INDIANA BOYS BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD
|ADAMS CENTRAL||52||PARKWAY (OHIO)||30|
|BEECHER (ILL.)||47||SOUTH NEWTON||33|
|CHRISTIAN ACADEMY||63||NEW WASHINGTON||47|
|CORYDON CENTRAL||68||ROCK CREEK ACADEMY||46|
|EVANSVILLE DAY||90||CARMI (ILL.)||54|
|FORT WAYNE BLACKHAWK||79||SOUTH BEND ST. JOSEPH||66|
|FORT WAYNE SNIDER||90||NEW HAVEN||75|
|FREMONT||73||FORT WAYNE WAYNE||65|
|GIBSON SOUTHERN||58||EVANSVILLE MATER DEI||56|
|INDIANAPOLIS CATHEDRAL||85||MISHAWAKA MARIAN||61|
|INDIANAPOLIS CHATARD||61||BEECH GROVE||51|
|INDIANAPOLIS RIVERSIDE||76||VICTORY COLLEGE PREP||70|
|INDIANAPOLIS RONCALLI||43||PERRY MERIDIAN||35|
|INDIANAPOLIS SHORTRIDGE||73||PROVIDENCE CRISTO REY||57|
|INDIANAPOLIS TINDLEY||70||HERITAGE CHRISTIAN||48|
|INDIANAPOLIS WASHINGTON||69||TRADERS POINT CHRISTIAN||49|
|LAWRENCE NORTH||60||INDIANAPOLIS ATTUCKS||39|
|LEO||75||FORT WAYNE CANTERBURY||44|
|MARION||73||FORT WAYNE LUERS||71|
|MORGAN TWP.||55||COVENANT CHRISTIAN (DEMOTTE)||39|
|NEW BUFFALO (MICH.)||83||SOUTH BEND CAREER||73|
|PRAIRIE HEIGHTS||60||BRONSON (MICH.)||38|
|TERRE HAUTE NORTH||50||SOUTH VERMILLION||25|
|WEST VIGO||56||RIVERTON PARKE||45|
|WESTERN||52||LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC||46|
|WESTFIELD||87||MOUNT VERNON (FORTVILLE)||78|
|WHITLEY/NOBLE HOMESCHOOL||64||SMITH ACADEMY||14|
|GREENE COUNTY INVITATIONAL|
|HENDRICKS COUNTY TOURNAMENT|
INDIANA GIRLS BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD
|BETHANY CHRISTIAN||51||LAKEWOOD PARK||46|
|BLOOMINGTON SOUTH||55||BROWN COUNTY||31|
|BLUE RIVER||62||EASTERN HANCOCK||55|
|CARROLL (FLORA)||61||NORTH WHITE||54|
|CARROLL (FORT WAYNE)||64||NORWELL||60|
|EASTERN (PEKIN)||62||NEW ALBANY||54|
|EASTERN GREENE||53||BLOOMINGTON NORTH||52||OT|
|FOREST PARK||47||NORTHEAST DUBOIS||37|
|FORT WAYNE CANTERBURY||42||NEW HAVEN||19|
|FORT WAYNE NORTHROP||69||HERITAGE||44|
|HOMESTEAD||68||NORTH CENTRAL (INDIANAPOLIS)||58|
|INDIANA DEAF||42||INDIANAPOLIS HERRON||33|
|INDIANAPOLIS HOMESCHOOL||64||HERITAGE CHRISTIAN||51|
|INDIANAPOLIS RITTER||38||BEECH GROVE||32|
|JAY COUNTY||57||FORT WAYNE CONCORDIA||19|
|LAVILLE||61||SOUTH BEND CAREER||8|
|LAKE CENTRAL||58||KANKAKEE VALLEY||25|
|LANESVILLE||82||SOUTH CENTRAL (ELIZABETH)||5|
|MOUNT NOTRE DAME (OHIO)||45||EAST CENTRAL||31|
|NORTH CENTRAL (FARMERSBURG)||32||CLOVERDALE||25|
|NORTH MONTGOMERY||59||NORTH PUTNAM||43|
|PARKE HERITAGE||53||WEST VIGO||49|
|SOUTH CENTRAL (UNION MILLS)||65||LAKE STATION||46|
|SOUTH SPENCER||60||EVANSVILLE CHRISTIAN||16|
|TRINITY LUTHERAN||67||GREENWOOD CHRISTIAN||50|
|WESTERN BOONE||42||FOUNTAIN CENTRAL||28|
|RIPLEY COUNTY TOURNAMENT|
COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCOREBOARD
KANSAS STATE 42 LSU 20
NFL SCHEDULE WEEK 18
SATURDAY, JAN. 8
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS AT DENVER BRONCOS, 4:30 PM (ESPN, ABC)
DALLAS COWBOYS AT PHILADELPHIA EAGLES, 8:15 PM (ESPN, ABC)
SUNDAY, JAN. 9
PITTSBURGH STEELERS AT BALTIMORE RAVENS, 1 PM (CBS)
CINCINNATI BENGALS AT CLEVELAND BROWNS, 1 PM (FOX)
GREEN BAY PACKERS AT DETROIT LIONS, 1 PM (FOX)
TENNESSEE TITANS AT HOUSTON TEXANS, 1 PM (CBS)
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS AT JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS, 1 PM (CBS)
CHICAGO BEARS AT MINNESOTA VIKINGS, 1 PM (FOX)
WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM AT NEW YORK GIANTS, 1 PM (FOX)
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS AT ARIZONA CARDINALS, 4:25 (FOX)
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS AT ATLANTA FALCONS, 4:25 PM (FOX)
NEW YORK JETS AT BUFFALO BILLS, 4:25 PM (CBS)
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS AT LOS ANGELES RAMS, 4:25 PM (FOX)
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS AT MIAMI DOLPHINS, 4:25 PM (CBS)
CAROLINA PANTHERS AT TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS, 4:25 PM (CBS)
LOS ANGELES CHARGERS AT LAS VEGAS RAIDERS, 8:20 PM (NBC, PEACOCK)
NEW YORK 104 INDIANA 94
TORONTO 129 SAN ANTONIO 104
MEMPHIS 110 CLEVELAND 106
PHOENIX 123 NEW ORLEANS 110
LA LAKERS 122 SACRAMENTO 114
TOP 25 MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
#9 AUBURN 81 SOUTH CAROLINA 66
#1 BAYLOR 84 OKLAHOMA 74
#21 LSU 65 #6 IN KENTUCKY 60
#24 SETON HALL 71 BUTLER 56
#14 TEXAS 70 KANSAS STATE 57
#20 COLORADO STATE 67 AIR FORCE 59
#2 DUKE 69 GEORGIA TECH 57
#6 KANSAS 74 OKLAHOMA STATE 63
MARQUETTE 88 #15 PROVIDENCE 56
KENT STATE 66 BALL STATE 65
OHIO 69 AKRON 63
ILLINOIS 76 MINNESOTA, 53
TOLEDO 82 CENTRAL MICHIGAN 54
EASTERN MICHIGAN 85 WESTERN MICHIGAN 79
RUTGERS 75 MICHIGAN 67
TEXAS A&M 81 GEORGIA 79
VANDERBILT 75 ARKANSAS 74
VIRGINIA 75 CLEMSON 65
MEMPHIS 67 TULSA 64
WOMEN’S TOP 25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
NEBRASKA 79 #8 MICHIGAN 58
FLORIDA 6 CALGARY 2
BOSTON 5 NEW JERSEY 3
TAMPA BAY 7 COLUMBUS 2
DETROIT 6 SAN JOSE 2
WINNIPEG 3 ARIZONA 1
COLORADO 4 CHICAGO 3
ANAHEIM 4 PHILADELPHIA 1
NASHVILLE 3 VEGAS 2
2021 NFL PLAYOFF SCENARIOS FOR WEEK 18
CLINCHED (5 of 7):
- Cincinnati Bengals – AFC North division title
- Kansas City Chiefs – AFC West division title
- Tennessee Titans – AFC South division title
- Buffalo Bills – playoff berth
- New England Patriots – playoff berth
BALTIMORE RAVENS (8-8) (vs. Pittsburgh (8-7-1), Sunday, 1:00 PM ET, CBS)
Baltimore clinches playoff berth with:
- BAL win + LAC loss + IND loss + MIA loss or tie
BUFFALO BILLS (10-6) (vs. New York Jets (4-12), Sunday, 4:25 PM ET, CBS)
Buffalo clinches AFC East division title with:
- BUF win OR
- NE loss OR
- BUF tie + NE tie
CINCINNATI BENGALS (10-6) (at Cleveland (7-9), Sunday, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)
Cincinnati clinches AFC’s No. 1 seed, only first-round bye and homefield advantage with:
- CIN win + TEN loss + KC loss + NE loss or tie OR
- CIN win + TEN loss + KC loss + BUF win
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (9-7) (at Jacksonville (2-14), Sunday, 1:00 PM ET, CBS)
Indianapolis clinches playoff berth with:
- IND win or tie OR
- LAC loss + BAL-PIT tie OR
- LAC loss + PIT loss + MIA win
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (11-5) (at Denver (7-9), Saturday, 4:30 PM ET, ESPN/ABC)
Kansas City clinches AFC’s No. 1 seed, only first-round bye and homefield advantage with:
- KC win + TEN loss or tie OR
- KC tie + TEN loss
LAS VEGAS RAIDERS (9-7) (vs. Los Angeles Chargers (9-7), Sunday night, 8:20 PM ET, NBC)
Las Vegas clinches playoff berth with:
- LV win OR
- LV tie + IND loss OR
- IND loss + PIT loss or tie
LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (9-7) (at Las Vegas (9-7), Sunday night, 8:20 PM ET, NBC)
Los Angeles Chargers clinch playoff berth with:
- LAC win or tie
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (10-6) (at Miami (8-8), Sunday, 4:25 PM ET, CBS)
New England clinches AFC’s No. 1 seed, only first-round bye and homefield advantage with:
- NE win + BUF loss or tie + KC loss + TEN loss
New England clinches AFC East division title with:
- NE win + BUF loss or tie OR
- NE tie + BUF loss
PITTSBURGH STEELERS (8-7-1) (at Baltimore (8-8), Sunday, 1:00 PM ET, CBS)
Pittsburgh clinches playoff berth with:
- PIT win + IND loss + LV-LAC game does not end in a tie
TENNESSEE TITANS (11-5) (at Houston (4-12), Sunday, 1:00 PM ET, CBS)
Tennessee clinches AFC’s No. 1 seed, only first-round bye and homefield advantage with:
- TEN win OR
- TEN tie + KC loss or tie OR
- KC loss + CIN loss or tie + NE loss or tie OR
- KC loss + CIN loss or tie + BUF win
CLINCHED (6 of 7):
- Green Bay Packers – NFC North division title, No. 1 seed, only first-round bye and homefield advantage
- Dallas Cowboys – NFC East division title
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers – NFC South division title
- Arizona Cardinals – playoff berth
- Los Angeles Rams – playoff berth
- Philadelphia Eagles – playoff berth
ARIZONA CARDINALS (11-5) (vs. Seattle (6-10), Sunday, 4:25 PM ET, FOX)
