INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL BOYS BASKETBALL SCORES TUESDAY

Argos 45 Trinity Greenlawn 43
Bedford North Lawrence 73 Martinsville 44
Bowman Academy 53 St. Francis deSales (Ill.) 51
East Chicago Central 78 Hammond Central 52
Evansville Harrison 79 Evansville Mater Dei 49
Evansville Reitz 46 Jasper 41
Fort Wayne Canterbury 67 Leo 65
Garrett 66 Hamilton 35
Illiana Christian 76 Whiting 47
Indianapolis Chatard 59 Beech Grove 43
Indianapolis Tech 83 Indianapolis Herron 22
Indianapolis Tindley 47 Heritage Christian 45
LaPorte 64 Lowell 51
Lafayette Central Catholic 64 Western 53
Lakewood Park 56 Montpelier (Ohio) 51
Linton-Stockton 71 Vincennes Rivet 31
New Haven 65 Fort Wayne Snider 61
Noblesville 69 Pike 46
NorthWood 45 Columbia City 41
Northwest (Ohio) 59 East Central 48
Peru 84 North Miami 46
Princeton 70 Evansville Central 54
Providence 55 Southwestern (Hanover) 42
Sullivan 67 North Knox 49
Terre Haute North 83 South Vermillion 49
West Vigo 51 Riverton Parke 29
Westfield 41 Mount Vernon (Fortville) 30
Westview 58 East Noble 47


Hendricks County Tournament
Avon 57 Brownsburg 56 3OT | R1
Danville 72 Cascade 53 R1


Madison County Tournament
Frankton 58 Anderson Prep 39 R1
Liberty Christian 39 Alexandria 37 R1
Lapel 68 Elwood 34 R1
Anderson 53 Pendleton Heights 50 R1

INDIANA BOYS BASKETBALL WEDNESDAY SCHEDULE

ALL TIMES EASTERN
Carmi (Ill.) at Evansville Day 8:00 pm
Castle at Boonville 8:00 pm
Indianapolis Cathedral at Hammond Noll 6:30 pm
Lawrence Central at Park Tudor 7:30 pm
Lighthouse CPA at Gary 21st Century 8:00 pm
Mississinewa at Southwood 7:30 pm
Purdue Poly Englewood at Indiana Math & Science 7:30 pm
Rock Creek Academy at Corydon Central 7:30 pm
South Bend Adams at Merrillville 2:30 pm


Madison County Tournament
Alexandria at Anderson Prep 6:00 pm Con
Pendleton Heights vs. Elwood 7:30 pm Con
Liberty Christian at Frankton 6:00 pm SF
Anderson vs. Lapel 7:30 pm SF


Randolph County Tournament
Monroe Central at Union (Modoc) 6:00 pm R1


Ripley County Tournament
Milan vs. South Ripley 6:00 pm R1
Jac-Cen-Del at Batesville 7:30 pm R1


White River Valley Tournament
Eminence at White River Valley 7:30 pm R1

INDIANA GIRLS BASKETBALL TUESDAY SCORES

Andrean 47 Hammond Noll 25
Austin 75 South Central (Elizabeth) 56
Bethesda Christian 53 Rossville 36
Blackford 53 Delta 40
Bloomington North 37 Eastern Greene 29
Bloomington South 56 Brown County 18
Borden 46 Salem 22
Brownstown Central 54 Madison 50
Central Noble 41 Bremen 33
Christel House 61 Irvington Prep 8
Concord 44 West Noble 18
Eastern (Greentown) 46 Cowan 36
Eastside 54 DeKalb 51
Fairfield 43 Garrett 37
Fishers 77 Pike 57
Franklin County 67 Rushville 40
Gibson Southern 78 Mount Vernon (Posey) 20
Greenfield-Central 53 Perry Meridian 48
Henryville 59 Crothersville 22
Homestead 75 North Central (Indianapolis) 61
Indianapolis Attucks 56 Indianapolis Washington 30
Jay County 59 Fort Wayne Concordia 37
Lake Central 61 Kankakee Valley 31
Leo 44 Prairie Heights 36
Lewis Cass 41 Oak Hill 30
NorthWood 43 John Glenn 25
Northeast Dubois 45 Forest Park 28
Norwell 65 Carroll (Fort Wayne) 55
Paoli 43 Perry Central 33
Parke Heritage 55 West Vigo 15
Penn 61 New Prairie 27
Scottsburg 55 Seymour 47
Sheridan 60 Crawfordsville 20
South Bend Washington 58 Chicago Butler (Ill.) 52
South Spencer 55 Evansville Christian 37
Southern Wells 47 Daleville 40
Southmont 56 Riverton Parke 24
Tri-Township 65 River Forest 35
Twin Lakes 71 Frontier 16
Washington 37 Southridge 28
West Lafayette 68 Frankfort 21
Western 60 University 43
Westview 39 Heritage 29
Yorktown 59 Muncie Central 21


Hendricks County Tournament
Brownsburg 62 Avon 35 R1
Danville 72 Cascade 43 R1


Madison County Tournament
Frankton 52 Anderson Prep 12 R1
Lapel 71 Elwood 25 R1
Pendleton Heights 62 Anderson 46 R1


Ripley County Tournament
South Ripley 37 Milan 28 R1
Batesville 55 Jac-Cen-Del 45 R1

INDIANA GIRLS BASKETBALL SCHEDULE WEDNESDAY

ALL TIMES EASTERN
Angola at East Noble 7:30 pm
Bedford North Lawrence at Jennings County 7:30 pm
Bellmont at South Adams 7:30 pm
Ben Davis at Homestead 2:30 pm
Blue River at Eastern Hancock 7:30 pm
Bluffton at North Miami 7:30 pm
Churubusco at Manchester 7:30 pm
Cissna Park (Ill.) at South Newton 7:00 pm
Connersville at Union County 7:30 pm
Eastbrook at Huntington North 7:30 pm
Edinburgh at Speedway 7:30 pm
Evansville Mater Dei at Evansville Harrison 7:00 pm
Evansville Memorial at Evansville Central 8:00 pm
Evansville North at Evansville Bosse 8:00 pm
Hammond Morton at Hobart 8:00 pm
Harrison (West Lafayette) at Zionsville 7:30 pm
Indianapolis Cathedral at Louisville Assumption (Ky.) 7:30 pm
Indianapolis Riverside at Providence Cristo Rey 6:00 pm
Lawrence North at Valparaiso 2:30 pm
Madison-Grant at Tipton 7:30 pm
Northview at Edgewood 7:30 pm
Park Tudor at Guerin Catholic 7:30 pm
Peru at Tri-Central 7:30 pm
Plymouth at Rochester 7:00 pm
Purdue Poly Englewood at Indiana Math & Science 6:00 pm
South Vermillion at Terre Haute North 7:30 pm
Southport at Shelbyville 6:30 pm
Southwood at Marion 7:30 pm
Tippecanoe Valley at Northridge 7:45 pm
Triton at Oregon-Davis 6:00 pm
Vincennes Lincoln at Princeton 8:00 pm
Westfield at Indianapolis Chatard 7:30 pm
Westville at Chesterton 8:00 pm


Randolph County Tournament
Randolph Southern vs. Winchester 7:30 pm R1


Rivertown Tournament
Switzerland County at South Dearborn 6:00 pm R1
Rising Sun vs. Lawrenceburg 7:30 pm R1


White River Valley Tournament
Shoals at White River Valley 6:00 pm R1

COLLEGE BOWL GAMES

MONDAY, JAN. 8

COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

MICHIGAN VS. WASHINGTON

HOUSTON, TEXAS

7:30 P.M. | ESPN

NFL WEEK-18 SCHEDULE

SATURDAY, JAN. 6, 2024

PITTSBURGH STEELERS AT BALTIMORE RAVENS4:30PESPN/ABC
HOUSTON TEXANS AT INDIANAPOLIS COLTS8:15PESPN/ABC


SUNDAY, JAN. 7, 2024

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS AT CAROLINA PANTHERS1:00PFOX
CLEVELAND BROWNS AT CINCINNATI BENGALS1:00PCBS
MINNESOTA VIKINGS AT DETROIT LIONS1:00PFOX
NEW YORK JETS AT NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS1:00PFOX
ATLANTA FALCONS AT NEW ORLEANS SAINTS1:00PCBS
JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS AT TENNESSEE TITANS1:00PCBS
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS AT ARIZONA CARDINALS4:25PFOX
CHICAGO BEARS AT GREEN BAY PACKERS4:25PCBS
DENVER BRONCOS AT LAS VEGAS RAIDERS4:25PFOX
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS AT LOS ANGELES CHARGERS4:25PCBS
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES AT NEW YORK GIANTS4:25PCBS
LOS ANGELES RAMS AT SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS4:25PFOX
DALLAS COWBOYS AT WASHINGTON COMMANDERS4:25PFOX
BUFFALO BILLS AT MIAMI DOLPHINS8:20PNBC

MEN’S TOP 25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCORES

#4 UCONN 85 DEPAUL 56

#8 NORTH CAROLINA 70 PITTSBURGH 57

#21 WISCONSIN 83 IOWA 72

#5 TENNESSEE 87 NORFOLK STATE 50

#1 PURDUE 67 MARYLAND 53

#17 FLORIDA ATLANTIC 79 EAST CAROLINA 64

#18 BAYLOR 98 CORNELL 79

#25 AUBURN 88 PENN 68

#9 ILLINOIS 96 NORTHWESTERN 66

#14 DUKE 86 SYRACUSE 66

ELSEWHERE:

KENT STATE 82 BALL STATE 69

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL TOP 25 SCORES

#4 IOWA 76 MICHIGAN STATE 73

ELSEWHERE:

PENN STATE 95 NORTHWESTERN 55

PURDUE 77 RUTGERS 76

NBA SCOREBOARD

PHILADELPHIA 110 CHICAGO 97

NEW ORLEANS 112 BROOKLYN 85

MEMPHIS 106 SAN ANTONIO 98

OKLAHOMA CITY 127 BOSTON 123

CHARLOTTE 111 SACRAMENTO 104

GOLDEN STATE 121 ORLANDO 115

NHL SCOREBOARD

BOSTON 4 COLUMBUS 1

CAROLINA 6 NY RANGERS 1

MONTRÉAL 4 DALLAS 3

WINNIPEG 4 TAMPA BAY 2

CALGARY 3 MINNESOTA 1

NASHVILLE 3 CHICAGO 0

EDMONTON 5 PHILADELPHIA 2

COLORADO 5 NY ISLANDERS 4 OT

FLORIDA 4 ARIZONA 1

VANCOUVER 6 OTTAWA 3

WASHINGTON 4 PITTSBURGH 3

MONTREAL 4 DALLAS 3

NATIONAL SPORTS RELEASES/HEADLINES

CFP CHAMPIONSHIP GAME MATCHES PENIX’S PROLIFIC PASSING AGAINST MICHIGAN’S BEST-IN-NATION DEFENSE

Michael Penix Jr. hasn’t faced a defense like Michigan’s, and the Wolverines certainly haven’t faced a quarterback like the Heisman Trophy runner-up from Washington.

The matchup will be the most intriguing in the College Football Playoff championship game at NRG Stadium in Houston next Monday. That much was assured after the performances of Penix and Michigan’s best-in-the-nation defense in the CFP semifinals Monday.

Penix threw for 430 yards and two touchdowns in the Huskies’ dramatic 37-31 win over Texas in the Sugar Bowl. Michigan harassed Alabama quarterback Jalen Milroe most of the afternoon and stopped him short on fourth-and-goal at the Wolverines 3 to finish a 27-20 overtime win in the Rose Bowl.

Michigan-Washington will be the third all-time meeting between 14-0 teams. The Wolverines are listed as early 4 1/2-point favorites, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

Washington will give the disintegrating Pac-12 a chance to go out in a blaze of glory. Ten of the Pac-12 programs are dispersing to three of the four remaining power conferences next season. The Huskies will join Michigan in the Big Ten.

Penix, who suffered major knee injuries at Indiana before transferring to Washington last season, became the first quarterback since Texas Tech’s Patrick Mahomes in 2015-16 to pass for 4,500 yards in back-to-back seasons.

“I said it before the season started: Our goal is to win the national championship,” Penix said. “Now we’ve got the shot to do it. Husky Nation, stand up. We’re going to the natty. Let’s go!”

The most recent Pac-12 national champion was 2004 Southern California. The Huskies’ only championship was split with Miami in 1991. That was the Huskies’ last unbeaten team. College Football Hall of Fame member Don James was the coach, Mark Brunell was the quarterback and Steve Emtman was one of the most dominant defensive players of the era.

The Huskies will carry a 21-game winning streak — the longest in the nation — to Houston. Each of the last 10 have been decided by 10 points or fewer.

The Wolverines will play for their first national championship since they shared the title with Nebraska in 1997, the year team leader Charles Woodson won the Heisman Trophy and Tom Brady was the backup to Brian Griese.

This year’s Wolverines are built around a defense allowing FBS lows of 243 yards and 10.2 points per game. Their pass defense gives up just 150 yards per game and has surrendered just seven touchdowns, the fewest in the country.

Michigan is the only Big Ten team besides Ohio State to reach the CFP championship game.

The Wolverines are 8-5 all-time against Washington and most recently won 31-10 in Ann Arbor in 2021.

Michigan turned in disappointing semifinal performances against TCU and Georgia the past two years. The Wolverines’ breakthrough came after a tumultuous regular season. Coach Jim Harbaugh missed six games because of suspensions, three for recruiting violations and three in connection to a sign-stealing scandal.

Michigan’s strength of schedule also was questioned until it knocked off a top-10 Penn State and beat Ohio State for a third year in a row.

“The fight started Week 1,” quarterback J.J. McCarthy said. “Everything we’ve been through, all that adversity … A team that goes through that adversity, it can’t get to the heights we’re trying to reach. We did a tremendous job of responding through all that and pushing through. We’ve got one more game, so the job’s not finished yet.”

MICHIGAN’S DEFENSE READY FOR CFP TITLE GAME AFTER RISING UP WITH ROSE BOWL GOAL-LINE STAND

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — All those 9-on-7 drills paid off for Michigan.

The Wolverines built their return to national relevance on a live tackling, good-on-good, run-blocking vs. run-stopping drill that became the cornerstone of their practices. And when that very situation came up on fourth-and-goal at the 3 in overtime of the Rose Bowl on Monday, Michigan’s defense turned preparation into reality.

“I knew we were gonna win ’cause we prepare for that,” running back Blake Corum said. “We do 9-on-7 all the dang time, and we have such a stout defense, and I knew we were gonna win.”

No. 1 Michigan (14-0) will need another resolute showing from its rugged defense to win its first national championship since 1997 in the College Football Playoff title game next Monday. The Wolverines will face No. 2 Washington (14-0) and its high-powered passing offense at NRG Stadium in Houston.

How the Wolverines fared against No. 4 Alabama indicated they will be up for the challenge. When Jalen Milroe tried to run up the middle on a keeper to extend the game, edge rusher Josaiah Stewart barreled through right tackle JC Latham, allowing edge rusher Derrick Moore to knock the quarterback down after a 1-yard gain.

Every Michigan defender assumed the ball would be in Milroe’s hands on the decisive play, whether as a runner or passer.

“I think everybody was expecting him to get the ball, to be honest with you, so the fact that everybody was able to bow up, everybody knew the situation and blocked the shrug block in, and the play played out how it did,” defensive lineman Kris Jenkins said.

It was the same as in practice, only with the highest stakes imaginable. It was the culmination of a drill that has gone through many names, starting as “Beat Georgia” after Michigan was manhandled on both sides of the line of scrimmage by future NFL draft picks in the 2021 Orange Bowl, and then evolved into “Beat Ohio” to get past rival Ohio State.

“And I guess tonight it turned into ‘Beat Alabama,’” cornerback Mike Sainristil said.

“You know, we put so many hours into those 9-on-7 drills alone, from spring ball to here, and now you really see like in the biggest moments how that takes shape,” Jenkins said. “We’re all being able to throw linemen like it’s nothing.”

Sainristil had absolute confidence the defense would be able to make the stop.

“We didn’t hope,” he said. “We knew. I feel like hope is when you can’t see, hope is when you don’t have enough belief, but we trusted everything. And we’re able to go out there and get it done.”

The defense delivered throughout the afternoon, even as its counterparts on Michigan’s offense and special teams struggled. The Crimson Tide had touchdown drives of 44 and 55 yards, the first of which came after a muffed punt and the latter following the third of four Wolverine three-and-outs.

Coordinator Jesse Minter’s unit allowed 288 yards on 66 plays, a miserly average of 4.3 yards per play. Michigan conceded just two plays of more than 20 yards, limiting an explosive Milroe-led pass game to a long of 29. They held wide receiver Jermaine Burton to four receptions for 21 yards after he came into the game averaging 22.2 yards per catch.

Facing the explosive passing of Huskies quarterback Michael Penix Jr., who threw for 430 yards and two touchdowns in the 37-31 Sugar Bowl win over No. 3 Texas, Michigan will need another strong outing from its pass rush. Five of its six sacks against Alabama came in the first half, and reliably constant pressure prevented Milroe from being able to unleash the vertical passing game that had been his best attribute.

Washington was able to keep Penix clean against the Longhorns, with its Joe Moore Award-winning offensive line holding the most productive pass rush in the Big 12 without a sack. Penix took advantage of the clean pocket to deliver five passing plays longer than 25 yards.

If Michigan can’t get to Penix, it will be on Sainristil, Josh Wallace and Will Johnson to blanket an electric trio of wide receivers in Rome Odunze, Ja’Lynn Polk and Jalen McMillan.

Johnson was ready for the challenge before he knew who the opponent would be next week.

“It’s on to the next one,” he said. “Our mission all year was natty or bust, so we know we got to finish the job.”

WASHINGTON GIVES PAC-12 CHANCE TO BE CONFERENCE OF CHAMPIONS IN FOOTBALL 1 MORE TIME BEFORE LEAVING

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The curtain will close on the Pac-12’s final season as a Power Five football conference on the biggest stage in the sport.

Washington, one of 10 schools leaving the conference this coming summer, beat Texas 37-31 in the Sugar Bowl to earn a spot in College Football Playoff national title game against Michigan on Monday in Houston.

Lack of playoff success, or even participation, was one of several issues that brought upon the Pac-12’s demise.

The second-ranked Huskies (14-0) snapped a six-year CFP drought for the Pac-12, winning the conference in its most entertaining and competitive season in years. The Huskies are just the second Pac-12 team to reach the championship game, and the first since Oregon lost the first to Ohio State after the 2014 season.

The last Pac-12 team to win a national title was Southern California in 2004.

“Happy for the kids,” Pac-12 Commissioner George Kliavkoff told Yahoo Sports! after the game. “They don’t deserve all the nonsense going on around them. We were focused on rebuilding football. Took 2 1/2 years. I wish it would have happened quicker. If some of our schools would have been a little more patient, it would have paid off.”

The damage, though, was already done.

Before the season even kicked off, the Pac-12 had been plundered by the Big Ten and Big 12.

Kliavkoff and the Pac-12 leadership’s inability to land a media rights contract competitive with it Power Five counterparts caused its members to look for a better deal and more money.

The decisions by Washington and Oregon in August to move to the Big Ten, joining USC and UCLA, drove a dagger into the Pac-12, prompting Arizona State, Arizona and Utah to follow Colorado to the Big 12.

A couple of weeks later, Stanford and California found a landing spot in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

The Pac-12 is down to two now, Oregon State and Washington State. Those Pacific Northwest rivals plan to keep the conference alive with only two teams for at least another year.

But its days of being the conference of champions appear to be going away.

“Surreal. It’s surreal,” Kliavkoff told Yahoo Sports! “It’s upsetting that some of our schools weren’t more patient because if they saw what we were building it would have paid off.”

LSU OT LANCE HEARD IN PORTAL AFTER SKIPPING BOWL

Former five-star offensive tackle Lance Heard is leaving LSU.

The top signing in the Tigers’ 2023 recruiting class is entering the transfer portal after one season, per multiple reports.

Heard played in 12 games for LSU, including one start at right tackle on Oct. 21 against Army.

He did not travel to Tampa, Fla., with LSU for Monday’s 35-31 win over Wisconsin in the ReliaQuest Bowl.

The 6-foot-6, 340-pound native of Monroe, La., was ranked 15th in the Class of 2023 by the 247Sports composite.

GEORGIA TE BROCK BOWERS DECLARES FOR NFL DRAFT

Tight end Brock Bowers is entering the 2024 NFL Draft after starring at Georgia for three years.

“Words cannot describe how thankful I am for what these last 3 years has brought. It has been an unbelievable honor and privilege to play for this university,” Bowers wrote in a social media post. “It has given me memories that will last a lifetime.”

