“THE SCOREBOARD”

GIRLS BASKETBALL SCORES

ADAMS CENTRAL49CHURUBUSCO45 
ANDERSON72MARION11 
AVON74PLAINFIELD62 
BEECH GROVE52PERRY MERIDIAN40 
BELIEVE CIRCLE CITY58INDIANA MATH & SCIENCE27 
BEN DAVIS56INDIANAPOLIS CATHEDRAL48 
BETHESDA CHRISTIAN46LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC45 
BLOOMINGTON NORTH52COLUMBUS EAST50 
BREBEUF JESUIT41DECATUR CENTRAL38 
BROWN COUNTY76MITCHELL51 
BROWNSBURG48TRI-WEST28 
CARROLL (FORT WAYNE)64DEKALB44 
CASCADE53WESTERN BOONE36 
CHESTERTON63EAST CHICAGO CENTRAL32 
COLUMBIA CITY81FORT WAYNE DWENGER36 
COLUMBUS NORTH51SHELBYVILLE46 
COWAN41UNION (MODOC)29 
CROWN POINT68LOWELL46 
EAST NOBLE62LAKELAND29 
EASTSIDE68WOODLAN51 
ELKHART CHRISTIAN43VICTORY CHRISTIAN30 
EMINENCE84PROVIDENCE CRISTO REY3 
FAIRFIELD50ANGOLA47 
FAITH CHRISTIAN52NORTH MONTGOMERY27 
FORT WAYNE BLACKHAWK67SOUTH ADAMS40 
FORT WAYNE WAYNE47NEW HAVEN33 
FOUNTAIN CENTRAL54DELPHI44 
FRANKLIN62CENTER GROVE53 
GIBSON SOUTHERN66VINCENNES LINCOLN35 
GOSHEN46CENTRAL NOBLE38 
GREENFIELD-CENTRAL54INDIANAPOLIS CHATARD51 
GREENWOOD51SOUTHPORT48 
GUERIN CATHOLIC43INDIANAPOLIS SHORTRIDGE28 
HAUSER62COLUMBUS CHRISTIAN17 
HENRYVILLE47SOUTHWESTERN (SHELBYVILLE)26 
HERITAGE HILLS54TELL CITY26 
HERITAGE32LAKELAND CHRISTIAN23 
HUNTINGTON NORTH48FORT WAYNE LUERS45 
ILLIANA CHRISTIAN48HERITAGE CHRISTIAN (DYER)20 
INDIANAPOLIS LUTHERAN63INDIANAPOLIS TINDLEY30 
INDIANAPOLIS RITTER47INDIANAPOLIS SCECINA37 
INDIANAPOLIS RONCALLI64WHITELAND33 
JASPER51NORTH HARRISON43 
JAY COUNTY55NORTHEASTERN48 
KANKAKEE VALLEY54MICHIGAN CITY40 
LAKE CENTRAL70MUNSTER45 
LAKEWOOD PARK53PRAIRIE HEIGHTS44 
LAPEL60YORKTOWN40 
LAWRENCE NORTH79CARMEL45 
LEO47FORT WAYNE CONCORDIA34 
MACONAQUAH51NORTHFIELD40 
MANCHESTER61EASTERN (GREENTOWN)35 
MISHAWAKA41LAVILLE37 
MOORESVILLE60TERRE HAUTE NORTH16 
MORGAN TWP.51NORTH JUDSON46 
MORRISTOWN54HAGERSTOWN28 
NEW PALESTINE42NEW CASTLE40 
NORTH PUTNAM61CLOVERDALE38 
NORTHEAST DUBOIS66WASHINGTON CATHOLIC11 
NORTHRIDGE77WESTVIEW21 
NORTHVIEW51TERRE HAUTE SOUTH27 
OLDENBURG ACADEMY56EDINBURGH19 
ORLEANS55LOOGOOTEE23 
PARKE HERITAGE62SOUTHMONT33 
PENN46SOUTH BEND ADAMS27 
PORTAGE54HOBART41 
PRINCETON77MOUNT VERNON (POSEY)14 
PROVIDENCE54CHRISTIAN ACADEMY40 
RISING SUN47SOUTH DEARBORN42 
SEEGER43NORTH VERMILLION33 
SEYMOUR52BLOOMINGTON SOUTH41 
SHERIDAN55FRANKFORT20 
SOUTH BEND ST. JOSEPH66BREMEN54 
SOUTH CENTRAL (UNION MILLS)74BOONE GROVE24 
SOUTH DECATUR43JAC-CEN-DEL38 
SOUTH PUTNAM39CRAWFORDSVILLE23 
SOUTH RIPLEY48NORTH DECATUR35 
SOUTHRIDGE37FOREST PARK23 
SPRINGS VALLEY41BARR-REEVE25 
SWITZERLAND COUNTY57MILAN35 
TRI-COUNTY63NORTH WHITE18 
TRI61CAMBRIDGE CITY LINCOLN24 
TRINITY GREENLAWN55SOUTH BEND CAREER18 
WALDRON63GREENWOOD CHRISTIAN57 
WAPAHANI42BLUE RIVER33 
WARREN CENTRAL71PIKE46 
WARSAW66NORTHWOOD29 
WASHINGTON TWP.45KOUTS39 
WASHINGTON55EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL51OT
WAWASEE54WEST NOBLE32 
WEST LAFAYETTE62PARK TUDOR29 
WEST VIGO50SOUTH VERMILLION7 
WINAMAC52WEST CENTRAL32 
WOOD MEMORIAL70EVANSVILLE CHRISTIAN50 
CASS COUNTY INVITATIONAL
PIONEER48LOGANSPORT45 

AP BOYS BASKETBALL POLLS

CLASS 4A                                 

1. FISHERS (3)                             2-0  201

2. BROWNSBURG (1)                 2-0  178 

3. CENTER GROVE                      2-0  156 

4. LAWRENCE NORTH (6)         1-0  148

5. BEN DAVIS (1)                        0-1  134 

6. CATHEDRAL                            2-0  130 

7. WESTFIELD (1)                       1-0  122

8. KOKOMO                                1-1  111 

9. CRISPUS ATTUCKS                0-0  100

10. NOBLESVILLE                      2-0  69

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: PENN 47. CHESTERTON 46. HAMMOND CENTRAL 30. GREENFIELD 29. NORTHRIDGE 26. NEW PALESTINE 21. ANDERSON 15. FT. WAYNE NORTH 14. ZIONSVILLE 13. FT. WAYNE SNIDER 12. FT. WAYNE WAYNE 12. HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN 10. NEW ALBANY 10. CARMEL 9. CONCORD 8. DECATUR CENTRAL 8. S. BEND RILEY 8. MUNSTER 7. BLOOMINGTON NORTH 6.

CLASS 3A

1. NORTHWOOD (5)                  0-0  219 

2. GUERIN CATHOLIC (7)          2-0  218

3. SCOTTSBURG                         1-0  182

4. BREBEUF JESUIT (1)              2-0  139

5. MISHAWAKA MARIAN         0-0  104 

6. DELTA                                      1-0  79

(TIE) GREENSBURG                   1-0  79

8. S. BEND ST. JOSEPH’S           0-0 50

9. HERITAGE HILLS                     1-0  48

10. BATESVILLE                          1-0 45

(TIE) NORWELL                          0-1 45

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: PERU 35. DANVILLE 34. N. DAVIESS 33. CONNERSVILLE 31. EVANSVILLE BOSSE 29. S. BEND WASHINGTON 27. EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL 24. SILVER CREEK 21. W. NOBLE 21. OAK HILL 18. HAMMOND NOLL 15. LEO 14. FT. WAYNE CONCORDIA 13. GLENN 10. WAWASEE 8. BEECH GROVE 7. GIBSON SOUTHERN 6. BISHOP CHATARD 6.

CLASS 2A

                                  W-L  PTS 

1. FT. WAYNE BLACKHAWK (4)        0-0  225 

2. BROWNSTOWN (6)                       1-0  210 

3. WAPAHANI (1)                               2-0  206 

4. LINTON-STOCKTON (2)                0-0  152 

5. GARY 21ST CENTURY                   1-1  100 

6. SOUTHWESTERN (JEFFERSON)  1-0  95  

7. TIPTON                                           1-0  92

8. PROVIDENCE                                 0-1 53  

9. EASTERN HANCOCK                     1-0  49

10. MANCHESTER                            1-0  43

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: UNIVERSITY 39. ADAMS CENTRAL 35. S. SPENCER 32. N. JUDSON 32. SULLIVAN 31. CASS 27. N. POSEY 25. PARK TUDOR 22. TRITON CENTRAL 21. SCECINA 16. LAVILLE 14. FT. WAYNE LUERS 9. PARKE HERITAGE 9. WINCHESTER 8. PAOLI 8. NORTHEASTERN 7.

CLASS A

                                  W-L  PTS 

1. BLOOMFIELD (6)                      2-0  228 

2. LOOGOOTEE (1)                      2-0  192 

3. ORLEANS                                  1-0  181 

4. LUTHERAN (6)                         0-0  180 

5. GREENWOOD CHRISTIAN     2-0  150 

6. EV. CHRISTIAN                         2-0  131 

7. MORGAN TWP.                       1-0  118 

8. BETHESDA CHRISTIAN           1-0  110 

9. FOUNTAIN CENTRAL              0-1  49  

10. MICHIGAN CITY MARQUETTE   0-0  48  

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: CLAY CITY 34. SOUTHWOOD 27. TRADERS POINT CHRISTIAN 21. CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 18. BARR-REEVE 16. BORDEN 13. TRITON 12. TECUMSEH 10. BETHANY CHRISTIAN 8. TRI 7. TINDLEY 7.

BOYS BASKETBALL SCORES

ANDERSON PREP71PROVIDENCE CRISTO REY24 
ANDREWS ACADEMY35TRINITY GREENLAWN27 
BEECH GROVE60PERRY MERIDIAN55 
BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL74SALEM25 
CARROLL (FLORA)64TRI-COUNTY53 
CLAY CITY81NORTH KNOX52 
COLUMBUS EAST57WHITELAND53 
CROWN POINT59ILLIANA CHRISTIAN44 
CULVER63WEST CENTRAL50 
DANVILLE66MONROVIA51 
DELTA76DALEVILLE35 
DEMOTTE CHRISTIAN57OREGON-DAVIS32 
ELWOOD42COWAN40 
EVANSVILLE CHRISTIAN69CASTLE59 
EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL69GIBSON SOUTHERN49 
FISHERS71INDIANAPOLIS TECH53 
FLOYD CENTRAL53MEADE COUNTY (KY.)47 
FORT WAYNE CONCORDIA49BELLMONT45 
FORT WAYNE NORTH71FORT WAYNE BLACKHAWK63 
FORT WAYNE SOUTH64TIPPECANOE VALLEY55 
FRANKLIN65CENTER GROVE64OT
FRANKTON76MUNCIE BURRIS33 
FREMONT56ELKHART CHRISTIAN44 
GARY WEST61LAKE STATION23 
HAMILTON HEIGHTS71CLINTON CENTRAL45 
HANOVER CENTRAL75WESTVILLE45 
HERITAGE HILLS65PERRY CENTRAL32 
HIGHLAND65RIVER FOREST58 
INDIANA DEAF56TRADERS POINT CHRISTIAN44 
INDIANAPOLIS INTERNATIONAL63EMINENCE55 
JASPER54EVANSVILLE BOSSE48 
LAWRENCE CENTRAL55FRANKLIN CENTRAL49 
LIBERTY CHRISTIAN65INDIANAPOLIS SHORTRIDGE47 
LOWELL56WHEELER33 
MANCHESTER75LAKEWOOD PARK36 
MARQUETTE CATHOLIC51BETHANY CHRISTIAN41 
MISHAWAKA MARIAN47GOSHEN36 
NEW HAVEN57FORT WAYNE NORTHROP30 
NORTH CENTRAL (INDIANAPOLIS)63INDIANAPOLIS ATTUCKS58 
NORWELL52MISSISSINEWA47 
OBLONG-PALESTINE-HUTSONVILLE (ILL.)66VINCENNES RIVET51 
OLDENBURG ACADEMY64MORRISTOWN46 
OWEN VALLEY66WEST VIGO51 
PORTAGE73BOONE GROVE44 
PURDUE POLY NORTH52THRIVAL INDY ACADEMY49 
ROCK CREEK ACADEMY67SHAWE MEMORIAL36 
SCOTTSBURG70EASTERN (PEKIN)26 
SILVER CREEK70CHARLESTOWN57 
SOUTH BEND ADAMS76CASSOPOLIS (MICH.)27 
SOUTH BEND CLAY87JOHN GLENN64 
SOUTH BEND RILEY71JIMTOWN61 
SOUTH BEND ST. JOSEPH74CONCORD45 
SOUTH BEND WASHINGTON87ELKHART66 
TAYLOR57NORTH MIAMI41 
TRITON58SOUTH BEND CAREER47 
UNION CITY61WES-DEL39 
VICTORY CHRISTIAN68CALUMET54 
WESTFIELD64PENDLETON HEIGHTS39 
WHITE RIVER VALLEY44DUGGER UNION13 
WOODLAN60GARRETT43 
CASS COUNTY INVITATIONAL
LOGANSPORT59PIONEER38 
LAFAYETTE TOURNAMENT
WEST LAFAYETTE55BENTON CENTRAL47 
RENSSELAER CENTRAL58MCCUTCHEON51 
HARRISON (WEST LAFAYETTE)53LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC40 
LAFAYETTE JEFF66TWIN LAKES56 

WRESTLING SCORES

RENSSELAER CENTRAL 68 KANKAKEE VALLEY 12

AVON 39 HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN 36

OAK HILL 39 MACONAQUAH 28

NORTHFIELD 39 CASS 33

BLACKFORD 42 MONROE CENTRAL 36

EASTSIDE 45 BLUFFTON 36

SOUTH ADAMS 46 COWAN 30

JAY COUNTY 63 CENTERVILLE 15

WINAMAC 56 TWIN LAKES 28

SOUTHMONT 72 COVINGTON 3

TERRE HAUTE SOUTH E3 NORTH KNOX 0

COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF RANKINGS

1. GEORGIA (12-0)
2. MICHIGAN (12-0)
3. WASHINGTON (12-0)
4. FLORIDA STATE (12-0)
5. OREGON (11-1)
6. OHIO STATE (11-1)
7. TEXAS (11-1)
8. ALABAMA (11-1)
9. MISSOURI (10-2)
10. PENN STATE (10-2)
11. OLE MISS (10-2)
12. OKLAHOMA (10-2)
13. LSU (9-3)
14. LOUISVILLE (10-2)
15. ARIZONA (9-3)
16. IOWA (10-2)
17. NOTRE DAME (9-3)
18. OKLAHOMA STATE (9-3)
19. NC STATE (9-3)
20. OREGON STATE (8-4)
21. TENNESSEE (8-4)
22. TULANE (11-1)
23. CLEMSON (8-4)
24. LIBERTY (12-0)
25. KANSAS STATE (8-4)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

WEEK 14

FRIDAY, DEC. 1

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

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

SATURDAY, DEC. 2

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

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

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

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

AAC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME | 4 P.M.

SUN BELT CHAMPIONSHIP GAME | 4 P.M.

SWAC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME | 4 P.M. | ESPN2

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

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

WEEK 15

SATURDAY, DEC. 9

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

NFL

WEEK 13 SCHEDULE

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS AT DALLAS COWBOYS (THU) 7:15P (CT) 8:15P PRIME VIDEO

LOS ANGELES CHARGERS AT NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

DETROIT LIONS AT NEW ORLEANS SAINTS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P FOX

ATLANTA FALCONS AT NEW YORK JETS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX

ARIZONA CARDINALS AT PITTSBURGH STEELERS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

CAROLINA PANTHERS AT TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS AT TENNESSEE TITANS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P CBS

MIAMI DOLPHINS AT WASHINGTON COMMANDERS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX

DENVER BRONCOS AT HOUSTON TEXANS 3:05P (CT) 4:05P CBS

CLEVELAND BROWNS AT LOS ANGELES RAMS 1:25P (PT) 4:25P FOX

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS AT PHILADELPHIA EAGLES 4:25P (ET) 4:25P FOX

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS AT GREEN BAY PACKERS 7:20P (CT) 8:20P NBC*

CINCINNATI BENGALS AT JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (MON) 8:15P (ET) 8:15P ESPN*

MEN’S TOP 25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCORES

#1 PURDUE 99 TEXAS SOUTHERN 67

#3 MARQUETTE 93 SOUTHERN 56

#5 KANSAS 71 EASTERN ILLINOIS 63

#12 KENTUCKY 95 #8 MIAMI FLORIDA 73

#9 BAYLOR 108 NICHOLLS 70

#11 GONZAGA 81 BAKERSFIELD 65

GEORGIA TECH 67 #21 MISSISSIPPI STATE 59

CLEMSON 85 #23 ALABAMA 77

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL TOP 25 SCOREBOARD

#6 USC 85 CAL POLY 44

#7 COLORADO 85 BOSTON 55

#12 UTAH 100 CARROLL 44

NBA SCOREBOARD

BOSTON 124 CHICAGO 97

CLEVELAND 128 ATLANTA 105

MILWAUKEE 131 MIAMI 124

BROOKLYN 115 TORONTO 103

NEW YORK 115 CHARLOTTE 91

MINNESOTA 106 OKLAHOMA CITY 103

DALLAS 121 HOUSTON 115

SACRAMENTO 124 GOLDEN STATE 123

NHL SCOREBOARD

NEW JERSEY 5 NY ISLANDERS 4

TORONTO 2 FLORIDA 1

CAROLINA 4 PHILADELPHIA 1

MINNESOTA 3 ST. LOUIS 1

NASHVILLE 3 PITTSBURGH 2 OT

DALLAS 2 WINNIPEG 0

CHICAGO 4 SEATTLE 3

ARIZONA 3 TAMPA BAY 1

EDMONTON 5 VEGAS 4

VANCOUVER 3 ANAHEIM 1

NATIONAL SPORTS RELEASES/HEADLINES

COLLEGE FOOTBALL NEWS

GEORGIA, MICHIGAN, WASHINGTON, FLORIDA STATE LEAD CFP RANKINGS

Georgia remained No. 1 and Michigan, Washington and Florida State moved up to the second through fourth spots in the College Football Playoff selection committee’s penultimate rankings on Tuesday night.

Michigan, last week’s No. 3 team, defeated then-No. 2 Ohio State 30-24 in their annual rivalry game last Saturday. The Buckeyes dropped four spots to No. 6, now beneath No. 5 Oregon.

After conference championship games conclude this Saturday, the committee will gather on Sunday to determine the four playoff teams and their semifinal matchups.

One crucial game is Friday’s Pac-12 championship game, a rematch between Washington and Oregon. The Huskies won 36-33 at home in the teams’ regular-season meeting, the only loss on the Ducks’ record. Heisman Trophy favorite Bo Nix and the Ducks will try to avenge that loss on a neutral field in Las Vegas.

Texas and Alabama remained at Nos. 7 and 8 and have an outside chance of breaking into the field of four this weekend. Texas faces No. 18 Oklahoma State in the Big 12 championship game, and Alabama takes on Georgia for the SEC title once again.

The full rankings are as follows:

  1. Georgia (12-0)
    2. Michigan (12-0)
    3. Washington (12-0)
    4. Florida State (12-0)
    5. Oregon (11-1)
    6. Ohio State (11-1)
    7. Texas (11-1)
    8. Alabama (11-1)
    9. Missouri (10-2)
    10. Penn State (10-2)
    11. Ole Miss (10-2)
    12. Oklahoma (10-2)
    13. LSU (9-3)
    14. Louisville (10-2)
    15. Arizona (9-3)
    16. Iowa (10-2)
    17. Notre Dame (9-3)
    18. Oklahoma State (9-3)
    19. NC State (9-3)
    20. Oregon State (8-4)
    21. Tennessee (8-4)
    22. Tulane (11-1)
    23. Clemson (8-4)
    24. Liberty (12-0)
    25. Kansas State (8-4)

OREGON ST. NAMES TRENT BRAY HEAD COACH

Oregon State named Trent Bray its next head coach on Tuesday.

Bray was promoted after serving as the Beavers’ defensive coordinator for two-plus seasons. He joined the Oregon State coaching staff in 2018 as the linebackers coach, holding that position until the middle of the 2021 season, when he was named interim defensive coordinator.

The 41-year-old Bray is taking over for Jonathan Smith, who is now Michigan State’s head coach.

“I’m excited to be able to announce Trent as our next head coach,” Oregon State athletic director Scott Barnes said in a statement. “After interviewing several qualified candidates, we realized our top choice, Trent, has already been a mainstay at the Valley Football Center and Reser Stadium. He’s been a part of Beaver Nation for a long time and love for this place is real.

“The connection and trust he has built with our student athletes is unmatched. His energy and determination as head coach will be a catalyst for continued program success.”

Under Bray this season, the Beavers’ defense is ranked 33rd in the country in scoring defense (21.5 points allowed per game) and 14th in rushing defense (104.1 yards allowed per game), and has recorded 36 sacks, tied for ninth most in the nation.

Leaning heavily on that unit, Oregon State went 8-4 in the regular season and is in position to appear in a bowl game for the third consecutive season.

The Beavers came in at No. 20 in the latest College Football Playoff rankings released Tuesday.

“I’ve been a part of Oregon State for a long time, as a coach and a student-athlete, and know how special Beaver Nation is,” Bray, who was a linebacker at the school from 2002-05, said in a statement. “I’m excited to lead an outstanding group of men our fans can be proud of.”

REPORTS: SAN DIEGO STATE HIRES SEAN LEWIS AS HEAD COACH

Former Colorado offensive coordinator Sean Lewis will be San Diego State’s next head coach, multiple media outlets reported Tuesday night.

Lewis will take over for Brady Hoke, who retired.

Following the Buffaloes’ 28-16 loss to UCLA on Oct. 28, the 37-year-old Lewis was stripped of his offensive play-calling abilities. Colorado coach Deion Sanders turned to Pat Shurmur, an offensive analyst, for the team’s final four games of the season.

The Buffaloes went 0-4 and averaged 20.3 points per game with Shurmur calling the shots. Colorado finished the season 4-8.

“Sean is a good man. I think he’s a good play-caller,” Sanders said after making the move to Shurmur. “We just needed change at the time. We just needed to try something else at the time, and that’s what we did.”

Lewis was Kent State’s head coach from 2018-22 before joining the Buffaloes. The Golden Flashes went 24-31 and made two bowl appearances during his tenure.

Prior to his time at Kent State, Lewis served as the co-offensive coordinator at Bowling Green (2015) and Syracuse (2016-17).

TRANSFER PORTAL: QB ATHAN KALIAKMANIS LEAVING MINNESOTA

Minnesota starting quarterback Athan Kaliakmanis intends to enter the transfer portal with two years of eligibility remaining, he stated on Tuesday.

As a sophomore this season, Kaliakmanis completed 156 of 294 passes (53.1 percent) for 1,838 yards, 14 touchdowns and nine interceptions in 12 games for a 115.2 passer rating.

“Minnesota will always be an important place in my life and one that I believe has helped me grow immensely, both as a player and a man for the last three years,” Kaliakmanis wrote on X. “After several days of discussion with my family, I am announcing my intention to enter the transfer portal with 2 years of eligibility left.”

His backup, fifth-year senior Cole Kramer, played in two games and his only pass was intercepted. Kramer has one season of eligibility remaining. Drew Viotto, a freshman who didn’t see action for Minnesota this season, also announced his intention to transfer elsewhere.

The Golden Gophers, who went 5-7, could have another quarterback in contention for playing time next season. Max Brosmer, who led the FCS in passing yards (3,449) and passing yards per game (313.5) and was second in touchdown passes (29) at New Hampshire, entered the transfer portal and announced on X on Monday that Minnesota offered him a scholarship.

–Ten Michigan State players have entered the transfer portal since the Spartans (4-8) ended their season with a loss to Penn State on Friday and announced former Oregon State coach Jonathan Smith as their new head coach on Saturday.

On Tuesday, Noah Kim joined two other scholarship quarterbacks — redshirt freshman Katin Houser and freshman Sam Leavitt — already in the portal.

A redshirt junior, Kim played in five games this season and was 91 of 160 for 1,090 yards, six touchdowns and six interceptions.

Kim, a former starter, will be joined in the transfer portal by wide receivers Christian Fitzpatrick and Tyrell Henry and offensive linemen Geno VanDeMark, Spencer Brown, Kevin Wigenton II and Ethan Boyd.

–North Carolina junior defensive lineman Kedrick Bingley-Jones announced that he is entering the transfer portal.

The 6-foot-4, 305-pounder appeared in four games this year and make two solo tackles, including one for loss. He played in 26 games total for the Tar Heels in three seasons.

BIG TEN CONFERENCE ANNOUNCES FOOTBALL ALL-CONFERENCE TEAMS FOR DEFENSE, SPECIAL TEAMS AND SELECT INDIVIDUAL HONORS

ROSEMONT, Ill. — The Big Ten Conference announced the 2023 All-Big Ten football honorees on defense and special teams on Tuesday live on the Big Ten Network’s “B1G Today” program. A total of 55 student-athletes were named to either of the All-Big Ten teams selected by the coaches and media, while another 91 student-athletes were awarded honorable mention status.

The Big Ten Conference postseason awards are voted on by conference coaches and a select media panel and honors teams, coaches and students with individual awards that each bear the names of one or two former standouts. The Dungy-Thompson Humanitarian and Ford-Kinnick Leadership awards were announced on Nov. 21.

2023 Big Ten Individual Award Winners

Ford-Kinnick Leadership Award: Richard Coachys, Indiana

Nagurski-Woodson Defensive Player of the Year: Jer’Zhan Newton, Illinois

Hayes-Schembechler Coach of the Year (coaches vote): David Braun, Northwestern

Dave McClain Coach of the Year (media vote): David Braun, Northwestern

Smith-Brown Defensive Lineman of the Year: Jer’Zhan Newton, Illinois

Butkus-Fitzgerald Linebacker of the Year: Tommy Eichenberg, Ohio State

Tatum-Woodson Defensive Back of the Year: Cooper DeJean, Iowa

Bakken-Andersen Kicker of the Year: Dragan Kesich, Minnesota

Eddleman-Fields Punter of the Year: Tory Taylor, Iowa

Rodgers-Dwight Return Specialist of the Year: Cooper DeJean, Iowa

LOADED FIELD OF CFP CONTENDERS FOR LAST 4-TEAM PLAYOFF FUELS CHAMPIONSHIP WEEKEND DRAMA

The four-team College Football Playoff is going out with the most crowded field of contenders and the most consequential championship weekend in the 10-year history of the system.

Eight teams have at least a glimmer of hope to make the field. Yes, that means you, too, Ohio State.

The penultimate CFP rankings will be released Tuesday night. The field for the playoff will be announced Sunday.

Determining which teams are CFP contenders heading into championship weekend is a bit subjective. More often than not a Power Five team with only one loss going into the conference title games — regardless of whether that team is playing — has to be considered alive.

No team with two losses has ever made the CFP, but at least a couple of times a team with two losses had to be considered in contention when it played for a conference title. Auburn in 2017 is the most obvious example.

That season was one of the few where championship weekend had multiple games matching CFP contenders. More commonly, championship weekend hasn’t been about teams playing their way into the field as much as watching for whether teams might play their way out.

Last season when Southern California lost the Pac-12 championship game on Friday night, the field was practically set before Saturday’s games kicked off.

Georgia and Michigan won their conferences to stay perfect and lock down the top two seeds, but would have gotten in regardless. TCU lost the Big 12 title game and got in. Ohio State slipped in the backdoor without playing.

Alabama coach Nick Saban politicked for the Tide to get in with two losses, but there was no real drama heading into selection Sunday.

This year, every conference championship has at least one CFP contender. The Pac-12 and the SEC each have two. Two-time defending champion Georgia might be able to lose to Alabama and make the field, as it did on the way to the national title in 2021, but that is far from a guarantee.

