GIRLS SECTIONAL BASKETBALL SCORES
|South Bend Adams||36||Mishawaka||32|
|Fort Wayne Snider|
|Carroll (Fort Wayne)||69||East Noble||35|
|Fort Wayne Snider||85||Fort Wayne Northrop||71|
|Fort Wayne South||53||Huntington North||45|
|Harrison (West Lafayette)|
|Harrison (West Lafayette)||45||Northwestern||42|
|Mount Vernon (Fortville)||44||Richmond||32|
|New Palestine||63||Muncie Central||30|
|North Central (Indianapolis)|
|North Central (Indianapolis)||71||Lawrence Central||28|
|Lawrence North||74||Indianapolis Cathedral||68|
|Indianapolis Roncalli||66||Ben Davis||58|
|Terre Haute North|
|Brownsburg||60||Terre Haute South||33|
|Plainfield||50||Terre Haute North||43|
|Center Grove||32||Franklin Central||27|
|Columbus North||52||Bloomington North||26|
|Jennings County||44||Floyd Central||32|
|Bedford North Lawrence||62||Jeffersonville||36|
|Kankakee Valley||49||Hanover Central||24|
|South Bend St. Joseph|
|South Bend Washington||45||John Glenn||29|
|Mishawaka Marian||66||South Bend St. Joseph||42|
|Angola||53||Fort Wayne Dwenger||37|
|Benton Central||60||West Lafayette||54||OT|
|Hamilton Heights||73||New Castle||24|
|Brown County||44||South Vermillion||33|
|Heritage Christian||56||Guerin Catholic||42|
|Beech Grove||46||Indianapolis Herron||43|
|Mount Vernon (Posey)|
|Evansville Memorial||60||Heritage Hills||30|
|Lake Station||66||Hammond Noll||63|
|North Judson||64||South Central (Union Mills)||33|
|Clinton Prairie||46||Lafayette Central Catholic||41|
|Indianapolis Scecina||65||Irvington Prep Academy||24|
|Triton Central||70||Eastern Hancock||47|
|Covenant Christian||40||Park Tudor||38|
|North Putnam||63||Parke Heritage||52|
|Switzerland County||40||Southwestern (Hanover)||35||OT|
|South Ripley||64||South Decatur||29|
|North Knox||54||South Knox||46|
|Evansville Mater Dei||39||South Spencer||20|
|Forest Park||53||Perry Central||28|
|Morgan Twp.||62||Covenant Christian (DeMotte)||44|
|Fort Wayne Blackhawk||94||Hamilton||12|
|North White||53||South Newton||17|
|North Miami||59||Southern Wells||47|
|North Vermillion||56||Faith Christian||52|
|Cowan||64||Anderson Prep Academy||21|
|Blue River||50||Randolph Southern||27|
|Union (Modoc)||59||Cambridge City Lincoln||46|
|North Central (Farmersburg)||51||Shakamak||34|
|Bloomfield||65||White River Valley||45|
|Bethesda Christian||60||Indiana Deaf||26|
|Traders Point Christian||49||Indianapolis Riverside||48|
|Greenwood Christian||94||Providence Cristo Rey||20|
|Southwestern (Shelbyville)||68||Rising Sun||35|
|Trinity Lutheran||86||Shawe Memorial||23|
|Springs Valley||51||Wood Memorial||32|
GIRLS SECTIONAL FINALS TODAY
BOYS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL
|Benton HomeSchool||86||Clinton Christian||32|
|Greenwood Christian||70||Indianapolis Metropolitan||56|
|Indiana Math & Science||67||Eminence||56|
|Indianapolis Manual||82||Laurel HomeSchool||41|
|Lakeland Christian||86||Lakewood Park||80||OT|
|Providence Cristo Rey||86||Irvington Prep Academy||55|
|Purdue Poly Englewood||80||Crosspointe Christian||40|
|Trinity Greenlawn||53||Portage Christian||24|
New Orleans 114 Indiana 113
Orlando 123 Chicago 119
Milwaukee 123 Cleveland 105
Toronto 123 Brooklyn 117
Miami 122 Washington 95
Minnesota 106 Oklahoma City 103
Utah 138 Charlotte 121
Phoenix 109 Detroit 92
Boston 119 LA Clippers 115
MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
IUPUI 80 Green Bay 71
Detroit 82, Purdue Fort Wayne 72
Northern Kentucky 87 Milwaukee 73
Dayton 74 George Mason 65
Akron 72 Kent State 61
Cleveland State 80 Oakland 72
Youngstown State 84 Robert Morris 78 OT
Penn State 55 Maryland 50
Wright State 72 Illinois Chicago 47
WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL – TOP 25
#3 Connecticut 87 Marquette 58
Washington State 67 #5 UCLA 63
#6 Stanford 62 Colorado 54
#23 South Dakota State 64 South Dakota 45
Wright State 67 Milwaukee 58
Youngstown State 102 Purdue Fort Wayne 60
IUPUI 71 Illinois Chicago 52
Green Bay 63 Northern Kentucky 56
Illinois State 57 Southern Illinois 50
Dayton 55 St. Joseph’s 43
Drake 75 Loyola Chicago 46
Bradley 61, Valparaiso 51
Utah Valley 61 Chicago State 53
Boston 2 Philadelphia 1
Tampa Bay 3 Detroit 1
Florida 2 Nashville 1
Vegas 5 Los Angeles 2
San Jose 5 Anaheim 4
TOP STATE AND REGIONAL NEWS
PACERS BASKETBALL: PACERS LOSE TO NEW ORLEANS
For the second time this year, the Pacers and the New Orleans Pelicans gave fans a thrilling contest. But unfortunately, it was time for Blue & Gold fans to feel the sting of a close loss. Using 10 fourth-quarter 3-pointers, including six from the reserves, Indiana (12-11) roared back from an 18-point deficit to take a slim lead late. But when time expired, the Blue & Gold found themselves one point shy of the win. They fell to the visitors, 114-113.
A Doug McDermott triple with 1:54 to go knotted things up at 110 apiece. But, the Pelicans (9-12) responded with consecutive buckets from Steven Adams and Brandon Ingram gave New Orleans a 114-110 lead with 42.6 seconds remaining. The Pacers’ 10th 3-pointer of the fourth — an arc from Turner — pulled the Pacers to within one with 39.1 ticks left. The defense then forced a shot-clock violation, giving Indiana one final possession. Turner drove right through traffic and floated a shot. Unfortunately, the ball clinked off the rim and into Adams’ arms. Adams called timeout with 0.5 seconds to go, sealing Indiana’s fate.
It was certainly a moral victory for the club. But at the end of the day, the Pacers aren’t interested in that and were left hungry for more.
“It can be cool to talk about how we came back,” Justin Holiday said postgame. “But what we’re trying to do every time we come on the floor is put a full game together.”
Holiday was one of six Indiana players to finish in double figures. He led the team with a season-high 22 points, connecting on a career-high-tying seven 3-pointers. Bouncing back from a rough night in Milwaukee, Jeremy Lamb added 17 points and six boards in the loss. Doug McDermott added 14, while Goga Bitadze recorded 10 and two blocks as part of the Pacers’ ferocious bench performance.
“He’s a great team player,” coach Nate Bjorkgren said of Bitadze. “I thought his spacing was good. When he was on the perimeter, he was trying to set those good screens…He has skills. He does — just like Myles (Turner) and (Domantas) Sabonis. So, he’s capable of a lot of things.”
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Big Ten Conference announced its 2021 football schedule on Friday afternoon. Indiana will open the season at Iowa on Saturday, Sept. 4, and kick off its six-game home schedule against Idaho on Saturday, Sept. 11.
The full 2021 schedule is below:
S.4 at Iowa
S.25 at Western Kentucky
O.2 at Penn State
O.16 Michigan State
O.23 Ohio State
O.30 at Maryland
N.6 at Michigan
N.27 at Purdue
D.4 Big Ten Championship Game
Times and television designations will be announced at a later date.
The Big Ten Conference Administrators Council, which includes the Directors of Athletics and Senior Women Administrators from all 14 member institutions, approved the revised 2021 Big Ten football schedule. The schedule was updated in order to accommodate the following six games that adjusted locations as a result of changes made during the 2020 scheduling process:
· Indiana-Michigan State
· Michigan-Michigan State
All other opponents and locations remained intact from the previously approved version of the schedule. The only additional changes involved the sequencing of games throughout the schedule, including the return of traditional rivalries in the final week of the season such as Iowa-Nebraska and Minnesota-Wisconsin.
Fans who held season tickets for the 2020 season will be able to renew their seats online through their My Tickets account in the near future. The value of all season ticket and parking purchases for the 2021 season is guaranteed under the IU Athletics Ticket Assurance Policy.
Fans interested in becoming season ticket holders for IU Football can place their season ticket seat deposit today. Deposits for new season tickets are on sale now for $50 per ticket. The deposit will be applied toward the season ticket purchase. Each account that places a seat deposit will receive instructions via email on how to complete their full season ticket purchase.
INDIANA MEN’S GOLF
PALM COAST, Fla. – Indiana men’s golf turned in a 2-0 performance on day one of the Big Ten Match Play Championship, defeating both Ohio State and Minnesota by a score of 4.5 to 0.5 on Friday at Hammock Beach Resort.
Location: Palm Coast, Fla.
Course: Hammock Beach Resort • Ocean Course
Live Scoring: Golfstat
MORNING MATCH (Indiana – 4.5, Ohio State – 0.5)
Mitch Davis (IU) def. Elis Svard (OSU), 3&2
Clay Merchent (IU) def. Patrick Schmuecking (OSU), 2&1
Harry Reynolds (IU) def. Felix Kvarnstrom (OSU), 2UP
Drew Salyers (IU) def. Grant Engle (OSU), 3&1
Ethan Shepherd (IU) and Adam Wallin (OSU); halved
AFTERNOON MATCH (Indiana – 4.5, Minnesota – 0.5)
Mitch Davis (IU) and Thomas Longbella (UM), halved
Clay Merchent (IU) def. Connor Glynn (UM), 5&3
Harry Reynolds (IU) def. Lincoln Johnson (UM), 2UP
Drew Salyers (IU) def. Ben Warian (UM), 1UP
Ethan Shepherd (IU) def. Harrison Arnold (UM); 5&4
COACH MAYER QUOTES
“A solid performance for us up and down the lineup against a powerful Ohio State team and a really good Minnesota team,” said head coach Mike Mayer. “We had contributions from everyone today and played very strong.”
Indiana will face off against Wisconsin Saturday at 8 a.m. in the semifinals. The final match of the event will be Saturday at 1 p.m.
INDIANA SWIMMING AND DIVING
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – After a week away from the competition pool, the No. 7/12 Indiana men’s and women’s swimming and diving programs are will conclude the 2020-21 regular season in West Lafayette against No. 17/14 Ohio State, Purdue and Rutgers on Saturday morning.
Saturday, Jan. 6 • 10 a.m. ET (Swimming and Diving)
Morgan J. Burke Aquatic Center • West Lafayette, Ind.
Stream: BTN Plus ($)
Opponents: (M) No. 17 Ohio State, Purdue; (W) No. 14 Ohio State, Purdue, Rutgers
Live Results: PurdueSports.com
Diving: Women’s 1M, 3M (exhibition), Platform, Men’s 1M, 3M (exhibition), Platform
Swimming: 200 Medley Relay, 1,000 Freestyle, 200 Freestyle, 100 Backstroke, 100 Breaststroke, 200 Butterfly, 50 Freestyle, 100 Freestyle, 200 Backstroke, 200 Breaststroke, 500 Freestyle, 100 Butterfly, 200 IM, 400 Freestyle Relay
RIVALRY WINNING STREAKS ON THE LINE
The IUSD program has had a long stretch of success against in-state rival Purdue, winning 10-straight dual meet competitions against the Boilers on the men’s side dating back to Feb. 6, 2010. The women’s program has reeled off nine-straight against Purdue going back to Jan. 22, 2011.
FIRST TIME OPPONENT
For the first time since Rutgers joined the Big Ten, the Hoosiers will square off with the Scarlet Knights in a dual meet setting.
FROM THE DIVING WELL
For the second-straight weekend, both redshirt junior Andrew Capobianco and freshman Anne Fowler took care of business on the boards. Both athletes swept the 1-meter and 3-meter events and earned Big Ten Diver of the Week laurels.
Capobianco compiled season-best, NCAA ‘A’ Standard performances in both the 1-meter (417.00) and 3-meter (473.55) events against the Buckeyes, while Fowler etched her name in the Hoosier record books in both the 1-meter (356.10) and the 3-meter (372.75) events against No. 14 Ohio State. Her 1M score broke the program’s dual meet record, made her the third-ranked IU performer in the history of the event, and ranks as the fifth-best overall score in Indiana women’s diving history. Her 3M score ranks her as the team’s fifth-best performer in the event.
The diving program hit nine NCAA Standard scores on the weekend, including five NCAA ‘A’ Standard marks.
FROM THE POOL DECK
Sophomore Brendan Burns won four events in the pool, including the 100 Butterfly (47.08), 200 Butterfly (1:44.67), 200 Backstroke (1:44.87), and the 400 Medley Relay (3:11.89) against the 17th-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes. After claiming Big Ten Swimmer of the Week for his dominant performance in the season-opening sweep of Michigan and Northwestern, junior Jack Franzman earned three more victories against the Buckeyes. He won the 100 Freestyle (43.47), 200 Freestyle Relay (1:19.16), and 400 Medley Relay (3:11.89).
On the women’s side, sophomore Ashley Turak took home a trio of victories in the 50 Freestyle (22.86), 100 Freestyle (50.11), and 400 Medley Relay (3:40.58), while sophomore Emily Weiss swept the breaststroke events. She won both the 100 Breaststroke (1:01.15) and the 200 Breaststroke (2:12.09).
B1G Men’s Swimmer of the Week: Jack Franzman (Jan. 20)
B1G Men’s Diver of the Week: Andrew Capobianco (Jan. 20, Jan. 27)
B1G Women’s Diver of the Week: Anne Fowler (Jan. 27)
B1G Women’s Freshman of the Week: Anne Fowler (Jan. 20)
LAST TIME OUT: DUAL MEET VERSUS OHIO STATE
Men’s Team: Indiana moved to 3-0 in the shortened season after defeating No. 17 Ohio State by a score of 185-115.
Women’s Team: IU captured a top-15 win after downing No. 14 Ohio State by a final tally of 166-134.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind.– The Indiana wrestling team returns home to Wilkinson Hall to host No. 23 Michigan State and No. 7 Nebraska on Saturday Feb. 6.
Indiana vs. No. 23 Michigan State
Saturday February 6, 2021 • 12:00 p.m. ET
Bloomington, Ind. | Wilkinson Hall
Broadcast: BTN Plus
Live Stats: Track Wrestling
Indiana vs. No. 7 Nebraska
Saturday February 6, 2021 • 2:00 p.m. ET
Bloomington, Ind. | Wilkinson Hall
Broadcast: BTN Plus
Live Stats: Track Wrestling
*Attendance at 2020-21 Big Ten Wrestling matches will be limited to the immediate family of student-athletes, coaching staff, wrestling personnel and members of the team traveling parties.
*This match was originally a quad event, but Rutgers was unable to compete due to Covid-19 cases within their program.
ABOUT MICHIGAN STATE
• Michigan State has a 1-2 record on the season with a win against Maryland and defeats against Minnesota and Ohio State.
• The Spartans have eighth ranked wrestlers going into this match, highlighted by No. 5 Cam Caffey at heavyweight.
• At 174, No. 6 Donnell Washington will likely take on No. 17 Drew Hughes.
• Nebraska is 4-1 on the season with wins against Minnesota, Northwestern, Maryland and Wisconsin. Their only defeat is against No. 1 Iowa.
• Nebraska has eight wrestlers ranked, with five in the top-10 in their respective weight classes.
• At 197, Eric Schultz is ranked No. 2 and at 174, Mikey Labriola is ranked No. 3.
• Michigan State owns a 49-23-2 advantage in the all-time series. The last three matches have been decided by five points or less, including a 16-15 win for Michigan State the last time they competed, on 12/7/18 in East Lansing. The last six matches in the series have been decided by five points or less.
• Nebraska leads the all-time series 16-5. The most recent match was last season in Bloomington with Nebraska winning 35-6. The last Indiana win was Feb. 15, 1985.
• Donnell Washington was named the Big Ten Wrestler of the Week. Washington went 2-0 in wins against No. 5 Carter Starocci of Penn State and Troy Fisher of Northwestern. Washington pinned Fisher to help the Hoosiers win the dual vs. Northwestern. Washington has a 3-1 record on the season.
• Graham Rooks returned to action for the first time this season. Rooks went 1-1, including a win over No. 10 Jarod Verkleeren of Penn State.
• The Hoosiers have 23 freshmen/sophomores on their 2021 roster.
• Indiana returns three NCAA qualifiers in Brock Hudkins, Graham Rooks and Garrett Hoffman.
• Indiana opened the season with a 39-3 defeat against Illinois. Donnell Washington provided the Hoosiers a 6-3 victory.
