INDIANA BOYS BASKETBALL MONDAY
Barr Reeve 67 Wood Memorial 28
Central Noble 83 Bethany Christian 60
Christian Academy (KY) 53 Christian Academy (IN) 45
Concord 47 LaPorte 45
Fort Wayne North 92 DeKalb 81
Greenwood Christian 72 Indianapolis International 62
Illiana Christian 65 South-Central – Union Mills 38
Jennings County 40 Connersville 38 OT
Lakeland Christian 67 Granger Christian 39
Park Tudor 51 Heritage Christian 44
Perry Central 72 Cannelton 32
Plainfield 44 Lebanon 31
Portage 39 Kankakee Valley 38
Westville 64 South Bend Career 51
GIRLS HIGH BASKETBALL – SECTIONAL TUESDAY
FINAL INDIANA GIRLS BASKETBALL POLLS
1 N. Central
2 Crown Point.
3 Bedford North Lawrence
6 Fort Wayne Carroll
9 E. Central
1. Silver Creek
4 Evansville Memorial
7 Hamilton Heights
8 South Bend Washington
9. Mishawaka Marian
10 Fort Wayne Concordia
1. Linton – Stockton
4 Lafayette Central Catholic
5 Triton Central
7 Clinton Prairie
9 S. Putnam
10 N. Judson
1 Trinity Lutheran
6 Blue River
8 Greenwood Christian
9 Morgan Twp.
MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
#13 Texas Tech 57 #9 Oklahoma 52
#25 Drake 95 Illinois State 60
Louisville 74 Georgia Tech 58
Indiana State 67 Bradley 55
Evansville 58, Valparaiso 51
Miami, Florida 77 Duke 75
Loyola Chicago 70 Missouri State 50
Memphis 96 Central Florida 69
WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
#4 North Carolina State 74 #1 Louisville 60
#22 Northwestern 69 #11 Ohio State 57
Marquette 66 Creighton 53
Nevada 73 UNLV 70
LA Lakers 107 Atlanta 99
Charlotte 129 Miami 121 OT
Sacramento 118 New Orleans 109
Chicago 110 New York 102
Cleveland 100 Minnesota 98
Milwaukee 134 Portland 106
Houston 136 Oklahoma City 106
Phoenix 109 Dallas 108
Memphis 133 San Antonio 102… Desmond Bane 10 points
ASSOCIATED PRESS MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL POLL
7 Ohio State
13 Texas Tech
16 Virginia Tech
17 West Virginia
20 Florida State
MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL COACHES TOP 25 POLL
9 Ohio State
11 Texas Tech
16 Virginia Tech
18 West Virginia
19 Florida State
24 Oklahoma State
ASSOCIATED PRESS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL POLL
2 South Carolina
4 North Carolina State
7 Texas A&M
11 Ohio State
14 S. Florida
21 West Virginia
23 South Dakota State
24 Mississippi State
BIG 10 MEN’S BASKETBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Illinois and Purdue Earn Weekly Men’s Basketball Honors
Player of the Week
Ayo Dosunmu, Illinois
G – Jr. – 6-5 – Chicago, Ill. – Morgan Park (Ill.) – Major: Communication
- Led all players with 25 points to help Illinois to an 80-75 win over then-ranked No. 7/No. 7 Iowa. Marked the program’s highest-ranked win since Illinois defeated No. 5/No. 7 Michigan on Dec. 11, 2019.
- Shot 11-for-18 (.611 pct.) from the field, including 3-for-3 (1.000 pct.) from three-point range. Added four assists and two rebounds.
- Scored 22-plus points for the 10th time this season, which ranks second in the NCAA behind Iowa’s Luka Garza (12 games).
- Dosunmu is the only Big Ten player in the last 11 seasons to average 20.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game, and is just the third Big Ten player to do so since 1992-93: Ohio State’s Evan Turner (2009-10) and Indiana’s Brian Evans (1995-96). Additionally, Dosunmu is one of just two players in the country this season to average 20.0, 6.0 and 4.0 (Cameron Shelton, Northern Arizona).
- Dosunmu has now made 10-plus field goals in six games this season, giving him eight such games during his career. According to Illinois, Dosunmu’s eight career games of 10-plus field goals are the most by an Illini player in at least 25 years. His six games of 10-plus field goals this season rank second in the Big Ten behind Iowa’s Luka Garza (eight games). Dosunmu is one of just 11 players in the Big Ten to record six-plus games of 10-plus field goals in a single season dating back to 2010-11.
- Earns the fourth Player of the Week accolade of his career; was also a two-time Freshman of the Week honoree in 2018-19.
- Last Illinois Player of the Week: Ayo Dosunmu (Dec. 28, 2020)
Freshman of the Week
Brandon Newman, Purdue
G – 6-5 – Valparaiso, Ind. – Valparaiso (Ind.) – Major: Organizational Leadership
- Scored a career-high 29 points and grabbed six rebounds to help Purdue defeat then-ranked No. 21/No. 20 Minnesota. Also added two steals and a block in the win.
- His 29 points marked the fourth-most by a Boilermaker freshman in program history and the second-most in Mackey Arena. The last Purdue freshman to score 29-plus points in a game was A.J. Hammons (30 points vs. Indiana, Jan. 30, 2013).
- Shot 9-for-14 from the field, including 5-for-6 from three-point range. His five three-pointers set a new Purdue freshman single-game record.
- Is one of four Boilermaker freshmen to be named Big Ten Freshman of the Week this season and is the first to win the award multiple times (Feb. 1 and Jan. 18). Fellow freshmen Zach Edey (Nov. 11), Mason Gillis (Dec. 21) and Jaden Ivey (Jan. 25) have all won the award once this season.
- Earns the second Freshman of the Week accolade of his career.
- Last Purdue Freshman of the Week: Jaden Ivey (Jan. 25, 2021)
MEN’S BIG 10 BASKETBALL NOTEBOOK
• The Big Ten boasts six teams in the Associated Press Top-25poll and five teams in the USA TODAY coaches poll. The Big Ten’s six teams in the AP poll are tied for the most by any conference in the country. Three Big Ten teams appear in the top 10 of both polls: No. 4/No. 4 Michigan, No. 7/No. 9 Ohio State and No. 8/No. 8 Iowa. In total, the Big Ten has five teams in the top 20 of both polls. In addition to the six teams appearing in the two polls, two other teams — Minnesota and Rutgers — received votes in both polls. Purdue (No. 24) cracked the AP poll for the first time this season following its win over then-ranked No. 21/No. 20 Minnesota. Ohio State and Illinois moved up in both sets of rankings this week, with the Buckeyes climbing from No. 13/No. 15 to No. 7/No. 9 and the Fighting Illini jumping from No. 19/No. 22 to No. 12/No. 13.
• As of Feb. 1, the Big Ten has a major presence in the NCAA NET Rankings with 13 of its 14 teams (.929 pct.) appearing in the top 100. Michigan (No. 3), Illinois (No. 5), Iowa (No. 6), Ohio State (No. 12), Wisconsin (No. 18) and Purdue (No. 24) all cracked the NET’s top 25. The Big Ten has three teams in the NET’s top 10 and is one of just two conferences to have multiple teams in the top 10 (SEC with two teams).
• As of Feb. 1, KenPom’s rankings include four Big Ten teams in the top 10 in Michigan (No. 3), Iowa (No. 5) Illinois (No. 7) and Ohio State (No. 10). Wisconsin currently ranks No. 13, while Rutgers (No. 26) and Indiana (No. 27) sit just outside the top 25. The Big Ten owns 40.0 percent of KenPom’s top 10, while 11 of the conference’s 14 teams (.786 pct.) appear in the top 45 of the overall rankings.
• By conference, the Big Ten ranks 1st in the nation in NET and 2nd in RPI (.5803). The conference’s RPI trails only the Big 12 (.5881). The Big Ten recorded a 70-14 record (.833 pct.) in non-conference play, marking the highest non-conference winning percentage by any conference in the NCAA.
• After a 10-day layoff, Illinois returned to the court and secured a 80-75 win over then-ranked No. 7/No. 7 Iowa. The win marked the fifth top-10 win for the Illini under head coach Brad Underwood. Junior guard Ayo Dosunmu was named Big Ten Player of the Week after leading the Illini with 25 points. Dosunmu shot 11-for-18 from the field and was 3-for-3 from three-point range. Dosunmu is one of only two players in the country to average at least 20.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game this season.
• Penn State secured its best win of the season by defeating then-ranked No. 14/No. 13 Wisconsin 81-71, marking the first time that the Nittany Lions have defeated the Badgers since 2011. According to @BTNStatsGuys, Penn State’s 81 points in the victory are the most they have scored against the Badgers in series history (50 games). Penn State became the first team to score 80-plus points against Wisconsin in two years. The Badgers last surrendered 80-plus points in a game in the team’s 80-84 loss to Purdue on Jan. 11, 2019.
• Purdue defeated then-ranked No. 21/No. 20 Minnesota 81-62 at home to improve to 12-6 overall and 7-4 in the Big Ten. Purdue cracked the AP Top 25 poll for the first time this season following its win over Minnesota, and has now won five of its last six games, including three wins over AP-ranked teams. The win over the Gophers marked the 800th men’s basketball game played in Mackey Arena, where Purdue boasts a 655-145 (.819 pct.) all-time record. In the win, Purdue’s freshman class scored 51 of the team’s 81 points. Freshman guard Brandon Newman was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week and led the way with a career-high 29 points and six rebounds. Newman hit five three-point shots in the win, which tied a Boilermaker freshman record. Additionally, his 29 points are the fourth most by a freshman in program history and the most by a freshman since A.J. Hammons scored 30 against Indiana on Jan. 30, 2013. Junior forward Trevion Williams recorded his seventh double-double of the season with 17 points and 14 rebounds. Williams has now registered a double-double in four of the last five games.
• On Thursday, Rutgers defeated Michigan State for the first time in program history. The Scarlet Knights held the Spartans to just 37 points, marking the fewest points that Rutgers has allowed in a conference game since a 30-29 loss to St. Bonaventure on Jan. 25, 1982 (according to @BTNStatsGuys). Rutgers then defeated Northwestern on the road to finish the week 2-0 and improve to 10-6 overall and 6-6 in the Big Ten. According to @BTNStatsGuys, Rutgers has surrendered just 93 total points in its last two games, marking the fewest points that the Scarlet Knights have given up in consecutive league outings since 1982 when they held George Washington and UMass to 85 combined points in EAA play. Rutgers has now won three Big Ten road games in a single season for the second time since it joined the conference in 2014-15.
• The Big Ten boasts two of the top 10 scorers in the country in Iowa senior center Luka Garza (1st, 26.4 ppg) and Dosunmu (6th, 21.9 ppg).
• Illinois’ Kofi Cockburn is tied for the most double-doubles in the country this season (11) and has registered a double-double in eight of his last 10 games. Additionally, Cockburn ranks fourth in the country in field goal percentage (68.2 pct.)
• Michigan freshman center Hunter Dickinson ranks third in the country in field goal percentage (68.8 pct.). Among all freshmen in the country, Dickinson ranks ninth in points per game (15.1) and 14th in rebounds per game (7.2).
• Iowa ranks second in the country in scoring offense (89.7 ppg) and leads the nation in assists per game (20.6) and assist-turnover ratio (2.06). Illinois ranks fourth in the country in rebound margin (10.5). Defensively, Michigan ranks fifth in the nation in opponent field goal percentage (37.4 pct.).
BIG 10 WOMEN’S BASKETBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Player of the Week
Monika Czinano, Iowa
Jr. – F/C – Watertown, Minn. – Watertown-Mayer – Major: Biology
• Averaged 28.5 points and 8.0 rebounds per game with an .848 field-goal percentage (28-of-33) and a double-double last week as Iowa split conference matchups against Northwestern (loss) and at Minnesota (win)
• Posted her second double-double of the season with a career-high 34 points (on 17-of-19 shooting) and grabbed 11 rebounds in a Jan. 28 loss to No. 23/23 Northwestern
• Set what is believed to be a Big Ten record by making her first 15 shots against Northwestern, and extending her conference-record streak to 18 consecutive made field goals (dating back to her previous game on Jan. 18 vs. Purdue)
• Followed up with 23 points (on 11-of-14 shooting) in Sunday’s victory at Minnesota
• Received Academic All-Big Ten honors in 2019-20
• Earns her first career Big Ten Player of the Week award
• Last Iowa Player of the Week: Caitlin Clark (Dec. 14, 2020)
Big Ten Women’s Basketball Weekly Honor Roll
Ashley Owusu, So., G, MD: Averaged 26.5 ppg., 7.0 apg. and 3.5 rpg. in two conference games last week, including 33 points, nine assists and six rebounds on Jan. 25 in a two-point loss at No. 14/11 Ohio State
Braxtin Miller, Sr., G, OSU: Registered 21.5 ppg. and 4.0 spg. to help the Buckeyes to a pair of top-15 wins last week, highlighted by a season-high 25 points and five steals in a Jan. 28 win at No. 16/15 Indiana
Johnasia Cash, Sr., F, PSU: Became the first Lady Lion since 2007 to record three consecutive double-doubles, averaging 21.3 ppg. and 12.3 rpg. in a 2-1 week for PSU, including a career-high 28 points in Sunday’s win at Purdue
Freshman of the Week
Caitlin Clark, Iowa
G – West Des Moines, Iowa – Dowling Catholic – Major: Undeclared
• Nearly averaged a double-double last week, recording 22.5 points and 9.5 assists per game for the Hawkeyes who went 1-1 in Big Ten play against Northwestern (loss) and at Minnesota (win)
• Recorded her fifth double-double of the season in Sunday’s win at Minnesota, finishing with 22 points and 11 assists
• Added 23 points and eight assists in Iowa’s Jan. 25 loss to No. 23/23 Northwestern
• Collects the eighth Freshman of the Week award of her career, tying for the second-most freshman honors in a single season (most since Nebraska’s Jessica Shepard earned a conference-record 10 awards in 2015-16)
• Last Iowa Freshman of the Week: Caitlin Clark (Jan. 18, 2021)
PURDUE // No. 24 Purdue Aims for Fourth Straight Road Win
· Purdue at Maryland
· Tuesday, February 2, 2021
· 6:30 p.m. ET
· BTN (Dave Revsine, Jess Settles)
· College Park, Maryland (XFinity Center)
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The No. 24-ranked Purdue men’s basketball team looks for its fourth Big Ten road win in a row on Tuesday when it visits Maryland for a 6:30 p.m. ET, tip on the Big Ten Network. Dave Revsine, who called the Purdue game on Saturday from a secluded island location, has begrudingly returned to the snowy Midwest and will call the game with former Iowa standout Jess Settles.
