Northwestern Will Upgrade at Point Guard Says Chris Collins

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It’s no secret that the biggest issue Northwestern basketball had in 2018-19 was their abysmal offense. It’s also very widely understood that those offensive struggles stemmed from NU having no point guard in their roster this season.

After his team lost 74-69 in overtime to Illinois last night, and thus saw their season ended, Northwestern head coach Chris Collins said he will be addressing this issue. He will be looking to add depth at guard, and hopefully not have to play guys out of position again this season.

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Illinois Falls To Iowa In Big Ten Tournament, Likely Bruce Weber’s Final Game

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When asked if he thought his team would accept an NIT bid, embattled Illinois coach Bruce Weber responded “I don’t know, I don’t know if we’ll make the NIT to be honest.”

After falling to Iowa in the opening game of the Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis, all signs seem to be pointing to Weber’s imminent departure from Champaign and the University of Illinois. In his post game comments Weber was reserved and calm, not the meltdown he had after losing to Purdue earlier this season or the anger he has shown so many other times. Weber who once guided the Illini to a Final Four and multiple Big Ten titles seemed to understand that this is likely the end.

“Sometimes, life isn’t fair, and basketball isn’t fair….If you just go on a pity party for yourself, nothing is going to happen.”

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Big 10 Announces Future Sites of Football Title Game, Basketball Tournament

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We already knew that the inaugural Big Ten Football Championship Game will be held at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis this December, but today following a meeting of league big wigs, it was announced that the same facility will also host the title game 2012-15. The first of the league’s new premier college football games takes place on December 3rd, 2011.

The Council of Presidents/Chancellors approved this recommendation from university administrators for the cities of Chicago, Hoffman Estates and Indianapolis to rotate as the host sites for the Big Ten Football Championship Games and Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournaments for a four-year period beginning in 2012.

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Big Ten Tournament: Notes, Quotes and Nuggets

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Another Big Ten Tournament will soon be entirely in the books, and with it 7 NCAA Tournament bids from the conference. Yes 7! And the only way that could have happened is…with the exact scenarios that did transpire.

The final college basketball tournament bracket S-Curve, what Joe Lunardi uses for bracketology, has that Big Ten muddled mush of middle (Illinois Fighting Illini, Michigan Wolverines, Michigan State Spartans and Penn State Nittany Lions) all in the mid 40s when it comes to their overall seed.

-No clear favorite for BTT MOP, but candidates include Talor Battle, Juice Thompson and Jared Sullinger. Juice is only on that list because he set a tourney record with 35 points on Thursday.

-Please use these hashtags today #PennState #BigTenTourney #TalorBattleforWoodenAward #TalorBattleforNaismithAward

By Paul M. Banks

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Illinois Fighting Illini Choke Away BTT Game to Wolverines

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There’s only one program to have reached (or received a bye into) the Big Ten Tournament quarter-finals every year in the tourney’s inception, and that’s the Illinois Fighting Illini. In fact out of the 13 conference tourneys, they’ve reached the semi-finals in every year except one. Make it two after today’s epic choke job.

The Illini (who have the most BTT wins all time with 23) were living and dying by the perimeter game all day and it came back to bite them. They stopped getting looks inside, forced up terrible shots and committed loads of turnovers down the stretch as the Wolverines ended up beating them 60-55.

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Illini Need to Play Loose (And Wiffleball) to Advance On

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What did Yogi Berra once say about half of the game being 90% mental, or something thereabouts? For the Illini Fighting Illini to make a long run in March this college basketball season, it’s all about getting/keeping their head right.

And that means playing free and loose. Which means playing some wiffleball?

“I think the biggest key to tonight’s win was wiffleball last night. We played wiffleball last night instead of doing the scouting report…what the heck, we’ll try anything,” Illini Coach Bruce Weber said following their win over the Iowa Hawkeyes.
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Will Minnesota Gophers Trevor Mbakwe Leave For the NBA?


Minnesota Golden Gophers starting forward Trevor Mbakwe put together a more-than respectable season in his first year in the maroon and gold.

Mbakwe averaged a double-double with 13.7 points and 10.5 rebounds per game. His number of boards were good enough to make him the Big Ten rebounding champion and he earned Second-Team All Conference as well.

With NBA scouts in attendance to catch a glimpse of Purdue’s JuJuan Johnson and Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger in the Big Ten Tournament, did Mbakwe do enough against Northwestern to put his self on the radar of prospective pro teams?

By: Nick Grays

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Northwestern Wildcats Moving on to Play #1 Ohio State

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As he has so many times this season, Northwestern Wildcats senior point guard Michael “Juice” Thompson carried his team on his back, leading his team to a victory over the Minnesota Golden Gophers in a Big Ten Tournament game they absolutely had to have in order to preserve any chance of a NCAA Tournament berth; and probably really needed to salvage a NIT berth.

Thompson led the way with 35 points, a new career high and a single game Big Ten Tournament record.

By Paul M. Banks

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Minnesota vs. Northwestern Tips Off Big 10 Tourney: Injuries Aplenty

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In this corner, you have the Minnesota Golden Gophers, a tean that’s been a train wreck ever since losing their starting point guard Al Nolen.

And in this corner, you have the Northwestern Wildcats, a team missing one of their starters in Jershon Cobb, a key reserve (and fill-in starter) in Mike Capocci. Not to mention their star player, John Shurna is still not even close
to 100%.

Something’s got to give in the Big Ten Tournament opener, the #8 vs. #9 game. Someone will be healthy enough to advance to take on #1 (in both the league and the nation) Ohio State.

By Paul M. Banks

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MSU’s Draymond Green Opens Up

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By Paul M. Banks

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Big 10 Tourney Bracket Set, Season Awards now Official

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