• Indiana has six wrestlers that are ranked this week. Donnell Washington vaulted by the rankings by 20 spots and is ranked No. 6 at 174 lbs.
• The Hoosiers have had back-to-back recruiting classes ranked in the top-25. Their 2019 class was ranked 16 and their 2020 class was ranked 25.
• Indiana set an attendance record for average fans per match in the 2019-20 season.
• Cayden Rooks finished the 2020 season with a 21-13 record as a true freshman. He wrestled in eight Big Ten dual matched and finished with a 4-4 record.
• Graham Rooks was an NCAA qualifier a season ago. Rooks beat five ranked opponents last season. Rooks makes his 2021 season debut on Saturday.
• Indiana has three sets of brothers on their team (Graham Rooks and Cayden Rooks, Nico Bolivar and Eddie Bolivar and Jonathan Moran and Jacob Moran)
• IU head coach Angel Escobedo is in his third season with the team. Escobedo wrestled at Indiana from 2007-10 and won the national championship at 125 lb. in 2008. Escobedo is the only four-time All-American in Indiana wrestling program history.
• In extra matches against Michigan, Jacob Moran beat former cadet world champion and No. 1 recruit Kurt McHenry.
• Michigan State head coach Roger Chandler is an IU wrestling alum and was a three-time All-American at IU. Chandler was inducted into the IU Athletics Hall of Fame in 2008.
Indiana Probable Lineup
125: Jacob Moran or #14 Brock Hudkins
133: Kyle Luigs
141: Cayden Rooks
149: #14 Graham Rooks
157: Matt Ortiz
165: #24 Nick South
174: #6 Donnell Washington
184: Drayton Harris
197: #28 Nick Willham
285: Rudy Streck or Jacob Bullock
Michigan State Probable Lineup
125: #13 Rayvon Foley or Tristan Lujan
133: #16 Jordan Hamdan or Andrew Chambal
141: Jaden Enriquez, Matt Santos, or Jake Spiess
149: #30 Peyton Omania or Eddie Homrock
157: #25 Chase Saldate or Nathan Atienza
165: #17 Jake Tucker or Caleb Fish
174: #17 Drew Hughes or Nate Jimenez
184: #12 Layne Malczewski
197: #5 Cam Caffey or Austen Malczewski
285: Christian Rebottaro or Brad Wilton
Nebraska Probable Lineup
125: #6 Liam Cronin OR Jeremiah Reno
133: Alex Thomsen OR Tucker Sjomeling OR Dominick Serrano
141: #6 Chad Red Jr. OR Jordan Kelber
149: #22 Brock Hardy OR Jevon Parrish OR Ridge Lovett
157: Caleb Licking
165: #18 Peyton Robb OR Isaiah Alford
174: #3 Mikey Labriola
184: #11 Taylor Venz OR Nathan Haas OR Brandyn Van Tassell
197: #2 Eric Schultz
285: #10 Christian Lance OR Cale Davidson
Indiana hosts Maryland on Sunday Feb. 14 at Wilkinson Hall.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind.– The Indiana volleyball team is back on the road this week as they travel to Iowa for two matches against the Hawkeyes.
Indiana at Iowa
Friday February 5, 2021 • 5:00 p.m. ET
Saturday February 6, 2021 • 5:00 p.m. ET
Xtream Arena • Coralville, Iowa
Video: BTN Plus
Live Stats: Friday Match | Saturday Match
Social Media: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram
Attendance at 2020-21 volleyball matches will be limited to the immediate family of student-athletes, coaching staff, volleyball personnel and members of the team traveling parties.
• Iowa is 0-4 on the season with two defeats against Illinois and most recently two defeats against Purdue.
• The Hawkeyes are opening their new arena this week, Xtream Arena.
• Junior outside hitter Courtney Buzzerio leads the Iowa offense with 36 kills on the season.
• Last season Iowa finished 12th in the Big Ten with an overall record of 10-21 and 4-16 mark in Big Ten matches.
• The Hawkeyes are coached by Vicki Brown, in her second season as head coach with Iowa.
Indiana leads the all-time series against Iowa, 40-37. Last season the teams played twice with Iowa winning both matches, including a five-set match in Bloomington.
• IU head coach Steve Aird is in his third season with Indiana volleyball.
• The Hoosiers 2020 class of current freshmen were ranked 15th in the country by PrepVolleyball.Com. It is the highest ranked class in program history and includes eight freshmen.
• In addition to the eight freshmen the Hoosiers add transfer Brooke Westbeld. Westbeld comes from Dayton and will be a senior. In 2018 Westbeld earned AVCA All-America Honorable Mention honors.
• The Hoosiers return just four players that played 17 or more sets in the 2019 season.
• The Indiana 2021 class, announced in November includes three top kids from Indiana and a player current on the Canadian Junior National Team.
• In March, then sophomore Breana Edwards was selected to the US Collegiate National Team – Gold Roster. She would have trained over the summer with the senior national team in their preparations for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics but that was canceled.
• Although no fans will be allowed this season, last year the Hoosiers ranked 15th in the country in attendance and set a program record for average attendance.
• The Hoosiers captains for the 2021 season are Brooke Westbeld, Emily Fitzner and Breana Edwards.
• Edwards leads Indiana in kills with 46 on the season. Edwards recorded 20 kills in the match at Rutgers on 1/29. It was her seventh career match with 20 or more kills.
• Freshman Leyla Blackwell had six blocks in each of the Hoosiers matches at Rutgers. Blackwell ranks eighth in the Big Ten in blocking at 1.21 blocks per set.
• Sophomore libero Haley Armstrong has recorded 20 or more digs in three straight matches. Armstrong ranks third in the Big Ten in digs at 4.43 per set.
Indiana returns home to home Wisconsin for matches on Feb. 12 and Feb. 13 at Wilkinson Hall.
PURDUE MEN’S BASKETBALL
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue men’s basketball team looks to rebound from its first road loss in a month when Northwestern visits Mackey for the lone meeting between the two teams during the 2020-21 season. Brandon Gaudin will be joined by former Maryland great and Indiana Pacer Len Elmore on the television broadcast.
The Boilermakers fell to Elmore’s alma mater, Maryland, on Tuesday 61-60. The Boilermakers led virtually the entire game, but the Terrapins used a 6-0 run over the last 90 seconds to steal the victory. With just eight games left, Purdue looks to make one last surge in the Big Ten.
THE KEY TALKING POINTS
1) Purdue leads the series with Northwestern by a 132-46 advantage, having won eight straight games by a combined 78 points. The 132 victories are the most for the Boilermakers against an opponent. Four of the last eight wins have come by eight or fewer points.
2) According to KenPom.com, Purdue ranks 328th (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 1.35 years (288th nationally).
3) Purdue has had its full arsenal of rotation players for just 10 of its 19 games this year, missing key personnel for nine games this year. Purdue went 7-3 in those 10 games with a full roster, all coming against power-conference teams.
4) Purdue will welcome back Sasha Stefanovic to the lineup after missing three games (CoVid-19). The Boilermakers shot 14-of-44 (.318) from 3-point range in the three games without him. Stefanovic is the Big Ten’s leader in 3-point percentage (.456), ranking ninth nationally.
5) Matt Painter needs one win for 350 in his 16th year at Purdue and one win for 175 victories in Big Ten play.
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-109 Associated Press top-25 polls.
9) 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.
10) Purdue owns a 52-9 home record in Big Ten play since the 2014-15 season. Since that year, just one team, Michigan has beaten the Boilermakers twice at Mackey Arena. Michigan State, Indiana, Wisconsin, Nebraska and Northwestern are the five teams to not win in Mackey.
SENIOR DAY MEET INFORMATION
Purdue vs. No. 7/12 Indiana, No. 17/14 Ohio State & Rutgers (W)
Saturday, Feb. 6 at 10 a.m. ET / BTN+ & Facebook
Morgan J. Burke Aquatic Center / West Lafayette, Indiana
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue swimming & diving’s third and final meet of the Big Ten dual season doubles as the annual Senior Day meet as the Boilermakers welcome Indiana and Ohio State as well as the Rutgers women to the Morgan J. Burke Aquatic Center on Saturday.
Action begins at 10 a.m. ET, with the Senior Day ceremony after the meet this year at approximately 1:30 p.m. Swimming events and the post-meet ceremony will be streamed live on BTN+. Diving events will be streamed live at Facebook.com/PurdueSwimDive.
The meet is closed to the public. The mezzanine level will be utilized as additional team space to comply with university and conference COVID-19 protocols. Student-athletes have been asked to remain among their teammates in the mezzanine level until right before they are scheduled to compete in an event.
Ohio State officially joined the meet last week after the Buckeyes’ scheduled dual vs. Michigan was canceled due to COVID-19 concerns in Ann Arbor. Saturday’s seven-team meet is slated to the largest one-day dual at the Burke Aquatic Center since Purdue hosted Iowa, Northwestern and the Ohio State men in November 2013. Purdue’s annual Indiana Intercollegiates meet, traditionally held on a Saturday in late October, features more teams but is scored with an invitational format.
The 400 individual medley and 3-meter diving will be featured Saturday as non-scoring exhibition events. Platform diving is replacing 3-meter as a scored event, which is customary when Purdue and Indiana square off for their annual dual meet. It’s a traditional 16-event dual meet format otherwise, except with the 400 IM being the first event of the day before the 200 medley relay. There will be two heats of each event per gender.
• Purdue: 3 & 6
• Indiana: 2 & 5
• OSU: 4 & 7
• Rutgers: 1 & 8 (Those lanes available as exhibition for men’s heats)
• Segment 1: Men’s 1-Meter, Women’s 3-Meter, Women’s Platform (10 a.m. to 11:20 a.m.)
• Segment 2: Women’s 1-Meter, Men’s 3-Meter, Men’s Platform (11:55 a.m. to 1:25 p.m.)
• The Boilermakers will be recognizing 20 seniors after the meet. That group includes team managers Izzy Izquierdo, Doug Keyes and Anthony Phan along with 17 student-athletes. Purdue’s senior class includes Caylee Casbon, Emily Converse, Katie Hughes, Evan King, Riley Kishman, Kelsey Macaddino, Natalie Myers and Angela Pan from the women’s team; Nate Barsanti, Greg Duncan, Gabi Gomez Treig, Jason Jung, Ryan Lawrence, Brandon Loschiavo, Trent Pellini, Michael Smith and Dale Williams from the men’s team. Together they’ve experienced the highs of winter training trips to Hawaii and Florida, plus the lows of the havoc wrecked by the coronavirus pandemic. But they’ve found a way to persevere over the last year, helping Purdue post record team grade-point averages while also continuing to set a high standard and positive example for the underclassmen. Purdue Athletics remains very proud of how its seniors have carried themselves amidst all the challenges related to this one-of-a-kind school year.
• Because Purdue’s home meets remain closed to the public, parents of the seniors were invited to submit a video sharing memories and encouragement with their son or daughter. The videos will be played on the videoboard at the pool during the Senior Day ceremony.
• Emily Bretscher, Nikola Bjelajac and Batuhan Hakan are among the four-year members of the programs that have committed to returning to the active rosters next season.
Combined Totals Among Purdue’s 17 Honorees Saturday
3 – Big Ten Titles
7 – Big Ten Medals
10 – All-America Honors
6 – Program Records
2 – Purdue Freshman Records
14 – CSCAA Scholar All-America Honors
18 – Distinguished Big Ten Scholar Honors
30 – Academic All-Big Ten Honors
23 – Spots Among the Purdue All-Time Top 15 (Individual Events)
10 – Big Ten Weekly Honors
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The No. 13 Purdue volleyball team (2-3) was edged 3-2 after a gritty battle against No. 6 Minnesota (5-0) 25-20, 23-25, 26-24, 7-15.
The Boilermakers handed the Gophers their first set loss of the season not once but twice Friday night while tallying 14 aces, 65 total kills and a .208 attack %.
No. 13 Purdue took the first and third sets, the latter of which included 15 tied scores and seven lead changes. Meanwhile, the Boilermakers were within reach of clinching the match in the fourth set, trailing the Gophers 22-21, but were overpowered with three straight Minnesota points to force a fifth set.
Newton secured 24 kills, a season-high, with seven errors and 84 attacks (.202). In fact, the senior had surpassed her 12 kill total vs. Iowa (previous best, set 1/29/21), after slamming down 13 by the end of the second set. The Boilermaker was just two kills shy of tying her career-best (26, vs. No. 22 Louisville 9/13/19). Meanwhile her career-high 84 attempts stand as the fourth-most by a Boilermaker in program history and just four shy of the Purdue record (88).
Grace Cleveland made her 2021 debut by notching her 700th career kill with her first of the night en route to 17 kills and six errors on 54 swings (.204).
Junior Marissa Hornung secured a team-leading 45 digs and six service aces, becoming just the ninth Boilermaker in program history to serve up as many in a five set match (record: seven by Caitlyn Newton, 2019, Carey Burvis, 1993, Katie Gibbons, 1997).
Purdue succeeded the first point to Minnesota, but followed with the next five straight points. Jena Otec started it off with serving up three consecutive aces, which led Purdue to an early 7-3 advantage over the Gophers. With Minnesota within two points of Purdue (score: 18-16, Purdue), the Boilermakers were able to lock in the win with a 4-1 run to close the set.
Cleveland and Newton both led the team with seven kills in the set and just one error between the two. Five team aces were recorded, including three from Otec.
Purdue picked up right where it left off, taking the first five points of the set. With Hornung on the serve, the junior secured two aces in the first three serves. Minnesota fought back from a 15-9 deficit to take the lead 20-19 and put away the set thanks to a 6-1 run, advancing a tied-up 19-19 score to 24-20 in favor of the visitors. Purdue tried to come back, recording three straight points, including a third ace from Hornung, but the lead proved too much for the Boilermakers.
The teams were neck-and-neck throughout the entirety of the set. The momentum-swing came for the Boilermakers when the score was 20-17. The Boilermakers were able to launch a five-point unanswered run to take the lead once more, thanks to a kill by Maddie Koch, which propelled Purdue to a 22-20 advantage over the Gophers. Minnesota attempted to upheave Purdue as the two programs traded points with tied scores once more at 23-23 and 24-24, but Cleveland and Newton secured the set victory with a kill and ace, respectively.
There were 15 tied scores throughout the set with seven lead changes. Hayley Bush recorded a night’s best 14 assists in the set.
With eight tied scores in the fourth, including two lead changes, the Boilermakers trailed Minnesota by four points with the score 21-17 in favor of the Gophers. However, Purdue ignited, taking the next four of five points and bringing the score within one (22-21). No. 6 Minnesota closed out forced a fifth set after a pair of kills and ace to finalize the set.
No. 6 Minnesota took a quick 2-0 lead over the Boilermakers, with Purdue’s first kill bringing the score to 3-2, in favor of the Gophers. Overpowered by Minnesota’s .429 hitting % in the set, Purdue fell despite a pair of kills from middle blockers Taylor Trammell and Jael Johnson.
No. 13 Purdue will have its rematch against No. 6 Minnesota tomorrow at 5 p.m. ET. Fans can tune in on BTN+.
PALM COAST, Fla. – Joe Weiler and Andrew Farraye posted individual victories, but Wisconsin won three matches to defeat Purdue 3-2 in the second round of the Big Ten Match Play Championship, held at the Hammock Beach Resort.
Weiler never trailed in building a five-hole lead through the opening nine holes of the match and cruised to a 4-and-2 victory over Nick Robinson.
Farraye defeated Griffin Barela by a 1-up score. Farraye never trailed, but stayed 1-up on Barela for the three holes, holding off Barela to improve his record in the Big Ten Match Play Championships to 3-0-1 all-time during the event.
Purdue will play top-seeded Northwestern tomorrow morning in the consolation round.
Wisconsin 3, Purdue 2
Joe Weiler (P) def. Nick Robinson, 4-and-2
Andrew Farraye (P) def. Griffin Barela, 1-up
Coalter Smith (W) def. Cole Bradley, 2-and-1
Cameron Huss (W) def. Herman Sekne, 3-and-2
Robbie Morway (W) def. Peyton Snoeberger, 2-up
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The No. 18 Purdue wrestling team is set to host a star-studded Big Ten tri-dual this weekend, welcoming top-ranked Iowa and No. 11 Ohio State to Holloway Gymnasium. Two of the three duals will air live on the Big Ten Network and action is scheduled to start at 11:30 a.m. with the Boilermakers and the Hawkeyes.
11:30 a.m. ET * Big Ten Network
Mat 1 – Purdue vs. Iowa
Mat 2 – Purdue vs. Iowa Extra Matches
2 p.m. * Big Ten Network
Mat 1 – Ohio State vs. Iowa
Mat 2 – Ohio State vs. Iowa Extra Matches
4 p.m. * BTN+
Mat 1 – Purdue vs. Ohio State
Mat 2 – Purdue vs. Ohio State Extra Matches
All bouts on Mat 2 will stream live on BTN+
LAST TIME OUT
Purdue went 1-1 at a tri-dual with Minnesota and Rutgers at the RAC last Sunday, falling to the Golden Gophers 32-4, but bouncing back with an 18-15 win over the Scarlet Knights. Sophomore Thomas Penola was the lone Boilermaker to go 2-0 on the day, posting a major decision over Garrett Joles and a 4-0 decision over No. 27 Billy Janzer of Rutgers. Senior Devin Schroder was the difference in Purdue’s win over Rutgers, their second straight in the RAC, racking up a 13-0 lead on No. 15 Nic Aguilar before earning his first fall of the year at 4:20.
