PUMAS FALL SHORT ON THE ROAD: An anemic 25-for-69 shooting effort from the field – including 6-of-32 from 3-point range -- led to St. Joseph's College dropping an 84-68 decision to North Alabama.
Jon Smith led the Pumas (1-4) with 18 points; Cameron Vines added 16, and Maiscei Grier came off the bench to chip in 15 points.
WILDCATS, ILLINI MEET WITH IDENTICAL RECORDS: Northwestern started the season with Big Ten-title hopes. Illinois just wanted more wins than last season's two.
When they meet today both will have four wins and no way to get to a winning record.
At Northwestern (4-7, 0-7 Big Ten) that means disappointment. Safety Jimmy Hall says the team is already using it as motivation to avoid a repeat next year.
But at Illinois (4-7, 1-6) there's modest optimism.
The Illini just broke a 20-game conference losing streak with a win at Purdue.
Coach Tim Beckman says his team has made some strides this fall.
Injured Wildcat quarterback Kain Colter's status for the game is up in the air. Illini signal-caller Nathan Scheelhaase will be aiming to break his school's career total-offense mark.
STANFORD, NOTRE DAME READY FOR ANOTHER TOUGH GAME: One play. One yard. One disputed video review.
More than 60 minutes of tough, physical football in South Bend last season ended when a wall of Notre Dame defenders stopped Stanford's Stepfan Taylor inches short of the end zone in overtime. Cardinal coach David Shaw and his players believed the ball crossed the goal line on Taylor's second effort, but officials had already blown the whistle — and that meant the play was over.
Notre Dame 20, Stanford 13.
While the Fighting Irish advanced to the BCS championship game in Miami, where they lost to Alabama, the Cardinal's motto became "finish strong." Stanford did just that, winning its final eight games, including the Pac-12 title and the Rose Bowl.
The eighth-ranked Cardinal (9-2) carry that same message into today's regular-season finale against No. 25 Notre Dame (8-3) before next week's conference championship game. Not as a rallying cry for revenge, rather as a reminder not to let any game come down to such a difficult decision.
BALL STATE CRUISES PAST MIAMI (OHIO): Keith Wenning passed for 445 yards and six touchdowns in Ball State's systematic destruction of Miami (Ohio) 55-14 Friday.
Ball State (10-2, 7-1 MAC) rolled up 585 total yards of offense and had three receivers catch touchdown passes and eclipse 100 yards receiving. Jamill Smith caught seven balls for 127 yards and three TDs, Jordan Williams made five catches for 161 yards and a pair of scores and Willie Snead hauled in 11 passes for 133 yards and one TD.
The Cardinals raced out to a 35-0 halftime lead, including Wenning's 72-yard pass-and-run to Williams, before Miami (0-12, 0-8) finally got on the board in the third on Drew Kummer's 58-yard scoring strike to Dawan Scott.
DENT, MCMAHON TO APPEAR SUNDAY AT HORSESHOE CASINO: Bears Super Bowl XX champions Richard Dent and Jim McMahon will take part in a chalk talk event and viewing party at 11 a.m. Sunday in The Venue at Horseshoe Casino. Dent, a NFL Hall of Famer, and McMahon will interact with fans and provide analysis of the Bears-Vikings game.
HAWKS TOP STARS IN SHOOTOUT: Ben Smith scored in the 11th round of a wild shootout, and the Blackhawks finally beat the Dallas Stars 2-1 Friday night for their fifth straight victory.
Chicago's Patrick Sharp and Dallas' Rich Peverley had the only goals through the first 10 rounds of the tiebreaker. Each of them scored in regulation, too.
Sharp tied it 1-all at 7:21 of the third period. Peverley scored at 16:40 of the first.
GEORGE LEADS PACERS PAST WIZARDS: Paul George scored 23 points, and Roy Hibbert added 13 and eight rebounds to lead the surging Pacers past the injury hampered Washington Wizards 93-73 on Friday night.
The Pacers won their sixth straight and extended their best start in franchise history to 15-1.
Lance Stephenson flirted with his third triple-double before departing late and had seven points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists for Indiana, which shot 44 percent and forced 18 turnovers while limiting Washington to 40 percent shooting.