Bowers had a breakout season as a true freshman in 2021, when he caught 13 touchdowns over 15 games and helped Georgia to the first of two consecutive national titles.

Bowers injured an ankle Oct. 14 of the 2023 season in a game against Vanderbilt and underwent TightRope surgery. He missed just two games before returning Nov. 11 against Ole Miss. He also missed the regular-season finale against Georgia Tech after tweaking the ankle and sat out the Bulldogs’ Orange Bowl win over Florida State.

In 10 games this season, Bowers still managed 56 receptions for 714 yards and six touchdowns, plus one rushing touchdown. The 6-foot-4, 240-pound prospect has 175 career receptions for 2,538 yards and 26 touchdowns along with 193 rushing yards and five scores.

Georgia also has seen right tackle Amarius Mims, cornerback Kamari Lassiter and safety Javon Bullard declare for the draft in recent days.

NFL NEWS

ANALYSIS: OFFICIALS, COACHES HAD CRUCIAL WEEK 17 CALLS THAT COULD HAVE HUGE PLAYOFF RAMIFICATIONS

The NFL is approaching the 5-year anniversary of a non-call on a blatant pass interference in the NFC championship game that helped the Rams advance to the Super Bowl over the Saints.

It’s a black eye the league would like to forget, a difficult task in a season that’s been shaped to a significant degree by the men in stripes, particularly the debacle in Dallas Saturday night that kicked off Week 17 and has ramifications that could ripple through the road to Super Bowl 58.

Crucial choices by coaches also proved pivotal over the weekend.

Denver will miss the playoffs for the eighth straight year but the Broncos’ quarterback carousel continues its perpetual churn with Sean Payton benching nine-time Pro Bowl QB Russell Wilson in favor of journeyman Jarrett Stidham, who didn’t look like a significant upgrade in Denver’s 16-9 win over the Chargers. Still, the move forecasts a whopping $85 million in dead cap charges for the Broncos over the next two seasons with a costly divorce from Russell seemingly inevitable.

BAD CONNECTION

The Rams are returning to the playoffs after a year’s absence thanks to a 26—25 win over the Giants highlighted by Brian Daboll’s decision to go for 2 backfiring when Tyrod Taylor missed a wide-open Saquon Barkley on a rollout to the right in the closing minutes at the Meadowlands.

HOMECOMING KING

Former Eagles defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon returned to Philly and made some risky calls that paid off Sunday with the Cardinals stunning the Eagles 35-31.

Philadelphia was sitting pretty at 10-1 a month ago but four December losses mean they’ll likely have to hit the road for the postseason and hope to follow in the path of the 2012 Ravens, who also lost four games in December only to get hot in January and win it all.

Even the calls that appeared to backfire ended up working out for Gannon, who was much maligned in Philadelphia for a defense that collapsed in the second half of last season’s Super Bowl loss to Kansas City,

Tied at 28, Gannon called for an onside kick. Although the Eagles recovered it, they only got a field goal and James Conner’s touchdown with 22 seconds left on the next drive was the winner as Kyler Murray led Arizona to TDs on all four of its second-half possessions.

“I wanted to make sure at all costs Kyler had the ball in his hand,” Gannon said.

LIONS LAMENT

In Dallas, Lions coach Dan Campbell went for 2 three times instead of kicking the extra point to all but certainly force overtime. That aggression paid off briefly but a late flag changed everything and the Lions left Dallas feeling they would have won the game had it been officiated correctly.

Detroit’s 20-19 loss allowed the Cowboys to stretch their home winning streak to 15 games and leapfrog Detroit into the second seeding in the NFC playoff race. That means that while the Lions will host the first playoff game at Ford Field, which opened in 2002, they’ll likely be hitting the road after that.

Referee Brad Allen’s officiating crew missed a call on the previous drive by Dallas that may have prevented the wacky ending altogether. See, a tripping penalty on Cowboys tight end Peyton Hendershot turned a second-and-3 into a first-and-25 at the Detroit 44. The tripping penalty should’ve been called against Lions defensive end Aidan Hutchinson instead of Hendershot.

After initially ruling that the Lions had taken a 21-20 lead with 23 seconds left on Jared Goff’s 2-point conversion toss to left tackle Taylor Decker, the officials threw the flag and Allen announced, “There was illegal touching by No. 68. Did not report as eligible. Five-yard penalty.”

The Lions insisted it was a case of mistaken identity, that Decker (No. 68) did indeed report as eligible and that tackle Don Skipper (No. 70), never reported.

There’s video of Decker approaching the referee as tackle Skipper runs onto the field. Allen announces Skipper, who routinely enters the game as a sixth lineman, as an eligible receiver on the mic before the play. He never mentions Decker.

“I did not say a word to the ref,” Skipper said in the locker room afterward.

When the officials ruled Decker hadn’t reported as eligible and erased his go-ahead 2-point conversion catch, Campbell could be seen hollering, “I told you!” at Allen.

Coaches routinely let the officiating crew in on any complex, tricky or unusual plays before the game so that no one is caught off guard in the heat of moment, and Decker said he understood Campbell talked to the officials about that very play before kickoff.

Campbell confirmed as much at his emotional postgame news conference, saying, “I explained everything pregame, to a T. OK? I did that.”

Allen said after the game to a pool reporter that “No. 70, who had reported during the game a couple of times, reported to me as eligible. Then, he lined up at the tackle position. So, actually, he didn’t have to report at all. No. 68, who ended up going downfield and touching the pass, did not report. Therefore, he is ineligible touching a pass that goes beyond the line, which makes it a foul. So, the issue is No. 70 did report, No. 68 did not.”

Only, the Lions insisted Allen got it backwards.

Decker said he did exactly as he’d been coached and reported to the referee as eligible.

“What I do know — and I don’t know if I’ll get fined for this — but I do know that Decker reported, and I do know that Dan Skipper did not. And I do know that they said that Dan Skipper did,” Goff said. “So, it’s unfortunate.”

It also could prove hugely consequential when the playoff picture finally shakes out next weekend —- and when officiating crews are assigned for the postseason.

CHIEFS HOPING THAT BUMPY REGULAR SEASON PREPS THEM FOR ANOTHER PLAYOFF PUSH

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Clark Hunt tends to remember the euphoria that comes when the Kansas City Chiefs have hoisted championship trophies.

The team’s chairman admittedly forgets about the challenges along the way.

But there’s a good chance Hunt will remember the bumps that Kansas City overcame on the road to an eighth consecutive AFC West title, if only because they have been so pronounced: Injuries to key players, penalties at crucial times and dropped passes that have plagued their wide receivers all made it a chore just to reach the playoffs yet again.

“I tend to forget how hard certain seasons have been,” Hunt said after a 25-17 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday that clinched the division and secured the No. 3 seed. “You sort of block out the tough parts of the season.

“There definitely was some adversity this year,” Hunt continued. “Every year is different, and we’ve had adversity in some other years where we’ve won the West as well. I do think adversity can be beneficial by the time you get to the playoffs, because the playoffs are never going to be easy.”

Especially this season. The Chiefs won’t have home-field advantage throughout the playoffs, as they’ve had in past years. In fact, they might well have to hit the road for the divisional round for the first time with Patrick Mahomes at quarterback, assuming they get past a wild-card game that will take place at Arrowhead Stadium in a couple of weeks.

At least they can rest some of their starters as they have in the past. The Chiefs made their visit to the Chargers this Sunday meaningless with their win over Cincinnati, though coach Andy Reid could be tempted to play them all in an attempt to build on some of the positive momentum that they generated against the Bengals.

“I kind of just let Coach Reid make all of those decisions and then I roll with it,” Mahomes said. “If he wants us to get out there and kind of build off this momentum we have, I’ll be ready to go. And if he wants to give us some rest then I’ll get that rest, prepare for whoever we’re going play and be ready to go in the playoffs.”

WHAT’S WORKING

The Chiefs’ pass rush has been hit or miss all season, but it spent Sunday hitting Bengals quarterback Jake Browning. They had six sacks, including four on the final Cincinnati drive, when Browning was trying to rally his team for a tying touchdown.

“I was just chilling back there watching them,” Chiefs cornerback L’Jarius Sneed said.

WHAT NEEDS HELP

Kansas City needs more production from its tight ends, which sounds bizarre when Travis Kelce is on the field. But he had only three catches for 16 yards, and fellow tight end Noah Gray had three for 17. It’s not entirely their fault, though Kelce had a drop on Sunday. He was open deep downfield more than once and Mahomes failed to spot him.

STOCK UP

Chiefs safety Justin Reid has been consistently good all season, but he was excellent against Cincinnati. Reid had two of those late sacks on consecutive plays while blitzing from the defensive backfield, and he was second on the team with eight total tackles.

“We were executing really all game and in the biggest moments your biggest players — in every situation — your players have to make plays,” Reid said. “Everyone played their role to give me enough time to get home.”

STOCK DOWN

Left tackle Wanya Morris has taken some rookie lumps the past couple of weeks. The Raiders’ Maxx Crosby roughed him up in a loss to Las Vegas, and the Bengals’ Trey Hendrickson got around him Sunday for a strip-sack that led to a Cincinnati touchdown.

INJURIES

Kadarius Toney was inactive because of a lingering hip injury, and with Skyy Moore already on injured reserve, the wide receiver group is getting thin. Justin Watson was briefly knocked out of Sunday’s game with a chest injury, and Marquez Valdes-Scantling proved once again that he cannot be trusted with another egregious dropped pass.

KEY NUMBER

9 — While the Chiefs have won eight straight division titles, they also have qualified for the postseason in nine straight years. That is second only to the Patriots, who made the playoffs 11 consecutive years with Tom Brady at quarterback.

NEXT STEPS

The Chiefs visit the Chargers in Los Angeles next Sunday before returning home for the wild-card round of the playoffs.

PICKETT RIPS REPORT THAT HE REFUSED TO BE BACKUP VS. SEAHAWKS

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Kenny Pickett strongly denied reports that stated he refused to be the backup to Mason Rudolph for the team’s Week 17 win over the Seattle Seahawks.

“I saw reports out there that I felt like were attacking my character and how I am as a person, not even getting into a player standpoint of it,” Pickett said on Tuesday, according to ESPN’s Brooke Pryor. “There was no talk of me being a backup quarterback this week in terms of being a two.”

Pickett added that he would’ve received the nod over Rudolph last week had he recovered enough from an ankle injury that’s sidelined him since early December.

“If I was healthy enough to play and the trainers and coaches felt like I looked good enough to play, I was going to start and play,” he said. “If they believed that I was not, which they believed I was not, I was not going to dress and suit up for the game.”

Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin announced Monday that Rudolph will start the crucial regular-season finale Saturday against the Baltimore Ravens despite Pickett returning to full health.

The 2022 first-round pick confirmed he’ll be the backup to Rudolph for the game versus Baltimore.

“So whoever reported that, I dunno where it started, it’s kind of crazy what people will write and put out there to try to prove their point or help their standpoint or their careers and what you guys do,” he said. “But disappointed to see that without any proof or basis of it.”

Rudolph has powered Pittsburgh back into playoff contention with back-to-back wins. The Steelers have struggled for much of the season on offense but have their two highest-scoring games of the year with Rudolph under center.

After a poor rookie season, Pickett failed to take a sophomore leap in 2023 before his injury. He’s completed 62% of his attempts for 2,070 yards and just six touchdowns against four interceptions.

Pittsburgh must beat Baltimore – which has clinched the No. 1 seed and could rest its starters – and hope other AFC wild-card contenders falter in Week 18 to earn a postseason spot.

49ERS’ MCCAFFREY HAS CALF STRAIN, WON’T PLAY WEEK 18

San Francisco 49ers running back Christian McCaffrey is dealing with a “mild calf strain” that will sideline him in Week 18 against the Los Angeles Rams, head coach Kyle Shanahan announced Monday, according to Matt Barrows of The Athletic.

Shanahan added that the team is “real confident” McCaffrey will be available in the playoffs, per Nick Wagoner of ESPN.

McCaffrey sustained the injury in Sunday’s win over the Washington Commanders. Shanahan said postgame that the ailment didn’t look serious and that they “think he’ll be alright.”

The 49ers clinched the No. 1 seed and a playoff bye in the NFC by beating the Commanders. The star tailback will now have an extra week to recover before playing a home divisional-round matchup.

“It could have been a lot worse,” Shanahan said, according to Wagoner. “We’re happy that they’ll take care of him this week, and hopefully, he’ll start getting to go during our off week.”

McCaffrey has put on a show this season and leads the NFL in touches (339), scrimmage yards (2,023), and total touchdowns (21). The 27-year-old has also rushed for a league-high 1,459 yards (5.4 per carry) to go along with 14 TDs on the ground.

Injuries have afflicted McCaffrey throughout his career, as the 2017 top-10 pick played just 10 games in 2020 and 2021 combined as a member of the Carolina Panthers. The two-time Pro Bowler, however, hasn’t missed a game since joining the 49ers as part of a blockbuster trade midway through the 2022 season.

The 49ers enter Week 18 with a 12-4 record. The Rams, who’ve also clinched a playoff berth, are 9-7.

REPORT: OT LA’EL COLLINS WORKING OUT WITH COWBOYS

Veteran offensive tackle La’el Collins could rejoin the Dallas Cowboys this week, NFL Network reported.

He arrived for a workout on Tuesday and could sign with the practice squad if he passes a physical, per the report.

The 30-year-old free agent has not played since tearing his left ACL in Week 16 of 2022 while playing for Cincinnati.

Collins started 15 games for the Bengals that season after playing in 74 games (71 starts) with Dallas from 2015-21.

SEAN MCVAY ‘PROMISES’ RETURN TO RAMS IN 2024

Retirement conversation with Sean McVay can be put on hold after the Rams’ head coach confirmed he will be on the Los Angeles sideline again next season.

At this time last year, McVay said he was wrestling with how long he would remain in the profession as he started a family. He and his wife welcomed their first child in October.

But with his Rams on the doorstep of the playoffs, and McVay seven wins from setting the team record for victories as head coach (John Robinson, 75), he doesn’t want to leave any doubt about his status for 2024.

“That I can promise you,” McVay told host J.B. Long when asked if there would be a “Coach McVay Show” next season.

McVay turns 38 later this month. He was hired in 2017, guiding the Rams to a Super Bowl LVI win while building a 69-45 regular-season record (7-3 postseason) for a total of 76 career wins.

In 2022, McVay and general manager Les Snead signed contract extensions that expire after the 2026 season.

With one more win this season, McVay will have the Rams (9-7) back in the playoffs and move ahead of Chuck Knox into sole possession of second on the Rams’ all-time wins list, which counts regular-season victories.

Knox’s record with the Rams was 69-48-1; Robinson was 75-68.

LAST RIDE? BILL BELICHICK STILL GIVING ‘MY BEST EVERY DAY’ TO PATRIOTS

Considering his track record for discipline and consistency, it would be a surprise if Patriots coach Bill Belichick prematurely rode off into the sunset as he prepares for what is rumored to be his final game in New England.

Sparked by reports of owner Robert Kraft’s decision on Belichick’s future with the team, speculation mounted in November that New England was ready for a change at the position.

With six Super Bowl titles in 24 seasons with the Patriots, Belichick is regarded as one of the greatest coaches of all-time. But at 4-12, the Patriots are headed for their third losing season in four years since Tom Brady left in free agency.

Belichick, 71, rarely engages in discussions around hypothetical or speculative topics in his media sessions, and kept that usual nose-to-the-grindstone portrait intact on Tuesday in an interview aired on WEEI in Boston.

“It’s a lot of hypotheticals, a lot of ‘in the past’ and ‘in the future.’ I’m really focused on what’s going on right now,” he said.

Belichick said he doesn’t have any big announcements at the moment, joking he would take it to “Twitter or MyFace so everybody could see it.”

“Each week, get ready to go for that week, do the best you can to help your team win, and after that game move on to the next one. And at the end of the season, that’s the end of the season,” Belichick said. “But on a week-to-week basis, I don’t want to spend time, or get caught up in what happened five years ago, or what’s going to happen two years from now, and a bunch of other random stuff. Just working on the Jets.

“I’m committed to the team that I’m coaching right now — the players that are here. They deserve my best every day and that’s what I’m going to give them.”

The Patriots host the New York Jets (6-10) on Sunday afternoon.

PANTHERS OWNER DAVID TEPPER FINED $300K FOR THROWING DRINK AT FANS

The NFL announced a $300,000 fine for Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper for what it called “unacceptable conduct” during the Panthers’ 26-0 loss at the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.

A video captured Tepper throwing a drink through the owner’s box window in the direction of Jaguars fans toward the end of the Panthers’ 14th loss of the season.

“All NFL personnel are expected to conduct themselves at all times in ways that respect our fans and favorably reflect on their team and the NFL,” the league said in a statement Tuesday.

Tepper issued his first comments about the incident after the fine was announced.

“I am deeply passionate about this team and regret my behavior on Sunday,” Tepper’s statement said. “I should have let NFL stadium security handle any issues that arose. I respect the NFL’s code of conduct and accept the league’s discipline for my behavior.”

Tepper, 66, purchased the Panthers from Jerry Richardson in 2018.

The Panthers (2-14) own the worst record in the league entering the final week of the regular season, but the Chicago Bears own their first-round draft pick in April after Carolina traded with Chicago to move from ninth to No. 1 last April and select quarterback Bryce Young.

Tepper fired coach Frank Reich 11 games into his first season on the job.

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TOP 25 ROUNDUP: NO. 17 FAU A BIG WINNER IN AAC DEBUT

Johnell Davis and Alijah Martin each netted 20 points, Vladislav Goldin added 11 points and 11 rebounds, and No. 17 Florida Atlantic debuted in the American Athletic Conference with a 79-64 win over East Carolina on Tuesday night in Boca Raton, Fla.

Davis and Martin each made 7 of 13 shots for the Owls (11-3, 1-0 AAC). Davis also had six rebounds, three assists and three steals. Martin sank 4 of 8 shots from long range and had five rebounds, four assists and three steals.

For the Pirates (7-7, 0-1), Brandon Johnson had 15 points, 10 rebounds and three steals. Quentin Diboundje scored 13 points, and RJ Felton had 12 points and five rebounds.

After trailing by as many as eight in the first half, Florida Atlantic outscored the visitors 44-28 in the second, officially putting the game away with a 14-0 run that started with 4:23 left in the game.

No. 1 Purdue 67, Maryland 53

Zach Edey scored 23 points and collected 12 rebounds as the Boilermakers snapped the Terrapins’ 19-game home winning streak with a victory in College Park, Md.

Edey finished 8 of 13 from the floor, while Lance Jones added 11 points and made three 3-pointers for the Boilermakers (13-1, 2-1 Big Ten), who never trailed en route to their first win at Maryland since Dec. 1, 2017. Braden Smith scored 14 points and added seven rebounds and six assists. Purdue shot 46.3 percent from the floor (25 of 54) and made 45 percent of its 3-pointers (9 of 20).

Jahmir Young scored 26 points to lead the Terrapins (9-5, 1-2) in their first home loss since an 87-60 defeat against UCLA on Dec. 14, 2022. Jordan Geronimo tallied nine points and six rebounds, while Donta Scott added eight points and seven boards.

No. 4 UConn 85, DePaul 56

Cam Spencer scored 20 points and Alex Karaban had 17 points and seven rebounds to help the Huskies rout the Blue Demons in Storrs, Conn.

UConn (12-2, 2-1 Big East) led by as many as 32 points while shooting 58.2 percent compared to 35.7 percent for DePaul. Stephon Castle added 14 points for the Huskies and dished out seven assists to match Tristen Newton for the game high.

Da’Sean Nelson paced the Blue Demons with 19 points. Elijah Fisher scored 17 points to go with five rebounds. DePaul (3-10, 0-2) lost its 14th straight regular-season conference game.

No. 5 Tennessee 87, Norfolk State 50

Zakai Zeigler scored 17 points and hit five of the Volunteers’ 12 3-pointers as the hosts returned from a lengthy holiday break to rout the Spartans in Knoxville, Tenn.

Dalton Knecht added 15, 13 of those in the first half, and Tobe Awaka came off the bench to chip in 10 points for the Volunteers (10-3). Twelve players scored for Tennessee, which moved the ball well, drawing 23 assists on 30 made buckets. The Vols sank 45.5 percent from the field and came up with 14 steals, four from Zeigler.

Jamarii Thomas scored 15 points for the Spartans (9-7) but also committed six of their 22 turnovers. Christian Ings added 10 points. Norfolk State couldn’t crack the Volunteers’ tough, physical defense, canning just 16 of 47 shots from the field (34 percent) and collecting only one assist.

