When Bill Carmody’s Extension Expires, Time for Northwestern to Move on?

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Two years ago, the Northwestern Wildcats won at both Michigan State and Purdue. Both opponents were highly ranked in the national college basketball polls at the time. That’s when the “NU can make it’s first ever NCAA Tournament” talk began. The Cats finished one win shy of the school record for wins, but still settled for the NIT in 2008-09.

Last season saw their first national ranking since 1969, and a promising hot start that re-kindled the NU dancing discussion. Once again they fell well short, despite getting the first 20 win season in school history.

This year saw the Cats start 8-0 and ranked in one poll, receiving votes in the other. They went 9-2 in the 2010 portion of the season, but they’ve been abysmal in the 2011 part of this campaign. Today, their only chance of reaching March Madness lies in an against all odds run through the Big Ten Tournament.

Northwestern Head Coach Bill Carmody has done a great job of taking the program from forgotten non-factor to competitive respectability, but these last three years has made it obvious that he’s not the man to take them over the hump.

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What’s Being Said About Emerging College Star John Shurna

By Paul M. Banks

It’s another day and another game, and another career high in points for Northwestern forward John Shurna. Last night, Shurna’s 29 points against Central Connecticut State were a new benchmark. He finished just shy of becoming the fifth player in the Big Ten to score 30 points in a game this season. Two of those four are teammates Michael “Juice” Thompson and Drew Crawford. The trio has helped 10-1 NU become one of just four schools in the country who have posted four nonconference wins against BCS conference schools; joining Texas, Kentucky and Wisconsin.

And it’s Shurna who has become the Wildcats’ go-to guy, averaging over 15 points a game (second on the team behind Juice) and leading the squad with close to 8 boards per contest.

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