INDIANA FOOTBALL STATE FINALS
FRIDAY, NOV. 25
2A: ANDREAN (10-3) VS. EVANSVILLE MATER DEI (11-3), 11 A.M. ET
4A: NEW PRAIRIE (13-1) VS. EAST CENTRAL (12-2), 3 P.M.
6A: CARROLL (FW) (13-0) VS. CENTER GROVE (11-2), 7 P.M.
SATURDAY, NOV. 26
A: ADAMS CENTRAL (14-0) VS. LUTHERAN (14-0), 11 A.M.
3A: BISHOP CHATARD (10-4) VS. LAWRENCEBURG (13-1), 3 P.M.
5A: VALPARAISO (10-3) VS. WHITELAND (12-1), 7 P.M.
INDIANA BOYS BASKETBALL SCORES
INDIANA GIRLS BASKETBALL SCORES
****COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF RANKINGS****
****NATIONAL COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE****
TUESDAY, NOV. 22
MIAMI OHIO 18 BALL STATE 17
OHIO 38 BOWLING GREEN 14
THURSDAY, NOV. 24
ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF AT ALABAMA STATE | 3 P.M. | ESPN+
MISSISSIPPI STATE AT OLE MISS | 7 P.M. | ESPN
FRIDAY, NOV. 25
TULANE AT CINCINNATI | 12 P.M. | ABC
BAYLOR AT TEXAS | 12 P.M. | ESPN
UTAH STATE AT BOISE STATE | 12 P.M. | CBS
CENTRAL MICHIGAN AT EASTERN MICHIGAN | 12 P.M. | CBSSN
TOLEDO AT WESTERN MICHIGAN | 12 P.M. | ESPNU
ARIZONA STATE AT ARIZONA | 3 P.M. | FS1
NC STATE AT NORTH CAROLINA | 3:30 P.M. | ABC
ARKANSAS AT MISSOURI | 3:30 P.M. | CBS
NEW MEXICO AT COLORADO STATE | 3:30 P.M. | CBSSN
NEBRASKA AT IOWA | 4 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK
UCLA AT CAL | 4:30 P.M. | FOX
FLORIDA AT FLORIDA STATE | 7:30 P.M. | ABC
WYOMING AT FRESNO STATE | 10 P.M. | FS1
SATURDAY, NOV. 26
GEORGIA TECH AT GEORGIA | 12 P.M. | ESPN
MICHIGAN AT OHIO STATE | 12 P.M. | FOX
SOUTH CAROLINA AT CLEMSON | 12 P.M. | ABC
WEST VIRGINIA AT OKLAHOMA STATE | 12 P.M. | ESPN2
ARMY AT UMASS | 12 P.M. | ESPN+
MEW MEXICO STATE AT LIBERTY | 12 P.M. | ESPN+
RUTGERS AT MARYLAND | 12 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK
COASTAL CAROLINA AT JAMES MADISON | 12 P.M. | ESPNU
OLD DOMINION AT SOUTH ALABAMA | 12 P.M. | ESPN+
GEORGIA STATE AT MARSHALL | 12 P.M. | ESPN+
WESTERN KENTUCKY AT FLORIDA ATLANTIC | 12 P.M. | CBSSN
ELON AT FURMAN (FCS FIRST ROUND) | 12 P.M. | ESPN+
EAST CAROLINA AT TEMPLE | 1 P.M. | ESPN+
KENT STATE AT BUFFALO | 1 P.M. | ESPN+
AKRON AT NORTHERN ILLINOIS | 1:30 P.M. | ESPN3
RICE AT NORTH TEXAS | 2 P.M. | ESPN+
GRAMBLING VS. SOUTHERN (NEW ORLEANS) | 2 P.M. | NBC
ST. FRANCIS (PA) AT DELAWARE (FCS FIRST ROUND) | 2 P.M. | ESPN+
FORDHAM AT NEW HAMPSHIRE (FCS FIRST ROUND) | 2 P.M. | ESPN+
DAVIDSON AT RICHMOND (FCS FIRST ROUND) | 2 P.M. | ESPN+
LOUISVILLE AT KENTUCKY | 3 P.M. | SEC NETWORK
TROY AT ARKANSAS STATE | 3 P.M. | ESPN+
AUBURN AT ALABAMA | 3:30 P.M. | CBS
OREGON AT OREGON STATE | 3:30 P.M. | ABC
WAKE FOREST AT DUKE | 3:30 P.M.
ILLINOIS AT NORTHWESTERN | 3:30 P.M.
MINNESOTA AT WISCONSIN | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN
PURDUE AT INDIANA | 3:30 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK
HAWAI’I AT SAN JOSE STATE | 3:30 P.M. | SPECTRUM SPORTS PPV
UAB AT LOUISIANA TECH | 3:30 P.M. | CBSSN
UTEP AT UTSA | 3:30 P.M. | STADIUM
MEMPHIS AT SMU | 3:30 P.M.
IOWA STATE AT TCU | 4 P.M. | FOX
MICHIGAN STATE AT PENN STATE | 4 P.M. | FS1
UTAH AT COLORADO | 4 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORK
NORTH DAKOTA AT WEBER STATE (FCS FIRST ROUND) | 4 P.M. | ESPN+
SOUTHERN MISS AT UL MONROE | 5 P.M. | ESPN+
LOUISIANA AT TEXAS STATE | 5 P.M. | ESPN+
GARDNER-WEBB AT EASTERN KENTUCKY (FCS FIRST ROUND) | 5 P.M. | ESPN+
NEVADA AT UNLV | 6 P.M.
APPALACHIAN STATE AT GEORGIA SOUTHERN | 6 P.M. | ESPN+
MIDDLE TENNESSEE AT FIU | 6 P.M. | ESPN3
LSU AT TEXAS A&M | 7 P.M. | ESPN
UCF AT SOUTH FLORIDA | 7 P.M. | ESPN2
IDAHO AT SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA (FCS FIRST ROUND) | 7 P.M. | ESPN+
TENNESSEE AT VANDERBILT | 7:30 P.M. | SEC NETWORK
NOTRE DAME AT USC | 7:30 P.M. | ABC
OKLAHOMA AT TEXAS TECH | 7:30 P.M. | FS1
SYRACUSE AT BOSTON COLLEGE | 7:30 P.M. | ESPN3
TULSA AT HOUSTON | 7:30 P.M. | ESPNU
KANSAS AT KANSAS STATE | 8 P.M. | FOX
PITT AT MIAMI (FLA.) | 8 P.M. | ACC NETWORK
AIR FORCE AT SAN DIEGO STATE | 9 P.M. | CBSSN
SOUTHEAST MISSOURI STATE AT MONTANA (FCS FIRST ROUND) | 10 P.M. | ESPN2
WASHINGTON AT WASHINGTON STATE | 10:30 P.M. | ESPN
BYU AT STANFORD | 11 P.M. | FS1
VIRGINIA AT VIRGINIA TECH – CANCELED
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2022
BUFFALO BILLS AT DETROIT LIONS (THANKSGIVING) 12:30P (ET) 12:30P CBS
NEW YORK GIANTS AT DALLAS COWBOYS (THANKSGIVING) 3:30P (CT) 4:30P FOX
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS AT MINNESOTA VIKINGS (THANKSGIVING) 7:20P (CT) 8:20P NBC
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2022
DENVER BRONCOS AT CAROLINA PANTHERS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS AT CLEVELAND BROWNS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX
BALTIMORE RAVENS AT JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS
HOUSTON TEXANS AT MIAMI DOLPHINS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS
CHICAGO BEARS AT NEW YORK JETS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX
CINCINNATI BENGALS AT TENNESSEE TITANS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P CBS
ATLANTA FALCONS AT WASHINGTON COMMANDERS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX
LOS ANGELES CHARGERS AT ARIZONA CARDINALS 2:05P (MT) 4:05P CBS
LAS VEGAS RAIDERS AT SEATTLE SEAHAWKS 1:05P (PT) 4:05P CBS
LOS ANGELES RAMS AT KANSAS CITY CHIEFS 3:25P (CT) 4:25P FOX
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS AT SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS 1:25P (PT) 4:25P FOX
GREEN BAY PACKERS AT PHILADELPHIA EAGLES 8:20P (ET) 8:20P NBC*
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2022
PITTSBURGH STEELERS AT INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (MON) 8:15P (ET) 8:15P ESPN
****TOP 25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD****
#10 CREIGHTON 90 #ARKANSAS 87
#13 AUBURN 85 BRADLEY 64
#14 ARIZONA 87 #17 SAN DIEGO STATE 70
#21 TEXAS TECH 70 LOUISVILLE 38
NOTRE DAME 82 BOWLING GREEN 66
PURDUE FORT WAYNE 74 EASTERN MICHIGAN 67
KANSAS CITY 67 INDIANA STATE 61
COMPLETE SCOREBOARD: HTTP://HOSTED.STATS.COM/CBK/SCOREBOARD.ASP?CONF=-1&DAY=20221122
****TOP 25 WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD****
#1 SOUTH CAROLINA 79 CAL POLY 36
#16 CREIGHTON 93 OMAHA 71
MARSHALL 45 PURDUE FORT WAYNE 39
COMPLETE SCOREBOARD: HTTP://HOSTED.STATS.COM/WCBK/SCOREBOARD.ASP?CONF=-1&DAY=20221122
PHILADELPHIA 115 BROOKLYN 106
SACRAMENTO 113 MEMPHIS 109
DETROIT 110 DENVER 108
PHOENIX 115 LA LAKERS 105
BOX SCORES: HTTP://HOSTED.STATS.COM/NBA/SCOREBOARD.ASP
BUFFALO 7 MONTRÉAL 2
NY RANGERS 5 LOS ANGELES 3
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****TOP NATIONAL HEADLINES****
LSU, USC MOVE UP BEHIND UGA, OHIO ST, MICHIGAN, TCU IN CFP
(AP) — LSU moved up to fifth and Southern California was sixth Tuesday night in the College Football Playoff rankings behind Georgia, Ohio State, Michigan and TCU.
The top four remained the same for the third straight week, but the chasing teams changed order after Tennessee lost to South Carolina last Saturday night.
Selection committee chairman Boo Corrigan, who is also the athletic director at North Carolina State, said there was a lot of discussion about LSU (9-2) and USC (10-1) this week.
“The committee at the end of the day, saw the wins over Alabama, Mississippi (for LSU) as stronger than the wins over UCLA and Oregon State (for USC),” Corrigan said. “The one area we still have questions on is the strength of the defense of USC and looking at it in its entirety, we believe that LSU deserves to be ranked five and SC six.”
Two games this weekend could create more clarity.
Michigan (11-0) is at Ohio State (11-0) on Saturday and USC hosts Notre Dame (8-3), which checked in at 15th in the selection committee’s rankings.
There are two more rankings left. The final ones on Dec. 4 set the field for the College Football Playoff. The semifinals will be played Dec. 31 in the Peach and Fiesta bowls. The national championship game will be played at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California.
Alabama was seventh, though the Crimson Tide don’t seem to have a realistic route to make the College Football Playoff for the eight time in nine years. LSU and Georgia are already locked into the Southeastern Conference title game.
Clemson came in eighth, Oregon was ninth and Tennessee fell to 10th.
Georgia (11-0), the winner of the Ohio State-Michigan game, TCU (11-0) and LSU will head into the final two weeks of the race in the best shape to earn a spot in the final four.
That’s probably overstating LSU’s position because the Tigers would have to beat the defending national champion Bulldogs to become the first team to make the CFP with two losses.
But they have a shot and that’s all you can ask for at this point in the season.
USC fans might not like seeing the Trojans behind an SEC team with two losses, but they shouldn’t fret too much.
If Georgia takes care of business against LSU, that opens up a spot for USC – if the Trojans can win out. That will be difficult against Notre Dame and either Oregon, Utah or Washington in the Pac-12 title game.
As for the Ohio State-Michigan loser, how the game plays out will go a long way toward determining if that team can take a back door into the final four. It’s also going to need some losses sprinkled around among TCU, USC and LSU.
The Buckeyes are probably better positioned to get in with a loss in the rivalry game because that opening-night win against Notre Dame is looking pretty good these days and would only go up in value of the Irish beat USC.
Michigan’s terrible nonconference schedule (Colorado State, Hawaii and UConn) is continually cited as a mark against the Wolverines.
Then there is Clemson (10-1).
Even if the Tigers finish as 12-1 Atlantic Coast Conference champions, they’re going to need some help in the form of losses by at least two of USC, LSU and TCU.
Getting drilled by Notre Dame could be tough to overcome for Clemson if both Ohio State and USC have wins against the Irish on their resumes.
CARDINALS FIRE ASSISTANT SEAN KUGLER AFTER MEXICO INCIDENT
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona Cardinals have fired offensive line coach and run game coordinator Sean Kugler.
The Cardinals haven’t confirmed Kugler’s dismissal but the coach was no longer listed on the team’s website on Tuesday. Coach Kliff Kingsbury told The Arizona Republic that Kugler was fired for an incident that happened on Sunday night in Mexico City, one day before the team’s 38-10 loss to the San Francisco 49ers at Estadio Azteca.
Kingsbury said Kugler was sent home on Monday morning before the game. The coach didn’t elaborate on what caused the dismissal.
The 56-year-old Kugler had been on Kingsbury’s staff since 2019 and was the head coach at UTEP from 2013 to 2017. He was popular among the players and Kingsbury routinely praised his work.
The Cardinals are 4-7 this season and injuries on the offensive line have been one of the team’s many issues. Four of the five starters missed Monday night’s game because of various ailments.
Kugler is the second member of the Cardinals’ coaching staff to face discipline this season. Running backs coach James Saxon was placed on administrative leave after he was charged with two counts of domestic battery.
NFL NEWS: 2022 THANKSGIVING DAY PREVIEW
For generations of Americans, the tradition of Thanksgiving Day and NFL football are historically intertwined.
On Thanksgiving in 1925, a crowd of 36,000 – then the largest in professional football history – watched the CHICAGO BEARS play the CHICAGO CARDINALS to a scoreless tie at Wrigley Field. In 1934, the DETROIT LIONS and the defending world champion Bears squared off on Thanksgiving in the first NFL game nationally broadcast, with NBC radio on the call.
This year, the three holiday games will be aired to millions across the country and around the world as the National Football League honors Pro Football Hall of Famer JOHN MADDEN with the inaugural “John Madden Thanksgiving Celebration,” a yearly, multi-faceted remembrance of the late great icon’s indelible legacy.
The inaugural “John Madden Thanksgiving Celebration” will feature special broadcast tributes as CBS, FOX and NBC will create their own segments dedicated to the football legend.
For more information on the National Football League honoring John Madden, click here.
Since 2006, the NFL has scheduled three Thanksgiving Day games each year. This year’s triple-header is the third season since 2006 to feature five teams with a winning record, joining 2014 and 2011.
The first game showcases the BUFFALO BILLS traveling to Ford Field to face the DETROIT LIONS (12:30 PM ET, CBS). The Bills are playing their second-consecutive game in Detroit after their Week 11 contest against Cleveland, originally scheduled to be played at Highmark Stadium in Buffalo, was moved to Ford Field due to a weather emergency in western New York last week. The late-afternoon game marks the 45th consecutive Thanksgiving Day contest hosted in Dallas, as the DALLAS COWBOYS welcome the NEW YORK GIANTS to AT&T Stadium (4:30 PM ET, FOX). The holiday concludes at U.S. Bank Stadium as the NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS visit the MINNESOTA VIKINGS. (8:20 PM ET, NBC).
|GAME||NETWORK||LOCAL TIME||EASTERN TIME|
|Buffalo Bills (7-3) at Detroit Lions (4-6)||CBS||12:30 PM ET||12:30 PM|
|New York Giants (7-3) at Dallas Cowboys (7-3)||FOX||3:30 PM CT||4:30 PM|
|New England Patriots (6-4) at Minnesota Vikings (8-2)||NBC||7:20 PM CT||8:20 PM|
The Lions will play their 83rd Thanksgiving Day game dating back to 1934, while the Cowboys will play in their 55th since 1966. The New York Giants will play their 14th game while Buffalo will play its 11th game on the holiday. The Vikings are appearing on Thanksgiving for the ninth time while the Patriots will play in their sixth Thanksgiving game. All six teams have appeared on Thanksgiving at least one time since 2012.
The Thanksgiving Day records of the teams playing this Thursday:
|New England Patriots||3||2||0|
|New York Giants||6||4||3|
BUFFALO (7-3) at DETROIT (4-6): Thursday’s matchup marks the third Thanksgiving Day meeting between the Bills and Lions, with Detroit winning each of the first two contests. On November 25, 1976, the Lions earned a 27-14 win as GREG LANDRY and DAVID HILL connected for two touchdowns. Detroit also defeated Buffalo, 35-21, on Thanksgiving in 1994 as Pro Football Hall of Famer BARRY SANDERS rushed for one of his eight career Thanksgiving touchdowns.
Thursday marks the 11th regular-season meeting between the two franchises, with Buffalo holding a 6-4-1 series advantage. In their last meeting, Week 15 of the 2018 season, quarterback JOSH ALLEN rushed for a touchdown and threw a go-ahead 42-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter of the Bills’ 14-13 victory.
Week 12 will mark Buffalo’s third appearance on Thanksgiving in the past four seasons. On November 28, 2019, the Bills defeated Dallas, 26-15, with two touchdowns (one passing, one rushing) from Allen and two sacks from defensive tackle ED OLIVER. Last year on the holiday, Allen threw four touchdown passes, including two to tight end DAWSON KNOX and one to wide receiver STEFON DIGGS, in Buffalo’s 31-6 win at New Orleans.
Last week, Buffalo earned a 31-23 victory over Cleveland as Allen threw his 21st touchdown pass of the season. Since entering the NFL in 2018, he has 159 career combined passing and rushing touchdowns (124 passing, 35 rushing), tied with PATRICK MAHOMES (159) for the third-most by a player in his first five seasons in NFL history. Diggs recorded his eighth touchdown reception of the year in Week 11 and surpassed 1,000 receiving yards (1,033) for the fifth-consecutive season.
Linebacker VON MILLER has six sacks in five road games this season and has 10.5 sacks in 12 career games on Thursday. In Week 11, linebacker MATT MILANO became the first player since RYAN SHAZIER (Week 2, 2015) with at least 10 tackles (12), three tackles for loss, one sack and one fumble recovery in the same game. Defensive tackle ED OLIVER had a career-high three tackles for loss last week and aims for his third in row on Thanksgiving with at least half a sack and a pass defensed.
In Week 11, Detroit defeated the New York Giants, 31-18, for its third-consecutive win. Running back JAMAAL WILLIAMS had three rushing touchdowns in the win and became the fourth player since 2000 with multiple rushing touchdowns in at least five of his team’s first 10 games of a season, joining SHAUN ALEXANDER (six games in 2005), Pro Football Hall of Famer LADAINIAN TOMLINSON (six in 2006) and PRIEST HOLMES (five in 2003). He leads the NFL with 12 rushing touchdowns this season.
Last year on the holiday, quarterback JARED GOFF completed 21 of 25 pass attempts (84 percent), the highest single-game completion percentage on Thanksgiving in NFL history. He has a passer rating of 100-or-higher in three of his past four home starts and has two-or-more touchdown passes in eight of his past nine home games. Wide receiver AMON-RA ST. BROWN led the team with seven receptions last week and has at least seven catches in six of his past seven home games.
Last week, rookie defensive lineman AIDAN HUTCHINSON recorded an interception and fumble recovery and became the second player (LESLIE O’NEAL – 1986) since 1982, when the individual sack became an official statistic with at least five sacks (5.5) and two interceptions (two) in his first 10 career games. Rookie safety KERBY JOSEPH registered his third interception of the season in Week 11 and is the only rookie with at least three interceptions (three) and two forced fumbles (two).
NEW YORK GIANTS (7-3) at DALLAS (7-3): The Giants and Cowboys meet for the 121st time since 1960, with Dallas holding the all-time regular-season series advantage, 72-46-2, including wins in 10 of the past 11 meetings. The two clubs previously met on Thanksgiving in 1992 (November 26), with the Cowboys earning a 30-3 win behind two third-quarter touchdowns from Pro Football Hall of Famer EMMITT SMITH. Thursday marks the second meeting this season between the NFC East rivals. Dallas defeated New York, 23-16, in Week 3 on Monday Night Football with a go-ahead touchdown reception from wide receiver CEEDEE LAMB in the fourth quarter.
Last week, New York Giants quarterback DANIEL JONES passed for a season-high 341 yards and had two touchdowns (one passing, one rushing). He has a passer rating of 90-or-higher in three of his past four road starts. Running back SAQUON BARKLEY leads the NFC with 1,163 scrimmage yards this season and has three rushing touchdowns in four road games in 2022. He recorded 126 scrimmage yards (81 rushing, 45 receiving) and a rushing touchdown in Week 3 against Dallas and has at least 100 scrimmage yards in two of his three career games at Dallas.
Defensive lineman LEONARD WILLIAMS has at least five tackles in three of his past four on the road and has 3.5 sacks in his past three games against the Cowboys. Defensive lineman DEXTER LAWRENCE registered his sixth game this season with at least five tackles in Week 11, tied for the most such games among defensive linemen in 2022. Linebacker JAYLON SMITH recorded 516 tackles, 20 tackles for loss, 20 passes defensed and nine sacks in 68 games over five seasons (2017-21) with Dallas.
Dallas defeated Minnesota, 40-3, last week and is the only NFC team to score at least 40 points twice this season. In five career starts on Thanksgiving, Dallas quarterback DAK PRESCOTT has 1,393 passing yards and nine touchdowns (seven passing, two rushing) with a 98.4 rating and can surpass DANNY WHITE (1,545) for the fourth-most passing yards by a quarterback on the holiday all-time. He has 21 touchdowns against five interceptions for a 100.1 rating in 11 career starts against the Giants.