The Boilermakers are coming off perhaps their best half of the year in the win over No. 21-ranked Minnesota on Saturday. The Boilermakers outscored Minnesota 51-27 in the second half to cruise to the 19-point win, and look to continue that momentum at Maryland.
THE KEY TALKING POINTS
1) Purdue leads the series with Maryland by a 6-4 advantage, but has lost two straight games at the XFinity Center. Including Tuesday’s tilt, one of the teams has been ranked in nine of the 11 meetings between the two squads.
2) According to KenPom.com, Purdue ranks 329th (out of 347 teams) in experience (1.06 years). The total is 14th in the Big Ten. Indiana is the next least-experienced team in the league at 1.36 years (285th nationally).
3) Purdue has had its full arsenal of rotation players for just 10 of its 18 games this year, missing key personnel for seven games this year. Purdue went 7-3 in those 10 games, all coming against power-conference teams. Purdue will be without Sasha Stefanovic vs. Maryland.
4) Tuesday’s contest will be the 300th conference game that Matt Painter will coach in (18 at Southern Illinois; 281 at Purdue). He owns a 191-108 (.639) record in league games. He has finished in the top 3 of the league standings in 10 of his 16 completed seasons.
5) With the win over Minnesota, Matt Painter has tied Illinois’ Harry Combes for eighth on the all-time Big Ten wins list with 174 league wins.
6) Four freshmen have earned Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors, the most in league history. Michigan (2012-13) and Ohio St. (2010-11) had 3.
7) Brandon Newman was named the Big Ten’s Freshman of the Week for the second time this season, now 1-of-2 freshmen with multiple awards.
8) With Purdue entering the AP Top 25 this week, the Boilermakers have been nationally-ranked in six straight seasons, the longest streak in school history. Since the start of the 2015-16 season, Purdue has been ranked in 71-of-110 Associated Press top-25 polls.
9) Purdue owns two wins over teams ranked in this week’s AP Top 10 — one of four schools with multiple top-10 victories (Minn, Texas Tech, Oklahoma).
10) Over the last five years since the start of the 2016-17 season, Purdue has the most wins in the Big Ten (61). Michigan State is next at 58.
11) With the win over Minnesota, Purdue has won 20 straight games when scoring at least 80 points; 42-2 since the start of the 2017-18 season.
PURDUE MBB: Boilermakers Appear in Top-25 For First Time in 2020-21
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – For the first time during the 2020-21 season, the Purdue men’s basketball team appears in the Associated Press Top 25 poll, making its debut at No. 24 in this week’s poll.
The Boilermakers garnered 130 votes to sit 41 points behind No. 23-ranked Kansas and 13 points ahead of No. 25-ranked Drake.
Purdue’s last appearance came at No. 23 in the 2019-20 preseason poll. The Boilermakers have now been ranked in the AP Top 25 poll in six straight seasons, the second-longest stretch in school history. The longest stretch came from 1968 to 1975, a span of eight straight seasons.
Purdue has been ranked in 71 of the 109 possible polls since the start of the 2015-16 season, the 10th-most appearances in the country.
Purdue enters the Maryland game on Tuesday having won five of its last six games. Purdue’s four wins against nationally-ranked teams are tied for the most in the country and its nine combined Quad-1 and Quad-2 victories are the second most in the country behind Alabama’s 10. Purdue’s strength of schedule is among the top 10 according to all available metrics.
INDIANA MBB GAME NOTES: VS. ILLINOIS
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 host #19/22 Illinois on Tuesday night. The Hoosiers are playing for the first time in 8 days since falling to Rutgers at home, 74-70, January 24. The Hoosiers and Illini met on December 26 in Champaign with the home team winning, 69-60.
#12/13 Illinois (11-5, 7-3 B1G) at Indiana (9-7, 4-5 B1G)
Tuesday, Feb 2 • 9 p.m. ET
Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall • Bloomington, Ind.
TV: ESPN (Dave Flemming and Dan Dakich)
Radio: IU Radio Network (Don Fischer, Errek Suhr, Joe Smith) | TuneIn
Series History: Indiana leads, 93-89
Last Meeting: at ILL 69, IU 60; 12/26/20
Indiana Coach Archie Miller is in his fourth season of guiding the Cream and Crimson and is 64-50 with the Hoosiers and earned career win 200 against Penn State. He is 203-112 in nine+ years as a head coach, which includes six 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. Illinois is led by Brad Underwood who is in his 4th year and is 58-54.
JACKSON-DAVIS LIVING UP TO EXPECTATIONS
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. 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 17 career double-doubles. The Hoosiers are 14-3 when he reaches that milestone. He is averaging 20.1 points, 8.7 rebounds while shooting 53.6% from the floor and a team-high 29 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 4th in the nation FTs made (96) and 2nd in FT attempts (141). Both lead the Big Ten. He is rated 4th in the KenPom National Player of the Year rankings.
ODDS AND TRENDS
The Hoosiers have made 18 of their last 33 3FG attempts (54.5) and held opponents to 28.9% shooting from deep in the last 2 games. In the last 5 games, IU is hitting 39.6% from deep. 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. Freshman Khristian Lander has made 6 of 12 triples in 7 home games. IU has won the last 7 meetings in Bloomington with the last Illini win coming on the Hoosiers home floor in 2010.
The 1975-76 undefeated national championship Indiana men’s basketball team was inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame last week along with the 1963-64 UCLA squad and the 1965-66 Texas Western Basketball team.
INDIANA MBB: Jackson-Davis Lands on Wooden Award Late Season Top 20 Watch List
LOS ANGELES, Calif. – The Los Angeles Athletic Club announced the John R. Wooden Award® presented by Wendy’s® Late Season Top 20 Watch List today on ESPNU, which included Indiana sophomore forward Trayce Jackson-Davis. Chosen by a poll of national college basketball experts based on their performances during the 2020-21 season thus far, the list comprises of 20 student-athletes who are front-runners for the sport’s most prestigious honor.
Jackson-Davis leads the Hoosiers averaging 20.1 points, 8.7 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game. He is shooting 53.6% from the field and is 4th in the country in free throws made (96) and leads the nation in free throws attempted (142). Overall in the Big Ten, he ranks 4th in scoring, rebounding and field goal percentage and is 3rd in blocked shots. In league games only, he is 4th in scoring (19.4), rebounding (8.8) and blocked shots (1.6) and is 6th in field goal percentage (53.3).
Twice he has been named Big Ten Player of the Week. He scored a career-high 31 points against Stanford in the Maui Invitational and his most impressive performance came in a 25-point, 17 board effort at Florida State. He has five double-doubles this season.
The Big Ten leads all conferences with seven selections on the Wooden Award Late Season Top 20, followed by the Big East and WCC with three each, the ACC and Big 12 with two selections, and Conference USA, Pac-12, and American with one selection apiece.
The players on the list are considered strong candidates for the 2021 John R. Wooden Award Men’s Player of the Year presented by Wendy’s. Players not chosen to the late season list are still eligible for the Wooden Award™ National Ballot. The National Ballot consists of 15 top players who have proven to their universities that they meet or exceed the qualifications of the Wooden Award. Nearly 1,000 voters will rank in order 10 of those 15 players when voting opens prior to the NCAA Tournament and will allow voters to take into consideration performance during early round games. The Wooden Award All American Team™ will be announced the week of the “Elite Eight” round of the NCAA Tournament. The winner of the 2021 John R. Wooden Award will be presented by Wendy’s following the NCAA Tournament in April.
Created in 1976, the John R. Wooden Award Program hosts the most prestigious honors in college basketball recognizing the Wooden Award Most Outstanding Player for men and women, the Wooden Award All American Teams for men and women and the annual selection of the Wooden Award Legends of Coaching recipient. Honorees have proven to their university that they meet or exceed the qualifications of the John R. Wooden Award as set forth by Coach Wooden and the Wooden Award Steering Committee, including making progress towards graduation and maintaining at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA. Previous winners include Larry Bird (’79), Michael Jordan (’84), Tim Duncan (’97), Kevin Durant (’07), Candace Parker (’07; ’08), Maya Moore (’09; ’11), Chiney Ogwumike (’14), Breanna Stewart (’15; ’16) and last year’s recipients, Sabrina Ionescu of Oregon and Obi Toppin of Dayton.
Since its inception, the John R. Wooden Award has contributed nearly one million dollars to the universities’ general scholarship fund in the names of the Wooden Award All American recipients and has sent more than 1,000 underprivileged children to week-long college basketball camps. Additionally, the John R. Wooden Award partners with the Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC) each year to host the Wooden Award Special Olympics Southern California Basketball Tournament. The day-long tournament brings together Special Olympics athletes and Wooden Award All Americans and coaches in attendance. It is hosted at the Los Angeles Athletic Club during the John R. Wooden Award Weekend.
BUTLER MEN’S BASKETBALL: Butler MBB Heads to Milwaukee for Tuesday Tip with Marquette
GAME 15: Butler (5-9, 4-7 BIG EAST) at Marquette (8-9, 4-7 BIG EAST)
Tuesday, Feb. 2; 4PM CT
Fiserv Forum; Milwaukee, Wis.
TV: FS1 – Eric Collins & Dickey Simpkins
Radio: 1430AM – @MarkMinner & Nick Gardner (@n_gardner)
TuneIn Radio App, XM 381, SiriusXM Internet 971
@ButlerMBB | #ButlerWay | ButlerSports.com
• Bo Hodges made his Butler debut Saturday vs. Xavier, posting 11 points and six rebounds.
• Christian David also returned to action for the first time since tearing his ACL in January of 2020.
• Butler committed only six turnovers Saturday against Xavier, its sixth game this season with single-digit turnovers.
• Bryce Nze ranks second in the BIG EAST at 8.4 rebounds per game.
• Nze has pulled down a total of 57 rebounds over his last five games (including 14 twice).
• Seven different Bulldogs have led the team in scoring this season.
• Bryce Golden posted career-highs of 19 points and five three-pointers Jan. 26 at UConn.
• Jair Bolden is second in the BIG EAST at 2.9 three-pointers per game.
• Jair Bolden posted a season-high and his second 20-point game of the season with 21 points at DePaul Jan. 19.
• Bolden has led the Bulldogs in scoring in five of his 14 games in a Butler uniform.
• Both Nze (994) and Bolden (958) are approaching 1,000 career points.
• No. 8 Creighton is the highest-ranked opponent Butler has beaten since a 101-93 win over No. 1 Villanova, Dec. 30, 2017.
• Butler has attempted a total of only 18 free throws over the last three games.
• Butler limited DePaul to 17 first-half points in the Jan. 19 win.
• Myles Tate posted his first career double-double (15p/10r) vs. Creighton Jan. 16.
• With 420 assists, Aaron Thompson is now sixth on Butler’s career list.
• Four different Bulldogs have posted 20-point games for Butler so far this season.
• Only three Bulldogs have appeared in all 14 games this season.
• Four of Butler’s top eight players in minutes played this season are true freshmen.
• Freshmen have scored 36 percent of Butler’s points so far this season.
The Bulldogs travel to Milwaukee for a Tuesday afternoon tip with Marquette.
THE SERIES: Butler owns a 23-20 advantage in the all-time series between the two programs. The most recent 14 match-ups have come as conference foes since Butler joined the BIG EAST prior to the 2013-14 season. (Butler is 9-5 in those 14 meetings.) The series stretches back to 1922. Among its current BIG EAST counterparts, Butler has only played Xavier more than the 43 games it has played against Marquette. The teams split the season series in 2019-20 with each team winning on its home court.
Butler Leads, 23-20
Streak: Marquette, W1
At Marquette: Marquette Leads, 13-10
LaVall Jordan (at BU) vs. Marquette: 3-3
First Meeting: Marquette, 18-17; 12/16/22 (at MU)
Last Meeting: Marquette, 76-57; 2/9/20 (at MU)
STRONG ADDITION: Bo Hodges had an appeal of a waiver for immediate eligibility approved by the NCAA prior to the Bulldogs’ Jan. 30 game with Xavier. In his first action, Hodges came off the bench for 11 points and six rebounds. The transfer from East Tennessee State scored more than 1,000 points in his three seasons there and was a finalist for the Lute Olson National Player of the Year Award by CollegeInsider.com. He earned 2019-20 First-team All-Southern Conference selection by the league’s head coaches, leading ETSU to a school-record 30 wins (30-4) and SoCon regular season and tournament championships.
ON THE MEND: Senior forward Christian David returned to game action Jan. 30 vs. Xavier, playing limited minutes. David had been rehabbing from a torn ACL suffered Jan. 21, 2020 at Villanova.
‘BOARD’ OUT OF HIS MIND: Redshirt senior Bryce Nze has climbed to second in the BIG EAST in rebounding at 8.4 caroms per game. He has pulled down 57 total rebounds over his last five games. Nze pulled down 14 rebounds Jan. 19 at DePaul, his second time in three outings hitting that mark (also at St. John’s Jan. 12). It is his highest total in a Butler uniform (although he had 17 in a game while playing at Milwaukee).
HANDLE WITH CARE: Butler is third and the BIG EAST and 34th nationally, averaging only 11.1 turnovers per game. Butler had only six turnovers against Xavier Saturday, the team’s sixth single-digit turnover output of the season through 14 games. The six turnovers matched the team’s season-low. The Bulldogs turned the ball over only seven times in 45 minutes of play in the Jan. 16 win over Creighton.
Butler has committed 10 or fewer turnovers in 53 of the 113 games that LaVall Jordan has been head coach at Butler.
BIG NIGHT FOR THE BIG MAN: Junior Bryce Golden posted a career-high 19 points Jan. 26 at UConn. That included five three-pointers. It was his first time this season leading the Bulldogs in scoring, as he became the seventh different Bulldog to pace the team.