• Head coach Tony Ersland is in his seventh season at Purdue and is 58-48 in dual competition with the Boilermakers.
• Ersland wrestled for the University of Iowa from 1992-97, qualifying for the NCAA Tournament at 177, and competing on the highest scoring team at the NCAA Championships in history (170).
• Through five duals and 50 varsity matches this season, 29 of Purdue’s 50 opponents have held national rankings.
• Senior Devin Schroder climbed to No. 2 in the country at 125 pounds via The Open Mat, TrackWrestling and WIN Magazine last week. It marks the second straight season the Boilermakers have had an individual move to No. 2 in the country, following Christian Brunner at 197 in 2019-20.
• With 22 back points this season, Schroder has eclipsed the 400-career back point mark and ranks second in Purdue history. He surpassed Scott Hinkel in his season-opening win in 2021, and how trails only Jake Patacsil, who owns 803 all-time.
• With his 4-1 start to the season, sophomore Kendall Coleman is now 33-9 in his career and surpassed the 100-career takedown mark last weekend with his six-takedown effort at Illinois. He is one of the fastest Boilermakers in program history to 100 takedowns, hitting the mark in his 39th career match. Cashé Quiroga posted 124 takedowns in 40 matches as a freshman in 2009-10, while Jason Silverstein tallied 109 takedowns in 44 matches in 1998-99.
• Sophomore Thomas Penola leads the team with 22 takedowns, 57 total points and 19 dual team points through five matches, averaging 4.4 takedowns per match and 11.4 points per match. Fourty-three of his 57 points have come in the second and third periods.
• Senior Griffin Parriott made his season debut last weekend at Rutgers, starting the season 2-0 with a pair of narrow wins. Freshman Jacob Rundell saw his first career action as well, joining the starting lineup at 133 pounds, where he went 1-2 with a major decision.
• Junior Jared Florell could see his first action of the season this weekend, and his first career match at heavyweight after wrestling the last two seasons at 184 and 197 pounds.
• Senior Max Lyon opened his season with a bang at 184 pounds, knocking off No. 7 Zach Braunagel 4-3 at Huff Hall, and rose as high as No. 10 in nation via TrackWrestling, a career-high mark.
• The Boilermakers will wear a commemorative sticker on their headgear in 2021, honoring the late Morgan J. Burke, who served as Purdue’s Athletics Director for 23 years and passed away in 2020.
No. 1 Iowa
125: No. 1 Spencer Lee (Sr.) – 3-0
133: No. 4 Austin DeSanto (Sr.) – 3-0
141: No. 1 Jayden Eierman (Sr.) – 3-0
149: No. 5 Max Murin (Jr.) – 3-0
157: No. 5 Kaleb Young (Sr.) – 3-0
165: Joe Kelly (So.) – 0-1
or Bretli Reyna (Fr.) – 0-1
174: No. 1 Michael Kemerer (Sr.) – 2-0
184: No. 8 Nelson Brands (So.) – 2-1
197: No. 3 Jacob Warner (Jr.) – 2-1
285: No. 3 Anthony Cassioppi (So.) – 2-1
No. 11 Ohio State
125: No. 10 Malik Heinselman (Jr.) – 5-0
133: No. 21 Jordan Decatur (So.) – 5-2
141: Anthony Echemendia (Fr.) – 4-0
149: No. 2 Sammy Sasso (So.) – 5-0
157: No. 26 Elijah Cleary (Sr.) – 3-2
165: No. 6 Ethan Smith (Jr.) – 4-1
174: No. 4 Kaleb Romero (Jr.) – 5-0
184: No. 17 Rocky Jordan (So.) – 2-3
197: No. 24 Chase Singletary (Jr.) – 3-0
or Gavin Hoffman (So.) – 3-2
285: No. 10 Tate Orndorff (Jr.) – 3-2
EXTRA MATCH SCHEDULE*
Purdue vs. Iowa
133: Nate Cummings vs. Cullan Schriever/Jesse Ybarra
141: Michael Leveille vs. Carter Happel
141: Isaac Riddle vs. Justin Stickley
149: Trey Kruse vs. Cobe Siebrecht
157: Cooper Noehre vs. Zach Axmear
165: Hayden Lohrey vs. Bretli Reyna/Joe Kelly
184: Macartney Parkinson vs. Myles Wilson
285: Jamarcus Grant vs. Aaron Costello
Ohio State vs. Iowa
133: Dylan Koontz vs. Cullan Schriever/Jesse Ybarra
141: Dylan D’Emilio vs. Carter Happel/Justin Stickley
149: JD Stickey vs. Cobe Siebrecht
157: Bryce Hepner vs. Bretli Reyna/Joe Kelly
157: Isaac Wilcox vs. Zach Axmear
174: Fritz Schierl vs. Myles Wilson
197: Zach Glazier vs. Chase Singletary/Gavin Hoffman
285: Gary Traub vs. Aaron Costello
Purdue vs. Ohio State
125: Kooper Loehr vs. Brady Koontz
133: Nate Cummings vs. Dylan Koontz
141: Michael Leveille vs. Dylan D’Emilio
149: Ethan Smiley vs. JD Stickley
157: Cooper Noehre vs. Bryce Hepner
157: Elijah Davis vs. Isaac Wilcox
174: Tanner Webster vs. Fritz Schierl
184: Mitch Hutmacher vs. Zach Steiner
285: Jairus Perry vs. Gary Traub
* – All subject to change, will run concurrently with dual
GAME 16: Butler (5-10, 4-8 BIG EAST) vs. DePaul (3-7, 1-7 BIG EAST)
Sunday, Feb. 6; 12PM
Hinkle Fieldhouse; Indianapolis, Ind.
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• In only his second Butler game, Bo Hodges narrowly missed a triple-double with 15 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists Tuesday at Marquette.
• Bryce Nze went over 1,000 career points in the game at Marquette. His 13 points gave him 1,007.
• Chuck Harris came off the bench to lead Butler with 16 points, including a 4-of-5 performance from three-point range.
• Butler committed nine turnovers at Marquette, its seventh game this season with single-digit turnovers.
• Averaging only 10.9 turnovers per game, Butler is 27th nationally.
• After erasing almost all of an 18-point deficit over the last 12 minutes of the game, Butler missed a tying three-point attempt in the closing seconds at Marquette.
• Nze ranks second in the BIG EAST at 8.2 rebounds per game.
• Nze has pulled down a total of 63 rebounds over his last six games (including 14 twice).
• Seven different Bulldogs have led the team in scoring this season.
• Jair Bolden is tied for the BIG EAST lead at 2.9 three-pointers per game.
• Bolden posted a season-high and his second 20-point game of the season with 21 points at DePaul Jan. 19.
• Bolden is also approaching 1,000 career points, sitting at 970 currently.
• No. 8 Creighton is the highest-ranked opponent Butler has beaten since a 101-93 win over No. 1 Villanova, Dec. 30, 2017.
• 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 423 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 15 games this season.
• Four of Butler’s top eight players in minutes played this season are true freshmen.
The Bulldogs look to end a three-game skid when they welcome DePaul to Hinkle Fieldhouse Saturday afternoon. The Bulldogs won the first match-up between the two teams Jan. 19 in Chicago. This match-up in Indianapolis was originally scheduled for Dec. 21 before being postponed due to COVID protocols.
THE SERIES: Butler owns a 14-7 advantage in the all-time series between the two teams, including the 67-53 win in Chicago Jan. 19. The Bulldogs have won 13 of the last 14 meetings between the two teams and Butler is 13-2 since joining the BIG EAST prior to the 2013-14 season.
Butler Leads, 14-7
Streak: Butler, W2
At Hinkle Fieldhouse: Butler Leads, 6-3
LaVall Jordan (at BU) vs. DePaul: 6-1
First Meeting: Butler, 39-29; 1939 (at DePaul)
Last Meeting: Butler, 67-53; 1/19/21 (at DePaul)
FIRST TIME AROUND: Butler limited the Blue Demons to 17 first-half points and 7-of-28 shooting (25 percent) in the first half of the Jan. 19 win. Butler held DePaul to 33-percent shooting overall, the lowest mark for a Butler opponent so far this season. Butler limited DePaul’s top three leading scorers, Charlie Moore, Javon Freeman-Liberty and Romeo Weems, to only 15 points on 5-of-26 shooting. The trio entered the match-up averaging 38.4 points per game.
MORE FROM CHICAGO: Butler shot 50 percent from the field in the first meeting with DePaul, its best percentage of the season. The Bulldogs’ 10 made three-pointers were the second-best mark of the season. Jair Bolden led the team with a season-high 21 points, while Bryce Nze pulled down a season-best 14 rebounds. Butler was able to overcome a season-worst 18 turnovers to take its only road win so far this season.
INSTANT IMPACT: 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 just his second game (and his first start) for Butler, Hodges set career-highs with 12 rebounds and eight assists to go along with 15 points, narrowly missing a triple-double Tuesday at Marquette.
‘BOARD’ OUT OF HIS MIND: Redshirt senior Bryce Nze has climbed to second in the BIG EAST in rebounding at 8.2 caroms per game. He has pulled down 63 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 second in the BIG EAST and 27th nationally, averaging only 10.9 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 54 of the 114 games that LaVall Jordan has been head coach at Butler.
BUTLER MEN’S SOCCER
The Bulldogs dropped their season opener to SIUE Friday afternoon in a match that was moved to Grand Park’s indoor facility in Westfield, Ind. The visiting Cougars came away with a 2-1 double-overtime decision.
It marked the first result of the season for both teams.
The Bulldogs out-shot SIUE, 19-9, but was unable to find the net after a goal in the 36th minute. That score included a beautiful combination between sophomores Hemi Nasser and Wilmer Cabrera, Jr. Nasser was able to find the net for a 1-0 advantage.
Butler was unable to convert on a pair of penalty kicks in the second half as the first attempt caught the post and SIUE keeper Tor Erik Larsen made a diving save on the second one.
After Butler controlled play for much of the first 45 minutes, the tides turned after halftime as the Cougars picked up the attack.
Seth Korenek found the net off a feed from Oskar Lenz in the 75th minute to knot the match.
The score would remain 1-1 through the end of regulation and the first overtime session. Less than a minute into the second overtime period, Butler was called for a foul just inside the box. Lenz stepped up and took the game with a successful penalty kick.
Cabrera, Jr., led the Bulldogs attack with eight shots, including four on goal.
Gabriel Gjergji made one save in his 101 minutes of work in goal for the Bulldogs. SIUE played a pair of keepers, who combined for six saves.
BALL STATE MBB
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There was a preseason in the fall. And now preparing for its 16th game of the season, the Ball State men’s basketball team achieved a new first: this week the Cardinals finally had all 14 players on the roster cleared for physical activity at practice.
“We walked into the gym, it felt like the first day of practice. It was exciting. Like a new beginning,” head coach James Whitford said. “To be able to play 5-on-5 for practice is great.”
The Cardinals are aiming to get back on track Saturday in a nationally-televised contest against MAC leader Toledo. In order to get back on track, Whitford mentioned three important elements. Just simply getting players back on the court is important. Next, those players need to be comfortable in their roles. It’s not enough to roll into a game with eight players, but those eight players need to know their assignments. Whitford compares the situation to baseball, where maybe the rightfielder is pitching, and you’ve got an infielder playing catcher.
“We need our guys comfortable with the dynamics of the five guys who are on the court,” Whitford said. “When you don’t play together for a long time, and the lineup is always changing, your chemistry is a little off. Reestablishing the attention for detail for the guys who are on the court will be important.”
Lastly, another important element is getting 2020 MAC Freshman of the Year Jarron Coleman at full strength. The Indy native had 11 points and eight rebounds vs. Buffalo on Tuesday and is rounding into top playing form.
“Jarron is one of the most talented point guards in the league,” Whitford said. “Three weeks from now, he’s gotta be full-go. The guy we know he is, an all-conference-caliber player.”
Toledo has won five straight and has lost only one MAC game, and that was by a single point. Still, Ball State has had an edge in a very competitive series with Toledo.
“When we play them, it’s a meaningful game,” Whitford said. “We respect their program, and I think they probably do the same for us. We’ve been the two best teams in the division and there’s energy around our games against them.”
The Starting 5 – The Top 5 Storylines For This Game
1. CARDS AND TOLEDO – THE SERIES
Saturday’s game is the 98th meeting between Ball State and Toledo, with UT holding a slight lead in the all-time series that dates back to 1938. Ball State has won seven of the last 10 and six of the last eight over Toledo. UT won 13 of the first 14 meetings but Ball State had the better of the series at the turn of the century, but the series has been nearly even since 2000.
2. CARDS MISSING FROM THE DECK
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 42 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 15
Jarron Coleman 10
Jalen Windham 7
Miryne Thomas 3
Ish El-Amin 0.5 (2nd half at Buffalo)
3. ON THE TUBE
CBS Sports Network selected this BSU-Toledo game as one of its MAC wild card selections. The game was designated for national TV on Jan. 23. It’s the third nationally-televised game of the year for Ball State, which had a fourth TV game postponed at Ohio.
4. TRIPLEHEADER IN WORTHEN
Worthen Arena will be action-packed Saturday. Following Ball State-Toledo, BSU women’s basketball will play at 4 p.m. and the school’s men’s volleyball team will play at 8 p.m. Cardinals women’s basketball has won five straight and men’s volleyball is on a three-match win streak.
5. CARDS GUARDS vs. TOLEDO LAST YEAR
Ball State and Toledo split a pair last year with the home team winning each game. Jarron Coleman had 18 points in the win in Muncie for BSU, and Ishmael El-Amin had a team-high 17 in the game at Toledo. El-Amin averaged 13.5 points against Toledo last year and Coleman averaged 12.5.
BALL STATE WBB
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Ball State (9-5, 7-3 MAC) vs. Akron (4-10, 1-10 MAC)
Mount Pleasant, Mich. | McGuirk Arena
Watch: ESPN+ | Listen: Muncie Sports Station (102.9 FM/1340 AM) | Live Stats
• Saturday’s game against Akron will mark the 44th time in program history the two schools have met with the Cardinals leading the all-time series, 26-17. Ball State has won eight of the last nine meetings against the Zips. Brady Sallee owns an 8-6 mark against Akron. Saturday’s contest marks the second of a two-game series against BSU and Akron. Ball State won the first meeting 67-60 at James A. Rhodes Arena on Dec. 20.
• Ball State is looking to extend its win streak to six after bringing home a 69-67 road victory at Central Michigan Wednesday night in McGuirk Arena. The Cardinals used a 17-4 run that began late in the third quarter and continued to the fourth frame to seal the win over the Chippewas. Despite a late tie at 64 apiece with seconds remaining, BSU would lean on sophomore guard Sydney Freeman who was sent to the line twice with seconds left. She made all four free throws to secure the team’s fifth-straight victory. Senior forward Oshlynn Brown Brown led Ball State in scoring (25) and rebounding (11) for the 40th double-double of her career.
• The Zips enter tonight’s contest on a six-game losing streak. Akron hasn’t won a game since Jan. 9, defeating Miami, 84-77, for its lone Mid-American Conference victory of the season.
• A win over the Zips will extend the Cardinals’ win streak to six in MAC play, a feat that hasn’t been accomplished since head coach Brady Sallee’s first season in 2012-13. That year held the six-game streak from Jan. 19 until Feb. 10 with wins over Kent State, Buffalo, Ohio, Western Michigan, Eastern Michigan and Central Michigan.
Redshirt sophomore Anna Clephane led the Cardinals charge with a career best 24-points at Ohio. Clephane made some key baskets at some crucial times to give Ball State the 88-85 overtime road win at Ohio on Jan. 13. Clephane continues playing a vital role to the Cardinals success after scoring 16 points in a 68-64 victory at Eastern Michigan on Jan. 23. Clephane knocked down a last second 3-pointer at the end of the first quarter that sent the Cardinals into a 20-12 scoring spree in the second period to take the 56-41 lead at intermission. She also brought BSU back to life on many occasions against the RedHawks ending the night with 12 on Jan. 27, then scored 14 points at WMU on Jan. 30 and chipped in 14 at CMU on Feb. 3. Currently, Clephane ranks fifth on the team in overall scoring (10.9 ppg) and third in MAC games only (12.4 ppg.)
1,000 Points, 1,000 Rebounds:
Senior Oshlynn Brown currently has 1,263 career points and 951 rebounds. Brown needs 49 rebounds to hit 1,000. Brown will become only the second player in Ball State women’s basketball history to reach 1,000 points and rebounds. Former Cardinal Emma Jones (1984-87) so far is the lone player in program history to get 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds.
