Quick Hits: Week of March 2-March 9

Ben Davis:


-The boys basketball team’s season came to an end on Friday against the No. 1 ranked Southport Cardinals. After the Giants defeated Northwest on Tuesday 73-29, they just couldn’t carry that momentum into the semifinal of Sectional 11, losing 45-27. The boys finish 18-8 on the year.




-The Butler Bulldogs men’s basketball team recovered from a 60-54 loss to Georgetown on Tuesday with a 68-64 win over Providence on Saturday. The Bulldogs went 20-20 from the free throw line in the win, setting a school record for most free throws while remaining perfect from the line. The win locked up a No. 3 seed in the upcoming Big East tournament. Butler will play Xavier on Thursday in the quarterfinals.


-The IU Hoosiers continued their downward slide this week, losing to Iowa (77-63) and Michigan State (74-72). They’ve now lost three straight and four of their last five. Indiana will have a chance to get back into serious tournament conversation, however, with a good showing in the upcoming Big Ten tournament. The Hoosiers have the No. 7 seed, and will be playing Northwestern on Thursday.


-The Purdue Boilermakers couldn’t start off the last week of the regular season so hot, losing 72-66 to Michigan State. However, with a comeback 63-58 win over Illinois on Saturday and help from Wisconsin with their win over Ohio State, the Boilers locked up a No. 4 seed in the Big Ten tournament, and a double bye. Purdue will have a little bit of waiting to do before it knows who its opponent will be, but their first game will be on Friday.


-The Notre Dame Fighting Irish finished off their regular season with a 71-59 win over Louisville on Wednesday and a 81-67 win over Clemson on Saturday. Notre Dame locked up a double bye in the ACC tournament, and will await their opponent for their first game on Thursday.


-The Indiana Pacers continued their post-All-Star Break success this week, beating the Knicks 105-82 on Wednesday, beating the Bulls 98-84 on Friday and beating the Knicks again on Saturday, 92-86. The Pacers have won five straight for the first time in the season and still have the NBA’s best record since February 1. They’re currently in the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference.

-The Indianapolis Colts made a controversial and tough decision this past week. They will not re-sign veteran, fan-favorite and sure to be Hall-of-Fame wide receiver Reggie Wayne. The free agency period has not yet begun, but the Colts did sign previously-released Eagles veteran offensive lineman Todd Herremans on Sunday. The team also dealt out contract extensions to cornerback Darius Butler and long snapper Matt Overton.




-Many moves that shook up the NFL took place this week, including LeSean McCoy being traded to the Bills, Marshawn Lynch re-signing with the Seahawks, Ndamukong Suh agreeing to terms with the Dolphins, Jeremy Maclin agreeing to terms with the Chiefs and Frank Gore agreeing to terms with the Eagles.


-Former Titans and Jets running back Chris Johnson was shot in Orlando early Sunday morning as part of a drive-by that left one man dead. Johnson was shot in the shoulder, and was in stable condition at the hospital.


-Syracuse was struck with harsh penalties from their self-reported violations of the NCAA rules this week. The team will be on probation for five years and 108 wins will be vacated. Head coach Jim Boeheim will be suspended for nine games next season, the Orange are barred from postseason play this year and the team will lose 12 scholarships over the next few years.