INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - CJ McCollum scored 28 points on 12-of-18 shooting to lead the Portland Trail Blazers past the Indiana Pacers 114-96 Friday night. With Pacers starting center Myles Turner out with a concussion, McCollum teamed with backcourt mate Damian Lillard to take advantage of an inexperienced Pacers interior defense.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette could miss his first game of the season because of a sprained right ankle. The Jaguars list Fournette as questionable to play Sunday at Indianapolis. He did not practice all week.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - Number 11 Southern California visits number 13 Notre Dame for a showdown on Saturday night. The two quarterbacks are likely to play an important role, but the key players might be the running backs. USC's Ronald Jones the Second who has four 100-yard rushing games, 640 rushing yards in all and eight touchdowns. Josh Adams has 776 rushing yards and is averaging 9.02 yards per carry for Notre Dame's fifth-ranked rushing offense.
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Indiana will try for a rarity this weekend - back-to-back wins over Michigan State. Last season was Indiana's first victory in this series since 2006. The Hoosiers' last two-game winning streak against Michigan State came in 1993 and 1994, and that's only because the latter game - won 27-21 by the Spartans - was later forfeited to Indiana. Aside from that, the Hoosiers haven't had consecutive victories in the series since winning three in a row from 1967 to 1969.
PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) - Jeff Brohm is taking Purdue in a direction few expected in his first season as coach. Halfway through the season, the Boilermakers have a legitimate shot at becoming bowl eligible. That's something few expected from a program that had nine wins over the past four seasons. Purdue travels to Rutgers on Saturday.
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