“THE SCOREBOARD”

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL STATE FINALS SCHEDULE

FRIDAY, NOV. 24, 2023 

11 AM ET | CLASS 1A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP 
ADAMS CENTRAL (14-0) VS. INDIANAPOLIS LUTHERAN (12-0) 

3 PM ET | CLASS 3A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP 
INDIANAPOLIS BISHOP CHATARD (14-0) VS. HERITAGE HILLS (13-1)

7 PM ET | CLASS 5A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP 
FORT WAYNE SNIDER (12-1) VS. DECATUR CENTRAL (11-2)

SATURDAY, NOV. 25, 2023

11 AM ET | CLASS 2A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP 
FORT WAYNE BISHOP LUERS (11-3) VS. NORTH POSEY (13-1) 

3 PM ET | CLASS 4A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP 
NORTHWOOD (12-2) VS. EAST CENTRAL (14-0) 

7 PM ET | CLASS 6A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP 
CROWN POINT (13-0) VS. BEN DAVIS (12-1)

INDIANA BOYS BASKETBALL TUESDAY

ALEXANDRIA 80, ANDERSON PREP ACADEMY 44

ANDERSON 47, PENDLETON HTS. 38

BEDFORD N. LAWRENCE 59, BLOOMINGTON NORTH 54

BENTON CENTRAL 56, FRONTIER 31

BETHESDA CHRISTIAN 52, UNIVERSITY 40

BLOOMINGTON SOUTH 54, EDGEWOOD 43

BORDEN 77, EASTERN (PEKIN) 53

BROWNSBURG 52, INDPLS N. CENTRAL 48

CASS 52, CARROLL (FLORA) 47

CASTON 66, LAKELAND CHRISTIAN 25

CHARLESTOWN 58, NEW WASHINGTON 45

CLAY CITY 69, S. PUTNAM 39

COVENANT CHRISTIAN 68, SPEEDWAY 65

COVINGTON 63, PARIS, ILL. 27

CRAWFORDSVILLE 51, GREENCASTLE 45, OT

CURIE, ILL. 63, BOWMAN 37

DEKALB 52, FT. WAYNE NORTHROP 42

E. NOBLE 54, W. NOBLE 41

EDINBURGH 58, SOUTHWESTERN (SHELBY) 46

EV. DAY 79, CANNELTON 30

EVANSVILLE CHRISTIAN 56, DUBOIS 38

FISHERS 74, INDPLS BEN DAVIS 61

FRANKLIN 65, INDIAN CREEK 56

GEO 52, TARA, LA. 27

GREENFIELD 56, BEECH GROVE 36

HAGERSTOWN 55, FRANKLIN CO. 49

HAUSER 62, BROWN CO. 29

HERITAGE CHRISTIAN 49, COLUMBUS NORTH 29

HILLCREST, ILL. 85, HAMMOND CENTRAL 81

ILLIANA CHRISTIAN 58, KOUTS 42

INDPLS INTERNATIONAL 71, MTI 63

INDPLS TECH 83, PHALEN 46

INDY BREBEUF 68, INDPLS RITTER 47

JAC-CEN-DEL 49, S. RIPLEY 46

JASPER 62, BOONVILLE 27

JAY CO. 56, ELWOOD 19

KANKAKEE VALLEY 60, RENSSELAER 25

KOKOMO 69, WESTERN 22

LAKEWOOD PARK 62, HAMILTON 33

LAWRENCE CENTRAL 54, MT. VERNON (FORTVILLE) 52

LIBERTY CHRISTIAN 78, IMSA 38

LOOGOOTEE 53, N. DAVIESS 45

MADISON SHAWE 51, MEDORA 33

MANLEY, ILL. 70, GARY 21ST CENTURY 63

MITCHELL 68, SPRINGS VALLEY 51

MORGAN TWP. 75, LOWELL 58

MT. VERNON (POSEY) 73, VINCENNES RIVET 25

N. CENTRAL (FARMERSBURG) 64, EASTERN (GREENE) 57

N. MIAMI 54, N. WHITE 36

N. MONTGOMERY 46, FOUNTAIN CENTRAL 44

N. NEWTON 44, LAKE STATION 25

NEW CASTLE 71, BLUE RIVER VALLEY 39

NORTHRIDGE 83, ELKHART 60

NORTHWESTERN 73, MADISON-GRANT 62

PRINCETON 51, WOOD MEMORIAL 41

RANDOLPH SOUTHERN 80, UNION (MODOC) 31

RIVERTON PARKE 46, S. NEWTON 39

ROCK CREEK ACADEMY 70, HENRYVILLE 55

S. BEND ADAMS 68, VICTORY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 53

S. BEND RILEY 81, LAPORTE 51

S. CENTRAL (ELIZABETH) 70, N. HARRISON 50

S. DECATUR 71, TRINITY LUTHERAN 68

SEYMOUR 52, CORYDON 48

SHOALS 28, UNION (DUGGER) 22

SILVER CREEK 80, FLOYD CENTRAL 61

SOUTHPORT 63, INDPLS PERRY MERIDIAN 38

SOUTHWOOD 74, BLACKFORD 67

SWITZERLAND CO. 54, OLDENBURG 53

TIPTON 80, TRI-CENTRAL 34

TRADERS POINT CHRISTIAN 33, PROVIDENCE CRISTO REY 30

WAPAHANI 60, MUNCIE CENTRAL 51

WAWASEE 47, FAIRFIELD 43

WESTVIEW 66, BETHANY CHRISTIAN 54

WHEELER 49, S. CENTRAL (UNION MILLS) 39

WINAMAC 55, TWIN LAKES 50

WINCHESTER 60, MONROE CENTRAL 52

ZIONSVILLE 57, CARMEL 40

CENTRAL INDIANA BOYS BASKETBALL PRE-SEASON TEAMS 4A/3A

4A

FIRST TEAM

6-3 SENIOR AARON FINE, NOBLESVILLE  (13.8 PPG, 3.5 ASSISTS, 3.4 REBOUNDS)

6-9 JUNIOR DEZMON BRISCOE, CRISPUS ATTUCKS (15.6 PPG, 11.1 REBOUNDS, 4.0 BLOCKED SHOTS)

6-FOOT JUNIOR AZAVIER ROBINSON, LAWRENCE NORTH (20.3 PPG, 7.6 REBOUNDS, 3.1 ASSISTS, 2.6 STEALS)

6-FOOT GUARD TREY BUCHANAN, WESTFIELD (14.3 PPG, 3.6 REBOUNDS, 2.3 ASSISTS, 37.9% 3-POINTERS)

6-4 SENIOR DONOVAN HAMILTON, HAMILTON SE (10.7 PPG, 3.2 REBOUNDS, 2.1 ASSISTS)

6-2 SOPHOMORE LUKE ERTEL, MT. VERNON  (13.5 PPG, 6.7 REBOUNDS, 5.3 ASSISTS)

6-6 JUNIOR BRAYLON MULLINS, GREENFIELD CENTRAL (16.9 PPG, 5.2 REBOUNDS, 2.6 STEALS, 2.3 ASSISTS, 47% 3-POINTERS

6-7 SENIOR JOSIAH GUSTIN, PENDLETON HEIGHTS (13.3 PPG, 7.6 REBOUNDS)

6-1 SENIOR KOBI BOWLES, LAWRENCE NORTH (13.8 PPG, 3.1 REBOUNDS, 2.7 ASSISTS, 2.5 STEALS)

6-2 RON RUTLAND, CRISPUS ATTUCKS (18.0 PPG, 3.8 REBOUNDS, 3.1 ASSISTS)

6-4 SENIOR KJ WINDHAM, BEN DAVIS (8.4 PPG, 1.5 ASSISTS, 35% 3-POINTERS)

6-3 SOPHOMORE DEZHON HALL 17.3 POINTS, 2.8 REBOUNDS AND 1.1 STEALS AT TINDLEY)

6-FOOT SENIOR KC BERRY, DECATUR CENTRAL (17.1 POINTS, 3.0 REBOUNDS AND 2.0 STEALS)

6-3 SENIOR DREW KEGERREIS, RONCALLI (13.6 PPG, 3.8 REBOUNDS, 43.9% 3-POINTERS

5-11 SENIOR ELI ELLIS, PLAINFIELD (14.1 PPG, 3.2 ASSISTS, 2.7 REBOUNDS, 37.5% 3-POINTERS)

6-2 SENIOR MICAH DAVIS, FRANKLIN (17.3 POINTS, 5.1 REBOUNDS, 3.9 ASSISTS AND 2.0 STEALS)

6-1 SENIOR WIATT MCLAUGHLIN, WHITELAND (16.2 PPG, 4.2 REBOUNDS, 2.3 ASSISTS)

SECOND TEAM

6-6 SENIOR KEENAN GARNER, FISHERS (8.2 PPG, 6.2 REBOUNDS, 2.0 ASSISTS)

6-2 SENIOR TADEN METZGER, FISHERS (10.0 PPG, 44.7% 3-POINTERS)

6-10 JUNIOR AND SCECINA KALEB MILAN (10.4 PPG, 5.2 REBOUNDS AT SCECINA)

6-5 JUNIOR DREW SNIVELY, ZIONSVILLE (8.8 PPG, 3.2 REBOUNDS, 2.0 ASSISTS, 37% 3-POINTERS)

6-6 JUNIOR MAGUIRE MITCHELL, ZIONSVILLE (8.3 PPG, 2.3 REBOUNDS, 34.2% 3-POINTERS)

6-1 JULIEN SMITH, MT. VERNON (13.1 PPG, 3.8 REBOUNDS, 1.8 ASSISTS

6-4 BEN SLAGLEY, NEW PALESTINE (10.0 PPG, 6.7 REBOUNDS)

6-3 JUNIOR EVAN MOZINGO, PENDLETON HEIGHTS (11.3 PPG, 4.0 REBOUNDS)

6-3 SENIOR JAXSON BELL, NORTH CENTRAL (12.0 PPG, 4.5 REBOUNDS, 61% FIELD GOALS)

6-2 SENIOR GRANT PORATH, BROWNSBURG (10.3 PPG, 2.6 REBOUNDS, 2.6 ASSISTS)

6-7 SENIOR COLLIN SCHMIDT, PLAINFIELD (11.0 PPG, 5.2 REBOUNDS)

6-2 SENIOR JOEY SCHMITZ, CENTER GROVE (12.0 PPG, 3.2 REBOUNDS, 42.7% 3-POINTERS)

6-5 JUNIOR AJ DEFUR, MOORESVILLE (12.1 PPG, 3.6 REBOUNDS, 42% 3-POINTERS)

6-2 SOPHOMORE GRADY GARDNER, MARTINSVILLE (11.0 PPG, 2.0 REBOUNDS)

5-10 SOPHOMORE CADEN CLAXTON, SHELBYVILLE (9.2 PPG, 3.2 REBOUNDS, 1.5 ASSISTS)

6-8 SOPHOMORE KAI MCGREW, LAWRENCE NORTH 10.6 POINTS AND 8.5 REBOUNDS IN COLORADO)

THIRD TEAM

5-10 JUNIOR ALEX COUTO, CARMEL (8.1 PPG, 1.7 ASSISTS, 38.5% 3-POINTERS)

5-10 JULIUS GIZZI, NEW PALESTINE (8.9 PPG, 43% 3-POINTERS)

6-3 SENIOR ROBERT WALKER, WARREN CENTRAL (8.1 PPG)

6-6 JUNIOR JEVON GUESS, WARREN CENTRAL (8.4 PPG, 5.3 REBOUNDS)

6-1 JUNIOR PAPI RIVERA, NORTH CENTRAL (10.0 PPG, 2.5 REBOUNDS, 44% 3-POINT SHOOTER)

6-FOOT SENIOR BRYSON LUTER, LAWRENCE CENTRAL (4.7 PPG, 2.7 ASSISTS, 2.3 STEALS)

6-1 JUNIOR MARK ZACKERY, BEN DAVIS (6.6 PPG, 2.4 ASSISTS)

6-5 JUNIOR MELAKIH CUNNINGHAM, DECATUR CENTRAL (8.5 PPG, 6.0 REBOUNDS)

5-11 SENIOR JOSH MORIARTY, FRANKLIN CENTRAL (8.2 PPG, 2.7 REBOUNDS, 2.1 ASSISTS)

6-7 SOPHOMORE EJ HAZELETT, FRANKLIN CENTRAL (7.1 PPG, 3.7 REBOUNDS)

6-4 DEANDRE LOTT, AVON (8.3 PPG, 4.9 REBOUNDS, 2.0 ASSISTS AT ATTUCKS)

6-FOOT SENIOR JALEN BUNDY (7.5 PPG, 4.1 ASSISTS, 3.4 REBOUNDS)

6-FOOT SENIOR JAZZ BANWAIT, WHITELAND (7.8 PPG, 2.4 REBOUNDS, 2.0 ASSISTS)

6-2 JUNIOR DAMON BADGLEY, SHELBYVILLE (8.5 PPG, 2.7 REBOUNDS)

6-1 JUNIOR DAMON HOWARD, PIKE (7.3 PPG, 3.6 ASSISTS, 3.1 REBOUNDS, 37% 3-POINTERS)

5-11 SOPHOMORE ELEXANDER HARRIS, INDY TECH (9.1 PPG, 3.2 ASSISTS)

5-10 JUNIOR CHRIS HURT, CRISPUS ATTUCKS (7.2 PPG, 5.2 ASSISTS, 3.2 REBOUNDS)

3A

FIRST TEAM

6-FOOT SENIOR TILLMAN ETCHISON, HAMILTON HEIGHTS (15.2 PPG, 5.5 ASSISTS, 3.0 REBOUNDS)

6-2 SENIOR CADEN COLLINS, DANVILLE (12.0 PPG, 5.4 REBOUNDS, 4.3 ASSISTS, 1.4 STEALS)

6-7 SENIOR EVAN LAWRENCE, DANVILLE (13.0 PPG, 9.5 REBOUNDS, 2.8 ASSISTS)

6-2 SENIOR MAX ROBERTSON TRI-WEST (16.6 PPG, 5.6 REBOUNDS, 4.0 ASSISTS, 1.5 STEALS)

6-4 JUNIOR HAYDEN MCCLOUD, MONROVIA (12.3 PPG, 5.1 REBOUNDS)

6-4 JUNIOR LANDON SICHTING, INDIAN CREEK (18.0 PPG, 7.8 REBOUNDS, 2.3 ASSISTS, 35.6% 3-POINTERS)

6-1 JUNIOR ADAM CROUCH, INDIAN CREEK (14.7 PPG, 4.5 REBOUNDS, 2.0 ASSISTS, 2.0 STEALS)

6-4 SENIOR EVAN HAYWOOD, BREBEUF (14.3 PPG, 4.3 REBOUNDS, 1.8 STEALS, 37.1% 3-POINTERS)

5-11 SOPHOMORE ETHAN ROSEMAN, BISHOP CHATARD (14.2 PPG, 3.4 ASSISTS, 3.0 REBOUNDS)

6-1 SOPHOMORE DAVID BRIGHAM JR., CHRISTEL HOUSE (14.0 PPG, 4.1 ASSISTS, 3.4 REBOUNDS)

SECOND TEAM

6-6 JUNIOR JACE SCRAFTON, DANVILLE (9.6 PPG, 5.3 REBOUNDS, 2.4 ASSISTS)

6-FOOT SENIOR DREW MILLER, TRI-WEST (10.0 PPG, 5.0 ASSISTS, 3.6 REBOUNDS, 1.6 STEALS)

6-FOOT SENIOR SAM DAWSON, HAMILTON HEIGHTS (10.5 PPG, 40.4% 3-POINT SHOOTER)

6-4 JACK FERRELL, LEBANON (9.9 PPG, 5.4 REBOUNDS, 38% 3-POINTERS)

6-FOOT SENIOR JAYDEN JONES, MONROVIA (10.6 PPG, 4.2 ASSISTS, 3.3 REBOUNDS)

6-2 SOPHOMORE CLAY THARP, MONROVIA (8.5 PPG, 6.5 REBOUNDS).

6-11 SENIOR CLEM BUTLER, WASHINGTON (7.0 PPG, 6.9 REBOUNDS)

6-1 SENIOR CARMELLO HOWARD WASHINGTON, (14.4 POINTS AND 3.7 REBOUNDS AT MATCH AND SCIENCE)

THIRD TEAM

5-10 SOPHOMORE ELI TRICKER, DANVILLE (8.5 PPG, 3.2 REBOUNDS, 2.5 ASSISTS, 1.5 STEALS).

5-11 KADEN LARK, LEBANON (8.5 PPG, 3.2 REBOUNDS, 3.0 ASSISTS, 2.0 STEALS)

6-FOOT SENIOR TUCKER RAHN, MONROVIA (9.2 PPG, 3.2 ASSISTS, 2.7 REBOUNDS, 1.5 STEALS)

6-3 SENIOR REIS BUTCHER, BREBEUF (7.9 PPG, 3.0 STEALS, 2.8 REBOUNDS, 1.7 STEALS)

6-3 SENIOR JADEN DAVIS, CHRISTEL HOUSE (9.4 PPG, 5.0 REBOUNDS, 2.0 STEALS)

5-10 SENIOR DEVIN ROBINSON, SPEEDWAY (8.3 PPG, 3.8 REBOUNDS)

6-2 SOPHOMORE ROOSEVELT FRANKLIN, WASHINGTON (9.9 PPG, 2.7 REBOUNDS, AT MATH AND SCIENCE)

5-11 SENIOR KALEB TATE, PURDUE POLY (8.3 PPG)

6-3 JUNIOR DAMION GREEN, PURDUE POLY (8.2 PPG, 1.5 BLOCKED SHOTS)

INDIANA SRN CENTRAL INDIANA BOYS BASKETBALL PRE-SEASON TEAMS 2A/1A

FIRST TEAM

6-3 JUNIOR BRODE JUDGE, LAPEL (14.0 PPG, 2.5 REBOUNDS, 37.5% 3-POINTERS)

6-FOOT SOPHOMORE ELI SEGO, TRITON CENTRAL (12.2 PPG, 3.5 REBOUNDS, 47% 3-POINTERS)

6-1 JUNIOR HUDSON HORVATH, PARK TUDOR (14.0 PPG, 4.0 REBOUNDS)

5-10 JUNIOR TRENT DECRANE, SHERIDAN (12.5 PPG, 5.0 ASSISTS, 2.7 REBOUNDS)

6-1 JUNIOR CALEB WRIGHT, SHERIDAN (16.3 PPG, 3.7 REBOUNDS, 2.9 ASSISTS, 2.2 STEALS)

6-2 SENIOR SAM MLAGAN, BETHESDA CHRISTIAN (16.9 PPG, 4.6 REBOUNDS)

6-2 SENIOR DYLAN PUENT, INDIANA DEAF (16.6 POINTS, 7.0 REBOUNDS, 2.6 STEALS)

6-2 SENIOR PHILIP RANDOLPH, INTERNATIONAL (17.7 PPG, 6.7 REBOUNDS, 3.5 STEALS, 3.1 ASSISTS)

5-10 JUNIOR LJ WARD, LUTHERAN (13.2 PPG, 4.0 REBOUNDS, 3.9 ASSISTS, 3.8 STEALS)

6-2 SENIOR MAX BOOHER, GREENWOOD CHRISTIAN (15.4 PPG, 2.5 REBOUNDS)

6-FOOT SENIOR DAMON VAN HORN, TINDLEY (13.9 PPG, 3.5 REBOUNDS AT THRIVAL ACADEMY)

SECOND TEAM

6-4 JUNIOR BODE JUDGE, LAPEL (10.5 PPG, 5.0 REBOUNDS)

6-3 JUNIOR POST SILAS BLAIR, TRITON CENTRAL (9.9 PPG, 4.9 REBOUNDS)

5-11 JUNIOR GUARD BINI HOPPER, RIVERSIDE (9.5 PPG, 1.1 ASSISTS)

6-3 SENIOR GERALD POPE, RIVERSIDE (10.5 PPG, 1.2 REBOUNDS)

6-2 SENIOR KAMON WASHINGTON, PARK TUDOR (8.0 PPG, 5.0 REBOUNDS)

6-5 JUNIOR CONNOR SANDERS, CASCADE (6.9 PPG, 3.1 REBOUNDS)

6-1 SENIOR DRAKE DODSON, CASCADE (7.7 PPG, 2.2 REBOUNDS)

6-2 SENIOR LUKE DOUGLAS, BETHESDA CHRISTIAN (11.6 PPG, 4.0 REBOUNDS, 1.5 STEALS)

6-1 SENIOR JAYDEN DEFALCO, INDIANA DEAF (10.8 PPG, 2.4 REBOUNDS) 

6-3 JUNIOR CAYDEN LOESCHER, LUTHERAN (9.3 PPG, 3.8 REBOUNDS, 3.3 ASSISTS)

6-1 JUNIOR EVAN MCINTIRE, GREENWOOD CHRISTIAN (8.7 PPG, 2.3 REBOUNDS, 1.3 ASSISTS)

5-9 JUNIOR CONNOR RAMEY, EDINBURGH (11.7 PPG, 4.2 REBOUNDS, 2.5 ASSISTS)

6-3 SENIOR CADE MAHIN, MORRISTOWN (8.1 PPG, 4.7 REBOUNDS)

THIRD TEAM

6-3 SENIOR NICK WITTE, LAPEL (5.7 PPG, 3.6 REBOUNDS, 2.1 ASSISTS) 

6-4 SENIOR MATT CARPENTER, LAPEL (6.2 PPG, 4.2 REBOUNDS)

6-4 JUNIOR KAYDEN RUBLE, EASTERN HANCOCK (5.6 PPG, 5.8 REBOUNDS)

6-7 JUNIOR CAL BOSTIC, PARK TUDOR (5.0 PPG, 7.0 REBOUNDS)

6-4 SOPHOMORE KEYLAN SMITH, PARK TUDOR (5.0 PPG, 7.0 REBOUNDS)

6-2 SENIOR PAXTON BACON, COVENANT CHRISTIAN (6.3 PPG, 2.3 REBOUNDS, 49% 3-POINTERS)

5-8 SENIOR BRYCE GRAY, UNIVERSITY (6.0 PPG, 1.9 ASSISTS)

6-2 SENIOR TYLER GARNER, SHERIDAN (7.0 PPG, 3.3 REBOUNDS)

6-6 SENIOR DEON RICHMOND, TINDLEY (6.0 PPG, 4.0 REBOUNDS)

6-3 JUNIOR LUCAS SHAW, WALDRON (6.6 PPG, 3.3 REBOUNDS)

6-3 JUNIOR COLIN KIENINGER, MORRISTOWN (6.9 PPG, 4.7 REBOUNDS) 

GIRLS HS BASKETBALL TUESDAY

ANGOLA 46, GARRETT 39

ARGOS 57, CULVER 19

BELLMONT 62, ADAMS CENTRAL 28

BETHANY CHRISTIAN 46, WESTVIEW 27

BLOOMINGTON NORTH 62, NEW ALBANY 57

BLUFFTON 75, NEW HAVEN 49

BROWNSTOWN 52, COLUMBUS EAST 23

CARMEL 54, NOBLESVILLE 50

CASTLE 55, EVANSVILLE NORTH 52

CENTER GROVE 60, INDPLS RONCALLI 47

CENTERVILLE 35, CAMBRIDGE CITY LINCOLN 32, OT

CENTRAL NOBLE 67, LAKELAND 16

CHARLESTOWN 44, NEW WASHINGTON 34

CHRISTEL HOUSE MANUAL 54, INDPLS RIVERSIDE 6

CHURUBUSCO 56, LAKELAND CHRISTIAN 20

CLINTON CENTRAL 73, DELPHI 40

COLUMBIA CITY 62, GOSHEN 24

COLUMBUS NORTH 53, NORTH VIGO 29

CROWN POINT 64, LAPORTE 22

DANVILLE 56, LAFAYETTE HARRISON 48

E. NOBLE 46, CARROLL (FT. WAYNE) 42

EAST CHICAGO CENTRAL 59, WHITING 45

EASTERN (GREENE) 47, N. CENTRAL (FARMERSBURG) 41

EASTERN HANCOCK 52, SHENANDOAH 10

EVANSVILLE CENTRAL 63, N. POSEY 34

FISHERS 46, ZIONSVILLE 38

FOUNTAIN CENTRAL 35, N. MONTGOMERY 30

FRANKLIN 63, INDIAN CREEK 39

FRANKTON 78, TAYLOR 20

FREMONT 46, FT. WAYNE WAYNE 42

FT. WAYNE LUERS 61, EASTSIDE 49

GLENN 47, BREMEN 43

GREENCASTLE 46, CRAWFORDSVILLE 24

HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN 69, BROWNSBURG 57

HANOVER CENTRAL 51, LOWELL 42

HOMESTEAD 58, HUNTINGTON NORTH 42

IMSA 42, INDPLS IRVINGTON 3

INDPLS BEN DAVIS 70, INDPLS ATTUCKS 15

INDPLS PERRY MERIDIAN 42, SOUTHPORT 32

INDPLS SHORTRIDGE 48, INDPLS PARK TUDOR 42

INDPLS TINDLEY 52, INDPLS WASHINGTON 35

JENNINGS CO. 69, JEFFERSONVILLE 58

JIMTOWN 52, MISHAWAKA MARIAN 28

LAVILLE 27, ELKHART CHRISTIAN 24

LAKEWOOD PARK 49, FT. WAYNE NORTH 37

LAPEL 56, GUERIN CATHOLIC 23

LAWRENCE NORTH 69, AVON 58

MCCUTCHEON 74, PARKE HERITAGE 51

MOORESVILLE 55, MARTINSVILLE 19

N. DAVIESS 34, LOOGOOTEE 30, 2OT

NEW PRAIRIE 57, S. BEND CLAY 28

NORTHWOOD 52, TRITON 28

NORTHRIDGE 39, ELKHART 21

NORWELL 71, FT. WAYNE CONCORDIA 54

OAK HILL 48, SOUTHWOOD 11

OLDENBURG 37, UNION CO. 30

OREGON-DAVIS 50, MISHAWAKA 47

ORLEANS 59, CLARKSVILLE 25

OWEN VALLEY 49, SOUTH VIGO 24

PROVIDENCE 69, TRINITY LUTHERAN 63

PURDUE POLYTECHNIC 53, BEECH GROVE 49

RANDOLPH SOUTHERN 58, UNION (MODOC) 18

ROSSVILLE 50, CLINTON PRAIRIE 45

RUSHVILLE 51, NEW PALESTINE 48

S. ADAMS 62, LEO 42

S. BEND ADAMS 57, S. BEND RILEY 20

S. BEND WASHINGTON 84, S. BEND ST. JOSEPH’S 24

S. SPENCER 56, MT. VERNON (POSEY) 15

SCOTTSBURG 51, AUSTIN 37

SEVEN OAKS CLASSICAL 65, GEO 16

SHAKAMAK 59, BLOOMFIELD 20

SHERIDAN 72, WESTERN BOONE 32

SOUTHMONT 54, N. PUTNAM 45

SOUTHRIDGE 41, BOONVILLE 31

SPRINGS VALLEY 55, MITCHELL 32

TELL CITY 45, PIKE CENTRAL 20

TIPPECANOE VALLEY 42,

TIPPECANOE VALLEY 42, ROCHESTER 16

TRI-WEST 48, CASCADE 44

UNIVERSITY 54, INDY BREBEUF 42

VINCENNES (SOUTH KNOX) 67, LINTON 35

W. LAFAYETTE 64, LEBANON 32

W. WASHINGTON 36, SALEM 31

WABASH 44, PIONEER 29

WARSAW 69, PENN 50

WASHINGTON 61, VINCENNES 39

WESTFIELD 49, INDPLS PIKE 42

YORKTOWN 46, DELTA 30

COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE

TUESDAY, NOV. 21

BOWLING GREEN 34 WESTERN MICHIGAN 10

EASTERN MICHIGAN 24 BUFFALO 11

THURSDAY, NOV. 23

TUSKEGEE AT ALABAMA STATE | 3 P.M. | ESPN+

OLE MISS AT MISSISSIPPI STATE | 7:30 P.M. | ESPN

FRIDAY, NOV. 24

TCU AT OKLAHOMA | 12 P.M. | FOX

IOWA AT NEBRASKA | 12 P.M. | CBS

MIAMI (FLA.) AT BOSTON COLLEGE | 12 P.M. | ABC

MEMPHIS AT TULANE | 12 P.M. | ESPN

TOLEDO AT CENTRAL MICHIGAN | 12 P.M. | ESPNU

OHIO AT AKRON | 12 P.M.

