Adams Central66Bluffton55 
Ben Davis67Covenant Christian60 
Bethany Christian60Fairfield51 
Bethesda Christian47Traders Point Christian46 
Carroll (Fort Wayne)66Fort Wayne North63 
Castle64Evansville Central60 
Center Grove49Zionsville33 
Central Christian69Anderson Prep Academy45 
Churubusco81Lakewood Park42 
Cowan57Union City55 
Crawford County63South Central (Elizabeth)41 
Crawfordsville74North Montgomery33 
Crown Point55Portage40 
Culver Academy53Victory Christian48 
DeKalb71Prairie Heights48 
Eastern (Greentown)67Tipton60 
Elwood65Southern Wells57 
Evansville Day81Cannelton53 
Evansville Mater Dei50Jasper49 
Evansville North83Evansville Bosse68 
Forest Park65Springs Valley53 
Fort Wayne Blackhawk88Fort Wayne Snider81 
Fort Wayne Canterbury74Clinton Christian24 
Fort Wayne Northrop50Fort Wayne Concordia42 
Fort Wayne South73Fort Wayne Luers64 
Franklin Central47Greenwood37 
Gary West84River Forest52 
Guerin Catholic76Indianapolis Shortridge30 
Hamilton Heights69Lewis Cass50 
Hamilton Southeastern49Southport38 
Hamilton39Smith Academy34 
Hammond Morton51Griffith41 
Hanover Central46Hobart42 
Henryville55Christian Academy46 
Heritage Christian55Lapel46 
Homestead85Fort Wayne Wayne34 
Huntington North62Whitko53 
Indiana Math & Science79Crosspointe Christian64 
Indianapolis Attucks96Gary 21st Century54 
Indianapolis Metropolitan68Providence Cristo Rey47 
Indianapolis Tindley85Purdue Poly Englewood65 
John Glenn65South Bend Riley64 
Kankakee Valley54Highland47 
LaVille57North Judson46 
Lake Central58East Chicago Central53 
Liberty Christian90Tri51 
Mishawaka Marian54New Prairie35 
Morristown57Blue River44 
Mount Vernon (Fortville)80Mooresville70 
New Haven53Bellmont45 
New Washington64Shawe Memorial42 
North Harrison77Charlestown42 
North Putnam69Riverton Parke49 
North Vermillion48Attica34 
North White69Tri-County59 
Vanlandingham 34
Foust 21
84Union County47 
Northfield62Lakeland Christian48 
Pendleton Heights55Muncie Central53 
Perry Meridian38Indianapolis Roncalli35 
Rensselaer Central45North Newton40 
Richmond68Indianapolis International60 
Rock Creek Academy49Lanesville48 
Rossville59Lafayette Central Catholic52 
Shenandoah77Randolph Southern47 
Silver Creek68Floyd Central59 
South Adams64Jay County61 
South Bend Adams73Penn60 
South Bend Clay75South Bend Career54 
South Bend St. Joseph64Concord40 
South Central (Union Mills)44South Newton26 
Southmont67South Vermillion51 
Southwestern (Hanover)61Clarksville55 
Taylor63Clinton Central51 
Tippecanoe Valley45Columbia City42 
Triton31Trinity Greenlawn30 
Twin Lakes55Peru47 
University51Muncie Burris39 
Valparaiso55Michigan City37 
Wapahani87Eastern Hancock66 
Washington Twp.58Hebron50 
Wawasee47Elkhart Christian45 
West Noble54NorthWood50 
Westfield60Harrison (West Lafayette)55 
Whiting52Hammond Gavit46 


#11 Alabama 81 South Carolina 78

#13 Texas 80 Kansas State 77

#18 Creighton 63 Georgetown 48

#14 West Virginia 82 #7 Texas Tech 71

Butler 76 St. John’s 73 OT

Notre Dame 93 Duke 89

VCU 76 Dayton 67

Syracuse 77 North Carolina State 68

St. Bonaventure 86 LaSalle 73

Kent State 71 Bowling Green 67

Arkansas 81 Kentucky 80

Michigan State 60 Penn State 58

Auburn 73 Vanderbilt 67

TCU 79 Iowa State 76


Detroit 122 Brooklyn 111

New Orleans 130 Houston 101

Portland 106 Orlando 97

Utah wanted 22 Boston 108

Miami 98 NY Knicks 96

Golden State 114 San Antonio 91

Philadelphia 119 Sacramento 111


Florida 2 Detroit 1

Edmonton 3 Ottawa 2

Tampa Bay 6 Nashville 1

Chicago 2 Dallas 1

Vegas 5 Anaheim 4

Calgary 3 Winnipeg 2

San Jose 4 Los Angeles 3


Class 4A

1. Homestead (12)                  19-0  240  1

2. Carmel                                  16-2  176  4

3. Lawrence North                  17-2  170  2

4. Cathedral                             14-2  168  3

5. Plainfield                             16-1  148  7

6. S. Bend Adams                   17-1  126  6

7. Warren Central                  14-5  125  8

8. Lafayette Jeff                      15-2  82   5

9. Crispus Attucks                  14-4  74   9

10. Gary West                        13-3  53   NR

Others receiving votes: Fishers 27. Zionsville 14. McCutcheon 13. Ev. Reitz 12. Crown Point 12.

Class 3A

1. Hammond (11)                    12-1  230  1

2. Silver Creek                          12-4  198  4

3. Ev. Bosse                               14-1  165  2

4. Mishawaka Marian             13-2  159  5

5. Heritage Hills                        13-2  153  3

6. Leo (1)                                   14-1  152  6

7. Greensburg                          13-2  102  7

8. S. Bend St. Joseph’s            11-3  100  8

9. Danville                                12-2  63   9

10. Sullivan                              14-2  55   10

Others receiving votes: Guerin Catholic 37. Hamilton Hts. 7. Speedway 7. Western 6. Connersville 6.

Class 2A

1. Ft. Wayne Blackhawk (12)         16-1  240  1

2. Shenandoah                                 16-3  212  2

3. S. Spencer                                     13-2  182  3

4. Linton-Stockton                           16-3  146  4

5. Central Noble                              16-1  139  5

6. Parke Heritage                             17-3  125  6

7. S. Ripley                                        15-1  109  8

8. Covenant Christian                     15-3  62   7

9. Blackford                                      13-4  59   9

10. Madison-Grant                         14-2 53   NR

Others receiving votes: Westview 48. Northeastern 28. Rochester 16. Eastern Hancock 9. Carroll (Flora) 6. Churubusco 6.

Class A

 1. Barr-Reeve (12)             17-2  240  1

2. Loogootee                      15-3  212  2

3. Kouts                               16-2  184  3

4. Edinburgh                       15-4  130  7

5. N. Daviess                       14-3  129  8

6. Tindley                            11-7  111  5

7. Orleans                           13-2  110  6

8. Lutheran                         16-3  98   9

9. Bloomfield                      10-5  83   4

10. Morristown                  13-4  51   10

Others receiving votes: Lafayette Catholic 27. Covington 21. Triton 20. Greenwood Christian 10. Argos 8. Lanesville 6.

IT’S OFFICIAL: Big Ten moves men’s tournament from Chicago to Indianapolis

The Big Ten Conference announced Tuesday that its men’s basketball tournament will move from Chicago to Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, the site of this year’s Final Four.

The tournament will be played March 10-14 just a few blocks away from Bankers Life Fieldhouse where the women’s tourney will take place the same week. Big Ten officials see the advantages of Indianapolis as a tournament site, especially amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The walkable hotels and restaurants, nearby venues and city’s web of skywalks provide a better opportunity of keeping players, coaches and staff members healthy.

“Hosting both the men’s and women’s basketball tournaments in the same city allows for cohesive testing and medical protocols for both events, as well as centralized accommodations surrounding the competition venues,” the Big Ten said. It said the league planned to return to Chicago in 2023.

It’s going to be a busy time for Indianapolis.

The Horizon League already was scheduled to use Indiana Farmers Coliseum at the state fairgrounds to host the conclusion of its men’s and women’s tournaments March 8-9, but then things really pick up.

Local leaders have spent two months scrambling to accommodate the NCAA, which announced last month that all 67 men’s tourney games will be played in Indianapolis and its surrounding communities.

The coliseum, Lucas Oil Stadium, historic Hinkle Fieldhouse and Bankers Life Fieldhouse, home of the NBA’s Indiana Pacers and WNBA’s Indiana Fever, will host most of the games. Assembly Hall at Indiana University and Mackey Arena at Purdue, both about one hour from downtown Indy, are scheduled to host the other games.

The Big Ten tourney move had been expected.

“I think it makes sense,” Indiana coach Archie Miller said recently. “It’s practical for the teams that are moving on (to the NCAA Tournament), and I think Indianapolis being where everything is going to be held would make some sense if that were to happen.”

Indianapolis was the site of last year’s Big Ten tourney, too, and the pandemic interrupted it as Michigan and Rutgers were warming up for the first of four games.

Now the Big Ten is returning to a city that has hosted 11 of the previous 23 men’s tournaments and 23 of the league’s 26 women’s tournaments, though this one comes with two new wrinkles. It’s the first time the men will play in a non-NBA venue and it’s the first time both tournaments will be held in the same city during the same week.


The Big Ten Conference Administrators Council, which includes the Directors of Athletics and Senior Women Administrators from all 14 member institutions, approved measures to relocate the 2021 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament from the United Center in Chicago to Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. The decision to relocate the tournament was made in collaboration with the Big Ten Council of Presidents and Chancellors and the conference office.

The decision to relocate the tournament to Indianapolis was based on multiple factors. First and foremost was the health and safety of student-athletes, coaches, officials and conference constituents. Hosting both the men’s and women’s basketball tournaments in the same city allows for cohesive testing and medical protocols for both events, as well as centralized accommodations surrounding the competition venues.

The Big Ten Conference is grateful to Mayor Lori Lightfoot, the city of Chicago and our partners at the United Center and the Chicago Sports Commission for their flexibility and to Indiana Sports Corp, Lucas Oil Stadium and the city of Indianapolis for being able to assist our basketball teams during these unprecedented times.

The United Center and the city of Chicago have played a vital role in the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament over the past two decades and the conference looks forward to the tournament returning to the United Center in 2023.

The 2021 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament will be held March 10-14 in Indianapolis and will precede the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, which was moved to Indianapolis and surrounding communities in the state of Indiana in January.

INDIANA MBB: NOTES: IU Travels to Northwestern on Wednesday



Indiana University is in its 121st season of competition in men’s basketball and opens the doors of Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall for the 50th season. The Hoosiers will visit Northwestern on Wednesday night after defeating #8 Iowa, 67-65 on Sunday.  The Wildcats won the first meeting in Bloomington, 74-67 in December.  IU is looking to snap a 3-game losing streak in Evanston.


Indiana (10-8, 5-6 B1G) at Northwestern (6-10, 3-9 B1G)

Wednesday, Feb 10 • 5:30 p.m. ET

Welsh-Ryan Arena • Evanston, Ill.

