Boo Buie: Fun Name to Say, Even More Fun to Watch Play

Northwestern point guard Daniel Richard Buie, colloquially known as Boo Buie, had an electric week on an individual level. Boo Buie, not to be confused with Baby Booey, the nickname given to Howard Stern show producer Gary Dell’Abate, scored 51 points in two games, against two very special opposing point guards.

Unfortunately, his team fell just short in both games, losing 77-72 at home to Michigan State on Wednesday night and 83-78 at DePaul tonight.

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Northwestern Wildcats at DePaul Blue Demons Preview, Prediction

11-1 DePaul hosts 5-5 Northwestern Saturday night in the next installment of an all Chicagoland series that has certainly been intensely competitive in recent years. DPU’s last win in the series came in the 2013 meeting, 57-56, but they have since dropped the last four, including a 75-68 decision in Evanston last year. All time, the Blue Demons lead the series 20-13.

“We’ve had really competitive games with those guys, over my time here,” Northwestern coach Chris Collins said after falling 77-72 last night at home to #15 Michigan State. “Pretty much every game has gone down to the wire that I can remember.”

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Michigan State Ends Big Ten Road Hex, Starts Conference Play Well

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The Michigan State Spartans, currently ranked #15 in the latest AP poll, have suffered three early season out of conference losses already. Tom Izzo’s men, who began the year as the nation’s top ranked team, have fallen to the likes Kentucky (#6 in the latest AP poll) Duke (#4) and unranked Virginia Tech.

That’s the bad news. The good news is they’re off to a great start in Big Ten conference play, winning both of their early season league games, versus Rutgers 77-65 and at Northwestern 77-72. The latter broke the Big Ten road hex this season as all 13 times, prior to tonight in Evanston, the home team has won.

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#16 Michigan State Provides a Golden Opportunity for Northwestern

The currently #16 Michigan State Spartans began the college basketball season as the nation’s top ranked team. They’ve since taken their lumps here and there, losing to Kentucky, Virginia Tech and Duke. The Spartans will head to Northwestern Wednesday night sporting a record of 7-3 overall and 1-0 in Big Ten conference play.

Although they’ll be heavy underdogs, perhaps the Wildcats are catching Michigan St. at the right time. Maybe better to get Sparty at home now in early Big Ten play, before Tom Izzo’s guys hit their stride in March, as they always do.

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Notre Dame QB Coach Tommy Rees is Ideal for Northwestern OC Job

If there’s one candidate who perfectly fits the now vacant Northwestern offensive coordinator position, it’s Notre Dame quarterbacks Tommy Rees, (or as he’s known today Tom Rees). He actually grew up a Northwestern fan in very nearby Lake Forest, Illinois and he already has a good relationship with NU Head Coach Pat Fitzgerald.

Before we get to all that is right with Rees (we had an exclusive with him, and talked NU somewhat during 2018 Notre Dame Media Day), we do need to take some time to reflect on the Mick McCall era; which just ended. No one who makes free college football expert picks saw the rise of NU in 2018, when they went 8-1 in the league and won the Big Ten West division. Likewise no one in the prediction and forecasting business saw fall this season, in which they finished in last place, just 1-8 in conference play.

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LOL Hat Game Preview: Illinois Fighting Illini vs Northwestern Wildcats

When the Illinois Fighting Illini football and the Northwestern Wildcats get together, typically the better team wins. We really haven’t seen many upsets in this series lately, as the LOL HAT (Land of Lincoln Hat Trophy) rivalry often goes chalk. Illinois is seeking their first win in this series since 2014, the famous match-up of 5-6 teams that would see one team go on to the post-season, the other home for the holidays.

As it’s Thanksgiving and LOL HAT week, let’s break it all down.

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Northwestern Revenue Sports Having a Really Rough Ride Right Now

Northwestern football is having a generationally bad season, but at least there’s basketba….oh wait, never mind. Northwestern men’s basketball has already lost two “buy games” this season, to Radford and Merrimack, but hey this is a football school. Well, a football school that’s having a season so down that it has reached depths that haven’t been seen in multiple decades.

