Boston College men’s basketball team routed by Florida in ‘Bubbleville’ finale

The Boston College men’s basketball team might be ready to burst out of the bubble.

a group of people standing on a basketball court: Florida's Keyontae Johnson, skying over BC's Steffon Mitchell, scored a game-high 24 points.

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Florida’s Keyontae Johnson, skying over BC’s Steffon Mitchell, scored a game-high 24 points.

Three days after a furious second-half rally came up short against St. John’s, the Eagles were out of sorts from the get-go against Florida in a 90-70 loss at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., in the Roman Legends Classic Thursday night.

It was the final performance in so-called “Bubbleville” for Boston College, which went 1-3, its lone win over Rhode Island Nov. 26.

“The off-floor togetherness of our team has got to spread to on the floor,” BC coach Jim Christian said. “The teams that we’re playing, you can’t have lulls.”

For the Gators (2-0), it was their second game in as many days following a string of cancellations to begin their season. Following a 76-69 win over Army, Florida never trailed against BC after a Keyontae Johnson 3-pointer with 16:35 left in the first half put his team ahead, 8-6.

Johnson, who led the Gators in scoring a season ago as a sophomore, recorded a double-double with a game-high 24 points (on 10-of-13 shooting) and 12 rebounds as Florida built a lead as large as 31 points in the second half.

“Last night, it was our first game so everyone had nervous energy,” Johnson said. “Today, we just locked in and played defense how we were supposed to.”

The Gators limited the Eagles to 41.5 percent shooting and shot 56.5 percent from the floor.

Rich Kelly paced the Eagles with 13 points. Wynston Tabbs scored 12 points and CJ Felder had 11.

Making his debut for BC, James Karnik had 7 points in 18 minutes. The 6-foot-9-inch senior transfer from Lehigh was granted eligibility from the NCAA Thursday morning.

It was the Gators’ third win in as many tries against the Eagles, and it was the first meeting between the schools since 1994.

BC is off to Minnesota for the ACC-Big Ten Challenge on Tuesday, where it will face the Golden Gophers (3-0) for the second time in the last three seasons.

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Boston University men’s hockey team pauses all activities after positive COVID-19 test

The Boston University men’s hockey team has paused all athletic activities and canceled Saturday’s game at UConn after a positive COVID-19 test.

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The BU men’s hockey team has paused all activities at Agganis Arena.

According a statement from the school, the positive test came from a member of the team’s Tier 1 personnel, which includes athletes, coaches, managers, and support staff. Tier 1 personnel are tested three times a week in accordance with NCAA, Hockey East, and university protocols.

“To ensure the health and safety of the BU campus and greater Boston community, the Department of Athletics and all of its varsity programs have been following state, city and University guidelines since returning to campus in August,” the statement read.

The Terriers were originally scheduled to open the men’s hockey season this weekend with a pair of games at Vermont, but that series was postponed when Vermont decided to delay the start of its men’s and women’s hockey and basketball seasons until Dec. 18.

Earlier this week, the Catamounts announced that the men’s hockey team had paused team activities following four positive coronavirus tests among the program’s Tier 1 personnel.

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Army and Howard University team up for AI center of excellence

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The U.S Army will establish a Center of Excellence at Howard University in what will be a $7.5 million partnership to deliver artificial intelligence technologies.

The Howard University Center of Excellence in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning will look at “vital civilian applications and multi-domain military operations” in three areas: AI applications for the Department of Defense, trustworthy AI technologies, and infrastructure for AI research and development.

“The research is directly aligned with Army priorities and will address pressing problems in both developing and applying AI tools and techniques in several key applications,” Brian Sadler, the Army researcher who is managing the partnership, said in the Nov. 23 press release.

The CoE is another example of the Army working to grow and retain its science and technology talent base.

The U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Army Research Laboratory will manage the CoE. It will include fellowships and scholarships for science, technology, engineering and math graduate students and early-career research faculty.

Howard University is a historically Black research university in Washington, D.C. Earlier this year, the university announced a collaboration with the Army Combat Capabilities Development Command to advance STEM education among underrepresented groups.

“Diversity of science and diversity of the future S&T talent base go hand-in-hand in this new and exciting partnership,” Sadler said.

Researchers are set to begin their work at the center this month.

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QMJHL Shuts Down, Canadian University Team Has 18 Cases

Another day, another couple of examples of COVID-19 playing havoc with the hockey world. First it was the Quebec League, a league that has tried valiantly to play a season in 2020-21, having to shut down its operations until at least early January because there are basically only four teams in the league that can travel and play at the moment. The QMJHL was supposed to play 64 more games between Dec. 1 and Dec. 19, when it was planning to pause for the holidays, but announced Monday that its holiday break begins now and players will be sent home.