Arizona clinches NFC West division title with:
- ARI win + LAR loss
LOS ANGELES RAMS (12-4) (vs. San Francisco (9-7), Sunday, 4:25 PM ET, FOX)
Los Angeles Rams clinch NFC West division title with:
- LAR win or tie OR
- ARI loss or tie
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (8-8) (at Atlanta (7-9), Sunday, 4:25 PM ET, FOX)
New Orleans clinches playoff berth with:
- NO win + SF loss
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (9-7) (at Los Angeles Rams (12-4), Sunday, 4:25 PM ET, FOX)
San Francisco clinches playoff berth with:
- SF win or tie OR
- NO loss or tie
INDIANA SPORTS NEWS
BARRETT HAS 32, RANDLE HAS BIG RETURN AS KNICKS BEAT PACERS
NEW YORK (AP) — RJ Barrett scored 24 of his 32 points in the first half, Julius Randle had 30 points and 16 rebounds in his first game after coming off the COVID-19 health and safety protocols list, and the New York Knicks beat the Indiana Pacers 104-94 on Tuesday night.
Alec Burks added 14 points for New York (18-20), which snapped a two-game losing streak. Immanuel Quickley chipped in with 11.
“With both guys the most important thing is them attacking the rim,” New York coach Tom Thibodeau said about Barrett and Randle. “The aggressiveness of RJ attacking the rim, and for Julius to do what he did today is just remarkable.
“We had no idea what he was going to be like. So, unbelievable effort. Unbelievable game. Sixteen rebounds. Just all the things that he did.”
Kiefer Skyes scored 22 points in the Pacers’ fifth straight loss. Duane Washington Jr. added 17. Domantas Sabonis and Torrey Craig each contributed 15.
“I’m not just here to survive,” said Sykes, who signed with the Pacers as a free agent on Dec. 27. “I’m here to thrive. I want to be in the NBA for a long time. So I’m going to continue to work and have that mindset and outwork everybody.”
The New York-Indiana rivalry in the mid-to-late 1990s was among the NBA’s must-see matchups. This game was far from it, with a decimated Pacers squad taking on a Knicks team nearly back at full strength.
Malcolm Brogdon, Chris Duarte, Isaiah Jackson, Jeremy Lamb, Caris LeVert, Goga Bitadze, Kelan Martin and T.J. Warren all missed the game for Indiana as they were in health and safety protocols. T.J. McConnell did not play as he is recovering from right wrist ligament surgery. By comparison, New York was aided by the returns of Randle, Mitchell Robinson and Jericho Sims from protocols.
It was tied at 55 at halftime, even with Barrett’s huge first half. The Pacers, who trailed by 12 early in the second quarter, finished the final seven minutes of the period with an 18-8 run.
“Just trying to be aggressive,” Barrett said of his approach early in the game. “That’s really it. When you get into the paint, you make reads: You (have) to finish or kick out. It puts pressure on the defense.”
Randle took over in the third, scoring 14 points on 5-for-7 shooting, including 2 for 2 from 3. New York led 84-77 after three and Barrett, Randle and Burks took turns knocking down big shots in the fourth.
“He makes us different. That’s his gift. He can play with speed. He can play with power. He can make decisions,” Thibodeau said of Randle. “It does make us different, yeah.”
Pacers: Rick Carlisle will be coaching Indiana at home on Wednesday while his one-time team, the Dallas Mavericks, will retire Dirk Nowitzki’s number before their nationally televised game against the Golden State Warriors. “I’m really disappointed that I’m unable to attend that (ceremony),” Carlisle said. Carlisle coached the Mavericks from 2009-21. “It’s (going) to be so special. … Dirk just means so much to so many of us and he proved to be a great champion as well. It’ll be very emotional.“
Knicks: Thibodeau disagreed that an upcoming stretch of eight games out of 10 at Madison Square Garden could benefit his squad. “We can’t look ahead,” Thibodeau said before the game. “We’re not going to win just because we’re home. That’s not how you win. We’ve got to come in and put the work into it.”
Pacers: Host Brooklyn on Wednesday night.
Knicks: Begin a home-and-home series against Boston on Thursday night at Madison Square Garden.
NO. 6/6 INDIANA TRAVELS TO WISCONSIN ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – No. 6/6 Indiana is set to travel to Wisconsin on Wednesday night. Tipoff inside Kohl Center is set for 7:30 p.m. ET.
#6/6 INDIANA (11-2, 3-0 B1G) AT WISCONSIN (3-9, 0-2 B1G)
Wednesday, January 5, 2022 • 7:30 p.m. ET
Kohl Center • Madison, Wis.
Radio: WHCC 105.1 FM (Austin Render)
Live Stats: Sidearm
Social Media: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram
ABOUT THE BADGERS
Wisconsin will return from a 20-day COVID-19 pause after playing its last non-con game against Illinois State on Dec. 16. Sophomore guard Sydney Hillard leads the way with 14.5 points and 5.0 rebounds per game for the Badgers, who started out Big Ten play with losses to Northwestern and Michigan. Junior guard Julie Pospisilova adds 14.4 points per game to an offense that scores 60.6 points per game this season.
Indiana leads 51-24
2/24/21 – W, 77-49 (Madison, Wis.)
Indiana brings the nation’s second-longest active road win streaks in to Wednesday’s game at Wisconsin. The Hoosiers have won 10 straight on the road, which leads all Power 5 schools. Only Florida Gulf Coast (22) holds a longer streak than IU. The last time Indiana lost a road game was at Maryland on Jan. 4, 2020 (84-80). Other active win streaks for IU include a current six-game win streak and have won their last 12 Big Ten games dating back to last season.
The Hoosiers improved to 3-0 on Sunday after a win over preseason league favorite No. 6/8 Maryland. Graduate student guard Ali Patberg led the way with 18 points while junior forward Mackenzie Holmes (15 points, 14 rebounds) and senior forward Aleksa Gulbe (17 points, 10 rebounds) each put up double-doubles.
Gulbe was named to the Big Ten Player of the Week honor roll after her double-double performance against the Terps. The Riga, Latvia native scored 17 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in the win for her second double-double of the season.
They will also look to match its best conference start on Wednesday night at Wisconsin. IU opened up the 2019-20 Big Ten season with a 4-0 record.
IU has won seven-in-a-row against the Badgers including a pair of wins in 2020-21. It has won nine of the last 10 meetings between the two schools.
In both national polls this week, Indiana maintained its top 10 position in the Associated Press (6) and USA Today/WBCA coaches poll (6).
The Hoosiers will break for eight days before hosting Nebraska on Thursday, January 13. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. ET on Big Ten Network.
SUHR ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana football radio analyst Buck Suhr announced his retirement on Monday afternoon. Suhr spent 17 years in the broadcast booth after 18 seasons as a coach and administrator within the program.
“I am thankful for the friendship and the opportunity to work with the absolute best in the business, Don Fischer,” Suhr said. “To say working with Don, Joe Smith, and the rest of the crew has been enjoyable is a huge understatement. It was a tremendous honor. Go Hoosiers!”
Suhr partnered with Fischer for the entirety of his 17-year run. The Voice of the Hoosiers, who just completed his 49th season, expressed gratitude to Suhr.
“My bias aside, there are few football color analysts in the country who can match what Buck has meant to our broadcasts. His knowledge as a former coach and his ability to explain what is happening on the field and make it understandable for the listener, is unparalleled in our business. Always objective in his analysis, Buck brought humor and entertainment to every broadcast, and I can’t thank him enough for the 17 seasons we spent together.”
