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Big Ten basketball roundup: Hoosiers lose to UNLV to wrap ugly Maui trip


Big Ten basketball roundup: Hoosiers lose to UNLV to wrap ugly Maui trip

A roundup of Big Ten basketball action from Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015:

UNLV 72, Indiana 69

The Hoosiers wrapped a miserable trip to Maui with another miserable performance. Indiana turned the ball over 11 times in the first half and allowed UNLV to shoot 51.6 percent from the field and to grow its first-half lead as big as 15. The Hoosiers turned the ball over 10 more times in the second half, and though the Rebels cooled off and shot just 36.7 percent in the final 20 minutes, Indiana never led, with UNLV answering every time the score got close. Nick Zeisloft, courtesy of five made 3s, led the way for the Hoosiers with 17 points. James Blackmon Jr. had 13 points. Indiana dropped games to unranked Wake Forest and UNLV and unimpressively beat St. John’s in three games in Maui, turning the ball over a combined 46 times.

Maryland 86, Rhode Island, 63

The Terps breezed past the Rams, allowing just 28 first-half points and holding a whopping 60-percent to 33.9-percent shooting advantage on the game. Maryland led by as many as 29 in this one despite turning the ball over 18 times. Rasheed Sulaimon and Melo Trimble each had 17 points, with Sulaimon hitting four 3-pointers. Robert Carter stuffed the stat sheet with 15 points, nine rebounds, three assists and three blocks. Mark Turgeon and Rhode Island head coach Dan Hurley started shouting at each other late in the game, and Hurley was reported as directing an expletive at Maryland players, though Rhode Island denied such a thing happened. But Turgeon was mad, no doubt.

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Connecticut 74, Michigan 60

Just how important is Caris LeVert? Well, after committing a foul around the eight-minute mark of the first half, John Beilein sat LeVert on the bench for the rest of the half. UConn outscored Michigan, 22-7, in that span to take a commanding 14-point lead at the break, and the Wolverines couldn’t come back. Perhaps LeVert’s presence, though, wouldn’t have made too much a difference — the Huskies shot 57.7 percent in the first half, and the Wolverines shot just 24 percent — but he finished the high man for Michigan with 21 points. Derrick Walton Jr. was the only other Wolverine in double figures with 10 points.

Clemson 76, Rutgers 58

The Tigers opened the game on an 11-4 run and had another 14-4 stretch in the middle of the first half. Rutgers was done from there, with Clemson leading by as many as 23 in the second half. The Tigers shot 50.9 percent from the field and had a 36-25 rebounding edge. Deshawn Freeman had 13 points to lead the Knights, while D.J. Foreman was the only other Rutgers players in double figures with 11 points.

Wisconsin 85, Prairie View A&M 67

Runs of 9-0 and 11-2 kept the visiting Panthers at bay in the first half, the Badgers leading by just six at the break after Prairie View A&M shot 60.9 percent from the field. But Wisconsin shot 55.2 percent from the field in the second half to pull away. Six different Badgers scored in double figures. Bronson Koenig and Zak Showalter each made three 3-pointers and finished with 16 and 14 points, respectively. Ethan Happ was two rebounds away from a double-double with 12 points and eight boards.

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.