Tag: Drew Crawford

Northwestern's dangerous reliance on offense

For more about what’s going on in this post check out the beginning from last week. Did it ever feel like Michael Thompson was the only player on the floor for Northwestern in losses this season? Did you miss seeing Drew Crawford step up in big spots? There might be a reason for these feelings.... Read more »

Third annual All-Chicago College Basketball Teams

Thompson was the heart and soul of the Northwestern team that tied the school record with 20 wins and reached the quarterfinals of the NIT. He averaged 15.9 ppg and 4.3 assists per game while finishing 13th in the nation in minutes percentage. He never came off the court and he'll be super difficult for Northwestern to replace next season.
With the season complete it’s time for one of my favorite posts, the All-Chicago College Basketball teams. I’ve taken the five teams around the city and compressed them into the 10 players that stood out the most during the season. There were some tough calls, especially on the second team, but I think these are... Read more »

About Northwestern's decision making

Today Basketball Stats came up with a random musing, Offensive Decision %, that I thought was pretty interesting. Basically the goal was to capture all the good decisions a player makes on offense and all the bad decisions and then divide. While I have a little quibble with the fact that free throws are included... Read more »

Thompson drives Northwestern to win

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 »

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 »

Three thoughts from Northwestern vs. Michigan

Yesterday Northwestern and Michigan battled at Welsh-Ryan Arena. Due to foul trouble for Darius Morris early the Wolverines never seemed to get into a rhythm and scored just 60 points in 59 possessions. That’s not that unexpected, as Michigan has struggled to score against a number of teams this season, but it’s great to see... Read more »

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 »

Northwestern plays fast, takes out St. Francis

When people think about the Princeton Offense the first thing that comes to mind is the slow, plodding teams of Pete Carril’s later years and Northwestern’s more recent ones. The truth is though it is an offense that can be run at any pace given the personnel at your disposal. The Wildcats are beginning to... Read more »

Photos from Northwestern vs. American

Here’s a mega-photo-gallery of 15 photos from Northwestern’s 78-62 victory over American on Thursday at Welsh-Ryan Arena. I’ll have some more thoughts on the game tomorrow. Also, there will be live-blogs for both of Northwestern’s games at Madison Square Garden, so be sure to check those out.