Suhr mentored running backs for 12 seasons (1984-95) under IU’s all-time winningest coach, Bill Mallory. After his stint as a coach, where he tutored All-America selections Anthony Thompson and Vaughn Dunbar, Suhr was named administrative assistant to the head coach and athletic director from 1996-2001.
As running backs coach, Suhr helped direct one of the nation’s most productive rushing attacks. The Hoosiers had three different 1,000-yard rushers who topped that mark on six separate occasions.
In 1988, the IU offense rushed for a then-school record 2,963 yards. Suhr coached Thompson, the 1989 Heisman Trophy runner-up, along with Dunbar and Alex Smith, the 1994 UPI National Freshman of the Year.
Suhr and his wife, Jane, are the parents of one son, Errek, and the deceased Jenny Suhr. Errek played in 74 games and earned four letters as a guard for the IU men’s basketball program from 2004-07. They have four grandchildren: Addy, Hayden, Taylor, and Mack.
NO. 24 SETON HALL KNOCKS OFF @BUTLERMBB, 71-56 WIN TUESDAY NIGHT AT HINKLE FIELDHOUSE IN INDIANAPOLIS.
Jared Rhoden led the Pirates with 17 points. Alexis Yetna had 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Seton Hall used a 15-2 run in the first half to turn a 16-9 deficit into a 24-18 lead with 6:15 to play. The Pirates would never trail again.
“That’s a disappointing result,” said Butler coach LaVall Jordan. “Seton Hall picked up their energy midway through the first half and we didn’t match it. We had good starts in each half but we didn’t sustain that level of play. We have better basketball in us than what we showed tonight.”
A Bryce Nze three-pointer with 4:01 remaining in the game pulled Butler within six at 58-52, which was the closest Butler had been since the opening minutes of the second half. Seton Hall responded with seven of the game’s next nine points to solidify the result.
Bryce Golden led the Bulldogs with 19 points, one off his career-high. Three other Bulldogs registered double figures. All 56 of Butler’s points came from their starting five as the Pirates held a 16-0 advantage in bench points.
Both teams shot 41 percent, but the Pirates went 18-for-19 from the free throw line and had a 36-25 rebounding edge.
Butler (8-5, 1-1 BIG EAST) played without Ty Groce, who missed the game due to COVID protocols. Seton Hall (10-3, 1-2) welcomed back 7-2 center Ike Obiagu, who had missed the last three games. He had eight points.
The Bulldogs continue their homestand Friday night, welcoming another Top 25 conference foe in Xavier. A limited number of tickets remain for the contest, which is slated for an 8:30 p.m. tip.
CARDINALS FALL TO GOLDEN FLASHES ON LAST-SECOND SHOT
MUNCIE, Ind. – The Ball State men’s basketball team was back inside Worthen Arena for a Mid-American Conference matchup with Kent State on Tuesday. Tyler Cochran recorded the most points of his Cardinal career with 23, but the Cardinals fell to the Golden Flashes 66-65.
Much like Ball State’s first MAC game this season, the game would be decided by a last second shot attempt. The Cardinals and Golden Flashes battled back-and-forth the entire game. Neither team was able to gain a lead larger than four. Ball State saw its largest lead, 24-20, with 3:01 left in the first, while Kent State’s biggest lead of 14-11, came at 10:24 in the first.
Cochran came up big for BSU with 22 seconds left on the clock with a running floater in the paint to tie the game at 64-64 and was sent to the free-throw line after being fouled on the shot. He converted the and-1 to put the Cardinals on top, 65-64.
The Golden Flashes answered with a Justyn Hamilton layup off an offensive rebound to give Kent State a 66-65 edge with 10 seconds left. Ball State was able to get a shot up as time was expiring, but just could not get it to fall.
Cochran finished with a team-high 23 points, which were the most for him in a BSU uniform. Demarius Jacobs recorded the most points of his Cardinal career with 16. With his 12 points, Payton Sparks has recorded double digits in three straight and four of the last five games. Cochran and Sparks tied for a game-high nine rebounds. Miryne Thomas notched a team-best four assists and he added nine points. On the defensive end, Sparks, Jaylin Sellers, and Basheer Jihad each produced a blocked shot. Cochran, Sparks, and Mickey Pearson Jr. picked up one steal each.
Sincere Carry notched a game-high 26 points for the Golden Flashes and had a game-high six assists. He added seven rebounds and three steals. Malique Jacobs and Hamilton each added 11 points for Kent State. Hamilton led the team with eight boards and a game-high two blocks.
The Cardinals fell to 6-7 overall and 1-1 in the MAC, while the Golden Flashes improved to 7-6 overall and 2-1 in the conference.
Ball State looks to regroup and turn focus to the Eagles. The Cardinals take to the road for a Saturday MAC contest at Eastern Michigan. Tip is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. from Ypsilanti.
From the Coach – Head Coach James Whitford
“We played well enough to win. I should have done better on the final possession. I should have put them in a better position. I felt we competed and played hard. We couldn’t get stops on Sincere Carry at the end. He’s the best pick-and-roll player in the league. My biggest regret was not getting a better possession on the final one. We did a better job defensively, and yet I still think we have a lot of room to grow. I thought we did a better job, but in the crunch time we couldn’t get stops. We were having issues with fouls. Luke Bumbalough, Tyler Cochran, and Demarius Jacobs, all had four fouls. I think it’s important to get points in the paint. Every team has different strengths and weaknesses. We need to have the ability to score inside and out. Some games it will be easier to do one more than the other. If you don’t have the ability to do both, then they can take the one part away. I thought that was a positive for us tonight, was both Payton Sparks’ ability to score inside and us kicking out on drives. They (Kent State) got too many points in the paint.”
From the Student-Athletes – Sophomore Guard #23 Tyler Cochran
“We played hard. I think we played a solid 40 minutes. There were just a few things as a team that we can come back and fix at practice. If we can master each day and get better at the little stuff on offensive and defensive side, we can be pretty good. Give credit to DJ (Demarius Jacobs), when he’s talking, he gets everyone motivated and gets everyone to do more. Talking is a huge part, it helps everyone on the court. When we talk, we can be a great team.”
From the Student-Athletes – Junior Guard #1 Demarius Jacobs
“We talked about it before the game. We knew it was going to be a game of runs. I think we need to figure out a few little things with our defense. Once we figure those little things out, we will be a better defensive team. We had some good and bad moments tonight. We need to get better defensively. The offense will come with the defense. We just need to lock in and be all in together.”
IRISH OPEN ACC HOME SLATE AGAINST NORTH CAROLINA
2021-22 FIGHTING IRISH – WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
The University of Notre Dame men’s basketball team (7-5, 1-1) looks to remain unbeaten at home this season on Wednesday night against North Carolina (10-3, 2-0) on the ACC Network (9 p.m. ET). The Irish not taken the court since the last-second victory at Pittsburgh on December 28th, as the scheduled ACC home opener with Duke was postponed due to COVID-19 issues with the Blue Devil program.
PROJECTED STARTING LINEUP
#23 DANE GOODWIN | Senior | 6-4 | 202 | Upper Arlington, OH
14.9 ppg, 5.6 rpg, .485 FG%, .492 3FG%, .923 FT%
Has stepped up his game at all levels and on both ends of the court this season • reached double figure scoring in all 12 games this sesason (a career-best streak) • ranked in ACC Top-15 in 3FG% (.492), FG% 12th (.485) and scoring 13th (14.9) • ACC Co-Player of the Week (12/27/21) • reached 1,000 points in a career vs. Western Michigan • one of the best free throw shooters on the team, boasting a .834 career average from the stripe (24-26 this season).
#20 | PAUL ATKINSON JR. | Graduate Student | 6-9 | 230 | West Palm Beach, FL
12.2 ppg, 6.5 rpg, .582 FG%, .769 FT%
A tone setter for the Irish in the post, has hit double-digit scoring in last five games • 2019-20 Ivy League Player of the Year at Yale • did not participate in 2020-21, as the Ivy League cancelled all intercollegiate athletics • ranked by ESPN+ as the fourth-best transfer prospect in 2020-21 • boasts a .652 career field goal percentage and led Ivy League in FG% all three seasons in which he competed.
#0 BLAKE WESLEY | Freshman | 6-5 | 185 | South Bend, IN
13.3 ppg, .446 FG%, .344 3FG%
One of the most dynamic playmaking freshmen in the ACC • has 13 assists in last three games, including nine vs. TAMU CC • has reached double figures in scoring in 10 of 12 career games, including the last eight straight • ACC Rookie of the Week (12/13/21) • in first career start at home in Purcell Pavilion, hit the game-winning jumper with :12 seconds remaining to upset No. 10/12 Kentucky • third in the ACC in freshman scoring (13.3 ppg) and eighth among all major conference true freshmen in ppg • exploded for 24 points, 18 in the second half at Illinois in the first true road game of his career • first Mike Brey freshman to score 20 points in a career debut (vs. CSUN) since Chris Thomas in 2001 • first South Bend, IN, public school MBB prospect to sign with Notre Dame since 1985.
#3 PRENTISS HUBB | Senior | 6-3 | 176 | Upper Marlboro, MD
7.8 ppg, 3.0 apg
Connected on the game-winning jumper with five seconds remaining at Pittsburgh (12/28/21), capping a 13-point second half where he finished 3-3 from three-point range • edging closer to becoming the ninth Notre Dame player to post 500 career assists (481) • preseason All-ACC Second Team • led the team with 15 points against Boston College, coming off the bench for the first time since the victory at Miami last season • led the Irish in scoring (14.6) and three-point field goals made (65) last season • one of five major conference players to reach 100 assists in league play last season.
