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Big Ten basketball roundup: Illini drop heartbreaker, Purdue wins big

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Big Ten basketball roundup: Illini drop heartbreaker, Purdue wins big

A roundup of Big Ten basketball action from Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015:

Providence 60, Illinois 59

A second-half comeback was for naught as the Illini blew two straight point-blank chances with time running out to fall at Providence. Down by just a point, Malcolm Hill missed a layup, and Michael Finke missed a put-back dunk as time ran out. Hill, Finke and Jalen Coleman-Lands figured big in the second half, and all three finished in double figures. But foul trouble buried the Illini, with starting big men Mike Thorne Jr. and Leron Black playing a combined 17 minutes and picking up a combined nine fouls.

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Northwestern 79, Fairfield 72

The Cats let a 16-point second-half lead get all the way down to three, but late work by Bryant McIntosh allowed for a survival of a win. McIntosh scored five straight points to turn a three-point edge into an eight-point one in the final minutes, and the sophomore finished with 20 points, five rebounds, five assists and four steals, while three other Northwestern players scored in double figures.

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Purdue 96, Incarnate Word 61

The Boilers shot a sizzling 59.6 percent from the field and held the Cardinals to just 28.4-percent shooting on the night in this runaway. Five Purdue players scored in double figures, with Isaac Haas recording a double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds and Kendall Stephens a perfect 3-for-3 from 3-point range off the bench. The Boilers have averaged 94.7 points in their three season-opening wins, and Caleb Swanigan is averaging 11.7 points and 10 rebounds three games into his college career.

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.