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Big Ten basketball roundup: Izzo's 500th, Hawkeyes lose to Dayton


Big Ten basketball roundup: Izzo's 500th, Hawkeyes lose to Dayton

A roundup of Big Ten basketball action from Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015:

Dayton 82, Iowa 77

Iowa trailed by six at halftime, and Dayton extended that edge to 14 with a 12-4 run to open the second half. The Hawkeyes spent the majority of the final 20 minutes chipping away at that lead. Down eight with six minutes to play, buckets from Peter Jok and Anthony Clemmons made it a four-point game, and a minute and a half later, Brady Ellingson's 3-pointer gave the Hawkeyes a lead at 70-69. Iowa's lead reached four after five points from Mike Gesell, but after Dayton hit a 3, a Gesell turnover led to another Flyers basket, giving them the lead once more. Adam Woodbury's two free throws put the Hawkeyes ahead by a point with a minute left, but the Flyers answered with two go-ahead free throws of their own. Jarrod Uthoff and Jok missed a couple 3-pointers in the final seconds, and Dayton scored four more points to seal the win. Uthoff led the way for the Hawkeyes with 18 points, hitting four 3-pointers. Jok and Clemmons were also in double figures with 12 and 11 points, respectively.

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Michigan 102, Charlotte 47

The Wolverines bounced back in a big way from an ugly performance Wednesday against UConn, exploding for 102 points on 61.9-percent shooting. The defense was suffocating, limiting Charlotte to 25.9-percent shooting on the night, 22 points in the first half and 25 points in the second half. Michigan held a 44-27 rebounding advantage and knocked in 12 3-pointers. Moritz Wagner was the high man with 19 points, Caris LeVert had 13 to go along with five assists and four rebounds, Zak Irvin had 12 and Aubrey Dawkins had 10.

Michigan State 99, Boston College 68

For the second time in nine days, Denzel Valentine notched a triple-double, joining Magic Johnson and Draymond Green — who was in attendance — as the only Spartans with multiple triple-doubles. Valentine was on fire, matching a career high with 29 points, grabbing 11 rebounds and handing out 10 assists. He also hit six 3-pointers. The win was a runaway and also was Tom Izzo's 500th career victory. Izzo is the eighth fastest Division-I coach to reach 500 wins.

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.