A roundup of Big Ten basketball action from Monday, Nov. 16, 2015:
Indiana 102, Austin Peay 76
It was a high-scoring night for the Hoosiers, who shot an unreal 66.7 percent from the field and 59.3 percent from 3-point range. Indiana buried 16 3-pointers, with Nick Zeisloft hitting five and Yogi Ferrell and James Blackmon Jr. each nailing four. They were three of five Hoosiers in double figures. Ferrell led the way with 22 points — also handing out nine assists and grabbing six rebounds — Blackmon had 20, Zeisloft had 15, Troy Williams had 14 and Thomas Bryant had 11. Indiana had 14 steals, eclipsing its single-game season-high of nine from 2014-15. The Hoosiers still turned the ball over 20 times and shot just 60 percent from the free-throw line.
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Michigan 88, Elon 68
The Wolverines breezed past Elon in Zak Irvin's return to the floor. Irvin missed the season-opener but played Monday, though he didn't score any points, missing all five shots he took. But there was plenty of good shooting news, mostly in the form of tremendous nights from 3-point range for Derrick Walton Jr. and Duncan Robinson. Walton went 6-for-7 from 3, finishing with a game-high 24 points — plus seven assists and six rebounds — while Robinson was a perfect 5-for-5 from behind the arc and finished with 19 points. Caris LeVert was also in double figures, scoring 11 and adding seven assists, four rebounds and four steals.
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 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.