Running back TONY POLLARD had a career-high 189 scrimmage yards (109 receiving, 80 rushing) and two touchdown receptions in Week 11 and became the fourth player since 1990 with at least 75 rushing yards, 100 receiving yards and two touchdown receptions in a single game, joining JOEY GALLOWAY (November 12, 1995), TODD GURLEY (December 24, 2017) and Pro Football Hall of Famer LADAINIAN TOMLINSON (December 7, 2003). On Thanksgiving in 2021, Pollard recorded a 100-yard kickoff return touchdown, the third-longest touchdown ever scored on the holiday, trailing only interception-return touchdowns of 102 yards by BOB SMITH in 1949 and 101 yards by BRYANT WESTBROOK in 2000.
Running back EZEKIEL ELLIOTT recorded his 14th-career game with two rushing touchdowns last week. He has 488 scrimmage yards (97.6 per game) and four rushing touchdowns in five career Thanksgiving games. Elliott has 10 touchdowns (nine rushing, one receiving) in 11 career games against the Giants and aims for his sixth in a row against New York with a touchdown.
Dallas enters Week 12 with the league’s top ranked scoring defense (16.7 points per game) and leads the NFL with 42 sacks this season. The Cowboys are the only team with four players each having at least five sacks in 2022 – MICAH PARSONS (10 sacks), DORANCE ARMSTRONG (seven), DEMARCUS LAWRENCE (six) and DANTE FOWLER (five) – and each of the four recorded at least one sack in Week 11.
Parsons registered his eighth-career game with at least two sacks, tied with SHAWNE MERRIMAN (eight games) and Pro Football Hall of Famer REGGIE WHITE (eight) for the second-most such games by a player in his first two NFL seasons since 1982, when the individual sack became an official statistic. Only ALDON SMITH (nine games) has more.
Cornerback TREVON DIGGS has 10 passes defensed and three interceptions in five career games against New York and aims for his fourth in a row against the Giants with an interception.
NEW ENGLAND (6-4) at MINNESOTA (8-2): New England leads the all-time series against Minnesota, 9-4, including wins in five consecutive matchups. The Patriots have scored at least 45 points in each of their past two Thanksgiving appearances (2010 and 2012) and are 3-1 on the holiday under head coach BILL BELICHICK.
New England defeated the New York Jets, 10-3, in Week 11 as rookie defensive back MARCUS JONES recorded a game-winning 84-yard punt-return touchdown with five seconds remaining, the first punt-return touchdown in the NFL this season. Jones is the sixth player to record a game-winning punt-return touchdown in the final two minutes of regulation or in overtime since 1970, joining PATRICK PETERSON (November 6, 2011), DESEAN JACKSON (December 19, 2010), BRIAN WESTBROOK (October 19, 2003), TAMARICK VANOVER (October 9, 1995) and WALTER STANLEY (November 27, 1986).
Quarterback MAC JONES completed 23 of 27 pass attempts for a career-high 85.2 completion percentage last week. He has at least one touchdown pass in seven of his past eight road starts and aims for his third in a row overall without an interception. Running back RHAMONDRE STEVENSON ranks tied for fifth among all running backs with a career-high 41 receptions this season and needs 73 scrimmage yards for his first-career 1,000-yard season.
The Patriots are the only team in the league this season to allow three points or fewer multiple times and can become the first team since 2000 to allow three-or-fewer points in three consecutive games within a single season. New England enters Week 12 allowing 16.9 points per game, the fewest among all AFC teams. Linebacker MATTHEW JUDON has at least 1.5 sacks in three of his past four and leads the NFL with a career-high 13 sacks this season.
Minnesota quarterback KIRK COUSINS has 691 passing yards (345.5 per game) and five touchdowns against one interception for a 110.8 rating in two career Thanksgiving starts. Running back DALVIN COOK needs 55 scrimmage yards for his fourth-consecutive 1,000-yard season and aims for his third in a row on Thursday with at least 170 scrimmage yards and a touchdown. Wide receiver JUSTIN JEFFERSON has 4,109 career receiving yards and can surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer RANDY MOSS (4,163 receiving yards) for the most receiving yards by a player in his first three seasons in NFL history.
Linebacker ZA’DARIUS SMITH has 22 sacks in 22 career primetime games while linebacker DANIELLE HUNTER has 6.5 sacks in six career Thursday games. Cornerback PATRICK PETERSON ranks third in the NFL this season with 12 passes defensed. Safety HARRISON SMITH has a pass defensed in five of his past six games and aims for his third in a row with at least six tackles.
NETS’ BEN SIMMONS BOOED, LOSES IN PHILLY HOMECOMING 115-106
PHILADELPHIA (AP) Ben Simmons shrugged off the boos that rose out of the Philly crowd each time the mercurial guard handled the ball.
The Nets guard even egged on fans one more time over their reception toward one of the more loathed former Philly stars in sports history.
“I thought it was going to be louder,” Simmons said.
Tobias Harris scored 24 points and a spirited Philadelphia 76ers team playing without Joel Embiid and James Harden spoiled Simmons’ homecoming with a 115-106 win over Brooklyn on Tuesday night.
“I feel like this is a huge win for us,” Harris said. “I knew going into the game we were all going to come out with this type of energy and this type of buzz to get up to play.”
There was plenty of buzz from the time the doors opened in anticipation of Simmons’ return. He had 11 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds to the tune of steady boos. Simmons even had a late-game fade familiar to the Sixers. He didn’t take a shot, was scoreless in the fourth quarter and scored only two points in the second half.
Kyrie Irving scored 23 points and Kevin Durant had 20 before coach Jacque Vaughn pulled his starting lineup with 3 minutes left in the game.
“Everybody wants to see our team fail,” Durant said. “Nobody likes Ben. Nobody likes Ky. Nobody likes myself.”
The expected marquee matchup was dimmed with Embiid out with a sprained left foot, Harden still out with a tendon strain in his right foot and starting guard Tyrese Maxey also out with a broken left foot.
Embiid vs. Simmons will have to wait.
Simmons vs. 76ers fans was pretty good.
Simmons was heckled, drew a flagrant foul, shushed a sellout crowd of 20,184 on a layup, and even Jordan-shrugged after hitting free throws. Of most importance for a player who has battled mental health issues, Simmons played with poise as boos rained on him for the bulk of his 32 minutes.
“I feel like I’m in a good place,” Simmons said. “I’m happy. I do what I love. To be out there and having that experience was amazing.”
He already had three assists when he went to the free-throw line early in the game. Simmons was booed but never looked rattled and sank both baskets. Simmons had a reverse layup minutes later for his first bucket.
Sixers fans were mostly well-behaved – save for a couple of short-lived “(expletive) Ben Simmons!” chants – and mostly saved the four-letter words for tape on the back of their old No. 25 jerseys.
Simmons and second-year Sixer Georges Niang tussled late in the first half and Niang gave his former teammate a light stiff-arm to the body that earned a technical foul.
Harden couldn’t believe the call from the bench. Sixers owner Josh Harris looked appalled.
Simmons missed the technical free throw and the crowd roared as much as it did all game. Simmons, though, hit the court for a steal and knocked the loose ball to Durant for a bucket.
The Sixers still took a 63-57 lead into the break.
It wasn’t all jeers, all game. Simmons did make 76ers fans go wild over him when he missed consecutive free throws in the second half and triggered a free fast-food chicken promotion.
“I thought he was in attack mode, he was aggressive, showed a lot of poise through the course of the night,” Vaughn said. “The experience to get through and get it behind him, really good.”
Simmons averaged 15.9 points, 8.1 rebounds and 7.7 assists over four seasons with Philadelphia, which drafted him out of LSU, where he played only one season. His omnipresent headaches, such as his refusal to shoot beyond 15 feet, outweighed his otherwise gifted defensive and playmaking talents. Simmons’ relationship with the Sixers deteriorated following the 2021 playoffs and he demanded a trade.
Simmons made a surprise return to the Sixers shortly before last season opened but was promptly kicked out of practice and suspended for one game. The punishment didn’t matter; the No. 1 pick of the 2016 draft never had any intention of playing.
Simmons hugged Rivers in the handshake line and met with friends and family sitting on the baseline before he headed for the visitor’s tunnel – and one final chorus of boos.
“I think it’s going to be like this forever,” Simmons said. “I really don’t see it changing.”
Nets: Seth Curry scored 14 points. He was involved in the Simmons trade but his part in the deal was a bit more personal. He is 76ers coach Doc Rivers’ son-in-law. … P.J. Tucker was scoreless for the fourth straight game, giving him the longest streak of games with at least 25 minutes played and zero points scored in NBA history.
76ers: Harris grabbed his right ankle and hobbled to the locker room in the third quarter. He gave Sixers fans a scare but returned and hit a jumper that made it 85-82.
Nets: Continue a three-game trip Wednesday at Toronto and Friday at Indiana.
76ers: Embiid will miss Wednesday’s game at Charlotte.
FOX SCORES 32 AS KINGS BEAT GRIZZLIES FOR 7TH STRAIGHT WIN
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) De’Aaron Fox had 32 points and eight rebounds, Harrison Barnes added 26 points and the Sacramento Kings won their seventh straight, 113-109 over the Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday night.
Kevin Huerter scored 18 points, hitting 6 of 10 from the field, including 4 of 7 from 3-point range. Malik Monk finished with 14 points as the Kings managed to hold on after leading by 14 midway through the fourth quarter. Fox also had six of Sacramento’s 27 assists on 39 made baskets.
Ja Morant, returning after missing a game with a sprained left ankle, led Memphis with 34 points, six assists and seven rebounds. Jaren Jackson Jr. added 22 points and five blocks, and Dillon Brooks finished with 14 points as the Grizzlies lost their fourth of five.
Memphis forced turnovers with tough defense to make the game close late. Morant’s three-point play with 5.3 seconds left cut the Kings’ advantage to 109-108, but two free throws by Monk and Morant missing two of three free throws with 1.7 seconds left preserved the Kings’ victory.
“I missed. Game over,” Morant said of the final free throws.
“It got really close,” Jackson said. “I thought we did a good job at the end playing good defense. … We were just playing really good defense. We had it.”
Kings coach Mike Brown said Barnes’ veteran leadership was key to Sacramento holding the lead.
“He really settled us down down the stretch,” Brown said. “Obviously, we were haywire out there. Going crazy, and Harrison just made some big plays down the stretch.”
Memphis’ skid has come at a time when injuries have kept key players out of action.
Desmond Bane continued to be sidelined because of a sprained right big toe. Morant started after hurting his ankle Friday against Oklahoma City.
The game was close in the first half until the Kings built an eight-point lead with a second-quarter burst. Sacramento led 64-59 at the break.
Fox, named Western Conference player of the week on Monday, got rolling in the third, scoring 13 points as the Kings extended the lead to 88-76 entering the fourth.
They were thrilled to keep their winning streak intact.
“It feels good,” said reserve Chimeze Metu, who finished with 10 points, making 5 of 7 shots. “Obviously, we don’t want it to end. We just need to keep it going.”
Kings: Fox recorded his 450th career steal in the second quarter. … The seven-game winning streak is Sacramento’s longest since 2005. … Fox has five games with at least 30 points. … Sacramento saw its string of six straight games scoring at least 120 points snapped.
Grizzlies: Are now 6-2 at home. … Memphis had won seven straight in the series, including on Oct. 27 at Sacramento. … C Steven Adams had 16 rebounds. … Morant had 20 points in the fourth quarter.
The Kings have closed out several of their games during the streak with big runs – 18-5 against Detroit, 12-4 to defeat Brooklyn and 12-2 in a win over Golden State.
This time, Sacramento had to hang on late, but Brown was happy about his team’s energy level.
“Guys start to feel the need to play with a sense of urgency defensively,” Brown said. “So defensively, you can see the intensity at the end of the game compared to the flow of most of the game. It’s not even close.”
Kings: At Atlanta on Wednesday.
Grizzlies: Host New Orleans on Friday.
PISTONS SNAP SEVEN-GAME SKID WITH 110-108 WIN OVER NUGGETS
DENVER (AP) Bojan Bogdanovic scored 22 points and the Detroit Pistons snapped a seven-game losing streak with a 110-108 win over the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday night.
The victory was the Pistons’ first on the road this season, as they had lost their previous 10. Detroit entered the night with a league-worst record of 3-15.
Former University of Colorado standout Alec Burks finished with 21 points for the Pistons, seven of which came in the fourth quarter.
“I think you have to get a win in those situations,” Pistons head coach Dwane Casey said. “As much as you want to play the young first- and second-year guys a lot of big minutes, you have to get a win to validate what you’re talking about and what you’re preaching and what we’re building.”
After missing the past three games while in the NBA’s COVID-19 protocols, Denver center Nikola Jokic had 31 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds, putting him just shy of his fourth triple-double of the season.
Jokic’s playing status was uncertain in the hours leading up to tip-off, as Nuggets head coach Michael Malone said before the game that he had “no idea” whether the reigning two-time NBA most valuable player would play after he cleared the NBA’s health and safety protocols.
“I just felt like I didn’t play for a while, like I didn’t move my body as much because I was sitting five days in my house doing a little bit of Peloton,” Jokic said.
After coming into the matchup making a league-best 40.9% of their 3-pointers, the Nuggets made just five of their 19 attempts from beyond the arc.
Leading by two entering the fourth quarter, the Pistons extended their advantage to 12, 96-84, on a transition dunk from Kevin Knox II that capped off an 11-1 run.
Denver trimmed that deficit to two, 104-102, following a hook shot from Jokic. With the Nuggets trailing by three with 2.2 seconds remaining, Denver guard Jamal Murray was fouled. After Murray made his first free throw and missed the second, teammate Aaron Gordon grabbed the rebound, but missed what would have been a game-tying jumper.
“We’ve been so close,” Pistons rookie center Jalen Duren said. “The last few games have been right there early on. Every game, we’re getting better. Everybody’s playing together. As a team, we’re all kind of growing. It showed tonight. The Nuggets are who they are. They’ve got the reigning MVP, they’ve got their guys back. For us to come out and grab a gritty win, it’s huge for us.”
It was the Nuggets’ first game since Nov. 9 in which they weren’t missing at least one of Jokic, Murray, Gordon or Bones Hyland, four of the team’s five leading scorers. In the five games without each of those four players, the Nuggets went 2-3 following an 8-3 start to the season.
Pistons: F Saddiq Bey did not play. Casey said Monday that Bey had flown back to Detroit to receive treatment for his sprained right ankle. Bey is fifth on the team in scoring, at 14.7 points per game.
Nuggets: Malone said he doesn’t believe veteran F Jeff Green’s right knee contusion is “anything too serious”, noting that it’s “more of a bone bruise.” Malone added that Green will be out for the “foreseeable future.”
Pistons: at Utah Wednesday, the fifth game of a six-game road swing.
Nuggets: at Oklahoma City Wednesday
SUNS HOLD ON TO WIN 115-105, LAKERS’ BEVERLEY EJECTED
PHOENIX (AP) Mikal Bridges and Devin Booker each scored 25 points to lead the Phoenix Suns to a 115-105 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night.
The Suns, playing without point guard Chris Paul for the seventh straight game, have beaten the Lakers five straight times in regular season play – eight counting the last three games of their 2020-21 playoff series. Anthony Davis had 37 points, 21 rebounds and five blocked shots for the Lakers, playing without LeBron James (left adductor strain) for the fifth straight game. They had won their previous three games without him.
Things got chippy in the fourth quarter. With 3:55 left in the game, the Lakers’ Patrick Beverley was ejected for shoving Phoenix’s Deandre Ayton following a foul called on Booker against Austin Reaves that was assessed a flagrant-1 after review. Booker later fouled out.
“It’s just happening too many times,” Suns coach Monty Williams said of the incident. “I think the league needs to take a look at those kinds of plays, it’s just unnecessary.”
After cooler heads prevailed, Williams said his team stayed composed.
“It was like, `Guys, let’s just win the game.’ Our guys got it back together,” he said. “We got a few stops and that allowed to get out in transition a little bit.”
Booker said, “I would have a lot more respect if he just pushed him in the chest when the guy was facing him.”
Lakers coach Darvin Ham defended Beverley’s action.
“From what I saw Ayton was standing there ready to walk over (Reaves),” Ham said. “I am not mad at (Beverley). He is there protecting his teammate and I am sure he will have to go through some type of consequence for that but that is who we have to be. Teams have to know they just can’t push us around.”
Davis was 15 of 16 from the free-throw line, where Los Angeles held a big advantage (29-3) in points. But Phoenix hit 16 3-point attempts, five by Bridges. The Lakers were just 4 of 22 from behind the arc.
Davis was down after a collision with Booker in the second quarter, but eventually got up during a timeout and shot free throws.
“I guess I hit my funny bone and just lost feeling in my arm,” Davis said. “It is still a little numb right now.”
Lonnie Walker IV scored 24 points and Russell Westbrook came off the bench to score 21 for the Lakers (5(equals)11). Reaves scored 11 and Beverley had 10 rebounds – but no points in 29 minutes.
Ayton had 14 points and 15 rebounds for Phoenix (11-6), which won consecutive games for the first time since a five-game winning streak ended Nov. 4. Reserve Duane Washington Jr. scored 15 for the Suns.
DAVIS STEPS UP
Davis has scored 30 points or more in the last four games, including a 38-point, 16-rebound night against Detroit on Friday. Davis entered Tuesday second to Minnesota’s Rudy Gobert in rebounding.
Williams coached Davis when both were in New Orleans.
“The last three games tell the tale,” the Suns coach said before the game. “This is the player that he’s always been. I know how talented he is.”
Lakers: Ham isn’t sure when James will play again but didn’t rule out a return this weekend.
Suns: Besides Paul, G Landry Shamet (concussion protocol) missed his sixth. Shamet practiced Tuesday but Williams said only that he’s making progress. Cam Johnson has been out (right meniscus tear) since Nov. 4; the Suns are 5-4 without Johnson.
Lakers: At San Antonio Friday.
Suns: Host Detroit Friday.
NO. 14 ARIZONA BEATS NO. 17 SAN DIEGO STATE 87-70 IN MAUI
LAHAINA, Hawaii — Courtney Ramey and Kerr Kriisa scored 21 points apiece and No. 14 Arizona pulled away in the second half to beat 17th-ranked San Diego State 87-70 on Tuesday night in the semifinals of the Maui Invitational.
Arizona (5-0) will play No. 10 Creighton in Wednesday’s championship game at 3:00 p.m. MT. San Diego State will take on No. 9 Arkansas in the consolation finals.
Azuolas Tubelis had all 14 of his points in the first half and Ramey scored 12 for Arizona. A twisting layup by Tubelis on an alley-oop pass gave the Wildcats a 31-15 lead at 5:06 before intermission. Darrion Trammell hit a 3-pointer for San Diego State and turned two steals into layups to help the Aztecs close out the half on an 18-6 run to get within 37-33.
Keshad Johnson had two rebound baskets and a three-point play dunk and San Diego State used a 9-3 spurt to grab a 42-40 lead just 2:40 into the second half. It was the Aztecs first and only lead of the game.
Pelle Larsson sank a 3-pointer, Trammell missed a 3 and Oumar Ballo followed with a three-point play to put Arizona up 46-42. The Wildcats upped their lead to 10 on a Ballo free throw with 11:43 remaining and pushed it to 71-56 on a Cedric Henderson jumper with 6:58 left to play.
Ramey, a graduate transfer from the University of Texas, hit all five of his 3-point shots in his second game with Arizona. Kerr added five assists. Ballo finished with 12 points and nine rebounds before fouling out. Henderson scored 10.
Trammell topped San Diego State with 21 points. Micah Parrish scored 10.
Arizona, which came in leading the nation shooting 62.9% from the floor, shot 58.6% against the Aztecs and made 9 of 20 from beyond the arc. SDSU shot 38% overall and made only 3 of 19 from distance.
CU IN THE FINAL! MEN’S BASKETBALL TAKES DOWN #9 ARKANSAS
MAUI, Hawaii — No. 10 Creighton improved to 6-0 with a 90-87 win over No. 9 Arkansas in the second round of the Maui Jim Maui Invitational on Tuesday, Nov. 22. Combined with Monday’s win over No. 21, it’s the first time in program history that Creighton has beaten ranked teams on consecutive days.
The Bluejays will play for the Maui Jim Maui Invitational title on Wednesday at 4 p.m. Central in a game that will be televised on ESPN. The Jays will face the winner of the final game of day two between No. 17 San Diego State and No. 14 Arizona.
Ryan Nembhard had a career-high 25 points to lead three Bluejays with 20 points or more, as Ryan Kalkbrenner had 21 and Baylor Scheierman finished with 20. It marks the first time the Bluejays have had three men with 20+ points since March 21, 2011 vs. Davidson.
Creighton made four three-pointers in the first eight minutes to take an early 19-10 lead. Nembhard made his first three attempts, while Scheierman converted CU’s first four-point play of the season.
Creighton remained in the lead, but pulled away with a 10-2 run after Arkansas had drawn within two at 26-24 to extend its lead to 36-26 with four minutes with three minutes left in the first half. Arkansas would score the final six points before the intermission to slice Creighton’s deficit in half to 40-34. Nembhard (13), Scheierman (11) and Kalkbrenner (10) led the Bluejays in the first half, while Anthony Black paced all scorers with 14 for the Razorbacks.
The Razorbacks took their first lead at 46-45 and from there it was a bloodbath as neither team could break free as the physicality increased. The Jays took a 70-64 lead thanks to a 7-0 run in 70 seconds. Nembhard made two free throws, Arthur Kaluma threw down a dunk and Scheierman drained a deep three-pointer with 7:52 remaining. Arkansas scored the next five to draw within one but missed a free throw to tie it with 5:16 left.
Back-to-back treys by Arkansas’ Tevon Brazile tied the game at 79 with 2:22 left, but Kaluma gave CU the lead back with a tip-in with 1:45 left. CU went ahead on a reverse slam by Kalkbrenner with 1:01 left and Arkansas missed a go-ahead three-pointer. Trey Alexander was fouled with 37.7 left and sank both to give CU an 85-81 advantage. Black got fouled with 29.4 left and made the first one before a lane violation on the Razorbacks negated the second attempt. CU missed two free throws with 26.9 left and fouled Davonte Davis, who sank his first two attempts of the day with 18.8 remaining to make it a one-point game again.