UTSA AT TULANE | 3:30 P.M. | ABC

UTAH STATE AT NEW MEXICO | 3:30 P.M. | CBSSN

MISSOURI AT ARKANSAS | 4 P.M. | CBS

AIR FORCE AT BOISE STATE | 4 P.M. | FS1

TEXAS TECH AT TEXAS | 7:30 P.M. | ABC

PENN STATE AT MICHIGAN STATE | 7:30 P.M. | NBC

OREGON STATE AT OREGON | 8:30 P.M. | FOX

SATURDAY, NOV. 25

OHIO STATE AT MICHIGAN | 12 P.M. | FOX

TEXAS A&M AT LSU | 12 P.M. | ESPN

INDIANA AT PURDUE | 12 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK

MIDDLE TENNESSEE AT SAM HOUSTON | 12 P.M. | ESPN+

UCONN AT UMASS | 12 P.M. | ESPN+

NAVY AT SMU | 12 P.M. | ESPN2

HOUSTON AT UCF | 12 P.M. | FS1

MIAMI (OHIO) AT BALL STATE | 12 P.M. | CBS SPORTS NETWORK

KENTUCKY AT LOUISVILLE | 12 P.M. | ABC

TROY AT SOUTHERN MISS | 12 P.M. | ESPNU

NORTHERN ILLINOIS AT KENT STATE | 12 P.M. | ESPN+

PITT AT DUKE | 12 P.M. | ACC NETWORK

FLORIDA ATLANTIC AT RICE | 1 P.M. | ESPN+

WAKE FOREST AT SYRACUSE | 2 P.M. | CW NETWORK

TULSA AT EAST CAROLINA | 2 P.M. | ESPN+

UAB AT NORTH TEXAS | 2 P.M. | ESPN+

GEORGIA STATE AT OLD DOMINION | 2 P.M. | ESPN+

SOUTHERN VS. GRAMBLING (IN NEW ORLEANS) | 2 P.M. | NBC

WESTERN KENTUCKY AT FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL | 3 P.M. | ESPN+

UL MONROE AT LOUISIANA | 3 P.M. | ESPN+

COLORADO AT UTAH | 3 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORK

BYU AT OKLAHOMA STATE | 3:30 P.M. | ABC

ARIZONA AT ARIZONA STATE | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN

ALABAMA AT AUBURN | 3:30 P.M. | CBS

VANDERBILT AT TENNESSEE | 3:30 P.M. | SEC NETWORK

NORTHWESTERN AT ILLINOIS | 3:30 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK

WISCONSIN AT MINNESOTA | 3:30 P.M. | FS1

MARYLAND AT RUTGERS | 3:30 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK

LIBERTY AT UTEP | 3:30 P.M. | CBSSN

GEORGIA SOUTHERN AT APPALACHIAN STATE | 3:30 P.M. | ESPNU

JAMES MADISON AT COASTAL CAROLINA | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN2

VIRGINIA TECH AT VIRGINIA | 3:30 P.M. | ACC NETWORK

ARKANSAS STATE AT MARSHALL | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN+

WASHINGTON STATE AT WASHINGTON | 4 P.M. | FOX

JACKSONVILLE STATE AT NEW MEXICO STATE | 4 P.M. | ESPN+

FLORIDA STATE AT FLORIDA | 7 P.M. | ESPN

WEST VIRGINIA AT BAYLOR | 7 P.M. | FS1

NOTRE DAME AT STANFORD | 7 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORK

GEORGIA AT GEORGIA TECH | 7:30 P.M. | ABC

KANSAS AT CINCINNATI | 7:30 P.M. | ESPN2

CLEMSON AT SOUTH CAROLINA | 7:30 P.M. | SEC NETWORK

CHARLOTTE AT SOUTH FLORIDA | 7:30 P.M. | ESPNU

NORTH CAROLINA AT NC STATE | 8 P.M. | ACC NETWORK

IOWA STATE AT KANSAS STATE | 8 P.M. | FOX

WYOMING AT NEVADA | 9 P.M. | CBSSN

CAL AT UCLA | 10:30 P.M. | ESPN

FRESNO STATE AT SAN DIEGO STATE | 10:30 P.M. | FS1

COLORADO STATE AT HAWAI’I | 11 P.M. | SPECTRUM SPORTS PPV

WEEK 14

FRIDAY, DEC. 1

NEW MEXICO STATE AT LIBERTY (CUSA CHAMPIONSHIP GAME) | 7 P.M. | CBSSN

PAC-12 CHAMPIONSHIP GAME IN LAS VEGAS | 8 P.M. | ABC

SATURDAY, DEC. 2

BIG 12 CHAMPIONSHIP GAME IN ARLINGTON, TEXAS | 12 P.M. | ABC

MIAMI (OHIO) VS. TOLEDO (MAC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME IN DETROIT) | 12 P.M. | ESPN

MOUNTAIN WEST CHAMPIONSHIP GAME | 3 P.M. | FOX

GEORGIA VS. ALABAMA (SEC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME IN ATLANTA) | 4 P.M. | CBS

AAC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME | 4 P.M.

SUN BELT CHAMPIONSHIP GAME | 4 P.M.

SWAC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME | 4 P.M. | ESPN2

ACC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME IN CHARLOTTE | 8 P.M. | ABC

BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIP GAME IN INDIANAPOLIS | 8 P.M. | FOX

WEEK 15

SATURDAY, DEC. 9

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

WEEK 12 SCHEDULE

GREEN BAY PACKERS AT DETROIT LIONS (THANKSGIVING) 12:30P (ET) 12:30P FOX

WASHINGTON COMMANDERS AT DALLAS COWBOYS (THANKSGIVING) 3:30P (CT) 4:30P CBS

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS AT SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (THANKSGIVING) 5:20P (PT) 8:20P NBC

MIAMI DOLPHINS AT NEW YORK JETS (FRI) 3:00P (ET) 3:00P PRIME VIDEO

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS AT ATLANTA FALCONS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX

PITTSBURGH STEELERS AT CINCINNATI BENGALS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS AT HOUSTON TEXANS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P CBS

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS AT INDIANAPOLIS COLTS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS AT NEW YORK GIANTS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX

CAROLINA PANTHERS AT TENNESSEE TITANS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P FOX

LOS ANGELES RAMS AT ARIZONA CARDINALS 2:05P (MST) 4:05P FOX

CLEVELAND BROWNS AT DENVER BRONCOS 2:05P (MT) 4:05P FOX

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS AT LAS VEGAS RAIDERS 1:25P (PT) 4:25P CBS

BUFFALO BILLS AT PHILADELPHIA EAGLES 4:25P (ET) 4:25P CBS

BALTIMORE RAVENS AT LOS ANGELES CHARGERS 5:20P (PT) 8:20P NBC*

CHICAGO BEARS AT MINNESOTA VIKINGS (MON) 7:15P (CT) 8:15P ESPN*

MEN’S TOP 25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCORES

#4 MARQUETTE 73 #1 KANSAS 59

#2 PURDUE 71 #7 TENNESSEE 67

#9 DUKE 95 LASALLE 66

#11 GONZAGA 76 SYRACUSE 57

FLORIDA STATE 77 #18 COLORADO 71 OT

#22 JAMES MADISON 82 SOUTHERN ILLINOIS 76

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL TOP 25 SCOREBOARD

#17 NOTRE DAME 113 CHICAGO STATE 35

NBA SCOREBOARD

ORLANDO 126 TORONTO 107

INDIANA 157 ATLANTA 152

CLEVELAND 122 PHILADELPHIA 119 OT

PHOENIX 120 PORTLAND 107

LA LAKERS 131 UTAH 99

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BRADY: ‘THERE’S A LOT OF MEDIOCRITY IN TODAY’S NFL’ DUE TO COACHING, RULES

Tom Brady doesn’t like what he’s seen in NFL games.

“There’s a lot of mediocrity in today’s NFL,” Brady recently said on “The Stephen A. Smith Show.” “I don’t see the excellence that I saw in the past.”

The legendary quarterback continued: “The coaching isn’t as good as it was. I don’t think the development of young players is as good as it was. The rules have allowed a lot of bad habits to get into the actual performance of the game. The product, in my opinion, is less than what it’s been.”

Brady, a seven-time Super Bowl champion who retired from football after the 2022 season, has a particular issue with how the league’s new rule changes encouraging player safety have affected the games.

“I look at a lot of players like Ray Lewis and Rodney Harrison and Ronnie Lott, guys that impacted the game in a certain way,” Brady said. “Every hit they would have made would have been a penalty. You hear coaches complaining about their own players being tackled. Why don’t they talk to their player about how to protect themselves? We used to work on the fundamentals of those things all the time. Now they’re trying to be regulated all the time.”

Each team is averaging 7.37 penalties per game this season, the highest mark in the league since 2019, according to nflpenalties.com. The average last year was 6.56. Additionally, scoring around the league is down.

Brady played in the NFL between 2000-2022 and is widely considered one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time, starting 333 regular-season games throughout his career. He’s criticized NFL officiating and other rule changes in the past.

The NFL has frequently updated its rules to protect offensive players – particularly quarterbacks – in recent years.

“Offensive players need to protect themselves,” Brady added. “It’s not up to a defensive player to protect an offensive player. A defensive player needs to protect himself. I didn’t throw the ball to certain areas because I was afraid players were gonna get knocked out. That’s the reality. I didn’t throw it to the middle when I played Ray Lewis because he’d knock them out of the game, and I couldn’t afford to lose a good player.”

The league suspended Denver Broncos safety Kareem Jackson on Monday for four games for an illegal hit on Minnesota Vikings quarterback Joshua Dobbs. It’s the second time Jackson has received a four-game ban this season, though his first suspension was later reduced to two contests. Multiple players – including Jackson – shared a video of Brady’s quotes Tuesday on social media.

Player safety has been a topic around the league lately, and more changes could be on the way. The NFL is considering banning hip-drop tackles. The play gained attention recently after multiple hip-drop tackles by Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Logan Wilson injured Baltimore Ravens players, including tight end Mark Andrews.

Quarterback ailments have been an issue in the NFL this season, as several high-profile passers have suffered long-term injuries. The list includes Bengals star Joe Burrow, New York Jets signal-caller Aaron Rodgers, Minnesota Vikings passer Kirk Cousins, and Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson.

BILL BELICHICK: PATRIOTS QB CALL IS GAMEDAY DECISION

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick plans to hold a decision on his starting quarterback until gameday.

“Will let you know on Sunday,” Belichick told reporters Tuesday morning, when pressed about whether he’ll stick with starter Mac Jones or turn to backup Bailey Zappe or No. 3 Will Grier.

Jones was benched late in the fourth quarter of a 10-6 loss to the Indianapolis Colts on Nov. 12. The Patriots had a bye this past week.

Patriots offensive coordinator

Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien said Monday that Jones was still taking first-unit reps in practice but noted that the decision will ultimately be up to Belichick.

“Mac took the first-team reps. Bailey rotated in there. Will Grier rotated in there,” O’Brien said. “For me, I basically get everybody ready to play,” he said when asked if Jones was still the team’s starter. “At the end of the day, Bill (Belichick) will make that decision at some point and we’ll go from there.”

“It will be based on what I think is best for the team,” Belichick said of his QB decision. “…I’ve told all the players the same thing: be ready to go. So hopefully they will be.”

The Patriots are wallowing in last place in the AFC East with a record of 2-8 and look to be headed for the worst season since Belichick’s first with the Patriots when they finished 5-11 in 2000.

New England ranks 31st in the league with an average of just 14.1 points per game.

EAGLES NEW SB FAVORITES AS JALEN HURTS’ MVP ODDS SHORTEN

The Philadelphia Eagles left Kansas City with a statement victory on Monday night that impacted both the Super Bowl and Most Valuable Player odds.

The most highly anticipated regular-season game on the 2023 schedule lived up to the hype, with the Eagles overcoming a 10-point halftime deficit to stun the Chiefs, 21-17.

Philadelphia improved to 9-1 and enters Week 12 with a one-game cushion over the Detroit Lions in the race for home-field advantage in the NFC.

That contributed to the Eagles’ Super Bowl odds shortening from +550 to +450 at DraftKings, where they are now the title favorites ahead of the Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers at +475. Meanwhile, the same three teams are co-favorites at +450 at BetMGM, where Philadelphia also shifted from +550.

Kansas City (7-3) is now second in the AFC standings, a half-game behind the Baltimore Ravens (8-3) and equal with Jacksonville, Miami and Cleveland. The Ravens saw their Super Bowl odds trimmed from +950 to +850 at DraftKings, while the Browns’ victory over Pittsburgh led to their title odds shortening from +5000 to +3500.

Monday night’s game also had an impact on the MVP odds.

Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts managed only 150 passing yards and threw an interception, but he did rush for a pair of touchdowns on 12 carries. He remained the MVP favorite at DraftKings, with his odds shortening from +280 to +250.

The Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes and the Ravens’ Lamar Jackson were both +300 last week, but Jackson’s shifted to +350 while Mahomes moved to +400 following the loss.

Mahomes threw a pair of interceptions against Philadelphia and was plagued by numerous drops by his receivers, including three on the final drive that ended with Justin Watson unable to haul in a fourth-and-25 pass.

Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa has the fourth-shortest odds at +500, followed by the 49ers’ Brock Purdy and the Cowboys’ Dak Prescott at +1500. Houston Texans rookie quarterback C.J. Stroud moved from +2500 to +1800.

Hurts also leads the way at BetMGM, where he is +250, followed by Jackson (+400), Mahomes (+450) and Tagovailoa (+500). No other player has shorter than Purdy’s at +1600.

The book reported that Hurts is its biggest MVP liability as he has been backed by the most total bets at 12.3 percent. Mahomes has drawn the most money at 12.9 percent.

NFL AWARDS ODDS (BetMGM)
NFL MVP
–Highest Ticket %: Jalen Hurts 12.3%
–Highest Handle %: Patrick Mahomes 12.9%
–Biggest Liability: Jalen Hurts
–Odds Leader: Jalen Hurts +250

Offensive Player of the Year
–Highest Ticket %: Christian McCaffrey 11.8%
–Highest Handle %: Christian McCaffrey 21.0%
–Biggest Liability: Christian McCaffrey
–Odds Leader: Tyreek Hill +110

Defensive Player of the Year
–Highest Ticket %: Aidan Hutchinson 16.1%
–Highest Handle %: Micah Parsons 23.6%
–Biggest Liability: Aidan Hutchinson
–Odds Leader: Myles Garrett +100

Comeback Player of the Year
–Highest Ticket %: Russell Wilson 13.0%
–Highest Handle %: Damar Hamlin 46.1%
–Biggest Liability: Russell Wilson
–Odds Leader: Damar Hamlin -150

Coach of the Year
–Highest Ticket %: Dan Campbell 37.8%
–Highest Handle %: Dan Campbell 42.0%
–Biggest Liability: Dan Campbell
–Odds Leader: Dan Campbell +125

Offensive Rookie of the Year
–Highest Ticket %: Jahmyr Gibbs 26.3%
–Highest Handle %: Bijan Robinson 22.4%
–Biggest Liability: Jahmyr Gibbs
–Odds Leader: CJ Stroud -3000

Defensive Rookie of the Year
–Highest Ticket %: Jalen Carter 20.9%
–Highest Handle %: Jalen Carter 34.1%
–Biggest Liability: Jalen Carter
–Odds Leader: Jalen Carter -175

STEELERS FIRE OC MATT CANADA

Steelers offensive coordinator Matt Canada was fired on Tuesday after piloting Pittsburgh to averages of 16.6 points and 280.1 yards in the first 10 games of the 2023 season.

Pittsburgh (6-4) is 31st in passing and No. 28 in the NFL in points and yards per games.

“Matt Canada has been relieved of his duties as offensive coordinator. I appreciate Matt’s hard work and dedication and I wish him the best moving forward in his career,” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said in a statement Tuesday.

Canada became offensive coordinator in 2021 and was tasked with leading the Steelers’ transition from Ben Roethlisberger at quarterback. Pittsburgh’s first-round pick in 2021 was Najee Harris, who was one of loudest voices suggesting a change was necessary on Sunday. Wide receiver George Pickens has been vocal about his own frustration this month.

Tomlin had resisted calls for Canada to be replaced, denying that a change would bring the fix fans and some in the media were clamoring for as the Steelers were outgained in total yards in every game.

Running backs coach Eddie Faulkner and quarterbacks coach Mike Sullivan are being promoted to a co-op role at offensive coordinator. Sullivan is expected to call plays.

Quarterback Kenny Pickett is 25th in the NFL in passing yards and is among a group tied at 28th — it includes benched Jets QB Zach Wilson and Desmond Ridder of the Falcons — with six TD passes.

Harris is 13th in the AFC — one spot ahead of teammate Jaylen Warren — with 499 rushing yards this season. He’s tied for 23rd in the NFL with former Steelers running back James Conner (Cardinals), who was recently activated from injured reserve.

“You could do two things,” Harris said. “You could look at the record and say, ‘OK, we’re still good right now.’ Or we could look at the record and be like, ‘If we keep playing this type of football, how long is that s— going to last?’ I look at it like, ‘How long that s— going to last?’ Y’all could look at it like it’s a good record, but I mean it’s the NFL. Winning how we did, it’s not going to get us nowhere.”

Canada, 51, was the Steelers’ quarterbacks coach for one season before becoming offensive coordinator.

Pittsburgh will meet the Bengals on Sunday in Cincinnati.

JUSTIN JEFFERSON: MY HEALTH MORE IMPORTANT THAN FANTASY FOOTBALL

Justin Jefferson said Tuesday he will return when he’s fully healthy, and fantasy football managers flooding his direct messages with pleas for him to play won’t speed up the process.

The Minnesota Vikings’ star wide receiver took to social media on Tuesday to make that point clear.

“My health is wayyyy more important than you winning your fantasy games,” he wrote on X. “It doesn’t matter how many times y’all flood my dms talking about me selling your team. I DONT CARE.”

Jefferson has been sidelined on injured reserve since suffering a right hamstring injury in Week 5. Both he and Vikings coach Kevin O’Connell have said would not return until he is 100%.

O’Connell said Monday that the Vikings will continue to ramp up Jefferson’s recovery this week, but the team might keep him sidelined for this Monday night’s game against the Chicago Bears to capitalize on the bye week that follows.

The Vikings opened his 21-day practice window Nov. 8, as soon as he was eligible, but the timing of their bye could wind up giving him a total of eight weeks off if he does not return until their Dec. 10 game at the Las Vegas Raiders.

“We’re right at that six-week mark or so. He’s really attacked his rehab, and I think when that time comes, we’ll feel comfortable with Justin being out there. I know Justin will as well. It’s one of those things that knowing you have the bye, and knowing there are five critical [games] to come after that bye, we do have to be smart,” O’Connell said Monday.

“This is a player that means a ton to our organization, both for this home stretch to try to solidify our positioning in the playoffs and still try to compete in the division as much as we possibly can, but Justin means a lot more than just these five or six games, as critical as they are. His long-term career here is the priority.”

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BIG TEN ROCK FIGHT PITS LOW-SCORING IOWA, WIN-NEEDY NEBRASKA

A bowl bid might not have been realistic to Nebraska at the beginning of the season, particularly with a first-year head coach admitting a massive rebuilding plan was set to begin.

And then the Cornhuskers found themselves one win from postseason eligibility entering November. Victory No. 6 remains elusive.

The Cornhuskers are still one win shy of being bowl eligible for the first time since 2016. Their last chance comes Friday when they host Iowa in Lincoln, Neb.

Iowa (9-2, 6-2) has already wrapped up the Big Ten’s West Division title and a spot in the conference title game Dec. 2 in Indianapolis. It will be the program’s third trip to the final, losing in 2015 and 2021.

Three consecutive Nebraska losses, by a combined 13 points, continues a trend in recent years for the Cornhuskers (5-6, 3-5 Big Ten) in one-score games. The most recent was a 24-17 overtime defeat at Wisconsin, a game Nebraska led 14-0 in the first quarter.

“Couldn’t be happier about where we are, couldn’t be angrier about our record,” Nebraska coach Matt Rhule said. “Two things can be true.”

The Hawkeyes have won three in a row and six of seven despite having one of the lowest scoring offenses in the country. Iowa averages 18.5 points per game, which is 121st out of 130 FBS teams.

Low-scoring games aren’t just the norm for Iowa. Oddsmakers set the point total at an all-time low for a Power 5 matchup at 27.5 combined points, meaning projections indicate a total of less than 28 points on Friday.

“They’re so comfortable in a 10-9 game,” Rhule said.

The Hawkeyes scored a 15-13 home win over Illinois last week. Iowa failed to reach 300 total yards off offense for the eighth time this season. But they’re 6-2 in those games, aided by a defense that ranks seventh nationally with 281.4 per game allowed.

“This group is really special,” Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said. “They’ve endured a lot.”

Nebraska started a third different quarterback in 11 games last week. Sophomore Chubba Purdy threw for 169 yards with a touchdown and an interception. He also ran for 105 yards and a score. That extends a season-long trend with mobile quarterbacks for the Cornhuskers. Jeff Sims ran for 158 yards and a TD in his two starts and Heinrich Haarberg is the team’s leading rusher with 477 yards and five scores.

Iowa has also started multiple quarterbacks, with Deacon Hill passing for 390 yards and two TDs total over the past two games while completing 65 percent of his passes. But running back Leshon Williams is a main weapon, with 688 yards on the ground.

The offensive woes for the Hawkeyes led to the decision that Brian Ferentz, the head coach’s son, would not return as offensive coordinator in 2024.

The Big Ten’s top tackler will be in action in Iowa senior linebacker Jay Higgins, whose 133 total tackles are 31 more than any other defender in the conference.

Nebraska holds a 30-20-3 edge in the series, winning last year in Iowa City to snap a 7-game skid. The Hawkeyes have won their last trips to Lincoln, taking the last two by one score.

An Iowa win would get it to 10 for the seventh time in 25 seasons under Ferentz, whose 195 victories are most of any active FBS coach with one team.

MICHIGAN STATE AD EYED MEL TUCKER SEPARATION BEFORE SEASON, SOURCES SAY

Michigan State athletic director Alan Haller said he wanted to separate former coach Mel Tucker from the football team months before the 2023 season began but the school’s administration prevented him from doing so, according to multiple sources familiar with comments Haller made about the matter to the university’s board of trustees in September.

Haller fired Tucker for cause on Sept. 27, citing in part Tucker’s admission that he had a sexual encounter with a woman hired to speak to the team. The woman, prominent sexual assault awareness speaker Brenda Tracy, claimed the coach harassed her and masturbated without her consent during a phone call. Tucker told university investigators he and Tracy had an intimate, consensual relationship.

