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Terps get past Hawaii to set up Sweet Sixteen showdown with Kansas


Terps get past Hawaii to set up Sweet Sixteen showdown with Kansas

A 1-for-18 shooting performance from 3-point range. A lost rebounding battle. Double-digit turnovers.

And a trip to the Sweet Sixteen.

Maryland was far from perfect Sunday night in Spokane, but it's still dancing, heading for a Sweet Sixteen showdown with overall No. 1 seed Kansas following a 73-60 win over Hawaii.

It's Maryland's first trip to the Sweet Sixteen in 13 years, last reaching the round during the 2003 NCAA tournament. Last season, Mark Turgeon snapped a four-year tournament drought. This season, he's the first coach to lead the Terps to multiple wins in the same tournament since Gary Williams did it one season after he led the Terps to a national title.

It wasn't pretty, but in the end it didn't matter. Maryland started incredibly slow on the offensive end, going six minutes before getting its first basket and trailing, 13-6, nine minutes in. But something clicked from there as the Terps started going down low and running the offense through Diamond Stone. Eight straight points put Maryland in front, part of a bigger 18-7 run to build a 24-20 lead. Hawaii punched back with five quick points to move back into the lead, but it was Maryland heading to the half with a one-point edge at 28-27.

The Terps were a perfect 10-for-10 from the free-throw line, buoying them throughout the opening 20 minutes and proving to be a huge advantage as the Rainbows didn't attempt a single shot from the stripe. Maryland ended up shooting 45 percent after a 1-for-9 start from the field, poor 3-point shooting dragging that number down as the Terps went 0-for-8 from behind the 3-point line. Stone was huge for Maryland in the first half, scoring 10 points, all but two in the paint.

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The two sides played closely for the first few minutes of the second half until the Rainbows completely lost their shot and almost stopped scoring altogether. Taking advantage of that lengthy drought, the Terps took off, going on a 9-0 run to turn a 41-39 deficit into a 48-41 lead, a run capped by the team's first and only 3-pointer of the game from Melo Trimble. Before that shot fell, Maryland was 0-for-15 from behind the arc. That run extended out to 14-0 as the lead hit double digits, and the Terps coasted from there. When the dust settled on Hawaii's offensive ineptitude, the Rainbows were scoreless for more than four minutes, went seven and a half minutes between made baskets and at one point missed 16 of 17 shots.

Maryland shot 45.8 percent from the field, a sterling 21-for-30 on 2-point baskets compared to its woeful 1-for-18 day from 3-point range. But the Terps won the game at the free-throw line, going a stunning 28-for-31 from the charity stripe. Hawaii was 10-for-15 on free throws and shot 32.9 percent from the field on the game including a cringe-worthy 28.2 percent in the second half. The Rainbows did win the rebounding battle, 42-36, and forced 11 Terps turnovers, but that wasn't enough to balance out the second-half shutdown on the offensive end.

Trimble led the way for the Terps with 24 points, going 13-for-14 from the free-throw line and grabbing eight rebounds. Stone and Rasheed Sulaimon each scored 14 points, with Stone 6-for-8 from the field and Sulaimon 8-for-9 from the free-throw line. Jake Layman added 10 points despite going 0-for-4 from 3-point range.

Maryland will next take on Kansas in the Sweet Sixteen, The Jayhawks were this season's overall No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament field and haven't lost since Jan. 25, the Big 12 champions riding a 16-game winning streak. Turgeon played his college basketball at Kansas and was an assistant there from 1987 to 1992. His playing days with the Jayhawks included eight NCAA tournament wins and a trip to the Final Four. As an assistant coach, he experienced two appearances in the national championship game including a win in 1988.

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.