Big Ten

Terps undefeated no more after loss at North Carolina

maryland-terps-1201.png

Terps undefeated no more after loss at North Carolina

The top-10 showdown between Maryland and North Carolina went the way of the Tar Heels on Tuesday night, the No. 2 Terps unable to get past the No. 9 team in the country in an 89-81 loss in Chapel Hill.

In one of the most anticipated matchups of the non-conference season in college basketball, the Terps did their best to erase a double-digit deficit but only briefly got ahead of the Heels, unable to overtake their hosts for any significant length of time.

In the middle of the first half, a 13-5 Carolina run gave the Heels their biggest lead of the game at 13, but Maryland answered that with a 16-7 run to get the deficit to four with a minute left, trailing at halftime by six.

Rasheed Sulaimon's 3-pointer capped a 10-2 Maryland run early in the first half and tied the game at 53. Shortly thereafter, Melo Trimble's 3-pointer tied the game at 58 before his free throw gave the Terps a one-point lead with a little more than 13 and a half minutes to play. It was the first Terps lead of the night, though it would also be their only lead of the night. Carolina's Marcus Paige answered with a 3-pointer to put the Heels back on top by a deuce. A few minutes later, a Trimble 3 was followed by a Sulaimon three-point play to again tie the game, this time at 67 with nine and a half minutes to play, but after the game was tied at 69 with a little under nine minutes to go, the Terps didn't get any closer.

[SHOP BIG TEN: Get your Terps gear right here]

A 14-5 Carolina run had the Heels out in front by nine with five minutes left, Joel Berry's 3-pointer to finish that stretch serving as the dagger in the hearts of the Terps' comeback hopes. That lead grew as big as 11 before finishing at eight.

Both teams shot terrifically on the night, Carolina at 53.2 percent and Maryland at 50.8 percent. The Terps hit 12 3-pointers, and the Heels made just 14 of their 25 free-throw attempts. But the difference in the game was turnovers, as Carolina scored 23 points off 22 Maryland turnovers, eight more than the 15 the Terps scored off 15 Heels turnovers, matching the game's margin.

Trimble had a double-double with 23 points and a career-high 12 assists, hitting four 3-pointers and coming away with a pair of steals. Carolina did a fine job keeping him away from the free-throw line, as he took just three foul shots. Sulaimon had 18 points, hitting five 3-pointers. Robert Carter had 11 points, blocking four shots and coming away with a pair of steals.

Maryland will surely drop from the No. 2 spot in the AP poll after the loss, even though it came against another top-10 team. The 6-1 Terps next host St. Francis on Friday.

Northwestern running back Jeremy Larkin diagnosed with cervical stenosis, will retire immediately

jeremy_larkin.jpg
USA TODAY

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

anderson.jpg
USA TODAY

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.