There are multiple scenarios that could play out this weekend and leave the 13-member CFP selection committee facing almost impossible choices Saturday night.

With such strong teams on top of college football this season, it would seem to be a perfect time to have a 12-team playoff to accommodate them all. That’s coming next year.

Though an argument could be made if there were more seasons like this that produced dramatic championship weekends and intrigue heading into the selection Sunday, maybe the CFP would not have needed to expand.

Here are the paths to the final four for the contenders.

Georgia, Michigan, Washington

With perfect records, it is simple: win and you’re in.

Being unbeaten provides some hope of backing in. Especially, for the Bulldogs, winners of 29 straight games.

Florida State

The Seminoles are perfect and in playoff position heading into their Atlantic Coast Conference title game against Louisville, but an injury to star quarterback Jordan Travis creates some uncertainty.

“You want to be pushing and playing your best ball in November so you can go into December and have these opportunities,” Florida State coach Mike Norvell said.

Leaving an unbeaten Power Five conference champion out of the playoff would be unprecedented — and some would say unfair. But the committee is instructed to judge the team as it is entering the postseason.

If Florida State muddles past Louisville and Alabama beats Georgia in a competitive game, leaving the two-time defending national champion 12-1 but without a conference title, the committee will face this question: Are the Tate Rodemaker-led Seminoles better than the Bulldogs?

Oregon, Texas, Alabama

Life is more complicated for these three 11-1 teams playing for their conference titles.

The Ducks seem to have the clearest path. The committee has had them ahead of Texas for weeks, so it would stand to reason if they beat Washington and win the Pac-12 they are good to go.

Texas fans don’t want to hear that and have been frustrated with the Longhorns’ placement behind Oregon. It’s a fair complaint, but unlikely to change now with Texas playing Oklahoma State (9-3) in the Big 12 title game and Oregon getting a chance to avenge its loss to Washington.

Texas might also have a case in a comparison against the current version of Florida State. And if Alabama can pull the upset in the SEC, that could help the ‘Horns, who beat the Tide in Tuscaloosa in September. Right?

Well … the SEC champion has never been left out of the playoff and having one that stops Georgia’s 29-game winning streak be the first would be surprising.

“This is one of the most competitive venues in college football,” Saban said of the SEC championship game. “We’re obviously playing one of the best team’s in college football. If not the best team in college football.”

Among these three, Texas seems most likely get the squeeze, and Alabama is the weekend’s biggest wildcard.

A Tide victory makes everything more complicated.

OHIO STATE

In a world where Florida State, Oregon, Texas and Alabama lose, the Buckeyes look like winners.

OKLAHOMA STATE’S GORDON PUTTING UP BARRY SANDERS-LIKE NUMBERS HEADING INTO BIG 12 TITLE GAME

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Ollie Gordon II channeled Barry Sanders on his final run last Saturday against BYU –- the one that ultimately propelled Oklahoma State into the Big 12 Championship Game.

In the second overtime, he took a handoff, darted left and shrugged off a defender before reversing field. He then launched himself over two BYU players into the end zone to provide the 40-34 margin.

It was the kind of electrifying run that Sanders, Oklahoma State’s 1988 Heisman Trophy winner, was known for.

Gordon’s similarities to Sanders didn’t end there last Saturday. He ran for five touchdowns against BYU –- tying the school record Sanders reached three times in 1988. He ran for 282 yards against West Virginia and 271 against Cincinnati –- becoming the first Cowboy to rush for at least 250 yards in consecutive weeks since, again, Sanders in 1988.

Gordon is in awe whenever he achieves something Sanders accomplished.

“It’s definitely a huge thing, especially coming here, being at Oklahoma State,” Gordon said. “Barry Sanders — big name around here. Everybody knows who he is. Barry Sanders is Oklahoma State, you know what I’m saying? That’s a guy that — he’ll forever be remembered at Oklahoma State. So it’s really huge being in the same category as him, honestly.”

Gordon had just 19 carries for 109 yards through three games before breaking out. Now, he leads the nation with 1,580 yards rushing and ranks second with 20 rushing scores heading into Saturday’s Big 12 title game against No. 7 Texas.

Gordon is one of three finalists for the Doak Walker Award, which goes to the nation’s best running back. The Longhorns’ College Football Playoff hopes could hinge on whether they can slow the 6-foot-1, 211-pound bruiser.

“Ollie Gordon’s a heck of a player,” Texas coach Steve Sarkisian said. “They have done a great job offensively of leaning into him. He really signifies who their team is.”

Gordon combines elements of two of his favorite backs — he runs with force and power like Derrick Henry, yet has smoothness, patience and a long stride like Le’Veon Bell. His ability to change direction is elite for a back his size.

“He’s a really impressive back,” Texas linebacker David Gbenda said. “A big back with good vision, good cuts. He can take the ball anywhere. When he sees it (a space), he’s going to take it wherever he wants to go. We can’t give him too much.”

Gordon never carried more than 17 times in a game his freshman season. This season, he has reset his career high for rushing attempts five times. He had 16 carries for 72 yards and four touchdowns after the third quarter against BYU and had a career-high 34 carries in the game.

“I feel like he gets stronger as the game goes on, like a lot of big physical backs do,” Sarkisian said. “A lot of his best runs come in the second half when teams wear down. He has the hard yards, the tough yards between the tackles, but yet he has the big-play ability to make those long runs.”

Gordon also has good hands. He caught six passes for 116 yards in a win over Kansas. He ran for 168 yards that day, starting a run of three straight games with at least 250 yards from scrimmage. He is the only FBS player in the past 10 years to accomplish the feat.

Though best known for his power, Gordon he has broken off several long runs, including a 75-yarder for a touchdown against Cincinnati. He said his blockers have opened things up for him.

“Seeing my line dominate blocks, my tight ends, fullbacks dominate blocks — it’s just a great sight to see,” Gordon said. “And that’s what really allows us to have so many carries a game. We pride ourselves on hard-fought, downhill football.”

For all the attention Gordon draws, Oklahoma State’s offensive success comes from a balanced attack. Quarterback Alan Bowman, a transfer from Michigan, has passed for 2,808 yards. Brennan Presley has 76 catches for 746 yards and five touchdowns, and he has rushed for two more scores. Rashod Owens has 49 catches for 646 yards, and Leon Johnson III has 27 catches for 446 yards, all in the past five games.

Gordon said offensive coordinator Kasey Dunn has made the offense work.

“He’s a great guy, great coach,” Gordon said. “Coach Dunn — he’s a real people person, but he will keep it 100 with you. I feel like we’ve all grown together over this year just having new pieces. I mean, we have a new starting quarterback. We have some young guys playing in the rotation. But coach Dunn just had to find his way to trust us. And I feel like with us handling business as we have been, it’s given him more ways to open up playbooks and just trust us with certain situations.”

NO. 4 FLORIDA STATE HEADS TO ACC TITLE GAME LOOKING TO ADD TO ‘SOD CEMETERY’ AND ‘FINISH FOR 13′

Kneeling in the south end zone at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, Florida State running back Trey Benson tried to cut out a chunk of grass with scissors. It wasn’t working on the orange-painted turf, so teammate Jared Verse stepped in to help.

Together, and despite a police officer trying to dissuade them from finishing the task, they found success with their bare hands. They ripped out a keepsake destined for the program’s famed “Sod Cemetery” in Tallahassee.

It could be the first of several souvenirs for the fourth-ranked Seminoles (12-0) over the next month.

Nearly a year after several key players opted to stay in school and chase championships — Verse and star quarterback Jordan Travis led the way — FSU is on the verge of another one. The ‘Noles will play No. 15 Louisville (10-2) in the Atlantic Coast Conference title game Saturday in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Florida State has a spot in the College Football Playoff on the line, and even with Travis now a spectator because of a gruesome left leg injury sustained in the team’s home finale Nov. 18, players and coaches refuse to settle for anything less. They have even embraced a “finish for 13” mantra that is a shoutout to Travis’ jersey number and all he has done for the program.

“It means a lot,” Verse said. “The whole season, 11 games, he was there every step of the way. … He’s still there. It means so much for us to go out there and put on (a show) for him. We gave everything we had. I feel like everybody hit another mental gear, another physical gear, that we don’t talk about enough. That’s what we’re capable of.

“After the game, you look him in the eyes and we’re like, ‘Hey, we did that for you.’ He’s smiling and just feels genuine joy. Even though he wasn’t on the field with us, he was still there.”

Travis really got FSU’s special season started last December when he announced he would return for a sixth year, the last five in Tallahassee after beginning his college career at Louisville. Standout receiver Johnny Wilson made a similar announcement the following day and then Benson joined them two days later.

Verse waited until January to declare his intentions. A first-team All-ACC selection after leading Florida State with 14 1/2 tackles for loss in 2022, including 7 1/2 sacks, Verse turned down NFL millions to run it back with teammates.

All those guys surely helped coach Mike Norvell land stud transfers like receiver Keon Coleman (Michigan State), tight end Jaheim Bell (South Carolina), defensive tackle Braden Fiske (Western Michigan) and cornerback Fentrell Cypress II (Virginia).

Now, the Seminoles have won 18 consecutive games and capped their seventh undefeated regular season with a 24-15 victory against Florida in the Swamp. It gave Norvell’s team a second “state championship” in as many years for beating both in-state rivals.

“It’s just an awesome opportunity that I’m real thankful for,” Fiske said. “That is why I came here. I came here to play in bigger games like this, and we’re undefeated now. … It’s unbelievable. Just got to keep this rolling.”

Added Verse: “I’ve been defeated; I ain’t never been undefeated.”

No one on the team has. It was just four years ago that Norvell took over one of college football’s laughingstocks. He lost 10 of his first 13 games with FSU and then slowly — and now suddenly — started to turn things by developing young talent and filling holes through the transfer portal.

He won three games in 2020, five in 2021, 10 in 2022 and now he has got the team playing for its first league title since 2014.

“It all goes to the players,” Norvell said Monday. “They’ve made the commitment. They put in the work. You can set a standard, but if people aren’t willing to push to the standard and hold themselves accountable to it. …

“Where do you go from here? There’s nothing to be satisfied with. You’re appreciative of the work you put in. But I want better, and these players want better. We want to see that next step to be taken. And this week you get to play in a conference championship. You win the game. All things are in front of you.”

Including more sod souvenirs.

WAKE FOREST LOSING TWO QBS TO TRANSFER PORTAL

Wake Forest quarterbacks Mitch Griffis and Santino Marucci both announced plans to transfer on Tuesday.

They are leaving Winston-Salem, N.C., after a 4-8 season that ended the Demon Deacons’ seven-year bowl streak.

Both were redshirt sophomores in 2023 and have two seasons of eligibility remaining. Both are scheduled to graduate in May and will enter the transfer portal as graduate transfers.

Griffis completed 59.9 percent of his passes for 1,553 yards, nine touchdowns and seven interceptions in nine games. The team captain also rushed for 128 yards and two scores and was sacked 34 times.

“I am incredibly thankful for my four years at Wake Forest,” Griffis posted on X. “The friendships and memories I have created will last a lifetime. A special thank you to Coach (Dave) Clawson and (offensive coordinator Warren Ruggerio) for giving me an opportunity to live out my dream. I will always be a Demon Deacon.”

Mariucci started in Wake Forest’s 21-17 win over Pitt on Oct. 21. He completed 12 of 21 passes for 151 yards with one TD and one pick in three games this season.

“I want to thank Clawson & Ruggiero, the entire Wake Forest Football staff, and the extended support team,” Marucci wrote on X. “My time at Wake Forest has ended, but the memories and friendships will last a lifetime.”

REPORT: WASHINGTON STATE, OREGON STATE FINALIZING MWC ALLIANCE

Oregon State and Washington State are finalizing an agreement that would ally the two remaining teams of the Pac-12 conference with the Mountain West Conference for the 2024 football season, Yahoo Sports reported Tuesday.

The Mountain West would receive a fee of about $14 million under the one-year agreement, which has a renewal option for 2025, per the report. A formal announcement could be made this week.

Under the agreement, the Mountain West teams would play seven conference games, plus an eighth against either Oregon State or Washington State.

Oregon State and Washington State were left behind when the other 10 teams of the conference decided to leave the conference for the 2024 season.

The Mountain West consists of Air Force, Boise State, Colorado State, Fresno State, Nevada, New Mexico, San Diego State, San Jose State, UNLV, Utah State and Wyoming. Hawaii is a participant in football.

Under the agreement, Oregon State and Washington State would not be eligible to play for the Mountain West title and they will play as “quasi-independents under the Pac-12 banner,” Yahoo reported.

At this time, the scheduling partnership would apply only to football. Talks are in progress for a potential scheduling agreement for men’s and women’s basketball, and the two Pac-12 schools are discussing affiliate memberships with leagues for other sports.

Oregon State finished the regular football season at 8-4 (5-4 Pac-12). Washington State began the season 4-0, which included a win over the Beavers, and concluded with a 5-7 (2-7) mark.

UNLV (9-3, 6-2 MWC) will host Boise State (7-5, 6-2) on Saturday in the Mountain West championship game.

REPORTS: SYRACUSE TARGETS GEORGIA’S FRAN BROWN AS HEAD COACH

Georgia assistant Fran Brown is a leading candidate to become the next Syracuse head coach, per multiple reports.

Brown, 41, is in his second season as the defensive backs coach for the unbeaten Bulldogs. He previously held similar positions at Rutgers, Baylor and Temple.

Brown is a New Jersey native who has recruited the Northeast region throughout his coaching career. He’s ranked as the No. 1 recruiter in the nation by 247Sports.

Syracuse fired eighth-year coach Dino Babers on Nov. 19 with a 41-55 record.

Interim coach Nunzio Campanile led the Orange (6-6, 2-6 ACC) to a 35-31 win over Wake Forest last Saturday to gain bowl eligibility.

Others linked to the vacancy include Holy Cross head coach Bob Chesney, Toledo head coach Jason Candle and Nebraska defensive coordinator Tony White.

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PANTHERS OWNER DAVID TEPPER DEFENDS LACK OF PATIENCE, DECISION TO DRAFT BRYCE YOUNG NO. 1 OVERALL

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper on Tuesday defended his perceived lack of patience after firing head coach Frank Reich 11 games into his first season, and the team’s decision to draft Bryce Young No. 1 overall.

Reich became the third head coach to be fired midseason by Tepper since he purchased the team in 2018 for a then-NFL record $2.275 billion.

Tepper previously fired Ron Rivera after a 5-7 start in 2019 and Matt Rhule after going 1-4 last season. Tepper gave no direct explanation for the decision to terminate Reich’s contract, telling reporters they can draw their own conclusion.

“I do have patience. My reputation away from this game is one of extreme patience,” said Tepper, a multibillionaire hedge fund owner. “There’s no reason why that doesn’t come here, too. Now, that patience comes with good performance and wanting to see progress made in different aspects.

“I would like to have someone (coach) here for 20 or 30 years. I would like to have somebody that would say my eulogy in 30 years,” Tepper added.

But so far Tepper’s tenure in Carolina has been marred by losses and firings.

Before he bought the team, the Panthers had been to the playoffs four out of five seasons, including a Super Bowl trip in the 2015 season.

Since then, the Panthers have been consistently awful.

They’re 30-63 under Tepper, the second worst record in the league behind only the New York Jets (28-65). The Panthers haven’t been to the postseason under Tepper, while enduring six straight losing seasons.

When Tepper hires his next coach after the season it will be the seventh head coach — including fulltime and interim coaches — that he’s employed during his short tenure. That quick trigger could prevent the Panthers from landing a quality candidate in the next cycle, although Tepper said he’s not concerned with that.

Tepper spent most of his brief news conference — he answered only eight questions over 14 minutes before the team’s PR staff abruptly cut it off — defending his actions as an NFL owner, including the hiring of Reich and the decision to select Young instead of rookie of the year candidate C.J. Stroud.

“All of those decisions, whether it’s the head coach, whether it’s Bryce, I really don’t even vote on those decisions until the least piece,” Tepper said. “Those decisions are made by football people.”

Tepper said he ultimately supported the decisions on Reich and Young.

The Panthers have endured criticism for trading away four draft picks and wide receiver D.J. Moore to move up eight spots in the NFL draft last year and take Young instead of Stroud.

Stroud is 6-5 as a starter, and has thrown for 3,266 yards with 19 touchdowns and five interceptions and has the Houston Texans in playoff contention. Young is 1-10 as a starter with nine touchdowns and eight interceptions.

Stroud has a 100.8 QB rating; Young’s is 74.9.

Tepper defended drafting Young, first saying taking him was “almost” a unanimous decision among the team’s personnel decision-makers, before clarifying himself by saying it was unanimous.

“As far as Bryce Young is concerned, for myself, and I think everybody in this building would share this sentiment, we’re totally confident in that pick,” Tepper said. “And for me, I’m totally confident in agreeing with that pick.’’

Tepper did not address the future of general manager Scott Fitterer before walking away from the podium.

COWBOYS JUMP EAGLES IN SHAQUILLE LEONARD PURSUIT, HOST LB TUESDAY

Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys are hosting free agent linebacker Shaquille Leonard at The Star on Tuesday with plans for lunch and an extensive medical review.

Jones said Tuesday morning on his weekly spot with 105.3 FM The Fan that Leonard was in Dallas and a review of his medical history was underway.

Leonard was waived by the Colts two days before Thanksgiving after starting nine games this season, but a team physical and medical signoff are significant steps to bringing him on board.

Injuries limited him to three games in 2022. He had season-ending back surgery last November.

NFC East rival Philadelphia pursued Leonard almost immediately with injuries at the position and a history between the 28-year-old and Eagles coach Nick Sirianni from his time in Indianapolis. But Leonard is in Dallas first with plans to head to Philadelphia later in the week, ESPN reported. The Athletic reported the Eagles are keeping tabs on Leonard but claimed no visit was set as of Tuesday morning.

Cowboys linebacker Leighton Vander Esch is on injured reserve with a neck injury and out for the season, Jones confirmed on Nov. 14.

Eagles middle linebacker Nakobe Dean is on injured reserve and Zach Cunningham (hamstring) underwent testing to determine the severity of his injury this week. Christian Elliss replaced Cunningham against Buffalo on Sunday.

Leonard became the highest-paid linebacker in the league in August 2021 when he signed a five-year, $98.5 million extension. The Colts are on the hook for nearly $27 million in dead-cap money.

A three-time All-Pro, Leonard has totaled 614 tackles, 17 forced fumbles, 15 sacks and 12 interceptions in 70 games (68 starts) since Indianapolis drafted him in the second round in 2018.

JULIUS PEPPERS, ANTONIO GATES AMONG 25 HALL OF FAME SEMIFINALISTS

Julius Peppers and Antonio Gates are among 25 semifinalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2024.

Peppers, a prolific pass rusher for the Carolina Panthers, Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers, and Gates, a tight end for the San Diego Chargers, joined 18 players who were semifinalists for the Class of 2023.

Eight of the final 15 in the ’23 class are again semifinalists, including Jared Allen, Willie Anderson, Dwight Freeney, Devin Hester, Andre Johnson, Torry Holt, Patrick Willis and Darren Woodson.

Peppers had 159.5 career sacks and 10 seasons with double-digit sacks. Like Gates, Peppers was a three-time All-Pro. Gates helped redefine his position and was an All-Pro in just his second season. He played a total of 16 seasons and is behind only Tony Gonzalez and Jason Witten among tight ends in NFL history with 955 catches for 11,841 yards. Gates’ 116 touchdown receptions set the NFL record for tight ends.

Former New York Giants running back Tiki Barber, who retired following the 2006 season, joins Peppers and Gates as first-time semifinalists.

The 25 semifinalists will be reduced to 15 finalists before the final voting process for the Class of 2024 takes place in Las Vegas ahead of Super Bowl LVIII in February.

Also under consideration in February are the recommended nominees of the Hall of Fame’s Coach/Contributor Committee: Buddy Parker; and its Seniors Committee: Randy Gradishar, Steve McMichael and Art Powell.

–25 modern-day semifinalists
The following is the list of 2024 Modern-Era Player Semifinalists, including their positions, years in the NFL and teams.

Also listed are the number of times and years the candidate has been named a Semifinalist since this reduction vote was added to the Hall’s bylaws in 2004.

Eric Allen, CB, 1988-1994 Philadelphia Eagles, 1995-97 New Orleans Saints, 1998-2001 Oakland Raiders | (Times as a Semifinalist: 4 – 2021-24)
Jared Allen, DE, 2004-07 Kansas City Chiefs, 2008-2013 Minnesota Vikings, 2014-15 Chicago Bears, 2015 Carolina Panthers | (Times as a Semifinalist: 4 – 2021-24)
Willie Anderson, T, 1996-2007 Cincinnati Bengals, 2008 Baltimore Ravens | (Times as a Semifinalist: 4 – 2021-24)
Tiki Barber, RB, 1997-2006 New York Giants | (Times as a Semifinalist: 1 – 2024)
Anquan Boldin, WR, 2003-09 Arizona Cardinals, 2010-12 Baltimore Ravens, 2013-15 San Francisco 49ers, 2016 Detroit Lions | (Times as a Semifinalist: 3 – 2022-24)
Jahri Evans, G, 2006-16 New Orleans Saints, 2017 Green Bay Packers | (Times as a Semifinalist: 2 – 2023-24)
London Fletcher, LB, 1998-2001 St. Louis Rams, 2002-06 Buffalo Bills, 2007-13 Washington Redskins | (Times as a Semifinalist: 2 – 2023-24)
Dwight Freeney, DE, 2002-2012 Indianapolis Colts, 2013-14 San Diego Chargers, 2015 Arizona Cardinals, 2016 Atlanta Falcons, 2017 Seattle Seahawks, 2017 Detroit Lions | (Times as a Semifinalist: 2 – 2023-24)
Antonio Gates, TE, 2003-18 San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers (Times as a Semifinalist: 1 – 2024)
Eddie George, RB, 1996-2003 Houston/Tennessee Oilers/Titans, 2004 Dallas Cowboys (Times as a Semifinalist: 2 – 2022, 2024)
James Harrison, LB, 2002-12, 2014-17 Pittsburgh Steelers, 2013 Cincinnati Bengals, 2017 New England Patriots | (Times as a Semifinalist: 2 – 2023-24)
Rodney Harrison, S, 1994-2002 San Diego Chargers, 2003-08 New England Patriots | (Times as a Semifinalist: 3 – 2021, 2023-24)
Devin Hester, PR/KR/WR, 2006-2013 Chicago Bears, 2014-15 Atlanta Falcons, 2016 Baltimore Ravens | (Times as a Semifinalist: 3 – 2022-24)
Torry Holt, WR, 1999-2008 St. Louis Rams, 2009 Jacksonville Jaguars | (Times as a Semifinalist: 10 – 2015-2024)
Andre Johnson, WR, 2003-14 Houston Texans, 2015 Indianapolis Colts, 2016 Tennessee Titans | (Times as a Semifinalist: 3 – 2022-24)
Robert Mathis, DE/LB, 2003-16 Indianapolis Colts | (Times as a Semifinalist: 3 – 2022-24)
Julius Peppers, DE, 2002-09, 2017-18 Carolina Panthers, 2010-13 Chicago Bears, 2014-15 Green Bay Packers (Times as a Semifinalist: 1 – 2024)
Steve Smith Sr., WR, 2001-13 Carolina Panthers, 2014-16 Baltimore Ravens | (Times as a Semifinalist: 3 – 2022-24)
Fred Taylor, RB, 1998-2008 Jacksonville Jaguars, 2009-10 New England Patriots | (Times as a Semifinalist: 5 – 2020-24)
Hines Ward, WR, 1998-2011 Pittsburgh Steelers | (Times as a Semifinalist: 8 – 2017-2024)
Ricky Watters, RB, 1992-94 San Francisco 49ers, 1995-97 Philadelphia Eagles, 1998-2001 Seattle Seahawks | (Times as a Semifinalist: 4 – 2020, 2022-24)
Reggie Wayne, WR, 2001-14 Indianapolis Colts | (Times as a Semifinalist: 5 – 2020-24)
Vince Wilfork, DT, 2004-14 New England Patriots, 2015-16 Houston Texans | (Times as a Semifinalist: 3 – 2022-24)
Patrick Willis, LB, 2007-14 San Francisco 49ers | (Times as a Semifinalist: 5 – 2020-24)
Darren Woodson, S, 1992-2003 Dallas Cowboys | (Times as a Semifinalist: 8 – 2015, 2017, 2019-2024)

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TOP 25 ROUNDUP: NO. 12 KENTUCKY HANDS NO. 8 MIAMI FIRST LOSS

Freshman reserve Reed Sheppard was outstanding on both sides of the floor with 21 points, five rebounds, four assists and three steals as No. 12 Kentucky knocked off No. 8 Miami 95-73 on Tuesday night as part of the inaugural ACC/SEC Challenge in Lexington, Ky.

The Wildcats (6-1), who won their fourth straight game, also got 18 points from Antonio Reeves plus 14 points and seven assists from Tre Mitchell.

The only negative for Kentucky happened in the first half, when starting guard D.J. Wagner left the game due to a leg injury. He did not return.

Miami (5-1) was led by Norchad Omier (20 points, six rebounds) and Wooga Poplar (19 points, eight rebounds). However, Matthew Cleveland and Nijel Pack, who entered the game averaging a combined 32.8 points, were held to five and two points, respectively.

No. 1 Purdue 99, Texas Southern 67

Braden Smith recorded 19 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds to help the Boilermakers roll to a wire-to-wire victory over the Tigers in West Lafayette, Ind.

Zach Edey had 15 points and six rebounds and Lance Jones also scored 15 points for the Boilermakers (7-0). Smith left the contest with 10:32 remaining just one rebound shy of the second triple-double in Purdue history.

Zytarious Mortle had 25 points to pace Texas Southern (0-7).

No. 3 Marquette 93, Southern 56

Tyler Kolek scored 16 points and Kam Jones added 15 as the Golden Eagles cruised past the Jaguars in Milwaukee.

Stevie Mitchell added a season-high 11 points for Marquette (6-1). Eleven Golden Eagles scored as the team shot 49.2 percent.

Southern (1-6) was led by Jordan Johnson’s 21 points. It was a breakout performance for Johnson, who had been averaging just 3.5 points and 11 minutes per game.

No. 5 Kansas 71, Eastern Illinois 63

Hunter Dickinson collected 25 points and 13 rebounds to lift the Jayhawks to a victory over the Panthers in Lawrence, Kan. Dickinson made his first seven shots and finished 11-for-15.

Kevin McCullar Jr. scored 18 points and K.J. Adams Jr. added 10 for the Jayhawks (6-1), who were unable to shake the pesky Panthers (3-5) until late in the second half.

Tiger Booker scored 20 points off the bench and Nakyel Shelton and Kooper Jacobi each had 14 for Eastern Illinois, which fell to 0-5 on the road this season.

No. 9 Baylor 108, Nicholls 70

Langston Love poured in a career-high 23 points while going 8 of 10 from the floor as the Bears remained undefeated with an easy victory over the Colonels in Waco, Texas.

RayJ Dennis added 14 points and a game-high 10 assists for Baylor (7-0), which never trailed. Jayden Nunn hit for 13 points and Caleb Lohner had 12.

Robert Brown III led Nicholls (3-5) with 17 points, with Micah Thomas hitting for 16 and Jamal West Jr. scoring 15.

No. 11 Gonzaga 81, Cal State Bakersfield 65

Ryan Nembhard scored a game-high 22 points to lead six Bulldogs in double figures as Gonzaga topped Cal State Bakersfield in Spokane, Wash.

Nolan Hickman added 13 for the Bulldogs (5-1), while Braden Huff came off the bench to chip in 12 points. Graham Ike contributed 11 points and six rebounds, and Dusty Stromer kicked in 10 points. Leading scorer Anton Watson was held to 11 points on 5-of-11 shooting but grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds.

