99 in 99: #53 Northwestern Wildcats

Northwestern Basketball

For the first time in Northwestern basketball history, the team made a post-season tournament appearance for the second straight year.  Unfortunately, it was the NIT meaning that first ever NCAA Tournament berth is still evading the Wildcats.  Will this finally be the year the ‘Cats go dancing?

The Sports Bank’s 99 team college basketball preview in 99 days ranks the 72 power conference schools and top 27 mid-majors in reverse power ranking order.  Click here if you missed teams #54-#99.

By: David Kay
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Big 10 All-Injured Team

By Paul M. Banks

Injuries are just part of sports; the natural order of things, the way it is. But during the 2009-2010 college basketball season, the injury bug has seemed to infested the Big Ten a little more than usual. In fact, you could make a pretty good starting five out or Big Ten stars that have missed a couple months or will miss a couple months this season.

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Kevin Coble Suffers Serious Foot Injury at Practice

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By Paul M. Banks

Is this is the year Northwestern makes the tourney? Well, those hopes took a huge blow on Tuesday when NU’s most important player, and star Kevin Coble seriously injured his foot.  He’ll be further evaluated by doctors on Friday, but preliminary reports say he’ll be out 4-6 weeks.  How legitimate are these estimates that he’s going to miss a month to a month and a half? Who knows?…Tomorrow the details on the seriousness and specifics of his injury should be released.

In the meantime, here’s what NU SID Nick Brilowski and the University released to the media

EVANSTON, Ill. – Northwestern University senior forward Kevin Coble (Scottsdale, Ariz./Scottsdale Christian Academy) suffered an injury to his left foot during Tuesday’s practice session. The extent of the injury is unknown at this time and he is slated to undergo further examination Friday  morning.

More information will be released as it becomes available. Coble led the Wildcats in both scoring and rebounding in 2008-09 for the third consecutive season, averaging 15.5 points and 4.8 boards per contest. He was named a second-team All-Big Ten selection and helped Northwestern to a National Invitation Tournament appearance.

The Wildcats begin their 2009-10 season at 7 p.m. Friday at Welsh-Ryan Arena as they host Northern Illinois.