PERSONNEL UPDATES: On Jan. 26, Butler announced that JaKobe Coles will require season-ending surgery for a torn meniscus in his left knee. Coles injured the knee in practice on New Year’s Day. Butler’s medical staff put in place a timeline to see if the injury would progress at a rate that surgery would not be required. After a follow-up evaluation Jan. 25, it was determined that surgery would be required. Markeese Hastings, who has been on an indefinite leave of absence since Jan. 16 for personal reasons, has decided to opt-out of the remainder of the 2020-21 season (COVID-19 concerns).
NOTRE DAME MEN’S BB: IRISH WELCOME WAKE FOREST TUESDAY AFTERNOON
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BY THE NUMBERS: IRISH vs. DEMON DEACONS
In its eighth season in the ACC, Notre Dame has failed to finish .500 or above in the month of February just once (2018-19) – including 6-2 last season – and the second month of the year as keyed some memorable rises in the league standings. See page 4 for more details.
Notre Dame career field goal percentage for graduate forward Juwan Durham, which would rank him fifth on the Irish career charts since 1996-97 for a player with at least 200 FGM. See page 4 for more.
Statistical categories in which junior Nate Laszewski is among the top 11 in the country – EFG% (.746, 2nd); FG% (.637, 11th) and 3FG% (.519, 6th).
So far this season, Notre Dame has lost five scheduled games to COVID-19 safety guidelines, while two other games (last Saturday at Pittsburgh, Feb. 20 at Syracuse) are rescheduled contests that were also lost to COVID-19 issues. Notre Dame’s Jan. 6 meeting with Georgia Tech has yet to be rescheduled.
Notre Dame and Wake Forest will be meeting for the 12th time on Tuesday afternoon, with the Irish leading the all-time series 6-5. Glenn and Stacey Murphy Head Men’s Basketball Coach Mike Brey and WF head coach Steve Forbes will be meeting as head coaches for the first time Tuesday afternoon as well.
Assists handed out by junior guard Prentiss Hubb over the past three games. He also has shot .488 from the field, .590 from 3FG and averaged 19.3 points in the last three games for the Irish.
Point differential in the victory at Pittsburgh on Saturday, the third-best for the Irish since they joined the ACC in 2013-14 (30 pts. vs. NC State on 1/3/18; 27 pts. vs. BC on 1/13/16).
Rebounds pulled down in the last three games by Nate Laszewski, who has bolstered his rebounds-per-game average from 4.6 last season to 8.1 in 2020-21 – a mark that ranks third in the ACC entering this week’s action.
Notre Dame’s NCAA-leading fouls per game number, as the Irish continue their tradition of not fouling the opponent to allow easy points late in a contest. The Irish are ahead of Virginia (12.7) and Wright State (13.1) for the national lead.
A recent project by CBSSports.com ranked the ‘Greatest College Basketball Programs Ever’ with Notre Dame placing 23rd on the list and sixth in the ACC. Notre Dame will face eight of the teams ranked above them this year a total of nine times: No. 19 NC State, No. 14 Michigan State (0-1), No. 12 Ohio State (0-1), No. 11 Syracuse, No. 6 Louisville, No. 3 Duke (0-1, twice), No. 2 North Carolina (0-1), No. 1 Kentucky (1-0).
Assists in ACC play for Prentiss Hubb this season, which is seventh in the country entering this week’s action among major conference players. His assist-per-game average of 6.2 would rank fifth among major conference players.
Average points scored by Notre Dame’s last three opponents, the best three-game stretch of ACC defense since the 2017-18 season when the Irish held their first three league opponents to 59-58-49 (55.3).
Career blocked shots for Juwan Durham, who passed Bonzie Colson (155) for fifth-place on the Notre Dame career list against Pittsburgh. Durham is one of just three Irish players to average over 2.0 blocks per game in a career (LaPhonso Ellis, current Irish assistant coach Ryan Humphrey).
Career assists in ACC play for Prentiss Hubb – the most of any active ACC player (Xavier Johnson, Pitt, is second with 212) and sixth among all active major conference players. Hubb is the first Irish player to record 200 assists in ACC play.
School-record men’s basketball victories at Notre Dame for Mike Brey, the 10th most for any active NCAA Division coach at his current institution.
FEBRUARY = ACC SURGES FOR IRISH HOOPS
In three of the last four seasons, Notre Dame has entered the month of February on a downward trend, only to utlize the second month of the year as a springboard up the league standings.
- 2016-17 – Notre Dame finished January 0-3, then dropped the first game of February before finishing the month with five straight victories. The Irish finished the season 12-6 in the ACC and advanced to the ACC Championship game and the second round of the NCAA tournament.
- 2017-18 – Knocked back by injuries, the Irish limped into February with six consecutive losses and again lost their first game of the month. Notre Dame persevered to finish 5-3 in February, win two games in the ACC tournament and were widely recognized as the final team left out of the NCAA tournament.
- 2019-20 – Losing four of six games entering February and saddled by a 2-6 conference record, Notre Dame finished 6-2 through an eight-game February ACC slate to eventually finish 10-10 in the league and win its first game in the ACC tournament before the post season was cancelled due to COVID-19.
The Irish are 26-20 in February as a member of the ACC. Remove the outlier February in 2018-19 (2-5) and Notre Dame is 24-15 in February (.615) and has failed to win at least four games only once (the aforementioned 2018-19 season).
HUBB’S ASSISTS/THREE POINT SHOOTING AMONG THE BEST IN COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Prentiss Hubb’s 234 career assists are the most of any active ACC player. The Upper Marlboro, MD, native is up to 374 career assists as well (see sidebar, this page).
- Hubb also has connected at 157 career three-point field goals, giving him over 350+ assists and 150+ 3FGM.
- He joins Wisconsin’s D’Mitrick Trice and Iowa’s Jordan Bohannon – both of whom are in their fifth season of action – as the only major conference players with 350+ assists and 150+ 3FGM.
- Among all Division I players, Hubb is among 18 who have posted 350+ assists and 150+ 3FGM. He and UConn’s R.J. Cole are the only players to reach those marks in their third season of action (all 16 others are either in their fourth or fifth season of eligibility).
CHARTING LASZEWSKI’S HOT SHOOTING
Junior Nate Laszewski has established himself as one of the best and most efficient shooters in college basketball this season.
BALL STATE MBB: Cardinals Return Home After Long Road Stretch
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The Starting 5 – The Top 5 Storylines For This Game
1. CARDS AND BUFFALO – THE SERIES
Saturday’s game is the 35th meeting between Ball State and Buffalo on the court and the series is tied 17-17. The series began in 1958 and they played three times before Buffalo joined the MAC in 1998. The Cardinals won the first five meetings when the Bulls joined the league. Buffalo has won the previous two meetings since BSU won over the Bulls 88-68 last year.
2. CARDS MISSING IN ACTION
Between injuries and COVID protocols, one could say Ball State has had a very fluid roster. Ball State had nine available players January 9 at Buffalo, and also had nine available this Saturday at Akron. This past weekend, BSU was missing five players who were expected to contribute, including starters K.J. Walton and Miryne Thomas. In total, Cardinal players have missed 38 games in addition to Ishmael El-Amin missing the second half of the first Buffalo game. Here’s a breakdown of games missed by player:
Player Games Missed
Reggie Jones 14
Jarron Coleman 10
Jalen Windham 6
Miryne Thomas 3
Brachen Hazen 2
Ish El-Amin 0.5 (2nd half at Buffalo)
3. SO, HOW’S BUFFALO?
Buffalo paused for three weeks around the holidays and is now 4-4 in league play. UB is second in the league in scoring and grabs the most offensive rebounds per game. Four of the MAC’s top 16 scorers play for Buffalo, which lost 76-75 at home to Ohio on Friday.
4. TAMING THE BULLS IN MUNCIE
Ball State is 10-5 against Buffalo in Muncie, including 9-5 in Worthen Arena. The Cardinals played one of their best games last year in a 20-point home win over UB. Tahjai Teague had 25 points and nine rebounds in that game and Ishmael El-Amin scored 11. Seven different Cards score eight points or more has Ball State dropped 48 in the first half and cruised to the win.
5. CONFERENCE CALL
Tuesday’s game is a key standings contest, with Buffalo with a 4-4 conference record and Ball State playing at home at 4-5. With five weeks to play, Cardinals are two games up on Central Michigan for the 8th and final league tournament spot. BSU is the No. 8 team now, but just 1.5 games out of fifth place.
INDIANA STATE MBB: Indiana State Overpowers Bradley for Sixth Straight Win, 67-55
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – The Indiana State men’s basketball team won its sixth consecutive game Monday, Feb. 1, using a complete team effort to overpower Bradley for the second straight night, 67-55 in Hulman Center.
Senior Tyreke Key knocked down a mid-range jumper midway through the second half to become the 10th Sycamore in program history to eclipse the 1,500 mark for career points.
ISU (10-7, 7-5 MVC) put together one of its most complete games of the season to take down BU (9-10, 3-7 MVC), shooting 48 percent (24-of-50) from the floor while holding the Braves to just 38.6 percent (22-of-57) overall and 17.4 percent (4-of-23) from three. The six game streak in Missouri Valley Conference play is the longest since the 2010-11 campaign when they also won six.
Key led the Sycamores in scoring, dropping in 19 and pulling down four rebounds. Junior Cooper Neese was the only other ISU player to finish in double-figures, scoring 11 points in the game. Julian Larry scored nine points and grabbed a career-high six rebounds, both Tre Williams and Cobie Barnes scored eight points, and Jake LaRavia and Cam Bacote chipped in six.
Indiana State’s 48 percent shooting for the game came thanks to a 52.4 percent (11-of-21) effort in the second half, including 55.6 percent (5-of-9) from beyond the three-point line. Overall, ISU had 12 assists in the game and committed just 10 turnovers.
Bradley had three players in double figures, with Rienk Mast leading all scorers with 17.
Indiana State hits the road for the first time in nearly three weeks as it travels to the University of Northern Iowa for games Saturday, Feb. 6 and Sunday, Feb. 7.
EVANSVILLE MBB: Aces overcome 16-point deficit to defeat Crusaders
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Four University of Evansville men’s basketball players reached double figures in an exciting comeback that saw the Purple Aces overcome a 16-point first half deficit to defeat Valparaiso by a final of 58-51 on Monday night at the Ford Center.
A 19-4 stretch in the first half saw Valparaiso (6-11, 3-5 MVC) open up a 28-12 lead. Evansville (8-8, 6-4 MVC) was able to cut that deficit to nine points at halftime before holding the Crusaders to just 18 second-half points on the way to a 7-point win. Jawaun Newton and Shamar Givance scored 12 points apiece. Newton was an efficient 6-for-8 from the field while Givance was credited with 5 assists and 5 rebounds. Jax Levitch was a perfect 3-for-3 from long range on his way to 11 tallies while Noah Frederking finished with 10 points, all coming in the second half.
“Valparaiso was generating good shots in the first half and they were able to make them. I thought we needed to tighten up defensively and make it more difficult for them,” Aces head coach Todd Lickliter said. “Our guys made a concerted effort to change that and I thought we defended it better and the stats show that. We also got some poise and moved the ball a little more.”
Valparaiso had the upper hand at the start, jumping out to a 7-2 lead with the Aces converting just one of its first six attempts. Jax Levitch got UE back on track with a 3-pointer to make it a 7-5 game. After a triple by Shamar Givance made it a 9-8 game in favor of the Crusaders, neither team scored for a span of nearly four minutes.
That changed when Daniel Sackey scored five in a row inside of the 12-minute mark. His baskets sent the Crusaders on a 19-4 stretch that saw them open up a 28-12 lead with 5:35 left in the half. They hit seven out of eight attempts in the run while the Aces went cold, hitting two out of seven tries while turning it over five times.
Facing the deficit, the Aces made their way back in the final minutes of the half, chopping off seven points to head to the break trailing by a score of 33-24. In the final minute, a 3-point play by Givance cut the deficit to 11 before Jawaun Newton converted a jumper at the buzzer to get his team back within nine. The El Paso native hit 4 of his 5 attempts in the opening half.
UE continued to close the gap as the second half got under way when triples by Evan Kuhlman and Levitch made it a 37-32 game at the 16:25 mark. A few minutes later, a tip-in by Noah Frederking got Evansville back within a possession at 39-36. Junior Iyen Enaruna had a stretch that got UE within one thanks to a triple before his 3-point play gave Evansville its first lead at 47-45 with five minutes remaining.
Valparaiso quickly tied it up, but with the score knotted at 49-49, the Aces buckled down on every possession to take control of the game. Newton started what would be a 7-0 run with a layup with 3:10 remaining before a Givance steal turned into a 3-pointer by Noah Frederking. Following a Valpo miss, it was Givance connecting on a driving layup to push the lead to seven. The Crusaders got back within five thanks to a Donovan Clay dunk in the final minute, but a pair of Frederking free throws put the game on ice and helped the Aces finalize the 58-51 win.
It was Clay leading the way for the Crusaders with 14 points. He was 7-for-14 from the field. In the first half, VU shot 54.2%, but UE’s defense clamped down in the final 20 minutes, holding them to 18 points on 9-of-24 shooting (37.5%). Valpo was 5-for-8 from outside in the first half, but 0-for-5 in the second. They shot 45.8% on the night with UE finishing at 44.2%. The rebounding battle went Evansville’s way by a 34-24 final.
With the win, the Aces improved to 6-4 in the MVC and 5-1 at home in league games. With the weekend sweep, UE is over the .500 mark in the MVC at this point in the season for the first time since 2016.
Up next for UE is a series at Loyola. The Aces and Ramblers tangle on Saturday, Feb. 6 and Sunday, Feb. 7 with each game set to begin at 1 p.m. inside Gentile Arena.
MARIAN MBB: KNIGHTS CRUISE TO 92-73 WIN OVER PHANTOMS
INDIANAPOLIS – The No. 18 Marian men’s basketball team cruised its way to its third straight win as the Knights downed the Phantoms from East-West 92-73. After the Monday night victory, the Knights are 5-0 versus non-conference opponents this season.
The first half started with each team going back-and-forth and neither able to gain early control. East-West took a six-point lead following two straight possessions with a 3-point basket. During the 8-2 stretch, the Phantoms did not miss a shot.
The Knights quickly responded with a run of their own. Marian immediately followed the East-West spurt with a 13-0 run started off by a Hayden Langkabel 3-point basket followed by another 7-0 burst. The 20-point pile-on created an 11-point cushion for the Knights with just over 8 minutes to play in the opening half.