TV: BTN (Brandon Gaudin and Len Elmore)

Radio: IU Radio Network  (Don Fischer, Errek Suhr,  Joe Smith) | TuneIn

Series History: Indiana leads, 118-53

Last Meeting: NU 74, at IU 67; 12/23/20


Indiana Coach Archie Miller is in his fourth season of guiding the Cream and Crimson and is 65-51 with the Hoosiers and earned career win 200 against Penn State. He is 204-113 in 9+ years as a head coach, which includes 6 years at the University of Dayton. His Flyer teams made NCAA Tournament appearances in each of his last four seasons, including a trip to the Elite Eight in 2014. Northwestern is led by Chris Collins who is in his 8th year in Evanston and is 115-129.


Sophomore forward Trayce Jackson-Davis ranks among B1G leaders in scoring, rebounds, field goal percentage and blocked shots.  He has twice been named Big Ten Player of the Week.  His most dominant performance this season was a 25-point, 17-rebound effort at Florida State. He had a career-high 31 points in the win over Stanford in the 3rd place game at Maui.  He had 23 points at Iowa and had 19 points and 14 boards against Illinois. He followed that up with 17 points and 12 boards against the Hawkeyes on Sunday.  He was named a second-team Mid-Season All-American by Dick Vitale and The Sporting News and was named to the Wooden Award Mid-Season Watch List.  He has had 19 career double-doubles. The Hoosiers are 15-4 when he reaches that milestone.  He is averaging 19.9 points, 9.2 rebounds while shooting 52.0% from the floor and a team-high 32 blocks this season. He is the only Hoosier in the last 25 years to have 3 games of 25 points and 15 rebounds (at Minnesota, Nebraska). He is 3rd in the nation FTs made (106) and 2nd in FT attempts (159).  Both lead the Big Ten. He is rated 5th in the KenPom National Player of the Year rankings.


The Hoosiers have made 20 of their last 47 3FG attempts (42.6) in the last 3 games.  Junior Race Thompson is averaging 14.7 points and 5.3 rebounds in the last 3 games.  Senior Aljami Durham has made 13 of 15 free throws in the last 2 games.     Thompson (19) and Jackson-Davis (36) have gone to the line a combined 36 times in the last 2 games.  IU held the nation’s second best offense (87.8) to 69 and 65 points in their two meetings.  Freshman Jordan Geronimo has made 8 of his last 10 field goal attempts (5 games).  Sophomore Armaan Franklin (2nd, +8.4), Thompson and Jackson-Davis (6th, +6.4) are among the top 10 most improved scorers in the league this year.  Against Providence, Texas, Stanford, Florida State and Butler, the IU defense held those 5 top 37.4% shooting from the field and 31.7% accuracy from long distance.   IU is tied for the national lead in overtime games with 4.  The Hoosiers lost 3 of those including at Florida State, at Wisconsin and Illinois. 

Butler MBB Takes Comeback Win Over St. John’s in Overtime

Butler’s Aaron Thompson and Bryce Nze posted double-doubles, leading the Bulldogs to a clutch 76-73 overtime win over St. John’s Tuesday night at Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

Thompson had 17 points, including the basket with two seconds remaining in regulation that sent the game to overtime, to go along with 10 assists. Nze had a game-high 19 points and 10 rebounds.

The Bulldogs overcame a 16-point deficit to improve to 7-10 (6-8 BIG EAST). Four of Butler’s seven wins have included a double-digit comeback. Butler was able to end the Red Storm’s six-game winning streak.

“I’m really proud of our group for staying with it,” said Butler coach LaVall Jordan. “We had a really good energy and spirit. There were times when we held each other accountable but being encouraging at the same time. Hinkle Magic still exists no matter how many fans are here.”

St. John’s led 30-14 with 6:53 remaining in the first half before Butler went on an 18-4 run to climb back into the game before the half. The Red Storm led by nine (49-40) with 13:25 remaining in regulation, and once again the Bulldogs mounted a rally. Eighteen of the next 23 points were scored by the home team in taking its largest lead of the game at 58-54 with 7:11 remaining in regulation.

With the game tied 66-66, a driving lay-up by Dylan Addae-Wusu gave St. John’s a two-point advantage with 28 seconds remaining in the second half. After a Butler miss, St. John’s was in-bounding the ball with a two-point lead and 12 seconds remaining. Freshman Myles Wilmoth picked up a steal to give the Bulldogs a chance to even things up. Thompson sent the game to the extra session with a lay-up with two seconds to play.

Butler scored the first four points of overtime before St. John’s fought back to take a 73-72 lead with 2:25 left. A Thompson lay-up followed by a Myles Tate steal and two free throws gave Butler the 76-73 lead that would ultimately be the final score.

Nze’s 19 points came on 8-of-13 shooting. He and Thompson are the first Bulldogs to register double-doubles in the same game since those two same Bulldogs accomplished the feat against New Orleans Nov. 9, 2019.

Butler was able to overcome 6-of-24 shooting from three-point range with 46 points in the paint. Bo Hodges had 12 points and eight rebounds, while Bryce Golden had 11 points. Tate added nine points.

Julian Champagnie led St. John’s (13-8, 7-7 BIG EAST) with 19 points and eight rebounds.

The Bulldogs are back at it Saturday afternoon, traveling to the nation’s capital for a 1:30 p.m. tip against Georgetown. CBS Sports Network will air the game.



DURHAM, NC. – Notre Dame is heading back to Purcell Pavilion with an impressive 93-89 road win inside Cameron Indoor Stadium on Tuesday evening.

Despite trailing for the entire first half by as many as 15 points, the Irish fought back with a vengeance. Boosting their accuracy from beyond the arc and increasing the defensive aggression in the second half proved to be the winning recipe in the comeback victory.

Five Irish men scored double digits but it was Cormac Ryan who was the leader for Notre Dame, pouring in 28 points and coming up with three big steals. Juwan Durham also deserves honorable mentions as he was perfect from the field, scoring 13 points off 6-of-6 shooting, and blocking three attempts from Duke.


The Irish struggled out of the gate against the Blue Devils, failing to convert on the offensive end while Duke jumped out to an early 23-8 lead. Despite being down by as many as 15 points, Ryan kept the Irish within reach with 21 points over the opening 20 minutes. The Irish chipped away and managed to come back and decrease the deficit to just five, 50-45, at the half.

The Irish carried its momentum into the second half and was able to take the lead for the first time at 14:28 and it was neck-and-neck the rest of the way. From beyond the arc, the Irish greatly improved their accuracy shooting 7-of-14 in the second stanza. Durham also added some flare with a few electric dunks to keep the Irish lead intact.

The Irish held on to an 87-85 lead with less than a minute to play and Prentiss Hubb made the play of the game to help seal the win. With the shot clock winding down, the junior hit a contested three from way beyond the arc to put the Irish up by five with 37 seconds left. Notre Dame made enough free throws down the stretch to come away with the 93-89 win.


Ryan had a career performance against the Blue Devils managing to score 21 points in just the first 20 minutes. Ryan shot 62.5% from the field and hit 4-of-7 threes ending in a final tally of 28 points.  Defensively, Ryan was able to block a key shot and add three steals.


Notre Dame forced 12 turnovers on Duke, scoring an additional 17 points from the aggressive defensive strategy. Duke, on the other hand, only managed to pressure the Irish into seven, converting to just five points.


Notre Dame maintained a 90% FT percentage, finishing 18-for-20 from the charity stripe

Ryan scored 28 points, a career high.

Ryan also set a personal record for points scored in the first half with 21

Durham finished 6-for-6 from the field and has shot 14-for-15 over the last two games

Hubb continued to be a key in running the offense, dishing out a team-high eight assists


Notre Dame returns home to Purcell Pavilion on Sunday, Feb. 14 at 6 p.m. EST to take on the University of Miami for the second time this season. Catch the coverage on ACCN.

DAYTON MBB: Men’s Basketball Falls As VCU Pulls Away Late, 76-67


DAYTON – The University of Dayton men’s basketball team was defeated by VCU Tuesday at UD Arena by a final score of 76-67. This was the Flyers’ first home defeat in the calendar year 2021.
Redshirt senior Ibi Watson led the Flyers in scoring with his second straight 20-point game. Redshirt senior Jordy Tshimanga added 14 while grabbing 12 rebounds. Elijah Weaver added 10.
UD falls to 11-6 overall and 7-5 in the Atlantic 10, while VCU improved to 14-4, and 7-2  in conference play.  
1st Half:  VCU 41, Dayton 39

  • Senior Jalen Crutcher scored the game’s first five points, and the Flyers opened up an early 10-2 lead in the first 2:45.
  • Dayton started out 5-for-6 from the field, making its first three three-pointers of the evening. 
  • VCU pulled within two at the 5:49 mark, which was the closest of the half at that point. Dayton then responded with five consecutive points to extend the lead back to seven.
  • VCU took its first lead of the game at the 2:36 mark. The 10-0 run over 2:39 gave the Rams a 41-38 lead.
  • The Flyers were held without a field goal for the final 4:55 of the half.
  • Junior Elijah Weaver led the Flyers in the first half with eight points while freshman R.J. Blakney scored seven points off the bench for the Flyers. 
  • Crutcher dished out five assists, scoring or assisting on seven of Dayton’s 12 field goals in the half.
  • Dayton shot 9-of-11 from the free throw line, while VCU shot 8-of-8. Both teams also shot exactly 50% from the field in the half.

2nd Half:  Dayton 74, VCU 65

  • The lead changed four times in the half’s first 6 minutes.
  • The Rams made three consecutive three-pointers over 1:38 to take a 56-49 lead at the 14:35 mark.
  • Dayton cut the lead to 66-65 at the 5:59 mark. Ibi Watson made three three-pointers in under four minutes, accounting for nine of Dayton’s 11 points in that span.
  • VCU extended the lead back to six with 3:16 left to play.
  • The Flyers made it a one-point game again (68-67), but were held without a point for the final 4:41.
  • Watson scored 14 of his 20 points in the half while Tshimanga scored nine of his 14.
  • The Flyers outrebounded the Rams 16-9 in the half.


  • Dayton shot 10-for-19 (52.6%) from three in the game. This was the best 3-point shooting percentage for Dayton this season and the first defeat in a game where the Flyers made 10 or more threes.
  • UD had 15 turnovers while VCU only had eight.
  • Jalen Crutcher had eight of Dayton’s 15 assists on the night, tying a season high set against Northern Kentucky on Dec. 8. 
  • Jordy Tshimanga’s 14 points and 12 rebounds earned him his first double-double on the season.
  • Crutcher’s eight points give him 1,488 for his Flyer career. He is now the 20th-leading all-time scorer in Flyer history.


  • Dayton is scheduled to remain at UD Arena for its third-straight home game Saturday against Saint Joseph’s. Tip is at 2 p.m. ET.

No. 14 West Virginia sweeps No. 7 Texas Tech with 82-71 win

Sean McNeil drew the start when a groin injury sidelined Taz Sherman, who was coming off a career high in scoring, and the West Virginia guard hit his first shot 15 seconds into the game.

