Archive for February 2010

Penn State is Kryptonite, but Northwestern isn't quite Superman

It was embarrassing, unfathomable and it might have cost Northwestern a legitimate shot at a home NIT game. The Wildcats continued their late-season slide with a 79-60 loss at Penn State. Northwestern allowed 49 first half points and never challenged in the second. Michael Thompson (left) led Northwestern with 21 points. He was the only... Read more »

UIC loses at Milwaukee, Flames to play Panthers in Horizon League Tournament

Jeremy Buttell scored 16 points and grabbed 6 boards, but the Flames fell to Milwaukee at the Pavilion in their final regular season game. Apparently two wins is the maximum amount of prosperity the UIC Flames can stand at any one time. The Flames had a chance against Milwaukee to get their first three-game winning... Read more »

Photos from UIC vs. Milwaukee

Photos from the first half of the game between UIC and Milwaukee on Saturday. It is Senior Day at the Pavilion. Spencer Stewart, Jeremy Buttell, Kris Harris and Chris Buchanan were honored before the game started. Lots of photos of Stewart, but all of the seniors are featured. Note: At the end of the season... Read more »
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A forward looking Q&A with On the Banks of the Raritan

Since DePaul and Rutgers (with a scary Mike Rosario) just played on February 16 – and we did a Q&A that time too, On the Banks of the Raritan and I decided to do something a little different before Saturday’s game on ESPNU. Sure the last question focuses on the game, but here are some... Read more »

Should Northwestern's John Shurna be All-Big Ten?

After his 29-point explosion against Iowa last night, including basically beating the Hawkeyes by himself in the first half, Northwestern’s John Shurna is finally getting some recognition for his exploits this season. Shurna is the third leading scorer in the Big Ten at 18.5 points per game and it’s obvious that he is a premiere... Read more »

Big Thursday: Northwestern, UIC, Chicago State all win

Four teams from the Chicago area played at home on Thursday. Three came away with victories. Northwestern exacted revenge on Iowa, UIC got a big upset over Green Bay and Chicago State got another Great West Conference win with a victory over North Dakota. I’m going to comment on all of these games at some... Read more »
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DePaul and Free Throw Shooting

DePaul is the worst free throw shooting team in the country. Now, I know that it seems strange that I’d bring this up right after the Blue Demons shot 11 of 13 (including Will Walker’s 7-7) from the line in a close loss to Cincinnati on the road, but actually that phrase “close loss” is... Read more »

College Basketball Links

I haven’t done one of these in a while, but there are a lot of great places out there writing about college basketball – and some are even covering the Chicago schools. In particular the DePaul coaching search seems to be a hot-button topic amongst well… almost everyone. (Steve Lavin – left – has been... Read more »

Similar Styles - Northwestern

The funny thing about Northwestern is that no team plays particularly like the Wildcats. Oh sure, on offense there are teams that take a high percentage of threes and don’t go to the free-throw line too often, but those teams aren’t ones that have problems guarding the interior. Northwestern has allowed opponents to score 48.4%... Read more »
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Tuesday Truths - Horizon League (2/23)

The Horizon League Tournament starts a week from today, so these rankings are pretty darn important. Not many games were played last week because everyone had to clear out of the way of BracketBusters. Two-game sets finish off the conference play for every team except for Valparaiso and Butler. Those two only have a game... Read more »