After a Bluejay timeout the Razorbacks fouled Scheierman with 16.1 left. He made both to put CU up by three. Arkansas guard Ricky Council IV missed an open three-pointer from the corner that could have tied it and Nembhard was fouled with 7.8 left. He made both to give CU an 88-84 lead.. The Razorbacks pushed it upcourt and Black made a three-pointer with 2.3 left. Alexander was fouled with 1.9 left and sank both and a half-court heave from Arkansas was off-target as Creighton celebrated a second consecutive top-25 victory.
Black had 26 and Council 24 for the Hogs, while Brazile had 17 points and three blocks off the bench. The Hogs shot 47.1 percent for the game and made 8-fo-15 three pointers in the second half after being shutout in five tries from downtown before the break.
Creighton shot 58.5 percent, including 7-of-14 from three-point range, and drained 21-of-29 free throws. Seven rebounds by Scheierman and Kalkbrenner helped CU win the board battle 35-31.
NOTES: This was the third time ever that Creighton played in a game with both teams ranked in the top-10 and first such victory … Creighton now owns 49 all-time wins vs. top-25 competition, with 31 of those coming under Greg McDermott … Twelve of Creighton’s 17 top-10 wins all-time have coming under McDermott … Creighton has beaten multiple ranked teams in each of the past eight seasons … Trey Alexander had a season-high six assists for CU after entering the afternoon with seven all season … Creighton has Arkansas owned a 21-3 lead in points off turnovers and a 21-3 lead in bench points … Creighton led for 33:45, while Arkansas led for 2:08 in the game that featured 10 ties and 10 lead changes.
NCAA AWARDS FINAL FOUR TO LAS VEGAS FOR FIRST TIME
(AP) — The Final Four is headed for the first time to Las Vegas, where wagering on the NCAA Tournament has long been a staple of March Madness revelry, after the NCAA awarded the men’s national semifinals and championship game to Allegiant Stadium for the 2027-28 season.
The NCAA also announced Tuesday that Ford Field in Detroit would host the Final Four in 2027, while Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis would get the 2029 event and AT&T Stadium in Dallas would get the 2030 event.
“We are excited to bring the NCAA’s premier championship to Las Vegas, a city that for a number of years has hosted numerous championships from several member conferences,” said Bradley athletic director Chris Reynolds, who chairs the NCAA selection committee. “The feedback from leagues, the fans of their teams and the media covering the events staged there has been overwhelmingly positive, and we are confident we’ll get the same reviews.”
The national championship this season will be decided at NRG Stadium in Houston, while State Farm Stadium in Phoenix, the Alamodome in San Antonio and Lucas Oil Stadium already had been chosen for the following three Final Fours.
The NCAA long shied away from taking marquee events to Las Vegas because of its reputation as a gambling mecca. But the stance softened over the years, particularly as sports wagering became legal in states across the country, and many leagues have made its glitzy arenas the homes of their postseason basketball tournaments.
The Mountain West will play its championship game this season at the Thomas & Mack Center, the Pac-12 at T-Mobile Arena, the West Coast Conference at Orleans Arena and the WAC split between Michelob ULTRA Arena and Orleans Arena.
Las Vegas already was scheduled to host nine other NCAA championships over the next four years, and the men’s NCAA Tournament will head there for the first time next March when a regional round is played at T-Mobile Arena.
“We’re thrilled. It’s pretty exciting to have such a marquee event come to town,” said Steve Hill, CEO of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. “Vegas has been a basketball town for decades. We’ve had an interesting road with the NCAA along that time. It is really gratifying to be able to work with the NCAA to bring their marquee event here and really celebrate what basketball is all about in this town.”
Once a pariah for sports, Las Vegas has suddenly become a destination. The Raiders and Golden Knights of the NHL play in sparkling new facilities, the NFL had such success with its Pro Bowl last season that it’s bringing back a reinvented version of it in February, and Formula 1 is returning to the Las Vegas Strip for the first time since 1982 next summer.
The other Final Four sites chosen Tuesday have a history of hosting the men’s basketball championship.
Ford Field was the site of the 2009 tournament, when 72,922 fans packed the home of the Detroit Lions to watch North Carolina beat Michigan State. AT&T Stadium will also get its second Final Four after hosting it in 2014, when Connecticut beat Kentucky before a crowd of 79,238 at the home of the Dallas Cowboys.
Lucas Oil Stadium has hosted the Final Four six times in the past 25 years, including the 2021 event, when the entire NCAA Tournament was conducted in front of a limited number of fans at venues scattered across Indiana. When it hosts the Final Four in 2029, Indianapolis will tie Kansas City for the most times conducting the title game with 10 apiece.
“It’s been said many times about how coaches, players, fans and media love coming to the Final Four in Indianapolis, but I don’t think you can overstate just how much everyone enjoys their experience when they go,” Reynolds said. “The people not only embrace major events, but they don’t take a single thing for granted.”
JURY: NCAA NOT TO BLAME IN EX-USC FOOTBALL PLAYER’S DEATH
LOS ANGELES (AP) In a verdict that could affect countless claims by athletes who sue sports organizations for head injuries, a Los Angeles jury on Tuesday rejected a lawsuit seeking $55 million by the widow of a former USC football player who said the NCAA failed to protect him from repeated head trauma that led to his death.
Matthew Gee, a linebacker on the 1990 Rose Bowl-winning squad, endured an estimated 6,000 hits as a college athlete, lawyers for his widow said. They alleged those impacts caused permanent brain damage, and led to cocaine and alcohol abuse that eventually killed him at age 49.
The NCAA, the governing body of U.S. college sports, said it had nothing to do with Gee’s death, which it said was a sudden cardiac arrest brought on by untreated hypertension and acute cocaine toxicity.
Hundreds of wrongful death and personal injury lawsuits have been brought by college football players against the NCAA in the past decade, but Gee’s was the first one to reach a jury. The suit alleged that hits to the head led to chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a degenerative brain disease known by the acronym CTE.
Judge Terry Green told jurors in Los Angeles Superior Court they “made history” in the first case of its kind.
The verdict likely gives the NCAA more leverage in future cases, said Dan Lust, a sports law attorney and professor at New York Law School.
“Any plaintiff’s attorney is going to think twice before putting all the chips on the table and pushing them to the middle and saying, `We’re going to take our case to trial and see what happens,'” Lust said.
Alana Gee choked up as the verdict was read and had tears in her eyes afterward. She told one of her lawyers that she didn’t understand how the jury came to the decision, but thanked the seven women and five men on the panel personally as they left the courtroom. She declined to comment afterward.
Gabe Feldman, a sports law professor at Tulane University, said proving Gee died specifically from invisible injuries suffered at USC – and not something that occurred before or after his college career – was always going to be challenge, especially when he had so many other health problems.
That was further complicated by the NCAA argument that they did the best they could for safety with the information they had at the time, and that players assumed the risks of an inherently dangerous sport.
“Given the unpopularity of the NCAA and a sympathetic plaintiff, and the jury still ruled against the plaintiff, that’s fairly telling,” Feldman said. “This was a calculated risk by the NCAA taking this to trial knowing that this could possibly be a bellwether case that could potentially provide a roadmap to hundreds or thousands of other plaintiffs.”
The jury had to vote at least 9-3 to reach a verdict on questions asking whether the NCAA did something or failed to do something that increased risks to Gee and whether it failed to take measures that would have minimized risks to Gee without altering the sport of football. The panel voted 11-1 and 10-2 answering those questions in favor of the NCAA.
“We feel deep sympathy for the Gee family right off the bat,” said NCAA attorney Will Stute. “But we feel like this verdict is a vindication of the position we’ve taken in all these cases, which is the science and medicine in Matthew Gee’s circumstance did not support causation.”
Stute had argued that medical evidence is not clear on what causes CTE, and what the impacts are from that disease.
Attorneys for Gee said CTE, which is found in athletes and military veterans who suffered repetitive brain injuries, was an indirect cause of death because head trauma has been shown to promote substance abuse.
Alana Gee had testified that the college sweethearts had 20 good years of marriage before her husband’s mental health began to deteriorate and he became angry, depressed and impulsive, and began overeating and abusing drugs and alcohol.
The NCAA said the case hinged on what it knew at the time Gee played, from 1988-92, and not about CTE, which was first discovered in the brain of a deceased NFL player in 2005.
Gee never reported having a concussion and said in an application to play with the Raiders after graduating that he had never been knocked unconscious, Stute said.
“You can’t hold the NCAA responsible for something 40 years later that nobody ever reported,” Stute said in his closing argument. “The plaintiffs want you in a time travel machine. We don’t have one . at the NCAA. It’s not fair.”
Attorneys for Gee’s family said there was no doubt Matt Gee suffered concussions and countless sub-concussive blows.
Mike Salmon, a teammate who went on to play in the NFL, testified that Gee, who was team captain his senior year, once was so dazed from a hit that he couldn’t call the next play.
Gee was one of five linebackers on the 1989 Trojans squad who died before turning 50. All displayed signs of mental deterioration associated with head trauma.
As with teammate and NFL star Junior Seau, who killed himself in 2012, Gee’s brain was examined posthumously at Boston University’s Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy Center and found to have CTE.
Jurors were not allowed to hear testimony about Gee’s deceased teammates.
Alana Gee’s lawyers had argued that the NCAA, which was founded in 1906 for athlete safety, had known about impacts from head injuries since the 1930s but failed to educate players, ban headfirst contact, or implement baseline testing for concussion symptoms.
SKINNER’S 5 POINTS HELP SABRES STOP 8-GAME SKID, 7-2 VS HABS
MONTREAL (AP) Jeff Skinner had two goals and three assists as the Buffalo Sabres snapped an eight-game losing streak Tuesday night with a 7-2 victory over the Montreal Canadiens.
“It’s taking a weight off my shoulders, I can tell you that personally,” Sabres coach Don Granato said. “It’s fun to see the guys play that way, obviously.”
Tage Thompson added a goal and three assists, while Rasmus Dahlin and Alex Tuch each had a goal and two assists.
JJ Peterka and Henri Jokiharju also scored for Buffalo (8-11-0) in its first win since Nov. 2. Craig Anderson made 29 saves.
“They care and they work and we’re young,” Granato said. “If I had an older team, I wouldn’t be in these situations, and you go through the streaks. They know where they’re at. These guys get better because of this stuff.”
Cole Caufield and Sean Monahan scored for Montreal (9-9-1). Jake Allen allowed seven goals on 38 shots.
“I think it was a bad game all around,” defenseman David Savard said. “We’ve got to move past it. And obviously we’ve got some stuff to learn, which is that bad start in the first period and it put us behind.
“It’s a couple of games now and we’ve got to make sure we’re ready tomorrow to go and play our game. We’ve been in every game so far if we play our style and our system, and we didn’t do that tonight.”
The Canadiens went 0 for 6 on the power play, including a 4-on-3 opportunity halfway through the second period.
“I think the first two power plays had some good chances. The last four weren’t very strong,” coach Martin St. Louis said. “We want to create scoring chances and I think apart from tonight, our power play in the last 10 games was still pretty good. It’s just that tonight wasn’t our night.”
Buffalo jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first 2:13, the second-fastest three goals to begin a game in franchise history.
Thompson found Dahlin in the slot only 35 seconds in. Just 17 seconds later, the Sabres attacked Allen’s crease and Peterka netted Buffalo’s second of the night.
In an attempt to shift the momentum, Canadiens defenseman Chris Wideman dropped the gloves with Sabres forward Tyson Jost after Montreal’s Michael Pezetta was called for boarding.
Instead, Tuch jumped on the opportunity to make it 3-0 with a wrist shot on the power play.
“I thought we were able to really help each other out, out there,” Tuch said.
Montreal cut the deficit to two when Caufield sent a slap shot past Anderson at 2:57 of the first.
Buffalo regained its three-goal cushion 11:21 into the second when Thompson found Skinner in the slot with a backhand pass and the winger scored his sixth of the season.
Montreal made it 4-2 when Monahan took the puck from center ice, skated in and scored off his own rebound at 13:57.
The Sabres bumped their advantage to three again when Tuch rounded the net and sent a backhand pass to Jokiharju, who beat Allen for his first of the season at 3:48 of the third.
Thompson added his team’s sixth goal at 6:39 with a wrist shot over Allen’s glove.
Skinner iced it with a one-timer from the right faceoff circle at 14:26.
The 30-year-old Skinner has 40 points (23 goals, 17 assists) in 37 career games against the Canadiens.
“I think sometimes it’s just sort of fortunate. It just kind of happens,” he said. “I think for me to have that kind of success, it usually means the team’s playing well. I think our line played pretty well tonight so you just benefit from that.
COMING OF AGE
Dahlin is off to a strong start in his fifth NHL season. The top pick in the 2018 draft has 12 points (two goals, 10 assists) in his last 10 games.
Sabres: Host the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday.
Canadiens: At the Columbus Blue Jackets on Wednesday.
KREIDER STRIKES TWICE, CAPS RANGERS’ COMEBACK WIN OVER KINGS
LOS ANGELES (AP) Chris Kreider scored twice in the third period and the New York Rangers overcame a two-goal deficit for the first time this season in a 5-3 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday night.
Braden Schneider, Vincent Trocheck and Kaapo Kakko all had goals in the second period for the Rangers, who have won three of four. Igor Shesterkin made 35 saves.
Kevin Fiala had a goal and two assists, and Gabe Vilardi set a career high with his 11th goal, but the Kings had their five-game winning streak on home ice snapped. Cal Petersen allowed four goals on 24 shots.
Kreider took advantage of two Los Angeles gaffes to put New York back in front 4-3 at 7:06 of the third, beating defenseman Mikey Anderson to negate icing and burying a wrist shot past Petersen at the near post for his eighth goal.
It came just 56 seconds after Sean Walker tied it at 3 with his first of the season.
Kreider added an empty-netter with 49.7 seconds remaining.
The Rangers roared back in the second after falling behind 2-0 in the opening 20 minutes. Schneider started the rally with a shot from the right point that Petersen could not see through traffic 2:22 into the period.
Trocheck benefited from his stick and those of Kings defensemen Drew Doughty and Anderson coming together midway through the second, sending the puck up into the air and rainbowing in over Petersen to tie the game at 2.
Kakko capped the outburst with 1:16 left, sending the rebound of Filip Chytil’s shot into an open net for a 3-2 advantage during a delayed penalty and with Shesterkin off for another skater.
Fiala’s top-line reunion with center Anze Kopitar and winger Adrian Kempe paid immediate dividends when he scored 35 seconds into the game. Fiala was in the slot to put in Kempe’s rebound for his seventh goal.
Fiala then helped Vilardi score on the power play to make it 2-0 at 6:01, giving him his most goals in a full season after just 22 games. Vilardi had 10 goals in 54 games as a rookie during the abbreviated 2021 campaign.
NOTES: New York came into the game 0-4-2 when trailing after the first period. . Chytil and Alexis Lafreniere each had two assists.
Rangers: At the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday night.
Kings: At the San Jose Sharks on Friday night.
ANGELS GET OF RENFROE FROM BREWERS FOR 3 YOUNG PITCHERS
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) The Los Angeles Angels acquired power-hitting outfielder Hunter Renfroe in a trade with the Milwaukee Brewers for three young pitchers Tuesday night.
Milwaukee received right-handers Janson Junk and Elvis Peguero, and minor league lefty Adam Seminaris.
Renfroe batted .255 with 29 home runs, 72 RBIs and an .807 OPS in 125 games this season, his first with the Brewers. He led major league right fielders with 11 assists and ranked 10th in the National League with a .492 slugging percentage.
“Obviously, it’s a productive player who’s done it year in and year out for a while,” Angels general manager Perry Minasian said on a Zoom conference with reporters. “It’s a quality two-way guy. Not only can he produce on the offensive side, he’s a quality defender. He can really throw. Just the total package. We felt like he was a really good fit for us.”
Renfroe, who turns 31 in January, is eligible for arbitration again and likely to get a raise after earning a $7.65 million salary this year. He can become a free agent after next season.
He joins an Angels team looking for offense to support superstars Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani in a top-heavy lineup that struggled overall this year. Los Angeles went 73-89 and finished third in the AL West.
Milwaukee, with a limited budget, was second in the NL Central at 86-76 and missed the playoffs for the first time since 2017 after four consecutive appearances.
Renfroe was drafted 13th overall by San Diego in 2013 and spent his first four big league seasons with the Padres. But the Angels will mark his fifth team in five years, including Tampa Bay (2020) and Boston (2021).
Junk, 26, spent most of the season with Triple-A Salt Lake but made three appearances for the Angels, including two starts. He was 1-1 with a 6.48 ERA in 8 1/3 innings.
The 25-year-old Peguero made 13 relief appearances for the Angels this season, compiling a 6.75 ERA in 17 1/3 innings. He pitched in 38 games for Salt Lake.
Seminaris, 24, was selected by the Angels in the fifth round of the 2020 draft out of Long Beach State. He made a combined 21 starts and three relief appearances this year with High-A Tri-City, Double-A Rocket City and Triple-A Salt Lake, going 7-11 with a 3.54 ERA. He’s struck out 209 batters in 185 minor league innings.
“We are happy to welcome three quality young arms to our organization, two of which are already on the major league roster and have a chance to impact our team in 2023,” Milwaukee general manager Matt Arnold said. “The ability to add pitching depth to an already strong stable of big league arms is something we feel good about.”
Milwaukee has several outfield prospects who could fill Renfroe’s spot after playing in Triple-A this season.
Garrett Mitchell, a 2020 first-round draft pick, was called up late in the season and had an .832 OPS in 23 games. Sal Frelick, Esteury Ruiz and Joey Wiemer all spent at least part of the season at Triple-A Nashville. Ruiz was acquired from San Diego in the deal for All-Star closer Josh Hader just before the trade deadline.
“We are very thankful to Hunter for all of his contributions, both on and off the field,” Arnold said. “While he will certainly be missed, this is an opportunity for our group of exciting young outfielders to impact our major league team in the near future.”
TIGER WOODS WINS $15M IN PGA TOUR’S PLAYER IMPACT PROGRAM
(AP) — Tiger Woods is making a bigger impact off the course than inside the ropes, and he was rewarded with a $15 million bonus from the PGA Tour’s Player Impact Program.
Woods won the award for the second straight year while playing slightly more often.
He was recovering from a car crash in 2021 and played only two rounds of the PNC Championship with his son, Charlie. This year, he played in three majors, making it to the weekend in two of them, finishing 72 holes only in the Masters.
Woods still ranked No. 1 in four of the five PIP categories. The exception was “TV Sponsor Exposure,” which is the length of time a player’s sponsor logos appear on the screen during weekend rounds. He played only three of those.
Rory McIlroy finished second, as reported by The Associated Press two weeks ago, and received a $12 million bonus. Jordan Spieth narrowly beat out Justin Thomas for third place – Spieth got $9 million, Thomas $7.5 million – with Jon Rahm ($6 million) in fifth.
Masters champion Scottie Scheffler was sixth ($5.5 million). The next four each received $5 million – Xander Schauffele, U.S. Open champion Matt Fitzpatrick, Will Zalatoris and Tony Finau.
Collin Morikawa won the British Open and a World Golf Championship last year and finished out of the money at No. 11 when the program rewarded only 10 players. Now the bonus pool has doubled to $100 million and expanded to 20 players.
He didn’t win this year and still finished 11th.
The pool was $106 million this year because the PGA Tour used two sets of criteria – the one used last year, and the new one going forward that uses “general population awareness” and “golf fan awareness” to replace Q-rating and social media.
Hideki Matsuyama, Cameron Young and Sam Burns would have been in the top 20 using the new model and were awarded $2 million. In all, 23 players received bonuses.
According to a tour memo to players obtained by the AP, those who won PIP money must play in a designated tournament agreed upon by the tour, take part in a PIP service event and play 15 times, 12 of them in elevated events.
Woods is an exception as he plays a limited schedule because of his bad legs. The commissioner has discretion to waive playing requirements for anyone dealing with a serious injury or family emergency.
The 2023 PIP program began in October and will run through August when the season ends. Woods is playing next week in his Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas.
Players who signed with Saudi-funded LIV Golf were not eligible for the award because they were suspended by the PGA Tour if they didn’t resign their membership. That includes Phil Mickelson, who finished second to Woods last year after sending out a tweet that he had won.
After Morikawa at No. 11, the next four players who also receive $3 million are Shane Lowry, Kevin Kisner, Max Homa and Billy Horschel. Rounding out the top 20, worth $2 million, are Rickie Fowler, Adam Scott, Jason Day, Patrick Cantlay and Viktor Hovland.
The memo indicates that 25% of the PIP bonus will be paid with whatever players make at the Sentry Tournament of Champions at Kapalua, and the rest of it will be paid when players complete their three obligations.
It was not clear when Lowry, Kisner, Fowler and Day will be paid the first installment; they did not qualify for Kapalua.
WORLD CUP STUNNER: SAUDI ARABIA BEATS MESSI’S ARGENTINA 2-1
LUSAIL, Qatar (AP) Lionel Messi stood with his hands on his hips near the center circle, looking stone-faced as Saudi Arabia’s jubilant players ran in all directions around him after pulling off one of the biggest World Cup upsets ever against Argentina.
The South American champions and one of the tournament favorites slumped to a 2-1 loss Tuesday against the second lowest-ranked team at the World Cup in a deflating start to Messi’s quest to win the one major title that has eluded him.
Asked how he felt after a painful start to his record fifth World Cup for Argentina, Messi said: “The truth? Dead. It’s a very hard blow because we did not expect to start in this way.”
Saudi Arabia’s comeback joins the list of other major World Cup upsets: Cameroon’s 1-0 win over an Argentina team led by Diego Maradona in the opening game of the 1990 World Cup; Senegal’s 1-0 victory over defending champion France in the 2002 tournament opener; or the United States beating England by the same score in 1950.
“We know the World Cup is this way,” Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni said. “Sometimes you can steamroll the opponents and, in a couple of plays, you are losing.”