The junior kept it going from there.

McNeil scored a career-high 26 points and the No. 14 Mountaineers finished a regular-season sweep of seventh-ranked Texas Tech with an 82-71 victory over the Red Raiders on Tuesday night.

West Virginia (14-5, 7-3 Big 12) won its third consecutive game and ended a four-game skid in Lubbock 15 days after a thrilling 88-87 win at home over Texas Tech when Miles McBride hit the go-ahead jumper in the final seconds.

“Big thing is seeing the first shot go in,” McNeil said. “I was just excited to play. We knew this was a big game for us, on the road, especially after the game we had with them back at our place. We really wanted to come here and get this one.”

McNeil was 8 of 11 overall and 5 of 7 from 3-point range, including one with the shot clock about to expire late in the second half.

McBride scored 18 of his 20 points in the second half coming off a career-best 31 points in a win over Kansas that helped knock the Jayhawks out of the AP Top 25 for the first time in 12 years.

Mac McClung scored 17 points before fouling out for the Red Raiders (14-6, 6-5), who saw a three-game winning streak end a day after reaching their highest ranking of the season.

Derek Culver sat most of the second half with four fouls, but converted a three-point play to help West Virginia stay in front and finished with 15 points and eight rebounds.

McClung fouled out after getting whistled twice in a span of 17 seconds in the final two minutes.

The first foul came before the ball was thrown in on a West Virginia inbound play with 2 seconds on the shot clock. McClung was called for holding Jalen Bridges, who made both free throws for a 73-69 lead with 1:20 remaining.

After missing the rim on a driving layup, McClung was called for his fifth foul when he hit McBride, who made both shots as West Virginia scored its final 12 points at the line and finished 29 of 39 on free throws.

“I thought it was a classic example of the team that made the more mistakes lost the game,” Texas Tech coach Chris Beard said. “That was us. Untimely, costly mistakes throughout the game.”

Marty Schottenheimer, NFL coach with 200 wins, dies at 77

Marty Schottenheimer’s NFL coaching career was as remarkable as it was flummoxing.

There were 200 regular-season wins, the eighth most in NFL history. There were a mystifying number of playoff losses, some so epic they had nicknames: “The Drive” and “The Fumble.”

Always there was “Martyball,” the conservative, smash-mouth approach that featured a strong running game and hard-nosed defense.

Schottenheimer died Monday night in Charlotte, North Carolina, his family said through former Kansas City Chiefs publicist Bob Moore. He was 77. Schottenheimer was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2014 and moved to a hospice Jan. 30.

Schottenheimer coached Cleveland, Kansas City, Washington and San Diego and went 200-126-1 in 21 seasons.

“The best coach I ever had,” Hall of Fame running back LaDainian Tomlinson said in a statement. “I never went into a game with Marty as coach feeling like I wasn’t fully prepared to win. … I considered him a true All-American man.”

Former coach Bill Cowher remembered his former coach and mentor as an “amazing coach, teacher and leader. Marty, you say, “There’s a gleam, men,” there is and it was always “YOU.”

Schottenheimer was a master at getting his players’ rapt attention. He would gather them in the pre-game huddle and holler, “One play at a time!” Among his other favorites: “This is us!” and “We’ve got our people!” Or, “Gentlemen, it’s the 6 inches between your breastbone and your back – your heart!”

Then there was “Raider Week,” when he’d warn his players in no uncertain terms what nastiness awaited them if they didn’t play well against their archrival. Under his “Midnight Rule,” players and coaches could celebrate victories until midnight on Sundays, and then start focusing on the next week’s opponent.

Winning in the regular season was never a problem. Schottenheimer’s teams won 10 or more games 11 times, including a glistening 14-2 record with the Chargers in 2006 that earned them the AFC’s No. 1 seed in the playoffs.

It’s what happened in January that haunted Schottenheimer, who was just 5-13 in the postseason.

?Well, we haven’t been real successful when we got there. We need to fix that,” Schottenheimer said in 2006 after San Diego clinched the AFC West.

His playoff demons followed him to the end of his career.

In his final game, on Jan. 14, 2007, Schottenheimer’s Chargers, featuring NFL MVP Tomlinson and a supporting cast of Pro Bowlers, imploded with mind-numbing mistakes and lost a home divisional playoff game to Tom Brady and the New England Patriots, 24-21.

A month later, owner Dean Spanos stunned the NFL when he fired Schottenheimer because of a personality clash between the coach and strong-willed general manager A.J. Smith. Schottenheimer and Smith hadn’t spoken for about two years.

A breaking point for Spanos — head of the family-owned team — came when Schottenheimer wanted to hire brother Kurt as defensive coordinator after Wade Phillips was hired away as Dallas’ head coach. Kurt Schottenheimer had been on his brother’s previous staffs, and Marty Schottenheimer’s son, Brian, had been Chargers quarterbacks coach from 2002-05.

Schottenheimer then moved to North Carolina to spend time with his family and golf.

Spanos on Tuesday recalled Schottenheimer as a “tremendous leader of men and a man of great principle. … You couldn’t outwork him. You couldn’t outprepare him. And you certainly always knew exactly where you stood with him.”

Chiefs chairman and CEO Clark Hunt called Schottenheimer a “passionate leader who cared deeply for his players and coaches, and his influence on the game can still be seen today on a number of coaching staffs around the league.”

Schottenheimer was 44-27 with Cleveland from 1984-88; 101-58-1 with Kansas City from 1989-98; 8-8 with Washington in 2001; and 47-33 with San Diego from 2002-06.

He turned around the Browns, Chiefs and Chargers.

The Browns on Tuesday recalled the coach’s “tough, hard-nosed, never give up the fight attitude the team embodied that endeared him to Browns fans.”

When Schottenheimer was hired by the Chiefs in 1989, the Raiders had won 21 of the previous 30 games between the teams. During the next 10 seasons, Schottenheimer emphasized “Raider Week” and his Chiefs went 18-3 against the Silver and Black, including a win in the 1991 wild-card round, the first postseason game ever played at Arrowhead Stadium.

Tomlinson remembered how much Schottenheimer loved the running game.

“Power football. That’s `Martyball,’ ” Tomlinson once said. “You run it, then run it, and then run it again, and then OK, OK, we can throw a pass. But after that pass, let’s run it, then run it, and run it again. That’s Martyball. Wear you down.”

Schottenheimer never made it to the Super Bowl, either as a player or coach. He was a backup linebacker for the Buffalo Bills when they lost the 1966 AFL title game to Kansas City, which then played the Green Bay Packers in the first Super Bowl.

As a coach, his playoff losses were epic and mystifying.

His Browns twice came tantalizingly close to earning Super Bowl berths, only to have them ripped away by “The Drive” and “The Fumble” in consecutive AFC title games against nemesis John Elway and the Broncos.

In the 1986 AFC championship game at Cleveland, Elway led the Broncos 98 yards in 15 plays to tie the game on a 5-yard pass to Mark Jackson with 37 seconds left in regulation. Denver won in overtime on Rich Karlis’ 33-yard field goal.

A year later, with the Browns trailing the Broncos 38-31 with 1:12 left at Denver, Earnest Byner fumbled on the Broncos’ 1-yard line. The Broncos won 38-33 after taking an intentional safety.

Schottenheimer’s Chiefs reached the AFC title game in 1993 but lost at Buffalo. Two of his Chiefs teams went 13-3 and locked up home-field advantage throughout the playoffs before shockingly flaming out in the divisional round.

The Chargers thought they had a Super Bowl-caliber team in 2006, but Schottenheimer’s career ended with a brutal playoff loss to the Patriots. In the first quarter, Schottenheimer insisted on going for it on fourth-and-11 from the Patriots’ 30-yard line. Mike Vrabel strip-sacked Philip Rivers and New England recovered.

The biggest pratfall, though, and one that still haunts Chargers fans, came with San Diego leading 21-13 with just more than six minutes to play. Marlon McCree intercepted Tom Brady and instead of going to the ground, tried to run and was hit and fumbled, with the Patriots recovering. New England rallied for the win.

Schottenheimer seemingly survived another playoff failure, only to be fired a month later.

After winning just 12 games in Schottenheimer’s first two seasons, the Chargers went 12-4 in 2004 behind Tomlinson and a rejuvenated Drew Brees to end an eight-year playoff drought.

But they lost a home divisional game to the New York Jets in overtime. Schottenheimer, named The Associated Press Coach of the Year earlier that day, was whistled for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for running onto the field to argue with the referees in the second quarter.

In overtime, the Chargers had a first down at the Jets’ 22, but Schottenheimer went conservative and called three straight runs up the middle by Tomlinson to set up a 40-yard field goal attempt by Nate Kaeding, who missed. The Jets then moved down the field for the winning field goal.

Schottenheimer was born on Sept. 23, 1943, in Canonsburg, a small town outside Pittsburgh. He played at Pitt before a six-year pro career as a linebacker with the Bills and Patriots.

He is survived by his wife, Pat, and children Brian and Kristin. Brian Schottenheimer was fired as Seattle’s offensive coordinator last month and then hired by new Jacksonville coach Urban Meyer as passing game coordinator-quarterbacks coach.

AP source: Chiefs’ Mahomes to have surgery on toe injury

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes will have surgery this week on the turf toe injury he suffered in the playoffs, likely sidelining him for the start of the offseason program but ensuring he’ll be ready well before training camp.

Mahomes met with coaches and trainers on Monday, one day after the Chiefs were beaten 31-9 by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the Super Bowl, and the decision was made to have surgery later in the week, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on Tuesday. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the plans had not been disclosed publicly.

NFL Network was first to report that Mahomes would have surgery on Wednesday.

Mahomes had his worst game as an NFL quarterback on Sunday, getting pressured on 29 of his 59 drop-backs – the most in Super Bowl history – behind a patchwork offensive line decimated by opt-outs and injuries this season.

He wound up going 26 of 49 for 270 yards with two interceptions and no touchdown passes. It was the fifth time in 54 career games, including the playoffs, that Mahomes failed to throw a TD pass and the first time the Chiefs failed to reach the end zone at all. His passer rating of 52.3 was more than 10 points below the previous worst of his career.

“As of today, I’m going to do whatever I can to look at the film and try to find ways to get better,” Mahomes said Monday, roughly 14 hours after the Super Bowl ended. “Obviously with our offense and the success that we’ve had, when teams see the defensive plan that they had and how well it worked, they’re obviously going to try to do the same thing.”

The Buccaneers pressed down on the outside and made sure to keep defenders over top of the Chiefs’ speed guys, then had linebackers monitoring Travis Kelce over the middle. With his primary options covered, that forced Mahomes into looking at his third and fourth options, which gave Tampa Bay’s pass rush plenty of time to pressure him.

It didn’t help that the Chiefs were down to just one offensive lineman – center Austin Reiter – who had been projected to be the starter this season, and that Mahomes was not able to run as effectively on his sore foot.

“I mean, I can’t say the toe was a problem when I played two weeks ago and played well on it,” Mahomes said afterward.