#14 NATE LASZEWSKI | Senior | 6-10 | 235 | Jupiter, FL
7.6 ppg, 7.2 rpg, .391 3FG%
(pronounced La-SHEH-skee) • 11th in the ACC in rebounding (7.3 per game) • scored eight points with six rebounds against Western Michigan • improved FG% 19 percent, 3FG% 11% and RPG by 3.1 last season • scored over 20 points four times last season and has five 20-point games in his career.
OFF THE BENCH
#5 CORMAC RYAN | Senior | 6-5 | 195 | New York, NY
8.5 ppg, 4.3 rpg, .818 FT%
Has embraced new role off the bench in last three games • one of the team’s better on-ball defenders • filled up the stat line against No. 10/12 Kentucky with seven points, five rebounds, four assists and a steal • started 16 of 25 games in his first year with the Irish last season • scored 21 points in the first half in the victory at Duke last year, eventually scoring career-best 28 points • shot .344 from 3FG range last season.
#2 TREY WERTZ | Senior | 6-5 | 192 | Charlotte, NC
5.2 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 2.9 apg
Returned to lineup at Pittsburgh after missing TAMU CC game with sprained right ankle, played 20 minutes with four points, four rebounds and three assists • hit double figures for the first time this season in the victory over No. 10/12 Kentucky with 12 points • planned to sit out 2020-21 season after transferring from Santa Clara until all underclassmen transfers were given immediate eligibility in December of 2020 • appeared in 21 games making 14 starts, shooting .429 from three-point range last season • hit the game-winning 3FG at the buzzer vs. WF in 2021 ACC tournament.
IRISH ITEMS – BY THE NUMBERS
Seconds remaining when senior Prentiss Hubb connected on a fade-away jumper at Pittsburgh to provide the game-winning 68-67 margin for the Irish.
Notre Dame has won six straight games in Purcell Pavilion dating back to last season. In those six victories are wins over No. 11/11 Florida State last March and a 66-62 win over No. 10/12 Kentucky on December 11.
Notre Dame will confer an NCAA Division I men’s basketball-best seven degrees in the spring of 2022 – undergraduate degrees to R. Carmody, D. Goodwin, P. Hubb, N. Laszewski, C. Ryan and T. Wertz, along with a graduate degree to P. Atkinson Jr.
Career-best streak of double-digit scoring games for senior Dane Goodwin – all 12 games this season – who leads the Irish at 14.9 ppg.
Assists in the last three games for freshman Blake Wesley. He posted a career-best nine against TAMU CC and he found Prentiss Hubb twice in the last four minutes of the game at Pittsburgh for two open three pointers that allowed the Irish to erase the an eight-point deficit in the comeback victory.
Points-per-game average for Blake Wesley, which is the third-best average in the ACC and eighth-best among major conference true freshman (see page 4 for more details).
Points-per-game average in the last three games, all victories, for graduate student Paul Atkinson Jr. while also averaging 6.3 rpg.
Points-per-game average for Dane Goodwin in Purcell Pavilion this season (five games). Goodwin is shooting .529 from the field, .586 from 3FG range, .857 from the line while pulling down 6.4 rebounds per game at home this season.
Team free throw percentage for the Irish this season, tops in the ACC and tied for 15th in the nation.
Three-point field goal percentage for Dane Goodwin, which leads the team and is second in the ACC. That is tied for seventh among all major conference players this season.
Dane Goodwin became the 66th Notre Dame player – and 25th student-athlete recruited by Mike Brey – to reach 1,000 points in their Irish career with 18 points against Western Michigan on Dec. 20.
Career points for senior Trey Wertz, who scored 747 points at Santa Clara from 2018-20.
SYCAMORES PLAY HOST TO REGIONAL RIVAL EVANSVILLE WEDNESDAY NIGHT
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State basketball puts its four-game winning streak on the line Wednesday as regional rival Evansville comes to town. Tipoff from Hulman Center is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET on ESPN+. The game will also be available on the radio on 105.5 The Legend in the Wabash Valley and on GoSycamores.com/Listen worldwide.
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A LOOK AT THE SERIES
» Indiana State will look to win its 10th-straight game against the Purple Aces Wednesday night. Overall, ISU leads the series with Evansville, 98-82.
PROTECT THE HOME COURT
» Indiana State is 6-0 inside Hulman Center this season and is currently riding an 11-game mark at home. The streak is the third-longest in the MVC behind Loyola (28) and Drake (12). ISU finished 2020-21 with a 9-3 mark at home while going 12-1 in Hulman Center in 2019-20.
UNDER NEW LEADERSHIP
» First-year head coach Josh Schertz takes over the reins of the Sycamore basketball program. Schertz takes over after a 13-year run at NCAA Division II Lincoln Memorial University where he had a career record of 337-69 (.831) en route to four national coach of the year honors. Schertz led the Railsplitters to 10 NCAA Division II Tournament appearances, won 14 total conference championships and three Southeast Regional titles, and had five seasons of 30-or-more victories.
LOOKING AT EVANSVILLE
» Evansville enters the contest at 4-9 overall and 0-2 in the MVC action. The Aces are led by Shamar Givance who averages 14.4 points, 3.9 assists and 4.5 rebounds a game. Jawuan Newton rounds out the double-digit scorers for the Aces with 13.8 points while shooting 32.8 percent from behind the arc. In 13 games, UE is averaging 61.7 points while holding its opponents to 67.1 points and 47 percent from the field.
HOBBS EARNS MVC NEWCOMER OF THE WEEK
» Zach Hobbs took advantage of playing time this past week as the Sycamores were down three starters due to COVID-19. The guard averaged 18.5 points, eight rebounds and 1.5 steals per game as ISU went 2-0, including their first MVC win of the season after taking down Bradley, 76-71. Hobbs was lights out in a 107-51 win over Midway where he put in a career-high 23 points on 9-for-16 shooting while finishing 5-for-9 from behind the arc. Hobbs also brought down seven rebounds against the Eagles. The 6-foot-5 guard continued where he left off on Sunday when he played all 40 minutes against the Braves — finishing with 14 points and a career-high nine rebounds in the win.
THOMAS STRONG DURING LAST WEEK
» Micah Thomas was dominant as he helped the Sycamores a 2-0 week on the hardwood. The guard averaged 17.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and six assists while also recording a trio of steals. Thomas put together one of his most complete games of the season during a 76-71 win over Bradley Sunday to give ISU its first MVC win of the season. He put in 18 points in the win while recording a career-high eight rebounds to go with four assists. Thomas also shot 4-for-9 from distance as the Trees made 15 3-pointers in the win. Thomas was also strong in ISU’s 107-51 win over Midway – a replacement game for Coppin State – where he scored 17 points on 6-for-11 shooting while grabbing five rebounds and dishing out a career-high eight assists while recording just one turnover.
NEESE IS A PROBLEM FOR OPPOSING DEFENSES
» After posting career highs across the board during 2020-21, Cooper Neese has picked up where he left off. The junior is averaging 16.3 points to lead ISU and rank fifth in the MVC. Neese has scored in double-figures in 10 games this season, scoring 15 or more in nine games. His 29 makes from distance leads ISU and ranks seventh in the MVC.
» Neese scored a game-high 19 points and hit five 3-pointers in a win over Bradley Sunday. With the shots from deep, Neese moved into a tie with Chad Adkins (1996-99) for eighth all-time in career 3-pointers (149). Guard Tyreke Key sits in seventh with 153 career threes.
HENRY A MATCHUP NIGHTMARE
» Cameron Henry has either made or assisted on 29 percent of all Indiana State field goals. He is averaging 14.1 points, 6.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game. His scoring output is 12th, rebounding ranks seventh, while his assist average ranks sixth in the MVC.
» Henry has scored in double-figures in nine games for Indiana State — including a pair of double-doubles. Over three games at the Myrtle Beach Invitational, Henry put up All-MVC like numbers. The 6-foot-6 guard averaged 17.3 points, nine rebounds and 5.7 assists per game while going for a career-high 25 points against Oklahoma in the semifinals. For his performance, he was named to the All-Tournament Second Team.
MOVING THE ROCK
» Indiana State ranks third in the MVC with 14.3 assists per game while sitting third with a 1.2 assist-to-turnover ratio. Five players have recorded over 10 assists with Bledson leading ISU with 42 dimes.
» Against Midway, Micah Thomas dished out a career-high eight assists to bring his season assist mark to 33 while committing just 14 turnovers in 12 games.
» ISU has improved its season average at the free-throw line to 75.1 percent — good enough for second in the MVC and 53rd nationally. Xavier Bledson leads the team with an 86.1 percent mark (31-for-36) from the line while four other Sycamores shoot 80 percent or better.
‘DONS TRAVEL TO CLEVELAND STATE FOR SECOND STRAIGHT TRIP
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – For a second straight game the Mastodon men’s basketball team will hit the road to play at Cleveland State on Wednesday (Jan. 5).
Game Day Information
Who: Purdue Fort Wayne (5-6, 1-2 Horizon) at Cleveland State (7-3, 3-0 Horizon)
When: Wednesday, January 5 | 7:00 p.m. ET
Where: Cleveland, Ohio | Wolstein Center
Listen: 1380 The Fan
Live Stats: Link
Game Notes: Purdue Fort Wayne (PDF) | Cleveland State
NOTE FOR FANS ATTENDING:
// Masks are required at all times for spectators at the Wolstein Center
KNOW YOUR FOE:
// Leading scorer: D’Moi Hodge (15.3 ppg)
// Head coach: Dennis Gates
// Cleveland State’s three losses have come to Brigham Young, Ohio and Oklahoma State.