Kaleb Higgins scored 21 points for the Roadrunners (3-4) and Modestas Kancleris added 12 but it wasn’t enough to help spring a major upset. Cal State Bakersfield committed just 10 turnovers but made only 40.3 percent of its field-goal attempts, including 6 of 19 (31.6 percent) from the 3-point arc.

Georgia Tech 67, No. 21 Mississippi State 59

Miles Kelly scored a game-high 22 points and added 12 rebounds to help lead the Yellow Jackets’ upset of the visiting Bulldogs in Atlanta.

Georgia Tech (3-2) never trailed as first-year head coach Damon Stoudamire posted the first power-conference win in charge of the Yellow Jackets.

Mississippi State (6-1) was paced by reserve Josh Hubbard, who had 17 points. The Bulldogs struggled to find a rhythm on offense, connecting on just 20 of their 65 shots from the field (30.8 percent) and just seven of their 30 3-point tries (23.3 percent).

Clemson 85, No. 23 Alabama 77

PJ Hall scored 21 points and contributed to a torrid second-half shooting performance from the perimeter as the Tigers knocked off the Crimson Tide in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Joseph Girard III had 16 points while Chase Hunter added 15 points for the Tigers. Clemson (6-0) made eight 3-pointers in the second half. Girard finished with four treys for the game.

Mark Sears made four 3-pointers on his way to 23 points for Alabama (5-2). Aaron Estrada pumped in 16 points and Grant Nelson had 14, but the Crimson Tide took their second loss in the past three games.

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NBA ROUNDUP: KINGS STUN WARRIORS, ADVANCE IN TOURNEY

Malik Monk banked in a tough 13-footer with 7.4 seconds left, Stephen Curry was then harassed into an off-target 37-footer at the buzzer, and the Sacramento Kings won West Group C of the NBA in-season tournament with a 124-123 victory over the visiting Golden State Warriors on Tuesday.

DeAaron Fox scored 29 points as the Kings finished group play 4-0 to advance to the tournament quarterfinals. Sacramento will play host to the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday.

Curry and Andrew Wiggins put up 29 points apiece for the Warriors, who could have forged a three-way tie atop the group with a win but instead finished 2-2 after losing Chris Paul and Gary Payton II to leg injuries during the game.

Golden State led by as many as 24 points but got outscored 69-51 in the second half.

Nets 115, Raptors 103

Mikal Bridges scored 22 points, including the tiebreaking three-point play with 4:15 remaining, as Brooklyn pulled away to beat Toronto in the final game of group play in the NBA in-season tournament in New York.

Despite winning their third straight and finishing 3-1 in Group C, the Nets were eliminated from the tournament. Brooklyn, Orlando and Boston finished 3-1 but the Nets lost the point-differential tiebreaker to the Celtics.

Spencer Dinwiddie led the Nets with 23 points, and Royce O’Neale and Cameron Johnson added 18. Pascal Siakam (17 points, 10 rebounds) and Scottie Barnes (17 points, 11 rebounds) each had a double-double for Toronto.

Celtics 124, Bulls 97

Boston won East Group C by beating visiting Chicago in the final NBA in-season tournament group-play game for each team.

To win Group C, Boston needed to defeat Chicago by at least 23 points and needed Brooklyn to beat Toronto by no more than 18 on Tuesday. The two results allowed the Celtics to win a three-way tiebreaker with Brooklyn and Orlando.

Jaylen Brown led Boston with 30 points, eight rebounds and six assists, and Jayson Tatum finished with 21 points. Coby White and DeMar DeRozan each tossed in 19 for the Bulls, who have lost their last five games and eight of their last nine. Chicago has also dropped its past seven road games.

Knicks 115, Hornets 91

Julius Randle posted a double-double for host New York, which booked a berth in the knockout round of the NBA in-season tournament with a wire-to-wire win over Charlotte Hornets.

The Knicks finished 3-1 in East Group B and grabbed the East’s wild-card spot. They will visit East Group B winner Milwaukee in a quarterfinal game on Dec. 5. Milwaukee beat the Knicks 110-105 in the tournament opener for both teams on Nov. 3.

Randle had 25 points and 20 rebounds on Tuesday for the Knicks, who have won eight of their past 11 games. Immanuel Quickley scored 23 points and fellow New York reserve Josh Hart added 17 points. Brandon Miller led the Hornets with 18 points.

Bucks 131, Heat 124

Damian Lillard scored 13 of his 32 points in the fourth quarter to lead visiting Milwaukee past short-handed Miami, clinching the Bucks a spot in the quarterfinals of the NBA in-season tournament.

Lillard also dished a team-high nine assists while Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 33 and grabbed 10 rebounds as Milwaukee won East Group B with a perfect 4-0 record in group play.

Miami, without Jimmy Butler (ankle) and Tyler Herro (ankle), among others, was led by Bam Adebayo with 31 points and 10 rebounds. The Heat finished 2-2 in tournament play and were eliminated.

Timberwolves 106, Thunder 103

Anthony Edwards scored 21 points before leaving in the second half because of a hip injury as Minnesota held to edge Oklahoma City in Minneapolis.

Rudy Gobert finished with 17 points and 16 rebounds for Minnesota, which won for the 13th time in 17 games to start the season. The Timberwolves improved to 3-1 in Group C of the in-season tournament but failed to advance.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 32 points to lead Oklahoma City, which fell to 1-3 in the tourney after already having been eliminated from advancing. Chet Holmgren, who starred in high school in Minnesota, finished with 16 points and eight rebounds.

Cavaliers 128, Hawks 105

Donovan Mitchell scored a game-high 40 points and added 11 rebounds to help lead Cleveland past visiting Atlanta.

The result left Cleveland with a 3-1 record in East Group A play during the NBA in-season tournament, but it wasn’t enough for the Cavaliers to advance to the quarterfinals. Atlanta finished group play 1-3.

Darius Garland added 19 points and eight assists for Cleveland. Evan Mobley added 17 points and 19 rebounds. The Hawks were paced by Bogdan Bogdanovic and De’Andre Hunter, who each had 18 points.

Mavericks 121, Rockets 115

Luka Doncic flirted with a 40-point triple-double while Kyrie Irving scored 22 of his 27 points in the second half as Dallas rallied for a home win over Houston in the group-play finale of the NBA in-season tournament.

Doncic posted 41 points, nine rebounds and nine assists for the Mavericks, who wound up 2-2 in West Group B, the same as the Rockets.

Alperen Sengun recorded 31 points, nine rebounds and six assists while Jabari Smith Jr. and Dillon Brooks scored 16 points apiece for the Rockets, who would have clinched a spot in the tournament quarterfinals with a win.

REPORTS: HORNETS G LAMELO BALL OUT MULTIPLE WEEKS WITH ANKLE SPRAIN

Charlotte Hornets guard LaMelo Ball sprained his right ankle on Sunday night and will be out of action for multiple weeks, according to multiple media reports Tuesday.

Ball, who missed several months last season with a fractured right ankle, has a sprain this time, according to ESPN and The Athletic reports following an MRI.

Late in the second quarter of the Hornets’ 130-117 loss, Ball drove to the lane and made a left-handed layup over Magic forward Paolo Banchero. Ball appeared to land awkwardly on his right leg and needed assistance to the locker room.

Ball, 22, is averaging a career-high 24.7 points a game along with 5.5 rebounds and 8.2 assists in 15 games (all starts).

He was ruled out for the rest of the season in February with a fractured right ankle and was also limited to 51 games as a rookie due to injuries.

In four seasons with the Hornets, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2020 draft averages 19.9 points, 7.4 assists and 6.3 rebounds in 177 games (157 starts).

REPORTS: MARK CUBAN SELLING MAJORITY STAKE OF MAVS TO MIRIAM ADELSON

Mark Cuban is selling a majority stake of the Dallas Mavericks to Miriam Adelson, the widow of casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, several media reports said Tuesday.

Cuban would keep shares in the team and maintain control of the Mavs’ basketball operations, reports said. The NBA Board of Governors must approve the transaction.

Bloomberg News and Sportico reported that Miriam Adelson was selling $2 billion of stock in Las Vegas Sands Corp. “to fund the purchase of a majority interest in a professional sports franchise,” citing a regulatory filing.

Adelson’s stake is valued at $3.5 billion, according to the reports. Forbes’ most recent NBA franchise valuations pegged the Mavericks as being worth $4.5 billion, the seventh-most valuable team in the league.

Forbes estimated Adelson as the 44th-richest person in the world, controlling $32.3 billion in wealth.

Cuban, 65, has held a majority stake in the Mavericks since January 2000.

SEVERAL SURPRISES PLAY THEIR WAY INTO EARLY SEASON MVP DISCUSSION WITH THE USUAL SUSPECTS

DENVER (AP) — SGA for MVP has a certain ring to it. The notion isn’t far-fetched, either.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is among the early season surprises who have played their way into the MVP conversation, joining the usual list of NBA stars that includes Nikola Jokic and Joel Embiid.

Gilgeous-Alexander, Tyrese Maxey, Tyrese Haliburton, Anthony Edwards, Bam Adebayo and De’Aaron Fox are turning in MVP-caliber seasons as the NBA In-Season Tournament heads into the knockout phase (minus Jokic and the defending NBA champion Nuggets).

Indeed, Jokic keeps doing Jokic-type things: posting triple-doubles galore as he dishes out jaw-dropping, no-look passes. It’s the reason why the Nuggets’ big man remains the early favorite, according to the FanDuel Sportsbook. Reigning MVP Embiid is right up there, too, along with the familiar names on the list like Luka Doncic, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Stephen Curry, Jayson Tatum, Kevin Durant and Devin Booker.

And let’s not forget about the seemingly ageless LeBron James. The soon-to-be 39-year-old continues to defy Father Time. He’s working his way into the mix for a fifth MVP award as he posts numbers similar to when he won the honor in 2012-13.

A look at some of the names not always routinely part of the MVP conversation:

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Oklahoma City

Averages: 30.4 points per game, 6.1 rebounds, 6.2 assists (as of Monday).

Team Record/In-Season Tournament standing: 11-5, second in the West; 1-2, eliminated.

FanDuel Sportsbook MVP odds: plus-1300

Why Gilgeous-Alexander is a contender: An All-NBA First Team member a season ago, the 6-foot-6 guard out of Kentucky has taken his game to another level. He’s taking the Thunder along with him. The young Thunder have won six of seven to vault up the Western Conference standings. He’s first in steals per game (2.3) entering Monday and fourth in scoring. The emergence of rookie big man Chet Holmgren — who may give Victor Wembanyama a run for the rookie of the year award — has taken the pressure off, too. Gilgeous-Alexander was fifth in the voting last season.

Tyrese Maxey, Philadelphia

Averages: 26.4 points per game, 4.9 rebounds, 6.8 assists.

Team Record/In-Season Tournament standing: 11-5, fourth in the East; 2-2, waiting to see if they earn a wild-card spot.

FanDuel Sportsbook MVP odds: plus-11,000.

Why Maxey is a contender: The trade of James Harden to the Los Angeles Clippers has meant more touches for Maxey, the 6-2 guard out of Kentucky whose numbers are all trending north. He’s playing like the co-star the 76ers envisioned for Embiid when they had Harden, Jimmy Butler and Ben Simmons. Maxey dropped 50 points on Indiana earlier this month, making 20 of 32 shots from the floor, including 7 of 11 from 3-point range.

Tyrese Haliburton, Indiana

Averages: 25.4 points per game, 3.9 rebounds, 12.1 assists.

Team Record/In-Season Tournament standing: 9-6, fifth in the East; 4-0, advanced to the quarterfinals.

FanDuel Sportsbook MVP odds: plus-4,000

Why Haliburton is a contender: Putting up performances that haven’t been seen in franchise history. Like on Nov. 4 against Charlotte, when he became the first Pacers player to record 40-plus points and 10-plus assists. Or setting the team mark for points in one quarter with 26 in the third at Atlanta last week. He’s also making NBA history, too, by becoming the first to record back-to-back games of 25 or more points, 15 or more assists and no turnovers (Nov. 12 and 14, both against Philly).

Anthony Edwards, Minnesota

Averages: 26.7 points per game, 6 rebounds, 5.1 assists.

Team Record/In-Season Tournament standing: 11-4, leads the West; 2-1, in the mix to advance, host Thunder on Tuesday.

FanDuel Sportsbook MVP odds: plus-2,600

Why Edwards is a contender: The player nicknamed “Ant-Man” has only gotten better after his first All-Star appearance last season. The 22-year-old Edwards, who played the trash-talking character in the Adam Sandler movie “ Hustle,” recently became the fourth-youngest player to record his 100th game of 25 or more points. The only ones ahead of him are James, Durant and Doncic.

Bam Adebayo, Miami

Averages: 22.7 points per game, 10.4 rebounds, 3.9 assists.

Team Record/In-Season Tournament standing: 10-7, sixth in the East; 2-1, in the mix to advance and host Milwaukee on Tuesday.

FanDuel Sportsbook MVP odds: plus-20,000

Why Adebayo is a contender: Bank on him for 20 as he’s scored at least that many in nine straight games in which he’s suited up. It’s the longest streak of 20 or more points in his career. An All-Star last season, the center out of Kentucky helped the Heat to the NBA finals last season, where they lost in five games to the Nuggets. He has six career triple-doubles, which are the third-most in team history behind James and Butler.

De’Aaron Fox, Sacramento

Averages: 29.9 points per game, 4.3 rebounds, 6 assists.

Team Record/In-Season Tournament standing: 9-6, sixth in the West; 3-0, in good position to advance, host Warriors on Tuesday.

FanDuel Sportsbook MVP odds: plus-5,000

Why Fox is a contender: A demonstration of what Fox can do — he scored 43 points, on 14 of 24 shooting, in a win at San Antonio on Nov. 17. He added eight rebounds and seven assists for good measure. The electric guard out of Kentucky already has three career games that included 40-plus points, five or more rebounds and five or more assists. That trails only Oscar Robertson (71), Tiny Archibald (six) Mitch Richmond (four) in franchise history.

LeBron James, LA Lakers

Averages: 25.5 points per game, 8 rebounds, 6.6 assists.

Team Record/In-Season Tournament standing: 10-7, seventh in the West; 4-0, clinched West Group A.

FanDuel Sportsbook MVP odds: plus-7,500

Why James is a contender: James is posting similar numbers to when he won in 2012-13 (26.8 points, 8 rebounds, 7.3 assists). Not a bad start for a player who turns 39 on Dec. 30. Win a fifth MVP and he ties Bill Russell and Michael Jordan for second-most in NBA history. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar leads the way with six.

NHL NEWS

NHL ROUNDUP: CONNOR MCDAVID, OILERS STREAK PAST KNIGHTS

Connor McDavid continued his hot streak with a goal and two assists and also scored in a shootout as the host Edmonton Oilers won their third straight game, beating the Vegas Golden Knights 5-4 on Tuesday.

McDavid, who led the league with 153 points last season and had his ninth career five-point game in an 8-2 win over the St. Louis Blues on Sunday, has logged 12 points (two goals, 10 assists) during the three-game winning streak.

Sam Gagner, Evander Kane and Mattias Janmark also scored for Edmonton, which won despite blowing a two-goal lead in the third period. Stuart Skinner made 23 saves for the Oilers, who improved to 12-6-2 in the regular season against the Golden Knights.

Michael Amadio had a goal and an assist and Mark Stone, Ben Hutton and Keegan Kolesar also scored for Vegas, which fell to 3-5-3 in the past 11 games. Nicolas Roy added two assists and Logan Thompson finished with 30 saves while taking his fifth consecutive loss.

Canucks 3, Ducks 1

Brock Boeser scored two goals to help Vancouver hand visiting Anaheim its seventh consecutive loss.

Elias Pettersson also scored, J.T. Miller had two assists and Thatcher Demko made 30 saves for the Canucks, who improved to 8-1-1 at home this season.

Ryan Strome scored and John Gibson made 24 saves for the Ducks, who have been outscored 33-12 during their skid.

Blackhawks 4, Kraken 3

Tyler Johnson scored the go-ahead goal in the second period as Chicago defeated visiting Seattle.

Boris Katchouk, Jason Dickinson and MacKenzie Entwistle also scored for the Blackhawks, who had lost six of their previous seven games. Joey Anderson added two assists and goaltender Petr Mrazek made 33 saves.

Matty Beniers had a goal and an assist and Alex Wennberg and Tye Kartye also tallied for Seattle, which took its second consecutive defeat. Philipp Grubauer stopped 19 of 23 shots in the opener of the Kraken’s four-game trip.

Coyotes 3, Lightning 1

Michael Carcone tallied twice, Travis Boyd scored for the first time this season and Arizona topped Tampa Bay in Tempe, Ariz.

In his third career multigoal outing, all this season, Carcone opened and closed the scoring for the Coyotes, who started their five-game homestand by moving to 6-5-2 in November. Alex Kerfoot had two assists for Arizona, which won its second straight game.

Following his 2-0 shutout of the Vegas Golden Knights on Saturday, Coyotes goaltender Connor Ingram made 30 saves for another win. He also earned his second career assist — both this campaign — with a helper on Boyd’s marker.

Predators 3, Penguins 2 (OT)

Filip Forsberg went coast-to-coast to score 14 seconds into overtime to beat visiting Pittsburgh and give Nashville its sixth straight win.

Michael McCarron scored twice and Forsberg also added an assist for the Predators. Juuse Saros made 29 saves.

Evgeni Malkin and Bryan Rust each scored his 10th goal of the season for the Penguins, who came back from a two-goal deficit to tie it in the third. They have lost five of seven (2-4-1). Tristan Jarry made 23 saves in the loss, getting beaten glove side on Forsberg’s winner.

Wild 3, Blues 1

Joel Eriksson Ek and Frederick Gaudreau each scored a first-period goal and Minnesota snapped a seven-game losing streak in John Hynes’ Wild coaching debut with a victory over St. Louis in Saint Paul, Minn.

A day after Dean Evason was relieved of his coaching duties, the Wild won for just the sixth time in 20 games this season.

With former New Jersey Devils and Nashville Predators boss Hynes behind the Minnesota bench, Eriksson Ek recorded his team-leading 11th goal by scoring in a third straight contest, Gaudreau notched his first point of 2022-23 and Matt Boldy added a third-period insurance tally to halt the team’s 0-5-2 slide.

Stars 2, Jets 0

Joe Pavelski extended his hot streak by scoring the winning goal and goaltender Jake Oettinger made 27 saves for his first shutout of the season as Dallas won at Winnipeg.

Shortly after killing a penalty, Jason Robertson had a shot blocked but Roope Hintz grabbed the puck in the slot and sent a pass to the front that Pavelski quickly converted for his 10th goal of the season. Pavelski ran his point-scoring streak to seven games, in which he has produced five goals and three assists.

The Jets challenged for goaltender interference because Pavelski’s stick clipped Connor Hellebuyck’s mask just before the puck came to him, but it was ruled a proper goal.

Hurricanes 4, Flyers 1

Michael Bunting had a goal and an assist as Carolina beat host Philadelphia.

Brendan Lemieux, Seth Jarvis and Jesperi Kotkaniemi (empty net) also scored for Carolina. Sebastian Aho had two assists and Pyotr Kochetkov made 28 saves.

Travis Konecny scored for the Flyers, who have lost three of their past four games. Carter Hart made 32 saves.

Maple Leafs 2, Panthers 1 (SO)

Noah Gregor scored in regulation and netted the decisive goal in a six-round shootout as Toronto defeated visiting Florida.

Florida’s Evan Rodrigues had what appeared to be the winning goal in the fifth round of the shootout, but it was disallowed because he double-hit the puck. On the Panthers’ last attempt, Nick Cousins’ wrist shot hit the goal post and bounced away.

Joseph Woll made 37 saves for the Maple Leafs in the opener of a three-game homestand. Kevin Stenlund scored in regulation for the Panthers. Florida goalie Anthony Stolarz stopped 31 shots.

Devils 5, Islanders 4

Curtis Lazar scored the go-ahead goal with 21.5 seconds remaining, lifting host New Jersey over New York in Newark, N.J.

New Jersey’s Jack Hughes recorded a goal and two assists and Lazar joined Dawson Mercer and Michael McLeod with one of each. Captain Nico Hischier also scored a goal and Akira Schmid stopped all nine shots he faced in relief of Vitek Vanecek, who yielded four goals on 18 shots.

New York’s Mathew Barzal collected a goal and two assists, Bo Horvat scored a power-play goal and Cal Clutterbuck and Jean-Gabriel Pageau also tallied. Defenseman Noah Dobson notched two assists and Ilya Sorokin turned aside 28 shots for the Islanders, who saw their six-game point streak (3-0-3) come to a halt.

BLACKHAWKS SAY COREY PERRY ENGAGED IN UNACCEPTABLE CONDUCT AND MOVE TO TERMINATE HIS CONTRACT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks said Corey Perry engaged in unacceptable conduct and took a step Tuesday toward terminating his contract, the latest twist involving the veteran winger who was mysteriously scratched and sent home last week without explanation.

The Blackhawks in a statement said an internal investigation showed Perry acted in violation of his NHL Standard Player Contract and their club policies “intended to promote professional and safe work environments.” Chicago put Perry on unconditional waivers and said his deal will be terminated as long as he clears Wednesday.

The team has not given any indication as to what Perry did to warrant these actions. General manager Kyle Davidson on Saturday said Perry would be away from the Blackhawks for the foreseeable future.

“It’s been a team decision so far to hold him out, and that’s about all I’m able to provide,” Davidson said at the time. Davidson is set to address Perry’s situation at a news conference Tuesday afternoon.

Agent Pat Morris did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment on the Blackhawks’ intent to terminate Perry’s contract. Over the weekend, he said in a statement that Perry had stepped away to attend to personal matters.

Perry, 38, signed a $2 million contract with Chicago for this season with $2 million in potential incentives. An 18-year veteran known for his leadership, the Peterborough, Ontario, native won the Stanley Cup with Anaheim in 2007 and became the first player in league history to reach the final three consecutive years and lose each time with Dallas, Montreal and Tampa Bay from 2020-22.

The Blackhawks brought in Perry and fellow forwards Taylor Hall and Nick Foligno to surround No. 1 pick and 18-year-old face of the franchise Connor Bedard with experienced players who could show him the ropes in professional hockey. Perry is on his way out of the organization after 16 games, while Hall is out for the season after undergoing surgery to repair a torn ACL in his right knee.

REPORTS: PATRICK KANE TO JOIN RED WINGS

Patrick Kane plans to resume his career with the Detroit Red Wings, according to multiple reports on Tuesday.

Kane, 35, is recovering from hip resurfacing surgery and finished last season with the New York Rangers. The longtime Chicago Blackhawks center met with multiple teams and reportedly chose to sign with the Red Wings over the Florida Panthers.

Kane would reunite with former Blackhawks teammate Alex DeBrincat. They teamed in Chicago for five seasons, a stretch during which Kane had 428 points.

Last season, Kane had 57 points in 73 games while fighting through injuries. He tallied 92 points in 78 games in 2021-22.

The nine-time All-Star was the first American-born player to win the Hart Trophy for the league’s most valuable player in 2016.

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL NEWS

OAKLAND IS GETTING A NEW MINOR LEAGUE TEAM — THE OAKLAND B’S

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — They will call themselves the Oakland B’s, short for Ballers.

The minor league B’s will carry on the city’s green-and-gold color scheme. Otherwise, they don’t plan to be anything like the A’s, whose heartbroken fans they hope to support through the team’s painful departure for Las Vegas.

The B’s promise

The B’s promise to never leave town.

The expansion independent club announced plans Tuesday to begin play in the Pioneer League come May of 2024, with their first home games set for July at Laney College. The intent is to keep baseball alive in Oakland for years to come.

Major League Baseball team owners unanimously approved the Athletics’ move to Las Vegas earlier this month. The A’s will play at the Oakland Coliseum through the end of their lease next year and could be gone by 2025.

The Ballers expect to fill at least some of that void. Entrepreneurs and co-founders Bryan Carmel and Paul Freedman are putting the team in the hands of former big league manager Don Wakamatsu, who has deep Northern California ties.

“The idea of actually starting an independent franchise in Oakland really intrigued me,” said Wakamatsu, a native of nearby Hayward hired earlier this fall as the B’s executive vice president of baseball operations. “It gives me an opportunity to kind of build something from the ground up. I have a real strong history in the Bay Area with players.”

Wakamatsu has already signed nine players, with a roster of 35 to be constructed for the start of spring training in May. And Wakamatsu has a manager in place — San Francisco native and former player Micah Franklin, joined by retired left-hander Ray King as pitching coach.

Wakamatsu himself played in the Pioneer League, heading from Arizona State directly to Billings, Montana. He became baseball’s first Asian-American big league manager in 2008 and was most recently the Texas Rangers bench coach in 2021.

Baseball in the East Bay means so much to Wakamatsu — who has spent the past few years focusing on his non-profit educational organization that helps athletes give back in their communities — that it didn’t take a huge sell convincing him to commit. His first game as a fan was at the Coliseum in 1972 and influenced his career path into baseball.

“I found it exciting to kind of thinking outside the box of how can we do something in the city of Oakland, how we can build something, especially with the timing of (the A’s) leaving,” Wakamatsu said.

Carmel and Freedman were already discussing how they might help A’s fans when they were struck by a spirited “reverse boycott” at the Coliseum on June 13 that attracted a season-best crowd of 27,759.

“That was amazing. And the moment of silence in the fifth inning, I had goosebumps,” Freedman recalled. “That activism, that inspiration, that demonstration of just what a strong fan base was part of the reason.

“Bryan and I were already contemplating it, but after that it was like, ‘We cannot let this legacy of baseball end in Oakland. It’s too beautiful, it’s too intertwined with the city of Oakland. And regardless of what the A’s are going to do, we can’t let that legacy end and we have to do something about it.’”

Before the A’s move was approved Nov. 16, Freedman and Carmel were working behind the scenes on the B’s, including coordination with fan groups that pushed to keep the low-budget club in Oakland.

The Ballers have raised $2 million in seed funding from dozens of diverse investors. Now, they will invite anyone to contribute to the early campaign through a crowd-funding platform for the chance at an ownership stake.

“We just started thinking: ‘Where will this go? This can’t be the end of the story, and so what is a new chapter for baseball in Oakland?’” Carmel said.

Carmel and Freedman feared if they didn’t act immediately, the Bay Area would lose a huge number of its baseball fans, who would be bitter about the A’s leaving and never come back to the sport.

“We don’t want that to happen, we love baseball, we think that there’s a place for it,” Carmel said. “And so the idea is let’s give an alternative, let’s give everybody a new team to root for and to come together for.”

The Ballers will feature a familiar look, with a “B” logo in a nearly identical font to the Athletics’ iconic “A.”

The team will become the first Pioneer League franchise in California, set to play 48 home games in a 96-game schedule at Laney College, about five miles north of the dilapidated Coliseum.

Plans are underway to upgrade the Laney ballpark to hold upwards of about 3,000 fans. The venue underwent a renovation about 10 years ago, and an architect from a previous athletic project at the school will be involved again.

Carmel and Freedman were frustrated at the chatter questioning whether Oakland could any longer be a professional sports city after the Raiders left for Las Vegas and the Golden State Warriors moved across the bay to San Francisco — “and we just reject that sentiment,” Carmel said.

“We have a core belief that sports franchises belong to communities and that that’s really the value in that relationship,” Carmel said. “… That’s a lot of why we’re doing this. Oakland is an underdog city, we’re an underdog organization. Is it a major league baseball team? No. We’re in the Pioneer League, it’s an innovation league, it’s a development league.

“We think that that’s great. There’s nothing more Oakland than starting something from scratch and building it from the ground up with the community. And so we don’t see that as a weakness, we see that as a strength that we’re only going to build and get bigger.”

