Bill Carmody is back. The 2004 Big Ten Coach of the Year and the most successful Coach in Northwestern basketball history will be named special assistant at Fairfield.Follow paulmbanks
Bryant McIntosh is Northwestern basketball’s most important player this season.
By the time his career is over, people will look back and say that he was the best player on this specific roster.
Alex Olah might be the team’s best player right now, and that argument gained strength with his performance at Michigan. He also looked very good versus Illinois; although Maverick Morgan’s cluelessness on defense had a lot to do with that.Follow paulmbanks
Sunday night, as the Northwestern basketball team was utterly destroyed at home by #4 Wisconsin, it reminded observers of just how far Northwestern has to go before becoming competitive again. Yes, the Badgers are the class of the league, head and shoulders above everyone else, but the Wildcats were never competitive in that game.
However, the Wisconsin Badgers are the perfect example of what Northwestern basketball Coach Chris Collins should aspire to. Their program is an excellent role model for NU.Follow paulmbanks
There’s no way to sugarcoat it- Northwestern basketball fans needs to look ahead. Very far ahead.
“This is a process for us. I knew what I signed up for,” said Northwestern basketball Coach Chris Collins after his team was utterly dismantled by #4 Wisconsin 81-58 at home Sunday night.
“We’ve got to get old, and we’ve got to get experienced.”
Collins also brought up an article or a metric that said Wisconsin was the 11th most experienced team in the country, while Northwestern was the 320th (out of 351 total). KenPom states Northwestern is 318th, while Wisconsin is 33rd. So yeah pretty much.Follow paulmbanks
Northwestern Wildcats Coach Chris Collins following his teams 65-56 loss at the #23 Butler Bulldogs.
“This was a step in the right direction, we have not been playing well, although we were disappointed in the end result, this is the best we’ve played in awhile. We were right there. We just played a really good team on their home floor that’s tough to beat.”
“I like the way we played,” he continued.
“I felt like this is the first time we played like the team that I’m going to be excited to watch grow. I haven’t felt that in previous games.”Follow paulmbanks
I’m very surprised that both the local and the national media overlooked this bizarre and grossly inaccurate statement Northwestern Coach Pat Fitzgerald made following the 47-33 loss to his hated intra-state rival on Saturday. Fitzgerald actually sounded a lot like the Coach on the other sideline, Tim Beckman. You could says that Fitzgerald “pulled a Beckman,” by doing a “if you take out X plays and Y points” and we finish….Let’s just get to the quote:Follow paulmbanks
Said Illini Head Coach Tim Beckman at yesterday’s news conference: “It’s almost like a playoff game, you got to keep winning to keep playing.”
“It kind of comes down to a one game season,” said Northwestern Coach Pat Fitzgerald.
That’s right, 5-6 Illinois at 5-6 Northwestern. This year, the LOL Trophy game isn’t just LMAO or ROTFL, it’s also meaningful. It’s for more than the Land of Lincoln hat. It’s for a bowl berth. Probably a bowl you’ve never heard of. The Foster Farms Bowl is in a great location (the San Francisco 49ers brand new home in Santa Clara). If the winner of this game doesn’t get some “California Love,” then they’re relegated to Detroit. (That’s what the Quick Lane Bowl is called this year)Follow paulmbanks
The Purdue Boilermakers versus the Northwestern Wildcats is a “sneaky meaningful” and “sneaky compelling” game.
All season long we’ve heard about how each program is moving in a certain direction. And that would be in opposite directions. There is no doubt that Purdue has improved this season; but how much? If they think they’ve really surpassed Northwestern in the Big Ten pecking order, now is the time to prove it. And for all the cries about the decline of Northwestern’s program this season, (and going back to last year too) the big upset in South Bend this past Saturday halted that talk.Follow paulmbanks
Brian Kelly made a very controversial decision to go for two, and a lot of the people in the press box blamed #15 Notre Dame’s loss on that very decision. You saw the game, so you can make up your own mind. If you didn’t here’s the Q&A Brian Kelly had with reporters in the press room explaining his justification to attempt the two point conversion.
I’ll leave the speculation, debate and opining up to you. The comment section is below, speak your mind. Or Tweet me @paulmbanks. Here’s the transcript:Follow paulmbanks
Northwestern’s Jack Mitchell is B.M.O.C. tonight. He drilled a 45 yard field goal to send today’s contest into overtime; then nailed a 41 yarder to pull off the 18 point upset. #18 Notre Dame (7-3) suffered their first loss at home. The Northwestern Wildcats (4-6) boast wins over Big Ten foes Penn State (less impressive than it sounds), Wisconsin (pretty impressive actually, as the Badgers may have won the Big Ten West division now) and now Notre Dame this season.
Here’s video of the game-winning kick:Follow paulmbanks
Here’s how the Big Ten was represented in the recruiting rankings according to 24/7 Sports: Ohio State #7, Illinois #8, Michigan State #11, Nebraska #23, Wisconsin #30, Penn State #31, Minnesota #36, Northwestern #43 and Indiana #49. Rivals had OSU #8, MSU #12 and the Illini #16 in their top 25. This is new territory for Northwestern basketball. The last time they probably had a recruiting class ranked this high….I’m not sure recruiting services even existed.
NU has never had a class this good in the era of the recruiting-industrial complex that exists today.
Chris Collins formally and officially announced the signing of Jordan Ash (Bolingbrook, Ill/St. Joseph) and Aaron Falzon (Newton, Mass./Northfield Mount Hermon).Follow paulmbanks
With the college basketball season tipping off next Friday, this is your Northwestern basketball “starting five,” the five biggest things you need to know/the five most pressing questions.
As it’s the preseason, there are no “knowns.” There are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say there are things that we now know we don’t know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we do not know we don’t know. Sorry for getting Donald Rumsfeldian (hey, he’s from the North Shore! New Trier graduate) on you, but here’s your Northwestern basketball starting five.Follow paulmbanks