Why Chris Collins Remains in Charge of Northwestern Basketball

If you heard Northwestern basketball coach Chris Collins speak to the media, at the Big Ten Tournament last week, then you already knew he was coming back next season. You didn’t need the public confirmation/vote of confidence from NU A.D. Dr. Derrick Gragg, which came at the end of the workday on Monday, to realize that. Fresh off a 112-76 thumping (a game that was even worse than the score sounds) by Keegan Murray and the Iowa Hawkeyes in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals, Collins conducted his postgame presser with the tone and manner of a man who was very confident in his job security, despite his season being over.

Meanwhile Collins’ alma mater, Duke, led by his mentor Mike Krzyzewski, are the overall favorites this March Madness. Keep that mind if you’re betting this month, like you would at gclub24hr. Like all public statements made by ADs, Gragg’s read like it was crafted by a corporate CEO. He discussed meeting with Collins first hand on Monday and stated: “As our Wildcats enter the offseason, we are committed to evaluating all aspects of the program on and off the court to ensure we are supporting this team with the foundation necessary to compete and win in the nation’s best college basketball conference. I have tasked Coach Collins with making necessary changes to build towards success in the 2022-23 campaign.”

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Iowa Hawkeyes Smash Numerous B1G Tourney Records in Routing NU

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Congratulations to the #24 Iowa Hawkeyes! In routing the Northwestern Wildcats today, 112-76, in the Big Ten Tournament’s first full day, they set multiple competition records. They surpassed Maryland’s 97 points scored, on Nebraska in 2016, to reach the #B1GTourney’s very first 100-point game.

Their 43 field goals made eclipsed the previous BTT benchmark of 37 (Ohio State in 2012), with the 19 3-pt FGs made absolutely shattering the old standard, 14, set by the Illinois Fighting Illini, twice, in 2016 and 2018. It was also the most lopsided victory (36) in the history of the B1G Tourney.

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Northwestern Basketball Brings Faint NIT Hopes to Clash with Iowa Hawkeyes

Traditionally, power conference teams that finish above .500, but not strong enough to make the NCAA Tournament, go to the NIT. Northwestern basketball is now 15-15, overall, on the season with a chance to get a signature win tomorrow afternoon when they take on the #20 Iowa Hawkeyes in the first full round of the Big Ten Tournament.

Yes, they just recently lost 82-61 to Iowa, with NBA prospect Keegan Murray going off for 26 and 18, but anything can happen in the B1G Tourney. #12 seeded Northwestern, down by as many as 15 (15:28 into the first half, 35-20) came roaring back to win a nail-biter over #13 seeded Nebraska, 71-69, in the conference tournament’s opening game.

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2022 Big Ten Tournament Preview, Predictions, Friday Fish Fry!

For the first time since 2019, we’ll have a full Big Ten Tournament, staged in front of fans. #LFG! the 2022 Big Ten Tournament takes place March 9-13 at Gainbridge Fieldhouse (yes, it has been renamed yet again!) in Indianapolis.

The full bracket is above, so let’s get our Nap Town on, and preview/predict these games.

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How Northwestern Basketball Can Still Salvage this Lost Season

This was not the season that Northwestern basketball fans expected. It certainly wasn’t the campaign that any of them wanted. NU heads into Senior Night, tonight, as a lowly first-day-of-the-Big-Ten-Tournament team. This happens with regularity during the era of Chris Collins as Northwestern basketball coach, and that is absolutely not where you want to be, at all, as a program.

If you have to play on Wednesday night in the Big Ten Tourney, well it means your season is most likely a major washout. It’s not over yet, but Pete Nance, Ryan Greer and Elyjah Williams head into their Senior Day as a part of team that was widely expected to do a whole lot more than they actually did.

