Archive for January 2011

UIC's big men, their roles and their numbers

There has been some controversy lately about who should be starting and playing significant minutes at the primary front court positions at UIC lately. There seem to be four bodies for two spots on a regular basis, though that could be dropping down to one shortly. Which players give the Flames the best chance on... Read more »

Drew Crawford struggles against elite opponents

Drew Crawford struggles against elite opponents
If you look at Drew Crawford’s statistics you see a pretty standard line for the sophomore. He’s averaging 12.8 points, 4.5 rebounds and two assists per game for the Wildcats. He’s shooting 35.2 percent from three-point range and in general seems to be providing a decent follow-up season to his excellent freshman campaign. But when... Read more »

Tempo-free Horizon League

Another week, another look at the tempo-free world of the Horizon League. Since all the games have wrapped up for the day I thought it was time to take a look at the week that was in the league. The biggest surprise, at least to me, is that Milwaukee continues to defy expectations. The Panthers... Read more »
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Guard-heavy UIC piles on stats en route to first Horizon League win

Howard Moore had a curveball waiting for Youngstown State, a conference one-win team that beat UIC on the road in December, Saturday: a fast, guard-heavy rotation that featured Corey Gray at the point guard spot absolving Robo Kreps of his leash and sending hot-shooting Dipanjot Singh to the perimeter. Many expected the Flames to take... Read more »

Northwestern falls to #1 Ohio State

So close, yet so far. That’s going to be the story of the Northwestern season in 2010-11. Once again the Wildcats had a chance for a breakthrough victory and they fell just short. Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger hit a free throw after Northwestern was unable to get a shot up on their final full possession... Read more »

Live: Northwestern vs. Ohio State

No John Shurna, NCAA Tournament hopes dwindling, the #1 team in the nation, Ohio State, in town. Pretty depressing times to be Northwestern right now. That said, maybe the Wildcats can make things interesting. Check it all out here and come talk about the season, polls, etc. tonight. The game is on ESPN2!
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The foul to turnover ratio and DePaul

The press defense is a typically a study in tradeoffs. You play aggressive defense, which hopefully leads to more turnovers and typically leads to more fouls. You hope that the empty possessions and the missed free throws make up for the extra attempts your opponent gets. Well, on Thursday at South Florida that tradeoff didn’t... Read more »

Loyola improving as back end of conference play starts

The Horizon League schedule is designed such that you really get a chance in the middle to reboot your conference season. Some teams take advantage of it and have a much better second half. Others falter as teams see them for a second time.  The hope is that a veteran team like Loyola will be... Read more »

Hack a Gopher lets Minnesota beat Northwestern

Last season Northwestern had a serious problem with fouling opponents. It seemed like that problem had been solved this season, but against Minnesota it resurfaced and was the key as the Gophers pulled out an 81-70 victory. It was like whack-a-mole, except it wasn’t nearly as fun. Minnesota attempted 46 free throws and made 31.... Read more »
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Funny Big Ten family photo

The Uni Watch blog has some great stuff in general, but they out did themselves with the “Family Portrait” paintings they uncovered of each conference in 1969. I’ve put the Big Ten one here in the post, but you should go check out all of them. Please remember, these were done in 1969, which is... Read more »