In an initial termination letter sent Sept. 18, Haller told Tucker that his admissions that he flirted and had a sexual encounter with a school vendor were grounds for termination regardless of consent. The sources told ESPN that Haller was aware of Tucker’s admissions months before taking any disciplinary actions against him and pushed to take action sooner.

Tucker remained in charge of the Spartan football program for the first nine months of the school’s investigation, collecting millions of dollars in salary payments and exposing the school to the potential of additional legal liability if he committed any other violations of the school’s sexual misconduct policy during that time.

Haller did not respond to a request seeking comment.

Through a university spokeswoman, Michigan State interim president Teresa Woodruff declined to answer whether she or anyone else in her administration discouraged Haller from acting sooner. The spokeswoman also declined to provide clarity about when Woodruff learned about Tucker’s admission of his conduct with Tracy.

In previous public comments, Woodruff said she learned about a complaint against Tucker in December 2022, and in July learned the complaint had been filed by Tracy. The spokeswoman, Emily Guerrant, has said Woodruff and others were not aware of the full scope of the investigation until details were made public in a USA Today story on Sept. 10.

In response to specific questions about when Woodruff learned the information the school eventually used to fire Tucker, Guerrant provided a general statement that said, in part:

“Best practices in investigations call for privacy in order to not influence outcomes. Privacy is also key to creating a culture around reporting incidents – we must create a safe environment for all individuals to come forward without a fear of institutional retaliation or dissemination of information regarding highly personal matters.”

Guerrant said the university could no longer maintain privacy after detailed reports about Tracy’s claim were published in the story by USA Today on Sept. 10, and “determined then that personnel actions were warranted.”

Haller initially suspended Tucker without pay the same day that news of the ongoing investigation was made public in media reports. Haller said during a news conference announcing the suspension that “new developments” led to their decision but did not provide any specifics.

“It’s an ongoing process, and we update those interim measures as we receive information,” he said when asked what had changed to prompt the suspension.

Woodruff wrote a letter to the Michigan State community on Sept. 11 to explain Tucker’s suspension. She concluded a section of her letter about the investigative process by writing: “As there have been new developments before the hearing, including details of acknowledged behavior, Athletic Director Haller suspended Mel Tucker without pay.”

In the weeks following the Sept. 10 news conference, Guerrant, the university spokeswoman, did not answer specific and repeated questions about when Haller and Woodruff learned about Tucker’s admission. Guerrant declined to answer those questions again this week on behalf of Woodruff.

Michigan State’s last three university presidents have departed amid controversies about how the school handled sexual misconduct claims involving other high-profile school employees. Survivors of assault, subject matter experts and other advocates have criticized how the school’s leadership has handled claims in the past decade, including a pattern of lacking transparency.

During her brief comments on Sept. 10, Woodruff repeatedly referenced the “MSU of today” while defending the way the school handled the complaint against Tucker.

“This morning’s news might sound like the MSU of old. It is not,” Woodruff said. “…It is not the MSU of old because we maintain the confidence of the claimant and respondent while respecting and valuing the claimant and respondent’s right to share their story. And it’s not [the MSU of old] because of the further action we take today.”

Both Tucker and Tracy have since expressed disappointment and concern with how the school has handled the case. Tucker called the school’s investigation “a sham.” A hearing officer determined in October that Tucker had violated the school’s sexual misconduct policy. His attorney has alerted Michigan State that Tucker may sue the school for wrongful termination, but he has not yet filed a lawsuit.

Tracy, through her attorney, has said she was compelled to share her story in September only because she learned that someone from Michigan State had shared some details about her complaint with a reporter. The university has since hired the Jones Day law firm to investigate whether any university official leaked information about the confidential case.

While it is considered by some sexual assault awareness experts best practice to withhold information about an ongoing investigation from an employee’s manager, several experts told ESPN that many universities have mechanisms in place to take warranted personnel action without waiting for an investigation to conclude.

The Michigan State relationship violence and sexual misconduct policy posted on the university’s website does not include any specific language that dictates how or when information should be shared with an employee’s manager during a case.

Along with its search for a new football coach, the university is also in the process of searching for a new president. Woodruff has said publicly she isn’t interested in the position permanently.

SIGNIFICANT STAKES USHER OKLAHOMA, TCU INTO REGULAR-SEASON FINALE

A lot of on the line in Norman, Okla., on Friday in the regular-season finale between Oklahoma and TCU.

The Sooners need a win to keep their hopes of making the Big 12 championship game alive and stay in the hunt for a New Year’s Six bowl berth.

College Football Playoff national championship runner-up in January, the Horned Frogs need a win over the Sooners to secure bowl eligibility with a sixth win.

There are bad memories lingering from last season’s game for the Sooners.

Oklahoma quarterback Dillon Gabriel went down with a concussion, hastening the Sooners’ struggles in TCU’s 55-24 shellacking of the Sooners in the Big 12 opener and showed the Horned Frogs were legitimate Big 12 contenders.

There are questions at quarterback for OU this time, too. Gabriel suffered a head injury late in the first half of Saturday’s win at BYU and missed the rest of the game. Gabriel was replaced by freshman Jackson Arnold. Sooners’ wide receiver Jalil Farooq was banged up late in the game, too.

“Dillon and Jalil, I feel like both of those guys, if they continue to progress throughout the week, they’ll be available this weekend,” Sooners coach Brent Venables said.

Oklahoma (9-2, 6-2 Big 12) comes into the game on a two-game winning streak after dropping consecutive games, and recent success mirrors the emergence of running back Gavin Sawchuk.

After rushing for just 127 yards on 34 carries in the season’s first eight games, Sawchuk has 49 carries for 353 yards over the last three – reaching the 100-yard mark each time out.

“He’s done a really good job of just being back in playing shape,” offensive coordinator Jeff Lebby said. “He is playing his best football and proud of him for, man, just staying the course. Look forward to continuing to lean on him when we need him.”

TCU (5-6, 3-5) is coming off a 42-17 win over Baylor that snapped a three-game losing streak and kept their bowl hopes alive.

The Horned Frogs’ passing game has come on strong of late, with Josh Hoover throwing for an average of more than 355 yards per game over the last three.

“He gets better every game,” Horned Frogs’ head coach Sonny Dykes said of his redshirt freshman quarterback. “He’s more comfortable and makes better decisions. That’s what young quarterbacks are supposed to do.”

Tight end Jared Wiley was his favorite target against Baylor, with seven catches for 178 yards and two touchdowns.

The game will be the final Big 12 regular-season game for the Sooners, who were original members of the conference in 1996 and will make the jump to the SEC next season.

Oklahoma has dominated the conference, going 175-60 in regular-season conference play during that era, 19 more wins than second-place Texas.

The Sooners have won 14 Big 12 titles while no other program has more than three.

Before last season’s TCU victory, Oklahoma had won eight consecutive meetings between the programs. The Sooners have won all five meetings between the teams in Norman since the Horned Frogs joined the conference in 2012.

An Oklahoma win would be the program’s nation-leading 700th in college football’s modern era (marked by the end of World War II). Alabama is next at 667 victories.

VIRGINIA, VA. TECH CLASH FOR COMMONWEALTH CUP

When Virginia Tech opted out of a bowl game during the pandemic in 2020, it ended the nation’s longest active bowl streak at 27 straight seasons.

If the visiting Hokies (5-6, 4-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) don’t beat rival Virginia (3-8, 2-5) for the Commonwealth Cup on Saturday, they will be staring at a new streak: two straight years without a bowl berth.

Virginia Tech heads into Charlottesville after losing two of its last three games, including a 35-28 decision at home last weekend against NC State.

The Hokies finished 3-8 in 2022 in their first season under head coach Brent Pry.

“We can’t hang our heads and feel sorry for ourselves,” Pry said after the loss to the Wolfpack. “It hurts. We didn’t play our best. We’ve got to watch the film and correct the things that need correcting. We’ve got to be better at winning our one-on-one battles. We have to be an improved team when we go over there Saturday.”

Kyron Drones has passed for 1,750 yards with 12 touchdowns and three interceptions and rushed for 592 yards and four scores this season. Bhayshul Tuten leads the Hokies with 610 rushing yards and seven TDs and Da’Quan Felton is the leading receiver with 35 catches for 534 yards and six scores.

Felton caught two of Drones’ three TD passes against NC State, but Tuten finished with minus-3 yards on two runs as Virginia Tech fell behind 28-7 early in the third quarter.

“They had too many points on the board,” Pry said. “We were behind too much. Felt like we had to throw the ball.”

Throwing the ball has not been a problem lately for Virginia. That’s especially true when wide receiver Malik Washington is on the receiving end.

The Cavaliers are coming off an emotional 30-27 home win against Duke last Saturday, ending a week that marked the one-year anniversary of the shooting deaths of three football players.

Washington, named a Biletnikoff Award semifinalist this week, hauled in eight of freshman Anthony Colandrea’s passes for 112 yards and two touchdowns against the Blue Devils. He has broken Virginia’s single-season records for catches (96) and receiving yards (1,311) and ranks No. 2 in the nation in both categories.

“I just know the work that I put in and the work that we put in (during the) offseason, all throughout the winter, it’s paying off,” Washington said. “I love to see that.”

It was the sixth straight 100-yard game and the ninth of the season for the Northwestern transfer.

“I wish we had him for another year,” offensive coordinator Des Kitchings said. “I love the kid, and not just because of his statistics. I love his day-to-day (approach) and how he attacks it.”

Washington is facing a Virginia Tech defense that allowed a season-high three touchdown passes in the loss against NC State. The Hokies have intercepted only six passes this season, three of them by Dorian Strong.

This is the 104th meeting in the rivalry, with Virginia Tech owning a 60-38-5 advantage. The Hokies have won two in a row and 17 of the last 18 meetings.

OLE MISS PUTS PERFECT RECORD ON LINE VS. TEMPLE

Ole Miss won four straight home games to start the season.

The Rebels will get their first test away from home when they visit Temple (3-1) on Wednesday afternoon in Philadelphia.

“All four of our games have been games that tested our composure and poise down the stretch,” Ole Miss coach Chris Beard said.

The Rebels defeated Alabama State by 10 points on Nov. 6 and Eastern Washington by 11 four days later after pulling away in the final minutes. But in the last two games, they beat Detroit Mercy 70-69 on Nov. 14 and Sam Houston 70-67 three days later.

Ole Miss seized a two-point lead against Sam Houston on Jaylen Murray’s 3-pointer with 1:05 left. They added a free throw to account for the final score.

“On a night where some teams might have folded I think we actually played our best late in the game so that was promising,” Beard said. “We obviously have a ways to go as a basketball team, but we’ll get there.”

The Owls already have played two games on opponents’ home courts, although one was against cross-town rival Drexel. They followed those two games with a home loss to Columbia 78-73 on Saturday.

“I think being on the road for two and coming back home, everybody is anxious to play well at home,” head coach Adam Fisher said. “But this is where you’ve got to come more together. This is the first time we’ve seen adversity.

“I thought our locker room was upbeat, positive, angry, upset, and hurt. It’s OK to have all of those emotions, but we can’t allow for one (loss) to become two, and we have to learn from it, get better, and then come back next game.”

Temple received a game-high 29 points from point guard Hysier Miller and had two other double-figure scorers in Matteo Picarelli (18) and Jahlil White (11). The Owls, however, received only 15 points outside of the top three scorers.

“We have to do a better job at getting other people involved,” Fisher said.

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TOP 25 ROUNDUP: PURDUE GETS PAST VOLS TO MAUI FINAL

Fletcher Loyer scored 27 points and Zach Edey added 23 points and 10 rebounds as No. 2 Purdue advanced to the Maui Invitational championship game with a 71-67 win over No. 7 Tennessee on Tuesday night in Honolulu.

Loyer and Edey combined for 50 of Purdue’s 71 points, with Loyer, a sophomore, tying his career high. Trey Kaufman-Renn contributed eight points and eight rebounds for the Boilermakers (5-0).

Tennessee (4-1) was led by Dalton Knecht, who logged 16 points and a team-high seven rebounds. Jordan Gainey scored 15 points.

There were a total of 52 personal fouls called, 31 on the Volunteers. Jonas Aidoo and Tobe Awaka fouled out for the Volunteers and Edey played just 26 minutes while finishing with four fouls.

No. 9 Duke 95, La Salle 66

Tyrese Proctor’s career-high 22 points helped the Blue Devils rout the Explorers in Durham, N.C.

Kyle Filipowski had a strong second half to finish with 17 points, and Sean Stewart had 16 points off the Duke bench. It was the third win in eight nights for the Blue Devils (4-1), who shot 53.7 percent.

Anwar Gill tallied 17 points and Jhamir Brickus added 13 points to lead La Salle (4-1), but the Explorers couldn’t extend their best start in nine years. They made just 6 of 24 shots from 3-point range in their first road game of the season.

No. 11 Gonzaga 76, Syracuse 57

Nolan Hickman scored 19 points and two of his teammates recorded double-doubles as the Bulldogs beat the Orange in a consolation semifinal at the Maui Invitational in Honolulu.

After losing to No. 2 Purdue in Monday’s first-round matchup, Gonzaga (3-1) got back on track. Graham Ike (16 points, 14 rebounds, four steals) and Anton Watson (12 points, 13 rebounds) made key contributions.

Judah Mintz scored 22 points and JJ Starling had 15 to pace Syracuse (3-2), which will face Chaminade in the seventh-place game on Wednesday. Gonzaga will oppose UCLA in the fifth-place game.

Florida State 77, No. 18 Colorado 71 (OT)

Jalen Warley recorded 19 points and three steals and Jamir Watkins had 18 points, 11 rebounds and four thefts as the Seminoles beat the Buffaloes in overtime to win the Beach Bracket of the Sunshine Slam in Daytona Beach, Fla.

Darin Green Jr. registered 12 points and four steals and De’Ante Green had 10 points as Florida State (4-1) won its 14th consecutive overtime game, extending an NCAA record.

Cody Williams scored 17 points and KJ Simpson added 15 points and nine rebounds for the Buffaloes (4-1). Eddie Lampkin collected 11 boards to go with eight points for Colorado.

No. 22 James Madison 82, Southern Illinois 76

Terrence Edwards Jr. scored 24 points to help propel the Dukes past the Salukis in the Cancun Challenge semifinals in Cancun, Mexico.

T.J. Bickerstaff provided 19 points and seven rebounds as James Madison (5-0) advanced to Wednesday’s championship game, where it will meet Fresno State.

With Xavier Johnson scoring a career-high 38 points, Southern Illinois (3-1) rallied from a 16-point deficit in the first half to take a five-point lead with nine minutes left. The Salukis will oppose New Mexico State in the Wednesday consolation game.

NBA NEWS

JAMAL MURRAY UNLIKELY TO RETURN DURING NUGGETS’ ROAD TRIP

Guard Jamal Murray is not expected to play during the remaining games on the Denver Nuggets’ road trip.

Murray has been out since injuring his right hamstring in a Nov. 4 win over the visiting Chicago Bulls. He had previously battled hamstring trouble this season.

“He’s progressing, but I think there’s still some work to be done for him to get back and to be cleared,” head coach Michael Malone said Monday, according to The Denver Post.

Murray, 26, is averaging 16.3 points and 7.4 assists through seven games this season.

He has traveled with the team since the injury and has been seen actively involved in conversations with teammates and coaches during games.

“I think it speaks to just his engagement,” Malone said, per the Post. “I think Jamal is a guy that is, whether he’s playing or he’s not playing, he cares about his teammates. He cares about the team, and he’s gonna do everything he can to help.

“Right now we’re playing a lot of young payers, so the impact that Jamal can have on a Jalen Pickett or a Collin (Gillespie) or a Julian (Strawther), Peyton (Watson), whoever it may be, that can be really impactful. So you love to see how engaged he is and how into the games he is as well.”

The defending NBA champion Nuggets (10-4) improved to 4-3 in Murray’s absence with a 107-103 win over the Detroit Pistons Monday.

Denver is 1-2 on this road trip, which concludes Friday after games at Orlando and Houston. The Nuggets return home Sunday to face the San Antonio Spurs.

NBA ROUNDUP: CAVS RECOVER, TOP 76ERS IN OT

Darius Garland scored 32 points, Jarrett Allen and Evan Mobley recorded double-doubles and the Cleveland Cavaliers survived blowing an 18-point lead, beating the host Philadelphia 76ers 122-119 in overtime on Tuesday night in an NBA in-season tournament game.

The victory extended Cleveland’s winning streak to four games and improved the Cavaliers to 2-1 in East Group A action in the in-season tournament. The win came after Philadelphia rallied from 18 down to take a 110-108 lead and Cleveland forced OT with Garland’s free throws with 13.1 seconds left.

Allen logged 26 points and 13 rebounds, and Mobley had 18 points and 12 rebounds. Max Strus, who shot 5-for-10 from 3-point range, finished with 20 points for the Cavaliers.

Joel Embiid scored 32 points for the 76ers, and Tobias Harris scored 23. Philadelphia fell to 2-2 in in-season tournament play.

Pacers 157, Hawks 152

Tyrese Haliburton bounced back from his worst offensive game of the season with one of his best as he scored 37 points to help visiting Indiana overcome a 20-point deficit and beat Atlanta.

Haliburton, who scored a season-low 12 points against the Orlando Magic on Sunday, recovered to score 26 in the third quarter alone on Tuesday. Buddy Hield (24 points) made a 3-pointer with 53 seconds left to put the Pacers ahead 155-152.

Atlanta had a chance to tie when Trae Young (38 points) stole the ball with 13 seconds left, but Dejounte Murray (28 point) opted to drive for a layup rather than take a 3-point attempt, and he missed the shot.

Suns 120, Trail Blazers 107

Kevin Durant recorded 31 points and nine assists and Devin Booker scored 28 points as Phoenix topped visiting Portland.

Playing in his 1,000th career game, Durant moved into 11th place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list with 27,331 points. Durant passed Hall of Famer Elvin Hayes, who had 27,313 points (1968-84).

Jerami Grant scored 26 points for the Trail Blazers, who lost their eighth consecutive game. Deandre Ayton played in Phoenix for the first time since the Suns dealt him to Portland. The former No. 1 overall draft choice had 18 points and eight rebounds.

Magic 126, Raptors 107

Paolo Banchero scored 25 points and Orlando defeated visiting Toronto in an NBA in-season tournament game.

Jalen Suggs added 18 points for the Magic, who have won four in a row. Franz Wagner scored 17 points and Cole Anthony contributed 15 points and 10 assists for the Magic. Moritz Wagner and Gary Harris each scored 10 points.

Dennis Schroder had 24 points for the Raptors. Pascal Siakam added 16 points and eight assists, Scottie Barnes had 14 points, OG Anunoby put up 11 points and Jakob Poeltl logged 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Lakers 131, Jazz 99

Anthony Davis had 26 points and 16 rebounds and Los Angeles finished 4-0 in group play of the NBA in-season tournament with a victory against visiting Utah.

D’Angelo Russell had 20 points and eight assists and LeBron James contributed 17 points, nine assists and seven rebounds for the Lakers. In the first quarter, James became the first player in NBA history to reach 39,000 points.

Omer Yurtseven scored 18 points off the bench and John Collins led the starters with 15 points for the Jazz, who fell to 2-2 in group play.

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

EX-CARDINALS MANAGER MIKE SHILDT TAKES OVER IN SAN DIEGO

The San Diego Padres named Mike Shildt as their new manager on Tuesday.

He replaces Bob Melvin, who now is the manager of the San Francisco Giants. The team said Shildt signed a two-year deal but did not announce financial terms.

Shildt managed the St. Louis Cardinals to a 252-199 record in three-plus seasons (2018-21). He was fired following the 2021 season when the team finished 90-72 and made the playoffs for the third straight season.

The 55-year-old most recently worked as a senior adviser in the Padres’ organization since 2022. He spent 18 years in the Cardinals organization and was named National League Manager of the Year in 2019.

“Mike is a proven winner as a manager at the Major League level, and he brings over two decades of experience in professional baseball to the position,” Padres general manager A.J. Preller said. “In his time here, Mike has displayed a strong baseball intellect, a passion for teaching the game, and has established relationships with players and staff at both the minor and Major League levels. We believe that Mike is the right person to lead the Padres forward in our continued pursuit of a World Series championship.”

The big-budget Padres disappointed in 2023 and failed to make the playoffs, finishing 82-80 and 18 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers for third place in the NL West.

Melvin posted a 171-153 record in two seasons with San Diego. The Padres went 89-73 in his first season and reached the NL Championship Series before losing to the Philadelphia Phillies.

FORMER AL MVP, CY YOUNG WINNER WILLIE HERNANDEZ DIES AT 69

Willie Hernandez, the 1984 American League Most Valuable Player and Cy Young Award winner, has died, one week after he turned 69.

The Detroit Tigers, with whom he spent six seasons, announced his death Tuesday but provided no additional details. “The Tigers are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Willie Hernandez,” the team statement said. “Our thoughts are with the Hernandez family, his friends, and teammates.”

Hernandez, a native of Puerto Rico, made his major league debut with the Cubs in 1977 and remained in Chicago until an in-season trade sent him to the Philadelphia Phillies in 1983. He joined the Tigers in 1984, and the left-handed reliever spent the rest of career in Detroit, retiring after the 1989 campaign.

The 1984 season was magical for the Tigers, who finished 104-58 under manager Sparky Anderson and defeated the San Diego Padres in the World Series in five games.

That year, Hernandez led major league pitchers in appearances (80) and games finished (68). He had a 9-3 record with a 1.92 ERA and 32 saves. He wasn’t only a ninth-inning closer, throwing 140 1/3 innings with 112 strikeouts.

His numbers for appearances, games finished, strikeouts and innings all were career highs.

“Willie Hernandez was a great teammate, and I’m terribly sorry to hear the news of his passing,” Hall of Famer Alan Trammell, who played shortstop for the Tigers from 1977-96, said Tuesday in a statement. “I will never forget our team’s celebration together on the mound after he recorded the final out of the 1984 World Series. He will always be remembered as a World Series champion. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.”

In his 13 MLB seasons, Hernandez was 70-63 with a 3.38 ERA and 147 saves in 744 games (11 starts). He struck out 788 batters in 1,044 2/3 innings.

He was a three-time All-Star, all with the Tigers.

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COLTS FOOTBALL

COLTS WAIVE LB SHAQUILLE LEONARD

The Colts on Tuesday waived linebacker Shaquille Leonard.

“Colts Nation will always remember The Maniac’s palpable energy on the field with each tackle, interception, punchout, and fumble recovery,” Colts Owner and CEO Jim Irsay said. “Off the field, he’s a servant leader and assisted numerous families in both his hometown and the Indianapolis community. We’re thankful for Shaq and the contributions he made to our organization. We wish him and his beautiful family the best moving forward.”

Leonard, the three-time first-team AP All-Pro, three-time Pro Bowler and 2018 AP Defensive Rookie of the Year, underwent a pair of procedures in 2022 to address a nerve issue during and only appeared in three games last season. He returned for 2023 and started nine of the Colts’ 10 games, but was limited to primarily playing on first and second downs.

In 2023, Leonard was on the field for just under 70 percent of the Colts’ defensive snaps; prior to his surgeries, Leonard played over 95 percent of the Colts’ defensive snaps.

The Colts selected Leonard with the No. 36 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, and the South Carolina State product made an immediate impact. Leonard set a Colts record with 163 tackles in 2018 and added two interceptions, four forced fumbles, 12 tackles for a loss and seven sacks. Leonard had five interceptions in 2019 and in 2021 led the NFL with eight forced fumbles.

“Shaq is the ultimate competitor and has been a fan favorite since he arrived as a rookie in 2018,” general manager Chris Ballard said. “We are incredibly grateful for his contributions to the team and the city of Indianapolis over the last six seasons. We wish him the best and he will always be a valued member of the Horseshoe.”

But while earning his third AP All-Pro nod in 2021, Leonard battled ankle pain all season, wryly describing his ankle as “attached” when asked how it was feeling. He underwent the first of his two procedures in June of 2022, and returned for the Colts’ fourth game of the season, only to sustain a concussion that sidelined him for the next three games. Leonard appeared in two more games before undergoing season-ending surgery in November.

Over nine games in 2023, Leonard totaled 65 tackles and two tackles for a loss.

“I’m thankful for the energy Shaq brought to our team on a daily basis,” head coach Shane Steichen said. “He’s a competitor, a leader, and is respected among his teammates. I wish him all the best.”

Leonard was the Colts’ 2022 Walter Payton Man of the Year and Ed Block Courage Award nominee.

STATEMENTS FROM JIM IRSAY, CHRIS BALLARD, SHANE STEICHEN ON COLTS WAIVING LB SHAQUILLE LEONARD

Colts Owner & CEO Jim Irsay

“Colts Nation will always remember The Maniac’s palpable energy on the field with each tackle, interception, punchout, and fumble recovery. Off the field, he’s a servant leader and assisted numerous families in both his hometown and the Indianapolis community. We’re thankful for Shaq and the contributions he made to our organization. We wish him and his beautiful family the best moving forward.”

Colts General Manager Chris Ballard

“Shaq is the ultimate competitor and has been a fan favorite since he arrived as a rookie in 2018. We are incredibly grateful for his contributions to the team and the city of Indianapolis over the last six seasons. We wish him the best and he will always be a valued member of the Horseshoe.”

Colts Head Coach Shane Steichen

“I’m thankful for the energy Shaq brought to our team on a daily basis. He’s a competitor, a leader, and is respected among his teammates. I wish him all the best.”

COLTS RELEASE UNOFFICIAL DEPTH CHART FOR WEEK 12 GAME VS. TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

OFFENSE

» WR: Michael Pittman Jr.

