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Big Ten hoops roundup: Hawkeyes fall to Seton Hall, Michigan wins big over Marquette


Big Ten hoops roundup: Hawkeyes fall to Seton Hall, Michigan wins big over Marquette

A roundup of Big Ten basketball games played on Thursday, Nov. 17:

Seton Hall 91, Iowa 83

The Hawkeyes had a lead at halftime, but the visiting Pirates outscored them by 10 over the game’s final 20 minutes. Eight straight points in the early stages of the second half gave Seton Hall the breathing room it needed to hold on the rest of the way. Iowa didn’t lead again and made little dent in the lead after getting as close as three at the eight-minute mark, Seton Hall going on an 11-4 run from there. The Pirates shot an eye-popping 65.5 percent from the field after halftime, the Hawkeyes shooting a far chillier 38.7 percent in the second half and going just 3-for-12 from 3-point range over the final 20 minutes. Peter Jok scored a career-high 30 points, though he needed a lot of shots to do it, going 11-for-21 from the field and 2-for-8 from 3. He did, though, turn in a double-double with 11 rebounds. Tyler Cook added 24 points for Iowa, the rest of the team combining for only 29.

Michigan 79, Marquette 61

A 50-point first half led to an impressive 18-point win for the Wolverines, who were stellar in this one, shooting 50 percent from the field and 80 percent from the free-throw line (16-for-20). Six first-half 3-pointers helped Michigan to its big halftime lead. Five Wolverines scored in double figures. Zak Irvin had a team-high 16 points, going 3-for-4 from 3-point range and adding seven rebounds and five assists. Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman and Mark Donnal each scored 15 points. Duncan Robinson made three 3s and finished with 10 points, while D.J. Wilson finished with a double-double, scoring 10 points and grabbing 10 rebounds, also blocking two shots.

Ohio State 72, Providence 67

A double-digit lead was halved by game’s end, but the Buckeyes played well, shooting 50 percent from the field and winning the rebounding battle by 10. Providence hit 10 3s and turned the ball over just three times, but Ohio State shot better from the free-throw line (14-for-20) and blocked seven shots. The Friars got as close as one midway through the second half, but the Buckeyes rattled off nine straight points from there and scored five straight when their lead shrunk to two later in the game. JaQuan Lyle carried Ohio State with 21 points, adding eight rebounds and seven assists, while Jae’Sean Tate had 14 points. Marc Loving chipped in eight points to go along with his 10 rebounds.

Wisconsin 69, Chicago State 51

The Badgers rebounded from their loss to Creighton earlier in the week, and though their 3-point shot still wasn’t on line — going 5-for-19 from deep — they shot 44.8 percent from the field, good enough to overwhelm the overmatched Cougars. Chicago State shot just 35.3 percent from the field and couldn’t crack 30 points in either half. Fifteen players saw the floor for Wisconsin, only three of them scoring in double figures: Vitto Brown had 12 points to lead the way, with Khalil Iverson adding 11 off the bench and Bronson Koenig scoring 10 while still searching for his 3-point shot. He went 1-for-6 from deep.

Rutgers 66, DePaul 59

The Knights made just three 3-pointers but had a huge margin at the free-throw line, their seven-point halftime lead negating a tied second half. Rutgers went 23-for-29 from the charity stripe, DePaul just 9-for-17. Rutgers also had almost 20 more rebounds. Corey Sanders had a team-high 15 points, while Mike Williams added 14 off the bench. Deshawn Freeman had nine points and nine rebounds, also blocking a pair of shots.

Maryland 93, St. Mary’s (Md.) 45

St. Mary’s (Md.) had little chance in this one, with Maryland nearly winning by 50. The visitors shot just 32 percent and made only two triples as the Terps scored 54 points in the first half alone, won the rebounding battle, 51-28, forced a whopping 24 turnovers and paraded to the free-throw line a jaw-dropping 48 times. Damonte Dodd posted a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds, while L.G. Gill scored a team-high 15 points and Kevin Huerter and Jaylen Brantley each had 11 points.

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.