That summed up the pattern of a match that started with Messi giving Argentina the lead, calmly converting a penalty in the 10th minute for his 92nd international goal. It had all the makings of a routine win for the defending Copa America champions, who were on a 36-match unbeaten run – one short of the record in international soccer.
Didn’t turn out that way.
Goals by Saleh Alshehri and Salem Aldawsari in a five-minute span early in the second half gave the Saudis a landmark result in the first World Cup staged in the Middle East. Their previous biggest win was 1-0 over Belgium at the 1994 World Cup, secured by a storied individual goal by Saeed Al-Owairan.
“All the stars aligned for us,” Saudi Arabia coach Herve Renard said. “We made history for Saudi football.”
The 35-year-old Messi, playing in his fifth – and likely his final – World Cup for Argentina, scratched the side of his head and shook hands with a Saudi coaching staff member after the final whistle.
He walked toward the tunnel with a group of other Argentina players and looked despondent, an all-too-familiar scene for the seven-time world player of the year who has yet to win soccer’s ultimate prize.
“We are facing two finals now,” said Argentina striker Lautaro Martinez, looking ahead of remaining group matches against Mexico and Poland. “We screwed it up in the second half.”
The unlikely victory by a team made up entirely of Saudi-based players was sealed by a somersault by Aldawsari, who brought down a high ball just inside the penalty area, spun his way past Nahuel Molina with the help of a ricochet, dribbled past Leandro Paredes and drove a powerful shot to the far corner in the 53rd.
A stunned Messi watched as Saudi Arabia’s green-clad fans, who had come over the Qatari border in their thousands, celebrated in disbelief in the stands. Saudi Arabia’s substitutes swarmed onto the field to congratulate Aldawsari, who sank to his knees after his post-goal acrobatics.
“It’s one for the history books,” Renard said.
Such was Argentina’s initial dominance that Saudi Arabia didn’t have a shot on goal in the first half, during which the Alibiceleste had three goals ruled out for offside as they repeatedly got behind the Saudis’ high defensive line.
“Some of those decisions were by inches,” Scaloni said, “but that’s technology for you.”
The 48th-minute equalizer came from Saudi Arabia’s first attempt on target, with Alshehri finding the far corner with an angled finish that went through the legs of defender Cristian Romero and beyond the dive of goalkeeper Emi Martinez.
Saudi goalkeeper Mohammed Alowais made two diving saves during 14 minutes of stoppage time to preserve a win that shakes up the group.
“This group always stood out for its evenness, its strength, and it is time to be more united than ever,” Messi said. “We have to go back to our training base and try to win the next game.”
Argentina hadn’t previously lost a World Cup game when leading at halftime since 1930, when the team conceded three goals in the second half to lose to Uruguay 4-2.
Saudi Arabia strengthened its chances of reaching the knockout stage of the World Cup for the first time since 1994. “There will just be 20 minutes of celebration for us,” Renard said. “We still have two games – or more.”
Argentina returns to the Lusail Stadium to play Mexico on Saturday. Saudi Arabia takes on Poland on the same day.
****TOP INDIANA SPORTS RELEASES****
GAME PREVIEW: PACERS VS TIMBERWOLVES
Two streaking teams will take to the hardwood at Gainbridge Fieldhouse Wednesday night.
The Indiana Pacers (10-6) have won five straight games as they welcome the Minnesota Timberwolves (9-8), winners of four in a row, to Indianapolis.
In the month of November, the Pacers’ record is almost flawless at 7-1. Overall, the Blue & Gold have won nine of its last 11 games after opening the season 1-4.
Indiana enters the game with a pair of home wins over the Orlando Magic, including a 123-102 victory on Monday.
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In its most recent matchup with the Magic, six Pacers scored in double-digit figures, led by 22 points from rookie Bennedict Mathurin. Pacers point guard Tyrese Haliburton notched his 10th double-double of the 2022-2023 season with 18 points and 14 assists – despite not playing in the fourth quarter – in the win.
Off the bench, T.J. McConnell secured his first double-double of the season with 19 points and 10 assists while Oshae Brissett scored a season-high 18 points against Orlando.
The win was the largest margin of victory for the Pacers so far this season.
In Minneapolis on Monday, Minnesota climbed back over .500 by eking out a 105-101 win over the Miami Heat.
After trailing 60-47 at halftime, the Timberwolves exploded for 37 points in the third quarter while holding the Heat to 19 before holding on in the final frame.
Timberwolves 6-foot-11 power forward/center Karl Anthony-Towns led the team with 25 points, eight rebounds and nine assists while shooting guard Anthony Edwards collected 22 points, seven rebounds and four assists.
Edwards (22.1 points per game) and Towns (21.3 points per game) have anchored the Timberwolves’ scoring this season.
In the offseason, the Timberwolves traded for three-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year and 2022 rebounding leader Rudy Gobert from the Utah Jazz. With the Timberwolves, the 7-foot-1 center is averaging 13.7 points, 12.6 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game.
During its winning streak, the Timberwolves have also notched victories over Cleveland, Orlando and Philadelphia.
Indiana will conclude its four-game homestand on Friday against the Brooklyn Nets. The Pacers went 1-1 in back-to-back games at Brooklyn last month.
Pacers: G – Tyrese Haliburton, G – Buddy Hield, F – Aaron Nesmith, F – Jalen Smith, C – Myles Turner
Timberwolves: G – D’Angelo Russell, G – Anthony Edwards, F – Jaden McDaniels, F – Karl Anthony-Towns, C – Rudy Gobert
Pacers: Andrew Nembhard – questionable (bruised left knee), Chris Duarte – out (left ankle sprain), Daniel Theis – out (sore right knee)
Timberwolves: Kyle Anderson – out (back spasms), Cam Reddish – out (sore right groin), Derrick Rose – out (sore right toe)
Feb. 13, 2022: Behind a 37-point performance by Anthony Edwards, Minnesota defeated Indiana 129-120 at Gainbridge Fieldhouse, sweeping the Pacers 2-0 for the season.
Indiana played shorthanded, missing six players due to injury while also losing a player during game action.
The Timberwolves led 37-33 at the end of the first quarter and used a 13-0 scoring spree in the second frame to build a 56-44 lead at halftime.
While the Blue & Gold were able to cut it to 96-94 in the third quarter, the Timberwolves held on down the stretch.
Edwards finished 13-for-25 from the field, including shooting 7-for-13 from 3-point range, to lead the visitors. Next for the Timberwolves was Russell, who scored 23 points, and Anthony-Towns, who finished with 15 points and 13 rebounds.
Haliburton (22 points, 16 assists) and Brissett (22 points, 13 rebounds) each recorded double-doubles in the Pacers loss.
- On Monday, Halliburton was named Eastern Conference Player of the week – his first time receiving the honor. Haliburton averaged 21 points, 4.3 assists and 11 assists per game while shooting at a 53.2 percent clip as the Pacers beat Charlotte, Houston and Orlando last week. Haliburton is leading the NBA in assists with 10.5 per game and has the most double-doubles for a guard with 10.
- The Pacers’ five straight wins is its longest winning streak since the 2019-2020 season. During that season, the Pacers won five consecutive games three times. The last time the Pacers won six straight was from Dec. 21, 2018, to Jan. 4, 2019.
- Following Monday night’s games, the Pacers owned the second-longest active winning streak in the NBA, behind just Sacramento (six straight).
- Not only is Mathurin leading all rookies in scoring, but he’s also leading all bench players by averaging 19.3 point per game. The Pacers’ bench is the second-highest scoring in the NBA, averaging 43.8 points per game, trailing just the Utah Jazz reserves (45.3 PPG).
- In games where the Pacers have six individual players score in double digits, the team is 7-0.
Broadcast Information (TV and Radio Listings >>)
TV: Bally Sports Indiana – Chris Denari (play-by-play), Quinn Buckner (analyst), Jeremiah Johnson (sideline reporter/host)
Radio: 93.5/107.5 The Fan – Mark Boyle (play-by-play), Eddie Gill (analyst), Pat Boylan (sideline reporter/host)
The Pacers host Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday, Nov. 23 at 7:00 PM ET.
COLTS RELEASE UNOFFICIAL DEPTH CHART FOR WEEK 12 GAME VS. PITTSBURGH STEELERS
» WR: Alec Pierce, Ashton Dulin
» LT: Bernhard Raimann, Dennis Kelly
» LG: Quenton Nelson
» C: Ryan Kelly, Wesley French
» RG: Will Fries, Matt Pryor, Danny Pinter
» RT: Braden Smith
» TE: Mo Alie-Cox
» TE: Kylen Granson, Jelani Woods
» WR: Parris Campbell, Keke Coutee
» WR: Michael Pittman Jr., Mike Strachan
» QB: Matt Ryan, Sam Ehlinger, Nick Foles
» RB: Jonathan Taylor, Deon Jackson, Zack Moss
- Wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. had six catches for 75 yards, marking the seventh time in 2022 he’s had at least six catches in a game.
- Wide receiver Parris Campbell caught five passes for 67 yards, his fourth game with 5+ receptions for 55+ yards this season.
- Interim head coach Jeff Saturday said after the game he plans to move forward with rookie Bernhard Raimann at left tackle and 2021 seventh-round pick Will Fries at right guard.
» DE: Kwity Paye, Dayo Odeyingbo, Khalid Kareem
» DT: DeForest Buckner, Byron Cowart, Chris Williams
» NT: Grover Stewart, Eric Johnson II
» DE: Yannick Ngakoue, Ifeadi Odenigbo, Ben Banogu
» WLB: Bobby Okereke, Grant Stuard
» MLB: Zaire Franklin
» SAM: EJ Speed, JoJo Domann
» CB: Isaiah Rodgers Sr., Brandon Facyson
» FS: Julian Blackmon, Rodney Thomas II
» SS: Rodney McLeod Jr., Nick Cross
» N: Kenny Moore II, Tony Brown
» CB: Stephon Gilmore, Dallis Flowers
- Linebacker Zaire Franklin recorded 12 tackles in Week 11, bringing his 2022 season total to a league-leading 108 tackles. Franklin also forced a fumble and recorded a tackle for a loss against the Eagles.
- Defensive end Yannick Ngakoue had a strip-sack and totaled 1 1/2 sacks, bringing his season total to 6 1/2 sacks. He needs just 1 1/2 more sacks to have eight in his seventh consecutive season.
- Safety Rodney McLeod Jr. recorded six tackles, one tackle for a loss and one pass break-up.
- Cornerback Brandon Facyson had two pass break-ups.
» P: Matt Haack
» PK: Chase McLaughlin
» H: Matt Haack
» LS: Luke Rhodes
» KR: Isaiah Rodgers Sr.
» PR: Keke Coutee
- Kicker Chase McLaughlin connected on three of four field goals in Week 11, including a 51-yard field goal. McLaughlin now has made a career high five field goals of 50 or more yards.
- Punter Matt Haack averaged 52 yards per punt and down two of his four punts inside the 20-yard line.
- Special teams snap leaders: E.J. Speed (20), Tony Brown (17), Ashton Dulin (16), Ben Banogu (16), Grant Stuard (16), JoJo Domann (16), Nick Cross (16).
COLTS RELEASE LB TYRELL ADAMS FROM PRACTICE SQUAD
Indianapolis – The Indianapolis Colts today released linebacker Tyrell Adams from the practice squad.
Adams, 6-2, 230 pounds, was signed to the Indianapolis practice squad on November 15, 2022. He has played in 44 career games (14 starts) in his time with the Colts (2018, 2022), Jacksonville Jaguars (2021-22), San Francisco 49ers (2018, 2021), Houston Texans (2018-20), Buffalo Bills (2017, 2021), Oakland Raiders (2016-17), Kansas City Chiefs (2015-16) and Seattle Seahawks (2015) and has totaled 150 tackles (90 solo), 5.0 tackles for loss, 2.0 sacks, four passes defensed, five forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and 13 special teams stops. Adams has also appeared in four postseason contests.
COLTS SIGN DE KHALID KAREEM OFF CINCINNATI BENGALS PRACTICE SQUAD, WAIVE S TREVOR DENBOW
Indianapolis – The Indianapolis Colts today signed defensive end Khalid Kareem off of the Cincinnati Bengals practice squad and waived safety Trevor Denbow.
Kareem, 6-4, 268 pounds, was signed to the Bengals practice squad on October 13, 2022, after spending the first nine weeks of the season on the team’s Injured Reserve list. In 2021, he played in seven games (one start) for Cincinnati and registered nine tackles (five solo), 1.0 tackle for loss, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. Kareem also appeared in four postseason contests, including Super Bowl LVI, and totaled three tackles (two solo). As a rookie in 2020, he saw action in all 16 games for the Bengals and finished with 19 tackles (nine solo), 1.0 tackle for loss and 1.0 sack. Kareem was originally selected by Cincinnati in the fifth round (147th overall) of the 2020 NFL Draft out of Notre Dame. His name is pronounced KAH-lid kuh-REEM.
Denbow, 5-10, 208 pounds, has played in one game this season. He was activated from the team’s Injured Reserve list on October 31, 2022, after being placed on the list on August 31, 2022. Denbow participated in the Colts’ 2022 offseason program and training camp after originally signing with Indianapolis as an undrafted free agent on May 13, 2022. Collegiately, he played in 47 games (42 starts) at SMU (2018-21) and compiled 181 tackles (120 solo), 12.5 tackles for loss, 2.0 sacks, 11 passes defensed, three interceptions, four forced fumbles and one blocked kick. Denbow also totaled 45 punts for 1,745 yards (38.8 avg.). He was an American Athletic Conference All-Academic Team choice in 2019. Prior to SMU, Denbow spent one season (2017) at Navarro College and registered 36 tackles, 2.0 sacks and four interceptions in 10 games.
DWIGHT FREENEY, ROBERT MATHIS, REGGIE WAYNE NAMED SEMIFINALISTS FOR PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2023
The Pro Football Hall of Fame on Tuesday announced 28 modern era semifinalists for its Class of 2023, with three Colts greats advancing to the next stage of consideration for a gold jacket: Defensive ends Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis and wide receiver Reggie Wayne.
Wayne has been a Pro Football Hall of Fame semifinalist in each of his first three years on the ballot (2020-2022), and has advanced to being a finalist in each of those three years. The current Colts wide receivers coach compiled Hall of Fame-worthy career with the Colts from 2001-2014 with 14,345 yards and 82 touchdowns; he’s also among the most productive wide receivers in playoff history with 93 receptions (second all-time) and 1,243 yards (fourth). He played at a Hall of Fame-worthy level for over a decade, and it should be a matter of when – not if – Wayne takes his rightful place in Canton.
Freeney earned his spot as a semifinalist in his first year on the ballot with his 125 1/2 career sacks, which ranks 26th in NFL history. He was a three-time first-team AP All-Pro (2004, 2005, 2009) and seven-time Pro Bowler (2003-2005, 2008-2011) whose patented spin move terrorized opposing offenses for a decade and a half. Freeney had 10 or more sacks in seven seasons and four or more forced fumbles in eight seasons, and was included on the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s first-team All-2000s team.
Mathis, a semifinalist in his first year of eligibility in the class of 2022, should earn strong consideration again for his title as the NFL’s strip-sack king. He’s the NFL’s all-time leader in forced fumbles (52) and strip-sacks (47), and amassed a Colts record 123 sacks over a 14-year career spent entirely in Indianapolis. Mathis was a five-time Pro Bowler (2008-2010, 2012-2013) and earned first-team AP All-Pro honors in 2013, when he led the NFL with 19 1/2 sacks and 10 forced fumbles.
Wide receiver Andre Johnson, who played for the Colts in 2015, was also named a semifinalist on Wednesday.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame will announce 15 modern era Class of 2023 finalists in early January. From there, the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee will meet early in 2023 to determine who will be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in August 2023.
INDY FUEL PIT STOP: WEEK 5
INDY FUEL WEEK 4 RESULTS: 2-1-0-0,
INDY FUEL OVERALL RECORD: 8-3-1-0 Overall (1st Central)
GAME 10 – THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 17 VS FORT WAYNE – 6-3 L
The Indy Fuel hosted the Fort Wayne Komets for the second time this season after beating them the first time. The Fuel were unable to take the win and fell to the Komets 6-3 in their first home loss of the season.
GAME 11 – SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19 AT TOLEDO – 4-3 W
In a thrilling game in Toledo, the Fuel mounted a comeback win, scoring three unanswered goals to beat the Walleye 4-3. Nate Pionk had his first game-winning goal of the season and late additions Cliff Watson and Shane Kuzmeski shined.
GAME 12 – SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 20 VS WHEELING – 6-1 W
The Fuel hosted Wheeling for the first time this season and defeated them 6-1 with a 28-save game by Zach Driscoll and a 3-point game from Alex Wideman and Cliff Watson.
- Defenseman Cliff Watson was recalled by Rockford on 11/21
- Defenseman Matt Watson was placed on reserve on 11/20
- Defenseman Shane Kuzmeski was signed on 11/18
- Goaltender Cam Gray activated from reserve on 11/18
- Goaltender Mitchell Weeks was called up to Rockford on 11/18
- Defenseman Cam Bakker placed on Commissioner’s Exempt List on 11/18
- Defenseman Keoni Texeira placed on injured reserve, effective 11/18
- Jan Mandat tallied his tenth goal of the season, which puts him in second place in goals in the ECHL.
- Mandat also leads the Fuel in power play goals with three.
- Chad Yetman broke a seven game point streak on Sunday but still leads the team in +/- with +10
- Bryan Lemos is now just one goal away from his 50th career ECHL goal.
- After a four game pointless streak, Alex Wideman had a three-point game on Sunday and is now tied for first in points for the Fuel.
- With another shorthanded goal this week, the Fuel now lead the league with five.
- The Fuel are now in first place in the Central division, tied with Cincinnati in points but have six more goals for.
- Indy currently has a penalty kill success rate of 77%
- The Fuel continue to play their best in the second period, scoring 18 goals in the second period so far this season.
- Indy ranks ninth in the league in penalty minutes with an average of 15.67 minutes per game.
- The Fuel have not yet won a game when they are trailing after the second period.
INDY FUEL WEEK 6 SCHEDULE
- GAME 13 – WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 23 AT WHEELING
- GAME 14 – FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 25 VS IOWA
- GAME 15 – SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 26 VS KALAMAZOO
Final Week in Big Ten Volleyball Leaves Much to be Decided for Indiana
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – With one week remaining in the Big Ten Volleyball season, the Indiana Volleyball team (15-15, 8-10) remains firmly in the mix for a tournament bid and its best finish in the conference in years.
After taking down Northwestern and No. 5 Ohio State last weekend, IU returns home for its final two against fellow bubble programs Illinois (Wednesday) and Maryland (Friday).
The Hoosiers could finish as high as 6th in the standings and as low as 11th in the conference with a number of intriguing matches left to be played.
IU’s eight wins in the Big Ten right now mark the most in a season since winning nine in 2010. The Hoosiers haven’t won 10 conference matches in a year since 2002.
The victory over No. 5 Ohio State marked the program’s first-ever win on the road against a top-five opponent.
Illinois is the last team in the conference that IU hasn’t played this season. The Hoosiers beat Maryland in five sets in College Park at the end of September.
Both matches will be streamed via BTN+ and will have a first serve of 5:00 PM EST.
• This marks the 48th season of Indiana Volleyball including the fifth under head coach Steve Aird.
• Mady Saris has taken big steps forward in her sophomore campaign and ranks near the top of the conference in several categories. She owns 407 kills (No. 4 in Big Ten) and 466.5 points (No. 4 in Big Ten)
• Camryn Haworth has proven to be one of the most versatile setters in all of the Big Ten. Her 1024 assists rank No. 4 in the Big Ten and her 8.98 assists per set put her 6th in the conference. She’s also No. 1 in the conference in aces (44).
• Morgan Geddes and Kaley Rammelsberg have returned to give IU a full-strength lineup for the first time in conference play. The pair combined for 24 kills at Wisconsin (Nov. 6), the first time both have been in double digits since Sept. 16.
• Paula Cerame has been fantastic this season with 453 digs (No. 1 Big Ten) and 34 service aces (No. 8 Big Ten). She’s had 10+ digs in 17 of 18 Big Ten matches.
• Entering Sunday afternoon, the Hoosiers were 1-56 all-time against top-five teams and had never beaten one on the road.
• That changed against No. 5 Ohio State when the Hoosiers picked off the Buckeyes 3-2 for the first road win over a top-five team in program history.
• Camryn Haworth provided one of the best statistical weekends in recent memory in wins against Northwestern and No. 5 Ohio State.
• She had a triple double (37 assists, 11 digs, 10 kills) against Northwestern and a double double (45 assists and 16 digs in win over Ohio State.
• The Hoosiers have developed an identity as one of the toughest serving teams in the conference and in the NCAA.
• IU has 205 aces and sits No. 1 in the Big Ten and No. 12 nationally in service aces this year. It is the highest-ranked power five team in the NCAA in aces.
• Camryn Haworth (44) and Paula Cerame (34) are 1st and 8th in the Big Ten while Kenzie Daffinee’s electric jump serve has earned her at least two aces on six separate occasions this season.
• Mady Saris, Camryn Haworth and Paula Cerame have started all 30 matches for the Hoosiers this year while Savannah Kjolhede, Isa Lopez and Candela Alonso-Corcelles have all appeared in every match as well.
• Savannah Kjolhede has steadily improved over the course of her career, now in her third season as a Hoosier. After playing her freshman campaign in the COVID-shortened spring, Kjolhede has improved her hitting percentage from .194 to .305 in two seasons and owns 438 career kills and 261 career blocks.
• The Hoosiers earned two Big Ten Weekly Awards this past week with Camryn Haworth (Setter of the Week) and Paula Cerame (Co-Defensive Player of the Week) taking the laurels.
• Camryn Haworth followed that up by being named AVCA/Gamechanger DI National Player of the Week.
• The Illini are winners of four-straight matches and have much to play for when they come to Bloomington this weekend.
• Raina Terry is one of the nation’s most prolific attackers with 422 kills and 4.14 per set on the season. Setter Diana Brown is No. 2 in the Big Ten with 1048 assists.