Chiefs coach Andy Reid tried to shoulder the blame for the poor performance by Mahomes and the rest of the offense in the Super Bowl, and he also pointed out that his 25-year-old quarterback still has just three years of starting NFL experience.

“He’ll continue to grow here,” Reid said. “He played his heart out, but like all of us, obviously it wasn’t good enough. None of us, starting with me, can sit here and say we really had our best game. But he sure has a great foundation and great drive to be the best. So we’ll regroup and we’ll give him a few things he can work on, and I’m sure he has a few on his mind, too.”

In other news, Reid said he would discuss with offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy the direction that he wants to go with his career. Bieniemy’s contract expired after the Super Bowl in part because the Chiefs never thought he would get through another round of coaching hires without landing a head coaching job somewhere else.

Bieniemy has interviewed with more than a dozen teams over the past two seasons without getting hired.

“We’ll get everything worked out as we go here,” Reid said, “which coming fresh off this, we haven’t had a whole lot of sleep obviously getting back here when we did. But we’ll get all that settled this next week and we’ll see where everything goes.”

The Chiefs’ staff will have at least one new face next season after running backs coach Deland McCullough was hired to be the associate head coach and running backs coach at Indiana. McCullough coached the Hoosiers’ running backs for six seasons before spending the past three coaching the running backs in Kansas City.

Pilot’s poor decisions blamed in Kobe Bryant chopper crash

Federal safety officials on Tuesday blamed the helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant and eight others on board last year on the pilot’s poor decision to fly into thick clouds, where he became disoriented and plunged the aircraft into a Southern California hillside.

The National Transportation Safety Board said poor visibility probably led pilot Ara Zobayan to become so disoriented in thick fog north of Los Angeles that he could not perceive up from down. The five board members also said Zobayan, who also died in the crash, ignored his training and violated federal regulations during the 40-minute flight.

The agency announced its findings during a four-hour hearing aimed at pinpointing probable causes of the tragedy – which led to widespread public mourning for the retired basketball star, launched several lawsuits and prompted state and federal legislation.

Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and six other passengers were flying from Orange County to a youth basketball tournament at his Mamba Sports Academy in Ventura County, when the Sikorsky S-76 helicopter encountered thick fog in the San Fernando Valley on Jan. 26, 2020. There was no sign of mechanical failure and the crash was believed to be an accident.

Investigators said they believed Zobayan experienced a spatial disorientation known as “the leans,” which occurs in the inner ear and causes pilots to believe they are flying aircraft straight and level when they are in fact banking.

The agency criticized Zobayan’s decision to fly into the clouds, saying Federal Aviation Administration standards require that pilots are able to see where they are going under what is called Visual Flight Rules.

Board members, in a unanimous vote, also cited the self-induced pressure Zobayan likely felt to finish the flight for his star client, whom he flew often, instead of landing at a nearby local airport when the weather became worse than he had expected. Zobayan also failed to file a backup flight plan before departing.

“The closer you get to the destination, the more you think just maybe you can pull this off,” NTSB Vice Chairman Bruce Landsberg said.

The agency also faulted Island Express Helicopters Inc., which operated the aircraft, for inadequate review and oversight of safety matters.

Just before the crash, Zobayan told flight controllers he was climbing in the helicopter and had nearly broken through the clouds. But NTSB investigators said that the helicopter was in fact banking and beginning to descend quickly, investigators said.

The aircraft had climbed sharply and nearly succeeded breaking through the fog and clouds when the helicopter made an abrupt left turn and plunged into grassy, oak studded hills in the city of Calabasas.

When it hit the ground, the Sikorsky S-76B helicopter was flying at about 184 mph (296 kph) and descending at a rate of more than 4000 feet (1,219 meters) per minute.

The impact caused a crater and scattered debris over an area the size of a football field. The victims died immediately.

There were 184 aircraft crashes between 2010-2019 involving spatial disorientation, including 20 fatal helicopter crashes, the NTSB said.

NTSB member Michael Graham said Zobayan ignored his training and added that that as long as helicopter pilots continue flying into clouds without relying on instruments, which requires a high level of training, “a certain percentage aren’t going to come out alive.”

“What part of cloud, when you’re on a visual flight rules program, do pilots not understand?” Landsberg added.

The helicopter did not have so-called “black box” recording devices, which were not required.

The NTSB is an independent federal agency that investigates transportation-related crashes but has no enforcement powers. It submits suggestions to agencies like the FAA or the Coast Guard, which have repeatedly rejected some board safety recommendations after other disasters.

Over the past year, experts have speculated that the crash could lead to requiring Terrain Awareness and Warning Systems, devices that signal when aircraft are in danger of crashing, on helicopters.

The helicopter that Bryant was flying in did not have the system, which the NTSB has recommended as mandatory for helicopters. The FAA requires it only for air ambulances.

However, NTSB investigator-in-charge Bill English said Tuesday that the system would likely not have been helpful in the scenario in which Bryant’s helicopter crashed.

The hilly terrain, combined with the pilot’s spatial disorientation in the clouds, would have made the warning system “a confusing factor,” English said.

“The pilot doesn’t know which way is up,” English said.

The others killed in the crash were Orange Coast College baseball coach John Altobelli, his wife, Keri, and their daughter Alyssa; Christina Mauser, who helped Bryant coach his daughter’s basketball team; and Sarah Chester and her daughter Payton. Alyssa and Payton were Gianna’s teammates.

The crash generated lawsuits and countersuits.

On the day that a massive memorial service was held at the Staples Center, where Bryant played most of his career, Vanessa Bryant sued Zobayan and the companies that owned and operated the helicopter for alleged negligence and the wrongful deaths of her husband and daughter. Families of other victims sued the helicopter companies but not the pilot.

Vanessa Bryant said Island Express Helicopters Inc., which operated the aircraft, and its owner, Island Express Holding Corp., did not properly train or supervise Zobayan. She said the pilot was careless and negligent to fly in fog and should have aborted the flight.

Zobayan’s brother, Berge Zobayan, has said Kobe Bryant knew the risks of flying in a helicopter and that his survivors aren’t entitled to damages from the pilot’s estate. Island Express Helicopters Inc. denied responsibility and said the crash was “an act of God” that it could not control.

The company also countersued two FAA air traffic controllers, saying the crash was caused by their “series of erroneous acts and/or omissions.”

Vanessa Bryant also sued the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, accusing deputies of sharing unauthorized photos of the crash site. California now has a state law prohibiting such conduct.

Wolves’ Beasley gets 120-day sentence for gun threat

Minnesota Timberwolves guard Malik Beasley was sentenced Tuesday to 120 days in jail after pleading guilty to a felony charge of threats of violence for pointing a rifle at a family outside his home last fall.

The Hennepin County Attorney’s Office announced that Beasley can serve his stay in the workhouse after the conclusion of his NBA season, setting a tentative report date for May 26. COVID-19 precautions could require the county to release him on electronic home monitoring for the duration of the sentence.

A couple and their 13-year-old child – on a house-hunting tour in September – pulled up to the suburban home where Beasley was living with his wife and then-18-month-old son and found the property roped off. Beasley approached their vehicle and pointed a rifle as he told them to leave. A police search of the house found weapons and marijuana. As part of Beasley’s plea deal in December, prosecutors dropped a felony fifth-degree drug possession charge.

A victim impact statement was read during the remote sentencing on behalf of the family, citing severe emotional trauma and personal and professional disruption following the incident. Beasley also spoke and said, “I am not that person. I humbly apologize for my actions.”

As part of the conditions of the sentencing, Beasley was given three years of probation with no use of alcohol or drugs and completion of an anger management program. He was also issued a lifetime ban on the possession of guns.

Mitchell scores 36, leads Jazz to 122-108 win over Celtics

Donovan Mitchell had 36 points and nine assists to lead the Utah Jazz to their fifth straight victory, 122-108 over the Boston Celtics on Tuesday night.

Joe Ingles scored a season-high 24 points and added six assists for the Jazz. Rudy Gobert chipped in 18 points and 12 rebounds. Bojan Bogdanovic added 16 points and eight rebounds.

Utah (20-5) has won 16 of its last 17 games and keeps seeking ways to improve.

“It’s a group that isn’t concerned with our record, our win streak,” Utah coach Quin Snyder said. “We want to win, but the focus is squarely on getting better.”

Jaylen Brown scored 33 points and Jayson Tatum added 23 for Boston. The Celtics (12-11) lost for the third time in four games.

After trailing by as many as 14 points in the third quarter, the Celtics cut it to 108-104 on free throws from Brown and Tristan Thompson. The Jazz slammed the door on a comeback by scoring on six straight possessions.

Ingles and Mitchell combined for three 3-pointers to start the run and Gobert finished it with back-to-back dunks, giving Utah a 122-108 lead in the final minute.

“They got the best record in the league and it showed,” Brown said. “The way they play with the freedom. The kind of the flow they have to their team is really good right now.”

Mitchell scored or recorded an assist on each of the final seven Jazz baskets, showing his progression as a decision-maker in crunch time.

“He’s really able to understand the tempo of the game and is able to find his teammates,” Gobert said. “He’s improved every single year. But this year it feels like, especially these last few weeks, he’s been at his best.”

Over the last five games, Mitchell has averaged 28.6 points and 6.2 assists. He credits the trust teammates and coaches have placed in him.

“I’m always going to be confident in my abilities and what I can do,” Mitchell said. “But the trust factor allows me to be in that position.”

MLB players to wear electronic tracers, face discipline

Major League Baseball players, on-field staff and non-playing personnel who require access to them at ballparks must wear electronic tracing wristbands from the start of spring training and face discipline for violations.

Players will be encouraged to get vaccines but are not required to get them.

That was part of upgraded health protocols agreed to by Major League Baseball and the players’ association to deal with the novel coronavirus pandemic.

The 108-page operations manual, agreed to Monday night and obtained by The Associated Press, expands on the 101-page version used during the shortened 2020 season.

“Every covered Individual must wear a Kinexon contact tracing device at all times while in club facilities and during club directed travel and while engaged in team activities, including group workouts and practices,” the manual says. “Repeated failure to wear the devices or repeated failure to return the devices to the Kinexon device docking station may be a basis for discipline,” the manual says.

The manual states violations of the MLB or club codes of conduct or of spring training home quarantine “are subject to potential discipline, including but not limited to suspension or forfeiture of salary for days spent away from the club while in mandatory self-isolation or quarantine resulting from the violation.”

Player discipline would be subject to the just cause provisions of the collective bargaining agreement.

“Vaccination for COVID-19 will be voluntary for all players. However, MLB and the MLBPA will strongly encourage players to undergo vaccination at the appropriate time,” the manual states.

It adds “the parties, in consultation with their respective medical experts, will consider in good faith relaxing these protocols on a league-wide, team-wide and/or individual basis” … (to) the extent it is safe and appropriate to do so” when sufficient players are immunized.

As part of the agreement, the sides extended last year’s experimental use of seven-inning doubleheaders and runners on second base at the start of extra innings.