// The ‘Dons and Vikings will play their second game in a row. The two clubs met last Thursday in a game scheduled late due to COVID-19 protocols with other teams. The ‘Dons fell to the Vikings 90-81.
// Cleveland State leads the all-time series with the Mastodons 7-2. The two teams played five times last season, including a 108-104 triple overtime win for Cleveland State in the Horizon League Championship Quarterfinals on March 2. Wednesday’s game will be the seventh time the two teams meet in 13 months.
‘DONS AND ENDS:
// Eight players saw 10 or more minutes in the Mastodons’ contest at Cleveland State last Thursday.
// Freshman JoJo Peterson made his first career 3-pointer in the game at Cleveland State.
// The Mastodons tied a season high with 13 3-pointers on Thursday at Cleveland State. They also made 13 vs. Earlham to open the season.
// Five Mastodons finished in double-digits at Cleveland State. The Mastodons have had five or more finish in double-digits three times this season.
TURN, TURN, TURN:
// The Mastodons have two single-digit turnover games this season. The ‘Dons turned it over only nine times in an overtime loss to Western Michigan and only eight times at home against Wright State.
// The Mastodons are forcing 15.36 turnovers per game, 74th best in the nation and second in the league
FYI ABOUT PIP:
// Jalon Pipkins recorded a career-high 24 points and 10 field goals in the victory over SEMO.
// Jalon Pipkins has four games of 19 or more points this season.
// Jalon Pipkins owns 656 career points with NCAA Division I stops at CSUN and Loyola-Chicago prior to his two seasons in Fort Wayne.
FROM THE LINE:
// The ‘Dons are seventh in the nation and first in the Horizon League in free throw shooting (78.9 percent).
// Over the last six games the Mastodons are 95-of-108 (87.9 percent) from the free throw line.
at Florida Gulf Coast (17-of-21)
vs. Wright State (16-of-16)
vs. Northern Kentucky (14-of-16)
at SIUE (19-of-20)
vs. SEMO (15-of-19)
at Cleveland State (14-of-16)
// The Mastodons shot 16-of-16 from the free throw line on Dec. 2 against Wright State. It stands as the most free throws the Mastodons have made in a Division I contest while connecting on 100 percent of their attempts.
// Deonte Billups is shooting a team-best 43.3 percent (26-of-60) from three on the season. He is third in the Horizon League in total made 3-pointers.
// Billups has improved his 3-point shooting each season. As a freshman he shot 32.4 and last season he shot 38.5 percent.
// Looking like the leader for Horizon League Sixth Man of the Year, Deonte Billups leads the league in scoring among players without a start this season thanks to his 10.2 points per game.
// Deonte Billups has scored in double-digits in four of the last six games.
‘DONS WENT TO JARRED:
// Jarred Godfrey has started every game since the start of his sophomore year.
// Jarred Godfrey owns 1,298 career points, 9th most in program history. Up next is eighth place Kason Harrell (1,349 points, 2015-19).
// Jarred Godfrey is sixth in the league in steals per game (1.73) and fourth in assists per game (4.5).
// Jarred Godfrey is averaging 17.1 points per game, fifth-best in the league, but it also would be his best average for a season. He averaged 15.6 as a sophomore and 16.2 last season.
// Jarred Godfrey scored 35 points against Western Michigan (Nov. 27) on 13-of-18 shooting. His 13 field goals tied a career high
// Jarred Godfrey has scored in double-digits in every game this season.
THE K IS SILENT, HIS GAME IS NOT:
// Ra Kpedi is having the best season of his career, averaging 10.1 points and 6.6 rebounds per game.
// Ra Kpedi is 27th in the nation in offensive rebounds per game (3.18).
// Ra Kpedi picked up his first career double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds at Florida Gulf Coast.
MEET DAMIAN CHONG QUI:
// Damian Chong Qui joined the Mastodons this season. He helped Mount St. Mary’s to an NCAA Tournament berth last season. He averaged 15.1 points per game for The Mount last year on his way to All-NEC First Team honors.
// Damian Chong Qui is the second Mastodon to join the ‘Dons after playing at Mt. Saint Mary’s. Bobby Planutis spent his freshman season of 2017-18 at The Mount.
// Damian Chong Qui scored a season-high 18 points at Cleveland State (Dec. 30). They all came in the second half after he has two quick fouls in the first half.
// Damian Chong Qui scored 14 points against Florida Gulf Coast (Nov. 28) and went over 1,000 career points. He scored 950 points at Mount St. Mary’s before transferring to Purdue Fort Wayne this season.
HOUNDS RETURN TO GLVC ACTION WITH WIN OVER MCKENDREE
INDIANAPOLIS – The UIndy men’s basketball team trailed by seven with less than nine minutes on the board but were able to complete the comeback on Tuesday night, beating McKendree University 63-56 in their return to Great Lakes Valley Conference play. Cory Miller Jr. scored 23 points for the second time in three games to help the Hounds improve to 3-1 in GLVC action.
A tough UIndy defense held the Bearcats to zero offensive rebounds on the night (yes, zero). Dating back to the 2010-11 season, that has not happened in a UIndy game before. On March 3, 2013 they held Missouri-St. Louis to one, but had never held an opponent to zero until tonight.
HOW IT HAPPENED
McKendree led 51-44 with 8:46 remaining before a lay up from Jakobie Robinson froze the Bearcats momentum. Jesse Bingham went a perfect four-for-four at the charity strip to cut the deficit to one. The Bearcats responded with a three-point play of their own to regain a four point lead but their energy was short lived as Bingham nailed a corner three to make it a one-point game once again.
After a missed lay up, Josiah Tynes grabbed an offensive rebound and scored the second chance basket to put UIndy on top by one. The Bearcats missed their opportunity to steal the lead back before Miller Jr. notched a driving lay up.
With 90 seconds remaining and three-point lead, Bingham stole the ball and found Tynes for a quick three to put the game away. UIndy closed out the game with a 13-2 run for their fifth consecutive win and first of the new year.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
– The Hounds took a 30-26 lead to the halftime. They improve to 6-0 on the year when leading at the break.
– UIndy dominated the rebound battle once again, 39-25. The Hounds are 8-0 when out re-bounding their opponents.
– Miller Jr. finished with 23 points while dishing out three assists and one steal.
– Bingham tallied 14 points and tied a season-best of four blocks.
– Kendrick Tchoua paced the Hounds with 11 rebounds with 10 coming on defense.
UIndy has a pair of GLVC games remaining this week. The Hounds head to Missouri S&T on Thursday with a new tip off time of 7 pm ET. Saturday UIndy returns home to Lindenwood at 3 pm ET.
SECOND HALF RUN PACES SHORTHANDED MARIAN VICTORY OVER GOSHEN
INDIANAPOLIS – Limited to an eight-man rotation in their first game of the New Year, the Marian men’s basketball team grinded an 83-64 Crossroads League victory over Goshen College on Tuesday night. The Knights were without three players who were in health and safety protocols, and despite trailing by as many as eight in the second half erased their deficit with a 20-4 run to claim their 11th win of the season. Marian is 11-2 overall and 3-2 in league play.
The Knights got off to a slow start as played their first game in over two weeks, but after shaking off the rust Marian established a rhythnm with five quick points in transition. A Christian Harvey trey gave Marian a 12-6 lead as the clock dropped under the 15 minute mark, but Goshen would claw back tying the game 14-14 with 11:40 left in the half. A deadball rebound on the ensuing possession kept Marian on the attack, and Luke Gohmann pushed his team back in front after splitting a pair of free throws.
The offense heated up for both teams as the clock ticked under 10 minutes, with the Maple Leafs connecting on three straight deep shots to take their first claim of the lead. Jacob Wiley and Christian Stewart kept the Knights offense in check as Goshen upped their defensive effort, and after the second media timeout of the first half a block and fast break layup from Christian Harvey pushed Marian back in the lead. The Knights held a share of the lead for six of the final seven minutes in the half, but a three-pointer in the final minute from Greg Johnson pushed the Leafs on top 39-36 at intermission.
Marian ended the first half shooting near 50 percent from the field, but 11 turnovers in the first half helped Goshen hold a lead at halftime.
Goshen began the half shooting a pair of technical free throws, opening on a 5-0 run before a Wiley layup snapped the spree. Stewart found his way to the cup on a fast break layup slashing the score to four, while a three from Malek Edmonds brought them within three by the media timeout. Marian continued to whittle their deficit, and claimed their first lead of the second half with 11:49 to play after getting a block and second-chance layup from Maximus Gizzi. A tip-in layup from Brody Whitaker one minute later gave Marian a 53-51 lead, but as the clock rolled under the 10-minute mark a three from the Maple Leafs tied the game at 54.
A dunk from Wiley ignited a 7-2 run to push the Knights back into the lead, with the senior adding a free throw to his ledger giving Marian a 62-56 lead with eight minutes remaining. The run continued as the defensive pressure increased, as the Knights got contributions from a sharp-shooting Whitaker and Gizzi three-point play, continuing to grow the lead. Two free throws from Edmonds and a putback from Whitaker put a stamp on the 20-4 Knights run, vaulting Marian in front 74-56 lead with four minutes to play. The run helped the team turn on the cruise control for the remainder of the game, as Harvey and Edmonds put a cap on the scoring to claim Marian’s third Crossroads League win with the 83-64 victory.