No. 8 North Carolina 70, Pittsburgh 57

Armando Bacot had 16 points and 10 rebounds to help the Tar Heels turn back the host Panthers.

RJ Davis added 15 points and four assists for the Tar Heels while Carlton Carrington led Pitt (9-5, 0-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) with 20 points.

Pittsburgh held North Carolina (10-3, 2-0) scoreless for the first 6:20 of the game but less than eight minutes later the Tar Heels took the lead and never trailed again.

No. 9 Illinois 96, Northwestern 66

Marcus Domask piled up 32 points, six assists and five rebounds to lead the Fighting Illini to a victory over the Wildcats in Champaign, Ill.

Domask hit 11 of 15 field-goal attempts to finish one point from his career high for Illinois (11-2, 2-0 Big Ten). Justin Harmon added 20 points off the bench while Quincy Guerrier (14 points, 10 rebounds) posted his second consecutive double-double.

Point guard Boo Buie paced Northwestern (10-3, 1-1) with 20 points, but he finished with four turnovers and no assists. Ty Berry added 14 points while Luke Hunger notched a career-high 10 points.

No. 13 Colorado State 76, New Mexico 68

Patrick Cartier scored 21 points on 8-of-12 shooting to lead the Rams past the Lobos in the Mountain West opener for both teams at Fort Collins, Colo.

Fifth-year senior Isaiah Stevens finished with 18 points and eight assists for the Rams, giving him 2,017 career points. Nique Clifford had 12 points and 10 rebounds for Colorado State (13-1, 1-0).

JT Toppin led New Mexico with 17 points and 11 rebounds as the Lobos (12-2, 0-1) saw their 11-game winning streak.

No. 14 Duke 86, Syracuse 66

Mark Mitchell scored a career-high 21 points and Jared McCain heated up from the perimeter to score 18 points to lift the Blue Devils past the Orange in Durham, N.C.

The Blue Devils (10-3, 1-1 ACC) won their fifth game in a row since an ACC-opening defeat at Georgia Tech. Jeremy Roach racked up 17 points, Tyrese Proctor notched 14 points and Kyle Filipowski, who was scoreless in the first half, finished with 12 points and a team-high seven rebounds.

Maliq Brown was a force in the lane for Syracuse, producing 26 points and seven rebounds, and Judah Mintz had 18 points. But the Orange (10-4, 1-2) had a five-game winning streak snapped while losing for the ninth straight time to Duke.

No. 18 Baylor 98, Cornell 79

Ja’Kobe Walter poured in four 3-pointers as part of his 23 points to help the Bears run away from the upset-minded Big Red in Waco, Texas, in the first game played in the new Foster Pavilion.

The Bears (11-2) finished their nonconference schedule unbeaten at home, building a 16-point lead at halftime that whittled to just seven midway through the second half. Baylor then ran away with the game in the final minutes. RayJ Dennis added 18 points, with Yves Missi hitting for 16 on 8-of-8 shooting and Jayden Nunn scoring 10.

Nazir Williams led the Big Red (10-3) with 17 points while Chris Manon and Isaiah Gray added 12 points each for Cornell, which plays in the Ivy League.

No. 21 Wisconsin 83, Iowa 72

Tyler Wahl had 19 points and AJ Storr added 16 as the Badgers pulled away in the second half to beat the Hawkeyes in Madison, Wis., and remain unbeaten in Big Ten play.

Max Klesmit added 15 points and Steven Crowl had a double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds for the Badgers (10-3, 2-0), who were tied 32-32 with the Hawkeyes the break.

Tony Perkins had 25 points and Owen Freeman had 14 points and 13 boards for Iowa (8-6, 0-3). Ben Krikke, the Hawkeyes leading scorer at 17 points per game, had 10 points on 3-of-4 shooting, but was limited to 20 minutes with foul trouble.

No. 25 Auburn 88, Penn 68

Johni Broome recorded 24 points, 12 rebounds and three blocked shots to help the Tigers notch a nonconference victory over the visiting Quakers.

Chad Baker-Mazara added 16 points as the Tigers (11-2) won their sixth consecutive game. Auburn has won those games by an average of 24 points. Denver Jones scored 12 points and K.D. Johnson had 11 for the Tigers in the wire-to-wire triumph.

Sam Brown scored 20 points and Tyler Perkins added 13 points and eight rebounds for Penn (8-7). The Quakers were without leading scorer Clark Slajchert (ankle).

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CAITLIN CLARK’S BUZZER-BEATER LIFTS NO. 4 IOWA OVER MICHIGAN ST.

Caitlin Clark capped a 40-point night by drilling a buzzing-beating, step-back 3-pointer from the midcourt logo to give No. 4 Iowa a 76-73 win over Michigan State on Tuesday in Iowa City.

The Hawkeyes (14-1, 3-0 Big Ten) led by nine points midway through the fourth quarter, but the Spartans (11-3, 1-2) pulled level when Julia Ayrault made a layup with 1:27 to go.

Two free throws from Molly Davis put Iowa back on top with 29 seconds left, but Michigan State’s DeeDee Hagemann tied the score again seven seconds later with a layup.

That set up the Hawkeyes for the final play, and the reigning National Player of the Year delivered again to give Iowa its 11th win in a row.

Clark hit 14 of 34 shots from the floor, 8 of 20 from 3-point range. Hannah Stuelke had 15 points and eight rebounds for the Hawkeyes, who got a game-high 11 rebounds from Kate Martin.

Julia Ayrault topped the Spartans with 16 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Hagemann scored 14 points while Moira Joiner and Tory Ozment added 10 apiece as Michigan State saw its four-game winning streak end.

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NBA ROUNDUP: HORNETS BUZZ BY KINGS, END 11-GAME SKID

Terry Rozier scored 34 points and the Charlotte Hornets ended an 11-game losing streak by rallying for a 111-104 victory over the host Sacramento Kings on Tuesday night.

Miles Bridges added 27 points for Charlotte, which concluded the game with 10 consecutive points to win for the first time since Dec. 8. P.J. Washington added 17 points off the bench for the Hornets, who shot 75 percent from the field (12 of 16) during a 36-point final quarter.

De’Aaron Fox recorded 30 points, six assists and five rebounds for the Kings, who have lost three of their past five games. Domantas Sabonis had 23 points and 19 rebounds but also committed a career-worst 11 turnovers.

Chris Duarte added 12 points and Keegan Murray scored 10 for the Kings, who committed 21 turnovers.

Thunder 127, Celtics 123

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 36 points and Josh Giddey added a season-high 23 as Oklahoma City knocked off visiting Boston.

With 3.7 seconds left, Kristaps Porzingis hit an apparent corner 3 that would’ve cut Oklahoma City’s lead to one. But Porzingis’ foot was on the line and the shot was ruled a 2 instead, and the Thunder held a 125-123 lead.

Gilgeous-Alexander hit a pair of free throws after being fouled following an inbounds pass to all but seal the win. Porzingis led Boston with 34 points and 10 rebounds. The victory extended the Thunder’s winning streak to five games while snapping the Celtics’ six-game winning streak.

76ers 110, Bulls 97

Joel Embiid returned from an 11-day absence to produce a triple-double of 31 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists, lifting host Philadelphia past Chicago.

It was the second triple-double this season and the seventh of Embiid’s career. Embiid, who also had two blocked shots, extended his streak of at least 30 points and 10 rebounds to 14 games. This time, he accomplished the feat in three quarters.

DeMar DeRozan led the short-handed Bulls with 16 points while Ayo Dosunmu added 15 and Coby White had 14. Andre Drummond had a double-double of 11 points and 17 rebounds.

Pelicans 112, Nets 85

CJ McCollum scored 16 points to lead a balanced scoring effort and host New Orleans never trailed in a rout of struggling Brooklyn.

McCollum was joined in double figures by six teammates as Herbert Jones scored 14 points, Jose Alvarado had 13 off the bench and Brandon Ingram scored 12. Jonas Valanciunas added 11 points and 12 rebounds.

Cameron Johnson scored 17 points, Mikal Bridges had 13 and Day’Ron Sharpe added 12 to lead the Nets, who lost their fourth straight game.

Grizzlies 106, Spurs 98

Ja Morant scored 26 points, 13 of them in the fourth quarter, and dished out 10 assists as Memphis beat visiting San Antonio.

The Grizzlies snapped a three-game losing streak while San Antonio dropped its third straight contest.

Victor Wembanyama led the Spurs with 20 points. Keldon Johnson had 19 off the bench, Julian Champagnie and Jeremy Sochan scored 12 apiece and Devin Vassell hit for 11.

Warriors 121, Magic 115

Stephen Curry scored a game-high 36 points and added a team-high six assists as Golden State snapped a three-game losing streak by beating Orlando in San Francisco.

Jonathan Kuminga added 19 points and Klay Thompson had 15 for the Warriors, who outshot the Magic 53.8 percent to 44.6 percent.

Paolo Banchero led Orlando with 27 points and a game-high 12 rebounds, and Franz Wagner chipped in with 25 points.

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NHL ROUNDUP: CONNOR MCDAVID POWERS OILERS PAST FLYERS

Connor McDavid passed the 900-point mark for his career with a goal and four assists to lead the host Edmonton Oilers to their sixth straight victory, 5-2 over the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night.

It was the 10th career game of least five points for McDavid, who became the fifth-fastest player to score 900 points in his career when he assisted on Zach Hyman’s goal in the second period. McDavid did it in his 602nd career game. Wayne Gretzky accomplished the feat the fastest in just 385 games.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had two goals and an assist, Hyman had a goal and two assists and Leon Draisaitl added a goal and an assist for Edmonton, which won for the 14th win in the last 17 games. Stuart Skinner made 35 saves to pick up his 15th win.

Travis Konecny had a goal and an assist, Joel Farabee had two assists and Marc Staal also scored for Philadelphia, which suffered its third straight loss. Carter Hart finished with 31 saves.

Canucks 6, Senators 3

Elias Pettersson and Pius Suter each scored twice as Pacific Division-leading Vancouver began the new year in dominant fashion, rolling over visiting Ottawa.

Ian Cole and J.T. Miller also scored for Vancouver, which sits atop the Pacific Division with 51 points. Goaltender Thatcher Demko finished with 35 saves for the Canucks.

Vladimir Tarasenko scored twice and Claude Giroux had a goal and an assist for the Senators, who began a five-game road trip with a one-sided loss. Goalie Anton Forsberg allowed four goals on just 13 shots before he was replaced by Joonas Korpisalo in the first period. Korpisalo made 11 saves on 13 shots.

Capitals 4, Penguins 3

Visiting Washington took an early four-goal lead, then held on to edge Pittsburgh.

Tom Wilson, Beck Malenstyn, Martin Fehervary and Alex Ovechkin scored, and Rasmus Sandin added two assists for the Capitals, who had lost four consecutive games (0-2-2). Washington goaltender Darcy Kuemper made 32 saves.

Sidney Crosby, Rickard Rakell and Jake Guentzel each had a goal and an assist for the Penguins, who had won three in a row and were 7-1-1 in their previous nine. Goaltender Tristan Jarry got pulled after giving up three goals on seven shots. With his two points, Crosby passed Joe Thornton for 12th on the NHL’s all-time scoring list with 1,540.

Bruins 4, Blue Jackets 1

James van Riemsdyk scored the game-winning goal in the second period and assisted on a pair of insurance markers in the third as Boston beat host Columbus.

van Riemsdyk posted his first three-point game of the season for the Bruins, who earned their fourth straight win since the NHL’s holiday break concluded last week. Boston’s Kevin Shattenkirk, Danton Heinen and Trent Frederic also scored.

Kent Johnson scored the lone goal and Spencer Martin finished with 23 stops for Columbus, which had been on a three-game point streak (1-0-2).

Hurricanes 6, Rangers 1

Andrei Svechnikov scored twice, Pyotr Kochetkov made 28 saves and Carolina routed host New York for the Hurricanes’ season-best fourth straight win.

Carolina improved to 7-1-3 in its past 11 games with a pair of power-play goals in the first period. Carolina scored multiple power-play goals for the fourth time in five games and 10th overall this season.

Jordan Martinook, Jalen Chatfield and Michael Bunting also scored for the Hurricanes, who tied a season best with six goals. Former Ranger Brady Skjei added three assists.

Flames 3, Wild 1

Andrew Mangiapane and Jonathan Huberdeau each scored in the first period and Calgary held on for a win over Minnesota in Saint Paul, Minn.

Blake Coleman added an empty-net goal for the Flames, who won their second game in a row. Calgary has five wins in its past seven games.

Pat Maroon scored the lone goal for the Wild. Minnesota goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury took the loss despite turning aside 30 of 32 shots. Fleury again failed to match Patrick Roy for second place on the all-time NHL wins list. Roy recorded 551 victories.

Canadiens 4, Stars 3

Nick Suzuki and Jordan Harris each had a goal and an assist and visiting Montreal held on to beat Dallas.

Kaiden Guhle and Cole Caufield also scored for the Canadiens, who had lost three straight and finished their road trip 3-3-1. Sam Montembeault made 30 saves.

Wyatt Johnston had a goal and an assist for the Stars, who had won five of their previous six games. Jason Robertson and Jamie Benn scored, Mason Marchment had two assists and Scott Wedgewood stopped 14 shots.

Predators 3, Blackhawks 0

Gustav Nyquist and Ryan O’Reilly scored power-play goals to back a 21-save shutout from Juuse Saros and lead host Nashville to a victory against Chicago.

Nashville stopped a three-game losing streak at Bridgestone Arena, netting its first home win since Dec. 16. The Blackhawks lost their 12th straight away from home, a skid that includes a two-goal defeat in Nashville on Nov. 18.

Nyquist provided the only offense the Predators needed with a power-play goal at 5:16 of the first period. With Chicago’s Brett Seney in the penalty box for holding the stick, Nyquist took a pass from Roman Josi, skated through the left circle and beat Blackhawks goaltender Arvid Soderblom (33 saves) with a wrist shot.

Jets 4, Lightning 2

Neal Pionk and Alex Iafallo scored in the second period, and red-hot Winnipeg beat visiting Tampa Bay.

In sweeping the two-game season series from the Lightning, Winnipeg improved to 11-1-2 in its past 14 matches and stretched its season-long point streak to nine games (7-0-2).

Nikita Kucherov had a goal and an assist and Steven Stamkos potted one for Tampa Bay. Victor Hedman had two helpers and goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy made 24 saves.

Avalanche 5, Islanders 4 (OT)

Nathan MacKinnon scored 32 seconds into overtime and added two assists, and Colorado beat New York in Denver.

Valeri Nichushkin had two goals, Jonathan Drouin had a goal and an assist, Devon Toews also scored and Alexandar Georgiev turned away 18 shots for the Avalanche.

Brock Nelson had a goal and an assist, while Simon Holmstrom, Pierre Engvall and Alexander Romanov also had goals for the Islanders.

Panthers 4, Coyotes 1

Carter Verhaeghe scored a goal and added an assist, leading Florida over Arizona in Tempe, Ariz.

Sam Reinhart, Matthew Tkachuk and Gustav Forsling also scored for the Panthers, who have won five straight games. Verhaeghe has tallied two points in four of his past five games.

Alex Kerfoot responded with a goal for the Coyotes, who saw their two-game winning streak come to an end. Karel Vejmelka stopped 34 shots in the loss.

Red Wings 5, Sharks 3

David Perron scored twice, including the winning goal with 90 seconds remaining in regulation, to pace visiting Detroit over San Jose.

Daniel Sprong netted one goal and one assist, while J.T. Compher and Michael Rasmussen also scored for the Red Wings, who kicked off a three-game California road trip on a winning note. Goaltender Alex Lyon made 24 saves and Lucas Raymond collected three assists.

Fabian Zetterlund, Justin Bailey and Alexander Barabanov scored for the Sharks, who have the fewest points in the league and are in the throes of a nine-game skid. Goalie Kaapo Kahkonen stopped 26 shots.

Maple Leafs 3, Kings 0

Martin Jones made 31 saves to help visiting Toronto beat Los Angeles to end a three-game losing streak.

It was the second shutout of the season and 30th of his NHL career for Jones, moving him into a tie with the Kings’ Cam Talbot and the Washington Capitals’ Darcy Kuemper for seventh among active NHL goalies.

Talbot made 26 saves for the Kings, who have lost three in a row for the second time in less than a month and were shut out for the first time this season.

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COLTS RELEASE UNOFFICIAL DEPTH CHART FOR WEEK 18 GAME VS. HOUSTON TEXANS

OFFENSE

» WR: Michael Pittman Jr., D.J. Montgomery

» LT: Bernhard Raimann

» LG: Quenton Nelson

» C: Ryan Kelly, Wesley French, Jack Anderson

» RG: Will Fries, Josh Sills

» RT: Braden Smith, Blake Freeland

» TE: Mo Alie-Cox

» TE: Kylen Granson, Will Mallory

» WR: Josh Downs

» WR: Alec Pierce

» QB: Gardner Minshew II, Sam Ehlinger

» RB: Jonathan Taylor, Zack Moss, Trey Sermon, Tyler Goodson

Moss (forearm) missed last Sunday’s game against the Las Vegas Raiders.

During that game, Pittman became just the fourth player in franchise history to record 100+ catches and over 1,000 receiving yards in a season.

DEFENSE

» DE: Kwity Paye, Tyquan Lewis, Jake Martin

» DT: DeForest Buckner, Adetomiwa Adebawore

» NT: Grover Stewart, Taven Bryan, Eric Johnson II

» DE: Samson Ebukam, Dayo Odeyingbo, Isaiah Land

» WLB: E.J. Speed, Ronnie Harrison Jr.

» MLB: Zaire Franklin, Segun Olubi

» SAM: Cameron McGrone, Grant Stuard

» CB: JuJu Brents, Ameer Speed

» FS: Rodney Thomas II, Trevor Denbow

» SS: Nick Cross, Henry Black

» N: Kenny Moore II, Chris Lammons

» CB: Jaylon Jones, Darrell Baker Jr.

Moore (back) missed last Sunday’s game against the Las Vegas Raiders. It was the first game he’s missed this season.

Brents had a season-high three pass deflections in that game.

SPECIALISTS

» P: Rigoberto Sanchez

» PK: Matt Gay

» H: Rigoberto Sanchez

» LS: Luke Rhodes

» KR: Josh Downs

» PR: Josh Downs

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TYRESE HALIBURTON NAMED EASTERN CONFERENCE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

INDIANAPOLIS – The NBA announced Tuesday that Indiana Pacers guard Tyrese Haliburton was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week for games played from Dec. 25-31.  

Haliburton guided the Pacers to a 3-0 record during the week and led Indiana with averages of 25.3 points, 4.7 rebounds and 17.7 assists per game – best among all players in the NBA – during the team’s three wins at Houston, at Chicago and vs. New York.  

Haliburton finished with 21 points, 20 assists and zero turnovers in the road win at Chicago Dec. 28. He became only the second player in NBA history to record 20 or more points, 20 or more assists and zero turnovers in one game. On Dec. 30, Haliburton scored 22 points and tied the Pacers’ franchise record with a career-high 23 assists in a win over the Knicks. He joined Magic Johnson and John Stockton as the only players in league history to record 20 or more points and 20 or more assists in consecutive games. 

Haliburton has posted nine straight double-doubles – the longest streak in his NBA career – and has recorded more double-doubles than any other guard in the NBA this season with 24. He continues to lead all players in the NBA this season in assists with an average of 12.7 per game.

This honor marks the second Player of the Week award of Haliburton’s career and his first this season. He shares honors with Oklahoma City’s Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, who was named Western Conference Player of the Week.

The Pacers have won four straight games – matching their longest winning streak this season – to improve their record to 18-14 overall this season. Indiana will tip off a five-game homestand as the Pacers host the Milwaukee Bucks at Gainbridge Fieldhouse Wednesday at 7 p.m.

GAME PREVIEW: PACERS VS BUCKS

The Indiana Pacers (18-14) will seek to extend their four-game winning streak — tied for their longest winning streak of the season — on Wednesday when they take on Milwaukee for the second of two consecutive games against the Bucks (24-9).

The Pacers open the first matchup of their five-game homestand with three regular season victories over Milwaukee under their belts, including a victory over the Bucks in the NBA In-Season Tournament Semifinals on Dec. 7.

In the most recent outing between the two teams, Indiana beat the Bucks in Milwaukee on New Year’s Day, 122-113, despite trailing by as many as 15 points on two occasions and shooting only 44.3 percent from the floor. While holding the Bucks to just 36.0 percent shooting in the final frame, it was Tyrese Haliburton’s nine fourth-quarter points and Bennedict Mathurin’s seven fourth-quarter points that led the Pacers to outscore the Bucks, 38-25, in the final 12 minutes of play.