BIG 10 HOCKEY

WEEK 9 HOCKEY RELEASE

• The first weekend of December finds six Big Ten teams looking to gain ground on front-runner No. 8/7 Michigan State, which is idle. No. 6/8 Wisconsin and rv/20 Notre Dame are tied for second, seven points behind the Spartans. Wisconsin plays host to rv/rv Ohio State and Notre Dame entertains No. 13/12 Michigan at Compton Family Ice Arena. No. 7/6 Minnesota travels to No. 18/18 Penn State with Saturday’s contest being carried by Big Ten Network. 

• Big Ten teams went 6-2-1 against nonconference opponents over Thanksgiving weekend. On the season, the Big Ten owns the best nonconference record of any conference in college hockey, compiling a 36-14-4 mark (.704) against the other five conferences and independent teams.

• Former Wolverine and Seattle Kraken Matty Beniers captured the Calder Memorial Trophy as the top rookie in the National Hockey League last year. A look at NHL rookie statistical leaders (as of Nov. 28) finds several Big Ten players contending for this year’s Calder. Arizona’s Logan Cooley (MINN) stands second in rookie scoring with 13 points on the strength of 11 assists through 20 games while New Jersey’s Luke Hughes (MICH) is tied for third in rookie scoring (2-10—12). Adam Fantilli (MICH), who went third in the Draft to Columbus last summer, leads rookies with 23 games played and is tied for seventh in scoring (4-6—10) along with Toronto’s Matthew Knies (MINN), who tops newcomers with a 24.0 shooting percentage, having scored six goals on 25 shots. Minnesota defenseman Brock Faber (MINN) and Anaheim blueliner Jackson LaCombe (MINN) rank one-two in ice-time with 23:08 and 19:58 averages respectively. 

• It was a good Thanksgiving weekend for Minnesota graduate student Bryce Brodzinski, who totaled three goals and two assists against Michigan State to earn the Big Ten First Star of the Week Award. In the process, Brodzinski completed a hat trick of the weekly honors adding a First Star to his Second Star (Feb. 4, 2020) and Third Star (Nov. 15, 2022) awards received during previous seasons. The Blaine, Minnesota native also became the NCAA’s career active leader for goals, netting his 54th marker in game number 160, which also leads current players.  

• Notre Dame will travel to Belfast, Northern Ireland to compete in the 2024 Friendship Four, to be held at SSE Arena, home of the Belfast Giants. The Irish will be making their debut in the only college hockey tournament held outside the United States, joining Boston University, Harvard, and Merrimack. The Friendship Four, which began in 2015, is designed to promote education, social welfare, and community interaction, building on the sister cities agreement between Belfast and Boston.

• As the college hockey season enters its third month, the Big Ten teams continue to draw large crowds. Five Big Ten schools rank in the Top 11 in NCAA home attendance with Minnesota standing second (9,784 average), Wisconsin third (8,670), Michigan State seventh (6,399), Penn State eighth (6,290), and Michigan 11th (5,762). 

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COLTS NEWS

REPORT: COLTS RB JONATHAN TAYLOR (THUMB) BEING EVALUATED

Indianapolis Colts running back Jonathan Taylor sustained a thumb injury in Sunday’s win against Tampa Bay, NFL Network reported Tuesday.

The injury requires further testing and “puts his status in doubt going forward,” per the report.

Taylor, 24, ran for 91 yards and two touchdowns in the 27-20 victory against the Buccaneers.

He ranks second on the Colts (6-5) with 414 rushing yards and four touchdowns in seven games (five starts) this season. Taylor also has 16 catches for 137 yards and one score.

The 2021 NFL rushing champion has gained 5,194 yards from scrimmage and scored 41 touchdowns in 50 games (46 starts) since the Colts drafted him in the second round in 2020.

Zack Moss has a team-high 672 rushing yards and five TDs for the Colts, who visit the Tennessee Titans (4-7) on Sunday.

COLTS RELEASE UNOFFICIAL DEPTH CHART FOR WEEK 13 GAME VS. TENNESSEE TITANS

OFFENSE

» WR: Michael Pittman Jr.

» LT: Bernhard Raimann

» LG: Quenton Nelson, Arlington Hambright

» C: Ryan Kelly, Wesley French, Jack Anderson

» RG: Will Fries, Josh Sills

» RT: Braden Smith, Blake Freeland

» TE: Mo Alie-Cox, Drew Ogletree

» TE: Kylen Granson, Will Mallory

» WR: Josh Downs, Isaiah McKenzie

» WR: Alec Pierce, Juwann Winfree

» QB: Gardner Minshew II, Sam Ehlinger

» RB: Jonathan Taylor, Zack Moss, Trey Sermon

DEFENSE

» DE: Kwity Paye, Tyquan Lewis, Jake Martin

» DT: DeForest Buckner, Adetomiwa Adebawore

» NT: Taven Bryan, Eric Johnson II

» DE: Samson Ebukam, Dayo Odeyingbo, Isaiah Land

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

» MLB: Zaire Franklin, Segun Olubi

» SAM: Grant Stuard, Cameron McGrone

» CB: JuJu Brents, Ameer Speed

» FS: Rodney Thomas II, Trevor Denbow

» SS: Julian Blackmon, Nick Cross

» N: Kenny Moore II, Tony Brown

» CB: Jaylon Jones, Darrell Baker Jr.

SPECIALISTS

» P: Rigoberto Sanchez

» PK: Matt Gay

» H: Rigoberto Sanchez

» LS: Luke Rhodes

» KR: Isaiah McKenzie, Josh Downs

» PR: Isaiah McKenzie, Josh Downs

COLTS GREATS DWIGHT FREENEY, ROBERT MATHIS, REGGIE WAYNE NAMED SEMIFINALISTS FOR PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2024

Dwight Freeney, Robert Mathis and Reggie Wayne on Tuesday moved one step closer to Canton, with the three Colts legends among 25 modern era semifinalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2024. 

For Wayne, it’s his fifth time as a semifinalist – and he’s been a finalist for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in each of his first four years of eligibility. Freeney was a finalist last year, his first year of eligibility, while Mathis has been a semifinalist in each of his three years of eligibility. 

Wayne has fallen short of induction despite compiling a Hall of Fame-worthy career with the Colts from 2001-2014, in which he totaled 14,345 yards and 82 touchdowns. Wayne, now in his second year as the Colts’ wide receivers coach, also stands among the most productive wide receivers in playoff history with 93 receptions (second all-time) and 1,243 yards (fourth). It’s surprising Wayne has had to wait this long despite his remarkable career; hopefully, it’s just a matter of time before he dons a gold jacket. Wayne is one of six former wide receivers to be named a semifinalist, joining Anquan Boldin, Torry Holt, Andre Johnson, Steve Smith Sr. and Hines Ward. 

Freeney 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. The Syracuse product’s 125 1/2 career sacks rank 26th in NFL history, and Freeney had 10 or more sacks in seven seasons. Like his teammate and fellow semifinalist Mathis, Freeney was particularly adept at not just sacking quarterbacks, but getting the ball out: He had four or more forced fumbles in eight seasons. Freney was included on the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s first-team All-2000s team.

Mathis‘ title as the NFL’s strip-sack king will continue to earn him worthy consideration from the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee. 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.

Mathis and Freeney are among five former defensive linemen to earn semifinalist recognition, along with Jared Allen, Julius Peppers and Vince Wilfork. 

Wide receiver Andre Johnson, who played for the Colts in 2015, was also named a semifinalist on Tuesday. 

The Pro Football Hall of Fame will announce 15 modern era Class of 2024 finalists in early January. From there, the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee will meet early in 2024 to determine who will be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in August 2024.

FUEL HOCKEY

FUEL FACE WHEELING NAILERS AT HOME ON WEDNESDAY

GAME DAY TIMING:

6:00 P.M.: Doors open

7:00 P.M: Puck drop

WEDNESDAY NIGHT HOCKEY:

Need a good mid-week pick-me-up? Come out and watch the Fuel take on the Wheeling Nailers on Wednesday, November 29!

Don’t miss out on post-game autographs with select players in the lobby following the game!

PARKING: Parking at Indiana State Fairgrounds is $10. Fans are encouraged to arrive early to park due to anticipated large crowds at the Fairgrounds. Infield parking is not available at this time.

TICKETS: Tickets for today’s game can be purchased at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum Box Office or online HERE. Kids two and under do not need a ticket as long as they sit on the lap of a ticketed patron.

BAG POLICY: The Indy Fuel now follow the same bag policy as all Indiana State Fairgrounds events. All bags are subject to search upon entering the arena. All bags larger than 14” x 14” x 6” (backpacks, suitcases, duffel bags, etc.) are prohibited. Please plan accordingly to help facilitate a quick and efficient entry process. Please report suspicious bags to an Indiana Farmers Coliseum team member.

You can view the entire Game Day Guide with everything you’ll need to know by clicking HERE.

ABOUT THE HOCKEY:

INDIANAPOLIS- The Fuel will host the Wheeling Nailers on Wednesday night. This will be their second meeting this season with the Nailers and the Fuel hope to win their second game against them.

LAST TIME OUT

The last time these two teams met was on November 17 in Indy when the Fuel won 4-1 with a game winning goal by defenseman Anthony Firriolo. Goaltender Mitchell Weeks made 27 saves on 28 shots in that matchup.

MIGHTY MALONE

Fuel captain Seamus Malone heads into this game on a two-game goal scoring streak as well as a three-game point streak. He is second on the team in points with ten, only behind Cam Hillis with 14. Malone will be one to watch during the Fuel’s four games this week.

NAILERS BREAKDOWN

The Wheeling Nailers currently sit in fourth place in the Central division with a record of 8-7-0-0 and 16 points in the standings. They have 55 goals for and 56 goals against through their first fifteen games. Cédric Desruisseaux and Dillon Hamaliuk lead the team in scoring with five goals and ten assists each, however Desruisseaux has played in five less games for the Nailers.

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INDIANA FOOTBALL

CASEY TABBED FIRST-TEAM ALL-B1G, FIVE HONORED BY BIG TEN

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – After one of the most productive seasons on the field among FBS defenders, redshirt senior Aaron Casey was named first-team All-Big Ten to lead a group of five Indiana football student-athletes to earn All-B1G honors as announced by the conference office on Tuesday (Nov. 28).

Casey led the defensive trio that also included honorable mention selections redshirt senior Andre Carter and redshirt junior Kobee Minor. On special teams, sophomore Jaylin Lucas (return specialist) and punter James Evans were both selected as All-Big Ten third team. The All-Big Ten awards for the offense will be announced on Wednesday (Nov. 29).

Casey was among the nation’s best at the linebacker position with 109 tackles on the season, which included a Big Ten-best 20.0 tackles for loss – a total that ranked No. 2 in the FBS at the end of the regular season. The only FBS defender with multiple games of 4.0 tackles for loss or more, Casey ranked No. 2 nationally in TFLs, while his 19 solo tackles for loss led the nation.

In 2023, Casey led the Big Ten and ranked No. 2 nationally in tackles for loss (20.0) and solo tackles (78). His 109 total tackles sit No. 4 in the Big Ten and No. 23 in the FBS and mark the first 100-tackle season by an IU defender since Tegray Scales (126) in 2016. He led the Power 5 with 22 tackles for loss or no gain per Pro Football Focus.

His 20.0 tackles for loss are tied for No. 4 on the single season charts with Nathan Davis (1995) and were the most by an IU defender since Scales’ 23.5 in 2016. Of his 20.0 tackles for loss, 19 of those were solo TFLs, which led the FBS. His career total of 36.0 tackles for loss finished No. 8 all-time at IU, just one behind Micah McFadden’s career total (37.0).

Casey is the 12th linebacker in Indiana history to earn first-team All-Big Ten honors and the third since 2017. He joins Scales (2017) and Micah McFadden (2020) as the most recent to win the award. In 2023, Casey was the first IU defender to earn multiple Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week awards in a career and gave IU two defensive weekly award winners for just the second time in a single season.

Carter was among the most disruptive defensive linemen in the Big Ten and finished his one season on campus with 49 tackles, 11.0 tackles for loss and 2.0 sacks. Per Pro Football Focus, Carter ranked No. 8 in the Big Ten in total pressures (sacks, hits and hurries) at 32 and his 697 total snaps played were No. 4 among Big Ten defensive linemen.

In 12 games played, Carter had at least 1.0 tackles for loss in seven games and posted four games with multiple tackles behind the line of scrimmage. The Detroit, Michigan, native began the season with 2.0 tackles for loss in each of the first two games. That total was the best start to a season since 2004 when Kyle Killion posted 5.5 tackles for loss in games versus Central Michigan and Oregon.

Minor made 29 tackles on the season and was credited with four pass breakups in 615 total snaps played on the season. Of the 615 snaps, 339 of those came in pass coverage. Among FBS cornerbacks with 300 coverage snaps played, Minor led the Big Ten and was No. 7 nationally with just 18 receptions allowed (339 coverage snaps). 

He was among a group of 33 cornerbacks nationally to play 300-plus snaps and allow one-or-fewer receiving touchdowns on the season. His 38 coverage targets were the fewest in the Big Ten among cornerbacks with at least 300 snaps.

Even with teams kicking short or electing for out of the end zone, Jaylin Lucas was still the highest-rated kickoff return man in the FBS among specialists 25-or-more returns on the season. His 572 kickoff return yards led the Big Ten, was No. 5 among Power 5 returners and sat ranked No. 14 in the FBS. His 100-yard kickoff return against Purdue tied for the longest play in IU history and was one of 10 returns of 100 yards in the FBS during the 2023 season, the only 100-yard effort in the Big Ten.

With his kickoff return touchdown at Purdue, Lucas is tied for the lead among active FBS returners with three career kickoff return touchdowns, which ties Marcus Thigpen (2005-08) for the IU career record. His career kickoff return yardage total of 1,163 ranks No. 10 all-time at Indiana, as well as No. 22 among active NCAA returners and second among non-upperclassmen.

In 2023, Lucas finished with 1,108 all-purpose yards, the most in a season since Stevie Scott III (1,223) in 2018. His total included 572 kickoff return yards, 275 rushing yards, 247 receiving yards and 14 punt return yards. He accounted for five total touchdowns – 1 return, 2 rushing and 2 receiving – and led the team with 101 offensive touches during the season.

Lucas was the 2022 Big Ten Rodgers-Dwight Return Specialist of the Year, the first Hoosier to win the award and first freshman to capture the honor since its inception in 2015. He was the first Hoosier to earn all-conference accolades as a return specialist last season.

With a punting average of 45.8 yards per punt, Evans set the Indiana single season record by one yard per punt, blasting past Drew Hagan‘s mark of 44.8 in 1999. Of his 57 punts, 22 traveled over 50 yards, with a long punt of 70 yards. His punting average ranked No. 3 in the Big Ten and No. 15 nationally.

A three-year anchor on special teams, he owns 201 punts in his career and is just the fifth Hoosier to reach the 200-punt mark in a career. With a career 43.9 yards per punt average, Evans ranks No. 1 on Indiana’s career charts, more than a full yard ahead of Alan Sutkowski (42.5 ypp; 1995-97).

Evans is the first Indiana punter to earn All-B1G honors since Hagan was a first-team honoree during the 1999 season.

INDIANA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

HOLMES RETURNS HOME WITH NO. 17 HOOSIERS TO FACE MAINE ON THURSDAY

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Graduate student forward Mackenzie Holmes will play in her homestate on Thursday night when No. 17 Indiana travels to Cross Insurance Arena on Thursday to face Maine at 7 p.m. ET.

ABOUT THE BLACK BEARS

Maine went 1-2 in action at the Vibrant Thanksgiving Classic with a win over Louisiana Tech. Anne Simon leads her team with 15.9 points and 6.7 rebounds per game while Adrianna Smith is adding a double-double average of 12.0 points and 11.0 rebounds per game. Smith was named the American East Player of the Week on Monday.

SERIES HISTORY

Indiana leads 2-0

LAST MEETING

12/10/04 – W, 67-59 (Orono, Maine)

NOTES

Holmes will have the opportunity to play her first collegiate game in her homestate when the Hoosiers visit Cross Insurance Arena on Thursday in Portland. The Gorham, Maine native has history in the building, as she helped the Gorham Rams to three state title appearances.

Indiana picked up a pair of wins over then No. 19 Tennessee (71-57) and Princeton (72-63) at the 2023 Elevance Health Fort Myers Tip-Off Classic. The game against Tennessee, which aired on FOX, was the most watched women’s college basketball game ever on the network and largest watched this season.

Sophomore guard Yarden Garzon went off for a career-high 23 points and 5-for-7 from beyond the arc in a Thanksgiving win over then No. 19 Tennessee. She celebrated her 20th birthday on Thursday as well, as she helped IU hit a season-high 10 triples in the 71-57 win.

Senior guard Sara Scalia once again lit it up from 3-point range as she averaged 19.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 1.0 steals while shooting 53.8 percent from the 3-point line in a pair of wins versus No. 19 Tennessee and Princeton. Her performances earned her a spot on the Big Ten Player of the Week honor roil. The Stillwater, Minn. native shot 51.9 percent from the floor and hit 7 triples in two games while also putting up a +8.0 assist-to-turnover ratio with just one turnover in 72 minutes of action.

UP NEXT

Indiana will play four of its next five games at home starting off with Stetson on Sunday for ALS Awareness Day. All fans are encouraged to wear red to support ALS Awareness.

PURDUE FOOTBALL

SCOURTON AND THIENEMAN EARN SECOND TEAM ALL-B1G HONORS

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Several Purdue Boilermakers earned All-Big Ten recognition as the league office announced the first half (defense, special teams) of all-conference awards Tuesday afternoon on BTN. Sophomore Nic Scourton and true freshman Dillon Thieneman were both named Second Team All-B1G by the conference’s coaches, while Tyrone Tracy Jr. was tabbed Third Team All-B1G as a return specialist. Three Purdue defenders earned honorable mention: Kydran Jenkins, Sanoussi Kane and Isaiah Nichols.

Scourton and Thieneman have been anchors in the Purdue defense all season long. Scourton leads the Big Ten with 10.0 sacks, ranking eighth nationally and the most by a Boilermaker since Ryan Kerrigan (2012). He has 2.5 more sacks than any other Big Ten defender, looking to become just the second Boilermaker to lead the conference in sacks alongside Kerrigan once again (2009, 2010). Eight of Scourton’s sacks occurred in Big Ten play, another league best.

Along with his sacks, Scourton has also been a conference leader in tackles-for-loss. He averaged 1.4 TFLs per game to rank second in the Big Ten and 14th nationally. Despite only playing 11 games, missing the Northwestern matchup due to injury, Scourton made 15.0 TFLs for the third most in the league. With a career-high 3.5 TFLs at Virginia Tech (Sept. 9), the sophomore helped the Boilermakers win the first game of the Ryan Walters era.

Scourton made a personal-best 10 tackles at Nebraska (Oct. 28) before recording a pair of sacks at No. 3 Michigan (Nov. 3) for the first multi-sack game of his career. The Bryan, Texas, native added two more sacks in the season finale against Indiana (Nov. 25), including one on the final defensive play of the game to secure the victory and Purdue’s possession of the Old Oaken Bucket.

Thieneman was the only Big Ten freshman defender to make one of the three all-league teams. The Westfield, Indiana, native led the Boilermakers with 106 tackles, ranking fifth in the conference, including 74 solo tackles. Thieneman’s 6.2 solo tackles per game rank third in the country among all defenders. The 74 solo tackles set a new Purdue freshman record, breaking College Football Hall of Famer Rod Woodson’s mark of 67 that stood for 40 years. Thieneman led the Boilermakers in tackles eight times throughout his debut season, while cracking double digits in four of them.

Thieneman also ranks second in the country and leads the Big Ten with six interceptions, the most by a Boilermaker since Ricardo Allen recorded six in 2013. He became just the eighth Boilermaker to tally six picks in a season, while becoming the only freshman to reach that mark. His two INTs in the Old Oaken Bucket Game gave him the freshman single-season record, surpassing Stuart Schweigert’s season total of five.

In terms of freshmen, Thieneman leads the nation’s first-year players in tackles (106), solo tackles (74), interceptions (6) and forced fumbles (2). His six INTs were twice as many as the next nearest freshmen. Thieneman earned five Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors throughout the 2023 season; he became the first Big Ten defender in conference history, regardless of class, to collect five weekly conference accolades in a single season.

Ending his collegiate career and second year as a Boilermaker, Tracy had a breakout season to earn third team honors as a return specialist. The Indianapolis native showcased his versatility by transitioning from wide receiver to running back at the start of the year, while also leading the Purdue return game. Tracy tallied 1,270 all-purpose yards, including 408 kick return yards, to rank second in the conference in both categories. Averaging 25.5 yards per return, Tracy finished with the 11th-best kickoff return average in Purdue history and the highest since Akeem Hunt in 2013 (26.1).

To start the season, Tracy took the opening second half kickoff 98 yards to the end zone for his first career kickoff return touchdown. He became one of only three Big Ten players to return a kickoff for a touchdown this season. Tracy’s touchdown return was Purdue’s first since Raheem Mostert took a 100-yard return to pay dirt at Penn State in 2013. It was the first kickoff return for a score at Ross-Ade Stadium since Akeem Hunt went 99 yards against Indiana State, also in 2013.

On the opposite side of Scourton, Jenkins was a dominating force in Walters’ defense and one of the best defensive players in the conference. He led the Boilermakers with 15.5 TFLs, ranking second in this Big Ten and 18th nationally, while also sitting second in sacks (7.5) behind Scourton. Jenkins had arguably the best game of his career at Nebraska (Oct. 28), recording career highs in TFLs (4.5) and sacks (2.0) while forcing a fumble and returning it 55 yards for his first career touchdown. The 4.5 TFLs against Nebraska was the most by a Boilermaker since Gelen Robinson recorded 5.5 TFLs against Nebraska exactly six years to the day (Oct. 28, 2017).

After leading the Boilermakers in tackles a season ago with 72, Kane made 79 stops this year to rank second on the team this season behind Thieneman and 15th in the Big Ten averaging 6.6 per game. The team captain paced Purdue with seven pass breakups and added 6.0 TFLs, third on the team behind B1G leaders Jenkins and Scourton. He forced a fumble to in a victory at Virginia Tech (Sept. 9) and made a career-high 10 tackles at Nebraska (Oct. 28).

In his only season as a Boilermaker, Nichols made an instant impact. The Arkansas transfer started all 12 games on the Purdue defensive line, registering 20 tackles. Statistically, his best game was the victory over Virginia Tech (Sept. 9) in which he made four tackles with a pair of TFLs and one sack. Throughout 2023, Nichols helped clog the middle of the field to limit opponents on the ground.

The Big Ten will announce additional all-league honors and awards Wednesday (Nov. 29) on BTN.

All-Big Ten Boilermakers (Defense and Special Teams)

Nic Scourton – Second Team (Coaches, Media)

Dillon Thieneman – Second Team (Coaches), Third Team (Media)

Tyrone Tracy Jr. (Returner) – Third Team (Coaches), Honorable Mention (Media)

Sanoussi Kane – Honorable Mention (Coaches, Media)

Kydran Jenkins – Honorable Mention (Coaches, Media)

Isaiah Nichols – Honorable Mention (Coaches)

PURDUE MEN’S BASKETBALL

AP PLAYER OF THE WEEK: ZACH EDEY AVERAGED 25 POINTS, 13 BOARDS IN LEADING NO. 1 PURDUE TO MAUI TITLE

ZACH EDEY, Purdue

The reigning AP national player of the year led the Boilermakers through a loaded field at the Maui Invitational last week and back to No. 1 in the AP Top 25 this week. Edey had 25 points and 14 rebounds in a first-round win over No. 11 Gonzaga, 23 points and 10 boards in a semifinal win over No. 10 Tennessee and 28 points and 15 rebounds in a win over third-ranked Marquette in the title game. The 7-foot-4 Edey has 44 career double-doubles, and he’s scored in double figures in 57 consecutive games, trailing only Rick Mount’s 72-game run in school history.

RUNNER-UP

Tyler Thomas, Hofstra. The senior guard had the first 40-point game this season, along with eight rebounds and five assists, in the Pride’s overtime win over High Point in the championship game of the Gulf Coast Showcase. The nation’s leading scorer also had 21 points in a win over Buffalo and 30 points in the semifinal win over Wright State.

HONORABLE MENTION

Hunter Dickinson (Kansas), Eric Dixon (Villanova), David Jones (Memphis).

KEEP AN EYE ON

Kentucky guard D.J. Wagner. The son of former Memphis star Dajuan Wagner and grandson of NCAA and NBA champion Milt Wagner struggled with his shot in his first four college games, including a 1-for-12 performance in a loss to Kansas. But the five-star prospect had 22 points with six assists in an overtime win over Saint Joseph’s, then went 10 of 14 from the field and had 28 points and five assists in a blowout of Marshall.

#1 PURDUE SOARS PAST TEXAS SOUTHERN 99-67

[1] Purdue 99, Texas Southern 67 (Postgame Notes)

No.-1 ranked Purdue improved to 7-0 with a 99-67 victory over Texas Southern in front of the 61st consecutive sellout at Mackey Arena.

Purdue has now started the last three seasons 8-0, 13-0 and now 7-0. It marks the fifth time under Painter that Purdue has started at least 7-0 (2023-24; 2022-23; 2021-22; 2015-16; 2009-10).

Purdue has won 31 straight non-conference, regular-season games, tied for the longest streak by any team nationally over the last 10 years (Villanova – 2015-18).

The Boilermakers have won 24 straight non-conference games in Mackey Arena, dating to a loss on Nov. 9, 2019, vs. Texas.

Purdue finishes the month of November having won 21 straight games during the month. It will take a 21-game winning in the month of November into next season.

Matt Painter won his 420th game at Purdue, now needing just one win to tie Illinois’ Lou Henson for fourth on the Big Ten’s all-time victories list (421).

Purdue is now 65-14 (.823) since the start of the 2021-22 season.

Purdue has now won 58 straight games when shooting at least 50.0 percent from the field, 40.0 percent from 3-point range and 70.0 percent from the free throw line, dating to March 3, 2004.

Purdue has won 53 straight games when scoring 80 or more points, dating to a Dec. 15, 2018, loss to Notre Dame.

Purdue is 60-5 since the start of the 2017-18 season when making 10 or more 3-pointer in a game, winning 30 straight games.

Purdue became the first Big Ten team since at least the 2010-11 season to make 13, 3-pointers and attempt 40 free throws in a game. Purdue is the second team to do it nationally since Nov. 7, 2022, and just the third team to do that since the 2018-19 season. Purdue has never done that previously in school history.

Purdue is now 23-of-46 (.500) from 3-point range in the last two games.

Purdue had five players in double figures for the first time since Dec. 4, 2022, vs. Minnesota.

Braden Smith narrowly missed a triple-double with 19 points, 10 assists and 9 rebounds in just 26 minutes. He is the first Purdue player with two points-assists double-doubles in the same season since Troy Lewis in the 1987-88 season. Smith is the first player with at least 19 points and 10 assists in the same game since Troy Lewis had 22 points and 14 assists against Indiana on Feb. 21, 1988.

Smith is now averaging 13.0 points, 6.7 assists and 5.9 rebounds per game, while shooting 51.5 percent from the field.

Zach Edey scored in double-figures for the 58th straight game with 15 points, 6 rebounds and 3 blocks in just 21 minutes. He attempted just four field goals, making all of them.

Trey Kaufman-Renn scored a season-high 12 points with five rebounds in just 17 minutes.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue coach Matt Painter understood Braden Smith was chasing history Tuesday night.

He just wasn’t going to let it happen by running up the stats.

For the second time this season, Smith flirted with posting the second triple-double in the Boilermakers’ storied history, settling instead for leading newly-minted No. 1 Purdue to a 99-67 rout over Texas Southern.

Smith finished with 19 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds after having one board added with a postgame scoring change. Joe Barry Carroll, a No. 1 pick in the NBA draft, is the only Purdue player to achieve the feat, which came in December 1977.

