Northwestern opponents should worry about getting back-doored

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Northwestern is playing some really good offense lately. During their current three-game winning streak, the Wildcats are averaging 80.3 points per game while shooting 53.7 percent from the field, including 46.1 percent from 3-point range. Four different NU players are averaging at least
15 points per game during the stretch: John Shurna (23.0), Dave Sobolewski (17.3), Reggie Hearn (15.0) and Drew Crawford (15.0).

The win streak has coincided with Northwestern going with a starting lineup of Sobolewski, Hearn, Crawford, Shurna and
Alex Marcotullio. This is the first time that NU has started the month of February with three consecutive wins since 1946. As they take on the Purdue Boilermakers this Sunday, they’re looking college basketball heavyweights North Carolina and Duke…on the offensive end. (The defensive end still has some issues). And the ‘Cats are getting it done with a very unique system, the Princeton offense, which we don’t see as much anymore. And of course the Princeton offense runs most smoothly when you get back door cuts.

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Northwestern Heads to #24 Creighton with 10-1 Record

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Northwestern basketball closed out the home portion of their non conference schedule tonight with a 87-72 win over the Eastern Illinois Panthers, pushing their record to 10-1.

Meaning they’re ready for their second big test of the season- at #24 Creighton. The Blue Jays, favorites to win the Missouri Valley, also have only one loss on the season.

NU failed pretty badly in their first big test, losing 69-41 to the #7 Baylor Bears at home two weeks ago.

Maybe this time will be different?

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Northwestern Routs MVSU, Stays Undefeated; Ready for #7 Baylor

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In two days we’ll really know what we have, or don’t have with Northwestern college basketball. Yes, they’re undefeated right now, and they won the Charleston Classic. But they still haven’t played anyone. The road win at Georgia Tech was nice, but the Yellow Jackets are down this year. Much like the rest of the ACC.

But it won’t be long until the moment of truth (undefeated #7 Baylor) arrives- Sunday 3PM at Evanston’s Welsh-Ryan Arena.

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Northwestern Beats Seton Hall; Wins College Hoops Tourney

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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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Northwestern Wildcats 73, Iowa Hawkeyes 70: Rapid Reaction

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Though many fans of the Iowa Hawkeyes were in attendance Thursday night, the most famous of the faithful: Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore were not at Welsh-Ryan Arena to see their Hawks drop yet another college basketball game; this time to the Northwestern Wildcats.

Although it was much less closer than the first meeting. The Cats shot the lights out to an almost historical level on January 12th in Iowa City, winning 90-71 in a game that was even more lopsided than it sounds.

However, the change of venue from road to home ended up in a -16 point swing. Usually, the differential in that situation goes completely the opposite.

“It wasn’t as fluid as I would have liked, or the team would have liked but we got it done,” NU Coach Bill Carmody said.

By Paul M. Banks

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Jay Cutler’s Toughness in Question after Injury and Loss to Packers

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It was a rough day for Illinois sports fans on Sunday as they were swept by Wisconsin teams. As if it wasn’t enough for the Northwestern basketball team to lose by 32 points to the Wisconsin Badgers, they lost in a heart-breaker 21-14 to division-rival Green Bay Packers. The latter loss is assuredly the toughest to  swallow as it ends the Bears’ season and the chance to play in the 2011 Super Bowl.

By: Justin Mertes-Mistretta

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John and Juice Leading 9-1 Northwestern into Big 10 Play

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Northwestern hoops has been “sipping on John and Juice” this season. (At least I didn’t make the “purple drank” joke which seemed obvious given the team’s colors). This college basketball season in Evanston, the Wildcats have been led by junior forward John Shurna, the Big Ten’s leading scorer and one of the most underrated players in the country. And senior point guard Michael “Juice” Thompson.

Both are local products; Thompson, the team’s second leading scorer and leading assist man hails from Chicago and played prep ball at Lincoln Park high school. His fellow member of the 1,000 point club, Shurna, is from suburban Glen Ellyn.

By Paul M. Banks

(note: the phrase “john and juice” in the title must be credited to the Big Ten Network’s Tim Doyle)

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Northwestern B-ball names Captains, Departs for Italian Adventure

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Northwestern head men’s basketball coach Bill Carmody announced seniors Jeff Ryan (Glenview, Ill./Glenbrook South) and Michael Thompson (Chicago, Ill./Lincoln Park) have been selected team captains for the upcoming season.

“Jeff and Michael have proven to be tremendous leaders throughout their careers and have set a great example to their teammates through their dedication and commitment to the program,” Carmody said. “They have earned the respect of their teammates as well as the staff.”

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