10 left. Hernandez put USI back up four, 74-70, with a bucket with 45 seconds to play before MSU got back to within two with 35 seconds left, 74-72.

USI sophomore guard/forward AJ Smith (Edwardsville, Illinois) sealed the USI victory with four-straight free throws put the Screaming Eagles back in control the 78-72. USI junior guard Sam Mervis (Indianapolis, Indiana) capped off the scoring for the Screaming Eagles with two charity shots before a final MSU free throw in the 80-73 victory.

Overall, USI outshot MSU, 49.1 percent (26-53) to 45.1 percent (23-51), and outrebounded the MSU Eagles, 34-23. The Screaming Eagles also were a blistering 19-of 20 from the stripe (95 percent), converting eight-straight trips to the line in the final five minutes.

Individually, Hernandez led the Screaming Eagles with a game-high 28 points and is averaging 29 points per game versus MSU this season (the junior guard scored 30 versus MSU in the first meeting in January). He was 10-of-17 from the field, including a pair of three-pointers, and six-of-seven from the stripe.

Smith followed with 18 points and grabbed a team-high nine rebounds, while Mielke added three points in the second half and finished with 16.

Next Up For USI:

The four-game road swing comes to a conclusion Saturday when USI visits Western Illinois University for a 3:30 p.m. game. The Leathernecks, who are 17-10 overall and 11-4 in the OVC, are hosting MSU Thursday before welcoming the Screaming Eagles. WIU has won three of its last five games going into Thursday’s action.

WIU took the first meeting of the season with USI, 73-68, at Screaming Eagles Arena in January. USI had three players in double-digits, led by Hernandez with 26 points. The Leathernecks lead the series with USI, 4-1.

Following Saturday’s action, USI concludes the 2023-24 regular season with a pair of home games, hosting Lindenwood University February 29 and Southeast Missouri State University March 2. The USI-SEMO contest on March 2 is Senior Day for the Screaming Eagles

SOUTHERN INDIANA MEN’S GOLF

DAY BREAKS 18-HOLE SCHOOL RECORD IN OPENING WEEKEND

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fl. – University of Southern Indiana Men’s Golf opened the season at the World Golf Village Collegiate, hosted by Eastern Kentucky University. The event featured 18 NCAA Division I schools that included three rounds of play on Monday and Tuesday.

The Screaming Eagles finished in 11th place among highly competitive schools from around the country. Senior Jace Day (Bloomington, Indiana) caught fire in the second round shattering a 18-hole school record with a score of 64 (-8).

Round 1

The five competitors were for the Eagles were junior Jason Bannister (Laguna Niguel, California), senior Trevor Laub (Edwardsville, Illinois), junior Sam Vertanen (Ames, Iowa), junior Spencer Warren (Dextor, Missouri), and Day.  USI opened the first round with a score of 292 which was tied for fifth place among the 18 teams. Bannister led the way for the Eagles with a score of 67.

Round 2

USI started their second round on Monday afternoon carrying the momentum into another low round. The round was postponed due to darkness and resumed on Tuesday with the Eagles finishing at 290.

Day made history in round two with the best 18-hole score in school history. Day finished the round with an astonishing eight birdies.

Round 3

The squad finished the invite on Tuesday afternoon with a round three score of 297. The score led to the Eagles falling five spots in the standings. Bannister and Warren led the Eagles in the round with a score of 74 each.

What’s Next

The Eagles compete next in a month at the Bobby Nichols Collegiate in Sevierville, TN. The invite will be hosted by Tennessee Tech University on March 17-19.

SOUTHERN INDIANA TRACK

EAGLES HEAD TO ALABAMA FOR OVC INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Track & Field will complete the indoor season at the 2024 Ohio Valley Conference Indoor Championships this week. The Screaming Eagles will compete in their second OVC postseason on Wednesday and Thursday at the Birmingham Crossplex in Birmingham, Alabama.

Coming in on a high note is freshman Cole Hess (Cannelton, Indiana) who is fresh off a record-breaking performance at the ISU Open after winning the 800 meters and smashing the program’s previous indoor record. Hess holds the fastest freshman 800-meter time in the OVC and the third fastest time by any conference member.

