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Josh Reaves available to play tonight for Penn State

 

Josh Reaves

Penn State guard Josh Reaves is available to play in the Nittany Lions’ game at Ohio State tonight. He has addressed an academic matter and is able to compete for the remainder of the season.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY

Rose Pietrzak Carter

Penn State Strategic Communications

COURTESY PENN STATE ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS

Only meeting of season between Buckeyes and Nittany Lions happens tonight at 8 pm

 

No. 13 Ohio State Buckeyes (18-4, 9-0) vs. Penn State Nittany Lions (13-8, 3-5)

 

Date: Jan. 25, 2018
Site: Value City Arena (18,809)
Game Time: 8:07 p.m. ET
Television: BTN

 

OHIO STATE GAME NOTES

 

• Keita Bates-Diop was one of 14 players nationally selected to the U.S. Basketball Writers Association Oscar Robertson Trophy Midseason Watch List Jan. 22. The award is given to the USBWA’s college basketball player of the year.
• Chris Holtmann is the first Big Ten coach to record a 9-0 record in conference play during his first season since Sam Barry went 11-0 to start the 1923 campaign at Iowa 95 years ago. Holtmann is the third coach in conference history to start his career in league play at 9-0 or better.
Coaches to Start Career 5-0 in Big Ten
Walter Meanwell, Wisconsin, 12-0 in 1912
Sam Barry, Iowa, 11-0 in 1923
Chris Holtmann, Ohio State, 9-0 in 2018
Tom Davis, Iowa, 6-0 in 1987
Bucky O’Connor, Iowa, 5-0 in 1952
O.B. “Ozzie” Cowles, Minnesota, 5-0 in 1949
• Both Jae’Sean Tate and Keita Bates-Diop, along with fifth-year transfer Andrew Dakich, are college graduates. Tate (sport industry) and Bates-Diop (economics) earned Ohio State degrees after three and a half years when they went through graduation ceremonies Dec. 17 in Columbus. Dakich (history) is a graduate of Michigan playing his final year of eligibility at Ohio State as a graduate transfer. Both Dakich and Tate are working on graduate degrees in coaching. Bates-Diop is now working on a minor in psychology. As a team, the Buckeyes posted a team GPA of 3.1 last semester with 10 student-athletes earning a 3.0 and five earning a 3.5 GPA.
• By the Numbers: Keita Bates-Diop reached 1,000 points for his career with a 17-point effort vs. Minnesota Jan. 20 at Madison Square Garden (1,033)…he is the 55th player in Ohio State history to reach 1,000 points for his career…he reached 500 (518) career rebounds with eight at Northwestern Jan. 17…after scoring 17 points to reach 1,000 for his career against Minnesota, Bates-Diop is the 28th player in Ohio State history to record 1,000 points and 500 rebounds…Bates-Diop needs two made 3s to reach 100 makes for his career (98-277)…Bates-Diop is 50th on the all-time Ohio State scoring list after a 20-point effort against Nebraska.
48. Jamie Skelton 1,055
Ken Johnson 1,055
50. Keita Bates-Diop 1,033
51. Bill Andreas 1,023
C.J. Jackson reached 400 points for his career with 14 vs. No. 1 Michigan State Jan. 7 (467)…Jackson played his 50th career game for the Buckeyes vs. the Terrapins Jan 11…Jackson has made at least one 3-pointer in each of his last 18 games…Jackson has 17 games this season with 10 or more points, including 16 in the last 19 games…he has 38 assists and 13 turnovers in the last eight games. Jae’Sean Tate scored 18 points at Iowa to reach 1,300 career points…he added 17 points vs. Nebraska the last time out (1,371)…he’s averaging 12.6 points a game this season and 11.7 ppg. for his career…Tate ranks No. 26 all-time in career scoring (1,371). Brian Brown is 25th with 1,384 career points.
25. Brian Brown 1,384
26. Jae’Sean Tate 1,371
27. Brent Darby 1,368
Ohio State played in its 300th game this decade (2010-18) vs. The Citadel and is 228-81 after the win vs. Nebraska. The Buckeyes have put together the winningest decade in Ohio State history.
• Tate is one of just seven players in the NCAA this season to make every field goal attempt in a game in which they took double-digit shots after connecting on all 10 field goal attempts vs. Northeastern…Tate is second nationally in field goal percentage (.552) among players 6-4 or shorter…Bates-Diop is tied for fifth nationally among players 6-7 or shorter with 39 blocked shots…among players with at least 35 blocks, Bates-Diop has the second-highest PAR (points+assists+rebounds) nationally at 29.8.