Rebound That Basketball:
Senior forward Oshlynn Brown is moving up the all-time rebounds list at Ball State. She currently ranks 4th with 940 rebounds. Brown needs 36 rebounds to take sole possession of the third spot which is currently held by former Cardinal Nathalie Fontaine (2012-16) with 985 rebounds. Brown needs 58 rebounds to become the BSU’s all-time leader in that category which is currently owned by for Cardinal Emma Jones (1984-87) with 1,028 rebounds.
Where BSU Ranks In The MAC:
Senior forward Oshlynn Brown ranks first in Mid-American Conference games only averaging 12.4 rebounds per contest while teammate sophomore point guard Sydney Freeman comes in the top four in minutes played averaging 37.3 minutes per contest and in assists 4.6. Currently, the Cardinals sit in fourth in the current MAC standings as of Feb. 5, 2021.
BALL STATE MTENNIS
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MUNCIE, Ind. — If the Ball State men’s tennis team has demonstrated anything in the early going of the 2021 season it’s that the Cardinals have the ability to come through in the clutch.
Friday’s home opener against Xavier was more evidence of that.
For the fourth straight match, the Cardinals needed to win a third set in the final match on. Sajin Smith did it against Notre Dame. Chris Adams did it on back-to-back days against Cleveland State. And now you can add Vince Orlando’s name to the club of match clinchers.
Orlando took control of a tight one at No. 4 singles with a late break in the only three-setter of the day. Up 4-3 and on serve in the third, the Ball State sophomore broke Xavier’s Srdan Pejic at 15 with a commanding return game and then rallied from 15-30 down with three straight points to serve it out and give the Cardinals a 4-3 win.
For the third consecutive match in what is now a four-match winning streak, Ball State (4-1) battled back after dropping the doubles point. It couldn’t have been any tighter, coming down to a tiebreaker at No. 3 doubles, but Xavier (0-1) prevailed.
In singles, Eli Herran quickly took down Shashank Reddy, 6-3, 6-4, in the fastest match of the day at No. 6 to put the Cardinals on the board. BSU later added wins at the No. 2 and No. 3 positions where Thibault de Negri and Adams both pulled away after tight opening sets. Smith’s win pushed his record to a perfect 4-0.
But Ball State surrendered points at the No. 1 and No. 5 positions. Danilo Kovacevic fell to top Xavier player and San Diego State transfer Arnaud Restifo at No.1, while Smith dropped two close sets by a single break to Matthew Graft at No. 5.
That left it all in the hands of Orlando who thrived as both full teams looked on. He gave the Cardinals yet another occasion to storm the court in celebration when Pejic’s shot sailed off the mark on the first match point.
Friday’s match was the first of six straight in Muncie for BSU. Next up is Eastern Illinois in one week on Friday, Feb. 12 at 2 p.m.
1. Arnaud Restifo (XAVIER) def. Danilo Kovacevic (BALLST) 6-2, 6-3
2. Thibault de Negri (BALLST) def. Brett Winters (XAVIER) 7-6 (7-5), 6-3
3. Chris Adams (BALLST) def. Cambell Nakayama (XAVIER) 6-4, 6-2
4. Vince Orlando (BALLST) def. Srdan Pejic (XAVIER) 7-5, 4-6, 6-3
5. Matthew Graft (XAVIER) def. Sajin Smith (BALLST) 7-5, 6-4
6. Eli Herran (BALLST) def. Shashank Reddy (XAVIER) 6-4, 6-3
1. Restifo/Graft (XAVIER) def. Adams/Orlando (BALLST) 6-4
2. de Negri/Simmons (BALLST) def. Winters/Nakayama (XAVIER) 6-4
3. Pejic/Reddy (XAVIER) def. Kovacevic/Bonin (BALLST) 7-6 (7-5)
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (6,1,2,5,3,4)
NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL
NOTRE DAME, Indiana — Dick Corbett Head Football Coach Brian Kelly has announced the promotion of Chris O’Leary to Pat and Jana Eilers Defensive Backs Coach/Safeties for the Fighting Irish. O’Leary previously served as a graduate assistant coach with the defense during the 2020 campaign after first working as a defensive analyst on Notre Dame’s staff upon his arrival in March of 2018.
“Chris has been on a job interview the past two years,” said Kelly. “He has done an exceptional job of mentoring and coaching the rovers, and in particular Jeremiah Owusu-Koramaoh and Paul Moala. His ability to build relationships and motivate our student-athletes has been apparent to me, and made him the ideal candidate for this job.”
Throughout his time under the Dome, the Irish have seen two trips to the College Football Playoff. In each of O’Leary’s three seasons, Notre Dame’s defense has been among the nation’s best in several categories, including being ranked in the Top-10 of the FBS in fewest TD passes allowed (10, third), passing yards allowed/attempt (5.6, T-second), pass efficiency defense (105.6, sixth), fewest plays of at least 30 yards (17, T-10th), and fewest TDs allowed (28, T-10th) in 2018. The following season, 2019, the Irish earned Top-10 standings in total fumbles recovered (19, first), takeaways (28, T-fourth), passing yards allowed/game (168.5, third) and team passing efficiency defense (110.15, fifth).
In the 2020 season, the Irish defense was one of the best in the nation defending third down conversions, allowing just a 0.314 success rate (12th nationally). Its first season in a conference, Notre Dame led the ACC in scoring defense (14th in the FBS), surrendering 19.7 points per game, and team passing efficiency defense (126.19).
“Coach O’Leary understands the art of winning every second, minute and hour of each day,” said 2020 Butkus Award winner Owusu-Kormaoah. “He taught us that if we would continue to focus on painting the small details, that we would one day cultivate a masterpiece.”
O’Leary was a graduate assistant at Georgia State for the 2015 and 2016 seasons, prior to coaching safeties in 2017 at Florida Tech.
O’Leary, a wide receiver, saw action in 27 games at Indiana State. He hauled in 47 receptions for 397 yards, while also completing 2-of-3 passes for 61 yards and one touchdown for the Sycamores. As a junior in 2013, O’Leary was part of a double-lateral pass reception for a touchdown which was featured on ESPN SportsCenter’s Top 10 Plays.
A native of Terre Haute, Indiana, O’Leary lettered three years for Coach Chris Barrett at North Vigo High School, earning all-state honorable mention, all-county and all-conference honors. He was voted his team’s most valuable player and offensive player of the year, and garnered the Humphrey Award as Vigo County’s MVP.
O’Leary received his bachelor’s degree in physical education from Indiana State in May of 2015. He went on to earn a master’s degree in sports administration from Georgia State in December of 2016.
NOTRE DAME HOCKEY
COLUMBUS, Ohio — A four-goal second period propelled Notre Dame to a 6-1 victory over Ohio State on Friday evening at Value City Arena.
Alex Steeves finished with a goal and three assists to lead the Notre Dame offense, while Landon Slaggert, Nick Leivermann, Spencer Stastney and Jesse Lansdell each had a goal and an assist.
Graham Slaggert added two assists and Matt Steeves scored what proved to be the game winner, which was also his first goal of the season.
Dylan St. Cyr stopped 23 of the 24 shots he faced in the Fighting Irish goal.
Notre Dame’s victory was also keyed by a strong penalty kill, which finished 4-for-4 on the night including killing off a two minute 5-on-3 disadvantage in the first period.
How It Happened
Spencer Stastney gave the Irish a 1-0 lead at 9:04 of the first period. He took an Alex Steeves pass at the point and worked his way down to the near faceoff dot before firing a wrist shot high past Tommy Nappier’s glove for his fourth goal of the season and his second in as many games. Graham Slaggert also assisted on the play.
The Fighting Irish were forced to kill off a five minute major after Nate Clurman was assessed a game misconduct at 11:26 of the first. Three minutes into that Ohio State power play, Notre Dame was took another minor penalty but put together an impressive kill of the two minute 5-on-3, with St. Cyr making four saves during that stretch.
Notre Dame extended the lead to 2-0 at 3:44 of the first period when Matt Steeves tipped in a Stastney shot from the point for his first goal of the season. Jesse Lansdell also assisted on the play, which developed following a Jake Pivonka faceoff win in the offensive zone.
Alex Steeves made it a 3-0 game at 8:54 of the second when he picked up a lead pass by Landon Slaggert and beat Nappier low while on a breakaway for his team-leading 10th goal of the season.
Ohio State’s Tate Singleton got the Buckeyes on the board at 16:35 of the second to make it 3-1 game at 16:35 of the second but the Irish went on to add two more goals in the middle frame.
Lansdell got in on the act, forcing a turnover and then beating Nappier from in close while being hauled down, giving the Irish a 4-1 lead.
Then on the ensuing power-play chance, Landon Slaggert knocked a rebound in for his fifth goal of the season, making it a 5-1 Notre Dame lead after two periods of play. Slaggert’s goal came just 25 seconds after Lansdell had scored his second of the season.
Three minutes into the third period, St. Cyr made one of his best saves of the night when he denied Kamil Sadlocha on the doorstep with his left pad.
Leivermann extended the lead to 6-1 at 9:07 of the third when he crashed the net and deposited a rebound of an Alex Steeves shot past Ryan Snowden, who came in for the third period in relief of Nappier. Solag Bakich had the secondary assist on the play.
Senior Matt Hellickson skated in his 136th-consecutive game, dating back to the first game of his freshman season.
Notre Dame’s penalty kill improved to 16-for-16 on the road this season.
The Fighting Irish improved to 6-1-0 on the road this season.
With a goal and three assists, Alex Steeves has now recorded at least one point in 14 of Notre Dame’s 19 games and he has a four-game goal-scoring streak (4-3-7).
With two assists, Graham Slaggert now has a four-game point streak (0-5-5).
Matt Steeves scored his first goal of the season to become Notre Dame’s 16th goal scorer this year (Steeves’ goal was his second career game-winning goal).
With a goal and an assist, Jesse Lansdell posted his first multi-point game of the season and the second of his career.
With a goal and an assist, Spencer Stastney posted his first multi-point game of the season and the fifth of his career.
Stastney has a two-game goal/point streak (2-1-3).
With a goal and an assist, Landon Slaggert posted his third multi-point game of the season/his career.
Landon Slaggert has a two-game point streak (1-2-3).
With a goal and an assist, Nick Leivermann posted his second multi-point game of the season and the fourth of his career.
Brothers Alex and Matt Steeves scored in the same game for the first time in their Irish careers.
Notre Dame and Ohio State close out their regular-season series at 1:30 p.m. tomorrow afternoon (Big Ten Network).
NOTRE DAME WBB
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Last time Niele Ivey was on the Notre Dame sidelines against Louisville, the Irish were hoisting the 2019 ACC Tournament title. Now, the Karen & Kevin Keyes Family head coach prepares her squad for a showdown against the No. 1 team in the country.
The rivalry gets renewed on ESPN on Sunday, Feb. 7. Tip is set for 2 p.m. EST.
HISTORY AGAINST NO. 1
The Irish are 5-25 all-time against the No. 1 team in the country. They have also not beaten a No. 1 team not named UConn.
• vs Connecticut, 1/15/01, 92-76
• vs. Connecticut, 3/30/01, 90-75
• vs. Connecticut, 4/3/11, 72-63;
• at Connecticut, 1/5/13, 73-72; vs
• Connecticut, 3/30/18, 91-89 (OT)
This marks the first time Notre Dame is facing a No. 1 team during the regular season since UConn on Jan. 5, 2013.
ACC ROOKIE OF THE YEAR NOMINEE
• Her 15.1 ppg tops all ACC rookies and ranks 11th overall in the league
• Nationally, her scoring average ranks 10th among all Division I freshmen
• Maddy is the only freshman in the country averaging at least 15 points, 7 rebounds, 2.5 assist & 1.5 steals
• Ranks 5th in the country among freshmen in the Points+Rebounds+Assists/Game category with 25.2. Tops ACC freshmen.
• Ranks in the top-15 in the ACC in 6 different statistical categories. 11th in scoring (15.1), 10th in rebounding (7.4), 9th in FG% (.460), 11th in Steals (1.5), 8th in D-Reb (5.8) and 11th in FT% (.755).
SUNDAY FRESHMAN COMPARISON
Sunday features two of the best freshmen in the ACC right now, but when diving deep into the stats, Maddy Westbeld has been the most complete rookie in the ACC this year.
ACC Freshmen Rankings: 1st in Scoring (15.1), 2nd in Rebounding (7.4), 3rd in Steals (1.5), 4th in Blocks (0.9) & 3rd in Assists (2.7)). She is the only freshman in the league to rank in the top-five in all above-mentioned categories.
6TH WOMAN OF THE YEAR NOMINEE
When looking at subs through the parameters of played 12+ games, but has started in five games or less, Destinee is the highest scoring sixth player in the country. Walker is averaging 12.4 ppg. The next best sixth player is Lauren Bevis of G-Webb and her 11.2 ppg.
It’s not too often you have a 2020 ACC Honorable Mention player coming off your bench. Over the last nine games in particular, Destinee has thrived, scoring in double figures in six of them, and even leading the Irish in scoring in three.
HERE COME THE IRISH — OLIVIA MILES
Notre Dame received a major midseason pick-me-up in star point guard Olivia Miles, who has enrolled early. Miles arrived on campus on Jan. 18 and partook in a week of quarantine. Once she was cleared, she started practicing with the team on Jan. 27. She had three practices under her belt heading into Syracuse, where she made an immediate impact.
Miles recorded four points, two assists, two rebounds and three steals in just under 15 minutes of action.
Miles made up one-half of Coach Ivey’s top-five nationally ranked recruiting class that also featured guard Sonia Citron. Miles was ranked the No. 8 prospect overall by ESPN and the No. 2 point guard.
HERE COME THE IRISH — MAYA DODSON
On Feb. 2, Coach Ivey tweeted, best day of 2021 by far. Shortly after the program announced the addition of Stanford transfer Maya Dodson, who will be eligible to play for the 2021-22 season.
The 6-3 forward from Alpharetta, Georgia, had previously opted out of her senior season at Stanford. In just three years with the Cardinal, Dodson already worked herself into the program’s all-time top-10 in career blocks (78) and career field goal percentage (.497).
“I am thrilled to welcome Maya Dodson to our Notre Dame family,” Karen & Kevin Keyes Family Notre Dame Head Coach Niele Ivey stated. “She is a program changer and the perfect fit for the culture that I am cultivating. She is highly driven with an incredible skillset and work ethic. She brings great experience and leadership to a very young and talented core. I can’t wait to get to work with her!”
TURN THE THREE AROUND
A season ago, the Irish ranked dead last in the ACC in three-point shooting percentage (.271). Fast forward to now and the Irish have recorded quite the renaissance from beyond the arc primarily thanks to the quartet of Mabrey, Brunelle, Westbeld and Walker. In fact, the Irish are converting 37.1 percent from three, which not only ranks 2nd in the ACC, but also 22nd in the country.
Dara Mabrey is the primary reason. Leading the ACC in three-point shooting percentage for a portion of the season, Dara has slipped to second with her 43.2 percent. That number also ranks 36th in the nation. In addition, she has been pretty lights out from deep since the start of ACC play, converting 23-of-49, aka 46.9 percent.
Brunelle is also shooting over 40 percent from deep and has made a trey in all but two games this season. She’s shooting 40.4 percent overall and 41.0 percent in ACC games.
Then there’s Walker and Westbeld who keep you honest from three, knocking down 39.0 and 38.5 percent, respectively.
TIGHT GAMES AND 4TH QUARTER RIDES
The Irish have been on a wild ride as of late. Since the start of the 2021 calendar year, every game but the Syracuse loss on Jan. 31 has been decided by 10 points or less. However, the real story is that the Irish have held substantial leads in almost every single game, but went 4-3 in the month of January. One can easily envision a scenario where the Irish are 9-2 in conference play.
At Boston College, Notre Dame was up 60-48 with 3:29 remaining, before losing 64-61. At North Carolina, Notre Dame was up 70-63 with 4:36 left before losing 78-73. The Tar Heels outscored the Irish 24-15 in the fourth. At Syracuse, the Irish once held a 15-point lead and were up 65-58 heading into the fourth. Then the Orange outscored the Irish 23-4 in the fourth to lose 81-69.
Now the Irish did hold on to some fourth-quarter leads during their three-game win streak, but still saw double-digit leads shrink to a one-possession game. Notre Dame was up 67-53 with 7:00 on the clock before Wake Forest trimmed it to one possession. ND went on for the 79-72 win. At Virginia Tech, the Irish built a lead as large as 21, before the Hokies cut it to 61-58 with 19.5 seconds left. ND then surged ahead for the 65-60 victory.
Over the last four games, Dara Mabrey has recorded 21 assists to just nine turnovers. She’s also averaging 16.5 points during said span. She also boasts two 20-point scoring games over the last four games as well.
Then when looking at the whole month of January, Dara averaged 4.3 assists/game, which ranked 6th among ACC players. Points wise, she averaged 14.0 in January, which led the Irish.