» LT: Bernhard Raimann

» LG: Quenton Nelson, Arlington Hambright

» C: Ryan Kelly, Wesley French, Jack Anderson

» RG: Will Fries, Josh Sills

» RT: Braden Smith, Blake Freeland

» TE: Mo Alie-Cox, Drew Ogletree

» TE: Kylen Granson, Will Mallory

» WR: Josh Downs, Isaiah McKenzie

» WR: Alec Pierce, Juwann Winfree

» QB: Gardner Minshew II, Sam Ehlinger

» RB: Jonathan Taylor, Zack Moss, Trey Sermon

  • After missing the four previous games, Smith returned to action in Week 10 against the New England Patriots.
  • Taylor’s rushing touchdown against the Patriots was his second of the season and third touchdown overall.

DEFENSE

» DE: Kwity Paye, Tyquan Lewis, Jake Martin

» DT: DeForest Buckner, Adetomiwa Adebawore

» NT: Taven Bryan, Eric Johnson II

» DE: Samson Ebukam, Dayo Odeyingbo, Isaiah Land

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

» MLB: Zaire Franklin, Segun Olubi

» SAM: Grant Stuard, Cameron McGrone

» CB: JuJu Brents, Ameer Speed

» FS: Rodney Thomas II, Trevor Denbow

» SS: Julian Blackmon, Nick Cross

» N: Kenny Moore II, Tony Brown

» CB: Jaylon Jones, Darrell Baker Jr.

SPECIALISTS

» P: Rigoberto Sanchez

» PK: Matt Gay

» H: Rigoberto Sanchez

» LS: Luke Rhodes

» KR: Isaiah McKenzie, Josh Downs

» PR: Isaiah McKenzie, Josh Downs

INDIANA PACERS

GAME REWIND: PACERS 157, HAWKS 152 (IN-SEASON TOURNAMENT)

In a battle between two of the highest-scoring, fastest-paced teams in the NBA, the Indiana Pacers orchestrated an all-time offensive performance to earn the league’s first-ever In-Season Tournament (IST) quarterfinals bid.

The Pacers (8-5, 3-0 IST) scored an NBA franchise record 157 points in a 157-152 nail-biter over the Atlanta Hawks (6-7, 1-2 IST) on Tuesday night at State Farm Arena.

Blue & Gold point guard Tyrese Haliburton conducted the scoring onslaught, putting up a franchise-record 26 points in the third quarter and finishing with a team-high 37 points (11-for-18, 9-for-15 3-point range) to go along with 16 assists, five rebounds and three steals.

With the win, the Pacers moved to 3-0 in IST East Group A play. Other teams in the group include the Cleveland Cavaliers (7-6, 2-1 IST), Philadelphia 76ers (10-4, 2-2 IST), and Detroit Pistons (2-13, 0-3 IST). Indiana concludes its group play calendar against the Pistons on Friday at Gainbridge Fieldhouse.

The single-elimination quarterfinals will feature eight teams — the top three IST teams in each conference, plus two wildcards — and will be played in NBA team markets Dec. 4-5. Indiana’s opponent and game location for the quarterfinals will be announced once group play has concluded.

IST record will determine seeding, with point differential breaking any ties. The semifinals and championship games will be held in Las Vegas on Dec. 7 and Dec. 9, respectively.

The Pacers trailed the Hawks by 13 points at halftime, but went ahead by five heading into the final frame thanks to Haliburton’s red-hot shooting. Down the final stretch, the teams traded blows, with Pacers sharpshooter Buddy Hield landing the knockout shots.

With 1:20 left in the game, Hield — who scored 13 points total in the fourth quarter — drilled back-to-back 3-pointers to put the Pacers ahead 155-152. The Pacers then got a defensive stop on the ensuing possession, and Hield scored an uncontested layup at the buzzer to end it.

“This essentially is a playoff environment,” Pacers head coach Rick Carlisle said.

Hield finished with a season-high 24 points, making all six of his 3-point attempts, Obi Toppin scored 21 points, and Benedict Mathurin tallied 19. Additional double-digit scorers for the Pacers included Aaron Nesmith (17), Bruce Brown (13) and Myles Turner (11).

In all, 11 players registered a basket for the Pacers.

Overall, the Pacers made 57 of 94 shots, including 21 of 28 from 3-point range, while the Hawks were 57-for-95 (15-for-31 3-point). In the second half alone, the Pacers shot 69.6 percent to score a new Pacers NBA franchise record 86 second-half points.

Trae Young topped the Hawks box score with 38 points, DeJounte Murray scored 28, and Bogdan Bogdanovic supplied 26 points off the bench.

The Hawks scored a franchise-record 86 first-half points to lead the Pacers 86-73 at the break. In the first half, the Hawks shot 52.3 percent, which included 10 made 3-pointers.

Bogdanovic dominated in the opening minutes, scoring 22 points on 8-for-10 shooting, while Haliburton had logged 11 points and 10 assists by intermission.

The Pacers trotted out a new starting lineup before tip, as Hield and Nesmith took the places of Mathurin and Toppin.

The Hawks built a 40-34 lead in the first quarter by shooting 60.7 percent from the field, with nine players registering a made basket.

After the Pacers opened the game with back-to-back 3-pointers from Hield and Nesmith, the Hawks used an 11-2 run – which included three straight baskets by center Clint Capela – to go up 11-8 three minutes into the game.

A second bucket by Nesmith and a 3-pointer from Haliburton put the Pacers back ahead 15-13 with 8:09 left in the first quarter before the teams traded the lead five times in the next five minutes.

In the final 1:46 of the opening quarter, the Hawks closed on an 11-3 run, capped by a 3-pointer by Young with two ticks on the clock to lead by six points.

The Hawks shot 64 percent in the second quarter to stay ahead.

Atlanta carried its momentum into the second frame, using a 10-5 run, highlighted by an and-one by Ooneyka Okongwu, to lead 50-39 with 10:15 left in the half.

The Pacers were able to answer a few Hawks baskets midway through the second quarter, but Bogdanovich scored eight straight points and hit his second 3-pointer of the game to extend the lead to 70-56 with five minutes remaining in the half.

In the final 4:36 of the first half, the Hawks led by as many as 20 points against the Blue & Gold, but the Pacers were able to trim it to 13 points at the break.

Haliburton’s 26-point third-quarter performance was one for the record books: 8-for-9 shooting (7-for-8 on 3-pointers), 3-for-3 free throws, four assists and one turnover in 12 minutes. No Pacers player in NBA franchise history has scored more points in a single quarter.

“My teammates put me in a position to succeed and I was just making shots,” Haliburton said. “ Staying aggressive is what the team needs from me at any given time. If you need me to score, need me to facilitate, need me to do both – I’m going to do what it takes to win.”

A trey by Brown, back-to-back 3-pointers and a free throw by Haliburton, and layup from Turner narrowed the Pacers deficit to 99-92 with 7:15 left in the third quarter.

A 12-2 run midway through the third quarter, which included eight straight points from Haliburton, tied the game at 107 with 3:57 on the clock. In the final 2:12 of the frame, the Pacers outscored the Hawks 12-4 on another two 3-pointers from the point guard.

To cap the 46-point period off, a  buzzer-beating shot by Mathurin put the Pacers up 119-114 as they headed into the fourth quarter.

Mathurin went on an 8-0 run of his own to start the final frame, which included a 3-pointer and-and-one, to give the Pacers a 127-114 lead with 10:34 left in the game.

The teams then traded baskets for much of the final quarter until Hield came up clutch in the final seconds.

“I’m proud of the way our guys responded,” Carlisle said. “When you have a young team that is trying to take these kinds of big steps competitively, going through tough stretches, having poise, staying with it and believing in each other is super important.”

The Pacers will have to quickly put the game against the Hawks in the rearview, as they host the Toronto Raptors (6-8) on Wednesday. Toronto lost to the Orlando Magic 126-107 on Tuesday.

Inside the Numbers

There were 10 lead changes and 10 ties in the game.

Indiana’s bench outscored the Atlanta reserves 55-48.

Atlanta won the rebounding margin 39-29, including 12-7 on the offensive glass.

The Hawks outscored the Pacers 74-64 in the paint.

Indiana assisted on 35 of its baskets, while the Hawks finished with 28 team assists.

Tyrese Haliburton’s nine made 3-pointers was one shy of tying his career-best for a single game. He made 10 against the Miami Heat on Dec. 23, 2022.

Isaiah Jackson recorded four blocks and five rebounds in 12:08 of action off the bench.

Recording one steal, Aaron Nesmith now has 100 takeaways for his career.

You Can Quote Me On That

“This was an important step. The game was exceedingly difficult, as we knew it would be. Down as many as 20, got to 13 at halftime, (we) just talked about being resilient and what we needed. We needed to play with more force and aggression at both ends.” – Pacers head coach Rick Carlilse on the win

“I put a couple guys in a tough spot this morning. We talked to Obi (Toppin) and Benn (Mathurin) about coming off the bench for this game because of some things we felt strategically would help us. They didn’t do anything wrong and both of those guys had big nights on the bench. We needed everybody. Isaiah Jackson came in and really changed the game with his rim presence, shot-blocking and rebounding. He was phenomenal.” – Carlisle on lineup changes and bench play

“Tyrese, you just run out of accolades. Fearless. Leader. Great competitor. Winner. I’m so happy for him.” – Carlisle on Haliburton’s performance

“We’re talking about 157 to 152. This is a classic regular season game, and had to be really fun to watch for fans.” – Carlisle on the game

“I really was impressed with how Ty (Haliburton) trusted his teammates when they started trapping him all over the floor. Certain guys have the ability to deliver the ball in a way that creates confidence for teammates. I saw Jason Kidd do it. I saw Luka Doncic do it. Now, we’re seeing Tyrese do it. His trust in his teammates is another big reason that this win happened tonight.” – Carlisle on Haliburton

“We took it very seriously. For us, this was a playoff game and playoff atmosphere. It’s very important for us to get this win and get this experience.” – Aaron Nesmith on the win

“It’s huge for us, huge for the franchise. We’ll just keep this momentum rolling.” – Nesmith on advancing to the next round of the IST

“Rick (Carlisle) just told us we were playing soft and needed to play with more fight and more hunger. I think that spoke to us and we got going in the second half.” – Haliburton on the halftime message

“Big-time shots. (Buddy Hield) works unbelievably hard and is one the best shooters to ever touch a basketball. It’s no surprise he made shots down the stretch.” – Haliburton on Hield

“It felt like it was just two teams making a lot of shots. It was fun to be a part of. The game was flying up and down. We’re two young, exciting teams. I enjoyed it, it was a lot of fun tonight.” – Haliburton on the game

Stat of the Night

Point guard Tyrese Haliburton scored a new Indiana Pacers NBA franchise record for points in a quarter by dropping 26 the third quarter against the Atlanta Hawks. He made 8 of 9 shots overall in the period, including 7-for-8 from 3-point, and also sank all three of his free throw attempts. He also tallied four assists in that span.

Noteworthy

Buddy Hield’s six 3-pointers without a miss tied the franchise record. Chuck Person (1987 at Phoenix), Chris Mullin (1988 vs. LA Clippers), Sam Perkins (2000 at Toronto) and Tyrese Haliburton (2022 at Boston) all also accomplished the feat.

Pacers second-year guard Andrew Nembhard missed a second straight game due to a sore lower back.

Indiana has debuted three different starting lineups through 13 games.

Up Next

The Pacers will host Pascal Siakim and the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday, Nov. 22 at Gainbridge Fieldhouse at 7:30 PM ET.

FUEL HOCKEY

PRE TURKEY DAY GAME IN CINCINNATI

INDIANAPOLIS – The Fuel will head to Cincinnati for the third meeting this season between the two teams. Cincinnati has won both contests so far, most recently defeating the Fuel 2-6 on their home ice.

LAST TIME OUT

It was as even a first period as it could be. Goals were scored by both sides with an even amount of penalty minutes. It all unraveled in the second period. Five goals were scored by Cincinnati, three of which came in a matter of 2 minutes and 30 seconds. The Cyclones forced Zach Driscoll out of the net and ended up on top 6-2.

JORDAN IS JAMMING

Zach Jordan has been a huge positive for the Fuel since coming down from Rockford. He’s had a point in four of his last five games, including three points in the first two matchups against Cincy. His presence in the offensive zone will be crucial for Indy having success in this game.

AROUND THE DIVISION

Currently, the Toledo Walleye sit four points ahead of the next closest team in the Central West Division. Iowa, Fort Wayne, Wheeling, and Cincinnati all sit in the middle of the pack separated by just two points, at the most. It’s a long season, but the Fuel are currently last in the division still looking to get hot moving forward.

PURDUE MEN’S BASKETBALL

#2 PURDUE OUTLASTS #7 TENNESSEE IN MAUI INVITE SEMIFINAL

[2] Purdue 71, [7] Tennessee 67 (Postgame Notes)

No. 2-ranked Purdue improved to 5-0 with a 71-67 win over No. 7-ranked Tennessee in the 2023 Maui Invitational semifinals.

Purdue will appear in the Maui Invitational championship game for the first time since its first appearances in 1999 (lost to No. 4 North Carolina, 90-75).

The Boilermakers are at least 5-0 for the third straight year (8-0 in 2021-22; 13-0 in 2022-23; 5-0 in 2023-24).

Purdue has now won 29 straight regular-season games against non-conference foes – the longest streak in the country by 12 games (UConn – 17). The streak is the third-longest streak over the last 10 years (31 by Villanova from 2015-18; 30 by Baylor from 2019-21).

Purdue has won 19 straight games in the month of November, the second-longest streak in the country behind Arizona (26). Eight of the 19 wins have come against teams ranked in the KenPom top-30.

Purdue has won seven straight Feast Week games, all seven against teams ranked in the KenPom top 20.

Since the start of the 2021-22 season, Purdue is 63-14 overall – the fourth-most wins in the country (Houston – 71; Kansas – 66, Arizona – 66). Among Big Ten teams, Iowa (48) and Wisconsin (47) are next on the list.

The win was Purdue’s 35th against a top-25 team since the start of the 2016-17 season, tied for the fifth-most wins nationally.

Among teams that have played a top-50 scheduled according to KenPom, Purdue is the only undefeated team. Purdue is the only team in America with three top-30 wins and two top-10 wins.

Purdue is now 18-4 in games played as the No. 2 team in the country, having won six straight games.

Purdue’s 48 free throw attempts were the having 49 against TCU on Dec. 16, 1995.

Zach Edey recorded his 43rd career double-double with a 23-point, 10-rebound performance in just 26 foul-plagued minutes. He also notched his 56th straight double-figure scoring game, now tied with Glenn Robinson for the third-longest streak in school history (Rick Mount – 72; Joe Barry Carroll – 57). Edey surpassed Vince Edwards for 16th on the career scoring list (1,643 points).

Edey is the first player since Kevin Durant (2006-07) to have at least 110 points, 50 rebounds and 15 blocks in the first five games of a season.

Fletcher Loyer tied a career high with 27 points and set a new career best with six rebounds.

HONOLULU — Fletcher Loyer scored 27 points, Zach Edey had a double-double with 23 points and 10 rebounds and No. 2 Purdue escaped with a 71-67 win over No. 7 Tennessee in the Maui Invitational semifinals on Tuesday.

The Boilermakers (5-0) separated in the final minutes with a game-closing 10-6 run to deny the Volunteers (4-1).

The teams were whistled for a combined 52 personal fouls and Tennessee coach Rick Barnes drew a technical foul in the first half. Subsequently, there were 78 free throws attempted; Purdue shot 29 of 48 from the line, while Tennessee went 21 of 30.

Loyer shot 7 of 18 from the field and 10 of 11 from the free-throw line. Edey made 7 of 10 field goals, but missed his first six free throws and finished 9 of 17.

The Boilermakers shot 19 of 54 from the field (35.2%), while the Volunteers were 19 of 57 (33.3%).

After he scored 13 points in the first half to help give the Volunteers a 31-30 halftime lead, Tennessee’s Dalton Knecht was held to just three points after the break. Jordan Gainey scored all of his 15 points in the second half.

Purdue held a 44-31 rebounding advantage.

BIG PICTURE

Tennessee, which was picked by SEC media to win the league, was seeking its second premier regular-season tournament title in as many years. It defeated Kansas for the Battle 4 Atlantis championship last season. The Volunteers had won their last five games against AP Top 5 teams over the last two years.

Purdue returns all five starters from a year ago, including Edey, the reigning AP National Player of the Year. The Boilermakers will be playing their third ranked team in as many days in Wednesday’s championship game. They were coming off of a 73-63 win over No. 11 Gonzaga on Monday.

#2 PURDUE FACES #4 MARQUETTE FOR MAUI INVITATIONAL TITLE

GAMEDAY INFORMATION — GAME 06 (MAUI INVITATIONAL)

[2] Purdue (5-0) vs. [4] Marquette (5-0)

5 p.m. ET | Honolulu, Hawai’i

Stan Sherriff Center | 10,300

TELEVISION: ESPN (Dan Shulman, Jay Bilas, Angel Gray)

RADIO: Purdue Global Radio Network (Rob Blackman, Bobby Riddell)

THE NOTES TO KNOW

Purdue and Marquette will meet for the 12th time in school history, with Purdue holding a 10-1 series advantage. The two teams met in last year’s Gavitt Games in West Lafayette, with Purdue holding on for a 75-70 victory, in what was the team’s third game of the season (box score found later in packet).

In last year’s win, Zach Edey scored 20 points with 13 rebounds, while Braden Smith had 20 points and 3 assists. After having two turnovers in the game’s first two minutes, Purdue had just four turnovers in the last 38 minutes of the contest.

After not playing for almost 50 years from 1969 (NCAA Regional final won by Purdue), the teams played in the 2017, 2019 and 2022 Gavitt Games. This will mark the fourth game in the last seven seasons.

Purdue’s Zach Edey and Marquette’s Shaka Smart won last year’s National Player of the Year and National Coach of the Year, respectively.

Purdue became the 11th program in NCAA history with 1,900 victories, joining the club in the win over Tennessee (Kentucky, Kansas, North Carolina, Duke, UCLA, Temple, Syracuse, Notre Dame, St. John’s, Indiana).

After two wins over Samford and Morehead State to start the season, Purdue has now faced Xavier (30), Gonzaga (9), Tennessee (7), Marquette (6), Texas Southern, Northwestern (57), Iowa (38), Alabama (5) and Arizona (4) in nine straight games (KenPom ratings). Purdue will face teams ranked No. 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 in an 8-game stretch. The only teams out of the top eight it is not scheduled to play are Houston (2) and Connecticut (3).

The Boilermakers are appearing in their Allstate Maui Invitational title-game appearance since falling in the 1999 title game to No. 4-ranked North Carolina, 90-75.

Purdue is looking for its third straight Feast Week championship, after winning the 2021 Hall of Fame Tipoff Classic (def. North Carolina, Villanova) and the 2022 Phil Knight Legacy (def. West Virginia, Gonzaga, Duke). The Boilermakers have won seven straight games in Feast Week Tournaments, six of them over ranked teams, and five of them by at least nine points.

Purdue has won 29 straight non-conference, regular-season games, the longest streak in the country (UConn – 17). Its last loss came in a 58-54 loss to Miami, Fla., on Dec. 8, 2020.

LONGEST NON-CONFERENCE, REGULAR-SEASON WIN STREAKS (Last 10 Years)

31 – Villanova (2015-18)

30 – Baylor (2019-21)

29 – Purdue (2020-23)

Purdue has won 19 straight games in the month of November. The last Purdue loss in the month of November came to Clemson on Nov. 26, 2020, in the SpaceCoast Challenge – also the last time Purdue lost a Feast Week game.

Since the start of the 2021-22 season, Purdue is 63-14 overall – the fourth-most wins in the country (Houston – 71; Kansas – 66, Arizona – 66). Among Big Ten teams, Iowa (48) and Wisconsin (47) are next on the list.

The win over Tennessee was Purdue’s 81st win against KenPom top-50 teams since the start of the 2016-17 season, the second-highest total in the country behind Kansas’ 103. Purdue is the only team in America with three, top-30 KenPom wins so far this year.

The win was Purdue’s 35th against a top-25 team since the start of the 2016-17 season, tied for the fifth-most wins nationally. Purdue is 11-5 (.688) against top-25 teams since the start of the 2021-22 season. Among teams to have at least 10 wins against ranked teams in that span, Purdue has the second-best winning percentage (.688; Arizona – 12-4, .750).

MOST WINS OVER TOP-25 TEAMS (Since 2016-17 season)

50 – Kansas

38 – Baylor

38 – Duke

38 – Michigan State

35 – Purdue

Purdue has made 93 free throws this season. Opponents have shot 64 free throws.

Purdue is just 8-of-32 (.250) from 3-point range in the Maui Invitational.

In the two second halves here in Honolulu, Purdue has held its opponents to a combined 64 second-half points, and just 21-of-64 (.328) from the field and 5-of-31 (.161) from 3-point range.

In nine Feast Week games, Zach Edey is averaging 20.2 points and 8.6 rebounds per game in 24.8 minutes per game, amassing 182 points and 77 rebounds in just 223 minutes. He is shooting 59-of-88 (.670) from the field.

Zach Edey became the first player since Texas’ Kevin Durant (2006-07) to amass at least 110 points, 50 rebounds and 15 blocked shots in the season’s first five games.

Edey surpassed 900 career rebounds in the win over Tennessee and is now one of three players in school history with at least 1,600 points and 900 rebounds (1980 NBA No. 1 Draft Pick Joe Barry Carroll, 1963 NBA Rookie of the Year Terry Dischinger).

Edey has scored in double-figures in 56 straight games, the longest streak in the country and tied for the third-longest streak in school history.

LONGEST PURDUE STREAKS OF 10 OR MORE POINTS

72 – Rick Mount (Dec. 2, 1967 to March 7, 1970)

57 – Joe Barry Carroll (Feb. 16, 1978 to Jan. 31, 1980)

56 – Zach Edey (Jan. 30, 2022 to present)

56 – Glenn Robinson (Dec. 28, 1992 to March 26, 1994)

Fletcher Loyer tied a career high with 27 points (set vs. Nebraska a year ago) while grabbing a career-high six rebounds in the win over Tennessee.

Trey Kaufman-Renn grabbed a career-high eight rebounds, coming in just 21 minutes, in the win over Tennessee.

Matt Painter has 418 career wins, needing just three victories to tie Illinois legend Lou Henson for fourth on the Big Ten’s all-time wins list (421).

BUTLER FOOTBALL

JYRAN MITCHELL NAMED FINALIST FOR WALTER PAYTON AWARD

INDIANAPOLIS – Butler running back Jyran Mitchell is one of 30 finalists for the 2023 Walter Payton Award. Stats Perform announced the 30 student-athletes up for the honor, given annually to the national offensive player of the year in Division I FCS college football, presented by FedEx Ground.
 
Mitchell ended the 2023 regular season with 1,268 rushing yards, the fifth-most of any FCS back, and the ninth-most at Butler in a single-season. He led the PFL in rushing yards, all-purpose yards, total touchdowns, scoring, and rushing yards per game. He ranked second in rush yards per carry and third in rushing touchdowns.
 
The BU graduate transfer rushed for a career-high 209 yards at Stetson on Sept. 23. His longest rush of the year covered 67 yards (Valpo) and his longest reception was a 61-yarder at Morehead State.
 
Mitchell scored a touchdown in 10 of Butler’s 11 games in 2023. He rushed for 100 yards or more in seven games, including six games against PFL competition. Mitchell was the PFL Offensive Player of the Week on Sept. 10 and again on Sept. 24.
 
The award, first presented in 1987 and in its 37th season, is named for legendary running back Walter Payton, who starred at Jackson State as part of his Hall of Fame career. Affectionately known as the Heisman of the FCS, its past recipients include Steve McNair, Tony Romo, Brian Westbrook, Jimmy Garoppolo, Cooper Kupp and Trey Lance.
 
All 13 FCS leagues, comprised from 15 conferences overall, are represented by a Walter Payton Award finalist. The winner, to be selected by a national voting panel, will be announced at the FCS National Awards Banquet on Jan. 6 in Frisco, Texas – the eve of the FCS championship game.
 