Win or lose on Wednesday night, Indiana will win the regular series with the Bucks for the first time since the 2017-18 season.

Haliburton, who currently leads the Eastern Conference with 24 double-doubles this season, neared a triple-double in the win by notching 26 points, 11 assists, and nine rebounds. Mathurin also had an impressive night by netting 25 points and pulling down a team-high 13 rebounds.

The fifth and final regular season game between the two teams will most likely make for a high scoring game, with Indiana and Milwaukee ranked as the top two highest scoring teams in the league averaging 126.4 points and 124.6 points per game respectively. In addition, Indiana leads the league in field goal percentage shooting 50.7 percent, while Milwaukee follows closely behind at 50.0 percent.

One of the most crucial factors potentially leading to Indiana’s recent turnaround is the rearrangement of the starting lineup. Since inserting guard Andrew Nembhard, forward Aaron Nesmith, and forward Jalen Smith into the starting five on Dec. 26, Indiana has gone 4-0. For now, it seems as though the starters are here to stay with Nesmith adding 12.8 points, Smith contributing 10.8 points, and Nembhard pitching in 8.8 points per contest.

All-Star guard Haliburton has shined in Indiana’s most recent four games, as he’s put up an average of 25.5 points and 16 assists per game while only recording seven turnovers. Haliburton has continued to lead the league in assists this season, dishing out an average of 12.7 assists per game.

For Milwaukee, forward Giannis Antetokounmpo has had stellar games when facing off against the Pacers. The two-time NBA MVP has averaged 46.3 points and 13.5 rebounds per contest through the four regular season games against the Blue and Gold.

In addition, the Bucks starting lineup is supported by seven-time NBA All-Star Damian Lillard, who is adding 25.5 points and a team-high 6.8 assists per contest this season. Khris Middleton is contributing an average of 14.5 points per game, while Brook Lopez is adding 12.8 points per game.

Projected Starters

Pacers: G – Tyrese Haliburton, G – Andrew Nembhard, F – Aaron Nesmith, F – Jalen Smith, C – Myles Turner

Bucks: G – Damian Lillard, G – Malik Beasley, F – Khris Middleton, F – Giannis Antetokounmpo, C – Brook Lopez

Injury Report

Pacers: Bruce Brown – questionable (right knee bone bruise), Andrew Nembhard – questionable (mid-back sprain)

Bucks: Khris Middleton – questionable (right knee injury management/left wrist sprain), Jae Crowder – out (left adductor surgery), AJ Green – out (nasal fracture)

Last Meeting

Jan. 1, 2023: Indiana rung in the New Year by tying their longest winning streak of the season Monday night with a 122-113 win over the Bucks in the first of two back-to-back matchups with Milwaukee.

After trailing by 15 points on two occasions, shooting 44 percent overall from the floor, and making only five of 35 3-point attempts, Indiana scraped out the win in the fourth quarter when they outscored the Bucks, 38-25.

Tyrese Haliburton neared a triple-double on Monday as he notched 26 points, 11 assists, and nine rebounds to earn his 24th double-double of the season. Bennedict Mathurin led the bench as he followed behind with a double-double of his own of 25 points and 13 rebounds.

Indiana’s bench was rounded out by 18 points and nine rebounds from Isaiah Jackson and 16 points and nine assists from T.J. McConnell.

All five Milwaukee starters scored in double-figures, with Giannis Antetokounmpo leading the way with a triple-double of 30 points, 18 rebounds, and 11 assists. Khris Middleton and Brook Lopez contributed 21 points apiece.

Noteworthy

Indiana enters the matchup 3-1 versus the Bucks this regular season, with one win in both Milwaukee Indianapolis. The Blue and Gold also defeated the Bucks on Dec. 7, 128-119, in the NBA In-Season Tournament Semifinals.

Prior to this season, the Pacers had not beaten the Bucks in a season series since the 2017-18 season.

On Monday, the Pacers earned their fourth consecutive victory after losing six of their previous seven outings. Indiana looks to earn its fifth straight win on Wednesday to set a new record for longest winning streak this season.

Tyrese Haliburton earned his 24th double-double of the season in the victory Monday night, allowing him to break a tie between him and Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo for most double-doubles by any player in the Eastern Conference this season.

Buddy Hield is just four 3-pointers away from logging 1,800 3-pointers for his career, which would make him just the 25th player to achieve this feat in NBA history. In addition, Hield is six 3-pointers away from recording his 465th 3-pointer in a Pacers uniform and tying with C.J. Miles for eighth place in most 3-point field goals made in franchise history.

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)

INDIANA MEN’S BASKETBALL

INDIANA BASKETBALL GAME NOTES – GAME 14 VS. NEBRASKA

Opening Tip

• Indiana University jumps back into Big Ten play in its 124th season of competition in men’s basketball on the road against the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Tip is scheduled for 9 p.m. ET on Jan. 3 on BTN.

• Nebraska (10-2, 1-1) has three players averaging north of 13.0 points per game in junior guard Brice Williams (13.7), junior forward Juwan Gary (13.3), and junior forward Rienk Mast (13.0). Senior guard Keisei Tominaga scores 12.7 points per game. Mast leads the team with 9.9 rebounds a night but has not played since Dec. 17 against Kansas State.

• 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, Jan. 3, 2024 • 9:00 PM ET

Pinnacle Bank Arena (15,000) • Lincoln, Neb.

TV: BTN (Kevin Kugler, Shon Morris)

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

Series History: Indiana leads, 19-7

Last Meeting: IU 81, NEB 65 on Dec. 7, 2022 in Bloomington

Series History

• Indiana leads the 26-game series by a count of 19-7 and have won seven-straight matchups with Nebraska, including three straight at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

• The Hoosiers have averaged 82.6 points per game during the seven-game winning streak over the Cornhuskers and 86.0 points on the road.

• Trayce Jackson-Davis recorded the third triple-double in program history with his 12 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists in an 81-65 win in the lone IU game against Nebraska (Dec. 7, 2022) last season.

Last Time Out

• Indiana closed out the non-conference slate with a 100-87 win over Kennesaw State on Dec. 29 behind a career day from sophomore forward Malik Reneau. He posted a career-high 34 points, 11 rebounds, four assists, two steals, and one block.

• Freshman forward Mackenzie Mgbako scored 14 first-half points on 4-of-4 shooting from the 3-point line. Senior guard Trey Galloway chipped in 14 points, seven assists, and two steals.

• The 100 points scored by the Hoosiers marked the most since putting up 101 against Bethune-Cookman on Nov. 10, 2022. IU shot 36-of-59 (61.0%) from the floor, the highest single-game percentage since shooting 61.8% (34-of-55) at Illinois on Jan. 19, 2023.

Sophomore Jump for Reneau

• Sophomore forward Malik Reneau has posted double digits in the scoring column in 12 games this season, including nine efforts of at least 14 points. He notched a career-high 34 points against Kennesaw State (Dec. 29).

• Over the final two non-conference games, Reneau averaged 29.5 points, 9.0 rebounds, and 3.0 assists on 23-of-33 (69.7%) shooting from the floor, 5-of-7 (71.4%) from the 3-point line, and 8-of-12 (66.7%) from the charity stripe.

• Reneau is averaging a team-best 16.2 points per game to go along with 5.7 rebounds, 2.8 assists, and 0.9 blocks in 28 minutes per game.

Mack Attack

• Freshman forward Mackenzie Mgbako has made a team-high 14 3-pointers this season, including 10 over his past five games. During the five-game stretch he is shooting 10-of-27 (37.0%) from behind the arc.

• The consensus top-10 recruit is averaging 10.0 points and 4.3 rebounds per contest and has reached double figures in the scoring column in 10-consecutive games.

Sons of Coaches

• Senior guard Trey Galloway scored a career-high 28 points against No. 2/2 Kansas (Dec. 16). He converted 12-of-17 shots. Galloway has scored at least 15 points in five career games. IU holds a record of 4-1 in those contests.

• He has dished out 16 total assists in his last two outings against North Alabama (Dec. 21) and Kennesaw State (Dec. 29) to go against just four turnovers.

• Galloway, who won the 2018 Indiana 3A state title for Culver Academies coached by his father, Mark, turned in his best collegiate season in 2022-23 with career highs in games played (32), games started (25), minutes per game (27.6), points per game (6.7), rebounds per game (3.0), assists per game (2.1), and 3-point field goal percentage (46.2).

• Freshman guard Gabe Cupps, the 2022 Mr. Basketball in the state of Ohio led Centerville, coached by his father Brook, to the 2021 state title.

• Cupps has started the last seven games for the Hoosiers in the absence of sixth-year senior guard Xavier Johnson.

Offensive Onslaught Leads Hoosiers over Owls

• Six Hoosiers posted double figures in the scoring column in a 100-87 over Kennesaw State on Dec. 29. Sophomore forward Malik Reneau secured his first career double-double behind a career-high 34 points and 11 rebounds.

• Freshman forward Mackenzie Mgbako (14), senior guard Trey Galloway (14), sophomore forward Kaleb Banks (12), junior center Payton Sparks (10), and fifth-year forward Anthony Walker (10) all scored at least 10 points.

• IU shot 36-of-59 (61.0%) from the floor, the highest single-game percentage since shooting 61.8% (34-of-55) at Illinois on Jan. 19, 2023.

Long Ball Looms Large in Win Over Lions

• Sophomore forward Malik Reneau scored 25 points to go along with seven rebounds and two assists in Indiana’s 83-66 victory over North Alabama on Dec. 21. Reneau canned all four of his 3-point attempts.

• As a team, IU knocked down a season-high 12 3-pointers on 24 attempts. Reneau (4), freshman forward Mackenzie Mgbako (2), and senior guard Trey Galloway (2) all hit multiple 3-point attempts.

MGBAKO NAMED BIG TEN FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK

ROSEMONT, Ill. – Indiana freshman forward Mackenzie Mgbako was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week, the conference announced on Tuesday afternoon.

The Gladstone, N.J., native averaged 13.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 2.3 assists on 6-of-16 (37.5%) shooting from the 3-point line in a trio of non-conference games against Morehead State (Dec. 19), North Alabama (Dec. 21), and Kennesaw State (Dec. 29).

Mgbako tallied 13 points, seven rebounds, and one assist in 32 minutes against Morehead State. He followed with 12 points, five rebounds, three assists, and one block in 23 minutes against North Alabama. He wrapped up the holiday slate with 14 points on 4-of-5 shooting from the 3-point line to go along with six rebounds and three assists in just 14 minutes against Kennesaw State.

He is the first Hoosier to earn a Big Ten weekly honor this season and first IU freshman to be named Big Ten Freshman of the Week since Jalen Hood-Schifino on Feb. 27. JHS claimed the award four times last season before being drafted No. 17 overall by the Los Angeles Lakers.

Mgbako and the Hoosiers return to Big Ten Conference play against Nebraska at 9 p.m. ET on Jan. 3 at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

INDIANA WRESTLING

INDIANA TAKES THIRD AT SOUTHERN SCUFFLE WITH TWO INDIVIDUAL CHAMPS

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. –––– Indiana Wrestling concluded competition at the 2024 Southern Scuffle on Tuesday night at McKenzie Arena with a program record 134 points at the event.

The Hoosiers left Chattanooga with ties for program-bests in the tournament of two individual champions and a third-place finish. It was the first time that Indiana reached either of those marks in the Southern Scuffle since 2009.

Sixth-year seniors No. 24 Dan Fongaro (141) and No. 22 Graham Rooks (149) each won the bracket at their weight classes. Including those two, Indiana had seven wrestlers finish on the podium.

Redshirt senior No. 10 DJ Washington (174) finished in second place. Redshirt sophomore Roman Rogotzke (184) got third. Redshirt freshmen Tyler Lillard (165) and Gabe Sollars (197) each took fourth place. Redshirt freshman Blaine Frazier (125) claimed sixth place.

KEY MOMENTS

• Fongaro knocked off No. 27 Jason Miranda (Stanford) to claim first place at 141 lbs.

• Rooks (149) went to overtime with No. 32 Cody Bond (Chattanooga) and won in sudden victory, 4-1, thanks to a quick takedown.

• Rogotzke (184) took third place over Bucknell’s Mikey Bartush with a second period pin (3:17) despite trailing to that point in the match.

• Frazier (125) fought through five rounds of the consolation bracket to take sixth place.

• No. 10 DJ Washington (174) defeated No. 30 Tate Picklo (Oklahoma) in the semifinals by decision, 12-5, in a rematch of when Washington previously previously beat him in the 2023 NCAA Championships.

NOTABLES

• The individual titles were the second of the season for both Fongaro and Rooks. Each of them won their individual titles at The Battle of the Citadel to open the season.

• Rooks defeated two ranked opponents in his semifinal and championship matches to claim the title. He defeated No. 10 Noah Castillo (Chattanooga) and No. 32 Cody Bond (Appalachian State), respectively.

• Fongaro improved his season record to 15-1.

• Seven of the 13 Hoosiers who competed finished on the podium.

• As a team, Indiana won five bouts over ranked opponents in the two-day tournament.

UP NEXT

• Indiana will open the Big Ten dual season on Friday, Jan. 12 at Rutgers with a 7 p.m. start in Jersey Mike’s Arena.

FULL RESULTS

Blaine Frazier – 125 lbs.

R32: Blaine Frazier (IU) advanced on bye.

R16: Blaine Frazier (IU) def. No. 31 Ethan Berginc (Army): Dec. 8-5

Quarter: Conrad Hendrikson (Oklahoma) def. Blaine Frazier (IU): Dec. 9-3

Consi of 8 #2: Blaine Frazier (IU) def. Noah Luna (App State): Dec. 7-6

Consi of 4: Blaine Frazier (IU) def. Desmond Plesant (Drexel): Dec. 9-7

Consi Semis: Chad Bellis (App State) def. Blaine Frazier (IU): MD, 14-3

5th: Conrad Hendrikson (Oklahoma) def. Blaine Frazier (IU): Dec. 7-1

Blaine Frazier finished in 6th place in the 125 Bracket

Michael Spangler – 125 lbs.

R32: Michael Spangler (IU) def. Logan Agin (Duke): Dec. 12-8

R16: Michael Spangler (IU) def. Richie Sandoval (CSU Bakersfield): SV-1, 4-1

Quarter: No. 18 Steveo Poulin (Northern Colorado) def. Michael Spangler (IU): Dec. 10-5.

Consi of 8 #2 No. 31 Ethan Berginc (Army) def. Michael Spangler (IU): Fall (6:23)

No. 24 Dan Fongaro – 141 lbs.

R32: No. 24 Dan Fongaro (IU) def. Jackson Sichelstiel (Davidson): Fall (2:33)

R16: No. 24 Dan Fongaro (IU) def. Yuta Otero (Chattanooga): TF, 15-0 (4:38)

Quarter: No. 24 Dan Fongaro (IU) def. Isaac Byers (App State): Dec. 3-0

Semi: No. 24 Dan Fongaro (IU) def. Isaiah Powe (Chattanooga): Dec. 11-6

Final: No. 24 Dan Fongaro (IU) def. No. 27 Jason Miranda (Stanford): Dec. 6-4

No. 24 Dan Fongaro finished in 1st place in the 141 Bracket

Cole Rhemrev – 141 lbs.

R32: Kaden Smith (Oklahoma) def. Cole Rhemrev (IU): TF, 23-7 (6:30)

Consi of 16 #1: Cole Rhemrev (IU) def. Luis Ramos (Cal State Bakersfield): Med. Forfeit

Consi of 8 #1: Dominic DiTullo (Gardner-Webb) def. Cole Rhemrev (IU): Fall (3:12)

No. 22 Graham Rooks – 149 lbs.

R32: No. 22 Graham Rooks (IU) def. Carson DeRosier (Citadel): Dec. 5-1

R16: No. 22 Graham Rooks (IU) def. Riley Bower (Bucknell): Dec. 3-1

Quarterfinal: No. 22 Graham Rooks (IU) def. Jeremiah Price (App State): Fall (2:40)

Semi: No. 22 Graham Rooks def. No. 10 Noah Castillo (Chattanooga): Dec. 2-1

Final: No. 22 Graham Rooks def. No. 32 Cody Bond (App State): SV-1, 4-1

No. 22 Graham Rooks finished in 1st place in the 149 Bracket

Nico Bolivar – 157 lbs.

R32: Kolby Depron (Bucknell) def. Nico Bolivar (IU): Dec. 10-4

Consi of 16 #1: Landen Johnson (North Dakota State) def. Nico Bolivar: Med. Forfeit

Tyler Lillard – 165 lbs.

R32: Tyler Lillard (IU) def. Nico Lozano (Little Rock): Fall (2:00)

R16: Tyler Lillard (IU) def. Brendan Howes (North Dakota State): Fall (6:24)

Quarter: Tyler Lillard (IU) def. No. 27 Hunter Garvin (Stanford): TF, 21-5 (6:39)

Semi: No. 26 Noah Mulvaney (Bucknell) def. Tyler Lillard (IU): Dec. 4-1

Consi Semi: Tyler Lillard def. No. 28 Baylor Fernandes (Northern Colorado): DQ (2:16)

3rd: Joey Bianchi (Little Rock) def. Tyler Lillard (IU): Medical Forfeit

Tyler Lillard finished in 4th place in the 165 Bracket

Robert Major – 165 lbs.

R32: Drake Acklin (App State) def. Robert Major (IU): MD, 12-4

Consi of 16 #1: Robert Major (IU) def. Aidan Lenz (Citadel): Fall (5:47)

Consi of 16 #2: Mannix Morgan (Oklahoma) def. Robert Major (IU): Dec. 7-2

Clayton Fielden – 174 lbs.

R32: Suds Dubler (Clarion) def. Clayton Fielden (IU): Dec. 4-1

Consi of 16 #1: Clay Fielden (IU) def. Warren Hoyt (Little Rock): TF, 16-0 (5:00)

Consi of 16 #2: Clay Fielden (IU) def. Blake Skidgel (Oklahoma State): Dec. 8-6

Consi of 8 #1: Clay Fielden (IU) def. Jack Janda (Drexel): Dec. 6-5

Consi of 8 #2 Gerrit Nijenhuis (Oklahoma) def. Clayton Fielden (IU): Fall (2:29)

No. 10 DJ Washington – 174 lbs.

R32: No. 10 DJ Washington (IU) def. Kodiak Cannedy (Little Rock): MD, 14-4

R16: No. 10 DJ Washington (IU) def. Blake Skidgel (Oklahoma State): Fall (0:21)

Quarter: No. 10 DJ Washington (IU) def. John Worthing (Clarion): Fall (2:27)

Semi: No. 10 DJ Washington (IU) def. No. 30 Tate Picklo (Oklahoma): Dec. 12-5

Final: No. 11 Ben Pasiuk (Army) def. No. 10 DJ Washington (IU): Medical Forfeit

No. 10 DJ Washington finished in 2nd place in the 174 Bracket

Roman Rogotzke – 184 lbs.

R32: Roman Rogotzke (IU) advanced on bye.

R16: Roman Rogotzke (IU) def. Andrew Donahue (Northern Colorado): Dec. 12-5

Quarter: Roman Rogotzke (IU) def. Dalton Battle (App State): MD, 10-2

Semi: Cameron Pine (Clarion) def. Roman Rogotzke (IU): MD, 14-6

Consi Semi: Roman Rogotzke (IU) def. Jack Darrah (Stanford): MD, 13-2

3rd: Roman Rogotzke (IU) def. Mikey Barush (Bucknell): Fall (3:17)

Roman Rogotzke finished in 3rd place in the 184 Bracket

Gabe Sollars – 197 lbs.

R32: Gabe Sollars (IU) def. Ethan Wiant (Clarion): Fall (4:30)

R16: Gabe Sollars (IU) def. Hunter Adams (App State): Fall (2:42)

Quarter: Gabe Sollars (IU) def. Lathan Duda (North Dakota State): Dec. 8-3

Semi: No. 2 Stephen Buchanan (Oklahoma) def. Gabe Sollars (IU): MD, 13-3

Consi-Semi: Gabe Sollars (IU) def. Logan Deaceis (Bucknell): Dec. 5-0

3rd: No. 15 Nick Stemmet (Stanford) def. Gabe Sollars (IU): MD, 12-2

Gabe Sollars finished in 4th place in the 197 Bracket

Nick Willham – 285 lbs.

R32: Nick Willham (IU) def. Logan Shephard (Bucknell): Dec. 4-2

R16: Xavier Doolin (Northern Colorado) def. Nick Willham (IU): SV-1, 4-1

Consi of 16 #2: Nick Willham (IU) def. Jake Fernicola (Davidson): Fall (2:16)

Consi of 8 #1: Ethan Vergara (Chattanooga) def. Nick Willham (IU): TB-2, 3-2

INDIANA VOLLEYBALL

GEDDES RETURNING FOR FIFTH YEAR IN BLOOMINGTON

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana outside hitter Morgan Geddes will use her COVID-19 waiver to play one more year for the Hoosiers in the 2024 season, as officially announced on Tuesday (January 2nd) morning.

