Archive for December 2010

Northwestern falls to Purdue in Big Ten opener

An undermanned Northwestern squad put up a fight against Purdue on Friday afternoon in its Big Ten opener, but it wasn’t enough. Still, the final score – 82-69 – doesn’t really show how much the Wildcats were able to accomplish playing with a leading scorer, John Shurna, who was clearly not 100 percent. Shurna’s injury... Read more »

Losing night for Chicago in Ohio

Whether it’s a close loss or a blowout the result is the same – a loss. Both UIC and Loyola suffered tough defeats on Thursday night in Ohio. UIC dropped a 71-69 game at Youngstown State. It was another one that came down to a last-second play and unfortunately the Flames weren’t able to make... Read more »

Q&A with Purdue Pete about the Boilermakers

It’s finally here. Tomorrow morning (11 a.m. CT thanks to ESPN2) Northwestern takes on Purdue to start the Big Ten season. Since the Wildcats played no one besides St. John’s (and lost), in the non-conference part of the schedule, Bill Carmody’s squad is going to have to make a lot of headway during play in the nation’s... Read more »
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Q&A with Casual Hoya about Georgetown

Things never get any easier in the Big East and thus DePaul has a New Year’s Day date with destiny in Washington, D.C. The Georgetown Hoyas have the same record in the conference, 0-1 after a 69-55 loss to Notre Dame, as the Blue Demons do and they’re not happy about it. Can DePaul take... Read more »

It's time for Loyola and UIC to prove themselves in Horizon League

Horizon League play reopens on Thursday night with a full slate of four games. Saturday there’s a fifth (because Valparaiso and Butler will play their pair game) and with that the league will be officially restarted. Things didn’t go so well for Loyola or UIC the first time around. Loyola dropped a pair of games... Read more »

Q&A with Tom Mieskoski about Cleveland State

The Cleveland State Vikings are 13-1 and gunning for an at-large bid if they can’t wrestle the Horizon League title away from Butler this season. With Loyola and UIC heading out to Ohio for a Cleveland State and Youngstown swing this weekend I wanted to get some opinions about what makes the Vikings tick. Here’s... Read more »
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Quick Notes from DePaul's loss to Cincinnati

The Blue Demons just lost on the road in the Big East, again. DePaul has lost 24 straight road games. The final score: 76-60 is pretty indicative of how the game went, though Cincinnati’s defense really dominated the first half. Also, this isn’t particularly earth-shattering. It’s tough to go to an opponent’s gym – especially... Read more »

Possession maximizing teams

One way to win basketball games is to have a really good offense. There are a number of ways to have a good offense. Shooting (and making) lots of threes or pounding the ball into the paint for fouls and easy baskets usually works. But there’s another way to have a very good offense –... Read more »

Q&A with Bearcats Blog about Cincinnati

DePaul opens Big East play tonight at 6 p.m. CT at Cincinnati. The Bearcats come into the game undefeated at 12-0, but still aren’t ranked. I asked Scott over at Cincinnati blog Bearcats Blog to help answer a few questions about the team. Also, for a quick run down around the entire Big East check out his Big... Read more »
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All-Horizon League Non-Conference Teams

With the non-conference season winding down, and Horizon League play set to start up again Thursday with a full slate of games, I wanted to put out my all-conference teams through the first half of the season. The two five-man teams are completely based on non-conference play (and the earlier conference games) and use a... Read more »