New York Knicks sign John Shurna to one year deal


The leading scorer in the Big Ten last season, and greatest player in Northwestern history finally has a NBA home, as multiple sources report the New York Knicks have signed John Shurna.

It’s a one year deal for Shurna, who struggled with the Atlanta Hawks summer league this past season.

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Atlanta Hawks sign Northwestern’s Shurna to summer league deal

Ohio State just too big and strong for Northwestern: 75-73


Ohio State came in 33-2 and winners of 13 straight versus Northwestern when nationally ranked. So you had to like the chances of the nation’s #10 team in Evanston. When you saw them make their first six shots and jump out to a 69% to 35% field goal average (nearly double) about halfway through the first half, I’m sure you liked their chances even more.

Give Northwestern (17-12, 7-10) credit though, they did keep fighting, and they fought hard to nearly force overtime in the final seconds.

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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


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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Illini Get Grindy Road Win at Northwestern, Snap Chicago Area Losing Streak


Lots of cliches applied in this college basketball game “tale of two halves,” “halftime adjustments” “wining ugly” “blue-collar”  I could go on and on, but I’ve tortured you enough already.

In the battle to be “Chicago’s Big Ten team” Illinois defeated Northwestern 57-56 in the same manner they won this year’s college football meeting- starting slow, having to come back in the second half, and then make sure they didn’t give it all away at the end.

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Northwestern Beats Seton Hall; Wins College Hoops Tourney


For the second time in three years, Northwestern, the only college basketball team from a power six conference never to have made the NCAA Tournament, has won an early season holiday basketball tournament.

In 2009, the Wildcats stayed home and beat a tourney bound Notre Dame team in the semi-finals of the Chicago Invitational Tournament. Then the Cats knocked off a talented, but overrated and underachieving Iowa State Cyclones squad to capture the tournament title at the UIC Pavilion.

This year, they beat LSU, Tulsa and Seton Hall out of the Big East in order to capture the Charleston Classic tournament title. In the tournament’s opener, NU’s John Shurna dropped 37, the most by any college player in a single game this far.

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Big East, B1G Ten News: Purdue, Notre Dame, Minnesota, Penn State, Wisconsin


Notre Dame Fighting Irish forward Tim Abromaitis (Unionville, Conn.) is one of 22 collegian who has accepted an invitation from the USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team Committee to attend the 2011 USA Basketball Men’s World University Games training camp.

The training camp, which will be held from July 29-Aug. 7 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center (USOTC) in Colorado Springs, Colo., will be used to select the 12-member team that will represent the USA at the 2011 World University Games men’s basketball competition Aug. 13-23 in Shenzhen, China.

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Wisconsin’s Jordan Taylor to Try Out for USA Basketball

After a breakout season in 2010-11, the Wisconsin Badgers‘ starting point guard Jordan Taylor has been invited to try-out for the USA Basketball World University Games Team.

The training camp will take place from July 29th to August 7th in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The U.S. Olympic Training Center (USOTC) will be the venue where 12 members will be picked to represent their country in Shenzhen, China from August 13-23.

“I’m excited and honored to be invited to the USA basketball tryouts,” said Taylor. “As players, we all dream about representing our country and wearing the USA jersey. It should be a great opportunity to play with some of the best players in the country and hopefully I’ll get a chance to play against international competition.”
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Northwestern’s John Shurna Declares for NBA Draft, No Agent


Northwestern Wildcats junior forward John Shurna declared for the 2011 NBA Draft but hasn’t hired an agent. He’s eligible to return to NU for his senior year if he withdraws by May 8th.

“This is an exciting opportunity for John and I fully support his decision,” Northwestern head coach Bill Carmody said in a statement. “It’s a chance for him to pursue his dream and we look forward to helping him gather information throughout the process.”

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Northwestern Goes for School Victory Record in NIT Quarterfinals

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Maybe this season wasn’t such a disappointment in Evanston after all? They’re the only team from the Chicago area still alive, even if it is in the consolation bracket that is the NIT. Still, by Northwestern Wildcats standards this season became a rousing success with their blowout 85-67 win at #1 seed Boston College this past weekend. It gave them win number 20, tying the school record for wins in a season, set just last year.

As much as Coach Bill Carmody has been maligned this year (mostly for not closing out any of the games in which he had ranked Big Ten opponents on the ropes and failing to reach the NCAA Tournament when the pieces seemed in place to do so) he certainly must have felt an injection of vocational capital with the last two wins.

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Northwestern to Meet Milwaukee in NIT Game Tonight


Northwestern hosts its first National Invitation Tournament (NIT) game since 1994 Wednesday as the #4 seed Wildcats take on Milwaukee at Welsh-Ryan Arena. Tip is 7 p.m.

The winner of Wednesday’s contest advances to take on the winner of the game between #1 seeded Boston College and #8 seed McNeese State.

Milwaukee, the Horizon League regular season champ, fell to the Butler Bulldogs in the HL conference tourney, and were denied a NCAA Tournament bid. They are 19-13 overall, 13-5 in conference. The Panthers won nine of their last 10 regular-season game, had a double bye in the conference tourney,  then defeated Valparaiso in the semifinal before falling to Brad Stevens and company.

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