Then later in the afternoon, reported that 18 members of the Mount Royal University Cougars men’s hockey team in Calgary, which plays in the Canada West Universities Athletic Association, have tested positive for COVID-19 and that program has also been shut down until at least early January.

Add to that there have been mini-outbreaks with both the Columbus Blue Jackets and Vegas Golden Knights, who were holding informal workouts at their facilities, and you have to wonder whether the NHL is going to be able to go ahead and have anything resembling a normal season. Forget about the fact that the league and the players can’t even agree on the language in their own collective bargaining agreement at the moment. When an NFL team has four players at its most important position test positive and have to turn to an undrafted wide receiver who played backup quarterback in college, you know the virus is running rampant.

“The current situation with the pandemic in the regions in which we operate makes it extremely difficult to play games,” QMJHL commissioner Gilles Courteau said in a news release. “With the holidays just around the corner, the provinces in the Maritimes have restricted access and travel, while red zone restrictions in Quebec do not permit us to play.”

The only teams in the 18-team league that are not in areas that are currently either red zones or closed to outside travel are the Baie Comeau Drakkar, Rimouski Oceanic, Val d’Or Foreurs and Rouyn-Noranda Huskies. The league, with a $20 million infusion of taxpayer money, has been trying to run its season since October, but some teams have played as many as 16 games, while the Sherbrooke Phoenix have played only five.

In Calgary, the Mount Royal announced the outbreak among team members who were practising while actually going beyond Alberta government protocols that allowed for full teams to be practising. “The team ceased training when the first individual experienced symptoms and members are self-isolating,” the university said in a statement. “MRU did contract tracing and notified the impacted individuals. Cougars teams were training under multiple safety protocols beyond those required by the provincial government. With the government restrictions, no varsity programs will be training until after the new year.”

QMJHL commissioner Courteau will hold a news conference Tuesday morning, but it’s not known what the league will do to make up for the

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EcoCar team from University of Alberta hoping to win world competition

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The eCoach tracking system.

It’s like a GPS device that uses a wide-angle augmentation system that tracks the movement of your car and data from your vehicle.

It then takes that information and pairs it with a smartphone app to track and analyze the data and find ways that driving habits could be made more efficient.

“Things like, if you speed on roads, if you’re accelerating really quickly and brake really quickly, that uses more fuel, so this will help people change their habits in order to use less fuel and shrink their carbon footprint,” Dew said.

The competition is virtual but that hasn’t stopped this team from already being selected as the winner in the Americas. They will represent Canada and North America in the global finals.

Dew adds it was a great experience to learn to work remotely on a project like this, since the team is usually very hands-on and they’re looking forward to going back to school sometime in the future and finishing the EcoCar they were working on before the pandemic.

That would be the fourth car the team has designed and made, and all the cars have names — the first car was named Steve, then came Alice, the third was Sophie and the current car is Kate.

The U of A EcoCar team has a significant birthday this year as well. It was started in 2010 and turns 10 this year. The team itself has near gender parity, with approximately equal numbers of men and women.

The team doesn’t find out the results of the competition until Dec. 20.

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University of Hawaii football team spoils Nevada’s perfect season

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It was far from pretty, but Texas A&M’s win over LSU was solid for a team aiming for the College Football Playoff

COLLEGE STATION — Blame the rust from a 21-day hiatus forced by COVID-19 precautions and factor in the chilly, steady rain at Kyle Field.

Whatever the culprit, No. 5 Texas A&M didn’t exactly look its best in a 20-7 win Saturday over LSU. It was still good for a solid, if not artistic, victory.

“We’re hungry, and we’re not done yet,” senior linebacker Buddy Johnson said on the A&M postgame radio broadcast.

The Aggies hope that the College Football Playoff selection committee values body of work and a dominant defense and not offensive style points when it is deliberating its second ratings Monday and Tuesday in Grapevine.

Coach Jimbo Fisher had a more narrow focus after the game and refused to use the weather as an excuse.

“I’m not worried about the playoff,” Fisher said when asked about style points. “I’m worried about playing good football and everything will take care of itself.”

The Aggies got 141 yards rushing on 27 carries from Isaiah Spiller and a big-time performance by the SEC’s top-rated defense to secure their fifth straight win and improve to 6-1 for the first time since 2016. Unlike that season, this year’s start has come against an all-SEC schedule.

“Proud of the team for finding a way to win in an old-school-style slugfest,” Fisher said. “Don’t see many of those anymore. … There’s an art to that.”

It was just the second win in nine meetings against LSU — both under Fisher — since the Aggies entered the SEC, joining the epic seven-overtime victory in 2018.

A&M finally broke open the game late in the third quarter. Under pressure by Aaron Hansford, LSU freshman quarterback TJ Finley forced a pass that Johnson intercepted and returned 15 yards for a touchdown and a 20-0 lead.

