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Big Ten basketball roundup: Hoosiers, Hawkeyes blow out Creighton, Marquette


Big Ten basketball roundup: Hoosiers, Hawkeyes blow out Creighton, Marquette

A roundup of Big Ten basketball action from Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015:

Indiana 86, Creighton 65

This was a crushing all the way through, as the Hoosiers nearly had a 20-point lead at halftime and expanded on it from there. Indiana shot 50 percent from the field and made 10 3-pointers, with James Blackmon Jr. and Nick Zeisloft each knocking down four from deep. Blackmon led the way with 19 points, also grabbing seven rebounds and handing out four assists. Thomas Bryant had 17 points, seven rebounds and four blocks. Yogi Ferrell had 15 points, nine rebounds, six assists and two steals.

Iowa 89, Marquette 61

The Hawkeyes put a hurting on the Golden Eagles, holding them to just 21 points and turning the ball over just twice in the first half. Six Iowa players scored in double figures as the team shot 54.5 percent from the field and assisted on 25 of its 36 made field goals. Peter Jok had 20 points and knocked down four 3-pointers. Jarrod Uthoff added 15 points, and Mike Gesell, Anthony Clemmons and Dom Uhl combined for 10 steals.

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Temple 75, Minnesota 70

The Gophers went down by nine about six and a half minutes into the second half, but Minnesota went on a 17-2 run over the next five and a half minutes to take a six-point lead, seven of those points scored by Bakary Konate. But Temple answered with a 15-2 run of its own to go up seven with about four minutes to go. Minnesota cut the lead to three in the final minute, but Temple hit its free throws to grab the win. Nate Mason scored a game-high 20 points, 11 coming from the free-throw line.

Nebraska 75, Delaware 60

Thanks to a 14-point halftime lead, a 29-point second half didn't bother the Huskers much. Shavon Shields scored 21 points, handed out seven assists, grabbed five rebounds, came away with a pair of steals and blocked a shot in a do-it-all performance. Andrew White also scored 20 points, hitting four 3-pointers. Delaware State out-shot Nebraska but missed nine free throws to keep the margin at double digits.

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St. John's 61, Rutgers 59

A Mike Williams 3-pointer about five minutes into the second half gave Rutgers a 16-point lead, but a 15-6 run for St. John's over six and a half minutes cut that lead down to just five points. Two and a half minutes later, the game was tied at 58. Corey Sanders split a pair of free throws to give Rutgers a one-point lead with less than two minutes left, but that was the last score for the Knights, and three St. John's free throws gave the Red Storm an improbable comeback win. Despite out-shooting St. John's 41.7 percent to 32.3 percent and winning the turnover battle, Rutgers lost the game, making just five of its 14 free-throw attempts on the evening.

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


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


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.