“There’s nothing wrong with it if he’s still in the game,” Painter said. “But once you take somebody out, you don’t cheat the game. You don’t put him back in to get a record, which is really cool, right? I want him to get it, but not at the expense of the other coach.”

Just 2 1/2 weeks ago, Smith joked he was upset he didn’t get his shot at a triple-double when he had 11 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds in a blowout win over Morehead State.

This time, he even faked putting himself back in the game, a move that made Painter chuckle.

Zach Edey added 15 points and six rebounds as the Boilermakers (7-0) extended the nation’s longest regular-season winning streak against non-conference opponents to 31 games. Purdue was playing for the first time since ascending to No. 1 in the nation Monday after taking home the Maui Invitational title by winning three games in three days against teams ranked among the top 11 last week.

The Tigers (0-7) were led by Zytarious Mortle with 25 points and six rebounds. Preseason conference player of the year P.J. Henry scored 10.

Texas Southern has dropped eight straight, including last season’s NCAA Tournament loss to the same Fairleigh Dickinson team that upset top-seeded Purdue a few days later.

But containing Edey — and Smith — proved too difficult.

“He’s tough on the offensive end of the floor, and he’s gritty on the defensive end,” Tigers coach Johnny Jones said of Smith. “I think he has almost like a football toughness about him.”

Purdue scored the first 13 points before Texas Southern managed to fight back within 31-24 late in the first half. But after scoring the final five points to take a 44-29 lead at the break, the Boilermakers went on a 14-0 run early in the second to build a 60-33 lead.

BIG PICTURE

Texas Southern: Yes, the team went winless on its opening seven-game road trip. But the three-time defending Southwestern Athletic Conference Tournament champs played Arizona State, Virginia, Creighton and Purdue. And the Tigers’ last three foes were all NCAA Tournament teams last March. Clearly, better days lie ahead for the league’s preseason favorite.

Purdue: Painter’s team didn’t play its best half after returning from Hawaii, but the Boilermakers didn’t need to. They kept their school-record winning streak against non-league foes intact by completing their third straight undefeated November.

UP NEXT

Texas Southern: Doesn’t play again until Dec. 16 against North Carolina A&T in Las Vegas.

Purdue: Plays at Big Ten foe Northwestern on Friday, where the Boilermakers lost in February the last time they were ranked No. 1.

PURDUE MEN’S SOCCER

RICHARD MOODIE NAMED PURDUE SOCCER HEAD COACH

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Richard Moodie has been named head coach of the Purdue soccer team by Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Mike Bobinski on Tuesday.

An innovator in data, sports science and technology, Moodie comes to Purdue from South Alabama and will be the third head coach in the program’s 27-year history. He won seven conference titles at South Alabama – three regular-season and four postseason – and coached his athletes to 19 individual Sun Belt postseason awards and 44 all-conference accolades in addition to being named the conference coach of the year twice, in 2019 and 2023.

“We are thrilled to welcome Richard Moodie as our head coach for Purdue Soccer,” Bobinski said. “Since embarking on his coaching career, Richard has strived for and achieved excellence at every opportunity. His impressive record of success, especially during his time at South Alabama, has been characterized by a consistent ability to play an exciting and strategic brand of soccer. South Alabama regularly ranked among the nation’s elite in goal scoring, including finishing second across all of Division I for the 2021 season. We look forward to Richard’s leadership of our soccer program and welcome him, his wife, Jess, and children, Caragyn and Trystan, to West Lafayette.”

A native of Stenhousemuir, Scotland, Moodie coached his alma mater, Carson-Newman, from 2011-16, leading the men’s team from 2011-16 and the women from 2012-16 before taking the reigns at South Alabama in 2017. He boasts a 198-118-35 (.614) career record, with a 139-74-26 (.636) mark leading the C-N and USA women’s programs and a 91-36-19 (.688) record at the Division I level in seven seasons at USA.

Moodie’s coaching tenure at Carson-Newman included multiple NCAA Division II tournament appearances with both programs and a national runner-up finish in 2013. He coached several conference player of the year and All-America honorees and was recognized with Region Coaching Staff of the Year honors. Moodie, who has coached 12 players that went on to have professional playing careers, played professionally himself, including in the MLS with the Columbus Crew, before he began his coaching career.

“Thank you to Mike Bobinski, Senior Associate Athletics Director Ed Howat and the entire search committee for giving me this opportunity at Purdue,” Moodie said. “I am very excited to start this new adventure with the Boilermakers. I enjoyed my time at South Alabama and am thankful for all of the players who I had the honor of coaching and Athletics Director Joel Erdmann for helping us have so much success. I am now ready to get Purdue Soccer back on the map and give it an identity that it deserves, and can’t wait to get started.”

Moodie brings a data-driven and goal-oriented approach to his teams, with analytics, technology and innovation playing a part in training and student-athlete development. His teams were one of the first to wear GPS trackers and utilize that information during training and games. Moodie’s programs also are on the forefront of sleep science and its impact on on-field performance.

Moodie’s seven-year tenure at South Alabama began with a sweep of the Sun Belt Conference regular-season and tournament titles and an NCAA Tournament appearance in 2017. Another championship sweep, and an NCAA berth, followed in 2019. That began a stretch of three consecutive Sun Belt Tournament crowns and NCAA bids, as Moodie guided the Jaguars to two more tournament titles and NCAA appearances in 2020 and 2021. The 2023 season saw Moodie and South Alabama win another regular-season Sun Belt championship.

In 2023, South Alabama posted a 16-1-3 record with an 8-0-2 mark in Sun Belt play to win the conference. Moodie was named the Sun Belt Coach of the Year, while the Jaguars also earned the league’s Player of the Year, Offensive Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year and Newcomer of the Year awards. A 15-0-3 mark in the regular season was the first unbeaten year in program history, as USA outscored its opponents 50-7.

The 2022 season saw USA once again collect Sun Belt Player, Offensive Player, Newcomer and Freshman of the Year accolades. Moodie guided his squad to an 11-2-7 record overall and a 6-1-3 mark in conference play to finish second in the league. The Jaguars also were recognized with one Academic All-America recognition.

For the third consecutive season, 2021 ended in the NCAA Tournament after a Sun Belt tournament title. With the nation’s second-highest-scoring offense, the Jaguars posted a 12-5-3 record, 6-2-2 in the league under Moodie’s leadership. Individual honors included the Sun Belt Player of the Year, Offensive Player of the Year and Newcomer of the Year, along with an All-Region selection and an Academic All-America honor.

USA won its second of three straight Sun Belt postseason crowns in the 2020-21 season. Moodie helped his team to a 14-9-1 overall mark, going 8-2-0 in conference play thanks to the No. 2-ranked offense in the country. The NCAA Tournament began with a win over Colorado, the program’s second-ever NCAA victory, to advance to the second round.

The three-year NCAA Tournament streak began in 2019, which also was South Alabama’s second Sun Belt championship sweep in three seasons under Moodie. He was named the Sun Belt Coach of the Year and USA swept the postseason awards, winning the Player, Offensive Player, Defensive Player, Newcomer and Freshman of the Year accolades. A First Team All-Region honor punctuated the campaign as the Jaguars were 16-4-2, 8-1-1 in conference play.

A Sun Belt Freshman of the Year honor highlighted the 2018 season, which was Moodie’s second at South Alabama. The team posted an overall record of 8-9-2 and a 5-4-1 mark in league action. Three players were named to the All-Sun Belt Team.

Moodie’s first year at South Alabama was a memorable one, as he guided the team to two Sun Belt titles, the NCAA Tournament and several major postseason awards. USA collected Sun Belt Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year accolades, along with a pair of All-Region honors and an Academic All-America award. The Jaguars were 14-6-1, finishing the year with a 14-1-1 mark, with a 9-1-0 record in league play. The postseason saw South Alabama outscore its opponents 11-0 in the Sun Belt Tournament.

Moodie came to South Alabama from Carson-Newman, where he was the head coach of the Division II men’s team from 2011-16, going 59-44-9, and the women’s program from 2012-16, with a 48-38-7 record.

The Carson-Newman women went 17-4-1 in 2016 and registered a first-round win in the NCAA Tournament. The squad won the regular-season and postseason conference crowns and a school-record 10 players earned all-league accolades. Conference and Region Player of the Year honors came along with All-America distinction by the national leader in points per game. Moodie and his staff were named the Region Staff of the Year.

A year earlier, in 2015, the C-N women were 19-3-0 and went on to win the program’s first SAC Tournament title and NCAA Tournament win since 2009. Moodie was the Conference Coach of the Year and the team also earned Player of the Year, Freshman of the Year and All-America accolades. The team advanced to the Sweet 16 after a 16-win improvement over the previous season.

While also leading the men’s program, Moodie guided his club to four consecutive seasons with a third-place finish or better in the league, with a conference title in 2015. He led the team to the NCAA title game in 2013 and was named the CaptainU National Coach of the Year. Moodie’s time with the men’s team also included a SAC Coach of the Year honor in 2015, a Player of the Year honor and several All-Region and All-America accolades.

Prior to his stint at Carson-Newman, Moodie was the head coach for the boys and girls teams at Morristown East High School in Tennessee from 2008-11. He was an assistant at C-N from 2006-07.

A four-year letterwinner at Carson-Newman from 2002-05, Moodie is among the program’s all-time leaders with 73 games played and 59 career starts. His teams totaled a 49-10-6 record in his last three seasons, with a 19-1-1 mark in SAC play. Moodie helped his team to three consecutive regular-season titles and three NCAA Tournament berths in as many years. The Eagles also won the 2005 tournament crown. The 2003 campaign ended in the national quarterfinals, the furthest the team had ever gotten at the time. The school’s first unbeaten conference season came in 2004, along with another conference title. In 2005, C-N made the national quarterfinals once again after a 7-0 SAC record and an 18-2-2 overall mark. Moodie was recognized on the All-Conference team and earned First Team All-Region honors.

Professionally, Moodie played with the Columbus Crew and Cincinnati Kings in 2007.

Moodie has an NSCAA Premier license, as well as an NSCAA Advanced National Goalkeeping diploma. He also holds a UEFA (Union of European Football Associations) A license.

Moodie graduated from Carson-Newman in 2006 with a degree in business management. He earned his masters degree from the school of education in 2008.

Moodie and his wife, Jess, have two children, Caragyn and Trystan.

NOTRE DAME MEN’S BASKETBALL

IRISH FALL TO SOUTH CAROLINA, 65-53

COLUMBIA, S.C. – In the inaugural ACC/SEC Challenge, the Notre Dame men’s basketball team (3-3) suffered a 65-53 defeat to South Carolina (6-0) in the first true road game of the season for the Irish on Tuesday evening.

Three players finished in double figures for Notre Dame, led by Tae Davis’ 15-point effort which marked a career high for the sophomore. Junior Konieczny added 11 points and Julian Roper II chipped in 10.

HOW IT HAPPENED

The Irish opened strong as the Irish offense was sparked by a J.R. Konieczny three and then Julian Roper followed with back-to-back buckets to put the Irish up 8-0 in the early stages. The Gamecocks knocked down two free throws to put themselves on the board with 14:51 left in the first half.

As the Irish led 11-4, South Carolina made their first bucket from the floor with 13:01 on the clock, meanwhile, the Irish were shooting 40% from the field. The Gamecocks’ offense continued to roll as they claimed their first lead of the game at 14-13 with just over ten minutes left in the half.

With South Carolina in front at 4:08, another Konieczny three evened the score at 24-24. Tied up at 28-28 with just under a minute left in the half, the Gamecocks scored one last basket from behind the arc to take the 31-28 advantage heading into halftime. Konieczny led the charge offensively with 10 points in the first half.

The Gamecock offense would strike first in the second half as they extended their lead to 38-33 to start. Baskets from Roper, Shrewsberry, and Davis put the Irish back in front as they reclaimed the lead at 35-34 at the 17:07 mark. At 38-all, Shrewsberry knocked down a jumper to give the Irish a 40-38 edge.

Unfortunately for the Irish, that would be the last time they held a lead in the contest. South Carolina outscored Notre Dame 13-1 over a seven-minute stretch to go on top by a score of 51-41 with seven minutes left in regulation.

Notre Dame trimmed the lead to six at 51-45 with six minutes to play but that was as close as the Irish would get, as the Gamecocks pulled away late in the 65-53 victory.

UP NEXT

The first game of ACC play awaits. The Irish ditch the snow for palm trees to head to No. 8/8 Miami on Saturday, Dec. 2. That matchup will tip-off at Noon ET on the CW.

NOTRE DAME WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

IRISH ARE TENNESSEE-BOUND FOR ACC/SEC CHALLENGE

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Between them there are 2,533 victories, 27 Final Fours, 10 national titles and a winning percentage of .768. To say Notre Dame-Tennessee is a clash of two historic programs is a great understatement.

On Wednesday, two of college basketball’s biggest brands will clash in Knoxville as part of the first annual ACC/SEC Challenge. The teams have already played some classics, including a 2018 victory for Notre Dame that featured the program’s largest comeback victory ever (23 points). The Lady Vols won the last matchup, a 74-63 win on Nov. 11, 2019.

As far as this year’s game goes, both teams are ranked in the top 20 of the AP Poll — Notre Dame (5-1) is 18th, while Tennessee (4-2) is 20th. The Lady Vols are coming off of a tough stretch that featured back-to-back ranked opponents in Indiana and Oklahoma. They went 1-1 with the win coming over the then-No. 22 Sooners.

Both teams may be without multiple starters on Wednesday, as the Irish are missing Olivia Miles and Sonia Citron, while Tennessee’s Rickea Jackson could also be out with a lower body injury. The star forward leads the team with 22 points and 12 rebounds per game.

“They have good shooters, good rebounders, good athleticism,” Karen and Kevin Keyes Family Head Coach Niele Ivey said. “So it’s going to be a great matchup. We’re excited.”

The Irish will see a familiar face across the court in Jewel Spear. She spent three years at Wake Forest before transferring to Tennessee this year. She is posting 13.5 points and 5.3 rebounds per game with her new squad. Notre Dame has had success limiting Spear in the past; she had just 5 points and 2-11 from the floor last January in South Bend.

Wednesday’s game will tip off on ESPN2 at 5 p.m. Notre Dame is 8-22 all-time against Tennessee.

NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL

ALT NAMED OUTLAND TROPHY FINALIST

University of Notre Dame junior left tackle Joe Alt has been named one of three finalists for the 2023 Outland Trophy which is awarded annually to the nation’s best college interior lineman on offense or defense. The All-America Committee of the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) selected the finalists.

Alt, also a finalist for the 2023 Lombardi Award, is the bedrock of Notre Dame’s offensive line from the left tackle position. The North Oaks, Minnesota, native helped the Irish offense finish the regular season ranked ninth in the FBS for scoring offense (39.1 points per game), 12th in team passing efficiency (161.49) and 16th in passing yards per completion (14.02).

Notre Dame’s 39.1 points per game this season is the best average for the program since 1912, and would rank second all-time in the school record book. The Irish were in goal-line situations of five yards or less 18 times this season and converted each time, including 12 rushing touchdowns, four passing touchdowns and two field goals (one of which was forced by the end of a half).

Notre Dame held seven of 12 opponents to their lowest sack totals of the year, including sixth-ranked Ohio State and 10th-ranked Southern Cal. The Irish offensive line helped their side of the ball rank eighth in the nation in tackles for loss allowed (3.75/game) and 13th in sacks allowed (1.17).

According to Pro Football Focus (PFF), Alt allowed just five pressures and a single sack in 368 pass block sets this season. PFF ranks Alt as the second overall offensive tackle in the nation and is the only offensive tackle rated by the service in the top-eight in run blocking and pass blocking. He started all 13 games for the Irish in 2023 and since assuming the starting left tackle position during the 2021 season has made 33 consecutive starts.

The recipient of the 2023 Outland Trophy will be announced on The Home Depot College Football Awards, live on ESPN on Dec. 8 from 7-9 p.m. ET. The official presentation to the winner will be made at the Outland Trophy Awards Dinner sponsored by Werner Enterprises and produced by the Greater Omaha Sports Committee in Omaha, Neb., on Jan. 10, 2024.

BERTRAND NAMED WUERFFEL TROPHY FINALIST

The Wuerffel Foundation, a nonprofit whose mission is to inspire greater service and unity in our communities, today announced JD Bertrand, Notre Dame (SR LB), Blake Corum, Michigan (SR RB) and Ladd McConkey, Georgia (JR WR) as the three 2023 finalists for The Wuerffel Trophy.  ​

College Football’s Premier Award for Community Service, and one of the most meaningful awards in collegiate sports, The Wuerffel Trophy is named after Danny Wuerffel, the 1996 Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback from the University of Florida who pivoted his success on the football field into a lifetime of service. The Wuerffel Trophy embodies Danny’s commitment to being a humanitarian, while honoring student-athletes who serve others and make a positive impact on society.

The 2022 Notre Dame Defensive Player of the Year, Bertrand has led the Irish in total tackles the past three seasons with 101 in 2021, 82 in ‘22 and 75 this season. He has piled up 23 tackles for a loss in his career and ranks second on the 2023 team in quarterback hurries with six (to go along with his 2.5 sacks). A fifth-year player, Bertrand has appeared in 49 games with 34 starts.

A two-year team captain who elevates everyone around him, Bertrand has played a key role in Notre Dame’s 39-11 record the past three seasons, including a No. 18 ranking in 2022 and a win in the Gator Bowl; a No. 8 finish in 2021 and an appearance in the Fiesta Bowl; and a No. 5 ending in 2020 after an appearance in the College Football Playoff Semifinal Game at the Rose Bowl. The 2023 Fighting Irish enter the postseason with a 9-3 record and No. 16 national ranking.

An Eagle Scout who was selected as a member of the 2022 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, Bertrand credits his mother for his commitment to community service. He has done extensive work with Uplifting Athletes, serving as the chapter president for two years and earning a spot on the organization’s Rare Disease Champion Team in 2022. After the pandemic, he played a role in staging multiple events for the organization, raising more than $80,000. He donates part of his scholarship check and NIL earnings to charity, and he visits the Ronald McDonald House before every home game.

Nominations for the Wuerffel Trophy were made by the respective universities’ Sports Information Departments. The formal announcement of the 2023 recipient is scheduled to be made on December 8th live, during The Home Depot College Football Awards on ESPN, and the formal presentation of the 2023 Wuerffel Trophy will take place February 17, 2024, at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, GA.

BUTLER WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

BUTLER TO HOST BRADLEY WEDNESDAY NIGHT AT HINKLE FIELDHOUSE

INDIANAPOLIS – Butler is back from their west coast trip and will host the Bradley Braves on Wednesday night at 7 PM. The Bulldogs are 4-2 this season and will try to remain undefeated at Hinkle Fieldhouse. Fans can catch the action on FloHoops.com.

GameDay

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 29

Time: 7 PM

Location: Indianapolis, Indiana – Hinkle Fieldhouse

Live Stats: ButlerSports.com – Statbroadcast

Watch: FloHoops

Bulldog Bits

– Butler leads the BIG EAST in 3-pointers made per game (8.8).

– Jordan Meulemans averages 3 made 3-pointers per game to rank fourth in the BIG EAST.

– Meulemans ranks third in the BIG EAST in 3-point field goal percentage (52.9).

– BU ranks second in the conference in 3-point field goal percentage (35.8).

– The Bulldogs rank fourth in the BIG EAST in field goal (44.6) and free throw percentage (77.0).

– Caroline Strande ranks seventh in the BIG EAST in rebounding (7.3) and 11th in scoring (15.5).

– Strande has hit a 3-pointer in four-straight games and has 6+ rebounds in every game this year.

– Meulemans scored a career-high 24 points vs. St. Thomas by making eight 3-pointers.

– Ari Wiggins dished out a career-high four assists vs. St. Thomas.

– Cristen Carter set new career-high totals with 10 points and seven rebounds at Pacific.

– Karsyn Norman scored a career-high seven points at Pacific.

– Lilly Stoddard has five blocks in six games for BU. She ranks 10th in the BIG EAST in blocks per game.

– Stoddard had four points, two blocks and a steal at Pacific and started the next game vs. St. Thomas.

BIG EAST Standings

Marquette 6-0

Creighton 5-1

Georgetown 5-1

Villanova 4-1

Butler 4-2

Seton Hall 4-2

UConn 4-2

DePaul 4-3

Providence 3-3

St. John’s 2-5

Xavier 0-5

Scouting Bradley                                                                                                 

The Braves spent Thanksgiving in Atlanta playing in the 2023 Georgia State Classic. In a 1-1 week, Bradley topped Elon 66-59, but fell to Bethune-Cookman 64-57. The split moved their overall record to 2-3. Head Coach Kate Popovec-Goss took over the program before the start of 2022-23 season. The Braves only managed to win four games last year, but they improved their roster with five newcomers. Junior Kayleen Nelson leads the Braves with her 15.6 scoring average and freshman Halli Pooch comes off the bench to score 10.8 points per night. Nelson scored 31 points in the season opener but was held to just two in her last start.

All-Time Series                                                                                      

Butler leads the all-time series over Bradley 5-3. The first-ever meeting came in the Northwestern Roger L. White Invitational at the start of the 1993 season. Butler edged Bradley 65-64. The last meeting was also a close game with BU defeating the Braves 58-56 inside Hinkle Fieldhouse during the 2016 campaign. Bradley’s first win over Butler came in the 2002 season opener. They won 71-65 in Peoria. The Bulldogs played at Bradley again in 2003 and defeated the Braves 68-54.

A Look at Last Week                                                                                           

Butler went 2-1 last week with a home contest Monday followed by a trip to California to play a pair of games at the Tiger Turkey Tip-Off. Butler averaged 82 points per game over that stretch, shooting 50 percent from the field and 44 percent from 3-point range. Caroline Strande and Jordan Meulemans averaged 14 points per game to lead the ‘Dawgs. Those two accounted for 18 of Butler’s 36 made 3-pointers. Strande was also the top rebounder on the team (7.7) helping BU be +13 in rebound margin.

100-Point Club                                                                                      

Butler scored 108 points vs. Franklin College in exhibition action and then moved into the regular season to score 104 points in a win over Roosevelt. It was the first time BU topped 100 points in a regular season game since Dec. 12, 2010! The Bulldogs joined the UConn Huskies as the only two BIG EAST teams to reach 100 points this season.

Meg’s Stars                                                                                                          

Jordan Meulemans was one of five BIG EAST players selected by Meghan Caffrey last week for her Meg’s Stars list. Meulemans shot 80% from 3-point range vs. St. Thomas and was just one 3-pointer shy of tying the Butler single-game school record. She made 13 total 3-pointers last week, shooting 72 percent from downtown.

3-Point Threats                                                                                     

Jordan Meulemans drained eight triples vs. St. Thomas, matching the single-game high in the BIG EAST this season, while the Bulldogs made 16 as a team, the most by a conference team this year. The best shooting performance of the season by any BIG EAST student-athlete belongs to Riley Makalusky. She made seven of her eight triples against Roosevelt (87.5%).

Behind The Arc                                                                                      

The Bulldogs have made at least six 3-point field goals in every game this season. A year ago, BU made six or more triples 22 times in 30 games. The team caught fire seven times in 2022-23, hitting 10 or more 3-pointers. Butler hit 13 3-pointers in the win over Roosevelt to reach double digits for the first time this season and most recently tied the single-game team record with 16 made 3-pointers in the win over St. Thomas.

Shot Selection                                                                                       

The top four scorers on Butler’s roster all shoot over 40% from the field, and three of the four are shooting 40 percent or better from 3-point range (Strande, Meulemans, Jaynes).

Alright Ari                                                                                                             

Ari Wiggins has nine assists and just three turnovers over Butler’s last three games.

Career Milestones                                                                                              

Kendall Wingler hit a 3-pointer at Pacific to move her career total to 100. The BU senior also grabbed four rebounds while in California to reach 200 career rebounds. Wingler’s next milestone will be in the assist column. She needs four more assists to reach 100. Caroline Strande needs three free throws to reach 100 and 10 rebounds to get to 200 in her collegiate career.

Winning Recipe                                                                                     

The Bulldogs are 3-0 this year when they are up at the half and when they allow less than 60 points. Bradley averages 63 points per game and have not topped 66 points this season. They are also 0-2 when trailing at the half.

Hinkle Magic                                                                                                        

The Bulldogs are 3-0 at home this season with victories over Detroit Mercy, Austin Peay, and Roosevelt. Butler is +35 against foes in the second quarter when playing at Hinkle this season. Kendall Wingler averages six points per contest but ups her average to 10 points per game when playing at home. BU is building off last year when six of their 11 wins were recorded at home.

Knock Out the Non-Conference                                                        

Butler only has five games scheduled in December with three of the five being played at home. The only conference opponent lined up before the start of 2024 is a road game at #11 UConn. Last year, Butler played eight games in December with five of those coming against BIG EAST foes. They played four games in the span of 10 days from Dec. 2-11.

Up Next                                                                                                                 

Up Next                                                                                                                 

Butler will battle a Big Ten opponent on Sunday when they visit Wisconsin for a 1 PM ET tip. Action inside the Kohl Center will stream on BigTenPlus.com. The Badgers are 4-2 at the start of the season and will host Northern Illinois on Wednesday night.

BUTLER FOOTBALL

SEVEN BULLDOGS LAND ON ALL-PFL TEAMS

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – The Pioneer Football League announced First and Second All-League Teams on Tuesday afternoon. QB Bret Bushka, RB Jyran Mitchell, FB Joey Suchy, OL Bryan Bystol, OL Adam Dolan and DB Nick Bafia were all PFL First Team selections while PK Luka Zurak represented Butler on the Second Team.

The Pioneer Football League’s head coaches named 66 student-athletes to the league’s 31st All-Pioneer Football League Teams. In addition to the student-athletes recognized on the league’s first and second teams, 102 student-athletes received honorable mention recognition. Six Bulldogs were tabbed honorable mention. Among those chosen were LB Jeremiah Jackson, DL Austin Korba, LS Kody Leach, TE Ryan Lezon, WR Ethan Loss and DB Will Mason.

Eight First Team All-PFL selections are repeat first-team honorees. Valparaiso wide receiver Solomon Davis, Butler quarterback Bret Bushka, San Diego running back Re-al Mitchell, St. Thomas linebacker Jon Bunce, Stetson defensive back Rassie Littlejohn, and Marist long snapper Justin Iaccio each repeated their 2022 First Team All-PFL selection.

Bushka passed for 1,789 yards and 14 touchdowns in 2023. An 11-game starter, Bushka completed 63 percent of his passes (173-275) and averaged 162 passing yards per game. The dual threat QB also rushed the ball 106 times for 441 yards and six touchdowns. Bushka tied a Butler single-game record with five touchdown passes at Morehead State on Nov. 4 and moved to third all-time at BU with 5,924 career passing yards.

Mitchell took home PFL Offensive Player of the Year honors on Monday and was a clear choice for the All-PFL First Team. The graduate transfer rushed the ball 199 times for Butler and amassed 1,268 rushing yards to average 115.2 per game. His 12 rushing touchdowns paired with three receiving touchdowns gave him 90 points, tying Scott Gray (2007) for eighth on the single season scoring list at Butler.

Suchy shined for Butler in short yardage situations this year. The redshirt-junior from Mayfield Heights, Ohio averaged 3.7 yards per carry and gained 152 yards on 41 carries. His best PFL game included eight attempts against Valpo for 25 yards.

Bystol and Dolan were responsible for opening up running lanes for Mitchell and Suchy throughout the 2023 campaign. Each offensive lineman started in all 11 games for BU with Bystol at center and Dolan at left tackle. As a unit, Butler ranked second in the PFL in total offense (368.4), scoring offense (28.9), and rushing offense (202.1.).

The leader of the Bulldog defense got the nod as a first team selection. Bafia led Butler with 65 total tackles (41 solo). He ranked 20th overall in the PFL with his 65 stops and seventh among all the defensive backs in the league. Bafia was credited with six pass break-ups and ranked second in the PFL in forced fumbles. He had three games with 10+ tackles and returned an interception for a touchdown against Wabash. Bafia helped Butler rank second in the FCS in red zone defense. BU led the PFL and ranked ninth in the FCS in scoring defense (17.5).