QUARTERBACKS
Max Brosmer, New Hampshire, Jr., 6-2, 221 (CAA Football)
294 of 459 (64.1%), 3,464 yards, 29 TDs, 5 INTs, 145.9 pass efficiency; 126 rush yards, 5 TDs (11 games)
 
Mike DiLiello, Austin Peay, Grad, 6-1, 215 (United Athletic Conference)
230 of 340 (67.7%), 3,057 yards, 27 TDs, 10 INTs, 163.5 pass efficiency; 199 rush yards, 5 TDs (11 games)
 
Zevi Eckhaus, Bryant, Jr., 6-1, 205 (Big South-OVC Football Association)
238 of 379 (62.8%), 2,907 yards, 28 TDs, 7 INTs, 147.9 pass efficiency; 355 rush yard, 1 TD (11 games)
 
Cole Gonzales, Western Carolina, So., 6-0, 195 (Southern Conference)
204 of 310 (65.8%), 2,803 yards, 28 TDs, 8 INTs, 166.4 pass efficiency; 203 rush yards (11 games)
 
Mark Gronowski, South Dakota State, Jr., 6-3, 225 (Missouri Valley Football Conference)
159 of 232 (68.5%), 2,359 yards, 23 TDs, 3 INTs, 184.1 pass efficiency; 220 rushing yards, 7 TDs (11
games)
 
Michael Hiers, Samford, Grad, 6-1, 215 (Southern Conference)
314 of 436 (72%), 3,056 yards, 18 TDs, 8 INTs, 140.9 pass efficiency; 3 rush TDs (11 games)
 
Gevani McCoy, Idaho, R-So., 6-2, 185 (Big Sky Conference)
190 of 288 (66%), 2,410 yards, 14 TDs, 7 INTs, 147.4 pass efficiency; 165 rush yards, 2 TDs (10 games)
 
Parker McKinney, Eastern Kentucky, R-Sr., 6-3, 208 (United Athletic Conference)
265 of 419 (63.2%), 3,033 yards, 20 TDs, 12 INTs, 134.1 pass efficiency; 3 rush TDs (11 games)
 
Cam Miller, North Dakota State, Sr., 6-1, 213 (Missouri Valley Football Conference)
171 of 229 (74.7%), 2,048 yards, 14 TDs, 4 INTs, 163.1 pass efficiency; 563 rush yards, 11 TDs (11 games)
 
CJ Montes, Fordham, So., 6-2, 205 (Patriot League)
241 of 376 (64.1%), 3,000 yards, 26 TDs, 1 INT, 153.4 pass efficiency; 158 rush yards, 3 TDs (11 games)
 
Jeremy Moussa, Florida A&M, Grad, 6-3, 225 (Southwestern Athletic Conference)
182 of 317 (57.4%), 2,416 yards, 18 TDs, 7 INTs, 135.1 pass efficiency; 1 rush TD (10 games)
 
Darius Perrantes, Duquesne, Jr., 6-0, 220 (Northeast Conference)
128 of 251 (51%), 2,291 yards, 21 TDs, 18 INTs, 140.9 pass efficiency, 1 rush TD (11 games)
 
Reese Poffenbarger, UAlbany, R-So., 6-0, 208 (CAA Football)
211 of 364 (58%), 2,860 yards, 31 TDs, 9 INTs, 147.1 pass efficiency; 134 rush yards, 3 TDs (12 games)
 
Davius Richard, North Carolina Central, Sr., 6-3, 220 (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference)
150 of 246 (61%), 1,915 yards, 20 TDs, 3 INTs, 150.8 pass efficiency; 579 rush yards, 15 TDs (10 games)
 
Matthew Sluka, Holy Cross, Sr., 6-3, 216 (Patriot League)
122 of 197 (62%), 1,728 yards, 20 TDs, 5 INTs, 164.0 pass efficiency; 1,243 rush yards, 9 TDs (11 games)
 
Jake Wilcox, Brown, Sr., 6-2, 195 (Ivy League)
285 of 456 (62.5%), 2,819 yards, 18 TDs, 9 INTs, 125.5 pass efficiency; 93 rush yards (10 games)
 
RUNNING BACKS
Jamar Curtis, Lafayette, So., 5-8, 164 (Patriot League)
206 carries, 1,333 yards (6.5 ypc) 13 TDs; 16 receptions, 140 yards, 1 TD (11 games)
 
Isaiah Davis, South Dakota State, Sr., 6-1, 220 (Missouri Valley Football Conference)
162 carries, 1,075 yards (6.6 ypc), 11 TDs; 18 receptions, 159 yards, 1 TD (11 games)
 
Sam Franklin, UT Martin, R-So., 5-10, 200 (Big South-OVC Football Association)
223 carries, 1,378 yards (6.2 ypc), 11 TDs; 14 receptions, 127 yards, 1 TD (11 games)
 
Lan Larison, UC Davis, Jr., 6-0, 195 (Big Sky Conference)
178 carries, 1,101 yards (6.2 ypc), 13 TDs; 21 receptions, 198 yards, 2 TDs (8 games)
 
Dylan Laube, New Hampshire, Sr., 5-10, 208 (CAA Football)
158 carries, 715 yards (4.5 ypc), 9 TDs; 68 receptions, 699 yards, 7 TDs; 2 special teams TDs; 209.5 all-purpose ypg (10 games)
 
Jyran Mitchell, Butler, Grad, 6-0, 205 (Pioneer Football League)
199 carries, 1,268 yards (6.4 ypc), 12 TDs; 23 receptions, 202 yards, 3 TDs (11 games)
 
LaDarius Owens, Texas Southern, Sr., 5-9, 180 (Southwestern Athletic Conference)
202 carries, 1,370 yards (6.8 ypc), 11 TDs; 11 receptions, 110 yards; 168.1 all-purpose ypg (11 games)
 
Jaden Shirden, Monmouth, Jr., 5-9, 185 (CAA Football)
221 carries, 1,478 yards (6.7 ypc), 10 TDs; 20 receptions, 120 yards, 1 TD (11 games)
 
WIDE RECEIVERS
Jalen Coker, Holy Cross, Sr., 6-3, 207 (Patriot League)
59 receptions, 1,040 yards (17.6 ypc), 15 TDs (11 games)
 
Hayden Hatten, Idaho, R-Jr., 6-2, 205 (Big Sky Conference)
75 receptions, 985 yards (13.2 ypc), 9 TDs (11 games)
 
Chedon James, Idaho State, So., 5-8, 173 (Big Sky Conference)
102 receptions, 1,045 yards (10.2 ypc), 8 TDs (11 games)
 
Ty James, Mercer, R-Sr., 6-2, 200 (Southern Conference)
54 receptions, 1,022 yards (18.9 ypc), 7 TDs (11 games)
 
Dymere Miller, Monmouth, Sr., 6-0, 180 (CAA Football)
90 receptions, 1,293 yards (14.4 ypc), 9 TDs (11 games)
 
Brandon Porter, UIW, Grad, 5-11, 190 (Southland Conference)
67 receptions, 1,072 yards (16.0 ypc), 7 TDs (10 games)

BUTLER MEN’S BASKETBALL

BUTLER MBB HEADS TO ORLANDO FOR 2023 ESPN EVENTS INVITATIONAL

Butler (3-1) vs. #19/20 Florida Atlantic (2-1)

2023 ESPN Events Invitational; Orlando, Fla.

Thursday, Nov. 23;  2:30PM

TV: ESPN2 – Dave O’Brien & Cory Alexander

Radio: WXNT 1430AM, Varsity Network Radio App, SiriusXM 380 & SiriusXM App 970 – @MarkMinner & Nick Gardner (@n_gardner)

Butler travels to Orlando for the 2023 ESPN Events Invitational. The eight-team events begins on Thanksgiving Day and runs through Sunday. The ESPN family of networks will broadcast all of the games. The Bulldogs open play Thursday against No. 19/20 Florida Atlantic, a team that returns most of the nucleus from its Final Four team. Butler will face either No. 12/13 Texas A&M or Penn State Friday, and then play a final game Sunday against one of four teams: rv/rv Iowa State, VCU, Virginia Tech, and Boise State.

SERIES: First Meeting with FAU.

• This is Butler’s second appearance in the ESPN Events Invitational; the Bulldogs were part of the field in 2013 when the event was called the Old Spice Classic.

• Butler went 1-2 in the 2013 event, defeating Washington State before dropping contests to No. 5 Oklahoma State (69-67) and to LSU in overtime.

• Butler’s opponents are shooting only 34.7 percent from the field, which places the Bulldogs 14th in the NCAA in field goal percentage defense (through the games of Nov. 19). Three of Butler’s four opponents have been held to 32-percent shooting or less.

• Butler is 17th nationally, allowing only 58.0 points per game (through Nov. 19).

• Nine different Bulldogs have scored in double figures in at least one game so far at this early point of the season. Pierre Brooks II has scored in double figures in all four games to start the season.

• Through four games, Butler has 10 players averaging at least 10 minutes played per game and no Bulldog is averaging more than 28 minutes per game.

• Butler’s starting five is a combined 48-for-58 from the free throw line to start the season (83 percent).

• Posh Alexander scored his 1,000th career point in his second game as a Bulldog Nov. 10 vs. SEMO; he swiped his 200th career steal Nov. 13 vs. ETSU.

• DJ Davis enters Thursday’s game with 995 career points.

• Andre Screen is a perfect 9-for-9 from the field to start his Butler career.

• Connor Turnbull had six blocks Nov. 13 against ETSU, doubling his career-high. That total was one shy of the Butler single-game record.

• Turnbull ranks 22nd nationally at 2.50 blocks per game (through Nov. 19).

• Butler has had at least five players score in double figures in three of its four games to start the season; at least one player has come off the bench to score in double figures in each of those three games.

• Landon Moore matched his career-high with four made three-pointers against ETSU Nov. 13.

• Alexander ranks second in the BIG EAST (and among the Top 100 nationally) with his 2.25 steals per game (through Nov. 19).

• Davis ranks third in the BIG EAST (and among the Top 40 nationally) in free throw percentage (93.8), through the games of Nov. 19.

• Jalen Thomas is averaging a team-best 6.5 rebounds per game despite playing only 16.0 minutes per game.

• The Bulldogs forced ETSU into 19 turnovers and converted those into 36 points Nov. 13.

• No ETSU player reached double figures, the first time that Butler’s defense has accomplished that since the Feb. 29, 2020 win over DePaul.

• Butler limited SEMO to 29-percent shooting in the Nov. 10 win; the Bulldogs last held an opponent under 30 percent Jan. 1, 2023 at Georgetown.

• The Bulldogs went to the line 34 times, making 26 against SEMO. That is more makes and attempts than Butler had in any game last season.

• The 60 second-half points by the Bulldogs against Eastern Michigan in the season opener were the most in a half by Butler dating back to a 63-point performance in the second half of a Jan. 16, 2017 game against Marquette.

• Entering the season, Thad Matta has won 453 games in his 18 seasons as a head coach, which averages out to 25.2 wins per season.

Butler vs. the ESPN Events Invitational Field

• Butler has yet to play Thursday’s opponent Florida Atlantic nor Boise State in program history.

• Butler is 0-1 against Texas A&M; that game was played as part of the 2021 Maui Invitational (which was moved to Las Vegas due to the COVID-19 pandemic).

• Butler is 2-2 against Penn State with the most recent match-up coming just more than one year ago as part of the 2022 Gavitt Games. Penn State won that match-up on their home court. The teams first played in 1975 and then played a home-and-home series during the 1991-92 season. Butler Athletic Director was part of those three match-ups (as a player in 1975 and as Butler’s coach in 1991-92).

• Butler is 1-0 against Iowa State, a win in 1987 as part of an event in Toledo.

• Butler is 1-0 vs. Virginia Tech; that overtime win came as part of the 2007 Great Alaska Shootout in Brad Stevens’ first season as Butler’s head coach.

• Butler is 2-1 against VCU with the most notable win coming in the 2011 Final Four. Butler also won a 1970 match-up, while the Rams won in 2013, which was the only season that both teams were members of the Atlantic 10 Conference.

Summering in Canada

• Jahmyl Telfort played for Canada’s U23 team in July as part of the GLOBL JAM event in Toronto, helping the Canadians to the silver medal in the four-team event. Telfort posted 12 points, nine rebounds and three blocks in the gold medal game, a loss to the University of Kentucky, which represented the United States in the event. In the four games, Telfort averaged 10 points per game.

• Telfort, a transfer from Northeastern, ranked fifth in the Colonial Athletic Association in scoring in 2022-23.

You Must Be New Here…

• Only two players on the 2023-24 roster played in games for Butler last season (Jalen Thomas and Connor Turnbull). John-Michael Mulloy was also on the Butler roster a season ago, but didn’t play due to injury.

• Butler returns only 9% of scoring (191 of 2,088 points) and 9% of minutes played (563 of 6,400) from the 2022-23 season.

• The nine scholarship players on Butler’s 2023-24 roster who bring collegiate experience have combined for 237 double-figure scoring games entering the season; only eight of those games have come in a Butler uniform (all by Thomas during the 2022-23 season).

• Five of Butler’s incoming transfers averaged double figures during the 2022-23 season for their respective former teams.

On The Mend

• Butler has been without freshman Augusto Cassia for the early portion of the schedule.

• He sustained a strain to a muscle in his right leg in late October.

• Cassia has recently returned to practice.

What’s On Deck…Schedule Notes

• Includes eight games against teams ranked in the Top 10 of the preseason AP and coaches polls

• Includes 14 games against teams ranked in the Top 25 or receiving votes in the preseason AP and coaches polls

• Includes at least 12 games against teams in ESPN’s Way-Too-Early Top 25 (Oct. 9 edition)

• Includes at least 15 games against teams in Joe Lunardi’s 2024 Bracketology (Oct. 10 edition)

• The ESPN Events Invitational field includes opening-round opponent Florida Atlantic in addition to Texas A&M, Penn State, Iowa State, Virginia Tech, VCU, and Boise State.

• According to KenPom, Butler played the nation’s 19th-toughest schedule during the 2022-23 season. Twenty-three (23) of the team’s 32 games came against teams ranked among the KenPom Top 100.

Welcome Back, Barlow

• Alex Barlow, most recently the head coach of the Boston Celtics’ G-League affiliate in Maine, returns to Butler as an assistant coach.

• As a player, Barlow helped the Bulldogs to NCAA Tournament appearances in 2013 and 2015.

• Since graduating from Butler, Barlow’s entire eight-year coaching career had been with the Boston Celtics organization in a variety of roles under his former Butler coach Brad Stevens.

• Barlow filled the staff vacancy that was created when Kevin Kuwik was named the head coach at Army.

In a message to the Butler University community Nov. 8, Butler Vice President and Director of Athletics Barry Collier announced his retirement, effective April 30, 2024.

• Collier has served at the helm of the Butler University athletic department since August of 2006. Collier currently serves on the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee (term: 2022-26).

• In celebration of his efforts, Collier was recognized with Under Armour AD of the Year honors in 2019, as announced by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA).

• In July of 2013, Collier and Butler President James Danko oversaw the school’s move to the BIG EAST Conference on the heels of back-to-back appearances in the NCAA national championship game in 2010 and 2011.

• Collier’s first head coaching opportunity came at Butler in 1989. As Butler’s coach, Collier led the Bulldogs for 11 years and to six postseason campaigns. In 1997, Collier mentored the Bulldogs to an NCAA Tournament appearance, the school’s first in 35 years. That appearance was the first of three in a four-year span for Collier’s Bulldogs.

Evan Haywood Signs with Butler

• He will suit up for the Bulldogs beginning with the 2024-25 season.

• Haywood, a 6-4 guard from Carmel, Ind., is beginning his senior season at Brebeuf Jesuit High School in Indianapolis. He has played on the summer circuit with both the Progeny 2024 and EG10 17U programs.

• As a junior at Brebeuf, Haywood averaged 14.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, 1.6 assists, and 1.8 steals while shooting 37 percent from three-point range. He earned both all-conference and All-Marion County honors following the season.

BUTLER VOLLEYBALL

KINLEY BECOMES THREE-TIME BIG EAST LIBERO OF THE YEAR, WARD MAKES ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM

The BIG EAST Conference announced on Tuesday afternoon that two Butler volleyball players received conference recognition. Jaymeson Kinley was named as the 2023 BIG EAST Libero of the Year honors while also becoming an unanimous selection on the All-BIG EAST First Team. First-year outside hitter Elise Ward also landed on the BIG EAST All-Freshman Team.

Kinley averaged 4.83 digs per set against conference opponents, good for second in the league. Overall, she registered a league-best 550 digs for 4.91 per set in addition to contributing 129 assists.

The red-shirt senior joins fellow three-time honorees Tess Fournier (Seton Hall; 2014-16) and Lena Yee (St. John’s; 2006-08). Kinley is the only Bulldog in program history to earn multiple major awards.

The Lexington, Ky. product earned the weekly conference twice this season. She first earned BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week honors on Aug. 28 after she was chosen as the MVP of the 2023 Bulldog Brawl Tournament. Later in the season, she secured another accolade on the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll after she led the Bulldogs to a 2-0 record over UConn and Providence while collecting 40 digs through the seven sets.

Kinley left her mark on the record books finishing as the all-time leader in career digs per set (5.18 per set), total season digs (618 in 2022) and season digs per set (5.42 in 2022). This season, she became just the second Bulldogs in program history to surpass 2,000 career digs. Her total reached 2,004 total digs, which was just five digs short of Katie Deprile’s all-time career dig record of 2,009 digs.

Teammate Elise Ward was one of six first-year players that made the BIG EAST All- Freshman Team. The Illinois native started 22 matches and collected 274 kills for 2.77 per set and 233 digs for 2.35 per set this season.

Ward ended the season ranked second in the conference among freshman hitters with six double-doubles.

Her season was highlighted in a match on Sept. 9 against Morehead State where she earned her first career double-double posting a career-high 20 kills and 15 digs. Ward became the first Bulldog hitter to record 20 kills in a match as a freshman since Anna Logan had 21 kills against Southern Illinois in 2015.

2023 BIG EAST Volleyball Regular Season Awards

 BIG EAST Player of the Year: Kendra Wait, Creighton, Jr., S

BIG EAST Libero of the Year: Jaymeson Kinley, Butler, RS Sr., L/DS              

BIG EAST Setter of the Year: Kendra Wait, Creighton, Jr., S

BIG EAST Freshman of the Year: Abby Harrell, Villanova Fr., OH

BIG EAST Freshman of the Year: Creighton (Kirsten Bernthal Booth) & St. John’s (Joanne Persico)

 All-BIG EAST

Jaymeson Kinley, Butler, RS Sr., L/DS*            

Kendra Wait, Creighton, Jr., S*                        

Ava Martin, Creighton, So., OH*

Kiana Schmitt, Creighton, Sr., MB

Norah Sis, Creighton, Jr., OH

Jill Pressly, DePaul, Sr., OH*

Rachel Krasowski, DePaul Sr., L 

Peyton Wilhite, Georgetown, Gr., R-S

Aubrey Hamilton, Marquette, Sr., OH*

Yadhira Anchante, Marquette, Jr., S

Hattie Bray, Marquette, Jr., MB

Carsen Murray, Marquette, Sr., MB   

Erin Jones, St. John’s, So., S/R-S*

Lucrezia Lodi, St. John’s, So., OH                 

Kiera Booth, Villanova, Sr., MB                        

Abby Harrell, Villanova Fr., OH

Carrigan O’Reilly, Xavier, Gr., S/R-S                 

Delaney Hogan, Xavier, Sr., MB*

All-Freshman^

Elise Ward, Butler, Fr., OH

Destiny Ndam-Simpson, Creighton, Fr., OH/RS

Kamryn Lee-Caracci, Georgetown, Fr., MB

Emily Wen, Georgetown, Fr., S

Lyric Berry, Providence, Fr., MB

Rashanny Solano Smith, St. John’s, Fr., L/DS*

Abby Harrell, Villanova, Fr., OH

*Unanimous selection

^Denotes a tie in voting

NOTRE DAME WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

HIDALGO NAMED TAMIKA CATCHINGS NATIONAL FRESHMAN PLAYER OF THE WEEK

INDIANAPOLIS — Another day, another honor for Hannah Hidalgo.

On Tuesday, the rookie was named the USBWA Tamika Catchings National Freshman of the Week. It is her first time earning the award.

Hidalgo began the week by earning ACC Rookie of the Week and ACC Player of the Week honors. She was the first ACC player to earn both honors in the same week since Florida State’s Ta’Niya Latson did it on Jan. 2. Hidalgo is just the second Irish player to sweep conference awards in the program’s history (Brianna Turner on Jan. 19, 2015).

Hidalgo was essential in a 110-52 drubbing of Northwestern in Notre Dame’s home opener last Wednesday. She had 21 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 6 steals. Hidalgo went 9-12 on the day and 2-3 from deep. She produced these results in just 27 minutes of play. On Saturday, Hidalgo helped the Irish down Illinois, 79-68, with 24 points, 5 rebounds, 8 assists and 6 steals. She went 8-15 from the floor (53.5 percent).

On the whole, Hidalgo continues to lead the ACC in points per game (25.5), and she leads the nation in steals per game (6.8). Hidalgo has 27 steals through her first four games, the most by any Division I player in that time span in the last 25 years. Karen and Kevin Keyes Family Head Coach Niele Ivey has compared Hidalgo’s defensive prowess to that of Skylar Diggins. Through her first four games at Notre Dame, Diggins had 9 steals. Hidalgo also ranks seventh in the conference in field goal percentage (52.9) and fourth in assists per game (5.5). She is leading all ACC freshmen in the latter category.

IRISH MATCH SECOND-LARGEST MARGIN OF VICTORY IN PROGRAM HISTORY WITH 113-35 WIN OVER CHICAGO STATE

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Three career-highs. (Tied) for the second-largest margin of victory in school history. One dominant performance.

On Tuesday night, No. 17 Notre Dame smothered Chicago State (0-6), 113-35. The 78-point win matches a 1989 win over Liberty for the No.

Karen and Kevin Keyes Family Head Coach Niele Ivey dubbed Nat Marshall the player of the game, after the senior posted a 20 piece. Her previous career-high was 12.

“Nat’s just been getting better and better every game,” Ivey said after the contest. “She’s super efficient and active on the defensive end. She’s such a spark for us off the bench.”

Marshall also notched a career-high 29 minutes and went 8-10 from the floor.

“I just want to contribute,” Marshall added. “I want to get a win at the end of the day, and whatever I can do to help our team win — if that’s 20 points or 3 steals or 5 rebounds. Whatever that number is isn’t really my focus. I just want to contribute, and I think we all did that tonight.”

Cassandre Prosper posted a career performance of her own with 19 points. Freshman Emma Risch had 16, draining four treys along the way. She hit her first three attempts. Risch entered the night with just 12 points over four games. KK Bransford added a career-high of her own with 4 steals.

And don’t forget about Hannah Hidalgo. The freshman phenom had 23 points and went 11-14 from the floor. Tuesday night was her fifth consecutive game with at least 20 points. Just four other Irish players have accomplished that feat in school history: Arike Ogunbowale (four times), Charel Allen, Jewell Loyd and Alicia Ratay. Pretty good company, especially considering Hidalgo has played just five collegiate games.

Notre Dame won the tip and truly did not look back. The Irish used the height advantage early; 14 of Notre Dame’s first 16 points came in the paint. Then they got the outside shooting going, sparked by Risch. The Irish did not post a quarterly shooting mark lower than 52.9 percent. When the clock struck zero, the Irish went on five 10-0 (or better) runs and Chicago State did not score more than 10 points in any quarter.

On the topic of defense, Notre Dame forced 32 turnovers, the most since 2016. The Irish also posted 34 defensive rebounds and 52 total boards. It was the first time the team eclipsed the 50 mark in nearly two years. Maddy Westbeld had 16 of those rebounds, a season-high and two shy of her best. Westbeld’s +/- was 60.

Notre Dame will have Thanksgiving dinner at Ivey’s house tomorrow before heading to Ball State (4-0) on Friday. The holiday weekend game starts at 5 p.m. It can be streamed on ESPN+.

NOTRE DAME MEN’S BASKETBALL

5. MARYLAND EASTERN SHORE

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Fresh off a confidence-boosting overtime win over Oklahoma State, the Notre Dame men’s basketball team will return home for one game when they host Maryland Eastern Shore on Wednesday, Nov. 22. The Fighting Irish (2-2) will tip off against the Hawks (2-2) at 7 p.m. ET. Fans not in attendance can catch the action online on ACCNX.

LEGENDS CLASSIC TAKEAWAYS

There were a couple of Irish standouts from two games in Brooklyn during the Legends Classic. First, let’s look at All-Tournament Team selection Markus Burton. The freshman took over the end of the Oklahoma State game scoring 16 of his team-high 20 points in the second half plus overtime (10 in 2H + 6 in OT). He averaged 16.0 points over the two games.

Next, it was a breakout week for J.R. Konieczny, as he produced back-to-back double-doubles, averaging 14.5 points and 10.5 rebounds. He also earned his first career start in the win over Oklahoma State (11/17). J.R. entered the Legends Classic week with 15 points and three rebounds to his name through eight career ND games. Then over those two games, he produced a total of 29 points and 21 rebounds. J.R. constantly attacked the offensive glass, grabbing eight O-Boards over the two games.

Last but not least, there was Tae Davis who averaged 10.0 points on 57.1 percent shooting (8-14 FG), along with 5.0 rebounds per game. Davis recorded a career-high 13 points against the Auburn Tigers.

HITTING THE MARK(US)

Everyone is starting to take notice of freshman point guard Markus Burton. To help you get more acquainted, read up on the following stats:

His 19.5 ppg ranks as the 4th highest by a DI freshman and tops all ACC freshmen.

Overall his scoring average ranks 6th in the ACC.

Burton has started his career with five straight games in double figures. He still has a ways to go if he wants to break the freshman record for most to start your Irish career. Here are the top-3: Troy Murphy (12 in ‘98-99), Laphonso Ellis (9 in ‘88-89) and Adrian Dantley (8 in ‘73-74).

Burton picked up his second game of 20 or more points against Oklahoma St on Nov. 17. 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).

CLUTCH DOWN THE STRETCH

Speaking of Burton, he was clutch down the stretch in the win over Oklahoma State. As previously mentioned, he scored 10 points in the second half and then six in overtime.

Burton has really found another gear in the second half. The Oklahoma State game was his second double-digit scoring effort in a second half – he previously recorded 18 in the 2nd half vs. Niagara. All-in-all, he’s totaled 40 2nd half-points this season (10.0 ppg).

HISTORIC DEBUT FOR BURTON

Not only did freshman point guard Markus Burton ball out in a historic debut in the season opener, but he got to do it in front of his hometown crowd and family. Burton poured in 29 points to lift the Irish to a 70-63 win over Niagara, marking the most points in program history in a freshman debut. The previous record was 27 points from Laphonso Ellis back in 1988. Now a few other notes on Burton’s performance.

1-of-5 freshmen in the history of the program to score 29 points or more, joining David Graves, Troy Murphy, Chris Thomas and Adrian Dantley.

Burton absolutely took over the end of the game. From 8:38-2:20 in the second half, Burton recorded 16 points on 6-for-6 shooting.

