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Hoosiers shocked by Penn State in big-time upset


Hoosiers shocked by Penn State in big-time upset

Despite sitting in a tie atop the Big Ten standings with the Iowa Hawkeyes, many still questioned if the Hoosiers were a real threat to win the Big Ten title.

Those questions will only get louder after Indiana was shocked Saturday night in Happy Valley, upset by Penn State, 68-63.

The normally high-powered Hoosiers shot poorly, a season-low 36.2 percent on the game and just 30.4 percent in the second half, and turned the ball over 15 times leading to 19 points for the Nittany Lions. The conference's highest-scoring team — Indiana came in averaging 84.1 points per game — was held to just 34 points in the first half and even lower total of 29 in the second half.

The game was extremely close throughout, neither side leading by more than six, and the two teams were tied for nearly 11 minutes of gameplay.

After playing tight for the entirety, Penn State had a five-point lead with six and a half minutes to play. Indiana then scored six straight, getting a 3-pointer from Nick Zeisloft during that stretch. Brandon Taylor hit a 3 to stop that run, giving the Lions back the lead at 58-56 with a little more than three minutes to play. About a minute later, Zeisloft hit two free throws to tie the game at 58, and the game was again tied after Thomas Bryant answered Payton Banks' triple with an old-fashioned three-point play with about a minute and a half to go.

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Julian Moore's three-point play at the 1:13 mark put Penn State ahead for good, but there was plenty of sweating still to be done. Bryant hit a pair of free throws before Shep Garner split a pair from the line, making it a one-point game. But Garner made three of his last four free throws as Indiana went the final minute and a half without a made field goal.

Taylor had a huge night for the Lions, scoring 24 points on 10 made shots. Devin Foster joined him in double figures with a career-high 13 points, and Garner finished with 12.

Zeisloft led the Hoosiers with 14 points, hitting a quartet of 3-pointers. Yogi Ferrell had 13 points but turned the ball over five times. Bryant finished with 10 points.

After straddling non-conference and conference play with a 12-game winning streak, Indiana has dropped two of its last four games to fall to 19-5 overall and 9-2 in the league. Next up is a huge game against conference-leading Iowa on Thursday in Bloomington.

Penn State stopped a four-game losing streak with the victory, moving to 12-12 overall and 3-8 in Big Ten play. Next up is a road trip to take on Nebraska next weekend.

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.