Special Teams guru Luka Zurak went 17-for-20 on field goals in 2023. He hit a season-long 48-yard field goal in the win over Wabash and matched that effort with a make from 48 vs. Drake. Zurak supplied BU with three made field goals vs. Drake and at Dayton. He made two at Montana, vs. Taylor, vs. Presbyterian, and vs. Davidson. On kickoffs, Zurak averaged 59 yards and had 13 touchbacks. He also punted for BU averaging 37.5 yards per punt.

The 31st All-PFL Teams follow Monday’s announcement of the league’s Major Award Winners. Wednesday, the league names its 31st Academic All-PFL team and its Scholar-Athlete of the Year, concluding the league’s awards week.

IUPUI MEN’S BASKETBALL

JAGUARS TO OPEN HORIZON LEAGUE PLAY AT WRIGHT STATE ON WEDNESDAY

DAYTON, Ohio – The IUPUI basketball team will open Horizon League play on Wednesday night (Nov. 29) at Wright State at 7:00 p.m. on ESPN+. The Jaguars are seeking to snap an 11-game skid against the Raiders and climb back to .500 on the season.

IUPUI (3-4, 0-0 HL) is coming off a 78-70 win over Cleary University to stop a recent four-game slide. Junior Jlynn Counter scored a game-high 21 points and sophomore DJ Jackson pumped in 19 points on 8-of-14 shooting off the bench. Bryce Monroe added 17 points and five assists piloting the offense.

Sophomore Vincent Brady II added nine points off the bench and graduate transfer Qwanzi Samuels grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds, 11 coming off the defensive glass.

Wednesday’s game kicks off a quick two-game start to Horizon League play before the Jaguars return to non-conference play for the bulk of December. IUPUI will return home to host Northern Kentucky on Saturday at noon at Indiana Farmers Coliseum. Fans are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy to benefit the community in need and the Ruth Lilly Women and Children’s Center.

    MR. DO-IT-ALL

    In his second season with the program, junior guard Jlynn Counter has become the Jaguars’ Mr. Do It All, leading the team in scoring (15.6 ppg), rebounding (5.0 rpg), assists (2.4 apg) and field goal percentage (52.9%).

    Counter, a preseason Second Team All-Horizon League pick, tallied his 500th career point against Elon on Nov. 17 and enters today with 560 points in his two-year career.

    His 21-point (7-14 FG, 3-4 3’s, 4-6 FT) effort against Cleary on Saturday was his 12th career 20-point game.

    50-40-90

    The shooting line of 50 percent from the floor, 40 percent from three and 90 percent from the foul line is a bit of a holy grail for basketball players, having only been achieved by 11 players in college basketball history.

    Albeit small samples sizes, both Jlynn Counter and DJ Jackson are flirting with the numbers to start this season.

    Counter: 52.9 FG% / 50.0 3FG% / 55.6 FT%

    Jackson: 51.0 FG% / 25.0 3FG% / 85.7 FT%

    Counter is coming off a career-high three made threes in the win over Cleary and has made at least half of his field goal attempts in five of the team’s seven games. Jackson, coming off a season-high 19-point effort (8-14 FG, 1-1 3’s, 2-3 FT) is fifth on the team in field goal attempts (49), but second in field goal percentage (51.0%).

    FOUR AND COUNTING

    Senior guard Bryce Monroe comes in having scored in double-digits in IUPUI’s last four games. During that span, Monroe is averaging 13.3 points and 2.5 assists per game while shooting 38.3 percent from the floor.

    FREE MONEY

    IUPUI is currently 53rd in the country in free throw percentage, hitting 75.7 percent as a team.

    NINE MAN ROTATION

    Nine different Jaguars are playing at least 12 minutes per game, led by Bryce Monroe (28.3 mpg) down to Yves Nkomba (12.7 mpg).

    Seven of the nine have scored in double-digits at least once this year as Counter and Monroe have five games in double-figures. DJ Jackson has scored in double-digits twice and Kidtrell Blocker, Vincent Brady II, John Egbuta and Abdou Samb each have one double-digit scoring game.

    SEEING RED

    It’s likely that both Amhad and Armon Jarrard will redshirt this season. Amhad missed the entire summer and preseason after suffering an injury last season and Armon was limited to just three games this season while playing through an injury. He was shutdown after trying to play at Indiana State on Nov. 14.

    The Jarrards are one of 21 sets of brothers playing for the same team this season and one of nine sets of twins in Division I basketball.

    FIRST TO TIP

    IUPUI was the first team in the country to tip-off the 2023-24 season, starting at 11:00 a.m. on Nov. 6 in front of a crowd of 4,867 on the annual NCAA ‘Readers Become Leaders’ Day at Indiana Farmers Coliseum.

    The 4,867 represented a new home attendance record for the Jaguars, eclipsing the previous mark of 4,114 from last year’s similar event.

    ROAD KILL

    The road win at Valpo was a welcome event, marking IUPUI’s first road win since winning at Robert Morris on Feb. 17, 2022. It was the first road non-conference victory since winning at South Florida on Nov. 13, 2019 at the Cayman Islands Classic.

    BENCH WORK

    IUPUI is averaging 27.6 points per game from its reserves this season and has gotten at least 22 bench points in all seven games (including three games of 30+). DJ Jackson (9.0 ppg) and Vincent Brady II (7.1) have led the reserves with each having scored in double-digits at least once off the IUPUI bench.

    FIRST MAN OFF

    Sophomore Abdou Samb (4.1 ppg, 3.0 rpg) has been IUPUI’s first man off the bench in six of seven games this season, including six straight since the opener.

    PAINT CREW

    IUPUI has outscored five of its seven opponents in the paint this season, outscoring foes by four points per game inside the paint.

BALL STATE VOLLEYBALL

NIVC PREVIEW: WVB VS. MTSU SET FOR THURSDAY

THIS WEEK IN BALL STATE VOLLEYBALL: Ball State will be making its second-ever appearance in the National Invitational Volleyball Championship (NIVC) Thursday, when it travels to Murfreesboro, Tennessee, to take on host Middle Tennessee in a 7 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. CT first serve at Alumni Memorial Gymnasium … The site’s other first round match, which starts at 4 p.m. ET / 3 p.m. CT, features Clemson and Eastern Kentucky … The winners will advance to Friday’s second round showdown at 7 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. CT.

ABOUT THE NIVC: Produced by Triple Crown Sports, this is the 13th overall season for the NIVC and its sixth in its current format … The NIVC was held for seven seasons (1989-95) as a 20-team event and was reestablished in 2017 with a 32-team field … Champions of the current NIVC era include Boston College (2022), UNLV (2021), Georgia Tech (2019), Iowa State (2018) and Ole Miss (2017) … This will be Ball State’s second NIVC appearance, with the first coming in 2018 … BSU is 0-1 in NIVC play, suffering a 3-1 setback to Valparaiso during the 2018 event.

BALL STATE ALL-TIME: Ball State enters the NIVC with a 1,011-647-2 (.610) all-time record in women’s volleyball … Thanks to its 3-0 sweep of Central Michigan on Sept. 22, the Cardinals became just the 44th program in NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball history to reach 1,000 wins … All-time, Ball State has captured 12 MAC West Division Championships, 10 MAC Regular Season Championships and eight MAC Volleyball Championship titles … Ball State has made 11 appearances in the NCAA Tournament, including three of the last five seasons … BSU has also earned two bids into the NIVC.

IN #MACTION: Ball State finished the 2023 regular season with a 13-5 MAC record to maintain its status as the winningest program in league play with a 446-220 (.670) all-time Mid-American Conference mark … Western Michigan is second on the list, two matches behind the Cardinals at 444-222 (.667).

THE WORTHEN FACTOR: The Cardinals own an even better record when playing at home, boasting a 318-96 (.768) all-time mark inside Worthen Arena … Looking at just opponents from the MAC, Ball State is 235-58 (.802) when battling in Worthen Arena … Overall, no MAC opponent owns a winning record inside Worthen Arena, as the Cardinals have at least a .650 winning percentage against all league schools on its current home floor.

THE ALL-TIME VS. MURFREESBORO TEAMS: Ball State enters the week with a 2-3 all-time record versus teams playing in Murfreesboro … The Cardinals will be playing host MTSU for the first time in women’s volleyball … Ball State is 1-3 all-time versus Eastern Kentucky with the last meeting being a 3-0 (15-7, 16-14, 15-11) EKU victory Sept. 4, 1983 in Lexington, Kentucky … BSU holds a 1-0 edge all-time versus Clemson, with the lone meeting being a 3-0 (16-14, 15-11, 15-11) Ball State win Sept. 1, 1995 in Fort Collins, Colorado.

SCOUTING BALL STATE:

• Ball State enters NIVC with a 16-14 (13-5 MAC) record after suffering a 3-2 setback to sixth-seeded Bowling Green in the quarterfinals of the MAC Volleyball Championship on Nov. 18 … In regular season league play, Ball State’s only losses came to  MAC regular season champion WMU, MAC East Division Co-Champion Buffalo and tournament fifth seed Toledo … Prior to league play, the Cardinals faced one of the MAC’s toughest non-conference slates, including three programs (No. 17 Creighton, No. 19 Dayton and No. 21 Western Kentucky) currently ranked inside the Top 25 of the AVCA/Taraflex Coaches Poll.

• Ball State is one of the nation’s top blocking programs, ranking second in the MAC and 129th nationally with a 2.16 blocks-per-set average … Freshman middle Camryn Wise has played a large role in those numbers over the last 11 weeks, averaging a league-best 1.12 blocks per set which ranks 95th among all NCAA Division I players.

• On the attacking front, redshirt freshman outside Aniya Kennedy leads the league and ranks 34th nationally with a 4.10 kills-per-set average … Fifth-year middle Marie Plitt is BSU’s top attacker by percentage, boasting a .392 rate of success which is third in the league and 26th nationally.

SCOUTING MIDDLE TENNESSEE:

• The Blue Raiders enter the NIVC with a 20-9 overall record, including an 11-5 mark in Conference USA play … MTSU suffered a 3-2 setback to FIU in the quarterfinals of the Conference USA tournament.

• Middle Tennessee is one of the nation’s top attacking teams, ranking fourth among NCAA Division I programs with a .305 team hitting percentage … Kaylee Oscarson leads the squad and is 13th nationally with her .411 mark.

 SCOUTING CLEMSON:

• The Tigers enter the NIVC with a 17-13 overall record, including an 8-10 ACC mark … Clemson closed the regular season with a 3-0 win over Virginia Tech on Nov. 22.

• Clemson is led offensively by Kennedy Wagner’s 223 kills and 2.37 kills-per-set average … However, the team has an overall balanced attack with seven attackers recording at least 137 kills and averaging at least 1.39 kills per set.

SCOUTING EASTERN KENTUCKY:

• The Colonels enter the NIVC with a 21-8 overall record, including an 11-5 ASUN mark … EKU suffered a 3-1 setback to North Florida in the first round of the ASUN Tournament.

• Eastern Kentucky is a balanced squad, ranking 12th nationally with at 14.09 kills per set and 38th nationally at 16.16 digs per set … In addition, the Colonels are 43rd in the country with a .253 hitting percentage.

BALL STATE QUICK HITS:

• Marie Plitt currently leads the squad and ranks 26th nationally with a .392 (291-42-636) attack percentage … Her best effort came in the win over Purdue Fort Wayne (Aug. 26) when she smashed 10 kills on 12 swings with one error for a .750 attacking mark … Plitt also hit .722 (13-0-18) in the win over Kent State (Oct. 27) and .688 (11-0-16) in the victory over Central Michigan (Sept. 21) … Overall, she has hit .500-or-better in 36 career matches … In BSU’s 18 MAC matches this season, Plitt hit a league-best .448 (195-21-388) and averaged 2.95 kills per set.

• Marie Plitt enters the NIVC atop Ball State’s all-time list with a .361 career hitting percentage, just ahead Julie Zilka’s (1998-2001) .360 mark … Plitt has steadily improved each year, hitting .295 as a freshman, .316 as a sophomore, .360 as a junior and a Ball State single season record .404 last year … She is the first player in program history to hit .400-or-above in a single season.

• Marie Plitt, who became Ball State’s all-time leader in sets played at Eastern Michigan (Sept. 30), became the 13th player in program history to reach 1,000 career kills with her first of 10 markers in last season’s NCAA Tournament opening round match at No. 16 Marquette … With 1300 career kills, Plitt currently ranks sixth in program history and needs 63 more to pass Katie Butts’ (1999-2002) total of 1,362 for sixth.

• Marie Plitt has also made her presence felt at the net over her career, ranking fifth in program history with 419 career blocks … She is fifth on Ball State’s all-time charts with 335 career block assists, while ranking ninth with 84 solo blocks.

• Fifth-year defensive specialist Havyn Gates has served as starting libero in 29 of Ball State’s 30 matches this season, and has now started in the off-colored jersey 34 times in her Ball State career … She became the 20th player in program history to reach 1,000 career digs at Ball State with her second of a match-high 21 digs versus Northern Illinois (Nov. 10) … She enters the NIVC with 1,082 digs as a Cardinal … Throw in her 1,124 digs over her two-year career at Indiana Wesleyan (2019-2020) and she owns 2,206 collegiate digs.

• Havyn Gates collected a season-high 32 digs in Ball State’s MAC Volleyball Championship quarterfinal match versus Bowling Green (Nov. 18) … It was her seventh match this season with 20-or-more digs, raising her career total to 31 including her two seasons at Indiana Wesleyan … Gates earned a Ball State career-high 33 digs in a five-set thriller at Central Michigan (Sept. 24, 2022), while registering 42 digs in a match as a freshman at Indiana Wesleyan in 2019.

• Megan Wielonski, who currently ranks sixth in program history with 3,919 career assists, has proven to be one of the nation’s elite setters … In fact, her 3,919 career assists currently rank 16th among all active NCAA Division I players … As a freshman, she finished the 2021 season ranked second nationally with 1,394 total assists … Her sophomore campaign ended with her ranked fourth nationally with 1,358 total assists in 2022 … 30 matches into the 2023 season and Wielonski is 26th nationally with 1,166 total assists.

• In addition to being one of the nation’s top setters, Megan Wielonski is one of the country’s top servers with 139 career aces … The total currently ranks fifth in program history … As a freshman, she ranked eighth among all NCAA Division I players with 58 aces, including a career-high seven vs. Ohio (Sept. 30, 2021) … Her 58 aces in 2021 tied as the sixth most in a single season in Ball State history and were a single season record for a BSU setter, topping Amber Seaman’s total of 51 in 2018 … Last season, she ranked 55th nationally with 46 service aces, while she has a team-leading 35 aces so far this season.

• Aniya Kennedy enters the NIVC leading the league and ranked 34th nationally with a 4.10 kills-per-set average … She’s even better in league play, with a 4.56 kills-per-set average … She has smashed double-digit kills in 24 matches, while leading the team in kills in 21 outings … In BSU’s four-set win over Akron (Oct. 13), Kennedy was credited with a career-high 25 kills, a mark she later tied at Western Michigan (Nov. 3).

 • In fact, Aniya Kennedy’s 25 kills versus Akron (Oct. 13) and at WMU (Nov. 3) are the most for a Ball State player in a match since Kia Holder (2017-20) logged 27 at Eastern Michigan on March 27, 2021 … In addition, the 25 kills tie as the 10th-most by a MAC player in a match this season and are the fourth-best total by a league attacker in a four-set match … Kennedy is the first Ball State player to register multiple 20+ kill matches in the same season since Natalie Risi (2019-22) had two as a freshman in 2019 … In fact, her seven matches with 20-or-more kills this season tie as the eighth-most in a single season in program history and are the most since Sarah Obras (2002-05) registered seven in 2004.

• Madison Buckley has also made a big impact from the attack line, ranking third on the squad at 2.43 kills per set … Her biggest match came when she blasted a career-high 16 kills versus NIU (Nov. 11) … She scored 15 kills versus Bowling Green (Nov. 18) in the MAC Championship, while adding 14 at then-No. 20 Creighton (Sept. 1), versus UIC (Sept. 9) and at Buffalo (Oct. 20) … Buckley has also made her presence felt at the net, ranking second on the team with an 0.81 blocks-per-set average … She has a team-best 90 total blocks this season, including five solo blocks and 85 block assists.

• Freshman Camryn Wise has found a home in the middle of the court over the last 11 weeks, boasting a team and MAC-leading 1.12 blocks-per-set average … She has earned at least two blocks in 19 of the 21 matches she has played, including a career-high nine in four-set wins over Akron (Oct. 14) and Ohio (Oct. 28) … Wise has also aided from the attack line, with 86 kills and a .356 hitting percentage, including a career-high 11 kills at Buffalo (Oct. 21).

• Freshman outside attacker Kendall Barnes has been heating up as of late, including double digit kills in three of BSU’s last five matches … She scored a career-high 14 kills versus NIU (Nov. 10), tallied 11 kills versus Bowling Green (Nov. 18) in the MAC Tournament and earned 10 kills at Western Michigan (Nov. 4).

• Ball State ranks fourth in the MAC and 83rd nationally with at 15.25 digs per set … Havyn Gates leads the squad and is sixth in the MAC with her 4.15 average … Megan Wielonski is not far behind, ranking second on the team at 2.47 … Wielonski is also one dig shy of 1,000 for her career.

INDIANA STATE FOOTBALL

LAWRENCE NAMED TO MVFC ALL-NEWCOMER TEAM

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Plez Lawrence was named to the Missouri Valley Football’s All-Newcomer team as announced by the conference office on Tuesday morning.

Lawrence (running back) earned postseason recognition for the first time after a strong redshirt freshman campaign that featured a 200-yard, three-touchdown rushing effort, while finishing second on the Sycamores in rushing yards in 2023.

Lawrence served as the Sycamores’ feature back against Murray State and produced recording 203 rushing yards on 29 carries and scored three touchdowns against the Racers. He took the ball between the tackles for a majority of the contest with a 31-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter his longest carry of the night. He also broke loose for a 29-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.

Lawrence became the first freshman in the MVFC to break 200 rushing yards in a single game since South Dakota State’s Pierre Strong Jr. went for 253 rushing yards and three touchdowns against South Dakota on November 17, 2018. He also the first ISU running back to crack 200 rushing yards since Dominique Dafney went for 244 yards and four touchdowns in the 2019 against MSU.

The Kokomo, Ind. native posted 502 total rushing yards in his first collegiate season on the field. He recorded double-digit carries in five games, including a 15-carry, 60-yard against Western Illinois. He recorded at least 30 rushing yards in eight of the last nine games of the regular season.

Lawrence is the sixth Sycamore to earn postseason MVFC honors, joining All-Conference selections Maddix Blackwell (Second Team), Garret Ollendieck (Second Team), Jose Vazquez IV (Honorable Mention), Lucas Hunter (Honorable Mention), and Harry Van Dyne (Honorable Mention) who were announced on Monday.

INDIANA STATE SWIMMING

SYCAMORE WRAP UP FALL SLATE AT MIAMI INVITATIONAL

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State hits the road for the final time in 2023 as the Sycamores make the trip to the Corwin M. Nixon Aquatic Center for the 2023 Miami Invitational. The three-day event will be held in Oxford, Ohio over the weekend running from November 30-December 2.

Indiana State is scheduled to be one of five teams taking part in the field including host Miami (Ohio), Dartmouth, Grand Canyon, and Youngstown State. Preliminary events will start every morning at 9 a.m. with event finals set to start at 5 p.m. every evening.

The Sycamores are looking to continue to build off one of the most successful fall campaigns in program history. ISU is 7-0 this season including dominant wins earlier this month on back-to-back days against Eastern Michigan (204-96) and Lindenwood (226-73).

ISU features a variety of athletes that continue to sit among the Valley’s top-10 times to date on the year. More names are expected to join the list as the Sycamores fully suit up for the first time in the upcoming meet.

“We’re looking forward to this weekend,” head coach Josh Christensen said. “We’ve had a great first semester of training and dual meets and this meet provides a different type of opportunity. This meet will more closely resemble what we see at the conference championship meet, in terms of the three-day, prelim/final format. Biggest goal is to use this meet to learn and grow and set us up for the MVC meet in February. We’re going to get to compete against some strong teams and this will be our first opportunity this year to “suit up” and put up some fast times. We’re definitely excited and ready to go!”

Nine different Sycamores currently sit among the top-10 times or scores over 13 different events in the Missouri Valley Conference this season.

Haley Halsall (1000-yard Freestyle, 200-yard Fly) and Kaleigh Kelley (50-yard Fly, 100-yard Fly) is ranked in two different swimming events, while Zoe Smith (1M – 2nd, 3M – 3rd) and Bailey Betzer (1M – 5th, 3M – 8th) are ranked in both diving events on the season.

Chloe Farro (100-yard Free), Claire Parsons (1000-yard Free), Olivia DiRuzza (200-yard Back), Ali Pearson (200-yard Breast), and Alexandria Cotter (400-yard IM) also sit among the conference leaders to date.

Parsons already sits on the ISU Performance List in the 1000-yard Freestyle through her first fall with the Sycamores after posting a season-best 10:14.85 against Eastern Michigan. Cotter moved into fifth in the 50-Backstroke against EMU (26.80), while Pearson (6th) and Kelley (10th) both entered the top-10 in the 100-yard Breaststroke. Pearson also made appearances in both the 50-yard and 200-yard Breaststroke events after posting season-best times at the ISU Quad Meet. Kelley also enters the meet fifth overall on the list against Eastern Michigan with a time of 55.74 in the 100-Fly.

Daniela Orta Castaneda and Sierra Bowman have posted career-high scores in both the 1M and 3M diving events respectively. Orta Castaneda posted a 237.50 (1M) against Eastern Michigan, while Bowman posted a career-best 217.65 in the meet against the Eagles.

Thursday, November 30 Schedule (Preliminaries/Finals)

500-yard Freestyle (9 a.m., 5 p.m.)

200-yard IM (9 a.m., 5 p.m.)

50-yard Freestyle (9 a.m., 5 p.m.)

400-yard Medley Relay (5 p.m.)

1-Meter Springboard DivingFriday, December 1 Schedule (Preliminaries/Finals)

100-yard Fly (9 a.m., 5 p.m.)

400-yard IM (9 a.m., 5 p.m.)

200-yard Freestyle (9 a.m., 5 p.m.)

100-yard Breast (9 a.m., 5 p.m.)

100-yard Back (9 a.m., 5 p.m.)

200-yard Medley Relay (5 p.m.)

800-yard Freestyle Relay (5 p.m.)

3-Meter Springboard DivingSaturday, December 2 Schedule (Preliminaries/Finals)

200-yard Backstroke (9 a.m., 5 p.m.)

100-yard Freestyle (9 a.m., 5 p.m.)

200-yard Breaststroke (9 a.m., 5 p.m.)

200-yard Fly (9 a.m., 5 p.m.)

1650-yard Freestyle (9 a.m., 5 p.m.)

400-yard Freestyle Relay (5 p.m.)

PURDUE FT. WAYNE MEN’S BASKETBALL

GREEN BAY ARRIVES IN FORT WAYNE FOR #HLMBB PLAY

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The fourth season of Horizon League basketball in Fort Wayne opens on Wednesday (Nov. 29) evening at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. The Mastodons and Phoenix will battle in a 7 p.m. tip.

Game Day Information

Who: Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons (6-1, 0-0 Horizon League) vs. Green Bay Phoenix (3-3, 0-0 Horizon League)

When: Wednesday, November 29 | 7:00 p.m. ET

Where: Fort Wayne Ind. | Allen County War Memorial Coliseum

Live Stats: Link

Video: ESPN+

Radio: 1380 AM

Series Record: ‘Dons lead 5-2

Game Notes: Link (PDF)

‘DONS & ENDS:

// The Mastodons’ 26.4 points off turnover this season are up from 13.2 last season.

// Purdue Fort Wayne’s 11.4 steals per game are up from 7.3 last year.

// The ‘Dons have three games of 10 or more offensive rebounds this season.

// The ‘Dons have had fewer turnovers than their opponent in every game this season.

// The ‘Dons are receiving votes in the latest CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major 25 Poll. The ‘Dons were ranked 21 last week.

// Corey Hadnot II has earned all three Horizon League Freshman of the Week honors this season. Rasheed Bello and Quinton Morton-Robertson each have a Horizon League Player of the Week honor.

// The Mastodons’ 5-0 start was their longest undefeated stretch to start a season as a NCAA Division I program. It was their longest stretch to start a season since the 1992-93 team opened 9-0. That team earned a bid in the NCAA Division II Tournament, the only NCAA bid (Division I or II) in program history.

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

// Four Mastodons are averaging better than 13.0 points per game: Rasheed Bello (15.9), Anthony Roberts (13.7), Quinton Morton-Robertson (13.7) and Jalen Jackson (13.3).

// Thanks to wins over Northern Arizona (Nov. 17) and South Dakota (Nov. 18), the ‘Dons won the Arizona Tip-Off. Quinton Morton-Robertson was named the MVP of the event and selected to the All-Tournament Team with Rasheed Bello.

// 29.7 percent of points have come off turnovers (185-of-623).

// Rasheed Bello is sneaking up on 1,000 career points. Combined with his scoring at NCAA Division II UW-Parkside, he has 902 career NCAA points.

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

NATIONAL RANKINGS:

// 1st in the nation in turnover margin (+9.9)

// 3rd in the nation in turnovers forced per game (19.43)

// 4th in the nation in fast break points per game (21.57)

// 9th in the nation in steals per game (11.4)

// 12th in the nation in scoring margin (+23.8)

// 12th in the nation in points per game (98.0)

50-POINT HALVES THIS SEASON:

// 68 (1st) vs. Andrews (Nov. 9)

// 62 (2nd) vs. Andrews (Nov. 9)

// 57 (2nd) vs. South Dakota (Nov. 18)

// 50 (2nd) vs. Wittenberg (Nov. 25)

JALEN JACKSON…:

// … his field goal percentage (50.8 percent vs. 42.4 percent), 3-point field goal percentage (42.9 percent vs. 31.8 percent) and rebounds per game (3.9 per game vs. 1.5) are each up this season compared to his freshman campaign at UIC last year.

// … has recorded nine or more points in every game this season.

QUINTON MORTON-ROBERTSON…:

// … is averaging 13.7 points per game, up from 7.3 last season

// … is averaging 5.7 rebounds, up from 2.3 last season.

// … was named the Arizona Tip-off MVP.

// … was selected as the Horizon League Player of the Week (Nov. 20).

ANTHONY ROBERTS…:

// … is averaging 13.7 points per game, up from 7.3 last year.

// … is recording 5.7 rebounds, up from 2.3 last year

// … has two double-doubles this season.

// MAXIMUS NELSON…:

// … is averaging 7.0 points per game, up from 4.6 per game at Valparaiso last season.

// … is shooting 44.8 percent from three, up from 34.2 percent last season.

// RASHEED BELLO…:

// … has scored in double-digits in all but one game this season.

// … is shooting 51.6 percent from inside the arc this season.

// … was selected as the Horizon League Player of the Week (Nov. 13) after helping the ‘Dons to a 3-0 start to the season including a win over DePaul.

// … was named to the Arizona Tip-off All-Tournament Team.

// … was the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Year at NCAA Division II UW-Parkside in 2022-23 and the Freshman of the Year in 2021-22. In 2022-23 he averaged 17.9 points, 5.1 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 2.5 steals per game to lead the Rangers to a NCAA Tournament appearance.

// ERIC MULDER…:

// … is scoring 6.7 points per game, up from 4.6 last season.

// … is shooting 78.6 percent from the floor, up from 65.4 last year.

// … is averaging 5.9 rebounds, up from 2.2 last season.

// JONATHAN DEJURNETT…:

// … is averaging a career-best 3.0 points per game off the bench

// … is averaging 3.0 rebounds per game, after less than two his first three seasons.

