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Michigan keeps marching on Washington with upset of top-seeded Purdue in Big Ten Tournament

Michigan keeps marching on Washington with upset of top-seeded Purdue in Big Ten Tournament

WASHINGTON — Michigan pushed its next flight back at least another day.

The Wolverines, the Big Ten Tournament's sentimental favorites after the flight nightmare they endured Wednesday afternoon, made it two wins in two days Friday, upsetting the top-seeded Purdue Boilermakers in a mighty entertaining 74-70 overtime decision at the Verizon Center.

Despite shooting just 33.3 percent after halftime, Michigan scored eight of overtime's 12 points and pulled off a big upset on the tournament's third day. The Wolverines clobbered Illinois the day before, and Friday's win made it eight wins in the team's last 10 games.

Purdue, meanwhile, entered the tournament as the favorite, the outright regular-season conference champion boasting the Big Ten Player of the Year in Caleb Swanigan. But the Boilers turned the ball over 15 times, surrendered 18 second-chance points and went just 6-for-13 from the free-throw line.

Both teams had their moments in a mighty entertaining first half. Unsurprisingly, Purdue flexed its size with Swanigan and Isaac Haas having big first halves. The duo combined for 21 points on 10-for-14 shooting. Michigan had its own big man do work, D.J. Wilson dropping 18 points in the opening 20 minutes on 8-for-11 shooting with a couple 3-pointers.

The Boilers shot nearly 60 percent from the field in the first half and used a 12-3 run to build a lead as big as nine with under five minutes till halftime. The Wolverines charged from there, though, going on a 15-2 run to storm back in front. That stretch featured 10 straight from Wilson. But it was Purdue that had the last laugh of the thrilling half with P.J. Thompson draining a buzzer-beating half-court heave to make it a one-point game at the break.

Both teams shot extremely well in the first 20 minutes. Purdue shot 59.3 percent from the field and got 17 points from its bench, while Michigan shot 53.8 percent with five made 3s and 10 second-chance points.

After that red-hot first half, the second half started chillily, with both teams struggling shooting the ball while the score stayed close.

Haas broke a 59-all tie with a dunk near the four-minute mark, but Wilson answered with just his second make of the second half to tie it the score at 61. Dakota Mathias, who was scoreless through the game's first 18 minutes, knocked down a massive tie-breaking triple with two minutes to go. Wilson answered with a bucket to cut it to a one-point game, and Michigan got a stop at the other end. But Zak Irvin's jumper was off the mark, and Carsen Edwards went coast to coast to give Purdue a three-point lead. Wilson split a pair of free throws before Thompson missed the front end of a 1-and-1 at the free-throw line, allowing Irvin to tie the game at 66 with a layup at the other end.

Purdue got a huge break immediately following that Irvin bucket, as Swanigan inbounded the ball right into the hands of Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman right under the hoop. But clock issues forced a whistle, and the Boilers kept the ball. Edwards was blocked on a 3-point try, and the game spun into overtime.

Irvin made two layups in the extra period, with just one Swanigan free throw to counter for Purdue, giving Michigan a three-point lead in the final minute. Swanigan was hit with his fifth foul with 20 seconds to play, and Walton knocked down two free throws to give the Wolverines a five-point lead, enough to clinch a victory.

Wilson finished with a game-high 26 points, and Irvin, Walton and Abdur-Rahkman all joined him in double figures. Haas and Edwards led Purdue with 17 points apiece, and Swanigan had his 26th double-double of the season with 13 points and 13 rebounds.

Michigan advanced to the Big Ten Tournament semifinals with the win, where it'll face off against the winner of Friday's game between Minnesota and Michigan State. This was the second straight year the Wolverines knocked off the No. 1 seed in the quarterfinal round of the conference tournament.

Purdue, meanwhile, made a much earlier exit than anticipated and heads home to await its NCAA tournament fate.

Northwestern Wildcats pause football workouts after positive COVID-19 test

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Northwestern Wildcats pause football workouts after positive COVID-19 test

The Northwestern Wildcats have stopped football workouts due to a player testing positive for COVID-19. A university spokesperson says, the school is now undergoing “rigorous contact tracing and quarantine protocols to protect the health and safety of student-athletes, coaches and staff.”

Some student-athletes have already been placed in quarantine, according to the Chicago Tribune.

The earliest any football activities can resume for the Wildcats is Wednesday, according to the university spokesperson.

Michigan State required their entire football team to go into quarantine in late July after several positive tests among players and staff.

In addition, the Big Ten announced they will play a conference-only schedule in 2020, if they’re able to play at all.

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Lou Henson, former Illinois Fighting Illini basketball coach, dies at 88

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Lou Henson, former Illinois Fighting Illini basketball coach, dies at 88

Hall of Fame former Fighting Illini head basketball coach Lou Henson died last Saturday. He was 88 years old.

Henson was the all-time wins leader at the University of Illinois, guiding the team to a 423-224 record from 1975-1996. That included a 214-164 record in Big Ten Conference play, and one Big Ten conference title in 1984.

He also led the Illini to 12 NCAA tournament appearances, the highlight being a Final Four berth with the 1988-89 “Flying Illini.”

"Our Orange and Blue hearts are heavy," said Josh Whitman, Illinois Director of Athletics, in a statement. "We have lost an Illini icon. We have lost a role model, a friend, and a leader. We have lost our coach.

“Coach Henson may be gone, but the memories he provided us, and the legacy he created, will last forever. He was responsible for almost 800 wins in the record book and countless Fighting Illini moments frozen in time, but Coach Henson's true measure will be felt in the lives he touched – the lives of his former players, people on this campus, and friends in our broader community.

“We are all better for whatever time we were privileged to spend with Coach Lou, whether it was five minutes or 50 years. He made everyone feel like a friend. I so enjoyed my time with Coach these last five years, and I will miss him. Our thoughts and prayers are with Mary, Lisa, Lori, Leigh Anne, and the entire Henson family. Their family will always be part of ours."

In addition to his iconic career at the University of Illinois, Henson coached at New Mexico State where he compiled another 289 victories, from 1966-1975 and 1997-2005. Henson is the wins leader at New Mexico State, as well.

His 779 career wins rank 28th all-time in NCAA history. He was inducted into the National Collegiate Hall of Fame in 2015. The same year, the newly renovated court at Illinois was renamed “Lou Henson Court.” The basketball court at New Mexico State is named “Lou Henson Court,” as well.

“He really was ahead of the game, in terms of bringing fan interaction and fan connection to a program,” said Stephen Bardo, one of Henson’s former players in a video on Twitter. “For me, Lou Henson’s voice got louder the longer after I left school. The more of an adult I became, the older my kids became, I would hear coach Henson’s voice more. I would impart the lessons I learned from him onto my children.

“He had an enormous impact on my life.”

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