Geddes, a member of IU’s 15th-ranked recruiting class in 2020, has played in 98 contests across four seasons for the Hoosiers including 27 in each of the past two years.

“I am beyond fortunate to spend another season with this group,” Geddes said. “The support this program has is amazing and it is an honor to be a part of.”

The Grove City, Ohio has compiled 490 kills in the past two seasons including 266 (2.56 per set) in 2022 and 224 (2.41 per set) in 2023. She transitioned back to being a left-side attacker in 2023 where she hit .217 on the season.

Geddes has gone for 713 kills in her four years in Bloomington and has steadily improved her hitting percentage across all four seasons. She has 138 total blocks and has become efficient at the service line with 34 aces including 25 in the past two years.

She will be the fourth player in the past four years, and the final one, to take advantage of the COVID-19 waiver in Bloomington. Brooke Westbeld (2021), Paula Cerame (2022) and Kaley Rammelsberg (2023) all thrived in their fifth and final season of college volleyball at IU.

Geddes went for 10+ kills on nine occasions in Big Ten play last season including a career-high 18 kills and six blocks at Rutgers on November 3rd. She hit .229 in the final 10 games of the season in a stretch that included six matches of 10+ kills.

IU will have a veteran group on the pins in 2024 with a collection of returners that includes Geddes, Avry Tatum, Mady Saris and Candela Alonso-Corcelles.

PURDUE MEN’S BASKETBALL

#1 PURDUE ROLLS PAST MARYLAND FOR FIRST WIN IN COLLEGE PARK SINCE 2017

[1] Purdue 67, Maryland 53 (Postgame Notes)

The No. 1-ranked Purdue Boilermakers improved to 13-1 overall and 2-1 in the Big Ten Conference with a 67-53 win over Maryland.

The victory snapped a four-game losing streak in College Park and was Purdue’s first at Maryland since Dec. 2017. Purdue is 9-6 all-time against Maryland.

The 14-point win was Purdue’s largest margin of victory ever against Maryland.

The win snapped Maryland’s 19-game home winning streak (3rd in country) and 14-game Big Ten homecourt winning streak (Feb. 10, 2022).

The Purdue senior class has now won in every Big Ten arena with the exception of Rutgers. Purdue will travel to Piscataway on Jan. 28.

Purdue has held three straight opponents under 57 points, the first time doing that since Nov. 16 to 29, 2019 (vs. Chicago State, Jacksonville State and VCU).

Purdue is now 42-7 (.857) since the start of last season, tied for the second-fewest losses in the country (Houston – 4) in that span.

Purdue has started at least 2-1 in Big Ten play for the eighth time in the last 10 years.

Purdue won its ninth straight game in the month of January, tied for the fourth-longest active streak in the country.

Purdue is 44-35 (.557) in Big Ten road games since the start of the 2015-16 season. The win percentage is the fifth-best percentage nationally in league road games.

The victory was Purdue’s 10th (out of 13 wins) against quad-1, 2 or 3 – the most in the nation.

Purdue is 98-40 in Big Ten play since the start of the 2016-17 season – the fifth-best record in conference play in America.

Purdue won its 18th straight game when committing 15 or fewer turnovers.

The Boilermakers won their 23rd straight game when holding opponents to 59 or fewer points.

Purdue has won 34 straight games when shooting a higher field goal percentage than its opponent.

Zach Edey recorded his 47th career double-double with 23 points, 12 rebounds and two assists. His 26 career 20-10 games are the most among all active players and the most for a Big Ten player in the last 15 years.

Edey now has 1,857 career points, 991 rebounds and 180 blocked shots. He needs nine rebounds to become the second player in school history with 1,000 rebounds (Joe Barry Carroll).

Braden Smith tallied 14 points, seven rebounds and six assists – his seventh game this season of at least 10 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists (2nd most in the country).

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Zach Edey and No. 1 Purdue dominated from the start at Maryland.

That might say a lot about the directions both teams have gone since last season.

Edey had 23 points and 12 rebounds, and the Boilermakers cruised past the Terrapins 67-53 on Tuesday night to snap their 19-game home winning streak. For a Purdue team that’s trying to improve upon last season — when it was a No. 1 seed but lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to Fairleigh Dickinson — this was another encouraging sign.

Maryland coach Kevin Willard can only hope a matchup like this will give his own team a sense of how much it still needs to improve.

“By far the best team in the country. It’s not even close,” Willard said. “You look at their schedule, who they’ve played, where they’ve played, it’s the best team in the country. But for them to come in here and do this to us on our home court, that should be a little bit of an eye-opener for everybody.”

The Boilermakers (13-1, 2-1 Big Ten) won their sixth straight game, having little difficulty with this offensively-challenged Maryland team. Purdue hadn’t won at Maryland since December 2017. Although the Terps (9-5, 1-2) hung tough defensively for a while, they couldn’t overcome the shooting woes that have made this season a disappointment so far.

The Boilermakers took an 8-0 lead and forced Maryland to take an early timeout. The Terps managed only 19 points in the first half and trailed by 13 at the break. Then Purdue quickly pushed the lead to 22 in the second.

“We really weren’t that good, especially in the first half offensively,” Boilermakers coach Matt Painter said. “We simplified what we did. The way they change defense and the way they do things, we didn’t run as much stuff tonight.”

Only Oral Roberts and Boise State (21 each) had longer home winning streaks than Maryland entering this game, but the Terps went down at Xfinity Center for the first time since December 2022 against UCLA. Maryland also had an overall five-game winning streak snapped.

Jahmir Young scored 26 points for the Terps, the only Maryland player with more than nine. The poor shooting by Maryland was across the board — 33% from the field, 5 of 22 from 3-point range and 6 of 11 on free throws.

“We missed seven wide-open 3s in the first half. I don’t know how much more we can do when you get a wide-open shot,” said Willard, whose team reached the NCAA Tournament last season and won a game there but is having a hard time building on that. “I’ll try to put a new play in to get a wide, wide, wide open shot. Maybe that will help.”

Braden Smith added 14 points, seven rebounds and six assists for Purdue and Lance Jones contributed 11 points.

LOOKING BACK

Although the Boilermakers became the second No. 1 seed ever to lose to a No. 16 in the NCAA Tournament, Edey does not sound surprised by their success so far this season.

“The way the season ended, I think a lot of people kind of counted us out,” he said. “We were a No. 1 seed. We were one of the best teams in the country for a bunch of weeks and returned everybody.”

BIG PICTURE

Purdue: The Boilermakers’ defense vs. Maryland’s offense always seemed like a possible mismatch, and Purdue’s quick start took the crowd out of the game, pretty much for good.

Maryland: The Terps had some success on the offensive boards but were badly outplayed otherwise. Their offense simply isn’t good enough to make them much of a threat to the top Big Ten teams at the moment.

PURDUE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

BOILERS HOLD ON VS. RUTGERS FOR 10TH STRAIGHT WIN AT MACKEY

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Up one with 3.3 seconds remaining, Caitlyn Harper and Jeanae Terry disrupted a last-second shot by Rutgers’ Destiny Adams to help Purdue hold on for a 77-76 win on Tuesday night at Mackey Arena. The Boilermakers notched their 10th straight win at home, marking their longest streak since 2007.

The late effort by the Scarlet Knights (6-10, 0-3) came after Purdue (9-5, 2-1) built up a 12-point lead with 5:41 to play in the fourth when Madison Layden converted an and-one to give the Boilermakers a 74-62 advantage.

As Rutgers closed the game on a 14-3 run, Purdue made three free throws in the final three minutes with Mary Ashley Stevenson’s make with 50 seconds remaining proving to be the game-winning point.

Madison Layden led the way offensively with 19 points on 7-of-14 shooting with two triples. Jeanae Terry nearly posted her second straight double-double going for eight points and 10 rebounds in the win. Terry also dished out five assists to move past KK Houser for eighth in program history with 456 helpers in West Lafayette.

Abbey Ellis reached double figures for the 13th time this season as she finished with 13 points. Rashunda Jones tallied 10 points off the bench with six coming from the line. Stevenson chipped in with a productive seven points and six rebounds in 22 minutes of action.

Despite the late rally from the Scarlet Knights, Purdue shot 44.4% from the field and connected on four 3-pointers. The offense committed just 10 turnovers as Purdue put up 63 shots. Purdue’s defense forced 15 turnovers that turned into 16 points, while Rutgers totaled just four points off Boilermaker giveaways.

The Boilermakers built up a double-digit lead in the first quarter with a 16-4 run at the end of the frame. Layden and Jones evenly split 14 of Purdue’s 24 points in the period. The Boilermakers went 9-of-16 from the floor in the opening 10 minutes.

After Terry made a layup at the start of the second, Rutgers managed to pull all the way back to two points before Ellis hit a mid-range jumper and Sophie Swanson made a pair of free throws to extend the gap back to two possessions late in the half. Jillian Huerter made a long-range triple right before the horn to cut Purdue’s lead down to 34-31 at the break.

Purdue hit on all cylinders in the third to score 29 points on 11-of-16 shooting. Harper tallied nine of her points in the frame, while six other Boilermakers put their names on the scoresheet in the period. Stevenson made a contested layup to start a 12-4 run capped by a Mila Reynolds and-one off an assist from Jones to give Purdue a 70-47 lead with 2:17 to go in the third.

Rutgers chipped the gap down to six early in the fourth, before another Stevenson layup opened six straight points for Purdue. After Layden’s made layup with 5:41 to go, the Boilermakers missed their final seven shots. Purdue allowed just three made field goals during Rutgers’ late run, but the visitors took advantage of Purdue fouls to go 10-of-11 at the line in the fourth. 

NOTES

• Purdue now leads the all-time series 9-8 with their fourth straight win against Rutgers.

• The Boilermakers have scored 20 or more points in the opening quarter in each of the last three games.

• Purdue trailed for 12 seconds in the first quarter. It was the first time Purdue had been behind in a game since Dec. 17.

• Madison Layden’s two 3-pointers gave her 177 for her career, four away from Ashley Morrissette for ninth on Purdue’s all-time charts.

• Purdue’s last double-digit winning streak at home was 12 games between the 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons.

• The win at Mackey Arena marked the 499th in program history.

• Terry recorded her sixth game this year with at least five points, five rebounds and five assists, which is tied for seventh in the nation.

• Purdue is 4-0 this season when committing 10 or fewer turnovers.

• Rutgers was just the fifth team to score 61 or more points against Purdue.

UP NEXT

The Boilermakers will hit the road on Saturday to face Maryland in College Park for a 4:30 p.m. tipoff on the Big Ten Network.

The 2023-24 Purdue women’s basketball season is presented by Purdue Global, Purdue University’s online educational solution for working adults.

STEVENSON NAMED BIG TEN FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – For the first time in her career, Purdue forward Mary Ashley Stevenson has been named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week.

The New York City native nearly averaged a double-double with 12 points and eight rebounds in wins over Indiana State and Wisconsin. Stevenson shot 45.5% from the floor and tallied three assists with two steals over the extended award period due to the holiday break.

Stevenson went for 11 points and eight rebounds with a pair of helpers to lead Purdue to a 79-63 win over Indiana State prior to the holiday break.

She posted an almost identical stat line of 13 points and eight rebounds, five coming on the offensive glass, in an 89-50 win over Wisconsin on Saturday. It was Purdue’s largest margin of victory against a Big Ten team since the 2016-17 season.

Stevenson is averaging 9.4 points and 5.9 rebounds per game this season with a 40.2% shooting clip over 27.6 minutes per game and 12 starts. The 6-2 forward ranks second among Big Ten freshmen in rebounding and fifth in scoring. She leads Big Ten freshmen with four games of at least eight points and eight rebounds.

In Big Ten action, Stevenson’s numbers have jumped up to 10.5 points and 9.5 rebounds per game. She currently ranks third in the league overall in rebounding in conference games. Stevenson is one of five players in the Big Ten to average over nine points and nine rebounds per league game this season.

Stevenson is the second Boilermaker to be named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week this season, following Rashunda Jones who garnered the honor on Nov. 20. The duo marked the first time Purdue has had multiple Big Ten Freshmen of the Week honors and honorees since the 2016-17 campaign with Dominique Oden and Ae’Rianna Harris.

The Boilermakers close out a two-game homestand tonight (Tuesday, Jan. 2) against Rutgers. The 7 p.m. tip will be streamed on B1G+.

The 2023-24 Purdue women’s basketball season is presented by Purdue Global, Purdue University’s online educational solution for working adults.

PURDUE WRESTLING

WRESTLING STARTS NEW YEAR AGAINST LINDENWOOD

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Boilermakers kick off 2024 with a return home for their final non-conference test of the season, taking on Lindenwood on Wednesday at 1 p.m. ET in Holloway Gymnasium.

PURDUE POINTS

• The Boilermakers kick off 2024 with a return home for their final non-conference test of the season, taking on Lindenwood on Wednesday at 1 p.m. ET in Holloway Gymnasium.

• It will be the first ever meeting between the two programs. It is only Lindenwood’s second ever season in Division I wrestling.

• Head coach Tony Ersland is entering his 10th season at the helm of Purdue Wrestling and holds a 78-69 dual record. His 78 wins is the third most in program history.

• In their last match against Campbell, the Boilers saw major contributions from freshmen Joey Blaze, Brody Baumann, and James Rowley, all of whom picked up bonus point wins to help see Purdue to victory.

• The Boilermakers are outscoring their opponents by 112 points in the first period and have scored first in 52% of their matches.

NUMBERS TO KNOW

15 – The number of team points Matt Ramos accumulated over three matches at the Fighting Camel Duals.

3 – True freshman Joey Blaze has already racked up a team high 3 tech falls on the year. Tied for the most any one Boiler had last season.

19 – Blaze and Ramos sit in a tie for the most dual points earned on the team with 19.

38 – True freshman Greyson Clark leads the team in back points with 38, with a +31 differential in his 14 matches.

LAST TIME OUT

Purdue Wrestling traveled east to compete in the Fighting Camel Duals where it won the last of its three matches on the day in a competitive quad meet inside Gore Arena.

The Boilermakers finished the afternoon strong by taking down the hosts Campbell 21-17. Ersland’s squad picked up three bonus point wins down the stretch to secure the victory after dropping close loses to No. 19 Stanford (24-13) and North Dakota State (22-17) earlier in the day.

Purdue compiled eight bonus point wins on the day, two pins, a tech fall and five major decisions. No. 9 Matt Ramos went 3-0, racking up 15 team points on his way to being named Outstanding Wrestler.

FRESHMEN PHENOMS

True freshmen Joey Blaze and Greyson Clark earned spots in the lineup from day one of their college careers and have already shown the talent that made them both top-30 recruits.

Blaze (11-4) made the biggest splash early by knocking off No. 5 Ed Scott of N.C. State in sudden victory. He was the first unranked Boiler to beat a top-10 opponent since Thomas Penola pinned No. 9 Quinn Miller of Virginia. He has since jumped up to No. 18 in the polls.

Clark (11-3) has shown technique beyond his years. He already leads the team with 38 back points. He also has the fastest tech fall for a Boiler this season, beating Clarion’s David McClelland 15-0 in 2:26.

BUTLER MEN’S BASKETBALL

BUTLER FALLS ON THE ROAD AT ST. JOHN’S TUESDAY NIGHT

St. John’s pulled away over the final eight minutes of the game to take an 86-70 win over visiting Butler Tuesday night at Carnesecca Arena in Queens, N.Y.

With the result, Butler falls to 10-4 overall and 1-2 in BIG EAST play.

The Red Storm improves to 10-4 (2-1 BIG EAST).

HOW IT TRANSPIRED:

St. John’s scored seven of the final nine points of the first half to take a 45-38 halftime lead. The Red Storm’s largest lead of the first half was eight points.

An early Butler spurt to start the second half trimmed the advantage to just three points at 47-44 before seven straight points from St. John’s created a cushion.

A 15-4 St. John’s run extended a six-point lead to 74-57 lead with 6:19 remaining, which was the Red Storm’s largest lead of the game.

Butler would not go quietly, scoring the next eight points to return the lead to single digits at 74-65, but could never get closer than that.

OF NOTE:

DJ Davis led the Bulldogs with 25 points, matching his season-high. He went 5-for-10 from three-point range.

St. John’s put six players in double figures, led by Daniss Jenkins with 17 points.

Joel Soriano (14 points, 12 rebounds) and Chris Ledlum (13 points, 11 rebounds) both registered double-doubles for the Red Storm.

St. John’s had a 43-32 rebounding advantage, which included 17 offensive rebounds. Butler had 14 offensive rebounds, but St. John’s held a 23-7 margin in second-chance points.

St. John’s shot 50 percent from the field.

Posh Alexander returned to Carnesecca Arena in a Butler uniform to face his old team; he scored 11 points to go along with six rebounds and five assists.

Butler shot 40 percent from the field.

Pierre Brooks II scored 11 points and had a team-best seven rebounds. He has scored in double figures in every game for Butler this season.

Butler head coach Thad Matta was ejected after receiving two technical fouls with 2:27 remaining in the game.

UP NEXT: The Bulldogs return to Hinkle Fieldhouse to host defending national champion UConn Friday night. The tip is set for 6:30 p.m. A limited number of tickets remain available for the contest with the Huskies, ranked No. 4 in this week’s AP national poll.

BUTLER WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

BIG EAST HOME OPENER BRINGS GEORGETOWN TO HINKLE FIELDHOUSE

INDIANAPOLIS – The Bulldogs are back in action this week with a pair of home games at Hinkle Fieldhouse. The first tilt of 2024 will be against the Georgetown Hoyas on Wednesday night. The 7 PM tip will stream on FloHoops.com.

GameDay

Date: Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2024

Time: 7 PM

Location: Indianapolis, Ind. – Hinkle Fieldhouse

Live Stats: ButlerSports.com – Statbroadcast

Watch: BEDN – FloHoops.com

Bulldog Bits

– The Bulldogs finished their non-conference schedule with an 8-3 record.

– Butler has not lost back-to-back games all season.

– Caroline Strande grabbed a career-high 13 rebounds in the win over Ohio.

– Butler dished out 22 assists on 26 made field goals against the Bobcats.

– BU never trailed Ohio and opened up a 32-point lead over the Bobcats in the fourth quarter.

– Butler used a 16-0 run in the second quarter to take complete control of the contest.

– Butler’s defense held Ohio to 29 percent shooting.

– The Bulldogs held the Bobcats scoreless for over seven minutes in the second quarter.

– BU made 12 of their 25 3-point attempts on Thursday (48%).

– Rachel Kent filled up the box score with 18 points, six assists, five rebounds, and a steal.

– Jordan Meulemans ranks third in the BIG EAST and 10th in the NCAA in 3-point field goal percentage.

– Caroline Strande ranks seventh in the BIG EAST in rebounding (7.7) and 13th in scoring (15.0).

– Ari Wiggins ranks eighth in the BIG EAST in steals per game (1.9).

– The Bulldogs rank second in the BIG EAST in 3-pointers made per game (9.0).

BIG EAST Standings

UConn 2-0, 10-3

Providence 1-0, 7-7

Marquette 1-1, 12-1

Georgetown 1-1, 11-2

Creighton 1-1, 10-2

Seton Hall 1-1, 9-4

Villanova 1-1, 8-5

DePaul 1-1, 9-6

St. John’s 1-1, 7-7

Butler 0-1, 8-4

Xavier 0-2, 1-10

Scouting Georgetown                                                                          

The Hoyas were picked 10th in the BIG EAST Preseason Coaches Poll, but head into 2024 with an 11-2 overall record. GU most recently defeated DePaul in Chicago by outscoring the Blue Demons 17-9 in the fourth quarter to claim a 66-62 road win. Kelsey Ransom was the player of the game for the Blue and Gray posting 23 points, eight assists, seven rebounds and five steals. Ransom ranks ninth in the league in scoring, sixth in assists per game and second in both steals and minutes played. She is one of four players to start in every game this season, joining Graceann Bennett, Alex Cowan, and Victoria Rivera. Interim Head Coach Darnell Haney stresses defense to the Hoyas and it shows up in the stats. Georgetown has the best defense in the league holding the opposition to just 49.2 points per game. Teams are shooting just 33 percent against GU this season.