// … is averaging a career-best 12.1 rebounds per game.

EVANSVILLE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

EVANSVILLE RETURNS HOME FOR MIDWEEK GAME WITH BELLARMINE

EVANSVILLE, Ind. — After picking up its first win of the season, the University of Evansville women’s basketball team returns home looking to start a winning streak.

Evansville gritted out its first win of the season after three overtimes, putting up 103 points against Chicago State. It was the first time the Purple Aces had put up 103 points or more since scoring 108 points against NAIA Oakland City in 2016. The last Division I opponent that UE scored over 100 points on came in December of 2004 in a 104 to 77 win against Ohio University in Athens.

On the subject of overtime, Sunday’s game was the longest in program history since a triple-overtime game against crosstown foe Southern Indiana during the 1986-87 season. UE outscored their former longest performance by 10 points for their second-highest-scoring overtime game. Evansville also set a program record for the most rebounds in a game pulling down 70 boards against the Cougars, just above the previous record of 67 at Creighton on March 5, 2005.

Bellarmine comes into Wednesday’s game looking for its first win of the season. The Knights are currently 0-4 on the year after games against San Jose State, No. 4 UCLA, No. 19 Louisville, and fellow MVC team Murray State. Looking at the roster, junior guard Hayley Harrison is averaging a team-high 14.3 points while senior guard Claire Knies is just under double figures at 9.5 points per game. Sophomore forward Paetynn Gray is fresh off an 11-point game and is the team’s leading rebounder (4.3), while junior guard Hope Sivori is averaging a team-best 3.8 assists.

Freshman forward Maggie Hartwig was named the MVC Freshman of the Week on Monday afternoon by the league office. Hartwig earned the honor after having her second double-double of the season against Chicago State. Hartwig scored 18 points while pulling down 15 rebounds and going a perfect eight of eight from the free throw line.

EVANSVILLE MEN’S BASKETBALL

MEN’S BASKETBALL OPENS MVC PLAY ON WEDNESDAY

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Off to the best start in close to 60 years, the University of Evansville men’s basketball team opens its Missouri Valley Conference slate on Wednesday with a trip to Missouri State.  Tip is set for 7 p.m. in Springfield with ESPN+ and the Purple Aces Radio Network having the coverage.

Looking at the Start

– Victories over Chattanooga and Southeast Missouri State in the Coca-Cola Zero Sugar Classic saw the Purple Aces improve to 6-0 on the season

– It is the first time UE has won its first six games since the 1964-65 undefeated national championship team

– Just as impressive – UE has eclipsed its win total from the entire 2022-23 campaign

Last Time Out

– Saturday’s finale in Chattanooga saw the Aces take a 93-74 win in their rematch against SEMO

– Leading from the outset, UE was up by as many as 27 points in the first half before the Redhawks stormed back to get within single digits before the Aces regrouped to pull away for the win

– Ben Humrichous finished with 27 points while Joshua Hughes set his career mark with 21 points

What a Comeback

– With 11:40 remaining in Friday’s game against Chattanooga, the Aces faced a 62-42 deficit

– In what was tied for the 8th-largest comeback in MVC history, the Aces stormed back to take a 2-point lead in the final minute before clinching an 85-77 victory in overtime

– Chattanooga was shooting 53.3% from the field at the time they assumed the 20-point lead; over the final 11:40 of regulation and the 5-minute overtime period, the UE defense held the Mocs to a tally of just 16.7%

Newcomer of the Week

– Averaging 27.5 points per game while leading the Aces to a pair of wins at the Coca-Cola Zero Sugar Classic, Ben Humrichous was named the MVC Newcomer of the Week on Nov. 27

– He opened the week with a season-high 28 points versus the Mocs before tallying 27 against the Redhawks

– Humrichous has scored at least 11 points in each game and ranks third in the MVC with 19.0 PPG

– Humrichous’ MVC stat rankings include: blocks (T-5 | 1.83/gm), FG% (6th | 62.0%) and 3-point% (6th | 48.5%)

Spreading the Word

– UE head coach David Ragland was named the HoopDirt.com D1 Coach of the Week on Nov. 27 following UE’s 6-0 start to the season

– Ben Humrichous was recognized as the Field of 68 Mid-Major Breakout Player of the Week for his efforts in the wins over Chattanooga and SEMO

– The Aces rose to #13 in the Field of 68 Cinderella Top 25

Top Contest

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

– Over the last three games, Hughes is averaging 13.3 points and 6.0 rebounds per game while shooting 62.5% (15/24)

– For the season, he is averaging 9.7 points and 5.3 boards

– With 2.00 blocks per game, Hughes is tied for second in the MVC; he has multiple blocks in five out of six games

Double-Double

– Evansville’s first double-double of the season came from Tanner Cuff

– He recorded 10 points and 11 rebounds in the win over Chattanooga

– Cuff has been one of the most efficient players in the nation, accumulating 18 assists against just two turnovers this season

– His assist-to-turnover ratio of 9.00 paces the MVC

Scouting the Opponent

– Missouri State enters Wednesday’s game with a 5-1 record

– Following a loss to West Virginia in the season opener, the Bears have won five in a row

– On Saturday, they picked up a 92-74 win over South Carolina State

– Four Bears average double figures with Alston Mason leading the way with 15.8 points per game

– He is shooting 50% from the field and 47.1% from outside

– Donovan Clay has notched 14.3 points and a team-high 7.3 rebounds per contest

– Matthew Lee and Chance Moore check in with 13.5 and 11.6 PPG, respectively

SOUTHERN INDIANA MEN’S BASKETBALL

EAGLES LIGHT PHANTOMS,107-49

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Men’s Basketball rolled by East/West University, 107-49, to begin a three-game homestand at Screaming Eagles Arena. The Screaming Eagles get back on track at 2-6 after tonight’s action, while the Phantoms are 0-13 this season.

The Eagles took command from the opening tip, building a 22-6 lead before six minutes were gone in the contest. USI was red hot from the field, connecting on seven-of-11 from the field, including four-of-six from downtown.

Junior forward Jack Mielke (Downers Grove, Illinois) led the initial run with nine of the 22 points on a trio of three-point field goals.

USI cooled off after building the 16-point advantage, hitting only one of its next 11 shots, but its defense continued to stymie the Phantoms, limiting them to one of seven. After East/West cut the lead to 12 points, 26-14, the Eagles’ offense would re-engage with a 9-0 run to lead 35-14 with 5:09 left the opening half.

The first 20 minutes would end with the Eagles extending the margin to as many as 37 points and go into the locker room with a 55-18 lead. The Eagles outscored the Phantoms, 17-0, in the final 3:58 of the half.

Mielke had a team-high 12 points at the break, while junior guard/forward Javius Moore (McComb, Mississippi) followed with 10 points in the opening frame.

After halftime, USI cruised through the second half, but not before increasing the lead to a game-high 58 points for the final score of 107-49. The Eagles outscored the Phantoms, 52-31, in the final 20 minutes of action.

In the final stat totals, the Eagles had six players reach double-digits for the first time since the 2019-20 season, led by Moore and Mielke with 16 points and 15 points, respectively. Moore was four-of-seven from the field, including a pair three-pointers, and six-of-10 from the stipe, while Mielke was a blistering five-of-seven from beyond the arc.

The 16 points was a season-high for Moore, while the 15 points was a career-best for Mielke.

Sophomore guard Ryan Hall (Kettering, Ohio) and junior forward Nick Hittle (Indianapolis, Indiana) followed with 13 points each and season-highs for both players. Junior guards Jeremiah Hernandez (Chicago, Illinois) and Sam Mervis (Indianapolis, Indiana) closed out the double-digit scorers with 11 points and 10 points.

The 10 points were a career high for Mervis.

Overall, the Eagles outrebounded the Phantoms, 51-31, and reached the 100-point plateau for the first time since the 2019-20 season. The 58-point margin of victory also was the largest for USI since the 63-point win over Oakland City University (121-58) in 2019-20.

Next Up For USI:

The homestand will continue Saturday when USI hosts Bowling Green State University and concludes December 6 versus Purdue University Ft. Wayne. Tipoff versus Bowling Green is 3 p.m., while tipoff against Ft. Wayne is slated for 7 p.m.

The USI-Bowling Green matchup will be Family Day at Screaming Eagles Arena. Tickets will be buy one-get one and can be purchased now through the USI Ticket Office by clicking here.

Bowling Green is 4-3 this season, winning its last two contest. The Falcons’ two-game winning streak snapped a three-game losing and a 1-3 mark to start the season.

Fans can find all of the ways to follow USI Basketball action on the road by visiting USIScreamingEagles.com

VALPO VOLLEYBALL

VOLLEYBALL SET FOR 2023 NIVC

Valparaiso (18-14, 10-8 MVC)

NIVC First/Second Rounds (Greeley, Colo.)

Thursday, Nov. 30 – at Northern Colorado (17-11, 12-4 Big Sky) – 7 p.m. CT

Friday, Dec. 1 – vs. Wyoming (20-9, 9-9 Mountain West) OR South Dakota (18-10, 12-4 Summit League) – 7 p.m. CT

Next Up For Valpo Volleyball: For the third straight year and the fourth time in the last six seasons, the Valpo volleyball program heads to postseason play after earning an at-large bid to the 2023 NIVC. The Beacons will travel to Greeley, Colo. for the tournament’s first two rounds, taking on host Northern Colorado in opening-round action on Thursday before a potential second-round matchup against either Wyoming or South Dakota on Friday.

Previously: Valpo took the opening set from Belmont in its first-round matchup at the MVC Tournament, but the Bruins claimed the next three sets as the Beacons fell, 3-1. Mallory Januski represented Valpo on the All-Tournament Team.

Looking Ahead: The winner out of Northern Colorado will meet the winner out of Sacramento State (Sacramento State, UNLV, Pacific, Montana State) in the quarterfinals at a date and location to be determined following the first two rounds.

Following the Beacons: Valpo’s first two tournament matches will both be broadcasted live on ESPN+ and have live stats available via ValpoAthletics.com.

Head Coach Carin Avery: In her 22nd season as head coach at Valparaiso, Carin Avery is the all-time winningest head coach across all sports in the history of Valpo Athletics. She has won 489 matches (489-242, .669) at the helm of the program and has led Valpo to three league regular season and tournament titles. The program has made seven postseason appearances under Avery, including three NCAA Tournament appearances, and advanced to the championship match of the 2021 NIVC. Avery has coached 62 All-League recipients over her tenure at Valpo, which has spanned three different conferences. She is Valpo’s all-time leader in both victories and winning percentage, and owns a 544-266 (.672) record overall as a head coach.

Series History: Northern Colorado – First meeting

Wyoming – First meeting

South Dakota – 1-1 overall; 1-1 under Coach Avery; 1-1 at neutral sites

Last meeting – Aug. 31, 2019 at Indianapolis, Ind. – South Dakota wins 3-1 (Ravotto 1 ace, 2 digs)

Guess Who’s Back, Back Again: Valpo makes its third consecutive appearance in the NIVC this year and its fourth trip to the tournament in the last six years. Valpo’s history with the NIVC is highlighted by the program’s run to the title match in 2021, when it swept Butler, Toledo, Evansville and UConn in succession at the ARC before falling to UNLV in the championship match. The program’s first appearance in 2018 featured a trip to the quarterfinals, as Valpo defeated Ball State and Miami (Ohio) before losing to Tulane. Last season, the Beacons suffered a first-round defeat for the first time, falling at Ohio.

Postseason History: The run of NIVC berths over the last few years isn’t the first taste of the postseason for the Valpo volleyball program. Under Coach Avery’s guidance, Valpo went to the NCAA Tournament three consecutive years 2003-2005, falling in first-round action to Nebraska, Notre Dame and California. The program also appeared in an NCAA Tournament play-in match three straight years 1994-1996, losing all three.

MVC In the Postseason: Valpo is one of four MVC programs carrying the conference’s banner into postseason play. UNI earned the Valley’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament and will face Miami in the opening round. The Beacons are joined in the NIVC by Drake, which earned the MVC’s automatic berth and will play Chicago State in its first-round match, and Southern Illinois, which opens the NIVC against DePaul.

Winning Tradition Continues: Valpo secured a winning 2023 season when it defeated Bradley on the road in early November, securing the 20th winning season in 22 years under head coach Carin Avery. The Beacons are also just two wins shy of the 20-win milestone, which would be the 18th 20-win campaign in Avery’s 22 seasons.

Top Half Finishes: The Beacons ended the regular season in a tie for fifth-place finish in the final MVC regular season standings. Valpo has now finished in the top-half of the Valley standings in each of its seven years in the conference, the only MVC program to accomplish that feat. Going back further, Valpo has posted top-half conference finishes in 21 of Avery’s 22 seasons – as well as qualifying for the conference tournament in each of her 22 seasons – and 30 of the last 31 years overall.

Top of the Charts: With Valpo’s win over Purdue Fort Wayne to close out nonconference action, head coach Carin Avery surpassed Valpo Athletics Hall of Fame member Emory Bauer for the most wins by a Valpo head coach across all sports in department history.

Bauer amassed his victories over three different sports, collecting 361 wins in 28 seasons as head coach of the baseball program, 109 victories in 22 years guiding the football team and eight wins in one season as men’s basketball head coach.

Avery’s record total, meanwhile, has obviously come all at the helm of the Valpo volleyball program. In her 22nd season as head coach, Avery’s teams have averaged better than 22 wins per year in her first 21 years guiding the program. Under Avery, Valpo has posted the six winningest seasons in program history, including a program-best 29 wins in 2004.

Road Warriors: Being away from home is nothing new for the Beacons, as they enjoyed great success in true road matches in the second half of the regular season. The loss at UIC in the regular season finale snapped a six-match road winning streak for the Beacons, as they had reeled off consecutive road victories over Indiana State, Evansville, Southern Illinois, Missouri State, Bradley and Illinois State. It was the program’s first time winning any six true road matches in a row since the 2014 season. It was also the first time Valpo has won six consecutive conference road matches since the 2004 team went a perfect 7-0 away from home in Mid-Continent Conference play.

Digging Deep: Valpo continued its long tradition of strong back row play last fall, finishing 10th nationally and leading the MVC with 17.27 digs/set. The program has ranked among the top-30 nationally in digs/set in each of the last 12 seasons, highlighted by the 2017 campaign in which it led the nation with 20.03 digs/set. Other top finishes include third nationally in the spring 2021 season (20.37/set), a fourth-place rank in 2010 and a sixth-place finish in 2015. Since the move to 25-point scoring, only seven teams have averaged more than 20 digs/set over the course of a season, and Valpo is the only program to have done it twice. 2018 saw Valpo lead the nation with 2,613 total digs – a mark which set a program single-season record and a Division I record in the 25-point era. This year’s team has again done well to keep rallies alive, entering the NIVC atop the MVC and ranked ninth nationally with 17.37 digs/set, while individually, Emma Hickey sits 14th nationally with 5.25 digs/set.

All-MVC Honorees: Valpo had its pair of middles both recognized as All-MVC honorees when the conference announced its postseason awards. Miranda Strongman was a First Team All-MVC selection – one of only three middles selected to the First Team – while Mallory Januski was a Second Team All-MVC choice. For both players, it was their first All-Conference honor at Valpo, as Strongman was previously a Second Team All-NEC honoree during the spring 2021 season while she was playing for LIU.

Efficient Middles: Valpo’s middle duo of Mallory Januski and Miranda Strongman both cracked the program’s single-season top-10 in hitting percentage last season (Januski .353, 1st; Strongman .308, 4th), and both are poised to do so again this season, as Januski enters the NIVC hitting .316 and Strongman .302. Prior to last season, there were just four seasons in program history where an individual had hit at better than a .300 clip. Januski and Strongman will close their collegiate careers ranked 1-2 on Valpo’s career hitting percentage chart as well.

Four in the Club: This year’s Valpo squad has an incredible four players who have amassed at least 1,000 career digs, all four of whom are in different classes. Fifth-year outside hitter Bella Ravotto entered this season already well past the milestone. Sophomore Emma Hickey became the first Beacon to surpass the milestone this year, doing so in late September. Senior Victoria Bulmahn notched her 1,000th career dig in late October, and junior Elise Swistek joined the club in mid-November. Valpo now has 26 players all-time with 1,000 or more digs – Swistek and Ravotto are two of 13 outside hitters in program history to reach the mark, Hickey is one of six liberos and Bulmahn is one of seven setters.

Climbing the Digs Chart: Both fifth-year outside Bella Ravotto and sophomore libero Emma Hickey continue to climb the program’s career digs chart. Ravotto, who moved into the top-10 in program history for career digs in October, enters the NIVC eighth all-time at Valpo with 1,641 career digs – just 12 shy of Sarah Dooms in seventh position. Meanwhile, Hickey – who became the fastest player in program history and MVC history to 1,000 career digs earlier this season, and is the only current D-I sophomore already over 1,000 digs – now owns 1,355 career digs, already up to 14th in program history.

All-Tournament Team Honorees: Six different Valpo players combined for ten All-Tournament Team honors this season:

MVC Tournament – Mallory Januski

Purdue Fort Wayne Invitational – Emma Hickey, Januski

Stacheville Challenge – Januski, Miranda Strongman

Popcorn Classic – Bella Ravotto (MVP), Olivia Blackketter, Januski

EIU Volleyball Invitational – Strongman, Sam Warren

Four Times the Fun: Parse the previous list and you’ll see senior middle Mallory Januski picking up a quartet of All-Tournament Team honors this season. Januski is the first player in the Carin Avery era to earn four All-Tournament Team awards in a single season, and the first under Avery to earn three such honors in early-season tournament action.

A Balanced Attack: Last year’s Valpo team was notable for its balance on the attack, and this year’s squad has been no different. Elise Swistek’s 2.45 kills/set leads the Beacons, but ranks just 23rd overall among Valley players. Five regulars are averaging between 1.80 and 2.45 kills/set.

Capturing Crowns: The Beacons’ triumph in the Popcorn Classic added yet another crown to the program’s trophy case. Valpo has now won 34 in-season tournament titles in head coach Carin Avery’s time at the helm of the program. The team has won at least one tournament in 17 of her seasons, and multiple tournaments 11 times. Those tournament titles have come in 14 different states.

Strong Scholars: Three Beacons were honored this week for their work in the classroom and on the volleyball court. Miranda Strongman (4.00 GPA, health administration master’s) was an MVC Scholar-Athlete First Team selection, while Bella Ravotto (3.96 GPA, health administration master’s) and Emma Hickey (3.93 GPA, civil engineering) both earned spots on the MVC Scholar-Athlete Second Team.

Valpo Picked Sixth in Preseason Poll: Valpo was picked to finish in sixth place in the Missouri Valley Conference in 2023, according to preseason polling of the conference’s head coaches. For the sixth time in Valpo’s seven seasons in the Valley, the program met or exceeded the preseason prognostication.

VALPO FOOTBALL

THREE BEACONS NAMED TO ALL-PFL FIRST TEAM, 11 TOTAL VALPO PLAYERS RECEIVE RECOGNITION

The Valparaiso University football program was well represented as the All-Pioneer Football League teams were revealed by the league office on Tuesday. Redshirt senior wide receiver Solomon Davis (Brighton, Tenn. / Brighton), redshirt junior defensive lineman Sam Hafner (Green Bay, Wis. / De Pere) and sixth-year senior punter Evan Matthes (Reston, Va. / South Lakes [West Virginia]) were named to the All-PFL First Team, while redshirt senior linebacker Evan Annis (Hilliard, Ohio / Hilliard Davidson) and redshirt senior return specialist Jashon Butler (Lynwood, Wash. / Meadowdale [Arizona]) were tabbed to the Second Team.

In addition, six Valpo players received All-PFL Honorable Mention – junior defensive back Max Franco (La Habra, Calif. / La Habra), redshirt senior defensive back Tyler Geiman (Zion, Ill. / Zion-Benton Township [Dubuque]), senior linebacker Mohamed Kamara (Kalamazoo, Mich. / Kalamazoo Central [Hope]), redshirt sophomore running back Ryan Mann (Vernon Hills, Ill. / Vernon Hills [Northern Illinois]), redshirt sophomore defensive lineman Kevin Spelman (New Lenox, Ill. / Providence Catholic) and senior offensive lineman Carter Woody (Fort Mill, S.C. / Charlotte Catholic).

Hafner led the PFL and finished among the national leaders in tackles by a defensive lineman with 63 (5.73 per game). He ranked fifth in the PFL in sacks with five and was one of 10 players in the league with multiple fumble recoveries with two. He notched a team-high 10.0 tackles for loss totaling 43 yards. Last season, he earned Academic All-PFL First Team, All-PFL Second Team and College Sports Communicators Academic All-District.

Matthes led the PFL and ranked 16th nationally in punting average at 43.2. He went 2-for-2 passing this season, twice successfully converting first downs on fake punts. The standout punter pinned 20 of his 50 boots inside the 20 with a long of 70. He had 10 punts that covered 50+ yards. Matthes was named PFL Special Teams Player of the Week on Nov. 5 after playing a crucial role in the field-position battle in the Nov. 4 win over Dayton. He was a member of the 2023 Preseason FCS Punter of the Year Watch List, earned a spot on the 2022 All-PFL Second Team and was named the team’s Special Teams Player of the Year last season.

Davis led the PFL in total offensive average per play at 3.18, ranked fourth in receptions per game at 4.55, third in receiving touchdowns with six, sixth in receiving yards per game at 60.09, fifth in total receptions with 50 and sixth in total receiving yards with 661. Davis has earned All-PFL First Team status for the second straight season and garnered the team’s Four-Year Man Award in 2022.

Annis ranked 12th in the PFL and led the team at 7.18 tackles per game, totaling 79 tackles including 30 solos in his 11 contests. A team captain, Annis returned to the gridiron this season after missing the entire 2022 campaign with an injury. This adds to Annis’ long list of honors including two-time Academic All-PFL choice (Spring 2021 and Fall 2021), Spring 2021 All-PFL Second Team, Fall 2021 All-PFL Honorable Mention, Spring 2021 Team Koenig Award (Outstanding Sportsmanship & Character) and 2022 Team Most Inspirational Player Award. This season, he boasted 5.5 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks to go along with three pass breakups and four QB hurries. Annis recorded a huge sack to help Valpo get a third-down stop in an overtime win over Stetson on Nov. 11. The sack was likely the final play of his career at Brown Field. He had seven or more tackles on seven occasions including a season-high 10 on Oct. 21 at Davidson and Nov. 4 vs. Dayton. The Valpo veteran had nine or more tackles in four of his final five games. 

Butler averaged 30.75 yards per kick return, leading the league among those with more than one return. He totaled 615 yards on his 20 returns, ranking second in the league in total kickoff return yards and was narrowly behind the leader despite 13 fewer returns. Butler totaled a season-high 121 kick return yards on Sept. 30 vs. Southwest Minnesota State. His season long was 68 yards on Oct. 21 at Davidson.

Academic All-PFL honors will be announced on Wednesday.

2023 Pioneer Football League Major Award Winners

Offensive Player of the Year: Jyran Mitchell, Butler

Defensive Player of the Year: Finn Claypool, Drake

Special Teams Player of the Year: Shane Dunning, Drake

Freshman Offensive Player of the Year: Ronnell Johnson, Stetson

Freshman Defensive Player of the Year: Andrew Martin, Stetson

Coach of the Year: Todd Stepsis, Drake (unanimously)

Scholar-Athlete of the Year: To be announced, Wednesday

2023 All-Pioneer Football League First Team

Pos. Player School Ht. Wt. Yr. Hometown

OFFENSE

WR Solomon Davis (1) Valparaiso 6-1 180 RSr. Brighton, Tenn.

WR Dominic Kibby (2) Presbyterian 6-1 175 So. Catonsville, Md.

WR Re-Al Mitchell San Diego 6-0 210 RSr. Eastvale, Calif.

WR Ryan Upp Morehead State 5-10 175 Jr. Leesburg, Va.

QB Bret Bushka (1) Butler 5-10 205 RSr. Lombard, Ill.

RB Jyran Mitchell Butler 6-0 205 Grad. Chicago, Ill.

RB Isaiah Williams San Diego 6-2 220 Sr. San Diego, Calif.

FB Joey Suchy Butler 6-0 224 RJr. Mayfield Heights, Ohio

A-P Re-al Mitchell (1) San Diego 6-0 210 RSr. Eastvale, Calif.

TE Worth Warner Presbyterian 6-4 215 Sr. Raleigh, N.C.

OL Bryan Bystol Butler 6-2 282 RSr. Libertyville, Ill.

OL Dylan DeMaison Dayton 6-2 296 RJr. Cincinnati, Ohio

OL Adam Dolan (H) Butler 6-8 310 RSo. Clarkston, Mich.

OL Beck Kipperman (2) Davidson 6-3 270 Sr. Round Rock, Texas

OL Ross Palmer (H) Drake 6-6 387 Sr. Waukee, Iowa

OL Alec Rasmussen (2) St. Thomas 6-7 307 Jr. Wayzata, Minn.

DEFENSE

DL Finn Claypool (U, 1) Drake 6-1 232 RSo. Des Moines, Iowa

DL Sam Hafner (2) Valparaiso 6-2 260 RJr. Green Bay, Wis.

DL Jonathan Hammond (2, 2x) Davidson 6-3 225 Sr. Dunwoody, Ga.

DL Julian Rawlins (H) Davidson 6-2 225 Jr. Huntersville, N.C.

LB Nate Arthur (2) Dayton 6-0 224 RSr. Cincinnati, Ohio

LB Jon Bunce (1) St. Thomas 6-3 241 Jr. Edina, Minn.

LB Alex Herriott (H) Presbyterian 5-11 210 Jr. Hanahan, S.C.

LB Jahleel Holmes Morehead State 6-2 240 Grad. Moreno Valley, Calif.

DB Nick Bafia Butler 6-1 190 Jr. Naperville, Ill.

DB Johnson Fallah St. Thomas 6-1 181 5th Yr. Brooklyn Park, Minn.

DB Eric Haney (H) San Diego 5-10 180 Sr. Peoria, Ariz.

DB Rassie Littlejohn (1) Stetson 6-1 188 RSr. Gainesville, Ga.

DB Kaleb Lyons Morehead State 5-11 180 So. Antioch, Tenn.

SPECIAL TEAMS

PK Shane Dunning Drake 6-0 212 Sr. Muskego, Wis.

P Evan Matthes (2) Valparaiso 6-3 215 6th Yr. Reston, Va.

RS Deyon Campbell Drake 5-10 200 Grad. Minneapolis, Minn.

LS Justin Iaccio (1) Marist 6-0 217 Grad. Mullica Hill, N.J.

Notes: Four wide receivers, six offensive linemen, and five defensive backs on First Team All-PFL due to ties in voting.

Symbols in parentheses: (U) indicates a player was a unanimous First Team All-PFL selection; (2x) is a non-consecutive two-time First-Team All-PFL honoree;

(1) was a First Team All-PFL selection in 2022; (2) was a Second Team All-PFL selection in 2022; (H) was an Honorable Mention All-PFL selection in 2022.

2023 All-Pioneer Football League Second Team

Pos. Player School Ht. Wt. Yr. Hometown

OFFENSE

WR Mitchell January Drake 6-1 182 So. Richfield, Minn.

WR Andrew McElroy St. Thomas 6-3 192 Jr. Bolingbrook, Ill.

WR Matt Stianche Marist 6-3 192 RJr. Northampton, Pa.

QB Luke Bailey Drake 6-2 190 Sr. Lemont, Ill.

RB Mari Adams Davidson 5-10 210 So. Shelby, N.C.

RB Hope Adebayo St. Thomas 5-8 216 Fr. St. Paul, Minn.

FB Eli Stewart Drake 6-2 232 Sr. Blue Springs, Mo.

A-P Ryan Upp Morehead State 5-10 175 Jr. Leesburg, Va.

TE Matt Rink St. Thomas 6-5 249 So. Lincoln, Neb.