• IU hasn’t beaten Illinois since the 2010 season. Both teams need this win as they look for bids to the NCAA Tournament.
• Another team playing for everything down the stretch, Maryland will come to town on Friday for the regular season finale.
• The Hoosiers beat Maryland in five sets in the second game of the season but haven’t won back-to-back matches over the Terrapins since 2014 and 2015.
• Maryland is one of the best blocking teams in the country with Rainelle Jones and Anastasia Russ helping to combine for 317 blocks on the year.
• A pair of young attackers in Laila Ivey and Sam Csire are outstanding on the pins with setter Sydney Dowler and libero Milan Gomillion providing a consistent impact.
- Venue: Wilkinson Hall (Indiana)
- Watch: BTN+
- Live Stats:
- Indiana vs. Illinois: https://bit.ly/3VhngcL
- Indiana vs. Maryland: https://bit.ly/3VgQOaz
#24 PURDUE SET FOR PHIL KNIGHT LEGACY IN PORTLAND
GAMEDAY INFO — PHIL KNIGHT LEGACY
[rv] West Virginia (4-0) vs.  Purdue (3-0)
Portland, Oregon | Mackey Arena (12,888)
TELEVISION: ESPN2 | RADIO: Purdue Sports Network
ANNOUNCERS: Dan Shulman, Jay Bilas, Brooke Weisbrod OR Myron Medcalf
THE NOTES TO KNOW
• Purdue returns to the Pacific Northwest for the first time since March 2010 when it travels to Portland for the elite Phil Knight Legacy. Purdue played in the 2009 (Portland) and 2010 (Spokane) NCAA Tournaments in the Northwest, advancing to the Sweet 16 in both seasons.
• Purdue will face its second straight top-70 (KenPom) ranked team after beating Marquette 75-70 on Nov. 15. The Boilermakers current seven-game stretch is West Virginia, two more games in Portland, a quick turnaround to face Florida State in Tallahassee, and then Minnesota and Nebraska in its first two Big Ten games with Hofstra sandwiched between those two Big Ten games.
• The Boilermakers are aiming for their second straight 4-0 start after last year’s team opened the year 8-0 while ascending to the No. 1 national ranking in the AP poll in early December. The last time Purdue started 4-0 in back-to-back seasons was in 2017-18 and 2018-19.
• Purdue is looking for its second straight tournament title after winning the Hall of Fame Tipoff Classic last November with victories over North Carolina and Villanova. Purdue is 22-6 in FeastWeek tournaments since the 2014-15 season.
• Purdue has entered the AP Top 25 poll this week, coming in at No. 24. The Boilermakers have been ranked in at least one AP Top 25 poll in eight straight years, the longest streak in school history (previous long streak was four years twice) and the 10th-longest streak in America.
• The Boilermakers have won 10 straight games in the month of November, with its last loss coming Nov. 26, 2020, vs. Clemson (81-70). The average margin of victory in the nine games is 25.3 points per game with seven of the wins coming by at least 19 points.
• Purdue has also won 16 straight regular-season, non-conference games, dating to a Dec. 8, 2020, setback at Miami, Fla. (58-54).
• Purdue’s freshman class is averaging 26.7 points (36.0 percent of scoring) and 10.3 rebounds per game through the first two games.
• On the national scene, Purdue ranks 17th in 3-point percentage defense (.231), 19th in rebound margin (+11.3), 19th in blocked shots (6.0), 21st in field goal percentage defense (.351), 26th in scoring defense (55.7) and 37th in fewest turnovers per game (10.3).
• Braden Smith was named the Big Ten’s Freshman of the Week after scoring 20 points with three assists and two rebounds vs. Marquette.
• Individually in the national rankings, Zach Edey is first in offensive rebounds per game (6.0), 2nd in double-doubles (3), 3rd in rebounds per game (13.7), 8th in blocks per game (3.3), 33rd in points per game (20.7) and 41st in field goal percentage (.649).
• Zach Edey is one of two players nationally to average 20 points and 10 rebounds per game. He is the only one to add three blocks per game.
• Purdue has won 40 straight games when scoring 80 or more points (last loss: Dec. 15, 2018, vs. Notre Dame, 88-80).
• Purdue is 139-15 when winning both the turnover and rebound battles. Purdue was +10 in turnovers and +18 in rebounding vs. Milwaukee.
• Matt Painter needs 13 overall victories to become the fifth coach in Big Ten history with 400 victories while at a conference school (Bob Knight, Tom Izzo, Gene Keady, Lou Henson).
• With the sellout against Marquette, Purdue has had a home sellout in 44 consecutive games. The last non-sellout came Jan. 3, 2019, vs. Iowa. Just two more games on the schedule have tickets remaining (New Orleans on Dec. 21; Florida A&M on Dec. 29).
• The Boilermakers own an 1,887 – 1,054 all-time record (.642), ranking tied for 11th with Arizona on the all-time NCAA basketball wins list. The 64.1 winning percentage is tied for 14th all-time.
• Purdue is in search of its 25th Big Ten Championship, having won two of the last six regular-season titles (2017, 2019). The Boilermakers are the all-time leader in Big Ten regular-season championships, two ahead of rival Indiana (22).
• Purdue has made seven straight NCAA Tournament appearances, the sixth-longest streak in the country. Purdue has accounted for four of the Big Ten’s 11 Sweet 16 apperances since the 2016-17 season.
• Purdue has 10 players this season standing at least 6-6, the most in school history. Purdue’s average height of its scholarship players is 6-7 1/4.
#19 PURDUE TO CLOSE REGULAR SEASON AT MARYLAND, #11 PENN STATE
Wednesday, November 23 | 7 p.m. ET
No. 19 Purdue at Maryland
B1G+ | WSHY 104.3
Friday, Nov. 25 | 7 p.m. ET
No. 19 Purdue at No. 11 Penn State
B1G+ | WSHY 104.3
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The final week of regular season volleyball has arrived, sending No. 19 Purdue (19-9, 10-8 Big Ten) to the east coast, where the team is slated to take on Maryland (15-15, 6-12 Big Ten) in a midweek matchup, followed by a Friday night showdown at No. 11 Penn State (22-7, 11-7 Big Ten).
Both Wednesday and Friday’s match will begin at 7 p.m. ET on B1G+.
Purdue has played a total of eight matches this season vs. top-25 opponents. Of those eight, seven were vs. top-10 programs. Five of Purdue’s nine losses have come at the hands top top-10 opponents.
Over the last seven matches, the Boilermakers are 4-3. All three losses have come vs. top-11 opponents in No. 5 Nebraska and No. 11 Penn State.
Purdue is facing some of the toughest blocking opponents over the final three matches, with the national leader Maryland posting 3.28, No. 8 Nebraska at 2.74 and No. 12 Penn State at 2.71 blocks per set.
Purdue faced three top-9 teams in the span of five matches during October.
The month of November will be the team’s toughest stretch of the year, with five of the team’s eight matches against teams receiving a nod in the AVCA poll. Of those five, two are top-6 opponents, three are top-11 opponents and four are top-16 teams.
A LOOK AT THE MARYLAND TERRAPINS
Series History: 10-2 (PUR Leads) | Last Meeting: 10/16/22 (L, 0-3 in West Lafayette)
Last week, the Terrapins took down the tied for first in the Big Ten No. 5 Ohio State, 3-1, on their home court. It was the team’s second win vs. ranked opponent this year, after the Terps handed the Boilers a sweep in October.
Sam Csire recorded a season-high 22 kills and seven digs in the win vs. OSU. Meanwhile, Anastasia Russ posted 10 blocks, marking the second time she’s reached double-digit blocks.
Maryland is 3-7 over its last 10 matches.
As the national blocks leader, Jones checks in at No. 4 and Russ at No. 6 individually in the nation.
A LOOK AT THE #11 PENN STATE NITTANY LIONS
Series History: 9-59 (PSU Leads) | Last Meeting: 11/12/22 (L, 1-3 in West Lafayette)
Penn State is the conference leader in points, averaging 17.33 per set while limiting opponent service aces and digs to some of the lowest marks in the league at .67 and 11.86 per set, respecitively – good for second.
Penn State ranks No. 12 in the nation in blocks per set (2.71), an effort led by Allie Holland who ranks 14th in the nation and fifth in the leauge (1.41).
The squad’s offense includes two players among the Big Ten’s top-8 in hitting % (Katie Clark: .361 and Holland: .339). Meanwhile, Kashauna Williams is averaging 3.45 kills per set (ninth in the league) and setter Seleisa Elisaia 10.50 assists per set (second in the league).
Outside hitter #23 Kashauna Willliams is averaging 20 kills a match over the last three outings.
Purdue is 2-2 over the last four matches in Rec Hall and 3-3 overall in the last six matches vs. Penn State.
LAST TIME OUT: VS. MARYLAND (22-25, 19-25, 23-25)
Maryland edged out Purdue in every statistical category, including hitting % (.212 vs. .115) and digs (54 vs. 47) and blocks (12 vs. 9).
The Boilers came within reach of pushing the match to a fourth set with their 21-15 lead, but the Terps contained Purdue in the final stretch, with three key blocks in their run to take the set.
Eva Hudson led the Boilers with 11 kills, while Maddie Schermerhorn totaled 16 digs and Raven Colvin produced seven blocks).
Together, Maryland’s Rainelle Jones and Anastasia Russ totaled 14 kills, 1 error on 24 swings alongside 11 total blocks. Jones led the team with a .667 hitting % while Russ whent errorless with at .467%.
LAST TIME OUT: VS. THEN-#16 PENN STATE (25-21, 19-25, 25-27, 19-25)
There were 28 tied scores over the four sets vs. Penn State.
Purdue held set point twice in the third set at 24-22, 25-24, but Penn State went on a 6-2 run to take the set.
Kashauna Williams began to take off with her match at Purdue, where she totaled 22 kills with six errors on 42 swings for a .381 hitting %. The mark was the second-most kills the grad student has produced in a match this season and third-highest attack %.
Raven Colvin and Eva Hudson came out to hot starts, posting five kills each to lead both teams.
BUTLERMBB OPENS BATTLE 4 ATLANTIS WEDNESDAY AGAINST TENNESSEE
The Bulldogs head toward warmer weather and one of the most competitive fields of 2022 as Butler begins play in the Battle 4 Atlantis Wednesday against Tennessee. Butler’s second opponent will be either USC or BYU, while the other side of the bracket includes Kansas, Dayton, Wisconsin, and North Carolina State.
Butler (3-1) vs. #22 Tennessee (2-1)
Wednesday, Nov. 23; 7:30PM
Battle 4 Atlantis
Paradise Island, Bahamas
TV: ESPN2 & ESPN App – Kevin Fitzgerald & Carolyn Peck
Radio: 1430AM – @MarkMinner & Nick Gardner (@n_gardner)
Varsity Network Radio App
SiriusXM 388, SXM App 978
PDF Notes Available at https://bit.ly/3NGADRf
SERIES: Butler Leads, 3-2
Streak: Butler, W1
Neutral Court: Tied, 1-1
First Meeting: Butler, 81-66; 1958-59
• Butler was previously part of the Battle 4 Atlantis field in both 2014 and 2018. The Bulldogs went 2-1 in each event.
• Butler owns a 3-2 advantage in the all-time series against Tennessee. The teams first met in 1958 (a Butler win at Hinkle Fieldhouse). Butler also has wins as part of the 2006 Preseason NIT at Madison Square Garden and a 2015 match-up at Hinkle Fieldhouse. Tennessee won, 76-71, over the Bulldogs in the 2008 NCAA Tournament and in 2014 in Knoxville.
• Tennessee coach Rick Barnes has led the Volunteers since the 2015-16 season. His final game as the head coach of Texas was a loss to Butler in the first round of the 2015 NCAA Tournament.
• Butler’s 47-point victory over The Citadel Saturday is the largest by the Bulldogs since defeating Western Illinois, 107-46, at Hinkle Fieldhouse Dec. 21, 2017.
• Butler shot 70.4 percent in Thursday’s 95-67 win over Saint Francis (Pa.); it was the second-best field goal percentage in program history, trailing only the 71.9 clip from the Nov. 15, 2014 win over Maine.
• Saturday’s win over The Citadel included 17 three-pointers, which was just shy of the program-record of 20 and the most since hitting 17 vs. Northern Illinois Dec. 8, 2018.
• Butler is 25-for-46 (54 percent) from behind the arc over the past two games.
• Butler entered Saturday’s game against The Citadel ranked 295th nationally in three-point shooting percentage; after the game, the Bulldogs are now ranked 105th.
• Butler is ninth nationally in field goal shooting (53.1 percent).
• Chuck Harris led the Bulldogs with 22 points and a career-high seven assists against St. Francis; it was the 11th 20-point game of his career.
• Harris, Jayden Taylor and Simas Lukosius have scored in double figures in all four games this season.
• Through four games, Manny Bates is ranked sixth nationally in blocks per game (3.5) and 14th in field goal percentage (74.3).
• Bates opened his Butler career with back-to-back double-doubles; his 25 points in the season-opener against New Orleans were a career-high.
• Bates is the first Bulldog to score at least 20 points in his Butler debut since Rotnei Clarke (21 vs. Elon in 2012).
• Harris and Taylor have combined to go 28-for-30 from the free throw line so far this season (93 percent).
• Butler is 19th nationally in turnover margin at +7.0 through its first four games.
• The Bulldogs committed only five turnovers in the Nov. 14 Gavitt Games loss at Penn State.
• Butler has forced 18.8 turnovers per game so far during the young season, which is 31st nationally. The Bulldogs forced New Orleans into 30 turnovers in the season opener.
• The Bulldogs were without Myles Wilmoth, Jalen Thomas, John-Michael Mulloy, and Ali Ali against The Citadel due to various injuries; none of the group have played in a regular season game yet this season.
• Matta returns to his alma mater as the head coach at Butler; he also led the Bulldogs as head coach during the 2000-01 season.
• Matta is a combined 70-26 in the first season at each of his previous head coaching stops (Butler in 2000-01, Xavier in 2001-02 and Ohio State in 2004-05), winning at least 20 games in each of those seasons.
• Butler went on a foreign tour to Italy and Greece August 2-12, winning four games abroad.
• BIG EAST coaches have voted Butler eighth in the conference’s preseason poll, while Butler junior Chuck Harris was named Preseason All-BIG EAST Honorable Mention for the second consecutive season.
• Harris led Butler in scoring as both a freshman (2020-21) and a sophomore (2021-22). He looks to become the first Bulldog to lead the team in scoring in three consecutive seasons since Kellen Dunham (2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16).
IUPUI WOMEN’S BASKETBALL TRAVELS TO EASTERN MICHIGAN ON WEDNESDAY
YPSILANTI, Mich. – The IUPUI women’s basketball team looks to extend their three-game win streak on Wednesday when they travel to Eastern Michigan for a 2:00 PM tip. The Jags last faced Eastern Michigan in 2000 when the Eagles defeated IUPUI, 77-70.
IUPUI (3-2) dropped 97 points on Eastern Michigan’s MAC foe, Ohio to seal their third consecutive win on Sunday, 97-86. Six Jags posted double-digits with Destiny Perkins leading the way with her first double-double of the season with 20 points and 10 assists. Rachel Kent also recorded her first double-double of the season with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Jazmyn Turner holds a team-high 12.4 points and 6.4 rebounds per game to lead the Jags this season.
Eastern Michigan enters the week 3-0 with wins over Lindenwood, SIUE and Florida A&M. Four Eagles posted double figures in their most recent win over Florida A&M.
Wednesday’s matchup will mark just the third time the Jags and Eagles have met with both teams earning a win.
The Jaguars will look to continue their win streak at 2:00 PM on ESPN+.
MEN’S BASKETBALL HEADS TO NEW ORLEANS FOR BIG EASY CLASSIC
vs. Denver (11/23): Watch I Live Stats I Game Notes (.pdf)
at New Orleans (11/24): Watch I Live Stats I Game Notes (.pdf)
vs. The Citadel (11/25): Watch I Live Stats I Game Notes (.pdf)
NEW ORLEANS – The IUPUI basketball team will head to New Orleans over the Thanksgiving holiday as the Jaguars will play three games in three days at UNO’s Big Easy Classic. IUPUI (1-3) will open play against former league foe Denver on Wednesday (Nov. 23) before playing host New Orleans on Thursday (Nov. 24). The Jaguars will cap the three-game trip on Friday (Nov. 25) against The Citadel.
IUPUI is coming off its first win of the season, having defeated Franklin College 59-45 inside Indiana Farmers Coliseum on Saturday. Freshman Armon Jarrard hit 5-of-9 shots to tally a career-high 11 points and graduate transfer Chris Osten contributed 10 points and seven boards. The Jaguars fell behind by nine points early in the contest, but outscored Franklin 53-30 over the final 30 minutes. Head coach Matt Crenshaw was able to empty the bench down the stretch, using 15 different players with 12 breaking the scoring column. The team’s top scorer, sophomore Jlynn Counter, had eight points, seven rebounds and six assists and freshman Vincent Brady II had five points, four boards and three assists. Brady was later named Horizon League Freshman of the Week after averaging 7.0 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game in two games, including Monday’s loss at Chicago State.
After shooting just 38 percent from the field in the first half, the Jags upped their output to 46.9 percent in the second half. Defensively, IUPUI held the Grizzlies to just 32.2 percent shooting overall and 5-of-29 (17.2 percent) from three-point range.
“It wasn’t pretty, but these guys are still trying to figure things out and figuring out what it takes to win basketball games. After a slow start, I thought we got going defensively and that led to us getting out in transition and getting some easy ones. It’s plays like that that get the crowd into it and give us some energy. I liked that we strung together some (defensive) stops and built a lead and took care of business in the second half,” Crenshaw said following Saturday’s win over Franklin College.
The trip marks a bit of a homecoming for Osten, who hails from nearby Crowley, La. Crowley, located roughly 140 miles west of New Orleans, is known as the “Rice Capital of the World” and hosts an annual International Rice Festival. Osten, who enters play having started all four games this season and averaging 7.8 points and a team-high 6.8 rebounds per game, is the first-ever IUPUI player from the state of Louisiana. Osten is also shooting a team-high 58.3 percent from the floor.
-After missing the initial three games of the season, junior Bryce Monroe made his IUPUI debut against Franklin College on Saturday, registering three points and an assist in 13 minutes off the bench.
-Junior John Egbuta made his first career start against Franklin, replacing freshman Amhad Jarrard. Egbuta finished with two points and two boards in 11 minutes while Jarrard came off the bench with four points in 19 minutes.
-IUPUI comes in with a winning record all-time against all three foes it’ll face at the Big Easy Classic. IUPUI is 5-4 all-time against Denver and 1-0 against both New Orleans and The Citadel.
Following the Big Easy Classic, IUPUI will return home before later opening up Horizon League play on Saturday, Dec. 3 at Milwaukee at 7:00 p.m. Central (8 Eastern). That contest will be broadcast on ESPN+.
LATE RALLY LEADS REDHAWKS PAST CARDINALS IN RED BIRD RIVALRY
OXFORD, Ohio – Ball State saw its bid for a third consecutive bowl berth come up a few minutes short Tuesday night, as Miami rallied late for an 18-17 victory in the Red Bird Rivalry game at Yager Stadium.
Touchdown runs of 48 and 23 yards in the first half from sophomore running back Carson Steele gave the Cardinals (5-7, 3-5 Mid-American Conference) an early 14-0 lead, while a 44-yard field goal from Ben VonGunten pushed Ball State ahead 17-3 five minutes into the third.
Unfortunately, the Redhawks (6-6, 4-4 MAC) countered with the final 15 points, putting up the winning score on a 34-yard completion with 1:42 remaining in the contest.
“Obviously, a tough way to end the season,” head coach Mike Neu said. “I’m proud of our guys for how hard they fought, It’s tough to try and find the words in the locker room to say goodbye to some guys who have who have given a lot to our program. It’s very challenging and difficult to do. Life is full of challenges.
“Tonight is disappointing, but I tried to tell the guys as much as I possibly can to keep their head up and keep their chin up. Life is full adversity and tough times never last, tough people do. Some of those guys have given so much to our program, and it was a tough way to see it end tonight.”
Despite the loss, it was a solid game for Steele who rushed for a game-high 180 yards and led BSU’s receivers with 35 yards on six catches. It was Steele’s ninth 100-yard rushing game of the year and pushed his season rushing total to 1,556 yards.
Steele’s season total will go down as the third-most in a single season in program history, while his 2,447 yards in just two years are 10th on Ball State’s all-time list. In addition, Steele’s 1,722 all-purpose yards for the year rank as the fifth-highest total by a Cardinal in a season.
Receivers Jayshon Jackson and Yo’Heinz Tyler combined for five catches and ended having caught a pass in 37th consecutive game, good for fifth among active FBS players.
Quarterback John Paddock completed 19 passes for 119 yards on the night and capped his first season at the team’s signal caller third in completions (287), seventh in yards (2,713) and seventh in touchdown passes (18) in Ball State’s single-season record book.
In his collegiate debut, Kiael Kelly ran for 83 yards and completed his lone pass for 23 yards as another spark on offense.
On the defensive side of the ball, Clayton Coll led the charge with 11 tackles. Amechi Uzodinma II added an interception late in the second half as Miami looked for a late scoring drive.
Jaquan Amos chipped in with eight stops, while Jordan Riley had seven. Sidney Houston Jr. had a sack, while Kyle King, Cole Pearce, Nathan Reichert and Amos each added 0.5 of a sack.
VOLLEYBALL FALLS SHORT IN CHAMPIONSHIP SHOWDOWN WITH BOWLING GREEN
MUNCIE, Ind. – – In another instant classic between the league’s top two teams, the Ball State women’s volleyball team fell a few points short in a 3-2 (23-25, 25-23, 25-23, 23-25, 15-9) setback to Bowling Green in the title match of the 2022 Mid-American Conference Volleyball Championship.
“I think Bowling Green played a great match,” head coach Kelli Miller Phillips said. “We were as prepared as we could be, and I felt like we fought hard. Certainly, wish we could have played a little better, but we can hang our hats that we fought until the end.”