Active rosters will return to 26 from opening day through Aug. 31 and 28 for the rest of the regular season, as originally intended for 2020, down from the 28 used throughout last season. Each team can travel with up to five taxi squad players for road games, and if all five are used one must be a player designated before the season as a catcher. The taxi squad players must return to the alternate training site after each trip.

A team experiencing a COVID-19 outbreak may expand its active roster without the added players having to be optioned, sent outright to the minors or placed on waivers when impacted players return.

Players will undergo PCR testing for a second straight season, mostly by saliva samples but with a provision allowing nasal swabs. Blood samples will be occasionally collected for serology or rapid antibody testing. PCR testing will take place at least every other day starting in spring training and continue as long as a player’s team advances until the postseason ends. There will be daily temperature and symptom screening.

Spring training starts Feb. 17 in Florida and Arizona, and the sides agreed intake screening can start three days before a player’s voluntary report date. A player must undergo a five-day at-home quarantine before reporting, with exceptions for essential activities and approved outdoor workouts and exercise.

Penguins hire Hextall as GM, Burke as director of hockey ops

Mario Lemieux and the Pittsburgh Penguins are turning to a former rival to help them keep the Stanley Cup window open for Sidney Crosby and company. The team hired former Philadelphia Flyer goaltender and general manager Ron Hextall as the team’s general manager on Tuesday.

Hextall replaces Jim Rutherford, who resigned abruptly last month. The Penguins also hired longtime league executive Brian Burke as director of hockey operations.

The hires come less than two weeks after Rutherford, who built a roster around longtime captain Crosby that brought consecutive Stanley Cups to Pittsburgh in 2016 and 2017, stepped down with six months left on his contract, saying only “it was time.”

The 56-year-old Hextall won 240 games during his 13-year career, 11 of which came in Philadelphia, where the Flyers frequently battled Lemieux – now Pittsburgh’s co-owner – and the Penguins for bragging rights. Hextall retired in 1999 and has spent most of the last two decades as a league executive, including a four-year stint as general manager of the Flyers.

“It’s an honor to be joining the Pittsburgh Penguins – an organization well-known for its excellence on and off the ice,” Hextall said in a statement. “I look forward to working with ownership, Brian and the entire organization toward the ultimate goal of bringing another Stanley Cup to Pittsburgh.”

Burke, 65, has spent more than 30 years in management and was the general manager of the Anaheim Ducks when the franchise captured the Stanley Cup in 2007.

“We feel incredibly lucky to bring in two highly respected executives with a combined 50-plus years of NHL management experience,” Penguins president and CEO David Morehouse said in a statement. “Ron and Brian are well-known in the hockey world as fierce competitors with championship pedigrees. They’re very well-connected and experienced in all aspects of the game. They are both excited to get to work here in Pittsburgh, blending their skills and building on our long tradition of success.”

Hextall and Burke take over a club that still feels it is among the NHL’s elite, even with Crosby, former Hart Trophy winner Evgeni Malkin and defenseman Kris Letang all in their mid-30s. Pittsburgh is currently in fifth place in the crowded East Division with a 5-5-1 record (11 points) through 11 games.

The Penguins are in the midst of an extended layoff due to a COVID-19 outbreak in New Jersey.

Wilson thinks Seahawks received trade calls for him

Russell Wilson reiterated his desire to play for the Seattle Seahawks on Tuesday but admitted the NFL can be a business ripe with unknowns.

Appearing on “The Dan Patrick Show,” the star quarterback said he believes other teams have spoken to Seattle about trading for him.

“Yeah, I definitely believe (the Seahawks have) gotten calls for sure,” Wilson said. “I think any time you’re a player that tries to produce every week and has done it consistently, I think people are going to call for sure and I think that’s part of the process.”

When asked whether he was available via trade, the eight-time Pro Bowler replied, “I’m not sure if I’m available or not, that’s a Seahawks question.”

Despite the cryptic response, Wilson later added, “Hopefully I’ll play in Seattle forever,” according to Andrew Perloff.

Wilson has been vocal about the Seahawks’ struggles following their playoff exit. He was adamant on being involved in the club’s hiring of its next offensive coordinator, and reiterated Tuesday that he wanted to play a larger role in the franchise’s decision-making process.

“For me, personally, I want to be able to be involved,” Wilson said. “Because, at the end of the day, it’s your legacy. … I think that relationship’s really key and that dialogue – especially being a veteran player – that dialogue is really important.”

“It helps to be involved more,” he added. “But I think that dialogue (in Seattle) should happen more often.”

Rumors surfaced Monday that a couple of teams called the Seahawks to inquire about the veteran passer, but NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported there’s no chance that he’s dealt.

The 32-year-old has a no-trade clause on his current contract.

Super Bowl LV viewership lowest since 2007, was most streamed NFL game ever

Super Bowl LV between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Kansas City Chiefs drew 96.4 million total viewers across all platforms on Sunday, according to Nielsen ratings.

Viewership for the game, which aired on CBS, was down from last year’s Super Bowl and represented the lowest since 2007 (93.1 million), when the Indianapolis Colts defeated the Chicago Bears.

Despite the lower television ratings, CBS said Super Bowl LV drew an average minute audience of 5.7 million viewers on streaming platforms, the highest ever for an NFL contest.

It marks the second time in three years the game failed to eclipse 100 million viewers. Super Bowl XLIX between the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks remains the most-watched installment at 114 million.

Viewership was expected to be lower for the championship tilt this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic despite an intriguing quarterback matchup between Tom Brady and Patrick Mahomes.

The game was also more one-sided than expected, with the Bucs earning a dominant 31-9 win. Data showed that the matchup itself impacted viewership, as senior vice president of Octagon’s global media rights Dan Cohen told CNBC that the audience likely peaked when Tampa Bay held a 7-3 lead.

Last year’s Super Bowl drew a total audience of 102 million across Fox and all of its platforms.

Price calls out MLB for deadening baseball: ‘Pitchers knew all along’

Major League Baseball has slightly deadened the baseball, according to a report from The Associated Press, and one starting pitcher is noting the hypocrisy of the move.

“Did I see MLB is ‘slightly’ deadening the baseball?!” Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander David Price asked via his Twitter. “I thought MLB said (the ball) hadn’t been juiced? … Pitchers knew all along!”

The former Cy Young winner and five-time All-Star also added he was “happy to see (MLB) attempting to go back to the regular baseball.”

The move to deaden the baseball comes after a record amount of home runs were hit in 2017. That record was subsequently broken in 2019, with players combining to hit 6,776 homers in the regular season.

According to the report, MLB sent an internal memo that indicated baseballs that travel 375 feet or further will fly 1 or 2 feet shorter than the juiced ball of recent years.

Similarly, five more teams will be installing humidors in their ballparks, lifting the total number of clubs with humidity-controlled storage spaces for baseballs to 10. The Colorado Rockies, Arizona Diamondbacks, Seattle Mariners, New York Mets, and Boston Red Sox currently have humidors installed. The new teams were not named.

Rob Manfred and MLB denied any changes to the baseball over the years, stating that any differences fell within the league parameters. The league eventually commissioned an investigation, which found that the ball did have less drag, specifically blaming the seam height. Other independent tests indicated that the coefficient of restitution – or the ball’s bounciness – had also changed.

Serena Williams back in Australian Open’s 3rd Rd

Serena Williams is back in the Australian Open’s third round, where her stay in the Grand Slam tournament ended a year ago.

The owner of an Open era-record 23 major singles championships moved on by grabbing the last seven games to beat 99th-ranked Nina Stojanovic of Serbia 6-3, 6-0 in a little more than an hour.

Williams saved all three break points she faced, hit a half-dozen aces and compiled 27 winners with just 11 unforced errors.

The 39-year-old American has won the title in Australia seven times, but her third-loss to Wang Qiang in the third round in 2020 was Williams’ earliest exit at Melbourne Park in 14 years.

This time, Williams will try to go further with a win against Anastasia Potapova, a 19-year-old Russian who was the junior champion at Wimbledon in 2016 and currently is ranked 101st.

Potapova has yet to win a tour-level title and will be making her debut in the third round at a major tournament.


With one month to go in the 2020-21 Big Ten women’s basketball regular season, numerous teams remain firmly in contention for the conference title, with the top five schools separated by two games or less in the loss column. This week’s Big Ten schedule features seven games on national television (including at least one during four of the next five days), highlighted by a BTN tripleheader on Thursday and the Big Ten’s first-ever women’s basketball game on FS1 on Sunday (Maryland at Nebraska).

Six Big Ten players were among the 30 candidates appearing on the Naismith Trophy Midseason Team released Tuesday. Caitlin Clark (Iowa), Ashley Owusu (Maryland), Naz Hillmon (Michigan), Lindsey Pulliam (Northwestern), Dorka Juhász (Ohio State) and Arella Guirantes (Rutgers) all earned their place as top contenders for the Naismith Trophy, which is presented annually to the nation’s top player. Iowa’s Megan Gustafson became the first Big Ten recipient of the honor in 2019.

Indiana guard Ali Patberg and Rutgers guard Arella Guirantes are part of the Senior CLASS Award 30-person candidate list announced Tuesday. The award is given each year to the nation’s top senior who exhibits notable achievements in the award’s four areas of excellence (community, classroom, character and competition). Three students from current Big Ten schools have earned the women’s basketball version of this award since it was established in 2002 — Nebraska’s Kelsey Griffin (2010) and the Iowa duo of Samantha Logic (2015) and Megan Gustafson (2019).

Penn State senior forward Johnasia Cash and Iowa freshman guard Caitlin Clark was selected as the Big Ten Player and Freshman of the Week on Monday. Cash became the first Lady Lion to record four consecutive double-doubles since 1997 (five by Angie Potthoff) when she registered 27 points and a career-high 19 rebounds in only 23 minutes of PSU’s 85-74 win over visiting Nebraska on Feb. 4. Meanwhile, Clark earned her ninth Big Ten Freshman of the Week honor after scoring 30 points in both Hawkeye games last week, giving her a conference-high six 30-point games this season. Clark’s nine Freshman of the Week citations are one shy of the Big Ten record set by Nebraska’s Jessica Shepard in 2015-16.

Maryland head coach Brenda Frese tied the program record with her 499th win at the school on Feb. 4 when her Terrapins downed visiting Wisconsin, 84-48. Frese, who is 499-130 (.793) in 19 seasons at Maryland, matched the total of her predecessor, Chris Weller, who went 499-286 (.636) from 1975-2002. Frese can become the third active Big Ten coach to earn 500 wins at her current school (Rutgers’ C. Vivian Stringer – 527; Michigan State men’s coach Tom Izzo – 637 entering Tuesday night’s game vs. Penn State) on Sunday when the Terrapins travel to Nebraska.

Penn State committed just three turnovers in its 98-74 win over visiting Wisconsin on Sunday. That ties for the third-fewest turnovers ever in a conference game, and the second time in a month a Big Ten team had three or fewer giveaways (Indiana tied the conference record with two turnovers in its win at PSU on Jan. 7). Prior to this season, only two Big Ten programs had registered three or fewer turnovers in a conference game since Big Ten women’s basketball regular-season action started in 1982-83 — 2 by Purdue vs. Northwestern (Dec. 29, 1996) and 3 by Minnesota at Northwestern (Feb. 13, 2003).

