Archive for January 2010

Fun with numbers before Northwestern vs. Michigan State

Jeremy Nash is quite good at stealing the ball away from opponents. Northwestern plays at Michigan State on Saturday, but chances are you already know. It’s a huge game, especially since the Spartans will be out for revenge after last year’s game at the Breslin Center. Of course Kevin Coble isn’t around to hit clutch... Read more »

Q&A with Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician

The DePaul Blue Demons welcome the Syracuse Orange to the friendly confines of Allstate Arena on Saturday for a game that features two teams going in completely opposite directions. The Blue Demons are struggling at the bottom of the conference while the Orange are a national title contender. Still, strange things do happen. I did... Read more »

Horizon League struggles continue for Chicago teams

John Benkoske started the game for Loyola against Detroit. Loyola and UIC continue to learn the hard lessons about playing on the road in the Horizon League. The Ramblers had a 37-35 lead at halftime, but ultimately lost 83-63 to Detroit. It was Loyola’s third straight loss and dropped the Ramblers to 3-7 overall in... Read more »

Chicago State looks to get back on track against Utah Valley

Carl Montgomery scored 14 points earlier this season against Utah Valley, but it wasn’t enough to get the win. Chicago State hopes to change the results tonight. The beginning of Great West play hasn’t been kind to Chicago State. The Cougars are 0-4 in league play and by my numbers (yes I track them for... Read more »

Rutgers trying to be worse than DePaul

There’s an article on The Star-Ledger’s site today about whether Rutgers (and embattled head coach Fred Hill) in 2009-10 might be the worst Big East team in the history of the conference. That’s right, Brendan Prunty is suggesting that the Scarlet Knights are worse than their DePaul counterparts of just a season ago. The crazy... Read more »

A Wildcat needs to step up in the clutch

John Shurna scored 19 points on 6-16. He also grabbed 7 boards. Northwestern’s game against Minnesota was a hard-fought game between two teams that appeared to be very evenly matched. It came down to one final play in the last minute of regulation. The Wildcats had a chance to tie with a three and ended... Read more »

Mid-Season All-Horizon League Team

This Horizon League Mid-Season Team isn’t going to look like many you’ve seen. Oh sure, Butler’s Gordon Hayward is by far the Mid-Season Player of the Year, but there are also a lot of players that have slipped through the cracks for one reason or another that my personal points contributed system likes much more... Read more »

Q&A with From The Barn

With the big Minnesota vs. Northwestern game tonight I reached out to From The Barn to get some insight into the Gophers. JF was happy to provide me with some interesting notes about Tubby Smith’s team. His answers are below and you can check out mine about Northwestern here. 1) CCB: Northwestern always seems to... Read more »

Loyola needs to play to its strengths

Maybe Aric Van Weelden was more important than anyone realized. Loyola is in trouble. The Ramblers have lost five of their last six games against Horizon League opponents and after a great start to the season have dropped to 12-7 (3-6). The numbers back up Loyola’s demise. The Ramblers have the third worst efficiency margin... Read more »

Photos from Northwestern vs. Illinois

The Northwestern vs. Illinois game is always one full of emotion. It was no different on Saturday as the Wildcats stormed back in the second half to defeat the Illini 73-68. The victory keeps Northwestern’s NCAA Tournament hopes alive. Jeremy Nash scored a career-high 22 points. It was the senior’s first ever victory over Illinois.... Read more »