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Hawkeyes continue march through Big Ten with win over Purdue


Hawkeyes continue march through Big Ten with win over Purdue

It's settled. The Hawkeyes don't just look like the Big Ten's best team. They are the Big Ten's best team.

Iowa's second-half surge lifted it past Purdue on Saturday, 83-71, a double-digit win over another ranked opponent, giving the Hawkeyes a season sweep of the Boilermakers not long after completing a season sweep of the Michigan State Spartans. Four of Iowa's seven wins to start the conference season have been against ranked competition, and the Hawkeyes — along with the unblemished Indiana Hoosiers — are one of just two undefeated Big Ten squads.

That enough proof for you?

Iowa was sensational Saturday. Trailing by three at the half, the Hawkeyes exploded out of the break on a 14-4 run, one that grew to 23-6, building a 15-point lead not even eight minutes into the second half. During that surge, the Hawkeyes made nine of the 12 shots they took, including 3-pointers by five different players. That stretch knocked out the Boilermakers, who didn't come within single digits until there were fewer than two minutes to play.

The Hawkeyes shot 60 percent from the field in the second half, looking like an unstoppable force as the lead reached as high as 19.

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Iowa finished with a 50-percent shooting mark on the afternoon, going 11-for-20 from 3-point range. The Hawkeyes turned a whopping 17 Boilermaker turnovers into 24 points, and despite getting beat on the boards and in the points-in-the-paint department, they made 18 free throws, 10 more than the Boilers.

Four Hawkeyes finished in double figures, led by the 22 points of Jarrod Uthoff, who is emerging as the frontrunner for conference player of the year honors and a legitimate candidate for national player of the year honors. Adam Woodbury had a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Peter Jok also had 13 points, and Anthony Clemmons added 10.

Vince Edwards led the way for Purdue with 19 points and eight rebounds. P.J. Thompson scored 16 points, hitting four 3-pointers. A.J. Hammons had 10 points.

The win, Iowa's ninth straight, sent the Hawkeyes to 16-3 overall and 7-0 in league play. Another win over a ranked opponent ought to dramatically boost Iowa's ranking within the top 10 of the AP poll, particularly after losses this week by seven of the eight teams ranked higher. Another huge game awaits, as next up is a Thursday trip to Maryland.

Purdue fell to 17-4 overall and 5-3 in the conference with the loss. Next up is a Wednesday trip to Minnesota.

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.