The Phantoms did not back down, however, bringing the deficit back to two points before another burst of energy from the Knights. Kicked off by a Tyrie Johnson 3-pointer, Marian finished the final 2:27 of the half on a 12-0 run. When the horn sounded, Marian headed to the locker room with a 49-34 advantage.
The Knights were led in scoring by Cameron Wolter at the break. Wolter tallied 14 first-half points and pulled down a team-leading six rebounds. The Knights shot 50% from the field in the first half and forced 10 turnovers on four steals.
The Knights are now 9-2 this season while leading at the half.
Coming out of the break, both teams started firing a high volume of shots. East-West sunk three 3-point shots in consecutive possessions to close the gap to 10. The Knights once again responded. Started by another Langkabel three, the Knights went on a quick 10-3 run to expand the lead back to 17.
The Knights offense persisted. The Marian offense led by as many as 28 after multiple runs consisting of 6-0 and 8-0.
Although the Phantoms closed out the game on a run, the Knights still came away with a 19-point victory at 92-73.
Wolter finished the night as the Knights’ leading scorer, tallying 25 points while also nabbing seven rebounds. Malek Edmonds finished with his season-high 14 points. Johnson also logged 14 points while shooting 3-5 from 3-point range.
Gavin Bizeau dropped 13 points and pulled down five rebounds. Christian Harvey rounded out the Knights’ scoring efforts notching 12 points and dishing out three assists. Luke Heady led Marian with six assists as Jack Hansen pulled down a team-high eight rebounds.
The Knights shot 47.9% from the floor and outrebounded the Phantoms 43-39.
Marian will have a quick turnaround following Monday night’s win as the Knights head to Mishawaka, Ind. Wednesday looking for revenge over No. 11 Bethel. The tip-off for the Wednesday night grudge match will be at 7 p.m.
MIAMI MBB: RedHawks Travel to Kent State for 6 p.m. Game Tuesday
TUESDAY’S GAME: The RedHawks hit the road for a pair of contests this week, beginning with a 6 p.m. game on Tuesday, Feb. 2 at Kent State. Miami seeks its second straight road win of the season, winning at Eastern Michigan on Saturday, Jan. 23 to capture its first road win of the season. The Golden Flashes are 5-1 at home this season with their lone loss coming to Toledo by two points on Jan. 5.
ABOUT KENT STATE: The Golden Flashes enter Tuesday’s game with a 9-4 record and a 6-3 MAC mark. KSU has won its last two, including a 96-91 win against Bowling Green on Jan. 27 and an 83-67 win against Central Michigan on Jan. 30. Danny Pippen leads the MAC in scoring, averaging 20.9 ppg and 9.2 rpg. Pippen averaged 22.9 ppg and 10.6 rpg in MAC play, which both lead the MAC. Michael Nuga follows at 17.8 ppg and 5.5 rpg, while Tervell Beck chips in 10.7 ppg and 4.7 rpg. On the season, Kent State leads the MAC in scoring offense (82.31). The Golden Flashes lead the MAC in all games (+8.31) and conference-only games (+7.0) in rebounding margin.
THE SERIES WITH THE GOLDEN FLASHES: Tuesday marks the 148th meeting between Miami and Kent State with the RedHawks owning a 92-55 lead in the all-time series. Last year, the teams split the series with each winning on its home court. KSU won the last meeting on Feb. 25, 2020, 74-61 in Kent, while the RedHawks posted their last win in the series on Jan. 14, 2020, 77-74 in Oxford. When playing in Kent, Miami holds a 37-33 edge against the Golden Flashes. Miami has lost in its last six trips to Kent State with its last win in the M.A.C. Center coming on March 4, 2014, 73-61.
TELEVISION: Tuesday’s game will be carried live on ESPN3.
RADIO: In its second year of its partnership with Van Wagner, the Miami Sports Network, powered by Pepsi, continues its coverage of Miami Basketball with a group of affiliates blanketing most of Southwest Ohio and Southeast Indiana. The radio broadcast also will be carried via the TuneIn App. Steve Baker and Terry Bridge will call the action. Tune-in to one of Miami’s gameday affiliates:
WFMG-FM 101.3 (Richmond, Ind.)
WMOH-AM 1450 (Hamilton, Ohio)
WONE-AM 980 (Dayton, Ohio)
COLEMAN-LANDS RANKS 11TH NATIONALLY IN ASSIST/TURNOVER RATIO: Redshirt junior guard Isaiah Coleman-Lands has been stingy with turnovers and currently boasts a 3.70 assist/turnover ratio with 37 assists to 10 turnovers through 12 games. He leads the MAC and ranks 11th nationally in assist/turnover ratio.
REDHAWKS LEAD MAC IN FEWEST TURNOVERS: Averaging 10.3 turnovers per game, Miami leads the MAC in fewest turnovers and ranks 10th nationally. Miami has committed fewer turnovers than its opponent in nine of its 13 games and the same number in one game this season.
SCHEDULE UPDATES: The RedHawks’ tip time at Kent State on Tuesday, Feb. 2 has been adjusted to 6 p.m. The Tuesday, Feb. 9 game against Eastern Michigan has been postponed and will be rescheduled at a to-be-determined date. Miami’s home game against Akron has been moved to Friday, Feb. 12 and will be televised nationally on ESPNU at 7 p.m.
NOTABLE NUMBERS: Miami has put together several notable numbers recently.
Miami shot a season-best 58.7 percent from the floor for the game and was 64.5 percent from the field in the second half vs. BGSU on Feb. 21.
The 96 points by Miami against BGSU were its most since a 119-52 win against Wilberforce on Dec. 30, 2019, and the most against a Division I opponent since a 100-94 double-overtime win at Central Michigan on Jan. 5, 2002.
Miami’s 42 first-half points at Eastern Michigan on Feb. 23 were its most in an opening half this season, while its 55 points in the second half against BGSU were its most in a half in 2020-21.
BROWN REACHES 1,000 CAREER POINTS: Senior forward Dalonte Brown became the 37th member of Miami’s 1,000 Point Club on Jan. 12, 2021. Brown enters Miami’s next game with 1,085 career points and has moved up to 33rd on the list.
ODDS ‘N ENDS
After averaging 85.75 ppg in the previous four games, Miami found itself in a defensive battle against Western Michigan on Saturday, Jan. 30, capturing a 65-56 win against the Broncos.
Dalonte Brown played in his 100th career game on Tuesday, Dec. 15 against Buffalo. He made his 100th career start against Toledo on Tuesday, Jan. 26.
Miami exceeded 80 points in four straight games from Jan. 19-26, scoring 81 against Ball State, 96 against Bowling Green, 85 at Western Michigan and 81 against Toledo. It was the first time since January 1990 that MU has strung together four-straight games scoring 80 or more points when Miami scored 87 at Ohio (Jan. 3, 1990), 83 against Central Michigan (Jan. 6, 1990), 96 at Bowling Green (Jan. 10, 1990) and 94 against Eastern Michigan (Jan. 13, 1990).
In conference-only games, Miami leads the MAC in rebounding defense (33.00), ranks second in the MAC in 3-point field goal percentage (.367) and defensive rebound percentage (.730). Miami is third in the MAC in field goal percentage (.465). and assist/turnover ratio (1.28).
Individually in MAC-only games, sophomore guard Dae Dae Grant ranks first in free-throw percentage (.950). Isaiah Coleman-Lands and junior guard Mekhi Lairy ranks second and third, respectively in assist/turnover ratio at 3.00 and 2.77. Grant and redshirt sophomore guard Myja White tie for third in 3-point field goal percentage (.500). Lairy ranks fifth in assists (4.50).
On the season, Miami ranks second in the MAC in 3-point field goal percentage (.375) and scoring defense (70.88). The RedHawks ranks third in blocked shots (3.00) and assist/turnover ratio (1.21). Dae Dae Grant ranks fifth in 3-point field goal percentage (.433).
UP NEXT: Miami continues a two-game road stretch when the RedHawks head to Buffalo for a 5 p.m. game on Saturday, Feb. 6. The game will be aired on ESPN3.
DAYTON MBB: Men’s Basketball Travels To Pittsburgh Tuesday For Rematch With Duquesne: Game Now Televised on ESPN2
DAYTON – The University of Dayton Flyers will return to the road Tuesday, when play at Duquesne. Game time is 9 p.m. ET. The two teams met on
Dayton is 10-4, and 6-3 in the Atlantic 10 after a 67-56 win over Rhode Island on Saturday. Ibi Watson led four Flyers in double digits with 22 points, backed by Jalen Crutcher (15) Jordy Tshimanga (11) and Mustapha Amzil (11). Elijah Weaver had six assists with zero turnovers.
The game will carried by WHIO Radio, televised on ESPNU and streamed on the ESPN App. Streaming audio, video and stats will be available at DaytonFlyers.com.
• Jalen Crutcher is making his 100th career start.
• Moving into a bigger role this year, Jalen Crutcher got the kind of attention during the preseason that he is getting from opponents during the season. He was on the Naismith, Wooden, NABC and Bob Cousy Award Watch Lists, as well as the Lute Olson mid-season list.
• Crutcher, a four-year starter, was ranked the 12th-best player in the country by ESPN, 16th in CBSSports.com’s top college basketball players. The Athletic rated him sixth among its top 20 guards in the country. He was also named Second Team Preseason All-America by Stadium.
• Keep in mind that Crutcher was UD’s co-MVP last season, with consensus national PoY Obi Toppin. Crutcher is the first Flyer with 1,200 career points, 500 assists and 200 three-pointers.
• Crutcher lived up to his nickname of “Clutcher” in Dayton’s first six wins, scoring UD’s final points in the last seconds of regulation or overtime at the line. At Saint Louis, he scored 13 in the first half, was shut out for the first 15:59 of the second half, and then after Saint Louis tied the game, he scored 14 points in the final 4:01 to pave the way to a five-point road win.
• Ibi Watson is second on the team in scoring (15.7) and minutes (38.6), and percentage-wise, is nearly a 50-40-80 guy. He shoots 47% FG, 45% from 3-pt. and 85% from the line.
•If a “true freshman” is a player who signed the previous year and is playing without redshirting, can you call a player who signed in November and scores 22 points in December start a “truer freshman?” We call him Mustapha Amzil, and the 22 points he scored in first college game were the most at UD in 14 years. He then had 15 vs. GMU (with 6 reb & 4 asst).
• Amzil was A-10 Rookie of the Week exactly 50 days after he signed with UD on Nov. 16.
• After playing a total of 18 minutes with no points or rebounds in his first four games of the year, redshirt freshman Zimi Nwokeji has averaged 21.1 minutes, 7.5 points and 2.8 rebounds in the last eight games. His second-half dunk at GW was No. 5 on SportsCenter’s Top 10 plays.
• Jordy Tshimanga pulled down 16 rebounds at Fordham, the most by a Flyer in three years. He is averaging 9.4 rebounds in his last seven contests. He has reached double digits in some way in the last three games: 10 points at VCU, 10 rebounds at SLU, 11 points vs. Rhode Island.
• In six games as a starter, Elijah Weaver has 43 points, 32 assists and 11 turnovers.
• Coach Anthony Grant was the consensus national coach of the year in 2019-20.
• Dayton is scheduled to return to UD Arena to play conference preseason favorite Richmond on Friday, Feb. 5 at 7 p.m. ET.
INDIANA WBB: Ali Patberg Named To Nancy Lieberman Award Top 10 Watchlist
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – For the second consecutive season, senior guard Ali Patberg has been named to the Nancy Lieberman Award Top 10 watchlist on Monday afternoon, announced by the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame and the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association.
Patberg, in her sixth year of eligibility with the Hoosiers in 2020-21, currently averages 12.1 points, 3.9 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.1 steals and a +2.4 assist-to-turnover ratio. She has scored in double figures in seven games for IU this season and dished out multiple assists in 13 games. The Columbus, Ind. was a top 10 finalist for the Nancy Lieberman Award in 2020 and is one of two top 10 finalists returning from last season (Destiny Slocum, Arkansas). In addition to appearing on the nation’s top point guard watch list, Patberg also earned spots on the Wooden Award and Naismith Trophy watch lists along with a spot on the preseason All-Big Ten team in the 2020-21 season.
In March, five finalists will be presented to Ms. Lieberman and the Hall of Fame’s selection committee. The Selection Committee for the Nancy Lieberman Award is composed of top women’s college basketball personnel including media members, head coaches, sports information directors and Hall of Famers.
The winner of the 2021 Lieberman Award will be presented April 9, 2021, along with the four other members of the Women’s Starting Five. Additional awards being presented include the Ann Meyers Drysdale Shooting Guard Award, the Cheryl Miller Small Forward Award, the Katrina McClain Power Forward Award and the Lisa Leslie Center Award, in addition to the Men’s Starting Five. College basketball fans can support their favorite players by participating in Fan Voting presented by Dell Technologies.
Previous winners of the Nancy Lieberman Award include Sabrina Ionescu, Oregon (2018-20), Kelsey Plum, Washington (2017), Moriah Jefferson, Connecticut (2015-16), Odyssey Sims, Baylor (2014), Skylar Diggins, Notre Dame (2012-13), Courtney Vandersloot, Gonzaga (2011), Andrea Riley, Oklahoma State (2010), Renee Montgomery, Connecticut (2009), Kristi Toliver, Maryland (2008), Lindsey Harding, Duke (2007), Ivory Latta, North Carolina (2006), Temeka Johnson, LSU (2005), Diana Taurasi, Connecticut (2003-04), and Sue Bird, Connecticut (2000-02).
For more information on the 2021 Nancy Lieberman Award and the latest updates, log onto www.hoophallawards.com and follow @hoophall and #LiebermanAward on Twitter and Instagram. Starting Five Fan Voting presented by Dell Technologies will go live on Friday, February 5 at 1 p.m. EST on HoophallAwards.com.
2021 Nancy Lieberman Point Guard of the Year Award Candidates*
|Hailey Van Lith||Louisville|
|Myah Taylor||Mississippi State|
|Raina Perez||NC State|
*Players can play their way onto and off of the list at any point in the 2020-21 season
OSU WOMEN’S BB: Buckeyes Come Up Short 69-57 at Northwestern
Dorka Juhasz notched her sixth double-double of the season and the 28th of her career
EVANSTON, Ill. – No. 11 Ohio State’s bid for a fourth consecutive win over a ranked foe came up a little short Monday night as the Buckeyes fell at No. 22 Northwestern 69-57.