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#5 Purdue Basketball at Northwestern Wildcats: Stats, FYIs, Metrics

Time and time again, Jaden Ivey has bailed out this Purdue basketball team. The all-everything guard, described by Illini coach Brad Underwood as the “Ja Morant of college basketball,” shook off a really bad game to make the big game-winning three-point-play that rescued the Boilermakers on Super Sunday, as they grinded out a very ugly win over a rather mediocre Maryland Terrapins team on national television.
Earlier in the week, Ivey took over in the second half against Illinois, with 22 points and three assists in the second stanza as the Boilers turned a two-point deficit into a 16-point blowout win.

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Indiana Basketball at Northwestern Wildcats FYIs, Stats, Info

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Indiana basketball is headed to Northwestern on Tuesday night, so you know what that means? Yes, it’s time to get ready for the Miller Kopp Invitational everybody! Back during college basketball talking season, we had an exclusive with Northwestern coach Chris Collins, and this was a topic that came up.

Collins admitted that it’s going to be “weird” to see Kopp on the floor, at Welsh-Ryan Arena, wearing colors other than purple and white. We agree. As Jim Morrison famously told us, people are strange, when you’re a stranger.” Let’s preview IUBB at NU, and potentially get weird, if we must.

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Northwestern Football Offseason Hasn’t Been Ideal Thus Far

Northwestern football added just one player on National Signing Day, yesterday, but the real story of this offseason remains the loss of Brandon Joseph to Notre Dame. He’s just the 14th all-time consensus All-American in Northwestern football history, and he’s the Wildcats’ best overall player.

In transferring to the Irish, he now has a much better chance at winning a trophy. When you look at 2022 College Football Playoff futures at Betway, you’ll see the Irish backed with typically the ninth most favorable odds (40/1) of winning it all. Basically, Joseph pulled a Ben Skowronek, as he’s another skill position player to leave NU to transfer to ND.

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Where Did Northwestern Basketball Go Wrong Under Chris Collins?

No matter where his career heads in the future, Northwestern basketball coach Chris Collins will always be “the guy that did the thing.” He led the program to their first and only NCAA Tournament berth. But his current winning percentage is just .468, and when you consider that the program itself is at .418, it’s just not very impressive.

That’s because Northwestern basketball is regarded to be a program with little or no real history, and Collins was brought in to change all that. However, he hasn’t done so, and this season may indeed be headed off the rails inevitably.

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Illini Basketball Escapes Northwestern: Notes, Quotes, Nuggets, Tidbits

This was Big Ten West football, in basketball form. It was a rock fight to be sure, but that’s what it takes some times if you’re going to win a high major conference title. Maybe that really is in the cards for this Illini basketball team?

#24 Illinois emerged victorious 59-56 tonight, largely on the strength of Kofi Cockburn and his 22 points, on 10-17 shooting. He also had eight rebounds, meanwhile no one else on Illinois even reached double figures. It marked the seventh straight win in the series for the Illini, third straight in Evanston.

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What #24 Illini Basketball Can Expect From Northwestern on Saturday

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It’s the first of two basketball versions of the Land of Lincoln Trophy game as the #24 Illinois Fighting Illini basketball team (14-5, 7-2) visits the Northwestern Wildcats (9-9, 2-7) on Saturday. The Illini haven’t been as dominant at Welsh-Ryan Arena in recent years, as you might think, given the massive disparity in success of the two in state Big Ten programs.

That said, Illinois is massively favored for this late afternoon tip, so let’s break it all down now!

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Johnny Davis Top Concern as Northwestern Hosts #8 Wisconsin

Wisconsin guard Johnny Davis is considered a front-runner for Big Ten Player of the Year, National Player of the Year awards and a NBA Draft Lottery prospect. He leads the top ten ranked Wisconsin Badgers into Evanston tonight to take on the up-and-down Northwestern Wildcats.

NU is coming off their massive upset victory at #10 Michigan State on Saturday. The Wildcats took down the Spartans despite missing Pete Nance, who is their leading scorer (17.7 points) and rebounder (7.7). Nance, a fringe NBA Draft prospect had a career-high 28 in the 2 OT loss against Maryland on Wednesday night.

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