In the third championship match meeting in the last four years between the two clubs, the Cardinals (24-8) jumped out to an early lead with a 25-23 opening-set victory. Junior middle Lauren Gilliland provided the set winner, one of her six kills in the contest.
Unfortunately, the Falcons (22-9) would take the next two sets by identical 25-23 scores. It was a late 5-1 run which gave BGSU the second frame. In the third, Ball State tried to flip the script, riding a strong service and defensive effort from senior middle Marie Plitt to go from set-point at 24-17 to within one at 24-23.
The deficit was too much, as the Falcons squeaked out a two-point win. Ball State would complete a late comeback in next frame, however, trailing 22-18 before kill from junior outside Cait Snyder and another Plitt service run gave BSU set point at 24-22. Two rallies later, a Falcons attack error forced a deciding fifth set.
Bowling Green would have all the momentum in the final frame, however, scoring the first three points and never looking back. Ball State was able to stay within one, at 7-6, but BGSU closed the match with an 8-3 run.
In addition to her strong service runs, Plitt finished the contest with 14 kills and a .394 (14-1-33) attack percentage to earn a spot on the all-tournament team. Her 14 kills also raised her career total to 999, leaving her one shy of becoming the 13th player in program history to reach 1,000 career kills.
Overall, Plitt finished the tournament with 29 kills and a .419 (29-3-62) attack percentage, while collecting six total blocks.
Also earning all-tournament honors was senior libero Maggie Huber who tied her career high with 35 digs in the championship match and finished the event with 65 total digs and a 7.22 digs-per-set average.
For the second straight match, Snyder led the Ball State offense with 16 kills, one night after earning a career-best 21 in a four-set win versus Central Michigan. She finished the tournament with a team-high 37 kills and a 4.11 kills-per-set average.
Rounding out Ball State’s top contributors on offense were senior opposite Natalie Mitchem and senior outside Natalie Risi with eight and six kills, respectively. At the net, Gilliland led the Cardinals with five total blocks, while Snyder added four and Plitt recorded three.
Sophomore setter Megan Wielonski finished the match with her 20th double-double of the season, handing out 47 assists to go with 15 digs. Also securing double-digit digs were senior defensive specialist Havyn Gates at 14 and freshman defensive specialist Paige Busick with a career-high 13. Busick also served up a career-high three aces.
Unfortunately, Bowling Green was able to slow down the Ball State with 15 total blocks, the most for a BSU opponent this season. Overall, BGSU held the Cardinals to a .123 (52-29-187) attack percentage, while connecting for a .201 (70-29-204) mark of its own.
Lauryn Hovey led a quartet of Falcons in double figures with 22 kills, while libero Yelianiz Torres secured a team-best 33 digs.
The Ball State women’s volleyball team will now have to wait until next Sunday to learn its postseason fate, as if it does not receive an at-large bid into the NCAA Women’s Volleyball Championship, it is in position to get the league’s automatic bid into the Postseason NIVC Tournament.
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL HEADS WEST FOR THANKSGIVING BREAK; PLAYS AT UTAH STATE & BYU
Game 5 | Ball State (2-2) at Utah State (1-3)
Nov. 23 | Logan, Utah | Dee Glen Smith Spectrum | 4 pm ET
Game 6 | Ball State (2-2) at BYU (1-4)
Nov. 26 | Provo, Utah | Marriott Center | 4 pm ET
– The Cardinals are looking to get back on the winning track when Ball State heads west for the Thanksgiving break. Ball State will first play at Utah State Wednesday, Nov. 23 and will then end its two-game trip in Utah with a visit to BYU Saturday, Nov. 26. Both game are slated for a 4 pm ET start.
– Ball State has faced Utah State only once, winning that game 81-55 last year in Worthen Arena. The Cardinals and the BYU Cougars have never met.
– The Cardinals are coming off a hard-fought battle at No. 9 Notre Dame Sunday after suffering a 60-95 loss to the Fighting Irish. For the game, sophomore Madelyn Bischoff led the Cardinals with a career best 15 points while graduate senior Thelma Dis Agustsdottir added 11 including 3-of-5 shooting from behind the arc. Rounding out the double figure scoring was sophomore Marie Kiefer with 10 points. She also led Ball State defensively with eight rebounds, two block solos and one block assist.
– The Mid-American Conference and Sun Belt Conference have introduced the MAC-SBC Challenge, a scheduling alliance in the sports of men’s and women’s basketball, to take place during the 2023-24 and 2024-25 seasons. The 12 MAC men’s and women’s basketball teams will face off against 12 Sun Belt teams in a pair of contests each year, with each game being carried on an ESPN platform.
– Ball State current assistant coach Jauwan Scaife was on Utah State’s coaching staff for the 2021-22 season helping the Aggies nearly triple their win total from the previous season.
– Last season against Utah State the Cardinals broke the program’s 3-point record in Worthen Arena with 16 which was led by current graduate senior Thelma Dis Agustsdottir who had four from behind the arc.
Second Half Cardinals:
Although the Cardinals lost in their season opener the stats proved that they could be a second half team this season. Ball State outscored Tennessee Tech 39-29 in the second half of Monday’s games. The Cardinals best quarter was the fourth period when Ball State outpaced Tennessee Tech, 16-9. The Cardinals also won the rebounding category over the Golden Eagles, 48-28. Same scenario and different game against Butler Nov. 17 in Worthen Arena. The Cardinals were trailing at the half but outscored the Bulldogs 52-35 in the second half to earn the 84-68 victory over their rival.
Fun Utah Facts:
Utah is the third highest state in the union with a mean elevation of 6,100 feet above sea level. Its lowest point is Beaverdam Wash at 2,000 feet above sea level. The highest point in Utah is Kings Peak, at 13,528 feet above sea level.
Scouting Utah State:
– Utah State head coach Kayla Ard is in her third season at the helm of the Aggies. The ninth head coach in program history, Ard led the Aggies to an 11-19 overall record, including a 5-13 mark in Mountain West play, in the 2021-22 season, nearly tripling the previous season’s win total. Utah State finished the season ranked third in offensive rebounds per game (12.43) and fourth in assists per game (14.20). Ard coached guard/forward Adryana Quezada to earn All-Mountain West honorable mention recognition.
-After winning their season opener by a score of 75-58 against the College of Idaho Nov. 7 the Aggies have struggled losing their last three contests against Southeastern Louisian (68-78), Utah Tech (57-95) and Arkansas State (57-63).
– The Aggies have two played averaging double figures with Maria Carvalho leading the way with 14 points per game and 8.3 rebounds. Behind Carvalho is Mayson Kimball as she averages 13.0 ppg and 4.3 rbg.
– Amber Whiting is in her first season as the head women’s basketball coach for BYU. Prior to BYU, Whiting was the head coach at Burley High School where she guided her to the 2022 Idaho State Championship for only the third time in school history.
– After picking up its first win of the year against previously undefeated Washington State with a 65-56 victory with three players in double figures, the Cougars fought to the end but came up short to Troy 68-62 at the North Shore Showcase. Lauren Gustin just missed out on a triple-double with 21 points, 12 rebounds and a career-best eight assists.
– BYU is led by forward Lauren Gustin who is currently averaging 15.0 points per game and 14.6 rebounds. Behind Gustin is guard/forward Rose Bubakar with 11.2 ppg and 4.6 rpg.
BATTLE(S) IN THE BAHAMAS: AMERICAN, ARIZONA STATE PREVIEWS
BIMINI, Bahamas — Notre Dame is set to leave snowy South Bend for warmer temperatures just as the Irish are really beginning to heat up on the basketball court.
The nation’s seventh-ranked squad is set for matchups against American (0-3) and Arizona State (4-0) this week as part of the 2022 Goombay Splash just off the coast of South Florida in Bimini. The matchup against the Eagles will be Thursday, Nov. 24 at 4:15 p.m. ET, while the game against the Sun Devils will take place either Friday or Saturday depending upon Thursday’s results. LSU, George Mason and UAB will also be in the Bahamas for the tournament.
The Irish are coming off of their most complete performance to date, a 95-60 drubbing of Ball State on Sunday. Six Notre Dame players scored in double figures, including career highs from freshman KK Bransford (16 points and six rebounds) and graduate transfer Jenna Brown (10 points).
Notre Dame currently leads the ACC with 91.3 points per game, a mark which ranks fourth nationally.
The Irish will see a struggling American team on Thursday, one which has yet to notch a victory in head coach Tiffany Coll’s first season. While they played George Washington close on Nov. 17, that contest was sandwiched between big losses to DePaul and Virginia.
Kayla Henning and Emily Johns lead the way for the group out of the nation’s capital with 12.3 points per contest. Henning had 18 against the Cavaliers.
Where the Eagles have really struggled is on the defensive side of the ball; American is allowing 79 points per game, which currently ranks last in the Patriot League. They have, however, defended the three decently well, holding opponents to just a 22.2 percent success rate. Notre Dame has been solid on the other side of that category as the Irish currently rank 17th nationally (40.6 percent) in three-point percentage.
The Eagles last game against a ranked team came in last year’s NCAA Tournament when they fell to Michigan by a score of 74-39. Thursday will be the first time Notre Dame and American face off, and the 4:15 p.m. ET tip can be streamed on FloHoops.
The Sun Devils are 4-0 and coming off of a narrow overtime victory (83-77) over New Mexico on Nov. 20. They came out of the gate hot, going 9-16 from the field to start before slow second and third quarters. Notre Dame’s takeaway from that game is that Arizona State can score, and they can score quickly, and they don’t give up. The Irish had issues closing out games in 2021-22, and Karen & Kevin Keyes Family Head Coach Niele Ivey has emphasized improvement in that area this season. So far, so good, as the Irish are outscoring their opponents 86-69 in the fourth quarter this year.
Players to watch at Arizona State include leading scorer and Delaware transfer Tyi Skinner, who is averaging 19.0 points per game but shooting just 36.8 percent from the field. Guard Treasure Hunt is a double-double machine, posting 13.5 points and 10.3 rebounds per game. She is a Kentucky transfer.
Notre Dame and Arizona State have met four times, and the series is tied at two wins a piece. The last matchup came in the second round of the 2014 NCAA Tournament, and the Irish won 84-67. The ND-ASU game will also be streamed on FloHoops.
STARLING SHOWS OFF IN IRISH 82-66 WIN OVER BOWLING GREEN
SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The Notre Dame men’s basketball team (5-0) finished off the season-opening five-game homestand in high fashion, rolling to an 82-66 victory over
Bowling Green (2-3) on Tuesday night. The Fighting Irish ended the game on a 23-5 scoring run, shooting 65.4 percent in the second half.
Notre Dame freshman guard JJ Starling poured in a career high 23 points on a near perfect night, 10-for-11 from the floor. He also added six rebounds and three assists. In addition, he wasn’t the only freshman to shine bright tonight, as Ven-Allen Lubin produced a career high 12 points on 6-of-9 shooting, plus four boards and two assists.
Nate Laszewski notched his second 20+ scoring effort of the season and eighth of his career with 22 points on 6-of-10 shooting. He was also 6-for-6 from the free-throw line. Dane Goodwin recorded his fourth straight game in double figures with 11 points on 4-of-9 shooting, plus six rebounds.
How It Happened
JJ Starling flashed his athleticness early – in a 14-second stretch the freshman recorded a jumper in the paint, then stole the ball after the in-bounds pass and made a driving layup for a quick four points.
Fellow freshmen Ven-Allen Lubin got in on the fun and later scored a quick four points as well as the duo boasted 10 of the team’s 20 points at the 11:09 media timeout up one.
The Irish were later up 37-31 with 2:57 left till halftime and that’s when Bowling Green fired off a 9-2 run to gain the lead. However, Notre Dame got the upper-hand with 1.4 seconds on the clock when Laszewski buried a three to give the home squad momentum and a 42-40 halftime lead.
Ultimately, the first half featured nine lead changes and one tie, though the Irish led for over 16 minutes in the half.
Lubin had already achieved a career high 10 points at the midway point, and along with Starling, combined for 19 points. Yet, it was Laszewski driving the Irish offense yet again, leading with 17 points which included a 3-for-5 mark from three.
Tied 46-all at the 17:50 mark, the Fighting Irish ignited with a 7-0 run spanning 62 seconds (four points from Starling and a Wertz three), forcing a Bowling Green timeout.
In fact, the Irish recorded a stretch in which they made eight of their next nine shots to garner a 59-54 advantage at 13:59.
However, the red-hot Irish cooled off and suffered from a 3:23 scoring drought which allowed the Falcons to take the lead at 61-59. It was the freshman Starling who got Notre Dame back on track, driving down the lane on consecutive plays to score four straight. Then the New York native followed it up on the defensive end with a block.
The Irish fed off the energy and recorded a 23-5 scoring run over the final 10 minutes to close out the game in high fashion. All five starters contributed to the 23 points – Starling (8 points), Goodwin (4 points), Laszewski (5 points), Wertz (2 points) and Ryan (4 points).
The Irish hit the road for the first time this season with a neutral site contest in New York at UBS Arena this Friday at 4 p.m. ET vs. St. Bonaventure.
SYCAMORES SUFFER FIRST LOSS OF THE SEASON IN GULF COAST SHOWCASE SEMIFINALS
ESTERO, Fla. – It came down to the final seconds Tuesday night, but the Indiana State Sycamores suffered their first loss of the season as they fell 63-61 to Kansas City in the semifinals of the Gulf Coast Showcase at Hertz Arena. ISU (4-1) will face Drexel tomorrow at 5 p.m. for third place in the tournament.
Kansas City (3-4) took down the top two favorites in the tournament, defeating Toledo in the first round, and will advance to the title game Wednesday night at 7:30.
In a back-and-forth game that saw nine lead changes and four ties in the first half alone, the Sycamores found themselves down by eight with 53 seconds to go in the second half. Cooper Neese pulled them back within one as he drilled a triple with 31 seconds left and then drew a foul beyond the arc that sent him to the line for three shots. He knocked down two of them, and then with ISU down 62-58, he connected for another three off a feed from Cameron Henry to make it a one-point game with less than five seconds on the clock. Kansas City’s Shemari Allen would get fouled and hit his first of two free throws with one second remaining and then he grabbed his own rebound off his miss of the second attempt to secure the win for the Roos.
Courvoisier McCauley led the Sycamores in scoring with 18 points for his fifth straight double-digit scoring game. With Neese’s eight points in the last 30 seconds of the game, he joined McCauley in double-digits with 10 points. Bledson contributed nine points off the bench, shooting a perfect 3-of-3 beyond the arc.
McCauley and Henry each pulled down a team-high six rebounds apiece and Henry dished out a team-high four assists.
The night seemed to start off fast as both teams scored on their first possession, but things slowed down heavily after that as both teams entered scoring droughts. Kansas City was 0-of-8 from the field in an almost eight-minute span, and ISU was just 1-of-8 in that same span. Bledson ended the drought for the Sycamores with a triple at 10:52 to give ISU the 9-7 lead.
McCauley put up eight straight Sycamore points including back-to-back triples to put ISU up 26-22 at 3:07 in the second half, and Jayson Kent took a couple late trips to the line where he converted on all four free throws. The Roos got a basket back in the final 30 seconds of the half, and the Sycamores led 30-28 going into the break.
Trenton Gibson nailed his second 3-pointer of the season at 14:56 in the second half and then Henry hit a spinning floater to give the Sycamores their largest lead of the day at 39-33. The Roos later went on an 11-0 run to take a 44-39 lead, and Henry halted that run with a trey at 8:20. McCauley and Kent each hit a 3-pointer down the stretch but neither one could spark a large enough run for the Sycamores.
Inside the Numbers
McCauley started 0-for-3 from three early in the first half but shot 4-of-6 with three triples in the last 7:20 of the frame. He led the Sycamores in scoring for the fourth time this season and third game in a row.
Shooting 9-of-21 in the first half, seven of ISU’s nine field goals in the frame were beyond the arc, and McCauley and Bledson each had three apiece in the half.
The Sycamores shot a season-low 19-of-51 (37.3 percent) from the field in the game with a season-low 61 points. ISU was averaging 85.8 points per game going into tonight’s game.
ISU committed 18 turnovers in the game with 13 in the first half alone, and Kansas City took advantage of 15 points off those turnovers.
Going into tonight’s game, ISU had not trailed its opponent since the first half of the season opener against Green Bay. The Sycamores trailed Kansas City for 19:53 in the game.
ISU was 10-of-19 from the free throw line while Kansas City was 23-of-31.
News & Notes
ISU received a technical foul on the bench at 9:25 in the first half. That makes four techs in three games for ISU.
Indiana State will face Drexel for third place in the Gulf Coast Showcase Wednesday, Nov. 23 at 5 p.m. at Hertz Arena.
SYCAMORE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL INKS FOUR NEWCOMERS
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State head women’s basketball coach Chad Killinger announced the addition of four newcomers to the program Tuesday morning.
“We are extremely excited about the four young women we were able to add during the early signing period,” Killinger said regarding the signing class. “As we were putting this class together we were focused on people who believed in what we are building here and who wanted to be a part of that process. These young ladies come from good families and are committed to being the best they can be as students and athletes. We are looking forward to working with them in the future and watching them continue to shine throughout their senior seasons.”
Asia Donald, Jailah Pelly, Keslyn Secrist and Saige Stahl have all signed with the Blue and White and will join the team for the 2023-24 season. The incoming Sycamore signing class consists of three guards and one forward. Two of the four newcomers are Indiana natives, with Illinois and Virginia also represented in the signing class.
Asia Donald // G // 5-9 // Hobart, Ind. // Hobart HS
A dynamic scorer at all levels, Donald averaged a double-double last season at Hobart (Ind.) HS with 23.5 points and 10.0 rebounds per game. She had 14 double-doubles in 23 games played, ranking sixth in the state in double-doubles. Donald was fourth in the state in scoring and continued that trend into her senior season, scoring 30-plus points in each of her first two games this season. She also added 2.5 steals and 2.0 assists per game as a junior, and was a 2021-22 Indiana Junior All-Star selection.
Killinger’s thoughts on Donald: “Asia can flat-out score. She’s probably one of the best pure scorers in the state, but has flown a little under the radar as far as in-state recruits are concerned because she played for Example Sports over in the Chicago area. We got to watch her play quite a bit over the past two summers and came away impressed each time. She can play both guard spots and has the kind of speed and strength to create mismatch problems for her defender. She can shoot the three and attack the basket on the fast break in a manner that will allow her to fit into our style of play quickly.”
Jailah Pelly // G // 5-9 // Belleville, Ill. // O’Fallon Township HS
Pelly comes in as the No. 247 recruit in the 2023 class, as ranked by the All-Star Girls Report, and adds another versatile player with playmaking ability to the Sycamore backcourt. She averaged double-digit scoring for an O’Fallon Township (Ill.) HS team that reached the sectional semifinals in 2021-22, showcasing her ability to score at all levels (44 percent from the field, 31 percent from 3-point range). Pelly also added nearly four rebounds, along with 2.8 assists and 2.0 steals per game.
Killinger’s thoughts on Pelly: “Jailah is someone that I first saw play over this past summer with Bradley Beal Elite and as soon as I watched her I knew that I wanted the opportunity to coach her. She is extremely athletic and can do a variety of things to put the ball in the basket. She can finish with strength or finesse around the rim, knock down the three, and is tremendous on the fast break. She’s a little bit of a bigger guard, so she will be able to defend multiple positions, and she creates great scoring opportunities for her teammates with her ability to pass the ball. I’m excited to see how she continues to develop once we get her on campus.”
Keslyn Secrist // G // 5-10 // Draper, Va. // Pulaski County HS
Secrist was a First Team All-State selection in Virginia, picking up region and district Player of the Year honors in the process. She averaged 17.0 points and 8.0 rebounds per game for a Pulaski Country (Va.) HS team that reached the state semifinals. Secrist showcased her range last season, knocking down nearly 46 percent of her 3-point attempts. She also added 2.6 steals, 2.4 assists and 1.0 blocks per game.
Killinger’s thoughts on Secrist: “Keslyn has a great feel for the game and can really shoot the ball. She played for the West Virginia Thunder, who won the Under Armour national championship this past summer, and was the first player off the bench for them. She made some big shots and defensive plays for them during that tournament. Her ability to finish in the paint has always impressed us, she just has that natural ability to finish with either hand and I believe our fans will enjoy her approach to the game and all the intangibles that she will bring to our program.”
Saige Stahl // F // 6-1 // Seymour, Ind. // Columbus East HS
Stahl has the ability to impact the game in multiple ways, as she nearly averaged a double-double last season at Columbus East (Ind.) HS with 17.9 points and 9.5 rebounds per game. In addition, she also added 4.5 steals, 1.9 assists and 1.3 blocks per game. Stahl had 11 double-doubles in 23 games and was a 2021-22 Indiana Junior All-Star selection.
Killinger’s thoughts on Stahl: “Saige was our first commitment in this class, as she made her decision towards the end of July, and is the type of forward that can help us stretch the floor. She’s become more comfortable shooting the three just in the time that we began recruiting her, she runs the floor well, and finishes in the paint. She’s a little bit of a late bloomer, as she was also an outstanding volleyball player, but her experience playing with the Lady Gym Rats program on the Nike EYBL circuit allowed her to accelerate her development as she chose to focus on basketball the past few years.”
MASTODONS GROUND EAGLES IN CANCUN 74-67
CANCUN – Purdue Fort Wayne went 15-of-17 from the free throw line to earn a 74-67 victory over Eastern Michigan on Tuesday (Nov. 22) afternoon at the Cancun Challenge.
Eastern Michigan never held a lead after the 12:19 mark of the first half at 15-14. The Eagles erased an 11-point second half Mastodon lead to tie it at 54 with 7:46 left in the game. However, the ‘Dons responded with a 7-2 run. Bobby Planutis was fouled attempting a three and made all three free throws to put the ‘Dons up 57-54. Four points off the bench, a layup by Quinton Morton-Robertson and a dunk by Eric Mulder, made the score 61-56 at 5:31.