Ohio State (10-2, 6-2) started slow for the second consecutive game, falling behind by 17 points midway through the second quarter. The Buckeyes were able to claw back and cut the margin to a one possession game on a couple of occasions. But they just ran out of gas down the stretch and Northwestern (10-3, 8-3) was able to pull away.
Dorka Juhasz finished the night with 11 points and 14 rebounds for her sixth double-double of the year and the 28th of her career. Aaliyah Patty was the only other Buckeye in double figures as she scored 10 points to go along with five rebounds.
Rebeka Mikulasikova provided a spark in the third quarter as she scored eight consecutive points for the Buckeyes.
This was just the second loss of the season for Ohio State and in both losses, the Buckeyes have shot under 30 percent for the game. Monday night, OSU was 18-of-63 for 28.6 percent.
The first half for the Buckeyes will not go into any basketball “how-to” books. OSU went over 10 minutes without a field goal and found itself down by as much as 17 points. But the Buckeyes picked up the defensive pressure and outscored Northwestern 14-4 over the final five minutes to head to the locker room down 32-25.
Three-pointers by Madison Greene and Braxtin Miller early in the third quarter cut the lead to two and Mikulasikova’s spurt at the end of the quarter kept the Buckeyes within striking distance at 51-46 headed to the fourth.
In the fourth, Aaliyah Patty converted an old fashioned three-point play to bring the Buckeyes within one at 51-50 but Northwestern answered with a 9-2 run to shove the lead back out and the Wildcats held on down the stretch.
The Buckeyes return home this week to host a pair of games. First is a makeup game with Iowa on Thursday, Feb. 4 at 6 p.m. on BTN. The teams were originally supposed to meet on Dec. 19, but Ohio State was forced to postpone due to COVID 19 protocols. The second game will be Sunday, Feb. 7 vs. Minnesota. Tip is set for 1 p.m.
DAYTON WBB: Women’s Basketball Travels To Saint Louis Tuesday
DAYTON – The University of Dayton women’s basketball team remains on the road with a quick turnaround as the Flyers go to Saint Louis Tuesday for a 5 p.m. tipoff.
SCOUTING THE FLYERS
Dayton is red-hot despite a couple of pauses this season, winning six games in a row and going 6-0 in Atlantic 10 play. The Flyers are 7-1 on the season and 4-0 on the road.
Head coach Shauna Green is in her fifth season in charge of the Flyers and was named Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year last season, her second time at UD.
As a team, the Flyers are averaging 65.4 points per game and holding opponents to just 53.6 points per contest. Dayton is shooting 43.2 percent overall, 32.2 percent from three, and 66.9 percent from the free throw line. The Flyers have a +10.8 rebounding margin which ranks second in the conference and 23rd nationally.
Dayton is led by redshirt senior Erin Whalen with 13.8 points and 5.6 rebounds per game while fellow senior Jenna Giacone is contributing 11.5 points per game and coming off a career-high 20-point performance Sunday.
SCOUTING SAINT LOUIS
Saint Louis has had to deal with COVID pauses as well this season, playing just six games so far with a 4-2 record overall. The Billikens are 2-2 in A-10 games and 3-2 at home this year.
Head coach Lisa Stone is in her 35th season as a head coach, boasting 648 career victories. She is in her ninth season at Saint Louis.
This year, the Billikens are scoring 67.3 points per game and allowing 63.3 points to opposing teams. SLU is shooting 36.8 percent from the field, 27.5 percent from behind the arc, and 71.5 percent from the charity stripe. The Billikens have a +5.8 rebounding advantage, but are committing more turnovers.
Leading SLU is Ciaja Harbison with 15.0 points and 3.5 assists per game while Rachel Kent is chipping in 11.7 points and Myriama Smith-Traore is adding 10.5 points and 8.8 rebounds each outing.
LAST TIME OUT
Dayton went to St. Bonaventure and earned a 68-51 victory over the Bonnies thanks to 21 points in the fourth, including a 9-0 run to start the quarter. Jenna Giacone had a team-high 20 points while Kyla Whitehead added 11 points.
Saint Louis’ last game also came at St. Bonaventure on Friday with the Billikens winning 65-50. SLU held the Bonnies to just 17 points in the first half while scoring 20+ points in two of the four quarters. Brooke Flowers led the way with 19 points and 14 boards.
Dayton and Saint Louis have played 43 times previously with the Flyers controlling the series at 33 wins to the Billikens 10 victories. UD won all three of last year’s meetings including a 58-50 win in the A-10 Championship semifinals at UD Arena.
This season the Flyers rank fifth in the nation in field goal percentage defense and 15th in scoring defense. Individually, Tenin Magassa is 25th in blocked shots while Erin Whalen is 44th in three point field goal percentage.
WHALEN JOINS 1,000-POINT CLUB IN CAREER
On Jan. 14 against Davidson, redshirt senior surpassed the 1,000-point mark in her career, two years at Dayton and two years at Vanderbilt University. She scored 19 points in the win to achieve that milestone.
MAGASSA NAMED A-10 ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Freshman center Tenin Magassa was named Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week on Jan. 18 after having a breakout performance with 19 points on 9-of-12 shooting, seven rebounds, and five blocks in the win over Davidson. It was the first accolade for the France native on the season.
COOK NAMED A-10 ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Dayton freshman Makira Cook was named Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week on Jan. 4 after averaging 11.0 points and shooting 61.5 percent from the field. She highlighted the week with an 18-point performance against St. Bonaventure.
Dayton was picked to finish second in the Atlantic 10 preseason poll behind conference favorites VCU and ahead of Saint Louis, Davidson, Duquesne, and Fordham. The Flyers received two first-place votes.
The Atlantic 10 released its preseason all-conference teams and recognized a trio of Flyers. Redshirt senior Erin Whalen earned First Team honors while fellow redshirt senior Araion Bradshaw was named Third Team and All-Defensive Team. Junior Kyla Whitehead joined Bradshaw on the Third Team as well.
SHORTENED NON-CONFERENCE PLAY
The Flyers only had two non-conference games and no exhibition contests due to COVID concerns. Dayton opened the season at Morehead State on Nov. 25 with a victory before dropping the home opener to Akron on Dec. 6.
FLYERS IN REGULAR SEASON LEAGUE PLAY
Dayton has won 120 of its last 146 regular season Atlantic 10 games (.822), a streak that dates back to a 97-46 win over Rhode Island on Jan. 7, 2012, and includes a perfect 14-0 mark in conference play during the 2012-13 season.
THREE POINTS OF EXCELLENCE
Dayton has hit at least one three-point shot in 609 consecutive games dating back to Jan. 2, 2001, the longest streak in the Atlantic 10 Conference and one of the top streaks in the nation. The Flyers made a program-record 15 three-point field goals against Buffalo in the Connecticut World Vision Classic on Nov. 25, 2011. Dayton tied the record with 15 vs. Wright State on Nov. 28, 2012.
OFF TO A HOT START
Dayton has found much success under Coach Green in the month of January, going 34-2 in her first five seasons as head coach of the Flyers. That includes going undefeated in four of her five seasons.
The Flyers head back out on the road to take on Saint Joseph’s Friday, Feb. 5 at 6 p.m.
American Athletic Conference Announces Weekly Men’s Basketball Honors
IRVING, Texas – The American Athletic Conference has announced the winners of the league’s weekly men’s basketball honors for the 10th week of the 2020-21 season.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Tyson Etienne, So., Guard, Wichita State
Etienne led the Shockers to an overtime win over UCF on Jan. 30 with 29 points, three assists and two rebounds. The sophomore guard hit five 3-point field goals and recorded 21 points after halftime.
FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK
Tylan Pope, Forward, Tulane
Pope averaged 12.0 points and 9.0 rebounds while shooting 56.3 percent in a 1-1 week for the Green Wave. The freshman forward recorded a double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds in a road win at Temple on Jan. 31.
Jayden Gardner, Jr., Forward, East Carolina
Gardner averaged 24.5 points and 9.0 rebounds while shooting 61.8 percent from the field in two games for the Pirates.
Cameron Tyson, R-So., Guard, Houston
Tyson had a breakout game at Tulane on Jan. 28 with 31 points, including nine 3-pointers. The redshirt-sophomore guard averaged 18.0 points for the week.
DeAndre Williams, Jr., Forward, Memphis
Williams averaged 13.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists as the Tigers split a pair of games against SMU last week.
Jaylen Forbes, So., G, Tulane
Forbes averaged 17.0 points and 7.0 rebounds in a 1-1 week for the Green Wave. The sophomore guard recorded 23 points and eight rebounds in a win at Temple.
Rey Idowu, Jr., Forward, Tulsa
Idowu shot 66.7 percent from the field and averaged 18.0 points and 6.0 rebounds in a 1-1 week for the Golden Hurricane.
HCAC 2021 Men’s Basketball Notebook, Week 4
Athlete of the Week:
Zach Larimore (La Grange, Ky.) Transylvania University | Forward | Junior – The junior had back-to-back 24 points games to lead the Transylvania to a 2-0 week in HCAC play and a sweep of Earlham. On Friday, Larimore posted a game-high 24 points and a game-high six assists in a 101-75 win over Earlham College in Lexington. Larimore shot 4-for-6 from three-point range as the Pioneers hit a season-high 18 three-pointers as a team and shot 8-for-14 overall from the field, and also was a perfect 4-for-4 from the free-throw line. Larimore powered to 24 points in just 26 minutes of play. He followed on that performance with another 24 points and nine rebounds with one assist in Sunday’s 75-68 win at Earlham. Larimore had an efficient 9-for-13 showing from the field and hit 2-of-4 three-pointers in 34 minutes of play. For the week, Larimore averaged 24 ppg, 6.5 rebounds per game, and shot 63 percent from the field (17-27 FG), 75 percent from three-point range (6-for-8) while helping the Pioneers grow their season-high winning streak to five games.
- Ronny Williams (Anderson, Ind.) Anderson University | Guard | Senior – Williams closed out the week with averages of 13 points, 11.5 rebounds and six assists.
- Jameel Cosby (Springfield, Ohio) Bluffton University | Guard | Junior – Cosby led the Beavers to a sweep of Manchester, bucketing 13.5 PPG while pulling down 5.5 RPG. He also dished out 4.5 assists per game and picked up 3 steals in the victories. Cosby hit 3-of-7 from distance.
- Marell Jordan (Chicago, Ill.) Defiance College | Guard | Junior – Jordan averaged 24.5 points, 2.5 assists, 2.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals as the Yellow Jackets went 1-1 last week with a four-point road loss and 16-point win versus Anderson. Jordan shot 54.3 percent (19-of-35) from the field, 33.3 (2-of-6) from three-point range and 75.0 (9-of-12) at the free throw line in the two games. In DC’s first win (87-71) of the season, Jordan posted game highs of 23 points and four steals plus added four assists. In the loss (78-74), he led all scorers with 26 points.
- Sam Gutierrez (Tipton, Ind.) Franklin College | Guard | Senior – Gutierrez averaged 20 points and shot 51.7 percent from the field as Franklin split a pair of contests with Hanover over the weekend. He also averaged 3.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists and topped the Grizzlies with 22 points in Saturday’s 74-62 win over the Panthers. Gutierrez added 18 points in Thursday night’s meeting.
- Connor Washburn (Indianapolis, Ind.) Hanover College | Center | Senior – Washburn helped guide the Panthers to split with Franklin as he averaged a team-best 14.0 ppg, while pulling in 7.5 rpg. He tallied a team-high two blocks and finished the week shooting an impressive 66.7 percent from the floor.
- CJ Hampton (Hammond, Ind.) Manchester University | Forward | Senior – Hampton averaged 15.5 ppg and 7.0 rpg this past weekend in a pair of road contests at Bluffton. Hampton also led Manchester with 2.0 blocks per game and 3.5 steals.
- Craig McGee (Loveland, Ohio) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Guard | Senior – McGee became the all-time career leader in assists at Rose-Hulman with 486 as part of last week’s 2-game sweep of Mount St. Joseph. McGee averaged 13.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game – surpassing the career school record of 484 assists set by Mark Givan from 1976-80. McGee is the only player in Rose-Hulman history with 1,000 career points, 500 rebounds and 400 assists – and is closing in on the 500-assist mark.
HCAC 2021 Women’s Basketball Notebook, Week 4
Athlete of the Week:
Brianna Gillig (New Riegel, Ohio) Bluffton University | Forward | Junior – Gillig scored 41 points against the Spartans, shattering the former Bluffton record of 33 and topping the HCAC mark of 40. She finished with 10 rebounds in an 86-68 win at Manchester. For the week, Gillig averaged 23.5 PPG and 7.0 RPG. She hit 15-of-25 from the field on Friday while knocking down 9-of-10 at the line.
- Hannah Hawkins (Fairmount, Ind.) Anderson University | Center | Senior – Hawkins filled the stat sheet as Anderson’s 60-52 win against Transylvania is the program’s first win against Transylvania since Dec. 3, 2011. She notched 10 points, 16 rebounds, five steals and two blocks.
- Destinee Cross (Lafayette, Ind.) Franklin College | Forward | Junior – Cross averaged 12 points, 6.0 rebounds and 4.5 assists for Franklin in their weekend split with Hanover. She scored all nine of her points in the fourth quarter as Franklin erased a 13-point deficit to beat the Panthers 63-54 on Thursday night. Cross led the Grizzlies with 15 points in Saturday’s loss at Hanover.
- Savannah Courtney (Lawrenceburg, Ky.) Hanover College | Forward | Senior – Courtney helped propel the Panthers past previously unbeaten Franklin on Saturday afternoon. The senior posted an impressive week averaging 9.5 ppg, while averaging 6.5 rpg. She tallied a team-high in steals and assists.
No. 13 Texas Tech wins 57-52 to end No. 9 Oklahoma streak
No. 13 Texas Tech put an end to an impressive streak that had quickly pushed Oklahoma into the Top 10, in an offensive struggle for both teams.
Terrence Shannon Jr. scored all 15 of his points after halftime, with four free throws in the final 39 seconds, and the Red Raiders pulled out a 57-52 victory Monday night. That ended a five-game winning streak by the No. 9 Sooners, who had won three in a row over Top-10 teams but were without two starting guards because of COVID-19 protocols.