All-Time Series                                                                                      

Butler leads the all-time series against Georgetown 11-10. The Bulldogs swept the Hoyas during the regular season last year, but Georgetown recorded a 53-46 win over Butler in the First Round of the BIG EAST Tournament. The Hoyas swept the Bulldogs in 2021-22 and the two programs split a pair of games 2020-21 with each team winning at home. Prior to last season, Butler’s last regular season sweep over Georgetown came in 2019-20.

Last Meeting vs. Georgetown                                                            

Georgetown advanced to the BIG EAST Quarterfinals last year with a 53-46 win over Butler in the conference tournament. Sydney Jaynes and Caroline Strande combined to score 33 of Butler’s 46 points. Jada Claude led the Hoyas with 17 points and Jaynes would lead all players with 21.

BIG EAST Home Openers                                                                                   

Butler’s last win in their BIG EAST home opener came during the 2018-19 season. The Bulldogs defeated the Seton Hall Pirates 62-59 on Jan. 4.

Happy New Year                                                                                                  

The Bulldogs have not won their first game of the new year since the 2019-20 season. BU went on the road to capture a 78-70 win over Xavier that year on Jan. 4.

Second Half of the Season                                                                  

The Bulldogs went 6-14 in conference games a year ago, collecting victories over Xavier (2x), Georgetown (2x), Providence, and Seton Hall. BU’s first conference win came on Dec. 28 at Xavier and the ‘Dawgs rattled off four-straight BIG EAST wins from Feb. 11-24. Since joining the BIG EAST, Butler’s best conference record has been recorded twice at 11-7. The ‘Dawgs won 11 conference games in 2018-19 and followed up with 11 more in 2019-20. They won 10 games their first year as BIG EAST members in 2013-14 and matched that effort with 10 more in 2014-15.

BIG EAST Battles                                                                                                 

The only undefeated BIG EAST teams in conference action are UConn and Providence. Seven of the 11 teams in the league standings are 1-1 at the start of conference play and only Butler and Xavier are winless.

Something Has to Give                                                                        

The Bulldogs are 6-1 at home this season and the Hoyas are 7-0 on the road. This contest is Georgetown’s third-straight road game while the ‘Dawgs have played at home in three of their last four games. Butler’s only home loss this season was a 51-39 setback to Vanderbilt. Georgetown has won road games at Temple, at Northwestern and at Kennesaw State.

Keys To the Game                                                                                               

The Bulldogs will need to block out on Wednesday night to get the win over Georgetown. The Hoyas are just one of two BIG EAST teams shooting below 40 percent from the field this season, but they are +5.6 in rebound margin. BU will also need to stay hot from behind the arc. The Bulldogs have made 46 more 3-pointers than Georgetown this season. The ‘Dawgs shoot 37.5 percent from long range as a team and the Hoyas are last in the league in 3-point field goal percentage at 26.7 percent.

Rachel Is Ready for BIG EAST Action                                                

Rachel Kent led Butler in scoring for the second-straight game and the third time this season with 18 points against the Ohio Bobcats. She has scored in double figures in six of Butler’s last seven games and has hit four or more 3-pointers six of those seven contests.

Meulemans For 3!                                                                                              

Jordan Meulemans ranks 33rd in the NCAA in made 3-pointers (35), 10th in 3-point field goal percentage (49.3) and 23rd in made 3-pointers per game (2.9). Meulemans made 10 3-pointers over the first five games of the season and has made 25 over her last seven.

2 for 20                                                                                                   

Jordan Meulemans and Caroline Strande became the first Bulldog teammates to score 20 points or more in the same game since Feb. 28, 2020. Meulemans scored a team-high 23 points against Chicago State on Dec. 10 with five made 3-pointers and Strande shot 8-for-10 from the field to come up with her career-high 22 points. The last Bulldog duo to score 20 each in the same game prior to this season was Kristen Spolyar and Kat Strong. Spolyar had 28 at St. John’s and Strong posted 21.

Tied a Team Record                                                                                            

Jordan Meulemans made eight 3-pointers in the win over St. Thomas to match the single-game high in the BIG EAST this season. She ended the contest going 8-for-10 from behind the arc to score a career-high 24 points. Meulemans was just one 3-pointer shy of tying the single-game BU individual record and the ‘Dawgs tied their team record with 16 made 3-pointers in the victory.

Up Next                                                                                                                 

The Bulldogs will host the Seton Hall Pirates on Saturday, Jan. 6 at 2 PM. The BIG EAST Digital Network will stream the action on FloHoops.com.

NOTRE DAME MEN’S BASKETBALL

BURTON WINS FIRST ACC WEEKLY HONOR

CHARLOTTE – The Atlantic Coast Conference named Notre Dame guard Markus Burton its Rookie of the Week for his gritty play in the win over Virginia this past Saturday. The freshman out of Mishawaka poured in 15 points, and dished out a career-high 8 assists, to help lift the Irish to a dominant 76-54 win. It marks the first ACC weekly honor for Burton.

Burton started the game 4-for-5 and 2-for-2 from three to achieve 10 points by halftime. He ultimately finished the game 6-for-10 shooting. Eight assists against a stout Virginia defense is no easy task. It only happened twice to the Cavaliers last season, for Burton is now the first player to do it since Virginia Tech’s Justyn Mutts on Feb. 4, 2023. Burton also added three rebounds and one steal to his stat line.

Burton has been locked in as of late, recording six straight games with double-digit points. In fact, he’s amassed 103 points in that span, averaging 17.2 points.

Overall, Burton’s 15.9 ppg leads all ACC freshmen and ranks third nationally. He is currently the only freshman in the country averaging over 15 points, 3.5 assists and 1.5 steals.

Burton and the rest of the Irish return to action on Wednesday, Jan. 3, at 9 p.m. ET, when they host NC State.

A DATE WITH NC STATE

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Momentum – the driving force gained by the development of a process or course of events. The Notre Dame men’s basketball team will look to sustain its momentum after its recent course of events which included the best program win all-time against Virginia. That momentum will be tested by NC State at home on Wednesday, Jan. 3. Tip inside Purcell is slated for 9 p.m. ET on the ACC Network.

HOMESTAND ROLLS ON

Three straight ACC games at home to essentially kick off league play continues on Wednesday night when the Irish host the Wolfpack. NC State enters at 9-3 overall and 1-0 in ACC play after previously defeating Boston College back on Dec. 2.

NC State is led by 6-2 graduate guard DJ Horne, who is averaging 15.0 ppg. Horne has scored 20 or more points in four of the last six games. Furthermore, four of their five starters average double figures: Jayden Taylor (13.0 ppg), Casey Morsell (12.3 ppg) and DJ Burns, Jr. (13.2 ppg).

Notre Dame leads the all-time series 10-9. Last year, the two met in Raleigh with the Wolfpack taking it 85-82. In fact, four of the last six encounters have been decided by single digits.

FIRST SIGNATURE WIN

It took just the second ACC game of his career but Coach Shrewsberry delivered that first signature win in Notre Dame’s 76-54 victory over Virginia. What Shrews’ crew accomplished had never been done by an Irish crew against Virginia .. ever. It was the largest margin of victory against the Cavaliers in the all-time series. In addition, the 76 points were the most scored by an Irish squad against the Cavaliers in regulation. Furthermore, the Irish handed Virginia its biggest loss to an ACC opponent since 2017 (65-41 loss to No. 10 UNC on Feb. 18, 2017).

574 BOYS BALL OUT ON 574 DAY

It was just meant to be. It was 574 Day when Notre Dame hosted Virginia, celebrating the combination of the local 574 community and our three local players on the team. And it just so happened that the 574 boys went off. South Bend native J.R. Konieczny posted 17 points and eight rebounds, shooting 6-of-8 including a 4-for-5 mark from three. Konieczny made his first six shots from the field and scored all his points in the first half. Then there was Mishawaka native Markus Burton, who earned 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting, plus a career-high eight assists. Burton is the first player to dish out eight assists against Virginia since Virginia Tech’s Justyn Mutts on Feb. 4, 2023.

TABLE OR BOOTH

Booth has started two straight games and both have resulted in Irish wins. The freshman earned 11 points and six rebounds against Marist, then notched 17 points and nine boards vs. Virginia. Thus, he is averaging 14.0 points and 7.5 rebounds over the last two games.

Booth was a man possessed in the second half of the Virginia contest. The 6-10 forward scored 14 points from the 11:11 mark to 4:54 on the clock.

HITTING THE MARK

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

His 15.9 ppg leads all ACC freshmen and ranks 3rd nationally amongst DI freshmen.

He is the only freshman in the country averaging over 15 points, 3.5 assists and 1.5 steals per game.

If the season ended today, Burton’s 15.9 ppg would rank 3rd all-time in the ND freshman record book. The two in front of him – Adrian Dantley (18.3) and Troy Murphy (19.2).

Burton started his career with five straight games in double figures. He now leads the team with 11 double-digit games.

Burton picked up his 4th game of 20 or more points against Marist on Dec. 22. The following is a list of the most 20-point games by an Irish freshman: Adrian Dantley (13 in ‘73-74), Troy Murphy (10 in ‘98-99) and David Rivers (10 in ‘84-85).

Ranks 12th in the ACC in scoring, 10th in Assists (3.9), 12th in steals (1.5) and 12th in FT% (.816).

D-UP!

If you are looking for an early Coach Shrewsberry stamp on the program, look no further than the defensive effort by this young Irish squad. In nine of the last 10 games, the Irish have allowed 65 points or fewer in regulation. Most notably ND’s two ACC contests. First, they limited Miami to a season low in points – 24 points fewer than their season average of 86 points per game. Then they held Virginia to 54 points, which was 12 points below their season average.

With that said, Notre Dame’s scoring defense of 65.6 now ranks 3rd in the ACC.

SECOND HALF SURGE

As previously alluded, Burton has had a knack for surging at the right moments in the second half. Five times this season, Burton has scored double-digit points in the second half alone: Niagara, Oklahoma State, Western Michigan, Marquette and Marist.

Burton is averaging a team best 8.2 points in the second half.

#TRENDING

Burton has produced a stellar six-game stretch in which he’s scored double-digits in every game, totaling 103 points (17.2 ppg). In addition, he has dished out 42 assists over the last nine games (4.7 apg).

J.R. Konieczny has been a great storyline of this season. The junior has recorded double-digit points in 7 of the last 11 games. If you take out those first two games of the season and look at this 11-game stretch, Konieczny is averaging 11.8 points.

As previously mentioned, Carey Booth has made 2 straight starts and it’s been 2 straight Irish wins. Booth is averaging the 2nd most points over the last 2 games at 14.0 ppg.

HOME BOOST

The Irish will start non-stop league play with three consecutive ACC contests at home: Virginia, NC State and Duke. Important to note after the Virginia win – since joining the league for the 2013-14 season, the Irish have never beaten both Virginia and Duke in the same regular season. They’ll have that opportunity on Saturday.

Call it a home bonus, but Markus Burton has thrived inside Purcell Pavilion. The Mishawaka native is averaging 17.6 points on 45.6 percent shooting, with 4.4 assists.

The team as a whole is shooting better at home as well – .439 compared to .323 on the road.

NOTRE DAME WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

HIDALGO WINS SIXTH ACC ROOKIE OF THE WEEK AWARD, TYING PROGRAM RECORD

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Jacqueline Batteast. Sonia Citron. Alicia Ratay. Brianna Turner.

And now Hannah Hidalgo.

On Tuesday, Hidalgo earned her sixth ACC Rookie of the Week award, tying the program record for Rookie of the Week honors (ACC or Big East) set by the aforementioned players. Batteast, Citron, Ratay and Turner all went on to win conference Rookie of the Year, Batteast and Ratay in the Big East and Citron and Turner in the ACC.

Hidalgo scored a career-high 32 points in Notre Dame’s lone game of last week, an 86-81 loss at now-No. 25 Syracuse. She led all players in scoring. Hidalgo now has two games with at least 30 points, tied for the most for a freshman in program history (Shari Matvey, 1980). She was just a point shy of tying the freshman single-game record of 33, which was set by Michelle Marciniak in 1991.

The scrappy point guard also had 7 steals against the Orange. That marks the seventh time this season that she has had at least 6 steals in a game, the second-most in program history since at least 1999. In total over her four years at Notre Dame, Skylar Diggins had eight games of the sort. Hidalgo’s seventh game with 6+ passed Ashley Barlow and Megan Duffy, who each had six performances of at least 6 steals while at Notre Dame.

With her stat line at Syracuse — which included 6 assists and 5 rebounds — Hidalgo also notched her fourth game this year with at least 25 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals. No one else has more than one. There have only been seven such performances in women’s D1 basketball this year.

The New Jersey native continues to pace the ACC in scoring (24.5 points per game) and the nation in steals (6.1). On the whole, Hidalgo already has 67 steals on the year. The freshman record is 90 and held by Skylar Diggins.

BALL STATE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL OPENS MAC PLAY AT WESTERN MICHIGAN WEDNESDAY

Ball State (10-2) at Western Michigan (5-5)

January 3, 2023 >>Read Fieldhouse>Kalamazoo, Mich.>> 7 pm ET

– Wednesday’s game against Western Michigan will mark the 92nd time in program history the two schools have met with Ball State leading the all-time series record, 52-39. The Cardinals won their last meeting against the Broncos by a score of 80-49 on Feb. 22 in Worthen Arena.

– Ball State owns a 32-8 ledger over Western Michigan dating back to the 2004-05 season. Brady Sallee holds an 19-4 career mark against the Broncos.

– The last time the Cardinals lost to the Broncos in the MAC regular season was in Kalamazoo, Mich., was on March 2, 2019 by a score of 54-72. Since then, Ball State has won eight-straight over Western Michigan.

– The Cardinals are 6-5 in their Mid-American Conference openers under 12th year head coach Brady Sallee and 2-2 when opening league play on the road.

– Ball State ended its 2023 non-conference season with an impressive 95-58 victory over Oakland City on Dec. 30 in Worthen Arena. Against the Mighty Oaks, Madelyn Bischoff led the Cardinals with 16 points. She has reached double digit scoring in nine of the Cardinals 12 games this season. With the win, the Cardinals improved to 10-2 on the season and currently enter Mid-American Conference action with the best non-conference mark.

– Western Michigan is coming off of an 84-47 loss to No. 14 Notre Dame on Dec. 21 in South Bend, Ind. Kaitlyn Zarycki led the Broncos in scoring with 16 points while Jasmine Elder pulled down eight rebounds.

 – The conference tournament runs March 13-16 with the league’s top eight teams advancing to Cleveland for the quarterfinals, semifinals and the title game on Saturday, March 16.

Game Day Tidbits:

– In her first 11 contests as a Cardinal, Nyla Hampton has stolen the ball 46 times and has dished out 57 assists. Hampton stole the ball eight times against Tennessee Tech (11/6/23) which marks a season best for her. Hampton is third in the nation in total steals (46) and ranks fourth in steals per game (3.83).

– The Cardinals as a team rank in the top 100 in these categorie: 23rd in steals per game (11.7), 25th in turnovers forced (21.33), 27th in 3-pointers per game (8.8), 39th in winning percentage (83.3), 40th in 3-point attempts (25.0), 47th in bench points (26.1), 48th in turnover margin (4.67), 61st in assists per game (16.0), 64th in 3-point field goal percentage (35.0), 64th in field goal percentage (44.7) and 80th in scoring offense (74.2).

– Madelyn Bischoff ranks 7th in 3-pointers per contest in the country (3.36), 15th in 3-point field goal percentage (47.4) and 24th in total 3-pointers (37).

Career Milestones:

– Ally Becki needs 110 points for 1,000, 95 assists and 56 rebounds to reach the 500 mark.

– Nyla Hampton needs 48 points for 1,000.

– Marie Kiefer has 107 blocks for her career — needs 45 to move into first place.

In the MAC:

The Cardinals sit atop of the Mid-American Conference with a 10-2 non-conference mark. Ball State is the only school in league play that has only two losses. As a team, the Cardinals rank first in the MAC in assists per game (16.0), bench points (26.1), field goal percentage (44.7), scoring offense (74.2), steals per game (11.7), turnover margin (4.67) and winning percentage (83.3).

Sallee vs WMU:

2012-13: Ball State 73, WMU 50

2012-13: Ball State 60, WMU 46

2013-14: Ball State 56, WMU 43

2014-15: Ball State 79, WMU 73

2014-15: WMU 51, Ball State 50

2015-16: Ball State 77, WMU 53

2015-16: Ball Sate 60, WMU 54

2016-17: Ball State 61, WMU 56

2016-17: Ball State 83, WMU 72

2017-18: Ball State 81, WMU 71

2017-18: Ball State 85, WMU 58

2017-18: WMU 65, Ball State 54

2018-19: WMU 65, Ball State 62

2018-19: WMU 72, Ball State 54

2019-20: Ball State 68, WMU 65

2019-20: Ball State 64, WMU 63+

2020-21: Ball State 78, WMU 71

2021-22: Ball State 73, WMU 67

2021-22: Ball State 64, WMU 56

2022-23: Ball State 76, WMU 70

2022-23: Ball State 80, WMU 49

+ Indicates Overtime + Indicates

BALL STATE MEN’S BASKETBALL

CARDINALS DROP MAC OPENER AT KENT STATE

KENT, Ohio – The Ball State men’s basketball team dropped its Mid-American Conference opener at Kent State 82-69 on Tuesday night at the Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center.

The Cardinals (8-5) trailed by 19 points early in the second half after being down 41-30 at halftime but trimmed the deficit to seven on a Basheer Jihad 3-pointer that made the score 63-56 at the 8:37 mark.

The Golden Flashes (8-5) went on a 6-0 scoring run from there and led by double figures the rest of the contest.

Ball State led 10-7 early following a Davion Bailey triple, but the hosts established an inside presence for a 16-5 rally and would least by at least seven points the remainder of the contest. Bailey’s 14 first half points kept the visiting Cardinals in the game in the opening period.

The Cardinals battled foul trouble the majority of the game, including Jalin Anderson picking up two personals in the first six minutes and Ben Hendriks three in the first nine minutes.

Jihad tallied a game high 23 points while pulling down six rebounds. Anderson (10 points, seven rebounds, five assists) also contributed double digit points, while Mason Jones and Mickey Pearson Jr. chipped in nine each.

Kent State put up five players with 11+ points, led by Chris Payton Jr. (20 and six boards). The Flashes controlled the points in the paint (46-24) and bench points (42-11) categories.

Ball State hit 40 percent (24-60) of its field goal attempts, including 33.3 percent (6-18) from distance, while shooting 93.8 percent (15-16) at the free throw line. The hosts shot 52.8 percent (28-53) from the floor and 38.5 percent (5-13) on 3-pointers. Kent State won the rebounding battle 35-28.

The Cardinals return to Worthen Arena to play Central Michigan at 2 p.m. on Saturday in their first home game since Dec. 10.

BALL STATE MEN’S BASKETBALL ROSTER UPDATES

The Ball State men’s basketball team and head coach Michael Lewis have announced the following roster updates:

Freshman guard Joey Brown has been reinstated from suspension and will be available to play in Tuesday night’s game at Kent State. Brown did not play in the previous two games due to the suspension. The Indianapolis native has averaged 1.6 points and 1.8 rebounds per game in the first nine contests of his collegiate career.

Freshman center Zane Doughty has suffered a season-ending injury. Doughty played 10 games, including starting the most recent game at Minnesota, and ended his first collegiate campaign averaging 2.3 points and 2.1 rebounds per game while shooting 53.3 percent from the field and 70.0 percent on free throws.

BALL STATE MEN’S VOLLEYBALL

MVB OPENS THE 2024 SEASON AT HOME WITH 3-0 SWEEP OVER WABASH COLLEGE

MUNCIE, Ind. – The Ball State men’s volleyball team opened its 2024 season with an impressive 3-0 (25-9, 25-9, 25-11) sweep over Wabash College Tuesday night in Worthen Arena.

Tonight’s victory was an all-around team effort that saw some familiar and new faces on the court. The Cardinals were led offensively by Dyer Ball, Nathan Goh and Trevor Phillips as all three had eight kills apiece. Setter Griffin Satterfield dished out 31 assists.

As a team, the Cardinals hit .618 from the floor while limiting the Little Giants defensively to a .029.

Ball State was unstoppable from start to finish in all three sets and Wabash didn’t stand a chance as BSU plowed through each frame taking early commanding leads throughout the contest.

In the first frame, Ball State built a quick 16-3 cushion which was capped off by a Rodney Wallace kill. After that, Wabash began to warm up scoring six more points before the Cardinals took the opening set by a score of 25-9 off the kill by Braydon Savitski-Lynde.

Third-year head coach Donan Cruz started a slightly different lineup in sets two and three, but the Cardinals were able to adjust in both frames. The final set was finished off by a Will Patterson kill to seal tonight’s victory.

