Tag: Michael Thompson

Chicago 5 - Leaders and Wrap Up

When I started this little exercise I wasn’t quite sure how it was going to go. Basically I just wanted to see how WhatIfSports engine did with simulations and also get a feel for the tournament. The 10 games that were played didn’t include too many buzzer beaters, but it seems like part of that... Read more »

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 »

Season Recap: Northwestern

This is the fifth and final one of five season recaps that appeared this week. There was one each day in reverse order of current KenPom ranking, so check the archives for your team. This wasn’t the year that Northwestern made the NCAA Tournament, but it wasn’t a complete loss either. The Wildcats showed some... 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 »

Northwestern's NIT dreams die in OT

Northwestern’s NIT dream run came to a crashing halt against Washington State 69-66 on Wednesday night in Pullman, WA. Well, it was actually Thursday morning for most of the Wildcats’ fans by the time the game ended, but those people weren’t the only ones that looked exhausted. Bill Carmody played his five starters for the... Read more »

Northwestern's offense gets going on the road

Northwestern had its second best offensive showing of the season on Saturday against Boston College. The Wildcats’ offensive efficiency of 137.1 points per 100 possessions was only topped by their effort against SIU-Edwardsville. It better than the opener against Northern Illinois, it was better than the destruction of Indiana at Welsh-Ryan Arena or the torching... Read more »

#1 Ohio State takes down Northwestern

By the end of overtime Northwestern was down to six healthy scholarship players. Jared Sullinger had already managed to foul out Davide Curletti and Luka Mirkovic and it was left up to John Shurna to try and tame Ohio State’s 6’9 man-child. Unfortunately, everything Shurna did seemed constitute a foul in the eyes of the... Read more »

Chicago College Basketball's All-Big Ten Teams

A lot has already been said about the Big Ten teams. Heck, everyone has selected one. (Two of the better ones you’ll find are at UMHoops.com and Sippin’ On Purple – if only for the award names.) Also, you won’t find any third team here. The league is only 11 teams deep, why do we... Read more »

Live: Northwestern vs. Minnesota

There’s a game tonight! It’s Senior Night. I wrote about it here. That post also contains some other “required reading” for tonight. (There isn’t a quiz.) If you care about what the opposition thinks then you should read this post at From the Barn. (Speaking of annoying things, what about the fact that if you... Read more »

Juice Thompson's last home stand

Tonight is Michael “Juice” Thompson’s final home game in a Northwestern uniform (barring a home NIT appearance). The 5’10 guard from Lincoln Park has been the face of the Wildcats for almost two full seasons now. He’s the guy Bill Carmody sends out to press conferences without fail and he’s the man who always shows... Read more »