“Our defense did a great job of putting pressure on him and forcing him to make decisions,” said Johnson, who finished with a team-high nine tackles.

The Aggies limited LSU to 267 total yards and just 2-of-16 on third down. Defensive lineman DeMarvin Leal was dominant early and finished with seven tackles.

“He’s a talented, talented young football player,” Fisher said.

The unit went nearly eight quarters without allowing a touchdown, going back to the fourth quarter against Mississippi State.

Spiller, who had just 6 yards on six carries, broke a 52-yard touchdown run with 16 seconds remaining in the first quarter for a 10-0 lead. The sophomore recorded his fifth 100-yard rushing game this season and ninth of his career.

“It just shows you how mature and that we know how to win, even in situations when we weren’t playing well,” Spiller said. “Today wasn’t our best day, but we know how to get the job done. That’s just leadership on the team.”

A&M had a 13-0 lead at halftime after a two-hour first half.

It wasn’t all pretty — far from it, with A&M playing its first game since a 48-3 win at South Carolina on Nov. 7. Three positive COVID-19

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Indiana Basketball 1976 Undefeated Team to be Inducted into College Basketball Hall of Fame

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Indiana basketball’s 1975-76 undefeated team will be inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame.

It was announced Saturday that Indiana’s 1976 team, the 1964 UCLA Bruins and the 1966 Texas Western Miners will together form the Class of 2020.

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Three of the most iconic teams in college basketball history have been selected to the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2020, including the 1975-76 Indiana Hoosiers.

Indiana’s 1975-76 team finished a perfect 32-0 and remains the most recent Division I team to complete an undefeated season. The dominant Hoosiers – coached by Hall of Famer Bob Knight – won their five NCAA Tournament games by an average of 15.2 points, including an 86-68 route of Michigan in the national championship game.

Indiana excelled in nearly every phase of the game that season, outscoring opponents by an average of 17.3 points while shooting over 50 percent from the field and forcing an average of 20.3 turnovers per game. Six players from that Hoosier squad would eventually reach the NBA, including Scott May, who won nearly every national player of the year award after averaging 23.5 points, 7.7 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game.

The 1963-64 UCLA Bruins, the 1965-66 Texas Western Miners and the 1975-76 Indiana Hoosiers will together form the Class of 2020. The three teams will be inducted on a special live National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame Induction Celebration presented by Nike streaming event in early 2021.

UCLA’s 1963-64 season started what would eventually become the most heralded dynasty in the sport’s history. Led by Hall of Fame coach John Wooden, the Bruins went a perfect 30-0 on their way to winning the national title – the program’s first of 10 championships between 1964 and 1975. The season also marked the first of four 30-0 seasons – a feat UCLA would repeat in 1966-67, 1971-72 and 1972-73.

UCLA went 15-0 in AAWU games and beat Seattle, San Francisco and Kansas State on the way to the national title game, where the Bruins used a 16-0 first-half run to defeat Duke, 98-83. Leading the way were junior Gail Goodrich, who averaged a team-high 21.5 points and 5.2 rebounds per game, and senior Walt Hazzard, who averaged 18.6 points and 4.7 rebounds en route to earning the Oscar Robinson Trophy as the national player of the year.

Texas Western’s 1965-66 squad left an impact that stretched far beyond the basketball court. On March 19, 1966 at Cole Fieldhouse in College Park, Md., the Miners defeated top-ranked Kentucky 72-65 to win the national title – and in doing so, they became the first national champion with an all-Black starting lineup. The event is regarded as a significant advancement in the effort to desegregate athletics in the south.

Coached by Hall of Famer Don Haskins, Texas Western finished the season 28-1 and survived a pair of overtime games in the NCAA Tournament on its way to the title. The Miners

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Vanderbilt University soccer star Sarah Fuller will kick for Commodores football team

Women´s soccer player Sarah Fuller will don a football uniform Saturday for Vanderbilt and is poised to become the first woman to play in a Power 5 game when the Commodores visit Missouri.  

Vanderbilt is set to face off against Missouri in an SEC clash on Saturday afternoon in Columbia, Missouri.  

If Fuller plays, as expected, she will become the first female to play in a Power 5 conference college football game. 

She’ll be wearing ‘Play Like A Girl’ on the back of her helmet. 

The Power 5 conferences are the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12, and SEC, the biggest conferences in Division I intercollegiate athletics.

No woman has appeared in an Southeastern Conference football game or for any Power 5 gridiron team. 

Fuller posted the news on Twitter herself, writing ‘Let’s make history.’ 

Fuller is a goalkeeper for Vanderbilt’s soccer team, which recently won the SEC Championship.

The Commodores were initially going to play Tennessee at home this Saturday before the coronavirus forced scheduling changes across the conference.