 

PENN STATE GAME NOTES

 

PENN STATE NITTANY LIONS
RECORD: 13-8, 3-5 Big Ten
Coach:Patrick Chambers (Seventh year at Penn State)
2017-18 Leading Scorer:
#10 Tony Carr, So., G – 18.9 ppg
2017-18 Leading Rebounder:
#24 Mike Watkins, RSo. F – 9.9 rpg
2017-18 Assists Leader:
#10 Tony Carr, So., G – 4.8 apg

OHIO STATE BUCKEYES
RECORD: 18-4, 9-0 Big Ten
Coach: Chris Holtmann (First year at Ohio State)
2017-18 Leading Scorer
#33 Keita Bates-Diop, RJr., F – 19.7 ppg
2017-18 Leading Rebounder:
#33 Keita Bates-Diop, RJr., F – 8.9 rpg
2017-18 Assists Leader:
#3 C.J. Jackson, Jr., G – 4.4 apg

NITTANY LION LAST GAME STARTERS
# / Name / Pos. / ELG. / Pts / REB / STAT / NOTES
11 / Lamar Stevens / F / So. / 15.6 / 6.5 / 2nd ppg/rpg | PS Scoring leader in January gms at 19.3 ppg
24 / Mike Watkins / F / R-So. / 13.3 / 9.9 / 5-consec dbl-dbls | January avgs: 15.5 pts/13.3 reb, 80 FG% (36-45)
5 / Jamari Wheeler / G / Fr. / 3.1 / 2.5 / 39 steals | “Instant defense;” B1G steals leader
10 / Tony Carr / G / So. / 18.9 / 4.4 / ppg 2nd in B1G | Increased scoring +7.5 ppg from 2016-17 (21 gms)
33 / Shep Garner / G / Sr. / 10.4 / 2.0 / 270 career 3s | No. 11 PS all-time pts list w/1,402 w/22 at NU

OPENING TIP

Redshirt sophomore forward Mike Watkins is 36-47 from the field in the month of January for an 80% field goal perentage. Those figures have moved him to the top spot for the season in the Big Ten (70.8) and on Penn State’s single season chart.

Watkins’ 70.8 field goal percentage ranks second nationally.

QUICK HITS
• The contest at Columbus will be the Nittany Lions’ first Thursday game of the season.

• Penn State’s current 76.9 points per game average is the highest at this point in the season and a 14.0-point difference from Chambers’ first season in 2011-12.

• The current rebound margin of +3.8 ranks as Penn State’s highest since the 1995-96 season when the Nittany Lions were +6.1.

• Guard Jamari Wheeler leads the Big Ten with 40 steals and has nation’s fifth-highest total among freshmen in the national rankings.

• Shep Garner recorded his Big Ten career best with six 3-pointers at Northwestern and continues to move up on both Penn State’s and the NCAA’s career list for 3-pointers made. To date, the senior guard has 276 total for fourth on the Nittany Lion all-time list and seventh on the NCAA active career list.

SERIES RECORD VS. OHIO STATE
Ohio State has won the last five meetings overall, including a 71-70 decision at the Bryce Jordan Center on February 28, 2017, and the last two games at Value City Arena.

The two programs have played only once in each of the last two seasons.

