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Carmody gone at Northwestern; Duke Blue Devils Asst. could be Replacement

Carmody gone at Northwestern; Duke Blue Devils Asst. could be Replacement
Bill Carmody is officially gone.
Northwestern Athletic Director Jim Phillips met with the NU players this morning and will address the media at 5:30 tonight.  (The announcement of the press conference was made about 35 minutes. Multiple sources are reporting Bill Carmody is out as men's basketball coach.Word is Duke Blue Devils assistant Chris Collins is the top choice of the A.D. in finding Carmody’s replacement.
Reasons why Bill Carmody was let go:...

Iowa Hawkeyes end Northwestern Wildcats Season 73-59

Iowa Hawkeyes end Northwestern Wildcats Season 73-59
It wasn't supposed to end this way for the Northwestern Wildcats. No, not like this, 14-19 ousted in their first round game of the Big Ten Tournament by the Iowa Hawkeyes 73-59. No NIT, CIT, or other acronym tourney awaits them. Certainly not the big one: NCAA, which has never seen the Wildcats in 70+ years of NU basketball. After four straight NIT bids, maybe this could have been the year the Northwestern Wildcats "bubbled up" to the big dance. Instead the injury bug bit over and over again. And coach Bill Carmody was left with a shell of what he once had. The Northwestern Wildcats last won on Groundhog Day, and like the movie that bears the holiday's name, we've seen the same occurrences over and over and over again. The Northwestern Wildcats kept "spotting" their opponents a lead to begin the game. As the Wildcats often found their opponents up by double digits before they've even scored.  It happened versus Wisconsin, Penn State and again in the Big Ten Tourney...

NU loses at home to Penn State: Final straw for Bill Carmody?

NU loses at home to Penn State: Final straw for Bill Carmody?
Last year Bruce Weber was dismissed from the Fighting Illini basketball program during the Big Ten Tournament, right after Illinois’ season ended. The same situation occurred two years prior with the Iowa Hawkeyes and Todd Lickliter at the Big Ten Tourney. Will we see the same thing with Bill Carmody and Northwestern this Big Ten Tournament? NU losing 66-59 at home to Penn State might have been the final straw to break the camel’s back. This was the Wildcats’ 6th loss in a row, and dropped them to 13-17, 4-13 in the Big Ten. Losing to PSU is a really big deal; especially at home. Penn State was 0-17 on the road under Patrick Chambers entering this game. Yes, this was indeed his first road win at Penn State. And Chambers got the job because the guy before him, Ed DeChellis, left Penn State for Navy. Yes, he left PSU FOR NAVY, not vice versa.With the victory, Penn State improved to 11-9 all-time at Northwestern. Do you know how many media members travel to cover the Nittany Lions on the road? Zero. Yes, that’s what PSU basketball truly is. And that’s why this loss makes Carmody’s seat that much hotter. (Go here for the pros and cons of why Bill Carmody should or should not return for a 15th season at NU.) Carmody was asked tonight if he was able to block out speculation about his job security...
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Jim Phillips gives Bill Carmody another chance at Northwestern

Jim Phillips gives Bill Carmody another chance at Northwestern
Making four straight NITs is a weird thing in college basketball. To be that consistently mediocre, without bubbling up to the big dance (especially now that there are 68 teams) or falling down to no postseason is rather odd. An entire class of players knew what it is was like to be competitive, but not... Read more »

Northwestern needs 3 Wins to grab a NCAA Tournament berth

Northwestern needs 3 Wins to grab a NCAA Tournament berth
In our latest NCAA Tournament bracket projection, we have Northwestern as a #12 seed, one of the last four teams in. Of course, this isn’t a place you want to stay right now as Selection Sunday approaches. Even though this is a supposedly “weak bubble,” bracket projections don’t and can’t factor in the “bid-stealing” that... Read more »

Northwestern Tourney Chances hurt by home loss to Wolverines

Northwestern Tourney Chances hurt by home loss to Wolverines
When Northwestern beat Minnesota on Saturday, the Wildcats were able to pull out the win with strong three-point shooting and ball security, despite a bad rebounding ratio. Tuesday night against Michigan, the Cats rebounded well, but turned the ball over 17 times and shot just 18.8 percent from beyond the arc. The end result, a... Read more »
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Glen Ellyn's John Shurna becomes Northwestern's All-Time Leading Scorer

Glen Ellyn's John Shurna becomes Northwestern's All-Time Leading Scorer
John Shurna, the Big Ten’s leading scorer, came in averaging 25.6 points per game over the last five contests. With his 16th, 17th and 18th point tonight versus the Minnesota Golden Gophers, he is now the all-time leading scorer in Northwestern history. He got it done on a three from the top of the key... Read more »

Back-Door Cuts huge part of Northwestern Offense

Back-Door Cuts huge part of Northwestern Offense
Northwestern is playing some really good offense lately. During their current three-game winning streak, the Wildcats are averaging 80.3 points per game while shooting 53.7 percent from the field, including 46.1 percent from 3-point range. Four different NU players are averaging at least 15 points per game during the stretch: John Shurna (23.0), Dave Sobolewski... Read more »

Northwestern Outscores Nebraska in Battle of NUs

Northwestern Outscores Nebraska in Battle of NUs
In what essentially turned into a three-point shooting contest, Northwestern was able to beat Nebraska in the battle from beyond the arc, taking down the Huskers 84-74. The Wildcats shot 45.2 percent from three (14-31) and 12 of their first 13 shots came from beyond the arc. The Huskers relied on the three as well,... Read more »
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Northwestern's Surprisingly Good RPI, NCAA Tournament Profile

Northwestern's Surprisingly Good RPI, NCAA Tournament Profile
RPI (Ratings Percentage Index) is an algorithm based on opponents’ winning percentage, opponents’ opponents’ winning percentage, and opponents’ opponents’ opponents’ winning percentage. This is the truth, I’m not trying to sound like Dr. Seuss here. So RPI is like the BCS, a very controversial number that certains groups of people ascribe meaning to; other groups... Read more »
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