The Eagles cut the deficit to one possession five times in the final five minutes, but each time the ‘Dons had an answer. Up 69-67 with a possession that started with 43 seconds left, the ‘Dons put it away with a Damian Chong Qui 3-pointer with 17 seconds on the clock. A pair of Jarred Godfrey free throws made the final margin seven points.
Godfrey had game highs in points (21), rebounds (7), assists (5) and steals (5). He went 9-of-9 from the charity stripe.
Chong Qui and Morton-Robertson each added 13 points.
The ‘Dons limited Eastern Michigan leading scorer Emoni Bates to a season-low 16 points. He entered the game shooting better than 50 percent from the floor. He shot just 6-of-15 against the ‘Dons with three turnovers.
The win gives Jon Coffman his 142nd career coaching victory, tying Andy Piazza for most coaching wins in program history. Piazza went 142-109 from 1987 to 1996.
Purdue Fort Wayne improves to 3-2. Eastern Michigan is 1-4.
The ‘Dons will play the winner of Winthrop/Southern Miss at 3 p.m. on Wednesday (Nov. 23) for the Cancun Challenge Mayan Division Championship.
THUNDERING HERD TAKE DEFENSIVE BATTLE FROM MASTODONS
SAVANNAH, Ga. – The Purdue Fort Wayne women’s basketball team held Marshall to its lowest offensive output of the season, but the Thundering Herd beat the Mastodons 45-39 on the second day of the Hostilo Community Classic (Tuesday, Nov. 22).
It was a defensive battle all game, with both teams seeing stretches of five or more minutes without a field goal. The Mastodons’ came at the wrong time, as Marshall held the ‘Dons without a bucket for the final 5:14.
The Mastodons held Marshall to just five points in the second quarter, all of which were in a 2:09 stretch. The Thundering Herd were scoreless for the final 5:15 of the half.
Purdue Fort Wayne took its first lead of the second half at the 25-23 mark after a pair of layups from Destinee Marshall. After Marshall made a free throw at the 5:13 mark, neither team made a field goal for the next 3:56. Sylare Starks finally ended the drought, nailing a 3-pointer a possession after making two free throws. The Thundering Herd finished the game on a 9-1 run to seal the win.
Ryin Ott, Amellia Bromenschenkel and Starks led the Mastodons with seven points each. Marshall had six rebounds for a team-high. Jazzlyn Linbo had five rebounds, two points, two blocks and two steals.
The Mastodons held Marshall to 36.4 percent (20-of-55) from the floor and 27.3 percent (3-of-11) from beyond the arc.
Purdue Fort Wayne will wrap up the multi-team event on Wednesday (Nov. 23) when the ‘Dons play UT Martin at 4:30 p.m. The Skyhawks lost to Marshall 70-57 earlier this week.
MEN’S BASKETBALL GAME WITH OAKLAND PICKED FOR ESPNU BROADCAST
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne’s home men’s basketball game on Saturday, Dec. 3 against Oakland will be featured on national television on ESPNU as part of the Horizon League’s television package with ESPN.
To accommodate the broadcast, the game against Oakland will be played at 3 p.m. at the Gates Sports Center. The game was originally announced as a 1 p.m. tip at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.
This will be the first ever ESPN/ESPN2/ESPNU broadcast from campus. The last time the Mastodons had a home game on a national cable channel was in 2018 when the ‘Dons hosted Central Michigan in the CIT on CBS Sports Network at the Coliseum.
Season ticket holders will have their Coliseum tickets for the Dec. 3 game exchanged for their assigned seats in the Gates Sports Center. These tickets will be automatically emailed to all season ticket holders. However, if season ticket holders prefer to have their tickets printed and left at will call, they can contact the Gates Sports Center ticket office at (260) 481-5769 to confirm.
Fans who purchased single game tickets for the Dec. 3 game online will receive a full online refund for their purchase. Fans who purchased single game tickets in person at the Coliseum Ticket Office will need to visit the Coliseum Ticket Office during office hours to receive their full refund. The office hours for the Coliseum Ticket Office are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (holiday hours may apply, see www.memorialcoliseum.com/events-tickets/cto for more information).
Oakland is one of the Mastodons’ longest-running rivals, with the series dating back to 1981. The ‘Dons and Golden Grizzlies were long-time rivals in the Summit League before meeting again in the Horizon League. The two teams split the two meetings last season with each team winning on the road.
VOLLEYBALL TRIPPED UP BY PANTHERS
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – An historic season for the University of Evansville volleyball team came to a close in a hard-fought match against top seeded Northern Iowa inside Meeks Family Fieldhouse. The Purple Aces put forth a stellar challenge from the outset but it was UNI advancing to Wednesday’s Missouri Valley Conference Championship match.
The 2022 campaign was a memorable one that included a program record for MVC victories, MVC Championship wins and individual accolades that included Alondra Vazquez setting the all-time UE program kills record and Giulia Cardona setting the single-season mark with 574 kills.
Cardona was the top performer on Tuesday, posting 19 kills, 3 assists and 2 aces. Vazquez added 12 kills and 9 digs. Kora Ruff recorded 33 assists while Blakeley Freeman picked up 10 digs.
Set 1 – UNI 25, UE 19
After Northern Iowa opened up a 3-0 stretch, they extended their lead to 6-2. Vazquez put the team on her back, giving the Aces pinpoint serving as the squad registered four in a row to tie it up. Back-to-back kills from Vazquez saw Evansville take its first advantage at 12-10.
UNI responded with four in a row to jump back in front before pushing their lead to 18-15. A Panther error saw the Aces get within a pair before UNI pulled away for a 25-19 win and a 1-0 lead.
Set 2 – UNI 32, UE 30
Game two was a battle that saw both teams have chances to pick up the win. Out of the gate, Evansville put forth another battle, taking an 8-6 lead on a Cardona ace and Emilee Scheumann kill. The tides turned the Panthers way as they wrestled away an 11-9 lead, but Evansville swung things back in their direction with a 4-0 run. Maddie Hawkins tallied an ace as UE retook a 13-11 edge.
Back-and-forth play ensued with the Panthers going up 19-17 before a 4-0 UE run was capped off by a Laura Ruiz ace that made it a 21-19 game. Northern Iowa reeled off three in a row for another lead change before UE countered with a Cardona kill to have set point at 24-23. Each team had its shot to end the set, including the Aces having set point on four occasions. Up 30-29, the Aces looked to take control but it was the Panthers who were able to hang on for the 32-30 win.
Set 3 – UNI 25, UE 21
Following their win in the second set, UNI sprinted out to a 6-1 lead. The persistent Aces crew never gave up, make it a 3-point game at 12-9. Northern Iowa responded to push the lead to eight points – 19-11 – but UE still would not bow out of the fight. Scoring eight of the next 11 points, the Aces made it a 22-19 game on a Kate Tsironis kill. Unfortunately, UE just ran out of time as the Panthers took a 25-21 victory to clinch the match.
THREE SWIMMERS TO REPRESENT UE AT TOYOTA U.S. OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS NEXT WEEK
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Three members of the University of Evansville swimming team – junior Alon Baer (Gesher HaZiv, Israel) and sophomores Daniel Santos Lopez (Madrid, Spain) and Benjamin Hasanovic (Innsbruck, Austria) – will represent UE next week at one of the nation’s premiere swimming events, as they will each take part in the Toyota U.S. Open Championships at the Greensboro Aquatic Center in Greensboro, North Carolina.
The Toyota U.S. Open Championships will run from Wednesday, November 30 through Saturday, December 3. The long-course meter competition is expected to consist of hundreds of athletes, including members of the U.S. National Team, National Junior Team, the 2020 U.S. Olympic team, and the 2022 FINA World Championships U.S. roster. In order to participate in the meet, participants had to meet qualifying time standards in either the long-course meter or short-course yard version of events between November 1, 2021 and today.
Baer qualified in both the 100 and 200 Breaststroke events by meeting the short-course yard standards with times of 54.11 and 1:58.70, respectively, at last year’s MAC Championships. He also reached qualifying standards in the events over the summer in the long-course meter version of the events while competing in his native Israel.
Hasanovic qualified for the 100 Breaststroke event with a long-course meter time of 1:04.76 at a meet in his native Austria this past August. Santos Lopez, meanwhile, will represent UE in the 100 Butterfly competition, after meeting the short-course yard standard with a time of 48.29 last year, and lowering that mark earlier this month at the A3 Performance Invitational with a school-record time of 48.00.
“We are really excited to have three members of our program qualify for an event of this quality,” said UE swimming and diving head coach Stuart Wilson. “The Toyota U.S. Open is one of the top swimming events in the country.
“Even though we compete and train collegiately in short-course yards, all three of these men are built to compete in long-course meters. They have done that their entire life while competing overseas, and I am really looking forward to seeing what they can do next week.”
Collegiate swimming is competed in short-course yards, with pool lengths being 25 yards. A long-course meter competition will feature a pool length of 50 meters (54.6807 yards).
Eagles stumble at St. Bonaventure, 80-66
ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – University of Southern Indiana Men’s Basketball could not get on track and stumbled at St. Bonaventure University, 80-66, Tuesday evening at the Reilly Center in St. Bonaventure, New York. The Screaming Eagles are 2-3 after tonight’s action, while the Bonnies are 3-2.
The Eagled spotted the Bonnies a 6-0 lead with a cool start to the offense, missing their first five shots. Senior guard Jelani Simmons (Columbus, Indiana) got the Eagles’ offense going with a dunk and a three-pointer as the deficit shrank to 8-5.
After the St. Bonaventure pushed the lead back to 14-9, USI surged on an 11-2 run to grab its first lead of the game, 20-16. The Eagles were a perfect four-of-four during the run, including three three-point bombs, and was led by sophomore guard Isaiah Swope (Newburgh, Indiana) with six of the points during the run to the lead.
The Bonnies would rally back before the end of the half on a 14-4 spurt and took a 30-24 lead into the locker room. Swope would lead the Eagles through the first 20 minutes with 10 points.
In the second half, the Bonnies extend their first half lead and never looked back. St. Bonaventure quickly extend the halftime margin to 14 points, 40-26, in the first three minutes before USI pulled back to within seven, 40-33, when junior guard Gary Solomon (Detroit, Michigan) connected on a driving layup with 15:01 to play.
The seven-point deficit would be as close a USI would come the rest of the way as St. Bonaventure took the lead back to double-digits at 43-33. The Bonnies would lead by as many as 21 points in the second half (63-42) before settling for the 80-66 final.
Swope and graduate forward Trevor Lakes (Lebanon, Indiana) would lead the Eagles in scoring with 21 points and 13 points, respectively. Swope posted his career-high 21 points on eight-of-16 from the field, three-of-seven from beyond the arc, and two-of-three from the stripe, while dishing five assists.
Lakes recorded his 13 points on four-of-eight from the field, three-of-seven from beyond the arc, and two-of-three from the line.
Next Up 2022-23:
USI completes action in the Gotham Classic series when it visits Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio, Saturday at 3 p.m. (CST). The game will be aired live on ESPN 97.7FM and 95.7 The Spin, in addition to being streamed live on ESPN+.
The Falcons and the Eagles will be meeting for the first time in the history of the two programs.
Bowling Green is 2-3 after losing to the University of Notre Dame, 82-66, Tuesday night. The Falcon were led in the guard Samari Curtis with 14 points.
For the season, guard Leon Ayers leads the Falcons with 19.0 points and 5.4 rebounds per contest. He is followed by Curtis with 13.8 points per game
EAGLES HOST PILOTS WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Women’s Basketball concludes its home-heavy November schedule Wednesday before Thanksgiving for a 1 p.m., midday game against Bethel University (Ind.) (ticket information). The contest can be seen live with a subscription to ESPN+.
The game can also be heard on 95.7FM The Spin (http://957thespin.com).
The Screaming Eagles (2-2) are wrapping up a stretch where four of their five November games have been at home. Following the game Wednesday against Bethel, USI will hit the road for five straight before their next home matchup on December 21 against Brescia University (Ky.).
Southern Indiana is coming off a tough schedule last week against two Mid-American Conference schools in Northern Illinois University and Bowling Green State University. Most recently, the Screaming Eagles lost 100-74 on Saturday against Bowling Green State. In the game, the Falcons shot just under 50 percent overall and from beyond the arc. BGSU struck for 14 made threes in the game, getting hot from the second quarter on. The last USI opponent to make 14 threes in a game was Rockhurst University in a 96-86 overtime loss to the Screaming Eagles on February 6, 2021.
On the bright side for USI in that contest, sophomore guard Vanessa Shafford (Linton, Indiana) put together a standout, career performance for USI. Shafford scored 21 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, both career highs. The effort was Shafford’s first career double-double. It was the first 20-10 game for a USI player since Imani Guy had 24 points and 12 rebounds in a 74-47 home win over the University of Illinois Springfield on February 16, 2019. Shafford was also a perfect 5-5 from distance Saturday, tying a USI single-game record for the best three-point percentage in a minimum of five attempts. The previous mark was set by Taylor Stephenson, who also went 5-5 against Georgia Southwestern on November 10, 2012. Shafford’s double-double was the first of the season for USI, and the guard has now led or tied for a team-high in rebounds in three games this season.
Not to get overlooked was also the output Saturday by senior forward Hannah Haithcock (Washington Courthouse, Ohio), who also scored 21 points against the Falcons. In coming off the bench, Haithcock was one point shy of her career best, which she tied earlier this season with 22 points against Western Illinois University. Haithcock sits at 886 career points, needing 14 for 900, and she has 392 career rebounds, needing eight for 400.
Between Haithcock’s effort off the bench Saturday and junior forward Meredith Raley’s (Haubstadt, Indiana) bench contributions in the first three games of the season, Southern Indiana has received considerable production from the non-starters. Before starting on Saturday, Raley tallied 47 points in the first three games and was responsible for over half of the team’s bench scoring at the time. She was the team’s scoring leader after three games and has scored in double figures in all four games. Raley has 490 career points, needing 10 more for 500.
Southern Indiana had 37 bench points Saturday, its second-best of the season after scoring 39 against Western Illinois. On Saturday, senior forward Tara Robbe (Wildwood, Missouri) scored all seven of her points in the third quarter, while sophomore guard Takiya Howard (Chicago, Illinois) had a solid stretch scoring her five points inside a five-minute span in the fourth quarter. The Screaming Eagles have totaled 123 bench points, averaging 30.8 per game. Southern Indiana’s bench has accounted for nearly 41 percent of the team’s total scoring average.
On the season, Haithcock leads USI at 15.8 points per game. Right behind her is Shafford at 15 points per contest and Raley at 14.3 a game. Shafford leads the squad with 7.8 rebounds per game, one more than graduate forward Ashlynn Brown (Perrysburg, Ohio). Brown played in her 100th game in a USI uniform on Saturday against Bowling Green State.
Collectively, USI has one of the top offenses in the Ohio Valley Conference through four games. USI’s 75.5 points per game rank first along with a field goal percentage of 45.3 percent and 18.8 assists per outing. The Screaming Eagles are second in the OVC in three-point efficiency at 38.4 percent and third with their average of seven three-point makes a game. In terms of having a nose for the ball, USI is also first in the OVC with 39.2 rebounds per contest and 12.5 steals per game after four games played.
Bethel University (Ind.) is 4-5 in the 2022-23 season leading into the start of the week and its Tuesday matchup against Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio), which precedes the game against Southern Indiana on Wednesday. From November 11-19, the Pilots had lost four straight games, including a 72-50 loss to Oakland City University, whom the Screaming Eagles opened the 2022-23 season against with an 87-39 win. The recent skid follows four wins in the first five games for the Pilots.
Bethel is led in scoring by sophomore guard Maiah Shelton at nearly 11 points per game. Shelton scored 12 points in the Pilots’ game this past Saturday against St. Francis (Ind.). Right behind Shelton is freshman guard Ellia Foster at just over nine points per contest. She also scored in double figures against St. Francis (Ind.). The Pilots went 10-20 a season ago and are a member of the NAIA’s Crossroads League.
After Wednesday’s game against Bethel, the Screaming Eagles will go 10 days before their next game. USI will next play on December 3 at Murray State University at 2 p.m. to begin a five-game road swing.
UINDY TOUTS DEFENSE, BINGHAM DROPS 20 AT NORTHWOOD
MIDLAND, Mich. – The No. 20 UIndy men’s basketball team (4-0) won its fourth straight game to open the season on Tuesday evening, earning a 74-56 victory at in-region Northwood.
The Greyhound defense was stout once again, limiting the Timberwolves’ attack to 37.3 shooting and not allowing a 3-pointer for the first time since at least the 1998-99 season.
HOW IT HAPPENED
UIndy build a 40-27 halftime lead in large part to its defense. The Greyhounds forced eight turnovers in the first 20 minutes, scoring 13 points off Northwood miscues.
Jesse Bingham drilled four field goals to lead the Hounds with 10 first-half points, scoring eight of the team’s 24 points in the paint.
Northwood cut its deficit down to five with 15:17 left in the second half before a Jarvis Walker dunk capped a 9-0 UIndy run almost five minutes later. It was all Greyhounds the rest of the way, with a free throw from Bingham stretching the UIndy lead to a game-high 21.
Kendrick Tchoua played a major role in the Greyhounds pulling away, finishing with 10 points and eight boards.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
– Usually a threat from 3-point range, UIndy shot just 21.1 percent (4-for-19) from beyond the arc in the win.
– Jakobie Robinson grabbed a game-best nine boards, as the Greyhounds out-rebounded the Timberwolves, 40-30.
– Tchoua joined Robinson with four offensive rebounds.
– Bruno Williams led the bench attack with nine points on 4-of-7 from the field, with Walker right behind with eight.
– Freshman Sean Craig continued his hot start from 3-point land to begin his collegiate career, hitting one first-half triple to extend his streak to four games.
– The Greyhounds finished with 48 points in the paint compared to the Timberwolves’ 22, completely dominating the inside battle.
UIndy surrendered just one 3-pointer back on December 5, 2015, in an 84-70 win against Lewis … opponent game-by-game statistics only go back to the 1998-99 … the Greyhounds now lead the all-time series, 10-1 … Bingham finished with 20 points, marking a season-high in the scoring column.
Head coach Paul Corsaro: “I’m glad everyone is reaping the benefits of their hard work. But at the end of the day, tomorrow we wake up and it doesn’t matter. We got to be ready for Quincy. I need to watch some film and see where we need to get better, but main focus is UIndy.”
The Greyhounds open GLVC action on Saturday, visiting Quincy for a 4 p.m. ET tip from Pepsi Arena. Despite UIndy leading the all-time series, 24-14, the Hawks have gotten the best of the Crimson and Grey in two of the past three contests.
Hounds Garner League-Best 25 All-GLVC Accolades
INDIANAPOLIS—The UIndy football team garnered a slew of postseason accolades from the Great Lakes Valley Conference, as voted on by the league coaches and announced Tuesday. Highlighted by a GLVC Co-Coach of the Year nod to head man Chris Keevers, the Greyhounds collected a league-high 26 All-GLVC honors, including 11 first-team laurels.
A remarkable 12 Greyhound defenders were amongbthe honorees, including six first-team honorees. The group featured unanimous and repeat selections Benjamin Hunnius (LB) and Landry Mavungu (DB). They were joined by other repeat all-league performers Kiave’ Guerrier (LB), Michael Brown* (DB) and Jacob Jones^ (DL).
First-time honorees on the defensive side included first team d-linemen Aaron Barnett and Dylan Shelton. Kyle Borske (DL), Michael Dennison (DL) and Kivonte Houston were all tabbed on the second team. Long snapper Doug Haugh was also a first-time All-GLVC First Team selection.
On the offensive side of the ball, star running back Toriano Clinton became the program’s first five-time all-conference honoree. The Chicago native picked up his second consecutive first team nod Tuesday from the coaches after earning All-GLVC accolades at both running back and kick returner in 2019 as well as second-team recognition as a true freshman in 2018.
Four UIndy offensive linemen were on the list, including first teamers Kednal Alexis and Austin Keele and second teamers Zachery Clark and Ryne Buttz. Wideouts Alonzo Derrick (1st team, WR), Jeremiah Lee (2nd, UTL) and Markez Gillam (2nd, PR/KR) were recognized, as were second-team honorees JaQuan Buchanan (RB) and Kevin McNelis (TE).
Honorable mention recipients were Ethan Hand (TE), Colin Seymour (K), Clay Schulte (LB) and Brandon Thomas (DB).
Meanwhile, Coach Keevers shared GLVC Coach of the Year accolades with Truman’s Gregg Nesbitt. Now a two-time conference coach of the year, Keevers led the Hounds to a 9-2 record in 2022, capped by a conference championship and an NCAA Division II playoff appearance.
Additionally, the league recognized seven GLVC James R. Spalding Sportsmanship Award Individual nominees – one from each team – with Buchanan garnering the honor for UIndy. The student-athletes chosen include individuals 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. Buchanan and the other honorees are now eligible to become one of their school’s two overall Spalding Sportsmanship Award winners at the end of the 2022-23 academic year.
KNIGHTS ROLL OVER COUGARS 82-59
Spring Arbor, Mich. – The Marian men’s basketball team used a 15-5 run over the final five minutes of the first half to spring board into gear, and poured on 48 points in the second half as they rolled to an 82-59 victory over Spring Arbor. Marian’s 2-0 start to league play is backed by their 7-0 record on the year.
Marian started out strong in the first half, scoring on four of their first six possessions to take a 10-6 lead. A steal and a fastbreak layup from Taeshon Cherry increased the lead, while baskets from Luke Gohmann and Josh Bryan helped the visitors pounce to a 19-15 lead. Spring Arbor would answer and cut the lead to one on an Eli White three at the 12:12 mark, and from their the scoring came to a half.
The Knights missed 10 consecutive baskets after Bryan moved the total to 19, while three turnovers helped Spring Arbor take control as they moved in front 23-19. The Knights drought lasted nearly eight minutes of game time, but came to an end with 4:37 as Gohmann scored a layup. Gohmann’s basket started a run, as Cherry, Hayden Langkabel, and Christian Harvey pitched in on a 15-5 run, giving Marian the lead. A three from Cherry at the buzzer gave Marian a 34-28 lead going into halftime.