Burton’s 29 points is the 2nd highest from a DI freshman this season (only behind Harvard’s Malik Mack’s 32).

TABLE OR BOOTH

In terms of ACC freshmen, Booth’s scoring average ranks 4th.

The Colorado native went off against Western Carolina (11/11) with a team high 20 points. There was a three-possession stint in the second half in which he hit three three-pointers in a row.

With that said, Booth is Notre Dame’s best three-point shooter. He leads the team in made threes per game (1.8) and 3PT FG% (.412).

STARTING ON THE RIGHT NOTE

Notre Dame’s most recent game – the win over Oklahoma State – was the first time this season the Irish not only led at the half, but also didn’t succumb to a double-digit deficit in the first half.

First with Niagara – the Irish had a cold shooting start and faced a 12-point deficit at the 11:20 mark. Notre Dame rallied to cut it to one, down 30-29 at the half. Notre Dame then found its touch in the second half where they shot 57.7 percent and outscored Niagara 41-33 for the win.

It was another slow start in game two, falling behind 13 points to Western Carolina at the half and facing a deficit as large as 17 early in the second half. Despite that, Notre Dame fought back with a 15-3 run to cut the deficit all the way to one possession, down 60-57. The Cats ultimately took the contest though, 71-61.

Game three – same story – Auburn built a lead as large as 15 in the first half and the Irish had a late flurry to cut it to six by halftime. Of course, the second half had the same script as the Tigers ran away from it.

THREE THE KEY?

Last year at Penn State, Shrewsberry’s team set both the school and Big Ten single-season record for three-pointers made with 385. The previous Big Ten record for three-pointers in a season was 365, which was set by Purdue in 2018-19. FWIW, the ACC record is 407 by Duke in 2001.

Notre Dame has been off to a cold start from beyond the arc, entering this week’s contest shooting 22.3 percent from three. At the Legends Classic, the Irish went 2-for-26 from three in the loss to Auburn. However, they bounced back with an 8-for-25 effort against Oklahoma State. The eight treys tied for a season-best.

ROPED INTO A (SCORING) SITUATION

During the preseason when a media member pointed out that not a single member of the roster averaged more than five points per game a year ago, Coach Shrewsberry simply replied, ‘Well we are going to score more than 12 points per game. Players will step up.’ One of those people making the most of his opportunity – Julian Roper II.

He tied his career high of 12 points in the win over Oklahoma State (11/17). Roper also tied his season high of eight rebounds.

Through two weeks of play, Roper is averaging the third most points (8.8) and second most rebounds (5.5) on the team.

BALL STATE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

WBB PLAYS AT IUPUI WEDNESDAY; HOSTS #14 NOTRE DAME FRIDAY IN WORTHEN ARENA

IUPUI (1-3) and #14 Notre Dame (3-1)

Nov. 22 at IUPUI | 2 pm ET >>> Nov. 24 vs. #14 Notre Dame at 5 pm ET

Opening Tip:

 – The Cardinals will travel south on I-69 Wednesday as Ball State will play at IUPUI for its first of two in-state rivalry games this week. The game between the Cardinals and the Jaguars will tipoff at 2 pm ET in the Jungle. After that, Ball State will host national ranked Notre Dame for a Blackout event on Friday at 5 pm ET.

– Ball State and IUPUI have met nine times, with the Cardinals leading the all-time series, 7-2. Ball State and IUPUI’s last meeting was in 2022 in Muncie. The Cardinals won that contest, 61-54.

– The Cardinals and the Fighting Irish will face off for only the second time since the 1981-82 season. Last year, Ball State played at Notre Dame on Nov. 20 resulting in a 95-60 loss in South Bend. This marks the fifth time the two programs have met with the all-time series record knotted a two a piece. Ball State last defeated Notre Dame in 1980-81 by a score of 79-61 in Muncie. This marks the first time the Fighting Irish will have played in Worthen Arena.

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

– Ball State head coach Brady Sallee has defeated five Power 5 conference teams during his tenure with the Cardinals— Minnesota (54-51, 2012-13), Iowa (77-72, 2015-16), Vanderbilt (88-79, 2017-18), Purdue (66-60, 2017-18) and Pitt (68-66 OT, 2022-23).

– Notre Dame is set to face Chicago State Tuesday prior to Friday’s contest.

– Ball State is looking to improve to 6-0 on the season this week for the first time since 2017 when the Cardinals finished non-conference action 11-0.

Game Day Tidbits:

– The Cardinals have shot over 50 percent from the field in all three of their four games this season

– Ball State continues to dominate offensively on all areas of the court which includes 52 percent from the field (129-246) and 42 percent from behind the arc (37-89).

– In her first three contests as a Cardinal, Nyla Hampton has stolen the ball 16 times and has dished out 19 assists. Hampton is ninth in the nation currently in steals (16) and 10th in steals per game (4.0).

 – After four games the Cardinals rank eighth nationally in field goal percentage (52.4), 29th in steals per game (12.5), 16th in bench points (34.5), 17th in assists per game (19.2), 25th in turnover margin (8.25), 15th in three-point percentage (41.5) and 29th in scoring offense (85.8).

– The Cardinals have outscored their opponents in every quarter but one so far this season.

Ball State Amongst the Elite:

The Ball State women’s basketball team is one of 50 NCAA DI programs that remain undefeated this season with a 4-0 ledger. The Cardinals also remain the only team in the Mid-American Conference without a loss this season. Ball State made history in 2017 after ending non-conference action with an 11-0 record which included road wins over ACC foe Vanderbilt and Big Ten foe Purdue. The Cardinals were just one of seven teams that season that were undefeated prior to conference play. For their efforts, Ball State received votes in the Associated Press Top 25 poll and in the USA Today Top 25 poll.

Inside the Paint:

After just three games the Cardinals proved that they can still dominate in the paint. So far this season Ball State 3-0 when winning the paint battle; vs. Tennessee Tech (54-32), Troy (48-34), Chicago State (42-22) and Northern Iowa (32-to-30).

INDIANA STATE MEN’S BASKETBALL

AVILA, MILLER CAREER HIGHS LEAD SYCAMORES PAST RICE

HENDERSON, Nev. – Indiana State picked up its first win in the Ball Dawgs Classic in Henderson, Nev. (just outside Las Vegas) on Tuesday, defeating Rice 101-88, fueled by career days from sophomore Robbie Avila and junior Masen Miller.

Avila broke two personal records in the victory over Rice. Avila broke his career high of 22 points from last season with a 27-point night and surpassed his assist record with eight, previously a high of four. Avila flirted with a triple-double with a final stat line of 27-8-8, adding a block and a steal while not turning the ball over.

Both Miller and Ryan Conwell each finished with 15 points, Conwell adding four rebounds, two assists, and a steal. Jayson Kent recorded 13 points and six rebounds. Xavier Bledson chipped in 10 points, converting 6-for-6 from the foul stripe.

The Owls scored the first basket of the game and led or held the game to a tie through the first six minutes. Miller provided the huge momentum swing making his first five shots, all from three-point land. Before Miller entered the game, the Sycamores were up 19-18 just inside the 12-minute mark.

Miller electrified the ISU offense in the first half coming off the bench, driving the Sycamores’ lead to 21 points at the break, 55-34. This marks the most points in a half since Feb. 2 of the 2022-23 season, when ISU scored 59 points against Murray State.

ISU crossed the 100-point mark late in the game off a lay-in by Kent. Despite the Owls’ offensive effort, the Sycamores never allowed their lead to sit below 16 points until just outside the last minute of the game.

News & Notes

Coach Josh Schertz has opened each of his first three season at the helm of ISU basketball with three wins in the first four games. In the 2021-22 season, ISU opened 3-1; in 2022-23, ISU won the first five games of the season; this season, ISU stands 3-1 after beating Rice.

Robbie Avila recorded a career-high 27 points and a career-high eight assists.

Masen Miller’s five triples shattered his previous high of two.

Jayson Kent has finished in double figures in all four games this season.

ISU had five players finish with 10+ points for the first time since March of last season. This marks the third-straight game that at least four players have scored 10+ points.

The last time Indiana State recorded a 100-point game was North Dakota State in November 2021 (against a D-I opponent) when the Sycamores topped NDSU 101-75 last season.

Up Next

Indiana State continues with game two-of-three in the Ball Dawgs Classic tomorrow, Nov. 22 in a matchup against Pepperdine University. The Sycamores and Waves tip off at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. The game can be viewed through a FloHoops subscription or listening for free on 105.5 The Legend.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE MEN’S BASKETBALL

‘DONS VISIT DONS ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Are you going to San Francisco? The undefeated Mastodons are. Purdue Fort Wayne travels to San Francisco to play the Dons on Wednesday (Nov. 22).

Game Day Information

Who: Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons (5-0) at San Francisco (3-2)

When: Wednesday, November 22 | 9:00 p.m. ET

Where: San Francisco, Calif. | War Memorial at the Sobrato Centre

Live Stats: Link

Video: ESPN+

Radio: 1380 AM

Series Record: First Meeting

Game Notes: Link

‘DONS & ENDS:

// After graduation, head coach Jon Coffman worked in finance for two years in San Francisco, California before joining the coaching ranks in 1997.

// The ‘Dons are ranked No. 21 in the latest CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Poll.

// Purdue Fort Wayne is one of 52 undefeated teams in NCAA Division I men’s basketball.

// Eric Mulder’s effective field goal percentage of 83.3 percent is seventh in the nation. Computed by FGM + 0.5*3PM)/FGA takes into account the extra value of a made 3-pointer. Mulder if 15-of-20 with one 3-pointer field goal attempt on the season.

// Purdue Fort Wayne is tied for the third longest win-streak (5 wins) in the nation. Only UConn (11) and Houston (6) have longer win streaks.

// The ‘Dons earned both Horizon League Weekly for the second straight week on Nov. 20. Quinton Morton-Robertson earned his first career weekly honor by earning Player of the Week after averaging 22.0 points in wins over Northern Arizona and South Dakota. He was named the Arizona Tip-Off MVP. Corey Hadnot II picked up Freshman of the Week honors or a second straight week after averaging 7.5 points in the two wins. Rasheed Bello earned Player of the Week on Nov. 13 after Bello averaging 20.3 points per game in three wins including 29 points vs. Texas A&M-Commerce.

// This is the Mastodons’ first 5-0 start since the 1992-93 season when they started 9-0. That team earned a bid in the NCAA Division II Tournament, the only NCAA bid (Division I or II) in program history.

// Thanks to a 5-0 start to the season, the ‘Dons now have now had a winning streak of at-least four games in every season since 2009-10 except for one (2017-18). That is 14-of-15 seasons.

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

// This is the Mastodons’ first visit to California since falling 96-71 at UCLA on Nov. 6, 2018. The Mastodons’ last win in California came Dec. 3, 2015 in a 75-73 win at Cal Poly. Mo Evans made a jumper with 2.3 seconds left to give the win to the ‘Dons.

//Corey Hadnot II (6-of-6) is the only ‘Don perfect from the free throw line this season.

// The ‘Dons have scored 50 points in a half three times this season. The ‘Dons hit the 60 mark in both halves vs. Andrews and then scored 57 in the second half against South Dakota. It was the first time the ‘Dons hit 50 in a half against a Division I foe since scoring 51 in the first at Wright State on Jan. 19, 2023.

// The ‘Dons have had 10 or fewer turnovers in four of five games this season.

// Four Mastodons are averaging better than 14.0 points per game: Rasheed Bello (17.8), Quinton Morton-Robertson (15.4), Jalen Jackson (14.2) and Anthony Roberts (14.2).

// Quinton Morton-Robertson is shooting 51.0 percent (25-of-49) from the floor and 50.0 percent (14-of-28) from three.

// The ‘Dons are the only remaining undefeated men’s or women’s team in the Horizon League this season.

// Seven ‘Dons have recorded double-digit field goals on the season.

// 31.41 percent of points this season (147-of-468) have come off turnovers.

// Rasheed Bello is sneaking up on 1,000 career points. Combined with his scoring at NCAA Division II UW-Parkside, he has 880 career NCAA points.

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

NATIONAL RANKINGS:

// 1st in the nation in turnover margin (12.2)

// 3rd in the nation in turnovers forced per game (21.2)

// 9th in the nation in steals per game (12.2

// 9th in the nation in fast break points per game (21.8)

// 10th in the nation in scoring margin (+29.6)

// 11th in the nation in points per game (93.6)

ON THE SOUTH DAKOTA WIN:

// The ‘Dons shot 40 percent (14-of-35) from three, making 14 3-pointers against a Division I team for the first time since making 14 vs. Southern Indiana on Dec. 20, 2022.

// The ‘Dons had a 16:6 assist/turnover ratio, aided by nine steals.

// Jalen Jackson had a team-high 19 points on 7-of-11 shooting.

// It was the first game the ‘Dons trailed at half this season.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

MASTODONS SET TO PLAY CAITLIN CLARK AND NO. 5 IOWA IN GULF COAST SHOWCASE

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne women’s basketball team will be visiting Estero, Florida to play in the Gulf Coast Showcase this weekend. The Mastodons’ first-round matchup is No. 5 Iowa on Friday night (Nov. 24) at 7:30 p.m.

Game Day Information

Who: No. 5 Iowa Hawkeyes

When: Friday, November 24 | 7:30 PM

Where: Estero, Fla. | Hertz Arena

Live Stats: Link

Watch: FloHoops

Game Notes: Purdue Fort Wayne | Iowa

Know Your Foe

Iowa is 4-1 to start the year and is coming off a 113-90 win over Drake. The Hawkeyes’ one loss came to the Kansas State Wildcats, who knocked off Iowa in Iowa City 65-58. The Hawkeyes are led by 2023 AP Player of the Year Caitlin Clark, who is averaging 30.0 points and 7.8 rebounds per game.

The Series

This is the first meeting between Purdue Fort Wayne and Iowa. It will also be the first meeting for the other two opponents the Mastodons will face, no matter which teams they are.

Who’s Next?

Purdue Fort Wayne will play either Delaware or Florida Gulf Coast in the second round of the Gulf Coast Showcase. The third round will be one of No. 16 Kansas State, Western Kentucky, No. 18 North Carolina or Vermont.

Player of the Week

Shayla Sellers was selected as the Horizon League Player of the Week on November 20 after leading the Mastodons to a 70-64 overtime win at Southern Illinois. She scored 20 points, shot 60 percent from the floor and was 7-of-8 from the free throw line. Sellers added five rebounds, three assists, three blocks and two steals in the win.

‘Dons Against the B1G

The Mastodons are 1-29 against the Big Ten in program history, with the one win coming over No. 21 Michigan State in 2013, which was the first win over a top-25 team in program history. In recent history, the ‘Dons played two Big Ten teams a year ago (at Michigan State and vs. No. 15 Maryland). The ‘Dons had eight blocks at Michigan State, the most against a Power 5 program in school history, and held MSU to 11.1 percent from the 3-point line, the Spartans’ lowest 3-point shooting in five years. The ‘Dons hosted Maryland last year, pitting Shayla Sellers against her sister Shyanne. Shyanne slowed down her older sister, Shayla, but Amellia Bromenschenkel had a double-double of 25 points and 10 rebounds, the program’s first double-double against a Power Five team. Sellers scored 14 points at Michigan earlier this season.

Chasing 1,000

The Mastodons have two players that are looking to reach 1,000 points in their careers. Shayla Sellers has 960 and Amellia Bromenschenkel has 661. Bromenschenkel scored 411 points last year.

The Final 8:31…

Purdue Fort Wayne held Southern Illinois to just two points over the final 8:31 of regulation in the Mastodons’ comeback win. The ‘Dons trailed by 11 at the 8:31 mark and tied up the game to force overtime. They did it without making a 3-pointer.

Paint The Town Gold

The Mastodons beat Southern Illinois 70-64, scoring 42 points in the paint. The ‘Dons hit just one 3-pointer over the final 39:03 of the game.

Magic Number 70

Under head coach Maria Marchesano, the Mastodons are 15-4 when they score 70 points or more and 7-1 when they hit 80.

Linbo Limbo

In this calendar year, Jazzlyn Linbo has shot 52.2 percent (72-of-138) from the floor, including 54.2 percent (13-of-24) this season.

Summit City Connection

Florida Gulf Coast head coach Karl Smesko was the head coach of the Mastodons in the 1999-00 and 2000-01 seasons in their final years of Division II. The ‘Dons were 32-22 under Smesko’s tutelage.

Last Time Out

Purdue Fort Wayne beat Southern Illinois 70-64 in overtime, led by 20 points from Shayla Sellers. The Mastodons came back from down 11 with less than nine minutes to go, out-scoring the Salukis 13-2 to close regulation.

Coming Up

The Mastodons will open Horizon League play on November 30 at Oakland.

SOUTHERN INDIANA VOLLEYBALL

EAGLES EXIT OVC CHAMPIONSHIP AFTER LOSS TO #1 PANTHERS

CHARLESTON, Ill. –University of Southern Indiana Volleyball (15-16, 10-8 OVC) had its season come to a close after falling in the Ohio Valley Conference Championship semifinal match to No. 1 Eastern Illinois University (27-4, 15-3 OVC) at Lantz Arena Tuesday, 3-0 (25-19, 25-14, 26-24). The Screaming Eagles impressed the USI faithful by earning 14 more wins than last season and clinching their first-ever postseason berth in the NCAA Division I era.

USI could not keep up with the Panthers’ offense, falling 25-19 in the opening set. The Eagles got the scoring started with a kill from junior middle hitter Paris Downing (Avon, Indiana) that helped USI stay close with EIU, 5-5. The Panthers caught some momentum and scored five of the next six points to take an early lead. The Eagles cut the deficit in half with the help of a kill from senior outside hitter Leah Anderson (Bloomington, Illinois) before the Panthers went on another run that extended their lead to 14-8. Trailing 19-13, USI sparked by scoring six of the next eight points to cut the deficit to just two. Even after the late rally, the Eagles allowed three straight kills to drop the first set. EIU posted a massive 17 kills compared to USI’s nine kills. However, the Eagles did record four blocks and two aces.

A tough set from start to finish leads to a 25-14 loss for USI in the second frame. The Panthers scored five of the first six points of the set until the Eagles added some insurance and ran the score up to 6-4. EIU went on a quick 4-0 run until USI’s defense forced a pair of attacking errors to keep it close at 10-6. The Panthers would then go on a 6-0 surge that caught the Eagles lacking and put EIU up by 10. USI would get something rolling after getting three kills from Downing and one from junior outside hitter Abby Weber (Fishers, Indiana) to put the score to 19-11. Weber and sophomore middle hitter Bianca Anderson (Chicago Heights, Illinois) posted back-to-back kills later in the frame, but it was not enough to start a comeback. USI recorded nine kills and 10 errors with a negative attacking percentage. Both sides were protective at the net as the Panthers nabbed five blocks and the Eagles threw down three blocks.

A more competitive set resulted in a 26-24 loss for the Eagles and ended their season. The Panthers pounced early with four straight points and would hold a 6-3 advantage until a 4-0 run from USI flipped the script. Leah Anderson kicked off the run with a kill followed by three offensive miscues from EIU. After the Panthers knotted it up at 12 apiece, the Eagles turned around and posted three straight points with the help of a Bianca Anderson kill and a Weber ace to go up 15-12. With USI leading 17-16, EIU gained some momentum with a 4-0 run to take a three-point lead. Not being phased, the Eagles returned the favor with their own 4-0 surge off three errors from EIU and a kill from Downing to give USI a 21-20 advantage. Both sides traded points until the Panthers posted back-to-back kills to seal the match. EIU recorded a match-high 18 kills while USI put up their match-high of 14 kills and just four errors to secure a 0.278 hitting percentage which was the highest recorded by either team.

Downing was the lone Eagle to produce double-digit kills and also led the team in blocks with 11 kills and five blocks. Bianca Anderson put up big numbers for USI with seven kills and four blocks while Weber led the team with two aces. Junior setter

Carly Sobieralski

Carly Sobieralski (Indianapolis, Indiana) threw up 27 assists while sophomore libero/defensive specialist

Keira Moore

Keira Moore (Newburgh, Indiana) recorded a team-high 13 digs for her 11th-straight double-digit dig performance.

As a team, the Eagles had 32 kills, 31 assists, and three aces with 45 digs and 10 blocks. The Panthers recorded 46 kills, 43 assists, and six aces to pair with 50 digs and nine blocks.

VALPO MEN’S BASKETBALL

BENCH STEPS UP, LIFTS VALPO PAST WESTERN ILLINOIS

When the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team went to the bench on Tuesday night at the Athletics-Recreation Center, the Beacons didn’t miss a beat. The underclassmen trio of Ola Ajiboye (Chicago, Ill. / Evanston Township [Central Michigan / Bosco Institute), Sherman Weatherspoon IV (Bowie, Md. / Bethesda-Chevy Chase [Golden State Prep]) and Jahari Williamson (Pickering, Ontario Canada / Royal Crown Academy) combined for 41 bench points, playing a pivotal role in Valpo’s 73-66 home win over Western Illinois.

How It Happened

Western Illinois held the upper hand in the game’s early stages, racing out to an 11-4 lead just over five minutes in. After a Valpo bucket, the Leathernecks knocked in a triple to extend the early edge to eight at the 14:06 mark of the first half.

That’s when Valpo embarked on a 10-0 run to take their first lead of the night when Weatherspoon made a jumper on an assist by Darius DeAveiro (Kanata, Ottawa, Canada / Royal Crown Academy) at the 9:48 mark to make it 16-14. Weatherspoon and Ajiboye had four points apiece during the run.

With just under nine minutes on the clock, Williamson canned a go-ahead 3 on a DeAveiro assist.

Valpo led 21-16 with 6:49 left in the opening half, but Western Illinois drew even at the 4:56 mark. DeAveiro hit a go-ahead 3-pointer on a fastbreak to make it 26-23, starting a barrage of triples that also included Weatherspoon and Cooper Schwieger (Overland Park, Kan. / Blue Valley Southwest [Link Year]). That opened up a nine-point lead at 32-23 with three minutes to go. Valpo led 34-27 at halftime.

The lead swayed back and forth early in the second half. Schwieger hit two 3s including a go-ahead bucket at the 15:38 mark to make it 42-41 with 15:38 on the clock. Western Illinois built up a four-point edge at 48-44 with 13:42 to play. 

Williamson went on a personal 8-0 run including back-to-back 3s. All told it was a 10-0 Beacon burst that flipped a 48-42 deficit into a 52-48 lead with 10:34 on the clock.

The Valpo lead was 59-57 with 4:48 to go, then the Beacons scored five straight to make it a seven-point edge. Ajiboye slammed one home to boost the lead to eight with 39 seconds on the clock and put an exclamation mark on the eventual seven-point win.

Inside the Game

Ajiboye poured in a career-high 21 points on 8-of-10 shooting and collected eight rebounds. He became just the 10th Valpo player in the last decade to shoot at an 80 percent clip or better with a minimum of 10 attempts and first since Quinton Green on Jan. 21, 2023 at Illinois State.

Ajiboye became the first Valpo player to shoot 80 percent or better at the ARC (min. 10 attempts) in a game against a Division-I opponent since Alec Peters on March 4, 2014 vs. UIC.

Ajiboye became the first Valpo player to come off the bench and score 20 points or more against a Division-I opponent since Sheldon Edwards on Feb. 16, 2022 vs. Loyola.

This marked quite the turnaround for Ajiboye after he played but did not score on Friday at No. 23 Illinois.

Williamson and Schwieger scored 13 points apiece, while DeAveiro was the fourth Beacon in double figures with a season-high 11.

DeAveiro, who made four of his five field-goal attempts, handed out a season-high seven assists, while Stafford chipped in five helpers.

Williamson swiped a team-high three steals, while Ajiboye and Schwieger rejected two shots apiece.

The Leathernecks were limited to 26.3 percent from 3-point territory, missing 14 of their 19 triple tries.

Valpo prevailed despite being outrebounded by 13 (40-27) as the Leathernecks owned a 14-6 advantage on the offensive glass. This was Valpo’s first win when being outrebounded by such a wide clip since Jan. 2, 2022 vs. Illinois State.

Valpo improved to 15-1 in its last 16 matchups with Western Illinois and extended its home head-to-head winning streak to eight.

Postgame Press Conference

Up Next

The Beacons (3-2) will host Southern at 3 p.m. on Saturday at the Athletics-Recreation Center. For ticket information, visit valpoathletics.com/tickets.

VALPO WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL PUTS FORTH STRONG DEFENSIVE EFFORT TUESDAY AT SOUTHERN MISS

The Valpo women’s basketball team put together its best defensive performance of the young season Tuesday night against a Southern Miss team which entered the game averaging better than 85 points per game, but the Beacons were unable to overcome a first-quarter deficit as the Lady Eagles defended their home court, 61-49.

How It Happened

Southern Miss jumped on top from the start Tuesday, scoring six points over its first three possessions.

Fifth-year guard Jill Harris (Navarre, Fla./Crestview [Johnson C. Smith]) knocked down a pair of early 3-pointers to have Valpo within 10-6 4:15 into the game. But the Lady Eagles outscored the Beacons 11-2 over the remainder of the first quarter to lead 21-8 at the end of the period.

Southern Miss scored a pair of baskets from the field in the first 81 seconds of the second quarter, extending its lead to 25-9. The Beacons stepped up the defensive intensity to close the first half from that point, limiting the Lady Eagles to just three free throws as they went 0-for-9 from the field and committed nine turnovers in the final 8:39 of the half.

Following Southern Miss’

Following Southern Miss’ second basket of the quarter, senior Leah Earnest (Stevens Point, Wis./SPASH) connected on a 3-pointer to kick off the 12-3 stretch to close the half. Earnest scored eight of the points in the quarter as Valpo closed to within 28-21 at intermission.