For the women, junior Audrey Comastri (Indianapolis, Indiana) has led her squad during the indoor campaign. Comastri holds the fastest USI time in the 400, 800, and 1,000 meters and broke the program’s 1,000-meter record at the Bellarmine Open in January.

Last season, the Eagles had a pair of first-place finishes including five podium awards in their first-ever OVC Indoor Championships. Each squad earned sixth-place conference finishes in last year’s indoor postseason.

For more information, visit our website at USIScreamingEagles.com or find us on social media at USIAthletics.

UINDY WRESTLING

WRESTLING DROPS TO #15 AHEAD OF SUPER REGIONALS

MANHEIM, Pa. – Heading into the 2024 postseason, the University of Indianapolis wrestling team finds themselves ranked at No. 13 in the last poll before the Super Regional 4 tournament here in Indianapolis. The Greyhounds have three wrestlers grace the top-12 of their weight classes, with them combining for 33 team ranking points.

Derek Blubaugh, behind a undefeated season against DII opposition, rides in at No. 2 again at 197, a spot he’s held since the beginning of the season. Blake Mulkey, drops one spot at 141 from No. 6 to No. 7. And for 174, Trey Sizemore stands strong at No. 5, repeating his spot from the Jan. 22 rankings.

With the dual season over, the NCAA DII Super Regional 4 tournament is up next for the Greyhounds, with UIndy playing host to this years’ regional. The Hounds are set to welcome the teams to the Circle City on March 2nd, with action set to start at 10 a.m.

UINDY SOFTBALL

SOFTBALL MOVES UP IN NEW NFCA POLL

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The UIndy softball team earn the nine spot in the new National Fastpitch Coaches Association DII poll, released Tuesday. With a record of 6-1, the Greyhounds moved up one spot from last week’s poll.
 
UIndy swept their competition at the Music City Invitational, defeating Thomas MoreCedarville, and GannonEmily O’Connor also had a significant weekend in Nashville, breaking breaking school records for both career RBIs and career doubles. With 198 RBIs, the fifth-year senior is also on track to be the first-ever Greyhound to reach 200.


NFCA DII POLL WEEK 2

RkTeamRecPtsPrev
1.North Georgia (16)12-24001
2.West Texas A&M11-13823
3.Tampa9-23654
4.Cal State San Marcos8-23405
5.Grand Valley State2-23272
6.Mississippi College10-13127
7.Rogers State10-43038
8.UT Tyler8-42966
9.UIndy6-127010
10.Wilmington1-02659
11.Colorado Christian12-122814
12.Central Oklahoma7-521311
13.West Alabama9-420913
14.Wingate12-317916
15.Nova Southeastern9-216915
16.Western Washington11-016018
17.East Stroudsburg4-415412
18.Pittsburg State9-114117
19.Charleston2-09420
20.Saint Leo8-38621
21.Southern Arkansas9-47723
22.Angelo State12-174NR
23.Concordia6-355NR
24.Northwest Nazarene4-13524
25.Lenoir-Rhyne9-322NR


Others receiving votes: Adelphi (16), Washburn (14), Texas A&M-Kingsville (9), Cal State Dominguez Hills (3), UAH (2).

UINDY MEN’S TENNIS

PICAUD BRINGS HOME GLVC TENNIS WEEKLY HONORS

INDIANAPOLIS – University of Indianapolis senior Louis Picaud have respectively been named the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) Player of the Week in men’s tennis, it was announced by the league office Tuesday.

MEN’S TENNIS PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Louis Picaud, #7 Indianapolis

Sr. | Dijon, France

Major: Business Administration & Management

Team Results: 3-4 L vs. #6 Columbus State (2/16) | 4-1 W vs. #8 Wayne State (2/17) | 4-2 W vs. Valdosta State (2/18)

Went undefeated in doubles and won one match in singles

Paired with Erwan Momo Andre to go 3-0 at No. 2 doubles

Defeated No. 23 Thomas Cardona/Daniel Hammond of CSU (6-3)

Beat WSU’s Luke Laws/Dom Spicer (7-5)

Took down No. 17 Xaveram Van Wik/Takeshi Taco of VSU (6-3)

Took singles win over fourth-ranked Taco of VSU (6-3, 3-6, 1-6)

Was leading Spicer (6-3, 4-6, 2-0) in unfinished match against WSU

Earns second career Player of the Week Award (2/20/24, 2/7/23)

