Sycamores Travel East for Myrtle Beach Invitational Beginning Thursday


MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – Indiana State will play three games over the course of four days beginning Thursday at the Myrtle Beach Invitational. The Sycamores will open the bracket with a game against Old Dominion before moving on to face either Oklahoma or East Carolina Friday at a time to be determined.
 
Tip is set with the Monarchs for 9 p.m. ET Thursday from HTC Center in Conway, S.C. The game will air on ESPNU as well as on the radio on 105.5 The Legend in the Wabash Valley and on GoSycamores.com/Listen worldwide free-of-charge.
 
MASK POLICY
Coastal Carolina University is announcing a new practice effective August 18, 2021: All individuals, regardless of vaccination status, will be required to wear face coverings indoors.
Fans may remove masks while eating or drinking but should mask at all other times while in the HTC Center.
Athletes and coaches may remove masks while they are in the bench area.
 
CLEAR BAG POLICY
In order to expedite entry and provide a safe and secure environment for fans, Coastal Carolina University has implemented a Clear Bag Policy for all events on campus. Along with numerous institutions around the country, the state of South Carolina and professional sports around the world, this policy limits the size and style of bags carried into the HTC Center. Click here for more information.
 
NEESE A PROBLEM FOR OPPOSING DEFENSES
» After posting career highs across the board a year ago, junior Cooper Neese has picked up where he left off. Neese leads the team with 17.7 points and 6.7 rebounds per game while also recording 2.3 assists and 1.7 steals per contest. Neese has been lights out from the charity stripe (10-11) with a 90.9 make percent while shooting 35 percent (7-20) from distance. The Cloverdale, Indiana native has scored at least 15 points in all three contests while snagging at least six rebounds.
 
STEPHENS BACK STRONG AS EVER
» Coming off a season-ending ACL tear in 2020-21, Kailex Stephens has come out strong as ever. The 6-foot-7 forward dominated the first game of the season at Green Bay and was a major contributor to ISU’s 12-point rally to win the road game. Stephens posted his first career double-double in a Sycamore uniform against the Phoenix after scoring 16 points and recording 13 rebounds. Through three games, Stephens is averaging 9.3 points and 6.7 rebounds and has turned the ball over just three times.

HENRY DOMINANT EARLY

» Cameron Henry has been as advertised for the Sycamores as the Lincoln Memorial transfer sits second on the team with a 14.3 points per game average through three contests. Henry has scored in double-digits all three games with a season-high 18 points coming in a win over Hanover where the guard shot 4-for-9 (44.4 percent) from behind the arc. The Chesterfield, Virginia native has pulled down 14 rebounds in three games and recorded his first double-double of the season Sunday with an 18 point, 10 rebound game against the Panthers. Along with his scoring and rebounding, Henry has been consistent in the passing game, averaging three assists per contest.

ALL HANDS ON DECK

» After starting the season with just eight players available at Green Bay due to injuries, ISU has now utilized 12 players through the first week of play. During a blowout win against Hanover Sunday, all 12 players that dressed saw the floor and played at least five minutes. Every player that saw action scored a point for the Sycamores in the 90-49 victory.

 

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Wildcats Travel to John Jacobs Invitational Saturday


MANHATTAN, Kan. – The Kansas State men’s and women’s track and field teams continue their outdoor season this weekend with a visit to another Big 12 campus, as the Wildcats compete in a one-day meet at Oklahoma’s John Jacobs Invitational this Saturday (April 24) at the John Jacobs Track Complex in Norman, Oklahoma.
 
The meet was shifted from an original two-day event to one day due to inclement weather in the Norman area on Friday. The competition begins on Saturday at 10:30 a.m., CT with the men’s and women’s javelin throw, while the running events will start at 1 p.m., CT with the 4×100-meter relays and run until 4:55 p.m., CT.
 