“Kind of an ugly game in some ways, but a beautiful game in others,” Texas Tech coach Chris Beard said. “Two teams really defending at a high level. To hold to two Big 12 teams to 33 percent shooting on both side, there’s a lot of really good defense going down.”
Texas Tech (13-5, 5-4 Big 12) had its largest lead at 50-40 when Kevin McCullar made a 3-pointer and then assisted on a 3 by Shannon with 3:21 left.
“A big-time battle. Proud of our guys, defensively fought their tails off, just needed to helped with a little more scoring,” Sooners coach Lon Kruger said. “Tech’s good defensively too, a kind of the first one to 50 (points)-type mentality.”
Oklahoma (11-5, 6-4), which had missed 13 of its previous 15 shots, responded with seven points in a row, including Umoja Gibson stealing a ball from McCullar and making a 3-pointer with 2:18 left. Gibson, who led the Sooners with 14 points, made another 3 with 1:01 left to get within 52-50 before Shannon converted at the line.
“Just went with the flow of the game,” Shannon said. “Coach went with me a couple of times and I found my rhythm and just happened to make plays.”
Oklahoma guards Austin Reaves and Alondes Williams didn’t play because of COVID-19 protocols, after both also missed Saturday’s 66-61 win at then-No. 9 Alabama in the Big 12/SEC Challenge. Reaves, fifth in the Big 12 at 15.8 points a game and third with 5.1 assists, was out because of contact tracing and Kruger expects him to be able to practice later this week. Williams is out until at least next week.
The Sooners moved up 15 spots, two weeks after not even getting a single vote, in the new AP Top 25 poll released earlier Monday. Their quick rise came after being only the third team in NCAA history to beat Top 10 teams in three consecutive games – over then-No. 9 Kansas and at then-No. 5 Texas before beating Alabama.
“That five-game winning streak was one of the best runs I’ve seen in the Big 12, and I’m sure they’ll bounce back and start another run,” Beard said.
HCAC Spring 2021 Volleyball Notebook, Week 2
Athletes of the Week:
Grace Ward (Edgewood, Ky.) Transylvania University | Setter | First-Year – The first-year setter debuted by leading the Pioneers to a 4-0 week, including a 2-0 week in conference play to start the 2021 Transylvania volleyball season. Ward registered a career-best 51 assists in Saturday’s five-set conference win over Bluffton, adding 15 digs, one ace, and one kill in an all-around performance. Ward followed up that performance with a match-high 32 digs in a three-set win over Bluffton to close out the day. She added eight digs in the win and also had two aces. Ward was the match-high leader in assists in all four matches played by the Pioneers this week. For the week overall totaling four matches, Ward compiled 128 assists (9.14 assists per set), 49 digs, eight aces, and five kills.
Sylvie Miller (Louisville, Ky.) Transylvania University | Defensive Specialist | Sophomore – The sophomore had an all-around performance on defense leading the Pioneers to a 4-0 week and a 2-0 week in conference play. The sophomore led the Pioneers with 52 total digs in four matches and amassed six blocks for the week to go with 18 kills, three aces, and two assists as the Pioneers defeated Earlham 3-0, 3-0 on Wednesday, and Bluffton 3-2, 3-0 on Saturday. Miller had 18 digs in the marquee match of the week, the conference 3-2 win over Bluffton. Miller tallied three blocks in the win and also added eight kills to go with an assist. Miller had double-digit digs in all but one of her four matches played, a 3-0 sweep of Bluffton in Saturday’s nightcap as she finished with nine digs, two aces, and two kills.
- Shaylen Perry (Eaton, Ohio) Anderson University | Middle Hitter | First-Year – Perry recorded an attack percentage of .315 as well as 2.33 kills per set.
- Erin Roach (Selma, Ind.) Anderson University | Defensive Specialist | Sophomore – Roach averaged 5.73 digs per set.
- Remi Bower (Deshler, Ohio) Bluffton University | Outside Hitter | Senior – Bower helped the Beavers sweep a pair of matches with Anderson on Wednesday night, ramming home career kill 1,000 in the process. For the week, she pounded 46 kills (3.54 KPS), while firing 10 aces, including a career-high seven in the HCAC matchup with AU. She also showed her versatility with 25 digs and six blocks.
- Kaylie Campbell (Camden, Ohio) Bluffton University | Middle Hitter | Sophomore – Campbell stuffed the opposition with 11 blocks in 11 sets for one block per set as the Beavers won a pair of matches against Anderson before dropping two at Anderson. She also hit .304 with 18 kills and seven digs.
- Mackenzie Benham (Marshall, Mich.) Defiance College | Outside Hitter | Junior – Benham helped lead the Yellow Jackets to a 3-0 record last week, including two HCAC wins. Benham led the balanced DC offense with 29 kills while posting a .200 attack percentage in the three matches (11 sets). Benham led the DC defense with 32 digs and added one solo block and two block assists in the three matches (11 sets).
- Sarah Dickman (Richmond, Ind.) Earlham College | Outside Hitter | Junior – Dickman amassed 44 kills (3.38/set) over 13 sets in four matches while leading Earlham volleyball to a 2-2 week. She had a high of 14 kills on a .270 hitting percentage to go with 19 digs in Earlham’s second match victory (3-1) against Mount St. Joseph on Saturday; earlier in the day, in Earlham’s 3-0 HCAC win over the Lions, Dickman recorded 11 kills, two service aces, three block solos, and 13 digs. Dickman began the week with performances of seven kills and 12 kills respectively in matches against Transylvania, with 14 digs in the HCAC match. For the week, Dickman hit .134 with three aces, 6.0 blocks (0.46/set), and 54 digs (4.15/set), and averaged 3.96 points per set over 13 sets.
- Taylor Tatlock (Edinburgh, Ind.) Franklin College | Outside Hitter | Sophomore – Tatlock earned her first two career starts for Franklin on Saturday against Anderson, leading the Grizzlies with 33 kills and a .301 hitting percentage in their split with the Ravens. She totaled 15 kills and five digs in Franklin’s four-set win over the Ravens to open the day and set a new career-high with 18 kills on .310 hitting with seven digs in the night cap.
- Morgan Curtis (Martinsville, Ind.) Franklin College | Defensive Specialist | Sophomore – Curtis earned a pair of starts at libero for the Grizzlies against Anderson on Saturday, leading the team in digs in each game. She totaled 40 digs and recorded five aces as Franklin split with the Ravens and set a career-high with 21 digs in the four-set opening win.
- Maddie Edwards (Jasper, Ind.) Hanover College | Right Side Hitter | Junior – Edwards connected for a team-high 34 kills, averaging 2.62 kills per set. She also tied a team-best four blocks on the week helping push the Panthers to 5-1 overall, 3-1 on the week.
- Amber Miller (Louisville, Ky.) Hanover College | Defensive Specialist | Senior – The defensive specialist tallied a team-high 48 digs to help lead Hanover to a 3-1 overall week. Miller averaged 4.36 digs per set, while adding 14 assists.
- Grace Young (Harrison, Ohio) Mount St. Joseph University | Outside Hitter | First-Year – Young led the Lions to an upset win over Hanover in the first match of the week. Moving the Lions at that point to 2-0 in conference play. She did so with a monster three set match, registering 19 kills with a .375 hitting percentage. The young MSJ team struggled the rest of the week, but Grace did not she put together 49 total kills in the Lions four matches.
- Brooklyn Brunner (Springboro, Ohio) Mount St. Joseph University | Defensive Specialist | Sophomore – Brunner switched roles a this season, as last year she was the Lions primary Libero and now finds herself in a DS role. Thus far this season she has flourished in that role, and that was on display this week. During the Lions HCAC win over Hanover she had a match-high 23 digs. Total this week in four matches she registered 49 digs, making it extremely hard to put balls away against the Lions.
OSU VOLLEYBALL: Ohio State Rallies to Top Michigan State, 3-2
Emily Londot paced the offense with a career-high 24 kills
EAST LANSING, Mich. – For the third time in four matches, the Ohio State women’s volleyball team (4-0, 4-0 B1G) went the distance and came out on the other side with a five-set victory (25-22, 20-25, 18-25, 25-13, 15-10), this time against Michigan State (0-4, 0-4 B1G) on Monday evening.
The Buckeyes are off to their best start since 2018 and have erased a 2-1 deficit twice this season to clinch the win.
Emily Londot had her second double-double of the year and recorded career highs with 24 kills, 11 digs and five blocks. Jenaisya Moore joined the double-digit party thanks to 14 kills and a career-best 14 digs.
Rylee Rader, who made her Buckeye debut, hit .429 with eight kills. Vanja Bukilić earned season highs in kills (9) and digs (4) while Kylie Murr had 16 digs and eight assists. Lauren Witte posted seven kills, five digs and a season-high eight blocks. Mac Podraza handed out 50 assists, her third time this season with at least 50 helpers, and paired it with eight digs, four kills, two service aces and one block. Hannah Gruensfelder chipped in 11 digs and three assists.
SET 1: The teams tied the score nine times to get the match going. A Podraza-Witte rejection gave the Buckeyes a 19-16 edge and sent the Spartans to their bench. Back on the court, Ohio State kept Michigan State at a distance for a 25-22 win.
SET 2: The Spartans doubled up for a 10-5 advantage after scoring seven straight points. The Buckeyes got the deficit down to a pair but it wasn’t enough as they fell short 25-20.
SET 3: Michigan State jumped out to a commanding 17-9 lead before Ohio State put together a 5-1 run to pull within four, 18-14. The Spartans refused to relinquish their upper hand and took the set, 25-18.
SET 4: Ohio State was on fire in the fourth, hitting .400 (15-3-30). The Buckeyes quickly took control as they scored the first six points of the frame to force a Michigan State timeout. Another 6-0 run pushed the lead to 17-5 before OSU cruised to a 25-13 triumph.
SET 5: Neither team was willing to give up much ground with seven early ties. Ohio State had some breathing room with an 11-8 edge and kept the ball rolling for a 15-10 victory.
Ohio State will take the week off before hosting Iowa on Feb. 12-13.
PURDUE FT. WAYNE VOLLEYBALL: Mastodons Dominate Penguins for First Horizon League Win
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – In Purdue Fort Wayne women’s volleyball’s home opener of 2021, the Mastodons controlled Youngstown State from the opening serve on Monday, February 1 in the Gates Sports Center. Purdue Fort Wayne won 3-0 (25-12, 25-8, 25-13) for its first-ever Horizon League win.
Katie Crowe was dominant in all facets of the game, as she finished with 13 kills, 10 digs and six aces. She did not have an error and recorded a .650 hitting percentage. Crowe is now 10 kills away from 1,000 in her career.
The Mastodons started the match on a 9-1 run, which featured kills from Madelyn Wurster and Crowe, and an ace from Crowe. A 5-1 run later on put the ‘Dons up 19-7. Wurster and Ramei Jackson combined for a block to put the exclamation point on the run. A 3-0 stretch closed the set, and Julia Wayer had the ace that finished it off. Wurster had six of her 12 kills in the opening frame. The ‘Dons hit a scorching .417 while holding Youngstown State to a putrid -.038.
The second set was more of the same for the ‘Dons, as they hit .433 while YSU hit just .077. Crowe led the Mastodons on a 7-1 run to start, which featured two of her six aces. A 12-2 stretch followed shortly after as all momentum had shifted to Purdue Fort Wayne. Wurster had two kills in the final three points and Sidney Schiller capped the set with a kill.
Youngstown State scored the first point of the third set, but this was the only point at which they led all night. Purdue Fort Wayne’s 9-1 subsequent run saw five kills and two blocks from the ‘Dons. Crowe continued her hot evening with three aces in a row down the stretch. Rachael Curcis had an ace to give Purdue Fort Wayne a set point opportunity. YSU held one chance off, but Sydney Boerst bounced a ball in the middle of the court to finish off the one-hour and nine-minute match.
In the middle, Jackson had five kills on seven swings and Boerst had five kills on nine swings. Crucis paced the defensive effort with 16 digs, helping hold Youngstown State to .056.
No Youngstown State player had more than three kills on Monday night.
Purdue Fort Wayne improves to 1-2 while Youngstown State falls to 2-1. These two teams will meet again tomorrow at 6 p.m. on the Arnie Ball Court.
IUPUI VOLLEYBALL: JAGS DROP THREE SET MATCH AT GREEN BAY
GREEN BAY, Wis. – IUPUI volleyball dropped a three-set match to being a two-game set at Green Bay on Monday (Feb. 1). Freshman Emily Alan led the Jags with six kills in the match.
Behind Alan, Maddie Haines was second on the team with four kills and Millai Madison and Allie Pogue each added three. Darragh Dixon finished the match with 15 assists.
On defense, Rhiannon Schuenemann collected 13 digs to lead the team and IUPUI (0-3 Horizon) combined for five blocks, led by two from Alan.
“I though Emily was a bright spot for us both on offense and at the block,” said head coach Lindsey Froehlich. “It was nice to see us minimize our service errors but this is just one that we have to put behind us a move on to tomorrow.”
IUPUI had a strong game on the service line finishing with six total aces, three coming from Allison Cook.
Green Bay (1-2 Horizon) was led by Alexandra Zakutney and Iro Chounta with 10 kills each.
The Jags and Phoenix will face off again on Tuesday (Feb. 2) at 3 p.m. ET.
VALPO VOLLEYBALL: Volleyball Opens Home Slate With Four-Set Win Over Loyola
The Valpo volleyball team opened its spring 2021 home schedule in style Monday afternoon at the ARC, putting together a strong offensive performance to claim a 3-1 (27-25, 25-18, 22-25, 25-21) victory over Loyola in MVC play. Three Valpo players finished the match in double figures in kills, led by 16 from senior Peyton McCarthy (Cincinnati, Ohio/Seton).
How It Happened
Much like Valpo’s Friday afternoon match against Butler, the first set was extremely tight, featuring an astounding 18 ties and six lead changes. Valpo’s largest lead came at 12-9 after a three-point spurt, while Loyola never owned more than a two-point edge in the opener.
Trailing 21-20 late, the key back-to-back points came for Valpo on a setter dump from freshman Victoria Bulmahn (McCordsville, Ind./Mt. Vernon) and a Loyola error to regain the lead.