Sarah Fuller has a chance to make college football history when she suits up on Saturday

Sarah Fuller has a chance to make college football history when she suits up on Saturday

Fuller could become the first female player to compete in a Power 5 football game

Fuller could become the first female player to compete in a Power 5 football game

Previous female players have competed at the FBS level, but not for the elite conferences

Previous female players have competed at the FBS level, but not for the elite conferences

Vanderbilt is scheduled to play against Missouri on the road on Saturday afternoon. Pictured: Dudley Field at Vanderbilt Stadium

Vanderbilt is scheduled to play against Missouri on the road on Saturday afternoon. Pictured: Dudley Field at Vanderbilt Stadium

Fuller started nine games for the Vanderbilt soccer team this season, during which the team posted a 7-2-0 record. She didn’t allow a goal in three of those starts.

Fuller also started all four games during the SEC Tournament, which concluded with a 3-1 win over the top-seeded Arkansas Razorbacks on Sunday.

Rather than take a break after the end of an exciting season, Fuller went right to work with the football team, which has been dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak in their special teams unit according to ESPN.

‘This is super deserving for her,’ Wylie High School girls’ soccer coach Chris Bezner said to The Athletic. ‘She’s always had the grit and perseverance.’

‘I’d be proud if this works out,’ said Fuller’s soccer coach, Darren Ambrose. ‘The bravery and courage required to do this are immense.’

Vanderbilt has had a very challenging season on the gridiron, losing all seven of their games so far this season.

Kicking itself has also been a challenge for the Commodores, with junior Pierson Cooke making three of his seven attempts on the year.

Fuller previously competed for Vanderbilt's women's soccer team, which won an SEC title less than a week ago

Fuller previously competed for Vanderbilt’s women’s soccer team, which won an SEC title less than a week ago

'I'd be proud if this works out,' said Fuller's soccer coach, Darren Ambrose. Pictured: Fuller at a concert

‘I’d be proud if this works out,’ said Fuller’s soccer coach, Darren Ambrose. Pictured: Fuller at a concert

The level Fuller would be kicking at is unprecedented, but it would not be the first time a female has kicked in a Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) game.

In 2003, Katie Hnida became the first female to score in an FBS game when she converted two extra points with

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With Apple Cup called off, University of Washington football team shifts sights to Utah

After COVID-19 concerns within the Washington State football program eventually led to the cancellation of the 113th Apple Cup, the Huskies needed a new opponent.

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At one point in the week’s game prep, Washington football head coach Jimmy Lake had four depth charts on his desk.

“This week, leading up to the Apple Cup, we heard whispers that game was going to be canceled,” Lake said at his Wednesday news conference. “There was definitely some potential games that we were trying to get ahead of that we felt would replace the Apple Cup this weekend.”

Though the Huskies (2-0) were rumored to have considered out-of-conference opponents like BYU and San Diego State, a conference opponent was preferred, Lake said.

Washington moved swiftly to lock in a game against conference foe Utah, and is slated to kickoff  at 4:30 p.m. at Husky Stadium on ABC. The Pac-12 canceled Utah’s originally scheduled matchup against Arizona State this weekend as the latter has struggled with a coronavirus outbreak the last few weeks. Luckily for Lake and the Huskies, that was the team they suspected they would play.

“We played the odds a little bit, we tried to get some intel where we could,” Lake said. “Thankfully we did practice against Utah yesterday, Tuesday’s practice, and then of course we practiced today against Utah, so our guess was right.”

Utah (0-1) was not afforded the same luxury. Arizona State hasn’t played since its opening loss to USC on Nov. 7, and though Utah suspected the Sun Devils would be unable to play, head coach Kyle Whittingham and company were forced to at least partially gameplan for ASU until Tuesday’s decision.

Per Whittingham, Utah allocated roughly 60% of its game prep to Arizona State, and 40% to Washington before the announcement late Tuesday night.

But now, with a team, time, and place locked in, the uncertainty, at least in the interim, is gone.

“They have always been one of the toughest teams to go against, year in and year out,” Lake said. “We know that they will be coached up on offense, defense, and special teams. They will be tough to defend, they are going to be really tough on defense, historically every single year it’s either us or them as the best defense in the Pac-12. And the film that we’ve watched, they’ve replaced all that talent that went to the NFL with players that are just as good if not better.”

Utah lost its first matchup of the season to USC last Saturday, 33-17, after a COVID-19 outbreak forced two cancellations to start its season. After losing starting quarterback Cameron Rising due to a shoulder injury just 14 plays into his season, backup transfer Jake Bentley struggled, throwing for 171 yards, just one touchdown, and two interceptions.

The Huskies, meanwhile, have had a strong start to their season, beating Oregon State 27-21 in their opener, and thumping Arizona 44-27 last Saturday.

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