K-State will be joined at the meet by the host Sooners as well as Big 12 rival Oklahoma State, along with a variety of athletes from some other local schools. All six of the men’s and women’s teams in the meet rank among the Top 60 nationally led by the No. 23 Oklahoma men and No. 27 K-State women. In the latest Midwest Regional rankings, all three men’s teams are in the Top 10 led by the No. 2 Sooners and No. 3 Wildcats, while on the women’s side, the schools rank 1-2-3 led by the top-ranked Wildcats.
 
“Saturday is going to be a smaller meet in terms of numbers. It’s going to be Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and us,” said Director of Track and Field and Cross Country Cliff Rovelto. “Weather looks like it should be fine, 70 degrees and no rain in the forecast. We have around 50 athletes traveling. Some of our folks who have been competing every week will be off, so they can get more training in. I anticipate some quality marks by those going as training has progressed well and conditions should be better for us.”
 
K-State did drop in the latest USTFCCCA National Rating Index (TFRI) that was released on Monday (April 19) with the women’s team checking in at No. 27 (89.01) and the men’s squad coming in at No. 57 (34.62). The Wildcats remain one of the top teams in the Midwest in the latest USTFCCCA Regional Rating Index (TFRI), as the women’s team ranks first (703.89) and the men’s team places third (447.87).
 
The Wildcats will have nearly 50 athletes competing in various events on Saturday, including nationally-ranked performers, sophomore Vitoria Alves (100 meter hurdles/20th), junior Taylor Latimer (shot put/15th), senior Cameron Lewis (discus/31st), senior Ashley Petr (discus/20th), senior Tejaswin Shankar (high jump/16th), senior Logan Wolfley (javelin/16th) and women’s 4×400 meter relay (21st).
 
Seventeen of the 48 athletes will compete in at least two events or relays, while freshman decathlete Urte Bacianskaite is set to compete in four events, including the women’s 200 meters, long jump, shot put and javelin.
 
Tuning into the John Jacobs Invitational
Fans wanting to follow along with the John Jacobs Invitational can watch the live stream on SoonerSports.TV (https://soonersports.com/watch/?Live=498&type=Archive). This is premium event on the service, so there will be a cost associated to watch. There are monthly subscriptions ($9.99) available at SoonerSports.TV. For more information, please visit the FAQ section on SoonerSports.TV.
 
The live results link will be provided by Delta Timing (https://tf.deltatiming.com/oklahoma/2021-john-jacobs-invitational), while results will also be available at Oklahoma Athletics (www.SoonerSports.com).
 
Due to COVID-19, the general public will not be allowed at the John Jacobs Track Complex.
 
For more information on the outdoor meet, including a full schedule of events, records and more can be found on kstatesports.com by clicking here.
 
USTFCCCA Top-10 Marks of the Week (April 13-19)
Despite inclement weather at the Michael Johnson Invitational last weekend in Waco, Texas, K-State still saw a number of athletes earn USTFCCCA Top-10 Marks of the Week for the dates of April 13-19. Senior Tejaswin Shankar posted the fifth-best mark in the men’s triple jump with a mark of 15.88m/52-01.25, sophomore Chantoba Bright (13.15m/43-3.25) and senior Helene Ingvaldsen (65.31m/215-7) each registered the seventh-best marks in the women’s triple jump and hammer throws, while senior Jullane Walker recorded the ninth-best leap in the men’s long jump at 7.56m/24-9.75.
 
Wildcats Rank Among the Best Nationally
K-State currently has 24 athletes among the Top 50 in their respective events this outdoor season, while the Wildcats place among the Top 50 in both the men’s 4×400-meter relay (3:08.79/47th) and women’s 4×400-meter relay (3:34.52/21st).
 
Seniors Lauren Taubert (5,831/4th) and Ariel Okorie (5,474/17th) still rank among the nation’s best in the heptathlon, while junior Matas Adamonis ranks 21st in the decathlon with 7,293.
 
The throws group continues to have a number of top performers, including senior Helene Ingvaldsen (hammer, 66.89m/219-5, 8th), junior Taylor Latimer (shot put, 17.12m/56-2, 15th), senior Cameron Lewis (discus, 56.24m/184-6, 31st), freshman Kade McCall (hammer, 65.15m/213-9, 33rd), senior Ashley Petr (discus, 55.20m/181-1, 20th), senior Shaelyn Ward (hammer, 62.60m/205-4, 35th) and senior Logan Wolfley (javelin, 70.92m/232-8, 16th).
 