The teams then started trading kills over the next eight points. A McCarthy kill gave Valpo set point at 24-23, but the Ramblers got a kill of their own to send the set into extra points. The senior followed with another kill, and Valpo finished off the set on its second attempt thanks to a Loyola attack error.
After a tight first set, the second frame proved to be less stressful at the end, as Valpo used a .394 hitting percentage in the set to lead almost the entire way.
The key stretch in the second set started with Valpo owning a 12-10 lead, as it extended the lead to six points with a 6-2 spurt which included three kills by McCarthy.
The Ramblers scored the next three to close within 18-15, but the Brown and Gold responded with three of the next four to keep Loyola at bay. A kill from junior Jillie Grant (Maumee, Ohio/Anthony Wayne) on the first set point attempt closed out the frame in Valpo’s favor and put it up two sets to none.
Loyola scored the first five points of the third set and looked like it would take the set late, leading by four at 21-17 before a Valpo run. Senior Jaclyn Bulmahn (McCordsville, Ind./Mt. Vernon) started the run with a kill, which was followed by back-to-back blocks by senior Ally Cummings (Novi, Mich./Novi) and junior Haley Hart (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way East).
A service ace by Victoria Bulmahn tied the set for the first time since the opening serve, and when Jaclyn Bulmahn tallied another kill, Valpo had taken its first lead of the frame at 22-21.
Loyola had the final push in the third set, however, as it scored the final four points to push the match to a fourth set.
The fourth set started with Valpo scoring five of the first six points before Loyola responded with four straight of its own, the first of multiple times throughout the set that the Brown and Gold tried to pull away, but were reeled back in by the Ramblers.
Finally, leading 19-16, Valpo surrendered a 5-1 run as Loyola gained its first lead of the set at 21-20.
But just as the Ramblers looked poised to potentially send the match the distance, Valpo put together one final push to close out the victory. Kills from Jaclyn Bulmahn and Hart started the run, and a Loyola attack error made it 23-21.
Cummings and Hart then combined on yet another rejection to make it match point for Valpo, and a final Rambler error closed the match in Valpo’s favor.
Inside the Match
The match closes out Valpo’s home-and-home series with Loyola to open the MVC schedule, with each squad winning on its home floor.
Despite having to play out of system last week, Valpo pushed Loyola to five sets in the opener in Chicago before coming back and defeating the Ramblers on Monday. This comes one season after the Ramblers swept both matches 3-0 from Valpo.
Valpo’s offense hit at a .242 clip in Monday’s win and owned a 58-52 advantage in kills over Loyola.
McCarthy led all players with 16 kills on .333 hitting, her best offensive effort of the year so far, and tallied four blocks as well.
Both middles were cooking on offense Monday, as Hart notched 12 kills on .308 hitting. The junior was strong on both sides of the ball, coming up one shy of her career high as she finished with seven blocks.
Cummings matched Hart with seven rejections in the win, setting her career best in the process. The duo’s prowess at the net led the way as Valpo totaled 11 team blocks Monday, its second double-figure effort in the category in as many matches with Loyola this season.
Jaclyn Bulmahn rounded out Valpo’s trio of attackers with 10+ kills as she hit .393 with 12 kills in the win.
Playing just the second match of her collegiate career, setter Victoria Bulmahn registered 50 assists and 13 digs for her first career double-double.
For the 50th time in her career, senior Rylee Cookerly (Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg) tallied at least 20 digs, as she led all players with 23 digs on Monday.
Grant posted 14 digs and also was strong on serve receive, as 13 of her 24 serve receptions were transitioned immediately into kills. Sophomore Bella Ravotto (Mishawaka, Ind./Marian) picked up 11 digs as well as Valpo out-dug Loyola by 10.
Valpo (2-1, 1-1 MVC) continues Valley play next weekend with a two-game series at Missouri State. The first match will be played on Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m.
WRIGHT STATE VBB: Raiders open home schedule with Monday night sweep
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The Wright State volleyball team opened its home schedule inside McLin Gymnasium on Monday night, and the results stuck to the recent norm with the Raiders downing visiting Northern Kentucky 3-0.
The win moves the Raiders to 3-0 on the season with three three-set sweeps, while the Norse were playing their first contest of the season after being off last week.
Wright State and Northern Kentucky will turn around and face each other again on Tuesday as part of the Horizon League’s scheduling model playing the same opponent at the same site on back-to-back days. Tuesday’s match is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. ET and will be streamed on either ESPN3 or ESPN+.
The Raiders have now won 16 straight regular season home matches inside McLin dating back to the last five matches of the 2018 campaign.
Monday night, Megan Alders led the way with eight kills while Teddie Sauer had seven of her own. Nyssa Baker had six kills and a match-high four blocks, with Alders and Sauer each adding two. The Raiders finished with eight service aces, paced by Sam Ott’s three, while Lainey Stephenson passed out 23 assists and Jenna Story had 19 digs.
The Raiders hit .220 as a team, including .290 in the opening set, while Northern Kentucky finished at .120. Wright State had only 10 errors on the night, while the visitors recorded 21 errors over the three sets.
The Raiders jumped ahead early on a kill from Baker to open the night and built an 11-6 lead behind a pair of service aces from Ellee Ruskaup and two kills from Sauer. After NKU pulled to within three at 16-13, the Raiders rolled off three straight points on kills from Alders and Stephenson and an ace from Celia Powers. Wright State closed the set on a 6-2 run thanks to kills from Alders, Baker, Sauer and Sam Wolf.
Down 3-2 early, the Raiders tallied eight of the next 10 points behind three kills from Powers and a pair from Sauer. The Raiders stretched the advantage out to 21-11 thanks in part by kills from Stephenson, Callie Martin and a service ace from Ott before Sauer ended the set with another kill of her own.
Northern Kentucky came out quickly in the set, taking a 7-3 advantage before the Raiders turned things around. Kills from Alder and Baker, along with four NKU errors, pulled Wright State to within one at 9-8. The Raiders rolled off seven straight points to gain control at 15-10 behind kills from Wolf, Stephenson and Baker. NKU fought back, pulling to within one twice – at 23-22 and 24-23 – before Baker ended the night with a final kill.
MLB to start on time after players reject delay
Major League Baseball will proceed with an on-time start to spring training and the season after players rejected a plan Monday night to delay reporting by a more than a month.
“In light of the MLBPA’s rejection of our proposal, and their refusal to counter our revised offer this afternoon, we are moving forward and instructing our clubs to report for an on-time start to spring training and the championship season, subject to reaching an agreement on health and safety protocols,” MLB said in a statement.
“We were able to complete a 2020 season through Herculean efforts and sacrifices made by our players, club staff and MLB staff to protect one another,” MLB said. “We will do so again, together, as we work towards playing another safe and entertaining season in 2021.”
MLB proposed to the players’ association on Friday that the start of spring training be pushed back from Feb. 17 to March 22, that opening day be delayed from April 1 to April 28 and that each team’s schedule be cut from 162 games to 154. MLB believed the virus situation would improve during the month delay.
Under the proposal, each team would have been allowed to be scheduled up to 12 split doubleheaders. Experimental rules for seven-inning doubleheaders and beginning extra innings with a runner on second base would have continued for a second season.
As part of the offer, MLB included the expansion of the playoffs from 10 teams to 14 and extending the designated hitter to the National League for the second straight season, a plan the union rejected Jan. 6.
Bruce Meyer, the union’s director of collective bargaining, called deputy commissioner Dan Halem on Monday to inform him the proposal had been rejected, two people familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because that detail was not announced.
Halem then asked Meyer to make a counteroffer, and Meyer sent an email asking MLB to guarantee salary and service time in the event of an interruption, one of the people said.
MLB’s proposal Friday included expanded rights for Commissioner Rob Manfred to interrupt the season. Halem responded to Meyer on Monday and said MLB would agree to withdraw that part of the proposal but that each side would retain whatever rights it has under the labor and player contracts, the person said.
Meyer responded Monday night that the union will not make any more proposals, that the union did not believe MLB’s plan was designed to protect health and safety, and that players expect MLB to tell teams that it intends to start spring training and the season on time, the person said.
“The MLBPA executive board and player leadership reviewed and discussed the owners’ proposal throughout the weekend and today,” the union said then in its public statement. “The clear-cut result of these deliberations is that players will not accept MLB’s proposal, will instead continue preparations for an on-time start to the 2021 season, and will accept MLB’s commitment to again direct its clubs to prepare for an on-time start.
“We do not make this decision lightly. Players know first-hand the efforts that were required to complete the abbreviated 2020 season, and we appreciate that significant challenges lie ahead. We look forward to promptly finalizing enhanced health and safety protocols that will help players and clubs meet these challenges.”
Baseball’s collective bargaining agreement, which expires next Dec. 1, calls for voluntary reporting dates of Feb. 17 for pitchers, catchers and injured players, and Feb. 22 for others. The mandatory reporting date, which few players stick to, is Feb. 27.
While MLB’s proposal said players would have received 100% of pay if all 154 scheduled games were played, the plan would have given Manfred the right to stop spring training, the regular season or the postseason if government restrictions prevented five or more teams from playing home games even without fans, if government rules restricted travel in the United States, if Manfred determined after consultation with medical experts and the union there is an unreasonable safety risk to players or staff, or if the number of regular major leaguers unavailable because of COVID-19 undermined competitive integrity.
“MLB’s proposal offers no salary or service time protections in the event of further delays, interruptions, or cancellation of the season,” the union said.
Seven teams in each league would have made the playoffs, and only the division winner with the best record would have received a bye in the best-of-three first round. There would have been a selection show in which the seeded teams would have been able to, in order of percentage, select their first-round opponent. The three advancing teams in each league and the one with a bye would have advanced to the best-of-five Division Series, starting the traditional rounds of the postseason.
While the sides spent weeks disagreeing on starting the season last year, MLB went ahead with a 60-game schedule and the sides reached a separate agreement to expand last year’s playoffs to 16 teams in a deal reached just before the season opener.
Done deal: Arenado traded from Rockies to Cardinals
The St. Louis Cardinals completed their blockbuster trade to acquire All-Star third baseman Nolan Arenado from the Colorado Rockies on Monday night.
St. Louis dealt left-hander Austin Gomber and four minor leaguers to the Rockies: infielders Elehuris Montero and Mateo Gil along with right-handers Tony Locey and Jake Sommers.
As part of the trade, Colorado will send cash to St. Louis to offset part of the money Arenado is due in his contract.
Arenado had been set to be paid $199 million over the remaining six seasons of a $260 million, eight-year contract. As part of his agreement to waive a no-trade provision, Arenado agreed to add a season to his deal, which now extends for seven seasons through 2027.
His deal had given him the right to opt out and become a free agent after the 2021 season. His new contract gives him the right to opt out and become a free agent after either the 2022 or 2023 season.
“Many have heard me say that one of the great things about baseball is that you always have a chance to get better,” Cardinals President of Baseball Operations John Mozeliak said in a statement. “Today we got better! A deal of this nature, acquiring a player of Nolan’s considerable talents, are the ones that can set you apart in many ways.”
The 29-year-old Arenado has hit .293 with an .890 OPS over eight seasons, averaging 35 home runs and 114 RBIs per 162 games. Aided in part by hitter-friendly Coors Field, he’s led the National League in home runs three times and topped the majors in RBIs twice.
The Cardinals finished second in the NL Central last season and lost a first-round playoff matchup against the San Diego Padres. Arenado will bump Matt Carpenter out of his role as the starting third baseman and play in an infield with All-Stars Paul DeJong at shortstop and Paul Goldschmidt at first base.
Arenado slumped during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, hitting .253 with eight home runs and a .738 OPS over 48 games before going on the injured list Sept. 21 with a bruised left shoulder. He earned $12,962,963 in prorated pay and won his eighth straight Gold Glove. Arenado led the majors with 15 defensive runs saved.
Colorado general manager Jeff Bridich acknowledged last offseason that he was listening to trade offers on the five-time All-Star, and Arenado said in February 2020 that “there’s a lot of disrespect around there” and “there is no relationship anymore” between him and Bridich.
Red Sox 2B, 2008 AL MVP Dustin Pedroia retires
Dustin Pedroia, the undersized and over-achieving second baseman who spurred the Boston Red Sox to a pair of World Series victories with his grit and a third, after a knee injury effectively ended his career, with his mouth, has retired.
Pedroia, 37, was the AL Rookie of the Year in 2007 and the MVP in his second season but has played in only nine games in three seasons since since a spikes-high slide by then-Orioles shortstop Manny Machado took out his knee in 2017.
He was the longest-tenured player on the Red Sox roster and the only holdover from the 2007 championship team.
“I never took one play off, from Little League on,” Pedroia said on a videoconference with reporters on Monday after acknowledging he would not be able to return, despite six surgeries that included a pandemic-delayed partial knee replacement in December. “At some point, you can’t play anymore. And this is the time.”
A four-time All-Star and four-time Gold Glove winner, Pedroia batted .299 with 140 homers and 725 RBIs in a 17-year career, all with the Red Sox. He is the only player ever to earn Rookie of the Year, Gold Glove and MVP awards along with a World Series championship in his first two full seasons; only nine other players have accomplished those feats in their entire career.
“He was the ultimate team player,” said Terry Francona, the current Cleveland manager and Pedroia’s manager and cribbage opponent for six seasons. “He always seemed to save his very best plays for the most important time of the game. He seemed to will himself at times to lead us to victory. It is impossible to spend any amount of time with him and not become close to him. He just has that type of personality.”
At 5-foot-9 – to be generous – and 170 pounds, Pedroia was small in stature but he burst into the majors as the AL Rookie of the Year in 2007, when he batted .317 with 39 doubles, eight homers and 50 RBIs.
Despite hitting a home run that year in his first World Series at-bat, he was went unrecognized when the Series shifted to Denver and told the Coors Field security guard: “I’m the guy who took Jeff Francis onto the Mass Pike. How’s that?”
The next year, Pedroia was the AL MVP after hitting .326 with 17 homers and 83 RBIs while leading the league with 118 runs, 213 hits and 54 doubles.
“I was always the first person on the field because I needed to be,” Pedroia said on Monday. “I had to learn from everybody.”
Packers planning for long-term future that includes Rodgers
Green Bay Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst and coach Matt LaFleur say they expect Aaron Rodgers to remain their team’s starting quarterback in 2021 and beyond.