Meanwhile, Sam Brunelle is starting to heat up a bit. She posted back-to-back games in double figures, totaling 29 points, eight assists and 12 rebounds. She had her best game to date this season at Syracuse on Jan. 31 — a season high 19 points, career high five assists and a season-high tying eight rebounds.
APPROACHING MILESTONE: 700
When it comes to the Mabrey family, that’s a whole lot of buckets. Queens of three some might say. Marina graduated in 2019 as the program’s all-time career made three-pointer leader, draining a total of 274. Michaela converted a career total of 228, while Dara now boasts 187. All-in-all, the Mabreys have totaled a whopping 689 splash-downs.
INDIANA STATE MBB
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa — Indiana State heads to the University of Northern Iowa to try and continue its climb in the Missouri Valley Conference standings, putting its six-game winning streak on the line against the Panthers Saturday, Feb. 6 on ESPNU at 6 p.m. ET and Sunday, Feb. 7 at 4 p.m. ET.
STREAKING THROUGH THE VALLEY
The six-game winning streak for the Sycamores has come against Illinois State, Southern Illinois, and Bradley. Indiana State has outscored their opponents by a 7.3 points per game margin, and has out-rebounded them by a 4.5 spread. ISU is allowing just 61.7 points during the streak, including three-straight games under the 60-point threshold, and is shooting .461 from the floor.
WHERE THE STREAK RANKS
The six-game winning streak ties the longest MVC winning streak for Indiana State during the Greg Lansing era. The last six game streak came in Lansing’s first season of 2010-11. The Sycamores have only had two longer Valley win streaks in program history: 1999-2000 (seven games), and 1978-79 (undefeated 16-0). ISU went on to represent the Missouri Valley Conference in the NCAA Tournament in all three instances.
KEY TOPS 1500
Senior Tyreke Key became the 10th student-athlete in Indiana State history to reach 1,500 for his career with his 19-point showing against Bradley, Feb. 1. Key currently sits with 1,508 career points, trailing ninth on the Sycamores’ all-time list by 47.
LANSING CLOSING IN ON 100 VALLEY WINS
Indiana State head coach Greg Lansing is closing in on 100 wins in Missouri Valley Conference play. He currently ranks 11th all-time in the Valley with 97 career victories.
THIS GAME IS NO SECRET
On Saturday night, the Indiana State coaching staff will be wearing “This Game Is No Secret” shirts to raise awareness for College Insider and NABC’s social inclusion movement “Eracism”. Head coach Greg Lansing is one of 32 active head coaches from across the country to serve on the committee determined to bring forth change through education, awareness, and action.
GREG LANSING SECOND ON ISU WINS LIST WITH 175
Greg Lansing’s 175 career victories rank second in the history of the program, trailing only Duane Klueh who owns the school record with 182 career wins.
Freshman Julian Larry was able to jumpstart the Sycamore offense against Southern Illinois and hasn’t stopped since, averaging 8.0 points per game against Bradley with twice as many assists as turnovers.
SUPER CAM BACOTE
With a need for a backup point guard, Cam Bacote grabbed firm control of the position with a strong performance against Bradley last week. The junior scored six points in each game, adding the assist on the game-winning shot from Jake LaRavia in the contest on Jan. 31.
Indiana State has a full week between contests, returning to action against Evansville Sunday, Feb. 14. Though not playing the Purple Aces on consecutive nights, the Sycamores will play their rival in back-to-back games, hosting UE Wednesday, Feb. 17.
PURDUE FT. WAYNE MBB
DETROIT – Both teams shot above 50 percent but it was the Detroit Mercy Titans coming out on top on Friday (Feb. 5) evening over the Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons 82-72 in Horizon League play.
Demetric Horton had a career-high 17 points on 5-of-9 shooting beyond the arc. Jalon Pipkins also had 17 points. He did it on 7-of-13 shooting. Jarred Godfrey was a rebound short of a double-double with 11 points and nine rebounds. He will enter Saturday’s game four points shy of 1,000 in his career.
Bobby Planutis drained a three with 6:39 on the clock in the first half to put the ‘Dons up 31-26. It would be their biggest lead of the game and force a Detroit Mercy timeout. The Titans responded with a 12-2 run later in the first half to lead by six points at halftime. The closest the ‘Dons would get in the second half would be four points after a basket by Cameron Benford to open the scoring in the final frame. The ‘Dons did, however, get it back to a six-point deficit with 6:49 left.
As they have done all season, Detroit Mercy did it with the three ball. Of their 28 field goals, 16 were for three. The reigning Horizon League Player of the Week Antoine Davis had 30 points including eight threes.
The ‘Dons shot 52.8 percent (28-of-53) to the Titans’ 54.9 percent (28-of-51) in the contest. The Mastodons were 12-of-30 from three. Purdue Fort Wayne held a 29-24 rebounding advantage and a 30-18 points in the paint edge.
Detroit Mercy improves to 7-8 (6-5 Horizon). The ‘Dons fall to 6-10 (5-10 Horizon). The two teams will tip again on Saturday.
PURDUE FT. WAYNE WBB
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Purdue Fort Wayne women’s basketball dropped a Horizon League contest at Youngstown State on Friday (Feb. 5) 102-60.
Youngstown State’s 16-0 start set the tone for the game, as this gave the Penguins the lead they would hold onto for the rest of the contest.
The Mastodons were at their best in the second quarter. They had a 9-3 push which featured a jumper from Aubrey Stupp, a layup from Shayla Sellers, a mid-range shot from Riley Ott, and then it was capped by a triple from Sellers. The ‘Dons finished the quarter with five straight, as Hannah Hess knocked in a triple and Sierra Bell scored as the clock ticked to halftime. The ‘Dons shot 57.1 percent from the floor in the second quarter going 8 for 14.
The Penguins outscored Purdue Fort Wayne 31-9 in the third quarter to balloon their lead.
Nine Mastodons scored in Friday’s contest. Stupp led the team with 11 points and five boards. Amellia Bromenschenkel also had five rebounds. Zoe Ketterman scored her first points as a collegian, scoring twice for four points.
Mary Dunn led YSU with 23 points on 10 of 12 shooting while Chelsea Olson had 11 assists and McKenah Peters had 11 rebounds.
Purdue Fort Wayne falls to 0-17 and 0-15 in the Horizon League. YSU improves to 7-4 overall and in Horizon League play. These two teams will meet again tomorrow at 1 p.m.
IUPUI MEN’S BB
GREEN BAY, Wisc. – Senior Marcus Burk scored all 25 of his points in the second half and classmate Jaylen Minnett added 21 as the Jaguars tallied a season-high 80 points and outlasted Green Bay, 80-71 inside Kress Center on Friday night (Feb. 5). Senior Elyjah Goss contributed a season-high 15 points and 11 rebounds for his third straight double-double for the victors.
The trio combined to score 47 of the Jaguars’ 49 second half points as IUPUI (5-7, 4-7 HL) erased a 34-31 halftime deficit.
“I’m proud of the guys. We fought. The guys are buying in and trusting the basketball philosophy that we have,” head coach Byron RImm II said. “Our guys are confident and think they can win every time we go out there.”
“It really felt good, honestly,” Minnett said of the Jaguars’ fourth win in the last seven games. “It’s going to help us with our momentum going into these last few games.
“It’s definitely in our mind to be aggressive and to make sure to keep the defense on their toes.”
Amari Davis led Green Bay (5-14, 5-10 HL) with 26 points and Emmanuel Ansong closed with 15 points and seven rebounds.
The game was a see-saw affair throughout as the lead changed hands 20 times in 40 minutes. Green Bay went ahead 66-65 with 3:46 to play when Davis stuck a tough pull-up jumper, but the Phoenix were slow to retreat defensively and Burk snuck ahead for a layup off a Mike DePersia feed.
The Jags struck a major blow on their next possession when they caught the Green Bay defense in a scramble. Sophomore Nathan McClure turned down an open wing three to find Minnett in the corner for a wide open triple. The Jaguars’ all-time leader in makes buried his only three of the night to build a four-point lead and force a Green Bay timeout.
“I knew that one was going in. I honestly thought (McClure) was going to shoot it, but when he made the pass, I knew it was going in,” Minnett said.
“If it wasn’t for (McClure) making those shots early, we don’t get that one late. They really ran at him on Jaylen’s three,” Rimm said.
IUPUI came up with a key defensive stand when Davis missed a midrange jumper and McClure snared the weakside rebound to cap the possession. The Jags relied on Burk and Minnett to ice the game as the duo was flawless at the foul line down the stretch, teaming to hit all 10 of their attempts.
IUPUI shot 46.2 percent overall and hit 10-of-20 three-point attempts. The Jags hit five first half threes but none came from Minnett or Burk as McClure and Azariah Seay combined on a quintet. The Jags were also stellar at the foul line, hitting 22-of-27 (81.5 percent) attempts. Defensively, IUPUI held Green Bay to 45.3 percent overall, including just 39 percent in the second half. The Phoenix made just 4-of-18 (22.2 percent) from three-point range and was 0-of-6 in the opening half.
Green Bay turned Burk into a passer to start the game as he assisted on the game’s first two buckets as the Jags surged out to a 9-2 lead. Having made just four threes in the season’s first 11 games, McClure made three in the game’s opening 10-plus minutes as the Jags went ahead 17-12. Green Bay responded with a 9-0 run to take a 21-17 lead. The lead shuffled back-and-forth until the Phoenix ultimately claimed a 34-31 halftime edge when Davis converted a three-point play just before halftime.
After a scoreless first half, Burk went bananas early in the second half, including scoring 13 straight points at one juncture in just more than four minutes.
Burk tallied his 25 points on just 5-of-10 shooting and 4-of-7 from three-point range. He hit 11-of-13 free throw attempts and delivered a season-high six assists, all before halftime. Minnett added four boards and three steals to his 21-point night while McClure closed with nine points and five rebounds.
“I was feeling it in warmups,” Burk said. “In the first half, I was just trying to find the open man because they were in the gaps on me heavy.
“But it feels good. I love being efficient – it helps the team tremendously.”
Seay tossed in eight points off the bench and DePersia had six assists and no turnovers.
The win snapped Green Bay’s four-game home winning streak and was IUPUI’s fourth straight road win in Green Bay.
The same two teams will play again at 5:00 p.m. ET on Saturday (Feb. 6) in a game that will be broadcast on ESPN3.
CHICAGO – Hot shooting led IUPUI to a 71-52 win over UIC on Friday (Feb. 5). The Jags shot almost 50 percent from the field in the win.
Macee Williams led IUPUI (10-4, 8-3 Horizon) with 18 points on 8-for-14 shooting and Rachel McLimore went 6-for-8 from the floor to finish with 14 points. In total, IUPUI shot 49.1 percent (27-for-55) from the field, including over 53 percent in each of the first three quarters.
The Jags were also on fire from deep, going 8-for-17 (47.1 percent) from three and hitting 67 percent from three in the first three quarters.
IUPUI took advantage of great ball movement, finishing the game with 21 assists on its 27 made shots. Agatha Beier led all players with seven assists and McLimore finished with five. Both Macee Williams and Katelyn O’Reilly each had three dimes.
“Agatha having seven assists and taking a charge was important,” said head coach Austin Parkinson. “Our team did a nice job of sharing the ball throughout the game.”
Five different Jaguars scored in the first four minutes of the game with Anna Mortag hitting a three to put the Jags up 12-4 early as IUPUI hit its first five shots from the floor. After another bucket from Mortag and a jumper from Allen, IUPUI saw its lead increase to 16-4 and the Jags took an 18-8 lead in to the second quarter. For the quarter, IUPUI shot a game best 8-for-12 and held UIC (3-10, 1-8 Horizon) to just 23 percent shooting.
Up 36-22 at the half, IUPUI came out in the third quarter and put the game away with great play on both sides of the court. The Jags outscored UIC 25-7 in the third, shot 53 percent from the floor and held the Flames to 20 percent shooting. IUPUI also went 7-for-8 from the free throw line in quarter as IUPUI put the game away.
“Really pleased with our defense for three quarters,” said Parkinson. “I thought Katelyn set the tone for our team with her hustle plays.”
Williams started the quarter with a three point play and Roule added a three before another three point play from Williams made the score 45-22. The Jags continued the run with jumpers from McLimore and Roule and finished off an 18-2 run with a three from McLimore and another Williams bucket.
Williams scored her 10th point of the quarter on the next possession before IUPUI closed out the quarter with two free throws from Mortag and three from Jaci Jones.
The Jags held a slight rebounding edge (34-29) with O’Reilly and Roule each grabbing six to lead IUPUI. Mortag and Natalie Andersen each had four.
IUPUI and UIC will meet again on Saturday, Feb. 6 to finish up the two-game set with tip off set for 3 p.m. ET.
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – After earning its second home series sweep, the University of Evansville men’s basketball is set to travel to Chicago for a 2-game set at Loyola this weekend. The Purple Aces face the Ramblers on Saturday and Sunday with each game starting at 1 p.m. The Purple Aces Radio Network and ESPN+ will have full coverage.
Setting the Scene
– Two of Evansville’s top defensive efforts of the season saw the Aces earn a series sweep over Valparaiso
– Off to its best MVC start since 2015-16, UE travels to Gentile Arena for face a Loyola squad that is receiving votes in both polls…the last two trips to the venue have not been very positive for UE, who fell in those contests by an average of 23 points per game
– Loyola uses an efficient formula in its success – the Ramblers are second in the nation in scoring defense, allowing just 56.2 points while their offense is the third-most efficient in the NCAA shooting 51.7% from the field
Last Time Out
– Trailing by as many as 16 points in the first half on Monday, the Aces cut that deficit to nine points at the break before outscoring Valparaiso by a 34-18 margin in the second half on the way to a 58-51 win
– Four players reached double figures for UE with Jawaun Newton and Shamar Givance scoring 12 while Jax Levitch posted 11 and Noah Frederking added 10 points
– The difference came on the defensive side as Valpo shot 54.2% in the first half while hitting five out of eight triples..in the second half, the Crusaders shot 37.5% while going 0-for-5 from outside
– Levitch was a perfect 3-for-3 from outside and now leads the MVC in 3-point accuracy
– Evansville currently averages 10.2 3-point makes per game this season. Just one team in MVC history has averaged 10 or more triples per game – Bradley in 2006-07 (10.0/game)
– In league action, the Aces have been even better, standing with 10.7 outside makes per contest…no MVC team has averaged 10 3-point makes in league games since the shot was enacted before the 1986-87 season…the highest mark belongs to the 2007-08 Bradley squad, who finished with an average of 9.8
Making the Comeback
– In Monday’s contest against the Crusaders, the Purple Aces faced a 16-point deficit in the first half as Valparaiso used a 19-4 run to open up a 28-12 lead with 5:35 left in the first half…Evansville cut the gap to a manageable 9 points at halftime before completing the rally in the second half
It marked the largest comeback for Evansville since erasing a 17-point deficit against Ball State on December 9, 2018…that game saw UE put forth an unbelievable 44-11 run that turned a 43-26 deficit into a 70-54 lead before winning by an 89-77 final
– The last time Evansville overcame a 16-point deficit against a conference opponent was on January 1, 2015 against UNI. Interestingly – the Aces trailed UNI by a 28-12 score (identical to the 2/1/21 game against Valpo) before coming back for a 52-49 win over the 23rd-ranked Panthers
Turning the Corner
– After going winless in league play last season, Evansville has already won six conference games in 10 tries
– With one more Valley win, the Aces will become just the second team in league history to follow a winless season by winning more than six conference contests
Scouting the Opponent
– Loyola stands at 15-3 overall and 10-1 in the MVC and is receiving votes in both national polls…in the AP Top 25 poll, the Ramblers are 28th with 52 votes and sit in 29th in the Coaches Poll with 43 votes
– They head into the weekend with an 8-game winning streak following a sweep at Missouri State where they won by an average of 23 PPG
– Cameron Krutwig is getting the job done in all facets of the game for Loyola – he leads the team with 15.2 points per game, 5.8 rebounds, 15 blocks and 34 free throw makes
– He is tied for second on the team with 45 assists
– Tate Hall checks in with 9.3 points while Braden Norris controls the offense and has dished out 56 assists on the season.
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – A 2-game set against UNI opens the month of February for the University of Evansville volleyball team when the Purple Aces welcome the Panthers this weekend. Game one is set for Sunday, February 7 at 2 p.m. before Monday’s contest begins at 4 p.m. inside Meeks Family Fieldhouse. Both games will be carried live on ESPN+.
