RICHARDSON NAMED CCAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Purdue Calumet's Roddy Richardson was named the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Week.
Richardson made nine 3-pointers and scored 32 points in a 127-120 double-overtime loss to Kuyper College on Saturday. Richardson is averaging 12.3 points per game and is shooting 40.8 percent from the 3-point line this season.
IUN DROPS 10TH STRAIGHT GAME: Morgan Township grad Brandon Grubl was on fire, going 9-for-14 with 26 points, but the RedHawks fell to St. Francis 91-83 for their 10th straight loss. Devin Ellis (Clark) added 16 points.
INDIANA STATE DEFEATS DRAKE: Manny Arop scored 16 points, and Jake Odum added 15 as Indiana State defeated Drake (10-5, 1-2) 77-73 Wednesday.
The Sycamores (12-3, 3-0 Missouri Valley Conference) closed the first half on a 20-8 run sparked by 3-pointers from Dawon Cummings and Odum to lead 40-30 at halftime.
AKRON HOLDS OFF BALL STATE: Quincy Diggs scored 21 points and Akron (9-5, 1-0) held on to defeat Ball State 72-68 in the Mid-American Conference opener for both teams.
Chris Bond (Bowman Academy) made a 3-pointer for Ball State with 2.7 seconds remaining to cut the difference to three, 71-68. Akron's Nick Harney made one free throw and the Cardinals (3-9, 0-1) missed a long 3-point attempt to close out the game. Bond led the Cardinals with 18 points.
NO. 4 WISCONSIN ROUTS NO. 23 ILLINI: Ben Brust scored 18 points, Sam Dekker added 17 and No. 4 Wisconsin used a 20-0 run in the first half to easily beat No. 23 Illinois 95-70 on Wednesday night. The Badgers improved to 16-0 (3-0 Big Ten), the best start in school history.
Rayvonte Rice led Illinois (13-3, 2-1) with 19 points on 7-of-21 shooting.
NO. 6 WICHITA STATE STIFLES ILLINOIS STATE: Cleanthony Early and Ron Baker each scored 11 points, and No. 6 Wichita State cruised past Illinois State 66-47 with tight defense and a balanced effort.
Wichita State (16-0, 3-0 Missouri Valley Conference) extended both the longest winning streak and best start to a season in program history by holding Illinois State (8-7, 1-2) to 27 percent shooting (18 of 55).
Bobby Hunter scored 11 points to lead the Redbirds.
SIU BEATS LOYOLA: Desmar Jackson scored a career-high 31 points as Southern Illinois (5-11, 1-2 Missouri Valley Conference) pushed past Loyola of Chicago in the final seconds to win 71-67.
Christian Thomas scored 21 points, and Milton Doyle added 17 to lead Loyola (6-9, 1-2).
CRIMSON WAVE CRUISES TO ROAD WIN: Crystal Daniels led Calumet College (8-8, 1-4 Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference) with 24 points in a 73-56 road win over Holy Cross on Wednesday. Dominque Edwards added 14 points and nine rebounds, while Latoi Merriweather chipped in 13 points.
Michigan City grad Maggie Gondeck had five points and eight rebounds for Holy Cross (4-12, 1-4).
IUN FALLS ON THE ROAD: Danielle Zandstra scored 11 points and pulled down 10 rebounds to lead Indiana Northwest (9-6), but the RedHawks fell 68-50 at Division I Chicago State. Portage grad Nicki Monahan added 10 points.
CUTLER SIGNS WITH VALPO: Zach Cutler (O'Fallon, Mo.) has signed with Valparaiso. Cutler took second as he helped Timberland High School win the Class 4A state championship.
IU'S LATIMER DECLARES FOR NFL DRAFT: Indiana receiver Cody Latimer has decided to give up his final year of college eligibility to enter the NFL draft.
Latimer was the team MVP last season and became the fifth player in school history to top 1,000 yards in a season. He caught 72 passes for 1,096 yards in 2013. He finishes his college career with 135 receptions, 2,152 yards and 17 TD catches. He's seventh on the school's career list in receptions and fifth in touchdowns.
NOTRE DAME'S ATKINSON ENTERS NFL DRAFT: Notre Dame running back George Atkinson III will skip his senior season and enter the NFL draft.
Atkinson's father, former Oakland Raiders great George Atkinson Jr., said in a telephone interview Wednesday that his son wanted a chance to play in the NFL. Atkinson said his son was told by the NFL draft advisory board he likely would be selected after the third round.
Atkinson started the season listed as Notre Dame's starting back, but finished second in yards and carries with 555 yards on 93 attempts, but saw his carries diminish as the season wore on. Atkinson was suspended from playing in the Pinstripe Bowl for violating an unspecified team rule. He tweeted he was suspended for texting friends and family during a team meal.
MANZIEL LEAVING TEXAS A&M FOR NFL DRAFT: Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel declared for the NFL draft on Wednesday following two spectacular seasons in which he became the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy and helped the Aggies make a splash in their first two years in the Southeastern Conference.
Some NFL draft analysts have Manziel ranked as high as the third overall pick in mock drafts.