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Hoosiers use 25-0 first-half run to bury Michigan


Hoosiers use 25-0 first-half run to bury Michigan

The Hoosiers have been faced with questions about their impressive start to conference play, with critics asserting their strength of schedule hasn’t been much to get excited about.

Well, a Tuesday-night obliteration of Michigan ought to make some of those critics think twice.

Indiana closed the first half on a 25-0 run, an eye-popping display that turned what was once an 11-point first-half deficit into a 21-point halftime lead, the key stretch in a 80-67 win in Ann Arbor. The final score didn't exactly tell the story, as Indiana had a 20-plus-point advantage throughout almost the entirety of the second half, the lead reaching as high as 27.

The Hoosiers actually started sluggish, making just two of their first 10 shots and falling into a double-digit hole early on. But suddenly a switch flipped on both ends of the floor, with the Indiana offense catching fire and the Michigan offense falling off a cliff. The Wolverines had a 17-6 lead with just under 14 minutes till halftime, but they got just two more baskets the rest of the period and scored just seven more points, going scoreless over the final nine minutes of the half. And meanwhile, the Hoosiers got red hot, making 17 of 20 shots following that 2-for-10 start.

Indiana ended the first half on that sensational 25-0 blitz, shooting 61.3 percent from the field over the first 20 minutes. Michigan shot just 28.1 percent before the break. The Hoosiers beat the Wolverines up on the boards, 24-13, and held a 24-8 advantage in points in the paint.

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Despite Michigan's offense getting back on track in the second half, shooting 60 percent and outscoring Indiana by eight over the final 20 minutes, the damage was already well done. The Hoosiers shot 50 percent from the floor on the night, hitting 10 3s. They also out-rebounded the Wolverines by 14.

Yogi Ferrell led the way with 17 points, hitting a trio of 3-pointers and handing out nine assists. Robert Johnson scored 16 points, and OG Anunoby had 11 points. Five other Hoosiers had at least five points.

Zak Irvin scored 16 for the Wolverines, with Duncan Robinson adding 14.

Indiana improved to 19-4 overall and 9-1 in conference play with the win. After a Saturday game against Penn State, two big tests await with back-to-back games against Iowa and Michigan State.

Michigan dropped to 17-6 overall and 7-3 in Big Ten play with the defeat, which put an end to a four-game winning streak. Next up is a big game this weekend against Michigan State.

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.