This is already the first nine loss season since 2002, and they will be heavy underdogs heading into the final game of the season, at their arch-rival, Illinois. A loss there gives NU their first double digit loss season since 1989, when Francis Peay “led” them to an 0-11 mark. We’ve known what 2019 Northwestern football is for quite some time. As for basketball, it still remains to be seen.

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#11 Minnesota Golden Gophers at Northwestern Wildcats Game Preview

Saturday brings the High Energy Head Coach Who Usually Give Entertaining Press Conference Bowl when P.J. Fleck’s Minnesota Golden Gophers visit Pat Fitzgerald’s Northwestern Wildcats. (I guess the polar opposite of this match-up would be Iowa-Wisconsin, Kirk Ferentz and Paul Chryst). It’s no accident these two men are so similar.

Fleck’s coaching mentor literally is Fitzgerald, the reigning Big Ten Coach of the Year. (And this year Fleck could claim the award himself. Back when the very recently extended Gophers coach was just starting out his coaching career, working as a receivers coach at his alma mater, Northern Illinois, he called up all the coaches he had contact info for and offered to take them out to lunch.

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Northwestern Responds After Merrimac, Makes Providence Look Ugly

It’s too bad more fans didn’t show up for what is undoubtedly Northwestern’s marquee home non-conference game this season. Apparently, the upset loss to Merrimac in the season opener, plus the record cold snap hitting the area kept people away from 7,039 capacity Welsh-Ryan Arena.

The venue was well more than a majority empty for the Northwestern Wildcats’ 72-63 win over the Providence Friars in the Gavitt Tipoff games tonight. Like the B1G-ACC Challenge, the Gavitt Games are a series invented by the television networks in a big to garner more interest in early season college basketball. There are plenty of people making free college basketball picks in March, absolutely, but interest in the sport is typically lower in November. While attendance was low, those who did come out experienced the fun of an ’80s theme night.

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Purdue Rallies to Victory, Gives Northwestern an Absolute Gut Punch

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J.D. Dellinger was the hero for Purdue in an ending that was so exciting and interesting, it could have been written by J.D. Salinger. Purdue’s 24-22 come from behind win at Northwestern, decided by Dellinger’s 39 yard field goal in the final seconds, was as entertaining as one could expect for $2- that’s how low a price you could find tickets online for this one.

It was the nicest weather day the Chicagoland area has seen in a week and is forecasted to have for another week, absolutely perfect for a college football Saturday, but the sun is definitely not shining right now on the Northwestern football program. The Wildcats went up early 14-0, and they scored six more points today than they did all of October, but it just wasn’t enough.

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Northwestern Basketball Season Preview; Point Guard Top Issue

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Tomorrow sees Northwestern basketball open the 2019-20 season, at home against Merrimack (who have a HUGE rivalry against Monitor! Hey hey! try the veal, and please tip your bartenders….okay, U.S. History majors will find that funny…no one else will)

NU hoops had the same problem last year as NU football has this year– no real field/floor general capable of running the offense, and everything else spirals downward from their. Northwestern basketball had no true point guard last season and as such they didn’t have much of a chance in many games. This year? Well, there are some potential answers at the one, and it’s referred to as the one because it’s truly first and foremost among basketball positions.

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Purdue Boilermakers at Northwestern Wildcats Game Preview, Prediction

It’s astounding when you think about it- last year this game was both entertaining and overflowing with hype. ESPN sent their A-team to broadcast it. Now Purdue Boilermakers vs Northwestern Wildcats is, lackluster to say the least. For host Northwestern, it’s a season that’s long been lost, largely due to an offense that is so ineffective, watching them play could best be expressed by Sideshow Mel: “this endeavor is the height of tedium.”

If you’ve ever wondered what a power five conference team (not running the triple option or something gimmicky like that) would look like if they had absolutely no passing game, this is it. As for Purdue, well they came within three minutes of season their season pretty much over last week. The Boilers pulled out the win last weekend over Nebraska, but “let’s just roll out the basketballs already” mode could be here shortly.

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