The jumps group is also highly-rated, including junior Chantoba Bright in both the triple jump (13.19m/43-3.25, 17th) and long jump (6.31m/20-8.5, 31st), senior Tejaswin Shankar in both the high jump (2.19m/7-2.25, 16th) and triple jump (15.88m/52-1.25, 26th), freshman Rhianna Phipps in the triple jump (13.18m/43-3, 20th), senior Jah Strange in the triple jump (16.26m/53-4.25, 8th) and senior Jullane Walker in the long jump (7.56m/24-9.75, 43rd).
 
In the sprints, sophomore Vitoria Alves and O’shalia Johnson and senior Kimisha Chambers all rank among the nation’s best in their respective events. Chambers is 12th nationally (57.64) in the 400-meter hurdles, while Alves is 20th (13.14) in the 100-meter hurdles. Johnson is 39th (53.31) in the 400 meters.
 
Last Time Out
K-State enjoyed solid effort in the two-day Michael Johnson Invitational last weekend (April 16-17) in Waco, Texas, as the Wildcats collected eight event titles, including a sweep of the men’s and women’s long jump and triple jump events, at Baylor’s Clyde Hart Track and Field Stadium.
 
In all, 18 Wildcats collected personal bests throughout the weekend.
 
K-State’s run of first-place finishes started on Friday with a pair of titles by senior Helene Ingvaldsen in the women’s hammer and sophomore Kassidy Johnson in the women’s 1,500 meters. It was Ingvaldsen’s second title in the hammer this spring and the first since the UTSA Invitational on March 20, while it was Johnson’s second career win in the 1,500 meters at the Michael Johnson Invitational and the first this outdoor season.
 
Senior Colin Echols started the run of first-place finishes in the first event of the day on Saturday with a personal-best throw of 53.31m/174-11.10 to win the men’s discus throw, which was then followed by titles by seniors Jullane Walker and Taishia Pryce in the men’s and women’s long jump competitions and senior Tejaswin Shankar and junior Chantoba Bright in the men’s and women’s triple jump events. Senior Kyle Alcine wrapped up the day with a win in the men’s high jump with a mark of 2.10m/6-10.75.
 
Walker and Pryce followed Echols with wins in the men’s and women’s long jump in the third and fourth events of the day, as Walker recorded a mark of 7.56m/24-09.75 on his first attempt to win by 4 inches, while Pryce posted her winning jump of 6.14m/20-01.75 on her second attempt.
 
Bright was part of a 1-2 finish in the women’s triple jump, as her mark of 13.19m/43-03.25 defeated teammate and freshman Rhianna Phipps, who finished second with a jump of 12.90m/42-04.00. Bright and Phipps were both coming off wins last weekend at the Jim Click Shootout, as Bright won the long jump with a personal-best mark of 6.31m/20-08.50 and Phipps captured the triple jump title with a personal-best of 13.18m/43-03.00.
 
Shankar finished off the sweep in the triple jump with a first-place mark of 15.88m/52-01.25 to win by more than 2 feet, while sophomore Devon Richardson placed third with a leap of 15.07m/49-05.50.
 
Alcine won the high jump by outdueling Texas Tech’s Jequan Hogan on misses. The senior did not have a miss until he couldn’t clear the bar on all three attempts at 2.15m.
 
In addition to the successful day in the field, the men’s and women’s relay teams also performed well against a strong field. The women’x 4×100 meter relay team of Wurrie Njadoe, Shalysa Wray, Bright and Kimisha Chambers started things off with a third-place finish with a time of 45.72 before Chambers and Wray joined O’shalia Johnson and Lauren Taubert to place third overall – second among collegians – in the women’s 4×400 meter relay with a time of 3:38.19. The men’s 4×400 meter relay team of Tim Lambert, Jr., Justin Davis, Sean Wilson and Strange also finished third, including second among collegians, with a time of 3:11.02.
 