The Beacons got to as close as five points in the third quarter, as early as 1:27 into the period on a driving layup from fifth-year guard Olivia Brown (East Grand Rapids, Mich./East Grand Rapids [St. Bonaventure]) which made it 30-25.

It was still just a five-point deficit at 36-31 with 4:09 to play in the period after an Earnest layup before the Lady Eagles closed the quarter on a 12-4 run to lead 48-35 with 10 minutes to play.

Valpo was unable to get any closer than the final margin in the fourth quarter.

Inside the Game

Southern Miss, which is the defending Sun Belt regular season champion, entered Tuesday’s game averaging 85.3 points/game through their first three games, but Valpo limited the Lady Eagles to 61 points.

It was the lowest point total by a Valpo opponent since limiting Indiana State to 47 points in the 54-47 road win over the Sycamores on Feb. 17 last season.

The Beacons held the Lady Eagles to 37.0% overall shooting from the field, 28.6% from the 3-point line and forced 19 turnovers.

However, Valpo struggled to score on Tuesday, hitting just 27.3% from the floor and 20.0% from the 3-point line. The Beacons were 14-of-17 (82.4%) from the foul line.

Harris made it three straight games to start her Valpo career scoring in double figures, leading the way with 14 points to tie her career best.

Brown scored all 13 of her points in the second half, including 7-of-7 from the foul line.

Earnest tallied 12 points and pulled down a game-best 12 rebounds to register her first double-double of the season.

Senior Ava Interrante (McHenry, Ill./McHenry) added six points off the bench.

Freshman Nevaeh Jackson (Fort Wayne, Ind./Northrop) made her first collegiate start on Tuesday and grabbed six defensive rebounds.

Thoughts From Head Coach Mary Evans

“I liked our defensive effort over the last three quarters tonight. We collectively did a good job guarding them, and I think we did a great job rebounding the ball. Leah was tremendous on the defensive glass, and Nevaeh gave us a good lift there as well. Everyone battled on the boards, got into people and boxed out. It was a great defensive effort — we still had too many breakdowns, but we flew around the floor as a team, hustled and got on the floor for loose balls more than I’ve seen this season — the heart and effort were really there tonight.”

“Offensively, we didn’t come out and execute offensively well in the first quarter. I thought the rest of the night, we ran good offense — we just didn’t have a night where we shot the ball well. We have to more consistently make shots when we get good looks.”

“We’re going to take full advantage of spending this time together as a team on this trip over the next few days. We’re heading to Birmingham tomorrow, where we will participate in community service working in a food bank. This time of year, it’s important to take some time to think of others who are less fortunate and reflect on how fortunate we are to have the opportunities and gifts we have. We’ve got a team building activity planned, where we hope our team will grow — we’ve got a lot of natural leaders on this team, and we need to find ways to be better followers sometimes, so we want to put them in situations where we see which of those leaders actively come to the top to lead and which of those players will allow themselves to be led. We’ll then spend a fun Thanksgiving together ­— cook some food, have some fellowship and spend some intentional time growing our off-court relationships.”

Next Up

Valpo (0-3) returns to the hardwood Saturday afternoon at UAB for a noon tip. The game can be seen live on ESPN+.

UINDY SWIMMING

SCHIMDT NAMED PNC GLVC SWIM & DIVE ATHLETE OF THE WEEK

INDIANAPOLIS – University of Indianapolis sophomore Celina Schmidt wasn named the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) Athlete of the Week in women’s swimming & diving, it was announced by the league office Tuesday.

WOMEN’S ATHLETE OF THE WEEK

Celina Schmidt, #3 Indianapolis

So. | Breast | Berlin, Germany

Major: Business Adminstration & Management

Team Results: 1809.5-1069.5 W vs. #15 Carson-Newman (11/17-19)

Won four events in winning effort over the 15th-ranked Eagles

200 Individual Medley (2:01.08)

200 Freestyle (1:50.57)

200 Breaststroke (2:14.32)

100 Breast (1:01.83)

Earns second career Athlete of the Week Award (11/21/23, 10/25/22)

Last Greyhounds’ Athlete of the Week: Andrea Gomez (11/8/23)

UINDY FOOTBALL

UINDY FOOTBALL HOARDS GLVC YEAR-END AWARDS

INDIANAPOLIS – The Great Lakes Valley Conference announced Tuesday that the University of Indianapolis earned the lion’s share of the league’s football major postseason awards, including Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, Freshman of the Year, and Coach of the Year. Meanwhile, Southwest Baptist University earned the Special Teams Player of the Year award.
 
The Indianapolis honorees include sophomore quarterback Gavin Sukup as Offensive Player of the Year, redshirt-senior defensive back Landry Mavungu as Defensive Player of the Year, freshman receiver Anthony Crowell as Freshman of the Year, and Chris Keevers, who was voted by his peers as Coach of the Year. Southwest Baptist’s award winner was senior kicker Logan Turner as the Special Teams Player of the Year. In total, 112 student-athletes claimed All-Conference honors with 36 on the First and Second Teams and 40 Honorable Mention, while eight were chosen as GLVC James R. Spalding Sportsmanship honorees for the sport and Truman State was selected as the team sportsmanship award winner.
 
The all-conference awards are nominated and voted on by league coaches, who, per GLVC Bylaws, are not permitted to vote for their own players.
 
Offensive Player of the Year: Gavin Sukup, Sophomore, Quarterback, Indianapolis

  • Becomes UIndy’s sixth Offensive Player of the Year overall but first since running back Al McKeller in 2018
  • Led GLVC through 10 games overall in completions (175), completion percentage (66.0), pass yards (2,535), pass yards per game (253.5), total yards (2,775), total yards per game (277.5), efficiency (171.8), and passing touchdowns (24).
  • Led GLVC in seven Conference contests in completions (134), completion percentage (68.0), pass yards (1,775), pass yards per game (253.6), total yards (1,952), total yards per game (278.9), efficiency (168.1), and passing touchdowns (17).
  • Ranked second in NCAA Division II for yards per pass attempt (9.54) and third for passing efficiency.
    • Also top 20 in completion percentage (13th), passing TDs (t-18th), passing yards per game (14th), passing yards per completion (19th; 14.45), points responsible for (19th; 180), and total offense (15th).
  • Named GLVC Offensive Player of the Week on Sept. 4, Oct. 2, and Nov. 13.
  • Earns first career All-GLVC accolade as the First Team quarterback.

 
Defensive Player of the Year: Landry Mavungu, Redshirt-Senior, Defensive Back, Indianapolis

  • Becomes UIndy’s second Defensive Player of the Year after defensive back Mitch Dewitt nabbed the honor during the shortened Spring 2021 season.
  • Recorded 46 tackles (30 solo) through 10 games and 28 (17 solo) through seven GLVC games; five overall pass break ups and three in GLVC games; as well as one QB hurry and two interceptions overall.
  • First-ever cornerback to be named the GLVC’s top defender.
  • Earns third-straight All-GLVC honor on the First Team.

 
Freshman of the Year: Anthony Crowell, Receiver, Indianapolis

  • Becomes UIndy’s fourth Freshman of the Year but first since Toriano Clinton in 2018.
  • Ranked seventh in GLVC through nine games with 3.9 receptions per game, tied for ninth with four touchdowns, 10th with 35 receptions, 11th with 44.0 receiving yards per game, and 13th with 396 receiving yards.
  • Played in five GLVC games and stands first in receptions per game (5.2), fourth in average yards per game (52.0), tied for fifth in TDs (three), sixth in receptions (26), and 13th in receiving yards (260).
  • The only freshman named to All-GLVC First Team and only Greyhound freshman to earn postseason honors.

 
Coach of the Year: Chris Keevers, Indianapolis

  • Voted by his peers as Coach of the Year for the third time, while this is the seventh time a Greyhound mentor has won the honor.
  • Led UIndy to a 9-2 overall record and 6-1 GLVC record to win the program’s ninth GLVC Championship.
  • Earned second-straight and eighth overall NCAA Division II Playoff bid.
  • Ranked 17th in American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Coaches’ Poll.
  • Guided 22 players to All-GLVC distinction, including 14 on the First Team, two on the Second Team, and six Honorable Mention while also mentoring three major award winners in Sukup, Mavungu, and Crowell.

 
UIndy led the league with 22 All-Conference honorees and 14 on the First Team, followed by Missouri S&T (19), Truman State University and Quincy University (15), Southwest Baptist and McKendree University (12), Upper Iowa University (10), and William Jewell College (seven).
 
The eight GLVC James R. Spalding Sportsmanship Award honorees are listed below, which are student-athletes who have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. These individuals must also be in good academic standing and have demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting. The honorees are now eligible to become one of their school’s two Spalding Sportsmanship Award winners, which will be announced at the end of the academic year.
 
A complete list of the 2023 All-GLVC teams and postseason honors can be found below.
 
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF YEAR: Gavin Sukup, QB, So., Indianapolis
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF YEARLandry Mavungu, DB, R-Sr., Indianapolis  
SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF YEAR: Logan Turner, K, Sr., Southwest Baptist
FRESHMAN OF YEAR: Anthony Crowell, WR, Indianapolis
COACH OF YEAR: Chris Keevers, Indianapolis
 

FIRST TEAM
Kednal Alexis, OL, Sr., UINDY
Ryne Buttz, OL, So., UINDY
Ryan Ritchie, OL, Jr., UINDY
Dane Eggert, OL, Sr., TSU
Justin Watson, OL, Sr., TSU
Will Bressi, OL, So., SBU
Gavin Sukup, QB, So., UINDY
Jon Lewis, RB, Jr., UINDY
Cameren Smith, RB, So., S&T
Abel Carter, RB, Sr., SBU
Anthony Crowell, WR, Fr., UINDY
Yogi Flager Jr., WR Jr., MCK
CJ Jarmon, WR, Jr., S&T
Mante Morrow, WR, R-So., UIU
Eddie Burgess, TE, So., UIU
Kai Martin, Off-UT, Jr., S&T
Aaron Barnett, DL, Jr., UINDY
Dylan Shelton, DL, Jr., UINDY
Justin Thomas, DL, So., UINDY
Sohl Gafa, DL, Sr., S&T
David Tabakovic, DL, Sr., QU
KJ Roudebush, LB, Sr., UINDY
Clay Schulte, LB, Jr., UINDY
Isaiah Estes, LB, Sr., TSU
Ulysses Ross IV, LB, Jr., TSU
John Butsch, LB, R-Jr., UIU
Michael Brown, DB, Jr., UINDY
Landry Mavungu, DB, R-Sr., UINDY
Brenden Smith, DB, Sr., SBU
Ben Thomas, DB, Sr., TSU
Sean Mitchell, DB, R-So., WJC
Ryan Olivas, Def-UT, Sr., TSU
Logan Turner, K, Sr., SBU
Paul Geelen, P, So., WJC
Brenden Smith, Ret. Spec., Sr., SBU
Michael Wojciechowski, LS, Jr., UINDY



 
SECOND TEAM
Austin Keele, OL, Sr., UINDY
Cole Littrell, OL, Jr., S&T
Nadeem Ayoub, OL, So., S&T
Jake Seidel, OL, Jr., S&T
Austin Dearing, OL, Jr., QU
Tyler Nielsen, OL, R-Jr., UIU
Nolan Hair, QB, Sr., TSU
Teon Dollard, RB, Jr., QU
Keaundre McCullough, RB, R-Jr., WJC
Mason Huskey, RB, Sr., TSU
Kylan Herrera, WR, Sr., SBU
CJ Wiggins, WR, Jr., S&T
Cobi Lewis, WR, So., UINDY
Tate Crane, WR, Sr., TSU
Chris Kerr, TE, Jr., TSU
Willy Camacho, Off-UT, Jr., UIU
Thomas Spaulding, DL, So., TSU
Joshua Koranda, DL, So., SBU
Sam Amponsah, DL, Jr., MCK
Jack Weltha, DL, So., TSU
Brentley Hart, DL, So., S&T
Brock Inman, LB, So., QU
Peyton Plunkett, LB, Sr., QU
Nick Mattli, LB, Sr., S&T
Matt Brenneisen, LB, Jr., S&T
Jeremiah Scroggins, LB, Sr., SBU
Carson Prenger, DB, Jr., S&T
Drew Crooks, DB, Sr., MCK
Zacarius Murray, DB, Jr., UIU
Joseph Webb, DB, Jr., QU
Jake Closser, DB, Jr., TSU
Carson Prenger, Def-UT, Jr., S&T
Paul Geelen, Kicker, So., WJC
Kaleb Barry, Punter, Jr., MCK
Mason Huskey, Ret. Spec., Sr., TSU
Graham Carter, LS, So., S&T
 
 
 
 
HONORABLE MENTION
Zachery Clark, OL, Sr., UINDY
William Doyle IV, OL, Jr., MCK
Damien Thomas, OL, Fr., MCK
Cody Brackeen, OL, So., SBU
Avary Davis, OL, Sr., SBU
Davis Drake, QB, Jr., QU
Darryl Overstreet Jr., QB, So., UIU
Eddie Clark, RB, Fr., MCK
JQ Brown, RB, Jr., QU
Kendall Abdur-Rahman, WR, Jr., MCK
Marlin Washington, WR, Sr., QU
Jordan Kent, WR, Jr., SBU
Deldrionn Amos, WR, Sr., WJC
Jordan Sprycha, TE, Jr., MCK
Justis Braden, TE, Fr., S&T
Hans Wisnewski, Off-UT, Jr., QU
Dameion Hatten, DL, So., MCK
Brandon Granger, DL, Jr., QU
Cole Schnettgoecke, DL, Sr., QU
Tyler Hart, DL, So., SBU
Baxter Bohr, DL, Jr., UIU
San Flowers, LB, Jr., UINDY
Ja’Markus Gary, LB, So., MCK
Justin Gniedzkjo, LB, So., S&T
Adam Callahan, LB, Jr., WJC
Jalyn Givan, DB, So., UINDY
Kivonte Houston, DB, Jr., UINDY
Andrew Sherry, DB, Jr., MCK
David Lewis, DB, Jr., QU
Ben Kamara, DB, R-Fr., UIU
Dylan Hillger, K, Sr., UINDY
Layne Ryals, K, Fr., S&T
Grant Ross, K, Sr., TSU
Luke Keller, P, Sr., UINDY
Logan Jacobson, P, Fr., S&T
Traegen Kramer, P, R-So., UIU
Josh Sanders, Ret. Spec., So., S&T
Anthony Gilpin Jr., Ret. Spec., Jr., QU
Joey Lyon, LS, So., QU
Peter Haynes, LS, Sr., WJC

 
JAMES R. SPALDING SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD INDIVIDUAL HONOREES
Kivonte Houston, UINDY
Caleb Fisher, MCK
Justis Braden, S&T
Joseph Webb, QU
Isaac Scroggins, SBU
Garrett Linn, TSU
Marcus Orr, UIU
Hunter Thomas, WJC
 
JAMES R. SPALDING SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD TEAM WINNER
Truman State

UINDY MEN’S BASKETBALL

MEN’S HOOPS HOSTS THOMAS MORE ON WEDNESDAY

vs. Thomas More University Saints (3-1)

Wednesday | November 22 | 2 p.m. ET

The UIndy men’s basketball team caps its three-game home stand on Wednesday with a pre-Thanksgiving tip against in-region Thomas More. The Saints are in their first season competing in NCAA Division II and are a member of the Great Midwest Athletic Conference (G-MAC). This will be the first meeting between the programs.

LAST TIME OUT

The Greyhounds dropped a pair of heartbreakers last weekend in their home debut, falling to Lake Superior State on Saturday, 64-62. David Ejah and Paul Zilinskas both scored a team-high 11 points against the Lakers.

UINDY WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

HOUNDS DOWN PRIDE IN HOME OPENER

INDIANAPOLIS – The UIndy women’s basketball team defeated Purdue Northwest, 71-59 in their home opener on Tuesday. This is the first time that the two Indiana teams have met.

Elana Wells dropped 23 points against the Pride. Wells made 7-for-16 from the field and 1-7 from beyond the arc. The junior was also 8-of-9 in free throws, had four rebounds, and three assists.

INS & OUTS

The Greyhounds started the game off with a 10-5 run in the first 6:40, five players had two points. Jada Patton had a buzzer-beater from the field ending the quarter with a 19-11 lead.

The Hounds scored 21 points in the second quarter. The squad went on a 10-2 run for 1:55, this run included two back-to-back 3-pointers by Liv Becker. With 30 seconds left in the half Wells stole the ball at mid-court and drove through the lane for a layup.

Purdue Northwest got the UIndy lead down to single digits, but the Greyhound defense held the Pride to just 25.0 percent shooting in the final 10 minutes to secure the win. Defensively, the Hounds recorded nine steals and five blocks in the contest.

INSIDE THE BOX

–  For the second time this season UIndy attempted 72 shot in a game. During the entire 2022-23 season, the Greyhounds shot the ball 70+ shots in a game once.

– The Hounds had a season high 54 rebounds, with another season best 19 offensive boards.

– Idalis Ortiz recorded 10 points and 10 rebounds in 20 minutes of action.

– UIndy led wire-to-wire, holding the lead for more than 39 minutes.

UP NEXT

The Greyhounds will travel to Upper Iowa on Saturday. This will be the first time that the teams will compete against each other. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. EST in Fayette, Iowa in Dorman Memorial Gymnasium.

UINDY WOMEN’S TENNIS

ITA TABS FOUR GREYHOUNDS IN TOP-50

TEMPE, Ariz. – A quartet of UIndy women’s tennis singles players and one doubles team are ranked in the first ITA rankings of the year.

Tyffaine Pais headlines the group of Hounds, as the reigning ITA Midwest Regional champ comes in at No. 7, while runner-up Benedetta Sensi arrives at No. 19. Ana Hollweg at No. 25 and Diane Flament at No. 45 rounds out the singles rankings for the Hounds to start the year.

Drury’s Ewa Samberger rounds out the rest of the GLVC field in the Nov. 15 rankings.

For doubles, Flament and Sensi were dominant in the regional before an injury halted their run. For their efforts they’ll start the winter at No. 19. Only one GLVC-duos pairing makes an appearance in the ITA rankings, that belonging to the regional champs in Caroline Velazquez and Billur Gonlusen of Maryville.

The UIndy women’s tennis team returns to action on Jan. 28, traveling to Ohio for a matchup with Division I Miami (OH).

UINDY MEN’S TENNIS

TEMPE, Ariz. – Tom Zeuch, coming off a runner-up finish at the ITA Cup is ranked No. 2 in singles in the first Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings.

Alongside Zeuch, UIndy men’s tennis has Matthieu Derache in the top 25, arriving at No. 24. The pair of Zeuch and Derache make up the only GLVC-representation within the first ITA rankings.

The men’s tennis team returns to action on Feb. 3 in their own UIndy Tennis Center as they host in-region Grand Valley State.

MARIAN MEN’S BASKETBALL

ETCHISON’S CAREER-HIGH NOT ENOUGH AS KNIGHTS FALL IN OVERTIME AT SPRING ARBOR

Spring Arbor, Mich. – The Marian men’s basketball team put up a fight after trailing by 14 points at the start of the second half to force overtime, but in the extra possession Marian was unable to take a lead, as they fell 68-65 at Spring Arbor Tuesday afternoon. Marian drops to 5-2 on the season, opening Crossroads League play 0-2.

A low-scoring affair started in the second minute of the game after Gavin Foe and Travis Grayson traded baskets on the opening possessions of the game, as a string of misses and turnovers followed. The two sides combined to miss six consecutive shots in a three minute stretch, and scoring continued to be hard to come by as just four total field goals were made by the first media timeout.

A 5-0 spurt after the timeout paced by a Josh Bryan three and Gus Etchison jumper provided Marian with a 9-6 lead as they took the reins for the second time in the contest, but eight unanswered points by the Cougars placed the home team back on top. A Marian timeout was unable to aid the poor shooting percentage, as shots continued to miss for Marian. Spring Arbor cooled off from their 8-0 run but extended their lead to as many as seven as the home team’s defense held the Knights scoreless for 6:34 of gameplay. Etchison helped attempt a comeback for the Knights as he increased his scoring totals to six and found Nolan Foster to cut the team deficit to as little as four, but the Cougars cut the momentum before allowing the score to inch any closer.

Marian entered the half trailing 33-21, and fell behind by 14 points as the second half started as Travis Grayson connected on a pair of free throws stemming from a Josh Bryan technical foul. The Knights shot just 29 percent from the floor in the first half, while the Cougars shot 45 percent from the field, helping them lead for over 14 minutes in the first half.

After the technical foul shots put Marian behind by 14, the Knights started chipping away, with a quick four points from Brody Whitaker helping to instill confidence in the team. Etchison helped drive the score back within single digits with three minutes of the half expired, while a four-point swing helped cut the lead to three before the under-15 media timeout.

Spring Arbor halted Marian’s run and regained a two-possession lead, which they were able to hold as the sides would trade scores as the clock ticked under five minutes. A brief seven-point from a Gabe Newhof bucket had Marian go outside of the two-score game, but a 6-0 run paced by Whitaker and Etchison gradually had Marian within one point of the Cougars. The run extended to 8-0 with 1:50 to go as an Etchison steal and Whitaker fast break score gave Marian a 56-55 lead, their first since the 12:06 mark of the first half.

The Cougars were able to quiet Marian’s momentum and scored the go-ahead shot after timeout going back inside to Newhof to push on top 57-56. On the ensuing possession Etchison drew a foul, and was able to split a pair of free throws to level the score at 57. Each team would get a chance for the go-ahead score in the final minute, with Whitaker taking the best look with three seconds to play, but his jumper missed and sent the game to overtime.

Marian yielded the first three points in overtime as the Cougars worked their way to the foul line, forcing Marian to play from behind. Josh Bryan got the Knights on the board halfway through the five-minute quarter, but Spring Arbor was able to answer with a second-chance score. Etchison and Newhof traded rapid-fire scores on four straight possessions in the final 76 seconds, with Newhof able to keep his team in the lead, clinging to a 66-63 edge. Etchison would answer after a timeout was called with a quick layup, but having to foul the Cougars extended the lead back to three with 11 seconds remaining. On their final possession, Etchison found Josh Bryan twice for a pair of open three’s, but the senior came up short on each look, with the game falling to Spring Arbor 68-65.

The Knights ended the game shooting 39 percent from the field, making 19 shots from the floor over the final 25 minutes of the game. Marian finished the contest shooting 1-17 from three, with Bryan connecting on team’s only make. Etchison poured in a collegiate career-high 31 points, adding a team-best four assists. Whitaker finished the game with 13 points, and Jackson Ames had six points to go with a team-best eight rebounds.

Marian will return home for a Saturday evening game to close their week, hosting IU-Northwest at 5:30 p.m.

MARIAN WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

COLLIER’S 28 POINTS HELPS MARIAN ESCAPE COUGARS’ DEN

SPRING ARBOR, Mich. – Fans got extra action Tuesday afternoon as the No. 6 Marian women’s basketball team took an extra five minutes to outlasts a pesky Spring Arbor team. Marian picked up the 87-86 victory over the Cougars for their second Crossroads League win of the season. The Knights are now 7-1 overall and 2-0 in league play.

Marian and Spring Arbor traded points throughout a majority of the first quarter before a bucket by Abbey McNally and triple by Josie Trabel sprung the Knights ahead 20-15, forcing the Cougars to call the timeout. After the break, Ella Collier continued the run for the Knights with the and-one play, adding to the 10-4 run put together by Marian in the final three minutes to hold the the 25-19 advantage after quarter one.

The Knights kept the pressure on in the second quarter as Aliyah Evans found McNally for the shot in the lane to start the scoring. Trabel knocked down a pair of freebies before Kinnidy Garrard gave Marian their first double digit lead at 31-21 with 5:31 left to go in quarter. Spring Arbor was not going away as they began to claw their way back by going back and forth with Marian for the next few points, but it was Garrard having the answer for the Knights by scoring eight points in the quarter. A layup by the Cougars cut their deficit to single digits again with 2:44 to go, but a 6-0 run capped off by a Garrard step through at the buzzer gave Marian the 43-29 lead at the half.

Spring Arbor started to find their pace in the third quarter, outscoring Marian 22-18. Collier and Evans got the scoring started for the Knights to extend their lead to 47-31 with 8:19 to play, but the Cougars continued to stick with the visitors as they began cutting away their deficit. Spring Arbor put the pressure on over the next few minutes with a 10-5 run before Trabel found Evans on the cut, who laid it in with the foul to put the Knights back on top 55-41. A pair of free throws from the hosts with 1:32 to go allowed them to come within seven, but a Collier drive with two ticks remaining on the clock gave Marian the 61-51 favor heading into the final quarter.

Collier scored the quarter’s first points before Alana Nelson gave the Cougars fuel with her three-pointer. Spring Arbor began their comeback as the began eating away at the Marian lead. The Cougars found themselves trailing by only five with 6:39 to go before a 9-4 spurt put them within striking distance at 69-67. Garrard ended the run with a free throw, but Spring Arbor was not letting up as they evened the score with a three at 74-74 with 1:12 to play. The Cougars seemed to be at a good place with 13 seconds left after taking the 77-74 lead. However, Collier was not letting the story be over quite yet as she canned the step back triple with two seconds left to send the game into overtime at 77-77.

Spring Arbor came out firing first by scoring the first four points, before Garrard hit two free throws to give Marian their first points of extra time. Free throws were the game for the next seven points between the two teams, with the Cougars holding the 84-83 advantage with 36 seconds to go. Marian used their final timeout to try and shift the momentum, but a two-pointer by the Cougars put them back on top by three. Evans answered for the Knights with a bucket to put them within one before Collier took her defender to the hole, scoring the layup with 2.2 seconds left on the clock to help Marian escape with the 87-86 win.