Indiana recorded its first win at Iowa’s Carver-Hawkeye Arena in nearly 27 years on Sunday with an 85-72 victory over the Hawkeyes. It was the Hoosiers’ first victory in Iowa City since Feb. 20, 1994, when they picked up a 63-59 win over an Iowa squad that was led at the time by Hall of Famer and current Rutgers coach C. Vivian Stringer.

Speaking of Rutgers, the Scarlet Knights returned to the court Sunday for the first time since Jan. 3 and posted a 78-62 win over the same Nebraska squad they faced in their last game before their hiatus started more than a month ago (won by the Huskers, 53-50 in Lincoln).

Illinois collected its first Big Ten win of the season Sunday with a 54-49 victory over visiting Purdue. It was the first Fighting Illini win over the Boilermakers in Champaign since Feb. 21, 2010 (a 61-57 victory) and the fewest points Illinois has allowed in a conference win since Jan. 7, 2017 (78-41 over Rutgers).

The Big Ten leads all NCAA Division I conferences with six schools in the top 25 and eight in the top 40 of the latest NCAA NET (NCAA Evaluation Tool) rankings released Tuesday. The current NET rankings are listed on page 3 of this release.

Five Big Ten programs, the second-most of any Division I conference, are appearing in the latest Associated Press and Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA)/USA Today Top 25 polls, with Iowa and Michigan State also receiving votes in the coaches’ poll. Nine different Big Ten teams have been ranked or receiving votes in one or both polls this season.

According to Tuesday’s NCAA statistics report, the Big Ten leads all Division I conferences in scoring (75.0 ppg.), while ranking second in rebounds (39.0 rpg.), assists (15.7 apg.) and field-goal percentage (.438).

The Big Ten leads the nation with five teams among the top 20 in the country (including three in the top 10 and the country’s No. 1 and 3 teams) in scoring offense. Maryland leads the nation in scoring at 91.5 points per game, followed by Iowa (3rd – 87.4), Ohio State (10th – 83.1), Michigan (16th – 81.5) and Rutgers (19th – 80.9). No other conference has more than three teams among the top 20 in the nation in scoring offense.

Continuing the theme of high-powered offenses, the Big Ten not only has five teams scoring more than 80 points per game, but more than half (8) of the conference schools are averaging better than 75 points per game, as of Tuesday. The Big Ten has never finished a season with five teams averaging 80 ppg. or eight averaging 75 ppg. — the closest the conference came was in 1995-96, when five of the (then) 11 Big Ten programs averaged more than 75 ppg. (Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue and Wisconsin).

The Big Ten is also tops among all conferences with four programs in the nation’s top 15 in field-goal percentage. Iowa is No. 2 in the nation (.506), followed by Michigan (8th – .480), Maryland (10th – .477) and Rutgers (12th – .475). No other conference has more than two schools in the top 15 nationally in field-goal percentage.

For the seventh consecutive season, all Big Ten games during conference play are being televised live on BTN, the ESPN family of networks or streamed live on Big Ten Network+. The most current schedule of Big Ten women’s basketball games on TV is online at

The Big Ten is in position to set a new conference record for the best non-conference winning percentage in regular-season games in a single campaign, currently posting an .846 (44-8) mark to date — the previous record was set last year when conference teams went .788 (123-33) in non-conference play. This year’s record includes three non-conference wins over Top 25 teams — Maryland 115-96 over No. 14 Arkansas on Nov. 29 (a Big Ten record for points against a ranked team); Michigan 76-66 at No. RV/23 Notre Dame on Dec. 3; Iowa 82-80 over No. RV/24 Iowa State on Dec. 9.

On Nov. 23, the Big Ten released its 2020-21 conference schedule, which will see schools play 20 Big Ten games, up two from the previous two seasons. Schools will play seven opponents twice (home and away) and the other six once (three at home and three on the road). To account for the additional games and preserve flexibility in the schedule, the Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament has been moved to March 9-13 and will continue to be played at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

On Oct. 23, the Big Ten Conference announced the launch of the ‘United As One’ social justice campaign. ‘United As One’ is among several conference-wide Equality Coalition initiatives dedicated to constructively and collectively recognizing and eliminating racism and hate in our society by creating resources for inclusion, empowerment and accountability.

The Big Ten Conference established the Equality Coalition in 2020 with 227 members including presidents and chancellors, directors of athletics, coaches, student-athletes, conference and school administrators, alumni, families and friends representing all 14 institutions.

INDIANA WBB: No. 15 IU Faces Penn State on Wednesday Afternoon


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – No. 15 Indiana will try for a series sweep of Penn State on Wednesday afternoon when the two teams meet at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall. Tipoff is set for 3 p.m. ET on Big Ten Network.

#15/17 INDIANA (11-4, 9-2 B1G) VS. PENN STATE (8-7, 5-6 B1G)

Wednesday, February 10, 2021 • 3 p.m. ET

Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall • Bloomington, Ind.

Broadcast: BTN (Lisa Byington, Christy Winters Scott)

Radio: WHCC 105.1 FM (Greg Murray)

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Indiana will face a Penn State team on a four-game win streak, most recently coming off a win over Wisconsin on Sunday. Senior forward Johnasia Cash is coming off a Big Ten Player of the Week performance as she leads the team with 15.5 points and 9.3 rebounds per game. Sophomore guard Makenna Marisa adds 15.0 points and 4.6 assists per game. The Lady Lions average 76.9 points per game through 15 games of the 2020-21 season.


Penn State leads 33-16


1/7/21 – W, 85-64 (University Park, Pa.)


  • Indiana returns home on Wednesday night and will go for the series sweep of the Lady Lions for the first time since the 2016-17 season. IU took the first meeting in University Park on Jan. 7, 85-64.
  • Behind a combined 48 points from senior guard Ali Patberg and sophomore forward Mackenzie Holmes, the Hoosiers picked up its first win in Carver Hawkeye Arena since 1994 in an 85-72 win on Sunday. Holmes led the way with 25 points and 13 rebounds for her fifth double-double of the season which earned her a spot on the Big Ten Player of the Week honor roll.
  • Three players are averaging double figures for the Hoosiers this season behind Holmes’ 18.3 points per game. Junior guard Grace Berger adds 15.5 points per game while Patberg is averaging 12.8 points per contest.
  • Patberg was named on of 30 candidates for the Senior CLASS Award on Monday. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School ®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities. 
  • IU moved up two spots in the Associated Press top 25 this week to No. 15. It matches its highest rating in the media poll this season, coming in at No. 15 in the preseason and weeks 2-4 of the 2020-21 season.


Indiana travels to Illinois on Sunday. Tip is set for 3 p.m. ET on Big Ten Network Plus.

BUTLER WBB: Butler WBB Back in Action Wednesday at Marquette


INDIANAPOLIS – The Bulldogs will get back on the court Wednesday with a 2 PM contest at Marquette. The Golden Eagles will host Butler at the Al McGuire Center. The BEDN broadcast will stream on

Bulldog Bits

– Jaia Alexander scored a career-high 22 points in the last meeting vs. Marquette (Jan. 24).

– Alexander ranks fifth in the BIG EAST averaging 7.1 rebounds per game.

– Okako Adika ranks sixth in the BIG EAST in 3-point field goal percentage (.449).

– Adika has reached double figures in 10 of Butler’s 13 games this season (season-high 29 pts vs. PC)

– Genesis Parker took an elbow to the face vs. Villanova (limited to 14 minutes), but will play Wednesday.

– Abby Stoddard played a season-high 18 minutes vs. the Wildcats.

Scouting Marquette                                                                             

The Golden Eagles lost two games over the weekend to move their overall record to 12-4. Each loss came at home to some of the best competition in the league. Before setbacks to UConn and DePaul, Marquette had won six-straight. Four out of the five Golden Eagle starters average double figures. The team is led by senior guard Selena Lott and her 15.1 scoring average. Marquette shot 62 percent from the field the last time they met Butler. They dished out 29 assists on 38 made field goals to find the win column.

All-Time Series vs. the Golden Eagles                                               

The Golden Eagles hold a 15-9 advantage over Butler in the all-time series. The Golden Eagles won the first matchup this year 95-57. The two teams split the regular season series last year with each program winning on their home floor. Butler came out on top in the first meeting at Hinkle Fieldhouse 61-55 and Marquette would win at the Al McGuire Center 76-54. This rivalry dates back to the 1985-86 season. Butler’s first win that year came against Marquette 62-61.

Last Meeting vs. Marquette                                                               

Jaia Alexander and Genesis Parker played well against the Golden Eagles in the first meeting. Alexander scored 22 points on 8-of-16 shooting and also led BU with five rebounds. Parker added 10 points and two steals to the BU box score. Marquette got a lift inside from Lauren Van Kleunen and her team-high 21 points. Van Kleunen only missed four shots (10-14) in 24 minutes of action. Selena Lott chipped in with 17 points and Claire Kaifes came off the bench to add 12.

Back in the Saddle                                                                                               

Butler was limited to just four games during the month of December, but finished January with nine contests in the books. That is par for the course as BU played eight games in January last year. The schedule will be challenging moving forward with only three home games remaining.

Last Game                                                                                                              

Maddy Siegrist notched her BIG EAST leading eighth double-double of the season with 26 points and 10 rebounds as the Wildcats scored win No. 10 on the year, defeating Butler in Indianapolis on Sunday. Siegrist shot 10-of-18 from the field as Villanova (10-3, 5-3 BIG EAST) shot .524 as a team on the afternoon, marking their best shooting performance since shooting .526 in its Nov. 25 season opener against Rider. Villanova led wire-to-wire despite three Bulldogs (1-12, 1-11) finishing in double figures. Okako Adika and Jaia Alexander tied for the team lead with 14 points apiece. Lior Garzon added a season-high 19 points for Villanova.

Nine for 900                                                                                                          

Grad transfer Micah Scheetz needs nine points on Wednesday to reach 900 career points. The shooting guard scored 92 points as a freshman at UAB and 742 in two years at ETSU. This season, Scheetz has 57 points in 10 games. She is coming off a 10-point performance against Villanova.

Welcome Back                                                                                       

Nyamer Diew returned to action for Butler against Villanova after missing the previous four contests due to injury. Diew was solid off the bench, posting three assists, two steals and two points in 21 minutes of playing time.


Okako Adika is the only Bulldog to start in all 13 games this season. Other Bulldogs to be active in all 13 games this year include Tenley Dowell, Ellen Ross, and Annilia Dawn. Upe Atosu has missed the last five games due to injury and Rosemarie has been inactive over Butler’s last two contests.

Atosu Eyes Comeback                                                                          

Upe Atosu is close to returning to action for the Bulldogs. Despite missing five games, Atosu still leads the team with 15 steals. Butler could also use her 8 points per game in the scoring column on the road at Marquette.