Last Time Out
– On Sunday, the Aces earned a non-conference split with a 3-2 win over Saint Louis before falling by a 3-0 final to #24 Western Kentucky in Bowling Green
– Trailing 2-1 against the Billikens, the Aces stormed back with a 25-22 win in the fourth game before finishing the match with a 15-12 decision in the fifth
– Alondra Vazquez posted 20 kills and 14 digs while Melanie Feliciano had 17 kills and 16 digs in the victory
– Through the first week of action, UE has been led by Alondra Vazquez and Melanie Feliciano on the offensive end
– Vazquez ranks third in the MVC with 3.73 kills per set while Feliciano checks in with 3.27, putting her 9th in the league
– They have led the team in kills in each of the opening four matches of the season
Playing Some Defense
– Serving as Evansville’s libero in 2021, Laura Ruiz has adjusted nicely, recording 3.53 digs per set in the opening week of action
– After posting 73 digs in her entire freshman season, Ruiz has already accumulated 53 in UE’s first four matches
– Ruiz set her season mark with 17 in the opener against the Sycamores and the contest against Saint Louis…UE is 2-0 when she has over 12 digs
Scouting the Opponent
– UNI enters the series with an 0-5 mark including a pair of losses to Drake to open their conference season
– In non-conference action, the Panthers took on Big East squad Marquette along with 15th-ranked Creighton on the road
– Emily Holterhaus paces the UNI offense with 3.47 kills per set while the defense is led by Baylee Petersen’s 3.68 digs per contest…Peterson is the daughter of UNI head coach Bobbi Petersen.
The Valpo women’s basketball team finished out the first half of MVC play with a split of its series against Bradley, as the visiting Braves used a 23-9 second quarter advantage to propel themselves to a 61-51 victory in the finale Friday evening at the ARC.
How It Happened
The two teams battled for control early on, with seven lead changes in the first quarter. Senior Caitlin Morrison (Glenview, Ill./Glenbrook South) helped spur the Valpo offense early on, scoring seven points over the game’s opening seven minutes.
Valpo pushed its lead to 18-13 with 35 seconds to play in the period on a 3-point play from freshman Leah Earnest (Stevens Point, Wis./SPASH), and looked like it might be able to extend the lead with possession and the shot clock off, but a turnover allowed Bradley to hit a free throw in the final seconds and make it 18-14 at the end of the quarter.
A driving layup from Maya Dunson (Dayton, Ohio/Wayne [Loyola]) with 6:58 to play in the first half returned the lead to Valpo after Bradley had battled back to tie the game at 21.
But following Dunson’s basket, the Braves went on a 16-1 run over the next six and a half minutes to take control. A 3-pointer just before the buzzer from junior Shay Frederick (Greenville, Wis./Hortonville) finally stopped Valpo’s cold streak from the floor and cut Bradley’s lead to 37-27 at intermission.
Another 3-pointer from Frederick on Valpo’s first possession of the second half made it a seven-point game, and the Brown and Gold twice got the deficit to five points in the third quarter. But the first time, Bradley got a 3-point play to extend its lead and the second time, the Braves responded with seven straight points to close the third quarter with a 51-39 lead.
Valpo could get no closer than nine points in the fourth quarter.
Inside the Game
Valpo split three of its four back-to-backs in the first half of MVC play, only getting swept by a top-25 Missouri State squad.
The series with the Braves concluded a first half of MVC play in which Valpo played eight of its nine games against top-100 NET teams. Valpo’s second-half schedule features just two games against a top-100 opponent.
Valpo was held to 32.1% shooting from the floor Friday and was just 7-of-26 from 3-point range, one day after matching its program single-game record with 17 triples.
Frederick led Valpo with 11 points, but was just 4-of-12 from the field.
Morrison finished with 10 points and a pair of blocked shots, in the process becoming just the fourth player in program history to rack up 100 career rejections.
Senior Grace White (Redby, Minn./Red Lake [Denver]) paced Valpo with seven rebounds and four assists, while sharing team-high honors with junior Carie Weinman (Glenview, Ill./Glenbrook South [Denver]) as the duo each tallied three steals.
After owning a +12 advantage in the turnover column on Thursday, Valpo finished Friday’s contest +9. The Brown and Gold forced 21 turnovers by the Braves, matching the second-most that they’ve forced in a game this season.
Valpo (7-9, 3-6 MVC) kicks off the second half of MVC play with a two-game series at Indiana State, beginning next Saturday, Feb. 13. Both games will be broadcast on ESPN3 or ESPN+.
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio—In a hard-fought five-set match, the Miami University volleyball team came up short on Friday evening at the Stroh Center as the Bowling Green Falcons notched an 18-25, 26-28, 25-21, 25-16, 15-13 win to move to 6-0 in Mid-American Conference play. The RedHawks drop to 3-3.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
The RedHawks came out on fire in the first set. After a 6-6 tie, Miami charged ahead to a 14-8 advantage. BGSU got no closer than three as MU extended its lead to as many as seven, taking the first set, 25-18. The RedHawks amassed five blocks in the first set, while senior Abigail Huser tallied six digs.
Neither team led by more than two until BGSU took a 17-14 lead and the teams continued to go back and forth. The Falcons held a 23-20 edge, but kills by senior Sarah Wojick and junior Sophie Riemersma along with a Riemersma and senior Avarie Powell block pushed Miami ahead, 24-23. Both teams continued to trade punches until a BGSU attack error and a sophomore Allyson Severance kill clinched the second set for the RedHawks, 28-26.
Bowling Green built a seven-point lead in the third set, 18-11. After Miami called timeout to re-group, the RedHawks rattled off four-straight points that included a kill and a service ace by Wojick to pull within three, 18-15. The Falcons pushed ahead by five, but Miami shrunk the gap to two off a Severance kill, 23-21, but the Falcons notched the last two points to take the third set, 25-21.
The Falcons took a lead early on in the set and didn’t look back, sending the match to a fifth set with a 25-16 win in the fourth stanza.
BGSU jumped out to a 5-0 lead and led by as many as six in the fifth set, 12-6. The RedHawks used a 6-1 run to pull within one, 13-12. After the Falcons went up 14-12, a Severance kill again put Miami within one, but Bowling Green took the match with a 15-13 set five win.
COMMENTS FROM HEAD COACH CAROLYN CONDIT:
“We made some decisions as a team after Thursday’s match and turned out a much stronger performance on Friday. Bowling Green is full of talent with many weapons. We proved to ourselves we can play with anyone in the conference.”
Allyson Severance tied a career high with 14 kills and added a career-high 12 digs.
Sarah Wojick had a season-high five block assists. She tallied 14 kills, marking her third straight match in double figures for kills.
Sophie Riemersma also was in double figures for kills with 10 and had two solo blocks (ties a career high) and two block assists.
Abigail Huser notched a season-high 24 digs.
Sophomore Jennifer Schulze recorded 21 assists and 12 digs.
Freshman Maggie McCrary posted six blocks (1 solo; 5 assist).
The RedHawks return home to host Toledo on Thursday, Feb. 11 and Friday, Feb. 12. Match times have been moved to 4 p.m. on Thursday and 1 p.m. on Friday.
SATURDAY’S GAME: The RedHawks continue a two-game road stretch when Miami travels to Buffalo for a 2 p.m. game on Saturday, Feb. 6. This is the first time this season Miami is facing an opponent for the second time.
ABOUT BUFFALO: The Bulls enter Saturday’s game with a 7-6 overall record and a 5-4 MAC mark and are tied for fifth place in the conference standings with Miami. After a 76-75 home loss to Ohio on Jan. 29, Buffalo is coming off a decisive 78-58 win at Ball State on Tuesday. Jeenathan Williams leads the team, averaging 19.2 ppg along with 7.9 rpg. Josh Mballa averages 15.0 ppg and a MAC-leading 10.1 rpg, while Jayvon Graves and Ronaldo Segu each average 14.8 ppg on the season. The Bulls lead the MAC in 3-point field goal percentage defense (.270), rebounding (42.62), offensive rebounds (13.92) and rank second in scoring (81.46).
THE SERIES WITH THE BULLS: Saturday marks the 50th meeting between Miami and Buffalo with the RedHawks owning a 26-23 edge in the all-time series. When playing in Buffalo, the Bulls are 13-10 against Miami. Buffalo notched a 90-62 win in the first meeting this season on Dec. 15 in Oxford. The last time the teams met in Buffalo, Miami posted an 85-79 win in the opening round of the MAC Tournament on March 9, 2020. The Bulls won the regular-season meeting between the teams in Alumni Arena last year just six days prior on March 3, 2020.
TELEVISION: Saturday’s game will be carried live on ESPN3.
COLEMAN-LANDS RANKS NINTH NATIONALLY IN ASSIST/TURNOVER RATIO: Redshirt junior guard Isaiah Coleman-Lands has been stingy with turnovers and currently boasts a 3.90 assist/turnover ratio with 39 assists to 10 turnovers through 13 games. He leads the MAC and ranks ninth nationally in assist/turnover ratio.
REDHAWKS LEAD MAC IN FEWEST TURNOVERS: Averaging 10.2 turnovers per game, Miami leads the MAC in fewest turnovers and ranks 10th nationally. Miami has committed fewer turnovers than its opponent in 10 of its 13 games and the same number in one game this season.
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 1,094 career points and has moved up to 33rd on the list.
PRECIOUS MOMENTS: Senior Precious Ayah came off the bench to score 11 points off 5-of-5 shooting from the field and knocking down his lone free-throw attempt at Kent State on Feb. 2. He added two rebounds in 15:29 minutes of action.
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 Jan. 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 Jan. 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.
ODDS ‘N ENDS
The RedHawks have had balanced contributions from their starters and their bench. In its nine MAC game, Miami is getting 31.8 percent of its scoring off the bench.
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. The RedHawks scored 68 points in a loss at Kent State on Tuesday, Feb. 2 and averaged 66.50 points per game in their last two outings.
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. Entering Miami’s next game, Brown has played in 109 career games and made 102 career starts.
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 (35.56), ranks second in the MAC in 3-point field goal percentage (.364). Miami is third in the MAC in turnover margin (+2.00) and defensive rebound percentage (.731).
Individually in MAC-only games, sophomore guard Dae Dae Grant ranks first in free-throw percentage (.920). Junior guard Mekhi Lairy ranks third in assist/turnover ratio (2.60) and sixth in assists (4.33). Grant ranks fourth in 3-point field goal percentage (.511), while redshirt sophomore guard Myja White ranks eighth (.429).
On the season, Miami ranks second in the MAC in 3-point field goal percentage (.368) and scoring defense (70.57). The RedHawks rank third in blocked shots (2.86). Dae Dae Grant ranks fourth in 3-point field goal percentage (.444).
UP NEXT: Miami will be idle on Tuesday with its Feb. 9 game against Eastern Michigan postponed. The RedHawks return to the court, hosting Akron on Friday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. in a nationally-televised game on ESPNU.
WRIGHT STATE MBB
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The Wright State men’s basketball team tallied its sixth consecutive win overall and third straight Friday win to start a weekend series on Friday night in Chicago, winning 72-47 over UIC.
The same two teams match up again on Saturday night, again at 8 p.m. ET, and fans can follow the action on ESPN+ or can tune into Chris Collins and Jim Brown calling the play-by-play on WRZX 106.5 FM.
Friday night, Wright State (14-4 overall, 12-3 Horizon League) held UIC (8-8, 5-6 HL) scoreless for 10 minutes of game time coupled between the final 3:49 of the first half and the opening 5:58 of the second half to lock up control of the contest.
Loudon Love notched his second consecutive double-double with 23 points and 12 rebounds, both game highs, after having nine and nine at the break. Friday night was his eighth double-double of the season and the 45th of his career. Love finished 9-of-17 from the floor and was 5-of-7 from the free throw stripe, adding two steals and two blocks to his final stat line.
Trey Calvin was the only other Raider in double figures with 12 points, adding five assists and two blocks of his own, but Wright State saw nine different players contribute to the scoring column overall. Grant Basile and Tim Finke each finished with nine points, as Basile grabbed 10 rebounds and Finke had seven of his own, while Jaylon Hall added eight points as well.
Paced by Love’s 23, the Raiders recorded 44 points inside the paint and got it done on the glass, outrebounding UIC 45-31, with 32 boards coming on the defensive end.
The first half was a clunky for both sides early and was tied at 17-all after the opening 10 minutes before the Raiders rolled off a 10-0 run to grab control. After neither side could find a bucket over the last 3:26 of the first half, Wright State took a 33-23 lead to the locker room before scoring the first 11 points of the final 20 minutes. The Raiders outscored UIC 17-4 over a stretch of 8:38 to begin the second half, including seeing Love chip in 10 of his 23 points, to push the advantage to 50-27 and effectively wrap things up.
Wright State finished the night shooting 46 percent (29-of-63) from the floor, including an even 50 percent in the second half, while going 5-of-14 (36 percent) from three-point range. The Raiders held UIC to just 33 percent shooting in the opening 20 minutes before the Flames finished the night at 37 percent (22-of-60) from the floor and only 2-of-18 from three-point range. The Raiders were 9-of-16 (56 percent) from the free throw line, with 12 trips to the stripe in the second half, while UIC was 1-of-4 for the night.
The Raiders forced 14 UIC turnovers, including eight in the first half, turning those into 11 points, while the visitors passed out 13 assists and had 10 second chance points off of their 13 offensive rebounds.
UIC’s Maurice Commander was the lone Flame to finish in double figures with 10 points, while Braelen Bridged had nine points of his own.
WRIGHT STATE WBB
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The Wright State women’s basketball tallied its third consecutive HL victory in convincing fashion over Milwaukee 67-58 on Friday afternoon, handing the Panthers just their fourth loss of the season.
Wright State improves to 12-5 overall and 12-3 in conference play, while Milwaukee falls to 15-4 overall and 12-3 in HL action.
Emani Jefferson’s jump shot two minutes into the contest gave Wright State its momentum for the quarter, as the Raiders went on a 12-2 run to outscore the Panthers 22-14 at the end of the first quarter. Milwaukee looked to edge out Wright State in the second, as the Panthers tallied 23 points compared to Wright State 20.
The third quarter saw the Raiders record a 10-0 run over the Panthers. A run that lasted nearly four minutes before Milwaukee looked to claw their way back in. Wright Stat went out to outscore the Panthers 14-10 at the end of the quarter. Defensive was the key factor in the final 10 minutes as each team only tallied 11 points, respectively. Angel Baker’s jump shot with 4:55 left to play gave Wright State the final advantage. Notably, Wright State never trailed in the contest.
Angel Baker’s 27 points were a new season-high as the junior recorded her fourth 20-plus point outing of the season (third consecutive), while Tyler Frierson added 10 points and 11 rebounds for her fourth double-double of the season (second consecutive) and Emani Jefferson tallied nine points for the Raiders.
Baker finished the contest shooting 12-for-24 from the field, 3-for-5 from beyond the arc. The junior pulled down seven rebounds and added a team-high three assists. Frierson went 3-for-5 from the field and 4-for-6 from the line, while also recording one block. Jefferson went a perfect 3-for-3 from the line and 3-for-6 from the field, adding five rebounds of her own.
The Raiders shot 45.0 percent for the game, while the Panthers shot a close 42.6 percent. Wright State tallied 14 points off Milwaukee turnovers, while the Panthers tallied 10.In the paint Wright State found another advantage, outscoring Milwaukee 36-28. The Raiders bench recorded 22 points to the Panthers 19.
Wright State won the battle on the boards for the 16th consecutive contest, out rebounding Milwaukee 41-25 overall. Wright State won the offensive battle on the boards, pulling down 19 rebounds to Milwaukee’s nine. The defensive side of things saw Wright State pull down 22, while the Panthers tallied 16.
DAYTON – The University of Dayton Flyers men’s basketball team defeated George Mason 74-65 Friday at UD Arena. This marked the Flyers’ second win of the season against George Mason at UD Arena.
Senior Jalen Crutcher led the Flyers with 21 points. Redshirt senior Ibi Watson added 20 with high school teammate and Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow in attendance.
UD improves to 11-5 and 7-4 in the Atlantic 10, while George Mason falls to 8-8, and 4-6 in conference play.
1st Half: Dayton 36, George Mason 32
The Flyers opened up an early 8-2 lead thanks to 3-pointers by Watson and Crutcher. George Mason started off 1-of-6 from the floor.
Dayton started the game shooting 4-for-5 from three in the first seven minutes.
The Flyers shot 48.3% from the field and made five-straight baskets from the 7:54 to the 5:15 mark.
The Flyers were led in the half by Watson and Crutcher who each had 12 points.
The Patriots were held to 2-of-11 from three in the half.
Dayton outrebounded George Mason 18-15 in the opening 20 minutes.
This was the 10th game this season where Dayton has held the lead going into the locker room.
2nd Half: Dayton 74, George Mason 65
The Flyers started out the half by expanding their lead to 11 over the first four minutes.
George Mason was held to just three points in the first six minutes of the half.
Watson’s fourth three of the night gave the Flyers a 58-42 lead at the 9:47 mark.
Dayton extended their lead to a game-high 17 off back-to-back buckets by graduate student Jordy Tshimanga and Watson.
Back-to-back three pointers by George Mason cut the lead to seven with 1:17 remaining, but the Patriots did not pull any closer.
BY THE NUMBERS
Dayton made 12 threes on the night, tying a season high. This was the third time the Flyers made 12 3-pointers in a game this season and the second time against George Mason. Dayton is 5-0 when making at least 10 threes in a game this season.
The Flyers shot a season-best 52.2% from three on the night.
Tshimanga grabbed 14 rebounds for the game; second-most on the season to only his 16-rebound performance against Fordham on January 5.
