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Blown out in Bloomington: Hoosiers crush Northwestern

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Blown out in Bloomington: Hoosiers crush Northwestern

You can have trouble scoring and still compete in plenty of Big Ten basketball games. But against this Indiana team, struggling to produce points is just not an option.

Northwestern found that out the hard way Saturday, getting hammered in an 89-57 rout in Bloomington, as Indiana won its 12th straight game and stayed undefeated in Big Ten play.

The Cats got practically zero production from all but two players. Seniors Tre Demps and Alex Olah played well and combined for 36 points, but that meant just 21 points combined by their teammates.

And with the Hoosiers putting on their usual offensive show, this one was no contest. Indiana shot 52.6 percent from the field, hitting 13 3-pointers, their 12th game of the season with double-digit triples.

The Hoosiers dictated what kind of game it would be from the jump, scoring the game's first 10 points and holding a 13-2 lead early on. The Cats trimmed that down to four, but things got out of hand in a hurry. The Indiana lead was again double digits with nine and a half minutes remaining till halftime, and after Bryant McIntosh became the first player not named Demps or Olah to score a point for Northwestern with under five minutes before the break, Indiana sprinted away with a 13-4 run to close out the opening 20 minutes. Demps and Olah had all but two of the Cats' first-half points, Demps going to halftime with 14 and Olah with 10. Meanwhile, the Hoosiers shot a sizzling 53.8 percent from the field in the opening period.

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Things did not improve in the second half for Northwestern. The Cats found slightly more scoring, getting 31 points over the final 20 minutes on 52-percent shooting. Demps had just three points after halftime, but Dererk Pardon provided some positives, accounting for nine points, all but one coming in about a three-minute span in the second half. But Indiana's onslaught continued. The Hoosiers scored 46 points in the second half on 51.6-percent shooting. Five different Indiana players hit at least one 3-pointer in the second half, and the game ended with the biggest lead of the afternoon at 32.

The Hoosiers had three players score in double figures. Yogi Ferrell led the way with 17 points, Max Bielfeldt finished with 13 and Collin Hartman had 11. Seven different players hit at least one 3, the team finishing with 13.

Olah was the high man for the Cats with 19 points in his best scoring performance since before he sat out six straight games with a foot injury. Demps finished with 17 points.

Indiana improved to 17-3 overall and 7-0 in conference play with the win. It's the Hoosiers' first 7-0 start to a Big Ten season in more than 20 years. Next up is a Tuesday trip to Wisconsin.

Northwestern dropped its third straight game and lost for the fifth time in the last seven games. The Cats are now halfway through a brutal stretch of games against Maryland, Indiana, Michigan State and Iowa — four ranked opponents. At 15-6 overall and 3-5 in league play, they'll play hosts to the Spartans on Thursday.

 

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.