Emilia Sexton has come off the bench for Butler in 10 games this season. She has 10 made field goals with nine of those 10 buckets coming from behind the 3-point line.

3-Point Range                                                                                         

As a team, Butler averages seven made 3-point field goals per game this season, the sixth-highest mark in the BIG EAST. Their best shooting performance from long range came at Seton Hall when they hit 11 of their 24 attempts from behind the arc (45%). Their worst shooting performance from long range came in the first meeting vs. Marquette. BU hit just three of their 11 attempts (27%).

Block Out                                                                                                               

Marquette is +9.3 in rebound margin this year, ranking second in the BIG EAST Conference. The Golden Eagles outrebounded Butler 32-20 in the first meeting. Eight of Butler’s 20 rebounds were offensive.

8 Games in 18 Days                                                                                              

Butler played eight games in just 18 days from Jan. 7 to Jan. 24. That’s the most amount of games in the least amount of days since Butler joined the BIG EAST Conference. In 2017-18 they played eight games in 20 days.

Up Next                                                                                                                  

Butler will host St. John’s on Saturday, Feb. 13. The Johnnies won the first meeting 64-56.  Genesis Parker led the way for Butler with 13 points.

OHIO STATE WBB: Juhasz Named to Naismith Midseason Watch List
The Hungary native is riding a four-game double-double streak 

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State forward Dorka Juhasz has been named to the midseason watch list for the 2021 Jersey Mike’s Naismith Trophy Women’s Player of the Year. The 30-player list was announced by the Atlanta Tipoff Club on Tuesday.

Juhasz is averaging a double-double this season with 15.3 points and 11.2 rebounds per game. She is second in the Big Ten in rebounding and has eight double-doubles on the season. Juhasz is currently riding a four-game double-double streak.

The Pecs, Hungary native matched her career-high with 27 points in the win over Miami (Ohio) in December and then helped lead the Buckeyes to a win over No. 7 Maryland by pulling down a career-high tying 16 rebounds. That was the eighth time in her career she had 16 rebounds in a game.

Juhasz is one of five players from the Big Ten on the list, joining Arella Guirantes (RUT), Naz Hillmon (UM), Ashley Owusu (MD) and Lindsey Pulliam (NW).

BIG 10 HOCKEY: Notre Dame and Wisconsin Earn Three Stars Honors

Badgers’ Holloway earns First Star accolades after posting a nation-leading seven points to help the Badgers sweep No. 2/2 Minnesota 

First Star

Dylan Holloway, Wisconsin  

F – So. – Bragg Creek, Alberta

  • Tied for the national lead for points with two goals and five assists last week as No. 11/12 Wisconsin swept #2/2 Minnesota
  • Notched two points on a goal and an assist in Friday’s win before recording a career-best five-point night with a goal and four assists in Saturday’s 8-1 win
  • The forward is currently averaging 1.92 points per game, the highest of any Big Ten Player, while on an eight-game point streak and seven-game multi-point game streak
  • Claims his second career weekly honor in as many weeks
  • Last Wisconsin honorees: Cole Caufield (First Star) and Dylan Holloway (Second Star) on Feb. 2, 2021

Second Star 

Alex Steeves, Notre Dame

F – Jr. – Eden Prairie, Minn.

  • Led the Fighting Irish to a sweep of Ohio State with a nation-leading seven points on the weekend
  • Finished with a goal and three assists in Friday’s 6-1 victory, before adding three assists on Saturday for his third multi-point game of the season and the 10th of his career
  • Has now recorded at least one point in 15 of Notre Dame’s 20 games and currently has a five-game point streak (4-6-10)
  • Claims his first career weekly honor 
  • Last Notre Dame honoree: Graham Slaggert (First Star) on Jan. 19, 2021

Third Star 

Cole Caufield, Wisconsin

F – So. – Stevens Point, Wis.

  • Posted three goals and a pair of assists last week to help the Badgers sweep Minnesota in Minneapolis for the first time since Feb. 6-7, 2009
  • Found the back of the net twice in Friday’s 4-1 victory, including the game winner, before following up with a goal and two assists in Saturday’s finale 
  • Extended his point streak to 12 games (13 goals, 12 assists) and leads the nation with 17 goals and 33 points on the season
  • Earns his fourth career weekly award and his third of the season
  • Last Wisconsin honorees: Cole Caufield (First Star) and Dylan Holloway (Second Star) on Feb. 2, 2021

BIG 10 WRESTLING: Notre Dame and Wisconsin Earn Three Stars Honors

Badgers’ Holloway earns First Star accolades after posting a nation-leading seven points to help the Badgers sweep No. 2/2 Minnesota 

First Star

Dylan Holloway, Wisconsin  

F – So. – Bragg Creek, Alberta

  • Tied for the national lead for points with two goals and five assists last week as No. 11/12 Wisconsin swept #2/2 Minnesota
  • Notched two points on a goal and an assist in Friday’s win before recording a career-best five-point night with a goal and four assists in Saturday’s 8-1 win
  • The forward is currently averaging 1.92 points per game, the highest of any Big Ten Player, while on an eight-game point streak and seven-game multi-point game streak
  • Claims his second career weekly honor in as many weeks
  • Last Wisconsin honorees: Cole Caufield (First Star) and Dylan Holloway (Second Star) on Feb. 2, 2021

Second Star 

Alex Steeves, Notre Dame

F – Jr. – Eden Prairie, Minn.

  • Led the Fighting Irish to a sweep of Ohio State with a nation-leading seven points on the weekend
  • Finished with a goal and three assists in Friday’s 6-1 victory, before adding three assists on Saturday for his third multi-point game of the season and the 10th of his career
  • Has now recorded at least one point in 15 of Notre Dame’s 20 games and currently has a five-game point streak (4-6-10)
  • Claims his first career weekly honor 
  • Last Notre Dame honoree: Graham Slaggert (First Star) on Jan. 19, 2021

Third Star 

Cole Caufield, Wisconsin

F – So. – Stevens Point, Wis.

  • Posted three goals and a pair of assists last week to help the Badgers sweep Minnesota in Minneapolis for the first time since Feb. 6-7, 2009
  • Found the back of the net twice in Friday’s 4-1 victory, including the game winner, before following up with a goal and two assists in Saturday’s finale 
  • Extended his point streak to 12 games (13 goals, 12 assists) and leads the nation with 17 goals and 33 points on the season
  • Earns his fourth career weekly award and his third of the season
  • Last Wisconsin honorees: Cole Caufield (First Star) and Dylan Holloway (Second Star) on Feb. 2, 2021

OHIO STATE WRESTLING: Buckeyes Look to Continue Run in Madison
Ohio State has come home with a victory in each of its last four visits to Madison

12/11 Ohio State at Wisconsin
Feb. 10, 2021
Time: 7
:00 p.m. ET
Madison, Wisc. – Kohl Center
Watch: BTN Plus+

Ohio State has won five of its last six games and will look to stay hot in Madison on Wednesday as the Buckeye battle Wisconsin. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET and the game will be streamed on BTN Plus+. The Buckeyes have won its last four games inside the Kohl Center. This will be the team’s lone meeting this season.

  • Ohio State heads to Wisconsin on Wednesday for its lone meeting with the Badgers this season.
  • The Buckeyes have a 56-17 lead in the all-time series and have won 29 of the last 32 meetings, including the last four trips to Madison.
  • Ohio State has won five of its last six games overall and sits at 12-2 on the season and 8-2 in the conference.
  • Wisconsin comes into the game at 4-13 and 1-13 vs. Big Ten foes. The Badgers lone conference win was a 69-57 win over Illinois on Jan. 31. Sydney Hilliard leads the team at 17.2 ppg. The Badgers have been outscored by 17.5 ppg in their 14 conference games.
  • After four consecutive games vs. ranked opponents, the Buckeyes were able to have a comfortable fourth quarter Sunday vs. Minnesota. OSU ran out to a 28-point lead in the third quarter and was able to coast home to victory.
  • All 11 players who suited up for the game saw action and 10 of them scored. Dorka Juhasz and Aaliyah Patty each notched double-doubles in the win.
  • For Juhasz, she is riding a four-game double-double streak and has a total of eight on the season. The Hungary native is averaging 15.3 points and 11.2 rebounds per game.
  • Juhasz is just 105 points away from 1,000 in her career.
  • Juhasz was named to the Naismith Midseason Player of the Year Watch List.
  • Patty’s double-double vs. Minnesota was the fifth of her career. She has scored in double figures in seven consecutive games which is the longest streak of her career.
  • After a pair of uncharacteristic games, Jacy Sheldon has bounced back with back-to-back solid outings. She is averaging 23 ppg over the last two wins.
  • Ohio State is 10th in the country in scoring at 83.1 ppg and has scored 80 or more points 10 times this season. The Buckeyes have won 24 consecutive games when scoring 80 or more points dating back to a 103-89 loss at Iowa on Jan. 25, 2018.
  • The Buckeyes are eight in the country in three-point defense, holding opponents to just 23.9 percent from beyond the arc.

HCAC Men’s and Women’s Indoor Track and Field Notebook, Week 4 

Athletes of the Week:
Men’s Track:
Sheldan Lindsay (Stone Mountain, Ga.) Earlham College | Junior – Lindsay set a new Earlham 60m dash record with a time of 7.07 seconds at Friday’s Defiance College Dick Small Invitational. Lindsay eclipsed the old record of 7.17 seconds, set in 2006 by Collin McCullough and matched by Lindsay last weekend. Lindsay’s time of 7.07 is the top 60m dash time in the HCAC this season and is currently tied for 23rd among Division III performers. Lindsay also won the 200m dash at the Defiance meet with a time of 23.36 seconds, which ranks third among HCAC performers in the event this season.
Men’s Field:
Joe Garling (Cedar Lake, Ind.) Manchester University | Junior – Garling had his best performance of the indoor season this past Friday night at Rose-Hulman. Garling took home top honors in the weight throw following a personal best mark of 15.08m (49′ 5 3/4″). Garling’s top mark on the night currently leads the HCAC and also stands as the fifth best mark in the weight throw in the Manchester record books.
Women’s Track:
Kelsey Tyler (Rochester, Ind.) Manchester University | Junior – Tyler cruised to a first-place finish at the ‘Friday Night Spikes’ in the women’s 5000m. Tyler crossed the tape with a top time of 18:56.83 – 34 seconds ahead of the second-place finisher. Tyler owns the top time in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference by over 20 seconds.
Women’s Field:
Cassie Utley (Danville, Ind.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Senior – Utley won the shot put (38′ 7 3/4″) and placed third in the weight throw (44′ 2″) at the Friday Night Spikes Series Meet. Utley helped the Fightin’ Engineers win the team scoring over Franklin and Manchester.
Notable Performances:

