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Big 12 rivalry renewed: Huskers, Jayhawks to meet on hardwood

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Big 12 rivalry renewed: Huskers, Jayhawks to meet on hardwood

Two former Big 12 rivals will meet on the hardwood for the first time since conference realignment shook up that league five years ago.

Nebraska and Kansas announced Tuesday a home-and-home hoops series that will see the Huskers visit Lawrence in December and play hosts to the Jayhawks in December of 2017.

“We are excited to revive a classic Big 12 matchup between Nebraska basketball and Kansas,” Nebraska head coach Tim Miles said in the announcement. “I believe this will be a very exciting event for our fans and student-athletes alike. This is something we look forward to as we continue and try and build as strong a schedule as possible to put us in a great position for Big Ten and postseason play.”

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These two teams first squared off in 1900 but have not played since Nebraska's final season in the Big 12 in 2011. In fact, this will be the first regular-season game between the Huskers and a Big 12 team since they left to join the Big Ten in the summer of 2011. Similarly, the Nebraska football team hasn't played a Big 12 team since leaving that conference.

Nebraska and Kansas have played a whopping 241 times since that first meeting at the turn of the 19th century. Unsurprisingly, the historically elite Jayhawks have a massive lead in the all-time series, 170-71. The Huskers won most recently in 2004 — their only win in the series this century — and have won just three times in the last 20 years.

Former Illini champion Kevin Anderson upsets Roger Federer in Wimbledon quarterfinal

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Former Illini champion Kevin Anderson upsets Roger Federer in Wimbledon quarterfinal

Former University of Illinois tennis star Kevin Anderson completed a marathon upset against an all-time great on the highest stage of professional tennis.

Anderson came back from two sets down to beat Roger Federer in Wimbledon’s quarterfinals 2-6, 6-7, 7-6, 6-4, 13-11 on Wednesday morning. He will play in the semifinals of the tournament for the first time in his career.

As a native of South Africa, Anderson played three seasons with the Fighting Illini and won the NCAA doubles championship during the 2005-06 season as a sophomore. The 32-year-old was a three-time All-American in singles at Illinois.

Now, as the eighth ranked singles player on the ATP World Tour, Anderson is a force to be reckoned with at the professional level. He made it all the way to the US Open final in 2017.

The former Illini star will look to keep his recent success going when he represents Illinois in the semifinals of Wimbledon this Friday.

Northwestern set to play Wisconsin at Wrigley Field in 2020

Northwestern set to play Wisconsin at Wrigley Field in 2020

Weeks will separate a perfect 10-year anniversary where Northwestern will play at Wrigley Field for one of its regular season games in the upcoming years.

Back on Nov. 20, 2010, the Wildcats battled it out with Illinois, known as the “Wrigleyville Classic,” which saw the Illini take a 48-27 win.

Even though it’s still two years out, Northwestern still planned ahead and announced its opponent for its game at Wrigley Field on Nov. 7, 2020, against Big Ten rival Wisconsin.

“Obviously an exciting opportunity for our football program to come back to Wrigley Field, one of the Cathedrals of sporting venues in the world,” Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald said. “When I announced it to our team, they were absolutely ecstatic.”

“The opportunity to play at Wrigley field is unique to us, being Chicago’s Big Ten team, and to have the chance to come down and play in an atmosphere like we did a few years back was a bowl game type atmosphere, and I look forward to this special opportunity.”

This game though will be a little different than it was back in 2010. Both the Wildcats and Illini played toward the west end zone due to a tight squeeze near the right field wall due to box seats that were added down the third base line.

Now, Northwestern and Wisconsin do not have to worry about that problem because the bullpens have since moved to the outfield.

Cubs president of business operations Crane Kenney spoke at a news conference earlier on Tuesday at Wrigley.

“So excited to welcome back Northwestern to Wrigley Field to talk about football again,” Kenney said. “We had an incredible experience with them back in 2010."

Kenney also mentioned new seating is on a temporary platform that can all be removed and the dugout tops can be removed as well, and the field will expand west, to allow for a longer field.

With a sellout crowd in the last go around for the Wildcats, don’t be surprised for another sellout at the Friendly Confines.