Big Day in the Women’s Hammer
Senior Helene Ingvaldsen led a 1-2-3 finish by Wildcat seniors in the women’s hammer at the Michael Johnson Invitational on April 16. She was followed by Shaelyn Ward, who finished second with a mark of 61.65m/202-3.25, while Ashley Petr completed 1-2-3 performance by the Wildcats with a personal-best toss of 59.49m/195-02.25 to place third and continue the ninth-best mark in school history.
 
Ingvaldsen’s winning throw of 65.71m/215-07 on her final attempt eclipsed the mark of former Wildcat Sara Saratovic, who set the previous record at the Clyde Hart Track and Field Stadium of 63.21m/207-4 on April 3, 2015.
She threw better than 62 meters in all six attempts in the hammer.
 
Ingvaldsen and Ward were the only participants to throw better than 60 meters or 200 feet.
 
Up Next

The Wildcats will travel to College Station, Texas on Saturday, May 1 for the Texas A&M Alumni Muster.
 



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Arkansas to Play in 2022 Maui Invitational


FAYETTEVILLE – Fresh of an NCAA Elite 8 appearance, the Arkansas men’s basketball program has been selected to play in the 2022 Maui Jim Maui Invitational, it was announced today.

The Razorbacks will join Arizona, Cincinnati, Creighton, Louisville, Ohio State, San Diego State and Texas Tech at the event. The 39th edition of the Maui Invitational is set for Nov. 21-23, 2022, at the historic Lahaina Civic Center on the island of Maui.

The impressive collection of programs boasts a combined 237 NCAA Tournament appearances, 36 Final Four berths, 8 NCAA Tournament Championship Titles, and one AP Coach of the Year winner. Four of the 2022 participants are ranked in the top 35 all-time winningest schools, including Cincinnati, Louisville, Ohio State and Arkansas.

This will be the fourth time Arkansas has played in the Maui Invitational. The Razorbacks’ previous appearances came in the 1991-92, 2005-06 and 2013-14 seasons.

Arkansas at the Maui Invitational

1991-92 Maui Classic ( (Arkansas was ranked #2)
11/25/1991 vs Minnesota W 92 83
11/26/1991 vs Chaminade W 99 84
11/27/1991 vs Michigan State L 71 86
2005-06 Maui Invitational
11/21/2005 vs #3 UConn L 68 77
11/22/2005 vs Kansas W 65 64
11/23/2005 vs #23 Maryland L 62 75
2013-14 EA SPORTS Maui Invitational
11/25/2013 vs Cal L 77 85
11/26/2013 vs Minnesota W 87 73
11/27/2013 vs #11 Gonzaga L 81 91

 



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Bryant Bulldogs have accepted a bid to the College Basketball Invitational


Bryant’s breakout 2020-21 season will last for at least one more week. 

The Bulldogs have accepted a bid to the College Basketball Invitational, an eight-team field that will travel to Florida for next week’s three-day event. Bryant and Coastal Carolina will tip-off at the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach on Monday at 2:30 p.m.  

It’s the second postseason appearance for the Bulldogs since their transition to Division I for the 2008-09 season. Bryant also appeared in the CBI in the 2012-13 season, dropping a 76-71 home decision to Richmond. The Bulldogs won 19 games that season under Tim O’Shea, which remains their best total at the NCAA’s top level. 

Bryant fell shy of a first March Madness bid on Tuesday after suffering a 73-68 loss to Mount St. Mary’s in the Northeast Conference championship game. The Mountaineers claimed the league’s automatic berth and will face Texas Southern in the First Four on Thursday. The Bulldogs dropped to 15-6 overall despite a career-high 33 points from Charles Pride and a double-double from Peter Kiss. 

Stetson-Bowling Green, Longwood-Pepperdine and Army-Bellarmine make up the other three quarterfinal matchups. Bryant would play in Tuesday’s 5:30 p.m. semifinal with a victory, facing the Hatters or Falcons. Wednesday’s title game is set for 8 p.m., and the tournament will be streamed live on FloHoops.com. 

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