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Northwestern collapses, still winless at Buckeyes since 1977

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Northwestern collapses, still winless at Buckeyes since 1977

The last time Northwestern beat Ohio State in Columbus, Jimmy Carter was president.

That fact didn't change Tuesday night, as despite the Wildcats holding a 10-point lead in the first half, the Buckeyes roared back to hand the Cats their 34th straight loss in Columbus, this one coming by a final score of 71-63.

Northwestern let that 10-point first-half edge dwindle to seven at the half, but the Cats got back-to-back 3-pointers from Bryant McIntosh to boost the lead back out to nine early in the period. Again that advantage shrunk all the way down to two as Ohio State scored seven straight, but again it expanded, Northwestern answering with a 7-0 spurt of its own. But a 48-39 Cats lead around the midway point of the second half was erased when the Buckeyes went on a 15-2 run that turned the game around. Northwestern scored just two points during a five-and-a-half-minute stretch, allowing Ohio State to go from down nine to up four.

Tre Demps answered that run with a 3-pointer to bring the Cats back within a point, and a Scottie Lindsey 3 tied the game at 56 with under four minutes to play. But the Buckeyes scored five straight from there and hit a bunch of free throws down the stretch to keep the Cats at bay and hold on for the win. The Buckeyes were 16-for-17 from the free-throw line over the final 20 minutes.

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Thanks to a 46.4-percent mark in the second half, Ohio State out-shot Northwestern on the evening, 41.1 percent to 38.9 percent. The Cats turned the ball over 14 times, leading to 18 Buckeye points. That stands out in comparison to just five turnovers by the Buckeyes. Northwestern hit 12 3-pointers, twice as many as Ohio State, but the Buckeyes held a large 24-10 advantage in points in the paint.

Northwestern did have four players score in double figures: McIntosh and Demps each scored 14, Alex Olah had 11 and Lindsey finished with 10. Four Cats hit multiple 3-pointers, with McIntosh and Demps combining for seven makes from behind the arc.

Ohio State had five players in double figures: JaQuan Lyle had a game-high 16, Marc Loving had 15, Trevor Thompson scored 12, Keita Bates-Diop had 11 and Jae'Sean Tate had 10.

The Cats fell to 16-9 overall and 4-8 in Big Ten play with the loss and have lost six of their last seven. Next up is a Saturday-night bout with Illinois.

The Buckeyes improved to 15-10 overall and 7-5 in league play with the victory. Next up is a Saturday trip to Rutgers.

Former Illini champion Kevin Anderson upsets Roger Federer in Wimbledon quarterfinal

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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.