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Kam Chatman's buzzer-beating 3 lifts Michigan over Hoosiers in stunner


Kam Chatman's buzzer-beating 3 lifts Michigan over Hoosiers in stunner

INDIANAPOLIS — A Big Ten Tournament already upset-heavy through two days saw Day 3 open with its biggest upset yet.

Kam Chatman's 3-pointer beat the buzzer, broke a tie and lifted Michigan to a stunning 72-69 win over top-seeded Indiana on Friday, sending the Wolverines — and not the regular-season conference-champion Hoosiers — to the tournament semifinals on Saturday.

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Michigan played Indiana tougher and closer than most anyone expected, as the Hoosiers made a habit of blowing out teams with eye-popping point totals all season long. But the Wolverines played solid defense and hung around long enough despite an offensively dry second half to grab the improbable victory.

In fact, it was the Wolverines who led much of the second half. The Hoosiers' biggest lead of the game was only five, coming when Max Bielfeldt hit a 3 to make it 49-44. But Michigan responded from there, using a 9-0 run while Indiana went five and a half minutes without a point to retake the lead. After a stretch dominated by free throws — but one that featured a pair of electrifying OG Anunoby steals turned fastbreak buckets — the Hoosiers moved in front thanks to a 7-0 spurt that gave them a 66-61 lead with two and a half minutes remaining. It didn't look good for the Wolverines, who made just one basket over a seven-and-a-half-minute stretch, but Duncan Robinson's three-point play made it a two-point game and a pair of Derrick Walton Jr. free throws did the same moments later. After Yogi Ferrell split a pair of free throws to boost Indiana's lead to three with a minute left, Robinson splashed home a game-tying 3 from the corner. Anunoby turned the ball over on the Hoosiers' ensuing possession, and Chatman buried his game-winner with less than a second remaining to secure the win.

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Robinson and Chatman hit the back-to-back triples after Michigan started the second half 0-for-10 from 3-point range. The Wolverines scored 22 points off 15 Hoosier turnovers despite getting beat up on the boards and shooting effectively the same percentage from the field. Typically hot-shooting from 3, Indiana was just 4-for-17 from deep Friday.

Zak Irvin led Michigan with 17 points, Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman scored 15 points, and Robinson and Mark Donnal each had 12. Walton was held to just two points, on those two free throws, but he handed out a record 12 assists, the most ever in a Big Ten Tournament game.

Troy Williams scored 16 to lead Indiana, only four of those points coming after halftime. Ferrell had 14 and handed out eight assists. Anunoby and Thomas Bryant each scored 13.

The win over a team ranked in the top 10 is gigantic for a Michigan squad still sitting on the NCAA tournament bubble. It still might not be enough to get the Wolverines into the field of 68, but it will go a long way in bettering their resume. Michigan gets the winner of Purdue and Illinois on Saturday.

The loss is embarrassing for Indiana and ought to affect its NCAA tournament seeding. The Big Ten Tournament has been a historically tough event for the Hoosiers, who are just 11-19 all-time.

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.