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Big Ten basketball roundup: Badgers upset, Spartans, Purdue move to 10-0

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Big Ten basketball roundup: Badgers upset, Spartans, Purdue move to 10-0

A roundup of Big Ten basketball action from Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015:

Illinois 69, Yale 65

Kendrick Nunn had a career-high 28 points, and Malcolm Hill scored 20. But the story was turnovers, as Yale committed a whopping 23, leading to 25 Illinois points, and the Illini turned the ball over just five times, leading to only five points. That huge disparity made up for a dominating rebounding performance by Yale (48-25) and just a 40-percent shooting night for Illinois. The Illini’s defensive numbers are getting better, but this wasn’t the runaway you’d expect when a Big Ten team hosts and Ivy League team.

Indiana 90, IPFW 65

The Hoosiers’ defensive numbers weren’t bad against the Mastodons, as the visitors from Fort Wayne shot just 34.8 percent from the field and were only 8-for-25 from 3-point range. Meanwhile, Indiana shot 51.8 percent and grabbed 51 rebounds to offset 17 turnovers. Yogi Ferrell had a mammoth night, scoring 38 points. Same for Troy Williams, who had a whopping 19 rebounds to go along with 15 points and five blocks. Robert Johnson was 5-for-5 on 3s and finished with 16 points.

Michigan State 78, Maryland-Eastern Shore 35

A few days after allowing 33 points in a win over Binghamton, Michigan State’s defense suffocated another small-school foe, holding Maryland-Eastern Shore to just 35 points over 40 minutes. The Hawks shot 21.9 percent on the evening, scoring just 16 first-half points, while the Spartans shot 50 percent in a rout. Bryn Forbes’ 14 points led all scorers, and Denzel Valentine scored 11. Both guys each had three made 3s. Eron Harris was 4-for-4 from 3-point range and finished with 12.

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Creighton 83, Nebraska 67

Creighton shot a stellar 51.9 percent from the field, while Nebraska shot just 39.7 percent as the Bluejays cruised to victory. Andrew White scored 28 points in the loss, going 11-for-21 from the field and hitting a trio of 3-pointers and grabbing 10 rebounds for a double-double. The Huskers never led as the defense just wasn’t good enough to slow the hot-shooting Jays.

Purdue 93, Howard 55

The Boilers scored 56 points in the first half and nearly hit 100 on the game in this runaway. Purdue shot 50 percent, holding Howard to just 33.9-percent shooting. The Boilers made 12 3-pointers and turned the ball over just six times. Caleb Swanigan had a team-high 19 points, part of a double-double with 12 rebounds. Kendall Stephens had 14 off the bench, making four 3-pointers, and Rapheal Davis scored 10 points in his return to action after sitting out the last four games.

Wisconsin 68, UW-Milwaukee 67

The Badgers were upset at the Kohl Center for the second time this season, dropping their first game to the Panthers since 1992. After blowing a double-digit second-half lead, Wisconsin had a chance to tie the game when Nigel Hayes went to the free-throw line with 24 seconds left, but Hayes — who scored 32 points on the night — missed both shots. Bronson Koenig sliced a four-point lead to one with 13 seconds left, and UW-Milwaukee turned the ball over to give Wisconsin a chance to win, but Koenig’s shot missed.

Northwestern running back Jeremy Larkin diagnosed with cervical stenosis, will retire immediately

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Northwestern running back Jeremy Larkin diagnosed with cervical stenosis, will retire immediately

Tough news out of Evanston this morning: Northwestern announced that running back Jeremy Larkin will retire immediately after being diagnosed with cervical stenosis.

Cervical stenois is the narrowing of the spinal canal in one's neck, according to Mayo Clinic. Larkin's condition is thankfully not life-threatening, though it does prevent him from continuing to participate in the game of football. 

"Football has been a lifelong passion and it has been a process to reconcile the fact I won't be on that field again, given I've played this game since I was five years old," Larkin said.

"I'm extremely appreciative of the Northwestern sports medicine and athletic training staffs for uncovering this condition, and for my coaches and the medical staff for always putting my health first.

"I came to this University to engage at the absolute highest level on the field and in the classroom, and I'm grateful for the opportunity to continue one of those while supporting my teammates from the sideline." 

Head Coach Pat Fitzgerald called the news "heartbreaking."

"This is heartbreaking because I see every day how much Jeremy loves the game, loves his teammates, and loves to compete," Fitzgerald said in a statement. "But this is the absolute best possible outcome for him.

"The discovery of this condition allowed Jeremy and his family to make an informed decision for his long-term health and well-being. For those of us who have known Jeremy Larkin since his high school days, his future is exceptionally bright. I can't wait to see the impact he makes in our world."

Larkin is a sophomore from Cincinnati. He finishes his Northwestern career with 156 carries for 849 yards and 10 rushing touchdowns.

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.