  • Clayton Wilson (Greencastle, Ind.) Anderson University | Senior – Wilson captured first in the 3,000 with a time of 10:50.06 during Friday’s Dick Small Invitational. He also contributed to a second-place finish in the 4,000 DMR.
  • Desmond Gist (Detroit, Mich.) Bluffton University | First-Year – Gist ran an 8.61 in the 60 meter hurdles. It is a school record and puts him number one in the conference by over .28.
  • Blessed Shumba (Harare, Zimbabwe) Earlham College | Sophomore – Shumba won both the high jump and the long jump at Friday’s Defiance College Dick Small Invitational. Shumba took first place in the high jump after clearing a height of 1.80m (5-10 3/4), the second-best mark in the HCAC this season. His mark of 6.01m (19-8 3/4) in the long jump also took first-place honors, and places him tied for sixth in the HCAC this season.
  • Reece Hunter (Mooresville, Ind.) Hanover College | Senior – Hunter led Hanover at DePauw on Friday winning the 200-meter dash in a time of 24.07. He also claimed a fourth place finish in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.53.
  • Jalen Simmons (Indianapolis, Ind.) Hanover College | Junior – Simmons claimed the top spot in the Pole vault on Friday evening as part the Tiger Invite hosted by DePauw. The junior cleared a height of 4.12 meters. He also had success in the triple jump, winning the event with a leap of 5.62 meters.
  • Enrique Salazar (Plymouth, Ind.) Manchester University | Sophomore – Reigning HCAC Male Track Athlete of the Week Enrique Salazar added to his dominant stretch of indoor performances ahead of the HCAC Championships. Salazar won the 5000m on Friday night at Rose-Hulman, winning with a leading time of 15:10.56 – nearly 20 full seconds ahead of the second-place finisher. Salazar’s time was a new personal record and vaulted him to second place on the Manchester all-time top 10 list in the event.
  • Nolan Gross (Nashville, Tenn.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Graduate Student – Gross won the mile run (4:32.72) and finished third in the 800-meter run (2:03.81) at the Rose-Hulman Friday Night Spikes Meet. Gross helped the Fightin’ Engineers win the team scoring over Franklin and Manchester.
  • Mikey Holtz (Elkhart, Ind.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Senior – Holtz won the pole vault with a mark of 13′ 5 1/4″ at the Rose-Hulman Friday Night Spikes Meet. Holtz helped the Fightin’ Engineers win the team scoring over Franklin and Manchester.
  • Jacob Burnam (Louisville, Ky.) Transylvania University | Junior – Burnam won the men’s mile run at the IWU Midwest Classic on Saturday, setting a new Transylvania record with a time of 4:21.72, the fastest mark in the HCAC this season. The junior also took home third-place in the men’s 600-meter run in a time of 1:25.27, another new school record.


  • Noelle Loller (Lapel, Ind.) Anderson University | First-Year – Loller captured first in the 3,000 with a time of 11:06.81 during Friday’s Dick Small Invitational.
  • Haley Morvilius (Selma, Ind.) Anderson University | First-Year – Morvilius captured first (10.07 meters) in the shot put during Friday’s Dick Small Invitational. She also took second (10.40 meters) in the weight throw.
  • Stephanie Fox (Pickerington, Ohio) Bluffton University | Senior – Fox had a throw of 10.68 meters on Saturday at Tiffin. It has her number two in the conference heading into the HCAC Indoor Championships.
  • Lyndsey Hermes (Edmond, Okla.) Earlham College | Sophomore – Hermes took first place in the 200m dash with a time of 27.49 seconds at Friday’s Defiance College Dick Small Invitational. Hermes’ time is the top 200m time in the HCAC this season. Hermes also ran for Earlham’s first-place team in the 4x400m relay, which posted a time of 4:48.60.
  • Madison Huelskamp (Sidney, Ohio) Earlham College | Sophomore – Huelskamp won the long jump at Friday’s Defiance College Dick Small Invitational. Huelskamp posted a mark of 4.79m (15-8 3/4), the third-best long jump mark in the HCAC this season. She also placed second in the triple jump with a mark of 9.10m (29-10 1/4).
  • Zaleeya Martin (Shelbyville, Ind.) Hanover College | Sophomore – Martin posted a strong showing as part of the Tiger Invite hosted by DePauw. The sophomore won the 60-meter dash with a time of 8.32. She carried the momentum into the 4×200-meter relay, winning the race with a time of 1:54.88.
  • Jessica Beckman (Glenwood, Ind.) Hanover College | Junior – Beckman helped lead the Panthers at the DePauw on Friday evening as she won the shot put with a pitch of 10.67 meters. She also found success in the weight throw taking second the event with a toss of 11.32 meters.
  • Erica Mohr (Payne, Ohio) Manchester University | Junior – Mohr had her best performance in the women’s weight throw on Friday night at Rose-Hulman. Mohr set a new personal record in the weight throw en route to a second-place finish on Friday. Mohr’s top throw of 13.75m (45′ 1 1/2″) was the eighth best mark in program history. She currently has the second-best mark in the weight throw in the HCAC, placing just behind fellow teammate Tara Conley.
  • Adekite Oladipupo (Decatur, Ill.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Senior – Oladipupo won the 60-meter dash (8.44 seconds) and placed fifth in the 200 (29.40) at the Friday Night Spikes Meet. She also won the long jump with a mark of 15′ 5″. Oladipupo helped the Fightin’ Engineers win the team scoring over Franklin and Manchester.

HCAC Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving Notebook, Week 4

Athlete of the Week:
Men’s Swimming:
Noah Tallman (Bargersville, Ind.) Franklin College | Senior – Tallman won three events and was part of one winning relay and one runner-up relay as Franklin won dual competitions with Wabash and Hanover over the weekend. He bested the field in both the 200 freestyle (1:46.61) and the 500 freestyle (4:56.47) against Wabash on Friday night while being a member of the runner-up 200 freestyle relay team that finished in 1:28.93. He was the winner in the 200 IM with a time of 2:03.26 and part of Franklin’s winning 200 freestyle relay team that finished in 1:31.69.
Men’s Diving:
Gauge Creech (Franklin, Ind.) Franklin College | Sophomore – Creech won both the 1-meter and 3-meter diving events on Friday night against Wabash. He earned 240.55 points over six dives on the 1-meter board and 256.20 points on the 3-meter board.
Women’s Swimming:
Delaney McPherson (Kansas City, Mo.) | Transylvania University | First-Year – In a matchup against Anderson, McPherson won both the women’s 200 freestyle (2:06.85) and women’s 500 freestyle (5:35.68). The freshman was also a member of two relay victories, the women’s 200 freestyle relay (1:45.48), and the women’s 200 medley relay (1:56.54).
Women’s Diving:
Hannah Tapp (Chillicothe, Ohio) Transylvania University | First-Year – Tapp won the women’s 1-meter diving event with a score of 264.70 as the Pioneers took on the Anderson Ravens on Saturday.
Notable Performances:

  • Noah Scheffer (Lambertville, Mich.) Anderson University | Sophomore – Scheffer captured first in the 100 butterfly (54.05). He also secured second in the 50 freestyle (22.40), only trailing his teammate by 0.2 seconds. Scheffer contributed to a winning 200 freestyle relay with a time of 1:31.03 He also competed in a 200 medley that clocked a time of 1:42.08 and missed the win by just 0.04 seconds.
  • Matthew Hayward (Fort Wayne, Ind.) Anderson University | First-Year – Hayward turned in an 11-dive 1-meter diving score of 446.30 to take first in the event. He put together an average score of 40.57 points per dive.
  • Jared Brown (Skokie, Ill.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Junior – Brown was a perfect 4-4 in winning events to propel the Rose-Hulman men to a 158-101 victory over DePauw on Saturday. Brown won the 50-freestyle (21.83) and the 100-freestyle (48.53), while also helping both the 200-medley (1:37.39) and 400-freestyle (3:03.99) relay teams pick up victories. The Fightin’ Engineers picked up a 57-point win over DePauw after falling to the Tigers last season.
  • Connor Hood (Lexington, Ky.) Transylvania University | Sophomore – In a matchup against Anderson, Hood raced to victories in the men’s 100 backstroke (57.76), the men’s 200 backstroke (2:07.67), and led the Pioneers to a win in the men’s 200 medley relay (1:42.04). Hood also captured a second-place finish in the men’s 200 freestyle relay.


  • Tess Maubach (Bloomington, Ill.) Anderson University | Junior – Maubach captured first in the 100 backstroke (1:06.02) and the 100 butterfly (1:04.75). Maubach also contributed to second-place finishes in the 200 medley relay (1:58.19) and the 200 freestyle relay (1:46.54).
  • Brynna Sentel (Sullivan, Ill.) Franklin College | Senior – Sentel won both of her individual events on Saturday afternoon in Franklin’s dual win over Hanover. She bested the field in both the 100 freestyle (55.07) and the 100 breaststroke (1:10.91)
  • Samantha Stevens (Eagan, Minn.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Senior – Stevens recorded second place finishes in both the 5-dive 1-meter and 6-dive 1-meter events. Stevens scored 152.70 points in the 5-dive competition and scored 225.25 in the 6-dive to place 2nd behind a school record performance from a DePauw diver.

INDIANA STATE BASEBALL: Sycamores Announce 2021 Baseball Schedule


TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State baseball head coach Mitch Hannahs released his clubs 2021 schedule Tuesday. The schedule features a 48-game slate that will lead up to the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament hosted by Southern Illinois May 26-29.
For 2021, the Missouri Valley Conference has instituted several changes for the season. Teams will play four-game conference series, rather than the traditional three-game series used in past seasons. MVC teams will play four games in three days, with the middle day of the series serving as the doubleheader day. The first game of the doubleheaders will be a seven-inning game. If that first seven-inning game goes into nine or more innings, the second game of the doubleheader will automatically become a seven-inning game.

Additionally, the conference tournament has been shortened to four days and will feature the top-six teams, rather than all eight teams. For regular season MVC games, the conference will use the NCAA recommendation to place a runner on second base in extra-innings. This option will be pre-determined by head coaches for non-conference games.
Indiana State opens the season with 24-straight games on the road with the first series coming against Pittsburgh (Feb. 19-21) in Port Charlotte, Fla. as part of the Snowbird Baseball Classic.
The Sycamores will follow an ACC opponent with a four-game series with SEC foe Tennessee in Knoxville (Feb. 26-28).
Indiana State returns to the state of Florida a week later for a seven-game stretch beginning with a weekend series against Florida International (Mar. 5-7), a midweek contest with Florida Gulf Coast (Mar. 9) before wrapping up with a weekend series at Florida Atlantic (Mar. 11-13).
ISU will take to the road once again with a three-game set at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (Mar. 19-21) before returning to the Midwest to take on the Billikens in Saint Louis (Apr. 1-3).
Missouri Valley Conference action begins in mid-April as the Sycamores travel to Normal to take on Illinois State (Apr. 9-11). Along with the Redbirds, Indiana State will travel to Dallas Baptist (Apr. 23-25), Missouri State (May 7-9), and Evansville (May 20-22).
April 16 will mark the first home games for the Sycamores as the team will welcome conference foe Valparaiso to Bob Warn Field. The team will also play host to Bradley (Apr. 30-May 2), and Southern Illinois (May 14-16).
Indiana State’s attendance policies and television package will be announced at a later date.