Marian shot 63 percent in the second half out-scoring Goshen 47-25 in the period, and were led in scoring in the game by Harvey who finished with 17 points. Edmonds finished with 15 and Stewart tallied 13, while Wiley grabbed a 10-point, 13-rebound double-double. Off the bench Whitaker scored 12 points and grabbed six rebounds, while Gizzi scored a career-high nine points.
Marian will finish their week at home against Huntington University playing the second game of a Crossroads League double header. Tip will come 30 minutes following the conclusion of the women’s game. Saturday is also Bill Smith ’73 Day, where the Knights will honor the former legendary Knight.
NO. 9 MEN’S BASKETBALL GRABS ROAD WIN AT NO. 7 GRACE
WINONA LAKE, Ind.- No. 9 Indiana Wesleyan picked up their third NAIA Top-25 win Tuesday, dethroning the Lancers of Grace College 77-63. The Wildcats led from the tip while holding top Lancer scorer Frankie Davidson to 10 points below his Crossroads League average on the season.
IWU moves to 14-3 on the season and 5-0 in League play. It is the second straight season the Wildcats have started League play with a perfect 5-0 record.
The Wildcats led the entire first half, taking a nine-point lead into halftime. IWU shot 50% from the field, while both teams struggled from deep shooting 28% (IWU) and 22% (GC) respectively.
Grace outrebounded IWU in the first half 22-15.
Spencer Pierciefeld knocked down two triples to start the second half, propelling an IWU 6-2 run to start the half.
Grace would cut it as close as four with 7:40 left in the contest, but three straight layups by Spencer Pierciefeld pushed the lead back to 10.
6 – how many turnovers IWU tallied, their lowest in a game since they had six against Saint Francis in 2020
63 – the fewest amount of points the Lancers have scored in a game this season and their lowest since November 16, 2019.
.391 – the lowest field goal percentage by a Grace squad since February 20, 2020.
10-of-12 – what both squads shot from the charity stripe
14 – how many more rebounds Grace grabbed than IWU
IWU returns home after a seven-game road trip to host Bethel University at 3 p.m. on Saturday.
TOP NATIONAL HEADLINES
BROWNS’ MAYFIELD TO UNDERGO SURGERY, SIT OUT SEASON FINALE
CLEVELAND (AP) Baker Mayfield’s broken fourth season with the Browns has mercifully ended with one game left.
His time in Cleveland could be running short as well.
Mayfield is sitting out the season finale against Cincinnati so he can undergo surgery on his left shoulder, an injury that affected his performance, contributed to the Browns’ falling way short of expectations and may have altered the path of his NFL career.
Mayfield, who played with a torn labrum suffered in Week 2 and a fracture in his non-throwing shoulder for most of the season, was sacked nine times in Monday night’s 26-14 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Afterward, the 26-year-old said he “was pretty damn beat up” and planned to consult with his family and agents about whether to play against the AFC North champion Bengals.
Coach Kevin Stefanski said conversations Tuesday between Mayfield, his representatives and the team led to the decision to have the operation as soon as possible so he has more time to recover ahead of next season.
“Obviously frustrating for him, but we felt this was the best thing for him right now,” said Stefanski, who did not have a timeline for recovery.
While the operation, which has yet to be scheduled, ends this season for Mayfield, there’s no certainty on where he’ll take his next snap.
The Browns picked up Mayfield’s fifth-year, $18.8 million contract option for 2022, but his erratic and often poor play this season has raised doubts as to whether the team wants to go forward with him.
The team has not approached Mayfield’s agents about a long-term extension, which seemed almost a certainty after he led them to the playoffs last season.
But the Browns didn’t live up to their hype, and were eliminated from the postseason while traveling to Pittsburgh on Sunday.
Even though it’s over, Stefanski chose not to assess Mayfield’s uneven season, which ended with him throwing six interceptions in his final two games. It also concluded with him questioning the coaching staff’s decision not to give rookie right tackle James Hudson more help blocking Steelers superstar T.J. Watt.
Mayfield was sacked four times by Watt, who also had one of the five passes batted down by Pittsburgh defenders.
There were junctures earlier in the season when the Browns could have rested Mayfield. But he insisted on playing while wearing a cumbersome harness that kept his shoulder from popping out.
While it was a credit to his toughness to push through the pain, Mayfield may wind up regretting the decision to keep playing (he sat out a Week 7 win over Denver) if it damaged his standing with the Browns.
Monday’s game was a microcosm of Mayfield’s aimless season.
He started 1 of 10, threw a league season-high 10 incompletions in one stretch and took a pounding. However, he also made some nice throws and his two TD passes had the Browns within five points in the final minutes.
“I kept swinging,” said Mayfield, who finished with 17 TDs, 13 picks and 3,010 yards. “That’s who I am and that’s who I’ll continue to be.”
Stefanski said he trusted the team’s medical staff to keep turning to Mayfield and did not lament playing him.
“Each one of those weeks and those days when we made those decisions, you are just going off of the information that is available to you,” he said. “That’s information from our medical staff, from Baker, from second opinions and those type of things and then based on how he performed in practice.”
Not a lot, but Cleveland’s defense, despite an injury-ravaged secondary, continues to play at a playoff-caliber level. The Browns made Ben Roethlisberger (24 of 46 for just 123 yards) and Pittsburgh’s offense work for everything.
WHAT NEEDS HELP
Got an hour? There are problems everywhere, with perhaps the biggest a disconnection between Mayfield and Stefanski, the coaching staff and perhaps Cleveland’s front office. The team’s decision to stick with an ineffective Mayfield – injury aside – for weeks is both puzzling and troubling.
Except from an inexcusable personal foul for pulling off and throwing Steelers receiver Chase Claypool’s shoe, defensive end Jadeveon Clowney had another strong game with two sacks, six tackles (one for loss) and two QB hits.
Clowney has revived his career with the Browns, who must strongly consider signing him long term.
Stefanski’s honeymoon was over long ago. The AP’s reigning Coach of the Year has had a rough second season. His play-calling has been suspect, and the team’s overall lack of discipline (10 more penalties on Monday) is a damning indictment.
Running back D’Ernest Johnson was placed on the COVID-19 list. Stefanski did not have any updates on Monday’s injuries: CB Denzel Ward (groin), CB Greedy Williams (shoulder) or LB Sione Takitaki (shoulder).
56 – Mayfield’s interception total since 2018, a league worst.
Case Keenum will likely start the finale against the Bengals, who were rocked 41-16 by the Browns in November but recovered to win the division.
JALEN HURTS ASKS WASHINGTON FOR RESPONSE TO RAILING COLLAPSE
PHILADELPHIA (AP) Jalen Hurts is asking the Washington Football Team to take action after narrowly escaping harm when fans fell onto the field because a railing in the corner of FedEx Field gave way as the Philadelphia Eagles’ quarterback was walking into the tunnel after Sunday’s game.
Hurts avoided the railing and calmly helped some fans to their feet. Mark Tenally, a photo runner for The Associated Press who was standing under the railing, was injured and attended to by medical personnel.
The team said in a statement: “To our knowledge, everyone involved was offered onsite medical evaluation and left the stadium of their own accord. We’re very glad no one appears to have been seriously injured. The safety of our fans and guests is of the utmost importance and we are looking into what occurred.”
Hurts sent a letter to the NFL and the team, saying: “I am writing to inquire what follow-up action is being considered.”
“I tried to handle the situation with a lot of poise and show compassion for the people that fell down, really, but it could’ve been so much worse,” Hurts said Tuesday. “It didn’t hit me until after the fact, having time to reflect on it and think about it, so I just wanted to see what could be done to make sure it doesn’t happen again. That’s all I really care about it. That’s a very tragic incident and it could’ve been much, much worse but I don’t want it to happen again.”
TITANS LINEBACKER BUD DUPREE CITED FOR MISDEMEANOR ASSAULT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee outside linebacker Bud Dupree has been charged with misdemeanor assault in connection with a physical altercation at a Walgreen’s hours after the Titans clinched their second straight AFC South title.
Metro Nashville police detectives cited Dupree on Tuesday morning after consulting with the district attorney’s office. Dupree and his attorney met with detectives Tuesday morning.
According to the citation, a Walgreen’s employee argued with some people shopping around 8 p.m. Those people left and came back into the store with Dupree who “then grabbed the victim and his phone” followed by the altercation before Dupree left.
Dupree is scheduled to be booked in three weeks. The 6-foot-4, 269-pound linebacker was the Titans’ top free agent signee last March with a five-year deal worth $82.5 million. Dupree, who tore his right ACL in December 2020, has started five of 10 games played this season and has three sacks and a forced fumble.
The Titans issued a statement saying they are “aware of the situation and are gathering additional information.”
Tennessee (11-5) can clinch the No. 1 seed in the AFC with a win Sunday in Houston.
MICHIGAN’S DAVID OJABO ENTERING NFL DRAFT AFTER 11-SACK YEAR
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Michigan outside linebacker David Ojabo is entering the NFL draft.
Ojabo announced his decision Tuesday to turn pro and skip his senior season with the Wolverines.