Gutekunst and LaFleur made those comments Monday during season-ending Zoom sessions with reporters. After the Packers’ 31-26 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFC championship game, Rodgers had said, “there’s a lot of guys’ futures that are uncertain, myself included.”
“We’re really excited not only for next year, but the years to come,” Gutekunst said.
When asked specifically whether that meant keeping Rodgers beyond the 2021 season, Gutekunst said, “Absolutely.” Rodgers has three years remaining on a four-year, $134 million contract extension he signed in August 2018.
“Obviously he’s under contract, and he’s playing at an extremely high level,” Gutekunst said. “What we’re trying to do as an organization and what we’re trying to accomplish, we can’t do without Aaron Rodgers right now. He’s such a part of what we’ve done. He’s such a part of what we’re doing right now and certainly in the future.”
Rodgers’ long-term future has been a topic of league-wide speculation ever since the Packers traded up four picks to take Utah State quarterback Jordan Love with the 26th overall selection in the 2020 draft. Rodgers has said on multiple occasions that the Love selection complicated his own hopes of playing his entire career with Green Bay.
The subject came up again when Rodgers discussed his future after the NFC championship game. The two-time MVP clarified his remarks two days later on SiriusXM Radio’s “The Pat McAfee Show” by saying that “I don’t think there’s any reason why I wouldn’t be back” but adding that “there’s not many absolutes, as you guys know, in this business.”
Gutekunst said Monday he views Love “as a very talented prospect that we’re really excited about developing.” Gutekunst noted the Packers have a history of giving young quarterbacks time to develop.
Rodgers, a first-round pick in 2005, backed up Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre for three seasons before taking over as the starter. Gutekunst cited the examples of Matt Hasselbeck and Aaron Brooks, who also backed up Favre at Green Bay before starting multiple seasons elsewhere.
“I’m really excited about the limited development that Jordan has been able to do in the short period of time that we’ve had him. … There were some unforeseen challenges as far as offseason and no preseason games and things like that,” Gutekunst said. “So we’re excited to continue down that road and get him in some preseason games, at the same time while we’re competing for championships with Aaron.”
Rodgers, 37, had one of the best seasons of his stellar career to earn All-Pro honors. He set franchise single-season records for completion percentage (.707) and touchdown passes (48) while throwing only five interceptions. He had five touchdown passes, one touchdown run and one interception in two playoff games.
Brady on playing past 45: ‘I would definitely consider that’
Tom Brady keeps raising the bar about how long he could keep playing quarterback in the NFL.
As the 43-year-old Brady prepares for his record 10th Super Bowl and first since joining Tampa Bay this past offseason, he said he’s already considering surpassing his previous goal and playing beyond age 45.
“Yes definitely. I would definitely consider that,” Brady said Monday in his first news conference at Super Bowl week. “It’s a physical sport. Just the perspective I have on that is, you never know kind of when that moment is, just because it’s a contact sport. There’s a lot of training that goes into it. It has to be 100% commitment from myself to keep doing it.”
Brady still has that commitment, working closely with longtime trainer Alex Guerrero on workouts, diets and other preparation that has allowed Brady to thrive at an age when most of his peers are long retired.
Brady said the days of being a high school or college kid living on pizza and fast food are long in the past.
“I think football for me has obviously been my sport. It’s a career, but it’s really part of my daily life,” Brady said. “Because a lot of the decisions I make, I’m always thinking about `How does this impact my football? How does it impact my offseason training?’ It’s pretty well documented that the approach that I’ve taken over a period of time, which certainly didn’t all start at once. I think how I work out and how I recover is very important. The work I do with my body coach Alex is critical to the success that I’ve had.”
That work has helped Brady post accomplishments unequaled in NFL history. He has 10 Super Bowl trips, six titles, three MVPs, the most TD passes in regular-season history (581) and the possibility of passing Drew Brees next season for the most yards passing ever if Brees retires as expected this offseason.
What Brady has accomplished since turning 40 years old before the 2017 season would be an impressive enough career for most players. He has 20,776 yards passing in the regular season and playoffs, 142 TDs, one MVP, and a third trip to the Super Bowl, having won it following the 2018 season in New England and losing it the previous season.
He has more than doubled the output of any other quarterback after age 40, with Brees next on the list with 6,777 yards and 57 TDs.
Chiefs’ Robinson, Kilgore on COVID-19 list as close contacts
The Kansas City Chiefs placed a pair of backups, wide receiver Demarcus Robinson and center Daniel Kilgore, on the COVID-19 list as close contacts Monday as they begin final preparations for the Super Bowl against Tampa Bay.
Chiefs coach Andy said he was told of the situation Sunday but could provide no other information.
Neither of the players actually tested positive for COVID-19, which means Robinson – a regular contributor – and Kilgore could still play in the Super Bowl. Both would need to return negative tests throughout the week to get off the list.
“The NFL has done a great job with it, presenting different safety things for the players to stay as safe as possible,” Reid said. “We’ve been hammering this point home forever. The problem is you’re fighting the invisible man. It just gets you when least expected, and we’re seeing that in everything. It’s an unfortunate thing.”
The Chiefs have been largely clear of COVID-19 outbreaks this season, though several players have missed games after testing positive. They also are not changing the way they conduct business within their facility leading up to the game.
The big difference: Rather than heading to the site of the Super Bowl a week in advance, like they did last season, the Chiefs will fly to Tampa, Florida, the day before the game in an attempt to minimize contacts among players and the public.
“These guys were being as safe as they could be,” Reid said, “and we’ll just see how it goes. But the league has built-in rules and regulations, so we follow those, and it’ll all work out. It’ll all work out for them when it’s all said and done.”
Robinson appeared in every game this season, setting career highs with 45 receptions for 466 yards to go with three touchdown catches. He also can return kicks and punts and helps out with other special teams units.
“Obviously D-Rob is a big part of our offense and hopefully he’s out there with us,” Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes said. “If not, we have guys that can step up. We’ll just prepare to be the best team we can be.”
Kilgore started four games earlier this season when center Austin Reiter missed three games to an injury, and when the Chiefs rested their starters in Week 17 with the AFC’s top seed already secured. He also played some special teams snaps against the Buffalo Bills in the conference championship game.
INDIANA PACERS PREVIEW: Game Preview: Pacers vs Grizzlies
Game Time Change Notice
Please note that start time for Sunday’s game has been changed from the original schedule and will now tip off at 8:00 PM ET.
After Sunday night’s heartbreaking loss to the Philadelphia 76ers, the Pacers (11-9) hope to rebound against a young Memphis Grizzlies team (8-6) on Tuesday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Tuesday’s game will be the second night of a back-to-back for the Grizzlies, who are recently returning from a stretch of 11 days without playing a game due to the effects of COVID-19. Their game Monday night against the Spurs will be just the second game they’ve played in the past two weeks. The club is technically riding an impressive six-game winning streak through it all, despite having several players sidelined for either injuries or health and safety protocols.
In contrast, Tuesday’s game will be the first of a back-to-back session for the Blue & Gold. After the final buzzer sounds, they’ll head up to Milwaukee to take on the Bucks on Feb. 3.
The Grizzlies carry the third-youngest roster in the NBA this year with an average age of 24.4 years, but have quite a bit of talent. Second-year guard Ja Morant, formerly of Murray State fame, has already compiled an explosive highlight reel over the first year and a quarter of his career. Morant currently averages a team-high 22 points and 7.7 assists per game despite sitting out eight games this year due to a sprained left ankle. Dillon Brooks, who averages the most 3-point attempts per game for the Grizzlies (6.4), averages 15.1 points per game.
Additionally, though the club may be young, the Grizzlies’ defense rank among the top teams in the league. Through 14 games played, the squad boasts the sixth-best defensive rating in the NBA, allowing just 107.6 points allowed per 100 possessions.
Thus, Indiana will need to be on its guard for a full 48 minutes this game. A run of sloppy play caught up to the Blue & Gold late in their contest against the Sixers. The Pacers committed seven of 18 total turnovers in the fourth quarter leading to 12 Philadelphia points. Look for the more-experienced Pacers to tune things up before heading on to the court Tuesday, as this Grizzlies team are hungry to continue their momentum through adversity.
Pacers: Brian Bowen II – out (G League two-way contract), Jalen Lecque – out (G League assignment), Caris LeVert – out (medical condition), Cassius Stanley – out (G League two-way contract), T.J. Warren – out (left foot stress fracture)
Grizzlies: Grayson Allen – out (health and safety protocols), Jaren Jackson Jr. – out (left knee meniscus surgery recovery), Sean McDermott – out (left shoulder bone bruise), Jontay Porter – out (right knee soreness), Killian Tillie – out (left foot soreness), Jonas Valanciunas – out (health and safety protocols), Justise Winslow – out (left hip displacement)
Dec. 2, 2019: The Blue & Gold used a balanced scoring effort to take care of the Grizzlies, 117-104, inside FedEx Forum. All five starters scored between 14 and 19 points, while the Holiday brothers combined for 26 points off the bench.
After trailing 9-4 in the early moments of the game, Indiana responded with nine unanswered points. The spree ended up being the start of a 20-7 run for the Blue & Gold. However, the Grizzlies roared back in the second, recording a 12-0 run behind the efforts of former Pacer Solomon Hill to take the lead.
But before the first half concluded, Indiana jumped back in front behind a string of 11 unanswered points and continued to hold on to the lead for the remainder of the game.
Malcolm Brogdon recorded a team-high 19 points, six rebounds, and nine assists in the win, while Domantas Sabonis was on triple-double watch. Unfortunately, the big man fouled out before notching the two assists needed. He finished with 18 points, 14 boards, and eight assists.
Indiana swept the regular-season series against Memphis last year for the second time over the last three seasons. The Pacers have won five of the last six and six of the last eight regular-season matchups against the Grizzlies.
The Grizzlies have lost four straight games inside Bankers Life Fieldhouse, with their last win coming on Oct. 29, 2015.
Grizzlies forward Jaren Jackson Jr played his high school basketball in Indiana. He started at Park Tudor School in Indianapolis before transferring to La Lumiere School in La Porte, Indiana for his senior year.
Grizzlies dominate Spurs 133-102 for 7th straight victory
Gorgui Dieng scored 19 points, Brandon Clarke had 18 and the Memphis Grizzlies routed the San Antonio Spurs 133-102 on Monday night to extend their winning streak to seven games.
“We’ve got a lot of depth,” Memphis guard Tyus Jones said. “I think that was one of the things going into the year that we looked at. You’ve got to use that to your advantage night in and night out. It’s a long season.”
Jones had 11 points a career-high 14 assists. All 10 Grizzlies who played had at least one assist.
Kyle Anderson and De’Anthony Melton added 17 points each and Ja Morant had 13 points and eight assists as Memphis won its second straight game after a 12-day layoff due to the league’s COVID-19 protocols.
Keldon Johnson had 25 points and 11 rebounds for San Antonio, which has dropped two straight after winning its previous three. The Spurs pulled their starters and key reserves midway through the fourth quarter with the Grizzlies up 111-90.
“They were just tougher in so many ways than we were,” San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said. “In a 48-minute game, I’d say that probably in the third quarter we looked like we looked lately for about six minutes. But, other than that, they sliced us and diced us and deserved the wins, for sure.”
Memphis had nine players score in double figures as it completed a two-game sweep at San Antonio. After shooting 56% from the field in Saturday’s 129-112 victory, Memphis matched that percentage Monday and also shot 50% on 3-pointers.
“They are continuing to understand that being unselfish as a team is going to set you up for success as an individual and the team up for success,” Grizzlies coach Taylor Jenkins said.
It was the fifth straight game the Grizzlies have had at least five players in double figures.
“We just play together, that’s all,” Dieng said. “We share the ball. We don’t care who scores.”
Dieng and Melton were part of a 62-41 advantage in bench points for Memphis.
Booker hits winning 3 in return as Suns edge Mavs 109-108
Phoenix Suns coach Monty Williams gladly confessed that he junked his plan to carefully monitor Devin Booker’s minutes down the stretch with his All-Star guard playing for the first time since Jan. 22.
Booker hit a 3-pointer with 1.5 seconds left in his return and the Suns rallied past the Dallas Mavericks for the second straight game, winning 109-108 on Monday night.
Booker finished with 24 points, 20 in the second half, and 31 minutes. He went into the game ranked 12th in the NBA averaging 35.7 minutes per game before being sidelined with a left hamstring strain.
“I imagine if I’d have taken Book out, that would have been the first time you’d seen a player knock a coach out on the sidelines,” Williams said.
The Suns trailed by 11 with 4:48 to play in the third quarter before winning their third straight, including a 111-105 victory at Dallas on Saturday when they trailed by 15 late in the third quarter.
The Mavericks dropped their sixth in a row, their ninth loss in their last 11 games and their fourth straight defeat at home. Luka Doncic missed a 27-foot shot at the buzzer.
Booker took a pass on the winning basket from Chris Paul, who finished with a season-high 34 points to go with nine rebounds and nine assists. Deandre Ayton had 10 points and 17 rebounds for his seventh double-double in his past eight games.
Doncic led the Mavericks with 25 points following a slow start in which he scored only two points in the first quarter on free throws. Josh Richardson scored a season-high 24 points and Kristaps Porzingis added 19, 14 in the second half, after sitting out Saturday’s game.
Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said his team was aware it had a foul to give on the Suns’ winning possession.
“We didn’t take it. That falls on me,” Carlisle said. “There’s not going to be any finger-pointing.”
INDY FUEL: CLEVELAND ADDS MCDONALD ON PTO
INDIANAPOLIS – The Indy Fuel, proud ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s Chicago Blackhawks and the AHL’s Rockford IceHogs announced Monday that defenseman Connor McDonald has been signed to a pro-tryout agreement with the American Hockey League’s Cleveland Monsters.
McDonald, 25, returned to the Fuel lineup after he played two games to start the ECHL season before being waived. The Westerville, Ohio native skated in 11 games for the Fuel last season tallying one goal, three assists and two penalty minutes. Re-signing with the Fuel on January 20, McDonald has skated in five games earning one assist and a minus-3 rating.
Prior to turning pro, played four seasons at Bowling Green, appearing in 161 NCAA games and registering seven goals, 25 assists and a plus-40 rating. Before his college career, McDonald played two seasons in the United States Hockey League (USHL), skating in 114 games with the Chicago Steel and Youngstown Phantoms.
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