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Melo Trimble absent as Zak Irvin leads Michigan in upset of Terps


Melo Trimble absent as Zak Irvin leads Michigan in upset of Terps

Just a few days after looking every bit the Big Ten preseason player of the year, hitting that awesome game-winning 3 against Wisconsin, Melo Trimble was nowhere to be found on Tuesday night in Ann Arbor.

Oh, he was on the floor. He just wasn't doing much of anything, scoring just two points as third-ranked Maryland was toppled by Michigan, 70-67.

Trimble scored a bucket in the first minute of the game, but that was it. He had two points — a career low — on 1-for-7 shooting, missing all three of his 3-point attempts and turning the ball over four times.

Meanwhile, the Terps couldn't keep the Wolverines form splashing home 3-pointers. Michigan hit 12 of them on the evening, with Duncan Robinson making five and Zak Irvin and Derrick Walton each hitting three.

The teams shot roughly the same in the first half, though the Wolverines went a scorching 8-for-15 from behind the arc, four of Robinson's trifectas coming in the opening 20 minutes. The Terps also turned the ball over nine times in the first half, leading to eight Michigan points, and were outscored in the paint, 16-6, sending Maryland to the break down eight.

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That lead quickly hit double digits in the opening minutes of the second half, but Diamond Stone dragged the Terps out of that hole, the freshman big man scoring 12 of Maryland's first 19 points of the half. A Jake Layman basket tied the game at 54 with seven and a half minutes to play, and the Terps actually had a lead thanks to Stone's three-point play not long after. But Michigan punched right back, going on an 11-2 run to grow its lead as big as eight on an Irvin triple with under three minutes to play. Rasheed Sulaimon cut the deficit to five with an answer 3, but that triple was answered by a bucket from Walton to make it a seven-point game.

Sulaimon hit another 3-pointer, and after Irvin missed the front end of a 1-and-1, Stone hit two free throws to bring the Terps within a bucket with 40 seconds left. Mark Donnal split a pair of free throws with 17 seconds to play, but Sulaimon — with Sunday's hero Trimble not even touching the ball on the final possession — missed a potential game-tying triple as time ran out and the Terps were upset.

Michigan shot 47.2 percent from the field compared to Maryland's 44.8-percent effort. Michigan finished 12-for-29 from 3, and Maryland was just 6-for-24. The Terps actually grabbed nine more rebounds but also committed four more turnovers, the Wolverines piling up seven steals. Michigan outscored Maryland in the paint, 34-22, and had a 16-5 edge in second-chance points.

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Irvin led the way for the Wolverines with 22 points. Robinson finished with 17, and Walton had a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Michigan again played without injured star Caris LeVert, who has missed the past three games.

Stone was the high man for the Terps with 22 points, recording a double-double with 11 rebounds. Layman also had a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds, and Robert Carter had 15 points. Sulaimon had the big 3-pointers late, but he finished with just eight points on 3-for-10 shooting.

Trimble's career-low scoring effort isn't exactly without precedent. Last season, Trimble had scoring outputs of three and four points, going a combined 0-for-13 from the field in back-to-back games against Ohio State and Penn State. Just two games ago, he scored only four points against Rutgers, though he played only 14 minutes in that one. Earlier this season, in 26 minutes against St. Francis, Trimble was 1-for-3 from the field and scored just three points.

The loss was just the second of the season for Maryland, which dropped to 15-2 overall and 4-1 in conference play with the loss. Next up is a Saturday game against Ohio State.

The win was huge for Michigan coming off a 17-point loss to Purdue last week. The Wolverines moved to 13-4 overall and 3-1 in league play with the win. Next comes a trip to Iowa on Sunday.

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.