Last Greyhounds’ Player of the Week: Tom Zeuch (2/13/24)

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FOOTBALL HISTORY

Hall of Fame Birthday for February 21

February 21, 1921 – Youngstown, Ohio – The awesome former end of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, Bob Dove experienced his arrival into this world. According to his biography on the NFF website Dove was awarded with the honor of being a consensus All-America at the end position in 1941 and 1942. The Washington Touchdown Club awarded him its Rockne Trophy as the nation’s best lineman in 1942.  The National Football Foundation voters checked all the boxes in 2000 to place Bob Dove into the College Football Hall of Fame. Bob continued his gridiron career  as he played professional football with the Chicago Rockets, Chicago Cardinals, and the Detroit Lions. When he hung up his cleats he bounced around the country coaching on a variety of NFL and college teams.

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1931      The Dodgers arrive in Cuba to start a series of five inter-squad games. Brooklyn right-hander Dolf Luque, known as the Pride of Havana, will appear in the exhibitions scheduled for the spacious Tropical Stadium.

1945      Due to wartime travel restrictions, the Office of Defense Transportation has requests major league clubs to cut travel by twenty-five percent. Commissioner Ford Frick estimates the decision to cancel the All-Star game, which has occurred annually since its inception in 1933, will save 500,000 passenger miles.

1966      Emmett Ashford becomes the first black to be a major league umpire when the American League hires him. ‘Ash,’ known for his flashy style in the PCL, will spend five years in the bigs, working the 1967 All-Star game and the 1970 World Series, before reaching the mandatory retirement age of 56.

1968      The players and owners reach the first-ever collective basic agreement. The two-year CBA raises the minimum salary from $6,000 to $10,000, the first increase in two decades, and provides a new grievance arbitration procedure for labor disputes that empowers the commissioner as the final arbiter.

1974      Tom Seaver becomes the highest-paid pitcher in baseball history when he signs a one-year contract for $172,000, a twenty-five percent increase from last season, to hurl for the Mets. The 29-year-old right-hander known as ‘Tom Terrific’ has posted a 135-76 record during his seven years in New York.

1980      Billy Martin signs a two-year, $250,000 deal to be the A’s manager, becoming Charlie Finley’s fifteenth different skipper in the past twenty years. During the three-year reign of ‘Billy Ball,’ the fiery 51-year-old skipper will compile a 215-218 record, winning a division title as the first-half leader of the 1981 strike-shortened season in the AL West.

1986      In defiance of the Reds’ policy, Rollie Fingers refuses to cut off his trademark handlebar mustache and retires from baseball. The future Hall of Fame reliever, who leaves the game with 341 saves, had been offered a contract by Cincinnati’s skipper Pete Rose after being released by the Brewers at the end of last season.

1989      Reds manager Pete Rose meets with Commissioner Peter Ueberroth and Commissioner-elect Bart Giamatti to explain the allegations concerning his gambling habits. Major League Baseball will launch a full investigation into the matter next month, leading to “Charlie Hustle’s” permanent ban from the game in August.

2000      Denying the acquisition of Ken Griffey, Jr. as the reason, the Reds announce the team has dropped its prohibition on wearing earrings. Players have worn the jewelry in the Cincinnati clubhouse but weren’t allowed to take the field wearing earwear.

2006      The National Baseball Hall of Fame selects Gene Elston to receive the Ford C. Frick Award. During his 47 years in the broadcast booth, the former Astros announcer brought a no-nonsense approach to reporting the happenings on the diamond.

2008      Ryan Howard, who made $900,000 last season, gets a substantial raise by winning his salary arbitration case against the Phillies. The 28-year-old first baseman receives a $10 million award, tying Alfonso Soriano, who had sought $12 million and lost, for the highest arbitrated amount ever given to a player.

2009      In a decision team general manager Neal Huntington makes easy, the Pirates pick up John Russell’s contract option for this season. The sophomore skipper compiled a 67-95 record in his first season with the last-place Bucs.

2019      Manny Machado agrees to a 10-year, $300 million contract with the Padres, making the 25-year-old infielder’s deal the richest free-agent signing in baseball history. Bryce Harper will surpass the all-time free-agent jackpot in two weeks, signing a 13-year, $330 million commitment with the Phillies.

