When you get this late into the season, every game is a big game. Even more so when you welcome a team onto your home court that is tied with you in the standings, both jockeying for postseason seeding. This was the case when the Crimson Wave men's basketball team brought in defending National Player of the Week Nic Reed and his Olivet Nazarene University Tigers to the Rittenmeyer Center on Wednesday night. It was a closely played matchup throughout, but the defense of CCSJ once again proved superior in a 73-63 victory.
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The Big Ten is one of two conferences with at least four teams ranked in both the Associated Press’ and USA Today Coaches’ poll Top 25 rankings. The conference is also tied for the lead with four teams ranked inside the Top 20 of the latest KenPom rankings (Purdue – 2, Michigan State – 6, Ohio State – 16, Michigan – 17).
Sophomore Franklin Nunn (Anderson, Ind./Liberty Christian) had a team-high 23 points, but the Purdue Northwest men’s basketball team could not maintain its big first-half lead and fell 78-66 to Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) foe Ashland University (Ohio) Saturday afternoon at Kates Gymnasium in Ashland, Ohio. The Pride held a 33-19 advantage with just over two minutes remaining in the first half, but the host Eagles used a strong second half to rally back and build their own double-digit lead for the GLIAC win.
There was no better team to defeat to get back on track than the first place (RV) Governors State University. The Wave welcomed the Jaguars to town having dropped two straight, and in danger of sliding down the conference standings. The battle with GSU was just that, a battle. In an incredibly exciting game, the outcome came down to the final possession. A missed Wave shot, along with a blown double digit lead, allowed Governors State to walk away with a 69-67 victory on Saturday afternoon.
It was a different kind of energy Friday night in the Bill Logan Gymnasium. That night was the homecoming game and a fight for the Greater South Shore Conference traveling trophy, all signs for a huge game. Although the Ingots did not walk away with the trophy, falling to Bishop Noll, a momentous milestone was reached by River Forest’s own Jordan Higgins, as he scored his one thousandth point in the second quarter against the Warriors, the packed house cheering him on.
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Players of the Highland High School Girls Basketball team and members of the crowd at the Coaches vs Cancer game held up signs with names of individuals that they wished to honor - whether in pride of those who survived cancer, in encouragement to those still battling, or in remembrance of those who lost their battles.
Welcoming a Roosevelt team that is receiving votes in the national NAIA DII polls, the Calumet College of St. Joseph women's basketball team knew they were in for a tough challenge. Even then the team was not prepared for the inside presence that the Lakers would use throughout the game. RU scored 32 points in the paint, and 23 Lady Wave turnovers spelled defeat 69-39 Saturday afternoon at the Rittenmeyer Center.
Purdue Northwest softball coach Niki Stansell has announced the recent signings of five players for the 2018-19 season. All five incoming players will enter PNW as freshmen next fall. Three members of the incoming class hail from the state of Indiana with one coming from Michigan and another from Illinois.
The Big Ten is the only conference in the country that has two teams ranked inside the Top 5 of the BPI, KenPom, Massey and Sagarin rankings. Michigan State (No. 3, 2, 3 and 3) has also been ranked inside the top five of all of the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches' Poll Top 25 rankings to date, while Purdue (No. 2, 5, 4 and 2) has been inside the Top 25 of the polls in all but one week's rankings.