NCAA Roundup: Northwestern, Illinois ousted

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NCAA Roundup: Northwestern, Illinois ousted

Friday, March 11, 2011
Posted: 1:37 p.m. Updated: 4:19 p.m.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Jared Sullingerhad 20 points and 18 rebounds to help No. 1 Ohio State beatNorthwestern 67-61 in overtime on Friday in the Big Ten tournamentquarterfinals.Sullinger made all 10 of his freethrows in overtime after missing a baseline jumper that would have wonthe game as time expired in regulation. His 18 rebounds fell one shortof the tournament record set by Ohio State's Greg Oden in 2007.Aaron Craft scored 17 points, and Jon Diebler added 13 for the Buckeyes (30-2).John Shurna scored 23 points, Michael Thompson scored 15 points and Drew Crawfordhad 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Wildcats (18-13). Thompson wascoming off a tournament-record 35 points in Thursday's win overMinnesota.

Boxscore Complete RecapMichigan's late rally knocks out Illinois
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Darius Morrisscored eight of his 17 points in the final eight minutes Friday,leading Michigan back from a nine-point deficit to beat Illinois 60-55in the Big Ten tournament quarterfinals.Wolverines coach John Beilein beatthe tourney's winningest team, won his 1,000th game as a head coach andset up a semifinal date Saturday with No. 1 Ohio State.Mike Tisdale, Demetri McCamey and Brandon Pauleach scored 10 points to lead the Fighting Illini (19-13). It's onlythe second time in 14 years that Illinois did not advance to the semis.After closing the first half on a17-4 run, the Illini didn't let Michigan (20-12) get closer than sevenuntil Morris took over late.Morris tied the score at 51 with 3:24 left, and Tim Hardaway Jr.'s 3-pointer with 1:42 left finally gave Michigan a 56-53 lead that it didn't relinquish.Boxscore Complete Recap
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DePaul basketball program on the rise after landing 5-star recruit Tyger Campbell

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DePaul basketball program on the rise after landing 5-star recruit Tyger Campbell

DePaul hoops received a huge boost this week as five-star recruit Tyger Campbell committed to the university.

The elite point guard recruit out of La Lumiere, will join the Class of 2018, choosing DePaul over schools like Michigan State, Illinois and Memphis.

"I like DePaul and honestly my coach (Shane Heirman) just went there and we have a great connection and he's always had my back," Campbell told Scout.com. "I like [DePaul] coach Dave Leitao, too. I like his program and he's an intelligent guy.

"Mainly what I like about the school is I want to help bring it back. I love Chicago; it's a great city. I want to bring the city a college back to cheer for."

Campbell also said the Blue Demons' new Wintrust Arena at McCormick Place Event Center, which is slated to open this fall, is a big draw for him.

The Blue Demons are a combined 18-45 the last two seasons and hasven't had a winning season since 2006-07 when they went 20-14 and made the NIT Quarterfinals.

The program last made the NCAA Tournament in 2003-04 during Leitao's first stint as the team's head coach.

Northern Illinois adds running back Fotis Kokosioulis

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Northern Illinois adds running back Fotis Kokosioulis

Northern Illinois University added it's fourth known verbal commitment today in its growing Class of 2018.

Maine South junior running back Fotis Kokosioulis (5-foot-8, 165 pounds) added an offer from the Huskies on Tuesday after making a spring practice visit, and today he gave head coach Rod Carey his verbal commitment.

"I chose NIU because it's been a school that I've liked for awhile now," Kokosioulis said moments ago. "I like the facilities at NIU, the stadium and everything else they have to offer. I also really like all the coaches at NIU. I felt that even if I got more offers I would've still chose NIU over other schools. I know that there are bigger school and programs but I feel that I just fit in well at NIU, so I committed."

Kokosioulis, who was an All-State performer for the Class 8A state champion Maine South Hawks in 2016, is now the fourth known in-state verbal commitment for Rod Carey and the Huskies and the fifth known commitment overall. Kokosioulis joins Andrew defensive end Mike DeHaan, Plainfield East defensive end Jack Sullivan and Danville tight end Julian Pearl in the NIU Huskies in-state Class of 2018.