Four Flyers scored in double-figures – Jalen Crutcher (21), Ibi Watson (20), Elijah Weaver (a Dayton-best 13) and Mustapha Amzil (10).
Crutcher scored at least 20 points for the eighth time this season. He scored 20 or more points eight times during the 2019-20 season.
Crutcher also added seven assists.
UD will travel to Amherst on Tuesday, Feb. 9 to take on Massachusetts. Tip is at 7 p.m. ET.
The Flyers return home to face Saint Joseph’s on Sat. Feb 13.
PHILADELPHIA – The University of Dayton women’s basketball team outscored Saint Joseph’s 31-19 in the second half to earn a 55-43 victory Friday night.
Dayton (9-1, 8-0 A-10) lead the Atlantic 10 while the Hawks (5-3, 3-3 A-10) move to .500 in league play.
“Another tough road win,” said head coach Shauna Green. “It was a physical, tough game and I’m happy with how we responded defensively in the second half. We talk all the time about finding a way to win even when our shots aren’t falling. Our defense came through and that is what we hang our hat on. I am proud of our team.”
3rd quarter 7:30 – Dayton took control of a tied ball game and went on a 7-2 run and never relinquished the lead.
1st Quarter: Dayton 15, Saint Joseph’s 11
Dayton jumped out to a 6-2 lead off a big three from redshirt senior Araion Bradshaw.
The Hawks climbed back by the media timeout to make it an 11-8 contest.
Junior Kyla Whitehead had a putback with a minute to go to give the Flyers a 13-8 lead.
Dayton led 15-11 after the first quarter and were 2-for-2 from three.
2nd Quarter: Dayton 24, Saint Joseph’s 24
Saint Joe’s hit a three to start the second and made it a one point game.
The Hawks took the lead 16-15 at the 8:17 mark on a jump shot.
Bradshaw had a nice drive and was fouled to put UD back on top midway through the second.
The two teams continued to trade baskets and it stayed a one-point game for the next few minutes.
For the second straight game the Flyers went into the locker room at halftime tied.
3rd Quarter: Dayton 40, Saint Joseph’s 31
The score stayed even at 24-24 over the first two minutes with neither team willing to budge.
Bradshaw was the first player to score in the second half with a pair of free throws at the 7:30 mark.
Redshirt senior Jenna Giacone drilled a three at the 2:08 mark to give UD it’s biggest lead of the game at 39-31.
Bradshaw led the way down the stretch with a couple of clutch free throws and big shots to give her double digits in the game and put UD up 40-31.
4th Quarter: Dayton 55, Saint Joseph’s 43
Saint Joseph’s entered the fourth with a 4+ minute scoring drought.
The Hawks were forced to call a timeout at the 8:40 mark on a drive by Giacone giving the Flyers a 45-31 lead.
With 4:04 to play, Saint Joseph’s hit two free throws to cut the margin to 50-41.
The Hawks called a timeout with 2:16 in the game as they trailed 53-43.
Dayton was able to hold off the hosts to pick up its eighth straight victory.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
39 to 32 – Dayton outrebounded Saint Joseph’s 39-32 in the game, including 28-20 on defensive rebounds.
15 – Jenna Giacone scored a team-high 15 points and went 3-of-4 from three to go with five rebounds and three assists.
4-for-4 – Araion Bradshaw scored 13 points in the game on 4-of-4 shooting and tied for the team lead with seven rebounds.
38.8 to 29.5 – The Flyers shot 38.8 percent in the game and held the Hawks to 29.5 percent from the field and 15.8 percent from three.
29.5 and 15.8 – The Flyers held SJU to 29.5 percent overall and just 3-of-19 from three for 15.8 percent shooting.
Dayton will remain in Philadelphia to take on La Salle Sunday at 12 p.m.
OHIO STATE FOOTBALL
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Big Ten Conference today announced a revised 2021 conference football schedule prompted by six games that adjusted locations as a result of changes made during the 2020 scheduling process. The Big Ten’s Administrators Council, which includes the Directors of Athletics and Senior Women Administrators from all 14 member institutions, approved the revisions.
The changes are relatively minimal regarding Ohio State’s schedule.
Comparing it with the prior version of the 2021 schedule, Ohio State’s revised 2021 schedule features the same nine Big Ten teams, the same dates for home and away games and the same locations per date (home or away). The changes are reflected in a shuffled lineup of game dates.
Ohio State still opens on the road at Minnesota on Thursday, Sept. 2, has its same off week of Oct. 16 and closes the season against Michigan in Ann Arbor on Nov. 27.
The changes involving the other seven games are reflected in the sequencing of those games in the schedule below:
2021 Schedule (former schedule)
Sept. 2 – at Minnesota
Sept. 11 – Oregon
Sept. 18 – Tulsa
Sept. 25 – Akron
Oct. 2 – at Rutgers (at Nebraska)
Oct. 9 – Maryland (Purdue)
Oct. 16 – Off (Off)
Oct. 23 – at Indiana (at Rutgers)
Oct. 30 – Penn State (Michigan State)
Nov. 6 – at Nebraska (at Indiana)
Nov. 13 – Purdue (Maryland)
Nov. 20 – Michigan State (Penn State)
Nov. 27 – at Michigan
Dec. 4 – Big Ten Championship Game
Revised as of Feb. 5, 2021
INDY FUEL HOCKEY
INDIANAPOLIS – In the first meeting between the Indy Fuel and Rapid City Rush this season, the Fuel would not put a goal on the board, eventually getting shutout by the Rush on Friday night.
Dealing with a physical Rapid City team to start the game, Indy struggled to develop chances early. Although Indy would eventually outshoot the Rush 16-9 through 20 minutes they would go into the locker room trailing after Butrus Ghafari fired a wrist shot past Billy Christopoulos to earn the Rush a 1-0 lead.
Doubling their lead six minutes into the second period, Peter Quenneville jumped on a rebound and jammed the puck past Christopoulos. Earning a 5-on-3 power play toward the middle of the period, Indy would struggle to build momentum and put shots on Rapid City’s net. With multiple point-blank chances throughout the period, the Fuel would not be able to beat Tendeck and go into the locker room down 2-0.
The Fuel would have to kill off a short 5-on-3 to start the period before taking another penalty in which they’d give up two shots on Christopoulos. Indy would have a long 5-on-3 of their own but would only get one shot through the 1:41 man advantage. Rapid City would shut out the Fuel through the third period again and eventually take the 2-0 win on Friday night.
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TOP NATIONAL NEWS HEADLINES
Brees renegotiates to help Saints with cap if he retires
Drew Brees has agreed to renegotiate his salary down to the NFL minimum in 2021, a move that would save the New Orleans Saints considerable space under the salary cap next season, a person with knowledge of the situation said Friday night.
The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because neither the Saints nor Brees have publicly discussed the new contract agreement, which was first reported by overthecap.com.
While the 42-year-old Brees has not announced his retirement, guaranteed money from his previous contract, which ran through 2021, would have counted more than $22 million against the salary cap next season if the record-setting QB chose to stop playing this year.
Under the newly agreed upon contract, Brees could help the Saints by waiting until June to retire, at which point his guaranteed money would be effectively split between 2021 and 2022, providing the Saints with more than $11 million in additional salary cap space in 2021. However, Brees contract also would count around $11 million against New Orleans’ 2022 salary cap.
Brees has played 20 NFL seasons, including the past 15 with the Saints, and is the NFL’s all-time leader in yards passing with 80,358.
His 571 career touchdown passes rank second behind only Tom Brady’s 581.
SUPER BOWL PREVIEW: TAMPA BAY VS. KANSAS CITY
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (16-2) VS. TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (14-5)
SUPER BOWL LV // SUNDAY, FEB. 7, 2021 // 6:30 PM ET // RAYMOND JAMES STADIUM // REFEREE: CARL CHEFFERS
REGULAR SEASON HISTORY:
LEADER: Buccaneers lead all-time series, 7-6
STREAKS: Buccaneers have won 5 of past 6
LAST GAME: 11/29/20: Chiefs 27 at Buccaneers 24
LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/29/20
First meeting in postseason
On Sunday, February 7, the Kansas City Chiefs and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will meet in Super Bowl LV (6:30 PM ET, CBS) at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. The Buccaneers are the first team ever to appear in a Super Bowl played in its home stadium.
Including the postseason, Chiefs quarterback PATRICK MAHOMES (44-9, .830) and Buccaneers quarterback TOM BRADY (263-80, .767) have the highest and third-highest winning percentages among starting quarterbacks (minimum 50 starts) since 1950.
Super Bowl LV is the first Super Bowl between the starting quarterbacks who won each of the two most recent Super Bowls [Mahomes won SB LIV with Kansas City; Brady won SB LIII with New England] and the first Super Bowl between starting quarterbacks who have each won at least one Associated Press Most Valuable Player Award and one Super Bowl Most Valuable Player Award prior to the matchup.
Brady (43 years, 188 days old on Super Bowl Sunday) and Mahomes (25 years, 143 days old on Super Bowl Sunday) are set to have the largest age differential (18 years, 45 days) between opposing starting quarterbacks in Super Bowl history.
The Chiefs and Buccaneers previously met at Raymond James Stadium in Week 12, with Kansas City earning a 27-24 win. Mahomes (462 passing yards) and Brady (345) combined for 807 passing yards, the most combined passing yards between two opposing quarterbacks in a single game in 2020. Chiefs wide receiver TYREEK HILL registered 269 receiving yards and three touchdown catches in the contest and became the third player with at least 200 receiving yards in a single quarter since 1980. The Buccaneers have won each of their past seven games, including the postseason, since Week 12 while Kansas City enters Super Bowl LV having won 12 straight games started by Mahomes, including the postseason.
Here’s what’s at stake in Super Bowl LV:
With a Kansas City win…
The Chiefs would record their third Super Bowl victory and become the first team to earn consecutive Super Bowl titles since the 2003-04 New England Patriots (Super Bowls XXXVIII and XXXIX). Kansas City previously won Super Bowls IV and LIV.
Head coach ANDY REID would win his second Super Bowl and at age 62, become the oldest head coach to win back-to-back Super Bowl championships, surpassing Pro Football Hall of Famer VINCE LOMBARDI (age 54 in Super Bowl II). Reid would have 18 career postseason victories, surpassing Pro Football Hall of Famer JOE GIBBS (17 postseason victories) for the fourth-most in NFL history.
At age 25, quarterback PATRICK MAHOMES would become the youngest starting quarterback to win multiple Super Bowl titles and would join TOM BRADY as the only starting quarterbacks to win the Super Bowl in two of their first four career seasons.
With a Tampa Bay victory…
The Buccaneers would win their second Super Bowl (XXXVII) and become the seventh club to win the Super Bowl as a Wild Card team.
Head coach BRUCE ARIANS would win his first Super Bowl and at age 68, would become the oldest head coach to win a Super Bowl, surpassing BILL BELICHICK (age 66 in Super Bowl LIII).
Quarterback TOM BRADY would win his seventh Super Bowl, extending the mark for the most by any player ever, and would join PEYTON MANNING as the only starting quarterbacks to win Super Bowls with multiple franchises.
Kansas City won its second consecutive AFC Championship with a 38-24 win over Buffalo. Quarterback PATRICK MAHOMES, in leading the Chiefs back from an early 9-0 deficit, passed for 325 yards with three touchdowns and zero interceptions for a 127.6 rating. He now has 17 career postseason touchdown passes, surpassing RUSSELL WILSON (16) for the most postseason touchdown passes by a quarterback in his first four seasons in NFL history.
In seven career postseason starts, Mahomes has a 109.8 passer rating, the highest mark by a quarterback in postseason history (minimum 200 attempts). Mahomes is expected to become the youngest quarterback in NFL history (25 years and 143 days old on date of Super Bowl LV) to start two Super Bowls, surpassing RUSSELL WILSON, who was 26 years and 64 days old at the time of his second Super Bowl start (SB XLIX).
Tight end TRAVIS KELCE recorded 13 receptions, the most in a single Championship Game in league history, for 118 yards and two touchdowns in the win and tied with Pro Football Hall of Famers SHANNON SHARPE (13 receptions on Jan. 9, 1994) and KELLEN WINSLOW SR. (13 receptions on Jan. 2, 1982) for the most receptions by a tight end in a single postseason game in NFL history. It also marked his fifth career postseason game with at least 100 receiving yards, the most by a tight end in postseason history.
Kelce ranks second among tight ends in postseason annals in receptions (73), receiving yards (859) and touchdown receptions (nine), trailing only Tampa Bay’s ROB GRONKOWSKI (83 receptions for 1,206 yards and 12 touchdowns) in each category.
Wide receiver TYREEK HILL had a postseason franchise record 172 receiving yards in the AFC Championship Game. Hill and Kelce, who each had at least 100 receiving yards in the AFC Divisional Playoffs against Cleveland, are the first pair of teammates to register 100-or-more receiving yards in consecutive games within the same postseason in league annals.
Since 2018, Hill and Kelce have combined for 8,770 receiving yards, including the postseason, and surpassed the Pro Football Hall of Fame duo of CRIS CARTER and RANDY MOSS (8,695 combined receiving yards from 1998-2000) for the most receiving yards by a pair of teammates over a three-season span, including the playoffs, in NFL history.
Defensive end FRANK CLARK registered two sacks against Buffalo and became the 14th player since 1982, when the individual sack became an official statistic, to record at least 10 career postseason sacks. Clark has recorded a sack in four of his five postseason games with Kansas City, including a sack in Super Bowl LIV last season. Safety TYRANN MATHIEU has four passes defensed in his past five postseason games and recorded an interception against the Buccaneers in Week 12. Rookie cornerback LA’JARIUS SNEED has registered a sack in each of Kansas City’s two postseason games this year and is the first rookie defensive back with two postseason sacks since 1982. The Chiefs have allowed 24-or-fewer points in four consecutive postseason games.
Tampa Bay earned a trip back home for Super Bowl LV with a 31-26 win at Green Bay. The Buccaneers have scored at least 30 points in each of their first three games this postseason and can become the first team in NFL history to score 30 points in four consecutive playoff games within a single postseason.
Tampa Bay, which missed the postseason in 2019, is the fourth team in the past five years to appear in the Super Bowl the season after missing the playoffs. The Buccaneers, with victories over No. 1-seeded Green Bay and No. 2-seeded New Orleans, are the 11th team since 1990 and first since the 2012 Baltimore Ravens to defeat the top two seeds from their own conference in the same postseason.
Quarterback TOM BRADY threw three touchdown passes against the Packers and became the fourth quarterback in NFL history to lead multiple franchises to Super Bowl appearances in league history. He is appearing in an NFL-record 10th Super Bowl and holds Super Bowl records for career passing yards (2,838), single-game passing yards (505 in Super Bowl LII), career passing touchdowns (18) and Super Bowl titles (six). Brady is the postseason all-time leader in completions (1,085), passing yards (12,248), passing touchdowns (80) and wins (33).
Running back LEONARD FOURNETTE recorded a 20-yard touchdown run in the NFC Championship and has seven total touchdowns (six rushing, one receiving) in six career postseason games. He can join Pro Football Hall of Famer TERRELL DAVIS (1997) and LARRY FITZGERALD (2008) as the only players with a touchdown in four consecutive playoff games within the same postseason in NFL history. Wide receiver MIKE EVANS has a touchdown reception in each of the Buccaneers’ past two postseason games and recorded two touchdown catches in Week 12 against Kansas City. Wide receiver CHRIS GODWIN led the team with 110 receiving yards in the NFC Championship and registered eight receptions for 97 yards in the last meeting against Kansas City. Gronkowski had 106 receiving yards in Week 12 against the Chiefs and has 23 receptions for 297 yards and three touchdowns in four career Super Bowl appearances.
Tampa Bay led the league in rushing defense (80.6 rushing yards allowed per game) for the second consecutive season while recording the most sacks (48) by a Buccaneers defense since 2000 (55 sacks). Linebacker DEVIN WHITE became the first player since at least 2000 with at least 140 tackles (140) and nine sacks (nine) in a single season. He recorded 11 tackles with an interception and fumble recovery in his playoff debut in the Divisional round against New Orleans and then totaled a postseason franchise record 15 tackles with a fumble recovery at Green Bay in the NFC Championship. Since entering the league in 2012, linebacker LAVONTE DAVID ranks second in tackles (1,123), third in tackles for loss (128) and fourth in forced fumbles (24). Linebacker JASON PIERRE-PAUL had his first career multi-sack postseason game against Green Bay and has seven tackles for loss with six passes defensed in seven career playoff games.
The Buccaneers defense has recorded seven takeaways (five interceptions, two fumble recoveries) and five sacks this postseason, both the most among playoff teams. Linebacker SHAQUIL BARRETT registered three sacks in the NFC Championship and joined Pro Football Hall of Famer WARREN SAPP (Jan. 4, 1998) as the only Buccaneers with three sacks in a single postseason game since 1982. Cornerback SEAN MURPHY-BUNTING has recorded an interception in all three of Tampa Bay’s games this postseason, becoming the fourth player to record an interception in each of his first three career postseason games in the Super Bowl era, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers AENEAS WILLIAMS (first four postseason games) and ED REED (three), as well as JASON SEHORN (three).
