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Caris LeVert records Michigan's fourth-ever triple-double


Caris LeVert records Michigan's fourth-ever triple-double

Denzel Valentine isn't the only college hoopster in the Great Lakes State that can deliver a triple-double.

Caris LeVert recorded just the fourth triple-double in Michigan basketball history Tuesday night, scoring 13 points, grabbing 10 rebounds and handing out 10 assists in the Wolverines' 77-62 win over Northern Kentucky.

LeVert joined Gary Grant, Manny Harris and Darius Morris as Wolverines with a triple-double. Morris' on Jan. 30, 2011, was the most recent prior to LeVert's exploits Tuesday.

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LeVert grabbed the headlines late for his impressive statistical feat, but the story early was 3-pointers, as Michigan banged home eight of its first 12 attempts from behind the arc.

Duncan Robinson, quickly establishing himself as one of college hoops' preeminent 3-point specialists, splashed home six triples on the night, finishing with a game-high 18 points. The six 3s were a season-high for the sophomore, but it was the fourth time in the last five games in which Robinson's hit at least five 3-pointers. Robinson has averaged 15.7 points per game over the last six games and has 39 made 3-pointers on the season.

Robinson and LeVert were two of five Michigan players in double figures, with Derrick Walton Jr. scoring 16 points in his first game back following a three-game absence, Mark Donnal scoring 11 points off the bench and Zak Irvin contributing 10 points.

The win bumped the Wolverines to 8-3 on the season. They have two more non-conference games — against Youngstown State and Bryant — prior to the start of Big Ten play.

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.