TE Sam Rodriguez Drake 6-3 235 Sr. Western Springs, Ill.

OL Parker Althaus Drake 6-4 285 5th Yr. Waconia, Minn.

OL Gilbert Deglau Davidson 6-5 285 Sr. Richmond, Va.

OL Ibrahim Giwa Marist 6-4 291 Jr. Clarksburg, Md.

OL Malik McDaniel Davidson 6-1 295 Jr. Bartlett, Tenn.

OL Jimmy Poremba Drake 6-4 308 Grad. Wildwood, Ill.

DEFENSE

DL Noah Benza Morehead State 6-4 245 Jr. Hebron, Ky.

DL Malachi Cooper San Diego 6-4 260 Jr. San Diego, Calif.

DL Nick Jackson Marist 6-0 298 Jr. Alpharetta, Ga.

DL C.J. Warren St. Thomas 6-3 273 5th Yr. Circle Pines, Minn.

LB Evan Annis Valparaiso 6-1 225 RSr. Hilliard, Ohio

LB Nick Lerew Stetson 5-11 222 Grad. Dillsburg, Pa.

LB Jayden Wickware San Diego 6-0 185 Grad. San Diego, Calif.

LB Kennan Wolf Morehead State 6-3 225 RJr. Fresno, Calif.

DB Daniel Carter Davidson 6-2 210 Jr. Denver, N.C.

DB Cooper Krezek Morehead State 6-0 200 RJr. Kansas City, Mo.

DB Joey Lukrich Drake 6-1 193 5th Yr. Heber City, Utah

DB Jihad McCall Morehead State 6-1 190 RSo. Jersey City, N.J.

DB Amir Wallace San Diego 6-0 175 Grad. Fairfield, Calif.

SPECIAL TEAMS

PK Luka Zurak Butler 6-0 195 RJr. Cleveland, Ohio

P Shane Dunning Drake 6-0 212 Sr. Muskego, Wis.

RS Jashon Butler Valparaiso 5-10 200 RSr. Lynwood, Wash.

LS Hayden Snyder Dayton 6-1 200 Grad. Elmhurst, Ill.

LS Brett Welsing Drake 6-3 233 So. De Pere, Wis.

Notes: Two tight ends, five defensive backs, and two long snappers on Second Team All-PFL due to ties in voting.

2023 All-Pioneer Football League Honorable Mention

BUTLER: Jeremiah Jackson (LB); Austin Korba (DL); Kody Leach (LS); Ryan Lezon (TE); Ethan Loss (WR); Will Mason (DB).

DAVIDSON: Tristan Allen (P); Christian Berry (TE); Coulter Cleland (QB); Kyler Herring (OL); Darryn Kindles (DL); Aaron Maione (AP); Brody Reina (WR); Cam’Ron

Willis (LB); Mason Sheron (RB); Adam Zouagui (PK).

DAYTON: Jake Coleman (WR); Ca’ron Coleman (DB); Cam Cope (DB); Ryan Iiams (OL); Alec Keathley (FB); Matt Lenti (DB); Gavin Lochow (RS); Gavin Lochow

(WR); Aiden McKinley (LB); Michael Neel (RB); Sam Schadek (DL); Jack Wardzala (DL).

DRAKE: Sean Allison (LB); Jacob Auen (DL); Caleb Bowling (DB); Dorian Boyland (RB); Andrew Grout (OL); Colin Howard (WR); Linden Howe (LB); Holden Hughes

(DB); Trey Radocha (WR); Jake Shipla (DL); Jacob Thompson (LB).

MARIST: Cam Ball (DB); Justin Iaccio (LB); Joe Neubecker (P); Dom Perricone (OL); Tristian Shannon (AP); Tristian Shannon (RS); Isaiah Smith (DB); Angelo

Vokolos (LB); Amin Woods (RB).

MOREHEAD STATE: Isaac Armstrong (DL); Carter Cravens (QB); Kyle Daly (WR); Brady McKnight (RS); Jaxsen Spears (OL); Kip Warren (P); James Wayne (OL).

PRESBYTERIAN: Patch Bennett (OL); Clint Caldwell (OL); JT Hill (OL); Malek Horlback (DL); Mack Mikko (PK); Bradley Russ-Martin (DB); Brooks Russ-Martin (DB);

Carter Szydlowski (DL); Anthony Thornton (DB); Tyler Wesley (QB).

SAN DIEGO: Brett Bostad (FB); Garrett Carney (LB); Aydan Corrales (P); Jack D’Ambra (OL); Eric Haney (RS); Josh Heverly (WR); Josh Hong (DB); Chase Lyons (LB);

Mark Mahoney (OL); Nick Murray (DB); Ja’seem Reed (WR); Jacob Saewitz (DL); Peyton Smith (TE); Maicah Talavou (OL). St.

THOMAS: Joe Fitzgerald (DL); Noah Friedt (DL); Luke Herzog (LB); Jack Mohler (LB); Landon Reed (FB); Langston Robinson (OL); Tommy Shelstad (LB); Shawn

Shipman (RB); Brock Stanek (OL).

STETSON: CJ Davis (LB); Dawson Harrington (OL); Ronnell Johnson (WR); Jaylon Johnson (DB); Andrew Martin (LB); Davion Maxwell (DB); Chad Staley (OL); Jalon

Warthen Carr (AP).

VALPARAISO: Max Franco (DB); Tyler Geiman (DB); Mohamed Kamara (LB); Ryan Mann (RB); Kevin Spelman (RS); Carter Woody (OL).

VALPO WOMEN’S SOCCER

NORFOLK EARNS SECOND TEAM ALL-REGION HONOR

Valpo soccer fifth-year center back Nicole Norfolk (Menomonee Falls, Wis./Divine Savior Holy Angels) scored yet another accolade to add to her career tally on Tuesday, as she was named to the United Soccer Coaches All-Midwest Region Second Team.

A First Team All-MVC honoree this season, Norfolk appeared in 22 matches, making 21 starts for one of the Valley’s top defensive sides. Norfolk helped Valpo post a 0.86 team GAA and record nine clean sheets, in the process setting program career records for both matches played and matches started. Norfolk got involved on the attack as well this year with three goals and four assists, including match-winning goals against Northern Illinois and in Valley play versus UNI. 

Norfolk earned All-Region honors for the second straight season, as she was a Third Team selection last year. She has earned All-MVC accolades each of the last three years as well.

UINDY MEN’S SOCCER

THREE GREYHOUNDS NAMED TO ALL-REGION SECOND TEAM

PAINESVILLE, Ohio – The UIndy men’s soccer team had three players named to the Division II Conference Commissioners Association All-Midwest Region Second Team. Pierre Lurot, Owen Atkison and Michael Tselios were the three Greyhounds honored.

This is the fourth accolade that Lurot has garnered this year. The French native was named to the All-GLVC First Team, the GLVC All-Tournament Team and the CSC DII Academic All-District Team. Earlier in the season, Lurot was also named GLVC Player of the Week on Sept. 2. The junior is a staple on the UIndy backline, starting in all 20 matches for the Greyhounds while only coming off the field for nine minutes the whole season. He currently has one goal, two assists and 17 shots this season.

Atkison was the next Hound mentioned, his third honor this season. The graduate student was also named to the All-GLVC Third Team and the CSC DII Academic All-District Team. Akison has entered the pitch in all 20 contests, currently having four goals, one assist, and 26 shots. He is the co-leader in goals.

Finally, Tselios was named to the second team as well. The Greece transplant was also named to the All-GLVC First Team and the CSC DII Academic All-District Team. Tselios is the co-leader in goals (four) while leading in assists (seven) and shots (49). The senior scored the game-winning goal against Southwest Baptist to send UIndy to the GLVC semifinal.

The Greyhounds continue their postseason efforts on Friday. The Greyhounds will face Lewis at 3 p.m. at home in Key Stadium.

SMALL COLLEGE ATHLETICS

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

EARLHAM ATHLETICS: https://goearlham.com/

WABASH ATHLETICS: https://sports.wabash.edu/

FRANKLIN ATHLETICS: https://franklingrizzlies.com/

ROSE-HULMAN ATHLETICS: https://athletics.rose-hulman.edu/

ANDERSON ATHLETICS: https://athletics.anderson.edu/landing/index

TRINE ATHLETICS: https://trinethunder.com/landing/index

BETHEL ATHLETICS: https://bupilots.com/

DEPAUW ATHLETICS: https://depauwtigers.com/

HANOVER ATHLETICS: https://athletics.hanover.edu/

MANCHESTER ATHLETICS: https://muspartans.com/

HUNTINGTON ATHLETICS: https://www.huathletics.com/

OAKLAND CITY ATHLETICS: https://gomightyoaks.com/index.aspx

ST. FRANCIS ATHLETICS: https://www.saintfranciscougars.com/landing/index

IU KOKOMO ATHLETICS: https://iukcougars.com/

IU EAST ATHLETICS: https://www.iueredwolves.com/

IU SOUTH BEND ATHLETICS: https://iusbtitans.com/

PURDUE NORTHWEST ATHLETICS: https://pnwathletics.com/

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

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

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

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

HOLY CROSS ATHLETICS: https://www.hcsaints.com/index.php

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

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

NBA STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
Atlantic Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Boston144.7788-06-47-113-38-22 W
Philadelphia125.7061.57-35-24-18-46-42 W
New York107.5883.55-35-40-28-47-31 W
Brooklyn98.5294.56-43-41-38-76-43 W
Toronto810.4446.05-43-60-55-94-62 L
 
Central Divison
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Milwaukee135.7228-15-42-111-58-23 W
Indiana97.5633.06-53-24-17-66-41 L
Cleveland108.5563.05-55-31-26-47-32 W
Chicago514.2638.54-61-82-24-92-85 L
Detroit215.11810.51-71-81-42-90-1014 L
 
Southeast Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Orlando125.7067-25-31-17-28-27 W
Miami108.5562.54-26-63-07-76-43 L
Atlanta89.4714.03-55-43-26-84-62 L
Charlotte511.3136.53-62-53-35-93-72 L
Washington314.1769.01-62-81-52-131-91 W
 
Western Conference
Northwest Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Minnesota134.7658-15-33-09-28-22 W
Denver126.6671.58-04-62-110-45-52 W
Oklahoma City116.6472.05-46-21-25-57-32 L
Utah611.3537.05-41-71-36-84-62 W
Portland512.2948.02-53-71-22-82-81 W
 
Pacific Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Phoenix116.6474-47-22-28-58-27 W
Sacramento106.6250.55-15-53-29-68-22 W
LA Lakers108.5561.57-23-63-28-57-31 L
Golden State810.4443.53-65-42-37-82-81 L
LA Clippers79.4383.55-32-60-16-74-61 L
 
Southwest Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Dallas116.6475-26-44-16-45-51 W
Houston87.5332.08-10-62-27-66-41 L
New Orleans99.5002.56-43-52-27-85-52 L
Memphis313.1887.50-83-51-33-103-74 L
San Antonio314.1768.01-82-61-23-100-1012 L

NFL STANDINGS

American Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Miami Dolphins830.7270.03392515-0-03-3-06-2-03-1-02 W
Buffalo Bills660.5002.53282275-2-01-4-03-5-02-2-01 L
New York Jets470.3644.01632382-4-02-3-02-6-01-3-04 L
New England Patriots290.1826.01482481-5-01-4-02-4-02-2-04 L
 
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Kansas City Chiefs830.7270.02561814-2-04-1-06-1-03-1-01 W
Denver Broncos650.5452.02462804-3-02-2-03-4-01-2-05 W
Las Vegas Raiders570.4173.52022564-2-01-5-03-5-01-2-02 L
Los Angeles Chargers470.3644.02692582-4-02-3-02-4-01-1-03 L
 
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Baltimore Ravens930.7500.03241874-2-05-1-06-3-03-2-02 W
Pittsburgh Steelers740.6361.51822054-2-03-2-05-3-03-1-01 W
Cleveland Browns740.6361.52392095-1-02-3-05-3-03-2-01 L
Cincinnati Bengals560.4553.52122423-3-02-3-01-6-00-4-03 L
 
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Jacksonville Jaguars830.7270.02542253-3-05-0-06-2-04-1-02 W
Indianapolis Colts650.5452.02692682-4-04-1-04-3-02-2-03 W
Houston Texans650.5452.02592324-2-02-3-03-3-01-2-01 L
Tennessee Titans470.3644.01852244-1-00-6-02-5-00-2-01 W
 
National Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Philadelphia Eagles1010.9090.03102465-0-05-1-06-0-03-0-05 W
Dallas Cowboys830.7272.03471855-0-03-3-05-3-03-1-03 W
New York Giants480.3336.51592922-3-02-5-03-4-02-2-02 W
Washington Commanders480.3336.52463501-4-03-4-02-7-00-5-03 L
 
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
San Francisco 49ers830.7270.03101704-1-04-2-06-1-03-0-03 W
Seattle Seahawks650.5452.02292494-2-02-3-05-3-01-3-02 L
Los Angeles Rams560.4553.02322342-3-03-3-04-4-04-1-02 W
Arizona Cardinals2100.1676.52063212-4-00-6-02-6-00-4-02 L
 
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Detroit Lions830.7270.02942584-2-04-1-05-2-02-1-01 L
Minnesota Vikings660.5002.52632422-4-04-2-06-3-02-1-02 L
Green Bay Packers560.4553.02312243-2-02-4-04-3-02-2-02 W
Chicago Bears480.3334.52422962-3-02-5-03-5-01-3-01 W
 
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Atlanta Falcons560.4550.02132324-2-01-4-04-4-03-0-01 W
New Orleans Saints560.4550.02292222-2-03-4-02-4-01-2-02 L
Tampa Bay Buccaneers470.3641.02122272-3-02-4-03-4-01-1-02 L
Carolina Panthers1100.0914.01732921-4-00-6-00-7-00-2-04 L

NHL STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
Atlantic Division
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Boston Bruins211443311371557-1-17-3-25-3-2
Florida Panthers221372281364577-3-06-4-26-3-1
Detroit Red Wings201163251174607-3-24-3-15-3-2
Toronto Maple Leafs20116325869676-4-05-2-36-3-1
Tampa Bay Lightning231085251080816-2-34-6-24-5-1
Buffalo Sabres2210102221064715-5-05-5-24-4-2
Montreal Canadiens21910220759755-6-04-4-24-6-0
Ottawa Senators1789016760596-7-02-2-05-5-0
 
Metropolitan Division
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
New York Rangers201541311467506-2-09-2-17-2-1
Carolina Hurricanes211380261271687-2-06-6-07-3-0
Philadelphia Flyers2211101231065625-6-06-4-16-4-0
Washington Capitals18106222844507-4-13-2-16-3-1
New York Islanders2187622756674-3-44-4-23-4-3
New Jersey Devils201091211072745-5-15-4-04-6-0
Pittsburgh Penguins2110101211065555-6-05-4-15-4-1
Columbus Blue Jackets23712418767795-6-12-6-33-6-1
 
Western Conference
Central Division
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Colorado Avalanche211560301480598-2-07-4-07-3-0
Dallas Stars201352281268575-4-18-1-16-3-1
Winnipeg Jets211272261271616-4-16-3-17-3-0
St. Louis Blues211191231061656-3-05-6-16-4-0
Nashville Predators2111100221170668-4-03-6-06-4-0
Arizona Coyotes21109222868645-4-05-5-25-4-1
Minnesota Wild20610416560784-4-22-6-23-5-2
Chicago Blackhawks20713014753733-6-04-7-03-7-0
 
Pacific Division
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Vegas Golden Knights231454321174578-2-16-3-33-4-3
Vancouver Canucks231571311591578-1-17-6-05-5-0
Los Angeles Kings191333291376474-3-39-0-08-1-1
Calgary Flames22910321964754-3-15-7-25-3-2
Seattle Kraken23810521765824-6-14-4-44-4-2
Anaheim Ducks22913018959764-8-05-5-02-8-0
Edmonton Oilers21812117771785-4-13-8-06-4-0
San Jose Sharks22515212536905-6-20-9-04-5-1

FOOTBALL HISTORY

November 29, 1894 – Montgomery, Alabama – The 3rd Iron Bowl ever played took place as Alabama whitewashed Auburn 18-0.

November 29, 1913 – AAA Grounds, Hamilton -The 5th Grey Cup game was played and had the Hamilton Tigers thwarting the Toronto Parkdale team 44-2 in what is the second-largest margin of victory in a Grey Cup final per the Onthisday.com webpage story.

November 29, 1924 – Varsity Stadium, Toronto – Queen’s University wins 3rd straight Grey Cup Championship by defeating the Toronto Balmy Beach squad in just their first season by the tune of 11-3 per the cflapedia.com website of the 16th Grey Cup.

November 29, 1934 – In what was a game of firsts the Bears traveled to the Motor City for this memorable contest. According to the worthpoint.com story it was the first time that an NFL game was played in Detroit on Thanksgiving Day as well as the First National Broadcast of an NFL game as NBC Radio put it in every living room in the country. The game itself was a dandy between these two rivals as the Chicago Bears squeaked by the Detroit Lions 19-16 with the legend Bronko Nagurski scoring the winning TD for the Bears in a thriller.

November 29, 1941 – Varsity Stadium, Toronto – The Winnipeg Blue Bombers edged out the Ottawa Rough Riders, 18-16 for their 3rd Championship in the 29th Grey Cup. The Riders missed on a crucial field goal attempt with just 4 minutes remaining that may have changed the outcome per the Blue Bombers web page.

November 29, 1947 – Varsity Stadium, Toronto – The Toronto Argonauts took home their 3rd straight and 8th overall title as they escaped the stadium with a close 10-9 victory over the Calgary Stampeders per the cflhof.ca site for the 35th Grey Cup title. 

November 29, 1952 – Varsity Stadium, Toronto – It was the Toronto Argonauts who showed their metal with their record 10th Championship as they squashed the Edmonton Eskimos, 21-11 in the playing of the 40th Grey Cup according to the star.com.

November 29, 1952 – Legion Field, Birmingham – The 17th Iron Bowl held saw Alabama crushing the hopes of the Auburn Tigers with a 21-0 victory per onthisday.com. 

November 29, 1958 – Empire Stadium, Vancouver – The playing of the 46th Grey Cup final was played and the  Winnipeg Blue Bombers took home their 4th title as they beat Hamilton Tiger-Cats, 35-28 for the CFL Championship. You can find more details about the matchup of these teams at ninety-nine yards.com.

 November 29, 1958 – Legion Field, Birmingham – The 23rd  meeting of the Auburn Tigers and the Crimson Tide of Alabama took place in the Iron Bowl. Auburn held off the Alabama eleven in a tight one 14-8 per AL.com’s story.

November 29, 1960 – Navy Halfback Joe Bellino takes home the hardware as he is awarded the 26th Heisman Trophy. Heisman.com informs us that Joe was the first winner of the prestigious trophy as he ran for 834 yards and 15 touchdowns. Bellino crossed the goal line stripe 3 additional times by catching the ball. All in all an outstanding season for the Midshipman running back.

November 29, 1969 – Legion Field, Birmingham – Auburn beats Alabama 49-26 in the 34th iron Bowl game.

November 29, 1974  – Legion Field – The 39th playing of the Iron Bowl had the Crimson Tide come out on top 17-13  over the Tigers.

November 29, 1975  – The 40th Iron Bowl had Alabama dominating in the game as they blanked Auburn 28-0 in Birmingham.

November 29, 1980 – Legion Field – The Crimson Tide outmatched the Tigers of Auburn once again in a 34-18 final score in this edition of the Iron Bowl Game.

November 29, 1986 – Legion Field – The 51st Iron Bowl proved the better team in that season was the Auburn Tigers  as they knocked off their SEC rivals the Alabama Crimson Tide by the score of 21-17.

November 29, 1986 – Notre Dame kicker John Carney’s walk off field goal propelled the Irish to a 38-37 win over USC per the Irish Legends website.

November 29, 1987 – BC Place, Vancouver – In the playing of the CFL 75th Grey Cup it was the Edmonton Eskimos who hung up their 10th Championship banner as they got past the tough Toronto Argonauts team for a 38-36 as kicker Jerry Kauric’s last second field-goal in this white knuckle contest.

November 29, 1987 – San Francisco Quarterback Joe Montana completes 22 consecutive passes to set an NFL record. Montana did it against a pretty tough Cleveland Browns defense too making it all the more remarkable though the West Coast offense he ran was based on the dink and dunk throws underneath the coverage. The LA Times covers all the action in their day after the game article where the Niners defeated the Browns 38-24.

November 29, 1987 – The New Orleans Saints 20-14 victory over the Steelers in Pittsburgh assured the long suffering their 1st winning NFL season. The game came down to a goal line stand with less than four minutes to play.

November 29, 1992 – SkyDome, Toronto – The Calgary Stampeders got past the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, 24-10 with the help of an impressive performance by MVP Quarterback Doug Flutie who went 33 of 49 for 480 yards and 2 touchdowns in the 80th Grey Cup final for the CFL Championship per amp.dater.pp.ua .

November 29, 2008 – Tuscaloosa, Alabama – In the 73rd version of Iron Bowl the Crimson Tide of Alabama dominated those Tigers from Auburn 36-0. Per Onthisday.com it was Alabama’s first win in the series in seven years.

November 29, 2009 – McMahon Stadium, Calgary – The 97th Grey Cup saw the Montreal Alouettes come from behind to beat Saskatchewan Roughriders, 28–27 on a 33-yard Damon Duval field goal as time runs out. The full coverage of the story can be found by our friends at the Ninety-nine Yards website with Chris Lawton.

November 29, 2014 – Tuscaloosa, Alabama – In a high scoring affair per onthisday.com at the 79th version of the Iron Bowl Alabama beat Auburn 55-44 in a game that had folks asking, Where is the defense?

November 29, 2015 – Investors Group Field, Winnipeg – Our friends at NinetynineYards.com once again have the game coverage for the playing of the CFL 103rd Grey Cup as it was the Edmonton Eskimos who outlasted the Ottawa Redblacks, 26-20 for their 14th Championship banner.

November 29, 2021 – Just two days after finishing up their regular season with one loss and possibly on the cusp of gaining entrance into the college football playoff, Notre Dame finds out that the winningest coach in the storied program’s history, Brian Kelly had accepted the position of head Coach at LSU, leaving the Irish without their coach for the Bowl season.

Birthday of Hall of Fame Players for November 29

November 29, 1907 –  The Great Florida End Dale Van Sickel was born. Per the NFF’s bio, Dale Van Sickel was a swift and sure-handed receiver on offense and a gifted defensive player, as well. During his three seasons with the Gators, they won 23 of 29 games and Vansickel became Florida’s first All-America and first Hall of Fame inductee. The National Football Foundation invited Dale Van Sickel into their College Football Hall of Fame in 1975. After graduation Vansickel joined the staff at Florida, serving as an assistant in football and basketball for the 1930 and 1931 seasons. 

NUMBERS IN SPORTS

27 – 44 – 4 – 16 – 33 – 20 -15 – 30 -11

November 29, 1957

November 29, 1957 – With the exodus of the Giant and Dodgers from the New York area to California, NY Mayor Robert Wagner forms a committee to replace the teams. Eventually an National League franchise was obtained for the City in the New York Mets

November 29, 1960 – 26th Heisman Trophy Award: Navy Quarterback, Number 27, Joe Bellino.

November 29, 1976 – New York Yankees signed free agent Reggie Jackson to 5-year contract, Mr. October would wear Number 44 with the Yankees

November 29, 1987 – 75th CFL Grey Cup, BC Place, Vancouver: Edmonton Eskimos 10th Championship; defeat Toronto Argonauts, 38-36 on Number 4, Jerry Kauric’s last second field-goal

November 29, 1987 – Joe Montana, Number 16, of SF 49ers completes NFL record of 22 consecutive passes

November 29, 1987 – New York Ranger’s Number 33, Bob Froese becomes 2nd goalie to score a goal (vs NY Islanders). It is later ruled that he should not be credited with goal.

November 29, 1992 – CFL Grey Cup, SkyDome, Toronto: Calgary Stampeders beat Winnipeg Blue Bombers, 24-10. The game’s MVP was none other than Calgary QB Number 20, Doug Flutie, 33 of 49 for 480 yards, 2 TDs

November 29, 2009 – CFL Grey Cup, McMahon Stadium, Calgary: Montreal Alouettes come from behind to beat Saskatchewan Roughriders, 28–27 on a 33-yard Number 15, Damon Duval field goal as time runs out

November 29, 2021 – FIFA Ballon d’Or: Argentina and PSG forward Number 30, Lionel Messi won his record 7th award from Robert Lewandowski; FC Barcelona attacking midfielder Number 11, Alexia Putellas is Women’s World Player of the Year

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Ave Maria vs Florida Gulf Coast7:00pmESPN+
Lincoln Memorial vs Tennessee Tech7:00pmESPN+
Warner vs North Florida7:00pmESPN+
UL Monroe vs Louisiana Tech7:00pmESPN+
Coastal Carolina vs UNC Greensboro7:00pmESPN+
Northern Iowa vs South Dakota7:00pmSummit
Bellarmine vs Evansville7:00pmESPN+
Longwood vs Ohio7:00pmESPN+
Coppin State vs Kent State7:00pmESPN+
Robert Morris vs Cleveland State7:00pmESPN+
Belmont vs Troy7:00pmESPN+
Loyola Maryland vs St. John’s7:00pmFloSports
Delaware vs American7:00pmESPN+
UNC Asheville vs Wofford7:00pmESPN+
Seton Hall vs Princeton7:00pmESPN+
Bradley vs Butler7:00pmFloSports
Mississippi Valley State vs UAB7:00pmESPN+
Fairfield vs Sacred Heart7:00pmNEC Front Row
UT Arlington vs Abilene Christian7:00pmESPN+
SIUE vs Michigan7:00pmB1G+
Central Arkansas vs Lindenwood7:00pmESPN+
Morgan State vs Towson7:00pmFloSports
Miami vs Mississippi State7:15pmSECN
Vanderbilt vs NC State7:15pmACCN
Northern Illinois vs Wisconsin7:30pmB1G+
Texas Southern vs Rice8:00pmESPN+
Florida Atlantic vs Nebraska8:00pmB1G+
UNLV vs Northern Arizona8:00pmESPN+
Memphis vs Marquette8:00pmFloSports
Middle Tennessee vs Houston8:00pmESPN+
New Orleans vs South Alabama8:00pmESPN+
Norfolk State vs Minnesota8:00pmB1G+
Stephen F. Austin vs Tarleton8:00pmESPN+
Iowa State vs St. Thomas8:00pmSummit
Gonzaga vs Eastern Washington9:00pmESPN+
Utah Valley vs Seattle U9:00pmESPN+
Louisville vs Mississippi9:15pmESPNU
Santa Clara vs Sacramento State9:30pmESPN+
San Jose State vs Cal State Fullerton10:00pmESPN+

What to Watch: Wednesday, 11/29/23

NBATIME ETTV
Phoenix at Toronto7:30pmAFSN
Sportsnet

The Phoenix Suns leads all time series 33-20 versus Toronto Raptors. Last season the Suns and Raptors regular season series was tied 1-1. Phoenix is 17-10 all time at home versus Toronto. This is the first matchup of the 2023-24 regular season between both teams.

LA Clippers at Sacramento10:00pmNBATV
Bally Sports
NBCS-CA

The Sacramento Kings leads all time series 122-103 versus Los Angeles Clippers. Last season the Kings lead regular season series 3-1 versus the Clippers. Sacramento is 71-39 all time at home versus Los Angeles. This is the first matchup of the 2023-24 regular season between both teams.

NHLTIME ETTV
Detroit at NY Rangers7:30pmTNT

The Detroit Red Wings leads all time series 286-237-103 versus New York Rangers. Last season the Red Wings lead regular season series 2-1 versus the Rangers. New York is 145-99-5 all time at home versus Detroit. The Rangers are 1-0 versus the Red Wings in the 2023-24 regular season.