The Ball State men’s volleyball team continues its three-game home stand Wednesday when it plays Wabash at 11 am ET and then Thomas More at 2 pm ET in Worthen Arena.

INDIANA STATE MEN’S BASKETBALL

ISU OPENS 2024 WITH MVC ACTION VS EVANSVILLE

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State men’s basketball returns to Missouri Valley Conference play to open the 2024 calendar year versus the University of Evansville Purple Aces. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m. on January 3 on ESPN+ and 105.5 The Legend.

Series History

Indiana State holds the lead in the all-time meeting history, as this marks the 186th meeting between the Sycamores and Purple Aces. ISU swept Evansville in all three meetings last year, including a first-round knockout in the Missouri Valley tournament in St. Louis. Indiana State has won 13 of the previous 14 contests versus Evansville, dating back to the 2017-18 season.

About Evansville

Evansville is in their second season with Coach David Ragland at the helm. The Purple Aces currently sit 5th overall in the conference with a 1-1 record in MVC play. Evansville was selected to finish 11-of-12 in the preseason MVC poll. UE has already doubled their win total from last season, going only 5-27 overall last season and 1-19 in conference play. Four Purple Aces currently average 10.0+ PPG: Ben Humrichous (16.3), Yacine Toumi (10.3), Chuck Bailey III (10.7), and Kenny Strawbridge, Jr. (10.1).

Last Time Out – Indiana State

Indiana State saw its 10-game winning streak come to an end on Saturday afternoon as the Sycamores fell in a tough test at Michigan State, 87-75, inside the Breslin Center.

The Sycamores fell for just the second time in the 2023-24 season in the rematch of the 1979 NCAA Championship Game despite Isaiah Swope’s 26-point effort that included a game-high six three-pointers. The junior guard was 9-of-18 from the floor and 6-of-13 in leading the ISU offensive charge in the effort. Ryan Conwell added 16 points, while Jayson Kent had 12 points over 21 minutes as the Sycamores battled through foul trouble throughout the contest in the loss.

Last Time Out – Evansville

Evansville battled the University of Cincinnati of the Big 12 conference and fell 76-58 on Dec. 29. Despite the Purple Aces leading 40-32 at the break, Evansville scored only 18 second-half points to inevitably record their third loss of the season.

Yacine Toumi led the way with 17 points (8-for-13) with nine rebounds. Kenny Strawbridge followed with 14 points, and Tanner Cuff chipped in 13 points. Evansville finished the game 3-for-12 from beyond the arc.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

RENNA SCHWIETERMAN SELECTED AS HORIZON LEAGUE FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK

INDIANAPOLIS – The Horizon League announced on Tuesday (Jan. 2) that Purdue Fort Wayne’s Renna Schwieterman was selected as the league’s Freshman of the Week.

Schwieterman helped the Mastodons to a 1-1 week, picking up a road win at Milwaukee. She averaged 7.0 points and 2.0 rebounds per game and shot 36.4 percent from 3-point range. She scored 12 points off the bench at Green Bay thanks to four 3-pointers.

This is the second time that Schwieterman has been named the Horizon League Freshman of the Week. She also earned the honor on December 4. She joins fellow Mastodon freshman Erin Woodson with two honors. The Mastodons have taken four of the eight Freshman of the Week awards this season, and four of the last five.

Schwieterman and the ‘Dons are 9-5 and 3-1 to start Horizon League play. This matches the best start to a season since 2010-11. They will look to move to 10-5 when Robert Morris comes to Fort Wayne for a game on Thursday (Jan. 4) at 7 p.m.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE MEN’S BASKETBALL

COREY HADNOT II WINS FOURTH FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK HONOR

INDIANAPOLIS – Purdue Fort Wayne’s Corey Hadnot II has been named the Horizon League Men’s Basketball Freshman of the Week, the league announced on Tuesday (Jan. 2). It is the fourth freshman award of the season for Hadnot. No other player in the league has more than one.

Hadnot averaged 10.5 points, 2.5 assists, 2.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals in two victories on the week. He had 15 points, three assists, three steals and three rebounds against Detroit Mercy on Sunday. Hadnot pitched in six points and two assists on Friday against Northern Kentucky. He finished 5-of-12 from three in the two games.

On the season, Hadnot is averaging 7.9 points per game and just under two assists per contest.

Hadnot has helped the ‘Dons to a 13-2 record and the Horizon League’s only undefeated record in league play at 4-0.

The Mastodons are back in action on Saturday (Jan. 6) in a 1 p.m. start at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.

EVANSVILLE MEN’S BASKETBALL

MVC PLAY RESUMES ON WEDNESDAY AT INDIANA STATE

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Missouri Valley Conference action resumes on Wednesday when the University of Evansville men’s basketball team visits Indiana State at the Hulman Center.  Tip is set for 6 p.m. CT with ESPN+ and the Purple Aces Radio Network having the coverage.

Last Time Out

– Missing two of its top performers and facing a 1-loss Cincinnati team, the Aces put forth a strong effort, but a second-half rally by the Bearcats was too much to overcome in a 76-58 loss on Dec. 29

– UE shot 58.1% in the first half and led by eight at halftime before a 26-4 stretch in the second half turned the tides

– Yacine Toumi had one of the top efforts of his career, posting 17 points and 9 rebounds while playing over 37 minutes

– Kenny Strawbridge Jr. (14 pts) and Tanner Cuff (13 pts) also finished in double digits

Upping His Game

– In one of the top all-around efforts of his career, Yacine Toumi recorded 17 points, 9 rebounds, 2 blocks and 2 assists at Cincinnati as UE was down two players

– The contest marked the 5th-consecutive double-digit scoring game for Toumi, who is averaging 13.8 points over that span

– With 10 points and 10 caroms in the triumph over Tennessee Tech, he earned his first double-double of the season and the fourth of his career

– Toumi was Evansville’s top performer in the road game against top 15 squad BYU and followed that up with a 14-point game at Bellarmine

Doing It All

– Junior Tanner Cuff is enjoying his top scoring stretch of the season, averaging 12 PPG over the last three contests

– Cuff put together is top performance of the season against UT Martin, recording a career-high 14 points to go along with 8 rebounds and 8 assists

– Following a 9-point game vs. TTU, Cuff scored 13 at Cincinnati on 6-of-12 shooting

– With 43 assists against 13 turnovers, he paces the MVC with an assist-to-turnover ratio of 3.07; that tally is 36th in the NCAA

– Cuff has multiple assists in 8 of the last 10 games with his top total of eight coming at MSU and vs. UTM

First Start

– Freshman Joshua Hughes made the first start of his career at Cincinnati and finished with 7 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 blocks and 2 steals

– He has scored at least 7 points in 5 of the last 6 games and is shooting 57.5% (19/33) over that span

– He is tied for 5th in the MVC with 1.38 blocks per game

– Converting 8 of his 12 attempts in the Nov. 25 win over SEMO, he reset his UE scoring mark with 21 points

– Hughes scored 11 points on a perfect 4-for-4 shooting day in the UNI win

Scouting the Opponent

– Indiana State is tied atop the MVC standings with an overall mark of 11-2 and a league record of 2-0

– The Sycamores opened Valley play with wins over Southern Illinois and at Bradley

– Throughout non-conference action, the lone losses for Indiana State have been on the road at Alabama and Michigan State

– Five ISU players average double figures with Isaiah Swope leading the way with 19.6 points per game; he is the #2 scorer in the MVC

– Ryan Conwell and Robbie Avila both check in with averages of 15.5 PPG

SOUTHERN INDIANA MEN’S BASKETBALL

USI AT HOME FOR A PAIR THIS WEEK

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Men’s Basketball comes home to Screaming Eagles Arena this week to host a pair of Ohio Valley Conference matchups. The Screaming Eagles begin the two-game homestand Thursday by hosting Tennessee State University and concludes the week Saturday versus Tennessee Tech University.

Tipoff time for both games is set for 7:30 p.m. Fans can track your Eagles all season by visiting the schedule on USIScreamingEagles.com for links to follow all of the action on the ESPN+, ESPN 97.7FM (http://listentotheref.com), and 95.7FM The Spin (http://957thespin.com/).

Thursday’s USI-TSU game is Fan Appreciation Night at Screaming Eagles Arena. The first 500 get a voucher for free hot dog and first 300 USI foam #1 finger.

USI (4-11, 1-1 OVC) split the first weekend of conference play. The Eagles opened OVC action by losing a heartbreaker at Southeast Missouri State University, 93-91, in overtime before posting a strong road win at Lindenwood University, 73-62. Junior guard Jeremiah Hernandez (Chicago, Illinois) and sophomore guard/forward AJ Smith (Edwardsville, Illinois) led the teams to the split by averaging 25.5 points and 23.0 points per contest. Smith also grabbed a team-best 10.0 rebounds per game during the first weekend of league play.

Through 15 games of the season, Hernandez leads the team in scoring with 14.3 points per game. Smith follows with 13.2 points and a team-best 9.6 rebounds per outing, while posting a team-high six double-doubles.

The Tigers of TSU (8-7, 1-1 OVC) also split the first league weekend at home, losing the OVC opener to the University of Tennessee at Martin, 91-75, before rebounding to defeat the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, 90-82. TSU is 2-4 in the last six games, 1-2 in the last three.

USI and TSU split the season series with each winning on the other home court. TSU took the opening game at Screaming Eagles Arena, 80-76, while USI got even with the Tigers, 93-81, in the regular season finale last year in Nashville, Tennessee.

TTU (5-10, 0-2 OVC), which is also 2-4 in the last six games, started conference action at home with an 81-75 loss to Little Rock and an 81-73 loss to UT Martin. The Golden Eagles took both meetings with USI last year, winning in Cookeville, Tennessee, 84-69, and at Screaming Eagles Arena, 82-79.

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

VALPO MEN’S BASKETBALL

WILLIAMSON NAMED MVC FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK

Valparaiso University men’s basketball freshman Jahari Williamson (Pickering, Ontario, Canada / Royal Crown Academy) has been named the Missouri Valley Conference Freshman of the Week, as announced by the league office on Tuesday.

The honor comes after Williamson posted a career-high 24 points and knocked down five 3s in Friday’s nonconference finale at Elon, the team’s lone game this week. He went 7-of-7 at the free-throw line while also squeezing a personal-best five rebounds and dishing out two assists in his first collegiate start. He outdid his previous season high of 20 that came on Dec. 16 vs. Chicago State.

Williamson’s 24 points marked the most by a Valpo rookie since Javon Freeman-Liberty had 27 on Feb. 5, 2019 at Illinois State. On a day where freshmen accounted for 65 percent of the team’s scoring and freshmen and sophomores combined for 87 percent, Williamson and Cooper Schwieger became the first Valpo freshman tandem in at least three decades to both score 20+ points in the same game.

Williamson becomes the third Beacon to capture an MVC weekly honor this season, joining Isaiah Stafford (Nov. 20, Newcomer of the Week) and Cooper Schwieger (Nov. 27, Freshman of the Week). This year’s team has already tied for the second most Valpo weekly awards in a single season since joining the MVC and needs just one more weekly honor to tie for the program’s most since joining the conference.

VALPO WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL KICKS OFF 2024 AT MISSOURI STATE THURSDAY

Valparaiso (1-9, 0-1 MVC)

Game #11 – January 4, 2024 – 6:30 p.m.

at Missouri State (7-3, 1-0 MVC)

Great Southern Bank Arena (11,000) – Springfield, Mo.

Next Up in Valpo Basketball: The Valpo women’s basketball team opens the 2024 calendar year with the lengthiest road trip of Missouri Valley Conference play, heading to Springfield, Mo. to face off against Missouri State Thursday evening.

Previously: Valpo opened the 2023-24 MVC slate Saturday evening in Murray, Ky., dropping a 90-62 decision to host Murray State. Leah Earnest led all players with 17 points and nine rebounds, while Saniya Jackson (11 points) and Nevaeh Jackson (10 points) joined Earnest in double figures in the scoring department.

Following Valpo Basketball: Streaming Video: ESPN+

Links for live coverage: Available via ValpoAthletics.com

Head Coach Mary Evans: Mary Evans is in her sixth year at the helm of the program in 2023-24 and owns a record of 56-100. Evans has made an impact on the program in her first five years, raising the team’s level of play to be competitive in a strong Missouri Valley Conference. The 2022-23 season saw Evans lead Valpo to the first win in program history over perennial MVC power Missouri State. The Beacons also won three consecutive road games in Valley play, the first time the program accomplished that feat against three different opponents since 2007.

Series Notes: A series which started upon Valpo’s admittance to the Valley prior to the 2017-18 season, Missouri State holds a 10-1 advantage in the series. The Lady Bears had won the first 10 matchups between the two programs, but the Beacons earned the victory in the most recent meeting – a 77-68 triumph at the ARC last Jan. 14 in the sole game between the two teams in 2022-23. Ilysse Pitts more than doubled her previous career best by scoring a game-high 24 points, while Leah Earnest went 6-of-9 from the floor for 18 points and Olivia Brown chipped in 15 points in the win.

@ValpoWBB…

…and @ValleyHoops

– Valpo was picked to finish in 10th place in the MVC preseason poll, totaling 162 points, coming in ahead of Evansville and Bradley.

– Valpo is in its seventh season as a member of the Missouri Valley Conference.

– The Valley was ranked 13th in conference NET last season. The MVC ranked 10th in conference NET in 2021-22, seventh in conference NET in 2020-21 and was eighth in conference RPI in 2019-20.

…looking back at last year

– Valpo finished last season with a 7-23 overall record and finished at 5-15 in MVC play, good for 11th in the Valley standings.

– The Beacons earned their first win in program history over perennial MVC power Missouri State.

– Valpo also won three consecutive road games in Valley play, the first time the program accomplished that feat against three different opponents since 2007.

– Ali Saunders was named to the MVC All-Freshman Team.

…at Murray State

– Valpo was within 18-16 past the halfway point of the first quarter before Murray State ended the period with 11 straight points to pull out to a 29-16 lead at the end of the quarter.

– The Beacons used a 12-3 run to close to within 35-28 with 4:44 to play in the first half. The Racers scored the next nine in a row, however, and led 44-31 at intermission.

– A 13-0 Murray State run over a four-minute stretch of the third quarter pushed the Racers’ advantage to 28 points. Murray State led 76-49 with 10 minutes to play, and Valpo was unable to get any closer in the fourth quarter.

– Leah Earnest led all players with a game-high 17 points, the ninth time in 10 games this season that the senior has scored in double figures. She also came up just one rebound shy of a double-double, pacing all players with nine boards.

– Saniya Jackson tallied 11 points on 5-of-9 shooting to reach double figures for the fifth time in Valpo’s last seven games, while Nevaeh Jackson totaled 10 points to hit double digits for the second time this year. Both of the twins contributed three steals and two blocked shots as well.

– Valpo shot at a 40.7% (22-of-54) clip from the floor to Murray State’s 46% (29-of-63) shooting. The Racers also hit 11 triples versus the Beacons’ eight 3-pointers.

– The Beacons committed a season-worst 28 turnovers which Murray State converted into 35 points.

– Led by the Jackson twins, Valpo racked up 11 steals to maintain its MVC-leading pace as a team in that category. It is the sixth time this year the Beacons have posted a double-digit steal total.

…at Stetson

– The first quarter was played entirely within a single possession either way, as neither team was able to push its lead past three points, and the score was tied 15-15 after 10 minutes.

– Stetson opened the second quarter on a 10-3 run to take the lead for good and led 33-26 at halftime.

– The Beacons held the Hatters without a point for a stretch of nearly five minutes in the third quarter, closing to within 37-35 with 4:44 to play in the period.

– The deficit was still just four points at 43-39 with 2:23 to go in the third period before Stetson ended the quarter on a 9-0 run to push its lead to its apex at 52-39 with 10 minutes to play.

– Valpo was able to cut the deficit inside eight points twice in the fourth quarter, but both times Stetson came down and hit a 3-pointer on its next possession.

– Olivia Brown paced Valpo, pouring in 14 points — including four 3-pointers.

– Saniya Jackson finished with 10 points and led the Beacons with seven rebounds, bettering her season best in that category for the second straight day.

– Leah Earnest finished with 10 points as well, her eighth double-digit scoring outing in the season’s first nine games. The senior also handed out a game-high five assists.

– Valpo shot just 38.5% from the field compared to Stetson’s 52.9% clip. The Beacons did hit nine 3-pointers to the Hatters’ five, but Valpo was undone in part by 13-of-23 shooting from the charity stripe.

…looking ahead

– The Beacons close out their current five-game road swing Saturday afternoon at Southern Illinois.

– Valpo returns to the ARC for the first time in over a month Friday, Jan. 12 as the Beacons face Drake, followed by a matchup against UNI two days later.

…on the road

– Valpo will play 17 games away from home in the 2023-24 regular season, 16 of which will be true road games.

– The Beacons are 0-8 away from home so far this year and posted a 4-10 record in true road games last season.

@MSULadyBears

– Missouri State comes into Thursday’s game with a 7-3 overall record this season and has won four games in a row.

– The Lady Bears claimed their Valley opener over UNI, 54-52, on a buzzer beater by Lacy Stokes.

– Stokes is averaging a team-best 11.6 points/game and leads the Lady Bears with 37 assists, while Kennedy Taylor is scoring 10.1 points/game and pulling down 6.7 rebounds/game.

Another Leap Forward

– Senior Leah Earnest took a jump forward in her production last season, and nine games into the 2023-24 campaign, she has taken another leap.

– Earnest enters Thursday’s game ranked seventh in the conference in scoring (14.5 points/game), fourth in 3-point percentage (.441) and seventh in field goal percentage (.514).

– She also leads the Beacons in rebounding with 6.6 boards/game, and is averaging a career-best 2.6 assists/game as well.

– Earnest has been consistent, scoring in double figures in nine of 10 games to date – including in each of the season’s first seven games after opening last season with eight straight double-digit outputs.

– Prior to last year, you’d have to go back to 2009-10 to find the last time a Valpo player opened the year scoring 10+ in the season’s first seven games (Lauren Kenney-8; Betsy Adams-7).

– Earnest entered this season with a career high of 20 in the scoring column, but has outdone that three times this year, including a career-best 26 points at UAB.

– Earnest enters Thursday’s game with 493 career rebounds, two shy of cracking Valpo’s all-time top-20 in the category and seven shy of becoming the 19th player in program history with 500 career boards.

Passing a Milestone

– Fifth-year guard Olivia Brown gave it her all trying to reach the 1,000-point milestone for her collegiate career at home against Chicago State Dec. 9.

– Brown scored a game-high 23 points – one off her career high – but ultimately came up one point short, finishing the game against the Cougars with 999 collegiate points.

– Brown reached the milestone the next time out, connecting on a 3-pointer early in the third quarter Dec. 19 versus Bethune-Cookman which pushed her past the 1,000-point mark.

– Brown enters Thursday’s game with 1,029 collegiate points, 663 of which have come in her three seasons in the Valpo uniform.

– Brown’s .394 career 3-point percentage at Valpo ranks third in program history.

Productive Rookie

– Freshman Saniya Jackson scored just 11 points combined over her first three collegiate games, but has been a steady hand on the offensive end since then.

– Jackson’s first double-figure scoring effort came at UAB, when she scored 13 points.

– Jackson has scored in double figures in five of Valpo’s last seven games, including a season-best 14 in the win over Chicago State and 11 points last time out in the Valley opener at Murray State.

– Jackson is shooting at a 50.8% clip from the field this season, including a 68.4% mark from inside the arc.

Thievery Abounds

– Valpo has gotten back to its stealing ways on the defensive end this season.

– The Beacons rank 28th nationally with 11.3 steals/game, and per HerHoopStats.com, their steal rate of 13.1% is good for 25th nationally.

– Valpo has been in double figures in steals in six of its 10 games this season, highlighted by an 18-steal effort against Western Illinois Nov. 18.

– The 18 steals was the program’s best single-game mark since tallying 21 steals at Evansville on Jan. 12, 2020, and is tied for the second-highest output in Evans’ tenure as head coach.

– Twice already this year, the Beacons have had a player tally eight steals in a game – Saniya Jackson did so Nov. 25 at UAB and Raeven Raye-Redmond did so in her collegiate debut in the aforementioned Western Illinois game.

– Jackson and Raye-Redmond are two of just 23 D-I players nationally to record eight or more steals in a single game so far this season.

– The duo are now tied for second on Valpo’s single-game steals chart, just one off the program single-game record.

– Prior to this year, the last Valpo player to tally eight steals in a game was Jeanette Gray against Houston in the 2002 WNIT.

– Raye-Redmond was the first MVC player to record eight steals in a game since UNI’s Ellie Herzberg did so against Indiana State on Feb. 19, 2017.