The second-team All-American and All-Big Ten player had 11 sacks as a redshirt sophomore. He helped Michigan win its first Big Ten title since 2004 and advance to the College Football Playoff for the first time.
Ojabo had one tackle in 2020 in three games at linebacker and was a redshirt in 2019. He was born in Nigeria in 2000, moved to Scotland seven years later, and attended three years of high school at Blair Academy in New Jersey, where he started playing football as a junior.
CINCINNATI’S FORD, GARDNER DEPARTING EARLY FOR NFL DRAFT
CINCINNATI (AP) Cincinnati has lost two stars from its College Football Playoff team to the NFL draft.
The school announced Tuesday that junior cornerback Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner declared for the draft, one day after junior running back Jerome Ford said he would do the same.
The pair helped the Bearcats (13-1) become the first team from a conference outside the Power Five to crack the playoff. Cincinnati was seeded fourth and lost to No. 1 Alabama 27-6 in a semifinal game on Friday.
Gardner never allowed a touchdown reception over more than 1,000 targets in three seasons. He is projected as a first-round pick.
“He will go down as one of the greatest Bearcats ever to play here and certainly one of the most talented, accomplished and competitive players I have ever coached,” Cincinnati coach Luke Fickell said of the Detroit native.
Ford, an Alabama transfer, rushed for 1,319 yards and 19 touchdowns this season, helping lead Cincinnati to its second straight American Athletic Conference title. He had 15 carries for 77 yards in the semifinal loss.
“He was a leader by example and embodied the `humble and hungry’ culture we have built here,” Fickell said.
“It has always been my dream to play in the NFL, and I am in this position because of everything the University of Cincinnati has given to me,” Ford said in a Twitter post Monday.
Senior quarterback Desmond Ridder, who was 43-5 as a four-year starter for the Bearcats, also will be moving on and also is expected to be drafted in the early rounds.
With 24 seniors recognized before Cincinnati’s last home game, Fickell will have some other sizable holes to fill on the 2022 depth chart.
WASHINGTON TO REVEAL NEW NAME ON FEB. 2; WON’T BE REDWOLVES
(AP) — Washington’s NFL team announced Tuesday it will unveil its new name on Feb. 2 and that it will not be the Wolves or RedWolves.
Commanders, Admirals, Armada, Brigade, Sentinels, Defenders, Red Hogs, Presidents and the status quo “Washington Football Team” were among the other finalists.
“We are on the brink of starting a new chapter, but our history, our legacy cannot be lost along the way,” team president Jason Wright said in an episode of the team-produced show “Making the Brand.” “Now, more than ever, it’s important that we stay connected to our roots. We understand the importance of choosing a meaningful name: one that will anchor the team for the next 90 years and beyond.”
Wright said the decision was made not to go with Wolves or RedWolves because of trademarks held by other organizations. Those possibilities were popular among Washington fans.
The new helmets and uniforms will feature the franchise’s signature burgundy-and-gold colors, with three stars on the collar and stripes on the shoulders of otherwise plain jerseys. In a “Making the Brand” clip showing him getting a look at one of the helmets, coach Ron Rivera said: “I love this. Right on. I think the look’s going to be hot.”
A trailer teasing the reveal included a “W” logo making an appearance.
The video featured the messages: “Hail to the greats that laid the foundation for our legacy,” “Hail to the fans we consider family,” “We are and always have been Washington,” “We will fight for our community” and “Together we will define our future.”
Photos of franchise greats were mixed in with current players meeting with military personnel and fans.
The organization dropped its old name in July 2020 after decades of complaints that it was racist toward Native Americans and recent pressure from team sponsors. The decision was made to be known as the Washington Football Team that season, which stuck around for 2021 while the front office went through a lengthy rebranding process.
“Our journey to a new identity is a marathon, not a sprint,” Wright said. “To get it right, we had to take every step of the process seriously, and the destination is a sum of all those parts.”
Washington was the first team in the four major North American professional sports leagues to move away from Native American imagery amid a national reckoning on race. Cleveland in Major League Baseball followed suit, adopting the new name Guardians that is now in effect after settling a lawsuit with a roller derby team by the same name.
MLB’s Atlanta Braves and the NHL’s Chicago Blackhawks have defended keeping their names.
Wright made it clear during the rebranding process that Washington would not use any sort of Native American imagery moving forward. He, Rivera and others have made references to wanting to honor the once-storied franchise’s tradition, which includes three Super Bowl championships.
“I just think the heritage and the history of our team is what’s so important, and, as fans, I think we’re going to rally around that team,” Hall of Fame coach Joe Gibbs said. “I’d say probably what’s more important about naming the team, it’s trying to bring everybody together. … That’s the one thing that we’ve got going for ourselves is the loyalty that we have for that team.”
Washington has not had a lot going on or off the field in recent years. The league fined the team $10 million after an investigation into workplace conduct, owner Dan Snyder squabbled with minority partners before buying out their shares, the front office took criticism this season for botching late safety Sean Taylor’s jersey retirement and over the past 15 years the team has not won a playoff game.
TV SPORTS WEDNESDAY
|COLLEGE BASKETBALL||TIME ET||TV|
|DEPAUL AT ST. JOHN’S||6:30PM||FS1|
|PITT AT LOUISVILLE||7:00PM||ESPN2/U|
|ALABAMA AT FLORIDA||7:00PM||ESPN2/U|
|FURMAN AT UNCG||7:00PM||ESPNEWS|
|OLE MISS AT TENNESSEE||7:00PM||SECN|
|NEBRASKA AT MICHIGAN STATE||7:00PM||BTN|
|VCU AT DAYTON||7:00PM||CBSSN|
|LA SALLE AT SAINT LOUIS||7:00PM||ESPN+|
|UMASS AT RICHMOND||7:00PM||ESPN+|
|SYRACUSE AT MIAMI (FL)||8:00PM||ACCN|
|CREIGHTON AT VILLANOVA||8:30PM||FS1|
|TEXAS TECH AT IOWA STATE||9:00PM||ESPNU|
|NORTH CAROLINA AT NOTRE DAME||9:00PM||ESPN2|
|MISSISSIPPI STATE AT MISSOURI||9:00PM||SECN|
|LOYOLA (CHICAGO) AT ILLINOIS STATE||9:00PM||CBSSN|
|PENN STATE AT NORTHWESTERN||9:00PM||BTN|
|FRESNO STATE AT SAN DIEGO STATE||10:30PM||FS1|
|DETROIT AT CHARLOTTE||7:00PM||BALLY SPORTS|
|PHILADELPHIA AT ORLANDO||7:00PM||BALLY SPORTS|
|HOUSTON AT WASHINGTON||7:00PM||NBCS-WSH|
|SAN ANTONIO AT BOSTON||7:30PM||NBCS-BOS|
|BROOKLYN AT INDIANA||7:30PM||YES|
|GOLDEN STATE AT DALLAS||7:30PM||ESPN|
|OKLAHOMA CITY AT MINNESOTA||8:00PM||BALLY SPORTS|
|TORONTO AT MILWAUKEE||8:00PM||SPORTSNET|
|UTAH AT DENVER||10:00PM||ESPN|
|ATLANTA AT SACRAMENTO||10:00PM||BALLY SPORTS|
|MIAMI AT PORTLAND||10:00PM||BALLY SPORTS|
