As Drew Crawford goes, so goes Northwestern

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Retaining Drew Crawford was priority number one for Chris Collins when he began his new regime at Northwestern. You may have been wondering why Northwestern forward Drew Crawford struggled so much during his senior season. His game was off because he wasn’t healthy. Drew Crawford underwent surgery on his right shoulder after being diagnosed with having a torn labrum. He was granted a medical hardship waiver.

And the presence of Drew Crawford has made a huge impact on the 2013-14 Northwestern basketball season. Last week he was named Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week by the United States Basketball Writers Association

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NBA Draft stock report: Big Ten edition

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The NBA Draft Stock Report checks in on which college basketball players have either helped or hurt their future draft position.  This edition focuses on which Big Ten players have opened some eyes or disappointed since the start of the season.

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#72 Northwestern Wildcats: College Basketball 111 in 111

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Welcome to The Sports Bank’s third annual college basketball season preview series.  Two years we looked at 99 teams in 99 days.  Last year, we were slightly more aggressive and expanded to 111 teams in 111 days and will do so again as we look ahead to the 2012-2013 season.

We will rank the 75 power conference teams and top 36 mid-majors in reverse power ranking order.  We’ll break down rosters, transfers, incoming freshmen, non-conference schedules, and pick a player to watch for each team.

The streak continues… The Northwestern Wildcats missed the NCAA Tournament once again last season meaning the program has yet to put on their dancing shoes.  Bill Carmody loses star John Shurna and will likely see their streak go on for another year.

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Northwestern vs. Iowa Recap: Cats dominate Hawkeyes

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Northwestern knew it needed a win against Iowa Thursday night in order to keep its NCAA Tournament hopes alive. With that in mind, The Wildcats promptly turned in arguably their best performance of the season, a convincing 83-64 win over the Hawkeyes.

Point guard Dave Sobolewski led the way for NU, recording a season-high 26 points and team-high seven assists. The freshman’s impressive performance evoked memories of former Cats’ star Michael Juice Thompson. Sobolewski said that Thompson has helped him deal with recent criticism.

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Battle of NUs: Northwestern outshoots Nebraska

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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, hitting on 11 of 26 shots for 42.3 percent on the night.

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#54 Northwestern Wildcats: College Basketball 111 in 111

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Welcome to The Sports Bank’s second annual college basketball season preview series.  Last year we looked at 99 teams in 99 days.  This year, we are being slightly more aggressive and expanding to 111 teams in 111 days.  We will rank the 74 power conference teams and top 37 mid-majors in reverse power ranking order.  We’ll break down rosters, non-conference schedules, and pick a player to watch for each team.

The Northwestern Wildcats have the dancing ability of Elaine from Seinfeld.  The main difference between the two; at least Elaine has actually danced before.  Northwestern has still never played in the NCAA Tournament although they have flirted with being a bubble team the past three seasons.  That should once again be the case in 2011-2012.

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Northwestern takes Michigan State Down to the Wire

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Although the final outcome was still a loss, it was a much more exciting and interesting loss to Michigan State this time for Northwestern, who took one of their toughest Big Ten opponents down to the final possession.

No wants to believe in nor accept moral victories, but losing to the #18 Spartans, when your star forward John Shurna (the Big Ten’s leading scorer) is clearly not anywhere near himself, is not the worst thing in the world.

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Keeping Up with the Crawfords Part 2 Drew

By Paul M. Banks

For part one of this installment, with Drew’s father, NBA referee Dan Crawford go here.

On Thursday night, Northwestern earned their 18th victory of the season, thereby establishing a new school record. In that game small forward Drew Crawford scored just two points on 1-4 shooting. but don’t let that number fool you. Like Cleveland Indians Manager Lou Brown said to Rick “Wild Thing” Vaughn in “Major League”, “you’re one of the guys that got us here.

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Keeping up with the Crawfords Part 1: Dan

By Paul M. Banks

Northwestern’s third-leading scorer is freshman phenom Drew Crawford; son of NBA referee Dan Crawford. I recently had an in-depth discussion with both of members of this talented basketball family. Part one features the father.

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Northwestern Sets New Conference Record for 3-pointers

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By Paul M. Banks

The Wildcats broke Big Ten records for made 3-pointers and 3-point attempts in a game with 20 and 47, respectively.

Northwestern extends its winning streak to six games and improves to 7-1 on the season, the first time in school history the team has started 7-1 in back-to-back years.

Drew Crawford named conference player of the week.

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