Collier’s 28 points led Marian, as she also pulled down seven rebounds. Garrard had her second game in a row with a double double, going for 18 points and 12 rebounds, while McNally also poured in a double double with 16 points and 13 rebounds. Trabel and Evans scored 15 and 10 respectively, with Evans and Jayla Wehner each dishing out a game-high five assists.

Marian will have a quick break before traveling to Taylor on December 2 for a 1 p.m. tip off.

SMALL COLLEGE ATHLETICS

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NBA STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
Atlantic Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Boston113.7865-06-37-110-27-31 L
Philadelphia104.7141.06-34-14-18-47-31 L
New York86.5713.03-25-40-26-46-41 L
Brooklyn67.4624.53-43-30-35-65-52 L
Toronto68.4295.04-42-40-43-75-51 L
 
Central Divison
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Milwaukee104.7146-14-32-19-48-25 W
Indiana85.6151.55-33-23-16-56-41 W
Cleveland86.5712.03-35-31-24-37-34 W
Chicago510.3335.54-61-42-24-63-71 L
Detroit213.1338.51-61-71-32-70-1012 L
 
Southeast Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Miami95.6434-15-43-06-48-21 W
Orlando95.6434-25-30-15-27-34 W
Atlanta67.4622.52-54-22-24-65-53 L
Charlotte49.3084.52-62-32-24-73-71 W
Washington211.1546.51-51-61-31-101-96 L
 
Western Conference
Northwest Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Minnesota103.7696-04-32-07-19-12 W
Denver104.7140.57-03-42-18-36-41 W
Oklahoma City104.7140.54-36-11-15-47-35 W
Utah410.2866.53-41-61-24-73-73 L
Portland311.2147.51-52-60-21-82-88 L
 
Pacific Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Sacramento85.6154-14-42-27-56-41 L
LA Lakers96.6007-12-53-28-46-43 W
Phoenix86.5710.53-45-21-26-56-44 W
Golden State78.4672.02-65-22-16-63-71 W
LA Clippers57.4172.54-11-60-14-54-62 W
 
Southwest Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Dallas95.6434-25-33-14-35-52 L
Houston66.5002.06-10-51-15-56-43 L
New Orleans77.5002.05-42-32-25-64-61 W
Memphis310.2315.50-63-41-23-73-71 L
San Antonio311.2146.01-72-41-23-71-99 L

NFL STANDINGS

American Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Miami Dolphins730.7000.03052385-0-02-3-05-2-02-1-01 W
Buffalo Bills650.5451.52941905-2-01-3-03-5-02-2-01 W
New York Jets460.4003.01502042-3-02-3-02-5-01-2-03 L
New England Patriots280.2005.01412381-5-01-3-02-4-02-2-03 L
 
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Kansas City Chiefs730.7000.02251644-2-03-1-05-1-02-1-01 L
Denver Broncos550.5002.02172683-3-02-2-02-4-01-2-04 W
Las Vegas Raiders560.4552.51852254-1-01-5-03-4-01-1-01 L
Los Angeles Chargers460.4003.02592382-3-02-3-02-3-01-1-02 L
 
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Baltimore Ravens830.7270.03041774-2-04-1-05-3-03-2-01 W
Cleveland Browns730.7000.52271805-1-02-2-05-2-03-2-03 W
Pittsburgh Steelers640.6001.51661954-2-02-2-04-3-02-1-01 L
Cincinnati Bengals550.5002.52022263-2-02-3-01-5-00-3-02 L
 
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Jacksonville Jaguars730.7000.02302043-3-04-0-05-2-03-1-01 W
Houston Texans640.6001.02382084-1-02-3-03-2-01-1-03 W
Indianapolis Colts550.5002.02422481-4-04-1-04-3-02-2-02 W
Tennessee Titans370.3004.01682143-1-00-6-02-5-00-2-03 L
 
National Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Philadelphia Eagles910.9000.02732124-0-05-1-06-0-03-0-04 W
Dallas Cowboys730.7002.03021754-0-03-3-04-3-02-1-02 W
Washington Commanders470.3645.52363051-4-03-3-02-6-00-4-02 L
New York Giants380.2736.51492851-3-02-5-03-4-02-2-01 W
 
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
San Francisco 49ers730.7000.02791574-1-03-2-05-1-02-0-02 W
Seattle Seahawks640.6001.02162184-1-02-3-05-2-01-2-01 L
Los Angeles Rams460.4003.01952202-3-02-3-03-4-03-1-01 W
Arizona Cardinals290.1825.51922842-3-00-6-02-5-00-3-01 L
 
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Detroit Lions820.8000.02722294-1-04-1-05-1-02-0-03 W
Minnesota Vikings650.5452.52532302-3-04-2-06-2-02-0-01 L
Green Bay Packers460.4004.02022023-2-01-4-03-3-01-2-01 W
Chicago Bears380.2735.52302862-3-01-5-02-5-00-3-01 L
 
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
New Orleans Saints550.5000.02141982-2-03-3-02-3-01-1-01 L
Atlanta Falcons460.4001.01892173-2-01-4-03-4-02-0-03 L
Tampa Bay Buccaneers460.4001.01922002-3-02-3-03-4-01-1-01 L
Carolina Panthers190.1004.01632751-4-00-5-00-7-00-2-03 L

NHL STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
Atlantic Division
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Boston Bruins171313291260377-0-16-1-27-1-2
Florida Panthers181251251257497-1-05-4-18-2-0
Toronto Maple Leafs17105222862595-4-05-1-25-3-2
Tampa Bay Lightning1996422968696-2-23-4-25-4-1
Detroit Red Wings1786319861575-3-23-3-13-5-2
Buffalo Sabres1889117851574-5-04-4-15-4-1
Ottawa Senators1587016757496-5-02-2-05-5-0
Montreal Canadiens1879216652665-6-02-3-22-7-1
 
Metropolitan Division
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
New York Rangers161231251155405-1-07-2-18-1-1
Philadelphia Flyers181071211060525-4-05-3-16-4-0
Washington Capitals1594220739406-3-13-1-18-1-1
Carolina Hurricanes17107020956545-1-05-6-07-3-0
Pittsburgh Penguins1798018958464-5-05-3-06-4-0
New Jersey Devils1687117859623-4-15-3-05-5-0
New York Islanders1766517544563-3-33-3-22-4-4
Columbus Blue Jackets19411412451703-6-11-5-31-7-2
 
Western Conference
Central Division
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Dallas Stars171241251161485-3-07-1-17-3-0
Colorado Avalanche171160221065535-2-06-4-05-5-0
Winnipeg Jets171052221063546-3-14-2-16-2-2
St. Louis Blues1797119847476-2-03-5-16-4-0
Arizona Coyotes1888218658574-3-04-5-24-4-2
Nashville Predators17710014752575-4-02-6-04-6-0
Minnesota Wild1758414454703-3-22-5-22-5-3
Chicago Blackhawks16511010540561-5-04-6-03-7-0
 
Pacific Division
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Vegas Golden Knights191342281067478-1-15-3-15-4-1
Vancouver Canucks191351271378467-1-16-4-07-3-0
Los Angeles Kings171133251167453-3-38-0-07-1-2
Seattle Kraken2078519654723-5-14-3-44-3-3
Anaheim Ducks1899018951564-6-05-3-05-5-0
Calgary Flames1878317752633-3-14-5-25-3-2
Edmonton Oilers17511111550663-4-12-7-04-6-0
San Jose Sharks1831417327763-6-10-8-03-7-0

FOOTBALL HISTORY

Rams Back Benton Puts up 303 Yards

November 22, 1945 – Briggs Stadium, Detroit, Michigan – The fans of the Cleveland Rams had plenty to be thankful for on this day. Jim Benton, the dependable Cleveland Rams end, gained an NFL record 303 yards against the Detroit Lions during this Thanksgiving Day game. The mark of 303 yards remained the NFL record for 40 years and was only tested once in 1950 by Cloyce Box of the Lions 1950, who gained 302 yards in one game. It wasn’t until the 1985 season when the record was shattered by Stephone Paige of the Kansas City Chiefs in 1985 with 309 and 1989 when Flipper Anderson of the LA version of the Rams chalked up a remarkable 336 yards! It was an important game per the fs64sports website, as the Rams entered the contest with a 7-1 mark while the host Lions were no slouches, sporting a 6-2 record of their own. Benton and his team did just enough to escape the Motor City with an exciting 28-21 win.

AFL Starts with Draft

November 22, 1959 – AFL held its very first draft with 8 teams involved which included the Dallas Texans, Houston Oilers, Los Angeles Chargers, Buffalo Bills, New York Titans, Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders, and Boston Patriots. This date is often referred to by Patriots fans as the birth of their franchise per the remembertheAFL.com website. Just for the record the very first pick of this initial AFL Draft was the NY Titans choice of Notre Dame quarterback,George Izo. 

1966 Heisman Awarded

November 22, 1966 – The 32nd Heisman Trophy winner was announced with Quarterback Steve Spurrier from Florida taking home the hardware. Many people around football know Steve Spurrier as the former Florida Gators Head Coach whose teams won seven SEC Championships and the 1996 National Championship. Spurrier’s Gator team also produced a Heisman winner under his coaching in Danny Wuerffel. We also know the Ole Football Coach as the man that piloted the Washington Redskins for a short time ame then spent a few years at the University of South Carolina. We all forget that in 1966 Steve Spurrier was given the award for being the top player on college football, the Heisman. According to the website Heisman.com Spurrier earned the starting role of QB at Florida in 1964. That first season he got his feet wet by throwing for 943 yards and six TD while leading Florida to a 7-3 record. His junior year of 1965, he threw for another 1,893 yards and 14 scoress and the Gators went 7-4. All the stars aligned in 1966 though as the senior signal caller put up even bigger numbers to the tune of 2012 yards in the air and 16 touchdowns, and that my friends will get you a Heisman Trophy in 1966. It also earned Steve Spurrier the honor of being a unanimous All-American as well as the Walter Camp Award. The NFF placed Steve Spurrier into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1986. 

A Cold 1981 Grey Cup

November 22, 1981 – Olympic Stadium, Montreal, Quebec – The Edmonton Eskimos won their 4th consecutive CFL Grey Cup. CBC. The internet page gives us all the scoop on the game. Rough Rider Quarterback J.C. Watts brought his team out on fire as they stormed to an early 19 point lead. But the one loss Eskimos were not left out in the cold yet. The Edmonton team showed their grit that brought to be CFL Champs the previous three years by  performing what some have called the greatest comeback in Grey Cup history. It was Eskimo kicker Dave Cutler’s 27-yard field goal with six ticks on the clock that completed the comeback as Edmonton defeated the Ottawa Rough Riders, 26-23. J.C. Watts was the Offensive MVP while John Glassford was the Defensive Most Valuable Player and Neil Lumsden was voted as the Most Valuable Canadian.

1997 Version of the Iron Bowl

November 22, 1997

November 22, 1997 – Jordan-Hare Stadium,  Auburn, Alabama – It was a wild one in this long time SEC matchup for the 62nd Iron Bowl. The Tigers were favorites to win the game but Alabama sure didn’t make it easy according to AL.com. The Crimson Tide shot out to a 17-6 lead in the game on the powerful running by Shawn Alexander. But the Tigers had a pretty good back of their own in Fred Beasley, who pounded the ball in for a TD to close the gap. The Crimson Tide seemed to be in full control after Auburn punted with less than three minutes to play. Auburn burned its last timeout with 1:35 to play after a three hard runs by Alexander. Alexander got a fourth carry on the ensuing play before it happened. It was third down with eight yards to go for a first down at the Bama 36. The Tide offense decided to run a screen pass. The play was a disaster as the Crimson Tides QB,  Freddie Kitchens looked right with a pump and then spun to his left throwing a high pass to Ed Scissum who had to leap high in the air to catch the ball. It was a moment later that Montavius Houston hit Scissum’s legs like a truck and the ball popped loose onto the ground where teammate Quinton Reese fell on it at the Alabama 33-yard line. The Tigers methodically moved the ball down to the 22 yard line and then on third down after being iced by a Alabama timeout, kicker Jaret Holmes trotted onto the field and knocked through a 39 yarder to give the Auburn Tigers a come from behind 18-17 victory! 

Exciting Grey Cup in ’98

November 22, 1998 – Winnipeg Stadium – The Grey Cup Championship for the CFL was played. It was a tight one as the Calgary Stampeders outlasted the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in a 26-24 thriller per the cbc.ca site. Quarterback Jeff Garcia won the MVP honors Garcia would later earn a spot in the NFL and play in 4 Pro Bowls. 

Auburn and Alabama Tangle in 2003

November 22, 2003 – Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn, Alabama -In Auburn 68th Iron Bowl it was another heart pounding finish. ESPN.com tells us how Carnell Williams started the Tigers off in the right track by his 80 yard scamper for a touchdown early in the contest. Williams had a great night as he rushed for 204 yards. With the Tigers up by the score of 18-2 at the half, the Crimson Tide came out of the locker room on a mission to win as Brandon Brooks ran the second half kick all the way for a 96 yard TD. The Tide scored a touchdown with 1:03 remaining but it was not enough as Auburn survived the late Alabama charge by the score of 28-23.

A Rushing Record!

November 22, 2014 – Oklahoma’s Samaje Perine holds the FBS record for single-game rushing yards with 427 yards against Kansas.

Hall of Fame Birthday for November 22

November 22, 1946 – Toledo, Ohio – Mel Long the talented defensive tackle out of the University of Toledo was born.  Mel Long enrolled at Toledo as a decorated Marine Vietnam War veteran, now that is a real football hero! During Mel’s time on the D-line, according to the NFF, Toledo led the nation in defensive statistics and won the MAC all three years of his college playing career.  It is no wonder that the Rockets were an amazing 35-0 in that span and won three straight Tangerine Bowls over quality opponents. On the players personal accomplishments, Long made All-America in 1970 and 1971, a consensus choice in 1972. The National Football Foundation selected Mel Long to enter into their College Football Hall of Fame in 1998. Mel went onto to play professionally with the Cleveland Browns for four NFL seasons.

NUMBERS IN SPORTS

21 – 7 – 20 – 9 – 11 – 99 – 43 – 7 – 33 – 10

November 22, 1945 – Cleveland Rams end Jim Benton gained 303 yards in 28-21 win over Detroit Lions; NFL single game rushing record the stood for over 40 years

November 22, 1956 – Boston shooting guard Bill Sharman, Number 21 hits 10 free throws in Celtics 101-78 over Philadelphia Warriors at Philadelphia Civic Center; begins NBA FT streak of 55 games

November 22, 1957 – Mickey Mantle, New York Yankees, Number 7, won the American League MVP for the 2nd time

November 22, 1961 – Outfielder Frank Robinson, Number 20 of the Cincinnati Reds, was selected as the National League MVP

November 22, 1961 – St. Louis Hawk Number 9, Bob Pettit set an NBA record, hitting 19 of 19 free throws

November 22, 1966 – 32nd Heisman Trophy Award: Steve Spurrier, Florida’s Number 11, QB

November 22, 1986 – Edmonton Oilers Number 99, Wayne Gretzky became the 13th NHL player to score 500 goals in a career

November 22, 1987 – Jack Sikma, Number 43, of the Milwaukee Bucks had his NBA free throw streak of 51 games end.

November 22, 1998 – CFL Grey Cup, Winnipeg Stadium: Calgary Stampeders defeat Hamilton Tiger-Cats, 26-24; future NFL 4-time Pro Bowl quarterback, Number 7, Jeff Garcia MVP

November 22, 2008 – Patrick Roy’s Number 33 jersey is retired by the Montreal Canadiens

November 22, 2014 – Lionel Messi, Number 10 of FC Barcelona sets a new goal scoring record in La Liga of 253 goals

November 22, 2016 – ‘Vegas Golden Knights’ is revealed as the Las Vegas NHL expansion team’s name

TV WEDNESDAY

NBA REGULAR SEASONTIME ETTV
WASHINGTON AT CHARLOTTE7:00PMNBCS-WSH
BALLY SPORTS
DENVER AT ORLANDO7:00PMALT
BALLY SPORTS
MILWAUKEE AT BOSTON7:30PMESPN
BROOKLYN AT ATLANTA7:30PMYES
BALLY SPORTS
MIAMI AT CLEVELAND7:30PMBALLY SPORTS
TORONTO AT INDIANA7:30PMBALLY SPORTS,BR>SPORTSNET
MEMPHIS AT HOUSTON8:00PMBALLY SPORTS
SCHN
PHILADELPHIA AT MINNESOTA8:00PMBALLY SPORTS
NBCS-PHI
SACRAMENTO AT NEW ORLEANS8:00PMBALLY SPORTS
NBCS-CA
CHICAGO AT OKLAHOMA CITY8:00PMBALLY SPORTS
NBCS-CHI
LA CLIPPERS AT SAN ANTONIO8:00PMBALLY SPORTS
GOLDEN STATE AT PHOENIX10:00PMESPN
UTAH AT PORTLAND10:00PMATTSN-RM
ROOT SPORTS
DALLAS AT LA LAKERS10:30PMBALLY SPORTS
SPECTRUM
NHL REGULAR SEASONTIME ETTV
BOSTON AT FLORIDA7:00PMTNT
WINNIPEG AT TAMPA BAY7:00PMBALLY SPORTS
SPORTSNET
NEW JERSEY AT DETROIT7:00PMBALLY SPORTS
MSGSN
NY RANGERS AT PITTSBURGH7:00PMBALLY SPORTS
MSG
BUFFALO AT WASHINGTON7:00PMMSG-BUF
MNMT
EDMONTON AT CAROLINA7:00PMBALLY SPORTS
SPORTSNET
CHICAGO AT COLUMBUS7:00PMBALLY SPORTS
NBCS-CHI
PHILADELPHIA AT NY ISLANDERS7:30PMNBCS-PHI
MSGSN
CALGARY AT NASHVILLE9:00PMBALLY SPORTS
SPORTSNET
ST. LOUIS AT ARIZONA9:00PMBALLY SPORTS
VEGAS AT DALLAS9:30PMTNT
VANCOUVER AT COLORADO10:00PMALT
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MONTREAL AT ANAHEIM10:00PMBALLY SPORTS
SPORTSNET
SAN JOSE AT SEATTLE10:00PMROOT SPORTS
NBCS-CA
MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALLTIME ETTV
GULF COAST SHOWCASE11:00AMFLOSPORTS
NORTH CAROLINA VS. UNI12:00PMESPN
CANCUN CHALLENGE12:30PMFLOSPORTS
GEORGIA STATE AT LITTLE ROCK1:00PMESPN+
BOSTON COLLEGE VS. COLORADO STATE1:30PMCBSSN
GULF COAST SHOWCASE1:30PMFLOSPORTS
TENNESSEE TECH AT PRESBYTERIAN2:00PMESPN+
JOHNSON & WALES (RI) AT RHODE ISLAND2:00PMESPN+
HARVARD AT COLGATE2:00PMESPN+
NORTHLAND AT SOUTH DAKOTA2:00PMSUMMIT
VILLANOVA VS. TEXAS TECH2:30PMESPN
MAUI INVITATIONAL2:30PMESPN2
MIDWAY AT MOREHEAD STATE3:00PMESPN+
NORTH ALABAMA AT UT MARTIN3:00PMESPN+
SOCAL CHALLENGE3:00PMFLOSPORTS
CANCUN CHALLENGE3:00PMFLOSPORTS
OLE MISS AT TEMPLE3:30PMESPN+
CREIGHTON VS. LOYOLA CHICAGO4:00PMCBSSN
PRINCETON AT OLD DOMINION4:00PMESPN+
MCNEESE AT LOUISIANA TECH4:00PMESPN+
MID-ATLANTIC CHRISTIAN AT OMAHA4:00PMSUMMIT
MOUNT ST. MARY’S AT AMERICAN4:30PMESPN+
MAUI INVITATIONAL5:00PMESPN
MICHIGAN VS. MEMPHIS5:00PMESPN2
VMI AT AIR FORCE5:00PMALTITUDE 2
GULF COAST SHOWCASE5:00PMFLOSPORTS
THE CITADEL AT CAMPBELL5:00PMFLOSPORTS
SOCAL CHALLENGE5:30PMFLOSPORTS
FORT MYERS TIP-OFF6:00PMFS1
CANCUN CHALLENGE6:00PMCBSSN
A&M-CORPUS CHRISTI AT NORTHERN KENTUCKY6:00PMESPN+
BAYLOR VS. OREGON STATE7:00PMESPN2
CENTRAL CONNECTICUT AT UMASS7:00PMNESN
FRANCISCAN AT SAINT FRANCIS U7:00PMNEC FRONT ROW
SOUTH CAROLINA STATE AT MISSOURI7:00PMSECN+
MARYLAND EASTERN SHORE AT NOTRE DAME7:00PMACCNX
VERMONT STATE-JOHNSON AT VERMONT7:00PMESPN+
GEORGIA TECH AT CINCINNATI7:00PMESPN+
FAIRLEIGH DICKINSON AT QUEENS7:00PMESPN+
BUCKNELL AT ST. BONAVENTURE7:00PMESPN+
MAINE AT SOUTH FLORIDA7:00PMESPN+
ETSU AT CLEVELAND STATE7:00PMESPN+
PEPPERDINE VS. INDIANA STATE7:00PMFLOSPORTS
ARKANSAS VS. STANFORD7:30PMESPNU
ALABAMA STATE AT SAMFORD7:30PMESPN+
GULF COAST SHOWCASE7:30PMFLOSPORTS
DUQUESNE AT NEBRASKA8:00PMBTN
ALCORN STATE AT UTA8:00PMESPN+
IDAHO AT SEATTLE U8:00PMESPN+
CENTRAL ARKANSAS AT KANSAS STATE8:00PMESPN+
SOUTH DAKOTA STATE AT SOUTHERN MISS8:00PMESPN+
JACKSONVILLE STATE AT UIW8:00PMESPN+
FORT MYERS TIP-OFF8:30PMFS1
CANCUN CHALLENGE8:30PMCBSSN
PURDUE FORT WAYNE AT SAN FRANCISCO9:00PMESPN+
UC RIVERSIDE AT MONTANA STATE9:00PMESPN+
WESTMONT AT UC SANTA BARBARA9:00PMESPN+
WALLA WALLA AT EASTERN WASHINGTON9:00PMESPN+
COLORADO CHRISTIAN AT DENVER9:00PMSUMMIT
PITT VS. FLORIDA9:30PMESPN2
MAUI INVITATIONAL9:30PMESPNU
RICE VS. NEW MEXICO9:30PMFLOSPORTS
SOCAL CHALLENGE10:30PMCBSSN
MAUI INVITATIONAL11:59PMESPN2
UC IRVINE VS. TOLEDO11:59PMFLOSPORTS
SOCCERTIME ETTV
BRASILEIRÃO: CRUZEIRO VS VASCO DA GAMA5:00PMPARAMOUNT+
BRASILEIRÃO: FLUMINENSE VS SÃO PAULO7:30PMPARAMOUNT+
TENNISTIME ETTV
DAVIS CUP FINALS QUARTERFINALS10:00AMTENNIS
WOMEN’ COLLEGE BASKETBALLTIME ETTV
EAST CAROLINA VS SETON HALL11:00AMFLOSPORTS
DELAWARE STATE VS STONY BROOK12:00PMFLOSPORTS
MOUNT ST. MARY’S VS FDU12:00PMNEC FRONT ROW
TBD VS GEORGIA STATE12:00PMESPN+
GEORGE MASON VS AMERICAN UNIVERSITY1:00PMESPN+
LE MOYNE VS BOSTON UNIVERSITY1:00PMESPN+
OHIO VS MOREHEAD STATE1:00PMESPN+
ST. BONAVENTURE VS BUFFALO1:00PMESPN+
CONNECTICUT COLLEGE VS ARMY1:00PMESPN+
BALL STATE VS IUPUI2:00PMESPN+
ST. FRANCIS (PA) VS LOYOLA (MD)2:00PMESPN+
BROWN VS LOYOLA CHICAGO2:00PMESPN+
UTAH TECH VS NEW HAMPSHIRE2:00PMESPN+
FLORIDA STATE VS NORTHWESTERN2:00PMFLOHOOPS
MONMOUTH VS PROVIDENCE2:00PMFLOSPORTS
NORTHWESTERN VS FLORIDA STATE2:00PMFLOSPORTS
ALBANY VS CORNELL2:00PMESPN+
ORAL ROBERTS VS UT RIO GRANDE VALLEY2:00PMESPN+
PRESBYTERIAN VS UNCW2:00PMFLOSPORTS
AUSTIN PEAY VS CLEVELAND STATE4:00PMESPN+
CHARLESTON SOUTHERN VS COASTAL CAROLINA4:00PMESPN+
PURDUE VS GEORGIA4:00PMFLOHOOPS
PORTLAND VS CALIFORNIA BAPTIST5:00PMESPN+
MONTREAT VS UNC GREENSBORO5:00PMESPN+
BOWLING GREEN VS INDIANA6:00PMBTN
SAINT JOSEPH’S VS TEMPLE6:00PMESPN+
OKLAHOMA STATE VS OHIO STATE6:30PMFLOHOOPS
MOUNT ST. JOSEPH VS HOUSTON CHRISTIAN7:00PMESPN+
UTAH STATE VS UC RIVERSIDE7:00PMESPN+
GRAMBLING VS NORTHWESTERN STATE7:30PMESPN+
CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE VS MINNESOTA8:00PMB1G+
EASTERN WASHINGTON VS TARLETON8:00PMESPN+
PENN STATE VS USC9:00PMFLOHOOPS