BASEBALL YEAR IN REVIEW: 1919 (BASEBALL ALMANAC)

Off the field…

A federal prohibition act known as the “Volstead Act” was passed over the veto of President Woodrow Wilson making provisions for the enforcement of the Eighteenth Amendment, which strictly forbid the manufacturing, sale, importing, or exporting of all intoxicating liquors. The act defined an intoxicating beverage as one containing more than .5% alcohol by volume and included all hard liquors and wines. It also gave federal agents the power to investigate and prosecute violations of the amendment at their own discretion.

On September 9th, three-quarters of the Boston police force voted to go on strike. Massachusetts Governor Calvin Coolidge quickly intervened to dismiss the strikers, stating that no labor dispute would be allowed to compromise public safety.

Race riots erupted in twenty-six U.S. cities during the summer including an extremely violent protest in Chicago that left thirty-eight dead, more than five-hundred injured, and many more homeless. The killing of a black teenager at the 26th Street beach sparked the conflict, but racial tension had been brewing in the “Windy City” for years.

In the American League…

In December, Colonel Jacob Ruppert purchased Babe Ruth from Boston Red Sox owner Harry Frazee. The New York Yankees owner paid a reported sum of $125,000 and guaranteed a $300,000 loan with Fenway Park as collateral for the promising pitcher / infielder (13-wins / 11-home runs).

Chicago White Sox ace Eddie Cicotte (a member of the “Black Sox” scandal) beat the Philadelphia Athletics for the second time on June 14th en route to a 29-7 season and an astounding 1.82 ERA.

On June 23rd, Boston Red Sox first baseman Stuffy McInnis made his first fielding error after successfully handling five-hundred twenty-six chances.

In the National League…

On June 8th, the Philadelphia Phillies outsmarted the New York Giants and broke the record for most stolen bases in an inning (set by Washington in 1915) after four runners made it to first base in the ninth and each stole both second and third.

Brooklyn Dodger Ed Konetchy went five-for-five on June 29, 1919, then collected his tenth straight hit on July 1st during a 9-4 win over the Philadelphia Phillies, tying a record set by Washington’s Jake Gettman in 1897.

The National League voted to ban the use of spitball’s by all new pitchers. The ban was formally worked out by the Rules Committee the following February and was expanded to include the use of all foreign substances (saliva, resin, talcum powder, paraffin) as well as any other alterations (shine or emery) to balls by pitchers.

Around the League…

Anticipating a poor season at the gate, major league owners decided to open a reduced one-hundred forty game season. Despite the lack of close races, attendance remained high all year and every club managed to show a profit at the end of the year.

The 1919 World Series ignited the infamous “Black Sox” scandal after eight members of the participating White Sox including pitchers Eddie Cicotte and Claude (Lefty) Williams, outfielders Joe Jackson and Happy Felsch, first baseman Chick Gandil, shortstop Swede Risberg, third baseman Buck Weaver and reserve infielder Fred McMullin were all charged with conspiring to fix the outcome of the Fall Classic against the Cincinnati Reds. Cynics were tipped off before the Series even started when the pre-game betting odds swapped shortly before the first game. Despite the rumors, most fans and members of the press accepted the games to be true, but all that would change in 1920 as suspicions turned into confessions. To this day participants in the conspiracy have been denied entry into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

NUMBERS IN SPORTS

30 – 11

February 21, 1948 – NASCAR is incorporated.

February 21, 1951 – South Carolina House of Representatives suggests that “Shoeless Joe” Jackson be reinstated by Major League Baseball, stating that the baseball great was innocent of the charges of the Black Sox scandal decades earlier.

February 21, 1953 – Longest collegiate basketball game  of 6 Overtime sessions took place when Niagara outlasted Siena College 88-81.

February 21, 1985 – The National League’s Montreal Expos baseball player Tim Raines, who wore Number 30,  was awarded a $1.2 million salary for 1985 by arbitrator. This man earned it too as during the 1985 season he hit .320 and stole 70 bases.

February 21, 2016 – At the 58th running of the Daytona 500, Denny Hamlin in his black FedEx Number 11 Chevy wins closest finish in race history – by just 0.01s from Martin Truex Jr.

TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY

Feb. 21

1931 — In the first major league night game, the Chicago White Sox play the New York Giants in a 10-inning exhibition in Houston.

