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Big Ten poll update: Hoosiers plummet 10 spots, only three Big Ten teams in AP poll


Big Ten poll update: Hoosiers plummet 10 spots, only three Big Ten teams in AP poll

You lose to IPFW, you're not going to be the No. 3 team in the country anymore.

Indiana received confirmation of that Monday, when the new AP poll revealed a 10-spot drop for the Hoosiers, who shockingly lost to IPFW last Tuesday.

Despite the plummet down the rankings, Indiana was still the Big Ten's highest-ranked squad. The conference boasts just two other ranked teams — No. 15 Purdue and No. 17 Wisconsin — heading into this week's Big Ten-ACC Challenge. Michigan State and Michigan both fell out of the top 25.

Indiana's stunning loss brought the lowest of lows following the highest of highs (a season-opening win over Kansas) for Tom Crean's crew. At 4-1, things remain mighty challenging for the Hoosiers prior to the start of Big Ten play. Indiana takes on third-ranked North Carolina on Wednesday in Bloomington and faces 18th-ranked Butler on Dec. 17.

Purdue has won four straight since losing to defending-champion Villanova back on Nov. 14. The Boilermakers rose two spots in this week's poll, up to No. 15 from No. 17 a week ago. Villanova is currently the No. 2 team in the country. Purdue has a tough road test against No. 14 Louisville on Wednesday.

Wisconsin dropped just on spot from No. 16 to No. 17 after losing to aforementioned North Carolina last week in Maui. The Badgers, 5-2, match up with No. 22 Syracuse on Tuesday night in Madison before hosting Oklahoma on Saturday.

Michigan State fell out of the top 25 after losing for the third time this season, with all three coming against highly ranked opponents. Arizona, Kentucky and Baylor, the three teams who have beaten Michigan State, are all currently ranked in the top 16. And things don't get any easier for the 4-3 Spartans, who take on fifth-ranked Duke on Tuesday night in Durham.

Michigan's stay in the top 25 was brief, knocked out after suffering its first loss of the season with a horrendous shooting performance against South Carolina, now the No. 20 team in the country. The Wolverines are 5-1 and play host to Virginia Tech on Wednesday night with non-conference games still to come against Texas and UCLA, the latter ranked 11th in the latest poll.

Maryland is on the cusp of the top 25, the de facto No. 26 team in the country with the most votes of any unranked team. Also in this week's "others receiving votes" category: Michigan State, Ohio State, Michigan, Minnesota and Rutgers.

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.

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.