|EDMONTON AT TORONTO||7:00PM||SPORTSNET|
|ST. LOUIS AT PITTSBURGH||7:30PM||TNT|
|NY ISLANDERS AT VANCOUVER||10:00PM||TNT|
|AMERICAN FOOTBALL CONFERENCE|
|W||L||T||PCT||GB||PF||PA||HOME||ROAD||VS. CONF||VS. DIV||STREAK|
|X-BUFFALO BILLS||10||6||0||.625||0.0||456||279||5-3-0||5-3-0||6-5-0||4-1-0||3 W|
|X-NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS||10||6||0||.625||0.0||438||270||4-5-0||6-1-0||8-3-0||3-2-0||1 W|
|MIAMI DOLPHINS||8||8||0||.500||2.0||308||349||5-3-0||3-5-0||5-6-0||3-2-0||1 L|
|NEW YORK JETS||4||12||0||.250||6.0||300||477||3-6-0||1-6-0||4-7-0||0-5-0||1 L|
|W||L||T||PCT||GB||PF||PA||HOME||ROAD||VS. CONF||VS. DIV||STREAK|
|XY-KANSAS CITY CHIEFS||11||5||0||.688||0.0||452||340||7-2-0||4-3-0||6-5-0||4-1-0||1 L|
|LOS ANGELES CHARGERS||9||7||0||.563||2.0||442||424||5-4-0||4-3-0||6-5-0||3-2-0||1 W|
|LAS VEGAS RAIDERS||9||7||0||.563||2.0||339||407||4-4-0||5-3-0||7-4-0||2-3-0||3 W|
|DENVER BRONCOS||7||9||0||.438||4.0||311||294||4-4-0||3-5-0||3-8-0||1-4-0||3 L|
|W||L||T||PCT||GB||PF||PA||HOME||ROAD||VS. CONF||VS. DIV||STREAK|
|XY-CINCINNATI BENGALS||10||6||0||.625||0.0||444||355||5-4-0||5-2-0||8-3-0||4-1-0||3 W|
|PITTSBURGH STEELERS||8||7||1||.531||1.5||327||385||6-2-1||2-5-0||6-5-0||3-2-0||1 W|
|BALTIMORE RAVENS||8||8||0||.500||2.0||374||376||5-3-0||3-5-0||5-6-0||1-4-0||5 L|
|CLEVELAND BROWNS||7||9||0||.438||3.0||328||355||5-3-0||2-6-0||4-7-0||2-3-0||3 L|
|W||L||T||PCT||GB||PF||PA||HOME||ROAD||VS. CONF||VS. DIV||STREAK|
|XY-TENNESSEE TITANS||11||5||0||.688||0.0||391||329||7-2-0||4-3-0||7-4-0||4-1-0||2 W|
|INDIANAPOLIS COLTS||9||7||0||.563||2.0||440||339||4-5-0||5-2-0||7-4-0||3-2-0||1 L|
|HOUSTON TEXANS||4||12||0||.250||7.0||255||424||2-6-0||2-6-0||4-7-0||3-2-0||1 L|
|JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS||2||14||0||.125||9.0||227||446||2-6-0||0-8-0||2-9-0||0-5-0||8 L|
|NATIONAL FOOTBALL CONFERENCE|
|W||L||T||PCT||GB||PF||PA||HOME||ROAD||VS. CONF||VS. DIV||STREAK|
|XY-DALLAS COWBOYS||11||5||0||.688||0.0||479||332||5-3-0||6-2-0||9-2-0||5-0-0||1 L|
|X-PHILADELPHIA EAGLES||9||7||0||.563||2.0||418||334||3-4-0||6-3-0||7-4-0||3-2-0||4 W|
|WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM||6||10||0||.375||5.0||313||427||3-5-0||3-5-0||5-6-0||1-4-0||4 L|
|NEW YORK GIANTS||4||12||0||.250||7.0||251||394||3-4-0||1-8-0||3-8-0||1-4-0||5 L|
|W||L||T||PCT||GB||PF||PA||HOME||ROAD||VS. CONF||VS. DIV||STREAK|
|X-LOS ANGELES RAMS||12||4||0||.750||0.0||436||345||5-2-0||7-2-0||8-3-0||3-2-0||5 W|
|X-ARIZONA CARDINALS||11||5||0||.688||1.0||419||328||3-4-0||8-1-0||7-4-0||4-1-0||1 W|
|SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS||9||7||0||.563||3.0||400||341||4-4-0||5-3-0||6-5-0||1-4-0||1 W|
|SEATTLE SEAHAWKS||6||10||0||.375||6.0||357||336||3-5-0||3-5-0||3-8-0||2-3-0||1 W|
|W||L||T||PCT||GB||PF||PA||HOME||ROAD||VS. CONF||VS. DIV||STREAK|
|XYZ-GREEN BAY PACKERS||13||3||0||.813||0.0||420||334||8-0-0||5-3-0||9-2-0||4-1-0||5 W|
|MINNESOTA VIKINGS||7||9||0||.438||6.0||394||409||4-3-0||3-6-0||5-6-0||3-2-0||2 L|
|CHICAGO BEARS||6||10||0||.375||7.0||294||376||3-5-0||3-5-0||4-7-0||2-3-0||2 W|
|DETROIT LIONS||2||13||1||.156||10.5||288||437||2-5-0||0-8-1||2-9-0||1-4-0||2 L|
|W||L||T||PCT||GB||PF||PA||HOME||ROAD||VS. CONF||VS. DIV||STREAK|
|XY-TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS||12||4||0||.750||0.0||470||336||6-1-0||6-3-0||7-4-0||3-2-0||2 W|
|NEW ORLEANS SAINTS||8||8||0||.500||4.0||334||315||3-5-0||5-3-0||6-5-0||3-2-0||1 W|
|ATLANTA FALCONS||7||9||0||.438||5.0||293||429||2-5-0||5-4-0||4-7-0||2-3-0||1 L|
|CAROLINA PANTHERS||5||11||0||.313||7.0||287||363||2-6-0||3-5-0||3-8-0||2-3-0||6 L|
X – CLINCHED PLAYOFF SPOT, Y – CLINCHED DIVISION, Z – CLINCHED HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE
|1 TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING||35||22||8||5||49||20||116||103||11-3-3||11-5-2||6-3-1|
|2 NEW YORK RANGERS||34||22||8||4||48||20||101||85||10-3-2||12-5-2||5-4-1|
|3 FLORIDA PANTHERS||33||22||7||4||48||21||128||97||18-3-0||4-4-4||6-3-1|
|4 WASHINGTON CAPITALS||34||20||6||8||48||18||119||89||10-3-5||10-3-3||6-2-2|
|5 CAROLINA HURRICANES||31||23||7||1||47||23||106||66||10-3-0||13-4-1||8-2-0|
|6 TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS||31||21||8||2||44||21||104||76||13-4-1||8-4-1||7-2-1|
|7 PITTSBURGH PENGUINS||31||18||8||5||41||17||99||81||9-5-2||9-3-3||8-1-1|
|8 BOSTON BRUINS||29||17||10||2||36||16||85||76||9-5-1||8-5-1||6-2-2|
|9 DETROIT RED WINGS||34||16||15||3||35||15||96||114||12-5-2||4-10-1||4-6-0|
|10 PHILADELPHIA FLYERS||33||13||14||6||32||13||86||110||6-6-2||7-8-4||5-3-2|
|11 COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS||31||15||15||1||31||12||101||112||10-5-1||5-10-0||3-6-1|
|12 NEW JERSEY DEVILS||34||13||16||5||31||12||99||121||8-7-3||5-9-2||3-7-0|
|13 NEW YORK ISLANDERS||28||10||12||6||26||10||64||80||4-5-3||6-7-3||5-2-3|
|14 BUFFALO SABRES||33||10||17||6||26||8||89||116||6-9-2||4-8-4||2-5-3|
|15 OTTAWA SENATORS||29||9||18||2||20||8||79||107||5-9-0||4-9-2||5-4-1|
|16 MONTREAL CANADIENS||34||7||23||4||18||6||73||123||5-10-1||2-13-3||1-7-2|
|1 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS||36||22||13||1||45||19||129||110||11-8-1||11-5-0||7-2-1|
|2 NASHVILLE PREDATORS||34||21||11||2||44||20||104||91||10-5-0||11-6-2||8-1-1|
|3 ST. LOUIS BLUES||33||19||9||5||43||17||116||91||12-3-2||7-6-3||7-1-2|
|4 ANAHEIM DUCKS||36||18||11||7||43||16||111||99||11-4-4||7-7-3||5-3-2|
|5 COLORADO AVALANCHE||29||19||8||2||40||18||123||96||11-2-1||8-6-1||8-1-1|
|6 CALGARY FLAMES||31||17||8||6||40||15||100||73||4-3-4||13-5-2||5-4-1|
|7 MINNESOTA WILD||31||19||10||2||40||16||116||98||10-3-1||9-7-1||5-4-1|
|8 EDMONTON OILERS||33||18||13||2||38||16||111||107||10-6-0||8-7-2||2-6-2|
|9 WINNIPEG JETS||32||16||11||5||37||15||98||92||10-6-1||6-5-4||6-3-1|
|10 LOS ANGELES KINGS||33||16||12||5||37||14||91||89||10-7-2||6-5-3||6-3-1|
|11 SAN JOSE SHARKS||34||17||16||1||35||16||96||108||9-7-1||8-9-0||4-6-0|
|12 VANCOUVER CANUCKS||34||16||15||3||35||13||89||95||8-7-1||8-8-2||8-1-1|
|13 DALLAS STARS||29||15||12||2||32||14||82||85||11-3-1||4-9-1||5-5-0|
|14 CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS||33||11||17||5||27||8||77||112||6-7-3||5-10-2||3-4-3|
|15 SEATTLE KRAKEN||33||10||19||4||24||10||92||122||6-11-2||4-8-2||2-6-2|
|16 ARIZONA COYOTES||31||6||22||3||15||6||64||120||2-11-1||4-11-2||2-7-1|
LAST UPDATED JAN. 5, 2:34 ET
EIGHT TEAMS IN EACH CONFERENCE QUALIFY FOR THE DIVISIONAL PLAYOFF FORMAT. THE TOP THREE TEAMS FROM EACH DIVISION MAKE UP THE FIRST SIX SPOTS. THE TWO REMAINING TEAMS WITH THE HIGHEST POINTS, REGARDLESS OF DIVISION, QUALIFY FOR THE FINAL TWO WILD CARD SPOTS.
X – CLINCHED PLAYOFF SPOT, Y – CLINCHED DIVISION, Z – CLINCHED CONFERENCE
|NEW YORK||18||20||.474||6.5||8-11||10-9||3-5||12-16||6-4||1 W|
|OKLAHOMA CITY||13||23||.361||13.5||8-11||5-12||1-2||10-16||5-5||1 L|
|GOLDEN STATE||29||7||.806||—||17-3||12-4||7-1||16-4||8-2||2 W|
|LA LAKERS||20||19||.513||10.5||13-10||7-9||2-5||12-13||4-6||3 W|
|LA CLIPPERS||19||19||.500||11.0||12-11||7-8||3-4||12-15||3-7||1 L|
|SAN ANTONIO||14||22||.389||9.5||7-10||7-12||1-4||8-15||4-6||4 L|
|NEW ORLEANS||13||25||.342||11.5||7-11||6-14||2-4||8-16||5-5||3 L|
X – CLINCHED PLAYOFF SPOT, Y – CLINCHED DIVISION, Z – CLINCHED CONFERENCE