A Challenging Nonconference Schedule

– Valpo’s nonconference schedule was surprisingly strong.

– Six of the eight teams the Beacons have lost to sit at or above .500 on the season.

– Included among that group is a 7-4 Southern Miss team which defeated then-#19 Ole Miss, as well as Western Illinois (10-2), UAB (10-3) and Bethune-Cookman (9-4) with winning percentages of at least .667 as well.

On the Road Again

– Valpo’s game against Chicago State Dec. 9 was its lone regular season home game in a span of 55 days.

– The Beacons are in the middle of a stretch where they play nine out of 10 games away from home.

– Prior to beating the Cougars, Valpo played four consecutive true road games.

– Thursday’s game at Missouri State is the fourth in a stretch of five straight games away from home for the Beacons, incuding each of their first three MVC games.

– Valpo will go 34 days between home games at the ARC (Chicago State Dec. 9-Drake Jan. 12), the program’s longest stretch between home games since the 1999-2000 team went 35 days between home contests.

Prolific in the Paint

– For those in tune with Valpo’s offensive scheme, it probably doesn’t come as a surprise that most of the Beacons’ 2-point field goals come from inside the paint.

– So far this season, however, it has been even more pronounced.

– Through 10 games, Valpo has made 137 2-point field goals – 135 of which have been registered as field goals in the paint.

– The only exceptions are a Leah Earnest shot at Eastern Illinois which was input as being shot from the block on the edge of the lane line, and an Ava Interrante runner to beat the shot clock at Purdue.

What a Quick Start

– Hopefully fans were on time to the start of Valpo’s win over Chicago State Dec. 9, because if they were late, they missed out on a bunch of scoring.

– The Beacons were a perfect 7-for-7 from the field on their first seven possessions of the game, scoring 14 points in the first 3:51 of the game.

– It was the quickest Valpo has reached 14 points since doing so in exactly 3:51 at Drake Jan. 31, 2020.

– It was the first time Valpo has scored on each of its first seven possessions of a game since Feb. 26, 2014 at Detroit.

– It was the first time Valpo has hit its first seven field goal attempts since Nov. 30, 2006 at Loyola.

UINDY MEN’S BASKETBALL

MEN’S HOOPS OPENS NEW YEAR WITH LEAGUE BOUTS

at Truman Bulldogs (4-6)

Wednesday | January 3 | 8:30 p.m. ET

vs. Maryville Saints (4-5)

Saturday | January 6 | 3 p.m. ET

The UIndy men’s basketball team returns to GLVC action to open the 2024 calendar year, visiting Truman on Wednesday evening before hosting Maryville on Saturday afternoon from Nicoson Hall.

The Greyhounds hold the all-time advantage over both programs, with a 12-5 record against the Bulldogs and a 12-3 mark against the Saints.

LAST TIME OUT

UIndy won its fifth straight contest before the holiday break, dominating its way to a 92-67 win at Pitt-Johnstown in the programs’ first-ever meeting. Three Hounds recorded double-doubles, including David Ejah’s 17-point-14-rebound performance. The senior earned GLVC Player of the Week accolades as a result, while also adding a career-high four assists and two steals.

GAME NOTES: https://athletics.uindy.edu/documents/2024/1/1/at_TSU-vs._MU.pdf

UINDY WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

BECKER SECURES GLVC WOMEN’S BASKETBALL WEEKLY HONOR

INDIANAPOLIS – University of Indianapolis junior guard/forward Liv Becker has been named the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) Player of the Week in women’s basketball, it was announced by the league office Tuesday.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Liv Becker, Indianapolis

Jr. | G/F | Wilmett, Ill.

Major: Communications/Public Relations

Team Result: 83-71 W vs. Ohio Dominican (12/30)

Posted double-double to help UIndy to an in-region win over ODU

Recorded 23 points and 10 rebounds (four offensive)

Shot 58% (7-of-12) from the field, 50% (2-of-4) from three, and 88% (7-of-8) from the charity stripe

Added two steals and one assist

Earns second career Player of the Week Award (1/2/24, 11/20/23)

Last Greyhounds’ Player of the Week: Liv Becker (11/20/23)

GREYHOUNDS RETURN TO GLVC PLAY WEDNESDAY, SATURDAY

at Truman (3-7, 0-3 GLVC)

Wednesday | January 3 | 6:15 p.m. ET

vs Maryville (4-7, 1-4 GLVC)

Saturday | January 6 | 12:30 p.m. ET

The UIndy women’s basketball team will open 2024 play against Truman and Maryville on Wednesday and Saturday, respectively. The Greyhounds will travel to Kirksville, MO to face the Bulldogs on Wednesday. The Hounds lead Truman 11-9 in their all-time series, the last time they faced each other was on Feb. 2, 2023 when the Greyhounds took home a 75-72 win at home.

UIndy will return to Nicoson Hall on Jan. 6 to play Maryville. The Saints have the upper hand over the Greyhounds with an 8-7 all-time series record. Their last contest was on Jan. 16, 2023 in Indianapolis, the Hounds defeated the Saints 75-70.

LAST TIME OUT

The University of Indianapolis women’s basketball team closed out the 2023 section of their season with an 83-71 victory over in-region Ohio Dominican. Liv Becker and Elana Wells were the offensive powerhouses for the Greyhounds. Becker dropped a 23 and 10 double-double and Wells scoring 20 points off a career-high 12 free throws made. Outside of Becker and Wells, the Hounds had two more players hit double digits in scoring in Jada Haines and newcomer Shekinah Thomas.

GAME NOTES: https://athletics.uindy.edu/documents/2024/1/1/WBB_Gamenotes_TSU___MU.pdf

SMALL COLLEGE ATHLETICS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NFL STANDINGS

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NCAA MEN’S BASKETBALL STANDINGS

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NCAA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL STANDINGS

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

FOOTBALL HISTORY

January 3, 1971 – Baltimore’s Memorial Stadium – The first ever played AFC Championship game took place. Before we dive into this game let’s talk a little bit about the 1970 NFL realignment. This the first season when the AFL and the NFL truly merged into one league rather than having separate regular seasons and then having their champions square off against each other. This merging and reagning was not an easy process as the AFL bright 10 teams into the fray while the NFL had 16 franchises. In essence three NFL teams had to join the AFL clubs in order to create balance in the new NFL. Finally a decision was made to transfer the Steelers, Colts and Browns and mix them with the AFL clubs to form the American Football Conference of the NFL. One of these old NFL squads the Baltimore Colts survived the rigors of the new conference to battle the old guard of the AFL the Oakland Raiders for the right to play in Super Bowl V. The Pro-Football-Reference shares via the boxscore that the favored Colts jumped out early and hung on to defeat Oakland 27-17. Colts runner Norm Bulaich scored twice and a Unitas to Ray Perkins TD pass sealed the deal in the fourth to place the Colts in the Big Game!

January 3, 1971 – The first NFC Championship game took place at San Francisco’s Kezar Stadium. As we just discussed a second ago the 13 teams of the National Football Conference of the NFL had all been in the NFL in the years prior to the merger. The folks at Pro-Football-Reference.com tell us that the Niners were entertaining the Cowboys in the contest to see who would face Baltimore in the Super Bowl. At the half the game was knotted at 3 but coming out of the locker room it appears that Dallas had made the better adjustments as they scored two 3rd quarter TDs and then held on to win as they beat San Francisco 17-10 to advance. 

January 3, 1983 – Generally when the offense runs a play with only ten players on the field from their own one yard line it will end up in a disaster. That was not the case when the Cowboys played the Vikings on a cold January day in 1983 according to ESPN.com.  When Dallas had a Heisman winning running back named Tony Dorsett they had no worries. The Pitt product used his talents to set an NFL record with a 99-yard scamper in the Cowboys’ 31-27 loss to the Minnesota Vikings.

January 3, 1987 – Fiesta Bowl –  This Penn State/Miami game changed the way Bowl games were scheduled. A bidding war started as at the time both Penn State and Miami were both independents and had no affiliation with a conference. The LA Time archived story from the day tells the tale well. The Bowls were waging war against each other trying to get the rights to have these two top teams meet at their venue. The Fiesta Bowl won out and then became a high-profile bowl. The 1987 Fiesta Bowl became the highest rated championship game in history, recording a 24.9 Nielsen rating as more than 70 million viewers had the game on their home sets. No college football game has gotten that kind of rating, before or since. The game was pretty good too but the difference was the Nittany Lions defense thwarted much of the fire power of the Hurricane offense as Penn State’s defense intercepted Heisman Trophy winner Vinny Testaverde five times including one with 18 seconds left near the end zone. Penn State hangs on tight with the 14-10 victory.

January 3, 1993 – I can remember watching the first half of this match up as the Houston Oilers dominated the first half of their wild card weekend game with the Buffalo Bills. I man it was an utter drubbing and unless you were an avid Oilers fane it was extremely uninteresting watch the blood bath. The score was 28-3 at the half and it felt even worse than that. The Oiler scored on a pick six coming out of the break to make the score 35-3. The whole complexion of the game changed though at that point in the third quarter as the Bills led by backup QB Frank Reich scored four TDs in the quarter to get back into the game. Reich led the Buffalo Bills all the way back from a 32-point deficit, to defeat the Houston Oilers 41-38 in overtime in a wild card playoff game, the greatest comeback ever in NFL history per Pro-Football-Reference.com.

January 3, 1994 – Candlestick Park, San Francisco – The Philadelphia Eagles and the San Francisco 49ers finished the season by going into Overtime. The Eagles Quarterback Bubby Brister completed 26 of 43 of his passes for 350 yards and three touchdowns.  Steve Young, the southpaw signal caller of the San Francisco 49ers was used sparingly as the team prepared for the playoff in this meaningless game. Per the Pro-Football-Refence website, Young did throw 15 of 19 for 165 and 2 TDs to become the first quarterback to win 3 straight NFL passing titles and  the first to put up 3 consecutive seasons with a passer rating of 100 or more. The Niners, with Steve Bono in relief, suffered the OT loss to the Philadelphia Eagles 37-34.

January 3, 2001 – Pro Player Stadium, Miami Gardens – College Football ‘s 3rd BCS National Championship pitted the #1 ranked Oklahoma Sooners against the #2 Florida State Seminoles per the American Football Database. This was a defensive lovers game! The Sooners kicked a field goal early in the game and held onto that 3-0 lead for most of the game until the third quarter when they booted through another 3 pointer.  Finally in the fourth Quentin Griffin scored on a 10 yard run to give  Oklahoma a bit of a cushion to pad the lead. The Noles only scoring came on a final stanza safety. The Sooners won the BCS Trophy with great defense 13-2, at the Orange Bowl.

January 3, 2002 – Rose Bowl, Pasadena -At the fourth BCS National Championship the #1 Miami Hurricanes led by back Clinton Portis and quarterback Ken Dorsey faced a stiff challenge from the second ranked Nebraska Cornhuskers and their outstanding signal caller Eric Crouch. The ‘Canes used a combination of offensive and defensive flurry of scoring in the first half of 34 unanswered points to cruise to a 37-14 National Championship victory at the 88th Rose Bowl per ESPN.com.

January 3, 2003 – Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, Arizona – The University of Miami made another appearance a year later at the 5th BCS National Championship. The Hurricanes were still atop the college football world and this year they faced a stiff challenge for the title from the number 2 ranked Ohio State Buckeyes at the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. The FiestaBowl.org website gives us the details of what many claim may be one of the top games in NCAA football history. Miami came into the game with a 34 game unbeaten streak in hand as they defended their title. The Canes roster included stars like QB Ken Dorsey. Willis McGahee, Kellen Winslow Jr., Sean Taylor, Antrel Rolle and Jonathan Vilma. The Buckeyes countered with sensational back Maurice Clarett, Craig Krenzel, Chris Gamble, Will Allen, AJ Hawk and Michael Doss. These rosters were stacked with stars! The difference of th game was a critical goal line stand in the second quarter when the Buckeyes defense held after Miami had the ball first and goal at the OSU two! Clarett and Krenzel each ran in a couple of touchdowns and Ohio State’s defense held the powerful Miami offense in check just enough for the Buckeyes to unseat Miami, 31-24 in a thriller.

January 3, 2004 – Charlotte, North Carolina – The setting was the NFC Wild Card weekend as the home crowd was out to support their Carolina Panthers against the visiting Dallas Cowboys per the Pro-Football-Reference. The Panthers jumped out to a 13-0 lead early and never looked back. Panthers kicker John Kasay tied an NFL-playoff record with 5 field goals to lead Carolina to a 29-10 win over Dallas Cowboys to advance in the playoff tournament.

January 3, 2007 – We all know that Nick Saban is the face of modern University of Alabama football as he churns out a top notch team to compete for national titles on an almost yearly basis. Do we remember though that he left another great College program in LSU to go into the NFL as a head man? Well he did, a year after winning the BCS Title in 2003 with the Tigers Saban was hired by the Miami Dolphins to guide their team according to an APNews.com story. The Saban led Miami teams finished with a 9-7 record in 2005 and then the Fins registered a 6-10 record in 2006. Many experts speculate that Saban was upset not only about the losing season he had just suffered through but also the fact that in early 2006 he could not win a recruiting war for the signing of Quarterback Drew Brees with the New Orleans Saints. He was used to signing top prospects at the college level but when it came to the NFL game of landing players it might not have been his cup of tea. It was on this January 3 day in 2007 when the high profile head coach Nick Saban resigned his position with the franchise to return to college football and take the head coaching job at Alabama.

January 3, 2021 – The Jacksonville Jaguars earned the dubious distinction of becoming the first NFL team since the 2001 Carolina Panthers to win their first game of the season and then drop 15 straight to go 1-15.

January 3, 2021 – Josh Allen became the first player in NFL history with at least 4,500 passing yards, 35 touchdown passes and five rushing touchdowns in a single season as he led the Buffalo Bills to a 13-3 record.

Hall of Fame Birthday for January 3

January 3, 1924 – Chicago, Illinois – Hank Stram, the former head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs, was born. Hank got his feet wet in coaching as an assistant at the University of Miami. Lamar Hunt, the owner of an AFL start-up team, and the Dallas Texans hired Stram to lead the new franchise. The Texans played only one year in Dallas and then moved to Kansas City, where they changed their nickname to the Chiefs. Stram was an offensive innovator, and a Super Bowl winning Head Coach.

NUMBERS IN SPORTS

5 – 7 – 34 – 33 – 99 – 14 – 8 – 4 – 21 – 23

January 3, 1920 – The Boston Red Sox baseball club owner Harry Frazee announced an agreement to sell slugger Babe Ruth to the New York Yankees for $125,000 in cash and a $350,000 loan; start of the 84 year “Curse of the Bambino”

January 3, 1931 – Montreal Maroons centre Nels Stewart scored fastest 2 goals in NHL history with a pair 4 seconds apart in a 5-3 win over Boston Bruins at Montreal Arena

January 3, 1943 – Future NHL Hall of Famers Number 5, Max Bentley and Number 7, Doug Bentley assist on brother Reg Bentley’s only NHL goal in Chicago Blackhawks’ 3-3 tie with the Rangers in NYC; only time in NHL history trio of family members score and assist on a scoring play

January 3, 1981 – NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers retire jersey Number 34,  in honor of Austin Carr

January 3, 1983 – Dallas running back, Number 33, Tony Dorsett set an NFL record with 99-yard rush in the Cowboys’ 31-27 defeat at Minnesota Vikings

January 3, 1991 – LA Number 99, Wayne Gretzky became the fastest and youngest player in NHL history to score 700 goals (886 games at age 29 years, 342 days) in LA Kings’ 6-3 win over the NY Islanders at the Nassau Veteran Memorial Coliseum

January 3, 1993 – “The Comeback”, QB Number 14, Frank Reich led the Buffalo Bills back from a 32-point deficit, to defeat the Houston Oilers 41-38 in overtime in a wild card playoff game, the greatest comeback ever in NFL history

January 3, 1994 – Steve Young, Number 8 of the San Francisco 49ers became the first quarterback to win 3 straight NFL passing titles despite a 37-34 OT loss to the Philadelphia Eagles; first to lodge 3 consecutive passer ratings of 100+

January 3, 2004 – Panthers kicker Number 4, John Kasay tied NFL-playoff record with 5 field goals to lead Carolina to a 29-10 win over Dallas Cowboys in the Wild Card round of playoffs in Charlotte, North Carolina

January 3, 2016 – Number 21, Jimmy Butler breaks Number 23, Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls record for points in an NBA half, scoring 40 of his 42 points in the second half to lead the Bulls in a 115-113 victory over the Toronto Raptors.

TV WEDNESDAY

NBA REGULAR SEASONTIME ETTV
Washington at Cleveland7:00pmMNMT
Bally Sports
Milwaukee at Indiana7:00pmBally Sports
Oklahoma City at Atlanta7:30pmBally Sports
Brooklyn at Houston8:00pmYES
SCHN
Toronto at Memphis8:00pmSportsnet
Bally Sports
New Orleans at Minnesota8:00pmBally Sports
Chicago at New York8:30pmABC
Portland at Dallas8:30pmROOT
Bally Sports
LA Clippers at Phoenix9:00pmBally Sports
Detroit at Utah9:00pmKJZZ
Bally Sports
Miami at LA Lakers10:00pmESPN
Spectrum
Bally Sports
Orlando at Sacramento10:00pmNBCS-CA
Bally Sports
NHL REGULAR SEASONTIME ETTV
New Jersey at Washington7:30pmTNT
Toronto at Anaheim9:00pmBally Sports
Sportsnet
MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALLTIME ETTV
Champion Christian at Central Arkansas1:00pmESPN+
Yale at Howard4:00pmHUBison.com
USC Upstate at UNC Asheville6:00pmWYCW
Seton Hall at Providence6:30pmFS1
George Mason at La Salle6:30pmESPN+
Longwood at Winthrop6:30pmESPN+
Louisville at Virginia7:00pmESPN2
Rutgers at Ohio State7:00pmBTN
Georgia Tech at Florida State7:00pmACCN
Dayton at Davidson7:00pmCBSSN
Duquesne at UMass7:00pmNESN
Loyola Chicago at Saint Louis7:00pmESPN+
Army West Point at Lafayette7:00pmESPN+
Boston University at Navy7:00pmESPN+
Holy Cross at Bucknell7:00pmESPN+
Lehigh at American7:00pmESPN+
Loyola Maryland at Colgate7:00pmESPN+
Furman at UNCG7:00pmESPN+
Mercer at ETSU7:00pmESPN+
VMI at Wofford7:00pmESPN+
Western Carolina at The Citadel7:00pmESPN+
Evansville at Indiana State7:00pmESPN+
Saint Joseph’s at Rhode Island7:00pmESPN+
Fordham at George Washington7:00pmESPN+
Presbyterian at Charleston Southern7:00pmESPN+
High Point at Radford7:00pmESPN+
Dallas Christian at Louisiana Tech7:00pmESPN+
Chicago State at Oklahoma State7:00pmESPN+
Truet-McConnell at North Carolina Central7:00pmESPN+
Reinhardt at Middle Tennessee7:30pmESPN+
Chattanooga at Samford7:30pmESPN+
Marshall at ULM7:30pmESPN+
Clemson at Miami (FL)8:00pmESPN
Northern Colorado at North Dakota8:00pmESPN+
Eastern Washington at South Dakota8:00pmESPN+
Montana at North Dakota State8:00pmESPN+
Bradley at Valparaiso8:00pmESPN+
Northern Arizona at Omaha8:00pmSummit
Xavier at Villanova8:30pmFS1
Stanford at UCLA9:00pmESPN2
Indiana at Nebraska9:00pmBTN
Rice at Tulane9:00pmESPNU
NC State at Notre Dame9:00pmACCN
St. Bonaventure at VCU9:00pmCBSSN
UNI at Missouri State9:00pmESPN+
South Dakota State at Weber State9:00pmESPN+
Kansas City at Sacramento State9:00pmESPN+
St. Thomas at Idaho9:00pmESPN+
Idaho State at Denver9:30pmESPN+
Oral Roberts at Montana State9:30pmESPN+
California at USC10:00pmPAC12N
Fresno State at San Diego State10:30pmFS1
SOCCER MATCHESTIME ETTV
La Liga: Granada vs Cádiz11:00amESPN+
Coppa Italia: Atalanta vs Sassuolo12:00pmParamount+
La Liga: Celta de Vigo vs Real Betis1:15pmESPN+
La Liga: Real Madrid vs Mallorca1:15pmESPN+
Super Cup: PSG vs Toulouse2:45pmbeIN Sports
Ligue 1: PSG vs Metz3:00pmbeIN Sports
Coppa Italia: Roma vs Cremonese3:00pmCBSSN
La Liga: Girona vs Atlético Madrid3:30pmESPN+