1952 — The Boston Celtics and the Fort Wayne Pistons tip off at midnight in a “Milkman’s Special” following an Ice Follies performance at Boston Garden. Bob Cousy of the Celtics scores 24 points before 2,368 fans in a 88-67 win.

1952 — Dick Button performs the first triple jump in a figure skating competition.

1953 — In college basketball’s longest game, Niagara beats Siena 88-81 in six overtimes.

1960 — Philadelphia Warriors rookie Wilt Chamberlain sets an NBA record with his fourth 50-point game of the season, scoring 58 in a 129-122 victory over the New York Knicks.

1970 — Bobby Hull scores two goals, including the 500th of his career, in the Chicago Blackhawks’ 4-2 win over the New York Rangers.

1970 — Pete Maravich of LSU scores 64 points in a 121-105 loss to Kentucky. Dan Issel scores 51 for the Wildcats.

1976 — New York’s Red Holzman becomes the second NBA coach, after Red Auerbach, to win 500 games with a 102-98 victory over New Orleans.

1992 — Kristi Yamaguchi wins America’s first Olympic gold medal in women’s figure skating since 1976. Midori Ito of Japan takes the silver and Nancy Kerrigan of the United States wins bronze.

1996 — The Philadelphia 76ers have the worst NBA offensive performance in 41 years in their 66-57 loss to Miami. The 76ers tie the record for fewest points, set Feb. 27, 1955, by Milwaukee in a 62-57 loss to Boston during the first season of the 24-second clock.

2002 — In Salt Lake City, U.S. figure skater Sarah Hughes jumps from fourth to first to win the Olympic gold while teammate Michelle Kwan settles for bronze. The powerful U.S. women’s hockey team loses 3-2 in a gold-medal game to a Canadian team it had beaten eight consecutive times.

2003 — Michael Jordan becomes the first 40-year-old in NBA history to score 40 or more points, getting 43 in the Washington Wizards’ 89-86 win over the New Jersey Nets.

2014 — Mikaela Shiffrin becomes the youngest Olympic slalom gold medalist. The 18-year-old American is 0.53 seconds faster than Austria’s Marlies Schild.

2016 – 58th Daytona 500: Denny Hamlin wins closest finish in race history – by just 0.01s from Martin Truex Jr.

2018 – Winter Olympics: Jessie Diggins and Kikkan Randall become the first Americans in history to win a cross country gold medal (team sprint).

TV SPORTS WEDNESDAY

BEACH SOCCER (MEN’S)

6:20 a.m. (Thursday)

FS2 — 2024 FIFA World Cup: TBD, Quarterfinal, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

CANADIAN HOCKEY LEAGUE

7 p.m.

NHLN — Flint at Saginaw

COLLEGE BASKETBALL (MEN’S)

6 p.m.

CBSSN — W. Carolina at UNC-Greensboro

6:30 p.m.

BTN — Illinois at Penn St.

7 p.m.

ACCN — Clemson at Georgia Tech

ESPN — Duke at Miami

ESPN2 — Florida at Alabama

ESPNU — Notre Dame at Louisville

FS1 — St. John’s at Georgetown

8 p.m.

CBSSN — Providence at Xavier

8:30 p.m.

BTN — Nebraska at Illinois

SECN — Georgia at Vanderbilt

9 p.m.

ESPN — Kentucky at LSU

ESPN2 — Mississippi at Mississippi St.

ESPNU — Tulsa at Wichita St.

FS1 — DePaul at Marquette

10 p.m.

CBSSN — Colorado St. at New Mexico

11 p.m.

FS1 — UNLV at Air Force

COLLEGE BASKETBALL (WOMEN’S)

6:30 p.m.

FS2 — Xavier at Butler

COLLEGE SOFTBALL

3 p.m.

PAC-12N — UTEP at Arizona St., Doubleheader – Game 1

5:30 p.m.

PAC-12N — UTEP at Arizona St., Doubleheader – Game 2

GOLF

10 p.m.

GOLF — LPGA Tour: The Honda LPGA Thailand, First Round, Siam Country Club – Pattaya Old Course, Chonburi, Thailand

5 a.m. (Thursday)

GOLF — DP World Tour: The Magical Kenya Open, First Round, Muthaiga Golf Club, Nairobi, Kenya

NHL HOCKEY

7:30 p.m.