In 2013-14, Penn State snapped an 18-game losing streak to the Buckeyes and swept the season series for the first time since 1998. The Nittany Lions’ won at home 65-63 (2/27/14) and in overtime in Columbus 71-70 (1/29/14).

Overall series: Ohio State leads 37-15
at Columbus: Ohio State leads 19-5
Big Ten games: Ohio State leads 34-13

 

INFORMATION ON PENN STATE BASKETBALL FROM WIKIPEDIA COMMONS

 

 

Coaching history[edit]

Coach Years Seasons Record Pct. Cnf. Record Pct. Cnf. Titles Nat. Titles
No coach 1897–1915, 1917–1918 20 131–65–1 .668 0
Burke M. “Dutch” Hermann 1916–1918, 1919–32 15 148–73 .716 0
Hugo Bezdek 1919 1 11–2 .846 0
Earl “The Spike” Leslie 1933–36 4 29–28 .509 0–10 .000 0 0
John Lawther 1937–49 13 150–93 .617 17–13 .567 0 0
Elmer Gross 1949–54 5 80–40 .667 0
John Egli 1954–68 14 187–135 .581 0
Johnny Bach 1968–78 10 122–121 .502 9–11 .450 0 0
Dick Harter 1978–83 5 79–61 .564 13–11 .564 0 0
Bruce Parkhill 1983–95 12 181–169 .517 82–116 .414 1 0
Jerry Dunn 1995–2003 8 117–121 .492 45–87 .341 0 0
Ed DeChellis 2003–2011 8 114–138 .452 41–95 .301 0 0
Pat Chambers 2011–present 6 100-116 .463 32–83 .278 0 0
Totals 1897–present 116 1412–1322–1 .516 222–399 .357 1 0


NBA draft[edit]

Year Name Team
1947 John Rusinko Baltimore Bullets
1953 Herman Sledzik Baltimore Bullets
1955 Jesse Arnelle Fort Wayne Pistons
1965 Bob Weiss Philadelphia 76ers
1966 Carver Clinton Philadelphia 76ers
1974 Ron Brown Boston Celtics
1981 Frank Brickowski New York Knicks
1983 Mike Lang New York Knicks
1984 Dick Mumma Los Angeles Clippers
1999 Calvin Booth Washington Wizards

 

 
NCAA Tournament Final Four
1954
NCAA Tournament Elite Eight
1942, 1954
NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen
1952, 1954, 1955, 2001
NCAA Tournament appearances
1942, 1952, 1954, 1955, 1965, 1991, 1996, 2001, 2011
Conference tournament champions
Atlantic 10: 1991
Conference division season champions
Eastern Collegiate League West: 1977

 

 

GAME PREVIEWS WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF OHIO STATE AND PENN STATE ATHLETICS COMMUNICATIONS; PENN STATE PROGRAM HISTORY INFORMATION WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF WIKIPEDIA COMMONS

Indians great Jim Thome elected to 2018 Baseball Hall of Fame class

 

Jim Thome (courtesy Indians)

CLEVELAND, OH — The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum tonight announced the 2018 results of the annual Baseball Writers’ Association of America Hall of Fame election. Retired Indians slugger JIM THOME appeared on 89.8% of the ballots cast in his first year of ballot eligibility to earn induction into the Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 2018 in July.

Thome, 47, batted .276 (2328-8422) with 451 doubles, 612 home runs and 1699 RBI over an illustrious 22-year career from 1991-2012, spending 13 seasons with the Indians from 1991-2002 and again in 2011. The five-time All-Star was selected by the Indians in the 13th round of the 1989 Amateur Draft (333rd overall) and debuted with the Indians in September of 1991.

Thome went on to capture the hearts of Indians fans as a member of six American League Central Division champion clubs, appearing in 55 Postseason games from 1995-2001. He finished his career as the franchise’s all-time leader in career home runs (337) and walks (1008) and ranks second in club history in career RBI (937) and third in on-base pct. (.414) and OPS (.980). He also owns two of the top three single-season home run marks in the 117-year history of the club (club-record 52 in 2002; 49 in 2001) and also owns the top five single-season base on ball totals in Indians history.