Spring Arbor challenged Marian as the second half started keeping the game a two-possession contest, but a Langkabel trifecta got the Knights rolling as a 7-0 run from the senior pushed his team in front by 13. The Cougars were able to slash back within nine following four unanswered points from Gabe Newhof, but a Brody Whitaker trey halted the spree.
Leading 52-40, 1a10-1 run started by Gohmann at the 12:06 mark put Marian in the driver’s seat for good, as their lead surged to 21 points. Marian led by as many as 16 points for the final 11:27 of the game, and led by as many as 25 points as they comfortably closed their 82-59 victory over the Cougars.
Marian shot 50.8 percent from the field as a team, and were led in scoring by Cherry who poured in 19 to go with eight rebounds, two steals, and two blocks. Langkabel finished with 15 points and a career-high nine assists, while Harvey had 11. Gohmann and Bryan combined for 17, and Whitaker led the bench players with 10 points.
The Knights will go on the road this weekend, playing in the annual NAIA Show in Kingsport, Tenn., when they will take on Ave Maria and Bluefield. The first game of the weekend tips on Saturday at 12:45 p.m.
MARIAN HOLDS OFF SPRING ARBOR TO WIN 71-64
INDIANAPOLIS – The No. 8 Marian women’s basketball team continued Crossroads League play tonight with the 71-64 win over Spring Arbor at the PE Center. With the victory, the Knights move to 7-1 overall, 2-0 in CL action.
The first quarter was all Marian to start with Abbey McNally getting things going with a shot in the paint before Aliyah Evans knocked down two baskets to take the 6-0 lead to start. Spring Arbor finally responded with a layup and a free throw. Once again it was the Knights going on an 8-0 run with Ella Collier having the first six and Sara Majorosova hitting the jumper. The Marian defense held the Cougars to seven points in the quarter, ending the first up 19-7.
Marian struggled to find their groove in the second quarter with Spring Arbor outscoring the Knights 22-16. The Cougars scored the first four points of the quarter until Allison Bosse hit a jumper to push the Marian lead to 21-11. However, it was the visitors striking back with the 14-4 spurt that tied things up at 25-25. With the score even, Evans ended the scoring drought for the Knight as she knocked down the mid-range shot before Kenna Gray gave Marian a spark off the bench, scoring five points in the quarter.
It was Spring Arbor with the momentum to end the second quarter, but it was Bosse canning in a triple at the buzzer to send Marian into halftime with 35-29 lead.
After halftime, the third quarter was a battle between the two teams as they traded points back and forth through the first few minutes of play. Spring Arbor continued their hot shooting to start the quarter, and eventually took their first lead of the game at 42-41. Marian was able to hold the 49-44 advantage going into the final period of play after Collier hit two threes and Evans hit a bucket.
The Knights grabbed the first points of the fourth quarter with a triple from Collier, starting a 9-4 run. The Cougars would not back down as they continued to claw their way back, cutting the lead back down to one at 61-60 before Kenna Kirby hit a pair of free throws to put the lead back up to three. With 1:16 left to play, Spring Arbor hit a free throw to get within one, but it was Majestic Sales coming off the bench and hitting a big shot to give her team the three point lead with 42 seconds remaining.
Even after the late push by Spring Arbor, Collier was able to step up and knock the freebies down the stretch to help her team hold off the Cougars and go on to win 71-64.
Collier led all players with 23 points to go along five assists, while Evans played an all around game scoring 18 points, dishing out seven assists, and adding five rebounds. Bosse finished with 11 points and five steals, while McNally pulled down a game-high 14 rebounds to go along with eight points.
Marian will return to action Wednesday, November 30 as they travel to Bethel for a 7 PM tip-off.
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|American Football Conference|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Kansas City Chiefs||8||2||0||.800||0.0||300||233||4 – 1 – 0||4 – 1 – 0||5 – 2 – 0||3 – 0 – 0||4 W|
|Miami Dolphins||7||3||0||.700||0.0||252||241||4 – 1 – 0||3 – 2 – 0||5 – 2 – 0||2 – 1 – 0||4 W|
|Tennessee Titans||7||3||0||.700||0.0||193||185||3 – 1 – 0||4 – 2 – 0||5 – 2 – 0||3 – 0 – 0||2 W|
|Baltimore Ravens||7||3||0||.700||0.0||248||199||3 – 2 – 0||4 – 1 – 0||4 – 2 – 0||2 – 0 – 0||4 W|
|Buffalo Bills||7||3||0||.700||0.0||281||174||4 – 1 – 0||3 – 2 – 0||5 – 2 – 0||0 – 2 – 0||1 W|
|New England Patriots||6||4||0||.600||0.0||213||169||3 – 2 – 0||3 – 2 – 0||5 – 2 – 0||2 – 1 – 0||3 W|
|Cincinnati Bengals||6||4||0||.600||0.0||265||215||3 – 1 – 0||3 – 3 – 0||3 – 3 – 0||1 – 3 – 0||2 W|
|New York Jets||6||4||0||.600||0.0||199||186||2 – 3 – 0||4 – 1 – 0||5 – 4 – 0||2 – 2 – 0||1 L|
|Los Angeles Chargers||5||5||0||.500||1.0||227||258||2 – 3 – 0||3 – 2 – 0||4 – 3 – 0||2 – 2 – 0||2 L|
|Indianapolis Colts||4||6||1||.409||2.0||173||220||2 – 3 – 0||2 – 3 – 1||4 – 4 – 1||1 – 3 – 1||1 L|
|Jacksonville Jaguars||3||7||0||.300||3.0||216||205||2 – 3 – 0||1 – 4 – 0||3 – 4 – 0||1 – 2 – 0||1 L|
|Las Vegas Raiders||3||7||0||.300||3.0||225||242||2 – 2 – 0||1 – 5 – 0||3 – 5 – 0||2 – 2 – 0||1 W|
|Cleveland Browns||3||7||0||.300||3.0||240||269||2 – 3 – 0||1 – 4 – 0||2 – 6 – 0||2 – 1 – 0||2 L|
|Denver Broncos||3||7||0||.300||3.0||147||171||2 – 3 – 0||1 – 4 – 0||2 – 6 – 0||0 – 3 – 0||2 L|
|Pittsburgh Steelers||3||7||0||.300||3.0||170||244||2 – 3 – 0||1 – 4 – 0||1 – 6 – 0||1 – 2 – 0||1 L|
|Houston Texans||1||8||1||.150||4.5||159||230||0 – 4 – 1||1 – 4 – 0||1 – 4 – 1||1 – 1 – 1||5 L|
|National Football Conference|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Philadelphia Eagles||9||1||0||.900||0.0||263||183||4 – 1 – 0||5 – 0 – 0||5 – 1 – 0||2 – 1 – 0||1 W|
|Minnesota Vikings||8||2||0||.800||0.0||229||231||4 – 1 – 0||4 – 1 – 0||6 – 2 – 0||3 – 0 – 0||1 L|
|San Francisco 49ers||6||4||0||.600||0.0||236||173||3 – 1 – 0||3 – 3 – 0||5 – 2 – 0||4 – 0 – 0||3 W|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||5||5||0||.500||0.0||183||180||3 – 3 – 0||2 – 2 – 0||5 – 2 – 0||2 – 1 – 0||2 W|
|Dallas Cowboys||7||3||0||.700||0.0||251||167||4 – 1 – 0||3 – 2 – 0||6 – 3 – 0||2 – 1 – 0||1 W|
|New York Giants||7||3||0||.700||0.0||205||204||4 – 2 – 0||3 – 1 – 0||3 – 3 – 0||0 – 1 – 0||1 L|
|Seattle Seahawks||6||4||0||.600||0.0||257||241||3 – 1 – 0||3 – 3 – 0||4 – 4 – 0||2 – 1 – 0||1 L|
|Washington Commanders||6||5||0||.545||1.5||214||223||2 – 3 – 0||4 – 2 – 0||3 – 4 – 0||1 – 2 – 0||2 W|
|Atlanta Falcons||5||6||0||.455||2.5||259||274||4 – 2 – 0||1 – 4 – 0||4 – 4 – 0||1 – 3 – 0||1 W|
|Detroit Lions||4||6||0||.400||3.0||250||282||2 – 3 – 0||2 – 3 – 0||4 – 4 – 0||2 – 1 – 0||3 W|
|Green Bay Packers||4||7||0||.364||3.5||202||243||3 – 3 – 0||1 – 4 – 0||3 – 4 – 0||1 – 2 – 0||1 L|
|Arizona Cardinals||4||7||0||.364||3.5||240||296||1 – 5 – 0||3 – 2 – 0||3 – 6 – 0||1 – 4 – 0||1 L|
|New Orleans Saints||4||7||0||.364||3.5||249||267||3 – 4 – 0||1 – 3 – 0||3 – 4 – 0||1 – 2 – 0||1 W|
|Los Angeles Rams||3||7||0||.300||4.0||168||227||2 – 4 – 0||1 – 3 – 0||3 – 6 – 0||1 – 3 – 0||4 L|
|Carolina Panthers||3||8||0||.273||4.5||207||256||3 – 3 – 0||0 – 5 – 0||3 – 5 – 0||3 – 1 – 0||1 L|
|Chicago Bears||3||8||0||.273||4.5||241||274||2 – 3 – 0||1 – 5 – 0||1 – 7 – 0||0 – 3 – 0||4 L|
|W||L||Pct||Conf GB||Home||Road||Div||Conf||Last 10||Streak|
|1 Boston||13||4||.765||—||6-1||7-3||2-0||9-4||9-1||1 L|
|2 Milwaukee||12||4||.750||0.5||9-1||3-3||3-0||7-3||6-4||1 W|
|3 Cleveland||11||6||.647||2.0||7-1||4-5||2-1||10-2||5-5||3 W|
|4 Indiana||10||6||.625||2.5||6-3||4-3||1-1||8-4||8-2||5 W|
|5 Washington||10||7||.588||3.0||7-4||3-3||3-0||7-5||7-3||2 W|
|6 Atlanta||10||7||.588||3.0||6-3||4-4||1-1||8-6||6-4||1 L|
|7 Philadelphia||9||8||.529||4.0||6-5||3-3||2-3||7-6||6-4||1 W|
|8 Toronto||9||8||.529||4.0||6-1||3-7||1-2||7-6||5-5||1 L|
|9 New York||9||9||.500||4.5||4-3||5-6||1-2||5-5||5-5||1 W|
|10 Brooklyn||8||10||.444||5.5||4-4||4-6||2-1||5-4||6-4||1 L|
|11 Chicago||7||10||.412||6.0||5-5||2-5||1-1||7-6||4-6||1 W|
|12 Miami||7||11||.389||6.5||6-4||1-7||2-1||3-7||4-6||4 L|
|13 Orlando||5||13||.278||8.5||4-5||1-8||1-2||2-8||4-6||2 L|
|14 Charlotte||4||14||.222||9.5||1-6||3-8||2-5||2-10||1-9||3 L|
|15 Detroit||4||15||.211||10.0||3-5||1-10||0-4||1-12||2-8||1 W|
|W||L||Pct||Conf GB||Home||Road||Div||Conf||Last 10||Streak|
|1 Phoenix||11||6||.647||—||9-1||2-5||4-0||10-3||5-5||2 W|
|2 Utah||12||7||.632||—||6-1||6-6||3-1||11-4||6-4||1 L|
|3 Sacramento||10||6||.625||0.5||6-3||4-3||2-3||4-5||8-2||7 W|
|4 LA Clippers||11||7||.611||0.5||6-4||5-3||3-1||9-6||7-3||3 W|
|5 New Orleans||10||7||.588||1.0||6-3||4-4||3-0||6-4||6-4||1 W|
|6 Portland||10||7||.588||1.0||4-4||6-3||1-1||8-4||5-5||3 L|
|7 Denver||10||7||.588||1.0||4-2||6-5||3-2||8-4||6-4||1 L|
|8 Dallas||9||7||.563||1.5||8-3||1-4||1-2||5-5||6-4||1 L|
|9 Memphis||10||8||.556||1.5||6-2||4-6||2-2||6-5||5-5||2 L|
|10 Minnesota||9||8||.529||2.0||5-5||4-3||2-1||5-6||5-5||4 W|
|11 Golden State||8||10||.444||3.5||7-1||1-9||3-3||5-6||5-5||1 L|
|12 Oklahoma City||7||10||.412||4.0||4-4||3-6||0-4||3-5||3-7||2 L|
|13 San Antonio||6||12||.333||5.5||3-5||3-7||0-1||2-10||1-9||5 L|
|14 LA Lakers||5||11||.313||5.5||5-5||0-6||0-5||3-10||4-6||1 L|
|15 Houston||3||14||.176||8.0||1-5||2-9||1-2||2-10||2-8||2 L|
|1 Boston Bruins||19||17||2||0||34||16||80||40||11-0-0||6-2-0||9-1-0|
|2 New Jersey Devils||19||16||3||0||32||16||73||44||8-2-0||8-1-0||10-0-0|
|3 Toronto Maple Leafs||20||10||5||5||25||10||59||54||7-2-3||3-3-2||6-1-3|
|4 Carolina Hurricanes||19||10||5||4||24||8||56||52||4-2-1||6-3-3||4-3-3|
|5 New York Islanders||20||12||8||0||24||12||66||55||6-3-0||6-5-0||6-4-0|
|6 Tampa Bay Lightning||19||11||7||1||23||11||64||61||6-3-1||5-4-0||6-3-1|
|7 New York Rangers||20||10||6||4||24||10||61||55||4-3-3||6-3-1||5-3-2|
|8 Detroit Red Wings||18||9||5||4||22||9||59||58||5-2-2||4-3-2||5-3-2|
|9 Pittsburgh Penguins||19||9||7||3||21||9||70||64||3-2-1||6-5-2||5-3-2|
|10 Florida Panthers||19||9||8||2||20||8||64||64||5-2-2||4-6-0||4-5-1|
|11 Montreal Canadiens||19||9||9||1||19||7||59||70||6-5-0||3-4-1||4-5-1|
|12 Philadelphia Flyers||19||7||8||4||18||7||48||62||4-4-1||3-4-3||2-6-2|
|13 Washington Capitals||20||7||10||3||17||7||55||67||5-4-1||2-6-2||2-6-2|
|14 Buffalo Sabres||19||8||11||0||16||8||69||68||4-6-0||4-5-0||2-8-0|
|15 Columbus Blue Jackets||18||7||10||1||15||7||55||78||6-6-0||1-4-1||4-5-1|
|16 Ottawa Senators||18||6||11||1||13||6||57||64||5-6-0||1-5-1||2-7-1|
|1 Vegas Golden Knights||20||15||4||1||31||15||73||51||6-3-0||9-1-1||7-2-1|
|2 Dallas Stars||19||11||5||3||25||11||73||52||5-2-1||6-3-2||6-2-2|
|3 Los Angeles Kings||22||11||9||2||24||10||70||76||6-4-0||5-5-2||5-3-2|
|4 Colorado Avalanche||17||11||5||1||23||9||61||42||4-2-1||7-3-0||7-3-0|
|5 Winnipeg Jets||17||11||5||1||23||11||50||41||7-2-0||4-3-1||7-2-1|
|6 Seattle Kraken||18||10||5||3||23||10||58||49||5-4-2||5-1-1||7-2-1|
|7 St. Louis Blues||18||10||8||0||20||9||53||59||5-4-0||5-4-0||7-3-0|
|8 Calgary Flames||18||9||7||2||20||8||58||60||6-4-1||3-3-1||4-4-2|
|9 Edmonton Oilers||19||10||9||0||20||10||66||69||5-6-0||5-3-0||4-6-0|
|10 Nashville Predators||19||9||8||2||20||7||53||62||6-3-2||3-5-0||6-3-1|
|11 Minnesota Wild||18||8||8||2||18||7||49||54||3-5-1||5-3-1||5-4-1|
|12 San Jose Sharks||21||7||11||3||17||6||62||72||2-7-3||5-4-0||4-3-3|
|13 Chicago Blackhawks||18||6||9||3||15||6||44||62||4-5-1||2-4-2||2-6-2|
|14 Vancouver Canucks||19||6||10||3||15||6||66||76||3-4-1||3-6-2||4-5-1|
|15 Arizona Coyotes||17||6||9||2||14||6||44||62||1-2-1||5-7-1||4-5-1|
|16 Anaheim Ducks||19||5||13||1||11||3||50||82||3-4-0||2-9-1||3-7-0|
|COLLEGE BASKETBALL||TIME ET||TV|
|Gulf Coast Showcase||11:00am||FLOHOOPS|
|Cayman Islands Classic||11:00am||FLOHOOPS|
|American at Georgetown||11:30am||FS2|
|Charlotte at Detroit Mercy||12:00pm||ESPN+|
|Kansas vs. NC State||12:00pm||ESPN|
|Chicago State at Cleveland State||1:00pm||ESPN+|
|North Greenville at Wofford||1:00pm||ESPN+|
|Cayman Islands Classic||1:30pm||FLOHOOPS|
|Gulf Coast Showcase||1:30pm||FLOHOOPS|
|Radford at William & Mary||2:00pm||FLOHOOPS|
|Columbia at Binghamton||2:00pm||ESPN+|
|Dayton vs. Wisconsin||2:30pm||ESPN|
|D’Youville at Niagara||3:00pm||ESPN+|
|The Citadel at New Orleans||3:00pm||ESPN+|
|St. Thomas at Milwaukee||3:00pm||ESPN+|
|Valparaiso at Samford||3:00pm||ESPN+|
|Maine at Central Connecticut||3:30pm||NEC|
|Mississippi Valley State at Air Force||4:00pm||MWN|
|North Florida at Kentucky||4:00pm||ESPN+|
|McNeese at Baylor||4:00pm||ESPN+|
|Lipscomb at Chattanooga||4:00pm||ESPN+|
|Jacksonville at Campbell||4:00pm||ESPN+|
|Brescia at Eastern Kentucky||4:30pm||ESPN+|
|BYU vs. USC||5:00pm||ESPN2|
|Gulf Coast Showcase||5:00pm||FLOHOOPS|
|Cayman Islands Classic||5:00pm||FLOHOOPS|
|Fort Myers Tip-Off||6:00pm||FS1|
|Lynchburg at Queens||6:00pm||ESPN+|
|Kent State at Charleston||6:00pm||FLOHOOPS|
|Little Rock at Indiana||6:30pm||BTN|
|St. Francis Brooklyn at Miami (FL)||6:30pm||ACCN|
|Merrimack at Providence||7:00pm||FS2|
|Franciscan at Saint Francis U||7:00pm||NEC|
|Menlo at Santa Clara||7:00pm||WCC|
|Coastal Carolina at Missouri||7:00pm||ESPN+|
|Evansville at UCF||7:00pm||ESPN+|
|UMass Lowell at Brown||7:00pm||ESPN+|
|SUNY Old Westbury at Saint Peter’s||7:00pm||ESPN+|
|Alabama State at Duquesne||7:00pm||ESPN+|
|App State at ETSU||7:00pm||ESPN+|
|Idaho at Cal Poly||7:00pm||ESPN+|
|Stony Brook at FIU||7:00pm||CUSAtv|
|Gulf Coast Showcase||7:30pm||FLOHOOPS|
|Tennessee vs. Butler||7:30pm||ESPN2|
|Cayman Islands Classic||7:30pm||FLOHOOPS|
|Paul Quinn at Saint Louis||8:00pm||ESPN+|
|Idaho State at Lindenwood||8:00pm||ESPN+|
|Louisiana Tech at Alabama A&M||8:00pm||–|
|Fort Myers Tip-Off||8:30pm||FS1|
|Jackson State at Michigan||8:30pm||BTN|
|South Carolina State at Wake Forest||8:30pm||ACCN|
|CSU Bakersfield at UTEP||9:00pm||CUSAtv|
|Washington vs. Fresno State||9:30pm||ESPNU|
|North Alabama at UC Santa Barbara||10:00pm||ESPN+|
|Pacific Lutheran at Seattle U||10:00pm||ESPN+|
|Pepperdine at UCLA||10:30pm||PAC12|
|Saint Mary’s vs. Vanderbilt||11:59pm||ESPN2|
|Philadelphia at Charlotte||7:00pm||NBCS-PHI|
|Portland at Cleveland||7:00pm||Root Sports|
|Minnesota at Indiana||7:00pm||Bally Sports|
|Dallas at Boston||7:30pm||ESPN|
|Sacramento at Atlanta||7:30pm||NBCS-CA|
|Washington at Miami||7:30pm||NBCS-WSH|
|Brooklyn at Toronto||7:30pm||YES|
|Chicago at Milwaukee||8:00pm||NBCS-CHI|
|Denver at Oklahoma City||8:00pm||ALT|
|New Orleans at San Antonio||8:00pm||Bally Sports|
|Detroit at Utah||9:00pm||Bally Sports|
|LA Clippers at Golden State||10:00pm||ESPN|
|Winnipeg at Minnesota||7:00pm||Bally Sports|
|Arizona at Carolina||7:00pm||Bally Sports|
|Boston at Florida||7:00pm||NESN|
|Calgary at Pittsburgh||7:00pm||Sportsnet|
|Montréal at Columbus||7:00pm||Sportsnet|
|St. Louis at Buffalo||7:00pm||MSG-BUF|
|Toronto at New Jersey||7:00pm||Sportsnet|
|Nashville at Detroit||7:00pm||Bally Sports|
|Edmonton at NY Islanders||7:30pm||MSGSN|
|Philadelphia at Washington||7:30pm||TNT|
|Chicago at Dallas||8:30pm||NBCS-CHI|
|NY Rangers at Anaheim||10:00pm||MSG|
|Ottawa at Vegas||10:00pm||TNT|
|San Jose at Seattle||10:00pm||NBCS-CA|
|Vancouver at Colorado||10:00pm||Sportsnet|
|FIFA World Cup: Morocco vs Croatia||5:00am||FS1|
|FIFA World Cup: Germany vs Japan||8:00am||FS1|
|FIFA World Cup: Spain vs Costa Rica||11:00am||FOX|
|FIFA World Cup: Belgium vs Canada||2:00pm||FOX|