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Hawkeyes beat Michigan to stay perfect in Big Ten play


Hawkeyes beat Michigan to stay perfect in Big Ten play

Attention, America: The Hawkeyes are very, very, very good.

Iowa, fresh off a dominating win over Michigan State, completed a Great Lakes State sweep Sunday with an 11-point win over Michigan, putting on a second-half show to down the visitors, 82-71, in Iowa City.

The Hawkeyes exploded out of the gates, scoring the game's first 11 points, but the Wolverines caught up in a hurry, using a 13-0 run in the middle of the first half to storm back and even take a one-point lead. But Iowa responded, scoring seven straight to go back in front and boasting a five-point lead at halftime.

Both teams shot well in the first half — Michigan at 50 percent and Iowa at 47.1 percent — but the shooting display was cranked up to 11 in the second half, the teams combining to hit 15 3-pointers over the final 20 minutes.

The score was close in the period's early stages, and the Wolverines again grabbed a one-point lead, this time thanks to an Aubrey Dawkins triple at the 12:23 mark. But like they did in the first half when faced with a deficit, the Hawkeyes roared right back. This time it was 12 straight points, featuring a pair of Peter Jok 3s and a long ball by Anthony Clemmons. A Dom Uhl 3 made it an 11-point game with six and a half minutes to go, and a Jarrod Uthoff trifecta made it a game-high 12-point edge with under six minutes to play. Dawkins hit two straight 3s to bring Michigan within six, but Iowa seemed to have an answer for everything, re-extending that lead and winning by 11.

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The Hawkeyes finished shooting 50.8 percent from the field, including a 10-for-22 effort from behind the arc. They also turned 13 Wolverines turnovers into 16 points, only turning the ball over four times themselves. And for all the sharpshooting, Iowa had 34 points in the paint, 10 more than Michigan.

Uthoff, who at this point might have the best argument for the conference's player of the year honors, led the way with 23 points. Jok had 16 points and hit four 3-pointers. Adam Woodbury had 12 points, and Uhl ended with 10.

Michigan wasn't too far off Iowa's stellar shooting numbers, going 46.3 percent from the field and 10-for-28 from 3-point range. Derrick Walton Jr. had 16 points to lead the Wolverines. Dawkins finished with 12, and Zak Irvin and Duncan Robinson each had 11. Caris LeVert again sat out, missing his fourth straight game.

Iowa won its seventh straight game, improving to 14-3 on the season and a perfect 5-0 in Big Ten play. Ranked No. 16, a big jump in the AP top-25 rankings could be coming after eight teams ranked in the top 15 suffered at least one loss this week. Next up for Iowa is a Thursday trip to Rutgers.

Michigan finished a tough three-game stretch against three ranked opponents, falling to Purdue and Iowa and beating Maryland. Sunday's loss sent the Wolverines to 13-5 overall and 3-2 in league play. Next up is a Wednesday home game against Minnesota.

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.