The Peoria, Illinois native retired following the 2012 season and currently ranks eighth in the history of Major League Baseball in career home runs (612) and seventh in walks (1747). His 47 home runs with the Philadelphia Phillies in 2003 led the National League as he ranked in the top five in home runs in his respective league over eight different seasons. His 13 “walk-off” home runs are the most in MLB history and he ranks tied for seventh in MLB history with 17 career Postseason home runs. His 13.76 home runs per at bat ranks fourth in MLB history behind Mark McGwire, Babe Ruth and Barry Bonds (%).

He is the 33rd Hall of Famer to play at least one career game with Indians and only the second player
drafted and signed by the club to earn induction (Dennis Eckersley, 1972 draft).

Read more: Cleveland Indians
PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY INDIANS MEDIA RELATIONS; COURTESY MLBpressbox.com

 

Indians invite Murphy and Wilk to Spring Training Camp

The Cleveland Indians today announced the club has signed free agent C JACK MURPHY and LHP ADAM WILK to Minor League contracts with non-roster invitations to Major League spring training camp, bringing the total number of non-roster invitees to 19.

Murphy, 29, has spent his entire Minor League playing career in the Toronto and Los Angeles Dodgers organizations, beginning his career in 2009 out of Princeton with the Blue Jays. The switch-hitting catcher has spent the last two campaigns in the Dodgers system between Double-A Tulsa and Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Wilk, 30, split the 2017 season between the Triple-A and Major League levels in the New York-NL and Minnesota organizations, making a combined 4 appearances with the Mets and Twins. He began his career in the Detroit Tigers organization (11th round, 2009 Amateur Draft), spending four years in the Tigers system, including his Major League debut in 2011. He owns a career Minor League ERA of 3.68 in 162 games/155 starts (375ER/916.2IP) and has appeared in 13 Major League games with the Tigers, Angels, Mets and Twins.

Read more: Cleveland Indians
PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY INDIANS MEDIA RELATIONS; COURTESY MLBpressbox.com

 

NHL Morning Skate for Tuesday, January 23, 2018: Avalanche extend win streak to 10 games; Mrazek joins rare company with second straight road shutout; Vasilevskiy records League-leading seventh shutout

 

MONDAY’S RESULTS
Home Team in Caps

Colorado 4, TORONTO 2
Detroit 3, NEW JERSEY 0
MINNESOTA 3, Ottawa 1
Tampa Bay 2, CHICAGO 0
Buffalo 2, CALGARY 1 (OT)
ARIZONA 3, NY Islanders 2 (OT)

AVALANCHE EXTEND WIN STREAK TO 10 GAMES
Jonathan Bernier made 29 saves against his former club and Blake Comeau scored the go-ahead goal with 7:43 remaining in regulation as theAvalanche won their 10th straight game, extending the longest win streak in the NHL this season. Colorado, who began their run on Dec. 29 with a 4-3 overtime victory against the Maple Leafs, sit two victories shy of matching the longest win streak in franchise history.

 

* The Avalanche (27-16-3, 57 points) occupy the final Wild Card spot in the Western Conference standings but also sit just two points back of the Blues (28-18-3, 59 points) for third place in the Central Division – where only six points separate the top six clubs.

* Bernier extended his career-high win streak to nine games (1.53 GAA, .955 SV%, 1 SO), matching the longest such run by a goaltender in 2017-18 (Andrei Vasilevskiy: 9-0-0 from Oct. 9-30 w/ TBL). Bernier became just the third goaltender in Avalanche/Nordiques franchise history to record at least nine consecutive wins. The others: Patrick Roy in 1998-99 (11-0-0) and Stephane Fiset in 1995-96 (9-0-0).