CHIEFS advanced to SB for 2nd consecutive season & 4th time in franchise history (won SBs LIV & IV, lost SB I). • KANSAS CITY aims to become 1st team to repeat as SB champions since 2003-04 NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS. • QB PATRICK MAHOMES is expected to become youngest QB in NFL history to start 2 SBs (25 years, 143 days on Super Bowl Sunday). • ANDY REID aims to become 14th head coach in NFL history to win multiple SBs.
QB PATRICK MAHOMES has 2,054 pass yards (293.4 per game) & 21 TDs (17 pass, 4 rush) vs. 2 INTs for 109.8 rating in 7 career postseason starts. Became youngest QB in NFL history to win SB MVP last year. Passed for season-high 462 yards & had 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 124.7 rating in Week 12 meeting. Ranked 2nd in NFL with 4,740 pass yards, ranked 3rd with 108.2 rating & ranked 4th with 38 TD passes in 2020, becoming 3rd player in NFL history with 4,000+ pass yards in 3 of 1st 4 seasons. • RB CLYDE EDWARDS-HELAIRE rushed for TD in postseason debut in AFC-C vs. Buf. Ranked 4th among rookies with 1,100 scrimmage yards & 803 rush yards in 2020. RB DARREL WILLIAMS led team with 52 rush yards & had rush TD in AFC-C vs. Buf. RB LE’VEON BELL has 521 scrimmage yards (104.2 per game) & 4 TDs (3 rush, 1 rec.) in 5 career postseason games. • WR TYREEK HILL had 9 catches for 172 yards in AFC-C vs. Buf. & aims to become 3rd player in NFL history with 100+ rec yards in 4 straight postseason games. Had 105 rec. yards in SB LIV. Set career highs in catches (13) & rec. yards (269) & tied career high in rec. TDs (3) in Week 12 meeting. Ranked 2nd among WRs with career-high 17 TDs (15 rec., 2 rush) in 2020. TE TRAVIS KELCE had 13 catches for 118 yards & 2 TDs in AFC-C vs. Buf., 5th-career postseason game with 100+ rec. yards, most by TE in NFL history. Aims for his 4th in row in postseason with TD catch. Aims for his 7th in row with rec. TD, incl. postseason. Ranked 2nd in NFL with 1,416 rec. yards in 2020, most-ever by TE in single season. Had 82 rec. yards in Week 12 meeting. • S TYRANN MATHIEU led team with career-high 6 INTs in 2020. Had INT in Week 12 meeting. Rookie CB L’JARIUS SNEED aims for 3rd in row in postseason with sack. Tied for lead among rookies with 3 INTs in 2020. DT CHRIS JONES led team with 7.5 sacks in 2020. Had 3 PD in SB LIV. DE FRANK CLARK led team with 2 sacks in AFC-C vs. Buf. Aims for his 7th in row in postseason with TFL. Has sack in 6 of his past 7 in postseason.
BUCCANEERS advanced to SB for 2nd time in franchise history (won SB XXXVII) & are 1st team to play SB in home stadium. • TAMPA BAY is 4th Wild Card team to advance to SB since 2002, joining 2010 GREEN BAY PACKERS, 2007 NEW YORK GIANTS & 2005 PITTSBURGH STEELERS (each won SB). • BUCCANEERS became 1st team since 2012 (BALTIMORE) & 11th team since 1990 to defeat top-2 seeds in own conference. • BRUCE ARIANS will be 2nd-oldest head coach (68 years, 127 days on Super Bowl Sunday) in Super Bowl history.
QB TOM BRADY is postseason all-time leader in starts (44), completions (1,085), pass yards (12,248) & pass TDs (80). Is Super Bowl all-time leader in titles (6), pass yards (2,838) & pass TDs (18). Ranked tied-2nd in pass TDs (franchise-record 40) & 3rd in pass yards (4,633) in 2020 & became 5th QB in NFL history with 2+ seasons (2) of 40+ TD passes. Passed for 345 yards & 3 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 96.1 rating in Week 12 meeting. • RB LEONARD FOURNETTE has 599 scrimmage yards (99.8 per game) & 7 TDs (6 rush, 1 rec.) in 6 career playoff games. Can join HOFer TERRELL DAVIS (1997) & LARRY FITZGERALD (2008) as only players with TD in 4 straight playoff games in single postseason. RB RONALD JONES set career-highs in scrimmage yards (1,143), rush yards (978) & rush TDs (7) in 2020. • WR MIKE EVANS aims for his 3rd in row in postseason with TD catch. Had 2 rec. TDs in Week 12 meeting. Ranked 4th in NFL in rec. TDs (13) this season. Became 1st player in NFL history with 1,000+ rec. yards in each of his 1st 7 seasons. WR CHRIS GODWIN had 5 catches for 110 yards in NFC-C at GB. Had 8 receptions for 97 yards in Week 12 meeting. TE ROB GRONKOWSKI is all-time postseason leader among TEs in catches (83), rec. yards (1,206) & rec. TDs (12). Has 3 rec. TDs in 4 career Super Bowls. • LB LAVONTE DAVID has 24 FFs since 2012, 4th-most in NFL. LB DEVIN WHITE had franchise single-game playoff-record 15 tackles in NFC-C at GB. Became 1st player since 2000 with 140+ tackles (140) & 9+ sacks (9). LB JASON PIERRE-PAUL had 2 sacks in NFC-C at GB. Has 7 TFL & 6 PD in 7 career postseason games. Had sack in Week 12 meeting. LB SHAQUIL BARRETT had 3 sacks in NFC-C & joined HOFer WARREN SAPP (1/4/98) as only TB players with 3 sacks in single postseason game since 1982. Had sack in Week 12 meeting. CB SEAN MURPHY-BUNTING became 4th player with INT in each of his 1st 3 career postseason games in the Super Bowl era, joining HOFers AENEAS WILLIAMS and ED REED, as well as JASON SEHORN.
NL Cy Young winner Bauer joins World Series champion Dodgers
Trevor Bauer is coming home to pitch for the World Series champion Los Angeles Dodgers.
The reigning NL Cy Young Award winner announced his decision on Friday in a two-minute video posted to his Twitter account. Bauer narrated the piece, which ended with him saying, “This season is about making sure history remembers us as we wish to be remembered. This season is about adding to our legacy. And I can’t wait, Dodger fans.”
The Dodgers made it worth his while: His contract is for $102 million over three years, according to multiple media reports.
The video was titled “MY NEW HOME!!!” and the credits said it was written by Bauer, who wore a Dodgers jersey and cap. He tossed a baseball from one hand to the other.
Bauer, who turned 30 last month, was born in North Hollywood, went to high school in Santa Clarita and played baseball at UCLA.
The right-handed free agent also was negotiating with the New York Mets. Bauer’s agent, Rachel Luba, tweeted, “So excited for your next chapter with the (at)Dodgers, Trevor Bauer.”
For the second straight year, the Dodgers had a mostly quiet offseason before making a blockbuster deal in February. In 2020, they traded for outfielder Mookie Betts and pitcher David Price, who opted out last season because of the pandemic. Price is expected back this year.
Price tweeted his reaction: three flushed face emojis and “WOW!!”
Braves bring back Ozuna on $65 million, 4-year deal
Marcell Ozuna is returning to Atlanta, with or without the designated hitter.
The Braves reclaimed Ozuna’s power bat for the middle of their lineup on Friday night by signing the slugger to a $65 million, four-year contract.
The Braves announced the deal for the 2020 National League home run and RBI leader less than two weeks before pitchers and catchers are set to report for spring training. The deal includes a fifth-year club option for $16 million with a $1 million buyout.
The Braves made the major commitment to Ozuna despite having no assurance there will be a DH in the NL in 2021. He flourished in the role in 2020, helping the Braves win the NL East and come within one win of advancing to the World Series. The Braves lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 7 of the NL Championship Series after leading the series 3-1.
Ozuna’s value to the team, in the clubhouse and as lineup protection for 2020 NL MVP Freddie Freeman, was crucial to the team’s hopes of winning a fourth straight NL East title and making another run for the World Series.
Chiefs coach Britt Reid in car crash injuring 2 young kids
Kansas City Chiefs assistant coach Britt Reid, the son of head coach Andy Reid, was involved in a multi-vehicle crash late Thursday that injured two young children near the team’s training complex adjacent to Arrowhead Stadium.
According to Kansas City, Missouri, police, the crash occurred about 9 p.m. on Interstate 435. A vehicle had run out of gas and called for help on the entrance ramp to the highway, and another vehicle parked nearby to assist them. Reid’s pickup truck struck the left front of the first car before hitting the rear of the second car.
Two children in the second car, ages 5 and 4, were taken to the hospital. Their status was not immediately available.
Local television station KSHB reported that Reid told an officer on the scene he had “two or three drinks,” according to a search warrant filed just before midnight. Reid then complained of stomach pain and also was taken to the hospital.
The team confirmed late Friday that Britt Reid was involved in an accident, and a person familiar with the decision said he would not coach in the Super Bowl Sunday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team had not yet made the decision public.
“The organization has been made aware of a multi-vehicle accident involving outside linebackers coach Britt Reid,” the Chiefs said in a statement following their final practice in Kansas City. “We are in the process of gathering information, and we will have no further comment at this time. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone involved.”
Reid began his coaching career as an intern for his father with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2009. He spent the next two years as a graduate assistant at Temple, his alma mater, before joining his father’s original Chiefs coaching staff in 2013.
After two seasons as a defensive quality control coach, Britt Reid was promoted to assistant defensive line coach. He then spent three seasons as the defensive line coach before shifting to outside linebackers for the past two seasons.
Chiefs, Bucs relatively healthy heading into Super Bowl
The Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers will head into the Super Bowl on Sunday relatively healthy.
The Chiefs ruled out left tackle Eric Fisher because of a torn Achilles tendon and linebacker Willie Gay Jr. due to knee and ankle injuries, but neither of them was expected to play. Tampa Bay did not list anybody as out on the final injury report.
Buccaneers receiver Antonio Brown, who missed the NFC championship game with a knee injury, was a full practice participant again Friday and could play in his second Super Bowl a decade after losing as a rookie with Pittsburgh against Green Bay.
Brown and tight end Cameron Brate are questionable for the Super Bowl. Brate didn’t practice Friday, a day after coach Bruce Arians said he injured his back.
The only Chiefs player to be listed questionable was wide receiver Sammy Watkins, who has not played since sustaining a calf injury in Week 16 against Atlanta. Watkins has practiced in a limited capacity for several weeks, though, and he nearly played in the AFC championship game against Buffalo before deciding in warm-ups to sit it out.
“He did good. I’m encouraged to have him on Sunday,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. “I think he’ll be there.”
Vucevic nets career-best 43 points, Magic beat Bulls 123-119
The Orlando Magic aren’t just rooting for center Nikola Vucevic to make the NBA All-Star Game for the second time in his 10-year NBA career. They’re doing their part by voting for the versatile 7-footer every chance they get.
Vucevic showed his all-star mettle on Friday, scoring a career-best 43 points as the Magic rallied late to beat the Chicago Bulls 123-119 to stop a four-game losing streak.
Vucevic scored 13 of Orlando’s first 15 points against overmatched Chicago center Daniel Gafford and had a tie-breaking clutch hook shot with 1:49 to play after the Bulls had rallied from 14 points down to knot the score at 112. Vucevic, who became an all-star for the first time two seasons ago, made 17 of 29 shots, hit 4 3-pointers and grabbed 19 rebounds on Friday
“I’ve gone and voted for him every single day, twice – as many times as I could vote and I’m trying to do my part,” Magic rookie point guard Cole Anthony said of Vucevic’s candidacy. “We definitely want to see him be an all-star because I 100 percent think he deserves it.”
Vucevic set his career high with two free throws with 2.6 seconds left in the game. He topped his previous high of 41 points, which he scored in 2017 against Brooklyn. He said the win mattered more to him than the individual accomplishment.
“It felt great to have a career high in a win because the last one was a loss,” Vucevic said. “It’s much better when you win because you can enjoy these things more when you win. I’m most happy about the win because I thought we had great effort from the beginning.”
Trailing by as many as 14 points early in the fourth period, Chicago used a furious rally behind standout guard Zach LaVine and forged ties at 112- and 114-all. Orlando’s Evan Fournier hit a baseline jumper and two free throws in the final 81 seconds to give the Magic enough breathing room for the win.
Jazz hit 26 3s, continue roll with 138-121 win over Hornets
The Charlotte Hornets tried switching on defense to slow down the NBA’s top team.
It didn’t work.
Bojan Bogdanovic had 31 points on seven 3-pointers and the Jazz set a franchise record with 26 3’s as they beat the Charlotte Hornets 138-121 on Friday night for their 14th victory in 15 games.
Donovan Mitchell scored 30 points and Rudy Gobert added 12 points and 15 rebounds for the Jazz, who shot 52% from 3-point range and led by 26 in the second half.
“They were playing small, so they were trying to switch and they were giving us open 3s in the corner,” Bogdanovic said. “Our point guards are doing a great job of finding all of us on the perimeter. But everything starts from our defense. If we guard we are able to run and shoot those transition 3s.”
Said Jazz coach Quin Snyder: “We knew coming into the game that we’d see different defenses on and off the ball, whether it be switching 1 through 5, blitzing, zone, and I think the biggest thing was we needed to be in attack mode and understand that we can still move the ball, we can still be unselfish.”
The Jazz were certainly that, finishing with 32 assists.
Rookie LaMelo Ball was terrific in the loss with a career-high 34 points and eight assists for the Hornets, who lost to both conference leaders this week following a three-game winning streak.
Mitchell called Ball “the real deal.”
“I’m not going to lie, I’m very impressed,” Mitchell said. “Not just his play-making ability and his competitiveness but his joy. I don’t think I have ever not seen him smile throughout the game.”
Added Bogdanovic: “He is great. He really hurt us with his pick-and-roll game. He has a bright future in the league.”
Hornets coach James Borrego was most pleased that Ball didn’t have any turnovers.
Beal starts 0 for 13, Heat roll past Wizards 122-95
Washington’s Bradley Beal thought he had an open path to a layup in the opening minutes, unaware that Miami’s Bam Adebayo was going to swat his shot out of bounds with ease.
Beal’s night didn’t get any better.
And the Heat looked like themselves again.
Beal – the NBA’s scoring leader, averaging 34.8 points entering Friday – missed his first 13 shot attempts, reserve Kendrick Nunn had 25 points and Miami rolled to a 122-95 win over the Wizards.
“Every human being is due for a bad day,” Beal said.
Adebayo scored 21 for Miami, which got 17 points from Kelly Olynyk, 17 more from Tyler Herro and a 14-point, nine-assist, eight-rebound night from Jimmy Butler.
“We were competing on both ends. … It’s great to see us try to get back to that form we had last year,” Adebayo said. “Good to get a win.”
Beal scored only seven points on 1-for-14 shooting for Washington, the first time this season he has been held below 25. Alex Len scored 18, Russell Westbrook scored 13 and Rui Hachimura added 12 for the Wizards, who won in Miami on Wednesday by holding the Heat to 35 second-half points – then gave up 40 in the first quarter on Friday.
Miami (8-14) led by as many as 37, the biggest Heat lead of the season – and biggest Washington deficit of the season.
“We didn’t come out with the right frame of mind to compete against a team that’s fighting for their lives as well,” Wizards coach Scott Brooks said.
Plenty changed for the Heat. They had a morning shootaround, a break from the norm. They changed the starting lineup, inserting Goran Dragic for Herro. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra even challenged a foul call, something he hardly ever does, and was successful.
“We’re seeing improvement,” Spoelstra said. “We just need time. Our core guys have not been on the court together a lot this season, and you’re trying to build habits and play the right way.”
And Beal simply couldn’t buy a basket.
MLS and players reach agreement on new CBA
Major League Soccer and its players struck and agreement Friday night on a reworked collective bargaining agreement that will run through the 2027 season.
The league had invoked a force majeure clause in December to reopen negotiations over the current CBA, citing ongoing uncertainty because of the COVID-19 crisis.
Major League Soccer has said it lost nearly $1 billion last season, due in part to the pandemic as it played in mostly empty stadiums and with increased costs for testing and charter flights. The league said it expects similar losses this year.
The Major League Players Association and the league had two difficult negotiations last year – one in February before the start of the season and a second in June when players took a pay cut in order to resume the 2020 season.
The agreement reached Friday night gives the players their full salaries this season and extends the current CBA for two seasons. The union had proposed a one-year extension through 2026. Additional details about the deal were not immediately disclosed.
The agreement was subject to the approval of the MLS Board of Governors and the MLSPA members. The union said the agreement would be sent to the full player poll for a ratification vote this weekend.
The league originally set a deadline for last week, but it was extended through Thursday as the sides made progress. The deadline was extended again by 24 hours through Friday to cement an agreement.
Major League Soccer had warned it’s teams to prepare for a lockout if a deal wasn’t struck.