* The Avalanche look to extend their win streak to 11 games when they visit the Canadiens (19-22-6, 44 points) at Bell Centre tonight. In 2016-17, four clubs posted double-digit win streaks including two who extended past 10 games; the Wild were 12-0-0 before having their streak end against the Blue Jackets, whose victory over Minnesota was part of a 16-0-0 run (the second-longest win streak in NHL history).

MRAZEK JOINS RARE COMPANY WITH SECOND STRAIGHT SHUTOUT
Petr Mrazek turned aside all 37 shots he faced to record his second straight shutout (also Jan. 14 at CHI) and backstop the Red Wings past the Devils at Prudential Center.

* Mrazek recorded consecutive shutouts for the first time in his NHL career and became the first Red Wings goaltender to do so since Dominik Hasek in 2007-08. Mrazek also became just the fifth goaltender in franchise history to record consecutive shutouts with each game taking place on the road.

VASILEVSKIY RECORDS LEAGUE-LEADING SEVENTH SHUTOUT
Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped all 40 shots he faced to record his League-leading seventh shutout of the season and help the Lightning (32-12-3, 67 points) reclaim first place in the NHL standings.

* Vasilevskiy (40 GP) matched the franchise record for most shutouts in a season, a mark set by Nikolai Khabibulin in 2001-02 (70 GP). In 2016-17, Washington’s Braden Holtby (9) and Boston’s Tuukka Rask (8) were the only goaltenders with more than seven shutouts.

* Vasilevskiy improved to 28-9-2 this season to increase his League lead in wins. He registered the sixth 40+ save shutout in franchise history and second of his career.

BARZAL REACHES 50-POINT MARK
Islanders forward Mathew Barzal collected an assist to become the 14th player – and first rookie – to reach the 50-point mark this season (16-34—50 in 49 GP). Only two rookies in franchise history have recorded 50 points in a season in fewer games than Barzal: Bryan Trottier in 1975-76 (16-34—50 in 40 GP) and Mike Bossy in 1977-78 (29-21—50 in 40 GP).

AROUND THE LEAGUE ROUND UP
Jason Zucker (GWG) scored for the fourth consecutive contest (4-0—4) to help the Wild extend their overall and home point streaks to six (4-0-2) and nine (7-0-2) games, respectively. Their longest home point streak in franchise history is 10 games, a mark set from Feb. 19 – March 10, 2009 (6-0-4) and matched from Jan. 2 – March 10, 2014 (9-0-1).

Jack Eichel scored at 1:30 of overtime to extend his point streak to six games (4-6—10) and power the Sabres past the Flames. Eichel, who leads the Sabres in goals, assists and points in 2017-18 (19-26—45 in 47 GP), is one tally shy of reaching the 20-goal mark for the third time in as many NHL seasons.

Nick Cousins (2-1—3) registered a career-high three points – including the overtime winner – to help the Coyotes pick up their second straight win, extend their point streak to five games (2-0-3) and improve to 3-1-4 in 2018.

DAHLIN, SVECHNIKOV TOP MID-SEASON DRAFT RANKINGS
Rasmus Dahlin, a defenseman with Frolunda in the Swedish Hockey League, and Andrei Svechnikov, a forward for the Ontario Hockey League’s Barrie Colts, rank No. 1 among International and North American Skaters, respectively, as the NHL Central Scouting Bureau released its mid-season rankings on Monday. The full rankings include the top 217 skaters and 31 goaltenders in North America as well as the top 125 skaters and 15 goaltenders internationally.

QUICK CLICKS

· Nathan MacKinnonConnor HellebuyckBrad Marchand named 3 Stars of Week

· P.K. Subban to visit The Daily Show with Trevor Noah on Jan. 24

· Rickard Rakell staying modest after becoming All-Star with Ducks (via Lisa Dillman)

· NHL Mascot Showdown to commence during All-Star Weekend

· NHL unveils details of All-Star skills competition

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NHL PUBLIC RELATIONS; COURTESY NHLmedia.com

 

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